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first_imgThe home has high ceilings and polished timber floors and is fully air-conditioned, although Mrs Purse said the layout of the home allowed excellent cross ventilation which kept the home cool.It has undergone extensive renovations, been rewired, re-plumbed, re-glazed, and has a new roof.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 OLD world charm and character were what drew Carey and Justin Purse to their home in Victoria Street, North Ward when they first saw it in late 2008.The couple were really taken by the charm of the 1930s Bushman’s Retreat and have loved it ever since but plans to downsize mean they are now offering it for sale. What a view!!!!The five-bedroom, three-bathroom, house has plenty of views on offer including the ocean, island, Castle Hill and the city.Mrs Purse said she thought they were in the perfect location and felt like Castle Hill and The Strand were part of her own backyard. There are multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces across the two-level home, which has a self-contained studio apartment on the lower level.This apartment has its own kitchen and there is a laundry and substantial storage areas on the lower level, as well as parking for two cars. On the upper level of the house is an open plan dining and lounge room, as well as a family room, which opens onto a deck and the kitchen which has granite benchtops and European appliances. The upper and lower back decks overlook the swimming pool and irrigated landscape gardens.“I just loved the natural light throughout the house when I first saw it,” Mrs Purse said.“My favourite part of the house would be the back deck of the house where we eat breakfast all the time. That is where we spend so much of our time.”Bi-fold doors on the upper level opened the living area out onto the deck, allowing breezes to move throughout the home.Mrs Purse said she would also miss the location, being able to just head out in her walking shoes for the day to go exploring around the area, whether it was walking up Castle Hill, along The Strand, or visiting a local coffee shop.While they are keen to downsize, Mrs Purse said she would really miss the house, which had suited their needs so well.last_img read more

Renters pay $250/wk to share rooms in Brisbane’s trendy suburbs

first_imgSt Lucia is home to the University of Queensland and so it is very popular among students. Rents are relatively cheap too, averaging $190 per week. Popular for its great amenities, Indooroopilly is exceptionally well serviced with the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre (the region’s biggest), a railway station and only a couple of stops from the CBD. (Source: Flatmates.com.au) Fortitude Valley is a favourite among backpackers and ravers. If you love the night-life, every night of the week, this is the suburb for you. Spring Hill – Average weekly rent $230 for a room St Lucia – Average weekly rent $190 for a room Spring Hill is the most searched-for share house suburb in Brisbane on Flatmates.com.au. It’s also among the most expensive share house suburbs with a private room.Most flatmates are drawn here for the close walk to the CBD and the Valley, but also because it’s far enough away to get a good night’s sleep. Fortitude Valley – Average weekly rent $250 for a roomcenter_img A hidden gem right behind Southbank and only 20 minutes’ walk to the city, West End is a favourite of students and newly arrived migrants. The multicultural community, night life, opportunity shops and cheap rent make this suburb a real draw card. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago THE 5 MOST POPULAR BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR SHARING A HOUSE Flatmates Jake Eve, Sam Prouting and Courtney Rixon share a unit in Bowen Hills because they want to live in an inner-city suburb. Picture: AAP/David Clark.RENTERS desperate to live in Brisbane’s trendiest suburbs are bunking down with strangers in a bid to save money and afford their favourite luxuries.A new survey by Flatmates.com.au has found 56 per cent of renters in the Queensland capital share a house because they cannot afford to live by themselves, and a further 20 per cent share to split the cost of bills.Shared rooms in Brisbane rent for an average $184 a week, but rooms in the sought-after, inner-city suburbs of Fortitude Valley and Spring Hill cost renters as much as $250 a week. But Flatmates.com.au executive manager Steven Caddy said Brisbane’s room rents were some of the best in the country in terms of value for money when it came to the entertainment, public transport, lifestyle and job opportunities on offer.“Brisbane is a very attractive city to live in as it has the best of both worlds,” Mr Caddy said. “It’s an edgy city with a great art scene, but it comes with beautiful weather and close proximity to amazing beaches and landmarks (but without the Sydney price tag). “Many young renters may choose to move to Brisbane to study and then decide to stay for the lifestyle.”REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said landlords could charge high rents in sought-after suburbs because many renters valued ­location above anything else. “Sharing a room is all some people can afford if they want to live somewhere central,” Ms Conisbee said. “Comparing the city’s average rent with people’s average income shows most people are spending more than a third of their income on rents and it’s even harder for low-income earners.” Nerida Conisbee, chief economist of REA Group. Image: AAP/Monique Harmer.Jake Eve and his partner, Sam Prouting, share a two-bedroom apartment with a friend in the inner-city suburb of Bowen Hills.Mr Eve said he loved being able to live in a sought-after location and still be able save money.“We wanted to be close to the city and work, and have the convenience of getting around,” Mr Eve said.“Everything is at your doorstep and I don’t mind going to the bars and the clubs nearby.”Each of the flatmates pay $150 a week in rent and split the bills.“It’s actually been quite affordable given we’re in a nice building and a great location,” Mr Eve said.“We were able to save for a nice, big Euro trip last year.”The survey also found almost half of all renters believe strangers make the best house mates.Mr Eve agrees.“I feel like you don’t know someone until you’ve lived with them and I know a lot of friendships that have crumbled as a result,” he said. Indooroopilly – Average weekly rent $170 for a room West End – Average weekly rent $180 for a roomlast_img read more

Predicting the Ideal Time to Dredge – New Research from QUT

first_imgTiming of dredging is the key to helping preserve one of the world’s most productive and important ecosystems – seagrass meadows, reports QUT (Queensland University of Technology).According to the QUT, seagrass meadows are among the most underappreciated but most important ecosystems in the world. They are disappearing at the same rate as tropical rainforests and coral reefs.New study, led by QUT researchers in collaboration with seagrass experts at Edith Cowan and James Cook universities, can now provide answers on when and how much to dredge via an ‘ecological window’.Lead researcher, QUT’s Dr Paul Wu, has developed a way of predicting the ideal time to dredge in order to give seagrass the best and quickest chance of recovery. Modelling provides up to a fourfold reduction in time it takes for seagrass to recover.He said that dredging was a source for seagrass loss and timing of dredging determines if seagrass will recover and how quickly. “This is called an ecological window,” Dr Wu said.Dr Wu is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) within QUT’s Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Faculty.He has developed an advanced statistical model to predict when dredging is least likely to damage seagrass.According to Dr Wu, the model could be used globally, not just in Australia. “Our model can provide up to a fourfold reduction in recovery time, and up to a 35 per cent reduction in local extinction risk for seagrass species,” said Dr Wu.Watch Dr Wu explain the research in the video below:last_img read more

India’s Bharat Petroleum floats two LNG tenders

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of Petronet LNGBharat Petroleum of India issued two separate cargoes seeking a total of four liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for delivery over the course of next year. The company has floated a tender for a single LNG cargo for delivery in January, Reuters reports, citing trade sources.The cargo is reportedly set for delivery on January 19-21 to Petronet LNG’s Dahej liquefied natural gas import terminal. The deadline for the bids submission has been set for December 5, with the winners to be known on December 7.Under its second tender, Bharat Petroleum is looking for three cargoes to be delivered in May, August and October 2018. Bids are due by November 28, with the awards to be unveiled on December 12.last_img read more

Nobel Prize winner advises Australian wave

first_imgWave Swell Energy (WSE) has informed that the Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty accepted an honorary consultancy role with the company.The Australian wave energy developer WSE deemed the appointment of Professor Doherty for the job that will see him provide advice for the company as a ‘significant endorsement’ for its wave energy technology.The company’s device is based on the oscillating water column concept, which acts like an artificial blowhole with water rising and falling inside a chamber.Professor Doherty was named a Companion of the Order of Australia, and is also the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.WSE plans to deploy a 200kW version of the technology later this year off the King Island, ahead of the installation of a full-sized 1MW version.To remind, the company has recently validated the performance and wave loads on the planned demonstration unit.last_img read more

USS John S McCain’s Sudden Turn Caused Collision with Alnic MC

first_imgThe fatal collision between the Liberian-registered Alnic MC and the US warship USS John S McCain in August last year was caused by a sudden turn of the naval vessel into the path of the tanker, a final report into the incident by Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau finds.The two ships collided on August 21, 2017 in the westbound lane of the Singapore Strait, about 4.6 nautical miles from Horsburgh Lighthouse. Ten U.S. Navy sailors lost their lives in the collision.“The safety investigation determined that the USS John S McCain made a sudden turn to port (left) into the path of Alnic MC because of a series of missteps that took place after propulsion controls were transferred,” the report reads.As explained, the warship’s crew did not recognize the processes involved in the transfer of propulsion and steering control due to their lack of requisite knowledge of the steering control system as a result of inadequate training.“When the bridge team of Alnic MC saw the USS John S McCain turning, it presumed that the USS John S McCain would be able to safely pass ahead. The collision happened within three minutes of the USS John S McCain turning to port, and the actions taken by Alnic MC were insufficient to avoid the collision.”The report added that the tanker’s bridge team was not manned in accordance with the company’s safety management system and the Master did not have full support on the bridge.last_img read more

Pacific Basin Closes USD 325 Mn Financing Deal

first_imgHong Kong-based dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin has closed a USD 325 million 7-year reducing revolving credit facility secured over 50 of the company’s owned ships.The company informed that the new facility is supported by a syndicate of eight leading international banks, refinances several of Pacific Basin’s existing credit facilities and raises fresh capital on previously un-mortgaged vessels.Borrowings under the facility will carry a very competitive interest cost of Libor plus 1.5%, significantly extend the company’s overall amortisation profile and enhance its financial flexibility.Pacific Basin said that the average age of these 50 ships is 11 years and the facility will effectively extend their repayment profile by an additional 11 years to an average age of 22 years.“The facility further increases our funding flexibility with access to long-term committed funding on a revolving basis for the next seven years at an attractive cost which further reduces our already very competitive vessel P&L breakeven levels,” Peter Schulz, CFO of Pacific Basin, said.Schultz added that the facility was 40% oversubscribed “reflecting the attraction of our solid balance sheet, corporate profile, business model, track record and reputation.”last_img read more

ORE Catapult Scouts for Regional Innovation Manager

first_imgUK’s technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy, ORE Catapult, is looking for a regional innovation manager based in Cornwall.Reporting to the Sector Lead Wave & Tidal Energy, this role should help maintain and grow ORE Catapult’s established support to SME innovation in the South West.The role will promote ORE Catapult’s regional activity through proactive engagement with local industry, academia and public bodies, to identify potential collaborative and bilateral projects and programmes while helping to strengthen existing networks both regionally and within the wave, tidal and offshore wind energy sectors.The innovation manager is expected to provide a strong focus on innovation, sector technology challenges, national and international renewables policy.Working with regional partners, the manager will be responsible for ORE Catapult’s day to day obligations in delivering the Marine-i SME innovation project.Furthermore, the role will proactively encourage SME innovation in the region, leveraging use of ORE Catapult’s expertise and test facilities at Levenmouth and Blyth.Working with the Sector Lead Wave & Tidal Energy, the applicants are expected to help deliver the ORE Catapult’s broader regional engagement strategy, including developing opportunities across the South Coast Marine Cluster and Wales, and supporting the strategy for a ORE Catapult technology centre in the South West.Closing date is set for Friday, January 25, 2019.Further information can be found here.last_img read more

DNV GL to Certify Dutch Offshore Wind Site Studies

first_imgDNV GL Denmark A/S has won a contract to provide the certification of site studies for the Hollandse Kust (west) and Ten Noorden van de Waddeneilanden wind farm zones in the Dutch North Sea.The contracting authority, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl), plans to conclude a contract for the certification of the site studies with a term of five years, with a one-year renewal option.The value of the contract is EUR 386,565.The 1.4GW Hollandse Kust (West) and the 700MW Ten Noorden van de Waddeneilanden (North of the Wadden Sea Islands) are two of the three offshore wind zones identified in the Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030, which looks to add further 7GW of offshore wind capacity in the Dutch North Sea from 2024 to 2030.The tenders for the new wind farm zones will be opened from 2021 onward, starting with the Hollandse Kust (West), and the wind farms are expected to be commissioned between 2024 and 2030.Back in 2017, DNV GL awarded RVO.nl with a certificate for the quality of site studies undertaken at the Hollandse Kust (zuid) sites I and II ahead of the tendering procedure.DNV GL Danmark A/S also won a contract by Ørsted to provide project certification services and to evaluate whether the assessment of the site conditions at the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind zone had been carried out and documented adequately.last_img read more

Nor-Shipping Director: Norsk Hydro Cyber Attack a Wake Up Call for Maritime Industry

first_imgThis week’s cyber attack on Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro is a sign of the growing threat facing firms within the maritime and ocean industries, according to Per Martin Tanggaard, Director of Nor-Shipping.On Monday, Norsk Hydro computer systems were initially hit by the comparatively new LockerGoga virus. It then spread through the firm’s network encrypting files.As a result, the company, which employs some 36,000 people in 40 countries, was forced to halt production in several plants, switching to increased manual operations to bypass problems connecting to its production systems. LockerGoga works by demanding payment for the decryption of infected files.“This is yet another wake up call for industry, and particularly for the maritime segment,” Tanggaard commented.“Shipping has been comparatively slow to join the digital revolution, but now that it has developments are moving fast, with ever increasing automation, connected operations and the move towards autonomy. It is absolutely essential that firms don’t just see the opportunities inherent here, but also the threats,” he pointed out.Tanggaard further said that shipping and ocean industry firms — which have large and expensive assets, infrastructure and cargoes — should have strategies to counter risk. He also mentioned cyber attacks that happened in the past two years, involving companies such as Maersk, COSCO, Austal as well as ports such as San Diego and Barcelona.“Cyber security should be top of the agenda for all businesses, big and small. If a company with Norsk Hydro’s resources, expertise and systems is susceptible to attack, then everybody is. Be aware,” Nor-Shipping’s Director warned.In June, Nor-Shipping is organizing Ocean Leadership Conference which will tackle issues including the evolving threat landscape and devising effective cyber strategies. The conference will be held in the Thon Hotel Arena Lillestrøm, Norway, as part of Nor-Shipping 2019, a maritime event attracting key industry players.last_img read more