February 27, 2020, by Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support joint knowledge development in the field of naval ship design tools.The MOU was signed at the Kromhout barracks in Utrecht at the beginning of February. It is said to represent another step in the 100-year history of the strategic partnership between DMO and DSNS.Within the new agreement, it is now possible for the partners to exchange experiences, generic data, and design tools in order to arrive at a design solution faster and more effectively.The first example of this collaboration is the FIDES design tool, originally developed at DMO. This tool facilitates the early concept design process and uses historical data from comparable ships. This tool will be further developed with the help of the broad knowledge and data that can now be exchanged in the context of this MoU, according to Damen.“The possibilities presented by this MOU extend much further and DSNS is looking forward to investigating this together with DMO,” the shipbuilder added. navaltoday Authorities View post tag: Damen Dutch DMO, Damen Schelde ink MOU on naval ship design tools Back to overview,Home naval-today Dutch DMO, Damen Schelde ink MOU on naval ship design tools Share this article
Thank you very much Mr Deputy Speaker, and with permission, I would like to make a statement about coronavirus.Thanks to one of the greatest national efforts in peace time, this deadly virus continues to diminish.Yesterday’s figures show 530 new cases, down 90% since the peak.162 patients are currently in mechanical ventilator beds with coronavirus – down around 95% since the peak.The latest number of deaths recorded in all settings across the UK is 11 – the lowest figure since 13 March.And according to today’s ONS data, for the third consecutive week, total deaths are lower than normal for this time of year.Due to this substantial progress, we have been able to restore freedoms and carefully and methodically restore the fabric of this country.However, we cannot let our progress today lead to complacency tomorrow and so we must remain vigilant to keep this virus under control.Our strategy is to protect the NHS, get the virus down, and keep the virus down, while restoring as much of normal life as possible and our tactic is to replace national lockdown with ever more targeted local action as we work hard to defeat this virus once and for all.Our NHS Test and Trace system gets stronger all the time and since launch 6 weeks ago, 144,000 people have now been asked to self-isolate, who otherwise simply wouldn’t have known that they had to.Where we find clusters or outbreaks we take local action – tackling over 100 incidents a week. Mostly these are small, in an individual care home, or pub, or factory. But we are also prepared to take action on a wider basis if that’s what it takes, just as we did in Leicester.Four permanent test sites and 10 Mobile Testing Units have been deployed across the city, meaning that Leicester now has the highest rate of testing in the country.We have launched one of the biggest communications programmes that Leicester has ever seen – including targeted social media posts, website banners, radio ads, billboards and even bin stickers. And we have been working closely with all parts of the local community, including community leaders, local businesses, and the local football and cricket clubs, to get the message out.We’ve also established a process for making decisions to lift the lockdown, with the first decision point later this week.Mr Deputy Speaker, local action is one way in which we control the spread of the virus, while minimising the economic and social costs.Another is to minimise the risk as we return more to normality. In recent weeks, we have reopened retail and footfall is rising. We want to give people more confidence to shop safely, and enhance protections for those who work in shops.Both of these can be done by the use of face coverings. Sadly, sales assistants, cashiers and security guards have suffered disproportionately in this crisis.The death rate of sales and retail assistants is 75% higher among men, and 60% higher among women than in the general population. So as we restore shopping, so we must keep our shopkeepers safe.There is also evidence that face coverings increase confidence in people to shop.The British Retail Consortium has said that together with other social distancing measures, face coverings can make shoppers feel even more confident about returning to the high street. And the Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses has said that small firms know that mandatory face coverings have a part to play, and I quote, “in the nation’s recovery both physically and financially”… And that he is “sure this [measure] will be welcomed”.We have therefore come to the decision that face coverings should be mandatory in shops and supermarkets.Last month, we made face coverings mandatory on public transport and in NHS settings.This has been successful in giving people more confidence to go on public transport and to a hospital setting when they need to.Providing people with additional protection when they are not able to keep 2 metres from others, particularly people they do not normally come into contact with.Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100, in line with the sanction on public transport and just as with public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.The liability for wearing a face covering lies with the individual.Should an individual without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police if people refuse to comply, the police have the formal enforcement powers and can issue a fine.This is in line with how shops would normally manage their customers and enforcement is of course a last resort, and we fully expect the public to comply with the rules as they have done throughout the pandemic.I want to give this message to everyone who has been making vital changes to their daily lives, for the greater good.Wearing a face covering does not mean that we can ignore the other measures that have been so important in slowing the spread of this virus.Washing your hands. Following the rules on social distancing and just as the British people have acted so selflessly throughout this pandemic, I have no doubt they will rise to this once more.Mr Deputy Speaker, as a nation, we have made huge strides in getting this virus, which has brought grief to so many, under control.We are not out of the woods yet.So let’s all of us do our upmost to keep this virus cornered, and enjoy summer safely.And I commend this statement to the House.
After taking a break from Record Store Day in 2017, Phish will return to the fray with a vinyl release of their 1996 album Billy Breathes in celebration of this year’s event. Slated for release on Saturday, April 21st (aka Record Store Day 2018), the special edition of the band’s sixth studio full-length album will be available as 180g 2-LP vinyl set.Billy Breathes will be the latest Phish recording to get the vinyl treatment for Record Store Day. Past releases have included vinyl editions of Junta (2012), Lawn Boy (2013), New Year’s Eve 1995 Live at Madison Square Garden (2015), and Hoist (2016). Billy Breathes was recorded and mixed by John Siket and Steve Lillywhite at Bearsville Studios during the first half of 1996. Phish and Lillywhite produced the album, while Bob Ludwig handled the mastering. Originally released on CD and cassette via Elektra Records, Billy Breathes featured 13 tracks, including Phish’s highest-charting single, “Free” (the tune peaked at #11 of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and was certified Gold in 1999). The Record Store Day edition of Billy Breathes was created by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, who cut the lacquers from the digital audio tape flat master. Additionally, each LP includes an mp3 download of the album transferred from the vinyl. Only 7,500 these special edition Billy Breathes vinyl sets will be released as part of Record Store Day. Fans can check out the event’s website for more information on where they can acquire this forthcoming Phish collectible and a variety of other special releases.Billy Breathes Limited Edition 2-LP Vinyl tracklist:Side AFree (3:49)Character Zero (4:00)Waste (4:50)Taste (4:07)Side BCars Trucks Buses (2:25)Talk (3:09)Theme From The Bottom (6:22)Side CTrain Song (2:33)Bliss (2:03)Billy Breathes (5:31)Swept Away (1:16)Steep (1:37)Prince Caspian (5:19)
Harvard mathematics professor Jacob Lurie has been named one of five inaugural recipients of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics for outstanding achievement in his field. Honorees will each receive a trophy and $3 million prize at a ceremony this fall.Lurie’s achievements cited include: his work on the foundations of higher category theory and derived algebraic geometry; the classification of fully extended topological quantum field theories; and providing a moduli-theoretic interpretation of elliptic cohomology.The award, which was founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and entrepreneur and venture capitalist Yuri Milner, is the third and most recent Breakthrough Prize category, following physics and life sciences, which were first awarded last year. The award seeks both to honor the “world’s best mathematicians” and to “support their future endeavors.”“Mathematics is essential for driving human progress and innovation in this century. This year’s Breakthrough Prize winners have made huge contributions to the field, and we’re excited to celebrate their efforts,” Zuckerberg said in a prepared statement.Lurie is a 2000 graduate of Harvard College and received his doctorate in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004. He was an associate professor at MIT before being named a full professor in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2008 at the age of 31.In the future, only one prize for mathematics will be awarded per year. All of this year’s recipients have agreed to serve on the selection committee.
While Saint Mary’s students study abroad at Oxford University each year, the attraction between the two institutions expanded to the College hosting visiting friar Fr. David Goodill for a lecture about Ludwig Wittgenstein and metaphysics, which took place in Spes Unica Hall on Thursday. Goodill said conflicting interpretations of metaphysical concepts — and the role they play in refining an understanding of philosophy — can result in dissenting opinions.“Jurgen Habermas, the German critical theorist, argues that we are now living in a post-metaphysical age, whereas ancient medieval thinkers worked within the paradigm of object-directed truth,” Goodill said. “Comparisons have been made between Wittgenstein and the pragmatic tradition, which argue that Wittgenstein, in his later works, also emphasizes context and social practice in his account of meaning.”Examining the implications of Wittgenstein’s focus on humans and their social environment helps assess the extent to which metaphysics informed his thought processes, Goodill said.“Does Wittgenstein’s later stress on human social practices imply a rejection of the metaphysical tradition?” he said. “Or can we read Wittgenstein in a manner that places him in conversation with philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas?”Wittgenstein fulfilled one of the primary duties of a philosopher, Goodill said, because he portrayed complex beliefs — many of which supposedly represent a firm rejection of the metaphysical tradition — in an accessible manner.“He replaces the tendency to solve philosophical problems by the invasion of metaphysical objects, with a careful analysis of the conceptual distinctions made in ordinary language,” he said. “Red is posited to exist as an object. Attention to the actual use of the word we make when we say ‘red’ shows us how we use it in referring to things that are red.”Goodill said Wittgenstein’s linguistic prowess sparked debate over whether his words mirror or represent an independent reality. “Wittgenstein, in his later writings, came to see that the task of the philosopher is not to discover the ontological foundations of the world, but to show how our familiar world is given through the various uses we make of language,” he said. “For many philosophers working for a revival of metaphysics, Wittgenstein offers less refinement, and some strongly oppose him, arguing that he replaces contemplation of truth with a pragmatic account.”Differing, supported viewpoints emerge from a thorough examination of Wittgenstein’s work, Goodill said.“Yet there are others, such as his students, … who see Wittgenstein as sharing key aspects of the metaphysical tradition,” Goodill said. “William Desmond argues that Wittgenstein’s later emphasis on the plurality of our linguistic practices, together with his intention of teaching us differences, heralds something of a return to the metaphysical practices of Plato.”Many prominent thinkers, including Plato, have suggested the origins of metaphysics remain intrinsic to the development of truth, Goodill said. Certain fields of study, he said, rely more heavily on grounded understandings of philosophical principles.“The relationship between grammar and metaphysics is attested to the metaphysical tradition, and the traditional syllabus followed for philosophical and theological education involved the study of grammar in various related subjects, such as dialect and rhetoric,” Goodill said. “By examining how we express concepts such as existence and causation, philosophers are able to distinguish between grammatical inquiries and those empirical investigations which are carried out in particular sciences, such as zoology or botany.”Though scientific approaches can resolve some inquiries, certain questions require other forms of thoughtfulness if they are to be answered thoroughly, Goodill said. “Questions such as ‘Which is the fastest land animal?’ can be answered using the Greek methods of observation and measurement,” Goodill said. “Wittgenstein’s characterization of philosophy as conceptual investigation thus continues a long tradition of grammatical inquiry.”Goodill said metaphysics involves a broad study of all existence, rather than a more technical, detailed interpretation of certain subject matter.“Reflections upon the relationship between metaphysics and practice do not in themselves tell us what metaphysics is, but they do move us in the right direction,” he said. Scholars have accepted several related components as integral to the study and identity of metaphysics, Goodill said. “For his part, Aquinas follows Aristotle’s various descriptions of metaphysics,” he said. “First, there’s the study of being, secondly, as philosophy and thirdly as divine science and theology.”The association of metaphysics with theology has sparked controversy concerning philosophical integrity, Goodill said, for some suggest the two entities must interact while others perceive them as entirely separate.“In particular, describing metaphysics as theology has brought the charge that Aquinas substitutes a real living experience or encounter with the divine for a set of static categories and propositions,” he said. “When we’re thinking of theological concepts, we’re also thinking about the physical, as well. Some people see them as two separate spheres with almost no interaction between them.”Despite debates over the role of metaphysics, Goodill said, studying Wittgenstein’s works can provide individuals with a more comprehensive understanding of human behavior.“Throughout his works from early to late, Wittgenstein strove to show light on the questions of human nature and of its origins,” he said. “One … interpretation of Wittgenstein’s philosophical practice sees it as primarily a therapy to combat the restlessness produced by our attempts to solve … problems.”Tags: edna and george mcmahon aquinas chair in philosophy, human behavior, metaphysics, philosophy, wittgenstein
Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit & Vanessa Hudgens in ‘Grease: Live’ View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Grease: Live Wins 17 Million Viewers WorldwideGrease: Live proved to be the one everyone wanted! The telecast has delivered more than 17 million total viewers worldwide since it originally aired on January 31, starring your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit, Broadway alum Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough. 14.3 million viewers ended up tuning in on Fox, along with 1.7 million viewers on CTV Canada, 666,000 viewers on ITV2 UK and 590,000 viewers on Channel 9 in Australia. Grease is the word, indeed!Cast Set for West End’s The FatherAmanda Drew, Rebecca Charles, Brian Doherty, Daniel Flynn and Jade Williams will join the previously announced Kenneth Cranham in the West End return of Florian Zeller’s The Father. Directed by James Macdonald, the new translation by Christopher Hampton will play a limited engagement at the Duke of York’s Theatre from February 24 through March 26. Meanwhile, Frank Langella will headline the American premiere of The Father, helmed by Doug Hughes, this spring at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.Tatum & Gordon-Levitt’s Musical ComedyChanning Tatum (who can now tap thanks to Broadway’s best) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (A.K.A. the man who belongs on Broadway) are joining forces for a musical comedy, produced by Marc Platt (Wicked, Grease: Live) and more. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gordon-Levitt came up with the concept with Michael Bacall, who will pen the script for Universal. Bacall is no stranger to Tatum—they collaborated on the 21 Jump Street films. Apparently, the plot follows two pilots on a misadventure and with this talent attached, safe to say we’re keeping a close eye on the project!Rupert Everett Heading to New York StageRupert Everett is bound for Brooklyn’s boards. The stage and screen star will headline the North American premiere of David Hare’s The Judas Kiss first in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish Theatre this spring then at B.A.M, where it will run May 11 through June 12. Directed by Neil Armfield, The Judas Kiss provides an insight into Oscar Wilde’s (Everett) relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas.John Malkovich Will Direct in LondonJohn Malkovich is slated to make his London directorial stage debut this fall. The Oscar nominee will helm the English language premiere of Zach Helm’s Good Canary at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, which is set to play a limited engagement September 16 through October 8, opening on September 21. Additionally, Trevor Nunn (Cats, Les Miz) will return to the venue with Shakespeare’s King John; the classic will run May 13 through June 5, opening on May 18. The production marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and will be the penultimate play in Nunn’s undertaking to direct all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays. He’ll then pop over to New York to direct the Cats revival. And, just because it’s Friday, here’s the opening number from those fabulous felines followed by Betty Buckley’s “Memory” at the 1983 Tony Awards. Happy weekend!
The Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Corrections testified today before a Senate panel chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The hearing focused on state and local efforts to help inmates successfully and effectively reintegrate into their communities upon release.The Second Chance Act was first passed in 2008, and authorized federal grants for state and local governments and organizations to help provide literacy classes, job training, education programs, and substance abuse and rehabilitation programs for inmates. The act is also intended to promote safety and improve communities by ensuring that people will become productive members of society, rather than returning to a life of crime, when they are released from prison. The hearing Wednesday focused on the success of the grant programs authorized by the Second Chance Act.“The Second Chance Act helps to fund collaborations between state and local corrections agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, service providers, and families to ensure that offenders released into society have the resources and support they need to become contributing members of the community,” said Leahy. “The Vermont Department of Corrections and many others in Vermont have strongly supported this crucial piece of legislation, which gives me confidence that it is an important step in making our country safer.”Commissioner Andrew Pallito of the Vermont Department of Corrections testified at the hearing and discussed the successes of the Vermont Department of Corrections in transitioning offenders back into the community through increased citizen participation. The Department has maintained a strong mentoring program, matching offenders with a “Circle of Support and Accountability,” a group of individuals trained to help inmates reintegrate into the local community.“Over the past few years, my department has been engaging and educating communities throughout the state about the importance of solid release planning for all offenders, including those with very violent histories,” Pallito said at the hearing. “What differentiates Vermont’s response to reentry from traditional approaches across the country is the philosophical foundation of restorative justice principles and community involvement. By providing returning offenders with high measures of support and accountability, fostering meaningful, participatory community connections, and leveraging the informal social influence exercised by families and neighbors, we effectively compliment best correctional practices for a more successful reentry process for offenders.”Member statements and witness testimony from the hearing on “The Second Chance Act: Strengthening Safe and Effective Community Reentry” can be viewed online.# # # # #Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,“The Second Chance Act: Strengthening Safe And Effective Community Reentry”July 21, 2010Today, the Committee considers the important issue of how best to ensure that when people get out of prison, they become productive members of society, rather than returning to a life of crime. Many states are making great strides with innovative prisoner reentry programs, and we will hear about some of those efforts today. In 2008, we passed the Second Chance Act to give Federal, state and local governments additional tools to help inmates more successfully reintegrate into their communities upon release, and we will hear about the impact this important legislation is beginning to have nationwide. The Senate recognized the value of the Second Chance Act when, after a great deal of work and compromise, the bill was passed unanimously. Next year, the Act will need to be reauthorized, and I hope that we can again work with bipartisanship to extend these important programs. I was pleased to work with Senator Brownback, Senator Specter, and then-Senator Biden to pass the Second Chance Act, and I look forward to hearing about the good work that has come from it. I know Senator Cardin has a strong interest in this area. I would also thank Senator Whitehouse both for his leadership on prison reform and reentry and for helping with today’s hearing. In the past few decades, Congress and the states have passed several new criminal laws creating more and longer sentences for more and more crimes. As a result, this country sends more and more people to prison every year. There are currently more than two million people in jail or prison, and more than 13 million people spend some time in jail or prison each year. Most of these people will at some point return to our communities. What kind of experience inmates have in prison, how we prepare them to rejoin society, and how we integrate them into the broader community when they are released are issues that profoundly affect the communities in which we live. Even before we passed the Second Chance Act, Vermont and other states were implementing innovative programs to build safer and stronger communities by ensuring that people leaving prison receive the services that help them become productive members of society and keep them from committing additional crimes.The Second Chance Act builds on this important work by funding collaborations between state and local corrections agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, service providers, and families to ensure that offenders released into society have the resources and support they need to become contributing members of the community. The bill requires that the programs supported by these grants demonstrate measurable positive results, including a reduction in recidivism. It takes an important step toward the goal of reducing the nationwide recidivism rate of 66 percent and decreasing the annual nationwide $8.2 billion dollar cost of incarceration.The Vermont Department of Corrections and many others in Vermont have strongly supported this crucial piece of legislation, which gives me confidence that it is an important step in making our country safer. We are joined today by Commissioner Andrew Pallito from the Vermont Department of Corrections, who will share with us his experience with reentry programs in Vermont. I know that Commissioner Pallito has had great success developing reentry programs and educating the community about their importance, and I look forward to hearing more about his innovative and exciting work in Vermont.I am also pleased to welcome Le’Ann Duran from the National Reentry Resource Center, and Sol Rodriguez from OpenDoors in Rhode Island. We will hear her thoughts on how Second Chance Act support has strengthened safe and effective community reentry in Rhode Island and nationwide.As a former prosecutor, I believe strongly in securing tough and appropriate prison sentences for people who break our laws. But it is also important that we do everything we can to ensure that when these people get out of prison, they enter our communities as productive members of society, so we can start to reverse the dangerous cycles of recidivism and violence. The Second Chance Act helps break this cycle. Source: Leahy’s office. WASHINGTON (Wednesday, July 21, 2010) –# # # # #
Suburb Annual rent change % The average weekly rent in Teneriffe is $700, according to the REIQ. Picture: AAP/David Clark.Demand for two-bedroom units in Tingalpa was strong in the December quarter, with a $65 a week increase across the year to $365.On the flip side, the median rent for two-bedroom units in Manly dropped from $388 a week in December 2017 to $353 a week in December 2018.The vacancy rate in the Brisbane local government area increased from two per cent in September 2018, to 2.5 per cent in December 2018, with property managers expressing concerns about an oversupply of rental stock.But Ms Mercorella said it was a healthy result for investors in relation to returns, considering the vacancy measure softened. Houses in the Brisbane LGA reached gross rental yields of 3.3 per cent in December 2018, while units recorded a higher gross yield of 5.1 per cent, reflecting the increase in the weekly median rent and a gradual fall in unit prices.“We expect to see a gradual increase in median rents as the dynamics of rental supply and demand continue moving towards equilibrium,” Ms Mercorella said.“Tenants will still have a variety of rental options available, and many are exercising their right to negotiate on rent levels and potential incentives. “However, there are indications landlords who have high-quality stock — particularly in well serviced suburbs — are regaining negotiation power in the transaction.” 1. Ashgrove 28.5%2. Yeronga 14.6%3. Annerley/Fairfield 13.6%4. Gumdale/Wakerley 12.9% 5. Hemmant 11.4% (Source: REIQ, based on 12 mths to December 2018) Rents are on the rise in Brisbane after years of flat growth, according to the REIQ. Image: AAP/Darren England.RENTS are on the rise after years of flat growth in Brisbane, with new figures showing some suburbs have seen increases of more than $100 a week.The cost of leasing most homes in the city became $10 to $20 a week more expensive than it was at the start of 2018, with the median rent for a three-bedroom house rising 3.6 per cent to hit $435 a week, according to the latest report from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland.Rents for two-bedroom units rose even more — up five per cent to a median of $420 a week.The biggest jump in rent was recorded in the inner west suburb of Ashgrove, where it is now $122 a week more expensive to rent a three-bedroom house than it was this time last year. The median rent for a three-bedroom house in Brisbane rose 3.6 per cent to hit $435 a week in 2018. Photo: Paul Guy.The Cosgrove family has lived in Yeronga for the past 20 years and bought an investment property there in 2005.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoDarren Cosgrove said they leased their house for $460 a week, but had long-term tenants.Mr Cosgrove said he was not surprised rents had risen more than 14 per cent in the suburb in the past year.“There a lot of new builds here now, which would drive that price up — lots of townhouses and premium properties,” he said.New Farm and Teneriffe remain the most expensive rental options in the Brisbane local government area for three-bedroom houses, with the weekly median rent setting you back $700. The suburb of Ashgrove recorded the biggest jump in rents in the past 12 months, according to the REIQ. The median rent in the suburb is $550 per week, based on a sample size of 23 new bonds.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said residential rents across Brisbane had been flat for some time, but were finally starting to rise, which was good news for investors.Ms Mercorella said inner city properties were still generating flat returns, but some middle to outer suburbs, like Ashgrove, were outperforming.“It’s such a popular suburb with families because of the access to good schools and it’s so green and leafy,” she said.Other strong performers were the two clusters of Annerley/Yeronga and Gumdale/Ransome/Wakerley, where median rents rose $60 a week in each postcode group to come in at $500 and $525 a week, respectively.TOP SUBURBS FOR MEDIAN RENTAL GROWTH HOUSES IN BRISBANE LGA Rents are on the rise in Brisbane after years of flat growth, according to the REIQ. Image: AAP/Lukas Coch.The Gold Coast is the state’s most expensive rental market for three-bedroom houses and two-bedroom units. The annual median rental price to December 2018 for houses was $500 a week and $440 a week for units, both of which reflect a $10 a week gain over the year.The suburbs of Clear Island Waters and Tallebudgera Valley are the most expensive rental markets with annual medians of $850 and $795 a week, respectively.On the Sunshine Coast, the residential vacancy rate continued to tighten — hitting 1.8 per cent. According to the REIQ, tourism and strong interstate migration into Queensland is part of the reason why the region’s vacancy rates are sitting in the “more demand than supply” territory. Reflecting supply constraints, median weekly rents are increasing across the region. The median rent for a two-bedroom unit on the Sunshine Coast increased $15 a week over the year to be $370.In Noosa, the median weekly rent for a three-bedroom townhouse skyrocketed by $120 a week over the December quarter.
FINANCE APPROVAL AND COLOUR SELECTION A home by New Home Solutions during construction.“In the last few weeks, things are certainly starting to pick up for us. It’s about consumer confidence, and people are confident about growth and they’re prepared to build a new home instead of put up with their old one,” Mr Baxter said. “I think it’s a great time for people to build in Townsville, prices have never been lower. “The market’s been flat for a couple of years, and there’s plenty of reasons why it’s a good area to build in, including the recent election results.”Mr Baxter said building was a sure way for consumers to get everything they wanted in their ideal location without having to compromise on the finer details. 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 2020New Home Solutions clients Shannon Robards and Kiran Sharma completing the ‘slab wetting ceremony’ at handover.“You are going to get exactly what you want in a home, you’re not settling for things that other people have thought of design-wise — for example, seeing into bathrooms and toilets from the kitchen,” he said.“You can make sure everything is perfect for what you and your family are looking for.“Everything’s warranted so you have nothing to worry about in terms of maintenance and repairs.”Building can seem like a daunting task for those who haven’t been through the process before, so Mr Baxter has outlined the stages of building a new home and where to begin. CONSULTATIONThis is where you talk through your ideas, needs, and budget with a builder. If someone hasn’t got a block of land yet, it is recommended that they talk to a builder so they can find the perfect one; that way they don’t buy something and then realise they can’t build what they want there. Tradie saves his way to four investment properties by 22 MORE IN REAL ESTATE NEWS DESIGN The builder will then design a home or recommend a design based on the client’s needs and show them how that will work on the land before they buy it. We will then give them a ballpark price for it. There are some serious sales tactics out there that get people committed to more than what they can afford, so it’s important people know what to look out for, and that’s why we recommend they find a good builder. Once the client has decided what they want, they will go to the bank for finance approval and select the finer details of the home, including tile colours and other things like that. While they decide on that, the builder will do all the compliance, approvals, certifications and that sort of thing. THE BUILDThe build usually takes anywhere between four and six months, but it is obviously subject to the design, style and location of the build. The slab and site preparation comes first; we do a slab wetting ceremony with our clients where we shout drinks. After that comes the frame where the walls go up and the insulation and roof goes on. Then it’s time for windows and doors to go in and other details from there. Marketing and design manager at new home Glen Baxter says prices to build in Townsville are at their best.ELECTION results and the recent approval of the Adani Carmichael coal mine has Townsville residents feeling confident to put their money in the local property market.Builders are starting to reap the rewards, noting an increase in interest from consumers.New Home Solutions marketing and design manager Glen Baxter said prices to build in the area were at their best.READ MORE City set to receive $10 million windfall from new development
Underwater technology specialist Tritech has secured order to deliver subsea specialist Seatronics with suite of equipment.The deal between Tritech and Seatronics, an Acteon company, will see the supply of a range of multibeam imaging sonars, precision sensors and pumps for specialist subsea applications.Included in the equipment list is the 1000-meter depth rated Gemini 720is sonar.Allan Donaldson, sales engineer with Tritech, said: “The dependability of Tritech’s products together with the level of support provided, has resulted in an increase in the footprint of Gemini sonar products in the industry. We have seen strong sales this quarter and with continued investment in R&D, we are confident that that this trend will continue. Seatronics is a recognised expert in its field and the company’s continued investment in our technology demonstrates this point.”Scott Gray, UK general manager with Seatronics, added: “We are delighted to be increasing our investment in Tritech products with this addition of nine Gemini sonar units. Seatronics are devoted to investing in industry leading technology as a core value of our business with the Gemini sonar proven to be a key product in our ever-expanding rental portfolio.”