Horseshoe 4 well resumes drilling

first_img Image: Armour Energy provided an update on operations at the Horseshoe 4 well. Photo: courtesy of Anita starzycka from Pixabay. The Directors of Armour Energy Ltd (ASX: AJQ) are pleased to provide an update on the Company’s operations at the Horseshoe 4 well, located in Armour’s 100% owned PL227.As previously advised, the drilling of the Horseshoe 4 well had progressed to a depth of 1,523m, before becoming stuck within the Hutton Sandstone formation, through a process known as “differential sticking”.A plan to free the stuck pipe was implemented, and at approximately 5am on 1 November the pipe became free of the differential sticking. Over the following 36 hours, the drill assembly was safely removed from the well.On the evening of 2 November, Armour recommenced drilling at a rate of approximately 12.2m/hr, and at 7am on 3 November, the well had reached a depth of 1,704m.Armour will now set 7‐inch casing to 1,704m isolating the Hutton Sandstones, before drilling ahead to the prognosed total vertical depth of 2,073m.Despite the unanticipated delay caused by the stuck in hole incident, Armour believes that that failing any further delay in the drilling operations, that the Horseshoe 4 well is anticipated to be completed on time, as per the initial drilling schedule. Source: Company Press Release The drilling of the Horseshoe 4 well had progressed to a depth of 1,523m, before becoming stuck within the Hutton Sandstone formationlast_img read more

Speech: Aviation Minister’s keynote speech to the British-Irish airports expo

first_imgAviation and global BritainThank you Neil. And good morning everyone. It’s a real pleasure to join you today. And to have this opportunity to speak to so many airports from across the UK.I’ve just had a very interesting tour of the expo. With over 150 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors expected. This week’s show is clear evidence that the airports industry is looking to the future with confidence.Which is something I’ve been delighted to see many times over as I’ve visited airports across the UK since becoming Aviation Minister 7 months ago.And the government is right behind you. Because we need all our airports to thrive. And every region of the UK to benefit from improved air links. And the economic benefits they bring.Aviation strategyIt is a pleasure – and a privilege – to be Minister for such a world leading and successful industry, the third largest aviation sector in the world. An industry that has seen incredible growth, with an increase of 27% since 2010 in the number of passengers flying from and to UK airports to almost 270 million passengers now handled by UK airports.And it’s against this background of growth that we announced last week that we want to see airports make best use of existing capacity, provided environmental concerns are addressed.And it is why we are preparing our new aviation strategy. A comprehensive, wide-ranging blueprint. To develop the capacity and connections we need up to 2050 and beyond. And to allow aviation to grow in a safe, secure and sustainable way. Rooted in partnership between government and industry.The strategy will be relevant to airports of every size. Because we know that many of the challenges facing the sector impact on smaller airports in different ways. Particularly those with fewer resources. And less scope to invest in new facilities or technologies.So I’m determined that the final strategy will be just as applicable to RABA members as it is to Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester.Let me give you a couple of examples that are also being discussed at this week’s expo.Disabled passengersFirst, improving the travel experience for disabled passengers.Airports have a good record in this area. Following new Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidance in 2015 which helped many airports improve assistance.I’m delighted that here, this week, the CAA is launching their report on how airports are meeting their guidance an hidden disabilities. To help passengers with hidden disabilities, such as autism and dementia.Some airports have already taken a lead. For example, Bristol and Birmingham are among those to roll out a lanyard scheme. As a way for airport staff to easily identify more vulnerable passengers who may not wish to show details of their disability.But for different reasons, many disabled people still choose not to fly. Just under 1 in 5 don’t know who to contact to arrange assistance. And many are unaware that such help has to be provided by law, free of charge.So – as part of the aviation strategy – we’re going to work on measures to raise levels of awareness. While also making sure all airports are equipped to handle them. And in early July I’ll be hosting a roundtable with the industry to discuss how this can be achieved.SecurityAnother issue being discussed this week is airport security.Consistently delivered checks are of course critical. Yet implementing them can present a logistical challenge to smaller airports. So the new aviation strategy’ will outline measures to work more collaboratively with airports to address security.We are moving to a more flexible approach giving industry options on how to implement security. And take more local decisions based on risk. We will analyse the regulatory burden on airports by reviewing ‘More Stringent Measures’. And our approach to impact assessments. And we will focus efforts on airports that most need support to achieve the highest standards of compliance. To maintain strong resilience, while also responding practically and proportionately.Heathrow and the National Policy StatementBut while work on the aviation strategy continues ahead of launch early next year, there’s an even more pressing matter which has implications for the whole industry. Parliament’s imminent vote on the proposed north-west runway at Heathrow.With no spare runway capacity, Heathrow’s growth is constrained and new global routes can only come with reduced connections to other destinations. Over many decades, successive governments have wrestled with the problem. Despite countless consultations, inquiries and commissions, the key question of how we secure our long-term hub capacity has remained unanswered.But today, following the Cabinet’s recent backing for the new runway, we are closer than ever before to providing that answer. And delivering the capacity that passengers need, businesses need, and other UK airports need.One of the key benefits from expanding Heathrow will be the increase in connectivity to the nations and regions of the UK the importance of regional connectivity.I saw this in Inverness a couple of weeks ago, where I discussed the potential for improving domestic routes with the airport and business leaders. Like other regional airports, Inverness wants a third runway at Heathrow to be built as soon as possible.Just today we have seen EasyJet confirming that the expansion of Heathrow Airport would allow the entry of low cost carriers to the airport at scale for the first time.Passengers would benefit from the increased competition and lower fares on routes to existing UK and European destinations. New entrants would also launch flights to UK and European airports not currently served by Heathrow providing important economic connections to the UK’s only hub airport. And we want up to 15% of additional slots from a new runway to be used for domestic routes. We expect the majority of these routes to be commercially viable.While these are a commercial decision for airlines, we also expect the airport operator to work constructively to boost UK connectivity. I’m pleased Heathrow has made a number of pledges. For example providing financial support for new routes. And providing discounts for domestic passengers through a restructuring of charges. But if necessary, we can take action to secure routes through the use of Public Service Obligations. And we’ll consider ring-fencing slots for their use.Of course the new runway would also provide huge opportunities for UK suppliers. Many of whom are here this week. Heathrow has set out a detailed procurement programme. To spread the benefits of the project around the country.All told, the runway would provide benefits of up to £74 billion to passengers and the wider economy. Almost doubling Heathrow’s freight capacity. Adding 16 million more long-haul seats in 2040. And delivering a huge boost for tourism, investment and jobs.So with the vote in Parliament looming, the next few weeks are crucial. We must continue to build support for the project. Continue articulating the case for the runway. And continue getting our messages across to those who may be unaware of the huge economic implications, if Parliament fails to back Heathrow expansion.So I urge the industry to speak up in support. To make the case for expansion. And to help send out a message that Britain is open for business, and ready to embrace a global future after Brexit.ConclusionLadies and gentlemen, a thriving aviation sector is fundamental to our national interests. And to the interests of every UK region. With progress on Heathrow, and a new comprehensive aviation strategy we have a great opportunity to help the industry continue in its success.As your Aviation Minister, I’m committed to working alongside you to ensure that our aviation strategy delivers for every part of the aviation sector, and for every part of the UK.Thank you.last_img read more Welcomes Bob Weir, Grahame Lesh, Members Of The Revivalists, More At LOCKN’ [Audio]

first_imgLOCKN’ Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday night with another bucket of twists and turns. The surprise collaborations continued all weekend long, coming to culmination with one of the weekend’s most anticipated sets, affectionately known as Billed as Phil Lesh and Friends with moe., the Grateful Dead bassist played for the entirety of the set to fill in for moe.’s Rob Derhak, who is currently seeking treatment for oropharyngeal cancer. The set also included a rotating cast of characters, including The Revivalists‘ frontman David Shaw, saxophonist Rob Ingraham and trumpeter Michael Girardot, as well as Grahame Lesh (Midnight North), vocalist Nicki Bluhm, and Grateful Dead guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir. Many of the musicians on stage wore t-shirts to honor Rob, who controlled a robot around the stage from the comfort of his own home.Fans of moe. and the Grateful Dead were treated to a special mash-up of “Silver Sun > The Other One > Silver Sun,” which featured Phil’s son Grahame Lesh on guitar and vocals. Members of The Revivalists joined for a heartfelt cover of The Band‘s “Ophelia,” with David Shaw on lead vocals backed by the band’s horn section. The second and final moe. and Grateful Dead mash-up was a “Four > Bird Song > Four” sandwich. Bob Weir, Nicki Bluhm, and Grahame Lesh emerged for “The Music Never topped,” then Weir stuck around for the rest of the set, delivering moe.ronic versions of Grateful Dead classics “Sugar Magnolia,” “Scarlet Begonias,” and “Sunshine Daydream.” All in all, it was the perfect way to celebrate the final night of LOCKN’, and all of the festival’s magical happenings.Thanks to taper Daniel Kopp, you can listen to the full-show recording via JamBuzz below:Setlist: | LOCKN’ Music Festival | Arrington, VA | 8/29/17Box of Rain, Silver Sun > The Other One > Silver Sun (reprise)&, Ophelia#, Four >Bird Song > Four (reprise) > Phil thank you/Bobby intro, The Music Never Stopped^, Sugar Magnolia* > Scarlet Begonias* > Sunshine Daydream*%with Grahame Lesh#with members of The Revivalists^with Bob Weir, Nicki Bluhm, and Grahame Lesh*with Bob Weir[photo by Michelle Carroll Stancil on Instagram]Don’t miss moe.’s Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico performing in a wide range of diverse sets at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on September 23rd – 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Muzzy Bearr, The Russ Liquid Test, KJ Sawka (of Pendulum and Destroid), DJ Premier & The Badder Band, and so many more!For a full list of artists, head to the event’s website. Two-day and single-day GA and VIP tickets are available now.last_img read more

University faculty discuss lead exposure in South Bend

first_imgAn interdisciplinary team of Notre Dame faculty members came together in order to discuss the detrimental effects of lead in South Bend homes with the local community. The lecture, titled “Getting the Lead Out: Reducing South Bend’s Exposure to Lead,” was part of the Our Universe Revealed series and took place in Jordan Hall.Notre Dame faculty members Graham Peaslee, from the Department of Physics, Marya Lieberman, from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Heidi Beidinger, from the Department of Biological Sciences and Eck Institute for Global Health, spoke about the research they have conducted regarding this issue. Kat Robinson | The Observer Graham Peaslee from the Department of Physics discusses the detrimental impacts of lead in the South Bend community. The lecture was led by an interdisciplinary team of five Notre Dame faculty members.Peaslee said lead exposure is still a problem in the United States, and especially in South Bend, which has six times the amount of Flint levels compared to the rest of the country. Less than ten percent of children are tested for lead levels, he said, which makes it difficult to assess the threat South Bend children could face.He stated that elevated Blood Lead Levels are the most prominent in children, as a result of more open exposure to lead in older homes.“Legacies from leaded paint and gasoline in home built prior to the 1970’s still possess harmful toxins,” Peaslee said.“Lead passes from the paint in these homes’ walls to the dust in the air, to human bodies, to bones.” When lead was discovered as an extremely dangerous toxin, bans were placed against its usage in homes and cars. Peaslee said the Lead Contamination Control Act in 1988 banned lead in virtually all gasoline, and by 1995 lead in gas was completely banned. Likewise, in 1978 lead paint was prohibited in residential houses. “Lead blood levels in the United States decreased dramatically as more bans against lead were set in place,” Peaslee said. However, he added, homes built prior to these prohibitions still pose a threat to residents’ safety — especially for children.“In the production of cars and paint, lead was desirable because of its anti-knock power in cars, and anti-aging supporter in paint,” Peaslee said. Despite its practical usage in utilities, lead has recently been linked to several neurocognitive disabilities, attention deficits, behavioral problems, lower IQ scores and even lower socioeconomic statuses, Peaslee explained. “This is a toxin that is not safe for the body in any amount,” Peaslee said. Marya Lieberman from the department of chemistry and biochemistry went on to describe how exactly lead interacts with the body. “Humans usually come into contact with lead through ingestion and inhalation,” she said. From this initial exposure, Lieberman said, the toxin travels through the bloodstream, to soft tissue, and even reaches bone.“Lead spreads everywhere throughout the body,” she said. The human body finds it difficult to remove and filter out lead’s poisonous effects, Lieberman said. “Its half life in blood is 25 days, in soft tissue 40 days, but once it reaches the bone, lead remains for years,” she said. Lieberman explained that babies from the ages of 6-8 months old are at the highest risk of being poisoned.“Babies crawl on the floor and touch the walls around them, exposing themselves more so than adults to paint in households,” she said. Furthermore, Lieberman explained, children absorb 50 percent of lead into their bodies, compared to only 20 percent for adults.“Children’s high metabolism soaks up the toxins at a much faster rate than their parents,” she said.Lieberman said the body’s tolerable daily intake of lead is equivalent to less than 1 grain of salt, and most people are exposed to much more than this on a daily basis.“There are two ways to measure Blood Lead Levels, which consist of the ‘fingerstick test’ and the venous test,” she said.The “fingerstick test” provides results within minutes, but is much less accurate than the venous test, which takes weeks to give results, Lieberman added.Beidinger said Notre Dame intervened on this issue last January with a Notre Dame Lead Innovation Team. “Our mission is to reach the South Bend community and create a community effort to halt lead poisoning in this area,” she said. Five faculty members collaborated with ten graduate and undergraduate researchers this summer to develop a community based approach to South Bend lead exposure. First, the team analyzed current lead screening tests, Beidinger said. “Less than ten percent of children in the St. Joseph Community have been tested for lead poisoning between 2005 and 2015, and we cannot case manage between the ages of five to ten years old, because of budget cuts from the St. Joseph County Health Department,” Lieberman said. Because of these fundamental screening issues, Lieberman said, there is no comprehensive understanding of what lead poisoning looks like in St. Joseph County. “In addition to this finding, communities of color are disproportionately burdened by this lead exposure in South Bend,” she said.  Together, the research team concluded a number of findings based on their investigation of six South Bend homes with lead paint. “Most hazards are hiding in plain sight, such as on coffee table with ceramic tile, on ceramic teapots and kitchen tables,” Lieberman said. The faculty team has a number of grant proposals ready to initiate and is planning to build more collaborations to foster a stronger push toward improvement. “We need city, county and state wide lead efforts, and would like to offer a new course at Notre Dame called ‘Chemistry in Service to Community,’ to study this problem,” Peaslee said. Their overarching efforts are now focused on connecting Notre Dame efforts with the South Bend community in order to eliminate lead poisoning. “We would like to create citizen scientists within South Bend, and advance the technologies we use to study lead poisoning,” Peaslee said. “We hope that these efforts will lead to more Blood Lead Level screening in St. Joseph County.” Tags: lead, Our Universe Revealed, research, South Bendlast_img read more

SPC Workshop.

first_img Ways to integrate SPC and HACCP concepts. SPC problem-solving tools. The dynamics of variation and how to monitor it with control charts. Analysis-based decision making. Precision and accuracy of process measurements. First there was HACCP. Now SPC makes it better.A University of Georgia workshop Aug. 29-31 in Athens, Ga., will help the state’spoultry industry use process control with statistics to make chicken products notonly safer, but tastier, too.HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) systems help Georgia poultryprocessors keep turning out safe, wholesome chicken products.But SPC (Statistical Process Control) helps these firms scientically document andverify food safety issues as well as focus on quality issues and potential problems.Food scientists with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences willshow: The workshop will be at the Georgia Center forContinuing Education. A $595 workshop fee will cover instruction materials, supplies,three lunches, refreshment breaks, tuition and certificates.The fee doesn’t cover lodging, breakfast or evening meals. A block of rooms is reservedat the Georgia Center until Aug. 8. For reservations, call (706) 542-2134 or1-800-884-1381.To sign up for the workshop, or for more details, call Bill Hurst at (706) 542-2574. Ore-mail him at ([email protected]).last_img read more

Don’t take food away from hungry

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) is the cornerstone of our country’s fight against hunger, helping more than 40 million people put food on the table. Yet federal lawmakers were entertaining a farm bill that would take SNAP away from people struggling to find work. Fortunately, we just saw its defeat on the House floor.How well you would complete your daily tasks if you were hungry all the time and unsure where your next meal was coming from? Probably not very well. The fact is, SNAP helps people find and keep work. We should be expanding and strengthening it.I urge our members of Congress to vote against any bill that takes food assistance from struggling Americans. Instead, we need a bipartisan farm bill that makes sure everyone has enough to eat.Darren SkotnesDelmarMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

COVID-19: E. Java Islamic boarding school quarantined after 500 students test positive

first_imgHealth authorities have placed the Darussalam Blokagung Banyuwangi Islamic Boarding School in East Java under quarantine after nearly 100 students test positive for COVID-19.The provincial COVID-19 task force confirmed that 539 students in the boarding school had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday, according to Testing was done after authorities found that 99 students had the disease.During the quarantine, all student activities will be suspended. Police and military personnel were also dispatched to put up checkpoints on all roads leading to the school. Local authorities have opened a public kitchen to feed the students during the quarantine.“The Banyuwangi administration is providing foodstuffs, while personnel from the Banyuwangi Disaster Mitigation Agency [BPBD] and the emergency response unit [Tagana] will cook in the kitchen,” Banyuwangi 0825 Military District (Kodim) Commander Lt. Col. Yuli Eko Purwanto said on Sunday as quoted by also: COVID-19: How the second largest province became Indonesia’s epicenterStudents who tested positive for COVID-19 were put in isolation and separated from other students.Banyuwangi Health Agency head Widji Lestariono said his team had prepared an area in the school to treat the students.He added that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases had rapidly increased over the weekend.“Most are students. Nevertheless, we have been treating patients for some time. We hope comprehensive efforts from all parties can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading further in the school,” Widji said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Rivaldo sends warning to Barcelona over move for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_imgAubameyang is the Gunners’ top scorer this season (Picture: Getty Images)Brazil legend Rivaldo has questioned whether Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will fit into Barcelona’s system.The Catalan club tried to sign the Gabon international in January and have retained their interest ahead of the summer transfer window.Aubameyang is reportedly a cheaper backup option if the Spanish side can’t complete mega-money moves for PSG star Neymar and Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.Former Blaugrana forward Rivaldo told Betfair: ‘Barcelona always looks for the best players available in the market and Aubameyang is obviously a great player who could be a boost for the club.ADVERTISEMENT‘But other than simply signing a player, Barcelona must study if a certain player will fit into their current system, or if a transfer could end up forcing the new player to play in a different role, harming his own performance and potentially causing the team problems as well.AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Comment Rivaldo sends warning to Barcelona over move for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Apr 2020 7:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arteta will want to keep hold of his star striker (Picture: Getty Images )‘So, it’s crucial to analyse these factors carefully before making an offer to sign a player, as it isn’t just the taste of the president and board that should decide this kind of stuff. ‘You need to understand if the manager would approve of it and will have a space for the player in his system.‘To fit on a new team’s system is crucial, so Barcelona must be aware of that all the time and ask: Would that player fit on Quique Setien’s system?’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGabon’s FA president Pierre Alain Mounguengui told Aubameyang to aim for a club with ‘more ambition’ than Arsenal to progress in his career.The 30-year-old has just a year left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, with no new developments on talks of a contract extension.MORE: Arsenal legend Martin Keown tells Tottenham striker Harry Kane to snub Manchester United transferMORE: Ian Wright didn’t think Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira was tough enough for the Premier LeagueFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Buyers and sellers finding new normal in coronavirus world

first_imgHarcourts Queensland cheif auctioneer Christian Hamilton expected the takeup of online auctions to rise to the point where they would be maintained even after the coronavirus measures were lifted.“From everything I’ve experienced it’s been a really great update. We’ve transitoned very seamlessly. To be honest I think this is the way we will conduct auctions in the future. I’d like to keep this around. All of our agents have embraced it,” he said. “The auctions that proceed will likely utilise digital platforms such as Gavl or AuctionNow as well as proprietary platforms from the major real estate groups. Overall, we are expecting a substantial drop in new property listings, regardless of the selling method, as buyers and sellers retreat to the sidelines and wait for some certainty to return to their decision making.”The changes pushed the national preliminary auction clearance rate down to 51.4 per cent, the lowest it’s been since June last year, though it was still higher than the same weekend in 2019. Brisbane saw its level drop one percentage point below the same time last year to 32.5 per cent.The data firm expected that as more results came in, the number of withdrawn auctions would rise and the final clearance rate would drop further. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:14Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:14 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenAuctions in the time of COVID-1900:15 MOREREAL ESTATE: 5 St George Court, Wishart, sold $43,000 above its reserve price via online auction over the weekend.A massive 40 per cent of properties withdrew from the weekend’s auction market after an on-site auction ban to beat coronavirus, but a third were sold prior, with the clearance now below pre-Federal Election as millions of dollars in sales went ahead online.The latest CoreLogic market activity update said 3203 homes were originally scheduled for auction across the combined capital cities, the highest level so far this year, but that changed immediately after the Prime Minister’s ban was announced mid-week.“With the COVID-19 disruption of new policies preventing on-site auctions, the auction withdrawal rate surged over the weekend, with 40 per cent of auctions pulled from the market, up from 7.5 per cent a week earlier,” CoreLogic said. Developers forge ahead to meet overseas buyer demandcenter_img 5 St George Court, Wishart, was among the properties that sold via online auction methods.Sellers also accepted a greater number of offers put to them beforehand, with the proportion of properties sold prior to auction rising from 22 per cent last week to 36 per cent this week. “There are likely to be a range of reasons for more auctions selling prior to the scheduled date, including auctions that were brought forward to beat the ban and vendors motivated to offload their property before lock down policies potentially escalate.”Among properties that sold via online auction platforms over the weekend was 5 St George Court, Wishart, listed by Henry Wong of Harcourts Beyond – Brisbane, which sold for $1.098m. 5 St George Court, Wishart, saw 44 bids cast.The Wishart property saw seven bidders register, with 44 bids cast from five of them. “It sold well above reserve, nearly $50,000,” Mr Hamilton said. More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“It was a really good process. It took about 35 minutes, 10 minute negotiaton and around 20 minute auction. It does take a little bit longer, you’ve got to relay information over the phone. We take a bit of extra time so everyone knows what’s going on and they have equal opportunity, We do expect all our auctions to run a little bit longer but that’s OK, it’s well worth it.”CoreLogic said the surge in withdrawn auctions was anticipated, with the shift towards remote auctions expected to “take some time for the market to adjust to”, with more transitioning to private treaty sales, and some even sitting tight off market until conditions improved. The rise of the online auction army Coronavirus: Vitual reality auction successlast_img read more

HIV-related deaths fall in China

first_img Tweet Share China has come a long way in tackling HIV/AidsEfforts to improve access to HIV drugs in China have cut deaths by more than 60% in seven years, researchers say. China introduced free anti-retroviral drugs in 2003, reaching more than 60% of patients by 2009.But experts say more needs to be done to speed up diagnosis and improve access to treatment in certain groups.They include men, the elderly, migrants and ethnic minority groups, injecting drug users and people who have caught HIV through sexual contact.The findings are published online in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.Lead author Professor Fujie Zhang, from the National Centre for Aids/STD Control and Prevention, in Beijing, said: “Given the size of the country, and the geographical spread of individuals with HIV… China’s treatment coverage is remarkable… but it is far from the goal of complete coverage of people who meet the treatment criteria.”Commenting on the study, Terrence Higgins Trust clinical director Jason Warriner said: “We know that access to testing and treatment, in the form of anti-retrovirals, is vital both in preventing deaths from HIV and stopping more people becoming infected.“The earlier people are diagnosed with HIV the greater chance they have of being able to lead a long and healthier life.“But there also needs to be ongoing education and awareness of HIV to help prevent more people becoming infected in the future.”BBC News HealthLifestyle HIV-related deaths fall in China by: – May 19, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 19 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more