Scientists are currently developing varieties of wheat resistant to a virulent fungus, which has spread from Africa to Iran. The UG99, which began in Uganda in 1999, is a strain of black rust, which can affect 80-90% of wheat crops in these countries.Wafa Khoury, a plant pathologist at the Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome, said the fungus was affecting crops which were once resistant. “We hope to replace affected varieties of wheat with resistant ones,” she said.Alex Waugh, director general of the National Association of British and Irish Millers, said the disease would not have any immediate impact on the UK.
IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – February 3, 2021 0 323 (Photo supplied/City of Elkhart) Long time Elkhart City Clerk Sue Beadle passed away on Tuesday at the age of 76.Sue served the city as Clerk for 32 years and passed after a short battle with cancer.Beadle left a lasting impression on the city and the people she worked with, and decided not to run for re-election in 2019 to spend more time with family.The Elkhart Truth has put together a compilation of statements from friends and coworkers. You can read that story here Longtime Elkhart City Clerk Sue Beadle passes at 76 Twitter Facebook Twitter Google+ Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleCity of Elkhart asks residents for local park feedbackNext articleArea counties improve to Yellow COVID status Carl Stutsman
A hairy Woodpecker at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)One of my favorite fall colors- brown. (Dennis York)Looking back. (Dennis York)An awkward itch. (Dennis York)Layers of fall. (Paige Plourde)Wilson Lake reflections. (Paige Plourde)Fuzzy caterpillar. (Paige Plourde)Pico trail. (Paige Plourde)Pico trail and Clearwater Lake. (Paige Plourde)Clearwater. (Paige Plourde)Mountain reflections. (Paige Plourde)An autumn view from the French Mountain Trail in Rome. (Laura Ganz)(Muriel Armstrong)Sandy River in Mercer. (Muriel Armstrong)(Muriel Armstrong)(Muriel Armstrong)(Muriel Armstrong)Beautiful Mercer Bog. (Muriel Armstrong)Thanks to Maine Dept. of Transportation for keeping this area one of the prettiest places in Maine! (Marianne Perry)Montauk daisies still in bloom, Oct 21, Kents Hill (Marianne Perry)Red sky in the morning! Wilton. (Jim Knox)The flowers are almost gone. (Karen Dalot)Mt. Washington. (Karen Dalot)Free food. (Karen Dalot)Enjoying the day. (Karen Dalot)Bee. (Karen Dalot)Clearwater Lake. (Heidi Jean Marshall)
Jim James has announced a unique, career-spanning solo acoustic concert tour, for this upcoming fall. The tour will begin November 2 at Los Angeles, CA’s Cathedral Sanctuary before visiting historic theatres and performing arts centers across the United States, culminating with a November 21 homecoming show at Louisville, KY’s Louisville Palace. With My Morning Jacket off the road in 2018, James is keeping creatively busy with the release and promotion of his upcoming solo album.The newly added tour dates will see the MMJ frontman–accompanied by longtime touring drummer David Givan–perform a career-encompassing repertoire including songs from his upcoming solo new album, Uniform Distortion, due to arrive everywhere on Friday, June 29th via ATO. Special guest Alynda Segarra from Hurray for the Riff Raff will serve as opening support for all the upcoming fall dates.“I am looking forward to exploring all sorts of songs stripped down as they first occurred in their natural habitat — just voice and guitar. Although I have played many shows by myself, this will be my first tour of this style and I am excited to see everyone out on the open road,” says James in a press release.One dollar per ticket purchased will go to The Waterfall Project, whose beneficiaries will be United for A Fair Economy and National Bail Fund Network. Tickets for all newly announced dates will go on sale Friday, June 22th. For complete details, head to Jim James’ website.In addition, James’ upcoming live schedule includes a one-night-only double bill supporting Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at Berkeley, CA’s Greek Theatre Berkeley on June 21st as well as a sold-out full-band performance at Los Angeles’ intimate Pico Union celebrating the release of Uniform Distortion, slated for July 18th. See below for a list of tour dates and head to James’ website for more information.Presale starts tomorrow, 6/19 at 10am local venue time. Public on-sale starts Friday 6/22 at 10am local venue time. (Note: Port Chester, NY and Louisville, KY public on-sale begin at 12pm local venue time.)JIM JAMES // 2018 TOURJUNE21 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre Berkeley *JULY18 – Los Angeles, CA – Pico Union SOLD OUTNOVEMBER2 – Los Angeles, CA – Cathedral Sanctuary3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre5 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room6 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre8 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst Theater9 – Chicago, IL – The Vic10 – Cleveland, OH – The Agora Theatre13 – New York, NY – Town Hall14 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre16 – Boston, MA – Shubert Theatre17 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre19 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle20 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center21 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palacew/Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
Tasnoba Nusrat didn’t make money over Wintersession. She learned how to make her money go further.“I attended the ‘Personal Money Management’ course offered by Harvard University Employees Credit Union [HUECU],” she explains. “Now I’m more informed and manage my money more prudently. I use tools like Mint.com to measure how I spend and save. I feel confident about becoming economically independent in the future.”Nusrat and her Harvard classmates learned a range of practical skills during Wintersession 2012 — from money management, to nonfiction writing, to cooking. College officials are still analyzing student comments and evaluations, but say that the response to January’s programming was strongly positive. They credit Wintersession’s success to a focus on real-world knowledge and a greatly expanded schedule of offerings. Just one year ago, the College approved 98 events and activities for the eight-day Optional Winter Activities Week (OWAW). This year’s Wintersession was longer (12 days) and offered more than 140 programs.“Wintersession 2012 gave College students more time to explore new knowledge and experiences,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds. “Undergraduates responded by proposing many more activities than last year, and by participating in numbers that were often far above the expectations of program organizers. I’m very pleased to see the way that students took advantage of this important time between semesters.”Winter Break 2012 had three phases. The College closed down for Winter Break I (Dec. 22–Jan. 2). During Winter Break II (Jan. 3–12), international students, artists and musicians, and approved thesis writers returned to campus. Off-campus, students participated in a range of Harvard-associated programs, including the popular Harvardwood 101 career exploration in Los Angeles and Global Networking Night at sites around the world.All students were invited to return to campus for Wintersession beginning Jan. 13. College officials say that many flocked back for the optional period of student- or faculty-led activities that included scores of arts intensives, health and wellness seminars, sports and recreation, and career-related programming. A rough estimate of dining service utilization indicates that more than 2,000 students were in residence midway through Wintersession. Lisa Boes, Allston Burr Resident Dean of Pforzheimer House and coordinator of Wintersession 2012, says that interdepartmental cooperation helped make many programs a success.“The most successful programs were collaborations,” Boes says. “So Career Services and Phillips Brooks House partnered with Alumni Affairs. Harvard Recreation got together with the Center for Wellness. Again and again we saw that, when offices and groups collaborated, they could offer the best-quality programs.”Students also gave a warm reception to activities that taught practical skills, such as the personal money management program Nusrat attended. HUECU CEO Gene Foley says that students are eager to understand their own finances, and he cites participation in the Wintersession class as proof. Foley says that his team expected 35–40 students to sign up for the program, taught three hours a day, Jan. 9–12. More than 90 registered for the course.“There’s a void in American life for financial knowledge, particularly when it comes to students,” he explains. “As a result, the fastest-growing segment in personal bankruptcy is recent college grads. Kids get out of school with loans and credit card debt, but without the skills to navigate financially. Our data show that at Harvard only about 10–15 percent of students across the University have ever attended any type of financial education workshop, so they were very enthusiastic about the chance to learn.”Undergraduates who participated in one of the more than two dozen activities sponsored by the Office of Career Services (OCS) were as enthusiastic about exploring ways to make money as Foley’s students were about learning to manage it. Events such as the Campus Interview Program Online Chat and the “Case Interview Workshop” — both of which helped participants to prepare for interviews with visiting recruiters for companies like Google — each drew nearly 150 students, a response that far exceeded that anticipated by organizers.“Based on last year’s program, we expected only about 100 students to use the chat hours or come to the workshop,” says OCS’s Marissa Long. “With the online program, students wanted the opportunity to reach a person and get reassurance that they were filling out the interview applications right. Chat made it really easy. The case program is a two-hour workshop, so it is nice to offer that when there are no classes going on. Students got an introduction to the case interview process, but more than that, they got the opportunity to practice, which is the most important thing.”Wintersession gave Miriam Farkas ’14 the opportunity to practice and teach one of her passions: cooking. Her course, “Through the Cooking Class,” met in House kitchens over four nights. There, she and her classmates experimented with new recipes that Farkas concocted beforehand.“I strongly encouraged my students to play with ingredients and incorporate dorm-friendly ideas as they tried out recipes,” she says. “We made ‘salad bar’ sushi from our favorite dining hall vegetables, microwavable fudge from just four ingredients, as well as muffins and pies. Each student had the chance to make every recipe, and to make every recipe his or her own.”Winter Break 2012 wasn’t all practice and practicality. Many students also took the opportunity to explore their creative sides. Students in the new art group the Harvard Generalist mounted a performance art piece in Adams House titled “Blah, Blah, Inc.,” which consisted of an attempt to break the world record for the longest two-person phone call. Although only two students — Eric R. Brewster ’14 and Avery A. Leonard ’14 — could be on the line during the 46-hour call, hundreds stopped by to play with the actors, manipulate the set, and start their own conversations about the event. Stage manager Ginny Fahs ’14 calls the activity “a huge success” and credits Wintersession with the opportunity to create art that challenged and engaged her classmates.“The event was a test of endurance — physical, mental, and emotional — and we all had to work for over 46 consecutive hours to sustain the project and break the world record,” she says. “In the end we beat the world record by more than three hours, amassed an audience of approximately 300 people, and came away with newfound understandings about how conversation is an art form. Wintersession provided the space for us to get audiences to question the validity of art and the nature of art — something that Harvard students are not often asked to do.”College officials are already planning for Winter Break 2013, which will be a whopping five weeks. Boes says the extra time will likely be added to Winter Break I, meaning that the College will be closed through Jan. 6, 2013. She says that she expects that many students will be anxious to return to campus next year. When they do, Boes says that undergraduates probably won’t find more Wintersession programming, but they may well find that existing offerings have improved.“I do not anticipate that we will offer any more programs in 2013,” she says. “We have plenty of great activities. Next year we’ll focus on what worked best. Along those lines, we hope to do some leadership development work to help students run strong programs. We’ve got quantity. Now we want to make sure that students have the highest-quality Wintersession experience we can provide.”
Law School professor makes a case for Zoom Students reflect on the shift to online classes and unplanned move home How the Socratic method translates online Talking about the emotional toll of the pandemic This semester, Matt Saunders launched the biggest studio art class at Harvard. The class of 72 students in “Painting’s Doubt” met weekly to learn figure drawing and paint from still life. When the coronavirus outbreak forced Saunders to move the class online, he faced some fundamental problems.“We lose a lot of the value of having students all together because an important part of learning in this class happens through the peer group,” said Saunders. For the first half of the semester, he framed each session and gave pointers about how to approach rendering the subject, but “students [could] see each other’s solutions, so we’re trying to figure out how to capture that energy.”Saunders, Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities and director of undergraduate studies in the Art, Film, and Visual Studies Department, is one of thousands of faculty members who had to adapt and innovate their courses to move them online following the evacuation of campus due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Early reports suggest that the transition has gone well overall, though not without hitches. In some cases it has even presented some unforeseen opportunities and inspired new insights about teaching and learning.“Over the past 3 weeks, IT staff have worked tirelessly with our University partners to move Harvard’s classes online,” said Anne Margulies, Vice President and University Chief Information Officer. “The scale of this change is truly extraordinary, and this week has seen all-time high numbers of users leveraging technology to teach, learn, and work online. We are pleased with the performance of our systems so far and even more impressed with how well our community has embraced using technology in new ways.”Like many of his colleagues, Saunders had never taught online before, but mobilized to change assignments and other logistics over spring break.On campus, students met for a 75-minute weekly lecture and a four-hour weekly studio section. Adapting “Painting’s Doubt” to the online classroom involved shipping supply kits of paint, canvas, and other items to students around the world and establishing a schedule of one Zoom lecture and six new discussion sections led by teaching assistants, during which students share and discuss their work, which is now done independently.Instead of walking around the classroom for critiques of works in progress during studio time, Saunders and his teaching team formed smaller groups that will meet online for more individualized assignments and direction, based on mid-semester evaluations. While the shift has disrupted his original plans, Saunders says it also offers a chance for exploration beyond the campus bounds.,“Because this is a Gen Ed course, it combines studio work with conversations and lectures about painting as a language that engages with the world,” said Saunders. “One of the [original] assignments was that we would go paint all together in Mount Auburn Cemetery, but now I am asking students to start scouting out where they are, thinking about this dislocation in place, finding themselves suddenly in a different situation,” and creating a work about the psychological space of that new location.In the course “An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution,” which is required for life sciences concentrators, Hopi Hoekstra and her colleagues revised in-person lab components and recorded some elements of discussion and lecture for wider availability to students scattered across the globe.“We are trying to keep the flow of the course very similar” to how it was before spring break, said Hoekstra, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Departments of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and Molecular & Cellular Biology, curator of mammals at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. “We still have pre-lab quizzes and post-lab assignments. It’s a balance between trying to keep everything similar to the rhythm that the students have gotten used to, while making these tweaks to try to keep that rhythm as engaging and interesting as possible.”But how exactly can this done if students don’t have access to labs? One assignment called for students to collect biological sample from their environments, extract the DNA, and analyze the resulting data. Instead, Hoekstra and her team collected samples from items including a cellphone, a boot sole, and a dog’s toy, and recorded a teaching fellow modeling the DNA extraction process. The team sent the samples to an external lab for sequencing and sent the resulting data to students for analysis. They were then assigned to match each sample’s DNA profile to one in a database. “Online teaching is very different from face-to-face teaching, and what I love about it is that you can layer in archival and visual materials in a way that is engaging and vibrant.” — Elisa New Harvard Chan School of Public Health will launch a series of weekly interactive forums to discuss issues and options Related ‘Unsteady,’ ‘lucky,’ and ‘overwhelmed’ With remote lab work, “even though [students] miss the part of doing the field biology, they still get to do part of the scientific process, which is very fun, because the answer is unknown and they’ll get to discover that themselves,” said Hoekstra. “We’re trying to make sure that they get the foundational information that they need [for future courses]. It is also a pretty exciting time to be thinking about genetics and evolution in the middle of a viral outbreak, because what they’re learning is being talked about in the news all the time and they’re learning how it works.”For some, the online classroom was a more familiar environment. Elisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, used spring break to retool the syllabus for her course “Migrations: Fictions of America” to include more of the resources she had developed over the past seven years as creator of the digital platform and TV series “Poetry in America” and as an instructor at Harvard Extension School and HarvardX.“In my experience of teaching online, I have discovered that making asynchronous learning the foundation of a course, and layering in synchronous learning — that is, everybody together on a Zoom session — is a much more reliable way to make sure the whole class participates,” said New, who will be combining live conversations with videos, recorded lecture content, and Canvas prompts for class discussion. New also incorporated episodes from “Poetry in America” into weekly course content on topics including Civil War poetry and Midwestern modernism as seen in Willa Cather’s novel “My Ántonia,” and other cultural products.“Online teaching is very different from face-to-face teaching, and what I love about it is that you can layer in archival and visual materials in a way that is engaging and vibrant,” she said, noting that even if other faculty don’t have established online teaching resources to use in their courses, flexibility in content and schedule can be useful in successfully adapting courses to a digital environment. Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology Robert Lue echoed this sentiment. Lue, who is also faculty director of the Harvard Ed Portal, UNESCO chair on life sciences and social innovation, Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and faculty director and principal investigator of LabXchange, combines live and recorded class meetings for his course “Cell Biology in the World.” He estimated that, so far, the Bok Center has reached more than 350 faculty members through online seminars and individual consultations to prepare for online teaching.,“It’s not just a matter of understanding what online can do for you, but the process of really interrogating your own assumptions and reexamining your course goals,” said Lue, who used LabXchange to record and present course content and also plans to conduct live Zoom sessions in Canvas. “What is really at the core? What is most important? What is the key thing that you want to get across [to students]? Sometimes we fall into particular patterns of doing things, and a shake-up like this really allows us to reassess what we’re doing.”Saunders described the shift as a challenge, but said one silver lining of this experience “is that now we are embedded in the world.”“We started the class with a text on Paul Cézanne, being outside of Paris, out in the village and working from life, and the idea of painting as an act of observation and engagement with the world around us. In the most general sense, we have a group of people who’ve developed a conversation together and new skills, and are now out all over [the world],” he said. “I hope they can report back in interesting ways and have some powerful encounters through the lens of painting.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
The networking industry continues to see rapid innovation through open source, and an ever-growing set of communities and projects. If you need evidence, take a quick look at the various sessions covered at this year’s Open Networking Summit. With this innovation, we also see a fundamental shift in the way that networks are procured, architected and operated by our customers.Form Follows FunctionFor the better part of the past 20 years, the Network Administrator/Engineer was responsible for all things related to the network – from the lowest level of silicon running in a switch, up through the network operating systems (NOS), and into the highest level of orchestration and automation of the overall network. As open source projects disaggregate that networking stack, the operational model is evolving as well – much of it driven by a shift to DevOps.In this DevOps-centric model, the decisions made at the hardware, operating system, networking stack, and orchestration levels become distinct and de-coupled from one another. Given that “form follows function” the operational model in supporting networking is becoming distinct as well.Which poses a couple of interesting questions:How are the support models of networking evolving to keep pace with the architectural and operational shifts?Within these new support models, how are elements of that stack based upon open source (in particular the NOS) incorporated?Step One: De-Coupling Hardware and SoftwareAt the lowest level of the networking stack we have physical switching hardware and the operating system that runs on top of that.More than four years ago, Dell EMC allowed for any of its networking switches with an ‘-ON’ suffix to be purchased without an operating system.This was all made possible via the work of the ONIE effort within the Open Compute Project, and Dell EMC evolving its ProSupport offerings to include a hardware-only option, that allows for diagnostic and remediation of any hardware issue, independent of the NOS running on it.Step Two: Credible Support for Open Source NOSIn terms of open source NOS projects in the industry today, Dell EMC has invested heavily in two of them: OpenSwitch and SONiC. A key reason these two programs moved to the top of our list was their common approach to interfacing to the underlying network processing units via SAI. This provides us with a common framework upon which we can incorporate a broad cross-section of the merchant silicon ecosystem, and ultimately providing our customers with maximum choice.For customers interested in running either of these open source NOS solutions, our support for them begins with a list of certified Dell EMC platforms upon which specific versions of OpenSwitch and SONiC have been validated; with the added peace of mind provided by a credible vendor offering a class-leading global support model.To that end, Dell EMC took that first step with its OS10 Open Edition offering. For customers interested in running OpenSwitch on Dell EMC networking hardware, we offer a combined hardware and NOS support model in the form of OS10 Open Edition. Customers can embrace disaggregation and open source with minimum risk. A recent presentation by Rick Davis from Verizon Connect at this year’s Open Networking Summit; provides credible evidence that open source networking can indeed power mission-critical, industrial solutions.We’ve Only Just BegunDell EMC pioneered a new way to design, obtain, and operate networks and we recently announced that we are moving Open Networking forward by enabling the next level of disaggregation and modularity through composite, expandable network stacks or “composable networks.” We believe this will be the next defining moment for Open Networking.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police said two brothers were fatally shot in Mastic Beach Friday afternoon.Blake Chambers, 28, and his 22-year-old brother, Codi, were shot in their home at 12:25 p.m., police said.The victims were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where they were pronounced dead.The William Floyd School District said in a statement on its website that all schools in the district activated lockout protocols at the time.The district also said it was informed by Suffolk police that a suspect was in custody. A police spokeswoman could not confirm if a suspect had been apprehended.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Traditional financial institutions have been fighting to overcome evolving market challenges long before COVID-19. In many ways, the pandemic amplified many of these obstacles and accelerated the need for more competitive loan, account and member growth strategies. As we return to some sense of normalcy, consider these three strategies to help meet the post-pandemic needs of your financial institution and accountholders.1. Remote Banking SolutionsStrengthening loan-to-share, liquidity, and revenue can be a challenging task; especially now. To more effectively support a strong, balanced growth strategy, consider offering your consumers solutions that will simplify their banking needs, while at the same time offering your institution new revenue opportunities. Examples include:Online and mobile banking capabilities, including remote deposit capture and digital account transfer servicesFee-based checking programs that offer certain retail benefits or discounts to accountholdersFlexible, long-term deposit options offering high returns, such as CDs and money market accounts‘Social-distancing friendly’ payment tools, like contactless, digital and top-of-wallet solutionsUpdated share draft and deposit account pricing models to reinvigorate growth and revenue continue reading »
Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 The property at 78 Cabana Blvd, Benowa Waters, also sold off-market recently.Ms Lanham said off-market sales happened when house hunters were looking for a property in a certain location or with a specific feature. “It doesn’t happen every day but we do get the odd person who wants a special location,” she said.The sales come shortly after a beachfront property at Palm Beach changed hands in a $4.4 million off-market sale.Kollosche agent Rob Lamb and agency director Michael Kollosche contacted the owners of the Jefferson Lane property on behalf of a buyer with the offer, which was too good to refuse.“(The owners) said, ‘funnily enough we are actually thinking about selling, why not?’,” Mr Lamb said earlier this month.“We’d arrived at a figure which was incentive enough to sell right there and then.”The deal was penned a few days later. She splashed $1.845 million on the house, which marks a new record for the street.It was one of two mirror-image houses at the address, which were owned and built by family business Evolution Builders. The second property is now for sale.Ray White Benowa agent Carita Lanham also facilitated an offer-market sale recently.She contacted the owners of a Benowa Waters house, who she knew were considering selling, on behalf of a prospective buyer.The contract was signed the day it was inspected.“It was basically a buyer I was working with off my database,” she said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“They lived locally as well and they were just wanting to go from canal to main river.“I think because they knew what they wanted after taking them through, they put in an offer and bought it that afternoon.”The $1.5 million sale went unconditional last week.Property records show the Cabana Blvd house last sold in 2002 for $678,00. One of the houses at 36 Avanti St, Mermaid Waters, (left) was snapped up in an off-market sale.HOUSE hunters aren’t wasting any time chasing the home of their dreams, and they are willing to spend a hefty price to get it.There has been a spate of secret sales across the Gold Coast in recent weeks — many of which have been negotiated in a matter of days.In some cases the sellers had considered listing their properties but never gone ahead.It was not until they were offered a price too good to refuse that they agreed to hand over the keys.Ray White Broadbeach Waters agent Justin Haynes recently handled an off-market sale at Mermaid Waters.After showing a local buyer from the agency’s database the multistorey Avanti St property, the deal was done in days.“What appealed to them was the locality to the beach, I think it’s about 600m to 700m,” he said.“She loved it and in two days had an offer.” [email protected]