Senate OKs Leahy’s Amendment To Delay Border-Crossing Requirements

first_imgSenate OKs Leahys AmendmentTo Delay Border-Crossing Requirements,As Leahy Also Beats Back BidTo Curb 1st Responder Grants To Smaller States Leahy says the lack of sufficientcoordination on the Pass Card (or Passport Card) system betweenDHS and State, and between the Bush Administration and the Government ofCanada, spells trouble for the system.  This has been shaping up asa bureaucratic nightmare that could clog our borders while making us even lesssecure, said Leahy.  We need to prod these agencies to cometo grips with these problems and fix them beforehand, not afterward. In the home stretch to the bills Senate passage Thursday evening,Leahy successfully led the effort to beat back an attempt to weaken the fundingformula he authored for first-responder grants his all-state minimumformula that has brought more than $65 million to Vermont in the last fouryears.  The Leahy grant formula, which he included in the USA PATRIOT Act of2001, assures that Vermont and other states receive basic grants for their firstresponder agencies the police, fire and rescue departments that areresponsible for homeland security and emergency preparedness.  The bid toweaken the Leahy formula lost in a vote of 34 to 66. The certification requirements in LeahysWHTI amendment require the two departments to:1.     Ensure that thetechnology for any Passport Card meets certain security standards andthat DHS and State agree on that technology.2.     Share the technologywith the governments of Canada and Mexico.3.     Justify the fee setfor the Passport Card.  4.     Develop analternative procedure for groups of children traveling across the border underadult supervision with parental consent. WASHINGTON (Thursday, July 13) Vermont Thursday scored twosignificant policy wins engineered by Sen. Patrick Leahy as the U.S. Senate passedthe annual homeland security budget bill. Install all necessary technological infrastructure at the ports of entry to process the cards and train U.S. agents at the border crossings in all aspects of the new technology. 6.     Make the PassportCard available for international land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean and Bermuda.7.     Establish a unified implementationdate for all sea and land borders.  The bill also includes Leahys legislation to postpone andimprove implementation of the controversial Pass Card system for bordercrossings, which will require new identity cards and methods for crossing U.S. borders, including the Northern Border with Canada.  Leahy and Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) earlier had added tothe bill their amendment to delay implementation of the Pass Card system part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) — for 17 months, untilJune 1, 2009, and to require the Secretary of Homeland Security and theSecretary of State to certify to Congress that several standards are met beforethe program moves forward.  Leahy is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and of itsHomeland Security Subcommittee, which handled the Senates work indrafting the annual appropriations bill for the Department of HomelandSecurity.  The bill now goes to conference with the House version of thebill, which does not include Leahys WHTI amendment but which does alsomaintain the Leahy formula for first-responder grants. # # # # #last_img read more

Developer almosts recoups purchase costs with just two $7m sales

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:10Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:10 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 Rate1xFullscreenDream homes for city dwellers01:11The final penthouse at The Oxlade has sold for $7 million – less than three years after the developer behind the project snapped up four vacant lots for $17.35 million. A render of the penthouse at The Oxlade. Supplied.It was bought by a local buyer, with the luxury development by the Seymour Group expected to be completed by the end of 2021.MORE NEWS: Developer Kevin Seymour (centre) with grandsons Trent Seymour and Ben Seymour at the site of their new display suite for ‘The Oxlade’ on Oxlade Drive, New Farm, Sunday, May 12, 2019 (AAP Image/Richard Walker)A second penthouse, sold previously, is also believed to have achieved the same price, and only “a few two and three bedders”, all with river views, remain available for purchase.The cheapest apartment within the development sold for $1.4 million. The Oxlade at New Farm. Photos: SuppliedPlace Bulimba marketing agent Sarah Hackett said the majority of buyers at The Oxlade had been keen to customise their own luxury apartment, with some even amalgamating two units.It means the original plans for 39 units have now been scaled down to 31 units.“We’ve had a huge level of enquiry to amalgamate the two-bedroom apartments intofour-bedroom apartments, where the buyer is willing to pay double, giving them 16-metre frontage with sweeping city views,” Mrs Hackett said. The Oxlade in New Farm, Brisbane; Kitchen Living Courtyard render: 39 ultra-luxury residences; Architect: Bureau^Proberts. Agent Sarah Hackett. Picture: SuppliedThe amalgamation means the luxury apartments have four bedrooms, three bathroomsand four side-by-side car spaces.Mrs Hackett the recent sales of both penthouses within The Oxlade had “set a new benchmark for New Farm penthouse living”. The Oxlade features 6-star hotel facilities, a concierge, a roof-top infinity edge pool and a 14-seat cellar with a chef’s kitchen attached for dinner parties.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The Oxlade in New Farm. Picture: SuppliedSeymour Group’s Kevin Seymour, a Queensland richlister, said they had wanted to create something “unique”, and allow buyers to customise their dream residence.“We are developing something truly special with The Oxlade, somewhere residents canbe proud of and have the chance to immerse themselves in all we have to offer,” he said. Earlier this year, the Seymour family snapped up another prized parcel in New Farm at 39 Griffith St. The Oxlade at New Farm. Photos: SuppliedIt sold under the hammer to Ben Seymour, Kevin Seymour’s nephew, for $7.75 million in March, equalling the city’s highest ever residential auction price set at St Lucia in 2009.That was until Mrs Hackett sold 95-99 McConnell St at Bulimba for $8.4 million last month.The Seymour Group are also expected to develop the Griffith Street site, with Kevin Seymour telling the Courier Mail in June that the market was “hungry for luxury”.last_img read more

Pelicans’ Julius Randle expected to decline player option, report says

first_imgIt appears like Julius Randle will test free agency.The Pelicans big man is expected to decline his $9 million player option this offseason, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. They are also expected to select Duke star Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick on June 20.Williamson has drawn comparisons to Randle, who is taller by two inches at 6-9 but is also more than 30 lbs lighter. It’s unclear how New Orleans will proceed, as it will have two undersized, athletic, left-handed forwards on the roster if they keep both.Nevertheless, New Orleans has plenty of options. Was very important for Randle to get another shot in free agency next summer if he wants it. https://t.co/wPXMzJJOXf— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 2, 2018″ target=”_blank”> report last year.The Pelicans agreed to send Anthony Davis to the Lakers on Saturday in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft. NBA free agency rumors: Kings prioritizing center, but unlikely to pursue Nikola Vuceviccenter_img NBA trade rumors: Nuggets explored pairing Anthony Davis with Nikola Jokic Pelicans‘ Julius Randle is not picking up his $9M player option for next season and will enter unrestricted free agency, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Randle is coming off his best NBA season (21.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 34.4 percent from 3-point range on 195 attempts).— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 17, 2019The 24-year-old is coming off a career year. He averaged 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game with New Orleans this past season.Randle left the Lakers in free agency after 2017-18. His two-year, $18 million deal with the Pelicans was meant to give him another shot at free agency in the summer of 2019 after he proved himself in New Orleans, according to an ESPN Related Newslast_img read more