ZPG add RICS to agents’ professional affiliations

first_imgAgents that list their properties on Zoopla and its sister portals, including PrimeLocation, can now showcase their professional associations and redress schemes that they are signed up to across the Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) platform of websites, including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which has been addedto ZPGs recently launched feature in the past few days.Zoopla members wishing to activate this new feature can do so under their profile in ZooplaPro and activate the display of logos of their affiliations on all relevant agent directory pages, property details pages and professional reports across the ZPG platform.In an attempt to distance themselves from rogue agents and promote professionalism and better standards of service, many agents sign up to various industry bodies that offer professional guidance and self-regulation, in order to offer consumers greater confidence and protection, as well as sharpen up their own industry knowledge and specialist skills.Rob Clifford, Chief Executive of Century 21 UK, said: “Our membership [to RICS and ARLA] delivers greater confidence to clients that we are working to industry best-practice guidelines in what is still a non-regulated industry. Clients can also take a great deal of comfort from the fact they are dealing with an agent of integrity.”In addition to RICS, a range of other associations can currently also be displayed, including the NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents), The Property Ombudsman (TPO) and Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA).Jon Notley (left), Commercial Director at ZPG, commented: “Our member agents are proud of these associations and we are delighted to be able to help promote them to consumers.”Aside from show clients that you have actually thought about the service you provide and the well-being of that client by signing up to a body with a redress procedures in place, demonstrating quality and also accountability, there are other considerable benefits of signing up to a professional industry association. These include first class training and nationally recognised exams, legal advice, networking, high standards of conduct with Professional Indemnity cover and client money protection as well as a vehicle to have your voice heard.Mark Hayward (left), Managing Director, National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), commented: “As new legislation develops, particularly in the run up to the 2015 General Election when housing will be a political battleground, it is vital to be part of a leading industry body, lobbying and shaping the future for the sector.”RICS PrimeLocation Zoopla ZPG January 19, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » ZPG add RICS to agents’ professional affiliations previous nextMarketingZPG add RICS to agents’ professional affiliations19th January 20150515 Viewslast_img read more

University announces 2018 Commencement speaker

first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in the print edition of The Observer on Oct. 30.Judge Sergio Moro will deliver the 2018 Commencement address at the May 20 ceremony, according to an email sent to the Notre Dame student body Sunday night.Moro is a Brazilian jurist who has worked to combat corruption in his country, University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the email.“Earlier this month in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I presented Judge Moro with the Notre Dame Award, and found him a courageous, conscientious, humble public servant dedicated to justice and the common good,” Jenkins said in the email. “I asked him if he would come to address the graduates of 2018 at our Commencement, and he generously agreed.”Jenkins said in the email he encourages members of the Notre Dame community to inform themselves of Moro’s achievements.“Because his work has not been extensively reported in the media in this country, his is less a household name here than it is in Brazil,” he said in the email.Moro’s work — dedicated to exposing political corruption within Brazil — earned the name Operation Car Wash, according a Time magazine report. His contributions to a number of high profile cases revealed that lawmakers were accepting money in exchange for contracts with the state-run oil company, Petrobras, the report said, and as a result, hundreds of politicians were subjected to further investigation.Moro became a federal judge in 1995, one year after he earned his bachelor of law degree at the Maringa State University in his home state of Parana. He then enhanced his legal knowledge by studying abroad at Harvard Law School, and he received a Juris Doctor from the Federal University of Parana in 2002.When Jenkins presented the Notre Dame Award in Brazil, he said Moro exhibits exemplary behavior and showcases how to effectively promote justice, according to an National Public Radio transcript.“As a result of Dr. Moro and his team’s good work, Brazil, instead of being infamous for corruption, has become a beacon for the rest of the hemisphere on how to fight it,” Jenkins said in the transcript.Tags: 2018 Commencement, Commencement 2018, Fr. John Jenkins, Judge Sergio Moro, May 20thlast_img read more

Living fossil

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaHomeowners may soon be able to own a miniature version of a living fossil thanks to a University of Georgia horticulturist and his research team of high school students. UGA Cooperative Extension specialist Paul Thomas and Houston County student Shireen Dhir successfully propagated rare dwarf dawn redwood trees this past summer. The tiny rooted cuttings are now spreading roots in Thomas’s greenhouse.“Shireen was able to take a real-world project that was likely to fail in the short run because of its complexity,” Thomas said, “and as a scientist, she was able to solve the problem quickly.”Mini meThe dawn redwood tree was once thought only to exist as a cemented shadow of itself. But a few were found growing in China in the 1940s. Horticulturists brought seeds to the U.S, where it now flourishes throughout the country.Reaching heights of 100 feet, the tree didn’t make for a good landscape plant. That is until a genetically deficient one was found growing among seedlings in a Georgia nursery.That dwarf tree is now 13 years old, 11 feet tall and unlikely to get much taller. With its wispy leaves and spreading branches, it’d be an attractive addition to landscapes. Nurseries would like to sell dwarf dawn redwoods because they conserve space compared to regular dawn redwoods and, like their taller parents, they are pest- and disease-free, requiring little maintenance. They live longer, too, relative to other plant species.But there is just one problem: There’s only one known dwarf tree. “You’ve got this living fossil and this cool rare dwarf tree, but the problem is no one’s been able to propagate it,” Thomas said.As part of his job, Thomas helps Georgia nurseries solve problems. With the dwarf dawn redwood, he was able to figure out how to grow the rare plant and help Dhir learn the world of horticulture.High school helpThis past summer, Dhir participated in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Young Scholars Program, which pairs high school students with UGA mentor-researchers. With Thomas’ help, she figured out how to propagate the dwarf tree. “It felt like I was contributing, really engaging in history,” she said. “If someone has a dwarf dawn redwood in their yard, it’s not just another tree. It’s a living fossil.”Dwarf trees aren’t able to make a lot of hormones, she said, which keeps the trees short and can stop plant breeders from being able to grow more.Direct attentionWith a little patience and a lot of rooting hormones, Dhir and three fellow Young Scholars were able to grow tiny trees from the 60 cuttings they took from the dwarf dawn redwood.They used two kinds of rooting hormone – one a powder and the other a liquid – and rooted the plants using the highest concentration of the hormones that they could.“We altered light levels, mist system volumes and hormone application rates to gain success in one month. Normally, it takes six to eight months to complete a typical woody tissue rooting protocol,” she said.“The students turned out market-ready seedlings in 10 weeks, which is outstanding,” Thomas said.The next step is for the nursery owner to make the dwarf dawn redwood available to the public.“In a few years, Georgia consumers will be able to own a part of plant history and a gorgeous tree,” Thomas said. “It’s been a fun project, and I’m glad we were able to help the nursery industry bring a new plant to the market, hopefully to be sold in the near future.”Now a freshman at UGA, Dhir plans to study horticulture as a result of her research.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

In Blocking Montana Mine Enlargement, Judge Sees Company as ‘Inflating the Benefits of the Action While Minimizing Its Impacts’

first_imgIn Blocking Montana Mine Enlargement, Judge Sees Company as ‘Inflating the Benefits of the Action While Minimizing Its Impacts’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A federal judge has blocked a proposed 176-million ton (159 million-metric ton) expansion of a central Montana coal mine in a ruling that criticized U.S. officials for downplaying the climate change impacts of the project and inflating its economic benefits.U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy issued an order Monday barring Signal Peak Energy from mining in the 11-square mile (28-square kilometer) expansion area at the Bull Mountain coal mine pending a new round of environmental studies.Molloy says the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining must consider the environmental effects of shipping the fuel to customers in Asia and from the greenhouse gases and other pollutants emitted when the fuel is burned to generate electricity.Federal mining officials said the proposed expansion would contribute almost $24 million annually in tax revenues. They also said there would be no additional environmental impacts from burning more coal from Bull Mountain because its customers would simply go somewhere else if the expansion were not approved.But Molloy rejected the claim.“This conclusion is illogical, and places the (Interior Department’s) thumb on the scale by inflating the benefits of the action while minimizing its impacts,” the judge wrote.Bull Mountain, located near Roundup, is a major employer in central Montana with more than 250 workers at the underground mine and a coal preparation plant on the site. As much as 95 percent of its coal has been exported in past years, to South Korea, Japan and the Netherlands, according to court volumes.The mine’s production volumes dropped sharply in recent years as overseas coal markets have been in decline. Signal Peak extracted 5.6 million tons of coal last year, down by 35 percent since peaking at 8.7 million tons in 2013, according to company filings with the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration.Under the proposed expansion, the company anticipated mining up to 12 million tons annually.More: Judge blocks 176-million ton coal mine expansion in Montanalast_img read more

When should you fire a consultant?

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details Last month, I wrote an article about when to hire a consultant. There’s no doubt that bringing on a consultant is a big decision, but knowing when to fire one can be even more important. Generally, consultants fulfill skill gaps or solve specific problems for your credit union.  Unfortunately, they can tend to hang on too long and be difficult to get rid of.  Just like an employee, you may become emotionally attached, causing more harm to your organization if you keep a consultant around past their point of usefulness. Here are some key indicators that it’s time to fire your consultant.No longer getting value – This is #1 for a reason.  Unlike an employee who should be invested and developed to create key skills and resources for the company – I expect consultants to constantly be adding value, pushing the limits, and driving us to fully be engaged in their discipline. When all the ideas are coming from me, then it is a key sign that it is time to move on.Don’t fit with Corporate Culture – If you are like me, you may not hold a consultant to the same corporate culture standards as you do other employees.  This can work out fine, but it can turn into a real issue if a consultant completely violates your cultural principals. When your employees or teammates see you allowing team members (consultant or not) to violate key values, it can implicitly devalue the core tenants of your business and erode trust and morale among the team. So, if your consultant blatantly goes against what you and your company believe, it’s time to cut bait.Disruptive to other goals or team – Sometimes consultants need to be disruptive. They can often provide key momentum builders, energy and excitement around ideas and concepts.  At the same time, they can hog resources and stifle other priorities.  It is essential to monitor employees stress and the impact of consultants to make sure they aren’t being overly disruptive to the broader goals of the credit union.You have developed in-house expertise – One of the key goals before and during the consulting engagement should be for the consultant (i.e. the expert) to pass on knowledge, frameworks, resources and other skills to key employees.  Always have a deliberate plan to create playbooks, tools and trainings so that when the consultant leaves, you haven’t lost the expertise.  Once you establish the proper documentation and processes AND have in-house employees dedicated to fulfilling the tasks originally assigned to the consultant, you have successfully absorbed all you needed from the engagement and are likely ready to part ways. Breaching security – We are all in the business of protecting member data.  Consultants that don’t get that and don’t interact with our data and our teams with the same confidentiality level we expect from our employees should be dismissed.  Feedback is ignored – Giving feedback to consultants can be challenging on both sides.  Often you have hired a consultant for a specific expertise.  Sometimes their guidance is tough to digest and implement and sometimes it just will not work as prescribed.  In those cases, having a frank and honest dialogue with the consultant is critical.  If that still doesn’t change or improve the situation, then it may be time to go a different direction.Of course there are lots of other reasons to fire a consultant.  If after reading this you think it is time, I might suggest the following ways to approach the situation.First, arrange for a time to sit down with your consultant and be direct.  Then use one of the following approaches:Contract Timing –  The contract has ended and it is time to go in a different direction.  It’s us not you. In Sourcing – We have decided to bring on a full-time person.  Your work has been amazing – but we just think we need a permanent member of our team.Performance – Unfortunately you have missed a number of key deliverables, consequently we think it’s time to try something else.Financial – Our budget priorities have changed and we know longer have the budget for this initiative. It can be uncomfortable to fire a consultant, but using the markers mentioned above and assessing the situation independently from your feelings will help you do what is best for your credit union. After all, consultants aren’t meant to work with you forever. last_img read more

Irreplaceable Aaron Ramsey inspires Arsenal to 2-0 win against Napoli

first_imgAaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s man of the match (Picture: Getty)Napoli better get used to the sight of Aaron Ramsey.The Juventus-bound midfielder will be a rival of the Serie A club next season when he moves to Turin on a free transfer in July.With a mouth-watering move on the horizon, it would have been easy for Ramsey to down tools but it’s a measure of his professionalism and character that he remains such a prominent part of this Arsenal side.There was long-term logic behind Arsenal’s decision to withdraw their contract offer to the Welshman but when did football become a logical sport? The decision was purely financial and barely factored in the asset that the club is losing. With every passing week and every performance the decision looks further and further away from being the right move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe irony is that when the club come to replacing Ramsey this summer, they’ll be searching for a midfielder with exactly his profile. Few midfielders in world football possess his engine, his ability to work box-to box or his knack for finding space in a crowded penalty area. Players of Ramsey’s quality are simply either not available or they come at a premium, something Arsenal cannot afford at this moment in time.It seems counter-productive, even factoring in Ramsey’s hefty wage demands, that the club are willing to offload a £50m+ midfielder for free and hope to replace him with someone for half the price. Comment Can Arsenal attract – or afford – a player of Ramsey’s quality this summer? (Picture: PA)Arsenal can, at least, enjoy Ramsey while he’s here and he continued his long goodbye by putting the Gunners on course of the Europa League semi-finals.Napoli, second in Serie A but 20 points behind leaders Juventus, had won just two of their last six games and their nerves were evident from the first minute against an Arsenal side with the third best home form in the Premier League.Unai Emery made five changes to the side that were beaten 1-0 so comprehensively by Everton on Sunday. In came Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who both improved the Gunners at least when they came on at Goodison Park – as well as Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech and Lucas Torreira.Ramsey was in a midfield two with Torreira and the pair harassed the visitors from the get-go, confining Carlo Ancelotti’s side to their own half.Napoli didn’t sustain an attack until the 12th minute but as soon as they came out, they were countered and to ruthless effect.A beautiful Arsenal goal 😍Aaron Ramsey finishes off a brilliant move to put the Gunners ahead!Awesome football 🙌 pic.twitter.com/yC9NErkEQ0— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 11, 2019Ramsey started the move by playing a one-two with Ozil and continued his run into the box when it was given out wide to Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman played in the overlapping Ainsley Maitland-Niles and his stretching touch played it back to Ramsey, who converted with ease.Napoli were rocking but Arsenal knew they’d need a victory of note to take to Naples given their patchy away form this term that’s seen them win just five times on the road in the Premier League.They didn’t have to wait long to double their lead, though. It came from Ramsey’s partner in crime, Torreira, when he stole possession midway inside Napoli’s half. He still had plenty to do but the Uruguayan sold Fabian Ruiz with a fantastic dummy before seeing his effort from 25 yards deflect in off Kalidou Koulibaly. Torreira’s deflected effort put Arsenal 2-0 up (Picture: AMA)Opportunities were there for Arsenal to apply a third before the break but neither Lacazette nor Aubameyang could supply the finish.AdvertisementAdvertisementNapoli had to wait for their first significant chance and it came on the cusp of half-time when Lorenzo Insigne was left free on the edge of the box but the forward blazed his effort over to ensure Arsenal kept their two-goal advantage.It was perhaps Arsenal’s best 45-minute display of the season, rivalling the second half performance in their 4-2 win against rivals Tottenham in December.Emery’s side were guilty of taking their foot off the gas after the interval. A two-goal advantage in the home leg is surprisingly precarious given its a healthy lead but the Gunners looked undecided whether to push for a third or to stick with what they had. Emery, a three-time winner of the Europa League, was happy with his side’s display (Picture: Getty)Their leaky defence means the Gunners are likely to need a goal in Italy to book their place in the final four but with Ramsey in this form they’ll have confidence they can.AdvertisementTonight was another reminder of Ramsey’s quality. He will be Arsenal’s loss and Juventus’ gain but for now he should just be enjoyed.MORE: Lionel Messi’s nasal scans come back clear after injury vs Manchester United Irreplaceable Aaron Ramsey inspires Arsenal to 2-0 win against Napolicenter_img Ancelotti will be encouraged by Napoli’s second half display (Picture: Getty)There was a golden chance for Ramsey to grab his second of the night but he skied over Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cutback ten minutes from time. It was a rare mistake in what had been a near faultless performance.Napoli improved and should have grabbed a crucial away goal. Their best opportunity fell to Piotr Zielinski but the Pole smashed over his effort when he was rolled in by Insigne’s pass across the box.The miss summed up the Italians’ night. They bore all the hallmarks of former manager Maurizio Sarri in that they were tidy and precise in possession but they lacked a killer instinct in forward areas.There were opportunities for Arsenal to round off the victory in the dying stages but they’ll take a healthy and deserved two-goal lead to Naples. Sean KearnsThursday 11 Apr 2019 11:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link909Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Jamie Carragher worried by Mikel Arteta’s response to David Luiz horror show for Arsenal against Man City

first_img Comment Advertisement Jamie Carragher worried by Mikel Arteta’s response to David Luiz horror show for Arsenal against Man City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 7:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link176Shares David Luiz was sent off for the second time this season during Arsenal’s defeat vs Man City (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘People keep talking about experience, sometimes it’s one of the most overrated qualities.‘It doesn’t matter how old you are. David Luiz is not good enough for Arsenal. They’ve got a young French lad coming in next season, they’ve bought Mari, they need another one because they’ve still got Sokratis. Mustafi played tonight.These are not good enough. ‘The problem with someone like a David Luiz, you think you’ll do this and do that and get the best out of him. You won’t.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 Arsenal‘People at the top of the club, if they are deciding that David Luiz is not getting this year extended that is right. If Mikel Arteta thinks he should get that year I think that’s wrong. ‘I’d be really worried as an Arsenal fan if Mikel Arteta felt David Luiz should get another year at Arsenal. I’d be worried if he was my manager.’MORE: Gary Neville picks out Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi for praise despite Man City maulingMORE: Bacary Sagna mocks Arsenal over David Luiz red card in Manchester City defeatFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Jamie Carragher was critical of Arsenal’s performance after Mikel Arteta’s side lost 3-0 at Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher admitted he would be worried were he an Arsenal fan listening to Mikel Arteta intimating he wants David Luiz to extend his contract following another calamitous individual performance against Manchester City. The former Chelsea centre-half could leave the club less than 12 months after he arrived, with his contract due to expire at the end of the month. Arsenal have the option to extend for a further year but are yet to make a concrete decision on Luiz’s future.Arteta left his most senior player out of last night’s starting line-up but was forced to introduce Luiz to the fray following an injury to January loan signing Pablo Mari, who was making only his second Premier League appearance.AdvertisementAdvertisementLuiz was subsequently at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opening goal on the stroke of half-time when he allowed Kevin de Bruyne’s pass to reach the City winger. Worse was to follow four minutes after the restart when he was handed his second red card of the season for bringing down Riyad Mahrez inside the penalty area.ADVERTISEMENTAfter the match Luiz accepted responsibility for a sub-par performance and conceded he should have made a definitive decision on his own future sooner. Arteta, meanwhile, stood by the Brazil international and all but admitted he wanted the player to stay put, which sounded the alarm bells for Sky Sports pundit Carragher. Advertisementlast_img read more

GAM confirms liquidation plans for absolute return funds

first_imgIt expected to make another payment to investors later in September and further distributions “in the coming months” as less liquid assets were sold, GAM said.“GAM’s priority is to maximise value for the fund investors throughout the liquidation process, while ensuring equal and fair treatment to all,” the company’s statement said.“Because these funds have a mix of mainly liquid assets and some less liquid assets, GAM is focused on ensuring balance between value maximisation with speed of liquidation.”For investors wishing to remain invested in the strategy, GAM said it would launch a new UCITS fund “in the coming weeks”, while a new Cayman Islands-based fund was also in the pipeline.Investors have been queuing up to take their money out of the fund range after lead manager Tim Haywood was suspended on 31 July. Dealing in the funds was subsequently halted after a large number of investors attempted to pull out of the strategies.An internal investigation had identified problems with Haywood’s risk management and record keeping. No other strategies or funds were affected, GAM said.GAM chief executive Alexander Friedman said: “The suspension and the subsequent decision to liquidate the funds has been a difficult process, but necessary to ensure that we deliver on our principles of acting in the best interests of all fund investors and treating them equally and fairly. This does not take away from the fundamental strength of GAM as a diversified asset manager. “We have spent the past few years restructuring GAM into a more efficient business with a less volatile earnings profile, while continuing to build out high performing, specialist strategies that are relevant for our clients. This has made GAM better positioned to weather a challenging environment, and we believe we will continue to attract clients to our platform and deliver value to our investors in the years to come.” Swiss asset manager GAM is to restructure its absolute return bond funds, liquidating the majority of assets in the CHF7.3bn (€6.3bn) strategy in the wake of a wave of redemption requests.The company said in a statement this morning that it expected to begin meeting withdrawal requests from “early September”.GAM said it expected to realise between 74% and 87% of the assets in its Luxembourg- and Ireland-domiciled UCITS unconstrained and absolute return bond funds.Between 60% and 66% of a Cayman Islands-based fund and its related Cayman and Australian feeder funds would be realised in early September, it added.last_img read more

Escape to a country retreat in Tallebudgera Valley

first_imgThe entertainment pavilion has a billiard table and wet bar. The house is on a 1ha block.The second floor is dedicated to the master bedroom, which includes an ensuite, kitchenette, walk-in wardrobe and Juliette balcony.The property also has an entertainment pavilion with billiard table and wet bar as well as three stables with tack rooms and three paddocks.Mrs Vidgen said it would be sad to say goodbye to their home.“We no longer ride horses and with the children grown up with families of their own, it is sadly time to downsize,” she said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe home has been renovated to bring it up to a more modern standard.Extending the second floor, asphalting the long driveway, building a timber entertainment deck and adding an in-ground solar heated pool were among the biggest changes.It now resembles a contemporary country ranch.Mrs Vidgen said the kitchen and entertainment deck were her favourite spots in the house.“To entertain family and friends, the spacious, fully renovated kitchen makes catering a breeze,” she said.“(I love) overlooking the spectacular valley views while having meals on the deck.”There is a formal loungeroom with combustion heater, separate dining area and a multipurpose room that could be used as a home office, family room or gym on the first floor. The ultimate country retreat.FANCY a country retreat with an entertainment pavilion, resort-style pool and horse stables?A acreage estate at Tallebudgera Valley has hit the market for the first time in 24 years.Owners Wendie and Peter Vidgen bought the property on Monday Drive, which runs off Tallebudgera Creek Rd, in 1994.Mrs Vidgen said the secluded position with plenty of outdoor space attracted them to it.“(It was) the view, the serenity and privacy the location offered and the ability to have horses,” she said.They have renovated the four-bedroom, three-bathroom house. The resort-style pool is surrounded by a tropical garden. Indoor and outdoor living blends seamlessly. The property also has three stables with tack rooms and three paddocks.last_img read more

Ethics dispute erupts in Belgium over euthanasia rules

first_imgYahoo.com 17 February 2018Family First Comment: Why would NZ even want to go near this type of scenario….“Some experts say the case as documented in the letter amounts to murder; the patient lacked the mental capacity to ask for euthanasia and the request for the bedridden patient to be killed came from family members… Although euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 and has overwhelming public support, critics have raised concerns in recent months about certain practices, including how quickly some doctors approve requests to die from psychiatric patients.”Make a submission against euthanasia in NZ – submissions close 6 March – www.protect.org.nzA disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws.The case is described in a letter provided to The Associated Press, written by a doctor who resigned from Belgium’s euthanasia commission in protest over the group’s actions on this and other cases.Some experts say the case as documented in the letter amounts to murder; the patient lacked the mental capacity to ask for euthanasia and the request for the bedridden patient to be killed came from family members. The co-chairs of the commission say the doctor mistakenly reported the death as euthanasia.Although euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 and has overwhelming public support, critics have raised concerns in recent months about certain practices, including how quickly some doctors approve requests to die from psychiatric patients.The AP revealed a rift last year between Dr. Willem Distelmans, co-chair of the euthanasia commission, and Dr. Lieve Thienpont, an advocate of euthanasia for the mentally ill. Distelmans suggested some of Thienpont’s patients might have been killed without meeting all the legal requirements. Prompted by the AP’s reporting, more than 360 doctors, academics and others have signed a petition calling for tighter controls on euthanasia for psychiatric patients.READ MORE: https://www.yahoo.com/news/death-dementia-patient-stirs-belgium-euthanasia-fears-084645936.htmllast_img read more