Jane Knodell appointed UVM provost and senior vice president

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,The University of Vermont Board of Trustees today approved President Daniel Mark Fogel’s appointment of Jane E Knodell as provost and senior vice president.”I couldn’t be happier that Dr. Knodell has accepted the position of Provost and Senior Vice President,” noted UVM President Daniel Mark Fogel. “During her time in the interim role, she has shown the leadership skills, creativity, and high level of energy necessary to succeed in this challenging job, while proving to be an exceptional colleague and team member. I am grateful to have Jane as a partner in addressing the many challenges ahead, and the University is fortunate to have such a talented individual leading our academic enterprise.”Knodell, who had been serving in that capacity since July of 2009 on an interim basis, emerged as one of two finalists last month from an internal search process that took place during the fall semester.In accepting the position, Professor Knodell said, “I am grateful for and humbled by this appointment, and deeply appreciate the trust and confidence that Dan Fogel and the Board of Trustees have placed in me. There is much our community must accomplish together to continue on the very successful course the University of Vermont has charted, and I am both eager and excited to get on with the important tasks before us. UVM is an extraordinary place, and I plan to do everything I can to make it even better.”Knodell sees both challenges and opportunities ahead: “American higher education is in the midst of a transformation. We have entered an era of increasing competition and declining public and private resources. It is essential that the university achieve greater distinction and deepen its reputation for academic quality if we are to secure a strong and sustainable place in the future of higher education,” Knodell said.She continued, “It is true that our work as educators, scholars, creative artists, and researchers has unquestionable value in and of itself. It is also true that our long-term viability as an institution requires us to respond to change in prudent but timely ways; to adapt to new educational technologies, markets and demands; and to build our profile in national and international arenas.”Knodell has been a member of the UVM faculty since 1986, and has served the university in a variety of administrative roles. Knodell earned her bachelor’s degree with honors and distinction in 1976 from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in Economics, also from Stanford, in 1984. “I am particularly pleased,” Fogel said, “that Jane Knodell brings to her work as the university’s chief academic officer a record as an accomplished teacher and scholar,” adding that Knodell is a leading expert on central banking in the early United States whose work continues to be published in the top financial and economic history journals, including the Financial History Review (2010) and The Journal of Economic History (2006).Knodell is an active member of the Burlington community. She served on the City Council from 1993-1997, and again from 1999-2009. She was elected President of the City Council in 1999 and 2000.Source: UVM. 12.13.2010###last_img read more

American Rivers Announces America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014

first_imgAmerican Rivers today announced its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers — naming California’s San Joaquin River the Most Endangered River in the country. Four million people live in the San Joaquin watershed. Outdated water management and excessive diversions, compounded by the current drought, have put the San Joaquin River at a breaking point.American Rivers is calling on the California State Water Resources Control Board to increase flows in the river to protect water quality, fish, and recreation, and support sustainable agriculture. American Rivers is also urging Congress to preserve agreements and laws designed to protect the San Joaquin River and the jobs and communities it supports.“The San Joaquin River is ground zero for water supply challenges, but it is also fertile ground for new and innovative water supply solutions,” said Bob Irvin, President, American Rivers. “We want a future with a healthy river and sustainable agriculture. This listing is a call to action for all of us to come together around solutions to protect and restore reliable and predictable clean water supplies and a healthy river for future generations.”The river and its tributaries support some of the most productive and profitable agriculture in the world, irrigating more than two million acres of arid land. However, the river is so heavily exploited that it runs dry in certain stretches. The current drought is placing additional stress on the river and revealing the inadequacies of status quo water management for both people and the environment.“On the San Joaquin and across the nation, communities can increase their ability to deal with drought now and in the future by protecting and restoring rivers and using water more efficiently,” said Irvin. “By prioritizing healthy rivers and sustainable water management, we can enjoy reliable clean water supplies, healthy fish and wildlife, recreation, and quality of life for generations to come.”For the second year in a row, the America’s Most Endangered Rivers report underscores the problems that arise for communities and the environment when we drain too much water out of rivers. Last year the Colorado River was #1 on the list because of outdated water management. The Colorado River Basin remains in the spotlight this year, with water diversion threats placing the Gila River and the rivers of the Upper Colorado Basin on the Most Endangered list.The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Over the years, the report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams, the protection of rivers with Wild and Scenic designations, and the prevention of harmful development and pollution.America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2014:#1 San Joaquin RiverCaliforniaThreat: Outdated water management and excessive diversionsAt Risk: River health and resilient communitiesissue - Dry San Joaquin River, CA - credit Christopher Beaver, Tales of the San Joaquin#2 Upper Colorado River SystemColoradoThreat: New trans-mountain water diversionsAt Risk: River health and recreation#3 Middle Mississippi RiverMissouri, Illinois, KentuckyThreat: Outdated flood managementAt Risk: Wildlife habitat and public safety#4 Gila RiverNew MexicoThreat: New water diversionsAt Risk: River health, fish & wildlife, recreation, and tourism#5 San Francisquito CreekCaliforniaThreat: DamAt Risk: Fish and wildlife habitat and public safety#6 South Fork Edisto RiverSouth CarolinaThreat: Excessive water withdrawalsAt Risk: Fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and water quality#7 White RiverColoradoThreat: Oil and gas drillingAt Risk: Drinking water supplies and fish and wildlife habitat#8 White RiverWashingtonThreat: Outdated dam and fish passage facilitiesAt Risk: Salmon, steelhead, and bull trout populations#9 Haw RiverNorth CarolinaThreat: Polluted runoffAt Risk: Clean water#10 Clearwater/Lochsa RiversIdahoThreat: Industrialization of a Wild and Scenic River corridorAt risk: Scenery, solitude, world-class recreational valueslast_img read more

Criminals Exploit Cyberspace

first_img 1996 After seizing the Japanese Embassy in Lima, the Peruvian terrorist group Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement creates a website to publicize its actions. 1997 Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, a separatist militant organization, use stolen Sheffield University faculty members’ computer IDs and passwords to solicit donations. 1998 Researchers looking for online terrorism sites discover al-Qaida’s website, www.alneda.com. 1999 Nearly all U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations have an Internet presence. 2000 The U.K. passes the Terrorism Act of 2000, on July 20, which makes it illegal in the U.K. to collect, make or possess information likely to be used in terrorism. 2001 The 9/11 attackers use the Internet to research flight schools and flights to coordinate their actions. In October 2001, then President George W. Bush signs the USA Patriot Act, which prohibits “material support” for terrorists. 2003 Abdul Aziz al-Muqrin, leader of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia, pioneers several digital magazines, including Sawt al-Jihad (The Voice of Jihad). 2004 Video of the decapitation of kidnapped U.S. executive Nicholas Berg is released on a Malaysian website. The autobiography of Imam Samudra, mastermind of the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed more than 200 people, promotes online credit card fraud to raise funds. 2005 YouTube quickly becomes a repository for jihadist video content and commentary. More than 4,000 websites connected to terrorist groups are on the Internet. 2006 President Bush reauthorizes the Patriot Act; U.K. passes the Terrorism Act of 2006, outlawing encouragement or glorification of terrorism; civil libertarians raise concerns about free speech. 2007 The European police agency Europol begins “Check the Web” program, in which member states share in monitoring and evaluating terrorists’ websites. 2008 A German court finds Iraqi Kurdish immigrant Ibrahim Rashid guilty of waging a “virtual jihad” for attempting to recruit individuals online to join al-Qaida. 2009 Canadian resident Saïd Namouh is convicted on October 1 of planning terrorist acts and distributing jihadist propaganda via the Internet. Researchers are tracking more than 7,000 websites connected to terrorist groups and their supporters. 2010 Philippine police use Facebook to track down Mark Dizon, the suspect of nine gruesome murders. Sources: Agence France-Presse, CQ Researcher By Dialogo April 01, 2012 @_net_news KiYu Assalaamualaikum, No matter what precautions, the Kuffar take… inshaAllah Mujahideen will always outsmart them… http://bit.ly/nl2JHi @_net_news KiYu Al-Ansar Media: Presents: “Harvest of the Mujahideen” Magazine Issue #58: *بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم مؤسسة الأن… http://bit.ly/nbs2VB Tweets from the media arm of the Ansar al-Mujahideen terrorist group show the dissemination of propaganda through the microblogging site, Twitter. Similarly, the Taliban’s Facebook page, self-titled the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, appears like a legitimate source of information. It presents itself in a professional format mimicking global news media entities, but it carries a violent agenda. Now more than ever criminal and terrorist organizations are turning to cyberspace to expand, support and refine their illegal and often violent undertakings. Propaganda, scare tactics and even the targeting of news bloggers and security officials by criminal organizations in Latin America and across the globe are on the rise. In November 2011, a fourth blogger victim was found decapitated and mutilated in Tamaulipas, Mexico. His body was found with a note from the Los Zetas criminal organization that claimed the killing was on account of the victim’s use of social media to narrate their activities. Propaganda Vehicle center_img Social media provides a vehicle for narcotraffickers and terrorists alike to promote their ideologies and boast about illegal activities. Terrorists use social media tools to infuse fear via YouTube videos of decapitations, and to radicalize and recruit youth from miles apart, based on reports from the United Nation’s Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF). The number of terrorist websites in the last dozen years has grown from 12 to more than 7,000, according to Gabriel Weimann, a professor of communication at Haifa University in Israel and a terrorism researcher, in CQ Researcher, a journal focused on politics and government. Meanwhile, Mexican cartels glorify their violent lifestyle on social networking sites like Facebook. “The Internet has turned into a toy for Mexican organized crime,” Victor Clark, a Tijuana-based drug expert told The Washington Post. “It’s a toy: a toy to have fun with; a toy to scare people.” Narcocorridos, ballads that glorify the narcotraffickers, now prohibited by law from airing on the radio, have found resurgence on the Internet according to the Radio Netherlands Worldwide website. Applications such as “Qué narco eres” (What kind of narcotrafficker are you?) are used by over 10,000 people, reported the Mexican newspaper El Universal. Mexican cartels also intimidate rivals and the local population by posting threatening messages on social networking sites. Information Tool Terrorist and criminal groups use the Internet as an open source information tool. It assists them in identifying potential targets and gathering the information needed to carry out violent acts, such as building schematics, photographs and even satellite imagery, according to CTITF. Evidence from the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, indicates that terrorists used Google Earth and Google Maps to plan their assault. Terrorists also exploit social networking sites to uncover the names and addresses of individuals affiliated with a target, such as hotel or embassy staff, as well as data on their family connections and their networks, according to the U.N. CTITF May 2011 report. Similarly, Mexican cartels use social media sites like Facebook to track targets such as politicians or security forces and their families. Criminals can use the data they collect from social media in various ways. They can compile the information of potential victims – income, lifestyle, vacation times, and house schedules, among other things. Once the information is obtained, then they can commit crimes like robberies or kidnappings. “If the identity of a government dignitary or military personnel is compromised, there is a risk in compromising governmental information,” said Miguel Alcaine, head of the Honduras area office for the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in an interview with Diálogo. Even common criminals seize opportunities to commit fraud and identity theft using information from social networking sites. Adolescents and young people are particularly at risk, according to the ITU. “Criminals can hack into social media or gather the information from what users supply,” said Alcaine. “They [young people] tend to be more naïve in terms of sharing information, thinking that only trustworthy people would access it or that the information has no value to criminals.” Given the type of use and time adolescents and young people dedicate to social media, they are more vulnerable, but people of all ages are exposed to these risks. Criminals also use the information they gather about their victims’ lifestyle to commit online fraud more easily. In the same manner, cyber criminals can collect very detailed data about the users and correlate it to obtain access to e-banking accounts or information related to the companies where the users work. Terrorists secure financing through multiple Internet schemes such as bogus charity organization websites, credit card fraud and intellectual property theft. Bali bomber Imam Samudra funded his deadly 2002 attack, where over 200 people died, with an estimated $150,000 obtained from hacking into bank accounts and credit lines. Training and Tactical Support Terrorists not only use the Internet for propaganda, recruitment and fundraising, but also for training and covert communications. Most active terrorist groups have established at least one form of online presence, using email, chat rooms, e-groups, forums, virtual message boards and common platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google Earth, according to YaleGlobal, the flagship publication of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization at Yale University. Online documents that describe attack methodologies such as homemade poisons, hostage taking, bomb making and guerilla tactics are widely available. Terrorist websites and accompanying terrorist-authored magazines, such as Inspire, also provide training and ideas for terrorist attacks, reported CTITF. These online resources let terrorists train virtually in many topics, including combat tactics, use of explosives and use of weapons. Perhaps even more dangerous is the criminals’ use of social media platforms for up-to-the-minute tactical communications. In a brazen use of Twitter, Mexican cartels alert each other about the actions of security forces through the microblogging site, reported Radio Netherlands Worldwide. The tactical support that social media and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provide to criminal and terrorist groups makes cyberspace an accomplice to crime and violence. In recent years, hidden messages were stored inside digital images or music files, but the technology has evolved to include video files, which provide significantly more storage to hide bigger messages. The next boom in covert communications is believed to come from the exploitation of VoIP. The VoIP technology that allows consumers to use the Internet to make calls has also eliminated the size limitations of covert communications exchanged. The very nature of the technology, which eliminates the need for a file and uses the protocol as a vehicle of communications across the Internet, allows for longer messages and more descriptive images to be sent. This type of concealment technique makes it nearly impossible to detect and even less possible to block. Today’s technology, including the ever-wider use of social media, is connecting consumers more than ever before, but it is also delivering new anonymous tools for criminal and terrorist exploitation. Nonetheless, there are still risks for criminals who use these tools. Those who participate in social media sites and use VoIP are subject to social network analysis techniques in which officials can map out their networks of family, friends and allies. Intelligence gathered from Facebook and Twitter assisted Philippine police to apprehend the suspect of nine gruesome murders and capture an alleged drug gang who targeted and robbed affluent people to feed their drug habits. Just as criminals seize on the widespread use of social media, security agencies, too, are exploring ways to leverage those same tools to protect consumers. Sources: Ágora Magazine, CQ Researcher, El Universal, http://e2znews.blogspot.com, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, U.N. Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force, U.N. International Telecommunication Union, YaleGlobal Terrorists Exploit Internet Capabilities Terrorist groups discover the Internet’s usefulness for fundraising and publicity. last_img read more

Carmans River Watershed Gets Critical Protection

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County and Brookhaven town officials announced Wednesday what they called a “watershed moment” for the future of the imperiled Carmans River when they preserved 171 acres near its banks from development.The parcel of environmentally sensitive land reportedly marked the largest acquisition in the history of the Carmans River watershed protection project. It came about when the Suffolk County Legislature passed Tuesday a resolution to approve the purchase of the acreage from the developer Avalon Bay Communities, Inc., splitting the $4 million cost between the county and the township.“These are the most significant land holdings left in the Carmans River watershed, and have been the number one priority for preservation for years,” Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) said in a press release. “We have taken a major step forward in implementing the Carmans River Watershed Protection and Management Plan, and are ensuring that this river will remain a pristine water body for future generations.”Designated a New York State Wild and Scenic River Corridor, the 10-mile long river flowing from the heart of the Central Pine Barrens forest is an important source of freshwater feeding into the Great South Bay. For years, protecting its 9,100-acre watershed has been a priority for environmental groups like the Nature Conservancy and the Pine Barrens Society, which helped create the Carmans River plan that places the 1,400 acres closest to the river under strict restrictions on fertilizer use and development.RELATED READING: Brookhaven Politics Threaten The Future of Carmans RiverThe newly preserved 171 acres, mostly consisting of an oak-pitch pine forest, are on the north side of Mill Road in Yaphank and Medford. It’s estimated that it recharges 267,000 gallons of clean water daily, or 98 million gallons a year, to the underlying drinking water aquifers.Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said he looks forward to enacting plans to acquire more open space throughout the town. Also on hand for the announcement were Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, braving the near-freezing weather without an overcoat, Legis. Rob Calarco (D-Patchogue), the legislative majority leader, Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Connie Kepert, Long Island Pine Barrens Society’s executive director Richard Amper, the Nature Conservancy’s Randy Parsons and The Open Space Council’s Marilyn England.“This acquisition represents a major step in the ultimate protection of the Carmans River,” said Amper. “Its size and strategic location will go a long way toward protecting the Carmans River in the future.”last_img read more

Republican plan still leaves credit union tax exemption at risk

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Republican tax reform blueprint released Wednesday does not specify how tax cuts in the plan would be paid for, so credit unions that are carefully guarding their tax exemption aren’t out of the woods yet.The plan would cut taxes for businesses, the middle class and the wealthy. It also preserves some of the public’s favorite tax credits.The plan was developed by the Trump Administration and Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee. It is designed to serve as a “a template for the tax-writing committees that will develop legislation through a transparent and inclusive committee process,” according to the nine-page document.At the end of the document, there is a section entitled, “Tax Rules Affecting Specific Industries.” continue reading »last_img read more

Carol Serling, wife of Rod Serling, passes away

first_imgCarol Serling was married to Twilight Zone creator and Binghamton native, Rod Serling, from 1948 up until his untimely death in 1975. Carol was an actress and producer on the Twilight Zone. She was with Rod during the early parts of his career. She was born in 1929. Carol was 91 years old.center_img (WBNG) — Rod Serling’s daughter, Anne, posted on social media announcing the passing of her mother, Carol, Monday evening.last_img

Why election officials expect primary voting trends to continue in November

first_imgThe Republican commissioner for the Broome County Board of Elections Mark Smith told 12 News more than 14,000 absentee ballots were cast in this primary election. Before this year, the most absentee votes in a primary election was 6,000, less than half of the total from June. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As the Broome County Board of Elections finished counting absentee and affidavit ballots Wednesday, the focus shifted to the future. Smith said all of the changes in election law made it tough to prepare for the primary, but he’s proud of the effort Board of Elections staff put in. “We were able to make sure we had trained staff, that we had protective PPE for the poll workers, that we had plexiglass shields, that we had masks and hand sanitizer,” Smith said.center_img Additionally, Smith said he expects the increased trend toward absentee and early voting to continue in November and perhaps even beyond as people hope to avoid crowded poll sites. Another thing to expect for November Smith said is more polling sites, as the board of elections hopes to prepare even more poll workers on the new regulations.last_img read more

World Green Destinations Days – a conference for destinations that want to avoid excessive tourism

first_imgThe parallel workshops and panel discussions will discuss in detail six different topics: “Expanding tourism in time and space: managing the most popular destinations and developing new ‘green destinations'”, “Tourism that supports local communities, culture and tradition”, ” Tourism that supports nature and biodiversity “,” Marketing for a sustainable tourist destination “,” Facing the challenge of carbon emissions and climate change in tourism, including sustainable mobility “and” Water and waste management and reducing the use of plastics “. Top experts from all continents will discuss how to keep excessive tourism under control and protect the interests of host communities. New knowledge will be exchanged on nature conservation and local culture, waste and plastic waste management, and strategies for developing an environmentally responsible destination policy that is suitable for the climate. Destinations and companies from around the world are invited to submit their best practice stories related to the above topics, and the best among them are selected to present their cases. Event participants will be able to join all live thematic panel discussions. Hrvoje Carić from the Croatian Institute of Tourism, Susan Santos de Cárdenas, President of the Society for Sustainable Tourism and Development and member of the founding board of the Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN), Beatriz Barreal, founder and CEO of Riviera Maya Sostenible and co-founder will present their presentations at the conference. México Sostenible, Albert Salman, President of the Green Destinations Foundation, Jelka Tepšić, Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik and Antoine Delaunay Belleville, Founder of Disco Soupe and Future of Waste. MakeSense.org. This year’s event offers more than 30 presentations and panel discussions on the topic of “Green solutions for tourist destinations”, as well as the presentation of the top 100 sustainable destinations for 2019. This three-day international event, organized with the support of partners and co-organizers, the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board, the Zagreb Tourist Board and the Kvarner Tourist Board in cooperation with the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, is an initiative of Green Destinations, an international foundation for sustainable destination management. A key event for destinations looking to avoid over-tourismcenter_img “The inconvenient truth about world tourism is that it is developing in a rather unsustainable and irresponsible way, making life difficult in many destinations and host communities. It is time for destinations to share experiences and solutions on how to avoid such problems. This event is the right place for managers and destination experts. ” points out Albert Salman, president of Green Destinations World Green Destinations Days are a starting point for encouraging practices, promoting unique destinations, preserving biodiversity, balancing the protection and accessibility of natural and cultural heritage and the harmonious development of local communities. Photo: Martin Damboldt, Pexels.com More information about the conference, as well as the registration form, can be found HERE. Mali Lošinj will host the “World Days of Green Destinations 8” from October 12 to 2019.last_img read more

Developed methodology for monitoring the ecological footprint of tourism in the Mediterranean

first_imgThanks to the DestiMED project, the Kornati National Park and the Lastovo Islands Nature Park were able to measure the ecological footprint of their tourist offer, and this is now available to our other protected areas. Using the standardized tools of the world’s leading environmental footprint measurement organization, the Global Footprint Network, as a starting point, the DestiMED project partners adapted the environmental footprint monitoring methodology to assess the environmental impact. Not only has the ecological footprint of each tourist who participated in the latest eco-tourism offer been measured, but concrete steps have been taken to manage the ecological footprint in that offer. Special components such as food, accommodation, transport and recreational activities were taken into account. Photo: NP Kornati You can look at the online tool HERE Monitoring results indicated that food and beverages have the strongest environmental impact, especially in those packages that offer large quantities of meat products. Food turns out to be the biggest challenge of the ecological impact of visitors on the protected area itself. In the future, a free online ecological footprint calculator will make the methodology applicable to all protected areas in the Mediterranean that are ready to create and test their ecotourism packages. By making better choices and promoting best practices in tourism and recreation, protected areas can address the environmental impact of their tourism packages developed as part of the DestiMED project, while improving the quality of services offered to tourists, WWF Adria concludes. Namely, at today’s closing ceremony of the international project DestiMED held in Rome, the latest methodology for monitoring the ecological footprint of tourists in protected areas in the Mediterranean Sea was presented, and among those areas where the methodology was tested were the Croatian Kornati National Park and Lastovo Islands Nature Park. .  WWF: NOMINATION SENT TO UNESCO FOR MURA-DRAVA-DANUBE BIOSPHERE RESERVE “The Ecological Footprint Monitoring Methodology, which we developed within the DestiMED project and is the first of its kind in the world, has helped both protected areas and tourism workers in the Kornati National Park and the Lastovo Islands Nature Park to see where their tourist tours are excellent and where there is room for progress when it comes to the impact on the environment and nature. Moreover, new and alternative business opportunities have been identified that push us towards more sustainable local development“, Explains Mosor Prvan from WWF Adria, DestiMED project manager. Related news: THE BASIC ROLE OF PROTECTED AREAS IS NATURE PROTECTION, NOT TOURISMlast_img read more

Wanted: Prize property hunter

first_imgThe RSL Art Union’s Draw 365 prize is a trifecta of luxury apartments including one in Noosa. Picture: Supplied“You will be helping to not only change our prize winners’ lives by making them multi-millionaires, but the best part is, you will be helping to support, assist, and give back to our Australian Armed Forces veterans and their families.”The current holder of the title, Lisa Roy, was so run off her feet that RSL QLD agreed to duplicate the position “looking for another one of me”, she said.“It’s an awesome job. I love my job, every day is just amazing … I’m in property development but helping hundreds of people. It’s a happy feel-good job.” MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS The richest prize so far was the $5m RSL Art Union Gold Coast apartment block of six fully furnished units whcih was drawn four days before Christmas 2018.“Once we purchase them, we make sure they are up to prize home standard through renovations and then we release them to the public to buy tickets.”The most memorable experience for her was handing over keys to the winner of the largest block RSL Art Union had given away, 5000sq m, with six bedroom, 900 sqm house to a then 27-year-old, his wife and two kids. Why punish the regions to save Sydney? 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If the glamour of crisscrossing three states, uncovering the best houses and apartments on offer is not enough to float your boat, the gratitude of sometimes down-on-their-luck winners and thousands of military veterans might.The Returned & Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) posted the property and prize specialist job this week, stating “it’s hard to believe that you are going to get paid to do this job”.“This rare position has to be one of the best dream jobs going. You will be travelling the country — mostly the East Coast — finding, purchasing and renovating amazing properties for our RSL Art Union prizes.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe Noosa apartment that was found for Draw 365. Picture: SuppliedThe properties range from beach houses in places like Palm Beach to waterfront units in some of the most expensive suburbs in the country overlooking Sydney Harbour.RSL Art union has 12 lotteries a year, 10 of which were property prizes, she said. “We decide on which location, what sort of prizes, whether a beachfront home or trifecta of apartments like what’s open at the moment.”The glamour part of the job involves researching and recommending lottery properties, during due diligence on them, keeping an eye on renovation trends, but it can also extend into project managing property subdivisions. Budget commits to ‘most ambitious to date’ megacity RSL Art Union Draw 358 was a waterfront home on the Gold Coast fully kitted out.“We changed their lives. He was down to his last $2,000 in his bank account and was going to move to the Sunshine Coast to cut costs, and that’s where the house was located.”She said the job would suit someone who was passionate about property, loved dealing with people on a daily basis and who was on the ball when it came to paperwork and project management.The next RSL Art Union prize is a $3.3m multistate trifecta of units in blue ribbon suburbs of Noosa Heads in Queensland, Woolloomooloo (NSW) and Docklands (Victoria) — all styled, fully furnished and with the first year’s costs paid for. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK TV celebrity Shaynna Blaze’s quirkiest makeover It’s time to lock your rent in nowlast_img read more