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first_imgThey weren’t quite Willy Wonka’s golden tickets, but when some Harvard Business School (HBS) alumni opened their mailboxes last fall, they found invitations to participate in a new research project with Professor Clayton Christensen, a top management theorist and influential thinker who coined the term “disruptive innovation.” Little did the recipients know that they might end up blazing a bold, new path to the future of academic scholarship.Looking to use the convening power of HBS to engage some of the more than 4,000 graduates of his course “Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise,” Christensen put together a project that would build on his new theory about the flawed way that companies make investment decisions, an idea he first explored in a 2012 piece in The New York Times. He also wanted to see if crowdsourcing could accelerate the development and refinement of academic theory, said Derek van Bever, a senior lecturer of business administration who co-teaches the course with Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at HBS.At the same time, the Digital Initiative, one of seven new cross-disciplinary efforts across HBS that reconsiders and aids innovation and disruption in business, wanted to test the local utility of crowdsourcing, a tool now used by everyone from Harvard and NASA to General Electric to solve mostly scientific research and design problems in competitive forums.“What we know about innovation is that innovation doesn’t come primarily from inside a particular domain. It comes from people who cross domains and who come from the edge, because they see things differently,” said Colin Maclay, director of the Digital Initiative, of using motivated and informed non-experts to take on a grand challenge.Initially, it wasn’t clear to anyone whether crowdsourcing could yield useful results in an “edge” research context.“We knew that we could carry on a good conversation with them. We just didn’t know how interested they would be and how much they would be able to contribute,” said van Bever. “And on both of those scores, we were very pleasantly surprised.”The experiment was a huge success on all fronts. “We did this as a pilot, and part of our intention in piloting this was to demonstrate the power of this approach for other faculty at HBS and beyond. And we really believe that, going forward, taking advantage of this capability is not only possible, it’s really revolutionary in terms of the speed with which we’re able to work … But also with an alumni base as rich in experience and diversity of perspectives as ours is, you’d be crazy not to tap that if you could,” he said.“Clay has said very recently that he never wants to go back to the old method.”The Digital Initiative is busy assembling a slate of new crowdsourcing challenges for the coming academic year. One will examine how to improve the quality of health care, or reduce its cost, on a large scale, and will involve alumni from HBS and Harvard Medical School, and likely others.“The health care challenge will be the first of a series of challenges designed to leverage the greater Harvard community to collaboratively impact our most-pressing social issues,” said Matt Tucker, community engagement manager for the Digital Initiative and leader of the Open Forum platform.Using OpenIDEO, a collaborative online platform founded by HBS alumnus Tom Hulme, about 500 of the 1,700 alumni who signed up actively participated in the project, which took place between November and April. First, they helped diagnose some of the issues Christensen and van Bever raised, and then they offered their perspectives in an open format. Later, they proffered ideas and solutions to those problems before group members critiqued sections of the draft article before it was submitted to the publisher.Taking an open approach was deliberate, favoring “not putting ideas just into a suggestion box where they would be … only viewable to the people who review those ideas, but putting them out in the open, so that, one, everyone can see them, and two, people can comment on them, elaborate on them further, and help to develop them,” said Maclay, “to take what might be a kernel of an idea into something that’s much more powerful.”The resulting piece, “The Capitalist’s Dilemma,” published in the June issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR), is the first formally crowdsourced article in HBR’s history. In it, Christensen and van Bever consider whether slow economic growth in the United States is triggered by corporate reluctance to invest in long-range innovations. Finding that it is, the research concludes that investors and executives rely on faulty metrics and notions about capital as a scarcity best squirreled away, a misguided view that clouds their ability to assess accurately potential job- and market-creating investments.Van Bever says crowdsourcing offers a vital benefit for faculty, subverting the often-glacial pace of publishing academic research. The publishing process involves submitting a draft article to a publisher, which then gives copies to reviewers it selects, and who are unknown to the author. Those reviewers send their comments back to the publisher, which forwards them to the author for consideration and revisions. All those handoffs can add years to the publishing process and leave research lagging behind the real-world speed of business.“It not only compressed the cycle time in a really powerful way, but it also gave us a great deal of confidence that what we had put forth was in fact going to be of practical use to the readers of HBR,” he said.Crowdsourcing also revealed some surprising insights about M.B.A. graduates and even some possible tweaks for the M.B.A. curriculum around the way students think about finance and strategy. “We learned a lot from the alumni about how turned off they are to the idea of joining a large corporation and then kind of biding their time in lockstep as they progress through the ranks,” said van Bever. “I think that’s a real wake-up call to a number of large companies. If they’re worried about how they’re faring in the war for talent, that kind of message should be one they should be pay attention to.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Academic Council approved the College of Science’s proposal to create the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (DACMS) in its meeting Thursday. The new department will begin its programs for undergraduate and graduate students in the Fall 2010 semester, according to Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science.Crawford said the new department will work closely with the existing Department of Mathematics and with other departments across campus.“Statistics is so important in all disciplines,” he said.The new department was created in part to enhance the emphasis on statistics at the University, Crawford said.“We were trying to figure out how to get more statistics at Notre Dame,” he said. “If you look at [the U.S. News and World Report rankings of universities for undergraduate education], 15 of the top 20 schools have at least one statistics department. We had to do something.”Although the new department will be the first to concentrate entirely on applied mathematics and statistics at the University, it will not bring an entirely new field of study to Notre Dame.“Applied mathematicians at Notre Dame already do a lot of statistics and computational modeling,” Crawford said. “By creating a statistics department, we’re expanding on the applied mathematics and computation already going on.”Creating DACMS will not significantly affect the existing Department of Mathematics, Crawford said.“Both departments will be very well resourced,” he said.According to Crawford, the new department will have an interdisciplinary research and teaching focus.“Since statistics is so important in all disciplines, as the department starts to grow, the new department will cooperate with other departments,” he said.He cited offering statistics courses that are geared to social science, engineering and biology majors as areas in which the new department will affect undergraduates in other disciplines.Crawford said he expects DACMS to remain a relatively small department but said it will have a high number of faculty members who have joint or concurrent appointments in other departments.The planned size of the new department is consistent with statistics departments at other universities, Crawford said.“[Statistics departments] tend to be very collaborative and do more interdisciplinary work,” he said. “[DACMS] will work with other departments and colleges to hire jointly with them.”Graduate students in the new department will have a unique role that is consistent will the department’s interdisciplinary mission. Instead of only serving as teaching assistants, graduate students will also serve as collaborative assistants (CAs).CAs will be available to assist faculty members and graduate students from other departments and colleges with the statistical elements of their research.“This will stimulate the cross-disciplinary research that’s going on at Notre Dame,” Crawford said. “It’s very exciting for [the College of] Science to offer this to the other colleges on campus.”The new department will sponsor its own major in applied and computational mathematics and statistics. Students who graduate with an undergraduate degree from DACMS will have graduate school options in diverse fields, including economics, sociology, psychology, engineering and science, Crawford said.Alumni of the program will also have options in the private sector.“It’s a very applied degree, so industry is looking for applied mathematicians and statisticians, as are hospitals,” Crawford said. “Most companies are looking for people with computational savvy.”Crawford said creating the new department does not affect the College of Science’s commitment to the Department of Mathematics.“The investment is going into the new department and the existing mathematics department,” he said. “It’s very important that both departments grow together.“We have an excellent mathematics department here.”last_img read more

first_imgThe drought that has gripped Georgia since May 1998 is expected to continue and will likely worsen during the spring and summer.Early winter rains gave hope that Georgia’s long drought would recede. However, an extremely dry late December through late February has caused drought conditions to intensify statewide.As of February 20, all locations in Georgia are reporting rainfall deficits for the year. Athens is 3.49 inches below normal, Atlanta 3.78, Augusta 3.78, Columbus 5.46, Macon 4.95, Savannah 3.93 and Tifton 6.18.These deficits are on top of the 10 to 15 inches below normal values for 2000. Since May 1998, much of the state is more than 30 inches below normal.Soil Moisture LowSoil moisture models from the National Climate Prediction Center (CPC) indicate that soil moisture is very low across the entire state. It’s extremely low in the piedmont and the northeast mountain counties.Streams are at record or near-record low flows for late February. Without substantial rainfall, streamflow conditions won’t improve. Groundwater levels also remain at record or near-record low levels for February.The Georgia Forestry Commission reports that in January 2001 there were 1,297 wildfires, which is 102 percent above normal. These fires affected 4,743 acres, 134 percent above normal.Prospects Not GoodProspects for widespread, long-term drought relief are not good. Conditions will probably worsen during the spring and summer. CPC’s drought outlook for Georgia is for the drought to continue at least through May.Based on past climate, March is Georgia’s last best chance for relief. With the extremely low deep-soil moisture and groundwater levels, March is too short for major recharge. However, normal rainfall in March will help topsoil moisture and reservoir levels.In March, soil moisture normally increases with bountiful spring rains and minimal soil moisture loss from evaporation and plant water use.Spring Rains Badly NeededBy April, soil moisture loss is normally balanced by rainfall. Starting in May, the soil moisture loss from evaporation and plant water use is usually greater than the rainfall. Thus by May, with normal weather, the state’s soils will begin to become dryer.If the soils are dry on April 1, with normal weather, drought conditions will continue and worsen through the spring and summer.The March-through-May climate outlook from CPC is for an increased likelihood of below-normal rainfall statewide except in the extreme northern mountain counties.Across the extreme north, the outlook is for equal chances of below-normal, near-normal, and above-normal rainfall. CPC’s temperature outlook for March through May is for equal chances of below-normal, near-normal, and above-normal temperatures.Hotter-than-normal SummerThe June-through-August climate outlook from CPC is for an increased likelihood of above-normal temperatures statewide. Above-normal temperatures will increase soil moisture loss through increased evaporation and increased plant water use. CPC’s rainfall outlook is for equal chances of below-normal, near-normal and above-normal rainfall across the entire state.Even with normal rainfall during the summer, Georgia’s soils become drier. With the soils already dry, normal weather will just compound the problem. All of this indicates that the drought will continue and likely worsen through the summer. U.S. Drought Monitorlast_img read more

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised Mar 6 to include a clarification about the frequency of mutations in influenza viruses. Mar 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry said today that H5N1 avian influenza virus samples it sent to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in the United States in February showed no signs of dangerous mutations, according to a Reuters report.On Feb 22, Nancy Cox, PhD, chief of the influenza division at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Indonesia’s health ministry shipped 15 clinical samples to the CDC lab, which is a WHO collaborating facility. She said the samples were from two patients whose infections were confirmed by the WHO on Feb 5 and 12.Lily Sulistyowati, spokeswoman for Indonesia’s health ministry, said the CDC has run tests on the samples, according to a report today from Reuters. “The result is it is still H5N1. It hasn’t mutated, meaning it is endemic among fowl and can be transferred from fowl to human,” Sulistyowati told Reuters.The story provided no further details on the test results. Since flu viruses evolve and mutate constantly, Sulistyowati apparently meant that the viral isolates showed no mutations that would enable them to spread more easily from person to person. Most human H5N1 cases have resulted from contact with poultry; person-to-person transmission of the virus has been rare.Indonesia has shared few H5N1 samples since announcing in December 2006 that it was withholding samples to protest what it perceived as an unfair virus sharing-system that allows pharmaceutical companies to use samples from developing countries to make vaccines that those countries can’t afford.Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, had said the country sent the recent samples to the WHO only for risk assessment and that the organization had to notify Indonesia if it wanted to make a seed virus from the samples, according to previous media reports. She also said Indonesia must retain the rights to its viruses in the event that a pharmaceutical company wanted to make a vaccine from the virus in the samples.It’s unclear if the recently shared samples signal that Indonesia has unilaterally ended its boycott of the international virus-sharing system. A WHO group that met to resolve the virus-sharing issue in November failed to draft an agreement between developing nations and the developed countries that are home to the world’s’ largest vaccine producers.Indonesia has been the nation hit hardest by the H5N1 virus. According to the WHO’s most recent count, the virus has infected 129 Indonesians, of whom 105 died.See also:Feb 22 CIDRAP News story “CDC expecting H5N1 samples from Indonesia”last_img read more

first_imgThe Supervisory Board of Plava Laguna dd has made a decision on the investment cycle for next year, the Company announced on the Zagreb Stock Exchange.Thus, in 2019, Plava Laguna will invest HRK 298,2 million. Among the biggest investments, the construction of the new administrative building of the Company in Poreč and the thorough arrangement of the camps Savudrija (Pineta) stand out.More intensive investment continues in the expansion and arrangement of existing capacities for accommodation of workers in Poreč and Umag in order to raise the quality of workers’ stay, and the program of arranging beaches which the Company manages on the basis of a concession.Plava Laguna invested HRK 487 million this yearThe biggest investment of the Blue Lagoon in Poreč in 2018 was the opening of a new hotel, Park Resort in Poreč. It is one of the largest investments of the Blue Lagoon in recent history, where the old Laguna Park was almost completely demolished and a new Park Resort was built. These are hotels, apartments and villas, worth more than 35 million euros, intended for families with childrenIn addition to the Park Resort, the investment cycle also included the construction of Garden Suites & Rooms Sol Umag and a thorough reconstruction, along with the construction of new, additional facilities in the Stella Maris Umag camp. Also, part of the investment relates to the reconstruction and arrangement of accommodation facilities for workers. 150 new double rooms are being built for them and about 60 mobile homes are being purchased: 90 rooms in Universal and 60 rooms in Kator in Umag, as well as 50 mobile homes in Stella Maris and 10 in Bijela uvala.Thus, in Umag, not far from the Sol Umag hotel, old bungalows were demolished and 11 new buildings with 54 accommodation units under the common name Garden Suites & Rooms Sol Umag sprang up in their place.Renovation of the Stella Maris camp includes new accommodation capacities, but also new facilities, such as 150 mobile homes and a large pool complex, and the pool area will cover a total of 829 square meters. In 630 accommodation units, guests will have at their disposal superior plots and mobile homes. Camp Stella Maris will also receive a new reception with a catering facility, and guests will have at their disposal a grill zone, a sports and recreational zone with a beach volleyball court and mini golf.The Blue Lagoon welcomed the new one in 2018 brand strategy and visual identity which announced a turnaround in business, after the final merger of the company Istraturist Umag dd, which is owned by Plava Laguna since December 2014.In accordance with the new umbrella brand, a completely new web tourist portal was recently published, which combines the offer of three destinations: Poreč, Umag and Rijeka, with numerous surprises for visitors to www.plavalaguna.comRELATED NEWS:BLUE LAGOON OPENED RESORT PARK IN POREČlast_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionExtremists on both sides hurt country History has proven that our country does better as a centrist nation.The extremists of each political party have turned us against each other, causing major problems. This was before President Trump ever came to power. Check it out with a reliable source, not just your favorite political site. Look at all sides of the political spectrum.How can we solve any of our country’s problems if we just dig in? Come on and let’s use some common sense. We have the greatest country in the world. Let’s not give in to the way of socialism, communism or any of the “isms.” Let’s solve our country’s problems together in a reasonable fashion.Carol Phillips GoldsteinNiskayunaSchenectady rolled out the red carpet44,000. That is how many people came to our downtown over the past two weeks to see Hamilton at Proctors. Not to mention the thousands who came for other events at Proctors or movies at Bow Tie or the thousands who came to Mohawk Harbor.Hamilton made them happy. So did organized parking done by LAZ; welcoming knowledgeable ambassadors organized by our City Mission; fabulous food by our many restaurants and pubs, security and emergency response by our police and firefighters; clean and beautified streets managed by our city and our Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation; a beautifully lit Jay Street and buildings and bridges and all the development that Metroplex makes possible; and hundreds of people who tirelessly volunteer to usher, greet, feed, bartend and basically make Proctors work for its audience and its theatrical guests.Schenectady has become a visitor place, and based on the results of the past weeks, we do a fabulous job.Thank you to every person and every business that helped make us all look so good.Philip MorrisSchenectadyThe writer is CEO of Proctors.Order mental health tests for bicyclistsHere’s a very simple solution to the bicyclists problem, and I used it often as a police officer.It’s called Section 941 of the Mental Hygiene Law (MHL). If the bicyclists are riding in the middle of the road and coming within inches of cars presumptively traveling at 30 mph, this is indicative of someone who is suicidal or a danger to others.Take two or three of the ringleaders and bring them to Ellis for a 72-hour evaluation. The parents will have to respond to the hospital, pick the child up and pay all associated medical costs. The bicycles would be impounded at the police department and released when an evidence tech is available (and they are pretty busy officer, if you know what I mean).These teenagers who are not of arrestable age yet think they are untouchable. Nothing could be further from the truth. This would only take about an hour or so for the officers to process, and once you did it a few times, problem solved. You may even get to the bottom of what is troubling these poor young disadvantaged youth.Patrick T. Horan GuilderlandThe writer is a retired Schenectady Police Department officer and a retired SSGT, USAF.NRA, politicians put money above livesRegarding the mass shootings in the United States: The NRA pays off the politicians and gave Trump $30 million for his campaign so they can get more members. They do this because money is more important than lives. There are very few mass shootings in Canada, Ireland, London, Paris or Italy because there’s no NRA in those places.Concetta CannizzaroNiskayuna U.S. forfeits freedom in USMCA trade deal Will the Republic known as the United States of America survive, as we know it, if Congress approves the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (trade agreement) and make it the law of the land? If we Americans are to preserve our God-given rights and our national sovereignty, we must convince Congress to reject USMCA, which is a stepping-stone toward a European Union-style North American union. The USMCA is promoted as a free trade agreement. However, it is anything but free trade. Lowering of tariffs is merely a facade for a managed regional integration scheme, the objective of which is no less than a regional integration toward world government. Free trade presupposes the free flow of goods across borders without the intervention by government. However, international organizations and/or agreements such as USMCA, WTO and TPP, to name a few, do not seek to remove government from international trade, but rather empower unelected government bodies to administer regional and global rules and regulations to override the sovereign state. USMCA is a dangerous agreement as it further opens us up to international control, which we don’t want or need. Please contact your congressional representatives to voice your opposition to USMCA. George Van SchaickSchenectady  New Yorkers have had enough of wasteThe Aug. 16 editorial “Another Sign of Waste in NY” reveals that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered recently installed signs for the new “Tappan Zee/Gov. Mario Cuomo” bridge be removed and remade (again) because the former governor’s middle initial is missing. At what point do we, the taxpayers of New York state, say enough is enough? At what point do we hold the governor and legislators responsible for their fiduciary abuse and neglect?Since Cuomo became governor in 2011, New York has been No. 1 in highest overall individual tax burden, yet we suffer statewide crumbling infrastructure, crippling regulations, outlandish Albany corruption, tax rates that continue to soar and are further widened in subtle disguise as licensing, permit, fee, surcharge, service charge, etc.Since Gov. Andrew has been governor, New York state (including New York City) suffers the greatest exodus of tax-paying residents in our history — tax-paying residents and businesses who escape New York for other friendlier, more stable and less burdensome taxed states. According to the U.S. Census: The population of the United States is growing. However, New York is losing population at a greater rate than any other state in the union. In just one year, between  July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, New York lost 48,500 in population.The abuse New York taxpayers endure from Gov. Cuomo’s narcissistic and careless governing, coupled with the neglectful spending approved by our state legislators, is outrageous. The average New York taxpayer cannot continue like this, and our rapid loss of population proves it.  Don DeMarcoSchenectadyReimbursement caps have consequences Congress is wisely seeking to give patients a break by tackling the problem of unexpected medical bills.But as with anything in the medical field, the important question is about side effects. Proposals that cap rates on reimbursements can create more problems than they solve.Side effects may include doctor shortages, especially in rural communities, as we have seen in California after that state capped out of network rates. Further side effects may include a shrinking number of “in-network” options as insurance companies lower their costs and maximize their profits thanks to the leverage this system gives them over doctors and hospitals. As a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in couple’s therapy, trauma, grief and women’s issues, this is a matter that concerns me greatly — especially in the most unfortunate situations when a woman suffers abuse and needs immediate intervention and treatment.While such proposals might have good intentions about taking the surprise out of medical billing, they would also make it more difficult for patients to see a doctor or other health care provider. We should look to proven solutions instead of trying to treat a sickness with a cure worse than the disease.Dr. Mo Therese Hannah, PhD. LathamMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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first_imgAustralia’s Victoria state on Friday reported a record daily increase in COVID-19 cases while neighboring New South Wales said it was banning dancing, singing and mingling at weddings as authorities struggle to contain a new wave of infections.Victoria, which has forced nearly 5 million people in the country’s second most populous state into a partial lockdown for more than a week, said it has found 428 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.Such is the size of the Victoria outbreak, Australia posted its biggest one-day rise in new COVID-19 infections since late March even with several states still to report. No dancing, no minglingThe surge in COVID-19 cases in Victoria, however, has stirred concerns of a national second wave, prompting internal border closures and renewed social distancing restrictions in neighboring states.New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state, said it has found eight cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, mostly from community transmissions believed to have emanated from Victoria.In a bid to curtail the spread, NSW state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said new restrictions will be imposed from next week.Funerals and places of worship will be allowed no more than 100 people. Venues must also ensure they have 4 square meters of space per patron.Weddings in the state will be capped 150 people, Berejiklian said, and they must remain seated.”No dancing, no singing, no mingling,” Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.”Dan-made disaster”Less than a month ago, Australia was widely heralded as a global leader in combating COVID-19.But security lapses in Victoria led to people returning from overseas spreading the virus, prompting an inquiry into how the state went from the brink of eradicating the virus to soaring infection numbers.Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews is under mounting pressure, with one of Australia’s biggest selling tabloid newspapers running a front page with the headline: “Dan-made disaster.”The surge in COVID-19 cases dents any hope of a quick economic rebound in Australia.Damaged by national social distancing restrictions imposed in March, Australia is on course for its first recession in nearly three decades, while unemployment has hit a 22-year high, data showed on Thursday.Australia’s hopes to begin a “travel bubble” with neighboring New Zealand also appear to be delayed. Australia and New Zealand had hoped to open their borders to each other in September. Topics :center_img The findings stoked expectations Victoria will be forced to implement tougher restrictions on its residents, which in turn will damage Australia’s national economy.”We are in the fight of our lives,” Victoria state’s Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos told reporters in Melbourne.Australia has recorded just over 11,000 cases of COVID-19.The death toll rose to 116 after the death of three people in Victoria on Friday, still well below many other countries.last_img read more

first_img Comment More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Michael Owen predicts top-six for new Premier League season 1. Manchester City‘City will miss the presence around the dressing room of skipper Vincent Kompany this season, but they remain the team to beat although they picked up a meagre 98 points last season compared to their century in the previous campaign!‘Kevin de Bruyne missed long periods through injury last season and his return to full fitness allied to the acquisition of club record signing, Spanish holding midfielder, Rodri makes the City midfield better than ever.‘It is a big season for John Stones who has the opportunity to cement his place at the heart of the defence alongside Aymeric Laporte.‘That said I wouldn’t rule out Guardiola making a move between now and the end of the window for another central defender.’2. Liverpool‘Champions League winners Liverpool look set to again be the main challengers to City as they continue their search for a, hitherto, elusive PL title.‘The Reds played their part in a magnificent title race last season and they are sure to have their supporters as they bid to go one better, but I just favour City in what looks a virtual match between these two great sides.’3. Spurs‘Another side who have broken their transfer window this season with 22-year-old midfielder Tanguy Ndombele arriving in north London for £54m from Lyon.‘Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier struggled for form and fitness last season and the young Frenchman will bring pace and power to Mauricio Pochettino’s engine room.‘At the time of writing it does look as if both Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen will stay at the club this season although both players are out of contract next summer.’4. Chelsea‘Despite their current transfer embargo Chelsea can finish the campaign in the final Champions League spot under new boss Frank Lampard.‘The Blues do have new £64m signing American international Christian Pulisic in their squad but begin life without Eden Hazard.‘Lampard looks likely to give his young guns Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount the opportunity to show they are ready for the fight ahead and it will be interesting to see the Blues starting XI for their opening game at Old Trafford.’5. Manchester United‘United will be desperate to add at least a couple of new big-name signings to their squad between now and the end of the transfer window with Harry Maguire looking more and more likely to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United revolution by Thursday week.‘Romelu Lukaku is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, but the club will want to sign another striker if – as seems increasingly likely – the Belgian international gets his move to Italy.‘A season of consolidation at Old Trafford.’6. Arsenal‘Arsenal don’t appear to have addressed their central defensive problems although they completed a club-record signing of £72m for Lille winger Nicholas Pepe and also look likely to bring in left back Kieran Tierney from Celtic.‘The Gunners will remain a match for anyone at the Emirates, and I’m looking forward to seeing Spanish Under 21 international Dani Ceballos, but they are likely to continue to struggle on the road.’ Michael Owen predicts relegated trio 18. Bournemouth‘This is Bournemouth’s fifth successive season in the PL, but I feel they may struggle this term and I feel it will be a long hard winter for the Cherries who finished 14th last term.‘Eddie Howe bought midfielder Phillip Billing from Huddersfield for £15m earlier in the week and has added a couple of young full backs to his squad, but it might not be enough for the club to maintain their elite status this season.19. Sheffield United‘This will be Sheffield United’s fourth PL season and I feel they will give it a real go in the top-flight this term. Chris Wilder has made several new signings this summer with the return of keeper Dean Henderson on loan from Manchester United the pick.‘Bramall Lane is sure to be rocking on Matchdays, but I just feel they will struggle to score enough goals to survive in the Premier League.’20. Norwich City‘Daniel Farke has largely placed his faith in the Canaries’ side who won last season’s Championship, but there is a huge gulf in class between the two leagues and I feel Norwich’s Premier League stay will be fleeting.‘The Canaries will get the new season up and running at Anfield on Friday week in what promises to be a baptism of fire for the German although his side did put five past Luton Town in an impressive preseason win at Kenilworth Road recently. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Aug 2019 10:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Michael Owen has predicted how the new Premier League season will finish (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen has predicted where the big-six will finish in the Premier League next season – and is backing Manchester City to win a third successive title.Pep Guardiola’s City edged out Liverpool by two points to win the Premier League again last season and will go for a hat-trick of titles when the new campaign begins on August 9.Chelsea finished third last term under former manager Maurizio Sarri, with Tottenham claiming the final Champions League position in fourth.Arsenal narrowly missed out on a top-four spot to finish fifth, while Manchester United dropped to sixth during a dismal campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFormer England striker Owen expects the Premier League to play out in a similar fashion this season and has predicted the final table for BetVictor. 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first_imgThe home was a historic Queenslander.Associate professor at University of Queensland Antony Moulis said creative solutions would be needed as more people move to the inner-city.“We call it an infill development, it is about finding these spaces in the city where elements can be added in discreet ways,” Mr Moulis said.It was built to the side of a corner block home in Brisbane’s West End on an interwar period house that is protected by a character overlay.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago The single room design can be used in a variety of different ways.The ‘One room’ design is an open layout so that people can find many different uses for the space to suit their needs.“It could be a studio, it could be a recreational space, it could be a home office,” he said. University of Queensland one room towerThe One Room Tower was built last year and since its construction it has been used to inspire builders and architects on the possibilities in the inner city.(Photos courtesy of Christopher-Frederick-Jones) Infill developments could help us better use our booming inner-city suburbs.While there are protections on the development on many historic inner city homes in Australia’s capital cities, many historic Queenslander homes have been raised up to increase space.While this might be allowed even under restrictive protections and character overlays, he said it changed the look of historic homes.“What the raising of the house does is it tends to drastically change the form of the house and create a full two storey home,” he said.“It is not necessarily keeping the character of the Queenslander house.”The infill developments could be used as a way to increase the space on a property, while still keeping historic homes in their original form. FUTURE LIVING: A single room home could be a blueprint for how we live in our popular suburbs in the future.AN AWARD winning house in Brisbane could be the answer to increasing density in our inner-city suburbs without destroying character. The One Room Tower is a creative extension built next to a character home in Brisbane’s West End. The clever design and creative use of the small amount of space resulted in the team behind it winning the 2018 Brisbane House of the Year at the Australia Institute of Architects’ 2018 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards. The design and construction was the work of researchers and alumni from UQ Architecture and Phorm architecture+design.last_img read more