Brisbane builder keen to see someone enjoy his masterpiece

first_imgThis home at 45 Olive Grove, Balmoral goes to auction at 4pm on Saturday.This brand spanking new home at Balmoral is in need of a new owner.The property, at 45 Olive Grove, is owned by Brissie builder Jason Gloftis who helped design this amazing masterpiece.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoThe property was in the design stages for a good eight months before the dirt was cut in April, according to Mr Gloftis from Gloffy Constructions.He said the three-level home worked well with the 622sq m block and accommodated a large protected fig tree in his neighbour’s backyard.Sharing the ground floor is a media room, bathroom, and laundry with outside access to a drying yard.Other features include a built-in barbecue and in-ground pool surrounded by a low-maintenance garden. The home, marketed by Emil Juresic from NGU Real Estate, goes under the hammer at 4pm today.last_img read more

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Gas tensioner supports JR Central wires

first_imgSpring and balance-weight tensioners have been superseded by a gas-cylinder model developed by JR Central, offering a smaller, lighter unit with improved performance.Whereas conventional tensioners absorb the slack produced when overhead line cables expand in the heat, the gas cylinder model actively tensions in response to changes in temperature. As the cylinder warms up, the gas inside expands, pushing against a piston. This retracts sliding rods, which pull against the catenary termination. As temperature falls, the catenary shortens, but tension remains constant as gas in the cylinder contracts. Tension can be maintained at a required level of between 10 and 35 kN.The gas tensioner is much lighter than spring or balance-weight designs. It is also much more compact, permitting its use in places where installation of other tensioners would be difficult, such as in tunnels. Adding a pressure sensor to the gas cylinder allows the operator to monitor the catenary remotely, to detect wind gusts or catenary damage.JR Central, Tokyo, JapanReader Enquiry Number 140last_img read more

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Shearwater in 3D Isometrix Seismic Survey for Ecopetrol

first_imgShearwater GeoServices has been awarded a 3D Isometrix seismic survey by Colombia’s Ecopetrol.It will be Shearwater’s first Isometrix survey in Latin America with marine acquisition starting in Q4 2019, the company informed.The survey covers 2 000 sq. km of 3D seismic offshore Colombia on Ecopetrol’s Block COL-5 and will be acquired by the SW Amundsen equipped with Isometrix multisensor streamer technology.Isometrix streamer technology is a true 3D multisensor system that can record the full seismic wavefield enabling better receiver deghosting and improved seismic images.The survey is expected to take 1.5 months to complete, Shearwater noted.Shearwater experiences increased activity in Latin America and has established a new Colombian branch to support this coming operation. This follows the recent set-up of a subsidiary in Brazil to support Shearwater’s growth in the region.last_img read more

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32 tribes, groups join Ati-Atihan’s ‘sadsad’

first_imgA performer holds an image of the Santo Niño. The Ati-Atihan Festival is among the religious celebrations in the Philippines which centers on the devotion to Child Jesus. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Meanwhile, Tribu Datu Puti fromRosario, Malinao will defend the title in the Balik Ati category. In the tribal big category, BlackBeauty Boys of Linabuan Norte, Kalibo was aiming for its 9th title in the last10 years while four tribes from Makato, Aklan namely Vikings and Maharlika inDumga; D’Kamanggahan in Poblacion; and Pangawasan in Cayangwan will also try tograb the title, joining with them were Makulay and Libtong Boys from Estancia,Kalibo.  Also in the competition were “Apo niInday” and “Sinikway nga Ati” of Calangcang, Makato; Tribu Naisud of Naisud,Ibajay; and Kinantu-ing and Malipayong Ati of San Roque, Malinao. Two tribes represented Kalibo in theBalik Ati contest – the Maninikop of Caano and Tribu Anono-o of Briones. Participants from Kalibo town whichincluded the Kabog (Kami Amots Basi Ona Gihapon) of Estancia; Tribu Alibangbangof Linabuan Norte; Tribu Bukid Tigayon and Tribu Ninolitos of Tigayon;Tamaeanun of Poblacion; and Tribu Responde of New Buswang have competed for thetribal small category. Joining with them was Lezo Tribe of Ibao, Lezo. The Aeang-Aeang of Laguinbanua,Numancia was vying for its second title in three years against nine modernAti-Atihan groups which include La Promesa and Atras Abante of Poblacion,Makato; DEmagine of Poblacion, Kalibo; Delex 300 (Old Buswang, Kalibo); Blue Birds(Tabangka, Numancia); Road Side (Linabuan Sur, Banga); Bae-ot Bae-ot (Pusiw,Numancia); Bunggos 0501 (Sta. Cruz, Lezo); and Tampogaling (Linabuan Norte,Kalibo). BORACAY – Thirty-two tribes and groupswere officially registered for this year’s Ati-Atihan street dancingcompetition or “sadsad,” lower compared to last year’s 34. The street dancing competition wasslated on Jan. 18 along the major streets of Poblacion, Kalibo.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

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Fire hits class rooms, school canteen

first_imgThe Bureau ofFire Protection said the blaze around 1:30 p.m. on Monday originated from the canteenand quickly spread to adjacent rooms of Grade 5 and Grade 6 of NazarethElementary School.  Fire investigators said the cost ofdamage is estimated around P500,000. They have yet to determine the cause andorigin of the blaze./PN ILOILO City – Fire razed two class roomsand a canteen of an elementary school in Barangay Nazareth, Buenavista,Guimaras. last_img

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Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

first_imgCharbel Haj, who works at the port, said it started as small explosions like firecrackers. Then, he said, he was thrown off his feet by the huge blast. His clothes were torn. One of Israel’s top bomb experts, Boaz Hayoun, said fireworks could have been a factor setting off the bigger blast. “Before the big explosion, … in the center of the fire, you can see sparks, you can hear sounds like popcorn and you can hear whistles,” said Hayoun, owner of the Tamar Group, which works closely with the Israeli government on safety and certification issues involving explosives. “This is very specific behavior of fireworks.” BEIRUT, Lebanon – A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. The blast came at a time when Lebanon’s economy is facing collapse from the financial crisis and the coronavirus restrictions. Many have lost jobs, while the worth of their savings has evaporated as the currency has plunged in value against the dollar. The result has thrown many into poverty. The explosion came amid ongoing tensions between Israel and the Hezbollah military group on Lebanon’s southern border. Many residents reported hearing planes overhead just before the blast, fueling rumors of an attack, though Israeli military overflights are common. An Israeli government official said Israel “had nothing to do” with the blast. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the news media. Israeli officials usually do not comment on “foreign reports.” Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, said it might have been caused by highly explosive material that was confiscated from a ship some time ago and stored at the port. Local television channel LBC said the material was sodium nitrate. Witnesses reported seeing a strange orange-colored cloud like that which appears when toxic nitrogen dioxide gas is released after an explosion involving nitrates. Outside the St. George University Hospital in Beirut’s Achrafieh neighborhood, people with various injuries arrived in ambulances, in cars and on foot. The explosion had caused major damage inside the building and knocked out the electricity at the hospital. Dozens of injured were being treated on the spot on the street outside, on stretchers and wheelchairs. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo extended his “deepest condolences” to the people of Beirut and said the United States is closely monitoring the situation. “Our team in Beirut has reported to me the extensive damage to a city and a people that I hold dear, an additional challenge in a time of already deep crisis,” Pompeo said in a written statement. The blast was stunning even for a city that has seen civil war, suicide bombings and bombardment by Israel. The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, UNIFIL, said one of its ships in the port was damaged and a number of its peacekeepers were injured, some seriously. Health Minister Hassan Hamad said the preliminary toll was more than 70 dead and more than 3,000 wounded. Emergency teams streamed in from across Lebanon to help, and the injured had to be taken to hospitals outside the capital. Hamad added that hospitals were barely coping and offers of aid were pouring in from Arab states and friends of Lebanon. Beirut’s governor, Marwan Abboud, broke into tears as he toured the site, exclaiming, “Beirut is a devastated city.” Prime Minister Hassan Diab vowed that “those responsible will pay.” Outside one hospital, Omar Kinno sat on the pavement, holding back tears. Kinno, a Syrian, said one of his sisters was killed when the blast rocked their apartment near the port, and another sister’s neck was broken. His injured mother and father were taken to a hospital but he didn’t know which, and he was making calls trying to track them down. The blast struck with the force of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, according to Germany’s geosciences center GFZ, and it was heard and felt as far away as Cyprus more than 200 kilometers (180 miles) across the Mediterranean. Initially, video taken by residents showed a fire raging at the port, sending up a giant column of smoke, illuminated by flashes of what appeared to be fireworks. Local TV stations reported that a fireworks warehouse was involved. The fire then appeared to spread to a nearby building, triggering a more massive explosion, sending up a mushroom cloud and generating a shock wave.center_img Some of those injured lay on the ground at the port, Associated Press staff at the scene said. A civil defense official said there were still bodies inside the port, many under debris. “I have no idea what happened to my parents. I am totally lost,” he said. “This country is cursed,” a young man passing by muttered. For blocks around the port, where the explosion took place, bloodied residents staggered through streets lined with overturned cars and littered with rubble from shattered buildings. Windows and doors were blown out kilometers (miles) away. Army helicopters helped battle fires raging at Beirut’s port. One woman covered in blood from the waist up walked down a trashed street while talking furiously on her phone. On another street, a woman with a bloodied face looked distraught, staggering through traffic with two friends at her side. It was reminiscent of massive blasts during Lebanon’s civil war and took place only three days before a U.N.-backed tribunal was set to give its verdict in the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in a truck bombing more than 15 years ago. That explosion, with a ton of explosives, was felt kilometers (miles) away, just like Tuesday’s explosion. “This is a catastrophe we have on our hands,” said one doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make press statements. “It was a real horror show. I haven’t seen anything like that since the days of the (civil) war,” said Marwan Ramadan, who was about 500 meters (yards) from the port and was knocked off his feet by the force of the explosion. Confusion reigned across the city, as people cleared out of damaged homes or tried to locate family. Motorcyclists picked their way through traffic, carrying the injured. The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but initial reports suggested a fire had detonated a warehouse at the port. Several of Beirut’s hospitals were damaged in the blast. Roum Hospital put out a call for people to bring it spare generators to keep its electricity going as it evacuated patients because of heavy damage. The sudden devastation overwhelmed a country already struggling with both the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis. For hours afterward, ambulances rushing in from around Lebanon carried away the wounded. Hospitals quickly filled beyond capacity, pleading for blood supplies, and generators to keep their lights on. French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet that his country was sending aid. Israel offered emergency assistance through international intermediaries, its Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Iran, Hezbollah’s patron, also said it was ready to help. “Stay strong, Lebanon,” its foreign minister, Javad Zarif, said in a tweet. 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Flood Advisory issued for Palm Beach County until 4:45P

first_imgClick here for live updates. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for eastern Palm Beach County until 4:45 p.m. Saturday.So far, up to one inch of rain has fallen, and additional rainfall of two to three inches is expected over the next few hours.The Flood Advisory is also in effect for Broward County.Flash Flood Warning including West Palm Beach FL, Boynton Beach FL, Delray Beach FL until 4:45 PM EDT pic.twitter.com/VQS4pcCj7K— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) August 24, 2019last_img read more

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Registered sex offender found dead at motel

first_imgAuthorities in Daytona Beach are currently investigating the death of a registered sex offender who was found dead during a probation check.Officials say 68-year-old Marc W. Pinder was found dead Friday morning at the Speedway Motel by a probation officer.It is unclear how he died and if authorities believe the death could have been caused by foul play.Pinder was convicted in 2012 for having sexual relations with a minor.Authorities say as many as 16 sexual predators and registered sex offenders reside at the motel due to difficultly finding other places to live once they have been deemed a predator.last_img read more

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Barcelona pulls out of plan to play LaLiga game in Miami

first_imgBut LaLiga’s plan proved highly unpopular, with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) both publicly speaking out against it.FIFA president Gianni Infantino in October said he would block any attempt to take a LaLiga game to the United States, although the league’s president Javier Tebas has continued to push for the proposal.Barca, though, said on Monday it is no longer willing to play Girona in Miami because of a lack of support for the idea. Barcelona has withdrawn from a plan to play its LaLiga away match against Girona in Miami.As part of a 15-year agreement between Spain’s top division and Relevent Sports, it was proposed Barca would face Girona at Hard Rock Stadium in January. However, the Catalan giants remain open to the possibility when it is backed from all quarters.”The Barcelona board of directors have agreed to withdraw their disposal to play their game against Girona in Miami, after noting a lack of consensus over this proposal,” their statement said. “FC Barcelona were and remain willing to play a LaLiga game in Miami, and accepted that income from the game would be shared amongst all Primera Division and Segunda Division clubs, following the same criteria of television rights money distribution, but consider that this project will not prosper until there is an agreement between all parties.”last_img read more

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