Going West

first_img Beyond the cloud Harvard initiative seen as a national model Related Embedding ethics in computer science curriculum The science of the artificial Closing the event, Zittrain gave a sweeping talk that connected the wow-factor of innovation back to the greater societal context. The George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Computer Science at SEAS, Zittrain reminded the audience to be mindful not only of the immense benefits of transformative technologies like artificial intelligence, but also of the potential for unforeseen risks and exploitation. “As the markets are working their magic, who should be responsible?” he asked, later, noting that “even as we might be debating this, the technology is evolving under us.”center_img “Bear with me,” Jonathan Zittrain urged the audience as his talk — up to this point, a romp through the early history of the internet — lurched into Kantian philosophy: “I’m about to get all ‘East Coast’ on you.”Zittrain, faculty director of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, was in Palo Alto, Calif., delivering an energetic presentation on the ethical responsibilities of tech companies toward consumers in the era of artificial intelligence. About the shift of technology environments from unowned to owned and tightly controlled, he asked, “When is it that ‘can’ implies ‘ought’?”His provocative keynote was the culmination of a Harvard Tech Startup Night hosted by Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD) and the law firm WilmerHale at its Palo Alto offices.The soirée on June 26 showcased six early-stage startups that are commercializing innovations developed in Harvard research labs. Though all are based in the Northeast, the event provided an opportunity for the company founders to expand their West Coast connections and for Harvard to raise the profile of its tech startup scene in the heart of Silicon Valley.“Who would have thought that two chip companies would have come out of Harvard?” remarked Sam Liss, OTD’s executive director for strategic partnerships, opening the event, which drew a standing-room-only crowd of about 100 Bay Area venture capitalists and tech industry leaders. He pointed to HyperLight Corp. and Boréas Technologies, which both launched out of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in the past three years.In fact, more than 120 startups in hardware, software, materials, and a whole host of biomedical fields sprang from the work of Harvard researchers over the past decade. Scientific innovators receive support on campus from OTD’s accelerator programs, entrepreneurs in residence, and a growing community of those who have already taken the leap to become founders.The companies that presented at the event included two emerging startups that are nearing launch and are “looking for that first chunk of seed funding,” as Liss put it, another two that have initial funding in hand, and a pair that have already raised $20–30 million in investment.,HyperLight co-founder and CEO Mian Zhang declared that the next generation of high-performance computing devices — with integrated electronic and optical circuits — will need to advance beyond silicon. With conventional materials, Zhang said, “you don’t have a smaller, better device.” While working in the lab of Marko Loncar, Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering at SEAS, Zhang and his colleagues developed methods of fabricating chip-scale electro-optical modulators — which turn electronic data into optical signals — using lithium niobate, a high-performance material that is notoriously difficult to work with. “We took the best photonic material and made it smaller,” Zhang said. While in the lab, the team received support from Harvard’s Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator to perfect their methods and shore up their intellectual property position. Cambridge-based HyperLight now has seed funding from The Engine (an organization that serves as a home for tough-tech founders) to develop fast, low-power optical chips and devices.Quebec-based Boréas Technologies also gave the audience a peek at the future of mobile electronics. The company’s low-power actuator drivers are designed to enable more powerful applications for haptics — the vibrating components in smartphones, watches, and other mobile devices that provide tactile feedback to the user.Founder Simon Chaput, who earned his Ph.D. in 2019 from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,  worked in the lab of Gu-Yeon Wei, Robert and Suzanne Case Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Based on innovations from Chaput’s time in the lab, the company aims to produce chips with very precise control over the size and frequency of haptic vibrations, offering device designers a greater toolbox of sensory cues and signals, with significantly lower power consumption.,Prineha Narang, assistant professor of computational materials science at SEAS, is looking ahead to a new computing paradigm that will tap into emerging quantum capabilities. Her newly forming startup, Aliro, aims to commercialize cross-platform quantum software. Quantum hardware platforms will take numerous forms, and “when you start writing software, you want it to be portable across all those pieces of hardware,” she said. Her research group has developed cloud-based software to assist with efficient compiling of quantum circuits, control flow optimization, and quantum debugging. “Quantum tools,” she pointed out, “fail in very quantum ways.”Amid throngs of attendees nibbling hors d’oeuvres and exchanging business cards, certainly the best dressed was SuitUp cofounder Ignacio Galiana, who wore a soft robotic exosuit throughout the evening. A staff robotics engineer at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Galiana was there to present his vision of “soft wearables to enable the future of augmented mobility.” The technology — a lightweight device that could reduce physical strain on workers performing repetitive movements — stems from innovations in wearable robotics developed by the lab of Conor Walsh, Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute.Two other robotics companies made pitches, each one addressing various aspects of commercializing automated product-picking systems for applications including e-commerce order fulfillment. RightHand Robotics was launched by researchers from the lab of Robert Howe, Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering at SEAS, having received a boost of accelerator funding from OTD. The young company initially took up residence in the Harvard Innovation Labs and is now based in the former Post Office building in Union Square, Somerville, Mass. Soft Robotics, based in Bedford, Mass., is taking a different approach, based on research from the lab of George Whitesides, the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Both companies now have products in commercial use. Researchers propose a new field of study to explore how intelligent machines behave as independent agents With molecular data storage, cat videos could outlast us all The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Kelli O’Hara & Steven Pasquale Reunite & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale, Laura Osnes & More Set for Encores! Former Bridges of Madison County stars Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale are among the Broadway favorites set for Encores! Celebrates Rodgers and Hammerstein and Hart. Laura Osnes, Paulo Szot, Kate Baldwin, Chase Finlay, Jared Grimes, Cyrille Aimée, Heidi Blickenstaff, Irina Dvorovenko, Shuler Hensley and Lauren Lovette will also all appear in the Warren Carlyle-helmed annual gala. The evening will take place on October 27. Neil Patrick Harris on Hedwig Recovery Neil Patrick Harris says that new Hedwig Andrew Rannells has “an open invitation to call” if he has any questions about the role. The star also revealed to Vulture that he’s slowly been recovering from playing the internationally ignored transgender rock star: “I’m only just now getting the hair back on my arms, and getting some weight back on my frame…I’m turning back into guy mode.” Will Harris ever repeat his Tony-winning turn as Hedwig? “I can’t imagine transforming myself back…unless it was just singing? Some rock ‘n’ roll gigs?” We can but hope! Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce & Billy Magnussen Reunite Another reunion! This time for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike chums Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Billy Magnussen and Kristine Neilsen, who will take part in a benefit reading of A Song at Twilight. The event for The Flea is scheduled for September 15 at Tribeca Performing Arts Center.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

New England Innkeepers Association Elects New Officers and Directors

first_imgThe New England Innkeepers Association (NEIA) elected the new officers and Board of Directorsfor 2002-2003.The new officers are as follows: Paul Ronty Jr. (Chairman of the Board)of The Mount Washington Hotel & Resort, Bretton Woods, NH; Michael Downing(President) of The Johnson & Wales University Hotel, Seekonk, MA; JimLamberti (1st Vice President) of the Inn at Essex, Essex Junction, VT; BobSmith, (2nd Vice President) Sebasco Harbor Resort, Sebasco Estates, ME andTim O’Reilly (Treasurer) of the Castle Hill Inn and Resort, Newport, RI.The new state vice presidents include: Maureen McQuade of the Inn by TheSea, Cape Elizabeth, ME; Sharon Wroblewski of the Bernerhof Inn, Jackson,NH; Steve Gardiner of Avon Old Farms, Avon, CT; Marilyn Pastore of the Innat Mt. View Farm, East Burke, VT; Karl Sabo of the Deerfield Inn,Deerfield, MA and Ted Schroeder of the Newport Harbor Hotel, Newport, RI.The new directors are as follows: Marc Broekhoff of the Andover Inn,Andover, MA; Tina Hewett of the Nonantum Resort, Ogunquit, ME; MichaelLynch of the Mountain View Grand Resort, Whitefield, NH; Gary Thulander ofthe Equinox Resort, Manchester Center, VT and Sayed Saleh of The Orchards,Williamstown, MA.The New England Innkeepers Association (NEIA) is a professional tradeorganization representing the six New England states with 380 member properties from bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels andresorts.last_img read more

Brazilian Center for Peace Operations Leads General Officer Course

first_img Brazil’s Sergio Vieira de Mello Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations was created on March 1, 2010 with the objective of supporting the training of soldiers, police officers and civilians from Brazil and friendly nations abroad in peacekeeping and humanitarian demining missions. This training is carried out by members of the Navy, Army, and Air Force, who develop internships, specialized in training and exercises to empower foreign missions. Military officers from Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, the United States, Guatemala, Paraguay, and Uruguay are participating in the initiative sponsored by the Brazilian Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CCOPAB) and by the United Nations (UN) via the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Recently, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice, visited CCOPAB in Rio de Janeiro before meeting with Minister of Defense Celso Amorim in Brasília. She praised the work performed by the country in peacekeeping missions and expressed the desire to have U.S. officers train in the Brazilian institution. By Dialogo April 24, 2013 General officers from the joint staffs of ten countries in the Americas, including Brazil, are participating in a peacekeeping mission training course until April 26, with the objective of becoming familiarized with new training materials for this type of activity. center_img According to CCOPAB, the option of offering the course in Brazil reflects the “excellent performance” of the country in this type of operations, “especially in Haiti and Lebanon.” Members of the UN in the Philippines, France, Nepal, Pakistan, and Romania also participated in the event. One class focuses on teaching techniques for instruction and evaluation. They are also covering topics such as the establishment and implementation of a UN writ of mandamus, and fundamental principles and functioning of the United Nations peacekeeping missions. The students came together at the Ernani Ayrosa General Center, in Itaipava, Rio de Janeiro state since April 15, when they were briefed on their activities, as well as the the UN training’s planning and execution standards. last_img read more

Inwood Shooting Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are searching for a gunman who shot a man in Inwood early Saturday morning after an argument, police said.The shooter and victim were among a group of males gathering on Jeannette Avenue around 2 a.m. when a verbal argument ensued, police said. One male took out a handgun and shot a 28-year-old man in the upper back, police said.The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The gunman fled on foot after the shooting. He is described as a black male with braided hair, wearing a blue sweatshirt, police said.Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.last_img read more

The Municipality of Motovun passed a Decision on the payment of the entrance to the Motovun walls

first_imgAt the last session of the Municipal Council, the Municipality of Motovun made a decision to charge the entrance fee for a tour of the Motovun walls.As pointed out by the Municipality of Motovun, recognizing that Motovun is the leading tourist destination in central Istria of international recognition and quality visited by several hundred thousand one-day visitors each year, the Municipality of Motovun decided to take activities to facilitate the organization of tourist destination and construction and improvement of existing infrastructure in Motovun through the Motovun Experience project! / Motovun Impressions.”As is common in Motovun-level destinations across Europe and the world, realizing that there is a clear awareness of visitors that ticket participation participates in sustainable management, we analyzed that tickets in towns of similar size, order and recognizability average 5 euros, so we predicted several levels of ticket prices per group of visitors“They point out from the Municipality of MotovunThus, individual guests will pay a ticket price of HRK 25,00, and organized groups at a price of HRK 20,00. The ticket price to be paid by the visitor will include the possibility of visiting additional facilities within the Motovun citadel, such as art gallery, art exhibition in the garden within the walls, the possibility of using binoculars on the walls, photo point and other facilities to be prepared in the coming months.Ticket collection is scheduled for the period from March 1 to November 15, from 9:00 to 21:00. Organized groups are groups that have at least 10 people and that announce their arrival at least one day before arrival. The family package includes two adults, with whom, for statistical reasons, one kuna ticket is charged for each child under the age of 15. Children over the age of 14 do not enter the family package.Photo: Martin MočibobMotovun is visited annually by about 400.000 one-day visitors, and in overnight stays Motovun already in September exceeded last year’s figure of 40.000 overnight stays. This year, there were 12 percent more arrivals and over 47.000 overnight stays in Motovun, and by the end of the year, the “magic” limit of 50.000 overnight stays is expected to be reached.As part of the project, we are already providing visitors with a tour of the Motovun walls – the best-preserved fortification system in Istria, with two binoculars and a photo point, the church of Sv. Stjepan Jeleć Prodan, director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Motovun, points out Stjepan, the city lodge, the gallery “Pet kula” and the tower “Nova vrata”It is our obligation to actively work on additional content, which will help the Motovun Experience Project! / Motovun Impressions! join the ethnographic museum, an open-air sculptural workshop, a sacral museum, a tour of all five Motovun churches, the arrangement of public faucets and many other facilities. Motovun Experience Project! / Motovun Impressions! At its peak, it will complete everything that Motovun has to offer, an integrated offer that will guide our visitor from the very foot to the highest point of the Motovun view.. “Points out Jeletić Prodan and adds that all the funds that will go to the Motovun Experience Project! / Motovun Impressions! to collect, will invest in the maintenance of Motovun’s heritage and its enrichment with new contents so that each new arrival of our visitors becomes a new, different, even better experience of Motovun.It is a bit inconvenient and awkward that the decision to charge for the entrance to the Motovun walls is made at the end of December, when tourist tours have long been agreed and defined, which has put various agencies and organizers in an awkward position. Now everyone who has already defined the prices and conditions, must contact their customers and ask them to change the price, which is certainly not professional or good. I hope that the Municipality of Motovun is aware of this, and that they will find a solution, as we may say that this Decision does not apply to already agreed tours, which all organizers can prove.This is the least that the Municipality of Motovun can do, of course if they care about quality relationships with partners and tourism development. It’s up to the people.last_img read more

Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe

first_imgShelves are being stripped bare of toilet rolls, hand sanitizer and surgical masks everywhere from Japan to France to the United States as panic buying crisscrosses the globe with the coronavirus, defying repeated calls for calm and disrupting supply chains.Obsessively documented on social media, scrambles to the shops and empty shelves are adding panic and confusion to the fight against an epidemic that has killed thousands, placed millions under quarantine and battered global markets.Australia’s biggest supermarket this week began rationing sales of toilet paper after police had to be called to a shop in Sydney when a knife was drawn in a scuffle over the scarce commodity. Panic buying of non-medical items like toilet paper “gives people this sense of control that ‘I will have what I need when I want’,” Andy Yap, a psychologist and Charlene Chen, who specializes in marketing and business in Singapore told AFP in an email.The city-state experienced its own recent run on toilet paper, traceable, they said to a “believable” rumor of an impending shortage due to shutdowns in virus-stricken China, a major producer.Endlessly scrolling through social media also “distorts our perceptions and makes us think that things are a lot more serious than they truly are,” they said. As the uncertainty grows, they added, items such as surgical masks and hand sanitizer transform into “problem-solving goods… that seemingly help people gain control over the virus.” On Saturday Japan’s prime minister took to Twitter to calm fears of a national shortage, while social media photos from the US show toilet paper shelves lying bare.Psychologists say a mix of herd mentality and over-exposure to coverage of the virus is to blame. “We might be less irrational if we weren’t being reminded so much of the potential dangers by the news,” London-based consumer psychologist Kate Nightingale told AFP.”We either avoid the topic or we go completely nuts and stock up on anything we might just need.” Topics :center_img ‘The odd one out’Single-use surgical masks that typically retail for just a few US cents are also hot property, exacerbated by restrictions on exports from China, the leading producer, as the government keeps more back for domestic usage.Last month ten thousand people queued outside a Hong Kong shop that had secured a shipment, and days later masks were voted the most desirable gifts to receive for Valentine’s Day.In London, masks are now going for more than 100 times their normal retail price, while French authorities said they will requisition all face mask stocks and production.The demand is being “driven by panic buying, stockpiling and speculation,” World Health Organization spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told AFP.This is despite the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying it did not “recommend the use of facemasks” to help combat the outbreak.But in crowded, paranoid cities where others are already wearing them, donning a mask can be comforting — if ineffective.”You don’t want to be the odd one out,” Nightingale said.”At the end of the day, we do need our social groups for survival so it’s a primal instinct to obey whatever needs that society imposes on us.”  ‘Trusted faces’As more countries report new cases, Yap and Chen said it was important for authorities to “re-establish control” over information and rumors that spark hoarding and panic-buying.”In times of uncertainty, it is good to set rules because rules provide a sense of order and control.” Governments also need to be clear in explaining any new rules and why they are important in the fight against the virus.But, Nightingale said, with distrust of health authorities on the rise in the West over mandatory vaccinations and with governments and companies “among the least trusted institutions,” this might be difficult. “Hiring trusted faces could help… David Attenborough might work for a certain kind of customer profile, like the over 40s. For younger profiles, you could turn to social media influencers.”last_img read more

Mikel Arteta reacts to Alexandre Lacazette missing ‘best chance in the game’ as Arsenal lost to Liverpool

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette missed (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta insists Alexandre Lacazette had a ‘great game’ despite missing a huge opportunity for Arsenal to equalise against Liverpool on Monday night, which the Gunners boss admitted he had to score if they wanted to get a result.Liverpool beat Arteta’s men 3-1 at Anfield, despite Lacazette opening the scoring for the visitors as he pounced on an Andy Robertson mistake.Goals from Robertson himself, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota earned the Reds the three points and kept up their perfect start to their Premier League title defence.With the score at 2-1, Lacazette was put through on goal by Dani Ceballos but spurned the excellent chance, hitting the ball straight at the advancing Alisson Becker.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta did not want to criticise his striker, but admitted that chances like that had to go in for his side to get anything against the champions.‘Obviously he had the best chance in the game to make it 2-2, and then again put us in a really strong position, but he had a great game,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.‘He put in another incredible performance and I’m pleased with him. I want to see my players upset and angry when we lose a game.‘When it comes to Anfield, you’re not going to get 10 chances, when you get through one against one with the keeper, you have to score if you want to get something from the game.’ Comment Mikel Arteta reacts to Alexandre Lacazette missing ‘best chance in the game’ as Arsenal lost to Liverpool HUGE CHANCE 😬Lacazette should have his second and an equaliser but he is denied by Alisson 📺 Watch on Sky Sports PL📱 Follow #LIVARS here: https://t.co/Fw8N8jFvoN📲 Download the @SkySports app! pic.twitter.com/TKZMdSNsSP— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 28, 2020 Manchester United legend Roy Keane was working as a pundit on the match and echoed Arteta’s sentiment that chances that good cannot be missed against a side like Liverpool.‘Lacazette could have taken it through, had a better touch. He should have put the ball into the back of the net, get into good habits,’ said the Irishman.‘They are huge opportunities that you have to take. It was the middle of the goal.‘We have to credit the goalkeeper for standing up but you don’t get many of those opportunities against Liverpool and you have to take them.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta, though, was pleased with his team’s performance in general, as they were competitive with Jurgen Klopp’s side for the majority of the game and looked impressive at times.‘It is a really tough place to come, they are a really good side. We stayed in the game for almost the whole match,’ said the Spaniard.‘Having took the lead, we should have held that situation a bit better. We conceded the goal too early.‘We competed well knowing the difficult moments you will have when you come to Anfield; when we had the clear chances to make it 2-2 we didn’t take them.‘They want to win and this is what they are like, the mindset of the team. They go to any ground and want to win. They really believed we could come here and do it and for large periods of the game we were there.’There is a replica of the contest on Thursday night when Liverpool host Arsenal in the Carabao Cup fourth round.MORE: Lyon slam Arsenal’s ‘timid’ offer for Housem AouarAdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Gary Neville slams ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’ Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s victory over ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Sep 2020 7:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

It’s cheaper to buy a house in this town than it is to rent one

first_imgA three-bedroom home at 73 Scott St, Wondai is listed for $159,000. Picture: realestate.com.auWith a median house price in the South Burnett – which Kingaroy is part of – at $225,000, that means for many mortgage payments could be cheaper than renting.There were 432 houses sold in the region in the past year according to figures from CoreLogic – more than 200 of those homes sold for even less than $225,000.Kingaroy has the highest median house price of $248,000 while Murgon has the lowest at $155,000.The best performing suburb within the region was Wondai where the median house price rose 26 per cent in the past quarter to $230,000.At the same time, the median house price in Brisbane sat at $669,000.Acting South Burnett Mayor Kathy Duff said many people had not yet cottoned onto how affordable the region was for first home buyers. “For a three-bedroom house in the South Burnett it is about $210,000 compared to $557,500 in Brisbane, so it is a big difference,’’ she said. “Affordable housing is what we do offer and so we are trying to get that message out there and it certainly isn’t out there as much as we would like.’’Ms Duff believed many could wrongly think there were not job opportunities in such regional areas, but she said they had plenty to offer.“We have industries that if you want to work you can get a job in the South Burnett,’’ she said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by This three-bedroom house at 29 Norman St, Kingaroy is listed for $179,000. Picture: realestate.com.au“We have got agriculture, the wind farm is a new addition to our region which they are building currently, there are jobs available.“I think it is mostly that people don’t know about what we have.“We need to start thinking seriously about decentralisation and getting people out of the built-up areas and into the regions because we have plenty of space and we just haven’t got the people.“The people are what we want, we are desperately wanting people.’’Mrs Janson said they had been renting in Kingaroy since January 2017. Before that they lived in Brisbane.“We just decided on a country change for work,’’ she said.“We have a young child so we thought it would be a nice place to raise him in the country. “We were comparing both (Brisbane and Kingaroy) and didn’t want to rent for much longer.“We did the cost comparison and buying a house in Kingaroy actually worked out cheaper than renting long term for us.”Mrs Janson said there seemed to be a wide range of properties on offer in the town at the moment and many were quite affordable for first home buyers and particularly younger families.“We have managed to do it pretty much on one income,’’ she said.“I think there is lots of work depending on obviously the industry you are in. There is definitely no shortage of teaching jobs, and health, I think, is the same.” Mrs Janson said there appeared to be a lot of younger families now in Kingaroy. She said buying at an affordable price meant they could reasonably aim to pay off their loan a lot sooner.“We will pay it off pretty fast, we are quite happy with that,’’ she said. Emily and Russell Janson and their son, Oliver, have discovered it cost a lot less per week to buy at Kingaroy than it would cost to rent.There are many suburbs and towns where it is cheaper to buy a house than rent.While it may mean not living in a capital city, it can be the difference between owning and what seems like a lifetime of renting for many first home buyers.Russell and Emily Janson and their son Oliver, 18 months, have made the leap and are paying less in mortgage repayments than they were in rent.The couple have bought a three-bedroom home in Kingaroy for $160,000. They were renting a home in the area for $280 a week and their mortgage repayments on their new home are just $160 a week.A tenant who was previously living in the home they have bought was actually paying $250 a week in rent.Mrs Janson said they had moved to the area for a bit of a country change lifestyle to raise their son.She said when it came time to buy, they looked at the options on offer in Brisbane and realised it would be much more affordable, and viable on one income, to buy in the South Burnett region.last_img read more

The suburban home with something hidden underground

first_imgThe bomb shelter is a great place to store the wine.It is just one of the more unusual aspects to the property, which is currently on the market. Thirteen years ago, the home’s current owner Bin Wang lived a street over and always admired the home whenever he walked past. “We always said that was a good house and when it was on sale we had a look and we fell in love with it,” Mr Wang said. He described it as a German-style home, which as far as he knew was built in the 1980s by a German immigrant to Australia.Inside is more than enough room for his family, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms across the home’s two storeys. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago Floor plan.Mr Wang decided to sell the home as he felt it was too large now that his children had grown up.“The pool does not get used much anymore,” he said.Mr Wang said the home would be ideal for anyone with a family who wanted more space. The home is on the market now through Ray White Middle Park. FOLLOW BARCLAY WHITE ON TWITTER Space throughout.The double-brick house is on a large 757sq m corner block. It is not all German in theme, with an in-ground pool in the backyard, and palm trees and a veranda out the front. “The home gives you a lot of space and you feel comfortable,” Mr Wang said. Perfect for summer.A few minor changes had been made to the home over the past 13 years, including new carpeting and timber flooring. 20 Narrung St, Middle ParkTHERE is something hidden inside the home at 20 Narrung St that you would expect to find in government buildings and military bases but not a suburban home. Underneath the two-storey Middle Park home is a bomb shelter designed for survival if the worst ever does hit Brisbane.The addition is a rarity in Australian homes, but with the prospect of an aerial bombardment unlikely at the moment, the shelter currently has a more practical use – as a wine cellar – also handy in a crisis.last_img read more