Galactic archeologists create the first map of Milky Way’s stellar halo

first_imgIf you’ve ever looked up at the stars and wondered how they got there, a group of galactic archeologists on campus might have some answers for you. Research assistant professor of astrophysics Daniela Carollo said her group looks at “ancient stars.” “First of all, what we do in the galactic archeology group is we observe, study and analyze ancient stars in the Milky Way,” Carollo said. “By ancient stars, I mean stars that formed while the galaxy was being assembled, and even before.” Carollo said these ancient stars are the “fossils” of our galaxy — hence the name galactic archeology. Research assistant professor Vinicius Placco, another member of the galactic archeology group, said the group has two goals: to identify the chemical composition of ancient stars and to understand how they move in the galaxy.“We couple the chemistry with the movement of the star, and then we try to come up with explanations of how the stars move the way they do and why,” Placco said.In the group’s most recent paper, the researches created an age map that dated 4,700 stars in the Milky Way’s stellar halo, Carollo said.  “The Milky Way is a complex system — there is this disc where most of the stars are concentrated, and there is this very extended stellar halo that surrounds all the other structures. … This halo is where the fossils reside,” she said. She said the fossils can be 12 or 13 billion years old. “So the universe started 13.8 billion years ago, with the big bang,” she said. “There was a point of high density and high temperature which started to expand very fast, and time and space began in that particular moment.” Carollo said the first stars were formed two to three hundred million years after the big bang, but they were massive and quickly exploded in supernova. The elements and gasses released by these supernova formed the next generation of stars, and those with low mass became our stellar fossils. Smaller stars burn their hydrogen fuel slower, which is why we still see them in our galaxy 13 billion years after they were born. However, she said, not all fossil stars are the same age — they can differ by two to three billion years. Examining the age of fossil stars and where they are located allows researchers to make guesses on when and how the ancient stars assembled into the galaxy, and ultimately why the Milky Way looks the way it does.Placco described the method researchers use to estimate the age of stars. “We have to use a very specific type of star, that’s called blue horizontal branch star — it just means that the star is burning helium in the core,” he said. “And with those particular stars we can turn colors into age estimates. So for this particular map, we selected stars from the SLOAN Digital Sky Survey. We were just measuring fluxes with different filters, so we can just get those magnitudes and colors.” Once they had those colors, the researchers correlated them with an age and created the first map of the Milky Way halo system. According to Placco, the researchers found a sphere of very ancient halo stars in the center of the galaxy and increasingly younger stars towards the outer edges. “People have been doing simulations of how the galaxy formed and how it evolved, and why does it look like the way it does today, for many many years,” Placco said. “In these simulations the old stars are [predicted to be] concentrated towards the center of the galaxy. Our work demonstrates this important property for the first time.” Carollo said the younger groups of stars on the edges are also significant — they tell us when certain groups of stars merged into the galaxy at later times. “For example, if the galaxy started to assemble one billion years after the big bang, then this younger [group of stars] merged into the galaxy something like five years to ten billion years after the big bang,” she said. But for Carollo, the most significant part of the paper is the discovery that stars near the galactic center are very ancient. “It’s the first time we have demonstrated that the center of the galaxy is very old,” she said.Tags: galactic archaeology, milky way galaxy, stellar halolast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Downton Creators Eyeing Stage Adaptation & More

first_img View Comments We are officially hitched. @colindonnell— Patti Murin (@PattiMurin) June 20, 2015 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Downton Abbey Creators Eyeing Stage AdaptationDownton Abbey may be heading to the stage! According to Billboard, School of Rock’s Julian Fellowes, who created the hit series, and the show’s composer John Lunn, are in negotiation for a touring event that would feature Downton’s cast and music. As long as they bring Broadway alum cousin Matthew back and have the Tony-winning Dowager Countess of Grantham on board, we could absolutely dig this! The final season of the drama will air on PBS in January, 2016.Premiere Date Set for NPH’s Best Time EverMissing Neil Patrick Harris? We now have a date for the Tony winner’s return to the small screen. His previously reported new NBC series, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, will premiere on September 15. Based on popular U.K. show, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Best Time Ever will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.Sutton Foster to Emcee the Jimmy AwardsTwo-time Tony winner Sutton Foster is set to remind herself of her younger self (sorry, couldn’t resist) and host this year’s National High School Musical Theatre Awards. 52 high school students from across America will compete in the talent showcase for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress. The event is scheduled to take place on June 29 at the Minskoff Theatre.Jamie Raven Tapped for London’s The IllusionistsJamie Raven, who was recently seen on Britain’s Got Talent, is joining the cast of the previously reported The Illusionists—Witness the Impossible in London’s West End. The production will play the Shaftesbury Theatre November 14 through January 3, 2016, with opening night set for November 16.Colin Donnell & Patti Murin Get HitchedColin Donnell and Patti Murin tied the knot over the weekend in front of other Broadway faves including Laura Benanti and Andrew Rannells. The lovebirds, who starred together in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in 2013, got engaged last year. Congratulations to the happy couple!last_img read more

Get to work

first_imgSeptember and October provide ideal temperatures to get perennial plants off to a good start. “Prices may actually be lower as nurseries make room for Christmas trees or reduce inventory for the slower winter months,” he said. “The day lilies won’t be blooming and the hosta may look tired, but rest assured that their half-price tag makes up for their temporary lack of beauty.” “Dead limbs you see now are truly dead and won’t be coming back,” Reeves said. “It’s guaranteed never to be leafy again, so go ahead and prune and remove it.” “There are several reasons why it’s better to plant in fall,” he said. “The most important reason is soil temperature. Roots grow best when the soil is warm, between 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.” Reeves also says it’s almost time to fertilize the lawn. “Winterizer lawn fertilizers are best applied six weeks before frost,” he said. “Georgia’s annual first frost is generally mid-November, so winterizer fertilizer should go out between the middle of September to the first of October.” By Faith PeppersUniversity of Georgia Cool fall days are still a few weeks away, but there’s much to do in the garden to get ready for the change of seasons.”Fall is fabulous for most plants,” said Georgia gardening guru Walter Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and an author and radio and television show host. “Spring planting is usually successful,” Reeves said. “But root growth is limited by cold soil. In years with a long, cool spring, like the one just past, the soil didn’t warm to 55 degrees until May. If we had a dry summer, the inadequate root system of spring-planted shrubs and trees might have led to their death.” Fall-planted trees, shrubs or perennials get several weeks of vigorous root growth to be ready for winter and for years of healthy growth. However, if you plan to plant evergreens, Reeves says, get busy. “Early fall is a great time to put in evergreens like Leyland Cypress and hollies,” he said. “It’s better to plant them early rather than late. Their foliage is tossed about by winter winds, and if they don’t have good root development, they get too dried out. If there’s a class of woody plants that needs planting early in fall rather than later, it’s the evergreens.”Put in perennials Fall is also a good time to divide day lilies and irises. “If you can remember where your daffodils were and you can find them,” he said, “now is a good time to move them.”Clean and fertilizeSome fall cleaning may be in order, too. “Nurseries have plants that have been growing in the same containers all season. The plants will be bigger and will make a more immediate visual impact,” Reeves said. As the days cool, it’s not only fun to garden, but cheaper, too.last_img read more

More Than 100 Countries Agree in Mexico on a Common Front against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo April 11, 2011 Representatives from more than one hundred countries agreed on 7 April, at a public ceremony in Cancún, to create a common front against organized crime and to set up regional operational groups to carry out coordinated actions against drug traffickers’ growing power. “Our adversaries don’t respect borders, they don’t pay attention to our laws, and they believe that they can divide and undermine us; in order to be able to succeed, we have to remain united in trust and commitment,” Marie Leonhart, the administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), said in an address. On the last working day of the Twenty-Eighth International Drug Enforcement Conference in Cancún, in eastern Mexico, the U.S. official specified that in order to make cooperation more effective, tasks will be divided according to regional groups with common aims. In Latin America, one of the regional groups will be made up of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica and will receive collaboration from the United States, Mexico, and Colombia in order to curb the expansion of the cartels. Another front is composed of seventy-five African and European countries through which emerging drug-trafficking routes run by way of the African continent, Leonhart indicated. Another group will also be created by Asian countries and will focus on combating the route between Afghanistan and Europe, among others. The new “challenges posed by the criminal organizations create the need to make global operations a reality,” Leonhart added. For his part, Mexican Secretary of Public Safety Genaro García Luna said that the declaration signed at the end of the conference includes the proposal to promote coordinated operations “against transnational organized crime, taking advantage of the exchange of information in real time.” García Luna added that intelligence exchange mechanisms will likewise be designed that will make it possible to combat illegal arms trafficking, strengthen the fight against money laundering, and prevent the financing of terrorism. The Mexican official indicated that progress in the application of these mechanisms will be evaluated within a year’s time, at the next International Drug Enforcement Conference, which will be held in Indonesia. At the ceremony, the head of the National Antinarcotics Council and general commissioner of the Indonesian Police, Gories Mere, was elected president pro tempore in charge of organizing the event. The event was brought to a close by Mexican President Felipe Calderón, who indicated that despite criticism of his administration’s strategy of confronting drug trafficking with military force, he will continue insisting on that strategy “so long as no alternatives appear that are more beneficial or less costly for society and individuals.”last_img read more


first_imgMy father grew up in Latrobe, which is about 30 minutes outside of Pittsburgh and he earned his degree from Duquesne University in Da Burgh.Growing up, I had no choice but to root for the Pittsburgh Steelers. And it wasn’t hard. In the 70’s, they were dominant. They won 4 Super Bowls. They were “the” team.My father had a collection of beer steins that commemorated each championship.  I used to look at those steins as a kid – they had all the scores of each game during the season. In my mind, I’d play the season, going game by game.But one thing always confused me.The 1979 mug. Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl that year, but one score seemed off from the back of the mug.My Dad no longer has this mug. But I found another one via my Google Machine.San Diego 35, Pittsburgh 7.How could the greatest team ever, lose a game like that? If San Diego was so good, why didn’t they win the Super Bowl?This really got under my skin. Seriously, I’m 45, and I’m still thinking about it. But it gets worse. The box score from that game shows that the Steelers were crushed.Bradshaw threw 5 picks! Franco Harris was stopped, cold. The Super Steelers were slaughtered.But fast forward to the end of the season, and they were champions.Here are a few thoughts…Even in the best of times, we’ll hit rough patches. Some really rough ones. I think the good organizations get up off the ground, dust themselves off, and start grinding again.There is no such thing as perfection. The Steelers were champs. But they lost 4 times that year. Mistakes will happen. Learn from them, move on, and start the grind again.It is best not to judge someone week by week. It is better to just long-term. There will be ups, and downs. But take a step back and see how you are progressing. That can humble you when things seem to be perfect, and gets you to keep your chin up when times are down. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Automation: Great for processes, not-so-great for member services

first_img continue reading » I love automation and streamlining and efficiencies and…well, I could go on and on. Anyone who knows me knows this is true. Oh, and I love commas. But that’s a whole different topic.I love cutting out the unnecessary anything. The world is saturated with line extensions (like 472 different flavors in the toothpaste aisle), visual clutter, and an endless array of stuff. Not that long ago, I reached a point in my life where I wanted to clear the clutter. My minimalist efforts started with the crap all over my desk at work. After that clean sweep, I quickly moved to my home, where I conducted an extensive purge of things that hadn’t been touched in years. (Thank you, Williams Sonoma, for the part-time job and the 39 pieces of French ceramic bakeware). I ran out of physical items to eliminate. Next up? Wasted time. It needed to go.How could I do away with unproductive time, particularly in the workday? For many of us, our task saturated days are as overwhelming as the options in the toothpaste aisle mentioned above. When we really examine our to-do lists, we realize many of our daily tasks are redundant. There is so much squandered time to reclaim. Luckily, my manic self loves creating efficiencies! I get a high from finding ways to make things run more smoothly. But while streamlining has done wonders for my productivity, experience has shown me that there’s a danger in trying to automate everything. Some things require more personalized attention.Take credit unions, for example. Every credit union wants member growth. And while some do an excellent job of onboarding their new people, most aren’t doing anything exceptional. They stick with the same methodical process year after year—an approach I find maddening. Same old same old exhausts me. So many of the things that we are conditioned to do as credit union marketers frustrate me. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Scottish Tourist Board is trying to save tourism in the midst of Brexit with a new campaign

first_img#ScotlandIsNow #ScotlandiIsOpen The campaign was created because of the information the tourist board received from European tour operators and travel agencies regarding the lack of information. Although Brexit attracted a lot of media attention, “potential visitors can’t catch them absolutely all“, Said Judy Mariëns, Senior Market Director of VisitScotland. “The Scottish tourism industry makes an important contribution to the Scottish economy by supporting more than 200 jobs. We will provide a package of support to the tourism sector to reduce the regulatory burden, support the growth of a skilled, professional and inclusive workforce, and to help the industry provide a high quality experience to visitors.”, The document reads. RELATED NEWS: The Scottish Government has devised a detailed tourism strategy that will deal with the details of how to support the industry. However, public opinion on certain decisions is quite divided. The latest tourism data illustrate the difficulties Scotland is facing. Overall international numbers have been on the rise since 2012, but recent quarterly results show a sharp decline. Consumption by European tourists fell by 59 percent and arrivals by 45 percent. Brexit will not stop tourists from visiting Scotland or other parts of the UK, but its repercussions have the potential to create or destroy the sector. The problem is that the euphoria around cheap travel has gradually diminished. This may not be the case with London, which records thousands of flights a day, but other parts of the UK are feeling weak in tourist arrivals. Tourism spending in Scotland during 2018 “We are noticing a decrease in arrivals from Europe, potentially due to the fact that continental Europe, due to Brexit, has a negative view of the United Kingdom. Scotland has a strong, resilient tourism industry committed to national growth, but the challenges we face at the moment, which are related to Brexit, make our industry very fragile”, Explained Marc Crothall, CEO of the Scottish Tourist Board. International tourist arrivals by regions of the United Kingdom in 2018 The non-profit European Tour Operators Association, which conducted research on tourism taxes across Europe, welcomed the decision to implement “a detailed review of whether local authorities should be empowered to enforce taxes”. Initially, the depreciation of the pound triggered a smaller “boom” in tourism, as 2017 became a record year in the tourism sector, but since then the numbers have been gradually declining, showing that growth, linked to broader geopolitical and economic issues, is not guaranteed. .center_img For example, Scottish tourist numbers account for a relatively small proportion of the UK’s total figures, and its tourist board is trying to counter “uncertainty and misinformation about Brexit“A new campaign aimed at European visitors. Earlier this month, the Scottish government established its plan for next year, and the tourism sector is the most prominent in it. Scottish Tourist Board VisitScotland recorded a series of videos covering some of the most frequently asked questions about traveling to the country, showing the essential changes in cases where the United Kingdom leaves the European Union or does not leave it. Videos with #ScotlandIsNow are available in multiple languages. Source / photo: Shift; Pixabay But not everything is fabulous. The Scottish Tourism Association highlighted a recently published World Economic Forum tourism competitiveness scale that shows the UK dropped from fifth to sixth place overall and ranked last out of 140 countries when it comes to prices. Plans for the future Tourist taxes occur all over the world and are a potential solution for mass tourism. Edinburgh politicians have already declared their intentions to implement the tax, but will have to wait until the Scottish Parliament passes the necessary legislation. At the moment, visitors to the European Union make up a small piece of Scotland’s total “tourist cake”, but they have still contributed a total of 1,4 billion euros to the Scottish economy in 2018. The decision of the Scottish government that attracts the most interest is certainly the one on the introduction of the tourist tax. According to the government’s plan, the tax will, among other things, enable “discretionary power to local authorities to apply the overnight tax”And provide”a way of responding to certain local pressures that tourism can bring, and at the same time will enable an increase in local tourist offers”. Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union more than three years ago, the country has great difficulties about the future of its tourism sector, Skift reports. SCOTLAND LAUNCHES TV CAMPAIGN AIMED TO ATTRACT MORE BRITISH TOURISTSlast_img read more

Scooters, e-bikes gain traction as virus lockdowns ease

first_imgLime, which has agreed to take over the Uber Jump scooters and bikes, said it has seen “exponential” growth in cities such as Paris, Washington, Tel Aviv, Oklahoma City and Zurich, among others,Spin recently unveiled plans to launch its shared e-scooters in Cologne and other German cities, and will expand in US cities including Atlanta.Spin said it had seen weekly usage increases of some 30 percent since April with people using scooters for longer periods.The scooters “are being used now more than ever as a utility rather than for leisurely activities,” said Euwyn Poon, president and cofounder of Spin.Global scooter operator Bird also said business is looking up, with North American ridership more than double pre-pandemic levels.”Around the world, an increasing number of people are trying micromobility for the first time,” Bird said in a blog post. Electric bikes and scooters, dismissed before the pandemic as a curiosity or nuisance, are getting fresh traction in cities seeking new transportation options as they emerge from lockdowns.Some “micromobility” operators which cut back or shut down during the coronavirus lockdowns are now expanding to meet growing demands.Shared mobility operators Lime, Bird and Ford-owned Spin report robust growth in cities worldwide, despite a near-shutdown of tourism, as people turn to scooters and e-bikes for commuting or errands. Finding an economic model Harriet Tregoning, director of the Numo Alliance, a nonprofit group focused on urban mobility, said the economic model for shared micromobility firms remains murky.Venture-funded firms which cater to tourists and college campuses may only marginally help with post-COVID transportation needs, she said.These services have more value if integrated into transportation systems, Tregoning said.This could be done in coordination with transit agencies to help reach underserved areas, with the possibility of public or employer subsidies for “bundled” subscriptions.Tregoning said micromobility can become a more important element if cities invest and coordinate with transportation agencies.”Cities need to invest in bikesharing and create a strategic relationship to transit,” she said.Technology analyst Richard Windsor said e-bikes “are a good replacement for public transportation because the motor assistance makes the commute much easier for those that are less fit or do not want to arrive at the office drenched in sweat.”But Windsor writes on his Radio Free Mobile blog that the trend “points towards a user preference towards ownership and away from sharing.” Topics :center_img Shifting gears In the months before the pandemic, some local officials were decrying dockless bikes and scooters as nuisances creating sidewalk “clutter.”But the pandemic has changed the outlook, with fear of crowds cutting transit ridership by 70 to 90 percent.”The pandemic has certainly changed the way communities view micromobility,” said Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley.”Anecdotal evidence suggests that a lot of communities are considering micromobility as an important strategy to maintain social/physical distancing as the economy reopens.”Traditional bicycling is also experiencing a revival in many urban areas, spurred by new protected lanes which may be used by the small electric vehicles as well.The pandemic disruption “has created fertile ground” for micromobility, said Annie Chang, head of new mobility for the engineering association SAE International and author of a report on COVID’s impact on transportation.”I think people have begun to see the value of tiny vehicles and that value will increase as the technology improves.”Without new options, she noted, many cities could see a rise in auto traffic and congestion. “People are desperate for open air transportation where they can maintain social distancing,” said David Spielfogel, chief policy officer at Lime, which has relaunched in most of its 100-plus cities.Spielfogel said city officials have warmed to the idea of micromobility despite a cool attitude just months earlier.”There has been a sea change in the attitude of cities from seeing micromobility as  novelty primarily used by tourists to seeing bikes and scooters as a core piece of the transportation system that will thrive in the post-pandemic period,” he said.”Cities are afraid that people will return to cars, so they see this as a good option.”last_img read more

Anticorruption fight at risk as Supreme Court acquits another high-profile graft defendant

first_img“The court’s action [of granting acquittals to graft suspects] has rendered antigraft efforts by law enforcement agencies futile,” said Kurnia Ramadhana of Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro declined to comment, saying only that the court’s decision to reject the KPK’s appeal against Sofyan’s acquittal was based on evidence presented in the trial. “Everything was based on the facts,” Andi said.Kurnia claimed on Thursday that the decision to clear Sofyan of the charges only served to exacerbate the lack of commitment to the fight against corruption, confirming an ICW report finding.The April report on court ruling trends recorded that Indonesia’s lower and higher courts handed down not-guilty verdicts on 41 graft suspects in 2019, almost double the 2018 figure.The antigraft watchdog also found that the courts had “let off” 13 defendants, meaning that they were guilty of wrongdoing but the act that they were accused of could not be considered criminal.“Expect fewer successful corruption cases in the future if the court keeps granting acquittals, because graft offenders will find it easy to dodge charges laid against them,” he told The Jakarta Post.Indonesia had been gradually improving its standing in the fight against corruption, but the tables have turned since efforts to defang the antigraft body began last year.Indonesia scored 40 out of 100 in Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perception Index, its highest since 2012, but a score below 50 is still an indicator of serious corruption.Zaenur Rohman, a researcher at Gadjah Mada University’s Center for Anticorruption Studies (Pukat UGM), said that while the public must respect every decision the courts make, the growing number of acquittals had begun to form a trend, leading him to question the integrity of court judges.For Transparency International Indonesia researcher Wawan Suyatmiko, the increase in acquittals has already crushed public faith in the court system as a partner of the KPK in the war against corruption.Wawan said there was a need for more court justices like Artidjo Alkostar to restore the public’s faith in the courts.Artidjo, now a member of the KPK’s oversight body, was a former Supreme Court justice known for his no-nonsense demeanor and clean track record.He made graft convicts think twice before lodging an appeal, as he would often give them harsher sentences than their initial verdicts.Previously, activists have suggested that the court arrange a set of guidelines for judges to follow when handling corruption cases, so as to restore trust in the court system.KPK spokesman Ali Fikri said the antigraft body would respect all rulings issued by a court, even though they appeared to undermine its anticorruption efforts.“We always promptly review every court ruling, hoping that there will be leeway for us to legally challenge them. That’s how law enforcement works in the country,” Ali said.Topics : While the KPK claimed that the supporting evidence gathered was sufficient to prove Sofyan’s involvement, the court insisted that the Jakarta Corruption Court’s prior decision was the correct one.Activists have lambasted the court ruling, saying it poses a new threat to anticorruption efforts, given that it was not the first time that a major graft suspect had been cleared of wrongdoing by the courts.Last year, the Supreme Court acquitted former Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) chairman Syafruddin Arsyad Temenggung, the man at the center of the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) scandal, of corruption charges.At the time, the court granted an appeal filed by Syafruddin to overturn a lower court’s decision to sentence him to 15 years in prison with a fine of Rp 1 billion (US$70,736) for his role in the multimillion-dollar graft case. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has once again hit a wall in its fight against corruption after the Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of the former head of state-run electricity company PLN, Sofyan Basir, the latest graft suspect to evade conviction.His acquittal was formalized in a court ruling dated June 16, in which the Supreme Court rejected the KPK’s appeal against a not-guilty verdict handed down by the Jakarta Corruption Court last year.Previously, KPK investigators detained the former PLN president director for allegedly receiving bribes in relation to a coal-fired power plant (PLTU) project in Riau province.last_img read more

Renovate or detonate potential stirs interest in post-war home

first_img26 Ford St, ClayfieldA POST-WAR home set on a 799sq m corner block has been causing a bit of a stir because of its strong “renovate or detonate” potential.The four bedroom, one bathroom, two car garage home at 26 Ford St, Clayfield, is among inner city properties that have the allure of being built after 1945, meaning that they could be demolished subject to Brisbane City Council approval.26 Ford St, ClayfieldNot that the current property is anything to sniff at. Surrounded by established gardens, with an expansive entry patio, it has strong renovation potential for the person who wants to modernise the property.It has a large living room that’s currently carpeted with an enclosed veranda to one side.A red-painted rumpus room with a built-in cupboard and ceiling fan is also located off the living space.Towards the rear of the home was the kitchen with long timber bench tops, ample cabinetry and quality appliances.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago26 Ford St, ClayfieldAlongside the cooking space is a dining room with a built-in cupboard and antique lighting that then connects to three more bedrooms.Each of the bedrooms is carpeted and enjoys ample natural light and distinct colour schemes, with a quaint bathroom with a combined shower and bath tub servicing them.Classic features, such as polished timber floors, decorative cornices, casement windows and brightly-coloured walls and carpet, give the house old-world elegance, with airconditioning throughout ensuring modern comfort.From the dining room, stairs descend to a large back yard bordered by trees for plenty of privacy, with the property also including a single carport and under-house storage space.26 Ford St, ClayfieldAgent Dwight Ferguson of Ray White Ascot said the light-filled and breezy house was ready to reward its next owners regardless of which development path they chose.“This neat and tidy abode delivers you the opportunity to move straight in while you carefully plan the exciting future of this sought-after address,” Ferguson said.“The double block offers exceptional space for expanding on the current property and creating a modern family haven.”26 Ford St, Clayfield“Alternatively, buyers have the option to start from a completely blank canvas where they are only limited by their imagination.”Inspections are by appointment with Ferguson, with the home to be auctioned on site at noon on May 13.last_img read more