Planning: impact of car parking restrictions and residential demand

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Innovators wanted to shape future of tropical home building

first_imgStockland’s Project Director Andrew Astorquia and Director of Innovation House Darren Finlay pictured on the North Shore Innovation House project site. Picture: Shae Beplate.EXPRESSIONS of Interest for the supply of the latest and greatest home and garden products and materials for Townsville’s most futuristic house close next week.In the design phase, The Innovation Home Project will be built as part of North Shore’s newest display village, and will be a showcase of innovation and sustainable living. Stockland North Shore Project Director, Andrew Astorquia said that more than 30 local and national suppliers had already signed up to be part of the project.“This is a really exciting project as it incorporates cutting-edge design and technology products that are available now,” he said.“We are working with everyone from JCU researchers who are using plastic cuts from old nappies to create sustainable concrete, manufacturers of airconditioning systems that completely eliminate mould to electric vehicle charging and more. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“But what is more important is that much of the product and building materials that we incorporate are affordable for people to adapt to their own homes — and it helps them understand how to future proof their biggest investments.”Mr Darren Finlay, the creator of the Innovation House concept said the Innovation Home Project was increasing its scope to touch on all of the facets of sustainability including, design, water, energy, products, healthy house and technology.Project co-ordinator Rowan Blizzard said that over 1000 hours of research into best practice design has been invested by product suppliers to help create what will be the future of home building for the tropics. “Bunnings, Reece and many more local suppliers have put their hands up to be part of this exciting project,” he said.“Over 10,000 people are expected to visit the house once constructed so it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best and most innovative products on the market.“We encourage anyone who is developing sustainable and innovation projects to contact us to be part of this project.” Any suppliers interested in being part of The Innovation Home Project are encourage to contact Rowan Blizzard from Innovation House by calling 0412 997 754 or by emailing read more

AP4 calls on government to open door to unlisted direct investments

first_imgThe fourth of Sweden’s state pension buffer funds has called on the country’s government to allow the funds to add unlisted direct investments to their portfolios.In July, the Swedish Finance Ministry proposed to amend the mandate for the AP funds. In a lengthy response to the consultation, AP4 said it welcomed the increased flexibility the new rules would give it to allocate between asset classes, but said allocation options should be accompanied by additional opportunities for unlisted direct investments.Niklas Ekvall, chief executive of AP4, said: “AP4 believes it is important that the increased allocation capabilities be supplemented with opportunities for direct investment in unlisted companies and credit.“The memo does not include this, which is unfortunate as it would allow more long-term and cost-effective investment rather than just investing indirectly in funds.” Including direct unlisted investments was also in line with prevailing market trends and practices, he said.Ekvall cited examples such as co-investments in unlisted companies alongside venture capital funds, major institutional owners or other investment consortia, and infrastructure companies. The latter should be possible in the same way as the AP funds currently invest in real estate companies, he said.These two asset types were very similar and adding infrastructure would give exposure to an attractive and socially-beneficial investment area in a cost-effective manner, Ekvall added.The CEO cited private credit as an emerging and socially important area of investment since the 2008 financial crisis.He also highlighted sustainability-orientated investment opportunities and initiatives, which were likely to increase in importance in the future. “Most of these are unlisted and therefore not investable according to the memo,” Ekvall said.AP4’s sister fund, AP6, was set up in 1996 to invest solely in private equity. Sweden’s government had proposed merging AP6 with AP2, but this idea – part of a wider restructuring proposal for the AP fund system – was rejected in 2015.Regarding the most recent investment guidelines proposals, the Finance Ministry’s draft of the amended mandate puts in place a new 40% ceiling on illiquid investments, replacing the current 5% cap on unlisted instruments.The 40% ceiling is to include real estate, an asset class that is not restricted under the current rules.Among other proposed changes to the mandate is a reduction in the minimum allocation to interest-bearing securities with low credit and liquidity risk to 20%, from 30%.last_img read more

Subsea 7 to work on CNOOC’s gas field project offshore China

first_imgUK subsea engineering and construction services company Subsea 7 has been awarded a sizeable contract by COOEC for CNOOC’s Lingshui 17-2 gas field development project offshore China.Source: Subsea 7Subsea 7 defines a sizeable contract as being between $50 million and $150 million.The Lingshui 17-2 field is located in the South China Sea approximately 150km offshore Sanya, Hainan province. The field water depth ranges from 1450m to 1560m.Subsea 7 said on Tuesday that the contract scope includes transportation and installation of five steel catenary risers with diameters ranging from 10″ to 18″.Project management and engineering will start immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with offshore operations taking place in the first half of 2021.Christopher Ratajczak, Vice President Asia, said: “We recognize the importance of this project to both COOEC and the operator, CNOOC. We are delighted that they have selected Subsea 7 as their partner. It further demonstrates the trust that clients put in our ability to deliver technically challenging projects in deep water.”Several contracts have already been awarded for the Lingshui 17-2 gas field development project.Aker Solutions was hired last year to deliver the subsea production system and umbilicals for the Lingshui 17-2 gas field. The subsea production system consists of 11 horizontal subsea trees, four manifolds, topside and subsea control system and a vertical tie-in connection system. Aker Solutions started fabrication work on the project in September 2019 with the first steel cutting of subsea manifold in Tianjin, China.In April 2019, COOEC hired Keppel O&M subsidiary, Keppel FloaTEC, for the provision of engineering services in support of the construction of the Lingshui 17-2 production semi-submersible unit. Keppel FloaTEC said that the Lingshui 17-2 would be the world’s first deep-water semi-submersible production floater with condensate storage facilities.In addition, InterMoor signed a contract to install deepwater mooring systems for the Liuhua 16-2 and Lingshui 17-2 floating production units.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Gail Ann Hodge, age 61

first_imgGail Ann Hodge, age 61, of Brookville, Indiana died Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Indiana University Hospital Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.Born May 31, 1954 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was the daughter of William & Dorothy Juanita (Price) Watkins. On October 25, 1980 she was united in marriage to Gene Hodge, and he survives.Gail was a QMA, and had been employed at The Waters of Batesville for nearly 40 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Brookville, and had attended Cross Point Church in St. Leon, Indiana. In her leisure time she enjoyed reading, family vacations to Disneyworld, and most of all just being with her family and grandchildren.Besides Gene, her loving husband of over 35 years, survivors include her father, William Watkins Sr., of Brookville, Indiana; a daughter & son-in-law, Stephanie & Rick Rouse of Brookville, Indiana, a son & daughter-in-law, Bill & Julie Hodge of Metamora, Indiana; two grandchildren, Abigail Rouse & Kendall Rouse; two brothers & sisters-in-law, Jim & Patty Watkins of Brookville, Indiana, Terry & Misty Watkins of Brookville, Indiana; and nieces & nephews, Shelly (Jeremy) Walker, Jessie (Brad) Bergin, Jeana (Jude) Fuchs, Evan Watkins, T.J. Watkins, Hannah Watkins, Amanda (Gregg) Sells.She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Juanita “Nita” Watkins who died October 29, 2013, and a brother William Watkins Jr., who died November 8, 2013.Rev. Mike Holman, Pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Thursday, March 10, 2016, 12:00 Noon, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.Family & friends may visit from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Gail Hodge Benefit Account at FCN Bank. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hodge family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Lady Cats Victorious Over Lady Pirates

first_imgThe Franklin County traveled to Greensburg for an EIAC conference match on Thursday (4-26). Heading into the match, both teams found themselves tied atop the conference with undefeated records. Neither team had much rest or time to prepare for this match due to matches on Wednesday. Franklin County fortunately showed no signs of fatigue as they kept the pressure up on their opponents throughout the match. After yet another three hour match at #2 singles, Franklin County was able to come out with a 4-1 victory and take sole possession of the top spot in the conference. The team along with #1 Singles Lilli Stewart and #3 Singles Lauren Klei are now 10-0 (5-0 in EIAC).Franklin County will be back on the courts again Friday, April 27, at home against another conference opponent, East Central.Scores.#1 Singles Lilli Stewart (FC) beat Raegan Rigney (G) 6-2, 6-1#2 Singles Megan Routh (FC) beat Bailey Menkedick (G) 6-1, 5-7, 7-5#3 Singles Lauren Klei (FC) beat Ellie Acra (G) 6-1, 6-1#1 Doubles Claudia Westhafer and Kirsten Fong (G) beat Grace Moster and Katarina Sacksteder (FC) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3#2 Doubles Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary (FC) beat Emma Hellmich and Sarah Schneider (G) 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-1Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Braydon Ertel.last_img read more

Spending study hopes to curb ‘post-holiday spending regret’

first_imgBatesville, In. — The National Retail Federation estimates the average spent per-person for the holidays will be about $1,000, up more than 4 percent from last year.Data from WallHub® shows the average household credit card debt is $8,332. In order to combat “post-holiday spending regret” their panel of financial experts has analyzed five population characteristics to estimate holiday budgets for people in 570 American cities.Here is link to the full study.last_img

How dressing room fight propelled Eagles to win AFCON 2013 trophy – Onazi

first_imgOgenyi Onazi has revealed how a breakout in the dressing room propelled the Super Eagles players to go all out for the 2013 AFCON trophy in South Africa. Loading… “Coach Stephen was just looking at us, then after the altercations, he addressed the team and told us we can’t afford to win the next game. “He then charged us to take the fight to the pitch and luckily we won the next game and moved to the next round,” Onazi told The Super Eagles defeated the Eagles of Mali and favorites Elephants before Burkina Faso to lift their third continental crown, however, Onazi who now plays for the Turkish side Denizlispor said Nigerians didn’t give the team a chance against Didier Drogba led Ivorians. read also:Onazi: I never had any problem with Mikel Obi “No one gave us a chance against Ivory Coast, because of how we struggled in the previous matches, but we won the game and then things became very open for the team.” He said. After winning the tournament, the Super Eagles also reached the round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where they lost to France. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The combative midfielder tagged the success as one of the most memorable moments and the high points of his successful football career. An elated Onazi who is still relishing the moment told that winning the title didn’t come without a price as the fight broke out in the dressing following the failure of the team to win the opening two matches against Zambia and Burkina Faso. Onazi stressed further that it took the intervention of the late Stephen Keshi before normalcy returned to the dressing room. “After we drew the first two matches, Nigerians were calling us to draw soup, but after these two games, we were fighting in the dressing room and there was a lot of blame game and noise .” He said.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

SR 229 milling and paving project is well on its way

first_imgBatesville, IN—Officials from INDOT say that two smaller sections of S.R. 229 are being resurfaced (one in Batesville and one in Oldenburg). Total resurfacing is around 1 mile each.  Milling is now complete in Batesville and began Monday near Oldenburg. Paving in Batesville is set to begin on Wednesday and is expected to be completed by early next week, barring any delays due to weather. Oldenburg paving will follow after Batesville is completed.  The entire project should be complete by early-to-mid September.Lane closures with flaggers will be in effect along the route.last_img read more

Japan’s Fukuhara announces marriage to fellow Olympian Chiang

first_img(REUTERS) – Japan’s Olympic medallist Ai Fukuhara and fellow table tennis player Chiang Hung-chieh of Taiwan announced their marriage yesterday.Fukuhara, 27, began playing table tennis at the age of three and gained fame as a child prodigy in Japan, but her popularity extends far beyond her own country.Her fluency in Mandarin and participation in China’s Super League have won her numerous supporters there and in other parts of East Asia, where she is often referred to as the “Japanese Doll”.“I proposed to her after the Rio Olympics when I got a chance,” the 27-year-old Chiang, who also competed in Rio, told reporters in Tokyo.“With regard to the way I proposed, I actually gave her a key and hoped that she would be an owner of our home.”Fukuhara, now 27, competed in her first Olympics in 2004 when she was 15 years old.At the Beijing Games in 2008, she carried the flag for the Japanese delegation and in London four years later was a member of the team who won their first silver in table tennis.The pair showed off their custom-made wedding rings, engraved with table tennis balls, which were designed by Chiang.“I was overwhelmed when he proposed, so I don’t remember what I told him in response,” said Fukuhara, who won a bronze medal in Riolast_img read more