Cairns property: buyers coming back to the market in FNQ

first_img1 Badine St, CaravonicaWITH Federal Government certainty and falling interest rates, buyers are flocking back to the Far North property market.LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill principal Ross Moller said sellers and buyers could now start thinking about their options.“With a Coalition government, there’s less uncertainty that the property market will drop further and with buyers waiting since Easter to see what will happen, they’re more than ready to buy now,” he said. “It’s a good time for sellers and buyers to consider their options as we get ready to move into the busy spring period.“Many buyers have been sea-changers from the south attracted to the Far North Queensland region because of the reef, lush rainforest and our laid-back lifestyle.”CBRE managing director Danny Betros said he had also noticed a surge in sales with the business completing 14 sales worth just over $20 million in the past 10 weeks.“Most came straight after the election,” he said. “Eight of the 14 have been investment sales, with the rest being sold to owner-occupiers buying for themselves.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“Leading up to the election was a bit scary. I could’ve taken a month off. “The market was certainly spooked and uncertainty was everywhere in all sectors of the commercial market.”But he said the next six months were looking “quite bright with around 16 new listings” to hit the market over the next four weeks.“We still need more as we have a very active buyer base, as money is cheap and there are certainly some deals around,” he said.With $116.7 million in sales during the 12 months to May 2019, LJ Hooker was the number one real estate agency in the areas represented by the brand, according to company sources.The sales were achieved across LJ Hooker offices in Atherton, Cairns Edge Hill, Cairns Marlin Coast, Cairns Trinity Beach/Palm Cove, Cairns Yorkeys Knob, Port Douglas and Tully. Mr Moller said the brand was strongly represented and trusted in Far North Queensland.“We have a strong network of established offices in the area, some have been in business for more than 30 years,” he said.last_img read more

Teenage Girl Becomes Infertile after Gardasil Vaccination

first_imgPopulation Research InstituteGardasil has been controversial from the beginning. While other vaccines protect against diseases spread by casual contact, Gardasil was developed to protect against a sexually transmitted disease called Human Papilloma Virus or HPV.  Merck & Co., the manufacturer, has been very effective at lobbying governments around the world to make the vaccine mandatory for school attendance.  Despite the frequent objections of doctors and parents, it has been administered to tens of millions of 11- and 12-year-old young girls around the world.Now comes the case of a 16-year-old Australian girl who suffered “premature ovarian failure” after receiving Gardasil. Her ovaries have shut down, her eggs have been destroyed, and she will never be able to have children.Dr. Deirdre Little, the Australian physician who treated the girl, has published a complete account in the British Medical Journal. (BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006879) Her report explains that the girl’s menstrual cycles were regular until she received the Gardasil vaccination in the Fall of 2008. By January 2009, her cycle had become irregular. Over the course of the next two years, her menses became increasingly scant and irregular, until by 2011, she had ceased menstruating altogether.Early menopause is highly unusual. In this case, the girl was in excellent health, and had no family or personal medical history that could explain this premature menopause. Her first effort to obtain medical assistance for her amenorrhoea resulted in the doctor advising her to take oral contraceptives. Had she agreed, such drugs would have masked the problem and most likely the possible cause as well. But she declined.It should be noted that many young girls are told, as she was, to take oral contraceptives as an antidote to what is called in the medical field, oligomenorrhoea, which means infrequent or very light menstruation. Most probably take their physician’s advice, which means that there may be many more cases of “premature ovarian failure” than we now know, since the contraceptives mask the symptoms.In the Australian case, after testing the levels of numerous hormones, and the function of various internal organs, the girl was diagnosed by Dr. Little as having “premature ovarian failure”, which is defined as “the presence of menopausal gonadotrophin levels in association with over 3 months of amenorrhoea or oligomenorrhoea before age 40 years.” Further testing confirmed that all of her eggs—every last one—were dead. She was and is totally and irrevocably infertile.http://pop.org/content/teenage-girl-becomes-infertile-after-gardasil-vaccinationlast_img read more

Going through the Process of Picking out a Headstone with Lasting…

first_imgLet’s face it, picking out a headstone is a strange activity. The process brings death front and center when we prefer it to stay out of view. Well, there is a silver lining and no, it’s not a ‘get out of jail’ free card – so to speak.Helping guide you through this little bit of awkwardness is Tony Ward, owner of Lasting Touch Memorial in Yelm. He’s been in the death care industry for nearly 30 years. During this time he’s helped thousands of people pick the right memorial for a loved one or for themselves.“First thing I do is ask people to visit a cemetery and look at the colors and designs to find what they want,” says Ward. Ward takes this information and comes up with a computerized sketch that usually takes ten days to put together.Ward then goes over the sketch with the individual(s) to make sure everything is correct. He double checks names and dates but he also wants to be sure the images are correct and the wording is right. If everything is fine and Ward has the desired memorial in stock then installation can be completed in three weeks. If materials have to be ordered then the time frame expands to 90-120 days.Of course there can be complications. Ward likes to do installations himself but some cemeteries only let in-house staff do this work. Inclement weather – such as snow or a hard freeze – can cause delay.  However, this isn’t a major concern for us in the Pacific Northwest.This is just a quick overview of the process. To find out more call Tony Ward at 360-458-9070 or visit the Lasting Touch website. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Students Need to Argue Science, Not Memorize It

first_imgA professor of science education has a radical idea: teach science through argumentation, because that’s the way scientists do it.If you were bored in science class having to learn a bunch of facts, you might have perked up if your teacher taught it the way Jonathan Osborne recommends: argue a position from available evidence.  PhysOrg introduced its article by saying, “Teaching students how to argue based on available evidence engages them in the scientific process and provides a better idea of how science actually works.”Earth orbits the sun. Microorganisms cause infectious disease. Plants use carbon dioxide to grow. Most of us know these scientific truths from our earliest school days. They’re accepted facts. But astronomers, microbiologists and botanists once fought for these concepts using arguments based on evidence. Science, it seems, arrives at its tenets through argument.Science education should follow suit, says Stanford education Professor Jonathan Osborne. Teachers should help students learn to argue a position from available evidence, he says, helping them learn why we know what we know.In short, Osborne wants students to think about evidence, not just be told conclusions.  “In science, people argue for their ideas, in terms of the evidence that they have,” he said. “There should be more opportunities to look at why some ideas are wrong, as well as what the right ideas are.”The concept of “justification” for “right” ideas is lacking in science education, Osborne believes.  His recommendations were published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 50:3, March 2013.  The only hard part is training science teachers to change their ways.The article led to a flurry of argumentation in the comments about what constitutes a legitimate scientific theory.  Osborne was mentioned in our 5/21/2012 entry where he promoted “collaborative discourse” in the science class.Osborne’s ideas are good, but he doesn’t go far enough.  Indoctrination into a consensus is still possible under his model, if the concepts of “evidence” and “justification” are not unpacked.  This is another good time to remind readers of the course on Philosophy of Science offered by The Teaching Company, where you can see how difficult it is to justify even the simplest of scientific truths.  Another worthwhile course (though flawed when it discusses intelligent design) is Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It.  (Reader tip: these go on sale for 70% off from time to time).It’s not clear from the article if Osborne understands the problems with peer review and consensus.  Does he have a Popperian view of science, or a Kuhnian view?  How about the view of Feyerabend, Cartwright, or van Fraasen? Lakatos or Polanyi?  What is even meant by science these days, when it covers everything from sociology to string theory? Students should learn not just to argue evidence, but to argue philosophy of science.  They can’t study science without knowing what it is.  Yes, normal science includes argumentation, but it can also include social pressure.  Students need to know that scientific institutions, made up of fallible people who don’t know everything, can enforce conformity within popular paradigms, which regulate what questions are important and what is meant by “evidence.”Dead ideologies can be dangerous.  Positivism and scientism still parade through high schools, like zombies, without students realizing they’re dead.  Let them learn to beware the zombie science teachers who say, “Scientists now know….”(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mauritius joins 2010 hospitality team

first_img19 May 2009 Mauritius has teamed up with Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and hosts South Africa in a top line-up of southern African accommodation providers for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The countries will all feature in the official tour operator programme as well as the hospitality programme managed by 2010 accommodation provider Match, ensuring that visiting football fans get to enjoy the numerous attractions the southern African region has to offer. “One of the principal objectives of our overall strategy has been to use the 2010 Fifa World Cup as a launching pad to brand and develop the entire region as a preferred tourism and investment destination,” 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan said in a statement last week. “The geographic proximity and quality of [Mauritius’] hotels is ideal to develop packages to allow fans to fully explore the unique diversity of the southern African region.” Speaking at the announcement of the initiative at the 2009 Tourism Indaba in Durban last week, Mauritius’ vice prime minister, Xavier Luc Duval, said the government and the people of Mauritius were “very excited to become an integral part of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “The excellent quality of our accommodation, our picturesque environment and wonderful beaches, together with the warm and inviting hospitality of the Mauritian people, will give an added experience to the fans,” Duval said. Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said the 2010 accommodation programme offered a “great marketing opportunity for the tourism industry in the entire southern African region. “Mauritius and the other southern African countries in the accommodation team have the unique chance to showcase to fans from all over the world during the four weeks between 11 June and 11 July 2010 the splendid and diverse landscapes and the incredible hospitality the region has to offer,” Valcke said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Government Test House Hits Net-Zero Target

first_imgAn experimental house in Gaithersburg, Maryland, built by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) completed its first year of operation July 1 with a surplus of electricity. The house is equipped with a 10.2-kW photovoltaic (PV) array.According to the government agency, which completed the 2,700-square-foot house last year, the surplus amounted to 491 kWh of electricity, which a NIST news release said was enough to power an electric car for 1,440 miles.“We made it — and by a convincing margin,” said Hunter Fanney, who heads the project. Occupied by a “virtual family”GreenBuildingAdvisor has published several articles about the NIST test house, including:Testing… Testing… Homes as Net-Zero Laboratories,Is NIST Serious About Net-Zero-Energy Homes? andExperimental House on Track for Net-Zero Operation.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house is jammed with hundreds of sensors, but it isn’t occupied by people. Instead, researchers are using sophisticated equipment to mimic the behavior of a family of four (nicknamed the “Nisters”). The object is to test materials and systems that increase energy efficiency.A NIST spokesman said the cost of the project was $2.9 million, but he added that because it was built as a “research testbed,” construction costs were higher than they would have been for a similar house in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. NIST is planning to release a report later detailing the cost of building a comparable net-zero house that meets Maryland codes.As to the future of the experimental house, Fanney said in a prepared statement:“The residential facility will become a testbed for developing measurement systems and protocols to measure the performance of the residence overall and its associated equipment, including new and experimental technologies, under actual field conditions, which will lead to improved test methods and standards. Research at the facility also will provide real world data that will be used to validate and improve computer models to predict the energy performance of homes.”last_img read more

Who’s the best puncher? Mayweather says it could surprise

first_imgPerhaps, he said, that’s the reason Mayweather still owes the IRS $22.2 million in back taxes.“I think he has a big-time gambling problem,” McGregor said. “He always shows his winning bets but never his losers. Maybe that’s why he’s in the position he is and had to take this fight.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I let him know it’s not what you think it is,” Mayweather said. “You’re not just going to run in there. He felt a strength he didn’t expect.”The knock on Mayweather — and the reason some people give Conor McGregor a chance Saturday night — is that he doesn’t knock out people. Pacquiao never went down either, but Mayweather showed there are other ways to change a fight than putting a fighter on the canvas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMcGregor may find that out early if he goes after Mayweather at the opening bell as expected. The prevailing theory is that McGregor wins the power battle, but there’s more than one fighter with power in this, the most unusual of fights.“When he gets hit he’s going to find out it’s totally different,” Mayweather said. “The brittle hands, they keep saying that, but when I come across his head he’ll find out that it’s totally different.” Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. says it was the first punch of the fight. His promoter thinks it came during the second round.One shot to the head, and suddenly Manny Pacquiao decided his night might better be spent fighting on the outside.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor doesn’t believe that, of course and predicted again Wednesday that the fight would end early with Mayweather on his back.“I believe one or two rounds, with 8-ounce gloves I don’t see him surviving,” McGregor said. “I’m starting to think I’ll toy with him once he goes down.”The two fighters got together for the final pre-fight press conference to further hype a fight built on hype. In contrast to the bombastic tone of earlier appearances it was a relatively subdued affair at the MGM Grand.They posed together and didn’t come close to exchanging blows. They did both manage to get in a few final words, though.“It’s not going to be easy Conor,” Mayweather told his opponent. “I’ve got a great chin but remember this: The same way you give it you gotta be able to take it.”ADVERTISEMENT Though ticket sales have been tepid — largely because of astronomical prices — the pay-per-view is expected to be watched by some 50 million people in the United States alone and millions more worldwide.It’s half-fight, half-spectacle, a bout that matches a UFC star who has never boxed against a masterful ring technician with a record of 49-0. Born of internet hype, it has captured the curiosity of even those outside both sports and could end up being the richest fight ever.And it’s a bout Mayweather says he is taking very seriously, despite training at odd hours and holding meet-and-greets every night before the fight with fans who come to his strip club.“I’m taking a gamble,” said Mayweather, who is coming off a two-year layoff. “But it’s worth it.”Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao ended up going 12 long rounds, and turning a lot of people off from boxing. But while Mayweather hasn’t really knocked out anyone in a decade, he says the streak will come to an end in what he insists is his final fight.Oddsmakers in this gambling town hope it’s not McGregor stopping Mayweather early as he claims. McGregor fans have placed thousands of small bets at long-shot odds of their man knocking Mayweather out in the early rounds, and sports books could suffer their worst loss ever in what is expected to be the most heavily fight ever.McGregor also believes that’s exactly what is going to happen.. He said his years in the octagon and his varied skillset will translate well into the boxing ring, especially after a three-month camp where he used a former referee to help him adjust to boxing rules.What he didn’t bring in was any boxing trainer to teach him more about the sport, insisting that the team he has always been with knows him so well that it wouldn’t have made a difference.“We added what is useful and discarded what is not,” he said. “As the final sparring session approached all the unnecessary was gone. It was a cleaner product, just the perfect product.”He was dismissive of Mayweather to the end, telling those attending the final press conference that Mayweather is not only a one dimensional fighter but more than likely not the sports bettor he claims to be when posting his winning tickets online. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Saving the day MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea defender Azpilicueta buzzing after Man City win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender Azpilicueta buzzing after Man City winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta was delighted with the manner of their victory over Manchester City.The Blues are buzzing after ending City’s unbeaten run.”Every team is different. Every team have different players. We beat City in our own way. Other teams must do it their own way,” said Azpilicueta.”City are so good that you cannot let them dictate the game. After three defeats in two games, people were starting to talk about us (negatively) so to beat City was a big moment for us.”Now people are talking about us beating City but it’s only three points.”Three points against City is the same three points if we beat Brighton on Sunday.”The Spaniard also told the Daily Mail: “Was it my best performance in a Chelsea shirt? I’ve been here for a long time, so it’s hard to say. I’d prefer to focus on the team.” last_img read more

9 months agoEverton boss Marco Silva: A really important win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: A really important winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva was pleased with their 2-0 win over Bournemouth.Kurt Zouma powerfully headed in his first goal for the club from Lucas Digne’s cross following a corner in the 61st minute, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin added the second in the fifth minute of stoppage time.”It is a really important win,” Silva said. “I understand why you are asking me. We didn’t achieve the last results we wanted.”It was tough so we deserved the three points. We didn’t start the match well in the first 20-25 minutes. It was different the last 15 minutes, we controlled the game a bit better and started to create some chances.”But in that moment, they only had one clear chance and it was a foul on Zouma, I don’t understand how the referee didn’t see that foul. All the people in the stadium can see but that the referee and his assistants didn’t see that is strange.”In the second-half we started better and faster and breaking that pressure in a different way.” last_img read more