Gov. Douglas Announces $4.96 Million for Homeland Security, Majority of Funds to Local Units

first_imgMontpelier, Vt.- Governor Jim Douglas announced that Homeland SecuritySecretary Tom Ridge is making a total of $4,963,000 of fiscal year 2003grant funds available for local and state homeland security preparedness inVermont. The money is for domestic preparedness equipment, training andplanning.Governor Douglas said that Vermont’s Homeland Security Unit (HSU) would workwith all response organizations in the state to ensure that grant fundsreach the largest number of participants in the most effective manner.”Over the next 30 days we will be working closely with representatives fromthe U.S. Department of Homeland Security to finalize the details of thisgrant,” Douglas said. “These additional resources will allow our localfirst responders and state public safety units to be more prepared for avariety of public safety scenarios.”The Governor said that the Homeland Security Unit would be reaching out toall first responder departments to notify them of the availability of funds.The allocation is part of nearly $600 million that has been made availablenationwide by the Bush administration for local homeland security efforts.Vermont’s emergency responders will receive nearly $3.5 million forequipment. “Eighty percent of the equipment allocation must be passeddirectly through to local communities. The state’s twenty percent will beused to purchase, among other things, a hazardous material response trailerfor Southern Vermont,” Douglas said.The grant also includes $ 861, 000 for exercises, $261,000 for training and$348,000 for planning.The Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security Unit, will managedistribution of grant funds at the state level.Information will also be posted on the HSU website is external) .last_img read more

Navajo Nation begins work on second phase of Kayenta Solar project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享KTAR News:A solar facility in Navajo Nation is expected to double the number of homes it can provide renewable energy to over the next year. Navajo Nation broke ground on the second phase of an expansion project that will provide a 28-megawatt addition to the Kayenta Solar generation facility in northeastern Arizona.Under the guidance of the Native American nation, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and the Salt River Project, the facility is expected to serve 36,000 homes once upgrades are complete in June 2019.“Extending electricity to homes without has always been our goal as well as our challenge,” said NTUA general manager Walter Haase. “Kayenta II is catalyst in that direction and will help us to improve the standard of living for many Navajo families.”The groups will work toward projects that would provide 500 megawatts of renewable energy over the next five to 10 years, according to the release.The initial Kayenta project was estimated to have brought $15.6 million in economic activity to the surrounding communities.More: Navajo Nation solar facility expansion expected to double power output Navajo Nation begins work on second phase of Kayenta Solar projectlast_img read more

First House bill filed would rewrite Article V

first_img First House bill filed would rewrite Article V Senior Editor T his could be a bad omen that Florida’s courts may face another challenging time in the 2002 session of the Florida Legislature.The first House bill filed for next year’s session is a proposed constitutional amendment that would dramatically limit the authority of Florida’s courts and give the legislature more authority over court procedures. If passed by the legislature, it would go to voters for review next year.The bill, HJR 1, filed by Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, is similar but less drastic than a bill introduced in the 2001 session by Rep. Fred Brummer, R-Apopka. That bill was heard in the House Judiciary Committee, but never came to a vote after committee members and people testifying on its impacts raised several questions.Unlike Brummer’s measure, Kyle’s bill does not seek to do away with The Florida Bar and give the legislature at least some oversight of the legal profession. Nor does it require that district court of appeal judges and Supreme Court justices must get a two-thirds “yes” vote in their merit retention referendums in order to stay in office. Also dropped was a provision requiring Senate confirmation of the governor’s judicial appointments, and several other provisions.But the bill does seek to restrict jurisdiction of Florida courts, limit the use of habeas corpus and other writs, and to give the legislature greater say in court procedural matters.Kyle, a Bar member and assistant state attorney in the 20th Circuit, said he filed the bill because he’s concerned courts have stepped beyond deciding legal disputes into the policy-making arena, which is the duty of the legislature.“It’s an important issue that needs to be aired, and the public has a right to make a decision on this,” he said. “I think we’ve got a good system in the federal system, and if we mirror that, we won’t have such an outreaching by the courts to set public policy when there isn’t even a case or controversy in front of them.”As for a bill provision allowing the legislature to give a DCA statewide jurisdiction over a specific issue, “It’s a good option to have, especially with the workload of our courts today,” Kyle said. “I don’t think it’s a bad option to have available, to establish courts that do specific functions, if need be. That doesn’t mean it has to be done.”Kyle added he dropped provisions from Brummer’s proposed bill that had to do with judicial appointments, merit retention, and Bar oversight because they detracted from what he saw as the main thrust of the legislation in delineating a clear line between the duties of the legislature and the courts.He also said he thinks it has a fair chance of success. “Any of the more controversial issues or issues that are new take more than one session before they become law,” Kyle said. “It has as good a shot as any other legislative proposal.”Bar Legislation Committee Chair Hank Coxe said the committee and the Board of Governors will carefully review the bill at the board’s August 22-23 meeting in Naples.“Any proposed legislation that threatens to weaken any branch of government or jeopardize our system of checks and balances must be taken seriously,” Coxe said. “We will take this seriously as part of the Bar’s fundamental obligation to ensure that our judiciary remains uncontrolled by another branch of government, just as we would expect the legislative and executive branches to say the same.”Last year’s legislative staff analysis of Brummer’s bill noted that the federal Constitution is more restrictive on the jurisdiction of federal courts than the state constitution is on state courts. The analysis also noted that Congress has more control over procedural rules.In contrast, the analysis said that Florida courts have held unconstitutional state laws that conflict with court procedural rules. It also noted that some opinions have held it can be difficult to draw the line between procedural and substantive rules.The proposed constitutional amendment specifically sets out a restricted jurisdiction of the state courts. It provides that “the jurisdiction of such courts shall extend only to actual cases in law, equity, admiralty and maritime jurisdiction, and to actual controversies arising under the constitution and the laws of the State of Florida and of the United States.”And repeating one of the most controversial segments of Bummer’s bill last year, it would authorize the legislature to give any of the five district courts of appeal final statewide jurisdiction over any issue. For example, the legislature could pick one DCA to be the final court for all death penalty appeals.The bill would also limit the ability of the courts to issue writs in general and to specifically review actions of other public officials through quo warranto writs. Quo warranto writs, according to the bill, may be used only to determine whether a public official is rightly holding an office and not to “review any right, power, or duty of a public official. . . . All writs except those directed to judicial officers shall be subject to statutes of limitations as provided by general law.”The staff analysis of the Brummer bill noted that quo warranto had traditionally been used only to challenge the right of officials to hold office, but had been expanded to challenge actions by those officials.Another section of the bill allows a statute of limitation on habeas corpus writs, but provides such a limit may not be less than two years from final judgment or mandate on direct appeal. The bill provides that the courts’ procedural rules must conform to state law when the rules are adopted, and must be changed to conform to any subsequently adopted statutes. It also provides that the legislature may override any court rule by a majority vote, instead of the two-thirds vote now required.In addition, the bill also specifies that new rules may neither “abridge, enlarge, nor modify the substantive rights of any litigant, but additional rulemaking power may be expressly delegated to courts by general law.”The original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is limited under the bill to judicial and lawyer disciplinary issues, plus questions posed by the attorney general or governor.Some provisions introduced last year in the Brummer bill but not repeated this year in HJR 1 include removing the Bar’s appointments to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and giving them to the legislature, prohibiting the courts from setting or modifying legislative appropriations, making the Supreme Court’s annual judicial certification advisory rather than a constitutional certification of need, and allowing judicial candidates to voice opinions and speak on issues, unless limited by the legislature. August 15, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News First House bill filed would rewrite Article Vlast_img read more

October 15, 2003 News and Notes

first_imgOctober 15, 2003 News and Notes Jeffrey S. Kurtz, an associate of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum, LLP, Ft. Lauderdale, has been designated village counsel for the Village of Wellington. Thomas A. Culmo, of Culmo & Culmo, P.A., Miami, lectured at a seminar titled Handling of a Personal Injury Case in Federal Court, sponsored by the National Business Institute. He also presented a lecture on opening statements at the A.J. Cohn Trial Advocacy Institute, in Orlando, which was sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Hubert C. Childress, of Childress & Charpentier, P.A., Melbourne, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Brevard County Legal Aid Associaton. Paul Steven Singerman and Paul A. Avron, of Berger Singerman, co-wrote an article titled “Of Precedents and Bankruptcy Court Independence,” which was featured on the cover of the August/September issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. Pedro A. Freyre, of counsel to Akerman Senterfitt, has been elected chair of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board. Katherine C. “Kacy” Lake, shareholder of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been selected to participate in the 2004 class of Leadership Tampa. David W. Henry, of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A., has been appointed program chair for DRI’s Intellectual Property Litigation and Insurance Conference in San Diego. Mary F. Smallwood, partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., received the Bill Sadowski Memorial Public Service Award in recognition of her record of public service in environmental and land use law. Brian P. Kirwin and Tomasita D. Crowell, of Kirwin Norris, P.A., spoke at a Lorman Education Services seminar titled Public Contract Code and Competitive Public Bidding in Florida. Joe Adams, of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., was appointed to the Task Force on Homeowners’ Associations by Diane Carr, secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Robert D. Pritt, city attorney for Naples, has been named Florida’s Outstanding Municipal Attorney of the Year by the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. Mark A. Levy, an associate of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum, LLP, was selected to participate in the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Leadership Ft. Lauderdale, Class X. Brian L. Tannebaum, of Tannebaum, Planas & Weiss, has been appointed legislative director of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Martin R. Raskin, of Raskin & Raskin, P.A., in Miami and Naples, spoke on Criminalization of Employment Related Matters: A Changing Landscape, at the fall conference of the National Employment Lawyers Association held in St. Petersburg. Peter W. Zinober, of Zinober & McCrea, P.A., Tampa, was elected to a four-year term as a management member of the Council of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Assocation. Trenton H. Cotney, an associate of Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A., was appointed to the University of Tampa Board of Counselors. Lawrence H. Kolin, of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson, P.A., will serve on the advisory committee for the nonprofit Jewish Pavilion, a program of the Jewish Senior Housing Council of Greater Orlando. Timothy S. Franklin presented Top Five Things to Know About Community Development Districts at a recent People’s Law Day Symposium in St. Johns County, sponsored and chaired by Judge Patti Christensen. Louise B. Zeuli, of Louise B. Zeuli, P.A., presented Mental Capacity Issues in Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Probate Law, to the estate, guardianship, and trust committee of the Orange County Bar Association in Orlando. Michael S. Budwick, of Meland, Russin, Hellinger & Budwick, P.A., has been appointed to the board of directors of Chabad of South Dade, Inc., also known as Chabad of the Grove, a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services, and institutions to serve Jewish families throughout South Dade. Lynn E. Wagner, president of Litigation Alternatives, Inc., Winter Park, has been appointed to the arbitration panel of the United Mine Workers of America/Bituminous Coal Operators Association, District 17. Rhea F. Law, president of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has accepted the Florida Council of 100’s invitation of resident membership, with approval from Gov. Jeb Bush. David S. Hendrix, a shareholder of GrayHarris, Tampa, has joined the board of directors of Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County, Inc. John H. “Jack” Hickey, was named as a fellow and life member of The Florida Bar Foundation. Amy S. Rubin, partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., West Palm Beach, spoke at the litigation management super course, Hot Topics and Ethics Issues for Corporate Counsel, sponsored by The Network of Trial Law Firms. She spoke on Terrorism’s Impact on In-house Counsel and Litigation. Colleen M. Fitzgerald, of GrayHarris, Tampa, has been selected as vice president of membership for the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers for the 2003-04 year. Mark Eiglarsh, partner of Robbins, Tunkey, Ross, Amsel, Raben, Waxman & Eiglarsh, P.A., Miami, made his second appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” where he spoke concerning the Title VI complaint filed by the NAACP, alleging Florida’s educational system is unconstitutional. Neisen O. Kasdin, of Gunster Yoakley, has won the 2003 Building Our Community Award for community excellence in real estate law. Garrett J. Biondo, of Goldfarb, Gold, Gonzalez & Wald, P.A., Miami, co-chaired the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers’ 2003 Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute in Orlando. Bruce J. Winick was honored by the Heart Sight Miami Committee for the Foundation Fighting Blindness at their annual dinner. Patrick J. Lannon, an associate of White & Case, LLP, Miami, spoke at a Lormar seminar about IRA planning strategies for the transferring and preserving of wealth. Matt Bartolomei, of Hill, Adams, Hall & Schieffelin, Winter Park, gave a speech titled Emergency Medicine from the Defense Perspective at the annual meeting of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians in Ponte Vedra. Michael A. Lampert, of West Palm Beach, addressed a seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute, for which he spoke on Florida Sales and Use Tax Update. Michael Goldstein, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, moderated a seminar on environmental liability and delivered a keynote speech titled Sustaining Sustainability: Reflections on Brownfields Reuse and Redevelopment in Florida, at the Sixth Annual Florida Brownfields Conference held in St. Petersburg. Gregory Taylor, of Gelch Taylor Hodkin Kopelowitz & Ostrow, P.A., spoke at the Real Estate Expo in Hollywood, where he lectured on mortgage law at the two-day seminar. Burnadette Norris-Weeks, of Ft. Lauderdale, was awarded the Above and Beyond Award at a recent American Bar Association conference for her work as chair of the ABA’s Section of Litigation’s Minority Trial Lawyer Committee. Neil Linden, a shareholder with Adorno & Yoss, has been appointed chair of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Allison E. Butler, of Grazi and Gianino, Stuart, has published an article in the German journal, IHR, titled “Caveat Emptor: Remedy-Oriented Approach Restricts Buyer’s Right to Avoidance Under Article 49 (1) (a) of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.” Stacey Koch, of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Miami, was elected to the board of directors of the Miami-Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Elliot Wilcox, of the Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit, presented a one-hour CLE program titled Beyond “What Happened Next?”–Improving Your Direct Examination, for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association’s DUI Trial Advocacy Schools in Cocoa Beach and Orlando. He also presented Protecting Seniors from Fraud, to Community Care for the Elderly. Eddie Francis, of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., has been named chair of the City of Orlando Municipal Planning Board for the 2003-04 term. Steven M. Ziegler, of Hollywood, presented a seminar titled Liability Exposure and Reduction of Risk, to the senior staff and medical directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. William T. Hennessey, of Gunster Yoakley, West Palm Beach, was a featured speaker at two Florida Bar seminars on basic probate and guardianship, where he made his presentation, titled Uncivil War: Navigating the Battlefield of Probate and Trust Litigation. Trevor Brewer, associate of Foley & Lardner, Orlando, was honored as chapter president of the year by the University of Central Florida Alumni Association. Douglas M. Halsey and Neal McAliley, of White & Case, LLP, Miami, took part in the annual 2003 Environmental and Land Use Law Annual Update, held on Amelia Island. Halsey delivered a talk on regulatory takings, a Harris Act update, and other property issues; McAliley discussed recent developments in the Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the federal Superfund statute. Stephen K. Tilbrook, partner of Shutts & Bowen, LLP, Ft. Lauderdale, has been elected to a second term as president of the board of directors of the Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Trust. Bob Murphy, vice president and CEO of Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, was elected chair-elect of Pensacola Clean and Green, an affiliate of Keep Florida Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. Walter Gonzalez, Jr., associate of Holtzman Equels, has been elected to the board of directors of the CHARLEE Program, Homes for Children of Miami-Dade County. Bryan Greenberg, a partner of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, was named to the board of directors of the Broward County Humane Society. October 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

Public members needed for Bar Examiners

first_img Public members needed for Bar Examiners Members of the public are invited to volunteer on or before June 15 for a three-year term on the Florida Board of Board Examiners. The Supreme Court will appoint two public members to serve on the Board of Bar Examiners.A public member volunteer should possess education or work-related experience such as educational testing, accounting, statistical analysis, medicine, psychology, or related sciences. A bachelor’s degree is required. Lawyers are not eligible. Public board members should be willing and able to devote about three days a month to the work of the board, and to travel to various Florida locations to attend meetings and the bar examination. Travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed. Board members should be interested in seeking to improve the examination and its administration, and to evaluate carefully the character and fitness of applicants seeking admission to the Bar. Board members should be free of adverse interests, conflicting duties, or inconsistent obligations that may interfere or appear to interfere with the proper administration of the board’s mandate.The vacancies will occur on November 1, with the expiration of the terms of Dr. Mary Harris Moore of Tallahassee and Yvonne Loggins-Coleman of Orlando. Applications are available at and may be submitthed by faxing it to (850) 414-6822 or by mailing to The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750. For more information contact Eleanor Mitchell Hunter, executive director of the board at (850) 487-1292. April 1, 2005 Regular News Public members needed for Bar Examinerslast_img read more

New Year’s resolutions for credit unions in 2016

first_imgMaking New Year’s Resolutions is easy…sticking to them, not so much. So here are some tips and tricks to help your credit union successfully tackle the biggies.Lose weight. Technology’s come a long way since the days of Jane Fonda exercise tapes. For credit unions, shedding the unwanted “weight” of old, excess EFT networks that are slowing down organizations is as easy as switching to an updated, comprehensive EFT network.Quit smoking. By adjusting your fraud-detection tools to better monitor your EFT traffic, you’ll feel less stressed — and maybe less tempted to take a drag.More exercise. You can give your credit union more “muscle” in the real world by strengthening a few perks and programs, such as ATM access. Or, you can get your credit union in better shape by adding new features, like a mobile person-to-person payment application.Get organized. Declutter! Offload ATM management to a trusted network partner. An ATM management solution can help credit unions by reducing operating costs, while monitoring regulatory and security compliance.Enjoy life more. Whittle down those long office hours — and save yourself a few headaches — by working with trusted partners who can help your credit union in research, planning, and analysis activities.Spend More Time With Family. The biggest thing that sets credit unions apart, is how we’re all in this together. As a collaborative, cooperative industry we should work as a group to bring the “not for profit, not for charity, but for service” philosophy to the American public, which they will surely welcome with open arms.Here’s to a spectacular 2016! 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Giannini Lauren Giannini is Marketing Coordinator at CU24, responsible for development and distribution of all marketing materials and communications to promote the company’s mission and activities. Along with everyone else … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Treasury counselor: Administration working on housing finance reform

first_imgTreasury Department Counselor Craig Phillips indicated Monday that the Trump administration is working on housing finance reform and plans to build on recommendations released in June. NAFCU has called on the administration to work with Congress to develop a comprehensive solution to reforming the housing finance system.Phillips, who advises Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, made the comments at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual conference in Washington. “We look forward to working with the next Congress and other stakeholders,” Phillips said, referring to the administration’s housing finance reform plans.In response, NAFCU Senior Regulatory Affairs Counsel Ann Kossachev said NAFCU “supports the administration’s continued role in reforming our nation’s housing finance system.”“Conservatorship was never meant to be a permanent solution after the crisis and it is now time to think seriously about the future of housing finance in America,” she added. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Arsenal handed Champions League hope by UEFA contingency plan for cancelled Premier League season

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 10:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Mikel Arteta could benefit from a new UEFA plan (Picture: Getty Images)UEFA have floated the possibility of handing out Champions League places for next season based on their coefficient scores if domestic seasons are cancelled, which would see Arsenal sneak back into Europe’s top competition.Contingency plans are being drawn up for if major leagues across Europe cannot be completed due to the coronavirus crisis.While there would be much argument over teams being awarded title and if sides should face relegation, there is also the issue of which teams qualify for Europe next season if this campaign is voided.UEFA held a video conference with all 55 national associations and one idea that was put forward was handing out European places based on the UEFA coefficient, regardless of current position in the domestic tables. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThis would see Arsenal make it into next season’s Champions League, despite sitting ninth in the Premier League at the moment.The coefficient would also hand would also give Champions League places to Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, with Leicester City and Chelsea missing out.If Man City’s two-year Champions League ban is upheld then it is Spurs, who are currently eighth in the Premier League, that would take their place, leaving Chelsea, Leicester and Wolves to contest the Europa League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe team currently in seventh, Sheffield United, would not get a spot in Europe.The proposal remains just that at this stage, with Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin not thought to be in favour of it.UEFA are pushing for domestic leagues to be completed, being restarted by the end of June if at all possible.A statement from UEFA after their online meeting read: ‘There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions.‘But some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions – in case of a cancelled league – have been developed.’MORE: Arsenal ‘flop’ Nicolas Pepe is being played out of position, says Stewart RobsonMORE: Chelsea eyeing shock deal for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Arsenal handed Champions League hope by UEFA contingency plan for cancelled Premier League seasonlast_img read more

History unearthed at Taringa development site

first_imgHarold Peacockwith some items found on the Velocity Property Group site at Targina. (AAP image, John Gass)Brass doorknobs dating back to the 1870s, a cologne bottle from the 1920s and octagon diamonds from a vintage chandelier were among the finds at a Taringa development site.Historian Harold Peacock was granted permission to scour the site by Velocity Property Group, the developer behind Ellerslie Crescent.“Back in 1884 the land around the country home (Ellerslie) was subdivided to start anew Brisbane suburb of South Toowong,” Mr Peacock said.“The original building is now gone but the boundaries of that block are still easily discernible.“I identified the location of the original home and the high western side appeared to be largely undisturbed.“A quick scan of the old newspapers told me that plenty of history took place on the site . . . I asked the builders if I could look around and they referred me to Velocity.”Velocity Property Group is building three luxury homes at 41, 43 and 45 Ellerslie Crescent, with the present character house, dating back to 1936, relocated to another part of the site and put up for sale.Velocity Property Group will build just three city-view homes at Taringa.Stage two of the development will see 23 luxury townhomes constructed at the 4200sq m site.Ellerslie Crescent is named after the original “Ellerslie” homestead, which was built in the 1870s and was home to leading stock inspectors, coal miners and bankers.Mr Peacock said the developer was immediately keen to unlock some of the site’s secrets.“We were interested to see what he might find to connect the history of the site to its new chapter,” Velocity managing director Brendon Ansell said.“His finds have been really interesting and we plan to incorporate some of them into the foyer of the apartment building in the final stage of our project.”With the use of a metal detector, Mr Peacock dug up:• Two beautiful 1870s brass door knobs believed to be from the original house• A glass stopper from the same period• A 1920s cologne bottle most likely from the original house• Several 1930-1950s Chandelier octagon diamonds most likely from the1930s homes• A 1950s screw-top ink bottle.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoSome of the items located by historian Harold Peacock (AAP image, John Gass)Mr Peacock said the original homestead and its location had been associated with some remarkable people in Queensland history.“From the 1870s there was Patrick Robinson Gordon, the Chief Inspector of Stock for 30 years and leader of Queensland’s early stock breeding industry who drafted the Meat Export Act administered in Queensland prior to Federation,” he said.“He was followed by Richard Davies Graham, a licensed surveyor and coal miner. Mr Graham opened mines in Bundamba and some of the best seams in Central Queensland. His huge economical legacy is still being felt today.“Then there was John Piper Mackenzie, the head office manager of the Queensland National Bank. Mackenzie is a descendant of Captain John Piper, the one-time commander of the Norfolk Island penal colony who became one of the wealthiest men in Australia. It’s after Captain Piper that salubrious Point Piper in Sydney is named.“Before the turn of the century was Edward Owen Rees who was an Insurance Agent ruined by the 1893 floods. He’s better known as the father of Lloyd Rees, the Australian landscape painter who twice won the Wynne Prize.”But Mr Peacock said it was John O’Neill Brenan, the Queensland ImmigrationAgent, public servant, and son of an Irish-born barrister, who likely lived on the site the longest.He said Brenan married the daughter of the Auditor-General and Chairman of the Queensland Public Service Board, and his son was one of the first Anzacs ashore at Gallipoli.Mr Peacock said his most exciting find was the brass doorknobs.“The doorknobs are the most exciting to me because so many hands have actually turned those handles,” he said.On development in Brisbane, Mr Peacock said it was inevitable.“Brisbane and everywhere else continues to develop, but that doesn’t mean history is lost, it just gets forgotten by some people,” he said.“I like to remember what came before us and connect it to real people.”Mr Ansell says he likes to take the same approach.“Wherever we can, Velocity Property Group strives to incorporate heritage homes into our projects so that they can experience a new chapter as a family home or business,”he said.“The heritage home here at Ellerslie Crescent and at our ‘The Hathaway’ project at Auchenflower have new town homes and apartments alongside them to balance the modern spaces and the heritage of the Queenslander homes.”The three luxury houses at Ellerslie Crescent, which are under construction, are priced from $1.665 million to $1.75 million, and are sized from about 480sq m to 520sq m.The heritage home has been relocated to 39 Ellerslie Crescent and is for sale now.last_img read more

Men banned from becoming Queen (UK)

first_imgReferences to mothers, fathers, husbands and wives are also to be amended to avoid future confusion.Legal experts said it was a necessary “tidying up” exercise, but the Coalition for Marriage, which campaigned against same-sex marriage, said it showed the change had left the law in a “complete mess” and accused the Government of trying to “sneak” the changes through while political attention was on the floods.Colin Hart, its director, said it was a “systematic drive to airbrush” words like husband, wife and widow from the law. Civil servants have drawn up a list of scores of statutes and regulations dating back as far 1285 to be amended or specifically excluded when the Government’s Same-Sex Marriage Act comes into force next month. The Telegraph 4 March 2014Men are to be banned from becoming Queen or Princess of Wales as part of an unprecedented effort to rewrite more than 700 years of law to prevent unintended consequences of gay marriage.Even a 14th Century act declaring it high treason to have an affair with the monarch’s husband or wife is included in the sweeping redrafting exercise.center_img Under proposals to be debated by MPs and Peers as early as next week, terms such as “widow” will be deleted or reworded in legislation covering topics as diverse as seamen’s pensions and London cab licences to take account of the new definition of marriage.last_img read more