Silverwells, a historic Brisbane landmark, is back on the market

first_img267 Main Street, Kangaroo Point is a Brisbane landmark.Silverwells is one of Brisbane’s oldest residential homes. Sitting high above the river at Kangaroo Point its handsome facade – a reflection of a Georgian or Regency-era manor – has gained it many an admirer over the years.None so much as its present owner Peter Stephenson, who has bought the landmark property, not once, but twice in his lifetime. Thw view from the back deck of the property.Mr Stephenson most recently bought the property about ten years ago.“Prior to that I owned it for six years,” he said. “There was a gap in between when I sold it to a man called Mike Kavali [a developer], who incorporated it with 1 Scott Street, which allowed him to extend Silverwells,” he said. The property has been kept in Victorian era style at the front.The property has a long, if not slightly hazy history. It was entered into the Queensland Heritage Register on October 21, 1992, yet no one is certain of when exactly it was built.According to historical records, the land was secured by a Sydney merchant, Joseph Thompson, in 1861 on which he built two townhouses as part a wider portfolio of property investments. Built in the 1800s, the exact date of construction is unknown.Upon Mr Thompson’s death in 1902, the properties passed to William Mann Thompson, who subdivided the land on which they stood and the two townhouses were given separate titles.The northern house has remained generally owner-occupied, while the southern one was rented from the 1930s to the 1950s, with some of Brisbane’s more successful business, legal and political figures among its tenants. A modern extension was added in 2008 before it was sold to the previous onwer once more..Despite its heritage listing, a renovation of Silverwells was allowed to go ahead in 2008 on the provision that it did not impact its streetscape or riverscape. “I believe the National Trust and local council take the view that if you don’t let people upgrade and modernise to a degree, a place will just go to wrack and ruin,” Mr Stephenson said.The renovations in this instance included the addition of a contemporary kitchen at the rear of the house, as well as a balcony and swimming pool. It has exceptional views of the river.Mr Stephenson said that once he saw what had been achieved with the conversion, it was simply too good a house not to buy back, so he secured Silverwells for a second time.“It’s like living in two different houses. We actually renovated the front section to be compatible with the Victorian era and it has some characterful things in there. For instance, three rooms still have the fireplaces in them, which I think is really sweet,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago The property’s facade is believed to be late Georgian era and is a well known sight along the river.Other period features include crystal ball chandeliers, kauri pine floorboards and carved fanlights above French doors.The home also has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a home office and study, multiple formal and casual lounge, living and dining areas, the option for private guest accommodation with its own separate entrance, as well as a coveted four-car basement garage with additional storage. A pool was installed as part of the renovation.Mr Stephenson said his favourite place in the house is the front room, leading out onto the garden. “This is another unique feature of the house as there aren’t many places around that have a garden,” he said.A farming accident which restricted Mr Stephenson’s mobility has now led him to put Silverwells on the market once again. One of the bedrooms in the renovated part of the house.“I can’t manage the steps, truth be told, but the house is marvellous. It is an enjoyable place and its position is just wonderful. There’s bikeways and walkways, and the new green bridge, which will be hidden from us by the trees but which will be almost on our doorstep. And events such as Riverfire are just amazing, because they put a barge on the river in front of the house and let the fireworks off from there, so we have a front-row seat. There’s no doubting I will miss it.”last_img read more

10 Missing after Cargo Ship Sinks off Shanghai

first_imgTen mariners are reported missing following a collision between a tanker identified as Yong An and general cargo ship Shun Qiang 2, which sank taking down 13 members of its crew with it.The collision occurred on July 15, near Shanghai.Three people have been rescued, Xinhua reported citing information from the Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Center.A search and rescue operation for the missing seafarers is said to be underway.The Chinese-flagged Shun Qiang 2 was reportedly loaded with 3,000 tons of rolled steel when the incident occurred.The cause of the collision is yet to be determined.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

US state passed ban on abortions after 20 weeks

first_imgLifeNews 1 April 2014The Mississippi legislature has approved a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and now the bill heads to the governor for his signature. The measure is similar to legislation pending in Congress and in other states that points to the pain babies feel in abortions as a reason to ban them.The bill, which bans abortions after five months of pregnancy passed in both the state House and Senate, by a 41-10 margin, today and now goes to pro-life Governor Phil Bryant.“Late term abortions are deadly for both mother and child,” noted Dr. Yoest. “A woman seeking an abortion at 20 weeks (five months) is 35 times more likely to die from abortion than she was in the first trimester. At 21 weeks or more, she is 91 times more likely to die from abortion than she was in the first trimester. Such horrendous statistics show the wisdom of the Mississippi legislators who moved today to enact common-sense limits on a dangerous procedure,” said Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest. “I want to commend State House Representative Andy Gipson and State Senator Joey Fillingane, who led the way in pulling together pro-life majorities in support of a measure that will protect women from such horrific deaths witnessed in clinics across the country,” said Dr. Yoest.Diane Derzis, who owns Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, promised someone would file a legal challenge to the bill if it becomes law. read more

Man found dead

Resident Sharlen Tambora found thevictim around 8 a.m. on Jan.23, the report added. Officers of the Kabankalan City policestation were still investigating the incident./PN The victim sustained wounds on the body,a police report showed. BACOLOD City – An unidentified man wasfound dead in Barangay Linao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Police said the man was wearing fourt-shirts underneath three jackets and has a tattoo on the chest – estimated tobe around 35 years of age and about five feet tall.


first_img“I think the PNP leadership sees itas a violation of the instruction. As regional police director I initiatedan investigation,” said Pamuspusan. He added: “This is my right. I have mypersonal right. ‘Wag ninyo lang akongbawalan or else wala akong magawadin. Demokrasya tayo. Kung kasuhan ako, kung ito na lang ang paraan na ma-dismissako sa serbisyo, then let it be.” “Kungsakaling ano ang mangyari, kasi nagpa-interviewako, I will suffer the consequences,”Espenido said. “You are still in the PNPorganization. You observe what should be observed. Talking indiscriminately isnot observing the proper decorum. Otherwise, kung gusto niya magsalita nang magsalita against thePNP, lumabassiya, umalis siya,” Dela Rosa said in media interview in CampCrame. President Duterte said in an interviewwith GMA 7’s 24 Oras on Saturday evening that intelligence information gatheredby his “trusted men” proved Espenido was not involved in illegal drug trade. Pamuspusan said he ordered Espenido toexplain. Espenido is currently detailed at thePRO-6’s Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit while waiting for theresult of Camp Crame’s investigation on his alleged drug links. Talking to Iloilo journalists Thursdaylast week, Espenido said he does not fear issuing a statement despite a gagorder. In his Bacolod City press conference,on the other hand, Espenido accused unnamed “influential politicians” ofscheming to include his name in the government’s list of policemen with allegedlinks to illegal drugs, but he did not say if these politicians were based inBacolod City or Negros Occidental, or elsewhere in the country.  Former national police chief and nowsenator Ronald Dela Rosa also took offense on Espenido’s recent actions whichhe said were putting the police institution in a bad light. The press conference of Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido was inappropriate; it was not authorized by the Philippine National Police leadership, says Police Brigadier General Rene Pasmuspusan, Western Visayas police director. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNcenter_img Though vouching for Espenido’sintegrity, Dela Rosa advised him to leave the organization if he cannot keepquiet. Espenido questioned his inclusion inthe watch list and criticized the police organization for “failure of intelligence”despite Gamboa’s order for the over 300 policemen in the watch list not todiscuss the matter while verification is ongoing.  ILOILO City – Sacked Bacolod CityPolice Office deputy director for operations Police Lieutenant Colonel JovieEspenido is “very apologetic” but may still face an administrative charge forviolating the gag order of General Archie Franciso Gamboa, Philippine NationalPolice (PNP) chief. Police Brigadier General RenePasmuspusan, Western Visayas police director, confirmed having started aninvestigation on Espenido’s holding of an “unauthorized press conference” inBacolod City on Feb. 19 and discussing with Iloilo journalists on Feb. 20 hisinclusion in the government’s drug watch list. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterteonce again expressed his trust and confidence in Espenido. Pamuspusan already cleared Espenido onthis matter. He said the PRO-6 has no evidence but added that Camp Came “baka may iba pa silang evidence na hindi namin nakuha dito.” “So the final say is still with CampCrame,” said Pamuspusan. “During our initial talk, he saidhe was willing to be investigated. He was very apologetic to the Chief PNPbut I told him we have to follow PNP regulations,” said Pamuspusan. “Malinis‘yan si Espenido. He’s a victim of anorchestrated effort to discredit him,” said Duterte./PNlast_img read more

Hull agree Snodgrass fee

first_img Press Association Hull have agreed a fee for Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass. He is eager to continue his top-flight career and is expected to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms in the next 24 hours. Sunderland had been linked with a move for the versatile Snodgrass, but were reportedly unwilling to match the fee offered by Hull. Should the former Leeds player become City’s second summer signing it would provide further proof of the commitment shown by the club’s controversial owner Assem Allam. Although he has courted the fans’ ire with unsuccessful attempts to rename the team Hull Tigers, as well as unveiling a new badge earlier this month, he has also agreed plenty of big-money signings. Bruce has been allowed to break the transfer record several times since winning promotion, first with Tom Huddlestone’s £5.25million capture a year ago, then in January when Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long came in for up to £7million each. Livermore has already raised the bar again and Snodgrass would equal that mark. center_img Press Association Sport understands Tigers boss Steve Bruce has agreed to match the club-record fee that brought former loanee Jake Livermore to the club on Wednesday, with an initial £7million rising to £8million. Scotland international Snodgrass, 26, scored seven times in 34 games for the Canaries last season but could not prevent their relegation from the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

Forde assures financial accountability Forde assures financial accountability despite Auditors’ Report

first_img– Congress approves financial reportWAYNE Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), assured his affiliates and stakeholders of the game of football, that the Federation’s finances are in good hands, despite receiving a ‘Qualified Opinion’ on their Audited Financial Statements for the year ending December 31, 2016, which was done by Ram and McRae, Chartered Accountants, Professional Services Firm.According to Ram and McRae, one of the country’s leading Chartered Accounting firms, the GFF did not maintain adequate documentation of transactions with suppliers and consequently, Ram and McRae were unable to determine the accuracy, validity and completeness of accounts payable and accruals slated at $89,881,316 in the financial statements. Of this amount, a total of 48,320,142 was supported by third party confirmations and other audit evidence.Additionally, the report stated, adequate documentation for expenses paid during the year under review, totalling $2,319,499 was not provided during our test of controls.According to the findings of the Financial Audits, the GFF did not maintain adequate documentation in respect of game and other income stated at $21,051,698 in the financial statements, of which a total of $16,834,029 was supported by receipts and other audit evidence.Eighteen affiliated members of the GFF participated in yesterday’s Extraordinary Congress, where 17 voted to approve the 2016 Audited Statements.Forde said that his executive committee campaigned on bringing integrity to the game, and they’ve not strayed from that mantra.Chronicle Sport, in an article published on December 14, spoke about the over $45M unaccounted debts and income claims, according to Ram and McRae’s Audits. However, Forde called the article misleading, adding that since the publication, several concerned stakeholders reached out for an explanation.Forde said the article painted a picture that his administration was careless with the trusted finances, and that monies were missing, when in fact, that was not the case.The GFF president assured the public that under his watch and that of his executive committee, transparency will forever be the order of the day, with their only purpose in office being to see the development of the game on all fronts in the most professional manner, all done in accordance with FIFA’s rules.  A qualified opinion is a statement issued after an audit is done by a professional auditor that suggests the information provided was limited in scope and/or the company being audited has not maintained generally accepted accounting principles.Auditors who deem audits as qualified opinions are advising whoever is reading the document that the information within the audit is not complete or the accounting methods used by the company do not follow generally accepted accounting principles.A qualified opinion is typically given due to a limitation of scope in which the auditor was not able to gather sufficient evidence for various aspects of the financial statements.Without sufficient verification of transactions, an unqualified opinion may not be given.A qualified opinion is suitable when accounting procedures used do not conform to generally accepted accounting principles. Inadequate disclosures in the notes to the financial statements, estimation uncertainty or the lack of a statement of cash flows are also grounds for a qualified opinion.last_img read more

Wozniacki and Svitolina reach last eight

first_imgWORLD number two Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with victory over 20th seed Magdalena Rybarikova.The Dane, 27, took 11 of the last 12 games to win 6-3 6-0 in 63 minutes against her Slovakian opponent on Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.Fourth seed Elina Svitolina saw off Czech Denisa Allertova even more quickly, winning 6-3 6-0 in 57 minutes.“I am very pleased with the performance,” said Svitolina.“It is not the first time I am going into the tournament as one of the favourites. It adds more pressure, but also gives you extra confidence.”The Ukrainian, 23, will face Elise Mertens in the quarter-finals.Mertens became the first Belgian to reach the last eight in Australia since Kim Clijsters in 2012, as the unseeded world number 37 beat Croatia’s Petra Martic 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.Wozniacki, who hit 25 winners and dropped only six points in the second set, will play Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in her third Australian Open quarter-final.The unseeded Suarez Navarro progressed with a 4-6 6-4 8-6 victory over Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in two hours 17 minutes.Such was Wozniacki’s confidence she even produced a between-the-legs shot during the first set and although it did not win her the point it summed up her mood.“I think you can tell my confidence is pretty good, I was pretty proud of that,” said the former world number one.“I’ve tried a few in practice but usually make a fool out of myself.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Conor McGregor announces UFC comeback, talks about Khabib rematch

first_img 10 months ago UFC News: Mike Tyson has some advice for embattled Conor McGregor McGregor, who is known for his expletive-laden ultra-expressive personality, was asked about returning to the UFC in the press conference. McGregor, in return, made the announcement that he would make his UFC return on January 18, 2020 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor further said that he knew the opponent he would be facing in his comeback fight but was choosing to not reveal to the media as the UFC would end up changing the match card. ALSO READ | UFC: Joe Lauzon to not fight again in the competition?Hinting on having more fights in 2020, Conor referred to his comeback fight as “the beginning of my(his) season.” McGregor added that he looks to compete against the winner of the Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal fixture. Referring to the history he and Diaz share, McGregor added that he looks to fight the third bout with Diaz but does not know how things will shape up.ALSO READ | UFC: Conor McGregor wanted to return and fight in the December 14 cardTrash-talks Khabib NurmagomedovSpeaking about famous rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor said that he looks forward to a rematch with the Russian who defeated him in his final UFC bout before his hiatus. The Irish man further aggravated his persona as he called Khabib a “bu**h**e sniffer” in typical Conor McGregor fashion. McGregor was referring to Nurmagomedov’s ground-based fighting style. Conor added that he believes that the world deserves the “inevitable” rematch and McGregor wants to remain focused enough to give the world, exactly that. He mentioned how he wanted to fight the winner of Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov in Moscow, Russia.ALSO READ | UFC: Conor McGregor has been named as the richest fighter of UFC Mrigank Pandey WE RECOMMEND COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By 10 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov plans to retire in the next 2 years from MMA FOLLOW US First Published: 25th October, 2019 13:00 ISTcenter_img LIVE TV 10 months ago UFC: After a feud with Khabib, Conor McGregor is going to Moscow Conor McGregor, in a press conference on Thursday, revealed that he will be returning to the UFC in 2020. This development comes after McGregor announced his retirement from the sport in March of 2019. This is McGregor second time coming out of retirement.ALSO READ | UFC: Paige Vanzant ignores Maycee Barber for a fightMcGregor aims at multiple fights in 2020 Last Updated: 25th October, 2019 13:00 IST Conor McGregor Announces UFC Comeback, Talks About Khabib Rematch On Thursday, Conor McGregor announced that he will be returning to the UFC in January 2020. Read more as we look at the opponents Conor looks to face. WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor wanted to return and fight in the December 14 card 10 months ago UFC: Frankie Edgar accepts Conor McGregor callout; Dana White responds Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019last_img read more

Confidence high for Tipp hurlers next year

first_imgPaddy says the players at the manager’s disposal are made of the right stuff. Former Tipperary hurler Paddy Stapleton is confident that the Premier County will be in contention for all the major honours next year.However, the Borrisoleigh club man – who announced his inter-county retirement last week – believes that Michael Ryan’s side will need to evolve to continue being successful.Tipp’s preparations for 2017 have ramped in the last few days with the announcement of the pre-season training panel.last_img