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Award-winning breeze block home hits the market on Gold Coast

first_imgThe myrtle tree is resplendent in the house.Vendor Lauren Davidson said the tree was sourced locally and the perfect fit for the architecturally designed Broadbeach Waters property.“When we purchased the land I was pregnant with our second child and our daughter was just over one, so it was a safe environment for the kids to run around inside the house and still connect with nature,” Mrs Davidson said. Mrs Davidson and husband James bought the property in 2015. At at the time there was an old house on it, so they found an architect to design their dream home.Their block buy was on the cusp of a phenonemal surge in house prices at Broadbeach Waters. The median house price has skyrocketed by 32.5 per cent over the past three years and the suburb is in the exclusive million-dollar club with a median house sale price of $1.1 million. The breeze brick style could be enjoying a resurgence in popularity.“I’m pretty big in my research so I went to the Australian Institute of Architects and looked for an award-winning architect,” Mrs Davidson said.“The one that stood out to me was James Russell.”The brief was to “build a house that’s a bit different” and the architect delivered, putting a modern twist on breeze blocks, a construction trend last seen in the 1950s and 60s.Spread over two levels, the patterned concrete blocks are complemented by large windows, creating patio-like pavilions for each living space. It’s a new take on indoor-outdoor living. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 31 Naranga Ave, Broadbeach is on the market via an expressions of interest campaign.A FAMILY’S bid to branch out with the creativity of their designer residence has paid off, with indoor-outdoor living taken to the next level at this new Gold Coast listing.A 20-year-old crepe myrtle, which blossoms beautifully in high summer, is the centrepiece of the internal courtyard at the residence.center_img Glass panels add to the natural effect.The porous design allows the coastal sun and breezes to flow through the house while the private areas are further protected by internal sheeting.And it seems breeze block is back. The residence was awarded ‘Best New House under 200sq m’ at the 2016 Houses Awards. The annual residential design accolades are judged by a panel of expert jurors ranging from architects to interior designers.“When the house award came up that was really exciting, but we chose James Russell as an architect knowing he would do different work,” Mrs Davidson said. A saltwater pool features outside.Polished concrete floors, a white colour palette and spotted gum flooring accentuate the creative modernity of the interior. Outside, landscaped gardens border a saltwater pool but the most spectacular natural feature is the tree that rises from the ground floor to the top floor inside an indoor atrium.“There’s a nice connection between privacy and being open. I can look through and see the kids playing,” said Mrs Davidson, who is looking to move to acreage now the couple’s children are aged four and almost three.last_img read more

Eleven training facilitators better equipped

first_img 64 Views   no discussions EducationLocalNewsTertiary Eleven training facilitators better equipped by: – June 15, 2012 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Graduates of the Principles of Andragogy course Eleven tourism training facilitators are said to be better equipped having graduated from the Dominica State College’s Principles of Andragogy course, which is the art and science of helping adults learn.Isaline Carter, Joel Challenger, Kenneth George-Dill, Ainsworth Irish, Bertrand Jno Baptiste, Avril John-Daniel, Arun Madisetti, Marilyn Morris, Virginia Riviere, Daisy Rodney and Simon Walsh are the beneficiaries of this course. The DSC’s Department of Continuing Education partnered with the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in hosting the course which was funded by the Organization of American States (OAS).At the graduation ceremony on Friday which was held at the Bath Estate campus of the Dominica State College, Dean of the Faculty of Education Merrill Matthew highlighted two major achievements of the course.“Today we are here to celebrate two major achievements. One, we celebrate the achievement of eleven people who worked very hard and deserve the accolades they will get today and secondly, we celebrate the continuous growth and progress of the Faculty of Education and the Department of Continuing Education”. Matthew noted that the graduation is testimony to the fact that the Faculty of Education is keeping with its mission which is “to provide accessible, applicable and affordable quality lifelong education and training”.President of the college, Dr Donald Peters also highlighted the importance of training the facilitators particularly in the area of tourism which he said has become very essential to the national economy.“It is a necessary skill and competence for us in Dominica and I say so because most of the people who are going to be teaching or training are in one of our newest industry; the tourist industry. There are service providers and service trainers and there are a lot of problems in that new industry… but we have to make them learn, we have to help them learn because tourism has become a very important part of the national economy and if we cannot get to speed I don’t have to remind you of the many other tourist destinations there are in the Caribbean”. The course was described as “very difficult” by the facilitator, Stephen Joseph, who praised the participants for their “high level of excellence” which was proven in their results.“These were the most committed, the most dedicated, most hard-working class that I’ve ever had the opportunity to interact with. Their work ethic was excellent, if there was such a thing as a perfect class, probably I would want to say that was it”. Joseph admonished the graduates to “continue developing yourself, knowledge is never too much” and make every effort to impart the knowledge which they have received to others.Head of Product Development at the Discover Dominica Authority, Kathleen Cuffy, explained that the course was a result of their partnership with the OAS in the Trainers Awareness Program which seeks to promote tourism awareness. “We felt that trainers also needed to be re-trained. We continue to train service providers but the people who train them sometimes may need a little refresher course…The OAS funded the training aimed to recall and reinforce the previously acquired knowledge and skill of the facilitators”. Cuffy is hopeful that the participants will apply the knowledge and skills which they have acquired to “positively impact the tourism industry”.Meanwhile, one of the graduates, Kenneth George-Dill praised the course and the facilitator for a “very rewarding course”. He explained that not only did the participants learn from the facilitator but also from each other.The course began on November 15th, with sixteen participants, however only eleven successfully completed the course which ended on December 8th, 2011.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Allardyce: Tomkins will carry on

first_img But it will not stop him featuring against Southampton due to West Ham’s ongoing defensive injury situation as, with b oth James Collins and Winston Reid missing with hamstring problems, Allardyce expects Tomkins to once again partner stand-in Cheikhou Kouyate at St Mary’s. “He broke his nose but it’s not serious enough to keep him out,” Allardyce said. “From a challenge point of view I thought it was pretty naughty. He (Van Persie) had a look to see where the defender was and then took him out basically. “The assistant referee gave a foul but he didn’t think it was more serious. Tomkins should be fit to play tomorrow night which is the most important thing for us.” Tomkins said after the game against United that it was an innocent challenge from substitute Fellaini which actually did the damage to his nose – although he also questioned Van Persie’s motives. “The nose is a bit swollen,” he told national newspapers. “Fellaini was the second time in the match when I broke it. He has always got that about him when he goes up with his hands a lot,” Tomkins said. “It is tough to say he does it deliberately, but with the Van Persie one, I think he had a look at me first and then he has gone for me. I think that was more malicious than the other one, even though I came out worse the second time.” Press Association Neither Collins nor Reid will be fit in time for the trip to the south coast, with Kouyate stepping in well against United, scoring the opening goal and showing he is more than an able deputy. But Allardyce may be able to welcome back club-record signing Andy Carroll – even though that news has been tainted by a potential foot injury to captain Kevin Nolan. With a number of key players still absent, Allardyce is pleased with the momentum garnered from the draw with Van Gaal’s side a nd he stood by the long-ball claims he made in the post-match press conference following Daley Blind’s last-gasp leveller for the visitors. Allardyce said: “The media love a bit of a tale, something to write about. It (United’s long-ball tactic) was a fact and everyone loves facts. “On Sunday it was Man United playing direct football to try and overcome a defeat and it paid off for them. That’s how they got back into the game and sadly for us there wasn’t time for us to react. “We have to pick up from where we left off against United. They gave everything they possibly had and we want to maintain that level in every game for the rest of the season. “So Wednesday night is all about our attitude and determination. We’re going to need to push ourselves in order to win. We had a bit of a lull in our performances recently but to see us back to near our best was a big boost. We don’t want our season to fade away.” Allardyce also revealed he is hopeful of signing former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra after confirming the France international is training with the Hammers. Diarra, 29, has been without a club since leaving Lokomotiv Moscow in August but is not too far away from match fitness and could be turning out for West Ham inside a fortnight if the expected deal is completed in the coming days. “He is training with us,” Allardyce said. “I’m not so sure whether we have finalised a deal yet but he is doing a little bit of training with us. The deal is very close to being finalised and on the basis of where we are with our squad and the injuries, once we have him fit he will be a very good addition based on his previous record as a footballer.” Diarra’s spell in Moscow ended acrimoniously after reports he refused to train following a bust-up with manager Leonid Kuckuk but, despite not playing in almost nine months, Allardyce believes the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth man could soon be part of his first-team squad at Upton Park. “He won’t be in any good shape in terms of being on the bench on Wednesday or on the bench on Saturday against West Brom,” said Allardyce. “But I certainly hope that, with a good few days’ training with the lads, he will be close in seven to 10 days if he finally signs the contract.” The Manchester United striker caught Tomkins with a stray arm in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Upton Park, after which Allardyce labelled Louis van Gaal’s side as ”long-ball United”. Despite Van Persie avoiding punishment from referee Mark Clattenburg for catching Tomkins with his elbow, Allardyce called the incident a ”naughty” challenge – even though Tomkins himself revealed the break came in a separate incident with Marouane Fellaini. Sam Allardyce will field James Tomkins at Southampton on Wednesday despite the defender breaking his nose against Manchester United, with the West Ham boss claiming his player was also “taken out” in a separate incident with Robin van Persie.last_img read more

Messi out for between two and three weeks

first_imgTests carried out this morning have revealed that Lionel Messi has a strained hamstring in his right leg and will be out for between 2 to 3 weeks. His participation in future game s will depend on his recovery processThe Argentinean limped off in the second half at the Calderon on Sunday after noting a twinge in the area he had previously been injured in.last_img