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first_imgHard to believe this is just an hour’s drive from the Brisbane CBD. New 22ha lake coming to the southeast Buyers clamour over renovated ‘ugly duckling’ Interest rates on hold for two years “The toughest decision,” according to agent Wendy Roberts of ReMax Living Burpengary, was which way to look when you’re on the deck of the home in Rocksberg, home.The five bedroom, three bathroom, five car space house has spectacular views across the Caboolture hinterland through to the Glasshouse Mountains, Bribie Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, the Blackall Range and across 250 acres of creeks and wildlife reserved as common land. There are stunning views across every room in this house.A HOME north of Brisbane that’s broken through the million-dollar mark for the first time ever was still considered a steal given its breathtaking location.The dual living property was snapped up in under a month by local buyers who were looking at moving the extended family in.The property in a secure gated community in Rocksberg — an hour from Brisbane’s CBD — broke through into millionaire territory on Monday. It had last changed hands between family members for $800,000 six years ago. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe home has been set up for dual living.Ms Roberts was not surprised by the price the home fetched, saying she was still fielding queries for the property now.“Had there been a couple of improvements done on the property it would have sold for over $1m … the buyers are going to make some personal changes anyway,” she said. “The views are just unbelievable.” The central courtyard would be perfect for those with small children to keep an eye on.Her jaw dropped when the sellers asked her over for a late afternoon chat before the sale.“It was beautiful to see the change in the colour and light.”“It was on the market probably under a month.”center_img Another living space, and the views stretch for miles.The property is just 15 minutes from Morayfield with a land parcel of 3.2 hectares.Among its features was a cosy wood heater, a large deck for entertaining, and a large open plan entertaining area with bar and pool table. The home has seven solar panels and about 100,000 litres of water storage. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK One of five bedrooms in the home.“Every window you look out you’ve got a different view. They used to be able to see fireworks in Brisbane on a clear night, Moreton Island, Bribie, right up the Sunny Coast.”The gated community has ten homes all up, offering acreage lifestyle without the hassle and full complete home security.last_img read more

first_imgROSEMEAD – Voters casting ballots in the March City Council election will find fewer precincts in the city, officials said Thursday. The number of polling places will be reduced to six, plus an all-mail ballot precinct, as a way to ensure Rosemead complies with a federal court order, City Clerk Nina Castruina said. “By consolidating you cut back on the opportunity for error,” said City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto. Having fewer precincts also helps cut the costs of providing bilingual poll workers and materials in other languages, Castruina said. “Even prior to what happened in Rosemead we took a proactive approach during the elections because this is such as diverse city,” said Truong. Like Rosemead, Monterey Park is required to provide election materials in Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese. In 2000, there were nearly 60,000 people living in Monterey Park, and 53,000 in Rosemead. Rosemead City Councilman John Nu ez said local elections officials do not want to take any chances March 6. “This will help ensure that the conditions are followed properly,” said Linda Hudson, Rosemead’s election consultant, of the reduced number of precincts. The act requires that election materials be made available in other languages if they are spoken by more than 5 percent of local residents of voting age, and if those voters are not proficient in English. The 2000 census showed that 31 percent of the Rosemead voters are Chinese, 13 percent Vietnamese and 41 percent Latino. Hudson said she does not think having fewer precincts will negatively impact voter results. “We’ve done everything we can to make it easier on voters,” Hudson said. “It will eliminate confusion for them.” Council candidate Polly Low said she has her doubts. “I think in general it will confuse a lot of people,” she said. “There have been people who have for years gone to the same polling place.” She said she hopes the change doesn’t discourage people from voting. Longtime Rosemead resident Kevin Donnelly said the change will not deter him from voting. “We’re not really that inconvenienced,” Donnelly said, “but I have heard that some people are annoyed at the change.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There are absolutely costs associated with compliance,” she said. In 2005, the U.S. government sued Rosemead, Azusa and Paramount for violating the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. A judge found the cities had failed to translate municipal election materials into Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. Since the ruling, federal overseers have been patrolling Rosemead’s precincts to ensure the city follows federal election law. They will continue to so until August. Some cities not under scrutiny are complying with federal regulations without reducing the number of polling places. Monterey Park will have 16 polling locations. The city added a precinct for this election, said Deputy City Clerk Cindy Truong. last_img read more

first_imgGeneva, Sept 16 (PTI) Dealing a blow to Sri Lankas insistence on a purely domestic probe, the UN rights body today favoured creation of a special hybrid court including international judges to investigate the alleged war crimes by troops during the decades-long battle especially in the final phase to eliminate the LTTE in 2009. The nearly 300-page report by UN Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Raad Al Hussein also indicted the LTTE for killing Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese civilians, through indiscriminate suicide bombings and mine attacks, as well as assassinations of individuals including public officials, academics and dissenting Tamil political figures. Releasing the long-awaited report detailing “horrific abuses” committed during Sri Lankas civil war that ended in 2009, Zeid said, “A purely domestic court procedure will have no chance of overcoming widespread and justifiable suspicions fuelled by decades of violations, malpractice and broken promises.” Sri Lankan government has been resisting foreign probe and has promised a fair probe with truth and reconciliation commission on the lines of South Africa. “The levels of mistrust in state authorities and institutions by broad segments of Sri Lankan society should not be underestimated,” Zeid warned and called for creating “a hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators.” “Our investigation has laid bare the horrific level of violations and abuses that occurred in Sri Lanka, including indiscriminate shelling, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, harrowing accounts of torture and sexual violence, recruitment of children and other grave crimes,” the report said. “Numerous unlawful killings between 2002 and 2011, were allegedly committed by both parties, as well as by paramilitary groups linked to the security forces,” said the report as the US prepares to co-sponsor a resolution at the UNHRC favouring a domestic probe. “Tamil politicians, humanitarian workers, journalists and ordinary civilians were among the alleged victims of Sri Lankan security forces and associated paramilitaries,” the report said. “There appear to have been discernible patterns of killings, for instance, in the vicinity of security force checkpoints and military bases, and also of extrajudicial killings of individuals while in the custody of security forces, including people who were captured or surrendered at the end of the conflict,” it said. One shocking finding of the investigation was the extent to which sexual violence was committed against detainees, often extremely brutally, by the Sri Lankan security forces, with men as likely to be victims as women. (more) PTI Corr NSA AKJ VSC NSAadvertisementlast_img read more