$4.7m cash offer keeps mansion off the market

first_img“They just wanted it off the market,” Mr Adcock said. “They put down a cash, unconditional offer, waiving the cooling off period.“It was sold within three days and hadn’t even hit the official market yet. It was just two hours off being listed online.” Mr Adcock said the sale of the renovated and extended, 1950s Hamptons-style residence, was a “good one” for Tennyson.He said the suburb was attracting buyers as it was “flood-free”, and one of only two stretches of the Brisbane River that was north-facing and has both city and golf course views. Mr Adcock said riverfront properties in Brisbane were proving to be a hot commodity.“I have sold three in two and a half weeks, with the other two north of $3 million,” he said.“At the moment we have far more buyers than riverfront properties listed for sale.”He said those buyers were roughly “70 per cent locals, 30 per cent interstate or overseas”.“There is still a strong Chinese component,” he said. “We are seeing a lot of interest coming from Hong Kong-based expats and Chinese looking to buy here.”Hong Kong has been the scene of ongoing mass demonstrations and unrest since earlier this year.The protests began over plans — since shelved — to allow extradition from Hong Kong to China, but have now morphed in to wider demands for reform. First-home buyers have the upper hand There is also a guest/nanny bedroom with ensuite, bathroom and laundry, while outside there are landscaped gardens, a private pontoon with an undercover boat shed, an undercover entertainment pavilion with outdoor kitchen, fridge, 10 person dining space and TV, and a children’s playground. Where to find southeast’s most affordable land “The couple who bought it had been renting in the area and had been looking for awhile,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“They loved it as soon as they saw it.”This luxurious north-facing family homesits on a 1154sq m block with 20m of river frontage. It has five bedrooms including a master retreat with floor-to-ceiling to capture the views, a dressing room with its own chandelier and an ensuite.There are multiple living areas located on the ground level and an additional rumpus/bedroom.The open plan kitchen and living room overlooks the pool outside and connects directly to the outdoor entertaining area, while the kitchen features quality appliances, a central island bench, breakfast bar, and a side door to the pool area.In the living room there is a fireplace, and there is a home officeat the front of the home. Brisbane’s million-dollar suburb boom Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27A LOCAL family was so desperate to get their hands on a riverfront property that they put down an immediate unconditional cash offer of $4.7 million to keep it off the market.They spotted the property at 23 King Arthur Terrace at Tennyson, which was being marketed by Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige, on a database, and the sold sticker went up just three days after that first post. MORE NEWS: Brisbane best place to invest $500klast_img read more

Orphans turn sailors for fun day on the high seas

first_imgThere was just enough wind to blow the flotilla slowly to anchor just off Bang Saray.  This is when the real fun started with the children jumping into the small dinghies and canoes supplied by Ocean Marina.  Paddling around on a nice flat sea gave them a chance to let off steam and judging by the shouts of excitement, this is when they could all enjoy the water.  Swimming was also on the agenda and included some screaming while jumping off the high deck of the biggest boat.  If the noise level was any indication of the fun being had …it was very high indeed!A day out at sea can be great fun for all.The relative quiet that followed was an indication that lunch had arrived and appetites were high.  Then it was time to head back to the marina.  Luckily the wind had picked up enough for the small racing yachts to give the children their first taste of what racing is all about, and judging by their reaction and screams they all seemed to enjoy it.And so it was back to terra firma but the fun had not stopped.  The children politely lined up to receive their t-shirts, emblazoned with a sailing yacht, as a memento of the day.  Then it was group photo time followed by some heart tugging thank you speeches from a whole range of children of all ages, down to a two year old that simply stole everyone’s heart.  Luckily the mood was lightened with the arrival of some delicious ice cream, generously sponsored by a local company that is always at the front of the queue when it comes to offering help on such occasions.All hands to the wheel – children from the Camillian Center steer for home.It is a great credit to the foundation that cares for these children that they were all well dressed, well behaved and polite but still retained that essential of all children… full of life and mischievousness.A big “thank you” goes to the organizers and everyone who contributed to a wonderful day!Note: For more information on the Camillian Center, visit website: www.hiv-aids-kids.org. In this day and age of what seems to be almost daily bad news, it comes as a great relief to be able to bring an uplifting story about a group of good people.A small band of sailors, based at Ocean Marina Yacht Club near Pattaya, got together recently and organized a day out for the children of the Camillus Foundation of Thailand.  These are orphans and most of them carry the added burden of being infected with HIV.  By giving their time, energy and resources, this small group of sailors provided a day out to remember for 50 children and their ten carers.  It was also a day out to remember for the organizers because these children were so happy, well behaved and appreciative of the day’s fun.Orphans and more experienced deckhands pose for a photo on one of the luxury yachts.Credit must also go to the staff and management at Ocean Marina Yacht Club who backed up the organizers with enormous help and assistance, both on and off the water, and a big “thanks” goes to them.The weather was very kind and provided a nice calm day with good shade from the normally merciless sun.  And so a small flotilla set off from the marina in yachts ranging from multi-million dollar catamarans to small racing yachts so that the children could witness the wide variety of craft based here that provide fun for their owners.last_img read more

Record setting 8-year-old shines as track and field star

first_imgDREW HINES Drew attends Penn Hills Forbes Elementary School, where she is a second-grade student and is coached by Carlson Christian. Under his tutelage Drew earned first place on Feb. 26, as she competed in the USA Track and Field Championships for the Northeast in New Jersey. Immediately following these wins, Drew was invited to the USATF National Indoor Championships in Chicago on March 10 where she won every race she competed in. Not only did she win every race, but she also set the record for her age group in the 55-meters, finishing in 9.26 and 200 meters, finishing in 33.77. Coincidentally, Drew also celebrated her birthday on this day.When asked who she admired Drew answered, “Florence Griffith Joyner because of her hair and nails.” Not only does Drew have books on Joyner, but stated that she “likes her fashion” as well. She has high aspirations as she confidently stated her future plans.“I wanna be a secret agent! Because I’ve seen a lot of James Bond movies.” She giggled and then took a moment to consider another possibility, “Or I think I’ll be a track coach, because I really like track.”Rick Hines, Drew’s father, commented how his daughter got involved in this sport, “I happened to see Drew running in the back yard one day and noticed how graceful and fast she was. She’s a natural born runner, I thought.”He was set on nurturing his daughter’s talents when he noticed her natural ability two years ago. “And I thought we have to get her out there.” He was an athlete during high school. “I played football and ran track all of high school. I was a distance runner. So what I noticed in Drew came from my own experience and knowledge.”Drew’s parents are committed to their daughter’s success but are also aware that there needs to be a balance between school, track, and other activities. “We always make sure that she does homework first.” Nancy Hines stated. Drew has practice four days a week from 6:30-8:30 p.m., where she has a rigorous work out of 75 sit-ups and 75 push-ups, which are completed in three sets of 25.“She gets 9-10 hours of sleep,” the father added. “She’s just a regular kid. She does her homework, goes to practice and then she’s out.”When asked if Drew was pressured to perform well, the mother, “Coach Christian is really well balanced. Drew is practicing with a group of 20 children, older children. But the pressure comes from herself. Drew gets frustrated at times and puts a lot of pressure on herself to win and beat records.“Drew knows that we support and love her whether she wins or not and we remind her of that often. We just have to look for balance.”Even though Drew is a disciplined and dedicated student and athlete, she makes time to have fun. When asked about a favorite movie, she replied, “My favorite movie is “Selena,” I like the singing and the outfits.” She also added, “And I love wings and pizza.” Her family frequents JT’s Rib Shack in Penn Hills and she always has a fresh plate, put aside by owner, James Taylor.“Drew has fun. She’s going to a birthday party soon,” the mother said. “But she’s not the type of kid who doesn’t listen though. She’s very disciplined and by the book.”Drew comes from a high achieving family and her strong dedication to track is a result of the people in her immediate environment.“It’s just automatic for her,” Nancy Hines commented, “She doesn’t understand why some of her classmates won’t listen or choose not to do their work or choose not to do it well, she doesn’t understand that. She could be good at whatever she chooses to do because she’s so focused.”“I’m very proud of her,” the father said. “Never have I seen a kid work harder and not complain.” When asked about Drew’s future and whether it would be in track he said, “In our family, college is expected and we are setting Drew up for that option. And the option of what she ultimately chooses to do while in college is up to her, but I think track will be that option.”When speaking to Drew one notices instantly that she is not only a joy to be around, but a little lady. Her future, whether in track or not, appears bright. The unwavering support and dedication of her mother and father are unlimited and will serve as constant support no matter her interests.The mother advice for parents who notice potential in their children no matter what, “Don’t be just a parent to your child. Invest in your child.” by Maryam Abdul-QauiyyFor New Pittsburgh Courier “If you notice your child has an affinity for something then sacrifice, save money, and invest in your child’s interests,” said Nancy Hines.As the mother of 8-year-old Drew Hines, a rising track star whose natural talent is not only noticeable, but exceptionally impressive, Nancy Hines is aware that her daughter’s success lies in an unwavering support system. “Let your child go as far as they can go with their interests. Make all the resources available to them.”last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED PACIFIC HEAT TAKES $200,000 XPRESSBET CALIFORNIA OAKS BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS; PRAT & EURTON TEAM TO WIN AT ONE MILE TURF 1:35.75

first_img– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–In her first-ever try on turf, heavily favored Pacific Heat responded with a resounding 5 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Peter Eurton, the California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat got one mile in 1:35.75.Attentive to the pace throughout, Pacific Heat took command going to the quarter pole and the Oaks was, for all intents and purposes, over.“She was relaxed going down the backside,” said Prat. “But when a horse came up on her outside (Run Like the Boss, with Joe Talamo), she grabbed the bit and was a little bit aggressive after that. I think it was just because she is a ton of horse and she doesn’t know much yet. She’s pretty impressive.”Off at 4-5 in a field of eight, she paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20.“The way she was training, it (a dominating performance) wasn’t surprising,” said Eurton. “The biggest question to me was not the turf, but whether she could get two turns and there was no question about that today.”Owned by Alesia, Burns and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Pacific Heat got her third win from four starts and with the winner’s share of $110,000, increased her earnings to $250,250.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Patriotic Diamond put in a good bid around the far turn, but was second best. Off at 4-1, she paid $3.60 and $2.40 while finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Eurton’s second entrant, Cheekaboo.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Cheekaboo was off at 7-1 and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.48, 46.77, 1:11.13 and 1:22.28.Pacific Heat was bred in California by Harris Farms and Donald Valpredo.last_img read more

O’NEILL & PRAT TEAM WITH AVANTI BELLO FOR 1 ¾ LENGTH WIN IN $100,000 TIZNOW STAKES AS CAL-BRED SON OF INCLUDE GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.95

first_imgTIZNOW IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2017)–Avanti Bello took a steep drop in class and got back to his preferred distance in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under Flavien Prat.   Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 5-year-old horse by Include got a flat mile in 1:35.95.Breaking from the far outside in a field of seven older horses bred or sired in California, Avanti Bello, who was distanced here in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 4, broke alertly and was well within himself while procuring second position behind pacesetter Acceptance, who he tracked to the top of the lane, from where he took command.“The first part of the race, we didn’t go that fast which is good for (Avanti Bello),” said Prat.  “He doesn’t have a lot of speed the first part, but he needs to be right there at the end.  With not a lot of speed, I didn’t have to rush him.”Owned by Pablo Suarez, Steven Keh, Jim Richardson, Tom Roberts and Wonderland Racing Stables, Avanti Bello, who won last year’s Tiznow, was off at 3-1 and paid $8.00, $4.80 and $3.20.Now five for 11 at a mile, Avanti Bello is now 23-6-3-6 overall and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $413,416.“He won this race last year, so he’s a repeat winner,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to O’Neill.  “He shows a lot of heart.  Flavien knows this horse very well.  This horse doesn’t have a huge kick and he knows you have to time it right.  He’s a miler for sure.”Ridden by Tyler Baze, Grazen Sky had two horses beat mid-way around the far turn and rallied for the place, finishing a half length in front of favored Solid Wager.  Off at 6-1, Grazen Sky paid $5.60 and $3.60.Off at 5-2 with Victor Espinoza, Solid Wager never threatened the winner while finishing third, one length in front of Acceptance and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.12, 47.38, 1:10.87 and 1:23.08.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday.  First post time for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ravena added: “I would love to play for a fifth SEA Games. But nobody knows what will happen. There could be another coach. Another program. Other players.”Of all the Philippines’ basketball gold medal runs, he said this edition was the toughest.“All the countries have stepped up. They really want to win over us. They prepared for us,” said Ravena.But for the meantime, Ravena, who would watch girlfriend Alyssa Valdez the following morning for the women’s volleyball bronze medal match, would like to relish the newest addition to his growing collection.“It’s icing on the cake,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — With four gold medals around his neck, Kiefer Ravena is still not taking anything for granted.Just when about everybody was trying to score in garbage time in the gold medal match against Indonesia, Ravena dashed for a fast break, but found the lanes suddenly crowded.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Rain or Shine banks on Cruz, deals Star its 1st loss Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The 6-foot playmaker, his hair pulled back by a hairband, then, decided to take a step back before swishing a three.Just another basket in the Philippines’ pile of points that buried an overmatched Indonesia side Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingREAD: Philippines defends basketball titles, rips Indonesia for the gold“But for me, that step-back three,” Ravena, would say later, “That was my graceful exit.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Samjhauta blasts: NIA chargesheets Aseemanand, 4 others

first_imgThe National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a chargesheet against Hindutva leader Swami Aseemanand and four others, holding them responsible for the Samjhauta Express blasts in 2007 which left 68 people dead. Asimanand allegedly propounded a bomb ka badla bomb (bomb for bomb) theory and masterminded the terror strike, instigating the other accused to carry out the attack.Aseemanand represents right-wing Hindutva organisation Abhinav Bharat. He was arrested by the CBI on November 19, 2010, from Haridwar in Uttarakhand for his alleged role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad.Others named in the 24- page chargesheet filed in a Panchkula court were the late Sunil Joshi, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange alias Parmanand and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji alias Vishnu Patel. While Joshi has been murdered, two other accused – Kalasangra and Dange – are absconding.The investigating agency was also looking into the part played by other suspects such as RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Amit alias Sunny and Devender Gupta for their involvement in the conspiracy.India will now formally hand over the NIA chargesheet to Pakistan. ” Our chargesheet shows that India has the courage to expose the real masterminds and plotters behind the Samjhauta Express attack. We expect the same from Pakistan, which continues to deny the involvement of the real masterminds such as Hafiz Saeed, ISI’s Major Iqbal and LeT commander Sajid Mir in the 26/ 11 case,” a top source said.Government sources revealed that Pakistan would be informed of the chargesheet if a query is raised from that side during the upcoming foreign- secretary level talks in Islamabad from June 23. ” A copy of the chargesheet would soon be handed over to Pakistan through diplomatic channels and Pakistan high commissioner Shahid Malik may be called to collect the same,” sources added.advertisementAccording to the chargesheet, Asimanand was upset with the jehadi terrorist attacks on Akshardham temple in Gujarat, Raghunath Mandir in Jammu and Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi. He and Joshi held a meeting at Shabridham ashram in Gujarat’s Dang district following the Varanasi blast in 2006.This was when they plotted the train attack. Asimanand presided over the meeting in which he said: ” Bomb ka jawab bomb se dena chahiye .” The accused chose to attack Samjhauta Express since the majority of travellers were Pakistani citizens. Asimanand provided financial and logistical support to the terror group. Dange, Ramji and Sharma and some others led by Joshi had procured the raw material for the IEDs. They also fabricated and planted the explosives in the train.The accused were charged with hatching a criminal conspiracy leading to murder, attempt to murder and some other offences under the IPC, in addition to the Railways Act, Explosive Substances Act, Prevention of Damage of Public Property Act and Unlawful Activities ( Prevention) Act. The Samjhauta Express blasts had taken place on February 18, 2007, at Diwana village near Panipat in Haryana.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

23 days agoChelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile

first_imgChelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashileby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile.Le 10 Sport says Chelsea have the 18 year-old high on their shopping list.While they’re banned from working the market in January, Chelsea are actively drawing up plans for the 2020 summer transfer window.Chelsea have been watching Badiashile since he was 15 years of age.Badiashile is a first team regular with ASM this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Young Professionals Urged to Start Planning Early for Homeownership

first_img The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is advising young professionals to start planning early for homeownership. The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is advising young professionals to start planning early for homeownership.Speaking to JIS News recently, Assistant Environmental Planner at the entity, Zanetta Scott, said that having adequate funds for a house deposit continues to be a major deterrent to becoming a homeowner.As such, the entity is encouraging young people to explore financial products that will enable them to invest and save wisely for homeownership.“We often hear young professionals being encouraged to save for their pension, but, to add to that, we are also encouraging young persons to start saving for that house deposit once they start working,” she said.Senior Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Richard Jones, for his part, is advising young people who are able to purchase a home to act promptly as real estate appreciates quickly.He said that a single young professional earning between $150,000 and $200,000 per month should be able to afford a $6-million to $7-million home.“Buy now, buy as early as you can to avoid facing inflationary pressures; don’t wait if you can help it. Once you can afford something now, buy it, because a starter house isn’t necessarily the house you will retire in,” he said.He noted that being a young homeowner offers benefits such as lower mortgage rates with longer payment plans and more predictable housing costs.Mr. Jones told JIS News that come 2019, the HAJ will be developing three new housing schemes that will be attractive for young professionals. Speaking to JIS News recently, Assistant Environmental Planner at the entity, Zanetta Scott, said that having adequate funds for a house deposit continues to be a major deterrent to becoming a homeowner. center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Damen Marine Components Van der Velden Marine Systems Merge

first_imgzoom The Netherlands-based Damen Marine Components (DMC) and Van der Velden Marine Systems (VDVMS) have decided to merge into one company. As of January 1, the two companies are operating together as Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL), the duo said in a statement.DMC has been operating since the early 1980s as part of the Damen Shipyards Group. On the other hand, VDVMS has been an independent part of the Damen Shipyards Group’s components division since 2013.As explained, the decision was made to bring the two companies closer together in order to enhance performance.“This alignment means clients will have access to an increased portfolio of propulsion products in one place. At the same time, it combines the extensive market knowledge of two well-established partners, paving the way to more efficient products and services going forwards,” Steef E.F. Staal, managing director of DMC, said.Van der Velden Marine Systems’ brand will continue to be used as trademark for DMC NL’s rudder and steering gear products, according to the statement.last_img read more

City to implement Citizen Satisfaction Survey needs a different approach

first_imgCouncil stated they had concerns with the surveys presented as the way the information is gathered is through phone calls. A couple of councillors agreed that phone calls are not a great way to acquire the data needed as people tend to hang up on these calls and do not want to be disturbed at home in this manner.Acting-Mayor Bolin suggested that a successful survey would require everyone working together and that in years previous their most successful surveys and ways to acquire the communities input was not by phone yet rather a hands-on direct approach such as those that happened during the ‘Let’s talk Site C survey and the Survey about Marijuana’ standing out most to him.Bolin says it’s time for a more progressive approach in reaching citizens.“We would miss the entire next generation from the survey if we go that route.”Bolin also expressed that times have changed and what used to work is not working, he explained municipalities and even the Province’s referendum are receiving a low turn out rate.“I would rather see us with i-pads out at events collecting information from our citizens, a, we don’t spend the $40 grand and b, the information is more relevant with community participation than it would be if somebody is doing it as a third party.” Council recommended the City come back with recommendations that were more like the initiatives that took place, such as the Site C Survey and a more grassroots approach rather than getting an outside agency to get the job done. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John wants to implement a scheduled public survey to receive valuable feedback from residents yet traditional surveys might not garner the information the City seeks.The City Staff made a presentation to Council during Monday’s Committee of the Whole Meeting about how receiving regular input from the community, would be used to gauge the City’s strengths and weaknesses.The presentation, titled Citizen Satisfaction Survey, shared three options that feedback could be acquired from the community, 1) by a website, 2) by Third Party and 3) Research Company.  These three methods are strongly reliant on phone calls. With a budget of $40,000, each option does come with their own pros and cons as they lack personalization to our region.last_img read more

Seamus Coleman defended Declan Rice

first_imgThe captain of the Ireland national team was not afraid to say that the 19-year-old can feel both English and Irish if he desiresDeclan Rice has been in the spotlight for the last days after he decided to rest from international football with Ireland.The London-born footballer might be thinking of switching jerseys and defending the English national team colors instead of the Irish ones.But for Ireland national team captain Seamus Coleman, there is no reason why Declan Rice cannot be proud of his heritage.“In an ideal world, we’d have all the players here playing for us,” Coleman said at today’s press conference as quoted by RTÉ Sports.“Some people back home might not like to hear it. He’s a 19-year-old boy that was born in England but that’s no reason he can’t be a proud Irishman.”“I saw him after the Turkey game when he got Man of the Match and I saw him embrace his father in the tunnel. That’s not for show, that’s genuine. He was genuinely proud to play in the games that he did,” he added.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“In an ideal world, we’ll get him back. But it’s not as straightforward as ‘you know what you are’, which I’ve heard a few people say.”“The young lad was born in England. There’s no reason why he can’t feel some part English and also be very proud to play for Ireland, which I know he is,” he explained.“So, on that situation, and fingers crossed, we’ll welcome back Declan with open arms whatever he decides.”Coleman on Rice: “There’s no reason why he can’t feel some part English and also be very proud to play for Ireland” pic.twitter.com/hfVjqnIPF6— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) September 5, 2018last_img read more

Neville understands Kanes battle with fatigue

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Gary Neville insists he understands Harry Kane’s battle with fatigue after playing at the World Cup this summer.The England captain has had his physical and mental fitness questioned recently after featuring in a lot of games last season and Neville has revealed he understands what the striker is going through.“It’s not one tournament, it’s the accumulation of the physical demands where you haven’t had any breaks. It usually hits you at three years without a real break and I did struggle in the 2000/01 season at the age of around 25.” Neville told Sky Sports.“I hit a wall after I’d played in Euro 1996, the Tournoi in 1997, World Cup 1998, won the 1999 treble and then we went on a summer tour and all of that took it out of me.”Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I think with Harry and other players who play week in week out, Saturday-Wednesday and all summer, what you would say is they continue to soldier on and maybe do dip in sharpness, but their level is still high enough to play.”“There’s no doubt that they need that month or two break. However, they will naturally pick up injuries which will give them that break and allow their whole body to recover.”“So it is very difficult for a manager to give them a break because they look tired. Harry is playing at a high level, perhaps not at his peak, but there’s no way you can rest your captain for a competitive fixture.”last_img read more

Intertwining IndoAfrican dreams

first_imgIndia and Africa are intertwined by their history of freedom struggles against their colonial rulers, as also by their future, pursuing similar developmental strategies to bring prosperity to their citizens. Underlying our strong political relationship are common political perspectives on issues like terrorism, security of ocean routes, larger geopolitical role for developing countries and convergence of interests on climate change. Equally important, the synergy of our economic relations is bolstered by the natural economic complementarity of our respective comparative advantages, the raison d’etre  of  mutually beneficial trade among equals, generating most optimal “Win-Win” options for both of us. Also Read – FM favours cess over additional tax for compensating statesIn fact, the Indian developmental model, especially post-liberalisation of 1991, predicated on large scale public investments in critical infrastructure, followed by domestic entrepreneurial initiatives in consumer goods and services, in a democratic setting, is proving to be a sustainable option and role model for many African countries. India needs immense natural resources to lift its teeming millions out of poverty. We need metals, minerals, coal, oil and gas, to build cities and run industries. Africa needs technology and investments, to leverage their natural resources, but on equal and fair terms, which India offers. Indian technology is “Triple A”, – “Appropriate, Affordable and Adaptable”, which is best for Africa.  Also Read – Indian eves lose to NZ in four-nation series openerThe Continent with the youngest population needs capacity building of its manpower, which Indian companies do well. For instance, the African infrastructure in the hinterland is being built by project companies like OIA, involving construction of thousands of kilometres of electricity transmission and distribution and rural electrification lines or hundreds of kilometres of water pipelines or massive agro-processing plants. We engage local firms and manpower to execute an increasing proportion of the jobs, as they pick up expertise working with us on various projects.  The transfer of knowhow to local partners makes perfect business sense for Indian private sector players, since localisation progressively reduces costs of execution. Significantly, the infrastructure built by Indian firms is changing the face of African economies, since it is not aimed at extracting their natural wealth but linking up with their people, lighting up homes and energising industries and magnifying African agricultural productivity. When the top African leaders arrive in October, Modi is sure to make India-Africa development combination unparalleled and unbeatable.last_img read more

Police chart out measures to implement SC cracker ban

first_imgKolkata: The police are gearing up to prevent the use of banned firecrackers in the state. According to sources, both Kolkata Police and the West Bengal Police are getting ready to keep a strict vigil during the two-day festival across the state.On Monday, the Supreme Court directed the state governments to arrange for extensive public awareness campaigns to inform people about the harmful effects of firecrackers. The Apex Court also clearly mentioned that on Diwali or any other festivals when firecrackers are being used, it would strictly be restricted between 8 pm and 10 pm. In the case of New Year celebrations, the time has been restricted from 11:55 pm to 12:30 am. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhile directing the administration, Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned that the police will ensure that no banned firecracker sales take place and will also look after that the time limit is not flouted. The major direction to the police is that if any violation of the order is found then the Officer-in-Charge (OC) or the Station House Officer (SHO) of the concerned police station will be held personally liable and would face proceedings. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKeeping these points in mind, the police across the state are preparing themselves to comply with the Apex Court order. Sources informed that Kolkata Police have already started gathering information about firecracker factories from the surrounding areas, especially in South 24-Parganas. Senior officials are also mulling to initiate a special raid few days before the Kali Puja to ensure that no banned firecrackers are brought into the city. Apart from Kolkata Police, Bidhannagar Police are also ensuring stringent action against the law violators. Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters) Amit Javalgi said: “We will publicise the court order through media before Diwali. If any complaint comes, we will definitely intervene. We will strictly enforce the timings. Drive against illegal firecracker manufacturing and storing will commence soon.” Meanwhile, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) welcomed the Supreme Court’s order which permitted the sale and manufacture of low emission “green” firecrackers countrywide but fixed a two-hour time period on Diwali and other festivals. According to reports, the Board had already put in force a mechanism to stop the supply and sale of firecrackers beyond permissible decibel sound limits (90 decibel) since the past couple of years.last_img read more

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Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state

first_imgSuicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.”Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors. It’s not just a mental health concern,” says Deborah Stone, a behavioral scientist at the CDC and the lead author of the new study. “There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide. And so that’s one of the things that this study really shows us. It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention.”She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state. In addition, to better understand the circumstances surrounding suicide, they turned to more detailed information collected by 27 states on suicides that occurred in 2015.The rise in suicide rates was highest in the central, northern region of the U.S., with North Dakota, for example, seeing a 57.6 percent increase since 1999. Nevada was the only state that saw no increase, and Delaware saw the smallest increase which was 5.9 percent.The findings were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Guns were the most common method used for suicide, accounting for almost half of the people who died.Often, the suicide seemed to happen without warning: 54 percent of the people who killed themselves didn’t have a previously known mental health issue. “Instead, these folks were suffering from other issues, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating,” says Stone.Researchers and advocacy groups who work to prevent suicide say the report shows that much more needs to be done to tackle this growing problem.”None of this is surprising information, which is not to trivialize its importance. I think it captures a lot of trends that we’ve been becoming more and more aware of over recent years,” says psychologist Michael Anestis at the University of Southern Mississippi, who researches suicide and is the author of Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic.He thinks the general public commonly pictures someone who had been getting treatment for a long period before killing themselves, like fashion designer Kate Spade, who died this week, but that’s often not the case.That means any public health effort to reduce suicides can’t solely focus on those who have reached out for help. It has to be paired with measures that would make suicidal people less likely to die even if they never went to see a doctor.The CDC report cites several different approaches, such as working to stabilize housing and teaching coping and problem-solving skills early in life.The report also cites the need to reduce “access to lethal means” but without explicitly discussing firearms or controversial issues such as gun control legislation. Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods.”So it’s not just about firearms, it’s also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like,” she said. “We are concerned with all aspects of suicide prevention, including access to lethal means, and so we do include that in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.”But Anestis believes that it’s important to not beat around the bush when it comes to guns and to talk about the importance of things like setting waiting periods for purchase, and storing guns locked and unloaded.”American suicide is predominantly a firearm issue. Anytime we want to resolve something that involves firearms, we’ve need to talk about firearms explicitly,” he says. “The conversation about firearms and suicide doesn’t have to be a debate about the Second Amendment. It could be a debate about where can we find some common ground that doesn’t simply involve only talking about people with mental illnesses, because as this paper shows, that’s not going to get the job done.”Research shows that the decision to attempt suicide is often made quickly, in an impulsive way, says Robert Gebbia, the head of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.”You may be thinking about it over time, but that moment when you actually make an attempt is a very short window,” he explains. “If you could make it harder to make that attempt by not having access to the means, often what happens is the feelings will pass, it gives people time for someone to intervene and get them help, so that is a really important preventative step that can be done. And there’s good research to support that.”Suicide researchers already know a lot of the information in this new report, says Gebbia, “but the public doesn’t. And so a report like this really draws attention to the fact that we need to do a whole lot more to prevent suicide, to save lives.”He points out, for example, that the nation currently has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults. “There are some for youth, but they’re very, very tiny,” says Gebbia. “We can’t expect a major public health problem like this to be addressed unless we see the investment.”The CDC said that people can learn about warning signs of suicide to help people at risk. One resource is the website: www.BeThe1to.com. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG2776.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more