Stokehouse executive chef Richard Ousby loves his home at Stafford but wouldn’t mind living in an island home.WHETHER it’s a renovated cottage or a brick and tile house, Queenslanders love their real estate and talking about their homes. Stokehouse executive chef Richard Ousby talks about his. FIRST HOME “We love space so our dream home would be out west with big sweeping verandas with large rattan chairs placed along it to sit and sip a cuppa and watch the sun fall into the evening.’’ FANTASY HOME “The first house we brought was in Stafford in 2011, it was $395,000, We negotiated the price unseen after my wife Kristy’s parents had been hunting for us. We were living in Sydney at the time and were planning our return home. We turned up to sign the purchase documents and see it for the first time. We loved the layout, the style and character of Queenslander-style houses and this one had it in spades.’’ RENO YOU NEED TO SEE TO BELIEVE “We are still in our first house at Stafford and just love it.’’ QUEENSLAND DREAM HOME “I was just in Port Douglas and I saw an island I would not mind getting my hands on.’’ More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago CURRENT HOME
Entries open today for the 2019 English Disability Open, which is being run solely by England Golf for the first time.The championship takes place on the Gainsborough course at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex, over the weekend of September 7-8 and will be played under the modified rules of golf for players with a disability.Among those expected to enter are defending champion Mick Horsley, pictured, (Marriot Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire) and the current No 1 on the World Ranking for Golfers with a Disability (WR4GD), George Groves, of Addington Palace Golf Club, Surrey.Until now the championship has been run by England Golf in partnership with the charity Balasa Golf. Now in its fourth year, it is open to anyone with a visual, hearing or intellectual impairment, as well as players holding a European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Access or World Rankings Pass.Jamie Blair, Disability Manager for England Golf commented: “We want this to become an event which is about the golfing ability rather than the impairment. We’ve been working closely with EDGA to broaden the criteria and are proud that this event will be more inclusive than ever and is a national championship for golfers with a disability playing at our affiliated golf clubs and further afield.“As well as being open to anyone with an impairment, the event will provide points for the WR4GD rankings for qualifying players.“We have also adopted the rules modifications in all of our England Golf championships to encourage further participation in all of the events that we run.”Competitors will play for the overall gross prize, a handicap competition or a stableford event, depending on their golf handicap. Full terms of competition and online entry can be found hereThe event is free to spectate with full details of timings and live scoring to be published on the England Golf website in due course.The EDGA is the global body supporting the development of the game for golfers with a disability, working in partnership with The R&A, USGA and IGF alongside the national golfing federations.WR4GD was adopted by WAGR from January 2019 following its development and implementation by EDGA since January 2017Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 5 Mar 2019 Entries open for 2019 English Disability Open Tags: Championship golf, Disability Golf, EDGA
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 13, 2015)–In yet another display of sheer class, Spendthrift Farms’ Beholder sat second early, made the lead midway around the far turn and cruised to a 1 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes under Gary Stevens. A two-time Eclipse Champion trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder got 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.67 while keeping runner-up Warren’s Veneda at bay late.“It was a pretty easy race for her,” said Stevens, who has labeled Beholder the best filly or mare he has ever ridden and is now six for seven with her. “I rode her like she was the best mare out there and she was. She does things so natural. I respected Warren’s Veneda…I knew she was going to get some pace to run at today and Tyler (Baze) would have a bead on me, and he did. She (Warren’s Veneda) ran her race, she’s a Grade I winner and Craig (Lewis, trainer) has done his job with her, but Beholder is as good of a horse as I’ve ever sat on.”The overwhelming 1-5 favorite, Beholder, a 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes, paid $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10. In getting her 10th win from 11 tries at Santa Anita, Beholder picked up her 12th overall victory from 17 career starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she improved her earnings to a staggering $3,476,600.“I’m relieved and delighted,” said Mandella, who will undoubtedly be joined by his stable superstar in racing’s Hall of Fame following her expected retirement at the end of the year. “Warren’s Veneda is a good filly and she ran at (Beholder) and made a contest of it…We’ll look at the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar (Grade I, $300,000 on Aug. 1) and the Zenyatta (Grade I, 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita in September or October) here, with the Breeders’ Cup (Grade I Distaff at Keeneland Oct. 30) as the ultimate goal.”For her part, Warren’s Veneda bounced back solidly off of her disappointing third place run in the Vanity, finishing second, a whopping 7 ¼ lengths clear of third place finisher My Monet. The second choice at 7-2, Warren’s Veneda paid $2.40 and $2.10.“She ran her heart out,” said Baze. “I thought there would be a little faster pace and there wasn’t. I was a little closer than I thought I was going to be. She really ran her race, she tried hard. It just makes me wonder if that three or four pounds made the difference. (Warren’s Veneda carried 124 to Beholder’s 121). They’ll get even weights the next time, so we will see what happens. Maybe we’ll turn the tables on her.”Ridden by Gonzalo Nicholas, My Monet, who showed the way for the first half mile, was off at 18-1 and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.51, 47.04, 1:10.86 and 1:35.27.First post time at Santa Anita on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. HENNY HUGHES MARE GETS 10TH SANTA ANITA WIN, SIGHTS SET ON BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF AT KEENELAND –30–
GUEST COLUMN: By Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Alpha Conde of Guinea and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone appeal for international support in five key areas for a common economic recovery initiative – a ‘Marshall Plan’ – for the Mano River region of West Africa after the devastating Ebola outbreaks of the past year. The Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is the worst since the disease was first diagnosed in central Africa in 1976.The socio-economic impact of the outbreak in the region has been devastating and has reversed the impressive progress of our three nations, each of which was emerging from decades of conflict.To date, the region has recorded a total of 24,872 cases and 10,311 deaths, nearly ten times the number of total deaths from every other Ebola outbreak combined, hitting our nations at a time when we had each embarked on large-scale reforms and were leaving behind a tragic past.The unchecked spread of the disease exposed the weaknesses in our national health and security systems, our regional structures and coordination capacity, as well as the response abilities of global public health institutions. We were all ill-prepared to deal with the ferocity of this disease.Today, we are closer to winning the global war against Ebola as a result of an improved, adapted and coordinated local and international response. Though the fight to contain and eradicate the disease is not over throughout the region, its spread has slowed, and planning for our recovery has begun.We, the heads of State of the three affected countries along with Cote d’Ivoire met in Conakry, Guinea on February 15 under the Mano River Union, to adopt a common strategy to end the Ebola epidemic in the sub-region, and to address our post-Ebola socio-economic recovery needs.This meeting was followed by a high-level engagement in Brussels on March 3 and a meeting of our technical committees in Freetown, Sierra Leone on March 16. We will further consolidate our coordinated efforts when we come together to Washington, DC for the Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank this week.Our commitment: zero new infectionsAs individual nations, we are committed to getting to zero new infections. We are now sharing information, technical expertise, innovative community-based health systems, and intensifying public education strategies. We are committed to restoring health services and building back stronger, affordable and safe health care systems for our citizens. We are finding ways to ensure that our children are safely back in schools with WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programs and practices that can be shared in their homes.Sustaining our recovery will require revitalizing our economies. We have a commitment to create the conditions for safe and stable livelihoods, employment, and a rejuvenated private sector, which must again be the driver of our development.Regional commitmentAs a region, we are committed to strengthening our coordination and improving information-sharing on a real-time basis. We saw how the spread of the Ebola virus was aided by our shared histories and cultures, as the disease jumped across borders and moved from relatives in remote rural areas to urban centers. We were forced to close our borders and cut people off from care and their loved ones. We will never again allow these shared histories and connections to be a weakness.We are committed now to making sure that our infrastructures, health policies, and economic opportunities follow our people across the borders and create the linkages that encourage collaboration, community-based support systems and economic corridors for development and livelihoods.Appeal to international partnersWe are now asking our international partners for your support for a common economic recovery plan with emphasis on practical solutions for economic growth, job-creation, and mechanisms to finance the reconstruction of our destroyed health, education and social protection systems. There are five key elements to the support that we need in our recovery efforts.The first is building resilient public health systems with an emphasis on infection prevention and control and training community health workers, expanding coverage in rural areas, and establishing regional centers of excellence for infectious diseases. This would also include nationwide water and sanitation programs and properly equipped institutions dedicated to infectious disease control in each of the countries.Second, we need a comprehensive focus on infrastructure to connect our countries by road, power and telecommunications. We are asking the African Development Bank to take the lead in creating an infrastructure fund, as an extension of the existing Mano River Initiative launched in 2013 to promote regional integration in the four countries, largely through transportation and electricity infrastructure. We must recognize that programs that were originally planned a decade ago must now be executed with urgency.Third, we need support for private sector-led recovery and assistance to mitigate the rising costs of doing business in the region.This would include ensuring access to credit for the local private sector, technical support for policy reforms and financing and risk guarantees for foreign investors. Importantly, we need the resumption of normal air travel routes into and out of our countries as a key transport channel for business in the region.Fourth, while the private sector will create the opportunities to improve livelihoods and reduce poverty longer term through employment, in the immediate term vulnerable groups most affected by the Ebola crisis need our dedicated support. We lack comprehensive social safety nets and need technical and financial support to provide targeted cash transfers and other support to survivors, orphans and families worst affected by the economic downturn in our countries as a matter of urgency.Finally, we are asking for a total cancellation of our foreign debt, as per the recommendation of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union. This would allow us to recover the necessary budget flexibility to co-finance the rebuilding of our health systems with international support.We urge our international partners to engage in our recovery plans in the same spirit of urgency and collaboration that has helped us fight Ebola. With your help, we can build health systems, infrastructure, and regional integration structures that will be stronger than before the epidemic hit.We bear a collective responsibility for the thousands of lives lost and tens of thousands more affected. We have a collective obligation to build back national, regional, and international systems that protect the lives and future of our people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As technology introduces more and more options, wearables that monitor various health and wellness factors in individuals are quickly becoming a popular focus in the tech world.Things such as onesies that monitor a baby’s sleeping and sports bras that track workouts are starting to enter the market, but the electronic components can be so fragile, that their practicality comes into question. That is where the University of California, San Diego has stepped in with a major breakthrough in the wearable world that may solve this problem.See Also: What will the wearables of the future look like?A nano-engineering team at the University of California has developed ink made from ground neodymium magnets. When a gadget comprised of this ink is damaged and splits apart, the particles attract one another and repair the gap. During testing, tears up to 3 millimeters long healed themselves in milliseconds.Amay Bandodkar, one of the individuals who helped with this project, said the breakthrough could extend the life of wearable technology.“If you’re wearing a device on your skin and it gets broken as you move around, you don’t have to throw it away. Within a few seconds it’s going to self-heal, and you can use it over and over again,” explained Amay Bandodkar.Magnetic ink might be better for the planetThe team used neodymium magnets, located in hard drives and refrigerator magnets, and ground them up into the ink, which is what makes the ink super-magnetic.According to Bandodkar, there are many purposes for this ink. It is cheap, and would contribute towards the sustainability of wearable technology. It could be used in batteries and electrochemical sensors as well as circuits.As much technology today is considered disposable and is often limited in its recyclability, this could be a key way to keep some of this wearable tech out of landfills. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#magnetic ink#University of California#wearables Related Posts Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Amanda Razani
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Your dream client can tell whether or not you really care about them or whether you are just trying to make a sale. They can hear whether or not you care in the words you use. They can see it in the actions that you take—or fail to take.In world driven by commoditization, globalization, and disintermediation, the pressure to believe and behave as if all business relationships are transactional can be overwhelming. Those who care deeply about their clients and their relationships are going to be differentiated, trusted, and welcomed as strategic partners.There is no substitute for caring.In Word and DeedYou can allow marketing to do your lead generation and send emails and links to white papers on your behalf. But if you want to prove that you care about your dream client, you will send an email yourself, including a personal note letting them know that you were thinking about them.You can make a deal with those with formal power in your dream client’s company. But if you want the people you are going to be working with and serving to know you care, the end user stakeholders, you will spend time understanding their needs and making sure your solutions works for them. You show you care by spending time with the people who have no power to give you the deal. You tell them that their needs are important to you.When things go south and you and your dream client are faced with a nasty, awful, relationship-challenging issues, you meet with your client face-to-face to resolve the issue. You say: “I want you to know that your relationship is important to me, and we will find a way to work through this together.”You can’t pay lip service to caring. You have to prove it in both your words and your deeds.Say It ProudRecently, a salesperson challenged me about the language choice I made when speaking with one of my clients. I sent them something and said: “I saw this and I was thinking about you.” She thought it sounded “too personal.” That’s because it was personal. Business is personal. People choose to do business with other people, and they want to work with people that they can trust, people they know care about them.If you want to win and retain your dream clients, prove that you are about them in both your words and your deeds.QuestionsWhen you make a major purchase, how important is it that the salesperson cares about you and the outcomes you are trying to achieve?How do you know that someone cares about you?Does caring engender trust?Do you treat important client relationships as if they are simply transactional?How do you move your business relationships beyond transactional?
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Matic exclaims Man Utd must accept nothing less than victoryby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNemanja Matic has said that his team are not accepting losses or draws as they look to get out from a sticky situationUnited are still down in the Premier League table, struggling in 6th place as they look to keep up with their rivals.But they have won two out of two games under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And Matic believes the players want to continue that winning run.He said to BBC Sport: “After Cardiff, we gained more confidence. It was important to win at our stadium, to bring a smile on the face of our supporters.”We made some mistakes. We need to see what we can do better. It’s a completely different atmosphere when you win games.”This club doesn’t accept drawing or losing a game. This is the way we have to try to win the next one.”
Mancini: Liverpool boss Klopp the best in the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is the best in the world.Klopp was recognised as much with FIFA’s The Best award last night.Mancini told TMW: “I don’t think there should be any doubt that Klopp should be the coach of the year, with what he did and won.”To see Italians at The Best? They must do well in the Champions League. “Oh, and at the Euros…!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Crown prosecutors and a judge failed in their duties to an Ontario woman who represented herself at her arson trial, an appeal court said in overturning her conviction.In a decision released Tuesday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ordered a new trial for Jeannette Tossounian, saying her ability to defend herself had been compromised by the Crown’s failure to properly share its evidence with her.Tossounian was arrested in February 2012 after witnesses said they saw her walking away from a fire at a building, where she ran an unsuccessful art gallery, with a gas can in hand, court documents show. She refused to hire a lawyer, deciding instead to represent herself, the documents say.The Crown had three packages of evidence to disclose, and the first two were given to Tossounian in person approximately three months apart, they say.The third — a package of more than 500 pages that included photographs of the scene and transcripts of witness statements — was delivered to the Vanier Institute, where Tossounian was being held in pretrial custody, the documents say.It was later discovered that the facility had not alerted Tossounian to the delivery, meaning she was not able to see the materials before trial, they say.The Crown argued that it had warned Tossounian early on that more material would be delivered and that it was up to her to check that it had been sent and received, the documents say.Tossounian, meanwhile, said she thought she had received all the promised disclosure when the second package arrived — an assumption the appeal court deemed reasonable.“I would conclude the Crown failed to make full disclosure,” Justice Russell Juriansz wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel.“I appreciate the complications in making disclosure to an unrepresented accused person who is in custody. The Crown must resolve these complications in order to fulfil its responsibility to ensure the relevant materials make it into the hands of an in-custody accused,” he wrote.“The only issue at trial was her identification as the woman seen walking away from the fire. The failure of disclosure detrimentally affected her ability to cross-examine and to diminish the reliability of the witnesses who identified her.”What’s more, the trial judge failed to give Tossounian the assistance she needed, particularly on the issue of disclosure, the appeal court said.“As soon as it seemed there was a problem with disclosure, it was the duty of the trial judge to make the necessary inquiries and to take the necessary steps to ensure that the unrepresented accused received full disclosure, and that she fully understood her rights to disclosure and the available remedies for infringement of those rights,” Juriansz said.Tossounian had raised three other issues in her appeal but the court found it unnecessary to address them since a new trial has been ordered.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Justin Bieber’s partner has changed her name to Hailey Bieber on Instagram.Bieber became engaged to Hailey Baldwin in July, just a month after rekindling their on-again-off-again romance.At around the same time that Hailey Bieber changed her name on Instagram, Justin Bieber posted a photo with his partner captioned, “my wife is awesome.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook It’s not the first time the singer has referred to his partner as his wife, though they have not publicly confirmed their marriage.The couple visited an exhibit in Stratford, Ont., dedicated to the musician’s career at the end of September, where organizers said Bieber “very graciously introduced Hailey as his wife.”The Stratford Perth Museum added that it was “perhaps just a term of endearment.”