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Press release: National Trade Academy Programme launched to mark one year countdown to Brexit

first_img Since July 2016, the Department for International Trade has helped UK companies to start or grow their exports, securing thousands of deals and, in the last year alone, has created 64,000 new jobs and safeguarded a further 28,000 by attracting investment into the UK It hasn’t been easy. We’ve invested in our brands and protected our intellectual property overseas. But we’ve trusted our genuine clients enough to give them space to make great products with our ingredients and in return, we’ve earned their trust. Our formula is simple: great products, great service and eyes in the back of our heads! And that’s where the services of DIT have added tremendous value – they’ve helped us to focus; they’ve challenged us to get out of the office and shake hands with business owners who very much feel Britain is great. It’s always a team effort. Today’s Board of Trade meeting takes place against a backdrop of growing exports in all regions of the UK. Latest ONS figures show the export of British goods and services rose by 11.5% to £625.9 billion in the year to January 2018.Notes to editorsThe Department for International Trade (DIT) secures UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade. We are an international economic department, responsible for: For a firm like ours, DIT has proven itself to be a truly effective partner. Helping to establish contacts. Building a strong investment narrative. Clearing trade barriers and working alongside industry to secure the overseas investment that has helped create new jobs, development and regeneration in the North and elsewhere. The Department of International Trade has played a huge part in our export journey, from the day we got involved with them we have seen continual growth. Winning this award is recognition for all of the hard work that the team here at Blue Kangaroo Design puts in on a daily basis. International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox launches the National Trade Academy Programme to help more businesses export ‘BOFTAS’, Board of Trade Awards, also launched in Preston today, celebrating the success of top performing companies of all sizes from across the UK Inspiring and educating the next generation of British exporters is equally important, and our new National Trade Academy Programme will help secure jobs, growth and prosperity for the future, and help make the UK a global trading nation once again. North East England – Blue Kangaroo DesignGateshead-based creative agency Blue Kangaroo has been in business for 11 years. The company has a team of 13 who work with some of the biggest names in the toy, entertainment and licensing industry, including the likes of Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Hasbro and The Walt Disney Company.The team is comprised of strategic, creative thinkers, designers and illustrators who produce standout creative for clients across EMEA, North America and APAC.The company has been exporting for the past 5 years, over which time the company has seen huge growth with over 70% of its services being exported. This coming year the company is expecting to see significant growth within Asia.The company has been working with the Department for International Trade for a number of years, completing the Passport to Export programme shortly afterwards and benefiting from market visit support as well. Since then, the company’s Managing Director Jason Knights has become a keen advocate for exporting and recently attended an Northern Powerhouse starter mission visit to Copenhagen in March 2017 as a mentor.Managing Director Jason Knights offers encouragement to new exporters saying: Don’t be afraid to try exporting – you will be surprised to see how receptive the world is to working with UK businesses. Read more information on the Board of Trade Awards Contact the DIT Media Team on 020 7215 2000 or email [email protected] Follow us: @tradegovuk and gov.uk/dit As the UK’s international economic department, DIT is creating the global appetite for British goods and services, and attracting record investment into the UK. Today we are celebrating those companies who have demonstrated exceptional innovation, generating prosperity for their local communities. International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox will launch the National Trade Academy Programme and Board of Trade Awards at the second meeting of the revamped Board of Trade in Preston today (Thursday 29 March).The National Trade Academy Programme will offer a variety of new learning opportunities to upskill and engage students, businesses and academics. Building international trade and investment related skills and knowledge across the UK, the programme will help foster a culture of exporting through a broad range of initiatives. This will include training and events in all parts of the country, such as a prestigious International Trade Summer School – run in partnership with the City of London – helping our future exporters turn their ideas and ambitions into Britain’s global exports.Dr Fox will also recognise companies which have shown exceptional performance in international trade through the new Board of Trade Awards. A hallmark of British quality, these awards will become a globally-recognised certificate of excellence, shown on product labels of successful businesses of every size and from every corner of the UK.Four Board of Trade Awards winners will be announced today: engineering group Arup (North West), The Anglesey Sea Salt Company – Halen Môn (North Wales), bird feed and fish bait producers John E Haith (Haith’s) (Yorkshire and the Humber) and Blue Kangaroo Design, a Gateshead-based creative agency which has worked with the biggest names in the toy, entertainment and licensing industry including the likes of Universal Studios, Hasbro and the Walt Disney Company (North East).All winners of the award must be headquartered and registered in the UK and have demonstrated outstanding contribution to international trade and investment.The UK’s trading performance continues to improve.Since its creation following the EU referendum, the Department for International Trade (DIT) has helped thousands of UK companies to start or grow their exports. Last year alone, DIT helped British businesses secure nearly 10,000 deals, worth tens of billions of pounds in exports and attracted 1,859 investment projects – creating 64,000 new jobs and safeguarding a further 28,000, while planning the UK’s future trade policy.Speaking ahead of the Board of Trade meeting in Preston, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: Yorkshire and the Humber – John E Haith (Haith’s)John E Haith, based in Grimsby, was founded in 1937 and produce animal feed. Not only do they supply many of the UK’s most successful bird-keepers and bird-breeders they export SUPERCLEAN™ bird foods across the globe.The company has recently reported 3 export wins for exporting carp fishing bait to Germany, Romania and France. If like me you were thinking, what does bird feed have to do with fishing? During the 1960s, when modern boiled baits were being developed in the UK, the first specialised carp fishing bait base mixes were formed using Haith’s bird food ingredients intended for feeding to cage and aviary Birds. These ultimately came to be known as “bird food baits” and – though time has passed -they remain one of the most popular carp fishing baits in current use across the EU.DIT have a long-standing relationship with this company, and have been working together since 2012 – from Export Communication Review, Passport to Export we have offered advice and support on how to export and continue helping them to grow their exports.Simon King Associate Director at Haith’s: bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed delivering a new trade policy framework for the UK as we leave the EU promoting British trade and investment across the world building the global appetite for British goods and services When I think of the dynamic businesses operating within Yorkshire and the Humber, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed and proud for Haith’s to be the only exporter in the region recognised with a Board of Trade Award for 2018. So, why us? All I can add is that we take exporting/international trade seriously, and every member of the Haith’s team goes out of their way to ‘wow’ our overseas clients. Exporting is a key part of the Blue Kangaroo business plan and is fundamental to the growth of our company. We recognised the vast opportunity abroad and now sell more than 70% of our services overseas. North Wales – The Anglesey Sea Salt Company, Halen MônSituated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Halen Môn, the Anglesey Sea Salt Company has been making sea salt since 1997, and exporting its products since 2001 when the company joined forces with an American distributor.Today, Halen Môn’s sea salt is enjoyed across the world. It has been served at the London 2012 Olympics, a Royal Wedding and is a vital ingredient in Green & Blacks Chocolate and Piper’s Crisps. The company continues to build their international reputation and currently exports to more than 15 countries.In 2015, the company opened a new visitor centre that offers guided tours, tasting sessions and unique insights into how their sea salt is produced. The centre is part of a new salt-cote that the company has built with support from the Welsh Government, the AONB Sustainability Fund, the Lottery Coastal Communities Fund, the Fisheries Local Action Group, and HSBC. The company has also created more than 20 jobs in the local area and supports many more through their ‘local business preferred’ policy of using local suppliers.The Department for International Trade has assisted the company with export and labelling regulations and helped organise meetings with potential customers in overseas markets. The company also relied on Welsh and UK government support to apply for, and successfully obtain, Protected Designation of Origin status in 2014, which supports the company’s exporting strategy.For further information About the National Trade Academy ProgrammeThe National Trade Academy Programme will offer a range of initiatives that seek to engender a culture of exporting and ensure that we are constantly striving to become a nation of confident exporters and international trade experts with a solid understanding of the importance of international trade and investment.In order to achieve this we need to ensure that we continually identify ways to furnish businesses and individuals with the skills and knowledge they require to become proficient exporters, and that there are worthwhile development opportunities available.The Board of Trade National Trade Academy Programme will offer a variety of upskilling and thought leadership opportunities for students, businesses and academics. It will build international trade and investment related skills and knowledge across the UK and help foster a culture of exporting through a broad range of initiatives. It will include training and events such as an International Trade Summer School to help students and entrepreneurs turn their ideas and ambitions into Britain’s global exports. The initiatives will be run by the Department for International Trade as well as partners organisations.About the 4 Board of Trade Awards winners announced todayNorth West England – Arup Group LimitedARUP is an independent firm of designers, planners and engineers, consultants and technical specialists, seeking opportunities in four broad markets – cities, transport, energy and water. It has more than 13,000 employees across the globe with permanent offices in 35 countries worldwide. Many of the world’s most iconic sports stadia are Arup projects – such as Beijing’s Water Cube, the Singapore Sports Hub and London Aquatics Centre.During the UK Prime Minister and Secretary of State for International Trade’s recent visit to China, ARUP signed 2 deals with Chinese partners to explore project opportunities along the Belt and Road. The Belt and Road Initiative is being championed by the Chinese Government to promote connectively between China, the rest of Asia and through to Europe. The MoUs (Memoranda of Understanding) with COVEC (China Overseas Engineering Group Co. Ltd) and STEC (Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co. Ltd) will help unlock business opportunities to support the development of critical infrastructure along the routes.The deals were signed by Arup Chairman, Gregory Hodkinson, and Arup’s East Asia Chairman, Michael Kwok, in the presence of the UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox.On receiving the Board of Trade Award, Paul Grover, Associate Director at Arup, said:“It is tremendous that some of the many, many thousands of people who work tirelessly to put our skills and expertise on the global map are getting the recognition they deserve. Promoting and delivering trade and investment across the whole of the UK is at the heart of our entrepreneurial tradition as a major global player in global markets.last_img read more

News story: Veterinary Medicines Pharmacovigilance Annual Review 2016: Summary

first_imgA Veterinary Medicines Pharmacovigilance Annual Review 2016: Summary (PDF, 262KB, 6 pages) of the key results from the Veterinary Medicines Pharmacovigilance Annual Review 2016.The annual review summarises the 6559 UK adverse events in animals, humans and the environment after use of veterinary medicines and other products reported to VMD in 2016.Full reviewlast_img

Republicans, Democrats compete for Senate majority

first_imgThirty-three seats are up for grabs in the United States Senate during this election, but Notre Dame professors are still not convinced the Republican challenge to the Democratic majority will be enough to earn GOP dominance in tight races around the country. The Democratic majority in the current Senate is slim, with just 51 seats to the Republican’s 47. Political science professor Geoffrey Layman predicted the fight for the Senate majority would be closer than originally anticipated this year. “I do expect the Republicans to challenge the Democratic majority, but I think it will be very close,” Layman said. “I think six months or a year ago, there was sort of an expectation that the Republicans would almost certainly gain the majority because of the big seat gains in 2010 in the House, less so in the Senate.” Compared to 2010, when Republican candidates – especially those from the Tea Party – enjoyed sweeping success in the House of Representatives, Layman said 2012 is more favorable for the Democratic Party. In the past two years, the nation has seen slow improvements in the economy and a more positive national attitude toward the Affordable Care Act than when it was first proposed. “I think it is certainly a better year than 2010, which was an awful year for Democrats,” he said. However, more of the seats up for reelection have traditionally been held by Democrats and, with only a few states to swing for a Senate majority, the GOP has been fighting hard in election season. Twenty-three Democratic seats are on the ballot, as opposed to 10 Republican. Layman cited Missouri, Virginia and Florida as examples of states where Democrats are trying to cling to a Senate seat despite tough opposition from Republican candidates. Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida are both Democratic incumbents trying to keep their jobs, while the Virginia seat is open to new challengers from both parties after the retirement of incumbent Sen. Jim Webb. “A lot of those seats that the Democrats have to defend, a fair number of them are in red states or at least states where the Republicans are very competitive,” Layman said. Political science professor Peri Arnold also pointed to close races in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Even Indiana, traditionally a Republican state, has become a more spirited battle this year. “The fact that Indiana is contentious is a signal that the Republicans are doing less well than they expected to do originally,” Arnold said. As they make their decisions, voters’ concerns in the Senate races mirror the most important issues in the presidential race, Arnold said. “They’re worried about the economy and economic growth and jobs … so that’s a major pitch, saying, ‘Vote for me, I’ll contribute to a better economy,’” he said. “It isn’t like elections are rifle shots, one issue, one concern. But certainly the economy creates a climate.” Layman also said the economy was the most important issue for voters in 2012. However, he said some states have seen other significant conversations come up in debate. “The feasibility of national health care and sort of the size and role of the federal government have been the big issues,” he said. “Then in a couple of key races like Missouri and Indiana, abortion has unexpectedly reared its ugly head.”last_img read more

Playgrounds Reopen In Jamestown Following COVID-19 Shutdown

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Dow Park, City of Jamestown. Image by WNY News Now Staff. 03/31/20.JAMESTOWN — Playground facilities in the City of Jamestown have reopened following a nearly three-month shutdown.Officials say that Park Department staff will be sanitizing playground equipment daily to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.However, officials say public restrooms at parks will remain closed.Park playgrounds were closed in March in an attempt to stop the spread of Coronavirus. City Hall has also reopened and now all offices are accepting permits, applications and payments.The public is still encouraged to continue to use payment drop boxes and other methods of payment to reduce physical contact.City officials ask everyone coming into City Hall to where a mask and practice social distancing.last_img read more

A Civil Duty, A Shared Responsibility

first_img In Peñalolén, Chile, the community began with three neighborhood watch committees aligned with local government agencies in 2005. Today, the number of committees has grown to 166 for a community of 216,000. Norma Maray, manager of the Citizen Security Unit for Peñalolén, told Diálogo the growth in community groups has helped cut the rate of victimization by nearly half in five years. That means fewer home invasions, muggings and other criminal acts in the community. The municipality aims to underscore the idea that citizen security is both a right and a civil duty, according to Maray. It is the idea of a shared responsibility among the citizens and the state, with the state providing the needed support for citizens to organize. The citizen groups meet with local officials and police to create action plans; the municipality then conducts training and provides equipment and technology. The plans contain elements of crime prevention ranging from youth programs and community alarms to ensuring areas in a neighborhood are well lit and surveillance cameras are set up as crime deterrents. As citizens take back their neighborhoods, they are more inclined to interact with one another in shared community areas, as opposed to seeking shelter within their homes and keeping to themselves. The increase in communication helps promote vigilance as social networks form. Maray said the result is not that the community members take justice into their own hands, but that they deter criminals. Community groups in Chile and Guatemala primarily work with the police by providing information about their surroundings. “Citizens are not going to go out and capture criminals, [citizens] are not patrolling,” explained González. The groups achieve three goals: They create an interconnected society, provide an extension of police resources by reporting on matters of security, and serve as a system of checks and balances for police actions or follow up on the information provided. “The citizen becomes, in some way, supportive of police actions. And in addition, becomes a type of comptroller of the actions taken [by police],” said González. As criminal activities threaten the region’s security, citizens in Guatemala, Chile and the Dominican Republic are rising to meet the challenge. Tougher action by security forces has helped some, but simple community-driven vigilance and communication is also helping to reduce crime. Thousands of neighborhood citizen watch groups are forming across the region, working hand in hand with their local governments to bring security back to communities. “On the topic of security, everyone from the president of the nation to the child in the community must be included. It is not only a topic for the police forces,” said former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe during an August 2011 conference in El Salvador about the role of mayors in public safety. The former president and local mayors discussed sustainable plans for security, including a security tax, a measure that proved successful in Colombia. By Dialogo January 01, 2012center_img Recognizing that citizens’ perceptions of the state are largely based on interactions with the police, the Dominican Republic’s National Police trains its officers to become community leaders. A Colombian police officer delivered the initial training, funded by the U.S. Embassy, according to Colonel Teresa Martínez, commander of the Dominican Republic’s National Police. “The training showed us how to empower the communities and it taught us to see ourselves as agents of security,” Col. Martínez explained to Diálogo. The training provided guidance to enhance interactions between police and citizens, ultimately seeking to eliminate the lack of trust in the state. “We don’t want citizens doing the work of the police, but rather, given the lack of human and other resources, that citizens simply commit themselves to the topic of security and to support their authorities,” said Col. Martínez. Experts like González and Maray, who gathered at a community security seminar organized by the Institute of the Americas in June 2011, agree that the effort to overcome crime is gaining momentum and bolstering citizens’ confidence in the state. Experts in attendance at the seminar underscored that even though the threats to citizen security vary from Guatemala to Chile, communities are most engaged when citizens trust the state. Community engagement is a powerful factor that boosts the work of security forces and supports democracy. “Trust is gained in the sense of the interactions had, the attention [given], and the approach that the police has with the population,” added Col. Martínez. Sources: www.elsalvador.com, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Latin American citizens are faced with myriad sources of violence from drug cartels, gangs, narcotraffickers, insurgent groups and opportunistic criminals. Although figures from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 2011 report show global homicide rates are stable or decreasing for most of the world, Central America’s homicide rate is on the rise: The total number of homicides in the Americas ranks No. 2 in the world, second only to Africa. The approach of turning to community groups is not a new one, but it has gained increased attention as a low-cost alternative employed to address crime. Donaldo González, spokesman for the Guatemalan National Civil Police, told Diálogo that the police have worked with community groups for several years. About 700 citizen community security groups have formed in that time thanks to assistance from the National Civil Police prevention unit. Their impact has been to leave citizens feeling more secure and supportive of democratic institutions, as opposed to calling for a return to military control. Community Bonds last_img read more

Muttontown Man Pleads Guilty to Dumping Toxic Chemicals

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Muttontown man will avoid jail time after admitting to illegally dumping toxic chemicals into the ground at his Glen Cove salvage yard near a waterway that feeds the Long Island Sound.John Doxey pleaded guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to endangering public health, safety or the environment.Prosecutors said the 45-year-old man illegally released toxic automotive fluids into the ground of his salvage yard on Park Place, just south of the Glen Cove waterway.New York State law requires that fluids like gasoline, motor oil and transmission fluid be drained and property stored for disposal before disassembling vehicles.Doxey was arrested in May 2012 following a joint investigation by Glen Cove city police, Nassau County police, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and county prosecutors.Judge Francis Ricigliano sentenced Doxey to a conditional discharge with an agreement that he will finish the clean-up of the property under the supervision of the DEC. He has already spent $25,000 on the clean-up.last_img read more

What do your branches say about your credit union?

first_imgYou may have already noticed the trend around town with popular fast food restaurants investing a lot of time and money updating their interior and exterior looks. KFC, Arby’s and Taco Bell are the latest.And for good reason. Consumers, especially Millennials, give increasing importance towards the design, cleanliness and overall visual experience of restaurants and fast food joints don’t get a pass. Led by innovations in “fast casual” dining (such as Chipotle and Panera Bread), the trickle-down effect is forcing many older and established fast food locations to up the ante when it comes to design and appeal.A similar scenario exists for many credit unions. For example, look at the typical credit union branch facility built sometime in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s. What looked good then (retro cool aside) probably doesn’t align with consumer visual appetites now. And the advancing pace of technology alone (think flatscreen televisions, computer monitors and Wi-Fi access) necessitates many credit unions considering updating their looks.What do your branches say about your credit union? Plenty, as it turns out. Your physical branches (along with your digital presence) are flagship statements about your brand. Often, before they even have a chance to interact with your staff, consumers will pass judgment on your credit union (and its worthiness of their time and trust) simply by the way your facilities appear.The trend now definitely favors a break from the traditional brick-and-mortar “bank look” of the 20th century in favor of a radical 21st-century redesign. Modern credit union branches feature a much more retail-friendly look and open floor space, often eschewing the typical teller line and barrier desks with pods (such as Heart of Louisiana CU) or wall-free workstations. Similarly, walls once covered with static artwork are now often replete with flatscreen television monitors and digital banners. Other new concepts include the BBVA Compass “microbranch” and DuPont Community Credit Union’s open floor plan. A terrific example of a credit union employing high-tech and incorporating the surrounding community’s look and feel is found at the Beeville Branch of NavyArmy CCU.While conducting marketing audits for credit unions, we make special note of the physical appearance and appeal (both interior and exterior). While the interaction and degree of consumer engagement experienced with staff inside is certainly vital to the overall member satisfaction experience, one cannot negate the importance of ambient qualities such as landscaping, design and cleanliness.When fast food giants take notice of a rising consumer trend, it makes sense for credit unions to listen. After all, credit unions are just as much in the retail business as any fast food restaurant. Instead of fried chicken, loose meat sandwiches and tacos, we just happen to sell financial products and services.Make no mistake about it — the physical appearance and overall quality of your branches matters and says a great deal about your brand and culture. 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Detailslast_img read more

Palmer quits Grimley

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Broadbeach Waters award-winning house has see-through facade, indoor tree

first_imgThe trendy kitchen. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 It’s hard to tell whether you’re inside or out. Owners James and Lauren Davidson built the house three years ago after enlisting Brisbane-based James Russell Architect. “His biggest thing is connection from outdoor to indoor spaces and making that as seamless as possible,” Mr Davidson said. “The house is broken down into different sections, some are very enclosed and sheltered but the main living areas are open to the elements — like having an outdoor area inside.” MORE NEWS: Rural dump sells just shy of $1 millionMORE NEWS: Sweet deal penned for Salt Beach holiday home More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The facade features a design similar to breezeblocks, which were hip in the 1950s and ’60s, where bricks are laid on their side to show their weepholes and allow for natural light and air to flow through. “It’s a standard brick unit but it’s turned on its edge so you see through it,” he said. “It’s like a breezeblock but more hard-wearing, it doesn’t need to be painted or treated.” It has a $1.25 million price tag. Upon entering, large pebble-shaped stones lead past a stunning 25-year-old crepe myrtle tree, which stands tall within the central atrium and connects the home’s two levels. Large expanses of glass, polished concrete and spotted gum timber flooring, a saltwater pool and a beach within walking distance are just some of the highlights.Mr Davidson said his favourite room would be the upstairs sunroom.“I love sitting there and having a coffee in the morning, looking out to the skyline and into the courtyard with the tree,” he said. “In winter it loses most of its leaves and lets light in and in summer when it’s hot it provides shade.“It’s a really lovely house to live in, you need to spend some time in it to appreciate why it is the way it is.”The four-bedroom home at 31 Naranga Ave, Broadbeach Waters, is on the market with a $1.25 million price tag. Mr Davidson said the family were selling to buy acreage closer to their two children’s school. Brisbane-based James Russell Architect designed the home. There’s nothing standard about the house. 31 Naranga Ave, Broadbeach Waters, has hit the market. It’s definitely not your standard brick house – especially because its see-through facade will make you question whether you’re inside or out. The award-winning design of this Broadbeach Waters home makes it a standout property.last_img read more

West Sacramento Kicks Off Southport Levee Scheme

first_imgCongresswoman Doris Matsui and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, along with flood protection partners, broke ground on the Southport Levee Improvement Project yesterday. The Southport Levee Improvement Project is West Sacramento’s largest levee project to date. It will improve nearly six miles of vulnerable levee along the Sacramento River in Southport. It is one of four significant West Sacramento levee projects initiated in the past ten years, the city said.“The Southport project represents the first levee improvement initiative to meet both federal and state requirements in the post Katrina era,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.“The levee will provide a 200-year level of protection consistent with the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. This benefits not only the citizens and businesses of West Sacramento, but also provides significant habitat and recreational opportunities for the entire region.”The $170 million Southport project is the first step in addressing the remaining levee deficiencies in West Sacramento, the release said.Project partners including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Central Valley Flood Protection Board and California Department of Water Resources spoke about the significance of the Southport Project and the benefits contained in the federal WRDA bill.last_img read more

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