Moving on from QAnon? Experts say these tips could help

first_imgExperts and former QAnon believers say they have tips for anyone wondering how to talk to people consumed by the conspiracy theory. Those recommendations include listening instead of lecturing and changing the topic to shared experiences and interests. Mockery, they say, won’t work and could just further isolate the believer. As for people looking to step away from QAnon or other conspiracy theories, the experts recommend taking time away from social media and looking for offline ways to connect with others such as volunteering. One woman who left QAnon says yoga helped her move on, along with therapy.last_img read more

Hot penthouse sales fly in the face of apartment naysayers

first_img6/455 Adelaide St, Brisbane More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago6/455 Adelaide St, Brisbane“That end of the market there is such a limited amount of $3m plus properties sold in the city. There’s just been no availability. There’s such a confidence boost for the inner city. I’ve been in the inner city for 12 years now and never seen such confidence in the plus $1m range.”Both penthouses last night sold to local buyers, who have been hard-pressed amid strong interest from interstate and overseas, especially Singaporean and Chinese househunters.“We just can’t get enough of those types of properties, I’d take 10 tomorrow and sell them all.We’ve got 16 buyers from last night who are still looking.” 6/455 Adelaide St, Brisbane. Two penthouses sold under the hammer last night with a third at 462/30 Macrossan St, Brisbane believed to be in discussion.BRISBANE’S inner-city penthouses are defying apartment naysayers, with two selling at auction last night alone — one to locals who dialled in while having breakfast in Europe.Penthouses and sub-penthouses above $1-3 million were being snapped up as soon as they were declared on the market because the city had strong value-for-money compared to similar properties in other capitals, according to experts.Last night the 580sq m Bellagio penthouse at 6/455 Adelaide St sold under the hammer for $3.277m. As well the Quay West sub-penthouse at 2102/132 Alice St sold for $1.175m.The agent for both those properties, Brandon Wortley of Ray White New Farm, told The Courier-Mail he’d never seen anything like it in his 12 years of working the city. 2102/132 Alice St, Brisbane 2102/132 Alice St, Brisbane 2102/132 Alice St, BrisbaneMr Wortley said the Bellagio penthouse, which occupies two entire floors and has views towards the Story Bridge, attracted nine registered bidders last night.“It kicked off at $2m and rose really quickly in $100,000 rises. It got to $3.16m which was when it was called on market. It then sold for $3.227m.”“The owners were over the moon, they were stoked. They’d had close to 70 groups through the door during inspections. There’s been a lot of time and effort put into the sale.”He said the new owner of the Bellagio penthouse was bidding from Europe.“I think it was 8am or something there. They were on a romantic holiday so that was a nice gift for them.” He said the Alice St sub-penthouse had eight registered bidders last night, kicking off at $900,000 and was called on market at $1.05m.“It had 38 bids and sold for $1.175m, the owners are very pleased.”Post auction discussions were ongoing over a third penthouse that went under the hammer last night at 462/30 Macrossan St in the city.last_img read more

Google to combat virus misinformation

first_imgBEIJING – The head of the World HealthOrganization says it’s working with Google to ensure that searches about thenew virus from China turn up information from the United Nations health agencyfirst, part of efforts to fight “rumors and misinformation” about the outbreak. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told theopening of WHO’s executive board meeting on Monday that social media platformssuch as Twitter, Facebook, Tencent and TikTok “have also taken steps to limitthe spread of misinformation” about the virus and outbreak that first emergedin the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December and has now spread to 23 othercountries./PN A man wears protective face masks stands in front of TV screens broadcasting Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivering a speech in Hong Kong, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. APlast_img read more

Mason City council approves contract to look at what improvements need to be done for High Line Trail

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week approved hiring the local office of WHKS to provide services relating to the High Line Trail project.The city back in March finalized the purchase of the railroad right-of-way property from the Union Pacific for the purpose of constructing a recreational trail connecting the northern and southern parts of the community.City engineer Mark Rahm says that includes four bridges that are in various conditions and require inspection and analysis prior to being incorporated into the trail system.   “They have four to seven bridges in that area, and we have one that we would like to address just as soon as the report comes in and we can we get some recommendations on what to do there to improve the safety that bridge.”Rahm says his department will also be looking at what needs to be done to prepare the land to become a trail.  “My department is going to get out and start doing some surveying later this summer and fall, and start to put some plans together for those trails, and we hope to have our first project next spring.”The contract with WHKS will include field inspections, analyze the information and preparing for the city a report with their conclusions and recommendations on what needs to be done for the trail. That contract is for up to $5200.last_img read more