Ancient grains flour launched by Sharpham Park

first_imgSomerset-based Sharpham Park has launched an organic flour made with three ancient grains.The Organic Heritage Flour contains 70% organic white spelt flour, 15% organic emmer and 15% organic einkorn.At an rsp of £3.95 for a 1kg bag, it is the first of its kind in the UK to combine three ancient grains, said the firm. The 100% organic flour is suitable for making breads, cakes, biscuits, cookies, pastry and pasta, it added.Spelt offers fibre, protein, iron and vitamins; emmer provides protein, fibre, magnesium, zinc and some B vitamins; and einkorn is high in protein, fibre, vitamins A and B.“We developed this as an introduction to spelt, emmer and einkorn grains as we feel it is a natural step for keen bakers from our Baker’s Blend flour (a mix of wholegrain and white flours).“We have created the blend to make the transition to heritage grains as easy as possible for the home baker looking to experiment and expand their repertoire,” said Roger Saul, founder of Sharpham Park and the British fashion label Mulberry.The grains are grown and stone-milled at the spelt farm to create a flour with the mildly sweet flavour of spelt and emmer, as well as the earthy tones of einkorn, it added.The Organic Heritage Flour will be available in Waitrose, Planet Organic, via the Sharpham Park website and its sister company Kilver Court Designer Village in Somerset.Sharpham Park rolled out non-organic retail spelt flour due to rising demand during the coronavirus crisis.last_img read more

Armchair travels with a purpose

first_imgFour thousand years ago, a member of Egypt’s elite was buried on the Giza Plateau in an elaborate stone tomb, complete with several rooms and underground chambers.Then, in 1912, a team from Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston excavated the tomb, of a type called a mastaba, and brought back with them a limestone wall from its chapel.The wall, housed at the MFA, is inscribed with images of the deceased, an official named Akh-meret-nesut, and his family in various poses — sitting, leaning on a staff, throwing a lasso.Today, more than a century later, Harvard doctoral student Inês Torres wants to know as much as she can about Akh-meret-nesut: who he was, what he did, and why he was buried on the Giza Plateau in the shadow of the pyramids long after pharaohs’ burials there had ceased.But Torres faces a problem familiar to many scholars studying ancient Egypt: getting access to what she’s studying. With part of the tomb in Boston and part in Egypt, she’d have to time travel to see it intact. Other scholars may face different hurdles, but the problem is the same: Documents and images are held in faraway archives, artifacts and other relics of ancient Egypt have been dispersed, stolen, or destroyed, and tombs and monuments have been dismantled, weather-worn, or locked away behind passages filled in when an excavation closes.Hurdles can also be economic: The object of study may be intact, but the plane fare and expenses of living for weeks in the field or lodged in the cities — Cairo, London, Berlin, Paris, Boston — that are home to museums with large Egyptian collections hard to come by.It was with scholars like these in mind that Digital Giza Project was born.The project was created in 2000 by Peter Der Manuelian, who at the time was on the curatorial staff at the MFA. A scholar of ancient Egypt, Manuelian said his initial vision was to create a digital record of the work of Harvard’s legendary Egyptology Professor and MFA curator George Reisner and the Harvard-MFA Expedition he led. The expedition was one of the major academic archaeological efforts at Giza and other sites in Egypt during the early 1900s.Reisner, who led the expedition for more than 40 years, dug at 23 sites, and Manuelian soon realized that just digitizing material relating to the vast finds on the Giza Plateau — which includes not only the pyramids and the Sphinx, but also associated temples, nearby cemeteries, and even a workers’ village — would be a career-long challenge. In 2010, he moved to Harvard to become the Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology and director of the Harvard Semitic Museum, and he brought the Giza Project with him.The project staff’s ambition has since expanded to include not just Reisner’s work at Giza, but that of other archaeologists at the site as well, making it a comprehensive resource for Giza archaeology. It contains some 77,000 images, 21,000 of them Harvard University-MFA Expedition glass-plate negatives, and 10,000 of Manuelian’s own images. It has published manuscripts as well as unpublished expedition records, dig diaries, object record books, and sketches and drawings made by the archaeologists doing the digging. In January, during Harvard’s winter recess, Manuelian visited Egypt and collected another 5,000 digital images — including panoramic photos — of Giza and related objects in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.A key feature of the Giza Project is the fact that the material it holds is cross-referenced online, allowing a researcher to seamlessly move from a 3D image of an object to scholarly articles about it to diary pages by the archaeologist who discovered it.,“For people who focus on this particular period, this is the main resource for them to go to,” Manuelian said. “It’s thrown the doors wide open to this material that was previously only in the publications that Reisner lived long enough to finish.”As the work has advanced, so has technology. Manuelian’s vision has expanded to include 3D re-creations of statues and artifacts that allow researchers to view them online, rotate them, and zoom in on specific features. Looking to the future, he said, 3D models’ source codes could be made available, which would allow distant scholars with access to 3D printers to create their own physical models.“All of this allows us to ask new questions and to put the data together in ways not possible before and to make intelligent links,” Manuelian said. “If someone gets a grant and decides to go to the MFA and look through their records, good luck. There’s just so much, it’s overwhelming. If you go to Giza today, a tomb may have been reburied or vandalized, or is in not as good shape as it was in 1916. Objects might have gone to the basement of the Cairo museum, never to be seen again.“With our attempt to put this all together digitally, with diaries and maps and plans and things, it allows you, first of all, convenient access to the data and then you can start to notice patterns.”The Giza Projects’ 3D modeling extends beyond artifacts to locations. Manuelian’s team has already created video-game-like 3D versions of the entire Giza Plateau, with the Khafre pyramid, the Sphinx, and several temples and tombs posted so far and more to come. Those models can be accessed from the Digital Giza website and toured using controls on a laptop or desktop computer. Other re-creations, using high-resolution photographs of tombs’ interiors, let visitors walk through virtual burial chambers using stereo headsets. Visitors can move around inside the tombs and even walk up to a wall to examine a particular relief or other detail. About 20 tombs have been modeled in detail so far, with hundreds more to go.“My hope is eventually to fly drones over the site, documenting everything from the air,” Manuelian said. “And complementing that with walks up and down the ‘streets’ [between rows of tombs] creating 360-degree panoramic visualizations, all linked to the more-traditional archaeological data that we have already assembled.”For someone like Torres, studying a tomb that has one room in Boston and the rest in Egypt, a virtual model is the only way to see the intact structure, so she’s planning on creating one as part of her doctoral work.“This tomb is divided between two countries,” she said. “3D modeling is the only way we can put it back together again.”The overarching goal, Manuelian said, is to make scholarship in Egyptology more accessible than ever. And, while digital images may not fully replace the real thing, he said, foundational study can be conducted using the wide array of material presented by the project, allowing scholars to conserve scarce resources for when they’re essential.The project’s 3D re-creations and data visualizations, together with the capabilities of the Harvard Visualization Center, also allow the Giza Project to give students a unique educational experience. Last fall, Manuelian gathered his students in a tomb in cyber space, using the center’s virtual reality headsets, and linked the class to students in Zhejiang University in China. Students’ avatars gathered at the virtual site — in this case, the Sphinx — with the technology, allowing Manuelian to act as a cyber tour guide.“The project is all of these diverse approaches,” Manuelian said. “It’s a traditional database and website. It’s the intelligent linking of this photo to that tomb to this diary page. It’s the 3D modeling as we try to build more and more of the necropolis all the time. And it’s ultimately intended to enable the kind of remote teaching — what I call educational telepresence — where we can all be at Giza virtually and visiting the site and having a lecture inside a decorated tomb chapel no matter where you live.”,Torres said there is an irony to studying Giza: It is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, but in many ways it is still unknown. While the pyramids and Sphinx are world-famous, and have been for centuries, in their shadow new tombs are still being uncovered, while known tombs, workers’ houses, and other sites are yet to be fully explored and studied.“Giza is such a well-known site, but in some sense, it’s understudied,” Torres said. “Because the pyramids are so amazing, the things all around them fade.”With so much work to be done, the access to digitized documents and materials might inspire scholars curious about ancient Egypt but without access to the sites themselves or a major Egyptological library to take up the job.“I think that’s the way to go forward, to make sure everyone has access,” Torres said. “Possibly there are geniuses who don’t have a great library and could do something wonderful with the information.”Another graduate student, Hilo Sugita, plans to study the sarcophagi found at Giza. Using the Giza Project’s data, she can examine photographs of inscriptions, find their original locations within tombs, and even create 3D models.“We have photographs, journals, glass negatives, letters, artifacts, publications,” Sugita said. “I think the Digital Giza Project is amazing because we’re trying to collect all the data about Giza everywhere and make it available on the website. You don’t have to go to the MFA, you don’t have to travel to Berlin.”Technology’s advance is not without challenges, however. The digitization of archaeology, Manuelian said, is something like “the Wild West,” with competing file formats and uncertainty about how the growing data troves will be translated into next-generation software.In addition, standards for what goes into a 3D re-creation are loose. Should a digital model reflect the state of a tomb as it was found, for example, or is it OK to color in reliefs on the walls to match paint residue found there? How far should digital re-creations go in filling in missing details, some of which are backed by scholarship, but others of which are more speculative, driven by knowledge of common practice rather than evidence at that specific site?Early in the spring term, Manuelian gave students in his Gen Ed “Pyramid Schemes” class, which provides an overview of ancient Egypt, a glimpse of Giza using Giza Project models. The students visited the Harvard Visualization Center’s home on the second floor of the Geological Museum building, which is equipped with a curved floor-to-ceiling screen occupying one full wall and a suite of 3D and virtual reality tools.He gave them a tour of both the technology — which can depict sites in detail — and the archaeology, showing them three-dimensional re-creations viewed with 3D glasses and letting them walk through a tomb via a virtual-reality headset.Manuelian also encouraged students to not only soak up the experience, but to think about the challenges inherent in such an approach, where it might further education and scholarship, and what its shortcomings might be. And, with so much work still to do, he also made a pitch.“This is a project that is waiting for people like you,” he said. The search for a California sphinx Guided by Semitic Museum curator, students create ‘Dream Stela’ replica Related Harvard Egyptologist welcomes production team behind documentary on ‘Ten Commandments’ mystery A cast fit for an Egyptian king The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Fire at SMC contained

first_imgSaint Mary’s students, faculty and staff were alerted early Saturday morning of a fire in the basement of the Moreau Center for the Arts in a theatre set storage area. Saint Mary’s security, as well as Notre Dame’s Fire Department, received the campus fire alarms simultaneously. Gwen O’Brien, director of media relations for the College, was quick to alert the media that the fire had been contained. “The Notre Dame Fire Department arrived to Moreau within just a couple of minutes, with the South Bend Fire Department and Clay Fire Territory responding to the alert as well,” O’Brien said. “Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire.” As part of the campus wide alert system, students, faculty and staff all received a community outreach notice via text, phone and email. The alert notified everyone that the building was closed until further notice due to the fire. Senior Danielle Piscal, a resident of Opus Apartments on the campus, said she felt comforted security was so quick to alert the students. “It’s always concerning when you see that you have a call, a text and an email from security,” Piscal said. “But it’s always good to know that they are looking out for us and letting us know that no one was injured during the fire.” Senior Bri Tepe, a resident of LeMans Hall, just a short distance from Moreau, said she appreciates the extent of Saint Mary’s emergency alert system. “I think it was good that we received all three different forms of communication from security,” Tepe said. “The chances of being notified are more likely with all three rather than just a phone call. So many people have email on their phones these days so it makes it almost impossible not to know what is going on. I definitely felt well informed.” In the email alert, the College specified the time the fire began and reassured receivers it had been contained quickly and no one was injured. The text sent to students, faculty and staff showed the same message. “Smoke in the building was the biggest issue,” O’Brien said. “First Response, restoration specialists, spent Saturday and Sunday at Moreau Hall using highly specialized air purification equipment to clear the entire building of the smell of smoke.” The smell dissipated from the classrooms and the building is open for classes today, O’Brien said. The office space is also fine for use. As of last night, the air purification equipment was still operating in the building but was set to be removed around 7 a.m. this morning before classes began. The basement storage area where the fire occurred remains closed, O’Brien said. “It will be business as usual in Moreau tomorrow,” she said. “The musical ‘The Secret Garden’ will go on as scheduled this coming Friday and Saturday.”last_img read more

Federal Board Denies Bankrupt Arch Coal’s Rail Expansion Project in Montana

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tom Lutey for the Casper Star Tribune:The $405 million Tongue River Railroad is the latest casualty of the crashing coal economy. The federal Surface Transportation Board published its unanimous decision Tuesday to kill the coal railroad given the recent bankruptcy of Arch Coal.Arch was to develop the Otter Creek Mine south of Ashland, Montana — not far from the Wyoming border — which the railroad was to serve. In March, Arch suspended its environmental permitting application to Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality.“At this time, there appears to be little prospect that Otter Creek Coal’s mine permit will be secured in the foreseeable future,” the STB concluded. “Otter Creek Coal and its parent, Arch, have both filed for bankruptcy, and Otter Creek Coal has suspended its application for an MDEQ mining permit indefinitely.”The Otter Creek Mine had been in the works since 2010, when Arch Coal agreed to pay Montana $85.84 million for the development rights to 14 state-owned coal parcels in southeast Montana’s Otter Creek Valley. At the time, Arch Coal representatives said they would break ground at the mine in five years and be in full production by 2016.Arch partnered in the Tongue River Railroad Co. with BNSF Railway and TRRC Financing, a limited liability company.Neighbors who have battled Otter Creek Mine for decades weren’t ruling out another mine proposal resurfacing at some point.“I’m a little hesitant to say it’s over, because for 30 years it hasn’t been over,” said Clint McRae, a rancher and member of Northern Plains Resource Council.Federal panel kills Tongue River Railroad Federal Board Denies Bankrupt Arch Coal’s Rail Expansion Project in Montanalast_img read more

Earth Talk: Bamboo

first_imgDear EarthTalk: I’ve noticed that bamboo is very trendy right now, apparently—in part—for environmental reasons. Can you enlighten?                                                 — Eric M., via e-mail Bamboo has a long history of economic and cultural significance, primarily in East Asia and South East Asia where it has been used for centuries for everything from building material to food to medicine. There are some 1,000 different species of bamboo growing in very diverse climates throughout the world, including the southeastern United States. Bamboo’s environmental benefits arise largely out of its ability to grow quickly—in some cases three to four feet per day—without the need for fertilizers, pesticides or much water. Bamboo also spreads easily with little or no care. In addition, a bamboo grove releases some 35 percent more oxygen into the air than a similar-sized stand of trees, and it matures (and can be replanted) within seven years (compared to 30-50 years for a stand of trees), helping to improve soil conditions and prevent erosion along the way. Bamboo is so fast-growing that it can yield 20 times more timber than trees on the same area. Today, heightened consumer environmental awareness has given sales of bamboo flooring, clothing, building materials and other items a huge boost. As an attractive and sturdy alternative to hardwood flooring, bamboo is tough to beat. According to Pacific Northwest green building supplier Ecohaus, bamboo—one of the firm’s top selling flooring options—is harder, more moisture resistant and more stable than even oak hardwoods. Ecohaus carries both the EcoTimber and Teragren brands of bamboo, and ships worldwide. Bamboo is also making waves in the clothing industry as an eco-chic and functional new fabric. Softer than cotton and with a texture more akin to silk or cashmere, bamboo clothes naturally draw moisture away from the skin, so it’s great for hot weather or for sweaty workouts. It also dries in about half the time as cotton clothing. Some critics point out that the process of converting bamboo to fabric can take a heavy environmental toll, with the most cost-effective and widespread method involving a harsh chemical-based hydrolysis-alkalization process followed by multi-phase bleaching. The Green Guide counters, though, that bamboo still has a much lower environmental impact than pesticide-laden conventional cotton and petroleum-derived nylon and polyester fabrics. Consumers interested in trying out bamboo clothing should look for the Bamboosa and EcoDesignz labels, two of the leaders in the fast-growing sector of green fashion. Bamboo is also making inroads into the paper industry, though there are fears that too fast a transition there would threaten ecologically diverse bamboo forests across Southeast Asia and elsewhere. The Earth Island Institute, among other groups concerned about forest loss due to paper consumption, would instead like to see more research into using agricultural waste to make paper instead of wood pulp or bamboo. Regardless, bamboo in all its forms might one day soon be one of the most important plants in the world. CONTACTS: Ecohaus, www.ecohaus.com; The Green Guide, www.thegreenguide.com; Bamboosa, www.bamboosa.com; EcoDesignz, www.ecodesignz.com; Earth Island Institute, www.earthisland.org. GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk, c/o E/The Environmental Magazine, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; submit it at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/thisweek/, or e-mail: [email protected] Read past columns at: www.emagazine.com/earthtalk/archives.php.last_img read more

Bear broke into Gatlinburg cabin, made off with candy and two beers

first_imgVacationers in Gatlinburg, TN got quite the surprise after a bear broke into their rental cabin and ransacked the place, making off with candy and two beers. Michelle Eberhart told CNN that the bear opened a locked door and entered the cabin while she and a friend were chatting inside. The women ran upstairs and hid in a bedroom while the bear poked around. Though Eberhart couldn’t see what was happening downstairs, she says she thinks a second bear entered the cabin, too, and that both bears were pretty active. They knocked over the garbage and “scratched up a lot of stuff.” Ultimately, they made off with five pounds of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, a pound of M&M’s, two pounds of Sour Patch Kids, two bags of potato chips, a tub of peanut butter pretzels and two bags of Dove salted caramel—as well as two beers, two Diet Cokes and some allergy medicine. As the trip continued with fun hikes and beautiful views, the guests continued to run into bears! Michelle Ray was one of the vacationers and recounts the event: Eventually, officers were able to shoo the bears outside and away from the cabin. Apparently, though, the bears came back for another visit! Thankfully, they did not get back in the cabin. Before the bear entered the cabin bears hadn’t even crossed my mind. I have been to the area many times and only rarely seen bears and when I had they were at a distance. It never occurred to me that I would have a close encounter.  To think back on it now I believe we were both initially in shock. There was a lot of screaming and nervous laughter. I was focused on getting us upstairs to safety right away. “While we enjoyed our quiet morning catching up with each other after several months of not seeing each other the bear forced its way through the back door. We were just sitting there when (the other) Michelle started pointing too scared to speak. I saw the bear break the doorframe and enter just feet from where we were sitting. I jumped over the couch and got Michelle out of her frozen shock while yelling, stomping, and doing anything I could think of to discourage the bear from continuing in.  In the hours and days that followed there were tons of interview requests and licensing offers. In the end, we just enjoyed the interviews and continued to share the videos freely. In the difficult times of Covid lockdowns with my own mother suffering and currently in ICU the story was a welcome distraction from it all.” We probably spent 15 minutes locked in a bedroom freaking out before we came out to where you see in the videos.  When it was over we were just relieved. Nobody was hurt and the damage was minimal, so it was just a wild experience we would forever share. It did become frightening when the bears continued to return. last_img read more

A scenario of a phased approach to the recovery of the tourism market after the COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThe second phase of the recovery of the tourist market is most directly related to the creation of basic preconditions for the smooth provision of tourist services in the broadest sense of the word, ie the reopening of borders of all European countries and the establishment of regular air, land and sea connections between European countries. . Finally, the authors conclude that the full recovery of tourism, both globally and in Croatia, will occur when there is no longer a danger of COVID-19 disease and when the global tourism market re-establishes a balance and trust between tourism supply and demand, which is a necessary prerequisite. which tourism growth and development. The first phase of tourism recovery will overlap with the last phase of the epidemic and in that phase, which will most likely last from July to October 2020 (at least according to current knowledge) most tourism demand will be generated by local population and regional tourism demand. open the national borders of those countries that will keep the pandemic under control) The first work of the author doc. dr. sc. Damir Krešić, director of the Institute of Tourism and Assoc. prof. dr. sc. Josip Mikulić, Head of the Department of Tourism at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, calls “A scenario of a phased approach to the recovery of the tourism market after the COVID-19 pandemic”Brings a possible scenario of a phased exit from the crisis. According to current knowledge, we can expect this phase of repair of the tourist market (in the optimistic scenario) at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021.  This is what the authors stated in the paper three phases of tourism recovery, until the pre-crisis level of tourism activity from 2019 is finally reached. The emergence of COVID-19 disease has affected and changed our daily lives, our societies and economies. The consequences of this crisis will be especially visible in the tourism sector, so scientists and researchers from the Institute of Tourism have decided to contribute by making more brief expert opinions on various aspects of the impact of the corona crisis on tourism. The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will not pass as quickly and easily as it looked at the end of February this year, and tourism will be one of the segments of the global economy that will be most affected by this crisis, the authors point out. , as the pandemic has its own cycle, it can also be assumed that the recovery of the tourism economy will not happen all at once, but also gradually. The third phase of the recovery of Croatian tourism, as predicted by the authors, will occur in the period when the economies of countries that are our main emitting markets begin to recover and when GDP growth rates and consumer purchasing power in these countries (Germany, Italy, Austria () be at levels that can bear the cost of going on foreign tourist trips. Attachment: A scenario of a phased approach to the recovery of the tourism market after the COVID-19 pandemic This phase is expected during 2022, or possibly earlier (second half of 2021), depending on the global economic situation and the sentiment that prevailed in these countries towards travel abroad.  The whole paper on possible scenarios of phase exit from the crisis, author dr.sc. Damir Krešić, Ph.D. Josip Mikulić, download attached. Such demand, although it does not generate additional commercial overnight stays, nevertheless generates and raises the level of economic activity in the destination, and can also make an important contribution and impetus to the economic recovery of the destination.last_img read more

SMEs switch to producing PPE to survive COVID-19 economic fallout

first_imgSmall and medium enterprises (SMEs) have shifted to producing personal protective equipment (PPE), which remain in high demand, to survive the economic impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis.Abdul Manaf, who owns a small business that produces motorcycle accessories in Bogor, West Java, has turned his fortune around from declining sales as a result of the epidemic to a more than six-fold increase in revenue by switching to producing face shields.“As we join the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, we are trying to develop a business. But our [effort] is not easy, because our prior business used metal while we use other materials to make face shields,” he said at an virtual discussion on June 12. The country has surpassed a cumulative total of 39,000 confirmed cases to date as it reels from the economic impacts of the epidemic.Indonesia’s economy grew just 2.97 percent in the first quarter of 2020, the lowest in 19 years.The government has also allocated part of its Rp 641.17 trillion ($45.1 billion) economic recovery fund to soften the COVID-19 economic impact on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It has already earmarked Rp 34.15 trillion in interest payment subsidies for ultra-micro businesses under its UMi and Mekaar programs.Tri Retno, who owns the Citra Handicraft SME that produces patchwork bags in Depok, West Java, is also using leftover fabric to make face masks and house dresses to offset the declining sales during the health crisis.While she initially produced the face masks to donate, Retno later decided to monetize the products as orders started to come in. Citra Handicraft is a partner of Astra International’s CSR arm, Yayasan Dharma Bakti Astra.“To maintain revenue, I just use the materials available at home because it’s hard to get raw materials [now],” she said at the June 12 virtual discussion.Retno added that she hoped to gain assistance in selling her products online, as she was experiencing difficulties in marketing her products during the crisis.YDBA head Sigit Kumala said on the same occasion that the foundation planned to optimize online platforms to market the SME’s products.“With this collaboration, we hope it can facilitate us in [working] together and developing independent SMEs to ready them for the international market,” he said.Leading Indonesian start-ups like Grab, Gojek and LinkAja have also added features and promotions to help MSMEs digitize their businesses to survive the current economic downturn.Ride-hailing company Grab Indonesia has introduced a new app called GrabMerchant that aims to provide a one-stop service platform for MSMEs – including those in the food and beverage industry – to digitally manage their operational hours, orders, employees, menus and promotions.Topics : Since Abdul switched Karunia Mandiri’s business to the new production line a month after the disease emerged Indonesia in March, he said that his monthly revenue had increased from the usual Rp 7 million (US$500) to Rp 45 million.He recently hired three more employees to keep up with the demand and fulfill an order for 2,000 face shields from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).SMEs, which contribute more than half of the country’s economy, were losing up to 57 percent of their sales in late April due to the coronavirus restriction policies, according to data from the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry.The health emergency has disrupted economic activity across the nation with the government calling on its citizens to implement physical distancing measures and forcing offices, factories, shops and schools to close temporarily to contain the spread of the disease.last_img read more

Community feeling at North Shore

first_imgJoel Hewitson at his display home at North Shore. Picture: Evan MorganCUTTING edge “smart homes”, a tapas bar and a CrossFit facility are just some of the things bringing people through the North Shore Display Village.More than 10,000 people have come through the Stocklands display village since it opened to the public on March 17.The North Shore Display Village, which is the largest display village in North Queensland, lets prospective buyers get up close and personal with what the North Shore community has to offer according to North Shore project director Andrew Astorqui. “It is really hands on,” Mr Astorqui said.People can walk through 16 homes designed and built by builders from Townsville.“You can touch them, feel them and you can see yourself living in them,” he said.“Sometimes you cannot get that just from a picture or looking at a plan.”He described the homes as very different and varying in style in order to appeal to lots of different types of families.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“A lot of people come through and they really get very different ideas from different homes,” Mr Astorqui said.Although the majority of visitors were from Townsville, he said that many people had come from Charters Towers, Ingham and Ayr to have a look at the display village.Some of the modern additions include a smart solar-powered battery that anticipates electricity future demand based on the weather forecasts.“It is like an intelligent battery,” he said.Joel Hewitson from Hewitson Homes had more than 2000 people through his display home in the first weekend alone. “I reside in North Shore myself, so I obviously have faith in the community here,” Mr Hewitson said.As well as the display homes, visitors have gotten a closer look at the community infrastructure, which includes cafes, restaurants, a giant air trampoline and activities such as CrossFit classes. The North Shore Display Village is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm at Barramundi Circuit, North Shore.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (May 4 – May 9)

first_imgThe ORVC Weekly Report.(May 4 – May 9)Performers of the Week.Baseball:  Tyler Huff-JCD and Austin Armstrong-RS.Softball:  Alix DeDreu-RS.Boys Golf:  Lucas Williams-JCD.Girls Track:  Kelsey Bowling-JCD.Boys Track:  Zack Martini-RS and Mark Schlotterbeck-M.ORVC Report (May 4-9)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img