Barbara and Major General Peter Arnison are selling their Ascot house.FORMER Queensland governor Major General Peter Arnison and his wife Barbara are selling their Ascot Queenslander.The couple plan to downsize into an apartment on the Brisbane River.They bought their home at 86 Yabba St, Ascot more than 24 years ago and moved into it when General Arnison retired from the Australian Army in 1996.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago86 Yabba St, AscotShortly afterwards, in 1997, they were on the move again, this time to Government House when General Arnison served as Governor of Queensland.Mrs Arnison said the family leased their house while they were living in Government House and moved back to Yabba St when Gen Arnison finished his term.The home is listed through Scott Darwon of Ray White New Farm.Mr Darwon said it was a coveted opportunity to secure a significant piece of Ascot history.It will be auctioned on May 27 at 1pm.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Antonio Conte insists he isn’t looking for sympathy despite admitting Chelsea are facing problems at the start of their Premier League title defence.Conte has been frustrated by Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets while the champions’ title rivals embarked on multi-million pound spending sprees.The Chelsea manager’s public complaints about the size of his squad have grown louder since his club’s decision to sanction the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.Asked about Conte’s grumbling, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger aimed a jibe at the Italian this week, pointing to Chelsea sending numerous players out on loan in recent weeks.With Conte also having fallen out with star striker Diego Costa during the close-season, former England captain Alan Shearer has said there is “something brewing which isn’t nice” at Stamford Bridge.Now Conte has conceded it hasn’t been plain sailing for Chelsea as they prepare for their Premier League opener at home to Burnley on Saturday.“We are facing different problems. But we must be ready to try to do our best tomorrow,” he told reporters on Friday. But despite Chelsea’s troubles, the former Juventus coach claimed he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about his club’s predicament.“I’m not looking for sympathy of any coaches for this situation. This is my message,” Conte said.“The situation is clear. If the club decide to send on loan players for their development it’s because these players are not ready to play for Chelsea.“It’s simple. I think I’m the coach of this team. My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team.“I repeat: my only task is to focus on the pitch, what happens on the pitch, during the training session to work with my players. This must be my focus during this period.“The club knows very well what is my opinion. And then I repeat: the club is trying to do their best on the transfer market.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2
The Allegheny County Midget Football League season is halfway done and it is turning out to be a good one. Let’s take a look at the leaderboard to see your how your community is faring:*****ACMFL Results This week’s standings: 1. Hill District 4-01. Garfield 4-0 3. Homewood 2-1-1 4. Braddock 2-24. North Shore 2-24. North Side 2-24. Wilkinsburg 2-28. Lincoln 1-2-19. Clairton 0-49. West Pittsburgh 0-4 Termites – 12-12;Mighty Mites – 7-6 Homewood;Midgets – 12-6 LincolnClairton vs. Garfield: Twerps – 33-0 Garfield; Termites – 20-0 Garfield; Mighty Mites – 41-27 Garfield; Midgets – 49-7 – GarfieldOverall Standings: 1. Hill District: 14-1-12. Garfield 13-33. Homewood 10-64. Wilkinsburg 9-6-15. Lincoln 7-7-26. North Shore 7-8-17. Clairton 5-10-18. North Side 3-12-110. Braddock 3-1310. West Pittsburgh 3-13(Take a look at our week-by- week coverage of the ACMFL on our website, www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com and leave your comments; D.W Howze can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .) RESULTS:Braddock vs. North Side- Scores still not reported; Twerps -North Side; Termites- North Side; Mighty Mites– Braddock; Midgets-BraddockHill District vs. West Pittsburgh: Twerps – 33-0 Hill District; Termites – 42-0 Hill District; Mighty Mites – 32-20 Hill District; Midgets – Hill District won by forfeit. Wilkinsburg vs. North Shore: Twerps – 19-0 – Wilkinsburg; Termites – 6-8 – North Shore; Mighty Mites – 0-18 – North Shore; Midgets – 33-19 WilkinsburgLincoln vs. Homewood: Twerps – 28-0 Homewood; HEADS OR TAILS—The captains watch the coin toss by referee Carmen Trobato of Squirrel Hill. Trobato is in his 49th year of officiating. The North Shore Stallions won the toss. On his first of two touchdowns for the day, Shyaire Howard runs for a 41yard score for the North Shore Stallions.
Highland Renault has announced its unmissable offers for 181 which give real value to customers, designed at reducing the cost of ownership over three years. Available now at Highland Motors, the 181 Renault PC offer includes 3% APR, 3 years servicing and 3 years road tax.The simple, straight-forward offer applies to all cars across the range – All-New KOLEOS, the All-New Mégane range which includes the New Mégane Sport Tourer and New Mégane Grand Coupé, All-New Scénic, All-New Grand Scénic, New Clio and the ever-popular Kadjar and New Captur crossovers. You can check out all these models at the Highland Motors Renault Open Week from 20th – 25th November 2017. Visit the Mountain Top showroom to view the range during these best days to visit, because for every test drive completed at Highland Motors, they will donate €10 to Renault’s charity partner Pieta House.With the recent Government Budget announcement on electric vehicles (EVs) and 0% Benefit-in-Kind (B.I.K.), Highland Motors is matching the zeros by offering 0% HP finance on the zero emissions 100% electric ZOE which has the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle (400km NEDC) and an estimated 300km in real-life driving conditions. Renault ZoeHighland Motors is offering 3% APR Representative on Renault’s popular and award-winning van range which includes Master, Trafic and Kangoo.Renault KangooThe shockingly affordable Dacia, which celebrates five years in Ireland this year and boasts strong resale values, continues to maintain its popularity with Irish motorists and is offering finance at 4.9% APR and zero deposit at Highland Motors across the range for 181 including new facelifted Duster, Sandero, Stepway and new Logan MCV Stepway.These offers are available through Renault’s very own bank, Renault Bank, offering customers lower interest rates and further savings versus high street commercial banks. A Renault Bank branch is available at Highland Motors, offering 2-hour decision times and approval rates of 80%.Renault MeganePatrick Magee, Country Operations Manager, Renault Group Ireland: “Renault Group is looking forward to 2018 at Highland Motors. With the youngest model range, we continue to stay away from the gimmick offers on the market and instead show ‘real’ offers designed to reduce the customer’s cost of ownership over 3 years.“Our own bank, Renault Bank, has now lent €190 million year-to-date and our network is the 3rd biggest in Ireland. We are really looking forward to a successful 2018.”If you would like any further details on any of the offers detailed above or the Renault/Dacia Range please contact Highland Motors on 074 91 28777.Check out more on www.renault.ie Sponsored PostHighland Motors present sensational Renault 181 offers this Open Week was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Highland MotorsOpen weekrenault
What can happen in 460 million years? A lot, according to the standard geological timescale. In this diagram of geological and biological evolution, accepted by nearly all geologists, all the continents came together 260 million years ago, broke up 200 million years ago, and broke into our familiar continents 100 million years ago (mya). In the geological time chart, it only took 40 million years for most of our modern mammals and birds to evolve, and seven million for apes to appear and turn into philosophers. The Earth has been a dynamic place for eons, they say. Would delicate features of land and animal remains, estimated at nearly 500 million years old, be expected to survive global rearrangements, including planetary extinction episodes at 65 million and 251 million years ago? If we can believe the geologists, they did. Consider three exceptional cases of preservation reported this month in Geology, the journal of the Geological Society of America.Pristine plateau (Jurassic, 150 mya): Jolivet et al examined the Mongolian summits, “An uplifted, flat, old but still preserved erosion surface” and described it in Geology.1 They dated the large peneplain, uplifted 4000 m, as having formed in Jurassic times – yet no erosion was evident till recently. “Their preservation for ~150 m.y. implies that no further tectonic movements occurred before the onset of the last deformation episode, 5 +- 3 m.y. ago,” they claimed. “It also suggests that very low erosion rates were maintained by a dry climate over millions of years.” For that story to be credible, this one spot escaped continental movements, ice ages, tropical periods and floods for all the time since the age of dinosaurs. The rest of the world may have been rockin’ and rollin’ but “This [preservation] was mainly achieved by the combination of a generally dry climate and a protracted period of tectonic quiescence that lasted at least 150 m.y.”Canadian soft-bodied fossils (Silurian, 425 mya): A team from the Royal University of Ontario reported “exceptionally preserved soft-bodied biotas” of Silurian age in the same issue of Geology.2 An example of lagerstatten, or sedimentary deposits that exhibit extraordinary fossil richness or completeness (see ICR article by Bill Hoesch, Aug 2007), these deposits provide some of the best examples of intact Silurian biota ever found. They described three sites on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. Here, “Soft tissues are preserved as calcium phosphate and carbon films, the latter possibly stabilized by early diagenetic sulfurization,” they reported. “It is significant that the biotas also include a decalcified, autochthonous shelly marine fauna, and trace fossils.” The deposits contained “taxonomically and taphonomically diverse biotas including articulated conodont skeletons and heterostracan fish, annelids and arthropods with soft body parts, and a diverse marine flora.” Soft tissues normally disarticulate and decay, but these three sites were so fine, they even contained the intact eyes of conodont snails.Manitoba jellyfish (Ordovician, 460 mya): In the same issue of Geology,3 paleontologists from the Manitoba Museum described exceptionally preserved soft-bodied fossils, including “eurypterids, xiphosurids, and large problematic tubes.” One of the sites included the best fossilized jellyfish ever seen. “Ordovician soft-bodied fossils are remarkably rare globally,” the authors said, and one would see why: jellyfish normally decay quickly on shorelines such as this one. “Fossils and rocks at both sites indicate rapid burial under anoxic and/or hypersaline conditions,” they concluded.The authors of the last two articles mentioned other places in the world where similar lagerstatten are known. Somehow, according to their thinking, these locales enjoyed peace and quiet for hundreds of millions of years while the rest of the world took a wild ride of bumping continents, glaciations, extinctions from meteor impacts and many other global catastrophes.1. Jolivet et al, “Mongolian summits: An uplifted, flat, old but still preserved erosion surface,” Geology, Volume 35, Issue 10 (October 2007), pp. 871�874.2. von Bitter, Purnell, Tetrault and Stott, “Eramosa Lagerst�tte—Exceptionally preserved soft-bodied biotas with shallow-marine shelly and bioturbating organisms (Silurian, Ontario, Canada),” Geology, Volume 35, Issue 10 (October 2007), pp. 879�882.3. Young et al, “Exceptionally preserved Late Ordovician biotas from Manitoba, Canada,” Geology, Volume 35, Issue 10 (October 2007), pp. 883�886.Try to think independently and critically. If you found these things, without the brainwashing of years of school telling you about millions and millions of years, what would you conclude? The chart on Wikipedia is colorful, detailed and authoritative-sounding. Do you sense a disconnect from reality? Let the evidence speak afresh, uncluttered by human schemes devised by 18th and 19th century storytellers. Geology has already undergone substantial revolutions. The geology of the 18th century (neptunism, volcanism) was unrecognizable to the 19th century, and 20th century geology was metamorphosed from its predecessors beyond recognition. Almost everything believed about the Earth in 1901 is now discredited. Another revolution would be merely traditional. What if we wiped our minds clear of the cobwebs of Lyell and Darwin, and just looked at what we find without predispositions of gradualism over eons? Would preserved soft parts from snail eyes, jellyfish and dinosaur blood vessels (06/03/2005) lead you toward a theory resembling anything like the accepted geological column? It’s hard to think outside the box. Geologists would surely balk at trashing their chart and starting over. Why, what a waste to discard all that work! Sorry, this is science; it is supposed to be an open-ended search for the truth whichever way the evidence leads. There are no sacred cows in science. Hamburger, anyone?(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Tags:#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Nest#Smart Cities#smart city#smart home#StratIS#Zigbee#ZWave James is a marketing, communications, and PR professional specializing in B2B and B2C software in healthcare, software, and technology.He is an innovative and proactive builder focused on bridging C-level business demands with the creative side of marketing with product and content marketing. Technology changes how things are built. Single family homes used to have the monopoly on smart home products. In 2017, you no longer have to live in a single family home to use and take advantage of the great benefits of smart home products. Smart apartments used to be a futuristic concept only seen on cartoons like the Jetsons. However, the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, ZWave and ZigBee technology, and an explosion of mobile technology and startups have all paved the way for the current day smart apartment. Today, home is where the smart is.See also: Will.i.am Winks at smart home investment, drops $38 millionSmart technology in apartments can save property managers and residents time and money.Andrew Livingstone, is Executive Managing Director at GreyStar, the largest property management company in the U.S. and possibly the world. The company manages about 425,000 apartments across 45 U.S., with operations in the UK, the Netherlands, Mexico, and soon to be expanding into Asia Pacific.“We are an apartment company, that is our niche our expertise and what we exclusively do,” Livingstone said. “At Greystar we do three things, we manage apartments, mostly for third party owners, but we also manage apartments that we own ourselves. We also are a developer and construction company of apartments. We have about 6 billion dollars of development going on right now so domestically we are the largest developer of apartments. We are also an investment management company. We call that the three legs of the stool and that is what we do and how we do it.”Moving into smart multi-familyAccording to Livingstone many of the technologies that apartments are implementing feel like they are starting from the single family market.“We are seeing so many of those features very quickly being adopted into apartments,” he said. “We are seeing technologies like Nest thermostats and ecosystems which are being developed by Google. Where you have a Nest thermostat and some of the additional features that can be controlled with your smartphone device within the unit. Whether it is the locks, camera or security feature, we are seeing a lot of interest in those.”According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, 35 percent of the U.S. population — 112 million residents — rent vs. own. Historically speaking these people tend to live in urban areas and the demographics trend younger in age. That demographic is also more likely to want technology as an amenity, a phrase coined by StratIS CEO Felicite Moorman when describing the the adoption of the StratIS SaaS platform in multifamily properties and campus communities across the U.S.“More and more multifamily is going to play a bigger more dominant role in all cities,” Livingstone said. “So to really advance what smart cities are all about, multifamily is going to play a huge role.”He explained that there was a time when most people viewed apartments as a pit stop on their final destination towards home ownership.“I am not so sure that is at all in the life plan of so many in the younger generation today,” he said. “So that means multi family is an asset class of choice and not just one that is a temporary place but in fact, they are looking to have that as a key part of their life. They want flexibility and amenities without having all of the responsibilities and risk of home ownership. I don’t see that changing over the next few decades.”A big inflow of investmentSteve Duggan is a licensed real estate salesperson at Citihabitats in New York City. Duggan is noticing a heavy investment in smart technology.“I am seeing investors who do renovation work or value add projects as well as current landlords looking to be more efficient, increasingly looking at technology to boost their operating income,” he said. “The use of an Energy Star-certified thermostat like Nest, smart locks, and customized removable insulation jackets to prevent heat loss, are being increasingly employed to reduce costs.”Duggan says that in some cases, for instance for removable insulation jackets, utility providers such as National Grid will offer incentives for landlords to install the more efficient removable jackets to cut down on heat loss on building components.“Tenants especially under 30, have a very positive reaction to smart locks and key fobs versus traditional metal keys,” he said. “The added security and convenience is definitely appreciated.”The team at Greystar is actively gathering data from its enormous network of residents. The companies email surveys receive a 28 percent response rate, which translates on a monthly basis to about 70,000 responses.“We have a massive amount of data about what people are really valuing and what people really want, and again three years ago we didn’t do that,” he said. “So I ask myself companies that aren’t doing that how do you really know what your residents really want.”Livingstone said Greystar doesn’t necessarily think about tech as an amenity first, but it is absolutely on their radar.“I think we are usually looking at number one, is the technology in demand, do people think it will have an impact on their experience,” he said. “And if we think it is a technology that is going to be in demand we then focus on how can we make that technology work well, because a lot of technologies have promised that they will work, but just really don’t work well in multifamily.”Livingstone says that there are a lot of challenges with making technology more commercially viable in multifamily as opposed to single family.“You would think theoretically if you have 300 units there are a lot of opportunities to drive revenue, but actually getting it to work seamlessly and smoothly have proven to be very difficult,” he said. “For example, we can get 1G speed to a building, that is not that hard. 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An FIR has been filed against senior BJP leader Gopal Bhargava on orders of the Election Commission for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct with his remarks on the October 21 bypoll in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua Assembly seat, officials said on Tuesday.Mr. Bhargava, who is Leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, on Monday sought to portray the by-election as a “fight between Pakistan and India” and not just a contest between the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP.He asked the electorate in Jhabua to vote for BJP candidate Bhanu Bhuria as he “represents India” and said his rival Congress nominee “represents Pakistan”.Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Electoral Officer V.L. Kantha Rao told PTI on Tuesday that taking cognisance of the remarks, “we directed the district returning officer and collector to file the First Information Report (FIR) in the matter after finding the controversial statement was violation of the model code of conduct.” The collector sent his report and subsequently the FIR was filed late Monday night, he said, adding that the matter was under investigation. Jhabua’s Superintendent of Police Vineet Jain said, based on the report of returning officer Abhay Kharadi, the FIR was lodged against Mr. Bhargava at the district’s Kotwali police station under relevant sections of the IPC and the Representation of the People Act, for violating the Model Code of Conduct.Seeking support for the BJP in tribal-dominated Jhabua, Mr. Bhargava had said on Monday, “I, with faith, can say the country’s respect is at stake right now.”“It is not a fight between two parties. This is an election between India and Pakistan,” he told a gathering. The by-election was necessitated after BJP’s G.S. Damor resigned as the Jhabua MLA after winning the Lok Sabha election from the Ratlam-Jhabua seat earlier this year.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Toshack urges Arsenal midfielder Ramsey to learn Italian ahead of Juventus moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wales coach John Toshack says Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey must quickly learn Italian to make the most of his move to Juventus.Ramsey is now on the brink of signing for Juve.Toshack says, “I would recommend to everyone, football players or not, to go abroad,” assured Toshack. “I’ve made it a point of my management career to go out and get to know new cultures. I can assure you that for British players, it’s not easy to move abroad.“It’s crucial that Aaron doesn’t make the same mistake that Bale did at Madrid. He needs to learn the local language straight away. That might also be why it’s best he join Juve in the summer and not in January.“In any case, this makes the Welsh very proud to see Ramsey join the same club where the great John Charles played. Charles was there on the day of my debut, as I was only a kid and he was teaching me how to head the ball. He’d tell me marvellous stories about him, Omar Sivori and the wise Giampiero Boniperti.“Once, when I was playing for Liverpool, he told me: ‘You and Kevin Keegan are good, but me and Omar were better…’ I consider Charles the greatest of all time. Yes, greater than CR7.”
It was held under the theme ‘Nature for Water: Exploring Nature-Based Solutions to the Water Challenges we face in the 21st century’. Story Highlights “The farmers have demonstrated that… irrigation water will increase their production and productivity tremendously and contribute to growth, which will bring increased wealth and prosperity to rural Jamaica,” he said. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to the introduction of more irrigation systems across the island for the benefit of small farmers. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to the introduction of more irrigation systems across the island for the benefit of small farmers.He acknowledged that there are several such systems already in place, highlighting that the Essex Valley irrigation system is currently being expanded.“The farmers have demonstrated that… irrigation water will increase their production and productivity tremendously and contribute to growth, which will bring increased wealth and prosperity to rural Jamaica,” he said.Dr Chang was delivering the keynote address at the Ministry’s observation of World Water Day, at an event held at the Girl Guides Headquarters in St. Andrew on March 22.It was held under the theme ‘Nature for Water: Exploring Nature-Based Solutions to the Water Challenges we face in the 21st century’.On another matter, the Minister said the Government will continue with its efforts to address the issue of non-revenue water loss suffered by the National Water Commission by upgrading water metres across urban and rural centres.“The NWC signed a contract (last December) to install over 450,000 cold-water metres across the supply system to tackle the loss of billable water,” Dr. Chang said.“We have a major contract with an NGO dealing with non-revenue water. This represents the Government’s major efforts to put action behind the plans and policies concerning sustainable development,” he added.Dr. Chang also informed that the Water Resources Authority (WRA) recently instituted a volume-based fee to encourage the efficient use of the country’s water resources.“These changes, we know, will result in a better quality of service in the sector overall,” he noted.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Audrey Sewell, said the theme for World Water Day “speaks to the need for us to recognise that our precious water resources are not infinite and that we must do our part to conserve and preserve what we have or we run the risk of a very dry future”.“The availability of water plays a significant part in the ability of people to care for their families and earn a living. As such, access to clean, safe potable water is essential if a country is to achieve economic and social development. It is critical in the fight against poverty, hunger and diseases,” she said.Mrs. Sewell informed that Jamaica’s water quality is held in high regard by locals and visitors, not only because of the generally good quality of our rivers and streams, but because of the careful treatment it undergoes before distribution.During the event, schools were recognised and awarded for their participation in the Ministry’s Poster Competition, which ran from January to March of this year.Sixty-four schools participated in the competition, with the primary department of Port Morant Primary and Junior High School in St. Thomas receiving first place in the Primary School segment of the competition. Guy’s Hill High School in St. Catherine was placed first in the Secondary School category.The NWC also awarded winners in their Photo and Essay competitions, which ended in March.In the Photo Competition: first place was awarded to Odain Doneghan, second place to Jonathan Kirkaldey, and third place to Chevanne Rhoden.In the 9-12 age group category of the essay section of the competition, Janelle Ellis of Praise Tabernacle Christian Academy was awarded first-place winner. For the 13-16 age group category, first place went to Tommelio Senior of William Knibb High School in Trelawny.
During the survey, it was found that more than 50 percent responded that it was “important” or “very important” for B.C. to be aligned with neighbouring jurisdictions in its time observance practices.To view the full final report on the daylight saving time public consultation, you can visit the Province’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has released its report on the observance of daylight saving time.According to the Government, more than 93 percent of the record 223,273 British Columbians who completed the Province’s survey on time observance have indicated they would prefer a move to permanent daylight saving time.The Government says the desire for a move to permanent DST was consistent throughout the province, with more than 90 percent of respondents in each region indicating their support.