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first_imgNational Parks get trashed as government shutdown continues National Parks across the country have taken a hard hit during the government shutdown, reporting overflowing garbage cans, near-capacity pit toilets, and bad behavior from visitors who are bringing in dogs and drones and off-roading vehicles. Although visitor’s centers are closed, ranger programs are cancelled, and staffing is down to a skeleton crew, park gates remain open—free of charge—and people are flooding into the parks. By some estimates, 27 million tons of garbage has been brought into the parks since the shutdown. In some cases, volunteers have stepped up to remove trash and try to keep the parks clean. In the past, parks closed entirely during government shutdowns. The decision to keep parks open is part of a contingency plan put into place last year allowing a small staff to stay on the payroll. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reaches most distant object visited by humankindJust minutes into the New Year, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made it closest approach to a small, icy world nicknamed Ultima Thule, 4 billion miles away. It’s the most distant object visited by humankind and in the days and months to come, scientists expect to receive pictures and scientific data beamed back to earth by New Horizons. Scientists think that Ultima Thule may be unchanged from the solar system’s early days, and that data collected about the distant world could lead to new discoveries about the origin of the sun and planets. Scientists will now begin counting craters, mapping the surface, looking for moons and rings around Ultima Thule and identifying materials on the surface. By doing this work, they hope to gain a better understanding of the thousands of small bodies in the Kuiper belt, a region beyond Neptune littered with icy debris. Plastic straws are officially banned in D.C.On January 1, 2019, Washington, D.C. became the second major U.S. city to ban plastic straws in restaurants and other businesses. Businesses have until July to make the change before any fines kick in. Possible alternatives to plastic straws include hay straws, paper straws and reusable straws. Americans use and toss between 170 million and 500 million straws each day. Worldwide, it is estimated that straws account for 4 percent of plastic pollution found in the oceans by volume. D.C.’s straw ban was passed in 2014 as part of the same legislation that banned Styrofoam food containers but has not been enforced until now. Seattle was the first major U.S. city to ban plastic straws back in mid 2018.last_img read more

first_imgThe home at 25 Chadford St, MacGregor.A two-storey family home has sold under the hammer in MacGregor for a seven-figure sum.Marketing agent Jason White, of Harcourts Coorparoo, said the property at 25 Chadford St sold for $1.011 million at auction.The six-bedroom home attracted eight registered bidders and an opening bid of $800,000.“It was all over in about 15 minutes or so,” Mr White said.“Everyone was pretty keen, and it came down to two bidders at the end.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Mr White said the property had been a family home and was snapped up by a local buyer who intended to keep it as a family home as well. Inside the home at 25 Chadford St, MacGregor.Sitting in 584sq m of land with in-ground swimming pool, the big brick house included open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining, sun room and rumpus room.There are four bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, and two bedrooms, laundry, bathroom and storage downstairs.Mr White said the MacGregor market was “very strong”.“We are seeing more owner-occupiers now,” he said.“They’re going more for land size than actual house size but they are chasing that family living.”last_img read more

first_imgAREC 2019 — Agent speakers — David Walker (Ray White). Pic: Supplied/McGrath.“It would be easy to get down but over the past 12 months, we have looked at where we can grow, run more efficiently and become a business of attraction,” he said.And that, he said, was key to surviving a downturn, and growing as a business into the future.Sydney and Melbourne have been hardest hit by the property downturn after years of eye-watering prices, but Brisbane, which has been steady, has not been immune, with much smaller falls across the region.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoSo how do you survive the hard times?Mr Walker said the key is to remember that “no matter how bad it gets, it is not permanent”.He told the crowd that standing out meant making a listings presentation count — and grab the attention of vendors.“It is the rock concert for musicians, game day for athletes,” he said. “That’s the time to showcase your point of difference and pull away from your competitors.”And that includes being honest about your weaknesses. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS: ‘Spelling Manor’ discount aims to leave buyers Charmed Market locks in historic rate cut Baby boomer ‘house party’ goes off in luxury Hamptons twin set David Walker speaking at AREC 2019He advised those in the industry to focus on culture — “positivity, trust and no d***heads”.“You spend more time at work than you do with your own family so you don’t want to take oxygen thieves in to your business,” he said.He said that three things for a top agent to remember was to “know your market, your product and your pitch”, and remember “sh*tty things happen.”“Change is coming to our industry and it is coming fast,” he said. “Change and growth is difficult but there is nothing harder in life than being stuck in a place you don’t want to be.” * The 22nd Australian Real Estate Conference (AREC) is being held on the Gold Coast today and tomorrow. First homebuyer interest spikes as interest rate cut looms AREC 2019 Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, June 02, 2019. Picture: SOPHIE FOSTERONE of Australia’s top real estate agents has told the property sector to embrace the changes currently affecting the national market, or get left behind.Ray White top selling agent David Walker, director of Ray White Wahroonga/Turramurra, has so far weathered the property downturn in Sydney, telling the AREC 2019 Conference that stock levels in his Upper North Shore region had been down 30 to 40 per cent.last_img read more

first_img Share 17 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews UWP stages peaceful protest while National Budget is being presented by: – June 29, 2011 Share UWP supporters at this morning’s peaceful protest outside the House of Assembly.This is what it looked like outside the House of Assembly as supporters of the United Workers Party demonstrated against what they say is the failure of government to make provisions for Voter ID Cards in this morning’s budget presentation which is currently underway.Leader of the UWP Ron Green told party supporters that his members of parliament will continue to boycott until they get what they want.“What the prime minister has to do is provide the resources so that they could be implemented. National ID Cards avoids the issue of voter ID cards…” he said.Reports reaching Dominica Vibes News also indicated that Mr. Herbert Sabroache was arrested this morning, however it is not clear why he was arrested. He was escorted from the Parliament grounds this morning.Dominica Vibes News will bring you more from this mornings proceedings.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgShocking details are emerging about Sol Pais; the Columbine-obsessed high school teenager found dead Wednesday as police closed in after a massive manhunt.“There is no longer a threat to the community,” the FBI said Wednesday afternoon.Police found Pais dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face at Echo Lake campground in the foothills of Mount Evans outside Denver, Colorado.A website linked to the 18-year-old shows disturbing hand-drawn images of guns, a bloody knife, and a skull.Pais was a senior at Miami Beach Senior High School, and her classmates say she was “very introverted and by herself a lot.”Pais father spoke out about his family’s grief saying “it’s like a bad dream.”Related content:South Florida woman ‘obsessed with Columbine’ deadlast_img

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