Salisbury home more than just “belt and braces”

first_imgThe house at 72 Blackwood Rd, Salisbury, is for sale.Enjoying a meal under the void in his open-plan kitchen, living and dining room is one of Nigel Johnson’s favourite places to be.Mr Johnson and his partner Patricia Vernyik bought the block of land at 72 Blackwood Rd, Salisbury, in 2014, and took a couple of years playing with the design of what they would eventually build there.The kitchen is modern and flows outside.“We wanted to do something that was a bit different to the belt and braces four bedroom home with nothing particularly unique about it,” Mr Johnson said.“One day we were talking to someone from Valeco Homes and showed them our layout, and they had something remarkably similar but better.”A void above the dining area helps downstairs communicate with upstairs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe main living space is open plan.The rest is history, with the couple building with Valeco Homes and moving into their two-storey modern abode in early 2016.“We wanted to get all of the living areas flowing together, and have the alfresco as part of the living area,” Mr Johnson said.“We did that by enclosing it but you still get good breezes.“By introducing the void it made quite a big impact, and made the space dynamic.“Now, upstairs communicates with downstairs and you typically don’t get that.”The master bedroom is large and has an ensuite.The house is on a wide leafy street, located near Salisbury State School, shops and public transport.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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.Close Modal DialogThis 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Global Offshore Wind Capacity Tops 27GW as 2019 Sets New Record

first_imgThe UK remains the world’s biggest offshore wind market with 9.7GW of total installed capacity. Germany retains its second place with a total of 7.5GW of operational capacity. China, currently in third place, has 4.9GW of installed offshore wind power. Global offshore wind installations reached 27,213MW by the end of 2019, according to Global Offshore Wind Report 2019 by World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO). South Korea and France Emerge as Floating Wind Hot Spots Gunnar Herzig, Managing Director, WFO, said: “WFO’s new global offshore wind figures clearly illustrate two major trends: Firstly, China’s rapid growth will make it the world’s largest offshore wind market during the 2020s. Secondly, floating offshore wind is gaining serious traction. While the last decade was its demonstration phase, the 2020s will bring the commercial breakthrough for floating offshore wind.” 5,194MW of offshore wind capacity went into operation during the last year, making 2019 a new record year in terms of new global offshore wind installations with a 24% growth as compared to 2018, WFO said. The disruption in the German offshore wind market caused by regulatory framework changes is reflected in the comparatively low capacity currently under construction of only 220MW, WFO said. The Netherlands is the second-largest market for offshore wind projects under construction with 1.5GW. center_img China and the Netherlands Leading Offshore Construction Charge Worldwide, 16 new offshore wind farms went into operation during 2019 in China, UK, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, and Taiwan. 146 offshore wind farms are now up and running around the globe. Floating offshore wind is also making significant progress. Announcements for two large-scale floating projects in South Korea brought the total floating offshore wind development pipeline to around 1GW. Looking at offshore wind farms under construction, China clearly leads the way, WFO said, with a total capacity of 3.7GW currently under construction. With four floating offshore wind projects under development in the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Mediterranean Sea, France is the front runner in this new market, WFO said. last_img read more

Bulldogs Results At EIAC Wrestling Meet

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs traveled to East Central high school to participate in the annual EIAC wrestling meet.  Due to many injuries and forfeits the Bulldogs were only able to send eight wrestlers to participate in the fourteen weight classes. This amount of forfeits given up by Batesville made it a challenge to score team points throughout the day.  Despite the lack of numbers for the Bulldogs, the individual wrestlers battled through the tough competition which will help them get ready for the Sectionals just one week away.Freshman JT Linkel led the team finishing in 4th place in the 132 lb class.  JT started his day by beating his Rushville opponent by pin in the first period which gave him a huge amount of confidence.  The next opponent was last year’s 132 lb conference champion Stevie Browning of Franklin County.  Browning was able to use experience to edge out JT by a score of 5-1 sending Linkel to the consolation brackets.  Showing his determination, Linkel bounced back beating his Connersville opponent in the third period by a pin setting him up for a 3rd and 4th place match.  Linkel’s final match of the day faced him off against a tough Greensburg opponent.  The match ended in a 9-1 decision with Greensburg on top giving JT a 4th place finish.unior Jackson Wooldridge in the 138 lb class had a good showing for the Bulldogs as well. The Batesville Junior finished the day in 5th place and ended his day with a nice pin against a tough Greensburg opponent.Other placers for the Batesville include a pair of freshman, Conner Batchelor (145 lb class) and Max Fouth (285 lb class) both ended in 6th place.  Jonah Chase, Chris Schene, Nick Schneider, and Drew Garbarini also participated in the meet gaining some valuable experience.Team results: 1st – Franklin County, 2nd – Lawrenceburg, 3rd – East Central, 4th – South Dearborn, 5th – Greensburg, 6th – Rushville, 7th – Connersville, 8th – Batesville.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img read more

Man injured in farming accident

first_imgBrookville, IN—Wednesday evening deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department responded to a farm on Holland Road to the report of a farming accident.  Upon arrival, deputies found John J. Selm,72, of Brookville, with multiple injuries.  They were able to determine that Selm had been run over by a silage wagon.  Deputies are still investigating the cause of the accident.Selm was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.last_img

Mignolet: Reds not discussing final

first_img Press Association “After the Arsenal and Manchester United games we didn’t have much time to think about getting back to positive ways. “Blackburn was a massive game and we needed to respond. “It wasn’t easy after the disappointment at Arsenal but the lads picked themselves up and we managed to get the result that everyone wanted. “There is still a lot to play for. The only thing that we can do is take every game as it comes. “When you are at Liverpool, you know you have to win every single game. “After the results against Arsenal and Manchester United, we knew there was going to be criticism. You have to accept that. “The only thing you can do is respond and we did that.” “Nobody is talking about it. Stevie is the first one to acknowledge that,” said Mignolet. “He is the first one to acknowledge that we can’t have any extra pressure on the team. “He won’t let us think in a different way. We just want to focus on Villa and the games before that. “Before we speak about the final, we have got to get through the semi-final and the only thing we can keep in mind now is how to get past Villa. Then we will see what comes. Villa will be tough.” While Liverpool have booked their first Wembley appearance since 2012, when they went there three times on the way to lifting the League Cup and finishing FA Cup runners-up, Mignolet accepts it will count for nothing if they do not make the next step. However, after back-to-back Premier League defeats he insists they cannot afford to allow the semi-final to distract their focus from Monday’s visit of Newcastle. “We are pleased to get to the semi-final. Once it is semi-final time we will make sure we are ready but everything comes step by step and Newcastle is next,” he said. “We are pleased with what we did against Blackburn but the next focus is the league. Gerrard turns 35 on the day of the Wembley showpiece on May 30, which could be his final Liverpool appearance before heading off to Major League Soccer for a new career with the LA Galaxy. Liverpool took a step closer to that scenario by booking a semi-final against Aston Villa next weekend with a narrow 1-0 replay victory over Blackburn on Wednesday, but it is not a subject for discussion within the dressing room. Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists no-one – not least Steven Gerrard – is talking about a potential fairytale FA Cup final send-off for the Reds captain. last_img read more

Stuart Broad ‘frustrated, angry, gutted’ at being dropped for England’s ongoing Test

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON: Veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad admitted that he is “frustrated, angry, gutted” after being dropped for England’s ongoing first Test against West Indies at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. England decided to go with a pace attack consisting of James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and captain Ben Stokes for the match.”I found out about 6pm the night before the game. Stokesy told me that we are going with extra pace on these conditions,” said Broad on Sky Sports. “I spoke to (national selector) Ed Smith last night, he is involved in picking the 13 and they picked purely for this pitch. I wanted clarification on the future going forward and I was given pretty positive feedback.” Broad was the highest wicket-taker for England in their two previous Test series. He admitted that the decision to drop him has been a hard one for him to understand. “I’m not a particularly emotional person but I have found the last couple of days tough. To say disappointed is an understatement, I’ve been frustrated, angry, gutted, because it is quite hard to understand,” he said. “I’ve probably bowled the best I ever have in the last couple of years. I felt like it was my shirt having been in the team during the Ashes and in South Africa.” Broad however said that England are in a unique position considering all their fast bowlers are fit to play. “Very rarely do you get all your bowlers fit like we have got now. Part of my strength as a cricketer has been that I have always been fit and available for selection. So I was frustrated by the fact that I expected to get a place in the team as everyone else. Chris Woakes, Sam Curran all bowling pretty well here, all probably deserve to be in the 11 but aren’t.” The 34-year-old, who is 15 wickets away from becoming the second England bowler after Anderson to go past 500 Test wickets, said that he is also glad to be feeling frustrated. “But also I am quite pleased I feel frustrated, gutted and angry because if I didn’t then I would have had a different decision to make,” he said. IANS Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Impact of COVID on Education & What’s Nextlast_img read more

The Latest: PGA Champions Tour event in Washington canceled

first_imgThe Latest: PGA Champions Tour event in Washington canceled Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The PGA Tour Champions Boeing Classic scheduled to be held in August outside of Seattle has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated Press Tournament director Brian Flajole said Thursday uncertainty about the ability to hold large public gatherings in Washington state led to the decision to not hold the tournament scheduled for Aug. 17-23 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. Flajole said the decision was made in conjunction with local and state health officials as well as the PGA Tour. Flajole says the tournament intends to return in 2021. This year was set to be the 16th playing of the only professional golf event held annually in the state.___NHL training camps will open July 10 if the league and players’ union can reach an agreement to resume the season.Setting this date gives the 17% of players overseas time to make arrangements to return in light of U.S. and Canada quarantine regulations. The league and NHLPA said the July 10 start of camps is pending medical and safety conditions and agreeing on getting back to games. June 11, 2020center_img The season is scheduled to resume on Wednesday with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United and Arsenal playing at Manchester City.___MotoGP says it will resume next month with two races in Spain following a suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The competition organizers say they have confirmed 13 races. They are all at European locations.They say four more races in the United States, Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia could be added to the calendar depending on health and travel restrictions. That decision on the additional races will be made before July 31. Camps are expected to run two to three weeks with games taking place in two “hub” cities without fans. If the league and players finalize a deal to return, games could resume in early August.___Premier League soccer clubs have approved the match protocols for when the competition resumes on Wednesday after a 100-day shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.The procedures cover matchday operations and include splitting stadiums into red, amber and green zones to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.Restrictions also have been placed on the number of people allowed into stadiums. The track in Jérez, Spain, will host the first two races on July 19 and 26 before the competition heads to the Czech Republic for the third race.The season is expected to finish before Dec. 13.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Full time Keshi, Amodu

first_imgIn a country desperately in need of genuine heroes, the shocking death last week in Benin City of former Nigeria captain and coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi reminded us that indeed there are some among us who are legendary not for their dexterity at looting our commonwealth, but for the immense sacrifices they make for the greater good. Heroes are not saints, and I will not argue that Keshi, or any human, was one. However, no one can deny that he contributed immensely, and brought glory, to our country, becoming only the second man to win the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and a coach. He also qualified tiny Togo and Nigeria for the World Cup, and became the first African to guide a team past the group stage of the global showpiece. Thankfully his heroics have rightly been celebrated across our country, our continent and beyond. He deserves no less in my opinion. Farewell Big Boss.His former boss Shuaibu Amodu was to follow three days in the same city and of similar circumstances as both are suspected to have succumbed to cardiac arrests. Amodu is one of the most undervalued coaches this country has ever produced, but hopefully history will judge him better. Twice he qualified the Super Eagles for the World Cup and thrice he led them to bronze medals at the Nations Cup. He won different titles in Nigeria and added the Africa Cup Winners Cup in 1990 when he was only 32 years old. Death has taken the bodies of these two giants, but their legacies remain intact.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Village displaces local businesses

first_imgClick here to view this article with more media in our “It Takes a Village: USC and the Community” project package.For more than 30 years, Akm Alam has considered his business, Quik-Pix Photo Lab, to be a part of the USC community and the Trojan Family. Two years ago, his photo printing store took up a small space in the old University Village, sandwiched between campus and the Row. The space was a home for Alam. He was friendly with the students who came in for passport pictures and professional head shots and loyal to the faculty members who returned to his store year after year. Working near USC provided him with many benefits — a safe location, a steady and predominantly wealthy clientele base. Being a part of the Trojan family helped Alam survive.But the beginning of the new Village’s construction forced Alam to leave his old store behind. He spent several years preparing for the inevitable, until construction officially began in 2014. He had no choice but to move north to an even smaller space closer to the highway. Since then, business has only dwindled. Alam’s story is only one of the many local businesses who were forced to relocate to make room for the Village.Finding a new homeAlam’s new store is tucked into a strip mall on Vermont Ave., a 12-minute walk north of campus. On a muggy April morning, he leaves the door hanging open. Inside, his space is cramped. A photo backdrop and lighting equipment take up the back half of the room behind the front counter. The front half is consumed with scattered chairs and shelves of camera equipment and picture frames. He leans against the front counter as he explains, in a quiet and almost cheerful voice, that he has lost almost 80 percent of his business. That 80 percent has been lost in less than two years. Some of that is natural — he is running a photo printing business in an age where pictures are stored digitally, shared on social media and rarely put into print.But his main drop in customers came when he was forced to leave his University Village location and find a new place to operate. There are many factors behind this change. Alam suspects that many of his former clientele aren’t even aware that he relocated rather than closing down. Now, his business mainly comes from the local area, a steep drop from his past days of serving faculty and students.“It’s a completely different group of people that I get here now,” Alam said. “I miss the students, the faculty members. There were people who came to my store for years, people who I knew. Now there’s not as much [business] at all.”Constructing a new imageThe construction of the Village first began to affect local business owners in the area in 2010. At that time, all businesses in the area that is now in the process of becoming the Village were transitioned into month-to-month leases. But the greatest change came on May 1, 2014, when the businesses located in the space were forced to move out. For chain restaurants that were previously located in the Village’s space, the transition was relatively simple. Businesses such as the Denny’s and Superior Grocers — which were in the former Village — had a wider range of options due to their status as a franchise. All employees were guaranteed jobs at other locations, which meant that none of those employees or managers had to worry about losing their jobs. The main inconvenience fell upon customers who no longer had the convenience of those stores close by.But for locally- owned businesses, the transition was much different. According to USC Civic Engagement Senior Vice President Craig Keys, 17 of the 37 businesses removed from the Village space were non-franchise businesses. Though the label of “non-franchise” does not necessarily mean that a business is locally owned, most of these businesses were similar to Alam’s store. From mom- and- pop convenience stores to a locally-owned hair salon that had been in the area for 40 years, these local businesses relied on their proximity to campus and USC clientele base in order to survive. The move away from campus did more than create a change in location for these businesses — it completely displaced them from the community in which they had grown and thrived.The businesses in the area had known the move was coming since 2010. That was when their rents were switched to from year-long to month-by-month, and it signalled a new era for the local businesses. The University connected each of the businesses up- to- date on their rent to a real estate company in order to find a new location. This offer was extended to both franchise and non-franchise businesses, so that everyone involved had the opportunity to relocate. The University also provided financial assistance for the relocation or closing of a business. According to Keys, most tenants received anywhere from $17,500 to $20,000 in assistance. An uncertain futureYet for business owners like Alam, the cost of relocating wasn’t the issue. With ample time to prepare, he found a space quickly, without the aid of the real estate agent. It’s just not the space he wants. With his store situated several blocks north of campus, and his clientele now mainly consisting of members of the community, he feels that he is beginning to lose a grip on his business.Ideally, Alam would hope for his old space close to campus. However, this most likely won’t be a possibility. The new space will not be focused on retail, but rather on providing a living and community space for USC students. It aims to fulfill the need for a community living space for sophomore and transfer students, while simultaneously driving down the cost of student living by providing more housing options. The space is also expected to create a wider selection of businesses, community spaces and living spaces in order to diversify the space to create a vital new part of the community.“The old University Village was a community- serving retail establishment which leased space to small business entities, but did not provide an environment or mix of amenities that could promote the success of the tenant businesses,” Keys said. “The new USC Village provides the amenities desired by the community in an environment that is better structured for the economic success of the retail tenants.”This means, however, that there will be significantly less room for retail space. The Village spans more than 2 million square feet of space, but most of that space will be student housing. Retail space will only take up 160,000 square feet, a significant decrease from the amount that was afforded to businesses in the previous space.One of the goals of the project is to create 12,000 new jobs through construction, but these jobs will only last on a temporary basis until the Village’s completion. The Village will also create permanent employment in the new establishments. However, most of these jobs will be focused in chain businesses or working in the residential halls. This means that there will be little to no space for local businesses to move back into the area. Keys does believe that some local businesses will be able to come into the space, but the expectations will be raised for the types of establishments that are welcomed into the community.“The quality and relevance of the amenities and general environment  intended for the new USC Village are substantially higher than that of the old University Village,” Keys said. “Consistent with the needs of the Uuniversity and community, we are seeking best-in-class tenants to populate our key food and beverage, retail and service locations.  So while we will have several national brands, we will also have a variety of local and regional offerings.”Alam, like many other local business owners, isn’t worried about a future with the Village — he’s simply trying to survive with what he has now.His new store is smaller, and the rent is less expensive. He’s partnered with another photographer to start offering options such as event photography or senior portraits. Yet Alam admits that he sees no future for his business now. Without the access to his clientele base of students and faculty, he simply feels that his time has run out.“In business, you always do what you can to keep going,” Alam said. “But this is not going to keep going. It just can’t.”last_img read more

Millennial Esports completes acquisition of Eden Games after raising $12.1 million

first_imgMillennial Esports has now completed the acquisition of Eden Games after successfully closing the first tranche of a previously announced non-brokered equity offering. The $0.70 per Equity Unit placement saw 17,136,258 Equity Units issued for gross proceeds of $12,121,380. Part of the proceeds from the Private Placement saw the completion of the acquisition of Eden Games, a deal announced back in August. The Canadian company has secured an agreement for 82.5% of the French racing games publisher with a €9 million (£8.1m) investment. The terms of the deal breaks this down and sees Millennial Esports pay €6,904,039.72 and issue €2,071,310.08 worth of common shares of Millennial Esports to security holders of Eden Games.The deal sees Eden added to the ever-growing portfolio of companies under the Millennial umbrella. The company now holds MillennialEsports.gg, IEDAS+CARS, Eden Games, O’Gaming TV, thE Arena and Stream Hatchet. In the release, Millennial Esports CEO Alex Igelman stated: “The acquisition of Eden Games represents a major milestone for Millennial Esports Corp. and demonstrates how the company continues to evolve in parallel with the Esports industry”. It’s another move into the growing racing simulation space, and Igelman was bullish about the company’s position in the industry. “Eden’s acquisition secures our position as a leading mobile racing game publisher and in combination with our existing racing IP, including World’s Fastest Gamer, positions Millennial as a leader in global Esports racing”. The second tranche of the Private Placement is expected to be completed by the end of January, and it’ll be interesting to see where the next round of funding goes, considering the acquisition-led growth we’ve seen from Millennial since its inception.Esports Insider says: Although it’s not technically new news, closing out the acquisition is always a positive. The $12 million raised is no small number and with the second tranche hoping to be completed imminently there’s sure to be more on the horizon.last_img read more