first_imgHAMMER TIME: The auction crowed at 49 Nicholson St, Mitchelton on April 28, 2018. Photo AAP/ Ric Frearson.MORE than 40 people turned out to watch a Mitchelton property sell under the hammer yesterday, April 28.Harcourts Solutions real estate sales person Rochelle Adgo listed the property at 49 Nicholson St, Mitchelton, which went to auction at 12.30pm on April 28.Three bidders registered to buy the renovated abode, but only one party bid. The bidding started at $850,000 and the home ended up selling to the starting bidder under the hammer for $935,000.“It was a four week auction campaign, we had three registered bidders, and it’s a great result for a 405sq m block,” Ms Adgo. No. 49 Nicholson St, Mitchelton, which sold for $935,000.According to Core Logic, the property last sold in 2011 for $517,000 to Kelly Summers, who extensively renovated the home to reflect a Hamptons-style design.Ms Summers said she started the renovation about five months after she purchased the property and it took about a year to complete. She said she was pleased with the result and it was time to move on to their next project.“We’ve bought in Ashgrove and we’re going to renovate again,” Ms Summers said.“At least our kids aren’t babies this time.“Our youngest was a baby when we did this and our eldest was a toddler, so I’m hoping it’s going to be a bit easier.”Ms Summers said they met the new owners and were pleased it was sold to such a “nice family”.“They’re going to love it just as much as we do,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago No. 27 Macaulay St Coorparoo was passed in at $875,000.Don and Joy Copeland took a trip down memory lane yesterday, when they attended the auction of Mr Copeland’s childhood home at 27 Macaulay St, Coorparoo.They were among about 30 people who attended the auction.Mr Copeland said he was born in the home in 1940 and grew up with his father’s canvas factory, RJ Copeland and Son, being run from the ground floor of the house.He was the youngest of five children, and said he lived there until he married Mrs Copeland in 1962 and the house stayed in the family until after the death of his father in 1989.Core Logic revealed the property changed from the Copeland’s hands in 1992, selling for $115,325.Four bidders registered to buy the property and bidding started at $750,000.It was one of two properties Place Estate Agents, Bulimba lead agent Shane Hicks took to auction yesterday.About 50 people turned out to see Mr Hicks’ second auction at 26 Taylor St, Balmoral, which was also passed in at $785,000.Only two of the four registered bidders raised their paddles, the starter bid was the highest bid at $850,000. The auctioneer bid on behalf of the seller, and raised the call to $875,000, which according to Corelogic was the price the current owners purchased the property for in 2015.The property was passed in at $875,000.“We’re in serious negotiations on both properties, and I’d like to think that they will be sold by Monday, but we’ll have to see how we go,” Mr Hicks said.center_img No. 29 Addison St, Red Hill was passed in at $950,000.Ray White Paddington sales and marketing professional Angela Mastrapostolos’s listing at 29 Addison St, Red Hill was passed in at $950,000.Mrs Mastrapostolos said only one bidder registered to buy the property, but they were now in negotiations with two other prospective buyers who were unable to bid under auction conditions.last_img read more

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkPHOENIX, Ariz. – One IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver is not only turning heads on the track, but off the track as well.Ryan Roath, the national point leader in the division through mid-May, was also the top vote-getter in the month’s Sybesma Graphics IMCA Facebook Fan Favorite contest.Roath is currently at the top of the standings at Prescott Valley Raceway, sits third at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria and finished fourth in the Winter Challenge Series.“That’s where we want to be,” stated the Phoenix driver, recipient of a mini-mod door courtesy of Sybesma. “We’re trying to win a track championship this season and the Arizona State championship as well.”While Roath has won a track title in a local stock car division, he is seeking his first in a Modified.“We’ve never really run strong since we won Western Region Rookie of the Year in 2006,” he admitted. “We hope to change that this year.”Being from the West Coast, Roath realizes he’s already put much of his season behind him compared to other drivers across the country.“We have about 50 races scheduled this year,” Roath said of his team, “and we’ve already hit 26 of them.”“Our season started on Jan. 4 and I know the guys in the Midwest start later,” he continued. “We can’t race four nights a week like them so we’ll see what happens when the points shake out.”He had some ups and downs along the way throughout the first half of his season.“We blew up a crate motor and totaled our car in Vegas in March,” Roath recalled. “We were pretty fortunate to get it fixed. Klein Engines in Phoenix, Friesen Chevrolet and Rod Wadel with Jax Sports Grille made it possible and I’m very grateful to them.”Roath also credits the support of a number of crewmembers for his early season success. They include his dad Calvin, sheet metal guy Larry, crew chief John, PR man Rowdy, along with Dennis, Crystal, and Erin, son Chase and girlfriend Heather.His sponsors include Wahl Traction and Roadkill Grill of Las Vegas; Distinctive Custom Cabinetry, Arizona Biker Leathers, Big D’s RCs, Extreme Apparel, Advocare and Three Wide Photography, Dirt Pro Inc., all of Phoenix; Lucky 7 Designs of Sacramento Calif.; Goofy Tools of Mesa and JAX Sports Grille of Garden City, Kan., and Ed Sabin Photography of Prescott.last_img read more

first_imgWhat ever happened to deductibles? The word has almost disappeared from the debate as a special session of the Legislature devoted to supposed reform of California’s health insurance system proceeds. Read any official or semi-official summary of Assembly Bill 8, the Democratic health plan nixed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and you see things like requirements imposed on individuals and employers, and treatment of the self-employed and small businesses – but no mention of deductibles, the sums people must pay before their insurance benefits kick in. These can amount to thousands of dollars even for the majority of Californians who are currently insured. But under some of the proposals the Legislature considered this year, they could go as high as $10,000 per year. No one is now talking about this in specific terms. Yet, that’s where the rub for the entire reform effort could lie: Make the deductibles too low and health care might be overused by people who don’t really need it. Make deductibles too high and the working poor might as well be uninsured, since relatively few people have annual medical expenses that approach the $10,000 mark. For most families who immunize their children, get flu shots every autumn and don’t head for the emergency room whenever Junior sprains an ankle, it takes a catastrophe for expenses to reach $10,000. Which means that assessing the working poor up to 5 percent of their yearly wages for health insurance premiums, a figure often bandied about during the health insurance debate, would create a new burden for them while giving them little or no new benefit. So why not talk about deductibles and ways to lower them? For one thing, Schwarzenegger’s proposed plan would allow insurance companies to keep 15 percent of all premiums for administrative expenses and profits. Cutting that corporate benefit is about the only way to keep deductibles low for families buying the minimum coverage to be offered under any new plan. But Schwarzenegger and many state legislators get large campaign donations from the health insurance and pharmaceutical companies that could be most affected by low deductibles. As of late summer, the governor and his various committees had received just under $5 million from such firms, making them the fourth largest donor category among special interests financing his political career. This makes the politicians at least in part the creatures of the existing health-care and insurance industry. It also may be why Schwarzenegger has repeatedly killed bills to start a single-payer government-run insurance plan. In a single-payer plan run by the government, there’s no need for profit. But administrative costs could mount. All this explains at least in part the several polls that show heavy public distrust of the ongoing health-care policy negotiations. More than two-thirds of voters in a poll taken for the California Nurses Association labor union said they are skeptical anything good will come from that bargaining. The same poll said 70 percent of voters favor a plan that has no co-pays or deductibles, guarantees choice of hospital and doctors, and is not attached to anyone’s job. That’s essentially a description of single-payer health insurance in its ideal form, and it enjoyed majority support in that survey all across the political spectrum. Because all plans now under consideration would involve some kind of new tax on either employers or individuals, whatever plan emerges from Sacramento will have to go before the voters as a proposition. And for any health insurance reform to succeed there, it will have to assure the same quality of care and choice of doctors enjoyed by most people who are now insured, while holding down or eliminating deductibles and co-payments for those who now lack coverage. Supporters will also have to prove to many skeptics that whatever makes the ballot is not merely a scheme to provide coverage for illegal immigrants, who make up a healthy portion of the uninsured population. Cutting down deductibles is probably the best place for negotiators to start reshaping the plans that were considered earlier this year. If they don’t do that, they’ll have a hard time proving any new plan would really benefit most of the uninsured. And whatever emerges, the harsh reality is that its eventual passage will be no easy matter, as almost all ballot propositions involving new taxes of any kind have failed for the last 20 years and more. Tom Elias is author of The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, now available in an updated third edition. His e-mail address is [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgThe app is available both in the Apple App Store and via Google Play. As the 108th running of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee nears, fans can prepare for the Relays and receive the most up-to-date information leading up to and during the Relays by downloading the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee app powered by MidAmerican Energy. The free app features the Drake Relays schedule, heat sheets, live results, Hy-Vee Cup standings, athlete information, social media connections, maps, records and much more. Users of the app will also receive the most recent and accurate Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee information sent directly to their device via push notifications including event winners and other Relays news of note. Get The App For Android Download for Android The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee begin inside Drake Stadium on April 26 with the first of four days of competition featuring some of the world’s best professional athletes, collegiate and Iowa high school competitors. Get the App for iOS center_img Story Links Fans who downloaded last year’s app will need to delete that copy from their device and install the 2017 version to ensure they receive all the features the app has to offer. Tickets for all sessions of the Drake Relays are available by visiting the Drake Athletic Ticket Office, calling 515-271-3647 or visiting Download for iOS Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_img16 April 2003The government will provide a once-off R30 000 grant to about 20 000 individuals identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as deserving reparation for suffering under apartheid.The payments amount to about R660-million, and are in addition to more than R50-million the government has already paid out, as an interim measure, to 16 500 of the 18 800 victims identified by the TRC as needing urgent relief. Reparations: grants still unclaimed Tabling and responding to the final TRC report and its recommendations in Parliament, Cape Town on Tuesday, President Thabo Mbeki said authorities would disburse the grants “as a matter of urgency” during the current financial year.The President’s response to the TRC report followed his receipt of the final two-volume report last month. The first five-volume report was handed to former President Nelson Mandela in 1998.The Commission was set up in 1995 to investigate human rights violations and atrocities committed during apartheid. In over two years of hearings, its committees heard evidence from about 2 000 people, received written statements from another 18 000, and received over 8 000 applications for amnesty for apartheid crimes.Among other things, the TRC report recommended the creation of a reparation trust fund, as well as a secretariat in the Presidency to oversee the implementation of the recommendations.President Mbeki said, however, that the money, together with material and other rehabilitation packages aimed at assisting the apartheid victims and survivors, was in acknowledgement of their suffering and contribution – not as a prize for their role in dismantling the apartheid regime for a democratic system.Mbeki said government hoped the money would offer “some relief”, since many of the victims and the general public had not been in the struggle to make money, but to liberate the nation from the jaws of apartheid.“We are convinced that, to the millions who spared neither life nor limb in struggle, there is no bigger prize than freedom itself, and a continuing struggle to build a better life for all.” … [A]s the TRC itself has underlined, no one can attach monetary value to life and suffering, nor can an argument be sustained that the efforts of millions of South Africans to liberate themselves was for monetary gain.”Mbeki hinted that government had put in place programmes aimed at helping victims deal with their medical, educational and housing needs, as articulated in the TRC Act.Unaccounted for victims soughtMbeki also called on South Africans to provide the government with information relating to people unaccounted for from the apartheid years.Mbeki urged people in possession of such information to approach the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other relevant departments.“The National Directorate of Public Prosecutions and relevant departments will be requested to deal with matters relating to people who were unaccounted for, post mortem records, and policy with regard to burials of unidentified persons”, he said.It is estimated that the reparation of apartheid victims will cost around R3-billion, money described by TRC chairperson Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “well-spent and in a very real sense cheap, for their [the victims’] contribution to the stability we currently enjoy is incalculable.”President Mbeki praised the TRC for its work, saying the Commission had succeeded and “handed us a united and reconciled society”.“The pain and the agony that characterised the conflict among South Africans over the decades, so vividly relived in many hearings of the Commission, planted the seed of hope – of a future bright in its humanity and its sense of caring.” Mbeki says no to ‘wealth tax’Mbeki slams apartheid lawsuits‘No blanket apartheid amnesty’ Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgSouth African traditions are also a tourism drawcard.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)  The recent 2010 Fifa World Cup has eradicated many myths about South Africa and boosted growth prospects for the country’s tourism industry, the government said on 7 September 2010.The tournament created a bright image of the country, Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in a statement. “The positive brand value that has been unlocked is immeasurable. The event helped us to turn the corner in terms of foreign perceptions about tourism safety.”The Department of Tourism met with industry role-players in Kempton Park, near Johannesburg, on 6 September to review the tournament’s impact on the sector.Delegates at the meeting included representatives from Federated Hospitality Association, South African Tourism Services Association of South Africa and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa, among others. They discussed lessons learnt from the spectacle and future plans for the industry.The meeting is part of government’s ongoing process of evaluating the benefits associated with hosting the football World Cup.In 2010, and especially during the tournament, South Africa managed to position itself as a high-quality tourism destination, according to the minister.“The World Cup opened up a new window of opportunity for the tourism industry,” said Van Schalkwyk. “It is up to all of us to make use of this opportunity.”It speeded up the construction and renovation of vital infrastructure, such as airports and new accommodation facilities, Van Schalkwyk added.The King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal was built at a cost of R6.7-billion (US$922-million), while the country’s two other international airports, OR Tambo and Cape Town, received multibillion-rand upgrades.Domestic airports, including those in Bloemfontein, East London, Upington and Kimberley, also underwent massive revamps worth millions of rands.“These are all important investments in building the future capacity of the tourism sector,” said Van Schalkwyk.Tourism on top of its gameThe country’s tourism industry was on top of its game during the World Cup, the minister said.In addition to creating a safe environment for tourists and completing airport and road revamps on time, the sector excelled in service delivery in the formal accommodation sector, management of increased airlift volumes, the security of air space and the implementation of new systems to facilitate passenger movement, Van Schalkwyk said.“Overall, the collective efforts in the tourism sector were key in delivering an exceptional World Cup,” he added. “As a country, a people, a government and private sector we built a shared vision and delivered on it.”However, the industry could have done so much more in other areas, the minister said. These include ensuring greater benefits for small, medium and micro enterprises; better managing the expectations of the informal accommodation sector; “getting accommodation prices right in the face of the global economic downturn”; and listing up-front availability of accommodation on a database.National convention and events bureauThe tourism department is planning to set up a national convention and events bureau to make the most of the World Cup legacy.Cashing in on the infrastructure investments is one of the most important tasks ahead, the minister said, adding that “our proposals in this regard have been received very well by the industry”.The bureau will be part of the five-year National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) which the department introduced in May 2010. It will be positioned to market events and promote tourism businesses.In light of South Africa attracting more than 1-million tourists during the month-long World Cup, the NTSS is now aiming to increase the number of foreign arrivals in the future.Some 9.9-million foreign visitors came to the country in 2009, but through the strategy volumes are hoped to reach 13.5-million by 2015.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Field Crop Progress Stays Ahead of ScheduleCorn continued to see faster than average kernel development last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending August 12. Soybean pods were also filling faster than average due to timely rains and warmer than normal temperatures last week. Rapid corn and soybean development were accompanied by slight increases in good to excellent condition ratings for soybeans and pastures. Oats harvested moved closer to completion in between the rainfall and progress remained ahead of the 5-year average. Hay continued to be cut close to last year’s pace. Improving pasture condition lowered livestock stress.Take a look at the full report herelast_img read more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Hundreds of Libyans are reported killed in clashes between rebel forces and the Libyan army in the city of Misurata – a conflict that international press is working hard to keep in the light of international attention over the past several weeks.Today news has emerged that one member of the press has lost his life in the conflict. Tim Hetherington, taking photos for Getty, was among a group of press struck by fire from Libyan forces. Two of Hetherington’s colleagues are in grave condition. Why are we writing about this tragic event on a technology blog? Because I thought it was notable that in the long history of war reporters risking their lives to tell terrible but important stories, we now know some of Hetherington’s final thoughts before his life ended. Not because he filed a story with the news wires, not because his photos were published in the newspaper, but because he had access to a lightweight public messaging system on the iPhone he carried in his pocket: Twitter.Twitter has done many things in its short time on the web. That it provides a new way for people like Hetherington to give quick status updates from the field and for the rest of us to have immediate access to them is of historic significance.Hetherington’s final message was a concerned, self-aware and public assessment of a dangerous situation. An infrequent publisher on the platform, Hetherington’s prior message had been a link to a photo of himself dressed up at the Oscars with friends.Hetherington didn’t use Twitter when he was reporting from Afghanistan for Vanity Fair in 2007 and 2008, an assignment that led to his directing an Oscar nominated film called Restrepo. He created his Twitter account in July of 2010 and posted 53 times, often to share his thoughts about the nature of war and the media that covered it.Rest in Peace, Mr. Hetherington. Tags:#Real World#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgTags:#Codebase#Pinterest Related Posts lauren orsini Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Pinterest has changed the way we present information on the visual Web. But Pinterest itself hasn’t changed much since its beginning.That is, on a coding level. Jon Jenkins, Pinterest’s head of engineering, recently revealed that the image-sharing community is still running on its original codebase. See also Mindboggling Facts That Will Make You Care About Pinterest“For many web companies that hit massive scale, it’s common practice to replace their whole architecture—sometimes several times,” he said. “We’ve chosen to instead evolve our early stack into its present-day stack without dramatic change, and grow it alongside our company.”An Unconventional DecisionBy codebase and architecture, Jenkins means the underlying technologies that make Pinterest run. As a website grows, engineers won’t just conduct visual redesigns to keep the look and feel of the site fresh, but they will revamp the codebase with new technologies that help it to run more efficiently. Tumblr is especially notorious for overhauling its codebase on a regular basis, leading to periods of unpleasant but necessary user downtime.One of the most public contrasts to this practice is LinkedIn. During Project Inversion, LinkedIn’s engineering team froze development of new features for two months while it re-wrote its entire codebase. This measure was drastic, to be sure, but LinkedIn and its investors alike consider it to have been essential, a vital measure to support LinkedIn’s growing influence. “We recognized that the platform’s rapid growth, and our desire to keep releasing innovative products, required shifting from a feature-branch-based way of developing and deploying software to a continuous deployment system,” a LinkedIn spokesperson said. However, Pinterest has never made such a transition, not even with its hockey-stick growth curve. Jenkins said the basic building blocks, including Python web servers, a mySQL database, open-source data structure service Redis and caching daemon Memcache, still make up the bulk of the code on which Pinterest is built. The team regularly improves on pieces of the codebase with in-place rewrites. “In other words, we evolved things, not replaced them,” said Jenkins.How Explosive Growth Shaped A Code LegacyIt helps that the three engineers responsible for building Pinterest’s original codebase—Yash Nelapati, Marty Weiner and Ryan Probasco—still work there today, and can oversee the codebase’s lengthy history. According to Weiner, it wasn’t originally a conscious choice to retain the same codebase Pinterest had in early 2011, but one born out of necessity. “The site began moving and 2011 was spent in rapid-growth mode,” he said. “There was no time to think about a major re-architecture.  Every day was spent trying to fix the one or two things that were on fire for those 12 to 24 hours, and maybe get ahead on what we thought would break in the next 12 hours.”But as tweaks built upon tweaks, Pinterest’s architecture became increasingly unscalable when faced with the site’s unrelenting growth. When they noticed these edits—cobbled together from a variety of technologies—were making the codebase unstable, they had two options. They could replace the codebase with other technical solutions. Or, they could rewrite and strengthen the original building blocks. “We made a snap decision to put all the cards on the table and rethink,” said Weiner. “We chose a few technologies that worked consistently well—MySQL, Python, Memcache, Redis and a few others. What we ended up with was a new beginning that we’ve evolved ever since.”Nobody can deny the sleek look Pinterest presents to users, but for developers trawling Pinterest’s storied codebase, there are certainly a few surprising ancient Easter Eggs. “We still use invite code written in 2010,” said Weiner. “My favorite file still around is our original notes.txt file which was our ‘Apollo 13 checklist’ of how to bring up boxes or fix certain problems.”Photo of Jon Jenkins courtesy of O’Reilly Conferences on Flickr. center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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