Post-war North Ward home to be sold under the hammer

first_img15 Alexandra St, North Ward“People are coming in knowing it’s an opportunity to secure a home in a good location.”The home has pine flooring, kauri pine doors, crystal chandeliers, high ceilings and casement windows.The pool area has been designed on the principles of Feng Shui and features a huge timber deck and spa.There is an open plan living and dining area with a gourmet kitchen that has Miele stainless steel appliances and gas cooking.The master bedroom has a dressing room and oversized ensuite while the other two rooms have split system airconditioning and ceiling fans. 15 Alexandra St will be open for inspection on Sunday from 11.30am to 12pm. For more information call Julie Mahoney on 0428 242 817. 15 Alexandra St, North WardTHIS post-war home in North Ward blends old world charm with modern design to create an elegant abode.Situated at 15 Alexandra St, it has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two car spaces and is on 685sq m of land.It will go to auction on August 8. 15 Alexandra St, North WardJulie Mahoney from Ray White Julie Mahoney said homes in such desirable locations don’t come up very often and it was a great chance for a buyer to secure a home on the desirable, elevated side of Alexandra St.“It’s absolutely beautiful and, obviously, being on Alexandra St, the position and location speak for themselves,” she said.“You also get glimpses of Magnetic Island, so if you wanted to raise it at a later date you would have very good views.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It’s been done really well and it has a really beautiful feel to it.“You can walk in and do nothing but there is also the ability to extend it.”Ms Mahoney said the property had already generated plenty of interest.“There has been a bit of interest from people relocating as well as professional couples and upsizers,” she said.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Lillith

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Lillith! Shelter volunteers say that her black facial mask and polka-dotted “stockings” nicely accentuate her big ears, making her the cutest dog ever seen! When she prances around wiggling her stubby tail, humans find her irresistible! Lillith is 3-years-old, weighs 38 pounds, has a coat that is soft as a rabbit fur, is super alert (You can tell because she cocks her head when she listens), and has a lot of energy. She is eager to find her forever family where she can have plenty of exercise, will enjoy a fenced yard, and maybe even learn some new tricks.She can be a little shy at first, but it doesn’t take long for her to warm up and become your cuddle-buddy! With proper introduction she gets along well with children, other dogs, and cats, which makes her a great companion and family dog!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Lillith in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Photos: Soul Kitchen Chili Cook-Off

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Bombers rock East Kootenay team en route to Wild title

first_imgLVR opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Prince Charles. Allie Zondervan, Camile Gebhart and Jena Wheeldon scored for LVR with Wheeldon’s marker coming on a header from a corner kick by veteran captain Erica Augsten. The Bombers then edged Kimberley with striker Darian Voisard and Augsten scoring, the latter on a penalty kick.LVR then rocked host Mount Baker  4-0 in the snow storm. Augsten scored three times with a single going to Wheeldon.In the final contest, the Bombers dumped Sparwood 5-0.Maddie Sternloff scored twice with Tara Yowek and Wheeldon adding singles. The team currently has 24 members and rotates players for each tournament.Many of the LVR players are also members of the Soccer Quest Regional program and train all year round.Next tourney  is in Summerland on April 25-26. The L.V. Rogers Bombers proved they are no match for Kootenay competition, outscoring the opposition 14-1 at the Mount Baker Wild High School Girl’s Soccer Tournament this past weekend in the East Kootenay City.The only blemish for the Bombers came during a 2-1 win over Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.In all other games against Prince Charles Comets of Creston, host Wild and Sparwood, LVR rode the stellar goalkeeping of Emma Gregorich  to post shutouts.last_img read more

Parakeets eye top spot as Futsal Match-Day 11 takes center stage

first_imgFutsal Super League 2018/19Thursday, 10-01-2019Mengo, Futsal Grounds-Equator vs Nomad @6pm-Parakeets vs Yapstars @7pm-Typhoon vs Elephants @7pm-Yeak Kabowa vs Bajim @8pm-Aidenal vs Dream @8pmMENGO- Parakeets FC will be out to claim spot when the Futsal Super League resumes at the Mengo Futsal Grounds on Thursday evening.The chance to gain ascendance couldn’t have present it’s self  in a more appealing fashion than a tie against Yap Stars, one of the sides struggling at the wrong side of the table.Parakeets are currently 3rd on the log with 18 points, one (1) behind leaders Park and level with second placed Crown. With neither Park nor Crown in action on Thursday, a win for Parakeets would see them move two points clear atop the standings whilst having played the same number of games.For Yap, they have so far lost a League joint high of six games this season and are on a hunt for a result that can kick start their season.Third from bottom, they (Yap) have collected only 6 points from their first 8 games, winning only two and losing the other 6.Fans watch the action unfoldThe day’s action will however kick-off with Equator taking one Nomad.Equator lost 3-1 to Yap Stars last week and will hope to make amends against a Nomad side that has been average since the League started, winning four (D2 L2) in their first 8 games.The other fixtures pit mid-table Typhoon against rooted Elephants, Yeak Kabowa takes on Bajim while Aidenal hosts the so far disappointing Dream.Park’s Joseph Bukenya still leads the scorers’ charts with 19 goals, six ahead of his closest rivals Adfatah Ahmed (Yeak Kabowa) and his (Bueknya) teammate Shaffic MulangiraComments Tags: Futsal Super Leaguetoplast_img read more

How Land Under Solar Panels Can Contribute to Food Security

first_img RELATED ARTICLES At a recent solar energy conference in Minneapolis, attendees unwound at happy hour tasting free pints of a local honey-based India Pale Ale called “Solarama Crush.” Minnesota-based 56 Brewing makes the smooth IPA using honey from hives located on solar farms outside the Twin Cities.Honey producers Travis and Chiara Bolton keep bees at three solar farms where developers seeded native plants underneath and around panels. “The advantage to these sites is that they are intentionally planted for pollinators,” says Travis Bolton. “At these sites they’re really trying to get them back to a native prairie, and that’s a benefit to us.”Native plants have replaced turfgrass and gravel as the go-to bedding for solar gardens in Minnesota, a result of a 2016 state standard that outlines how developers can create pollinator-friendly environments. More than half of the 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) of solar farms built in 2016 and 2017 feature native plants that not only benefit pollinators but also beautify the site.Although Minnesota may be in the vanguard of encouraging solar farm developers to grow native plants, it is far from the only place studying how solar farms can harvest more than just energy. Universities in the United States, Germany and elsewhere are testing the concept of “dual use farming,” as some advocates call it, where crops grow below canopies of solar panels. They are finding they grow just fine — and, in some cases, better than crops in full sun. Agricultural Urbanism in EcuadorResilient Food Supply SystemsLocal Food and Resilience The economics make wide adoption unlikelyDespite the promising results of pilot dual-farm projects, the idea of a future in which American farms will be covered by solar canopies is not likely anytime soon. Rob Davis is director for the Center for Pollinators in Energy at the nonprofit Fresh Energy in St. Paul. The huge scaffolds holding solar panels cost a great deal of money, he says, and one bad turn by a farm tractor driver hitting a post could bring down hundreds of thousands of dollars of solar panels.In places where agricultural land is tight and electricity prices high, such as Europe, the economics might play out in favor of dual-use farms. In the United States, however, farmland remains relatively plentiful and acres of canopies are unlikely to be feasible unless energy and agricultural markets change, he says.“There are a lot of different ways to design solar arrays that provide significant benefits to agriculture,” Davis says. “One of those ways that is certainly the most cost-effective — and continues the accelerated rate of large-scale solar needed to address climate change — is creating pollinator habitat in and around solar projects.”Native plants have their own challenges, such as the perception of higher up-front planting costs partly mitigated by less required maintenance. Not all solar farms’ neighbors are in love with natives, either, due to their sometimes less-than-tidy appearance. Yet Davis argues that American farmers are on board with more native habitats because without pollinators their livelihoods could be at risk.“They understand the need to keep pollinators alive and in abundance” to seed the fruits and vegetables they grow, to maximize yields, and to avoid more regulation, he adds. “This opportunity unlocks private sector dollars and deploys solar energy capital in investing in high quality pollinator habitat that is urgently needed in agriculture.” All kinds of benefitsAdding plants to solar farms offers all kinds of benefits to the facilities’ primary aim of reducing carbon emissions and expanding renewable energy. “Solar development is happening on a massive scale as lands are being converted from agricultural land or unused land into solar projects,” says Jordan Macknick, energy-water-land lead analyst with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which funds research on the impact of native and crop plants grown in solar farms. “That represents an amazing opportunity to improve our agriculture and improve our food security while developing energy at the same time.”And native and crop vegetation can help improve the health of pollinators, which are threatened by habitat loss, pesticide poisoning, poor nutrition, disease, decreased genetic diversity, and a host of other factors. As a result, managed honeybee colonies used for honey production declined from 5.7 million in the 1940s to around 2.7 million today. Pollinators have an enormous impact on the economy, too, by annually contributing $24 billion to the nation’s economy.With more land being devoted to solar energy production, the idea of making those acres pollinator-friendly seems to make ecological and economic sense. “Incorporating habitat into these solar farms across the nation is a good way to promote and protect pollinator health,” says Val Dolcini, president and CEO of the San Francisco-based Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit organization promoting pollinator environments.Under-panel native plants benefit not just their immediate solar farm surroundings but nearby cropland. Lee Walston, an ecologist at Argonne National Laboratory, says pollinating insects roam beyond solar installations to other agricultural fields, where they help increase production. Native plantings offer refuge for declining species such as monarch butterflies and rusty patched bumblebees while serving the additional purpose of controlling stormwater and erosion, he adds.Native gardens and vegetables also offer an aesthetic benefit having nothing to do with panels or agricultural production, advocates say. They offer a more colorful and pleasing visual tapestry rather than the monolithic green of turf grass or the gray of gravel, a feature not to be underestimated at a time when some communities seek to stop solar garden expansion due in part to the uniform monotony of endless rows of panels.NREL-funded research found that growing native plants could reduce land acquisition costs, reduce weed control costs, slow panel degradation, and slice permitting charges. Frank Jossi is the Minnesota correspondent for Midwest Energy News. Pilot projectsPilot projects in Massachusetts, Arizona, Germany, China, Croatia, Italy, Japan, and France look encouraging for mixing crops with solar panels, referred to as “dual use” farms because they offer both agricultural and electrical production. “So far, the pilots have been extremely successful in showing that you can grow crops and make electricity at the same time,” Macknick says.A dual-use farm operated by the University of Massachusetts­–Amherst grows a variety of plants — peppers, beans, cilantro, tomatoes, Swiss chard, kale — below solar panels elevated roughly 7.5 to 9 feet (3 meters) or more above ground to allow for easier harvesting, mainly by hand. Project researchers have found that 1- to 1.2-meter (3- to 4-foot) gaps between panel clusters led to crop yields almost the same as what they would have been in full sun sites.University of Massachusetts researchers have found that with the right solar panel spacing, crop yields virtually equal those of open plots. (Photo courtesy of UMass)One of the first concepts for mixing solar and agriculture, dubbed “agrophotovoltaics” (APV), was developed more than three decades ago by physicist Adolf Goetzberger. The research institute that Goetzberger created — the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems — finally got around to building its own dual-use farm on one-third of a hectare (just over three-quarters of an acre) at an existing farm cooperative a few years ago. The institute elevated 720 solar panels high enough for farm machinery to harvest plants underneath and nearby, according to a 2017 press release.The researchers planted wheat, potatoes, celeriac and clover grass in the open and under the panels and compared the yields. Solar shading decreased production 5.3% to 19%. Yet electricity from the panels, which capture both indirect and direct light, was used to power a crop processing plant and electric farm machinery, offsetting those costs and increasing land use efficiency by 60%.While the farm made a profit, the research team seemed a bit wary of claiming the approach could work everywhere at any scale. Project manager Stephan Schindele said in the press release that “in order to provide the necessary proof-of-concept before market entry, we need to compare further techno-economical applications of APV, demonstrate the transferability to other regional areas and also realize larger systems.”Similarly, agriculture faculty members at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek in Croatia grow shade-happy organic vegetables beneath solar canopies on a local farm operated partly by faculty members. The energy generated goes to power the farm’s irrigation system and farm machinery. In Austria, an entrepreneur created a system similar to APV but using fewer stationary poles by placing panels on a cable infrastructure in an effort to reduce costs and potential accidents involving farm machinery. APV systems are being tested in another part of Germany and in several other countries.Greg Barron-Gafford, associate professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, has worked on a solar “agrivoltaic” pilot project — basically, the American version of APV — for two years. Tucson public schools with existing solar canopies are being used, as well as the university’s Biosphere 2 research and public education center. Focused initially on reducing the heat island effect of solar panels, the project morphed into one testing crop yields under panels.A first run at a salsa garden of cilantro, pepper, and tomato “was awesome,” Barron-Gafford says. Crops grown underneath the panels required only half the water of those growing out in the open and grew well in the microclimate beneath the panels. “The plants seem to love the modulated temperatures,” he says.Panels protect the plants from frost, allowing a longer season for avocados, cilantro, peppers, tomatoes, and mangoes. In late spring researchers began harvesting a winter crop of carrots, kale, chard, and lemongrass. “It’s really been something to watch,” he says.The experiment found other advantages to the panels as well. The skin temperature of people harvesting crops underneath the panels was 25 degrees cooler than those working out in in the sun, no small matter in a state with scorching summers. And some claim the shade-grown produce tastes better than conventionally grown crops.Barron-Gafford would like to try the dual-use concept out in collaboration with a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm that would involve at least 10 acres of cropland under solar panels, he says. The extra cost of adding a solar canopy over crops could be paid for by the 5% gain in power production seen in panels in Arizona, reduced maintenance and premium pricing for solar-grown produce.last_img read more

UK Launch of No Woman, No Cry

first_imgPosted on October 21, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Saturday, October 23 marks the UK launch of the film, No Woman No Cry, directed by Christy Turlington Burns, at the London Film Festival. Also, starting on Saturday, you’ll be able to watch the film online at www.brightwide.com. The film tells the stories of at-risk pregnant women in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the United States.The film is directed by model, mother and activist Christy Turlington Burns and tackles the most primary of topics: maternal health. Complications following the birth of her child inspired the supermodel to find out more about the experiences of motherhood around the world and in this fascinating film she discovers that a woman dies every minute due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth – with 90% of these deaths being preventable. In her directorial debut, Turlington Burns shares the emotionally powerful stories of four at-risk pregnant women, each on different continents.The event at the London Film Festival includes an introduction by Sarah Brown, Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and a panel to discuss the state of maternal health in the developing and developed world, which includes Anthony Costello, Brigid McConville, Mabel van Oranje and Christy Turlington Burns and will be moderated by Livia Firth.Watch the trailer now and be sure to check out the full film this weekend.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Judge approves eviction of protesters from camp near pipeline construction site

first_imgOne protester threatened to “drop kick” and “kill” a fire official and an official from the parks department was chased away, he said.Camp Cloud has grown since November from a single trailer to include a two-storey wooden structure, a cabin, an outdoor shower, more than a dozen tents and multiple vehicles and trailers.City of Burnaby lawyer Gregory McDade told the judge that while the city supports peaceful protests, the camp violates several bylaws, trespasses on city property and constitutes a public nuisance.The city has had a positive dialogue with a separate protest group that gathers around a structure known as the Watch House, he said. McDade said when the city communicated the fire ban to the Watch House protesters, they conducted a ceremony and extinguished their own sacred fire. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has granted the City of Burnaby an injunction forcing pipeline protesters to take down their camp outside a Kinder Morgan terminal.Justice Geoffrey Gomery said all structures, shelters and vehicles must be removed from the site known as Camp Cloud within 48 hours of the order issued on Friday afternoon.The judge also ordered that a sacred fire burning under very dry conditions and near a Shell aviation fuel tank farm must be extinguished. Camp Cloud spokeswoman Kwitsel Tatel, who is named as a defendant, said in a statement that putting out the sacred fire or removing any of the camp’s buildings would be a violation of not only the right to free expression but also deeply held religious beliefs.She posted a “call for solidarity” on Facebook, hours before the ruling.“Our camp is unified and centred around the sacred fire, which since time immemorial, has been central to the governance of Indigenous peoples,” the post said.“We are a peaceful coalition that is gravely concerned for the national interest, respect, dignity of public interest, public health and the protection of safe and clean water for all our generations to come on these sacred lands of so-called Canada.”She said the group is raising awareness about the “ecocide and genocide” that is continuing to take place against Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, due to ongoing threats to water.Asked what she would do if the judge ruled in favour of the city, ahead of the ruling, she said only: “Good question for all ‘Canadians!’ ”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)center_img However, peaceful protesting is still permitted, he said. Individuals are allowed on the site as long as they do not build more structures and camp overnight.No one appeared in court on behalf of the protesters, although half a dozen supporters watched proceedings from the gallery.In his judgment, Gomery noted that an argument based on Aboriginal title claims could have in principle qualified. However, he said the position the protesters have advanced through media on that subject, so far as he understands it, is not arguable.There is no evidence the individuals are associated with the Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which claim rights to the land in question, he said.Gomery also said he believed the focus of Camp Cloud has shifted over time.“It is, unfortunately, clear that the goals of the defendants and occupants of Camp Cloud have evolved. While they established the camp for the purpose of protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, they’ve now begun to view the campsite as their land. They’re blocking a public right of way and members of the public have been made to feel unwelcome,” he said.last_img read more

Regional District will continue to advocate for open conversation in Southern Mountain

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – On December 4 the Peace River Regional District announced that the Southern Mountain Caribou Program Meeting had been cancelled.The purpose of the meeting, initially scheduled for December 7, was to receive a delegation from Assistant Deputy Minister Jennifer McGuire, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy regarding the current status of the discussions regarding caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.In a release, PRRD says the reason for the cancellation was that Provincial representatives were not willing to attend the meeting to provide an update on the program. “Provincial representatives were not willing to attend the meeting to update the Board on the Southern Mountain Caribou. The Province will not deliver any information in an open meeting setting at this time. Provincial representatives have advised that they will reschedule as soon as possible to share information with the Board and the public about caribou recovery efforts in the region. In the interim, the Province has advised that they will deliver a public information bulletin to update the Peace River Regional Districtresidents on caribou conservation.”The Regional District says they are continuing to advocate for an open conversation with the Province and local governments regarding the status of the discussions about caribou recovery activities west of Chetwynd.“The PRRD is very adamant that consultation with local governments, industry, First Nations, and recreational groups is required to fully inform any decisions made to protect caribou populations, with the least impact to local economies and resident lifestyles.”A reschedule date for the meeting has yet to be announced.For more information, you can visit prrd.bc.calast_img read more