Family ties bring in the buyers at auction

first_imgThe opening bidder held on at auction to become the new owner of 49 Central St, CalamvaleWHEN the property at 49 Central St, Calamvale hit the market, the owners were confident potential buyers would appreciate the quality of their handiwork.The home sold at auction on March 18 for $645,000, according to LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills sales consultant Jonathan Wang.“It’s a beautiful home, the owner built it himself, and he put a lot of effort into creating a really solid house,’’ he said. “(It has) terracotta roof and hardwood timber floors on a 740sq m block.” More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Hardwood floors and great quality finishes at this Calamvale propertyMr Wang said he and co-agent Karl Gillespie were blown away by the owner’s thoughtful approach to the build.“The finishes and everything are in really good condition and (the owner) built a little room underneath the house for storage or a man cave,’’ Mr Wang said. ‘‘It was a really, really nice property.’’About 60 people attended the auction with three bidders fighting it out. Granite benchtops were among the home’s appealing featuresMr Wang said the opening bidder was the eventual winner and it was the drive to live near family that had him staying in front right through to the finish line.“There was another registered bidder that came in at around $600,000 and, in the end, the buyers who bid first, they really wanted the property. They had family living close.”Mr Wang said the market in Calamvale had continued to perform strongly this year.“There’s demand from people who want to be in the area, especially for really nice homes.’’last_img read more

QC receives donation from alumni chapters

first_imgSeveral chapters of the Queen’s College alumni on Friday presented to the institution donations which are expected to assist the students with their academics and upcoming examinations.Present at the ceremony were the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Alfred Granger; members of the Central and South Florida Chapters, Sharia Yasin-Bacchus and Adrian Bacchus; and staff of the institution.Among the donations received was the servicing and reconfiguration of 39 computers in the Information Technology (IT) Laboratory and the repainting of the sick bays, which was done by the Toronto Chapter. The counsellor’s dwelling was also refurbished, and new furniture was added.Grade 10 students utilising the reconfigured computersOne staff member attached to the laboratory, Samantha Liverpool, explained that the need for functioning computers was essential, since examinations will be written shortly and the equipment is critically needed.“It won’t just benefit them, but also it’s going to benefit the students that are to come. The fourth form students are currently using those PCs,” she said.Additionally, the Central and South Florida Chapters were responsible for equipping the science laboratories with supplies and models for easy demonstrations in the classrooms.Meanwhile, the United Kingdom (UK) Chapter assisted with the provision of two air conditioning units for the IT laboratories. This was due to incidents in the past wherein several expensive pieces of equipment were damaged due to an excessive amount of heat in the room.Chairman of the Board, Alfred Granger, stated, “It’s a collaborative effort between all of the overseas alumni. We get tremendous support from them.”Over the years, the alumni chapters of the institution have been the driving force towards the success of the students, and they have revealed that this will continue in the coming years.last_img read more

Two Geological Process Ages Collapse

first_imgTwo processes theoretically assumed to take long ages have been shown they can occur quickly.Over the years, we have reported several assumed long-age processes collapse by orders of magnitude (e.g., 19 Aug 2014, about stalactites, crystals and canyons; 20 December 2013 about crude oil made in one hour;  1 Nov 2012 about volcano dates being 3,000% wrong; and other examples under the topic Dating Methods). These re-evaluations illustrate twin dangers: the fallacy of extrapolating present processes carelessly into the unobservable past, and modeling that fails to take into account all the pertinent inputs. Here are two more recent examples.1. The Carbon CycleSulfur can lock up carbon in sediments, where it is preserved.Faster than we thought: sulfurization of organic material (Washington University at St Louis). The subtitle reads, “New research is changing our understanding of the carbon cycle.” A process called “organic matter sulfurization” is the next candidate to fall from long age assumptions. Geologists had thought that a massive amount of carbon had been buried in the ocean 94 million years ago, leading to a massive change in climate. This carbon burial process took half a million years, they thought.The basic assumption has been that some combination of super-giant algae blooms and low levels of oxygen in the ocean allowed the organic carbon from these blooms to be preserved in sediments.New research from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis shows that there is another process by which this carbon was preserved. Organic matter sulfurization — which previously had been thought to act over timescales of tens of thousands of years — can actually occur much faster, according to research published this week in the journal Nature Communications.So how much faster can it occur, according to the new thinking? “Organic matter sulfurization reactions can occur on the timescale of just hours to days,” according to the press release and the open-access paper. That’s a speed-up of six to seven orders of magnitude! “We can even induce them in 24 hours in the lab,” one assistant professor of earth science says.This change in timescales may have sizable implications for how scientists understand the past and future of the Earth’s climate.Now think about the implications. “This change in timescales may have sizable implications for how scientists understand the past and future of the Earth’s climate,” the press release says. Does the IPCC realize that?The researchers do not question the standard assumptions about millions of years of earth history, and continue to believe some of their assumptions about climate are correct. But they have uncovered a process that before now was missing from climate models. More than climate-change science could be affected by this collapsing timescale for carbon sulfurization:The potential widespread nature of sulfurization as a manner of carbon preservation means that our understanding of the history of oxygen in the ocean may need to be reevaluated.Undoubtedly, many papers in the process of publication did not take this into account. And because of educational inertia, the new finding may not become widely known for years. Textbooks do not get re-written quickly. The political fallout from bad model inputs may not be seen before important decisions are made.2. Seafloor TopographyModelling shows what causes abyssal hills 2.5km below sea level ( Much of the seafloor is not flat, but is punctuated by hills and valleys – some quite steep. How did they form? A leading “sensational” idea has been that they reflect changes in earth climate driven by earth’s orbital cycles over millions of years. But despite their bravado, scientists still know little about seafloor topography.Half a century after discovering how plate tectonics works, the deep ocean floor is still a mystery to us. Why is the seafloor a vast expanse of hills and valleys?A sensational hypothesis suggested that climate and sea level cycles directly drive magma generation and the rolling hills of seafloor topography. But computer models of volcanism and faulting at mid-ocean ridges lead to the view that crustal faulting forms seafloor “abyssal hills.”The climate-cycle theory ties into the Milankovitch Theory (see 22 June 2018, “Why Milankovitch Theory Is Like Astrology”). which supposes that long-age cycles are driven by orbital dynamics of the earth around the sun, which are slow and gradual. Scientists at the University of Sydney evaluated the competing models (climate-driven cycles vs volcanism and faulting). The latter won hands down:The verdict: there is no sign of climate and sea-level fluctuations playing any role – instead, crustal faulting primarily drives the formation of abyssal hills.Their paper in Geophysical Research Letters indicates a big collapse in timescales: “No evidence for Milankovitch cycle influence on abyssal hills at intermediate, fast and super‐fast spreading rates.” The paper basically unlinks seafloor topography from crustal age, and in the process, scores another hit against Milankovitch theory. “Our results do not support the presence of Milankovitch‐driven signals in abyssal hill topography,” they say.Clearly, crustal faulting does not require long ages, either. Although the press release does not state how fast the authors think abyssal hills can form, there is no reason to assume they require slow, gradual processes.We think people should learn about the viscosity of the quicksand upon which many geological theories are built.(Visited 720 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Computer, this is my story

first_img16 January 2004Once upon a time in Africa, there was a computer programme that allowed you to create your own stories, choosing your own characters, selecting the backgrounds to your scenes, and writing your own dialogue – in your own language. It was called Storymaker …icomtek, the business unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has developed a software programme to help preserve South Africa’s rich storytelling heritage.What makes Storymaker unique is that it is multilingual, making it applicable to the diverse South African context.Users can currently create stories in English, Afrikaans and isiZulu. The words of the characters appear in speech bubbles above them, and subtitles beneath contain translations of the words. Once a user has created a story in one language, it can be played back in another.Translation from one language to another presented one of the main difficulties for Kim Gush, the project designer from icomtek. “You cannot translate words directly into other languages as they do not always have the same meaning”, Gush explains.To solve this problem, the programme was adapted to work on a phrase-by-phrase basis. This allows users to voice record their own phrases into their stories. First-language speakers in English, Afrikaans and isiZulu were consulted to ensure accuracy of the translations.The programme has been developed in such a way that other languages can be added to it in future.“Storymaker is a home-grown technology based on the open source philosophy. It uses indigenous languages, symbols and metaphors”, says Gush, who has been working on the project since May 2003 along with colleagues Rosalie de Villiers, Marelie Davel, Soogandhree Naidoo, Elaine Olivier, and Kagiso Chikane.“This programme demonstrates the strength of human language technology (HLT) and it brings out the creativity of the users”, says Gush. “It is not limited to children – it is not just about playing a game. Users benefit because it fires their creativity.”“Storymaker is well aligned with icomtek’s drive to contribute to the move to take South Africa from a consumption basis of participation in the information society, towards a better balance between consumption and creation,” said Johan Eksteen, the director of icomtek.“The programme also strengthens the initiatives of local content development and the recognition of the value of local cultures and languages within the social fabric of South Africa”, Eksteen added.“The drive to develop technology appropriate to our context, taking into account the power of diversity and various levels of knowledge literacy and other contextual aspects, is very important to icomtek, and Storymaker contributes to this.”The primary focus area of the Storymaker application will be on the Digital Doorway, icomtek’s multimedia kiosk, while it can be used on Linux and Windows as well.The Digital Doorway is an innovative undertaking that seeks to investigate the concept of minimally invasive education as an alternative way to promote widescale computer literacy in support of the information society.The concept aims to provide people in rural and disadvantaged areas with computer equipment, and allow them to experiment and learn without formal training and with minimal external input.Source: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How safe is running a marathon? Heart doctors say it depends

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Fast-forward 35 years, and Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray is amplifying that message for marathoners, especially those who have coronary artery disease or a family history of it.“Being fit and being healthy aren’t the same things,” McGillivray says.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe should know. Six months ago, the lifelong competitor underwent open-heart triple bypass surgery after suffering chest pain and shortness of breath while running.As marathons, ultramarathons, megamile trail races, and swim-bike-run triathlons continue to explode in popularity, doctors are re-prescribing some longstanding advice: Get a checkup first and talk with your primary care physician or cardiologist about the risks and benefits before hitting the road. MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated In a study published in December in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, researchers in Spain found signs suggesting that full marathons like Boston may strain the heart. They measured substances that can signal stress and found higher levels in runners who covered the classic 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) marathon distance compared with those who raced shorter distances such as a half-marathon or 10K.Only about one in 50,000 marathoners suffers cardiac arrest, the researchers said, but a high proportion of all exercise-induced cardiac events occur during marathons — especially in men ages 35 and older. The Boston Marathon and other major races place defibrillators along the course.“We typically assume that marathon runners are healthy individuals, without risk factors that might predispose them to a cardiac event during or after a race,” wrote Dr. Juan Del Coso, the study’s lead investigator, who runs the exercise physiology lab at Madrid’s Camilo José Cela University. Running shorter distances, he said, might reduce the strain, especially in runners who haven’t trained appropriately.Dr. Kevin Harris, a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, said he had a patient preparing for the Twin Cities Marathon who struggled to exceed 10 miles (16 kilometers) in training. The man’s family doctor insisted he get a stress test, and he wound up needing double bypass surgery to detour around dangerous blockages in his arteries.“Running is good, and we want people to be active. But your running doesn’t make you invincible,” Harris said. “The bottom line is that individuals with a family history — especially men who are older than 40 and those people who have symptoms they’re concerned about — should have an informed decision with their health care provider before they run a marathon.”That family history is crucial.Fixx, whose 1977 best-seller “The Complete Book of Running” helped ignite America’s running boom, was 52 when he collapsed and died. An autopsy showed he had blockages in two of his heart arteries. He had a mix of risk factors. His father died at 43 of a heart attack, and although Fixx quit smoking, changed his eating habits and dropped 60 pounds, it turned out he couldn’t outrun those risks.Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s late husband, tech entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, was 47 when he died while the couple was vacationing in Mexico in 2015. Goldberg had been running on a treadmill when he fell, and an autopsy revealed he had undiagnosed heart disease.Former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is 49, has said his own strong family history of heart disease is what motivates him to work out regularly and watch his diet. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all died of heart attacks in their 50s.“If you’re going to take on strenuous exercise later in life, and especially if you have active heart disease, it’s clearly in your interest to be tested and make sure you can handle it,” said Dr. William Roberts, a fellow and past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. Keeping the streaks alive SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew McGillivray said his doctor has cleared him for Monday’s 123rd running of the Boston Marathon, which he’ll run at night after the iconic race he supervises is in the books. It will be his 47th consecutive Boston, and this time, he’s trying to raise $100,000 for a foundation established in memory of a little boy who died of cardiomyopathy — an enlarging and thickening of the heart muscle.“Heartbreak Hill will have special meaning this year,” McGillivray said.“My new mission is to create awareness: If you feel something, do something,” he also said. “You have to act. You might not get a second chance.” /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In this Aug. 23, 2018 file photo, Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon, runs past fans inside Fenway Park, as he commemorates the last leg of his 80-day run in 1978 to benefit the Jimmy Fund, before a baseball game in Boston. A few months later, McGillivray underwent triple bypass surgery after suffering chest discomfort and difficulty breathing while running. He is cautioning people thinking of running a marathon to talk with their doctors before hitting the road, especially if they have coronary artery disease or a family history of it. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)BOSTON — It was the death heard ’round the running world.In July 1984, acclaimed author and running guru Jim Fixx died of a heart attack while trotting along a country road in Vermont. Overnight, a nascent global movement of asphalt athletes got a gut check: Just because you run marathons doesn’t mean you’re safe from heart problems.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For McGillivray, 64, the writing was on his artery walls. Both of his grandfathers died of heart attacks; his father had multiple bypasses; his siblings have had heart surgery; and a brother recently suffered a stroke.Neither McGillivray’s marathon personal best of 2 hours, 29 minutes, 58 seconds, nor his decades of involvement in the sport could protect him.“I honestly thought that through exercise, cholesterol-lowering medicine, good sleep and the right diet, I’d be fine,” he said. “But you can’t run away from your genetics.”Aerobic exercise such as running, brisk walking, cycling, and swimming is known to reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and certain types of cancer, and it’s been a key way to fight obesity, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and more. Studies have shown those who exercise regularly are more likely to survive a heart attack and recover more quickly than couch potatoes.But new research is providing a more nuanced look at “extreme exercise” and the pros and cons of running long.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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