HILT announces 2017 Advance Grant awards

first_imgThe Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) announced four Advance Grant awards with support of up to $25K designed to extend the success of prior HILT grant projects. Awardees will:Assess and refine a tool for student questioning. Jonathan Hausmann (HMS-BIDMC), Eliot Yates (CADM-HUIT), Katherine Loboda (Harvard College), and Eli Miloslavsky (HMS-MGH) will improve the user experience of AskUp, an open-source application that facilitates student-generated question and answer sets based on evidence about the importance of questioning for learning. Through randomized trials, they will study improvement to student metacognition, self-directed learning, and class performance.Create and evaluate portable teaching kits to convert any space into a flexible learning environment. Building on the success of the “SciBox” classroom, Logan McCarty and Melissa Franklin (FAS) will create “Teach Anywhere” kits to address common challenges related to teaching in non-traditional classrooms including acoustics, media projection, and partitioning.Explore the medium of sound in teaching and learning. Alexander Rehding (FAS) will upgrade and expand the Sound Studios Lab (SLab), established in 2013, to enhance the lab’s teaching and learning mission, specifically the exploration of sound as a conveyer of knowledge.Extend the transformation of traditional to online cases across Harvard. S. Bryn Austin (HMS-CH), Chris Dede (HGSE), Holly Gooding (HMS-BWH), Megan Kipp, M.Ed. ’10, Lori Garg (HMS-CH), Adrienne Phelps-Coco (DCE), and Karina Lin (DCE) will extend a prototype for transforming traditional teaching cases into e-learning modules by developing a new e-module for field settings and convening a cross-Harvard workshop to share best practices. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Violence No Longer Costa Ricans’ Biggest Worry as Police Score Successes

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2013 SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — A year-long investigation of a 14-member drug trafficking group came to an end on March 26, when local officials arrested the gang’s five remaining members. Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD) carried out the sting in collaboration with Panamanian officials who provided key information. Costa Rican Security Minister Mario Zamora told reporters that the group, led by a Colombian national, was shipping cocaine into the country from Panama to produce crack and selling it to locals and foreigners in Costa Rica. “This was what we call a ‘second level’ organization, which means that it also supplied other smaller groups with crack to be later distributed in our streets and neighborhoods,” he said. While the leader and another four members were arrested now, previous arrests of the same organized group were made in other four operations beginning in August last year. The group was made up of Nicaraguans, Costa Ricans and Panamanians. Police seized a total of 120 kilograms of cocaine and $17,000 in cash during the entire operation. This case is the most recent in a series of busts by the government in the last few weeks. On March 12, the police seized 1.7 tons of cocaine hidden in a cigarette-style speedboat off the Caribbean port of Limón. The boat was cornered to shore by the Coast Guard, but the people inside the vessel managed to escape. Costa Rica security budget nearly doubles since 2009 Zamora described the craft as having four motors, amounting to an approximate value of $50,000, and called it “a new resource for the ministry to combat organized crime.” Less than two weeks earlier, two boats flying Costa Rican flags were stopped at sea with half a ton of cocaine each. Seven people were arrested. “It’s possible that a part of that shipment came from Costa Rica, but it could’ve also made a quick stop on our shores to replenish its fuel and continue on to another destiny further north of Central America,” said Anti-Drug Commissioner Mauricio Boraschi. Despite Costa Rica’s accomplishments in tackling organized crime, the State Department’s 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report says the country’s “lack of effective patrolling of both land and sea borders all contributed to Costa Rica’s status as a drug transshipment point.” It also noted “the rising consumption of illicit narcotics, the increasing presence of Mexican drug trafficking organizations and the level of drug-related violence.” It’s this concern that has convinced Zamora to nearly double the Security Ministry’s budget in the last four years, from $230 million in 2009 to $400 million this year. “We’ve never had, in our history, an increase as important as this one in the public security budget,” said Zamora, a former head of police. “But it’s important to point out that education and health remain the most important elements in the budget.” Boraschi points to 95% success rate in drug prosecutions Boraschi said that in the three years since President Laura Chinchilla took office, her security forces have dismantled 315 drug-trafficking organizations. Forty-eight of those are international in nature and 267 are domestic; in addition, 74 are identified as “narcofamilies” who have turned their homes into drug-selling businesses. Costa Rican officials say their strategy of containing violence and the illegal transit of drugs through the country is unlike most others in that they work to prosecute people they arrest. “Our country characterizes itself for having a 95 percent effectiveness in the cases it prosecutes,” said Boraschi, a lawyer by training and a former prosecutor. “The fight here is very different from other places, as we face drug traffickers by focusing on the use of intelligence and the rule of law.” A statement from Boraschi’s office said his department has seized more than 31 tons of cocaine in less than three years; if the drugs had made it to the United States, they would have generated $775 million in earnings for the cartels. Officials agree that the investment in security has paid off, not only because of the high percentage of criminals brought to justice, but because people are actually safer than they were before. Unimer poll: Insecurity no longer biggest concern in Costa Rica Costa Rica, which abolished its army in 1948, is the first Central American nation to drop out of the World Health Organization’s “violence epidemic” label given to places where the homicide rate exceeds 10 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. Costa Rica’s rate last year was 8.9 — compared to its peak in 2010, when its homicide rate reached 12 per 100,000. Nearby Honduras, the world’s most violent country, has a rate of 86 per 100,000, while El Salvador registered 71 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012. In late March, a public opinion survey by independent pollster Unimer on behalf of the newspaper La Nación showed that insecurity is no longer Costa Ricans’ biggest worry; unemployment and the rising cost of living have knocked crime off the top spot. Security ranked third for the first time in years, Zamora said, proving there’s been an overall decrease in criminal activity and that people are starting to notice that drop. “This is a regional success, because we see that in the piece of land from Mexico all the way down to Colombia and Venezuela, we’re the ones with the lowest crime statistics and the one that has managed to reduce it the most,” he said. “To be in Central America — the most violent region in the world — and have a public opinion survey show that in Costa Rica insecurity is no longer the No. 1 worry in people’s minds, is significant.” Thanks Isabella. Excellent work. Juan Antonio Marín I walk a lot through San Jose and I’ve noticed a substantial improvement in safety, the information provided by this article should be posted by the respective entities in order to leave behind that bad impression about this topic, which is printed daily by mediocre media sources that don’t contribute a thing to provide a vision of peace and progress for the country; the same goes with the national roads, I travel a lot and most of them are in good conditions, let’s work for a better CR, no petty interests and alarming publications, they are worthless and only cause damage, they aren’t sons of this homeland and only care about the salaries in their pockets. Did you not understand the report? It said that violence greatly decreased, and Costa Rica has the lowest homicide rate in Central America. My goodness, what are you talking about without knowing? You must be Brazilian because they often give opinions with no justification.last_img read more

FAMU sets Brown v. Board of Ed. program

first_img FAMU sets Brown v. Board of Ed. program The Florida A&M University College of Law will convene a panel of students, parents and teachers to discuss the desegregation of Orange County schools as part of an examination and commemoration of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court decision.The panel will be comprised of “insiders,” those students, parents and teachers who actually transferred from segregated schools in order to desegregate previously all-white schools. The panel event , “Brown v. Board of Education: An Insiders’ Perspective,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 15 and is free and open to the public. Seating for the event is limited, so attendees are asked to RSVP by calling (407) 836-8546.The FAMU College of Law presents this event as part of a community-wide commemoration of the 1954 decision led by The Metropolitan Center for Regional Studies at the University of Central Florida. This is the second event held by the law school to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark legal decision. April 1, 2004 Regular News FAMU sets Brown v. Board of Ed. programlast_img read more

Guide to Long Island Ice Skating Rinks

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with friends and family or a place to practice figure skating or ice hockey, there is no shortage of ice skating rinks on Long Island.Many local rinks host parties, fundraisers, and Family Night and offer lessons to newcomers. So strap on your ice skates and head on to one of the into these cool ice rinks:Indoors Ice Skating RinksAndrew Stergiopoulos Ice RinkFamily-friendly ice rink that offers many programs such as skating school, hockey, and figure skating. Also offers classes and private lessons for children and adults. 65 Arrandale Ave., Great Neck. greatneckparks.comCantiague Park Ice RinkUsed by recreational skaters and hockey teams. Offers skating lessons for children, adults and seniors. Skate rentals are available. 480 West John St., Hicksville. nassaucountyny.govDix Hills Park Ice Rink This state-of-the-art, indoor, full-sized, year-round skating facility has all the amenities. The building, which sits amidst 150 acres of spectacular parkland, is designed in manner of a ski lodge, open and airy, with sloped ceilings and a rustic feel and look. 575 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills. huntingtonny.govFreeport Recreation CenterIce skating is open to the public. No residency requirements. Skate rental is available. 130 East Merrick Rd., Freeport. freeportny.govIcelandHome to the Iceland Ice Cats Hockey League and the Metropolitan Figure Skating Club. Public sessions are available from Fridays through Sundays. Also, Iceland has birthday party’s packages for ages 10 and up. 3345 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park. icelandlongisland.comIceworksThe New York Islanders’ may practice at a new facility, but they still have a presence at this ice rink. 175 Underhill Blvd., Syosset. nhl.comLong Beach Municipal Ice ArenaOpen all year around and offers public and private lessons as well as birthday parties. Also has hockey programs and a teen center with a snack bar. Home to the Long Beach Skating Academy. 150 West Bay Dr., Long Beach. longbeachny.govNewbridge Road Park Indoor Ice Rink ArenaFeatures a full-sized rink, skate rental, snack bar and coin-operated lockers. A central fireplace adds a cozy ski lodge ambiance to the facility. 2600 S. Newbridge Rd., Bellmore. toh.liNorthwell Health Ice CenterSkating school, hockey leagues, public skating sessions. Skate rental is available. Eisenhower Park 200 Merrick Ave., East Meadow. nhl.comPort Washington Skating Center Family oriented ice rink that offers general skating with your family and friends. Every Sunday is Family Skating Day. Open all year round. Also offers skating school, hockey programs, and private parties. 70 Seaview Blvd., Port Washington. pwskating.comSuperior Ice RinkThis rink is operated all-year round for public ice skating, figure skating, learn to skate programs, youth ice hockey and adult ice hockey. 270 Indian Head Rd., Kings Park. superioricerink.comTown of Oyster Bay Ice Skating CenterOffers figure skating and hockey programs. Also offers public sessions from now until April 8. Birthday parties offer through the Center Ice Cafe. 1001 Stewart Ave., Bethpage. oysterbaytown.comOutdoors Ice Skating RinksChristopher Morley ParkThe 200-feet by 80-feet outdoor ice rink open until March. Offers skating sessions for children and adults. Rentals for parties and hockey teams are available. 500 Searingtown Rd. N., Roslyn. nassaucountyny.govThe Rinx at Harborfront ParkOpen until March 11, this rink offers ice skating programs for group lessons as well as private. Also offers parties such as birthdays, fundraisers, and scout troops. 101-A East Broadway, Port Jefferson. therinx.comTanger Outlet Ice Rink at The ArchesOffers ice skating lessons on Saturdays by appointment. Group of 12 or more can revive discounted on skate rentals and private ice skating time. 455 Commack Rd., Dear Park. tangericerink.comMitchell Park Ice RinkOffers public skating sessions and skate rentals. Also offers hockey for children and adults and has Family Night on Friday nights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Front St., Greenport. greenportvillage.comlast_img read more

Where would you open a new account today?

first_imgDirect question: if you were opening a new account at a financial institution today, for yourself, perhaps for a child or another relative, where would it be?It can’t be at your present employer.That’s the only exclusion.  So where would you open it?A few months ago I opened a new account at a Phoenix credit union with a branch closest to my home and when I opened it, I did not bother to put a five-figure deposit into a savings account because the rate was pitiful,Still is.  0.5%. I just checked.A simple checking account pays exactly 0.0.Money market checking with a minimum $10,000 pays 0.15%.Oh, and opening an account using only online tools at this institution proved impossible. I had to visit the branch to conclude the process.Yes, I was determined to open a credit union account. So I persevered. Don’t expect regular consumers ro do likewise.  They won’t.Why would an institution make it so hard to open an account online when the accounts are so cruddy? That is the first question many credit union executives have to ask themselves.  Look at your institution through the eyes of a prospective new account holder. What do they see?Do you like what they see?Hold that thought and now focus on this: A recent press release from MagnifyMoney announced its rankings of the best online banks.Many of these are institutions with robust advertising and marketing budgets. Consumers know about them. Will that consumer think of them – or of you – when they want to open a new account?  And when they compare the best online banks with your offerings, how do you stack up?The best online bank, per MagnifyMoney, is Ally which of course dates back to 1919 and its former name GMAC.  Its longevity is as good as just about every credit union.Ally pays 2.2% on its savings account.  0.1% on checking. 0.9% on a money market account.How do you stack up?Vio won honors as the best new online bank. It’s a division of MidFirst bank.  Savings pays 2.39%. It promises online account opening in less than five minutes.Again, the question is: how do you stack up?A shrewd consumer just might find the smart move is to open a checking account at your credit union – and to park other money in savings at Vio.Many executives at credit unions see free checking as the gateway relationship that leads to other relationships. But what if it isn’t?  Especially not today when it it is easy for a consumer to shop around online and also to open new financial accounts at a variety of institutions. Maybe one for checking, one for savings, a third for a credit card, and a fourth for a car loan.Then where is your business plan that revolves around free checking?About now exasperated credit union executives will shout that the consumer should open an account at a credit union, instead of a for profit bank, because that is the right thing to do and it helps keep more money in the local community.Yes, absolutely true. I agree.The trouble is, not that many consumers agree.In fact research reported by The FinancialBrand is adamant that consumers “know diddly squat about credit unions.”64% of non members are not familiar with credit unions.33% say there aren’t enough branches. 25% say there aren’t enough ATMs.30% say it’s difficult to find a credit union they can join.Sure, it is easy to say the consumers just don’t know – but we already stipulated they don’t know diddly squat.They don’t and that is what makes the moral imperative argument ineffective.  It just can’t be counted to persuade that many consumers to go with a credit union. CUNA is to be applauded for its $100 million, three year “Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union” campaign. That’s a start. But more is needed. Why aren’t the other trades, the larger CUSOs, and the largest credit unions pushing the credit union advantage? Why haven’t they mounted powerful – effective – campaigns? Why don’t we see high profile influencers who are happy to act as evangelists for credit unions and the cooperative way?Another question: why are many of the largest credit unions yanking “credit union” out of their names?The bottomline is simple. Credit unions, to win new accounts, need to work very hard to offer products that are competitive with the offerings from the online banks.That’s not fair? It ignores the costs involved with brick and mortar?True enough. But until consumers really understand that credit unions are the better way to bank, every credit union has to be ready to compete with all comers, including the online banks.  So what should your credit union do if in fact you cannot match the rates offered by online banks?  Double-down on the credit union advantages. Make them the cornerstone of your advertising/marketing.  Make it an ethical argument. Go local, go self-ownership. Those arguments will resonate with consumers who just may want to open an account in an institution where they are an owner rather than with an online bank with better rates.Tune into the McGarvey podcast with Teresa Freeborn, chair of the CUNA “Open Your Eyes” campaign.  Find it in iTunes. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Detailslast_img read more

Nine out of ten Gold Coast sellers made a tidy recent profit

first_imgNine out of Gold Coast ten sellers made a profit when they sold their property during the March quarter.GOLD Coast homeowners have chalked up more than $490 million in profits in just three months.Figures released today reveal nine out of ten sellers made a profit when they sold their property during the March quarter.CHECK HOW MUCH YOUR HOUSE IS WORTHThe CoreLogic Pain and Gain March report revealed the median hold period on the Coast was eight years while the median profit was $116,000 — up $6000 over six months.Last year, almost 16 per cent of Gold Coast homeowners were selling at a loss, but the latest report revealed that figure dropped to 9.9 per cent.Of those who sold for less than their original price the median loss was $40,000. The loss was the highest in the state while the profit was second to Brisbane’s $165,000.The CoreLogic Pain and Gain March report revealed the median hold period on the Gold Coast was eight years while the median profit was $116,000.CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said he expected the Gold Coast market to continue to improve.“Internal migration to Queensland is picking up but also a lot of people from Sydney and Melbourne have got that equity in their homes and are looking for coastal properties,” Mr Kusher said.“I don’t necessarily know that too many people are cashing out of Sydney and moving to the Gold Coast, I think they are investing in the area with a view to maybe move there in ten or 15 years’ time.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said he expected the Gold Coast market to continue to improve. Photo: David ClarkHe said the percentage of loss-making resales should continue to decrease.“I think that is more linked to the fact that there are more investors becoming interested on the Gold Coast,” he said.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands predicted the market to continue to gain momentum.“I don’t think it’s going to boom but I think we will see solid growth for the next three to four years,” Mr Newlands said.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands predicted the market to continue to gain momentum.Homeowner Kirra Brown sold her Bonogin house in February for $920,000 through Premier Real Estate Agents.It sold for $90,000 more than what she paid for it in 2015.“We put a pool in and we did a little bit of landscaping and were really happy with the sale price,” Ms Brown said. “It sold really quickly, within the first week.”The mother-of-two moved to the Gold Coast from Sydney in 2000. “I remember when I first moved here I couldn’t believe how cheap it was,” she said.“Since I’ve been living here I’ve seen the market continue to go up.”last_img read more

Parkinson family home sells for $820k at auction

first_imgThe house at 16 Hartz Court, Parkinson, sold for $820,000 at auction.A HIGHLY sought-after Parkinson house has sold under the hammer for $820,000.Place Sunnybank agent Jason Song said they had four conditional contacts in the reserves if the 16 Hartz Court home happened to pass in on auction day. The main bedroom is huge.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The house has a pool and is on 800sq m block.But they didn’t need them, with three registered bidders fighting it out for the property, before it was sold to a family with two children.“It is a family home, full of love,” Mr Song said.“When you walk in you know it’s the place you want to bring up your kids.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“It’s the perfect layout, it has lots of living areas and big bedrooms.”center_img Inside 16 Hartz Court, Parkinson.The two-level home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and is on a 800sq m block with a pool.Mr Song said the market in Parkinson continued to perform strongly.“The market in Parkinson is still going quite good.“Buyers in Parkinson are looking for a beautiful lifestyle family home.“The majority of buyers are about to have kids, or already have one or two.“I still have quite a lot of buyers looking for high quality homes.”last_img read more

Escape to the country with this charming Gold Coast estate

first_img The house has had an incredible transformation. It is now the perfect country escape.The five-bedroom home at 26 Gibsonville St has had a stylish renovation to perfectly blend coastal, Cape Cod and Hamptons styles. Intricate detailing, dormer windows, glass mullion doors and deep verandas characterise the two-storey home. Inside, timber floors, white VJ panelled walls, vaulted ceilings and light-filled rooms with tranquil views create an understated elegance and homeliness throughout the property. Modern spaces are perfectly blended with quaint cottage-like rooms. The main bedroom’s bathroom stays true to the home’s roots.Owner Anne Berta, who lives at the property with her husband and their three children, said when renovating they aimed to create the ultimate getaway in the country with a modern coastal style. “I call it ‘God’s country’ out here, it’s just beautiful and every property is unique,” she said. “If you’re an animal lover like me there’s plenty of space. “People have all sorts of animals out here, there’s alpacas, donkeys across the road — I would have loved to have had reindeer.”Mrs Berta said her favourite part of the property was the maple tree.“I love that maple tree,” she said. “It changes it’s look every season — a nice amber in autumn, then it sheds in winter and is beautiful. It’s nice and green at the moment.” The home also has Hamptons and coastal elements throughout. There’s an understated elegance and homeliness throughout the propertyThe family are selling to move to Brisbane to be closer to work. The tranquillity will be the hardest part to leave for Mrs Berta. “We’re not used to being around neighbours,” she said. “Even the drive home is beautiful so coming from work to home life, there’s no traffic, there’s no lights, you’re not stressed. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Your drive home is peaceful.” The 1ha block has something for everyone and will have the whole family outside at every chance. There’s a blue-tiled resort-style pool and a sun lounging deck, landscaped grounds, an adjoining creek, equine facilities including a fenced paddock, stables and shed as well as a citrus orchard and mulberry trees. The owner said the property is in ‘God’s country.’ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 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 Rate1xFullscreen5 wow rural home sales around Australia01:03 A picture-perfect property has hit the market at 26 Gibsonville St, Tallebudgera Valley.IF the country air, wide-open spaces and a slice of secluded luxury sounds like something you could get used to, this charming acreage estate is for you. Beyond the white picket fence is a picture-perfect Tallebudgera Valley house within an idyllic rural setting. MORE NEWS: What it takes to own a waterfall Back inside, the kitchen makes a statement thanks to shaker-style cabinetry, stone surfaces, feature tapware and a brass sink. The cooking zone then flows through to the dining hall with a wood heater and a living room with an integrated office space. These areas connect to the covered outdoor entertainment area with a barbecue kitchen. The main bedroom features a dressing room, French doors to a terrace and an ensuite with a claw-foot bath. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms – two with private balconies and walk-in wardrobes – the main bathroom and a rumpus room. Despite offering a taste of the country, the home is just 10 minutes from Burleigh Heads. Ray White Mermaid Beach agent Scott Keatley is marketing the property through an expressions of interest campaign closing November 20.center_img MORE NEWS: History lives on in iconic Coast home last_img read more

Blizzard forces cancellation of Caribbean Airlines NY flights

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleTravel Blizzard forces cancellation of Caribbean Airlines NY flights by: Jamaica Observer – January 26, 2015center_img 217 Views   no discussions Tweet PIARCO, Trinidad and Tobago — Caribbean Airlines (CAL) today announced that it has cancelled, delayed or consolidated a number of its flights to and from the John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York for this Monday and Tuesday.CAL says the changes are due to a major blizzard (Winter Storm Juno), which is forecasted to hit the US Northeast at of noon today.“We expect the inclement weather to affect the operations at New York’s International Airport,” CAL said in its statement.The airline said that as a result of the weather developments, it will waive change/cancellation fees and fare differences for customers travelling on Monday January 26 through Tuesday, January 27 to/from New York.Meanwhile, customers with cancellations or significantly delayed flights may opt for a refund, but CAL noted that the original travel must have been booked on or before Sunday, January 25.last_img read more

World’s most identical twins share everything including boyfriend

first_img Share InternationalLifestylePrintRelationships World’s most identical twins share everything including boyfriend by: The Daily Monitor – April 22, 2015 Tweet Sharing is caring! Identical Australian twins who share the same bed and boyfriend and are never more than a few metres apart, have been named the World’s Most Identical Twins after taking Japan by storm.Anna and Lucy DeCinque who have spent over $250,000 on the same cosmetic surgery procedures to ensure they look identical, fascinated the producers of a Japanese television prank show who discovered them on YouTube.The 28-year-olds from Perth in Western Australia, who were born just one minute apart, were invited to fly over and participate in the show which saw them playing tricks on the public and competing against a Japanese set of twins who simply couldn’t compare to their extreme measures.‘They would go to the shops without each other. See, we wouldn’t do that. We wouldn’t leave each other by ourselves. And they didn’t sleep in the same bedroom,’ the DeCinque twins told Channel Seven of their competitors.After even a computer failed to spot the difference between Anna and Lucy, the duo embraced the title of the World’s Most Identical Twins.‘It’s been proven in Japan and they did the challenges and we proved we are the world’s most famous identical twins,’ they told Channel Seven’s Sunrise.‘It’s a great tag line for us.’The women also revealed some of the daily measures they go to in order to maintain their similarities, including eating the same type and amount of food and never leaving each other’s sight.‘When she gets full, I’m full as well. When she stops eating, I’ll stop eating,’ they said, adding: ‘We want our bodies to look the same; we want to weigh the same.‘We are never more than a few metres apart, wherever my sister goes, I go as well. We follow each other.’‘We argue every day, but over little things. It’s natural… but we get over it. We’re best friends so we never want to lose each other.’They also touched on some of their more extreme measures, including the hundreds of thousands of dollars they’ve spent on cosmetic surgery procedures including lip fillers, breast implants and fake eyebrows and eyelashes.‘We’ve always been identical from an early age, we just wanted to get the same procedures because we want to do everything together and we want to look exactly the same,’ they said.Anna and Lucy, who live at home with their mother, also share a boyfriend, which they believe is a perfect situation for a relationship. Though the two have had separate love interests before, they have always been brothers, or at least best friends.When asked about the difficulties of sharing the one boyfriend, the twins responded with ‘it works easier for us’.‘We’ve had separate boyfriends in the past and it hasn’t worked, but now it’s much easier and its great.‘We’re with each other 24/7, me and my sister; it’s just easier to share a boyfriend because we’re always together.’Their current boyfriend is electrical mechanic Ben Byrne, also from Perth, according to PerthNow.‘It’s not really weird to us. We have one boyfriend and all three of us share the same bed. For guys, in their hearts and dreams, they want two girlfriends,’ Lucy said.‘We have the same taste in everything, so obviously we’re going to like the same boy too. We’re all together when we have sex, and if we like the same guy, so be it. Every date had to be a double date. It’s always double or nothing.’From an early age Anna and Lucy were inseparable. The sisters went to the same nursery, primary and secondary schools, before enrolling on a beauty course at college together.center_img Share 468 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more