A year and a half ago, a pilot program to give rural families affordable water purification had issued 40 dispensers that served 6,000 people in Kenyan villages. Today, more than 400,000 people in Kenya and other countries have access to clean water based on this method.The approach, which uses an inexpensive chlorine solution and a plastic dispenser that was custom made to distribute doses at communal water sources, was developed by Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Economics Department and a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School, Professor of Economics Sendhil Mullainathan, and colleagues at the University of California at Berkeley, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Emory University, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Based on the initial study that concluded a year and a half ago, the Gates Foundation supported the nonprofit group Innovations for Poverty Action to scale up the approach, with Daniele Lantagne, a two-year Georgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Harvard Kennedy School’s Sustainability Science Program, providing technical assistance. Several local governments in Kenya, along with the ministries of Water, Public Health and Sanitation, and Education, and the nonprofit One Acre Fund have all invested in the approach.Lantagne, an engineer by training who worked on clean-water issues around the world for 11 years, provided engineering support and worked with local partners on the program’s dramatic expansion. She redesigned the dispenser and its holder to lower cost and increase durability, and worked with local manufacturers to produce and distribute the units to settings around the world.Along the way, Lantagne has studied how the units are used — or not used — to better understand where they can help. The dispensers now are in Kenya, Haiti, Bangladesh, India, Swaziland, Peru, and Somalia.In the industrialized world, clean water is often taken for granted. But in settings without water purification and sewage infrastructure, water can become contaminated with feces. That is the biggest cause of diarrheal disease around the world, Lantagne said. Diarrheal disease is the No. 2 killer of children, leading to 1.87 million deaths of those under 5 each year. Around the world, an estimated 2 billion people lack access to microbiologically safe water.Lantagne came to Harvard with a wealth of experience in this field. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine last year. In between, she worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traveling to more than 50 developing countries to work on water issues.Lantagne said she believes it is governments’ responsibility to provide clean water to their citizens, which is the case in the industrialized world. Her efforts are aimed at providing interim relief until governments step in.“The question is: What do you do when you can’t get infrastructure?” Lantagne said.Kremer’s initial study investigated the economics and willingness of rural Kenyans to use a widely marketed chlorine solution to disinfect their water. Only 6 percent of people used the solution when the normal price of about 25 cents was charged. But when it was provided for free, a majority of people used it. Kremer then investigated whether chlorination could be provided more cheaply using a larger volume at a communal water source instead of many smaller bottles distributed to homes. The study showed that was the case, Lantagne said.“Insights from behavioral economics suggested that making water treatment free, convenient, and public through dispensers located at existing communal water sources — and temporary employment of a local promoter — could lead to sustained use at high rates,” Kremer said. “The data suggests that it does.”Since then, Lantagne has re-engineered the dispensers and their holders to make them more durable and cheaper to manufacture. She traveled not just to the nations where the dispensers are being distributed, but also to China to explore manufacturing techniques. Through these improvements, soon a whole setup will be produced for $25.Lantagne’s work showed that the dispensers may not be appropriate everywhere, though. They are most useful where people use communal water sources. In places like water-rich rural Bangladesh, families with sources of water in their backyards rarely collect it from a central location.In addition, her prior work indicated that some cultures, like those in Indonesia, are very sensitive to chlorine’s taste, and so purification methods that rely on boiling or filtration are preferable.“I don’t think there’s a silver bullet for everything. There are things that work in a particular setting,” Lantagne said.Kremer said there is a strong economic rationale for governments to cover the cost of treating water to prevent infectious diseases, just as they already subsidize vaccines. He believes that treatment of water is among the most cost-effective ways to prevent child deaths and fight infectious disease.Lantagne, who will finish her fellowship this spring and take a post as an assistant professor at Tufts University next fall, said that although the toll that dirty water takes on the world’s children is well known, so is the way to solve the problem. Once countries make clean water and fighting childhood mortality from diarrhea a priority, dramatic improvements can occur, as they have in Peru and China over recent decades. If governments around the world decided to tackle this problem head-on, Lantagne was confident it could be quickly solved.“Where there’s a political will, this is a completely solvable problem within a decade,” Lantagne said.
No matter where they live, how much education they have, or what their incomes are, people have very similar perceptions on the impact of diseases and injuries.This finding – counter to the prevailing belief that people throughout the world view different health conditions in very different ways depending on their culture or individual circumstances – is part of a collaborative project, the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010). GBD 2010, launched by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, and 300 other institutions worldwide, is the single largest and most detailed scientific effort ever conducted to quantify levels and trends in health worldwide.Two of the seven studies being published in a triple issue of The Lancet on Dec. 14, 2012 — the first time the journal has focused an entire issue on one study — were co-led by Joshua Salomon, professor of global health at HSPH. The first is a major innovation in measuring how health conditions are perceived by the public at large and accounting for these views in evaluating the public health impact of disease and injury. These assessments of the severity of different health outcomes are known as disability weights.
The world is changing and Japan is no exception. The Internet of Things (IoT) – the interconnectedness of our professional and personal technology – is creating IT change at an unprecedented scale. This IT-centric world has the potential to significantly contribute to the work we accomplish and make the future a better place for everyone.In fact, IT megatrends like cloud computing are creating opportunities throughout Japanese industry, especially in light of the country’s commitment to the advancement of core technology and a deep-seated culture of hospitality. Many people do not realize that Japanese businesses are involved in the full spectrum of technology system creation. For example, Apple and Boeing adopt Japanese technologies in many parts of these products.At the same time, there is an intensive focus on the quality of hospitality services throughout the country. This is such a priority culturally-speaking that it was a key aspect of the bid to secure Tokyo as the host for the 2020 Olympic Games.There is a huge opportunity for the Japanese market to innovate and improve on the existing quality of services and systems by driving adoption of the new IT megatrends.I have been in the IT industry for over 30 years and I really feel that this is the most exciting time in my career so far. I have opportunities to meet with customers and EMC business partners on a regular basis. They see the need to redefine their business processes and use this disruptive technology to become even more customer-oriented.For example, Yamaha Motor has been working with us to develop a cloud strategy for their IT infrastructure. IT systems must be rolled out globally. The motorcycle market is mainly in emerging countries and in such cases, the local infrastructure requires more support. By embracing EMC cloud technology, Yamaha’s IT department effectively transformed itself into a provider of IT services, now empowered to accelerate responsiveness and improve the internal service level to the end user.Ultimately, many aspects of implementing innovation based on the megatrends are still being defined. Advances by any IT company, wherever it is based in the world, improve the opportunities for everyone. Personally, I believe Japan will be a key part of the equation.
The study is available online at t.co/e0p4XUKw1e. Taylor Cyle, a master’s student in crop and soil science at UGA, was also a co-author. Soil contains the largest terrestrial reservoir of carbon. Tilling fields every year to plant crops releases soil carbon into the atmosphere. It’s been known for a long time that transitioning cropland to pastureland where livestock grazes replenishes the soil’s carbon, but their study showed that the process can be much more rapid than scientists previously thought. “These systems are proliferating throughout sub-tropical regions that allow year-round grazing—which increases their profitability. They could offer a rare win-win in land management—providing profitable food production with rapid soil restoration and short-term climate mitigation,” said study co-author Nick Hill, a professor of crop physiology at UGA. Most future land use change is expected to take place in existing agricultural and pastoral lands, said study co-author Marc Kramer, an associate professor in the soil and water science department at the University of Florida. To learn more about sustainable agriculture research at UGA, visit www.caes.uga.edu/topics/sustainag. For more on the Odum School of Ecology, visit ecology.uga.edu. On most North American dairies, hay and silage crops are cultivated in fields separated from the cows’ pasture and then fed to the herd as needed. But in management-intensive grazing, the cows spend 90 percent of their time out on pasture. “We found that converting cropland to rotational grazing systems can increase soil organic matter and improve soil quality at rates much faster than previously thought possible in a system that sustains food production,” said the study’s lead author, Megan Machmuller, who worked on the three-year project as a doctoral student in UGA’s Odum School of Ecology. She is now a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University. The team made additional soil quality measurements after hearing the farmers’ anecdotal evidence. They also found that after six years of management intensive grazing, the soil could retain 95 percent more nutrients and 34 percent more water. The impacts of this system on soil fertility and quality is potentially greatest for heavily degraded soils, like those in the Southeast. “What is really striking is just how fast these farms gain soil organic matter,” said Aaron Thompson, associate professor of environmental soil chemistry at UGA and senior author on the study. “In less than a decade, management-intensive grazing restores these soils to levels of organic matter they had as native forests. These farms accumulate soil carbon at rates as fast as ever measured globally.” The rate of carbon increase was so high in the first six years that by capturing the carbon in the soil, this could help offset the planet’s rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Converting to pastures managed using intensive grazing principles can capture up to 8 metric tons of carbon per hectare, or 3.6 tons per acre, per year in the soil. This makes the soils more nutrient-rich and allows them to hold more water. “The carbon accumulation in soils under pasture-based dairy production in Georgia has major implications in the Southeast, as it shows the ‘carbon footprint’ of these dairy systems is far more positive than previously thought.” The study, funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and published in the May edition of the journal Nature Communications, tracked changes in soil organic matter on Georgia farms that had changed within the last six years from growing row crops to producing milk as grass-fed dairies. “Emerging land use activities such as intensive grazing show what is achievable in terms of profitable farming with clear carbon cycle and soil fertility benefits,” he said. “It is the tip of the iceberg really.” “In Georgia, the number of pasture-based dairies has expanded rapidly since 2005. Many of these farmers are using pastureland that was once devoted to row crops,” said study co-author Dennis Hancock, an associate professor and UGA Extension forage specialist. “Once their pasture-based operations were up and running, they began reporting that they were seeing less need for fertilizer and irrigation in order to maintain their forage crops. Well-maintained pastures prevent erosion, protect water and, as it turns out, can restore the soil’s organic matter much more quickly than previously thought, according to a team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of Florida. Management-intensive grazing, a practice growing in popularity among Southeastern dairy farmers and pasture-based beef cattle farmers, allows producers to efficiently use the nutrition provided in their pastures. In addition to emphasizing pasture quality and quantity for the cattle, these management-intensive grazing practices also feed the biological activity within the soil. This fosters the development of organic matter, thus capturing larger quantities of carbon that would be otherwise released into the atmosphere. Dairymen who farm sandy soils like we have in the coastal plain of the southeastern U.S. need all the help that they can get with these soil properties, according to Hancock. Often, having good soil organic matter and the benefits that come from it can be the difference between losing and making money.
State-by-state, Alabama is the only state in negative territory year over year (-1 percent), while Rhode Island (six percent), Florida (six percent), New Jersey (seven percent), and Louisiana (11 percent), rounded out the bottom five states. At the top for the year (January through November 2010), was Vermont, whose job openings grew 62 percent. The others in top five include Kentucky (59 percent), North Dakota (58 percent), Kansas (56 percent), and Oklahoma (56 percent).Sector DataThe retail trade sector showed the greatest opportunity with a 31 percent month-over-month gain in new job openings. Manufacturing showed the greatest losses, with a 58 percent contraction in new job openings. Similar to the regional data, a year-over-year view shows a more promising picture with gains in almost every sector. The accommodations and food service sector led the year-over-year growth coming in at 133 percent, while public administration came in last with a loss of 65 percent. The Bullhorn Job Opportunity Report is calculated based on new job openings across more than 50,000 recruiters and five years of historical data, which includes 13 million analyzed records.Bullhorn’s Job Opportunity Index differs from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Bullhorn’s data allows it to project figures a full month ahead of BLS.Go to http://www.bullhorn.com/news-event/job-opportunity-index(link is external) for charts and graphs of the November Bullhorn Job Opportunity Index.About BullhornBullhorn® creates software and services that improve the way employees and employers come together. For over ten years our innovations have powered the recruiting and staffing operations of fast-growing start-ups up through the world’s largest employment brands. Headquartered in Boston, with offices in London and Sydney, Bullhorn’s recruiting CRM and social recruiting products serve over 5,000 clients and 45,000 users across 35 countries. Privately owned, Bullhorn is principally backed by Highland Capital Partners and General Catalyst Partners.Bullhorn 12.13.2011 Bullhorn, a national recruiting software company based in Boston, issued its Job Opportunity Report today, which found that Vermont is leading the United States in job openings. Year over year, Vermont experienced a 62 percent increase in job openings. Kentucky, North Dakota, Kansas and Oklahoma rounded out the top five. In New England, Maine had an increase of 21 percent, New Hampshire had an increase of 20 percent, Connecticut had an increase of 19 percent, Massachusetts had an increase of 11 percent, and Rhode Island came in at 6 percent. Bullhorn’s November Job Opportunity Report benchmarks new job openings by region and sector to identify bright spots in employment. According to Bullhorn’s data, the Mid-Atlantic (8 percent) and Midwest (1 percent) experienced month-over-month growth in November, but year-over-year, all regions have shown gains. By sector, the retail trade industry gained the most month-over-month with a 31 percent increase in new job openings. [NOTE: The Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Opportunity and Labor Turnover Survey data also issued today show job openings in October 2011, while Bullhorn’s data reports on job openings added in November 2011.]Looking across its job openings data from the past year, Bullhorn can also project the upcoming data from the BLS Employment Opportunity Index that will be released on January 2, 2012. Bullhorn predicts that the US economy will add 130,000 jobs in December 2011, continuing the positive trend.‘We’ve seen some positive numbers over the last few months, and while they are not the watershed numbers we all are looking for, they are on an upward trajectory,’ said Art Papas, CEO of Bullhorn. ‘The Bullhorn Job Opportunity Index shows some nice gains across the country year-over-year, and looking ahead, we see this as a positive sign and expect the BLS Employment Opportunity Index to come in adding another 130,000 jobs in December.’Regional Data Month-over-month, the Mid-Atlantic shows the most opportunity with an eight percent gain in new job openings, while the Northeast added the fewest new jobs (-15 percent). Typically, new job openings slow in November’s holiday season which lowers month-over-month results. Year-over-year data shows a better outlook with gains in all six regions, with the Southwest at the top, gaining 39 percent in new job openings.
If you Google “partnership,” you’ll find a wide variety of books, blogs, and ads promising everything from marital bliss to world peace.You’ll see many different approaches, but you’ll hear one common theme: Partnerships have the power to strengthen your relationships and achieve shared goals that you might not be able to reach on your own.And if you scroll far enough in your search for partnerships, you will even find references to NCUA.During my first term on the NCUA Board, I launched Partnering and Leadership Successes, or PALS. The primary purpose of this initiative was to foster collaboration both between NCUA and credit union stakeholders and between credit union officials. To achieve this goal, NCUA hosted free PALS Workshops around the country, where panels of credit union leaders shared best practices with their colleagues.The hallmark of these workshops was that presenters recounted for their peers success stories about partnering with community-based and non-profit organizations. These partnerships empowered credit unions to make affordable mortgages, generate small business loans, serve the underserved, and reach diverse new markets. It is truly gratifying to see many of those partnerships that began over a decade ago are still paying dividends for credit unions and their members today.Since returning to NCUA as Chairman, I’ve had the opportunity to forge very productive partnerships at the national level. Two of our most recent partnerships are approaching their one-year anniversary. And both are benefiting credit unions.Promoting Financial Literacy with AARPLast September, NCUA formalized a partnership with AARP to promote financial education and outreach. Our shared goal is to help consumers achieve financial security through increased access to responsible and affordable financial services.During the first year of our partnership, NCUA and AARP jointly:Co-hosted a free webinar titled “Avoiding Frauds and Scams: A Primer for Older Americans.” NCUA presenters explained common types of scams and frauds, strategies for avoiding them, and how to safely conduct financial transactions. Participants discussed joint guidance developed by NCUA and seven other federal regulators to combat and report suspected financial exploitation of older adults. Educated consumers about credit unions. NCUA provided information for AARP’s consumer educational materials to describe credit unions’ cooperative structure, membership eligibility, NCUA share insurance coverage, and the credit union locator on MyCreditUnion.gov.During the second year of our partnership, we plan to further share financial education tools and resources including AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and NCUA’s new Fraud Prevention Center, which will be launched at MyCreditUnion.gov. There are many areas where NCUA, AARP, and credit unions can work together to help consumers achieve financial security, and this partnership will continue to encourage those collaborations.Facilitating Small Business Loans with SBACredit unions benefit by partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, SBA guarantees up to 90 percent of the principal of approved loans to small business owners. SBA-guaranteed loans provide credit to small business owners who might have difficulty obtaining loans from other institutions; and they rank among credit unions’ safest loans.When I first met with SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, we discussed ways we could make it easier for credit unions to help their members finance small business ventures. Shortly thereafter, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding between our agencies to help credit unions connect with more small business owners.During the first year of NCUA’s partnership with SBA:NCUA’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund provided New Product Grants for low-income credit unions to offer SBA-guaranteed loans. SBA and NCUA co-hosted a free webinar for all credit unions titled, “Balancing Loan Portfolios with SBA Guarantees.”Participants discussed the benefits of SBA lending and learned that the guaranteed portion of each loan does not count against credit unions’ statutory member business lending cap. NCUA’s Economic Development Specialists and Specialized Lending Examiners were trained on SBA lending programs. These trained NCUA staff can now discuss the various types of SBA loans and lending platforms with credit union officials.During the second year of our partnership, SBA and NCUA plan to promote “SBA One,” a new online loan management platform that simplifies SBA lending. Credit unions will be able to electronically generate required forms, manage documents through a single portal, and close deals using secured electronic signatures. This platform could save thousands of dollars in costs per loan.SBA also plans to develop an online tool that will match small businesses with local credit unions approved as SBA lenders. Small businesses can use SBA’s “LINC” tool to fill out a questionnaire that will be sent to participating lenders in their community. If you are interested in having your credit union contacted by small business owners using LINC, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. I encourage you to take advantage of NCUA’s national partnerships and leverage opportunities in your community. For example, Vice Chairman Rick Metsger serves as NCUA’s member on the Board of NeighborWorks America, which supports a network of more than 240 non-profit community development organizations. These NeighborWorks affiliates can refer prospective homebuyers to credit unions for affordable financial services. You might consider reaching out to a NeighborWorks organization in your community.While we can’t promise you world peace or marital bliss, we can promise you that partnerships like these will benefit your credit union, your members, and your communities. AARP joined SBA and NCUA in co-hosting two additional free webinars. These webinars focused on SBA-guaranteed loans to “Encore Entrepreneurs”—small business owners over age 50 who are transitioning from traditional careers to entrepreneurship. Co-hosted a Twitter chat for Older Americans Month. NCUA’s tweets linked to anti-fraud resources on our consumer website, MyCreditUnion.gov. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Debbie Matz Debbie Matz was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the eighth board chair of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). After confirmation by the U.S. Senate on … Web: www.ncua.gov Details
The commission has about five months to complete the selection process before submitting the shortlisted names to the House of Representatives for approval on Dec. 14.KY commissioner for judge recruitment Aidul Fitriciada Azhari said that despite needing to select additional Supreme Court justices and ad hoc judges, the commission would focus on quality over quantity.“Therefore, we need to conduct a set of thorough assessments to select competent names, so that the House can approve our nominees,” Aidul said on Friday, urging individuals interested in applying to register via the commission’s website before the end of July.Read also: Supreme Court inundated with cases amid shortage of justices A series of assessments, interviews with a panel of KY members and independent experts and background checks will begin on Aug. 12 and are scheduled to be finished on Dec. 11.This year’s selection process will be held in compliance with strict health protocols and physical distancing measures. Aidul said these hurdles would make the process more difficult, as some selection processes normally required face-to-face interactions, such as candidate interviews and background checks, which require members of the KY selection panel to visit the candidates’ previous workplaces and interview people who could speak to the candidates’ track records.The outbreak, Aidul said, was also the reason behind the commission’s decision to recruit only nine justices instead of 16, as was previously requested by the Supreme Court in a letter dated April 30.In the letter, the court asked the commission to select nine justices and six ad hoc judges, two of whom would be assigned to its civil chamber and four to its criminal chamber.“But we have held three meetings with the court in the past two months and they accept the fact that conducting the selection process during the outbreak is going to be difficult,” Aidul said. “The court, however, is confident it can manage its workload with the current number of judges while we focus on recruiting new judges.”The country’s top court had previously said it was overwhelmed by the massive number of cases it needed to process amid a shortage of justices.It produced 20,058 rulings in 2019 compared to 17,638 in 2018, lifting its productivity rate to almost 99 percent from 95 percent the preceding year. Ninety-six percent, or more than 19,000, of the rulings were made in less than three months from the time the cases were received by the court.Given the lack of justices, the court has described this as an accomplishment, although it has faced criticism over inconsistent rulings and concerns the rulings may have been compromised to meet productivity targets.Read also: KPK investigation exposes corruption in Supreme CourtThe country’s top court currently has 47 justices after inaugurating five new judges in March and losing a justice who passed away in the same month – far below the maximum 60 justices allowed under the 2009 Supreme Court Law. The court also employs 14 ad hoc judges.Liza Farihah of Indonesian Institute for Independent Judiciary (LeIP) said the KY should seek candidates who could reform the court, which has come under scrutiny following the recent arrest of former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi on suspicions of corruption.Activist M. Rizaldi from the University of Indonesia’s Judicial Watch Society (MaPPI) said the commission should look for candidates with the most expertise and talent, clean track records and a broad understanding of the importance and role of the court.Topics : The Judicial Commission (KY) began its search for a new Supreme Court justice and eight ad hoc judges on Friday, amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia.This year, justices will be vetted to fill one vacant position in the Supreme Court’s state administrative chamber that focuses on settling final appeals relating to tax dispute cases. An additional justice with a broad knowledge of tax law is needed because the court currently has only one justice who specializes in this area.The commission will also select two ad hoc judges specializing in industrial relations, who will work with the current six judges and help the Supreme Court in handling cases related to labor disputes, as well as six ad hoc judges specializing in corruption matters to replace six retiring judges.
Legal & General Investment Management has recently become a member of an investor group that today wrote to 15 of the largest UK-listed companies about paying their staff a fair wage.Other investors backing the letter include BMO Global Asset Management, Candriam Investors Group, NEST, and Strathclyde Pension Fund.The Living Wage Investor Coalition now counts 29 institutional investors with £2.4trn (€2.8trn) in assets under management, according to ShareAction, which coordinates the campaign.The letters were sent to companies with “economically vulnerable staff” such as Just Eat and Royal Mail, and followed the announcement of new rates by the Living Wage Foundation earlier this month. The rates are higher than the National Living Wage of £8.21 per hour, which is the legal minimum for workers aged 25 and over. According to ShareAction, investor understanding and support for the Living Wage is “continually building”.Mara Lilley, campaign manager at ShareAction, said: “We’re pleased that this progressive group of investors is using its influence to ensure workers don’t suffer the indignity of ‘just scraping by’.”Thirty-eight FTSE100 companies are accredited as a Living Wage employer.
Looking down from the upper levels of the home.Prior to living in the home at 93 Gunnin St, the family lived in a smaller Queenslander at Taringa, but Mrs Swainston said she wishes they had made the move to Fig Tree Pocket earlier.“We thought it was a lot further out than it is,” she said.“It’s really accessible and we were blown away with what the area had to offer.“You get all the benefit of a huge backyard and mountain bike trails, yet you’re so close to everything.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 The home has a pool and gas heated spa.“When we go on holidays, it’s almost disappointing because it’s not as nice to go away as it is at home,” Mrs Swainston said.“There are just so many things to do here and it really has been like living at a resort.” The kitchen at 93 Gunnin St, Fig Tree Pocket.Mrs Swainston said the home would be great for a number of buyers. High ceilings give a resort-like feeling to the home.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenJuly 20: Liz Tilley talks dream homes06:36 The living space is open-plan.“We’ve got rooms we’ve used in various guises over the years, from offices to bedrooms,” she said.“It’s flexible enough to suit any family arrangement or it could also work as an Airbnb.”She said now her children had moved out of home it was time for them to downsize. The media room has a fire that ignites at the touch of a button.Mrs Swainston said the home was perfect in any season, with entertainment options for any temperature.“The home has got so many beautiful indoor things to do,” she said.“We’ve got the sauna and the spa is gas heated, and we’ve got a nice fireplace.“It’s nice every season.” The alfresco dining area overlooks the pool.The home is smart wired, with the fire able to be ignited at the touch of a button, a programmable lighting system, and a Sons sound system throughout the residence. The home at 93 Gunnin St, Fig Tree Pocket, is for sale.WHY ever go on holidays when your home is like a resort?Leesa Swainston said her family of six had loved living at their Fig Tree Pocket home so much, they found it difficult to go on vacation.
Dorian LPG, Marshall Islands-incorporated owner and operator of very large gas carriers, closed the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 with a net loss of USD 1.4 million, a major plunge from the net income of USD 129.7 million posted in the previous year.The firm’s adjusted net loss was USD 28.9 million, a decrease of USD 168.5 million year-on year, primarily attributable to a reduction in revenues of USD 122.3 million.Dorian’s fleet saw a 60 percent drop in TCE rates during the year, standing at USD 22,037 for the financial year amid subdued market conditions.For the quarter, the company’s net income came at USD 2 million, also considerably down when compared to USD 20 million reported for the corresponding period a year earlier.Revenues stood at USD 47.6 million and USD 167.4 million for the three months and year ended March 31, 2017. “Our results for the quarter and the year are a reflection of our consistent chartering strategy and our ongoing efforts to control expenses. We remain focused on efficiently managing our business in an earnings environment which we hope will improve as world fleet growth abates and global LPG trade fundamentals continue to develop favorably both in terms of import demand and supply of cargoes for export,” John Hadjipateras, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented.Hadjipateras added that the company has taken steps to strengthen its balance sheet and liquidity profil “to position ourselves to take advantage of opportunities that a weak market may present.”To remind, on May 31 the company secured amendment to its USD 758 million debt facility, and on June 8, Dorian inked a USD 97 million bridge loan agreement with DNB Capital LLC.