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Burlington’s Miller Center gets $166,000 grant

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first_imgRep. Peter Welch announced a $166,000 federal grant for the Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center Monday at a Burlington press conference with Mayor Bob Kiss.The grant secured by Welch will support Burlington s transformation of the Gosse Court Armory into a multi-use community center with a gym, a community room, a teen center and other public space. The $1.2 million project also received funding from the City of Burlington, private donors and developer Robert Miller.Managed by the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department, the Center coordinates programs and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Since its opening in January, the Miller Center has attracted roughly 6,600 visits by residents each month. The creation of the Miller Center was in every way a community effort. Since 2005, the people of Burlington, city officials, private donors and Bobby Miller himself have teamed up to turn this dream into a reality, Welch said. I am pleased to make this community resource available for North End residents and others to enjoy for years to come.Welch was joined at the announcement by Mayor Kiss, Parks and Recreation Director Wayne Goss and Parks Commission member John Ewing. The transformation of the Gosse Court Armory into a community center is a significant event for Burlington s North End and the city as a whole, said Mayor Kiss. Congressman Welch s persistent support for this project and his securing of federal funding for its completion have been very important to the project s success. On behalf of the city and people of Burlington, I d like to thank the Congressman for all his efforts to make this project a reality.last_img read more

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UVM’s Hood becomes president of American College of Physicians

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first_imgVirginia L Hood, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., F.R.A.C.P., F.A.C.P., professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, has been elected 2011-2012 president of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. UVM medical alumnus David Bronson, M.D.’73, F.A.C.P., president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, has been named president-elect. Their terms began during Internal Medicine 2011, ACP’s annual scientific meeting, held April 7 to 9, 2011 in San Diego, Calif.Hood has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) — an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine — since 1991. She served as ACP governor for the Vermont chapter from 1991 to 1994 and in 2003, was named a laureate of the Vermont chapter. These awards honor local fellows or masters of ACP who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research, or who have provided service to their community, chapter and ACP.Hood was elected to the ACP Board of Regents in 2005 and re-elected in 2008. She served as the 2008-2010 chair of the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee. Hood has also served as chair of the ACP International Subcommittee, now the International Council, and the Awards Committee. She served as a member of the Scientific Program Committee and is an ex-officio member of the ACP Membership Committee.Board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Hood earned a medical degree from the University of Sydney and completed a residency at Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Australia. She completed two years of fellowship training in nephrology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and her third year of fellowship training at the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (now Fletcher Allen Health Care). In 1993, she received a master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.A resident of Burlington, Hood is an attending physician and chair of the Residents’ Research and Scholarly Activity Committee at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She is also a consulting physician for Central Vermont Medical Center. In addition to her involvement with ACP, Hood has served in an advisory capacity to the State of Vermont’s health care programs as a member of the Drug Utilization Review Board in the Office of Vermont Health Care Access (Medicaid). She also served as a member of the Diabetes Surveillance Committee, Healthy Vermonters 2010 Heart Disease Workgroup and Ladies First Program for the Vermont Department of Health. Hood contributed to developing and updating the guidelines for Management of Diabetes for the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care.Bronson, who leads Cleveland Clinic’s nine community hospitals in northeast Ohio, is a member of the Board of Regents of the ACP. A professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, he has served on Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and the Executive Management Team. Bronson is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission and is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 1992 and led the Clinic’s multi-site regional practices, including operations in Canada, from 1995 to 2008. After receiving his medical degree from UVM, Bronson completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin and the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, where he was chief resident.The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 130,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults.###last_img read more

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Target Breach Impacted 70 Million Customers

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Target store on Black Friday (Photo: Target)Target revealed Friday that the number of people affected by a massive data breach during last year’s holiday shopping season is nearly double the original estimate, and that additional personal information other than credit or debit card accounts have been stolen.The big box retailer, one of the largest in the country, said its ongoing forensic investigation discovered that hackers stole personal information for up to 70 million individuals in a scheme that was broader than originally indicated.Intruders were able to obtain customers’ names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses, along with credit/debit card information, which was already revealed by Target last month.The retailer noted in a message on its website that “this is not a new breach,” but was uncovered during its investigation, which also includes law enforcement authorities.Much of the data is partial in nature, Target said, adding that the company will attempt to contact customers impacted by the breach of its internal payment systems. The correspondence from Target will include tips to guard against consumer scams.Target Chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel acknowledged that the breach is “frustrating” for customers.“We are truly sorry they are enduring this,” Steinhafel said. “I also want our guests to know that understanding and sharing the facts related to this incident is important to me and the entire Target team.”New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office is involved in a national investigation into the breach, called the updated number of 70 million victims “deeply troubling.”“Consumers in New York and around the country expect and deserve companies that protect their personal information when they shop on their websites and in their stores,” he said in a statement.Affected shoppers have no liability and Target will offer one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to everyone who shopped in its U.S. stores, the company said. Customers have three months to enroll in the program.The breach occurred during the busiest time of the year for retailers. Hackers accessed Target’s systems between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The company made shoppers aware only after news of the hack leaked on the web.Long Island is home to 14 Target stores, four in Nassau County—Hicksville, Levittwon, Valley Stream, Westbury—and 10 in Suffolk—Bay Shore, Central Islip, two in Commack, Copiague, Farmingdale, Huntington Station, Medford, Riverhead, South Setauket.Target said it will provide another update next week.last_img read more

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Long Island Farmers’ Markets Summer 2014

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The summer is upon us, dear Long Islanders, and that means—yep, you guessed it—Farmers’ Markets are back! This list will be updated as new confirmations roll in.Amityville: 9/11 Memorial parking lot, Route 110. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 14-Oct. 25Babylon: Train station parking lot. Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1-Nov. 23Bellport: 471 Atlantic Ave. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12-Oct. 18.Bridgehampton: 151 Mitchell Ln. Fridays, 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Memorial Day Friday-Labor Day FridayDeer Park: Tanger Outlets at the Arches. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7-Nov. 1East Hampton: Nick & Toni’s parking lot, 136 N. Main St. Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 23-Aug. 29Farmingdale: Village Green on Main Street. Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 1-Nov. 23Flanders: Crohan Community Center, 655 Flanders Rd. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21-Oct. 18.Freeport: Freeport Recreation Center, Merrick Road. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12-Oct. 25.Garden City: 101 County Seat Dr., behind Supreme Court. Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3-Nov. 25Great Neck: 125 Community Dr. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2.p.m. July 13-Oct. 26Greenport: United Methodist Church, 622 Main St. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 24-Oct. 11Hampton Bays: St. Mary’s Church, 165 Ponquogue Ave. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 24-Aug. 30Hauppauge: 102 Motor Pkwy. Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 5-Oct. 30Huntington: Route 25A, East of Route 110 North. Sundays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. June 1-Nov. 3Islip: Town Hall parking lot, 655 Main St. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 31- Nov. 22Kings Park: Municipal Lot 25A on Main Street, across from fire department. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 18-Nov. 23Locust Valley: Train station parking lot, 115 Forest Ave. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7-Nov. 22Long Beach: Kennedy Plaza, 1 W. Chester Street. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3-Nov. 26Malverne: Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s, 480 Hempstead Ave. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15-Nov. 20Mattituck: Parking lot of Mattituck Florist, 95 Love Ln. Fridays, 3-6 p.m. May 9-Oct. 31Montauk: Village Green on Montauk Highway across from Chamber of Commerce building, Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 12-Oct. 9Nesconset: 127 Smithtown Blvd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7-Nov. 22New Hyde Park: Municipal lot across Village Hall, 1441 Jericho Tpke. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 31-Nov. 22Northport: Cow Harbor parking lot on corner of Main Street and Woodbine Avenue. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7-Nov. 22Patchogue: 7-Eleven parking lot, 225 E. Main Street. Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 4-Nov. 21Port Jefferson: Parking lot at corner of East Broadway and Main Street. Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 4 through NovemberPort Washington: Town Dock off Main Street. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 7-Oct. 25.Riverhead: Along the Peconic River on the boardwalk behind Main Street. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 24-Nov. 1Rockville Centre: Railroad Parking Lot No. 12 at corner of Long Beach Road and Sunrise Highway. Sundays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. June 1-Nov. 23Rocky Point: Depot Park at corner of Prince Road and Broadway. Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Mother’s Day-Last Sunday before ThanksgivingRoslyn: Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Rd. Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4-Nov. 26Roosevelt: Family Health Clinic parking lot, 380 Nassau Rd. Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 13-Oct. 26.Sag Harbor: Corner of Bay and Burke Streets. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 17-Oct. 25Seaford: East end of railroad station parking lot on corner of Washington Avenue and Sunrise Highway. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 31-Nov. 22Shelter Island: Haven’s House Museum and Grounds, 16 S. Ferry Rd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 7-Sept. 6Southampton: 25 Jobs Lane. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 25-Oct. 12Westhampton Beach: 85 Mill Rd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10-Nov. 22Wyandanch: New Shiloh Baptist Church, 221 Merritt Ave. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. July 12-Oct. 4.last_img read more

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Achieving Extraordinary Women’s Leadership Conference Gives LI Businesswomen Mom-mentum

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island women are being asked to step away from their desks and get a new perspective on their lives by attending the Achieving Extraordinary Women’s Leadership Conference, presented by nonprofit Mom-mentum on Friday, November 6th at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.The day-long conference boasts a full schedule of speakers and interactive workshops designed to give women the opportunity to reassess who and where they are in their careers and share personal and professional experiences with one another. Based in Massapequa Park, Mom-mentum provides leadership, education and advocacy to support mothers in meeting today’s professional and personal challenges. To make the most out of Achieving Extraordinary, attendees will be encouraged to put their phones away and listen.“We are bringing together a powerful group of female leaders to inspire action and continue to work toward moving the needle on women’s leadership,” says Mom-mentum Executive Director Alison LaFerlita. “We want to empower women to execute change.”According to LaFerlita, “Women are poised to become a majority in the workforce for the first time in US history. This year, we saw a 25-percent jump from the previous year in the number of women Fortune 500 CEOs. In the last decade, women-owned businesses nearly doubled in number, and now account for 40 percent of all US businesses.”In response to this projection, the organization has established a professional development service called the Mom-mentum Return-to-Work Program to give advice and assistance to both women in the workforce and those looking to return to work.“We are often asked how we can help women succeed in today’s world with so many demands, on both their personal and professional lives,” explains LaFerlita. “These requests inspired us to create a strong professional development service for women in all phases of their careers. This service is unique to all others, as it is a benefit of membership and a built-in support system to help you achieve extraordinary.”Conference emcee, Danielle Campbell, co-anchor for News12 Long Island, is a professional media executive and mother of four. Campbell’s charming persona will keep a lively conversation flowing, ensuring that the conference program moves along.While webinars can fill in the knowledge gap up to a point, there is no replacement for face-to-face presentations and networking to focus on the task at hand and spark creativity. The conference organizers are asking Long Island women leaders to go outside of their network, cultivate new contacts and meet new people in their industry.The conference begins at 8:30 am with breakfast, an exhibitor expo and networking. Immediately after, the first course, Building and Leading High Performance Teams and Leaders, is being presented by Ellen Cooperperson, CEO of Corporate Performance Consultants, an expert in the field of team building and a Certified Facilitator and Strategic Business Leadership coach.Cooperperson’s interactive workshop will show women how they can compare their leadership style in three critical areas and learn the best practices of highly successful women leaders. “You will learn how your greatest strength can become your greatest liability and how to identify your team member’s unique abilities and limitations to reach and exceed goals,” Cooperperson says.“An organization is a network of conversations,” she continues. “The ability to adapt your communication style to influence a group of diverse individuals and turn them into a cohesive winning team is key to your effectiveness as a leader.”Next on the day’s agenda is Liz Bentley, founder of Liz Bentley Associates, who will begin a conversation about the Leaky Talent Pipeline: Things That Hinder Women from Advancing or Advancing More Quickly.Bentley will talk about how women can build their confidence and overcome barriers, both internal and external, to their growth. She will offer strategies to address these unique challenges to help women be more impactful in their organization.The luncheon keynote speaker, Debra Sandler, touted as a Visionary Global C-Level Executive, will share her insights and experiences from her more than 30 years in corporate America and the boardroom. Sandler will also be sharing her views on how women who choose to work can create a world of limitless possibilities.The afternoon session is a panel of highly successful Long Island business experts led by moderator Domenique Camacho Moran, a partner at Farrell Fritz, PC, who will be discussing the topic: Courageous Conversations: Voices of Work & Life.The interactive conversation between the panel and the conference attendees will explore ways to handle work-life balance and examine workplace policies and legislation that impacts the family, and will openly discuss how they achieved business success while managing their personal lives.Panelists include: Terri Alessi-Miceli, president of the HIA-LI; Scott Behson, professor of management at Farleigh Dickinson University; Yvonne Grant, president & CEO of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County; Hillary Needle, president of Hillary Needle Events; and Nassau County Supreme Court Justice, the Hon. Hope Zimmerman.Whether you are a CEO, a senior or a middle manager, an entrepreneur or a young emerging leader, Achieving Extraordinary: Women’s Leadership Conference will offer dynamic presenters, refreshingly relevant topics, and the chance to advance yourself while connecting with other inspiring business professionals.LaFerlita say that participants of this conference will come away with the latest information and tools needed to strengthen their leadership skills and have a greater influence and impact on their team.On Monday when it’s time to return to work, you will be encouraged to share what you’ve learned at the conference with your coworkers, and keep the Mom-mentum going.For more information or to purchase tickets, go to Mom-Mentum.orglast_img read more

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Accelerate project team performance through effective communication

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first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Alguard Mark Alguard is the President and Director of Client Strategy at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive.  Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Details As my colleague Jim Haack noted in last month’s article, 5 Insights from 10 Years of Project Team Alignment Meetings, the most consistent predictor of project team success is effective team communication.  In fact, according to the Harvard Business Review, the way teams communicate is a higher predictor of project team success than individual team member expertise, intelligence, and personality combined.  The question then presents itself, how can an organization be more strategic in their project team forming stage in order to maximize effective team communication?Bruce Tuckman, a psychology professor and expert in group dynamics, first defined the stages of group development in the 1960’s.  Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing are the stages any project team will inevitably pass through along the way to successful project delivery.  It is in the forming stage where the groundwork for effective team member communication is laid.  The forming stage goes beyond the careful selection of individual team members based on area of expertise and responsibility.  It is the project stage in which goals are identified, information is gathered, and team members begin to understand how they will work together to achieve an objective that is unattainable through individual efforts alone.  Here are three ways in which project teams can align towards more effective communication.Set Mutually Attainable Project Team GoalsEffective team member communication begins with a well-communicated project team goal.  From here, individual team member goals and priorities must be aligned towards the overall project mission.  Clear team member understanding of shared success and shared reward makes it quickly evident that the only way to communicate successfully on a project is with full honesty, frequency, and without withholding information.  Clarity and visibility in goal setting ensures that no two team members have individual goals that could be in conflict with each other and thus create a barrier to open communication.  When project goals are interdependent it is in each team member’s best interest to openly communicate project needs.Nurture Personal ConnectionsOh the dreaded team building exercise.  A quick Internet search will yield dozens of pages describing various team building fails ranging from the hokey Trust Game in which a team member falls in to the arms of her waiting colleagues, to death-defying activities such as cliff rappelling.  The problem with team building exercises is that they are often a violation of a team member’s personal space or comfort, or they have nothing to do with either the project itself, or the individual interests of team members.  But strong relationships between team members are a vital component of effective communication.  Research by MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory showed that the best predictors of productivity on high performing teams were a team’s energy and engagement outside of formal meetings.  How then to increase this type of energy and engagement?  Corporate challenges, such as community service events and health and wellness competitions present an opportunity for team members to rely on each other as part of a shared experience and towards a common purpose, but outside of their day to day job responsibilities.  According to Christine Riordan, Professor of management at the University of Kentucky, these types of challenges are embraced by many organizations in the pursuit of improved team camaraderie.  Simply scheduling common team member break times has been shown to improve the overall productivity of a team.  A successful camaraderie building effort will be more authentic than many of the contrived team building exercise we have experienced in the past.Encourage FranknessDuring the project team forming stage, team members strive to gain acceptance and avoid conflict.  Team members are more focused on themselves, gathering information, and plotting their individual project component delivery.  They are striving to make new friends, a good thing in terms of improved personal relationships, but the desire not to offend one-another can significantly stifle the type of open and honest communication teams need to reach the highest levels of performance.   Project team leaders can greatly accelerate team results by creating an environment in which members feel free to communicate their best ideas and expertise, especially that which is contrary to the views of other team members.  By setting the tone and ground rules for communication, especially when supported by strong organizational cultural values of mutual respect and accountability, project team leaders can be assured that the best ideas make it in to the discussion and bad news is shared and dealt with as well.  Our firm uses a formalized Issue Outline to deal with the stickiest project issues.  By taking the time to ensure project issues are described in no uncertain terms, the potential project impact is known, background information is outlined, and potential solutions are identified, the team surrounds an issue with actionable context and alleviates potential interpersonal conflicts that could arise.The most successful project teams are those that communicate with high consistency and frequency between all team members.  To get your project team communicating at the highest level, align individual interests by setting mutually attainable project team goals.  Create an environment that nurtures the interpersonal relationships of individual team members.  Make sure your project team leaders set the ground rules for open and honest communication.  Now sit back and watch your team accelerate towards even higher levels of success.last_img read more

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Government should stay clear of the free market

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer happy for Aaron Ramsey to join Manchester United as part of Paul Pogba transfer

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Mar 2020 1:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer happy for Aaron Ramsey to join Manchester United as part of Paul Pogba transfer Advertisement Advertisement Ramsey is wanted by Solskjaer (Picture: DeFodi Images via Getty)Juventus have offered Aaron Ramsey as part of a fresh approach for Paul Pogba, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would welcome the former Arsenal midfielder to Old Trafford, reports claim.Solskjaer is a fan of the Wales international and he believes Ramsey would be a better fit in his new-look Manchester United midfield, with Bruno Fernandes as the side’s chief playmaker. There are concerns over how Solskjaer would squeeze Pogba and Fernandes into the same midfield three and the Norwegian views Ramsey as a more adaptable player to work with. Of course, a hefty sum of money would still need to be involved for any potential deal to get over the line. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAccording to the Transfer Window Podcast, Manchester United remain open to the sale of Pogba so long as their valuation is met and would be willing to negotiate with Ramsey being a part of the deal. While Pogba would also be keen on a return to Juventus, the question remains how much capital the Italian giants could put up, particularly amid the covid-19 crisis. Pogba is set to leave (Picture: AMA/Getty)Ramsey has struggled to make an impact since moving to Serie A and has only scored three goals in Italy’s top-flight this season. Pogba has failed to score in the Premier League this season, largely due to an ankle injury.Should Manchester United sign Aaron Ramsey?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img read more

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LJ Hooker agent Cheyenne Morrison wants Cairns’ Queenslanders saved

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first_imgCheyenne Morrison and Emma Roberts at her old Parramatta Park Queenslander. Picture: Josh Woning.A CAIRNS real estate agent on a one-man crusade to save the city’s historic Queenslander houses wants Far North home buyers to start embracing the traditional building style.LJ Hooker Cairns South’s Cheyenne Morrison started the Cairns Queenslanders Facebook group late last year and has pledged a donation of five per cent of each sale of a Queenslander home to the Cairns Historical Society.“I love history and see the beauty in old things, so to me each Queenslander house with its unique design and history is precious,” he said. “Sadly, at the moment most home buyers do not care about the history of some this city’s oldest buildings, although that is changing gradually.” Mr Morrison said, with its distinctive timberwork, veranda and corrugated iron roof, the Queenslander was “the antithesis of bland modern homes”.“ It is synonymous with the tropical lifestyle — the outdoors and a leisurely way of life. It signals both a unique lifestyle and the uniqueness of its occupants,” he said.“You won’t see suburbs like this in Paris, New York or London. You won’t even find them in Sydney or Melbourne.“Each time I see a perfectly good Queenslander pulled down to make way for an ugly concrete box, I feel that Cairns has another part of its soul.”He said Brisbane residents had “once again discovered the beauty” of Queenslanders and their appreciation in value in the capital has had a knock on effect in Cairns. “Queenslanders also seem particularly appealing to southerners who move to Cairns, and a lovely Queenslander in Edge Hill, Freshwater or Stratford with a view has become a bit of dream home,” he said.Emma Roberts bought her Martyn St Queenslander in 2009 and spent 12 months restoring it to its former glory.She completed all the sanding and painting herself and sourced second hand doors and window fittings in keeping with the home’s 1930s heritage.“I’d been looking for two-and-a-half years for something because I wanted a really big yard so I could create a mini farm and vegie garden,” she said.“A lot of people told me I was making a big mistake but now everyone loves it.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“I love the massive size of the block, the vista out to the Yarrabah mountains and you can get to Cairns Central quicker on a bike than the car.”Now worth more than $650,000, the home features three bedrooms upstairs and four bedrooms on the ground level which are let through AirBnB.“If we don’t save these homes we’re going to look like every other city in the world,” Ms Roberts said.“I honestly believe we use less power, so we’re more environmentally friendly. After all, this is how our ancestors lived.“We don’t have air conditioning, we just have fans and there’s really only four or five nights of the year when you wish you had airconditioning.”Vicki Brodie started Upcycled Queenslander Homes in an attempt to save and recycle old Queenslander houses which would otherwise be demolished to make way for more modern buildings throughout Cairns. She said feedback via the group’s Facebook page had been so positive the group is keen to work with relevant authorities to develop a clearer and simpler approval process to help preserve Queenslanders. “There are considerable start up costs associated with this business so our progress has been slow and we haven’t had the capital funds to move more houses to our storage site, which can accommodate up to six homes,” she said. “And while local state and federal MPs have verbally given very positive support to our venture there doesn’t seem to be any funding available to assist with conservation measures to protect the Queenslander and our urban heritage.” Ms Brodie said the biggest problem with relocation was the approval process which she described as “confusing and time consuming”.“It can take months to get all your approvals in place, and developers quite often can’t or won’t wait, so they demolish the house to make a start on the new building,” she said.“Older timber homes have charm and appeal and are very strong. And I think people are also more likely to want recycled product in their home from and environmental point of view.”last_img read more

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World’s 1st Converted FLNG Vessel Named

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first_imgKeppel Shipyard, Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) wholly-owned subsidiary, hosted a naming ceremony on July 2 for the world’s first converted Floating Liquefaction Vessel (FLNGV) owned by Golar Hilli Corporation (Golar), a subsidiary of Golar LNG.The vessel was named Hilli Episeyo and is about to be delivered to its owner following three years of conversion work at Keppel.“By combining our expertise from a variety of complex offshore conversion projects and our capabilities in executing LNG-related EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) projects, we are able to offer innovative and reliable floating liquefaction solutions to meet the growing midstream needs of the LNG industry,“ Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M said.“Compared to newbuilds, converted FLNGVs are significantly more cost-effective and faster to market, without compromising safety and processing capabilities. With the experience gained from this first FLNGV conversion project, we are in a unique position to provide customers with reliable end-to-end solutions for the EPC and commissioning of FLNGV as well as FSRU (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit) conversions.”Hilli Episeyo was converted from a 1975-built Moss LNG carrier with a storage capacity of 125,000 m3. Sponsons were added on both sides of the hull to house the topside equipment comprising of pre-treatment systems, four PRICO® single mixed refrigerant liquefaction trains, boil-off gas compression and offloading equipment. The Hilli Episeyo is designed for a liquefaction capacity of about 2.4 million tonnes of LNG per annum.“Being at its final leg towards completion, Hilli Episeyo represents a game changer in the LNG industry with its fast track, low cost project execution. The development of this FLNGV positions us as forerunners in providing offshore liquefaction solutions to meet the growing demand for liquefied natural gas,” Oscar Spieler, CEO of Golar LNG said.With the global push towards cleaner energy, demand for natural gas is expected to increase significantly. FLNGV solutions enable operators to overcome the geographic, technical and economic limitations of developing natural gas resources located in marginal fields while FSRUs help reach consumers in remote areas.Upon its completion, the FLNGV will be put in operation offshore Kribi, Cameroon for Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures and Perenco Cameroon SA, and will be the first FLNGV project in Africa.Video Courtesy: Youtube/Anbu Lovelast_img read more

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