Comanche takes line honors in a stressfu Sydney
Comanche takes line honors in a stressful race from Sydney to Hobart for the third time
75th edition of the Sydney to Hobart race for Supermaxi Comanche was a stressful one, and the last moments of the windless River Derwent were quite nerve-wracking. The considerable yacht managed to finish the bluewater classic close to 7:30 AM on Saturday and won line honors for the third time in the last five years. The strong overnight winds helped Comanche a lot to break away from a five-strong pack of supermaxis down Tasmania’s east coast. After reaching the River Derwent, she slowed down because of the light winds. Skipper Tim Cooney said in a statement that it was a stressful race. Those 30 minutes were the most tiring moment of his life, and they were very dramatic. It took Comanche one day, 18 hours, 30 minutes, and 24 seconds to cross the line. InfoTrack that came second took 45 minutes more than Comanche. On the other hand winner, Wild Oats XI held off Hong Kong’s SHK Scallywag 100 by just 38 seconds and grabbed the third position at around 9:30 AM.
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WHOPPING EARNINGS IN REAL ESTATE FROM PROPERTY SALES IN INNER WEST.
In the past decade, the prices of property in the Inner West have undergone massive change. Reports from the real estate market show a 6.9% annual spike in the cost of housing. Despite a slowdown in 2018, the rise in the sector attributes to the high value of properties from the area.
The first high-value sale was of Wharf Rd’s Waterfront Birchgrove at a whopping $14.25 million. The second high-value property sale was of Rod Salmon’s mansion for a price of $12.2 million. The third expensive transaction in the real estate sector was in the year 2014 of a villa at Gallimore Ave that was priced at an astonishing $11.8 million. The next sale as of $10 million of prime property in the real estate market with a fantastic view of the Harbour Bridge and Cocktail Island in 2017. The last high-priced sale of the entire decade was in 2019 by Craig Patty of a suburb located in Abbotsford at a value of $10 million. These five sales changed the whole revenue market of the real estate sector in Australia’s Inner west and created defining moments in the decade.
WILDFIRES LEAD TO DEVASTATION IN AUSTRALIA AMIDST HOLIDAY SEASON.
It is a time for worry in Australia due to disastrous fires prevailing in many parts of the country. Shaze Fitzsimons told the media that the active fires show a period of extreme danger in the country, and the situation is hazardous. Fitzsimmons comment comes after a declaration of emergency in the state of New South Wales after 8 people reportedly died amid the rising wildfires. Sources tell that the fires have destroyed more than 40 hectares of land in its blaze in the South of Australia.
The residents of Adelaide Hills are reportedly most affected by the ongoing situation. These fires have resulted in a significant loss of livestock, building, animals, vehicles, vineyards, and crops in the area. The people of Australia are currently devastated as their holiday season just turned into a fire season.
Sources tell that Australia’s Prime Minister was vacationing with his family in Hawaii as his country was in burning. After criticism, Scott Morrison cut his vacation short and returned to look into the matter.
RISING DEMAND OF ROOF-PANELS LEAD CAUSE DEPRESSION TO SOLAR INDUSTRY.
Australia’s solar project industry is at an unfortunate low at present. The country’s population is increasingly drawn towards rooftop solar panels that are giving fierce competition to its counterpart. The operation of rooftop solar leads to a decrease in the grid demand and represses the wholesale price of electricity.
Predictions show that there can be a fall in the earnings of the larges-scale industry of solar panels in the upcoming years. The increasing marginal loss in the sector, problems in the grid, and rising penalties in the network are consistently leading to a loss for owners in the field. There is a need for revenue models to curb the danger the industry is facing at present. This has become more essential if we look at the already commissioned upcoming solar projects spanning over three years, which may have to struggle with financial pressure looking at the present condition.
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Are there any New Year fireworks in Sydney?
Today the government of Sydney announced that there will be traditional New Year fireworks in Sydney, even though Rural Fire Service counted it unacceptable and moreover any fires in New South Wales are banned because of raging bushfires around the country. But the Prime Minister informs that preparing for this celebration began more than a year ago and it cannot be cancelled even during such a terrible nature phenomenon. She also added they would consult with RFS and pyrotechnic experts, who has always managed these expensive fireworks and been guarantors of safety in the state. The government considers that cancelling of the firework will be more harmful than useful.
Sydney residents stocked up for Christmas well
On Christmas Eve, gigantic crowds flocked to Sydney's fish markets to buy the latest essentials for the festive table. Seafood traditional for local residents must necessarily find their place on the Christmas table next to the Christmas idea, and sometimes instead.
On Monday, December 23, at the fairs of the largest city in Australia, seafood worth 1.4 million Australian dollars (about 970 thousand US dollars) was sold. “Shrimp and oysters have become favorites again this year,” said Sydney Fish Market CEO Greg Dyer.
In addition to shrimp, Australians bought blue crab, lobster and Kamchatka crab at $ 138 per kilogram.
Positive news about fires in NSW
Most recently, the bush fires dominated the news in Australia. Now there is a positive message for a change: The traditional Sydney regatta was able to start.
The traditional sailing regatta from Sydney to Hobart started on the second Christmas day with the greatest participation in 25 years. 157 yachts took the 1,163-kilometer sea route from the Olympic city of 2000 to the island's capital of Tasmania. First time there: A completely indigenous crew. Skipper Naomi Cain is the only woman in the eleven-member crew.
After the heavy bush fires of the past few weeks, the weather in Sydney Harbor was good at the start. The journey takes about two days.
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New Year Fireworks in Adelaide
Numerous councillors have supported people's idea to cancel New Year Fireworks as a sign of mourning for people who have died and lost their homes (there have been about 80 houses destroyed) in severe bush fires. Despite this the government denied it and supported having an amplitudinous firework on New Year's day.
Councillor Phillip Martin says there may be other ways to celebrate New Year and it must express our condolence to people who have lost their homes. For example, it could be a picnic with raising money to support these people. And it is much better idea than expensive fireworks.
Deterioration fires in South Australia
Adelaide has recently been reached by raging bush fires. It is expected that tomorrow will bring more destroying conditions for all the states and for South Australia especially. Meteorologists are talking about strong dry winds and thunderstorms on Monday. Rural Fire Service warns all the people who live close to forests to be careful. Any usage of fire is now banned in South Australia as a level of danger is extremely high. More than 60 000 hectares have been burnt.
Meteorologists say that gusty winds and possible thunderstorms will increase the danger in areas prone to forest fires. At this stage, most areas will be in serious or extreme condition and they can be improved.
Regional areas that are likely to be the hottest include the Oodnadatta, which peaked at 46C with a possible storm. Some relief is expected in the evening.
An Australian academic being held in an Iranian prison has begun a hunger strike
Mrs Moore-Gilbert had been earlier working in Melbourne University as an instructor and a specialist of Middle East, she was also studying in Cambridge. But now she is staying in one of the worst prisons in Tehran. She was accused in espionage and is there for a year already. The lecturer is to serve a 10-year sentence after an appeal had failed.
Recently she and her cellmate, also an academic, have started to refuse eating. It was confirmed by them.
Australia does not admit Mrs Moore-Gilbert's accusations and makes all possible things to set her free, according to words of the Victorian government. Kylie Moore-Gilbert is not the first Australian prisoner in Iran. Some touristic bloggers were kept there too.
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Major conferences at Dublin castle are not practical
Irish government officials refused to accept the proposal to use Dublin Castle as a venue for meetings and European Council meetings and said the proposal is not practical. The information came out via declassified state papers. Office of Public Works has released a letter under the 30-year rule. An official from the Department of Foreign Affairs said in the letter that there are many security problems associated with the venue. The message was sent on May 31st, 1985. In the letter, it was mentioned that the Government was conducting a report into the feasibility of the occasional use of private facilities for conference purposes at Dublin Castle. The report was a part of the restoration and development proposal of the site. The official from the Department of Foreign Affairs said that the department believes that the proposal is impractical for meetings and conferences. The views were based on security, cost, and operational considerations. During 1979 and 1984 presidencies, the Dublin Castle was kept closed for six months to hold high-level EC meetings.
Preston goalscorer Alan Browne on the game plan that stifled Leeds United at Elland Road
Preston midfielder Alan Browne told that it has always been his side’s plan to get on top of Leeds United at Elland Road.
Alan Browne had set his side ahead in the first half with a well-worked team goal, but the North End skipper stayed upbeat despite his side’s late concession in West Yorkshire and finally admitted that the game plan worked almost to perfection.
Browne said, “Coming away to Elland Road, beforehand, you’d probably take a draw. It is a fine result for any side, especially looking at the form they are in.”
“We had enough chances to win the game, but they came hard at us in the second half. I knew that there was always going to be a spell where they would put us under pressure.”
“Our game plan was to get on top of them. For the first 45 minutes, we dominated the game and got our goal. But they put us under pressure in the second half and got their deserved goal.”