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Greek police seize large cocaine haul, arrest 3 suspects

first_imgTHESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police have seized a haul of 324 kilograms (714 pounds) of pure cocaine and arrested three people in the northern city of Thessaloniki. They say the suspects planned to mix the cocaine with other substances and sell it in Greece and other markets. It would have had a street value of 100 million euros , police said. The police operation was conducted jointly with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Athens office Friday.last_img

Green Mountain Coffee sells direct customer support in Northeast to Pine State Trading

first_imgPine State Trading Co, and the Specialty Coffee Business Unit of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR), announced today that the companies have entered into an asset purchase agreement through which GMCR will transition direct customer support in its northeast region, including responsibility for sales representation, order management, delivery and equipment service, to Pine State Trading. The transaction is expected to close as of September 13, 2010. Terms of the agreement, which are not material to GMCR, were not disclosed. Since we first began our wholesale business, GMCR has maintained a direct store distribution model in the northeast region of the United States Since we first began our wholesale business, GMCR has maintained a direct store distribution model in the northeast region of the United States, said Scott McCreary, president of the Specialty Coffee Business Unit of GMCR. Changing customer requirements led us to conclude it was time to transition the region to a more scalable distributor-based model consistent with the way we operate nationally and in Canada.McCreary continued, With its strong reputation for customer service in the region, Pine State Trading is an ideal partner for us, our customers, and our employees as we make this change. Together, we ll work to ensure a seamless transition for customers. We look forward to welcoming current GMCR customers and employees into the Pine State family, said Paul Cottrell, president of Pine State Trading Co. We expect our strong, existing relationship with GMCR and many of its customers will help to facilitate a smooth transition of its Regional Operations Centers business and customer support to Pine State Trading.GMCR currently operates regional operations centers in Southington, Conn.; Biddeford, Maine; Wilmington, Mass.; and Latham, N.Y. As part of the agreement, Pine State Trading will assume those operations.Following completion of GMCR s acquisition of Diedrich Coffee, Inc. on May 11, 2010, GMCR employed approximately 2,100 full-time employees in the U.S. and Canada through its Specialty Coffee and Keurig business units. GMCR expects 121 GMCR employees will be affected by the transition to Pine State Trading. The majority of those employees will either continue employment with GMCR or be offered employment with Pine State Trading upon closing of the transaction in accordance with the terms of the purchase agreement.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as anticipate, believe, could, estimate, expect, feel, forecast, intend, may, plan, potential, project, should, would, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those stated here. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the successful integration of its acquisition of Diedrich Coffee, Inc., as well as other risks described more fully in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management s analysis as of the date of this press release. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman s Own® Organics coffee, Tully s Coffee®, Timothy s World Coffee®, and Diedrich Coffee®. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of licensed roasters and brands, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully s Coffee, Timothy s, and Diedrich. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certified ¢ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.gmcr.com(link is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.About Pine State Trading, Co.Pine State Trading Co. is a leading full-service wholesale distributor to convenience stores throughout the Northeast and the largest beer, wine and spirits distributor in the State of Maine. Pine State is a third generation family owned business that has been in operation for almost 70 years. Currently employing over 700 people, Pine State Trading Co. has extensive experience in sales, marketing, warehousing and delivery systems; and uses cutting-edge technology to maximize productivity and customer service to their over 5,000 accounts. Visit www.pinestatetrading.com(link is external) for more information.  Source: AUGUSTA, Maine & WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)- GMCR. 6.14.2010last_img read more

The Steel Wheels: No More Rain

first_imgIn October of 2009, I had the pleasure of hosting Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp – one half of The Steel Wheels – during one of the concert series performances I promote here in my mountain town of Wise, Virginia.  It was one of those shows that seemed to conspire against itself from the very start; the night was rainy, cold, and dreary – one of those downright ugly nights where nobody wants to come out and hear music – and a nasty flu bug had laid low the campus of UVa-Wise, where the show was to take place.  To add insult to injury, my arrival for load in was met with an out of commission elevator and I was forced to carry the PA system up five flights of twisting stairs.Needless to say, when just a dozen or so folks – most of whom had been at an earlier dinner with the band – showed up to listen, I was under no illusion that anything memorable would take place.  Boy, was I wrong.Just prior to the show beginning, I was chatting with Jay and apologized for the meager crowd, explaining that I never really knew how many folks would turn out and that the rain and flu had definitely worked against us.  His response to my apology still rings in my ears.“Don’t worry about it, man.  We’ll have fun with the ones who came.”Jay was right.  The dozen people in attendance were treated to one of the most amazing nights of music I have ever had the luck to experience.  Jay and Trent eschewed the sound system – slightly twisting the knife already buried in my back after toting it up those damned steps – and pulled up a couple chairs within the now semi-circular crowd.  For the next ninety minutes or so, we were treated to a pure and complete acoustic experience, resplendent with tight picking and tighter harmonies.Despite my earlier misgivings, neither flu, rain, nor malfunctioning elevator could derail what was destined to be a fantastic evening of music.Since then, I have chronicled many of the band’s milestone events here at Blue Ridge Outdoors.  I chatted with Trent after he and Jay completed their first bluegrass bike tour, reviewed a number of their records, and caught up with the band prior to last year’s first Merle Fest performance.Each year brings more success and acclaim for this well deserving band, and the early months of 2013 signal that this year will be no different.The Steel Wheels – Wagler, Lapp, Brian Dickel, and Eric Brubaker – released No More Rain this month.  The new record, a collection of songs played by Wagler and his mates as the four wove in and out of various sonic configurations over the years, takes its title from a lyric in the one cover on the record, Tom Waits’ “Walk Away.”  I was thrilled to find that the record includes a new rendition of “Corrine,” a song that has enchanted me since my first listen of Adrienna Valentine, a record Trent and Jay released back in 2008.  Long time followers will revel in the revisiting of these early songs, while new fans will be treated to what these guys have been doing over the last eight years.This summer also brings the inaugural Red Wings Roots Music Festival, to be held in July at Natural Chimneys Park near Mt. Solon, Virginia.  Hosted by The Steel Wheels, this brand new festie – which features The Del McCoury Band, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, The Duhks, J.D. McPherson, Yarn, Scott Miller, and more -promises one of the hottest roots music line ups of the summer.If you haven’t been introduced yet to The Steel Wheels, make sure to check out their take on “No More Rain” on this month’s Trail Mix.  For more information on the band, the new record, or to score tickets to the Red Wings Roots Music Festival, surf over to www.thesteelwheels.com.last_img read more

Honduras’ National Police Evolve to Confront Transnational Organized Crime

first_img General Osorio: Yes. We exchange with El Salvador and with Guatemala, because we have the same problem, the same maras and gangs that operate in our country also operate in El Salvador; the modus operandi of these gangs, when they take any action against the people they flee to our country, or vice versa. We have found mareros (members of maras, gang members) from El Salvador who come to train the maras in our country in new, sophisticated techniques. We had a modus operandi that appeared in El Salvador but didn’t appear in Honduras, but later it started appearing in Honduras, like burning buses, burning taxi drivers, burning taxis. Now we have that type of thing in our country. In our country, we have detained mareros from El Salvador, from Mara 18 and MS13 training Honduran mareros, training them in how to communicate outside the country using their own alphabet, using signs, using their own writing; there is a relationship between these maras from El Salvador in our country. When something happens in El Salvador, a criminal situation, soon it will happen in Honduras; we have found them in the border region of the Lempira sector, the Amatillo sector, near Nicaragua and also near Guatemala. We have these structures of maras and gangs that have the same modus operandi and have a way to communicate with each other too, since they have webpages, their own form of communication, and through there they make their criminal policies known. The other situation is that they operate from the correctional facilities, because even when they are imprisoned, they keep giving instructions to the outside world. We have the same problem El Salvador has. General Osorio: I have received several threats from maras and gangs from correctional facilities. These are risks I run as a police officer. Every police officer runs risks; however, I try to do my work with the greatest dedication and in the most professional manner possible; I have sacrificed my family, my children, my parents have been threatened, these are very complicated situations. I don’t have a private life; I have to make safety a top priority. Diálogo: And what are your primary goals as the director of this organization? General Osorio: The importance is to coordinate protocols for action in our countries, since organized crime has no borders, it’s constantly evolving, criminals evolve and, in that sense, to coordinate protocols, coordinate criteria, coordinate policies. That is fundamental for our countries. To better understand the afore-mentioned statement and to discuss other issues related to the Honduran National Police, Diálogo spoke with General Osorio when he attended a workshop on the problems faced by Northern Triangle countries, especially transnational organized crime, from June 23-26, 2015 at the United States Southern Command’s Conference Center of the Americas, in Miami, Florida. Diálogo: Do the Police of Honduras carry out joint actions with the United States? What is your opinion on that? General Osorio: I believe it’s due to the policies of the President, Juan Orlando Hernández, who has entered fully into [fighting] organized crime. We have extradited seven drug traffickers to the United States, for a total of 10, and I understand that there are more arrest warrants for people who have committed different types of crimes who will be extradited to that country. The president has been very emphatic and very direct against maras and gangs. Just last year we filed charges against more than 300 leaders of maras and gangs, and halfway through this year we’ve arrested almost 300 leaders of maras and gangs. Diálogo: The armed forces in the Central American countries are participating more and more in the fight against drug trafficking and transnational crime. How does this interoperability work between the Honduran National Police and the Honduran Armed Forces? By Dialogo July 13, 2015 General Osorio: We are looking for a way to remove them. There are almost 200 officials at all levels. It is difficult. Now we have begun to lead this process of getting rid of the bad apples, but it is so difficult because the laws don’t coordinate with the idea that we have. We have some very protective laws, a First World Code of Criminal Procedure that does not match our reality, a protective code of procedure that makes it difficult for us to get the bad apples out of the police force. However, we are making every effort. The president is supporting us. It’s difficult, but we have to do it. General Osorio: Yes. To have more police on the street, yes. The consequence was that we didn’t have a screening process, anyone could enter, and we were penetrated by maras and gangs, by all the organized crime structures. The result was that the police force almost, almost hit bottom. We are working to lead certification processes for our police officers with a tough policy. Tough but flexible, like they say about bamboo. It hasn’t been easy, it isn’t easy, because the laws in our country are indulgent in that sense, and removing a police officer… Well, it’s easier to remove an official or a minister than to remove a police officer because countless actions against the State have to be taken. Right now we find it impossible to remove countless officers, recently it was said that 800 would be removed. General Osorio: Yes. They had penetrated the State institutions. I believe – this is my humble opinion – there was a closed season on organized crime for several years. Organized crime structures were not touched. The doors were opened to enroll civilians in police units. I’m going to speak for the Police. The doors were opened with no control over who would enter and with a training period of three or four months. For a police officer to be trained, he should have a minimum of one year of training and another year on the street. General Osorio: Actually, we’re touching on the crime of money laundering, touching on criminal structures, the logistics of these criminal structures of drug traffickers that have divided the country. I believe that with the president’s policy of forming FUSINA where, as I told you, we are integrated in a bloc against these criminals. Because these criminals have penetrated State institutions, the National Police and other institutions, and also other factors that we have seen penetrated by these criminal structures. The work has been difficult because our institutions have been contaminated by them and we’re working there also, doing the job of getting the bad apples out of the police force. Diálogo: And what has changed to produce this drop in the number of homicides in Honduras? Last May, General José Leandro Osorio Santos, who has been acting as the National Director of Criminal Investigation, also became the Director of Intelligence for Honduras’ National Police. This nomination“represents a clear sign and a firm commitment by the government to continue pushing for a real process of transformation in the National Police,” said Leonel Sauceda, the spokesman for the country’s Ministry of Security. General Osorio: The Director of Intelligence and Criminal Investigation coordinates intelligence and investigation, in the sense that intelligence is in charge of collecting all the information at the national level for the different types of crime, and criminal investigation is in charge of working with capital offenses, offenses that are handled as different types of crime, so one collects and the other is in charge of execution, of dealing with it concretely. Intelligence is a new modality that we are bringing to Honduras. The head, the Director of Intelligence, handles intelligence and criminal investigation, coordinating both at the same time. General Osorio: One of the goals is to lower the crime rate in the various branches of crime. In fact, we’re achieving this. Honduras has been considered the most violent country in Central America and one of the most violent in the world. Now we have dropped; we’re not among the five most violent countries in America, we’ve been taken off that list of five countries that were leaders in crime. Our country used to have 67 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants. Diálogo: Aside from FUSINA, have smaller task forces been created for specific tasks, as in the case of El Salvador? General Osorio: The president designed a different outline, where he coordinated police work with the work of the armed forces in a program called FUSINA (Fuerza de Seguridad Institucional, Interagency National Security Force), where the operators of justice are the Public Ministry, the Judicial Branch, the National Police, the Armed Forces, COPECO (the Permanent Contingency Commission) and also Interpol and other institutions where we all form a bloc together. FUSINA uses interagency direction against organized crime and regular crime, and that has given us good results because we work in a bloc. However, it has not been easy, but on the journey we’ve been working out the problems and I believe that now we coordinate better. Diálogo: Then, when you say “penetrated,” there were people on the side of the criminals who were actually wearing the uniform, acting officially as police officers or servicemen? Diálogo: For countries that do not have this specific function in their police, what is the function of the Director of Intelligence and Criminal Investigation? Diálogo: You are going to expel them from the force? General Osorio: No, that has not happened. On the contrary, we have been more head-on against crime. We are constantly capturing organized syndicates, we are capturing leaders, we are facing these drug traffickers’ criminal structures head-on. In fact, the dealers who were leading drug trafficking in our country are in the United States and the rest are fleeing Honduras. This means that the State, the structure of both the Police and the Armed Forces, we are a single block against these drug traffickers who have done the country so much harm. Diálogo: And that happened because of the need to have more police officers in less time? Diálogo: Have you or your family been threatened at all? Diálogo: Regarding transnational crime and specifically Guatemala and El Salvador, do you exchange intelligence with those two countries? Diálogo: General, at the time of Pablo Escobar’s extradition in Colombia, the issue of extradition was highly debated. He even turned himself in to the police when the Colombian National Congress terminated the process of extraditing prisoners to the United States. Have you experienced any type of pressure from criminals? In other words, “stop extradition and we’ll reduce the violence,” or something similar? Diálogo: What is the importance of an event like this Central American Workshop held by the Southern Command? General Osorio: The support we have had from the US has been fundamental; it is permanent and without that support we could not be like we are now, where the trend, as I told you before, toward organized crime has dropped substantially. In fact, we have an education and training program with the United States to resist gangs called G.R.E.A.T [ Gang Resistance Education and Training], which is a phenomenal permanent program. We are training and educating people through the length and width of the country and the United States has led this program. It is a wonderful support, tremendous backing of our country. However, we still haven’t had this program spread throughout the entire national territory.last_img read more

Centrica expands

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Pharma firms see drop in demand as people avoid visiting healthcare facilities

first_imgTopics : Pharmaceutical companies have seen declines of between 50 to 60 percent in demand for drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic as people avoid visiting medical facilities, according to an industry group.The Indonesian Pharmaceutical Companies Association (GP Farmasi) reported Wednesday the drop in demand had forced companies to lower their production capacity to less than 50 percent for the past three months.The association also estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 workers had either been laid off or furloughed. The industry had employed up to 700,000 workers in total, according to the association.“As factory utilization has been low, companies started laying off or furloughing workers,” Tirto Kusnadi, the chairman of the association, said during a virtual discussion on Wednesday.With COVID-19 restrictions closing large parts of the economy, the chemical, pharmaceutical and traditional medicine industry recorded an annual growth rate of just 5.59 percent in the first three months of the year, well down on the 11.53 percent annual growth recorded in the same period in 2019.Read also: Sinovac collaboration could see COVID-19 vaccine ready by early 2021, Bio Farma claimsThe companies’ COVID-19 woes have been worsened by cash flow issues, as hospitals have not paid their Rp 3 trillion (US$206.3 million) in debt. The Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) reported it had disbursed the money to the hospitals.“Our cash flow was disrupted as distributors faced difficulties serving medical facilities that have had rather large debts since last year,” said Tirto.To better handle the pandemic, the government is teaming up with, among others, Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta to develop ventilators suitable for intensive care units (ICU) at hospitals to meet the needs of coronavirus patients. Mass production is expected to begin in August.“We are waiting for a clinical trial permit from the Health Ministry. We have obtained other permits, including the standards and certificates,” said Herman Supriadi, the director of machine industry and agricultural machinery at the Industry Ministry.But even with all the permits completed, Herman said the trial might “take quite a long time”.The government wants to see Indonesia’s pharma industry become one of the world’s top 15 with a market value of Rp 700 trillion by 2025.Read also: Regulatory issues limit Indonesia’s role in global pharma value chain: Think tankTo that end, the government has introduced several policies such as the Industry Ministerial Regulation no. 16/2020 that requires pharma products to use local contents. It also offers incentives like a tax deduction of up to 300 percent for pharma companies’ spending on research and development.However, Indonesian pharma companies still import 90 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) to produce their drugs.Tirto said pharma companies had long been wanting to develop the domestic API industry, “but always failed”.“With COVID-19, everyone is now talking about API again,” said Tirto. “The production of APIs requires government support and the industry wanting to develop it.”“Without support, regulations, incentives and good human resources, I think our pharma industry will continue like this.”The government is considering imposing trade remedies to curb imports, including of APIs, with the aim of reducing overall imports of raw materials by 35 percent to $82 billion in 2022 by encouraging local companies to produce import substitutes.last_img read more

Rare $250,000 house in Brisbane

first_img5 Greenwood St, Kingston, is on the market priced at $250,000. Picture: Realestate.com.auIn a rare move, a home has hit the market for less than the lowest median house price of any suburb in Brisbane.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:41Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:41 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCheap homes on the market00:41At $250,000, the house price was lower than not just its own suburb median but below any other suburb in the Queensland capital.The price was also less than half the Brisbane median house price in the latest CoreLogic Market Trends report ($532,000) and under the median of the cheapest place to buy a house in Brisbane this past year — Ellen Grove ($292,000 median house price).5 Greenwood St, Kingston, has hit the market at $250,000. Picture: Realestate.com.au It has a massive backyard. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe double storey house at 5 Greenwood Street, in Brisbane working class suburb Kingston, has clearly seen better days. It does need some serious elbow grease and maybe even a solid plan for contingencies.But it is what agent Phil McGrath of Impact Property termed a “renovators delight”.“The house is in need of repair. This is where your opportunity lies. The house is structurally sound but needs renovation to the bathroom, kitchen. The house needs painting internally and externally too as well as some TLC. It is straight out of the 1980s.”There is potential for more entertainment space downstairs. Picture: Realestate.com.au Gutting the bathroom is a good option. Picture: Realestate.com.auAccording to the realestate.com.au listing, houses surrounding the property that have been renovated have sold for “a lot more money than this house will sell for”.It will be sold as vacant possession and has had tenants month to month.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Your castle beneath ‘the’ Castle

first_imgThe home has high ceilings and polished timber floors and is fully air-conditioned, although Mrs Purse said the layout of the home allowed excellent cross ventilation which kept the home cool.It has undergone extensive renovations, been rewired, re-plumbed, re-glazed, and has a new roof.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 OLD world charm and character were what drew Carey and Justin Purse to their home in Victoria Street, North Ward when they first saw it in late 2008.The couple were really taken by the charm of the 1930s Bushman’s Retreat and have loved it ever since but plans to downsize mean they are now offering it for sale. What a view!!!!The five-bedroom, three-bathroom, house has plenty of views on offer including the ocean, island, Castle Hill and the city.Mrs Purse said she thought they were in the perfect location and felt like Castle Hill and The Strand were part of her own backyard. There are multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces across the two-level home, which has a self-contained studio apartment on the lower level.This apartment has its own kitchen and there is a laundry and substantial storage areas on the lower level, as well as parking for two cars. On the upper level of the house is an open plan dining and lounge room, as well as a family room, which opens onto a deck and the kitchen which has granite benchtops and European appliances. The upper and lower back decks overlook the swimming pool and irrigated landscape gardens.“I just loved the natural light throughout the house when I first saw it,” Mrs Purse said.“My favourite part of the house would be the back deck of the house where we eat breakfast all the time. That is where we spend so much of our time.”Bi-fold doors on the upper level opened the living area out onto the deck, allowing breezes to move throughout the home.Mrs Purse said she would also miss the location, being able to just head out in her walking shoes for the day to go exploring around the area, whether it was walking up Castle Hill, along The Strand, or visiting a local coffee shop.While they are keen to downsize, Mrs Purse said she would really miss the house, which had suited their needs so well.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo rescues Juventus against Atalanta

first_imgBergamo: A late goal by Portugal superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo maintained Juventus’ undefeated run with a 2-2 stalemate against host Atalanta at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.Defending champion Juventus, thus, remained atop the standings with 50 points from 18 matches, earning 16 wins and two ties, while Atalanta sit provisionally in the seventh place with 25 points, reports Efe.Ronaldo connected with Mario Mandzukic’s high cross to head in at close range near the right post in the 78th minute here on Wednesday.Atalanta’s Albanian defender Berat Djimsiti awarded Juventus an early lead on an own goal just two minutes into the game.Colombia striker Duvan Zapata drew the hosts level in the 24th minute, seizing on an assist from his teammate, Argentina attacking midfielder Alejandro Gomez.After the intermission, Juventus’ Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur was shown his second booking to be sent off the pitch.Just three minutes later, Zapata made the most of his side’s numerical advantage, netting Atalanta’s 2-1 lead and his own brace in the 56th minute, which was also off an assist from Gomez.Ronaldo, who started the game on the bench, rescued Juventus with the 2-2 equalizer just 13 minutes after taking the field.Elsewhere in Italian league, Lazio claimed a 2-0 away win over Bologna at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, to stay in the 4th spot with 31 points, while the hosts stayed in the 18th and third-to-last place with 13 points.Brazil defender Luís Felipe gave Lazio the 1-0 lead at the half-hour mark, making the most of his Spanish teammate Luis Alberto’s assist.In the closing minutes, Felipe set his Bosnian teammate Senad Lulic up for the insurance goal in the 89th minute.Meanwhile, Sampdoria topped last-placed ChievoVerona 2-0 at Luigi Ferraris stadium, to snatch the fifth place from Milan, who tied 0-0 with Frosinone earlier in the day.Uruguay playmaker Gaston Ramirez scored a brace in minutes 47 and 59, to secure the victory for Sampdoria who currently have 29 points.In other Serie A action, visiting Parma stunned ten-man Fiorentina 1-0 at Stadio Artemio Franchi, thanks to the winner scored by Italian striker Roberto Inglese in the first-half stoppage time.Parma, thus, climbed into the 10th spot in the standings with 25 points, on goal differential behind Fiorentina who moved down into the eighth place.Meanwhile, Brazilian forward Diego Farias scored Cagliari’s 1-0 winner over visiting Genoa in the first-half stoppage time off an assist from Croatian teammate Darijo Srna, and both teams fell to the 13th and 14th spots in the standings. IANS Also Read: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win Ballon d’Or trophylast_img read more

FICA survey finds 72 per cent of players back a two-tier Test setup.

first_imgA SURVEY conducted by the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) has found that 72 per cent of players support the proposed introduction of a two-tier Test system.Senior officials meet in Dubai this week to discuss radical changes to the sport’s schedule, seeking to strike a balance between the protection of international cricket and the growth of domestic Twenty20 leagues.Among the solutions being discussed are leagues for all formats of the international game and the pooling of television rights, although the proposals are not universally popular.FICA has called for the ICC to deliver a “clear and compelling” future for international cricket.FICA executive chairman Tony Irish said: “To date, the issue that has been talked about most is Test cricket, but we believe that this review is about creating clear visions for all three formats of international cricket, and balancing them alongside the continued expansion and success of the various domestic T20 cricket leagues.“We know from our player surveys, and our engagement with players, that they are facing a conflict between international cricket and domestic T20 cricket leagues.“This is a fundamental issue that we want any future structure of the game to address.“Our concern is that if nothing is done, international cricket may very soon lose more and more of its best players to free agency and the T20 leagues.”In addition to the 72 per cent in favour of a two-tier Test system, 70 per cent believe there should be ring-fenced windows in the calendar for certain domestic T20 events, while 75 per cent back a ‘Test match final/play-off match’.Despite overwhelmingly indicating that Test cricket is the most important format to play in, more than 52 per cent of all international respondents in the current structure also indicated that they would consider rejecting a national contract in favour of free agency in domestic T20 leagues.“We have already raised our intensity and urgency just knowing that a Test league might happen,” said South Africa captain AB de Villiers. “There is nothing like the pressure and adrenaline that comes with knowing you need to win matches.“It’s time for all international matches to have more meaning.”West Indies skipper Jason Holder added: “Creating windows (for domestic T20 tournaments) would make the whole situation a lot easier as players would not be forced to choose.“If players could play both domestic T20 and international cricket, it would definitely help to keep players in international cricket.”FICA surveyed 193 current professional players from all seven FICA-affiliated countries, including 111 internationals.(Omnisport.com)last_img read more