Antarctic ice is at an all-time low this month since the satellite record started in 1979.On March 1, when the ice was last measured there were only 817,800 square miles of ice compared to the former lowest record of 884,200 square miles.Antarctica is just coming off its summer months, January and February, where temperatures can exceed 50º F . In the past, the South Pole’s ice levels have been more stable, unlike the degrading sea ice of the North Pole. Antarctica experienced minimal ice growth this past fall and winter, and that has contributed to the lack of ice coverage. This reduction of ice could have big impacts on global weather patterns and escalate the already warming global temperatures. Scientists believe there to be a correlation between global warming and the falling levels of sea ice in both poles.Read more here.
A family fun day has been planned around the House for Life auction of 19 Laurel Drive, Helensvale with up to 800 people expected from 10am with the auction kicking off at noon. Construction workers who volunteered to build the double storey Plantation Home on land donated by Villawood Properties. Pictured are Trades and Suppliers Oliver Brett, Taylor Clarke, Brad Box, Steve Comley and Aaron Weston. Picture: Glenn Hampson.And in a charity auction first, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 19 Laurel Drive, Helensvale, will be open to interstate buyers.“At the last charity house, they had no preregistered bidders and then a buyer turned up on the day and bought it (for $692,500 in 2017),” Mr Clarke said.“This one is their biggest house yet, and has had the most interest.” FOLLOW DEBRA BELA ON TWITTER The House for Life Plantation home at 19 Laurel Drive, Helensvale that will be auctioned for charity on Sunday.CELEBRITY auctioneer Damien Cooley is flying to Queensland this weekend to lead the charity auction of the year.Hundreds of thousands of dollars will be donated to Mater Little Miracles on Sunday when all proceeds from the auction of this Helensvale Plantation Home are given to the charity. Prepare now for fires, storms The alfresco, sun deck and resort swimming pool at 19 Laurel Drive, Helensvale.The auction already has seven pre-registered bidders with more expected on the day.All money raised will go to supporting the 250 researchers who are looking for better treatments for the 2000 sick and premature babies being cared for by Mater Mothers’ Hospitals around the clock. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Sydney auctioneer Damien Cooley is donating his time to auction the Helensvale property. Picture: David Swift.“I’ve been really honoured to be part of this event,” LJ Hooker agent Brad Clarke said. “It’s for a fantastic charity and going to sick kids.”Response to the no reserve auction campaign has been huge with 250 groups going through the house in six weeks.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoAn ensuite for each bedroom is a popular feature at 19 Laurel Drive, Helensvale.“Generally we’d get 20-30 through a sales auction campaign,” he said.The House for Life charity auction is a partnership between the Mater Foundation and Plantation Homes that began 10 years ago and has raised over $3 million with six houses auctioned so far.Everyone involved in the build, promotion and sale of the homes donate their time and materials, including land partner Villawood Properties. Why the trend towards ‘spools’ is heating up
It only took two-and-a-half minutes of brilliance for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (9-4-2, 3-1-1 Big Ten) to score a pair of second-half goals in its 2-0 defeat over Penn State (4-8-2, 2-2-0) Sunday. With a goal by freshman Scott Lorenz in the 61st minute and a second strike by sophomore Victor Diaz in the 63rd, the Badgers moved one conference victory closer to claiming the 2006 Big Ten title.After the match, Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman attributed the win to hard work, good ball movement and strong field vision.”When we’re moving the ball and moving off of the ball and seeing things quickly and playing quickly — there are a lot of good things that can happen with our team,” Rohrman said. “I thought [Sunday] we did a good job of that. I think it was obviously a tremendous win, and I was really pleased with the effort and the performance today.”After a scoreless first half, the Nittany Lions produced some dangerous opportunities in the first 15 minutes of the second half — including a chance from six yards out that was bounced off the crossbar. However, it was the Badgers who got on the scoreboard first, following some tactical passing that would make the Dutch national team jealous.In the 61st minute, sophomore Zack Lambo sent a through ball in the direction of Diaz near the center of the field. Rather than play the ball, Diaz ducked and allowed the ball to go through — right into the run of freshman Andy Miller. Miller carried the ball into the 18-yard-box and surgically split a pair of Penn State defenders with a pinpoint pass to a wide-open Lorenz. With the ball near the penalty spot, Lorenz took a touch and then slotted it into the lower right corner of the net to give Wisconsin the all-important lead.In his first career start as a Badger, Lorenz definitely made his match memorable with the game-winning goal in such a crucial conference showdown. After the match, Lorenz expressed his excitement with the opportunity and his overall performance.”[Coach] told me yesterday that I would be starting, so I was pretty excited all of yesterday and then this morning,” Lorenz said. “I just wanted to come out and play my game — not really do anything different, just try not to do too much. Luckily, I got a gift-wrapped goal. I had plenty of time and was able to take a touch on it. … It just felt really good to get [that goal].”Just two minutes after Lorenz’s memorable strike, Diaz continued his cheeky play with a goal of his own. After receiving a pass from senior defender Aaron Hohlbein, Diaz juked his way past three defenders before slipping it past a desperate Nittany Lion goalkeeper. Although the keeper got a hand on the shot, it wasn’t enough to stop it from rolling into the back of the net for Diaz’s team-leading fourth goal of the season.In the defensive third, for the sixth time in the past seven matches, the Badger defense produced yet another shutout. Rohrman praised senior goalkeeper Jake Settle and his back line for the accomplishment. “I thought [the defense] was very good,” Rohrman said. “Positionally, we were smart. We were in the right places at the right times, and we were very alert and aware of where we needed to be. We also had a good understanding of when to play out and when not to play out. I thought the coordination between Jake [Settle] and our backs was very good in terms of dealing with some of the longer balls that [Penn State] was playing.”After Sunday’s important victory, the Badgers are now only one conference victory away from bagging the 2006 Big Ten hardware. The only team standing in their way is No. 9 Indiana (10-3-2, 3-0-1). Although Wisconsin must first handle Northern Illinois and UW-Green Bay before traveling to the Hoosier State, Rohrman and his club certainly have the Big Ten title on their minds. “We’re going to Indiana with a chance to win it,” Rohrman announced emphatically. “We posed that to our boys before the [Penn State] game, and certainly they responded.”
The battle for a top 4 spot takes centre stage in the Premier League this afternoon.Liverpool know three wins from their last three games guarantees them Champions League football, and the first of those is against Southampton at Anfield this afternoon.The Saints were 1-nil winners when the sides last met in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup back in January. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp knows their rivals will be ready to capitalise if they slip up.Kick off is at 1.30.Then at 4pm it’s a must win game for both Arsenal and Manchester United if they’re to keep their top 4 hopes alive.They meet at the Emirates in a game which could see United boss Jose Mourinho field a weakened side ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg with Celta Vigo on Thursday.Arsenal are 9 points adrift of the Champions League spots but with 2 games in hand, so anything less than a win would likely see them miss out on the top 4 for the first time in 21 years.