Tix Now On Sale for Return of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize Winner The Flick

first_img The Flick View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 10, 2016 Tickets are now available for the off-Broadway return of Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, The Flick. Directed once again by Sam Gold, the production will play a limited engagement May 5 through August 30. Opening night is scheduled for May 28 at the Barrow Street Theatre.Set in a rundown movie theater in central Massachusetts, The Flick tells the story of three underpaid employees who mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their battles and heartbreaks, more gripping than the lackluster second-run movies on screen, play out in the empty theater aisles.Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher and Aaron Clifton Moten will reprise their performances in the production. The play previously ran at Playwrights Horizons in 2013.last_img read more

Vermont patients benefit from federal EHR incentive program

first_imgVITL Middlebury, Vt. (August 12) – Vermont patients are beginning to see results from a $27 billion federal program that offers incentives for physician practices and hospitals to use electronic health records systems, according to US Senator Patrick Leahy. Those benefits include Vermonters receiving more reminders about important preventive care. Senator Leahy spoke during a visit to Middlebury Family Health Friday, the first Vermont physician practice to meet all of the federal program’s criteria for improving patient care using its electronic health records system.”I am delighted that this targeted federal investment has enabled Middlebury Family Health to become the first Vermont practice to receive incentive payments from Medicare for using an electronic health record system,” Leahy said. “Better records mean better patient care and patient safety for Vermonters.  With breakthroughs like this, we are beginning to shift to a higher gear in health reform. The federal partnership with Vermont Information Technology Leaders and local physician practices has the potential to benefit every Vermonter.   Vermont has been in the front ranks of health care reform, and Middlebury Family Health’s adoption of an electronic health record system is an excellent example of this leadership.” As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Congress appropriated $27 billion to fund the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs. To participate in either of the programs, eligible health care professionals must use federally-certified EHR technology, and meet a number of criteria for becoming “meaningful users” of EHRs and improving patient care. Once documenting that they have achieved meaningful use, eligible professionals receive up to a total of $44,000 in incentive payments from Medicare over the five years they choose to participate in the program or up to $63,750 in incentive payments from Medicaid over the six years they choose to participate in the program.  Hospitals may also participate in the programs, receiving incentives based on a number of factors, beginning with a $2 million base payment.All four physicians at Middlebury Family Health recently achieved meaningful use of their EHR, and each has received the maximum first year incentive payment of $18,000 from Medicare, making them the first eligible professionals in Vermont to do so. The physician practice will use the federal funds to pay for the EHR technology and to continue to make investments in improving patient care.  “Our electronic health records system has streamlined communication in the office between physicians, nurses, and other staff,” said Eileen Doherty Fuller, MD, a partner at Middlebury Family Health. “We’ve also greatly enhanced communications with our patients. Using the EHR, we can better track which patients are overdue for physicals, mammograms, and checkups for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.” When the electronic health records system flags an overdue preventive service, Middlebury Family Health contacts the patient to schedule an appointment. “Often patients don’t realize it is time for them to come in, so we are able to be more proactive about reminders,” Dr. Fuller said.Other general criteria for meaningful use that directly affect patient care include: eprescribing and the ability to immediately check drug-to-drug and drug allergy interactions; maintaining up-to-date patient medical problem lists and medication lists; and providing patients with a clinical summary of their visit, including any changes to medications, instructions and other relevant information.  One feature of Middlebury Family Health’s electronic health record system that has been particularly beneficial is its ability to track whether ordered lab tests were actually completed, Dr. Fuller said. If a patient fails to show up for a scheduled test, the EHR will alert physicians who can follow up with the patient.Middlebury Family Health has also met the standards for being a patient centered medical home, and attained the highest level status in that National Committee for Quality Assurance program, Dr. Fuller noted. As a result, Middlebury Family Health will receive the highest level of payment for participating in the Vermont Blueprint for Health program. “Without the EHR, we could have never done that,” she said.”Middlebury Family Health worked with VITL and the state of Vermont using collaborative workgroups for meaningful use and the medical home. We included four staff members and two doctors to learn and implement this system. Joining me on this team were Dr. Linn Larson, Medent Specialist Michelle Clark, and Office Manager Stacy Ladd. They kept the staff involved and excited throughout the process. In addition, Christine Fuller and Connie Billings were an important resource to the team. The efforts of all our employees and this core team were critical to our success,” Dr. Fuller said. The other two physicians in the practice areJean Andersson-Swayze, MD, and Dayle Klitzner, MD. Assistance from VITLPhysician practices and hospitals around the country receive assistance in implementing EHR technology and achieving meaningful use from 62 non-profit regional extension centers funded by the federal government. Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), an independent non-profit organization based in Montpelier, is the only such center serving Vermont.VITL’s staff worked with Middlebury Family Health to implement its EHR system and connect it to the Vermont Health Information Exchange, a secure statewide health data network operated by VITL. Middlebury Family Health’s four physicians received information and guidance from VITL on achieving meaningful use and qualifying for federal incentive payments.”VITL congratulates Middlebury Family Health for being the first Vermont practice to achieve meaningful use. While you are in the vanguard, there are many other practices following in your footsteps,” said David Cochran, MD, VITL’s president and CEO. “We’re working with more than 750 of the state’s 1,000 primary care providers and expect that Vermont will have one of the highest percentages of health care providers in the country achieving meaningful use. That’s great news for Vermont patients and the state’s health care reform efforts,” he said.The transition to advanced electronic health records systems is also happening in the state’s 14 hospitals, Dr. Cochran noted. Copley Hospital in Morrisville announced on June 29 that it was the first hospital in Vermont to achieve meaningful use. VITL is working with Copley and the rest of Vermont’s hospitals on meaningful use and health information exchange.VITL assisted Porter Medical Center with implementation of the hospital’s new EHR system, which went live on August 1, as well as the installation of a lab system interface to the Vermont Health Information Exchange so that Middlebury Family Health and other physician practices in the hospital’s service area can receive lab results immediately in electronic format.”Through the efforts of Porter Medical Center and area physician practices, including Middlebury Family Health, Addison County is well on the way to becoming one of the most connected communities in Vermont for medical records,” Dr. Cochran said. “Patients in the Middlebury area will experience better health care because of the increased use of health information technology, everything from smoother check-in at the front desk to greater information sharing among authorized providers, which will result in fewer duplicated tests and quicker diagnoses of medical problems.” last_img read more

Inspired to Shine: TD Charitable Foundation awards theater-based education grant to Brattleboro Retreat

first_imgTD Bank,The TD Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant for academic programming to the Brattleboro Retreat, the nonprofit psychiatric hospital announced this week. The $13,500 grant will underwrite the Inspired to Shine program, a theater-based academic program for children and youth enrolled in the Meadows EducationalCenter, a K-12 Vermont approved school located on the Brattleboro Retreat campus.‘We are honored to receive support from TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, for this innovative program,’ said Brattleboro Retreat’s President and CEO, Robert Simpson. ‘Inspired to Shine combines substantive academic material with the exceptional clinical care that is the trademark of the Brattleboro Retreat.’Piloted in the summer of 2011, Inspired to Shine ties a theater-based project in with core classroom subjects in order to help participating students improve educational outcomes, develop self-esteem, and build interpersonal skills. Students from the Retreat’s alternative therapeutic day school program, the Brattleboro Retreat Individually Developed & Guided Education Services (BRIDGES), as well as Meadows School residential patients participatetogether in the program.In the pilot session, students read several different Shakespeare works and ‘ under the direction of a theater teacher ‘ created a dramatic performance using a ‘newscast’ format to highlight various Shakespeare plots. The themes were embedded into all of the students’ core subjects: students read Shakespeare scripts forEnglish, studied the time period for history, used ancient architecture for math, and created set designs for art.‘The successful pilot session of Inspired to Shine was a rewarding and memorable experience for our students, our school staff, and the Retreat employees who served as our audience,’ said BRIDGES Coordinator Jessica Shepley. ‘We have found that success in reaching our students, many of whom have struggled in school–and helping them absorb academic material–lies in moving away from the traditional classroom setting and engaging them in hands-on, activity-based programming. Inspired to Shine exemplifies this approach,’ continued Shepley. ‘We are so grateful for TD Bank’s support and we are looking forward to continuing the program in 2012.’The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Recognized as a national leader in the treatment mental illness and addiction, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $83.5 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com(link is external).TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 7.8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,280 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized wealth management services through TD Wealth, and insurance products and services through TD Insurance, Inc. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine.BRATTLEBORO, VT (January 12, 2012)last_img read more

Trail Mix: Jonathon Linaberry, aka The Bones of J.R. Jones, Releases ‘Dark Was The Yearling’

first_imgThere are days when I think it would be cool to step outside myself, to take a few minutes or hours and just become someone else.  New York musician Jonathon Linaberry feels the same way.  In fact, he has gone so far as to create a fictitious persona, J.R. Jones, through which he channels the spirits of early Americana roots players to create beautifully dark, moody and bluesy folk music.Linaberry, under the moniker The Bones of J.R. Jones, has just released, Dark Was The Yearling, his first full length record.  It is outstanding.  Drawing from a wellspring that includes blues luminaries like R.L. Burnside, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Blind Lemon Jefferson, and old time favorites like The Carter Family, Dark Was The Yearling represents a sonic collision between the age old worlds of roots music.  Banjo driven tunes like “St. James Bed” rest side by side with acoustic gems like “The Plan” and the electrified grit of “Fury of the Light.”  This collection, like the spirit of J.R. Jones, feels old, like it was pulled, after being long forgotten or ignored, from a dusty shelf instead of cut in the digital age.  For those less interested in digital slickness, it’s a sound that definitely works.Dark Was The Yearling marks The Bones of J.R. Jones as a new voice resonating with the heaviest timbre of old time Americana.I recently caught up with Jonathon Linaberry to chat about old heroes, playing in a one man band, and whether J.R. Jones prefers beer or whiskey.BRO –  Tell me more about J.R. Jones.  Would I like to sit down and have a beer with him?  Maybe a whiskey?JL – Depends on if you are buying or not.  Honestly, he’s not picky.  If it’s wet, he will probably drink it.  He could chat mostly about anything, but I think if you really want to get to know him, I don’t think talking about his music is a good approach.  At least at first.  He tends to be a little tight lipped about all of that.BRO – The best part about being in a one man band?JL – I suppose it is the fact that I know exactly what to expect.  I can rely solely on myself, which makes things less complicated.  Generally, less complicated means less stress, which makes this whole thing a little more enjoyable.  It can be easy to travel, too, which works well for me.  All I need is a sleeping bag, guitar, and my kit.BRO – The worst part about being in a one man band?JL – I could say the worst part about all of this is the same as the best part.  It depends on my mood.  Flying solo, for all its freedom, can be overwhelming.  Mostly because when things go bad, there is only one person to blame.BRO – We are running “Good Friend of Mine” on Trail Mix this month.  What is the story behind the song?JL – That song went through a lot of transitions.  It took me a while to figure out what it was about.  I think I decided it’s about being so hopefully gone for a girl that, in a way, she is killing you.  It’s so bad that even the voice of the devil in you is the voice of reason.  I hope that makes sense.BRO – You draw inspiration from some of the early Americana and blues greats.  If you could jam or hang out with one of your long gone musical heroes, who would it be?  What might you talk about?JL – Oh, man.  There are so many.  If I had to choose, maybe Skip James of Son House.  To be honest, I don’t think I would have much to say to them.  I’d just want to hear them.  What I love about them is the pain and passion they put into their songs.  And to be able to hear that live . . . . I think it would be soul quaking.You can catch Jonathon Linaberry, as The Bones of J.R. Jones, on Friday, June 27th, at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, New York.  His calendar shows more  upcoming dates in New York and Maryland.  Stay tuned to www.the-wildness.com for more show dates and information on how you can grab a copy of Dark Was The Yearling, the brand new record.Speaking of that new record, Trail Mix would like to give you a shot at getting a signed copy for free.  Here’s what you need to do.  Shoot an email to dave@blueridgeoutdoors and answer the last question from up above – If you could jam or hang out with one of your long gone musical heroes, who would it be? We’ll pick a cool entry from all of the responses we receive by noon tomorrow (Thursday, June 26th) and get that lucky winner a copy of the record.BonesJRJones_003Good luck!last_img read more

Consumers rule in the Now Economy

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In a world where Amazon rules and a new fintech is popping up every day to take a bite out of credit unions’ business, we must adapt to satisfy member needs instantly and at scale.Digital growth has morphed how consumers order, receive, and pay for goods and services, developing the Now Economy. The ability to order virtually anything, anywhere, at any time has placed immediacy as a priority for most businesses. Take a look at fast couture fashion: Major fashion houses blanket social media during their shows and make their collections available online for immediate purchase.Consumers’ rising delivery expectations in the Now Economy will accelerate emerging technologies, such as robots and drones. Drones make instant gratification a nearer reality by delivering more products faster, even to remote locations. For merchants, drones promise to increase efficiency and reduce costs.last_img read more

Comments on CFPB remittance rule changes due Jan. 21

first_imgCUNA is encouraging credit unions to submit their comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposal to raise the safe harbor thresholds for its remittance rule by the Jan. 21 deadline. Stakeholders can use CUNA’s Grassroots Action Center to submit comments to the CFPB.The CFPB finalized its remittance rule in February 2012, and after a mandatory rule assessment last year, is proposing to increase the “normal course of business” safe harbor threshold from 100 to 500 transfers annually.In addition, the CFPB is also proposing changes to the rule to mitigate the effects of the expiration of the statutory “fee estimates exception” that allows insured institutions to disclose estimates instead of exact amounts to consumers. That exception expires on July 21.CUNA generally supports the CFPB’s proposal, but has called for the threshold to be raised to at least 1,000 and for the CFPB to explore several revisions and additions to the proposed rule. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Canada reports progress in avian flu battle

first_imgMay 13, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian authorities reported progress yesterday in their battle to stamp out avian influenza in British Columbia, while news services reported possible signs of a new strain of avian flu virus in the outbreak area.Canadian officials announced plans on Apr 5 to sacrifice about 19 million poultry in the Fraser River Valley near Vancouver to control an outbreak of highly pathogenic H7N3 avian flu. The disease has been detected in 40 commercial poultry farms and 10 backyard flocks.Yesterday the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said the campaign to destroy all poultry within 3 kilometers of infected farms was nearing completion. A total of 296 backyard flocks had been destroyed, the agency said.More than 500 sites have tested negative for avian flu, and no new infected farms have been found since Apr 29, the CFIA said. The agency said workers have begun cleaning and disinfecting 21 of the 40 infected farms.Also yesterday, British Columbia officials they had found what may be a new strain of avian flu on a duck and goose farm at Abbotsford, B.C., in the outbreak area, according to an Associated Press (AP) report.Dr. Perry Kendall, British Columbia medical health officer, said blood tests of geese and ducks revealed what looked like antibodies to an H5 avian flu virus, but the findings were not confirmed, according to the story. Confirmatory test results were expected tomorrow. The birds were not sick, the report said.The recent widespread avian flu outbreaks in East Asia, which led to 24 fatal human cases and the sacrifice of millions of birds, involved an H5N1 virus. But Kendall said the absence of illness in the Canadian birds suggests the strain involved is not the same as in the Asian outbreaks.The AP report said the finding of a possible new virus prompted officials to close a school across the road from the duck and goose farm. No children or staff members at the school had any signs of illness, said Sally Greenwood of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). She said the school would be closed until the end of the week and that plans called for destroying all the birds on the farm by then, according to the report.The report quoted Rick Thiessen, president of the British Columbia Chicken Growers Association, as saying that 75% of the poultry in the outbreak area had been destroyed.In other developments, a consortium of British Columbia medical agencies reported last week that they had sequenced the genome of the H7N3 virus involved in the outbreak.”The genome sequencing demonstrated that this is entirely a bird isolate, and contains no human influenza A genes at this time,” stated an announcement from the British Columbia Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Center, the BCCDC, and the Animal Health Center of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.The project revealed a previously unknown mutation in the virus that could explain its increased virulence, the statement said.last_img read more

Sold On Gold Coast: The most expensive suburbs in the north

first_imgParadise Point is home to plenty of waterfront mansions. MORE NEWS: How to sell for the highest price With three golf courses close by and access to the Broadwater, northern Gold Coast suburb Hope Island is a golf and boating lover’s dream. The suburb has plenty of other attractions with a marina, shops and restaurants as well as access to theme parks and the up-market Hope Island Resort and Sanctuary Cove. CoreLogic figures reveal the median house price in Hope Island is $988,500, a figure which has jumped 12.3 per cent in the last 12 months and 55.7 per cent in the past three years. The median unit price has fallen 3.4 per cent in the past year to $521,500. Craig Caughlan of Ray White Hope Island said the waterfront homes, access to the Broadwater and the ocean made it an appealing suburb. It was also close to the M1 allowing access to Brisbane and Coolangatta Airport.“The local market has been quite steady in sales since the federal election with confidence returning,” Mr Caughlan said.“However, the volume of sales has decreased over the past 12 months making it harder to satisfy buyer demand — this will lead to spurts of growth as buyers’ motivation to purchase increases. “It may also lead to more properties coming to market.” Mr Caughlan said homes sold for between $800,000 and $1.5 million in the suburb. “This is where most of the local homes sit due to the quality of the property itself and whether they are on the water or not,” he said. There were plenty of luxurious homes on offer but the diverse range of property types meant there was something for most buyers within the area. “At the moment family homes are the most sought after within the price range of $700,000 to $900,000,” he said.Owner-occupiers make up a large percentage of buyers, with interstate buyers accounting for about 20 per cent of the market. Sovereign Islands Paradise Point Hope Island is known for its up-market offerings. Sanctuary Cove Superyachts are no strangers to Runaway Bay.Once known as a quiet fishing spot, Runaway Bay has been transformed into an up-market suburb. But while luxury yachts and mansions have become the norm, the area has retained its laid-back lifestyle. The northern suburb was known as Angler’s Paradise until the early 1970s.To this day it is still a boaties’ paradise with local snapper, kingfish, pearl perch, tuna, wahoo or mackerel common catches. Even marlin or sailfish can be spotted by those willing to venture out deep enough.Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents’ Jeffrey Sturgess said the suburb had historically been populated by retirees but more younger families were moving in. “(There has been) growth in younger families, home renovations and new, small developments,” he said.“The Broadwater suburb (has) many canal-front homes and many with bridge-free access.”Despite having a reputation for million-dollar homes, Mr Sturgess said it also offered more affordable properties. “It has units, houses on dry blocks, canal-front, bridge-free canal and broadwater homes,” he said. Mr Sturgess said roads in the area weren’t as congested as those on the central Gold Coast and it had easy access to the Pacific Motorway, which was particularly appealing to residents and prospective buyers. The suburb’s amenities, including schools, shopping centres, sporting complexes, marinas, restaurants and cafes also made it attractive. Living up to its name, Paradise Point is a idyllic spot on the northern Gold Coast where water and boats are aplenty. The suburb comprises three precincts — Sovereign Islands, Ephraim Island and the village mainland and is a haven for boaties. It is an area that boasts plenty of parks and waterside spots for a lazy Sunday picnic. Paradise Point Parklands is a favourite among locals and visitors. It sits along The Esplanade with cafes and restaurants and is the perfect area for a walk or family outing while taking in the water views. It has been upgraded to offer public amenities including barbecue facilities, picnic shelters, and play equipment for the kids. The suburb’s median house price is nearing the million-dollar mark and, despite the cooler conditions felt across the country, has notched impressive growth recently. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoIts median house price has jumped 10.9 per cent in 12 months to $942,500, according to CoreLogic data. It’s impressive growth compared to the 0.6 per cent notched to the Gold Coast’s overall median house price of $630,000. Apartments boar the brunt of the downturn a little more, with the suburb’s median unit price falling by 8 per cent in 12 months to $690,000. However, looking at three-year growth, the median unit price is up by 13.1 per cent. Paradise Point is located on a peninsula, bound by the northern Broadwaters, Coomera River and Coombabah Creek. The area has evolved from a fishing town and before redevelopment was swampy land that could only be reached by track. The first subdivision of the area was in 1953 and all the available lots sold within two weeks. Blocks started at just 40 pounds ($70.95) Hope Island Sovereign Islands, an enclave of Paradise Point, is hot in demand. Median house price: $942,500 Median house rent: $620/weekMedian unit price: $690,000Median unit rent: $438/weekAverage days on market: 37 Average hold period: 9 yearsPopulation: 6536Average weekly household income: $1436Median age: 50 1. Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove Source: CoreLogic data to April 2019 Thinking of buying an up-market property in the Gold Coast’s north? Here are three suburbs where you’ll be in good company.They are home to some of the most luxurious waterfront mega-mansions on the Gold Coast.So it’s no wonder Hope Island, Paradise Point and Runaway Bay were the three most expensive areas in the north as featured in the Bulletin’s Sold On Gold Coast — the Glitter Strip’s ultimate property guide. All three have affordable pockets, it’s the ritzy locales of Sanctuary Cove and the Sovereign Islands that bump up their prices. With homes that come with multimillion-dollar price tags, the luxury, gated enclave of Sovereign Islands at Paradise Point on the northern end of the Gold Coast is still in hot demand. The record sale price may be $11.05 million, but rest assured there are plenty of luxury homes on Sovereign Islands which would achieve a far higher result if they were offered for sale. Ivy Wu of Amir Mian Prestige Property Agents has been selling in Sovereign Islands for about four years and doesn’t expect demand to slow. “In the last six months I have sold around $40 million worth of property,” she said. “The thing that people really like about Sovereign Islands is its security. There is a security gate to get on to the island that closes of an evening.” The gated community is connected to the mainland by a bridge which is guarded by a 24-hour security service.The island is also a haven for boating enthusiasts with deepwater moorings and bridge-free access.On the island the roads are paved with bricks and streets are landscaped with palm trees.Properties are mostly freestanding, large luxury houses and there are still vacant blocks of land available. The island is soon to get its first apartment building, with developer Vested underway on a luxury project with eight large units targeted at the downsizer market. Ms Wu said there were a mix of buyers securing properties on Sovereign Islands including interstate buyers who still found it incredible buying when compared to prices in Sydney and Melbourne markets. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenIslands for sale around Australia00:55 MORE NEWS: Iconic castle with pub and secret rooms 2. Paradise Point and Sovereign Islands Extravagant homes, lavish boats and swanky cafes and restaurants are what come to mind when Sanctuary Cove is mentioned.The prestigious enclave of Hope Island is synonymous with luxury living. Occupying a 474ha footprint and designed around four harbours on the Coomera River, the gated locale was the first of its kind in Australia. The $2 billion masterplanned community was established in 1986 and has grown to become one of the Coast’s most exclusive places to live. It offers a range of different properties but is known for its waterfront mega-mansions, making it a sanctuary for the rich and famous. The resort lifestyle makes it particularly appealing.It has two 18-hole golf courses, a marina often lined with super yachts, a retail precinct with essential services including a doctor and dentist, and five-star InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. It is not unusual to see residents zooming past in golf buggies rather than cars because it is the easiest form of transport in the community — there are even miniature parking spaces to accommodate them. For those without the big bucks to buy a property in the area, a visit is just as enjoyable.Houseboats, party pontoons and luxury sailing boats can be hired for a cruise up the river to see how the other half lives. While it is usually a quiet community, it comes to life once a year when The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is held. Thousands of people descend on the area in May to see hundreds of exhibits and displays as part of the four-day event. From super yachts and fishing boats to watercraft and marine tech, there is something to satisfy every boatie. Sanctuary Cove is an exclusive enclave of Hope Island that pushes the area’s prices up. Picture: Nigel Hallett Median house price: $927,500Median house rent: $700/weekMedian unit price: $490,000Median unit rent: $440/weekAverage days on market: 72 Average hold period: 10 yearsPopulation: 9068Average weekly household income: $1261Median age: 52 Median house price: $988,500 Median house rent: $690/weekMedian unit price: $521,500Median unit rent: $485/week Average days on market: 79.5 Average hold period: 7 yearsPopulation: 11,186Average weekly household income: $1760Median age: 48 3. Runaway Bay last_img read more

MPs who have changed their mind on euthanasia

first_imgIn 2003, the Death with Dignity Bill would have legalised euthanasia by allowing people who are incurably and terminally ill to request and receive medical assistance to end their lives. The bill was defeated, fortunately.The MPs below were in the House and voted against the bill in 2003.Nothing has changed since then, except that palliative care and pain management has improved significantly as medical knowledge has increased.Why are these MPs now voting FOR David Seymour’s euthanasia bill (based on their 2nd Reading vote).They should vote NO.last_img read more

UN warns of sanctions against South Sudan

first_imgSecurity Council urges ‘effective, comprehensive’ steps to end tensions in South Sudan The United Nations security council has expressed its disappointment at the failure of South Sudan parties to reach an agreement that would bring a lasting solution to the ongoing conflictThe 15-member body underscored the seriousness and urgency of the situation on the ground in South Sudan and reiterated its strong condemnation of the repeated violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, accepted and signed by both the Government and opposition forces last year.Peace talks held in Ethiopia, brokered by the east African regional bloc IGAD, have resulted in a string of broken ceasefires, and the last round of talks collapsed on March 7.Since then, both sides have confirmed the outbreak of fresh fighting on several fronts in the oil-rich north of the country.The Security Council has repeatedly threatened both sides with sanctions since the peace talks failed, although none has yet been imposed.However it has reiterated its intent to impose sanctions on both parties  in order to push all parties to form a Transitional Government of National Unity and to take effective and comprehensive steps to end military operations and all acts of violence.The current situation in South Sudan has deteriorated steadily over the past year since political in-fighting between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President, Riek Machar, and their respective factions erupted in December 2013.The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UN bases around the country.The crisis has dispalaced an estimated 1.9 million people and risked the lives of anbother 7 million who are faced with hunger and disease.Currently, UN bases are sheltering over 110,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) with an additional 1.5 million others displaced throughout the country and 500,000 outside the country.last_img read more