The Minka Twins are influenced by the blurring of indoor and outdoor spaces found in traditional Japanese farm dwellings, known as minka.These are not houses to throw stones in.Two homes – dubbed the Minka Twins – are currently under construction at Bardon, and are made almost entirely of glass and wooden battens.Designed by renowned architect Liam Proberts, of Bureau Proberts, the houses are inspired by Japanese style, and can be completely opened on all sides. The Minka Twins are being constructed at Bardon, and have been designed by architect Liam ProbertsMr Proberts said the designs were created to suit living in Brisbane’s subtropical climate and the new home needs of a modern family.“They are influenced by the blurring of indoor and outdoor spaces found in traditional Japanese farm dwellings, known as minka,” he said. “The Minka Twins’ lower level is constructed largely of glass walls that can be completely opened up via an engineered track system to create the most seamless sense of indoor-outdoor living you can imagine.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“Feature batten screening on all sides, high ceilings and pitched roofs pay respect to the Queenslander character of the Bardon streetscape.“The homes have open floor plans that still provide good separation for the occupants and many other modern attributes including ducted airconditioning, exposed concrete floors and awnings for shade and privacy.” The Minka Twins design blurs the lines between the outdoors and indoors.The houses are being constructed by Brisbane-based Story Developments, and each includes four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, two study areas, family rooms, indoor gardens and double car garages. Each house has a stunning family pool and extensive modern landscaping.“The Minka Twins will be the first in a collection of homes we will be releasing,” said Story Developments director Marvin D’souza. “Plans are already under way for our next instalment of homes, to be located in Graceville, and these will also stand out from the crowd.“The idea behind Story Developments is that each project we do will be totally unique and create interesting and never-before-seen designs for Brisbane, located in highly sought-after suburbs.”The Minka Twins are being marketed by Position Property.“The supply of new, premium homes in Bardon is at a significant low,” said Position Property director Richard Lawrence.“It’s one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs – appealing to families in particular due to the excellent education facilities, proximity to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and location only 6km from the CBD,” he said.Construction is currently under way with completion expected in August.
LOS ANGELES — They won’t retire his laptop and hang it from the stadium facade. But the Dodgers do not plan to hire a new general manager to replace Farhan Zaidi any time soon.“This offseason has been too chaotic on a number of fronts to be able to slow the game down enough to focus on that,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said, acknowledging he has not interviewed any replacement candidates. “It’s something we’ll think about over the course of the season and think about again next offseason.”Zaidi left after four years as the Dodgers GM under Friedman in early November to become president of baseball operations for the rival San Francisco Giants. He was just one of multiple departures from the Dodgers coaching and front-office staff this winter.Friedman said the team received approximately 30 requests from other teams to interview members of the Dodgers’ organization this winter. When that request was granted, the staff member involved almost inevitably received a job offer and left for a new team. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “We’ve got a really talented group of people in the office,” Friedman said. “Everyone’s kind of stepped up and done a little bit more.”Nonetheless, Friedman has called Zaidi’s departure “a big loss” for both the Dodgers and himself personally. Among the departures along with Zaidi this fall were coaches Chris Woodward (Rangers), Luis Ortiz (Rangers) and Turner Ward (Reds), baseball operations analyst Ehsan Bokhari (Astros) and minor-league hitting coordinator Paco Figueroa (Phillies).Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.A year earlier, the Dodgers lost Alex Anthopoulos (Braves) from the front office along with Gabe Kapler (Phillies) and Jeremy Zoll (Twins) from player development, among others.Friedman indicated there would be some restructuring of front-office roles with a number of people assuming expanded duties to make up for the absence of a GM. He has mentioned senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes, director of baseball development and scouting Alex Slater and director of player development Brandon Gomes, in particular, as stepping up to fill the needs.Related Articles “There was a real rhythm Farhan and I had gotten into,” Friedman said.“Farhan and I didn’t delineate things in perfectly clear ways. We just worked together, divided and conquered. If as we were working together one of us was kind of diving into something to focus on, the other would go focus on something else. It wasn’t necessarily perfectly laid out like, ‘These are your responsibilities and this is what I’m focusing on.’ So now, it’s just been involving more people in things and going at it that way.” read more
Girls’ team: Sammy Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey), Lily May Humphreys (Stoke-by-Nayland, Essex), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire), Hannah Screen, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire), Bel Wardle (Prestbury, Cheshire). Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) was unwell and had to withdraw. Team captain Janet Melville said: “The plan this week was to try to win every session. We knew that wouldn’t be easy but we’ve managed it so we’re very pleased. We got off to a really good start this afternoon and they were all up early on so that took the pressure off a bit.” Tags: Girls’ Home International Clodagh Hopkins, the Ireland women’s captain, said: “This is just amazing. I can’t believe it has happened. The English are a very strong team but I had an inkling we could get something out of the match. The girls have played so well and been so positive all week that I knew they had a chance. Every time we went out we did just enough and that’s exactly what we did today.” Image courtesy The R&A This is England’s ninth win in 10 years and during the decade the team has been beaten only by Ireland in 2016. 11 Aug 2017 England’s girls reclaim their crown “The plan this week was to try to win every session. We knew that wouldn’t be easy but we’ve managed it so we’re very pleased. We got off to a really good start this afternoon and they were all up early on so that took the pressure off a bit. However, the England women’s team – who had won the last three championships – lost their title to Ireland, suffering a narrow 4-5 beating. Women’s team: Emma Allen (Meon Valley, Hampshire), Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire), Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire), Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall, Yorkshire), Olivia Winning (Rotherham, Yorkshire). Click here for full scores England captain Elaine Ratcliffe commented: “The Irish played some great golf on that back nine. It was still close after nine, we were up in two games, but the others were really close. You’ve got to hand it to the Irish.” England today reclaimed their crown as Girls’ Home Internationals champions, beating Ireland 6.5-2.5 to clinch the title on the final day at Little Aston, Staffordshire. The strong English team were in dominant form throughout the match despite losing Amelia Williamson to gastroenteritis on the eve of the championship. The English claimed the morning foursomes 2½-½ and then went further ahead in the singles when Hollie Muse and Sammy Fuller both won their sixth matches out of six by recording 6&5 victories over Lauren Walsh and Sara Byrne. The England team looked set to claim the title for the sixth time in seven years after sharing the morning foursomes and then taking an early lead in the singles, but that was before the Irish mounted a late comeback which resulted in them claiming their victory. Although the team was down to six players for the three-day tournament, England defeated Wales 8-1 and Scotland 7-2 before battling hard to defeat a tough young Irish squad on the last afternoon. read more
Facebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Paul Dunn for Chehalis Basin Lead EntityThe late-summer sun glances off JB McCrummen’s face, dividing his smooth-shaven features into light and dark.The sharp, low angle of the rays signals the approach of autumn, though this August day promises to be warm — at 8:30 a.m. the temperature is already in the mid-60s.That’s just fine with McCrummen. He’s in shorts and cap ambling over his 21-acre property on Michigan Hill near rural Rochester, pointing out these bushes, those trees, this pond, that creek and so much more that has made this rectangle of land a tranquil jewel.After viewing more than 500 pieces of land in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, JB McCrummen found just the land for which he had been searching in Rochester. Photo credit: Paul Dunn.The 73-year-old purchased the acreage in 2009 after viewing more than 500 sites in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. It had taken him about 10 years to find just the right parcel that would meet his requirements: location, price, and setting.But even after viewing the Rochester land — through which meanders Beaver Creek, a tributary of Lincoln Creek and part of the Chehalis Basin Watershed — it took him another “five months to pull the trigger.”The parcel, though gorgeous, presented challenges for anybody wanting to live on it, though the site’s obvious impediments — steep slopes, wetlands and invasive shrubbery — were really the least of McCrummen’s concerns. More daunting would be finding potable water and deciding whether to build off the grid or pay to extend electrical power to the land.This wasn’t McCrummen’s vacation getaway, after all: He wanted to live here. And he wanted to personally combat climate change in the process, which he said had begun concerning him more than a decade before.“I became really discouraged about (climate change) and the prospects for my three grandchildren and their generation,” said McCrummen, who is divorced and has a son and daughter.So he did what he could.“The only strategy for me was to have a small-footprint home, enhance the wildlife habitat on the land and be carbon-neutral or carbon-negative in my living,” he explained.Though the property had been logged in 1990 — providing an access and skid roads to the site — McCrummen knew that his vision for the homestead would require lots of hands-on labor.“I had built and remodeled homes, so I knew what had to be done to make this parcel into a home site on which I could build my house,” he said.JB McCrummen’s property includes a great variety of native plant species designed to attract the property’s diverse wildlife — among them these native cherries from one of the property’s many cherry trees. Photo credit: Paul Dunn.And now, almost exactly seven years since he bought the land, he has embraced his homestead like a father hugs a child.“Yes,” he says, tying his shoes on the sunny back porch this summer day, “I’m very fortunate.”Fortunate, too, was McCrummen to find professional resources to help guide him through his homestead project.Having had previous experience working with the Soil Conservation Service, he decided to contact its successor agency, the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s principal agency for providing conservation technical assistance to private landowners, conservation districts, tribes, and other organizations.McCrummen worked with foresters in local NRCS offices in Olympia and Puyallup to help him determine how he could enhance wildlife habitat on his property. That collaboration spurred him to eliminate much of the land’s invasive plants such as thistle and blackberry and then plant deciduous and conifer trees along Beaver Creek and elsewhere on the property.“In total, I planted close to 350 native plants such as hemlock, spruce, currants, elderberry, and other wild fruit,” he said. “They’re all growing and attract wildlife.”That wildlife — in this case the species that lives in Beaver Creek — includes one of the Pacific Northwest’s most heralded luminaries: salmon. According to Joshua Himsl, a forester with the NRCS who worked with McCrummen, Beaver Creek — though designated as a salmon-bearing waterway — “has been hampered by fish passage barriers restricting fish movement and overall quality of fish habitat.”JB McCrummen talks about his life’s work to protect and preserve the environment. Photo credit: Paul Dunn.But that may change now that McCrummen has enhanced his land.Himsl, 32, who has worked with the NRCS for six years, notes that beavers and salmon maintain a kind of symbiotic relationship in that beavers provide important rearing habitat for juvenile salmon by protecting them from winter high water flow, increase woody-debris habitat and capture sediment that could harm spawning beds.“By providing habitat diversity, JB’s property will provide additional habitat not just for salmon species, but a variety of wildlife that utilizes the creek, riparian area, and upland habitat,” Himsl explained.In many respects, McCrummen grew up much like his property’s native species do now — free to grow toward their life’s purpose but expected to navigate potential barriers along the way. His life experiences, in fact, may indeed have foreshadowed his circuitous path to the Rochester hills.Born and raised in Clovis, Calif., he graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in business and a minor in agriculture before diving into post-graduate work at the University of California Santa Barbara.He cut his teeth in the working world at age 12 when he began pruning trees and picking peaches, apricots and plums on area orchards, an avocation he would continue for the next 10 years.“I worked my way through high school and college on the farms,” McCrummen said.What he considers his first professional job materialized after college through the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where he was district director for most of Southern California.JB McCrummen’s property offers environmental diversity that utilizes the creek, riparian area, and upland habitat. Photo credit: Paul Dunn.Then in 1968 McCrummen got “heavily involved” in the world of California and Santa Barbara politics, eventually prompting him to organize the first-ever national environmental conference to commemorate the enormous 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill.Noted environmental scientist and Stanford University Professor Paul Ehrlich headlined the conference, McCrummen said, and “talked about the population explosion, overconsumption, over-dependence on oil and their impact on the environment.”The conference would help christen the first National Earth Day on April 22, 1970.At that point, McCrummen might have preferred staying in Santa Barbara, but that scenario wasn’t in the cards. His position in the Santa Barbara environmental movement proved problematic — at least to some in that sun-washed California community.“I got along well with the rich and the poor, but not too well with the business people,” McCrummen said. “They were selling to the oil companies and didn’t want to deal with me, so I got blacklisted and decided I needed to figure out a different place to live.”So by calling on political connections he ended up in Olympia in 1970 where he landed a job in the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity as chief of community organization. He would stay there until 1975 then spend the next 30 years or so — with stops in Seattle, Yakima and Port Townsend — working in public policy, organizing non-profit organizations, grappling with local food and anti-hunger issues and spending time in the private sector.After embracing the Internet in the mid-1990s he spent 15 years assisting corporations and governments strategically plan their technology.JB McCrummen added 350 native plants to his 21-acre parcel in Rochester. Photo credit: Paul Dunn.And now, having lived in Washington for 46 years, McCrummen spends parts of his days contemplating the world through the south-facing bay window of the 832-square-foot house he designed and helped build.From his perch on the slope overlooking his hilly property, McCrummen frequently views the results of all his work.“The wild cherries and other native plants have been pretty spectacular this year, and it’s been fabulous seeing the wildlife eating those,” he said. “And I feel encouraged that there seems to be more wildlife here than when I first came.”McCrummen has seen a variety of fascinating creatures since he moved into his house in 2010. They include American and bald eagles, deer, bobcats and coyotes, river otters — and signs that cougars and bears roam the area.As he looks back on his continuing adventure, McCrummen believes he has accomplished what he originally intended. And it may serve as an example to others contemplating similar pilgrimages.“What I did wasn’t a shift in my overall values, but it was a shift in how I live,” he said. “I think what that says to other people is we as individuals have to make dramatic shifts in how we live in order to reduce the consumption of natural resources.”To learn how you can be involved in salmon recovery, visit the Chehalis Basin Lead Entity website. read more
Image Courtesy: Shutterstock/NY TimesAdvertisement c8fyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7bf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 26maWould you ever consider trying this?😱s7zduCan your students do this? 🌚4eueyRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has caused some major disturbance in the world of sports, and being the most followed around the globe, football was hit the hardest by the virus outbreak. Not only the month of March saw several major events and leagues in Football face cancellation or postponement, a lot of footballers, managers and officials from all over the world have been unfortunately infected by the COVID-19 virus. However, the beautiful game has seen a number of players and clubs who have come forward with charity, donations and aiding against the crisis that has created a worldwide panic.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Shutterstock/NY TimesFollowing the lockdown in Italy and cancellation of the 2019-20 Serie A season, the country’s heavyweights AC Milan joined up with its charity foundation Fondazione Milan to donate €250,000 as emergency support to Lombardy government’s emergency arm AREU.Inter Milan’s first team players and staffs donated €500,000, along with Roman, Juventus and Fiorentina who’s crowdfunding campaigns raised over €420,000.Advertisement Napoli skipper Lorenzo Insigne, Juventus winger Federico Bernardeschi, Torino striker Simone Zaza and SPAL forward Andrea Petagna have joined hands to raise a total of €430,000 together.Cristiano Ronaldo teamed up with his agent Jorge Mendes pledged £1 million to many hospitals in Lisbon and Porto.Advertisement Lionel Messi raised over 1 million Euros to aid several hospitals and charitable foundations in Catalonia, Spain and in his home country Argentina.Zlatan Ibrahimović organised a fundraiser named ‘Kick the Virus away!’, which till now has raised over 300,00 Euros.In England, the Manchester rivals joined hands together to pledge a combined £100,000 to Trussell Trust, which supports over 1,200 food banks.Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC’s owner decided to cover the accommodation costs for the National Health Service (NHS) staffs who are operating from the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge.Manchester City gaffer Pep Guardiola donated 1 Million Euros to Angel Solar Daniel Foundation.Arsenal have jointly pledged a total of £100,000 along with Arsenal Foundation to aid the NHS.Liverpool donated £40,000 to the North Liverpool Foodbank, and their first-team squad jointly pledged £40,000 along with LFC Foundation for every remaining home game of the currently suspended EPL season.Everton aided the North Liverpool Foodbank with donating more than 635 kg of fruit and vegetables.Former Chelsea star Joe Cole donated £25,000 to a charity supporting NHS.Manchester United superstar Marcus Rashford teamed up with FareShare to redistributing surplus food supplies to charities.Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha offered to open up 50 properties in London to aid the work of NHS staffs.Andy Robertson, Liverpool’s Scottish full back made donations to six food banks.Manchester United superstar Marcus Rashford teamed up with FareShare to redistributing surplus food supplies to charities.Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has donated tablets to several hospitals and nursing homes.Everton right back Séamus Coleman has launched a fundraises termed ‘Feed The Heroes’, which till now has raised over €300,000.The Germany national football team together pledged a total of 2.5 million Euros, in association with ‘Wir Helfen’, an online platform that is aiding volunteers and charities in the country.The Croatia national football team raised over 1.5 Million Euros to help the several charities working in the country, which has also been hit with an Earthquake amidst the virus pandemic.La Liga giants Real Madrid has donated an undisclosed amount to aid the virus outbreak in the country, as confiemed by Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the president of Comunidad de Madrid.Bayern Munich stars Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich set up a fund named ‘We Kick Corona’, and til now has raised a total of 2.5 million Euros for charity.Bayern’s talisman Robert Lewandowski and his wife Anna followed up with pledging 1 million Euros.Borussia Dortmund fans have donated more than €70,000 to aid the several bars and restaurants around the Signal Iduna Park stadium.Ligue 1 elite Paris Saint Germain has donated €100,000 to Secours Populaire Français, a French non-profit organisation which is battling the virus outbreak in the country.Also read-IPL in further jeopardy after BCCI cancels conference call with franchise owners Advertisement read more
Brentford goalkeeper David Button pulled off a sensational stop during his side’s victory over Preston on Saturday.The 26-year-old was going the wrong way when Paul Gallagher flicked Paul Huntington’s shot goalwards but somehow managed to flick the ball onto the bar and away to safety.
National Revaluation Programme Update: Revaluation of commercial and industrial properties in Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Mayo County Council and Galway City Council Rating Authority areas has formally commenced following the making of Valuation Orders by the Commissioner of Valuation.See the Valuation Orders belowJohn O’Sullivan, Commissioner of Valuation, has made Valuation Orders today, 4th November, under section 19 of the Valuation Act 2001 as amended by section 7 of the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 for the rating authority areas of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Mayo County Councils and Galway City Council. These orders signal the formal commencement of the revaluation of all commercial and industrial properties for rating purposes in these rating authority areas. This is an important milestone in the revaluation of all non-domestic property in Ireland which is currently underway through a programme known as the National Revaluation Programme.All occupiers of rateable property in these rating authority areas should shortly receive a revaluation information form along with an explanatory letter and information leaflet. The form seeks information about the rateable property including its use and rental details, where it is rented. Occupiers are required to complete this form and return it to the Valuation Office. The information provided is critical to the revaluation process.The revaluations will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Valuation Acts 2001-2015 and are part of the national programme to modernise the rateable valuation of all commercial and industrial property in Ireland.The programme has already been concluded in the rating authority areas of Carlow, Cavan, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow County Councils, as well as the rating authority areas of Dublin City Council, Limerick City and County Council and Waterford City and County Council. Provision for a revaluation of all non-domestic property in Ireland was initially made under the Valuation Act of 2001. This legislation was amended by the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015, which improved and streamlined the process. Neither residential property nor agricultural lands are rateable and consequently will not be affected by the revaluation.The revaluation will take account of contemporary rental levels in the respective rating authority areas and will result in a more equitable distribution of commercial rates among ratepayers. A Valuation Manager has been appointed to assess the value of each rateable property and set a valuation in line with rental values in each respective rating authority area at the valuation date of 16th September 2019. It is envisaged that the new valuations will be published on 15th September 2021 and will become effective for rating purposes from 1st January 2022.A revaluation is necessary to bring more equity and transparency into the Local Authority rating system. Following revaluation, there is a much closer and more uniform relationship between contemporary rental values of property and their commercial rates liability. The revaluation will result in a redistribution of the commercial rates liability between ratepayers depending on the relative shift in the rental values of their properties in relation to each other.While an individual occupier’s rates liability may increase or decrease, the revaluation will not increase the overall commercial rates income of the Local Authority. The commercial rates income of each Local Authority undergoing revaluation will be capped in the year following a revaluation.VALUATION ORDERSVALUATION ORDERS FOR THE RATING AUTHORITY AREAS OF CLARE, DONEGAL, GALWAY, KERRY AND MAYO COUNTY COUNCILS AND GALWAY CITY COUNCIL I, John O’Sullivan, Commissioner of Valuation, hereby give notice that I have, on 4th November 2019, made valuation orders under section 19 of the Valuation Act 2001 as amended by section 7 of the Valuation (Amendment) Act 2015 for the rating authority areas of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kerry and Mayo County Councils and Galway City Council.Copies of the orders are available for inspection, until 15th September 2021, during normal office hours at the offices of the relevant rating authority, at the Valuation Office, Irish Life Centre, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin, D01 EX 90 and online at the Valuation Office website www.valoff.ieJohn O’SullivanCommissioner of ValuationORDUITHE LUACHÁLAORDUITHE LUACHÁLA DO LIMISTÉIR ÚDARÁIS RÁTÚCHÁIN CHOMHAIRLÍ CONTAE AN CHLÁIR, DHÚN NA NGALL, NA GAILLIMHE, CHIARRAÍ AGUS MHAIGH EO AGUS COMHAIRLE CATHRACH NA GAILLIMHE Déanaimse, John O’Sullivan, Coimisinéir Luachála, fógra a thabhairt leis seo á rá go bhfuil mé tar éis orduithe luachála a dhéanamh, ar an 4 Samhain 2019, faoi alt 19 den Acht Luachála 2001, arna leasú le halt 7 den Acht Luachála (Leasú) 2015, ar leith de údaráis rátúcháin Chomhairlí Contae an Chláir, Dhún na nGall, na Gaillimhe, Chiaraí, agus Mhaigh Eo agus Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe.Tá cóipeanna de an t-ordú ar fáil lena n-iniúchadh, go dtí 15 Meán Fómhair 2021, le linn gnáthuaire oifige in oifigí faoi seach an údarás rátála lena mbaineann, san Oifig Luachála, Ionad Irish Life, Sráid na Mainistreach Íochtarach, Baile Átha Cliath D01 EX90 agus ar líne ag láithreán gréasáin na hOifige Luachála, www.valoff.ieJohn O’SullivanCoimisinéir LuachálaRevaluation of commercial and industrial properties begins following Valuation Orders was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) read more
8 August 2012South Africa and the United States have signed a new framework partnership on HIV/Aids that outlines the two countries’ plans over the next five years for collaboration toward an Aids-free generation in South Africa.The signing was witnessed by visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi during a visit to the Delft South Clinic in the Western Cape on Wednesday.The visit affirmed a strong and continuing partnership between South Africa and the US on HIV/Aids and TB programmes amid fears that the proposed White House budget for 2013 would cut the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar) by around US$550-million, threatening the success of programmes around the world, including South Africa.The US has so far provided around $3.2-billion (over-R26 billion) in support of South Africa’s HIV/Aids response through Pepfar.US Embassy spokesperson Brian Denver said on Wednesday that his country would continue to strongly support South Africa’s national HIV and TB response during and beyond the five-year timeframe covered in the new Partnership Framework Implementation Plan (PFIP).Emphasis, he said, would be on technical assistance to further strengthen the country’s capacity to respond, as well as aspects of combination prevention and care for orphans and vulnerable children.“With the South African government in the lead, coordinated planning and alignment of implementation with Pepfar and other development partners like the Global Fund will lead to an increase in access to health and social services,” said Denver, echoing Clinton’s remarks from Tuesday’s press conference in Pretoria.During the briefing, Clinton said the US was “still seriously committed” to eradicating HIV and Aids and would continue to avail resources in this regard.“We all agree that we are working toward this HIV-free generation, and America commits to be part of that fight,” Clinton said. “We will see this fight through the end with our partners, including South Africa.”South Africa has taken many steps forward in the fight against HIV and Aids. The government now provides access to free antiretroviral treatment to over 1.7-million people, and has reduced the percentage of new paediatric HIV infections due to mother-to-child transmission from 8% in 2008 to 2.7% in 2011.South Africa has also, in the 20 months since the launch of its voluntary testing and counselling campaign, tested 20-million people for HIV.Source: SANews.gov.za read more
Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s younger son Naseem Geelani has written a letter to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) asking it to “send him notice through the varsity administration” for his personal appearance. “I have no objection to attend the NIA office in New Delhi but kindly serve notice through Vice-Chancellor, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Agriculture Science [SKUAST]. I can only be permitted to leave,” reads Mr. Geelani’s letter addressed to the NIA, Superintendent of Police, Vishal Garg.The NIA has served notice on Mr. Geelani, who works as an assistant professor at the faculty of forestry in SKUAST, in a “disproportionate assets case.” In a reply to the NIA, Naseem has denied possessing any property in terms of land and houses as mentioned by the agency. “At the time of receiving NIA notice, I have less than ₹500 as my bank balance, while loan liability is of ₹18.8 lakh,” he said. He said his only fault was “being the son of the Hurriyat Chairman.” The Hurriyat chairman’s elder son Naeem Geelani, a cardiologist, has already been questioned by the NIA. read more
Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Marbury had a few stellar seasons in China after an NBA career that included stints with five teams, and he’s become an iconic figure in the country. He has a statue and was featured on a postage stamp in Beijing, and then he got a museum and a musical in his honor. He even starred in an autobiographical movie titled “My Other Home” and won Best New Actor for his performance at the Shanghai Film Festival.“I never in a million years would have thought any of this would have happened,” he said.Marbury’s playing days will end after this season, but the 40-year-old New York native will stay near the game. He wants to coach the Chinese national team, and Yao Ming has told him he’ll be considered if he learns Chinese. Marbury plans to take classes during the upcoming season. He may also try his hand in the Big3 3-on-3 league.“Basketball is my life and I definitely will still be involved with it,” Marbury said.Marbury also has his Starbury athletic shoe and clothing company to keep him busy. He re-launched the Starbury brand in 2016 after it first hit the market in 2006. His shoes are sold for as low as $15.ADVERTISEMENT Finally finished: Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big trade Marbury was speaking at a question and answer session for incoming NYU students at the school Wednesday, touching on his career with the Beijing Ducks that included the franchise’s first championship in 2012.“I had no clue. I couldn’t stop crying,” Marbury said of meeting Zhou . “I know how he feels, and he’s sharing the feeling of how happy he is. It goes to show the level of respect and love that comes from winning championships. Being a New Yorker, it’s like if the Knicks won a championship for the first time.”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 shutoutZhou, who was holding a scarf emblazoned with the city’s soccer team, Beijing Guoan, didn’t know Marbury would be speaking at an NYU dorm until Tuesday.“It was like a dream come true meeting him,” Zhou said. 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It’s the perfect time for us to be able to sell the products we have. People can buy products so fast with just three or four clicks. It’s amazing for us with impulse buying. The timing couldn’t have been better for us.”He gave out sneakers to all the NYU students at the event and spoke of how he still wants to make affordable shoes.“I grew up one of seven kids and my mom couldn’t afford to get us any of the $150 shoes,” he said. “I want to make sure that people can always have affordable shoes to wear.”He respects what LaVar Ball and his sons are trying to do by building their own brand from scratch, but he thinks they’re off in pricing their sneakers at $500.“I think that’s where the message is a little mixed up at,” Marbury said. “Where they’re making people make a decision is where the price comes in.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Former NBA basketball player Stephon Marbury, left, talks to NYU freshmen at a question and answer session Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York. Marbury gave all the people in attendance a pair of his Starbury sneakers. Marbury had a few stellar seasons in China after an NBA career that included stints with five teams, and he’s become an iconic figure in the country. He has a statue and was featured on a postage stamp in Beijing, and then he got a museum and a musical in his honor. (AP Photo/Doug Feinberg)NEW YORK — Stephon Marbury had to wipe tears from his eyes.He had just shared a surprising, emotional hug with NYU freshman Zhou Sheng Kang. The 19-year-old student, who grew up in Beijing, was overcome with emotion while standing a few feet away from the player he watched lead his hometown team to three Chinese league championships.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments read more