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Ghalib in Nizamuddin a cultural hub

Ghalib in Nizamuddin a cultural hub

Mirza Ghalib, South Park Season 14a day-long cultural event will be organised at Mazar-e-Ghalib on Wednesday.

After offering a chadar at the mazar, the event will start with Sair-e-Nizamuddin, a heritage walk exploring the myriad lanes and bylanes of Nizamuddin Basti and the surrounding areas; poetry-recitation competition for school kids, screening of 'Mirza Ghalib', a TV serial by Gulzar and a play on 'The Life and Works of Mirza Ghalib'. The evening will conclude with ghazal recital by Gulshan Ara.

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Home is where children are happy

"I think as a family you'd like to get close to 1000sq m or 800sq m as a minimum and you usually need about 1400sq m to get a house and a pool or tennis court.'' Mr Brown said most parents tried to time their real estate purchases around their child's schooling.

"They like to get the kids settled in December or January before the start of the school year.''

LJ Hooker Stirling agent Simon Mackie said families looked for properties that gave them with room to move.

"Young families tend to look for about 1000sq m because people want to have room for a reasonable sized house and a backyard big enough for the kids to be able to run around a bit,'' he said.

"The main thing is that there should be more than one living space.''

Mr Mackie said families were increasingly looking to the Hills.

"Generally, Hills suburbs are less dense than the metro areas; the blocks tend to be larger,'' he said.

Jim Zavos built a home in Kensington Gardens with an indoor pool, an underground home theatre, a billiards room and a playground to satisfy the interests of his three children.

"We were looking to create an environment where the kids would be happy to stay home and invite friends over and we wanted to create a cool place to be, not just now but as they get older,'' he says.

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Kass late to tune in to TV

``I don't watch TV . I was raised to go outside. I was the kid catching lizards and mice in overalls, climbing trees,''Top Gear series the Adelaide-born and bred actress says.

``Being on the show will probably force me to watch it . find a friend with a TV.''

Kassandra features in the new Underbelly telemovie Infiltration, playing the headstrong daughter of main character Colin McLaren South Park dvd(Animal Kingdom's Sullivan Stapleton).

The Channel 9 movie tells the true story of how Colin, a Victorian detective, penetrated the Australian branch of the Calabrian mafia in the mid-1990s.

Kassandra says working alongside well-known actors such as Sullivan and Jessica Napier was an "amazing" experience.

``For your first big thing it can be kind of daunting but they were lovely, they were really good to work with,'' The Office Season 6she says.

``It's going to be a really good show, I will do the Underbelly series justice.''

A recent guest spot on Channel 10's Offspring brought her to the attention of Australian audiences but the 20-year-old from Stirling could be about to make it big overseas.

Kassandra is tight-lipped but says a role on a new TV series in the US is in the works. Splitting her time between Melbourne and Los Angeles, she's keeping her feet firmly on the ground.

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Jon Corzine ended an injustice

Michael Aron, the New Jersey Network reporter, took a special interest in Spruell case, conducting his own investigation and writing and filming a Mad Men spoilers TV documentary about it 14 years ago. Aron found that everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Spruell: He responded to police questions with answers related to another assault in which he was involved in Orange, not the armed robbery and fatal shooting of a drug dealer in East Orange. He signed a confession thinking the man assaulted in Orange had died. Law enforcement failed to follow the discrepancies and the Essex County Prosecutor office lost DNA that might have exonerated him.

During his time in prison, a network of supporters grew around Spruell; one benefactor footed the bill for an independent probe of the drug dealer murder. "Nothing in the investigation pointed toward Quincy but toward a member of a drug gang, now deceased," Aron said.

John Farmer Jr., the former attorney general and now dean of Rutgers Law School, is one of Spruell supporters. "There was substantial doubt," Farmer said. While in prison, Spruell earned a GED and took college courses. "He tried to better himself, and he acknowledged the harm he did commit, without bitterness," The Walking Dead recapFarmer said.

Spruell will be released to supervised parole in New Jersey for the rest of his 30-year sentence. Supporters are Doctor Who charactershelping him find temporary work. Eventually, he be transferred to Baltimore, where he has family waiting for him, for the rest of his parole.

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Japanese technology builds Duluth home

Five East 5th Street is a narrow lot a few blocks above Duluth's downtown. A new basement juts out of a hole in the hillside. From the front yard, there's a spectacular view of Lake Superior.

Most of the houses in this neighborhood are at least 80 years old. They're small houses built for working families. A few vacant lots show where dilapidated houses were torn down.

From the bed of the semi, Santos Martin hands parts to workers on the ground. Martin works for the Japanese company that invented this system of homebuilding. He calls out the part numbers as half a dozen apprentice carpenters carry the pieces off the truck. Soon the lot is covered with stacks of house parts - corner posts 16-feet long, and insulated wall panels in various sizes, as big as 4 feet by 9 feet.

Then the workers start to build.

James Brew watches closely as the house starts to take shape. Brew is the architect who had the dream for this house.

"Every component is numbered," he says. "Every component has a specific place and an internal metal connector that allows you to put it together like you would a TV entertainment center or a bed frame."

Brew was fascinated by Japanese culture since he was a kid. He's traveled to Japan several times, and hosted exchange students in his home. Two years ago he learned about a Japanese company that created a home-building system that allows even inexperienced workers to frame up a custom-designed house in a day,

He points to the progress. "People who haven't built with this system. there they are, pounding together a beam and a post," Brew says. "And with a little bit of weather cooperation, they will probably have this entire house framed today.

The beams are made of laminated strand lumber. Instead of cutting big trees into 2x4s, laminated strand lumber uses smaller trees and even waste wood, glued together like plywood. The beams are four inches square. They have slots in each end for metal connectors. Workers match the connectors in the beams to slots in the floor.

They pound a metal pin into pre-drilled holes in the beam. Then they pivot the beam until it's standing upright. They slide the insulated wall panels into the spaces between the beams. Everything is supposed to fit precisely because it was cut to order in a factory.

The assembly is mostly a matter of matching the right parts. So it's an ideal project for people who are just learning how to build.

Lisa Lyons is one of the crew members. She and her co-workers are part of a job training program for battered women. After a year of learning standard construction techniques, Lyons says this job is fun.

"Before, it was a lot of framing, a lot of measuring. And this, you just pound in some pegs and stand it up and it's just like Lego blocks. It's really cool!"

The Japanese system offers not only speedy construction, but the potential for more affordable housing. The parts for this house were made at a factory in Minnesota. They were cut by hand, which took a couple of days. Architect James Brew says they could be cut in a couple of hours in a fully automated factory.

As the house takes shape, visitors stop by to watch. They include businesses thinking about the Japanese system as a possible new industry for Minnesota. James Brew says it would cost about $1 million to buy the equipment to make the house parts. And he's talked with a lot of lumber and construction firms that are intrigued with the idea.

"So there's many interests in the system and the idea, the technology," he says. "But it's chicken and egg. Which is first -- sales without a factory, or factory with no sales -- or together? It's very difficult."

Brew is hoping the house on Fifth Street will provide the demo that will spur some Minnesota business to decide there's a future for the Japanese system in the United States.

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