Margate home built to stand test of time

first_img32 Eveline Street, Margate.“The other thing was the design of the house. It has a lovely big deck, so it is a nice cool house, it gets beautiful breezes from the Bay.’’After years of enjoyment Mr Powell said it was now time to downsize but they would remain in the area.“I think I am going to miss the deck, the nice big deck. I am going to miss my fruit trees and I think I am going to miss the location, being so close to everything and the lovely neighbours.“It has been a wonderful home and we would love to see it go to a nice family. You could move your clothes in and put your furniture down and have a barbecue that afternoon because there is nothing else that you need to do.“We have maximised what you could do on that house.’’ 32 Eveline Street, Margate.Mr Powell said he was “fairly pedantic’’ about the way he did things also, so he ensured that there was nothing left for the future owners to do.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019When the couple bought it, it was the location which really appealed.“It is 200 metres to Margate Beach, it is just down the road to the school, close to the shopping centre, the location was perfect,’’ he said. 32 Eveline Street, Margate.Inside there are multiple entertainment areas and the kitchen is on the lower level of the home. It has stainless steel appliances, stone bench tops and ample cupboard space.center_img REA ESTATE: 32 Eveline Street, Margate.NOEL and Judy Powell could tell their Margate home would stand the test of time when they bought it eight years ago.Mr Powell said it had been built for a builder 10 years ago and the quality of the workmanship really stood out.Since then he added a few things himself, solar power and water tanks, which had not only reduced the running costs but added to its appeal.last_img read more

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Will fans show up to support basketball?

first_imgAngel Viscarra | Daily TrojanIn the blink of an eye, college basketball season has once again returned. And while fans of the college game and commentators across the nation have bought into the hype for this year’s USC men’s basketball team, there’s still no surety in saying the Trojan student body has done the same.USC will open the 2017-18 regular season as the No. 10 team in the nation. This is the program’s highest preseason ranking in more than four decades, and also the highest ranking for the team since 1992, when USC finished the season ranked eighth nationally.The hype for this season’s squad is palpable. Coming off of a program-record 26 wins last season — which saw the Trojans win two NCAA Tournament games for the first time since 2007 — many feel this USC team has the potential to compete with the nation’s elite. It finished just one win away from a Sweet 16 berth in last year’s tournament, dropping an 82-78 heartbreaker to Baylor.The depth the Trojans will bring back from last year’s team is what has followers of the program most optimistic. USC’s top eight scorers from last season are returning, including the Trojans’ veteran nucleus of senior guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart and junior forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu. While today’s standard in college basketball is to leave a program after one year as a top NBA prospect, this Trojan basketball team is about as veteran-heavy as there is in the nation. In addition to its upperclassman leaders, USC has promising youth that look ready to contribute immediately in the coming season. Sophomore guard De’Anthony Melton put together a promising freshman campaign that saw him earn an All-Pac-12 Defensive Team Honorable Mention. The Trojans also look to receive key contributions from redshirt sophomore guard Derryck Thornton, who transferred from Duke last year, and true freshman wing Jordan Usher. But while USC has caught the eye of many on paper, the Trojans still have other contributing factors on their own campus that may slow down the hype train.The USC football team is currently ranked at No. 15. At 8-2 overall this season, the Trojans are primed to make a run for a Pac-12 Championship, which the program has not won since 2009. USC is one of only four schools nationally to currently have both its men’s basketball and football teams ranked in the top 25 (Miami, Michigan State and Notre Dame are the others). As the football team wraps up its regular season, likely plays in the Pac-12 Championship and qualifies for a bowl game in the coming weeks, the men’s basketball team will be playing its non-conference schedule. USC basketball will inevitably be the white noise playing softly in the background as the football team wraps up its 2017 campaign. USC’s non-conference schedule will begin this Friday night with a home contest against Cal State Fullerton and will run through Dec. 25. The Trojans open conference play against Washington at the Galen Center on Dec. 29. By then, USC football will be nearing the end of postseason play. When classes resume for the spring semester on Jan. 8, rest assured that the campus spotlight will finally be adjusted on this basketball team. If the Trojans can replicate the non-conference effort they gave last season (they reeled off 13 straight wins to open the campaign), then the hype train will pick up speed. It will be interesting to see if the Trojans’ early excitement this season will translate to higher turnouts at the Galen Center. USC’s home arena has a maximum capacity of 10,258, but the Trojans averaged 4,625 fans per home game last year. If the Trojans are still ranked within the top 15 when the spring semester commences, I’d expect this number to grow. When it comes to preseason rankings and projections, players and coaches alike are pretty hushed and private in their discussions. However, it’s no secret that the Trojans’ battle for relevance will begin on their own campus.Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Viscarra’s Vice,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

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Less tobacco is being sold to minors

first_imgKansas had the highest violation rate, 19.2 percent. Massachusetts had a violation rate of 18.2percent, and Oregon’s was 17.8percent. “States have done an extraordinary job over the last 10 years in helping us stem illegal tobacco sales to minors,” said Terry Cline, the agency’s director.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! REPORT: A 1992 law has had a positive effect on number of cigarettes being sold to youths. By Kevin Freking THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The percentage of retailers selling tobacco to underage youth during unannounced inspections dropped to 10.9 percent last year, the government reports. That is the lowest rate since states started conducting the stings a decade ago, according to figures being released today. A 1992 youth smoking law requires states to ban tobacco sales to anyone under 18. It calls for aggressive enforcement including random inspections using decoy buyers at grocery stores and other retailers. States have to report the results, including penalties that were assessed, to the Health and Human Services Department. States that failed to reduce violation rates to 20 percent or less are subject to losing money from block grants. For the first time in the program’s history, every state had a violation rate of less than 20 percent for the budget year that ended Sept. 30, 2006, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which oversees the program. Arkansas had the lowest violation rate, 2.2 percent, followed by Mississippi at 3.2 percent and Delaware at 3.5 percent. last_img read more

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Four Reasons You Should Use (and Love) Your Camera’s Stock Lens

first_imgNeed an incentive to love your stock lens? Break down some of the benefits of sticking with your camera’s stock zoom lens.I’d like to preface this article by saying one thing. Wanting to, and using, a wide array of unique and different lenses is always ideal over sticking to one lens for all your video and filmmaking needs. I’ve spent years shooting on a variety of lenses (and cameras, for that matter) and have found that preferences and needs change shot by shot, project by project, and day by day.That being said, I’ve recently come to a revelation of sorts, and have an alternative title for this article:How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Stock Lens.Hang with me here, because I’ve been on the other side of this (in the past) and felt that rocking a stock lens on your DSLR or mirrorless camera was a faux pas worthy offense. However, over the years (and as I’ve jumped from one camera to another), I’ve often found that stock lenses might not be so bad after all — for the right people and situations.So, say you’re a filmmaker just starting out. Or a videographer looking to run-and-gun a wedding. Or even a video producer on a minimal budget, but in still need of a wide range of coverage. Here are five reasons you should stop worrying about it and learn to love (and properly use) your stock lens.A True Match For Your SensorThis means more than the simple fact that a stock lens is at least going to fit onto your camera. For many starting out, the concept of sensor sizes might not mean much. But if you’re piecemealing together your rig and don’t think to check if your EF-mount lens will work on your Micro Four Thirds camera, you’re out of luck unless you have an adapter.Even then, you’re looking to mix and match lenses to sensors that they may not be ideal for. When you’re working with a stock lens — especially if you’re new to the camera or its sensor size — having a trusted, true match for your camera’s sensor will help get you started out on the right foot.Solid Range of CoverageImage via Mit Kapevski.Most stock lenses these days are zoom lenses. On a full frame camera like a Canon 5D, the stock lens option will usually be something like a 35mm to 70mm (or a 35mm to 100mm, or something close to those ranges). This is important because it means that when you’re starting out, you’ll have a full range of focal lengths to utilize. From the micro for wides, to the macro for close-ups, to literally everything in between, you’ll be able to zoom in and out as you shoot (if that’s your style).Run-and-Gun ReadyIf you’re someone like me and work on some crazy and hectic shoots, where you might not have time to carry and switch between several lenses for every shot, having a versatile lens ready to go in any situation is highly ideal.Stock lenses can lack in terms of sharp, fast apertures and shallow depths of field (which you typically find with fixed prime lenses). But, you make up for that with run-and-gun control and solid tools for working in documentary and unreliable environments.Rent Only When You Need Extra SupportImage via structuresxx.Perhaps the biggest reason I learned to love a stock lens is simply because it’s the safest investment. But, it’s also not the only one I’ll ever have to make. Yes, you can get some nifty fifty lenses for very affordable prices. But, if you’re not utilizing a whole kit of primes on every shoot, it might not be wise to invest in lenses that you can always rent as needed.With a stock lens as your main, go-to option, you can rest assured you’ll have solid coverage at the go. Then, you’ll also be ready to bring on extra support — project by project — as needed.Cover image by welcomia.For more filmmaking and videography tips and tricks, check out these articles below.7 Run-and-Gun Production Tips for Documentary FilmmakersA Field Guide to the Low-Budget Panasonic GH5 SetupLearning How to Edit While You ShootSix Videography Tips for Shooting in Bright Sunlight5 Ways to Use a Gimbal to Capture Cinematic Footagelast_img read more

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DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES

first_img DEPUTY GOVERNOR PROMISES MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 1, 2016 – Deputy Governor, Her Excellency, Anya Williams says her office is preparing to take on the challenges required to streamline government services. This goal, which is often touted but remains elusive to now, is poised to face reform and consolidation, promised the DG.There was stirring applause from the room when the DG remarked that the ONe Stop Shop needs greater efficiency and fluidity; ‘not be a one stop’, but a place where because of consolidation of all TCIG requirements, businesses can get to business more expeditiously. Related Items:anya williams, streamlining government services Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dames is first Hospitality Herolast_img read more

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RIP Panchayati Raj ministry

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered on his promise of “cooperative federalism”— getting the states involved in the country’s decision-making and overall development—through the Union budget. Just a few days before the budget, he accepted the 14th Finance Commission’s recommendation to increase the share of the states in the central tax pool from 32 per cent to 42 per cent. The budget also kept another promise—to give the states untied funds and letting them design their development programmes according to their priorities instead of the Centre imposing centrally-sponsored schemes. On the face of it, both the decisions are impressive and long overdue. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceBut Modi’s cooperative federalism, aimed towards a smoother Centre-state relationship, has almost smothered to death India’s third tier of elected governments- the panchayats. A year ago, while campaigning, Modi wanted the panchayat to be to the village what Parliament is to the country. But that commitment has not been reflected in his push for federalism.The budget has left the fate of ongoing development programmes in the hands of the state governments. These programmes include the Backward Regions Grant Funds, which is being implemented in 272 backward districts to fund their development deficit through the involvement of local governments, and the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyaan that aims to strengthen the capacity of Panchayati Raj institutions. Both the schemes, which come under the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, have not been allocated any fund. It has been left to the states to decide whether to continue with these schemes. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeQuite unbelievably, the budget of the Panchayati Raj ministry has been reduced to Rs 95 crore from last year’s Rs 7,000 crore. It is a death sentence for the ministry on its 10th anniversary. Technically speaking, the cut in the ministry’s budget does not mean panchayats will not get money. They are now supposed to get their funds from state governments. The 14th Finance Commission has allocated Rs 2,00,292 crore to panchayats for the next five years, starting April 2015, and the states will decide on how to transfer this fund to panchayats. The states have been demanding such an arrangement for a long time. Constitutionally, they are within their rights to make such a demand. But the fact is that they have never been proactive in helping panchayats. In India’s devolution index, the states have performed spectacularly low in devolving funds to panchayats.It is the most prominent stumbling block in making the world’s largest decentralisation experiment effective. Now that the states have been empowered to allocate funds, what would happen if they continue with their step-motherly treatment of panchayats?When the Union Panchayati Raj ministry had control over the budget, it could impose conditions on the states to devolve funds. But now the central government cannot do much if the states don’t hold elections to panchayats within the stipulated time period of six months after the local body completes its term. State governments, with all the funds and the control they now have, may further cripple the local bodies.Almost all the states have the power to terminate a duly-electedpanchayat. But the fear of being denied funds discouraged them from exercising this power. The new mechanism denies this security to panchayats. It is a distinct possibility that the states will now design and develop programmes where panchayats will just be implementing authorities. This kills the spirit of local governance to make people participants in their own development. DOWN TO EARTHlast_img read more

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How to Use Fiverr and Skyrocket Your Startups Growth

first_imgApril 5, 2017 Starting a business is not an easy endeavor. There are a ton of moving parts — infrastructure, client acquisition, website traffic, money management and more. For a new business leader, this can be overwhelming.However, utilizing a bigger platform can be a way to growth hack your startup.Getting on a platform like Fiverr, a site where freelance workers can connect with employers looking for their skills, is one of the best ways to jumpstart your service business. The site’s success stories show how normal people have been able to use the platform to create massive success.Related: 11 Ways to Make Money While You SleepDamian Pros was only 19 when his mother was diagnosed with cancer. His mother’s income was reduced by about 50 percent and his dad didn’t have a job then. Any savings they had went toward his mother’s medical bills, so he didn’t really have any other choice but to succeed.He jumped on Fiverr and built an empire where he now makes five figures a month from that platform alone. If you’re looking to leverage a bigger platform to skyrocket the growth of your startup, here are three reasons to do so:1. Gain instant access to customersMost startups face the problem of having little-to-no customers when they first start out. This is normal. However, when you utilize a platform like Fiverr, you suddenly have access to whoever uses their platform. Whether those users are vendors or customers not directly looking for your product, you still get the benefits of having an influx of eyeballs on your product or service.Once you’ve grown to a solid base of customers, you can then re-invest a good chunk of that revenue in advertising for acquiring more customers. Fiverr is a big enough platform that gives you access to millions of business owners around the world.However, you shouldn’t be limited to what a platform provides. Pros uses Fiverr as a pre-qualifier to acquire bigger clients who can afford his agency’s high-end services.Since he often starts working with these clients on Fiverr, it’s easier for him to close high-end deals. In the psychology of influence this is called “commitment-consistency” bias. By getting business owners to commit to a smaller purchase of $50 to $200, they are more likely to be consistent with their past decision and buy a higher-end service from you.Related: 5 Habits of the Wealthy That Helped Them Get Rich2. Develop key customer service practicesCommon sense isn’t always straight to the point. It’s proven by the hundreds of businesses with poor customer service. You can be great at closing sales but if you lack in customer service, then you won’t retain clients.In fact, it’s extremely important you get customer service right on Fiverr, because if you don’t, the customer can write a bad review which leads to less business. People buy products and services on Fiverr based on quality. Quality is perceived by reviews. If you have good reviews, you’ll get business and Fiverr will promote you by ranking you higher on their site. It’s their own SEO system.That’s why Damian has two full time support agents for his business on Fiverr. Even though they’re not always needed, it’s important they’re there to give a timely response to potential customers.Related: Inspiring Quotes to Help You Get Through Your Work Day3. Utilize a strong infrastructureBeing on a larger platform like Fiverr eliminates the need of having your own website. Though a website should be one of the first steps in your startup’s development, Fiverr enables you to have a strong presence without one.With Fiverr, there’s no website issues you have to work around. Fiverr also has their own integrated payment system. Many online business owners struggle at first by not knowing which payment processor to use and how to implement one on their site.Using what Fiverr has on their site eliminates the need to find a payment processor.  These are only some of the ways using a bigger platform can help eliminate many problems a startup faces when getting started.With dozens of marketplace platforms out there, it’s just a matter of finding the one that fits your startup. Once you’ve found a marketplace where you can sell your product or service, it’s time to build an infrastructure, develop incredible customer service practices and start attracting customers instantly.  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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