Trinity Park proves popular for boaties, anglers and families

first_imgHolly Stewart, holding Yogi, and Amanda Rastall holding Leo, at Trinity Park. PICTURE: JUSTIN BRIERTYA BOAT owner’s dream sitting beside a popular school, golf club and fine restaurants on Cairns’ Northern Beaches.What’s there not to like about Trinity Park? The rise of the Bluewater residential estate over the past decade has brought an air of esteem to the suburb, which lies between Trinity Beach and Yorkeys Knob.Moving from a Cairns City apartment to a Bluewater house in 2009 has proved a prudent life decision for Janine and Michael Bowmaker.“Michael had battled cancer and we just wanted a change of lifestyle,” Mrs Bowmaker said.“We went to have a look at some homes one Sunday and saw people pushing their prams and drinking wine.“We thought – this looks like a great place to live!”They haven’t looked back since, with their son Jackson now attending Trinity Park’s Holy Cross Catholic School.“There is such a great atmosphere here, we have 14 kids living on our street, and we always get together with our neighbours on weekends,” Mrs Bowmaker said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“We have made some excellent friendships here over the years.”She said Trinity Park would most likely be her family’s long-term home.According to CoreLogic, the average house price at Trinity Park was $440,000 as of January this year.Trinity Park local and real estate agent Nathan Shingles, of FNQ Hot Property, was upbeat about the suburb’s property market.A new suburb record was recently set for “non-waterfront” properties when a stylish home at 32 Iridescent Dr settled for $973,000.“This shows that southerners are seeing good value in the top-end suburbs of Cairns,” Mr Shingles said. “Over the last few years there has been an increase in value at Trinity Park overall, including non-waterfront properties.“And people know that Bluewater is one-of-a-kind, and there are only a handful of waterfront blocks left for sale, so prices will go up – it’s just supply and demand.” CoreLogic shows that 73 houses were sold at Trinity Park during the 12 months to January.last_img read more

Construction has started on a new $4m Gold Coast leisure centre

first_imgThe centre will be next to a park. The centre will have a lap pool.“As The Surrounds is not being created under a body corporate model, Villawood will look after the financial implications of the maintenance requirements for the complimentary period.”Local councillor William Owen-Jones said the centre was a good example of how developers could build estates that also engaged the community.He and Villawood Properties state manager of development Michael Williams turned the first sod at the site today.It is expected to be finished in mid-2019. Construction is due to start on the $4 million leisure centre at The Surrounds in May, 2018.CONSTRUCTION has started on a $4 million leisure centre for Helensvale.Villawood Properties is building the centre within its new residential development, The Surrounds.The centre, which was designed by Gold Coast architecture firm BDA, will have a 3500sq m footprint.A cafe, lap pool, fully equipped gym and change rooms are just some of the facilities it will offer.center_img More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoVillawood Properties state manager of development Michael Williams and local councillor William Owen-Jones turned the first sod at the site today.Villawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said it would be built beside The Surrounds Central Park and within walking distance of every home.“The leisure centre is being built primarily for the amenity of The Surrounds residents, who will be entitled to two years’ complimentary use of the entire centre,” he said. “Eventually, it will be an independently-owned and operated facility. last_img read more

Trio of asset managers target Germany with new offices

first_imgThree major fund managers have opened offices in Germany in an effort to tap into the country’s institutional investment market.Swiss investment house Unigestion has moved into an office in Düsseldorf, with staff serving institutions and intermediaries.Florian Rehm, head of institutional clients for Germany and Austria and head of the new base, said: “Germany has a well-established investment market and the office opening reinforces our commitment to serving German investors.“A local presence will allow us to strengthen existing relationships, broaden our investor base and work more closely with investors looking for unique investment solutions.” Credit: Michael Gaida The Rhine in Düsseldorf, Germany, where Unigestion has opened an officeMeanwhile, Hermes Investment Management has opened an office in Frankfurt to be led by Antonis Maggoutas, director of business development for Austria and Germany.Along with another new office in Copenhagen, the move is the company’s first in continental Europe. It follows the establishment of a base in Dublin as part of its Brexit contingency planning.Harriet Steel, head of business development at Hermes, said: “Because we have built a strong institutional and wholesale client base in Europe, the establishment of our Frankfurt and Copenhagen offices is the next logical step for Hermes.“By building a presence on the ground in continental Europe, we will be able to extend the reach of our product offering, client service and stewardship and engagement services.”Hermes’ Copenhagen office will be led by Magnus Kristensen, director of business development for the Nordic region.Nikko Asset Management, the $201.8bn (€178.4bn) Japanese investment group, has also chosen Frankfurt as its German home in the “latest stop in our international growth story”, according to the firm’s EMEA chief executive John Howland-Jackson.He added that the company had experienced “a great deal of interest” in its Asian and global investment strategies for equities and fixed income.According to IPE’s latest Top 1000 Pension Funds survey, German pension funds had investable assets totalling more than €224bn in 2018. Unigestion offers strategies focused on equities, multi-asset, alternative risk premia and private equity. It ran €15.5bn in European institutional assets at the end 2017, according IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers report.last_img read more

DOF holds naming ceremony for newbuild pipe laying vessel

first_imgNorwegian offshore vessel provider DOF has held a naming ceremony for its newbuild pipe laying support vessel (PLSV) Skandi Olinda in Rio de Janeiro.The Skandi Olinda PLSV is the final in a series of four PLSVs ordered by a joint venture between DOF and oilfield services provider TechnipFMC.Director of subsea engineering at TechnipFMC Yvan Giacomelli has said via social media that the naming ceremony was held last week.As for the previous three PLSV’s ordered by the DOF-TechnipFMC JV, the Skandi Açu started its eight-year charter contract with Petrobras in August 2016, the Skandi Búzios in April 2017, and the Skandi Recife in June 2018.All four vessels were ordered following eight-year contract awards from Petrobras back in August 2013 for the provision of installation of flexible pipes in Brazilian waters.Under the DOF-TechnipFMC joint venture agreement, TechnipFMC manages flexible pipelaying while DOF manages marine operations.The vessel has pipelay and marine technology with a 340 tons Vertical Lay System (VLS) tower, 2,500 tons underdeck carousel and two work-class ROVs, allowing it to lay flexible pipes in water depths up to 2,500 meters.Offshore Energy Today has contacted DOF for more information regarding the vessel and the naming ceremony. DOF has confirmed the vessel has been named and said it would go on hire soon.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

3-day signal cutoff during MassKara fest highlights

first_imgtelecommunication companies – Smartand Globe – to cut off all mobile phone services on Oct. 25, 26 and 27.“Security purposes” was cited as the reason for the planned shutdown. Bacolod City is gearing up to celebrate its world-renowned MassKara Festival on Oct. 18. The term “MassKara” is a coined word that means a multitude or mass of happy faces. SIGRIDSAYS.COM The signal jamming would affect calls,text messaging and mobile data in 6th to 24th Lacson Street at theLacson Tourism Strip during the electric masskara from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. onFriday. In the previous staging of MassKara,cell phone signal jamming was also observed in a bid to secure the safety ofrevelers joining the festivity./PN Several areas in Lizares-AranetaStreets to Bacolod Public Plaza will also be affected by the signal shutdownduring the street and arena dance competitions from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. onSaturday and Sunday respectively. “There shall be no signal direct andor reflected, coming from any cell site within one kilometer radius from thecenter of the event venue,” said NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba. Explaining the phone signal jamming,NTC said terrorists could detonate improvised explosives devices using cellphone signals. BACOLOD City – Network services fromall telecommunication companies will be temporarily shut down in several areasin this city during the three-day highlights of the 40th Ruby MassKaraFestival.  In its advisory, the NationalTelecommunications Commission (NTC) said it ordered the two major last_img read more

Donald G. Black

first_imgDonald G. Black, 89 of Dillsboro passed away at his home Wednesday November 29, 2017 surrounded by his family.  Don was born Sunday August 19, 1928 in Ohio County the son of Willis and Grace (Jackson) Black.  He graduated with the 1946 Class of Dillsboro High School.  He married Marian L. (Rump) Black May 21, 1948 and she survives.  He worked for 25 years as a Standard Oil distributor and later worked 25 years as a realtor for Stacy Real Estate.  Don was a member of the Hopewell Masonic Lodge F&AM.  He enjoyed fishing, was a Reds fan and enjoyed his family time.Don is survived by wife Marian, sons Steve (Chris Gilmour) of Dillsboro; and Terry (Sheila) Black of Rising Sun; daughters Linda (Jerry) Stanley and Leann (Ted) Nail both of Dillsboro; sister-in-law Marilyn Eades (Rasheed Ali) of Yuma Arizona; 9 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren, and a host of friends.Funeral services will be at 12 noon Saturday December 2, at the Dillsboro United Methodist Church with Pastor Debbie Beason officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro.  Visitation will also be at the church 10-12noon on Saturday.  Memorials may be made to the church, Dillsboro Life Squad or the Hospice of South Central Indiana.  Filter-DeVries-Moore entrusted with arrangements.  Go to filterdevriesmmorefuneralhome to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Infantino ready to push ahead with Women’s World League plan

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, says he will push again for the creation of a Women’s World League in spite of having his initial plan blocked inside the organisation.The FIFA president said the success of this year’s women’s World Cup showed that there was an appetite for top level competition and that new tournaments needed to be created.“We have to build on the momentum of this fantastic World Cup,” Infantino told a conference on the women’s game.The Swiss official has already announced that the 2023 World Cup will feature 24 nations, up from 16, with the venue to be decided next June.He added that his plan for a global competition for national teams needed to be brought back to life.Infantino said he originally came up with the idea in 2017 and the plan had received “big, big support” from football officials across the world.He said: “We then brought it back to the council of FIFA, where it was, shall I say, put on hold. Or, blocked for probably some sports political reasons. I don’t know exactly why.“But we will bring it back on the table until it will be approved.”Infantino also said he wanted to see an annual Club World Cup for women’s teams to boost the game outside of the national team structures.“We need to create a World Cup for clubs. We cannot think that we can seriously develop women’s football by only having national teams,” he said.“We need clubs as well and to give them more reason to invest and to give them a stage where they can perform.“So, I will propose a Club World Cup. Every year, starting next year or the year after next. I don’t think it takes us a long time to organise it,” he added.The FIFA president said the format would see 16 or 24 clubs playing in a tournament of three to four weeks and the host nation would be rotated globally.Tags: FIFAgianni infantinolast_img read more

Kompany eyes further glory

first_img Playmaker Samir Nasri, who opened the scoring in the final game, paid tribute to the influence of manager Manuel Pellegrini. Pellegrini has impressed in his first season in English football after taking over from the sacked Roberto Mancini last summer. Asked what the main differences were from last year’s team, when City finished runners-up in the league and FA Cup, Nasri said: “Do you want me to be honest? The atmosphere, the manager and the confidence. That is the difference between last year and this year.” Elaborating on what Pellegrini had brought to the club, Nasri said: “He trusts the players. The philosophy we played all season is just about all the quality we have in this team, that is the big difference.” Goalkeeper Joe Hart, who was named in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup earlier in the day, also spoke to the crowd. Hart was asked about the spell last autumn when he was dropped from the side after a period of bad form. The 27-year-old said: “It has been a good season, a tough season, but one I have enjoyed. “It was difficult for me personally but the beauty of this team is that we have got people who can fill in at any time. “Costel (Pantilimon) was absolutely fantastic when he played, I got taken out of the team. “He’s been brilliant, a pleasure to work with, the same as Richard Wright, and Xabi (Mancisidor) has come in and been a great coach. “As a goalkeeping unit we are really blessed at this club and I am proud to be part of it.” The bus tour set off down Peter Street and Deansgate before heading for Exchange Square, where a large crowd had also gathered. Weather for the event was good with blue sky and sunshine. After completing the celebrations, the team were due to fly out to Abu Dhabi, homeland of club owner Sheikh Mansour, for a short post-season tour. Kompany, who scored the second goal in the 2-0 win over the Hammers, said: “This is a team that is growing and we have done it in style. “Everyone keeps saying, ‘They have won the league and they have done it in style’. “That is what I like about it. That is what I want us to do again in future, keep winning in style.” Asked by the event compere if more trophies would follow, the influential defender added: “Has to be more, always more.” City’s title hopes took a knock last month as they lost at rivals Liverpool and were then held to a draw by Sunderland. Their fate fell out of their own hands but they seized on a slip-up by Liverpool to finish strongly and supplant their rivals Manchester United as champions for the second time in three seasons. Kompany said: “We never gave up, we always believe. “Together we did it, we knew we could, and until the end we fought and we brought the Premier League back to the city, and in the colours it should always be.” Thousands of supporters filled Manchester’s Albert Square and then lined surrounding streets as the team began an open-top bus tour from outside the town hall. Fans relived City’s season of glory, which was completed on Sunday as the side beat West Ham to clinch the title, thanks to big-screen replays before players addressed the crowd and then boarded the bus. Press Association Captain Vincent Kompany promised supporters more silverware as Manchester City took to the streets to parade the Barclays Premier League trophy and Capital One Cup.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%. Track officials say the changes for next Saturday were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino.NFL-NEWSRivers signs with ColtsUNDATED (AP) — Philip Rivers has officially ended his 16-year tenure with the Chargers by signing the $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts he agreed to earlier this week.The 38-year-old quarterback thinks he has plenty to offer even after one of his worst seasons. Rivers threw 23 touchdown passes last season, his lowest total since 2007. His 20 interceptions in 2019, match the second-highest total of his career. But now, with a fresh start, a strong running game and one of the league’s top offensive lines, Rivers insists he will prove the critics wrong this season. The leader of track’s international federation says there’s no need to hold the Tokyo Olympics at any cost, adding that a decision about the future of the games “may become very obvious very quickly in the coming days and weeks.”World Athletics president Seb Coe said the Olympic world is managing the coronavirus day by day and “increasingly hour by hour.”USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. The track federation joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday.A board member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee countered leadership by criticizing the IOC amid concerns of the coronavirus pandemic. Board member and former USA bobsledder Steve Mesler wrote in a blog Friday that the IOC … “has not shown the leadership we Olympians desire out of those who are in charge.” Mesler added that his thoughts were coming “as an Olympian and not those of the USOPC, its Board of Directors, or its leaders.”Brazil’s Olympic Committee is calling for the Tokyo Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.” — Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has died at age 76 from the new coronavirus, according to his family. He had been in intensive care since the beginning of the week while being treated for the virus. Sanz presided over Madrid from 1995 until 2000, leading the club to two European titles, a Spanish league championship and a Spanish Super Cup crown.— AC Milan great Paolo Maldini has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says the 51-year-old Maldini became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself. Maldini serves as Milan’s technical director.— Paulo Dybala is the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19. Juventus says the Argentine soccer playmaker is in voluntary home isolation in Italy and is asymptomatic.— The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer.— A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. The person has not been named and is currently at home in isolation. — The New York Jets continued to address their offensive line in free agency. Two people with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that the Jets and former Carolina Panthers guard Greg Van Roten have agreed to terms on a three-year contract. That came a few hours after agent Brett Tessler announced the Jets agreed to terms with veteran offensive lineman Josh Andrews. New York also released cornerback Darryl Roberts after four seasons. Another person with direct knowledge of the deal said New York and former Los Angeles Rams safety Marqui Christian agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million.-A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent tight end Nick Vannett. The fifth-year pro from Ohio State played for Seattle and Pittsburgh last season. Vannett’s deal with Denver is worth nearly $6 million. Vannett will serve as the No. 2 tight end in Denver behind 2019 first-round draft pick Noah Fant. His addition could spell the end of tight end Jeff Heuerman’s time with the Broncos.— The Chicago Bears and cornerback Artie Burns agreed to a one-year contract, agent Drew Rosenhaus said on Saturday.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-DUKE-JONESDuke guard Tre Jones declares for NBA draft Similarly, the Norwegian Olympic Committee says the Games shouldn’t take place until the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.In other virus-related developments:— A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Of the 52 people in the Senators’ traveling party, 44 have shown no symptoms and eight have been tested. Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13.— The International Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the men’s world hockey championships amid health concerns and travel bans. The 16-team tournament was to be held in Switzerland in May.— Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week and showing no symptoms of the coronavirus. Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus. Hamilton said he hasn’t been tested because test kits are in short supply and “there are people who need it more than I do.” Associated Press March 22, 2020 Update on the latest sports The eight-time Pro Bowler said in a conference call Saturday that he knows he can still play at a high level.In other NFL news:— The Raiders have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Nelson Agholor (AG’-oh-lohr), according to a person familiar with the deal. The person also said the Raiders agreed to a one-year deal to keep backup running back Rod Smith. Offensive lineman Eric Kush also confirmed that he agreed to a deal with the Raiders, and tight end Nick O’Leary’s agency said its client has a deal in place with the team.— Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has agreed to a two-year contract with the team. The 5-foot-11 Sanders caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns for the 49ers last season. His contract is said to be worth about $16 million with bonuses that could push the total value as high as $19 million.— Running back Kenyan Drake has agreed to sign his one-year, $8.5 million tender to stay with the Cardinals. The 26-year-old Drake came to Arizona in a mid-season trade from the Miami Dolphins. He ran for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games with the Cardinals, including a four-TD game against the Browns in Week 15. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore criticism as Olympic officials prepare for Tokyo GamesUNDATED (AP) — Calls for the postponement of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics continue to grow louder. DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke sophomore Tre Jones says he will enter the NBA draft.The point guard was named to the third team of The Associated Press All-America team on Friday after being named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year by the league and runner-up for the same award from the AP.Jones averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 assists for the Blue Devils, the highlight being his buzzer-beating shot off his own intentionally missed free throw to force overtime in a wild comeback win at North Carolina on Feb. 8.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Viterbi refines 3-D printer

first_imgUSC Professor of Engineering and Director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies Behrokh Khoshnevis has developed a three-dimensional printer that can build houses in 24 hours.Smart House · The cost of building a house through 3-D printing would be significally lower than in the case of regular construction. – Photo courtesy of Contour CraftingKhoshnevis created a technology called “contour crafting,” a term he coined to describe a fabrication process that allows large-scale parts to be fabricated quickly using a      layer-by-layer technique.The printer is equipped with a nozzle that spews out concrete and can build a home using a set computer pattern. This process allows a single house or a colony of houses, each customized, to be automatically constructed in a single run, with components such as conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning included.Though this technology was developed several years ago, Khoshnevis has found a way to speed up the process by creating a printer that can produce thick layers of building material.In the beginning of the development, it took several weeks to build a full-sized human sculpture. Now, after much research, the machine has been improved to build a 2,500 square foot house in a day.“I’ve always been focused on ways of making things,” Khoshnevis said.This is an example of platform technology, a technology that has applications in different domains, according to Khoshnevis. In the case of contour crafting, he feels most passionately about housing and how it can be commercialized to build houses rapidly in low-income areas.Khoshnevis said the technology can create long-term housing and, more importantly, emergency housing in the case of natural disasters. He said about 40 million people around the world are uprooted because of disasters.“We need a fast way of responding to those, so this [technology] is instrumental,” he said.In addition, the cost of building a house through contour crafting would be significantly lower as there would be less labor involved than in the case of manual construction.Other possible uses include building structures on other satellites and planets, such as the Moon or Mars. The technology has opened up this possibility due to its low cost and rapid production rate.Though some say that this technology will lead to a reduction in jobs, the benefits will outweigh the potential disadvantages, according to Steven Nutt, chair of chemical engineering and materials science and director of the M.C. Gill Composites Center. He asserts that the prospect of customizable housing and the ability to make housing affordable are tremendous benefits.“You can understand the appeal of the potential of the technology for construction,” Nutt said.Khoshnevis is planning to establish a company to commercialize the technology more. He hopes to bring the basic technology to the market in order to build as many houses as needed.Khoshnevis also predicts that it will take a few years for the product to become available for purchase.Because there is very limited laboratory space, Khoshnevis and his team have been building small sections of the house model. The space does not allow for many models to be built to test out the improved product.“If we build one house, we have to demolish [an existing] one,” he said.Improvements are constantly being made, new tests conducted and building processes demonstrated.Some of these pieces generated from the printer are currently being displayed at 10 museums around the world, including ones in New York and Spain.last_img read more