Dog-days Heat Wave

first_imgA mid-August heat wave across Georgia had humans, plants and animals all wilting. But theheat isn’t just uncomfortable. It can be dangerous. Farmers may be especially vulnerable to the heat. “Once the bolls fill out,” he said, “farmers want dry days to open the bolls and start harvestwithout boll rot setting in.” With humid, hot weather, there is still danger from mosquitoes and the encephalitis theycarry, Strickland said. “The big thing this year is taking care of insects that might transmitdisease,” he said. As farmers apply herbicides, they can hurt their crop, too. “The oils they apply with someherbicides can burn crop plants during hot days,” he said. Extension peanut scientist John Beasley said the heat is both good and bad. Some of the state’speanuts are maturing before they’ve set as good a crop as they could with milder weather, hesaid. As harvest time approaches, many crops need hot, dry days to finish maturing. But UGAscientists say most crops aren’t quite ready for that. In most cases, heat speeds maturation,sometimes before the farmer or the plant is ready. “They’re often out in the open, with no shade in sight to help keep them cool,” said ConnieCrawley, a nutrition and health specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”Even staying in a shop with fans is better than in the open, full sun.” Animals, including pets, need water and shade, too. Extension veterinarian Jim Strickland saidmost confined livestock facilities have good cooling mechanisms designed into them. Mistersand fans help keep animals cool. And livestock in pastures, like outdoor pets, will usually findthe coolest spot they can on their own. Steve Brown, an extension cotton scientist, said most farmers are still two to three weeks awayfrom needing dry weather for cotton. Heat isn’t as much the problem as a lack of moisture in soybeans, said extension agronomistJohn Woodruff. “Some insects are thriving, though,” he said. “Farmers need to keep a closeeye out for soybean loopers.” The plants with ample moisture can withstand heat better than those that need water. But evenwith good moisture, high temperatures can speed evaporation, increasing the need for water. Grains agronomist Dewey Lee said the corn crop still needs rain in north Georgia. But in southGeorgia, farmers need dry weather to get the crop harvested. Overall, he said, the heat’s effectwon’t be as great on fields with adequate moisture. Woodruff said soybean loopers can move into a field and multiply fast, damaging the crop asthey go. But when the farm needs attention, it probably needs it now. That dilemma puts farmers atextra risk. The stress of farming is bad enough, and heat problems can add to it in many ways. For almost all Georgia crops, soil moisture is more important than air temperature. Rainfallacross south Georgia has been spotty at best. Ironically, heat doesn’t hurt weeds as much as it does crops. “They’re tough,” said extensionweed scientist Greg MacDonald.last_img read more

Invasive Pears

first_imgCallery pear trees, Pyrus calleryana, are one of the first trees to bloom in early March throughout north Georgia. In full flower, these trees look like a white cloud and are actually quite beautiful. These showy flowers only last a couple of weeks before the trees begin to leaf out and become inconspicuous until next spring. Callery pears are native to Korea and China, and one of the more popular cultivars seen in landscapes throughout Georgia is the Bradford pear. The Bradford produces inedible, sterile fruits because it does not self-pollinate. They have been widely planted throughout the United States since the early 1900s as an ornamental. Unfortunately, Bradford Callery pears are generally considered short-lived trees. As a group, these flowering pear trees tend to have a very weak, vertical branching structure that is notorious for splitting and breaking. Most trees live 10 to 15 years, 20 with luck, before beginning to self-destruct with any wind loading or storm. A Bradford pear tree next to the Extension office in Bartow County split in half as a result of a storm last fall. Genetically, pear trees are programmed to grow this way and corrective pruning only appears to delay the inevitable breakage of tree limbs. Many home landscapers are often disappointed by the problems plagued by these trees. These trees were overused in the landscaping industry 20 to 30 years ago. The public is, hopefully, starting to realize there are stronger, longer-lived trees that are better choices for more permanent landscapes. However, new cultivars of Pyrus calleryana were bred to reduce the tree’s tendency to split in snow or high winds. The Bradford pear cultivar, other Pyrus calleryana cultivars and Pyrus betulaefolia, or Asian pear, can hybridize and produce fertile fruit with viable seeds. Birds spread the seeds. In addition, fertile pear varieties are commonly used as rootstock for grafting ornamental cultivars. If lawn mowers or weed eaters damage the grafted crown, the fertile rootstock can produce suckers that can grow, dominate and produce fertile fruit. Trees that are cut and removed due to storm damage can sometimes regrow from the stump. The resulting tree from the rootstock can also produce fertile fruit. These and other factors may have contributed to the trees seeding out into natural areas and becoming an invasive problem. These wild-growing, invasive pear trees are very common throughout the South and often grow collectively in open fields and abandoned farm sites. These wild types can begin fruiting and producing seeds at 3 years old and are quickly becoming as invasive as Chinese privet and kudzu.Wild types have huge thorns along the branches that could easily puncture the tire of a car or tractor. Most ornamental cultivars do not produce these thorns. Once wild pear trees take over a field, they can be very difficult to remove without the use of herbicides or heavy equipment to pull out the stumps and roots. If pear trees revert back to the thorny, wild types, cut them down and paint the stumps with an herbicide containing glyphosate or triclopyr to prevent re-sprouting. For more information about controlling invasive plants, see the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health website at www.invasive.org.last_img read more

Swenson Granite to buy Rock of Ages in cash deal for $39 million

first_imgKurt M. Swenson (7) ** *Pamela G. Sheiffer** AME AND ADDRESS OF BENEFICIAL OWNER (1) – 5,000 – PERCENT OF CLASS NUMBER (2) 15,000 38.8% 6.5% 144,875 Kevin C. Swenson (6)47 Straws Point RoadRye, NH 03870 – Kuby Gottlieb Special Value Fund, LP(4)20 North Wacker Drive, Suite1416Chicago, IL 60606 3.2% 35,000 – Robert Pope46 Grand View Farm RoadBarre, VT 05641-8335 – 17.5% NUMBER *Frederick E. Webster Jr.** – *James L. Fox** 29,126 1,005,000 1,023,489 5.3% Dimensional Fund Advisors, Inc (5) 1299 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401 1,063,252 – 159,875 – 19.5%Richard C. Kimball ** 39.3% – 29,126 29,200 – 5,000 – North Star Investment Management Corp. (3)20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1416Chicago, IL 60606 22.9% – 45,000 739,551 8.8% 15.4% 1.1% 312,531 *All directors and executive officers as a group (9 persons) – – – SHARES OF CLASS B COMMON STOCK BENEFICIALLY OWNED 38.6% – 72,126 – PERCENT OF  CLASS (2) *Laura A. Plude (10)** Rock of Ages Corporation,Rock of Ages Corporation (NASDAQ:ROAC), based in Barre, announced Monday that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Swenson Granite Company LLC, based in Concord, NH. Shareholders of Rock of Ages will receive $5.25 per share in cash, valued at about $39 million, and Swenson Granite will acquire 100 percent ownership of Rock of Ages.What this means for employment in Vermont is unknown at this time. Rock of Ages employs 230, according to Vermont Business Magazine. Net revenues in 2009 were $21,682,316. Net income was $802,324, or $.11 per share. The company lost over $2 million in 2008, or $.28 per share. Rock of Ages stock went up nearly 26 percent following the announcement on Monday, up $1.06 to $5.16. Its 52-week high-low is $2.65-$5.16. In May, Swenson Granite offered an unsolicited bid of $4.38 per share. At least one shareholder balked at the sale. Rock of Ages reported in an SEC filing following the merger announcement in May that: “A purported shareholder of Rock of Ages has commenced a purported class action lawsuit against Rock of Ages.” The shareholder was unnamed. However, institutional investors North Star Investment Management Corp and Kuby Gottlieb Special Value Fund, LP of Chicago, which own together 24.2 percent of the Class A shares, sent a letter in June (SEE BELOW) to the Rock of Ages board suggesting that the initial proposal undervalued the company, whose financial situation had rebounded somewhat in the last year. Peter Gottlieb and Eric Kuby subsequently sent a letter to the Board Tuesday (October 19, 2010) lending their approval to the sale. Kuby Gottlieb wrote in part: “Whereas we recognize that the proposal offers liquidity and premium to the previously depressed stock price, we believe that the true value of the company is substantially higher. We have been patient investors in the company for almost nine years and believe that the company is finally in a position to generate the levels of profits that initially attracted us to their shares.”Rock of Ages announced on August 10 that net income for the second quarter of 2010 increased 9 percent to $1,561,000, or $.21 per share, which included costs associated with “the exploration of strategic options” and shareholder lawsuit expenses of $493,000, or $0.07 per share. For the second quarter of 2009, net income was $1,433,000, or $.19 per share. Revenue for this year’s second quarter increased 2 percent to $14,663,000 compared to $14,424,000 for the second quarter of 2009.Swenson Granite’s Chairman Kurt Swenson is the former CEO of Rock of Ages and is its non-executive board chairman. Kurt Swenson and his brother Kevin Swenson are the largest individual shareholders, representing nearly 40 percent of voting shares. Together and with other associates they control about 81 percent of the voting shares. Swenson Granite had been Rock of Ages’ parent company until the company went private in 1997 under the Rock of Ages tradename and based in Barre. In a statement announcing the deal, the company said: “The Rock of Ages Board of Directors, based in part on the unanimous recommendation of a special committee of three Rock of Ages independent directors, unanimously adopted, and recommends that shareholders of the Company vote for approval of, the merger agreement. The special committee’s independent financial advisor has delivered an opinion to the effect that the $5.25 per share to be received by Rock of Ages shareholders in the merger is fair, from a financial point of view, to such shareholders. The $5.25 per share price represents a 57% premium to the average closing price of Rock of Ages Class A common stock for the 30 days prior to the May 7, 2010 announcement of Swenson Granite’s initial proposal to acquire 100% ownership of Rock of Ages, and a 84% premium to the average closing price for the 12 months prior to the May 7, 2010 announcement.”Consummation of the merger is conditioned upon, in addition to approval of the merger agreement by the majority vote of Rock of Ages’ Class A and Class B common stock, voting together, approval by a majority of the outstanding shares of Class A common stock, excluding shares held by members of Swenson Granite. Rock of Ages will schedule a special meeting of its shareholders for the purpose of obtaining shareholder approval of the merger agreement.”Kurt Swenson, the Chairman of Swenson Granite and non-executive Chairman of Rock of Ages, together with his brother, Kevin Swenson, Vice President of Swenson Granite, and Robert Pope, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swenson Granite, own approximately 71% of Swenson Granite. They, along with certain other members of Swenson Granite who are also Rock of Ages shareholders, have agreed with Swenson Granite to vote their shares, representing approximately 81% of the total voting power of all Rock of Ages shares, in favor of approval of the merger agreement.”The merger agreement includes various other customary conditions, but does not contain a financing condition. People’s United Bank and Key Bank, National Association have committed, subject to customary conditions, to provide debt financing for the transaction.”Prior to the merger, Kurt Swenson, Kevin Swenson, Robert Pope and certain other members of Swenson Granite who are also shareholders of Rock of Ages, will contribute to Swenson Granite a total of 258,326 Class A shares and 2,449,793 Class B shares of Rock of Ages in exchange for additional shares of membership interest in Swenson Granite, and will not receive the $5.25 per share cash merger price for those Rock of Ages shares.”Covington Associates, LLC served as financial advisor to the special committee of the Rock of Ages board of directors and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal advisor to the special committee. Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA served as legal counsel to Swenson Granite.” About Rock of AgesRock of Ages (www.RockofAges.com(link is external)) is the largest integrated granite quarrier and manufacturer of finished granite memorials and granite blocks for memorial use in North America. Its 600-foot deep quarry in Graniteville is a popular tourist destination.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations about future events. These statements are not guarantees of future events and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual events may differ materially from what is expressed in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. A statement containing an expectation or prediction as to the consummation of the merger is just an example of a forward-looking statement. Some factors that could realistically cause events to differ materially from those predicted in the forward-looking statements include the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement with Swenson Granite Company LLC (’Swenson Granite’); the outcome of any legal proceedings that have been, or may be, instituted against Rock of Ages related to the merger agreement; the inability to complete the merger due to the failure to obtain shareholder approval for the merger or the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the merger; and the failure of Swenson Granite to obtain the necessary financing arrangements relating to the merger. Further information and risks regarding factors that could affect our business, operations, financial results or financial positions are discussed from time to time in Rock of Ages’ Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and Rock of Ages does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release, except as may be required under the federal securities laws.About the Proposed TransactionIn connection with the proposed merger, Rock of Ages will file a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement (when available) and other documents filed by Rock of Ages from the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Web site athttp://www.sec.gov(link is external). The proxy statement and such other documents may also be obtained for free from Rock of Ages’ website at http://www.rockofages.com(link is external) or by directing such request to Rock of Ages Corporation, Chief Financial Officer, 560 Graniteville Road, Graniteville, Vermont 05654, telephone: (802) 476-3115.Rock of Ages and its directors, executive officers and certain other members of its management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from its shareholders in connection with the proposed merger. Information regarding the interests of Rock of Ages’ participants in the solicitation will be included in the proxy statement relating to the proposed merger when it becomes available. Additional information regarding Rock of Ages’ directors and executive officers is also included in Rock of Ages’ proxy statement for its 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on July 19, 2010. This document is available free of charge from the SEC’s Web site at www.sec.gov(link is external), from Rock of Ages’ website at http://www.rockofages.com(link is external) or by directing such request to Rock of Ages Corporation, Chief Financial Officer, 560 Graniteville Road, Graniteville, Vermont 05654, telephone: (802) 476-3115. Source: BARRE, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–10.18.20102 Shareholder Letters (Gottlieb and Kuby)October 19, 2010A letter, dated October 19, 2010 was sent from North Star InvestmentManagement Corporation to Rock of Ages Corporation via Express Delivery:-October 19, 2010The Board of DirectorsAttn: Richard C. Kimball, SecretaryRock of Ages Corp.560 Graniteville RoadGraniteville, VT 05654Dear Sirs & Madam,North Star Investment Management Corporation is in support of the recently announced $ 5.25 a share merger agreement between Rock of Ages Corporation and Swenson Granite Corporation. Noth Star Investment Corporation intends to vote in favor of the merger and tender the shares for which the Firm holds voting authority.Clients of Noth Star Investment Management Corporation affiliates may own shares of Rock of Ages Corporation. North Star Investment Management Corporation does not have dispositive or voting power of these shares. These clients may or may not retain ownership in Rock of Ages Corporation, vote in favor of the proposed transaction or tender their shares.Sincerely,__________________________ __________________________Peter Gottlieb Eric KubySignatureAfter reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief,I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true,complete and correct.Dated: October 19, 2010NORTH STAR INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CORP.By: /S/ PETER D. GOTTLIEB———————————-PETER D. GOTTLIEB, President & CEOBy: /S/ PETER G. CONTOS II———————————-PETER G. CONTOS IIJune 28, 2010The Board of DirectorsAttn: Richard C. Kimball, SecretaryRock of Ages Corp.560 Graniteville RoadGraniteville, VT 05654Dear Sirs & Madam,At this point we are undecided as to the merits of the May 6, 2010unsolicited proposal by Swenson Granite Company, LLC to purchase alloutstanding shares of Rock of Ages Corporation Common stock for a priceof $4.38 per share in cash. Whereas we recognize that the proposal offersliquidity and premium to the previously depressed stock price, we believethat the true value of the company is substantially higher. We have beenpatient investors in the company for almost nine years and believe thatthe company is finally in a position to generate the levels of profitsthat initially attracted us to their shares. We are encouraged that theSpecial Committee of Independent Rock of Ages Directors has engagedCovington Associates LLC as its financial advisor to assist it in exploringtheir strategic options including the Swenson Granite proposal. We lookforward to the results of the process that will recognize the fullpotential of the company s assets and will reward all shareholders. Pleasefeel free to contact us if you wish to discuss this matter further.Sincerely,__________________________ __________________________Peter Gottlieb Eric Kuby 1,346,326 – *Donald Labonte (8)** 1,023,489 1.1% 5,000 1.5%Charles M. Waite ** 1,135,000 From ROA Proxy statement July 9, 2010 SHARES OF CLASS A COMMON STOCK BENEFICIALLY OWNED *Paul H. Hutchins(9)** 423,986last_img read more

Jakarta mall tenants object to idea of citywide lockdown

first_imgFollowing announcements by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan regarding the need for a city-wide lockdown of the capital to curb the spread of COVID-19, retailers fear the move would cripple Jakarta’s economy.Indonesian Shopping Center Tenant Association (Hippindo) chairman Budihardjo Iduansjah said the association hoped the capital city wouldn’t be locked down.“We hope the province will not be locked down, because the coronavirus disease can be prevented in other ways, depending on the system implemented by the government,” Budihardjo said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com. He added that mall tenants were looking to adjust their operating hours in response to the COVID-19 outbreak as mall visitor numbers had slumped by up to 50 percent following the announcement of positive cases in the country earlier this month. The situation had worsened, he said, after an announcement by the central administration and the city administration over the weekend urging people to stay at home.Anies said on Sunday that his administration was considering imposing a lockdown to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus. He said in his televised speech that he believed Jakarta needed to restrict activities and close ways for people to enter or leave Jakarta.Read also: Lockdown not yet an option for Indonesia, says PresidentTo overcome the situation, the association mulled opening stores from 11 a.m. and maximizing operations at night, Budihardjo said.“We held a meeting on Friday but haven’t decided on much, as we are still waiting for the government’s policy. But the mall tenants’ wanted to open in the evening [due to the decreasing visitor numbers], so we agreed on doing that,” he said, adding that it could be a temporary measure to minimize losses. While mall stores were planning to open later than usual, supermarkets were advised to open earlier to facilitate people shopping for essentials. He said the governor’s decision to close tourist destinations also affected the number of mall visitors, adding that the declining number of visitors only affected Jakarta so far.“We still haven’t estimated the loss, because, for tenants, it is calculated from the cost per meter compared to the minimum sales target. It really depends on the size of their store.”As of Monday, Indonesia has reported 117 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness, with five deaths.  (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

London CIV hires four managers for £6bn worth of mandates

first_imgThe authorisation sees the London CIV recognised as an alternative investment fund manager (AIFM), in line with the European Directive by the same name.Assets are held within an Authorised Contractual Scheme, the UK’s tax-transparent fund.Grover said a large part of the £6bn expected to be in London CIV sub-funds by the end of the financial year would be passively managed equities, overseen by Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and BlackRock.LGIM and BlackRock will each manage three sub-funds, he said.Baillie Gifford will be in charge of a second actively managed global equity sub-fund, as well as a standalone diversified growth fund.Grover added that the London CIV now employed six people and would hire a seventh soon.The new staff includes Julian Pendock as investment oversight director, and Brian Lee as COO.Pendock joins from the London council of Brent, where he was the council fund’s investment and pensions manager, a role he assumed after five years at Senhouse Capital, latterly as its CIO.He has also worked at JP Morgan Chase and Bedlam Asset Management.Bob Kerslake, former permanent secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), will chair the London CIV’s board.Kerslake retired from the DCLG in February this year and, until September 2014, was head of the UK’s civil service.Prior to that, he was chief executive of Sheffield City Council, and chief executive of the Homes & Communities Agency, the public body in charge of affordable housing in England.Chris Bilsland and Eric MacKay have also joined the board, appointed as non-executive directors.Until 2013, Bisland was chamberlain of the City of London, the council’s financial director.MacKay is currently head of legal, risk and compliance at asset manager TT International, and was previously F&C’s chief risk officer. The London collective investment vehicle (CIV) for the capital’s local authority funds has named its first four managers, to be in charge of £6bn (€8.5bn) in equity mandates.Allianz Global Investors will be in charge of the first sub-fund to be launched by the London CIV.The active global equity fund has attracted more than £500m from three of the participating local government pension schemes, chief executive Hugh Grover said.Grover added that a further eight sub-funds were expected to be launched by the end of the financial year, possible after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorised the vehicle.last_img read more

IPE 360: The political concerns you should have on your radar

first_imgPanellists at last week’s IPE 360 conference in London highlighted a range of political concerns for investors – not all of which were necessarily on the radar yet.Vincent Reinhart, chief economist at Standish Mellon Asset Management, warned of the potential for “policy mistakes” in China in the near future.“Its desire to project a military force as powerful as their GDP on the global scale could lead to them interfering more than the US,” he said.Roughly 60% of global GDP was generated in emerging markets, Reinhart said, and half of that emanated from China. “Global GDP has actually been less volatile over the last few years because much of it is being increased in a region that delivers growth at 6.5% year-on-year,” Reinhart said.But he urged investors to “consider the tail risk in China”.With emerging markets getting wealthier but global GDP growth shrinking, some parts of society were being left out in the developed world – leading to the rise of populism.Reinhart said: “These global economic readjustments create resentment and there is no growth to appease the anger, which in turn leads to voter resentment against trade, migration, etc, and to more geopolitical risk.”Turning to the US, where the effect of populism has been arguably most prevalent, Reinhart said his biggest concern was “thinking about the day when three Republican senators say they want to run for president. This would mean there is no majority government anymore and it would be an incentive for [president Donald] Trump to use executive action wherever he can.”BrexitFor Anthony Arnull, Barber Professor of Jurisprudence at Birmingham Law School, the greatest political worries were related to Brexit – in particular the difficulties facing the UK government when seeking to strike new trade deals after it leaves the EU.Apart from the “chaotic lack of preparation” both leading up to the Brexit vote as well as to the negotiations with the EU, Arnull highlighted that the UK government’s plan to “peel off” some members from the bloc was “not looking very realistic”.“The EU does not welcome the UK’s departure but it is now in a post-referendum phase, adjusted to the idea that UK is leaving,” Arnull said. “It might even think the EU will develop faster without the UK, and this is a difficult dynamic for the UK to deal with.”More uncertainty over trade was added by Donald Trump, he said. Trump has promised both German chancellor Angela Merkel and UK prime minister Theresa May that their respective markets would be “first on the list” for a trade deal. “Now the UK does not know where it is on this list,” Arnull said.Finally, Ian McKnight, CIO at the Royal Mail Pension Plan in the UK, highlighted Italy’s forthcoming election as a potential flashpoint.Discussing potential triggers for an equity market selloff, McKnight said: “There could be something with the Italian election coming up next year. A lot of Italian MPs – as I understand it – will be against the EU. That’s potentially a catastrophic event.”Italy’s next election must be held no later than 20 May next year.See the July/August edition of IPE for a Special Report on Italy’s pension system.last_img read more

MasterChef contestant to sell Brisbane house with showstopping kitchen

first_img Inside the luxurious kitchen.She would at least have had an indoor pool, hot tub, ice bath, sauna, gym, billiards room and bar to work through the stresses of the day.“What inspired me for the huge benchtops was the kitchen in the MasterChef house where we stayed,” Ms Moreno said.“It had six metre benches and I loved them.“What was important was that everything was organised and in proximity to my working bench space.“My utilities draw, my oven. I have an integrated dishwasher, two warming doors for entertaining, a steam oven, two fridges, and there’s an integrated bar fridge at the end of both benches.“I have a storage room and a cold room that’s about 4m x 3m inside with four big shelves.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThere is a drop-down screen and projector in the pool room so you can watch movies while you swim.Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty agent Tyson Clarke is selling the five-bedroom property by private tender and said he has never seen a home kitchen like this one.“It’s got 6.1m ceilings too,” he said. The cinema room.The mother-of two directed her post-show culinary skills to helping parents create a healthy food culture at home. MasterChef finalist Sandra Moreno (right) hosting cooking classes for parents in 2010 as part of a government grant to tackle child obesity. Picture: Jeff Camden. She is now studying interior design and moving on to a new career as a property developer.Her house will be listed on realestate.com.au on Monday. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The kitchen and living area at 34 Mareeba Rd, Ashgrove.ONE of Queensland’s first MasterChef contestants is selling her Ashgrove home and it comes with a showstopping designer kitchen. The kitchen has two 6m long island benches. “I have a passion for cooking and being a contestant in MasterChef made me want to develop a huge kitchen where I could have everything I wanted,” Ms Moreno said. The renovated house and extension at 34 Mareeba Rd, Ashgrove took 18 months to complete.Sandra Moreno spent 11 weeks in the MasterChef universe and was one of the final 10 contestants in 2009. Sandra Moreno (right) with fellow season one Queensland MasterChef contestant Geni Papacostas.If she’d been preparing 600 canapes for an A-list crowd in the kitchen of 34 Mareeba Rd, Ashgrove, with dual island benches, a walk-in scullery and cold storage room, she might have won the elimination challenge in the hit Channel 10 reality cooking show. Brisbane home values on the risecenter_img MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Island’s lighthouse couple revealedlast_img read more

EMEC Offers Project Manager Position

first_imgEuropean Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is looking for a Project Manager to manage the ReFLEX project and contribute to other key projects within EMEC.EMEC is leading the £28-million ReFLEX project which will design, build and deliver a virtual energy system in Orkney using localised power balancing mechanisms alongside digital control across the electricity, transport and heat networks.The project aims to create a ‘smart energy island’, demonstrating the energy system of the future, which will reduce and eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuels.Based in Orkney this full-time post is for an initial term to March 31, 2022.Closing date for applications is Friday, May 2, 2019 with interview date set for May 23, 2019.last_img

Don’t make Oregon’s mistake:Ten reasons why the UK should not follow suit and legalise assisted suicide

first_imgCare Not Killing August 20151. There has been a steady increase in annual numbers of people undergoing assisted suicide in Oregon2. The Oregon health department is funding assisted suicide but not treatment for some cancer patients3. Patients are living for many years after having been prescribed lethal drugs for ‘terminal illness’ showing that the eligibility criteria are being stretched4. The vast majority of those choosing to kill themselves are doing so for existential reasons rather than on the basis of real medical symptoms5. Many people in Washington and Oregon give ‘fear of being a burden on others’ as a reason for ending their lives6. Fewer than three per cent of patients are being referred for formal psychiatric or psychological evaluation7. A substantial number of patients dying under the Oregon Act do not have terminal illnesses8. It is virtually certain that there is under-reporting of assisted suicide cases in Oregon9. Some doctors know the patient for less than a week before prescribing the lethal drugs10. The presence of no independent witnesses in over 80% of cases is a recipe for elder abusehttp://www.carenotkilling.org.uk/public/pdf/falconer-bill—oregon.pdfREAD: DON’T MAKE OREGON’S MISTAKElast_img read more

Dominica to Host the Caribbean Spa & Wellness Association Symposium on Marketing Strategies

first_img Sharing is caring! 27 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Spa & Wellness Centre. Photo credit: hotel-dvorak.czRoseau, Dominica – (July 7th, 2011)- Dominica, will host the second symposium of the Caribbean Spa and Wellness Association (C-SWA) on marketing strategies from July 12 – 13, 2011 at the Fort Young Hotel. The destination was selected for this regional meeting following a team effort from the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs, the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and C-SWA Board Director, Lilian Piper. This symposium will showcase what Dominica has to offer in the health and wellness sector, and will provide guidance on the way forward in developing this market while in its infant stage. The Caribbean Spa and Wellness Association, in collaboration with Caribbean Export Development Agency (Carib Export), and with technical assistance from the DDA, expect local stakeholders and 40 persons from the private sector, CARIFORUM policy makers and international partners from around the Caribbean, the UK, Thailand and Germany to discuss a marketing strategy and way forward to brand the Caribbean as the world’s largest wellness and spa destination.  C-SWA has received US$800,000 in funding to become the leading support organization for Health & Wellness stakeholders. Research conducted by the Carib-Export indicates that the health and wellness sector is growing rapidly in the Caribbean. This sector translates dollars not only to the hoteliers and service providers, but also to the manufacturing and agricultural sectors.  C-SWA’s mission is to brand the Caribbean as the world’s largest Spa and Wellness destination of the world. For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045.Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and take a look at our videos on Youtube.center_img LocalNews Dominica to Host the Caribbean Spa & Wellness Association Symposium on Marketing Strategies by: – July 7, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more