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$40 million plan turning mental hospital into 400 homes

first_imgFrom mental hospital to executive style apartments, this transformation at Kernow is one for the ages. Picture: Lydia KellnerA FORMER mental hospital is being given a $40 million overhaul that will turn the site into a masterplanned community with more than 400 homes.Purchased for a little over $1 million by British investor Les Bone 10 years ago, the plan was to turn former mental hospital Mosman Hall in Charters Towers into Kernow Park over the next two years. One of the completed apartments atKernow.“We want to hear from builders and renovators as stage two will consist of land blocks, retirement units and a clubhouse and bar by the lake,” Mr Bone said. With Stage One now completed, investors are invited to inspect one of the 14 self-contained units atKernow.Mr Bone and partner Vanessa Stanley-Johns decided to transform the property into a masterplanned community, starting with the construction of 15 self-contained units.“We built these 15 units to show people what can be done with these old buildings,” Mr Bone said.“Stage one was completed last year and the market we’re now going for is investment properties.“So the idea is that people buy these properties, not to live in but to rent out and manage on the owner’s behalf, a bit like what you see being done on the Gold Coast and in Cairns. There is no serviced apartment accommodation in Charters Towers.” Historical images of the old mental asylum, Mosman Hall, in Charters Towers.the site was “formerly a 1950s government asylum and set on elevated ground surrounded by 126 acres of untamed land”, according to the developer whose plan was to create a lively mixed-use community of more than 400 dwellings. The way it used to be. Images of Block B which is yet to be developed but will mirror Block AWith two of the units already sold to Western Australian investors, Mr Bone said he was ready to move on to the next phase: the construction of a 200ha lake and the rejuvenation of the main admin building.The last stage of Phase One will be the off-plan sale of the 13 units in the opposite wing which, by continuing the same unique design process undertaken in Block A, will finish what will be a unique development. Artist impression of the completedKernow project.It will include up to 33 apartments and cottages, all of which will feature pool or garden views, original high ceilings and refurbished floorboards.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 2020Mr Bone, who is based in Hong Kong, said he was first drawn to Charters Towers in 2003 when he purchased a mining and drilling company. Developers Les Bone and partner Vanessa Stanley-Johns have big plans for the former asylum, now known asKernow.“When I came here, I used to stay at a place called Cattleman’s Rest. One day the owner said to me: ‘I’m going to see this old hospital that’s up for tender, do you want to come?’“So I did, put a tender on it and won it without any idea what we were going to do with it.“So now we have 8000 sq m of buildings and 200 acres in the town.”last_img read more

Dutch institutions switch to equity and property

first_imgThe regulator reported that bond holdings returned 2% during the first quarter and said that equity yields were limited to 1%, following negative returns of emerging markets (-0.9%) and Asian holdings (-3.2%).According to DNB, the total quarterly return (including interest and dividend) of all Dutch investment funds was 2%, after a 1.8% profit during the last quarter of 2013.Following a new definition of investment institutions, DNB said it had included a number of private equity funds in its statistics, adding that their assets under management amounted to €16bn.The supervisor also made clear that total assets under management of Dutch investment institutions reached a record high of €660bn at March-end. Dutch institutional investors showed their confidence in the improving economic outlook during the first quarter by increasing their stake in more risky asset classes, such as equity and property, at the expense of fixed income, according to data released by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). The supervisor noticed that, on balance, €4.9bn has been added to equity investments, while the stake in real estate had risen by €900m during the first three months of the year.At the same time, institutional investors withdrew capital from fixed income funds (€1.7bn), mixed funds (€400m), hedge funds (€700m) and other funds (€1.8bn).DNB noted that the development was contrary to trends in the previous quarter, when €4.4bn was invested in fixed income funds, while €2.9bn was divested from equity funds.last_img read more

VALUE YOUR VOTE 2017: Marijuana

first_imgSupporters of decriminalisation would have us believe that cannabis is a gentle, harmless substance that gives users little more than a sense of mellow euphoria and hurts no one else. But the cannabis now in circulation is many times more powerful than that typically found in the early 1990s with up to a 25-fold increase in the amount of the main psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabidinol (THC). Naturally, growers want to sell marijuana with increased potency because it is more addictive. With increased potency comes increased health risks, greater likelihood of addiction, and the potential gateway to other and often more harmful drugs. Drug use is both a criminal and a health issue. There is a false dichotomy that criminal sanctions haven’t worked so we should ditch them all together and we should focus only on education and health initiatives. We should maintain both. Decriminalising marijuana is the wrong path if we care about public health and public safety, and about our young people. We will then start sending the message that marijuana isn’t that big a deal and that adults got the ‘say no to drugs’ message wrong.Regarding medicinal marijuana, Family First supports further quality research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms, and supports the establishment of emergency programmes that allow seriously ill patients non-smoked components of marijuana approved and listed by the Ministry of Health. But New Zealanders need to be aware of the smoke-screen of ‘medicinal marijuana’. The strategy of groups who want dope legalised is to promote medicinal marijuana which simply manipulates society’s compassion for people with serious pain and health concerns. There should be caution around this issue, but we also support a compassionate, safe and effective response to those in real need.READ MORE: www.saynopetodope.nz(click on image/s to download PDF)last_img read more

Nigerian forces retake strategic town of Bama

first_imgBoko Haram has been ousted from the town of Bama which is very strategicNigeria’s military says it has taken control Bama a town in the North East of the country that was under the control of Boko Haram.The army declared the victory saying several fighters were killed in the process.It is continuing with its operation against the militants in Bama the second largest town in Borno state.Boko Haram was reportedly also ousted from Goniri, its last base in neighboring Yobe state.The group recently swore allegiance to the Islamic State militants based in Syria and Iraq an allegiance that was accepted by the ISIS.The violence in Nigeria has killed more than 13,000 people since 2009.The conflict has since spread to neighboring countries, including Chad and Cameroon.Reports say Bama is an important town because of its closeness to the state capital Maiduguri and has witnessed some of the worst violence during this insurgency.The town was attacked several times by the jihadists before they captured it six months ago, our correspondent says.The military said those jihadists who fled Bama headed for the border with Chad and it had requested the Chadian army to pursue them.last_img read more

British Airways to use fuel converted from waste

first_img Share 74 Views   no discussions Tweet Share British Airways’ plans puts it in an existing group of commercial carriers like United, KLM and Virgin Atlantic that are exploring the potential of biofuels for the future.BRITISH Airways has announced plans to power its flights using sustainable jet fuel made from landfill waste – a move it says will be equal to taking 150,000 cars off the road.The UK’s flagship carrier says it’s committed to buying 50,000 tonnes of the sustainable jet fuel a year from Solena Fuels once its specially designed facility is completed in 2017.To be built in Thurrock, Essex, the facility will convert 575,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste, normally destined for the landfill or for incineration, and convert it into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels.The announcement comes as the aviation industry is set to meet in Geneva at the end of the month for the 2014 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, and coincides with Earth Day, observed globally on April 22.While airlines have long offered customers the option of buying carbon offsets to lessen the guilt of flying, airline travel has been considered the final bastion when it comes to sustainability, given the limitations of greening a mode of transportation powered by fossil fuels.But British Airways’ plans puts it in an existing group of commercial carriers like United, KLM and Virgin Atlantic that are exploring the potential of biofuels for the future.Last summer, United Airlines signed a deal to purchase 15 million gallons of lower-carbon, renewable jet fuel over three years with AltAir Fuels. It was also the first North American carrier to put a plane in the air powered by biofuels made with algae in 2009.Jamaica Observercenter_img BusinessLifestyleTravel British Airways to use fuel converted from waste by: – April 24, 2014 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Man jailed over sex abuse rap

first_imgHe was detained in the custodialfacility of the San Enrique municipal station./PN BACOLOD City – Charged with sexualabuse, a man was arrested in Barangay Nayon, San Enrique, Negros Occidental. The 57-year-old Rolando Jolipas ofBarangay Tabao, San Enrique was caught on the strength of an arrest warrantaround 9 a.m. on Jan.28.last_img

UPDATE: Milan student involved in fatal accident in Ohio County

first_imgUPDATE 7:00 PM — The fatal accident that closed State Road 56 south of Rising Sun claimed the life of a Milan High School Student.According to the Indiana State Police, a truck being driven by Dylan K Levi, 16, of Rising Sun, was traveling southbound on State Road 56, about 1 mile south of Rising Sun.For an unknown reason, Levi’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a car driven by Micayla D Acra, 17, of Milan.The vehicles collided head on at that location.Acra, a Senior at Milan High School, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ohio County Coroner’s Office.Levi, a student at Rising Sun High School, sustained minor injuries in the collision.Police are still investigating the cause of the collision, but say that the roadways being wet could have been a contributing factor in the crash.Levi submitted to a drug and alcohol test, but use is not suspected.State Road 56 was closed for around 3.5 hours for investigation and cleanup.RISING SUN, Ind. — A fatal accident has closed State Road 56 south of Rising Sun.According to the Indiana State Police a 2 vehicle accident occurred about 7:00 am.One person was killed in the accident, but names have not yet been released.last_img read more

Gene Cofield, 74

first_imgGene Cofield, 74, of Wildwood, Florida, formerly of Versailles passed away at 3:45am, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the home of his daughter in Madison. He was born at Covington, Kentucky on May 27, 1943 the son of Houston and Ida Geneva Schaffer Cofield. He was married to Gail Yauger on September 16, 2000 and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters Julie Scudder of Greenwood, Sally Cofield of Fishers, and Jill (Victor) Grossman of Madison; one step-son Chris Richmond of Versailles; one stepdaughter Kelly Richmond of North Vernon; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; one brother Daryle (Michelle) Cofield of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dennis. Mr. Cofield was a 1961 graduate of Aurora High School where he excelled in track, setting school records in various events. He was a former employee of Cummins Engine Company and had worked as an insurance investigator for Equifax in Versailles. He also worked as vice-president of collections for Mainsource Bank. Gene was a member of the Tyson United Methodist Church and the Versailles Post Sons of the American Legion. He was a former member of the Versailles Fire Department, served as a scoutmaster, and was a former member and past president of the Versailles Town Board. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 15th at 11am at the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles with Rev. Mike Dixon officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Thursday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion or the Tyson United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

The Latest: Tour de France rescheduled to start Aug. 29

first_img Associated Press The Latest: Tour de France rescheduled to start Aug. 29 April 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___This year’s Tour de France will start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races. The International Cycling Union announced the new dates after consulting with race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation. The Tour could not start as scheduled on June 27 because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.The UCI also says the world championships will go ahead as planned from Sept. 20-27 and will be followed by the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta. No official dates were given for those two major races.The UCI says prestigious one-day road classics such as Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be maintained at dates still to be defined.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

UW size too much for Marquette speed

first_imgLeuer dominated the smaller Marquette lineup en route to 26 points Saturday. The junior also put up 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.[/media-credit]After a surprising midweek road loss to Horizon League opponent University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Wisconsin basketball team came out focused from the start against Marquette and rode a big first-half lead to a 72-63 victory Saturday at the Kohl Center.Looking to avoid consecutive losses to in-state rivals, the Badgers dominated the Golden Eagles out of the gate, jumping out to a 17-point lead in the first 13 minutes. Although they try to avoid letting results affect them too much, the loss to UW-Green Bay was one that head coach Bo Ryan’s squad wanted to put behind them as quickly as possible.“We don’t try to get too high on our wins or too low on our losses, but that one definitely stung a little bit, and we wanted to get that taste out of our mouths,” junior forward Jon Leuer said. “We were just looking forward to getting back on the court, mixing it up and competing.”Leuer, who had a double-double Wednesday with 26 points and 10 rebounds in Green Bay, dominated the Golden Eagles’ bigs down low, though compared to the 6-foot-10 native of Long Lake, Minn., Marquette’s forwards are big in name only.The junior forward was especially effective early in the game, scoring 16 points in the first half to help the Badgers extend their lead early.“Any time you can jump on a team like we did tonight, it helps, and I just think the main thing was we were executing better than we did at Green Bay,” Leuer said. “We were able to force them into some tough shots, and I thought defensively we played pretty well.“We had some lapses in there, but for the most part, we got them to take some tough shots, and any time you’re doing that, you give yourself a good chance to be successful.”MU head coach Buzz Williams started a pair of 6-foot-6 forwards in Lazar Hayward and Jimmy Butler, and a 6-foot-7 forward Joseph Fulce. Leuer’s height advantage over the Golden Eagles proved to be a mismatch on the defensive end for Marquette, as he recorded his second consecutive double-double in the Badgers’ nine-point victory.With 24 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, Leuer posted consecutive 20-point games for the first time in his career, impressing the opposing head coach along the way.“I told our guys when coach (Scott) Monarch brought up [Leuer], initially, I said, ‘I think he’s a pro,’” Williams said. “I think he has improved for Wisconsin as much as Jimmy Butler has improved for Marquette.”Leuer was not the only Badger who had success, though.Guards Jordan Taylor and Trevon Hughes added 13 points and three rebounds apiece, while combining for five assists to just two turnovers. Much like the Badgers’ victory over Grambling State a week earlier, the size of UW’s guards also gave them an advantage defensively against Marquette’s smaller, quicker backcourt.“I think we got back to playing defense the way we know we can play defense, but we still had some lapses,” Taylor said. “For the most part, we did a decent job playing defense, which got away from us at Green Bay (and) is pretty much the reason we loss. So, it was nice to get back to the way Wisconsin plays defense.”In addition to leading his team, Leuer outdueled Marquette’s Hayward, who was forced to carry much of the load for the Golden Eagles. Hayward, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., scored 21 of MU’s 63 points on 8-of-21 shooting, while tying Leuer with a game-high 12 rebounds.MU had just one other scorer in double figures as guard Darius Johnson-Odom scored 13 points, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. But while Hayward scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, Johnson-Odom had nine in the first half and just four after the break.Still, Hayward’s second-half outburst sparked the Golden Eagles, allowing them to cut an early 12-point deficit after halftime to just three points midway through the period as Hayward missed a layup, grabbed his own rebound and hit a floater in the lane.Of course, the Badgers were not surprised by the MU run.“Most teams do (make a run),” Ryan said. “There tends to be some of that give and take, and I’m glad that we started out the way we did — to have that kind of a cushion to absorb what they brought at us. … They gave the best they could give, we gave the best we could give, and this is how this one turned out.”It turned out as another Wisconsin victory — Ryan’s 200th as head coach of the Badgers — and another UW win over in-state rival Marquette. With the victory, the Badgers’ improved to 12-2 in their last 14 home games against the Golden Eagles.More importantly, though, it gave the Badgers some bragging rights.“We came out and we knew we had to win this game,” Hughes said. “You can’t lose two in a row first of all, and second of all, you can’t lose two in-state games. Basically, it’s bragging rights. We’ll see each other around all year.”last_img read more