Australia kicks off replacement Pacific Patrol Boat program

first_img Australia kicks off replacement Pacific Patrol Boat construction Authorities Australia started the construction phase of the replacement Pacific Patrol Boat program with a steel cutting ceremony in Western Australia on April 26.Up to 21 steel-hulled vessels are set to replace the existing fleet of Pacific Patrol Boats as part of Australia’s new Pacific Maritime Security Program.Austal is in charge of designing and constructing the first 19 vessels in Henderson, Western Australia.Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, attended the steel cutting ceremony at HD Plasma and Laser Cutting Services in Bibra Lake.“HD Plasma and Laser Cutting Services has been contracted by Austal for the supply, transport, storage and cutting of Australian manufactured steel plate,” Minister Pyne said.“This is a fantastic example of what we are trying to achieve and highlights the benefits of building ships in Australia because the supply chain wins work and jobs are created.”Once constructed and tested the vessels will be handed to the Australian Government and subsequently given to 12 Pacific Island countries as part of Australia’s new Pacific Maritime Security Program.The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in late 2018.Two vessels have also been offered to a new member of the program, Timor-Leste, with an option for these additional vessels to be constructed by Austal at an agreed fixed price should Timor-Leste accept the offer. April 26, 2017 View post tag: Austalcenter_img View post tag: PPB-R Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia kicks off replacement Pacific Patrol Boat construction Share this articlelast_img read more

Ocean City High School Students Receive Multiple Awards for Excellence in Visual Arts

first_imgTalented teens earn recognition at Cape May County Teen Art Show and OCHS Annual Juried Art ShowShowcasing their skill, creativity and imagination, 44 Ocean City High School Students (OCHS) were recently recognized for standout works of visual art at the Cape May County Teen Art Show and the OCHS Annual Juried Art Show.“We are so proud of these talented young people. Events like these demonstrate the importance of arts in education. Art allows these students to express themselves and every one of them produces phenomenal work.” – Dr. Kathleen Taylor, Ocean City School District SuperintendentCape May County Teen Arts Festival The Cape May County Teen Arts Festival celebrates the belief that the arts provide students with an indispensable means of self-expression. This year’s Festival, the second for Cape May County, took place Thursday, April 27, 2017. The following OCHS students were selected to proceed to the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival May 31 – June 2, 2017 and compete against winners from other counties in their particular art forms.Traveling Teen Arts: John Groves, Rebecca Miles, Marley Goudie, Ava KuehnerArt: Samantha Smith, Caroline Pizzano, Emily He, Julie Marshall, Ava Kuehner, Daniel Dulin, Jessica Davidson, Lauren Oleksiak, Marley Goudie, Emma Kelly, Alexandra O’Rourke, Jacob McNellis, Liam Bradley, Kylie Gruber-Kolmer, Elizabeth Wilson, Nicole Cappolina, Jordan MoyerGraphics: Jacqueline Nesi, Megan Sutter, Gabrielle DiMarco, Allison Hendricks, Seth PeirsonPhotography: Michael Beebe, Blake Restuccio, Karli Montemuro, Isabella Wamsher, Juanna Parral, Maddie Eggert, Alli Pulsgrove, Kai DeMarco, Gigi DiMercurio, Colton Salomon, Kate Matera, Jane Hadley, Elizabeth BlankleyOCHS Annual Juried Art ShowIn other art news, the OCHS Annual Juried Art Show took place May 15-17, 2017 at the school. The outstanding work of the following students was recognized at an awards ceremony on May 17.Best Graphic Design: Gabbi DiMarcoBest Photography: Alli PulsgroveBest Senior: Alli NovasitisBest Junior: Lauren OleksiakBest Sophomore: Ali Jane RobelBest Freshman: Nicole CappolinaFirst Place Overall: Itzel RosarioSecond Place Overall: Ava KuehnerThird Place Overall: Kate MateraViewer Choice: Julia Fumo Students Front to Back: Blake Restuccio, Karli Montemuro, Elizabeth Wilson, Daniel Dulin, AliJane Robel, Juanna Parral, Caroline, Byrne, Micheal Beebe, Ava Kuehner, Julia Fumo, Jacob McNellis, Liam Bradley, Marley Goudie, Carloline Pizzano, Itzel Rosario, Allison Novasitis, Emma Kelly, Lauren Oleksiak, Kate Matera, Jordan Moyer, Kylie Gruber-Kolmer, Samantha Smith, Kai DeMarco, Gigi DiMercurio, Nicole Cappolina, Isabella Wamsher, Gabrielle DiMarcoNot Pictured: John Grove, Rebecca Miles, Emily He, Julie Marshall, Jessica Davidson, Alexandra O’Rourke, Jacqueline Nesi, Megan Sutter, Allison Hendricks, Seth Pierson, Maddie Eggert, Alli Pulsgrovelast_img read more

Chuck Berry Celebrates His 90th Birthday By Announcing A Brand New Album

first_imgOctober 18th, 2016 marks the 90th trip around the sun for the legendary Chuck Berry, the guitarist who essentially invented rock and roll music. While most nonagenarians would be spending the day at the nursing home, Berry has astounded fans with the announcement of a new album!For the first time in 38 years, Chuck Berry has put together a brand new release. Titled CHUCK, the album will feature original music by Berry, dedicated to his wife of 68 years. “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy,” said Berry in a statement. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”The album will come out in early 2017 on Dualtone, and will feature accompaniment by Berry’s two children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), as well as Jimmy Marsala (Berry’s bassist of forty years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums). Considering that Chuck Berry essentially created rock and roll music, a new release from him at age 90 is simply stunning.For more information on this new release, head here. You can see the album artwork below.last_img read more

Berger calls Shelby bill ‘solid step forward’

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger touted the benefits of the NAFCU-backed draft bill being marked up by the Senate Banking Committee today and called the legislation “a solid step forward to provide credit unions regulatory relief.”The committee will mark up the “Financial Regulatory Improvement Act,” a draft bill released last week by Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., at 10 a.m. today. Berger wrote Shelby and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to express NAFCU’s support for the bill in advance of the mark-up.“The impact of this growing regulatory burden on credit unions is evident in the declining number of credit unions, dropping by 23% (more than 1,800 institutions since 2007),” Berger wrote. “A main reason for the decline is the growing cost and complexity of complying with the ever-increasing onslaught of regulations. Since the second quarter of 2010, we have lost 1,200 federally insured credit unions, 96% of which were smaller institutions below $100 million in assets.”The package, includes several NAFCU-backed provisions for credit union relief and transparency at NCUA. The bill would require public NCUA budget hearings and require the agency to study the impact of its risk-based capital proposal on mortgage servicing assets. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Thousands sign French call for chloroquine in virus fight

first_imgUS President Donald Trump has cited Raoult’s work to push for chloroquine use despite reticence from his own health advisers, asking “What do you have to lose?” at a briefing in Washington on Sunday.France’s Health Minister Olivier Veran on Saturday again urged caution, saying initial results from clinical studies on chloroquine and other potential coronavirus treatments would be available in the coming days. More than 215,000 people have signed a petition urging French officials to let more doctors prescribe the anti-malaria drug chloroquine for coronavirus patients, a controversial proposal that has divided health experts worldwide.Support for the treatment has gained ground as doctors try to keep the COVID-19 outbreak from overwhelming hospitals, with some saying early use of chloroquine and similar treatments could keep symptoms from worsening to the point that intensive care is needed.The French petition on the Change.org website was launched Friday by a group of doctors including Philippe Douste-Blazy, a cardiologist and former French health minister. On Monday, three of France’s most respected doctors penned an open letter backing chloroquine use despite the absence of randomized and peer-reviewed studies on its efficiency.In the absence of anti-virals for the new coronavirus, “we think it is legitimate, given preliminary results, to implement a new strategy,” the doctors wrote in Le Figaro newspaper.The French debate was fuelled by “favorable” findings from a microbiologist who has been treating dozens of patients at the hospital department he runs in Marseille.Didier Raoult’s results, however, have been criticized by other doctors who warn of potentially dangerous side effects, and last month France issued a decree against prescribing chloroquine to all but the most severe COVID-19 cases.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Moorooka home built in 1900s sells at auction after 70 years

first_imgCliff Magee, Peter Magee, Margaret Smith and Joan Rojahn at their old family home in Moorooka.Mr Wortley said the property was originally bought by Cliff Magee’s mum, and had brought back lots of memories for the family, who grew up in the house.The Magee family were told the property was possibly built somewhere between 1910 and 1915.Mr Magee said his 96-year-old mum felt it was time to move on to something more modern and very low-maintenance. “She is already missing the house,” he said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside 28 Blackburn St, Moorooka.Ray White New Farm agent Brandon Wortley said there were six registered bidders at the auction held on Saturday.He said close to 100 people attended the auction.“The property was bought by a local couple who are expanding their portfolio,” Mr Wortley said. 28 Blackburn St, Moorooka.A Brisbane home bought for 400 pounds 70 years ago has sold at auction.The three-bedroom, one-bathroom property, at 28 Blackburn St, Moorooka, was bought by a local couple for $467,000.last_img read more

Brisbane vacancy rates have bounced back new data shows

first_imgAfter taking a hammering in the September quarter, the Brisbane City vacancy rate has come back into the healthy zone at 3.4 per cent. Picture: Glenn Hunt/The AustralianBRISBANE vacancy rates have bounced back into the healthy zone despite a massive onslaught of new unit supply, new data shows.The latest REIQ residential vacancy rates report found positive signs that the Queensland capital’s rental market survived relatively unscathed the massive influx of new units in recent years – with vacancy rates now tightening across Greater Brisbane.Overall Brisbane’s residential vacancy rate tightened to 3 per cent (3.3 per cent in September quarter), with the highest level of vacancies coming from the inner area (0 to 5km from the CBD) at 3.6 per cent (3.7 per cent previously). Brisbane City moved into the healthy zone which is considered anything between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent vacancy rate, according to REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella. Brisbane’s inner zone from 0-5km from the CBD has its highest vacancy rate in the December quarter at 3.6 per cent, on the cusp of the healthy range. Picture: Glenn Hunt/The Australian“The data has shown that supply and demand in the rental market is fairly evenly matched in the southeast corner. The vacancy rate in inner Brisbane has fallen to 3.6 per cent, which is very close to the healthy range and this is good news for both landlords and tenants,” she said.“When vacancy rates are within the healthy range it means landlords can secure tenants comfortably and it also means tenants have the opportunity to secure appropriate and suitable rental accommodation.”She said generally speaking Queensland ended the year on a “steady note”, with improvements over the December quarter across many markets. Brisbane vacancy rates: Overall 3 per centMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoBrisbane City 3.4 per centInner (0-5km) 3.6 per centMiddle (5-20km) 3.3 per centBrisbane Surrounds (Ipswich City, Logan City, Moreton Bay and Redland City) 2.4% Ipswich City 2.4% Logan City 3.3% Moreton Bay 1.8% Caboolture 2.2% Pine Rivers 1.6% Redcliffe 1.6% Redland City 2.7% Mainland 2.7% Bay Islands 2.4%last_img read more

Diverse mix snap up luxury heritage

first_img… with one of Brisbane’s most spectacular sites given a new lease on life.Each private residence blends the elegance of history with the ultimate in modern amenities to deliver a rare offering that is destined to become one of Brisbane’s most exclusive residential addresses.The homes overlook the 3000sq m heritage-listed gardens and lush parklands that surround Yungaba House.The adjacent Recreation Centre provides residents-only access to a private gymnasium and 25m infinity-edge pool.One of the remaining residences – Residence Four – is now open for viewing and has been furnished with hints of modern colour and styling while still respecting the heritage features of the home. … but the results worth the blood, sweat and tears …“We are delighted to welcome buyers who appreciate the rare jewel that these homes represent in Brisbane’s property landscape.“The remaining residences are a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure a part of this exquisitely restored Brisbane landmark,” he said.Facing east to the water, the remaining three and four-bedroom homes have modern kitchens and amenities, complemented by hi-tech security throughout. The restoration was painstaking …Frasers Property Australia were behind the painstaking restoration, which transformed the 130-year-old heritage building in to an elegant residential development on the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point.In its past life, Yungaba House has served as an immigration facility, an army refuge, accommodation centre, wartime hospital, design studio and a community group hub.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoFrasers Property Group general manager for residential (Queensland) Cameron Leggatt said each of the purchasers had a shared passion for heritage.center_img Yungaba HouseA butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker. Well not quite, but The Residences at Yungaba House has certainly attracted a diverse range of buyers so far.Sixty per cent of the renovated landmark building has now sold, with six of the 10 homes bought since the project was launched mid-last year. Buyers include a Hong Kong-based ex-pilot who collects heritage properties around the world, a Brisbane-based couple who have renovated several homes and have another property in Sydney, a Gatton couple in their 60s who use the property during visits to Brisbane, and a young family from Bulimba, who secured Residence Five for $3.6 million shortly after the launch.last_img read more

First EOWDC Jacket Top Sections En Route to Newcastle

first_imgMandora Logistics has loaded out the first two jacket top sections built at Smulders fabrication yard in Hoboken, Belgium, for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).Boskalis awarded Smulders Project a contract for manufacturing and assembling suction bucket jacket foundations for the eleven-turbine offshore demonstrator project in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland.The top sections are being produced at Hoboken and will firstly be transported to Newcastle, where the lower sections are being manufactured, and where the final assembly will take place.The first two top sections are expected to arrive in Newcastle on Saturday, 30 September.Marketex Offshore Constructions, an affiliated company of BLRT Grupp, recently completed the delivery of 21 anchors for the wind turbine foundations.The foundations are expected to be installed at the site some three kilometres off Aberdeen in January 2018, followed by the installation of the 66kV inter-array cables and the export cable.The eleven MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines are scheduled for installation in March 2018.As Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration centre, the 92.5MW EOWDC, also called Aberdeen offshore wind farm, will trial next generation technology and is expected to contribute to driving down the cost of clean power.The wind farm is expected to generate first power in summer 2018 and operate for 20 years.last_img read more

Dyche responds to Mourinho comments

first_img Chelsea’s website also broke down the incidents, while publishing the views of personalities who agreed with their manager. But in a 10-minute interview with Burnley TV, which Dyche claimed was necessary to “give a balanced view” on the game’s events, the Burnley boss defended Barnes’ challenge. “When moments like that occur, it’s very rare there is not a reaction to that moment in the stadium,” Dyche said. “Look at the reaction from a bunch of expert footballers from the Chelsea side – the likes of John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic – big, strong boys who are on right top of this moment. “Jose Mourinho has a similar view to me, the crowd behind me, circa 15,000, no-one reacts. In live time no-one reacts except Matic. “After the event, with hindsight and slow motion, statements like ‘criminal tackle’ are being used. I find that hard to adjust to.” Dyche also believes Barnes’ tackle was not malicious, but instead a natural movement of his leg after the forward failed to complete a pass. “After the event of course, it looks an ugly challenge,” Dyche said. After the game, Mourinho cited four “crucial moments” as decisive in the result at Stamford Bridge, the most controversial of which saw Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic sent off in the second half. Matic was dismissed for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught the Blues midfielder high on his shin with a late tackle that Mourinho described as “criminal”. Press Association Burnley manager Sean Dyche has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s criticism of referee Martin Atkinson after the Chelsea boss blamed poor decisions for his side’s 1-1 draw with the Clarets on Saturday. “Ashley Barnes tried to play the ball down to Dave Jones behind him, his momentum and the pendulum motion of his leg swings up through the ball. “Matic is late getting there – not in a vicious way – but that means his (Barnes’) leg pendulums through and hits him on the shin.” Dyche also addressed the other three incidents that Mourinho cited, including two Chelsea penalty appeals that Atkinson turned down before half-time. The Burnley boss admits Michael Kightly’s handball in the 33rd minute would “usually” result in a spot-kick but insisted Jason Shackell’s apparent push on Diego Costa eight minutes later was harder to call. “Jason Shackell definitely gets a mild hand on him – is that enough for him to go down? It’s a real debating point,” Dyche said. “That’s a close one. The first one usually gets given but that one is a real tough one for referees. “He (Costa) is off balance anyway, he gets a slight nudge and he goes down. “I’m not remotely saying he went down easily or is trying to simulate, I just mean it’s a mild contact which inevitably means he ends up on the floor. “I think that’s a tough one, particularly when you consider the referee’s actual angle to see that incident.” Chelsea felt aggrieved that Burnley were not reduced to 10 men after half an hour when Barnes jumped into Ivanovic, thrusting his knee into the defender’s back. Dyche, however, argued the movement was similar to that which “goalkeepers take when they receive a ball in the air to protect themselves” and believes it merited “at most a yellow card”. He also had two complaints of his own, suggesting Costa could have been punished for kicking out at Shackell late on and that Chelsea should have given Burnley the ball back after the visitors had put it out of play. “Ben Mee goes up for a header and lands heavily on his ribs, there is then quite obvious contact made by Costa on the back of Jason Shackell’s legs,” Dyche said. “Our keeper then rolls the ball out of play to allow the physio to administer treatment to our player. “Usually that ball then comes back into the goalkeeper but on this occasion – it must have been an oversight – Chelsea played on, threw it in and tried to attack us and score a goal. “I’ll accept it if it is an oversight but I think the protocol suggests that’s not the correct fashion because usually that gets thrown back to the keeper.” Dyche’s interview came after the Football Association said Barnes would face no disciplinary action. Chelsea are reportedly set to appeal against Matic’s three-game ban, but the FA revealed on Twitter that it would not be punishing the Clarets forward, and explained the rationale over five posts. They read: ”In the vast majority of challenges for the ball, no retrospective action is taken as the incident has been seen by the match officials. ”Retrospective action introduced as deterrent for ‘off the ball incidents’ [e.g. kicks, stamps etc.] committed out of sight of officials. ”Whole game in agreement that, in vast majority of cases, match officials are best-placed to deal with incidents to avoid re-refereeing. ”In line with this rationale, FA confirm no further action in relation to Ashley Barnes as incident was seen by the officials.” last_img read more