Planning: UDP process under review

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Off-the-plan danger zones

first_imgAn analyst has revealed Brisbane has four of the nations top ten locations for risky off-the-plan unit investment. Photo: Steve PohlnerA report released by property analyst, RiskWise Property Review, identified the top 10 locations Australia-wide where off-the-plan (OTP) unit investment was deemed most risky.RiskWise founder, Doron Peleg, said there were 300,000 units planned for completion in the next two years across the nation.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“Overall, the vast majority of current OTP properties are in high risk areas.”RiskWise analysed as to where new units comprised the high proportion of total units.The analysis showed that as a percentage of the total unit pool, new unit numbers in Brisbane City (34.5 per cent), Fortitude Valley (63.4 per cent), South Brisbane (91.3 per cent) and Chermside (57.9 per cent) make them among the 10 most risky Australian locations for buying OTP apartments.Mr Peleg said despite Brisbane having areas with the right fundamentals for investment, buyers of new product should consider detached houses rather than apartments.“However, in Brisbane, while there was a small number of suburbs where OTP units have the potential to deliver a solid capital growth, the risk associated with those investments is beyond the required threshold, and in all of the 15 suburbs in Greater Brisbane, only houses are included in our report.”last_img read more

​Governments must act to restore trust in pensions, says OECD

first_imgGovernments have work to do to shore up regulatory frameworks and make pension systems more understandable, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).In its Pensions Outlook 2018 report, the economic body made a number of suggestions for improving pension systems, including looking at how large investment institutions were governed for ideas on how to bolster rules, and using mechanisms such as automatic enrolment to make systems more inclusive.Pablo Antolin, principal economist and head of the organisation’s private pension unit, said: “People’s trust in pensions systems is undoubtedly low. There remains significant concern about whether institutions managing their retirement savings actually have their best interests at heart and will deliver on their promises once they reach retirement age.”Even though policymakers had made improvements to the design of funded pensions in recent years to tackle some of the problems related to low levels of financial knowledge and behavioural biases, he said there was more to do. “Essentially, pension reforms need to be better communicated so that the rationale and effects of pension reforms become clearer,” Antolin said. “People need a better understanding of what they themselves can do to secure their retirement incomes, why contributions to all types of pension arrangements are important, which vehicles are available for retirement saving, and how they are protected.” The OECD’s headquarters in ParisMechanisms such as automatic enrolment and escalation of contributions could take advantage of inertia to make pension systems more inclusive and help increase contribution levels, the OECD’s report said.The report also said the governance and investment approaches of “nationally significant investment institutions” provided useful guidelines to strengthen regulatory frameworks.“They have regulatory and legal frameworks at arm’s length from government; clearly stated missions to guide investment policy; an oversight board that is accountable to the competent authorities and to members; and transparency about their governance arrangements and their investment and risk management to keep them accountable to different stakeholders,” the OECD said.These institutions expressed performance aims in terms of their mission, it said, with performance monitoring conducted against this long-term goal, rather than against a market-based benchmark.The OECD also called for more flexibility on default retirement ages and progressive public pensions and tax rules to take account of financial disadvantages for people with expected shorter lives.“Individuals in low socio-economic groups have a lower life expectancy than high socio-economic groups,” it said. “They may be financially disadvantaged if they spend a shorter time in retirement relative to their working life, receiving a lower “return” on contributions made towards their funded pension source.”last_img read more

Study: Digital Access Reduces Seafarers’ Emotional Stress

first_imgReliable connectivity aboard ships, even limited, helps reduce some of the emotional stresses that seafarers who spend a longer period of time at sea experience.A new report looking at crew connectivity on ships has revealed the emotional and operational impact on professional seafarers who are often away for up to six months at a time with limited opportunities to interact digitally with friends and family.International maritime charity Sailors’ Society and the global mobile satellite company Inmarsat have worked with researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London, to examine the effect on seafarers who have limited or non-existent digital access.Researchers for this latest study, “Navigating Everyday Connectivities at Sea”, used an immersive study approach on board two container ships for 10 days, one with on board Wi-Fi capabilities and one without.The research also showed that where there were weekly limits of connectivity, this forced seafarers to ration their allowance to certain periods or to prioritise contact with friends. Restricting usage also meant that domestic issues could not be resolved immediately or in real time, adding to personal stress or anxiety.In addition, one of the report’s key findings was how connectivity is becoming a significant factor in recruitment particularly for those entering the industry. Young people are viewing an ability to get online as a significant deciding factor as to whether they commit to a career at sea.One of the historic arguments from ship owners for not providing on-board connectivity has been that it disrupts work and rest patterns. However, this latest research shows that, in fact, not having reliable on-board internet impacts such patterns.“Digital connectivity at sea has been one of the major talking points of the decade in the maritime industry, which has been slow to adopt technology enabling improvements in connectivity across the world’s commercial fleet,” said Dr Rikke Bjerg Jenson, one of the principal researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London.“While several studies have used surveys to try to establish the rate of these improvements and their wide-ranging implications, none – to our knowledge – has taken observations of crew behaviour and conversations with seafarers as their starting point.”“In terms of future sustainability, the industry needs to consider the significant expectations of the next wave of talent into the industry who will see access to online as a major factor in their career decisions,” Drew Brandy, Senior Vice President, Maritime Market Strategy at Inmarsat, concluded.last_img read more

Marijuana DOES cause schizophrenia and triggers heart attacks, experts say

first_imgDaily Mail 12 January 2017Family First Comment: Damning!“In fact, the current lack of scientific information ‘poses a public health risk,’ said the report, released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Patients, health care professionals and policy makers need more evidence to make sound decisions, it said.”Exactly what we have been asking for!Marijuana does raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and triggers heart attacks, according to the most significant study on the drug’s effects to date.A federal advisory panel admitted cannabis can almost certainly ease chronic pain, and might help some people sleep.But it dismisses most of the drug’s other supposedly ‘medical benefits’ as unproven.Crucially, the researchers concluded there is not enough research to say whether marijuana effectively treats epilepsy – one of the most widely-recognized reasons for cannabis prescriptions.The report also casts doubt on using cannabis to treat cancers, irritable bowel syndrome, or certain symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, or helping people beat addictions.The experts called for a national effort to learn more about marijuana and its chemical cousins, including similarly acting compounds called cannabinoids.READ MORE: helps some illnesses, but has risks – reportNewsHub 13 January 2017A report into the health benefits of marijuana shows despite some medicinal properties, it still comes with risks.United States public health experts looked at more than 10,000 studies into the medical and recreational use of marijuana.The report found cannabis is effective in relieving chronic pain in adults, muscle spasms in Multiple sclerosis and nausea from chemotherapy.Further research is required to see if it helps with other conditions like epilepsy and post-traumatic stress disorder.But health experts also linked the drug to schizophrenia, although they couldn’t determine whether marijuana could cause the condition.They also found taking cannabis at a young age increases the risk of addiction.The report showed marijuana is linked to an increased risk of having a car crash.Despite the volume of research, the main thing the report revealed was just how much there is still to learn. read more

Report of stolen car leads to impersonation arrest

first_imgVernon, IN—Saturday Deputies with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of Perry Street in Vernon in reference to OnStar tracking a stolen 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe from Marion County, Indiana.Upon arrival to the area, the deputy located the vehicle sitting stationary near the area of a car show that was taking place. The vehicle was occupied by one male. Deputies were able to take the male subject, identified as Tulio Ivan Espinosa de los Monteros, 29, of San Diego California, into custody without incident.Espinosa identified himself as an FBI agent who was in town for a secret investigation. Upon further investigation, this was found to be false information. Jennings County Dispatch was instrumental in this investigation.Espinosa was transported to the Jennings County Jail and remanded to Jail Staff and is currently being held in the Jennings County Jail on the following charges:Impersonating a Public ServantAuto Theftlast_img read more

Man City Face Critical Appeal against Europe Ban Today

first_imgUnder the Sheikh’s ownership, City’s fortunes have been transformed from perennially living in the shadow of local rivals Manchester United to winning four Premier League titles in the past eight years.However, billions of investment in players and managers has not yet been able to deliver the club’s first-ever Champions League title.City are still involved in this season’s competition and will be allowed to compete should the 2019-20 edition of Champions League return in August no matter the outcome of the appeal.But a two-season ban from the competition would represent a huge blow to the club’s prestige, finances and hope of hanging onto manager Pep Guardiola and key players like Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.“Two years would be long. One year is something I might be able to cope with,” De Bruyne toldHet Laatste Nieuws last month.City banked 93 million euros from prize money and television rights alone by reaching the quarterfinals of last season’s Champions League.The added loss of gate receipts and commercial revenue would make it extremely difficult for the club to meet FFP regulations in the future without cutting costs.City have steadfastly refuted UEFA’s allegations.“Based on our experience and our perception, this seems to be less about justice and more about politics,” said CEO of the City Football Group Ferran Soriano.UEFA has been under pressure, most publicly from La Liga President Javier Tebas, to impose a harder line on clubs backed by states, like City and Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain.European football’s governing body also have plenty riding on the case. Lose the appeal and the future of UEFA’s FFP regulations will be called into question.The hearing will be held by videoconference due to coronavirus restrictions from Monday to Wednesday.If no verdict is immediately announced after the hearing, the decision “could be made during the month of July,” said Matthieu Reeb, secretary-general of CAS.Even if City’s appeal to CAS fails, the English champions could present a further appeal before the Swiss Federal Court.A delayed outcome would leave a cloud hanging over the return of the Premier League season.City seem certain to secure Champions League qualification on the field with a 12-point lead over fifth-placed Manchester United.If they are excluded, fifth would be good enough for the riches of next season’s Champions League, which are all the more valuable during the economic crisis caused by coronavirus.Just six points separate United from Crystal Palace in 11th, leaving plenty to play for in the final nine games of the season once the Premier League restarts on 17 June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City’s appeal against a two-year ban from European competition will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) starting from today in a case of wide-reaching repercussions.City are accused of overstating sponsorship revenue to hide that they had not complied with UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) rules between 2012 and 2016 and were also handed a 30 million euro fine.UEFA’s case was prompted when German magazine Der Spiegelpublished a series of leaked emails in 2018 that purported to show how City manufactured extra sponsorship revenue from a series of companies with connections to the club’s Abu Dhabi-based owner Sheikh Mansour.last_img read more

Students take pass on H1N1 shot

first_imgAs universities across the country show an increase in cases of the H1N1 virus, studies show students, who fall under the highest risk group for contracting the virus, are among the least likely to seek out the vaccination.Reported cases of the swine flu have increased in college students over the past few weeks.Skeptical · A student speaks with a health official at last week’s flu shot clinic at the Lyon Center. Many students are choosing not to get flu shots. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanDuring the week ending Oct. 30, there were 9,128 new cases of swine flu at universities across the country that report to the American College Health Association, indicating a 2 percent increase in new cases from the previous week. At reporting universities in California, there were 394 new cases.Despite this increase, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey shows that while nearly 70 percent of the population wants the H1N1 vaccine, in young adults the numbers drop to about 40 percent. A Washington Post-ABC news poll also found that nearly seven out of 10 people in the 18-to-29 age group said they did not plan to get vaccinated.There are many different theories surrounding the reasons why students who fall under the CDC priority group do not see the importance of getting vaccinated. Health officials said an attitude of invincibility is one of the major factors for the low levels of college students getting the vaccine.“I don’t really get sick very often and I’m a healthy guy,” said Scott Sternad, a junior majoring in civil engineering (building science), who was not planning to get the vaccine. “I feel like if I did get [the swine flu] I’d be able to fight it off.”Others have also attributed past experience with the seasonal flu as reasons to forgo the new vaccine.“I’ve never gotten a flu shot and I’ve never gotten the flu, so I don’t see a reason to get [the H1N1 vaccine],” said Serena Virani, a freshman majoring in psychology.Such views could be problematic, according to Dr. Jeff Goad, director of student outreach for community health and an associate professor at the School of Pharmacy, since students are not major targets for the seasonal flu, which usually affects the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions.College students are, however, among the highest risk group for contracting the H1N1 virus, because their immune systems have not been exposed to a similar strain of the virus that spread in the 1970s, according to Amanda Aldridge, a spokeswoman for the CDC.But the problem is not simply in students’ attitudes. Some students who said they want to get vaccinated can’t do so because the vaccine is in short supply and students can end up waiting in line for hours for a shot.“If there was an easy opportunity to get [the vaccine], I would,” said Scott Macklin, a junior majoring in astronautics and space technology.According to Dr. Lawrence Neinstein, executive director of the University Park Health Center, the university received only enough doses to vaccinate 10 percent or less of the student body, which led to lines and long waits on days the vaccination was offered for free.Neinstein added in an email, that the school has given about 800 doses to students so far.Additionally, the media has also played a role in influencing students’ decision to get vaccinated. Aldridge said the media’s treatment of the disease was a possible reason students doubt the threat of the flu.“The swine flu doesn’t seem like a serious issue,” said Ryan Madsen, a junior majoring in business administration.Some students have also become wary of the vaccine after hearing stories about some people who have had severe negative reactions to the vaccine.“I don’t feel comfortable putting [the vaccine] in my body,” said Chandler Rabens, a sophomore majoring in communication. “The shot hasn’t been out long enough to see the side effects.”Health professionals are working to counter widespread false information regarding the safety of the vaccination, Neinstein added.“In 10 million doses of the vaccine there has not been one serious complication,” Neinstein wrote.Other officials added that the benefits of being protected outweighed the risk of getting sick, saying it is especially important to get the vaccine for better protection, since students live in close quarters.“Getting vaccinated now can help [students] in the future,” Goad said. “This is likely to be the new flu and we will be living with it for years.”last_img read more

USC Keck partners with NIH for All of Us program

first_imgThe National Institute of Health recently launched a nationwide data project seeking at least one million American volunteer participants. NIH partnered with the USC Keck School of Medicine and several other organizations for the $1.5 billion All of Us Research Program, which seeks to enhance health research breakthroughs and discoveries. Daniella Meeker, assistant professor of preventive medicine and director of Clinical Research Informatics, is the program’s principal investigator. Meeker emphasized how USC plays a particularly important role in this project because of its location in Los Angeles County, one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the country. “USC is uniquely positioned to help the team achieve its diversity goals,” Meeker said in a USC press release. “This initiative will inform the way that health care and precision medicine is created in the future. It’s like the human genome project but for the entire American population.”A diverse participant pool is the NIH’s priority for this project, potentially establishing the largest DNA and health database for medical research in the world. By studying people from a wide variety of backgrounds, researchers will be able to gather biological, genetic, environmental and lifestyle information, especially from populations typically underrepresented in medical research. This will help with preventing and treating a multitude of diseases.“The All of Us Research Program is an opportunity for individuals from all walks of life to be represented in research and pioneer the next era of medicine,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins. in an NIH press release. “The time is now to transform how we conduct research — with participants as partners — to shed new light on how to stay healthy and manage disease in more personalized ways. Since participant enrollment opened on May 6, tens of thousands of volunteers have already signed up. The program asks participants to fill out health surveys and to share electronic health records online. The website details how it plans to protect participant data and explains how being a part of the study can directly benefit both parties by helping the participant learn more about their own health. “The All of Us Research Program is part of the Precision Medicine Initiative,” the program’s website states. “Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. It takes into account factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history.”In addition to Keck, the USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science and USC School of Pharmacy will also contribute to the project.last_img read more

Dontae Strickland’s mother said her son would never play football; now he’s a star

first_img Published on September 16, 2016 at 1:39 am Contact Jon: | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Sept. 16 at 5:55 p.m.The ambulance was gone, but Gregory Strickland was in desperate need of medical care. A hit at his high school football game broke his leg and turned his foot completely around.The emergency medical services team that had been on hand for the game left early, leaving the Strickland family in horror on the sideline watching Gregory writhe in pain.Tia Strickland remembers her mom on the phone screaming and crying. They didn’t know how bad it was at the time, but her brother would never play sports again.It was then and there — on Aug. 31, 1997 — that Carol Strickland vowed none of her children would ever play football again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It affected Carol significantly,” said Jake Rodriguez, a family friend and Gregory’s former coach. “… She had had a really traumatic experience with her older son and that kind of soured her on the football field.”But seven years — and four children — later, Dontae came along.He was a quick, elusive 7-year-old craving to play a physical sport. The recruitment by one coach and pressure from Dontae and his father convinced Carol to break her pledge.Dontae excelled at football right away, shattering middle school and high school records, and eventually earning a full scholarship to Syracuse, where he’s the starting running back this year.It’s a source of pride for the Stricklands, but it’s also a source of worry. That something like what happened to Gregory will happen again. That Dontae, at 20 years old, will have his lifeblood taken away. That he’ll never be the same.“Sports is (Gregory’s) passion just like it is Dontae’s passions,” said Tia, Dontae’s sister. “(Carol) didn’t want to relive that again because injuries happen. We all know that. But sometimes they’re career ending and there’s nothing you can do.“For Dontae, that’s all he’s ever talked about was going to college playing football. Going all the way, if he can. God willing, to the NFL. So if something happens — injury and it ends his season or it ends his career — I don’t even know how he would cope.”Michael Santiago | Contributing PhotographerWhat drew Dontae to football is exactly what pushed the rest of his family away: the contact. He’s the most physical of all his brothers, despite being the second youngest out of the five of them. They all played sports, but none of them liked, or even tried, football, save for Dontae and Gregory.Dontae’s football career stemmed from his performance in baseball. He was the batboy for his older brother Danny’s team. After practice each day, the team would have relay races and Dontae would always win, beating kids two to three years older than him.Jim Quigley, a local Pop Warner football league coach, saw this and decided Dontae needed to be on his team.“Son, you ever played football before?” Dontae’s father Bill remembers Quigley asking. “Dontae said, ‘No. I want to, but my mother won’t let me.’”Both Dontae and Bill wanted him to play football. Carol was essentially outvoted. Bill went to a football parents’ meeting the next day, but Quigley wasn’t interested in talking to him. “Where’s Dontae?” Quigley asked, peering into the backseat of Bill’s car.“The story can tell itself now,” Dontae said.Dontae started playing Pop Warner football at age 7. He could run fast, but had to learn how to tackle. His family worried if he would know what to do on the football field. If he could take the hits.Bill taught him to inflict punishment like Walter Payton. It wasn’t long before other kids were complaining to Bill that Dontae hit hard. Not when he tackled them, but when he ran them over as a running back.“I was like ‘Oh, it’s working then,’” Bill said.He already knew how to catch passes. Bill taught all the kids from a young age by making them run through the kitchen to the living room of their circular-shaped house. They’d knock down pictures and Carol’s snow globes, but if a ball hit one of the kid’s chests, the punishment was five pushups.In middle school (seventh and eighth grades), Dontae scored 52 touchdowns in 17 games. A record Rodriguez — who was Dontae’s head coach at Crossroads (New Jersey) Middle School and assistant coach at South Brunswick High School — is sure will never be broken.Around high school, Dontae started dropping his other sports. Baseball was boring, despite his power to right-center field as a righty batter. He chose not to try out one year. Feeling disrespected by his high school basketball coach, Dontae left his jersey in his locker after a game — never to play again. The seasons had started overlapping, anyway.Football was Dontae’s sport. Danger and all. He slept with one until the day he left for college.“He loves football,” said Joe George, the head football coach at South Brunswick. “He can’t live without football.”Daily Orange File PhotoDontae eased his way through the different levels of football. Once one stage became too easy, he moved up. But his family was cautious each time, not wanting to push him too far.Gregory was a freshman playing on varsity when he broke his leg. The Strickland family endured countless games that seemed too easy for Dontae to ensure that didn’t happen again.“They didn’t want him to be rushed to play. They knew he had the ability to play with older kids,” Tia said. “But we don’t want him rushed into anything because we don’t know how he’ll react to it.”Dontae started ninth grade with with the freshman team, then moved to junior varsity and varsity by the end. His sophomore year, he started on varsity and won a state championship, scoring two touchdowns in the title game.Rodriguez would see Dontae’s mother at games and say, “Hey, Carol. This kid’s going to college for free. Leave him alone.”“Thank God they let him play because we may not have ever seen a tremendous athlete, football player if they hadn’t let him play,” Rodriguez said.Dontae’s parents never tried to make him quit. It wouldn’t have worked, even if they did.Bill talked to Dontae about concussions once. “I don’t get them. I give them,” Dontae responded.“That was the end of that conversation. You know?” Bill said.Before every game, Dontae’s family prays that he gets up and is OK after every play.Afterward, whether on FaceTime or in person, the most important question is “What hurts?” They care less about who won.Carol never wanted her son to play football in the first place. She didn’t like the contact.In retrospect, Bill wishes Dontae hadn’t chosen football. It’s the most barbaric sport.But they, and the rest of the family, have to live with the decision Dontae made. All the surreal moments it provides, like watching him play in the Carrier Dome, which brings Carol to tears. And at least 12 weeks of worry a year, not knowing if he’ll be able to walk off the field the next time he plays.“You never know. Any play, anything could happen. Any moment,” Tia said. “As long as he plays football, we’ll be nervous.“Every play.”CLARIFICATION: In a previous version of this article, Dontae Strickland’s first football coach, Jim Quigley, was misidentified.  Commentslast_img read more