4/33 Ellis Street, Kangaroo Point Qld 4169ONLY one property is on the auction list for this Sunday and not only does it have a stunning view of Riverfire but every unit has lockable racks in the communal wine cellar.The three bedroom, two bathroom, double car space apartment at 4/33 Ellis Street, Kangaroo Point is one of just seven in a building that’s loaded with so much communal goodness, you’ll never want to leave home.The unit, which has been set for auction at noon on Sunday, was expected to draw strong interest given the price of another unit in the building has been listed at $1.699m.The apartment is central with great views. What a view of the city.The property was marketed as having polished wooden floors in the lounge and dining area with built-in sound system and speakers to all areas. The apartment has a C-Bus system controlled via iPad linked to the lights, blinds, volume of the sound system, TV channels and ducted zoned airconditioning.The main bedroom has a Decina spa bath that overlooks the Brisbane river, perfect to watch Riverfire and every other fireworks spectacular the city puts on throughout the year – or just to sit and watch the river go by.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKHuge kitchen with butler’s pantry used for the fridge, oven and storage. It has a communal gym. The communal pool and spa is beside a large communal barbecue zone for bigger gatherings. Me, a book, a Sunday and a glass of wine belong here.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoThe communal wine cellar where everyone has lockable racks.On top of the climate controlled wine cellar, community facilities include an entertaining area with top of the range barbecue, gym, pool and, if you work from home, you can even schedule meetings in the resident’s conference room.Agent Peter Gaston of LJ Hooker Kangaroo Point expected at least three interested parties at Sunday’s auction – one bidder who’s already registered and two keen buyers who have gone through second inspections.The prestige unit is open for inspection on Saturday from 12.15 to 12.45pm and on Sunday from 11.30am until the auction at noon.Built-in barbecue on the deck.
Jazz maestro Themba Mkhize’s band will pay tribute to South Africa’s late music icons. Zulu Boy is hoping to find artists to collaborate with in France. Da Les’s crew Jozi takes its “energy and swagger” to the Midem festival in France. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Communications Director Department of Arts and Culture +27 (12) 441 3084 or +27 82 450 5076 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • South African music • African music goes digital • Awards honour SA musicians • The White Zulu on stage in SA • Mambazo win their third Grammy • SA musicians sing for peaceBongani NkosiZulu Boy, a South African rap artist, has hatched his own style of music and for that he’s being sent to Cannes, France, with other hot local talent to represent the country.The rapper, whose real name is Mgingqeni Majozi, will be part of a culturally diverse group of performers who will participate in the 2010 Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale (Midem) that runs from 24 to 27 January.The event, which has been staged in France since 1966, is the world’s largest music industry trade fair and enables musicians from across the globe to meet face-to-face to network, analyse trends and build partnerships. South Africa is the 2010 Midem country of honour.Zulu Boy was chosen for his unique sound, which fuses Maskandi – a Zulu music genre – and hip hop. These were both types of music that the lad from eNtuzuma, in KwaZulu-Natal province, grew up listening to, so he’s combined the names and called his creation Skandi Hop.“My audience in France will listen to a type of hip hop that they have never heard before,” said Zulu Boy. “I know the overseas market is willing to learn about different cultures and music.”With such a creative blend of influences, Zulu Boy is no typical rap artist. Instead of urban boom bap hip hop beats and rehashed sounds, he introduces the string guitar and lyrics rapped in his mother tongue, isiZulu, and in some songs he fuses this with English.“My music has identity. We are Africans and we have to sound African,” he said.The artist, who’s signed with traditional music label Native Rhythms, promises to deliver an explosive performance in Cannes with a live band. His repertoire will include songs from his second album Inqolobane, released in 2008, and his latest offering, Igoda.He sees going to France as a chance to “network, learn and share knowledge”. “It’s an opportunity to take part in the global community,” he said.Although Zulu Boy has collaborated with international artists in the past – including Colombian rapper Alvaro ‘Ephniko’ Cuello and Ninthe, a female vocalist from the Netherlands – he’s aiming to find French artists to work with while in France.“I know for sure that I will find someone in France to collaborate with, either we will record there or we will do it over the internet,” he said. “If we share common experiences with the world, people in South Africa will learn that we are the same as people in other countries.”SA talent set to wow FranceZulu Boy is not the only local hip hop act at Cannes that will showcase the diversity of South African music. Jozi, a two-man outfit put on the map by their distinct African sound, is also set to wow audiences there.Jozi member Da Les (real name Lesley Mampe) said they are taking their “energy and swagger” to the European country. “We have a different sound compared to everybody else. It’s a fusion of traditional South African music and urban hip hop,” he said.Jozi combines the talents of rapper Da Les and evergreen singer Ishmael Morabe.There will be a rich mix of South African musicians who will perform on the opening night on the 24th and at the Tribute to Miriam Makeba Show on the 26th. The shows will fuse young, but established talents with that of old bucks who have influenced the country’s music over the years.Jazz maestro Themba Mkhize has assembled an eight-member live band that will pay tribute to South Africa’s late musical sensations. The band will perform hot tracks from yesteryear, including Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special, Solomon Linda’s Mbube and Jabu Khanyile and Bayete’s Mbombela, among others. Slain reggae icon Lucky Dube will also be honoured.“We have been known for our struggle songs for years, now we have an opportunity to showcase who we are in terms of music. We are a people with lots of love and we express that in our music,” said Mkhize. “The festival is an opportunity for us to sample a bit of our music for the world, ranging from the 1950s to today.”The Themba Mkhize band will be key to the South African musicians, playing alongside most of them. It will perform with Zulu Boy, Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren, the queen of Ndebele music Nothembi Mkhwebane and world-renowned flautist Wouter Kellerman.Performances with Xhosa music diva Thandiswa Mazwai, Makeba’s granddaughter Zenzi Lee and veteran Vusi Mahlasela are also scheduled.The South African line-up will also feature talent from elsewhere on the continent. Benin superstar Angelique Kidjo will join other local acts on stage to pay tribute to Makeba, while Kellerman’s performance will be spiced up by Senegalese prodigy Lamine Sonko.Sonko is based in Melborne, Australia, and is a singer, dancer and a percussionist whose style is an eclectic blend of jazz, reggae and West African music. “Our performance in France will be a surprise to the audience. But they will enjoy it,” Sonko said.Critically acclaimed outfit The Parlotones will play the best of South African rock, and award-winning soul singer Lira promises to perform all her chart-topping numbers as well. Other acts to set the stage alight are Tidal Wave, a popular reggae crew, and Maletangwao Cultural Troupe. Dance music disc jockeys Black Coffee, DJ Christos and DJ Static Plastic are set to play 100% home-grown music at the two events in Cannes.“The most important thing is that when we leave that place people must have a sense of what South African music is all about,” said Sipho Sithole of the Department of Arts and Culture advisory committee. “It must be a true reflection of South African music.”Mazwai, who’s known for her socially and politically conscious songs, appreciates the funding and organising by government which has made the French trip possible. “It’s a great thing that the government has done. It should happen again next year.”
Rural families face the highest energy burdens of any household group in America and spend a much larger percentage of their income on energy bills than the average family, according to a new study published by Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).The report, “The High Cost of Energy in Rural America: Household Energy Burdens and Opportunities for Energy Efficiency,” provides new evidence of the urgent need to expand energy efficiency programs to vulnerable communities in rural regions throughout the U.S.The report is the first to focus on the energy burdens shouldered by those living in rural America. It builds on a previous report, “Lifting the High Energy Burdens in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low-Income and Underserved Communities.”This report couldn’t come at a better time. The Trump administration’s Council of Economic Advisers has misread and manipulated data to declare that the war on poverty has been a success. The administration’s aims are cynical at best and harmful to the well-being of many households and communities across the nation by punishing the poorest and most vulnerable. As this new report shows, poverty and deprivation not only persist but are multidimensional and include high energy burdens and increased vulnerability to utility shut-offs. And poverty may be worsening in many of our bedrock communities and neighborhoods across rural and urban communities alike.Overall, while burdens vary greatly by region, rural households throughout the United States have a higher median energy burden (i.e., spend a higher percentage of household income on energy bills) than others in their overall region, as well as a higher burden compared with metropolitan households. Nationally, the median rural household energy burden is 4.4%, which is almost one-third higher than the national rate of 3.3% and about 42% above the median metropolitan energy burden of 3.1%. When looked at even more closely, the East South Central, New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions have the highest median rural energy burdens at 5.1%Pay rent, or keep the heat on?In several regions (including New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions), one out of four low-income rural households have an energy burden greater than 18%. The report also finds that over a quarter of all rural low-income households devote more than 10% of their income to energy expenses. That’s a lot, and for a household it often means deciding between keeping heat or lights on versus paying rent, buying food, or paying for medicines or school supplies.Such high energy burdens increase the likelihood that these households will see their utility services shut off at some point. Once shut off, additional fees increase the cost of reestablishing service, and an inability to pay leads to arrears that damage credit ratings. That makes reopening services or even qualifying for better housing difficult or impossible.Energy efficiency upgrades such as adding insulation and sealing air leaks can lessen these energy burdens by as much as 25%, resulting in more than $400 in energy bill savings annually for some households. These improvements also make homes more comfortable and healthier. And improved efficiency reduces the need for power plants to generate electricity from fossil fuels, cutting energy bill costs and avoiding climate-warming pollution for everyone.Rural communities face unique barriersAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rural households make up roughly 16% of all U.S. households and are spread across 72% of the nation’s land area, making rural housing stock much less dense than in urban and suburban areas. In this study, rural was defined by utilizing U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural-urban commuting area codes to map those regions not located in a metropolitan census tract.Due to the lower densities of the population over wider areas, the cost of delivering energy and energy efficiency services to rural households is on average higher than for their urban counterparts. Rural communities are more likely to be serviced by smaller rural coops or publicly owned utilities that may lack the capacity or resources to invest in comprehensive energy efficiency programs. As such, energy costs are vastly higher than the national averages and higher than in metro areas.Because of the uneven build-out of infrastructure, rural households often must rely on less efficient methods of accessing energy for critical needs. Further, the lower density in rural communities has meant that rural land and housing values tend to be lower, leaving limited options for financing regular home repairs and updates, allowing homes to deteriorate over time.Rural families are also more likely to be impoverished. Approximately 43% of households in rural areas have incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level, increasing vulnerability to high energy burdens. Low incomes, high energy use, non-ownership status, and inefficient housing stock are some of the key drivers of high energy burdens, which can place significant financial stress on families and other households.Finally, rural households are much more likely to live in manufactured housing than their urban counterparts. More popularly known as mobile homes — which are built in a factory, transported to a site on a flatbed truck, and installed on-site — manufactured housing tends to be less energy-efficient and more costly to repair than traditional homes. About 20% of all rural households live in manufactured homes, making provision of energy efficiency services costlier and less likely to happen. Uneven impact of high energy burdensWithin rural communities, some groups face even higher burdens than the overall rate for the region, making them most vulnerable to changes in energy costs, usage, and housing options. For example:Low-income rural families experience the highest median energy burden at 9%, which is almost three times greater than the non-low income rural median of 3.1%. Some low-income households are even worse off: In several regions of our nation, fully one-quarter of the low-income rural households have a median energy burden greater than 18%.Residents of rural manufactured housing experience a median energy burden that is 32% higher than the overall rural energy burden.Residents of multifamily housing with 2 to 4 units have a median energy burden that is 20% higher than that of rural single-family households.Rural renters experience a median energy burden 29% higher than that of owners.Households of color in rural areas have energy burdens 19% higher than that of their white counterparts.Elderly households have shown the most significant vulnerability with energy burdens 44% higher than that of non-elderly households.Benefits of energy efficiency and weatherizationRural communities can achieve multiple benefits from energy efficiency investments. Efficiency can help low-income rural households reduce energy burdens and increase available income for other necessities.As this video below produced by EEFA and ACEEE shows, high energy burdens are not just abstract or technical issues, they impact real life decisions and living qualities for millions of Americans.Weatherizing a home for families living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level — which is just over $12,000 for a single person household and $25,000 for a four-person household — saves an average single-family home $283 per year. A full retrofit of a rural household to be as efficient per square foot as its metropolitan counterpart would yield savings of $119 per year for those families. Households residing in rural manufactured homes would see savings of $458 per year; over one-quarter of their energy bill and a full 1.5% of their household income. Rural renting, low-income, elderly, and non-white families would all save over $100 per year if they had the same utility costs per square foot as the metropolitan median household.As our report shows, we can support increasing energy efficiency of rural homes in several ways, including:Improving demographic data collection to better target and reach customers.Aggregating and sharing training resources and workforce development across larger regions to ensure job demand and a capable contracting crew to meet service needs.Share program administration costs and resources by partnering smaller co-ops with larger utilities.Bundle funds through fuel-blind programs so a single energy efficiency program can address all end uses together.Create specific programs to target mobile and manufactured homes.Partner with local community, nonprofit, and religious organizations to address certain necessary expenses for efficiency upgrades.Don’t allow the Trump administration to increase burdens on poor families it doesn’t believe exist. Just a month ago, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley denounced a U.N. report saying 18.5 million Americans suffer extreme impoverishment as “misleading and politically motivated.” The administration and its allies are politically motivated to underestimate the levels of poverty and hardship faced by many Americans as a justification for their attempt to eliminate social safety net programs and initiatives these households rely upon.By improving housing efficiency with the goal of reducing energy burdens, we can have an impact on a wider range of issues. These “non-energy benefits” include improved health, increased job opportunities, and a better quality of life in rural communities. The benefits far outweigh the costs. This study shows that it’s time to turn our attention to a more energy-efficient rural America.Khalil Shahyd is senior project manager of the Energy Efficiency for All Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council. 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TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say 4.5 million UK people watch pirated Premier League gamesby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNine per cent of Britons admit to having illegally streamed at least one Premier League game over the past 12 months, according to new research by the personal finance comparison site finder.com, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure equates to roughly 4.5 million people over the course of a single season, with a ‘high proportion’ of UK pirate content consumption coming from soccer-related streaming.According to Finder.com’s research, more than 81 per cent of Britons have been subscribed to a streaming service in some capacity over the last year, while 17 per cent admit to streaming films, movies or sports illegally in the same period.’This means that of all those who illegally stream across the UK, 24 per cent view Premier League games,’ the report said. ‘When you look at the numbers of people who illegally stream any type of sport, the number rises to 44 per cent of illegal streamers, or 16 per cent of all Brits.’While both male (83 per cent) and female (81 per cent) respondents said they are streaming content over the last year, men (25 per cent) tended to illegally stream more often compared to women (17 per cent), according to the research.Of these, 14 per cent of male audiences were found to illegally stream soccer compared to other sports (12 per cent), and is double the number of female viewers who admitted to doing the same. Meanwhile, streamers aged between 25 and 34 are the most likely to illicitly stream Premier League matches.Regionally, London-based consumers are the most prolific for illegally streaming Premier League (21 per cent), with Scotland (17 per cent) coming second. The two regions with the lowest percentage of illegal football streamers were Wales (four per cent) and East Anglia (six per cent).
DURHAM, NC – OCTOBER 14: A detailed view of a helmet worn by the Florida State Seminoles during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Florida State lost a big commitment today. Isaac Nauta, a five-star tight end in the 2016 class, announced on Twitter that he has de-committed from the Seminoles’ program. FSU fans shouldn’t worry, though, according to five-star defensive back commit Levonta Taylor. Taylor, who has been committed to FSU since April, says Nauta will “be back” and tells fans “don’t worry!” He’ll be back. Don’t worry !— Levonta Taylor (@iamlevonta) July 28, 2015Well, that’s a good sign, Florida State fans. The Seminoles’ 2016 class is ranked the No. 3 class in the country by 247 Sports.
National titleCollege football fans are likely happy with Michigan’s quick turnaround under Jim Harbaugh – simply because a good Wolverines team makes the sport more interesting. But apparently, a lot of them are actually starting to believe that UM can both reach this year’s College Football Playoff and – wait for it – win it all too.According to ESPN’s David Payne Purdum, the top five teams by number of bets to win the national title at the Las Vegas SuperBook are Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, Clemson and Alabama. That’s right – the Wolverines are getting the most bets to win it all.Of course – that’s a product of both hype and odds. As of February 1, Michigan was a 12-1 bet to win it all. Alabama was tops, at 6:1.Top 5 teams to win the college football national title by number of bets @LVSuperBook: 1. Michigan 2. Ohio St 3. LSU 4. Clemson 5. Alabama— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) May 20, 2016Oklahoma and Baylor are the teams with the best odds that aren’t part of the list, for what it’s worth.If Michigan does win it all, Las Vegas is going to have a rough night. We’ll find out.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says unless the issue of disaster risk management and mitigation is seriously addressed, the Caribbean will not be able to maximise its potential as a global force in tourism.“More than any other time in our past, tourism authorities in the region must now seriously address the issue of disaster risk management and mitigation,” the Minister noted.He was addressing the introductory session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, St. James, on November 27.“It is clear that in recent years, the region’s tourism sector has become increasingly vulnerable to both natural disasters and external shocks, particularly climate change, which can now be reasonably described as an existential threat to our tourism sector,” Mr. Bartlett said.The Minister emphasised that the time has come for the region to urgently respond to, and strengthen its resilience against threats such as natural disasters, climate change, pandemics and epidemics, terrorism and cyberattacks.“We need to enhance our regional capacity to manage a range of chronic transnational challenges that can be destabilising to our tourism sector,” he added.“Aspects of this approach could involve developing a framework of indicators to measure resilience; promoting innovation systems for climate adaptation and resilience; fostering deepened knowledge of cyberspace policy, promoting counterterrorism studies, developing urban resilience and building meaningful partnerships,” the Minister suggested.Mr. Bartlett argued that meaningful risk management strategies for the region must focus on priority areas and outcomes, such as collaborations, information-sharing, collective action, capacity-building, resource allocation and funding, public education, planning and management of projects, behavioural modifications, monitoring and evaluation, environmental conservation, alternative and renewable energy and the adoption of green practices in the tourism sector.He implored conference delegates to use the opportunity to push a global sustainability agenda that will ensure the survival and resilience of the tourism sector, on which billions of people across the world depend, directly and indirectly, for their sustenance and livelihoods.“In addressing shared risks and threats, insularity and narrow self-interests must be replaced by fruitful engagements and collaborations that seek to develop cross-cutting solutions and unite tourism players under a common mission, which is to save a sector that is so dear to all of us,” the Minister said.In the meantime, Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Caribbean remains the most tourism-dependent region in the world, and is the single largest generator of foreign exchange in 16 of the 28 countries in the region.“The Caribbean has a higher proportion of total employment and percentage of GDP [gross domestic product] derived from tourism than any other region in the world,” he noted.“Despite this, however, Caribbean countries face a greater degree of vulnerability to the worst effects of major environmental disasters, particularly climate change, a phenomenon to which they have contributed the least,” the Minister said.Mr. Bartlett said this year, the resilience of the tourism sector in the region has been tested with the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which affected 13 of the most tourism-dependent countries in the region, including St. Martin, Anguilla, Dominica, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.He noted that some territories have suffered almost total devastation or over 90 per cent damage to their infrastructure from the hurricanes, adding that it will take many years and substantive investments to bounce back. The Minister emphasised that the time has come for the region to urgently respond to, and strengthen its resilience against threats such as natural disasters, climate change, pandemics and epidemics, terrorism and cyberattacks. Story Highlights He implored conference delegates to use the opportunity to push a global sustainability agenda that will ensure the survival and resilience of the tourism sector, on which billions of people across the world depend, directly and indirectly, for their sustenance and livelihoods. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says unless the issue of disaster risk management and mitigation is seriously addressed, the Caribbean will not be able to maximise its potential as a global force in tourism.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license Finnish fuel supply systems provider Auramarine has signed an agreement to deliver its services to a fleet of more than a thousand vessels served by MARCAS International Ltd, part of V. Group.Auramarine fuel system services would help the vessels navigate “some of the most significant fuel regulation changes that the industry has seen in decades.”“Cooperation with Auramarine enables us to source high-quality services and genuine spare parts from a trusted fuel system expert, while coping with the challenges of the 2020 IMO sulphur cap,” Jesper Bak Weller, Managing Director at MARCAS International Ltd, said.“Under the agreement, Auramarine will offer advice and support to MARCAS members,” Ole Skatka Jensen, CEO of Auramarine, added.This will include a full technical analysis of on-board fuel supply system conditions and the cost-efficient planning of customised upgrades and improvements, likely to be required for operating on the new fuels.The agreement covers volume sourcing and the allocation of services specifically adjusted to the geographical requirements of the fleet, cost-competitive spare parts and on-board fuel system upgrades and modifications, advantageous service engineering rates, and 24/7 technical support.
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