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Zachary Levi Gets Married In Secret Maui Ceremony!

first_img Star Files Wait, what? Excuse us?! Those first impressions must have been pretty damn strong. Screen star and Broadway cutie Zachary Levi got hitched in a secret ceremony in Maui, E! News confirms. The lucky lady? Actress Missy Peregrym, star of the ABC series Rookie Blue. View Comments The private couple revealed the news online, with Peregrym tweeting out a pic of the two in matching his and hers hoodies (the hottest newlywed item these days), saying “that coffee date was UNREAL.” Levi added, “these dreams and goals are really workin out.” The two enjoyed a long weekend in Hawaii with friends. Levi made his Broadway debut last year in the musical First Date as the naive and a-dork-able blind-dater Aaron. His screen credits include the NBC series Chuck, Thor: The Dark World and Tangled. Our congratulations to the newlyweds! We assume our top-secret invitation got lost in the mail. You’ve been here before, Levi, but just so you have it on hand: 729 7th Avenue Ave., New York, NY, 10019. Zachary Levilast_img read more

Halting the damage

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia professor Richard Hussey has spent 20 yearsstudying a worm-shaped parasite too small to see without a microscope. Hisdiscovery is vastly bigger.Hussey and his research team have found a way to halt the damagecaused by one of the world’s most destructive groups of plant pathogens.Root-knot nematodes are the most economically important group ofplant-parasitic nematodes worldwide, said Hussey, a distinguished researchprofessor in plant pathology at the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.They attack nearly every food and fiber crop grown, about 2,000plant species in all. The nematode invades plant roots, and by feeding on the roots’cells, they cause the roots to grow large galls, or knots, damaging the crop andreducing its yields.Working with assistant research scientist Guozhong Huang andresearch technician Rex Allen, Hussey discovered how to make plants resistant toroot-knot nematode infection.Eric Davis at North Carolina State University and Thomas Baum atIowa State University also collaborated on the research.The discovery “has the potential to revolutionize root-knotresistance in all crops,” Hussey said.The most cost-effective and sustainable management tactic forpreventing root-knot nematode damage and reducing growers’ losses, he said, is todevelop resistant plants that prevent the nematode from feeding on theroots. Because root-knot nematode resistance doesn’t come naturally in most crops,Hussey’s group bioengineered their own.The results of the study were published Sept. 26 in the journal,Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Four common root-knot nematode species account for 95 percent ofall infestations in agricultural land. By discovering a root-knot nematodeparasitism gene that’s essential for the nematode to infect crops, the scientists havedeveloped a resistance gene effective against all four species.Using a technique called RNA interference, the researchers haveeffectively turned the nematode’s biology against itself. They genetically modifiedArabidopsis, a model plant, to produce double-stranded RNA to knock out thespecific parasitism gene in the nematode when it feeds on the plant roots.This knocked out the parasitism gene in the nematode anddisrupted its ability to infect plants.“No natural root-knot resistance gene has this effective range ofroot-knot nematode resistance,” Hussey said.The researchers’ efforts have been directed primarily atunderstanding the molecular tools the nematode uses to infect plants. This is aprerequisite for bioengineering durable resistance to these nematodes in cropplants.Through this research, they’ve discovered the parasitism genesthat make a nematode a plant parasite so it can attack and feed on crops,Huang said.“Our results of in-plant RNA interference silencing of aparasitism gene in root-knot nematodes provides a way to development crops with broadresistance to this destructive pathogen,” Hussey said. “Equally important, ourapproach makes available a strategy for developing root-knot-nematode-resistantcrops for which natural resistance genes do not exist.”Funding for the project came from the U.S. Department ofAgriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service National ResearchInitiative and the UGA CAES.last_img read more

US, Ecuador Train Together to Eradicate Illegal Fishing

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 11, 2018 The U.S. and Ecuadorean navies brought together technical and human capabilities in the Pacific Ocean for a passing exercise (PASSEX), an exercise carried out between two navies to ensure communication and cooperation in times of war or humanitarian relief. The November 22nd PASSEX focused on preventing, deterring, and eradicating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing that costs the fishing industry millions of dollars every year, and affects food security in many countries. “The objective of the exercise was to develop competencies to improve response capabilities, update the doctrine, and increase interoperability between the two navies to detect and deter illegal fishing,” Ecuadorean Navy Rear Admiral Darwin Jarrín Cisneros, Naval Operations commander, told Diálogo. “The recurrent presence of foreign fishing fleets and will of the United States and Ecuador to counter this threat led to the completion of the exercise.” Crews of several Ecuadorean aircraft, the Ecuadorean Navy’s missile boat Cuenca, and the Ecuadorean patrol boat Isla Española worked with the crew of the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), U.S. Coast Guard service members, and a P-8A Poseidon aircraft from the U.S. Navy’s Patrol Squadron 16 deployed to support U.S. Southern Command- (SOUTHCOM) sponsored initiative Enduring Promise 2018. The team responded rapidly and effectively to the scheduled naval activities. Communication, a vital element The exercise used standing procedures to monitor maritime activities in jurisdictional areas. “In other words, we contacted fishing vessels in the area through VHF [frequency] equipment, asking [identification] questions to later compare the information with the National Maritime Management System database,” Ecuadorean Navy Lieutenant Commander Renán Valladares, commander of the patrol boat Isla Española, told Diálogo. “We then carried out inspections of those contacts of interest on board.” Two channels were used for communication: the primary channel to organize tactical maneuvers based on the Allied Maritime Tactical Signal and Maneuvering book, and a secondary channel for non-encrypted coordination. The ships immediately fell into a linear formation, and navigated that way for 30 minutes, while floating units and aeronaval resources maintained constant contact. Participants carried out communication checks in port channels using the North Atlantic Treaty Organization terminology, complying with the organization’s Allied Maritime Tactical Instructions and Procedures. “We verified standardization of tactical procedures between units, and certified that both navies were able to interoperate under any maritime scenario,” Ecuadorean Navy Lieutenant Commander Mario Bonilla, commander of the missile boat Cuenca, told Diálogo. “During the PASSEX [exercise], no interdiction or boarding tasks were executed, only coordination among units.” “The importance of the operations consists of improving the capacity of U.S. and Ecuadorean surface and aeronaval units for coordinated operations,” Lt. Cmdr. Valladares said. “As such, naval resources’ capabilities for command and control, mobility, and flexibility were integrated, increasing interoperability.” Economic effort According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), illegal fishing affects 2.4 million people in the fishing and aquaculture industries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as fish consumers. About 10 percent of the world population depends directly on fishing to earn a living. Also, illegal fishing affects one of every five fish caught, with an annual cost of $23 billion, the FAO indicated. According to FAO, some 100 to 150 million sharks are captured and mutilated every year during shark finning, for example. The process could lead to the extinction of most species of sharks in the next decade nongovernmental environmental conservation groups, such as WildAid, warn. The unregulated practice, which involves cutting a shark’s fin off and returning the animal to the water to die of asphyxia, is widespread due to the demand for shark fins in countries like China, where they are used for their supposed medicinal benefits. In August 2017, Ecuador detained a Chinese fishing vessel on protected waters in the Galapagos Islands with 6,600 sharks on board. Authorities detained the vessel’s 20 fishermen and sentenced them to four years in prison for illegal fishing. Although the Chinese government admitted the vessel was on protected waters with zero fishing tolerance, it denied any proof of the vessel’s activities fishing and transporting the animals. “Operations against this threat represent a large economic effort because of the maritime jurisdiction area to cover and the naval and air resources required,” said Lt. Cmdr. Valladares. “Having the support of other countries with information, tactical exercises, and other resources will allow the activation of local procedures when necessary to interdict people and vessels [carrying out] illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.” As risks associated with activities to counter illegal fishing are high, surface units must be trained and qualified to confront situations, such as uncooperative boarding, crisis management and escalation on board, progressive use of force, collision danger with naval units, and emergencies. “That’s why we should increase multinational operations with the United States and improve systems to monitor heavy-duty fishing vessels that prevent them from entering exclusive economic zones,” Lt. Cmdr. Bonilla said. In addition to tactical exercises, considering the employment of multinational military forces is crucial. “Interoperability among navies helps maintain the force’s operational readiness, in case the execution of an international operation is necessary,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bonilla. “For the Ecuadorean Navy, it’s very important to continue with these exercises and set up different U.S.-sponsored operations to improve our safeguarding measures at sea,” said Rear Adm. Jarrín.last_img read more

In Ascendant Night for Congressional Republicans, Women Led the Way

first_imgAshley Hinson, a former state legislator and television reporter, ousted Representative Abby Finkenauer of Iowa; Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from the Citadel, defeated Representative Joe Cunningham of South Carolina; and Yvette Herrell, a former state legislator and enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, flipped Representative Xochitl Torres Small’s seat in New Mexico to become the first Native American Republican woman in Congress. Republicans were celebrating their success at chipping away at Democrats’ House majority and feeling increasingly confident of maintaining control of the Senate. By Wednesday evening, they had elected 22 women and were on track to have the highest number of them serving in their congressional ranks, surpassing the previous record of 25 women elected in 2004.Those wins came as Republicans fought to protect female incumbents in the Senate, where Joni Ernst of Iowa prevailed in her competitive race, Kelly Loeffler advanced to a runoff in Georgia, and Susan Collins won a decisive victory in her re-election race in Maine. Cynthia Lummis, a former House lawmaker, became the first Republican woman to represent Wyoming in the Senate, replacing the retiring incumbent, Senator Michael B. Enzi. The pickups were particularly remarkable in the House, where Democrats swept to power in 2018 by running a diverse class of contenders and sent a historic group of women into office. Just one new Republican woman, Representative Carol Miller of West Virginia, was elected to the chamber that year, raising alarms inside the party conference.That set off a scramble by Republican leaders to steal a page from the Democratic recruiting playbook, eschewing the kind of candidates they had previously turned to — white, male, often veterans of politics — in favor of newcomers with diverse backgrounds. “These are important gains. They need to be celebrated; they need to be acknowledged,” Ms. Walsh said. “But women are still very underrepresented on the Republican side.” – Advertisement – By Wednesday afternoon, Democrats had defeated only one Republican woman in the Senate, Martha McSally of Arizona, who had been expected to lose.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — Republican women delivered critical victories to their party in the election, signaling the success of their efforts to recruit and elect a more diverse slate of candidates as they sought to counter Democrats’ huge advantage in adding women to their ranks in Congress.Conservative women were nearing a historic level of representation in the House, more than doubling the number of female Republican incumbents in the chamber as they scored key upsets in battlegrounds across the country and beat back Democratic challengers flush with cash.- Advertisement – “The Republican Party vowed to make gains among G.O.P. women, and it did because it prioritized the problem,” said Olivia Perez-Cubas, a spokeswoman for WFW Action Fund, a super PAC to elect conservative women that pumped millions of dollars into Republican primary races and the general election. “We’re seeing that Republican women will win.”Republicans regained a number of seats they had lost in 2018, and partial returns showed women leading Democratic incumbents in other competitive districts, like in Staten Island, where Representative Max Rose of New York was fighting to hold off Nicole Malliotakis. Republican leaders said on Wednesday that they anticipated welcoming as many as 19 women to their ranks after a dozen candidates had notched decisive wins.A woman won in nearly every district that Republicans had flipped by Wednesday, a striking statistic that bolstered the argument that conservative women could win competitive seats if they were able to make it through a primary to a general election. Republicans were still lagging far behind Democrats, who have spent years and huge sums to recruit and elect women across the country. But the Republican gains reflected the success of an urgent effort they undertook two years ago to make up for their widening deficit in enlisting women to run.“In many ways, this cycle for the Republican women is a very simple story,” said Debbie Walsh, the director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. “You can’t see numeric gains in officeholders unless you have increases in number of candidates.”But to reach gender parity in Congress, she cautioned, Republicans would have to continue prioritizing the recruitment of women in both chambers and not interpret their success on Tuesday as “a one and done.”- Advertisement – In Florida, Maria Elvira Salazar, a former broadcast journalist, stunned Democrats by defeating Representative Donna E. Shalala by a narrow margin in the state’s 27th Congressional District. And Michelle Fischbach, a former lieutenant governor, defeated Representative Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota, ending the tenure of the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee and a 30-year veteran of Congress.Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said in an interview on Wednesday that he and other party leaders had championed recruits like Ms. Hinson early in the cycle, recognizing that “women and minorities’ biggest challenge were primaries, not general election.” More than 200 Republican women ran for the House this cycle.“They’re not going to give up,” Mr. McCarthy said. “These are the type of people you see who are just natural leaders. They’re not being elected because they’re a woman, but they’re going to break barriers where they haven’t been able to get there before.”Republicans were also optimistic on Wednesday about the chance of victories by Young Kim, the first Korean-American Republican woman elected to the California Legislature, and Michelle Steel, a first-generation Korean-American and member of the Orange County board of supervisors, who were challenging Democratic incumbents in tight races in California.Democrats, for their part, added to the diversity of their ranks with victories by Cori Bush, the first Black woman elected to represent Missouri in Congress, and Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, both New York Democrats who became the first openly gay Black men to be elected to Congress. Mr. Torres is also the first openly gay Afro-Latino elected to Congress. Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ETlast_img read more

Seventy trapped after Chinese coronavirus quarantine hotel collapses

first_imgIt collapsed at about 7:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) and 34 people were rescued in the following two hours, the Quanzhou municipality said on its website.No reason was given for the collapse.A woman named only by her surname, Chen, told the news site that relatives including her sister had been under quarantine at the hotel as prescribed by local regulations after returning from Hubei province, the center of the coronavirus outbreak.She said they had arrived on Feb. 25 and had been scheduled to leave soon after completing their 14 days of quarantine. About 70 people were trapped on Saturday after a five-story hotel being used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the port city of Quanzhou in southeast China, state media said.A live video stream posted by the government-backed Beijing News site showed rescue workers in orange overalls clambering over mounds of rubble and carrying people towards ambulances gathered around the site.Beijing News said the Quanzhou Xinjia Hotel had been five stories high. Topics :center_img “I can’t contact them, they’re not answering their phones, she said.”I’m under quarantine too [at another hotel] and I’m very worried, I don’t know what to do. They were healthy, they took their temperatures every day, and the tests showed that everything was normal.”The official People’s Daily said the hotel had opened in June 2018 with 80 rooms.Quanzhou is a port city on the Taiwan Strait in the province of Fujian with a population of more than 8 million.The Fujian provincial government said that as of Friday, the province had 296 cases of coronavirus and 10,819 people had been placed under observation after being classified as suspected close contacts.The official Xinhua News Agency said the committee responsible for working safety under the State Council, China’s cabinet, has sent an emergency working team to the site. last_img read more

Major businesses split over lockdown, support social distancing

first_imgTopics : As officials scrambled to contain COVID-19, which has spread to at least eight provinces, infecting more than 130 and killing five, Jokowi stressed the government was “not leaning toward issuing a lockdown policy”.Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) executive director Danang Girindrawardana, who opposed a lockdown scenario, said the measure would require a thorough assessment as around 70 percent of the country’s economic activities needed to be done outside the home. He cited the supermarket, manufacturing, hotel and restaurant businesses as those that would be greatly affected.Read also: COVID-19: Government calls for limits to all tourist activitiesAside from causing an economic shutdown, he also feared that a lockdown could impact businesses’ ability to repay their debts to banks.“Lockdowns could affect debt repayments, so the government really needs to think about the impact on financial industries as well,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Slower repayments from the real sector could lead to bad loan ratios, which could lead to a financial crisis, he warned.Should the government decide to impose a lockdown, Danang suggested the introduction of incentives or relaxation measures to counter its likely adverse effects on businesses and the banking industry.Meanwhile, Indonesian Shopping Center Tenants Association (Hippindo) advisory board member Tutum Rahanta said on Monday a lockdown appeal would not only impact shopping mall tenants, but also online transportation services and informal workers who operate near shopping malls.“For now I think a lockdown needs to be an option, although the impact will be negative, especially on the mid- to low-earners, particularly those in the informal sector. Therefore, the government needs to thoroughly think about it,” Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia executive director Piter Abdullah.“The government should prepare for a worst-case scenario, plan ahead for the day when a lockdown is no longer an option but a necessity, so when the time comes the government is ready with a detailed plan.”The government announced last Friday that it would allocate Rp 120 trillion (US$8.1 billion) from the state budget to stimulate the economy by providing tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the pandemic. It also deployed two stimulus packages worth Rp 22.9 trillion and Rp 10.3 trillion each, with individual and corporate tax breaks and the relaxation of loan disbursements and restructuring requirements.The executive director of the British Chamber of Commerce (Britcham) in Indonesia, Chris Wren, said that while it was good to campaign for social distancing, there was only so much the government could do given that policing individual behavior was an impossible task.Therefore, it was critically important to educate the public about honest and relevant information so that people would discipline themselves and keep their loved ones safe, he said.Read also: COVID-19: Well-prepared emergency status, lockdown keys to protecting economy, economists say“We are in extraordinary times and these require extraordinary measures and will result in impacts.”Some members of the public have been calling for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a lockdown as the country braces for its worst pandemic in recent memory.The World Health Organization urged Jokowi to scale up the country’s emergency response mechanisms in containing the COVID-19 outbreak by declaring a national state of emergency.Jokowi has yet to do so, having only recommended that people distance themselves from others in order to slow the spread of the disease.Banten and Tangerang in West Java and Surakarta in Central Java did not wait for an order from the top. The three regions have all declared an extraordinary occurrence status, while Jakarta and Surakarta have closed schools temporarily. Major business players are split over the idea of a lockdown to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, they seem to support President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s push to limit face-to-face interactions by having people work, study and worship from home.Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roeslani said Tuesday that businesses would support the government’s recommendation for social distancing to contain the COVID-19 global pandemic, but cautioned that, if a lockdown was in place, businesses and low-income workers would need a cushion.The cushion, Rosan said, could come in the form of more and wider tax relaxations from the government’s first and second stimulus packages, which waived manufacturing workers’ income tax payments and deferred corporate income and import duty taxes for the tourism and manufacturing industries. The Financial Services Authority (OJK) also needed to relax rules on debt restructuring at times of crisis, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), he added.center_img Read also: Indonesia deploys second stimulus amid market, rupiah routs“We let the government decide [whether to impose a lockdown] so long as it conducts a thorough assessment. But the point is to prepare for [change]. For the business world to keep on running, [tax and debt-restructuring] relaxations need to be widened,” Rosan told reporters.“Every single industry is affected, be it imports, exports, consumer goods, tourism. Everything was hit.”The President said he would not impose a lockdown even though two of Indonesia’s neighbors – Malaysia and the Philippines – and several European countries have decided to take the drastic measure to slow the transmission of the disease.last_img read more

Once in a lifetime bluechip avocado and lime farm for sale

first_imgPerfect brunch spot.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago MORE: Interest rates to hold at 1.5 per cent FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Restful rows of avocado trees. This bluechip avocado and lime farm in at Mutchilba is on the market for $3.5 million. Picture: Realestate.com.auA bluechip farm with over 4000 avocado and 1000 lime trees has hit the market for the first time ever, with room enough for all the other salsa ingredients too.The large 36.5 hectare property is on the market for the first time since the farm founders created it 30 years ago, according to agent John Falvo of Mareeba Property Office.Listed at $3.5 million, it comes with two houses — one of which was already set up as a “neat and tidy family home” with the other holding potential “as an income earner or worker’s accommodation”.The property was on the market as the owners were making a lifestyle change.“They’ve built it up from scratch and now they’re getting on with their age and they prefer to pass the work on. It’s time for some new blood,” Mr Falvo told The Courier-Mail. MORE: How much would you pay for a shed? Interest was already coming in strong.“There’s been good genuine interest. Avocados are the flavour of the year and have been for a few years now. There’s room for other crops as well.” Packing and sorting machinery. Add to that the property’s two cold room and huge packing shed with concrete floor, and it’s a dream come true for avocado lovers.There was also tonnes of room for gear with a machinery shed, and the property also has three 5kw solar systems with optional electric or diesel driven pumps with filtration as well.It also has a huge 120 Megalitre water allocation — that’s 120 million litres in case you were wondering — with a 20 Megalitre dam as well. There are two cold rooms too.“Thoughtfully developed, the property located 30 minutes west of Mareeba is established with under tree irrigation to 4000 plus Shepard avocado trees and 1000 plus lime trees. This farming enterprise is ready to be purchased as an immediate income earner.”The property is an hour and half from Cairns CBD. MORE: Thousands fall for tiny home scam Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Sabo Skirt’s Thessy lists love nest

first_imgThessy Kouzoukas, co-founder of Sabo Skirt, in a file picture with husband Georgio Batsinilas. The couple have listed the first home they bought together in Mount Gravatt. Picture: Liam Kidston.Sabo Skirt co-founder Thessy Kouzoukas poured a lot of love into her first home – made even more special by husband Georgio Batsinilas proposing to her there – and now it could be yours. Couple pays $3.2m for home they plan to bulldoze How to win a $4.8m beach house The open plan kitchen.“There are barely any three bedroom apartments out that way. It’s quite a convenient location, a really decent sized open plan living space, a lot of things make sense with the way it’s laid out, there’s a separate master wing, a lot of people tend to like the separation, especially a family with kids, or a couple with friends that rent another room.” MORE: Billionaire’s QLD home sells at million-plus discount “It’s a small boutique complex, only six apartments in total,” Mr Bacon said. “It’s on the top floor with a lot of natural breezes and light that comes through the apartment.”The property has a price guide in the mid to high $500,000 range.“With low interest rates it makes sense. It’s a no-brainer to buy in that pricepoint. It’s affordable for a lot of different buyers in the market, and there’s low stock along there. It’s a good opportunity.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK 6/22 Selborne Street, Mount Gravatt East, hit the market last week.With over a million followers on Instagram, the style guru put her first ever property purchase on the market last week – a rare three bedroom apartment bought off the plan in 2015 in Brisbane’s Mount Gravatt. Her popular summer-kissed fashion range survived the COVID-19 crisis by shifting all operations online, and now Kouzoukas too was ready for a new beginning closer to home. Sabo Skirt co-founders Thessy and Yiota Kouzoukas. Picture: Peter Wallis“Georgio and I were looking to move out together when we first started dating around six years ago; we wanted to live around the south side where we had both grown up,” she said.“The unit was available and was brand new, and we absolutely loved the location, the bright light throughout and the fact that it was three bedrooms.”Her favourite spot was the main bedroom “because it has a lot of windows that let in natural light, a nice breeze and was super cozy”. Little did she realise it would be even more special later when husband Georgio chose that spot to propose marriage to her. The master bedroom leads out to the balcony.“Georgio proposed to me in bed one morning,” she said. “I was recovering from an endometrioma bursting inside of me, and was bed ridden for three weeks.”“He had alternative plans (for the proposal) but ended up asking me to marry him when it was just the two of us at home. It was perfect. I also fell pregnant when I was living in this apartment, so I have memories of my first trimester being in the apartment.” Video 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. 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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?00:58 Space to enjoy the Queensland climate.She said the decision to sell now came because the couple were looking to build their own home now.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“We have decided to sell now as we have recently purchased a block of land and are wanting to start to build soon, so we’re wanting to use the money for our new build.”Agent Michael Bacon of Place Kangaroo Point said the 109sq m apartment at 6/22 Selborne Street, Mount Gravatt East, was rare, given its three bedrooms, two bathrooms and functional layout.last_img read more

Moore Stephens: Shipping Confidence at Three-and-a-Half-Year High

first_imgShipping confidence held steady at its highest rating in the past three-and-a-half years in the three months to end-November 2017, shipping adviser Moore Stephens said. The average confidence level expressed by respondents in Moore Stephens’ Shipping Confidence Survey was unchanged at the level of 6.2 out of 10.0 recorded in the previous survey in August 2017.Confidence on the part of charterers was significantly up, from 4.7 to 7.7, the highest rating recorded for this category of respondent since the survey was launched in May 2008 with an overall rating of 6.8.Managers — up from 5.8 to 6.1 — were also more optimistic, while brokers’ confidence was unchanged at 6.3. The rating for owners, however, fell from 6.5 to 6.4.Confidence levels were down in Asia, from 6.4 to 5.7, and unchanged in Europe and North America, at 6.3 and 5.8 respectively.The likelihood of respondents making a major investment or significant development over the next 12 months was down from 5.4 to 5.3 out of 10.0. Charterers’ confidence, however, was up from 4.0 to 6.2. Expectations on the part of owners and brokers were up from 5.8 to 5.9 and from 4.4 to 5.3 respectively, but down from 5.4 to 5.3 for managers. Asian respondents — down from 5.9 to 5.0 — were less confident in this regard, but in North Americ, the rating was up from 4.9 to 5.4. In Europe, expectations held steady at 5.2, according to Moore Stephens.Although overall expectations of making major investments over the next 12 months were marginally down on the three-year high recorded in the previous survey, several respondents saw encouraging signs of recovery, and potential for further improvement, particularly in the dry bulk sector.59% of respondents expected finance costs to increase over the coming year, up from 50% last time to equal the highest figure since October 2008. Owners’ expectations were up from 48% to 54%, while the increase for charterers was from 67% to 83%, and for brokers from 42% to 60%. Managers, meanwhile, recorded a fall from 62% to 61%.Despite a fall from 27% to 23%, demand trends continued to be the factor expected to influence performance most significantly over the coming 12 months followed by competition and finance costs.“Shipping continues to be volatile and unstable, with an oversupply of tonnage, and new finance continuing to pour in, while geopolitical issues and new regulations are causing disruption,” one respondent commented.The number of respondents expecting higher freight rates over the next 12 months in the tanker market was down by 1% on the previous survey to 44%, while there was a one-percentage-point fall, to 13%, in those anticipating lower rates. There was a six-percentage-point fall, to 50%, in the numbers expecting higher rates in the dry bulk sector, and a five-percentage-point increase to 12% in the numbers anticipating lower rates. In the container ship sector, the numbers expecting higher rates dropped by four percentage points to 36%, while there was a two-percentage-point fall, to 15%, in those anticipating lower container ship rates.Net sentiment was positive in all the main tonnage categories. It was unchanged in the tanker market at +31, but down in the dry bulk market from +49 to +38, and in the container ship sector from +23 to +21.“Charterers are leading the way in terms of improved confidence and appetite for new investment. There is optimism in the dry bulk trades, and evidence of continuing improved confidence in the gas sector. The Baltic Dry Index, meanwhile, has risen by over 50% in the past six months, and net sentiment in all three main tonnage categories remains positive,” Richard Greiner, partner, Shipping & Transport, said.“A slowdown in newbuilding activity has started to redress the imbalance in supply and demand, and that should be reflected in improved freight rates. There is an appetite for investment, and finance is available. The shipping recovery might not yet be fully under way, but 2017 may come to be regarded as the year when the downward spiral was halted,” Greiner added.Image Courtesy:  Moore Stephens, Pixabaylast_img read more

Real Madrid’s Hazard at risk for City clash after latest injury

first_img Read Also: Messi reveals what Real Madrid are missing since Ronaldo’s exit He injured his hamstring the day before Madrid’s opening fixture in August and then broke his foot in November. Hazard made his first start in almost three months against Celta Vigo last weekend and started again at Levante, with a view to regaining sharpness before the City showdown. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Eden Hazard came off injured during Real Madrid’s La Liga match away at Levante on Saturday, four days before their crunch Champions League clash with Manchester City. Hazard was substituted in the second half in Valencia after he had been limping for a few minutes on the pitch. Eden Hazard has suffered an injury-plagued first season at Real Madrid He was then pictured with an ice pack on his right ankle, sparking fears of yet another layoff. The Belgium forward now appears to be unlikely to face City, whom Madrid face at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the last 16. Since joining Real Madrid from Chelsea last summer, Hazard has endured a stop-start season in Spain.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 9 Rarest And Most Valuable Items In The WorldInsane Japanese Tech That Make You Wish You Lived In Japan2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Bettercenter_img Loading… last_img read more