AV Jenning’s latest project fast tracked due to popularity

first_imgAVJennings’ Arbor community at Rochedale has lots ranging up to 480sq m starting from just $369,000.Half of the 34 homesites in stage one of AVJennings’ Arbor project have been snapped up, prompting the developer to fast-track the release of stage two.A further 26 homesites have been released in the second stage of AVJennings’ Arbor community at Rochedale with lots ranging up to 480sq m starting from $369,000.AVJennings national developments manager Angus Johnson said Arbor was all about location.“Arbor is just 17km from the Brisbane CBD, 5km from Sunnybank Plaza and 7km from Griffith University,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“Locally, it is within easy reach of Rochedale Shopping Village and Rochedale Town Centre, which are two retail hubs being developed, with the latter to include a Coles supermarket.“It’s a short walk to Rochedale State School and Redeemer Lutheran College, which is convenient as we are anticipating young families will be among the first to call Arbor home due to the value on offer when you consider our pricing.”Townhomes will be delivered in future stages and they expect these will also appeal to families and downsizers, and perhaps this will lead to multiple generations of families living together in the community.Construction on the first stage of Arbor is expected to start this month allowing purchasers to start building in December.Arbor will feature 60 homesites and 20 townhomes.Visit: www.avjennings.com.au/qld/arbor-rochedalelast_img read more

Curved beach house with copper facade unlike any other on the Gold Coast

first_imgThe modern style gives it a classy edge. No expense has been spared inside. Admire the ocean and surrounding bushland while taking a dip.A refrigerated wine collectors’ cabinet is a highlight while European appliances and a teppanyaki hotplate complement the kitchen.There are seven bedrooms throughout the house, most of which are on the first floor.Doors between four adjacent bedrooms can be opened to create one large room while the main has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and access to a deck. An identical guest bedroom is on the top floor.A rumpus room on the first floor opens onto a deck that leads to a grassed area and pool. Downstairs, four cars can comfortably park in the carport and there is plenty of storage. A glass lift services all three levels.Mrs Holmes couldn’t pick a favourite feature.“The wine cabinet is pretty gorgeous — it’s like art really — and obviously the copper wave,” she said. “And then there’s the view of Currumbin Creek and the ocean.”She said the whole family would miss the house but they wanted to move closer to their children’s school.“I feel like it’s so warm that any family could walk in and say ‘this is home’,” she saidIt is listed through Kollosche agents Michael Kollosche and Eoghan Murphy under an expressions of interest campaign, which closes on September 11. “The property is built on a hill and the hill is quite steep,” Mrs Holmes said. “We thought if we keep it simple, it won’t look over the top.”A wide deck on the top floor makes the most of the house’s surroundings.It is the perfect spot to soak up the panoramic views of Currumbin Creek, the ocean and rainforest.Open the sliding glass doors and the deck becomes part of the combined kitchen, living and dining area. MORE NEWS: Surprising suburb named one of Australia’s most affordable What a view!IT is one of the most unusual yet impressive houses on the Gold Coast.Shaped like a wave with a copper clad facade, the distinctive residence, which is perched on a hillside that borders Currumbin National Park and overlooks the ocean, is in a league of its own.Designed by Paul Uhlmann Architects, the three-storey house has been built to a high standard.In fact, its cutting-edge design has earned it a couple of accolades, including a Master Builder award. The kitchen is contemporary with top-of-the-line appliances. Its curved shaped resembles a wave. It’s built onto a hillside.While it appears to be a trophy home, owners Krystle and Mark Holmes designed it with their five children in mind.In need of more space for their growing clan and wanting to be closer to the beach, the couple put pen to paper and called in the experts to create their dream family home.“My husband and I, we wanted to build something for our children,” Mrs Holmes said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“I’m very hands on, so is my husband, so everything in our home is how we wanted it. Every detail my husband and I chose.”Natural materials including timber, stone, iron and stainless steel are featured throughout the contemporary residence and help it blend into its surrounding environment. MORE NEWS: Restored Hamptons house the most popular pad going to auctionlast_img read more

TechnipFMC extends Solstad Farstad deal

first_imgShipping company Solstad Farstad and oilfield services provider TechnipFMC have extended the frame agreement covering the provision of vessels for ploughing and trenching operations.Solstad Farstad said on Monday that the contract with Technip FMC was extended for one year.The frame agreement is now valid until December 31, 2019.Hans Knut Skår, EVP of Subsea Constructions & Renewables of Solstad Farstad, said: “We have been working closely with TechnipFMC since 1997 and are excited that they once again have trusted us to continue the delivery of high powered vessels to support their ploughing and trenching operations.”The initial deal for the supply of vessels for trenching, construction, and subsea services was signed between Solstad Offshore and Technip in 2016, prior to mergers of Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping, Deep Sea Supply, and REM Offshore as well as Technip with FMC Technologies and respective name changes.The frame agreement was valid for 2016 – 2018 and through the agreement Technip could utilize Solstad Offshore’s two construction support vessels (CSVs), Normand Progress and Normand Pioneer, and two anchor handling tug and supply vessels (AHTS) Normand Ranger and Normand Mariner.Under the agreement, Solstad Offshore was Technip’s supplier of tonnage for trenching and subsea construction work.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Dyna-Mac forms alliance with JEDCO and Meridian

first_imgSingapore’s provider of engineering, fabrication, and construction for oil & gas industry Dyna-Mac has entered into a strategic alliance with Joint Efficient Developments Consultancy (JEDCO) and Meridian Marine Industries.Dyna-Mac said on Tuesday it had entered into the tripartite collaboration through its subsidiary Dyna-Mac Engineering Services.The company added that the collaboration between the three companies would allow and promote a wider pursuit of cross-border cooperation and solutions to support growth opportunities for projects in the onshore and offshore energy, marine and infrastructure industry sectors in Singapore and Canada.Dyna-Mac will provide the use of its Singapore yard facilities and skilled resources to support fabrication and construction works outsourced from Canada. In particular, Dyna-Mac will capitalize on its climate-controlled facility in Pandan Crescent for the fabrication of stainless-steel duplex/super duplex piping and other exotic/special materials.JEDCO will provide a short-term strategy to introduce an efficient execution model to Canadian customers, with joint efforts in the provision of shop drawings, procurement services, fabrication, assembly, and precommissioning of packages for the onshore and offshore energy, marine and infrastructure industry sectors.Meridian will act as the principal lead on all customer engagements in Canada on potential projects and during new opportunity developments through to compilation and submittal of the final proposal to Canadian customers.Meridian will also act as the overall local representative in West Coast Canada, and together with JEDCO, liaise with Canadian customers on pre- and post-proposal submittal matters.Dyna-Mac said that the tripartite collaboration was not expected to have any impact on the company’s earnings, earnings per share, and net tangible assets for the year ending December 31, 2018.last_img read more

Report: DSME Workers Occupy a Crane, Demand Pay Hike

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has reportedly been faced with another worker protest, resulting in suspension of operations at a giant dock crane at one of its facilities.According to the reports from Korean media, two workers from DSME’s metal union mounted a 40-meter tall crane and launched a sit-down strike, demanding pay increase.Talks between the shipbuilder and the metal union have been underway for over nine months, however, no progress has been achieved. The union is said to be asking for a 4.11 pct wage rise on the back of improving business performance at DSME.The demand is contrary to DSME’s strategy, which envisages wage freezes and return of 10 pct of wages, as part of its cost cutting measures.Just this month, DSME secured a number of orders, including a contract from BW LPG for two LNG carriers including options for up to four more. The company has also won a deal to build an LNG carrier for the Greek shipowner Maran Gas Maritime, the 101st vessel for the company in total.So far this year, DSME’s orderbook is comprised of 43 vessels worth about USD 6.22 billion. These include 15 LNG carriers, 16 crude oil carriers, 7 ultra large containerships and 5 special purpose ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Canal & River Trust Unveils Dredging Plans for 2019-20

first_imgThe Canal & River Trust (CRT) is spending £8 million on dredging in the financial year 2019-20 to help keep the waterways navigable for boaters.According to the Trust, the comprehensive program covers locations identified by boaters, as well as the places that need dredging every year.The Trust will be carrying out dredging work on the following canals over the next year: Oxford Canal; Grand Union Canal; Macclesfield Canal; Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal; Coventry Canal; Worcester & Birmingham Canal; Llangollen Canal; and Chesterfield Canal.Annual maintenance dredging will take place on the River Weaver, the Ribble Link, the River Severn and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, and throughout the Yorkshire and North East region.The Trust will also be clearing the River Thames approach to West India Dock, the River Mersey approach to Canning Half Tide Dock, and lock approaches on the River Trent.Additionally, the Trust will continue to evaluate the needs of the whole network and in some cases the projects may change.last_img read more

Desgagnés Christens, Launches Polar Class Tanker Duo

first_imgCanadian shipping company Desgagnés held a double christening and inauguration ceremony for its new polar class tankers on June 20.The ceremony for the dual fuel/LNG vessels Paul A. Desgagnés and Rossi A. Desgagnés was held at the Port of Quebec. Featuring almost 15,000 dwt and tanks with a capacity of more than 17,000 m³, the ships were built at the Besiktas shipyard in Turkey.With the additions, Desgagnés completed its more than CAD 200 million investment plan launched in 2015 for the construction and commissioning of four new vessels.Each vessel represents an investment of CAD 50 million, of which close to CAD 9 million for each ship was solely for the purpose of adding a dual fuel/LNG engine.“The addition of the Paul A. Desgagnés and the Rossi A. Desgagnés demonstrates Desgagnés’ vision and leadership in sustainable development in a tangible way, as well as its commitment to its customers to offer a first-class marine petroleum transportation service that represents quality, safety and respects the environment,” Louis-Marie Beaulieu, President and Chief Executive Officer, said.Previous ships in the series, the Damia Desgagnés, the world’s first dual fuel asphalt plant, and the Mia Desgagnés, the world’s first dual fuel polar-class petroleum-chemical tanker and sister ship to the two inaugurated today, were christened at the Port of Montreal in 2017 and 2018.last_img read more

Schlumberger, IHS Markit in GAIA Strategic Collaboration

first_imgSchlumberger has established a strategic collaboration between WesternGeco, the company’s seismic and geophysical data solutions division, and IHS Markit, a provider of critical information, analytics and solutions. The collaboration will bring together data, technology and expertise from two sources of exploration and production (E&P) information and make it available through the GAIA digital subsurface platform.WesternGeco launched the GAIA platform to accelerate data discovery, screening and ranking of its clients’ exploration opportunities by providing access to all relevant and licensed data.Powered by the DELFI cognitive E&P environment, the GAIA platform transforms the explorationist’s experience and productivity.IHS Markit will initially enable direct access to its global E&P datasets, including well, production and asset information from within the GAIA platform.“As we embrace openness, our strategic collaboration with IHS Markit enables our clients to take advantage of a wealth of data, accessible through the GAIA platform, where the latest digital technologies can be used to unlock data value for critical business decisions,” said Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco. “Our relationship extends beyond providing access to seamlessly integrated IHS Markit data, WesternGeco multiclient libraries, and public and partner data—all in one place. It also includes collaboration in petrotechnical and data science R&D to rapidly deliver new data solutions on the GAIA platform.”“For years, the industry has talked about the need to break down silos and combine data across organizations to enable our mutual clients to make better decisions faster, and today, two of the biggest providers in E&P content, IHS Markit and Schlumberger are taking a step in that direction,” said David Hicks, senior vice president of Energy Upstream at IHS Markit. “Bringing critical data sources together to help our clients improve efficiencies and extract more value from their assets is the primary goal of this endeavor. Since speed to decision is such a critical issue and data volumes continue to expand rapidly, clients will benefit from the increased use of artificial intelligence and various data science technologies to more quickly interrogate our global E&P database in new ways.”last_img read more

WAB: Wind and hydrogen ideal partners, but German hydrogen strategy not ambitious

first_imgGerman wind industry association WAB has welcomed the Federal Government’s recognition of “green” hydrogen’s sustainability in the long term and the special role of offshore and onshore wind energy in its National Hydrogen Strategy, adopted on 10 June. However, WAB said the strategy is non-ambitious in the long term goals and focuses on hydrogen import. Recently, upon the government’s proposal of a new bill to amend the Offshore Wind Act (WindSeeG), WAB expressed its concerns over the proposed new tendering model, but welcomed the flexibility of the 2030 capacity target and the 40 GW target for 2040. “We welcome the fact that the federal government has agreed on a flexible target for the expansion of offshore wind by 2030 and expect the rapid planning and tendering of additional generation capacities on- and offshore to meet the rapidly growing demand for ‘green’ hydrogen”. Accompanying measures are necessary in addition to CO2 pricing so the energy and climate policy objectives of the Federal Government could be achieved, especially those for 2030, according to WAB. WAB advised that the government should focus more consistently on the potential of the domestic market for green hydrogen, supplemented by an import strategy, to better combine climate protection with jobs and value creation for the wind industry, the maritime economy and the growing hydrogen economy. The 20 GW goal for 2030 that may be exceeded would make it possible to eventually generate more green hydrogen from offshore wind and to better achieve Germany’s climate targets, WAB said commenting on the offshore wind bill. “The intention to build up an electrolysis capacity of 5 GW by 2030 and another 5 GW by 2040 at the latest must be accompanied by the necessary economic efficiency to enable a domestic market in the medium term”. center_img “It is a positive sign that after months of delay, the federal government has finally agreed on a national hydrogen strategy and long-term goals for the expansion of offshore wind energy”, said WAB CEO Irina Lucke. “In order to ensure that the ‘green’ hydrogen sector also has a sustainable future and a long-term perspective, we need a national hydrogen strategy in parallel to the ongoing legislative process for offshore wind before the parliamentary summer break”, WAB Managing Director Heike Winkler said on 29 May. However, WAB stated that, with a target of covering one seventh of the expected domestic demand by 2030 with green hydrogen,“the German government is not living up to this claim”. The organisation further added that the strategy is relying on hydrogen imports on a large scale without exploiting the potential of its own generation market. At the time, the organisation also pointed out the need for having the national hydrogen strategy in place before the summer break. “Wind and hydrogen are ideal partners, therefore the hydrogen strategy should focus on building a domestic market for ‘green’ hydrogen, with concrete electrolysis capacity expansion plans beyond 2030”.last_img read more

What about the children of same-sex couples?

first_imgFamily Research Council 4 April 2013A few weeks ago, there was a flurry of news coverage of a new “Policy Statement” (that’s what it was, by its own labeling—it wasn’t a “study”) from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which endorsed the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples.The impression which advocates for marriage redefinition seek to create in the public’s mind is that children of homosexual parents are essentially in exactly the same position as children of heterosexual parents, and children raised by same-sex couples are in the same position as children raised by married opposite-sex couples, except regarding the gender of the parents.Yet some data reported in the AAP’s own Policy Statement tend to undermine that message. Consider this quote:“The US 2010 Census reported that 646,464 households included 2 adults of the same gender. These same-gender couples are raising ~115,000 children aged ≤18 years and are living in essentially all counties of the United States. When these children are combined with single gay and lesbian parents who are raising children, almost 2 million children are being raised by gay and lesbian parents in the United States.”If the estimate of 2 million children with “gay and lesbian parents” is correct, then comparing it with the figure of 115,000 being raised by same-sex couples indicates that only 1 in every 17 children of “gay” parents actually lives with a same-sex couple. Thus, the model of “gay parenting” held up by homosexual activists in the marriage debate—that of children being raised in a stable household by a loving and committed same-sex couple—is extraordinarily rare in the real world, even as a fraction of the already small minority of children who have a homosexual parent.Last summer, University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus published a groundbreaking study of homosexual parents in the journal, Social Science Research. It showed that children of homosexuals suffered disadvantages in numerous areas—both when compared with children raised in an intact biological family, and when compared with other, less stable (but heterosexual) parenting situations. (I summarized its findings and responded to critiques of it in a series of blog posts.)One of the chief criticisms of his work (and really, one of the only criticisms of any substance) was that many of the 236 subjects he identified—young adults whose parent had a homosexual relationship while they were growing up—had never actually lived with the parent and the parent’s same-sex partner. Therefore, it was argued, the Regnerus findings could not be considered relevant to debates about children being raised by same-sex couples.The reason for the paucity of children raised by same-sex couples in the Regnerus study was simple—they could hardly be found in a representative, population-based sample. The data-gathering group hired for Regnerus’ New Family Structures Study screened 15,000 young adults—and found only two who had been raised by a same-sex couple from birth to age 18. In both cases, the couple was a lesbian one—they found no one who had been raised by a homosexual male couple from birth.In other words, what some liberal activists (and Hollywood) like to refer to as “the new normal”—kids being raised by homosexual couples from birth—is not normal at all, even for kids with a parent who has homosexual relationships.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/what-about-the-children-of-same-sex-coupleslast_img read more