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Gold Coast block of units sells for $1.36 million

first_img218-220 Cypress Tce, Palm Beach. 218-220 Cypress Tce, Palm Beach.A RARE corner block in Palm Beach has sold for $1.36 million.The property at 218-220 Cypress Terrace includes four units with long-term tenants.McGrath Palm Beach agent Matt Srama handled the sale.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoHe described the property as an incredibly rare opportunity for a buyer to acquire an 817sq m corner allotment with dual street access.“Land in the heart of this thriving Palm Beach hub is in fierce demand and snapped up quickly,” he said.It is the first time the property has been sold since 1995.It is within walking distance to the beach and Tallebudgera Creek. 218-220 Cypress Tce, Palm Beach.last_img read more

Perplexed Pitt left to ponder again

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Another tremendous regular season, another failed postseason for Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and the Panthers. A No. 1 seed for the second time in three seasons, Pitt lost two of its last three games, with only a victory over a No. 16 seed to show for its postseason run.The Panthers, with three senior leaders showing the way, went 28-6 and won the Big East regular-season title with a 15-3 mark. They advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 10th consecutive time. But a Final Four in this new era of Pitt Basketball still eludes them.“It’s very tough. I thought this was the year,” Pitt junior guard Ashton Gibbs said. “I was confident. It’s tough for it to end like this.”A week after losing to UConn 76-74 in the Big East tournament, the Panthers opened up the NCAA convincingly enough with a 74-51 victory over N.C. Asheville. On Saturday, though, their season came to a stunning end, with a 71-70 loss to Butler.“We’ve had a few losses this year, not a lot, but they’ve all been disappointing. This is a disappointing loss for us,” Dixon said. “We got down and made a number of plays to put ourselves in position, had a lead, and just were not able to close it.”And that’s become quite a March epidemic for the Panthers. Last year, they lost to Xavier 71-68 in the second round. In 2008, they lost to Michigan State 65-54, also in the second round. And in this 10-year run, the furthest they’ve made it is the Elite Eight, where they lost to Villanova 78-76 in 2009.“Well, I think everybody remembers the losses. We’ve won a number of the games in the tournament as well,” Dixon said. “I think we’ve been consistently good every year, so everybody looks to us. Other teams have had dropoffs in the regular season, and people get written off. But I think we’re about as consistent as anybody in the country.”That’s certainly true in the regular season. In the past 10 years, Pitt has been ranked for at least 10 weeks of every season, and was ranked in 20 weeks twice. The Panthers were the No. 1 team in the nation at times in both 2009 and this year. And in that same run of 10 years, the Panthers have played in seven Big East championship games, winning two of them.“Anytime we’ve lost in the tournament, there’s been no good losses,” Dixon said. “We just gotta keep working harder and keep having great years and keep putting ourselves in the position that we’re in. We just gotta keep doing that. That’s what we’ll do and that’s what we have done. And teams would love to be in our situation.”Which is true. But this loss signaled the end of the road for senior forward Gilbert Brown, center Gary McGhee, and guard Brad Wanamaker.“A loss is a loss, regardless of the outcome,” Brown said. “It comes down to the plays that we didn’t make in the game, whether it be on buzzer-beater or the free throw at the end. It hurts all same. And it hurts even more because it’s our last game. We know we’ll never be able to put the jersey on again and go out there and play with our teammates. Everybody on the team is like family, so this being the last game is really an emotional blow to us.”But, indeed, successful programs are built for the long term, and that’s what Pitt will cling to this offseason. Next year’s recruiting class, after all, will include Khem Birch, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound center from Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts. He is rated as the nation’s top center by many recruiting services and is No. 11 overall on ESPN’s Top 100.“Nothing really surprises me as far as what can happen,” Dixon said. “You gotta be prepared for everything.”It’s time to start preparing for next season.last_img read more

Walker homers, Pirates retake NL Central lead

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates Neil Walker (18) is congratulated after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Milwaukee 5-2 Monday to retake the NL Central lead.The Pirates moved one game of St. Louis, which lost earlier in the day at Cincinnati. Pittsburgh won the opener of a nine-game road trip.Walker broke it open with his homer in the seventh for a 5-1 lead. Jose Tabata added three hits, including a pair of run-scoring singles.Morton (7-3) gave up seven hits and one earned run. He walked two and struck out six while winning his fourth straight decision.Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances.Tyler Thornburg (1-1) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.The Brewers opened the scoring in the second when Juan Francisco sliced a double that landed just inside the left field line. Francisco scored on a single by Logan Schafer.The Pirates tied it in the third when Clint Barmes led off with a single and later scored on a single by Tabata.Milwaukee threatened in the third when Norichika Aoki tried to score on Jonathan Lucroy’s one-out grounder to third. Aoki was tagged out in a rundown by third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who then threw out Lucroy as he attempted to advance to second.The Brewers loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth but Thornburg struck out swinging.Barmes led off with a double in the fifth and Tabata singled home the go-ahead run. Thornburg struck out Marlon Byrd with the bases loaded to prevent further damage.Singles by Morton and Tabata set up Walker’s 10th home run.The Brewers added a run in the seventh when a soft throw from the outfield skipped under Alvarez’s glove for an error and rolled into the Pirates dugout, allowing Aoki to score from second base.NOTES: The victory gave the Pirates three consecutive wins in Milwaukee for the first time since 2004. … Milwaukee’s Jean Segura stole his league-leading 39th base in the fifth. … Brewers relief pitcher Tom Gorzelanny left the game with tightness in his left shoulder after throwing just two pitches. … Michael Blazek, acquired by Milwaukee on Sunday from St. Louis as the player to be named in a deal that sent relief pitcher John Axford to the Cardinals, pitched a scoreless inning of relief. … Thornburg made his fourth start of the season and first since Aug. 14.last_img read more

African economies on the rise

first_img15 November 2007Many African countries appear to be on a path of faster and steadier economic growth, but more has to be done to diversify exports and create an environment conducive to increased private investment, the World Bank reports in its 2007 Africa Development Indicators.Speaking in Johannesburg at the release of the indicators this week, World Bank country director Ritva Reinikka said African economies’ performance between 1995 and 2005 reversed the collapses between 1975 and 1985 and the stagnations witnessed between 1985 and 1995.“Average growth in sub-Saharan economies was 5.4% in 2005 and 2006. The consensus projection is 5.3% for 2007 and 5.4% for 2008,” she said. “Leading the way are the oil and mineral exporters, thanks to high prices, but 18 non-mineral economies, with more than a third of the sub-Saharan African people, have also been doing well.”In his presentation of the indicators, World Bank Africa region chief economist John Page explained that African economies could be divided into three groups: slow growth economies such as Zambia, Guinea and Zimbabwe; diversified economies with gross domestic product (GDP) growth of about 4% a year such as Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana; and finally oil exporting countries like Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Sudan.Favourable policies, higher growthWith the development report questioning whether Africa’s steady growth had to be attributed to good policies or plain luck, Page said that in his opinion it seemed to be a bit of both, referring to the Albert Einstein quote: “Fortune favours the prepared mind”.However, he said that countries with the correct policies were more likely to experience stronger economic growth.Page pointed to one of the worrying factors highlighted in the report as the lack of export diversification in many African economies, despite good growth in exports. “Many of these countries’ exports that were important in 1975 are still important today.”In addition, he said that while the actual GDP growth of many African countries had in many cases experienced real growth, the volatility of Africa’s actual growth remained a problem, with growth across the continent barely topping 2% over the last decade.“There have been several episodes of growth acceleration, but acceleration was usually followed by growth collapses,” he said. “Thus the very slow long run growth cycles in which growth and then collapse preceded each other in an almost predictable pattern.”‘Good times for the continent’Since 2005 however, economists have noticed that the frequency between what he referred to as the “good and bad times” had started to shift in favour of the good times for the continent.Explaining the term “good times”, Page said it is when savings and investment are higher, trade is substantially greater, and policies and institutions, including the government, function effectively.He pointed out that despite Africa managing to grow in tandem with many of the world’s developed economies, the fact that the continent was a natural resource hub for the rest of the world made it increasingly vulnerable to outside shocks and changes in commodity prices.It was therefore crucial for countries to improve their investment climate, bolster infrastructure, spur innovation and build the institutional capacity to increase private investment, which is crucial to accelerate growth on the continent.Regarding the cost of doing business on the continent, Page explained that Africa was still a “high cost, high risk place to do business as opposed to East Asia and the Pacific”.He added however, that structural policy changes on the continent were improving growth forecasts, adding that it was good policies that would build the basis on which Africa could grow further.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Driven by imagination

first_imgRichard Forbes with his artwork on the Mégane Coupé 1.6 Expression. Neo Dhlamini’s Mégane Hatch GT Line. Ana Damas with her version of Greek myth interpreted onto the Mégane Hatch Dynamique dCi Energy. Rhett Martyn with the Renault Mégane RS Trophy 265.(Images: SAcarfan)Cadine Pillay                      Johannesburg car enthusiasts were recently treated to an art exhibit where Renault South Africa showcased just what happens when art meets technological design. Four local artists were given a week to use four cars from two models of the company’s Mégane range as canvases to express their art.The works, featuring two coupes and two hatchbacks, were showcased on 23 July to mark the launch of the 2012 Mégane collection.Neo Dhlamini, Richard Forbes, Ana Damas and Rhett Martyn, all based in Johannesburg, were given a week to transform their cars.Danielle Melville, head of communications for Renault, spoke of her company’s excitement regarding the project.“These artists stretch themselves into the art of the possible, exceptional, innovative and progressive,” she said reflecting on the art works.Of spider webs and quarriesThe inspiration for Forbes came from giant funnel spider webs, and he was drawn to the role of the Mégane Coupe Expression and how it could express both art and mobility.A visual artist, he also teaches art at Pretoria University and boasts seven solo exhibitions to his name, both in the UK and locally, and another 20 group exhibitions.“While travelling around South Africa I observed the sharp, rectangular, man-made and imposed quarries carved into the hillsides,” explained Forbes.“It came to me that the scars of the quarries would be a perfect site for a series of art installations depicting giant funnel spider webs.”These webs, he added, could become a site people would view and visit as they travelled, effectively allowing art to link the country.Earning your stripesFor 23-year-old graphic designer Dhlamini, the hatchback GT Line model provided the perfect canvas for his racing-inspired artwork. He lists among his interests Japanese anime, motion graphics, illustration and animation.“My design is inspired by the stripes found on legendary racing and sports cars,” Dlamini explained.He added that the main feature of his art is two lines that run from the front of the bonnet and go on to split into six lines, extending to the top and sides of the vehicle. The lines spell out the words ‘smart’, ‘intuitive’, ‘high tech’ and ‘easy’.“The fine line work around the lights at the front and back draw attention to the car’s new exterior features. The symmetry between the left and right is a representation of how the Mégane presents a balance between an everyday car and a beast of speed when you really push it.”Inspired by the universeDamas is arguably the veteran of the group, with a career spanning over two decades in a variety of disciplines. Her formal training includes stints at the Foundation Art School and the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town, as well as at the Pretoria Technikon, where she majored in sculpture and print making.She was commissioned to work on the Hatch Dynamique dCi Energy TD, which is Renault’s answer to demands of environment-friendly designs.“My concept is based on the myth of the goddess Sophia, which views the earth as a living entity or organism and points to her as the creator of the world,” Damas pointed out.“For her survival, Sophia needs the cooperation of all mankind and all efforts to keep the planet clean, green and energy efficient. “The myth also describes the origin of the solar system, the earth and the human species. Sophia’s story translates into artwork through the use of organic lines, presenting the vehicle incorporated into the cosmos.“Starting from the bonnet, I visualised a spiral galaxy with Mother Earth emerging from the core. The spiral arms of the galaxy spread along the sides of the car like branches of a tree,” Damas said. Going for rough and dirtyFormer student of the Durban University of Technology and Wits University, Martyn is now an artist and arts lecturer. He has exhibited prolifically at galleries locally and abroad, and holds an academic advisory and coordination position at the InScape Design College.His car was the Mégane RS Trophy, Renault’s performance flagship.Martyn believes there is only the slightest difference between what could be defined as a drawing, and what might be seen as random processes of ‘mark making’ created as the by-product of any natural or mechanical action.“Take for instance the way in which a car travelling at high speed might create markings along a road as the tyres deposit a layer of rubber on the asphalt, if that vehicle had to suddenly come to a screeching halt.”Are the subsequent road markings art, or are they merely the by-product of the functioning of the car stopping? he asked.The mark making, he added, created by the upheaval of mud and dust onto the body work by the wheels of a car, could be looked at in the same way.“As I began to conceptualise a design approach for my car, I took into consideration how the car itself could become the facilitator of its own drawing process.”Martyn described his design as dirty, often aggressive, disparate and rough. Despite this, he explained, it still reflects the grace of art by echoing the faceted shards prevailing in Parisian cubism – with a contemporary neon edge, of course.last_img read more

Resource Discovery: Sesame Street for Military Families

first_imgU.S. Air Force [Muppets Treat Kids to Cope by Louis Briscese, June 6, 2016, CC0]By: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTSesame WorkshopFrom Big Bird and Cookie Monster to Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, and Elmo, Sesame Workshop has provided more than 150 countries with the unique mission of helping kids grow stronger, smarter, and kinder. Through an array of platforms including television, film, home videos, books, magazines, and community outreach, Sesame Workshop has been a staple in many homes and communities.Sesame StreetIn 1969, Sesame Workshop revolutionized children’s television programming by releasing the very first episode of Sesame Street on November 10th. Their mission with the Sesame Street series was “to use television to teach preschoolers, and give them the skills that would ensure a successful transition from home to school.” With nearly 50 years of programming under their belts, Sesame Street has become a staple in the homes of many families, including my own, both as a child and now as a parent.Sesame Workshop has always possessed the ability to understand and address the needs of children and their families. One poignant example of this is their recognition of the needs for resources to support military families. In 2006, “Sesame Workshop launched the bilingual (English/Spanish) multimedia outreach initiative Talk, Listen Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment (TLC). Not surprisingly, this initiative revealed a need for more; resulting in the production of Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes (TLC 2) in 2008 and Talk, Listen, Connect: When Families Grieve (TLC 3) in 2010. If you would like to learn more about Talk, Listen, and Connect, you can click here.Sesame Street for Military FamiliesIn addition to all of the amazing resources that Sesame Workshop has provided through TLC, they have also created Sesame Street for Military Families, which is a free, bilingual website with information and resources on a variety of topics pertinent to military families including deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, and self-expression.Sesame Street’s commitment to Military Families is evident in this site that includes videos, downloadable PDFs, helpful links, mobile apps and more! So, if you haven’t already discovered all of the possibilities through this resource, start your journey now by visiting http://sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org/Also, be sure to visit the Kids Serve Too! webinar series page to learn more about the collaboration between the Military Families Learning Network and Sesame Street for Military Families where you can explore resources and strategies related to community violence, military relocation, military caregiving, and young children with special needs. This series occurs throughout 2019 and continuing education credit opportunities are provided for free. Sign up for our Kids Serve Too! email list to stay in the loop!This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT for the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out about our team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Aparna Sen receives national film award for best direction for 36 Chowringhee Lane

first_imgDeepti Divaker: Multi-dimensionalAll Bombay models have stars in their eyes – film stars, that is. But few get there and fewer still have the kind of vital statistics that Deepti Divaker, 22, flaunts. For starters, a 35-24-35 figure that, coupled with unusual poise and confidence, earned her the Miss India,Deepti Divaker: Multi-dimensionalAll Bombay models have stars in their eyes – film stars, that is. But few get there and fewer still have the kind of vital statistics that Deepti Divaker, 22, flaunts. For starters, a 35-24-35 figure that, coupled with unusual poise and confidence, earned her the Miss India title in last year’s Femina contest. That isn’t all. Under that elegantly-upholstered exterior is a rare hybrid: painter, writer, classical dancer, architect and fashion model, all struggling to get out at the same time. Just back from Britain and an unsuccessful bid for the Miss World title, Divaker is currently back at her drawing board in Bangalore where she is studying architecture. But not for long. Her first priority is to recover the money she spent for her London trip. “I spent Rs 12,000 on that trip from my own pocket. Femina only paid for my return ticket,” she drawls, “I’m determined to recover the money from dancing, modelling, and acting.” Next stop: Bombay, where she intends to take the film industry by hurricane. And then: the world. “I want to be multidimensional,” she insists, “I want to try my hand at everything. What I want while I’m still young is fame, lots of it, and money too.” That figures.(from left)Aparna Sen; Om Puri in Arohan and Rekha in Umrao Jaan: Winning performancesWith two big guns of the Bombay film industry on the jury that decided the 29th national film awards last fortnight, there were rumours that the commercial entertainer might achieve respectability by winning a laurel. However, grand old actor Ashok Kumar, chairman of the feature film jury – his other Bombay colleague was producer-director B.R. Chopra – had other, and better ideas and the Swaran Kamal for the best feature went to Dakhal, the creation of young Bengali director Gautam Ghose. The other awards are less of a surprise. Aparna Sen received the prize for best direction for the film 36 Chowringhee Lane. Om Puri, the exploited peasant of Shyam Bengal’s Arohan, was best actor – he plays a similar exploited peasant in Satyajit Ray’s Sadgali, which got a special jury award, best actress was Rekha, the poetic courtesan of Umrao Jaan. In fact, Muzaffar All’s period piece, set in ceremonious Lucknow, walked away with four awards – best actress, best playback singer (Asha Bhonsle), best music director (Khayyam) and best art direction.R. Gundu Rao: Donkey dropsHeat does strange things to people. With the mercury rising above 36 degrees in Bangalore, Karnataka Chief Minister R. Gundu Rao took cricket bat in hand and led a motley team of legislators, ministers and close friends – including bosom buddy F.M. Khan – out on to the field to confront the High Court chief justice’s eleven. Decked out in sharply creased flannels. his belly squeezed behind a striking sports/shirt, Rao turned his arm over for a few donkey drops before wilting away and letting his team-mates take over. At the other end, Chief Justice D. Chandrashekhar made two runs before he, too, strolled back to the cool of the pavilion. State Finance Minister Veerappa Moily and Khan did their duty valiantly after their master left, but even so the chief justice’s men managed to score 144 runs. In reply, after much huffing and puffing, Rao’s team could score only 129 – which is probably his government’s best performance.advertisementlast_img read more

Special G-G Awards for Jamaicans Overseas

first_img Mr. Jarrett said the conference will bring together Jamaicans living overseas and at home to look at the role of the diaspora and how it can achieve the long-term objectives of Jamaica, “which is economic growth, improvement in living standards and for Jamaica to take its full place in the global environment”. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, held yesterday (June 6) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2017, Earl Jarrett, said the awards will be presented at the opening ceremony. Story Highlights Several Jamaicans overseas will be presented with special Governor-General’s Awards at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 27 under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’.The five-day conference, scheduled to take place at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, is being organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, in collaboration with the private sector, key sponsors of the event. It is one of the main events to mark Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of Independence.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, held yesterday (June 6) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2017, Earl Jarrett, said the awards will be presented at the opening ceremony.“The Governor-General will be recognising Jamaicans from the diaspora who have excelled, who have moved their own lives significantly from one place to the other within that space,” he said.Mr. Jarrett said the ceremony will also feature the keynote address by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.Giving an overview of the conference, Mr. Jarrett said it is framed around the growth agenda for Jamaica and is expected to develop networks for creating opportunities.He said the conference will also deal with health issues and how the diaspora community can support the continued improvement in the health outcomes of the people.“Even as I speak, I believe there is a delegation of doctors in Jamaica from overseas who are supporting health facilities across the island. Many Jamaicans contribute supplies and their network to support the objectives in Jamaica,” he said.Mr. Jarrett said the conference will bring together Jamaicans living overseas and at home to look at the role of the diaspora and how it can achieve the long-term objectives of Jamaica, “which is economic growth, improvement in living standards and for Jamaica to take its full place in the global environment”.Undersecretary for Diaspora Protocol and Consular Affairs of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Sharon Saunders, said all Jamaicans are welcome to attend the conference. She said persons can register on the Ministry’s website: www.mfaft.gov.jm/conference/registrationAmbassador Saunders said the early-bird registration rate, which is $18,000 for a full conference package, will be available until June 22.“Anyone interested should try to register early. After that, the rate goes up to $22,000 for the full conference package,” she added.Ambassador Saunders noted that there are five payment options for registering using GraceKennedy’s Bill Express online payment portal.“And, all of that is available on the Ministry’s website, so anybody, locally or abroad, can register for the conference,” she said. Several Jamaicans overseas will be presented with special Governor-General’s Awards at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 27 under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’. last_img read more