Bellbird Park’s newest school is helping local land sales peak

first_imgThe Smith Family (L to R:) Charlize, Kirsty, Levi and Corey are pleased to have bought into Brentwood Forest estate where Charlize is enjoying the new school at Bellbird Park.A NEW school is making waves in the western corridor, driving more families to the area and fuelling property demand. Bellbird Park State Secondary College opened this year, with developers reporting a subsequent boom in land sales.Set in the heart of AVID Property Group’s Brentwood Forest estate, the colleges services the Greater Springfield and Ipswich region.Carpenter Corey Smith said location was a major deciding factor when choosingBrentwood Forest.“Our little girl started Year 7 at the new school. She is really happy — she loves it so far,” Mr Smith said.“We are only two streets away from the new school and have access to everything we need, which is ideal for my family.“We’re in a great spot, on a hill and the community at Brentwood is really homely. The convenience of being so close to the school will make our lives so much easier.” Brentwood Forest estate.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoAVID general manager Bruce Harper said the estate was a major drawcard for families looking to buy in the catchment area of Queensland’s newest high school.“Facilities like this school and the new childcare centre proposed for the area are really drawingyoung families to Brentwood Forest,” Mr Harper said.“The secondary college is a welcome addition to the community, providing young families in theBellbird Park area with the opportunity of a great education for their kids, close to home.”The College’s principal Michael West said the school would provide students with a range of first class facilities.“We have three hospitality kitchens, a robotics studio, an art and music precinct, and designtechnology workshops where students will be able to create projects with the aid of lasers,” Mr Westsaid.“Our college is fully wireless, which allows digital technologies to be integrated into all classes and all subjects.”Land prices in Brentwood Forest start at $172,000 with block sizes ranging from 250sq m to 563sq m.The estate is 30km from the Brisbane CBD, with plenty of open space, playgrounds and quiet streets.last_img read more

Rodriguez has ruptured ACL

first_img Press Association Southampton director Les Reed said: “Jay is naturally disappointed, but is determined to get back playing for Saints as soon as possible. “Everything will be done to return him to full fitness and deliver a speedy recovery. “Jay has asked us to pass on his gratitude to everybody who has shown him their concern and sympathy during the 48-or-so hours since his injury. “Everyone at the club now wishes Jay well and we will support him, along with his family, to ensure that an international career plays a big part in his future.” The forward landed awkwardly during Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Manchester City and Southampton confirmed he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. “Southampton Football Club can confirm that, following his injury on Saturday against Manchester City, Jay Rodriguez has been diagnosed as having suffered a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament,” a statement on the club’s official website,, said. “This will keep him out of action for six months and regrettably means he will not be fit for selection by the English national team at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. “The 24-year-old has already been scanned and has met with a specialist knee surgeon. He will be having a routine operation shortly. “The club will post any further updates once Jay’s rehabilitation is under way.” Southampton’s statement confirmed what many had expected given the way his right knee buckled beneath him. Rodriguez looked understandably tearful as he was taken off on a stretcher, receiving a standing ovation by both sets of fans at the Etihad Stadium. Roy Hodgson witnessed the incident first hand. The England manager has now lost another player to an anterior cruciate ligament injury after Arsenal forward Theo Walcott earlier in the year. Jay Rodriguez faces six months on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, extinguishing the Southampton attacker’s hopes of going to the World Cup. The 24-year-old was in the running for a spot in England’s 23-man squad, having enjoyed a fine season with Saints in which he netted 17 goals. Such form saw Rodriguez handed his Three Lions debut in November’s friendly against Chile, but his hopes of a spot on the plane to Brazil have been cruelly taken away. last_img read more

Trenton’s Shelton triumphs twice again at Angell Open

first_imgTRENTON — Trenton native Elvi Shelton brought home a pair of titles for the second year in a row Sunday when she won ladies’ open singles and mixed doubles tennis events at the Angell Open in Portland.Shelton, who also coaches the Mount Desert Island girls’ tennis team, won the singles title by beating Rosemary Campanella of Wells 6-3, 6-0 in the women’s final. In mixed doubles, she earned a 6-2, 6-3 final win.Elsewhere, Eliot Potvin of Hampden became a three-time men’s open singles winner by coming back from an early deficit for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win in the final. He also teamed up with Lance Cohen of Orlando, Fla., to win the men’s open doubles crown.In the men’s 45-plus division, Rogier Henny of Portland defeated Brian Mavor of Windham 6-3, 6-2 to earn the championship win. Ron Chicoine of Brunswick defended his title in the 55-plus division with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 triumph over Tom Gross of Portland.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe tournament, which started Friday and ended Sunday, is held annually in memory of the late Chris Angell. Angell, a Brooklin native, was the top-ranked player in the state of Maine for a stretch in 2010 and 2011Funds from the tournament helped to raise money for research, advocacy and support for individuals suffering from serious mental illnesses.last_img read more

CANU rank fired for placing illegal substance in passenger’s luggage at CJIA

first_img…incident caught on videoThe spotlight has once again been placed on the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), this time for one of its ranks placing an illegal substance in the bag of a female passenger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) earlier this week.On Friday, CANU stated that it was in receipt of the video circulating on social media, which displayed law enforcement officers conducting themselves “in an unprofessional manner”.As such, an investigation was launched into the matter, and the agency confirmed that one of the ranks is an employee of CANU and that there was a serious breach of CANU’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).According to CANU, consequent to the findings of the investigation, recommendations for the immediate dismissal of the officer in question have been forwarded to the Ministry of Public Security.“CANU strives at all times to operate professionally with a high level of integrity and all officers are afforded the necessary training to perform their duties in accordance with the Unit’s SOPs and are encouraged to maintain the expected standard of integrity.  Therefore, any officer found with conduct inimical to the Unit’ policies, will be dealt with condignly,” the release stated.However, CANU noted that the conduct of the officer in question “does not reflect what the Unit stands for and should not be used as an indicator of the conduct of the many hardworking and professional Officers of the Unit who daily perform their duties with a high level of integrity”.Earlier this week, a video was posted to social media by a female passenger, loudly denying being in the possession of any illegal substance.In the video, the CANU rank was pleading with the female passenger to speak to him in a quiet tone and to desist from recording the incident. However, the woman insisted that she speak with his supervisor. However, the CANU rank instead asked the woman to return to her seat and not speak to his supervisor about the matter.Shortly after, the female passenger posted the video on her social media account and alleged that the CANU rank had a small plastic bag with what appeared to be an illegal substance that he claimed he found in her bag.However, it was when she started questioning him and proceeded to video record his actions and responses, he apparently panicked and let her return to her seat to await her flight.Less than six months ago, in the month of April, a United States-based woman alleged that she was asked to strip naked and squat by officers at CANU.Ayana Adams, who is Guyanese by birth and a US citizen, was in the process of returning to New York on a Caribbean Airlines flight after vacationing in her homeland.At that time, her lawyer, Siand Dhurjon, told the media that his client had been told that she would have to undergo a “thorough scan”.“…and that she needed to take off her clothes. She protested, of course. And she asked what the problem is. And they said it’s just procedure”.He had related that she reluctantly took off her jump suit, leaving just her bra and underwear. The Attorney said that the agents were not satisfied, demanding that she take off all her clothes, squat and cough as they needed to check “her abdomen and her guts”.“She protested and said she wanted to see the supervisor. And then some man came and said this is the procedure. And this is what you’ll have to do, or else we will have to take you to go and do an X-Ray”.Dhurjon explained that his client’s reason for not wanting to squat was because she was experiencing her menstrual cycle, a fact that was explained to the CANU officers to no avail. He said they insisted on her going through the procedure.last_img read more

Scientists discover key aspect in the development of multiple sclerosis

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 7 2018In multiple sclerosis (MS), not only the T cells of the immune system, but also its B cells, play an important role. This is shown by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the University of Zurich in a study published in the journal Cell. The findings explain how a new class of MS drugs works, and can open up for more precise ways of treating the disease.MS is a chronic disease where the body’s immune cells attack and damage its own nerve tissue. The disease affects around 2.5 million people worldwide, with a higher risk among women.Now, a key aspect in the development of the disease has been found by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the University of Zurich. The results are published in the journal Cell. Faiez Al Nimer, researcher at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at KI, is co-first author of the study.Attack the nerve cellsRelated StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskUntil recently, MS research has mainly focused on a type of immune cells called T cells. They normally help protecting the body against intruders. In some people, however, they attack the protective layer surrounding the nerve cells – marking the onset of MS. The new study shows that not only T cells, but also B cells of the immune system, play a role in the development of the disease, by activating the T cells.By analyzing blood samples, the researchers saw that blood from people with MS contained increased numbers and activation status of T cells known to be important for MS disease activity. When the B cells were eliminated, the activation status of these disease-driving T cells returned to normal, suggesting that B cells play a crucial role in the activation of autoimmune T cells in MS.Migrate to the brainThe team also discovered that these activated T cells detectable in the blood notably included those that also occur in the brain in MS patients during flare-ups of the disease. These T cells were shown to recognize the structures of a protein that is produced by the B cells as well as nerve cells in the brain. The researchers conclude that after being activated in the blood by B cells, the T-cells migrate to the brain, where they destroy the nerve tissue.The study explains the previously unclear mechanism of a new class of MS drugs (rituximab and ocrelizumab) and can, according to researchers, pave the way for more precise ways of treating MS in the future.last_img read more