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On offer: Instant property portfolio across Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland

first_img Retired captain boots St Ives property The giveaway includes an apartment in this Zetland building.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe Melbourne home is located close to the CBD at Southbank and is worth about half a million dollars.The Whitsundays property is a $940,000 three-bedroom villa in Airlie Beach with sea views. It also comes with furniture and appliances worth about $72,000.The three properties have an estimated combined rental value in excess of $125,000 a year.The prize also includes the cost of transfer duties, legal fees and the first year’s rates, water and body corporate charges. Bargain hunters’ FOMO is changing Sydney market Three properties are being given away, including this unit in Melbourne’s Southbank.THREE luxury properties spread around Sydney, Melbourne and the Whitsundays in Queensland are due to be given away in a draw to raise money for veterans.The $2.7 million giveaway will be part of the RSL Art Union’s next home lotteries draw and can be entered with the purchase of a $5 ticket.The properties include a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the Sydney suburb of Zetland valued at $1 million.MORE: Sydney’s cheapest train stations to live nearcenter_img The Airlie Beach home has sea views and comes with furniture.RSL Art Union general manager Tracey Bishop said the locations were in hot demand and offered vastly different lifestyles.“Each of these properties has been carefully selected to ensure maximum appeal, either as a full-time residence, a rental property, or a sellable proposition for our winner,” Ms Bishop said. Tickets are available at rslartunion.com.au. SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER HERE The Airlie Beach home.last_img read more

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Peace River Project Service Provider Forum to be held April 2

first_imgAlong with Maté’s presentation those in attendance will also learn about local resources that help families that experience violence, and create strategies to reduce gender based violence in Fort St. John.Maté is a well known speaker and a best selling offer and is well versed in a number of areas including addiction and mind-body wellness. The event will be held at the Quality Inn in Fort St John from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and the free workshop is valued at $100 per person. Lunch will also be provided. Space is limited so those wanting to attend must RSVP by contacting Clarice at 250-787-1121, or emailing [email protected] Advertisement –last_img read more

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Thunder, 123, Warriors, 95: Warriors still sputtering without Curry & Green

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.OAKLAND — The Warriors no longer have been the unstoppable team that shatters scoring records and intimidates opponents.Instead, they have played offense like NBA teams did in the 1980’s. During that era, NBA teams compensated for their offensive inefficiency with a defensive identity. The Warriors do not have much of that, either.The Warriors slogged through a 123-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday …last_img read more

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Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A319neo take first flights.

first_imgA Boeing 787-10 on its first test flight. Photo: Boeing. Boeing’s biggest Dreamliner and Airbus’ s smallest member of the A320neo family both took to the skies on Friday in a rare instance of two new aircraft types undertaking first flights on the same day.The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner undertook its first flight at the US manufacturer’s facility in Charleston, South Carolina. The flight lasted four hours and 58 minutes and included tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities.The 787-10 is a  stretch of the 787-9 that adds 18ft (5.5m) to the fuselage and can seat up to 330  passengers, about 14 per cent more than 787-9, and carry 15 per cent more freight.It cannot fly as far as the 787-9 — Boeing puts its range at 6430 nautical miles (11, 910km) as opposed to the 787-9s   6430 nm (14,140km) — but the company says it can still cover 90 per cent of global commercial airline routes.The 787-10 promises a 25 per cent fuel reduction per seat on the aircraft it replaces, up from 20 per cent on its sister Dreamliners,  and Boeing claims it will beat the competition by 10 per cent.It has won 149 orders from nine airlines across the world and will be introduced into service by launch customer Singapore Airlines.“From takeoff to landing, the airplane handled beautifully and just as expected,” said chief 787 pilot Tim Berg, who flew the plane with colleague Mike Bryan.  “The 787-10 is a fantastic machine that I know our customers and their passengers will love.”Watch the Boeing Webcast. The 787-10 will now undergo comprehensive flight testing before customer deliveries begin in the first half of 2018.Boeing says that since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 152 million people on over 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 14 billion pounds of fuel.The Airbus A319neo is the third member of the successful A320neo family and flew from Hamburg to Toulouse on Friday in a five-hour flight.The aircraft, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A   engines, allowed the crew to assess the aircraft’s general handling and main systems. It will remain in Toulouse to complete its flight test program.The smallest member of the family can also be powered by the Pratt & Witney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engine and can fly up 7750km when equipped with sharklets.It is designed to deliver fuel savings of up to 15 per cent and seat up to 160 passengers or about 124 in a two-class configuration.The A319neo is particularly suited to difficult airports due to its short field performance and ability to operate in hot and high conditions.last_img read more

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Soybean and corn export outlook

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer EconomicsThe escalating trade issues between the U.S. and many of our trading partners continue to affect the outlook in both corn and soybean markets. Drastic price declines since Memorial Day show the impact of trade uncertainty and yield potential. The prospect of large yields combined with trade issues set the baseline for determining export potential and price formation in both corn and soybean markets moving forward.The USDA soybean export projection for the current marketing year totals 2.085 billion bushels, up 20 million bushels from June’s estimate. Census Bureau export estimates through May place soybean exports at 1.762 billion bushels. Census Bureau export totals came in 42 million bushels larger than cumulative marketing year export inspections over the same period. As of July 12, cumulative export inspections for the current marketing year totaled 1.873 billion bushels. If the same difference in export pace continued through the current period, soybean exports would total 1.915 billion bushels as of July 12.For the remainder of the current marketing year, 24.2 million bushels of soybean exports are required each week to meet the USDA projection. During the last four weeks, export inspections of soybeans averaged 24.5 million bushels per week. Low soybean prices encouraged sales to destinations other than China over the last few weeks. As of July 5, total outstanding sales for the current marketing year totaled 263 million bushels, which is well above the estimated 170 million bushels required to meet the USDA projection. While China looks to cancel the 26 million bushels of outstanding sales it possesses, total outstanding sales still sit above the estimated total to meet USDA projection for this marketing year.Adjustments to 2018-19 marketing year trade numbers in the latest USDA forecasts present a bearish picture for soybean exports. A reduction of 250 million bushels, to 2.04 billion bushels, from last month’s soybean export forecast is not a surprise given the current trade environment. In conjunction with lower U.S. soybean export projections, the USDA reduced the Chinese soybean import forecast to 3.491 billion bushels. The 73 million bushel reduction from last marketing year is the first decrease in year over year imports by China since the 2003-04 marketing year. While Chinese imports appear set to decrease, the USDA projects substantial increases in South American production next marketing year. Argentine recovery from last season’s drought and expanded acreage in Brazil place soybean production forecasts in the region at 7.1 billion bushels, up 808 million bushels from the current marketing year. Barring a resolution to current trade issues, soybean exports next marketing year will struggle despite the low prices currently in place.The prospect of record corn yields and the uncertainty surrounding trade continue to place pressure on corn prices. At 2.4 billion bushels, the USDA estimate for corn exports during the current marketing year appears somewhat optimistic given cumulative exports to date and unshipped sales. Export estimates by the Census Bureau through May place corn exports for the marketing year at 1.656 billion bushels. Through July 12, cumulative export inspections totaled 1.907 billion bushels. Using the relationship between export inspections and Census Bureau totals, exports for corn currently sit at 2.01 billion bushels. For the remainder of the marketing year, export inspections need to average approximately 56 million bushels per week to meet the USDA projection. For the last four weeks of export inspection data, corn exports averaged 56.7 million bushels per week. Total outstanding sales for the current marketing year sit at 454 million bushels, which is above the 394 million bushels required to reach the USDA projection. While corn exports may fall short of the current estimate, the blistering export pace in the second half of this marketing year looks set to continue into the fall.Current USDA projections for corn exports during the 2018-19 marketing year total 2.225 billion bushels, up 125 million bushels from last month’s projections. World import projections during the upcoming marketing year provided by the USDA sit at 5.95 billion bushels, up 193 million bushels over the current marketing year estimates. A low price and poor corn crops in South America and the Black Sea region provide an outlook for continued strength in corn exports as we move into the next marketing year. Current export sales data give indications to support this idea. As of July 5, corn outstanding sales for the 2018-19 marketing year sit at 183 million bushels, a 41 percent increase in sales from the same time last year.Exports in both corn and soybeans built some strength over the last few weeks as lower prices spurred demand. Current estimates of export pace place both crops on track to meet or come near USDA projections for this marketing year. The size of the 2018 crop domestically and in key producing regions will provide a critical factor in determining U.S. export potential next marketing year. A resolution of trade issues with China and NAFTA partners would provide needed support. Current developments appear to make this a low probability event in the near term.last_img read more

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3 counterintuitive trends to consider when thinking about smart cities

first_imgHow Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city#top Amit Garg How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… The idea of creating better cities is as old as human settlement. Smart cities is our latest iteration, amidst the Fourth Industrial Revolution, now that we have exponentially more data and computing power available affordably. This article will focus on illuminating three counterintuitive trends I have observed with smart cities.Trend 1: Cheap sensors are not enoughThere is a widely ingrained belief that having cheap sensors means we will be able to deploy great products and services to manage water, energy or traffic in our cities. Indeed, the cost of sensors has more than halved in a decade but what hasn’t changed yet is the actual placement of these sensors into the end devices. So if you are trying to do vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication, outside of a few highly specialized environments, you simply don’t have enough sensors on the road to be able to do anything meaningful. Even if you are a well-capitalized company you may face the chasm of adoption, like the cautionary tale of iBeacons. Anyone wishing to innovate within smart cities needs to contend that creating highly specialized environments may actually be a precondition, and potentially pushing them through policy a postcondition.Amit Garg, Principal, Samsung NEXT VenturesTrend 2: Be iterative & leapfrogLeapfrog approaches are the stuff that innovators, especially in Silicon Valley, talk about. Take a radically different approach and disrupt this industry, so goes the mantra. When it comes to smart cities I think nothing could be further from truth. Our technology progresses often much faster than our ability to adapt to them and when it comes to adjusting to new ways of living, potentially even relocating, it just adds a significant barrier. Case in point, the successful smart city projects are being incubated in vibrant places with a long-standing culture of innovation, whether it be Singapore or Songdo right outside of Seoul. Starting from scratch on the other hands has had setbacks, whether championed by a strong government in Masdar City or a powerful corporation in Celebration, USA. I believe iterative approaches are the way to go ie incremental improvements in a city’s infrastructure rather than drastic overhauls.Trend 3: You do not need scaleWe live in an increasingly urban world — 2007 is widely seen as the year when for the first time in history there were more humans living in cities than in rural areas. But the trend is hyper-urbanization, with people concentrating even more in a few cities, and most of those mega cities increasingly in Asia and Africa.This means that if you are developing an innovation around smart cities you may not need to get to scale in hundreds of cities, just a few markets might actually do it. In fact, if you can get an innovation working fully even in one mega city you may create a hugely successful company with the due caveat that a single point of failure, especially in an area rife with policy, is a high risk.The author is currently a Principal at Samsung NEXT Ventures, which houses their early-stage investment arm, headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley. He focuses on software, especially Internet & consumer technologies, investing $250K to $3M in seed, series A or B, and helping them partner with Samsung to grow and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Related Posts last_img read more

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Factual Friday

first_imgThe National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause for a moment of silence wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time on Monday to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.This post was uploaded by Rachel Brauner of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Wounded Warrior Program and is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.last_img

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10 months agoMan Utd coach Carrick: Dubai trip fantastic for squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd coach Carrick: Dubai trip fantastic for squadby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant coach Michael Carrick says taking the squad to Dubai this week has been the right decision.Carrick, who has been reunited with former colleagues Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan in his first season after retiring as a player, explained that the climate in the Middle East enables the staff to focus on more detailed sessions.“It’s fantastic. It allows us to train in a way where you probably can’t do it at home, at this moment, with it being so cold,” reported Carrick. “We can work on different things. When it’s freezing cold at home, you’ve got to keep on the move and you don’t want the lads standing around too much.“So here we’ll work hard, especially over the next few days, and prepare for Sunday, but it allows us to maybe spend a little bit more time on the training ground and go into a little bit more detail, which we need at this moment.“As you can imagine, it’s quite a happy camp. When you’re winning football matches, you can’t put a price on the feeling that gives you, and the confidence and the belief.”You almost sense a calmness when you’re winning games. It’s great to see the lads enjoying themselves. The football’s flowing, the training’s good, they’re bouncing around the place, and it’s nice to see.” last_img read more

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3 days agoWolves youngster Owen Helsketh proud penning pro terms

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves youngster Owen Helsketh proud penning pro termsby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves youngster Owen Helsketh has signed his first professional contract.The promising 17-year-old, who was previously at Manchester City, has agreed on terms until 2022.”It’s a very good feeling,” the Welsh under-17 international said. “I’ve been waiting quite a long time for this moment, so I’m really happy to finally sign.”I came to the club at the start of this season, but I’ve already learnt a lot since being here. It’s obviously been tough moving away from home, but it’s football and you’ve got to make sacrifices to get to the top.”It’s a big opportunity and I just have to get back fit, work hard and try to be the best I can be. Once I get back fit, hopefully I can play in some games, get back to form and then start to push up the ages and try to get into the first-team.” last_img read more

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Video: Oklahoma’s Hatari Byrd Flipped Off Tennessee Fans While Leaving The Field After Win

first_imgAn Oklahoma cheerleader running with an OU flag in his hand.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)No. 19 Oklahoma finished off an incredible 31-24 comeback victory at No. 23 Tennessee earlier tonight. The Sooners rallied from a 17-point deficit to win in double overtime.Things got a bit ugly after the game though, when OU safety Hatari Byrd gave some Tennessee fans the middle finger while exiting the field.You can see it at the end of this video posted by SBNation’s Steven Godfrey, who was on the field at the time. It’s ugly pic.twitter.com/yxVK5SoQmK— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) September 13, 2015 Sooners linebacker Eric Striker also was seen taunting some UT fans.Eric Striker to Tennessee fans: “Tell your recruits to come to OU”— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) September 13, 2015Wonder if Byrd, at least, will face some disciplinary action.last_img read more

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Murder trial told that mother alone had opportunity to kill girls

first_imgThe Canadian Press LAVAL, Que. — A Crown attorney told jurors today that Adele Sorella was the last person to be seen with her daughters before they were found dead in the family home.On the first day of his closing arguments, Simon Lapierre repeated the Crown’s theory that Sorella alone had the opportunity to kill Amanda, 9, and Sabrina, 8, on March 31, 2009.He said it was impossible that another person entered the family home and killed the girls, noting that there was no evidence of a break-in or struggle and nothing had been broken. The girls’ bodies showed no signs of violence, and the cause of death was never determined.Lapierre said there is no reason to think the deaths were accidental. He reminded jurors of a first responder’s testimony that the girls were found lying side by side in their playroom, as if they had been laid there.The prosecutor also told the jury that the Crown is not required to establish a motive for the crime.Last week, Pierre Poupart, one of Ms. Sorella’s lawyers, spent four days going over the reasons his client should not be found guilty. Her trial on two charges of first-degree murder began in November.last_img read more

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