first_imgFuneral services took place Aug. 17 at Monumental Baptist Church, Jersey City, for Kisha Michelle Sebron. She passed away Aug. 11 surrounded by her family. Kisha was the daughter of the late Pamela Sebron O’Neal and James Burgess and the stepdaughter of Jeffrey O’Neal. Surviving to cherish Kisha’s memory are her children Dayvon, Trevis, Daelonna and Fajr; father James Burgess; stepfather Jeffrey O’Neal; brothers Jerene, Rahkiim and Eugene; sisters Kim, Angela and Charisse; aunts Mary Setzer, Barbara Biggs, Patricia Sebron and Kathleen Washington; great-aunt Theresa Ferguson, and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.Services arranged by the Jackson Funeral Residence, Jersey City.last_img read more

Dream items spice up luxury homes

first_imgBut they needed to find a way to get the awkwardly heavy pizza oven of their choice through the property. The $6,000 solution was to hire a crane to lift the oven into their backyard.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“Because Paul’s a builder and a developer, he looked into every angle, he called five companies, and then was able to hire this crane to be able to lift it into the backyard. There was no other way of doing it. It sounds crazy but it’s so much fun having that pizza oven there. Pizza ovens normally aren’t that heavy, it’s just that we fell in love with this one.”She said it was considered money well spent.“We have lots of pizza parties. It’s just so easy with kids, friends and family and well worth the money. It’s just such a great addition. We spend heaps of time up on the rooftop deck as well, but in winter we have that ability to congregate outside around the pizza oven, roasting marshmallows, and we have pizza nights all year round.”After two years in their dream home, though, the itch to create something new was back, with the 27 Wienholt St, Auchenflower, home now up for sale by Place Paddington agent Tim Douglas. The backyard oven was now a crucial part of their entertaining space. The 27 Wienholt St, Auchenflower backyard was missing one crucial element in the Haywards’ eyes – a pizza oven. Sharon and John Russell in “The Boat House” at their Norman Park home. Picture: Mark Calleja The rooftop terrace is still their favourite spot though.center_img 20 Wynnum Road, Norman Park. Bri and Paul Hayward with their son Hendricks and the backyard pizza oven they spent $6000 to put in place. Picture: AAP Image/Mark Calleja.A PIZZA oven in the backyard that ended up costing over $6,000 is among some of the dream additions that Queenslanders have put in luxury homes.Wallet busting home “bling” is not just a thing of fashion but a key part of what makes a dream home “home” for these property owners.The couple behind the pizza oven move, Bri and Paul Hayward, realise it cost about the same as buying a premium pizza every day for a year, but they believe it was more than worth it.They had completed an overhaul of their new home when they fell in love with the pizza oven of their dreams. But after finding no way to get it through or around the house, they decided to hire a crane to literally pick it up off the roadside, over the roof and place it next to the pool in the backyard. The Boat House has its own bar too.Sharon and John Russell told The Courier-Mail earlier that it was the setting for many parties and family functions.”It was built, we think in the ’50s, so you can’t ever build again, and we made it somewhere really special. We will often go and sit down there. It is on the jetty perched over the river.”It was “much loved” according a listing by agent Deborah Evans who runs her own property agency in Morningside.“Many hours will be enjoyed at the much loved “Boat House” and adjoining pontoon, completely equipped with surround sound, wine fridges, ice-maker and television. Brisbane’s river is an incredible backdrop for entertaining.”Both homes are on the market for sale by private treaty. The pizza oven has been a hit at family functions.“Everyone jokes it won’t end,” Mrs Hayward said. “You’re constantly looking at new ideas. We’re doing another home but this time we will put the pizza oven in first. We’re going to get the exact same brand.”Landing a builder’s dream home may not be such a bad thing considering all the effort they go to, with the most popular requests these days including “floating staircases” in luxury homes. “It can be $100,000 plus for them,” Mrs Hayward said. Sometimes a dream addition is simply upping the luxury feel of an existing feature, like the “boathouse” at 20 Wynnum Road, Norman Park, “which you can’t get anymore”.last_img read more

Madden NFL players tournament: Full bracket, rules, entry list & live stream for charity event

first_imgSince NFL players can’t practice at any facilities, most of them are sitting at home with nothing to do. So to help out in these strange times, The Checkdown (owned by the NFL) has partnered with EA Sports to bring us a Madden Tournament benefiting COVID-19 relief efforts.What to know about Madden tournament for NFL playersThe tournament will take place over the span of two days involving eight NFL players: Denzel Ward and Jarvis Landry of the Browns, Tyrann Mathieu and Tyreek Hill of the Chiefs, Derwin James and Keenan Allen of the Chargers, DeSean Jackson of the Eagles and Deebo Samuel of the 49ers. The tournament was put together to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts. Madden tournament live streamThe tournament will be streamed on Madden’s Twitch channel, which can be viewed above.What is the prize pool for the Madden tournament?There’s no direct prize pool, but money will be donated by the NFL for COVID-19 relief. The NFL Foundation and EA will make a $5,000 donation on behalf of each participant and an additional $20,000 on behalf of the winner to charities supporting COVID-19 relief efforts. What we don’t know is how long the quarters will be, what skill level they’re playing at and what teams they’ll be playing as.Wednesday, April 1The tournament starts Round 1 on Wednesday with four games. The first game starts at 6 p.m. ET with a new game starting every hour until 9 p.m. ET.Thursday, April 2The semifinals and the championship game will be played on this day. No details were given on what time this would start.MORE: ‘Madden’ offers first look at Tom Brady, other NFL stars in new uniformsNFL player Madden tournament bracketHere are the matchups for the first day of competition:Denzel Ward (Browns) vs. Jarvis Landry (Browns)Tyrann Mathieu (Chiefs) vs. Tyreek Hill (Chiefs)DeSean Jackson (Eagles) vs. Deebo Samuel (49ers)Derwin James (Chargers) vs. Keenan Allen (Chargers)The interesting thing is three of the matchups feature teammates. Hill has experience playing with competitive Madden players, and looks pretty good from what I’ve seen. Allen is a video game lover who competed in January’s Fortnite Streamer Bowl.Derwin James also has some Madden skill, or at least he did playing against Michael Vick recently.last_img read more

Women’s All Stars eye big start to year

first_imgWhile teams haven’t been finalised yet, Jillaroos fullback Sam Hammond is set to feature in her sixth All Stars line-up while Indigenous five-eighth and NSW Origin utility Nakia Davis-Welsh is readying for her fourth appearance – despite still being just 20 years old.The women’s fixture will feature as one half of a double header with the men’s game; the Feb 10 event at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium will see the occasion played outside Queensland for the first time.Hammond told the match gets more exciting each year and will only get tougher as the concentration of Jillaroos squad members in the All Stars side gets evened out as more and more Indigenous All Stars players earn Jillaroos call-ups.”Every year we say the same thing – it just feels like one of the hardest games we’ve played,” Hammond said.”The most exciting thing at the moment is we have plenty of Indigenous girls that are so skilful that have come into our Jillaroos squad and they’ve just been playing so well in their indigenous side and they are getting stronger.”We never go in with the attitude we’re going to be more dominant, we get just as nervous every year and next tear won’t be any different to that.”Davis-Welsh was particularly excited to play the fixture for the first time in Newcastle, where she went to school.”I’m from Kempsey on the mid-north coast but went to high school from year 7 to 12 in Newcastle,” said Davis-Welsh, whose father Paul Davis played 40 games for Balmain in the early 90s alongside names like Steve Roach, Paul Sironen, Ben Elias, Garry Jack and Tim Brasher.Davis-Welsh moved to Sydney after her schooling and is heading into her second season with the Redfern All Blacks while also working in an administrative role at Native Title in Redfern and grew up with rugby league in her blood.”I grew up playing park footy with my older brother and cousins and friends then went from there, played at school,” Davis Welsh said.”I played Aboriginal knockouts then I went from that to the comp level down here in Sydney then I went to rep.”She is also clearly passionate about the All Stars fixture.”I love it. Every year is different, the team varies but it’s the same thing once we get into camp together we’re sisters,” she added.Hammond said while the All Stars fixture will be a huge event again, it’s just the start of what will be a massive year for the women’s game which also features the Auckland Nines, Origin, inaugural Tarsha Gale Nines and the end-of-year World Cup.”Our main focus for next year is ultimately the World Cup at the end of the year,” Hammond said.”What helps us when we play big games like that is support and the good thing about getting more coverage as the years go on and as the games go by is, the more people that watch us the more support we seem to get and the better we perform.”There is a lot happening. We went into training in Queensland a month ago for the Jillaroos squad and we’re on a program all the way through Christmas into the new year and it will go all the way to December 2nd next year for the final of the World Cup.”It’s a huge calendar and we’re all being educated on how to be the fittest and strongest and healthiest we can be throughout the year to give ourselves the best chances to play in all those games.”last_img read more