Start the day with a dip at this convent turned luxury home

first_imgOutdoor entertaining and pool at 407 Bowen Tce, New Farm.The veranda flows into an open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area through bi-fold doors.“The layout of the house allows for entertaining both indoors and outside,” Mr Adams said.“The only thing we have done to the property is heated the pool, which means we can open up the bi-folds or sit on the deck and watch Eva swim nine months of the year.”The bottom floor also has three carpeted bedrooms, one with a walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite, along with a laundry, bathroom and a butler’s pantry on the floor.Upstairs is a master suite, with a his and hers walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite. The home at 407 Bowen Tce, New Farm.You wouldn’t know this New Farm house is a former nunnery with stunning renovations giving it a new lease on lifeFormally the convent of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, the 407 Bowen Tce residence has hardly a spooky detail in sight, with bright spaces and beautifully polished floors throughout the home. Open plan living at 407 Bowen Tce, New Farm.Owners Alistair and Liz Adams have lived in the home for three years and said they are only moving to get a bigger backyard for their five-year-old daughter Eva as she grows.“The layout is perfect, it’s spacious, it’s open, it’s functional and it doesn’t need anything done to it,” Mr Adams said.“It was so beautifully renovated when I bought it and I’ve joked that the only thing I’ve had to do is change two light bulbs.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 The master bedroom at 407 Bowen Tce, New Farm.This property is unique as the front yard opens to the pool and a wraparound timber deck with an alfresco dining area tucked around the side. The ensuite at 407 Bowen Tce, New Farm.There is also an underground double garage with internal access.Mr Adams said although they will miss the convenience and serenity of the home, they hoped to stay in the area.last_img read more

Cards’ Fowler details adventure going after Schrock’s ball

first_imgLast Updated: 19th August, 2020 07:08 IST Cards’ Fowler Details Adventure Going After Schrock’s Ball St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler tried to do something nice for rookie teammate Max Schrock, and it turned into quite an adventure SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Written Bycenter_img First Published: 19th August, 2020 07:08 IST COMMENT St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler tried to do something nice for rookie teammate Max Schrock, and it turned into quite an adventure.And Fowler knows all about adventures at Wrigley Field.Fowler’s trouble started when Schrock connected for his first career homer during the fourth inning of the second game in Monday’s doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs.The 34-year-old Fowler decided to try to get the ball back for Schrock. While he was making his way out to the bleachers in right, teammate Harrison Bader experienced some discomfort while legging out an infield single.“I found a way to get back up there. Up the stairs, all around the ballpark,” said Fowler, who played for Chicago for two seasons before signing with St. Louis in December 2016. “And I had never been up that side of the ballpark.“Ended up getting out there, and then Bader comes down and he’s like he messed up something. The trainer’s coming out and I’m like ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”Bench coach Oliver Marmol motioned to Fowler that he might need to come into the game, but Fowler didn’t have the right shoes on. He then sprinted all the way back to the dugout and was putting on his cleats when Marmol told him he didn’t need him anymore.Fowler then went back to get Schrock’s ball and ran into an authenticator from Major League Baseball.“He goes ‘Yeah, I’m going to get the ball.’ I said ‘No you’re not, I’m going to get the ball,’” Fowler said Tuesday on a video conference call.Fowler got the ball and gave it to the authenticator. Then a sweaty Fowler made his way back to the visiting dugout area, where he caught the attention of first base umpire Laz Diaz.“He comes to me and he goes ‘What the hell are you doing up there?’” a chuckling Fowler said. “I go ‘I went to get the man’s home run ball,’ and he goes ‘I’ve never seen that before. They’re calling to right field for a guy to come run the bases.’”That wasn’t the only strange part of the doubleheader for Fowler. He watched part of the action with some teammates in some seats behind the visiting on-deck circle before they were told they had to move.“We wanted to take the game in from those seats and then (Major League Baseball) calls like ‘Hey, you guys can’t be over there. You’ve got to go down there,’” Fowler said. “I’m like ‘We were just trying to have fun, take in the game from a different perspective,’ and they weren’t having it. I was kind of disappointed about that.”Asked if MLB explained its reasoning, Fowler said: “No, but I’m sure it had to do something with money.”Fowler and the Cardinals are ramping up again after their season was derailed by a coronavirus outbreak, leading to 18 confirmed cases in the organization. The team is in the midst of playing 53 games over 44 days, including 10 doubleheaders.St. Louis swept a doubleheader Saturday against the White Sox in their first action since a 3-0 loss at Minnesota on July 29.“It’s just about making adjustments,” said Fowler, who considered opting out of the season while the team was sidelined. “You go through life, and you make adjustments through life, and this is just part of it. You knew there were going to be some challenges. It’s just about working through them.”Image credits: AP FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Man in an apparent vegetative state responds to Hitchcock clip

first_imgIn 1997, a teenage boy got kicked in the chest during a fight. The blow to his heart cut off blood supply to his brain, and after he had spent 3 weeks in a coma, doctors proclaimed him to be in a vegetative state—though his eyes were sometimes open, he appeared to be completely unaware of himself or his surroundings. But years later, with the help of a suspenseful TV clip directed by Alfred Hitchcock, researchers say they’ve detected glimmers of consciousness in the now–35-year-old man.Few reliable tools exist for detecting neural signals of awareness in people who appear unresponsive, says Lorina Naci, a neuroscientist at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and lead author of the new study. Over the past decade, her Western University colleague Adrian Owen has demonstrated that it is occasionally possible to detect awareness in unresponsive individuals by asking them to follow commands, such as to imagine playing tennis, while measuring their brain activity in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)  machine. Still, such methods are limited by the “notorious” difficulty that brain-damaged people have following instructions and paying attention, Naci says.So she and Owen decided to try screening for consciousness with an activity that doesn’t require much effort: watching television. To ensure that it would be easy for patients to pay attention, they chose an episode of the TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents called “Bang! You’re Dead.” The abridged, 8-minute episode has a simple, suspenseful plot, Naci says: A young boy with a toy gun finds his uncle’s loaded revolver and plays at shooting people, not understanding that the gun is real. For viewers, who know that some of the gun’s chambers contain bullets, “there are very tense moments” when the boy points the gun at his mother and a little girl in the supermarket, she says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)First, the researchers needed to determine how a healthy brain would respond to the episode, so they recruited 12 volunteers to watch the clip inside an fMRI scanner. During the moments of greatest suspense, activity in the frontal parietal brain regions, which are devoted to orchestrating attention, flared up in healthy participants and became increasingly intense until the end of the film, when the boy nearly hits the family maid with a real bullet. The volunteers’ subjective feelings closely tracked with their brain activity, implying a common neural experience of anxiety and dread, Naci says.Next, after obtaining permission from their caregivers, the team put two brain-damaged patients into the scanner—a 20-year-old female patient who fell into a coma in 2007 after suffering brain damage of unknown origins, and the 35-year-old man. Despite having her eyes open throughout, the young woman showed no brain activity in response to the film, Naci says. In contrast, the man displayed peaks and valleys of brain activity that closely matched those of the healthy volunteers, suggesting that he might have been following the plot, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The new study “opens the door to a whole new way” of searching for signs of awareness in people who have been misdiagnosed as being in a vegetative state, Naci says. Compared with following instructions or focusing on a contrived scenario, simply watching a film could provide an “effortless” way for patients who are unable to communicate to show that they are tuned into their surroundings, she says.  It’s too early to say whether the method will be useful for most apparently unaware and unresponsive brain injury patients, however, says Nicholas Schiff, a neurologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City who wasn’t involved in the research. Although the technique was able to distinguish a high-functioning patient from one with much lower levels of brain activity, the vast majority of people with such injuries fall somewhere in between those two extremes, he says. In these patients, researchers are likely to see a highly variable mix of responses, and “it’s not clear” whether the TV clip technique will be able to detect consciousness in more ambiguous cases, he says.Using film to trigger detectable signs of consciousness has another major limitation: Many brain-damaged patients can’t keep their eyes open and looking forward, or simply can’t see, says neurologist Andrew Goldfine of the Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute in New York, who wasn’t involved with the new study. Nor is it clear whether the similar patterns of brain activity between the healthy participants and the brain-damaged patient mean that the man is having the same “conscious” experience of the film, Naci notes.Still, the study has provided some comfort to the patient’s family, she says. For many years after his injury, his father took him to see a film once a week, based on the conviction that he enjoyed it, she says. Eventually he stopped, but “we now do believe that this individual is enjoying being taken to the movies,” and that “we should provide more enriching environments” for such patients, she says.last_img read more