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first_imgLink up down underSir – Your report that Australian businessmen are planning a 4000 km 250 km/h Melbourne – Darwin line (RG 5.97 p282) will arouse a degree of scepticism among many of your readers.The most needed railway in Australia is from Alice to Tennant Creek, about which the politicians have been prevaricating for an unconscionably long time. It is difficult to reconcile this attitude with the speed, excellence and dedication shown in unifying the gauge of the trans-continental line. There must be a reason for the delay north of Alice, yet none is proffered.Tennant Creek might also be the area in which a line west from Queensland could join up. The onward line might then be built north to Daly Waters, Katherine and Darwin – Australia’s Asian Gateway – and subsequent traffic patterns would soon reveal where future expenditure might best be allocated.Roger LascellesBrentford, Great Britainlast_img read more

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The suburbs where property is selling the fastest in Townsville

first_img READ MORE Suburb Days on the market Oonoonba 23Currajong 37Belgian Gardens 40Jensen 41Pallarenda 41 Top 5 quickest selling suburbs “The CBD is only minutes away and it is still considered close enough to the Townsville General Hospital, Lavarack Barracks and James Cook University for defence personnel, staff and students to live.“Prices are still considered more affordable compared to Idalia, Douglas and Annandale.Houses in Thuringowa Central remained on the market for a median of 111 days, Corelogic found, which was the longest amount of time out of any suburb in Townsville. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Mr Pearce said it could be the result of the suburbs lack of ‘identity.’“Thuringowa has a lot to offer buyers but it does suffer from an identity crisis,” Mr Pearce said. “It is surrounded by Kirwan, which is a very well known suburb and many buyers have never heard of Thuringowa Central. “Vendors need to be certain they market their property with a campaign reaching across the entire market and discuss with their agent how they can seek and bring buyers to the property themselves.” City’s property market heats up Keyes and Co Property Agent Tess Sellwood outside a recently sold house in Oonoonba, which has been named as fastest selling suburb in Townsville.CORELOGIC has revealed the Townsville suburbs where property is selling the quickest with houses in Oonoonba topping the list for the least amount of days on the market. Houses in the area sold after a median of just 23 days in the year to June, Corelogic data found.Keys & Co Realty agent Tess Sellwood has recently sold a property at 1/7 Frederick St in Oonoonba and said the suburb ticked a lot of boxes for young buyers. READ MORE Idalia market is showing signs of revival 1/7 Frederick St, Oonoonba“I think the proximity to the city is a major selling point for buyers,” Ms Sellwood said.“Value for money in the suburb is also exceptional and that attracts a lot of first home buyers.“Majority of that Oonoonba pocket toward the city end, remained high and dry in the floods which is another factor that appeals to people.”Iris Chaillon and her husband recently purchased a property in Oonoonba after wanting to relocate from a highset house to a low-set home with yard space. “I love the area it’s a very comfortable place to live,” Ms Chaillon said.“It’s so close to everything and when the stadium starts up we’ll only be 5 minutes away from that as well.“Bunnings is just down the road and the traffic isn’t too bad at all.”Ray White Kirwan agent Craig Pearce who sold the duplex in Oonoonba to Ms Chaillon said the suburbs affordability was attractive for buyers. “Oonoonba’s location is excellent as buyers see it so close to some of our biggest employers,” Mr Pearce said. last_img read more

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CCOM/JHC Sends C-Worker 4 to Survey Eastern Pacific

first_imgResearchers from the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping Joint Hydrographic Center in New Hampshire have utilised a C-Worker 4 Autonomous Vessel equipped with a multibeam sonar to map around the NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The Center is working in partnership with the Ocean Exploration Trust and operating from Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, a 64-meter research boat.The C-Worker 4 ASV was designed to complete a variety of offshore and inshore survey tasks and was delivered to the University of New Hampshire in 2016.The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard—best known for his discovery of RMS Titanic’s final resting place. This 2017 Nautilus Expedition launches the third year of exploration in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and will be one of the most extensive seasons to date. From May, Nautilus began to document and survey unexplored regions from British Columbia, Canada, along the West Coast of the United States, to Baja California, Mexico and will continue to do so until November.The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) is one of the agencies tasked with the protection of deep-water habitats, commercially important species, and deep-sea coral ecosystems around the islands, yet lacks a detailed understanding of the distribution, abundance, and condition of the resources within the Sanctuary. Less than 50% of the seafloor within the CINMS boundaries has been mapped by high-resolution sonar, and the 2016 Nautilus expedition to the same region worked to cut this knowledge gap nearly in half.The 2017 expedition continues this exploration by using a high-resolution mapping system to collect sonar bathymetry and sub-bottom profiling data to characterize the seafloor in these unmapped areas. The C-Worker 4 ASV can map waters and caves as deep as 600ft, and is remotely controlled by operators aboard Nautilus during these tests. These mapping surveys are helping the team locate and document submerged caves along the Channel Islands for future surveys.Following mapping operations using the C-Worker 4 ASV, Nautilus will utilize ROVs to undertake visual surveys, collect high-definition video imagery, collect biological and geological samples, and ground truth the newly-collected multibeam data.This cruise will also be part of a larger initiative to understand sea level history and locate, map, and document submerged paleo-shorelines in the Channel Islands region. This region has a complex geologic history following its initial volcanic formation, later being shaped by uplift, sinking, and fluctuating sea levels, and resulting in a submerged shoreline of boulders, spires, caves, and arches.last_img read more

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Ministry of Education to honour forty-eight retired educators

first_imgEducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Ministry of Education to honour forty-eight retired educators by: – April 18, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Ms. Marcella Severin receiving an award for 32 years of service from the president of the Dominica Association of Teachers, Mrs. Celia NicholasRoseau, Dominica – April 18th, 2012…Forty-eight teachers and education officers who gave long and dedicated service in the education sector will be honoured at the Retirees Awards Dinner of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development on Saturday.The awards ceremony is intended to pay tribute to the distinguished group of educators who contributed significantly toDominica’s development as employees of the Ministry of Education.The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development is proud to acknowledge the accomplishments and service of the awardees as they move on to a new stage in their lives and wishes them well for their retirement.Mrs. Clara Savarin receiving award for 42 years of service from the President of the Dominica Teachers Association, Mrs. Celia Nicholas.The Hon. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the Hon. Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Petter Saint-Jean will address the retirees. Musical performances will come from the Sisserou Singers, Fatima Noel and teachers Asher Thomas and Kishon Florent.The awardees are: Melizia St. Aime, Clara Savarin, Sonia Christian, Meldora Lawrence, Helen Warrington, Josephine Jemmot, Glorine Thomas, Joyce Celestine, Augustina Francis, Carol Prosper, Catherine Larocque, Cynthia Morvan, Mariane Austrie, Mona Thomas, Judith Alick, Beverly Williams, Bernie Abraham, Margaret Romain, Irose Thomas, Merle Lawrence, Jane Cornelius, Charlotte Joseph, Judith Mitchel, Starry Williams, Athelstane Seraphin, Ann Joseph, Merle St. Louis, Angelina Martin, Gloria Webb, Theresa Hector, Allan Moise, Timothy Moise, Geraldine Timothy, Jualine Charles, Roslyn Fontaine, Mariane Austrie, Claudette Shillingford, Lucille Blackman, Marcella Severin, Arlington Burnette, Joyce Dupuis, Arthlene Douglas-Murdoch, Bentley Royer, Vyleen Royer, Cynthia Bernabe, Lucina Lafond-Charles, Clementina Liverpool-Paul, Isa Dorsette.By: Dionne DurandPublic Relations SpecialistMinistry of Education and Human Resource Development Sharecenter_img 403 Views   one comment Share Sharelast_img read more

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Barca’s Pique calls for wholesale changes after ‘shameful’ defeat

first_imgFC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says radical changes are needed from top to bottom after his side were annihilated 8-2 by Bayern Munich on Friday.The loss meant they made their exit from the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League in one of the Catalan side’s darkest ever nights. A tearful Pique told reporters after the quarter-final drubbing, their worst-ever result in Europe: “We feel devastated, although ‘shame’ is the real word I’m looking for.“We cannot afford to compete like this because it’s not the first, the second or the third time that something like this has happened.“This is very painful but I hope it serves some purpose.”Pique is one of the surviving members of the team who won the UEFA Champions League in 2009 under Pep Guardiola to begin a golden era for the Catalans.But he said he was ready to leave the club in order to ensure they improve. Pique also appeared to blame the Barca hierarchy, which includes president Josep Maria Bartomeu, for the team’s predicament as he called for changes at the very top.He said: “We all need to reflect deeply. The club needs lots of changes.“I’m not talking about the coach, players – I don’t want to point the finger at anyone, but the club needs changes on a structural level.“If new blood needs to come for the club to change course, then I’m not untouchable and I’ll be the first to leave if need be, because it seems as if we’ve hit rock bottom.“We all have to reflect about what is the best thing for the club and for Barca.” Barca coach Quique Setien is unlikely to survive overseeing such a debacle, although he did not say whether or not he saw himself continuing in charge of the team.“I’m not going to go into all that as I’ve only been here for six months. But seeing as this is Pique, surely some of what he said is true,” said the coach.“Right now we feel enormous frustration and all we can do is make conclusions and think about the future.“Barca is a club that is so great that this will cause us a lot of damage and obviously some things will have to change.RelatedPosts Edo 2020: Social media users turn Oshiomhole to laughing stock after defeat Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi “The truth is this is a tremendously painful defeat.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: defeatFC BarcelonaFC Bayern MunichGerard PicqueStructural ChangesUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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Double signing key for Pardew

first_img “I’ve had many conversations with him regarding Jordon, not just at this club but when I was at Newcastle and, of course, they must have been the right noises for me to have signed him.” Pardew says Mutch is fit and could make his debut against Everton on Saturday but Ameobi may take longer to regain sharpness after leaving Turkish side Gaziantep in December. “Shola is a player that doesn’t play every game, he never did at Newcastle,” Pardew said. “But when big games come around he has this ability to raise his level. “He scored fabulous goals for me in big games at Newcastle and that ingredient is important. “There will be tension and players will be nervous from now until the end of the year. “Shola won’t be exhibiting that and he will spread that around the group. “He’s a real leader of men, a real gentleman. He’s more than just a player to me.” Palace also expect to sign Lille full-back Pape Souare before the end of the week. Souare is due to have a medical on Thursday after returning from the African Nations Cup following Senegal’s elimination in the group stages. “The process is pretty far down the line,” Pardew said. “He’s travelling back, will come straight for a medical and then if he passes that, he looks to be signing as well.” Pardew added: “That will be it if those three players are concluded. “Deadline day is one of those days where you look across the board and there might be a young player who is attractive to us but we have a big squad now and a squad we hope can carry us forward.” Pardew also said he was “in the dark” over a potential permanent deal to re-sign Manchester United forward Wilfried Zaha. Zaha has made 18 appearances for the Eagles since joining the club on loan at the start of the season. Pardew also revealed Palace striker Glenn Murray has agreed a one-year contract extension with the club. Murray scored 31 goals in 45 appearances during the 2012/13 season to help the Eagles secure promotion from the Championship. He spent the first half of this season on loan at Reading but has been brought back into the side by Pardew. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes Jordon Mutch and Shola Ameobi will bring the goals and guts to rescue the Eagles from relegation this season. “I was impressed by Mutch at Cardiff last season when I was Newcastle boss,” Pardew said. “It’s true that he has had a number of injuries. You never know with a young player. “He has fantastic technique. His left foot hit is as hard as his right. It’s difficult to work out. “One of our defensive statements is to not show the goal to a player, but it is very difficult not to show him the goal because he goes both sides and hits it just as well off both feet. “He will score goals. His fitness and playing every week is the benchmark for him.” Mutch scored seven times for Cardiff in the Barclays Premier League last season and Pardew admits he sought advice from former Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay, whom he knows from his time as West Ham manager. “I spoke to Malky about him,” Pardew said. “It would have been silly of me not to because Malky was my old skipper. Palace completed deals for both players on Thursday morning, with Mutch signing a four-and-a-half-year contract and Ameobi joining until the end of the campaign. Mutch only moved to QPR last summer but injuries hindered the midfielder and he only managed 11 appearances for Harry Redknapp’s side. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Jalissa Trotter produces career day in Syracuse volleyball’s loss to Duke

first_img Published on October 30, 2016 at 8:06 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Duke’s Sasha Karelov’s powered the ball into Syracuse territory. After a dig, it touched the fingertips of Kendra Lukacs, who set the ball to Jalissa Trotter. She then nailed it into the floor on Duke’s side of the net. SU fans screamed in unison as Syracuse won the second set, 25-23, after struggling in the first, losing 25-15.“I wanted it and I knew my team wanted it,” Trotter said. “I did my job.”The Orange (6-16, 5-7 Atlantic Coastal) struggled in the first set of a 3-1 loss to Duke (16-6, 10-2 Atlantic Coastal) on Sunday in the Women’s Building, but managed to keep the next three sets close partly because of Trotter’s strong effort.The sophomore came in first or second in four different statistical categories. Her .304 hitting percentage was second to Santita Ebangwese’s .412 percentage and her 18 assists fell behind only Annie Bozzo’s 23. Trotter tallied four blocks and only Levert had more (five). Trotter posted career highs in digs (16), points (10.5) and kills (eight).Six of Trotter’s assists, four of her kills and three of her blocks came in the second set, the only set the Orange won. Midway through that set, with the score at 9-9, Duke’s Anna Kropf hit the ball into Trotter and Ebangwese. The pair blocked it, giving SU its first lead of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just try to stay aggressive regardless of which position I’m playing,” Trotter said.Syracuse held the lead only six more times throughout the rest of the game. In the third set, Duke started with five unanswered points. A bad set by Cindy Marina gave the Orange its first point, but another Duke kill put the Blue Devils up 6-1.Then Trotter added three of the next four points. She scored the first of off a set by Bozzo. One point later, Trotter blocked Jamie Stivers. As the ball hit the ground, Trotter turned toward the rest of her teammates on the court, arms extended at her sides, screaming “yeah.” Another SU point later, Bozzo set up Trotter. Once again, the latter slammed the ball to Duke’s side of the court, bringing the score to 6-5, Duke.The set stayed close until the Blue Devils went on a 7-0 run to all but seal it.The Blue Devils called a timeout up 23-20 in the fourth and final set. On the ensuing serve, Trotter hit the ball to the other side of the court. Leah Meyer got the kill and put Duke within one point of winning the game, 24-20.Even Trotter’s best efforts weren’t enough. Commentslast_img read more

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Men’s hockey: Badgers cruise past Vikes in first exhibition game

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin got off to a blazing hot start Saturday night in the Kohl center and never looked back on its way to a 10-1 over the University of Victoria.Junior forward Matt Ustaski got the Badgers on the board first with a shorthanded flick of the wrist from right in front of Victoria goaltender Scott Legault. This was only the beginning of what would be a long night for Legault and the Vikes as the Badgers netted their next two goals in under two minutes and finished the first period with a 4-0 lead.Coming back after the first intermission the Badgers didn’t miss a beat, scoring three more times on two beautiful shots from sophomore forward Luke Kunin and a once on a strike from the left circle by fellow sophomore forward Will Johnson.Holding a 7-0 lead going into the third period of an exhibition game is normally when teams revert to cruise control, but not for a Wisconsin team who only took home three conference wins last season. The Badgers were hungry for more.Men’s hockey: Badgers begin new era behind Tony GranatoAfter a disappointing 8-19-8 (3-13-4, Big Ten) finish last year for University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team, new head coach Read…UW cranked out three more goals in the third, and allowed the lone Victoria score on a shorthand breakaway by forward Wolfgang Schoenefuhs. Wisconsin’s Kunin finished the game with a hat trick and spoke on his team’s energy throughout the match.“We’re just hungry to not lose and to be winners, and I think that showed tonight,” Kunin said.Despite their dominating offensive performance, the Badgers did manage to muster up seven penalties. Head coach Tony Granato recognized that seven penalties were too much, but still managed to focus on the silver lining from Saturday night.“Having the opportunity to kill that many times in a game is a positive thing as well,” Granato said.The Badgers’ penalty kill, despite the lack of practice, looked sharp after shutting down all seven of Victoria’s power play opportunities and even claiming a shorthand goal of their own.Men’s Hockey: Badgers face Victoria in fresh start under Tony GranatoAfter an offseason headlined by coaching changes, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team finally returns to the Kohl Center Read…Wisconsin finished the game with 63 shots on goal, which proved a commanding advantage over a mere 10 from the Vikes. Three different Badgers finished the night with three points as well, and 19 of the 23 players who saw the ice finished positive in the plus-minus column.Freshman goaltender Jack Berry shut down all five shots he faced in his 32-minute stint on the ice and was later replaced by fellow freshman goaltender Johan Blomquist, who had four saves and allowed the Vikes’ single goal.Wisconsin looks to clean up Saturday’s miscues and maintain its energy as they head to Green Bay for the Badgers’ first regular season matchup this Friday against Northern Michigan University. The Wildcats finished just under .500 last season and should pose a good challenge for this hungry Badger squad. The puck drops in Green Bay at 7 p.m. Friday.last_img read more

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97-year-old son of world’s oldest person dies

first_imgHarold Fairweather Harold Fairweather, the oldest child of the world’s oldest person, Violet Brown, died at his Duanvale, Trelawny home in Jamaica Wednesday morning.He died after a brief illness.Prior to his death, Fairweather held the record for being the oldest living person with a parent alive.Fairweather’s mother celebrated her 117th birthday last month, while he observed the 97th anniversary of his birth on Saturday.His birthday coincided with the day Brown is believed to have become the world’s oldest living person following the death of previous world’s oldest, Emma Morano of Italy.Brown, born March 10, 1900, is considered to be the oldest person in the world with credible birth documentation, according to Robert Young, director of the supercentenarian research and database division at Gerontology Research Group, a network of volunteer researchers into the world’s oldest people.But she is yet to be declared the world’s oldest by Guinness World Records, considered to be the official arbiter of the oldest person title but Guinness depends heavily on Young’s group. Young said he has met Brown and examined her birth certificate, which was issued by the British authorities who governed Jamaica at the time of her birth.last_img read more

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