View post tag: Naval View post tag: Islands Training & Education February 15, 2012 HMS Echo has visited the Seychelles Islands whose Coast Guard has been working with the Royal Navy to prevent piracy in the Indian Ocean and make the area safer for all seafarers.The combined efforts of the Royal Navy and the Seychelles Coast Guard over recent months have seen successful disruption of illegal activities and the capture of suspected pirates operating in the Indian Ocean.HMS Echo recently berthed alongside Port Victoria in Mahé, giving the ship’s company a chance to relax and more importantly interact with local residents.The ship also hosted nine personnel on board, a mixture of officers and ratings from the Seychelles Coast Guard, who spent the day learning how to fight fires alongside Navy personnel.The group were capably hosted by the expert in damage control and emergency action on board, Petty Officer ‘Shady’ Lane.Petty Officer Lane, alongside the emergency party, demonstrated the importance of each of the firefighting positions, from the initial attack party to the re-entry team.Their Seychelles counterparts got fully involved with the teams, each getting hands-on experience of our firefighting methods and equipment.A number of the Seychelles Coast Guard personnel also put to sea in Echo’s Pacific 22 sea boat to experience the thrill of high speed sea boat operations.Echo’s Commanding Officer, Commander Mike O’Sullivan, said:“It was great to take the opportunity to renew Echo’s close relationship with the Seychelles Coast Guard.“A greater understanding between the Royal Navy and the Coast Guard teams helps us to work closely together in ensuring the safety of navigation for all mariners sailing the Indian Ocean.”Echo also embarked a number of sea riders for the day – although in this case they were not from the Navy’s training teams, but the British High Commission in the Seychelles.This provided an opportunity to allow those who prosecute pirates to get a taste of what life is like on the ocean waves, and Royal Navy personnel demonstrated a number of dramatic scenarios commencing with emergency calls to hands, and leading to a fire on the ship, which was successfully extinguished.One visitor from the High Commission commented:“It is quite amazing how efficiently and successfully these incredibly dangerous incidents are dealt with.“For these people to go into what could be potentially life-threatening situations – without even the blink of an eye – must be a testament to the training they receive.”The embarked members of the British High Commission also talked informally to the ship’s company about how they make every effort to bring suspected pirates to face justice, and who have seen to date a 100 per cent conviction rate. [mappress] Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Warship Visits Seychelles Islands Naval Today Staff , February 15, 2012; Image: mod View post tag: Warship View post tag: visits View post tag: Navy Royal Navy Warship Visits Seychelles Islands View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Seychelles View post tag: Royal
IntroductionGood evening everyone; Assalamu Alaikum.It’s a real pleasure to be here again at the Muslim News Awards for Excellence surrounded by friends, parliamentary colleagues from all political parties and leaders from across our Muslim community.We are all here to celebrate the fantastic achievements of this wonderfully rich and diverse community we have here in our country.The value of communityFor that is what I want to briefly touch on with you here this evening: that word, community, and why the strength and vibrancy of strong communities is so important to us all.I hope I’ll be forgiven if I quote The Holy Quran, which teaches: “O mankind! We have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.”I made a speech earlier this year in Wales, and I talked about the value of our United Kingdom. My argument then and my argument again tonight is that there is no contradiction between one’s loyalty to one’s country, and loyalty to one’s community as well.People across the country derive a sense of who we are from a variety of different sources – from family and community; town and village; political persuasion and of course, religious faith.It is precisely the plurality of these sources, and of those bonds, which come together to form a whole that is greater than the mere sum of its parts.And a country that is truly united and stronger, confident in itself and its purpose in the world.You can be British, but also English; Scottish; Welsh; Northern Irish…Christian; Muslim; Hindu; Sikh; Jew.Yorkshire; Lancashire; Cornwall; Brummie; Cockney.None of those loyalties make us feel less loyal to the country.Less entitled to stand up and take our place in the mainstream of our society in the United Kingdom.There really is no community with demonstrates more pride, enthusiasm and pure inspiration, than that of British Muslims across our country – many of whom are gathered here in this room tonight.In the words of the Prime Minister, for whom the value of community is appreciated more than many people, your influence as community reaches every sphere of our society – from sport; charity, the arts and youth work; to business and enterprise.There are British Muslims who really are the role models, the thinkers, the visionaries. Everywhere I look around this country, British Muslim men and women are leading the way in whatever field they choose.Sir Mo Farah, with yet another record yesterday, is one of the finest sportsmen the United Kingdom has ever produced.Or in the media, Mishal Husein, who regularly relishes the opportunity to skewer myself and other government colleagues in the early hours of the morning on Radio Four.Or you look at politics, and my colleague Nusrat Ghani, the first female Muslim minister to speak at the dispatch box in the House of Commons, alongside my Cabinet colleague Sajid Javid, the first British Muslim and the first British Asian to hold the office of Secretary of State.And of course yourself Ahmed Versi, the editor of the largest and oldest Muslim newspaper in Britain. I haven’t read the write-up of this speech, but I do hope you say nicer things than what I tend to have dished out on a daily basis back in House of Commons!Quite simply, British Muslims include some of the brightest lights that make up the constellation of brilliance that is our diverse United Kingdom.And it’s why it is right that we come together tonight to recognise the achievements of the whole British Muslim community.Those achievements are something of which we should all be proud, wherever we come from in society, and can celebrate with enthusiasm, pleasure and sheer gratitude.Divisions and disparitiesBut it is also why we must never cease our mission to strengthen our communities further – and bring people closer together.One of the events I most enjoyed in my own constituency last summer was when my local mosque in Aylesbury decided to celebrate the end of summer by holding an Eid fete – bringing together the British tradition of a summer fete, with the Muslim festival of Eid.The doors of the mosque and the arms of the community were thrown open to everybody in Aylesbury. I remember going to the mosque and standing next to the head of the local police, the command of the local RAF station, and the Mayor, to hear the Imam talk about the faith, and the head of the mosque committee describing the local community there.But it’s also true that while Britain is a proudly multi-ethnic and diverse country, we cannot pretend that divisions and disparities do not still exist within our society……that examples of prejudice and injustice are still too common in everyday life……and that for too long, if we are honest with ourselves, governments of all political colours have not acted sufficiently to correct them.Nearly two years ago, the Prime Minister set out a mission on the steps of Downing Street to build a country that works for everyone. No simple task, nobody said it would be easy, or that it would happen overnight.But part of creating that fairer country we all want to see involves working harder and faster to break down those barriers that still hold people back from achieving their true potential – and that objective is something I believe politicians of all political parties in this country believe in too.That is why one of the Prime Minister’s first acts upon entering Downing Street was to commission an unprecedented Race Disparity Audit of the whole public sector – the first of its kind in the world.What that is doing is shining an unsparing light on the disparities faced by many people from different ethnic groups using public services in Britain – from health to education; employment to criminal justice.Now of course, British Muslims belong to many different ethnic backgrounds – and those of you here tonight are a direct testament to the success stories which come out of the British Muslim community.But what these figures in that audit show is that too many people are still left behind in this country – and that is something we cannot and will not let continue.Prejudice and injusticeBut while it is our mission to tackle these social policy challenges into the future, we know there are also more serious and very direct threats that face the Muslim community in the here and now.Frankly, when I read letters or emails that encourage people in this country to participate in ‘Punish a Muslim’ day, and when I hear directly from British Muslims – people who are British citizens, who are paying taxes, who are working, who are active participants in our society – they tell me about the fear which that sort of comment and incitement causes to them and their family, and I feel a mixture of outrage and disgust.And when I see reports, particularly on social media, of regular incidents of anti-Muslim hate crime in our society, it gets me angry.And when I hear and see, and again it’s often online commentary where this is seen, divisive, xenophobic and racist language in political argument, whether it comes from comes from the far left or the far right – I am not only utterly appalled, but determined that we must work together among our different traditions of religion and ethnicity, and redouble efforts to overcome and defeat the forces of hatred and intolerance.My message and this government’s message is clear: that kind of bigotry and intolerance has no place in the United Kingdom, and we will stamp it out wherever we find it.And when I read other letters calling for people to take part in ‘Love a Muslim’ day in response to the bigotry, I am reassured that, no matter how long the struggle, the values of solidarity and unity will always prevail.When I see those who commit hate crimes rightly punished, I am confident that our zero-tolerance attitude – whether from government or boarder society – is the correct one.And when I hear racism in our politics condemned – from all sides of the democratic tradition – I have more faith than ever that, as my late colleague the Labour MP Jo Cox put it, what unites us is far greater than what divides us.For it is the actions of those who call out and refuse to tolerate bigotry wherever they find it – and the actions of those who believe in the eternal principles of kindness, charity and compassion – that is what fills me with optimism.Actions like those of Mohammed Mahmoud, the young imam, who ran towards and protected a man who had just driven his car into a group of worshippers outside Finsbury Park mosque in north London, nearly one year ago.In his words he wanted to make sure the driver, Darren Osborne, “answered for his crime” and sure enough, in February this year, that man Darren Osborne was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.That is justice. That is tolerance. That is the United Kingdom today at its best.Inspirational LeadersMohammed Mahmoud is a true leading light in the British Muslim community, as are all gathered here this evening.A strong country needs strong and vibrant communities – and those communities need leaders who inspire those around them.And those here tonight, especially those we are celebrating and honouring are an inspiration and an example to us all.Congratulations to all of those winning awards; thank you for everything you have done for this country; and please continue all your work to make this a better, fairer, more tolerant country still – one in which we can all feel we can live in peace and pride.Thank you very much.
Georgia-grown Vidalia onions have hit the grocery and farmers market shelves. Farmers have been careful to handle the crop with kid gloves during the harvest. Now, consumers have to make sure to store them properly to keep them around as long as possible, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress.“While Vidalia onions are famous for their sweet flavor, there are numerous varieties and colors of onions,” Andress said. “Onions are used in many unique, flavorful condiments from relishes, salsas and pickles to jams.”For Vidalia onions that you plan to use within two to four weeks, Andress says to keep them dry and store them at room temperature in a cool, ventilated area.If you are slicing a Vidalia onion to eat fresh on a hamburger or with a big bowl of black-eyed peas, the National Onion Association says that any leftover sliced fresh onion can be safely saved for 7 days at 40 degrees Fahrenheit.Andress, who is director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation, offers the following tips on how to properly freeze onions.Peeled, washed onions can be diced or chopped and frozen without blanching. The onion should be cut into one-fourth-inch to one-half-inch pieces.If you have room in your freezer, spread the pieces out on a clean baking sheet in a single layer. When the onions are frozen (hardened), promptly remove them from the tray and package them in air-tight freezer bags or containers while they are still hard.“This keeps the pieces separated in their freezer packaging so that you will be able to remove only as much as you want at a time in the future,” Andress said. “If they are all put into the bag or container at room temperature, the onion pieces will freeze into one large mass and not as separate pieces.”Freezer bags work best for freezer storage, she said, as you can remove some of the onions and then push the air out of the bag and reseal the remaining frozen pieces. When freezing with hard containers, the air that is held in the container can affect food quality and cause freezer burn, drying out the food.For other ways to freeze onions, and for more information on preserving and canning foods, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation online at nchfp.uga.edu. You will also find many options for using onions in relishes, salsas and pickled products.According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia farmers grew 12,417 acres of onions in 2017. The farm gate value of onions that year was over $140 million. The top onion-producing counties in Georgia are Tattnall County (4,238 acres) and Toombs County (3,750 acres).
National Life Group,National Life Group will donate $120,000 to support the relief and rebuilding efforts in Vermont stemming from the destruction of Tropical Storm Irene, CEO Mehran Assadi announced today. In addition Assadi said the company will match dollar-for dollar every donation that its 900 employees make to Vermont flood relief organizations. ‘Our hearts go out to those affected by this disaster,’ he said. ‘National Life has been rooted in Vermont since 1848 and we want to do our part to rebuild the lives, homes, and businesses of our neighbors.’ A number of National Life employees suffered losses in the flooding and the company has created a separate emergency assistance fund focused on their needs. Hundreds of National Life employees have used their volunteer time to help their neighbors clean up from the flood damage. National Life allows employees 40 hours a year to volunteer in the community on company time. ‘Employees across the company spent last week helping colleagues, neighbors and businesses dig out and clean up,’ said Assadi. ‘They are back out there this week. The need is so great.’ The $120,000 corporate donation will come from the National Life Group Charitable Foundation and will be divided among six organizations, with an emphasis on groups and funds focused on Washington County where the company headquarters are located. The recipients are the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund; the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund; Revitalizing Waterbury; Northfield Emergency Relief Fund; Mad River Community Fund, and the Central Vermont Community Action Council. Assadi said the company dollar-for-dollar match program will broaden the scope of the corporate donation by including funds and organizations that reflect specific needs. ‘There are so many worthwhile groups and funds in the state, raising money to help farmers, or to help repair and replace covered bridges, or to help specific regions of the state,’ said Assadi. ‘By matching our employees’ donations we will help finance an array of programs.’ National Life Group has helped provide flood assistance in other ways, by donating office space to Green Mountain Transit Authority, which was washed out of its headquarters, and by providing modular office walls for relocated state offices. Assadi noted that the company is running a clothing and supply drive for flood victims, and delivered 80 pounds of organic potatoes, onions, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and broccoli from the company’s community garden to the Northfield Food Pantry on Friday. ‘Every little thing by every person makes a big difference,’ said Assadi. ‘Taken together, working together, we will put Vermont back together.’ September 6, 2011
By Dialogo July 18, 2013 These things happening with the popes! When Jesus Christ was personally performing his ministry on earth, he never had a bodyguard and no government gave him protection. How is it possible that Pope Francis receive so much protection, that probably costs millions of dollars, if he’s supposedly a vicar of Christ on earth? What a contradiction! Brazilian Intelligence considers spontaneous protests as the greatest threat during the Pope’s visit to Rio de Janeiro on the last week of July, Brazil’s state news agency reported on July 16. Brazil decided to increase the amount of military personnel that will be guarding Pope Francis’ security during his visit to the World Youth Day (WYD), which will bring together about 1.5 million people from July 23 to 28 in Rio, after the historic protests that gathered over one million people on the streets in June. The spontaneous street protests, such as the ones in several cities of Brazil during the Confederations Cup tournament, are the only red-alert threats for the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (ABIN), according to Agência Brasil. ABIN monitors “sources of threats” and labels them with colors, according to the level of risk. Traffic accidents, organized crime, terrorist attacks, vindication movements (organized protests) and common crimes are all considered threats. However, there are no protests summoned through social networks so far, except for a “massive gay kiss” at Copacabana beach during the Pope’s welcome speech on July 25, and a protest against gender-based violence in what is known as the “prostitutes’ protest” on July 27.
The Democratic-led county legislature voted Tuesday 14-3 to confirm Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s nomination of Timothy Sini, who is from Bellone’s hometown of Babylon. Sini inherits the tall task of cleaning up the mess left by Bellone’s previously appointed chief of the department, James Burke, who pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges two months ago for allegedly beating a suspect and orchestrating a cover-up.“I’m humbled by this experience,” Sini said after the vote. “I’m going to do everything in my power to move this department forward and do the right thing by the residents of Suffolk County.”Sini, who previously served as Bellone’s deputy county executive for public safety, unsuccessfully challenged Legis. Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst), the legislature’s GOP minority leader, in November.Around the same time, Ed Webber, the previous Suffolk police commissioner, announced his plans to retire. Bellone then appointed Sini as deputy police commissioner, and, once Webber left office last month, Sini was named acting police commissioner.Sini wasted no time in signaling he was intent on turning the department around. Among his first moves was announcing plans to invite the FBI to work more closely on the Long Island Serial Killer case, gang investigations and other probes. More recently, he unveiled plans to revamp the internal affairs unit, crack down on drug houses and hinted at an upcoming “unprecedented” law enforcement partnership.Despite his efforts, not everyone lent Sini their support. Some critics questioned why Bellone declined to perform a national search for candidates to replace Webber and instead opted for a local political appointee. After first taking office, Bellone had appointed Webber acting commissioner amid a national search before opting to name Webber the department’s previous top cop.“I’m disappointed in the process that was used here,” said Legis. Robert Trotta (R-Fort Salonga), a former detective and leading Burke critic. “There was no search.”Trotta added that he’ll give Sini a chance, but warned that he’ll be watching for any mistakes.Other Republican lawmakers questioned whether Sini planned to use the experience to pad his resume and run for district attorney in the future. Sini said he had no such plans.But he did win the vote of two members of the GOP minority. Legis. Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma), a former police officer, broke ranks with his fellow Republicans and voted for Sini. So did Legis. Tom Barraga (R-West Islip). Legis. Leslie Kennedy (R-Smithtown) abstained from the vote.Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley), chair of the public safety committee, blasted Bellone during a prior hearing on Sini’s appointment, but later opted to vote for the commissioner.Sini’s confirmation comes amid reports that the federal probe into the Burke case has expanded to include Christopher McPartland, the public corruption bureau chief under District Attorney Tom Spota. The charges and continuing investigation loomed large over the confirmation hearing. Democrats resisted GOP lawmakers’ calls to open a legislative review into the Burke scandal, citing their concern that it would clash with the federal probe.“Mr. Sini has instituted aggressive changes within the department,” Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said. “He has also promoted some of Suffolk County’s most respected officers to leadership positions, and he has committed to ensuring women and minorities are better-represented among the department’s ranks. I look forward to the Legislature’s continued work with Mr. Sini to increase both transparency and trust in our department.”Meanwhile, in neighboring Nassau County, acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, who was also appointed after a predecessor resigned following a scandal, has yet to be sent by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to the Nassau County Legislature for confirmation, more than two years after taking over. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers voted in a 35-year-old former federal prosecutor as the new Suffolk police commissioner, making him the youngest man to lead the department.
Feb 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to recommend that governments consider stockpiling vaccines against the H5N1 avian influenza virus now, rather than waiting until a human flu pandemic emerges, according to a story published online today by New Scientist magazine.As noted in a WHO report released last month, the agency currently takes the position that it’s not possible to stockpile a vaccine for a pandemic flu virus in advance, because the vaccine must closely match the pandemic strain. New Scientist said the policy shift will be detailed in a report to be released next month.The magazine said the change reflects the fear that a pandemic is likely and that there will not be enough time to produce much vaccine once it starts. Flu vaccine is grown in chicken eggs, a process that takes months.The view that an H5N1 vaccine couldn’t be made until a pandemic started has been bolstered by research showing that H5N1 has evolved in recent years, extending its range of hosts and lingering longer in the environment.However, some recent research suggests that a stockpiled vaccine could provide some protection even if it didn’t precisely match the pandemic strain, the New Scientist report said. Experiments on animals exposed to the H5N1 virus suggest that a vaccine that is only a near match may reduce the severity of illness.The article said people normally require two doses of vaccine to gain immunity to a new flu virus. An H5 vaccine would prime the immune system so that a person might need only one dose of a closely matched pandemic vaccine to gain immunity, the report said.Clinical trials of H5 vaccine based on the strain circulating in Asia are about to start in the United States, with others planned for Canada, Australia, and Japan, New Scientist said. The United States has contracted for 4 million vaccine doses, while Italy and France anticipate stockpiling 2 million doses each.Countries are trying to hedge their bets against a pandemic on the basis of relatively limited information. Canada is already planning to stockpile the antiviral drug oseltamivir, which has shown some effectiveness against the H5N1 virus. Now the country is considering buying up to 16 million doses of an older antiviral, amantidine, according to a report yesterday by the Canadian Press. Although amantidine isn’t effective against the current strain of H5N1 in circulation, an official said a pandemic strain might be vulnerable to it.”While the H5 that’s currently in Southeast Asia appears to be resistant to amantadine, who knows what it is we will face?” Dr. David Butler-Jones, head of the Public Health Agency of Canada, was quoted as saying.In related news, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) yesterday urged the rest of the world to help fight avian flu in the affected Asian countries. “Major efforts are needed to curb it before other regions of the globe are affected by the virus,” the FAO advised in a news release issued by the UN News Centre.Countries with endemic avian flu must spend more money to control the disease by improving animal health and animal healthcare, the FAO and the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) said. They said donors are needed to help support national avian flu campaigns in poorer countries.The two agencies have called a meeting in hard-hit Vietnam next week. Veterinarians, scientists, nongovernmental organizations, and donor representatives will meet in Ho Chi Minh City to address issues as varied as scientific advances, diagnosis, trade, international cooperation, and human health implications, the UN release said.See also:January 2005 WHO report on pandemic preparednesshttp://www.wpro.who.int/entity/emerging_diseases/documents/docs/B115_44en.pdfFeb 16 FAO statementhttp://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=13363&Cr=bird&Cr1=flu#
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17/8 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads is a new listing.PROPERTY prices in some of Queensland’s major regional towns are finally starting to fire, as the widespread cooling of the market begins to thaw.Sales levels may still be down in some major regional centres, but the latest CoreLogic quarterly regional market report revealed values were on the way up on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and the decline had stopped in Cairns.The Gold Coast experienced the biggest increase in house values, up 7.5 per cent, while unit values rose 5.9 per cent in the year to June. The Sunshine Coast also experienced a resurgence of interest, with house values up 6 per cent and unit values up by 4.4 per cent. In Cairns values remained stable for houses and units increasing just slightly by 0.4 per cent.Average time on the market was also on the way down on the Gold Coast, falling two days for houses and four for units.On the Sunshine Coast current sales volumes were 6 per cent higher than the five-year average for the region. Compared with this time last year, both houses and units were selling faster, with a house selling within 79 days, compared with 87 at this time last year.While values have dropped in Townsville, by about $10,000 using the current median house price, transactions sped up – but just a little. Houses sold on average one day faster than at this time last year.In the Wide Bay region values remained steady for houses and unit values dropped by about 1.2 per cent. Sales levels were similar to last year and it took, on average, 108 days to sell a house. While that figure may seem high, it was on its way down and was three days faster than a year ago.Cairns house values remained steady, but homes were taking an extra 11 days to sell compared with last year.Cameron Kusher from CoreLogic said the regions in Queensland had improved.“I think the worst of the GFC is behind them, but really, at the moment, it is all about the southeast corner,’’ he said.Mr Kusher said although Cairns figures were pretty flat it was probably the best-performing region outside the southeast corner. He said on the Gold Coast, a lot of buyers were coming from interstate.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“We are starting to see migration into southeast Queensland pick up; Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, all of those markets, the migration doesn’t really seem to be moving outside of southeast Queensland yet,” he said.“And I think it is a bit of a combination. Some people leaving Sydney and Melbourne to move to southeast Queensland, but also I think (it’s) some of the people with all of that equity in their properties in Sydney and Melbourne looking to buy coastal properties on the Gold Coast and obviously some of them on the Sunshine Coast as well.’’Ray White Cairns Central principal Angela Capitanio said while there was no substantial price growth, it was a good sign for the market that price declines seemed to have stopped. Cairns was entering into its biggest selling months of the year, and she hoped it would result in a stronger finish to 2017.“I do not see a decline in price, but I do still think the market is very price sensitive and prices have to be competitive,’’ she said.Ms Capitanio said there was also more activity in inner-city units.Tom Offerman from Tom Offerman Real Estate on the Sunshine Coast said with prices so high in Melbourne and Sydney, buyers from those markets with plenty of equity were looking at Noosa. “We have buyers converging on Noosa from all of our traditional markets, New Zealand, New South Wales and Victoria,” Mr Offerman said. “I have never seen as many buyers from Sydney in my 30 years here as I have over the last three or four months. We have got a good number of listings and we are selling as fast as we list them.”Mr Offerman said properties selling at auction were achieving 5 or 10 per cent above reserve, with the odd case selling for 20 or 30 per cent over. “I think we will have a very strong market for the next couple of years,’’ he said. Mr Offerman said the big game changer for the Sunshine Coast market would be the opening of an additional runway at the Sunshine Coast airport in about 2020.
The passenger and the seized drugs were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for filing of charges and further investigation. An antidrug operative inspect the suspected illegal drugs seized from a suspected Thai drug mule at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Feb. 3. CUSTOMS.GOV.PH MANILA – Suspected shabu worth P28 million was seized from an arriving Thailand passenger at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The passenger, Pakjira Janwong, arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 at 1:40 a.m. Monday on an AirAsia Zest Flight Z2 288 from Bangkok, Thailand and tried to smuggle into the Philippines some 4.125 kilograms of suspected shabu. Immediately, Janwong was arrested by Customs personnel and examiners and the Thai national contested that he was only asked to bring the luggage to the country, NAIA Customs Collector Carmelita Talusan said. The suspected illegal drugs were discovered when Janwong’s luggage underwent X-ray scanning. Customs officials the discovered found the white crystalline substances concealed under the false bottom lining of the luggage. The arrested Thai national will be charged with violation of the Republic Act 9165, or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN