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first_imgOutside 104 Hawken Drive, St Lucia.Mortland & Co principal Karen Mortland said the market at St Lucia was “excellent”.“People are talking the market down but St Lucia is a very, very solid blue chip suburb,” Ms Mortland said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“It always has been.” The house at 104 Hawken Drive, St Lucia, sold for $1.85 million.THE market in St Lucia continues to remain strong despite other whispers of negativity.The sale of 104 Hawken Drive supports that, garnering three written offers before selling for $1.85 million. One of the living areas.Ms Mortland said 36 groups inspected the property at open homes, and it was bought by a family.“They had been looking for a while and were really honing in on St Lucia,” she said.“They love the open-plan and the northeast aspect to the rear, as well as that they had a quiet backyard overlooking the pool.center_img The indoor area flows seamlessly outside through bi-fold doors.“But most of all, they love the area more than anything else.”St Lucia is popular for its closeness to popular schools such as Ironside State School, St Peter’s Lutheran College, and University of Queensland. According to CoreLogic data, the median house sale price St Lucia is $1,147,500.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more


first_imgFormer Brisbane Lions forward Josh Green is seeking an off market sale for his Morningside home.“The Brisbane (market) has tracked pretty well lately, so I’d thought I’d try sell off market,” he said. “I’m in no rush really — I thought I’d see if I could get a few offers in.” Green said he loved the Queenslander style of the home and the Morningside location, close to cafes, shops and schools. “It was the ideal location for me at the time and the house itself was beautiful with a new kitchen,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“It was pretty much a complete house. That’s what I liked about it.“I moved in initially when I bought it and I was planning to stay there (but) I moved to Melbourne for footy and the property has been rented out since.” Josh Green during his time with the Brisbane Lions. Pic Peter WallisFORMER Brisbane Lions player Josh Green is seeking an off market sale for his Morningside home. The forward bought the two-storey character property in August 2015 and is looking to sell to buy in Melbourne. The home features three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, along with a kitchen and an open-plan living and dining room, which flows out to the deck. Downstairs there are two multipurpose rooms, one with built-in storage, as well as a laundry, second bathroom and patio.Green said his favourite part of the home was the big deck that looked out over the treetops.“You get the sun sets from the deck … and it overlooks the backyard and lawn, where there is plenty of room for kids to run around,” he said. Green had plans to add a pool to the backyard and renovate the main bathroom but a move to Essendon Football Club in 2016 got in the way. “I did a bit of work here and there, nothing major just bits and pieces to make the house a bit better,” he said. “I put in a new fence on the side, took down a big tree at the front, and did some work to the bathroom.”Green said the property would make a great family home or investment. The home is currently for sale off market through Shannon Harvey of Place Bulimba.last_img read more


first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27 MORE NEWS: Tennis star looking to splurge on beachfront pad A new report shows auction clearance rates are increasing on the Gold Coast.THE spring selling season is off to a good start with new data showing more sellers have benefited from auctions in the past few months than in the same period the previous year.CoreLogic’s September Quarterly Auction Market Review reveals slightly more Gold Coast homes that were taken to auction sold in the third quarter of this year compared to the previous year.The clearance rate for the September 2019 quarter was 37.6 per cent compared to 32.7 per cent in 2018. Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s chief executive Andrew Bell at auction.However, the results come despite less auctions being held this year compared to last.In the September 2018 quarter, 597 auctions were held across the Coast while 546 were held in the same period this year. MORE NEWS: House Rules champs sell winning home “The lift in clearance rates highlights a better fit between buyer and seller pricing expectations and some urgency creeping back into the market as a larger pool of buyers compete for a smaller than usual number of homes for sale,” he said.“There is a strong likelihood that advertised stock levels and the number of scheduled auctions will progressively rise as spring progresses and vendor confidence lifts on healthier housing market conditions.”The Coast’s September 2019 clearance rate was also higher than the June quarter’s (26.6 per cent) but the number of auctions held dropped from 571. The Coast wasn’t the only area to have a higher clearance rate in the September 2019 quarter. The numbers in all the capital cities except Adelaide as well as five regional markets improved.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoCoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the “remarkable lift” was a good sign.last_img read more


first_imgThe Gold Coast’s auction season is in full swing.HOUSE hunters are out in force and keen to buy with the Gold Coast’s auction season in full swing.Traditionally January is the city’s busiest auction period with several agencies holding events throughout the month, and even into February.This year prospective buyers are being urged to come prepared as fewer properties were listed on the market, which lead to increased demand. MORE NEWS: Former Socceroo moves to QLD Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 The Sanctuary Cove property at 2094 The Circle is one of more than 100 that will go under the hammer on January 25.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said southern buyers and local downsizers would continue to dominate the Coast market.“However, the biggest issue at the moment is a shortage of listings, which reflects the level of demand we are currently experiencing,” he said.“Buyers are always out in force on the Gold Coast in January when holidays are in full swing as inquiries are on average more than 50 per cent above any other month.“This summer, the timing couldn’t be better for our market as interstate tourism numbers continue to rise amid market conditions shaping up to be the best that we have seen for quite some time.” The block of units at 7 Alfred St, Mermaid Beach, will be auctioned off on January 21.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMore than 100 properties will go under the hammer at Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s in-room auctions The Event, which is the biggest on the Coast, on January 25.More than 2000 people attended last year’s event, which offered 95 properties to the market, with 230 registered bidders.More than $19 million worth of sales were recorded on the day.Other agencies that will hold auction events across the Coast include Professionals John Henderson Real Estate (January 21), Amir Prestige Property Agents (January 23) and Lucy Cole Prestige Properties (January 24).center_img MORE NEWS: Make and easy $2500 a weeklast_img read more


first_imgThe Indian Infrastructure magazine has just announced that their 8th annual conference on ‘Dredging in India’ will take place on September 6-7, at The ITC Maratha, Mumbai. In the past few years, dredging has emerged as a distinct industry in itself. The industry is being driven largely by the growing dredging requirements at Indian ports and inland waterways, Indian Infrastructure said in its announcement.The government has, in the recent past, also been quite proactive in this area. New dredging guidelines for major ports along with amendments to the guidelines for chartering foreign flag dredgers, and easing the process of vessel registration have been the major steps announced by the government to solve some of the long-pending issues of the industry.The government’s flagship program, Sagarmala, identifies dredging as a major thrust area to achieve the objective of port modernization and capacity enhancement. In addition, the development of six new ports as part of the program will require a significant amount of dredging.Apart from ports, inland dredging has emerged as a major growth driver for the industry. The launch of the Jal Marg Vikas, the declaration of 106 new national waterways (NWs), etc. have opened up significant opportunities for contractors. So far, the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has largely managed the dredging needs through its own dredgers, Indian Infrastructure said.The situation is changing with IWAI looking to outsource more work. It is also exploring assured depth contracts in a few upcoming stretches and, if successful, it plans to use this format on a much bigger scale.The past one year has seen the award of some key dredging projects at ports and inland waterways.Boskalis, in a joint venture with Jan De Nul, secured a EUR250 million contract for deepening and widening the access channel at the JNPT. The Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) secured a five-year contract for maintenance dredging at Haldia in a global bidding and emerged as the winner for the dredging work of the Farakka-Kahalgaon stretch on NW-1.India also signed an agreement with Bangladesh to dredge the Brahmaputra river from Sadiya in Assam to Chittagong port in Bangladesh.To meet the growing requirements, private dredging companies will need to play a bigger role. DCI alone cannot meet the entire industry demand, the event organizers stated.last_img read more


first_imgJapan started a new “research mission” in the Southern Ocean as the country sent its fleet to continue whaling operations in the area on November 9. The fleet departed from the port of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on a mission to catch 333 minke whales through March 2018. Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research informed that it will collect scientific data necessary to manage whale stocks and the ecosystem in the Antarctic.New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters informed that Japan’s decision to continue whaling in the Southern Ocean “is out of step with international opinion and defies scientific advice.”“Japan’s decision to conduct whaling in the Southern Ocean flies in the face of the clear recommendations of the International Whaling Commission, its Scientific Committee and its expert panels,” Peters said.“Put simply, Japan can achieve its stated research objectives without killing whales. This is an outdated practice and needs to stop,” Peters added.Earlier this year, the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd informed that it decided to stop deploying ships to fight against Japan’s whaling efforts. The decision was made on the back Japan’s move to employ military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite in order to avoid the organization’s vessels.“During Operation Nemesis, the Sea Shepherd ships did get close and our helicopter even managed to get evidence of their illegal whaling operations but we could not physically close the gap. We cannot compete with their military grade technology,” Sea Shepherd said.Additionally, Japanese authorities escalated their resistance this year with the passing of new anti-terrorism laws, and might even send their military to defend their illegal whaling activities for the first time ever.The latest mission is the third one launched since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled against the whaling practice in 2014. According to the ruling, Japan’s whaling program was not scientific in nature but more commercial, as the meat of the slaughtered whales was being sold commercially in Japan.The country then submitted a revamped plan through which it said it would send its whaling fleet to the Antarctic Ocean to catch up to 333 minke whales on annual basis in a 12-year period, instead of the previously targeted 1,000 whales.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


first_imgThe Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) approved debt financing and partial risk guarantees totaling $583 million for the Reliance Bangladesh liquified natural gas (LNG) and power project.The project, which includes a power generation facility to be located in Meghnaghat, near the capital city of Dhaka, and an LNG terminal, near Kutubdia Island south of Chittagong, will significantly increase power generation and improve energy infrastructure in Bangladesh, ADB said.ADB’s financing package includes loans and partial risk guarantees for the power generation facility, as well as for the LNG terminal. The total project cost is approximately $1 billion.“ADB’s partnership with Reliance Power will help Bangladesh scale up its energy infrastructure to sustain and support the country’s economic growth,” said Michael Barrow, director general of ADB’s private sector operations department, adding that “ADB’s role as a direct lender and guarantee provider will enable Reliance Power to mobilize much needed long-term debt financing and help attract new lenders to Bangladesh.”Diversifying Bangladesh’s sources of energy is critical for the country as demands for natural gas have placed significant pressures on the country’s domestic gas reserves. New LNG import facilities will enable the country’s existing gas-dependent infrastructure to remain viable while opening the country to access natural gas from global markets.ADB’s support will help Reliance Power Limited to develop an initial approximately 750 megawatts (MW) of gross power generation capacity and terminal facilities for LNG import. Reliance Power plans to increase its power generation capacity to around 3,000 MW in Bangladesh.Energy from the power plant will be sold into the country’s electricity grid under a long-term power purchase agreement with the Bangladesh Power Development Board.last_img read more


first_imgRussian shipping company Sovcomflot has reportedly started the year with an order for a liquified natural gas carrier (LNG) at South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).The company has signed a contract for one firm plus one optional 174,000 cbm LNG carrier, Clarksons Platou Shipbroking said in a weekly report.The ship is scheduled for delivery in 2020, the report indicates.The company is yet to confirm the deal to World Maritime News.In March 2017, Sovcomflot ordered four 114,000 dwt Ice-Class IA Aframax tankers at the South Korean yard under a USD 240 million deal.Described as the world’s first LNG-fueled Aframax tankers, the four ships are scheduled to be delivered from the third quarter of 2018 onwards.The company’s order was augmented by two more 114,000 dwt dual fuel tankers slated for delivery in 2019, as reported by brokers.It was a busy week for Hyundai, as the builder also secured an order from Cardiff Marine for up to two LNG carriers of the same size.Under the deal, TMS Cardiff Gas has signed a contract for the construction of a 174,000 cbm LNG carrier with XDF propulsion. The contract includes an option for a second vessel.This order is the first in the company’s X Carrier Series of orders, which expands the company’s fleet of managed vessels to ten.The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2020, when it will enter into a seven-year time charter contract with Total Gas & Power Chartering.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


first_imgImage courtesy of NovatekRussian LNG export player Novatek received a federal patent for its natural gas liquefaction technology called Arctic Cascade.The patented LNG technology is based on a two-stage liquefaction process that capitalizes on the colder ambient temperature in the Arctic climate to maximize energy efficiency during the liquefaction process, Novatek said in a statement on Wednesday.Alexander Fridman, Novatek’s first deputy chairman, said the Arctic Cascade is first patented liquefaction technology using equipment produced by Russian manufacturers.“Our goal is to localize the fabrication and construction of LNG trains and modules to decrease the overall cost of liquefaction and develop a technological base within Russia,” he said.A technological base within Russia would go in hand with Novatek’s liquefied natural gas infrastructure development plans.Novatek started exporting liquefied natural gas from its Yamal LNG project in December last year and is already lining up partners for its second export project, the Arctic LNG 2 project.The company is also lining up a $1.5 billion investment in a liquefied natural gas transshipment terminal on Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.last_img read more


first_imgAutonomous Robotics Ltd (ARL) is collaborating with Robert Gordon University (RGU) on swarm technology research (Swarm Technology) of a simultaneous, distributed and scalable localisation system for a swarm of autonomous underwater sensor flying nodes. The purpose of this research is to further enhance the capability of the flying node system and further reduce the cost and time for ocean bottom seismic surveys.RGU is a leading Scottish university in Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, and its School of Engineering has an outstanding track record of working in collaboration with industry. The Swarm Technology research will be performed by Dr Wai-keung Fung and Mr Adham Sabra, who are with the Communications and Autonomous Systems Group within the School of Engineering, with results of the research expected within 12 months.Dave Grant (ARL Chairman) said, “ARL are working with RGU to research and create a practical localisation system for the flying node system which will allow the flying nodes to operate in a swarm and move from their initial seabed position to a new seabed location. This Swarm Technology will be used to enhance the capability of the flying node system and provide even greater savings in cost and time for the offshore energy operators performing ocean bottom seismic surveys. I would also like to thank the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) for their support of this project. OGIC assists companies to find academic partners and provides funding for innovative projects which benefit the oil & gas industry.”Dr Wai-keung Fung, Group lead of the Communications and Autonomous Systems Group at RGU, added: “This great opportunity enables our research group to apply AI algorithms for large scale underwater swarm localisation, which is one of the core research problems in underwater robotics and sensor networks. Localisation accuracy can be greatly improved by fusing estimates from multiple localisation methods. This can enhance autonomous deployment and retrieval of underwater flying nodes for various subsea missions, including marine seismic surveys.”Ian Phillips, Chief Executive of OGIC, added: “These examples highlight the exciting technology which can be developed when we work with the expertise and knowledge that exists within Scottish universities. Supporting these university-introduced projects is just another way we are continuing to invest in the future of the industry.”last_img read more