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first_img Broncos stars’ property portfolios revealed This “smart home on steroids” is under construction in Kedron. This is a render of the home supplied by Base Architecture and Electronic Living.Face recognition in front doors, sunroofs in bathrooms, voice controlled lighting — even retractable pool diving boards.No longer just for the rich and famous, smart technology is becoming as integral to a home as plumbing and electricity, with the potential to add hundreds of thousands of dollars in value. Home buyers and builders are now demanding the latest ‘must-have’ smart features in their abodes as security, safety and spending more time at home become a priority. * Smart intercoms that can be answered remotely via phone and allow access to the home from anywhere in the world* Unlocking doors and gates remotely via phone * Entertainment mood settings* Smart light switches * In-ceiling television dropper (controlled by smart touch panel, smart remote or app)* Motorised television slider, so when the client selects “watch tv” the panel moves out of the way to reveal the TV and it automatically turns on* Voice control of whole home — individual commands such as; “Turn the lounge room lights on” or programmed scenes such as “Hey Google, good morning”, which recalls the scene of your choice.* Home cinema* AV equipment rack. Hidden away in a well ventilated cupboard so not to impede the interior styling of the home. Smart cabling runs from this central location, to each point in the house (TV’s, touch panels, ceiling speakers etc.)* Control4 NEEO remote. This is a new product to market that controls everything in the home, similar to the app or touch panel, but giving the option for tactile buttons.* Remote viewing of CCTV cameras * Smart fire place (turn on/off) via voice command or smart control panels.* Discrete landscape or in-ceiling speakers.* Smart blind controls FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK In-ceiling television dropper (controlled by smart touch panel, smart remote or app). Image supplied by Electronic Living.Electronic Living founder Damian Cavanagh said smart homes were becoming as common as smart phones, with people realising the value of features like keyless entry, remote access to security cameras and voice activation.“We are literally at ‘The Jetsons’ age now — the future is here now,” Mr Cavanagh said. This smart home at Belmont by Romark Design Constructions won ‘House of the Year’ at the 2020 Master Builders’ Awards. Image supplied.“It ties into this whole contactless thing. We want to do things, but we don’t want to touch them.“One of the biggest drivers for modern families now is safety and security, with people spending more time at home and with the economy the way it’s going.” The Control4 NEEO remote is a new product to market that controls everything in the home, similar to the app or touch panel, but giving the option for tactile buttons. Image supplied by Electronic Living.Mr Cavanagh’s home automation company is working on what is being dubbed a ‘smart home on steroids’ in Brisbane’s inner north.The custom-designed house will have out-of-this-world features such as a retractable, voice activated skylight in the ensuite, in-ceiling televisions, motorised custom paintings to conceal storage areas and smart lighting with custom programmed scenes such as: ‘Good morning’ and ‘Party time’. A render of the ‘smart home on steroids’ under construction in Kedron by Thallon Mole Group. Image supplied by Base Architecture and Electronic Living.The Kedron property has been designed by Base Architecture and is being built by Thallon Mole Group for a private client.The three-level house will also include a glass-encased lift, a pool on the second level with a circular viewing window and a waterfall infinity edge, and a balcony bath weighing two tonnes. A render of the kitchen and living area inside the smart home being built in Kedron by Thallon Mole Group. Image supplied by Base Architecture and Electronic Living.Mr Cavanagh said smart home technology could add tens of thousands of dollars in value to a home at a minimum, and even potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars.“We firmly believe the worst case scenario is whatever you spend (on smart home automation), you’ll get back,” he said. “There’s now an expectation that if you’re spending $1.5 million or more on a home, you want it to be equipped with smart technology.” A render of the smart home under construction in Kedron by Thallon Mole Group. Image supplied by Base Architecture and Electronic Living.Another smart home at 44 Reading St, Paddington, built by Graya Construction, recently sold for an eyewatering $4 million.Rob Gray of Graya Construction said one of the main reasons the buyer paid bought the property was because he loved the integrated smart technology. This smart home, named Laurent, at 44 Reading St, Paddington sold for $4m. Picture: Scott Burrows.“It’s fast becoming the ‘must-have’ in luxury homes and all our clients are requesting it,” Mr Gray said. “Not all can afford it, however, we strongly believe it adds the value to the home come resale.” The kitchen in the smart home, named Laurent, at 44 Reading St, Paddington. Picture: Scott Burrows. The outdoor entertaining area of the smart home at 44 Reading St, Paddington. Picture: Scott Burrows.Mr Graya said the top five smart features most requested by clients included security, entry access control, audio visual, lighting and home entertainment systems. Mr Cavanagh said demand for smart homes had “trickled down to the entry level market”, with project builders now approaching him for smart home solutions because their clients were requesting it. A smart fireplace controlled by voice activation. Image supplied by Electronic Living.“A household these days has an average of six or seven wireless devices,” he said. “The demand for this is not going away anytime soon. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago“We’ve had a real shot in the arm from a technology standpoint with COVID-19, particularly with people spending more time at home, now, and into the future.” Home cinemas and entertainment systems are in demand, according to Electronic Living. 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first_imgSubsea services provider Bibby Offshore has appointed Dorothy Shepherd as General Manager for its renewable energy division.In her new role, Shepherd will be instrumental in the delivery of new business in the renewables sector, Bibby Offshore said.The position includes supporting existing business development efforts, while collaborating with Bibby Offshore’s sister companies Bibby Marine Services, which offers SOV and Walk to Work vessels, and Bibby HydroMap, a provider of seabed survey services.Shepherd said: “I am confident my knowledge will help to identify new opportunities in the renewables market and deliver the strategic results required for long-term success.”The appointment follows the formation of Bibby Offshore’s new business optimization team, led by Graeme Wood, as part of the company’s strategic growth strategy.Graeme Wood, Business Optimization Director at Bibby Offshore, said: “Renewables has been a key element of Bibby Offshore’s strategic growth plan for a number of years, and Shepherd’s appointment demonstrates the importance that we attribute to this market as a potential source of revenue in the future.”last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Jarrell Miller: I’m better fighter than Joshua Joshua plans title defence in Nigeria Joshua shows off body transformation for Ruiz rematch Andy Ruiz Jr has admitted that his excessive partying following his victory over Anthony Joshua in June cost him in the rematch.Ruiz, to widespread shock, beat Joshua in Madison Square Garden on June 1.However, Joshua secured an unanimous points victory in the rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night, with the British boxer reclaiming the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.Ruiz was unable to give a good account of himself in his rematch and admitted that three months of partying had taken its toll.  Speaking after the fight, Ruiz said: “I don’t want to say three months of partying didn’t affect me because it kind of did.“I just want to learn from this mistake. I am glad I learnt it when I am young.”Following his victory over Joshua in June, Ruiz bought a mansion in California and amassed a car collection worth £785,000, as reported by The Sun.There have been calls for a third clash between Joshua and Ruiz, but the latter would certainly have to be in better shape for another rematch to be worthwhile.Tags: Andy RuizMadison Square Gardenlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Usain Bolt has tested positive for coronavirus just days after partying with guests, including England star Raheem Sterling, for his 34th birthday in Jamaica, according to reports in the country.Nationwide90fm, a radio station in Jamaica, reports that the greatest sprinter of all time has contracted the disease and will spend time in self-isolation as a result. The publication claimed that the 34-year-old took a test for the virus a few days ago and discovered on Sunday that he had tested positive for the disease.Bolt attended a surprise birthday party on August 21, which was attended by a host of big names, the Jamaican outlet reports.Manchester City star Sterling, Bayer Leverkusen attacker Leon Bailey and cricket legend Chris Gayle are believed to have been in attendance.The Caribbean island has had a total of 1,413 cases of coronavirus and 16 deaths from the deadly disease.The management for Bolt have been contacted for comment. Tags: Bayern LeverkusenChris GayleCOVID-19CricketJamaicaLeon BaileyManchester CityPartyPositive TestRaheem SterlingUsain Boltlast_img read more

first_imgFive people were killed and at least another 60 were injured following a massive pileup early Sunday involving two tractor trailers, a tour bus and multiple cars on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.The crash, which shut down all lanes of traffic on the highway for 86 miles, occurred around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday in Mount Pleasant Township, which is about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, according to the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety.Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFobo tweeted:Crews are on scene of a multi-vehicle crash with fatalities on @PA_Turnpike, milepost 86 westbound. Crash involves 2 tractor trailers, a tour bus and passenger vehicles. Turnpike is closed in both directions from New Stanton (#75) to Breezewood (#161). A prolonged closure likely.— Carl DeFebo (@cdefebo) January 5, 2020 It was unclear if the weather was a factor in the crash. The National Weather Service forecast for Westmoreland County listed light unknown precipitation and an air temperature just below freezing before the accident.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending investigators to the crash scene.This is a developing story.last_img read more

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoClutching a clipboard rather than a puck and sitting at the far end of the bench, UW sophomore goaltender Shane Connelly wonders when his chance will come.A year after being thrust into the starting lineup to replace injured starter Brian Elliott, Connelly has been patiently waiting his turn. Working tirelessly in practice and taking after Elliott in the net, Connelly focuses on improvement.This season has had its upside, however, as the former member of the USHL’s Chicago Steel has put his hard work to the test four times; Connelly is unbeaten in those four starts, including two shutouts in his last three starts.It’s a patient, and sometimes frustrating, process waiting for a chance to play. Yet it’s a process that is nothing new to Wisconsin goaltenders.Two seasons ago when Bernd Brückler was the man between the pipes, Elliott was the one on the edge of the bench with the clipboard, watching and learning from the All-American goaltender. After playing nine games as a backup, Elliott had the necessary experience needed in his first year as the starter to help the Badgers win their sixth national title.Likewise, the system that head coach Mike Eaves used with Elliott of putting him in games where there’s a high probability of winning is now being implemented with Connelly.”What we’re doing with Shane this year is similar to what we did with Brian, [by] looking at the schedule to put him in positions that we think he can be successful,” Eaves said. “It’s kind of this process that we’re going through.”When he was presented with this process his freshman year, Connelly sought out the advice of Elliott — the one person who could guide him through the patient development process.”I asked him what he had to go through and how he got through it,” Connelly said. “I saw how he got through it, and I’ve watched him, so I know that it works. I just have to follow his steps, work as hard as he did, have attention to detail, and it’ll work out for me in there, too.”For Connelly, the developmental process began a bit prematurely.Fresh off a sweep of Colorado College in January 2006, Elliott was stricken with a leg injury that would force him to miss Wisconsin’s next eight games. In stepped Connelly — a young man with no prior collegiate game experience — who was given the task of leading the No. 1 team in the country during Elliott’s absence.In retrospect, that stretch where he got valuable in-game action was the best thing for Connelly, giving him some valuable experience he has used in games ever since.”I’m more mature with what I went through a lot last year,” Connelly said. “Those first four games I played were all here, sellouts and pretty big games against Minnesota and Denver. I had to grow up really quick during that stretch, and it made me more excited to want to get back into the net.”The elder goalie couldn’t agree more.”He did a great job coming in,” Elliott said. “The guys needed him right away, and he kept us in there. If I didn’t get hurt, he maybe wouldn’t have gotten as many games. It definitely accelerated his game-time experience.”With Elliott healthy this year, Connelly is back to the drawing board — constantly working on refining his technique with goalie coach Bill Howard.His hours of practice and efforts have not gone unrecognized by the players and coaches.”He doesn’t get a chance to play very much, so he has to focus and practice at a high level,” Eaves said. “It’s much like a game where you don’t get a lot of shots. You sit back in the crease, not getting a lot of action, and when you’re called upon to make a save, you’d better make sure that you’re ready.”It’s tough when you don’t play for a while and you have to go out and play your best. … He’s done well, looking at the record he has. Obviously, he’s going to have success when he takes over full time.”Because of Connelly’s success this season, the Wisconsin hockey team has been blanketed with questions of the “Shane Effect” and how a sophomore goalie can appear to be more of a calming influence than the starter, who is a Hobey Baker Award finalist, an All-American and a national champion.Looking at his numbers, Connelly’s wins have all come after embarrassing losses or disastrous losing streaks. In the games prior to the sophomore goaltender’s starts, the Badgers were outscored 13-6 and criticized for playing flat, uninspired hockey in front of the Kohl Center’s “Crease Creatures.” According to Elliott, the main reason for the team’s turnaround the following night was its refusal to not be swept at home.”It’s not the difference in goalie; it’s the difference in how we come out to play that night,” Elliott said. “The past couple games, we come out on a Friday night and don’t play well at all. The coaches put Shane in to shake things up, and it’s not something he does; it’s the team needing to wake up.”I don’t know what the ‘Shane Effect’ is,” Elliott added. “But I think it is our team responding from a loss.”Even the man responsible for this epidemic plaguing the Badgers agrees that it has little to do with who is between the pipes for Wisconsin.”We don’t like being embarrassed, and whether it’s Brian or me in the net, the result would probably be the same,” Connelly said. “We just want to get that taste out of your mouth and the pressure is on. It’s a whole team attitude and not just my effect in net.”Whatever the reason, Connelly has been winning. For now, he will take his post at the end of the Badgers’ bench, holding his clipboard while waiting for his turn in the net.last_img read more

first_imgAnthony Joshua is ready to “go to war” with Carlos Takam and is turning his attention away from knock-out blows to punishing body shots.Takam (35-3-1) stepped in as late notice for this weekend’s WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight title clash with Joshua after the Briton’s original opponent Kubrat Pulev withdrew due to injury.It meant a quick change in the 28-year-old’s preparations for the bout in Cardiff, with Takam a very different fighter to Pulev. But Joshua is relishing the challenge and knows he will need a different approach to topple his 36-year-old opponent and retain his belts.“I’m going to stand in front of (Takam) and chop his tree down, because that’s what he does,” Joshua told Sky Sports on Wednesday evening.“A fighter like him wants to get on the inside, and work you around the body. I can’t keep punching straight if a fighter is on my chest, so I need to work on my inside game and stand in a phone box. Those fights come down to will, heart and whoever wants it more.“He disheartens you.“Imagine throwing your best shots and they are still in front of you. It’s disheartening. To do that for 12 rounds takes a lot of energy so sometimes I’ll have to stand in front of him, trade with him, and go to war. I need to break his will, to break his heart.”The reigning champion added: “Takam keeps on coming, keeps on coming. He works the body well, and loves a left hook. I already thought he was a game, well-rounded fighter so what is going to happen when he comes here and has everything to take home with him? I’ll see an improved Takam.“With Pulev it wasn’t about whipping him around the body, it was about staying off the line and boxing down the middle. Carlos is different – he can trade down the middle. My speed will beat his combinations. A good way to beat Carlos is to take his body out, that’s what (Alexander) Povetkin did to him.”Takam’s style does not worry Joshua – who is looking to go 20-0 on Saturday – and he is confident he has the arsenal to come out on top“(Takam) moves around a lot, and boxes well. As the rounds start going on he likes to trade, and throw hooks on the inside,” said the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist.“I’ve had sparring partners who have tried to knock me out, and I’ve had to dig in and give them some body shots.“So my inside game has definitely improved. If we stand on the inside and start trading, it will be entertaining.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 07:23 IST Jerry Kelly Hangs Onto Senior Players Lead After Firestone Jerry Kelly bogeyed two of the last four holes for another even-par 70 on Firestone’s challenging South Course, leaving him with a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championshipcenter_img COMMENT Jerry Kelly bogeyed two of the last four holes for another even-par 70 on Firestone’s challenging South Course, leaving him with a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship.“It’s another tough day. It’s another tough golf course,” Kelly said. “I got a little loose on the back side for the second day in a row and got out of position and made some bogeys.”The only player at par or better after two days in the PGA Tour Champions’ first major of the season, Kelly — at 2 under — had some company in red numbers going into the final round.Woody Austin and Scott Parel each shot 67, and Colin Montgomerie had a 68 to get to 1 under on the testing course that was the longtime site of a PGA Tour event and later a World Golf Championship tournament.Kelly played the back nine in 2 under with three birdies and a bogey to reach 4 under. He countered a bogey on the par-4 11th with a birdie on the par-4 13th, then dropped two more strokes with bogeys on the par-3 15th and par-4 17th.“I could have made two or three more birdies,” Kelly said. “I was burning some edges. You’re going to make mistakes out here, I know that. I just need to make birdies to counteract those mistakes and limit the mistakes. So, even par is not a bad day. But I didn’t like giving them away.”Parel rebounded from a bogey on 17 with a birdie on 18.“Lucky for us, we had a little help off the tee, makes that hole a little shorter,” Parel said. “I hit a big drive yesterday and had a short shot, so I thought if I hit a good one, I would have a wedge in my hand. And I did. I hit a good shot and made a good putt.”Austin had four birdies and a bogey.“Really played good today,” Austin said. “Reminded me of a 30-something kid that used to hit it pretty good. I was struggling the first two days driving off the tee and today I drove it really well. And all my good irons kept going and I hit it really close. That’s probably the worst score I could have shot.”Miguel Angel Jimenez was fifth at 1 over after a 69.Ernie Els (68), Kenny Perry (68) and Scott Dunlap (69) were 2 over. Fred Couples followed a second-round 75 with a 68 to get to 3 over.Bernhard Langer (71) and Steve Stricker (73) were 4 over.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News First Published: 16th August, 2020 07:23 ISTlast_img read more

first_imgDedicated esports bookmaker Unikrn has revealed ambitious European expansion plans, having obtained a Malta license and partnered with French company RBP, one of the leaders in betting in France. The joint-venture created with RBP will be named “Unikrn EU” and will effectively bring the Unikrn platform to Europe in early 2018. In addition to the partnership with RBP, Unikrn has obtained a Malta license allowing it to operate in a swathe of territories. The Unikrn platform is of course not limited to sportsbook as the company have made various investments in recent times. The team has an interest in German Counter-Strike squad BIG, as well as having a casino group and a content team fairly unique to Unikrn.Furthermore, it comes after the company’s ICO was recently revealed as the biggest esports and gaming ICO, having done over $28,000,000 in sales. The number has now surpassed $30,000,000 in Ethereum in over 112 countries and the token will “eventually follow across Europe”, according to the release. “For a little over a year, Unikrn EU has been working with the Malta Gaming Authority to acquire our new license,” said Rahul Sood, CEO of Unikrn. “Malta has some of the highest regulatory requirements and processes, they are by every measure the gold standard and one of of the most respected authorities for responsible and ethical wagering.”“RBP has over 300,000 loyal registered customers, and our sites receive over a million unique visitors per month, making us leader in France when it comes to online betting,” said Emmanuel de Rohan Chabot, CEO of Zeturf and Zebet and co-founder of RBP. “RBP will be a strong partner to Unikrn to help bring regulated, safe, and legal esports betting in markets across Europe, and we look forward to working with their exceptional team.”Esports Insider says: It’s safe to say that Unikrn have been extremely busy of late, and it looks to be paying dividends. More impressive news out of the esports dedicated bookmaker as they look to push on and expand.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Hearts of Oak Coach Mohammed Polo has called for an intense scrutiny into the works of new coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi.The Japanese American since taking over the reins of the Phobians has overseen three defeats in as many friendly games.This poor run of pre-season form has not enthused Polo who wants the board to pay attention to all details before issues get bad for the Phobians.“We don’t know what the difference will be. But we saw a different thing when we I left, but I don’t want us to see the worst,” he told Joy Sports.“The situation is going towards that be we still have to give him a chance.It is too early to judge him.”“We have to see the future. It has to start somewhere and we cannot wait because Hearts of Oak is not a playing ground for experiment.” Mohammed Polo replaced David Duncan as coach in the 2013/2014 season and led the Phobians to third on the league log.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more