Dirty work pays off

first_imgGood compost takes time, patience and alternating layers of decomposing yard and kitchen wastes. Those are the basics, but Athens-Clarke County Extension Agent Amanda Tedrow was finding that most people needed more information in order to make the compost equation come out right. Tedrow, and Athens-Clarke County Waste Reduction Coordinator Suki Janssen, launched the state’s first Master Composter Program this winter in an effort to provide more detailed information about the composting process. “We were interested in doing more than what we could do in a one hour Lunch and Learn or evening classes,” Tedrow said. “This was a lot more detailed. This class was geared towards people who wanted to go beyond the basics, who wanted to have more working compost for themselves and to be able to teach others about how to get started.” If at first you don’t achieve useable compost, try and try again Most of the people who signed up for the eight-week Master Composter Program, held in January and February of this year, had started compost piles in the past with varying success rates. Some just hadn’t seen their piles produce like they wanted them to while others had abandoned the projects after running into a brick wall – like a horrible smell or insect infestation. Janssen and Tedrow both spend a lot of time in Athens answering questions about smells and identifying compost pile insects as either helpers or pests. They knew there was a gap in the knowledge between what people were getting from basic compost workshops and what it takes to execute a successful compost pile. “Composting is fairly easy, but there is a science behind it,” Janssen said. “You have to manage your pile or your not going to get as much compost as want or you may get some outcomes that you don’t want.” Master Composters: Like Master Gardeners, but focused on compost Tedrow and Janssen modeled the Master Composter classes after the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension popular Master Gardener program and after Master Composter programs in other states. Tedrow believes their program may be one of the first Master Composter programs in the Southeast. She and Jansen had trouble finding a model curriculum that would work for Georgia’s climate. They used curriculum from a Home Composting Program created by UGA Extension horticulturalists Wayne McLaurin and Gary Wade. They augmented that material with information they borrowed from Master Composter programs organized by Cornell University Cooperative Extension and New Mexico State University’s Extension Service. All of that had information needed to be tweaked for Georgia’s climate, Tedrow said. Classes focused on the nitty-gritty of compost Thirteen participants, from five counties, went through the inaugural Master Composter Program at the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department. Some participants drove more than two hours to reach the weekly class. The course covered everything from the chemistry of compost, to how to raise and use worms for more successful compost. The classes also included field trips to successful backyard composters as well as commercial and municipal compost operations. Each participant built their own worm bin and learned about the construction of different types of compost bins and tools. Tedrow and Janssen spent almost an entire class on trouble shooting compost problems that participants had experienced in the past. Master composters’ new knowledge has already been put to work David Hoechst, of Dragonfly Farm in Nicholson, Ga., has been managing his own compost piles for years but he had never seen the amount of finished compost that he had expected. “I’ve always made my own (compost,)” said Hoechst, who grows day lilies and vegetables for the local market. “It just took too long. My goal for the class was just to make better use of my compost, to get more out of the piles.” The class helped him pinpoint what he was doing wrong and how to fix it. It turns out his piles weren’t reaching a high enough internal temperature for the organic matter to decompose in a timely manner. The ideal internal temperature for a compost pile is above 130 degrees, Hoechst said. “I actually built a pile last weekend and it’s been maintaining a temperature of about 150 degrees all week so I must have learned something,” he said. The piles Hoechst is working now won’t be ready until September but he is excited by their progress so far. Composters expected to share their love of rot Janssen and Tedrow are hoping that Hoechst and other class members will share their new-found composting knowledge with the public at large, helping them answer some of the dozens of composting questions they are asked each month. Like Master Gardeners, people who complete the Master Composter Program are required to help the public learn about composting through demonstrations and classes. “This will be a great team of folks who can help us with at least one aspect of what we do, which is teaching about compost, helping to build compost bins and giving presentations,” Janssen said. “We hope we’ve trained them enough so that they can pinch-hit for us when we need it.” Some of the Master Composters will be launching their outreach efforts by building new compost bins this spring at four schools around Athens-Clarke County. Others will man the Master Composter booth at the Athens Farmers Market on the fourth Saturday of each month. Their first appearance will be April 28. Given the success of the first class, Tedrow and Janssen plan to team up again to teach the program in January and February 2013. Other counties may also offer the new the curriculum, Tedrow said. She has already received calls from other UGA Extension agents who are interested in teaching the program in the future. To contact your local UGA Extension office, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Wind Farms Are a Good Deal for Local Communities—Moody’s

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Wind farms have boosted local tax bases and generated new revenue as they expand across the United States, especially for rural areas, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report on Monday.“What we’re seeing is wind farms generate new operating revenues, lower the tax burden for local residents,” Moody’s analyst Frank Mamo told Reuters. “In many cases, local governments are using this new money to address what was a growing backlog of deferred capital expenditures.”In Adair County, Iowa, construction of 10 new wind farms has grown the tax base nearly 30 percent over the last decade, giving it money to fix bridges and streets. Wind farm taxes are also paying over 40 percent of debt service for Webb Consolidated Independent School District in Texas, Moody’s noted.Nearly half of the country’s installed wind power capacity is located in Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma and California, the report showed. Yet wind power is growing elsewhere. At least 400 counties in 41 states had wind farms as of January, more than double the number that had them 10 years ago, Moody’s found.Iowa’s booming wind energy sector also prompted tech companies, including Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Facebook, to invest a total of nearly $10 billion on data centers, Moody’s said.More: Wind Farms Boost Tax Base For Local U.S. Governments -Moody’s Wind Farms Are a Good Deal for Local Communities—Moody’slast_img read more

Early Onset Frostbite

first_imgI convinced my kids to ride their bikes to school today, which was going quite well until we picked up speed and realized just how damn cold it is in the mornings now. Their little hands were pink, stinging ice cubes. “Is this frostbite?” my daughter asked.I shook my head no. “But maybe don’t tell mom we rode without gloves.” It made me realize that summer is in fact over and I need to get myself in a different frame of mind. I need to put the paddleboard in the back of the garage and get my mountain bike tuned up. I need to think about camping trips during peak fall color. Also, I need to put gloves on my kids before 7am bike rides. The only problem is I’m not ready to give up summer just yet, which is why I forced the kids to ride their bikes to school while wearing shorts when it was 50 degrees, and it’s why I’ll be drinking these two beers all weekend. Fullsteam is one of my favorite Southern breweries. The Durham-based team has been on the forefront of this “plow to pint” thing for years, sourcing ingredients from local farms long before it became trendy in the craft beer scene. They even get their customers in on the action, buying ingredients that customers forage and putting the goods in small batch beers. These beers here, Humidity and PayCheck, are year-round offerings, but they’re built for hot summer days. Humidity is a hop-forward pale ale brewed with local, malted triticale. I didn’t know what the hell triticale was, so I looked it up. It’s a fancy wheat/rye hybrid, so the beer takes on an almost creamy quality beneath all of the hop goodness. PayCheck, on the other hand, is a straight forward Pilsner that uses local barley and corn. It’s crisp, easy drinking, and has a hint of corn sweetness. I’m going to drink them both while wearing a Hawaiian shirt and listening to Jack Johnson or Sublime while sitting in the sun this weekend, stubbornly refusing to give up summer. Maybe I’ll even make my kids play in the sprinkler in the front yard. And I’m gonna do that again and again, until the leaves start to fall or my kids get frostbite. Whichever comes first.last_img read more

Criminals Organize Murders from Prison in São Paulo

first_img A criminal organization that operates from prison, known as “First Capital Command” (PCC) is behind the current wave of homicides against police and military forces in São Paulo, according to experts. About 100 police officers, including 90 Military Police, have been targeted for homicides this year in the state of São Paulo, especially in the metropolitan area. A total of 41 have been executed, according to authorities. On the night of September 3, a 44-year-old police officer was executed with 10 shots in the back as she was getting out of the car outside her house, with her 11-year-old daughterwatching, the Secretary of State Security told AFP. Many of the police officers’ deaths have been followed by indiscriminate killings of drug trafficking or theft suspects, in what, according to their families, are acts of retaliation by the Military Police. “I think that the PCC is responsible for the attacks against the Military Police,” Camila Días, an expert at the University of São Paulo’s Nucleus for the Study of Violence, told AFP. “However, some police groups are also involved in retaliation attacks,” she added. In September, the homicide rate in São Paulo’s metropolitan area increased to 144, up 27% when compared to August. In the same month, 71 homicides took place, and during the three-day weekend, deaths increased by 26, including a 10-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet fired by a police officer. On September 3, a drug trafficking suspect was killed by Police when he refused to pull over his car on an avenue in São Paulo. The local press identified him as a drug lord from the Paraisópolis favela, in southern São Paulo, which was occupied by 600 heavily armed police officers a week ago, after receiving a tip that a local leader had ordered the death of police officers. Ferreira Pinto said that the order to kill police officers came from local favela leader Francisco Antonio Cesario da Silva, aka Piauí, who was arrested in August. Días indicated that gangs dominate organized crime in São Paulo by controlling drug and weapons trafficking, as well as bank thefts. Gang leaders seem to be planning the attacks from their cells, stated the expert. Días also regretted the violent tactics applied by the Military Police, and she added that violence against criminal suspects just worsens the situation and generates retaliation. Last week, the violence caused President Dilma Rousseff to provide federal aid to the state of São Paulo. By Dialogo November 07, 2012last_img read more

After the planning: 3 things to do next

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Sean McDonaldIt is vital that organizations go through a process of introspection, self-critiquing, and quality assessment.  For many companies, this kind of analysis is conducted during a Strategic Planning session.  The issue is that not every employee gets to attend those meetings. But they still need to be informed about the organization’s performance and benchmarks and time must be carved out to have this important discussion.Here are 3 suggestions on how to make this process more meaningful:Start with the positives.  When reviewing performance, a lot of businesses make a mistake by starting the discussion on what went wrong.  That’s not a very good way to begin.  Think about it- do you like it when someone starts a conversation with you by telling you that you didn’t get the job done?  Of course you don’t.  Your employees don’t either.  Now you might be thinking, “Well, we eventually get to the good things…”  That may be true but, unfortunately, your people will still be thinking about the bad things and may miss the well-deserved accolades that you are rendering to them afterward. If, however, you start the discussion by focusing on all of the positive aspects of performance, your people will be bolstered and encouraged and will be more receptive to the next part of the discussion that will deal with areas of improvement and shortcomings. continue reading »last_img read more

Another credit union sues Chipotle over alleged data breach

first_imgA second credit union is suing Chipotle for damages related to the fast-casual restaurant company’s recent alleged data breach.Benton, Ark.-based Alcoa Community Federal Credit Union filed a class-action suit against Chipotle on May 26 in a Colorado District Court. Similar to another class-action suit filed by Bellwether Community Credit Union on May 4, Alcoa Community’s suit said that the alleged breach compromised names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates, card verification values and other information of hundreds of thousands of Chipotle customers nationwide.Alcoa Community FCU has $43 million in assets and about 5,900 members. Manchester, N.H.-based Bellwether Community Credit Union has $488 million in assets and 34,000 members.In its suit, Alcoa Community FCU also claimed the breach forced some credit unions and other financial institutions to cancel or reissue cards, close accounts, stop payments, block transactions, issue refunds, increase fraud monitoring efforts and deal with cardholder complaints and confusion. Affected credit unions and financial institutions also lost interest and transaction fees due to reduced card usage, and the cards and their corresponding account numbers became worthless, it added. continue reading » 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

An Obama Restoration on Foreign Policy? Familiar Faces Could Fill Biden’s Team

first_imgWASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s national security team is likely to be largely staffed by former Obama Situation Room regulars prepared to restore foreign policy principles discarded by President Trump.An Obama redux would be a source of enormous relief to establishment insiders, who are desperate to see seasoned hands regain control of national security. But that likelihood is also causing disquiet among some younger, more liberal Democrats impatient with their party’s pre-Trump national security instincts, which they consider badly outdated.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden could also choose from a handful of career diplomats who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, bringing them bipartisan credibility. They include Bill Burns, a longtime senior State Department official who served as deputy secretary of state under Mr. Obama and now heads the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Nicholas Burns (no relation), another former longtime diplomat who held top posts in the Bush administration. Both men could be in line for other senior diplomatic jobs like ambassadorships.Ms. Haines is a likely choice to run the C.I.A. Some progressives complain that she was not a more active critic of the agency’s torture practices during the Bush era, but Obama officials say she supported reining in drone strikes against terrorists that were causing civilian casualties. Ms. Haines understands the agency without being a captive to its views, according to one of her admirers from the Obama White House. An alternative would be Michael Morell, a former deputy and acting C.I.A. director.Ms. Flournoy is the expected choice to run the Pentagon. Respected by Republicans, she would most likely encounter little confirmation resistance. But Mr. Biden may prefer someone with more political experience than the cerebral military strategist — particularly given potential battles with liberals who will demand big defense cuts that Ms. Flournoy would probably resist. Updated Nov. 9, 2020, 4:46 p.m. ET “I think virtually everybody who gets named will have served under Obama,” said James Mann, the author of books about foreign policy advisers to Mr. Obama and former President George W. Bush.- Advertisement – Mr. Obama’s second national security adviser, Tom Donilon, has known Mr. Biden since the 1980s and served as an adviser to his campaign. He has emerged as a China specialist, and one former Obama official wondered whether he might become the ambassador to Beijing or possibly assume a senior intelligence role. Some believe Mr. Donilon, whose brother Mike is Mr. Biden’s chief political strategist, would welcome being secretary of state.John Kerry, Mr. Obama’s second secretary of state, was a Senate contemporary of Mr. Biden, campaigned for him during the primaries and, even at age 76, is assumed to retain his inexhaustible hunger for the political fray. Some admirers envision him as a potential climate czar — global warming has become his signature cause — or perhaps a special envoy to some foreign trouble spot.One big question is what will become of Jake Sullivan, who was Mr. Biden’s national security adviser before becoming an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Long spoken of as a future national security adviser, Mr. Sullivan has a foreign policy background but has been coordinating domestic issues for the campaign since the March coronavirus outbreak. If he does not move into a domestically oriented job, Mr. Sullivan, 43, would be a natural for a senior national security post.Reporting was contributed by Katie Benner, Lara Jakes, David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt. Most of the people around Mr. Biden represent a risk-averse, center-left approach to foreign policy, Mr. Mearsheimer said, one that envisions a more active role for American economic, diplomatic and, in some cases, military power than many rank-and-file Democrats favor.Mr. Biden’s early national security appointments are likely to contrast with those of Mr. Obama, who took office after just a few years in Washington and with only a handful of foreign policy aides under his wing. For his national security adviser, Mr. Obama chose a retired Marine general, James L. Jones, whom he had met just once. The relationship never took and Mr. Jones was gone in less than two years.But Mr. Biden will be surrounded by very familiar faces, beginning with Mr. Blinken, 58, an aide who has worked for him since 2002, when he became the staff director on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when Mr. Biden was the chairman. Mr. Blinken, a wavy-haired rock and jazz music aficionado with smooth mannerisms in the classic diplomatic style, may aspire to become the secretary of state, though some predict Mr. Biden will want his confidant in the West Wing as the national security adviser. It is of course Mr. Biden who will direct policy: As a former vice president and Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, he needs expert foreign policy advice far less than his recent predecessors. But he will also be consumed in his early months by the coronavirus and his economic agenda, potentially giving his top appointees unusual influence.They are almost certain to include Antony Blinken, a deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser under Mr. Obama who previously worked for Mr. Biden in the Senate; Avril Haines, a deputy at Mr. Obama’s Central Intelligence Agency and on his National Security Council; Susan E. Rice, Mr. Obama’s last national security adviser; and Michèle Flournoy, the Pentagon’s top policy official under Mr. Obama. Another contender for defense secretary or attorney general is Jeh C. Johnson, a former general counsel at the Defense Department who as homeland security secretary under Mr. Obama has run a cabinet department before. His old job could go to Lisa Monaco, who helped Mr. Biden vet his potential running mates during the campaign.Ambassador to the United Nations has often been a steppingstone for promising or rising figures, someone like Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is said to be interested in the post and did not serve in the Obama administration. Though he has never practiced diplomacy, the multilingual Mr. Buttigieg served as a Navy officer in Afghanistan and spoke in more depth about foreign policy than most of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.Other senior posts are likely to go to Brian McKeon, who first worked for Mr. Biden when he was a senator in the 1980s and held a senior Pentagon role in the Obama administration, and Carlyn Reichel, who wrote foreign policy speeches for him when he was vice president and who coordinated his outside foreign policy advisers during the campaign. While their collective résumés are impeccable by the standards of the Council on Foreign Relations, some party insiders and analysts say Mr. Biden’s team-in-waiting may be too cautious and conventionally minded at a moment when party insurgents and activists are challenging Democratic orthodoxy on subjects like Israel, military spending and counterterrorism operations in the Middle East and North Africa.To some they are representative of what Mr. Obama’s former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes famously derided as “The Blob” — a Washington foreign policy establishment too confident in American hegemony and too willing to resort to force.They also grumble about their corporate connections, noting that Mr. Blinken and Ms. Flournoy in 2017 founded the Washington consulting firm WestExec, whose slogan has been “Bringing the Situation Room to the Board Room.” Its roster of current and former employees is a who’s-who of likely Biden appointees that includes Ms. Haines, a former principal.- Advertisement – Another top candidate to head the State Department has been Ms. Rice, with whom Mr. Biden spent countless hours in the Situation Room and nearly chose to be his running mate.But her prospects look dimmer now that Republicans may retain control of the Senate: Ms. Rice has been a special target of congressional Republicans, accused of dishonestly downplaying terrorism as the motive for the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. Their obsession with the episode — which some allies of Ms. Rice attribute to sexism and racism — persuaded Mr. Obama in 2013 to name her national security adviser, a job that does not require Senate confirmation, and not secretary of state as he had originally planned. “They’re bringing in the usual suspects. There are no new faces here,” said John Mearsheimer, a political-science professor at the University of Chicago and a frequent critic of Washington’s foreign policy elites. “And to the extent there are new faces and younger people, they sound just like the usual suspects.” An alternative is Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a close ally of Mr. Biden who holds his former Senate seat and has been an active member of the Foreign Relations Committee. In temperament and ideology, Mr. Coons, a Democrat, is a relative moderate respected by his Republican colleagues and might be far easier to confirm. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Albany Creek four-bedder almost doubles median price for area

first_img10 Moogerah Court Albany CreekA four-bedroom home in Albany Creek that sold for just under $1 million was the biggest sale across the northwest for the week.The home at 10 Moogerah Court was sold for $985,000, close to double the $577,000 median for houses in the area. Open plan living.“It was an enormous home inside and it is in one of the better streets in Albany Creek,” he said.Growth has been sluggish in the suburb recently, with the median sale price falling by 1.1 per cent in the past year, but Mr Holdsworth said it had the benefit of being more affordable than neighbouring Eatons Hill.“It’s mostly owner occupiers that are look at the suburb,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoModern interiors.Agent Simon Holdsworth from Innov8 Property said the 3154 sq m block had a lot to offer to secure such a large price. “The block was one of the larger ones in Albany Creek,” Mr Holdsworth said. “I would describe it as semi-acreage.”The home was on the market for about two months before it was sold, which he said was a long time for the area, but understandable considering it was a premium property.last_img read more

Search for yield to continue for ‘long time to come’, BlackRock warns

first_imgLow interest rates, low oil prices and the search for yield will be norm for a long time to come, according to Larry Fink, chairman and chief executive at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager.“Currently, we are in a low-growth world,” Fink said during the symposium of pensions magazine PBM in Amsterdam last Thursday.However, he was positive about the prospects of equities due to technological developments and suggested investors look at the potential of new markets, such as Mexico.In Fink’s opinion, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, should be admired for his courage to push through his quantitative easing programme. “Draghi stabilised Europe,” Fink said. “Without him, the world would be in a deep recession.”He credited the rally of European equities to European companies benefiting from the fall of the euro relative to other main currencies.Fink said corporate Europe was still weak compared with the US, but he cited rising birth rates as the chief indicator that Europe was turning the corner economically. He said increased saving as a consequence of low interest rates was not necessarily a bad thing, “as it helps prevent future problems caused by liabilities”.He also took pains to emphasise the importance of having a long-term strategy, both for investors and companies, and chided the “current corporate pressure for a short-term approach”.Responding to questions from the audience, he said the solution must come from investors and regulators, adding that “fiduciary responsibility should be redefined”.Fink said he did not expect Greece to leave the euro-zone, but added that it would not matter if it did “because Greece is a small country”.Even then, he said any Grexit would not be a “real exit”, as Greece would “remain attached to the EU in so many ways”.last_img read more

Hands-free homebuying set to be the norm amid moves to stop COVID-19

first_imgOne Brisbane agency this week cancelled routine rental inspections telling tenants it was “to further minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19”. Little Real Estate advised tenants of the measure via text message and email.CEO of the industry’s peak body, the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, Antonia Mercorella, told The Courier-Mail that “any local concerns about the spread of coronavirus hasn’t shown any signs of affecting open home numbers”. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella poses for photographs outside the new REIQ headquarters in Cannon Hill. Photo: Claudia BaxterBut, she added, “it’s still important to be prepared because most, if not every, role across the Queensland real estate industry involves high contact with people”.In a midweek advisory, agents were told that “The REIQ recommends implementing practical preventative measures to ensure the continued health and safety of both staff and clients”.At properties for sale, agents were advised to “wear gloves before touching objects, furniture and fixtures within the home, especially high-touch surfaces such as door handles, tap handles, table/desktops and window fittings”. More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:03Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenVeronica Morgan on how to be the highest bidder 02:04 As well, they were told to ensure people attending open homes and inspections “avoid touching all fixtures, fitting and furniture within the home and instead ask the on-site agent or property manager to demonstrate the functionality of any devices if required”.Alcohol-based hand sanitisers, the use of disinfectants at the end of an open home, and minimised physical contact was also on the cards, as well as reduced documentation handling and greater use of tablets to sign-in homebuyers attending open homes.Agents were also asked to “ensure clients are not unwell” and to check “if there’s been any illness recently in the family” of those attending private home inspections.Ms Mercorella said “open homes remain the preferred method for maximising any agent or property manager’s pool of potential buyers and tenant applicants”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Quade Cooper’s Bulimba pad sold for just over $2.2m Darius Boyd sells Brisbane home for close to $2m Queensland has begun to boost measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including recommendations for real estate agents at homes for sale.Hands-off home inspections and gloved-up agents could become the real estate norm, with one agency already cancelling routine rental inspections to stop the spread of COVID-19. This as Queensland’s peak real estate body recommended all agencies consider a range of COVID-19 preventative measures to run across offices, during home inspections and at auctions. MORE: Island retreat price slashed by $600klast_img read more