first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man is facing charges after allegedly throwing a pocket knife at a child’s face during an incident Monday night.Jamestown Police say Robert Trenary, 26, was arrested after police responded to a disorderly person call on Fulton Street around 9:30 p.m.While inside a residence, it is alleged that Trenary recklessly threw a knife striking a minor in the face.Police say Trenary was taken into custody without incident. Trenary is charged with third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.Additionally, officers say Trenary had an outstanding domestic violence arrest warrant.last_img read more

first_img— “Both can see just fine in terms of measuring their eyesight. But the cat that has had control behaves normally. The other cat that did not have control acts like it’s functionally blind. It walks off of tables, into walls. It doesn’t understand its experience,” Professor Proffitt explains. Because the kittens in the experimental group had no way to understand how their visual perceptions were related to their own actions, their brains could not correctly interpret what their bodies were able to do. “Action allows you to see the world in terms of what you can do. What we see in the world are opportunities for action.” Later I Googled this experiment for clarification to find it considerably less adorable than it sounds. In the 1960s, scientists chose pairs of newborn kittens from the same litter and raised them in darkness, only exposing them to light while inside this contraption. Our physical health is abysmal compared to other industrialized nations. The stereotype of the fat American isn’t a stereotype at all. On average we’re sedentary for twelve hours per day and 40% of the population is obese, contributing to increasing diagnoses of diabetes, heart disease, and myriad other health concerns. But how can you blame anyone in a world where interstates have mile markers to the nearest Taco Bell? There is such an implication of urgency in every part of our lives that you can forget about cooking, exercising, or even sitting down for a meal. There’s so little time we actually have to abbreviate the word “drive-thru.” This is not a country of flourishing people.  However, I think it’s important to recognize that something is awry in our society, and the numbers are revealing. With how quickly technology has changed in recent decades, there are already many people on Earth who have absolutely zero memory of a time when the Internet and screens were not omnipresent. In the not-so-distant future, no one will have a basis of comparison in their own memory to conceive of a world without them. Even older adults who grew up with payphones are struggling to just remember what it used to be like.  It’s something that makes people more caring and reduces crime, something that decreases anxiety and promotes higher self-esteem, something that calms the nervous system and improves performance on cognitive tests. Something that relieves pain, improves immunity, and treats anxiety, depression, and ADHD with little risk of adverse side effects. Something that promotes exercise, mindfulness, play, and socialization. Something that kills a lot of birds with one stone. Prophylactic and Panacea Children of today negatively impacted by this culture may grow up to believe something is wrong with them, and not the social norms that they’ve known their entire lives. Spending half of waking life with your face in a screen is normal. Sitting and being inactive for literally half of an entire day is normal. With such significant consequences for well-being, it’s urgent we bring awareness to the fact that normal should not be conflated with good or even okay. “Well, there’s two kittens on a carousel,” he began without missing a beat, seamlessly transitioning into his natural teaching mode. He scratched a rough sketch on a notepad between us on the desk. “One has control over locomotion and can move around, and the other gets moved around and can only observe.” The tests and protocols were designed by PhD candidates under the mentorship of Dennis Proffitt — professor, researcher, and Director of the Undergraduate Degree Program in Cognitive Science. He and his graduate students were interested in how we perceive the world and ourselves within it. I learned that our reality is made of a whole lot more than the images that reach the retina. The motto of the Perception Lab probably should have been “there’s more than meets the eye,” because what meets the eye is the tip of a very large iceberg. Ever seen those flyers posted around college campuses recruiting experimental guinea pigs in exchange for cash or class credit? Well, once upon a time as a University of Virginia undergraduate, I was the one with the clipboard taking notes. And perhaps most importantly, when it comes to technology, once you pop, the fun don’t stop. There are no take-backs for innovation, no putting the toothpaste back in the tube. The singular option is adaptation. One of the ecotherapists I interviewed, Beverley Ingram, insisted she wasn’t anti-technology because it’s here to stay. “Right now, technology is not being used well,” she admitted. “We have to get smart about how these things are taking advantage of our brain, dopamine, and serotonin. It’s like we’re a little kid in a candy shop, throwing up because we binged on all the sweets.”  Though researchers still debate the inherent harm of screens, it’s impossible to get around the fact that so much time spent in front of them means that something else (or perhaps everything else) has got to give. What time do we have left to care for our children and homes, to get a good night’s sleep, to enjoy hobbies, to spend time with our friends, or to engage in more physical activity than the walk between the cubicle and the coffee maker?  False Promises and Re-thinking ‘Normal’ Your brain naturally thinks about what it would take to climb this hill, even if you don’t need to. Thankfully, it is never too late for reconnection. Science shows that reconnecting with nature (through gardens, animals, nature walks, nature brought indoors, and more) can improve health, self-esteem, foster social connection, and bring joy. Engaging nature gives us a second chance to see clearly. Taking those opportunities for action teaches us what it means to be a living thing on this Earth, giving confidence and clarity about who we are and our place among the chaos.  If you’re still with me, I admire your patience because no one wants to hear how bleak and crappy and doomed things are. It’s not fun and it’s not a new idea. Even one of the ecotherapists I interviewed and came to deeply respect encouraged me not to focus on the negatives because scaring people is often counterproductive. I’m certainly not trying to fear-monger and I hope these articles bring more hope than fear. Kittens on the Carousel Time available for life lived beyond pixels is diminishing. So much for “plucking the hour” — we don’t have any left to pluck. When I began writing this article, my former psychology professor was one of the first people I sought out for perspective. There are few I respect more for their intelligence and scientific integrity, and this was an area of his expertise. Nature is our environment, after all. I’d asked if he’d answer some questions about nature and human perception and somehow we had gotten to talking about felines and amusement park rides. It seems we need a yin to the yang, something to bring equilibrium to a world increasingly dominated by the manmade, by the virtual, and by the left-brain. Returning to a state of balance could solve a whole host of problems, and it may be easier to achieve than one might think. There is a remedy that is both a powerful preventative and cure to the negative impacts of technology and urbanization. A healer and a protector. — In the first experiment I ever ran, I asked students to estimate the angle of a hill while looking at it from its base. Unless they had prior experience in construction, I learned that humans are bad at this game. Participants consistently guessed angles more than three times as steep as reality. But what was more surprising was that I could make them believe the hill was even steeper without suggesting a thing. I just asked them to put on a backpack. According to the research conducted by ecopsychologist Chad Chalquist, “disconnection from the natural world in which we evolved produces a variety of psychological symptoms that include anxiety, frustration, and depression” and contribute to a “pathological sense of inner deadness or alienation from self, others, and the world.”  Our brains reward us with hits of dopamine for every piece of information we consume, same as when we consume a piece of candy. Those hits of dopamine can become addictive and the desire for more can trump the desire to do anything else. Physical inactivity, social disconnection, and mental illness may all be symptoms of the same malady: a little bit too much time glued to a screen. “We can learn not to binge on sweets,” asserted Ingram. “And we can learn to find a balance.” But what happens when you have a limited experience of interacting with your environment? Say, perhaps because like the average American, you spend 90% of your time indoors? How does your brain deal with an atrophied understanding of what your body can and cannot accomplish?center_img When Plato looked at the night sky, his heart brimmed with optimism that human curiosity would “compel the soul to look upward and lead us from this world to another.” A lofty notion perhaps, but not inappropriate. The universe is indeed lofty and our desire to understand how it all works has set us apart as a unique species. From spears to aqueducts to the light bulb, innovation carved footholds into life’s learning curve with barely a look back. Implied, of course, is the proverbial peak of utopia. The control group kitten is placed in a harness with the agency to walk around in a circle. The other kitten is yoked to him on the same turntable, spinning at the behest of his brother. The second kitten is unable to do anything other than observe the room go round and round. After a few weeks, they allowed the kittens to freely explore a lighted room. The two groups of kittens took to this test quite differently. The backpacks were filled with weights — specifically 10% of each participant’s body weight. Participants in the experimental backpack group believed the hills to be significantly steeper than those in the control group. Why? Because with a heavy load on your shoulders, a hill looks like a real pain the ass to climb. Keep in mind I never told participants they would be expected to climb the hill. But that’s irrelevant. Even if your brain is not consciously aware of what’s going on, it’s constantly making its best educated guesses about the environment in anticipation of how you may need to interact with it. Psychological well-being also appears to be suffering, with an estimated 1 in 4 adults affected by mental illness and 40% of Americans feeling more anxious than they did last year. Most of the population reports being lonely and isolated with only one friend on average, and one in four have none at all. Even with society’s tolerance of casual sex at an all-time high, young adults are actually having less sex than previous generations. “Netflix and chill” was once tongue-in-cheek and cheeky — now it’s just literal and sad.  Consider Mr. Blobby. Voted the most hideous species and adopted as the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, he (or she) looks like the love child of Nintendo’s Kirby, a fish, and “Kilroy was here.” Mr. Blobby was trawled from an ocean floor over 2000 feet below sea level. Because it evolved under so much (literal) pressure, it uses water as structural support. When pulled to the surface, the change in water pressure causes its body to become distorted, resulting in a photo that spawned the meme: “Go home evolution, you’re drunk.” The Internet Age made a lot of shiny promises: accessible information would make us smarter, digital tools would make us more organized, online communication would keep us more connected. We certainly bought in to the hype. Americans now spend more than eleven hours per day staring at computers, phones, tablets, and televisions. So how is this working out? To put it short, it’s not. Still, in the course of my interviews, I’ve been reminded more than once by people much smarter than I that technology is ultimately a good thing for humanity. I’ll admit that the above-mentioned statistics regarding the state of America didn’t exactly fill me with optimism, but my sources rightly called me out. Without information technology, you wouldn’t be reading this article right now. My voice (and everyone’s) would be limited to the people within earshot of a soapbox, and your knowledge would be limited by your proximity to one.  That something is nature. Illustrations by French artist Villemard in 1910 of how he imagined the future to be in the year 2000 — Click here to read the whole article Would it be too ham-fisted to ask: Are we in danger of becoming Mr. Blobby? But evolution is not drunk. Evolution means adaptation through years of natural selection, something the blobfish obviously accomplished, or else it wouldn’t exist. But we pulled an animal literally half a mile in altitude from the habitat in which it evolved under thousands of pounds of pressure and millions of years. When your body is engineered to operate within a specific environment, things don’t always translate so well when you get yanked out of it. In the face of an unadaptable environmental change, it experienced a complete system failure. No wonder it looks so monumentally busted. I was beginning to connect a few dots. The less we actively interact with the physical world and the more we passively observe, the closer we become to the kitten in the sidecar. With electronic media now dominating our lives, we have drifted far away from the lifestyle we evolved for. Living in the virtual world does not provide many opportunities for action. Maybe, in a way, we’ve become functionally blind. Researchers are concerned with how much of a nosedive this generation’s mental health has taken. Gen Z is most likely to report poor mental health and is the only generation with less than half of its population reporting excellent or very good mental health. Half of them will experience a diagnosable psychological disorder before age 18, the most common being anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and depression. “Remember the Kitten and Carousel experiment?” Professor Proffitt asked me.  “It’s been a few years,” I admitted. Professor Proffitt’s face is famously inscrutable, but I hoped I hadn’t disappointed him by forgetting one of his lectures back in his introductory college course.  On the heels of the Industrial Revolution, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted an idyllic future — within 100 years, the human race would no longer need to worry about bringing home the bacon, but instead on how to “pluck the hour and the day virtuously and well.” In 1965, TIME Magazine heralded the rise of computers as the dawn of a “modern Hellenic age.” Like the ancient Greeks, we would have time to “cultivate [our] minds and improve [our] environment while slaves did all the labor.” In this case, the slaves would be technology.  And given the inaccessibility of quality healthcare in America, it’s crucially important for people to know about something so inexpensive, so accessible, so customizable, and so diverse in modalities. No matter who you are reading this article, it is something from which you can benefit. Appalachian Ecotherapy and Why We Need it Now But much more devastating is that today’s children, the first generation to grow up completely in the fluorescent glow of the ubiquitous smartphone, are paying the highest price. Even the youngest millennials remember a time when they’d be kicked off the computer and ushered into the backyard to play so Mom could get off dial-up and use the phone. But Gen Z (born mid-nineties to mid-2000s) don’t.  Perhaps, but there it is. Unfortunately, scientific research is much slower than the evolution of technology, and it’s hard to say exactly why these statistics look the way they do. And just like most human behavior, it’s highly unlikely that only one variable is at play. It is the curse of every social scientist. But the data are starting to suggest that increased screen-time may be linked to all of these problems. Americans are overstimulated, socially disconnected, and increasingly unhappy, with technology partially to blame. It’s a far cry from the hopes of Plato, Keynes, and TIME Magazine. Quite contrary to their predictions, it seems we have become slaves to technology rather than the other way around. We may never realize the lessons we’ve internalized, and perception is kind of funny like that. But if something as simple and small as a backpack can change how steep you view the grade of a hill, then surely the act of actually climbing the hill could change your concept of yourself. And redeveloping a relationship with the natural world could change everything.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Glen Cove man has been arrested for sexually abusing a female masseuse at a Hicksville spa two weeks ago, Nassau County police said.James Catanzano was charged with first-degree sexual abuse at Red Bell Spa on Newbridge Road.The 53-year-old suspect allegedly grabbed the victim’s arm “in an attempt to have her touch him in a sexual manner,” then touched her “in an inappropriate sexual manner” when she backed into a corner on Jan. 6, police have said.The victim called 911 and the suspect fled, police said.Catanzano will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – Your ruling planet in the 3rd house indicates that although big changes are in the offing, you can best prepare for them by getting to know yourself better by respecting your secrets and finding ways to feel good about yourself.Taurus – Your ruling planet in the 4th house brings romance. Romance can flourish in the beginning of the month if you let it. Don’t let your business instincts get the better of your social ones and don’t assume that business matters need to be all about business.Gemini – Your Sun is conjunct Mars which emphasizes the value of interpersonal contacts in professional matters. These contacts may bear pleasant fruit during the first half of the month. Don’t take on too many commitments or you’ll find yourself frazzled.Cancer – Your ruling planet conjunct Venus and Jupiter means indulge. A bit of self-indulgence may not be out of place. If you live the good life, others around you benefit merely by basking in the rays. By the end of the month you realize that home is where the heart is and will want to stay there lounging around with loved ones.Leo – Venus and Jupiter in your first house brings numerous ways to express your affection for another without spending a fortune. A sentimental card may do the trick. Don’t count on late month romantic intrigues to last, but do notice how nice it is to feel inspired. Virgo – Your ruling planet in the 10th house makes a good time to re-evaluate shared assets and joint account. Working cooperatively with others is absolutely essential now. A call you’ve been expecting comes through.Libra – Uranus conjunct your Sun in the 7th house could make you go overboard with a gift for that special person in your life. A candlelight dinner for two sounds romantic. Enjoy!Scorpio – Saturn in your first house retrograde may lead to an incorrect assumption which in turn may lead to a wrong move. Research a project from top to bottom before taking action that borders in the extreme. Study your options carefully.Sagittarius – Your ruling planet in the 9th house makes you examine your daily routine carefully this month. Be sure you’re not squandering your energy unnecessarily. Try to see whether firm adjustments in this area would free up more time for needed creative outlets. Capricorn – With your ruling planet in the 11th house, you’ll find that others are more than cooperative during the work day. A pet project could benefit from constructive efforts. Pull out all the stops to reach an objective.Aquarius – Venus conjunct Jupiter in the 7th house emphasizes relationships. Someone new on the scene may remind you of a past love. It’s possible that this time you could find just what you are looking for! Emotional ties are deep and meaningful.Pisces – You could have an irresistible urge to do something just for the fun of it. Why not? You could be fascinated by a new individual, an unusual place or activity.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.orglast_img read more

first_imgState Senate Co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) called Cuomo a “legendary figure” whom he always had a deep and “profound” respect for.“With his passing, New York has lost a dedicated leader and committed public servant, and one of the great orators of our time,” Skelos said. “He will be deeply missed.” Long Island’s two county executives also expressed their condolences. “He was a man of passion, principle and dedication who inspired so many New Yorkers to pursue public service, including me,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, said in a statement. “We are a better state and a more just nation because of him.” “Mario Cuomo had much to be proud of, but I’m certain, he was most proud to know that his son, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn in for a second term as New York State Governor today,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican. Before being elected governor, Cuomo was recognized for resolving a low-income and racially charged housing controversy in Forest Hills in 1972. He was appointed Secretary of State of New York three years later and was elected lieutenant governor in 1978. His keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention put him on the map nationally. Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for his second term as governor on Thursday. In his speech, he noted his father’s absence, saying “he is not well enough to come.” “We spent last night with him, changed the tradition a little bit,” Andrew Cuomo continued. “We weren’t in Albany last night; we stayed at my father’s house to ring in the New Year with him. I went through the speech with him. He said it was good, especially for a second-termer. See, my father is a third-termer. But he sends his regards to all of you. He couldn’t be here physically today, my father. But my father is in this room. He is in the heart and mind of every person who is here. He is here and he is here, and his inspiration and his legacy and his experience is what has brought this state to this point. So let’s give him a round of applause.”In honor of his father, Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered all flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lawmakers from across the political spectrum paid tribute Friday to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, a champion of liberal policies known for his soaring oratory and as a national presidential favorite among Democrats—a prospect that never came to pass. Cuomo died of heart failure Thursday evening, just hours after his son Andrew took his second oath of office as governor of New York, a position he himself had held for three terms between 1983 and 1994. Cuomo’s family was at his side, according to a statement from the governor’s office. He was 82 years old.All across Long Island and New York State, lawmakers who knew him paid tribute to the man who more than once flirted with the idea of running for president but decided to remain in New York. “Mario Cuomo was a giant of New York government and politics,” Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said in a statement. “As much as anyone he understood and appreciated the mosaic that was New York. All who knew Mario Cuomo were better for it. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cuomo family. RIP.”“Mario Cuomo rose to the very pinnacle of political power in New York because he believed in his bones in the greatness of this state, the greatness of America and the unique potential of every individual,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgThe buses are set to go into service Friday, joining the county’s existing fleet of 12 hybrid electric buses. The county recently purchased three hybrid electric buses from BAE systems in an effort to curb carbon emissions, cut fuel use and improve air quality in our community. BAE systems currently has more than 12,000 hybrid-electric buses in service in cities across the globe. The buses were purchased using funds from a $2 million grant awarded in 2018.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Broome County is going green! “The fact that they have this technology, it makes them run more efficiently, it saves the taxpayers money. The president was talking about, when they go into certain areas, they just go right to their battery,” says Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.last_img read more

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first_imgThis Tudor home at 63 Boundary Road, Bardon, is open for inspection on Saturday. Picture: 63 Boundary Road, Bardon Price guide — Auction July 224 bed, 2 bath, 2 carOpen Saturday June 24, 12pm-12.45pmAgent: Max Hadgelias, Ray White — Paddington 0411 276 372It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there aren’t too many ‘Tudor’ homes around Brisbane and this one’s a beauty.This preserved 1930s house is hard to miss with its steeply pitched gable roof, embellished doorway, refined masonry and elaborate exposed wood framework.Other features include traditional casement windows, timber floorboards, an elaborate chandelier and a large covered entertainment deck overlooking the pool.Marketing agent Max Hadgelias said ‘Tudor’ homes with their “very English style” were unique and rare in Brisbane.“There’s work that can be done inside but it’s also liveable as it is,” he said.Mr Hadgelias said the property’s location was also a major attraction, given it was in the Rainworth State School catchment and close to Rosalie Village. The kitchen at 63 Boundary Road, Bardon. Picture: The bathroom at 112 Bowering Street, Lota. Picture: This home at 145 Kennedy Tce, Paddington, has nine bedrooms. Picture: 2. 145 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington Price guide — Auction July 15​9 bed, 5 bath, 6 carOpen Saturday June 24, 11am-11.30amAgent: Paul Gould, Pure Real Estate Group 0422 638 663Now, here’s a find. This place has nine bedrooms and five bathrooms spread across three self-contained residences on 991 sqm in Paddington! The turn of the century colonial home has four bedrooms and amazing bygone era features such as church pews, sash windows, 12ft ceilings, French doors and a galley style kitchen.All around the living rooms are timber fretwork of cranes (birds) installed by the previous owner, well known wildlife photographer Steve Parish.Connected to the main house there are two self-contained units that would be perfect for the extended family, guests or teenagers.One is a two-bedroom granny flat, while the other has three bedrooms. All three dwellings have separate entrances.Marketing agent Paul Gould said the property went online during State of Origin on Wednesday night and within nine minutes, he had already received an inquiry and, soon after, an offer. Better get in quick. This home at 18 Magdala Street, Ascot, is for sale. Picture: 5. 18 Magdala Street, Ascot Price guide — over $825,000​3 bed, 1 bath, 1 carOpen Saturday June 24, 10am-10.45amAgent: Katherine Pedersen, McGrath Estate Agents — New Farm 0406 717 612Homes at this price point rarely become available in affluent Ascot, so this one’s unlikely to last long.The classic character home has all the features you’d expect in a Queenslander — VJ walls, high ceilings, timber floors and a large rear deck. But it also has tonnes of potential for renovation.It’s a short walk from the Racecourse Road shopping and dining precinct and just 6km from the CBD.Marketing agent Katherine Pedersen said the home had already generated significant interest ahead of its first open inspection on Saturday.“It’s going to be a cracking one,” she said. “I’ve had heaps of calls on it already.” This house at 112 Bowering Street, Lota, is one of Brisbane’s best open homes this weekend. Picture: 3. 112 Bowering Street, Lota Price guide — mid $600,000s​5 bed, 2 bath, 2 carOpen Saturday June 24, 10am-10.45am and 12.45pm -1.15pmAgent: Tori Vercoe, Bell Property Wilston 0431 916 609Lota is often regarded as the best kept secret on Brisbane’s bayside. Whereas prices in Manly have surged, neighbouring Lota still has a median house price of $605,000 — making it affordable and well positioned.This Queenslander is on a corner allotment overlooking parkland and only walking distance to the Esplanade.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoIt has not one, but three living areas and a back deck that runs the entire width of the house.Other cool features include a wood burning fire place, spa bath, pool room with pool table and original stained glass front door. This home at 43 Duke Street, Bulimba, is one of the best open homes in Brisbane this weekend. Picture:’LL want to make sure you’re the first through the doors of these beauties when they have their first open homes on Saturday.Fresh to the market, here are five of the best Brisbane homes to inspect this weekend: This home at 43 Duke Street, Bulimba, is one of the best open homes in Brisbane this weekend. Picture: 1. 43 Duke Street, Bulimba Price guide — for sale​5 bed, 3 bath, 4 carOpen Saturday June 24, 11am-11.30amAgent: Sarah Hackett, Place — Bulimba 0488 355 553Dubbed the “Duchess” of Duke Street — arguably Bulimba’s best character street — dream homes don’t get much better than this one.Perched on an elevated, north facing 1012 sqm block, the five-bedroom Queenslander was renovated four years ago and has European appliances, stone bench tops, butlers pantry, polished timber floors, large verandas and a swimming pool.Oozing with character, the upper level bedrooms feature cushioned window seats and plantation shutters.Trendy Oxford Street with its restaurants, cafes and shops and the ferry are within walking distance. The living room at 18 Magdala Street, Ascot. Picture: read more

first_imgThreadneedle Investments is set to rebrand its organisation in the coming months to strengthen ties with its US affiliate, Columbia Management.According to Threadneedle, the new brand, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, will allow the companies to take a larger share of growth in the asset management industry, while offering clients access to both organisations.Both managers are currently owned by Ameriprise Financial.It is also expected to allow the firms to strengthen business models in the Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East. The pair have around $505bn (€427bn) in assets under management (AUM), with the US-based Columbia accounting for around 70% of assets.Despite the new brand, the company said the investment strategies, philosophies and processes of both firms would not change.Threadneedle chief executive Campbell Fleming said: “Under the new brand, we become a global group, presenting our combined resources, investment perspectives and expertise.”Elsewhere, UK defined benefit (DB) pension fund investments returned an average of 11% over the course of 2014, according to State Street Investment Analytics (SSIA).It said this was the third consecutive year of strong investment results for DB schemes, but the latest set of results saw greater focus on fixed income holdings.“In the two preceding years, a high equity allocation was beneficial, but in 2014, it was funds that held a relatively high proportion of their investments in bonds that will have performed best,” SSIA said.Average exposure to equities fell to 43%, while SSIA said bond markets went from steadily positive performance to surging in August, as the Bank of England committed to low interest rates.UK index-linked bonds returned 20%, despite falling inflation, while UK Gilts also provided a boost, with the average fund returning 18%.“This reflects the relatively high weighting amongst pension funds of longer-dated Gilts,” SSIA said.“The FTSE 15 Year Index returned a remarkable 26%. While the strong results from bonds were positive for the asset valuations of pension funds, they had the opposite effect on the liabilities, as yields fell by almost a third from this time last year.”UK equities returned just over 1% over 2014 after a late rally in values, with European equities providing flat returns.last_img read more

first_imgFormer champion tennis player Mark Kratzmann talks about his dream home and why he loves living in Maroochydore.Former Australian professional tennis player Mark Kratzmann has won 18 double titles and his best slam performance in singles was reaching the fourth round of the 1987 Australian Open. Kratzmann achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 50 in March 1990.He shares why he loves living on the Sunshine Coast. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoFormer tennis player Mark Kratzmann in action. Picture: Jamie Hanson. DREAM QUEENSLAND HOME Picnic Point Esplanade, Maroochydore. For all the above reasons however this quiet cul-de-sac is one of the very few on the whole Sunshine Coast that doesn’t get any road noise or through traffic.There is a boat ramp 100m away so it is easy and fast to be in the river enjoying the coastal lifestyle. Probably on Sydney Harbour looking at the bridge and Opera House. And Geneva Switzerland. Bradman Ave, Maroochydore. Three bedroom unit for $118,000 in 1992.I wanted property on the river in Maroochydore so I could paddle board and fish and at that point Bradman Ave was fairly quiet.Now I would never live there as the traffic noise has greatly increased.center_img I am living in it.Although this is currently a double story house, we are moving to the Penthouse of The Ivy apartments just up the road on Picnic Point Esplanade in a year.No gardens to tend, and all the luxuries o top floor living on the river. FIRST HOME F ANTASY HOME CURRENT HOMElast_img read more