Property comes with an American barn-style guesthouse

first_img1049 Tallebudgera Creek RoadTHE words luxury and barnhouse don’t often go hand-in-hand, but this spectacular property in Tallebudgera Valley has put a spin on the way we see barnhouses. In a cheaper-by-the-dozen like scenario, homeowner’s and newlyweds, David and Cheryl Forbes bought a vacant block 12 years ago and decided to build a place to accommodate their big, new family. 1049 Tallebudgera Creek Road“The kids are all grown up now, the youngest is 21 but they all still talk about the fun they had in the barnhouse when they used to visit from Brisbane.”Mr Forbes said he built the barnhouse in six months and another eight months for the family home. 1049 Tallebudgera Creek Rd“The barnhouse was always a short term arrangement so when we built something a bit more stylish on the block we didn’t need so many bedrooms,” the father-of-three said.“I had always admired American barnhouses so I thought why don’t I just build one myself.“The house is a lot more contemporary, it takes advantage of the cascading block and we used as much glass as possible so we didn’t lose the amazing outlook.” 1049 Tallebudgera Creek RoadMr Forbes said the two-storey barnhouse had five bedrooms but after the family built another house on the property they modified the barnhouse. 1049 Tallebudgera Creek Rd“I had three kids, and Cheryl had two kids from our past marriages so we had five kids between us collectively and when we moved in together we both wanted our kids to enjoy staying together, so we built a barnhouse to put them in,” Mr Forbes said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agolast_img read more

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS FORCED TO SWITCH RACES 10 & 12 FROM TURF TO MAIN TRACK AS JOCKEYS CITE UNSAFE TURF CONDITIONS

first_imgALBANY, Calif. (June 12, 2016)–Following today’s ninth race, jockeys informed Golden Gate Fields management that they refused to ride the 10th and 12th races, citing unsafe turf course conditions. Accordingly, Golden Gate management switched Sunday’s 10th and 12th races to the main track, which necessitated that both races be considered “no contest,” resulting in an “all” payout for Pick Six wagering purposes.Today’s net pool and carryover was paid as a single price pool to tickets with the most winners in accordance with CHRB regulations.“We are truly sorry and we understand that this is a very disappointing outcome for our horseplayers and fans that participated so enthusiastically here on closing day,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President, West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “We did not agree the turf course was unsafe and we were disappointed the jockeys didn’t communicate with us earlier. However, after the jockeys informed us about their concerns, we had no choice but to make the surface change to our main track.“The safety of our athletes, both human and equine, is always our top priority.”last_img read more

Elephants Equipped with 4WD

first_imgAn elephant is built like a four-wheel drive vehicle, say scientists from the Royal Veterinary College in London.  Unlike other mammals, which divide acceleration and braking between the front and rear legs, “power is applied independently to each limb,” reported PhysOrg from a paper in PNAS.1“Elephant limbs operate analogously to four-wheel-drive vehicles,” the authors stated unabashedly in their paper.  “Although the four limbs share qualitatively equivalent mechanical functions (i.e., their contributions to braking and propulsion are proportionately similar, not skewed toward one or the other), elephant locomotor mechanics are dominated by the forelimbs, which do more work and contribute more power to the CoM [Center of Mass].”The benefits of independent leg control come at the cost of lower effective mechanical advantage, requiring more energy at higher speeds, the authors explained.  That’s why elephants do not run very fast for very long.  Another study published by the University of Manchester last fall, however, said counterintuitively that “Large, lumbering animals such as elephants move much more efficiently than small, agile ones such as mice” (see PhysOrg).  In fact, contrary to man-made vehicles, “bigger animals move three and a half times more efficiently than smaller ones.”  This comes from having upright posture and more spring in the step.The reduced mechanical advantage from four-leg drive needs to be seen in context.  Another study reported by Royal Veterinary team last month in PhysOrg said that an “elephant’s movements are extremely economical.”  They compared it to mice and men:2 “Consuming a minimum of 0.8J/kg/m, an elephant’s cost of transport is 1/3 that of humans and 1/30 that of mice.”They also examined whether elephant locomotion at higher speeds is best described as walking or running.  It’s both, depending on the definition.  They observed that, running or walking, elephants keep a remarkably even keel.  Watch an elephant’s shoulder next time you see one at a trot.  The scientists measured this, and found that “the elephant’s centre of mass bounces less than other animals’, reducing the giant’s cost of transport.”From the baby elephant walk to the bull run, the gait of the elephant appears well designed for its four ton bulk.  None of the papers said anything about how this independent leg control might have evolved.  The PNAS paper, however, made one astonishing admission about evolution.  The authors essentially said that a contradiction to evolutionary expectations was somehow due to evolution anyway: “Functional equivalence of all four limbs is in contradiction to our previous findings, which assumed some functional similarity between the limbs of elephants and other mammals.  This equivalence seems to be a unique specialization of elephants that relates to their unique size, range of habitats, and evolutionary history.”  That statement did not include any references to evidence of fossil transitional forms going from rear-leg to four-leg design.1.  Ren, Miller, Lair and Hutchinson, “Integration of biomechanical compliance, leverage, and power in elephant limbs,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online March 29, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0911396107.2.  Recall from the 11/18/2004 entry that human anatomy is remarkably well adapted for distance running.That lone reference to evolution was disgusting.  Did you catch that?  They used zero evidence to support evolution.  (Again.)  If unique traits can be attributed to “evolutionary history” as much as homologous traits can, Darwin has rigged a scam.  It’s the old heads-I-win-tails-you-lose trick.If anything, elephants have devolved.  The fossil record shows larger, more powerful members of the elephant family – the wooly mammoths, and several other robust behemoths no longer with us.  We can appreciate the design of the sport utility vehicles still around, and only wonder at the humvees and tanks of the past.  And just imagine the power of the dinosaurs, like the gigantic Titanosaurs.  The Creator knew how to move a lot of mass around with efficiency and grace; after all, he created the laws of physics, too.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Manganese BEE deal for N Cape

first_img21 December 2007Samancor Manganese has unveiled an empowerment deal with Ntsimbintle Mining which will see the creation of a new mining company, Hotazel Manganese Mines, and see increased participation in the economy by communities in the Northern Cape province.The deal relates to two mines near the town of Hotazel – Wessels and Mamatwan – that are wholly owned by Samancor, which is in turn owned 60% by BHP Billiton and 40% by Anglo American.According to a statement issued by BHP Billiton last week, Ntsimbintle will vend in portions of its prospecting rights contiguous to Samancor’s Mamatwan and Wessels mines in exchange for a 9% interest in a new company, Hotazel Manganese Mines, which has been created to effect the transaction.BHP Billiton’s president for manganese, Peter Beaven, said the Hotazel manganese mines were among the best in the world, and are set on a strong growth path with strongly enhanced mine lives as a result of the transaction, which was just the start in the company’s strategy to transfer 26% of Hotazel Mines to BEE partners.“The transaction provides Ntsimbintle immediate ownership of strongly profitable assets and their associated cash flow whilst Samancor gains access to further resources and reserves, some of which can be immediately accessed from existing Samancor mine operations,” Beaven said. “This is undoubtedly the most sensible commercial arrangement for the development of the two sets of rights.”Ntsimbintle is a broad-based consortium made up of Safika Resources, Nkonjane, Wiphold, Northern Cape Women in Mining, the Kgalagadi Development Trust, the Natural Resources Empowerment Fund, the Retrenched Workers Association, the Hotazel Women’s Association and the Northern Cape Community Business Men.“We welcome this partnership with Samancor, which is the leading manganese producer in the world,” said Ntsimbintle’s Saki Macozoma. “This is a mutually beneficial relationship which will hopefully ultimately see South Africa play a bigger role in the world manganese market.”Sabelo Macingwane, also of Ntsimbintle, added that Northern Cape communities who are shareholders in Ntsimbintle would enjoy meaningful participation in the local economy through Hotazel Mines.“This transaction will facilitate the advancement of black economic empowerment in the Northern Cape,” BHP Billiton SA chairman Vincent Maphai said. “BHP Billiton is committed to the transformation and growth of the South African economy and we believe that transactions such as this, which include ownership, will enable us to contribute to that transformation.”BHP Billiton added that the transaction was subject to the approval of the Department of Minerals and Energy for the transfer of Ntsimbintle’s prospecting rights and Samancor’s mining and prospecting rights to Hotazel Mines.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Online poetry competition to help youth deal with HIV/Aids

first_imgYoung people will be able to voice-out their sexual expreiences or lack thereof through the DFL Lover + Another competition. (Image: DFL Lover + Another Facebook)A performance poetry competition encouraging young people to talk openly and creatively about relationships, intimacy, sex, HIV/Aids is calling on aspiring poets to enter.Drama for Life (DFL), an independent academic, research and community engagement programme based at the Wits School of Arts, under the theme Lover + Another, has been hosting regional and national poetry competition slams and workshops for about four years, educating the youth about HIV/Aids through poetry.With this year’s theme of “Human Connection”, it is calling on aspiring poets to record their performance poetry on their mobile devices and load them on the Love + Another platforms on Vimeo, Facebook and Twitter, or via email.According to Drama for Life, in the age of HIV and Aids issues of trust, intimacy, touch, lust, passion, sex, sensual pleasure, the erotic, betrayal, hurt, broken relationships, gender violence, sexual identities, discrimination, broken promises and love all demand attention, and are potent subjects for poetry.DFL adds that through the project’s use of the spoken-word culture, young people are able to directly address the risks and cultural factors affecting their sexual behaviour in terms of values and attitudes towards sex, relationships and HIV/Aids. The project is designed to be accessible to all youth in higher education institutions nationally, and those in townships and suburb communities across the range.Every entrant is allowed only one poem in the competition so they should send in their best work. The competition closes on 15 November 2014.The performance poetry community was launched in 2008. Through applied drama, Drama for Life engages future leaders in the field to become artists who understand the ethical and contextual issues related to drama that is used as a learning method, drama that shapes research and drama that can be used to bring about social behaviour change.DFL’s Lover + Another has been growing yearly since 2010 when only University of the Witwatersrand and University of KwaZulu-Natal were involved.In 2011 it was hosted in in five cities across the country: Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Cape Town, Grahamstown and Johannesburg.Due to the enormous response by the audience, the DFL Lover + Another Performance Poetry Challenge expanded its competition in 2012, working together with 23 universities in South Africa to create a national performance poetry challenge.last_img read more

10 months agoBirkirkara name Liverpool hero Riise as ‘first’ sporting director

first_imgBirkirkara name Liverpool hero Riise as ‘first’ sporting directorby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool Champions League winner John Arne Riise has been named new sporting director of Maltese club Birkirkara FC.Birkirkara have announced the role has been created for Riise.“John shall work together with the Club Technical Director, Mr. Michael Valenzia and Senior Team Manager, Mr. Jeffrey Farrugia in a new set-up which shall commence with immediate effect,” a club statement read.“Further details of the clubs plans for the future shall be published in the next few days.”Birkikara are four-time Maltese League winners, winning the title the last time five years ago. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Strategies for Child Development and Protection

first_img According to Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, support for children zero to three years will be given “focus”, with the Early Childhood Rationalisation Programme continuing. The Government will be implementing a number of strategies for child development and protection during fiscal year 2018/2019. Story Highlights Meanwhile, he pointed out that funds will be provided from the e-Learning budget to assist in the sustainability of information and communications technology (ICT) in schools, from the early-childhood to secondary levels. The Government will be implementing a number of strategies for child development and protection during fiscal year 2018/2019.Included in the package are improvements to early-childhood educational facilities; additional investments for technology in schools; updating of the Child Care and Protection Act; and broadcast regulations to safeguard children and vulnerable groups.According to Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, support for children zero to three years will be given “focus”, with the Early Childhood Rationalisation Programme continuing.The Governor-General, who was delivering the Throne Speech at Gordon House today, Thursday (February 15), said legislative priorities will include modernisation of the legislation governing broadcast and content regulation, to address a raft of issues.Meanwhile, he pointed out that funds will be provided from the e-Learning budget to assist in the sustainability of information and communications technology (ICT) in schools, from the early-childhood to secondary levels.The Governor-General said five new schools are to be constructed, with the first two in the parish of Manchester, adding that last year, the Government exerted much effort to convert basic schools into infant schools and infant departments.A total of 20 infant schools and infant departments were established, with $30 million allocated to reactivate early-childhood intervention programmes.The Governor-General said a review of the Children (Adoption of) Act is also set for completion during the legislative year.last_img read more

David Ortiz Joins Prizeo To Raise Money For Charity

first_imgPrizeo, the leader in online sweepstakes and experiences, is giving baseball fans the chance of a lifetime!One lucky winner will get to play a game of catch at Fenway Park with retiring Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and celebrate Big Papi’s final season for just a $10 donation to charity. In addition, the winner will receive a custom hand-painted Fender American Stratocaster guitar signed by Ortiz.Fans are invited to enter by donating to Ortiz’s chosen causes, David Ortiz Children’s Fund and the Fender Music Foundation. Guaranteed rewards items ranging from a signed David Ortiz photo and a Big Papi beanie and hoodie to a signed jersey and exclusive David Ortiz bat are available.The deadline to enter and be a part of Ortiz’s final season is July 26. Enter here.last_img

Rep Lucido invites residents to Seniors and Veterans Benefit Expo

first_img22Apr Rep. Lucido invites residents to Seniors and Veterans Benefit Expo Categories: Lucido News On Monday, May 23 Rep. Peter Lucido will be joined by local, state and federal officials as well as representatives from healthcare agencies, hospitals and veterans groups to discuss benefits available to seniors, veterans and their families.Guests will have the opportunity to speak with the officials, experts and vendors and have questions answered about things like Social Security, Insurance, tax assistance, GI Bill Credits, mortgage assistance, long-term care and other benefits available.“It is important that seniors and veterans and their families know the services and benefits that are available to them,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “We need to make sure we are providing up to date information about all benefits and services, as often many families do not know where to turn because they are unaware of a service of benefit which can help them and their situation. Hopefully, by bringing the beneficiaries together with those who can help them, we will be able to help alleviate uncertainties and inform those who have done so much for us about the benefits and services they are entitled to receive.”The event is FREE to all seniors and veterans in the 36th District and their families and will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. Lunch will be provided and there will be many giveaways.“You will not want to miss this,” Lucido said. “Not only will it be extremely informative, it will be a great time for all, I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!”Space will be limited, so please RSVP by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-888-MICHREP. Anyone who is interested in helping out, or has ideas for topics of conversation that would be helpful to this event is encouraged to contact the office as well.last_img read more