Semirural Wamuran offers best of both worlds

first_imgMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The view from the balcony.Ms Ebdon said the seclusion of Wamuran attracted buyers, along with its accessibility.“Wamuran is a good area because we’re only about 45 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes to the Bruce Highway and half an hour to Bribie Island or Caloundra,” Ms Ebdon said.“It’s semirural but not that far from those other places.” The home has a resort-style pool.The agent said there was a range of buyers looking to buy in the area.“It’s usually second or third home buyers and we get a lot of professionals and trades people because of the acreage,” Ms Ebdon said.“There are a lot of retirees that have the money to buy in the area at the $500,000 to $700,000 range, and there are people wanting to bring their children up on land.” The home at 73 Mountaintrack Drive, Wamuran, sold for $655,000.PROFESSIONALS looking for a tree change are heading to Wamuran.The home at 73 Mountaintrack Drive recently sold for $655,000 to a doctor and Tree Change Realty agent Robyn Ebdon said that the new owners liked the privacy the area offered.“They fell in love with the home immediately,” Ms Ebdon said.“They loved the privacy and the big deck overlooking the pool.”last_img read more

F1: Japanese GP could be postponed as Typhoon Hagibis looms large

first_img WE RECOMMEND Written By Also read | Shanghai Masters 2019 Results: Novak Djokovic Defeats Denis Shapovalov SUBSCRIBE TO US Sujay Chakraborty LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Organisers said they had decided to postpone qualifying and close the circuit on Saturday ‘in the interests of safety for the spectators, competitors, and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit’. This has resulted in the qualifying race to be postponed just 4 hours before the final race.Also read | Shanghai Masters: Preview For The Upcoming Men’s Singles QuarterfinalsThe updated scheduleThe qualifying race is set to take place on Sunday, October 13 at 6.30 am to 7.30 am IST followed by the finals set for 10.40 am to 12.40 pm on the same day. F1 association or the FIA  has a close eye on the situation as the finals might be needed to be postponed too if the Typhoon threat prolongs.Also read | Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu Says, ‘My Ultimate Aim Is To Win Gold’Grand Prix 2019 and so onHamilton leads the F1 standings so far with 322 points ahead of Bottas who sits 2nd with 249 points. Hamilton, who also won the Russian Grand Prix would be looking to edge out Bottas after the practice sessions. The Mercedes team, meanwhile, can wrap up their sixth consecutive constructors’ title as early as Sunday if they score 15 more points than Ferrari. The Japanese Grand Prix will be followed by Mexican Grand Prix on October 27, 2019.  1 year ago Two Redmi Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 flagship phones reportedly in works, one could end up becoming the Poco F2center_img 1 year ago F1 | Ambitious Max Verstappen hoping to catch and challenge Mercedes First Published: 11th October, 2019 17:13 IST FOLLOW US COMMENT  Typhoon Hagibis affecting Japanese Grand Prix 2019?The Japanese Grand Prix final race is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 13, 2019, in Suzuka International Racing Course in Japan.What has happened so far?The Grand Prix event began on October 11, with the practice sessions. Valterri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton led team Mercedes to a 1-2 victory in the first and the second practice sessions, with the third one cancelled. This was a fine start by team Mercedes who would be entering the qualifying stages with a much-needed boost. However, the qualifying race is postponed after a possible threat from Typhoon Hagibis. It is expected that the Typhoon Hagibis is likely to bring violent winds which could be detrimental to the race tracks. Also read | Super Typhoon On Track To Drench Japan’s Main Island Last Updated: 11th October, 2019 17:13 IST F1: Japanese GP Could Be Postponed As Typhoon Hagibis Looms Large Japanese Grand Prix has already postponed the qualifying race after Typhoon Hagibis has threats as it can affect the tracks. F1A has close eye on the situation. 1 year ago Childish giggles explode over Sebastian Vettel’s ‘something loose between my legs’ message on Ferrari team’s radiolast_img read more

The Nottinghamshire’s Daniel Parkes is recognised for growing the game

first_img14 Apr 2016 The Nottinghamshire’s Daniel Parkes is recognised for growing the game Golf professional Daniel Parkes has won a top England Golf award for his successful work to grow the grass roots game. Daniel is the Academy Director at The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club where he has developed the popular ‘Pathway to Golf’ scheme which fills eight junior classes and 10 adult classes each week. The Try, Learn and Play programme was launched in April 2015 and has already created 26 new club members. Daniel was presented with the Talent Pathway Award last night at a gala dinner last night at England Golf’s annual conference, which celebrated the golfers and golf clubs who make the game great and inspire others to play. He said afterwards: “I am humbled to receive the award which recognises a team effort from The Nottinghamshire and our partnerships. “The pathway only works when each client feels welcomed to the course by members and staff, has fantastic catering to encourage them to stay and has a great course to play and facilities to practice on, so each department plays a role. “None of this would be possible without the ambition and investment from our owner, Alan Hardy, who also shares my passion for growing the sport, especially from a grass roots level. I am unbelievably happy with this achievement for The Nottinghamshire and as we always say, team work makes the dream work.” As well as developing the Pathway to Golf, Daniel has created close links with the local school community and he is also involved with coaching with the County Golf Partnership, the Golf Foundation’s HSBC Golf Roots programme and the Nottinghamshire girls. In addition, Daniel has also overseen the transformation of the facilities at The Nottinghamshire, improving the driving range and introducing the newly designed short game area to allow for more dedicated and focussed coaching. Bill Mackenzie, The Nottinghamshire’s managing director, commented: “Recruiting Daniel was probably the best thing we have ever done to get the club recognised as a fantastic place to come and get into golf and learn.” Matthew Bloor, the England Golf County Development Officer for Nottinghamshire added: “Daniel is really proactive in going into schools and engaging with people who have never tried golf before, getting them up to the club and involved in regular coaching.” The Pathway to Golf initiative supports the England Golf’s strategic plan, ‘Raising Our Game’ which calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game, including more members, more players and stronger clubs. Daniel Parkes (left) receives his award from England Golf Performance Director, Nigel Edwards (Image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

Mandela Day: food gardens to combat hunger

first_img10 July 2014 Active citizenship initiative Lead SA is partnering with the African Children’s Feeding Scheme, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo and the Dis-Chem Foundation to facilitate Mandela Day events geared at teaching South Africans how to plant and maintain their own vegetable gardens. “Too many South Africans go to sleep hungry every day with no idea what they will eat the next morning,” Lead SA’s Terry Volkwyn said in a statement on Wednesday. “In the true spirit of active citizenship, we encourage South Africans to heed the call to curb hunger not only by starting their own vegetable gardens on their pavements, but by also donating surplus food to feeding schemes in our communities.” Members of the public will be taught various gardening skills, including planting techniques, container gardening and pest control, at Mandela Day events at venues across Gauteng province, including in Midrand, Eldorado Park, Jabavu, Meadowlands, Orange Farm, Naledi and Zola. The African Children’s Feeding Scheme (ACFS), which feeds over 31 000 children daily through feeding centres and mobile vans, will host a Mandela Day educational activation at four of its centres – in Jabavu, Zola, Meadowlands and Naledi – where stalls will be set up to expose community members to different types of food gardening. A similar event will take place at the Dis-Chem Foundation’s community garden in Midrand, launched earlier this year to help community members in the area. Also on Mandela Day, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo – under the theme “Harvest4Madiba” – will distribute fruit trees across Johannesburg, showcase small-scale farming in Lakeside, Orange Farm, refurbish parks, distribute food hampers and reclaim illegal dumping sites in Eldorado Park. Lead SA will also create a community vegetable garden at their premises, Primedia Place in Sandton. “We encourage other companies and businesses to assist in fighting hunger by transforming their front verges into vegetable gardens which could feed many more South Africans,” Volkwyn said. She added that members of the public wishing to volunteer to take part in any of these activities should register to do so through www.leadsa.co.za. In support of the campaign, The Star and other Independent Group newspapers will publish features on different types of food gardens, including rooftop gardens, suburban pavement gardens and large-scale community gardens. The Star has also committed to creating a container garden at its building in downtown Johannesburg, with the produce to be donated to organisations in the inner city. In the Western Cape, members of the public will be invited to do their 67 minutes of volunteerism at the Oranjezicht City Farm, where they will learn the basics of planting seedlings. Lead SA will also have a Food Truck which will collect food from different areas in the Western Cape to donate to soup kitchens and other feeding schemes in need. At the launch of Nelson Mandela International Day 2014 in April, food security was identified as one of three major themes, the other two being literacy and shelter. “Food insecurity is not just a global concern, but is affecting South Africa too,” the Nelson Mandela Foundation said in a statement shortly after the launch. “According to a research report released by the Human Sciences Research Foundation (HSRC) in August, only 45.6% of the South African population is food secure.” Foundation CEO Sello Hatang commented: “All people, at all times, should have access to sufficient, safe and nutricious foods to maintain a healthy and active life. This is a crucial social support measure for effective development and growth. Feeding activities – whether food parcels, food gardens or feeding schemes that provide long-term access to food security – can transform world hunger.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Food prices down for Easter

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, ground chuck, sirloin tip roast, chicken breasts and toasted oat cereal resulted in a significant decrease in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket Survey.“As expected due to lower farm-gate prices, we have seen continued declines in retail prices for livestock products including eggs, beef, chicken, pork and cheese,” said John Newton, AFBF’s director of market intelligence.The informal survey showed the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals was $50.03, down $3.25 or about 6% compared to a year ago. Of the 16 items surveyed, 11 decreased, four increased and one remained the same in average price.Egg prices are down sharply from a year ago and also are down slightly from the third quarter of 2016.“Egg prices continue to move back toward long-run average prices following the bird flu of 2014/15,” Newton said. “The Agriculture Department is currently monitoring bird flu detections in the Southeast U.S. If detections continue, retail poultry prices could feel an impact due to lower exports or changes in supply.“As farm-gate prices for livestock products have declined and remained lower, prices in the retail meat case have become more competitive,” Newton said.

Retail price changes from a year ago:• eggs, down 41% to $1.32 per dozen• toasted oat cereal, down 15% to $2.83 for a 9-ounce box• sirloin tip roast, down 13% to $4.95 per pound• ground chuck, down 10% to $3.92 per pound• chicken breast, down 6% to $3.17 per pound• apples, down 6% to $1.55 per pound• flour, down 5% to $2.36 for a 5-pound bag• shredded cheddar cheese, down 4% to $4.10 per pound• deli ham, down 3% to $5.42 per pound• bacon, down 3% to $4.65 per pound• potatoes, down 1% to $2.68 for a 5-pound bag• bagged salad, up 6% to $2.34 per pound• white bread, up 2% to $1.72 per 20-ounce loaf• orange juice, up 1% to $3.22 per half-gallon• whole milk, up 1% to $3.27 per gallon• vegetable oil, no change, $2.55 for a 32-ounce bottlePrice checks of alternative milk and egg choices not included in the overall marketbasket survey average revealed the following: 1/2 gallon whole regular milk, $2.10; 1/2 gallon organic milk, $4.20; and one dozen “cage-free” eggs, $3.48.The year-to-year direction of the marketbasket survey tracks closely with the federal government’s Consumer Price Index (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm) report for food at home. As retail grocery prices have increased gradually over time, the share of the average food dollar that America’s farm and ranch families receive has dropped.“Through the mid-1970s, farmers received about one-third of consumer retail food expenditures for food eaten at home and away from home, on average. Since then, that figure has decreased steadily and is now about 16%, according to the Agriculture Department’s revised Food Dollar Series,” Newton said.AFBF, the nation’s largest general farm organization, began conducting informal quarterly marketbasket surveys of retail food price trends in 1989. The series includes a spring picnic survey, summer cookout survey, fall harvest survey and Thanksgiving dinner cost survey.According to USDA, Americans spend just under 10% of their disposable annual income on food, the lowest average of any country in the world. A total of 117 shoppers in 31 states participated in the latest survey, conducted in March.last_img read more

Joe Lstiburek’s Airtightness Goals

first_imgIn commentary recently posted to the Building Science Corporation website, building scientist Joe Lstiburek takes a stroll down memory lane and reflects on his attempts in the early 1980s to help develop an airtightness standard for residential construction in Canada. Later, after signing on with production builders in the U.S., he launched a successful campaign to plug “big holes” in the envelopes of the homes these builders were constructing so that the finished products would be more comfortable to live in.“I picked one of the big builders’ worst divisions in terms of comfort complaints — it turned out to be Chicago — and focused on making the comfort complaints go away. Notice, energy had nothing to do with any of this,” Lstiburek writes. “I figured that if they got rid of the big holes, the comfort problems would go away. The list of big holes was pretty easy to compile. Bathtubs on exterior walls, fireplaces and chimneys on exterior walls, garages attached to houses with bedrooms over them, cantilevered second floors, interior soffits dead-ending into exterior walls, and dropped ceilings under attic insulation. Done. Make these go away with draft-stopping and, presto, the comfort problems would go away.”Blower-door tests in the Chicago-area houses consistently came in at 3 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal pressure difference – an ACH value that, coincidentally, had already been written into building code in Sweden and had originally inspired the Canadians to come up with their own airtightness standard.However, the 3 ach50 goal was rejected as too leaky when Lstiburek was working with the National Research Council of Canada, whose contingent in Saskatoon, he says, favored 1 ach50 as the standard. Eventually, the NRC folks compromised on 1.5 ach50 as the standard for a new residential program dubbed R-2000. As Lstiburek expected, however, the standard was not widely adopted.As airtight as you likeLstilburek salts his discourse on building-envelope airtightness with a few key points:(1) Blower-door tests are terrific for measuring equivalent air-leakage area, but they do not precisely measure the leakage rate of a building in service or the locations and severity of leakage paths in the envelope;(2) Blower-door test results alone shouldn’t be used to declare that the tested building doesn’t need mechanical ventilation;(3) Draft-stop the air leaks;(4) Install a controlled ventilation system and sealed-combustion or power-vented appliances;(5) Airtightness below 3 ach50 is terrific, 1.5 ach50 is difficult to achieve, and the Passivhaus requirement of 0.6 ach50 is really difficult to achieve – but if that’s your thing, fine. Just don’t try to impose 0.6 ach50 – a “number doesn’t seem to be based on anything that makes any sense” – on everyone else, including and most especially Joe Lstiburek.He elaborates on this point somewhat more crisply near the end of his essay: “From my own personal perspective, you should be able to pick any number you want. And hats off to the Passivhaus folks for their own personal program number. It is their program, and they get to do what they want as far as I am concerned. I only get irritated when they criticize everyone else … arbitrary and capricious is OK too — in your own personal program and your own personal life — but not in mine. Public policy and national standards should not be arbitrary and capricious.”last_img read more

‘Sorry to disappoint but I’m not coming back’

first_imgShane Warne has put to rest the frenzied speculation about his possible return to Test cricket due to the team’s continuing slump.”There will be no comeback in this Ashes series,” wrote Australian spin legend in his column for The Herald Sun.The flamboyant cricketer-turned-commentator, who has been offered a million dollars to come back and rescue Australia’s floundering Ashes campaign, said he is flattered by the attention but it won’t be possible for him to actually return.”I’m sorry to disappoint you, but there will be no comeback in this Ashes series,” added the 41-year-old.”I must say I was very flattered and surprised that a lot of you out there wanted me to make a comeback and play in the series,” he said.Warne said although he would have wanted to be in the thick of things but it would require quite an effort to be match fit.”If there was to be a comeback I’d need time to get match-fit. My general fitness is as good as it’s ever been – I have worked hard on that lately – but toiling away for long spells and backing up the next day takes time, practice, lots of physiotherapy and even more dedication.”I must admit it did cross my mind, but then I woke up in London, where it was snowing, and realised I was only dreaming,” he said.”I will continue to help the Aussie boys any way I can in their quest to reclaim the Ashes.”advertisementWarne predicted that the Aussies, who are down 0-1 in the series, would win the third match in Perth to draw level and keep the contest alive.”I think they will win this match because they know the conditions better. They also know the length to bowl, which will help them take 20 wickets.”It’s about giving the English something to think about, start them doubting themselves and worrying about Australia,” he said.Warne, however, conceded that a loss in Perth could trigger wholesale changes in the team.”The way the Australian team plays this week will give us an indication of where it is really at. If the team fails here, then there will be some big changes at the end of the series, but a win could change everything.Warne lavished praise on rookie spinner Michael Beer, who could not get into the final XI for the ongoing third Test.”I’m sure the dressing room was daunting when he walked in because he did not know many teammates, but by now they will have realised he is a feisty player who doesn’t get overawed and gives as good as he gets.”He is an in-your-face player and, as I said earlier, this is what the Australian team needs. He could surprise many with his ability to spin the ball. With his change of pace, he reminds me a lot of New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori,” he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sesame Street And The USO Hit The Road

first_imgThis fall, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Rosita, and other furry friends from Sesame Street will embark on a two-month USO tour to military installations throughout Europe.Sesame Street and the USO head overseas to perform for service members and their familiesThe 2017 Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families will perform more than 30 shows at 19 military bases in six countries; each 30-minute costumed character performance will center around the challenges military families face on a regular basis, including frequent moves and the military-to-civilian transition. The tour will kick off on September 11th at NAS Sigonella in Italy before journeying to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Spain, wrapping up in mid-November.“Since 2006, the Sesame Street/USO tour has brought to life the resources we’ve developed to help military families navigate the unique challenges they face,” said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Social Impact. “Sesame Workshop is proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the USO, employing our early childhood expertise and beloved Sesame Street characters to support and celebrate military kids and families as they learn, heal, and grow.”Sesame Workshop and the USO know that when one family member serves, the whole family serves, which is why they partnered to create Katie, a special character who models the real-life experiences of today’s military children. In the military-to-civilian transition show, “Katie’s Family Transitions to Civilian Life,” military families will follow Katie as she starts a new adventure outside of the military, confident that her family and all her Sesame Street pals will be there to support her throughout the transition. The tour will also perform “Katie is Moving to a New Base,” which explores the feelings of uncertainty and excitement that come with moving to a new place. To best suit the needs of military families overseas, each installation will be given the chance to determine which show is performed on their base, with some installations opting for both.“There is no better time to kick off our ninth-year run of the Sesame Street/USO tour than on Patriot Day – a day the USO is encouraging Americans everywhere to connect with service members by sending them a message of support at uso.org/Reflect,” said Lorie Hennessey, USO’s Senior Vice President of Entertainment. “We are incredibly grateful for our collaboration with Sesame Workshop and look forward to supporting hundreds more military families this year.”The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families has toured the globe since July 2008, making it the longest-running traveling tour in the USO’s 76-year history. Based on Sesame Workshop’s award-winning Sesame Street for Military Families initiative, the tour has performed more than 1,100 shows on 150 military installations in 33 states and 11 countries and distributed more than 2.8 million outreach materials, entertaining nearly 600,000 service members and military families through the magic of song, dance, and beloved characters. To learn more about this year’s tour, including upcoming tour stops visit uso.org/Sesame.last_img read more

CCPA says BCs fracking review doesnt go far enough

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the B.C. Governments planned review of fracking isn’t going far enough.  The CCPA is concerned that the review will not consider the human health impacts of fracking.In November, 17 groups called for a full public inquiry was essential to get at what public policy changes are needed to eliminate the health and environmental risks associated with fracking. The groups also demanded a review of the OGC’s lax oversight of the industry.“In northeast BC, rural communities generally and isolated First Nation communities particularly are directly in harm’s way as the fossil fuel industry further encroaches on our shared lands and waters,” says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. Minister Mungall said earlier this month; the review will be done to ensure that fracking in B.C. is meeting the highest safety and environmental standards, and will be carried out by a three-member independent panel consisting of a professor of hydrogeology, a geological engineering professor and a geological engineer and geophysicist.“We know from preliminary studies that pregnant Indigenous women in the region have potential carcinogens in their blood that are six times higher than the Canadian average. We need nothing less than a full public inquiry that overtly addresses such harsh realities,” said Grand Chief Phillip.“What the government has done in response to our well-documented concerns is to appoint a far too narrowly focused science panel that very expressly won’t address what public policy and regulatory changes are needed to eliminate the serious health, ecological and climatic risks associated with fracking and all related natural gas infrastructure in this province. This is not a credible process, and we cannot support it,” says Ben Parfitt, a resource policy analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.The Ministry said the panel would report its findings to Mungall before the end of the year.last_img read more

United Way launches RV tour of Northern BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The United Way of Northern B.C. is hitting the road this month in an RV on its 2018 United Tour of Northern B.C., which is due to wrap up in the Peace Region next month.The United Way says it will be traveling to 20 communities in Northern BC to cultivate compassion, engage residents to overcome social issues and foster a culture of philanthropic giving in our region. The tour will be traveling to host events to raise funds that will stay locally in each community.The tour kicked off on Monday when the RV travelled to Fraser Lake. The tour will be heading to the North Coast before returning to the Central Interior. On June 1st, the tour will be stopping in Mackenzie ahead of stops in Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, and Fort St. John on June 12th. The full tour dates are listed below. April 30, 2018 Fraser LakeMay 1, 2018 HoustonMay 2, 2018 HazeltonMay 3, 2018 KitimatMay 4, 2018 Prince RupertMay 5, 2018 TerraceMay 7, 2018 SmithersMay 8, 2018 Burns LakeMay 9, 2018 VanderhoofMay 10, 2018 Fort St. JamesMay 22, 2018 QuesnelMay 24, 2018 ValemountMay 25, 2018 McBrideJune 1, 2018 MackenzieJune 5, 2018 Tumbler RidgeJune 6, 2018 Dawson CreekJune 7, 2018 ChetwyndJune 8, 2018 Hudson HopeJune 12, 2018 Fort St JohnJune 13-14 2018 TaylorThe tour will wrap up in Taylor on June 13th and 14th, in conjunction with the 8th Annual United Way Golf Tournament at Lone Wolf Golf Club. For more information about the United Tour of Northern B.C., follow the United Way’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/unitedwaynorthernbc/last_img read more