Designer Space: Living on the Sunshine Coast

This luxury, 4,000 square foot, post and beam vacation home offers amazing views and plenty of room for guests.

CANADIAN HOME TRENDS CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE HOME’S DESIGN AND LAYOUT?

ANDY KOBERWITZ This home was designed to take advantage of the amazing views of Agamemnon Channel. It carries the signature style that West Coast Log Homes are recognized for worldwide with unique craftsmanship and distinctive design. Using whole Western Red Cedar logs, the home was handcrafted using precision joinery for immense strength and natural beauty. Dakota Ridge Builders, our construction contracting company, completed the finishing of the home.

CHT CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THE OVERALL DESIGN?

AK The owners wanted the design to lend itself well to hosting indoor/outdoor summer parties. Tall kitchen windows open the full length of the kitchen to expose the area to the deck. This allows the hosts to prepare delightful meals while easily chatting with guests on the patio. Downstairs, the floor to ceiling doors open the entire length of the wall. This provides for an easy flow from the great room to the patio and infinity pool beyond.

CHT WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT IN THIS SPACE?

AK Every wing of the home takes in amazing views. One can admire the sunset, keep an eye on the kids in the pool or simply watch kayakers glide past from one of the many decks or windows.

CHT CAN YOU OFFER WORDS OF WISDOM TO READERS LOOKING TO BUILD A CUSTOM HOME?

AK Every successful building project begins with a good design. Design with a goal and your lifestyle in mind. Know your spending limits, develop a realistic home building budget and select an experienced builder who will help plan, organize and coordinate your project. With proper planning and management, a builder can help you achieve your goals for scope, cost, time and quality.

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Developing nations to study ways to dim sunshine, slow warming

OSLO (Reuters) – Scientists in developing nations plan to step up research into dimming sunshine to curb climate change, hoping to judge if a man-made chemical sunshade would be less risky than a harmful rise in global temperatures.


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Former Disney Channel Star Caroline Sunshine Joins President Trump’s White House Staff

Former Disney Channel star Caroline Sunshine is joining the White House press office in the role of press assistant, according to CNN.

From 2010 to 2013, Sunshine was in the Disney Channel show Shake It Up opposite Bella Thorne and Zendaya. Though she is best known for her acting career, it’s not her first job in politics.

Prior to this new role, the 22-year-old was a White House intern. She has also interned in House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office, and has been involved in other various political organizations.

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Paul Archuleta—FilmMagicCaroline Sunshine in Hollywood, Calif. on July 9, 2014

Her new job comes as President Donald Trump’s White House has seen a series of departures — in just the last month, Gary Cohn resigned from his post as Chief Economic Adviser, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired, and H.R. McMaster former National Security Adviser, and Rex Tillerson former Secretary of State were ousted from their posts. On the last day of February Hope Hicks, former White House Communications Director, announced she was leaving the White House.

Cohn was replaced by CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow, McMaster Was replaced by Fox News contributor and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, and Tillerson was replaced by CIA director Mike Pompeo.


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6 Best Beaches In Europe If Your Study Abroad Trip Needs Some Sand & Sunshine

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There are some pretty stunning places in the world, and it’s so important to get out of your comfort zone and go see them. Spread your wings, fly the nest, and take in some of the glorious sights and sounds the world has to offer. And, these days you can further your education and cultural experiences by choosing to study abroad. We would recommend this to anybody who gets the chance to do it.

Studying abroad is essential for improving and developing your scope for learning. There are a lot of places you can go if you’re serious about studying abroad, but Europe is perhaps the best. So much history and wild, untamed beauty lie all across Europe, and it’s time you go out and experienced it. So, why not split your European study sessions up, with a visit to these awesome beaches?

Brac Island – Croatia

Croatia is a country with tons to do, and one of the best attractions here is to head to Brac Island, the stunning beach outside Split. Take a boat out and visit this idyllic paradise, it might just be the best thing you do while you’re here. There’s no sand here, but it’s lovely a pebbly, and the perfect place to relax. You could even bring some books and do a bit of studying in paradise!

Cinque Terre – Italy

This hidden gem is going to be your new favorite place on the Amalfi Coast. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy parts, this stunning place is built into the mountains. You’ll feel like you are on the vacation of your life, and you can escape the rigors of studying for a while. You could do it in a day, or even make a weekend of it, and slip away to heaven on Earth.

Corfu Island – Greece

You might have heard that Corfu is something of a tourist trap these days, but it largely depends on where you go. This is still the best place in the country to find a beautiful, stunning beach on which to relax. The white, hot sand, licked by waves from the Ionian Sea makes this small island a must-visit for anyone. Put the books aside for a day, and discover the tranquility of Corfu.

Lagos – Portugal

A trip to southern Portugal wouldn’t be complete without heading out to Lagos. This is one of the most picture perfect parts of Portugal and home to some of the country’s best beaches. The Atlantic Ocean will be a great departure from the Mediterranean, and there are some stunning rock formations here as well.

Positano – Italy

Italy certainly is the place for all seasons, with somewhere to appeal to anyone, no matter what time of year. Positano is another of the unforgettable places you have to visit when you travel to Italy. Head to the island of Capri while you’re here, and try to visit the Blue Grotto; that’s before we even get to trying the food.

La Barceloneta in Barcelona – Spain

Is there anything Barcelona isn’t great for? Aside from the delicious paella, tapas, and Picasso, this stunning Catalonian city also has an amazing beach called La Barceloneta. We highly recommend you check out this beach, and soak up a different side of Barcelona.

So there we have it, some of the best beaches in the whole of Europe. These are some of the most stunning places in the world, and they can all be found in Europe. Make your European study experience even better by checking out these incredible beaches.

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Florida Pro Sponsored By Sunshine State Florida Lager QS Kicks Off Today

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SEBASTIAN INLET, Florida/ USA (Wednesday, January 17, 2018) – The World Surf League (WSL) North America Qualifying Series (QS) season kicks off tomorrow morning at Sebastian Inlet, Florida, for the inaugural Ron Jon Florida Pro presented by Sunshine State Lager Women’s QS6,000 and Men’s QS1,500. Some of the world’s best women competitors will be in attendance with a valuable 6,000 points on offer to start the season. The men’s field encompasses some of North America’s up-and-coming talents looking to get their start on the QS level, but have a few seasoned veterans they must overcome along the way.

A formidable women’s field includes seven current Championship Tour (CT) competitors, along with six former CT surfers looking to find their way back to the Top 17 with a kickstart here at Sebastian Inlet.

Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) prepares to enter her third year on the CT and wants to jump into a jersey right away. The Kauaian-native finished No. 2 on the QS rankings last season to back up her No. 10 spot on the CT Jeep Leaderboard. Weston-Webb managed to double-qualify, meaning she finished in the Top 6 of the QS and Top 10 of the CT, with a few impressive performances scattered throughout 2017 and now looks to improve once more.

“I always support events that give back to women’s surfing and provide plenty of opportunities for us,” Weston-Webb said. “I know that the QS has had a bit of difficulty solidifying the high rated events, so to have this event at the beginning of the year is a great opportunity to get valuable points right away. I’ve been training hard in the off season in Brazil for about a month and I definitely feel strong, and excited, coming into this event.”

It’s been a long three years away from the CT for New Zealand’s Paige Hareb (NZL) after spending five years on the elite stage. Hareb’s terrific run last season earned her the No. 9 spot on the QS and, with three surfers double-qualifying, found her way back to the Top 17. The 27-year-old still has a lot of surfing planned in her career and is putting the time in early to get the competitive spark on track.

“It’s nice to have a chance to get off to a good start at the very beginning of the year,” Hareb said. “The 6,000 events and ladies surfing in them are only getting stronger and stronger — it’s so good to see and be a part of.  I’ve never been here and I love traveling so hopefully I can find some cool little spots in the area and hopefully get some fun waves. I can definitely say I have more confidence. I’ve qualified twice now so I know I can do it and compete with the best, but, in saying that, there’s some amazing talent coming through.”

But, these top seeds will have to deal with potential threats such as wildcard, and Florida native, Rachel Presti (USA). Presti had a breakthrough year on the North America Junior Tour with a No. 5 finish after notching her first-ever Finals appearance in Barbados. The 15-year-old continues to grow through the sport of surfing and has her eyes set on some big goals in 2017.

“I think it’s really cool to see my friends from all over the world come to my home town and get the Florida vibe,” Presti said. “It’s very exciting because it’s such a large event and great way to start off the year. An event like this gives me a great chance to see how I stand up against big girls. Also, every heat I surf makes me more comfortable and confident surfing in these bigger events.”

The Florida Pro presented by Sunshine State Lager Men’s QS1,500 draw features some of North America’s finest up-and-comers alongside veteran talent on hand. This marks the first men’s QS at Sebastian Inlet since 2009 and the excitement from competitors is at an all-time high.

Former CT competitor Gabe Kling (USA) grew up just north of Sebastian Inlet in St. Augustine, Florida, and was a major threat the last time Sebastian Inlet hosted a contest. The now 37-year-old still finds himself contest hungry when they are on his home coast and be around fellow Floridian competitors such as Asher Nolan (USA) and Evan Geiselman (USA) — along with up-and-coming local talents Tommy Coleman (USA) and Chase Modelski (USA).

“This is super exciting to see Sebastian get an event back after the experience last time around,” Kling said. “It’s such a unique and beautiful spot that also allows for a lot of crowd to come down and watch. We as surfers just love to have events near us and the opportunity it provides for the upcoming kids is incredible. Any chance they have to do a QS while still in the junior ranks is a great experience and maybe even get on a roll to get into more events after the seeding shuffle. I love still doing these events and competing so the chance to do it down the road is great.”

Chauncey Robinson (USA) is one Floridian ready for more events in his area. Robinson finished off his 2017 QS season with a runner-up in Barbados last November and wants to pick up where he left off for his hometown crowd of Melbourne Beach just down the road.
“It’s amazing to be able to kick off the year at my home break of Sebastian Inlet,” Robinson said. “It’s such a big opportunity that I would love to capitalize on. The wave is super tricky, but it can produce some special moments. I sort of missed out on being able to watch the O’Neil events take place in person. However, growing up surfing Sebastian nearly every day, a majority of the guys I’ve idolized over the years there competed in the events and I’ve heard tons of stories — and watched the highlight packages of each event countless times.”

Event organizers will meet to assess conditions at 7:30 a.m. EDT for a possible 8:00 a.m. EDT start. Tune in LIVE at www.worldsurfleague.com, or by downloading the free WSL App, to watch all the action unfold.

The Ron Jon Florida Pro pres. by Sunshine State Florida Lager Women’s QS6,000 and Florida Pro pres. by Sunshine State Lager Men’s QS1,500 runs January 18 through 24 at Sebastian Inlet, Florida.

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Tiree, Scotland’s ‘Sunshine Island’

As well as pristine beaches and the most sunshine hours in the UK, the inner Hebridean island has an abundance of wildlife – but is mercifully free of midges

The last time I sat on the saddle of a pushbike I was still in short trousers. Forty years later, I was pedalling gleefully down an undulating single-track road on a clear blue mid-July morning. Either side, the road was framed by hedgerows and, beyond, untamed croft land was gold and purple thanks to an abundance of buttercups and heather. Up ahead lay an expanse of ocean, aquamarine and twinkling. The air was rich with birdsong and the scent of grasses and sea. There wasn’t a car in sight. It was like riding into the pages of an Enid Blyton story. Until, that is, a great black-backed gull swooped from on high, plucked an enormous brown rat from a roadside ditch, soared once more to the heavens and flung its poor victim back to Earth, and its doom.

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Big Agnes Sunshine Hooded Jacket – Women’s: The Women’s Sunshine Hooded jacket features ultralight shell fabric and is insulated with 850 fill power DownTek(TM), an insulation that absorbs less water and dries faster than untreated downs. The fit is contoured and has very flattering vertical style lines. Wear on its own as an insulating layer or under a waterproof shell on big snow days. This jacket is very compressible, stuffing into its own internal pocket which makes it easy to stash in your day pack or travel bag. Ultralight hooded down jacket with a contoured fit and a drop tail 850 fill power DownTek(TM) water repellent down Insotect Flow(TM) vertical baffles contour to your body to provide more comfortable fit and keep you warmer Flow Gates(TM) eliminate down shifting to keep uniform insulation coverage Ultralight nylon rip-stop shell is wind and water resistant Adjustable drawcord hood closure keeps the weather out Main zipper includes interior no-draft flap and a zipper garage at chin Adjustable drawcord at hem seals out wind Thumb holes make layering easy and eliminate the gap between sleeve and glove Two zippered hand-warmer pockets with zipper garages Large interior mesh pockets for extra stash space Interior chest pocket doubles as a stuff sack Textured zipper pulls are easy to use with gloves Fill weight size Medium – 6oz/ 162g Jacket weight size Medium – 12oz/ 340g
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True Linkswear True Jade Womens Golf Shoes – Grey Sunshine

True Linkswear True Jade Womens Golf Shoes – Grey Sunshine


2013 True Linkswear True Jade Womens Golf Shoes Made for Golf, Ready for Anything The TRUE jade is a women’s hybrid golf shoe designed for the course, the road, the trails, the gym, the airport or wherever else life takes you. The jade is similar to the Men’s TRUE sensei, but on a women’s last. The jade is our first women’s model with our new sensei outsole design which provides excellent traction and stability on the course, on the trail, on the road or wherever life takes you. Early feedback on the TRUE jade has been very positive as a golf, walking and workout shoe. The synthetic jade upper is very comfortable and breathable so you can walk the course or around town and never worry about your feet. Like any zero drop minimalist running shoe, the TRUE jade can take some time to adapt to because the muscles in your legs may be used to running in shoes that have a raised heel, a high arch, padding and gel or air bags. In order to transition properly to running in the TRUE jade, we would suggest starting with very short jogs of half a mile to a mile. Your body will awaken to proprioception and your stride will shift from a heel strike to a natural mid-foot strike fairly quickly because it “feels right”. If you build mileage too quickly and your body has not adapted to your new running motion, ?unnecessary injury can occur. So, just start slow, add distance carefully, listen to your body and enjoy the run! Features: True Linkswear True Jade Womens Golf Shoes TRUE barefoot Women’s Platform Mesh Upper Mesh Liner Memory Foam Heel TRUE sensei rubber outsole Golf>Run>Hike>Anything Moisture wicking 3D mesh liner for maximum breathability, durability and comfort TRUE lite synthetic upper keeps the TRUE sensei ultra light and breathable Zero drop heel and TRUE sensei rubber outsole for ultimate flexibility and feel whether on the course or on the road.
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