US calls for postponement of Tokyo Olympics

first_imgThe United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee said on Monday the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo should be postponed, in the latest setback to the Games amid the coronavirus pandemic.The committee said it had surveyed some 4,000 of its athletes over the weekend and 65% of those that responded indicated their training had been severely impacted or halted entirely due to restrictions designed to slow the spread of the virus.Even if the current health concerns could be alleviated by late summer, disruptions to the training environment, doping controls and qualification process cannot be overcome in a satisfactory manner, USOPC officials said. “To that end, it’s more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising,” USOPC board chair Susanne Lyons and CEO Sarah Hirshland said in a statement.”We encourage the IOC to take all needed steps to ensure the Games can be conducted under safe and fair conditions for all competitors.”Earlier on Monday longtime International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said the IOC had decided to postpone the Games with an eye toward holding them in 2021.The USOPC statement comes after Canada and Australia said they would not send athletes to the July 24-Aug. 9 Games due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Topics :last_img read more

Drab to fab: Industrial-style transformation of Coast home

first_imgThe facade before the update. MORE NEWS: Former tax evader lists Coast mansion The kitchen now. The 1100sq m block backs onto a nature reserve and fronts another green belt reserve with many aspects of the design aimed at emphasising the property’s connection with nature. Ready for some renovation inspiration? From the windows to the walls, the facade and all — this Reedy Creek property has been renovated from top to bottom to create a modern, industrial-style haven.The private oasis was updated by its current owners to make the most of the lush green surrounds. After a complete transformation, the five-bedroom house at 26 Grove Creek Close is on the market with a price tag above $1.099 million. The kitchen before. … and this. The updated, split-level house features an open-plan main living zone, which sits under soaring Colorbond ceilings and timber beams. Outdoor entertainment areas are on either side, with the rooms able to be completely opened up. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhy The Block has been such a success00:35 It’s a stylish entertainment haven now … … with effortless indoor and outdoor flow. It also features a gymnasium or activity room, landscaped gardens and a rock encased spa with a cave. There’s also a spa with a cave to top it off. A trendy touch up now makes the facade standout. LJ Hooker Palm Beach agent Mark Jensen said it was a “beautiful makeover”. “The owners have done from top to bottom, everything has been redone,” he said. “There are brand new kitchens, they put a kitchenette in the dual living area down the bottom, and brand new bathrooms.“They improved the whole external appearance as well.” MORE NEWS: Window to the outside world The main living area was also updated. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe bathrooms are one of the highlights of the transformation. Going from this … … to this … last_img read more

Take control of your investment property

first_imgThose investing in strata titles should stay informed with their body corp’s decisions.For example, if a body corporate committee makes a recommendation but those voting have not researched it and the decision results in expenditure beyond the allocated funds, it can result in a hefty bill for the owner of each lot.In 2018, the body corporate committee of a Brisbane residential complex was slapped with almost $735,000 in court costs after trying to terminate their Caretaking Agreement.The body corporate only had $130,000 allocated to tackle the issue, and as a result the gap would be filled by sending each lot owner a bill for a special levy of approximately $1,100 to $1,500. The decision of a body corporate could impact your financially.Mr Higginson said body corporate minutes may not always tell the full story, but the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management Chris Irons said accessing body corporate records was a way for those who are too time poor to attend meetings to keep their finger on the pulse.“Owners have a legislated right to access body corporate documents such as a copy of the roll and meeting minutes,” Commissioner Irons said.“Legal professional privilege might mean a certain record is not made available, but otherwise it isn’t correct for a body corporate to refuse access on the grounds of, for example, concerns about privacy.” Frank Higginson, of Hynes Legal, stresses the importance of being in touch with your body corporateBut your body corporate’s levies are set, so their decisions cannot cost you any extra, right? Wrong.Mr Higginson said many people assumed the body corporate committee had done their homework when making decisions, but this was not always the case. “By letting others manage your investment for you, you let others make critical decisions that can directly affect your investment,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“As much as most major decisions are reserved for general meeting approval, the reality is that if the committee recommends something, 99.9 per cent of the time owners will vote that way — on the basis they they assume the committee has done their homework.“If the committee has not done their homework, it becomes the blind leading the blinder.”center_img Accessing Body Corporate records is a way to stay informed.INVESTORS are driving blind as they sit back and allow others to take the wheel of their properties — and it can cost them dearly. It can be tricky to make time to be actively involved in your investment’s body corporate committee, but staying in touch means you have a say in decisions that could impact your investment. Hynes Legal partner and strata law expert Frank Higginson said those who invested in properties with strata schemes were less likely to attend body corporate meetings than their owner occupier counterparts, which could result in arrangements that could leave you or your tenant unhappy, or in some situations, financially worse off. “Committees tend to be run by those who show up, and the ones more likely to show up are the ones that live there,” Mr Higginson said. “(Investors should engage in body corporate) to take an active interest in what may well be one of the biggest investments you will ever make.” last_img read more

Buyers in a $1m-plus house hunting frenzy in Brisbane

first_img Homes with parking for the plane The new owners were drawn to its design and the size of the landAnd in Wilston, an updated Queenslander house at 14 Lovedale Street sold for $1.22 million.There were six registered bidders, with four of those trading bids until a family from Western Australia landed the knockout blow. The result comes as local agents plead with sellers still sitting on the fence to get in touch, with a rush of buyers looking for new homes to call their own.One of the biggest confirmed sales of the day was at 26 Moyry Street in The Gap — a four bedroom hilltop house on a whopping 3239sq m block with mountain and city views. Buyers swooping in to snap up dream homes fast Millionaire selling ‘rarely used’ beachfront pad This house at The Gap sold for $2.25 millionRay White Paddington agent Harrison Mastrapostolos said four of the eight registered bidders raised their paddles at the 11am auction, with bidding starting at $1.7 million.He said the process slowed at the $2 million mark, with bids increasing in $10,000 instalments before the hammer fell about 45 minutes later at $2.25 million.“The Gap is hot right now,” he said. “Our days on market are way less than 30 days.“People are moving out this way because they can get more land and more bang for their buck.“The same property just a suburb over in Ashgrove would have cost an extra $200,000 at least.” CASH TO SPLASH: Looking for a spot to park the boat? It was bought by a family who have moved from Western Australia and just screams ‘Queenslander’!“The highest offer we had prior to the auction was $1,050,000 so it proves that holding your nerve and making it to auction day has real benefits,” he said.“We had four registered bidders battling it out on the day with all of the interest coming from local families that wanted to live within walking distance of Wilston State School and St Colombus State School.”In Wilston, median house values have jumped by three per cent in the past three months and six per cent in 12 months to $1.035 million.The data, released on Friday, shows that overall the Brisbane City and Greater Brisbane regions have held steady, with median house values of $685,000 and $535,000 respectively. Meanwhile, negotiations were continuing on two other properties that are expected to sell for well in excess of $2 million each within days.center_img It sits on a 3239 sqm block bordering Enogerra ReservoirBordering the Enoggera Reservoir, the sprawling property has a pool, tennis court and outdoor kitchen, plus that acreage feel just 12km from the CBD.Mr Mastrapostolos said there had been a few offers prior to the auction, but the property was ultimately won by a local family.He said local buyers were acting more quickly to secure the right property, and sellers were also starting to wake up to the rejuvenated market.“There is not a lot of stock on the market yet but having said that, we signed seven new properties in The Gap, Ashgrove, Bardon and Paddington in the past week.”“The market is moving again,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoCoreLogic data shows that the median house price in The Gap has risen by one per cent in the past three months to $702,000. Meanwhile, a ‘Gatsby-inspired home’ on a 4064 sqm estate at Parkinson also sold under the hammer for $1.98 million. This Parkinson mansion was bought by a local family for $1.98 millionLJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills agent Emily Xiong said three local registered bidders battled for the property.“The new owners love the house and the size of the land,” she said. 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 home00:51It was a good day to go under the hammer for sellers seeking a sale over $1 million.A number of properties across the city changed hands with winning seven figure bids, and there were many willing buyers clambering to get their hands on them. MORE NEWS: Why the time is ripe for buyers and sellers This updated Queensland in Wilston drew a big crowd at auction, selling for $1.22 millionRay White Wilston agent Alistair Macmillan said there were more than 75 group through the property over the four week campaign.The new owners, he said, had migrated from the west coast and had been renting in Wilston while on the hunt for their new family home. Brisbane prices at bottom of cyclelast_img read more

Wärtsilä Unveils New Hybrid Power Module

first_imgFinnish engineering company Wärtsilä has introduced the Wärtsilä HY, a fully integrated hybrid power module combining engines, an energy storage system, and power electronics.Optimised to work together through a newly developed energy management system (EMS), the hybrid product is the marine sector’s first hybrid power module of this type produced, thereby “establishing a new industry benchmark in marine hybrid propulsion,” the company said.There is a notable trend in the marine sector towards hybrid propulsion solutions, which are anticipated to represent a significant percentage of all contracted ships within the coming ten years. According to Wärtsilä, the new EMS represents the latest generation integrated control system, and has been specifically designed for this application.The Wärtsilä HY will provide increased operational efficiency and flexibility, resulting in lower fuel consumption, reduced emissions, and improved vessel performance. When operating in ‘Green Mode’ zero emissions can be achieved, the company informed. Smokeless operation is also achievable at all load points and in all operating modes.Furthermore, the reduction in engine operating hours lowers maintenance requirements and extends the intervals between overhauls.Maritime classification society, Lloyds Register (LR) has issued an Approval in Principle (AIP) certificate for the Wärtsilä HY, which will have dedicated versions for each category of vessels, while the first versions being made available will be designed for tugs and medium sized ferries.“This development opens the door to a new era of marine technology that would have been unimaginable until very recently,” Giulio Tirelli, Director, Marine Engineering, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said.The Wärtsilä HY is being officially launched at the Nor-Shipping conference and exhibition being held in Oslo, Norway from May 30 to June 2, 2017.On 30 May, the company received its first order for the Wärtsilä HY from Italy-based Rimorchiatori Riuniti, an owner and operator of tugs in the Mediterranean Sea region.The Wärtsilä equipment will be delivered during the second half of 2018, and the new tug is expected to be in service by the beginning of 2019.last_img read more

Only 5% of unmarried parents will be together for first child’s 15th birthday (UK)

first_imgMailOnline 17 November 2014 Just 5% of unmarried parents will be together for first child’s 15th birthdayBut more than a third of married parents will be around when child turns 15Less than half of today’s 20-year-olds will wed, new research showsBut three-quarters of teenagers say they want to get married one dayCost of wedding is putting off poorer couples, marriage campaigners fearMost young couples who fail to marry are heading for a life of failed relationships and single parenthood.New research reveals the pitfalls facing 20-somethings who shun marriage in favour of cohabiting relationships.Of today’s young people, only one in 20 unmarried couples with children will still be together by their first-born’s 15th birthday.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2837243/Only-one-20-unwed-parents-stay-born-15-Study-finds-half-today-s-20-year-olds-marry.htmllast_img read more

Chicken vendors ‘ruffled’ in Harare

first_imgResidents of Harare are on a collision course with City authorities over chicken.For years, backyard poultry projects have been a source of much needed extra income for citizens, but those chicken farms have now been banned.1962 regulations, which outlawed, backyard chicken rearing because the clucking, crowing, quacking and gobbling of poultry disturbed the peace, is now threatening to disturb the livelihoods of thousands in Zimbabwe’s capital.Traders at Mbare Musika, the busiest chicken market say the ban goes against the government economic recovery plans which seek to empower ordinary citizens by allowing them to start up their own businesses.Sylvia Makina a Chicken trader says, selling Chicken is a source of income for them and the only way  they can feed their families in these hard times. She adds that if the old laws are enforced these old laws many children will go hungry.The city though insists it is not a blanket ban. The City health director Cladius Chonzi insists that there are certain conditions that one has to meet before they can rear chickens. ”When you make the extra dollar you must not unnecessarily inconvenience your neighbor,” adds Chonzi.The city health departments directive means , there should be no flies, smells or rodents and other vermin which usually accompany chicken projects.But it’s not just these feathered creatures that are under threat.The city is also planning a clamp down on the estimated 20,000 vendors selling their wares on the streets. Their number grows by the day as more people lose their jobs and are forced out onto the streets. Some describe them as an eyesore and a health risk while others believe instead of pushing them out the city should find a way to accommodate them since they serve a business need.Analysts say, there’s need for change in laws to enable business people world in people friendly environment.last_img read more

Algeria’s chocolate fair attracts chefs and brands from around the globe

first_imgThree killed in Algeria flooding Chinese delegates host investment fair Related Chefs, confectionery brands and those of us with a sweet tooth from around the world have gathered in Algeria to sample products from the nation’s growing chocolate market.The chocolate and confectionery fair in the capital Algiers, aims to promote traditional sweets and support local production. Ivorian Chocolate Entrepreneur Breaks New Groundlast_img

Mourinho admits Tottenham are on the edge after Son injury blow

first_img Ahead of tonight’s Champions League last 16 first leg clash with RB Leipzig, Mourinho came up with a long “silly analogy” that David Brent would be proud of. Jose Mourinho reckons Tottenham are hanging from the balcony as they fight to save their season.Advertisement After seeing Son Heung-min join Harry Kane with a long-term injury, the Spurs boss compared his plight to being caught high up in a building with collapsed stairs.He said: “Now we are with our arms on the balcony on the fourth floor and we have two options.“One is to give up and fall and normally die because it’s the fourth floor.“Another way is to fight with what we have – no stairs, but arms.”Mourinho believes Tottenham’s injury situation “couldn’t be worse”.Son has been ruled out for the season after fracturing his arm in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa.A club statement on Tuesday read: “Heung-Min Son is to undergo surgery this week…“Following surgery, our medical staff shall be reviewing management options for Son’s rehabilitation with the player expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks.”Mourinho himself added: “I am not counting on Son playing again this season, in my mind no. Loading… center_img Read Also: Champions League: Tottenham lose Son to broken arm“We are going to miss him. The club wrote a nice statement. If I was the one to write the statement I would write different.“The situation couldn’t be worse. That is obvious. There is nothing we can do. We are going to play with the players we have available.“I was worried about not having attacking options on the bench, now I don’t have attacking options on the pitch.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?last_img read more

Special Enrollment Period For Those With Cobra Insurance

first_imgThe Indiana Department of Insurance is alerting individuals currently purchasing health insurance through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) they may qualify for a special enrollment period allowing them to enroll in an individual health insurance plan instead. Individuals so choosing must enroll in a new plan by July 1.Individuals who choose to replace their COBRA coverage with a private health plan through the Federal Marketplace may lower their premium and qualify for tax credits that can lower their monthly premiums.To enroll in a Marketplace plan during this one-time special enrollment period, contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 or 1-855-889-4325.“Those seeking coverage in a Federal Marketplace health plan could qualify for premium tax credits and lower out-of-pocket costs, depending on their household size and income,” said Insurance Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson. “However, consumers also may want to consider other plans to determine the overall best option for them.”To explore plans not in the Marketplace, which typically have broader networks and more available doctors and hospitals, Hoosiers can contact a health plan directly or work with a health insurance agent. Agents – also called producers – are licensed by the Indiana Department of Insurance. To find one, go to Indiana Department of Insurance website.The next open enrollment period is Nov. 15, 2014-Feb.15, 2015 for 2015 coverage. Individuals currently covered by COBRA who miss the July 1 deadline for the one-time special enrollment period will have to wait to enroll in a new Marketplace plan during the 2015 open enrollment period, or they can enroll when their COBRA coverage expires. However, if they choose to end their COBRA coverage early outside of the open enrollment period and after the July 1 deadline, they will not be able to enroll in a Marketplace plan until open enrollment begins on Nov. 15.last_img read more