QLD hits new renovation record as upgrades surge across the state

first_imgFACADE AFTER: How the Bollard Residence looked after Koncept Construction was done.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“If someone is thinking of moving, the cost of shifting – given the high cost of a new home, transaction costs, commission, legal fees and stamp duty – can be exorbitant. So people say I can stay where I am and get the requirements I want in my home.”He said many builders “have a tonne of work”.Brisbane builder James Lilley of Lilleybuild said his firm was booked out for the next year with the strong demand.“You’ve just got to go around the streets of the inner western suburbs to see just how much work is going on. The closer you are to the CBD, the more we’re seeing, the higher the density,” he said.“We’re booked to the end of 2018 at the moment. We’ve got a very strong pipeline of work.” POOL BEFORE: The Bollard Residence needed some serious updating. KITCHEN BEFORE: In case you’re wondering, this is how the kitchen in the Bollard Residence used to be before it was gutted to create a modern space.undefined FACADE BEFORE: The Bollard Residence before it underwent home renovation/remodelling up to $275,000 by Koncept Construction. It won an award at the Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Awards 2017.center_img POOL AFTER: The entertainment area at the Bollard Residence after the renovation program.The ABS figures showed Queensland also had the highest growth in approvals for private sector houses of the mainland states (2 per cent) – compared to 0.3 per cent in New South Wales and 1.1 per cent in Victoria.Overall “the trend estimate for total number of dwelling units approved in Queensland rose 1 per cent in August and has risen for eight months”, ABS said.ABS assistant director of construction statistics Bill Becker while there had been signs of strength in the data in recent months, they were still below 2016’s record high.* FOLLOW Sophie Foster on Twitter @sophiefoster or Facebook @sophiefoster.journalist KITCHEN AFTER: The Bollard Residence by Koncept Construction won the Master Builders Queensland Housing & Construction Award for renovation/remodelling up to $275,000. Picture: Supplied.QUEENSLAND has hit a new renovation record, with a whopping $120 million worth of work given the green light in just one month.Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics building approval trend figures saw Queensland residential alterations and additions hit $120.69m in August, just a month after breaking a seven-year-old record when it hit $118.8m in July.Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell said high transaction costs to move meant more people were finding it made sense to renovate and remain in their homes.SPRING: Listings jump across BrisbaneLOCATION: Canal vs. beach – Who wins?GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX FREElast_img read more

Call for action over delays affecting Donegal’s ‘most vulnerable citizens’

first_imgLocal people with disabilities and the elderly are facing a wait of up to six months for house improvement grant assessments in Donegal, according to a local councillor.County Councillor and Cathaoirleach Of the Stranorlar Municipal District Councillor Patrick McGowan has criticised the delays, which he claims are caused by an insufficient number of HSE Occupational Therapists.Cllr McGowan said it was “totally unacceptable” that staff are taking over six months to call out and assess people with disabilities and elderly applicants who are waiting desperately on grant aid to make their home suitable for their individual living needs. “I and others have been push certain cases which are being delayed especially over the last 12 months or more,” Cllr McGowan said.“Taking this, along with a long delay in getting Home help hours approved, it is unacceptable that some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community are being treated in this way.”Cllr McGowan is calling on both the HSE and Donegal County Council to address the issue.“I have contacted Council Management and demanded that if the HSE are not going to allocate sufficient OTs to carry out the assessment in a reasonable period then the Council should employ their own OT or take the applicants GP medical report as proof of their situation along with the usual Council’s Engineer report,” he concluded. Call for action over delays affecting Donegal’s ‘most vulnerable citizens’ was last modified: March 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Derek Carr calls out Rihanna, Clayton Kershaw during game

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceDerek Carr couldn’t lead the Raiders past the Bengals, but he did lead the NFL in name-dropping on Sunday.In the most star-studded audible you may ever hear, the Raiders quarterback mentioned pop star Rihanna and baseball greats Nolan Ryan and Clayton Kershaw while changing a second-quarter play.“Rihanna! Nolan Ryan!,” Carr barked out loudly enough for CBS’ microphones to pick up, before quickly switching up. “No. …last_img read more

Homegrown malaria test kit lauded

first_imgMalaria is transmitted exclusively through the bites of Anopheles mosquitoes. Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria and most cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. (Image: http://commons.wikimedia.org) The malaria testing device can detect malaria soon after infection and determine within 30 minutes whether an individual has contracted one of the four main strains of malaria; it also shows whether treatment is effective or not, and can help to reduce malaria fatalities. (Image: Medical Diagnostech) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ashley Uys   Medical Diagnostech  +27 83 261 5492 RELATED ARTICLES • An end to malaria? • Putting malaria to sleep, for good • Holgate’s goodwill drive to Juba • International win for SA innovation Wilma den HartighTwo local innovators have won the 2012 South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation Social Innovation Award for developing a reliable, low-cost malaria test kit. The device is one of only nine in the world, and the only one of its kind that is fully African-owned and developed.The device can detect malaria soon after infection and determine within 30 minutes whether an individual has contracted one of the four main strains of malaria; it also shows whether treatment is effective or not, and can help to reduce malaria fatalities.The kit is intended for professional use to accurately diagnose malaria and avoid over or under treatment.The Social Innovation Awards recognise unique, pro-poor product and service innovations that effectively bring modern cost-effective technology to poorer consumers. The SAB Foundation projects focus on women, youth, people living with disabilities and those in rural areas.Local solutions for Africa’s challengesAshley Uys and Lyndon Mungur developed the malaria testing device through their Cape Town-based company Medical Diagnostech. It’s one of various inexpensive diagnostic tools such as kits for HIV/Aids, pregnancy and drug abuse also developed by the pair.Uys says they only expected to make it into the SAB Foundation’s top three, and winning the competition is a great honour.Receiving the award – a total of R1-million (US$113 000) in prize money – means that their product is recognised as one of the top innovations in South Africa.“Knowing that I have been a part of the development of a product that has achieved top honours at the SAB Foundation Innovation Awards makes me feel that all the long hours and hard work was well worth the effort,” Uys says.He believes that the product has significant medical and social value for South Africa, the continent and internationally.“The product performance is one of the best, globally,” he says, adding that the kit’s ability to detect malaria early and show whether treatment is effective are important features of the device.The new malaria testing kit complies with World Health Organisation (WHO) specifications and was evaluated by the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) in the Philippines, a facility that conducts research to prevent and control occurring tropical and infectious diseases.“Our product had 100% sensitivity and specificity for malaria, meaning that our test was 100% accurate,” Uys says. “RITM also did field evaluations of 10 000 units and the performance was found to be superior to similar products which are regarded as being the best in the world.”Affordable for those who need it mostAn important advantage of the newly-developed malaria kit is its affordability. At only R4 ($0.45) per device it is providing people most at risk in low-income communities and rural areas with access to potentially life-saving technology.“We were aware that malaria kills more people in Africa than any other disease,” Uys says. “We were also aware that there was no other African company with a similar product despite the high prevalence of the disease on the African continent.”Malaria is a significant danger in Africa, and according to WHO statistics people living in the poorest countries are most at risk. In 2010, 90% of all malaria deaths occurred in the WHO African region, mostly among children under five. About 3.3-billion people – half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria.The good news is that malaria can be cured and the test kit provides a local solution for the management and reduction of the burden in many places on the continent, and elsewhere in the world.Uys explains that local production is essential to keep costs low. Similar test kits imported from China cannot be as cost-effective because of distribution and transport costs.“Our trade secret formulations gave us optimal results without the need for unnecessary and expensive chemicals,” he explains.Improving lives with science and technologyThe two product developers are using their skill and enthusiasm for science, coupled with a good sense of business, to improve the quality of life for many people on the continent.However, Uys says it is important to improve the country’s public education system, as well as maths and science results. “This should help to encourage more students to take these subjects,” he says.Speaking at the recent Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Excellence Awards, minister of science and technology Derek Hanekom said science, technology and innovation must be used to address real socio-economic challenges and make a difference in people’s lives.Hanekom said science and technology must also contribute to increasing the research, development and innovation capacity of the country.Uys and Mungur’s high-end yet inexpensive testing device is an example of how local innovation can do just this.last_img read more

Muzzleloader deer numbers up from 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hunters checked 15,843 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 7-10, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season, 12,503 white-tailed deer were checked.Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2016-2017 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov. An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.last_img read more

If You Didn’t Return to Work Tomorrow (For Sales Managers)

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now If you didn’t return to work tomorrow: Would your sales team be more likely to make their number without you?Which deals in your team’s pipeline would die without your coaching and guidance because of your deep knowledge and experience?Which of your sales team’s clients wouldn’t know your name when told you were gone?Which of your salespeople would believe that they lost their coach and mentor instead of their manager?Which of your salespeople would be thrilled to know that you aren’t returning and welcome a new sales manager?Would you have left someone that has been coached, trained, and developed to step into your role?Would another sales manager move heaven and earth to take over your team because they’ve been so well coached, trained, and developed to succeed?Would your replacement believe she would be better served hiring a new team to make her number, or would she be thrilled to inherit the team you’ve built?Would your team be shocked at a new sales manager’s adherence to a meeting rhythm and a sales process?Who would fear you walking across the street to manage a new competitive sales team?last_img read more

You Are Privileged

first_imgSome people are better looking than you. Their stunning good looks brings them a lot of positive attention, and a lot of people want to help them. Their attractiveness provides them with a distinct advantage in some situations. They were born with the genetic privilege of attractiveness.Some people were born with a strong financial backing. Wealthy people have children. Through nothing but the good fortune of being born to people with a good-sized fortune, these people have all the privileges that come with wealth.Some people are far more athletic than you are. One kid in my eighth-grade class could slam dunk a basketball. He was only 5’10. He could also carry a football across the field without being touched. Some people are born with natural physical gifts. Athleticism is their privilege.Some people were born with a name. It probably doesn’t hurt to have been born a Kennedy, a Clinton, a Bush, a Gates or, in the future, a Zuckerberg. Not only do you have the wealth, you are also born with the privilege of the equity your family built up in their name. These people have the good fortune of a powerful family brand.Some people luck into something big. There are people who just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Through nothing but good luck, these people find their way into some deal that produces extraordinary success that they would never have had without fortune smiling upon them.Some people have the right connections. It’s very helpful to know the right people. A strong network of people who can recommend or vouch for you can open doors that would otherwise remain closed to you.Some people were born in a country with way more opportunity. If you were born in America, you are already in the top 1% of the world when it comes to wealth. You have a big head start over the vast majority of the world’s population. Being born here might be the only privilege you have.There are plenty of us that are born with the privilege of adversity. Instead of a head start, you may have been born with extraordinarily difficult challenges. You have the privilege of having had to grow, to learn, and to hustle. You have the privilege of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. You have the privilege of building yourself from scratch. This is your privilege. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Adrian Grenier Named UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

first_imgHollywood actor Adrian Grenier, best known for his iconic role of A-list movie star Vincent Chase in eight seasons of the HBO smash hit and film “Entourage” received this week in New York his designation as UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador.In his new role, Grenier will advocate for drastically reducing single-use plastic and for the protection of marine species. He will also encourage his followers to make conscious consumer choices to reduce their environmental footprint.“Together we must usher in a new era of compassion and carefulness through forward thinking environmental programs to drive measurable change,” said Adrian Grenier. “I am personally committed to creating ways in which the global community can come together to help solve our most critical climate crises through routine, collective action.“The more we connect to nature in our daily lives, the more dedicated we will become to our individual commitments. Together, I believe we can go further, faster in our race to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”“I am delighted to welcome Adrian on board,” said UN Environment chief, Erik Solheim. “His charisma, energy and genuine passion for the environment inspire us to change our throw-away habits. He reminds us that global problems, from pollution to climate change, start with our everyday decisions and that we do have the power to stop them.”Nature conservation has long been at the heart of Adrian Grenier’s social activism. Earlier this year, in Bali, he helped UN Environment launch its #CleanSeas campaign to end marine plastic pollution. He also threw his support behind the UN #WildforLife campaign, advocating for the conservation of sawfish.Adrian Grenier actively supports organizations focused on habit-changing education, most notably through his work with the Lonely Whale Foundation, which he co-founded, and also in his work with Dell.The Lonely Whale Foundation, launched by Grenier and producer Lucy Sumner in December 2015, strives to inspire empathy towards marine species and develop lifelong advocates for ocean health.This year, the Foundation launched the innovative #StopSucking campaign to discourage the use of single-use plastic straws, which are particularly harmful to marine wildlife. The Foundation sees giving up or reducing single-use plastic straw as a first step people can take to reduce their plastic footprint.The designation ceremony took place on the roof of the Empire State Building where Grenier threw the switch to bathe the iconic monument in green light to mark World Environment Day.The Empire State Building is one of over 50 landmarks around the globe to turn green today in celebration of nature. Others include the Egyptian Pyramids, Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Niagara Falls and the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa.Adrian Grenier will actively participate in this week’s UN Ocean’s Conference, where he will call for urgent measures to reduce marine pollution and protect the wildlife that inhabits our seas.last_img read more

Solana Beach City Council passes resolution for improved gun control at federal

first_img DEL MAR (KUSI) — The Solana Beach City Council, in a 3 to 1 vote, passed a resolution Wednesday for improved gun control at the federal and state level, and added an amendment requesting the 22nd District Agricultural Association to discontinue holding gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.Related Link: Del Mar city leaders look to ban gun shows at fairgroundsEarlier this month, the City of Del Mar asked that the Del Mar Fairgrounds stop holding the gun shows in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.“We don’t feel that gun shows are consistent with our community values in Del Mar,” said Del Mar Mayor Dwight Worden during an interview with Good Morning San Diego.The Del Mar Fairground board will have their next meeting on April 10, but unless the request is placed on their agenda, there will be no vote. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 28, 2018 Solana Beach City Council passes resolution for improved gun control at federal and state level KUSI Newsroom March 28, 2018last_img read more

Switch to Keventers UHT milk

first_imgKeventer, one of the fastest growing food and beverage companies in Eastern India recently announced the launch of ‘Keventer Milk’ – UHT milk prepared using tetra pak’s aseptic processing and packaging technology, offering consumers a safe and healthy product full of wholesome nutrition and natural goodness without any preservatives.Ultra High Temperature (UHT) treatment is a food processing technology that sterilises liquid milk, by heating it above 135 °C for three-four seconds thereby killing all the harmful bacteria while keeping the nutrition intact. The milk is then packaged in pre-sterilized, tamper-evident, six-layer tetra pak cartons which have a shelf life of six months and do not require any refrigeration or boiling. The Rs 150 crore investment envisaged a year ago by Keventer has seen fruition with Eastern India’s largest UHT milk plant becoming operational. Spread over 55,000 sqft and equipped with the latest equipment, the facility has a processing capacity of 2,00,000 LPD (Litres per Day). The Barasat plant will serve customers in West Bengal, the neighboring states of Assam, North East, Sikkim, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh along with Bhutan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the occasion, Mayank Jalan, Chairman, and Managing Director, Keventer said, “As an organisation, we aspire for a healthier future for all and our endeavour has always been to provide our customers the most nutritious products. With the launch of ‘Keventer Milk’, we are happy to offer our consumers the highest standards of safety and nutrition by using the best-in-class technology that the world has to offer. The market has a huge potential to grow as UHT milk only accounts for 2.3% of India’s organised sector whereas, in countries like China, it contributes more than 60% of the total milk consumption. Hence, after pouch milk and ice-cream, venturing into UHT milk business was a natural progression for us at Keventer.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe unique aspect of the UHT Milk business is the fact that it benefits all constituents – consumer, producer, retailer, farmer as well as the environment. Saurabh Jajodia, CEO, UHT Milk, Keventer Agro said, “The Indian UHT milk market is expected to surpass Rs 10,000 crores by 2023. In terms of volume, UHT milk market in India is currently at 15,00,000 LPD; with 30% being consumed in East India. In East alone, the UHT milk market has grown by over 20% y-o-y over the last five years and we are well placed to capture a sizeable pie of this market with our distribution reach, locational advantage, long-term partnership with the dairy farmers, expertise in marketing milk over the years and in-depth understanding of the local food consumption habits. We are hopeful of achieving Rs 250 crore revenue and 25% market share in East by 2020” ‘Keventer Milk’ is available in three variants – Standardised (Thick and Creamy), Toned (Daily use) and Double Toned (Low Calorie) and has been competitively priced to make it affordable for the customers across East and North East India. Ashutosh Manohar, Managing Director, Tetra Pak South Asia said, “With evolving consumer habits, on the go consumption, growing awareness around food safety and focus on health and nutrition, the need for a solution like aseptic packaging and processing is more pertinent than ever before. At Tetra Pak, our vision is to make food safe and available, everywhere, and it is with the support of partners like Keventer that we are able to deliver on the commitment. We are proud of our partnership with Keventer which goes as far back as 1989, and we are honoured to partner them in this new phase of growth.”last_img read more