How the land lies

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Industry experts pan a QLD Greens plan to strip back landlords’ rights

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first_imgQLD Greens candidate, Kirsten Lovejoy, said renters have been “screwed over” and has introduced a radical policy that’s been labelled “ludicrous” by the property industry. Picture: Chris McCormackLANDLORDS couldn’t charge the rent they wanted to and it could take up to 12 months to evict a tenant under a Queensland Greens proposal to transform rental laws.The proposals, which were labelled, “ludicrous” by industry bodies, could also mean tenants could enforce unlimited lease terms.The proposal released by Greens candidate for McConnel, Kirsten Lovejoy, said existing laws were unfairly weighted in favour of landlords.“Renters have been screwed over for so long that they just assume this is the way it is — unfair rent hikes and evictions, unsafe and unhealthy dwellings, unable to own a pet or hang a picture, all the while not knowing if they will have to move when their lease is up in twelve or six month,” Ms Lovejoy said.“Our plan will fix the rigged system that puts the profits of real estate agents and investors over the rights and dignity of everyday Queenslanders,” she said.The Greens blueprint included proposals such as a right to remain in the property if it’s sold.“Under our plan renters will have the right to remain in their home even if the property is sold. Because as Darryl Kerrigan said in The Castle, ‘it’s not just a house, it’s a home.’” Ms Lovejoy said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoReal Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia (REBAA) Queensland representative, Zoran Solano, said the proposal lacked an appreciation of existing rental laws.“Tenants have a lot of rights and they exercise their rights regularly, so I don’t think tenants are being screwed over at all. There are a lot of people out there who believe tenants have now got more power than landlords,” he said.Stakeholder concerns could be warranted given the Greens could hold the balance of power after the State Government election due to be held sometime in the next six months.Mr Solano said proposals that were a disincentive to investors would punish the property market and the Greens were trying to address a problem that didn’t exist.Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) CEO Antonia Mercorella said the Green’s proposals would decimate landlords’ rights and it was unworkable and “ludicrous’’.“It’s simply unrealistic to expect that landlords will continue to invest in real estate if they are faced with untenable arrangements that don’t allow them to protect the value of their asset and strip them of fundamental rights,” she said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at@kieranclair or on Facebook at Kieran Clair — journolast_img read more

Pills made from poop save lives

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first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet HealthLifestyle Pills made from poop save lives by: – October 12, 2013 35 Views   no discussionscenter_img Swallowing capsules containing healthy people’s poop can cure serious gut infections and provides an alternative to faecal transplants and enemasCALGARY, Canada – If the idea of consuming someone else’s poop makes you sick, you may be a little flushed about a new treatment involving the ingestion of the brown stuff, even though the process can cure a serious illness said to claim some 14,000 lives annually in the United States alone. Scientists have found a way to put healthy people’s poop into pills that can cure dangerous gut infections – a less invasive way to do existing “faecal transplants.” Canadian researchers tested this new treatment on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help.Half a million Americans get Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, infections each year and about 14,000 die. The germ causes nausea, cramping and diarrhoea so bad it is often disabling.A very potent and expensive antibiotic can kill C-diff, but also destroys good bacteria that live in the gut, leaving it more susceptible to future infections.Studies have shown that faecal transplants – giving infected people stool from a healthy donor – can restore that balance. But they’re given through expensive, invasive procedures like colonoscopies or throat tubes. Doctors have also tried giving the stool through enemas, but the treatment doesn’t always work.Dr Thomas Louie, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary, devised a better way – a one-time treatment custom-made for each patient.Donor stool, usually from a relative, is processed in the lab to take out food and extract the bacteria and clean it. It is packed into triple-coated gel capsules so they won’t dissolve until they reach the intestines.“There’s no stool left – just stool bugs. These people are not eating poop and there are no smelly burps because the contents aren’t released until they’re well past the stomach,” Dr Louie said.Days before starting the treatment, patients are given an antibiotic to kill the C-diff. On the morning of the treatment, they have an enema so “the new bacteria coming in have a clean slate,” Louie said.It takes 24 to 34 capsules to fit the bacteria needed for a treatment, and patients down them in one sitting. The pills make their way to the colon and seed it with the normal variety of bacteria.Louie described 27 patients treated this way at ID Week, an infectious diseases conference in San Francisco. All had suffered at least four C-diff infections and relapses, but none had a recurrence after taking the poop pills.Dr Curtis Donskey of the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Centre, who has done faecal transplants through colonoscopies, praised the work.“The approach that Dr Louie has is completely novel – no one else has done this,” he said. “I am optimistic that this type of preparation will make these procedures much easier for patients and for physicians.”At present, the treatment must be made fresh for each patient so the pills don’t start to dissolve at room temperature, because their water content would break down the gel coating.Doctors in Minnesota are testing freezing stool, which doesn’t kill the bacteria, so it could be stored and shipped anywhere a patient needed it.“You could have a universal donor in Minnesota provide a transplant for someone in Florida. That’s where we’re heading,” Donskey said. Associated PressRead more: http://www.caribbean360.com/index.php/news/1032232.html#ixzz2hWVw5JaS Share Sharelast_img read more

Registration open for the ’33rd Annual 2018 Summer Day of Golf’

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first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce will present the “33rd Annual 2018 Summer Day of Golf” on August 3 at the Greensburg County Country Club.Registration begins at 10 a.m., shotgun start at 11 a.m.The event is sponsored by Aspen Place Health Campus, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, Decatur County REMC, Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, Hilliard Lyons, Greensburg Daily News, Prime Lending and Country 103.9 WRBI.Register online here.last_img

‘Christmas in Dixie’ Grand Prize Winners introduced in Batesville

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first_imgBatesville, In. — Country 103.9 WRBI hosted the huge “Christmas in Dixie” grand prize presentation at the Batesville Middle School Commons. Nearly 60 final qualifiers split an estimated $3,000 in prizes from 20 local sponsors.Becky Eckstein won a trip to Memphis, Tennessee. The trip includes a two-night Memphis vacation with accommodations at the Guest House at Graceland. A tour of Graceland, passes to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the National Civil Rights Museum.The Friendship State Bank Sponsored a $500 cash giveaway and that went to Bill Craddock and Pulskamp’s Flooring Plus gave away a 55” Ultra-high definition TV, Barb Bowman was the lucky winner of that.Special thanks to all the listeners who participated in the contest and the Batesville Community School Corporation, Pulskamp’s Flooring Plus, Memphis Tourism, Friendship State Bank, Cricket Ridge Restaurant & Golf Course, Weberding Carving Shop, Mary Huntington Allstate Insurance, George’s Pharmacy, the Decatur County Memorial Hospital, The Gibson Theater, Hirt & Ellco, Gehring, Inc., Izzy’s at Hillcrest, Water-Tek, Laker Electric & Plumbing, Guys & Gals Quarters Salon & Day Spa, Voegele NAPA, Harmeyer’s Market, Ritzi Jewelers and Paul Erhman State Farm Insurance.A full album of pictures from the event is on our Facebook page!last_img read more

Toure supports Suarez

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first_img “He can do anything. He just resolved the problem with the manager and we want him to score our goals – that is what we are looking for. “The manager sorted it out with him. He (Rodgers) was very clever – and Steven Gerrard as well – they worked (on him) and we are happy he is back training with us again. That is great.” In Suarez’s continued absence – he is still serving the remainder of a 10-match ban imposed last season for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April which will not make him available until the end of September – fellow striker Daniel Sturridge was Liverpool’s match-winner. The England international has been sidelined most of the summer with an ankle ligament injury suffered on international duty in May but looked sharp with just a fortnight’s training behind him. While Liverpool created a number of chances they found Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in tremendous form and it required a clinical strike from Sturridge, firing through Robert Huth’s legs from 20 yards, to win the game. The closest Liverpool came to extending their lead was when midfielder Jordan Henderson’s shot was tipped onto the post by Begovic in the second half. Stoke barely threatened, although they could have scored first after Simon Mignolet flapped at a cross and Huth’s volley rebounded off the crossbar. While most of the action took place in Liverpool’s final third, Toure put in assured competitive debut at the other end and could even have opened the scoring when he crashed a header against the frame of the goal in the first half. The Ivory Coast international may be 32 but he may well provide the ideal replacement for the recently-retired Jamie Carragher. “Kolo introduced himself to the crowd when he jumped about seven foot five in the first couple of minutes of the game – it was a wonderful leap and I think you could see his energy and enthusiasm,” said Rodgers. “When we lost Jamie Carragher last year, we were losing real experience – but Kolo comes in and offers that. He was excellent.” Even Toure could not prevent Stoke winning a penalty with three minutes to go when Daniel Agger handled former Reds midfielder Charlie Adam’s free-kick three minutes from time,.but goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, another Reds player making his debut, more than made up for a shaky early display by not only saving Jon Walters’ spot-kick but blocking substitute Kenwyne Jones’ rebound. Even so the Belgium international was outshone by Begovic, who produced a string of saves. “Everyone knows how good Asmir is and he showed that,” said Stoke assistant manager Mark Bowen. “He has shown since the day we came to the club what qualities he has got and the way he goes about his business is an example to others.” Press Association The Uruguay international, suspended for Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Stoke, returned to training with the rest of the first team on Friday having been exiled by manager Brendan Rodgers. Suarez’s attitude and commitment was questioned by the Reds boss after the 26-year-old publicly criticised the club, claiming they had reneged on a deal to allow him to join a Champions League club if they bid £40million. Arsenal made two attempts to trigger his release, including a now infamous offer of £40million plus £1, but Rodgers and principal owner John Henry have unequivocally stated he will not be sold. Suarez’s re-integration to the squad has been made much easier by the attitude of his team-mates, although Toure said that did not mean they condoned his previous behaviour. “I think Suarez was defending himself and the club were defending what they wanted as well because they know by keeping him we are going to be really strong because he is one of the best strikers in the world,” said the centre-back, who made his competitive debut at Anfield after a free transfer move from Manchester City. “For us it is really important to keep him. What the club did, for me, is right because we want to keep him. “You would never want one of your best players going to another team. “We want him to stay because this is a big club. “It is nothing, for us we know football. It is big business. “For a player like Suarez there is no problem, we love him. Liverpool defender Kolo Toure joked striker Luis Suarez could “do anything” and the players would welcome him back with open arms.last_img read more

O’Brien unconcerned by Arc ground

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first_img Heavy rain on Thursday night turned the ground soft and the jockeys riding there on Saturday reported the going to be fairly testing, although the weather appears set fair for the rest of the weekend. O’Brien’s pair are both available at double-figure prices, despite faring well at the draw with single-figure stalls and each of them has already won a Classic this season, with Ruler Of The World landing the Investec Derby and Leading Light the Ladbrokes St Leger. Speaking during racing on Saturday, jockey Danny Tudhope said: “It’s soft ground, and it’s on the dead side.” Liam Jones confirmed the ground as “soft”, while James Doyle said “definitely soft”. King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes hero Novellist has been ruled out after running a temperature. Andreas Wohler’s four-year-old produced a scintillating display to clinch Ascot’s midsummer showpiece in July under Johnny Murtagh and was set to head to France as a major contender for the Longchamp feature after a satisfactory prep race win at Baden-Baden last month. However, Wohler discovered all was not well with his stable star when preparing him for his trip to Paris this morning and had no option but to pull him out of Europe’s premier middle-distance event. Wohler said: “He had a temperature this morning and it has developed even more, so there is no way we can let him travel to Paris. “It’s unbelievable and very disappointing, but he has given us some great moments this year.” The Gutersloh-based handler is understandably keen to let the dust settle before making future plans, but he did raise the possibility of Novellist running again before the end of the year. “He will get an entry in the Japan Cup, but it is much to early to think about that now,” said the trainer. Ruler Of The World bounced back from a disappointing run in the Irish Derby to be beaten a short-head by the Japanese Derby winner Kizuna in the Prix Niel, while Leading Light faces another drop back in trip after winning over two miles at Royal Ascot. “Both of them are in good form and seem to be fine after their last runs,” said O’Brien, who has booked Gerald Mosse for Leading Light with Ryan Moore on Ruler Of The World. “I think the lads (owners John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor) always had one eye on him (Leading Light) with regards to the Arc but he was pointed at Ascot first and then Doncaster and then they waited to see what happened, but I think it was always on their minds. “His two runs before Ascot were over a mile and a quarter, he was a Group winner over that trip before Ascot, then won over two miles at Ascot and came back to a mile and six at Doncaster, so it’s a gradual progression back (in trip). “We’re very happy with Ruler Of The World. He was just back after a break (in the Niel) and Ryan was very happy and learned a lot about him. It can get rough at Longchamp and he will have learned he’s happy to be in there. ” I don’t think either of them will mind the ground, both of them have form on easy ground.” Flintshire headed the ante-post market after his impressive success in the Grand Prix de Paris but was only fourth in the Niel on soft ground. Conditions are again a concern for the Andre Fabre-trained colt, with Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “He needs it to dry out, I don’t think there’s any secret about that. We certainly don’t want any more rain. Other than that, the horse is fine.” Press Association Aidan O’Brien feels soft ground will hold no fears for Ruler Of The World and Leading Light in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.last_img read more

Premier League dismisses claims

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first_img Press Association The Premier League has defended its working environment after the woman who blew the whistle on sexist emails sent by chief executive Richard Scudamore said she was “humiliated, belittled and disgusted” when reading the messages. A Premier League statement said a review of the matter was under way ahead of a hearing by its audit and remuneration committee on Monday. The statement said: “We do not recognise this characterisation of the working environment at the Premier League, nor do we believe that it can be supported by the facts. “The chief executive has already apologised for any offence caused and a proper review of all the evidence is now under way within the Premier League’s established and rigorous procedures. “This process is not yet concluded and it is therefore not possible to offer comments in detail at this stage. However we will make a further statement in due course “The Premier League continues to be fully committed to treating all staff fairly and on merit, regardless of gender.” The emails referred to women in a derogatory terms, contained sexual innuendos, and made jokes about “female irrationality”. Abraham felt she had a duty to speak out about the contents of emails between her boss and his lawyer friend. “Mr Scudamore has a huge amount of influence and is paid a vast sum of money and has behaved wrongly,” she said. “Having witnessed that I felt I had a duty to speak out. If I didn’t then I’d somehow be condoning his behaviour – just like the other people who saw those messages. “Despite what some people have said since the Sunday Mirror printed the story last week, this is not the sort of thing that goes on in offices these days. “And for those people who’ve attacked me for saying they were just ‘jokes’ I wonder how they would feel if their wife or girlfriend or daughter had to read messages like that. “And how would they feel if those messages were written about their wife or girlfriend or daughter?” Since the story broke a week ago, a number of England women internationals have expressed their outrage at the emails, and FA chairman Greg Dyke called them “totally inappropriate”. Sponsor Barclays has also expressed its disappointment to the league, which has raised the stakes ahead of Monday’s meeting of the league’s audit and remuneration committee, chaired by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck. Buck’s involvement has also raised questions however, as he is known to be a friend and shooting partner of Scudamore’s. The Premier League is reported to have brought in Milltown Partners public relations agency to advise it on handling the crisis, the PR company which also works for Chelsea. Rani Abraham, who worked as a temporary personal assistant for Scudamore, told the Sunday Mirror: “This is not the sort of thing that goes on in offices these days.” It comes after the Football Association’s independent board member Heather Rabbatts, who will chair a meeting of its inclusion advisory board to discuss the case on Tuesday, issued a statement saying Scudamore should consider his position in light of “growing evidence of a closed culture of sexism” at the Premier League. last_img read more

Sterling effort for Liverpool

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first_img Press Association Newcastle’s night went from bad to worse when Moussa Sissoko was sent off for two bookable offences but they were controversially denied a penalty late in the first half. The defeat was Newcastle’s fifth in succession and means they are still not yet completely out of relegation danger, while Liverpool are back within for points of the top four. It was an eventful night for Liverpool, with a spokesperson saying the club intended to speak to Sterling about the latest reports concerning his lifestyle. They had also suffered a blow prior to the match with striker Daniel Sturridge ruled out with an injury that could make him doubtful for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final. His absence initially appeared to matter little as Liverpool – looking to bounce back to form after back-to-back league defeats – made all the early running. With Philippe Coutinho playing in the central role vacated by Sturridge with Sterling out wide, the Reds were mesmerising in their movement. Coutinho looked in the mood but Sterling outshone him to hand the hosts the early lead. The 20-year-old brilliantly controlled a crossfield pass from Jordan Henderson and cut inside to glide past Ryan Taylor and Gabriel Obertan and clip a shot over Tim Krul. His goal was celebrated fervently by an already pumped-up Anfield, although it was too premature to suggest the youngster had been taken back to heart after his recent contract rumblings. Liverpool could have been out of sight inside the first half hour as Alberto Moreno burst forward and tested Krul from out wide and Coutinho beat the defence only to err with his final ball. Sterling shot at Krul and when Coutinho found Henderson with a nifty backheel it seemed Liverpool were in complete control. But Newcastle, who had appeared jaded after their recent losses, found some life before the break. Mehdi Abeid first brought Simon Mignolet into the game with a shot from the edge of the area and Liverpool appeared to have been caught out when Dejan Lovren felled Ayoze Perez in the area. Surprisingly referee Lee Mason – not immune to penalty controversy this season – saw no reason to point to the spot. Perez was denied again before the break, this time by a brilliant save from Mignolet, after directing a header towards the top corner. Abeid spurned another good opportunity when he shot over but Liverpool regrouped. They should have doubled their lead just before the hour after Henderson broke down the right and Taylor failed to cut out his pass but Sterling somehow put a gilt-edged chance wide. Liverpool cranked up the pressure and their second came after more poor defending from the visitors on 69 minutes. This time Mike Williamson failed to deal with a ball into the area and Allen lashed home from close range. Things began to get worse for Newcastle as Sissoko became embroiled in a needless argument with Glen Johnson and both players were booked for pushing and shoving. Sissoko was then given his marching orders just five minutes later after a poor challenge on Lucas which could easily have warranted a straight red card rather than a second yellow. Sterling might have made the win even more comfortable six minutes from time but blazed over when well placed. That might have given the forward a reality check but it mattered little in terms of the result. England forward Sterling struck the Reds’ opener at Anfield just as reports of him allegedly taking legal high nitrous oxide were emerging in the press. His superb goal laid the platform for an ultimately comfortable Barclays Premier League win, which was completed by Joe Allen in the second half. Raheem Sterling grabbed the headlines on and off the field as Liverpool reignited their Champions League hopes with a 2-0 defeat of 10-man Newcastle.last_img read more

Woman Catches Bizarre Fish with Two Mouths

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first_imgA New York woman has reeled in a freakish fish with two functioning mouths.Debbie Geddes says she caught the fish, which looks like a cross between an outer space alien and a bass, while boating on Lake Champlain with her husband. “When this particular fish bit, it felt like I had a nice fish on,” Geddes says. “I actually commented, ‘I hope it’s as big as it feels!’ When we got it in the boat I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Two mouths!”And neither can the 5,000-plus viewers of photos posted on Facebook, many of whom have offered their theories on the strange water creature’s origin. While some believe the double-mouthed fish fell to earth from outer space, others blame pollution on causing the odd mutation. Still others think its face was ripped open by a hook, and somehow healed in such a way that the resulting hole opens and closes with the fish’s real mouth. Unfortunately, we’ll never know for sure. After snapping photos of the oddity, Geddess tossed it back into Lake Champlain.last_img read more