At home with Taipans coach Aaron Fearne and his wife Amy. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYAFTER a pulsating night at the convention centre, win or lose, Taipans coach Aaron Fearne knows he can go home and take some precious time-out. Last year he and his family moved from their longstanding Bayview Heights home to a larger property at popular Brinsmead estate, The Peak. With striking views west to Redlynch, the home offers tranquillity to Mr Fearne and his wife Amy, a teacher at Cairns State High School. “You come home from a day at work and it’s just quiet, peaceful and easy to unwind here,” he said. A basketball hoop in the driveway is mainly used by Mr and Mrs Fearne’s two children, Tyler, 14, and Jasmine, 12. Aaron Fearne in his media room PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTY“The thing that gets overwhelming in a big house is things like art work, plants, pots and furniture. It takes time to get a feel for what you want,” Mr Fearne said. Downstairs is a self-contained living quarters, which is currently being rented by a Taipans squad member, and an impressive media room. “I like watching movies. And the sound in here blows you away,” Mr Fearne said. Far North Queensland is a long way from Minnesota, USA, where Mr and Mrs Fearne met during college.But, having spent almost 20 years in Cairns, they couldn’t feel more at home in the tropics. “When we first came to Cairns in 1998, we thought we might only be here for one year,” Mr Fearne said. “Basketball has been the vehicle keeping us here.“We’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been a great place to bring up the kids.” Their Brinsmead home was built in 2004 by Cairns builder Craig Burrows.Mrs Fearne, also a keen basketballer, said moving had been the right decision. “There’s a lot more space here, I’m really enjoying it,” she said. “As long as Aaron has a job at the Taipans, we’ll be here.” The property is in Brinsmead’s The Peak estate PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYYou walk through the front door into a vast kitchen and living area which opens onto a pool and colossal timber deck, totalling about 120sq m. The area is made for entertaining.“We had a Christmas Eve dinner, there would have been 35 people here and we didn’t feel like we were on top of each other,” Mr Fearne said. “There were family and friends from the Taipans, including some imports who had nowhere else to go.”There is of course some, but not an excessive amount, of basketball memorabilia on display. Hanging above the TV is a photo from the Taipans’ 2004 playoff appearance against the Perth Wildcats; in the living room are signed playing strips from Cairns product Aron Baynes and his former San Antonio teammate Tim Duncan. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago
Statewide— A proposal that would ban motorists from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads appears on its one step closer to becoming law.Tuesday, the Indiana Senate voted 43-4 in favor of the bill that is aimed at making roadways safer. House members endorsed a similar version of the bill last month that would permit cellphone use only with hands-free or voice-operated technology, except in emergencies. This proposal would ban people from holding or using a telecommunications device while operating a moving motor vehicle. Republican Senator Michael Crider of Greenfield, the bill’s sponsor, stated that 21 other states with similar laws have seen reductions in the number of crashes.The Indiana State Police report that distracted driving was to blame in at least 860 injury crashes and 48 crashes with deaths in Indiana last year. But experts say that Hands-Free technology doesn’t necessarily make driving distraction-free. The National Safety Council says that drivers miss 50% of what is in front of them with Hands-Free driving technology. AAA spokespeople say that drivers focus more on technology and less on the road.Senator Jean Leising of Oldenburg argued the tougher law would unfairly affect those who drive older vehicles without hands-free technology and that the maximum potential $500 fine was excessive.The amended bill will now move back to the House for final approval before it goes to Gov. Eric Holcomb to sign. Governor Holcomb already stated that this proposal was a priority for him this session.
RelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope Determined to revamp the sports sector in the country, the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, will on Thursday in Abuja hold an inter-ministerial technical session, tagged: “Positioning sports as an industry – From concept to action.”Other ministers expected at the brainstorming session, according to a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications, Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Yinka Iyinolakan, are the Minister of Education, Information and Culture, Women Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Youth and Sports Development, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social development.The statement reads: “The goal of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Session, is to develop a pathway for constant dialogue and engagement between the private and public sectors to chart a sustainable course for unlocking the potentials of the Sports Industry and enabling the development of the whole gamut of the value chain of sports.“Through this pathway, it is expected that the reform of the Sports Industry will contribute to the socio-economic indices of the Nigerian economy by increasing participation in sport, enabling the creation of jobs, promoting greater employment of youth,generating revenues from sport-related activities and targeting a GDP contribution of 2-3% to the Nigerian Economy within 5-10 years. “The outcome of the Inter-Ministerial Technical Session and the proceedings of the breakout sessions will form an integral part of the ongoing reform process towards a new National Sports Industry Policy that will accommodate objectives of all stakeholders in the public, social enterprise and private sectors for a vibrant sport industry, capable of contributing to the growth of the socio-economic indices of the Nigeria Economy.”The Inter-Ministerial Technical Session is jointly hosted by the Ministry and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.Tags: sports developmentSunday DareYinka Iyinolakan