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Bitter resignation

first_imgBitter resignationOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today How does HR react when confronted by a case such as that thrown up by the mysterious ‘resignation’ of Department of Transport media adviser Martin Sixsmith? Philip Boucher finds there are no easy answers.Genuine resignation or constructive dismissalDid he jump or was he pushed? A question that often surrounds a fall from grace. But in the case of the Martin Sixsmith/Stephen Byers affair, it is now more relevant to question whether he ‘fell’ at all. Thanks to a notice by the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) on 8 May, it has become clear that Sixsmith, who supposedly resigned as director of communications at the Department of Transport over the Jo Moore e-mail affair, actually did no such thing.This runs contrary to a statement made by Stephen Byers to the House of Commons in February, entitled Resignation of Martin Sixsmith, where Byers repeatedly claimed Sixsmith agreed to leave his job.Regardless of the political consequences, this is a clear case of bad employment practice. Sixsmith, who had almost two years left on a £100,000 a year contract, has been awarded a £180,000 settlement by the Government. He is thought to have threatened to reveal details of the affair at an employment tribunal and the sum appears to represent double the amount he had hoped for.Naturally, this would have put the Government in a sticky situation. Not least because Sixsmith may have had grounds for constructive dismissal. He could also have argued that his case came under the Public Interest Disclosure Act, designed to protect whistleblowers.Confirming a resignationWhat is clear, is that in HR terms, the DTLR failed to follow best practice. To begin with, it didn’t get Sixsmith to state his intentions in a letter to the department. Legally, he would have had to make an unequivocal, clear and certain statement that he was no longer willing to work with his employer. As he had been at home on full pay since 15 February, this was not the case.The date of the apparent resignation was also never clarified. Indeed, a recent statement by the DTLR read: “The department accepts that Martin Sixsmith has remained in its employment since his contract began on 19 November 2001. He did not resign on 15 February 2002. The department regrets that, while acting in good faith, it announced he had resigned on what turned out to be an incorrect understanding of earlier discussions that day.”Such a climbdown is far from exceptional in political circles, but in employee relations terms it represents a major breakdown in communications. Sarah Linton, counsel and head of UK employment practice at law firm Bryan Cave, explains: “To be legally binding, a resignation has to state the exact date that it takes effect. You are also supposed to give notice – this is likely to be at least the statutory minimum notice of one week. You have to make your intention to leave employment absolutely clear.”Heat of the moment constructive dismissalsThe difficulty is that situations like the Sixsmith affair are unavoidably acrimonious and often hurl HR into a crossfire of warring factions, regardless of how many egg shells it tries to walk on. In 99 per cent of resignation cases this scenario will not arise, but when it does HR has to be extremely careful to say the right thing at all times. “You need to act very carefully,” says Linton. “If an employer in any way leans on an employee to resign, the company is open to a claim of constructive or unfairdismissal.”It is a trap Stephen Byers may well have fallen into, exacerbating an already complex situation. Case law shows many instances where employees have resigned under dubious circumstances and frequently it is in response to a line manager’s outburst. While there is little that can be done to control a manager’s tongue in the heat-of-the-moment, HR is usually left to try and repair the damage.In the case of Futty v D&D Brekkes Ltd, 1974 IRLR 130, a resignation took place as a result of an off-the-cuff remark by a foreman who told a man that if he didn’t like his job he could leave. The employee took this as an invitation to put in his resignation and promptly did so.The management at D&D Brekkes was left in an indefensible position because of the actions of a line manager and subsequently had to try and repair the damage. Inevitably, this job fell in the lap of HR.Palmanor Ltd v Cedron, EAT 1978 IRLR 303, provides another example. Mr Cedron was employed as a barman at a night-club. During the course of his duties he had a row with his employers and a manager swore at him. Mr Cedron pulled the manager up over his language and was told that if he did not like the words being used he could go. Mr Cedron took this as an invitation to leave.An industrial tribunal took the view that Mr Cedron was entitled to treat himself as constructively dismissed, within the meaning of paragraph 5 (2) of Schedule 1 to the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974, and that the dismissal was unfair. Senior solicitor at Manches, Jane Brown, says: “Employers have got to be aware that often a line manager will say something in the heat of the moment that an employee can construe as dismissal.”Exit interviewsFor HR, the difficulty lies in finding a way out of such messes. There are a number of measures that can be taken to limit the effects. “The first step is to identify what you have on your hands and the best way to clarify that is simply to get in touch with the employee to discuss what happened,” says Sarah Lamont, partner at Bevan Ashford.“To claim constructive dismissal an employee has to resign in clear response to a breach. If it is not mentioned in the resignation letter or stated at the time of resignation, the EAT will ask why.”This is not to say you can stop unfair dismissal claims through a cunning manipulation of the law. But, it does provide a breathing space to tidy the situation up and maybe even ask the individual to return. Lead adviser on public policy at the CIPD, Diane Sinclair, says: “In circumstances where someone leaves suddenly, it would be wise for HR to conduct an exit interview if possible. If there is a dispute, HR has to work with both parties to resolve the issue.”An exit interview also allows HR to find out the facts as the employee sees them. This may prove invaluable if legal action follows. Sinclair says: “In circumstances where the situation had gone too far for HR to step in and bring about a quick and sensible solution, the HR department needs to start investigating the matter as soon as possible – if there is a claim of constructive dismissal, the organisation will have the information it needs to defend itself.”The key is to act quickly. However, if a resignation is formally accepted the situation becomes much more definite, and subsequently, any claims of constructive dismissal become more difficult to avert. While a “reasonable” period is permitted for a retraction, there is no set time. If it is not done promptly, there may be disruption to the employee’s continuity of employment.The role of HRAnother course of action is to pre-empt potential difficulties by training managers in the basic principles of employment law. Even though many of the issues surrounding employment law and integrity appeal to basic common sense, this can help managers to avoid comments that later create difficulty.From a grievance point of view, HR also has to understand the employee’s work situation as thoroughly as possible. Head of HR at Axa Sunlife Insurance Andrea Cartwright, says: “In situations like this, there is nearly always some kind of history or something else in the background.”Analysing this helps HR to arrive at a sensible conclusion about what has happened from a personal point of view. It may also take into account organisational issues that may have exacerbated the situation. As HR has to answer for the organisation as soon as a manager says something out of place, it needs to find out if the internal grievance structure is in any way to blame.Speaking of the Sixsmith case, Cartwright says: “The flaws in the system and the obvious lack of communication would have to be identified and made clear to others in the team and the organisation. In cases like this where the issue has to be dealt with in a very public manner, there is also a certain amount of external public relations to consider.”The important thing is that the lessons are transmitted to other managers around the company so the same mistakes aren’t made again. Situations like this can very quickly tumble into dispute. The exception is in cases where a senior employee is under-performing or has been negligent. Here, it is often the case that both sides choose resignation as a face-saving exercise where the normal rules are usually ignored in favour of preserving a reputation. And it is likely that Stephen Byers hoped Sixsmith would fall on his sword in this very manner.“In situations like this, a disciplinary process reflects badly on both parties,” says Caroline Knoblet, partner at Hammond Suddards Edge. “One way of dealing with it is reaching an agreement where the individual goes voluntarily, as resignation sounds far better than being sacked.”In return, the high-ranking employees receive a financial incentive coupled with a blot-free CV. This enables both sides to part company without tarnishing their business image and settles the whole affair without recourse to the courts. The alternative, as Mr Byers has suddenly realised, is a far more damaging route entirely.Working out a compromiseCompromise agreements where employee’s agree to refrain from going to tribunal in return for a tax-free payment, are becoming more commonplace. Unfair dismissal, discrimination and numerous other types of claim can be settled by way of a CA with the aim of achieving a clean break. Here are some of the issues that can arise.– How early before the effective termination date will the CA be agreed, bearing in mind the severance payment will not be paid until after that date? Inland Revenue rules allow a CA to be agreed in advance, but it cannot be conditional on future events. There should not be a long period between the two dates – firstly because the IR may take this to indicate that the agreed payment is to induce the employee to stay, therefore negating its tax effectiveness. Second, there are dangers in agreeing a payment when the employee is still working out notice, such as the risk of subsequent gross misconduct. (See Are payments made under a settlement agreement taxable?)– References can be problematic. It is often good practice to agree favourable wording, plus a clause that there will be no communication inconsistent with such wording. However, beware of being pushed into a favourable reference at odds with the manner of departure – it could put you at risk of a negligence claim if it is inaccurate and a new employer relies on it and suffers damages as a result. (See How to deal with reference requests.)– Most severance payments anticipate a future period of unemployment, so it is worth considering a clause whereby the employee undertakes he has no job offer or immediate expectation of one, including consultancy work. (See How to manage garden leave.)– Does the CA detail action to be taken against the employee if he breaches the agreement? If the employer fails to make payment the tribunal has jurisdiction to enforce this, but it is harder for the employer to show loss upon an employee’s breach, such as a leak to the press. Consider a confidentiality clause as well as getting the employee to agree to a specific cash penalty for any breach. (See How to use a settlement agreement to resolve an employment issue.) Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. center_img Related posts: Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…last_img read more

Ruling clears path for Times Square Edition hotel foreclosure

first_img20 Times Square and Maefield Development’s Mark Siffin (Edition Hotels)Maefield Development’s Times Square Edition is one step closer to foreclosure.A judge granted the hotel’s lenders, led by Natixix SA, the right to foreclose on the 42-story property, owned by Mark Siffin’s development firm, Bloomberg News reported.The property — designed by Marriott International and major hotelier Ian Schrager — has faced foreclosure since December 2019 when the providers of a $650 million loan on the property sued the owner, citing “numerous undischarged mechanics’ liens recorded against the property.”Read moreTimes Square Edition to close after only a yearTRD Insights: Untangling Times Square Edition’s “Gordian Knot” of debt claimsArgent Ventures buying Vornado’s Times Square hotel debt at deep discount Message* Tags Email Address* Hotel MarketHotelsTimes Square Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* The 452-room hotel at 701 Seventh Avenue, also known as 20 Times Square, opened in February 2019 with great fanfare. The property was once valued at $2.4 billion.But it struggled to attract retail tenants and failed to generate positive cash flow, leading to the foreclosure filing by the lenders. The pandemic then ravaged the hospitality industry, and the hotel has been shut down since March 2020.In May, the owner, the lenders and the hotel’s operator, Marriott International, reportedly came to an agreement to reopen the property in the fall, but apparently, the plan wasn’t implemented as the health crisis flared up.New York State Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen, who is presiding over the case, set up a status conference for March 23 to discuss the next step. In general, a foreclosure ruling allows lenders to move forward with a foreclosure sale to recoup their investment.[Bloomberg News] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

California: Criminal rings loot billions in jobless funds

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — California officials say hackers, identity thieves and overseas criminal rings stole an estimated $11.4 billion in unemployment benefits from California last year. But the extent of the fraud might grow far larger: billions more in jobless payments are under investigation. California Labor Secretary Julie Su told reporters in a conference call Monday that of the $114 billion the state has paid in unemployment claims, about 10% has been confirmed as fraudulent. Nearly $20 billion more is considered suspicious. Su says the state did not have sufficient security measures in place and criminals took advantage of the gaps.last_img read more

Douglas, Welch decry White House interference in tailpipe emission waiver

first_imgDouglas, Welch decry White House interference in tailpipe emission waiverMONTPELIER, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas said May 20, 2008, that the Bush administration must stop standing in the way of state efforts to limit tailpipe emissions.Douglas was reacting to reports that after meeting with White House officials Stephen Johnson, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reversed his initial support for a waiver – which Vermont and 13 of other states including California has signed on to – allowing states to establish higher tailpipe emissions standards.”It is unacceptable that the White House acted to reverse Administrator Johnson’s decision to grant the emissions waiver,” Douglas said. “Vermont’s economy and way of life are rooted in our pristine environment and I will press on with our legal challenges to this inappropriate interference to safeguard our future.”Under the Douglas administration, Vermont has engaged with other states in a legal battle against the EPA. In all, more than a dozen states are waiting to adopt the stricter auto emissions standards. The EPA has never fully denied a waiver request before.At the invitation of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Governor Douglas also testified before the U.S. Senate in January on the EPA’s decision. Douglas reiterated his view before Congress, saying that the EPA denial was “faulty, factually incorrect and irresponsible.””With gasoline prices approaching $4 a gallon we need this waiver to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and Vermonters’ driving costs with higher fuel economy,” Douglas said.Vermont is the “greenest” state in the nation by many measures. Because it is a rural state, however, residents rely largely on personal vehicles for work and family activities. That’s why tougher tailpipe standards are a substantial way it can reduce greenhouse has emissions, the Governor added. And in Vermont, public transit ridership is up as the Douglas administration increases park-and-ride facilities and Vermonters opt to reduce commuting costs.Representative Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in reaction to new documents and testimony that show that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) career staff unanimously supported granting Californias request for a waiver to enforce its greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and trucks. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson also supported granting the petition, according to the report, until he communicated with the White House. Johnson is testifying before Welch and the Oversight Committee May 20..”The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision defied science, defied the states, and defied common sense. This report demonstrates unacceptable political interference by this administration and complete disregard for the public interest. The evidence of global warming is overwhelming. Consumers deserve higher mileage standards as they bear the burden of record fuel prices. Since the Bush administration clearly won’t lead, it’s time they get out of the way.”Among the evidence of the EPA’s political interference, the report documents that:· When Administrator Johnson polled EPA experts for their opinions on granting a waiver not a single staffer argued that the California waiver should be denied, according to five EPA staff who were in the meeting.· The EPA staff interviewed by the Committee was unable to identify any agency documents that argued in favor of denial prior to December 19, 2007, the day California’s petition was denied.· EPA Associate Deputy Administrator Jason Burnett testified that Administrator Johnson’s preference for a full or partial grant of the waiver did not change until after he communicated with the White House.· During his deposition, when Burnett was asked to identify the White House officials who spoke with Administrator Johnson and to describe the substance of their communications with Administrator Johnson, he informed the Committee that he had been directed not to answer any questions about the involvement of the White House in the decision to reject California’s petition.Welch is an author of H.R. 5560, the Right to Clean Vehicles Act, which would to overturn the waiver denial. In September, Welch rallied 89 members of Congress to urge the EPA to promptly grant California a waiver to adopt stricter emissions standards, allowing other states to follow its lead. Earlier in the year, Welch led a successful effort to block a proposal being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would have prohibited states like Vermont from adopting auto emissions standards that are tougher than those imposed by the federal government.# # #last_img read more

How Long Island Authorities Reacted to Recent Cop Slayings

first_imgThe intense divide rippling through communities across America spilled into the public consciousness after video footage earlier this month appeared to show a Louisiana man named Alton Sterling being fatally shot after he was already pinned down by police officers. The following day, an officer in Minnesota fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop—its aftermath was posted live on Facebook by the victim’s distraught fiancé, who was in the car with Castile at the time of the shooting.The killings sparked days of intense protests across the country. They also reopened fresh wounds, as an already divided America has been forced to confront an uptick in these deadly tragedies.Honoring the fallenOutside Nassau County police headquarters on Monday, several dozen officers stood silent as a police officer played “Taps” in honor of the fallen.The police department laid a wreath near its own memorial dedicated to Nassau police officers killed in the line of duty.Several officers in SWAT gear stood sentry atop the building with their eyes trained on the proceedings below. Their presence was perhaps the most telling example of how police are not leaving anything to chance during this intense period.The tone of the memorial was both solemn and disgruntled, as each person who came to the podium said police officers deserve more support.“Next time you see a police officer, please shake their hands,” a local rabbi said.Deputy Nassau County Executive Rob Walker said he refused to consider a world where police officers were restricted from properly doing their jobs.“I don’t know what society would become,” he said.Even as Skrynecki showed disdain for the “cowardly” gunmen who claimed eight police lives in Dallas and Baton Rouge, he sought to present a unifying tone.“We must be careful not to pit ourselves against the communities that we serve,” he said.James Carver, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, was more bullish.“We saw hate spread even more,” Carver said of the recent shooting. He then went on to lament what he perceives to be insufficient support for police among America’s leaders, including the White House.“We deserve the benefit of the doubt, which we have not gotten from the top of the country,” Carver said.Obama’s remarks not ‘strong enough’For the second time in the course of 10 days President Barack Obama was called upon to try to heal a grieving nation.“We as a nation have to be loud and clear that nothing justifies violence against law enforcement,” he said Sunday at the White House. “Attacks on police are an attack on all of us, and the rule of law that makes society possible.”“Five days ago, I traveled to Dallas for the memorial service of the officers who were slain there. I said that that killer would not be the last person who tries to make us turn on each other,” Obama added. “Nor will today’s killer. It remains up to us to make sure that they fail. That decision is all of ours. The decision to make sure that our best selves are reflected across America, not our worst—that’s up to us.”Carver was not impressed with Obama’s remarks.“I don’t think it was strong enough, because then the president proceeded to talk about how we all must get along,” Carver said.“Cops’ lives aren’t more important than anybody else, but cops’ lives are very important, because we’re out there protecting everybody when they’re home sleeping, when they’re working,” he said.“The cop’s job isn’t to get shot first or anything,” Carver continued. “When he confronts a criminal, you know what the criminal is thinking? The criminal is thinking, ‘How do I get away? How can I sit there and beat up this cop and do something to this cop so I can get away and get home to my family?’“So, our police officers, yeah, they’re trained to sit there and be able to defend themselves and take appropriate action,” Carver said. “Remember, police don’t escalate. The criminals escalate.”Nassau PBA, along with two other local police unions, will hold a fundraiser at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh Monday for the fallen officers’ families in Dallas and Baton Rouge. All the proceeds will be divided among the survivors. Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police officials on Long Island said they’ve taken extra precautions to guard against “unprovoked attacks” on cops in light of the recent slayings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.The decision to exercise more vigilance in Nassau and Suffolk counties comes after eight cops were killed in 10 days by two black men with military backgrounds. Both suspects were reportedly aggravated by fatal shootings of African Americans at the hands of the police.Eight cops killedThe latest tragedy came Sunday, when a former U.S. Marine identified as Gavin Long gunned down three cops in Baton Rouge, La., in what authorities there have described as an “ambush.”Ten days earlier, a lone sniper gunned down five police officers in Dallas during a protest condemning the deaths of two black men at the hands of cops. The nation had just come to grips with the murder of the five officers when another American urban street was turned into a site of carnage and heartbreak.Both attackers were killed in subsequent confrontations with authorities.“These brave officers who pledged to serve and protect were gunned down by cowardly individuals,” said Nassau County Police Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki during a hastily arranged memorial for the fallen officers held Monday morning outside police headquarters in Mineola.Nassau, Suffolk police institute added precautions after cop deathsNassau County police said officers would patrol in pairs as the department continues to collaborate with federal and local authorities to assess the local threat level.“The Nassau County Police Department is taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety of the public and its police officers,” the department said in a statement. “There will be intensified patrols in areas of mass transit, public gatherings, and near critical infrastructure. Social media outlets will be intensely monitored, and we request the public’s assistance in any way possible to stop threats to public safety.”Suffolk County Police Department was less specific about how the latest slayings would impact their police work, but the department did state that “Additional measures were immediately implemented after this attack to ensure the safety of our police officers and the citizens of Suffolk County.”Officials in Suffolk also noted that the police department is working in concert with federal authorities, and is receiving updates on the attacks.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his counterpart in Suffolk, Steve Bellone, ordered all flags to fly at half-staff.last_img read more

Atlanta police chief resigns after black man dies from officer’s bullet

first_imgA second videotape from the restaurant’s cameras shows Brooks turning as he runs and possibly aiming the TASER at the pursuing officers before one of them fires his gun and Brooks falls to the ground.Brooks ran the length of about six cars when he turned back toward an officer and pointed what he had in his hand at the policeman, said Vic Reynolds, director of the GBI at a separate press conference.”At that point, the Atlanta officer reaches down and retrieves his weapon from his holster, discharges it, strikes Mr. Brooks there on the parking lot and he goes down,” Reynolds said.Lawyers representing the family of Brooks told reporters that Atlanta police had no right to use deadly force even if he had fired the TASER, a non-lethal weapon, in their direction.”You cant shoot somebody unless they are pointing a gun at you,” attorney Chris Stewart said.Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr., said in an emailed statement that his office “has already launched an intense, independent investigation of the incident” while it awaits the findings of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.Bottoms said Shields, a white woman appointed chief in December 2016, would be replaced by deputy chief Rodney Bryant, a black man who will serve as interim chief.Topics : Atlanta’s police chief resigned on Saturday as protesters took to city streets to decry the fatal shooting by an officer a day earlier of a black man trying to escape arrest, an incident caught on video and sure to fuel more nationwide demonstrations.Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she accepted the prompt resignation of police chief Erika Shields following the death on Friday night of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy’s fast food restaurant.”I do not believe that this was a justified use of deadly force and have called for the immediate termination of the officer,” Bottoms said at an afternoon news conference. Authorities have not yet released the names of the two officers involved in the shooting, both of whom were white. Brooks was the father of a young daughter who was celebrating her birthday on Saturday, his lawyers said. His death from a police bullet came after more than two weeks of demonstrations in major cities across the United States in the name of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.Street protests broke out in Atlanta on Saturday near the scene of the shooting, with more than 100 people calling for the officers to be charged criminally in the case.Police were called to the Wendy’s over reports that Brooks had fallen asleep in the drive-thru line. Officers attempted to take him into custody after he failed a field sobriety test, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.Video shot by a bystander captures Brooks struggling with two officers on the ground outside the Wendy’s before breaking free and running across the parking lot with what appears to be a police TASER in his hand.last_img read more

There are still affordable homes on offer, you just have to know where to look

first_imgThis cute home at 3 Teasel Cres, Forest Lake is listed for offers between $340,000 and $360,000. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home has three bedrooms and has been well maintained. It has been used as a rental property and has a lease in place until December. It attracts rent of $340 a week.There are timber vertical blinds, an airconditioner, a large single bathroom with bathtub and a covered alfresco area.At 53 Boss Rd, Inala, this three-bedroom home is listed for offers of more than $350,000. The home has a renovated bathroom and two covered verandas, one at the front and one at the rear. 27 Playford St, Bracken Ridge. Picture: realestate.com.auThere are plenty of properties on offer between $350,000 and $400,000 within the region including this three-bedroom house at 27 Playford St, Bracken Ridge, which is listed for offers over $369,000.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe home is listed through Dion Saab and Josh Tregoning of Coronis.It is on a 554sq m block. It has one family bathroom and open plan living and dining areas plus a new kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a breakfast bar.The brick home is on a fully-fenced block with side access and a single car port.Cute and cosy is an apt description for 3 Teasel Cres, Forest Lake, which is listed through PJ Salami, of Astute Realty Services Paddington, with a price guide of between $340,000 and $360,000. A renovated home with polished timber floors for less than $400,000 – you bet. This home at26 Playford St, Bracken Ridge is listed for offers of more than $369,000.BUYING  a first property doesn’t have to be impossible. There are still plenty of suburbs and options where first home buyers can get into the market at a reasonable price.The greater Brisbane region has 50 suburbs with a median house price of less than $350,000, compared with none in greater Sydney and only six in greater Melbourne.While it may involve a longer drive or commute to work, with a median house price of $350,000 or less, that means a 20 per cent deposit would be $70,000.Realestate.com.au reveals there are about 100 houses listed for sale within the greater Brisbane region with an asking price of $350,000 or less.center_img 53 Boss Rd, Inala is listed for offers of more than $350,000.The separate dining area leads to the back veranda. There are polished hardwood floors, a large utility area and undercover space for a car. The home has a covered barbecue pit and entertainment area. It is listed through Peter Chew of RE/MAX Innovation – Jindalee.last_img read more

Redlynch property with old, creepy house and a mountain of your own

first_img Cairns Property Office, office manager Peter Hanrahan at 161-162 Rocks Rd Redlynch. A huge acreage property which is for sale for more than a million dollars. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSBuyers could also buy the lots separately.“The land is zoned rural so you can have animals, horses, or grow fruit trees if you wish,” Mr Hanrahan said.“The beauty about this property is the peace and privacy. You’ve got the acreage but you’re so close to everything as well.“If you buy this, everyday you can go across a bridge and creek into your own property and each block has a minimum 450m Freshwater Creek frontage. This would be great in summer. You can do what you like.” Some of the damage at 161-162 Rocks Rd Redlynch. Demolish or renovate – the only two options for this home at Redlynch. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSDespite a home that Mr Hanrahan said buyers could either “renovate or detonate”, he had recorded “very strong interest” in the properties.“We have had a really good response at the open homes, we’ve had up to 20 groups and we do have some offers on properties at the moment,” he said.“Most are impressed by the mountain we’re selling.“Plus, there’s the chance to have your own private rainforest. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity positioned only 20km from Cairns International Airport.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoLot 161 has the fixer-upper which is a main cottage with various extensions added over the years. The house at 161-162 Rocks Rd Redlynch. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSLot 162 comes with an elevated house pad with amazing views and ready for a dream home.Mr Hanrahan said he would welcome any offers on the property before October 22. The recently released Herron Todd White Month in Review October 2019 report revealed “the Cairns residential property market offers some of the most attractive yields available anywhere in Australia”.“A key point about our market is the lack of pending supply and how it is difficult to see the current balance of supply and demand changing to an oversupply situation in the foreseeable future,” the report read. “This should give investors comfort that the low rental vacancy rates and current rent levels are due to solid market fundamentals and are unlikely to change in a negative way.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhat do QLD buyers want?00:36THE house might be something to forget, but who can go past the chance to own one of the hills of Cairns.Lots 161 and 162 The Rocks Rd, Redlynch have one of the city’s most run-down homes, but to make up for it, there is easy access to Freshwater Creek, plenty of room for animals and fruit trees or vegetables.Part of the package is Mooroobool Peak rising between Kanimbla and Redlynch.Cairns Property Office’s Peter Hanrahan said the opportunity to own two 71-hectare blocks so close to Cairns CBD was rare.last_img read more

Designing With Art!

first_imgLifestyleReader BitesThe Built Environment Designing With Art! by: – January 23, 2019 Share Sharing is caring! From original paintings to stunning prints, including works of art in the home is one of the best methods of personalizing your space. Here are a few tips that you can use to both artistically and effectively incorporate art in your home:One of the basic principles of interior design is that every room needs a focal point. Walk into the room and notice the first place your eyes land. This is ideally the perfect location for a piece of statement artwork. Whatever piece is chosen should help the eye connect all the pieces in the room while creating a unifying statement in your overall design.When you are hanging art on your walls you want to ensure that they are positioned at eye level. Whether you are hanging multiple pieces in columns or rows you should keep this in mind and hang the lowest piece at eye level. This will help create a unified design statement. Also, if you have a large collection of artwork consider splitting the pieces across different rooms.Ensure that you fill the space you have with the right scale of artwork. A small and subtle piece can become lost on a large wall while a large bold piece will feel constricted if not given space to breathe. Hang a big bold statement piece on a large empty wall, this will make the room feel uncluttered and will bring more focus and attention to the artwork.Think of how the colors of the artwork will affect the mood in the different rooms. A calming grey art piece would be ideal for the bedroom while yellow which is a more welcoming and cheerful color would be perfect for the living room.It is helpful to note that you can use your artwork to imitate the life of the room. For example, artwork of food is best used in the kitchen while a family portrait or a happy group of friends would work well in the living room. The subject of the artwork is also a way of tying the pieces in the room together. Using animal prints for example fits well with organic or botanical imagery.With all this in mind you should also remember that when you decide what piece you should use or where to hang art in your home there are no rules. While these tips aid in creating a more aesthetically pleasing and well-designed environment, bringing art into your home is personal. Above all else the choices you make should bring you joy. Were the above tips useful?  Share this article with family and friends.If you need any clarification on this topic, feel free to email us at [email protected] 63 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Share Written by Garn Todd JosephWebsite & Advertising Assistant for the Millenia Group of Companieslast_img read more

Grave threat suspect nabbed

first_imgILOILO City – Charged with grave threat,a man was nabbed in Barangay Talo-ato, San Dionisio, Iloilo. His apprehension on Wednesday was stagedon the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Eugene Cabardo of theMunicipal Circuit Trial Court. The 59-year-old resident SalvadorBuendia was taken to the San Dionisio police station. center_img A bail bond worth P6,000 was recommendedfor Buendia’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img