1/36 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach.IT’S roughly 25 steps to the beach and you won’t need to worry about bringing your shoes. That’s the advice homeowners Jedda and Brent give to all their guests when they come to visit their beachside abode. The couple built the contemporary three-level home four years ago.“When we first bought it there was originally two old units on the block,” Mrs Shaw said. “We lived there for about a year and called it ‘the beach shack’. It was considerably aged when we moved in. I would say it was about 30 years old.” The Palm Beach locals said they were inspired by their beachside suburb to create an up-market home. With the help of McGowan Brothers Builders the duplex was built in just under a year. The Shaw family said they were impressed with the construction.“It is an amazing feeling seeing your vision become a reality and it was built really well,” Mrs Shaw said.“We built it with the kids in mind so the house is quite spacious and open to accommodate for a big family.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMrs Shaw said now that her three children had left the nest she and her husband were looking to downsize.“The great thing about building a duplex is that we were able to choose our neighbours,” Mrs Shaw said.“We have a lap pool on our property, and the neighbours have a similar plunge pool. The balcony is my favourite part — they aren’t for show, they are built to be used all year round.”Mrs Shaw said the family spent most of their time on the balcony watching the ocean.“The main bedroom is also one of my favourites — it takes up the entire third level and is more of a parents’ retreat. I do spend a lot of time up there.” The property features high ceilings, streamlined open-plan living and a sun-washed terrace for entertaining.The private courtyard adds a touch of serenity and the stone benchtops create a luxury feel.Mrs Shaw said the hardest part was choosing which colours to paint the house.
By Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – The old adage that sports and politics do not mix will ring hollow again when former champions India and Pakistan clash in a geopolitically-charged World Cup match months after being on the verge of war.Tensions run high in any sporting contest featuring the nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir, which both claim in full but rule in part.Bilateral cricketing ties between them have remained suspended since 2008 and relations further soured in February this year after a suicide car-bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir.Indian warplanes carried out air strikes inside Pakistan, which retaliated with its own aerial mission before a full-blown conflict was averted.Several former India players urged Virat Kohli’s men to boycott the June 16 match in Old Trafford, Manchester, against their arch-rivals while others saw more merit in playing and extending India’s 6-0 unbeaten record against Pakistan in World Cups. “India-Pakistan matches have always been billed as the final before the final, because people have attached political factors to the game,” cricket historian Boria Majumdar told Reuters.Sports and politics always mingle, he said, recalling the black armband protest at the 2003 World Cup by Zimbabwe duo Andy Flower and Henry Olonga against Robert Mugabe’s political regime. “The moment you are singing the national anthem on the sports field you are invoking a strong sense of nationalism. And what else is it but a political statement,” says Majumdar.Also in 2003, England refused to tour Harare for a World Cup match, citing security fears after then Prime Minister Tony Blair called on them to pull out in protest against Mugabe’s regime. Kohli and his team mates wore army camouflage-style caps in a one-day match against Australia in March to show solidarity with the Indian paramilitary police killed in the Kashmir attack.The Indian board subsequently made an unsuccessful attempt at isolating Pakistan in world cricket and raised security concerns for its players in England. “The pressure will be immense on both teams,” Majumdar said.“The hype is massive, tickets have been sold out, and the broadcasters will project it as the final before the final.“Every player in his heart of hearts knows this is a very different game, an opportunity to become a national hero.”
Host Nelson meets Penticton at 5 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Meanwhile at the Civic Arena, starting at 3:45 p.m., Creston plays Castlegar before Kamloops battles Salmon Arm at 6 p.m.Saturday, Nelson meets Creston at 9:45 a.m.in the NDCC Arena before playing Salmon Arm at 2 p.m. in the Civic Arena.The top four teams advance to the playoff round Sunday morning before the two winners meet in the final at 11:45 a.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Nelson Peewee Reps roll out the red carpet for the annual Rep Minor Hockey Tournament beginning Friday at the NDCC Arena.