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Hamptons haven undergoes mammoth transformation

first_img15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.The pair bought the property in 2015 – it was to be their “forever home” but work in Sydney has forced them to reluctantly sell it. “It is with a very heavy heart that we say good bye to this home,” Ms O’Driscoll said.“We spent so much time and money getting it right and truly thought it would be our forever home.” 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.Since owning the property the pair have devoted countless hours giving the house and backyard a Hamptons-inspired renovation.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We had a landscape architect do the whole outside area with us,” Ms O’Driscoll said. “It is a big 1058 sqm block so we wanted to have a lot of different living areas that you could enjoy outside for both kids and adults,” the mother-of-one said. “When we bought this place what attracted us was we would do up the pool and not lose the grassed area and gardens. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.The pool house features a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen with a deck overlooking stunning vista of the pool.Ms O’Driscoll said the house was the perfect family entertainer. “We finished the renovations a while back now and were able to have people here for Christmas,” she said. “We spent so much time in the pool and in the gardens, it has been fantastic. It’s such a fantastic place to live.” 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.WELCOME to your hidden sanctuary.Relax by the statement pandanus tree, unwind in the resort-inspired pool and sit back in your poolside guesthouse.But this Mermaid Waters house didn’t always look like this – the property had a mammoth backyard transformation thanks to vendors Karen O’Driscoll and husband Michael Goldsworthy. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.Inside, the couple replaced many of the windows overlooking the pool with sliding doors to create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. They also installed white plantation shutters throughout the house.Gema Jackson and Mitch Palmer of Ray White Mermaid Waters are taking the property to auction on May 26. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.“We wanted areas for relaxing and making the most of the sun and we wanted the pool to be suitable for adults and children.”The couple, who have five-year-old son Ethan, have definitely achieved their vision – one step inside the property and you feel a million miles away in a tropical paradise. “We had the pool suitable for adults and children – we basically put shallow steps in and a water feature and made sure the pool was also long enough so we could swim laps,” she said.last_img read more

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UK-based telecom giant BT ties up with IISc for AI, mobility and other tech innovations

first_imgThe Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Friday announced agreement with the UK-based telecommunication major BT for opening a new collaborative research centre in Bengaluru to work on cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), mobility and software engineering technologies.The new BT India Research Centre (BTIRC) will join BT’s network of collaborative research facilities around the globe, including centres in Northern Ireland, China, the US and the UAE, an official statement said.This global innovation network is centred on the BT Labs at Adastral Park, Suffolk, the UK, one of the world’s leading centres for telecommunications research, it said.We’re delighted to announce that our new BT India Research Centre, focused on developing #AI, mobile technologies and #software engineering, opens today in Bengaluru: https://t.co/ha8FXyRfDD pic.twitter.com/cAmieoFrbNBT – global business (@bt_global) July 4, 2019New collaborative research centre in Bengaluru:IISc Director Anurag Kumar said his institute looks forward with great anticipation to being an academic partner to the new collaborative research centre being established by BT in Bengaluru.”The proposed research topics of mobility and artificial intelligence, with the associated software engineering, are sure to attract strong interest from the IISc faculty and students. I look forward to the many discoveries and innovations that will no doubt emanate from such collaboration,” he said.Brilliant intellectual capital in Bengaluru:Professor Tim Whitley, Managing Director for Research at BT, said the opening of this new centre is the start of an exciting new chapter for BT, and for UK-India research.advertisement”The technologies we’ll be developing here, in fields such as AI, mobile and software engineering will accelerate the delivery of exciting innovations to our customers around the globe, taking advantage of the brilliant intellectual capital in Bengaluru,” he said.Focus on AI, mobility and software engineering technologies:The BTIRC will operate multiple research tracks, focused primarily on artificial intelligence, mobility and software engineering technologies for use in BT’s strategic programmes, products and services, while its future areas will include cybersecurity innovations, according to its statement.READ: Education Budget 2019: National Sports Education Board to be set up under Khelo IndiaREAD: Govt to start ‘study in India’ programme to attract foreign studentslast_img read more

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Queensland Continues Dominance of Deaf Touch Football

first_imgDeakin Fields witnessed some exciting Touch Football action with a twist over the weekend of Saturday, 12 January and Sunday, 13 January, with the inaugural Deaf Touch Football Australia National Championships taking place.  All the players were deaf and cannot hear the whistle or the calls from their team members, which made for some very interesting tactics in communications between players and from the referees to the players.Queensland dominated the Women’s division and faced some tough games from New South Wales in the Mixed and from ACT in the Men’s.  The home team challenged Queensland in the Men’s grand final which saw a great game of attacking Touch Football in a 9-6 win which was witnessed by over 200 spectators.  The grand finals of the Men’s and Mixed divisions featured a unique four referee structure to ensure consistent communications and free flowing matches. It also featured two deaf referees, being Matt Shannon and Jonathon Powyer, who both also played for New South Wales in the round matches.New South Wales in the Women’s division remained scoreless, however it was not for want of trying as the speed of the Queensland girls was too much, while New South Wales was not assisted by the unlucky run of injuries that occurred before and during the tournament. It is for certain next time, New South Wales will have some luck on their side.  In the Mixed, New South Wales found themselves overrun by the impressive Queensland team however put on some show of talent to keep in the hunt in both of their round matches.  It was the two Queensland teams that dominated this division which demonstrated their strength in Deaf Touch Football.  The Men’s division was competitive, however for New South Wales Central Coast the preparations were marked by the withdrawal of four key players who all fell to injuries in the local Central Coast competition.  Central Coast showed glimpse of talent with their limited playing numbers and what may have been.  New South Wales ‘A’ finished in third position after a strong challenge in the semi final against ACT which at one stage could have gone either way.  It was only a few missed chances that left New South Wa;es wondering if the score line could have been closer against a disciplined ACT side.   ACT came into the tournament looking to show the larger states their improved form and were rewarded through dominant displays against New South Wales and New South Wales Central Coast, and two highly competitive matches against the eventual winners Queensland.  The Queensland Men’s team demonstrated why they are the best Deaf Touch Football state in Australia, with displays of attacking moves throughout the tournament that saw some classy touchdowns.The Most Valuable Players (MVP) of the tournament were Queensland’s Tegan Blanch, in the Women’s division, New South Wales’ Matt Shannon, in the Mixed and ACT’s Greg Quinn, in the Men’s division. All MVP’s were determined by votes from the referees and the captains after each game.  Several Queensland and New South Wales Men’s players were close in the votes which demonstrated talent throughout the teams. Now towards the future, the next tournament will be determined by the end of February 2013, along with plans to put an Australian Deaf Men’s and Mixed team in the 2014 National Touch League.  As one keen spectator quoted at the conclusion of the weekend “it has just got started!”For more information about the event, please visit the following website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=9325&pID=14           Related LinksDeaf Touch Nationalslast_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd striker Rashford: I know how Greenwood feels

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd striker Rashford: I know how Greenwood feelsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcus Rashford was delighted for Manchester United matchwinner Mason Greenwood last night.Greenwood underlined his huge potential with the only goal at Old Trafford as United secured a 1-0 win against Astana in Thursday’s Group L opener.”Me being in his shoes in the past, I know how he feels,” Rashford said.”Even more important, that was the goal that won us the game, that’s what everyone should be talking about.”He’s been doing well since he joined the first team and there is 100 per cent more to come from him. I’m sure he is excited and everyone else is excited as well.”I would not say it is a weight off his shoulders. For the kids coming through the academy, that does not exist for them.” last_img read more

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21 days agoAZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø: I was expecting more from Man Utd players

first_imgAZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø: I was expecting more from Man Utd playersby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAZ Alkmaar midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø admits he was surprised by how poor Manchester United were last night.Midtsjø featured in last night’s 0-0 Europa League draw.He later told VG, “When you grew up watching United under Sir Alex Ferguson, you used to say it was entertaining for just about every match.”But what we were expecting today was not what I saw. I was expecting more from the boys we faced.”It may be the intensity of the game, that they are missing a bit. It’s a bit too easy to play them out. But it is easy for me to stand here and say it and have made a good fight. We made it difficult for them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Obey New Road Law and Avoid Heavy Fines – Johnson Smith

first_img Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, is advising persons concerned about heavy fines for breaches under the new Road Traffic Bill to “simply obey the law”.“If you obey the law, you will not have a fine. So please do not complain about how high the fines are and how they are pressuring… we have to turn the corner on the question of discipline and law and order in society. We have to get serious and we have to have people think seriously about the law and about how they use the road,” she said.She argued further that stemming “the indiscipline, the recklessness, the carelessness, the lack of respect for others demonstrated on our roads” starts with stronger traffic laws, along with proper implementation and enforcement and effective public education.Mrs. Johnson Smith was speaking in the Senate on Friday (May 11), where the Road Traffic Bill was passed with 161 amendments.The Bill, which was approved by the House of Representatives on February 6 with 131 amendments, seeks to repeal and replace the existing 1938 Act, and will establish new offences as well as provide increased penalties for breaches.Mrs. Johnson Smith, who piloted the Bill through the Senate, thanked both sides of the House for their “constructive contribution to the process” of modernising the legislation.The Leader of Government Business noted that the updated Bill is now suited to the current realities on the roads, particularly in relation to the high number of fatalities stemming from the indiscipline of some road users.“I wish to extend our deepest and most sincere thanks to the technical team from the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Parliamentary Counsel, the Ministry of Transport and Mining, the Road Safety Council and all the stakeholders… for the work to get the Road Traffic Act modernised, fit for purpose and ready to usher us into a new, safe and prosperous future,” she said.Among the features of the Road Traffic Bill are a restriction on handheld devices and a requirement for drivers to have a licence in their possession while operating a vehicle.No grace period will be allowed to produce a permit or driver’s licence, if it is found that the motorist does not have the document on his or her person.Some of the offences for which heavy fines will be imposed under the Bill include driving without required motor vehicle insurance coverage ($20,000); driving a motor vehicle without being the holder of a permit or driver’s licence ($40,000); failure of a driver to obey traffic light ($24,000); loud noises within silence zones and failure to wear a protective helmet ($5,000); failure to comply with traffic signs ($10,000); and failure to stop at pedestrian crossings ($12,000). “If you obey the law, you will not have a fine. So please do not complain about how high the fines are and how they are pressuring… we have to turn the corner on the question of discipline and law and order in society. We have to get serious and we have to have people think seriously about the law and about how they use the road,” she said. Story Highlights Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, is advising persons concerned about heavy fines for breaches under the new Road Traffic Bill to “simply obey the law”. She argued further that stemming “the indiscipline, the recklessness, the carelessness, the lack of respect for others demonstrated on our roads” starts with stronger traffic laws, along with proper implementation and enforcement and effective public education.last_img read more

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NCB Foundation to Pay for More CSEC Subjects

first_img Director, NCB Foundation, Stuart Reid, said that based on the organisation’s strategic focus, collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the need to support new and emerging career opportunities, the Foundation has revised the programme. The Foundation currently pays in full for CSEC Principles of Accounts (POA) and Principles of Business (POB) examination fees, for students at the secondary level. Story Highlights The National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation is to increase the number of subjects it pays for qualifying students sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations for the academic year 2018/19.The Foundation currently pays in full for CSEC Principles of Accounts (POA) and Principles of Business (POB) examination fees, for students at the secondary level.Director, NCB Foundation, Stuart Reid, said that based on the organisation’s strategic focus, collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and the need to support new and emerging career opportunities, the Foundation has revised the programme.The Director was speaking at the NCB Foundation CSEC National Bursary Programme’s handover ceremony, held at Jamaica College on October 17, where the bank electronically transferred $13.9 million to the Overseas Examinations Commission’s account to cover the cost incurred for the 3,334 students from government-approved public and private schools who sat POA and POB in June.He informed that for this academic year, the organisation will support Information Technology (IT) and two other non-traditional subjects.“Going forward, we will review the changing demands of respective industries and offer support in subjects that align. The future of Jamaica lies in the minds and hands of its youth, thus we cannot have a better Jamaica without first doing everything in our power to empower the next generation to maximise their talents,” he said.Under the programme, the entity allows qualified secondary-level students to sit these two business subjects free of cost. This helps them to meet the minimum number of five subjects required for entry to a tertiary institution.For his part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dean-Roy Bernard, welcomed the Foundation’s changes to the programme.“We are grateful to NCB for this partnership in supporting our students, especially those who want to take advantage of the new opportunities,” Mr. Bernard said.He also lauded NCB Foundation’s commitment in helping to ensure that students who demonstrate financial need and are excelling academically are able to benefit from this programme.Overall, the Foundation has invested in excess of $141 million in the programme, impacting the lives of more than 100,000 students. The National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation is to increase the number of subjects it pays for qualifying students sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations for the academic year 2018/19.last_img read more

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Dalai Lama Foundation Announces Fundraising Campaign For Living History

first_imgThe Dalai Lama Foundation, a global, non-profit organization focused on peace and ethics education, today kicks off development of The Living History of the Dalai Lama, the first of three phases that will comprise the new Dalai Lama Foundation Global Center For Peace.Scheduled to launch in mid-2015, Living History will be a comprehensive, interactive, online experience that will chronicle the life and accomplishments of the Dalai Lama, one of the world’s best-known and most-respected advocates for peace.The Global Center for Peace is a three-part initiative designed to support and catalyze the advancement of peace, compassion, and social and economic change worldwide. The first phase, the Living History project, launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds needed for development of the online experience. The second phase, the Incubator For GOOD, is a program that will enable social entrepreneurs aligned with the Dalai Lama’s messages of peace and compassion to collaborate, learn critical skills, meet partners and funders, and further develop their organizations. The final phase, a Bay Area-based Center for Peace, will be a physical space designed to educate, inspire and encourage action among the next generation of peacemakers throughout the world.“The Living History of the Dalai Lama will make the words and actions of this extraordinary man accessible to people across the globe so that new generations of change-makers will be motivated to further improve life on our planet,” said Darlene Markovich, President and Executive Director of the Dalai Lama Foundation. “We’re thrilled to kick off the Living History project as part of our new Center for Peace initiative, all of which will provide very tangible support and impact on our collective journey to advocate peace, ethics and compassion.”The Living History Project will educate and inspire people around the world with His Holiness’ message of world peace through an interactive, content-rich multimedia web experience that shares major events and the Dalai Lama’s extraordinary life’s work, with contributions from his friends and other universally recognized peace leaders such as rarely seen videos, photos and an interactive map highlighting his prolific world travels. It will also serve as an online social community that will share the many success stories of people, groups and organizations that were inspired by the Dalai Lama. Among his many honors, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet.As His Holiness approaches his 80th birthday, the time is right to create the Living History and celebrate the more than 70 years of the Dalai Lama’s life’s work and accomplishments of this extraordinary man.
The mission of the Dalai Lama Foundation is to support the development of our shared global capacity for ethics and peace, based on a non-dogmatic ethic of compassion. The Foundation was established with the Dalai Lama’s endorsement and advice. As noted by the Dalai Lama, “I am happy to endorse and lend my name to this effort because it promises to try to put into action many of the ideas for peace that I support.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Two die three injured as factory wall collapses in Shahdara

first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons died and three injured after a part of a wall collapsed in an aluminium factory in Delhi’s Shahdara on Thursday. An Official from East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) said that the building owner in order to rebuild the wall was demolishing the wall when the incident happened.The deceased have been identified as Baldev and Dharmender, both in their early 30s. According to the fire department, they received information regarding the incident around 11.54 am. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Five people were buried under the debris in Shahdara’s Seemapuri area. They were engaged in a repair work when the incident happened,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Meghna Yadav said. The persons who were at the spot did not get any time to escape and were trapped under debries. The police were informed about the incident. Fire official stated that they took out the victims from the debries. The victims were rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital where two were declared brought dead while three others are undergoing treatment, the police officer said. Three persons aged between 22-27 are still undergoing treatment at hospital. A senior police officer in the Shahdara district said that the probe is on to check negligence in the incident. “It’s an old building and investigation is going on to know whether it was legal or not. We have registered a case against the owner,” the police officer said.last_img read more

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Facing arrest Perus exprez Garcia shoots himself dead

first_imgLima: Peru’s former president Alan Garcia shot himself in the head at his home on Wednesday as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case, his lawyer and hospital officials said. The 69-year-old Garcia was undergoing emergency surgery for “a bullet wound to his head” at the Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital in Lima, the hospital said. Peru’s Health Minister Zulema Tomas said Garcia was in “very serious and critical” condition. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We’ve had to resuscitate him three times. He’s had three cardiac arrests,” said Tomas. “He is in a delicate condition and the prognosis is reserved,” added the health ministry, which said the bullet went straight through Garcia’s head. The attempted arrest took place at 6:30 a.m. (1130 GMT) at Garcia’s home in the posh Miraflores neighborhood of Lima. “This morning there was a regrettable accident: the president took the decision to shoot himself,” Erasmo Reyna, Garcia’s lawyer, told reporters outside the hospital. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsGarcia, who was president from 1985-90 and again from 2006-11, is suspected of having taken bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in return for large-scale public works contracts. In November he sought refuge in the Uruguayan Embassy and applied for asylum but he left the next month after it was denied. He is one of four Peruvian ex-presidents embroiled in various corruption scandals alongside Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Ollanta Humala and Alejandro Toledo. Odebrecht has admitted to paying 29 million in bribes to Peruvian officials over three administrations. Some of those payments were allegedly made during Garcia’s second term in office to secure a contract to build the Lima metro. Peruvian press reports also claim Garcia received a 100,000 payment from an illicit Odebrecht fund for giving a speech to Brazilian business leaders in Sao Paulo in May 2012.last_img read more

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