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Seniors discuss plans for postgraduate service

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first_imgWhile a large number of graduating Notre Dame seniors may decide to enter the workforce or pursue a tertiary degree upon graduation, other seniors decide to pursue a year of service spanning an array of programs and activities.Gemma Stanton, who is graduating with a civil engineering degree and minors in resiliency and sustainability of engineering systems and Catholic social tradition, is spending her year at Bethlehem Farm in Alderson, West Virginia.“Their mission statement is to transform lives through service with the local community and the teaching of sustainable practices,” Stanton said. “I’m going to help volunteers who come with home repair sites — teaching them how to use tools, as well as being there to help them out on sites.”Stanton said she chose the program at Bethlehem Farm because of its emphasis on sustainability.“Senior year I started looking at the application processes and what stuck out to me about Bethlehem Farm was that I knew what I would be doing would be really tied to sustainability, which I knew I wanted,” she said.This feature is also important to Stanton, as she completed coursework on this subject during her time at Notre Dame.“An exciting thing about Bethlehem Farm is that they just got a couple of grants to do sustainability audits of houses, so they’re going to be analyzing how the homes they go into are sustainable and how we can make them better, not just safer or warmer but also more sustainable,” she said. “I think the things I’ve learned are going to be useful for having a technical background and that perspective on it. It’s not just, ‘Oh, I like solar panels,’ but I can actually do some math and figure out how many solar panels are needed to power a house.”Maria Heiman, who studied accountancy with a minor in poverty studies, is also embarking on a year of service. Heiman will be working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in Minneapolis.“I will be working with individuals experiencing homelessness and providing resources like transportation and opportunities to get them to stable housing and stable employment,” she said.Heiman said she has always wanted to do some form of service, especially at this time in her life.“A year of service was something that I always felt called towards. For me, I always wanted to give myself to something greater,” she said. “I thought as long as I’m young and flexible and had the opportunity, I thought if I don’t do it now, I might never do it. Living in community with others also was something that I unknowingly was looking for. Being at Notre Dame and being around people who are always cheering you on and always being there for you in that aspect was something that I was searching for and hopefully have found with JVC. Also, I would say the spirituality component, too. I am always looking to increase my faith life, so I found a great opportunity to do that within the Jesuit order that I am not as familiar with.”Heiman’s coursework at Notre Dame also influenced her placement within the JVC, she said.“Part of what I’m doing with my placement is starting up a financial readiness program there. Obviously my business coursework will help me in that aspect, but I think a Notre Dame education overall is what I’ll bring the most to JVC,” she said. “I am excited. I think just being able to be in a new territory and find my place in that community, not just the JVC community, but the broader region.”Tags: Commencement 2019, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, service, sustainabilitylast_img read more

COVID: Instacart Makes Changes Amid Worker Strike

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first_imgJAMESTOWN – Instacart is trying to increase safety measures for its workers who are worried about Coronavirus.The changes were a reaction to a nationwide strike on Monday.The grocery delivery service says it will provide hand sanitizers to its full-service shoppers. They select groceries at stores and then deliver them.Instacart also says it will make it easier for customers to set their own default tipping percentages. But, a nonprofit behind the strike says those concessions aren’t enough. The gig workers collective says it wants shoppers to get additional safety items and hazard pay.It’s also demanding a default tip of 10 percent and an extra five dollars an order.Demand is surging for Instacart deliveries as people try to avoid leaving home. The company is trying to hire another 300-thousand shoppers. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Developer GlidePath begins building standalone battery storage project in Texas

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first_imgDeveloper GlidePath begins building standalone battery storage project in Texas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Renewables developer GlidePath has begun construction on a rare standalone storage project in the tricky Texas market.The 10-megawatt/10-megawatt-hour Prospect Storage plant will bid into the ERCOT markets for energy and ancillary services. Though small by the standards of today’s utility-scale market, the project, located 50 miles south of Houston, is notable for making the economics work in an inhospitable market for storage.Texas law forbids distribution utilities from owning storage for any number of useful purposes, because this technology, which does not generate electricity, is deemed “generation.” Without utility contracts to guarantee revenue, storage must compete with conventional gas generators in the wide-open wholesale markets, a challenge that has scared off even the most bullish storage boosters.ERCOT’s reserve margins have dipped to historic lows, though, and the peaks are getting peakier, meaning a highly flexible, fast-acting asset could scoop up enough revenue to eke by, maybe even prosper. That assumes a developer can convince financiers to trust a merchant play, another rarity in current U.S. storage development. All of which makes GlidePath’s achievement worth scrutinizing. It’s a pure merchant play in a market with no playbook for storage to succeed.“The reserve margins are the thinnest they’ve been in as long as I can remember, and that puts the grid dangerously close to having issues,” GlidePath COO Chris McKissack said of the ERCOT market. “It’s our view that battery storage can play a role in relieving the grid of these issues and adding to reserve capacity.”In an operational sense, the Prospect plant will be up and running in time for the worst of the hot summer price spikes, when just a few minutes of energy delivery during moments of scarcity can reap a windfall. The company touted going “from greenfield development to commercial operation in less than nine months” to hit that deadline. The system will connect to the distribution grid across the street from a utility substation. That allowed for faster and easier siting than a transmission-connected system, McKissack said, and it puts the asset closer to load.More: GlidePath builds merchant battery plant in ERCOT, bucking industry wisdomlast_img read more

British firms plan massive underwater power link to bring Scottish wind to English markets

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first_imgBritish firms plan massive underwater power link to bring Scottish wind to English markets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Three of Britain’s biggest energy companies have agreed to build giant underwater power cables to bring Scotland’s vast reserves of renewable energy to millions of homes in England.The multibillion-pound energy “superhighway”, to be built by Scottish Power, National Grid and SSE, could help to unlock the potential of the prime minister’s plan to build enough offshore wind farms to power every home in the country by 2030.The so-called Eastern Link will run from two separate points in Scotland – Peterhead and Torness – for more than 270 miles along the east coast of Scotland to Selby and Hawthorn Point in the north of England.The 2GW power project will use some of the longest subsea high-voltage power cables in the world to transmit enough clean electricity from Scotland’s wind farms to keep the lights on in around 4.5m homes in England. It will also have the potential to double in size to 4GW as Britain’s North Sea energy boom gains pace in the years ahead. The east coast of Scotland is already home to almost 1GW of offshore wind farms and hosts a pipeline of projects totaling 4.4GW. After the next leasing round for offshore wind licence areas there could be up to 10GW in Scottish waters in the coming years.In total the government hopes to build 40GW of offshore wind power capacity in UK waters within the next decade, as part of plans to meet the UK’s legally-binding 2050 target to build a carbon neutral economy.Alistair Phillips-Davies, the chief executive of SSE, described the project as “one of the most exciting energy developments over recent decades”, and said it was “essential to delivering the UK’s 40GW offshore wind target by 2030”.[Jillian Ambrose]More: Firms agree Scotland to England renewable energy ‘superhighway’last_img read more

Dedication Ceremonies Set for Fallen Officers

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Geoffrey Breitkopf, the NCPD officer killed by friendly fire in March 2011, will have a plaque dedicated in his honor in Massapequa Park.The Nassau County Police Benevolent Association will honor fallen Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf Saturday during a dedication ceremony in Massapequa Park.The police union will unveil a bronze plaque in Breitkopf’s honor at a small park off of Park Boulevard and Front Street. Breitkopf’s family and members of the Nassau County Police Department will also be in attendance. The ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m., will also include a Color Guard and Pipe Band.Breitkopf, who was a member of the elite Bureau of Special Operations (BSO), was accidentally shot and killed by an MTA police officer in March 2011 while responding to a Massapequa Park home where a 21-year-old man armed with a pair of knives was gunned down by police after he had lunged at them.Breitkopf died shortly after at Nassau University Medical Center.Nearly a year later, the Nassau County District Attorney’s office announced it would not charge the MTA police officer involved in the friendly fire shooting.Members of Boy Scout Troops 660 and 776 built the plaque that will be dedicated to Breitkopf.Also this month, local officials will rename a bridge on Route 109 in West Babylon after NYPD officer Peter Figoski, a 22-year veteran of the force, who was fatally shot while responding to a botched home invasion in Brooklyn in December 2011.The shooter, Lamont Pride, was sentenced in February to 45 years to life in prison.The Figoski ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m at the overpass on Route 109 and Sunrise Highway.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events November 27 – December 3

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For a listing of Long Island restaurants open for dinner on Thanksgiving, visit dininglongisland.com R5This pop/rock quartet is coming to Long Island from LA to play for fans songs off their debut album, Louder, which was released last year. Fans of Disney’s Austin & Ally will recall the band’s singer/guitarist, Ross Lynch, who appears regularly on the show. Opening the show is Ryland and Jessarae. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $39.50. 7 p.m. Nov. 28.Old School Comedy JamLegendary comedian Eddie Griffin, best known for portraying Eddie Sherman on the UPN sitcom Malcolm and Eddie, will swing by LI, joined by Bruce Bruce and Lil Duval. Get ready for raucous laughter to overtake you and your friends as these comedians jump from sketch comedy and impressions (who could forget Eddie Griffin as Michael Jackson on crack on Chappelle’s Show?) Leave the kids at home as these guy are known for some raunchy, foul-mouthed, belly ache-inducing comedy. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $50-$85. 8 p.m. Nov. 28.Flogging MollyBreak out the kilts and prepare your livers, because this LA-based Irish folk punk septet will play their fan favorites, including “Another Bag of Bricks,” “Drunken Lullabies” and “Devil’s Dance Floor.” Warming up the crowd will be The Mighty Stef & The Pasadena Band. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $32.50-$65. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28.Patti LaBelleFans of the Emmy-award winning show American Horror Story will recognize Patti Labelle as a guest star this season. This singing virtuoso and master of the stage and screen, who dominated “lady Marmalade” before Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink were twinkles in their mothers’ eyes, will dazzle and delight lucky Long Islanders. Treat yourself to a night with the “Godmother of Soul,” the “High Priestess of Good Vibrations” and the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Soul.” With Will Downing. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $69.50-$84.25. 9 p.m. Nov. 28. Owl ProwlWho? Whooo-ooo!? These nocturnal birds of prey, of course! An hour-long live animal presentation featuring owls from Long Island and all over the world followed by a night hike to hear and see who is awake after sunset. Bring a flashlight. Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford. nassaucountyny.gov/parks $5. 6 p.m. Nov. 29.AshantiSaturday night dance party featuring the R&B songstress from Long Island while DJ Smooth City spins house, hip hop and rock. Let’s get this a-bumpin’ and a-groovin’ thang goin! Bring those dancin’ shoes! Holla when you get there! Let’s party till dawn! The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave. theemporiumny.com $15. 10 p.m. Nov. 29.Michael McDonaldFive time Grammy award-winning singer Michael McDonald, originally of Steely Dan and then the Doobie Brothers, is “Takin’ It to the Streets” of LI for an evening of holiday hits. Prepare for a night of old-fashioned Motown-inspired rock and roll with a legendary singer/songwriter who could be heard on the end credits of the film South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut singing “Eyes of a Child,” written by South Park’s Trey Parker. (So you know he’s a big deal.) NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$84.25. 7 p.m. Nov. 30.Joe WalshNo rocker plays guitar like Joe Walsh. He’ll always be that hard-hitter with the blazing licks like the ones he laid down with the James Gang, when he made a name for himself with “Funk 49” in 1969. He’s recently updated that number with “Funk 50,” a tune from his first solo release in 20 years. Called Analog Man, his new album is produced by Jeff Lynne, who gave Electric Light Orchestra and The Traveling Wilburys their lush harmonies, intricate arrangements and dense sound. Over the years Joe sometimes flies with The Eagles but he’ll be winging it himself for two nights at the Paramount. As his song titles say, “Life’s Been Good” for this anything but “Ordinary Average Guy.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50-$125. 8 p.m. Dec. 1.Mick FoleyWrestling star, author, producer and Long Islander, will appear live in person to present I Am Santa Claus, a documentary that spent a year following the lives of six men who are professional Santas. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2.Home FreeThis uplifting American a-cappella group features the amazing vocal chords of Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Chris Rupp, Tim Foust and Adam Rupp. One guy’s from Georgia, another from Texas, and three from Minnesota. How they love to sing! There’s a welcome country blend to the harmonies gushing from their talented tonsils and percussive lips as comes across crystal clearly on their new holiday album Full of Cheer, which they’ll be sharing freely when they perform. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $34.50-$46.50. 8 p.m. Dec. 2.Kylian DanceBella FiguraAn iconic work of world-renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián. Also featuring a new piece choreographed by Adelphi faculty member Orion Duckstein relating to the stress of constant armed conflict in the modern era which is a tie-in to Adelphi University’s yearlong look at the “Changing Nature of War and Peace.” Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, Olmsted Theatre (One South Avenue, Garden City aupac.adelphi.edu $20. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-6, plus 2 p.m. performances Dec. 6, 7.Scotty McCreeryThe winner of the tenth season of American Idol, Scott Cooke “Scotty” McCreery released his first album, Clear as Day, in 2011 and saw it go platinum. Ever since this young country star has been winning over fans the world over with his strong faith and no-frills, earnest sensibility. His newest single, “Feelin’ It,” recently took the No. 1 spot on the Taste of Country’s Top 10 Video Countdown, so whatever this young man’s got, it’s gotta be contagious—in a good way. He’s performed for President Obama, sung the national anthem at the World Series, gone the distance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and toured from coast to coast. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $34.50-$74. 8 p.m. Dec. 3.—Compiled by Jamie Franchi, Spencer Rumsey, Timothy Bolger & Zack Tirana.last_img read more

Surprising life insurance statistics everyone should know

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first_imgLife insurance should be a part of everyone’s financial plan. Whether you are young and healthy or more seasoned with a family, life insurance offers peace of mind and protection for your loved ones. Although most people don’t like to think about it, getting life insurance is an important decision for you and your family. Buying life insurance now helps protect your dependents later if you’re not around to take care of them. After you’re gone, your family can use the proceeds to cover funeral costs, the mortgage and other loan payments, college tuition, plus additional miscellaneous expenses.While most people realize that life insurance is an important element of their overall financial program, it’s also a complex product. Understanding the ins and outs of cost, types of policies, and which policy is best suited to your needs can be confusing. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some life insurance statistics that may surprise you—and set the record straight.When asked how much they expected a $250,000 term life insurance policy would cost, the majority of respondents—both owners and non-owners of life insurance policies—guessed $500 a year or more! In reality, life insurance is much less expensive than many people think.On average, a healthy, 30-year-old male can get a 20-year, $250,000 term life policy for approximately $160 a year, or about $13 a month. Many of our monthly discretionary expenses actually cost more than a standard term life policy for a healthy individual. At less than $15 per month, it’s easy to find expenses that can be trimmed or reallocated to a life insurance policy to provide your family with security. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PREMIUMPolitical parties: From the battle for independence to the battle of the elites

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first_imgForgot Password ? Facebook Topics : Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Linkedin “Documenting 75 years of resilience” is a series of special reports by The Jakarta Post to celebrate Indonesia’s Independence Day, August 17, 1945.Political parties in Indonesia were first established to galvanize the people and foster Indonesian nationalism, which led to independence in 1945. But far from being about the people, contemporary political parties, in the eyes of the public, work more for the political elites.The first political party, the Indische Partij, established by E. F. E Douwes Dekker, Tjipto Mangunkusumo and Soewardi Soerjaningrat (later Ki Hajar Dewantara) was established in 1912 to foster nationalism. The party was declared subversive in 1913 and both Tjipto and Soewardi were exiled to the Netherlands.Later parties include the Indische Sosial Democratishe Vereniging (ISDV), established in 1914, the Indische Katholike Partij in 1918, t… #PostScript #Indonesia75 Gerindra-Party NasDem-Party sejarah-partai-politik Golkar DPR gelora-party PKS partai-demokrat PDI-P megawati-soekarnoputri Wiranto Hanura Jokowi Joko-Widodo #ReformasiDikorupsilast_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges Meehan and Kelly to Vote No on Disastrous GOP Tax Plan

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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Education,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf sent a letter to Representatives Meehan and Kelly, both members of the House Ways and Means Committee, urging them to vote ‘no’ on the Republican tax plan and asked that Washington work on a bipartisan tax reform plan that would benefit middle-class Pennsylvanians. Governor Wolf denounced the Republican attempt to eliminate important federal deductions for Pennsylvania workers and families being used to fund tax cuts for the richest Americans.“Hardworking Pennsylvanians, seniors, and students should not be forced to fund tax breaks for the rich,” Governor Wolf said. “Instead of prioritizing the middle class, the bill drafted by House Republicans behind closed doors caters to the wealthy and large corporations. Even worse, small businesses and working-class homeowners will pay more under the Republican plan. Tax reform is an opportunity to help grow our economy and strengthen the middle class and this bill does nothing to further those goals. Instead, this bill puts the interests of the wealthiest one percent ahead of the interests of hard-working Pennsylvania families.”According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, nearly half of the tax cuts contained in the bill go to the top 1% of households. Worse yet, down the road many of the modest cuts going to the average Pennsylvanian will disappear and they will end up paying more than they are today.Among the tax deduction changes affect key breaks for middle-class families and seniors, which Governor Wolf opposes. These include:Ending the medical expense deduction will hurt over 300,000 Pennsylvanians, mostly seniors with high medical expenses.Eliminating the student loan interest deduction used by over 650,000 Pennsylvanians, which will make it costlier and add an additional barrier to higher education for current and future students.Eliminating the educator expense deduction means 150,000 of the commonwealth’s teachers will not be able to deduct classroom supplies they purchase out of their own pocket.Families adopting a child will no longer have the adoption tax credit available to them.Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Dear Congressman Meehan:As the House Ways and Means Committee considers H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this week, I write to you to share my concerns over this bill’s misplaced priorities.Tax reform is an opportunity to demonstrate our values, helping our constituents that need it the most. Instead of prioritizing the middle class, the bill drafted by House Republicans behind closed doors and without a single hearing or chance for public input, caters to the wealthy and large corporations. Small businesses and working-class homeowners are largely forgotten.The tax credits and deductions that are eliminated in this bill are ones that are overwhelmingly used by middle class Pennsylvanians. The student loan interest deduction is used by over 650,000 Pennsylvanians. Eliminating this deduction will make it costlier and add an additional barrier to higher education for current and future students. Eliminating the educator expense deduction means 150,000 of the commonwealth’s teachers will not be able to deduct classroom supplies they purchase out of their own pocket. Families adopting a child will no longer have the adoption tax credit available to them. Ending the medical expense deduction will hurt over 300,000 Pennsylvanians, mostly seniors with high medical expenses.According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, nearly half of the tax cuts contained in the bill go to the top 1% of households. Worse yet, down the road many of the modest cuts going to the average Pennsylvanian will disappear and they will end up paying more than they are today.This bill is not what middle class Pennsylvanians need. I do not believe your constituents elected you to represent the interests of the wealthiest 1% at the expense of hard-working Pennsylvania families.I urge you to vote no on this bill and instead work on an open and bipartisan tax reform plan that will benefit the Pennsylvanians that need it the most. Thank you for your consideration.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernor11.8.17 Governor Wolf’s Letter on H.R. 1 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Governor Wolf Urges Meehan and Kelly to Vote No on Disastrous GOP Tax Plancenter_img November 09, 2017last_img read more

Townsville’s richest suburb

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first_imgSally Elliott at a home for sale in Yarrawonga Drive, Castle Hill. Picture: Evan MorganCASTLE Hill’s stunning views, luxury homes and multimillion-dollar property deals have  long  cemented it as  Townsville’s most  exclusive suburb.But Australia Bureau of Statistics data show it is also one of Queensland’s most advantaged suburbs, ranked fifth in the state, with a weekly median household income of $2954.The ABS’s Social Economic Index for Areas ranks areas according to socio-economic advantage and disadvantage based on 2016 Census data.Castle Hill’s proximity to exclusive private schools, The Strand and CBD, combined with ocean views, has proved a lure for Townsville’s upper echelon dating back to the 1970s.Smith and Elliott principal Sally Elliott said Castle Hill offered the ultimate North Queensland lifestyle.“It’s what living in the topics is all about and Castle Hill offers so many different views,” she said.“You have proximity to Townsville Grammar School, you’re close to The Strand and the city.“A lot of Townsville’s early business community invested in Castle Hill from the 1970s onwards and a lot of people who live there now are either original owners or have upgraded from the bottom of Castle Hill to the top.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Castle Hill has really been driven by the older doctor, dentists and local business people investing there.”Ms Elliott said she had sold multiple homes for well over $1 million in the suburb during her career and now lists 37 Yarrawonga Drv for sale which is expected to fetch a premium price.Castle Hill’s median house sale price in 2017 was $952,500, a stark contrast to the Townsville-wide median of $337,5000.The median rent is $650 during 2017 compared to the Townsville median of $315. According to Core Logic the median age of residents living in Castle Hill is 45 and while weekly median household income is high at $2954 per week, mortgage repayments are also high at $3000 per month.Regional economist Colin Dwyer said due to Castle Hill’s small population the data was concentrated on a small affluent area when compared to larger suburbs like Kirwan.“It is quite a high income location and it’s an area that is concentrated with 389 buildings,” he said.“Castle Hill has fantastic views over the Coral Sea and out to the islands and that view really attracts people.“It’s also close to work with the CBD close by and it’s close to entertainment facilities, it’s near The Strand and it will also be close to the new stadium.”last_img read more