This acreage home comes with its own private rainforest

first_img9 St Michael Court, RangewoodFANCY a walk in the park? This one-acre property has got you covered in more ways than one.A love for gardening and wildlife has seen the owners of 9 St Michael Court, Rangewood, turn their beloved home into a nature lovers’ delight that includes what is believed to be Townsville’s own private man-made rainforest retreat.It’s certainly not something you’d expect to find in a suburb with a bush-like setting.Owners Bill and Margo Morris said they purchased the property 12 years ago, with the vision to create an exclusive lifestyle for themselves and their extended family. 9 St Michael Court, Rangewood“When we bought this property, there was nothing out the back,” Ms Morris said. “Bill created it all. He was the one with the vision, which is funny, because he was never really a gardener.“He would come home from work, we’d turn the flood lights on, and he’d be out there, moving dirt and creating what you see here today, including the rainforest.With lush lawns, two waterfalls, two ponds populated by goldfish and a huge gazebo among it all, lovers of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden will never want to leave. There are even possums and kookaburras to feed. 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 20209 St Michael Court, RangewoodThe exclusive property is now listed for sale at an unmissable price of $725,000 and includes a modern and well cared-for two-level home that includes a master-suite, privately situated above the other three bedrooms and living areas.A large ensuite with a double-bowl vanity complements the master bedroom, while the main bathroom for the three lower bedrooms is also large, airy and situated beside a shaded courtyard.The three tiled, internal living areas are semi open plan in design and give a free-flowing feeling of space, especially with the high ceilings. 9 St Michael Court, RangewoodThe home is fully air-conditioned with split systems. Outside, the entertainment area is outstanding. A large tiled patio is located beside a big pool with beautifully landscaped surrounds.The property is fully serviced by town water, a bore and sprinkler systems.The three-bay shed is styled in the American barn style and has a mezzanine floor for extra storage and there’s a powered container also if you need more storage. 9 St Michael Court, RangewoodMs Morris said the decision to sell was made with a heavy heart.“Bill isn’t well and the house and garden is becoming too much for him to manage,” she said.“So we’re going down to Harris Crossing to a much smaller block. “It’s been a tough decision to make and I do worry about the property and hope we’ll find a buyer who will love it and care for it as much as we have.”last_img read more

Ninvalle inks two-year sponsorship deal with Colours Boutique

first_imgCHASE Academy student and 2016 Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year Kaysan Ninvalle, yesterday signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Colours Boutique, one of Guyana’s leading sports and goods outlets.The 11-year-old table tennis star rose to prominence last year during his excellent showing at several regional and local tournaments.He is said to be the youngest athlete to be crowned Junior Sportsman-of-the-Year.Ninvalle thanked the entity for supporting his passion for the sport, while noting that his coach Linden Johnson was instrumental in his success, having only started playing the game at age five.Colours Sales Representative, Creanna Damon, disclosed that as the country’s leading footwear and fashion outlet, it was a natural progression to join forces with the Caribbean’s leading young table tennis player.Damon stated that over the next two years Colours will take care of the 11-year-old Chase Academy student’s training footwear and other table tennis attire.Colours will also assist with overseas travelling for the Caribbean championship.Meanwhile, Chase Academy principal Henry Chase, who afforded Ninvalle a full scholarship at his school, spoke of how proud he is to see the young table tennis stalwart being honoured in the most appropriate way. He hopes other entities would emulate Colours Boutique.last_img read more

Forum of International Respiratory Societies urges to protect youth from ecigarettes

first_img To protect youth, electronic nicotine delivery systems should be considered tobacco products and regulated as such. The addictive power of nicotine and its adverse effects in youth should not be underestimated. All forms of promotion must be regulated. The sale of electronic cigarettes to youth must be banned in all nations, and those bans must be enforced. Electronic cigarettes have been claimed to be safer than combustible cigarettes, but comparison to the most lethal product in the history of the world is faulty. The appropriate comparison would be to non-use of tobacco products. All health and safety claims regarding electronic cigarettes relative to combustible tobacco in advertising and media should cease. Because flavourings increase rates of youth initiation, they should be banned in electronic nicotine delivery products. As electronic cigarette vapour exposes non-users to nicotine and other harmful chemicals, use should be prohibited in indoor locations, public parks, and places where children and youth are present. While their health risks are increasingly recognized, the physiological and deleterious effects of electronic cigarettes have still not been adequately studied, especially their impact on the developing lung and brain. Greater research is needed. May 31 2018Tobacco is the leading underlying single cause of death worldwide. In 2016, tobacco use caused over 7.1 million deaths mostly related to lung and heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Every year, on May 31, people and organizations mark World No Tobacco Day, by highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.This year the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which the American Thoracic Society is a founding member, announced a new position paper on electronic cigarettes and youth. FIRS is a collaborative of nine international professional organizations created to promote respiratory health around the world. FIRS joins with and applauds the World Health Organization (WHO) as a leader committed to fighting the global tobacco epidemic. In 2005, WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) entered into force covering more than 90 percent of the world’s population, and in 2008, the MPOWER strategy, a practical, cost-effective way to implement FCTC, was launched. These and other actions of many organizations fighting tobacco consumption have had substantial success in many areas. Nearly two thirds of countries now have some of the FCTC measures in place.But there is still much to do to reduce tobacco consumption, which is driven by nicotine addiction. Sadly, nicotine use is rising, and in many places this is driven by electronic nicotine delivery systems. These devices often bypass FCTC and MPOWER strategies and target youth. FIRS raises concern about the risks of using electronic cigarettes, especially in children, adolescents and young adults.Smoking behavior is strongly driven by nicotine addiction, which causes changes in the brain that it requires more nicotine to function normally, resulting in complex, biosocial maladaptive behaviors, known as dependence. Children’s brains are particularly susceptible to the development of nicotine addiction. Youth addicted to nicotine become tomorrow’s life-long users of tobacco products.Over the past decade, electronic cigarettes have rapidly risen in popularity among young people in many countries. More than 450,000 American middle school students used e-cigarettes in 2016, four times the number of reported users the previous year. E-cigarette in youth is associated with higher smoking prevalence, at younger age, and heavier tobacco use. It appears that youth directed advertising and flavoring are important factors leading to experimentation with electronic cigarettes by youth. A study of 600 British children, aged 11 to 16 years, showed that electronic cigarette advertising increased the appeal of electronic cigarettes and interest in trying them.Related StoriesCells in humans are affected by thirdhand smoke, study showsNew drug provides hope for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophyNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerContrary to industry claims, electronic cigarette aerosols are not simply “harmless water vapor” as some have claimed. Just as decades passed before the health consequences of cigarettes were known, many years may be needed to determine the magnitude of the health burden of e-cigarettes.Based on this information, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies recommends: Routine surveillance and surveys concerning combustible and electronic cigarette use should be carried out in many settings to better understand the scope and health threat of tobacco products to youth in different countries and regions.center_img Source:http://www.thoracic.org/last_img read more