A radical archive arrives at Harvard

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgFor almost 60 years Angela Davis has been for many an iconic face of feminism and counterculture activism in America.Now her life in letters and images will be housed at Harvard.Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library has acquired Davis’ archive, a trove of documents, letters, papers, photos, and more that trace her evolution as an activist, author, educator, and scholar. The papers were secured with support from Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.“My papers reflect 50 years of involvement in activist and scholarly collaborations seeking to expand the reach of justice in the world,” Davis said in a statement. “I am very happy that at the Schlesinger Library they will join those of June Jordan, Patricia Williams, Pat Parker, and so many other women who have been advocates of social transformation.”A French print in support of Davis declares “Save Angela!” Photo courtesy of the Schlesinger LibraryJane Kamensky, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library, sees the collection yielding “prize-winning books for decades as people reckon with this legacy and put [Davis] in conversation with other collections here and elsewhere.”When looking for new material, Kamensky said the library seeks collections “that will change the way that fields know what they know,” adding that she expects the Davis archive to inspire and inform scholars across a range of disciplines.Henry Louis Gates Jr. said that he’s followed Davis’ life and work ever since spotting a “Free Angela” poster on the wall at his Yale dorm. Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor, has worked to increase the archival presence of African-Americans who have made major contributions to U.S. society, politics, and culture. He called the Davis papers “a marvelous coup for Harvard.”“She’s of enormous importance to the history of political thought and political activism of left-wing or progressive politics and the history of race and gender in the United States since the mid-’60s,” said Gates, who directs the Hutchins Center. “No one has a more important role, and now scholars will be able to study the arc of her thinking, the way it evolved and its depth, by having access to her papers.”The acquisition is in keeping with the library’s efforts to ensure its collections represent a broad range of life experiences. In 2013 and 2014 an internal committee developed a diverse wish list, “and a foundational thinker and activist like Angela Davis was very naturally at the top,” said Kamensky.Kenvi Phillips, hired as the library’s first curator for race and ethnicity in 2016, met with Davis in Oakland last year to collect the papers with help from two archivists. Together they packed 151 boxes of material gathered from a storage site, an office, and Davis’ home.,The collection includes a painting done for Davis by a death-row inmate in California, and a manuscript of her autobiography with edits by her friend Toni Morrison. There are numerous photos of the young Davis, including a shot of her posing with Fidel Castro. Reels of tape from her radio show “Angela Speaks” are also part of the archive, as is material related to her arrest in connection with the 1970 shooting of a superior court judge by an acquaintance who used guns registered in Davis’ name.The arrest drew international attention. That interest is reflected in some of the Radcliffe materials, such as hundreds of letters that poured in for Davis while she awaited trial, and the flowers in paper, felt, and cloth that were part “A Million Roses for Angela,” organized by German supporters. Davis was acquitted of all charges in June 1972.According to Kamensky, the number of Harvard scholars studying the problem of mass incarceration was of special interest to Davis, who visited campus in the fall of 2016 while considering the Schlesinger as a possible home for her archive. The papers include items connected to her work on mass incarceration and prison abolition, such as notes and documents related to Critical Resistance, the grass-roots organization she co-founded in 1997 whose mission is to “end the prison-industrial complex.”“We haven’t had a kind of central formation for that work, and I think the collection can play a kind of catalyzing role,” said Kamensky.One Harvard scholar long interested in such topics is Elizabeth Hinton, an assistant professor of history and of African and African American studies who in 2016 published “From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America.”“Angela Davis has always been a pivotal figure in terms of the development of criminal justice reform activism,” said Hinton, who expects to use some of the Davis material in class.,“That will make history come alive for generations of students and hopefully inspire them to pursue social justice goals even after they leave Harvard’s campus.”The arrival of the collection reminded Hinton of reading Davis’ autobiography when she was a high school senior, which “really illuminated a lot of issues and opened my eyes to the conditions that exist in American prisons and just inspired me to want to make important social justice contributions to society.”Over the next year archivists will sort, document, and digitize some of the material in preparation for a series of events in 2019, including an exhibition and a Radcliffe conference featuring Davis that will focus on family, gender, and issues around incarceration.While Kamensky acknowledged that Davis remains a controversial figure to many, she said that the activist’s life represents a core of the radical tradition in which “people with big ideas move the conversation by drawing fire. And she has taken that role as a lightning-rod thinker from a really tender age.“By pursuing her papers Schlesinger is not asking the researchers to agree with her,” added Kamensky. “Archives do not prescribe a party line … [but] to tell histories true we need to see a full spectrum.”last_img read more


Saint Mary’s introduces new summer study abroad program in Jamaica

Posted On Jan 26 2021 by

first_imgSaint Mary’s is offering a new destination for summer study abroad programs this summer: Jamaica.“We’ve been wanting to get a summer study abroad program in Jamaica for three years,” Aaron Bremyer, the director of the Saint Mary’s Writing Center and the Jamaica study abroad program, said.The program was originally supposed to begin in the summer of 2016, Bremyer said, but the outbreak of Zika Virus posed risks that ultimately led to its postponement.The three-week program is to be held at the University of the West Indies at Mona, located in northern Kingston, he said. From mid-June to early July, Bremyer said, participants will live with students at the University in apartments on campus.“It’s a beautiful campus that offers a lot of opportunities for our students to really integrate with students from Jamaica and all over the Caribbean,” he said.Bremyer said the program centers around a class called Travel Writing in Jamaica, to be taught by English professor and co-director of the Jamaica study abroad program Dionne Bremyer, Aaron Bremyer’s wife. The course meets requirements for the English Writing major as well as general education requirements within the Sophia Program.“The travel writing course is trying to look at the difference between tourism and traveling,” Mr. Bremyer said.Through day trips and weekend trips, he said, students will be exposed to various parts of the island that emphasize the distinction between experiencing the actual culture of Jamaica and experiencing the tourism industry.“A traveler is a person who is integrated into the society rather than intruding on the local culture,” Mr. Bremyer said. “We’re excited about moving away from that tourist-centric idea of the Caribbean as a vacation destination rather than a place where millions upon millions of people live.”Coming from a Jamaican family, Mrs. Bremyer said during a presentation about program Wednesday night that she looks forward to the opportunity to share this cultural experience with students.Mr. Bremyer said he is excited for students to become acquainted with the true culture of Jamaica after hearing stereotypes.“The idea people have of Jamaica isn’t quite the reality of Jamaica,” Mr. Bremyer said. “We wanted to design a program that introduces people to a more authentic Jamaica than most Americans know.”Many Americans have knowledge of the resorts and other tourism aspects of the island nation, Mr. Bremyer said, but there are many other important parts of society there.“The service industry is absolutely essential to the island,” he said, “But it doesn’t present the true history of the island and the people there.”Because this program is meant to take place during the summer, Mr. Bremyer said he and Mrs. Bremyer hope to make it possible for more students to study abroad, as some have schedules that are not always flexible enough for a semester-long program.“Our goal in setting it up was to offer a program to students — many of whom couldn’t study abroad because of class schedules or obligations at the college — that could fit other schedules and be less expensive than some of the other programs,” he said.The Travel Writing in Jamaica program is open to Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and Holy Cross students.Applications for the program are due March 1. Student may contact Aaron or Dionne Bremyer for more details about the program and applying.Tags: Jamaica, Saint Mary’s study abroad, study abroad, summer study abroadlast_img read more


Jessie Mueller & Sara Bareilles Serve Up a Slice of Waitress

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_img Sara Bareilles Star Files View Comments Jessie Mueller and the cast of ‘Waitress’ Waitress Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Related Shows Tony winner Jessie Mueller, Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and the cast of Waitress brought some sugar, butter and flour to the 30 Rockefeller Plaza on May 2 as they offered The Today Show a taste of two numbers from the scrumptious new musical. Take a look as Mueller and her co-stars (including Kimiko Glenn and Keala Settle) perform a bookend of snippets from the opening number “What’s Inside” and finale “Opening Up.” Check it out below, then see what’s inside the filling over at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Jessie Muellerlast_img read more


Southern Cross 2018 Increases Interoperability

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo November 20, 2018 In early October, Argentine and Chilean service members conducted annual Exercise Southern Cross 2018, of the Southern Cross Joint and Combined Peace Force—the force comprises elements of both countries’ three military branches. Exercise Southern Cross 2018 took place at the Chilean Army War Academy’s (ACAGUE, in Spanish) Tactical Operational Training Center (CEOTAC, in Spanish) in Santiago, October 1st-5th. The objective of the exercise was to increase combined interoperability and improve officers’ planning and management skills. The tabletop exercise also helped strengthen bonds of friendship between the neighboring countries. “This kind of exercise is very important,” said Navy Rear Admiral Alejandro Miguel García Sobral, chief of Operations of the Argentine Armed Forces’ Operational Command. “This is where service members develop doctrines and, most importantly, mutual awareness. They also practice tasks and procedures that will be carried out when the Southern Cross Peace Force is deployed.” Fictitious scenario A total of 100 elements, 72 units of the Chilean Armed Forces and 28 from Argentina, gathered at CEOTAC for a peacekeeping simulation exercise in a realistic environment. In the fictitious scenario, participants organized the deployment of the Southern Cross Peace Force in a fictitious country shaken by violent acts that jeopardized the peace and security of the population. Faced with this situation, the United Nations (UN) Security Council issued a resolution to stabilize the territory through a Blue Helmets-led peacekeeping operation that would restore order. The scenarios enabled participants to plan, lead troops, and adopt resolutions based on UN guidelines. “It’s a binational initiative that comes from the highest level,” said Rear Adm. García. “The armed forces were involved in an excellent initiative, where the three branches come together and make a force available to the UN to reinforce, help, or maintain world peace.” To conduct the exercise, CEOTAC made available its Emergency Situation Management and Training Simulation System (SIGEN, in Spanish). The high-technology tool facilitated information management, collaborative decision-making, and response optimization through role-playing. SIGEN also enabled the evaluation of participants’ levels of expertise, allowing them to learn from their achievements and mistakes to improve force performance in the future. “This way, we can collaborate so that both countries are better prepared to deploy at the UN’s request,” said Chilean Army Colonel Arturo Gallardo, head of CEOTAC. At the UN’s disposal The Southern Cross Joint and Combined Peace Force goes back to 2006, when the governments of Argentina and Chile signed an agreement to create the Combined Joint Chiefs of Staff and form a binational force that would be at the UN’s disposal. In 2011, Argentina and Chile officially made the joint and combined force available to the UN before then-UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon. The force consists of two infantry battalions including army and marine elements from both countries, as well as a logistics support unit. It also has a naval component with two ships and an air component with eight aircraft. Every year, members of the armed forces of both countries carry out tabletop and practical exercises to maintain their skills. Argentina and Chile take turns hosting the exercises. “I must say, I’ve seen a notable improvement and increase in training in the joint-combined aspect [of the force],” said Navy Vice Admiral Rodrigo Álvarez Aguirre, deputy commander of the Chilean Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Undoubtedly, there are many things left to do, but we’ve always been on the right track, which speaks highly of us all.” A serious job For participants, the exercise was a success. According to Army Major General Carlos Pérez Aquino, operational commander of the Argentine Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, the demanding nature of SIGEN and its various tasks demonstrated the professionalism of Argentine and Chilean service members. “We achieved a good outcome and did a serious job,” Maj. Gen. Pérez concluded. “These exercises help peacekeeping operations, to have better knowledge. I’ve had the opportunity to follow the evolution of Southern Cross closely, and you can see the interoperability and how military interaction progresses.”last_img read more


THE PANDEMIC VACCINE PUZZLE Part 1: Flu research: a legacy of neglect

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_img Those appropriations have gone to fund a wide array of pandemic-preparation tasks, from improving state and local planning to supporting antiviral research (see Bibliography: Trust for America’s Health 2007). Strictly within the vaccine realm, funds have been divided among research, production, and purchase of existing vaccines for the national stockpile. As of May 2007, Congress had given the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $5.6 billion for pandemic preparedness; HHS has allocated $3.2 billion of that to expanding vaccine capacity. So far the agency has committed $1.5 billion of those funds, including $1 billion for research into alternative production methods such as cell culture, $147 million for research on low-dose vaccines, and $133 million for retrofitting existing plants to improve manufacturing capacity (see Bibliography: HHS 2007; Trust for America’s Health 2007). US leads other countriesLate though the United States may have been in funding vaccine research, it nonetheless outshines other countries. “Government officials in the five Western European countries where influenza vaccine production facilities are located . . . have provided virtually no public funding to support H5N1 vaccine trials,” David Fedson, MD, wrote this summer in the Journal of Public Health Policy. “Germany is the sole exception, providing modest support for a trial of one company’s vaccine” (see Bibliography: Fedson and Dunnill 2007: Commentary). Fedson is a retired academic and vaccine-industry executive who has published critical analyses of pandemic-vaccine planning in a number of journals. Echoing that report, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s technical advisory groups on human H5N1 vaccines warned in August that 10 essential research questions must be answered before a vaccine can be achieved. The questions’ very basic nature—How much antigen should a vaccine contain? How many doses should be given? How long does vaccine protection last?—suggest how far flu-vaccine science has yet to go (see Bibliography: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control 2007: Technical report). Oct 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – It has been 10 years since the H5N1 strain of avian influenza first grabbed international attention by causing the death of a Hong Kong 3-year-old, the novel virus’s first known human casualty (see Bibliography: CDC 1997). In the decade since, the virus has torn across the globe, causing 332 known human illnesses and 204 deaths in 12 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the deaths or preventive slaughter of hundreds of millions of birds. Despite recent encouraging news from several clinical trials, the scientific—and financial and political—hurdles to producing a widely deployable vaccine remain dauntingly high. As the WHO admitted in its Global Pandemic Influenza Action Plan, published last year, “At the present time, if an influenza pandemic were to occur, the potential vaccine supply would fall several billion doses short of the amount needed to provide protection to the global population” (see Bibliography: WHO 2006). As a public health threat, flu had faded from federal, commercial, and thus public attention. A 1985 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “New Vaccine Development” (updated in 2000 as “Vaccines for the 21st Century”) urged fresh focus on flu-vaccine research but, coming as concern over AIDS began to crest, attracted no additional investment to flu (see Bibliography: IOM 1985, IOM 2000). Consumption of seasonal flu vaccine was relatively low: Americans received 54.9 million doses in 1995, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and an additional 16.6 million were returned unused to manufacturers (see Bibliography: Santoli 2007). Lacking a strong public appetite for seasonal flu vaccine, and thus a reliable market, flu-vaccine manufacturers saw no reason to improve on the cumbersome egg-based production technology that had been used since the 1950s. Gaps in the knowledge baseRecent assessments by US and European experts have conceded that flu research still lags. A blue-ribbon panel convened last year by the NIAID recommended in a June 2007 report that “eight specific aspects of influenza research in which there are substantial gaps in knowledge” receive immediate attention. The areas included clinical and immune responses to flu, flu epidemiology, animal models for flu research, antivirals, diagnostic assays, and, notably, vaccines, of which the group said: “Development of improved influenza vaccines is a key priority for the control of both seasonal and pandemic influenza” (see Bibliography: NIH 2007). “Influenza has not been treated with the degree of medical attention that the disease warrants,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), warned in a 2006 commentary (see Bibliography: Fauci 2006). “There is not an adequate baseline of preparedness in the United States to deal with the potential of pandemic influenza.” “We are finally starting to do the right thing, because money is being put in,” Poland said, “but we are late. We are really playing catch-up” (see Bibliography: Poland 2007). The pandemic vaccine puzzle Part 1: Flu research: a legacy of neglectPart 2: Vaccine production capacity falls far shortPart 3: H5N1 poses major immunologic challengesPart 4: The promise and problems of adjuvantsPart 5: What role for prepandemic vaccination?Part 6: Looking to novel vaccine technologiesPart 7: Time for a vaccine ‘Manhattan Project’?Bibliography But after almost a decade of research, a safe, effective, affordable, and abundant vaccine against H5N1 flu remains disappointingly out of reach. The search for a human avian-flu vaccine that could be developed and delivered in time to short-circuit a pandemic has been dogged by multiple obstacles across many sectors. They include patchy scientific knowledge, sparse government funding, thin manufacturing and packaging capability, and restrictive regulatory structures—along with the wily immunology of the H5N1 virus itself. A chronic low priorityThe search for a pandemic vaccine was hobbled from the start by the relatively low priority placed on influenza research before the 1997 Hong Kong outbreak. Almost 80 years had passed since the 1918 pandemic, an outbreak that was globally traumatic but was largely, and strangely, overlooked by historians of the period (see Bibliography: Crosby 1989). For most, “pandemic” would have evoked not the estimated 100 million dead of 1918 but the approximately 1 million worldwide deaths in 1968-69, the mildest pandemic since modern records began—or the failed pandemic alarm sounded in 1976 after swine flu cases were discovered in Fort Dix, N.J., and the rash of adverse events triggered by the emergency vaccination campaign that followed. For the two years since federal money began flowing, scientific and public health groups have begged the administration to allocate more. In November 2005, May 2006, and again in April and June 2007, the Working Group on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness—an umbrella organization for 15 medical and science societies—unsuccessfully urged members of Congress to increase funding for the whole panoply of pandemic preparation, including vaccine research and development (see Bibliography: Working Group for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness 2005, 2006, 2007). Funding: A starvation diet The historical low profile of flu research translated into a chronic lack of investment. For most of the past decade, as well as many years before that, the field was starved for money. In 2001—after the 1997 outbreak, but before H5N1 began its global spread—the NIH’s entire flu-research budget was $20.6 million, with $14.9 million of that in NIAID activities (see Bibliography: NIAID 2007). Funding stayed stagnant until the White House issued the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza in November 2005 and called for $7.1 billion to be appropriated for flu. As of February, when the fiscal year 2007 budget was finalized, $5.3 billion had been appropriated overall, and NIH’s flu research budget had been raised to $222 million (see Bibliography: NIH 2007). Editor’s note: This is the first in a seven-part series investigating the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The series puts advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time frame. “The political inertia is surprising, particularly as politicians, if and when a pandemic eventuates, will be asked why, despite repeated warnings, they did not take appropriate action in time,” Lars Haaheim of the University of Bergen said in a stinging May article in Influenza and Other Respiratory Diseases. “With very few exceptions, the academia, research establishments and vaccine industry [have] had to settle for meagre and sometimes no public support at all” (see Bibliography: Haaheim 2007). There is widespread fear in the research community that the money is simply not enough. In that time, avian flu and the potential human pandemic it could cause have waxed and waned in public attention. Scientific attention to the H5N1 threat, though, has never wavered. Much of that attention has focused on finding a vaccine against H5N1, “the single most important public health tool for decreasing the morbidity, mortality and economic effects of pandemic influenza,” according to Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minn. (see Bibliography: Poland 2006).last_img read more


Gerindra politician resigns from House in pursuit of Jakarta deputy governor spot

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgGerindra Party executive Riza Patria has resigned from his seat as a member of the House of Representatives as he hopes to become the deputy governor of Jakarta.”I have submitted my resignation letter. The House leadership [should] issue a statement about my resignation soon,” Riza said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.He did not specify when he delivered the letter, saying only that it had been received “a few days ago”. Riza said he would soon submit the required documents to complete his application as a Jakarta deputy governor candidate. “I have already prepared the administrative requirements. God’s willing, I will deliver [the application documents] to Governor Anies Baswedan on Monday,” he said. The deputy governor position has been vacant for more than a year since Sandiaga Uno stepped down from the post in August 2018 to run for vice president alongside Prabowo Subianto in last year’s presidential election.As the political parties endorsing Governor Anies Baswedan and former deputy governor Sandiaga in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, both the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Gerindra are entitled to nominate candidates for the deputy governor position.To replace Sandiaga, the Jakarta City Council will hold a plenary session on March 23, during which councillors will choose between Riza and PKS politician Nurmansyah Lubis. Prior to the session, both candidates will present their vision and mission for the capital as well as their work plans to the council. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more


UFC, Chinese Olympic Committee join forces to develop athletes

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgWorld-leading mixed martial arts organization UFC and the Chinese Olympic Committee have announced a multi-year agreement that calls for UFC to play a key role in helping Chinese athletes train for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.Under the agreement, the UFC will serve as the official high performance advisor to the Chinese Olympic Committee, while the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai will serve as the committee’s training center.The UFC will provide a variety of physical and rehabilitation services to Chinese athletes, with a focus on strength and conditioning, sports science, physical therapy and nutrition. The UFC will offer its facility’s equipment. “Enhancing physical training and making up for the weakness in physical strength is the foundation of preparation for the Olympics. We hope the UFC’s scientific training system provides help for Chinese athletes to prepare for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics,” the committee stated.Commenting on this, Senior VP for the UFC Asia-Pacific, Kevin Chang, said that the facility was a token of commitment to serve elite athletes who wanted to develop their skills in their respective sports.“This partnership is a model for how we want to serve the athletic community in Asia going forward,” Kevin said as quoted in a press statement sent to the Post on Monday.Prior to officially announcing this new agreement, the UFC and the Chinese Olympic Committee had collaborated for the past 18 months on training a selection of China’s national teams for sports such as cycling, judo, rowing, sailing, speed skating, swimming, track & field, wind surfing and wrestling.The UFC opened the Performance Institute Shanghai in June 2019. At 93,000 square feet, it is the world’s largest MMA training and development facility and nearly three times as large as the original UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. It serves as the UFC’s headquarters in Asia and as a hub to develop and support the next generation of MMA athletes from mainland China and the greater Asia-Pacific region. Topics :last_img read more


Historic Gold Coast character home snapped up fast

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_img MORE NEWS: Dragonfly house creates a buzz The Gilston property at 25 Fyfes Rd has sold in a $2.85 million deal.AN eclectic estate that was once known as one of the Gold Coast’s most notorious party houses has sold five weeks after it hit the market.A local family snapped up the Gilston property at 25 Fyfes Rd in a $2.85 million deal.Kollosche agent Rob Lamb, who marketed the property with agency head Michael Kollosche, said the buyers wanted more space for their children to run around.“They’re a local family moving off the water and wanted to purchase that property for their children,” he said.“It was under contract in five weeks and we did have other offers prior to that.“It was just really good timing.”He said the level of interest in the property was a good sign for other quirky character homes like it. MORE NEWS: Gold Coast sales ramping back up Bright wallpapers, ornate ceilings and feature light fixtures, including a Swarovski crystal chandelier, distinguish the home.Property records show the residence last sold for $1.5 million in 2013.It was listed in September this year with the owners asking for expressions of interest until a $2.7 million to $3 million price guide was attached.Latest CoreLogic data shows Gilston’s median house price has jumped 19.8 per cent in the past five years to $605,000.center_img It went under contract within five weeks of hitting the market. A local family will move into the property.“It’s a particular type of property with its style and character,” he said.“We did get a lot of inquiry and interest so that’s a good sign for the market.“You get a lot for your money out there too.”While it wasn’t for everyone, Mr Lamb said the house fit the buyers “perfectly”.The Spanish mission-style residence has a history as colourful as its interior. Several owners over the years have embraced and protected its unique character through updates.It was built by a Malaysian prince in the 1970s then when ‘pyjama party king’ and property developer Bernie Elsey bought it in the 1980s, it became known as one of the Gold Coast’s most notorious party houses. A four-year renovation has revitalised the house, which was build in the 1970s. The sellers were determined to preserve the house’s character in the reno.In more recent years, it has been home to Coast lawyer Andrew Wiltshire, his wife Alanna and their children.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago They were attracted to the house’s unusual style so were careful to preserve it in their no-expense spared renovation.“We bought it with the view of renovating it (but) we wanted to maintain the character of the home,” Mr Wiltshire said in September when it hit the market.“It’s taken, on and off, probably about four years to renovate.“The process itself has been a very long one but we’re very happy with how it’s ended up.”The 2.02 ha property includes a four-bedroom house, self-contained guesthouse with an additional four bedrooms, a barbecue pavilion and Florida-style pool. It has some pretty impressive features. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:12Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhen is the best time to sell or buy? Property cycles explained02:13last_img read more


Maersk Supply Service gets subsea removal task for Dunlin Alpha platform

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_img“This is a technically challenging scope with large periods of time spent alongside a platform. It is gratifying to see our engineered technical solution selected by Fairfield, as the removal of older conductors that cannot be pulled through topsides remains a challenge throughout the North Sea,” said Olivier Trouvé, head of Integrated Solutions. Project management and engineering starts this year, with offshore execution planned for 2022 or 2023 depending on option selected. Maersk Supply Service will remove four 30” jacket-mounted drilling conductors and two associated conductor guide frames using an I-class vessel. Maersk Supply Service has secured a contract by Fairfield Betula Limited for the removal of the Dunlin Alpha platform’s subsea conductors and guide frames. Installed in 1977, the Dunlin Alpha platform served as the production facility for the Greater Dunlin Area. It is located in UK Continental Shelf Block 211/23a, approximately 137 km northeast of Shetland and 11 km from the UK/Norwegian median line. Production from the Greater Dunlin Area stopped in 2015.last_img read more


WV has 11 COVID ‘clusters’ – DOH

Posted On Sep 25 2020 by

first_imgPeople can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. According to Dr. Glen Alonsabe, epidemiologist of the DOH-6, eight of them were recorded within communities while three in hospitals. * St. Paul’s Hospital * Manapla, Negros Occidental * Barangay Bi-ao, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental “[Amo ini sila] ang mga nakarecord sang two or more [COVID-19] cases in two successive weeks,” Alonsabe told members of the media in a press conference on Wednesday. * Barangay Matab-ang, Talisay City, Negros Occidental ILOILO City – The Department of Health (DOH) has detected a total of 11 areas in Western Visayas with clustering of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. * Barangay Cabadiangan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental The 11 COVID-19 clusters based were the following: Dr. Sophia Pulmones, head of DOH-6’s Local Health Support Division, emphasized three strategies to effectively manage COVID-19 cases including those in areas with clustering.   * New Lucena, Iloilo * Bingawan, Iloilo * Western Visayas Medical Center * Riverside Medical Center, Inc. As of yesterday, July 22, Western Visayas has 857 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 519 of which recovered while 16 died, leaving the number of active cases at 322. * Alimodian, Iloilo The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Alonsabe said infected repatriates were excluded in the clustering of cases. A coronavirus cluster occurs when there is a concentration of local infections in the same area at the same time, Alonsabe explained.  * Barangay Pajo, Lambunao, Iloilo He advised local government units of concerned areas to impose partial or localized lockdown to stem further spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “Ang aton strategies are detect, isolate and test,” said Pulmones. “Ang una gid is to do the contact tracing. Pagkatapos ma-identify na ang tanan nga close contacts, you isolate them and next is test. After nga mag-positive, treat.”/PNlast_img read more