Pet wash bay and zen garden a hit with apartment buyers

first_imgA new $140 million waterfront project is set to transform a key site at Hope Island on the northern Gold Coast.A new $140 million waterfront project is set to transform a key site at Hope Island on the northern end of the Gold Coast.Fresh from the recent quick-fire sell-out of its $55 million Three72 Marine on the Gold Coast’s Broadwater, Aniko Group, headed by George Mastrocostas, has released an impressive series of apartments, called No. 1 Grant Avenue.The project will take advantage of a shortage of apartments in the Hope Island area and will be strategically positioned near the new Hope Island Marketplace.The development will feature 210 apartments across two buildings with a range of exclusive resort-style facilities.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe first stage at No. 1 Grant Avenue will have 105 apartments, ranging from one-bedroom, plus study to three-bedroom, plus study residences.Apartments will blend elements of modern yet timeless design, which offer spectacular water views and lush green surrounds. Buyers will enjoy access to a residents’ lounge, expansive pool with sundecks, a fully equipped gym overlooking a children’s indoor play area, zen garden, private media room, barbecue facilities, a pet wash bay and secure basement parking.Aniko will also lodge an application to construct marina berths so owners can enjoy easy access to the Broadwater and seaway.Mr Mastrocostas said the sell-out success of the Three72 Marine Parade apartment project in Labrador pointed to pent-up demand for quality apartment living on the Coast.Apartments will range from 86sq m to 176sq m. Prices start from $369,000. Aniko Group will start construction by mid-year.last_img read more

STORM ropes in cross-sector offshore energy developers

first_imgAn Innovate UK-funded STORM project has set up a marine moorings masterclass for the representatives of offshore energy industry to encourage cross-sector collaboration in solving mooring systems challenges.Led by Tension Technology International (TTI), the Specialised Thimbles for Offshore Renewable Marine energy (STORM) project has designed a new multi-material hybrid connector to aid the operation and lifespan of marine mooring systems.As the project draws to a close, the STORM project partners – TTI, Brunel University London, Nylacast and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) – have invite representatives from the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sectors to share their experiences and challenges in marine moorings.The organizers of the event, to be held at Brunel University London on January 26, 2018, have encouraged the engagement with other, more established, offshore industries that use marine moorings – such as oil & gas, so that lessons learned can be transferred cross-sector.Through discussing existing challenges and solutions, the marine moorings masterclass aims to identify the existing gaps and needs of the industry, encourage new partnerships to form and develop further R&D projects around moorings in order to tack this vital component within the offshore energy industry.Nigel Briggs, STORM Project Manager at TTI, said: “Mooring systems are critical for the success of offshore floating renewable energy devices, which are constantly pushed to their extreme limits in high energy environments.“The STORM project has designed a new multi-material hybrid connector which we want to share with the industry, but rather than simply focus on what we have done, we want to bring together moorings experts, offshore energy developers and supply chain companies to share common challenges and learning around marine mooring applications and experiences, and discuss the progress in developing, testing and operating solutions for this vital marine energy subsystem.“By working together, and reducing duplication of effort on developing moorings solutions, marine energy developers can focus on the most vital aspect of marine energy technology development aiding there move towards commercialization.”The free-to-attend event requires registration, the organizes have noted. Illustration/Oceanus wave energy device (Photo: Seatricity)last_img read more

Half-naked girl, 10, found dead

first_imgAccording to Dejucos, the girl wentmissing after she left her sister’s house around 4:20 p.m. to buy frozen foodfor their dinner. He believed that the victim could have been killed somewhereelse and dumped in the area. Her underwear and pair of shorts lay strewn besideher body, leading the police to suspect she was raped. Dejucos said that they are currentlyeyeing three suspects in the incident. He disclosed that prior to the incident,the victim was allegedly told by an unknown man to watch a pornographic video./PN BACOLOD City – A 10-year-old girl wasfound dead in a sugarcane field in Barangay San Miguel, Murcia, NegrosOccidental. Murcia police station chief MajorRobert Dejucos said the girl, a Grade 5 student, sustained head injuries and brokenbones.  The victim’s neck also showedsigns that she was choked to death. The victim, whose name was withheld byauthorities, was found lying half-naked around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, almost fivehours after she was reported missing.last_img read more

Happy New Year!

first_imgHappy New Year everyone!  It is good to be back for another year of Huddle Up!  High school basketball will dominate this week as the boys’ and girls’ County Tourney will be played.After all the holiday gatherings, partys, and celebrations with family and friends, you should have time to back your local high school team.  The girls this year will be playing Wednesday and Friday at Milan, and the boys will be playing on Thursday and Saturday at South Ripley.  Check with your son or daughter or the WRBI website to see where & when the freshmen and reserve games will be held this year.Good luck to all the area schools!last_img read more

Riether accepts FA charge

first_imgFulham right-back Sascha Riether has accepted a charge of violent conduct for stamping on Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj. The incident occurred towards the end of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to United, but was not seen by referee Lee Probert or his assistants. However, Riether has not escaped punishment, becoming the first player to be charged by the Football Association under a new pilot scheme where a panel of three former referees reviews video evidence of incidents not seen by match officials. The German defender had until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to charge and took to Twitter ahead of the deadline to accept punishment, as well as apologise for his actions. “I want to say I am sorry to Adnan Januzai,” he said via his account, @saschariether. “It was very unlike me and I can only say that frustration got the better of me. “I also want to apologise to my teammates, fans and everyone at the Club, for the ban incurred following Saturday’s match. “I will accept the consequences of my actions, and hope to put it behind me when I return. “I want the fans to know that I will be working hard to stay fit and will be ready to continue fighting for the Club as soon as I am able.” There were reports that Riether could escape punishment for the incident thanks to a precedent set when Chelsea’s Fernando Torres avoided punishment for scratching Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen’s face. It is understood Fulham had looked into such a loophole, but chose not to appeal the sanction. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Still no Hamdan Oaks decision

first_imgLeading owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum will wait until later in the week before deciding whether to let star fillies Taghrooda and Tarfasha lock horns for a second time in Saturday’s Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh. The John Gosden-trained Taghrooda got the better of Dermot Weld’s Tarfasha in the Investec Oaks at Epsom in early June and both are among 15 horses still in contention for this weekend’s Group One feature. Asked whether both could run, Sheikh Hamdan’s racing manager Angus Gold said: “I honestly don’t know and as is always the case, those decisions will be made by Sheikh Hamdan. Both fillies have been left in at this stage and we’ll make a decision on running plans later in the week. Both trainers are keen to run and tell me their fillies are in good form, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.” Press Associationcenter_img Aidan O’Brien has saddled three previous Irish Oaks winners and is mob-handed this time around, with Ribblesdale Stakes heroine Bracelet joined by five stable companions in Beyond Brilliance, Just Gorgeous, Marvellous, Palace and Tapestry. Taghrooda is not the only potential British challenger, with Luca Cumani’s Volume, the Mick Channon-trained Nancy From Nairobi and Richard Hannon’s Lustrous also in contention. Weld has also left in Vote Often. last_img read more

Ibrahimovic earns Man Utd late draw against Liverpool

first_imgZLATAN Ibrahimovic’s late equaliser earned Manchester United a point they fully deserved after a typically thunderous encounter with Liverpool at Old Trafford.Liverpool led through James Milner’s 27th-minute penalty, awarded after Paul Pogba inexplicably handled a corner as he went up to challenge Dejan Lovren.Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was Liverpool’s hero with superb first-half saves from Ibrahimovic’s free-kick and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as Jurgen Klopp’s side put up stern resistance and threatened on the break.It looked like the visitors were going to hold on and move back to second in the Premier League, but United finally forced the goal they merited when Antonio Valencia reacted first when substitute Marouane Fellaini’s header came back off the post, crossing for Ibrahimovic to head home off the bar.Liverpool are now in third place, seven points adrift of top-flight leaders Chelsea, while United – whose nine-match winning run in all competitions came to an end – are now 12 points off the top.Reds boss Klopp had no hesitation in restoring Mignolet in goal, despite the midweek heroics of Loris Karius in defeat in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg at Southampton.Klopp has decided, for now at least, that the Belgium international is his first choice – and Mignolet demonstrated exactly why on Sunday.Mignolet’s decision-making has often been questioned, but he has always been capable of making outstanding saves. And so it proved in this draw.He rescued Liverpool twice in the first half with a brilliant reflex save from Ibrahimovic’s fierce free-kick and a decisive advance from goal to make a one-handed block from Mkhitaryan.Klopp has had to make big decisions with his keepers this season – and this one was fully justified by Mignolet.(BBC Sport).last_img read more

Henson: Taylor shines on national stage

first_imgJordan Taylor has had to wait for his time in the spotlight.Despite currently producing one of the best individual seasons in Wisconsin basketball history, Taylor and his teammates hadn’t created much buzz in Madison before Saturday. The student section has been half-empty for games against Big Ten foes, and there’s been little excitement surrounding the No. 13 Badgers, who are in the midst of a typical winning season under Bo Ryan.Perhaps, the Wisconsin football team had something to do with that.The Badgers captivated Madtown throughout the fall and into winter with their run to a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl berth. Basketball consequently became an afterthought as a result of all the gridiron success.Now that run began for Bret Bielema and the Badgers when UW knocked off No.1 Ohio State at Camp Randall on October 16th. Taylor was in the stands, watching with his teammates, and after four quarters, he was celebrating a monumental football victory on the field with thousands of Badger fans.He was a spectator in awe of the performance put forth in front of him.This past Saturday, a slightly larger Wisconsin athlete found himself in the same situation. Kevin Zeitler, the starting right guard on the Badgers’ offensive line, was now a member of the Kohl Center student section, sporting his extra, extra large Grateful Red t-shirt. A few months ago, Zeitler was one of the athletes mobbed by Taylor and thousands of fans after a monumental win over OSU where he and his teammates shocked the nation.Now Zeitler and several other football players were the ones watching, hoping to celebrate another victory over the Buckeyes.This time, Taylor was the man in action against the top-ranked team in the land. The point guard who could help replicate the excitement felt on October 16.And under his lead, the Badger basketball team returned the favor.“We rushed the field when the football team beat them [Ohio State],” Taylor said to ESPN sideline reporter Jill Montgomery after the game. “We said that night we hope we’re in that same situation. We got it, the fans were unbelievable and we came through.”Saturday’s 71-67 Badger triumph was one of those games that provided images that stick with you, like the sight of Zeitler – an elated 315-pound lineman – hurdling chairs in the stands, frantically trying to make his way onto the floor.Or, the sight of an underappreciated point guard playing the game of his life against the best team in the country.When the Badgers trailed by 15 with just over 13 minutes remaining, the chances of another UW victory over the top-ranked, undefeated Buckeyes looked near impossible. But at that moment, Taylor took over. The Badgers responded with a 15-0 run of their own, fueled by Taylor’s 21 second-half points.He hit four of five three-pointers in that stretch. He penetrated the lane and found open teammates who made key conversions. He was in total control, and it was utterly mesmerizing.With just over five minutes remaining and the Badgers leading 57-55, Taylor gave us the image from a historic UW victory. The momentum had swung entirely in Wisconsin’s favor with the electric Kohl Center crowd ready to explode.Taylor stepped into a three with a hand in his face – but it didn’t matter. You knew that shot was going down as soon as it left his hands. That three-point effort ripped through the net, and the cool, always-collected Taylor finally let loose.He turned towards the student section, pounded his chest three times and let out a roar that said it all. This was his time. This was his moment. And he was going to carry his team to a win over the only unbeaten team in college basketball.“What he did right there, I don’t know if there are too many players in the country that have ever done that,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “Not just this year, but at any time, against the No. 1 team in the country.”Not even national player of the year candidate Jared Sullinger and the No.1 Buckeyes could deny Taylor’s star status.“We’ve never faced somebody like Jordan Taylor. He’s a big, physical guard who can shoot, who can move the ball, who can do whatever you want to help your team win,” Sullinger said to Luke Winn of SI.com after the game. “He’s a great basketball player.”Those who weren’t aware of Taylor’s ability before Saturday are well informed now. The junior point guard is one of the best players in America. Tom Izzo and Thad Matta can tell you all about it.Senior forward Jon Leuer may be the national name and the Naismith finalist on the roster, but he’s taken a back seat to Taylor.Taylor had quietly led the Badgers towards the top of the Big Ten conference and into the national rankings with his 18 points per game and an ungodly 4-to-1 turnover ratio. He’s shrugged off an award snub and let his play do the talking.We heard him loud and clear. Badger fans, UW football players, almost 200 credentialed media members and countless others across the country watched a performance for the ages Saturday.This is Taylor’s town now. And after leading the Badgers to an epic comeback victory over the top-ranked Buckeyes, we’re all waiting to see what he’s going to do next.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Shocked the Badgers beat No.1 Ohio State in football and basketball, let alone in the same year? Still awed by Jordan Taylor’s epic performance? Let him know at mhenson@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Orientation shuttles in the near future

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday encouraging USC Transportation to coordinate shuttles to take international students directly from the Los Angeles International Airport to University Park Campus during orientation.Report · Lisa Zhao, USG residential senator, present the resolution. – Robin Laird | Daily Trojan USC Transportation has already said it plans to offer such a service, but USG wanted to emphasize that students support the plan by passing a resolution.USC Transportation has said it plans to provide free shuttle service to international students three times a day during international students’  orientation, which is before the university’s move-in day.Tony Mazza, USC director of Transportation, said this program is geared toward international students because they arrive to a specific location at LAX at a specific time.Shuttles to and from LAX for out-of-state students are also being discussed, Mazza said.Though Transportation intends to offer the service, there are still details to work out.“LAX is such a busy place and you can’t just show up there if you’re a bus or shuttle service,” Mazza said. “This program is definitely a work in progress.”The location and exact departure time of the shuttles is still to be determined, but Mazza said they would probably leave the airport at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. from one of the international arrival gates.“Students can still take airport shuttles, a bus or a cab, but this will be another option for them,” Mazza said.USC’s resolution also encourages USC Transportation to increase publication of transportation options and to follow up on providing tram services to out-of-state students.“As we get a better hold for our fiscal year 2012 budget, we can see if this will fit,” Mazza said.Mohammad Ani, a freshman from Kuwait majoring in electrical engineering, said this option would have made his trip to USC easier.“Shuttles would have been nice for me,” Ani said. “This was my first time in the states and I didn’t really know where anything was. Although LAX is full of taxis, a shuttle would help out someone really new since they wouldn’t have to worry if they’re going to the right place.”Howard Fu, a USG senator who co-wrote the resolution, said he pushed for the initiative because international students brought the issue to his attention. USG created a survey on the subject and brought their findings to USC Transportation.Eighty-five percent of the people who responded to the survey, which was publicized on Facebook and through listservs, were international students, and 91 percent of all students who responded favored of having a tram from LAX to USC.“The aim of this is to benefit the entire student body, not just the international or the undergraduate students,” Fu said. “We just had more international students responding.”USG also concluded that USC should better publicize its shuttle that takes students from USC to LAX before Thanksgiving and winter break, since 53 percent of students surveyed said they did not know about it.Specific information about the shuttles will be announced over the summer.“This will be a great way to welcome international students who have maybe not been to the U.S. or USC before,” Mazza said. “They can take the shuttle and arrive right on campus.”last_img read more

USC hires former FBI director to investigate Bland

first_imgPhoto from WikipediaHours after news broke on Tuesday morning that USC men’s basketball assistant coach Tony Bland was arrested on charges that included bribery and fraud, the University’s athletic department took swift strides that culminated in the commencement of its own internal investigation, hiring former FBI director Louis Freeh to handle the case.Bland and nine others were brought down by a sting operation conducted by the FBI. Freeh is an expert in compliance investigations. He served as FBI Director from 1993 to 2001, and before that he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Freeh has experience in NCAA compliance. His firm, Freeh Group, was hired by Penn State in November of2011 to conduct the investigation on Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse scandal when he was assistant coach at the football program.In July of 2012, Freeh published a 267-page report on Penn State condemning the highest-ranking university officials for covering up Sandusky’s criminal actions and thereby endangering minors. It was Freeh’s report that led to the toppling of head football coach Joe Paterno and a slew of high-ranking PSU officials.In fact, evidence Freeh’s team uncovered was key in a lawsuit decided earlier this year that indicted former-PSU President Graham Spanier and other university administrators on charges of child endangerment. Later on Tuesday morning, Athletic Director Lynn Swann released a statement that the university was “shocked” by the news and that his department would “fully cooperate” with the federal investigation moving forward. USC Vice President for Athletic Compliance Mike Blanton put out a second statement announcing Bland’s immediate administrative leave. Blanton stressed USC’s “highest priority on athletic compliance” and backed that by declaring that the school had hired Freeh to conduct the investigation.Such a thorough investigation does not come cheap. According to a Penn State trustee, Freeh’s services cost the university $8.3 million. USC’s move to hire Freeh may indicate a no-nonsense attitude toward the Bland scandal and its impetus to get to the bottom of the case sooner rather than later at all costs.last_img read more