High density living part of Sekisui House project in growth corridor

first_imgThe Green – Ripley Town Centre. Photo Supplied.The Ripley region is fast taking shape with developer Sekisui House announcing the masterplan community to include high density living in the next stage of the project.Stage two of the Ripley Town Centre will include medium and high density residential seniors living in a new South Village quarter, as well as an extension to the existing centre for additional retail. Health and Wellbeing – Ripley Town Centre. Sekisui House senior development manager Taku Hashimoto said Ripley Town Centre has been masterplanned with a ’20-minute neighbourhood’ philosophy that creates a low-carbon, connected community, surrounded by wide green spaces and interconnected by well-designed natural settings.“Ipswich is growing rapidly, Ripley is the fastest growing area in Ipswich,” Mr Hashimoto said.With the RAAF Base Amberley nearby, he said a lot of families were moving into the area and a need to accommodate different types of lifestyles.Mr Hashimoto said Sekisui was looking at 12 storey units on site.The masterplan is made up of 10 connected areas including: CIVIC HEART: A place for cultural institutions, education and retail experiences surrounding a green forecourt. THE HUB: Exceptional quality office, hotel and residential accommodation above Ripley station. CENTRAL: Open laneways and tree-lined boulevards, home to experiential retail and mid-rise offices. THE ESPLANADE: Indoor/outdoor dining and retail areas with community swimming lagoons and spaces. THE GREEN: A live, work and learn village environment for young professionals, students and creatives. HEALTH and WELLBEING: Hospital and aged care facilities for training, education and research with short term accommodation. GATEWAY NORTH: An iconic ‘Flat Iron’ building with heritage inspired architecture and a shaded plaza. NORTH VILLAGE: Eclectic bars, restaurants and shops with high-street character and open space access. SOUTH VILLAGE: Medium to high rise residential for active lifestyles with ground level retail conveniences. PARKSIDE VILLAGE: Residential terraces with open roof top green spaces and tree lined street level offices. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe Esplanade – Ripley Town Centre. North Village – Ripley Town Centre.last_img read more

AquaTerra buys subsea engineering and technology firm

first_imgOffshore construction and engineering specialist, AquaTerra Group, has extended its capabilities with the acquisition of the trade and assets of subsea engineering and technology business SETS.Source: AquaTerraAquaTerra delivers engineering, construction, and decommissioning projects, including caisson and conductor inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM), removal and replacement. The company is currently involved in the removal and repair of more than 40 conductors and caissons in the North Sea.Formed in 2011, SETS is focused primarily on conductor inspection and integrity, repair and maintenance. The company designs, manufactures, and implements remotely operated tooling to facilitate conductor cleaning and inspection, and repair clamp and shim installation.The acquisition increases AquaTerra’s headcount to over 120 and provides a suite of additional equipment and capabilities.Peter Robinson, AquaTerra Group’s Managing Director, said: “The acquisition of SETS represents a major step forward for our business and significantly enhances our offshore construction division. This acquisition means AquaTerra is now able to provide expert conductor and caisson intervention services both above and below the waterline.“Our enhanced capability will provide clients with low-cost early engagement for asset assessment and condition monitoring, which will contribute to industry-wide goals to minimize asset downtime and maximize operational efficiency.”SETS’ engineering team also brings smart intervention technology to AquaTerra, designed for splashzone and subsea conductor and caisson IRM operations. Remotely operated by multi-disciplined topsides team on the platform, the technology removes the need for diver support, dramatically reducing time and cost.The acquisition builds on AquaTerra’s technology development focus, which includes an ongoing project with the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to develop AquaShim, a composite stabilization system for conductors. Successfully installed offshore, and with a growing order book from several North Sea operators, AquaShim becomes part of a suite of stabilization solutions with both topside and subsea applications.AquaTerra said that plans were already in place for further investment over the next two years to develop additional tooling innovations including cutting and subsea composite wrapping of conductors, caissons, and risers.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

COVID-19 not an opportunity for athletes to dope: WADA president

first_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On Instagram9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Banka says it should be a cause for concern that 10 percent of the Rio Olympics medallists came from countries without regular testing programmesBanka said the coronavirus pandemic would not deter WADA from its over-riding goal.“This is a new world for all of us,” he said.“WADA, though, will do everything to maintain the integrity and beautiful idea of clean sport.” “We issued guidelines for them that cover a number of areas that may be affected by COVID-19.” – ‘Cause for concern’ – Loading… The pandemic has forced Banka to put on hold several ideas he wants to implement, especially a bid to increase funding for the anti-doping fight. “I am pursuing the idea of a Solidarity Fund to serve regions like Africa, for example, where they have very limited anti-doping systems (there is just one accredited laboratory in South Africa),” he said. “We are still working on that, this is a very important issue.” He aims to encourage sponsors and corporate partners to back the fight against doping with hard cash. “The idea is to get them to contribute a minimum of their sponsorship investment in sport (to anti-doping efforts).” Such corporate involvement could go some way to resolving an age-old problem for WADA, and one Reedie frequently raised — that their budget is insufficient for the size of the task they face. “We are a strong organisation with powerful tools,” said Banka. “But taking into account our budget, $36-40 million a year, that is not in line with the expectations towards the organisation expressed by our stakeholders. We want, or rather have to, increase it. “That is why we are looking for some alternative sources of funding.” Banka said proudly that WADA “plays many roles” and achieves a lot even with the budget constraints but stresses that with extra funding “it could do a lot more”. “One aspect we would like to address is that at the 2016 Rio Games, 10 percent of the medallists came from countries who either have very weak anti-doping systems or none at all,” he said. “That is a cause for concern and one which we should have the capability to address. “That would be possible if sponsors were willing to contribute to the Solidarity Fund.” “Anti-doping is not as important as people’s lives,” he said.The former international 400 metres runner said he had been in regular contact with leading sports bodies including the International Olympic Committee and the National Anti-Doping Organizations to discuss the current situation. Banka wants more funding as he finds, like his predecessor Craig Reedie, the WADA budget is insufficient for what sporting bodies want them to do FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Athletes are fooling themselves if they think they can use the chaos caused globally by the coronavirus pandemic to cheat, World Anti-Doping Agency president Witold Banka has told AFP.The Pole said physical testing might be virtually at a standstill but WADA and national anti-doping agencies possessed other weapons they can deploy in the fight against doping.Athletes should not think the coronavirus pandemic and disruptions to testing give them an excuse to dope, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Witold Banka says Canada and Russia have gone public in saying they have suspended their testing programmes while the British anti-doping body has significantly reduced its testing. “COVID-19 is not a space for the athletes to cheat,” Banka said in a phone interview from his home in Poland. “They should not feel it is a time for cheating. Otherwise, the anti-doping agencies will use their weapons to catch them.” The 35-year-old former Polish sports minister, who only took up his post on January 1 after being elected to replace Craig Reedie, said he hoped it would not take long once the pandemic was over to return testing to its “full power”. In the meantime WADA would rely on other means to keep tabs on athletes. “Testing is not our only weapon and we have some strong ones,” Banka said. “There is the athlete biological passport, there is long-term analysis of samples, there is intelligence. “The biological passport is a useful tool for the profile of the athletes. “Also they are still obliged to tell us of their whereabouts even if we cannot go and test them.” Banka is mindful however that on a global basis, combating the coronavirus is the number one priority.last_img read more

Art show coming to Aurora

first_imgAurora, In. – Spring colors will be in full bloom starting this weekend as the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild kicks off its annual Spring Art Show in downtown Aurora.  The spring event will feature original artwork on display and for sale starting on Saturday evening and running through late April.The show will run from April 14 through 28 at the Art Guild Studios at 2nd and Main Streets in Aurora. Admission is free.last_img

Eibach awards renewed for six IMCA divisions

first_imgCORONA, Calif. – For an eighth consecutive year, a diverse group of drivers enjoy the rewards of Eibach Springs’ marketing partnership with IMCA.Champions in all five Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions, and in national Late Model, Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod point races each receive three springs from the Corona, Calif., manufacturer.Second-place finishers get two springs while each third-place finisher gets a single spring.No sign-up or product usage is required for drivers to be eligible for any Eibach awards, which will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.“Eibach Springs is proud to team up with IMCA again and release the constrictions previously placed on winning our product, “ said Eibach Motorsports Manager David Cardey. “We feel we have the top product in the industry and want to make sure everyone gets a shot at winning our product and feeling the difference in our springs that were made by American hands right here in California.”Information about Eibach products and services is available at the www.eibach.com website and on Facebook.“The sign-up requirement has been removed from the Eibach program this season to make more racers eligible and reward a great season regardless of their racing spring affiliation,” observed Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “Eibach is another one of our blue chip partners and we’re grateful for their support.”last_img read more

Q&A with former Syracuse great Derrick Coleman

first_imgOn Friday night, Syracuse University alumni and fans visited Park Bar in Atlanta to enjoy drinks, music and basketball. Derrick Coleman, arguably one of SU’s greatest basketball players, was in attendance — taking photos with bar-goers and conversing with former players. Amid groups of fans and cheers, Coleman was able to step away and speak about this year’s team’s advance to the Final Four and the weekend’s festivities.The Daily Orange: What are your thoughts on Syracuse making it to the Final Four?Derrick Coleman: “You know what? For me, Syracuse making it to the Final Four is like peaks and valleys. You know, we started off playing well early on in the beginning of the season, and as we got into the Big East conference, you know what? We lost two or three games, four games in a row and then you start to question yourself: Do you belong as being one of the top teams in the country? But I thought, during the Big East tournament, we really pulled it all together, we started playing well as a team. I mean our defense was very active, we were aggressive with the basketball on the offensive end of the court, and then, you know what? Once we got to the NCAA Tournament, I just thought it just carried over and that’s why we’re here today down here in Atlanta, Ga., for the Final Four.”The D.O.: Do you have any highlights of this weekend so far?D.C.: “I mean, look, I’m just hanging out with my people [cheers]. What you don’t understand is you know what? This is always the highlight of my life, hanging out with you guys because when I’m in school, I didn’t have a chance to do this, so that’s why you see me back in Syracuse as much as you do, at all the games and whatever because I just want to show everybody around to Syracuse fans I appreciated them when I was in school, so that’s why I come and do what I do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe D.O.: Do you think Syracuse can win it all?D.C.: “Yes, oh, without question.”The D.O.: Do you have anything else you want to say about this weekend?D.C.: “You know what? Hey guys, look, just enjoy the moment, that’s it. We gotta just take it all in and have fun and enjoy each other, connect with people that you ain’t seen in a while. But the main thing is, we’re going to go root our guys on. We can bring home a national championship.” Comments Published on April 6, 2013 at 10:10 am Contact Maddy: mjberner@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Syracuse fans, alumni gather at Atlanta restaurant to celebrate Orange’s Final Four appearanceSyracuse fans turn out to attend team’s open practiceGallery: Fans celebrate before the NCAA Tournament in Atlantalast_img read more

Beware! Jamaican PM announces zero tolerance approach to criminals

first_imgJamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, on Wednesday announced a zero-tolerance approach towards criminal offenders in a bid to collar the raging crime monster that has driven fear into the hearts of law-abiding citizens.Speaking during a hastily-called press conference at Jamaica House in Kingston following a special meeting of the country’s Cabinet, Holness said the main targets were those who committed crimes of domestic violence, sexual abuse and grooming of minors.His announcement came in the wake of a rise in vicious crimes against women and children in recent weeks.Insisting that the announcement was not a knee jerk reaction, Holness identified a deep cultural rot as the root cause of those particular crimes and warned that the coming crime measures will cause shift in the manner the country has operated.“The Government will be using existing laws, which include preventative detention in live and imminent situations of domestic violence, sexual abuse and grooming of minors to remove aggressors from the scene, thereby de-escalating the situation,” he said.He added that at an appropriate time he will be combining all the elements Government has been working on to tackle crime.A key pillar of the zero-tolerance approach, will see the police, in tandem with the Transport Authority, targeting illegal ‘robot’ (taxis as of Monday next week, and will remove dark tints from all public passenger vehicles.In the last 13 months the police have arrested and charged 1,442 persons for of crimes against women and children.The Jamaican government has promised a zero tolerance approach to domestic and sexual violence as well as grooming of minorsActing Police Commissioner Novelette Grant, also spoke at the press conference and revealed that 86 people had been nabbed for shooting, 67 for murder, 252 for rape, 280 for robbery, 202 for sexual offences/indecent assault, 237 for sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16, 169 for break-ins, while 54 were held for larceny.last_img read more

AFCON 2019: Serero, Veldwijk in Bafana Afcon squad, Erasmus misses out

first_img Source: SuperSport He has kept the bulk of his tried and tested defenders and midfielders while the strike force will be spearheaded by Percy Tau, Lebo Mothiba, Lars Veldwijk, Lebogang Maboe and Sibusiso Vilakazi.Baxter said he was pained to drop Makaringe, Motshwari and Erasmus a day before the squad flies out to Dubai on Monday to intensify their training but assured the three that their future in top flight football was bright.The Bafana Bafana coach added that Erasmus has shown great professionalism throughout the week but as Afcon rules would dictate, he can only take 23 players to Egypt.The coach also said he was leaving the country with lots of positive prospects especially with his strikers having shown a huge appetite for goals.In Dubai, Bafana Bafana will play against Ghana in an international friendly before heading to Egypt where they will play another friendly.Bafana Bafana are in Group D, together with Ivory Coast who they play in their opening Group game, Namibia and Morocco.SQUAD:Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits), Rowen Williams (SuperSport United), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs).Defenders: Daniel Cardoso, Ramahlwe Mphahlele (both Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo, Buhle Mkhwanazi, S’fiso Hlanti (all BidVest Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City).Midfielders: Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda, Themba Zwane (all Mamelodi Sundowns), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford, England), Thulani Serero (Vitesse, Netherlands), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates).Strikers: Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg, France), Percy Tau (Royal Union St Gilloise, Belgium), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Lebogang Maboe, Sibusiso Vilakazi (both Mamelodi Sundowns). Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter on Sunday named his final 23-man squad which many analysts say is a solid and balanced team.Baxter omitted Fortune Makaringe, Ben Motshwari and Kermit Erasmus among those who have been in camp throughout the week and have been training at Steyn City School in Fourways. Already missing from the week-long camp were Keagan Dolly (groin injury) and Rivaldo Coetzee who left to be with his ailing mother in the Northern Cape.Coach Baxter has retained most of the players that have been doing duty in the Afcon qualifiers with goalkeepers being Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams and Bruce Bvuma.last_img read more

Defending champion Naomi Osaka survives first round scare at US Open

first_imgDefending champion Naomi Osaka overcame a nervous start to scrape past Russian 20-year-old Anna Blinkova 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 in the US Open first round.Wimbledon champion Simona Halep was also taken to a third set by American Nicole Gibbs but won 6-3 3-6 6-2.And American 15-year-old Coco Gauff came from a set and a break down to beat Anastasia Potapova 3-6 6-2 6-4.Osaka was 4-1 down in the opening set before she won five games in a row to take the lead.In a second set riddled with errors, she saw off three sets points and held match point before losing a tie-break.The Japanese world number one, who made 50 unforced errors in the match, fought off three more break points in the decider and will now face Polish world number 53 Magda Linette in round two.Romanian Halep took a fairly comfortable first set against Gibbs, ranked 135th, but despite holding off six set points, was broken for a fourth time late in the second.But she cruised through the decider, breaking twice to ensure she avoided three successive first-round defeats in New York.The fourth seed will face world number 116 Taylor Townsend, another American, in the second round.Gauff, who stunned Venus Williams on her way to reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon this year, faces Hungarian doubles specialist Timea Babos next. Source: BBC Sport Tags: Naomi OsakaUS Open Simona Halep has been in three finals since last year’s US Open, winning two of them‘Never been this nervous in my life’Osaka, 21, announced herself to the tennis world when she won back-to-back Grand Slams in New York a year ago and Melbourne in January.That propelled her up the world rankings but Osaka said in June her French Open third-round exit was “probably the best thing that could have happened” because she was suffering headaches from the “stress” of being the top seed.She was then dumped out of Wimbledon in the first round before retiring with a knee injury in the quarter-finals at Cincinnati this month – the same knee was heavily strapped here at Flushing Meadows.“I don’t think I’ve ever been this nervous in my life,” Osaka told the crowd on Arthur Ashe court. “I came off really slow and never really found my rhythm. I fought as hard as I could and managed to win.“You want to do well after you did well last year. I didn’t smile much playing this match so hopefully I can change that in the next match. It’s kind of just a game so I have to remember that.”Osaka avoided becoming only the seventh player to lose in the opening round of a women’s singles title defence at a Grand Slam, while defeat would have cost her the number one ranking.‘I gave my family a heart attack’center_img Former world number one Garbine Muguruza also made a first-round exit from Wimbledon in July, losing in straight sets to Beatriz Haddad MaiaTwo-time finalist Caroline Wozniacki overcame an early lapse against China’s Wang Yafan to set up a second-round match against Australian Open semi-finalist Danielle Collins.A shock looked on the cards for the former number one when she went down 6-1 in the first set, but the Dane bounced back to take the next two sets 7-5 6-3.There was, however, a first-round exit for two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza, who lost 2-6 6-1 6-3 to Alison Riske.American Riske, ranked 11 places below the Spaniard at 36th, sealed her first win at Flushing Meadows since 2013 and will take on former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.“I remember not even that long ago, it was different. You had a difference between the top players and not top players,” said Muguruza, who has suffered three first-round defeats in New York.“Now, you feel like if you’re not 100% every day you play, you know all your opponents can play great. It’s much more equal.”Latvia’s Ostapenko overcame Serb Aleksandra Krunic 6-3 7-6 (7-9), while two-time Wimbledon champion and sixth seed Petra Kvitova beat fellow Czech Denisa Allertova 6-2 6-4.Elsewhere, the 2017 champion Sloane Stephens was beaten 6-3 6-4 by qualifier Anna Kalinskaya, with the Russian claiming her first career Grand Slam win.Former world number one Victoria Azarenka lost a Belarusian battle with Aryna Sabalenka.Number nine seed Sabalenka came back from a set down to reach the second round in three sets 3-6 6-3 6-4.Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic won 6-3 6-2 against Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella, while Dutch seventh seed Kiki Bertens defeated Spaniard Paula Badosa 6-4 6-2.Croatia’s 23rd seed Donna Vekic overcame Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.And Canadian 15th seed Bianca Andreescu is through with a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over American 17-year-old Katie Volynets. Coco Gauff was given a wildcard for the US Open following her impressive exploits at Wimbledon this summerTeenage sensation Gauff, playing singles in front of a home crowd at Flushing Meadows for the first time, carried on the momentum she built this summer by producing another thrilling comeback.She looked nervous in the opening set – hitting just three winners and 16 unforced errors – as the crowd were silenced by 18-year-old Potapova, who appeared to be in control when she broke again early in the second.But Gauff, who saved two match points in an astonishing victory over Slovenian Polona Hercog in the third round at Wimbledon last month, broke back three times and went on to win the decider.This latest victory comes in the same month she won her first WTA doubles title at the Washington Open alongside compatriot Catherine McNally, 17.“I wanted to win and I was trying to calm myself down. The crowd really helped me. I was almost out,” said Gauff, whose family celebrated deliriously in the box when Potapova’s forehand flew over the baseline to give the American victory.“I think I gave my family a heart attack, especially my mom. My dad looks a little bit tired over there too!”And Gauff showed her inexperience when a reporter informed her she did not have to play her second-round match until Thursday: “I’m so used to the juniors. I forgot about the day off thing in Grand Slams.”Muguruza out but Kvitova throughlast_img read more

Redskins didn’t reach out to QB Colin Kaepernick, report says

first_imgThe former 49ers quarterback hasn’t been signed to a team since he became a free agent in 2017. He currently has a collusion case against the league that alleges NFL teams purposefully worked against him being signed. When asked if the controversy with Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem had anything to do with the team not wanting to sign Kaepernick, Gruden said it was all business. Related News The Redskins signed journeyman quarterback Josh Johnson to backup Mark Sanchez, leaving many to wonder why the team wouldn’t sign Colin Kaepernick.Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the team “talked about and discussed” signing Kaepernick, but decided to “go in a different direction.” But ESPN, citing an unidentified league source, reported the Redskins never reached out to Kaepernick. In fact, the report stated that no NFL team has reached out about signing Kaepernick. Redskins QB Alex Smith not expected to be ready to start 2019 season, report says “Just football, strictly football,” Gruden said last week. “When you’re talking about a backup quarterback this late in the game you want someone with a similar skill set to the quarterback you have. Not that Colin can’t do some of the things we’ve talked about, but we want someone with a little more familiarity.”The Redskins lost quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to broken legs over the past few weeks. The team scrambled to sign Mark Sanchez, who currently is the team’s starter, and Josh Johnson.last_img read more