First home buyers flock to Bluewattle

first_imgPicture: Megan MacKinnonThe Vercueil family, Stefan, Natacha, Lee-Cha, 18, Kariena, 14, and Martin, 15, recently built their first Aussie home at Bluewattle after moving to Townsville from South Africa.STRONG buyer demand among first home buyers and young families will see the creation of a further 30 new lots at Bluewattle Estate later this year.Australian Defence Force families made up 15 per cent of new builds in Bluewattle in the past 12 months, with many buyers being drawn from other facilities in the Douglas Employment Precinct, including the Townsville Hospital, James Cook University and CSIRO.Bluewattle sales and marketing manager Andrew Forster of Knight Frank said he expected to see first home buyers and young families continue to be attracted to Bluewattle with the $20,000 First Home Buyers Grant extended to the end of the year.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Bluewattle has a lot to offer young families with respect to its wonderful parks, proximity to schools and major workplaces, and the continued focus on community events such as our recent May Fair at Bluewattle and upcoming Halloween and Christmas events,” Mr Forster said.“Bluewattle is gaining a well-deserved reputation for being a family-oriented community and residents at Bluewattle couldn’t be more pleased to have Defence families as neighbours they can trust and appreciate.“We currently have only a handful of lots available, all of which have generous incentives as part of our Block Buster land clearance promotion. We’re looking to sell these lots, as we make way for another 30 lots to be released later this year.“This new land release will represent an exciting new stage at Bluewattle, which will see improved connectivity with existing services in the Upper Ross including new walkways allowing access to Good Shepherd and Rasmussen schools, the Upper Ross PCYC and the Upper Ross Community Centre, without having to venture near the traffic along Riverway Drive.“Townsville City Council’s duplication of Riverway Drive will also have a direct benefit for our residents when complete.”For more information about Bluewattle, visit bluewattle.com.aulast_img read more

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Report: DEA launching probe into how Angels’ Tyler Skaggs obtained drugs

first_imgOne federal law enforcement agent, speaking on condition of anonymity, told ESPN that fentanyl has been showing up “everywhere, even in marijuana.”Skaggs’ family retained prominent attorney Rusty Hardin to represent them when the Southlake Police Department opened its investigation into the pitcher’s death. The family is also seeking to learn how Skaggs came into possession of the opioids that contributed to his death, including who supplied them.In a statement released by the family when the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office released its autopsy report on Aug. 30, it was suggested that an Angels employee might have been responsible for supplying the drugs.“We were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels. We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them,” the statement said.The ESPN report confirmed that no Angels team employee has been connected to Skaggs’ death or targeted as of yet in the investigation being conducted by the Southlake PD. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We continue to cooperate with law enforcement on this important matter,” Angels team spokesperson Marie Garvey said in statement in the ESPN report.After the autopsy report came out, it was reported that Major League Baseball will conduct its own investigation into the matter and will discuss the possibility of more widespread testing for opioids with the players’ association.“For several reasons, including the tragic loss of a member of our fraternity and other developments happening in the country as a whole, it is appropriate and important to re-examine all of our drug protocols relating to education, treatment and prevention,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement earlier this month.center_img The Drug Enforcement Administration has launched an investigation to determine where Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs obtained the drugs that were in his system at the time of his July 1 death in Southlake, Texas, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported on Wednesday.An autopsy released Aug. 30 found evidence of fentanyl, oxycodone and ethanol along with alcohol in Skaggs’ system when he was found dead in his hotel room. The fentanyl drew the attention of federal investigators, the report, which quoted anonymous sources, said. The report noted that the DEA frequently gets involved in fentanyl cases in an effort to track down the source of the drug.The powerful synthetic opioid has been linked to a number of high-profile drug-related deaths, including musicians Prince, Tom Petty and Mac Miller. Finding the sources who are behind the distribution of fentanyl has become a high priority.Skaggs, 27, was found unresponsive in his hotel room hours before the Angels were to begin a series against the Texas Rangers, having choked on his own vomit.last_img read more

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ScienceShot Gonorrhea Microbe Uses Grappling Hooks to Pass From Person to Person

Gonorrhea passes from person to person thanks to some clever hitchhiking. For 40 years, researchers thought that Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes the sexually transmitted disease, glommed on to wiggling sperm during intercourse. But the idea didn’t explain how females passed the STD to males. Now, a new study reported this month in mBio shows that rather than using sperm as a surfboard, N. gonorrhoeae bacteria shoot cables—called pili—onto proteins in the semen to tow themselves through coital liquid. The pili are normally wrapped in bundles (left panel, red arrow), but when exposed to seminal fluid, they unwind into individual strands (right panel, red arrows). This exposes more grappling hooks for transport, boosting the bacteria’s ability to invade by as much as 24-fold. The seminal proteins also help the bacteria attach to skin cells, grown in a dish, that line both the male and female genital tracts, which assists infection. Drugs that unhook gonorrhea’s pili may yield new antibacterials that stymie the transmission of this STD, which infects 100 million people per year.See more ScienceShots. read more

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