Changes in climate variability are as important for society to address as are changes in mean climate1. Contrasting temperature variability during the Last Glacial Maximum and the Holocene can provide insights into the relationship between the mean state of the climate and its variability2,3. However, although glacial–interglacial changes in variability have been quantified for Greenland2, a global view remains elusive. Here we use a network of marine and terrestrial temperature proxies to show that temperature variability decreased globally by a factor of four as the climate warmed by 3–8 degrees Celsius from the Last Glacial Maximum (around 21,000 years ago) to the Holocene epoch (the past 11,500 years). This decrease had a clear zonal pattern, with little change in the tropics (by a factor of only 1.6–2.8) and greater change in the mid-latitudes of both hemispheres (by a factor of 3.3–14). By contrast, Greenland ice-core records show a reduction in temperature variability by a factor of 73, suggesting influences beyond local temperature or a decoupling of atmospheric and global surface temperature variability for Greenland. The overall pattern of reduced variability can be explained by changes in the meridional temperature gradient, a mechanism that points to further decreases in temperature variability in a warmer future.
OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESOctober 5 – 11, 2014, 2014Calls for Service: 474Daily Average: 68 October 6, 2014: Monday Calls for service: 52Motor Vehicle Stops: 13Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 20Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 6 Fire and 4 EMS calls October 11, 2014: Saturday Calls for service: 68Motor Vehicle Stops: 18Motor Vehicle Accidents: 3Property Checks: 15Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 10 fire and 9 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 3400 block Simpson Ave., at 10:57amBurglary, Clipper Dr., at 1:12pmAssault, Moorlyn Terr., at 1:53pmMotor vehicle accident, 12th St. & Wesley Ave., at 2:12pmMotor vehicle accident, 7th St. & Wesley Ave., at 3:02pmTheft, 700 block Central Ave., at 8:08pm October 7, 2014: TuesdayCalls for service: 78Motor Vehicle Stops: 27Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 20Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 4 EMS callsLandlord/tenant dispute, 800 block Ocean Ave., at 9:35amFraud, 1700 block Simpson Ave., at 2:10pmTheft, 1000 block Bay Ave., at 3:29pmCDS, 2200 block Bay Ave., at 5:27pmTheft, 300 block Asbury Ave., at 6:42pmMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & West Ave., at 7:57pmDomestic violence, 900 block Wesley Ave., at 10:30pm October 11, 2014: FridayCalls for service: 74Motor Vehicle Stops: 21Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 27Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 3 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Central Ave., at 9:20amTheft, Oxford La., at 11:39amWarrant, 2800 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 12:30pm October 10, 2014: ThursdayCalls for service: 67Motor Vehicle Stops: 17Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 19Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 4 EMS callsDomestic violence, 2300 block Bay Ave., at 9:30amDomestic violence, 800 block Central Ave., at 10:46am October 8, 2014: WednesdayCalls for service: 67Motor Vehicle Stops: 24Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 21Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 7 EMS callsFraud, 800 block Central Ave., at 11:00amFraud, 90 block Park Pl., at 12:45pmTheft, 1300 block West Ave., at 2:30pm October 5, 2014: Sunday Calls for service: 67Motor Vehicle Stops: 22Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 23Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 1 Fire and 1 EMS callsBurglary, 400 block Asbury Ave., at 1:15amDWI, 800 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 3:13amMotor vehicle accident, 5th St. & Ocean Ave., at 12:42pmCDS, 10th Street, at 3:00pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Just put that fat piece of shit in prison and let the wolves eat the fat lamb would love to meet that piece of garbage he does not even have the right to breath,Both girls went there, and had sex with him for 60 bucks each. He only got in trouble for distributing pics. The 3rd girl sent him a nude pic. All 3 girls followed through. Now they’re ” victims ” ? Interesting. Image by United States Attorney’s Office.BUFFALO — The sentencing for a Jamestown man who previously pleaded guilty to Federal charges of possession and production of child pornography was recently adjourned again in U.S. District Court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office tells WNYNewsNow that James A. Chapman will now be sentenced on September 1 at 11:30 a.m. Chapman faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine.Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, said that on Nov. 24, 2014, Chapman and Victim 1 communicated via Facebook Messenger about engaging in sexual activity. During the communications, the defendant offered to pay Victim 1 and one of her friends $60 each to have sex with him. Victim 1 stated that she was 16-years-old and that her friend was the same age. Later that evening, Victim 1 and Victim 2 went to Chapman’s residence in Jamestown, and the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with them, after which Chapman paid each victim $60.Following the sexual activity, Chapman used his cellular telephone to take a picture of Victim 1 and Victim 2 completely nude sitting on his bed. A review of Chapman’s Facebook accounts revealed that he then distributed the photograph, which constitutes child pornography, to four other individuals. Subsequently, on April 7, 2017, the defendant began communicating with Victim 3, who was 17-years-old, through Facebook. During their communications, Chapman requested and received a sexually explicit image of Victim 3. The defendant then sent the image, which constitutes child pornography, to another individual. In addition, Chapman sent Victim 3 the sexually explicit image he took of Victim 1 and Victim 2.The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings.
Gilbertson said he got the idea for Bedrooms of the Fallen from his wife, who suggested taking photos of soldiers’ bedrooms after seeing photos of fallen service members in The New York Times.He found the families of deceased service members through Faces of the Fallen, a database created by The Washington Post of service members who have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.(Photos by: Ashley Gilbertson)SOME GAVE ALLJordan’s parents, Christian Haerter and JoAnn Lyles, said that they were a little perturbed when Gilbertson contacted them about the project, but went along with it anyway.“I thought it was a little strange, but I understood the impetus of whole thing,” Christian said. “It must be a pretty common thing for families to actually leave the bedroom as it is. It took courage to even clean the change he left lying around.”One of the soldiers who were saved by Jordan was Marine Cpl. Nicholas Xiarhos of Yarmouth Port, Mass. Nicholas’ father came to New York to attend the ceremony in which Jordan was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross in February 2009.After Nicholas was killed by a bomb in Afghanistan on July 23, 2009, at the age of 21, Lyles attended his funeral in Massachusetts, and Gilbertson photographed Nicholas’ bedroom as well.The posters on Jordan Haerter’s walls show his passion for flying airplanes. He took flying lessons at East Hampton Airport while attending Pierson High School in Sag Harbor.After Jordan flew solo for the first time at age 16—before he even got his driver’s license—the back of his shirt was cut out and signed by fellow pilots as part of a tradition. That piece of his shirt, too, hangs on his bedroom wall.Lyles said although Jordan wanted to join the military, he did not want to be a military pilot.“He said he wanted to keep flying as a ‘novelty,’” she said. “That was his word for it. A ‘novelty.’”Jordan was his parents’ only child—a fact that Lyles said allows her to keep his room untouched.“Anything that makes Jordan name known and remembered beyond me is good for me,” she said. “Everyone needs to realize who we think are heroes were regular people. I don’t think people know that.”HARD CORPSAcross Long Island, in East Northport, is another fallen soldier’s bedroom that Gilbertson photographed. This bedroom belonged to Marine Cpl. Christopher Scherer, who was killed by a sniper on July 21, 2007, in Karmah, Iraq. He was 21 years old.The walls of Christopher’s bedroom are still covered in posters and stickers representing local sports teams, especially those of Hofstra University and Northport High School. Christopher’s mother, Janet Scherer, said that in one of the last phone calls she got from her son, he spoke about how much his room meant to him. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]O[/dropcap]ver Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter’s bed in his childhood home in Sag Harbor hangs a signed photograph of fellow Marines whom Jordan saved before he was killed in Ramadi, Iraq on April 22, 2008—one month after he was deployed.Jordan was standing guard at an entry control point at a security station that morning when a truck bomber barreled toward the station. He and fellow Marine Corporal Jonathan T. Yale opened fire until the truck exploded, killing them both. Jordan was 19 years old.“These guys were not just brave warriors that dressed up in camo,” said his father, Christian Haerter. “They were once children and teenagers who enjoyed the same things.”Jordan Haerter is one of three fallen U.S. Marines from Long Island whose bedrooms were photographed by New York City-based photographer Ashley Gilbertson for his book, Bedrooms of the Fallen, which was released last month. Since 2007, Gilbertson has taken photographs of the bedrooms of service members from around the world who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.The bedrooms of 40 men and women—the same number of soldiers in a platoon—between the ages of 18 and 27 are featured in the book. The haunting black-and-white photos of untouched bedrooms provided windows into lives the men and women who called these rooms home.“I made this book to act as a way of remembering the 40 service members who are included and the thousands of others who aren’t,” Gilbertson said.Gilbertson started the Bedrooms of the Fallen project after taking photographs in Iraq from 2002 to 2008. His 2007 book, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, is a collection of photographs from the war in Iraq.“The longer I worked in Iraq, the more often I would come home thinking that the readers were paying less and less attention,” Gilbertson said. “I started working from home, photographing memorials, Arlington National Cemetery and so on. But I felt those photographs were missing the central idea: absence, the things these soldiers left behind.” “My husband was looking for work down south, so we were thinking of moving, and at the time Chris was deployed,” she recalled. “He said it was lot of hard work to get the room just the way he liked it, so we’d better tear the walls down and take them with us.”Christopher played varsity lacrosse at Northport High School before graduating in 2004. Only five months later, in November, he officially became a Marine. He was stationed in locations all around the world during his years of service, including Japan, Guam, Singapore, Kuwait, and finally Iraq.Timothy Scherer, Christopher’s father, recalled an incident in which Christopher’s sisters younger twin sisters, Katie and Meghan, cried over the fact that they would be older than Christopher once they turned 21.“Something you do as a parent is take care of not only your own grief but also your spouse’s grief and your children’s grief, even on happy occasions like a 21st birthday,” Timothy said. “Even the happy times get taken away.”Gilbertson’s photographs added a personal aspect to the stories of soldiers who fought overseas, Janet said.“He really tapped into that emotion,” she said. “That’s my son’s bedroom. That’s who he was. That’s how he grew up.”PENNIES FROM HEAVENThe third soldier from LI in Bedrooms of the Fallen was Marine 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester of Rockville Centre, who was killed Sept. 3, 2004 by a roadside bomb that killed three other Marines in Qaim, Iraq. He was 25 years old and had been on his second tour in Iraq.His mother, Marianna Winchester, recalled that many photographers and reporters came to see Ronald’s bedroom after his death.“Everything blended together,” she said. “So many photographers were here, and so many newspaper reporters were here. I told them ‘You can use whatever you want because all I have are his memories.’”Being a Marine ran in the family. Ronald’s maternal grandfather, Dominick Gatta, was a Marine who served in the Pacific in World War II, and his uncle, Rocco Gatta, served in the Corps during the Vietnam War.“I suppose he wanted to carry on the legacy of what his grandfather had done, or as he said ‘what real Marines were all about,’” Marianna said.She also said that Ronald insisted on wearing a Marine uniform costume for Halloween when he was only two years old.“He wore the costume again when he was three and four, and I would just take out the hem,” she said. “Finally it just didn’t fit anymore, and I told him ‘You can’t wear this uniform anymore.’ I wonder if that’s something he kept in the back in his mind.”Serving in the Corps wasn’t Ronald’s only passion. He played football as an offensive lineman during his years attending Chaminade High School in Mineola and the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he graduated in 2001.Ronald always used to call tails on each football game’s opening coin toss. Marianna said that, since his death, she finds coins on the ground, always with tails facing up, and that she keeps all the coins she finds in a canister.I’ll be walking the dog and I’ll say ‘Dear Ronnie, I haven’t heard from you in a while,’ and a few minutes later, I’ll find a nickel or dime or quarter or penny, but never on heads,” she said.Marianna said that Ronald kept all of his belongings from the Naval Academy and the Marine Corps in his room just the way he liked them.“I would say to him ‘You know we need to clean up some of this stuff,’” she said. “And he would say ‘Leave it alone. Someday I’m going to get married and I’m going to come back and show my son or daughter so they can see what I was all about.’ He would call it his shrine. He would say ‘Leave my shrine alone because I want them to see me as a hero.’ And he was a hero.” From left: Marine Cpl Christopher Scherer, Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter and Marine 1st Lt. Ronald WinchesterPICTURES OF HOMEThe reaction of soldiers’ families to Gilbertson’s request to photograph their bedrooms is usually positive, the photographer said.“At first I thought it would be too hard to them,” Gilbertson said. “But over time, I found that these people want to talk about their kids, their lives, their memories. In the end, I’m happy about doing this project if only to have given the families a kind ear. You spend seven years side by side with soldiers in Iraq, but I’ve never felt more like a war photographer than when I’m in these bedrooms.”Photographs from “Bedrooms of the Fallen” have been featured in the New York Times Magazine and the Nederlands Uitvaart Museum Tot Zover in Amsterdam.Although Gilbertson said that he has stopped working on Bedrooms of the Fallen for now, he is still continuing another war-related project: photographing the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide on veterans and their loved ones.“How disconnected we are with what these people are sacrificing and losing is unfair,” he said. “We have to take time out to remember who these people are and to empathize with their families.”
Most importantly, McAdoo has the backing of star quarterback Eli Manning, who in his two years at the helm of McAdoo’s fast-paced, West Coast-style offense, has thrown 65 touchdowns compared to 28 interceptions, and statistically just had the best year of his career—throwing for career highs in passing yards (4,432) and touchdowns with 35. His second best year in terms of passing yards was in 2014, again under McAdoo. The year before McAdoo came along, Manning had thrown for only 18 TD’s and 27 interceptions. His QB rating in 2013 was a dismal 69.4. When this season ended, it was 93.6.Manning himself admitted that having to run a new offense next season would not be ideal. At 35, Manning easily has four great years left. Forcing him to learn a new offense now would essentially be wasting a year of his career. Although he put up strong numbers in 2014, Manning needed nearly the entire season to master McAdoo’s system.Turning the keys over to McAdoo is the right decision. The Giants brought in a half-dozen candidates to interview for the job but McAdoo was the perceived favorite the whole time. It also helped him that the rival Philadelphia Eagles reportedly expressed a strong desire to pry him away from the Giants.The Giants are betting that McAdoo can translate his success as one of the premier offensive coordinators in the league to leading an entire team.It’s a good bet, given the head coach he learned under and the quarterback in charge of his offense.Although he’s employed in a league where yearly production is paramount, McAdoo should have time to grow as a coach. As the Giants have shown with Coughlin, they favor continuity over anything. When the Giants sign a coach, they hope he’ll be around for the long haul. McAdoo may very well be capable of parlaying his success as an assistant to the more demanding job of head coach, but without more help from Mara-approved Reese, there’s little that he, or any other head coach for that matter, can do on the field. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images It’s been 12 years since the Giants have found themselves in the position where the team is transitioning to a new head coach.Of course, that’s quite an accomplishment—and it’d be even more impressive if the Tom Coughlin-era culminated in at least one last playoff birth. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.This year’s Giants’ injury-ridden roster was not talented enough to begin with, even in an embarrassingly lowly NFC East, but the 69-year-old Coughlin was the only one to pay for the team’s disappointing output in 2015. Coughlin was not fired, but given his club’s four-year absence from the postseason, it’s safe to assume that the Giants hierarchy gently shoved the veteran coach aside. Despite the letdown that was the Giants regular season, co-owner John Mara declined to give general manager Jerry Reese the pink slip for his years of lousy draft selections and repeated failures on the free agent side. At the end of the day, the miserable season was Coughlin’s cross to bear—and he did so with class, as you’d expect from a coach who has never once blamed anyone else for his team’s failures.The Giants’ recent failures have been well documented, but Coughlin’s legacy is in tact, so much so that the Giants have decided to promote offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to head coach. Coughlin may have not personally selected McAdoo to run his team’s offense two years ago, but as Coughlin’s deputy, you’d have to expect that he learned a thing or two about coaching from the man who restored pride to the Giants organization and, before that, showed guts by taking over the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 and, four years later, had them one win away from the Super Bowl.“It has been a privilege to work and learn under Coach Coughlin,” McAdoo said in a statement posted on the team’s website Thursday aftenroon. “I have been preparing for this moment my entire professional life, and without the guidance and support of many people, I would not be here right now.” Fair or not, now it’s up to McAdoo to turn Big Blue around because Mara’s apparent support for Reese means he’s not willing to point the finger at the person most responsible for the team’s deficiencies.At 38, McAdoo is young for a head coach. His appointment as offensive coordinator in 2014 was his first coordinator job after spending time in Green Bay as an offensive assistant. When he was hired, McAdoo was seen as a potential Coughlin successor because of the head coach’s advancing age, but his meteoric rise is remarkable. McAdoo is younger than Coughlin by three decades and has never been a head coach at any level.
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joel Trammell Joel Trammell is a successful CEO and entrepreneur with a 20-year career in IT-related software companies. He is currently CEO of Khorus, which provides a business management system for CEOs … Web: www.khorus.com Details Align employees with their roles.Top-to-bottom alignment is rounded when employees are aligned with their specific roles. If Jason, your new loan analyst, turns out poor reports or—even worse—has no real interest in financial analysis, you’ll have a misalignment that threatens the other two types.Look for intrinsic motivation to do the job. If the role fits within the candidate’s interests and long-term career plans, you have the most important part of employee-role fit. Skills can be taught and knowledge acquired, but you’ll never be able to get someone excited about a job if they just want to pay the bills.Train and coach. Don’t make the common mistake of hiring based on superficial alignment (such as having done a similar job at another credit union) and then assuming the person will figure out his or her role. Setting up a formal training program for all employees will help individuals calibrate themselves to the position. Provide a continuous learning environment that encourages every employee to constantly improve his or her skills.Full alignment exists only when it permeates the entire credit union, from the corporate office all the way out to the individual branches. This ensures that employees are aligned with their respective roles, their team’s overall goals, and the goals of the credit union as a whole. When you build all three levels, you’re ready for high performance—even in the most unpredictable and rapidly changing of circumstances.To learn more check out “Defining Winning: How to Drive Results through a Clear Definition of Success” – July 23rd Join Open Book Management Guru Bill Fotsch and Joel Trammell, CEO of Khorus, for a webinar on how teams who share a precise definition of winning will always beat their competition: Webinar registration: Driving Results Align employees with their teams. Just as department goals must align with company goals, every individual employee’s goals should align with their department’s goals. You want each person in your company to see not only how their team’s work ties to the CEO’s priorities, but how their work ties to the team’s priorities.Make sure all employee goals integrate with team goals. Each employee should have specific goals that directly support a larger objective of the team. People need to understand how and why their work furthers the team’s mission.Set parameters for decision-making. Employee–team alignment also means that people know when they have autonomy to make a decision and when they should escalate it to a supervisor. The best way to support alignment in this way is through a clear and easily accessible org chart. Effective organizational alignment can be a catalyst for obtaining optimal performance results. Yet any successful business leader will tell you that proper company alignment doesn’t occur naturally. In fact, aligning your credit union is an ongoing and oftentimes difficult and time-consuming task.Today’s credit unions are faced with numerous complex changes driven by multiple events: new digital and mobile technologies, the need to capture the attention and loyalty of millennials, and the need to find, retain and grow talent from within. Today’s credit union CEOs must strive to get everyone pulling in the same direction.Aligning all employees, plus the supervisory committee, and the board of directors, with your strategic objectives is more important today than ever before. Below are three levels of organizational alignment, along with some in-depth ideas for how to strengthen all three. Align teams with your overall credit union strategy.The first type of alignment is the hardest to build, and it all falls squarely on the shoulders of the CEO: the alignment between the strategy of your credit union and the work done by various teams within it. To build this type of alignment:Set company-wide goals that teams can support. Each quarter, break down your long-term strategy into a small handful of company-level goals for the next quarter. Then, encourage department heads to set their own supporting goals, with specific measurements that describe how the goals will be achieved.Use a system for publishing and monitoring your credit union’s goals. Technology has brought many wonderful things to the business world, including several solutions for managing organizational goals. Look for a system that allows transparency across the organization and the ability to link the goals of the company, teams, and employees.
Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Following the bill signing ceremony for Act 80 (Senate Bill 1090), Governor Tom Wolf took action on seven additional bills passed by the General Assembly:Act 81 (House Bill 783), sponsored by Representative Tedd Nesbit, amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in certificate of title and security interests, further providing for transfer of ownership of vehicles used for human habitation.Act 82 (House Bill 1386), sponsored by Representative Kristin Phillips Hill, amends the Public School Code, in certification of teachers, providing for instructional certificate grade spans and age levels and duties of the department.Act 83 (House Bill 1414), sponsored by Representative Stephen Barrar, amends Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute specifically permitting flashing or revolving lights in certain instances.Act 84 (House Bill 1499), sponsored by Representative Mark Keller, amends Title 68 (Real & Personal Property), in creation, alteration, termination, management of the condominiums, cooperatives & planned communities, for powers, for board members and officers; in protection of purchasers, for release of liens.Act 85 (House Bill 2297), sponsored by Representative John Taylor, Act designating several bridges and highways.Act 86 (Senate Bill 172), sponsored by Senator David Argall, amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in general provisions, for definitions; for speed timing devices and for automated speed enforcement systems in active work zones and establishing a pilot program for automated speed enforcement on highway.Governor Wolf also vetoed House Bill 2138.“Medicaid has served as a critical resource for Pennsylvanians who are suffering from a substance use disorder as our commonwealth battles an unprecedented prescription drug and heroin public health crisis. Through Medicaid expansion, almost 124,000 newly eligible Medicaid enrollees were able to access drug and alcohol treatment that is critical to helping patients recover from the disease of addiction,” said Governor Wolf. “This legislation does not promote health coverage, access and treatment. Instead, this legislation increases costs, creates unnecessary delays and confusion, penalizes individuals who need healthcare, and terminates health coverage for those who need it the most.” Governor Wolf Takes Action on Legislation October 19, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Buyers snap up properties in ‘cracking’ auction frenzy More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoIt may not be suitable for 19,000 meals, but six courses for a dozen friends was a breezeLocated within the Eton complex, Mr Yarnton’s luxury townhouse has a kitchen with Amara stone benchtops, Miele appliances, an integrated dishwasher, microwave and undercounter wine fridge, ample cabinetry and feature pendant lighting. It overlooks the lounge and dining area which opens on to the covered patio, which has gas barbecue fittings and is ideal for alfresco dining. With the open plan living of the kitchen, lounge and dining that expands into a spacious covered patio with gas BBQ fittings. It is in a complex of townhouses at AscotThis retreat has carpeted floors, walk-in robes and a renovated ensuite with twin vanities. It opens to a partly closed terrace with concertina all-weather aluminium shutters. Also on this upper level is a living room with a study nook, wall-mounted television, a chic bar with a built-in bar and wine fridges and glass doors that slide back to the terrace. And a cellarIt is listed with Joseph Lordi of McGrath Manly. And in Dutton Park, is a kitchen with a serious view in what can only be described as a modern treehouse. 303 ARCHER ST CHANDLERIt sits in 2.5 acres and has a commercial-sized kitchen with a cool room and quality appliances, a 1200-bottle wine cellar, a formal dining to feed the masses, a billiards room, rumpus and vast formal lounge, a private orchard and an alfresco gazebo with kitchen facilities and a resort-style pool. You can cook and chat in this kitchenThere is also a gas cooktop, white timber cabinetry and a large pantry for all of those must-have ingredients.Other features include a main living zone with a gas fireplace, and bi-fold glass doors that open from open plan living area on to the covered timber patio. Their modern townhouse is on the market for offers over $1.375 million. The kitchen at the Dutton Park treehouseDouble storey, floor-to-ceiling glass is a key feature of this home, allowing for views of the river and treetops. Spread over three levels, the kitchen is on level two of the residence with the main living areas, and has views of the lower level and out in to nature. Framed by fully fenced leafy gardens, the private outdoor space presents residents with an ideal zone for barbecues and drinks, the listing says.There is also a study for uploading your latest culinary creations onto social media, and a parents retreat for when its time to down tools. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow do celebrities organise their pantry? 01:15THEY are the houses with kitchens that have been given a grilling by chefs — and passed the culinary test. In Ascot, Michael and Kym Steenberg have been creating unique and handmade cakes from their townhouse kitchen, with the results displayed on their Instagram page, Just Yumm Brisbane. How is that for a dining room? A spot for some alfresco diningAnd for when the home chef is off-duty, it is a short stroll to Racecourse Road’s boutique shops and cafes, Portside Wharf, Eat Street markets and Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses. In Hendra, retired chef John Yarnton is selling his four bedroom townhouse, which is on the market for offers over $760,000.Mr Yarnton has worked in the kitchens of hotels and restaurants, and was even a chef for Qantas for 30 years.“We would cook over 19,000 meals (for Qantas) on a slow day,” he said. Upstairs is home to the four bedrooms including the master bedroom with its walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, the laundry for soaking any cooking-related spills, a bathroom and a second living area. One of 36 townhouses in the complex, shared facilities include extensive gardens, an inground central pool and relaxing pool side entertainment area. Mr Yarnton said he had cooked up to six courses for a dozen people in that kitchen.But he is moving on as he needs more room for a herb and veggie garden. “It has done its job well,” he said. Both properties are listed with agents Patrick McKinnon and Will Churchill of Place Ascot.But if those don’t light a fire in your belly, these kitchens may just inspire you to whip out the mortar and pestle. In Chandler, this landmark residence just screams “entertain here”. Multimillion-dollar home reno House sells for $1.65m above its purchase price Spread over two storeys, it has three bedrooms, three bathrooms and space for two vehicles, two outdoor spaces and a living room with a bar.But it is the kitchen that will fire up keen chefs. It features a combined island bench and breakfast bar topped with Calacutta marble, stainless steel Miele appliances, soft-closing drawers and a wine rack. MORE NEWS: Grand estates that will make you drool Listed for sale by negotiation with Christine Rudolph at Ray White New Farm is 23-29 Borva St. It sits on 2300 sqm of riverfront land and comprises of two lots, one of which hosts a minimalist house designed by architect, Geoff Cook. This house was designed to capture the viewsIt has premium appliances and the latest mod cons. There is also a pool deck on the lower level with an integrated barbecue that overlooks the pool.
3 News 4 July 2014John Key says he’s got no appetite to change the anti-smacking law despite the strong stance of a potential coalition partner.The Conservative Party is calling for the ban on smacking to be repealed and the matter could be a deciding factor in coalition talks after the election.But Mr Key told the audience at an event held by conservative lobby group Family First changing the law would send the wrong message.“We could spend a long time in Parliament and a lot of discourse of public debate, and in the end it would look like the Government is saying ‘we were sanctioning parents to belt kids’.”Family First director Bob McCoskrie says the anti-smacking law penalises good parents and hasn’t solved child abuse.http://www.3news.co.nz/John-Key-rules-out-repealing-anti-smacking/tabid/423/articleID/351426/Default.aspx