Governor Wolf Will Veto House Bill 321

first_imgGovernor Wolf Will Veto House Bill 321 November 21, 2019 Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Press Secretary J.J. Abbott released the following statement regarding House Bill 321:“As Governor Wolf has said repeatedly, he will veto any bill, including House Bill 321, that seeks to limit health care choices for women and politicize difficult moments for vulnerable families. There is no evidence that this bill is needed in Pennsylvania and no disability rights group supports this bill. This bill masks yet another attempt to ban abortions and put politicians between a woman and her doctor.“What we should be doing is having a conversation about how to help women facing complex pregnancies and people with disabilities get the support they need and deserve. Pennsylvania has made bipartisan progress helping people with disabilities but this is not part of that. Rather, this is a particularly cynical way to impugn women seeking constitutionally protected health care options.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Meet some of Brisbane’s grandest homes, with a history to match

first_imgStefanie Brown at the historic Cintra House, which she is selling. Picture: Peter Wallis.One of Brisbane’s oldest surviving homes, ‘Cintra House’ is a circa 1860s estate on the fringe of the CBD. The heritage-listed, prominent white landmark is a rare example of Georgian architecture — built entirely of stone — and has been home to a number of residents of note over the years. This historic home at 34 Mullens St, Hamilton, sold for nearly $6m.The landmark Hamilton home known as ‘Cremorne’, built by a publican in 1905, sold for $5.97 million, while a hilltop estate at 4 Welwyn Crescent in Coorparoo sold for more than $5 million in August — setting a new sale price record for the suburb.A 1930s Ascot estate belonging to the boss of Domino’s Pizza fetched $11 million earlier this year.And they don’t get much grander than the mansion on Hamilton Hill built by the late disgraced businessman, Christopher Skase, which sold for more than $10 million — although the former owner had hoped it would fetch more. Cintra House is renowned as one of Brisbane’s most prominent hilltop residences and one of the city’s oldest residential homes.Former Queensland premier Boyd Dunlop Morehead lived there with his wife and eight children for a number of years and in the 1970s, it was owned by prominent Brisbane builder Noel Kratzman, who carried out a number of renovations.The original two-storey floorplan is largely intact, save for a couple of additions that were made in the late 1800s, including a bay projection and verandahs with ornate balustrades. The property at 29 Hillside Cres, Hamilton.It features four bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, a gym which can be used as a fifth bedroom and a kitchen on both floors.Records show it last sold for $950,000 in 2001. The view from one of the front verandahs at 29 Hillside Cres, Hamilton. This property at 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill, is for sale.THEY are rich in history, steeped in grandeur and often hidden from the public eye.But now, some of Brisbane’s grandest homes are on the market for the first time in decades, giving residents a rare chance to peek inside a piece of the city’s past.And, boy, do they have some stories to tell.One is the former home of a Queensland premier, another housed the British Trade Commissioner and then there’s one of the oldest homes still standing in the city.House prices might be softening nationally, but the top end of the market in Brisbane is going strong — and the grander the home, the better.Recent sales prove historic homes are hot property. The view from the viewing deck.He said the home’s historic charm and modern conveniences would make it sought-after among buyers.“I think for a buyer, if a home has stood the test of time, it shows the home’s very reliable,” Mr Hodge said. 8. ‘Locarno’ – 29 Hillside Cres, HamiltonNo price guideLast sold for $950,000 in 2001 The veranda on the house at 23 Davidson Tce, Teneriffe.The home has six bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as a granny flat, viewing deck, pool and spa and an award-winning back garden.Marketing agent Henry Hodge of McGrath Estate Agents said the owners had undertaken one of the best renovations he had seen.“They haven’t spared any costs,” Mr Hodge said. Aerial image of 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton, which was the former home of Christopher Skase.Here are some of the grandest historic homes on the market in Brisbane right now:1. ‘Nareke’ – 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate HillNo price guide: For sale via tenderLast sold for $6.55m in 2008 Inside the home at 23 Boyd St, Bowen Hills.Today, it stands as a majestic six-bedroom, three-bathroom family home on 3050 square metres of private hilltop land.It features marble fireplaces, 3.6-metre-high ornate ceilings, a full-size championship tennis court and a swimming pool.Records show the property last sold for $2.1 million 17 years ago. Inside the property at 4 Sutherland Ave, Ascot.Marketing agent Vaughan Keenan of Grace and Keenan said the beauty of the home was that it had never been “bastardised”.“It’s one of those rare houses where all the original features are still intact,” Mr Keenan said.“One of the bathrooms still has the original terrazzo floor.”Mr Keenan said he was in negotiations with three potential buyers who had made offers.“The Sutherland Avenue address is a big drawcard for people because it’s one of THE streets in Brisbane,” he said.The property comes with a $3.4 million price tag. 4. 50 Riverview Tce, HamiltonNo price guide: Sale by negotiation Last sold for $1.85m in 2000 The front patio of the home at 60 Riverview Tce, Hamilton.Mr Eales sold the property for just $110,000 in 2001, which was indicative of the market at the time.The house has four bedrooms and a study, three bathrooms and a modern kitchen overlooking a pool and entertaining area. Ms Clark said the current owners had made minor improvements to the home, including lifting the carpets to reveal original hoop pine floors “in excellent condition” and adding a pool. This home at 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill, is for sale.Built on the site of General Douglas MacArthur’s home during the Pacific campaign, this ornate Victorian-style mansion is one of the most admired residences on the Brisbane River.Owned by doctors Chris and Tania Bradshaw, the riverfront estate was only established in 1996, but looks like something from a bygone era.The landmark home comes with a five storey-high turret and dome, which opens up for stargazing. Inside the home at 75 Woodstock Rd, Toowong.7. ‘Koowa’ – 23 Davidson Tce, TeneriffeNo price guide, going to auction Last sold for $1.2m in 2006 There’s nothing quite like Cintra House in Brisbane.3. ‘Rooklyn’ – 4 Sutherland Ave, AscotPrice guide: $3.4mLast sold for $46,000 in 1972 The home has an impressive library.Ray White New Farm agent Matt Lancashire is marketing the home on behalf of the Tynan family, who raised their four sons in the property.“It’s been a lovely family home,” owner Maureen Tynan said.“Between studying, the boys would head out to play basketball, swim in the pool or have a hit of tennis. As they grew older, they loved the entertainment pavilion which stands apart from the main house.” The home’s formal dining room.Other features include timber detailing, high pressed metal ceilings, ceilings and leadlight windows. Ms Clark said there had been strong interest from potential buyers.“It’s amazing how many people come through the opens who are interested in the history of the home,” Ms Clark said.“There’s not many (in Brisbane) that have been left untouched like this.”The property is for sale via an expressions of interest campaign, with a price guide in the mid $3 million range. This property at 29 Hillside Cres, Hamilton, is for sale.‘Locarno’ is an art deco masterpiece that was built early in the 20th century.The upper level of the home was added in the 1930s. The current owners bought the property in 2001 and undertook significant renovations and extensions under the guidance of acclaimed local architect, Robin Spencer. Inside the home at 60 Riverview Tce, Hamilton. Picture: Drew Fitzgibbon.6. ‘Foley House’ – 75 Woodstock Rd, ToowongNo price guide, going to auctionLast sold for $500,000 in 2000 This property at 4 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, is for sale.A grand and stately residence in one of Ascot’s most sought-after streets, ‘Rooklyn’ has been held by the same family for 47 years.The historic circa 1910 home is filled with traditional character features and has five bedrooms and three bathrooms. This home at 23 Davidson Tce, Teneriffe, is going to auction.Built in 1896 as only the third house on Teneriffe Hill, this grand home has views of the Brisbane River, city skyline, Newstead and Fortitude Valley.It was originally owned by the Davidson family and the namesake street used to be the property’s driveway. Inside the home at 50 Riverview Tce, Hamilton.The property has a 45.4m frontage and dual street access to Killara Ave, overlooking Hamilton and Ascot.Mr Lancashire described it as one of Brisbane’s “grandest family estates’’.5. ‘Newnham’ 60 Riverview Tce, HamiltonPrice guide: Mid $3mLast sold for $110,000 in 2001 ‘Newnham’ at 60 Riverview Tce, Hamilton, is for sale.Sitting proudly on prime Hamilton real estate, this property has housed a number of high-profile families in its past. It was built in 1901 by department store owner William Overell. In the late 1920s, the front verandas were closed in and arches and Taj Mahal inspired domes were added. Marketing agent Alma Clark of Alma Clark Real Estate said she sold it to former rugby union player, John Eales, back in 1997, and a well-known barrister before that. This property at 75 Woodstock Rd, Toowong, is on the market.On the market for only the third time since 1910, ‘Foley House’ is a grand, federation home once owned by Elizabeth Hockings and her husband, Albert.A mover and shaker in political circles, Albert Hockings was a Queensland politician, an alderman of the Brisbane Town Council and served as mayor of Brisbane in the late 1860s.The second person to own the home was Clare Bridget Foley — the daughter of an Ipswich lawyer and the fourth woman to be admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland.In the 1990s, Mrs Foley opened her doors to the Sisters of Mercy while their convent ‘Goldicott House’ was undergoing renovation. The six-bedroom, four-bathroom home has since been restored and redesigned, while keeping traditional features such as pressed metal ceilings, French doors, leadlight glass and ornate fretwork.It is scheduled for auction on November 24. This home at 50 Riverview Tce, Hamilton, is for sale.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoIn the late 1920s, architect Richard Gailey and Hutchinson Builders built this elegant family residence for a doctor by the name of Alexander Murphy.In 1962, it became the permanent residence of the British Trade Commissioner. The property was once home to the British Trade Commissioner.The stately six-bedroom home, which has been renovated since 2000 when it last traded for $1.85 million, is for sale again by negotiation.It has five bathrooms, a gourmet marble kitchen, a library with a fireplace, multiple formal and informal living areas and dining rooms, a championship-size floodlit tennis court, a self-cleaning pool and a pavilion — all on a 2810sq m block. The home comes with seven bedrooms, four bathrooms and room for five cars.It has seven bedrooms, two studies, four bathrooms, room for five cars and a pool, and sits on a huge 3923sq m block.Records show the house sold for $4.35 million, plus $2.2 for the additional land a decade ago.2. ‘Cintra House’ – 23 Boyd St, Bowen HillsNo price guideLast sold for $2.1m in 2001 last_img read more

Costa Cruises takes delivery of LNG-powered Costa Smeralda

first_imgImage courtesy of Costa CruisesCosta Cruises, the Italian brand of Carnival Corporation has taken delivery of Costa Smeralda, the brand’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).The handover ceremony was held at the Meyer shipyard in Turku, Finland, where the brand’s new flagship was built.Costa Smeralda becomes Carnival Corporation’s fourth new ship of 2019 and its second LNG-powered ship, the company said in its statement.Costa Smeralda is the first of two new sister ships for Costa Cruises that can be powered in port and at sea by LNG. The second vessel, Costa Toscana, is currently under construction at Meyer Turku and scheduled to be delivered in 2021.In total, following the delivery of Costa Smeralda and the launch of AIDAnova at the end of 2018 as the world’s first cruise vessel to be powered by LNG, Carnival Corporation has an additional nine next-generation LNG-powered cruise ships on order using the company’s innovative environmental design, with expected delivery dates for these new ships between 2020 and 2025.Image courtesy of Costa CruisesThe introduction of LNG to power cruise ships is a major development that supports the company’s environmental goals and significantly improves overall air emissions with the virtual elimination of sulfur dioxide emissions (zero emissions) and a 95 to 100 percent reduction in particulate matter. The use of LNG also significantly reduces emissions of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide.Costa Smeralda is scheduled to depart Turku shipyard in Finland on December 6 for the Mediterranean, where it will be refueled with LNG in Barcelona on December 18, followed by calls to Marseille on December 19 and Savona on December 20, as part of three presentations with travel agents.On December 21, Costa Smeralda will depart Savona for its maiden voyage, a weeklong cruise calling on Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia and La Spezia.last_img read more