SkyNeedle in South Brisbane has official sod turning for first stage

first_imgDeveloper Pradella has started construction on the first stage of a $125 million dual tower community centred around the city’s iconic SkyNeedle.CONSTRUCTION on the first stage of South Brisbane’s dual tower $125 million SkyNeedle project has kicked off, centred around the city’s iconic Sky Needle.SkyNeedle, an 88 metre pillar, was a key feature of Brisbane’s World Expo in 1988, and remains a prominent marker on the city skyline.Last Thursday, Pradella director Kim Pradella joined Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to officially launch the start of construction on the first tower, comprising 110 of the total 237 apartments in the project, which will incorporate a refurbished SkyNeedle as part of its design.SkyNeedle in South Brisbane.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoPradella has appointed RCC Builders to build SkyNeedle Apartments. The two-stage project will be complete with a cafe at the base of the second tower and a tropical garden oasis with a pool and barbecue terrace for the exclusive use of residents.More than 70 per cent of apartments in the first stage have already sold for a total of $38 million, with remaining one-bedroom apartments priced from $428,000 and two-bedroom abodes available from $544,000.“Brisbane is evolving into a new world city and it’s important that as we usher in this next chapter of growth, we recognise the foundations this fantastic city was built on by preserving monuments of the past, like the SkyNeedle and the old gas and light station,” Mr Pradella said.“SkyNeedle has already attracted strong interest from both owner occupiers and investors not only from Brisbane, but also nationally and internationally, who are ready to be a part of what will undoubtedly be one of Australia’s most unique and identifiable addresses.”Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the SkyNeedle had been a much-loved icon of Brisbane for nearly 30 years and it was exciting to see it returning to its true home in South Brisbane to be restored to its former glory as part of a high-quality residential project.last_img read more

Twisters And Red Devils Battle To Scoreless Deadlock

first_imgIt was a battle of the defenses last night. The final was a 0-0 draw.The OA Twisters had 13 shots with 10 on goal, 1 offsides,8 fouls, 7 corners, 2 handballs, 1 yellow card, and Chris Hautman had 5 saves.Richmond had 7 shots with 5 on goal, 1 offsides, 10 fouls, 1 corner, 3 handballs, 1 yellow card, and their keeper had nine saves. There was 1 non-keeper save as well.Courtesy of Twisters Correspondent Sandy Mahoney.last_img

Foster’s Fairplay: Maintain the spirit

first_imgThe pleasant aroma of a Jamaican high school boasting its own synthetic track still hovers. Three weeks ago, the Calabar High School family was so blessed, kicking off by hosting a track and field meet in honour of two of its most illustrious sons, Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint. The atmosphere was electric, so many students of the sport voicing views as to how the wider arena of the sport could benefit. To say that the future is pregnant with possibilities would be a most appropriate conclusion. For the homesters, the reality of this new day and how the facility upgrade can positively affect the fortunes of the school, must have been up for active consideration. With four straight (titles) already secured, it could sound the trumpet on the start of a dynasty of Champs successes, only achieved by the Kingston College (KC) 1962-1975 reign. The execution and maintenance of Champs glory comes with inbuilt, stiff challenges. The long standing major contenders, the two mentioned and Jamaica College (JC), must optimise their chances by having access to top class facilities for preparation. Before the Red Hills Road ‘newbie’ surfaced, all three had to access the only city convenience, the National Stadium East, when it was time to sharpen up. This would have added great expense. The fact that Calabar now stands richly endowed in this area must give them not only incentive, but advantage. Foster’s Fairplay suspects that they are eyeing an unbroken run similar to the Fortis crew. Already, there is in-camp talk of ‘having it locked’ until 2021. Five more would ensure them the honour. It would be a proud bunch, as was that cohort of not-often seen ‘Bar Lifers’, who flocked to the new track on Saturday, January 23. However, all these C’bar black and green dreams could be thwarted by their closest and ever-persistent rivals from Old Hope Road and North Street. Those responsible for fundraising at these two heavyweights, must now be knocking heads and pockets to unearth that J$50 million to follow suit. Occupying their minds, must be thoughts that “this Calabar take-off is to be commended, but a strident response is essential”. CROSS PARTICIPATION Having said all that, Foster’s Fairplay has been made aware of an ill wind that is blowing over cross participation of athletes in this or that meet. It is a pleasing tribute to the advances in the sport that the calendar offers multiple options on any given weekend. Choices must be made by team management as to where the athletes should go to seek the competition that is required. Achieving the qualifying marks for Champs is also a major factor. If it means a squad split, taking in different locations, so be it, as long as selected requirements are met. Unfortunately, there are instances when these decisions are known to be made for questionable reasons. This columnist has heard, coming from at least two camps, sounds that are unwholesome to the ear. To cite, “Oh, so I support you and you do not support me, so I will no longer give you my support”. This is not what the country or its most globally prominent sport should be trying to build or maintain, and which it inevitably will be called on to repair. No one benefits from this malice aforethought. This columnist will leave it at that for now. There is no desire to destroy reputations for fair play that could be long and burdensome in rebuilding. The baton of abatement must now be passed to the custodians of high school sports. These are the principals. Working as the oversight group, they are known to be strident in the execution of their duties in several other areas. Rightly so, but these include pockets that are doing well, and in the view of Foster’s Fairplay need no meddling. This columnist sees the cauterising of confrontational thoughts, as mentioned, as matters for urgent attention. As the process streams towards the gala event – Champs – let there be a resolve to participate in the meets which best suit the particular programme. It should never be out of spite or a payback for a perceived wrong. High School sport is so sweet. Do not try to spoil it. – For feedback email [email protected]last_img read more

Half-time: Leicester 1 Chelsea 0

first_imgMarc Albrighton’s strike in first-half injury time put Leicester ahead against an out-of-sorts Chelsea.The Blues, who need two wins to be sure of the Premier League title, barely threatened, with Didier Drogba squandering their best opening.And the Foxes took the lead when Albrighton sidefooted home from close range after great work by Jamie Vardy on the left flank.Both sides looked lively in the final third but it was Leicester who settled first and were sharper in the midfield battle.Vardy’s pace caused problems to Chelsea’s back four from the start and Vardy’s fellow striker Leo Ulloa then miscontrolled when he would have been through on goal.But Chelsea then began to threaten, mainly through the pace of Willian and Eden Hazard.The pair combined to tee up Drogba who shot well wide, while Cesc Fabregas opted to cross rather than shoot after more fine work by Hazard.But it was Leicester who went ahead when Albrighton calmly shot home.The Foxes, who have won four in a row to climb out of the relegation zone, suffered a double first-half injury blow, with midfielder Andy King and former Chelsea defender Robert Huth both having to come off.Drogba started up front, with Diego Costa once again left out of the squad, while Petr Cech is in goal with Thibaut Courtois left on the bench. Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan (c), Albrighton, King, Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Konchesky, Vardy, Ulloa. Subs: Schwarzer, De Laet, Hammond, James, Mahrez, Wood, Kramarić. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Drogba. Subs: Courtois, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Ake, Mikel, Oscar, Cuadrado. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Zuma pays tribute to Chinua Achebe

first_img25 March 2013South African President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences following the death of Nigerian author Chinua Achebe.Achebe passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States on Thursday at the age of 82.“I have learnt with great sadness of the passing of this colossus of African writing. Chinua Achebe was indeed Africa’s greatest literary export and a legend of African literature,” Zuma said in a statement on Friday.“It was in his famous novel Things Fall Apart that many Africans saw themselves in literature and arts at the time when most of the writing was about Africans but not by Africans.”The President said that the African continent owed a debt of gratitude to Achebe.“On behalf of the South African government and all her people, we wish to send our deepest condolences to the Achebe family, his birth country of Nigeria and the whole literature community. May his soul rest in peace.”The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory also passed on their condolences to the family of Achebe, “a great African writer and thinker.”“Nelson Mandela referred to Achebe as a writer ‘in whose company the prison walls fell down’,” said spokesperson for the centre, Sello Hatang.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Rapid growth syndrome in corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While scouting corn fields this spring, some farmers in the eastern Corn Belt may have noticed strange looking corn plants with new growth that was yellow and leaves that were wrinkled randomly spread throughout their field. This a phenomenon is referred to as “Rapid Growth Syndrome.” In many areas of our sales footprint weather conditions were such that our agronomists and sales staff observed plants affected by Rapid Growth Syndrome. Corn plants are usually affected by this issue is in the V5 to V6 stages of growth. This phenomenon is usually associated with an abrupt change in weather. Twisted whorls can appear when corn plants shift from a period of slow growth (in cool, cloudy weather) to more rapid growth (warm, sunny weather).Symptoms of Rapid Growth Syndrome include bent-over plants and tightly wrapped whorls that keep younger leaves from emerging. Once younger leaves emerge, they are often yellow but turn green after a few days. In one area Seed Consultants’ staff observed corn plants with leaves that were notched or shredded due to similar rapid growth conditions. This issue seemed more wide spread in 2017 because more areas were affected periods of cooler wet weather followed by warm weather that promoted rapid growth.The important question is, “Does Rapid Growth Syndrome diminish corn yields?” According to Bob Nielsen in his article Wrapped and Twisted Whorls in Corn, “Yield effects from periods of twisted growth caused by weather-related causes are minimal, if any.” Growers who observed twisted whorls and notched or wrinkled leaves in their corn fields this spring should keep in mind that plants will recover from this phenomenon and yields will not be significantly affected.last_img read more

Solar Decathlon 2011: Team New Jersey’s Seaside Hideaway

first_imgThe target market for Team New Jersey’s entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon is a couple (perhaps retired) who wants a small, durable, energy-efficient house suitable for the Jersey shore. And in practical terms, trying to appeal to home buyers longing for respite somewhere along New Jersey’s long, lively, and mostly pleasant Atlantic coastline probably isn’t a bad idea, provided you’re willing to put up with allusions to MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” It’s unlikely the members of Team New Jersey – a collaboration of students and faculty from Rutgers: the State University of New Jersey and the New Jersey Institute of Technology – weren’t expecting joking references to the show (are there any other kind?) and other digs at Jersey Shore pop culture. But they’ve become experts at deflecting snark by steering attention to the amenities of the home, dubbed “eNJoy: A Generation House.” The 960-sq.-ft. one-bedroom house has a shell of precast concrete panels and an inverted hip roof that, with its large overhang, is designed to maximize rainwater collection. Live at the International Builder’s ShowAs architecture student Zachary Hvizdak told Fine Homebuilding’s Justin Fink during an interview at the International Builders’ Show in Janaury, the team aimed for a blend of contemporary design and energy efficiency performance that will make the most of the insulation, durability, and thermal mass of concrete. “We’re pushing this technology,” Hvizdak said, noting that because all of the panels are being custom made, eNJoy’s construction costs will exceed $250,000, which means the project likely won’t be competitive in the Decathlon’s affordability contest. Born to run – on the sun In addition to the thermal mass value and durability of precast concrete panels, the team cites a few other advantages to their use, including their resistance to mold, their adaptability to sturdy modular construction, their low maintenance, and the recyclability of concrete. Made by Northeast Precast, based in Millville, in southern New Jersey, the panels feature about 6 in. of rigid foam insulation sandwiched between 3 to 4 in. of poured concrete. MORE INFORMATION Team New Jersey Web page DOE Web page for Team New Jersey GBA Resource Guide for 2011 Solar Decathlon Despite all the concrete, eNJoy aims for a stylized contemporary look – a solid form with small punched openings to let in light, although most of the daylighting comes from a long line of clerestory windows on the north side of the house and a contiguous stretch of large windows on the south side. Hvizdak points out that the large inverted hip roof gives homeowners significant flexibility when placing the building’s photovoltaic panels and solar hot water collectors for optimal exposure. As on a flat roof, the PV and solar hot water panels on eNJoy, when installed on angled mounts, can be grouped on the north or south portions of the roof, depending on surrounding foliage, to maximize exposure to the sun. The building’s electrical system, HVAC appliances, and plumbing will be concentrated in a central core – in one of three modules that will be bolted together to form the main structure. From NJ to DC and back Once it has prepared them for shipping, the team will load the three modules, along with the PV array, entry ramps, decking, and landscaping components, onto a total of seven trucks. The team expects to take about two days to reassemble the house on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Upon its return to New Jersey, the house will be offered for sale. Construction costs are expected to be about $300,000, although Clinton Andrews, a professor at Rutgers and one of the project’s faculty leaders, told the CourierPostOnline, which covers southern New Jersey, that about $100,000 could be trimmed from those costs if the house were to go into production. We’ve asked the team for more details about the materials and mechanicals used, and the expected performance of the building. Whether the eventual buyer of the prototype is in fact a couple interested in a spot near the Atlantic shore remains to be seen, although the team certainly would entertain an offer from MTV. “If they were the ones to buy the house,” Hvizdak told Fine Homebuilding, “it would be OK.”last_img read more

How Change.org Puts More Power Into The Hands Of People

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#crowdsourcing#international#marketing#Non-Profits#politics A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit If you tuned into the Presidential debates this past Fall you may have caught the one moderated by CNN personality Candy Crowley. Remarkably, it was the first presidential debate moderated by a female in 20 years. Wonder how that dry spell ended? Because of a petition created at Change.org.Debate organizers were influenced by three Montclair, N.J. high school students, who, inspired by a civics class, were able to sign up more than 180,000 supporters for their online petition.30 Million SignaturesMajor victories like these have drawn more than 30 million people to endorse petitions at Change.org, a figure that’s growing at a blistering pace of 2 million each month. Jennifer Dulski, who left Google this past month to become the organization’s President and COO, tells me that her biggest priority is making sure Change.org has a fast, stable platform and to make it easier for people to create and sign petitions.One of the biggest challenges of finding innovative new ways of doing things is monetization, and that’s where Change.org shines. The company has in effect become a marketing machine for mostly non-profit organizations. It has also boosted its beneficial standing by becoming a certified B Corp.Change.org is designed to make creating petitions easy, and features selected petitions on its home page.Future ChangesThe way Change.org works is simple. Anyone can start a petition for free, but qualified organizations can send sponsored petitions to specific Change.org members by paying a premium. “Every package is custom built for each sponsor,” Dulski says, adding that “we have people in house who know how to make petitions stronger.”The future for sponsored Change.org petitioners seems bright. Dulski promises that the company is “going to develop a great analytics platform for sponsors, so we’re able to better reach the kind of people who are passionate about their causes.”One recent victory had 200,000 Gatorade consumers using Change.org to demand the removal of the controversial ingredient BVO from its product bottles. Gatorade removed the ingredient, scoring a victory for the 15-year-old Mississippi teenager who started the petition.International ActionWhile most of its biggest victories have been in the U.S., Change.org has become a global phenomenon. “We have staff in 18 countries,” notes Dulski. A perfect example of that global power was the petition calling for Malala Yyousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot for advocating female education, to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. This petition, posted by Tarek Fatah of Toronto, has gained more than 287,000 supporters.With influence comes power that translates into more galvanizing events – and that, in turn, attracts even more users. Do you have an innovation that could use the gravy train of a complementary business? Can you leverage the Time Compression Ubertrend to create a service that helps consumers save time? I’m ready to file my petition to help America become more innovative. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification michael tchonglast_img read more

Rhode Island girl collapses at soccer game, dies at hospital

first_imgRead Next He said in a statement that her death was unrelated to the game.Ricci says the Richmond resident was captain of the soccer team, a member of the school’s lacrosse team and a top student.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn a statement, Ricci said Potts “represented the very best of our school as an artist, an athlete, a classmate, a teammate and a friend.”Ricci said counseling would be available to students and staff in the middle and high schools starting Monday. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cavaliers expect Isaiah Thomas to play by January MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight RICHMOND, R.I. — A Rhode Island school district is mourning the death of a popular student-athlete.Chariho Regional School District Superintendent Barry Ricci says 17-year-old senior Maddie Potts collapsed during a soccer match on Saturday and died at the hospital of a brain aneurysm on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

FEU pushes shorthanded UST to brink of elimination

first_imgThe Tamaraws also shot 52 percent from the field and converted 11 of their 26 three-point attempts.“The team shot the ball well today, and more than that I like our unselfishness as they looked for each other,” said Racela in Filipino. “It’s a good win for us and it’s just unfortunate that UST played without its top two players.”Akomo, who’s down with the flu, averages a double-double for UST with 10.4 points and 13.4 rebounds with 2.5 blocks per outing while Sta. Ana, who injured his shoulder in practice, puts up 13.9 points and 4.4 assists per game.Ken Tuffin scored 14 points off the bench to lead FEU while Arvin Tolentino added 13 points.Wendell De Guzman led the Growling Tigers with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists while Jeepy Faundo also had his double-double of 17 points and 13 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Swing and a miss: Yankees in another 0-2 playoff hole LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FILE – FEU’s Arvin Tolentino shoots against two UST defenders during their game in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University showed no remorse in handing depleted University of Santo Tomas its ninth straight loss with a merciless 96-70 beating in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Tamarws improved to 5-4, stopping its two-game skid, to take a temporary hold of the fourth spot pending the result of the game between University of the Philippines and De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The Growling Tigers, who are one of the most successful collegiate basketball programs in the country with 18 UAAP titles, dropped to 0-8 and is now one loss away from getting eliminated from the Final Four race.FEU practically ended the match as early as the first half taking a 26-point lead, 53-27, against a UST side that played without forward Jordan Sta. Ana and center Steve Akomo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAxel Iñigo then capped off the Tamaraws’ 13-3 run at the start of the third quarter that gave FEU a 66-30 lead at the 7:45 mark.FEU head coach Olsen Racela praised his team’s eagerness to distribute the ball and look for the open man as the Tamaraws dished out 27 assists, more than double of UST’s 12.last_img read more