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Buffalo Bills Clinch First AFC East Title Since 1995

first_imgShare: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) Image by Isaiah J. Downing / BuffaloBills.com. BUFFALO – Offense and defense shined for the Buffalo Bills, as they clinch the AFC East for the first time since 1995 with a 48-19 win over the Denver Broncos. Josh Allen threw two touchdowns in the first half and ran for another, and the defense got a score of its own to help Buffalo pick up the historic win in Denver, Colorado on Saturday.Buffalo started the scoring when Josh Allen connected with Dawson Knox late in the first quarter to give them a 7-0 lead.They extended that lead in the 2nd quarter when Allen carried it in himself on a 24-yard touchdown. It was Allen’s 25th career rushing TD, and it put the Bills in front 14-0.Allen followed that up with another touchdown pass, connecting with Jake Kumerow on a 22-yard strike.This was Kumerow’s first touchdown catch of the year, and he became the 13th player to catch a TD pass for the Bills this season.Buffalo’s defense allowed a Broncos touchdown late in the second to give the Bills a 21-13 halftime lead.That defense made up for it in the second half, though.After Allen scored again on a one-yard run, the defense forced a fumble from Drew Lock.Jerry Hughes scooped up the loose ball and returned it 21 yards for the score to make it 35-13.This was the second career touchdown for Hughes and his first since 2014.Buffalo only allowed one more touchdown on defense, and scored two field goals and one late touchdown run by Devin Singletary to secure the 48-19 win.Allen finished with 359 yards passing and two touchdowns through the air. He also ran for 33 yards and two touchdowns in the win.Buffalo’s record now sits at 11-3. They move on to face the New England Patriots in Foxboro next Sunday night at 8:20 p.m.last_img read more

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Colombian Army dismantles 9 drug laboratories allegedly owned by FARC, ELN

first_imgNorth Santander has become a focal point for cocaine production by terrorist and criminal organizations in recent years; they used about 6,345 hectares of the region to grow coca plants in 2013. But as a consequence of successful anti-drug operations targeting that region in particular as well as other countries, Colombian security forces have reduced overall coca leaf production by 25 percent, according to the World Drug Report 2014 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Soldiers with the Colombian National Army recently dismantled nine clandestine cocaine paste-producing laboratories in the northeastern department of North Santander. Army officials suspect the labs were operated by two terrorist groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). Both groups use money generated by drug trafficking to purchase firearms and finance terrorist attacks against civilians, security forces, and infrastructure, including petroleum facilities. The two recent counter-narcotics operations are just the latest in series of successes by the Army. For example, in the Department of Guaviare, soldiers destroyed 674,000 coca plants on October 26. And in recent months, Army troops with the elite Rapid Deployment Force (FUDRA) destroyed a six-hectare coca leaf plantation in the Department of Meta. Army officials suspect the FARC’s Eastern Bloc operated that plantation. Troops also eradicated a plantation in Meta municipality of Vista Hermosa. Overall, between January 1 and late October, FUDRA forces destroyed 264 hectares of illegal plantations and seized more than 8,000 gallons of cocaine-making ingredients. Soldiers with the Colombian National Army recently dismantled nine clandestine cocaine paste-producing laboratories in the northeastern department of North Santander. In one operation, Army soldiers in North Santander department found a cocaine warehouse and four cocaine processing laboratories they suspect were operated by the FARC. From those facilities, they seized 3,125 kilograms of coca plant seeds, 1,385 kilograms of chopped coca leaves, 800 kilograms of fertilizer, 660 gallons of coca syrup, and 550 gallons of coca leaves. North Santander has become a focal point for cocaine production by terrorist and criminal organizations in recent years; they used about 6,345 hectares of the region to grow coca plants in 2013. But as a consequence of successful anti-drug operations targeting that region in particular as well as other countries, Colombian security forces have reduced overall coca leaf production by 25 percent, according to the World Drug Report 2014 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). By Dialogo November 06, 2014 The two recent counter-narcotics operations are just the latest in series of successes by the Army. For example, in the Department of Guaviare, soldiers destroyed 674,000 coca plants on October 26. And in recent months, Army troops with the elite Rapid Deployment Force (FUDRA) destroyed a six-hectare coca leaf plantation in the Department of Meta. Army officials suspect the FARC’s Eastern Bloc operated that plantation. Troops also eradicated a plantation in Meta municipality of Vista Hermosa. Overall, between January 1 and late October, FUDRA forces destroyed 264 hectares of illegal plantations and seized more than 8,000 gallons of cocaine-making ingredients. That same operation uncovered in Santander department a seedbed with 10,000 coca plants suspected of belonging to the ELN. In a second operation, soldiers destroyed five laboratories in North Santander also, which they also suspect belong to the ELN. Army officials suspect the labs were operated by two terrorist groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). Both groups use money generated by drug trafficking to purchase firearms and finance terrorist attacks against civilians, security forces, and infrastructure, including petroleum facilities. That same operation uncovered in Santander department a seedbed with 10,000 coca plants suspected of belonging to the ELN. In a second operation, soldiers destroyed five laboratories in North Santander also, which they also suspect belong to the ELN. In one operation, Army soldiers in North Santander department found a cocaine warehouse and four cocaine processing laboratories they suspect were operated by the FARC. From those facilities, they seized 3,125 kilograms of coca plant seeds, 1,385 kilograms of chopped coca leaves, 800 kilograms of fertilizer, 660 gallons of coca syrup, and 550 gallons of coca leaves. last_img read more

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events December 8–14

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Home for the Holidays ConcertThe holiday season should be filled with joy. It should be replete with friends and family. It should be a special time of remembrance and reflection. For far too many children suffering a spectrum of injuries, diseases and ailments, however, this extraordinary time of year can too often feel anything but. This benefit concert for Cohen Children’s Medical Center features Long Island’s own Jon Bellion & Nick Tangorra, and strives to fill each and every concertgoers’ hearts with boundless happiness and inspiration, and through music, melt through the coldness to instill hope and love. Come be a part of this truly magical evening and spread the holiday joy to children in need. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$55. 8 p.m. Dec. 8.Jorma KaukonenThe blues has the amazing capability of soothing the soul, while, like some transcendental magnet, draw those feet out from beneath the seat and up onto the dance floor. It’s a euphoric, healing sensation that makes for a simply unforgettable night. This is one of them, and you’re simply not going to want to miss it! Kaukonen is a guitar virtuoso, and he’s been wowing fans across the globe for more than five decades. From Hot Tuna to Jefferson Airplane to his own legendary works, this blues and folk guitar legend will be sure to absolutely floor all lucky enough to attend this must-see gig. Do not miss this special acoustic show! Suffolk Theater, 18 East Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $60. 8 p.m. Dec. 9.Related: Mary Poppins: Holiday Extravaganza Opens at Engeman TheaterPure Joy With Paige PattersonThe luscious sounds of Huntington native Paige Patterson, who has a background in jazz and musical theatre, offers holiday cheer for the soul in the Sky Room Cafe with her tantalizing artistic talents on display. She calls her repertoire “cafe society” for the new millennium. Her fans just call her fabulous. Get ready to be wowed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 general public. 8 p.m. Dec. 9.Roots FoundationThis local reggae band, founded in 2004 by Alex Flynn (guitar backing and vocals) and Corey Browd (Bass guitar), is dedicated to spreading the genre across Long Island and the world, and getting crowds to “dance to the vibes” of hits like “Mr. Harmonica” and tributes to artists like Bob Marley. Reggae, like the blues and jazz, embodies some type of elemental sonic properties that not only somehow seem to make everything just a little bit better, especially when you’re dancin’ along to the vibes and letting those soulful notes just cleanse you of your worries and fears! Come bask in that salvation. Come be healed. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Dec. 9.Greg StoneEnthusiasm minus caution equals standup comedian Greg Stone, known for his hilarious tweets and storytelling abilities. A fixture at Manhattan’s top comedy clubs, Stone shares true stories of his highs and lows caused by his lack of inhibition, and has recently performed on America’s Got Talent, Gotham Comedy Live, Friends of the People, Sirius XM’s The Bennington Show, and hit podcasts like Tuesdays with Stories. You will laugh, uncontrollably, for sure. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $17. 8 p.m. Dec. 9; 7, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 10.The Chocolate ExpoHave you ever dreamed of sailing along in a sea of glorious chocolate atop a marshmallow boat, scooping your cupped hands in the thick velvety goo as oars, licking and gulping down that heavenly porridge just as fast as those rich waves will let you, intentionally capsizing at some point to simply try and swallow the entire ocean in one ultimate gasp for cocoa nirvana?! Of course you haven’t, that would be, like, totally weird and irregular. Who dreams of stuff like that, anyway? Well, while not the exact realization of that exact unimaginable choco-fantasy, this mouthwatering event offers so many tastings & sales of chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses, wines and more, from 35-100 local, regional and international vendors, combining that oh-sweet chocolate and food with a dash of fun! There will be unique exhibits, performances, demos, and/or even some celebrity appearances! Whoa! Will Candice Swanepoel be there? Justin Biebler? Big Kimmy K? Perhaps Hillary Clinton? Or President-Elect Donald Trump?! No, not at all. But as you bask in that gorgeous, magical pool of chocolate, gulp-gulp-gulp-in’ away, they may! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $8-$20. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 11. Doo Wop ExtravaganzaDo it up doo-wop style with this amazing lineup! Take a trip down memory lane with classic hits by Charlie Thomas & The Drifters, Danny & The Juniors featuring Joe Terry, The Legendary Teenagers, The Original Chantels, The Classics, The Capris, Randy & The Rainbows featuring Randy Safuto and The Emotions. Guaranteed to deliver a great night of music and memories, this show will have you singing “skiddly bop doo-bee-doo weeee” all the way home! (Yes, this is a very good thing!) Wow. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 7 p.m. Dec. 10.Riverhead SantacaonSantaCon, the two-decade-old annual good-natured gathering of naughty Santas in San Francisco that has spawned like-minded events worldwide is returning to Long Island. The New York City version, which has outgrown its roots as street theater in which Santas march around town, will be held the same day as Riverhead’s. Those looking to join in the fun but want to skip the mob can join this local bar crawl instead. Proceeds go to charity. Downtown Riverhead. santacon.info/Riverhead $10. 12 p.m. Dec. 10.Related: Long Island Christmas Events, Parades & Tree Lightings 201640 Below SummerProgressive rock band 40 Below Summer describes itself as an “aggressive rock band that explores a bit of everything” and cites Led Zeppelin and Tool as its influences. Known for hits like “My Name is Vengeance,” “Step Into the Sideshow,” “Wither Away” and “Self Medicate,” the band’s most recent album Transmission Infrared was released in 2015, following several reunions and a 2005 breakup. Opening the show is The Hard Way and Logan’s Room. Get ready to be completely floored! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15, $18 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10.Alive! ’75The lineup at this show is a trifecta of tribute bands, including KISS tribute band Alive! ’75, Tool tribute band Schism and Iron Maiden tribute band Live After Death. Experience all the hits, all the chaos, all the mind-bending rock and roll mayhem you’d expect from those who’ve dedicated their lives to spreading the tunes of these insane musical hellraisers! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $20-$30. 8 p.m. Dec. 10.Suzy Bogguss – A Swingin’ Little ChristmasGrammy Award-winning artist Suzy Bogguss presents a joyous evening of festive traditional Christmas songs, including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” interwoven with her own classic hits like “Two Step Round the Christmas Tree.” With a rich and fluid voice and encouragement of audience participation, the performance differs every night and aims to engage the Christmas spirit of the audience and touch listeners. Mesmerizing! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. Dec. 10.Walshy Fire of Major LazerThink about the most groovin’ tunes a thump-thump thumpin’ as you spin round and round a bump-bump bumpin’ and raising your hands up in the air, colors and sounds all swirlin’ round the place, colliding and melding into a singular, illuminating vision of pure, unrefined dance magic resurrection! Damn. A member of the L.A.-based electronic group Major Lazer, Walshy Fire will get that dance party started, and keep it goin’ till the early hours of the morn! Also performing will be DJs Smooth City and Fotsbeats. Hell. Yes. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. Dec. 10.Related: Long Island Christmas Tree Farm Guide 2016The Nutcracker SuiteThe extremely talented dancers of Ovations Dance Repertory Company will once again join The Atlantic Wind Symphony in a Nutcracker production you’ll never forget. The vision of the glittering dancers and the sounds of the famous Tchaikovsky score will delight your senses this holiday season! Ring in the holidays with the only full-length production of the Nutcracker with a live 25-piece orchestra in Suffolk County! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $15. 1, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 1, 6 p.m. Dec. 11.The WitnessOn March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly attacked on a street in Kew Gardens, Queens. Soon after, The New York Times published a front-page story asserting that 38 witnesses watched her being murdered from their apartment windows—and did nothing to help. The death of Kitty Genovese, 28, quickly became a symbol of urban apathy. James Solomon’s moving documentary chronicles Bill Genovese’s quest for the truth behind his sister’s notorious murder. The screening includes brunch and a discussion hosted by Fred Craden. Do not miss this, for many, many reasons. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 10 a.m. Dec. 11.Kenny G.Saxophonist and Grammy Award winner Kenny G. grafts elements of R&B, pop, and Latin into a jazz foundation and has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era. Here to perform his career hits like “Forever in Love,” “Songbird” and “The Moment,” as well as holiday favorites, Kenny G. is finishing up his Brazilian Tour inspired by his latest drop, Brazilian Nights. As several members of the Press team know far too well in regards to former staffer Kenneth Herzog, you best know for damn sure it’ll be an utterly Amazing time when Kenny’s in town! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 11.Richard PanchykLong Island author and historian Richard Panchyk will be reading passages, signing copies, and speaking about his new book Hidden History of Long Island. Will Panchyk dedicate a large portion of his appearance to detail the mysterious back channels along its ancient shores, its long-rumored haunts, and perhaps even ts connections to the popular Netflix show Stranger Things? Unlikely. Many do not know of these extraordinary things, and those who do rarely speak in public about such mysticism. Fortunately, you can get a small taste here: 5 Real-Life ‘Stranger Things’-Montauk, Long Island Parallels An amazing evening of literature and inspiration, regardless! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Dec. 12.Gavin DeGrawThe soulful singer, pianist and guitarist from upstate New York who rose to fame with his breakout single “I Don’t Want to Be,” otherwise known as the theme song to One Tree Hill, will play hit latest hits, including “Not Over You,” “Best I Ever Had” and “We Both Know.” Be prepared to dance and sing along! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50- $69.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 13.The Airplane Family & FriendsThis is the only national touring tribute to the music of Jefferson Airplane & “The San Francisco Sound.” Expect all the hits, and expect to be absolutely blown away! With Live Dead 69. Yes! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$49.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 14.-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIMain Art: Legendary guitarist Jorma Kaukonen shreds Suffolk Theater on Dec. 9!last_img read more

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US food delivery company DoorDash gets behind restaurants

first_imgWe’re going international for this week’s ad of the week, to the US, where food delivery service DoorDash has been very quick on the draw with its coronavirus response.It’s launched an initiative called #OpenForDelivery, in order to remind Americans that though they can no longer go out for meals, they can still support the sector and enjoy delicious food.The ad shows some empty restaurants, with a poignant voiceover reminding viewers of the good times they’ve had while out to dinner. But, he says, the kitchens are still busy in these places. “They’re still there for you. Now you can be there for them.”The ad is perfectly pitched, impressively shot and edited (one assumes it was done quickly) and relays an important message to potentially confused consumers. Let’s have a UK equivalent soon, please.last_img read more

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An expansive luxury home with a 12 car garage was Queensland’s most viewed property

first_imgThe luxury property at 15 Southern Cross Drive.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoAlso on the Gold Coast another waterfront property got traction online with 51 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid Waters getting the second highest amount of views for the week. The six bedroom, four bathroom home features sweeping riverfront views that is viewable throughout the expansive property.It also features a video-intercom system, in-ceiling speakers and a stylish interior design described as “urban industrial”. The luxury home at 15 Southern Cross Drive.The riverfront, seven bedroom, eight bathroom home has a temperature controlled wine cellar, a 10 metre pool and pontoon for easy access to the river. The four floor home also has a rooftop deck and a garage with enough room for 12 cars. Cronin Island has less than 40 properties and is connected to neighbouring Chevron Island via its single street. Luxury on a budget.It is available at just a fraction of the other most viewed Gold Coast properties, and has a price of $419,000 through Professionals Surfers Paradise. The luxury property at 15 Southern Cross Drive.The home is available through The Agency and has an asking price of $13,800,000. 51 Barrier Reef Drive.The home will go under the hammer at an auction on Saturday, January 20 and it is open for inspection through Hardcourts Broadbeach Mermaid. The next most viewed for the week is an expansive acreage property on the outskirts of Mackay.The four-bedroom, two bathroom home at 1007 Mackay-Eungella Road in Pleystowe sits on a 5.34 acre block just 12 minutes from Mackay. Acreage outside Mackay.It will go on auction on Monday, January 29 through Explore Property Mackay. The next most viewed property is further north in the Moreton Bay Region. This property at 15 Southern Cross Drive on the Gold Coast was the most viewed Queensland property for the week.An expansive home on a tiny island topped the list for the most viewed property in Queensland this week according to realeastate.com.au figures, and it is easy to see why. The property at 15 Southern Cross Drive at Cronin Island on the Gold Coast is one of the most exclusive properties in the city. 24 Caesar Road at Ferny Hills.The four bedroom, two bathroom home at 24 Caesar Road, Ferny Hills features an expansive timber deck overlooking a large garden filled with greenery.It is available through Coronis Arana Hills with a price tag of offers above $559,000.Its back to the Gold Coast for the fifth most viewed property of the week.A townhouse unit at 2/103 Salerno Street, Surfers Paradise in the Isle of Capri.The two storey townhouse has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a private courtyard in a complex that has a pool, spa, sauna and gym. Acreage outside Mackay.It features paddocks, water troughs and three equestrian stables as well as a 650 sq m industrial workshop.last_img read more

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Netherlands ‘missed opportunity’ on cross-border pensions

first_imgThe Netherlands missed an “opportunity” when it failed to create a cross-border pensions vehicle straightaway after the introduction of new European legislation, according to Sjoerd Gunnewijk, chair of the €1.2bn Dutch pension fund for BP, which plans to relocate to Belgium this year.In an interview with IPE sister publication Pensioen Pro, Gunnewijk said BP decided to establish its pan-European scheme in Belgium because the country had already moved to support the creation of cross-border pension schemes.He said BP wanted to combine local pensions activities to cut costs and improve governance.“As a result, financing, asset management and part of the governance can be carried out centrally, and we don’t need to hire investment consultants in the Netherlands any longer,” he said. BP’s pension funds in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland have joined the new pan-European scheme.In the interview with Pensioen Pro, Paul Koole, a board member at BP’s Dutch pension fund, said he expected the “Belgian route” would be particularly attractive for financially strong multinational companies, “as the Belgian regulator demands a guarantee from the sponsor”.Gunnewijk, meanwhile, took pains to emphasise the BP scheme was not “running away” from the Netherlands.“We don’t have problems with the new financial assessment framework or supervisor DNB, although we have spent a lot of money and time implementing all the new regulations in recent years,” he said. “The same goes for the reduction of tax-facilitated pensions accrual, which made it impossible for us to keep our final salary arrangements.”The chairman added that Dutch fiscal rules – as well as the social and labour-related aspects of the Dutch Pensions Act – would still apply to its pension rights in Belgium.When asked about the advantages of the cross-border plan, Gunnewijk cited the increased sponsor guarantee, comprising an additional contribution to a funding level of 110%, as well the lower threshold for indexation.“The latter was made possible by the lower discount rate for liabilities, which increases the chance of extra returns,” he said.Gunnewijk also confirmed that the pension fund would not raise its risk profile under Belgian rules.The BP scheme’s works council (OR), as well as its accountability council, have already approved the planned relocation, which now awaits the green light from both countries’ regulators.Gunnewijk is to become chairman of BP’s European pension fund, while Koole will join its board.The rest of the Dutch scheme’s board is to form a pension-rights advisory council for the pan-European scheme, replacing the accountability council in the Netherlands.last_img read more

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Stars heading for the hills: Celebrities in the know are embracing the tree change

first_imgFormer cricketer Matthew Hayden’s home in Chandler.Belle Property Samford and Cashmere principal Colin Hatch said location and lifestyle were the two main reasons people moved to the area, but high profile residents moved there purely for the privacy.“That’s why they live out here,” he said.“They’re not pretentious. They come out here and like the comfort of knowing they don’t have people in their backyards spying on them.“There are homes here with driveways you wouldn’t even know how to find.”Mr Hatch said many people also wanted to “live the dream of being a city farmer”.“Everyone has the dream of the five acre block with the babbling brook and being able to go down to the creek and check the yabbies,” he said.“It’s being in the country without being in the country.“A lot of people move out here to have animals … and many are very organic in terms of growing their own food.”But Mr Hatch said property had become less affordable than it was five years ago.“The average sale is around the $1.1 million mark, with land prices increasing dramatically because of the shortage of land,” he said.Brisbane Real Estate principal Benjamin Smith, who negotiated the sale of Laura Geitz’s new home, said the acreage market had been subdued for a number of years, but he had noticed an increase in demand in the past 12 months.Netball star Laura Geitz has just bought this property in Brookfield.“The market’s just starting to realise this product is there and it’s good value for money,” Mr Smith said.“It’s the realisation they can sell a timber box in Paddington for $2.5 million and buy a home on 2.5 acres with a tennis court and a pool just 30 minutes from the city.”Mr Smith said inquiry had been strong from Sydney and Melbourne, but also local residents in the high end, inner-city suburbs of New Farm, Teneriffe, Paddington and Clayfield.“It’s getting very congested in the inner suburbs, and yet you go that extra 10 minutes out and you get a totally different world.”Mr Smith has just sold a massive seven-bedroom, six-bathroom property on nearly 5ha in Brookfield, which records show was owned by local author Wendy Dartnall.Author Wendy Dartnall at home in Brookfield. Picture: Patria Jannides. Ashleigh and Alastair McLeod with their daughter Clancy and dogs at home in Wights Mountain. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.He loves using the fresh produce available to him in the local area and stretching west to the Lockyer Valley.Celebrity chef Alastair McLeod lives in this house in Wights Mountain.Some of the state’s highest-profile businesspeople also own homes in Brisbane’s acreage suburbs, including tech entrepreneur Bevan Slattery and billionaire businessman and former Federal MP Clive Palmer, who recently paid $7.5 million for a mansion in Fig Tree Pocket, just 9km from Brisbane’s CBD.United Australia Party leader Clive Palmer recently bought a home in Fig Tree Pocket. Picture: Kym Smith.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe riverfront home owned by Clive Palmer in Fig Tree Pocket.The premium suburbs of Chandler and Gumdale to the south and Bridgeman Downs to the north also offer acreage lots measuring up to 4ha.Former Australian test cricketer Matthew Hayden has also embraced the tree change.He lives on a huge estate with his family in Chandler, only 14km from Brisbane’s CBD.Australian cricket legend Matthew Hayden. Image: AAP/Paul Miller. Broncos star Sam Thaiday at his home in Samford. Picture: Tara Croser.SOUTHERNERS in search of a sea change might be flocking to our beaches, but Queenslanders in the know are heading for the hills — less than half an hour from the city.The tree change is making a comeback, but time-poor professionals and local celebrities want the lifestyle without the commute.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThey’re heading to suburbs like Brookfield, Samford and Wights Mountain in Brisbane’s northwest, where the blocks of land are big, home prices still surprisingly affordable and the CBD is just a 25 minute drive away.This so-called green belt offers sprawling homes on giant estates with recreational facilities such as equestrian fields on blocks of more than 4000 sqm.Queensland Firebirds player Laura Geitz now calls Brookfield home. Picture: Peter Wallis.Some of the state’s most loved and well-known faces have embraced the area; most recently netball star Laura Geitz, who just settled on her dream home in leafy Brookfield — a historic Queenslander on acreage with a pool, tennis court and lush manicured grounds.QUEENSLAND’S GOLDEN GIRL LAURA GEITZ FINDS FOREVER HOMENetball star Laura Geitz has just bought this property in Brookfield.The median house price in the suburb is around $1 million and it’s only 12km from the city.Brisbane Broncos prop Sam Thaiday will soon be enjoying plenty of backyard bliss at his home on acreage in Samford when he retires from rugby league at the end of the year.Broncos prop Sam Thaiday with his wife, Rachel, and two children at home in Samford. Photo: AAP/Ric Frearson.He and wife, Rachel, bought their five-bedroom house on 6000 sqm for just $1 million in 2013.It reminded him of the countryside around his hometown of Townsville.PRESTIGE HOME SELLS IN JUST TWO DAYSBrisbane Broncos prop Sam Thaiday lives in this house in Samford.Former Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug lives in Camp Mountain, where he also has a music recording studio.Members of the band Powderfinger (L to R), Darren Middleton, Jon Coghill, Ian Haug, Bernard Fanning, and John CollinCelebrity chef Alastair McLeod has lived all over the world working in some of the finest restaurants, but calls home the rural suburb of Wights Mountain, 20km from Brisbane’s CBD.Alastair McLeod, cooking at home in Wights Mountain. Image: AAP/Steve Pohlner.center_img This property in Savages Rd, Brookfield, is under contract.Ben Jacobs of Ben Jacobs Real Estate has also noticed an increase in people wanting to swap their penthouse in the city for a plot of acreage in the suburbs.“They could afford to buy anywhere, but they want the tree change,” Mr Jacobs said.“It’s a lifestyle choice.”TREE CHANGE SUBURBS WITHIN 20KM OF BRISBANE CBDSuburb Distance from CBD Median house priceBrookfield 12km $1.02mCamp Mountain 15km $950,000Pullenvale 15km $1.21mSamford Village 17km $668,000Anstead 18km $840,000Moggill 19km $590,000Wights Mountain 20km N/ASamford Valley 20km $1.025mFig Tree Pocket 9km $1.006mChandler 14km $1.49mGumdale 13km $830,000Bridgeman Downs 13km $740,000(Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

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GALLERY: Eni’s Jangkrik development offshore Indonesia

first_imgFollowing the start of gas production at Eni’s Jangkrik development off Indonesia, Offshore Energy Today has obtained images of the project made by one of the workers involved in the project execution. This deep water project was brought online on Monday, May 15, which was ahead of schedule and three and a half years after the project sanctioning.The photos of the project were sent to Offshore Energy Today by Bryan Montalbo, an Electrical & Instrument Integration/Hook-Up Supervisor at Saipem. Montalbo has been involved with the project for about two and a half years.The Jangkrik development comprises the gas fields Jangkrik and Jangkrik North East, located in the Muara Bakau block, Kutei basin, in the deep water of Makassar Strait.Production from ten deep water subsea wells, connected to the newly built Floating Production Unit (FPU) Jangkrik, will gradually reach 450 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d), equivalent to 83,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed).The Italian company Eni acts as the operator with a 55% stake and its partners are Engie E&P with 33.334% and PT. Saka Energi Muara Bakau with 11.666% interest.Offshore Energy Today StaffPhotos by Bryan Montalbo, Electrical & Instrument Integration/Hook-Up Supervisor at Saipemlast_img read more

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Kylian Mbappe reveals target for 2020

first_imgKylian Mbappe says he is dreaming of helping Paris Saint-Germain win a first Champions League trophy this year, as well as leading France to the title at Euro 2020 and the Olympic Games in Tokyo.Advertisement “It would be a treble of Champions League, European Championship and Olympic Games. That wouldn’t be bad,” said Mbappe, with a smile.“That seems unattainable for the time being but I’m going to make sure I fulfil this dream. It would be a proud moment to be able win the first European title for PSG and for our country to keep winning.”Mbappe’s charity, “Inspired by KM”, was set up to help 98 children – a nod to his birth year – between the ages of nine and 16 from various social backgrounds to accomplish “their dreams”.Last month, Mbappe put himself forward for the French team at the Tokyo Olympics, while adding he would not want to fight his club over taking part in Japan. Loading… The 21-year-old PSG and France star, a World Cup winner in 2018, was asked what was on his wish list for the new year while launching his charity in the Paris suburbs on Monday. Read Also: PSG coach to Kylian Mbappe, you must respect me“Playing in the Olympics, I don’t control everything,” he told France Football magazine. “Of course I want to go, but if my club, which is my employer, doesn’t want me to go, I won’t force a clash.”He said he would hold talks with PSG sporting director Leonardo, who is said to be hesitant to allow Mbappe to play at the Olympics for fears over his fitness.Euro 2020 will be held across 12 different cities over the continent from June 12 to July 12, with the men’s Olympic football tournament scheduled for July 23 to August 8.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Pellegrini: I can take the strain

first_img The Chilean must now rally his side to prevent a campaign that promised much ending in anti-climax. The club’s demanding hierarchy will expect no less than a strong push for the Barclays Premier League title and the spotlight on Pellegrini will inevitably intensify. But the 60-year-old said: “I don’t think it is an extra pressure because for me the pressure is exactly the same from the first game of the Premier League to the end.” City’s cup commitments over the past three weeks have seen them slip to fourth in the league title race, nine points behind leaders Chelsea but with three games in hand. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed City retain the upper hand because of their superior goal difference but Pellegrini refuses to get drawn into more verbal jousting with his rival. He said: “I don’t give importance to those things. Maybe some parts of the newspapers think some managers are very smart or play mind games, but I don’t read those things.” Pellegrini is not fazed by the challenge facing his side over their remaining 12 games, in which they must also climb over Liverpool and Arsenal to claim the title. He said: “I am not concerned but, of course, it is better if we had already played those three games and won, but Chelsea did it, so we must do it in the future. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims he feels no greater pressure now than when he arrived at the club. “If we want to win the Premier League you must do things better than other teams and maybe small things or little things can make the difference. “But I’m not only talking about Chelsea. Liverpool have a lot of options and Arsenal also.” One area of worry for Pellegrini, however, is the recent lack of goals scored by his forwards. Having overpowered a number of sides earlier in the campaign, the goals from City’s prolific front line have dried up. Alvaro Negredo has scored 23 goals this term but none in his last eight appearances. Edin Dzeko has also not added to his tally of 17 in his last eight outings. Sergio Aguero, top-scorer with 26, has not found the net since January and, despite only recently returning from a five-game lay-off, is now facing another spell out. Pellegrini said: “It’s difficult to understand. It’s one of the reasons why we are not going so well. “The other time when Sergio was injured we could cover him without problem but in this last month we are not scoring too many goals and we are conscious about that. “It’s not easy to say one reason why that happened but of course we are worried about that.” Aguero has undergone a scan on the hamstring injury suffered in Barcelona in midweek. The results are not yet clear but Pellegrini expects the Argentinian to be out for a fortnight. He said: “I am concerned about not having the possibility of using Sergio more this season. He is a very important player for us. “Unfortunately for him, he has had two or three injuries. I hope he can recover.” City’s season has reached a crucial juncture after elimination from both the Champions League and FA Cup in the past week. They did win the Capital One Cup earlier this month but defeats to Barcelona and Wigan in the other knock-out competitions have ended their quadruple bid and brought a scrutiny on Pellegrini not seen this season. Press Associationlast_img read more

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