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Danny DeVito to Make B’way Debut in The Price

first_img The 2017 Tony race is heating up! Golden Globe and Emmy winner Danny DeVito will make his Broadway debut as Gregory Solomon in Arthur Miller’s The Price. Directed by Terry Kinney and co-starring the previously announced John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht, the production is scheduled to begin previews on February 16, 2017. Opening night is set for March 16 at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre, with the limited engagement running through May 7.DeVito returns to the New York stage, where he began his career acting in multiple off-Broadway productions including Shakespeare in the Park. Most recently, he starred in a 2012 West End production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys alongside the late Richard Griffiths. DeVito won the Emmy and Golden Globe for Taxi. His numerous film credits include Junior, Batman Returns, Twins, Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, Ruthless People, Tin Men, Anything Else, Big Fish, Renaissance Man, The Big Kahuna, Hotel Noir and Heist. Producing credits through 2nd Avenue and Jersey Films include Along Came Polly, Man on the Moon, Pulp Fiction, Out of Sight and the Oscar-nominated Erin Brockovich.When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz (Turturro) gave up his dream of an education to support his father. Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate. His wife (Hecht), his estranged brother (Shalhoub), and the wily furniture dealer (DeVito) hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long-stifled, about the value of his sacrifice.The production will feature sets by Derek McLane, costumes by Sarah J. Holden, lights by David Weiner and sound by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. Star Files View Comments Arthur Miller’s The Price Danny DeVito(Steve Jennings/Getty Images)center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 14, 2017 Danny DeVitolast_img read more

Yoga Kids

first_imgGeorgia 4-H focuses on teaching kids about their heads, hearts, health and hands. When 4-H clubs started offering Yoga for Kids three years ago, the program was a perfect fit.Today, more than 100 Georgia 4-H agents, program assistants and volunteers have been trained as Yoga for Kids instructors, and yoga poses have stretched their way into everything from after-school clubs to standardized test preparatory programs.Many Georgia 4-H agents will offer yoga programs throughout the summer in conjunction with activities hosted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices across the state.For agents, Yoga for Kids is a fun, inclusive way to keep kids moving during the summer while teaching them valuable lessons about stress management and healthy lifestyles. For kids, it’s a chance to sprawl out on the floor, get silly, bark, moo, meow, and basically try something fun and new over the summer break.Brittani Kelley, a 4-H Youth Development agent at the Cobb County Extension office, was one of 30 4-H agents and volunteers who participated in a daylong Yoga for Kids training in early May at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia.She plans to integrate yoga into summer activities for Cobb County 4-H’s Wellness 360 program, which works with families and children to support healthy lifestyles through nutrition classes and fitness programs.“It’s a little different from the ‘let’s just jump around’ kind of activities we offer,” Kelley said. “It’s a calming activity where they not only learn about fitness, they learn how to de-stress and how to be mindful. It teaches them how to focus instead of just running around all the time.”Sergia Gabelmann, Chatham County 4-H agent now certified to teach the Yoga for Kids program to other agents, has been hosting weekly yoga classes through her network of 4-H community clubs for the past year. She plans to host regular yoga practice for kids at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, this summer.“The most meaningful outcome has been the kids’ attitudes,” Gabelmann said. “This is evident in their attitude toward the yoga practice and toward each other.”The kids weren’t so sure about yoga when Gabelmann introduced them to it, but the tools she learned through the Yoga for Kids program helped her engage them.“The first yoga session was a disaster,” she said. “I could not get the kids to listen to instructions or stay on their own mats. I decided to play a yoga game and give them time to adjust. By keeping the class fun and lighthearted, the kids began to settle down and this was how we started our yoga practice. Eventually, they were able to practice yoga and breathing exercises without distractions.”The Yoga for Kids curriculum structures the program to be fun and help kids focus at the same time. Public health and wellness Extension specialists worked with Arkansas 4-H to develop the curriculum specifically for 4-H’ers.The program teaches the basic tenets of yoga — deep, controlled breathing and balanced poses — without the Sanskrit vocabulary or the need for special clothes or equipment. It also gets silly, like mooing and meowing during cow and cat poses.When Georgia 4-H agents learned the curriculum this spring, they focused on safety, introducing basic poses to students and adapting yoga practices for different situations. They offered simple routines for the classroom, energizing wake-up routines for mornings at day camps and techniques that students can use to calm themselves down during stressful tasks like testing or athletic competitions.“You don’t have to be very skilled in yoga to teach or participate in this program,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a UGA Extension 4-H programming specialist and coordinator of Georgia 4-H’s Health Rocks program. “It breaks it down into kid-friendly terms so they’re not scared of doing it and kids really enjoy it. … People are using it and we’re doing classes at Junior 4-H conference, Senior 4-H camp and other different settings. The counties report that the kids really love these programs.”Teachers love it too. The 4-H programs in different counties integrate it into their preparations for standardized testing or offer it during the school day to help kids focus on learning.“One of the main components of the Health Rocks! program is stress reduction, particularly around test-taking time,” Varnadoe said. “This is something you could do at your desk with kids. You can do it in an after-school club meeting or you can host a class at the library on a Saturday morning.”For Jessica Vincent, who helped to certify the latest group of Georgia 4-H agents this spring and refine the curriculum in Arkansas, teaching kids about fitness and yoga is just a continuation of the original Corn Clubs, 4-H’s predecessor.“When kids learn something, they take it home, just like it was 100 years ago when children learned agricultural science in Corn Clubs and took that information home to their family farms,” Vincent said. “Today they’re taking yoga home, they’re practicing with their siblings and maybe their parents will try it too.”To find out more about the Yoga for Kids program and Georgia 4-H, visit www.georgia4h.org or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Start-up

first_imgThe illuminated light bulb. It’s the symbol of a great idea come to life.Erico Mattos’ big idea doesn’t reinvent that iconic bulb exactly but reimagines how it can be used.Around the globe, greenhouses grow fruits and vegetables to provide a healthy food supply year-round. But as reliable as the sun is for providing light and energy for plants to grow, a rainy day or just a cloudy afternoon can slow a plant’s growth little by little. Those cloudy days add up and can affect how quickly a plant grows — including how deep its roots take hold—and how much it can produce. Some greenhouse growers use artificial lighting. But to shine a light on a plant that’s already getting ample sunlight is a waste of energy … and money.After finishing his doctorate in bioengineering at the University of Georgia, Mattos teamed up with Marc van Iersel, the Dooley Professor of Horticulture, to develop a lighting controller that can respond to sunlight and provide just enough supplemental light to keep plants happy. The lights dim under sunny conditions and get brighter under cloudy conditions.“We provide the plants just the amount of light that they need,” says Mattos. “No more. No less.”The idea has the potential to give the nearly $15 billion greenhouse farming industry a reliable, energy-saving process, which could ensure peak growth and profit margins and provide a more stable global food supply. Or at least that’s what Mattos suspected. Still, he wasn’t entirely sure if his lab work would translate into the real-world needs of greenhouse growers.This could have been “a really cool idea and a bunch of academic papers,” van Iersel says. Instead, Mattos and van Iersel committed to bringing the idea to market by creating a startup. They named their company Candidus, Latin for “radiant.”Finding a path to successMattos and van Iersel turned to a UGA program that’s helping faculty and students take their big ideas and entrepreneurial aspirations and pressure test them for the market. Innovation Corps, or I-Corps, was developed by the National Science Foundation to help scientists and engineers in the U.S. extend their academic research for economic and societal benefits. At UGA, teams go through a six-week accelerator program to identify market need and potential customers for their idea.It’s an important step, says Ian Biggs, director of the Startup Program within UGA’s Innovation Gateway, the university’s instrument for commercializing UGA research.Across industries, the failure rate for startup companies is grim, 90% by some estimates. But data show 40% fail because customers don’t need — or at least think they don’t need—what’s being sold.“You are going to fail if you have something that nobody cares about,” says Biggs. If he sounds blunt, it’s from years of experience in entrepreneurship and startups on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Before coming to Athens, the Oxford-educated Biggs worked in finance for several international banks and was part of a handful of animal breeding startups — including the team that brought the world’s first cloned sheep, Dolly, to life.A flourishing ecosystem As rapidly as technology seems to be evolving, the process for bringing university ideas to consumers has gotten more complex, Biggs says. Years ago, big industry partners would shop around for the best ideas in academia and then buy the rights to take those ideas, potentially prototype them, and then determine if they were market ready. These days, companies are less likely to invest in ideas unless they are sure things. Through its Innovation District initiative, UGA is stepping up to help faculty and students develop their research to have the greatest impact on society.The success in this effort speaks for itself. Last year, UGA ranked first among 193 U.S. institutions for the number of commercial products reaching the market, according to a survey released by the nonprofit AUTM, which tracks technology transfer. In the same survey, UGA ranked fourth in the number of new intellectual property licenses executed to industry. So far, the bulk of that success comes from existing companies licensing UGA technology, but the university is strengthening its efforts to support startup companies based on university research.Connecting with customersI-Corps is a key first step for faculty entrepreneurs, and it’s the perfect Startup 101 course for academics.Hour after hour, year after year, scientists painstakingly commit to their research and their ideas. For Mattos, it was time spent understanding how plants respond and grow in light and how to measure and monitor that response.“When you are really passionate about something, you think your work, your technology, will save the world,” says Mattos. “That doesn’t mean the market is ready for it yet.”Since 2017, 62 groups have gone through the I-Corps program. The ideas are diverse, ranging from using drone technology to assess animal health to using recycled plastics for modular homes, from a vaccine additive to reduce side effects to a better delivery system for probiotics. One graduate of the program is the all-female team of engineers that launched Can I Recycle This?Co-founder Katherine Shayne developed an artificial intelligence-based system to educate consumers on what can or cannot be recycled in their area and how to do it properly. Shayne and the rest of the team were able to determine a potential path to create a sustainable company. They’re currently developing their software and working with potential municipal and industry partners to help consumers understand what’s recyclable.“Without this program, you would have research and innovation that just sits there and isn’t used,” says Shayne. “Without the lessons we learned in I-Corps, I don’t think it would be what it is today as a company. We knew we had a support system.”For Mattos, I-Corps was an opportunity to get out of his labs and connect with greenhouse growers so he could figure out if the adaptive lighting system would be useful to them. He found that growers were intrigued by the system but seemed to be drawn to different benefits. Some wanted the accelerated crop cycle it could provide, others wanted a predictable crop schedule, and still others wanted to reduce their energy consumption.For Mattos, those conversations emphasized that his growers were diverse, and the more people he could learn from, the better. That’s how he was able to construct a revenue model and business plan.Like a researcher devising the perfect conditions for an experiment, he kept pitching new ideas to growers and getting their input.“It was the exercise of making a hypothesis, getting feedback, validating, and then repeating,” says Mattos. “I-Corps didn’t provide the answers. It helped us ask the right questions.”Since then, Candidus has won funding from the Georgia Research Alliance and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for project development and commercialization. They’ve been testing their system with a handful of Georgia growers and are poised to offer their services to a broader market.There’s still so much work to be done before Candidus can reach its potential. But Mattos believes he’s developing the business sense to match his technical expertise.And who knows? Maybe his idea can change the world.(This article was originally run in Georgia Magazine. For more articles from Georgia Magazine. visit https://news.uga.edu/georgia-magazine/)last_img read more

Another big win for energy storage in Australia

first_imgAnother big win for energy storage in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:There has been a huge amount of interest in, and a huge amount written about – particularly on this website – the success of the Tesla big battery in South Australia.But another big battery, the Newman battery storage project, installed just over a year ago in a private-only grid in the Pilbara serving mostly mining industry customers in Australia’s north-west, is having just as profound an impact on the way people think about the grid.The 35MW/11.4MWh Kokam lithium-ion battery was installed in September last year by Alinta, next to its 178MW Mt Newman gas-fired generator, which supplies mining operations such as Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill facility. But not much has been said about it until it applied for, and won, a major engineering award.The reason was simple. Like the Neoen/Tesla big battery, the Newman battery has shown that it is faster, smarter, cheaper, and more reliable than the fossil fuel generators around it.In this instance, the battery has done what most experts thought it could not do – provide sufficient inertia to the local grid in the absence of thermal generators. “There is no real difference when compared to mechanical (rotating mass) systems,” the compact says.And its speed of response has all but eliminated the supply interruptions that were relatively common in the small grid that relies on comparatively slow gas generators. And it has led to a significant saving on “back-up” gas generation.More: The “other” big battery that has quietly changed thinking about the gridlast_img read more

A Solo Mission

first_imgThe new year always comes with a lot of pressure.On the eve of it, generally one of two things happen – either you a) do something really freakin’ fun or b) just barely stay awake past 10 o’clock. I am normally of the option a) type, as New Year’s Eve is the only night of the year I can wholeheartedly convince (and by that I mean guilt trip) myself to stay up past my bedtime.Early on during that last week in December, I had every intention of doing something cool. I’d batted around the idea of going biking and camping with friends in Pisgah National Forest, or maybe cranking out an overnight paddling trip on the Chattooga, perhaps even catching a little RJD2 at the Orange Peel in Asheville. Something, at the very least, that would get me psyched to be alive and stoked for 2015.Through a series of unfortunate events, my New Year’s Eve was not spent on a bike or in the cockpit of my kayak. It wasn’t on the summit of some mountain or nestled cozily in a tent. No, my 2014 ended not with a bang but with a whimper and was very nearly spent in bed. After countless failed attempts at rallying my friends in Virginia I’d all but lost my motivation to go out and celebrate the coming of the new year. A shot of whiskey and a 20-minute power nap later, however, I had a change of heart.To hell with it, I proclaimed (to no one in particular). I’ll celebrate by myself!I donned my cleanest and least wrinkly set of clothes, scooted into town, and posted up at the Southern. It was only 11 o’clock, so I still had an hour to kill until the countdown. I ordered a beer and took the last seat at the end of the bar.After the first few sips, I started to regret my decision. The few people that were lingering at the bar were all paired up, throwing back shots with their friends and laughing a little too loudly for my sober self. Immediately, feelings about celebrating by myself shifted from stubborn certainty to pathetic helplessness.Why did you think this was a good idea? I thought, scolding myself. You are such a loser.An overwhelming urge to flee took over. For a moment, I considered donating the drink I’d barely touched to the girl sitting next to me, buying a drink for a lucky stranger so I could hit the $10 card limit, and aborting my New Year’s solo mission. I’d chalk up the small financial loss as an act of selfless goodwill and cross my fingers that the good karma would show itself sooner rather than later.I took another sip.Breathe. It’s only been 10 minutes. You can sit still longer than that.I looked around the room. On closer inspection, there were beautiful people paired up together, yes, and I was the only single person at the bar, yes, but I was also the only person in the room without the glare from a cell phone radiating off my cheeks. In fact, I didn’t even have my phone on me. I’d intentionally left it in the car so I could be “in the moment” when 2015 showed itself.I was shocked. Couples stood silently side-by-side, clicking away at their screens. Even the bartenders were checking Facebook statuses in between drink orders.I grabbed a napkin. Overcome by the scene before me, I decided to write down my New Year’s resolutions before 2015 arrived.Though I certainly knocked off a lot of firsts this past year with the Live Outside and Play project, there are plenty of personal goals I have yet to tackle, and the first one starts with cell phones.UNPLUG.At least once a week, for 24 hours. I wrote about this before after I went off the grid in West Virginia’s Cranberry Wilderness for a few days, but as the weeks following that trip wore on, my commitment to unplugging from technology waned. It’s time to change that.CONNECT.Face-to-face. With people. Emails, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, those things are great and all for engaging with fans, staying connected, and meeting like-minded individuals, but there’s absolutely nothing in this world that beats a good in-person conversation. Even if it’s choosing to make a phone call instead of shooting an email, taking the extra effort to make a personal connection with someone goes a long way.PADDLE.More specifically, paddle more and paddle harder. The Green River Narrows, Chattooga, Tallulah, Top Yough, Cheat River, Big Sandy, and Wilson Creek are just a few PFDs I’d like to knock off this year. Some more laps on Watauga, the Upper Gauley, and the Russell Fork Gorge would be nice, too.SIT STILL.If there’s one thing this New Year’s Eve has taught me, it’s that I really struggle with staying in one place by myself for very long. I usually always find myself around old friends or new, and after awhile, you start to become dependent on that company. The importance of finding stillness is not a new concept to me, yet being comfortable with it is definitely a challenge. From here on out, I vow to sit still, by myself, for one evening, in every town I visit in 2015. Reading that sentence aloud gives me anxiety, even now.READ.Over the holidays, I read six books in less than a month. Most were narrative nonfiction. Everything from Hemingway’s An Unmovable Feast to Richard Grant’s God’s Middle Finger, once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. But once you do stop, it’s hard to start again. So don’t stop reading.APPRECIATE.Everything and everyone. The small things and big adventures. The inspirational people and the Negative Nanceys. View the world as one big classroom – the opportunities I encounter and the folks I meet are the professors and I am to learn something from them, for better or for worse.Satisfied with my list (thinking I’d embrace the under-promise, over-deliver mentality of executing resolutions), I folded the paper napkin and stuck it in my jacket pocket. It was almost midnight, so I ordered another beer and weaved through the steady flow of newcomers heading for the dance floor. The DJ was playing some old school, bee-boppin’ soul funk tunes, and I folded into the crowd, dancing along without a care in the world that I didn’t have a friend to boogie with.“Alright y’all, here comes 2015 in 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 … Happy New Year!”Someone popped a bottle of champagne. Couples around me leaned in for the kiss. And I? I raised my glass to the sky, leaned my head back and gave a (likely obnoxious) YEEEWWWWEEEE, and toasted to books, people, and solo-missions-to-come in 2015.###Like my resolutions? Want to share some of your own? I’d love to hear your thoughts on goals and plans for the new year! Happy 2015!last_img read more

Newsday, News 12 Sites Targeted by Hackers, Report Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Message posted on Google Chrome when users tried to access Newsday.com ThursdayTwo Cablevision-owned media outlets, Newsday and News 12, were targeted by hackers Thursday morning, according to News 12 Long Island.Readers using the Google Chrome web browser received the following alert as they tried to enter Newsday’s website:Content from www.newsday.com, a known malware distributor, has been inserted into this web page. Visiting this page now is very likely to infect your Mac with malware.Malware is malicious software that causes things like identity theft, financial loss, and permanent file deletion.Users of Mozilla Firefox also received a similar alert.Cablevision’s tech teams were working on the issue, News 12 reported.A spokesperson for Cablevision wasn’t immediately available for comment.Google Chrome users received the same warning two days ago as they tried to access the site.The Long Island Press learned of the malware issue Tuesday afternoon when a reporter was talking to a Suffolk County police spokeswoman who mentioned, in passing, that she had just gotten a notice about it on her computer screen.last_img read more

CFPB finalizes CUNA-requested day of prepaid accounts rule

first_img continue reading » The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized changes to its prepaid accounts rule, including delaying the rule’s implementation several months beyond what CUNA requested. CUNA requested in August the bureau delay the rule until at least October 2018, and the bureau delayed it to April 1, 2019.“As credit unions continue to implement thousands of pages of new rules from the CFPB, we appreciate that it has considered this burden on smaller financial service providers, and is giving them more time for coming into compliance with the prepaid card rule,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “We will continue to urge the CFPB to consider modifying the rule so Regulation Z requirements do not apply to the overdraft features of prepaid accounts.”The rule extends Regulation E coverage to prepaid accounts and generally expands Regulation Z’s coverage to overdraft features that may be offered in conjunction with prepaid accounts. CUNA is concerned about the unintended impact the rule may have on the ability of issuers to continue providing prepaid account access. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

As the Trumptanic sinks, rats will try to escape, but Mark Esper is going out early

first_imgEsper did have a military career, including a brief period of active service in the Gulf War. However, his career also includes a stint running the ultraconservative Heritage Foundation, and as assistant defense secretary for George W. Bush, where he was a proponent of the Iraq invasion. He’s been a policy adviser to three different Republican senators, and a defense industry lobbyist. In fact, The Hill recognized Esper as “the top corporate lobbyist” for both 2015 and 2016. It was his keen work as an industry lobbyist that brought him to the lobbyist-filled Trump White House — where he got to play defense secretary while still sitting on a package of benefits from defense contractors.So it’s not as if Esper has ever demonstrated anything that resembled concern for the troops, concern for national security, or concern for the dignity of his supposed position. He seems to be only concerned with getting away before the screen door hits him in the rear. As NBC News reports, the reason Esper is planning to get out now is simple enough: Trump was about to fire him anyway. So Esper is neither making a moral stand, nor even just clearing out in advance of what he sees as a new administration coming to town. He’s doing a classic “you can’t fire me, I quit” maneuver.Esper’s role in multiple instances has been to put an apparent seal of military approval on Trump’s actions. However, he did eventually break with Trump on two points: When Trump suggested using the Insurrection Act to place active duty military forces in American cities, Esper instead suggest that Trump limit the forces to the National Guard and sent a group of active duty military who had already been brought into the Washington, D.C., area back to their bases. Esper also added tentative support to the idea of renaming military bases still bearing the names of Confederate officers who fought for slavery … though Esper never directly issued an order to change the names.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘Bolder’ UK actuarial body calls on G20 to deliver on fossil fuel pledge

first_imgThe UK’s Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is calling on G20 governments to follow through on their commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, saying these undermine efforts to mitigate harmful climate change.The actuarial organisation is signing a statement from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a UK-based think tank.Nico Aspinall, chair of the IFoA’s resource and environment board, told IPE that the actuarial organisation is signing the ODI statement as part of its ongoing work “to raise awareness of climate change risk and the threat it poses for governments, businesses and individuals”.The IFoA took part in the UN climate change conference in Paris in December 2015 (COP21), he said, and the IFoA is involved in the ODI’s call to action “because it aligns with our work on investment risk owing to stranded assets”. He added: “Resource and environment issues are a key policy priority for the IFoA and we believe this statement, if implemented, will have a major impact on policy.”The ODI is due to publish its statement next week in advance of the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China in early September, a spokesperson told IPE.According to the IFoA, the statement asks the G20 governments to implement their long-standing commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and to set a timeframe for this of 2020.The IFoA said: “As experts in long-term risk management the IFoA believes that climate risk is one of the greatest risks facing current and future generations.”Aspinall said: “State fossil fuel subsidies form a key structural inhibition of competition and act as a barrier to investment in renewables on the scale needed to deliver carbon commitments made in Paris.”The G20 pledged to phase out fossil fuel subsidies in 2009, but have yet to do so.In a communiqué issued after their April 2016 meeting in Washington D.C., the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors said: “We reaffirm our commitment to rationalize and phase-out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption, over the medium term, recognizing the need to support the poor.“Further, we encourage all G20 countries to consider participation in the voluntary peer review of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption.”The ODI, and the backers of its forthcoming statement, would not be the first to call on the G20 to deliver on their pledge.In November 2014 US economists Jeffrey Sachs and Nouriel Roubini called on the G20 leaders to cut subsidies, saying that this would dry up investment in fossil fuel exploration and help create conditions for a low carbon energy transition.The G7 have agreed that fossil fuel subsidies should be phased out by 2025.The move by the IFoA l comes after it launched a “refreshed” strategy in June this year, doing so “not just to reflect the changes in the global landscape today, but to position us and our members as relevant for an uncertain future”.The IFoA said the tweaked strategy also includes plans “for bolder public affairs activity” and a spokesperson for the body confirmed that its move to sign the ODI statement is an example of this type of activity.last_img read more

Kuranda treehouse in the rainforest offers space and peace

first_img35 Masons Rd, KurandaThe block is more than 4000sq m — more than five times the size of an average Queensland suburban block.Underneath the house is a double carport underneath and lock up storage room as well as a laundry which could easily be converted to an additional bedroom.Fifty-eight homes have sold in Kuranda over the past 12 months for a median price of $434,500.Thirty-four per cent of the region’s homes are owned outright and the median age is 45.Houses make up 79 per cent of the stock with apartments accounting for just 1.6 per cent. 35 Masons Rd, KurandaIt is just a few minutes from the town centre of Kuranda on level half hectare of land. “The property provides loads of room for a pool, large shed or granny flat,” Ms Robinson said. “There is also room for everyone in the split level property.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoAn expansive deck at the front and extending the living area are perfect for outdoor dining and the three-bedroom, and two bathroom home also includes a large master bedroom with generous built in robe, two way ensuite and a corner bath. Screened louvres to the living areas and bedrooms allow the inhabitants to take in the beauty of the forest and the freshly polished timber floors.Tightly held, the property last changed hands in 2007.Ms Robinson said while the property had the plenty of outdoor space for children, or petsthe property also provided multiple options for expansion. A TROPICAL treehouse high in World Heritage listed rainforest offers the quintessential Far North Queensland lifestyle.Designed to capture the environment, 35 Masons Rd in Kuranda will set its new owner back less than half a million dollars — a steal for the beautifully handcrafted home in one of the mountain town’s most popular areas.LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill agent Vanessa Robinson said the home was a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city living.last_img read more