SMC students celebrate Easter with children at clinic

first_imgSaint Mary’s students in the Introduction to Communicative Disorder’s (ICD) class joined 18 patients and their families at Saint Mary’s Judd Leighton Speech and Language Clinic on April 16 to celebrate the Easter holiday.Each student in the ICD class was paired with a child, for whom they made an Easter basket, and that child’s student clinician, Susan Latham, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders (CSD), said. The student clinicians are all seniors who have participated in the clinical practicum and have worked with their clients for many weeks.“This pairing creates a mentoring opportunity,” she said. “The senior students model for the intro students how to best interact and communicate with the client. The intro students can envision what they will be doing in two to three years as part of their practicum experience.”The annual party included several events such as Easter egg dying, an Easter egg hunt and pin the tail on the bunny. The favorite activity was finding the Easter baskets, which are highly individualized, Latham said.“Each basket is filled with ‘favorites’ for a particular client,” she said. “For example, this year we had one basket that was filled with vintage and classic comic books because one of our clients loves comic books and superheroes. The intro students work really hard putting together baskets that are appropriate and based on client interests.”Latham said she remembers when she was a student in 1990 and made an Easter basket for a child who attended speech and language treatment in the community. When Latham joined the faculty, she said she held the first Easter party at Saint Mary’s where there were only five baskets as compared to the 18 baskets made this year.“I was overwhelmed at the Easter party this year when I looked around our amazing new facility, watched many talented students as they interacted with families that have been part of our program for years,” she said. “It is what I always hoped for. I had a vision for our program and now that it is a reality.“I am amazed and incredibly grateful. Our program is making meaningful and relevant differences in the lives of families … what a reason to celebrate!”Carolyn Langley, Latham’s intro professor in 1990, began the tradition, Latham said. Langley included the Easter baskets as part of required service for ICD. Latham said it was her only class at Saint Mary’s that required students to serve others.“Now, experiential and community-based learning is commonplace, but at that time it was a novel idea to partner and learn from other community members as part of a course,” she said.Easter is a time to rejoice and the annual event was important because it showed the families of the clinic that they are appreciated, Latham said.“We continually learn from them and want to celebrate the unique contributions they make to the development of our student clinicians,” she said. “They are a reason to rejoice.”Latham said the best part of the children receiving the Easter baskets was their feeling of being heard. The students individualized the baskets based on the interests of the children, and the party is an opportunity for the children to feel special.“I think this is a really important part of therapy too,” she said. “We always need to listen, really listen to our clients.“They aren’t just receiving an Easter basket, they are receiving an Easter basket made especially for them because we really care about them. I believe we treat clients from a deep love that we have for them.”Latham said it is important for the CSD students to get to know one another and to feel comfortable in the clinic since they spend a lot of time there during their four years.“In a sense, the clinic is the home of our CSD family,” she said. “We want students to spend time here and learn from one another. It isn’t a ‘place’ where you come for your clinical practicum class. It is a nurturing environment where teaching and learning happen.”Tags: Easter, ICD, Judd Leighton Speech and Language Cliniclast_img read more

Therapist examines culture of over-apologizing

first_img“Be conscious of who you are and that you have a place in the world and you don’t have to apologize for that,” Julia Hogan, a mental health therapist and columnist for Verily Magazine, said in a lecture Tuesday.In the lecture sponsored by the Gender Relations Center (GRC), Hogan said the language people use — specifically apologies and soft openers — has the ability to negatively impact relationships. Hogan said that contrary to popular belief, this is a problem that plagues both genders. “Women tend to notice more situations that warrant apologies from themselves, but both men and women say that they need to apologize at the same rate,” Hogan said. According to Hogan, there is a difference between apologizing to take responsibility for something you have done wrong and over-apologizing. “Over-apologizing is taking responsibility for something that is unnecessarily yours,” said Hogan.Hogan said two examples of over-apologizing is apologizing when someone bumps into you and apologizing when making a request because, for both situations, you are not to blame. She then defined soft openers, which she said are over-apologetic words used to preface the main point of a statement — such as “I’m just wondering” or “I’m sorry to bother you.”Both over-apologizing and soft openers are epidemics that seem to be ingrained in the speech patterns of our society, Hogan said.“A lot of these things happen in small ways on a day-to-day basis,” Hogan said. “If we can look at our language, understand what we are saying and shift it, then we can make a difference in how we relate to people.”According to Hogan, people tend to over-apologize for a variety of reasons, including the belief that it is courteous, to avoid confrontation, because of a low self-image or simply out of habit. Over-apologizing reduces the meaning of an apology, and can culminate in the apologizer gaining a negative self-image and feeling resentful or taken advantage of by others, she said. It can also lead to a blurring of the apologizer’s personal boundaries.“Instead of over-apologizing, hold people accountable for what they’ve done, and hold yourself accountable for what you’ve done,” Hogan said.To combat the issue of over apologizing, Hogan said she suggests taking a moment to reflect on the reasons you have for saying sorry before uttering the words.“Why do I over-apologize and use the language that I use, and can I change that?” Hogan said. “Can I make that more positive and relationship building?” Hogan said she finds that substituting phrases that include a “thank you” for phrases beginning with “I’m sorry” — for example, saying “Thank you for listening” rather than “I’m sorry to bother you” — works in many situations to alleviate the need for an unnecessary apology. Additionally, Hogan said it is important to establish and maintain boundaries, despite the fact that many people may interpret standing up for yourself as overly forward.“It’s important to see it as a journey: one step forward, two steps back. It’s really easy to fall back into the habit,” Hogan said. “Your boundaries define who you are. … You can make choices and be happy with those choices.” Hogan said she recognizes the difficulty of changing a lifetime habit of over-apologizing, but she encourages people to be aware of their interactions with others.“My hope is that you can walk away thinking about the language that you use,” Hogan said. Tags: Gender Relations Center, GRC, Julia Hogan, over-apologizing, Verily Magazinelast_img read more

Potato-planting Time

first_imgMany Georgia gardeners aim to have tilled their gardens and plantedtheir “seed” potatoes on or around Valentine’s Day. Others will be luckyto have them planted by tax time.Because our weather can be so unpredictable, it’s hard to be precisewhen advising on planting time. Potatoes are considered a cool-season crop.They can be planted as soon as the ground has thawed and dried enough.It’s critical to let the soil dry enough. If you work it while it’sstill too wet, soil becomes hard and compacted. That can lead to long-termfrustrations for the eager gardener.The potato plant can adapt to most types of soil. But it must have gooddrainage to keep the potatoes from rotting before they can be harvested.Choose a sunny place and work in 2 to 3 pounds of a balanced fertilizer,such as 12-12-12, per 100 square feet to promote vigorous plant growth.The part of the plant we eat is called a tuber, a technical name thatrefers to an enlarged modified stem that grows underground. Potato tubersused to create a new planting are called seed potatoes.You’ll want to start with the best quality seed potatoes, so look forthose labeled “certified disease-free” at garden shops and in mail-ordercatalogs. Don’t try to use store-bought potatoes.There are two kinds of potatoes: better and best. Just kidding. Thereare “whites” and “reds.” The whites are best used for baking and frying,while the reds are best for boiling and potato salad. Both grow well inour area.New potatoes out now, such as Yukon Gold and those with purple skinand flesh, can add novelty to your garden.To start a new planting, cut the seed potato into pieces so each piecehas at least one healthy-looking bud (often called an “eye”). That budwill become the shoot of the new plant. As the stem develops, it also willproduce new roots.The piece of tuber attached to the bud provides a source of carbohydratesto sustain the young plant until those new roots and shoots develop.Plant the pieces 2 to 3 inches deep. Space them about 12 inches apartin the row, and leave 24 to 36 inches between rows.New tubers that will become this year’s harvest generally begin to formsometime in early summer. They continue to grow as long as they have enoughmoisture, air and nutrients.The tubers can be dug as “new” potatoes — before they reach full sizeand before the skins start to toughen. New potatoes are tender and tasty,but they don’t keep very long. Since the plant must be pulled up to harvestthe tubers, yields are generally small.If you want bigger yields of full-size tubers, it’s best to leave theplants until they begin to die back on their own. As the plants begin toturn brown, gently lift the tubers with a digging fork and remove themfrom the plants.If the potatoes are going to be used right away, no further treatmentis needed. However, to be able to store the potatoes for later use, you’llwant to let the tubers “cure,” or air-dry, for one to two weeks to allowthe skins to thicken and dry.The biggest challenge for gardeners is finding dark storage space witha cool temperature. Both light and warmth promote sprouting of the buds.For best results, store only the best quality tubers that are free of cuts,bruises and diseases.last_img read more

Pesticide Drift

first_imgPesticide drift is an insidious threat to human health as well as to wildlife and ecosystems in and around agricultural and even residential areas where harsh chemicals are used to ward off pests. Children are especially vulnerable. Photo cred: iStock/ThinkstockDear EarthTalk: What is “pesticide drift” and should I be worried about it?— Nicole Kehoe, Burlington, VTIf you live near a big farm or an otherwise frequently manicured landscape, “pesticide drift”—drifting spray and dust from pesticide applications—could be an issue for you and yours. Indeed, pesticide drift is an insidious threat to human health as well as to wildlife and ecosystems in and around agricultural and even residential areas where harsh chemicals are used to ward off pests. The biggest risk from pesticide drift is to those living, working, or attending school near larger farms which employ elevated spraying equipment or crop duster planes to apply chemicals to crops and fields. Children are especially vulnerable to these airborne pesticides, given that their young bodies are still growing and developing.“When pesticides are sprayed they can drift and settle on playgrounds, porches, laundry, toys, pools, furniture and more,” reports the non-profit Pesticide Action Network (PAN). “Some of the most toxic pesticides in use in the U.S. today are also the most drift prone, and yet this common route of exposure remains largely invisible.”“Even the most careful, responsible pesticide sprayer cannot control what happens to pesticide droplets once they are released from his plane or tractor,” the group adds. “And when conditions are right, these droplets can end up settling on someone’s yard, on another farmer’s crops, or on the skin of someone who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.” PAN cites research showing that upwards of 95 percent of applied pesticides miss their target, reaching nearby people and wildlife, waterways, soil and air instead. Besides this “spray drift,” PAN also warns of so-called “volatilization drift”—whereby pesticides evaporate into the air from off of crops or out of the soil for up to several days following an application.Thanks in large part to advocacy by PAN and other groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made strides in protecting more of us against pesticide drift. In late 2009 the agency rolled out new guidelines directing pesticide manufacturers to include labeling on their products indicating how to minimize off-target spray and dust drift. Any spray pesticides manufactured or labeled as of January 2012 and for sale in the U.S. must display the warning on its label: “Do not apply this product in a manner that results in spray (or dust) drift that harms people or any other non-target organisms or sites.”The EPA is also conducting and monitoring new research on the science of pesticide drift to better understand how it works so regulations can be tailored to mitigate its impact. The agency’s Drift Reduction Technology Project is working with three leading universities to test a wide range of nozzles, hoods, shields and other aids to minimize drift during ground and aerial applications of pesticides.Even though spray pesticides are now labeled and 28 states have drift spray regulations on their books, pesticide drift continues to be a problem wherever crops are grown. If pesticide drift is an issue where you live, work, study or play, contact PAN. The group can send out a “Drift Catcher”—a device that collects air samples which can then be analyzed for pesticides. “It enables farmworkers and community members to document and draw attention to otherwise invisible chemical exposures,” says PAN.CONTACTS: PAN, www.panna.org; EPA, ww.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/spraydrift.htm.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

See a Fly Fishing Tournament

first_imgThere is something about competitive fly fishing that just doesn’t seem to fit. Sure, there is the constant battle between fishing buddies about who caught the biggest, who caught the most, and who didn’t catch anything, but those conversations usually occur in the abstract after a couple of beers. Soon, someone has caught a brown trout as big as Jaws and enough rainbows to feed the Army of the Potomac for a week – if they had taken any pictures, they could prove it to you! This is the natural progression of a fish tale, but when you have rules and regulations, measurements and fish counts, that all goes up in smoke pushing all the previous hot air out of the way. Heck, half the fun of fishing is the lying about it. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule and a little friendly competition can certainly bring an added level of enjoyment to any fishing outing. The story we did on the Project Healing Waters fishing tournament is a great example.Another great example is happening this weekend during the 2nd Annual Washington and Lee University-Virginia Military Institute Fly Fishing Tournament. The friendly competition pairs up a student from each school and sets them loose on the private water of Escatawba Farms outside Covington, Va. to see who the top anglers are in Lexington. The actual competition takes a backseat to the effort to foster camaraderie between the student bodies of these two schools whose campuses run into each other, but whose students rarely do. Raising awareness of conservation and preservation efforts is also a goal of this fledgling tournament.If you are in the mood on Saturday, head out to Escatawba and take in the festivities for yourself. You may learn a thing or two. The tournament begins at 9am and runs until 4pm.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Panel presents jury system review to the Supreme Court

first_imgPanel presents jury system review to the Supreme CourtIn Orlando’s high-tech ceremonial courtroom May 7, Florida’s Jury Innovations Committee presented Chief Justice Charles T. Wells and Justice Major B. Harding with 48 proposals to improve the state’s jury system, including the state’s first juror bill of rights. “A juror bill of rights is important to help address problems some jurors have faced in the past,” said Third District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Shevin, who chairs the panel. “These include improper discrimination against potential jurors, problems with employment and compensation, and properly balancing juror privacy against the right to a fair trial.” Appointed by the Supreme Court Judicial Management Council in November 1999, the committee has been reviewing Florida’s jury system for the last 18 months. It is comprised of circuit and county judges, a state attorney, public defender, a clerk of court, private attorneys, a college professor, a jury manager, and former jurors from around the state. The committee focused its efforts on the experience of jurors, the jury decision-making process, and jury management and administration. Apart from the juror bill of rights, the committee’s other proposals include: • Summons Enforcement. Courts should develop reasonable policies for summons enforcement. • Statutory Exemptions. The list of statutory exemptions for service should be greatly reduced. • Peremptory Challenges. A comprehensive study on the use of peremptory challenges should be conducted, including whether such challenges should be reduced or eliminated. • Questions Jurors. Jurors in both civil and criminal trials should be permitted to submit written questions to be asked of witnesses by the judge. • Expedited Trials. Lawyers should be advising their clients about the use of expedited trials as provided for in section 45.075 Florida Statutes. The committee provided a notification letter and affidavit in the final report to encourage the use of expedited trials. • Discussion of Evidence Prior to Deliberations. Jurors in civil trials only should be instructed that they may discuss the evidence in the jury room during recesses from trial, when all jurors are present, as long as they reserve judgment on the outcome of the case until deliberations commence. • Note-Taking by Jurors. Jurors in both civil and criminal trials should be permitted to take notes and be advised that they may do so. • Juror Notebooks. Juror notebooks containing information relevant to the trial can serve a useful function in lengthy and complex trials, especially civil cases. They should be specifically authorized by court rule. • Simple and Clear Instructions. All instructions should be as simple and clear as possible. • Procedures for Jury Deliberations. In both civil and criminal cases, judges should instruct jurors on procedures for conducting their deliberations, including an instruction suggesting to the jury how it should use the instructions. Jurors should be given instructions on how to organize their deliberations and what assistance, if any, they can ask of the court. • Judicial Answers to Deliberating Jurors’ Questions. Trial judges should be as responsive as possible and fully answer deliberating jurors’ questions, consistent with applicable case law. • Juror Impasse. Trial judges in criminal and civil cases should be allowed to assist deliberating juries in reaching a verdict where an Allen charge has been given and the jury continues to report that they are deadlocked. • Juror Time Management. Trial courts should employ the services of prospective jurors to achieve optimum use with a minimum of inconvenience to jurors. The court should coordinate jury management and calendar management to make effective use of jurors. • Post-Verdict Discussions. Judges should advise jurors of their rights regarding post-verdict discussions at the conclusion of a trial. • Juror Pay. Juror per diem rates should be reviewed every five years by the legislature and any increase should be tied to the rate of inflation as identified by the Consumer Price Index or some comparable index. • Employer Ordinance/Law. There should not be a statewide law requiring employers to pay their employees while serving on jury duty. However, an employer notification letter (signed by a judicial officer) should be made available upon request for any jurors to submit to their employers as proof of jury service. Panel presents jury system review to the Supreme Court May 15, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more

Varaždin County was the first to launch a project of free bicycle transport by train

first_imgCover photo: Varaždin County Tourist Board / Pexels.com / Illustration: HrTurizam Varaždin County, in cooperation with HŽ Putnički prijevoz, was the first in Croatia to launch a project of free bicycle transport by train with passengers. Citizens and tourists thus, in addition to purchasing a transport ticket for a passenger, also have the right to free transport of bicycles in trains running in the Varaždin County. “Varaždin is currently the last point on one of the most beautiful and longest bicycle routes from the source to the mouth of the Drava. Over 200.000 bicycles pass through this route and a good part of them use integrated transport, which enables their much wider radius of movement. This is important news for tourists, but also for the local population. ” said Miran Bojanic Morandini, director of the Varaždin County Tourist Board. By the way, for the transport of bicycles in the direction of travel, HŽ Putnički prijevoz charges an amount of 15 kn regardless of the kilometer distance, but with this cooperation, the transport is free for tourists and citizens of Varaždin County. In this way, new opportunities for sustainable travel of our citizens and tourists are opened, which greatly contributes to the reduction of pollution, but also traffic safety.center_img This is one of the many measures implemented by Varaždin County in order to achieve sustainable transport. Some of the goals are to increase the share of bicycle transport and increase the share of rail transport of passengers, point out the Tourist Board of Varaždin County. Photo: Varaždin County Tourist Board By combining transport by bicycle and train, tourists who visit Varaždin County, but also the local population, get wider travel opportunities, which results in a better and more meaningful offer. “In two years, we have provided more than 1.700.000,00 kuna for the development of cycling tourism and cycling routes in Varaždin County. Varaždin County is one of the three counties in Croatia that has introduced the quality standard Cyclist Welcome Quality, and as many as 30 accommodation and catering facilities from the area of ​​Varaždin County have become part of it.”Concluded Natalija Martinčević, chairwoman of the Varaždin County Tourist Board.last_img read more

These are the areas primed for property price growth on the back of increased infrastructure spending

first_imgProperty values on the Sunshine Coast, where this home at16 Pacific Heights Court, Coolum Beach is listed for sale, are tipped to grow off the back of infrastructure spending. Picture: realestate.com.auQUEENSLAND has three of the top five regions tipped for future property price growth on the back of infrastructure spending.All three regions have had their share of property market ups and downs, but according to Terry Ryder of Hotspotting things are about to turn around.The Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Townsville all make it into his top five, joined by Penrith City and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.Mr Ryder said infrastructure development was the most powerful creator of capital growth in real estate.“It has been a key factor (among others) in driving the growth in property markets across Sydney, where tens of billions of dollars are being invested in new and improved infrastructure,’’ he said.“It generates business activity and jobs, while improving the amenity of the locations whichdirectly benefit. This, in turn, creates demand for real estate.’’He described the Sunshine Coast as a “national market leader’’ boosted by $20 billion worth of projects. Townsville, where this home at 126 Eyre St, North Ward is for auction, is also tipped for a property resurgence. Picture: realestate.com.auThe Gold Coast made the list as big spending continued in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in 2018.It also had strong population growth and low vacancy rates.“For a long time, Hotspotting has avoided recommending the Gold Coast because of itspoor track record on capital growth and its boom-bust history,’’ he said.“But the Gold Coast cannot be ignored. It has become one of the leading LGAs inAustralia for sales activity, coupled with low vacancy rates.’’CoreLogic figures reveal of all the property sales on the Gold Coast in the June quarter, 91.1 per cent were for more than owners originally paid. On the Sunshine Coast it was 92.8 per cent.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said migration to southeast Queensland had lifted of late and the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast markets appeared to be benefiting from that. The Gold Coast property market, where this home at35 Brittanic Crescent, Sovereign Islands is scheduled for auction on November 4, is predicted to experience price growth. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Ryder said it was transforming from a tourist resort town to a major regional city with strong population growth.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoHe said it was well known that Townsville had been through difficult times but it was poised for a strong recovery, boosted by big infrastructure spending.The latest CoreLogic Pain and Gain report revealed last week that the area continued to chalk up a high number of loss making sales – 46.1 per cent of homes in the June quarter sold for less than the owners originally paid.But Mr Ryder said a $2 billion military expansion, mining projects and the port redevelopment would be a big boost to the area.last_img read more

Buyers rights on moving day

first_imgClose-up Of Person Hand Holding House Key In Hand. For Sold on CairnsRECENTLY, I had a buyer leave me four messages while I was in a meeting, each more frustrated than the last. The problem? It was moving day and they arrived at the property to discover things weren’t up to scratch. The windows weren’t spotless, the floors could have benefited from a sweep and the oven clearly hadn’t been touched in a while.The buyer was irate. They wanted to know what recourse or options they had at their disposal to remedy things at the seller’s expense.In this particular instance, there was nothing that could be done.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 2020Under the terms of a standard contract of sale, the seller is required to hand over the property on settlement day in the same condition it was in on the day of sale (barring the usual wear and tear).In many cases buyers are coming from a rental situation so they are very used to being put under heavy scrutiny by the managing agent on the condition/cleanliness. But there is no such requirement under a sale contract. A good tip for buyers is to document the state of the property on the day the contract is signed. This can also be further supported during the building and pest inspection by being a little more thorough and taking a closer look at things like: check that all lights work, the split system air conditioning unit works, and anything else that is coming with the property. If during this process you are not satisfied with the working order or general cleanliness this is the best time to raise them with the agent. It should be noted cleanliness does not form part of the building and pest discussion but raising it here may alert the sellers to it being a potential issue. Buyers should exercise their right to inspect the property the day before settlement to ensure the condition of the property is as expected. Also, check that all fixtures and fittings that are included in the contract have been left in the property. If there is an issue at this inspection settlement can be potentially delayed. The above points cover what to do once a price has been agreed upon. If, however, during the early inspections prior to submitting your offer you are concerned that cleanliness may be an issue, you can request a special condition be inserted into the sale contract at the time of making your initial offer. This can save you a lot of heartache and disappointment when the deal has been done and it spells out clearly what your expectations are on this issue right up front and the seller can factor that in as part of their process too.last_img read more

This is where sellers have overwhelmingly chalked up massive property profits

first_imgSellers on the Sunshine Coast were more likely to turn a profit than any other council area in Queensland. Picture: Lachie Millard.QUEENSLAND homeowners have pocketed more than $2.1 billion in property profits in the last three months as new figures reveal there is little pain in the market.While property price growth has slowed the overwhelming majority of sellers achieved more than they had paid for their property during the September quarter, according to the latest CoreLogic Pain and Gain report. Within the Brisbane City Council region 90.4 per cent of property sales in the quarter achieved a profit, with a median profit of $182,500. Councils outside of Brisbane also did well during the quarter with Logan, Moreton Bay and Redland all recording more than 90 per cent of sales for a profit.The report analyses sales during the September quarter and how many properties sold for more or less than the owners previously paid for them.It said with the housing market experiencing a slow down in the rate of price growth, it was anticipated that nationally the number of loss making sales could increase in the next couple of quartersCoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said the figures hadn’t changed dramatically in Brisbane during the quarter.“I think in Brisbane things are pretty steady as she goes, except I guess the one talking point is we have probably seen a slight edging higher of resales at a loss for houses, which had been trending lower for quite a while and obviously units are still pretty inflated,’’ he said.“We have seen upticks in loss making sales like that in the past. It is nothing too concerning yet, but certainly something to watch if it continues.’’More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Overwhelmingly Brisbane home sellers made a profit in the September quarter. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia BaxterThe best performing council region in Queensland was the Sunshine Coast, where 93.4 per cent of sales were for more than owners originally paid.The median profit was $121,000 and a total profit of $290,350,926.Mr Kusher said coastal areas had experienced a massive turnaround in the past couple of years.“The Gold and Sunshine Coasts in particular. I think that again reflects the fact that in terms of value growth the Gold and Sunshine Coasts are actually stronger than Brisbane at the moment.“I think a lot of migration we are getting into southeast Queensland is into the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and not necessarily into Brisbane.’’The report found that nationally 90.8 per cent of properties which were resold in the September quarter were at a price at or more than the previous purchase price.This was only 0.1 per cent lower than the previous quarter.Regional markets still struggled with more than half, 52.5 per cent of properties sold in Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region sold at a loss.Central Queensland was not much better with 44.3 per cent of sales at a loss and in Townsville 42.9 per cent were for less than owners originally paid. In the Wide Bay region about a third of properties sold for a loss.last_img read more