The fast-firing universe

first_imgIn 1998, a team led by a former Harvard graduate student shocked the astrophysics world by publishing results that said the expansion of the universe, believed to be gradually slowing, was instead accelerating.The ramifications of the finding, by the High-Z Supernova Search Team led by Brian Schmidt, continue today, as astronomers search for the mysterious dark energy fueling the expansion. Schmidt, together with another Harvard Ph.D. from the team, Adam Riess, and the leader of a second team doing similar work, Saul Perlmutter, received the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery.Schmidt, now a distinguished professor at the Australian National University, is on campus this week to deliver the 2015 Morris Loeb and David M. Lee Lectures in Physics. He spoke to the Gazette about that seminal discovery, his Harvard days, and what he sees as being most exciting in physics today.GAZETTE: It seems our understanding of the universe has changed dramatically over the past few decades. How has your view of the universe changed since you first began thinking about it in a serious way?SCHMIDT: Before it was a set of ideas, which we sort of thought was right, thanks to Einstein, but we didn’t really know any of the details. We didn’t know how old the universe was. We didn’t know what it was made out of. We didn’t know what its future was. We really didn’t know too much about it.We knew … there were many, many possible things it could have done in the past and would do in the future. Now we’ve got its vital statistics nailed, to a few percent, and so it’s been quite a transformation, going from, “We know there’s a universe that’s expanding,” to really knowing a huge amount of detail about the universe.GAZETTE: Clearly your own work has been key to that new understanding. Can you tell me about the moment you realized that the universe was expanding at an accelerating rate?SCHMIDT: That’s a tough question, because there wasn’t one real moment when I realized our data honestly said it was accelerating. I first started talking to Adam Riess, co-winner of the Nobel Prize, on the phone. He had sent me a plot. I was looking at it, and he was looking at it, and we were thinking, “This can’t possibly be right.”Three months later, after checking everything, I go, “Gee, it’s still there, we have to tell everyone else.” We told everyone else, and they said, “This can’t possibly be right …”So it was a fairly long, drawn-out process. Then, once we did publish, we knew what our data said. [But] even then, we had eliminated — in the words of Donald Rumsfeld — the “known unknowns.” But there are always the “unknown unknowns,” and so [there’s] a worry in the back of your head that something’s going to pop up that no one had thought of.And that persisted for me until about May of 2000, when a very important cosmic microwave background experiment, or two of them, released their results. And suddenly, we went from being 99.99 percent sure to being 99.9999999 percent sure. I … saw that and said to my wife, “I’ll be damned, we’re right.”GAZETTE: Did you have a favorite proposed result before it came out, and was this it?SCHMIDT: This was certainly not it. The question was: Should the universe be slowing down a little bit or a lot? Aesthetically, I kind of like the universe slowing down a lot, because it would mean the universe would probably end sometime in the future. The other observations that were around at the time certainly seemed to indicate that the universe should be slowing down a little bit, so I expected we’d see it slowing down a little bit.Having it speeding up sort of made sense, even if it was crazy because you had to invent 70 percent of the universe. So I think that, in the end, it makes perfect sense given what we knew back then. It’s just normally in science you’re not allowed to add some brand-new form of matter to the universe and have it actually be the dominant form.GAZETTE: And the big thing was completely unknown …SCHMIDT: That’s right. Einstein had invented it, but it’s one thing to invent things — theorists invent things all the time, millions of things have been invented — but to actually have one of them be right, that is pretty rare.GAZETTE: Where is that work now? Is it essentially the search for dark energy, or are there other things beyond that? Are you continuing to work on it?SCHMIDT: This is something I continue to work on, not with all of my time but with part of my time. But it’s such a big problem, it’s important to keep looking. The question comes down to: Was Einstein’s version of dark energy — the stuff he called the cosmological constant — just an inherent feature of space? Is that right, or is it something else? Thus far, every observation we’ve made says that Einstein, as usual, was right on. But we keep looking.GAZETTE: What role did Harvard play in that discovery?SCHMIDT: Harvard is where I did my Ph.D., and I had a phenomenally good experience at Harvard, one of the best times of my life — arguably the best time of my life. I had a great supervisor who’s still there, Bob Kirshner, and you know I learned a lot, not just from Bob, but the whole faculty and everyone else who was at the Center for Astrophysics.Among those was another of Bob’s students, Adam Riess, who was a few years behind me. I was sort of his academic big brother, so to speak. At the end of 1993, I finished my Ph.D. and I started a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian side of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. So I had a different employer and I changed offices. I moved like four offices down the hall, and that allowed me to keep on doing and thinking with this amazing cohort of people.In March or April, 1994, a group of people I had worked with as part of my Ph.D. thesis from Chile — Nick Suntzeff, Mario Hamuy, Mark Phillips, Jose Maza, these four — came up and showed us their latest results using type 1a supernovae.I knew this was a reasonable possibility, but they showed us they could do remarkably accurate distances. And I had been doing distances for my Ph.D. thesis with a different type of exploding star. Their method was different from mine, but it was just much, much more accurate, and the objects were much, much brighter, which suddenly meant we had a tool that was accurate and that gave us the ability — with modern technology that was just emerging in 1994 — to observe objects 5 or 6 billion years back in the past. That just was a quantum leap in capability.I had at this point gotten a job in Australia [at Australian National University]. I hadn’t moved yet.GAZETTE: So then members of the High-Z team continued to collaborate from all over, and you were kind the central hub at ANU?SCHMIDT: It was really a very flat organization of 20 people. The senior people allowed me to be chief organizer, and they allowed the young people in the project to really take leadership roles, and that’s kind of an unusual thing for them to have done. I think that was one of the secrets of our success. I was 27 years old, and I was leading a team on which Adam Riess was the only person younger than me.GAZETTE: What do you think is the most interesting field in astronomy today? Is there a particular area you tell students: This is where you should go?SCHMIDT: The two main things I see happening right now that are incredibly exciting — obviously exoplanets, there’s a very strong group there at the CfA doing that. One of my graduate students will be showing up at the CfA taking up the same position I had back in 1994 in the next few months. We’re literally going to be able to start characterizing the atmospheres of exoplanets in the next few years. And that’s about as exciting as it gets.Another thing we’ll be able to do with modern technology is look back to the dawning of the universe, when the first stars and galaxies formed. Being able to see how the universe was when it was actually born, not when it was hot and kind of looked like the sun, which is when it looked like the cosmic microwave background, but really when the first stars and galaxies formed. That’s another area I think is really going to open up within the next decade.GAZETTE: Is there a single takeaway, one thing you’d like people to walk away with after they listen to your three talks this week?SCHMIDT: A number of things. First of all, astronomy is still a really exciting area of physics to be involved with. There’s a lot happening.Being able to be at Harvard, for me, as a student and a postdoc, was absolutely critical. It was a great experience. I think it’s important for people there to realize how good it is, and to realize that most people don’t get to hang around Harvard the rest of their life. There is life outside of Harvard, and one of the great things about Harvard is it gives you the skills to build up great careers all across the world and is incredibly nurturing in allowing you to come back and share and learn throughout your career.Schmidt will speak in Jefferson 250 on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 4 p.m.; and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. For further details, visit https://www.physics.harvard.edu/node/527.last_img read more

Officials Warn Of Recent Spike In Overdose Cases In Chautauqua County

first_imgRobert Bejil / CC BY 2.0 MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Mental Hygiene are warning people that there has been a spike in overdoses in the county possibly related to a dangerous batch of heroin.According to officials, there have been 24 non-fatal overdoses and four suspected fatal overdoses since the beginning of August. Narcan was administered after at least 19 of the 24 non-fatal overdoses and at least one of the four suspected fatal overdoses.All four of the recent suspected fatal overdoses involved heroin or some other type of opioid. Heroin was the suspected drug listed in 19 of the 24 non-fatal overdose incidents.On average, Chautauqua County experienced about 20 overdoses per month in 2019. Through July 2020, the County has experienced an average of 29 overdoses per month. “Over the last year, Chautauqua County Government has collaborated with the Mental Health Association and local law enforcement agencies to improve outreach to individuals who have experienced an overdose.” stated Christine Schuyler, Director of Health and Human Services. “We know this program works and these recent overdoses show how critically important it is for everyone to work together and connect people in need to appropriate resources.”The peer response program provides resources and support to victims of overdose with a goal of helping them find connection, harm reduction resources, and opportunities for recovery.Patricia Brinkman, Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services, reminds county residents of the range of prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction services available in Chautauqua County.“We urge people to utilize CombatAddictionCHQ.com to learn more about addiction and to find specific services available throughout our county.” said Brinkman.Chautauqua County government and its partners encourage people who use drugs, and their family members to take advantage of local resources for harm reduction and recovery. People who use drugs and their families should obtain a naloxone kit if they do not have one on hand and should be prepared to call 911. The New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care or if they witness someone overdosing.“In the face of an uptick in overdoses that we are experiencing, I encourage people to reduce harm in any way possible. Remember that fentanyl can be in any drug now, not just heroin. Make sure you have Narcan accessible and try not to use alone,” said  Steven Cobb, Executive Director of the Department of Mental Hygiene“If you’re looking for help with recovery, decreasing use, or using in a safer way, the MHA can connect people anywhere in Chautauqua County with a Recovery Coach by calling 716-661-9044.”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)last_img read more

Fees blamed for lower customer commitment to retail banks

first_imgDriven by declines in both satisfaction and brand image, customer commitment to retail banks has decreased in 2009, according to the JD Power and Associates 2009 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study(SM) released today. This marks a steady decline in customer commitment since 2007. Now in its fourth year, the study finds that only 35 percent of customers say they are highly committed to their retail bank in 2009, compared with 37 percent in 2008 and 41 percent in 2007. On average, highly committed customers use more products, give more referrals and are much less likely to switch to another bank, compared with customers who have lower commitment levels.”Customers reporting the lowest levels of commitment in 2009 happen to be those with deposit balances that are 15 percent higher than average,” said Michael Beird, director of the banking practice at J.D. Power and Associates. “With this in mind, it is crucial that banks take steps to address this steady decline in customer commitment, as moving just 5 percent of customers from low and moderate levels of commitment to high commitment can mean additional deposit growth of more than 2 percentage points higher than average. This is critical in an environment where 4 to 5 percent is the norm.”The study finds an increase in problems experienced by customers in 2009, as 15 percent of customers reported a problem in the past 12 months — up from 12 percent in 2007. Among customers experiencing a problem, the most frequently reported issue deals with fees, with 46 percent of customers reporting a problem in 2009. This also marks an increase from 44 percent of customers reporting issues with fees in 2008.As such, customers report lower satisfaction levels in the area of fees in 2009 — dropping 19 points compared with 2008. Fees are also the greatest driver in customer attrition, with one in three customers who switched banks during the past 12 months doing so because of higher fees. In particular, overdraft fees increased more than other types of fees, rising on average from $30 in 2008 to $35 in 2009.”Despite the increase in problem incidence, banks are making strides in resolving problems that do occur, as customer satisfaction with problem resolution has improved — up 30 points from 2008 to 527 in 2009,” said Beird. “In particular, banks are taking steps to resolve more issues at the initial point of customer contact and have reduced the number of times the customer must contact the bank for answers. Additionally, customers report higher satisfaction with the number of conveniently located branches and online transactions.”The study also finds that customer perceptions of bank brand image have declined for a third consecutive year. Low customer ratings in the areas of overall reputation, customer focus and personal service primarily drive the decrease in brand image among banks.”These findings not only reflect recent negative media coverage about the banking industry, but also the reality of staff cuts, higher service charges and the effects of bank mergers on customer perceptions and experiences,” said Beird. “The challenge that banks face is most clearly underscored by findings from the recently released 2009 Purchase Funnel Special Report, which shows that 30 percent of customers cite questionable ethics, financial instability or poor reputation as key reasons for specifically avoiding a particular institution when shopping for a new bank.”The 2009 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study also finds that despite the challenging financial market, some banks have achieved high commitment levels from more than 50 percent of their customers, which is well above the industry average of 35 percent. In addition, these banks exceed the industry average for key satisfaction measures, including convenience, fees and transactions. Customers of these banks also rate them highly regarding brand image, particularly for customer focus, personal service and financial stability.”Banks with high brand image scores typically engage in practices that focus on strong communication with customers, such as welcoming them to the branch office or following up on problems,” said Beird. “By focusing on aspects most critical to the banking experience, banks can win the favor of their customers, which can lead to considerable financial rewards.”The study analyzes customer satisfaction with the retail banking experience based on six factors: transactions; account statements; account initiation/product offerings; convenience; fees; and problem resolution. Study results by region are:Mid-Atlantic Region: TD Bank ranks highest in the region with a score of 774, performing particularly well in convenience. Community Bank (766) and Susquehanna Bank (761) follow in the regional rankings.Midwest Region: With scores of 754, Commerce Bancshares, Inc., and Harris National rank highest in a tie in the region. Chase follows with a score of 748.Mountain Region: Wells Fargo ranks highest in the region with a score of 727, performing well in account initiation/product offerings, account statements, convenience, fees and transactions.New England Region: People’s United Bank ranks highest with a score of 751, performing particularly well in convenience, account initiation/product offerings, account statements and transactions. TD Bank (746) and Wachovia (726) follow in the rankings.Southeast Region: With a score of 815, Arvest Bank ranks highest in the region and performs well in convenience and account initiation/product offerings. First Tennessee Bank (788) and First-Citizens (Bancshares) (771) follow in the regional rankings.Southwest Region: Wachovia ranks highest in the region with a score of 792, performing well in account initiation/product offerings, fees, account statements and transactions. Zions First National Bank follows with a score of 760, and Capital One ranks third with 756.West Region: Bank of the West ranks highest with a score of 749 and performs well in account statements and transactions. Wells Fargo (743) and WaMu (730) follow in the regional rankings.The 2009 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 28,570 households regarding their experiences with their primary banking provider. The study was fielded in January 2009.Customer Satisfaction Index RankingsMid-Atlantic Region(Based on a 1,000-point scale) Bank Index J.D. Power.com Score Power Circle Ratings For Consumers —- —— ————- TD Bank 774 5 Community Bank 766 5 Susquehanna Bank 761 4 Citizens Bank 755 4 Northwest Savings Bank 755 4 Chevy Chase Bank 747 4 PNC Bank 744 4 SunTrust Bank 743 4 WaMu 740 4 First Niagara Bank 739 4 National City Bank 738 4 HSBC Bank 731 3 Mid-Atlantic Region Average 728 3 First NB of Pennsylvania 726 3 Sovereign Bank 726 3 Wachovia 725 3 Bank of America 723 3 Chase 723 3 M&T Bank 720 3 First Commonwealth Bank 706 2 Citibank 699 2 KeyBank 698 2 Capital One 689 2 Astoria FS&LA 686 2 Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size are: BB&T, Fulton Bank, Harleysville National B&T, Hudson City Savings Bank, Huntington National Bank, National Penn Bank, NBT Bank, New York Community Bank, Provident Bank of Maryland, S&T Bank, and Valley National Bank.Included in the Mid-Atlantic region are: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Deleware and Washington D.C.Midwest Region(Based on a 1,000-point scale) Bank Index J.D. Power.com Score Power Circle Ratings For Consumers —- —— ————- Commerce Bancshares 754 5 Harris National 754 5 Chase 748 4 M&I Bank 746 4 Fifth Third Bank 745 4 Citizens Bank (MI) 743 4 FirstMerit Bank 743 4 Old National Bank 742 4 Comerica Bank 734 3 KeyBank 733 3 Midwest Region Average 733 3 Huntington National Bank 732 3 National City Bank 728 3 Wells Fargo 728 3 Associated Bank 726 3 Bank of America 723 3 Regions Bank 717 2 Charter One Bank 715 2 U.S. Bank 710 2 First Midwest Bank 707 2 TCF National Bank 706 2 Citibank 698 2Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size are: 1st Source Bank, AMCORE Bank, AnchorBank, Bank Midwest, Bank Mutual, Bremer Bank, Chemical Bank, First Bank (MO), Flagstar Bank, Independent Bank, PNC Bank and UMB Bank.Included in the Midwest region are: Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa.Mountain Region(Based on a 1,000-point scale) Bank Index J.D. Power.com Score Power Circle Ratings For Consumers —- —— ————- Wells Fargo 727 5 Mountain Region Average 722 3 U.S. Bank 711 2 Bank of the West 699 2 Chase 695 2 Bank of America 689 2Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size are: Commerce Bancshares, First Interstate Bank and KeyBank.Included in the Mountain region are: North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.New England Region(Based on a 1,000-point scale) Bank Index J.D. Power.com Score Power Circle Ratings For Consumers —- —— ————- People’s United Bank 751 5 TD Bank 746 5 Wachovia 726 3 Citizens Bank 724 3 New England Region Average 721 3 Sovereign Bank 718 3 Webster Bank 711 3 Bank of America 707 2 Citibank 694 2Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size are: Eastern Bank, KeyBank, NewAlliance Bank and Rockland Trust Co.Included in the New England region are: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.Southeast Region(Based on a 1,000-point scale) Bank Index J.D. Power.com Score Power Circle Ratings For Consumers —- —— ————- Arvest Bank 815 5 First Tennessee Bank 788 4 First-Citizens (Bancshares) 771 4 BancorpSouth Bank 767 4 BankAtlantic 761 4 BB&T 756 3 WaMu 755 3 Colonial Bank 753 3 Wachovia 752 3 Regions Bank 746 3 SunTrust Bank 746 3 Southeast Region Average 746 3 PNC Bank 738 3 Fifth Third Bank 735 3 Bank of America 734 3 Capital One 732 3 National City Bank 729 3 RBC Bank 727 3 Chase 726 3 U.S. Bank 725 3 Citibank 714 2 BBVA Compass Bank 712 2 Chevy Chase Bank 680 2Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size are: Capital City Bank, Carolina First Bank, Carter Bank and Trust, Community Trust Bank, First Citizens Bank & Trust (Bancorp), Hancock Bank, Riverside NB ofFlorida, Trustmark National Bank, United Bank, United Community Bank and Whitney National Bank.Included in the Southeast region are: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee,Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia.Southwest Region(Based on a 1,000-point scale) Bank Index J.D. Power.com Score Power Circle Ratings For Consumers —- —— ————- Wachovia 792 5 Zions First National Bank 760 4 Capital One 756 4 Chase 745 3 Southwest Region Average 742 3 Woodforest National Bank 741 3 Bank of America 736 3 Wells Fargo 735 3 Citibank 734 3 WaMu 727 3 U.S. Bank 713 2 BBVA Compass Bank 703 2 Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size are: Amegy Bank, Arvest Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, Bank of Texas, Bank of the West, Comerica Bank, First National Bank, Frost National Bank, Guaranty Bank (TX), International Bank of Commerce, MidFirst Bank, Nevada State Bank, Prosperity Bank and Regions Bank.Included in the Southwest region are: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.West Region(Based on a 1,000-point scale) Bank Index J.D. Power.com Score Power Circle Ratings For Consumers —- —— ————- Bank of the West 749 5 Wells Fargo 743 4 WaMu 730 3 West Region Average 729 3 Wachovia 728 3 U.S. Bank 724 3 Union Bank of California 723 3 KeyBank 718 2 Citibank 712 2 Bank of America 706 2Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size are: Downey Savings, Sterling Savings Bank and Umpqua Bank.Included in the West region are: California, Oregon and Washington.About J.D. Power and AssociatesHeadquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, Web intelligence and customer satisfaction. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.About The McGraw-Hill CompaniesFounded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor’s, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2008 were $6.4 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com(link is external). Media Relations Contacts: Jeff Perlman; Brandware Public Relations; Agoura Hills, Calif.; (310) 589-7749; [email protected](link sends e-mail) John Tews; J.D. Power and Associates; Troy, Mich.; (248) 312-4119; [email protected](link sends e-mail) advertising or other promotional use can be made of the information in this release without the express prior written consent of J.D. Power and Associates. www.jdpower.com/corporate(link is external)Source: JD Power. PRnewswire. May 19, 2009last_img read more

Wyoming moves forward with self-bonding limits

first_imgWyoming moves forward with self-bonding limits FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Wyoming’s largest coal mines would effectively be banned from self-bonding if the proposed rules that passed an advisory board Wednesday make it through one more round of public input and onto the governor’s desk.At a sparsely attended meeting in Casper, citizen members of the Land Quality Advisory Board voted 4-1 to require strong credit ratings for companies that want to self-bond. The credit rating would determine whether a company is financially healthy enough to guarantee millions of dollars in cleanup costs without securing a form of insurance. Wyoming has the largest open surface coal mines in the country and the money required to return those mine sites to open prairie or ranchland someday is significant — both as a potential risk to the state and as a cost carried by companies in a difficult coal market.The state is also proposing that mines have at least five years of production remaining in order to qualify for self-bonds, and that even companies that qualify for self-bonds hold a percentage of their reclamation obligation in more secure channels so the state has faster access to cash if a company dissolves.Under the new rules, the massive mines in Wyoming that produce about half the country’s thermal coal are less likely to become a state liability if companies bust, regulators say. Kyle Wendtland, administrator of the state’s Land Quality Division, said the credit rating would give Wyoming foresight into the projected financial health of mining firms. Credit ratings also consider the market and using them would hopefully mitigate the financial and environmental risk to the state posed by a firm heading for insolvency.“You have to consider the physical size of the mines in Wyoming. Nowhere else in the country are they talking about $250, $350 million liability,” he said. ‘Wyoming is not a bank. We’re not in the business of bankrolling reclamation … If you cannot make that minimum, self-bonding just isn’t the right choice.”The Land Quality Advisory Board’s Wednesday decision kicks the proposed rule changes to the Environmental Quality Council – a board of seven that is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Wyoming Senate. If that board approves of the changes, the new rules will be sent to the governor for final approval.More: Despite coal pushback, rules limiting self-bonding advance in Wyominglast_img read more

Environmental Protection and the Human Rights Act

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This backyard modification is perfect for golfers

first_imgOpen plan living.A keen golfer, he installed a putting green and a driving net in the backyard to give him the perfect place to hone his skills. 82 Domrow Road floorplan.With his kids grown up he and his wife planned to sell up and move to a smaller home in Brisbane.He said the home would be perfect for people that wanted acreage that was still easy to manage. Acreage living.The interiors of the home were updated, with the 1960s style lime green tiles taken out of the bathroom in favour of more neutral tones. Out the back the swimming pool area has been expanded upon to give his two children a perfect outdoor play area with a small water slide and shade sales. This Brisbane backyard has its own driving net and putting green.WHEN John Letch moved to Queensland from the outskirts of Melbourne in the ’90s he wanted to buy a standard of living that would have been impossible in is hometown.“We realised we could get acreage within 20 minutes of the city,” Mr Letch said. “(In Melbourne) we were 50km out of the city, and the closest acreage probably would have been about 100km out of Melbourne.”center_img Perfect for summer.“It is safe for families, because it has a no-through road. It is quite unique,” he said.“It would suit someone that doesn’t want big acreage.”The home at 82 Domrow Road, Camp Mountain is on the market now. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoInside 82 Domrow Road.“(The backyard) had mature trees but there was no real landscaping,” he said.“We put in lovely gardens.”A later addition to the home was something just for him.last_img read more

Harvey Gulf banks on electric power

first_imgHarvey will install four systems on its remaining LNG PSVs without battery systems, Harvey America, Harvey Liberty, Harvey Power and Harvey Freedom, converting them to Tri-Fuel vessels. Courtesy of Harvey Gulf The company has committed to install 10 additional battery systems on its vessels. Guidry further noted there are further transformation plans in the pipeline, all with a view to helping the company’s customers achieve net carbon zero. Guidry further noted that this fleet of vessels will be crucial in assisting Harvey’s clients’ efforts to achieve net carbon zero. Harvey Gulf International Marine, the New Orleans-based LNG-powered PSV owner, and LNG bunkering pioneer, has continued the transformation of its fleet. center_img Two systems will be installed on Harvey’s MPSV Harvey Subsea, making it the only MPSV in the Americas that is dual fuel and with electric battery power. CEO of Harvey Gulf and QLNG, Shane Guidry, stated, “Now that we have successfully completed sea-trials of the Harvey Energy, America’s first Tri-Fueled vessel utilizing three fuel sources, diesel, LNG, and electric battery power, and with battery power being installed on the Harvey Champion, making her dual-fueled, my team and I have made the decision to purchase 10 additional battery systems to be installed on our largest PSVs and one of our newest MPSVs.” The remaining four batteries will be installed on three of Harvey’s 300 and 310’ PSVs, Harvey Supporter, Harvey Hawk and Harvey Condor, with two systems being installed on one of those vessels. Harvey operates platform supply vessels powered by both LNG and battery systems, a hybrid anchor handling tug for ship tendering service, America’s only LNG marine fueling dock, and will soon take delivery of America’s first dynamic position class liquefied natural gas (LNG) articulated tug and barge bunkering vessel.last_img read more

Arsenal want Jerome Boateng on loan

first_img The French defender has played a key part in helping Leipzig to the top of the Bundesliga and has been linked to some of Europe’s top clubs. Arsenal failed again to keep a clean sheet after John Fleck equalised for Sheffield United in a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Boateng is seen as a solid temporary fix before they build a side for the future in the summer transfer window. Arteta is keen to partner Upamecano with William Saliba, who is currently on loan at Saint Etienne. Arsenal have only managed one win in five Premier League matches under Arteta and the 37-year-old knows he has a big job on his hands, starting with the defence. Read Also:Abraham orders Chelsea to revenge on rivals Arsenal after Newcastle defeat They face another test tomorrow night as they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.The Gunners are now closer to the bottom three than the top four. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Actors And Actresses Whose Careers Were Boosted By Soap Operas7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Largest Cities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World Mikel Arteta knows he needs to strengthen his defence, which has kept just four clean sheets in the league this season. Boateng, 31, is reportedly keen to move on after starting just nine league games this season. The central defender did start in Bayern’s 4-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Sunday. Arteta knows the defence needs improving, with a goal difference of minus two. The Spaniard is also planning on bringing RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano in on a permanent deal.Advertisement Arsenal are looking to bolster their defence with the loan signing of Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich, according to reports. Loading… last_img read more

Thomas dies after Hardwicke win

first_img The four-year-old colt collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack after passing the line in a dramatic, and deeply sombre, renewal of the Group Two race over a mile and a half. Murtagh said: “He ran his heart out and was pulled up at the line. He lost his balance and I don’t know what happened to him. It’s heartbreaking for everyone involved – it should have been a great win. It’s just devastating the way it’s finished.” The 9-4 favourite, Ektihaam, slipped up on the bend when making the running and gave Paul Hanagan a nasty fall, though the horse was reportedly unscathed. The rider was stood down for the rest of the day and went to hospital for X-rays on his shoulder. Murtagh kicked for home well over a furlong out and though Frankie Dettori, still searching a first win of the week, got a great tune out of Dandino, he could not sustain his challenge and went down by a length to the 8-1 scorer. Universal was another two and a half lengths back in third. The sense of sadness was felt even more sharply by the fact Sir Henry Cecil, Thomas Chippendale’s former trainer and wife of Lady Cecil, died last week. Lady Cecil said: “I have to say that leading up to the race he was in such good form. He was enjoying himself. He loved and enjoyed it all – it’s heartbreaking. We had never been happier with him beforehand. We’re just devastated. We were thrilled when he won and now we feel so bad. “The horse and jockey seemed fine so I wondered what had happened. It was quick, so the horse wouldn’t have felt anything. We’ve gone from one emotion to the other, from a real high to a real low. I feel so sorry for poor Sir Robert (Ogden, owner). He’d been looking forward so much to this day and I just don’t know what to say.” Dandino’s trainer Marco Botti said: “It was a very messy race and he got hampered when the other horse fell, and by the loose horse. He finished the race very well and we will continue preparing him for the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup.” Mark Johnston, trainer of Universal, said: “It was unsatisfactory. The jockeys didn’t know whether to go with the loose horse or not. It hasn’t suited us, but he stayed on well. He’s in the King George and that would be tempting, while races like the Canadian International, Japan Cup and the Irish Leger will also be considered.” Joy instantly turned to despair at Royal Ascot when Thomas Chippendale lost his life after winning the Hardwicke Stakes for trainer Lady Cecil and jockey Johnny Murtagh.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

NBA Draft 2010 : REUNITED: Johnson drafted fourth by Minnesota, joining former teammate Flynn

first_img Comments Published on June 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm NEW YORK — Minutes after it happened — after Wes Johnson strolled to the podium to greet NBA commissioner David Stern with his trademark smile, after he gave television interviews, and after he strolled out of Madison Square Garden’s theater past a horde of cheering fans chanting his name — Wes Johnson got a call from a familiar face.It was Jonny Flynn.‘I was on the phone with him before,’ Johnson said. ‘He was yelling out, ‘Teammates!’ He’s excited, too.’Johnson was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, a pick that will reunite him with Flynn, who was selected sixth overall last year by Minnesota. Johnson sat out the 2008-09 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but was allowed to practice at Syracuse with Flynn that season.In Flynn, Johnson sees a point guard and friend that can ease his immediate transition into the NBA.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We worked together really well,’ Johnson said of the pair’s time together practicing on the Carrier Dome court. ‘Just how he plays, how he passes and how he sees the court, his knowledge of the game. We went hand in hand with each other when he was there. I think we worked really well together… He’s my friend, besides a great player.’Dressed in perhaps the most eye-opening outfit of the night — a dark blue blazer with stunning plaid pants — Johnson hugged his mother after hearing his name called. He took it all in, flashing a smile while shaking hands with Stern. As he gave television interviews, he pointed to Orange-clad fans in the arena’s theater who were chanting, ‘Wes-ley John-son!’He took a moment to remember where his ascent to a Top 5 pick started, right here in Madison Square Garden in a 2K Sports Classic tournament in November in which he averaged 21 points and 9.5 rebounds in upset-wins over California and North Carolina.‘When I got an opportunity to play and come back to the Garden,’ Johnson said, ‘especially after missing last year, I wanted to make the most of it.’Johnson was talking, of course, about sitting on the bench during SU’s epic six-overtime contest against Connecticut in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Big East tournament. Ironically, it was that game at the Garden in which Flynn began his rise to a Top 10 selection.Now, the duo was reunited in the NBA in the same arena. No one was happier than Johnson.‘I thought about that last year,’ Johnson said. ‘When he was at Syracuse, we talked about it a lot. Now that (it’s a) reality, I think it will be good, us finally getting to play with each other.’Flynn shared in the excitement. Though he wasn’t immediately available for comment to address the Timberwolves’ pick, Flynn took to his Twitter account to express his approval.‘You know I’m happy!’ he wrote. ‘That’s my bro!’Though Johnson and Flynn got plenty of reps in practice during their one season together with the Orange, few have actually seen them in action.Enter SU assistant coach Rob Murphy, who helped mold both Johnson and Flynn into Top 10 picks in their two seasons at Syracuse. Murphy put the duo in elite company when assessing what they could bring to an NBA team.‘Anytime you pair a great point guard and a great finisher, those two always work well together,’ Murphy said. ‘Like Magic Johnson with James Worthy, or Steve Nash with Shawn Marion.‘Anytime you can get out on the break and a point guard feels comfortable with somebody he knows is going to finish, that’s instant chemistry. Jonny always got a kick out of throwing Wes an alley-oop in practice.’Johnson and Flynn will get one of their first chances to showcase that chemistry in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 15, when the Timberwolves will travel to Syracuse to play the Detroit Pistons in an exhibition game.The prospect of seeing Flynn and Johnson play together was good enough for Chris Stefanec, a senior accounting major at Syracuse University, to come to MSG Thursday night.‘That’s why I came here,’ Stefanec said. ‘I thought he might not go (to Minnesota). I didn’t know if he was going to go so high. But I think it’s really exciting.’In between his smiles and his heart running ‘one thousand miles per hour,’ Johnson had time to consider the situation as well.From that season of practice, Johnson knows the possibilities. When asked if he and Flynn could be a special tandem, all he could do was flash his smile.Said Johnson: ‘It’s going to be a lot, a lot of highlights.’[email protected] Sports Editor Andrew L. John contributed reporting to this article. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more