Sunnybank dream home up for sale

first_imgThe ensuite features a steam room. Kick back and relax in the cinema.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The home is the ultimate in opulence, with a custom-made copper front door, marble columns and stylish bulk heads throughout.The home has two kitchens, seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, along with a separate sauna and steam room, a pool, a cinema, and a wet bar. The foyer gives good first impressions.Ms Liu said she researched extensively before settling on building the three-level European-style concrete house.“I wanted to build my dream home,” Ms Liu said.“I thought, ‘now I don’t have to go all over the world to enjoy all the things we can enjoy at home’.” One of the living spaces.Ms Liu said she likes to entertain often, with her friends coming by for dinner parties.“My friends say it is a six-star hotel,” she said.“They come over and we have parties in the dining room and the kitchen.“Sometimes we watch movies and we have a wet bar area so we can have coffee or wine.” REAL ESTATE: 25 Legal St, SunnybankWhen Susan Liu bought a parcel of land at Sunnybank eight years ago, she had her dream home in mind.You would be forgiven for thinking you had just entered a six-star resort upon walking into the 25 Legal St home, with the front door opening to a foyer featuring an imported chandelier and grand staircase. The master suite is bigger than even the most extravagant of hotel rooms.Ms Liu is selling as she would like to downsize, as her two grown-up children consider moving out of home.“My son has a girlfriend and maybe they will have their own home soon,” she said. One of the two kitchens in the home.The master suite is Ms Liu’s favourite space, where she likes to spend her time relaxing.“There’s a steam sauna and spa in the bathroom, and we’ve also got an area with a sofa and table so we can relax there,” she said.last_img read more

Overholser reflects on her time at USC

first_imgJournalism has changed a lot in the past five years. And Geneva Overholser has worked to keep USC at the forefront of that change.Final stretch · Geneva Overholser said she plans to stay involved with Annenberg after she leaves in June. – Rachel Bracker | Daily TrojanDuring her five years as director of the journalism school at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the journalism and public relations program have shifted dramatically to adapt to the 24/7 news cycle, fueled by social media and digital storytelling.In addition to launching several news outlets, such as Neon Tommy and Intersections, Overholser supervised an overhaul of the journalism school’s curricula.“There’s a lot more multimedia storytelling, there’s a lot more social media, but there’s also more entrepreneurial thinking and economic literacy,” Overholser said. “Nobody’s going to reinvent journalism now unless we also reinvent how it’s funded.”Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III said Overholser was instrumental in the restructuring of curricula.“She was the leader of the school’s effort to restructure the curriculum to make it more relevant and responsive to today’s very dynamic conditions,” Wilson said. “And for me, she was a great partner in our jointly held slogan, ‘innovate, innovate, innovate.’”This also applied to public relations, which was also under her purview.“I’m very happy that we have created a climate in the journalism and public relations programs that is really very collaborative,” Overholser said emphatically. “Of course not everyone agrees on everything -— it’s a faculty. But they are very collaborative and public relations and journalism have grown to respect one another more.”Overholser said she is almost “ironically” proud of the public relations part of the journalism school, which comprises about half of it, because the program has grown from three to eight full-time faculty as well as in the aspirations of the school’s students since she arrived at USC in 2008.“Public relations is changing just as much as journalism,” Overholser said. “And many of our public relations students are interested in advocacy, and what used to feel like advocacy journalism to me.”Overholser said though revising the ciricula in the School of Journalism was met with some resistance from faculty, she is very open to criticism, and she respectfully rebuts it. She is also very active in the nationwide debate about the future of journalism, and encourages others to be as well.“I do wish more people at USC Annenberg would make their voices heard and I wish we were more prominent in social media,” Overholser said. “We do have some people who tweet a lot or are on Facebook a lot, but we should have more. We have got to be leaders in this debate.”And Overholser said this mentality will continue to exist when she steps down in June.“I want to continue to keep my voice in the debate about the future of journalism. Every thoughtful person who cares about journalism wants to be in that debate,” Overholser said. “I worry that it’s controlled by a fewvoices, pugnacious white guy voices. … I want us to all be in there thinking together: people of color, women, young folks, old folks.”In 2012, Annenberg was awarded the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Equity and Diversity Award. This honor is a testament to Overholser’s steadfast commitment to diversity throughout her time at the university.“I’m really proud of how diverse our faculty is and how diverse our student body is,” Overholser said. “We know that the future of journalism is not all white and it’s not all men.”And while Overholser has been a bold voice, she also walks a tight line: She is critical without cynicism, confident without arrogance and strong without obstinance. If you chatted with her in a line at Starbucks, you would not know that she has lead a newsroom to win a Pulitzer Prize (as editor of the Des Moine Register), represented The Washington Post as ombudsman and served on The New York Times’ editorial board.Even with this resume, Wilson said Overholser has exceeded expectations.“When we were recruiting Geneva Overholser, we were told that she was at the very top of the field, and we were delighted when she accepted our offer. And we had very high expectations,” Wilson said. “Over the past five years, she has gone beyond even those high expectations to prove herself an innovative and effective director of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California. And all of us owe her a great debt of gratitude.”last_img read more

The Two Mikes – Sunday, May 29: Taking over The Warm Up

first_imgThe Two Mikes took over from Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning to tackle the important – and utterly trivial – sporting matters of the day.Listen above or, to get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for free.last_img

50 South African youth initiatives’ stories shared in book

first_imgMelissa Javan12 August 2016Tebogo Suping of Kagiso in Gauteng is one of 50 young people who are featuredin the book Activate! Change Drivers that was recently launched inSouth Africa.“It’s our turn to change the world,” says the book’s first page. On another page,a woman is holding a placard that reads: “Our country. Our voice. Youth can changethings.”The book gives insight to what the members of the network Activate! SouthAfrica are doing across the country. The 50 young people are members of thenetwork. These members are called the Activators.Suping tries to improve the lives of school children in her community. She hasestablished a business called the Blaq Apple Communications and Events. Everyyear she and her team run camps for matric learners during the school holidays atthe local community centre.They help the learners with study support and personal mentoring. Throughoutthe process the learners must do communitywork to teach them to be sociallyaware, reads the book. They have also helped the learners with practical knowledgelike getting ready for university studies, applying for a bank account or an identitybook and bursary applications.At the end of last year, six of the learners who were helped by Suping and herteam were in the top two of their schools. The six obtained 33 distinctions betweenthem, including maths and science.“There is time to make money and there is time to makechange” – Tebogo Suping @ActivateZA @Ke_Geeman #Activating2030— Mr. PR (@collensthe) July 29,2016Benefits of the networkThe aim of the Activators in the network is to build the youth’s identity, createprojects, share ideas and collaborate with each other to drive opportunities.The book also says that in 2015 the Activate Community DevelopmentCertificate Course was piloted and applied to the South African QualificationAuthority to accredit the course. The aim is to offer an accredited qualification incommunity development at NQF level 5.This is to help the committed young people (the Activators) get a qualificationthat will be recognised in their communities and in society.Chris Meintjes is the chief executive officer of the network Activate!He believes that by June 2030, the future of South Africa will look good if theActivators are still busy with their community work. (Image: Activate!Leadership)The aim of the bookChris Meintjes, chief executive officer of the network, says in the foreword ofthe book: “The purpose of this book is to inspire all who read it. There’s not a wholelot of good news around, yet when you look at the challenges young people face,and see how the Activators are working together to create opportunities, youbecome aware that the future is filled with hope.”The network founded in 2011.Meintjes explains that each Activator has committed to a journey of service tothe public. “They work from within their own homes, communities and beyond.Many of them run their own initiatives and some volunteer in support of others.”The book launchThe book launch took place on 29 July 2016 in Johannesburg.At the launch, Meintjes says it has been a humbling experience working withthe Activators. “The past five years has been an incredible journey. The book is astep in theright direction for us.“It celebrates what is possible in the hands of a network of people. You[Activators] are the reason that there is rekindled hearts in this country.”He says the network started to build opportunities and create connections.“They [the Activators] give me hope. I see the value in the work they’re doing. Isee a future – it looks promising, that future – when I am working with thesepeople.”Meintjes says in 2011 when the network started, they worked with 20 to 30year olds. “Their energy is amazing.”He says if you flip over the book, you’ll see the possibilities of what the futurewill look like if these Activators continue with their good work in South Africa.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using materiallast_img read more

Work on year round E15 continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works towards allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline, ethanol proponents are watching closely with summer sales ban approaching.“Farmers stand ready to work with the Administration to clear obstacles to higher blends of ethanol such as E15 and ensure a final rule works for the full ethanol and fuel supply chain,” said Kevin Ross, National Corn Growers Association first vice president. “To ensure E15 sales are not interrupted, NCGA urges EPA to complete this rulemaking by June 1.”Ross’s comments came during a hearing held as part of the rulemaking that would remove regulations requiring retailers in many areas of the country to stop selling E15, a blend of gasoline and 15% ethanol approved for all vehicles 2001 and newer, during the summer months.In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson urged EPA to rewrite a provision contained within the rule that could amount to a cap on ethanol.“Farmers Union is eager for EPA to follow through on its promises to get an E15 waiver out of the door by June 1,” Johnson said. “But we are concerned that certain provisions within EPA’s rulemaking unnecessarily work against expanded use of higher level blends of ethanol.”NFU’s concerns stem from EPA’s interpretation of the “substantially similar” clause of the Clean Air Act, which prohibits the sale of any fuel or fuel additive that is “not substantially similar” to fuels or fuel additives used in the certification of new vehicles.In 2017, E10 gasoline — gasoline blended with 10% ethanol — became the nation’s certification fuel, making higher level blends of ethanol, like E15 and E30, substantially similar. Yet in its proposal, EPA has limited its “substantially similar” interpretation to only an E15 blend, making the prospects of using higher level blends of ethanol harder to achieve.“Unfortunately, EPA’s substantially similar determination is limited to E15,” said Johnson. “While we do not necessarily disagree with EPA’s interpretations that would allow for E15 year-round, we believe the statute clearly allows for higher ethanol blends as part of the substantially similar determination based on E10 certification fuel.”last_img read more