Quattro at IndooroopillyBroad Property Research and Advisory director Paul Broad said Quattro Apartrments were priced exceptionally competitively from $542,500, with an average price per square metre of just $5337 compared to the inner Brisbane average of around $7000 per square metre.“The apartments proposed for Quattro are much larger than typically found in projects that will have strong appeal to the investor market,” Mr Broad said.“In addition, their size, design features, inclusions and convenient location will be very attractive to intending owner-occupiers, particularly downsizers.” Quattro at IndooroopillyMr Gray said the development was only 300m from Indooroopilly shopping centre but was in a really quite cul-de-sac giving the best of both worlds.“These apartments are also bigger than the average, a lot of developers haven’t been doing that over the last few years with most apartments 70sq m internally or less, but these are all 95sq m and above with a 20sq m balcony or courtyard and a high level of finish,” he said.Set over five levels, all three-bedroom apartments have two car parks each and Mr Gray said the body corporate fees were quite low with two-bedroom apartments at under $40 per week and three-bedroom under $60 per week. Quattro at IndooroopillyMore 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 agoIndooroopilly is a solid suburb to buy in with Mr Broad saying over the last three years the median sale price of apartments in Indooroopilly had increased by an average of 6 per cent per annum.“This is one of the highest growth rates of any of Brisbane’s western suburbs,” he said.PRD Nationwide Project Marketing director Adam Gray said Quattro was built for the owner-occupier and the three courtyard apartments were likely to attract a lot of attention.“Indooroopilly is a blue ribbon suburb, so I’m expecting the bigger two and three-bedroom apartments will appeal to the empty nesters and I think the balance of the property will probably go towards first-home buyers,” Mr Gray said. Quattro at Indooroopilly has officially launched to market offering 17 luxurious two and three-bedroom apartments with rooftop recreation facilities.PERFECT for the empty nester or first-home buyer these 17 ultra-modern apartments are offering a quiet, maintenance free lifestyle within walking distance to a popular retail hub.MacCorp Developers have just released Quattro to the market, just 7km from the Brisbane CBD, 300m from Indooroopilly shopping centre and close to the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. Quattro at IndooroopillyMr Gray said he was most impressed with the high quality level of finish on offer with Miele kitchen appliances, stone benchtops and splashbacks, Herringbone feature tiles in the bathrooms, track lighting and 2.6m high ceilings.The rooftop terrace will provide a haven for its residents, offering city views from the elevated timber deck, an open fire pit, grass area and barbecue facilities.
The Bush administration imposed economic sanctions against 14 senior officials in the government, including the junta leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, and the No. 2 man, Deputy Senior Gen. Maung Aye. The action freezes any assets the 14 have in U.S. banks or other financial institutions under U.S. jurisdiction, and also prohibits any U.S. citizens from doing business with those individuals. “The world is watching the people of Burma take to the streets to demand their freedom, and the American people stand in solidarity with these brave individuals,” Bush said in a statement. Thousands of protesters ran through the streets of Yangon on Thursday after warning shots were fired into the crowds. Bloody sandals were left lying in the road. “Give us freedom, give us freedom!” some shouted at the soldiers. Ye Htut, a government spokesman, said riot police clashed with anti-government protesters in Yangon on Thursday, killing nine people and injuring 11. Thirty-one government troops were also injured, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CRACKDOWN: A Japanese journalist is among those killed; 11 others are wounded. By The Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar – Security forces fired automatic weapons into thousands of pro-democracy protesters for a second day Thursday, and the military government said nine people were killed and 11 wounded. Tens of thousands defied the ruling military junta’s crackdown with a 10th straight day of demonstrations in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. Security forces also raided several monasteries overnight, beating monks and arresting more than 100, according to a monk at one monastery. Among the dead was journalist Kenji Nagai of the Japanese video news agency APF News. Japanese broadcaster Fuji posted a photo on its Web site showing a man believed to be Nagai lying on his back – apparently wounded in the chest but holding a video camera in his hand – with a soldier pointing a gun at him at point-blank range. The protests are the stiffest challenge to the generals in two decades, a crisis that began Aug. 19 with protests over a fuel price hike, then expanded dramatically when monks started leading the marches. Today, Myanmar’s military rulers declared no-go zones around five key Buddhist monasteries in an effort to quash the demonstrations, a diplomat said after Southeast Asian envoys were called in by Myanmar authorities for a meeting. The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing protocol, said regime members told the envoys that security forces had the monks “under control” and would now turn their attention to civilian protesters. The crackdown has drawn increasing international pressure on the isolated regime.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Do I think that religious exemptions have become the default? Absolutely,” said Dr. Paul Offit, head of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and one of the harshest critics of the anti-vaccine movement. He said the resistance to vaccines is “an irrational, fear-based decision.” The number of exemptions is extremely small in percentage terms and represents just a few thousand of the 3.7 million children entering kindergarten in 2005, the most recent figure available. But public health officials say it takes only a few people to cause an outbreak that can put large numbers of lives at risk. “When you choose not to get a vaccine, you’re not just making a choice for yourself, you’re making a choice for the person sitting next to you,” said Dr. Lance Rodewald, director of the CDC’s Immunization Services Division. All states have some requirement that youngsters be immunized against such childhood diseases as measles, mumps, chickenpox, diphtheria and whooping cough. Twenty-eight states, including Florida, Massachusetts and New York, allow parents to opt out for medical or religious reasons only. Twenty other states, among them California, Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio, also allow parents to cite personal or philosophical reasons. Mississippi and West Virginia allow exemptions for medical reasons only. From 2003 to 2007, religious exemptions for kindergartners increased, in some cases doubled or tripled, in 20 of the 28 states that allow only medical or religious exemptions, the AP found. Religious exemptions decreased in three of these states – Nebraska, Wyoming, South Carolina – and were unchanged in five others. The rate of exemption requests is also increasing. For example, in Massachusetts, the rate of those seeking exemptions has more than doubled in the past decade – from 0.24 percent, or 210, in 1996 to 0.60 percent, or 474, in 2006. In Florida, 1,249 children claimed religious exemptions in 2006, almost double the 661 who did so just four years earlier. That was an increase of 0.3 percent to 0.6 percent of the student population. Georgia, New Hampshire and Alabama saw their rates double in the past four years. The numbers from the various states cannot be added up with accuracy. Some states used a sampling of students to gauge levels of vaccinations. Others surveyed all or nearly all students. Fifteen of the 20 states that allow both religious and philosophical exemptions have seen increases in both, according to the AP’s findings. While some parents – Christian Scientists and certain fundamentalists, for example – have genuine religious objections to medicine, it is clear that others are simply distrustful of shots. Some parents say they are not convinced vaccinations help. Others fear that the vaccinations themselves might make their children sick and even cause autism. Even though government-funded studies have found no link between vaccines and autism, loosely organized groups of parents and even popular cultural figures such as radio host Don Imus have voiced concerns. Most of the furor on Internet message boards and Web sites has been about a mercury-based preservative once used in vaccines that some believe contributes to neurological disorders. Unvaccinated children can spread diseases to others who have not gotten their shots or those for whom vaccinations provided less-than-complete protection. In 1991, a religious group in Philadelphia that chose not to immunize its children touched off an outbreak of measles that claimed at least eight lives and sickened more than 700 people, mostly children. And in 2005, an Indiana girl who had not been immunized picked up the measles virus at an orphanage in Romania and unknowingly brought it back to a church group. Within a month, the number of people infected had grown to 31 in what health officials said was the nation’s worst outbreak of the disease in a decade. Rachel Magni, a 35-year-old stay-at-home mother in Newton, Mass., said she is afraid vaccines could harm her children and “overwhelm their bodies.” Even though she attends a Protestant church that allows vaccinations, Magni pursued a religious exemption so her 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, who have never been vaccinated, could attend preschool. “I felt that the risk of the vaccine was worse than the risk of the actual disease,” she said. Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center, one of the leading vaccine skeptic groups, said she discourages parents from pursuing religious exemptions unless they are genuine. Instead, Fisher said, parents should work to change the laws in their states. “We counsel that if you do not live in a state that has a philosophical exemption, you still have to obey the law,” she said. Even so, Fisher said, she empathizes with parents tempted to claim the religious exemption: “If a parent has a child who has had a deterioration after vaccination and the doctor says that’s just a coincidence, you have to keep vaccinating this child, what is the parent left with?” Offit said he knows of no state that enforces any penalty for parents who falsely claim a religious exemption. “I think that wouldn’t be worth it because that’s just such an emotional issue for people. Our country was founded on the notion of religious freedom,” he said. In 2002, four Arkansas families challenged the state’s policy allowing religious exemptions only if a parent could prove membership in a recognized religion prohibiting vaccination. The court struck down the policy and the state began allowing both religious and philosophical exemptions. Religious and medical exemptions, which had been climbing, plummeted, while the number of philosophical exemptions spiked.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – Sabrina Rahim doesn’t practice any particular faith, but she had no problem signing a letter declaring that because of her deeply held religious beliefs, her 4-year-old son should be exempt from the vaccinations required to enter preschool. She is among a small but growing number of parents around the country who are claiming religious exemptions to avoid vaccinating their children when the real reason may be skepticism of the shots or concern they can cause other illnesses. Some of these parents say they are being forced to lie because of the way the vaccination laws are written in their states. “It’s misleading,” Rahim admitted, but she said she fears that earlier vaccinations may be to blame for her son’s autism. “I find it very troubling, but for my son’s safety, I feel this is the only option we have.” An Associated Press examination of states’ vaccination records and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that many states are seeing increases in the rate of religious exemptions claimed for kindergartners.