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Interstate investors snapping up townhouses in blue chip suburb

first_img“There is a mix of owner occupiers and investors, families, first homeowners, upsizers and downsizers,” he said.“Many have come from nearby suburbs. “We liked this site because it is well-serviced by schools, retail and transport and is close to the city.”Trend consists of 36 townhouses – 31 with four bedrooms and five townhouses with three bedrooms. Each one has two carparks. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoPrices start from $545,000. The townhouses also come with 2.5 bathrooms, two car spaces, quality finishes, open-plan living spaces and private courtyards.Everton Park, which is 9km from the CBD, has previously been labelled an “emerging blue chip suburb” by developers working in the area.The median house sales price is currently $602,000, according to CoreLogic. For units, it is $435,000.Mr Cawley said their “keenly priced” townhouses offered a happy-medium between a house and a unit, and were being constructed in an area where infill sites were becoming harder to find.“It is that perfect wedge between a detached house and an apartment,” he said.Mr Cawley said investors who had bought into the development were also recognising their value for money, with the majority coming from Sydney and Melbourne. Going forward, Keystone Urban Developments will continue its focus on the northern suburbs, with construction underway and more than 50 per cent of townhouses sold at its Vue Taigum development.Evoke McDowall is also expected to be launched soon, with Echelon Bridgeman Downs scheduled for next year.The company has also completed two northside residential developments – Vogue Aspley and Northpoint Carseldine. Trend Everton ParkDescribed as a “city fringe paradise”, Trend Everton Park is proving popular with buyers wanting a new home with an affordable price tag close to the city. Civil works are almost complete, with construction of the 36 townhouses expected to be finished by the end of the year.Keystone Urban Developments managing director Brendan Cawley said 55 per cent of the townhouses had now sold to a range of buyers.last_img read more

Play Your Part episode 13: get involved

first_imgEpisode 13 of Play Your Part features Maimane Alfred Phiri, Kass Naidoo and Pamela K Bess. Here’s how you can get involved with them and their initiatives.Maimane Alfred Phiri represented South Africa at the football World Cup in France in 1998. The former football star is the founder of the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterBorn and bred in Alexandra in Johannesburg, Maimane Phiri started a social responsibility project in 2001 to involve youngsters in sports such as football.The former football star is one of the guests featured on episode 13 of the Play Your Part TV series, which airs on Saturday, 9 December 2017 at 18:00 on SABC2.Here’s how you can get involved with Phiri’s initiative, as well as with the other guests on this week’s episode:Maimane PhiriPhiri is the founder of the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games, or MAP Games, as well as the Maimane Alex Development Foundation which hosts the games, an annual winter football tournament. For Women’s Month, the foundation also focused on other sport codes such as netball, athletics and basketball.Contact detailsWebsite: mapgames.co.zaTwitter: @MAP_gamesalexKass NaidooNaidoo publishes news of women in sport and in South Africa. Her online initiative, gsport4girls, celebrates women in sport by hosting an annual awards.Contact detailsWebsite: kassnaidoo.co.za and gsport.co.zaTwitter: @KassNaidoo and @gsport4girlsPamela K BessSocial entrepreneur Bess has a passion for media development and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Abesu Media and Communications, DoTV Africa and Positive Vibez NPC. Through these initiatives she provides training and development opportunities that promote entrepreneurship.Contact detailsWebsite: dotvafrica.co.za and FacebookTwitter: @PamelaKBess and @DoTVAfricaPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Don’t give away your risk premiums with specialty crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week many speculated as many as 2 million wheat acres were damaged after cold weather struck much of the Midwest. While this caused a nice wheat futures rally Monday, it was short-lived because this represents only about 100 million bushels, or 10% of forecasted total wheat carryout. This is likely not a big enough issue to change prices long-term.Even with the cold weather and threats of replant, corn prices can’t build any momentum. With 2.3 billion bushels of carryout and farmers sitting on too much unpriced stored corn, traders are starting to realize a production issue is necessary for any substantial rally. For the week, corn was up only about a nickel and for the past four months the range has been less than 30 cents.Despite being frustrated with current prices, I have plans and orders in place if there is a quick price surge and a profitable opportunity presents itself. It’s more important than ever for farmers to be ready by knowing their breakeven points, necessary profit levels and having orders in place. Those that plan ahead will be rewarded. Market actionAfter the success of recent straddles trades, I did another similar trade. Trade details: sold August $3.70 straddle for 35 cents (I sold the $3.70 put and the $3.70 call and collected a total of 35 cents)Trade expiration – 7/21/17 – after the weather markets for the corn crop is knownPercent of 2017 production — 5% (This trade takes place after 7/4, so it’s a new crop trade for me)Expected market direction for late July — Assuming normal weather the market should trend lowerPotential benefit — If Sep futures close at $3.70 on 7/21, I keep the 35-cent premiumPotential concern — Reduced or no premium if the market moves significantly in either direction. For every penny lower than $3.70 I get less premium until $3.35. At $3.35 or lower, a new crop corn sale is removed, but any profits gained on that trade can be added to a future sale. For every penny higher than $4.05 I get less premium until $4.05. At $4.05 or higher I have to make another corn sale at $4.05 against Sep futures. A Sep trade can then be “rolled” from the Sep to the Dec and I will like pick up 10 cents of premium and this trade would be about $4.15 against the Dec.This trade is most profitable if the market continues to trade sideways. While this type of trade has been profitable recently, it important to not be complacent and be aware of risk, therefore its only 5% of my production (my previous straddle trades have represented 10% of production). Still, I think this trade has potential. I already have 15% of my ’17 crop hedged around $4. Worst case scenario, I will have removed 5% of sales while taking home a 65-cent profit between the straddle and previous sale that can be added to a later sale. Don’t give away your risk premiums with specialty cropsGrowing specialty corn (i.e. seed, white, non-GMO, high oil, silage, etc.) is getting more popular with farmers due to the premium associated to any corn that isn’t used for feed stock or ethanol. Often proximity to a specialty corn buyer is the main reason for the premium, but sometimes it can be yield-potential reduction or just a matter of trying to keep all of the crop identity preserved.The risk for these specialty crops comes in the form of cross-pollination to insects or increased weed treatment. Specialty crops are “special” because they are hard to replace if there is a production issue at a local level. Plus, most farmers don’t want the hassle, or risk, of raising these crops. That’s why there are heavy premiums. If everyone was doing it, there wouldn’t be the premiums.There is definitely opportunity to make a good profit raising specialty corn, but I notice many farmers making marketing decisions that potentially leave money on the table. Let me explain.Typical farmers usually price their specialty crop first. They see a flat price with let’s say a 40-cent premium more than traditional corn. They get excited about the high price, and lock in early. Usually they price it during the winter months when traditional yellow corn prices looked suppressed.I recommend:Determine what premium a farmer receives for raising the specialty crop (40 cents maybe?)Back that number off and find the futures value.Add the standard basis price for regular yellow corn, and determine if you want to price any yellow corn at that level.Usually when I’ve walked farmers through this exercise they say they wouldn’t price yellow corn at that level because they think prices will go higher.When outlining a marketing strategy, I recommend that farmers pool their specialty and regular bushels together. If a futures level meets the farmer’s criteria to sell based upon profitability goals, then they should sell at that futures level. In doing this, they have the flexibility to apply a sale to any of their crops later. This can be advantageous if there is a chance they aren’t able to meet the necessary supply of the contract for yellow or even the specialty corn. All future sales should work toward an average sum. Farmers can always apply specialty crop premium later.In other words, by doing this recommended approach above farmers are basically setting their basis on specialty crops early while setting futures prices later. This provides farmers with more flexibility and premium/profit potential on all their corn. A good rule of thumb: if a farmer wouldn’t set their yellow corn prices now based upon futures prices, then they shouldn’t be selling their specialty crop either. Raising specialty crops can be risky, don’t give away the premium for taking on that risk because you like a certain cash price.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

State Fair attendance dips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 Ohio State Fair concluded its 12-day run on Sunday, Aug. 6 with an estimated 801,031 attendees entering the gates between July 26 and August 6. This count reflects a 13% decrease since 2016, when a total of 921,214 visitors attended the Fair.“The last several years have seen attendance figures grow almost annually, but total attendance does fluctuate from year to year based on a number of factors,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “This year, of course, was not a normal Fair year. Opening Day’s tragic ride accident, which closed the Midway for several days, coupled with a few days of cool, rainy weather, certainly contributed to the dip in attendance. Nevertheless, we thank the hundreds of thousands of devoted fairgoers who supported this great end-of-summer tradition.”last_img read more

gigantesque – The Big One (GC5Q8N) – Geocache of the Week

first_imgShare with your Friends:More No big deal, just walking into a geocache. Photo by geocacher patafix86Geocache Name:gigantesque – The Big One (GC5Q8N)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:The first souvenir for the Geocaching Road Trip ’15 is Fun with Favorites: find any geocache with 10+ Favorite Points to earn it. After finding this geocache, you’ll not only have the new souvenir, you’ll also be one of the few geocachers who can truthfully say, “I’ve walked around inside a geocache.”What geocachers have to say:“What a super cache. Thanks to the owners for allowing it. Must be a tourist pull!Well done Johnny-Vegas. TFTC” – creditdog“It is a great moment of geocaching and a very beautiful discovery. I do not know how to express all this without revealing it too much. As a result, I would content with inviting the other players to come to discover this “box” and to see what it contains. A warm congratulations and thank you for this outstanding geocache.” – cukcelte“Wow!!! What a beauty, This must be the largest cache we are ever likely to see. Thanks for the welcome from Johnny Vegas. Nice to have met you. We will try and visit this cache again and bring more stuff.” – DaiGymWhat the geocache owner, Johnny-Vegas, has to say:“I wanted to be more involved with Geocaching so my mind started ticking over with ideas. It’s the way I am, quite imaginative and some say over imaginative!Our new home came with a 7.5 tonne DAF lorry parked up in the barn. It was registered in the UK and so very difficult to re-register it here in France. There is already plenty of storage and outbuildings so another “store room” was not really required.I decided to convert the lorry and it’s massive box on the back to be a cache container but I didn’t want it to just look like a half-hearted attempt. So decided to paint it a deep green colour just like an ammo box, I had vinyl lettering made to create a geocaching.com label in extra large letters. Camouflage netting was placed over the cab to “blend” it into the background and a camouflage interior design was created.I really wanted it to look and feel like a cache container and not the back of an old truck.With the cache being located within our grounds I get to meet other cachers and share their experiences which is wonderful. Reading their feedback tells me they are really happy with finding the cache (not hard to locate!) but also sharing their excitement with me, it really is great fun.”Photos:So, are they considered swag now? Photo by francoizikA happy family outside the container. Photo by Les moregansA giant logbook to match the cache. Photo by geocacher C2iCWhat’s the largest geocache you’ve ever found? Post your photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks! SharePrint RelatedRubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”By the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 13, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”The Ultimate Hiding Tool — Swiss Army Knife of Geocache Containers (GC53TZQ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 17, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Tracking Our Company’s Carbon Footprint

first_imgSouth Mountain Company is a 39-year-old employee-owned company offering integrated architecture, engineering, building, and renewable energy services. We like to measure how we’re doing in as many ways as possible. Like other businesses, we have a collection of metrics for financial tracking: profit and loss, budget projections and actuals, job costing of each project, value of our several funds (pension, equity, and reserves), and more.We also measure social factors: employee education costs, compensation ratio (top to bottom), length of employee tenure, average employee age, charitable contributions, and community service.We consistently track (measure) our work backlog to help us plan for our immediate future.We try to predict our longer-term future, too — through strategic planning, creating five year plans, projecting organizational charts, and making succession plans.In design and project planning, we do extensive measuring (space planning, engineering) to ensure good building performance, structure, and utility. On our completed projects, we monitor energy use and other factors (like relative humidity) to help us learn what works and what doesn’t. There are no existing templates for these calculationsWe asked ourselves this question: “While we are working so hard to make zero-energy buildings, how are we doing with energy and waste in our company operations?” The answer, despite our consistent anecdotal efforts, is that we had no real idea, so we set out to find out — to learn where our impacts are greatest, and where the opportunities exist to reduce those impacts. By gathering baseline data and measuring impacts, we would create a means to track our progress.When we first imagined this project, we assumed we would find models and templates. Surprisingly, we were unable to find small companies that are currently measuring their company carbon footprint. (We still think they must be out there; we just haven’t found them yet). So we developed a methodology, gathered the data, and produced the first phase of our carbon footprint assessment. Our director of engineering, Marc Rosenbaum, was largely responsible for the methodology. My daughter Sophie, who works with us part-time while she is working on an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, collected the data from various places and was the primary author of the report.We have now completed the first phase of this project. Here’s a snapshot that shows that by far the largest source of energy use in our company at present is employees getting to and from work and driving around (hopefully not aimlessly) doing errands during the day! (See Image #1, above.) Looking at building materialsWe are also ready to begin the second phase of our assessment, which is the complicated part. The materials that we use in our projects are a big part of our carbon impact. In the first phase of our assessment, we only measured the transportation of building materials from Woods Hole (the other side of the water from Martha’s Vineyard, our home territory) to their destination, and the waste these materials generated. But that leaves out, of course, a big part of the story: the materials’ environmental impact from origin to Woods Hole.For simplicity’s sake, we decided for Phase One that this is part of our clients’ carbon footprint, not ours — a convenient deflection. A procrastination, in fact (like washing all the dishes and leaving the baking pans and skillets in the sink to soak) — but one that was necessary to allow the analysis to be phased.Ultimately, however, we understand that these materials are, indeed, a part of our impact. More important than who is assigned the impact is the fact that we are the ones who can assess and change our practices, so the ball’s in our court.The second phase, which we are beginning now, is to dig deeply into a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the materials we purchase for our projects, from the extraction phase through processing, manufacturing, and distribution (along with the current local transportation and waste disposal that we are already tracking). This new part of the endeavor requires extensive research and new learning.It also means we must consider and interact with our supply chain in new ways — to try to create alignments, in both values and practices, with our suppliers. This is bound to be a long haul. The beginning of a long journeyIn summary, for 20 years or more we have had the goal of reducing carbon emissions, but it has been an abstract goal to which we have only given episodic attention. It may take another 20 years to reach our zero-energy and zero-waste goals, and we are only beginning to learn how to do that. But this first phase of our Carbon Footprint Project has served its intended purposes. We identified the areas in which we are already doing well, found the areas that are most ripe for improvement, and specified the aspects which need further inquiry.There’s always something new that needs to be measured. Numbers tell stories. Stories teach. This metric feels like one that will be teaching us a lot — for a very long time. While there will be no end to this project, we are no longer at the beginning. It’s part of a path to a restorative future.The full first phase report is available on the SMC website. We are interested in feedback about ways to improve it. We are also interested in knowing about other companies doing this work. If you have comments or information you’d like to share write to me at jabrams [at] southmountain [dot] com. And, of course, building itself is a process of constant measurement.This desire — to measure whatever we can as a means of understanding who we are and what we do — inspired us recently to attempt to measure our company carbon footprint. Despite our efforts to build durable high-performance buildings with low environmental impacts, we recognize that all of our buildings have significant impacts, as do our operations as a company. RELATED ARTICLES Implementing new carbon-reduction measuresWe have just completed a project to make our offices, shop, and storage facilities net energy producers. We added a large solar array and replaced our oil heating system with air-source heat pumps. (See Image #2, below). But since we enrolled in the Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Certificate program, which enables us to sell the renewable attribute of the solar-generated electricity, we can’t count it against the electricity we use; that would be counting it twice in carbon footprint terms.Now we will prioritize reducing our use of transportation energy. We are considering a number of measures which, if implemented, may help with that:Operational changes that save trips by our construction crews when in the field;Increasing our company’s employee transportation incentive to encourage greater use of public transportation and bicycles;Carefully evaluating the benefits and costs of off-island travel, driving, flying, taking the bus, or skipping the trip altogether;Ensuring that PV systems are installed and operational as early as possible on projects to maximize offsets of jobsite energy use;Examining the possibility of portable jobsite heat pumps for construction heat;Lowering our corporate fleet footprint by incentivizing more fuel-efficient vehicles throughout the company;Acquiring a company electric vehicle for office errands and short trips during the workday.We’re particularly jazzed about the electric vehicle, as we have been working to make our facility more resilient in case of an event that leaves us without power for an extended time. The battery pack in an electric vehicle represents energy storage that can supply our facility with power during an electricity outage. If we plan to use our PV array for backup power, it’s likely that we’ll need more storage than one vehicle battery pack provides. Strength in NumbersReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part OneReducing Our Carbon Footprint — Part TwoHow Deep Is Your Footprint?Life-Cycle Assessment is a Tool, Not a Silver BulletEnergy Return on Investment Energy Use Is the Most Important Aspect of Green BuildingAll About Embodied EnergyNet-Zero Design Wins Carbon Competition ‘All New Construction and Retrofits Must Be Carbon-Neutral’Britain’s Zero-Carbon Dustup Q&A: Experience with carbon footprint modeling for construction? John Abrams is founder and CEO of South Mountain Company, located on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. South Mountain is a 39-year-old worker-owned company committed to triple-bottom-line business practices. John’s book, Companies We Keep: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place, was published in 2008. John’s blog is called The Company We Keep.last_img read more

10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … A great deal of the excitement about Glass is coming from people working in higher education, as well as from students. Ben Foster, a professor at DePaul University, is one of many academics that are eager to augment the teaching experience with Google Glass, pulling up pertinent data without turning his back to students, for example. For students, Google Glass could be transformative. Some are even talking about how Glass could potentially aid those with learning disabilities.  Recording lectures, live streaming them for remote access, audio-note taking and supplementing lectures with related data are just the beginning.  Of course, exactly how Glass is used (and how useful it is) will vary depending on the curriculum.3. Enhancing Less Formal, More Hands-On Learning Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces A number of the #ifihadglass contest respondents talked about how the technology could be use by surgeons as virtual assistants in the operating room. Timothy Lee, a surgical resident at New York University, proposes using Glass to record operations for teaching purposes, enable remote assistance via livestream and show the surgeon vitals, CT scan and other pertinent medical information. By tapping into real-time data, reference material and input from live surgeons across the globe, devices like Glass could reduce the number of errors made during surgery. Here’s hoping the voice recognition is spot on.2. Revolutionizing Higher Education  Okay, so Google Glass won’t cure blindness, but the technology can be quite valuable to those with certain visual, auditory and physical handicaps. At the University of New Brunswick Libraries, Jeff Carter wants to use Glass to make things more accessible to the visually impaired via real-time optical character recognition and text-to-speech translation. Navigating the stacks would be a lot easier (for everybody, really) with digital signage overlaying the physical world. Indeed, for the visually impaired, navigating just about anywhere could be made much easier thanks to Glass’s augmented reality maps and voice control. At Shriner’s Hospital For Children in Portland, the assistive technology team is already brainstorming ways that Glass could be used to “unlock their learning potential and access their world.”6. Stargazing  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Google Glass is coming. Sure, the early adopters will be viewed as weirdos and the idea of a tiny head-mounted camera raises all kinds of creepy privacy questions, but Glass is cool. Google’s first iteration may or may not be a slam dunk, but wearable computing is unquestionably the next big thing, and heads-up displays are going to be a part of our future, once everybody gets over the dorky stigma. To get the ideas flowing (and promote its upcoming product launch), Google asked its users to propose use cases for Glass and hashtag them #ifihadglass. The campaign, which wrapped up last week, yielded some snarky — and, of course, some truly dumb — responses, but there are plenty of smart suggestions, each of which lets us envision the type of techno-utopian sci-fi future Sergey Brin dreams about every night.  Yes, it will be awkward the first time one of your friends shows up to the bar wearing a computer on their face. That’s not what Glass is for, at least not initially. In general, people seem to be most excited about what Glass will mean for education, medicine, communicating, gaming and getting around. 1. Enhancing Surgery With Augmented Realitycenter_img This is one of the use cases people seem most excited about. And for good reason: Wearable computing and augmented reality open up new doors when it comes to gaming, which is already huge on smartphones and tablets. With technology like Glass, game developers can overlay gameplay over the real world, and plenty of them are already thinking about how to take their Android games to this new, exciting (or creepy) level. 5. Overcoming Disabilities john paul titlow Tags:#Augmented Reality#Google Glass#mobile Previously the pipe dream of optimistic futurists, real-time language translation is a reality today (even if its accuracy could use a little more polish). Using technology Google already owns (OCR and Google Translate), Glass could translate foreign signs and menus. Even more compelling is the device’s theoretical ability to translate spoken language into real-time subtitles, effectively eliminating any language barrier between two Glass-wearing individuals. Lots of people are thinking about how learning and using sign language could change too. Pretty powerful stuff. No, I don’t mean surreptitiously snapping photos of Nikki Minaj at the grocery store (although I’m sure they’ll be plenty of that sort of thing). Amateur astronomers will be able to look at the sky with a whole new layer of digital insight using tiny, face-mounted computers.  Mobile astronomy apps have been popular on smartphone users for years, and for good reason. It’s pretty neat to hold your phone up to the sky and see information about planets, constellations, galaxies and the like. Now imagine that experience without the smartphone, overlaid directly over what you’re seeing. 7. Healthier Living  While universities and colleges will be among Glass’s earliest adopters, the advantages are not limited to formal education. Just like people post tutorial videos to YouTube, a camera-equipped camera you wear on your face opens up new possibilities for teaching people things from a hands-on, first person perspective. Fixing things, cooking meals, learning to play the guitar. Anything you use your hands for can be taught (and augmented with relevant details) via a Hangout or YouTube video.  4. Augmented Reality Gaming There are all kinds of ideas being thrown around about how Glass could help people better manage their health. First, there’s the somewhat obvious example of porting already-popular fitness tracking apps like RunKeeper over to Glass for a more seamless experience. Many of things runners and fitness buffs use their smartphones for now could be simplified by Glass. If nothing else, displaying real-time stats about your run in front of you as you go could be a serious motivator. Also, the bone conduction audio makes headphones unnecessary and reduces the odds of you getting hit by a truck. If Santa Clara University student Alexander Vincent Molloy has his way, you’ll also be able to return health-related information about foods while you’re cooking or even shopping. Using Google Goggles-style image recognition and search, a Glass app could do exactly that, helping the health-conscious make smarter decisions without fiddling with their phones as much. 8. Reconnecting With History One of the most delightfully nerdy Glass use cases being talked about is augmented reality historical tours and museum exhibits. Again, just imagine some of the work that’s been done with smartphone apps and remove the phone from the equation (or at least the act of taking it out and holding it up). Armed with Glass-supported Android apps, walking through the historical Old City District of Philadelphia or the history-rich parks of Massachusetts could be like taking one of those audio-guided tours on digital steroids. Even if an app is not built specifically to overlay data and imagery on top of historical buildings, the ability to do a quick, relevant voice search without pulling out your phone will make learning about history  more immersive than ever. 9. Augmented Reality Art Like historical tours, the experience of viewing art could be enhanced using augmented reality. Some will undoubtedly balk at the idea of wearing a face computer to the MoMA. Why not just enjoy the art and leave gadgets out of it? Because there’s way more information in the world about a given painting, sculpture or design than could ever fit into an exhibit. It doesn’t have to bound by museum walls, either. European design agency Nuelandherzer says it would use Glass to create an augmented reality experience for viewing and learning about urban street art around the world.10. Real-Time Language Translation last_img read more

Autism Awareness

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Retrieved March 15, 2016, from http://autism.about.com/od/whatisautism/tp/topfacts.htmThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 1, 2016 Did you know that the month of April is set-aside as ‘Autism Awareness Month?’ In today’s blog we highlight Autism Spectrum Disorder, its potential effects on military families and resources for military helping professionals. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD is mostly commonly known and referred to as Autism. Individuals with ASD may display either high-/or low-functioning Autism. There are several distinct diagnoses and symptoms for ASD as it relates to social communication skills, fine and gross motor skills, unusual responses to sensory input and intellectual skills.7 Causes of Autism You may find that ASD occurs more often in people who have certain genetic or chromosomal conditions.13 If you are working with a parent who has a child with ASD, there is a 2-18 percent chance their second child may also be affected.6,11  Studies show that among identical twins, if one child has ASD, then the other will be affected 36-95 percent of the time. However, if the twins are fraternal the chance of the other child having ASD reduces to 0-31 percent.4,8-9,12 Autism in the U.S.Autism affects many Americans across the country. In fact you, yourself may know of individuals with ASD. Let’s take a quick glance at ASD in the U.S.ASD’s prevalence in the United States is estimated at 1 in 68 births (CDC, 2014).ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups (CDC, 2014)More than 3.5 million Americans live with ASD.2ASD is almost 5 times more common among males (1 in 42) than among females (1 in 168) (CDC, 2014). Cost of AutismASD can be costly for families, accounting for approximately $236-262 billion annually.2 On average, medical expenditures for children and adolescents with ASD were 4-6 times greater than for those without ASD.10 In addition, rigorous behavioral interventions for children with ASD cost $40,000 to $60,000 per child per year.1 Autism and Military FamiliesFor military families, dealing with the stress of relocation, deployment and the culture itself can put an added amount of stress on families, compared to civilians. However when the military family has a child with special needs, more specifically a child with Autism, stress can be even greater for the family. There are many issues that these families are faced with when their child has ASD, such as:Emotional distress when a parent or family member is deployed.3Availability of services when relocating to a new installation.3Schools not having the services to meet the needs of ASD children, which may lead to possibly filing for mediation and due process if the caregiver feels the school is not meeting the Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) law.3 Resources to Support Families with AutismTo learn more on how you can help support your military families and caregivers on ASD check out the resources below.Autism SpeaksNational Autism CenterAutism NowTRICARE® Active Duty Special NeedsCenter for Autism and Related DisordersAutism Societylast_img read more

Cabagnot leads BPC stats race; Ratliffe paces imports

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Next to him is Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (53.5 SPs), Blackwater’s Greg Smith (52.9 SPs), Phoenix’s Jameel McKay (47.7 SPs), and Alaska’s Cory Jefferson (47.4 SPs).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mahindra’s Gavina focuses on positives despite ending campaign with 2-9 card MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Chasing him in second is GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, who isn’t far behind with a 33.4 SPs.Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar sits in third with 32.3 SPs, followed by Fajardo (32.2 SPs), and Batang Pier scorer Terrence Romeo (31.5 SPs).Rounding out the top 10 are Jayson Castro (31.3 SPs), Marcio Lassiter (31.2 SPs), Chris Ross (30.9 SPs), LA Tenorio (30.2 SPs), and Baser Amer (29.6 SPs).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeanwhile, Star’s Ricardo Ratliffe leads the Best Import race with 65.7 SPs.The returning reinforcement averaged 34.7 points, 21.0 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 2.0 assists in the three games he played this conference. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA player from San Miguel still owns the top spot in the Best Player of the Conference in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, but this time, it’s not June Mar Fajardo, who is leading the statistical race.Alex Cabagnot made a surprise leap to be top local, netting 34.7 statistical points (SPs). He is averaging 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more