Ausbuild has just launched Hampton Rise, a new infill estate in Bridgeman Downs.Prestige land in a new infill estate in Bridgeman Downs has just been launched with five lots already sold to pre-registered buyers.Hampton Rise, being developed by Ausbuild, is the company’s second estate to be launched in the north Brisbane suburb, with its sister project, Harrington, selling out stage one in six months.Ausbuild joint managing director, Matthew Bell, said despite knowing there was pent-up demand for this style of development on Brisbane’s northside, they had still been pleasantly surprised by the flurry of sales.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 2019“Hampton Rise is a unique opportunity to buy prestige land in an established community that is close to premium amenities, yet also bordered by natural reserves and parklands,” Mr Bell said.“The traditional larger block sizes, proximity to the new Chermside precinct and public transport make Hampton Rise an attractive choice.“Ausbuild has a reputation for sourcing the best land in the best locations and creating communities people are proud to call home.”The well-established suburb of Bridgeman Downs is experiencing a revival with families wanting access to parks, natural reserves and well-regarded schools. The 22 lots released in stage one are sized from 450sq m to 674sq m with a starting price of $395,000.Mr Bell said Ausbuild aimed to create a suburban oasis at Hampton Rise, with the newly released two-storey designs set to feature prominently throughout.
Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share 12 Views no discussions Share LocalNews PM Skerrit justifies decision to sever ties with Taiwan by: – March 26, 2012 Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has justified the government of Dominica’s decision to sever ties with Taiwan.Eight years ago on Friday, the Dominica Labour Party Administration severed ties with Taiwan and established diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of China.Prime Minister Skerrit told a press conference on Monday that Dominica has in China, a well respected voice on the international scene.He says Taiwan had refused to help Dominica during a very critical economic crisis.“During our crisis period in 2002 under the IMF program, the Taiwanese never came to assist us. We begged them for the stadium they offered us a loan. We begged them for debt forgiveness…they never helped us. We had extensive discussions with the Taiwanese. I went as far as London to engage their representative. I went to New York…the night before I left to go to China, I spoke to the Taiwanese Ambassador at his home during dinner and I said to him Taiwanese isn’t helping Dominica,” Skerrit explained.He said the Taiwanese were made aware of government’s position on the matter.“I told the Taiwanese that Dominica needs help and you are not prepared to help us. We wrote to you and there was no help. Our people are hurting. We had to make too many cuts,” he said.The Prime Minister said he was offered a $3.5 million loan from Taiwan to fund the stadium.“They told us to start the project and after it starts we will get the rest later on. I told them I couldn’t start a project and then I don’t know where the rest is coming from,” he explained.Meanwhile Prime Minister Skerrit said Dominica has continued to benefit under the relationship with China.“One critical area which sometimes does not get spoken of is in the provision of scholarships to several of Dominicans. By September of this year, we would have received over 100 scholarships from China in varied fields. That’s just in 8 years”.He said several students have completed the program since its inception in 2004.“There are several former students working with government. There is one who worked as communications manager for a Chinese project here. We have some of the students performing translation service,” he added.The Windsor Park Sports Stadium, housing revolution and several road projects currently underway were also highlighted by the prime minister as Chinese commitment to Dominica.He has promised to consult with the Cabinet about whether it should release the entire Memorandum of Understanding signed between Dominica and the Peoples Republic of China.The entire document was issued to the Chronicle Newspaper in 2005, however only parts of it was released.He says diplomacy is part of the main reason why government had chosen not to make the entire document public.Dominica Vibes News
30 June 2008Hank McGregor paddled a perfect race in testing rough sea conditions to win his second Durban Surf Ski World Cup title on Sunday in a contest that was laced with intrigue and ultimately decided by tactics and composure on the water.McGregor pinned his ears back and stuck to a line the he felt would be the best straight course from the start at Vetch’s Pier in Durban to Westbrook beach outside Tongaat, while around him the elite paddlers fell foul of tactical errors and lapses in judgment in the three-metre high seas and a south-westerly wind that gusted up to thirty knots.‘Conditions were perfect for me’“Conditions were perfect for me, but I actually didn’t know whether I had won the race until I reached the beach finish,” said a relieved McGregor after the race – relieved because he had been despondent to see a ski finish ahead of him. It turned out that it belonged to a back-marker who had enjoyed a fast race from their reversed-order start.It was only once he had asked the race timekeeper, Margie Oliver, where he had finished, and was told that he had won, that McGregor could punch the air in triumph.The race provided a captivating duel as McGregor stuck to his straight line option, while talented Durban youngster Clint Pretorius opted for a line much further inshore. Cape ace Dawid Mocke went two kilometres out to sea, while the defending champion, Oscar Chalupsky, switched lines throughout the race.‘I panicked’“Hats off to Hank as he raced a great race, but I can’t believe that with 45 years of experience I panicked and changed my mind in the middle of the race,” said Chalupsky, who was unnerved by reports that Mocke had taken the lead with his gamble to race far out to sea where the runs were formidable.Mocke conceded that he too had strayed too far out to sea, even though he had stuck with the readings from his GPS Navigation device. “Suddenly I started getting this reading from my GPS telling me to go in closer, and I realised that I was too far out,” said Mocke afterwards.He cut sharply towards shore as the race neared the finish at Westbrook Beach, but could only watch as first McGregor reached the finish and then Pretorius, leaving him in third place overall.Second placeIt was, however, enough to see him leapfrog into second place in the final World Series rankings, ahead of Tahitian Lewis Laughlan, who did not fare well on the day and finished eighteenth overall.Oscar Chalupsky finished fifth, just behind his younger brother Herman, who had doggedly persisted with a line closer inshore throughout the race.His fifth place was enough to wrap up victory in the World Series rankings for the veteran surf ski paddler, after he held off the challenges of Mocke and Laughlan.Women’s winnerThe women’s title was successfully defended by Cape Town star Alexa Cole (nee Lombard), who thrived in the big downwind conditions. She led the ladies race from start to finish, holding off Kiwi ace Katie Pocock, to win by less than 30 seconds.“I had no idea where I was in the race because the sea was so big and I never saw any of the other girls,” said Cole. “When I got to the finish I was trying to concentrate to make sure I didn’t make a mistake in the shore break. Then I heard over the loudspeakers that I was the first woman home.“I also heard the announcer saying that Katie (Pocock) was right behind me, which added just a touch of pressure as I was coming in through the big shore break!”StungIn addition to encountering dolphins and flying fish during the race, Cole was also stung on the hand by a bluebottle, which caused uncomfortable swelling of the glands in her arm.“The downwind conditions were just perfect for me,” said Cole afterwards. “It wasn’t as big as last year’s race, and I never felt out of control.”Durban star Michelle Eder wrapped up third ahead of Nathalie Veckranges and Tiffany Kruger.Tough conditionsThe thrilling action on the heaving seas north of Durban proved to be too much for the junior world marathon champion Grant Van Der Walt. Racing in his first surf ski race, the Johannesburg schoolboy overshot the finish and was eventually rescued from the beach at Princes Grant, 20 kilometres north of the finish.Durban paddler Steph De Robbillard also caused anxious moments for his seconds and family. He was unaccounted for late into the day, until he was located at Tinley Manor.Scottburgh star Shadrack Mkhize excelled, finishing just ahead of the first double ski, paddled by Butch Murray and Gary Albers. Kelly Howe and Thomas Prior took the mixed doubles class, while Jenny Cullinan and Bettina Risch were the first all women’s double ski crew home.RESULTSDurban Surf Ski World CupMenHank McGregor (RSA) 1:56:24Clint Pretorius (RSA) 1:57:07Dawid Mocke (RSA) 1:57:40Herman Chalupsky (RSA) 1:58:59Oscar Chalupsky (RSA) 1:59:01Jeremy Cotter (Aus) 1:59:37Tim Jacobs (Aus) 1:59:47Dean Gardiner (Aus) 2:00:48Matt Bouman (Aus) 2:01:44Daryl Bartho (RSA) 2:02:59 LadiesAlexa Cole (RSA) 2:21:01Katie Pocock (NZL) 2:21:05Michele Eder (RSA) 2:25:44Tiffany Kruger (RSA) 2:29:43Natalie Veckranges (RSA) 2:36:45 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Two groups of followers of a Dalit sect had a fight on Tuesday on the possible effects of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal, resulting in many injuries. This is for first time that the two sects of Matua Mahasangha, a socio-religious body of a predominantly Dalit refugee sect, the Matuas, fought publicly, “tarnishing” the image of the apolitical body, followers said.About 40-45 lakh Matua voters are spread over nearly 50 of the 294 Assembly segments in West Bengal. On Tuesday, one section of the Matuas, headed by the Matua Mahasangha’s chairperson Mamatabala Thakur, convened a meeting in its headquarters at Thakurnagar in North 24 Paraganas, about 70 km north of Kolkata. Ms. Thakur is a former MP of TMC, defeated by her brother-in-law’s son Shantanu Thakur of the BJP in the recent Lok Sabha election.“Our objective was to make people aware of the possible impact of NRC on people who came from Bangladesh. We also invited Muslims,” a disciple close to Ms. Thakur’s faction said. Mr. Thakur’s faction opposed it and campaigned in the area over the last few days against this meeting that was held to “build up resistance against the NRC”.Mr. Thakur’s faction allegedly attacked Ms. Thakur’s meeting, which took “a communal turn” as many Muslims were present. “They started shouting Jai Sri Ram and asked why Muslims are allowed to come inside Thakurbari [the headquarters],” the disciple said. They alleged that their leader Sukriti Ranjan Biswas was also beaten up. The other faction, led by Mr. Thakur, denied the allegation.“They [Ms. Thakur’s faction] held the meeting in the venue even though we were scheduled to hold a meeting there. Moreover, they got Muslims to enter Thakurbari.” said another disciple who is close to Mr. Thakur. He also added that Ms. Thakur’s faction was “spreading false news” about NRC despite BJP president Amit Shah’s statement.“Mr. Shah said that there won’t be any NRC in Bengal and they [Ms. Thakur’s faction] were insisting that the BJP will push people out of the country, so we had to protest,” the disciple said.The scuffle deeply disturbed the followers of the sect and one of the religious chiefs of a group, among the multiple bodies of Matuas, regretted the incident. “Matua Mahasangha was founded on basis of equality to all. We believe that people should not discriminate and fight on basis of religious or political ideology… There should not be a BJP versus TMC division among the Matuas, or else that philosophy is breached,” the chief said.
The team with the best chance of going undefeated this fall is not the team appearing No. 1 in most preseason polls. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (the “best predictor of a team’s performance”), Oklahoma – not Alabama – is the team most-likely to go undefeated heading into bowl season. While the Crimson Tide are the likely preseason No. 1, it’s the Sooners with the best chance of reaching the College Football Playoff. Here’s the full top 10:Oklahoma – 16.9 percent chance of going undefeated before bowl seasonFlorida State – 10.6 percentClemson – 8.6 percentBoise State – 8 percentMichigan – 5.8 percentLSU – 5.3 percentTennessee – 4.5 percentOklahoma State – 2.4 percentWashington – 1.4 percentNotre Dame – 1.2 percentSome other notable percentages: Alabama – 0.6 percentOhio State – 0.4 percentNebraska – 0.4 percentMichigan State – 0.1 percentOle Miss – 0.1 percentYou can view ESPN’s full FPI here.
“What with all that’s going on in the world today, why wouldn’t Canadians want to join me and escape all of that and watch THE INDIAN DETECTIVE?”, said Russell Peters. “It’s an easy, fun show to watch, and I think they’re going to love it, or at least like it. If they don’t, they’re dead inside.”THE INDIAN DETECTIVE also stars Canadian icon William Shatner as a billionaire property developer from Toronto who may have ties to the criminal underworld; Bollywood Movie Award-winning veteran actor Anupam Kher (The Big Sick, Silver Linings Playbook, Bend It Like Beckham) as Stanley D’Mello, Doug’s father and a retired airline pilot who moved back to India after the death of his wife; Christina Cole, (Casino Royale, SUITS) as Constable Robyn Gerner, Doug’s tough, beautiful, all-Canadian partner; Mishqah Parthiephal (SNAKE PARK) as Priya Sehgal, an earnest and dedicated lawyer, born into an upper-middle class family in Mumbai; and Hamza Haq (mother!, QUANTICO, Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2), as Mumbai drug lord Gopal Chandekar, and who recently appeared on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Canada’s Rising Stars: 15 Breakouts Making an Impact in Hollywood“ list.In the premiere episode of THE INDIAN DETECTIVE (Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), when a suspected heroin shipment Doug (Russell Peters) and Robyn (Christina Cole) were secretly investigating turns out to be children’s bikes, Doug’s dream of becoming a detective fades into oblivion. Coerced into going to Mumbai to visit his father Stanley (Anupam Kher), Doug meets Priya Sehgal (Mishqah Parthiephal), a beautiful, passionate legal-aid lawyer. Together, they fight to uncover the truth behind a false murder confession, and while finding his stride in Mumbai, Doug realizes his failed case back home might have roots in his homeland.THE INDIAN DETECTIVE is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winning and Emmy®-nominated Frank Spotnitz (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, THE X-FILES) of Big Light Productions and Lance Samuels and Daniel Iron (MADIBA, THE BOOK OF NEGROES) of Blue Ice Pictures.THE INDIAN DETECTIVE is a co-production between Big Light Productions, Blue Ice Pictures, the IDC, Wonder Films, and Bell Media. The series was created, executive produced, and written for Russell Peters by Spotnitz and Smita Bhide (HUNTED,TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES). The series is directed by BAFTA award-winner Sandy Johnson (BENIDORM, JONATHAN CREEK) and produced by Trevor Hopkins (FORTITUDE, CUFFS). It is executive produced by Blue Ice Pictures’ Daniel Iron and Lance Samuels (MADIBA, THE BOOK OF NEGROES), Wonder Films’ Mark Burton (Water, Tallulah), Russell Peters (HIP-HOP EVOLUTION), CPI Pictures’ Clayton Peters (Breakaway, RUSSELL PETERS VERSUS THE WORLD), and Paul Canterna. Co-executive producer is Sharon Remmer (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE).THE INDIAN DETECTIVE is an official co-production among Detective Doug Productions Inc., Instinctive Film GmbH, and Brightway Investment (Pty) Ltd.Production Executives for Bell Media are: Sarah Fowlie, who is Director, Original Programming, Comedy; Chris Kelley, Production Executive, Original Programming; and Corrie Coe, who is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. The project is financed by Blue Ice Pictures and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC).SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @[email protected][email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]:facebook.com/theindiandetectivefacebook.com/ctvfacebook.com/RussellPetersfacebook.com/williamshatnerfacebook.com/anupamkherofficialfacebook.com/mishqahparthiephalInstagram:theindiandetectiveCTV_TelevisionrussellpeterswilliamshatneranupampkhergohaqyourselfmishqahparthiephalAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the upcoming international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. TORONTO – Following on the heels of the recent success of CTV’s THE DISAPPEARANCE, CTV’s latest original event series, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, debuts Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, as announced by Russell Peters today. Securing a coveted Thursday night timeslot immediately following the two biggest shows on television, THE BIG BANG THEORY (8 p.m.) and YOUNG SHELDON (8:30 p.m.), the four-part, one-hour, comedy-drama stars the global comedy sensation in his first starring scripted role for television, and was filmed on location in Cape Town, Toronto and Mumbai last spring. Click here for a sneak peek.THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, a classic fish out-of-water story with equal doses of comedy and high-stakes drama, follows Toronto cop Doug D’Mello (Peters) as he becomes embroiled in a murder case while visiting his father in Mumbai. The investigation leads Doug to uncover a dangerous conspiracy while dealing with his own ambivalence towards a country where, despite his heritage, he is an outsider.“Russell Peters is a must-see Canadian icon, whose talent has been recognized and celebrated all over the world by millions of fans,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “We’ve given THE INDIAN DETECTIVE a much-deserved prime spot, during television’s biggest night, and are excited to share Russell’s first series with viewers across the country.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Larissa Burnouf APTN National NewsThe inquest into the death of Kinew James, 35, reconvened Monday in Saskatoon after being postponed last month when new documents surfaced.James died in her cell at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon of an apparent heart attack.Several distress calls went [email protected]
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s minority government moved to change its key housing policy legislation on Thursday in an effort to win the support of the three members of the Green party.The amendments came just 48 hours after the speculation and vacancy tax was introduced in the legislature.Finance Minister Carole James and Green Leader Andrew Weaver said during a joint news conference that the three amendments to the proposed speculation tax will soon be tabled to ensure the law passes this fall.James introduced the tax bill Tuesday saying the government wanted to cool the real estate market and convince owners of vacant B.C. homes to either sell or rent their properties.“Because housing affordability is at a crisis and people are calling for a solution, I think you can see that as a government, and with our partners in the Green caucus, we’re committed to acting and addressing the housing affordability piece,” said James, referring to the NDP government’s 30-point housing plan.James said the Green amendments would cut the tax rate for all Canadians who own vacant properties in certain urban areas in B.C. to 0.5 per cent on assessed value from a proposed one per cent, while revenues from the tax would be directed to housing initiatives in the communities where they are collected.Foreign owners of vacant properties in B.C. will still face a two per cent tax on the home’s assessed value under the amended legislation.The changes would also establish an annual meeting between the mayors of the affected communities and the finance minister to review the tax.“Through hard work and many, many, many hours of negotiations, we’ve been able to come up with a compromise that we can both support and I will be bringing forward the amendments to this bill that addresses my key concerns,” Weaver said.The three members of the Green party reached an agreement with the NDP after the May 2017 election to support a minority government. There are 41 New Democrats, 42 Liberals, one Independent and three Greens in B.C.’s 87-seat legislature.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the proposed speculation tax is fading away by the day and losing revenue.He said the cut to the tax rate will cost the government millions.“Originally, they had a two per cent tax for everybody involved,” said Wilkinson. “They dropped it for British Columbians to 0.5 per cent, which meant 75 per cent of that revenue disappeared from British Columbians. Now another 50 per cent is disappearing for all Canadians. So this is tax policy that’s just melting away like a snowman in July.”James said the government estimates a $30-million revenue reduction once the rate is cut to 0.5 per cent for all Canadians.The government originally forecast $200 million in annual revenue when the speculation tax was introduced in February’s budget as part of the NDP’s plan to create 114,000 affordable housing units over the next decade.James said Tuesday when she introduced the legislation, the goal of the tax was to improve housing affordability for thousands of people in B.C., including seniors forced to live in their vehicles and young professionals who leave the province because they can’t find a place to live.She said she rejected efforts by many municipalities to opt-out of the speculation tax. On Thursday, James said she’s now prepared to listen to their concerns and drop the tax if it’s no longer needed.“Certainly, if we start seeing more affordable housing in communities and we need to make some adjustments, then that will occur,” said James.Langford Mayor Stew Young said in a letter to James and Premier John Horgan earlier this month that he feared the tax could spark an economic downturn.Young, whose community is in Horgan’s Victoria-area riding, said the tax “will dry up investment in British Columbia and is a recipe for financial disaster.”
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it will be reducing the maximum allowable rental rate increase, after announcing earlier this month that rents would have been permitted to increase by up to 4.5 percent next year.Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson said that her Ministry will be taking action on a recommendation from B.C.’s Rental Housing Task Force by cutting the annual allowable rent increase by two percent, limiting it to inflation.The previous formula, which dates back to 2004, allowed annual rent increases of two percent plus inflation. That means that effective January 1, 2019, the annual allowable rent increase will be 2.5 percent.“It’s simply not sustainable for renters, many of whom are on fixed incomes, to see their rent increase by more than inflation each and every year,” said Premier John Horgan. “We have to eliminate the risk of such huge increases for renters. Our new approach strikes a balance between giving relief to renters while encouraging people to maintain their rental properties.”As a result of eliminating the additional two percent increase, renters paying $1,200 per month will save up to $288 next year over what they could have paid under the old formula.“We recognize supply is key to bringing down rental costs in the long term, but renters have told us they are hurting and need help today,” said Robinson. “That’s why we are taking careful steps to address the housing crisis and ease the pressure on renters, while also making sure that landlords have the tools they need to continue to invest in their rental properties.”The Residential Tenancy Branch will work closely with landlord advocacy groups on expanded circumstances under which landlords could apply for an additional rent increase to reflect the costs of maintaining their rental properties.
Washington: The US Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a Buddhist inmate in Texas whose request that his spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was denied. In a brief, unsigned order, the court on Thursday said that Texas may not execute the inmate, Patrick H. Murphy, “unless the state permits Murphy’s Buddhist spiritual adviser or another Buddhist reverend of the state’s choosing to accompany Murphy in the execution chamber during the execution”, The New York Times reported. Murphy was sentenced to death for the 2000 murder of a police officer, Aubrey Hawkins. He has been a Buddhist for about a decade, according to court papers. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch said they would have allowed the execution to proceed. In a concurring opinion, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote that the state’s policy of allowing only Christian and Muslim chaplains to attend executions amounted to unconstitutional religious discrimination. “The government may not discriminate against religion generally or against particular religious denominations,” Kavanaugh wrote. “In this case,” he wrote, “the relevant Texas policy allows a Christian or Muslim inmate to have a state-employed Christian or Muslim religious adviser present either in the execution room or in the adjacent viewing room. “But inmates of other religious denominations who want their religious adviser to be present can have the religious adviser present only in the viewing room and not in the execution room itself for their executions.” Murphy’s case was similar to one in February in which the court, by a 5-to-4 vote, allowed the execution of a Muslim inmate in Alabama who had asked that his Imam be present. In Alabama, only a Christian chaplain employed by the prison was allowed in the execution chamber.