Gooch Webster defectors set up rival niche agency

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Rescue of stranded whales in Australia enters final days

first_imgTopics : Rescuers were trying to save the few remaining long-finned pilot whales still floundering in shallow waters off the Australian coast on Friday in one of the world’s biggest mass whale strandings.With time running out for up to 20 breathing mammals still trapped in rugged Macquarie Harbor in Tasmania, rescuers had managed to save about 94 of the 470-strong pod while around 380 had died.Read also: Australia plans disposal of hundreds of stranded whale carcasses”We haven’t dealt with a stranding of this type before (and) we are getting up to 94 animals released – that is one hell of an effort,” said Kris Carlyon, a marine conservation biologist advising the government’s response. “There are sharks around, their numbers may increase with the carcasses in the sea but we are doing a few things to try and get them to decompose and break down more quickly so that if that is an issue it’s an issue for less time.”The stranding, the biggest on record in modern Australia and one of the largest in the world, has drawn attention to a natural phenomenon that remains largely a mystery to scientists.center_img Most of the released whales, a gregarious species that lives in deep waters, were expected to “regroup” and recover from the traumatic event, Carlyon said, but a number of them had returned to the sandbar and died.The rescue attempt, which has involved a team of more than 100 rescuers, volunteers and police, would continue through Friday and Saturday to try to save the last few animals, officials said.Authorities were also attempting to contain the carcasses of the dead whales, at least one of which had been found mauled by predators. The bodies were being separated into groups and enclosed with water booms to try keep them in one place, as officials prepare to dispose them at sea.”We’ve certainly had one carcass that’s been chomped and another report of sharks further up the coast,” said Nic Deka, the incident controller for the state government’s Parks and Wildlife Service.last_img read more

Edge Hill home in unliveable condition sells above median

first_img40 Goodwin St, Edge Hill was a rundown property that sold for $510,000 in February above the suburb’s median price for three-bedroom homes.BEATEN and battered, 40 Goodwin St, Edge Hill, in most buyers’ eyes was destined to be demolished. Instead it sold for above median in February and the original structure still stands. The 1968-built home previously had one owner – a long-term Cairns family – and had been sitting vacant for about a year, withering to an unliveable condition. Finding a property in need of a few repairs or upgrades is not an uncommon sight at Edge Hill, but what may come as a surprise is that this three-bedroom home sold for $510,000 through Ulysses Real Estate principal Donna Waldman. Most buyer were ready to demolish 40 Goodwin St, Edge Hill but the buyer paid above median and the structure still stands.The median price for three-bedroom houses at Edge Hill is about $480,000, according to So why would anyone pay above this, for a house they can’t immediately move in to? Ms Waldman says Goodwin St was one of the few streets where people would make exceptions to their budgets, just to get in. “You’ve got many people wanting to move into Edge Hill and they’re wanting to get in there as cheaply as possible,” Ms Waldman said. “But it was the right price for the property because Goodwin St is one of the top streets in Edge Hill. It runs right behind the botanical gardens. 40 Goodwin St, Edge Hill was a couple’s entry into the elite suburb.“You’ve got Goodwin St, Walsh St, Pine St – all these really top streets in Edge Hill right there and some of the houses there are selling for $800,000-$900,000. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“So when you look at how much they’ve (the buyers) spent on this fixer upper, and then if they spend $200,000 on it, they’re still going to come out on top.“Generally speaking, $500,000 is actually a bargain for those streets.”She said although the new owners would be set for a decent value gain, they weren’t planning on flipping after completing renovations. “They wanted to purchase something to stay in long-term. “This is their dream home. A lot of people were thinking that rather than fix it up, they’d knock it down. “They’ve just gutted it and rebuilt inside. There was no need to pull it down and it could be easily fixed up so they took advantage of that.”last_img read more

Jet Racing continues IMCA Central Region title sponsorship

first_imgBEATRICE, Neb. – Jet Racing begins its third decade as an IMCA sponsor in 2018, returning to an integral role with the sanctioning body’s Central Region for Modifieds.As title sponsor of the region for the seventh consecutive season, the Beatrice, Neb., chassis builder provides a portion of the $6,000 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in the region encom­passing tracks in Arkansas, eastern Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Okla­homa.The champion earns $2,500 and the runner-up $1,250, with $625 paid for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th places.Drivers must display two Jet Racing decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares.Jet Racing is owned by four-time IMCA Modified national champion Johnny Saathoff, and also builds Northern SportMod, Stock Car and Hobby Stock chassis in addition to selling high perfor­mance parts and automotive accesso­ries.Information about Jet chassis and parts is available at the website, by call­ing 888 290-9696 and on Facebook.Jet had previously sponsored IMCA spe­cial events drivers and then Stock Car and Hobby Stock regions before taking over the Modified regional title sponsorship role in 2012. Jet Racing won Manufacturers’ Cup honors in the Central Region last season.“As the defending regional Manufacturer of the Year in its home region, Jet will build on that success in 2018 with some new drivers flying a Jet Mod this year,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder predicted. “I look for Jet cars to contend for track, state, regional and even national championships this season.”last_img read more

Brunt requests personal hearing

first_imgWest Brom’s Chris Brunt has requested a personal hearing after being charged by the Football Association for allegedly verbally abusing a match official. Press Association “The midfielder will continue to be available for selection, including tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League clash against Stoke, until a date for the hearing is finalised.” Referee Anthony Taylor sent off Albion’s Claudio Yacob and Villa’s Jack Grealish during the game, which sent Villa through to the semi finals where they will play Blackburn or Liverpool. An FA statement on Brunt, released on Monday, said: “It is alleged that in or around the tunnel area after the end of the fixture the player used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a match official.” Both Albion and Villa are also awaiting the results of FA and police investigations after crowd trouble at Villa Park where home fans twice invaded the pitch. Seats were thrown from the West Brom section in the North Stand into the Villa fans during the second half with boss Tony Pulis insisting anyone found guilty should be banned for life. It was the second time the teams had played each other in a week after Villa’s 2-1 Premier League win. center_img The midfielder is alleged to have used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in the tunnel after Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup quarter final defeat to Aston Villa. A Baggies statement published on Friday read: “Chris Brunt has requested a personal hearing after being charged by The Football Association. last_img read more

Police: Florida Woman Killed Disabled Grandson By Drug Overdose

first_imgFlorida law enforcement officials say they are dealing with a case that is unusually tough for them.According to Bradenton police, 87-year-old Lillian Parks gave her disabled 30-year-old grandson, Joel Parks, a fatal dose of unidentified drugs because she was worried that there would be no one to care for him after she dies.Detectives took her into protective custody last Sunday to undergo an evaluation and medical treatment, spokesman Brian Thiers says.Joel Parks lived with his grandmother during the weekends, and spent the week at a group home during the week, as he was unable to take care of himself.On Sunday, Joel’s sister came to the grandmother’s apartment to check on him, and called 911 when she discovered his body.Reports state that Joel’s father is dead, and that his mother is estranged.Investigators say they will likely charge Lillian Parks with second-degree murder after she is released from a doctor’s care. They are still awaiting a toxicology report to reveal the substance that was used to kill Joel Parks.Thiers says police are trying to determine how long Joel Parks had been dead before his sister discovered his body. He adds, “This is a difficult case for our detectives. Partly, we feel bad for an individual who feels that the only option is to take another human being’s life because you’re so worried about their care after you’re gone. On the other hand, this was a process that was thought out, it was planned, and she took a human life.”last_img read more

Police Chief Beck to visit community

first_imgLos Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said he believes one of the best ways to prevent crime is to join forces, and on Thursday night he will give students and community members a chance to do just that.Crime fighter · LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck will discuss safety concerns Thursday with community and student representatives. – Courtesy of LAPDAs part of USC’s Community Conversation Series, Beck will participate in a panel discussion with representatives from USC’s Department of Public Safety, the Undergraduate Student Government and the Neighborhood Council, among others.“Collaborative efforts between the various stakeholders in public safety make the biggest difference,” Beck said.Crime in the USC area has not been particularly problematic since Beck took the helm of LAPD in November. Still, Beck said, even if crime isn’t making headlines, it is still an important issue.“Even if crime’s down, it doesn’t matter if you’re the victim,” Beck said.The panel will hear student and community concerns and help find solutions. Beck said he thinks it is an important discussion for students to attend, even though crime is down right now.“I think people can feel a little bit better about where they’re going to school, but I don’t think that changes the fact that they have to be aware of the area,” Beck said.The event aims to bring community members, students and law enforcement officials together to discuss safety and crime concerns.“The main thing is we want folks to work together, so it’s not groups pitted against each other,” said David Roberts, USC’s associate director for local government relations.The event, put on by USC’s Office of Government and Community Relations, will begin with an address by Beck and will continue with a panel discussion. The panel will also feature Jan DeAndrade, neighborhood prosecutor for the city attorney’s office; DPS Chief Carey Drayton; Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Denzil Suite; North Area Neighborhood Development Council President Shawn Simons; and Helen Moser, director of Campus Affairs for the Undergraduate Student Government.Panelists said they expect the prime concerns among community members to be late-night parties and noise issues; they expect students will be concerned about safety after dark, property crimes and bike safety.All of these issues, panelists said, can be fixed by instilling a sense of shared responsibility.“Safety is about community,” Simons said. “If the students aren’t considerate of the community and knowing that there are people who have children and go to school and go to work and work night shifts and day shifts, then it doesn’t bode well for a tight community.”Beck said it is critical that students keep in mind the nature of the community both to create a more cooperative environment and a safer environment.“Many students come from very, very far away or very, very different cultures from what South Los Angeles has to offer,” Beck said. “I think a lot of it is understanding the variables that come from where you live.”Simons noted that the key is for the community to work with the university and students not to impose rules or regulations that will intimidate students.“We have to be careful not to overstep the bounds to make people feel afraid,” she said. “That’s alienating and that sets up walls and makes things more difficult.”Collaboration and understanding, Beck said, could also help solve bike safety issues.Bike safety has been a hot-button topic in all of Los Angeles lately because of a growing demand for protection of bikers’ rights. Beck said it is important, especially given the large number of bicyclists around USC, for bikers and drivers to be attuned to the dangers of the road.“A lot of it is being aware of your vulnerability when you’re using a bike to commute,” Beck said. “On the other side of it, it is for the students that drive or anybody else that drives in the ’SC area to have an awareness of bicycles. People forget just how vulnerable bicyclists are.”Beyond bike safety, Moser said students are also concerned about the extent of DPS’ boundaries and hopes to discuss this issue at the forum.“Some students have expressed concern that boundaries don’t include west of campus, and those boundaries are set by LAPD,” Moser said.She said she is excited for the chance to discuss this and other issues with all these groups together.“This is a rare opportunity where we’re going to get both LAPD and DPS in the same room,” Moser said.The panel discussion will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Founder’s Room at the Galen Center. Roberts is hoping to see a good cross section of students and community members.“It is the university’s interest not only to have the environment safe for our students, faculty and staff but we want to see the kids going to school, the residents and the businesses in a safer environment,” Roberts said.last_img read more

Rockies stay hot on road in Milwaukee

first_imgRyan Braun and the Brewers were the latest team frustrated by the Colorado Rockies, who have been road warriors of late, winning their last six on the road, including a four-game sweep of the Cardinals.[/media-credit]MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jim Tracy’s Colorado Rockies road show just keeps rolling.Trailing by two runs to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Rockies rallied to take the lead with three runs in the seventh inning and continue their recent road resurgence with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.The Rockies now have won six straight on the road under Tracy, their recently named new manager — including a four-game sweep of the Cardinals.“The great thing about the last eight to 10 days is that they’re having success and their confidence is growing,” said Tracy, who took over for Clint Hurdle on May 29. “We’re young, but we also have great veteran leadership.”It was a big night for recent Triple-A call-up Carlos Gonzalez, who had a pair of doubles and an RBI. Colorado might have started slow under Hurdle, but Gonzalez has known nothing but winning under Tracy since he was recalled June 5.“It’s a great feeling to win every game that I’ve been here,” Gonzalez said.Rockies starter Jason Hammel (3-3) gave up only two runs and five hits in six innings, but Colorado’s offense had a tough time scoring off of Brewers starter Braden Looper.The Rockies finally broke through in the seventh, as back-to-back doubles by Troy Tulowitzki and Gonzalez cut the Brewers’ lead to 2-1. Looper left the game, and Gonzalez stole third base off reliever Mark DiFelice.DiFelice got Chris Iannetta to pop out and was replaced by Todd Coffey, who walked pinch hitter Seth Smith. Coffey (1-1), who had been considered a solid addition to Milwaukee’s bullpen going into Tuesday’s game, then surrendered the lead when Clint Barmes’ sacrifice fly to center scored Smith and put Colorado ahead 3-2.“The bottom line for tonight is, I blew it,” Coffey said. “I come into that situation right there, I’ve got to keep that run from scoring. Tonight’s on me.”Mitch Stetter then came in to strike out Todd Helton and end the inning.It was the continuation of a recent problem for the Brewers, whose pitching has been a pleasant surprise for most of the season. Milwaukee has held leads in each of its last eight games, but is 3-5 during that stretch.“Our bullpen has pitched very well,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said. “And they aren’t going to do that all year.”And Milwaukee couldn’t muster a baserunner after the fourth. Hammel left after six, Matt Daley and Manuel Corpas shut the Brewersdown in the seventh and eighth, and Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 10th save.“Once they got the lead, they ran their guys in there from the bullpen,” Macha said. “And three up, three down, three straight innings.”Looper gave up only two hits through the first four innings, then pitched out of jams in the fifth and sixth before the Rockies finally got to him in the seventh.Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell led off the game with a standup triple, then scored on a groundout by J.J. Hardy to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Mat Gamel added his second career home run in the second, a solo shot deep to center field that put the Brewers up 2-0.Milwaukee’s Mike Cameron, who was in the lineup after appealing his two-game suspension for contact with an umpire, then had a chance to break the game open in the third after a double by Ryan Braun and intentional walk to Prince Fielder.But Cameron took a called third strike to end the inning. Cameron took a long look back toward home plate umpire Dan Bellino before walking away from the plate. read more