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Reality TV stars Michael and Carlene give a little back


first_imgMichael and Carlene Duffy are focused on their careers and charity. Picture: Richard Gosling.LAST Saturday night I lined up to call four auctions at the Ronald McDonald Ball. On arrival I saw my old The Block host Shelley Craft was the MC and Michael and Carlene, the couple I represented on show (and my in-laws), were also on the guest list.It’s been a busy couple of years since we all did battle on The Block Glasshouse and while we have caught up at a few events since, it was good to catch up again and shoot the breeze with them.The life of a reality television star and host usually has two sides. There is the camera side and the reality side. Not to say that the shows don’t mirror real life, surprisingly they do, but when the cameras aren’t rolling most of these celebrities have day jobs to keep their fingers on the pulse.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMichael, Carlene and Shelley all have shows on Channel Nine. Shelley is again hosting this year’s series on the Logie Award winning show The Block, while Michael and Carlene have their new show Ready Set Reno about to start on September 10.It surprises most people to hear about these star’s close connection to the property industry. On the flip side to their reality fame both families are very close to the fire in the real estate community. Shelley’s husband, and absolute legend, Christian ‘Serge’ Sergiaconi is the director of Byron Bay Property Sales. They handle all aspects of sales in the Byron Bay region. Serge was previously a camera man on shows around the world before deciding open homes and auctions were more his pace.Similarly, Michael and Carlene have launched their own property styling company: cedarandsuede.com.au. They have been promoting their services through real estate agents on the Gold Coast and are quickly becoming the hottest thing in property promotion on the GC.These property stars who had donated their time helped me swing the gavel and raise thousands of dollars to support families and children dealing with incredible adversity. These everyday Aussies are winners on both sides of the coin. As the nation’s appetite for property and property shows is at an all-time high, it’s nice to know the people behind the hype are the real deal.last_img read more


Evans, Texas Tech to Sweet 16 after win over Florida


first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Once you get to this point, it’s just like, man, I’m not ready for it to end,” Evans said. “And here we are getting another week to prepare and play the game we love.”Evans scored 22 points, making the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 ½ minutes before his alley-oop pass on the punctuating dunk, as third-seeded Texas Tech beat Florida 69-66 on Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Red Raiders, in their second year with head coach Chris Beard, are going into the second weekend of the tournament for the first time since 2005.“It’s amazing. I feel like words can’t really describe this journey with these guys,” Evans said. “Coach Beard came in and said he was going to win. And after last season, it was a disappointment, he told us we were going to get to this tournament next year. We were going to make a run. And he kept his word.” Chiozza was limited to 27 minutes in his 139th and final game for the Gators because of foul trouble. He made his first three shots, and had three assists, in his first 10 minutes. He then missed eight straight shots until the final basket, and didn’t have another assist. He leaves Florida as the school career leader with 364 assists. He had 14 in two NCAA tourney games in Dallas.UP NEXTJust weeks before returning to Lubbock, after briefly holding the UNLV job, Beard’s Arkansas-Little Rock team upset Purdue in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament as part of 30 wins in his only season there.The Boilermakers, who play Sunday night for a chance to get to the Sweet 16, surely remember that. MOST READ Prayer answered again: Loyola tops Tennessee on late jumper View comments Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Florida (21-13) fell short of the Sweet 16 — and the Elite Eight — for the first time in their last six NCAA Tournament appearances. The last time they didn’t make it to the Sweet 16 was in 2010, when the SEC team lost a first-round game to BYU.Texas Tech quickly erased a five-point deficit midway through the second half with nine straight points. Evans scored seven of those, and Smith — wo had a 360-spin alley-oop dunk from Evans in the tourney opener Thursday — delivered a follow-up slam.Evans drove the baseline for a reverse layup put the Red Raiders up 51-50. After Smith’s slam, Evans had a nifty spin move for a jumper and then added a three-point play after that.“We didn’t load to Keenan Evans a couple times when we needed that, at least a couple times. He got to the rim too much,” Florida coach Mike White said. “It’s very difficult to contain him. He’s big. He’s strong. He’s physical. And he’s got a really explosive first step.”Jarrett Culver, the hometown freshman for Texas Tech, had 11 points and nine rebounds.Texas Tech hasn’t been to the Sweet 16 since Beard was an assistant coach for Bobby Knight. But this is only the third NCAA appearance since for the Red Raiders.After his time coaching on Knight’s staff, and then for Pat Knight, Beard left Tech for more than a decade before coming back two years ago when Tubby Smith left for Memphis.“A lot of work went into this, but we’re just getting started,” Beard said. “I told the guys before this ever started … after the selection show, I was like, look, there’s 68 teams in the tournament. A lot of the teams will just show up to be a part of it, and it’ll overwhelm them.”Not these Red Raiders.LAST ASSISTS Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism While the next loss will end All-Big 12 guard Evans’ career, high-flying freshman Zhaire Smith is just getting started.Smith had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and was on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass with 29 seconds left that punched the ticket for the Red Raiders (26-9) to go to Boston to play Purdue or Butler next Friday night in the East Region.“He has no ceiling,” Evans said of Smith.Chris Chiozza did go the length of the court for a Florida layup with 25 seconds left before Evans lost the ball when trying to fight through a double-team after the inbound pass.The Gators gathered the ball after a wild scramble. Egor Koulechov and KeVaughn Allen both had 3-point attempts in the final 10 seconds that came up short.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Texas Tech’s Zach Smith (11), Zhaire Smith (2) and Keenan Evans (12), celebrate in the closing seconds of the second half of a second-round game against Florida at the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Dallas, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Texas Tech won 69-66. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Keenan Evans treats every game like senior night and is doing all he can to keep playing for Texas Tech.Next stop: Sweet 16.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more