Surprising number of people will tolerate streets with funny names

first_imgBonar Street in Morningside. Photo: Google MapsMs Mulholland said she had never encountered a buyer who rejected a home based on the street name, though when she worked on the south side of Brisbane many Asian buyers would avoid the number four and flock to the number eight. She said on the peninsula, the more serious buyers ignored the potentially funny side of certain names, while those with more of a sense of humour would have a giggle and move on. “People from outside of the area tend to pause before saying certain names or they’ll try to describe where it is near or refer to a building name,” she said. “But it doesn’t stop them inquiring about properties on those streets.” Even Google Maps thinks Bald Knob Road in Peachester is a little risqué.BRISBANE is home to some giggle-inducing street names but sellers need not worry with a new survey showing most homebuyers wouldn’t be turned off by an unappealing address. That’s good news for the residents of Bald Knob Rd, Gross Ave and Weenah St. The poll found only 4 per cent of Queenslanders, and 16 per cent of Australians, would forego a home because of an embarrassing street name, while a quarter of those surveyed would avoid a dodgy suburb name. Woodcock Street in Scarborough. Photo: Google MapsWhen it comes to renters, 14 per cent would avoid a funny street name and 28 per cent would steer clear of suburbs with unappealing names. Ray White Redcliffe real estate agent Loren Mulholland is no stranger to tricky names with the Redcliffe peninsula home to such gems as Hornibrook Esplanade, Dix St, Woodcock St, Humpybong Esplanade and Silcock St. “I try to keep things professional but when you first hear some of the names, you do have a bit of a laugh,” she said. “I’ve been on the peninsula since 2009 so I’m a bit desensitised now and I think most locals are the same.“Phallic-related names get the most giggles — like Cox St and Woodcock St — and anything at number 69 gets a laugh.” center_img Humpybong Park in Redcliffe. Photo: Google MapsMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe Finder survey of 2010 Australians found street appeal was thing that turned off the most buyers (53 per cent), while only 5 per cent would avoid a home due to a street number.Bessie Hassan, Money Expert at, said while sellers couldn’t do much about a terrible street or suburb name, they could make sure the house looked good from the street.“If they are already uncertain about the street name, you don’t want to detract or put off potential buyers if they arrive to find overgrown garden or broken garage door,” she said. “Updating the front of the home and garden could make the property more enticing to many more buyers.” The southeast’s funniest street names Bald Knob Rd, PeachesterBonar St, MorningsideBottomley St, BrassallButland St, Bracken RidgeButt St, HarristownChubb St, One MileFanny St, AnnerleyGross Ave, HemmantHornibrook Esplanade, ClontarfHumpybong Esplanade, RedcliffeHiscock Rd, Woodhill Wanka Rd, Cecil Plains Weenah St, Bracken RidgeWoodcock St, ScarboroughWoodcock St, Paddington StWoollybutt St, New AucklandWoodswallow Ct, Greenbank,last_img read more

National FFA Week: Service and advocacy emphasized at Washington Leadership Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every summer, Washington D.C. is turned blue and gold as FFA members from across the country travel to the nation’s capital as participants of the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). The conference focuses on developing students into motivated citizens who desire to make a difference in their home communities. This year over 2,000 students attended including Ashley Garlick, a senior member of the Evergreen FFA Chapter in Fulton County and Gracie Hinkle, a junior member of the Highland FFA Chapter in Morrow County.On the first day of the conference, FFA members were introduced to the idea of citizenship and what it means for them as high school students. They began to meet one another and learn about what their week would entail. For many students this was their first time in a big city and nerves were still pretty high.“When I first arrived to WLC, I felt very overwhelmed. I knew that my experience was based on how social I was going to be, I just took one deep breath and started talking,” Garlick said.On day two of WLC, all 300 students loaded onto the D.C. metro and traveled to Arlington National Cemetery. They got to see the Changing of the Guard and the somber setting inspired discussion about their purpose. This was followed by an afternoon of considering needs the attendees could address in their home communities and then a visit to the National Mall to admire monuments and memorials.A trip to D.C. wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Capital building and on day three students had the chance to meet with their local Representatives and/or state Senators and tour the Capital. That afternoon, students discussed why diversity is an essential part of being an engaged citizen and what that looks like. They learned more about their fellow conference attendees and begin developing what’s called a “Living to Serve” or LTS plan. This plan focuses on an area they hope to improve in their local community and what actions they can take.Hinkle chose cyber bullying as her LTS plan focus.“Cyber bullying is a problem back in my home town and my passion is to spread the kindness even if it is the littlest bit, because that can start a chain reaction in a school, or a community,” she said.Garlick’s LTS plan is focused on feeding the people in her community.“Every year our FFA packages around 30 meals for people in our area during Thanksgiving,” she said. “I know more need our help, but we do not get to hear about them. I want everyone to engage in a meal everyday like I can.”Day four of WLC was focused on the topic of advocacy. Students traveled into the city to visit the Newseum, a museum focused on the First Amendment and they applied what they learned there to positively advocate for agriculture, FFA and their local communities. By the end of day four, attendees had completed their Living to Serve plans and had determined how they could best serve their hometowns.On the final day of the conference students participated in a service project, packing meals for families right there in Washington D.C. This summer 424,457 meals were packaged through the hard work of FFA members. Students were also given time to explore the city and make stops at the White House, Smithsonian museums and souvenir shops before they wrapped up their time in the nation’s capital.“I am very glad that I attended Week six of WLC. My roommates and my community group changed my entire life. Just what I want to achieve and how I see myself changed,” Garlick said. “They had no idea who I was, yet they supported me from the moment I stepped through the door.”Hinkle also had a life-changing experience while in D.C.“I am overjoyed that I attended and I couldn’t have asked to be around a more dedicated, caring group of individuals. The impact WLC leaves on an individual is amazing,” Hinkle said. “The whole time you are there you can’t help but smile even in the early mornings or the late nights, because they keep you pumped when you need it, but also bring you to a level to reflect on the awesome day you just had. WLC has been an absolute blessing in my life, I now have the courage and the power to do something great, big or small.”Ohio is always well represented at the Washington Leadership Conference. Over 100 Ohio FFA members attended WLC this summer.More information about the 2018 conference dates can be found on the National FFA Organization’s website.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast December 12, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We look to be able to get through the entire day today with only clouds to deal with in a large majority of the state, not precipitation. However, the exception to that statement lies in NE Ohio.  A disturbance continues to move east over the Great Lakes, but seems to keep most of the precipitation north of the MI line today and north of Lake Erie. Clouds build south into Ohio, but we should stay mostly dry. in NE Ohio, we do see a development of lake effect snow later today into this evening, and that snow could bring accumulations of 2-5″ especially close to the PA line, and near Erie, PA. WE need to stress that this is the only area that we have a concern about snow. There is better potential for sunshine the farther south you go today. Temps push to near normal levels. We also stay dry tomorrow, but clouds remain over a large part of the state. South winds take temps up a little further, and we may see parts of the state slightly above normal on Friday. We may not even see moisture right off the top Friday. But rather scattered showers work in Friday afternoon and evening, and then settle south, bringing on and off moisture to the southern half of the state from Saturday into early Sunday.  Combined, we are looking at .25”-1” from I-70 southward, but the coverage and totals do not look nearly as strong on this recent batch of data we are looking at. However, we are going to leave the forecast alone this morning, and will look at changing it to a drier forecast if this data continue to point that way tomorrow  morning. Right now we will put coverage at 50% of the state  for the duration of the event. The map at right shows the potential new moisture totals for the weekend event.  We will make a call on this tomorrow. On the backside of the system, we get some sunshine to build back on Saturday, and we see sunny, dry weather in control from Sunday through next Wednesday. Several high pressure circulations will drift over the region during that dry stretch. Late next week we get some clouds to build back in, and we have to keep an eye out for some scattered light precipitation late Thursday through Friday. Moisture totals do not look that impressive, mostly at a few hundredths to a tenth or two, liquid equivalent. For the rest of the extended period, we are going a little drier this morning. Cold air starts to move in around the 22nd, meaning we would have an air mass that would support snow. However, we do not really see good moisture ahead of the Christmas holiday, so the prospects for a white Christmas are low at this time.  The chances for snow into the 23rd are still there, but the system looks less impressive, and track is highly variable.last_img read more

Could the General Data Protection Regulation Be the First Step Toward Real Data Protection?

first_imgBrad Thies is the founder and president of BARR Advisory, P.A., an assurance and advisory firm specializing in cybersecurity, risk management, and compliance. Brad speaks regularly at industry events such as ISACA conferences, and he is a member of AICPA’s Trust Information Integrity Task Force. Tags:#data#GDPR How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Brad ThiesFounder and President at BARR Advisory Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Related Posts If you scour the internet for your personal data, stop. It’s already out there in the hands of companies, and no number of removal requests will change that. What you should be worried about is whether executives at these companies are asking themselves the right question: What constitutes ethical use of consumer data?What if you discovered, for example, that data your company has could cure cancer? Would you have an ethical obligation to disseminate that data even if your data source would prefer you didn’t? Is it OK if you’re profiting off of someone’s data without that person’s consent? What if you work at a health insurance company that denies someone coverage because he or she Googled “cancer” one too many times? What should you do?That, in a nutshell, is the data dilemma that business leaders are facing. Collection isn’t the issue; use is.A Question of Right and WrongWhen it comes to their data, many Americans see a black-and-white issue. In fact, 43 percent of them dislike their digital devices monitoring their activities, even when that data could be helpful on a personal or societal scale.But how can data collection be morally “wrong” when it’s the backbone of so many services we use? How many lives and gallons of fuel have been saved by Google Maps’ turn-by-turn directions? How many jobs have been found by software that matches applicants’ attributes to open positions? How many human connections have been built through social media platforms that suggest friends?When used responsibly, data can do a lot of good. In fact, it’s vitally important to today’s economy. Just as oil fueled the Industrial Revolution, data makes possible personalized digital services from Spotify to Google to Amazon. Outlawing collection would irreparably stifle innovation and progress.But data can also do a lot of damage. Dictators love data because it makes cracking down on dissent incredibly easy. Social media platforms use data to sell targeted ads to actors such as Russia that divide societies with inflammatory, eye-catching propaganda. Over and over again, companies such as Equifax spill hundreds of millions of Americans’ financial data all over the web.Mere collection of consumer data is morally neutral, and ending it would imperil the world’s economy. When companies, governments, or other entities use that data in ways that benefit them while adversely affecting others, that’s when ethical problems arise. That’s what we must find a way to regulate.A Framework for Ethical Data UseOn May 25, the first large-scale attempt to balance data’s innovatory prowess with its potential for abuse went into effect. After two years of planning, the European Union rolled out the General Data Protection Regulation.Although time will tell how effectively government can regulate and enforce data protections, GDPR will create a formal system of checks and balances. EU citizens domiciled in the Union will gain certain rights over their data such as the “right to be forgotten,” “right to access,” “right to correct,” and “right to object.” The companies collecting or processing their data will be held responsible for protecting consumers’ privacy and preventing breaches.But the world can’t wait decades to decide whether or not GDPR works. The truth is that the companies that collect and use data need to take responsibility. Today, too many are mining consumers’ data without having a real reason to do so. Some don’t even know how they’ll use the information in the future.Facebook is a particularly avid data collector. The company knows the car you drive, your favorite foods, how often and where you travel, the type of phone you use, the charitable donations you make, your political leanings, and much, much more. Facebook might even know you better than you know yourself. Does Facebook need all that data? At best, no. At worst, Facebook is selling private information to companies and governments that don’t have its users’ best interests at heart.Not only is collecting unnecessary information unethical, but it’s also dangerous for both the consumer and the company doing the collecting. Every piece of stored data is one that could be leaked or stolen. That creates headaches for users, corporate compliance officers, and PR teams.Before mining consumer data, online or off, corporate leaders must consider whether it aligns with their business mission and vision. If it’s not useable today, it shouldn’t be stockpiled for a rainy day. If it is useful today, the data collected should be anonymized, used in a way that benefits the consumer, and disposed of when it’s no longer needed.Of course, most companies aren’t doing those things. No wonder just one in four consumers think that most companies handle their sensitive data responsibly, while one in 10 think they have complete control over their data.To close the trust gap, companies must be transparent. Individuals whose data is collected deserve to know why, how it’s going to benefit them, and the steps the collector takes to strip it of identifying information. People will only start trusting companies with their data when those companies give them a reason to do so.But don’t companies already seek consent and share data use details through end user licensing agreements (EULAs) and similar privacy agreements? You know, the kind you mindlessly scroll through and then click “I accept” at the end?Technically, they do. But beyond the fact that most people would need a lawyer to understand them, EULAs tend to be overly broad, enabling “any use” the company deems acceptable. Then, once a user has accepted one, he or she has no real way of opting out of collection. Almost across the board, EULAs strip consumers of leverage they’d otherwise have against a company that uses their data unethically or unlawfully.Even by collecting data on an “as needed” basis and improving consumer protections, however, companies can’t totally prevent breaches. So why not make that breached information worthless? In other words, why not anonymize and open-source all consumer data?This would be a radical departure from how we currently handle data. Think of it as a centralized database or an open-sourced ombudsman in which no one entity owns the information. Everyone would be able to see what data is collected, by whom, how it’s used, and who it’s shared with. Rules about how data should or shouldn’t be used would be made collectively rather than by one company or government.Will we get to a point when all data is openly shared? Probably not for decades or perhaps not at all. But we need a better answer than we have today. For the information economy to work, consumers must be able to trust companies with their data. Until we develop greater protections, consumer distrust will hinder innovation, just as banning all data collection would.Data’s ethical dilemma won’t be solved today or tomorrow, but it will be sooner or later. If companies won’t decide to take better care of consumers’ data, governments or the free market will do it for them.last_img read more

Gender test report says Pinki Pramanik has male chromosomes: Sources

first_imgThe doctors conducting tests on international athlete Pinki Pramanik, arrested on charge of raping a fellow runner, have found her to be male, sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday.  According to the medical report, Pramanik has male chromosomes, sources close to the medical board in the SSKM hospital, which was made the nodal agency by a Barasat court, claimed. A detailed report has been prepared and put in sealed cover and it would be handed over to the Barasat court later in the day. Earlier, Pramanik’s blood samples were sent for karotyping at Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Hyderabad the report of which reached SSKM Hospital authorities on Monday. Sources indicated that the report shows Pramanik having X-Y chromosomes, which pertain to her male status. The Asian Games gold medallist has currently been lodged in Dum Dum jail.last_img read more