More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoVilla World’s Michael Vinodolac (left) and Logan Mayor Luke Smith (right) at the official launch of Killara earlier this year.To date, 97 per cent of the first release has been snapped up while a half of the parcels in the second release are sold.Lots in the initial stages of Killara are priced from $181,000 and range in size from 273sq m to more than 500sq m. Killara’s masterplan will create five with a variety of housing product to cater for different stages of life.Residents will be surrounded by parkland, adventure trails, bike tracks and playgrounds. Construction of the display village precinct at Killara will start next month, with completion expected in the first half of 2018.Builders who will showcase their designs and craftsmanship in the village include boutique builders and a mix of major and local builders. Located on Chambers Flat Road, Killara is just a short drive from major shopping, primary and secondary schools and Griffith University’s Logan campus.The Killara sales centre is open between 10am and 5pm daily. Villa World is reporting record sales at its Killara estate in Logan Reserve as first-home buyers and family upsizers step in.THIS estate in Logan Reserve is the fastest selling project in national developer Villa World’s portfolio with sales running at more than 20 per month since February.The 726 lot Killara community in Logan Reserve has first home buyers and upsizing families leading the charge to secure a site.Developer Villa World has sold 108 lots since its launch to market last year, with 28 sales in the pipeline. The company currently has 19 estates throughout Australia, 10 of those in Queensland.Work is about to begin on Killara’s display village precinct, set to give buyers plenty of inspiration and choice with 29 homes from 19 major and boutique builders.Villa World development manager Gary Hunter said sales had predominantly been to first-time purchasers and families wishing to swap suburbia for a parkland lifestyle in a semirural area. “They love that they can build their home in Killara’s bushland setting while still being close to all the infrastructure, facilities and amenities they need for everyday life,” Mr Hunter said.“The affordable price point has really appealed to buyers who are seeing that this idyllic yet convenient parkland lifestyle is within their reach.”
drnadig/iStockBy JOHN PARKINSON and ANNE FLAHERTY, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, is set to testify on Capitol Hill Friday. His appearance comes amid mounting scrutiny into his strained relationship with President Donald Trump.Fauci, who last testified before Congress on June 30, will be joined during a hybrid in-person/remote hearing by two other leading officials from the White House Coronavirus Task Force: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s director, Dr. Robert Redfield, and the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, Adm. Brett Giroir.The hearing comes as the number of new COVID-19 cases keep appearing at a worrisome pace. Cases rose above 60,000 on Wednesday — the highest daily tally in more than two months — when more than 1,400 Americans died from the virus.Democrats say they intend to examine the “urgent need for a national comprehensive plan” to address the pandemic, according to a news release sent by the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which is chaired by House Majority Whip James Clyburn.With public support for his response to the pandemic sinking, Trump has recently worked to discredit Fauci, insisting he’s “made mistakes” throughout the crisis. Nevertheless, the president insists he gets along fine with Fauci and likes him personally.Following weeks of questions about their relationship, Fauci joined Trump Thursday at the American Red Cross headquarters — the first time they met in person since June 2 — for a roundtable to raise awareness of the importance of donating plasma.“Everybody is doing a good job. Everybody is working very hard,” Trump said.“When we talk about what is going on in this country and the challenge we’re facing, we often say that it is something where we are all in it together, and we all have to pull together,” Fauci said.The hearing will be the first since the CDC released new guidelines on schools. Earlier this month, the White House blocked Redfield from testifying in the House, with a senior administration official telling reporters on condition of anonymity: “We need our doctors focused on the pandemic response.”Since then, the CDC has revised its guidelines on schools, which prioritize the argument that kids should return to the classroom because of mental health needs and the reduced likelihood of getting seriously ill. It’s likely lawmakers will demand to know if Redfield was pressured politically to refocus the guidelines.Research shows kids are significantly less likely to get seriously ill from the novel coronavirus, although the risk isn’t zero and the concern is that they can infect others without ever exhibiting symptoms. And while there is some research that younger children could be less infectious than teens and adults, those findings are typically in countries with lower transmission rates than the U.S.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Oohs and aahs filled Camp Randall Stadium two Saturdays ago. The Badger faithful shuttled around the bowl following the quarterback group wherever they went. But, they didn’t want to see the quarterbacks. They want to see the quarterback.After an Alex Hornibrook era that saw Wisconsin’s winningest season in program history in 2017 and perhaps its finest three-year stretch of all-time, Badger fans were often left scratching their heads due to the subpar performance from their starting quarterback.Enter Graham Mertz.Football: A closer look at Alex Hornibrook’s record as he departs WisconsinAlex Hornibrook’s 26-6 record is the best for any quarterback in program history, yet his performance often contradicted his team’s Read…Mertz, a 6-foot-3 product of Mission, Kansas, ranks as the highest-rated quarterback to come to Wisconsin in the online scouting era. He might also rank as the player with the highest expectations in Wisconsin football history.Mertz struggled early on in throwing drills prior to the scrimmage portion of practice, which was open to the public. Quarterback counterparts Jack Coan and Danny Vanden Boom hit receivers in stride nearly every pass, while Mertz threw several errant passes behind and over receivers.As spring practice shifted to the scrimmage portion of the afternoon, Mertz appeared much more comfortable in the pocket in a more realistic game setting.The four quarterbacks took turns captaining the offense early, but Coan eventually transitioned into more of a coaching role to aid his young teammates under center. Mertz welcomed the fans with a stunning 14-play, 98-yard drive completing all three of his passes for 39 yards. He later led a 51-yard drive that ended in a 15-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Adam Krumholz.He passed his first test in front of Wisconsin fans, but something tells me he would have passed that test regardless.Badger fans cheered and hollered for every single play by Mertz. A check down to a cutting running back elicited eruptions. Even simple, basic reads and throws led to fans nudging each other and saying one of two things, “I can’t believe we get this guy for four years,” or “Hornibrook couldn’t have made that pass.”These are not fictional quotes. These are words that were tossed around Camp Randall as often as Mertz made a positive contribution on the field.Coan and Vanden Boom, on the other hand, received no such applause during their time on the field.For all the expectations placed on an 18-year-old, Mertz may be one of the only people his age to handle it. In fact, he’s handled the big stage fairly well in his young career. In January, Mertz dominated the All-American Bowl, throwing for 188 yards and a game-record five touchdowns. As a high school junior, Mertz led Blue Valley North High School to a Kansas state championship. He seems to thrive on the big stage, which only balloons his expectations.Despite the hype, Mertz wasn’t the only person on the field.Fellow freshman running back Brady Schipper wowed fans with his impressive field vision and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. In his redshirt season last year, Schipper shifted to a wide receiver role before returning back to his home at halfback. Those receiving skills out of the backfield are something that the Badgers have lacked for years. Don’t expect Schipper to garner a huge amount of carries, but he could resemble more of a Dare Ogunbowale role in the passing game.Football: Last year’s top receivers return as quarterback battle rages onThis week’s Wisconsin football spring preview shifts focus to the wide receiver unit and the position everyone is talking about: Read…Krumholz, a Stoughton, Wisconsin native, also impressed with a slew of catches from Vanden Boom and Mertz. Unfortunately for Krumholz, the Badgers return all of their core receivers from a season ago. But his chemistry with Mertz could mean more opportunities if Mertz gets the starting nod.Senior tackle David Moorman saw consistent time at left tackle with the first-team offense. Moorman has really impressed coaches during winter conditioning and now in spring practice as well. The 6-foot-5, nearly 300-pound Moorman has played in all 41 games throughout his first three years, but only on special teams and as a reserve. With the departure of four-fifths of the Badgers’ offensive line from a year ago, Moorman is one of the many linemen seeking a spot.Cole Van Lanen looks to be the assumed left tackle come fall, but Moorman could slide to left guard or right tackle. His flexibility is a huge plus given the injuries that generally plague offensive lines.Sophomore tight end Jake Ferguson looked like his usual self in the passing game. The 6-foot-5 security blanket will provide whoever ends up behind center with a quality receiving option. Prior to the practice, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez spoke of Ferguson (his grandson) and what it’s like to watch his grandson play at Wisconsin.“Jake’s a playmaker and always has been,” Alvarez said. “He can catch the ball. I’m upset with the quarterback every time he throws and doesn’t throw to Jake.”Alvarez held a town hall Q&A session in the University of Wisconsin Field House adjacent to Camp Randall. Questions concerning a variety of sports were asked, but the majority of them returned to football as that is Alvarez’s specialty. He spoke of his wish to expand the College Football Playoff, upcoming non-conference opponents and some questions skirting around the topic of Mertz.Alvarez never mentioned Mertz or any of the quarterbacks when asked about what kinds of things Head Coach Paul Chryst looks for in a quarterback. Another question about how hard it is for a true freshman to start in his first year clearly invoked Mertz.The Badger faithful are used to winning, and last year’s five losses felt like an incredible disappointment with such high expectations. Alvarez chided fans saying that “winning is hard” and that “sometimes people take winning for granted.” Perhaps, Mertz and the Badgers can make last season an anomaly.