Glorious, Spring-like Weather Ahead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York While February is traditionally among the coldest times of the year, that doesn’t mean this normally frosty month is immune to extremes.Brace yourselves, Long Islanders: You’re about to confront a significant winter warm-up, with temperatures reaching the 40s and topping off in the mid-50s on Sunday. Put away the snow shovel. Break out the sun block.The upcoming spring-like forecast features sunny skies through President’s Day Weekend and well into next week.This Friday’s outlook calls for sunny skies with a high of 41 before temps take a dive in the evening to the freezing mark.The mercury will shake off the shivers Saturday as mostly sunny skies and temperatures pushing 50 degrees are likely. As the forecast stands, Sunday is expected to be even more glorious: a whopping 55-degree day featuring mostly sunny skies. (Perhaps some golf is in order?)Things are also looking up for President’s Day, which is expected to resemble the weekend’s unseasonably warm forecast.It may not technically be beach weather, but the forecast should bring a wide smile to anyone still reeling from last week’s blizzard, which dumped up to 16 inches of snow on the Island. The first major storm of 2017 was followed up by blustery weather and powerful winds, which temporarily knocked out power to thousands of PSEG Long Island customers.Now we can all talk about the weather with something positive to say. In these politically fraught days, such news is always welcome. Almost like a breath of fresh air.last_img read more

Whitfield, Cairns full of grand, old mansions and modern homes

first_imgTRANQUIL and charming, leafy Whitfield is home to some of Cairns’ oldest and grandest homes.Late last year, the suburb made headlines as the city’s only suburb to record double digit growth in 2018.With leafy parks and walking tracks, Whitfield is nestled beside the Mount Whitfield Conservation Range and living so close to the hectares of undeveloped bushland has long been a drawcard for fitness fans and outdoor enthusiasts alike.Whitfield is located close to some of the best schools, cafes and walking tracks in the city.It is also walking distance to the Tanks Art Centre and Cairns Botanical Gardens as well as the Red, Green, Blue and Yellow Arrow walking trails.Like the mountain, Whitfield was named after Edwin Whitfield, a Cardwell storekeeper who was friends with explorer and politician George Elphinstone Dalrymple.The median sale price in Whitfield is $552,500 with an average value increase of 18.8 per cent over five years.Residents hold onto their homes for about 12 years and investors can expect to get a median rental return of $450.Whitfield’s Knott Court, Hillview Cr and Upper Nolan St we named in the top 20 best streets in the city, compiled by The Cairns Post last year.And, in a poll of most clicked properties on realestate.com.au through 2018, 21 Knott Court, Whitfield (above), with its Italian Renaissance architecture, came second. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoStunning 5m high ceilings in the central living area lead to panels of hand-selected timber in the cabinetry built throughout the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home.Colliers International Cairns prestige sales agent Tom Quaid said the home was more than double the size of a typical block of land.The home includes a self-contained guest apartment, two timber panelled offices, gymnasium, music room, formal and informal dining and an eight-car underground garage with workshop.The property has never changed hands, although it was listed for sale in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.last_img read more

South Africa, Namibia criticize airline ban on trophies

first_imgSouth Africa has been struggling to contain a record surge in rhino poaching, and poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands of elephants annually for their ivory around Africa in recent years. South Africa has been struggling to contain a record surge in rhino poaching, and poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands of elephants annually for their ivory around Africa in recent years.Some African countries that allow hunting have criticized a decision by a number of international airlines to ban the transport of parts of animals killed in hunts.South Africa is disappointed at Delta Air Lines’ announcement this week that it will no longer accept lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo trophies, the environment ministry said Thursday.“The decision by Delta Air Lines to enforce a blanket ban fails to distinguish between the trade in and transportation of legally acquired wildlife specimens, and the illegal exploitation and trade in wildlife specimens,” the ministry said in a statement.South Africa has been struggling to contain a record surge in rhino poaching, and poachers have slaughtered tens of thousands of elephants annually for their ivory around Africa in recent years.Neighboring Namibia also warned that a ban by airlines on trophy transportation will hurt its economy and conservation efforts that rely on revenue from hunters.“This will be the end of conservation in Namibia,” the Namibia Press Agency quoted Pohamba Shifeta, the environment and tourism minister, as saying.South Africa says that if hunters can’t take their animal trophies home, a hunting industry worth nearly $500 million a year will suffer, affecting job creation and community development. In Namibia, more than 80 registered Namibian wildlife conservancies depend largely on funding from trophy hunting, according to the Namibia Press Agency.“If conservancy members have no income, they will abandon their role in protecting the country’s natural resources,” Shifeta said.“These anti-trophy hunting campaigns are very serious as many countries are joining the chorus now,” Shifeta said this week. “It will also be uphill for the hunter if trophies are not to be shipped.”American Airlines and United Airlines announced a similar hunting trophy ban this week, though it is unclear how many trophies, if any, they have been carrying in recent years. Other airlines announcing bans include Air Canada, Air France and Qantas.Related South Africa Elections Coverage South Africa Rastafarianscenter_img South Africa Airline to re-evaluate turnaround strategylast_img read more

Supporters urged to show more respect to refs

first_imgWhile Jim O’Shea says abuse of referees is not a major issue at the moment it does occur at games.He understands why people get worked up but is urging them to remember that the man or woman with the whistle is a human being. And you can hear more of Jim O’Shea’s thoughts on the issues facing referees in Tipperary on our weekend sports preview just after 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon.last_img