Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ORGIONAL:RANDOLPH – The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 76-year-old Randolph man with dementia.Deputies say Byron Ashdown was last seen on Jamestown Road in the Town of Randolph on Tuesday at 2 a.m. and may be in need of medical attention.He was last seen driving a 2014 black Ford Fusion with New York registration HTA-8316.Deputies say he may travel to Salamanca, Jamestown or Allegany State Park.Anyone with information is asked to call the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office or 911. UPDATED:RANDOLPH – The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says a missing 76-year-old Randolph man with dementia has been found safe in Pennsylvania.Byron Ashdown first went missing Tuesday at 2 a.m. after he left a Jamestown Road location in his Ford Fusion.Ashdown, who suffers from dementia, was believed to be in need of medical attention, however, deputies say he was safely located mid-morning.
View Comments Dates have been announced for the previously reported new Great White Way musical Doctor Zhivago. Directed by Des McAnuff, the production will begin performances on March 27, 2015 and officially open on April 21 at the Broadway Theatre. Casting will be announced later. Related Shows The story is perhaps best known from the hit 1965 film starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. The stage adaptation premiered in 2006 at La Jolla Playhouse. A heavily revised version opened at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia with Annie star Anthony Warlow in the lead role. Based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, the stage adaptation has a book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. Set during the final days of Czarist Russia, the First World War and the chaos of the Russian revolution, the romance follows Zhivago. Raised an aristocrat, he is a political idealist, physician and poet whose life is tossed by the tides of history as he is torn between a life with his devoted wife, Tonia Gromeko and the passionate and mysterious Lara Guishar. Zhivago is not alone in his yearnings for Lara, competing for her affections with the young revolutionary Pasha Antipov, and the aristocrat Viktor Komarovsky. Doctor Zhivago Doctor Zhivago will feature choreography by Kelly Devine, with scenic design by Michael Scott-Mitchell, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, projection design by Sean Nieuwenhuis, orchestrations by Danny Troob, music arrangements by Eric Stern and musical supervision by Ron Melrose. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015
European development bank plans to end coal financing FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, one of the world’s leading development banks, is expected to vote on Wednesday to adopt a “no coal, no caveats” financing policy and slash lending to oil exploration and production projects as the organisation seeks to combat climate change.The move, if approved as expected by the bank’s board of directors, is set to bring into sharper relief the activities of Chinese and other development banks that finance huge numbers of coal and oil projects around the world.“We are planning a no coal, no caveats policy,” said Nandita Parshad, EBRD managing director for energy and natural resources. She added that the only circumstances under which the bank would finance upstream oil projects would be to reduce emissions by, for example, installing equipment to cut flaring gas from oil wells.The 38 countries that the EBRD lends to include some of the most polluting countries on earth. Poland, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo and Mongolia all derive at least 70 per cent of their energy from heavily polluting coal-fired power stations.Ms. Parshad said the EBRD would continue to lend to gas projects which, although a fossil fuel, was an important source of energy and a low emitter of carbon. The focus of the bank’s lending in the energy sector would continue to be renewables, such as wind and solar power plants, that made up 34 per cent of the bank’s portfolio between 2014 and 2017, she added.More: Development bank to halt coal financing to combat climate change
When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in financial services and fintech about where the industry is headed, sometimes fascinating insights are revealed. One-to-One with Geezeo is an ongoing series that gives our friends, clients, and partners an opportunity to share their experiences and their knowledge to gain an idea of where this exciting industry is heading. In this installment, Amy Hibbard talked with Sarah Snell Cooke, Principal at Cooke Consulting Solutions about how the role of communications in financial services is changing and how data & technology are at the center of it all.Geezeo: What are the greatest communications challenges financial institutions are facing today?When players in the market range from trillion-dollar banks to credit unions of only hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not less, consumer awareness is key for community banks and credit unions. The trouble is communications and marketing, in general, are not treated at a strategic level. Very often the situation is, ‘We need more car loans. Have the pretty poster people whip something up.’ The outcome may be somewhat effective in the short term, but if community financial institutions took the time to discover their brand and effectively communicate it (supported with the right products and service) on an ongoing basis, everyone wouldn’t have to live in fire-drill mode.So many executives believe they impose the brand on their companies, but it’s quite the opposite. If you’re seen as antiquated by consumers, that is your brand. If employees see executives as lackluster that will be reflected in the company’s brand. Perception is a reality, so discover your brand first. The underlying products and service (as directed by the consumers) must be solid to have a good story for marketers to do their jobs well. If you don’t like what you learn from your members, then change is imperative, but most people inherently are scared of the unknown and become petrified or unwilling to move forward. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The benefits of cloud computing have become a hot topic in data analytics technology over the last few years. Savvy organizations across various industries have recognized cloud-based technologies for their potential and capitalized on them to stay competitive. Now, the time has come for credit unions to join the cloud revolution.The power of the cloud has become popular across industries of all types thanks to its ability to leverage state-of-the-art technology for less money, no upfront hardware costs and no maintenance. Despite all of the benefits, you may be wondering if this technology offers enough benefits – and security – to make the transition worthwhile. The good news is that there has never been a better time for credit unions to embrace the speed and power of the cloud. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »
Topics : China’s military has received the greenlight to use a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by its research unit and CanSino Biologics after clinical trials proved it was safe and showed some efficacy, the company said on Monday.The Ad5-nCoV is one of China’s eight vaccine candidates approved for human trials at home and abroad for the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. The shot also won approval for human testing in Canada.China’s Central Military Commission approved the use of the vaccine by the military on June 25 for a period of one year, CanSino said in a filing. The vaccine candidate was developed jointly by CanSino and a research institute at the Academy of Military Science (AMS). “The Ad5-nCoV is currently limited to military use only and its use cannot be expanded to a broader vaccination range without the approval of the Logistics Support Department,” CanSino said, referring to the Central Military Commission department which approved the military use of the vaccine.CanSino declined to disclose whether the inoculation of the vaccine candidate is mandatory or optional, citing commercial secrets, in an email to Reuters.The military approval follows China’s decision earlier this month to offer two other vaccine candidates to employees at state-owned firms travelling overseas.The Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of the CanSino’s vaccine candidate showed it has the potential to prevent diseases caused by the coronavirus, which has killed half a million people globally, but its commercial success cannot be guaranteed, the company said.Separately, AMS received an approval earlier this month to test its second experimental coronavirus vaccine in humans.No vaccine has yet been approved for commercial use against the illness caused by the new coronavirus, but over a dozen vaccines from more than 100 candidates globally are being tested in humans.
James Horwill is now playing with English Premiership side the Harlequins in England. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images.IF you live and breathe rugby union, the home of former Wallabies and Reds captain James Horwill may be the one for you – and he’s even dropped the rent.Now captain of renowned English Premiership side Harlequins, Horwill has had his beautiful home in inner-city Brisbane on the rental market since he left in 2015. Available for $1,100 a week rental in Paddington, QLD. Quite a peaceful master bedroom. His place has a pool and large entertainment deck.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoHe’s dropped the rent by $100 in three years, now asking $1,100 a week for the three bedroom house which has two bathrooms, two car tandem garage as well as a modern entertainment deck and inground saltwater pool.The former Brisbane Boys College Horwill bought the property in 2011 for $1.1m – the same year that he captained the Reds to win the Super Rugby championship. The home has an office/study that has its own external entry, perfect for running a business out of home maybe. That takes high ceilings to a whole new level.The home was being marketed as having contemporary styling with an abundance of space – clearly a necessity when you are as tall as his 6ft 7 inches. It has polished timber floors, louvre windows, soaring ceilings, an office with its own external entry door, airconditioning, a theatre room, and is walking distance from shops, cafes, restaurants and schools in high demand Paddington. The property is available from March 9. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK
This property at 8 Kroll St, Kippa-Ring, is inviting interest over $379,000. This cute Queenslander cottage at 62 Tibrogargan Drive, Narangba, is on the market for offers over $355,000.Quarterly sales in Burpengary have risen from 69 to 97 in the past six quarters, while at Sandstone Point, sales are up from around 40 per quarter to 55 to 60.Homes are selling so fast in the area that Jared and Annaliese Bullock just sold their four-bedroom house in Burpengary for $475,000 before they had a chance to even put it on the market.Mrs Bullock said she contacted an agent at RE/MAX Ultimate, who brought through a couple of potential buyers and the offer was made within days.But she’s not too surprised, given how close the suburb is to the train station, shops and the highway. The couple also recently bought two units as investment properties in nearby Caboolture. Acacia Ridge, Algester, Eight Mile Plains, Kuraby and Sunnybank Hills are also predicted growth areas. This big, four-bedroom home at 35 Westminster Rd, Bellmere, is available for offers over $379,000. Picture: realestate.com.au.The Moreton Bay region has 10 rising star suburbs where sales have been steadily increasing including Banksia Beach, Bellmere and Deception Bay. Terry Ryder, managing director of Hotspotting.com.au.Moreton Bay is the number one local government area in the state for growth, according to the latest Price Predictor Index report from Hotspotting.The report examines sales activity, rather than prices, to determine the best and worst local government areas for property market growth. Annaliese Bullock, 27 with husband Jared, 27 and daughter Lyla 5 months sold their Burpengary before it even went on the market. Picture: AAP/ Megan Slade.INVESTORS chasing capital growth in Brisbane are spoiled for choice, with a new report identifying 27 suburbs where house prices are tipped to rise — and more than half of them have a median price of less than $500,000.Property analyst Terry Ryder has identified the rising stars of the property market — where sales are rising steadily and house prices are set to follow. And they’re not the inner-city, blue chip suburbs you might expect. This family home at 33 Male Rd, Caboolture, is on the market for offers over $349,000. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThis four-bedroom home on 617 sqm at 13 Stonewood St, Algester, is for sale.“It’s the affordable, outer areas that have got the most activity at the moment,” Mr Ryder said.“The infrastructure is pretty good, with train links to the centre of the city, and there’s lots of shopping centres and good amenities.”“The sweet spot is to be about 200 metres from a school, a shopping centre and a train station.”SUBURBS WHERE SALES ARE RISINGAcacia Ridge $402,000Algester $493,000Banksia Beach $550,000Bellmere $345,000Birkdale $533,000Boondall $490,000Burpengary $420,000Caboolture $340,000Caboolture South $290,000Deception Bay $345,000Eight Mile Plains $788,000Ferny Grove $595,000Goodna $324,000Jimboomba $480,000Kippa Ring $415,000Kuraby $679,000Mt Warren Park $390Narangba $458,000Petrie $410,000Raceview $318,000Sandstone Point $420,000Sinnamon Park $720,000Springfield $426,000Sunnybank Hills $660,000Tingalpa $516,000Victoria Point $522,000Woodridge $299,000Source: Hotspotting
This house on a 1012sqm block at 65 Brisbane St is in the heart of Mackay, and will go under the hammer on April 11Dr Mardiasmo said the findings “gave hope” to those who felt they had been locked out of the metro market.“There are a lot of regional towns where you can build wealth without breaking the bank,” she said. “The thing with the regional markets is that they are often dependant on a few key industries, so they do go up and down, but property has always been a long-term game. “You can buy a bargain and ride the wave back up.”For example, the median house sales price in Emerald is currently $310,000, down from a high of $430,000 in 2013. But values are on the up, rising 26.5 per cent in the past 12 months, according to CoreLogic. Mackay is about 100km from Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays. Pictured is Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays Islands, QLD. Picture: Tourism WhitsundaysOther hot spots nationally included Dubbo, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Maitland and Yass Valley in NSW; Warrnambool, Ballarat, Mitchell and Wodonga in Victoria; and the Northern Midlands in Tasmania. When asked about what the regions had in common, PRDnationwide national research manager Dr Diaswati (Asti) Mardiasmo said it came down to a few key factors.“All of these areas have had quite a lot of investment in infrastructure over the past 24 months, improving liveability,” she said. “They are also not the first places people think of to park their money so buyers don’t often realise there is quite a lot more development to come.“These areas are in their prime – they are affordable, have good job prospects, higher rental yields and lower vacancy rates.”Mackay and the Central Highlands are significant resource sectors, and saw a softening in prices during the mining downturn. But that is changing. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThis house at Cow Bay in the Douglas shire sits on 1.01ha is in the rainforest and has its own waterfall – all for just $499,000Vacancy rates were also below those in Brisbane, pushing up yields, the report said. The latest property data from CoreLogic also reveals the changing picture in the regions, with Douglas recording an 18.6 per cent increase in median house prices in the past five years, and a modest 1.7 per cent increase in the past three months.The region also attracts a median asking rent of $430 a week – just $45 less than the Brisbane city average.In Mackay and the Central Highlands, where the mining downturn dug deep, median house values fell sharply five years ago, down 18.6 per cent and 53.4 per cent respectively.But both regions are seeing house values emerging from the hole, with increases of 4.5 per cent (Mackay) and 10.7 per cent (Central Highlands) in the past 12 months, according to the latest CoreLogic market report. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenWhy the struggle is real for first home buyers01:25AUSTRALIA’S most affordable regions to buy a house have been revealed, and you won’t have to break the bank to get a leg up on the property ladder.But you will have to think beyond the major capital city markets, according to the Ready Set Go Regional Top 12 Affordable Hotspots 2019 report by PRDnationwide. Twelve regions were identified in the report, and each one was affordable, had experienced price growth, had seen investment in local infrastructure with more projects in the pipeline, and showed strong indicators for local jobs and a sustainable economic future.In Queensland, the local government areas that came out on top were the Douglas Shire in the state’s far north, and Mackay and the Central Highlands in central Queensland. This five bedroom house at 8 Ward Place in Emerald is on the market for $335,000 – a price unfathomable in the southeast corner.And so is the competition, according to local Elders Real Estate agent Wendy Thornberry.“The market is picking up … things in the lower bracket are selling quickly,” she said.In Mackay, PRDnationwide agent Greg Chappell described the market at “healthy” with prices rising steadily. He said rents were increasing “quite dramatically” due to low vacancy rates.“Properties get rented within a few days,” he said. The resources sector is a major employer in Mackay and the Central HighlandsThe PRDnationwide report said the Central Highlands region, which includes Emerald and several mining powerhouse towns, offered “potential to investors for strong returns” and “great value potential for first home buyers”.First home buyers were also “urged to consider the value” in Mackay, which offered increased affordability and capital growth potential.Both regions were also expected to see substantial investment in commercial, residential and infrastructure projects during 2019, according to the report.In the Douglas shire, north of Cairns, affordable housing and land has been attracting the seachangers, steadily driving up median values.
NZ Herald 19 May 2018Family First Comment: “The reason is not because I’m pig-headed or because I don’t have any empathy for those who are in difficult situations. We don’t need it; if you talk to the bulk of our palliative care positions they will tell you they can manage even the most difficult illness or disability.”www.protect.org.nzA retired professor with more than four decades of medical practice as a geriatrician and terminal care manager says he has grave concerns for the future if voluntary euthanasia is legalised.Dr David Richmond, professor emeritus of geriatric medicine at the University of Auckland and founder of the HOPE Foundation for Research on Ageing, said he would never support medically assisted dying, even in the most difficult of circumstances.“The reason is not because I’m pig-headed or because I don’t have any empathy for those who are in difficult situations.“We don’t need it; if you talk to the bulk of our palliative care positions they will tell you they can manage even the most difficult illness or disability.”Richmond said proponents were failing to take responsibility for the long term issues associated with medically assisted death.“Although within the first year of legalising euthanasia it may be looked at as being okay with no problems, by the time you get to eight to 10 years out it begins to create the most horrendous problems, not only to the medical profession but society as a whole.”His biggest concern was that doctors and nurses would become too relaxed about the due processes in place and end the lives of those who either didn’t want euthanasia or weren’t eligible.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=12052785