By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaFarmers will soon be able to open gates, track livestock, steer tractors and control other farm jobs by computer, says a University of Georgia researcher.As more rural areas gain high-speed Internet access, a farmer could do all this and not even be on the farm, said Stuart Pocknee, a precision agriculture program coordinator with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Internet farming”A farmer could be out of the state at a meeting or even on vacation and pull up his farm’s Web page and farm,” said Pocknee, who works in the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory in Tifton, Ga.Internet farming seems a novel idea now. But it’s really not that far-fetched, Pocknee said.Fast communication technology is already being used for many applications. Factory machinery can be accessed and controlled by a technology worker outside the factory. A person can call home to start or stop appliances or the air-conditioning system. A simple home security system can call for help when it senses someone breaking in.Technology may never replace some farming work, he said. But the tractor made farming easier and more efficient than the mule-driven rigs of the early 1900s. Modern communication technology could do the same in this century.Wireless workWireless Internet communications have the greatest potential for on-farm use, he said. Wireless simply means there’s no physical connection between a sender and the receiver. They’re connected by radio waves.UGA’s precision agriculture team has pilot wireless communication projects established on farms now. One allows a farmer to remotely monitor his vegetable packing shed operation. Another will allow a farmer to do the same with his irrigation system.UGA scientists and researchers nationwide will join wireless industry representatives at the Wireless Networking Forum June 16-17 on the UGA Tifton, Ga., campus. They’ll discuss the future for this technology in agriculture.”Only a few researchers are looking at this technology right now for agricultural use,” Pocknee said. “We want to bring those researchers together with wireless industry technology people to learn more of the potential of cutting-edge tools and what agriculture needs to make them work.”Wireless technology products of the past haven’t transferred well to farm use, he said. But newer products have greater potential. They’re more versatile, inexpensive and easier to use.Many variables have to be overcome on a farm, such as trees, hills and extended distances. But it can be done, he said, if there is an interest within the wireless industry and agriculture.”We just want to raise our hand, in a manner of speaking, and let them know we’re here and that potential exists,” Pocknee said.
51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr To say that we could all use a little more money is likely the understatement of the year. Whether you need to accommodate a new expense or are hoping to save up for a family vacation, setting aside money often requires some level of personal sacrifice.But what if you could easily reduce expenditures on your monthly bills to free up room for a new need or want? Enter “budget hacking.”While not an official term, “budget hacking” means finding money within your fixed expenses, and not simply through reduced latte runs and cancelled social outings. Users of this strategy review their recurring expenses and call on those companies to reduce their bills.In her recent post on applying budget hacking to a health insurance payment, Lauren Bowling of the personal finance blog lbeeandthemoneytree.com writes that she needed to find extra cash in her budget to accommodate a new health care policy. Bowling recently left her full-time position to work for herself, and says that she was struggling to afford her health care premium payment. Her new health care expense totals $297 per month, including a dental policy she’s covering through COBRA from her previous employer. continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The traditional definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth but the worldwide shock of the Coronavirus has forced that model to stand on its head.According to economist Elliot Eisenberg, president of Graphs and Laughs, LLC, and wildly popular presenter at CU Direct’s annual conference over the last few years, the shelter in place edicts issued by many government bodies have plunged the U.S. economy directly into a recession.“Household consumption has fallen off a cliff, he said during a recent webinar presented by Origence (a CU Direct brand). A hurricane stops all production and consumption, but it only lasts a few days. This goes on and on for weeks.”Reason for OptimismWith that said, Dr. Eisenberg pointed to two pieces of relatively good news. First, based on the experience of China and South Korea two countries that were hit hard in the early days of the outbreak, Coronavirus seems to take about 40 days to run its course. continue reading »
An additional factor in canceling came from the standpoint of the DICK’s Open taking place in New York state, and having less room to be flexible in comparison to events in parts of the country where there are less cases of COVID-19. “People that are suffering right now because of the pandemic, hotels, motels restaurants, retail, that’s where the economic dollars of the tournament normally end up, because this is the community we live in, because this is home, it makes it particularly difficult for those involved in the tournament.” (WBNG) — The DICK’s Sporting Goods Open tournament has been canceled for 2020.The event was set to take place at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott from August 10-16. In light of the news, Karedes confirmed the DICK”S Open tournament will return in 2021, and will celebrate the 50th year of professional golf in Endicott. Dates are not finalized, but Karedes expects the event to take place during its usual August time frame. This year’s DICK’s Open was set to be the 50th year of professional golf in the Southern Tier, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation. To read DSGO’s full statement, click here. Karedes made note that the tournament being canceled has a significant impact on local charities and businesses. Tournament Director John Karedes said from a logistical standpoint, planning for the event was no longer feasible. As for considering rescheduling rather than a cancellation, Karedes said it was difficult to determine whether or not pushing it to September would have made a difference.
A source familiar with the departing managers’ concerns said there had been dissatisfaction within the industry over the principles – evident by the low level of backing among members – but added that the decision to let membership lapse was not down to any one issue.Reports also alleged that Aberdeen Asset Management and Invesco Perpetual were considering their continued membership.Invesco declined to comment, while Aberdeen could not be reached for comment at the time of writing. Daniel Godfrey, the association’s chief executive, said it would be “incredibly disappointing” if any asset managers were to leave the association.He said he would do everything he could to ensure managers’ continued membership.“Our very pro-active strategy to help a great investment management industry make investment even better can be uncomfortable at times,” he said.“But it is not only the right thing to do given the responsibility of managing other people’s money as their agents, it is essential in the post-global-financial-crisis world if we are to maintain the right to have influence over our future regulatory and legislative environment.” The UK’s asset management association is braced for the departure of two of its members, M&G and Schroders, after dissatisfaction over the work undertaken by the Investment Association (IA).The managers declined to comment on reports they would be leaving the association, but IPE understands that both – with combined assets of £565bn (€721bn) – would be letting their membership lapse at the end of this year.The association recently urged its members to increase transparency, publishing a list of 10 principles that only received support from a minority of members.Only 25 of the association’s 204 members, representing £1.8trn of its £5.5trn in assets, backed the principles, which said clients’ interests should be put ahead of those of the asset manager and called for more transparency on fees.
Boxer Jeff Horn now calls Sunnybank home. Pic Mark Cranitch.Their new ‘modern mansion’ sits on a 1022sq m block and has keyless entry, a pool, an alfresco outdoor terrace, a study, multiple living zones, a home gym and a huge master suite.At the time of buying their new home, the humble Horn said it was a “much bigger and nicer house” than their form renovators delight. Now anyone keen to buzz around the same neighbourhood as The Hornet has the chance to bid on a modern five-bedroom house at 14 Littler St. 14 LITTLER ST SUNNYBANKThe elevated house sits on a 610 sqm block and will go under the hammer on November 23. The current median house price in Sunnybank is $710,000, according to CoreLogic. *** CAMP HILL The jawdropping home QLD tennis star Ash Barty has her eye on Phillip Di BellaBut the Di Bella’s haven’t traded postcodes, having bought another New Farm residence for $6.5 million back in 2017.Former AFL player Joel Patfull and his Insta-famous fiance Elle Ferguson also have their 73 Browne St pad on the market, but the couple are continuing the hunt for their next home in the suburb. Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)The current median house price in the sought-after suburb is $1,502,500, but units can still be bought for a more attainable median value of $577,000.For those with deeper pockets, a custom-built home at 18 Hawthorne St is within walking distance of some favourite star haunts. It is listed for sale by expressions of interest. 18 Hawthorne Street New Farm 18 Hawthorne Street New FarmBut for budget-conscious buyers, this one bedroom unit within an art deco-style complex at 7/600 Lower Bowen Terrace comes with its own courtyard, and is on the market for $450,000.It is also within walking distance of some Instagram-worthy locations. 7/600 LOWER BOWEN TERRACE NEW FARM *** Here, you can live close to The King. This architecturally-designed house on a 903sq m block is located within the realm of The Emperor of Lang Park, Wally Lewis. Wally Lewis (AAP Image/Richard Walker)On the market for offers over $1.999 million, 5 Downwind Court enjoys the bayside lifestyle – yacht clubs, cafes and a choice of dining options nearby. Possible willing buyers at the Wally Lewis statue AAP/David ClarkThe waterfront residence has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, high ceilings and banks of glass to let in the light. 5 DOWNWIND CT BIRKDALEThe loung and kitchen open on to a vast waterfront outdoor entertaining space which includes an undercover spa, a crystal saltwater pool with a waterfall feature, infrared sauna and a 4-hole putting green.Other features include two double garages, a 12m-long pontoon and a master bedroom with a private balcony overlooking the canal and boat pontoon. It is listed with Danny Day of Place Manly. 5 DOWNWIND CT BIRKDALE SUNNYBANK For the avid AFL fan, why not move in to the Lions den and buy in Camp Hill.It is here you can join Brisbane Lions star such as players Darcy Gardiner and Daniel Rich, who are also invested in the suburb. Brisbane Lions player Daniel Rich (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)Daniel Rich sold up in Norman Park earlier this year and has a renovation project in Camp Hill and Darcy Gardiner owns a renovated post-war house in the suburb. RELATED: Lions legend sells Brisbane den ahead of AFL finals push Erin McNaught and Example at the 61st Annual TV WEEK Logie Awards (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)The couple bought Russet House in Given Terrace, which was designed by Tim Stewart Architects and built by Graya Construction, for $2.8 million earlier this year. The couple own Russet House in PaddingtonBut savvy buyers could get a foot in the suburb for a fraction of that price.A one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is currently for sale in the same street for offers over $269,000.The funky property generates a rental return of $285 a week and is only a stroll from the cafes and shops Paddington is famous for.***BROOKFIELDNetball legend Laura Geitz and husband, Mark Gilbride, bought their ‘forever home’ in leafy Brookfield last year for a cool $2.2 million. Laura Geitz, Barney and baby FrankThe Queensland golden girl wanted to swap the city life for the suburbs and is now raising her family in a beautifully restored, historic home on Upper Brookfield Road.The lush, acreage suburb is about 12km from Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $1.1 million.Just down the road from Ms Geitz, a block of land is currently on the market at 26 Upper Brookfield Road.The property comprises just over 4ha and has town water, a bus stop, a small rented cottage and a four-bay store barn. It comes with development approval to build a large home, with floor plans and house plans available on request.***SAMFORD VILLAGERetired rugby league star Sam Thaiday and his wife, Rachel, live on an acreage property in Samford Village. 2/9/2019: Sam and Rachel Thaiday (with their dogs) at their home in Samford Village. Lyndon Mechielsen/The AustralianThe couple bought the five-bedroom, three-bathroom house in 2013 for $1 million.Nearby is a four-bedroom property at 44 Mary Ring Drive, which is on the market for offers over $825,000.The low-maintenance family home is on a 600 sqm block in a quiet street, and is within walking distance of the ‘village’.It also comes with established gardens, a garden shed, a solar hot water system and two rain water tanks. 44 MARY RING DVE SAMFORD VILLAGE*** REDBANK HAWTHORNE Former Lions defender Sam Mayes still owns a house here despite ditching the Lions for Port Adelaide and Jamie Charman’s first flip house was in Camp Hill before he became a real estate agent.Property experts call Camp Hill a ‘Cinderella suburb’ with median house prices expected to pass $1 million as renovations and new builds transform the hub, 6km southeast of Brisbane’s CBD.Dominated by housing stock, the median sale price for houses has remained steady over the past three months at $910,000.For a classic home, try the three-bedroom renovated house at 81 Kennington Rd, Camp Hill that is going to auction on December 1. For contemporary, there is the brand new architect-designed four bedder at 25 Arrol St which is up for auction on November 30. 25 ARROL ST CAMP HILL*** BIRKDALE Neale Whitaker rescues home stuck in reno limbo HAMILTON With a median house price of just over $1 million, Hendra is fast becoming the new blue chip suburb to watch. It is, or has been, home to the likes of Brisbane Broncos veteran Darius Boyd and his wife Kayla, and Olympic swimmer Emily Seebohm. Broncos captain Darius Boyd and his wife Kayla. Photo Mark Cranitch.The Boyd’s family entertainer was recently taken off the market after the couple welcomed their second child.They have also bought another renovators delight at Paddington. RELATED: Darius Boyd’s big project revealed But within a forward pass of the Boyd’s modern house is 61 Lilley St, which might be easier on the wallet. This cottage at 61 Lilley St is listed for offers over $775,000Listed with Place Ascot, this cottage could be renovated or knocked down to make way for your own version of the Boyd’s residence.Within walking distance of Racecourse Road, the low-set, two bedroom cottage is listed for sale.And one street over, there are several houses for sale within a tumble turn of the house owned by Seebohm and ex Mitch Larcom.Among them is 126 Mein St, listed with Place Ascot, which will go to auction on November 30. And 126 Mein St will go under the hammer on November 30,The property looks directly over the Eagle Farm racecourse, and has four bedrooms and plenty of traditional features. And a few doors down at 112 Mein St, which is on the market for $1.175 million. *** When it came time to buy her first home, host of Great Australian Bake Off Mel Buttle looked at Redbank in Brisbane’s western suburbs.“The fact that I could actually afford a house there was certainly amazing,” she said. Foxtel’s The Great Australian Bake Off host Mel ButtleThe comedian only recently bought a 1910-era house in the suburb, which is attracting its fair share of first home buyers thanks to its affordable house prices and the many new homes eligible for the First Home Owners Grant. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe median house price in Redbank is just $320,000, well below that of Greater Brisbane at $535,000. Redbank is about 25km southwest of Brisbane and is a suburb of Ipswich, which itself is undergoing significant growth. Just like Buttle’s Redbank home, this cottage is just a short walk to two historic hotels, Redbank Plaza and the train station. 28 BRISBANE RD REDBANKLocated at 28 Brisbane Road, it is listed for offers between $340,000 and $360,000. *** NEW FARM This eclectic suburb has long been a favourite haunt for the well-heeled due to its character homes and proximity to the city.But a surge in interest has seen many of the older houses either given extreme makeovers or knocked down to make way for extravagant trophy homes.Among those that call Paddington home are international model Erin McNaught and her British rapper husband, Example. RELATED: Erin McNaught, Example call Brisbane home after splashing $2.8m on Paddington stunner PADDINGTON This blue chip inner-city suburb has been home to many local celebrities, from star footy players to business entrepreneurs.Coffee king Phillip Di Bella and his wife Gianna are currently selling their luxurious New Farm property at 30 Turner Avenue, which is listed for offers between $3.8 million and $3.95 million. RELATED: Coffee king Di Bella ramps up push to sell New Farm home Brisbane, where the weather is better and the houses more affordable than southern capitals AAP/David Clark *** HENDRA This one is for buyers with deep pockets. Designed by leading architect Shaun Lockyer, 33B Harbour Rd was built for developer Don O’Rorke of Consolidated Properties and sold for a whopping $11.8 million back in 2015. 33B Harbour Rd, Hamilton makes a statement but you would need deeper pockets for this oneIt was bought by a cashed up Asian buyer for her son, who has relocated to Melbourne.The statement residence, which is called Balaam, has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms and sits on a 1609 sqm block with 48.3m of river frontage. The Shaun Lockyer-designed house was originally built for Consolidated Properties boss Don O’Rorke. Pic Mark Cranitch.Other features include a cantilevered, heated swimming pool with an adjoining bar and kitchen, an internal lift to all levels, a climate-controlled wine cellar, an open-air fire pit with gas, a parent’s master suite overlooking the CBD and Brisbane River, a fully-equipped gymnasium with shower and sauna, three outdoor terraces, several secure children’s play areas plus a creche, an architecturally designed cubby house and animal enclosure and the potential for 24m pontoon with direct and private access. It is seriously swish!It is listed with Matt Lancashire of Ray White New FarmThe street itself also has some famous owners including the queen of active wear.Records show that Lorna Jane Clarkson bought the sprawling property next door for $10.3 million back in 2010. Active wear company owner Lorna Jane in her office in Brisbane. (Photo AAP/Megan Slade). *** Boxing fans may want to check out 14 Littler St and 11 Naldi St. Both properties are located in the same area that local legend Jeff Horn now calls home. ‘The Hornet’ and his wife Joanna paid $1.71 million for a contemporary house in the area in September last year, upgrading from the Acacia Ridge house that Horn bought was still a schoolteacher. RELATED: Jeff Horn enters househunting ring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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MORE NEWS: Renewed push to sell fitness queen Ashy Bines’ home A four bedroom contemporary house that is owned by Leon McNiece, the founder of Goodlife Health Clubs, and his wife Michelle, has been listed with Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett.Located at 10 Aaron Avenue, it went under the hammer on Wednesday night but was passed in and negotiations are continuing. 10 AARON AVENUE HAWTHORNEAaron Street is a magnet for the well-heeled, with mining magnate Gina Rinehart the owner of $18.5 million worth of house and land just down the road, and finance wizard Noel Whittaker and his wife Geraldine also holding prime real estate. Properties are also owned by a property developer, a lawyer and business identities. Mining magnate Gina Rinehart has a swish pad down the road And so does finance guru Noel WhittakerAs for 10 Aaron Ave, the property has views of the Brisbane River, an open floor plan, soaring ceilings, and a new kitchen.The upper level is home to three of the four bedrooms, including the master retreat with its own private balcony, an ensuite and oversized his and hers walk-in wardrobes.It is listed with Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba. 10 AARON AVENUE HAWTHORNE ***
Sharing is caring! 95 Views no discussions Share Share LifestyleRelationships The 5 Signs You’re A Filler Girlfriend. by: – July 13, 2011 Share Tweet By Chiara Atik for HowAboutWe.comI have a lot of straight male friends: guy friends who invite me to movies, to plays, who take me to dinner with their bosses, who call me on Tuesday nights when they want to get out of the house, who bring me to weddings, who GChat with me all day. I’m not dating any of them, but it recently dawned on me: I’m their “filler” girlfriend.These guy friends are never all single at the same time: usually only one or two of them is unattached at any given moment. This means I spend a huge amount of my free time with the single ones, and see the attached ones every few weeks for dinner.About every 10 months or so, the rotation changes: a guy who was in a relationship will break up, while a different bachelor will settle down. I’ll reconnect with the newly single one (“Why’d we stop hanging out so much? I missed you!” he’ll naively say), while the other guy will probably spend the next six months happily cocooned with his new girlfriend, emerging half a year later when said girlfriend is out of town, and, listless and alone, he scrolls through his Contacts List and remembers my existence.I am the constant in all of this: the affable, forever single girl friend who can’t quite “hang with the guys” but fits in perfectly for those situations where a guy friend can’t: a wedding, a Sunday Night, a college buddy’s party.Being friends with guys is fine; being a filler girlfriend is not. A friend is someone you see at a constant rate, regardless of your relationship status. A filler girlfriend gets dumped when there’s a real girlfriend to take her place.The Five Signs You’re A Filler Girlfriend1. You go through periods of hanging out all the time. You realize these periods correspond to when he’s single.2. When he’s in a relationship, he only spends time with you when his girlfriend is out of town or unavailable.3. Even if you maybe hooked up in the past, your relationship is now strictly platonic. You never cross the line.4. He’s overly invested in who else you’re dating. He wants you to confide all the details in him because it reassures him that you guys are just friends.5. You go out to lunch, to dinner, to plays, to parties: He brings you as his plus-one to weddings and work events. People often think you’re dating, and you’re not quite sure why, exactly, you aren’t.It’s the male-female equivalent of “always the bridesmaid, never the bride.” A filler girlfriend will never lack for plans on a Saturday night: she’ll always be doing so many “date-y” type things that she’ll never quite realize she’s single. If a filler girlfriend needs a couch moved, or a date for an event, or someone with whom to grab Indian food, she’s almost always guaranteed to find a volunteer.But eventually, the filler girlfriend will realize, (as I did), that maybe she’s letting herself be used as a filler girlfriend, so that she’ll always have filler boyfriends. And that being the filler girlfriend to lots of different people isn’t nearly as good as being the real girlfriend to one.If you’re a filler girlfriend, value your friendships with guys. But make sure you’re also making room for the real thing.
HealthLifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Health launches three month Diabetic foot program this morning by: – June 10, 2011 13 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Photo credit: topnews.comThe Ministry of Health is undertaking a three month programme for the Management of Diabetic Foot in Dominica.That program will be officially launched this morning.Diabetes is the leading cause of premature deaths in the region. It is the fourth main cause of death in Dominica.It is also the most common cause of amputation that is not the result of an accident.Diabetic foot complications are leading causes of lower extremity amputation.As a result the Minister of Health and Prime Minister are concerned about the number of amputees in Dominica.Recently the Health Promotion Resource Centre presented a proposal to the Pan American Health Organization- PAHO for the Management of Diabetic Footin Dominica and this proposal was accepted.The target population includes health care workers working at health centers and hospitals,NGOs, Yes We Care Workers which provides care for the elderly diabetics, Pedicurists and the Dominican population through awareness media campaign across the country.Dominica Vibes News Share
Jakarta: Indian swimmer Virdhawal Khade on Thursday advanced to the men’s 50 metre butterfly swimming finals of the 18th Asian Games here.Taking a time of 24.09 seconds, the 26-year-old topped the Heat-2 charts, securing the fifth place in the final list.Anshul Kothari, the other Indian in the fray, despite winning the Heat-1 after clocking 25.45 seconds, failed to make the cut as he was placed at the 28th place in the qualification list.Finals of the event will be held later on Thursday. IANS