Odds & Ends: Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho Joins Drama High & More

first_imgAuli’i Cravalho(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.There’s Just No Telling How Far She’ll Go!Fresh off of slaying her performance at the Oscars, Moana star Auli’i Cravalho already has her next gig lined up. According to Deadline, she has been cast in a lead role in the previously announced pilot Drama High. Based on Michael Sokolove’s book of the same name, Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller and Friday Night Lights’ Jason Katims are joining forces to executive produce the pilot. The story focuses on high school drama teacher Lou Volpe, whose dedication to his students and the theater department inspires the raises the local community’s morale. Expect to hear more of Cravalho’s easy, breezy pipes.Sara Bareilles Could Have Been BFFs with Ryan GoslingBefore she was scoring Broadway musicals and hitting the Waitress rehearsal room for her own Broadway bow, six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club. Yup—the season that included Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. The songstress recently stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden to recount why she didn’t make it past her second callback. “I forgot the words to ‘A Whole New World,’” she said. It’s all good, Sara. We have total faith that you’ll rock the stage in Waitress (not Aladdin) beginning on March 31. On March 20th (7pm & 9:30pm) @drewgasparini will be presenting the ENTIRE score of our new musical “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” at @54below and it’s going to be wild. Use code GASP35 for a 35% discount. Tell your friends! Let’s pack this joint for a wonderful party!A post shared by Alex Brightman (@abrightmonster) on Feb 27, 2017 at 3:24pm PST Come From Away Will Return to TorontoCome From Away hasn’t even officially opened on Broadway, and fans already want to see it in their town. The tuner, which nabbed 14 Helen Hayes Award nominations for its Washington, D.C. run, will return to Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre in a second production beginning on February 13, 2018. No word yet on casting for the welcome return, but Jenn Colella, Rodney Hicks and more are currently starring in the Great White Way production, which opens on March 12 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Those in Canada who can’t make it to the show before the Toronto return can listen to the cast album beginning on March 24.Cast Complete for Norbert Leo Butz-Led The Whirligig We just can’t wait to have two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz back on the New York stage! As previously announced, Butz, Zosia Mamet and Maura Tierney will star in the New Group’s final show of its season, the world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig. Rounding out the cast are Noah Bean, John DeVries, Alex Hurt, Jonny Orsini and Grace Van Patten. Directed by Scott Elliott, the off-Broadway engagement will begin previews on May 2 and open on May 21.P.S. Alex Brightman and Drew Gasparini’s previously announced project It’s Kind of a Funny Story has a full score. Fans can hear it live when Gasparini presents it at Feinstein’s/54 Below on March 20. We’re kind of obsessed with this art as well. View Commentslast_img read more

No Fracking Way: Rural Pennsylvania town takes a stand

first_imgBeautiful mountain drives on the Parkway, historic Indian reservations, and hikes alongside rushing rivers are paramount to the experience of being in the Blue Ridge Mountains—all of which are threatened by fracking for natural gas.Among the long list of concerns are the copious amounts of freshwater used, chemicals contaminating groundwater, mountaintop removal, and destruction of habitats and ecosystems.In a seemingly predictable outcome, small, rural, and vulnerable towns become targets for drilling sites.One by one, many small towns across the country have fought back to no avail. That is, until the determined small town of Grant Township, Pa., took a stand. For a look at how a town with a population of just 741 has successfully opposed fracking, read the full report from Rolling Stone.In other areas across the Blue Ridge, the battles over fracking rage on.This graphic shows part of the impact the Mountain Valley Pipeline would have on landscape along the Appalachian TrailPhoto by AppalachianTrail.orgPipelines for fracked gas have been especially contentious, specifically the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. According to studies, the pipelines would together contribute as much greenhouse gas pollution as 45 coal-fired power plants — some 158 million metric tons a year. A harsh reality that might soon be faced by residents in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. As for the iconic Appalachian Trail, the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline would, “dramatically scar the scenic landscape ​of the AT, produce irreversible damage to local ecosystems, and potentially cause local cities and towns that rely on outdoor recreation-based tourism to lose significant revenues,” according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.Renewable energy is an important part of the solution, but the current administration has scaled back investment in renewables and pushed for increased fracking and pipeline construction.last_img read more

SOUTHCOM to Deploy US Army Advisory Team to Support Enhanced Counternarcotics Cooperation with Colombia

first_imgBy  SOUTHCOM May 29, 2020 The U.S. Army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) will deploy an advisory team to Colombia June 1 to support U.S. enhanced counternarcotics cooperation with Colombian security forces.The brigade’s company-sized advisory team will provide military support to U.S.-Colombia diplomatic and development efforts by training, advising, and assisting host units with strengthening capabilities crucial to U.S.-Colombia enhanced counter-narcotics cooperation.The deployment marks the first time an SFAB advisory team supports a partner country in the region and will support the Enhanced Counternarcotics Operation announced April 1 by U.S. President Donald Trump.“The SFAB mission in Colombia is an opportunity to show our mutual commitment against drug trafficking and support for regional peace, respect for sovereignty, and the lasting promise to defend shared ideals and values,” said in a statement U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command.SFAB members receive specialized education at the Military Advisor Training Academy at Fort Benning in the United States, where they learn to assist the professional military forces of U.S. partners and allies based on operational and institutional needs. They are trained and equipped to assess, support, advise, and liaise with defense and security partners around the globe.In Colombia, the team will work with host units in areas designated by the Colombian government as “priority areas,” where they will focus on logistics, services, and intelligence capabilities directly supporting U.S.-Colombia counternarcotics collaboration and information sharing.Upon arrival in Colombia, the team will comply with the country’s mandatory 14-day preventive isolation and biosecurity protocols required to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus. The team will remain with their host units as determined by U.S. and Colombia military leadership assessment.The U.S. and Colombia have a longstanding history of supporting cooperative solutions and collaborative responses to security challenges and threats of concern in the Western Hemisphere.last_img read more

Court funding plan left in budget limbo

first_img May 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Court funding plan left in budget limbo Senior EditorCollateral damage from the stalemate of the Florida House and Senate over the 2003-04 state budget has apparently also derailed bills needed to implement a state take-over of trial court funding next year.The actions in the closing days of the session present a double whammy to the court system. For the 2003-04 budget, the Senate and particularly the House had proposed steep cuts in court funding because of the tight state budget. The special session necessary to resolve the budget issues means the courts will have less time before the July 1 start of the fiscal year to adjust to whatever the final spending reductions are.The trial court funding issue is potentially even more serious. Under a 1998 constitutional amendment — known as Revision 7 to Article V — the state is mandated by July 1, 2004, to take over more funding from the counties of circuit and county courts. Lawmakers had expected to approve a blueprint this year delineating what the state would pay for and what the counties would be responsible for, and also detailing how the state would come up with the money needed.The two chambers were close to an agreement — it had actually been announced as ready for passage on the Senate floor — when the bill fell apart over about $1.5 million of funding in the $500 million plan. Officials first said it was unlikely to be taken up in a special session later this year, but as the session ended there was speculation it could be included in a special session.“We needed that [Revision 7] implementation bill,” said Sixth Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer, chair of the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Budget Commission. “In my opinion, it’s just disastrous not to have it for planning purposes and budgeting purposes.”“We’re flirting with a major train wreck disaster of the system,” said Tallahassee attorney Fred Baggett, who represents the Florida Association of Court Clerks. “The whole concept of doing it this year was to test whether what we will be implementing will work.”The last week of the regular session proved a seesaw for those involved in the Revision 7 and court budget issues. On Tuesday morning, April 29, Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, chair of the Subcommittee on Article V Implementation and Judiciary, and Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, chair of the House Select Committee on Article V, appeared on the Senate floor to announced an agreement had been reached on Revision 7. They got a standing ovation.Then shortly after noon, Senate President Jim King, R-Jacksonville, announced that budget negotiations with the House had fallen through and a special session would be required. A couple hours after that, it was announced that there was no agreement after all over Revision 7.The next day, leaders were still holding out hope the disagreements would be resolved, if not in regular session then in a special session, after the budget differences were settled. “We don’t have a budget and until we have a budget, there are certain major issues that won’t be resolved in this session,” Benson said that day. “We are pretty close to final agreement and had a few last small issues to resolve but once the budget negotiations ceased, then the Article V [Revision 7] negotiations ceased.”By Thursday, May 1, though, leaders were saying the issue might be dead for the year and not brought up in any special session. By Friday, though, there was speculation it might be addressed in a special session.Sen. Smith detailed how the Revision 7 negotiations broke down, adding he thought all the problems had been ironed out between House and Senate and then questions arose over two final, minor details.On one of those, Smith wanted to raise the amount of court filing fees that go to the judicial education program from $2.50 to $3. And Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, asked that half of the $40 levied on indigents when they get a public defender go from a trust fund that helps pay for public defender operation into the state’s general revenue fund. The total amount involved was about $1.5 million, of which $363,000 was for the education fund.Smith, a former Eighth Circuit State Attorney, said he eventually offered to drop the hike in the education fund fee but balked at taking the money from public defenders, adding he could see no reason for the change except as a punitive measure.“Their Appropriations chair said no, I said, ‘You understand this is going to blow up a $500 million deal and it seems like a silly way to blow up a deal’ I walked out and I haven’t heard from him since,” Smith said on May 1. “I was stunned.. . . We should have had in place a funding plan this year so we could test it next year. But as usual for the legislature, we’re going to wait until next year and I have great trepidation about this.”Calls to Kyle’s office in the hectic last session days were not returned.The Senate passed its version, SB 1492, on May 1 with both Smith and Senate President Jim King saying they did not expect any further action from the House. “This bill should have happened,” Smith told his fellow senators. “Next year we’re going to be under a gun that’s going to be a $500 million problem.”King added that after being assured there was a deal, the Senate was told the representatives who negotiated it didn’t have the final authority to cement the agreement. “It’s doubly disappointing to me,” he said.Schaeffer and Baggett outlined some of the problems delaying Revision 7 legislation will cause.Schaeffer noted that county commission, chief judges, state attorney, public defenders, and court clerks are already preparing their 2003-04 budgets, which will be adopted in September and go into effect October 1. The last three months of the year are July, August, and September 2004, which means without a blueprint those agencies don’t know what the state will be paying for and consequently face massive budget uncertainties.“The chief judges don’t know what to ask for, the clerks don’t now what to ask for, the state attorneys don’t know what to ask for,” she said. If the agencies budget based on the tentative agreement nearly reached this year and then that changed, “that could mean huge layoffs or huge firings, because the counties wouldn’t be budgeting for those employees and the state wouldn’t be budgeting for them.”Schaeffer noted this year a major contention, especially with the House, was whether the state should pay for case management and court administration expenses. It was finally decided to include them, but that could change next year, or funding could be at a reduced level.Likewise, currently programs to help pro se litigants are usually split between clerks and court case managers. The House legislation gave all that to the clerks, while the Senate kept the existing model. Leaving that unresolved, Schaeffer said, makes it impossible to budget for those programs.Another difficulty will be with personnel, she said. Around 1,000 county employees around the state are expected to become court system employees, but without the guidelines the state can’t determine which employees will transfer and begin the formidable administrative work needed. Likewise, the guidelines may cause some employees to lose their jobs, but until they are adopted, there’s no way to determine who or give employees advance warning they should seek other employment.The Trial Court Budget Commission also is required to meet September 15 and prepare its 2004-05 budget. “What do we budget for?” Schaeffer said. “I guess what we budget for is everything that we want, everything that the courts hope the House and Senate will fund.”Baggett said the clerks will now face almost insurmountable problems next year.“The clerks will not know what their funding sources will be for their funding, will not know what fees they will be charging, will not even know what duties they have” until a couple months before the July 1, 2004, transfer date, he said. “The whole concept of doing it this year will be to test whether what we will be implementing will work.”The legislature originally began working on the funding transfer in 2000, intending to phase it in over several years. Increasing budget problems led the legislature to put it off until this year, and now, Baggett said, the phase in will be “from July 1, 2004, to July 1, 2004.”He added that while he doesn’t know why the agreement over the bill fell apart, “I cannot believe it had to do over the money. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense.. . . Out of a $500 million package, it was a matter of leaving it the way it is for a couple million dollars.”Baggett also said the final package represented a great deal of work by all the interested parties as well as legislators. “The shock and surprise for me is that what was crafted together was acceptable to all the stakeholders, the courts, the clerks, the state attorneys, and the public defenders. And that’s a hard thing to do when you talk about shifting all of the dollars in the system.“My fear is once we leave, that package starts to unravel. Once you go home, the constituencies of the stakeholder groups start picking at it. We’ve all seen that happen before.” 2003-04 BudgetWhile the courts grapple with the Revision 7 issues, they’ll also be preparing for the upcoming special session on the budget. Both the House and Senate had proposed cuts for the court system, with the House cuts being more severe.But Schaeffer said those plans may be irrelevant once the serious budget negotiations start. She noted that if the House and Senate, which were about $1 billion apart on their budgets, compromised down the middle, the House would have an extra $500,000 to spend and could allocate some of that to the courts, improving its fiscal plan. At the same time, the Senate might have to make cuts to its plan.“We know we had some major cuts,” Schaeffer said. “We have been working on those, we had been discussing what those would mean. They seem to understand and they said, ‘If we can get some more money, we appreciate your problem and we’ll see what we can do.’”The Office of the State Courts Administrator prepared an analysis of how the separate Senate and House budgets would impact the courts. That includes:• For the Supreme Court, the Senate plan would cut 1.7 percent of the budget, necessitating one or two job losses. The House cuts the court by 9.3 percent, which would cost seven staff attorneys and two judicial assistants. The House bill would eliminate one fourth of the legal and administrative support for the court, and do away with the central staff attorneys who handle about 50 percent of the court’s caseload. “The House budget would increase the time it takes to process appeals, especially in capital cases, and would reverse the recent successful efforts by the Supreme Court to reduce its backlog,” the analysis said.• For the district courts of appeal, the House made no cuts, while the Senate would eliminate 17 law clerk positions and reduce the budget 4.5 percent. That would, the analysis said, increase the workload for state attorneys and the Attorney General when they use the courts, and slow down the handling of petitions and appeals. That in turn would increase the cost for private litigants.• For circuit and county courts, the Senate would cut the circuits by 4.7 percent and 31 positions, and county courts by 1.6 percent. The House would cut the circuits by 57 positions and 5.6 percent and the county courts by 2.1 percent. The Senate plan would eliminate 31 deputy court administrators, which would place more administrative work on judges and give them less time for processing and adjudicating cases. They could also lead to further layoffs and suspension of some court services. The House would eliminate 37 deputy court administrators and 20 juvenile alternative sanctions coordinators. Both would increase the workload for judges and slow down their handling of cases. In addition, the House would eliminate all civil traffic hearing officers, which would delay traffic cases and increase the workload for county judges. The House would also cut $3.4 million for operational efficiencies, which would suspend some court services and lead to the layoff of another 74 employees, the analysis said.• For the Office of State Courts Administrator, the Senate would cut five to seven positions and $429,000 (4.8 percent), which would adversely impact the office supporting functions for administration, technology, legal, and policy services. The House would cut the office by 28 positions, or over 20 percent of the staff, and its budget by 18.2 percent. The OSCA personnel office would be cut, making it hard to provide support for the court system’s 3,000-plus employees, and legislative affairs and communications offices would be eliminated. That would make it hard to keep the courts and judges informed about legislative activities and to respond to requests from lawmakers. The biggest impact would cut employees who collect, compile, analyze, and report court statistics. “These statistics are used to assess workload needs, certify new judges, develop performance measures, and respond to information inquiries from the legislature, media, and the public,” the analysis said.The legislature will begin a two-week special session to work on the budget on May 12 and is expected to address other issues, including workers’ compensation, medical malpractice, and perhaps Revision 7, in that or later special sessions. Court funding plan left in budget limbolast_img read more

Peel unlocks plans for Salford Quays

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Twitter says Trump campaign posts blocked over virus claim

first_img“The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.”A video of Trump making the claim during a Fox News interview was earlier removed from Facebook in the first action aimed at the president’s page by the leading social network.The @TeamTrump account was posting again shortly after Twitter’s announcement, and the contested video clip appeared to have been removed.”Silicon Valley is hopelessly biased against the president and only enforces the rules in one direction,” the campaign’s director of communications Tim Murtaugh wrote, in a reaction to the temporary ban that was retweeted by @TeamTrump. Topics : Twitter on Wednesday said it had temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s official campaign account from tweeting due to a post containing misinformation about COVID-19.At issue in the post by the @TeamTrump account was a claim by the US president that children are “almost immune” to the novel coronavirus.The tweet “is in violation of the Twitter rules on COVID-19 misinformation,” a spokesperson for the San Francisco-based service told AFP.center_img How likely children are to contract or spread the coronavirus has become a deeply contentious issue in the US, with reopening schools essential to enabling many parents to go back to work.Trump has been calling for both businesses and schools to reopen as part of a push to revive the US economy, whose health will play a major factor in the coming presidential election.But a growing number of US school districts have opted against reopening classrooms come September, opting to remain online-only until the pandemic has abated.last_img read more

Arsenal can’t afford to lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ian Wright

first_imgWright says it’s vital that Arsenal keep Aubameyang (Picture: DAZN)‘I think from the time Mike’s come in in the middle of the season like he did he’s done fantastically up to this point,’ Wright told DAZN.‘Arsenal are further from the European spots than you’d like but I think at the moment it’s a massive work in progress. ‘There’s not a lot of money so it will come down to his coaching acumen and what he can do. Once he signs certain players, once [William] Saliba comes across, I think we can judge Arsenal and we’re they’re going.‘People like Aubameyang we need that sorted out. Saka, sort that out. Luiz? Is he staying?‘What needs to happen he needed to get to a situation where they’re solid at the back and the midfield start operating because they’re not doing anywhere near as much as they should be doing and if there wasn’t an Aubameyang, I don’t know where Arsenal would be without him at the minute’.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOne thing that could help change Aubameyang’s mind is a strong end to the season in which Arsenal finish in the top four.The club are currently five points away from the Champions League qualifying spots and they take on Manchester City on Wednesday at the Etihad in their first game back since the league was suspended.MORE: Roberto Firmino ‘likes’ post about Philippe Coutinho returning to Liverpool Sean KearnsSunday 14 Jun 2020 5:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link166Shares Comment Arsenal can’t afford to lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, warns Ian Wright Advertisement Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 12 months to run on his deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright admits he fears for the club should Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave this summer.The Gabon international has 12 months to run on his existing deal at the Emirates and negotiations over an extension have proved unsuccessful. Aubameyang was attracting interest from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester United before the pandemic hit and he was minded to leave the club this summer.However, clubs may be unwilling to meet Arsenal’s £35million valuation of him now, leaving Aubameyang in a difficult position.ADVERTISEMENTBut Wright says the onus is on the club to keep Aubameyang as they’d be in big trouble without him.last_img read more

Revealed: Brisbane’s most liveable and affordable hot spots

first_imgHome buyers should look north of the Brisbane River, according to new report. Picture: AAP/David Clark.FORGET the southside, savvy home hunters wanting to invest in property in 2020 should look north of the Brisbane River, new analysis reveals.Almost all of the city’s most affordable and liveable suburbs are on the northside, according to the PRDNationwide Affordable and Liveable Property Guide for the second half of 2019, released today.Taking into account property trends, investment potential, affordability, project development and liveability factors, PRDNationwide has identified six star suburbs within 20km of Brisbane’s CBD. This house at 70 Falconglen Place, Ferny Grove, is for sale.When it comes to houses, Ferny Grove, Boondall and Griffin are the suburbs to invest in, while Everton Park, Bracken Ridge and Springwood are the picks for apartments. These suburbs have the best possible median price growth while also satisfying criteria such as low vacancy rates, high yields, large infrastructure spending, low crime and proximity to amenities. Ferny Grove, about 15km north of Brisbane’s CBD, had median price growth of 2.6 per cent in the past 12 months, according to PRDNationwide. Ferny Grove Village shopping centre.Brisbane’s Most Affordable and Liveable House Hot Spots in 2020HOUSESSuburb Median Price Rental Yield Projects Radial distance Price Growth 2019 from CBDFerny Grove $622,000 2.6% 4.3% $91.8m 15.3kmBoondall $521,250 0.2% 4.2% $17m 18kmGriffin $471,000 2.4% 4.4% $45.8m 20kmUNITS Suburb Median Price Rental Yield Projects Radial distance Price Growth 2019 from CBDEverton Park $512,500 25.8% 5.3% $38m 10kmBracken Ridge $321,000 0.3% 5.6% $8.1m 20kmSpringwood $276,500 1.7% 6.3% $49.1m 20km (Source: PRDNationwide) This house at 70 Falconglen Plc, Ferny Grove, is for sale.PRDNationwide chief economist Diaswati Mardiasmo said investors were benefiting from solid rental yields of 4.3 per cent, which was above the Brisbane average of 3.8 per cent.Dr Mardiasmo said it was an ideal time for first home buyers to get in to the suburb.Boondall also offers entry level prices for houses and meets the criteria for an affordable and liveable suburb for first home buyers and investors.Dr Mardiasmo said the suburb’s proximity to entertainment amenities, shops, and public transport ticked all the right boxes. “Investors are currently benefiting from great rental yields of 4.2 per cent, and a low trending vacancy rate of 2.2 per cent, which is well below Brisbane metro’s average of 2.5 per cent,” Dr Mardiasmo said. “About $17 million worth of developments are planned for the second half of 2019. “These projects will stimulate local jobs and economic growth, having a positivemultiplier effect on the property market in the future.” PRDNationwide chief economist Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo.When it comes to units, Everton Park is a standout in terms of price growth, having increased nearly 26 per cent in the past year to reach a median unit price of $512,500.Only 11km north of the CBD, the suburb’s 5.3 per cent unit rental yield is a major drawcard for investors. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoIt’s also very liveable given its proximity to medical centres, schools, shops, public transport and parks. North West Plaza shopping centre in Everton Park.Dr Mardiasmo said the research found the Brisbane property market continued to be a prime market for first home buyers, with the under $500,000 price bracket reaching a record high percentage of available suburbs at 44 per cent.That’s a significant increase compared with a year ago when buyers with a budget of $500,000 or less could only access 12.4 per cent of the market.“First home buyers now have a better chance of entering the market, and homeowners can sell with confidence,” Dr Mardiasmo said.Other suburbs that met PRDNationwide’s affordability and liveability criteria, but did not make the top six were Nudgee, Doolandella and Upper Kedron.The top performing suburbs based on price growth and total estimated value of projects commencing in the second half of 2019 include Griffin in the north, Fairfield in the south, Seven Hills in the east and Indooroopilly in Brisbane’s west.Allan and Catherine Turton have lived in Ferny Grove for the past 15 years, but are now reluctantly selling their house at 1 Teviot Close. “For us as a family, it was the schools, the green spaces, the parks, that made it so appealing,” Mr Turton said.“It pretty much has everything we need as a young family.”Mr Turton said it was a suburb that was often overlooked because of its location. This four-bedroom house at 1 Teviot Close, Ferny Grove, is for sale.Marketing agent Karen McBryde of Place – Newmarket said she was not surprised Ferny Grove had been identified as one of Brisbane’s most liveable and affordable suburbs.“I often get feedback from buyers who say they are keen on the area because it has such a low crime rate,” Ms McBryde said. “Ferny Grove High School and Ferny Grove State School are quite highly regarded on the northside, so lots of families want to get into the catchment. “And because it’s on the trainline, mums and dads can drive less than five minutes to the station and still have a reasonably short commute to the city for work.” Ferny Grove has lots of parks that make it a liveable suburb.Mr McBryde said the suburb was also appealing because of its entry level house prices.“For what you get — a big block of land and a very modern house for mid $600,000s, it’s very good value for money compared to Mitchelton, Gaythorne and Enoggera, and only another 10 minutes out,” she said.last_img read more

Road Stars triumphant in first game of Roseau Valley Basketball League

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 64 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share NewsSports Road Stars triumphant in first game of Roseau Valley Basketball League by: – February 29, 2012 The Elvis’ Welding Services Road Stars have emerged triumphant in the first game of the Roseau Valley Basketball League in Trafalgar on Tuesday evening.Road Stars scored a total of 78 points defeating the Morne Prosper Long Horns who scored 61 points.Patrick Lafonce assisted his team in securing their win with 21 points and 6 rebounds, Julian Isles also chipped in with 17 points and 9 rebounds as well as Javid Joseph who scored 16 points and 3 rebounds.Meanwhile Kendel Isles scored 20 points and 3 assists for Long Horn, L. G Thomas scored 17 points and 5 assists and Lindel Mayers 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Long Horns.The League will continue on Thursday evening at 7:30 when R.C Bullets will come up against Upper Village Hoosiers.The league officially opened on Sunday the 26th of February.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Swansea put pressure on Villa

first_imgA wonder goal from Jonjo Shelvey fired Swansea on their way to a comfortable 4-1 win over Aston Villa that all but secures their Barclays Premier League place for next season. The midfielder lobbed Brad Guzan with a stunning 45-yard volley that sent the Liberty Stadium crowd into delirium. After Wilfried Bony opened the scoring, Gabriel Agbonlahor levelled for the visitors before Shelvey’s strike made it 2-1. Swansea dominated the second half and were rewarded through Pablo Hernandez’s goal and Bony’s injury-time penalty. Press Association If Norwich fail to beat Manchester United this evening, Swansea are safe barring miracles from Cardiff or Sunderland. Villa, meanwhile, are now without a win in six matches and only four points above the relegation zone with a tough run-in. Despite his team’s dismal form, Villa boss Paul Lambert named an unchanged side from the one that drew 0-0 with Southampton last week. Swansea’s interim manager Garry Monk also stood by his starting XI, and with good reason. The players who toppled Newcastle last weekend rewarded him with the club’s first back-to-back league wins in 58 games. Six minutes in, both sets of fans stood and applauded for former Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde, who was in an induced coma after suffering pneumonia. Little did they know he had come out of that state and was watching the game from his Dutch hospital bed. The Swans may have been without last season’s top scorer Michu – out once again with an injured ankle – but this term’s most potent marksman Bony did not need long to put his side in front. The Ivorian opened the scoring in the 10th minute when he latched on to a through-ball from Shelvey that pierced Villa’s high defensive line. Centre-back Nathan Baker appealed for offside, but the flag stayed down and Bony side-footed past Guzan with ease to bag his 14th league goal of the season. Villa enjoyed decent possession in the first quarter but were restricted to long-range efforts from Agbonlahor and Marc Albrighton, neither of whom could test Michel Vorm. In the 22nd minute the deserved equaliser came thanks to some slick football down the right. Karim El Ahmadi slipped the ball down the flank to the overlapping Albrighton, whose curling cross was met by Agbonlahor from close range giving Vorm no chance. The goal ended a Premier League drought of three hours and 42 minutes for Lambert’s charges. A wondrous strike from Shelvey put the Swans back in front three minutes later. After chesting down Villa captain Ron Vlaar’s clearance, he hit a missile of a volley from 45 yards that cleared the unsuspecting Guzan and curled into the top corner. Bony tested Guzan with a low-shot from 20 yards, but the American had it covered. Swansea left-back Ben Davies forced a save after the break when he fired in a left-footer and Shelvey also tested the busy Villa keeper with a low drive. Jonathan De Guzman should have extended Swansea’s lead when he shanked the ball wide from a Wayne Routledge cross on the hour. Monk’s side continued to probe and press and were rewarded for their dominance when Hernandez made it 3-1. The Spaniard was free at the back post when Shelvey crossed, cut in field and scored via the head of Ryan Betrand, who was back defending the goal line. Villa rarely threatened the home goal in the second half and their misery was compounded in stoppage time when Baker pushed substitute Marvin Emnes in the back and conceded a penalty. The result from goal-hungry Bony – his 15th league strike – was never in doubt. last_img read more