Deluxe family sanctuary with a full sized tennis court as a bonus

first_imgRoom to move.“There’s so much room to run around, ride bikes and enjoy the outdoors.“We’ve loved living here surrounded by the wildlife.“It’s a lovely way wake up each morning.” Mrs Alexander said the area was peaceful and the neighbours were all very friendly.“Every year we get together with our neighbours for Christmas drinks,” she said.“But living on acreage also offers you the peace and quiet away from others when you want it.” Perfect for summer.The single-level home sits on more than 1ha of land and has a large, open plan layout, which Mrs Alexander said “allows for lots of breeze and light” throughout.At one end of the home is the master suite — complete with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite — a large rumpus room, study and a laundry. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoInside 55 Priestley Road.At the centre of the home is a formal living and dining area, and the main entertaining space which includes the open plan living, dining and kitchen area which opens out on to the large covered deck area that overlooks the pool.The additional bedrooms, bathroom, workshop and garage are located at the other end of the home.There is also a full-sized tennis court on the property, and established fruit and citrus trees. Mrs Alexander said her family has enjoyed the home very much.“It’s a child’s paradise,” she said. REAL ESTATE: 55 Priestly Rd, Bridgeman DownsSitting pretty surrounded by a lush landscape is this welcoming family home. Owners Carole and Gary Alexander purchased the land at 55 Priestley Rd, Bridgeman Downs, 26 years ago and built their dream home. Mrs Alexander said it was the large, level block of land that appealed to them.“We liked the thought of having acreage as a great place to bring up a young family,” she said.last_img read more

Florida man stole $1M yacht, crashed it and abandoned it

first_imgA Florida man stole a million-dollar yacht, then abandoned it after accidentally crashing it into some pilings, police say.Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say Donnovan Russell Jester stole the 46-foot 2019 Jeanneau Leader with a value of $899,179 back in March.According to an arrest report, he cruised off, but slammed into four channel-marker pilings and quickly abandoned the boat, leaving it to drift into an oyster bed.Investigators found a left thumbprint on the cabin door that was matched to Jester.He was arrested and charged with grand theft of a vessel on Thursday.last_img read more

Domenic DiPiero: Commitment to Community

first_imgBy John BurtonDomenic DiPiero III is a hometown guy who grew up in The Two River area and not only loves the community but believes in giving back to it.That’s why he bought The Two River Times.“It may not have the financial upside,” of other for-profit endeavors, Domenic noted, but added, “it has real benefit for the community.”Another driving factor for Domenic is that he wanted to emulate his father, remaining in the area and running much of his investment firm as well as the Two River Times operations out of their respective Red Bank offices.“It was that balance that I was always trying to achieve,” he said.“The truth of the matter,” he explained, “is I liked the life my dad had.”The elder Domenic DiPiero and his family lived in Middletown, where he and his wife raised the young Domenic and his siblings. The senior DiPiero established his business offices in the late 1970s in what is now the headquarters of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, on the corner of Bodman Place and Riverside Avenue.Domenic remembered being able to walk from school – having attended St. James Elementary School and then Red Bank Catholic high school – to his father’s offices of Delphi Petroleum and spend time with him.“To see his ability to be around his kids and to be able to work there after school,” Domenic said, “was something what I wanted to do.”And he does, noting just recently, “Today I’ll walk to the JV football game,” at his alma mater, RBC, to catch his son, Domenic IV, playing.A year ago Domenic bought The Two River Times from then owner, Michael “Mickey” Gooch,” at the time a fellow Rumson resident and friend, who had owned the Red Bank- based weekly newspaper for 10 years. “I was always a fan of the paper,” he said, having read it for local and sports news as well as news about the various charitable and not-for-profit organizations, many of which he is involved with.Domenic had served on the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, having been elected the board’s chair; the Meridian Health System Foundation board, also for a time as its chair and on its strategic planning committee; and has been a board member for the Two River Theater, Count Basie Theatre’s foundation and on the finance committee for the Two River Film Festival. He and his brother, David, have been active with the Asbury Park Pop Warner youth football program, helping to make the program more accessible to underprivileged youth.And in a sense Domenic saw his taking ownership of the TRT and continuing its work as akin to the efforts that those other organizations have been accomplishing.“More than any other publication we are really part of the community,” he emphasized, pointing out that almost all of the paper’s staff live in the coverage area and it has always been owned and operated by those who lived in the area and had heartfelt attachments to it.“It’s rare these days to have an independent newspaper run by local people,” in the contemporary media environment. He acknowledged another reason he decided to acquire the paper. “I was afraid it would fall into the hands of a big company or in the hands of someone with an agenda,” he said.And in the last year, “Everything I’ve heard has been positive,” about the publication. He admitted that “there are people who would let me know if there is something wrong with it.”Many have stepped forth to offer their expertise, wishing to contribute columns and suggestions for the publication because they believed in the area.The Two River Times continues to be a positive reflection of this community, he said. “I really believe – and I’m fortunate enough to have traveled around the country and around the world – I believe this is the best place to live. And being involved with the paper only solidified that.”So far, “It’s a lot of fun,” being involved in the newspaper, learning about the publishing world and what this all entails, he said. “And it’s a great way to showcase all these nonprofits and small businesses we have around here and the people who work for them.”“Growing up here, The Two River Times is something that we can gather around and support,” he said. “And as long as the community is interested and supports The Two River Times, I am happy to do my part in keeping it ‘our’ paper.”last_img read more

Mine-free Mozambique means economic growth

first_imgAfter more than two decades of work, Mozambique is now clear of landmines – freeing up valuable agricultural land, opening up tourism and infrastructure development, and ensuring the safety of rural communities. The two decade long struggle to rid Mozambique of anti-personnel mines ended with a loud bang of the final known mine in the country. (Image: Halo Trust) • Spotlight shines on African cuisine • Telling our African stories • Kenyan filmmaker takes on race and women • Powerful women shape Africa • For women, by women – Pink Taxi Egypt Ray MaotaAfter more than two decades of work, Mozambique is now clear of landmines – freeing up valuable agricultural land, opening up tourism and infrastructure development, and ensuring the safety of rural communities.The antipersonnel mines were first planted in the 1960s during Mozambique’s war for independence from Portugal, then in the civil war that followed. Mines continued to kill and maim thousands of people long after peace was declared in 1992, and made large tracts of the country impassable.The destruction of the country’s last known landmine is the conclusion of 22 years of work by the Halo Trust, a mine clearance charity.A boon for economic developmentWith Mozambique now mine-free, its 26-million citizens can now cultivate crops and graze livestock safely.Since Halo began work in 1993, mine clearance has helped the country develop its infrastructure, exploit valuable commodities such as gas and coal, increase tourism and attract international investment. Mozambique’s GDP has grown 7% a year since Halo began demining, and the country now has one of the world’s fastest growing economies.“Mozambique is a compelling example of how dealing with the deadly debris of war systematically and in partnership with government, local people and donors can bring stability, recovery and growth to countries ravaged by war,” James Cowan, CEO of the Halo Trust, said in a statement.“Halo is proud to have been part of such a powerful legacy and hopes today’s news provides the momentum to strive for a mine-free world by 2025.” A timeline of how Mozambique became mine-free. (Image: Halo Trust)More than 1 600 Mozambican men and women have been employed by Halo over the past two decades.Using both manual and mechanical demining tools, they have made over 17-million square metres of land safe. Overall, Halo staff have cleared more than 171 000 landmines – about 80% of all the mines destroyed.“This is a proud day for Mozambique,” said Alberto Augusto, director of the Mozambique Institute for Demining. “Ridding our country of landmines was tremendously difficult, but the bravery and determination of our demining teams proves to the world that it is possible for countries to become mine-free.“We are truly grateful to those who risked their lives in order to protect those of our children and future Mozambicans.”last_img read more

Govt calls for unity to move South Africa forward

first_imgThe government has thanked South Africans for making the country’s fifth democratic elections a success, and called for unity in moving the country forward.“The sight of millions of South Africans queuing to vote demonstrated a vibrant and maturing democracy,” acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO Phumla Williams said on Sunday, a day after the African National Congress (ANC) was officially announced the winner of last Wednesday’s elections.“The elections have served to renew and strengthen our democracy,” Williams said in a statement. “We are pleased by the great turnout, in particular first-time voters. Statistics from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) show that more people than ever before have chosen to exercise their right to vote.”The strong turnout of young voters also boded well for the South African democracy, Williams added.“We are inspired by the overwhelming number of young people who came out to vote across the country. This is a clear indication that the future of South Africa is in good hands.”Williams applauded all the political parties for the spirit of national unity that prevailed during the elections, adding: “The future is now in our hands and we must all do our best to build a winning nation.“As we move forward, we need to inculcate the culture of activism and tolerance displayed during the election period into the daily life of our country.“The elections were hard fought and contested with remarkable political maturity and tolerance, and now that the divisive political battles have come to an end, government calls on all South Africans to unite behind a common goal of moving the country forward in line with the Vision 2030, as mapped out in the National Development Plan.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Sheep industry scholarship opportunities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship FundOhio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) and the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation in coordination with the Dr. Jack Judy Family has created the Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship Fund to support future sheep farmers through a memorial scholarship program. The Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship Fund is offering a minimum of one $1,500 scholarship to a deserving young person who is at least a second year undergraduate student pursuing an agricultural degree.“We want to thank Dr. Jack Judy’s family for making a major contribution to this scholarship fund, it is a tremendous tribute to the family’s interest in the sheep industry and the family is very hopeful that this scholarship program will make a contribution to the sheep industry in Ohio” said Roger A. High, OSIA Executive Director.To assist the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association in “growing” this Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship program, please send memorial contributions in the name of Dr. Jack Judy to Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, 280 N. High St., P.O. Box 182383, Columbus, OH 43218. The family of Dr. Judy, who passed away in April 2015, has established a memorial scholarship in his name to be administered through The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.According to his niece Jennifer Walker, the family has agreed to award the annual scholarship to a second-year college student who is either a member, or have parents who are members, of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association.“The student doesn’t have to attend an Ohio school,” Walker said. “But he or she must be a resident of Ohio and be a member, or have parents who are members, of the association.”Interested and qualified students can apply online at ofbf.org/foundation through June 30. Walker said finalists will be interviewed by a selection committee comprised of Walker and members of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association during the Ohio State Fair. This year interviews will take place July 30 and the winner will be announced July 31.“Preference is given to (agriculture) majors but it is not a necessity,” Walker said.Judy was a member of the Ohio State University Department of Animal Science until his retirement in 1984. For 33 years he specialized in the study and teaching of sheep production and management. He had the title of Professor Emeritus when he left OSU. He was inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame in 1985.Always passionate about his students and their course of study, Judy was a faithful supporter of the Ralph Grimshaw scholarship, awarded through the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. Grimshaw, who was chairman of the sheep department at the State Fair, and Judy were close friends, according to Mark Judy, Jack’s brother. Ralph H. Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship ProgramOSIA is again sponsoring the Ralph H. Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship to support future sheep farmers through its scholarship program. OSIA is offering a minimum of one $1,000 scholarship to deserving students that have graduated from high school and college students pursuing college degrees. Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in agriculture.“The Ohio sheep industry depends on young people who are considering and pursuing a career that will be beneficial to the Ohio and United States sheep industry,” said Roger A. High, OSIA Executive Director.Applicants or their parents must be members of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and a 2016 graduating high school senior enrolled in, or a student currently attending a college or technical school. Completed applications and essays must be postmarked by June 30, 2016.Visit www.ohiosheep.org after May 15, 2016 for more information and to download an application.last_img read more

How To: See When Your Tweets Are Favorited, by RSS

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Right now the feed doesn’t display the usernames of the people who favorited your tweets, you’ll have to click through a notification to visit the Favstar site to see that. The site’s creator wants to give people a reason to come back, and that makes sense, but I sure would like to see those usernames in the feed.I’ve put my Favstar feed into my favorite RSS to IM alert system, just because I think that’s where it will work best for me. I might put it someplace else later, but I sure am glad to have it; it’s nice to know who likes your Tweets. Why is this useful? Well, I had no idea that widely respected PR pro Constantin Basturea was thinking about me until Favstar showed me that he favorited one of my recent tweets. We haven’t exchanged words in months – but his thinking of me makes me think about him. I know now that I could reach out to him about the subject of that tweet or some other matter and I’d already have a place somewhere toward the front of his mind. If it’s funny Tweets you’re looking for, make sure to visit the amazing automated funniest Tweet finder Favrd, too. Favstar, though, has something for everyone who’s ever been favorited at all. Now with RSS it can become a regular part of your social media monitoring, instead of just a fun one-off thing you check once and forget about. Related Posts Tags:#How To#web Tweets on Twitter, you can favorite them – but do people take the time to? It turns out they do and someone’s probably been favoriting Tweets from you, too. Favstar is a new service that tracks the most favorited tweets tweeted and finds some pretty funny stuff that way. The service will also tell you who’s been favoriting your tweets though – and tonight it added RSS notification to its features.That means you can now subscribe to an RSS feed showing you who likes your Tweets, even if they didn’t reply, retweet or respond otherwise. That’s interesting information to know.It’s very simple to do. Just visit Favstar.fm, search for your Twitter username, then select the “recent” tab. Once on that page, your browser will detect a feed for your otherwise silent friends. Or you could just cut to the chase and subscribe to a URL like this with your username in it: http://favstar.fm/users/marshallk/rss Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

New Book Details I-Joist Construction

first_imgWhat’s in the bookThe book covers four main topic areas, beginning with “ground,” the connection of I-joist construction to a number of foundation types. There also are chapters on exterior wall assemblies; penetrations through walls, including windows, doors, pipes and wires; and roofs. Finally, there’s a description of the various materials that 475 sells.In each area, the book includes color-coded drawings with details on interior and exterior air sealing. Both the text and drawings emphasize the importance of controlling air leaks and moisture.If you’d rather have the book in hardcover form, it can be ordered for $35 with delivery scheduled for August. Readers also can download CAD files of details explained in the book for free.The book is a beta version, so readers may find a rough spot or two in the text. But 475 says it welcomes feedback and plans to offer additional books in the future.Since 475 is a retailer of materials used in high-performance buildings, such as sealing tapes and building membranes, readers shouldn’t be surprised that the book, a marketing effort by 475, promotes several brand-name products.475 co-founder Ken Levenson, an architect, is co-president of the North American Passive House Network and president of New York Passive House. A company specializing in materials for high-performance buildings has published the second in its series of ebooks on building techniques, this one focused on the use of I-joists.475 High Performance Building Supply offers its new book as a free download. The book follows the publication late last year of High-Performance Historic Masonry Retrofits.High Performance I-Joist Assemblies discusses modified Larsen truss construction for Climate Zones 4 and greater. It offers a short history of the I-joist — invented in 1969 for use in floors and roofs — before going on to explain how they can be used as structural and non-structural elements in the walls of high-performance buildings.Like its predecessor, this book also makes the argument for foam-free building assemblies. “Foam plastic insulation dominates high performance and green construction today,” the introduction says, “a clear victory of the power of chemical company marketing over common sense.”The book says that plastic foam insulation contains toxic ingredients, is a fire hazard, and can lose its thermal insulating properties over time. Instead, the authors make the case for cellulose, fiberglass, and mineral wool insulation.last_img read more

XKCD’s Time Saga Comes To The End

first_imgFans of Randall Munroe’s XKCD strip had a bit of a shock this afternoon, when the long-running, auto-updating comic “Time” apparently came to its conclusion.The comic, which started on March 25, initially showed a girl and a boy (Megan and Cueball) sitting on a beach, with the alt text—that is, the yellow-boxed text that appears when you mouse over the comic—of “Wait for it.” Soon it became apparent that the comic was updating automatically—initially every half-hour, then after 120 hours, every hour.At first, the animation showed the two figures building an elaborate sand castle. Then it turned into much more.According to the Explain XKCD wiki:The unfolding story that it tells is set in the far future, at a time when the Straits of Gibraltar have long been blocked, and the Mediterranean has largely dried up, leaving only a much smaller, hypersaline sea behind. Megan and Cueball, living on the shores of this sea, notice one day while building a huge sand castle that its level is starting to rise, and set off on a journey of exploration to try and find out why. Eventually they discover that the Straits of Gibraltar have once again been breached, and the Mediterranean Basin is being flooded. They run back to their home, assemble their village, and board a makeshift raft. Megan has now established that the sea has risen too far, and that they will have to remain on the raft for the duration of the flood.The tale ramped up in recent days, particularly as Megan and Cueball ran home to warn others about the flood. (The alt text helpfully changed to “RUN.”) Once they reached the village and got everyone on the raft, the alt text changed again to “….” That led some on the forum thread, which has grown to over 50,000 posts, to anticipate another change. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#XKCD 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App That change came today, which also marked the occasion of that 50,000th post. The raft struck shore, and the villagers disembarked and strode off into the woods. Whereupon the words “The End” appeared both in the image and the alt text. The words later disappeared from the image.Some speculated this was all a case of nerd-sniping. Maybe that’s the case. But Munroe clearly paid enormous attention to detail—as did his community, which was able to deduce by the night sky in the comic that the story was taking place in April of the year 13291. So it seems fairer to consider “Time” a story well told, well, in time.One day, perhaps, the story of Time will be taken up again. In the meantime, see the entire animated story for yourself.Munroe image courtesy of Wikimedia. Comic images courtesy of XKCD 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts brian proffitt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finals

first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Aiko Urdas led the Water Defenders with 15 points while Jerrili Malabanan and Grethcel Soltones added 14 and 10 points, respectively.Elaine Kasilag had 11 points to lead Pocari while MVP Myla Pablo added nine. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Philippines, Myanmar set semis target for football Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure struck quick and humbled Pocari Sweat in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 to get a 1-0 lead in the final round of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Risa Sato, who was awarded as the league’s 2nd Best Blocker, handed the finishing blow with a quick kill down the middle of the Lady Warriors’ defense.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The Water Defenders, after getting in the brink of elimination in the preliminaries, have now won five of their last six games including two straight victories over Creamline in the Final Four.Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb knows his team has now built enough confidence, after their topsy-turvy eliminations, as they are one win away from the title.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 shutout“We’re confident and we’ll just capitalize on this win,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “We will go to the next game with the psychological advantage.”“Again we were almost eliminated and it was a really difficult road going to the championship.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more