Uniting against domestic violence

first_imgOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but chances are you didn’t realize that.That’s because women who have been battered or sexually assaulted are an underserved community; immigrant victims even more so. A conversation in the Schlesinger Library’s Radcliffe College Room, titled “Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: It’s Everybody’s Business,” explored the topic on Monday, Oct. 25.While 14 percent of Massachusetts residents are immigrants, they make up 26 percent of domestic violence deaths. For many immigrant women, staying alive is a daily struggle.Sharing case studies, personal anecdotes, and chilling statistics, four leaders from local organizations that provide services around domestic violence discussed the realities and challenges inherent in delivering services to such a disenfranchised group. The leaders included Susan Cayouette, co-director of Emerge, Counseling and Education to Stop Domestic Violence; the Rev. Susan Chorley, director of Renewal House, the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry; Carline Desire, executive director of the Association of Haitian Women in Boston; and Maureen Gallagher, policy director of Jane Doe Inc.The panel discussion was hosted by Community Works, a cooperative made up of 33 local grassroots organizations devoted to social and economic justice; all the participating speakers are members of this group. Co-founder Fran Froelich stated their mission simply, “We seek not only to alleviate suffering, but also to eliminate the causes for that suffering; to speak up for people who have no voice and help them find their voices.”The event also marked the opening for research of the Kip Tiernan Papers, initially given to the library in November 2006. Kip Tiernan, BI ’89, founder of Rosie’s Place and the Boston Food Bank and co-founder of Community Works and the Poor People’s United Fund, “has long been a paragon of social justice,” said Marilyn Dunn, executive director of the Schlesinger Library and librarian of the Radcliffe Institute.Tiernan herself, who at 84 continues to be a tireless advocate for the downtrodden and disenfranchised in Boston and beyond, advised that—when fighting for social and economic justice—it’s important to realize the importance of passion, rage, and faith. But not the type of faith you might think: “I have faith in us,” she said.Incidentally, the monthlong Community Gifts Through Harvard campaign, which kicks off next week, raises roughly $1 million each year in donations from the University community. Two thirds of that goes to support local nonprofit agencies like Community Works. If you’d like to join the local fight for social and economic justice, please remember Community Works when giving through Harvard.last_img read more

How Digital Transformation Fundamentally Altered the Role of CIO

first_imgThe digital transformation has been firmly entrenched in our lives for seemingly a decade now. It is all-encompassing and everywhere to be seen. The whole thing got started with IT-specific topics like cloud computing and big data; it has gone on to change practically every business process, and entire business models, too.Business is ChangingWhat makes a company a digital company is not that it is heavily focused on networking and computerization – it is much more than that. These topics instead serve as the foundation for new types of business. There are now a vast number of companies whose business models could not function were it not for software and networking. They include the likes of eBay and Facebook. Digitalization is further spawning new and novel types of business models like sharing, crowdworking, and co-creation, which in turn are producing companies such as Uber and Airbnb. That is having an impact on conventional business models that need to change and adapt to the new circumstances. Some of these will even become obsolete and vanish from the market altogether. Topics like the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 clearly show that the digital transformation is not limited to a few individual cases or cutting-edge companies. Rather, they demonstrate that the economy and society as a whole are affected by the digitalization.This is changing the role played by IT, which does more than simply deliver services. It is now essential for modern business to function, be that ERP, e-mail, telephony, and even venerable Excel. Where the digital transformation defines the business itself, IT is the main driver and must serve in this role for this transformation to succeed.Jobs are ChangingThis has fundamentally altered the role of the CIO as a company’s senior IT official. While a CIO’s responsibilities in past years had nothing to do with cables or keyboards, their duties were primarily technical in nature. They were in charge of organizing their company’s data center, made decisions on what servers or ERP software to purchase, and served the primary goal of meeting their employer’s business needs.As fate would have it, they are now placed in a pioneering role in the digital transformation process. Where business models are software-defined, it is essential to have someone with a firm grasp of how to responsibly utilize software. This person should also know how to successfully develop business processes and models in an increasingly digital world and recognize what opportunities await a business in this field. This means CIOs will more and more be forced to grow into a hybrid role. This requires new skills. As such, many CIOs who started their careers in the IT department have expanded on their technical expertise to develop business skills and an entrepreneurial approach as well.This has not made the job of being CIO any easier, especially considering they still need to focus on tasks in and around big data, analytics, the Internet of Things, information management, budget and resource planning, and the age-old issue of security. These all continue to remain pertinent. The digital transformation has not changed this fact. Now more than ever, a company’s future is determined by whether this process proceeds smoothly.Become a Connected CIOBy taking on this hybrid role at the key interface at every company, the CIO is becoming one of the senior decision-makers at a management level. They have to provide support in helping the company achieve its business objectives as well as in defining these very goals. The connected CIO in the digital era needs to work hand in hand with customers and with everyone at the company, including management, the IT team, and the rest of staff. To recap, the position has not become easier, but it has certainly become more exciting.To learn more about the new job profile of a CIO and how they can prepare for this role and the key challenges that await them, please refer to our new Connected CIO booklet available for download now.last_img read more

Brazilian Minister of Defense Says Technology Transfer is Crucial in Closing Deals with Brazil

first_img Diálogo: How do you see the use of the Armed Forces in combating drug trafficking? Minister Wagner: In regards to the PROSUB, the technology being transferred concerns submarine building. The propulsion is national merit though; the merit of several generations of the Brazilian Navy which, over 30 years ago, believed that it was crucial to have this control over uranium enrichment, and the propulsion is ours. We are actually partnering with Argentina, where we will be sharing this knowledge for the production of drugs in the treatment of various diseases, so that’s why I say that the technology you bring in gets carried over to other segments. And that’s what interests us. Approximately 38,000 men will ensure the security of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The primary objective is prevention, according to information released by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense in March. The country should spend about 200 million dollars only on the event’s security between 2014 and the end of the Olympics, the Ministry said. Diálogo: What is LAAD’s importance to Brazil’s national security? To discuss this and other topics, Diálogo spoke with Brazilian Minister of Defense Jaques Wagner, during LAAD Defense & Security 2015 International Exhibition, the largest and most important trade show for the defense and security sectors in Latin America, which this year gathered over 700 exhibitors from 71 countries across three Riocentro pavilions in Rio de Janeiro, from April 14 to 17. Minister Wagner: In regards to the PROSUB, the technology being transferred concerns submarine building. The propulsion is national merit though; the merit of several generations of the Brazilian Navy which, over 30 years ago, believed that it was crucial to have this control over uranium enrichment, and the propulsion is ours. We are actually partnering with Argentina, where we will be sharing this knowledge for the production of drugs in the treatment of various diseases, so that’s why I say that the technology you bring in gets carried over to other segments. And that’s what interests us. Minister Wagner: I can tell you that Brazil intends to purchase materials and equipment, especially when it comes to the prevention of terrorist, cyber, chemical, biological, and nuclear attacks, as well as to avoid radioactive incidents. Minister Jaques Wagner: I would say that this expo is extremely important for the defense and national security industry. This is a growing industry throughout the world, in which Brazil has businesses that are becoming stronger. I would mention Embraer and the manufacturing of the KC-390 aircraft as examples, since it is about to be marketed. It is an industry that we have been developing. This industry brings technology and skills. This is part of the interest of our national development program, and therefore it is important because it showcases Brazil’s potential, builds partnerships, and – I would say– introduces innovation and technology, which will end up benefiting the domestic industry as a whole. Minister Wagner: The word “impede” is absolute, and I don’t like to use it, but evidently, in terms of the variables we use to pick a winner in any area, the technology transfer variable is among the most important ones, because we want a whole-package deal. I would rather not name countries that may have offered equipment that appeared more advantageous, but as far as a package deal, without disclosing the source code, without disclosure and transfer of technology, honestly, we are not interested. We have a democracy of over 200 million people, and we have a well-settled industrial base, and we want to fly higher, as opposed to being mere buyers. So, I would say that the technology transfer variable is one of extremely high importance when closing any Brazilian deal. Diálogo: Is that what tipped the scale in favor of Gripen? Diálogo: We have recently seen many protests against the federal government. What do you think of this kind of protest? Diálogo: In your opening speech for LAAD, you mentioned that technology transfer is crucial when it comes to closing deals with the Brazilian Armed Forces. Was the Gripen aircraft chosen over the United States’ F-18 for that reason, because the Swedes are willing to transfer technology? Does the absence of technology transfer automatically impede a country from closing a deal with the Brazilian Armed Forces? Diálogo: Are any technologies or equipment from LAAD 2015 being considered for use to that effect? Minister Wagner: In the case of the Gripen, yes. This was key, and also in the case of the PROSUB, our nuclear submarine. Evidently, there is always a counterpart, which is a Brazilian company, because the government is not the one that is going to absorb this technology, because we want this intelligence to stay in the country. So, in the case of the Gripen, we are sending 250 to 280 engineers to Sweden to complete this transfer process. Diálogo: In your opening speech for LAAD, you mentioned that technology transfer is crucial when it comes to closing deals with the Brazilian Armed Forces. Was the Gripen aircraft chosen over the United States’ F-18 for that reason, because the Swedes are willing to transfer technology? Does the absence of technology transfer automatically impede a country from closing a deal with the Brazilian Armed Forces? Minister Wagner: Yes. There will be a large investment on SISFRON, which, as I mentioned, is a border control technology that is in the process of being implemented. Minister Wagner: Just to clarify: this expo is about defense and security. I am not the most qualified person to speak strictly about security, but all the border control part, the SISFRON, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) issue, yes, of course there is the possibility of using what is being showcased in LAAD. There are many technologies. Today, when you watch your airspace, you are also watching for an aircraft that is flying without registering with our control system. When you guard a border, from the land or fluvial perspective, if you have a vessel that is traveling without being licensed by the Port Authority, all this can be used to detect and surprise a trafficking operation. We cannot remove ourselves from the drug trafficking issue. When you guard your airspace, your land, maritime, and river borders, of course you are creating obstacles for trafficking in weapons and drugs. Minister Jaques Wagner: I would say that this expo is extremely important for the defense and national security industry. This is a growing industry throughout the world, in which Brazil has businesses that are becoming stronger. I would mention Embraer and the manufacturing of the KC-390 aircraft as examples, since it is about to be marketed. It is an industry that we have been developing. This industry brings technology and skills. This is part of the interest of our national development program, and therefore it is important because it showcases Brazil’s potential, builds partnerships, and – I would say– introduces innovation and technology, which will end up benefiting the domestic industry as a whole. Diálogo: Is that what tipped the scale in favor of Gripen? Diálogo: We have recently seen many protests against the federal government. What do you think of this kind of protest? Minister Wagner: Understandably, the government continues to observe them with humility and tranquility. I think this is reason for an inner pride for Brazilians. Not all countries have the democratic maturity to handle street protests and corruption investigations that have affected many segments, and still maintain its institutional serenity and functionality. I think this is proof of the Brazilian democracy’s consistency. The government should attempt to respond to the people’s wishes, making adjustments that allow us to grow. Power is conquered by popular vote, but also lost by popular vote. The report overall is very interesting. It provides us with information about the technology we need to defend the country. Our defense minister, Jaques Wagner, is quite right about the transfer of technology. Could you imagine investing a fortune to buy equipment, and then have to depend on [technological] support from those who sold us the equipment? It would be absurd to accept buying under certain restrictions! Afterward, we would be at the mercy of the seller’s demands. Yes, we absolutely need to demand technology transfer. About the Technology Transfer policy, sensational and extremely sensible and mature for our Defense Ministry to say that “we are not interested in purchasing a package deal (…) that we are a democracy with over 200 million inhabitants, a very solid industrial base and we want to reach greater heights than being mere buyers. Because just as he says, “the technology that you bring will explode to other sectors. This is what interests us.”” – Brazil! Show your face! I want to see who pays for us to stay like this!” very good. instructive and up-to-date. Why is it when journalists interview military authorities, their salaries aren’t discussed? Far from reality. Signals Minister Wagner’s concern regarding security policy and combating drug trafficking. The Federal Police must thoroughly investigate and punish all corrupt individuals up to the Godfather of the Brazilian mafia, and put them all in jail. Thank you Globo network for allowing me to make a few simple comments. Have a good afternoon everyone. Much success to the journalists Brazil. A country that does not even have money for education cannot provide the luxury of hosting the World Cup and Olympics, spending 200 million dollars on security alone. We are already paying the cost of the World Cup. There will be more next year. THE ARMED FORCES ONLY SERVE FOR THIS AND NOTHING ELSE. PAY WHAT YOU OWE US. Jaques Wagner is actually one of the few thinking minds with logical reasoning. He will certainly help in many areas and contribute to a “turnaround” of the way things are with the worst corruption in the country. I like Minister Wagner’s points of view!! I think that a well structured and efficient Ministry of Defense would be very profitable for our country. A lot of work is needed to secure our riches and borders. To be honest, I think Wagner is a strong, wise, intelligent man who could make it to President in all humility. YES! It’s best not to ADOPT this article whether or not you like it.Read the text and know that it is written for Brazilians to feel sure of themselves.JOÃO RIBEIRO PADILHA: age 82. Monday, May 25, 2015 8:39 a.m. Is this minister innocent or malicious? Gen. Augusto Heleno once said very appropriately that something like “Technology Transfer” doesn’t exist. To understand a thesis, you need to at least understand it. A four year old in pre-school would never be able to understand a mathematical equation of a first year college student of Electronic Engineering. They may try to “transfer the know-how” to him, but he won’t get it. So, a Brazil that is out of place due to its declining academic quality is no longer even the country of the future. It is now the country of the past because it’s backwards. Congratulations on the interview. Striving to succeed with the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. It would be good for the country to think about the consequences ahead of time to successfully carry out its plan. I don’t think Argentina can be beat commercially and even less so in terms of the military. We are at the peak of our abilities. Diálogo: What about the PROSUB? Minister Wagner: I can tell you that Brazil intends to purchase materials and equipment, especially when it comes to the prevention of terrorist, cyber, chemical, biological, and nuclear attacks, as well as to avoid radioactive incidents. Diálogo: Brazil is going to invest heavily to ensure the security of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Could you tell us about investments in this area? Diálogo: What about the PROSUB? Diálogo: Brazil is going to invest heavily to ensure the security of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Could you tell us about investments in this area? Diálogo: Will there be investments on new technologies to combat organized transnational crime? Minister Wagner: Just to clarify: this expo is about defense and security. I am not the most qualified person to speak strictly about security, but all the border control part, the SISFRON, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) issue, yes, of course there is the possibility of using what is being showcased in LAAD. There are many technologies. Today, when you watch your airspace, you are also watching for an aircraft that is flying without registering with our control system. When you guard a border, from the land or fluvial perspective, if you have a vessel that is traveling without being licensed by the Port Authority, all this can be used to detect and surprise a trafficking operation. We cannot remove ourselves from the drug trafficking issue. When you guard your airspace, your land, maritime, and river borders, of course you are creating obstacles for trafficking in weapons and drugs. Minister Wagner: The fight against drug trafficking is directly linked to the Ministry of Justice, while border control is directly linked to the Ministry of Defense and the SISFRON [ Integrated border monitoring system], which falls mainly under the Brazilian Army’s responsibility, but is in fact a joint operation with the three forces. There is an interaction, especially in the border control area, and also when it comes to fluvial issues, as is the case with our internal borders with other South American countries. We have improved in regards to the exchange of information, and it is obvious that there is also an interaction with the Ministry of Justice, because we are facing a silent war, namely the traffic of drugs and weapons. To discuss this and other topics, Diálogo spoke with Brazilian Minister of Defense Jaques Wagner, during LAAD Defense & Security 2015 International Exhibition, the largest and most important trade show for the defense and security sectors in Latin America, which this year gathered over 700 exhibitors from 71 countries across three Riocentro pavilions in Rio de Janeiro, from April 14 to 17. By Dialogo April 27, 2015 Minister Wagner: The fight against drug trafficking is directly linked to the Ministry of Justice, while border control is directly linked to the Ministry of Defense and the SISFRON [ Integrated border monitoring system], which falls mainly under the Brazilian Army’s responsibility, but is in fact a joint operation with the three forces. There is an interaction, especially in the border control area, and also when it comes to fluvial issues, as is the case with our internal borders with other South American countries. We have improved in regards to the exchange of information, and it is obvious that there is also an interaction with the Ministry of Justice, because we are facing a silent war, namely the traffic of drugs and weapons. Minister Wagner: Understandably, the government continues to observe them with humility and tranquility. I think this is reason for an inner pride for Brazilians. Not all countries have the democratic maturity to handle street protests and corruption investigations that have affected many segments, and still maintain its institutional serenity and functionality. I think this is proof of the Brazilian democracy’s consistency. The government should attempt to respond to the people’s wishes, making adjustments that allow us to grow. Power is conquered by popular vote, but also lost by popular vote. Diálogo: Are any technologies or equipment from LAAD 2015 being considered for use to that effect? Diálogo: What is LAAD’s importance to Brazil’s national security? Diálogo: Will there be investments on new technologies to combat organized transnational crime? Minister Wagner: In the case of the Gripen, yes. This was key, and also in the case of the PROSUB, our nuclear submarine. Evidently, there is always a counterpart, which is a Brazilian company, because the government is not the one that is going to absorb this technology, because we want this intelligence to stay in the country. So, in the case of the Gripen, we are sending 250 to 280 engineers to Sweden to complete this transfer process. Minister Wagner: Yes. There will be a large investment on SISFRON, which, as I mentioned, is a border control technology that is in the process of being implemented. Approximately 38,000 men will ensure the security of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The primary objective is prevention, according to information released by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense in March. The country should spend about 200 million dollars only on the event’s security between 2014 and the end of the Olympics, the Ministry said. Minister Wagner: The word “impede” is absolute, and I don’t like to use it, but evidently, in terms of the variables we use to pick a winner in any area, the technology transfer variable is among the most important ones, because we want a whole-package deal. I would rather not name countries that may have offered equipment that appeared more advantageous, but as far as a package deal, without disclosing the source code, without disclosure and transfer of technology, honestly, we are not interested. We have a democracy of over 200 million people, and we have a well-settled industrial base, and we want to fly higher, as opposed to being mere buyers. So, I would say that the technology transfer variable is one of extremely high importance when closing any Brazilian deal. 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‘Service to humanity’: Volunteers in Bahrain sign up for vaccine trial

first_imgTopics : ‘Give something back’ Health ministry official Jaleela Sayed Jawad said roughly one-third of the final number of participants had received shots so far.”Between doses, we will continue to monitor them either by calling them over the phone or, if needed, direct visits,” she said.Bahrain, home to some 1.5 million people, half of them expats, has recorded almost 52,000 novel coronavirus cases, including 190 deaths.Mohammed Abdulbaqi, another volunteer, said he signed up for the trial “to give something back”. “We hope this pandemic ends and we return to our normal lives,” the 25-year-old said as medical teams bustled around the repurposed convention center in the capital Manama.Sinopharm executive Liu Jingzhen told Chinese state broadcaster CCTV in July that he had personally been injected with the vaccine.”We are making smooth progress,” he told CCTV, adding that the vaccine “should be available on the market before the end of the year.” In addition to the potential vaccines undergoing clinical trials worldwide, the World Health Organization is monitoring a further 143 others that are still in the stage of pre-clinical laboratory evaluation. Upping the ante, Russia on August 11 said it had developed the world’s first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity”, and was in the final stage of human testing.In Bahrain, a doctor involved in the trial urged more volunteers to come forward.”The long hours we have spent treating and testing people all over the country would go to waste if we did not have a vaccination to protect us and the next generation,” Haneen al-Boosta told AFP.”We encourage everyone to stay safe… and to be part of a trial.” Researchers in the Bahrain study will look at how many patients contract the virus after receiving two doses of the vaccine, as well as examine any adverse reactions.Novel coronavirus patients are excluded from the trial, as are pregnant women and those with suppressed immune systems.  The randomized, double-blind trial of 6,000 people is still recruiting healthy men and women as volunteers to test the vaccine’s efficacy and safety in a large cross-section of the population.The trial is due to finish next July, while the overall study is forecast to be completed by September 2021, according to the US National Library of Medicine.”It’s a very small thing to give back to the country,” Blooshi says, as other volunteers give blood or fill out forms.More than 30 potential vaccines are currently being tested on humans across the globe in the hope of ending a pandemic that has now killed more than 850,000 people, according to an AFP tally.  In a Bahrain exhibition center that used to hold jewelry shows and book fairs before the coronavirus pandemic, Mohammed al-Blooshi and other masked volunteers wait for a dose of a Chinese trial vaccine. “It is a service to humanity,” says Blooshi, one of thousands in the wealthy Gulf country set to participate in the study. Chinese drug giant Sinopharm began testing a Covid-19 vaccine in Bahrain in August after starting a similar trial on 15,000 subjects in the nearby United Arab Emirates a month earlier.last_img read more

Mysterious rumble over Jakarta probably just thunder: BMKG

first_imgAs of Monday morning, the hashtag #dentuman (#thunder) was a national trending topic with more than 4,200 tweets. According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the sound was likely produced by thunder over Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java.“The result of BMKG’s inspection using lightning detectors shows a number of lightning-related activities around Mount Salak between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.,” BMKG tsunami and earthquake mitigation head Daryono told kompas.com on Sunday.He said the noise was not produced by seismic activity, adding that it was possible that similar sounds would be heard in the future.In April, residents of Greater Jakarta reported a similar rumbling noise, stoking fears of a volcanic eruption at Anak Krakatau amid the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.Although the source of the previous sound remains unknown, the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) determined that it did not come from the active volcano. (rfa)Topics : Social media users in Jakarta reported hearing two loud rumbles of unknown origin on Sunday evening. Some claimed that the sound – described as resembling distant thunder – was significant enough to have rattled objects in their homes.Twitter users reported that the sound was heard twice at around 7:45 p.m. Others in Greater Jakarta, including Tangerang, Banten, reported a similar noise the following morning at about 5:30 a.m.last_img read more

Cheaper construction costs make now a good time to build, industry says

first_imgTV personality Liz Cantor and husband, Ryan Lysaught, with their children, Kit, 3, and Fin, 1, at the house they are building in Miami on the Gold Coast. Picture: Adam Head.HOME-hunters have been gifted a window of opportunity to build a home for a bargain price, with the coronavirus forcing builders to slash costs as work dries up.A study by MCG Quantity Surveyors has revealed some property owners are benefiting from the most competitive building and renovation environment since the GFC.MCG Quantity Surveyors director Marty Sadlier, who specialises in building cost analysis for property developers, builders and insurance advisory, said he had seen a dramatic fall in builders’ quote figures over the past month.“If you’re planning to sign up a builder, now is the time to do it,” Mr Sadlier said.“You have their attention 100 per cent and they’re not trading your job off against another potential client. “Furthermore, there is no delay in sub-contractors getting quotes back into their builder clients. Where a sub-contractor would need to be chased for a price and hounded, we are seeing quotes coming in in hours or only a day or two.”It comes as the Housing Industry Association (HIA) forecasts a drop in new home building of almost 50 per cent over the next year.“In 2018-19 the industry engaged over 1 million people to commence building almost 200,000 new homes. Next year we expect to start just 112,000 new homes leaving up to 500,000 jobs at risk,” HIA managing director Graham Wolfe said.“The shock to the economy from the halting of overseas migration, the absence of student arrivals and uncertainty over the domestic economy will see the market at a lower point in December 2020, than it was during the 1990’s recession. It will then continue to decline though 2021, even with the return of overseas students and migration.“This shock will reverberate through the residential building industry, up and down the supply chain.”But Mr Sadlier said the easing of restrictions was likely to start to restore confidence in the construction sector, and recommended moving fast in order to make substantial savings on building costs. “It’s fair to say that if you had a building contract priced and quoted 12-months ago and then had that same contract priced today, the 2020 amount to build would be much less,” he said.“We are working with builders now where we simply can’t get to their costs under the usual analysis. For example, we have a builder constructing a residential unit development for $2.5 million, and our QS assessment says it should be $2.8 million.”The question of whether to build or buy a home was one television personality Liz Cantor and her husband, Ryan Lysaught, considered for a long time.After months of attending open homes and being outbid, the pair, who have two sons, Kit and Fin, decided to build a new home in Miami to accommodate their family.The popular Channel 7 presenter took the extraordinary step of dropping flyers in letterboxes to find the perfect block to build on.“I actually said to Ryan we need to be more proactive and drop letters in every home in the areas we like that looks like a potential knockdown house and see if we can get lucky,” Ms Cantor said.“We dropped letters all through Palm Beach and Miami.”Not long after they got a call from a homeowner in Miami.“Ryan made an offer on the house before I had even seen the place which was a strange feeling,” she said.“But we knew we were buying for the area rather than the home.”The pair paid $670,000 for their beachside block at Miami.The existing house was bulldozed and construction of the new five-bedroom, two-storey Metricon home began in mid-January.It will be ready to move into in June, despite delays as a result of bushfires, floods and COVID-19.“To be very straight, it was far cheaper than any house we could find for sale,” Ms Cantor said. “And it gave us the ability to custom design to our needs and a young family. “We chose a freedom home that was four bedrooms, but changed the media room to a fifth bedroom, and added a door to our downstairs shower, so that I can walk the kids from the beach straight in!”Ms Cantor said waiting for council approvals as well as paying both rent and a mortgage was the most stressful part about building, but overall it had been a positive experience.“I’d built the new-process up in my mind to be so complicated, but you learn along the way, and it’s actually far less overwhelming then I imagined it to be,” she said. “It’s a special feeling to be able to fit out a home space for your needs.”But not everyone likes the idea of building a home from scratch.More developers are starting to cater for a growing market of homebuyers who want to buy a new home, ready to move into, without having to lift a finger. Stockland has released a range of new three and four-bedroom homes in its Pallara community aimed at first home buyers or downsizers.Starting from $525,000, the low maintenance homes come with appliances, NBN connectivity, airconditioning and ceiling fans.The homes also include exterior features that often come at an extra cost with a typical new build, such as landscaping, fencing, a letterbox, a clothes line and a driveway.Stockland senior development manager David Franklin said the homes were popular among first home buyers because they were covered by the $15,000 first homeowner grant. “We’re providing buyers with an immediate and stress-free entry into a thriving Stockland community,” Mr Franklin said. “No building anguish or wait — simply unpack your furniture and enjoy your brand new home.”More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoIndustry players say townhouses are also a potentially smart investment given they have so far been less affected by the pandemic than detached houses.Porter Davis Homes says interest in its Haven Townhomes at Newport has been strong despite the uncertainty.Porter Davis property consultant Megan McColl said buying a townhouse off-the-plan meant buyers only needed a 5 or 10 per cent deposit until the completion of the build. “This means first home buyers and investors can buy a townhouse without needing to make repayments for another 12-18 months, which has a lot of appeal as buyers navigate the economic uncertainty of the next few months,” Ms McColl said. Pros ConsThe ability to custom design Takes timeUsually cheaper Council approval process can be challenging BuyingPros ConsCan move in straight away usually Often more expensiveCan be less stressful More competitive environment Building PROS AND CONS OF BUILDING VS BUYING A HOMElast_img read more

Deep Green communication system installation gets underway

first_imgThe installation of the communication system for Deep Green tidal plant is currently being performed by Vissim Renewables which secured the contract from Minesto early in 2018.The IT and communication system will be used for communication between the various sites during installation and operation of Minesto’s device, whose deployment will begin this April in Holyhead Deep.Minesto originally selected ITS Technology Group as the supplier of the system, but the partnership with the Group never took off as it was decided early on that Minesto should proceed with another supplier and solution, the Swedish tidal energy developer informed.According to Miensto, Vissim Renewables has already started the installation of the system in the micro-grid buoy, which was supplied by Malin Group.The awarded contract for the company includes the detailed design and construction of the IT & communication system that will require inclusion of offshore and onshore services, system and hardware deliverables to facilitate communication that will initially be conducted through a micro-grid system buoy, the vessels used as part of core offshore operations, and Minesto’s offices in Holyhead.Minesto looks to install its first commercial-scale 500kW Deep Green marine energy converter in a phased process, performed over the course of next two months off the coast of North West Wales.last_img read more

Lessons on Conscience Protection from the UK

first_imgPublic Discourse 5 August 2013Paul Diamond is a UK-based barrister, and standing counsel to Christian Concern.Over the past twenty years I have witnessed firsthand the steady assault on the rights of citizens in Britain to speak and act according to their conscience. During that time different parts of the British state, including our Parliament, publicly funded organizations, and the judiciary, have opposed and punished the expression of belief and conscience.My American friends are, like me, horrified at this rapid deterioration in personal liberty and freedom in the UK. Most of them believe, however, that the First Amendment would stop such a thing from happening in the “land of the free.”The First Amendment is a magnificent and precious defense of personal liberty, and I hope that my friends are right; but my own experiences represent a cautionary tale for truly liberal-minded Americans. I want to share with you four brief examples from my own legal experience.The first case that drew my attention to conscience restrictions arose in 2001. A street preacher named Harry Hammond went into Bournemouth city center carrying a placard that read, “Jesus Gives Peace, Jesus Is Alive, Stop Immorality, Stop Homosexuality, Stop Lesbianism, Jesus Is Lord.” He set up his placard and, as he started to speak, a crowd surrounded him, pushed him to the ground, threw water and soil at him, and pulled down his sign.The police arrived, noted that Hammond had been attacked, and arrested him for inciting the attack he had suffered. They did not arrest anyone who had assaulted him. He was found guilty, and ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $1,000. Shortly after his conviction he was hospitalized, recovered, but shortly thereafter died.We have a state that prefers and establishes its own system of belief as a form of religion. That same state then prohibits the right of Christians to speak or publicly manifest their religion. Like all religions, secular humanism fails the tests of rationality and logic; it shows unwarranted special animus toward Christians and favors certain other religious groups.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/08/10611/last_img read more

Auckland principals say vaping is reaching epidemic levels among students

first_img“In some communities it is at epidemic proportions. This thing is just exploding in some schools. It seems to be more of an issue in higher-income-community schools.“At some schools we are starting to see over 30 per cent of students have tried it. The percentages of people who are using it regularly are pushing up towards five, six-plus percent and the interesting thing about that statistic, that might seem low, but that’s in schools where smoking has hit basically zero percent.” Mr Dykes said many students mistakenly believed vapes contained only water and flavouring and his school had teenagers who vaped and were addicted to nicotine.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/auckland-principals-say-vaping-reaching-epidemic-levels-among-studentshttps://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/398672/vaping-a-serious-problem-in-some-auckland-schools-principals Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa said she would introduce a bill on vape regulation to Parliament in a few weeks that will have the ability to prohibit flavours where there are safety concerns. They warn that without firm action New Zealand will have a new generation of people addicted to nicotine.center_img Auckland Secondary Principals’ Association president Richard Dykes said teenage vaping had become a serious problem in some of the city’s schools. TVNZ One News 13 September 2019Family First Comment: “They warn that without firm action New Zealand will have a new generation of people addicted to nicotine…”And to cannabis, if we legalise it. That’s where this is really coming from in the US.#saynopetodope  #potvapingcrisisAuckland secondary school principals are backing the Government’s plan to prohibit vaping flavours where there are safety concerns and say vaping is reaching epidemic levels among their students.last_img read more

3 persons fall in Kabankalan buy-bust

first_imgBACOLOD City – Three persons werearrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 6, Kabankalan City, NegrosOccidental. Jaqueiline, Tanaleon and Dulla werenabbed after they sold suspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer onFriday, the report added. Six sachets of suspected shabu valuedat around P10,000 were seized from 23-year-old “high-value” suspect AngelaJaqueiline, 25-year-old Jamen Tanaleon and 22-year-old Jesryl Dulla, a policereport showed.center_img The suspects were detained in thelockup cell of the Kabankalan City police station, facing charges for violationof Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more