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Buying a home is one of the most significant investments that you will ever make. Like most good things, finding the perfect home comes with a lot of work. From your initial search online to your home tour and finally closing, there are many difficult decisions to make along the way. The bottom line is that the entire home buying process can be very stressful, especially when it comes to finding the right mortgage broker and loan for your new home. Since market conditions and mortgage programs change frequently, you have a lot riding on your broker's ability to provide quick and accurate financial advice. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or own several residential properties, you need a mortgage broker in Melbourne, FL, who can educate you on mortgage rates and provide trustworthy guidance to help you make an informed decision.

My name is Dan Crance - Melbourne's most trusted mortgage loan officer with more than 30 years in the mortgage industry. I bring unparalleled insight and decades of experience into your home loan process. If you're looking for a new home loan, are interested in refinancing your current mortgage, or need information regarding FHA, VA, or other types of loans, Dan Crance is Your Mortgage Man.

Unlike some mortgage loan officers in Melbourne, my primary goal is to help you make the right mortgage choice for you and your family. Mortgage lenders have a horrible reputation for turning over clients quickly to expedite cash flow and make the most money possible. While some mortgage brokers come off as pushy and impatient, I encourage my clients to take as much time as they need to ask questions and review their mortgage agreements. I'm here to help answer those questions and provide you with easy-to-understand advice so that you can rest easy knowing you made the right choice. I could say that I strive to provide service that exceeds your expectations, but I'd rather show you. In the end, I want you to leave feeling confident in the loan you've selected, as well as in your choice of broker.

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Why Choose Dan Crance As Your Mortgage Lender in Melbourne, FL?

Clients choose my mortgage company because I truly care about helping them navigate the often-confusing landscape of the mortgage process. I am fiercely dedicated to my clients and make every effort to provide them with trustworthy advice and an open line of communication.

In my business, I work for two different customers. On one hand, I have the buyer: the person entrusting me with the responsibility of guiding them through one of the most important decisions ever. Serving homebuyers is not a task that I take lightly. I work with them daily to help them through the process and provide timely updates and news on their mortgage status. On the other hand, I have the realtor: the person who works with my client to find their dream home. Since their commission is in my hands, working with realtors is also a very important task. I update these agents on the status of their customers weekly. Only when I take care of both parties can I say my job as a mortgage loan officer is complete.

As a mortgage broker with more than 30 years of experience, I pledge to give you the highest level of customer service while providing you with the most competitive loan products available. That way, you can buy the home of your dreams without second-guessing your decision.

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At Classic Home Mortgage, our team works diligently to close on time without stress or hassle. Whether you're a seasoned homeowner or are buying your new home in Melbourne, we understand how much stress is involved. Our goal is to help take that stress off of your plate by walking you through every step of the home loan process. Because every one of our clients is different, we examine each loan with fresh eyes and a personalized approach, to find you the options and programs you need.

With over 30 years as a mortgage professional in Melbourne, Dan Crance will help you choose the home loan, interest rate, term options, and payment plans that fit your unique situation.

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When you work with Classic Home Mortgage, you can always count on our team to:

  • Put your needs first.
  • Work efficiently and quickly. Many of our home loans close in 30 days or less.
  • Offer you a variety of home loans to choose from, and help you make an informed decision.
  • Provide you with competitive rates that make sense for your budget and lifestyle.

While no two loan terms are the same, a few of the most common loan types include:

30-Year Loan - This loan is often considered the most secure option to choose. With a 30-year loan, you can lock in a low payment amount and rest easy knowing your rate won't change.

FHA Loan - If you're not able to make a large down payment, an FHA loan could be the right choice for you. With an FHA loan, many of our clients have successfully purchased a home with less than 4% down.

VA Loan - This loan is reserved for military veterans and active-duty men and women. Those who qualify may be able to purchase a home with no down payment and no Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).

Choosing a home loan is an important step in the home buying process. At Classic Home Mortgage, we are here to make choosing a loan as easy as possible, so you can focus on the joys of being a homeowner. Contact our team of experts today and ask how you can get pre-qualified for your home loan in Melbourne, FL.

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Because home mortgage rates in the U.S. have been so low over the last year, many current homeowners are opting to refinance their home loans. Simply put, refinancing is replacing your existing mortgage with a different mortgage under new terms. Homeowners who refinance their homes enjoy lower interest rates, lower monthly payments, and even turn their home's equity into cash. If you're interested in refinancing your home, it all begins with a call to your mortgage broker in Melbourne, FL - Dan Crance.

Here are just a few reasons why more homeowners in the U.S. are taking advantage of lower rates and refinancing their homes:
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Shorter Term Loan

Shorter Term Loan

Refinancing from a 30-year to a 15-year mortgage might seem counterproductive on the surface because your monthly payment usually goes up. However, interest rates on 15-year mortgages are lower. And when you shave off years of your previous mortgage, you will pay less interest over time. These savings can be very beneficial if you are not taking the mortgage interest deduction on your tax returns.

Do Away with FHA

Do Away with FHA

FHA loans are notorious for paying premiums for the life of the loan. Mortgage insurance premiums for FHA loans can cost borrowers as much as $1,050 a year for every $100k borrowed. The only way to get rid of mortgage insurance premiums is to refinance to a new loan that the Federal Housing Authority does not back.

Switch to Fixed Rate or Adjustable-Rate Home Loan

Switch to Fixed Rate or Adjustable-Rate Home Loan

Sometimes, borrowers with adjustable-rate mortgages refinance so they can switch to a fixed rate, which lets them lock in an interest rate. Doing so is beneficial for some homeowners who like to know exactly how much their monthly payment is each month. Conversely, some homeowners with fixed rates prefer to refinance to an adjustable-rate mortgage. Homeowners often go this route if they plan on selling in a few years and don't mind risking a higher rate if their plans fall through.

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Common Questions About Home Loans

Finding the right loan can be a difficult proposition, even if you have been through the process before. This is especially true since mortgage rates and market conditions change frequently. If you're like most of my clients, you probably have questions about interest rates, refinancing options, and a litany of other topics. To help alleviate some of your stress, here are just a few common questions with answers so that you can better educate yourself as we work our way to securing your loan.

Generally speaking, you should consider refinancing when mortgage rates are 2% lower than the current rate on your home loan. For some homeowners, refinancing makes sense when there is only a 1% difference. Reducing your mortgage rate is a great way to save money or apply your savings to a home upgrade. The money you save on your refinanced loan depends on your loan amount, budget, income, and charges from interest rates. It's crucial that you work with a trusted mortgage loan officer in Melbourne, FL, to help calculate your refinancing options.
This is one of our most frequently asked questions at Classic Home Mortgage. In simple terms, points let you make a tradeoff between the upfront costs of your loan and your monthly payment amount. Points are essentially costs that you have to pay to your mortgage lender to get financing under specific terms. A point is defined as a percentage on your loan amount. 1-point is equal to 1% of the loan. So, 1 point on a loan worth $100,000 is equivalent to $1,000. When you pay some of the interest on your home loan upfront, you use discount points to lower your interest rate.
If you plan to live in the property for a few years, it makes a lot of sense to pay points to lower your interest rate. Doing so will help lower your monthly loan payment, which you can use to save money. Paying points may also increase the amount of money that you can borrow. If you do not plan on living in the property for at least a few years, this strategy might not make financial sense because you might not be able to make up the amount of the discount points you paid up-front.
In short, yes, your mortgage lender will need to know your credit score. Credit scoring is a system that creditors use to decide whether they will give you credit. Your credit score helps creditors decide how creditworthy you are or how likely you will repay your loan. In most circumstances, creditors will use your FICO scores during the loan process. Your score will fall between high risk (350) and low risk (850). Your credit score plays a big role in the loan process, and as such, your score must be accurate before submitting a credit report when applying for a loan.
The answer to this question depends on how money you choose to put as a down payment on your home. On a conventional loan, if your down payment is less than 20% of the price of your home, your mortgage broker in Melbourne may require you to get Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI for short. This insurance protects your lender in the event you default on your mortgage. The best way to avoid paying for this insurance is to make a down payment of 20% or more of the purchase price of your home.
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Whether you're selling, buying, refinancing, or building the home of your dreams, you have a lot riding on your home loan specialist. When you need a mortgage broker who works tirelessly for you, answers your questions, provides guidance, and does so with a genuine smile, Dan Crance is your mortgage man. Contact Dan today at 843-478-5612 to get pre-approved and discover why Melbourne loves Classic Home Mortgage.

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Melbourne Sports And Aquatic Centre To Host Australia’s 2023 World Championship Swimming Trials

The Melbourne Sports And Aquatic Centre has been announced today as the host venue for the 2023 Australian World Championship Swimming Trials – returning to the Victorian capital for the first time since 2006.Swimming Australia announced the news on the MSAC pool deck this morning with Birmingham Commonwealth Games triple medallist Sam Williamson (Melbourne Vicentre, VIC) front and centre for the announcement of the six-day meet to take place in the centre’s indoor pool from June 13-18.This year&rsq...

The Melbourne Sports And Aquatic Centre has been announced today as the host venue for the 2023 Australian World Championship Swimming Trials – returning to the Victorian capital for the first time since 2006.

Swimming Australia announced the news on the MSAC pool deck this morning with Birmingham Commonwealth Games triple medallist Sam Williamson (Melbourne Vicentre, VIC) front and centre for the announcement of the six-day meet to take place in the centre’s indoor pool from June 13-18.

This year’s Trials for the Fukuoka World Championships in Japan will feature the cream of Australia’s Olympic and World Champions – a star-studded line up will contest the World Trials with Australian Dolphins including Emma McKeon (Griffith University, QLD), Ariarne Titmus (St Peters Western, QLD) , Kyle Chalmers (Marion, SA), Zac Stubblety-Cook (Chandler, QLD), Kaylee McKeown (Griffith University, QLD), Mollie O’Callaghan (St Peters Western, QLD) , Cody Simpson (Griffith University, QLD) and Lani Pallister (Griffith University, QLD)all currently timing their preparations to June, as they battle for spots on the Dolphins Team.

Melbourne has a proud and distinguished history in hosting major sporting events, including swimming, with MSAC attracting huge crowds to last December’s successful FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships.

The MSAC venue has been the home of Swimming Victoria’s major championship meets since it opened in 1997 and in 1998 MSAC hosted it’s first Australian Championships, Trials for the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games and featuring the likes of Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett who had dominated the World Championships in Perth earlier in the year.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games Trials saw Leisel Jones, Libby Trickett and Jade Edmistone embark on a world record blitz in the lead up to the Melbourne Games at the Albert Park outdoor venue which also played host to the 2007 FINA World Long Course Championships.

Melbourne’s Australian Championship and Trials history dates back to the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s and also includes the 1962 Commonwealth Games Trials and 1968 and 1980 Olympic Trials, swum at the old Olympic Swimming Stadium which hosted the 1956 Olympic Games.

The previous swimming Victorian swimming HQ, the State Swim Centre in Batman Avenue, also played host to several National meets including the 1989 and 1991 Pan Pac Trials.

The move to Melbourne is also a major venue shift by Swimming Australia after Adelaide became the home of the last three Olympic Trials and World Championship Trial meets since 2012.

Triple Olympic golden girl McKeown recently set the MSAC pool alight with some of her career best times at the Victorian Open Championships just three months after her five-medal haul, including three golds and the 100-200m backstroke double at the FINA World SC Championships.

And fresh from her quadruple gold medal haul in the MSAC pool in December, McKeown’s team mate Pallister said it was exciting to be heading back to Melbourne.

“It’s a place that now holds such fond memories for me and I have no doubt I’ll draw on those during the important moments at trials,” Pallister said.

“To share those experiences with a home crowd was incredibly special and I’m sure their passion and energy contributed to my performances, so I’d encourage the Melbourne fans to turn up again.”

“It will be a week of high quality racing with a number of the best athletes in the world fighting for the Dolphins team which means so much to us all.”

Swimming Australia CEO, Eugénie Buckley, welcomed the return to MSAC for such a quality meet.

“The Trials environment brings out the very best in our athletes and taking that platform to a state-of-the-art facility like MSAC will undoubtedly inspire some exceptional performances,” Buckley said.

“As we saw so clearly during World Short Course, the performance lift experienced by competing in front of a passionate home crowd is tangible and we expect another typically large Melbourne turn out to spur our athletes on once again.”

“We are proud to continue our strong relationship with the Victorian State Government and Visit Victoria to bring premier events and world class athletes to one of the sporting capitals of the world.”

Chinese Distance Star Li Bingjie Tests Positive for COVID-19 at SC Worlds

According to her American coach Mark Schubert, Chinese distance star Li Bingjie has tested positive for COVID-19, most likely keeping her from racing at the 2022 SC World Championships.Bingjie, who is the reigning Short Course World Champion in both the 400m and 800m freestyle, began to feel ill upon ...

According to her American coach Mark Schubert, Chinese distance star Li Bingjie has tested positive for COVID-19, most likely keeping her from racing at the 2022 SC World Championships.

Bingjie, who is the reigning Short Course World Champion in both the 400m and 800m freestyle, began to feel ill upon her arrival in Melbourne. After coming into the meet as the heavy favorite in both events, Bingjie scratched the 400m freestyle on day 1 of the meet, leaving Australian Lani Pallister to claim the World Championship title. It was possible that Bingjie would return for the 800m freestyle on day 2, but she once-again decided to scratch, leading to speculation about the nature of her illness.

That speculation was confirmed today as her coach Mark Schubert said that Bingjie tested positive for COVID-19 since arriving in Melbourne. Schubert also said that there were additional COVID cases amongst members of the Chinese team prior to the beginning of the meet. He did not confirm how many of those cases are currently active.

Schubert, who helped coach 8 US Olympic Teams, moved to China to coach earlier this year on a sabbatical from his “elite training group” based in Southern California, The Swim Team (TST). Prior to forming The Swim Team, Schubert was the coach of Mission Viejo for several decades across multiple stints, coaching swimmers like Janet Evans, Shirley Babashoff, Brian Goodell, Mike O’Brien, Sippy Woodhead Kaitlin Sandeno, Jessica Hardy, Larsen Jensen, Erik Vendt, Lindsay (Benko) Mintenko, Ous Mellouli, and Dara Torres.

Several other members of the Chinese team also scratched from events. It is known that other members of the team tested positive for COVID-19, but SwimSwam has not been able to confirm exactly which ones (besides Li).

#Melbourne2022There are some scratches according to the start lists:Yang Junxuan 100 and 200 freeYu Yiting 100,200 and 400 IMLiu Zhitong 200 flyTang Qianting 100 IMPan Zhanle 50 free

— Chinese Swimming News and Results (@CHNswim_fan) December 11, 2022

At the 2021 edition of the SC World Championships, there were a total of 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the meet, with 15 of those cases coming from athletes. Notable swimmers who tested positive include American Olympic Champion Lydia Jacoby and Great Britain’s Max Litchfield. At those Championships, FINA, now known as World Aquatics, forced entire countries to withdraw from the meet due to positive cases and several swimmers left the competition early due to COVID concerns.

On December 12, Melbourne reported a total of 4,376 new COVID cases, though total testing data isn’t available. Last week, data showed a 4.6% increase in the positive test rate in Victoria, the state Melbourne falls under.

Fans stoked for Orlando City match in Melbourne

FLORIDA TODAYLocal soccer fans will get a rare treat on Wednesday evening as English Premier League team Stoke City will face off with Orlando City SC at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne at 7:30 p.m.The Harbor City Hooligans have been a mainstay at Orlando City B games, also held in Melbourne, this season, and they say they’re excited to see the two teams square off....

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Local soccer fans will get a rare treat on Wednesday evening as English Premier League team Stoke City will face off with Orlando City SC at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne at 7:30 p.m.

The Harbor City Hooligans have been a mainstay at Orlando City B games, also held in Melbourne, this season, and they say they’re excited to see the two teams square off.

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“The Harbor City Hooligans was started with the sole purpose of supporting Orlando City's presence here in Brevard County,” said Matthew Favero, Harbor City Hooligans President and Founder in a message to FLORIDA TODAY. “As such, we are ecstatic to have professional soccer here in our backyard. The opportunity to see top-tier European talent in our town is such and honor and we can't wait to be in attendance to see our Lions take on Stoke City."

The match, despite not meaning anything in terms of standing or playoffs, is still an important one for both teams.

For Orlando City, it will mark the debut for new head coach Jason Kreis after he was hired by the club on July 19. Kreis sat out the Lions’ last contest, a 2-2 draw in Major League Soccer play against the Columbus Crew.

“We’ll approach the match and use it the right way. I think it could actually be beneficial,” Head Coach Jason Kreis said in a release. “We’re going to be asking the players to make some tactical adjustments that we talked about in the meeting. We’ll use it as an evaluation piece to make decisions going forward.”

Orlando City officially announces Kreis as head coach

For Stoke City, it’s an important match as they continue preparations for the lengthy and challenging Premier League season ahead as the contest will be their third of four preseason contests prior to their season opener against Middleborough on August 13.

Last season, Stoke City finished 9th in the English Premier League, arguably the biggest and most storied international club league in the world. Its roster features a name many U.S. soccer fans are familiar with in midfielder-defender Geoff Cameron and also includes other noteworthy players such as English defender Glen Johnson, English goalkeeper Jack Butland and Austrian striker Marko Anautovic, who led the team with 11 goals last season.

The two teams made news off the field recently as well, with the clubs announcing a formal affiliation on May 6, according to Orlando City SC. The affiliation will include player exchange opportunities, access to scouting networks, player recruitment systems and cross-promotional opportunities for both.

The two teams have only ever faced off one other time, in 2012, with Stoke City prevailing 1-0. The matchup is Orlando City’s fifth ever with an EPL team. On July 15, the team dispatched of West Bromwich Albion 3-1.

As of Tuesday afternoon, some tickets were still available for the match through Ticketmaster.

Inquiry into sexual abuse at a Melbourne school to probe allegations at 18 others

An inquiry into historical child sexual abuse at a Melbourne primary school in the 1960s and 1970s will investigate allegations at 18 other state schools where the same teachers also worked.The Andrews government in June announced a board of inquiry into historical abuse allegations at Beaumaris primary school, i...

An inquiry into historical child sexual abuse at a Melbourne primary school in the 1960s and 1970s will investigate allegations at 18 other state schools where the same teachers also worked.

The Andrews government in June announced a board of inquiry into historical abuse allegations at Beaumaris primary school, in Melbourne’s south-east.

But on Thursday the inquiry revealed it will focus on at least three perpetrators who were involved with 18 Victorian schools, as it called for submissions.

The inquiry’s terms of reference means it can only investigate allegations at schools where there is a link to Beaumaris primary. The 18 Victorian schools named are where the same teachers from Beaumaris had also worked.

The Andrews government has also flagged the inquiry’s scope could be widened to include allegations at other schools if evidence was uncovered.

The inquiry’s chair, Kathleen Foley, SC, said the probe will be guided by the needs of victim-survivors.

“We’ll be creating an official public record of victim survivor experiences so that they can be seen, heard and acknowledged in the way that they deserve to be in sharing their experiences,” she said.

“We want to be part of the process of healing for all those affected.”

Foley said the inquiry had identified a former Beaumaris teacher, Gary Mitchell, as one of the perpetrators. The inquiry said it would name other perpetrators when it was able to do so.

Since the late 1990s, Mitchell has been sentenced five times for child sexual abuse offences committed between 1967 and 2001.

Mitchell worked at a number of Victorian schools, including Warragul Technical school, Dandenong North primary school, Dandenong West primary school, Beaconsfield Upper primary school, Emerald primary school, Cranbourne primary school – where he was the deputy principal – and Bunyip primary school, where he was principal for eight years.

Foley, a commissioner at the Victorian Law Reform Commission, said the inquiry would hear testimonies of people abused by staff and contractors at schools between the 1960s and end of the 1990s, who had also worked at Beaumaris.

Anyone who thought they had relevant information should come forward even if they are unsure if it was in the inquiry’s scope, Foley said. Members of the public can choose to provide information anonymously.

“We will respect people’s preferences in how they share their information with us,” Foley said.

Public hearings for the inquiry will commence later this month and some testimonies will be given in private.

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has pledged to deliver a formal apology to recognise abuse victim-survivors who attended Beaumaris primary school, and has described the abuse as “vile, evil and incredibly damaging”.

The apology will be separate to a wider apology the government is due to deliver later this year that will recognise historical child abuse in institutional care settings like orphanages. Guardian Australia reported in January that survivors of abuse at Beaumaris primary school in the 1960s and 1970s were pushing for a formal apology by the state government.

The inquiry will also investigate the state’s education department knowledge and response to abuse. It said it would take its role seriously to discover “an explanation for any action and inaction in relation to child sexual abuse”.

Lawyer John Rule from Maurice Blackburn, who is handling several cases against the department on behalf of alleged Beaumaris victims, previously told Guardian Australia the department had developed a reputation for being “aggressive” in defending claims.

The opposition’s treasury spokesperson, Brad Rowswell, whose electorate of Sandringham takes in Beaumaris, has previously pushed for a state-wide parliamentary inquiry into the allegations of abuse in public schools.

The inquiry is due to report to the Andrews government by the end of February.

Best universities in Australia for computer science degrees 2024

Top 8 universities for computer science in Australia 2024Scroll down for the full list of best universities for computer science in AustraliaAustralia computer science rank 2024 Computer science rank 2024 University City 1 52 Monash University Melbourne 2 55 ...

Top 8 universities for computer science in Australia 2024

Scroll down for the full list of best universities for computer science in Australia

Australia computer science rank 2024 Computer science rank 2024 University City
1 52 Monash University Melbourne
2 55 University of Melbourne Melbourne
3 77 University of Sydney Sydney
4 78 University of Technology Sydney Sydney
5 79 Australian National University Canberra
6 83 UNSW Sydney Kensington
7 85 University of Adelaide Adelaide
8 101–125 Macquarie University Sydney
=9 126–150 The University of Queensland Brisbane
=9 126–150 Swinburne University of Technology Hawthorn

Computer science is one of the fastest growing industries, with new jobs and specialties cropping up all the time.

The tech sector in Australia is bolstered by investments across major infrastructure including the National Broadband Network (NBN).

A popular student destination, Australia is well known for its high-quality education as well as its broad career opportunities.

Some 30 universities in the Times Higher Education computer science ranking are based in Australia and seven Australian universities are featured in the top 100.

Below are the best universities in Australia for computer science degrees, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024.

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5. Australian National University

Established in 2006, the Australian National University College of Engineering and Computer Science evolved from the department of systems engineering (1981). Today, it offers the chance for students to get involved with research and engage with experts in the field.

Its engineering degrees take a “systems approach” to learning, allowing graduates to develop a holistic skill set to design, analyse and manage complex systems.

The university offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate options in computer science. The majority of degrees are accredited by Engineers Australia or the Australian Computer Society, and the Bachelor of Software Engineering is accredited by both.

Australian National University has close links with several large tech and finance companies including Google, Boeing, KPMG and Microsoft.

4. University of Technology Sydney

The School of Computer Science at the University of Technology Sydney offers a range of undergraduate courses in computer science including information systems, computing science and games development. There are also postgraduate courses in information technology, which can be taken in formats such as a graduate diploma or a master’s course.

The university’s research covers a broad range of areas within computer science and information technology, including artificial intelligence and quantum computation, data analytics, human-computer interaction and intelligent information systems.

Facilities for students include a computer laboratory and the UTS Science Super Lab, where more than 200 students can run experiments from different disciplines at the same time.

The University of Technology Sydney is part of the Australian Technology Network, a group of five prominent universities committed to working with industry and government to deliver practical and professional courses.

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3. University of Sydney

The University of Sydney was founded in 1850.

The majority of computer science courses at the University of Sydney are accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

The university’s School of Computer Science teaches courses in artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithms, visualisation, health informatics, human-centred technology, networking platforms, security, information systems and service computing.

The department also connects with hospitals through its biomedical and health informatics research programmes, while its links to industry include collaborations with companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Cisco.

It’s also home to a range of advanced and purpose-built facilities, including access to Dell EMC’s Artemis 3 supercomputer.

2. University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is a public research university in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 1853, it is the second oldest university in Australia.

The University of Melbourne’s School of Computing and Information Systems has been at the forefront of technological advancement. It played a role in commissioning Australia’s first computer and managing the first internet connections.

For undergraduates, the university offers five information technology majors within the bachelor of science or bachelor of design programmes. There is also a range of specialist programmes, including computer science, data science, information systems and software engineering. Entry requirements vary, with some of the specialist programmes not requiring completion of a computing major at undergraduate level.

Graduate research programmes are led by faculty with international recognition. There’s a vast array of research projects under way at the university, working to solve issues for industry, business, government and society.

1. Monash University

Monash University is a public research university based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and houses Australia's leading IT faculty.

The university was established in 1958, making it the second largest university in the state.

Undergraduate students can choose to study single and double degrees ranging from applied data science to bachelor of engineering and computer science.

All students will learn technical skills, theory of computation and mathematical skills. On top of this, one third of the course is elective and students will then be given the opportunity to choose anything from additional data science units and cybersecurity to mobile or games development and immersive media.

Top universities in Australia for computer science degrees 2024

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Good gourd! Festival elevates humble gourds into dazzling works of art

Humble gourds become works of art in the hands of the artists at the Florida Gourd Society's annual festival. It will be in Melbourne on Feb. 23-25.Behold the modest gourd.The fruit of the flowering plant species of the family Cucurbitaceae, the gourd has long been a staple in crafts and has made many a home for backyard birds, yet there is more to a gourd than a birdhouse. Just ask the gourd artists who exhibit at the Flor...

Humble gourds become works of art in the hands of the artists at the Florida Gourd Society's annual festival. It will be in Melbourne on Feb. 23-25.

Behold the modest gourd.

The fruit of the flowering plant species of the family Cucurbitaceae, the gourd has long been a staple in crafts and has made many a home for backyard birds, yet there is more to a gourd than a birdhouse. Just ask the gourd artists who exhibit at the Florida Gourd Society’s Gourd Arts Festival, Feb. 23 to 25 at the Azan Shrine Center, 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd.

The festival reveals what you can do with a simple gourd, as long as you have talent and creativity.

“As you wander on through the exhibition, you will see carved, painted, weaved, beaded and multiple gourds used to create sculptures,” said Therese Ferguson, one of the event’s organizers.

“This is the area that will amaze you if you haven’t been to a show before.”

Gourd masks, gourd jewelry, gourd purses, gourd toys, gourd musical instruments, gourd Christmas decorations are also all here, proving that gourds are indeed a versatile fruit with a definite artsy personality.

The Festival makes for a fun outing even if you are not a gourd aficionado such as Ferguson. Activities include demos during lunch hours, food served by the Azan Shrine kitchen, gourd growers and supply vendors, a gourd competition area, a make-and-take area for the kids and silent auction.

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Outside the building is Growers’ Row where visitors can pick out several gourds to take home to fashion their own gourdy art.

“We have growers from Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas and Kentucky, as well as Florida home grown,” said Ferguson.

Florida’s Lambda Chapter of the American Gourd Society is one of 23 state chapters in the U.S. with the common goal of enjoying and promoting gourding as a hobby and art form. The Sunshine State is home to five “patches,” as local gourd groups call themselves, and one of them is here in Brevard. The local patch meets from 9 a.m. until noon the first Saturday of the month at Eau Gallie Public Library.

If you go

Gourd Arts Festival

Where: Azan Shrine Center, 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25

Admission: Free, but activities have additional costs

Website: flgourdsoc.org

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Northrop Grumman to expand Melbourne campus as B-21 Raider production begins in California

Northrop Grumman officials are planning an expansion at the company's campus at Melbourne Orlando International Airport, where more than 5,000 employees work on an array of high-tech programs — including the U.S. Air Force's B-21 Raider long-range nuclear stealth bomber.And America's first B-...

Northrop Grumman officials are planning an expansion at the company's campus at Melbourne Orlando International Airport, where more than 5,000 employees work on an array of high-tech programs — including the U.S. Air Force's B-21 Raider long-range nuclear stealth bomber.

And America's first B-21 Raiders have entered low-rate initial production in Palmdale, California, after the first futuristic aircraft made its historic inaugural flight in November.

Northrop Grumman is exercising a lease option on 15.3 acres of airport-owned land along NASA Boulevard, stretching between the aerospace giant's campus and Satcom Direct, Melbourne Airport Authority records show. A Northrop Grumman spokesperson declined to divulge details on the upcoming expansion.

“They’re moving very quickly. We’ve already had meetings with them about the pre-planning process," Mark Busalacchi, airport director of business development, said during the Jan. 24 MAA meeting.

"I would expect you’ll see construction starting within six months," Busalacchi said.

Key lease terms for the 15.3-acre parcel:

All told, airport officials estimate the ground lease will generate about $7.5 million, not including CPI adjustments.

Greg Donovan, airport executive director, labeled Northrop Grumman's pending expansion "a very big win for us" during the Jan. 24 meeting. He also told board members, "a lot of questions are going to come up when you see the construction itself."

"It's a very sizable property. We're very pleased that Northrop Grumman continues to build their very successful operation here, and expand on that," Donovan said.

B-21 Raider:"It's so capable, it can get in and get out:" Developing America's new stealth bomber in Brevard

Northrop Grumman's lease option dates to the Project Magellan transaction documents. In May 2014, FLORIDA TODAY broke the news that Project Magellan was the aerospace giant's bid to invest $500 million in new facilities and develop the Air Force's new stealth bomber.

Melbourne City Hall officials estimate Project Magellan added more than 2,000 jobs. Teams at Northrop Grumman's airport campus also work on the U.S. Navy's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) programs and the Air Force's Joint STARS program.

Thus far, Northrop Grumman has yet to submit plans detailing new buildings with Melbourne's community development department, said Cheryl Mall, city spokesperson. No information has been released on which programs will be impacted by the expansion.

During an October interview, Janice Zilch, Northrop Grumman vice president of multi-domain command and control, told FLORIDA TODAY the number of buildings at the Melbourne campus jumped from six to 17 between 2016 and 2022.

In a statement, Northrop Grumman officials said the B-21 Raider has entered low-rate initial production in California.

"Our team received the contract award after B-21 entered flight testing within the program baseline schedule. Our production representative test aircraft indicated readiness for production, achieving all flight performance and data requirements," the statement said.

"As the world’s first six-generation aircraft, B-21 forms the backbone of the future for U.S. air power, delivering a new era of capability and flexibility through advanced integration of data, sensors and weapons, and is rapidly upgradable to outpace evolving threats," the statement said.

Since winning the B-21 Raider contract award in 2015, Northrop Grumman assembled a nationwide team of more than 8,000 workers with more than 400 suppliers across 40 states to design, test and build the stealth bomber, according to a company fact sheet.

Rick Neale is a Space Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY (for more of his stories, click here.) Contact Neale at 321-242-3638 or rneale@floridatoday.com. Twitter/X: @RickNeale1

Melbourne "shocks" its drinking water system with chlorine this month

If your tap water comes from the city of Melbourne, you might already have noticed it tastes a tad like a swimming pool.Beginning Monday and continuing through Jan. 29, Melbourne water customers may notice a chlorine odor in their tap water. Water officials say it's still safe to drink.Why is it happening?The city typically treats the drinking water with chloramine formed from the combination of free chlorine and ammonia. But this month, the city is using free chlorine without any ammonia. That periodic ...

If your tap water comes from the city of Melbourne, you might already have noticed it tastes a tad like a swimming pool.

Beginning Monday and continuing through Jan. 29, Melbourne water customers may notice a chlorine odor in their tap water. Water officials say it's still safe to drink.

Why is it happening?

The city typically treats the drinking water with chloramine formed from the combination of free chlorine and ammonia. But this month, the city is using free chlorine without any ammonia. That periodic chlorine boost provides more protection against microorganisms and helps ensure the water is safe.

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Is my water any less safe?

This month's change in water chemistry "will not affect the safety of water for drinking," city officials said in a press release.

“During this temporary period, customers may notice a chlorine taste or odor in their tap water,” Acting Public Works and Utilities Director Jennifer Spagnoli, said in the release. “These temporary conditions will not cause adverse health effects. The water will remain safe for drinking and other uses.”

Chlorine boost affecting customers in South Brevard

But should those on kidney dialysis take special precautions?

Yes. During the first and last week of this three-week period, as the water in the distribution system transitions from chloramine to free chlorine and then back, customers who use kidney dialysis machines should be aware that their water may contain chlorine, ammonia and/or a mixture of the two.

During the middle week, the water should contain free chlorine only.

What do I do if on dialysis or I own fish?

Fish owners, stores and restaurants with fish aquariums and holding tanks for fish and shellfish, along with hospitals, blood/dialysis clinics, or users of home dialysis equipment, may need to take action to maintain appropriate water quality.

These users are encouraged to contact an appropriate professional for guidance on how to use the equipment during this period. The temporary change in treatment may have adverse effects on dialysis machines and may be harmful to fish and aquatic mammals if not properly addressed.

What about everybody else?

No precautions are needed. You do not need to boil your water, buy bottled water or special filters. But if you are sensitive to the taste or smell of chlorine, you can collect water in a container and put it in your refrigerator for a few hours. This will allow much of the chlorine to dissipate.

Why do utilities use chloramines?

Chloramines are thought to result in fewer harmful byproducts. In Brevard, groups of disinfection byproducts called trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids periodically exceed federal long-term limits. The byproducts form when disinfecting chemicals such as chlorine react with organic matter in the water and are associated with increased lifetime risk of certain cancers.

Utilities use chloramines because it's cheaper than reverse-osmosis, ozone or ultraviolet light treatment.

Where else are there chloramines?

Different chloramines not usually associated with drinking water form in and around indoor swimming pools, which cause skin, eye, and respiratory problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The type of chloramine used in drinking water is called monochloramine. It's mixed into water at levels that kill germs but are still considered safe to drink, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Where does the drinking water come from?

Lake Washington provides two-thirds of the 19 million gallons of daily water the city of Melbourne supplies to 193,000 people. The other third comes from wells.

Who gets their drinking water from Melbourne?

Those who live within about a 100-square-mile service area that includes Melbourne, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, Palm Shores, Satellite Beach, West Melbourne and unincorporated Brevard County south of the Pineda Causeway.

Where can I get more information?

Call 321-608-5700 or visit the city's Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Brevard town makes Top 20 ‘most Instagrammable’ cities in Florida. Can you guess which one?

#MelbourneFlorida rules. Literally.In a list of the “most Instagrammable” cities in Florida, the Harbor City named after its counterpart in Australia ranked No. 12.A study from vacation rental marketplace ...

#MelbourneFlorida rules. Literally.

In a list of the “most Instagrammable” cities in Florida, the Harbor City named after its counterpart in Australia ranked No. 12.

A study from vacation rental marketplace Florida Rentals found the most "Instagrammable" cities here, with the top city seeing more than 5 million hashtags (see below). Experts analyzed the number of Instagram hashtags for 400 of Florida’s municipalities. They combined hashtags for "[place]FL" and "[place]Florida" that were used for each Florida destination to determine and rank the most Instagrammed destinations in Florida.

Together, #MelbourneFL and #MelbourneFlorida totaled 498,254 hashtags, the study found.

“Florida is generally a visually appealing and photogenic state, making its destinations the perfect backdrop for Instagram photos and other social media posts," a spokesperson for Florida Rentals said in a study press release.

Find examples of Instagram-worthy pics of Melbourne below and see how it fares against the other "most Instagrammable" cities in Florida.

What is the most 'Instagrammable' city in Florida?

Orlando took home the crown as the most Instagrammed destination across the state, with an average total of 5,423,004 hashtags.

"Orlando is home to some iconic, and Instagram-worthy attractions, including Mills 50, adjacent to downtown Orlando, which has the most murals of any neighborhood across the city," organizers of the study wrote.

Orlando also is the home to several world famous theme parks, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and some beautiful beaches including Daytona Beach and Clearwater Beach.

What do the Top 5 ‘most Instagrammable’ cities in Florida look like?

The study highlighted the top five cities and their statistics. Outside of Orlando's top spot:

What are the Top 20 most 'Instagrammable' cities in Florida?

The most posted about cities in Florida are:

What is the least 'Instagrammable' city in Florida?

The data reveals the least posted about destination in the state is Belleair Shore, located south of Tampa in Pinellas County. The study found it only has 4 hashtags.

The quiet, laidback beach community has a population of roughly 109 people on it. It has about 55 private homes on it, making it one of the smallest communities in the state.

Why are Florida cities the perfect background for selfies and candid photography?

In a press release, a spokesperson with Florida Rentals explained why everyone, from tourists to locals, are eager to post their Florida pride: The Sunshine State’s vast coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, boasting some of the most beautiful, scenic beaches in the country.

Locally, Brevard County has 72 miles of ocean coast, not counting some of the beautiful views along its rivers.

"Florida's tropical and subtropical climate means people can enjoy warm and pleasant weather throughout majority of the year — and, of course, sunny weather is great for Instagram photos," the release states. “Whether it's due to its stunning natural scenery, vibrant beaches, beautiful architecture, or quirky food and drink hubs, Florida’s strong aesthetic appeal makes it one of the best spots for capturing that Insta-worthy snap.”

Sangalang is a lead digital producer for USA TODAY Network-Florida. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @byjensangalang. Support local journalism. Consider subscribing to a Florida newspaper.

Trulieve to Open Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Pinellas Park, Florida

New location celebrates grand opening and offers improved convenience for Florida Space Coast patientsTALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: ...

New location celebrates grand opening and offers improved convenience for Florida Space Coast patients

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF) ("Trulieve" or "the Company"), a leading and top-performing cannabis company in the United States, announced the relocation of a medical cannabis dispensary in Melbourne, Florida.

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The new location at 1921 Alma Drive, less than one mile from Interstate 95, offers greater convenience to patients in southern Brevard County. Trulieve will host a grand opening celebration at the new location beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, October 20, with partner giveaways, music, specials, discounts, and opportunities to register for upcoming patient education sessions.

"We are committed to finding the most convenient locations to best serve our Florida patients," said Trulieve's Chief Executive Officer Kim Rivers. "This relocation improves our ability to offer our broad assortment of products and first-class customer service to the Melbourne community."

The new Melbourne location will be open 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sundays. Trulieve offers statewide home delivery, convenient online ordering, and in-store pickup. Veterans receive 20% off every order when they show their military ID, and all first-time guests are eligible for a 60% new customer discount at any Florida Trulieve location.

Designed to meet every customer's needs, Trulieve's portfolio of popular in-house brands includes Alchemy, Co2lors, Cultivar Collection, Modern Flower, Momenta, Muse, Roll One, Sweet Talk and Trekkers. Customers also have access to beloved partner brands such as Alien Labs, Binske, Black Tuna, Blue River, Connected Cannabis, DeLisioso, Khalifa Kush, Love's Oven, Miami Mango, O.pen, Seed Junky and Sunshine Cannabis, all available exclusively at Trulieve in Florida.

For more information, or to learn how to become a registered patient, please visit Trulieve.com and connect on Instagram or Facebook.

About TrulieveTrulieve is an industry leading, vertically integrated cannabis company and multi-state operator in the U.S., with established hubs in the Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest, anchored by leading market positions in Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Trulieve is poised for accelerated growth and expansion, building scale in retail and distribution in new and existing markets through its hub strategy. By providing innovative, high-quality products across its brand portfolio, Trulieve delivers optimal customer experiences and increases access to cannabis, helping patients and customers to live without limits. Trulieve is listed on the CSE under the symbol TRUL and trades on the OTCQX market under the symbol TCNNF. For more information, please visit Trulieve.com.

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Investor Contact Christine Hersey, Vice President of Investor Relations+1 (424) 202-0210 Christine.Hersey@Trulieve.com

Media ContactPhil Buck, APR, Corporate Communications Manager +1 (406) 370-6226 Philip.Buck@Trulieve.com

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