‘Pop!’ goes the robot

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxSs1kGZQqc” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/VxSs1kGZQqc/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUu9lQV0XBE” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/cUu9lQV0XBE/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> The entire product is approximately the size of a U.S. quarter, and dozens of these microrobots could be fabricated in parallel on a single sheet.“This takes what is a craft, an artisanal process, and transforms it for automated mass production,” says Pratheev Sreetharan, who co-developed the technique with J. Peter Whitney. Both are Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences doctoral candidates at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).Sreetharan, Whitney, and their colleagues in the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory at SEAS have been working for years to build bio-inspired, bee-sized robots that can fly and behave autonomously as a colony. Appropriate materials, hardware, control systems, and fabrication techniques did not exist prior to the RoboBees project, so each must be invented, developed, and integrated by a diverse team of researchers.Less than a year ago, the group was using a painstaking and error-prone method to fold, align, and secure each of the minuscule parts and joints.“You’d take a very fine tungsten wire and dip it in a little bit of superglue,” explains Sreetharan. “Then, with that tiny ball of glue, you’d go in under a microscope like an arthroscopic surgeon and try to stick it in the right place.”“Until recently, the manual assembly process was the state of the art in this field,” Sreetharan adds.Folding joints: 22Assembly scaffold folding joints: 115Total device folding joints: 137Brass pads for “glue” points: 52Total number of “glue” points: 24Mass: 90 mgBy mass, one U.S. quarter = 63 Harvard Monolithic BeesThe same result can now be achieved — without human error — through locking mechanisms and dip soldering. The new process also enables the use of cured carbon fiber, which is rigid and easy to align, rather than uncured carbon fiber, which Sreetharan compares to “wet tissue paper.”“Our new techniques allow us to use any material including polymers, metals, ceramics, and composites,” says principal investigator Robert Wood, an associate professor of electrical engineering at SEAS and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.“The ability to incorporate any type and number of material layers, along with integrated electronics, means that we can generate full systems in any three-dimensional shape,” Wood says. “We’ve also demonstrated that we can create self-assembling devices by including pre-stressed materials.”[sidebar id=”102887″]The implications of this novel fabrication strategy go far beyond these micro-air vehicles. The same mass-production technique could be used for high-power switching, optical systems, and other tightly integrated electromechanical devices that have parts on the scale of micrometers to centimeters.Moreover, the layering process builds on the manufacturing process currently used to make printed circuit boards, which means that the tools for creating large sheets of pop-up devices are common and abundant. It also means that the integration of electrical components is a natural extension of the fabrication process — particularly important for the size- and weight-constrained RoboBees project.“In a larger device, you can take a robot leg, for example, open it up, and just bolt in circuit boards. We’re so small that we don’t get to do that. I can’t put a structural mechanism in here and have it serve no electrical function.”Pointing to the carbon-fiber box truss that constitutes the pop-up bee’s body frame, Sreetharan says, “Now, I can put chips all over that. I can build in sensors and control actuators.”Essentially, tiny robots can now be built by slightly bigger robots. Designing how all the layers will fit together and fold, however, is still a very human task, requiring creativity and expertise. Standard computer-aided design (CAD) tools, typically intended for either flat, layered circuit boards or 3-D objects, do not yet support devices that combine both.Once the design is complete, though, fabrication can be fully automated, with accuracy and precision limited only by the machining tools and materials.“The alignment is now better than we can currently measure,” says Sreetharan. “I’ve verified it to better than 5 microns everywhere, and we’ve gone from a 15 percent yield to — well, I don’t think I’ve ever had a failure.”The full fabrication process is described in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. Co-authors, beside Whitney, Sreetharan, and Wood, include Kevin Ma, a graduate student at SEAS; and Marc Strauss, a research assistant in Wood’s lab.The Harvard Office of Technology Development is now developing a strategy to commercialize this technology. As part of this effort, the office has filed patent applications on this work and is engaging with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and companies to identify disruptive applications in a range of industries.The work was supported by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the National Science Foundation (through the Expeditions in Computing program), and the Wyss Institute.center_img A new technique inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet.Devised by engineers at Harvard, the ingenious layering and folding process enables the rapid fabrication of not just microrobots, but a broad range of electromechanical devices.In prototypes, 18 layers of carbon fiber, Kapton (a plastic film), titanium, brass, ceramic, and adhesive sheets have been laminated together in a complex, laser-cut design. The structure incorporates flexible hinges that allow the three-dimensional product — just 2.4 millimeters tall — to assemble in one movement, like a pop-up book.last_img read more

AI Winter is Not Coming

first_imgOne of the most popular shows is Game of Thrones. Ever since the first season characters have been warning that Winter is coming. Around this time of year as the leaves change colors, we know that Winter is coming. What about in the technology world is AI Winter coming? I think not.Since the 1950’s we have had periods of AI Summers and AI Winters. These AI Summers are times of amazing hope of what AI will do for our future. During these phases Enterprise are investing in the technologies powering AI to stay relevant in the market. In the past these AI Summers have typically been followed by an AI Winter where investments in these projects dry up because of lack of ability to execute in the summer phases. For over half a century we have been through 3 phases of AI Winter. However, since around 2000 we have been in the longest AI summer to date and this time there will be no AI Winter. Let’s look at the top 3 reasons why AI Winter is not coming.Increased Computing PowerThe first element preventing another AI Winter is the continuation of Moore’s Law where we have increased the ability to boost compute power. For years we watched as Moore’s Law has allowed for computing processing to double every 2 years and dropping the cost of that computing power for both CPU and GPU. Building and training models with Deep Learning involves large amounts of processing. Now dream projects like driverless cars (ADAS) are finally coming true because the cost to train cars to drive themselves is starting to make financial sense. In the past the investment would have been astronomical to train a car to drive itself. Remember Deep Learning has been around since the 80’s it just the cost to compute wasn’t there for massive data projects. However, the continuation of Moore’s Law is only one component for why AI Winter isn’t coming.Digital Transformation The second factor in holding off winter is the digitization of everything. The digital transformation is real and the data that powers it is massive. In fact, IDC predicts that by 2025 the planet will have 163 ZB of data. Mind-blowing numbers but most transaction now takes place in the digital world. For example, last night I ordered pizza from my Mobile Application, then paid for it through an online money transfer. Never once during that process did I speak to a human until the pizza arrived at my door. Every part of this process created a digital footprint of data. The data from simple transactions such as pizza ordering or GPS mapping help Data Scientist and Machine Learning Engineers build models for the next generation of AI applications in the Enterprise. Massive amounts of data ready to train models can now be can captured, accessed, and analyzed to unlock the value of this data will help hold off AI Winter.Deep Learning Open-source The final solution to guarding against AI Winter is the advance in Deep Learning and Machine Learning Frameworks. Today’s innovation is accelerated by the advances in the open-source data science world with frameworks like Caffe and Tensorflow. In a previous post we talked about the importance that frameworks like these were built by the world’s largest data companies on the planet and yet they decided to release these into the open-source community. Understanding the real competitive advantages comes in the massive data they have collected over years to train these models. Now these powerful frameworks are part of the open-source community where an army of developers around the globe helping to improve this technology. Open-source Deep Learning and Machine Learning Frameworks will deal the final blow to AI Winter.How AI Transformation Begins?Understanding that AI Winter is not coming; how can you accelerate AI innovation? Start by unlocking the value of your Enterprise data by implementing a high performance AI solution that allows for Data Scientist to capitalize on that data.  This will accelerate innovation by giving Data Engineers more time back in their day with faster model training and simplified software integration.Dell EMC has been at the forefront of AI providing the technology that makes tomorrow possible. Working with NVIDIA we have solutions that provide the foundation for successful AI solutions which combine best of breed NVIDIA GPU accelerated compute complemented with high-performance scale-out Isilon storage. As the only venders on the market who offer flexibility and informed choice in this space, we offer Build Your Own options with Isilon and the ultra-dense GPU accelerated PowerEdge C-series, and for organizations that prefer to Buy solutions we have the prepackaged Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI: Deep Learning with NVIDIA which was launched this past August. Most recently, earlier this month we announced, a new reference architecture for AI featuring the Isilon All-Flash F800 and NVIDIA DGX-1 servers.  This delivers a 3rd high-performance AI deployment option that reduces risk and compresses the time needed for training and testing analytical models for multi-petabyte data sets on AI platforms.Ready to take advantage of AI? Join us at the AI World event this week at booth #207 discover more about our portfolio of AI solutions.  Or register for our “Journey to AI” Webinar on December 11th with customers describing their AI journey.last_img read more

Durham Field Day

first_imgBefore they are available to the public, many new varieties of bushes and landscape plants are first planted at the University of Georgia’s Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia.This fall, landscapers, gardeners and plant-savvy homeowners will get the first glimpse of some of these new plants at the 2019 Durham Horticulture Farm Open House. This year’s field day and open house will be Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the farm at 1221 Hog Mountain Road, just outside of Athens.“The Durham Horticulture Farm Open House is an opportunity for both the general public and industry to visit the farm and gain a better understanding of the exciting work happening at the farm,” said Associate Professor Matthew Chappell, event coordinator and UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator for horticulture. “At any one time, there are dozens of ongoing projects, from vegetable and ornamental breeding to disease and insect trials.”Although the farm is home to much of the vegetable research done in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), this program will focus on ornamental and viticulture research at the horticulture farm, Chappell said.Multiple speakers will be presenting on their research during the half-day event.Woody plant and shrub breeder and Professor Donglin Zhang will present his latest varieties.Viticulture Assistant Professor Cain Hickey will talk about muscadine and wine grape cultivars.Chappell will discuss the partnership between CAES and the Center for Applied Nursery Research and its new varieties of gardenia, loropetalum and camellia.Horticulture Associate Professor Tim Smalley will present his latest research into cultural practices that can make landscape plants more vigorous and resilient, including studies that could help boxwood shrubs survive boxwood blight.Visit this website to register for the open house. Registration is free before 5 p.m. on Oct. 1. After Oct. 1, registration will be $15 (check or cash only) on-site the day of the tour, Oct. 4. For more information, contact Matthew Chappell at 706-542-9044.last_img read more

Strontium-90 detected in soils at Vermont Yankee

first_imgA May 14, 2010 radiochemical analysis of soil samples taken on March 17 from the Advanced Off-Gas (AOG) pipe tunnel excavation shows the presence of strontium-90 (Sr-90). Vermont Yankee shared these results with the Vermont Department of Health on May 20.Sr-90 is a metal by-product of the fission of uranium in nuclear reactors, and is found in waste from nuclear reactors. The finding of Sr-90 in this area may be the result of fuel failures that occurred at Vermont Yankee in the 1970s.Sr-90 is considered one of the more hazardous constituents of nuclear wastes because it is a very strong beta radiation emitter, with a long half-life (29.1 years). This means it takes a long time to decay naturally. If Sr-90 gets into the body (by inhaling contaminated dust or ingesting contaminated soil or water), it behaves chemically much like calcium, concentrating in the bones and teeth. Sr-90 differs from the other radioactive solids found in the soils at Vermont Yankee in that it is more soluble than those other materials. The more soluble a material is, the more likely it is to travel with groundwater.The Vermont Department of Health, as well as Entergy-Vermont Yankee, is monitoring the environment for Sr-90 to verify that it is not found in groundwater, drinking water, river water or fish. A ground water sample from well GZ-10 immediately adjacent to the soils taken on February 8 whenthe well was measuring 2.5 M picocuries per liter of tritium was negative for Sr-90.Sr-90 has been found only in soils so far, and only in soils near the point of origin for leakage from specific plant systems near specific plant structures. This radionuclide and all others found to have leaked from the plant have not to date been measured in any drinking water, river water or fish. Only tritium has been found in ground water.Measuring Sr-90Tritium from the nuclear reactor water that leaked from the AOG pipe tunnel through the ground water, flowing east into the Connecticut River, has been measured in ground water monitoring wells at the site. In addition, other radioactive materials in particulate form have been filtered by the soils near the AOG pipe tunnel. These include the metals cobalt-60, cesium-137, manganese-54, and zinc-65. Tritium and these particulate radioactive materials can be measured with instruments at the Entergy-Vermont Yankee on-site environmental laboratory, and at the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory.Sr-90 is called a hard to detect radioactive material because special laboratory techniques must be used to separate the soft metal for analysis. Laboratories that practice these techniques are relatively few in number. The preliminary results of the hard to detect analysis performed by Vermont Yankee s contract laboratory, Teledyne Brown Engineering indicate Sr-90 concentrations from 152 to 8,290 picocuries per kilogram. The highest concentrations were found closer to the point of origin, and lower concentrations were found further from the point of origin. This indicates that the soil may be filtering the Sr-90 as well as it did the other particulates.The Sr-90 data was reported along with other radiochemical analysis data for tritium and gamma radiation-emitting materials, including cobalt-60, cesium-137, manganese-54 and zinc-65. The measurements from Teledyne Brown are generally consistent with measurements from the same sample locations made by Entergy-Vermont Yankee s on-site environmental laboratory, and by the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory.Diagram of the Soil Sampling SitesA diagram of the soil study area shows sites where soil samples taken on March 17 have shown concentrations of Sr-90:Site #1 is where the AOG drain line enters the AOG pit for drainage into the AOG drain tank.Site #2 is at the elbow where the AOG drain line goes from a north-south direction to direct flow east a few feet to the AOG pit.Site #7 is where the AOG drain line connects to the AOG lines in the AOG pipe tunnel.Diagram:http://www.healthvermont.gov/enviro/rad/yankee/documents(link is external)/VY_tritium_soil_sampling_sites.pdfSoil Sampling Laboratory Test Result GraphsThe graph of preliminary results of Sr-90 shows that the highest concentrations are found closest to the AOG drain tank. This is only a few feet away from GZ-10, the ground water monitoring well that has registered the highest tritium concentration levels, around 2.5 million picocuries per liter (pCi/L). This means that Sr-90 analysis of ground water sampled from this well will give a good indication of whether any Sr-90 may have been taken up into ground water. So far, results are negative.The graph also shows that at sites #1, #2 and #7, the concentrations of Sr-90 decrease as the contaminated water moved deeper into the soils. Soil samples taken the week of May 9 are now being analyzed. These samples were taken at greater depths than the March samples. If this trend holds true, the May samples, which the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory will analyze separately, should show lower concentrations of Sr-90.  Graph:http://www.healthvermont.gov/enviro/rad/yankee/documents/(link is external)VY_Tritium_Data_Lab_AOGsoilsamples.pdfWebpage:http://healthvermont.gov/enviro/rad/yankee/laboratory_testing.aspx(link is external)NRC Ground Water Monitoring Inspection ReportAlso on May 20, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) released its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station Ground Water Monitoring Inspection Report(exit VDH), detailing its findings regarding Vermont Yankee s implementation of the Nuclear Energy Institute s (NEI) Groundwater Protection Initiative and investigation to find and remediate the tritium leak.The NRC identified no findings of significance and stated that Entergy-Vermont Yankee had not violated any NRC requirements. The NRC did, however, state that there were elements of the NEI Groundwater Protection Initiative that Entergy-Vermont Yankee had not completed within the specified time frame.In particular, Vermont Yankee had not yet implemented a formal site-specific ground water monitoring program, had not incorporated site-specific hydrogeological information identified in a 2007 assessment, and had not updated its risk assessment and leak detection program for plant structures, systems and components. The last element includes enhancements in leak detection methods, spill prevention, barriers to leakage reaching groundwater, preventive maintenance, and frequent reviews of vulnerable structures, systems and components all to have been implemented by August 2008.The report reviews the timetable of events and actions to investigate the source of tritium leakage and to remediate the contaminated groundwater, contaminated soils and damaged structures, systems and components involved in this leak.The report also includes an estimation of the plume size an approximate triangle with a length from its point of origin of about 400 feet, a base about 300 feet wide at the edge of the Connecticut River, and a depth that varies from 5 to 9 feet. This yields an estimated volume of between 600,000 and 1,080,000 cubic feet. In addition, a total release of about 2.8 curies is estimated. 2.8 curies is equal to 2,800,000,000,000 picocuries.The NRC concurred with Entergy-Vermont Yankee s estimate of off-site dose from the tritium contamination estimated to be between 0.00026 and 0.00035 millirem. To put this in perspective, 20,000 picocuries per liter of tritium in drinking water is generally equated to a dose of 4 millirem, so this is a very small dose.Given the content of the inspection report, the Vermont Department of Health has asked both Entergy-Vermont Yankee and the NRC a number of follow-up questions, which we expect to be answered in the upcoming week. These questions generally seek opinions from the NRC about:How Vermont Yankee can identify any new leaks from buried piping, when wells that might identify these leaks are sampling from a volume of the groundwater already contaminated with high concentrations of tritiumWhether the Construction Office Building (COB) well should be used again, but only to test for contamination in drinking water sources near the centerline of the tritium plumeWhether Vermont Yankee is monitoring buried underground piping and the condensate storage tank often enough to ensure that ground water is protectedWe are also requesting from Entergy-Vermont Yankee a specific condition report from February 2010, the pending root cause analysis when completed, an updated hydrogeological report from Vermont Yankee s contractor, and an updated dose assessment using Vermont Yankee s off-site dose calculation manual.Refueling Outage EndsVermont Yankee reports that it is closing out its remaining refueling outage activities and planning to begin start-up Saturday May 22. The AOG systems that were remediated to prevent further leakage from these systems into the environment are being warmed up for the start-up.Source: Vermont Health Department. 5.21.2010last_img read more

SVHC donates Harvest Ball proceeds to hurricane relief efforts

first_imgHurricane relief efforts in Southwestern Vermont will get a $50,000 shot in the arm thanks to a donation of the proceeds from Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s annual Harvest Ball. The proceeds had been designated for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. However, the health system’s leaders decided to use the funds to help communities in Bennington and Windham counties savaged by Hurricane Irene in late August. ‘Hurricane Irene was the most devastating event our area has seen in many years,’ said Thomas Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care. ‘Donating the proceeds from the Harvest Ball is one way that we can directly help the people in our communities recover.’  The health system is dividing the roughly $50,000 the event generated among six organizations in the greater Bennington and Deerfield Valley areas. The health system focused its donations on providing direct benefit to individuals or businesses hit hard by Irene. In Bennington County, SVHC has committed $10,000 to the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services, and an additional $7,500 to BROC Community Action. In the Northshire, $7,500 will go to the emergency needs fund of the Interfaith Council of the Northshire. In Windham County, SVHC donated $10,000 to the Deerfield Valley Rotary Fund, $9,000 to the Deerfield River Valley Human Web, and $6,000 to the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry, all non-profit organizations.  ‘Our health system itself was touched by this event,’ Dee explained. ‘Many of our employees lost possessions and sustained serious damage to their homes. We reached out to assist them immediately after the storm with clothing, supplies to help them clean up their homes, and the availability of interest-free loans to help them begin the cleanup. These donations are one more way we can help the communities we serve.’ In addition, SVHC responded to the crisis by supporting emergency response agencies throughout its service area. In Bennington, SVMC staff opened the hospital’s supply stockpiles. The hospital sent more than 100 cots for the Red Cross shelter set up at Mount Anthony Middle School. In Manchester, SVMC stood ready to open its Northshire Campus for urgent care or to assist rescue personnel.  In the Deerfield Valley, SVMC extended the hours of the Deerfield Valley Campus and opened it on the weekend. Various members of SVHC’s medical staff volunteered to provide additional doctors in the crucial days following the disaster. The hospital also provided supplies and assistance to the town of Wilmington and the shelter, and worked closely with Vermont Emergency Management to help assess need and coordinate relief for the Deerfield Valley. ‘I want to personally thank the physicians, nurses, and employees throughout SVHC who came in early, stayed late and worked on their days off to make sure our communities had access to high-quality health care during this disaster,’ Dee said. ‘At a time of great disagreement about the future of health care in our state, it’s important to remember that Vermont’s hospitals are on the front lines of providing care during a disaster and responding to the needs of our communities.’ Southwestern Vermont Health Care is a non-profit, integrated health system serving communities in Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York. SVHC is made up of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, the VNA and Hospice of SVHC, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, the SVMC Northshire and Deerfield Valley Campuses, and Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. SVHC is home to the region’s only breast care program fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. For more information about SVHC visit svhealthcare.org.SVHClast_img read more

Tegal Council deputy speaker named suspect for holding crowded concert

first_imgHowever, Rita said Wasman would not be detained. “We have already prepared a warrant for the suspect and will summon him on Wednesday. He is only obliged to report regularly to the police while waiting for the legal proceedings to begin,” she said.Wasmad held the concert at a field in South Tegal last Wednesday to celebrate a marriage and a circumcision in his family.On Saturday, South Tegal Police chief Joeharno was dismissed from his position for allowing the event to proceed. (trn)Topics : “Fifteen witnesses and several experts have been questioned during the investigation,” Rita said, adding that criminal, health and linguistic experts had taken part in the process.Read also: South Tegal Police chief dismissed after allowing lawmaker to hold dangdut concertPolice also confiscated seven pieces of evidence, including permits issued by South Tegal Police and a DVD recording of the event. Tegal Police in Central Java named Tegal Council Deputy Speaker Wasmad Edi Susilo a suspect on Monday for holding a crowded dangdut concert last week in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions. “After conducting an investigation, we have decided to name Wasmad Edi Susilo a suspect,” Tegal Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Rita Wulandari Wibowo said on Monday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.Rita said Wasmad had failed to adhere to health protocol during the event and disregarded warnings from the authorities. He was therefore charged under Article 93 of the 2018 Health Quarantine Law in conjunction with articles 216 and 65 of the Criminal Code, which carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison.last_img read more

High-end family homes are selling fast in this Brisbane suburb

first_imgThis home at 57 Castile St, Indooroopilly, has sold for $3.2 million.THE leafy neighbourhood of Indooroopilly has dominated the top home sales in Brisbane this week, with families flocking to the suburb for its good schools, big houses and premier golf courses.A superbly renovated five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 57 Castile Street, Indooroopilly, has sold for $3.2 million.Inside 57 Castile St, Indooroopilly, which has sold for $3.2 million.The sale was negotiated by Reuben Packer-Hill and Alex Jordan of McGrath Estate Agents, who described the home as “one of, if not the best renovation in the area”, with the owner investing more than $2 million.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Dream Home: Carlton North01:38 Related videos 01:38Dream Home: Carlton North02:10Dream Home: Manly00:45Dream Architecture: Mandalay House02:17Dream Home: Box Hill North02:08Dream Home: Buderim00:27Masterpiece home The property has over 24m of St Lucia Golf Links frontage, facing north.Mr Jordan said the buyers were a family moving from Paddington.This property at 13 Nindethana St, Indooroopilly, has sold for $2 million. Picture: realestate.com.auHe has also negotiated the sale of another newly renovated home at 13 Nindethana Street for $2 million.Mr Jordan said the mid-1960s home had been completely gutted and renovated and was surrounded by some of the most expensive real estate in Brisbane.The property was snapped up by a professional who loves to play golf.The outlook from 13 Nindethana St, Indooroopilly. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoAt 27 Isles Road, Indooroopilly, a two bedder owned by a property stylist fetched $1.52 million, with the buyers downsizing from acreage at Brookfield.Seachange surge strongHow a 60s surfer home was savedNew house sales fall over 29pcThis property at 27 Isles Rd, Indooroopilly, has sold for $1.52 million.And Mr Jordan also sold another home at 34 Castile Street for $1.555 million to a family wanting to move closer to the CBD and good schools.This home at 34 Castile St, Indooroopilly, has sold for $1.555 million. Picture: realestate.com.auA property at nearby 53 Castile Street recently sold for $2.85 million through Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThis property at 53 Castile St, Indooroopilly, recently sold for $2.85 million. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Jordan said Indooroopilly had become hot property for families with young children because it was in the Ironside State School catchment and the area was full of owner occupiers in big houses on large parcels of land.He said there was a lot of demand and limited stock available.“You notice people are really house proud in the area,” he said.“It’s also a great position being next to golf courses and along the river.”It comes as Brisbane’s auction clearance rate rose to 53.4 per cent from 46.4 per cent last week.last_img read more

Akelco to restore power in Ursula-hit areas next month

first_img“Kailangannatin sila sa pag-repair ng service drop wires sa mga kabahayan. Wala naman tayong nasirangsubstations at facilities, ang nasiranatin mga poste, transformers, electric meters at linya. Halos apektado angating coverage area ni ‘Ursula’ kumpara noong typhoon Yolanda,” Martinezadded.  Due to this, a state of calamity wasdeclared in Aklan following the devastation of typhoon “Ursula” on Dec. 25,2019.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) This was after the NationalElectrification Administration (NEA) tasked the Aklan Electric Cooperative(Akelco) and Power Restoration Rapid Deployment Task Force Kapatid to beat thedeadline.  In this world-famous island, however,power restoration efforts are still ongoing in the barangays of Yapak, Balabagand Manoc-Manoc.     As of this writing, Akelco has managedto energize 27,000 households or about 20 percent of the 143,000member-consumers in Aklan and northern Antique. Akelco’s initial damage topower distribution infrastructure has already reached P73 million. Over 850 electric posts were alsotoppled at the height of typhoon “Ursula’s” onslaught in the franchise area. Martinez said electricians, retiredlinemen and local contractors were mobilized to fast track the powerrestoration in various households.center_img A contingent of line workers andtechnical personnel from Iloilo, Zamboanga del Norte, Antique, MisamisOccidental, Lanao del Norte, and Bukidnon – with their utility trucks – hasalso helped in the restoration efforts. BORACAY – The sole power distributorin Aklan is working “non-stop” to restore electricity in the typhoon-ravagedareas of the province. Linemen repair electric poles damaged during typhoon “Ursula.” The Aklan Electric Cooperative, with the help of “Task Force Kapatid,” has been working “non-stop” to restore electricity in the typhoon-ravaged areas of the province. AKELCO NEA sees full restoration in coverageareas of Akelco by February, according to Akelco assistant general manager JoelMartinez.  Martinez said portions of the affectedtowns in Aklan have electricity before New Year. last_img read more

Too soon to call title – Rooney

“Look at Manchester City against QPR. They should have got the win, had a lot of chances but ended up dropping two points. That could quite easily have happened to us against Southampton the following night. It proves we have to keep picking up the points when we can. “Once it comes down to the last four or five games, then we will see what position we are in and work out what we have to do.” The fact Ferguson gave the green light to Rooney completing the full 90 minutes of England’s victory over Brazil suggests he may be spared further exertion this weekend, although, as the forward pointed out, he is not the only one at United who gets their hands dirty when the graft has to be done. “We don’t have anyone who doesn’t want to do the work,” he said. “We all look at the statistics after the game to see how much running we have done and are well aware of everything we do. There is no hiding place with all the technology and stuff.” Ferguson has still not forgotten how his side twice established a two-goal cushion against Everton last season and were unable to close out the contest. It has been a similar story this term, only United have generally found a way to squeeze out a succession of unconvincing victories. Rooney has no answer to a conundrum Ferguson has grown increasingly sick of trying to find a solution to. However, while he, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez in particular continue to find the net on a regular basis, the damage should not be too extensive. “I can’t put my finger on why we are not killing teams off,” said Rooney. “We have scored plenty of goals. It is the most we have scored at this stage of the season. We have conceded too many and have done throughout the season. But that is the way we have been set up to play. We have to just keep our scoring going.” Press Association Wayne Rooney does not intend to start assessing Manchester United’s Premier League title credentials until the finishing post is in sight. United have a built up a formidable nine-point lead over Manchester City with their win at Fulham last weekend. But with an Old Trafford encounter against Rooney’s former club Everton on Sunday, whose fightback in the corresponding fixture last season blew the door open for City to be crowned champions, the 27-year-old is adopting a blinkered approach. “Results are the most important thing now,” he said. read more

Ireland set for Turkey test

first_img The Football Association of Ireland confirmed on Friday that the Turks will play at the Aviva Stadium on May 25. Their visit will rekindle unhappy memories for Ireland, who missed out on a place at the finals of Euro 2000 after a 0-0 play-off draw in Bursa sent Turkey through on the away goals rule. Martin O’Neill will send his Ireland team into friendly battle with Turkey as he prepares for his first qualification campaign. Ireland, who face Serbia in Dublin next month, are hoping to arrange further fixtures at the end of the current season with manager O’Neill planning in earnest for the start of the Euro 2016 qualifiers in September. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more