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Private Queenslander with traditional features

first_imgThe home at 57 London Rd, Clayfield is new to the market.THIS updated character home is new to the market in Clayfield. Jan McMillan and her husband bought 57 London Rd three years ago after falling in love with the traditional features and the private block. “It was just what we wanted,” Mrs McMillan said. “The home is on a corner block, so there is one less neighbour, and it’s elevated.”The couple made a number of changes to the home, including opening up the living spaces and extending the kitchen. “I’m a country girl and I’ve only lived in places with big, open spaces inside. I don’t like pokey homes,” Mrs McMillan said. “So we took out the veranda at the back to double the size of the kitchen and put in a gas fireplace, powder room and shower along what was the veranda.”The kitchen is on the upper level of the home along with the open plan living and dining room, the media room and three bedrooms, with an ensuite to the larger bedroom. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Downstairs, there is under-house storage, a fourth bedroom, another bathroom and a living area. “I quite like the family room,” Mrs McMillan said.“It looks very nice and people who come over often say it has a lovely feel.“We also like to sit out on the front veranda in the afternoon.”Outside, the yard was also given a makeover. Mrs McMillan said the block was pretty much a blank canvas when they moved in. “We have a farm out west so I bought rocks in from there and I rocked in three garden areas and planted as much as I could,” she said. “Now there’s plenty of colour and creepers on the fence.” The property is being marketed by Chrese Morley from Harcourts Clayfield.last_img read more

Jean Frijns to step down at Delta Lloyd after court ruling

first_imgThis occurred just before the DNB announced the introduction of a fixed discount rate for insurers.The regulator confirmed in December 2014 that it fined Delta Lloyd €1.2m and ordered it to sack CFO Emiel Roozen.Although Delta Lloyd appealed on both accounts, a Rotterdam court last week upheld the fine – reduced to €1m for “procedural reasons”.The regulator also seized €21.6m, the alleged proceeds of the insurer’s “dishonest” business.Frijns said Roozen – in spite of the court’s ruling that the regulator should re-think its order to sack him – had resigned “with immediate effect”, citing the importance for Delta Lloyd and its stakeholders to close the case “as quickly as possible”.“I also accept the consequences [of this ruling],” he added, “as the court has made such a different assessment of the facts than the supervisory board.”Frijns, a former CIO at €356bn Dutch civil service pension fund ABP, is to step down on 1 October.According to the NRC, Delta Lloyd executive chairman Niek Hoek also resigned earlier this year due to pressure from the regulator.Local media, including broadcaster RTL and the FD, claimed the regulator’s pending reassessment of Hoek’s suitability as chief executive, due to the alleged misuse of foreknowledge, triggered his departure from Delta Lloyd. Jean Frijns is to step down as chairman of the supervisory board at Delta Lloyd after the Dutch regulator (DNB) concluded the insurer made a number of “speculative” derivatives transactions. According to the regulator, Delta Lloyd drew on confidential DNB information to make speculative transactions that were “carried out without following internal procedures” and “did not fit within the insurer’s risk-management procedures”.A Delta Lloyd court order has prevented the regulator from releasing further details about the fine.Dutch news daily NRC, however, alleges that, in 2012, the insurer offloaded derivatives worth hundreds of millions of euros against interest rates changes.last_img read more

Building on property market confidence in Townsville

first_img Reaching new Heights with Treetops at Oakdale land release A render of what the finished spec home by Martin locke Homes will look likeTOWNSVILLE builder Martin Locke Homes (MLH) has acted on emerging positive signs in the property market by starting construction on a spec home build which will see the business take on the full financial risk of construction.The house will be the sixth display home constructed by the company over its nine year history.READ MORE Auction success speaks to market confidence READ MOREcenter_img Martin Locke at the award-winning Family 310 display home in Elliot Springs.Managing director of MLH Martin Locke said the step was a testament to his confidence in Townsville’s property market. “This is a big step for our small team, but we have faith in our ability to deliver and we’re confident buyers will recognise the care, quality, high-level of inclusions and the accessible points-of-difference the home will offer,” Mr Lock said. “We are feeling confidence gradually returning to the Townsville region and if local businesses are investing confidently here in our community it can only be a positive.“Our team has taken care of all of the construction decisions and admin so it’s stress-free and it’s also low risk because the buyer will see what they’re investing in before they purchase.”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 2020The four-bedroom home is currently under construction at Elliot Springs, situated among a mini MLH community including four other high quality custom home builds and boasting rear mountain views.The home will include MLH’s inclusive living features such as no steps into and throughout the home, the signature MLH rebated alfresco door, larger step-free showers and wider doors and halls.Townsville mortgage broker Deb Box said, financially, purchasing a spec home can be less taxing, particularly for first home buyers or those already paying rent or mortgages.“As opposed to signing a residential construction contract which requires staged payments from your bank and therefore you to make mortgage repayments during the build, with a spec home you pay nothing until the contract settles and you move in,” Ms Box said.“If you qualify for the First Home Owners Grant then $15,000 may be able to go towards your deposit and stamp duty exemptions and concessions also apply for most buyers if the home will be your primary place of residence.”last_img read more

USACE: Fort Pierce Project Update

first_imgPhoto by Jose Bilbao, USACEThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, announced yesterday that additional sand placement will require dredging operations related to the Fort Pierce Shore Protection Project to continue until May 31 – with demobilization activities occurring into mid-June.Additional erosion along the project area since award of the contract in December 2017 has necessitated the need to place approximately 125,000 cubic yards of additional material to construct the design template. This will bring the total amount of sand placed within the one mile stretch of eroded beach to approximately 510,000 cubic yards, said USACE.The project, conducted by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock of Oakbrook, Illinois, is reconstructing areas of eroded beach and provide hurricane storm damage reduction. A side benefit to the project is that it helps restore shorebird and marine turtle habitat, as well as improves recreational opportunities in the area.Crews will dredge beach quality sand from an offshore borrow area and transport it via hopper dredge to the inlet where it will be pumped onto the beach via a pipeline. A team will use heavy equipment on the beach to move the sand around to create the design berm. Dredging operations will run 24 hours/7 days a week, weather permitting, USACE stated.The Fort Pierce renourishment project is funded in partnership between USACE and St. Lucie County.[mappress mapid=”25110″]last_img read more

Abuser’s sentence outrages lobbyists

first_imgHawkes Bay Today 15 August 2012Two prominent lobby groups have expressed outrage at a judge’s decision to give a young Hawke’s Bay father home detention for breaking his daughter’s legs and causing other injuries during assaults from birth until she was 4 months old.…Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar said Hall’s punishment in no way reflected the seriousness of his actions and called for a tougher penalty.“We have become used to the judiciary handing down ridiculous sentences, but this one takes the cake in recent memory,” he said. “For a crime that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of seven years, the sentence of a year’s home detention for such serious, repeated violence against a helpless infant by the person who should have been her protector, beggars belief. Even the defendant’s own lawyer argued for a starting point of two years’ imprisonment, while the Crown called for four years.” Mr McVicar asked that the Crown immediately appeal the sentence, which Family First New Zealand described as a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.Family First claimed the justice system was perpetuating the problem of child abuse and sending the wrong message by handing out weak sentences in response to serious cases. “As a community, we are trying to say that the abuse of our young and most vulnerable is completely unacceptable, and that our responsibility as adults is even greater around these young children, yet the consequences given out by the courts are completely undermining that message,” national director Bob McCoskrie said. He called home detention a “pathetic sentence [for a] cold, calculated and grotesque,” instance of abuse. “We simply don’t value the life and protection of our vulnerable young children, based on the response of our justice system. To put a value on that as a ‘homestay’ for 12 months is insulting and pathetic.” Mr McCoskrie argued consequences for harming a child should come in line with those for attacking a police officer or prison guard.“It is time that children received the same increased level of protection … People who murder and maim our children need to know that children will be afforded greater protection by the judiciary.” urged to appeal baby leg breaker’s sentenceNewstalk ZB 14 August 2012The Crown’s being urged to appeal the sentence handed down to a Napier man who broke his baby daughter’s legs. James Hall has been sentenced to a year’s home detention after fracturing both her legs and breaking her shin. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie says it’s a pathetic sentence that sends a dangerous message. He says people who murder and maim our children need to know children will be given greater protection by the judiciary. read more

Serious assaults on rise

first_imgOtago Daily Times 12 Oct 2012The rate of serious assaults in New Zealand has been steadily rising, throwing into doubt claims in recent years that society is becoming less violent, the lead author of a University of Otago study says. The study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today, found that between 2000 and 2009 there were 8006 serious non-fatal assaults, with 76% of all victims men (6335). From 2003 to 2008, the rate of serious assaults ayear increased by 50%. The study’s lead author, Emeritus Prof John Langley, of the university’s Injury Prevention Research Unit, said it threw into serious doubt claims based on police and judicial statistics that New Zealand was becoming a less violent society. “Police statistics are just not a reliable source for reporting trends, because they are influenced by changes in reporting behaviour and changes in recording behaviour,” Prof Langley told the Otago Daily Times. For example, after a domestic violence campaign, the number of cases reported to police could go up, while the number of  actual instances remained the same. The statistics used in the study were reliable as they were based on hospital admissions in cases where people had a 6% or greater chance of dying.  The study showed that among women, the serious assault level had fluctuated over the nine-year period, but for men, particularly in the 15-24 age-group, the numbers had risen – particularly between 2004 and 2009…Maori accounted for 48% of women victims in serious non-fatal assaults and 32% of male victims….A large proportion of serious assaults involved young to  middle-aged men assaulting men in the same age bracket. Despite this, historically, the prevention focus had been on domestic violence. “While this mismatch between the burden and prevention is starting to be addressed, I question the adequacy of our prevention responses,” he said. One way to address the problem was to target excessive alcohol consumption, which was a common factor in many assaults. read more

Tuesday program to be completed, Stock Cars qualify tonight at Boone

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 5) – With the rain ending, track preparation will be starting on the racing surface at Boone Speedway Wednesday afternoon. Approximately three hours will be needed to get the track race-ready.Tuesday’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s program will be completed first, with Northern SportMod and Hobby Stock qualifying features and race of champions heats for both divisions.The complete Stock Car program will follow immediately, with the scheduled Modified program moved to Thursday beginning at 8 a.m.Pit gates open and both divisions will draw today beginning at 3 p.m.No additional Modifieds will be allowed in the pit area until Thursday morning.All Stock Car haulers not already in the pit area are required to enter via the north entrance of the speedway; Hobby Stock and SportMod haulers should enter the speedway grounds using the west entrance off Story Street.last_img

Windy, Rainy, Cooler Weather Arrives in Palm Beach County

first_imgThis will make for high seas building to 9 feet on the coast up to 14 feet in Gulf Stream. Small Craft Advisory, Gale Warning and High Surf Advisory are all active. Hold on to your hat and skirt! We are experiencing a cool front which is bringing lots of wind and dangerous beach conditions for your weekend.Sustained wind speeds will be in the 20 to 25 mph range with gusts topping out in the 40 to 50 mph range.It’s a choppy, blustery day at St Augustine Beach as a strong cold front moves through today. #staugustine #florida #flwx— Annie (@anniemoon) February 20, 2020last_img

Ellsworth boys roll MDI to reach Class B North semifinals

first_imgBANGOR — This time, the blowout went the other way.Meeting for the third time this season, the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island boys’ basketball teams took to the Cross Insurance Center floor for a playoff game that meant much more than their previous encounters back home. For the Eagles, who had lost to MDI by double digits in six consecutive matchups since the start of the 2016-17 season, defeats to the Trojans had gotten old.“They’ve beat us a bunch of times, and we didn’t want them ending our season,” Ellsworth senior Devin Grindle said. “We knew we’d have to come in here and play close to perfect, but we knew we could do it.”This Ellsworth performance was nothing short of perfection; dominating from the opening tip, the Eagles earned a win they’ve been craving for three years to exorcise their demons against their biggest rivals.Ellsworth’s Austin Harris dribbles down the court as MDI’s Steven Pierce defends during the second half of a boys’ basketball playoff game Feb. 15 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. With the win, Ellsworth advanced to the Class B North semifinals. The Eagles will face No. 2 Caribou (16-3) at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth delivered an emphatic start to tournament action at the Cross Center on Friday with a 71-48 win over the Trojans in the Class B North quarterfinals. The win marked the second of two dominant playoff performances for the Eagles following Tuesday’s preliminary victory over Winslow and gave the team its first playoff win at the Cross Center since its run to the Northern Maine title in 2016.Ellsworth got off to a roaring start with a quick basket from Hunter Curtis and two 3-pointers from Grindle to take an 8-0 lead. Yet No. 3 MDI used a Derek Collin layup and Brett Duley 3-pointer to score the next five points before Hunter and Jackson Curtis scored the last nine of the quarter for the Eagles, who led 17-10 after the opening frame.Although MDI fought back with a 3-pointer and off-balance bank shot from Steven Pierce to cut Ellsworth’s lead to 17-15 early in the second quarter, three Devin Grindle free throws and five points from Darby Barry gave the sixth-ranked Eagles (14-6) a double-digit lead. Following a 5-0 MDI run, Ellsworth scored seven of the half’s final 10 points to take a 32-23 lead into the locker room.Whereas the Eagles had the opening burst to open the first half, it was the Trojans (13-6) who went on a run to start the second. Eli Parady scored six points to spur an MDI run before Ellsworth head coach Peter Austin called timeout to stop the bleeding.“Our kids just needed a breather to settle down,” Austin said. “I just said to them what I’ve said all year: ‘The little things win the games.’ We just needed to get back to doing those little things.”Following a series of exchanged baskets from both teams, Ellsworth seized the momentum and never let go. Using a 20-3 run, the Eagles blew a tight game wide open to earn their first win over the Trojans since Feb. 4, 2016.Part of that Ellsworth run came when Jackson Curtis slipped past the MDI defense for an emphatic basket at the rim midway through the fourth quarter. Austin insisted it wasn’t a dunk, but one of his seniors begged to differ.“It was definitely a dunk, trust me,” Grindle said. “He got the rim, and the ball went through the hoop. You’ve got to give it to him.”With each passing possession, the roars from the Ellsworth bench players and fans grew louder and louder. Even as they celebrated, the Eagles, who lost 58-38 to the Trojans on Jan. 11 in Bar Harbor and 49-37 when the teams faced one another last Thursday at Ellsworth High School, kept the pressure on until the clock hit zeros.Ellsworth’s Hunter Curtis looks to pass as MDI’s Brett Duley (left) and Drew Shea defend during the second half of a boys’ basketball playoff game Feb. 15 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Curtis scored 18 points for Ellsworth in the win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“You just never know for sure, and we needed to just keep our heads in the game, even when we were up by a lot,” Hunter Curtis said. “You don’t give up until the buzzer goes off, but when the buzzer sounded, it was just the best feeling.”Grindle led Ellsworth in scoring with 21 points, and Hunter Curtis added 18. The Eagles’ other scorers were Jackson Curtis with 13 points, Barry with 11 points and Connor Crawford, Austin Harris, Norman Jodrey and Michael Palmer with two apiece.The win was the product of the second strong offensive performance in a row from Ellsworth, which scored 68 points in its win over No. 11 Winslow three nights earlier. A combination of that scoring prowess and solid defense has led to two decisive playoff wins for the Eagles.“Our all-around game is pretty good right now,” Jackson Curtis said. “We’re moving the ball really well, finding the open man and just really working hard together as a team to find those ways to win.”Pierce led MDI in scoring with 13 points, and Parady scored 10, all of which came in the third quarter. Collin and Duley scored nine apiece for the Trojans as Drew Shea provided seven.Ellsworth’s next game will be against No. 2 Caribou (16-3) at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Caribou defeated No. 10 Washington Academy (9-11) 73-49 later Friday evening to earn its 13th consecutive win.That semifinal game will be a difficult matchup for Ellsworth, which lost to Caribou by scores of 70-56 and 83-51 when the teams met earlier this season. As the Eagles showed Friday, though, regular season blowouts mean very little come playoff time.“They’re going to be a handful,” Austin said of Caribou. “We know from earlier in the year how solid they are, but at the same time, I think we’re doing those little things really well right now. We’ll be ready for anybody.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. 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