Oxford’s college inequality scheme branded “ineffective”

first_imgAmong the concerns raised by those affected by the Scheme is the impact it has on access. According to the University’s Admissions statistical report, colleges eligible for grants tend to take higher proportions of students generally classified as ‘disad- vantaged’. In 2016/17, 12.9% of Mansfield’s admissions were from disadvantaged areas, compared with Trinity’s 6.7%. In the same period, St Hugh’s took 19.2% from areas with low progression to higher education, compared with Queens’ 8.1% – the lowest of all the colleges. Grant-eligible colleges still have to make contributions if they have taxable assets above £45 million, with these colleges contributing £42,299 in the year 2016/17.Colleges are eligible for a grant from the fund if they have low taxable assets per student, or if these assets are “below a median or target value in one or more categories” by which college wealth can be assessed. Colleges are required to make “a convincing case for support” before the grant is permitted.Out of the successful applications to the fund from 2013-21, the largest proportion (66%) went toward maintenance and refurbishment of colleges, while also being spent on scholarships, bursaries, housing allowances and teaching expenditure. St Peter’s College has been the greatest benefactor under the Scheme, receiving £1,163,500 between 2013-21. The University’s scheme designed to redistribute wealth amongst colleges, the College Contribution Scheme, is currently under “live discussions” among college heads, with a new version of the Scheme to be announced later this year.Under the most recent Scheme (Scheme 6) colleges with taxable assets of above £45 mil- lion paid contributions into a fund from which poorer colleges could apply to for grants. 21 colleges pay the highest threshold of tax, which requires colleges to pay 0.36% of taxable wealth over £75 million.The highest contributors to the scheme (St John’s, Christ Church, and All Soul’s) provided 38% of the total contribution in 2016/17, while undergraduate colleges such as Lady Margaret Hall, Harris Manchester, and Mansfield did not cross the threshold necessary to make contributions. The University has been contacted for comment. “The rational long-term solution is to grow endowment through massive extra donations (as some US universities seem to manage), or to curtail the size of the undergraduate numbers, or to reduce the cost of the undergraduate teaching system – or a mix of all three; pending facing such reality a Scheme 7 is simply another bit of sticking plaster.”Palfreyman also suggested increasing the total sum of the fund from approximately £60- 70 million to around £125 million. This would allow the proportion of the funds spent each year to remain the same, while increasing the amount available to be redistributed.The last previous round of reforms came into practice in 2016. These involved raising the tax threshold and increasing the breadth of the tax bands to £9m, to make the tax more progressive and increase the proportion of contributions being paid by the wealthiest colleges. As a result of the reforms, the “tax paid by the colleges with the highest taxable net assets has increased as a proportion and the total contribution required of grant-eligible colleges has reduced by half (from £93.7k to £46.3k)”. In the year 2016/17, the total contribution by grant-eligible colleges was £42,299. Speaking to Cherwell, Mansfield’s JCR President Saba Shakil, said of the most recent scheme: “This directly affects the availability of a range of educational resources (from college library spending to research grants), as well as the cost of everyday living, and means that students who arrive at Oxford at a disadvantage are then further disadvantaged by the structure of the University itself.”More broadly, this links to concerns over the equality of student experience between colleges.Linacre’s CR President, James King, told Cherwell: “Students at Linacre are acutely aware that the wealth disparity between colleges results in a markedly different student experience.“It is often awkward at our majority international graduate college when students with little prior knowledge of the college system discover that they have more expensive accommodation, less access to funding, and fewer facilities than others on the same courses as them. For example, DPhil students at Linacre can claim a maximum of £300 across the three or four years of their degrees for travel expenses, whereas students at Keble (to take one example) have access to £350 per year, over four and a half times more across a four year DPhil. Negotiations over the nature of Scheme 7 have been happening internally. Professor Andrew Barker, Principal Bursar of St John’s College said: “while discussions about a new scheme are still ongoing the College is not in a position to comment”.Private Permanent Halls are excluded from the College Contribution Scheme, preventing them from applying for grants despite typically having smaller endowments.President of Regent’s Park JCR, William Robinson, told Cherwell: “On the face of it, I can’t think how excluding PPHs from this scheme can be justified. We contribute to wider University life as much as any College, the only difference being our comparatively smaller size.“Barring PPH access to this money is unlikely to redress the imbalancein reputation and endowment that exists between us and much of Oxford, and this has a knock-on, compounding effect: we have less money to spend on our independent access efforts, and less to expand our size.“While the rest of Oxford is able to continue to grow its student body and prestige through these grants, the potential to improve the situation, scale, and lives of our students our research output, and our reputation is curtailed by a lack of funding, while those that need it far less, given their long histories and large endowments, have access. It is hard to work out the thinking behind this scheme.” In fact, St John’s contribution before rebate would have covered the entirety of the grants confirmed in the year 2017/18 for 2018/19 – a total of £1.6 million and including those for housing allowances at St Anne’s, library expenditure at Kellogg, and graduate scholarships at St Edmund’s Hall.Using the contribution formula, in 2016/17 the total amount of contributions called for from colleges would come to £11.4 million, a 15.3% increase on the previous year. However, the total amount of contributions from colleges is capped at £3 million per year, with colleges receiving a rebate pro rata when contributions exceed this amount. The central University also tops up the fund by £1 million. “Linacre is under great pressure to expand its student numbers as international postgrads generate profits for the University, but its facilities are increasingly unable to cope (from there only being enough pigeon holes in the porters’ lodge for about half the students, to having to turn freshers away from the matriculation bop because the number of attendees now regularly exceeds the legal capacity of the College bar and dining hall).”Between 2013-20, Linacre claimed £551,003 from the College Contribution Fund.King added: “It [the Scheme] has been extensively discussed by Linacre’s Governing Body on which I sit – our College has used it for essential repairs over the years.“I would support a more equal redistribution of wealth between colleges, with a more progressive system of taxation, a lower bar for contributions (of say £30 million), and the inclusion of PPHs.”Because they are reliant on grants being approved, poorer colleges often find themselves unable to plan their finances over the long-term and since grants are given with a speci c purpose in mind, poorer colleges can find it difficult to cope with unexpected expenditure.King continued: “I think most Oxford students would be pretty surprised that Worces- ter and Keble are bracketed of cially as ‘poorer colleges’ able to claim for nancial assistance but Regents Park is not, due to the exclusion of PPHs from the scheme. In particular, Keble is able to claim for financial assistance from the fund despite having the resources to spend over £30m on building the H B Allen Centre, which is essentially a new graduate college exclusively for the use of its own students.”Furthermore, some believe that no amount of redistribution can compensate for the difficulty in meeting teaching costs, experienced by almost all the colleges.New College Bursar, David Palfreyman, told Cherwell: “The cost of delivering the Oxford Tutorial intensive undergraduate teaching is approximately £6,000-7,000 above the net fee/ grant income and the gap has to be covered from colleges’ endowment – but there is insufficient endowment across the colleges overall, no matter whether or not it is not spread equally/proportionally, to fund the current size of the UK/EU undergraduate population if undergraduate continue to be ‘properly’ taught.last_img read more

Chrome, Fins and Muscle Showcased at Antique Auto Show in O.C.

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleCar lovers had their fill Saturday, from 1920s touring cars to chrome and finned-out 1950s beauties, to the ’60s GTO muscle cars and, of course, the beloved Volkswagen Beetle.Wes Wood and his wife Lori, of Jamison, Pa., made the 125-mile drive to the Jersey Cape Region Antique Automobile Club of America show on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle.And they did it in the luxury of their 1953 gleaming red, fully-restored Cadillac convertible.The Woods have other vintage Cadillacs, another 1953, a ’56, and a ’48.“This one is my favorite,” Wes Wood said. “It is the only convertible.”Lori and Wes Wood, of Jamison, Pa., in their Cadillac.The head-turning car, which the Woods have had since 2000, took some work to get it to the dream ride it is today, the Woods acknowledged.“A lot of elbow grease went into this car,” said Lori Wood, with a chuckle.Spectators browsed the vintage cars that filled the Tabernacle grounds. Owners of muscle cars revved the heavy horsepower engines, while owners of cars from the 1920s and ’30s sounded their “ooga” horns and allowed people to hop in.For Bob Thomson, of Elmer, relaxing in his 1931 Model A Ford was just perfect for him. He bought it five years ago.“It’s repaired, but not restored,” Thomson said. “I like it just the way it is.”Bob Thomson, of Elmer, takes a seat in his 1931 Model A Ford.The show, in its 64rd year, features 150 or more vintage cars.This year, with sunny skies and cool breezes, Rich Hardin, of Ocean City, and his wife, Bonnie, said it was one of the busiest shows they could remember.“The turnout is great,” Rich Hardin noted. “There are a lot of cool cars.”Their family car, an orange 1963 VW Beetle, was one of those vintage favorites.And their son, Ricky, 17, got to drive it.“We love Volkswagens,” Rich Hardin said. “We have had this one since Ricky was little. He drives it around town, to go surfing and for a couple of shows.”The Hardin family’s orange VW Beetle.There were the owners and the spectators. There were also people who fit somewhere in between.Randy Spaide, of Lansdale, Pa., and his wife, Wendy, are friends with Fred Glazier, of Marmora, and his wife, Sue, the owners of a 1964 red Mustang in the show.The Spaides got to drive the car while their friends were ahead of them in another car.“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” Randy Spaide said of the Glaziers’ car.Their next stop was the parade up on the Boardwalk at 2 p.m. with the rest of the participants of the car show.The Spaides, of Lansdale, Pa., in a 1964 Mustang owned by their friends.A passenger gives the “peace sign” in this VW van.The classic cars roll out of the O.C. Tabernacle grounds and head to the Boardwalk for the parade. Classic cars such as this 1953 Cadillac convertible shine at the auto show Saturday at the Ocean City Tabernacle.last_img read more

University releases campus climate survey results

first_imgThe University released the results from the 2015 Campus Climate Survey on Monday in an email to the student body, shedding light on the status of student perception and understanding of sexual violence on campus and related University policy.The email, sent from University President Fr. John Jenkins, included a 28-page survey report as well as the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention’s (CSAP) recommendations moving forward and a one-page results overview.The questionnaire, conducted last January and February, asked questions about sexual assault and the campus atmosphere as it pertains to sexual assault, harassment and misconduct. Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said this was the second administration of the Campus Climate Survey — the first occurred in the fall of 2012.“We do a survey every other year, and we do focus groups in the intervening years to be able to learn more information in conversations with students to compliment this overall assessment that we have of the entire student body,” she said.Lauren Weldon | The Observer According to the report, the survey, which was administered to all enrolled Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students, had a completion rate of 38 percent — 33 percent among male students and 43 percent among female students.Deputy Title IX coordinator Heather Ryan said the response rate was sufficient to draw conclusions about the campus as a whole, but she hoped to increase the number of responses for the next administration of the survey.“I think we are comfortable in that number in using the results to really evaluate our programming and our efforts,” Ryan said. “I do think, as an assessment subcommittee, we would like to get better results and response rates.”Jenkins said Friday the results reflected both encouraging changes in student perceptions and attitudes since 2012, but also unsettling numbers in terms of the current situation.“I didn’t find anything in there that jumped out or was terribly surprising,” he said. “There’s sobering news, and some good news. It seems that we’re making progress in some areas, but in others we need to do more work.”Among the more sobering numbers found in the report, six percent of female respondents and two percent of male respondents reported experiencing non-consensual intercourse (defined as “any sexual intercourse without your consent; it includes oral, anal or vaginal penetration, to any degree with any object”) while a student at Notre Dame.Additionally, 16 percent of survey respondents — 25 percent of female respondents and six percent of male respondents — reported experiencing non-consensual sexual intercourse or other forms of non-consensual sexual contact while enrolled at Notre Dame.Hoffmann Harding said these numbers reflect a national trend, but also give the administration a better idea of how many students chose to not report sexual misconduct or assault to the University.“We’re not unlike any other institution in the country in this issue nationally,” she said. “There’s under-reporting of the numbers. I’m troubled in two ways — one is the reports aren’t coming to us. Most importantly, so we can offer support, help and response. But secondly, that they’re happening at all, and that they’re happening to that degree.”The “Perceived Barriers Preventing Victims from Reporting” section of the report compiles the questions that asked students what would make them less likely to report sexual harassment, misconduct or assault. The strongest perceived barriers were a reluctance to discuss details of the incident (64 percent), fear for one’s personal reputation (61 percent) and “afraid to get in trouble for other violations of University policies” (56 percent).Jenkins said the latter barrier, which pertained mostly to parietals and underage drinking violations, reflected a misunderstanding of University policy.“There’s some reluctance to reporting because people feel they’re going to be accused of a parietals violation or some other thing, and that’s not true,” he said. “We won’t do that, because we think sexual assault is so serious.”The survey also looked at barriers to reporting for third parties or witnesses. While the strongest listed barrier to reporting was “respecting the wishes of the victim who would rather not report it,” with 72 percent of respondents listing it as a serious barrier, 59 percent of respondents also listed “would rather stay out of it” as a serious barrier.“That was one of the more discouraging results in the survey for me,” Hoffmann Harding said. “In a community where we talk about being a family, and we specifically educate on being our brother and sister’s keepers, I think we’re all called and we’re all obligated to really help our fellow students in this situation here.“ … I don’t want that to be a barrier,” she said. “I’m confused and discouraged as to why it is, and it’s a conversation that I hope the release of this information will help us really have on campus.”In addition to assessing student attitudes and personal experiences, the questionnaire also provides a general assessment of student knowledge of University policy as it relates to sexual misconduct, harassment and assault.In comparison to 2012, knowledge and understanding of consent — and who has the capacity to give it — has generally improved. The 2015 survey reported 94 percent of students said students in a current or previous dating or sexual relationship could not assume consent, compared to 84 percent in 2012. Additionally, 93 percent of 2015 respondents said a person “incapacitated by alcohol or other substances” was considered unable to give consent, compared to 88 percent of 2012 respondents.However, the responses to the following question left many administrators perplexed: “Does a person’s level of intoxication change their responsibility to obtain consent to sexual activity?”Thirty percent of the 2015 respondents said yes. University policy stipulates that a person’s level of intoxication does not lessen their burden to obtain consent for sexual activity.Jenkins cited the statistic and its relevant policies as an area in which the University needs to focus education.“The idea that intoxication diminishes one’s responsibility — we have to be clear that’s not true,” he said. “It’s not true, and it’s not going to be treated that way.”Hoffmann Harding said the responses to that question would shape how the University trains students in the immediate future.“It’s safe to say, we will incorporate that particular piece of information into every mandatory training that we have for students, now that we’ve learned that that’s a real point of difference in terms of policy awareness among the students,” she said.In conjunction with the release of the survey results, Jenkins, Hoffmann Harding, Ryan and a number of other University administrators will participate in a town hall meeting Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in DeBartolo 102.Jenkins said he hoped the town hall would continue the conversation about the survey results, and offer an opportunity to address students’ questions about the survey.“This has to be a common effort, and, if I have anything to say, it’s to urge everyone to be aware and to do what they can to eliminate sexual assault from this community,” he said. “It is so profoundly at odds with who we are and what we stand for.”Editor’s note: News Editor Katie Galioto and Managing Editor Kayla Mullen contributed to this story.Tags: campus climate questionnaire, campus climate survey, committee on sexual assault prevention, CSAP, sexual assaultlast_img read more

Off-Broadway’s Handle With Care Sets Closing Date

first_img Handle with Care originally premiered at Florida’s Gulfshore Playhouse in 2011. Emmy-nominated playwright Jason Odell Williams’ newest play Handle with Care is set to end its run at the Westside Theatre Downstairs on March 9. Starring Tony nominee Carol Lawrence, best known for originating Maria in West Side Story, the off-Broadway show officially opened on December 15. Directed by Karen Carpenter, in addition to Lawrence, Handle With Care stars Sheffield Chastain, Charlotte Cohn and Jonathan Sale. The show features set design by David Arsenault and lighting design by Cory Pattak. Handle With Care Related Showscenter_img View Comments The romantic comedy tells the story of a young Israeli woman who reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America. The young woman, who has little command of English, meets a man who has little command of romance. Is their inevitable love an accident, or destiny generations in the making? Show Closed This production ended its run on March 9, 2014last_img read more

‘How Puerto Rico’s New Grid Could Go Wrong’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:The territory’s power company, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), is about to be privatized after 70 years as the island’s sole power provider.What worries Román is that the commonwealth’s government is approaching the massive undertaking in haste and with few safeguards in place, which it has done before, sometimes with disastrous results.That’s because the world has never seen circumstances like Puerto Rico’s.There have been bankruptcies. There has been upheaval in its regulatory regime. There have been technology transformations. There have been natural catastrophes. But there’s never been a case where all of these, plus privatization, have happened at the same time.In March, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló made an announcement. His government would do what government often does when public infrastructure is beyond repair: cede control of PREPA and invite private dollars to rebuild it.PREPA’s monopoly would end, the generation plants would be sold off, and the transmission and distribution network would be operated on a long-term concession of up to 25 years.The Legislature took up a bill to enable it called the “Puerto Rico Electrical System Transformation Act,” which is undergoing hearings.“We are very optimistic that this process will result in us being able to transform the energy system in Puerto Rico,” said Carlos Mercader, head of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, which represents the territorial government to Washington, D.C.Others aren’t so sure.“The bill establishes a mechanism to sell PREPA’s assets via politically driven contracts — rich in fees for lawyers, accountants, consultants and advisors,” wrote the authors of a report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).The Legislature’s blueprint doesn’t address the basic problems that drove PREPA into a ditch, including political meddling, IEEFA wrote. “There’s no coherent plan toward moving toward new renewables or retiring plants to deal with declining demand,” one of the report’s authors, Cathy Kunkel, said in an interview.Others have pointed to Puerto Rico’s last privatization of a key utility as an example of what can go wrong.In the early 1990s, the island’s water agency, the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA), was in the same sort of shape PREPA is in now: saddled with debt and decrepit, unable to meet customers’ needs.Privatization of PRASA was set in motion by Gov. Pedro Rosselló, the father of the current governor. A study from the University of Iowa explains what happened. In its haste to close the deal, Puerto Rico sought few bids and wrote contracts poorly. Cost overruns ensued, along with conflicts that led to master contracts being canceled not just once, but twice.How Puerto Rico’s new grid could go wrong ‘How Puerto Rico’s New Grid Could Go Wrong’last_img read more

Governor Wolf Acts on Legislation

first_img Bill Signing,  Latest News Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today signed the following:Act 66 (Klunk) – Amends the Bingo Law further providing for definitions, for rules for licensing and operation and for penalty.Act 67 (Saccone) – Amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), in wiretapping and electronic surveillance, further providing for administrative subpoena.Act 68 (Topper) – Amends Titles 18 (Crimes & Offenses) & 23 (Domestic Relations), in offenses against the family, further providing for newborn protection; for taking child into protective custody; for reporting acceptance; & duties of department.Act 69 (Solomon) – Amends Title 51 (Military Affairs), in Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, providing for veterans registry.Act 70 (Fabrizio) – Amends the Health Care Facilities Act, in licensing of health care facilities, further providing for definitions; and abrogating regulations.Act 71 (Greiner) – Amends the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act further providing for registration of charitable organizations, financial reports, fees, and failure to file.Act 72 (Greiner) – Amends the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act further providing for registration of charitable organizations, financial reports, fees & failure to file, for counsel & contracts, for disclosure, bonds, records & books.Ac 73  (Masser) – Act designating many state routes, highways, exits, and bridges.Act 74 (Dawkins) – Act designating a bridge on that portion of State Route 1005, also known as Castor Avenue, over the Frankford Creek in the City of Philadelphia, as the Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge.Act 75 (Harris) – Amends the Liquor Code, in PLCB, for enforcement; in liquor, alcohol and malt & brewed beverages licenses & regs., for interlocking business prohibited, for breweries, for unlawful acts; and making related repeals.Act 76 (Vulakovich) – Amends Title 53 (Municipalities Generally), in parking authorities, providing for granting of interests and mixed-use projects for authorities in cities of the second class.Act 77 (Argall) – Amends Title 66 (Public Utilities), in general provisions, further providing for defs.; in contract carrier by motor vehicle & broker, further providing for declaration of policy; for unauthorized operation by carriers & brokers.Act 78 (Reschenthaler) – Amends Title 12 (Commerce & Trade) & 23 (Domestic Relations), in fraudulent transfers, providing for definitions, for defense, remedies, liability protection, uniformity of application; & jurisdiction over support orders.Act 79 (Yaw) – Amends the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program ct, further providing for requirements.Act 80 (Martin) – Amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in powers of department and local authorities, further providing for specific powers of department and local authorities.Act 81 (White) – Amends Title 7 (Banks and Banking), in mortgage loan licensing and consumer protection, providing for defs, for conferred powers, for application for license, fees, requirements and promulgation of regulations to incorporate Fed regulations.Act 82 (Browne) – Act authorizing DGS, with Governor approval, to grant to TCA Properties L.P., certain lands in Allentown; and, with DMVA & Governor approval, to grant, at a price determined through bid process, buildings in the Borough of Kane. Governor Wolf Acts on Legislation SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img December 22, 2017last_img read more

Mermaid Beach pad makes almost $400K for vendor

first_img35 Montana Rd, Mermaid Beach.“They basically painted the walls, put a few new lights in and polished the concrete floors,” Mr Sharples said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We had the property styled as well and I think that made a big difference.”Neither the kitchen or bathrooms were renovated. 35 Montana Rd, Mermaid Beach recently sold for $1.375 million.A MERMAID BEACH vendor has made a $380K profit in three years with only basic cosmetic renovations.Harcourts Coastal agent Andre Sharples first sold 35 Montana Rd in 2014 for $995,000.Last week he sold it under the hammer for $1.375 million. 35 Montana Rd, Mermaid Beach.He said the huge profit also came down to changes in Mermaid Beach over the past three years.“When they bought into Montana, Bam Bam Bakehouse wasn’t there.“It’s a great location — you can walk to the surf club, Pacific Fair is close and the tram station is also nearby.”center_img 35 Montana Rd, Mermaid Beach.The property offers dual living options as well as a terrace, two separate lockup garages and tidy kitchens.Mr Sharples said a Gold Coast investor bought the property with a long-term view to move to the beachside house.The property has already been listed on the rental market at $650 for the upper level (2/35 Montana Rd) and $560 for the ground level (1/35 Montana Rd).last_img read more

Graya’s next project unveiled: Landmark building in New Farm

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 COVID-19 has changed homeowners: Survey Andrew and Rob Gray of Graya, with Frank Licastro of Frank Developments, are set to create a multi-residential development called ‘Maison’ in New Farm.Luxury Brisbane home builders Graya and Frank Developments are delving into the world of multi-residential development.Teaming up with friend and industry peer Frank Licastro, brothers Rob and Andrew Gray are set to create ‘Maison’ — a landmark building in New Farm, comprising just five exclusive sky homes.The trio say they have naturally transitioned into the multi-residential space as they saw a gap in the market to create considered residences with the same characteristics of a home in addition to the lifestyle apartment living offers. A render of Maison, 60 Moray St, New Farm. Image: Frank Developments.The property moguls spent two years scouring for perfect the site to bring their vision to life before finding 60 Moray Street.‘Maison’ will have five, full floor, four-bedroom residences with direct lift access, an abundance of natural light and cross ventilation plus sweeping views of Brisbane’s skyline, river and New Farm.The development has a private recreational deck for residences 1 to 4, which includes a swimming pool, sunbeds, a barbecue and alfresco and lounge spaces. The penthouse will have its own private rooftop with a pool, barbecue area and open space for the owner to furnish to suit their needs.It’s not the first time the three of them have worked together.Frank Developments also collaborated with Graya to create the luxury home ‘Laurent’ in Paddington, which sold for $4 million last year.“We have known each other for over a decade, since we started in the construction industry,” Mr Licastro said. “We had been looking for the right site for well over two years and we found it on a beautifully square corner block in Moray Street, which allowed for three sides of light in our sky homes.” A render of Maison, 60 Moray St, New Farm. Image: Frank Developments.Graya director Rob Gray said Maison’s location and design would make it a landmark building that people would recognise for years to come.“We were so happy when we found our site,” Mr Gray said.“The corner lot makes the floor plans extremely efficient and liveable, unlike many of the dark and compromised floor plans you see time and time again.“We feel many people are missing the market by not truly delivering what their end occupant wants in regards to design and lifestyle. We have long careers ahead of us, but we know this will be a flagship project that we have put everything we have into.” The kitchen in the house, named Laurent, at 44 Reading St, Paddington, which sold for $4m. Picture: Scott Burrows.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoLead agent Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm said the developers had chosen one of the best river roads in New Farm. “Moray Street is such a sought after address that people will pay a premium for,” Mr Lancashire said.Designed by architect Joe Adsett, Maison is set to offer apartment living with the same spatial qualities and character of a home.The nature-inspired development has landscaped planting wraps, which cascade along the curved façade, providing privacy for each residence. Graya and Frank Developments built this house, named Laurent, in Paddington. Picture: Scott Burrows.Development approval for the project was granted by Brisbane City Council last month without appeal within the Planning and Environment Court, which Mr Gray said was a reflection of the extensive community consultation undertaken in the lead-up.Maison will be launching to the market in the coming weeks.And we can expect more where that came from, with Mr Gray revealing Graya plans to go down the multi-residential path more often in the future.Graya has built homes for Broncos captain Darius Boyd and his wife Kayla, former Wallabies captain Stephen Moore and rapper Example and his model wife, Erin McNaught, among other high-profile names. Epic penthouse sells for $4 million Bizarre bubble house gaining global attention MORE: Anna Spiro sells her island homelast_img read more

Messer enters sexual harassment debate, scores a win for vets

first_imgWashington D.C.— Congressman Luke Messer is working on a measure to protect victims of sexual assault and harassment in Congress.The proposal would release all staff from current non-disclosure agreements involving a sexual assault settlement with a member of Congress. Further, future non-disclosure agreements would be prohibited.Multiple media outlets have reported the government has paid more than $17 million in tax payer dollars in the last 20 years to settle sexual harassment claims.Messer’s proposal to help veterans impacted by the closure of ITT Tech has been passed by the Senate and is headed to the desk of the President.The Takano-Messer proposal is part of the Harry Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, which improves and modernizes several aspects of the GI Bill.“This is a huge win for our veterans. Not only does this bill expand GI Bill benefits for our military families, it helps the thousands of veterans who unfairly lost their benefits when ITT Tech closed,” Messer said. “Our military men and women earn their GI Bill benefits serving and defending our country. It is our duty to honor that commitment, and ensure our veterans get every chance to succeed.”last_img read more

Gereau, Thies take first Raceway Park wins of season

first_imgHis Sunday night IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers were the first at Raceway Park this season for Todd Gereau. (Photo by Tim Smith)By Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (June 25) – Two drivers broke into victory lane for the first time this season Sunday at Raceway Park.In the Casey’s General Stores IMCA Stock Car feature, Todd Gereau took control at the front of the field after a mid-race pileup in the first turn involving six cars shook up the field. In the final laps, Gereau came under heavy pressure from multi-time champion track Jason Ward but kept control of the inside line to take the win.The Total Motors IMCA Modified feature saw Jim Thies take his first win of the year in a near flag-to-flag performance.The Golden Auto Sales IMCA Hobby Stocks had another big field of cars, with action coming right down to the checkered flag.Aaron Shearn, David Miller and Andy Hoffman had battled for the top spot over much of the feature with Miller making one last attempt to get under Shearn on the final turn, only to spin and drop outside the top 10 as Shearn raced under the checkered flag.The KCAU9 IMCA Northern SportMod feature was all Todd Boulware, who took an unchallenged win.last_img read more