Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons Brings The Old And New To Hodi’s Half Note [Video]

first_imgJerry Joseph & The Jackmormons came to Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, CO last night for a Friday night rocker of a show. With the release of his latest album By The Time Your Rocket Gets To Mars, the former Little Women frontman played a selection of songs that spanned his prolific songwriting career to an audience of die hard fans.With an early and beautiful take on “Pure Life” from 2002’s Conscious Contact – an album that featured Widespread Panic founding members Michael Houser and Dave Schools, Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, and more – it was clear that Joseph was tapped in from the start. There is something so bittersweet in his prolific songwriting and his ability to bring such emotion to every lyric and note being played.The stripped down, no frills trio set up of the Jackmormons (featuring Steve James on bass and Steve Drizos on drums) with Joseph leading the way, packs a serious punch, as was evident on new track “Brother Number One” which witnessed a heavy jam and the entire group just laying it on extra thick. Before the group went into “Giraffe”, Joseph told the tale of how the song came to be after meeting two young ladies dressed up as giraffe’s at a show in Oregon while he was kicking some habits. During the conversation, he learned that one of the girl’s husband had just killed himself and her friend had flown her out to help get her through what was obviously a rough time.The well-traveled road warrior leaves it all out on stage and has this uncanny ability to evoke so many different feelings from everybody in attendance throughout the course of his set. The 1997 Goodlandia track “Light Is Like Water” is a fine example of this. Clearly an old-school favorite, the build of Joseph playing sporadic notes while telling his story, with the bass and drums slowly joining in is a lesson in how a song can be heavy and rocking while leaving plenty of space between each note. There was a lot of folks in attendance hanging on to every note of that song, especially during Joseph’s guitar solo.“Baby love, love is like water Only water is just like light A little faith and a paddle Will surely get you, and all God’s children, Through the night”A nod to his Little Women days (a group that guitarist Steve Kimock was a member of for a time) with “Life’s Just Bitchin’” was certainly well received and kept the vibes going at Hodi’s through the rest of the set. Overall, front to back, it was a solid performance from the group, that continue on that endless road this evening down in Denver at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom with Jubilingo (show info here).There is just something about seeing a musician that lives and breathes this shit that is truly inspiring. You can witness it in his face as he is playing and singing his songs, that this is it for Joseph. It’s beautifully simple, human, and most of all, refreshing. With everything being so polished and over-produced these days, Joseph harkens back to a time of straight, unabashed singer-songwriter rock n’ roll, and makes no excuses for it. The old adage “They don’t make ’em like they used to” rings especially true in his case.last_img read more

Pinker explains ‘The Long Peace’

first_imgViolence may seem to be all around us. Soldiers are fighting in Afghanistan. Drug-related shootings and senseless murders splash across the nightly news, and even the schools are no haven, with episodes of hazing and bullying prompting a national discussion on how to keep children safe — from each other.Violence may seem to be wherever we look, but the perception that we live in violent times is wrong, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker said Tuesday evening during a talk at the Boston Public Library’s Honan-Allston Branch.Pinker, the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology and Harvard College Professor, said we’re actually in a period referred to by scholars as “The Long Peace,” which began at the end of World War II, and which is marked by the absence of war among the world’s great powers.But that’s just part of the picture, Pinker said. Interpersonal violence is also at a historic low, he said, likely brought about by the spread of civilization, of police and justice systems, of literacy and global trade, and by concepts of civil and human rights.“Violence has been in decline for long stretches of time, and today may be the most peaceful era in our species’ history,” Pinker said.Pinker spoke as part of the John Harvard Book Celebration, a lecture series that brings prominent Harvard speakers and other programs to each public library in Cambridge and Boston in connection with the University’s 375th anniversary festivities. The talks are coupled with the gift of 400 books to each city’s library systems to commemorate those donated by Harvard’s namesake, John Harvard, to the College’s nascent library in 1638.Kevin Casey, Harvard’s associate vice president for public affairs and communications, introduced Pinker, saying that his talk and the John Harvard Book Celebration are extending the 375th celebration into the communities of which Harvard is a part.“Tonight we’re going to talk about the ideas and the things that happen inside the walls of a university and a place like Harvard,” Casey said. “It’s an effort to … bring what happens at Harvard into our [neighborhoods]. We think that by touching every corner of Boston and Cambridge, it shows that Harvard really is part of these communities.”Several members of the audience explained afterward how they enjoyed the talk. Sarah Griffith of Cambridge said Pinker changed some of her assumptions about violence generally and altered her sense of World War II by viewing it over the long span of history.“He did change a lot of the ways I thought about violence and changed some of my assumptions about what has gone on,” Griffith said.Pinker’s talk was based on his latest book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” published last year.Records of past wars and new research into the lifestyles of ancient man provided the backdrop for Pinker’s assertions. The hunter-gatherer lifestyle before the rise of civilization was a violent one, Pinker said. Studies of ancient human remains have shown that some kind of violent trauma — skulls bashed in, arrows lodged in bones — accompanied roughly 15 percent of burials. By contrast, deaths related directly and indirectly to war, genocide, and famine during the 20th century, often considered the most violent because of its two world wars, amounted to just 3 percent, Pinker said.Additional insight is gained by studying modern hunter-gatherer societies. Those studies have shown that there are about 524 violent deaths per 100,000 in those societies, compared with an overall rate of violent death in the 20th century of about 60 per 100,000.Pinker attributed the long decline in violence to the rise of civilization, with centralized governments and disinterested third parties like police and court justices to resolve disputes. In England, where records have been kept for centuries, the modern Englishman has just one-fiftieth the chance of being murdered compared with his medieval ancestor 800 years ago.Commerce may also be a major factor in the decline of violence, Pinker said. Trade means that transactions where both parties come out ahead become more attractive than theft and plunder, where only one side wins, at potentially great cost to both sides.Major milestones on the march from a violent past include the abolition of judicial torture, which used to include horrific practices like impalement, sawing in half, and breaking bones on a wheel. Other factors include the abolition of slavery and the decline of the death penalty, and the abolition of dueling, lynching, and blood sports.The violence during World Wars I and II was indeed horrific, but when compared with the planet’s population at the time, World War II ranks just ninth in major conflicts, while World War I isn’t in the top 10. Wars between the world’s great powers used to be regular, if not continual, and lasted for decades, as in the 30 Years’ War and the 100 Years’ War.Since World War II, the nature of war on the planet has changed, Pinker said. Nations that might be considered great powers, which once warred regularly, have had an extended period of peace, colonial wars have tapered off, and the most common form of warfare now is civil war, which is less deadly than major conflicts between large nations.Even interpersonal violence is declining, with the incidence of rape down 80 percent since the early 1970s, with declines in the deaths of wives and husbands at the hands of their spouses, with the acceptance of corporal punishment in schools falling, and with rates of physical and sexual abuse of children also declining.Pinker said he doesn’t believe that humans have become inherently less violent or that such tendencies have been bred out of them. Rather, he said, people have always been complex creatures. The civilizing effects of institutions, combined with the spread of literacy, education, and public discourse, have all favored our nonviolent inclinations, he said.In the end, Pinker said, it’s important to recognize these peaceful trends so they can be better understood.“I believe that calls for a rehabilitation of the ideals of modernity and progress, and it’s a cause for gratitude for the institutions of civilization and enlightenment that made it possible,” Pinker said.Kevin Casey, Harvard’s associate vice president for public affairs and communications, introduced Pinker, saying that his talk and the John Harvard Book Celebration are extending the 375th celebration into the communities of which Harvard is a part.John Harvard Book Celebration continues with Anne Fadiman discussing “Using Bacon for Bookmarks: How Readers Treat their Books.” Fadiman is an author, essayist, editor, and teacher, as well as a member of Harvard’s Board of Overseers. The talk will be from 4 to 5 p.m. April 1 at the Cambridge Public Library’s main branch, 449 Broadway.last_img read more

Barbara Cook, John Tiffany and More Honored by Drama League

first_img View Comments In addition to these special honors, winners of the five competitive Drama League categories (Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Best Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Performance) will be announced on April 23, prior to the May 16 ceremony. The Drama League is giving special recognition to legendary performer Barbara Cook, director John Tiffany and parent company Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America. Hosted by four-time Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the 80th annual Drama League Awards are set to take place May 16 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award for efforts to bring New York productions to cities around the country. Under the leadership of producer and owner John Gore, Key Brand/BAA is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theater worldwide.center_img Cook will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award. Her Broadway credits include her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Marian Paroo in The Music Man, as well as Candide, She Loves Me, and, most recently, Sondheim on Sondheim. Cook was also a receipient of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. Tiffany, who will receive the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing, received the 2012 Tony Award for his direction of the musical Once. He helmed the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie this season, as well as last year’s Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming.last_img read more

UGA in Haiti

first_imgThe goal of the project, Clinton said, is to “empower farmers to meet the nutritional needs of people.” The rural Acceso depot in Tierra Muscady is one of 35 planned throughout Haiti’s central plateau and northern regions. It functions as a site for training; point of sales for seed and other inputs; storage; and distribution for the community’s peanut farmers. For more information on the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Peanut and Mycotoxin, see Tierra Muscady, Haiti – Peanut research and supply channels in Haiti were boosted recently through an initiative partnership developed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and philanthropist Frank Giustra, who spent June 29 touring peanut research projects in Haiti with representatives from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Peanuts are an important source of food in countries like Haiti, where demand for the legume continues to grow. UGA is leading peanut research and training efforts in the country through its Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Peanut and Mycotoxin. The Acceso depots—there are currently five—will supply peanuts primarily to regional buyers that include Meds & Food for Kids and Partners in Health, which are both manufacturers of peanut-based nutrition supplements for children. Among those participating in the launch were Bryan Sobel and Dorvil Weldenson of Meds & Food for Kids, an in-country partner of PMIL. “The farmers in Haiti are willing and able to work, and this enterprise will enable them to become competitive players in a potentially thriving market,” said Mark Gunton, CEO of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, in a release. “A market-driven approach to poverty alleviation such as this empowers these farmers to earn a reliable source of income and provide for their families.” The new Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership is using technical advice and training in peanut production provided by PMIL scientists, particularly Tim Brenneman and Bob Kemerait of the UGA plant pathology department. “We are working to improve the production, quality and marketability of peanuts as a crop,” said Hoisington, who is also a senior research scientist in the UGA crop and soil sciences department. “We do this by developing high-yielding varieties of mold resistant peanuts and then training smallholder farmers on best practices for producing and marketing healthy crops.” During the visit, Clinton participated in the depot launch, toured a peanut farm and storage facility and sat in on a training session for farmers. Scientists with the partnership also evaluated improved peanut varieties, many of which were bred by UGA crop scientists and made available for farmers to grow and sell in markets through the Acceso depots. UGA staff on hand for the tour were Dave Hoisington, the lab’s director; Jamie Rhoads, incoming assistant director; and Christy Fricks, communications specialist. Known as PMIL, the innovation lab is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and is part of the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative called Feed the Future. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increase incomes and reduce hunger, poverty and undernutrition. For more information, see PMIL is continuing to test peanut varieties for performance in Haiti and working to solve existing production problems and providing further training so that farmers can supply the needed peanuts to the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership. The lab’s work is contributing directly to the new Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corp. that was launched by the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation. The supply chain enterprise is designed to improve the livelihoods of more than 12,000 smallholder peanut farmers. The Acceso project supports some of the main goals of PMIL and Feed the Future: scaling up local agriculture, increasing food safety and improving nutrition. last_img read more

World Travel Market Virtual arrives in London for first time | News

first_img– Advertisement – Travel and tourism professionals from around the world will reconnect for the first day of World Travel Market Virtual today, as the event debuts from London. The three-day virtual event for the international tourism community will run until Wednesday. – Advertisement – The show also includes the Travel Forward Virtual and International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC).The conference sessions will also host top politicians, leading academics, health experts and the world’s media, as the travel industry plans for recovery in 2021.Highlights of this week’s agenda include a global tourism forecast from Euromonitor International, a conversation between the tourism ministers of Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, as well as the UNWTO minister summit.- Advertisement – OlderTravellers from Denmark barred from entry to UKcenter_img WTM senior director, Simon Press, said: “The travel and tourism industry is facing its worst crisis in living memory, so World Travel Market Virtual will provide a crucial platform for planning the bounce-back, reconnecting with business partners, forging new connections, and learning about the best way forward.”The Euromonitor International report will explain why global tourism will take between three and five years to recover from Covid-19.Called ‘Accelerating Travel Innovations after Coronavirus,’ the study will also reveal how the travel industry is innovating in order to survive the devastating impact of the pandemic.- Advertisement – The turbulence in aviation will be discussed on all three days of WTM Virtual, starting with a debate about trends and forecasts.A session today called ‘The Long-run Evolution of Aviation Activity following the coronavirus pandemic,’ will feature expertise from Virgin Atlantic, Boeing, IATA and Tourism Economics.The summit will also hear from Oliver Dowden, the British secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.It will be followed by ‘Tourism: The Path to Peace in the Middle East’, with the tourism ministers of Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.In September, these countries signed the Abraham Accords, a historic deal that enables business opportunities and tourism prospects.The ministers will be discussing the new travel and tourism opportunities and the sector’s role in supporting peace in the region.It will be the first time the tourism ministers have met since signing the agreements.Press concluded: “Since 1980, World Travel Market has provided an essential forum for the industry to do business, network and learn about trends in the market. “This is the year where global connections need to be maintained, build those networks and understand what’s happening in these extraordinary and challenging times.“Our delegates will be able to keep ahead of the game and lay strong foundations for recovery and innovation in 2021.”last_img read more

Jakarta to provide hospitals with COVID-19 survivors’ plasma to treat patients

first_img“We intend to use the plasma on patients in critical conditions,” Amin said in a statement on Wednesday. “We expect the antibodies contained in the plasma […] to battle the virus within the bodies of sick patients.”Read also: ‘Superheroes’: Coronavirus survivors donate plasma hoping to heal the sickConvalescent plasma has proven effective in small studies for treating infectious diseases including Ebola and SARS.He went on to say that the distribution of convalescent plasma would be handled by the PMI to ensure ethical and safe medical practices were followed. Furthermore, the PMI would also make sure the plasma was fully compatible with each patient to prevent any undesirable outcomes, he added.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said he expected the collaboration with Eijkman and the PMI to significantly reduce the number of fatalities linked to COVID-19. He claimed that Jakarta had buried more than 1,000 people using burial procedures for deceased COVID-19 patients.“I hope all of this will soon come to pass,” Anies said.As of Wednesday, Jakarta remains the country’s outbreak epicenter with at least 2,474 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 242 deaths linked to the disease, out of a nationwide total of 5,136 cases and 469 fatalities.Topics : The Jakarta administration is cooperating with the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology and the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) to provide hospitals with supplies of convalescent plasma in the capital to help treat severe COVID-19 cases.Eijkman Institute director Amin Soebandrio said the plasma, taken from the blood of donors who previously survived the disease, contained antibodies that would prove effective in neutralizing the coronavirus incubating within the patients.The blood should be taken two to four weeks after the donor has recovered from COVID-19, said Amin.last_img read more

Pandemic dead give New Delhi gravedigger sleepless nights

first_imgDeath had not fazed gravedigger Mohammed Shamim up to now, but since the grip of the coronavirus crisis has tightened in New Delhi, a shiver runs up even his spine each time he sees a hearse pull up at the cemetery he tends.”I’ve been burying the dead for the last two decades. But until now, I’ve never been scared for my own life,” he said.The Indian capital has become one of the country’s COVID-19 hotspots, with media reports based on graveyard records saying there are 450 dead — triple the official tally. Fear of contagion The gravedigger has been so worried about the pandemic that he has twice been tested for the coronavirus, and paid for one himself of them despite his meager wages.He said he has had help from the cemetery management committee and city authorities, but nothing from the government. “I am way too low for them to bother about.” With the number of victims growing in Delhi and his services in greater demand, Shamim says he worries now if his breathing changes or he has a stomach upset.”I always felt safest around the dead and most vulnerable in the outside world. Now I find it difficult to sleep at night,” he said. Shamim says he alone has dug graves for 115 bodies at the cemetery’s designated area for coronavirus dead, about 200 meters away from the others.Despite the third-generation gravedigger’s experience, his family has now started complaining about his job at the Jadid Qabristan Ahle Muslim cemetery, and Shamim has moved his four daughters to his parents’ house to reduce the risk of them catching the disease. “They are scared. Sometimes I lie to them that I don’t touch the bodies,” said the 38-year-old. Prayers and heartacheShamim gets a call an hour before the hearse arrives. That is when he becomes nervous.He prepares the relatives, asking them to put on protective suits, gloves and masks for the burial ceremony, before the family says a prayer and lowers the corpse — usually wrapped in cloth or plastic sheeting — into the grave. The mourners then throw their protective gear into the hole before a mechanical earth-mover fills it in.Some of the bodies of coronavirus victims arrive without relatives to help with the burial, so Shamim said he has often defied orders to stay away.”People just refuse to come help with the burial. What can you do? I have to step in,” he said, describing “heartbreaking” scenes, like when only a wife and a small child came to the funeral of one man.At a recent burial, Shamim had to find gloves for a small group who had turned up just with plastic bags for protection. He finally found two pairs and gave one glove each to the four people who were lowering the body.”I understand it’s never easy to bury the dead, but some families don’t follow the rules at all. So many times I have had to beg the hospital workers who accompany the body for gloves,” Shamim said.  Topics :last_img read more

Death of George Floyd prompts soul-searching among US minority communities

first_img‘Support the Black community’  For the 32-year-old, the time had come for Afghan-Americans to reflect “on their own complicity in anti-black racism.””We borrow and steal from African-American culture: the way we dress, the way we talk…. But we still do not pay homage to them and, on the other hand, Afghan-Americans are complicit in terms of calling the cops on their neighbors and not realizing what the consequences are,” Arash said. This question of complicity, either tacit or unintentional, is one on which many Arab-Americans also have begun to reflect.Particularly when it was revealed that the 911 call that ultimately led to Floyd’s violent arrest and death when a white police officer knelt on his neck was made from a convenience store owned by an Arab-American man.The owner, Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, explained that his employees had followed normal protocol in calling the police to say they suspected Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 bill.And it was Abumayyaleh who told the one of them to record the scene when she contacted him, terrified by what she saw during the arrest, he later told reporters, visibly overwhelmed.”Let’s not forget who knee was on George’s neck!” he wrote on Facebook.The fateful telephone call has sparked much debate between those who say the store employees had no way of predicting the tragic outcome, and others who believe that members of minority communities — who are often victims of stereotyping and prejudice themselves — should only call the police sparingly, considering the potential risks.”In many major cities across the US, Arab-owned corner stores are concentrated in predominantly Black working class neighborhoods. We need to examine how we are showing up to support the Black community, and what steps we are taking that do not involve reliance on law enforcement,” states a petition titled “Arabs for Black Lives.” Notable signatories include US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who is Palestinian-American, and Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef.”We must have the vital conversations within our own families and with our loved ones about things we can do to ensure we actively do anti-racism work,” the petition says. Invisible communitiesIn order to do so, many people have begun creating guides to discuss anti-black racism in their community.One of them, which has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook, calls on Arabs to learn about the history of slavery among their ancestors and to stop using derogatory terms to discuss black people, among other steps.Another, aimed at the South Asian community and that thousands of people have reacted to on Instagram, provides readymade key phrases in order to counter the anti-black prejudices of their “moms, dads, aunties and uncles.”Many argue that this reckoning must also include acknowledgement of colorism — discrimination against black or dark-completed members of their own communities.When she saw Hispanic protesters waving signs that read “Latinos for Black Lives Matter,” Yvonne Rodriguez — who describes herself as “unapologetically Afro-Latina” — was not particularly enthusiastic.”I think it’s about time,” said Rodriguez, the daughter of Cuban immigrants who lives in Miami. She said that as a black woman, she often feels a lack of acknowledgement from European-origin Hispanic people.”If we’re talking about white America, black America, it’s the same across the board with Latin Americans,” said Rodriguez, who took matters into her own hands and created the “Afro-Latino professionals group” in order to boost their visibility.center_img The posters began appearing at protests rocking the United States, all with the same message of support — Arabs, Latinos and South Asians for “Black Lives Matter.”George Floyd’s shocking death in police custody has prompted many minority communities across the country to begin reflecting on their role in combating systemic racism.Arash joined the protest outside the White House in Washington. Next to him, a friend carried a sign: “Afghans for Black Lives.” Topics :last_img read more

30 bidders registered to try and snare this historic East Brisbane homestead

first_img77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane. Picture: Federation Queenslander has large living areas, including a formal dining area with a fireplace and a wraparound veranda.Original features include high ceilings with ornate detailing and VJ walls.It has views to the Brisbane CBD. 77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane. Picture: Hicks said bids were going back and forth right until the hammer came down.“During the campaign we had about 250 people through,’’ he said. 77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane. Picture: buyers from interstate and overseas also showed interest in the house. The Mowbray Tce home has plenty of original features. Picture: said they planned to carry out a substantial renovation to it.The house known as Fairholme was offered for sale for the first time since it was built in 1912 and was sold as part of a deceased estate.It sits in a prestigious location on top of Sinclair’s Hill on Mowbray Terrace, East Brisbane and a 1712sq m block of land.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by center_img There was huge demand at auction for77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane. Picture: was so high for this historic East Brisbane home that 30 bidders registered to try and secure it at auction before it sold for $4 million.Bidding for 77 Mowbray Tce, started at $2 million and progressed quickly to the end result.The three-bedroom home was bought by a family, according to marketing agent Shane Hicks of Place Estate Agents. 77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane. Picture:“I think it (the result) just shows how strong the Brisbane market is particularly for this high end type of property,’’ he said.last_img read more

Like your private resort

first_imgSome of the Carlyle Gardens community facilities which include a large auditorium, medical centre, restaurant, hair salon, gymnasium, outdoor pool and bowling green.WALKING through the doors of Carlyle Gardens you could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived at a tropical resort rather than a seniors community.The lifestyle resort at 60 Beck Drive, Condon, run by Blue Care, offers an alternative to more traditional senior living options for people over 60 who want to stay active, social and live independently while still having the support of a close-knit community. 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 2020Newly refurbished apartment at Carlyle Gardens.With 47 activity groups, Carlyle Gardens is a place where everyone knows each other and residents like to give a friendly wave in passing.Senior Village manager Sue Stevens said the resort was in demand with 663 residents living in 458 homes and a vacancy rate of only 2 per cent.“We completely refurbish the interiors of the homes so that it’s current to today’s standards with stone benchtops, new products and all the electrics are modern,” she said. “They are independent living units and we look after the facility itself and the common garden areas but they can also personalise their front garden.“You still have a network around you and it’s the lifestyle that we offer that’s really attractive.”The lifestyle resort, which has been recently refurbished, has a licensed restaurant and bar, swimming pool with barbecue facilities, gym, 500-seat auditorium, bowling green, hobby workshop, arts and craft rooms, billiard table, a library and caravan and boat storage.The on-site medical centre means residents have access to a range of medical professionals as well as having access to Blue Care support services.All homes have spacious bedrooms, modern kitchens, airconditioning, hardwired smoke detectors, 24-hour emergency call system, security screens and ceiling fans. For more information visit retirementlivingtownsville. com or call 4755 6900.last_img read more