ScoMo boosts buyer mojo MORE IN REAL ESTATE NEWS LITTLE Street Luxury Residences, the recently announced 30-unit residential project coming to Belgian Gardens, is the brainchild of a partnership between a builder and environmental scientist.With the goal of creating a sustainable and ‘future-proof’ project, the developers have incorporated innovative features straight out of the new movie 2040. The development will offer two, three and four-bedroom units and townhouses, all incorporating considered design and sustainability principles, with prices starting from $495,000.Construction is scheduled to start late this year. “Features like wiring parking spaces for electric vehicles and options for battery storage are all about future-proofing these homes,” Mr McDonough said. “The developer has really thought through the design and future demands of this project, and worked with award-winning architects to create homes as clever as they are comfortable, and functional as they are luxurious. Sales agent Martin McDonough said the project had been designed with sustainability and future technologies in mind. READ MORE: Buyers high on interest rate low “It also has the added extras of design and materials that reduce running costs by being low-maintenance, incorporating energy-efficient appliances and solar panels to reduce power costs.”Little Street Luxury Residences also benefits from a combination of enticing features including hillside elevation, north-facing, 180-degree ocean views, and is located less than 3.4km from Townsville CBD. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“These apartments and townhouses are designed for the urban environment, for our modern needs, and advance sustainability of modern property development.” Mr McDonough said the design used space, natural light and ocean breezes to create a sense of comfort and luxury.“This project has everything you would expect from a luxury development — prime location, stunning water views, stylish interiors, modern design, high-end finishes and exclusivity,” he said.
Canada-based Waterfront Shipping Company (WFS) and partners have unveiled an investment to build four new ocean-going vessels powered by clean-burning methanol fuel.The parties, including Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (Mitsui), NYK Group (NYK), Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest) and IINO Kaiun Kaisha (IINO), would see the four 49,000 dwt tankers delivered in 2019 from the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.WFS will charter the quartet to replace older tonnage and support growing demand for methanol around the world. Two of the vessels will be owned in a joint venture between WFS and Marinvest, one will be owned by NYK and the fourth will be owned in a joint venture between IINO and Mitsui.To feature MAN B&W ME-LGI 2-stroke dual-fuel engines that can run on methanol, fuel oil, marine diesel oil or gas oil, the newbuildings will join the existing seven methanol-fueled vessels chartered by WFS.In 2016, WFS, Marinvest, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Westfal-Larsen Management received the seven previously ordered fuel-efficient ocean-going vessels.“With seven engines already in operation and proven in the field, this new order confirms the ME-LGI concept as a mature technology. Since this dual-fuel engine entered the market in 2016, its price has dropped considerably, which makes it an even more attractive propulsion option,” René Sejer Laursen, Promotion Manager, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said.Paul Hexter, President at Waterfront Shipping, informed that 40 percent of the company’s fleet would be powered by methanol-fuel technology in the coming year.
New research shows the first observed reduction in lead concentrations in the surface waters of the seas around Europe since the phasing out of leaded petrol.Lead has no biological function, and is toxic to humans and marine organisms. The study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, is based on samples of the Celtic Sea taken during a series of research expeditions on board the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery.The results show that there has been a four-fold reduction in the concentration of lead in the surface waters of European shelf seas compared to measurements undertaken two to three decades ago, following the phase-out of leaded petrol in Europe over the same time period.This finding is the result of an international collaboration by researchers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), GEOMAR (Germany), the Universities of Edinburgh, Southampton, Plymouth (UK) and Bretagne Occidentale (France), NIOZ (Netherlands) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA).Stricter environmental regulations have reduced lead emissions into the environment, and leaded petrol has now been almost entirely phased out in the UK. Yet, prior to this change, enhanced lead emissions from human activity occurred for more than 150 years, and resulted in oceanic lead concentrations up to 100 times higher than natural background levels.Lead deposited in the ocean is later transferred to sea-floor sediments. The results of this study show that ‘legacy lead’ is now being released by sediments, forming a new lead source to the environment. Historical lead signals are also evident in deep Mediterranean waters around 1000 metres deep, transported from the surrounding countries of Italy, Spain and Greece, where leaded petrol was only phased out in 2003.Professor Eric Achterberg from the University of Southampton, said: “Our results show that sediments have become a source of lead to overlying waters. The lead in sediments represents the legacy of lead supplied to the sea over the last 150 years. This was not expected, as lead is assumed to bind very strongly with particles in the seas and thus remain permanently trapped in the sediment. Our thinking on this needs to be re-assessed, and lead concentrations will likely take much longer to return to natural background levels in coastal waters than previously anticipated.” Professor Douglas Connelly from the NOC added: “the behavior of trace elements in the oceans is far more complex than previously expected, and emphasizes the need to better observe the oceans.”Dr Martha Gledhill from GEOMAR, said: “The sampling and analysis for lead in seawater is challenging, and has only been possible since the 1980’s. The challenges are related to the relatively low concentrations of lead in seawater. The sampling has to be conducted using metal-free specialized equipment, in order to exclude contamination from sampling equipment. Sampling is a challenge because lead is found almost everywhere on ships—even on new plastic surfaces. Analysis has to be conducted in specialized clean-rooms, similar to the ones that computer chips are manufactured in.”This research was conducted as part of the UK Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry Programme and the International GEOTRACES Programme. At numerous sites in the Celtic Sea, Dagmara Rusiecka, a PhD student from the NOC who is working on this project, took water samples for measurements of lead, which were then taken to specialist laboratories at GEOMAR for analysis.Professor Eric Achterberg continued: “The lead data from this study are an important contribution to the GEOTRACES Programme —a large international effort to map metal concentrations in the global ocean. The data will allow us to make larger scale predictions about contaminant transport in shelf seas. Ultimately, combining such information with worldwide contaminant metal measurements and improvements in ocean models will enable us to make robust predictions about pollutant behavior and effects on ecosystems at a global scale. “Source :NOC
Ellon-based ROV services provider Film-Ocean has expanded its fleet of vehicles with the acquisition of its tenth Saab Seeye Falcon and a Quasar WROV from SMD.According to SMD, the delivery included a refurbished Quasar MkII Work Class ROV system (WROV), Tophat Tether Management System (TMS) and associated deck equipment,First sold in 2012 for use in the oil and gas market, this 3000-meter rated Quasar WROV has carried out multiple campaigns of work for its previous owner.SMD Services purchased this system for resale and have since refurbished the system; changing out now obsolete components and upgrading the hydraulics, enabling the system to operate as new 7 years after it was first delivered.Earlier this year, STAPEM Offshore acquired Film-Ocean with plans for growth in new and existing markets, with a particular focus on the offshore wind farm sector.Liam Forbes, Head of Delivery for SMD Services, said: “This has been a fantastic project to work on. By working closely with our new customer Film-Ocean, we have delivered a refurbished asset that will serve their operational needs for some time to come.”Mike Mackie, Film Ocean’s operations manager, said: “We have been working closely with SMD on this project for some time now. The Quasar MKII is a highly capable system and its introduction to our business further enhances our existing fleet and enables us to provide a wider range of services to better serve our customer’s requirements. In addition we have included a high specification Survey package and upgraded the entire system to Panolin Greenmarine environmentally friendly oils. We look forward to build on the excellent working relationship we have established with SMD.”
Tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) has revealed its plans to collect USD 35 million through a private placement of preferred shares.Namely, the company entered into a share and purchase agreement with a maritime institutional investor for a private placement of 3.5 million zero coupon Series G Preferred Shares, at a price of USD 10 per share.The shares will participate on an as-converted basis in any dividends declared and paid on TEN’s common shares and will be convertible at any time on a three and one-third forone basis into TEN common shares, the company explained.Within the first quarter of 2021, any outstanding Series G Preferred Shares will, subject to certain limitations, be mandatorily exchanged for non-convertible perpetual preferred shares with a 7.50% coupon to be issued by a vessel-owning subsidiary of TEN.After deducting estimated fees and expenses, the net proceeds are expected to be around USD 34.1 million. The company would use the funds for general corporate purposes.The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in September 2019.
The RECOVER Lake Okeechobee Stage Performance Measure used to evaluate regional scenarios for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) has been approved by the RECOVER (Restoration, Coordination & Verification) Executive Committee.RECOVER (REstoration COordination & VERification) is a multi-agency team of scientists, modelers, planners and resource specialists who organize and apply scientific and technical information in ways that are essential in supporting the objectives of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).The RECOVER team conducts scientific and technical evaluations and assessments for improving CERP’s ability to restore, preserve and protect the south Florida ecosystem while providing for the region’s other water-related needs.“The RECOVER Lake Okeechobee Stage Performance Measure that represents the conclusions of scientists and planners charged with researching and applying scientific information to restore and protect the Everglades, has been approved by the RECOVER Executive Committee,” said Angie Dunn, Jacksonville District’s Environmental Branch Chief.As restoration of the Everglades progresses, it is important to be able to estimate the ecological response to restoration projects and the program as a whole. Performance measures are tools to allow managers to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the CERP.
“The construction of our wind farm went really well. Now we have completed the installation of the foundations, cables and turbines, in only 9 months,” said Henrik Egholm, EPC director Borssele 1 & 2 for Ørsted. DEME Offshore has completed the installation of the 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines at the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. Commissioning of the 752 MW project is planned for 5 October, when it will become the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands. DEME’s jack-up tandem Sea Installer and Sea Challenger were in charge of the installation at the site located 22km off the coast of the province of Zeeland. The first turbine was installed in mid-April, shortly after which Borssele 1 & 2 delivered its first power. “We have been able to construct the whole 752 MW wind farm, during a pandemic without anyone being infected which all can be very proud of. Naturally, we have worked according to the highest safety standard, both from a COVID-19 and from a construction perspective.”
ONE News 25 January 2012Christchurch police are cracking down on illegal activity surrounding prostitution, as street workers move into surburban areas while the CBD remains locked down. Residents say they have found faeces in their yards and even people having sex in their front gardens. They are so concerned they sent a petition to the council, prompting police patrols of the area.A ONE News camera was out with police in an overnight operation cracking down on prostitution in the suburbs. Just a few minutes into the shift, a streetworker suspected of carrying Hepatitis C and her client were caught in the act. Both the prostitute and her client were arrested and taken to the police station. “It’s not the prostitution that we’re concerned about, it’s the behaviour associated with it – what and where it’s happening,” said Constable Nick Lewis. “It’s the traffic, it’s the noise, it’s chucking bottles, it’s the threats. It’s basically all round general disorder – that’s what we are here to sort out,” said Lewis.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/arrests-in-sex-worker-crackdown-4701953
Stuff.co.nz 19 Sep 2012Wairarapa man Brent Reid, who stood as the Conservative Party Wairarapa candidate last election, discusses his view that changes brought about by the bill would render marriage “meaningless”.Louisa Wall’s gay marriage bill, or in her words “Marriage Equality Bill” is said to remove discrimination from another area of society. Discrimination can be an ugly thing so removing it from all areas of society seems like a good idea. But discrimination can be a positive thing. Under current law, to get married one has to be above the legal age of sixteen and not married to anybody else. Your potential partner cannot be too close a relative e.g. brother, sister uncle, aunt etc and you have to be of the opposite sex. Interestingly love is not a requirement under law.If we remove the rule that says you have to be of the opposite sex, then it is only fair (fairness being a core value of the Labour Party) that all other discriminatory rules also be removed. A man could then have more than one wife. Two fourteen-year-olds or twelve-year-olds could get married and all those relatives who fall in love with each other could tie the knot and sanction their union. This would bring about equality. The question of equality has me puzzled. In a same sex relationship, particularly when raising kids you are essentially saying men and women are the same at either job, that is, they are equal. Not so, my wife is far superior to me, but at least I can say I’m different. Polygamist and polyamorist (groups of men and women) as well as genetic attraction groups (brother and sister, father and daughter, mother and son in consenting incestuous sexual relationships) in Australia, the U.S and Canada are talking about marriage.They argue that if the gays get their way then they have the “right” to marriage also. And who can deny them? To do so would be ”discriminatory, bigoted, hateful and hurtful”. Wall says her bill is only about two people of the same sex wanting marriage, not other types of relationships. It does however pave the way for another MP in the future to introduce other bills on the same grounds.Homosexuals often identify themselves within the wider group of GLBT – that is gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Following the theme of equality and anti-discrimination, then the rights of this group would have to be advanced together. Like being able to donate blood, this is another bastion of discrimination where GLBT’s are unwelcome. Once marriage equality is achieved then a couple of straight mates could get married. Brothers even! It could be useful for immigration or any other reason I haven’t thought of. Or is same sex marriage for gays only? You could ask them to prove that they are gay in front of a marriage registrar, but this would be discrimination.“I’m OK if my son is gay” Yeah Right! That’s what a friend of mine said would make a great Tui billboard. It would create a lot of discussion because it says a lot about how our society really feels about homosexuality. Do parents still have the right to teach their kids morals regarding sexual behaviour?The Bible declares, “The State giveth and the State taketh away”. OK, it’s not in the Bible but its close.Marriage existed long before civil government came to be. The state recognised it as good for society and gave it legal status. Same sex marriage would be a creation of the state. The difference is that one is state recognised and the other is state created. They (homosexuals) have never desired marriage before in history. Why do they want it now? Many heterosexuals just live together. Is it to equate homosexuality with the great institutes of society, like marriage? Their struggle for ‘equality’, which has been very effective, is often compared to racism. But it’s not quite the same. One is based on discrimination against unchangeable physical characteristics – the other on who you like to have sex with.A farmer told me two bulls don’t make a cow. The more public this discussion becomes, the more people will talk about homosexual sex. Normal or unnatural? Moral verses immoral ? Choice or not? As yet science cannot find any genetic driver.Most opposition to the gay agenda is shut down by calling people vicious names, particularly Christians. Not much is said against the Muslim view of homosexuality. Is it because Christians are more tolerant?Gay adoption is the next step to gay marriage. Society laments the many serious social problems to do with children, most of who are raised in fatherless homes. Kids with the best outcomes are raised in homes with a mum and dad. To say otherwise is to ignore screeds of studies and research. Why would the state override research and deliberately create motherless and fatherless homes by allowing gays to adopt kids? This also overrides the rights of a child to a mother and father.Marriage breakdown is a blight in our culture – to redefine marriage would render the word meaningless.When a word means everything, it means nothing – therefore why would people bother getting married? The end result would be marriage for nobody.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7701062/Marriage-equality-stories-Discrimination-can-be-positive
Surrogacy is fast becoming one of the major issues of the 21st century—celebrities and everyday people are increasingly using surrogates to build their families. But the practice is fraught with complex implications for women, children, and families. What is the impact on the women who serve as surrogates and on the children who are born from surrogacy? In what ways might money complicate things? What about altruistic surrogacy done for a family member or close friend? Is surrogacy a beautiful, loving act or does it simply degrade pregnancy to a service and a baby to a product? Can we find a middle ground? Should we even look for one?From The Center for Bioethics and Culture, producers of the award-winning Eggsploitation (2010, 2013), and Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), Breeders: A Subclass of Women? explores this important issue, talking with surrogates, physicians, psychologists, and activists across the political and ideological spectrum.http://breeders.cbc-network.org/