This newly released penthouse, priced at $8M is a showstopper

first_imgDirector at Urbis, Paul Riga said a “take up” at the premium end of the market was evident and something he had noticed in the past 18 months to two years.“We are starting to see new products where buyers are getting their head around high end apartments offering a different lifestyle than a traditional one,” Mr Riga said.“It’s typically downsizers who are moving out of their current residence. There is a quality aspect they want in terms of location, fit and finish.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago WHY VERTICAL RETIREMENT LIVING IS THE WAY TO GO HERITAGE HOME PART OF DEVELOPMENT The development at 443 Queen Street in Brisbane promises to set a new standard in high-rise homes.“Opportunities for luxury real estate in the Brisbane CBD are limited, prospective residents have the convenience of an inner-city location, together with a world-class design and magnificent amenities in their own building. We are confident this penthouse will be attractive to buyers at the upper end of the market,” Mr Pozzo said. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBuyers agents’ tips when looking to buy01:26 Inside the stunning $8 million penthouse at 443 Queen Street.The first penthouse sold last year for more than $6 million to a Brisbane local, who plans to move in once the development is completed.Equivalent to $20,000 per square metre, the penthouse is on level 47 and referred to as a “super-home in the sky” and occupies 400sq m of house-size living space.center_img There is a ‘butterfly’-shaped floor plan, allowing increased natural air ventilation throughout.The buyer will also have access to the recreation deck which features a 25m salt water infinity pool, yoga deck and private lounge and dining room with kitchen.Cbus Property CEO Adrian Pozzo is expecting buyer interest to be strong.With penthouses in Brisbane currently equating to just three per cent of the market, the preference for larger apartments continues to dominate. In the last quarter (up to June 2019), apartment sales in Brisbane were up 73 per cent, Mr Pozzo said. Are The Block tradies working for a bargain? The 443 Queen Street development has continued to attract interest from local and interstate buyers with more than 70 percent of apartments already sold.And to celebrate the release of the final penthouse, Cbus Property has partnered with Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro, who will work with the buyer to design the penthouse throughout.*For more, check out Saturday’s glossy HOME and Realestate magazine, on stands tomorrow. Follow us on Facebook. The final penthouse has been released to the market at 443 Queen Street with a price tag of $8 million.The most expensive apartment to be released off-the-plan in Brisbane this year is now available for sale, priced at a whopping $8 million.The penthouse is the second of only two in Australia’s first, subtropical-designed building – 443 Queen Street. MORE:WHY THE TREND TOWARDS ‘SPOOLS’ IS HEATING UP 443 Queen St, a new sub-tropical development.Designed by WOHA and Brisbane-based Architectus, 443 Queen St is believed to be the most environmentally-friendly developments in Australia, featuring more greenery than any other apartment building in the country.The four-bedroom penthouse, each with private ensuites, includes four car spaces with an electric vehicle charging station, three separate balconies and 3m high ceilings. last_img read more

Packers rusher, El Paso native Aaron Jones on mass shooting: ‘It takes your breath away’

first_imgPackers running back Aaron Jones is an El Paso, Texas native.In fact, Jones grew up in the neighborhood where one of this weekend’s mass shootings took place.  “El Paso is a close-knit community,” Jones said. “The funeral homes have already offered to handle the costs. People are already lined up donating blood. They had to send some people home, telling them to come back tomorrow. So, everybody is like behind each other.“[The shooting] takes your breath away. It’s really sad. It’s not even somebody from El Paso, (it’s) somebody who drove 10 hours just to do a hate crime. He definitely came for a purpose.”Jones isn’t the only athlete that has spoken up about the most recent mass shootings in America. A number of Cowboys also expressed sadness and shock over the El Paso shooting.Prayers up 🙏🏿 to the El Paso community! #senselessviolence— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) August 4, 2019COWBOYS NATION! Please join me in Praying 🙏🏽 for those directly affected by the shooting in El Paso! So Sad.— Tyrone Crawford 🇨🇦 (@TCrawford98) August 4, 2019 He often shops at the Walmart Supercenter, located near the Cielo Vista Mall, where 21 people died after a shooting Saturday.“I kind of grew up in that neighborhood,” he said Sunday, via Packers News.When Jones first heard about the shooting, he couldn’t believe it. He immediately began to check in on his immediate family as well as relatives and friends who are still in the area. “My parents were here (in Green Bay), luckily,” Jones said. “My girlfriend was on her way here when it happened. My brother is in Baltimore (with the Ravens).“The only people I have, my godparents are there, my aunt and uncle and my girlfriend’s family.”Everybody is good.”According to multiple reports, the suspect specifically targeted the community, and reportedly drove nine hours to carry out the attack, which was intended to kill Hispanics.Authorities believe the suspect posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online before the shooting.last_img read more

Revised version: Fundraisers set for Curtiss Metz of Wellington in Wichita hospital for Endocarditis

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (19) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +32 Vote up Vote down magblosm 96p · 337 weeks ago You are asking the question this week “am I happy with living here”? This is why I chose after 29 years to move back to this town. The people of this town are wonderful about stepping up and helping a family in crisis. Prayers for this young man and his family. Let’s all get out and support these events. Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago +35 Vote up Vote down Heidi Metz Hyde · 337 weeks ago This is so great of you to write about Curtiss. I know he will be so greatfull that his hometown is ready to jump in and help him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago -29 Vote up Vote down Youknow · 337 weeks ago He’s 27 and he only had 1stroke. Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down really · 337 weeks ago Wow.. seems someone has jumped to conclusions given the fact that most of this info is incorrect. Report Reply 2 replies · active 337 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down MJE · 337 weeks ago You may want to verify his age. Someone identified as a family member posted about this on FB and listed his age as 27. If he graduated in 2005, 27 would be about right. Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago +34 Vote up Vote down Jazzy Pettegrew · 337 weeks ago What matters is our friend needs our prayers and support; not how old he is. Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down The Grooms Family · 337 weeks ago My prayers go out to Curtiss and his family. Report Reply 0 replies · active 337 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Kacie · 337 weeks ago Are 100% of sales at the March 22nd asagna Dinner, raffle/silent auction, and Bake at the Knights of Columbus Building, 201 East Harvey, Wellington, going to Curtiss? Report Reply 2 replies · active 337 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Megan Rahe · 337 weeks ago Something to check into with the new ACA, I do believe he is immediately eligible to purchase health insurance. It could really help him out. Report Reply 1 reply · active 337 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Crystal · 337 weeks ago How much is the Lasagna dinner at the Knights of Columbus? Report Reply 2 replies · active 336 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Revised version: Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Curtiss Metz 27 of Wellington is currently in the Neurological ICU at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. Doctors discovered after several tests that he has Endocarditis, which is the inflammation of the inside lining of the heart chambers and heart valves. An infection started in a heart murmur that Curtiss was born with, causing extensive damage to his aortic valve. He also has a blood clot in the carotid artery at the base of his brain that was cause the infection. He has suffered a moderate stroke that has affected 20% of his brain. He is high risk to continue to have these strokes until the damage can be fixed. The update on Wednesday morning was that Curtiss is having heart failure. They are trying to remove the fluid from the heart to perform surgery as soon as possible, hopefully Thursday morning. In all of this Curtiss does not have health insurance. Curtiss is a 2005 Wellington High School graduate. He is the son of Don Metz and Danette Grizzle-Stone. He is employed with BSB Manufacturing of Wellington. A fund has been opened at Panhandle Federal Credit Union for anyone wanting to donate. Other events for fundraising include the following:Thursday March 6, 2014 10% of the gross sales from The Dore will be donated to Curtiss-so come out have a drink or one of their delicious menu items. March 22, 2014 A Lasagna Dinner, raffle/silent auction, and Bake sale will be held on from 6-9 at the Knights of Columbus Building 201 East Harvey Wellington Kansas with a benefit concert to follow at The Dore featuring Jason Boyd. If anyone should have any questions or would like to donate items please contact Lindsey Daugherty @ 620-440-7512 or Kip Etter at 620-440-7379If anyone should have any questions or would like to donate items please contact Lindsey Daugherty @ 620-440-7512 or Kip Etter at 620-440-7379.last_img read more

Robert Morris men knock off Pitt while women top Niagara in soccer

first_imgGO AHEAD GOAL—Prince Samuels, left, of Robert Morris battles to get by Pitt’s Robert Iledare. Samuels scored one goal in the Colonials 2-1 win over the Panthers. Pitt outshot RMU, 18-7, which included an 11-2 shots on goal advantage. The Panthers took 11 corners, seven in the second half.The Panthers had several good looks in the first half, peppering RMU goalkeeper Toba Bolaji with 11 shots – seven of those on goal. In a pair that originated off a corner kick,RMU pulled ahead, 2-0, in the 59th minute on a steal in the midfield that resulted in a goal from Prince Samuels.Pitt answered two minutes later when Sophomore transfer Nico Wrobel (Berlin, Germany) converted the free strike, delivering a shot into the top shelf.Pitt controlled the momentum in the final four minutes, but were still unable to register an equalizer. Defender Robert Iledare (Baton Rouge, La.) saw his attempt in the waning seconds stopped by Bolaji.The Panthers fell to 32-21-5 all-time in season starters, including a 10-13 mark in road season openers. Pitt moves to 16-11-2 all-time versus Robert Morris.Pitt is back in action on Monday, Aug. 29, traveling to St. Francis (PA). Game time is set for 4 p.m. in Loretto, Pa. MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa.—The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at Robert Morris University on Friday at North Athletic Complex. The contest was the season opener for both squads. Sophomore transfer Nico Wrobel (Berlin, Germany) notched the Panthers’ lone score, a penalty kick goal in the 61st minute.last_img read more

Swipe left to drugs: Kiren Rijiju launches NADA app in India

first_imgAdvertisement 26NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsrncWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7j1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) krblpWould you ever consider trying this?😱epgsCan your students do this? 🌚a7bRoller skating! Powered by Firework Drugs have always been a barrier in sport and in order to avoid inadvertent intake of banned substances, the sports ministry, and National Anti Doping Agency have joined forces to launch NADA’s official app in India. Advertisement The app essentially informs the athletes about the prohibited substances which upon consumption can be detected in tests and can ruin the player’s career.Advertisement Moreover, the NADA’s app also provides extensive information about drug substances which are prohibited by NADA found in commonly consumed medicines which could lead to trouble. This will help the athletes and coaches to determine the right course of medicine to treat an ailment without the presence of a banned substance in it.Such an instance occurred with young cricketer Prithvi Shaw, who was suspended last year after inadvertently consuming terbutaline which is banned by the NADA and is commonly found in over the counter cough syrups. Such cases can be avoided with the launch of the promising app.Advertisement Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju praised the initiative and claimed that the app would be a ‘very important’ step in practicing clean sport. He said:“I congratulate NADA on this initiative. It is a very important step for Indian sport because we are working towards clean sports and the first step in that direction is to create awareness and provide relevant, accessible information to athletes so that they know which medication or substances are not to be used by them,” Rijiju said in a statement.“With this app, athletes can check for themselves the list of prohibited substances and don`t have to depend on anyone else for assistance. I am also happy that we have taken yet another step to fulfill our Prime Minister`s dream of a digital India,”Sports secretary Ravi Mital and Director General of NADA, Navin Aggarwal were the prominent personalities present during the launch. The app was apparently available online since the start of 2020 but was only launched until now.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comRead Also:Harbhajan posts a video that proves just how awesome Rahul Dravid the fielder was!   Advertisementlast_img

Red Bank’s Tree Lighting Has Cold Weather, Warm Crowd

first_imgRED BANK – The 22nd annual Holiday Express concert and Red Bank Tree lighting was held Friday night with thousands packing Broad Street to ring in the holiday season.The concert came with all the trimming – the Grinch, holiday dancers, rock n’ roll seasonal tunes and Tim McLoone and Holiday Express.On cue, the borough’s holiday tree, standing in Riverside Gardens, was lit as were the tiny white-light bedecked trees flanking Broad Street.last_img

President instructs AG not to apologise

first_imgExecutive v JudiciaryMoments after highlighting the importance of judicial independence at State House on Wednesday, President David Granger told media operatives that he sees no need for Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams to apologise to a High Court Judge as he was not found to be contemptuous. The President was questioned on the possibility of asking the AG to apologise to Justice Franklin Holder over an outburst in the High Court during a hearing in March. However, President Granger feels that an apology is unwarranted based on an explanation that the AG gave of what transpired in court during the midst of the Carvil Duncan tribunal challenge case.“If the Judge felt that his behaivour was in contempt, the Judge knew what he had to do – he did not cite the Attorney General for contempt. As things stand, I feel that the explanation given to me by the Minister of Legal Affairs adequately deals with the complaints which I received,” the President explained on Wednesday.On March 23, 2017, AG Williams, in questioning whether or not the Judge had accurately recorded the evidence of witness Diana Persaud, told him that “the last person who told [him] what [he] should not say was a Magistrate and he is dead”.“I could say what I want to say and when I want to say it, I have always been like that,” the AG further told the Judge.Justice Holder in a report complaining to the Judiciary, said he walked out of the courtroom without adjourning the matter because of Williams’ behaviour but the AG said on numerous occasions that there was no need for him to apologise.Probed further, the President stressed that nothing justifies the calls for an apology to be offered.“Under the circumstances, I cannot see that there was anything which would have warranted, his being cited for contempt of court and that is the important thing that his behaviour was not contemptuous in court,” the Head of State stressed.Last Monday, Justice Holder recused himself from the case but accusations of interference in the judiciary surfaced since the judge’s recusal came days after Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo requested that he do so. Justice Holder had subsequently insisted that he made this decision in the interest of the administration of justice.In the absence of the Attorney General last week, the Judge, giving reasons for his recusal, had explained to the court that the matter became politicised, and accused Williams of “egregious and disrespectful” behaviour which was “not necessarily contemptuous”.However, former Speaker of the National Assembly and Senior Counsel, Ralph Ramkarran, weighing on the issue earlier this week, cited the work of internationally known legal experts, to posit his view that Judges should be careful about recusing themselves from a case because of perceived biases.“The main basis for recusals by Judges, or other adjudicators, including Magistrates, is actual or potential bias or the appearance thereof. It is in the Judge’s discretion to do so,” Ramkarran had expressed.Ramkarran, a former senior member of the Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) cited Professor of Law, Abimbola Olowofoyeku, who had posited in 2016 that inappropriate recusals have the potential to be very damaging.“Professor Olowofoyeku suggested that recusal is inappropriate on such grounds as appeasement of a party, allegations by a party, personal attacks against the adjudicator, intellectual difficulty with a matter, pragmatism or avoiding a conundrum unrelated to bias.”“Some principles to be considered are: objectively justifiable grounds; whether litigants are judge-shopping or judges are case-shopping; a real possibility of bias as apprehended by an informed observer and not a fanciful, tenuous, fantastic or superficial possibility,” he stated.As such, the Senior Counsel said Professor Olowofoyeku urged that recusals ought only to be resorted to so that justice must be done and be seen to be done so as to maintain public confidence in the impartiality of Judges and to help maintain impartiality as a matter of fact.“Judges, he said, need to respond to allegations of bias very carefully and with great care and circumspection. But they must show some (fortitude) in the process, (being) robust and strictly objective in their application of the jurisprudence.”He said that this is “because the Judge or Judges rely on the Government or a member of it, such as the Head (of State), for confirmation of their appointment. Where the Chancellor and Chief Justice continue to hold acting appointments, it is inevitable that an enterprising lawyer will make an objection in a case in which the Government is a party.”Citing the case of Chile’s former Head of State, Augusto Pinochet, Ramkarran observed that during his hearing there was an allegation of potential bias in relation to one of the Judges. It was argued that because of the Judge’s wife’s position with Amnesty International, a party to the case, he should recuse himself.Ramkarran said the test, as stated by the Professor, is whether the fair-minded and informed observer, after considering the facts, would conclude that there was a real possibility that the tribunal was biased.Embattled Trade Unionist Carvil Duncan had moved to the courts to challenge the tribunal set up to determine if he should be removed from several constitutional posts in light of charges, which were laid against him. However, the High Court proceedings were left at a standstill, on account of the Judge leaving the courtroom without adjourning the matter, following statements made by the prosecuting counsel, Attorney General Basil Williams.In a letter dated May 4, 2017, which was addressed to the Attorney General, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo raised concerns about having a fair trial in light of the incident.“… I am of the opinion that neither the State, nor I, will receive fair hearing in the matter….in view of the foregoing, therefore, I authorise you to request that the Honourable Mr Justice Holder recuse himself from further hearing the matter,” the Prime Minister noted in a letter, which was forwarded to both the Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag) and Chief Justice (ag), as well as President David Granger.After this request was tendered, Defence Attorney representing Duncan, Anil Nandlall had accused the Prime Minister and the Attorney General of engaging in “juvenile antics”, saying that the letter of request to the Judge was a “plot” that in effect “undermines” the tenets of democracy.Nandlall had further highlighted that the principle of separation of powers may be under threat.Justice Holder has deferred the Carvil Duncan case to the Chief Justice (ag) and the Chancellor (ag).last_img read more

Five things we learned from the Raiders in London

first_imgThe Raiders have settled in for what they hope is a relatively normal week of preparation at the Grove Hotel in Watford, England.Five things we learned from a live-streamed press conference Wednesday following practice in advance of their Week 5 “home” game against the Chicago Bears.1. Early birds look to catch the wormThe Raiders flew directly from Indianapolis to London, kept players up as long as possible, took Tuesday off like a normal week and tried to simulate their normal Wednesday …last_img

Origin 150th: Time to Mock the Creationists

first_img51; With the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s Origin just around the corner (Nov. 24th), Evangelist Ray Comfort and actor Kirk Cameron and volunteers are invading some 50 universities today to hand out free copies of Darwin’s magnum opus.  These, however, are spiked with a critical introduction that criticizes evolutionary theory and presents the Christian gospel.  Amanda Gefter at New Scientist is trying to pre-empt the effort.  She wrote an editorial mocking Comfort and trying to make the messenger look ridiculous.  Typical words in her article: outdated, wrong, bizarre, pseudo-scientific, ignorance, laughable, bananas.  Cameron says, “All we want to do is propose the opposing and correct view.” The Origin into Schools Project website elaborates:A gracious man once said, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”  However, it seems that some contemporary atheists don’t share such honorable convictions.  When they found out that I was writing an Introduction to this book, they threatened lawsuits, tried to organize themselves into gangs with the intent of tearing the Introduction out of the book, and have even talked about book burnings.The site also cites Darwin’s own words from his Introduction to the Origin: “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”  Richard Dawkins allegedly told students to rip out Comfort’s introduction.  Comfort responded, “It seems very strange that Professor Dawkins would say that my Introduction didn’t worry him at all, and in the next breath tell university students to rip it out.  If, I am, as he says, an ‘ignorant fool,’ then what I have written will be nothing but ignorance and foolishness.  So why is he so concerned?  I think the man protesteth too much.”You can read Amanda’s hot air if you want to (remember, she’s the one whose motive-mongering piece was pulled by New Scientist – see 02/26/2009, but two months later described her vertigo when she was slain in the spirit of Charlie, 04/11/2009).  Notice that something different happens here at Creation-Evolution Headlines.  We give you the original sources and quote extensively from the evolutionists’ best champions.  Then we set apart our editorializing which, though spicy and satirical sometimes, is directly related to things just said by the champions in the body of the article.  It critically examines their own specific statements and logic.  You can check it all for yourself.  Gefter, and her henchmen at New Scientist, by contrast, hand you predigested us-vs-them, either-or verdicts like this:As for the creationist Origin, I see no need to seriously worry about it.  The arguments in Comfort’s introduction are so outdated, wrong and at times downright bizarre that anyone with a half a brain will realize immediately that it is bogus; meanwhile, Darwin’s well-reasoned, evidence-based text that follows shines with added brilliance by comparison.We respect our intelligent readers too much to hand them such shallow rhetoric full of loaded words.  Here is a link to the Introduction Gefter swept into the trash, hoping you wouldn’t look at it: Introduction (PDF).  Go ahead and read it yourself and form your own opinion.  Gefter then appealed to authority by calling in the Darwin Dobermans, Eugenie Scott and Ken Miller, hoping you would fear them instead of forming your own opinion.    Our commentary should not be construed as an endorsement of Comfort or his approach, but his website at Living Waters is completely up-front, honest and open about what he is trying to do.  He certainly has the right in a free country to present his point of view with his ministry’s own money.  If you think some of his arguments are weak, you can judge for yourself.  Some of them might be strong.  Keep in mind that one strong, true argument can overcome a thousand volleys of mudslinging.  Our readers are intelligent enough to discern valid arguments on their own.    The Darwin Party already has complete control of the universities, the textbooks, the media, the courts and the government.  Why are they so paranoid about one man handing out free material that is 90% Charlie and 10% critical analysis?  Who is really going bananas here?  They retort and deride; we report so you can decide.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA rape stats down ‘but still too high’

first_img20 September 2012 While rape and sexual offences continued to decline in South Africa in 2011/12, the figures for these crimes remain unacceptably high, says Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Releasing the country’s national crime statistics in Cape Town on Thursday, Mthethwa said that sexual offences had decreased by 3.7% between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012, while rape was down by 1.9%. “One area that remains stubbornly high is around sexual offences,” Mthethwa told journalists. “The decrease should be understood in the perspective, that as government we still remain concerned about the conviction rate of criminals who commit such crimes.‘More resources, better training’ “We need to emphasise that as government we are … still concerned about the scourge of rape in our country … More resources and better training of police mechanisms are now being put in place,” Mthethwa said. “It is also influenced by a reporting behavior. If victims trust the police, then you will get more reporting. So the issue of under-reporting remains a challenge, and not just in South Africa but internationally,” Mthethwa said. Another area of concern was that young people were increasingly becoming the targets of criminals.‘Young children increasingly targeted’ “One of the shifts we have witnessed is that although crimes against women and children are decreasing, we are now seeing a trend where young children are now being targeted and abused,” Mthethwa said. “We shall be intensifying the war against [the abuse of] young children to ensure that this trend is reversed.” There needed to be more awareness among parents and guardians that children needed to be looked after and protected. Efforts to address the high number of rapes and sexual offences included working towards a relationship with the judiciary that would see such cases prioritised, and the re-launching of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit within the South African Police Service in 2009 The unit had helped secure convictions, in cases involving victims over the age of 18, totaling 10 854 years and 131 life sentences, and for victims under the age of 18, totaling 10 345 years, Mthethwa said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more