Kate Smeets who has just sold her waterfront property on the Gold Coast and is looking to buy somewhere else on the Gold Coast. Picture: Nigel Hallett.The rivalry between the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast is no secret.And when it comes to the property market, the Sunshine Coast is close to catching up to the Gold Coast.Separated by the urban sprawl of Brisbane, both are very different markets – one considered fast and flashy, the other sleepy and sophisticated. “There are Sunshine Coast people and there are Gold Coast people,” said Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell.But the regions do have one thing in common – both are set to be the stars of Queensland’s property market in 2017. Corelogic’s latest regional market update named them as the strongest performing regions in Queensland.Both markets enjoy a high rental yield of 4.5 per cent and low vacancies.The Sunshine Coast was slightly more affordable, with a median house price of $537,500 as at the end of December, compared with $600,000 on the Gold Coast, according to Corelogic. Seven out of the top 10 suburbs with the highest median house price were on the Gold Coast, with Mermaid Beach topping the list at $1.4 million.Alexandra Headland had the highest median house price on the Sunshine Coast, at just over $932,000.The QBE Australian Housing Outlook report by BIS Shrapnel predicted house price growth of about 8 per cent by June 2019 for the Gold Coast, while the Sunshine Coast’s median house price was tipped to rise to $575,000.Local agents said an influx of buyers from the southern states and Asia had put a drain on supply in both markets, which was driving up prices.Shaun Kaddatz from Harcourts Coastal on the Gold Coast said good houses were snapped up quickly.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We’re seeing a significant supply issue,” he said. “With anything that’s good, we’re seeing records at open homes.” About 10-15 per cent of his sales went to Asian investors, with about 40 per cent to interstate investors.“Rents have come up significantly, so people are seeing it as a good capital investment with good returns,” he said.Mr Bell said demand for rentals had skyrocketed, fuelled by investors and infrastructure spending in the lead-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.“We are now seeing a sub 1 per cent vacancy rate for rental properties,” he said. “Since Christmas, we’ve been getting 60 to 80 people turning up to an open for a rental property.”Buyers were also flocking to the Sunshine Coast. Tom Offermann, of Tom Offermann Real Estate Noosa, said he had seen an increase in empty nesters and retirees from Sydney and Melbourne in the past year. He said tourism in the area had increased 17 per cent year-on-year for the past two years, with a boost in international visitors.The Sunshine Coast was poised for significant growth, with Mr Offermann predicting capital flow from capital city markets would not reach its maximum potential in Noosa for six to 12 months.“People buying now aren’t buying anywhere near the top of the market,” he said. “Our market is only just approaching the price level it was in 2007/2008, so the recovery is still in its early stages.” Agents agreed it was rare to find a buyer interested in both coasts. “People who prefer more activity gravitate towards the Gold Coast,” Mr Bell said. Among them is Kate Smeets, 61, who sold her four-bedroom waterfront duplex in Surfers Paradise for $922,000 to a young Sydney buyer looking to relocate.Ms Smeets wanted to buy a bigger property in Nerang to accommodate her extended family. “I wouldn’t live on the Sunshine Coast,” she said. “The roads and the facilities aren’t as good.”
Share LocalNews The Good Shepherd by: – April 30, 2012 Share Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: fatherrays.blogspot.comToday we look at one of the well-known self-declarations of Jesus in the Gospel of John. For Easter we had “I am the resurrection and the life.” Today we have “I am the good shepherd.” If you’ve ever been to Jerusalem, as I’m sure many of you have, you’d remember that you couldn’t go far out of the city before you saw a shepherd in a field somewhere with a small group of sheep, either out in the open or under the shade of a tree. Shepherd and sheep were common sights in Jesus’ day, and ready-to-hand metaphor for what he wanted to say. Israelites on the whole were familiar with the notion of the caring shepherd. That was how they referred to their King, for instance. He was the shepherd of his people. His primary responsibility was care.That’s the first meaning of the phrase “I am the good shepherd.” Jesus identifies himself in terms of care. In his day, too, wolves must have been a fairly common threat. Another main task of the shepherdwastherefore protection. He could chase off a wolf with his staff. But sheep needed more than protection because wolves could threaten. They need protection (and care) because they were — sheep.Sheep are not the brightest of animals. Animal trainers in circuses, for instance, have worked with all sorts of animals, tigers, lions, bears, dolphins, even mice, but never sheep. And the reason is not far to seek: sheep are too simple-minded. They don’t “think”. If ten sheep are out for a stroll and one heads over a cliff, the other nine would never say, I wonder what happened to that fellow in front; he disappeared just like that.’No, they’ll head over the same cliff one after the other.Sheep are also essentially wayward, though not deliberately. They wander off, and wander off again no matter how many times they are brought back. It’s a consequence of not being able to ‘think.’ They never learn from their mistakes.For all the foregoing, sheep are essentially defenceless and dependent, easily frightened and confused. They have no natural defense in terms of fangs, claws or horns, and the most that they can see, apparently, is about 15 yards ahead.Easy targets for wolves or any other animal on the prowl.Now Jesus compares us to sheep, but it’s not meant as a put-down, though we can, I think, see ourselves without little difficulty in one of two of these characteristics. The more immediate point is that in a more urgent sense than sheep, we as human beings need guidance; we need a guide to help us to thread our lives safely, though dangers and difficulties of every kind. We need a caring someone to accompany us. As the twenty-third psalm put it: “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for thou art with me.” The threat of evil doesn’t vanish, but fear is replaced with confidence, “for thou art with me.”The care of the good shepherd is unique. He knows each of us by name, that is, each of us is never a nameless face. He knows not just our needs but our traits, characteristics and details, in a way one person hardly knows another, unless that person’s knowledge is suffused with love.The compassionate care of Jesus is shown in other parables where sheep are mentioned. When one sheep out of a hundred strays or is lost, he does not first see that the ninety-nine are safe, as commonsense orprudence would suggest. He simply goes in search of that one until he finds it; he returns with it and celebrates. The care of Jesus also requires a response. The sheep follow the shepherd because they know his voice. Which means that a relation of intimacy is presumed. It’s often difficult to hear the voice of the Lord in the din of society, and in the midst of our own busyness and preoccupations. Listening to Him and discerning what we are told is a daily challenge requiring attention, prayer and moments of quiet. Such a habit makes for greater ease in recognizing whom and what we hear, and the ongoing ability to distinguish other voices from his.By: Henry Charles PhD 37 Views one comment Tweet
Bud MuhlenbruchNolan Clarence Muhlenbruch, known to his family and friends as â€œBudâ€, passed away on November 28, 2012 in Austin, Texas, with his loving family at his side.Â Bud was bornÂ October 5th, 1921 in Argonia, Kansas, to John E. Muhlenbruch and Lillian (Bramer) Muhlenbruch.Lillian Muhlenbruch passed away when Bud was a very young child and his father remarried Hazel Baugh who, with great affection, gave him the name that would stay with him forever; â€œBuddyâ€.Â Except for his military service during World War II, Buddy resided in Sumner County for 90 years and even after his move to Texas, always considered Argonia his home.Bud became actively involved in farming while attending high school.Â After graduation in 1940 he farmed while attending Wichita State University.Â He met the love of his life, Bryana Reese on a blind date.Â He often fondly recalled their first date at the Cotillion in Wichita where they danced to Glen Miller.Â Bud maintained a love for Big Band music for the rest of his life.Bud left college in the spring of 1942 knowing that he would be joining the military and he wanted to make sure his farming responsibilities were handled. He and Bryana married on July 19, 1942 in Joplin Missouri and began boot camp in August.Â Bryana travelled with him for much of his service and shared his adventures.Bud developed a love of flying while in high school and was an accomplished pilot by the time he joined the United States Army Air Corp.Â His initial training was as an airplane mechanic but was accepted into the U.S. Army Air Corp Cadet Flight Training program where he earned his Pilots Wings and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Bud became a Flight Instructor and gained experience with multi-engine aircraft. He received his Flight Engineers Wings and prepared for deployment as a B29 squadron pilot.Â World War II ended before he was deployed and he was discharged from active duty in October 1945.Bud returned to Argonia to join his father in the Muhlenbruch Agency, a thriving real estate and insurance business.Â The Muhlenbruch Agency continued to serve the community until Budâ€™s retirement in 2008.Â Community service was a hallmark of Budâ€™s life and in addition to his business interests, he served on the Argonia City Council for 20 years and served 2 terms as the Mayor of Argonia.Â His commitment to service and building community is evident in his years of involvement with the Mason and Shriner organization.Â As a 32nd degree Mason he proudly wore his Masons ring throughout his life.Bud counted his family as his greatest accomplishments.Â Bud and Bryana were married for 53 years.Â Together they raised 3 lively sons and later enjoyed the great gift of grandchildren.It is his commitment to his family, his friends and his community that Bud will be best remembered for.Â He was well known throughout the county and state, and was well liked by all who got to know him.Â He always had a funny story or joke to tell. He enjoyed people and had an astonishing talent for creating close and lasting friendships over the years.Buddy was preceded in death by his parents John E. Muhlenbruch and Lillian Muhlenbruch and his stepmother Hazel (Baugh) Muhlenbruch; brothers, Donald Muhlenbruch and Clifford Muhlenbruch; sisters, Juanita Ison and Helen Reiz; his wife Bryana L. Muhlenbruch and his grandson Robert Muhlenbruch.Â Survivors include his three sons John Michael Muhlenbruch and wife Joyce of Dodge City, Ks., James B. Muhlenbruch and wife Katherine of Austin, Tx., and J. Nolan Muhlenbruch and Beth of Duncan, Ok.; sister Anna Francis Stucker and husband Harry of Fort Worth, Tx.; two grandsons Bryan Muhlenbruch, Daren Muhlenbruch; one granddaughter Michaelane Gish; and four great grandchildren, Grant Nolan Muhlenbruch, Brynn Muhlenbruch, Cody Gish and Kyler Gish.Funeral services for Bud will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2012 at Argonia United Methodist Church, Argonia, Ks.A visitation with the family will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Ks.A memorial has been established in his memory with the VFW Post 6656, Argonia, Ks. Contributions can be left with the funeral home.To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info
Voters in Wisconsin went to the polls during the coronavirus shelt-in-place order last week. Many waited in long lines braving the virus to cast their vote. With health officials unable to nail down when the coronavirus outbreat will end many are asking: What about voting in the national presidential election in November?Should voters be able to use a national mail-in voting system instead of going to the polls? GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told the South Florida Morning show that she doesn’t think states can successfully pull off voting by mail in four months.Listen to the full interview here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Ronna-Mcdaniel-4-14-20-1.mp3Of course Joe Biden beat out Bernie Sanders whose name is still on the ballot despite suspending his campaign. And President Trump won the republican vote.
(St. Louis, MO) — President Trump retweeted video of an armed couple defending their home from unarmed protesters.The video shows a man holding an assault-style rifle and a woman with a pistol shouting at protesters walking toward the St. Louis mayor’s home Sunday evening. The couple are identified as personal injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey. They reportedly stood outside their home and swept their weapons toward the protesters walking through the gated community where Mayor Lyda Krewson lives. The Riverfront Times reports the protesters were walking to the mayor’s house for a demonstration after she went on Facebook live and broadcast the names and addresses of people advocating to defund the police department.
Justice Navindra Singh on Tuesday sentenced 47-year-old Godfrey Dass to 14 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter for the death of his neighbour, Kenneth Kennedy, in June of 2009.Dass was initially charged for murder but opted to plead guilty to the manslaughter charge, which stated that on June 5, 2009, in the county of Essequibo, he unlawfully killed Kennedy.The accused was represented by Attorney Mark Conway, while the State’s case was led by Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy in association with Teriq Mohammed and Abigail Gibbs.In a plea of mitigation, the defence attorney informed the court that during his client’s time awaiting trial, he has been attending and benefiting from church services. Conway pleaded for leniency on behalf of his client, so that his client can return to society and be a better person.Facts presented indicated that, on June 5, 2009, the accused and the victim were consuming alcohol when a fight ensued. During the altercation, Dass managed to arm himself with a knife and dealt the now dead man a stab to his head which later lead to his death.The wife of the deceased man, who was unable to travel to Georgetown for the case, explained to the court in a statement submitted that since her husband’s death it has been difficult to provide for her children’s financial needs. The statement continued that her daughter, who witnessed the death of her father, is still affected by that traumatic experience.Justice Singh sentenced the father of two to 14 years in prison, while ordering that the prison authority deduct the years that the accused has spent on remand.Justice Singh also ordered the accused to stay away from the victim’s family when he is released from prison.
What a great webinar, Clinical Insight into Vitamin B 12, presented by Dr. Roman Pawlak, Associate Professor of Nutrition at East Carolina University. There were many questions that could not be answered in the time allotted. Dr. Pawlak has answered those questions in this blog.Missed the webinar? You can still earn 1.0 CPEU by watching the recording and completing the evaluation at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/22090/Q. Does everyone using metformin become vitamin B12 deficient?I am unable to predict whether a specific patient develops vitamin B12 deficiency. I can say, however, that both metformin dose and duration of use have been associated with low vitamin B12 status.Q. Can you explain ferritin again and how iron metabolism is impacted by vitamin B12 deficiency?Simply, if ferritin levels are not depleted yet Hg is indicative of inadequate iron status, the low Hg may be related to inadequate B12 rather than iron. This is because Hg concentration reflects both iron intake and stores. When ferritin level is normal or high, Hg level should not be low even when intake is inadequate. Thus, low Hg in the presence of normal ferritin may be indicative of an impairment in Hg synthesis related to inadequate B12 rather than subnormal iron status.Q. What about the anemia of chronic disease? Won’t you see a low hemoglobin and possibly increase ferritin in anemia of chronic disease.This is a completely different condition. It is related to inflammation and is associated with low Hg and normal or elevated ferritin. In addition, you will also see elevated markers of inflammation.Q. What causes the variation in vitamin B12 losses?Nutrient losses depend on a variety of factors. Generally speaking, when the status of a given nutrient in inadequate losses is lower as the kidneys are doing their best to conserve that nutrient. In one of the studies that I included in the presentation, authors reported that “the rate of loss was a fixed percentage of the total body store of vitamin B12, regardless of the store size: the larger the body store, the larger the losses.” Nutrient losses may also be related to kidney function. Nutrient losses also depend on the life stage and are usually lower in adolescents, and pregnant and lactating women.Q. I have been vegan for 5 months and my B12 came back at a toxic level 1888 pg/mL, even though I was only taking the recommended amount of B12 supplement MOST days. Why would this be?I do not know. One possible reason is a discrepancy between the dose of a supplemented stated on the label vs. its actual dose. Cases of vitamin D toxicity have been reported when the actual doses of the supplement were many times higher than what the label stated. Perhaps this may be the case [email protected] this will not fully answer your question but “The IOM did not establish a UL for vitamin B12 because of its low potential for toxicity” reference: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-HealthProfessional/#h8B12 is generally considered not to be toxic. However, adverse health effects of very high B12 have been reported. They mainly show as dermatological symptoms that include redness and itching of the skin.Q. So my 1888 B12 level indicates MTHFR defect?In order to determine whether or not you have the MTHFR gene defect, you need to have the analysis done for that specific defect. Low or high B12 cannot be used in the determination of your MTHFR gene status.Q. I’ve heard that blood-related consequences of vitamin B12 deficiency (anemia) are reversible but cognitive and neurological changes are not. Is that true?Hematologic symptoms of B12 deficiency can be very rapidly reverse, while the impact on neurological symptoms depends on a few factors, including the types of symptoms, their severity and the patient him/herself. Symptoms, such as tingling, feeling pins and needles and even restless leg syndrome can be relatively quickly reversed. However, neurological symptoms can include paralysis and walking difficulties (check out my article on my website www.drromanpawlak.com for more symptoms), which would be much harder, and in some cases, impossible to treat. Also, neurological symptoms in infant and children will take months or even years to treat with varies degree of recovery.Q. When B12 is deficient you will find ferritin to be low, while it will be high in iron deficiency? I just want to make sure I’m understanding that correctly.Simply, if ferritin levels are not depleted yet Hg is indicative of inadequate iron status, the low Hg may be related to inadequate B12 rather than iron. This is because Hg concentration reflects both iron intake and stores. When ferritin level is normal or high, Hg level should not be low even when intake is inadequate. Thus, low Hg in the presence of normal ferritin may be indicative of an impairment in Hg synthesis related to inadequate B12 rather than subnormal iron status.Q. Serum B12 <200 but normal homocysteine and normal MMA — is it just the early stages of B12 deficiency?Both homocysteine (Hcy) and methylmalonic acid (MMA a test may be used to help diagnose an early or mild vitamin B12 deficiency) depend on more factors than just B12, including more nutrients (eg. folate). Regardless of Hcy and MMA status, I am convinced that serum B12 < 200 (regardless whether pmol/L or pg/ml) is inadequate. I cannot say whether it is an early stage or not but I am convinced that it is inadequate.Q. How easy is it for the consumer to track B12 intake? The yogurt and milk in my fridge don’t list B12 content.In my opinion, considering that many foods contain B12 and that there is a huge variation in the amount of B12 in these foods and considering that B12 content if further depended on food preparation method (e.g. cooking, heating, etc.), it would be extremely difficult to actually assess intake. Consumers who may be in one of the groups with a high risk of inadequate B12 status should be advised to request a B12 assessment at their annual checkup. The problem with that is, a handful of physicians is able to correctly interpret B12 lab reports.Q. How much nutritional yeast is recommended?2-3 Tbsps/dayQ. How effective is a multivitamin (MVI) in treating B12 deficiency?Any amount of ingested B12 may help in maintaining B12 status. However, cases of B12 deficiency among individuals taking MVI have been published. Thus, I wouldn’t rely on MVI. Periodically assessing B12 status should be a prudent practice to make sure the status is adequate.Q. Is there a way to know when it is time to go to injectable B12 rather than oral forms?Both B12 injections and oral supplements have about the same outcomes in terms of B12 treatment and maintenance of B12 status. The difference is the frequency of application. In treatment, injections are usually given daily or every other day for just a few times followed by monthly maintenance therapy, while supplements are given daily long term. Also, injections may be associated with mood swings. People feel better in the few days following the injections and progressively worse in days just prior to the next scheduled injection.Q. How (what lab testing) is MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase mutationtest may be used to detect two relatively common mutations in the MTHFR gene that are associated with elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood) deficiency diagnosed? When would you suspect it?One needs to go to a physician and request the test to be performed. Tests are usually done when patients show signs of B12 deficiency and laboratory tests confirm low B12 and elevated homocysteine.Q. I often see elevated serum B12. Can you address some reasons why elevated serum B12 may occur, and if there could still be underlying deficiency despite elevated serum levels?Elevated B12 is usually seen in patients with liver disease, including liver cancer. Also, since B12 is water soluble and, in normal conditions, the kidneys should get rid of the “extra” B12, high B12 may reflect kidney insufficiency. High B12 may also be found among patients with leukemia. Patients with unusually high B12 can still be deficient in B12. This is because serum/plasma B12 reflects both B12 found in the haptocorrin and holotranscobalamin. The bulk of B12 in serum is found in the former, which has no physiological function. It is this B12 protein carrier (haptocorrin) that is elevated in the presence of adverse health conditions, which accounts for the high serum B12. Thus, a patient may have high B12, accounted for by high haptocorrin, and be B12 deficient, indicative by low holotranscobalamin status.Q. Can you repeat how platelet count may be indicative of B12 status?B12 deficiency results in pancytopenia (abnormally low status of all blood cells). So, low platelet count may reflect inadequate B12 status. By the way, the same may be true of white blood cells as their synthesis is also dependent on B12 status.Q. Has anyone studied the effect of Statins on muscle degeneration in older adults who are Vita B12 deficient?I have seen some references to statins and B12 in a few websites but I do not remember seeing a study that showed an association of B12 status with statins.Q. Can over supplementation also cause elevated b12 serum levels (in excess of 1000) in the absence of cancer or other problems with the liver.Yes. This is why a supplemental dose should be verified with biochemical evaluation on B12.Q. What is the recommended dose for EPA/DHAIOM did not specify a dose. However, studies have shown that when it comes to reducing CVD risk, a dose of between 250 to 500 mg/day is needed. A higher dose does not show any additional protective effect.
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The trip to Coffs for the Under 18’s last September brought more for Tassie team mates Emma Haines and Emily Hudson then they could have ever imagined.Their team might have finished 20th out of 21 teams but the pair did enough to be noticed by Australian talent identification members and selectors, who were picking squads to attend the upcoming Australian Under 18’s development camp.With the TID members and selectors scouting for potential representatives for the 2009 Youth World Cup and future Australian Open teams, these two young girls from the very south of Australia have good reason to be excited.”I couldn’t believe it when I found out,” said 16 year-old Emma, from Geilston Bay.”It’s such an honour to be selected, especially when you go to the National competition and see the quality of players that are there and to know you’ll be training with the best.”For 15 year-old Emily from Prospect, the phone call inviting her to attend the camp was also a shock.”I was totally lost for words,” she said. The pair will travel to Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast and will be training alongside the most promising up and coming junior Touch players in Australia. Under the tutelage of Australian Open coaches, guest coaches and Australian Open players, the girls will be learning new skills, drills and training methods, as well as taking part in the educational aspect and being a part of the games against Queensland Rustlers and SQBD teams. Both girls are excited about the chance to train with the best players and learn from the best coaches.”I’m looking forward to learning new things and making new friends,” said Emily.”To be able to train and participate in a camp like this, to improve skills, to see what is required to represent at the highest level and also make new friendships is what I’m really looking forward too,” Emma said.Keep your eye on the TFA website this week for more stories from the Australian Under 18’s development camp.