Rural Stress

first_imgMuch like their counterparts across the nation, farmers in Georgia have experienced increased rates of suicide and stress over the last decade.To help curb these statistics, an interdisciplinary team of researchers and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension faculty have teamed up to help understand the causes of rural stress and to build systems that can help rural communities support community members in crisis.“The challenges of rural stress are complex, and involve everything from economics, to weather, to emotions. Having an interdisciplinary team is essential to tackling a multi-pronged problem like this,” said Anna Scheyett, dean of the UGA School of Social Work and a rural health advocate.In a first of its kind survey of Georgia, researchers from the School of Social Work found that those in rural areas rated the stress of Georgia’s farming population as high, an average of more than four on a five-point scale, and believed that farmers were more stressed than they had been a year ago.Despite the survey participants’ awareness of the stress in their community, only 36% of respondents reported being confident or very confident that they could help a friend or family member whose stress was reaching dangerous levels. About 33% reported having little or no confidence that they could help someone who was in crisis.The survey, which was conducted in fall 2019 at the Georgia Farm Bureau Convention, was limited in scope, but gives a picture of the seriousness of the stress farmers are feeling and supports the stories shared anecdotally with those who work in rural areas for the past several years, Scheyett said.“This study is valuable for a number of reasons, said Scheyett. “It confirms our concerns about stress levels and causes in farmers, and that many people in rural areas don’t know how to help someone whose stress has reached a crisis. It also helps us understand the best ways to get information to farmers and farming communities about taking care during times of high stress. The good news is that there are lots of things that can be done to manage stress—we just need to get the word out there.”Anecdotally, farmers have shared their concerns about finances and unpredictable weather, but this survey helped provide some data to document the prevalence of those concerns.About 72% of survey respondents cited weather as the top stressor for Georgia farmers. About 30% each reported finances and commodity prices as farmers’ top stressors. Survey respondents also identified social media, newsletters and magazines, Extension classes, and websites as the best ways to provide information on stress management to farmers. In an effort to help rural communities support farmers as they deal with increased levels of stress, UGA Cooperative Extension has launched a rural stress information clearinghouse at The site provides resources from experts across the country to help individuals recognize a neighbor in crisis and connect them with assistance. There are also numerous resources on health and wellness, financial planning, dealing with stress and much more.In addition to the website, UGA Extension agents and specialists are working with farmers at commodity production meetings across southwest Georgia to jumpstart the conversation about health, both physical and mental. Extension agents, who serve in every county in Georgia and work closely with the agricultural community, can play a vital role in helping to normalize conversations about stress and mental health, said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension.“I see us as a conduit between our audience and the people who can help them,” Johnson said. “I’m not, in any way, trying to turn us into counselors. But their Extension agents and their bankers know when they’re in trouble, and they trust us.”UGA Extension has partnered with local health care providers as well as the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to combine the resources and expertise of each organization.“This is a complex, multi-faceted problem and UGA Extension is excited to convene a diverse team of experts to help us address this issue. So far, our efforts and educational resources have been very well received by farmers and several have followed up to avail themselves of the offered counseling and other services,” Johnson said. “My appreciation goes to all of our partners as well as the agriculture agents and specialists who care so deeply about the success and wellbeing of their clientele. This is a new area of education for us and slightly out of our area of expertise but, with the expertise of our partners, we are able to help farmers get the resources they need, and that is ultimately the role of Extension.”For more information about rural stress in Georgia and what UGA is doing to help, visit read more

FARC Releases Hostage Soldier

first_img In February 2012, the FARC said they would no longer kidnap civilians for ransom and freed the last 10 police and military staff they were holding, all of whom were among a group of about 60 hostages. The Germans, aged 69 and 73, have been held by the ELN since November 2012, when they were kidnapped in a rural area of Norte de Santander department, according to the guerrillas. The ICRC is currently negotiating the conditions for their release. This liberation, which comes amid peace talks progressing in Cuba between FARC and the Colombian government, is part of the release of three force members held captive since January, and comes after two Police Officers – held for three weeks – were also handed over to the ICRC in a rural village of Cauca department on February 15. “A member of the National Army who was held captive by the FARC-EP, was released and handed over today in a rural area of Nariño department in southwest Colombia to members of the humanitarian mission of the ICRC and the NGO ‘Colombianos y Colombianas por la Paz’ (Colombians for Peace),” the institution said in a statement. Álvarez, age 19, who seems to be in good health, was captured after FARC rebels clashed with soldiers in a rural southern area of Nariño department on January 30. By Dialogo February 20, 2013 “Soldier Josué Álvarez is being transferred to the Policarpa jurisdiction (Nariño) on an ICRC vehicle, where he will be delivered to ICRC authorities,” the report added. The Canadian citizen was kidnapped on January 18 along with two Peruvians and three Colombians employed by the Canadian firm, all of whom were handed over to the ICRC on February 15. Soldier Josué Álvarez was handed over by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in southwest Colombia, on February 16. Álvarez was captured during a clash between rebels and security forces on January 30, the humanitarian institution reported. The ongoing peace talks which started in Havana, Cuba, in November 2012 included a two-month unilateral truce by the FARC, as a sign of “goodwill” towards these talks. Colombia’s other guerrilla, the National Liberation Army (ELN), still holds Canadian national Jernoc Wobert, Exploration Vice President for Geo Explorer in Colombia; and two retired German siblings hostages. last_img read more

Some avian flu H7 viruses growing more human-like

first_imgMay 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists have found evidence that North American avian influenza viruses of the H7 subtype are becoming more like human flu viruses in their ability to attach to host cells, which suggests they may be improving their capacity to infect humans.The investigators determined that several recent North American H7 viruses have an increased ability to bind to a type of receptor molecule that is abundant on human tracheal cells and is less common in birds. Their results were published this week by the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.The finding—which comes as the deadly Eurasian H5N1 virus continues to be seen as the likeliest candidate to spark a pandemic—”underscores the necessity for continued surveillance and study of these [North American H7] viruses as they continue to resemble viruses with pandemic potential,” says the report. The study was done by scientists from the US Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emory University in Atlanta, and the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.H7 viruses have caused a number of disease outbreaks in poultry in Europe and North America in recent years, though far fewer than the widespread outbreaks caused by the H5N1 virus. H7 viruses also have occasionally infected humans, typically causing only mild conjunctivitis. But a veterinarian died of an H7N7 infection during the devastating poultry outbreaks in the Netherlands in 2003.Previous research has established that avian flu viruses prefer to link up with cell receptor molecules known as alpha 2-3 glycans, whereas human flu viruses, such as H1N1 and H3N2, prefer to attach to receptors called alpha 2-6. The terms refer to the nature of the link between sialic acid (SA), which forms the tip of the receptor molecule, and galactose, an adjoining sugar unit.Differences in receptor binding, transmissibilityIn the new study, with Jessica A. Belser of the CDC and Emory as first author, investigators examined the binding preferences of H7 viruses by exposing glycan microarrays—receptor molecules laid out in grids on glass slides—to solutions containing the viruses.In addition, they dosed ferrets with H7 viruses and tested whether they became infected and whether the infection spread to other ferrets housed with them. Ferrets are considered the best animal model for studying flu transmission, because the distribution of cell receptor types resembles that in humans.The viruses tested included two highly pathogenic H7N7 isolates from humans infected during the Dutch outbreaks of 2003, three H7N2 isolates from poultry outbreaks and a human case in the eastern United States in 2002 and 2003, and two H7N3 viruses from human conjunctivitis cases linked to a poultry outbreak in British Columbia in 2004.The scientists found that the two Dutch viruses, one of which (called NL/219) came from the fatal human case, showed the typical avian preference for alpha 2-3 glycans. In contrast, the three eastern US isolates showed significantly increased binding to alpha 2-6 receptors. One of these three, which came from a New York state man who was infected in 2003, showed both a sharply increased preference for alpha 2-6 glycans and reduced binding to alpha 2-3 receptors—a characteristic that was also observed in H1, H2, and H3 viruses when they were first introduced into humans, according to the report.The two Canadian isolates also showed an increased preference for alpha 2-6 receptors, compared with the Dutch strains, but it was less marked than that of the eastern US isolates.To study transmission, the researchers inoculated groups of three ferrets with one of six viruses and then caged them with three other ferrets to see if the viruses spread by direct contact. They found that the viruses multiplied in all of the inoculated ferrets, and some showed respiratory signs such as sneezing.However, most of the isolates did not spread efficiently to the other ferrets. The one clear exception was the New York virus, which was transmitted to all three of the previously unexposed ferrets and multiplied to high levels. None of the viruses spread via airborne droplets, as shown by the absence of infection in ferrets that were housed in cages next to the inoculated ferrets.The scientists write that the virus from the New York man showed both “the most dramatic shift in receptor specificity” and the greatest transmissibility in ferrets. However, they also note that an H7N2 chicken virus from Connecticut showed similar receptor preferences but spread by contact to only one of three ferrets.The authors say previous work shows that the preference for alpha 2-6 glycans seems to be essential for transmissibility in existing human flu viruses such as H1N1. But their results, they add, suggest that this characteristic alone is not sufficient to render avian flu viruses transmissible in ferrets, and that reduced binding to alpha 2-3 receptors may be one of the additional requirements.”These results indicate that H7 influenza viruses from the North American lineage have acquired sialic acid–binding properties that more closely resemble those of human influenza viruses and have the potential to spread to naïve animals,” the researchers conclude.A reminder of unpredictabilityInfectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, called the study scientifically “outstanding” and said it is a reminder that it’s impossible to predict which breed of flu virus will evolve into the next pandemic strain. Osterholm is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News.”It goes to the point that we don’t know what the next pandemic strain will be,” he said. “However, we’re reminded with the very disturbing data in this paper that it very well could be an H7. The most important message we can take from this is that there will be another pandemic strain that will emerge—tomorrow, next week, next year, whenever, but it’s going to occur.”Dr. Terence Tumpey, senior author of the CDC study, said North American H7 viruses studied since about 2002 generally seem to have shown an increasing affinity for human-type receptors, according to a May 26 Canadian Press (CP) story.”These viruses are partially adapted to recognize the receptors preferred by human influenza viruses, but not completely,” he told CP. “It needs to be adapted further. But I think it shows that potentially these viruses are changing.”David A. Halvorson, DVM, a veterinarian and avian flu expert at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, called the CDC study very interesting but cautioned against concluding that North American H7 viruses in general are becoming more like human-adapted strains, since the study did not include viruses from wild birds.He noted that the three eastern US isolates studied—the New York human virus, the Connecticut chicken isolate, and one from a turkey in Virginia—all showed increased binding to alpha 2-6 glycans, compared with a 1993 H7N1 isolate from North Carolina. The two Canadian isolates showed a lesser increase in alpha 2-6 binding.”The H7 viruses associated with the live poultry markets in New York were first detected in 1994 and remained there until 2006, so when the 2002 and 2003 isolates were obtained they had been circulating in chickens (mostly) for 8 to 10 years,” Havorson said via e-mail. “If we allow (conservatively) one infection cycle per week, that would mean the viruses had been passed 52 times per year or 416 to 520 passages in chickens.”As such they do not generally represent ‘North American isolates of H7,’ which would include hundreds if not thousands of wild bird H7s perhaps more typical of the rhea [North Carolina] isolate. It would be more correct to confine the title, discussion, and conclusions to human isolates of H7 and high-chicken-passage isolates of H7. Those findings are important to our understanding of how avian influenza viruses might become infectious for humans, but the findings do not necessarily apply to North American isolates in general.”Research on H7 vaccinesIn view of the possible threat posed by H7 viruses, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is sponsoring several studies of human H7 vaccines, according to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.A phase 1-2 clinical trial of a vaccine based on a US H7N7 virus was launched in March, Fauci told CIDRAP News today. The trial, based at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, involves 125 volunteers who received doses ranging from 7.5 to 90 micrograms of antigen to study the vaccine’s safety and immunogenicity. The egg-based vaccine was made by Sanofi, he said.In addition, the NIAID recently conducted an intramural phase 1 clinical trial of a cold-adapted H7N3 vaccine made from the British Columbian strain, Fauci reported. He said the results show that the vaccine is safe, but the immunogenicity findings are still being analyzed.Fauci said some additional research on H7 vaccines is under way in NIAID labs in Bethesda, Md. “The bottom line is there is stuff going on,” he said.Belser JA, Blixt O, Chen L, et al. Contemporary North American influenza H7 virses possess human receptor specificity: implications virus transmissibility. Proc Nat Acad Sci 2008 May 27;105(21)7558-63 [Full text]See also: Jan 14 CIDRAP News story “Study refines view of H5N1 virus’s binding preferences”last_img read more

US facing ‘critical’ coronavirus surge

first_imgTopics : German setback Germany was the first major EU nation to begin easing lockdown measures about seven weeks ago, but two districts in the west of the country were forced to apply the brakes once again.An outbreak at a slaughterhouse that has infected more than 1,500 workers prompted authorities in to impose fresh restrictions on nearly 640,000 people.Portugal also imposed new restrictions in and around its capital Lisbon on Tuesday. And the future of sporting events suffered a major blow when Djokovic, who had organised a series of exhibition events in the Balkans at which social distancing was minimal, tested positive for the virus.Tennis was hoping to follow team sports like football back into arenas and stadiums, but the positive tests of Djokovic and three others have dampened its prospects. “I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm,” the 17-time Grand Slam champion wrote on Twitter, adding, “It was too soon.” ‘Little flu’ Latin America has been one of the world’s worst hotspots for weeks, and the number of deaths there and the Caribbean surpassed 100,000 on Tuesday, according to an AFP tally.Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro has flouted containment measures and described the virus as a “little flu”, is officially the worst-hit country after the United States.More than 1,300 people were confirmed to have died of the virus in Brazil on Tuesday, after a federal judge ordered Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public.”The president has a constitutional obligation to follow the laws in force in the country, as well as to promote the general welfare of the people,” the judge wrote. He continued to stoke controversy on Tuesday, doubling down on weekend comments he wanted to slow testing because so many confirmed infections made the United States look bad.”I don’t kid,” Trump said, after a White House official described his initial comments as just a joke. With the parts of the United States unable to contain the pandemic, the European Union was considering blocking US travellers as it reopens its borders to tourism, the New York Times reported.Reflecting the sentiments of many around the world, New York food shop manager Ian Joskowitz said he was determined not to think about the dangers of the virus as he tried to continue running his business. “If I thought about it too much, I probably may have a problem doing this. So I put it out of my mind,” Joskowitz told AFP.”With my employees, I have an agreement with them. They keep coming in. I’ll continue to do everything humanly possible to keep them safe.”center_img Coronavirus infections are surging across large parts of the United States, the top US infectious disease expert has warned, as the death toll in Latin America passed 100,000.The developments highlighted how far away the world remains from ending the pandemic, six months into a crisis that has claimed nearly 500,000 lives and devastated the global economy.Even in Europe, which has been loosening travel restrictions following a brutal few months when it was the epicenter of the pandemic, there have been major setbacks. Germany on Tuesday reimposed lockdowns on more than 600,000 people following a cluster of infections at a slaughterhouse, while world men’s tennis number one Novak Djokovic tested positive after hosting an exhibition tournament in the Balkans.In the United States, White House advisor Anthony Fauci warned the next two weeks would be “critical to our ability to address… surging” in Florida, Texas and other states.The United States has already recorded more deaths than any other nation, with nearly 800 more fatalities on Tuesday taking its toll past 121,000.However President Donald Trump, whose handling of the crisis has been widely criticized as erratic, is determined to fast-track efforts to restore normality.last_img read more

COVID-19 antibodies present in patients four months after recovery -study

first_imgTopics : Still, the study shows how careful antibody tests can determine the true prevalence of infection, Stefansson said.An editorial that accompanied the study cautioned that it is unclear if recovered patients’ antibodies will protect them from reinfection.However, it suggested that antibody tests may be a cost-effective alternative to infection testing alone, and may work better in surveying populations as countries look to safely reopen their economies and schools. To get a sense of how many people in Iceland had been infected with the new coronavirus and learn more about immune status after recovery, researchers measured antibody levels in more than 30,000 Icelanders.Based on the results, they estimate that about 1% of the population had been infected. Of that group, 56% had received a confirmed diagnosis after a gold-standard PCR laboratory test. Another 14% had not been formally diagnosed but had quarantined after exposure to the virus. In the remaining 30%, the antibody tests led to discovery of prior infection.Among the 1,215 people with an infection confirmed by PCR, 91% had antibody levels that rose during the first two months after diagnosis and then plateaued, researchers reported.The results, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, focused on a homogeneous population from a single country, so the findings may not be the same in other parts of the world with diverse populations.center_img Antibody levels against the novel coronavirus rose and then held steady for up to four months in more than 90% of recovered COVID-19 patients in Iceland, according to a study published on Tuesday.In previous studies, antibody levels dropped sharply within a few months after COVID-19, raising questions about the duration of immunity that infection may provide.The new finding may have implications for reinfection risks and vaccine durability, said Kari Stefansson, chief executive of deCode Genetics, which conducted the study.last_img read more

Homes made for cricket lovers

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoIt’s down the road from The Gabba.Her apartment at 6/41 Kingfisher Lane, East Brisbane, had 206sq m of floor space, with its large northeast facing wraparound veranda perfect for entertaining.“I did get a free Adele concert there,” she said. “I had a few friends over, we had drinks and listened for free” to the singer who performed at The Gabba.Her agent Steve Yates of Place New Farm has the property set to go to auction at 6pm on Thursday December 7.“We’ve had strong interest so far — higher than average. In the first week and a half we had 16 groups through.”He said the eclectic precinct was set to see significant investment in infrastructure and redevelopment of buildings. The area is “I wish I could go to the cricket, I live in the area as well so will be hearing the roars and watching for the Balmy Army. The whole area is gearing up for it.” Loads of room to have friends over to listen to a live concert too. 6/41 Kingfisher Lane, East Brisbane Qld 4169 You could probably lie in bed and catch the action. The view from unit 1202/18-26 Duke Street, Kangaroo Point Qld 4169IF all you can think about right now is how to get to the cricket, one of these properties may well be the home for you. While everyone else has to deal with parking, public transport or chaotic drop-offs getting to The Gabba in Brisbane for eagerly anticipated internationals like this week’s Magellan Ashes Test, homeowners here will be sitting pretty — strolling to the grounds in minutes.Stephanie Albert, a fierce cricket fan who took a day off for Day 1 of the Australia versus England test, said she “pretty much” bought her two bedroom apartment because of The Gabba. “It’s a five-minute walk,” she said. “It’s close to everything, the buses are right there, I work at Southbank so I used to walk to work to stay fit. There are some really nice cafes around and obviously the cricket is the cherry on top. I can be home before everyone else is on the bus.” 1202/18-26 Duke Street, Kangaroo Point Qld 4169 You, 50 friends, barbecues firing, a mini-grandstand and live cricket.If you’d rather sit in your own home and look down on the cricket action, a new build at 1202/18-26 Duke Street, Kangaroo Point, will be open for inspection on Saturday.Agent Luke Westmore of Richardson & Wrench South Brisbane said the two bedroom, two bathroom, single car space unit was priced at $599,000 — and looked down into The Gabba from several vantage points.““In the living room you can see The Gabba’s large screen, and have your screen on too,” he said. “From the (commonspace) rooftop you can see about 95 per cent of The Gabba. I’m sure a lot of tenants will be on the roof with a cold beer and firing up the barbecues. There’s also a mini-grandstand to sit in and a flatscreen TV which is fully weatherproof on the roof. You could easily host 50 to 60 people up there.”The unit was one of just seven left for sale in the building, he said. The Magellan Ashes Test between Australia and England begins at 10am Thursday with the event scheduled to run every day through to Sunday. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXlast_img read more

Pizza king Don Meij has chalked up a big deal

first_imgDon Meij has sold his home at Ascot.PIZZA king, Don Meij will be getting his home delivery to a different address now, with the sale of his Sutherland Ave, Ascot home in a deal worth $11m.Property records reveal the house was bought by Mr Meij in March 2016.Buying and selling the home in one of Brisbane’s top streets proved to be a financially savvy move on Meij’s part, with CoreLogic revealing he paid $8.615m for it.The Hampton’s style home is on a massive block of more than 2000sq m, on a street filled with some of Brisbane’s most prestigious homesIt has large gardens, an infinity edge pool and a pool house.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThere are six bedrooms, timber floors and a self contained granny flat on the property.Marketing agent Patrick McKinnon of Coronis declined to confirm the sale price, but did say the deal was unconditional.The house was not listed on the market, with Mr McKinnon and Andrew Coronis, negotiating the sale after being approached by a potential buyer.Mr McKinnon said the owner was interested in selling because he travelled a lot and wanted something with less maintenance.He said the high end of the market was performing well at the moment.“I just think, all of these nice houses that people are just really after, the high end houses that have been done well, people are pretty eager to get into them,’’ he said.Mr McKinnon said Sutherland Ave was tightly held and buyers were really keen to buy the big houses on the big blocks.last_img read more

Alecta returns hit by 5% loss on equity portfolio

first_imgAlecta, Sweden’s largest occupational pension provider, made a 5.0% loss on its equity investments in the first half of this year, dragging returns down on both its defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) products.Alecta’s DB pension product returned 0.1% in the six-month period, down from 5.1% in the same period last year, while its DC product — Alecta Optimal Pension — made a 1.8% investment loss, down from a positive return of 7.8% in the first half of 2015, the provider reported.In its interim report for January to June 2016, Alecta said: “The comparatively weak performance in the first half was mainly due to a relatively low return on the equities portfolio.”It was partly the case that the portfolio had dipped lower following several years of very strong growth of its holdings, and partly that the relatively high proportion of Swedish and European stocks put it at a disadvantage in the first half, the pensions provider said. While equities made a 5.0% loss for Alecta on both DB and DC sides, fixed-income investments returned 3.5% on the DC side and 3.4% on the DB side, while property returned 3.3% on both sides.This compares with the first half of 2015, when equities returned 10.5%, fixed-income produced 0.4% and property returned 7.8%.The vast majority of Alecta’s assets under management relate to its DB product, at SEK672bn (€70.8bn) at the end of of June, compared to SEK60bn for the DC product.Alecta’s group assets rose to SEK761bn at the end of June from SEK750bn.Magnus Billing, chief executive, said the first half had been marked by big falls in global interest rates and equity markets, which bounced back in the second quarter after a weak start to the year, but which then fell sharply in relation to Brexit.Premiums rose to SEK16.1bn in the first half from SEK14.7bn in the same period last year. Billing said the growth in premiums was due to the continued good development of Alecta Optimal Pension.“Growth has been very strong and bodes well for Alecta’s continued success,” he said.As a group, Alecta made an SEK41bn loss in the first half, compared to its SEK47bn profit in the same period last year.He said Alecta’s results during the first half of 2016 had also been hit by higher technical provisions due to the lowering of the interest rate curve used to determine the level provisions needed to be.“Our financial position shows that the company is well positioned to handle the continued uncertain market conditions and the continuing extremely low level of interest rates,” he said.Alecta’s solvency ratio stood at 154% at the end of June, down from 171% at the same point last year.last_img read more

Inside the Gold Coast’s biggest property sale of the week

first_imgThe six-bedroom, four-bathroom house has six bedrooms, a rumpus room, numerous study niches and a full-floor parents’ retreat.Outdoors, entertaining friends is easy on the terraces equipped with a built-in barbecue kitchen, a tennis court and 17m glass front infinity lap pool.Ms Walsh said the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t impact her listings.“To me it hasn’t really made any difference to selling the properties I was already marketing,” she said. ‘Hemsworth effect’ fuels demand for acreages near Byron Rugby star James O’Connor kicking home goals in more ways than one Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenDream homes that’ve sold during COVID-1901:19A THREE-STOREY mansion complete with a tennis court, infinity-edge pool and uninterrupted views of the Gold Coast has changed hands for a cool $3.12 million.It was the biggest residential sale on the Gold Coast this week according to MORE NEWS The property was snapped up before its scheduled auction.“The buyers were expats relocating back to Australia,” marketing agent Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal said.“They loved the proximity to their children’s new school, the overall size, and the elevation of the house which allows for magnificent cityscape views.” 8 Sunnymeade Place, Mudgeeraba. What a view! Inside 8 Sunnymeade Place, Mudgeeraba.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The staircase stands out. Entertain in style. From the front.The design of the estate strikes a healthy balance between extravagance and efficiency.Solar is used to power the house, hot water and heating for the pool while water is stored in a 20,000L tank.Located in the prestigious Jabiru Estate, near Somerset College, the 8.293ha property is also the closest you’ll get to an acreage in town.last_img read more

Former UWI principal replaces fired minister

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, a former university lecturer and a Cabinet Minister in the 1980s and 1990s, has taken up the position of Minister of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs following the Tuesday’s firing of former minister Mary King over the awarding of a government contract to a family business.Dr. Tewarie said he had accepted the position with “mixed feelings” since King was a good friend. However, he said while the decision was a hard one, he was happy that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had the confidence to ask him to fill the post.“I am happy to be on board to contribute to Trinidad and Tobago and the People’s Partnership government,” he told reporters following his swearing-in as a senator and minister yesterday.Dr. Tewarie said his first priority will be to “try to align the ministerial tasks to the manifesto and to see the extent of the connectivity of the Planning Ministry to other Ministries”.Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar, who attended the swearing-in ceremony, said she had to remove Dr. Tewarie’s predecessor from the Cabinet to protect the integrity of her government.King had not disclosed her financial and family interest in a software engineering company, Ixanos Ltd, which won a near TT$100,000 (US$15,748) government website development contract from her ministry last November. She is named as Corporate Secretary of both Ixanos Ltd. and its parent company Caelum Holdings Ltd. and also has joint controlling shareholding with husband Dr St Clair King in Caelum. King was allegedly present at the opening of the bids, and was involved in selecting the bid evaluation team which eventually picked Ixanos.Her dismissal followed the Prime Minister’s receipt of a report by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan who found that the minister acted improperly in failing to disclose her interest and to disqualify herself from the entire process.King’s successor served as a Cabinet Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister under the NAR government from 1986 to 1991. From 1990 to 1991, he also held the position as Minister of Industry, Enterprise and Tourism. Dr. Tewarie was also the executive director of the UWI Institute of Business (now Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business) where planning and development were part of his portfolio; and a former chairman of the National Institute for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology where he facilitated the creation of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts and the foundation work for the establishment of the Accreditation Agency of Trinidad and Tobago. He has also published many articles on economic and educational development issues, and is author of two published books –VS Naipaul Revisited: Ethnicity, Marginality and the Triumph of Individual Will, and the other with Roger Hosein entitled Trade, Investment and Development: In the Contemporary Caribbean.Caribbean 360 News Share Tweet Share NewsRegional Former UWI principal replaces fired minister by: – May 13, 2011center_img Share 19 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more