Voter Hjalmtyr Heiddal told AFP on Sunday that he “very happy” with the winning margin because “it means that 92 percent of Icelanders want this type of president who does not take sides and is simply neutral.” It is the second-highest margin of victory in the history of Iceland’s presidential elections. Vigdis Finnbogadottir, the first woman in the world to be democratically elected as head of state, holds the record, winning re-election in 1988 with 94.6 percent of the vote.In this parliamentary republic, the president is largely symbolic, but he or she does have the power to veto legislation or submit it to a referendum.There are no term limits — Johannesson’s predecessor Olafur Ragnar Grimsson served for five terms.However Johannesson has said he would limit himself to two or three terms at the most.Turnout for Saturday’s vote was 66.9 percent, dropping from 75.7 percent during Johannesson’s first election victory in 2016, when he became the country’s youngest president since independence in 1944.The coronavirus pandemic had not been expected to affect voting, as the country has been only mildly infected. It has reported 10 deaths, and currently has around 11 active cases.Challenger Jonsson is a former Wall Street broker close to Icelandic nationalists and a vocal fan of US President Donald Trump.He campaigned on wanting Iceland’s president to play a more active role by exercising the right to veto legislation campaigns, but struggled to gain traction with voters.”I send my congratulations to Gudni and his family,” Jonsson told public broadcaster RUV. Topics : The final results showed he took 92.2 percent of the 168,821 votes cast, crushing rightwing challenger Gudmundur Franklin Jonsson.”I am honored and proud,” the president told AFP in Reykjavik on election night.”This result of this election is, to me, proof of the fact that my fellow Icelanders… have approved of how I have approached this office.”The dominant win had been predicted by opinion polls, which had shown the president winning between 90 to 94 percent. Iceland’s President Gudni Johannesson has been reelected with a whopping 92 percent of the vote, according to final results released on Sunday. The former history professor won his second four-year term in the largely symbolic position in Saturday’s vote, the second election held by a European country after coronavirus lockdowns were lifted.Since suffering spectacular bank failures in 2008, the volcanic North Atlantic island of 365,000 inhabitants has recovered some economic and political stability, which worked in the 52-year-old independent’s favor.
Flatiron building in FV project, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.“The only way prices jump down is supply, where supply is higher than demand or at least at an equilibrium,” he said. “Housing affordability is simply based on supply and demand.”Mr Gurner said of the three councils he’d dealt with (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), “Brisbane is the one that’s trying (the most)”.The FV project – which has 651 apartments, 1,860sq m of retail space and 2,000sq m of luxury communal amenity including four pools, a moonlight cinema, VIP areas and a commercial size gym – began construction in April 2015.“Strategically Brisbane remains a strong component of our portfolio and we have a number of future landholdings here with the view to develop further projects in the short to medium term,” Mr Gurner said. Property developer Tim Gurner in a wet Fortitude Valley Wednesday evening, outside his $600m “FV” development. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen/The AustralianBRISBANE apartment supply is expected to dry up in the next two to three years – and that’s “a good thing”, according to the man behind a $600 million Brisbane inner-city residential development.Melburnian Tim Gurner, founder of development firm Gurner was in Brisbane Wednesday night to “top out” his FV project’s Flatiron and Valley House buildings.“We did the project expecting the market to change … The market dictates itself. Last year Brisbane decided it was time and developers pulled back. There were 200 apartments sold in 2017. I think that’s a really good thing for the market,” he told The Courier-Mail. Artist’s impression of the view from Flatiron building in FV project, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago The building can also be accessed off Alfred Street in Fortitude Valley.He said the Brisbane market had matured in the last year to 18 months, with apartments “a real affordable option for first home buyers” now.“When we first came up here the market was dead, nothing was happening at all. People were surprised we were going in for a big project but we brought product to market quickly and sold out quickly. It was an incredible response.”He said the First Home Buyers grant was “a positive thing”, helping put first-timers in the same playing field as others. But he warned that much more was needed to really help get more young people on the property ladder. Artist’s impression of the FV Private Club in the Flatiron building, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.
Dr. Stephen J. Reen, 52, of Greensburg, IN passed away on Monday, September 24th, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. Stephen was born on March 5, 1966 to Bernard and Teresa Reen of Buffalo, NY. He is survived by his mother, 5 brothers and 4 sisters. He is also survived by his wife of 23 years, Sophie, and their nine children – Stephen, Dominic, Bernie, Virginia, John, William, Lucy, Hugh and Gabby. He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew. Recognized as one of the top five group piano teachers in the country by the Music Teachers National Association, (MTNA) Steve obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance, and the Doctor of Music from Indiana University. His teaching was featured in American Music Teacher magazine, and in a film produced by the National Piano Foundation. Dr. Reen’s articles were published in Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, and Clavier Magazine. He was a presenter for the MTNA National Convention, the IMTA Convention, the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and was a frequently sought after adjudicator/clinician for piano teacher’s organizations throughout the U.S. Dr. Reen was President and founder of the Columbus Academy of Music in Columbus, Indiana. He was also a pianist, organist, choir director, Musikgarten piano teacher, and enjoyed performing in barbershop quartets with his sons. In recent years, Steve and his wife, Sophie, traveled with their 9 children across the US and Canada performing as the Reen Family Singers in chapter shows, church concerts and weddings. Steve also enjoyed singing with The Southern Gateway Chorus of Cincinnati, OH. A viewing will be held at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home located at 302 North Franklin St., Greensburg, IN 47240 on Sunday, September 30th from 2-5 pm. The funeral will be held Monday, October 1st at 10:00 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church located at 245 W. Broadway St., Greenwood, IN. A graveside service will occur on Monday following the funeral, at Rossburg Cemetery, New Point. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made The Reen Family Children’s Fund. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
FILE PHOTO: Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos (C) lifts the trophy next to Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) and Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (R) after Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at San Siro Stadium in Milan, on May 28, 2016. AFP PHOTOModrici, Croatia | AFP | Luka Modric’s journey from Croatian war child to the world’s best footballer was celebrated Monday when the Real Madrid midfielder hoisted the Ballon d’Or.A national hero in his home country and crowned the best player on the planet, Modric was rewarded for his key role in Croatia’s historic run to the World Cup final and his club Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League trophy.“It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy, proud and honoured,” said Modric, who also won the FIFA Player of the Year award in September.The star-studded Paris ceremony could hardly be further removed from Modric’s early years as a child refugee, fleeing the burned-out shell of a remote Croatian cottage where he spent part of his childhood.Hidden in the folds of Velebit mountain, with the nearest neighbours several kilometres away, trees now grow inside the roofless ruin and a sign warns of “Mines – Keep out!”The player’s grandfather, also named Luka, lived in the house, lying on a mountain road winding through the Modrici hamlet.His grandfather was killed by Serb forces, the house was burned and the family fled to the coastal town of Zadar, some 40 kilometres (19 miles) away.It was there that Modric, born in 1985, began his footballing odyssey, drawing attention for the first time to his budding abilities.“I heard about a little hyperactive boy constantly playing with a football in the corridor of a refugee hotel, even going to sleep with it,” said Josip Bajlo, who was then coach at the First Division club NK Zadar.– Training under fire – As soon as Bajlo saw Modric play he signed him up for the club’s football school, where he immediately stood out.“He was an idol to his generation, a leader, a favourite,” Bajlo told AFP earlier this year.The 1991-1995 war with Serb rebels, during which Zadar and the surrounding region were heavily shelled, toughened Modric, according to those close to him.“It happened a million times that we were going to training as the shells were falling, and we were running to shelters,” said childhood friend Marijan Buljat, who trained and played with Modric while growing up.Modric left Zadar, where he remains a legend, for Dinamo Zagreb in 2000 and then joined English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. After a bidding war he was snapped up by Real Madrid in 2012.But his popularity in Croatia and his image as a modest family man was tarnished by his testimony last year during the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic.Modric’s testimony supported Mamic’s case against allegations of corruption, angering many fans who saw the trial as a chance to clean up the corruption-ridden sport.Prosecutors eventually charged Modric in March for giving false evidence, but dropped the case on Monday due to a lack evidence.Any lingering anger against Modric had evaporated long ago, however, after he brilliantly inspired Croatia to their first World Cup final last summer.Despite the 4-2 defeat by France, more than 500,000 people gave captain Modric and his team a heroic welcome on their return to Zagreb.Share on: WhatsApp
Well known actor Gerard McSorley chats to a Garda as he left a previous sitting Letterkenny District Court. (NewspixIrl)A JUDGE has dismissed a case brought by AIB Bank agains the Gaoth Dobhair-based actor Gerard McSorley.Judge Paul Kelly dealt with an application by AIB to examine Mr McSorley’s means in Dungloe District Court today. Their summons claimed a debt from the 64-year-old actor totalling €20,026.McSorley, who has starred in a number of movies including ‘Omagh’ was accompanied in court today by his solicitor Brendan Twomey who told the judge that Mr McSorley is on disability and has medical and health issues.Mr Twomey said he wrote to the bank and their legal team replied to say they were seeking an adjournment. He attempted to phone the bank but he could not get anybody to discuss the matter.Mr Twomey said there was “a significant level of debt”. The bank’s debt was secured by a mortgage judgement on Mr McSorley’s house. He asked for the application to be struck out.The solicitor added: “I am confident he will be a suitable candidate for an arrangement under the insolvency act.”Judge Kelly struck out the bank’s application.JUDGE THROWS OUT BANK’S CASE AGAINST DONEGAL-BASED ACTOR was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AIBDungoe district courtGerard McSorley
Springtime is here and the wildflowers are blooming. What lessons can nature lovers learn from these beauties?WORDS OF WISDOM FROM WILDFLOWERSby David CoppedgeUses: Use these ideas for a wildflower hunt, to encourage participants to be observant, and then to draw in spiritual lessons from the selected Scriptures. Hand magnifiers can be helpful.Theme: Wildflowers are examples of nature lessons Christ used and the Bible mentions in several places. They have much to tell us about God’s creative wisdom and about our own spiritual lives as well.Activity: Have the group spread out and observe wildflowers for a while. Have them write down their observations and make sketches. Teach them to observe fine details. Then, have everyone come together and share their observations as a group. These might include:A. Their beauty and design.B. Their functionality.C. Their smallness.D. Their fragility.E. Their amazing biology and chemistry:a. Some have growth inhibitor molecules that must be leached out by sufficient rain before germination can occur.b. Some seeds can remain dormant for decades until the right conditions prevail.c. Macroscopic structures are intricate: anthers, pollen, pistils, ovules, corollae, circulatory system, colors, shapes to match insect pollinators.d. Microscopic processes are mind-boggling: DNA code, mitosis, meiosis, defense, metabolism, photosynthesis.F. Their amazing life cycles from seed to flower to seed again.G. Their interactions with other living things, e.g. honeybees, symbiosis, mutualism.Texts: Wildflowers in the BibleJob 14:2 – Man . . . is short lived, like a flower comes forth and withers. Psalm 1 Righteous are like a tree planted by streams of water. Wicked are like the chaff which the wind drives away.Psalm 103:15ff – As for man, his days are like . . . the flower of the field, so he flourishes . . . the wind passes over, and it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer, but the lovingkindness of the Lord is everlasting.Isaiah 40:6 – Grass withers, flower fades, but the Word of God abides forever.Isaiah 53:1-2 – For (Messiah) grew up before Him like a tender shoot, like a root out of parched ground . . . He had no stately form or majesty.Matthew 6:28ff – Observe how lilies of the field grow; they do not toil or spin, yet Solomon in all his glory not arrayed like one of these . . . Will God not much more do so for you?James 1:10ff – Rich man . . . like flowering grass passes away; sun rises with scorching wind, flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man.I Peter 1:23ff – Being born again not of corruptible seed, but by the living word of God. For all flesh is like grass (quotes Isaiah 40:6)Resources:Hepper, F. Nigel, Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Plants, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, 1992). Use this book to identify species of plants in your area that are similar to Bible plants. Bible stories involving these plants can become more realistic as you observe the real thing.Baerg, Harry J., Complete Illustrated Guide to Bible Plants and Animals, vol. 3, Plants; Review and Herald Publishing Co. (Washington D.C., 1989).Videos: Journey of Life and Wonders of God’s Creation, I: Planet Earth (Moody Video).Note: This is a sample lesson plan for outdoor educators from our sister ministry, Creation Safaris. For more, visit “Lesson Plans” under the Education tab at CreationSafaris.com.(Visited 203 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Update on Jan. 2, 2011: We’ve corrected the wall stud dimension noted in the caption.Gregory La Vardera, an architect based in Merchantville, New Jersey, has geared his practice – which he operates in tandem with the interior-design practice of his wife, Karen – toward clients who have an interest in modern design or want to elaborate on a historic style. (He is among the contributors to FreeGreen, the architecture firm known for offering downloadable floor plans, some for free, some for a fee.)But he’s also interested in how buildings can be economically built to offer a high degree of energy efficiency, which is why green-building advocates might find his “Letters from Sweden” blog series worth checking out. On Friday, for example, La Vardera focused on wall-construction details (a “baseline” assembly, as he puts it) of a typical factory-built home in Sweden, noting that even though these wall systems in most cases include materials widely available the U.S., they are relatively energy efficient and airtight because Sweden’s stringent energy code includes performance standards that haven’t yet been widely embraced by manufacturers here. Building wall panels just to merely meet code requirements in most parts of the U.S., he adds, can make it hard for manufacturers to compete with the costs of simply doing the work onsite.“With our cheap walls factory building makes little difference,” La Vardera writes. “There is simply not enough value there to save very much. It’s just as profitable to build onsite when your walls are so cheap and simple. The Swedes, however, use the factory to make every house very high in quality, and very energy-efficient. If we ever hope to do the same we will have to turn to a similar factory process.”A market where prefab is successfulThe “Letters from Sweden” series also includes comparative observations on topics such as automated panel building in the U.S. and in Sweden, and, more broadly, why prefab has struggled on this side of the Atlantic but forged on successfully in Sweden, despite its relatively small population, to offer a wide range of design and custom construction options at competitive prices. La Vardera notes that the country’s short building season has been a significant factor in making manufactured housing viable, but also points out that economic issues in the early 1970s, when energy costs increased sharply, created a market for factory building, whose leaders focused intently on introducing efficiencies into their operations.Like most successful manufacturers in a conducive economic environment, Swedish housing manufacturers approach their operations, La Vardera says, so that “every aspect of the design is rationalized into a known quantity of work, material, and ultimately a known price that is both profitable and viable in their market. During the time their industry was reinventing itself, the various products and fittings that go into a house were all revised, improved, and updated to integrate into this industrialized process. Contrast this with our country where almost every home is built as a unique event on each site.”
Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni stand between Australia and a win as the Mohali Test headed for a thrilling final day finish.India, needing 216 for a win, finished Day 4 at wobbly 55-4. Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma took three apiece as Australia collapsed from 87-0 to 192 in the noon session.They need a further 161 for a win this game, an unenviable task on a slow, low Mohali wicket.Australia began the day with a strong 87-run start between Shane Watson and Simon Katich. But Ishant dealt Australia three quick blows, removing Watson, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke in one sensational spell.India began the chase poorly, losing Gautam Gambhir in the first over, thanks to a poor umpiring decision from Billy Bowden, who failed to detect a huge inside edge while ruling an LBW in Ben Hilfenhaus’ favour. Rahul Dravid was caught behind again, off Doug Bollinger.India’s hopes for a quick start rested on Virender Sehwag but Hilfenhaus bounced him and Suresh Raina out in consecutive overs to derail India’s chase.After Ishant’s burst in the morning session, the post lunch session belonged to spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha.Starting the session at 100 for three, Ojha, who got a bit of stick in the morning session, drew Katich forward as the ball spun away from the left hander. The edge was taken by Dhoni behind stumps. Katich scored 37 with the help of two fours.Michael Hussey (28) got a bad decision when he was adjudged leg before trying to sweep a Harbhajan delivery that pitched well outside leg stump. He ended the Test on a disappointing note.advertisementEarlier, Watson smashed 56 off only 59 deliveries — an innings which was in stark contrast to his toiling century in the first essay.Ishant, who started in an erratic manner giving away 17 runs in two overs, had brilliant figures of 3-2-8-3 to show for in his second spell. His pre-lunch session figures read 5-2-25-3.Among his three victims, Watson should curse himself for doing a hara-kiri.Ishant bowled one wide outside the off-stump and the opener went for a wild slog over deep mid-wicket but dragged it back onto his stumps. Watson hit seven boundaries and a huge six off Ojha during his knock.Ponting started with a boundary but Ishant got his man when the Australian skipper pulled a short one straight into the hands of backward square leg which was specifically stationed for that particular shot. Raina took a well-judged catch.The lanky speedster from Delhi was over the moon when he got Clarke to flick one to short mid-wicket where Sehwag was standing.