Government loans for first-time buyers

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Manchester United eyeing £20m Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes

first_imgAdvertisement The centre-back could partner United captain Maguire (Picture: Getty Images)Gabriel is also left-footed, which is a quality Solskjaer is looking for in a new defensive recruit.The Norwegian boss told Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake that his side ‘need a left-footed centre-back’ after their 5-2 win over the Cherries earlier this month.However, any potential move for the Dutchman looks likely to be scuppered as Manchester City have already swooped in and reportedly agreed a £40m deal to bring Ake to the Etihad.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIn terms of other options, former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes United should go for Leicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu.‘I think they need extra cover at centre-back,’ Sherwood told DAZN. ‘I think Soyuncu – I know Robbie Savage won’t be happy because they’re taking him from Leicester – but if the money is right they sell, like they did with Harry Maguire.’ ‘I think he would be outstanding there. He can play on the front foot and keep them up the field.’MORE: Manchester United edging closer to Jadon Sancho transfer after Jack Grealish u-turnMORE: ‘He looks the part’ – Gary Pallister urges Manchester United to sign Chelsea transfer targetFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Gabriel would represent a relatively cut-price option (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United are reportedly looking at Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, who could be available for around £20 million this summer.The Red Devils are on the hunt for a defender to partner captain Harry Maguire in their backline.Despite having an overall positive impact on United’s defence since making the £80 million switch from Leicester City last year, the England international’s lack of pace has been exposed on several occasions this season.Lille’s player of the year Gabriel is likely to leave the French club after helping them finish in the top four and secure a place in next season’s Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Sky Sports, the 22-year-old is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s watch list given his potential and relatively cheaper price point.The Brazilian is being chased by a number of European clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Everton and Napoli, with the Italian giants believed to be the favourites to land his signature.The report states that an unnamed Premier League club tabled an offer in excess of £22m for him, while the Toffees also tabled an official bid in June. Manchester United eyeing £20m Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Jul 2020 1:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Commentlast_img read more

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Brisbane house price median hits new high: What’s your home worth?

first_img TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR HOUSES IN BRISBANE LGA IN DEC 2019 QTR The Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s quarterly market monitor, released today, reveals the strong result was mainly driven by the inner-city market, where the median house price jumped by 7.6 per cent to $850,000.Inner-city suburbs such as Petrie Terrace, Highgate Hill, Coorparoo and Windsor recorded double-digit house price gains, while the middle-ring suburbs of Enoggera and Fig Tree Pocket also outperformed.It comes as some prestige agents say Brisbane’s high-end housing market is hotter than ever, despite concerns around the impact of the coronavirus. Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire has inked seven sales over $4 million in 2020 — his strongest start to a year — with four of those sales transacting after COVID-19 started to spread. 6. Kangaroo Point $1.1m 8.8% 19.6% 7. Fig Tree Pocket $1.12m 8.3% 6.7% 8. Wilston $1.06m 8.2% 20.5% Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change % 15 Syntax Street is in Sadliers Crossing, the top median house price grower in the Greater Brisbane region.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago 15 Syntax Street, Sadliers Crossing, is on the market looking for offers over $289,000.There was also significant infrastructure investment in Brisbane LGA during the December quarter.A new Roma Street Cross River Rail Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared to support the renewal of the inner-city transport precinct.State development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning minister Cameron Dick said the 32ha PDA would fast-track the delivery of the new underground Cross River Rail station.“The New Cross River Rail Roma Street station will be the city’s pivotal arrival point, linking passengers with the existing interstate and suburban rail, the busway station and proposed Brisbane Metro station,” Mr Dick said.“There will be unique opportunities for urban development, economic stimulation and job creation. It will provide critical public transport connectivity between the precinct and the city centre and to the nearby neighbourhoods of Petrie Terrace and Spring Hill.”“This is a purpose-built facility to suit the cruise industry. We’ve worked very closely with the cruise lines and other stakeholders from the start of the process to ensure it delivers a seamless experience for travellers starting or finishing their journeys,” he said. Palmer wants special pontoon permission MORE: Cheapest mortgages in history for Aussie homeowners 1. Petrie Terrace $920,000 14.3% 17.9% 84 Princess Street is in Petrie Terrace, the suburb which had Brisbane council region’s top median house price growth in the December quarter. The house is on the market looking for offers over $899,000.“I have a database of every buyer who has ever inquired with me on any property over $5 million, so I have a database of 1660 prestige buyers,” Mr Lancashire said. “And there are some serious buyers looking.”Buyer confidence and a lack of listings has been fuelling demand, with the REIQ research showing the number of properties listed for sale in Brisbane dropped sharply in 2019 — down 9.8 per cent compared with the previous year.That means buyers are competing for fewer properties, as well as having to contend with a resurgence of investors and first-home buyers.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said the record result was a reflection of stronger market conditions over the quarter, thanks largely to lower interest rates, less conservative lending criteria and a rebound in buyer demand.“It’s the first time (the median house price has) had a seven in front of it,” Ms Mercorella said. “I think that’s a significant breakthrough. Daniella and Benjamin Davis, with their boys Tyler, 8, and Houston, 7, are selling their house in Coorparoo, which is one of the suburbs that has recorded strong house price growth in Brisbane. Photographer: Liam Kidston.BRISBANE house prices have hit a record high thanks to cheap money, a bounce back in buyer confidence and a sharp drop in listings, but Queensland’s peak real estate body warns there are fresh hurdles ahead.The median house price for Brisbane’s local government area increased 3.6 per cent in the December quarter to an all-time high of $703,000 — breaking through the $700,000 ceiling for the first time. Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change % TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR UNITS IN BRISBANE LGA IN DEC 2019 QTR 1. Sadliers Crossing $357,500 12.6% -2.7% 2. Kurwongbah $685,000 12.3% 14.6% 3. Highvale $1.05m 11.1% 15.4% 4. Godwin Beach $507,500 9.7% 10.3% 5. Samford Valley $987,500 7.6% 5% 6. Wamuran $625,500 6.9% 1.7% 7. Woodend $405,000 5.2% 18.2% 8. Basin Pocket $265,000 5% 2.9% 9. Yamanto $398,000 4.5% 11.8% 10. South Maclean $590,000 4.4% 7.5%(Source: REIQ) Across Greater Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay and Redland all recorded falls in their median house prices over the year. The median house price in Logan fell 1.3 per cent to $395,000, 0.4 per cent to $446,000 in Moreton Bay and 1.9 per cent to $525,000 in Redland.Ipswich was the only outer LGA to record a rise in median for the year, with an increase of 0.3 per cent to $346,000.Ipswich was the only LGA in Greater Brisbane to record a rise in its annual median unit — increasing 2.3 per cent to $335,000.The biggest drop in median unit price in Greater Brisbane was recorded in Logan, which was down 10.2 per cent. 2. Highgate Hill $1.026m 12.7% 15.9% 3. Coorparoo $970,000 10.9% 16.2% 4. Windsor $995,500 10.6% 23.2% Suburb Annual median price Quarterly change % Annual change %center_img 1. Point Lookout $410,000 10.8% 8.6% 2. Petrie $310,000 8.8% -3.7% 3. Clontarf $335,000 4.7% 8.4% 4. Cleveland $400,000 2.6% 0% 5. Lawnton $244,000 2.1% 2% 6. Daisy Hill $285,000 1.8% -3.4% 7. Shailer Park $292,500 1.7% 3.7% 8. Thorneside $318,000 1.4% -0.6% 9. Brassall $274,500 1.4% -2% 10. Kallangur $290,000 0.7% 0.5% (Source: REIQ) 1. Enoggera $384,000 14.8% 12.9% 2. Grange $443,500 14.6% 12.7% 3. Alderley $425,500 13.3% 13.3% 4. Mount Gravatt $423,750 13% -1.5% 5. Camp Hill $499,000 11.6% 1.8% “We know listings are down, so when an opportunity pops up, people are grabbing it and they’re prepared to pay more to secure that property that’s closer to the action.”But while the quarterly performance is cause for celebration, Ms Mercorella acknowledges there are uncertain times ahead for the state’s housing market when it comes to the coronavirus.“Despite good fundamentals in Queensland, we would expect to see the most immediate impact likely in the rental space,” she said. “I think we’re likely to start seeing, in the not-too-distant future, renters losing their jobs and perhaps having the inability to meet rent obligations. “That’s concerning, so it’s really important we see the state government announcing a package for renters to give assurance to tenants and investors.”Ben and Daniella Davis are selling their five-bedroom house in Coorparoo, a suburb which recorded one of the strongest house price gains during the December quarter.Mr Davis, a builder by trade, said he was not surprised the median house price for the inner-south suburb had jumped by almost 11 per cent in the final three months of December to $970,000. TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR HOUSES IN GREATER BRISBANE DEC 2019 QTR 7/16 Hawthorne Street is in Enoggera, Brisbane’s top median unit price growth suburb in the December quarter. 7/16 Hawthorne Street, Enoggera, is on the market priced in the mid $400,000s.He said he knew developments such as Coorparoo Square had the potential to increase capital growth for homeowners in the area.“I keep an eye on the market as far as what’s happening in the area and seeing all these developers starting to put money into the area, I really saw it was a suburb coming of age,” Mr Davis said.The couple bought their property at 35 Walker Street three years ago and have since raised it, built underneath and installed a pool.“We’re selling sooner than we were wanting to originally because we see it as a good time to be selling,” Mr Davis said. “All the signs are positive.”Marketing agent James Curtain of Place Woolloongabba said he had noticed an increase in appetite for property in Coorparoo and surrounding suburbs in the inner south.“There is always a good energy for property in Coorparoo, regardless of the price point,” Mr Curtain said. “I think we have certainly seen that increase in the past six months.” TOP GROWTH SUBURBS FOR UNITS IN GREATER BRISBANE IN DEC 2019 QTR 5. 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I think we’re also seeing some of those buyers who were holding off clearly making a decision to return to the market.”Ms Mercorella said suburbs within a 10km radius of Brisbane’s CBD outperformed during the December quarter because of strong interstate migration and relative affordability compared with other capital city markets.“Because the affordability in Brisbane is so extraordinarily good compared to Sydney and Melbourne, those people are coming and are able to buy in those premium suburbs, close to the city with all the amenities,” she said.“In some cases they’re very cashed-up buyers and their dollar goes so much further here.“I also think people want to live close to the action. We are becoming such a sophisticated modern city and at the end of the day, those inner suburbs are the most popular. 6. The Gap $540,000 11.3% 11.3% 7. Ascot $485,000 9.7% 7.9% 8. Corinda $420,000 9.1% 4.9% 9. Oxley $345,000 7.8% 1.5% 10. Mansfield $455,000 7.1% 4.4%(Source: REIQ) Mr Curtain said interstate buyers who were originally lured to Hawthorne or Bulimba often ended up in Coorparoo.“They love the elevation, the old-world nature, the leafiness and the access to amenities,” he said. “All the characteristics that appeal to an inner-city buyer, Coorparoo has in spades. “It attracts professional families looking for big homes on big blocks and younger couples looking to get a start.” Brisbane’s unit market continued to soften in the December quarter, with the median unit price slipping 2.8 per cent to $440,000.But Ms Mercorella said there were strong signs the unit market was recovering — particularly in the inner-city suburbs where oversupply was a concern in recent years.The median unit price in South Brisbane actually increased by 3.3 per cent during the quarter to $501,000. Mr Curtain said the stock “surplus mentality” had disappeared from Brisbane’s inner south unit market.“Younger couples, even professionals with one child, who can’t afford houses are willing to buy apartments in Woolloongabba and Kangaroo Point because of the superb amenities,” he said. last_img read more

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Rotech Wins Harbor Clearance Contract

first_imgRotech Subsea Ltd. has won a significant harbor clearance work scope and are set to deploy a new RS1 excavation tool which has been specially adapted to meet demand from port authorities.Based on the subsea innovator’s high pressure RS1 excavator, the evolved tool has been adapted in-house by Rotech Engineering for excavating difficult to access areas, such as underneath pontoons or piers. The modifications were carried out by the Aberdeen group’s on-site fabrication unit, Rotech Fabrication.“We are delighted to mobilize our new RS1 tool on this harbor clearance scope,” said Rotech’s Director of Subsea, Steve Cochrane. “We have been in dialogue with a number of key Port Authorities recently and our in-house Engineering and Fabrication division have subsequently developed, built and tuned a tool to meets their requirements.”“It’s a great example of the flexibility of the RS design,” added Cochrane. “But also a great demonstration of the group’s ability to work closely with clients to produce bespoke tools to meet their subsea needs.”According to Rotech, the RS1 will mobilize for the undisclosed UK Port Authority client in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Nueces Bay Marsh Restoration Project

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just released this very interesting video about a 160 acre marsh restoration project along the Nueces Bay Causeway between Corpus Christi and Portland. A total of 340 acres of marsh were lost due to erosion and subsidence and harmed the fish and and wildlife that utilized marsh.The project benefits the health and productivity of the Gulf in that it created 160 acre marsh complex in an area that had seen significant habitat loss in the last 50 years.The Nueces Bay is connected to the Gulf of Mexico via Corpus Christi Bay and Aransas Pass. The Nueces estuary is so critical to the growth and development of shrimp that it was designated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a shrimp nursery area, and there is no commercial shrimping allowed. Many marine species will benefit from this restored nursery grounds, said EPA.last_img read more

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The Alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide: Respect Human Dignity and Offer True Compassion

first_imgHeritage Foundation 18 May 2015Family First Comment: Ryan spoke at our Forum last year. This is a superb article.Allowing physician-assisted suicide (PAS) would be a grave mistake for four reasons, as explained in a Heritage Foundation Backgrounder, “Always Care, Never Kill.”[1] First, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable. Second, it would corrupt the practice of medicine and the doctor–patient relationship. Third, it would compromise the family and intergenerational commitments. And fourth, it would betray human dignity and equality before the law. Instead of helping people to kill themselves, we should offer them appropriate medical care and human presence.This Issue Brief focuses on alternatives to physician-assisted suicide. People seeking PAS typically suffer from depression or other mental illnesses, as well as simply from loneliness. We should respond to suffering with true compassion and solidarity. For those in physical pain, pain management and other palliative medicine can manage their symptoms effectively. For those for whom death is imminent, hospice care and fellowship can accompany them in their last days. Anything less falls short of what human dignity requires. The real challenge facing society is to make quality end-of-life care available to all.Mental Health and Palliative Care: True Compassionate Treatment Instead of embracing PAS, we should respond to suffering with true compassion. Most people seeking PAS suffer from depression or other mental illnesses, physical illness, or simply loneliness. Dr. Aaron Kheriaty notes:Suicidal individuals typically do not want to die; they want to escape what they perceive as intolerable suffering. When comfort or relief is offered, in the form of more-adequate treatment for depression, better pain management, or more-comprehensive palliative care, the desire for suicide wanes.Rather than helping suicidal people to kill themselves, we should offer them treatment and support. For those in physical pain, palliative care and other pain management can manage their symptoms effectively. For those for whom death is imminent, hospice care and fellowship to accompany them in their last days is what a true death with dignity looks like. Victoria Reggie Kennedy has said it best:My late husband Sen. Edward Kennedy called quality, affordable health care for all the cause of his life. [PAS] turns his vision of health care for all on its head by asking us to endorse patient suicide—not patient care—as our public policy for dealing with pain and the financial burdens of care at the end of life. We’re better than that. We should expand palliative care, pain management, nursing care and hospice, not trade the dignity and life of a human being for the bottom line.Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life by alleviating pain and other distressing symptoms of a serious illness. Palliative care is an option for people of any age at any stage in illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life threatening.When a patient receives a terminal or life-altering diagnosis, the subsequent life changes are not limited to the medical challenges. Patients encounter the physical trauma of the medical diagnosis while also experiencing psychological difficulties, social changes, and even existential concerns. In Oregon Health Authority research, 91 percent of those who were assisted with suicide cited loss of autonomy as their motivation to end their lives, and 71 percent cited loss of dignity as their motivation. Only 31 percent cited inadequate pain control. These needs require different forms of care. Palliative care seeks to take into consideration every facet of the patient’s situation—with professionals who can attend to all aspects of the patient’s needs.The most common structure in which patients receive palliative care is in hospice. Hospice care can be provided in patients’ homes, hospice centers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, or wherever a patient resides. By rejecting PAS and committing to palliative care and hospice care, we can better people’s lives at the end of life. As Dr. Leon Kass notes:We must care for the dying, not make them dead. By accepting mortality yet knowing that we will not kill, doctors can focus on enhancing the lives of those who are dying, with relief of pain and discomfort, moral and social support, and, when appropriate, the removal of technical interventions that are merely useless or degrading additions to the burdens of dying.Regrettably, palliative care is not as widely available as it should be. The United States has only one palliative care physician for every 1,200 persons living with a serious or life-threatening illness. Even with the aging population, only 63 percent of hospitals report a palliative care program.In order to increase the availability and understanding of palliative care, medical schools should ensure that students are trained in managing pain and other common distressing symptoms and that they learn how to talk to patients about palliative options at the end of life. As Drs. Hendin and Foley note, when there is a lack of comprehensive support for patients with terminal or life-altering diagnosis, “the focus shifts away from relieving the distress of dying patients considering a hastened death to meeting the statutory requirements for assisted suicide.” This we must resist.Conclusion: Always to Care, Never to Kill Doctors should help their patients die a dignified natural death, but doctors should not assist in killing or self-killing. Physicians are always to care, never to kill.Physician-assisted suicide endangers the weak and marginalized in society. Where PAS has been allowed, safeguards that were put in place to minimize this risk have proved inadequate and over time have been weakened or eliminated altogether.Introducing PAS changes the culture in which medicine is practiced. It corrupts the profession of medicine by permitting the tools of healing to be used as techniques for killing. It also distorts the doctor–patient relationship by reducing patients’ trust of doctors and doctors’ undivided commitment to the healing of their patients. Physician-assisted suicide also creates perverse incentives for insurance providers and the financing of health care.Worse yet, PAS negatively affects our entire culture. The temptation to view elderly or disabled family members as burdens will increase, as will the temptation for elderly and disabled family members to view themselves as burdens. Instead of solidarity through civil society and true compassion, PAS creates quick-fix, discriminatory, and lethal solutions.The most profound injustice of PAS is that it violates human dignity and denies equality before the law. Every human being has intrinsic dignity and is the subject of immeasurable worth. No natural right to PAS exists, and arguments for such a right are incoherent. A legal system that sought to vindicate a right to assisted suicide would jeopardize the real natural right to life for all of its citizens.For all of these reasons, citizens and policymakers need to resist the push for physician-assisted suicide.About the AuthorRyan T. Anderson, PhD, is William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy in the Richard and Helen DeVos Center, of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation.http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/05/the-alternative-to-physician-assisted-suicide-respect-human-dignity-and-offer-true-compassionKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Dominica boasts high immunization coverage

first_imgLocalNews Dominica boasts high immunization coverage by: – June 29, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share 116 Views   one commentcenter_img Tweet Share Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer, said though the ministry she represents is concerned that immunization regulations have “not” been enacted into law, she is “pleased” that Dominica “boasts” over 95 percent immunization coverage.Royer was a guest speaker at the expanded program of immunization (EPI) awards ceremony on Wednesday.“It is not mandatory for all children to be adequately vaccinated prior to school entry, however we are happy to report that immunization has been well accepted by the public and coverage rates continue to be high”.“The ministry of Health is cognizant of the fact that our success in immunization was not earned overnight, but it is a result of a long term planning which in itself is a laudable undertaking of further critical steps in nation building”.The EPI program was initiated in May of 1974 by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), to make vaccines available to all children of the world and was implemented in Dominica in the late 1970’s.Royer noted that Dominica along with its regional partners now enjoy a new era of “improved” child health care and celebrates this mile stone by recognizing the “progress” that has been made by “reducing” vaccine preventable diseases that have cause death and disability to children around the world.“Presently our immunization coverage remains above 95% for all antigens and the Ministry of Health can boast of a very effective EPI program. Dominica can also boast its excellent primary health care system for program implementation and universal access to the services available”, Royer added.She further urged heath care professionals to “avoid” complacency because notwithstanding the incredible “successes”, the EPI program still faces “challenges”, some which she said cannot be address “solely” by the ministry and which will “necessitate” commitment by all parties.“We must renew the primary health care thrust and create a paradigm shift to address the emerging public threats together with rising patient expectations”.Recently, Dominica received a 1st place trophy from PHAO and WHO for its efforts at maintaining an efficient surveillance and reporting system.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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MOH recipient to receive highest Indiana honor

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Governor Eric J. Holcomb will present Vietnam veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Sammy L. Davis of Freedom, Indiana with the 2018 Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor, at a ceremony Monday, March 12, 2018.“Sammy’s story of service, courage and sacrifice for our nation and freedom is a true inspiration for all Americans,” Gov. Holcomb said. “In sharing his exceptional personal story, Sammy spreads an important and timeless message that grit and perseverance can help all of us overcome even the most challenging circumstances.”The Sachem is given annually to recognize a lifetime of excellence and moral virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana. Previous recipients include Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor (2017), Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, former president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and world statesman (2006), and long-time businessman and civic leader P.E. MacAllister (2014). Sammy Davis will be the second Sachem honoree named by Gov. Holcomb.Davis, 71, received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968 for his “extraordinary heroism at the risk of his life.”In 1967, then Army Pfc. Davis served as a cannoneer with the 4th Artillery Regiment of the 9th Infantry Division in South Vietnam. His unit fell under heavy machine-gun fire and mortar attack by the Vietcong while defending a firebase west of the city of Cai Lay.Davis used a machine gun to provide cover for the members of his unit so they could return fire with artillery. Although wounded, Davis took over a burning howitzer and fired several rounds at the Vietcong. As a result, he sustained further injury—including a broken back. He then crossed a river on an air mattress to rescue his wounded comrades before joining another howitzer site to continue fighting the North Vietnamese until they fled.He continued to serve throughout the Vietnam War, though his severe injuries kept him from the battlefield. Davis served out the remainder of the war as a cook. He retired from the Army in 1984.In addition to his Medal of Honor, Davis has been awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.Davis is actively engaged in the Boy Scouts of America organization and entered scouting when he was nine. He is involved with many veteran and service organizations, church, the Masonic Lodge and is especially dedicated to speaking to America’s youth. He and his wife, Dixie, live in Freedom, Indiana. They have both authored books about their life experiences and the importance of endurance and courage.Davis’ motto throughout his life is also the title of his book: You Don’t Lose ‘Til You Quit Trying.Sachem (Say-chum) background:In 1970, Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb introduced the “Confederacy of the Sachem,” a group of business, industry, publishing, banking and legal leaders, who served as state hosts, welcoming visitors to Indiana and promoting the state’s culture and economy. The organization’s name came from the Algonquin term applied to village leaders, implying wisdom, judgment and grace.Bylaws outlined that Sachems were to nominate and recommend Sagamore appointments to the governor. The Sagamore of the Wabash dates to the term of Gov. Ralph Gates in 1945 and has been the state’s highest honor bestowed by the governor.Following Whitcomb’s term, the Sachem project was not pursued, and the organization dissolved in 1989. Whitcomb visited Gov. Daniels in 2005 to acquaint him with the concept and to give him custody of remaining Sachem funds. Gov. Daniels recreated the Sachem to underscore the importance of moral example; achievement alone without exemplary virtue does not qualify a person for this recognition.Twelve Sachem awards have been bestowed since the honor was revived in 2005:2005:John Wooden—Legendary college basketball coach, teacher and mentor.2006:Rev. Theodore Hesburgh—Former president of the University of Notre Dame and world statesman.2007:Jane Blaffer Owen—Philanthropist and preservationist of New Harmony.2008: Bill and Gloria Gaither—Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo from Alexandria, Indiana.2009: Donald C. “Danny” Danielson—New Castle business and civic leader.2010:Carl D. Erskine—Civic leader and legendary baseball player.2011:William A. “Bill” Cook—Philanthropist and cofounder of Cook Inc.2012:Ian M. Rolland—CEO of Lincoln National Corp.2013: Don Wolf—Civic leader and CEO of Do It Best, Corp.2014:P.E. MacAllister—Long-time businessman and civic leader.2015:Amos C. Brown, III—Radio host and civic leader.2016:None.2017:Eva Mozes Kor – Holocaust survivor; forgiveness and civility crusader.Each Sachem honoree receives a specially designed sculpture that captures the Native American heritage of the Sachem. All Sachem recipients are selected by Indiana’s governor.last_img read more

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Rep. Frye: New health benefit for Indiana Farm Bureau members

first_imgThis is a press release from State Rep. Randy Frye: With agriculture contributing an estimated $31.2 billion to Indiana’s economy each year, it’s important steps are taken to keep Hoosier farmers working in the industry. Since the majority of local farmers are sole proprietors and operators, an obstacle they face is accessing affordable health care options. Through a new law I supported, non-profit agriculture agencies like the Indiana Farm Bureau will be able to provide health plans to its members, helping many local farmers qualify for affordable health benefits.According to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the biggest concerns facing Hoosier and American farmers. This issue is causing some farmers to shut down operations because the high costs of health plans impact their bottom line or they seek other jobs that offer insurance. The study found 73% of farmers said reducing health care prices was an important factor in determining their business risk. It also found 52% of farmers surveyed were not confident they could pay for a major medical crisis, such as a heart attack, cancer or the loss of a limb without going into debt.The new law allowing the Indiana Farm Bureau to provide a new health plan to its members could lessen this burden impacting the agricultural industry. Farm Bureau members can be farmers, Hoosiers who work in the ag industry, small-business owners and others who are supportive of Indiana’s rich agricultural heritage.This option will cover essential health benefits, such as office visits, preventative services and maternity and newborn care. Members who do not have access to group insurance plans, have fewer than two employees or do not qualify for Affordable Care Act subsidies could benefit.With the governor recently signing this bill into law, Farm Bureau members could have access to health benefits by the end of the year. More information about the Indiana Farm Bureau and this new health care option can be found online at infarmbureau.com.last_img read more

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Serie A: Balotelli threatens to walk off over racist abuse in Verona

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to walk off the pitch after receiving alleged racist abuse from Hellas Verona fans during the teams’ Serie A meeting on Sunday.The Italy international was left enraged by the chants coming from a section of the home support at the Stadio Bentegodi.Nine minutes into the second half, Balotelli stopped the game when he picked the ball up and volleyed it into the offending section of the stadium.He walked behind the goal before the striker’s team mates and opponents convinced him to stay on the field.The referee Maurizio Mariani stopped the game and a message was read out over the stadium loudspeaker threatening to suspend the match for a longer period if the chants continued.Play was on hold for around four minutes before continuing.Verona coach Ivan Juric denied hearing anything offensive from the stands.“I am not afraid to say there were no racist chants today,” Juric told Sky Sport Italia.“They might have jeered and mocked the great player, but there was nothing there.“You can ask him, there was nothing there. I am disgusted by racist abuse and I will be the first to condemn it when it happens, but this was not it.“They provoked him with jeers and sarcastic chants, but they were not racist. Anything else is a lie.”The game finished in a 2-1 victory for Verona, but Balotelli made his mark by scoring a superb strike with five minutes to go.It was the second time this weekend that a Serie A match has been interrupted because of offensive chants.AS Roma’s game against Napoli on Saturday was briefly halted because of discriminatory chants from the home supporters about the city of Naples. Tags: BresciaHellas VeronaMario BalotelliSerie Alast_img read more

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