Knight Frank ties up Grubb & Ellis deal

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Tokyo highlights LGBTQ rights before Olympics with Pride House

first_imgIt is traditional for most nations competing at the Olympics to have a hospitality ‘house’, where they promote their country and hold parties for winning athletes.Gon Matsunaka, the head of Good Ageing Yells, one of the organizations supporting the project, said Japan lags behind many other developed nations when it comes to LGBTQ rights.”Many people might think that Japan is a human rights defender, but actually there are no laws to protect LGBTQ people,” Matsunaka told Reuters via email.”Society is filled with prejudice, discrimination and harassment towards LGBTQ community.” Tokyo will open Pride House, Japan’s first permanent such center, next month to raise awareness of LGBTQ rights before and during the rearranged Olympic Games in 2021.Although there have been similar initiatives before previous Games, organizers said Pride House Tokyo, which will open its doors on International Coming Out Day on October 11, is the first to get official International Olympic Committee backing.”Pride House Tokyo aims to educate the world and also Japan of the difficulties the LGBTQ community has playing and enjoying sports … while helping create a safe space for the community too,” Pride House Tokyo said in a statement on Monday. “While we have to change the sports arena, we also hope Pride House Legacy can help change society as a whole as well.”Gay marriage is illegal in Japan and although about two dozen cities, towns and wards issue same-sex partnership certificates, they lack legal standing and prejudice persists.Fumino Sugiyama, a former fencer for the Japanese national team who now identifies as a man, said little had changed in 15 years since retiring from professional sport.”Even now looking around, there are few LGBTQ athletes that live their lives openly and that is the reality here in Japan,” Sugiyama told a news briefing to launch Pride House Tokyo.center_img Topics :last_img read more

This hilltop home has amazing sweeping views across Mt Coot-tha and the city

first_img108 Gower St, Toowong“The house is of outstanding quality and has a north-easterly, elevated position.”The property is close to Indooroopilly and Toowong shopping centres, as well as the foothills of Mt Coot-tha. 108 Gower St, ToowongThe main bedroom sits at the opposite end of the house, offering retreat-style luxury with views of the city and surrounding greenery, carpet flooring, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with dual vanities.The lower level of the residence allows self-contained living, with a combined living and dining area, kitchen, bathroom and fifth bedroom. From the living space, there is access to a covered patio and a double garage. 108 Gower St, ToowongSweeping 180-degree views from Mt Coot-tha to the city skyline are one of the highlights of this contemporary, light-filled property. Set on a 774sq m hilltop block at 108 Gower St, Toowong, the split-level house was designed to capture the vistas, with extensive glass and high ceilings accentuating the backdrop. The main living hub is on the upper level, comprising lounge and dining spaces in an open-plan configuration. 108 Gower St, ToowongQuality fixtures and finishes, airconditioning and ceiling fans add to the property’s appeal. Agent Jack Dixon said the house offered an idyllic family and entertainers’ lifestyle. “This brand new, commanding residence presents a rare opportunity to secure a luxurious lifestyle in one of Toowong’s premier hilltop addresses,” he said. 108 Gower St, ToowongHere, a white palette complements rich timber floors, while large windows, glass louvres and 4m-high pitched ceilings give a sense of space and light. Multiple sets of sliding glass doors open to a timber deck and a plunge pool framed by glass.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoBack inside, the kitchen is sleek and modern and has Miele appliances, a butlers pantry, oversized drawers with soft-touch closing, and an island breakfast bar. White cabinetry and black pendant lighting make an attractive aesthetic. There’s another living room beyond this hub, with timber flooring and sliding glass doors opening to a flat, grassed yard and established gardens. This room provides access to three bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, serviced by the nearby bathroom. last_img read more

McVicar stands by claim over gay bill

first_imgNZ Herald 21 Jan 2013Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar is standing by his claim that legalising gay marriage could increase crime, despite a backlash on social media. Yesterday, Mr McVicar said his submission was personal and not on behalf of the trust and he stood by his claims. “If you look at the court stats, most of the crime that has been committed has been committed by fatherless kids.” He said if the bill were passed, same-sex couples might be able to adopt children. “That’s where it’s heading – this is just another step in that politically correct journey that we’ve been on as a country.” It wouldn’t matter that some children, if adopted by a gay couple, had two fathers, because they would still need a mother, he said.Green Party MP Kevin Hague, who sits on the select committee considering the bill, said that of the 20,000 submissions on the proposals, Mr McVicar’s was the only one to link gay marriage with crime. He said it mirrored a number of other submissions connecting gay rights with an erosion of traditional values, which was associated “in a vague way to various ills in society”. “They are statements of probably genuinely held belief, but entirely absent of actual argument or evidence.”Mr McVicar made the submission last month. It said: “I see the marriage amendment bill as being a further erosion of what I consider to be esential [sic] basic values and morals that have stood the test of time for centuries.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10860409Broken Families Far More Lethal To Children than GunsBureau of Justice Statistics 20 Dec 2012A new Justice Department study looking at violent crimes committed against “youth”—defined as Americans from 12 to 17 years of age—discovered that the rate of “serious violent crime” committed against youth by a perpetrator using a firearm dropped 95 percent from 1994 to 2010.The study—“Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010”– released Dec. 20, also discovered that an American youth was 3.8 times more likely to become the victim of a serious violent crime if he or she lived in a home where the householder was unmarried than if he or she lived with married parents. In 2010, 7.4 out of every 1,000 youth living with married parents became the victims of a serious violent crime. At the same time, 27.8 out of every 1,000 living with an unmarried householder became the victims of a serious violent crime.http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=4575last_img read more

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

first_imgWhile reading Sports Illustrated, I saw a blurb stating that Dale Earnhardt, Jr., is going to donate his brain to medical research when he passes away.  He wants it to be used for the study of the effects of brain concussions on human health.  Most of you probably remember that Dale’s dad passed away when his car slammed into the outer wall of a race track.  I know that science people hope to attract more athletes whose sport tends to lead to a higher number of concussions.  Auto racing certainly fits the bill.Recent stories about certain Oakland Raider football players have caused the NFL to really take a long look at the effects of that sport on the human brain, and how it affects these athletes in their later years.  You can debate whether certain suicides were the results, but that is not the gist of this story.Hopefully, they will achieve their goal of enough human donated brain tissue to develop techniques that eliminate the effects of concussions and some of their long lasting effects on the human body.last_img read more

One killed in officer-involved shooting in Brownstown

first_imgPhoto: Sgt. Stephen WheelesBrownstown, In. — Indiana State Police are continuing their investigation into an officer-involved shooting near the Brownstown Police Station.Reports indicate the situation started as a domestic incident and spiraled out of control when Barry Rucker, 53, allegedly pulled out a small gun at the scene. Officers fired an unknown amount of rounds at Rucker. First aid was administered at the scene and was transported to Schneck Medical Center.The investigation is ongoing.******************************************************************************Indiana State police are investigating a report of an officer-involved shooting near the Brownstown police Station.Details are few, but police say no officers were injured in the 200 block of West Walnut Street incident but one subject was transported with a gunshot wound.As a precaution, Brownstown Schools were placed on lockdown.last_img read more

Professors of color discuss career obstacles

first_imgA panel of USC professors shared the personal struggles and disadvantages they have faced in their careers as educators because of their race during a forum at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Thursday. The event, hosted by the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly and Academic Culture Assembly, featured former winners of the USC Professors of Color Award while this year’s winners were being selected.The Professors of Color Award recognizes faculty and staff members of color at USC that demonstrate exemplary behavior both inside and outside the classroom. Panelists said that as professors of color, they can often become isolated within their departments as they disproportionately carry the weight of mentoring and supporting similarly marginalized students.“Being a person of color, you are already walking on this tightrope and people are watching,” said Terence Fitzgerald, a professor in the School of Social Work. “They have stereotypes. They have perceptions that been ingrained since the beginning of this country. When you are in that environment, when you are still the minority, there is still that perception. And it does not matter how many letters I have after my name, you are still viewed under that racial lens.”The professors highlighted examples of the demeaning rhetoric they experience as minorities in academia. Dr. Neelesh Tiruviluamala, who teaches math in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, emphasized the ways in which students’ race can have a negative impact on their interests in particular subjects because of the racial stigmas attached to them. Tiruviluamala said that he is working on a mentorship program in East Los Angeles where college math students would demonstrate to children from communities of color looking to study math beyond high school that they too can succeed in math.“There are so many assumptions about people and what they do and stupid stereotypes about some people being good at math that we actually believe these things and it actually makes a difference,” Tiruviluamala said. “How you look and the culture of where you come from can change how you feel and your ability. And when it comes to math, which is something innate, it is especially dangerous.”Each of the panelists stated that they have heavily relied on mentors on their paths to becoming professors. Tracy Tambascia, a professor at the USC Rossier School of Education, said that being a minority has caused her to be “a fighter,” because she feels overwhelmingly underestimated by her peers. She conceded that this is part of the journey of being a minority professor, but that she appreciates that she now has a seat at the table from which she can influence other students of color to pursue higher education.Tambascia, who is Asian, said that the racist comments she receives frequently resulted in her being a strong student administrator and advocate for her students.“I am always underestimated,” Tambascia said. “I get backhanded comments like ‘you are very articulate.’ But that is part of the journey. I have learned to work harder.”Andrea Grace Parra, a professor in Dornsife’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, added that there are certain disadvantages that minorities can overcome if they maintain their strengths and values. Fitzgerald agreed that minority professors are held to a different standard, and brought up his own experiences working in public schools in marginalized communities.“Some days I don’t like to talk about how it feels like to be in my skin,” Fitzgerald said. “Having the degrees I have and still feeling like I am nothing in 2016 … is insulting. But you push through it.”last_img read more

Football: Paul Chryst doesn’t tip hand on who will start at quarterback for No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 8 Michigan State

first_imgPaul Chryst knew the question was coming, so he decided to get out in front of it.During his opening statement at his weekly news conference Monday, the University of Wisconsin football team head coach said both Alex Hornibrook and Bart Houston will have to be ready to quarterback No. 11 Wisconsin (3-0) when it visits No. 8 Michigan State (2-0) in East Lansing, Michigan Saturday.Chryst said he talked to both Houston and Hornibrook on Sunday, relaying the message that both need to be prepared for the Badgers’ Big Ten opener.“Really what I told them is very consistent with what I’ve told them all along and have been telling everyone,” Chryst said. “This week, we’ve got to prepare, and they both have to do a great job of preparation. I said this when we named Bart the starter, you earn the right to start. Alex earned the right to play [on Saturday]. I told both kids that. I wanted to play them both. We will need them both. For us to be as good as we can, I still believe that.”The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Sunday night that Hornibrook will start against MSU, but Houston was still listed as the starter on the depth chart UW released Monday. Usually, if there’s an ensuing position battle, the depth chart will include an “OR” between the starter and his backup, but even that was omitted.Houston started UW’s first three games, but Hornibrook relieved him with 5:54 remaining in the third quarter Saturday with the Badgers lowly leading Georgia State just 6-3. Hornibrook led the offense to two touchdowns and a field goal on three of his first four drives, injecting life into the seemingly monotonous offense.“We needed a spark and it was the whole offense,” Chryst said. “The quarterback is responsible for a lot, everyone is. I thought it was a good change up for us. We’re going to need them both and looking forward to those guys working this week.”Although Houston has taken more than three times more snaps than Hornibrook this season, statistics show that the offense has operated with more efficiency under Hornibrook. Per ESPN Stats & Information, the offense averages 1.2 yards per play more with Hornibrook under center. He has also led the same number of touchdown drives (five) in just 51 snaps, compared to Houston’s 182.Still, Chryst had the chance to come clean with his starter this week, when a reporter asked him “Bart Houston is your starter?”But Chryst is a smart guy and master of deflection with the media, and his answer proved so.“Both have to be ready to play. I’m positive of that. Both have to go and I told them, there’s going to be games where they both have to play. You do it in hockey, you have two goalies. You could have the best pitcher in baseball, and he doesn’t always finish the game … I’ll let the week determine all this stuff, with who is going to play tailback, who’s going to play left guard, who’s going to be quarterback, who’s going to play receiver, who’s going to be the third corner.”QuestionablesUW also released its injury report on Monday, with three of the team’s top four running backs occupying a spot on the list. Corey Clement (left ankle), Taiwan Deal (right leg) and Bradrick Shaw (right shoulder) are all listed as questionable. Also listed as questionable are left guard Jon Dietzen and defensive lineman Billy Hirschfield.last_img read more

Cuisine: Peanut Porridge

first_imgPeanuts are consumed in a variety of ways in the Caribbean, including to prepare a delicious porridge.Here is one of the methods used to create the tasty dish.Ingredients 1 cup raw peanut2 cups waterSweetened condensed milk1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg1/8 tsp. vanilla flavoring4 tbsp. whole milk powder (optional)A pinch of salt3 cinnamon leavesInstructions1. Put a thick-bottomed pot on high heat with cinnamon leaves and water, cover and boil about 2-3 minutes. This will infuse the cinnamon flavor in the water, also used a thick bottomed pot because peanut porridge easily burn.Although this is only one cup of peanut, put only a small amount in the blender at a time so that it blended as smooth as possible.  Pour 1/2 cup of water into a blender along with some of the peanut, blend peanut until smooth. Pour the mixture into a container.   Pour 1/2 cup of water into a blender along with the remaining peanut and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into the same container and stir.Pour the mixture into the pot and stir. Lower the heat. Boil peanut porridge for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so.After 15 minutes, stir and add the coconut milk, continue boiling the porridge for 6 more minutes or so while stirring. The heat should be on the lowest.This is optional but whole milk powder added to the porridge will make the porridge creamy and rich in taste. This is optional but whole milk powder added to the porridge will make the porridge creamy and rich in taste. In a small bowl, mix the whole milk powder with a tiny amount of water to a thick consistency, then pour it into the porridge, stir.Add salt to the porridge. What you will use to sweeten the porridge is up to you. You can, however, use sweetened condensed milk to sweeten the porridge accordingly to your taste. Add the vanilla and nutmeg. Stir and remove from heat. Serve hot. The total cooking time takes about 25 minutes.This recipe makes one bowl of porridge if you need more than a bowl, use two cups of peanut.Source: Jamaicancookery.comlast_img read more

Kyle Korver no longer considering retirement, report says

first_img NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson not looking to fill LeBron James’ shoes Korver, who was dealt from the Jazz to the Grizzlies on Wednesday as part of a reported trade for Mike Conley Jr., said in April he was considering retirement after the Jazz’s first-round loss to the Rockets.”There’s a real cost as you get older,” Korver said at the time, per the Deseret News. “There’s what you need to put into the game, but there’s also a family cost. That’s probably where I’m at is weighing that cost.” Related News NBA free agency news: Khris Middleton will decline option with Bucks, command max deal After considering calling it a career, Kyle Korver is now contemplating playing beyond 2020.According to The New York Times, which cited an unidentified source with knowledge of his thinking, the veteran is likely to play another season and maybe even two despite saying he would consider retirement this offseason. Mike Conley Jr. traded from Grizzlies to Jazz for three players, two picks, report says Korver, 38, has one more nonguaranteed year remaining on his contract signed with the Jazz before Wednesday’s trade. The Grizzlies reportedly will receive Korver, Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder, the 23rd overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft and a future first-round pick for Conley.Korver was selected by the Nets in the second round of the 2003 draft before immediately being traded to the 76ers. He’s also had stints with the Bulls, Hawks and Cavaliers.The All-Star sharpshooter averaged 8.6 points in 58 regular-season and playoff games off the bench for the Jazz after being traded by the Cavs during the season.last_img read more