Amazing reno: How to turn your home into a Manhattan loft inspired masterpiece

first_imgAFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.The original concept design for the back of the house was inspired by Mr McGroder’s love of industrial architecture and his dream of converting a warehouse into a luxury home. “This evolved into a Brisbane interpretation of a New York style loft with exposed steel beams, 5m high ceilings, striking volume and lots of natural light,” he said. The other common theme was the juxtaposition of the traditional Queensland cottage with sharp, modern black features. BEFORE: The front of the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. BEFORE: The living and dining area of the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.“Pretty much everything has been replaced,” Mr McGroder said.“Only the original frame of the house remains. The wall, roof, floors are totally new.”Inspired the industrial lofts of New York City, Mr McGroder — who works for a national construction company — did the spatial planning for the house himself and then worked with an architect to put it on paper. Ted McGroder at the house he has renovated in Paddington. Image: AAP/Richard Gosling.THE neighbour described it as “the saddest house in the street”.But that didn’t deter Ted McGroder. “I think it inspired me,” Mr McGroder said.The house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, is unrecognisable from a year ago thanks to an epic renovation. RELATED: Bought for $47k, sold for a staggering price AFTER: The back and side of the house after the renovation.He then employed a builder to do the rest.“I didn’t do anything!” Mr McGroder said.The finished product incorporates a Brisbane aesthetic, with a functional floorplan and a truly “unforgettable entertaining area”.The five-bedroom house is on a 496 sqm block with a 15.9m street frontage. MORE: Why everyone loves a Queenslander (home) BEFORE: The back of the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. “While I didn’t realise it at the time I bought the house, by raising the house up to the level of the existing pool, it meant you could enter the house off the street on the same level and walk straight out onto the entertaining area and pool,” Mr McGroder said. BEFORE: The outdoor area of the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. AFTER: The living area has been completely transformed.That meant there were only two levels to the house despite the slope of the block.“The second most important aspect was to have a unique and striking aesthetic which was different to anything else in Brisbane,” Mr McGroder said.“The design team of DAHArchitecture and Elm Interiors would have heard me say about a million times; ‘I don’t want anything Hamptons — make it bold!’” AFTER: The master bedroom after the renovation.Mr McGroder said he loved seeing peoples’ reactions when they walked into the living area at the back. “The room itself is over 480 cubic metres of north facing, open plan entertaining space,” he said.“Plus, it opens directly out onto the outdoor and overlooks the pool, so there is an effortless flow between the kitchen and multiple living zones.” AFTER: The outdoor area after the renovation.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 8 monthsTotal spend: $1.2m BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. BEFORE: The main bedroom at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. BEFORE: The back and side of the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. BEFORE: The main bathroom in the house at 15 Glamorgan St, Paddington, before the renovation. AFTER: One of the bathrooms in the house after the renovation.Mr McGroder said he believed the kitchen was the centrepiece of the house.“I went all out on the kitchen with two Miele ovens, a Miele cooktop and dishwasher, custom Pop Concrete benchtops, twin 190 bottle Vintec wine fridges and a really good sized butler’s pantry neatly tucked off the side of the kitchen,” he said.The property is being marketed by Matt Lancashire and Josh Brown of Ray White New Farm and is scheduled for auction on June 15. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoAFTER: The living and dining area after the renovation. AFTER: The kitchen in the house after the renovation.Mr McGroder said that by keeping the original part of the house white and painting the front extension black, people would immediately get a sense that it was not a typical Queenslander. “This theme is continued right throughout the home — from the matt black cabinetry, black handles, black Miele appliances, black shower frames, black windows, black fans, black light switches, black tap-ware, black steel — everything is matt black,” he said.“I absolutely love the impact that black features can have when used against elegant finishes such as the French Oak timber flooring or custom concrete formed benchtops.”last_img read more

Arsenal star cheated on girlfriend

first_img Loading… “It’s no surprise I fell so hard for him. He treated me like a princess. “We regularly stayed at luxury hotels in London like The Sanderson. But then he casually confessed that he had a long-term girlfriend. “I was shocked. I believed he was single. I was furious and had to hear him tell me about the girl he had been dating for five years and had moved to London with him. “Alex managed to talk me round and promised there would be a future for us. He made an effort to see me almost every day. Read Also:Arsenal ace excited to see his parents in London “He messaged all the time — even when he was in Sardinia on holiday last summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal ace, Alexandre Lacazette cheated on his long-term love with a stunning nightclub worker. The striker, 28, enjoyed dates with Funda Gedik at £1,500-a-night hotels and introduced her to his family and teammates. He even texted her while on holiday with his partner of five years, Manon Mogavero, last summer. But Funda, 23, was left devastated when he confessed after three months of dating that he was not single. She carried on seeing him hoping he would commit — but now says she feels “completely betrayed”. Funda, 23, told a pal: “Alex went out of his way to persuade me to go out with him. He promised me the world and his devotion.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The Worldlast_img read more

Death toll in attack on Yemen military base rises to 111

first_imgBut by Sunday the death toll had risento at least 111, authorities said. The fighting between the Houthis andforces loyal to the government, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition, hasdevastated the country, killed an estimated 100,000 people, and triggered theworld’s worst humanitarian crisis.(BBC) The missile struck a mosque at theal-Estiqbal camp in Marib where soldiers had gathered for evening prayers.  The government blamed the rebel Houthimovement, but it did not immediately confirm it had launched the missile. Yemen – The death toll from Saturday’s missile attack on a militarytraining camp here has risen to at least 111, the government said. Initial reports about the attack saidat least 80 soldiers were killed. One of the victims receive medical treatment after a missile attack on a military training camp in Yemen on Saturday which authorities said killed at least 111 persons. AFP last_img read more

Safe Passage awards organizations, individuals for consistent support

first_imgLeft, Council members Ron Decker and Mark Horstman represented Ripley County, and received the local government support award; John Spence, owner of several Anytime Fitness centers, received the Champion of 2017 award; Safe Passage Executive Director Jane Yorn; Julie Keene, VP of Physician Services at Margaret Mary Health, represented the hospital to receive the business award; and Leacarol and Jerry Bennett were honored as long-time volunteers for Safe Passage.Mark Giesting served as emcee for the Safe Passage event and Haley Begay, Miss Indiana 2017, was one of the speakers. Her platform is domestic violence. Begay is 19 and from Pittsboro, IN.Batesville, In. —    In 1997, a few Batesville area women gathered around a kitchen table and brainstormed on how to support a friend in a domestic violence environment. They soon learned there was no local help available–no shelter, no support services–and got to work. That was the beginning of Safe Passage. What started with a toll-free crisis line has evolved into a full fledged shelter and victim services provider for six counties in southeast Indiana. In 20 years, Safe Passage has helped over 12,000 victims and their children exit to a safe environment.“It’s not something we can do alone. We need many hands, from county and business leaders to individual donators, to show our neediest community residents we care, that they are loved, and deserve a better life, free from violence,” said Jane Yorn, Executive Director and a founder of Safe Passage.To mark their 20 year history, Safe Passage recognized two businesses, one organization and two individuals for outstanding support at their major fundraiser ‘We Help. We Heal. We Hope.” on Dec. 2 at Walhill Farm. Margaret Mary Health was honored as the business supporter;  Ripley County Government for local government/civic organization; and for individual volunteers, Leacarol and Jerry Bennett.  In presenting these awards , Yorn noted that they have all been consistent with their support or investment to the nonprofit organization.The Bennetts began volunteering 17 years ago; Leacarol has scrubbed walls in preparation of the shelter opening in 2004 and fills in for administrative staff and volunteers at special events. Jerry has been the leader behind the Hands and Wheels ministry which provides moving help to clients as they start over.Margaret Mary Health embraced Safe Passage as a community investment from the very beginning, providing important seed money to grow programs. Several team members have served on the board, including Trish Hunter as current president. Yorn also commented that Geralyn Litzinger and Tracy Dwenger are the creators behind the beautiful ambiance of the annual event at Walhill.Ripley County Government has provided consistent and generous financial support for services that not only provide for local residents in need, but help Safe Passage leverage other governmental funds. Yorn noted that with the shelter located in Ripley County, the greatest number of individuals served come from the county.“These honorees are representatives of the foundation that Safe Passage has been built on. As this agency continues to grow, we need new supporters,” she noted at the event. In awarding the Champion of the Year plaque to Anytime Fitness, Yorn commented,” John Spence and Anytime Fitness have shown unmatched support and partnership in the mission of Safe Passage. The Bash Before the Stash, held in Lawrenceburg each June since 2015 and sponsored by Anytime Fitness, has raised more than $99,000 to benefit the life-saving work of Safe Passage,” she told the crowd. Spence, and several members of the local AF team were present and thus recognized.The fifth annual “ We Help. We Heal. We Hope.” brunch fundraiser sold out and raised a record amount for Safe Passage. The fundraiser is unique in that businesses/organizations or individuals design the 33 table tops, providing a visual delight for the guests. Mark Giesting served as emcee and as part of the program, he spoke from the experience his sister had, sharing how important it is to be supportive to such victims. He also was grateful for the victim assistance and Domestic Violence education Safe Passage provided.The nonprofit receives about 70 percent of its funds from federal and state sources; the rest is through private donations, grants and special fundraisers like this event.During the Dec. 2 program, Safe Passage recognized the six major fundraisers, each donating $5000, including; MainSource, Margaret Mary Health, Hillenbrand-Batesville Casket, William H. and Martha A Hillenbrand Foundation, Anytime Fitness and In memory of Ron Fledderman. Enhanced Telecommunications and Maxwell Construction were visionary sponsors, contributing $3500 each. In all, there were 42 sponsors donating at various levels to the fundraiser.  Yorn said, “We are truly grateful for the support of these generous sponsors, plus over 100 local raffle donors, the 300+ attendees, the table designers and the table captains. In this season of giving, it’s heartwarming to see how the community steps up to see that all their residents have the chance to lead a healthy, violence-free life.”Safe Passage is a 501c3 organization, with a shelter based in Batesville and serving six counties, Ripley, Franklin, Jefferson, Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland. The toll-free helpline is 1 877-733-1990, and website, www.safepassageinc.orglast_img read more

Kenya hasn’t banned Tanzania from flying in, CS Macharia

first_imgThe transport minister also said that a total of 19 countries were exempt from the quarantine list.The countries include China, Morocco, Canada, South Korea, Namibia, Uganda, Rwanda, Japan, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands, Qatar, United Arabs Emirates, Italy and United States of America (except for California, Florida and Texas).Also Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981During the clarification, CS Macharia said that he and his Tanzanian transport counterpart had come to an understanding and that his ministry would give a statement on the same in due time.Conditions were however given for being exempt from quarantine, this include:All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do NOT have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID – 19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine.For those passengers travelling out of the country, they will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country;Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences;Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the Airport to drop or pick up passengers;Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their departure airport;Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers regarding the application of the preventive measures on board;Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew members will make constant on-board announcements reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In addition and in such cases other measures such as cabin recirculation air filters will be put in place; andWorking jointly with Airports Authority and Kenya Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentThis clarification comes shortly after Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority Director General Hamza Johari said that a decision had been made to revoke KQ’s clearance into Tanzania.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesHe said that Tanzania had noted its exclusion in the list of countries whose people will be allowed to travel into Kenya effective Saturday when international flights resume in Kenya.“The Authority regrets to inform you that, on a reciprocal basis, the Tanzanian Government has decided to nullify its approval for Kenya Airways flights between Nairobi and Dar/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar effective August 1, 2020, until further notice,” the letter said.Johari added that the letter rescinds all previous arrangements that permit KQ flights into Tanzania including a letter dated July 30, 2020. “The Ministry of Transport came up with these protocols based on a risk assessment that was carried out, the list of countries to quarantine upon arrival will keep being updated,” he said.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The Ministry of Transport has Saturday defended its stance in the Tanzania- Kenya airspace row.CS Macharia in a press brief clarified the issue saying that Kenya had not banned any country from entering into Kenya and that the airspace was open to all.CS Macharia, however, said that some countries which include Tanzania will be placed into quarantine once they touch down into the country.last_img read more

Mrs. Thelma Sue (Roark) Osborn

first_imgMrs. Thelma Sue (Roark) Osborn, age 67, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on April 10, 1953 at their home in Letcher County, Kentucky. She was one of 17 children born to the late Lue and Arnie (Caudill) Roark. She was raised in Vevay, Indiana where she attended the Switzerland County High School. Thelma was united in marriage on September 13, 1970 in Sunman, Indiana to Baxter Osborn, Sr. and from this union they were blessed with three sons, Baxter, Jr., Neal and Steven. Thelma and Baxter shared nearly 50 years of marriage together until her death. Thelma was employed for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Osgood and Madison, Indiana, retiring after 27 years of service. She was a member of the Little Memory Old Regular Baptist Church in Sunman, Indiana. Thelma was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She treasured her boys and grandbabies and embraced every moment with them. Thelma was a dedicated mother and grandmother first and foremost. She especially loved her role as Mamaw. Thelma enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels outside her window, playing cards and sewing. She also enjoyed going to bingo and, as it seemed, she was the only one walking away a winner! Thelma also loved girl’s night with her sisters where they would play cards, reminisce and enjoyed one another’s cooking. Thelma leaves an emptiness in our hearts that will never be filled. Thelma passed away at 11:47 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at the University of Cincinnati Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.Thelma will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Baxter Osborn, Sr. of Vevay, IN; her sons, Neal Osborn and his wife, Lisa of Vevay, IN and Steven Osborn and his wife, Brittany of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Jessica Shackleford and her husband, Steven, Ashley Marcum and her husband, John, Brooklyn Osborn, Rivers Osborn and David Carter; her great-grandchildren, Abby Shackleford and Brayden and Kylie Marcum; her brothers, Harley Roark and his wife, Mildred of Holton, IN, James Roark and his wife, Dana of Holton, IN, John Roark and his wife, Linda of Madison, IN, Joe Roark and his wife, Debbie of Osgood, IN and Mark Roark and his wife, Teresa of Linefork, KY; her sisters, Bonnie Kieffer and her husband, Bo of Osgood, IN, Bonita Halcomb of Linefork, KY, Tina Wingate and her husband, Jim of Canaan, IN and Martha Hammons of Canaan, IN and her numerous nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Lue Roark, died November 14, 1978 and Arnie (Caudill) Roark, died May 26, 1959; her step-mother, Minnie Roark, died February 4, 1983; her son, Baxter Osborn, Jr., died January 1, 1972; her brother, Charles A. Roark, died January 4, 1938 and her sisters, Dana F. Craig, died September 12, 1998, Ola Vae Simon, died August 18, 2005, Anna Mae Ahuas, died July 5, 2010, Eula Sizemore, died January 17, 2018, Lola Woods, died April 2, 2018 and Georgia Ann Sparks, died March 30, 2019.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., by Pastor Clay Wilson and Pastor Jimmy Bailey, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Little Memory Church Cemetery, 5709 East County Road 1150 North, Sunman, Indiana 47041.Memorial contributions may be made to the Mrs. Thelma Sue (Roark) Osborn Memorial Fund c/o Baxter Osborn, Sr. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Niger Tornadoes Set to Storm the Premier League

first_imgThe Technical Adviser of the club Abubakar Bala, said yesterday in Minna that the club used the last season “to study life in the elite division now we are ready for any club either big or small”Coach Bala said the performance of the team during the pre-season when the club won four drew four and lost only three matches against established club-sides has reinforced the confidence of management and players that “the new season is for us.”“We had bitter experience last season but I can assure you that the lapses of the last season will not surface this new season”.Asked if the club will still play its home matches away from home, the coach declared: “Lokoja will still be out home ground.”The technical adviser acknowledged that “it is difficult playing home at away because teams have the confidence against you,” adding that “we lost everything playing away from home”.He however expressed gratitude to football lovers in the Kogi state capital and its environs for ” giving us their support always”.“We expect the same support from our fans in lokoja in the new season”.Niger Tornadoes was placed 11th on the NPFL table at the end of last season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Laleye Dipo in MinnaNiger State darling football team, Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna, is almost 85 per cent ready for the new Nigerian Professional Football League season.The club has also told other teams in the league that its ambition is to finish among the top three on the log.last_img read more

Syracuse defense continues to thrive despite loss of Hamilton

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 16, 2012 at 11:56 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu A freak injury in its season opener left the Syracuse women’s soccer team without its senior captain and starting center back this entire season. Amanda Hamilton injured her knee on a noncontact play against Colgate and hasn’t seen the field since.Even with one of the team’s leaders out, the defensive group has quietly dominated. Jackie Moriarty moved from center midfield to center back, and along with Rachel Blum, has formed a phenomenal center back combination. Blum played center midfield in high school, so the team is essentially playing with two converted center midfielders at the two most important defensive positions.Head coach Phil Wheddon said the pair has been “absolutely amazing,” and with an outside back rotation of Skylar Sabbag, Kayla Afonso and Taylor Haenlin, the defensive group has been “fantastic.”“I think in every contest our defense has been exceptionally solid,” Wheddon said. “I think the decision-making that we’ve had at the back has been great.”Goalkeeper Brittany Anghel gets statistical recognition for the team’s four shutouts and 1.12 goals-against average, but the defense deserves just as much of the credit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’ve been really reliable, especially in the middle of the season,” Anghel said. “We’ve gotten really comfortable with each other … and I think the unit is really cohesive.”While a major theme this season has been the offense’s goal-scoring inconsistency, the defense has kept the team in games. In its four victories that weren’t shutouts, SU has played an average of 41 minutes of scoreless soccer after its opponent scored their last goal, almost an entire half. In the shutout on Sept. 30 against Rutgers, Alyscha Mottershead scored the game-winning goal after more than 102 minutes of scoreless soccer.Sabbag, Afonso and Haenlin all bring unique styles to the group. Sabbag is a reliable, stay-at-home defender, while Afonso isn’t afraid to join the rush and start attacks. Haenlin is a combination of the two and takes many of the team’s sideline throw-ins.Afonso, Blum and Moriarty, as well as Anghel, are all juniors. Wheddon said two weeks ago that he’s lucky to have such an incredible group for another year, but said he’s not sure if he’ll be able to replace them after that.For a freshman like Haenlin, she’s stepped into the experienced and talented lineup almost seamlessly. Haenlin said the older players are great role models and with Hamilton’s injury, she knew she had to step up her play.“With her going down we knew that other people had to step up,” Haenlin said. “It made me take on more of a responsibility. I knew the team would rely on me a little bit more. It made me step my game up and play to the speed of the game.”Earlier this season, when the defense had a healthy group of five or six players, Wheddon used more substitutions, but there has only been one defensive substitution in the last four games.“This year … we have options,” Wheddon said. “Taylor is obviously coming here as a freshman and has done very well. Skylar is very, very reliable and Kayla is an attacking outside back and not someone I would want to face. We have options at the back and different people playing in different positions. For once we have depth and it’s shown all season long.”Playing against Ohio State, Washington and No. 22 Marquette has prepared the Orange defense for postseason play.“I think we’re going to be good,” Moriarty said. “The weekend kind of showed setbacks, but at the same time we kind of needed that to wake us up. We still have things to work on. We’re not perfect.”The defense is obviously not perfect, but with the loss of its leader, it’s certainly stepped up its play and is a big reason for SU’s nine wins.Said Wheddon: “Our defenders are absolutely fantastic and I would take them against anyone in the country.” Commentslast_img read more

Seven race flat card in Tipperary this evening

first_imgThe seven-race flat card gets underway at 4.35.There’s also a meeting in Bellewstown, which starts at 4.15.last_img

Edo Gov Rewards Bendel Insurance with N25m

first_imgThe highly anticipated make-or-mar encounter between both teams, was concluded on Monday morning at the University of Benin Sports Complex, after a tension-soaked Sunday afternoon encounter that was postponed due to bad weather.With the 2-1 win, the Edo Arsenal as Bendel Insurance is fondly called, has secured the three points it needed to top the Table and now awaits NFF’s decision on the NNL Super 8 play off.If the NFF sticks to the same rule that allowed Lobi Stars to be declared winner of the abridged 2018 NPFL season, Bendel Insurance and their fans may well be preparing to return to the topflight again after over a decade in the wilderness of Nigerian football.Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki whose sports policy made it possible for Insurance to achieve this feat received the team at the Government House in Benin yesterday.A visibly elated Governor Obaseki congratulated the management and players of Bendel Insurance Football Club for defeating 3SC to be on course to returning to the Nigeria Professional Football League.Obaseki said the victory was another fulfillment of his administration’s promise to Edo people and residents.“My joy knows no bound because of what you have done today. I congratulate you and congratulate myself. I say this because it is another promise kept. We promised Edo people that we would bring Bendel Insurance to its lofty status which we all will be proud off and make sure they go on to play in the Premier league,” the governor said.He described the Deputy Governor of the State, Hon. Philip Shaibu who led the team to his office as the father of the New Bendel Insurance FC and commended him for the giant strides he made in rebranding the club.“We have built a team and have a machinery that will win the premier league, I am giving the club the sum of N25 million to show how grateful we are as a government,” Obaseki said.The deputy governor of the state, said in 2017, the state governor gave him a marching order to rebrand Bendel Insurance FC and other sporting activities in the state.“We did a lot of rebranding in the club and we appreciate the governor for ensuring prompt release of the budget of the club and the payment of salaries.He said the technical team was working to sign in bigger players to join the players in the club in preparation for the national premier league.Former National Deputy Secretary, Sports Writers Association (SWAN), Mr. Ben Ogbemudia, described the 2-1 win as deserved.He said: “Bendel Insurance FC win over 3SC is making Edo people proud again that the huge investment of the Obaseki-led administration is delivering results.“Obaseki took Bendel Insurance from an all-time low period in which salaries and allowances were not paid and when paid, they were irregular.“The players used to wear tattered jerseys, no provision was made for a serviceable vehicle to transport players to and from match venues. The team used to travel on match days. They did not have a camp that was conducive for training,” recalled Ogbemudia who is a former Media Officer of the team.The sportswriter said the tragic story changed when Governor Obaseki began the revamp of the team.“What we have now is a truly rebranded Bendel Insurance FC and with this historic win and promotion to the elite NPFL, the players have demonstrated their appreciation to the Edo State Government for investing faith in them.Bendel Insurance Football Club, originally known as the Vipers of Benin with a traditional base at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, was one of Nigeria’s top teams in the 1970 through 1980s.The ownership crisis coupled with other problems plunged the team into relegation at the end of the 2007–08 season after finishing last on the table. It was the first time the team was being relegated from the top level in its history.Despite the state government’s intervention in 2008, that reversed its ownership to the state government, Bendel Insurance FC continued to grapple with series of challenges that kept the club in troubled waters until the Obaseki administration overhauled its management.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Says club’s triumph over 3SC and hope of promotion to NPFL is promise keptAdibe Emenyonu in Benin CityBendel Insurance Football Club yesterday in Benin City, made a bold move to return to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a 2-1 defeat of 3SC Football Club of Ibadan.last_img read more