Alpacas and their enthusiasts descended upon Keble College last week for the World Alpaca Conference.Over 180 delegates from 18 different countries attended the conference which celebrates the versatility of the alpaca, an animal closely related to the llama, and the multiple uses of its famously soft fleece. It was the first time the event had ever been held in the UK.Alpaca owners came in their herds to the conference, which included events such as talks on Alpaca health, fleece testing and workshops about breeding alpacas and processing their fleece.The alpacas, meanwhile, grazed on the grass outside, much to the amusement of Keble’s students, who are prevented from walking on the lawns in Michaelmas and Hilary. Domestic Bursar, Janet Betts, conceded that “it would have been difficult to fine the animals anyway”.Later, the delegates moved inside for a fashion show in which alpaca fleece garments, including ponchos, scarves and dresses were modelled. The fleeces of the alpacas brought to the conference were also judged. “Pinkney Angelica” was labelled the winner, having already secured first place for her “Champion Fleece” in last year’s Heart of England Fleece Show.The conference, organised by the British Alpaca Society, aims to promote the use of alpaca fleece in Britain. All profits are set to go to Amanti, a charity for Peruvian children, which thanked the BAS “for their generous support”.One delegate commented that she’d like alpaca “to become part of everyone’s vocabulary”. Another delegate, Chris Goffrey, said that the conference was really “a big deal” as it was bound to put “the UK alpaca community on the map.”Kishan Koran, a first year PPEist, commented that there was “something beautiful and majestic about the idea of alpacas in Oxford”. However another student questioned whether “having an Alpaca conference in 2012 is a smart idea,” as it is a year widely regarded to be “the year of the Mayan Alpaca-lypse.”
It was sold by the children of the late Ray and Joan Stuart, who owned a local newsagent. Mr Stuart was a former Rotary club president and died in 2006. His wife died earlier this year. The four-bedroom property is on an 810sq m double block with views of the ocean and Burleigh Heads National Park on three sides. The buyers plan to knockdown the property and build a family home.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoKollosche director Michael Kollosche, who sold the property alongside Eoghan Murphy, said there were 54 bids placed in just 25 minutes. “It’s a trophy asset and very unique as it was the first time to market in over 57 years,” he said. “Most of the buyers looking at it were looking at it as a home site to demolish and build a new home.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:15Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: The value of a view01:16 Mr Kollosche said the sellers — siblings Duncan, Philip and Julie — were extremely happy with the result. “They are elated to get well above their reserve price and know it’s going to end up with a home a family will enjoy,” he said. “Their preference was not to see a big development there.” The impressive views were a big selling point. The four-bedroom house had a reserve of $3.5 million.The two-level house at 1 Short St had 178 groups inquire, with 18 registered bidders at the auction on the weekend. An opening bid of $1 million was placed before the price was quickly push passed reserve. The hammer fell $1.875 million above the vendors price expectations. MORE NEWS: Imagine living a fairytale A quaint house at 1 Short St, Burleigh Heads, has sold under the hammer for $5.375 million.A DATED Burleigh Heads house has fetched almost $2 million more than expected, selling for a whopping $5.375 million at auction.The property was the legacy of a newsagent’s early-morning paper deliveries 55 years ago and changed hands for the first time in its history. A prominent Gold Coast fashion couple Wez and Eirin Bryett, who founded women’s clothing boutique and fashion line Princess Polly, splashed millions to knock the property down and build a modern masterpiece for their family. RELATED: Burleigh Heads home listed for sale, 55 years after it was built by the local newsagent MORE NEWS: How this home moved suburbs
A woman was removed from a cruise ship last week and banned for life by the cruise company, after she was seen climbing onto her room’s balcony railing to pose for a photo over the ocean.The incident occurred aboard the Royal Caribbean ship Allure of the Seas, as it was approaching the port at Labadee, Haiti.The unnamed woman was spotted by another passenger, Peter Blosic, who alerted the crew.He says, “While on my balcony, I saw the woman climb on her railing. It happened so quickly. Not knowing what her intentions were, I alerted the crew. If I said nothing, and she was going to jump, that would be horrible.”Blosic posted a picture of the woman wearing a blue bathing suit with her hands over her head on social media. The ship’s crew tracked down the woman and removed her when the ship docked in Falmouth, Jamaica, according to Blosic.A Royal Caribbean spokesperson released a statement which reads:“Earlier this week on the Allure of the Seas a guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion. Security was notified and the guests were later debarked in Falmouth, Jamaica as a result of their actions and are now banned for life from sailing with Royal Caribbean.”On its website, the cruise line explains that “sitting, standing, laying or climbing on, over or across any exterior or interior railings or other protective barriers” is not allowed, for guests’ own safety.
National fast food chain Chick-fil-A is setting things straight, after company officials sent a promotional email last week welcoming customers to their stores on National Sandwich Day.Sounds fine, right? Well, not in this case.The problem is that the so-called “national holiday” falls on November 3, which of course is on a Sunday this year.The chain is closed on Sundays.That realization led the company to send a follow-up email with the subject line, “Well … this is awkward.”The follow-up message states, “We recently sent an email that included a message about National Sandwich Day, which naturally we were very excited about. We didn’t realize it falls on Sunday when we are closed. We apologize for the confusion and hope to see you soon (Monday-Saturday).”On a related note, competitor Popeyes used the occasion to announce that its popular chicken sandwich, which sold out weeks earlier than expected last summer, would make its return on Sunday.Popeyes officials took a jab at Chick-fil-A in a recent social media video, which says that Popeyes is “always open seven days a week.”
“These are my scars on full display in #2019,” she captioned the bathing suit pic. “I’m proud of my scars and love my body just the way it is. I call them my battle wounds because they signify the strength and perseverance it took to finally complete my transition.” In a separate Instagram post, Jazz wrote that she endured a “major” post-surgery complication 2018.At the time, Jazz was forced to undergo a second procedure to correct the issue. Jazz first opened up about the complication during an interview with Nightline in October 2018, four months after her surgery. ‘There was just an unfortunate event and setback where things did come apart, and there was a complication,’ she said. ‘I had to come back in for another procedure, but it was just all part of the journey. The good thing though is that it was only cosmetic and external so it wasn’t too dramatic.’The unforeseen issue was caused by the hormone blockers that Jazz believes are responsible for saving her life. ‘Being on the blockers is something that I don’t regret at all. But the only, you know, downside to it was that I didn’t have enough growth down below. So there wasn’t enough tissue to work with when it came to the surgery’ she told the Daily Mail.‘And it was very challenging to find a doctor, a surgeon who was willing to perform the operation on me just because I’m such a difficult case.’As a result, the family had to seek out an innovative new treatment in the field of genital reconstruction.‘They’re using the tissue I have, the peritoneum, and also, they may take a skin graft as well. I say it’s going to be like a patchwork vagina, Franken-vagina,’ she explained at the time. Jennings, who was accepted into Harvard, has postponed her education and deferred her Harvard admission to deal with her health. She was also valedictorian of the Broward Virtual School.As she described, “It was a tough journey, but experiences like that one only make us stronger in the end. Though it can be hard at times, a positive mindset and the support of those around you can help you conquer any challenge. Thank you to all my fans who have supported me throughout the years!” Social media sensation, 19-year-old Jazz Jennings is showing off her scars as a tribute to her gender transformation struggle.The “I Am Jazz” star took to Instagram on Tuesday with an empowering message to go along with the first public photos of her surgery scars.
Authorities are currently investigating the death of a man in his late 20’s who was found on the bank of a lake Saturday.The victim was found sometime in the afternoon on the bank of the Okeechobee waterway in Port Mayaca by a group of people who were visiting the lake.Officials say that though the victim was discovered on Saturday, medical examiners believe the victim may have actually died on Monday.Not much is known about the incident at this time but authorities did report that they find the circumstances surrounding the death suspicious.This is a developing story and will be updated once more information becomes available.
Boynton Beach police say a man called them after he allegedly stabbed the person he attempted to rob.Police received a phone call from West Palm Beach resident Victor Morel on Saturday night, claiming that he had been shot at two times around the area of SE 23rd Avenue and South Seacrest Boulevard. Morel also told them that he had stabbed a person at 2039 South Seacrest Boulevard, and refused to meet with law enforcement.Officers responding to 2039 South Seacrest Boulevard found two spent shell casings in the parking lot. They also discovered an empty holster, loose amphetamine pills and a blood trail close to the front door of an apartment at that address.The victim was taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital with a stab wound to his upper back and an abrasion to the right side of his head. He was later transported to the Delray Medical Trauma Center for a collapsed lung.When Morel eventually agreed to meet with police, he told them that he met the victim on a social media app called “Grindr.”He added that he had heard the victim was a drug dealer, and his intentions when meeting the victim were to “make some money off of him.”Morel also admitted that they met at the victim’s argument and got into an argument there.According to police, Morel admitted striking the victim in the head with a closed fist, causing the victim to fall to the ground.The arrest report adds that Morel then grabbed a briefcase filled with methamphetamine and struck the victim again before running out the front door.Morel stabbed the victim, who had managed to get a hold of a firearm.The other man fired two shots as Morel drove away, hitting the front windshield and driver’s side window.Police contacted the victim at the hospital, who told them that Morel had attempted to rob him of his wallet, but he put up a fight.The victim added that Morel stabbed him in the back, forcing him to pull out his firearm and shoot.Morel is charged with Robbery and Aggravated Battery.He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail, and there is no word on any charges against the victim.