Updated: UMaine System sending students home after spring break

first_img[Update: March 12 at 12:01 p.m.] – The University of Maine System intends refund room and board charges paid through family contributions on “an appropriate and prorated basis” according to information released today by Dan Demeritt, the UMaine System’s Executive Director of Public Affairs. Information on requesting room and board refunds will be posted to the system’s public advisory website by noon on March 18.The complete release reads as follows:University of Maine System students and their families will not be financially disadvantaged by the University’s move to online classes and residence hall restrictions in response to the Coronavirus public health crisis.  Students will be able to complete the course of study they have paid for this semester and room and board charges paid through family contributions will be refunded on an appropriate and prorated basis. The University of Maine System will post guidance on requesting room and board refunds on our public health advisory website by noon on Wednesday, March 18th.  The University is working quickly and responsively to address individual student and family concerns as we take unprecedented steps as a public institution to protect student health and help limit the spread of the Coronavirus in Maine.###The University of Maine System announced that all of its in-class academic programs will transition to distance learning following the resumption of classes on March 23. All seven universities will also notify on-campus residential students to make plans to depart campus by Sunday, March 22, with personal and educational belongings necessary to complete their semester requirements remotely.According to information released by Dan Demeritt, the UMaine System’s Executive Director of Public Affairs, on Wednesday, while universities will remain open, the prospect of people returning to the state following the spring break prompted the decision to transition to remote learning. The decision comes after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.COVID-19, a respiratory illness, has spread into several states, prompting travel restrictions, quarantines and some states declaring a state of emergency. The Maine Center for Disease Control is currently reporting zero confirmed cases in the state, having tested more than 40 people and registered only negative results. Maine is currently the only state in New England not reporting cases of COVID-19.“The University of Maine System, with many of its 23,000 students expected to travel over spring break and 5,800 students living in close proximity in resident halls, is a unique Maine institution,” said Dannel Malloy, Chancellor of the University of Maine System. “We are fortunate that there are still no coronavirus cases in Maine and we must take all appropriate steps to limit exposure to the virus in the interest of preserving public health.”Malloy issued a Directive to Transition to Remote Instruction effective March 23 to the UMaine system presidents on Wednesday. The directive instructs all universities to transition all in-class academic programs to online or otherwise remote programs for the remainder of the spring semester. It further instructs the universities to notify students to make plans to depart the campus by March 22 with personal and educational belongings.Universities will provide housing and meal options to students who must remain in or return to their on-campus residence due to extenuating personal circumstances.The universities will otherwise remain operational, with employees continuing to report to work unless otherwise instructed.last_img read more

This dream home’s 14-car garage is big enough for a small plane

first_img33-37 Turnbull Place Tanawha Qld 4556. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe property, which is five minutes to the motorway, an hour’s drive from Brisbane and three minutes from an organic food market, goes to auction at 11am on March 18 if not sold prior. 33-37 Turnbull Place Tanawha Qld 4556. Picture: Realestate.com.auAgent Craig Porter of Next Property Group Maroochydore said the garage had a five metre high ceiling “space for the biggest of caravans or even small aircraft”.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago 33-37 Turnbull Place Tanawha Qld 4556. Picture: Realestate.com.au“The previous owner basically had a massive caravan and wanted to build a shed that housed a full size Winnebago and three other vehicles. It was done in the same renderd contemporary look of the home,” he said. 33-37 Turnbull Place Tanawha Qld 4556. Picture: Realestate.com.au When you’re not polishing your luxury car collection in the massive garage, there is a private library with custom shelving and dimming lights, indoor and outdoor entertaining space, a 20 metre heated pool and jumbo outdoor spa, professional playground, every room has a flatscreen television and it has a home theatre that can seat over eight people. 33-37 Turnbull Place Tanawha. Picture: Realestate.com.auTHIS resort-style home has a 14-car garage that’s so big it can fit a small plane. The specially-created parking “shed” was designed by a previous owner of 33-37 Turnbull Place, Tanawha, who had a massive love of the open road. 33-37 Turnbull Place Tanawha Qld 4556. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe “shed” is so large that it could be turned into a separate residence, according to Mr Porter.The luxury home was packed with so many features that the open home was expected to be an hour long each time rather than the usual half-hour to 45 minutes, according to Mr Porter. 33-37 Turnbull Place Tanawha Qld 4556. Picture: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more

Nine property changes you must know that start midnight July 1

first_imgGet the latest real estate news from The Courier-Mail to your inbox for free The one thing you must do from July 1 if you are preparing to sell This could seriously affect the settlement of your home sale post July 1Follow Sophie Foster on Twitter @SophieFoster The Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade in Hamilton is among infrastructure programs of the Brisbane City Council in the coming year. Picture: Liam Kidston4. Water and sewerage charges will increase for example by 2.3 per cent in Greater Brisbane (Queensland Urban Utilities) and 3 per cent in SEQ (Unity Water). (Local Government) 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 agoTAX5. A 1.5 per cent surcharge will be introduced for absentee payers of land tax, applying to land holdings of $350,000 or higher in addition to other land tax payable (does not apply to Queensland residents but anticipated to impact on property investment). (State)6. Foreign tax residents will be subject to an increased Capital Gains Tax withholding rate of 12.5 per cent (up from 10 per cent) and a reduced CGT withholding threshold of $750,000 (down from $2 million). (Federal)7. ATO will disallow deductions for travel expenses relating to inspecting, maintaining, or collecting rent for a residential rental property. (Federal)OTHER8. Individuals who are looking to purchase their first home will be able to access specific voluntary contributions made in to superannuation after 1 July 2017. The voluntary contributions will be accessible by individuals from 1 July 2018. Limits apply to the amount that individuals can contribute under this measure to $15,000 per year and $30,000 in total. (Federal)9. To assist first home buyers entering the housing market, the Queensland First Home Owners’ Grant temporary increase, from $15,000 to $20,000 for contracts on newly constructed homes will be extended to eligible transactions entered into between 1 July 2017 and 31 December 2017. (State)(Source: QEAS) HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:COST OF LIVING1. Commencement of the Major Bank Levy on NAB, ANZ, CBA, Westpac and Macquarie and anticipated flow on increases in home and commercial lending rates. (Federal)2. Electricity bills in Regional Queensland will rise by 3.3 per cent for households and 4.1 per cent for small businesses (these increases are half of those originally proposed as a result of State Government funding the removal of the Solar Bonus Scheme from electricity prices for three years and directing Energy Queensland to remove costs from network charges across Queensland). (State)3. Council rates across Queensland will rise. Brisbane (2.4 per cent), Gold Coast (1.8 per cent), Sunshine Coast (2.3 per cent), Logan (1.7 per cent), Moreton Bay (3.99 per cent), Western Downs (2.9 per cent), Bundaberg (3.45 per cent), Redland (2.73 per cent), Cairns (1.75 per cent), Townsville (1.48 per cent), Ipswich (2.95 per cent). (Local Government) Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced an average 2.4 per cent rise in rates starting July 1 to help fund major infrastructure programs. Picture: Liam KidstonA PERFECT storm of federal, state and local government changes kick in from July 1 impacting every homeowner, renter and househunter.Of all the government changes kicking in from midnight that day, nine were specifically targeted at either homeowners, househunters or renters, according to a list compiled by Queensland Economic Advocacy Solutions.QEAS director Nick Behrens said “this year is unique in that many legislative changes commence at the same time as the usual suspects that occur every year”.Though each change was applied in isolation by the various governments, the combined impact could be overwhelming for some.Four of the changes that impact property have come from the Federal Government, three were from the Queensland Government and two were from Local Government/councils.Four of the changes concern the cost of living, three were linked to tax measures and two were either superannuation or grant related, according to QEAS.last_img read more