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Brisbane auction clearance rates remain steady despite a cooling in other states

first_imgPASSED IN: The price was not right for this modern Teneriffe home.BRISBANE’S auction clearance rates have remained around a steady 50 per cent while CoreLogic figures reveal other states have cooled.In Teneriffe a recently renovated two-storey home at 300 Kent St failed to attract a single bid from the handful of registered bidders.After auctioneer Haesley Cush asked for bidding to start at $1.55 million, there were a few quiet minutes before it was passed in. What it looked like before renovation.“They renovated it for themselves, but then they found another property that they liked,” Mr Cush said. “It is an area that is in such high demand and affordability can be restrictive so often people want to buy them when they are smaller so they are more affordable.”He said there were still a number of unrenovated older homes in the area and they were always popular when they came on the market. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Liz Tilley07:29 More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoOut the front of 300 Kent StThe home was like many in the streets, an older pre-war house that had been recently splashed with cash in a modern renovation as the value of the land increased.Originally built in 1926, the current vendors spent big on updating the original workers cottage to a very up-market home after they bought it in 2012.last_img read more

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Syracuse moves on from blowout loss to Florida State

first_imgEach time Syracuse has suffered an embarrassing loss, the Orange has rebounded with a convincing win the following week.SU lost by 21 to then-No. 19 Northwestern on Sept. 7. Syracuse beat Football Championship Subdivision Wagner the following week. The Orange lost by more than 30 to then-No. 3 Clemson on Oct. 5. SU earned its first ACC win against North Carolina State the next week. The Orange got shut out against Georgia Tech on Oct. 19. SU followed up a bye week with a shutout of its own against Wake Forest.“That’s why I like to have the kids in on Sunday,” head coach Scott Shafer said during his weekly teleconfernce on Tuesday.The NCAA requires coaches to give their players a day off each week and Shafer said most coaches make that Sunday. But Shafer likes to get his team right back together so he can “put it to bed as quick as possible.”“For me that lingers too long,” Shafer said, “so win, lose or draw I’d like to turn to the next page as soon as possible.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Pittsburgh this week, though, the Orange will have more on the line than it has in any prior bounce-back opportunity. Bowl eligibility is on the line, and a victory would render the final week — against an already bowl-eligible Boston College team — meaningless.Said Shafer: “We’re full speed ahead preparing for the Pitt Panthers.” Comments Published on November 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Phone number porting by April: Neotel

first_imgThe Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ruled in December last year that ported numbers must be indicated to the consumer by the sound of three beeps while a call is being connected, as is currently the industry standard with ported cellular numbers. Geographic number portability enables customers to transfer their fixed line number from one operator to the next – maintaining their telephone number but switching operators. 4 February 2010 Geographic number portability “The porting of numbers in blocks of 10 000 or 1 000 has been available for some months now,” Neotel’s Angus Hay said in a statement this week. South African fixed line telecoms operator Neotel says it is on track for individual number porting to become available by April 2010. “This truly puts the consumer in charge of their own destiny when it comes to service providers,” Hay said. Geographic number portability brings a new dimension of freedom of choice to the consumer as they no longer have to lose their existing fixed line number when changing service providers. ‘Freedom of choice’ “Unfortunately that excluded many businesses, as it is only relevant to very large corporations,” he explained. “This is what South Africans have been waiting for, of course – the ability to port their individual fixed line telephone numbers.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Cheap, clean lighting for Kenya

first_imgThe d.light solar system consists of a four-watt rooftop solar panel; a control box that attaches to the wall of a home or business; three bright, adjustable lights; a mobile phone charging station; and a base station that manages and displays the user’s credit.As long as Kenyans keep making payments, the system provides light and power; once it is paid off, owners get power for free.(Images: M-KOPA Solar)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jesse Moore Managing director, M-KOPA Solar+254 711 071 000Cadine PillayA pay-as-you-go solar start-up in Kenya is providing a cheap and pollution-free replacement for the common kerosene-fuelled lamps usually used in the country.M-Kopa Solar, a mobile technology group, is providing credit to low-income earners in Kenya to buy the power system, the d.light solar home system, which otherwise is too expensive for them. Using embedded sim cards enabled by East African telecommunications company Safaricom, M-Kopa enables the use of the d.light solar home system in rural areas.M-Kopa means “to borrow” in Swahili. The company was established in 2011 but began offering the product commercially in June 2012; since then it has sold 1 000 units. Managing director Jesse Moore said the target was to reach sales of tens of thousands of units within a year.Kerosene lamps, indoor pollutionThe majority of people in rural Kenya use kerosene-fuelled lamps for lighting their homes, which is not only hazardous and expensive, but also creates indoor pollution. About 80% of households rely on kerosene for lighting because they are not linked to the national electricity grid, which does not reach many rural communities and requires a connection fee of at least 35 000 shillings (about $412).Solar lamps work anywhere the sun shines. The d.light solar system has a lifespan of seven to 10 years. It consists of a four-watt rooftop solar panel; a control box that attaches to the wall of a home or business; three bright, adjustable lights; a mobile phone charging station; and a base station that manages and displays the user’s credit.According to the World Health Organization, inhaling fumes from fuels, including the coal and biomass used to power stoves and lamps, has the same effects on health as smoking two packets of cigarettes a day. “We are giving people a modern, cleaner and longer-lasting technology for less than what they would spend on kerosene or another inefficient substitute,” Moore said.Free powerKerosene lamps cost about $0.65 a day and people have to pay fees to have their mobile phones charged at places that have electricity. By comparison, M-Kopa’s solar system is significantly cheaper. It costs 16 900 shillings ($199). Clients make a down payment of 2 500 shillings ($29) and then daily instalments of 40 shillings ($0.46) until it’s paid off.As long as they keep making payments, the system provides free light and power; once it is paid off, owners get power for free.In its research, M-Kopa heard from George Miruka, a 36-year-old father of four. He told the company he had stopped worrying about the fire risk from kerosene lamps after outfitting his mud-walled hut with an M-Kopa system last month. “My children are safe,” Miruka said.He sterilises an operating theatre and cleans a local hospital for a living in Oyugis, outside Nairobi, for which he earns 5 000 shillings ($58) a month. “The solar system works when I have credit in my account, so I make bulk payments to ensure the system always keeps going,” Miruka said told M-Kopa. “I have 264 days remaining to complete my payment.”Easy mobile paymentsPayments for M-Kopa are processed through a mobile phone money transfer platform known as M-Pesa, developed by Safaricom.Moore said this platform allowed M-Kopa to tap into M-Pesa’s 15-million customers, comprising almost a third of Kenya’s population. This way, the payment records can be used by banks as a credit history when account holders apply for loans or mortgages.“An estimated 33% of Kenyans are financially excluded and do not have savings accounts, credit cards or access to loans,” Moore said. The company was considering offering other pay-as-you-go products in developing countries, including irrigation systems, refrigerators for shop owners to cool drinks and food, as well as sewing machines.M-Kopa is available in 75 shops in Eldoret and Kitale, but the company has plans to expand nationwide.last_img read more

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Orange you ready for Christmas?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Thanksgiving has whizzed by and the smells, tastes and sights of the season are beginning to infuse throughout homes across Ohio. Oranges, tangelos and grapefruits have always been a played vivid role in my Christmas memories. We found oranges in the toe of our stockings, in Grandma’s orange apricot balls (last Christmas edition) and in Christmas morning orange salad. One Christmas, Grandma even had us making a child’s worst craft nightmare — orange clove pomanders. They smelled great but if memory serves me correct, it was the most tedious and boring craft poking whole cloves to cover an entire orange!The FFA plays a huge part in my Christmas citrus memories. I am not sure when The FFA began providing the logistics for December fruit delivery to Ohio. My Dad doesn’t remember selling fruit during his high school years in the 1950s. But by the 1970s our family excitedly waited for the Naval and Pink grapefruit to arrive shortly after Thanksgiving from the local FFA boys. Nothing could beat the taste of those sweet juicy Navels. By the 80s, fruit sales were in full swing when Paul remembers selling 112 cases and receiving a plaque as Top Citrus Salesman. Years later our own sons Jake and Luke joined in and our house was filled with cases of fruit waiting to be delivered during the holiday season. The sale hasn’t changed much over the years except now selections include add-ons such as strawberries, apples, cheese, nuts and even barbecue sauce.More important than providing fruit for my Christmas memories is the significance of the fruit sales as a fundraiser. Melissa Bell of Ohio FFA states that the fruit sale is vital to chapters and the Ohio FFA. Chapters raise multiple thousands of dollars — one chapter even raised enough to build a greenhouse. Ohio FFA receives nearly $50,000 in rebates from fruit sales that help fund special state FFA projects, state officer projects and the State FFA Convention and awards program. One of their biggest suppliers is the Florida Farm Bureau. An interesting ag factoid is that Florida and California combine to produce 97% of orange production, with Arizona and Texas filling in the remaining 3%. Thanks this year to Northeastern and Fairbanks FFA for filling our Christmas citrus order.Thanks to the FFA logistics Santa could always put an orange in my stocking for Christmas. Paul and I passed the tradition of putting oranges in our boys’ stockings. It never crossed our minds to the reason we did it, we just did. My parents both said as kids they didn’t have stockings at Christmas. They admitted they put oranges our stockings because they were healthy, plus they took up a lot of room so my parents didn’t have to put much else in the stockings.Other friends of all ages responded in overwhelming numbers that the folklore and traditions about the Christmas orange were not known. Oranges were put in stockings primarily because they were inexpensive and took up a lot of room in the stocking. I am sure I appreciate that reason more as a parent then I did as a child. It will be interesting to see if the availability of year-round fruit will decrease the excitement to receiving a piece of fruit Christmas morning. Still without answers about the origins of the orange tradition, I hoped that Google could help me. Here is what I found.In 16th century Britain, it became all the craze to build “orangeries” which were greenhouses where oranges were grown in pots. This being an expensive venture, oranges were primarily enjoyed by the wealthy. The poor enjoyed them only as a rare treat. Oranges were enjoyed during the 12 days of Christmas.Another folktale tells a story of a man in Turkey that was so poor he didn’t have money for his three daughters’ dowries. St. Nick threw 3 bags of gold down the chimney, which landed in the three daughters’ stockings hanging by the fire to dry. The Christmas orange symbolizes the gold coins left in toe.By the late 19th century, transportation made oranges more available nationwide during the Christmas season. During the Depression, oranges became a treasured commodity to children with stories of filling stockings with treasured fruit and nuts. Laura Ingalls Wilder even retells a story of receiving a Christmas orange in her stocking.My favorite story of all is that the slices of the orange represent the ability to share what you have with others. It’s a great reminder that that giving and sharing can cost no more than that of an orange. Bottom line: Stock up on your citrus from the FFA, buy small stockings and have a citrus filled Christmas! Christmas Citrus Salad 1 pink grapefruit, peeled3 Navel oranges, peeled2 tangelos, peeled2-3 Tablespoon powdered sugar½-1 tsp. Cinnamon1/3 c cranberries¼ c walnuts  Cut Citrus in half and then chop in bite sized pieces. Stir in powdered sugar and cinnamon. Serve. Five Spice Appetizer Meatballs 1 slightly beaten egg white 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 pound lean ground beef 1-1/2 cups Florida Orange Juice* 3 tablespoons honey 4 teaspoons cornstarch 4 teaspoons soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 medium red and/or green sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces *May substitute Florida Orange Juice from Concentrate  In a large bowl combine egg white, bread crumbs, five-spice powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add beef; mix well. Shape into 48 1-inch meatballs. Place in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until no pink remains in center of meatballs. Drain.Meanwhile, in a large saucepan stir together orange juice, honey, cornstarch, soy sauce and ginger. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Add sweet pepper and meatballs in saucepan; cook and stir until heated through. Keep warm in a fondue pot or chafing dish. Serve with toothpicks. Yield: Makes 48 Broiled Grapefruit marthastewart.com1 blood orange2 Pink grapefruitsPowdered sugar, for dusting Preheat oven to 250°. Wash and dry blood orange, then use a serrated knife to slice off four thin rounds. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with nonstick baking mat; dust with powdered sugar. Cook until completely dry flipping halfway through about 45 minutes. Let cool completely.Heat broiler, with rack 6 inches from heat. Halve grapefruits; loosen segments from membranes with a knife, keeping halves intact. Broil until browned in spots on top 2-3 minutes. Top each half with a blood orange slice and dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately. Tangelo Pork Stir-Fry 4 servings, about 1 1/4 cups each2 tangelos3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, divided1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into thin strips2 medium shallots, thinly sliced2 cloves garlic, minced2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced2 stalks celery, thinly sliced2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce1 tablespoon rice vinegar2 teaspoons cornstarch  Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from tangelos in long strips. Cut the strips lengthwise into very thin pieces. Cut the tangelos in half and squeeze enough juice from them to get 1/2 cup.Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in 2 teaspoons oil, then add pork and cook, stirring, until just cooked, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil to the pan along with shallots, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper and the zest. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add bell peppers and celery and cook, stirring constantly, until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tangelo juice and soy sauce; bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute.Whisk vinegar and cornstarch in a small bowl, then pour it into the pan along with the pork and its juices. Cook, stirring often, until thickened and bubbling and the pork is heated through, about 1 minute. Makes 4 servings: Nutrition Per serving : 222 Calories; 6 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 2 g Mono; 74 mg Cholesterol; 16 g Carbohydrates; 26 g Protein; 3 g Fiber; 346 mg Sodium; 665 mg Potassium Clove Orange Pomander1 orangecolored ribbonClovesWrap the ribbon around the orange, twisting at the base, to divide the orange into quarters. Feed the ends under the piece of ribbon at the top of the orange. Tie a simple overhand knot to secure the ribbon in place.Now start pressing cloves into your orange. If the skin is tough pre-poke holes with a wooden skewer. Fill in between the ribbon with cloves or make pretty patterns on your orange with cloves. Try making stars, hearts and more! Use a citrus scorer to increase the fragrance by removing strings of peel. Once you are finished, hang the clove orange on your tree by tying it on with the extra ribbon, and enjoy the spicy Christmas aroma!last_img read more

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Farm program payments revisited: Farmers may choose between counties

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers with the administration of their farms consolidated at one FSA office may want to examine their 2014 and 2015 ARC-CO payment calculations. Original 2014 ARC-CO payments were calculated on the average yields for the administrative FSA office county, regardless of where the land was physically located. Recently FSA announced that farmers could elect to have the 2014 and/or the 2015 ARC-CO payments calculated on the county in which the land is physically located. For some farms this would be financially beneficial and needs to be requested by April 15, 2016. FSA has calculated the results for the 2014 payments and for the farms where this election is beneficial, farmers simply need to sign the forms at their local FSA office. This will only affect farmers with land in more than one county.I have created some visual maps for farmers to reference for the 2014 payments received in October of 2015. These maps give a quick visual for ARC-CO corn, soybean, and wheat payments by county with payments rounded to the nearest dollar. Farmers can quickly look to see if the land in a neighboring county, that is not their administrative county, had a significantly different payment. Based on this information, they can decide if they want to elect to be paid based on the farmland’s county. For 2014 this decision is very easy since payment rates are known (check with your local FSA office to determine exact payment changes). Here is an example.Example 1: Fisher Farms have land in Ross and Pike Counties. Their original 2014 ARC-CO payment which was received in October 2015 was based on Ross County payment rates. They can now elect to have the land in Pike County be based on Pike County payment rates. Examining the maps below, he would give up $2 per acre on the corn base but gain $32 per acre on the soybean base. There was no payment in either county for wheat base acres. Depending on the number of base acres of corn and soybeans, this could be a beneficial decision to make.The prices listed on the maps for both 2014 and 2015 are estimated for the actual payment rate per acre. However, if farmers want to estimate ARC-CO payments for their farm, they would need to make two adjustments. First the program pays on 85% of the base acres, one would need to multiply the amount by 85% to adjust for this reduction. Secondly there would need to be an adjustment for sequestration created by congress. In 2014 it sequestration equaled a 6.8% reduction and is anticipated to be a 7.3% reduction for 2015. Example: Farm payment, based on the maps, would be $1,000 and 85% of this would be $850. Subtracting the sequestration amount of 6.8% would leave an estimated payment of $792. I would exercise caution in using the calculated amount as a guarantee income for 2016, but it would provide a close estimation if all the assumptions hold true in this example.The decision for the 2015 crop year is a little more challenging since all the data is currently not available. I have estimated the payments for the three main Ohio crops based on National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) yield data from 2015. This will be a close estimation; however, historically FSA yields run a few bushels per acre less. In reality, using a slightly higher yield will overestimate the 2015 crop revenue, and underestimate the potential ARC-CO payments. The other piece of information that is necessary to properly calculate the 2015 ARC-CO payments in the 2015 Market Year Average (MYA) price for each crop. Farm Services Agency releases an estimation of the MYA prices each month and the Feb. 9 release has $3.60 corn, $8.80 soybeans, and $5 wheat. At the current estimated corn and soybean MYA, most counties will come close to reaching maximum ARC-CO payments, so I also included (in parentheses) estimated payments for $3.80 MYA corn and $9.20 MYA soybean prices.With the higher MYA prices, actual farm revenue increased, lowering the ARC-CO payments in several counties. ARC-CO estimated payments for counties with only one number listed were unaffected by the change in MYA prices. Here are couple examples using the maps below.Example 2: Estadt Farms have land in both Ross and Pickaway Counties and they have Ross County FSA office as their administrative county. If they elect to have the ARC-CO payments for land in Pickaway County based on the Pickaway County’s revenue guarantee, crop yields, etc. for 2015, they would gain $12 per corn base acre, $58 per soybean base acre, and $29 per wheat base acre. However, if Pickaway was their administrative county, they would not want to elect to have their Ross County land ARC-CO payments based on Ross County.Example 3: Londo farms have land in both Marion and Union Counties and have Marion County FSA as their administrative office. They need to determine if electing to have the Union County land ARC-CO payments based on Union County data would be beneficial. Looking at the maps and using the current MYA price estimates, they would lose $5 per corn base acre, lose $20 per soybean base acre, and gain $23 per wheat base acre (assuming all three crops were enrolled in ARC-CO). In this example, there would need to be significant wheat base acres to even consider making the change. If the farm was administered in Union County, having the Marion County land ARC-CO payments based on Marion County data would be quite advantageous.Farmers with land in more than one county have until April 15th to make the independent decisions for 2014 and 2015’s ARC-CO payments. This does not affect farms enrolled in ARC-Individual or the PLC program. The 2015 estimates are based on current best information provided by Farm Services Agency and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. These numbers can change in the coming months and these are provided as a guide. Please use your own judgment and assumptions when making the determination for the 2015 ARC-CO payment county decision.For the remaining years of this Farm Program (2016-2018), farmers will need to separate land in different counties into their own farm number if they want to capture the different payment calculations. The deadline to make that change will be later this fall. Additional information regarding that selection will be released later in the summer.For the associated maps, click here: Farm Program Payments Revisited1last_img read more

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Curated Playlist: Emotional Royalty Free Music

first_imgMusic is the greatest manipulator of emotions. Move your audience with this curated playlist of our favorite emotional royalty free music tracks.A story filled with quiet emotion can be just as powerful as an epic bombastic trailer. With the right music choices, you can add depth and universality to a poignant visual tale. Take a listen to our selection of cinematic, emotional royalty free music tracks. This evocative playlist is guaranteed to heighten emotion – and maybe even bring a tear to your eye.last_img read more