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BUSINESS

Gold Coast Sees Unusual Property

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The construction and materials companies of a city know their real estate styling well; it’s their job to know. So with the trend being emphasizing modern amenities paired with hardwood floors in Sydney, companies there know what to put focus on.

So when something pops up that goes against the trend, it’s bound to get attention, as was the case with a recently renovated property on the Gold Coast, which was bought at a blindingly fast pace, acquired a mere 10 days after its initial listing.

The three-bedroom property, located at 103 Turpin Rd., Labrador, was built back in the in 1950s, and went up for sale early in April of 2018, being listed for less than two weeks before being bought for a price of $772,000. According to the listing, the beautifully presented Gold Coast home had recently undergone heavy renovation.

Further details on the work done to the house, as per according to the listing, involved completely gutting the original structure of the house, then adding an specifically designed extension. The result, the listing says, is a property that’s quite unique to the Chirn Park area; one that can only be appreciated once one sees it.

The house featured hardwood flooring, newly refurbished windows, kitchen and bathroom. The vendor who sold the 1134m2 property, acquired it back in 2015, then divided it into two blocks. The front block, clocking in at 500m2, was the one with the house, and was retained, renovated, and, eventually, sold. The second block at the rear currently remains vacant.

Ash Breen, from LambettWillcox Estate Agents was the one in charge of marketing the property, saying that it was a record sale; a bargain price for a three-bedroom home in the region. He adds that over 70 groups went through the property to survey it, and it was eventually under contract in a mere 10 days.

Breen describes the property as something uncommon on the Gold Coast, as the styling of the house was akin to the use of hardwood floors in Sydney, in the inner west region, and, infrequently, in Melbourne. He says that this unusual aesthetic, for the region, anyway, is why it was appealing to buyers.

News

Gastronomy Tourism To Attract More Visitors To Thailand

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Gastronomy, culture and tourism are the focus of Tourism Authority of Thailand’s recent campaign “Open to the New Shades of Thailand.” Hoteliers as well as Chiang Mai best restaurant will reap the benefits of the new campaign because it aligns most of their offerings with their themes. The campaign hopes to target travellers who may be interested in a hotel or restaurant because it meets their requirements.

According to data from Expedia, Chiang Rai and Sukhothai have recorded more than 50% year-on-year inbound demand in April. Chiang Rai recorded healthy growth 80% year-on-year inbound demand. The increase in demand is attributed to the growing interest on local hill tribes and their distinct customs. Asian travellers are more interested in experiencing local customs but Europeans from France, Germany and Britain prefer to explore the historical ruins of Thailand.

After Bangkok has been named as the world’s top destination for street food, it attracted more visitors from all over the world. Michelin also launched the first guidebook for Bangkok that features at least 98 restaurants. Based on these recent developments, it only goes to show that Bangkok has embraced international dining at the same time that it highlights the rich cultural heritage of Thailand.

Japanese visitors prefer food experience while Australian visitors rank food as the second most important reason that influences their choice for a travel destination. Japan is one of the 3 inbound markets of Bangkok while Australia is the fastest growing inbound market.

According to Gary Tay, director for revenue management at The Peninsula Bangkok, there is a growing interest among international travellers for fine dining in the hotel. They have also received more inquiries from travellers who want to try the best restaurants near the hotel. Most of the inquiries came from travellers from Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore that used to be shy about indulging in fine dining.

Travellers who want to experience a Michelin star cuisine can try Chiang Mai best restaurant that offers the most delicious food complimented by creative cocktails. Since the restaurant is situated in a riverside resort, you can indulge yourself to the amazing views while dining.

BUSINESS

Wood Boiler Causing Pollution Ordered To Be Removed

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Businesses in Portsmouth know how important it is to have a boiler that follows the regulation or else it could affect their operation. This is why BoilerRepairsinPortsmouth.co.uk is hired by local businesses to conduct repair and maintenance regularly. A business from Bethlehem could learn from this practice after it has been order to shut off its wood boiler which is found out to be a cause of air pollution.

The business is an excavating company located in Selkirk and the neighborhood has been complaining about the black smoke it emits. The Department of Environmental Conservation under the state said that they could be charge with $3,000 fine if no proper actions were taken.

Blair Excavating and Contractors is owned and managed by Daniel Blair and he agreed to shut down their current wood boiler which is currently installed at their facility located at Elm Avenue. The order said that removal should not exceed the 15th of May. Under the same order made by the DEC, it was mandated that the boiler should not be sold to other businesses located within New York.

Regional officials for the DEC said that they are willing to hold the $3,000 fine unless the order for removal is not followed. On February of this year, state inspectors went to check the boiler after a lot of complaints regarding the smoke emitted by the unit.

In recent years, outdoor boilers have become too common as another way to heat establishments but the older models produce too much smoke which is affecting the neighborhood thus they decided to file a complaint.

According to the limit on the state rules, smoke allowed should have a maximum 20 per cent opacity. This means that the particles in the smoke should not be blocking over 20 per cent of the light. When tested, the boiler has an opacity test of 73 per cent.

Due to complaints, the rules regarding the standard of the wood boilers sold have also been stricter. Regardless of the new rule, dealers are still given permission to sell the remaining boilers that are not in compliance to the rule.

BUSINESS

How A Bus From Bangkok To Koh Phangan Takes You There?

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So you have visited Bangkok, probably spent days in this exciting city, and now you are heading for the islands. If you want to go to Koh Phangan, you’ve got to find a way to get there, and you can ride a VIP bus from Bangkok to Koh Phangan with convenience. It’s the cheapest way to reach the island.

Travelling by Train and Boat

In Bangkok, you’ll find lots of trains travelling to Surat Thani Province. The journey takes nine hours to reach the pier in Donsak. From there, you ride a boat that will take you another four hours for the trip. If you are after convenience, take the overnight train to reach Surat Thani the next morning. You will arrive on Koh Phangan in the afternoon.

Bus

If you are on a tight budget, the best option is the bus from Bangkok to KohPhangan, where it takes you around 19 hours of travel time. It’s actually the cheapest option to take, and perhaps the least comfortable as you’llremain seated for the rest of the trip. The bus moves slowly to ensure that everyone is safe. However, if you want the fastest means of reaching KohPhangan, you can travel by plane.

Flying

Bangkok Airways is the number one provider of flights going to KohSamui airport and is noted to be very expensive. There are actually two publicised flights daily — one leaves at 6AM and the other at 10PM. You’ll spend 4000 baht if you travel by day and half the price if booked at night. To ensure accommodation on this flight, have an advance booking before it’sfilled up.  Once you reach KohSamui, take a taxi to the pier. A boat is waiting to take you to KohPhangan.

Aside from riding the bus from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, now you know the travel options to get you to your desired destination. You’ll be swarmed with friendly taxi drivers asking you where they can take you. You’ll be overwhelmed at how they make a living, especially that it’s the only option to move around the island. You can also rent a scooter to see this beautiful island.

HEALTH

Conditions Which Require A Visit To The Podiatrist

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Podiatrists or chiropodists treat problems and diseases related to feet. They are medical professional with a professional degree and specialize in treating the problems associated with legs and feet. They treat problems like ingrown toe nails, nail infections, fractures and sprains in toes and ankles, corns, calluses, corns and diabetes related foot problems. They also work with athletes and advise them on tips and techniques to avoid foot injury. Podiatrists also advise the people on how to take care of the feet and the best choice of foot wear for the comfort of the feet.

Consulting a reputed podiatrist in Bankstown is the first thing you should do, if you experience any foot related issues. They can treat problems like thickened toe nails, dry and cracked skin on the heels and warts on the feet with simple treatments and can also offer tips on taking good care of the feet, to prevent recurrence of the problem.

Visit a podiatrist in Bankstown if you suffer from problems related to flat feet or high foot arches. They can recommend the correct footwear with appropriate sole inserts and supports to support the foot arches and treat the pain. They offer supportive care for the feet to make you feel comfortable and treat the pain.

A visit to a podiatrist in Bankstownis also recommended, if you suffer from conditions like

  • Abnormal walking pattern
  • Blisters on the foot
  • Pain in the feet and legs including hips, knees, ankles and lower back
  • Corns and calluses on the feet
  • Hammer toes and claw toes
  • Foot deformities
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains and fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Warts

Podiatrists treat all these conditions effectively be recommending specially designed exercises, right kind foot wear, physical therapy and surgery. Surgery is the last resort for treating serious foot conditions.

Consult a trained and experienced podiatrist in Bankstown if you suffer from any pain or infections in legs and feet. They carefully examine the feet to diagnose the exact problem and offer treatments to cure the condition and advice to their patients on taking care of their feet.

BUSINESS

NSW Government Getting Flak For Light Rail Project Lawsuit

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The Opposition is giving the NSW flak for not getting a good legal team and financial advisor in Australia, which has lead to what they consider as a ‘bad call’ regarding a $1.1 billion lawsuit on the George Street light rail project, which holds a reputation as Sydney’s problem project.

NSW’s Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Michael Daley says that it seems that Gladys Berejiklian and Andrew Constance are being dense again, having forgotten that the George Street project involves hundreds of millions of Aussie taxpayer money, all  put on the line. If the litigation continues, the issue will likely be put on hold until the post-electoral season.

The Spanish contracting firm Acciona, designer and constructor of the light rail line, filed a $1.1 billion lawsuit against the NSW government. The lawsuit was fined in late of March 2018, and Transport for NSW had reportedly decline to mediate on the case, which has claims regarding misleading and deceptive conduct.

The firm sent its statement of claim to NSW a month before they filed it in the NSW Supreme Court, asking for mediation with a final request, which was then rejected by the court. Transport for  NSW, meanwhile, did not comment as to why they weren’t pursuing mediation for the case, saying that information that would be relevant to fixing the dispute was “commercial-in-confidence”.

A spokesperson from Transport for NSW claims that they have already engaged in discussions with ALTRAC and Acciona to deal with the problem, but they weren’t successful. ALTRAC, the consortium that contracted the work to Acciona, did not release a statement on the matter.

Arbitration or mediation is the preferred method for lawsuits, according to contractors and any financial advisor in Australia, as they’re cheaper and faster than court proceedings, whilst allowing for the dispute’s details to remain private. However, if the arbitration ended up in favour of the contractor, and ordered the government to compensate the contractor, then the government would have to deal with that in the days leading into the March 2019 state election.

The government has repeatedly stated that this project will be both on time and on budget, but with the demand from Acconia, one they can very much follow up, an additional interest of $1.1 billion will be incurred and the project will, at the very least, be a year late.

Education

Barristers Working To Change The Public’s Perception Of Them

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The average stereotype of a barrister working at any family law firm in Melbourne or anywhere else in Australia is that of a 50-plus-year-old male, white man raking in more than $330,000 at least according to a survey published by the Victorian Bar Association.

Recent data, however, has also noted that the bar is changing, and Victoria’s barristers, from across the state, from family law firm in Melbourne, to divorce lawyers in Beechworth, have worked with photographer Garth Oriander to create a monochromatic photography exhibition to be displayed at Queensland’s Peter O’Callaghan starting from August.

Reportedly the aim of the exhibit is not only to show diversity in barristers beyond the old Anglo-Saxon male stereotype, but also to display the bar as an approachable, welcoming environment across the board, for both aspiring barristers and clients.

President of the Victorian Bar Association, Matt Collins, says that barristers come from all walks of life; pregnant women, surfers, and the like. The bar is now accepting younger people, it’s now more gender and ethnically diverse, and the photos show it, plain and simple.  The photos even have barristers wearing casual wear, conversing, and smiling instead of sporting the stereotypical dour lawyer look. He says that it’s unfair to stereotype barristers as old white guys wearing wigs.

In the 1930s, a photo of the whole Victorian bar had 150 white men, all looking alike. 50 years later, in the 80s, there was only one woman barrister – Susan Crennan, who then moved on to become a High Court judge. Around that time, only about 5% of barristers were women.

Now, about a third of Victoria’s barristers as women, with many climbing the ranks and reaching the higher income brackets. About 40% had a parent born overseas, with 15% born outside of Australia, and 1.2% of barristers from Indigenous groups. Collins says that he’s very serious about changing the image of barristers into something more modern, more accessible, approachable and amiable.

While the bar remains not as diverse as most of Australia, particularly with regards to culture and ethnicity, the Victorian bar is taking steps not only to keep an eye on pay gap and diversity, but also to implement programs that deal with equitable briefing and unconscious bias, with the goal to make the bar more welcoming and human, both for barristers and clients.