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Acas acts on sex pay gap

first_imgAcas acts on sex pay gapOn 12 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Almost 900 staff at conciliation service Acas have won an average payout of£6,500 each in compensation for years of unequal pay. The settlement, expected to cost the taxpayer £5.5m, follows an employmenttribunal two years ago that ruled women workers at Acas were beingdiscriminated against. John Taylor, Acas chief executive, commented: “The current proposal –reached after negotiations with the Public and Commercial Services Union –over- comes the inequalities for Acas’ pay system and its staff.” Taylor said that, along with all other government departments and agencies,Acas will be carrying out an equal pay audit by 2003. Steve Farley, negotiator for the PCS, said: “I am sure this will haveramifications across the whole of the Civil Service.” Research released last week shows that the UK’s 250,000 female civilservants are earning 28 per cent less on average than their male colleagues. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more


UK’s submarine-based nuclear deterrent may be put at risk

first_img September 26, 2018 The UK’s ability to provide the continuous submarine-based nuclear deterrent will be put at risk if a number of issues are not solved, a new report finds. At times of major international uncertainties, the country’s defense department needs to bridge a £2.9 billion affordability gap, according to the report issued by the Public Accounts Committee.The department also needs to ensure it fills identified skills gaps, sustain its supply chain, and make important decisions on significant projects in order to maintain the current at sea deterrent.These include infrastructure upgrades and the defueling and dismantling of the 20 submarines held by the UK.Although the UK had deferred dismantling on affordability grounds in the past, this was no longer acceptable on safety and reputation grounds. The department has started work dismantling its first submarine, which it expects to complete in the mid-2020s.In addition, the department’s new attack submarines are expected to be delivered late. There have also been delays to the construction of new propulsion production facilities.Since 1969, the Ministry of Defence has maintained a submarine-based nuclear deterrent to support the government’s national security policy. Over the next ten years, it faces significant pressures to provide the network of programs, equipment and people, often termed the ‘Nuclear Enterprise’, necessary to provide this deterrent.“In the past there has been significant slippage across Enterprise programmes. The MoD must now bridge an affordability gap running to nearly £3 billion, fill critical skill gaps and ensure its supply chain is maintained effectively,” Committee Chair, Meg Hillier MP, commented.“I am particularly concerned that the infrastructure available to support the Enterprise is not fit for purpose (…) The MoD admits that while it has previously put off dismantling submarines on grounds of cost, this is no longer acceptable on grounds of safety and reputation,” she added.“The MoD needs to get on top of this quickly and, in general terms, be more open about progress being made with management and delivery of the submarine-based deterrent,” Hillier concluded. Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Report: UK’s submarine-based nuclear deterrent may be put at risk View post tag: Royal Navy Report: UK’s submarine-based nuclear deterrent may be put at risk View post tag: UK View post tag: Ministry of Defence Share this articlelast_img read more


Anti-Halloween Posters to Hit Oxford

first_imgPolice are looking to reduce trouble on Halloween this year through a poster campaign. The plan is to distribute posters to residents saying ‘Sorry, no trick or treat here’ to dissuade trick-or-treaters from visiting certain houses, allowing residents to avoid disturbance. The scheme is aimed to protect elderly and vulnerable people, making the day safer and fun for all.Steve Smith, for Thames Valley Police, said “The idea behind the campaign is to make Halloween as enjoyable as possible for those who want to celebrate the occasion.”We don’t want to stop anyone from enjoying themselves, but we do want to try, as far as possible, to reduce incidence of behaviour that may leave people frightened, or which puts people in danger or at a disadvantage.”The posters and flyers can be downloaded from or picked up from your local police station. Cherwell24 is not responsible for the content of external links.last_img read more


National Cupcake Championship finalists are revealed

first_imgTo mark the start of National Cupcake Week today (16 September), we are delighted to reveal our shortlisted finalists for the professional competition in the National Cupcake Championships.With almost 250 entries to shortlist, the task was tough, as the standard of entries has increased year-on-year.There were four categories to enter: Classic, Themed, Free-from, and Made with Alcohol. We whittled down the entries, based on recipe, appearance, innovation and technical skill required, and are pleased to announce the 15 shortlisted candidates in each category below.We are also delighted to reveal that baking legend Mary Berry will be revealing the category winners and crowning our National Cupcake Champion at the live judging, to be held on 9 November at Cake International’s Birmingham show at the NEC.Finalists in our professional competition:ClassicApple Pie – Debbie Kennedy, Sister BakesBanoffi Cupcake – Gill Talbot, FantasweetsCarrot and Cocoa Nib – Stephanie Almeida, Stephanie AlmeidaChocolate & Pear Cupcake with Caramel Ganache – Michelle Alles, Fab Fairies and Wicked TartsCoconut Cupcakes – Ribana Cristescu, Sugarcraft DecorationsGooseberry, Elderflower & Lemon – Lorraine Tolmie, All The GoodnessLemon – Kerris Harrop, Cupcakes à la carteLemon & Lime Meringue Cupcake – Martin Hargreaves, Greenhalgh’s Craft BakeryMaple Drizzle and Pecan – Michelle Hollinshead, Cameo CupcakesNeapolitan – Kerri Elston, Mad Hatters Tearoom & BakeryNeapolitan Ice Cream – Tanya O’Driscoll, Celebration Cakes & Sugar CraftSimply Vanilla Cupcake – Joanna Lee, Vanilla JoThe Really Chocolatey Cupcake – Simone Anglin, Sweet Heart Cakes and BakesVanilla and Strawberry – Kasey Clarke, KupkaseWhite Chocolate & Raspberry Panna Cotta Cupcake – Matt Gransden, CatermastersThemedAt the Beach! – Kerri Elston, Mad Hatters Tearoom & BakeryBanoffee This is Your Life – Sonya Norris, Sweet Sonya’s Cupcakes & Teatime DelightsBird Cage Cupcake – Beata Khoo, My Sweet Passion CakesBlack and White Harlequin – Mary Eastman, Mary’s FairiesBritish Best Hero – Emma King, Funky FoodChristmas Cranberry – Debbie Mcfaul, Crumbs bakeryFairies Tea Party – Margaret Fraczek, Cameo CupcakesFairytale – Sofi Harrison, Scrumdiddlyumptious by SofiFood Themed Cupcakes – Kam Sokhi, CatermastersLoi Krathong Thai Inspired Cupcake – Jo Walmsley, The Dandelion BakeryOld MacDonald’s Farm – Helen Burgess, Decadence Designer CakesOld Style Hollywood Bachelorette Cupcakes – Laura Nolan, The Nuthouse BakerySummer Sundae – Helen Bollen, Mrs B’s CakesTeddy Bears’ Picnic – Yvonne Donald, CupkakeryValentine – Kerris Harrop, Cupcakes à la carteWith AlcoholAbsolutely Fabulous, Darling – Johannah Randall, Johannah’s PatisserieAmaretto & Chocolate – Daniel Addy, Chef Dan’s CakesBoozy Coconut Keylime Pie – Josefine Austin, Josefine’s CakeryChocolate & Raspberry Martini Cupcake – Michelle Alles, Fab Fairies and Wicked TartsDark Banana Daiquiri – Caroline Partridge, Hearthrug CupcakesDark ’n’ Stormy cupcake – Sophie Rees, The Sweet Bliss Kitchen BakeryDisaronno and Almond – Sarah Williams, David JenkinsEarl Grey, Lemon and Gin – Stephanie Almeida, Stephanie AlmeidaMoroccan Cherry Blossom – Scott Ball, Kooky BakesMoroccan Mint Cupcake – Rufaro Matsinde, CCTreatsPiña Colada Cupcakes – Fiona Pearce, Icing BlissPink Charm – Amy Watson, Amy’s Cake EmporiumRaspberry Truffle Martini – Tania De La Porte, Chocolate LaceSummertime Pimms – Paula Archard, Lilac SensationWild Berry Cider Crumble – Sue Price-Whittle, Rachel’s CupcakesFree FromBacon and Maple Syrup – Natalie Owens, Cupcake BoutiqueBanana Split Cupcake – Nia Hatton-Blair, Nia’s Allergy Friendly FoodsBanoffee (Gluten Free) – Celia Adams, Bath Cake CompanyDairy & Egg Free Jammy Doughnut Cupcake – Emma Handley, Truly ScrumptiousDairy Free Posy Cake – Lisa Cohen, The Boutique Cupcake CompanyGluten Free Chocolate & Cinnamon with Apple and Sultanas – Michelle Hollinshead, Cameo CupcakesGluten Free Peanut, Chocolate and Jelly Cupcake – Melanie Nicolaou, Coco Meli BakeryGluten Free Rhubarb & Crumble – Alex Cowell, David JenkinsGluten free Turkish Delight – Kerri Elston, Mad Hatter’s Tearoom & BakeryLemon and Vanilla Rose Cupcake – Simone Anglin, Sweet Heart Cakes and BakesMango and White Chocolate – Rachel Price-Whittle, Rachel’s CupcakesPecan Passion Cupcake – Paul Barker, Cinnamon SquarePiped Rose Cupcake – Ribana Cristescu, Sugarcraft DecorationsStrawberry Shortcake Kiss – Michelle Husserl, Mychelle’s BaketiqueVegan Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Fudge – Stephanie Almeida, Stephanie AlmeidaTo view the shortlisted entries in our consumer competition, click here.last_img read more


The Power of Partnership: Dell EMC, Cloudera and Intel

first_imgHelping Customers Adopt Hadoop without the RiskDell EMC recognized early the impact Hadoop would have on our customers’ businesses. It was clear that Hadoop would lay the foundation for the modern data platform, allowing customers to focus on new game-changing insights and enhanced data-driven decision making. Yet we also understood that, as with any technology, there would be an adoption curve due to an expertise and skills gap.This is where Dell EMC wanted to level the playing field for customers, helping them overcome these obstacles. With this goal in mind, over five years ago Dell EMC partnered with Cloudera, a company founded by some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley, to introduce the industry’s very first Hadoop reference architecture. The reference architecture taught customers how to build Hadoop from bare-metal hardware, providing guidance and know-how to streamline the architecture, design, planning and configuration of Hadoop environments.This validated reference architecture allowed our customers to spend their time and resources on use cases and data, not the front-end work that must be done before they can get to the business value. From the beginning, Dell EMC and Cloudera together focused on delivering the world’s fastest, easiest and most secure Apache Hadoop solution to help organizations overcome their big data challenges.We’ve held this belief for as long as we’ve worked with Cloudera, and today we are still holding true to our core value—make Hadoop less complex for customers by providing flexible, validated architectures running Cloudera Enterprise.Today, the Dell EMC-Cloudera-Intel partnership is stronger than ever, as Dell EMC releases its eighteenth and nineteenth reference architectures for running Cloudera software on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with Intel Xeon processors. These new validated solutions help organizations unleash the capabilities of the latest version of the Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop (CDH 5.9) on a certified architecture.Dell EMC helps organizations reduce the risk. Customers can leverage the expertise and infrastructure built into the Dell EMC Cloudera Hadoop Solution, allowing them to focus on delivering deeper insights and enhanced data-driven decision-making.When talking with Jim Ganthier, SVP Validated Solutions and HPC at Dell EMC, he remarked, “Organizations around the world count on Dell EMC, Cloudera and Intel to deliver leading-edge Hadoop solutions that simplify and accelerate the adoption of big data solutions and enable customers to capitalize more fully on the massive amounts of data they generate and capture every day. This is a partnership that is helping our mutual customers drive the digital transformation that will keep them competitive today and in the years to come.”Tim Stevens, Cloudera VP for Business and Corporate Development has told us that, “At Cloudera, we have been excited about the Dell EMC merger, which combined the strengths of two of our well-established technology partners. Together with Cloudera and Intel, Dell EMC is uniquely positioned to deliver validated end-to-end Hadoop environments. We are proud that today there are five available Dell EMC solutions certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5.9.”The new Dell EMC Cloudera Enterprise Hadoop Solutions offer customers choices that include validated configurations based on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd server and the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 server. These configurations are part of a portfolio of end-to-end Hadoop solution offerings that bring together hardware, software, services and support components. These offerings enable organizations to deploy Hadoop environments faster and with far greater confidence than they could have were they to design their own solutions from the ground up.Ron Kasabian, VP, GM Data Center Analytics & AI Solutions, Intel Corporation emphasizes the importance of the partnerships,  “Working closely with Intel, Dell EMC continues to expand the reach of its Hadoop solutions incorporating the Intel® Xeon E5 v4 processor family. The Dell EMC portfolio now gives our mutual customers the option of deploying Hadoop environments that have been certified on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd server and the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 server.”For a closer look at Dell EMC solutions incorporating Cloudera Hadoop, including innovative ETL Offload and QuickStart offerings, visit or read more


Saint Mary’s students reflect on Iowa caucus

first_imgEvery four years, the state of Iowa holds the first contest of the presidential nominating process. The 2020 Iowa Caucus took place Monday. Iowans travelled to schools, churches and public libraries to record their votes. GRETCHEN HOPKIRK Iowans participate in the 2020 presidential caucuses on Tuesday night. While results were delayed for nearly a day due to technical problems, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was narrowly leading the field late Tuesday, with more than 70% of results reported.The results of this year’s caucuses were delayed due to failures in the vote-counting system and the people eagerly awaited throughout Tuesday to hear the results. The inconsistencies in the reporting of voting raised questions as to whether or not Iowa equally represented all of America. Professor William Svelmoe, the chair of the history department at the College, had a first-hand experience campaigning in Iowa. Svelmoe travelled to Iowa this past weekend in order to campaign for former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg. “I wanted to go and just experience Iowa. Everyone always says it’s the heart of the political universe,” he said. The excitement that citizens expressed towards going door-to-door to campaign for their candidate was a one of a kind experience for him, he said. Nevertheless, while on this journey, he discovered that not everyone in Iowa was aware of the contest: most of the blue-collar workers he encountered were unaware that the caucus was approaching; they were unable to take time off from work in order to participate. “I was reminded, which I think is important, is just how much participation in our democracy is a class-based … privilege,” he said. Some have expressed a desire to see the inaugural contest moved elsewhere in future campaign cycles. Junior Kathleen Williams, however, has no problem with the caucus taking place in Iowa. “The working-class middle class takes up the majority of the voting bloc, so it’s a good predictor when they have more of a say in voting, because they will [vote],” she said.  Sophomore Isabella Thompson-Davoli said the caucus should be moved, as to increase its visibility to a non-Iowan audience.“Sure, move it. Maybe if they moved it to a different state people would know more about it,” she said.Freshman Delaney Garabed also agreed that finding a different, more representative state would be more beneficial. “I think [they should go] to a place, [that’s] not just racially diverse, but socioeconomically diverse, like class diversity and in a place where there is just more general representation across all fronts, rather than just by race or by class,” she said.For his part, Svelmoe said he believes the caucus represents more than just a chance to vote.  “It’s so important … because whoever wins Iowa … it launches you,” he said. “It certainly gives you a huge leg up and you’re doing it with virtually all white middle-class participation.”Tags: Iowa Caucus, Politics, saint mary’slast_img read more


VMEC Launches Next Generation Manufacturing Study

first_imgAn important research study to assess the progress of state manufacturers in adopting strategies to win in the global economy was launched today by the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC). The study is the first step in a long-term effort to help state manufacturers weather today s recession, improve their manufacturing competitiveness, and grow and be more profitable over the next decade.The web-based Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study questionnaire for Vermont manufacturers can be accessed at is external). Any manufacturing company owner, CEO, or senior level executive is eligible to participate. Participation in the 61-question survey is confidential and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Participation can also be anonymous. The Deadline for participation is Sunday, March 15, 2009.Study participants that identify themselves will receive a free, customized benchmarking report comparing their progress to the overall Vermont and national results as well as to other respondents of similar revenue and number of employees. The benchmarking report will be prepared by the internationally respected research, strategy, and benchmarking company, the MPI Group ( is external)). The NGM study is part of a coordinated national effort led by the American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC).The study asks manufacturers to rank their progress toward the world-class performance benchmarks of Next Generation Manufacturing, a forward-looking framework of strategies that are driving manufacturing growth and profitability in the 21st century. The six attributes of success for Next Generation Manufacturing are: Customer-focused Innovation; Advanced Talent Management; Systemic Continuous Improvement; Extended Enterprise Management; Sustainable Product and Process Development; and Global Engagement.According to VMEC Director/CEO, Bob Zider, We are encouraging as many Vermont manufacturers to participate as possible. The study results will provide a wealth of valuable data for manufacturers, business leaders, and state and national policy makers. Participating manufacturers will be able to see how they rank against world-class performance benchmarks and target improvements where needed. It is our hope that policy makers will be able to strengthen and improve programs and services supporting manufacturers by knowing where the critical needs are. The study results will provide a scorecard that will tell us what we need to do to improve. It will also assist VMEC in its planning for the additional new products and services that we need to be offering Vermont manufacturers.Manufacturing contributes about 11.5% of Vermont s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)- roughly $2.83 billion in 2007. By comparison, Government was first at 13.7% of GDP; and HealthCare was third at about 10%. Manufacturing employs about 35,000 Vermonters in high wage positions.About VMECVMEC’s primary mission since 1995 has been “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through confidential professional consulting, one-on-one coaching and public/onsite workshops to help Vermont’s approximately 2,000 small and medium sized manufacturers increase their productivity, improve their manufacturing and business processes, reduce costs, identify and adopt new growth strategies, and improve their competitiveness.Through the VMEC Process Strategies Group (PSG) business unit established in early 2006, VMEC is bringing its proven process and strategy expertise to a number of non-manufacturing sectors in Vermont, including healthcare, higher education, government, and financial services.Visit is external) for more information.last_img read more


Yogyakarta sultan threatens to close Malioboro after people seen gathering without masks

first_imgThe sultan also raised concerns about possible transmission, saying that it would be difficult for health authorities to carry out contact tracing if someone contracted the disease in the tourist area as many visitors came from outside Yogyakarta.”We don’t want a second wave of COVID-19 to happen in Yogyakarta. We need to prevent that,” he said as quoted by, “Don’t make me have to close [Jl. Malioboro]. I ask all visitors to follow health protocols.”Hamengkubuwono said the authorities would remove people from the street who did not obey health protocols, such as not wearing masks or violating physical-distancing measures, saying that the risks entailed in not implementing precautionary measures were “too great”.The sultan also called for street vendors and store owners in Malioboro to wear face masks and provide hand-washing facilities.As of Monday, Yogyakarta had recorded 247 cases of COVID-19 with eight fatalities and 185 recoveries. (nal)Topics : Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, who is also the Yogyakarta governor, has threatened to close Jl. Malioboro after seeing people gathered in the popular tourist destination without complying with COVID-19 health protocols.”On Sunday night I passed by Jl. Malioboro and I saw a lot of residents gathered around the area, chatting without wearing masks,” the sultan said on Monday, adding that they also did not adhere to the physical-distancing policy.He said he had coordinated with Yogyakarta officials to ensure that people who visited the tourist area, as well as residents in general, complied with strict health protocols to prevent further spread of COVID-19.last_img read more


Tenants fork out up to $2000 a week to rent a home in QLD’s most expensive suburbs

first_imgYoung couple Ashta and Anthony Hockings inspect a high end rental property in New Farm. Picture: AAP/David Clark.YOU will need to earn double the average wage to afford it, but for just under $1000 a week, you can rent a lush five-bedroom mansion on acreage in one of Brisbane’s poshest suburbs.That’s after finding four times that amount to cover the bond.Although spare a thought for Sydney renters, who need to earn an annual income of $385,667 if they want to live in ritzy Vaucluse, where anything less than $1000 a week will only get you an apartment, while a five-bedroom house comes with a $5000 a week price tag.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThis five-bedroom house at 1a New South Head Rd, Vaucluse, is available to rent for $5500/wk.Queensland’s high-end rental market is on fire, with tenants forking out weekly rent that doubles most weekly wages, according to new data from highest median weekly rent in Queensland is $795 a week, with the exclusive Brisbane acreage suburb of Pullenvale and idyllic Tallebudgera Valley in the Gold Coast hinterland commanding that figure.INCREDIBLE TRANSFORMATION NETS MIGHTY SALETo comfortably afford a rental property for $795 a week, a tenant would need to earn an annual income of $137,800, without going into rental stress.The average gross household income in Pullenvale is $169,000, according to Census data, but in Tallebudgera Valley, it is only $82,784.Most expensive suburbs to rent in Queensland.And while the majority of people might not be able to comprehend splashing $1000 a week on rent, an increasing number are more than happy to bear the cost.Living Here Cush Partners principal Haesley Cush said his agency had rented more properties over $1000 a week in the past six weeks than at any other time in years past.This house at 207 Brimblecombe Circuit, Pullenvale, is available to rent for $995/wk. This house at 823 Tomewin Mountain Rd, Currumbin Valley, is available for rent.And on the Sunshine Coast, a stylish four bedroom, two bathroom house on a private estate in Diddillibah is available for rent for $830 a week.This house at 34 Clarkes Rd, Diddillibah, is available for rent for $830 a week. This house at 9 Tuesday Dr, Tallebudgera Valley, is available for rent for $1050/wk.“What we found starting to build at the start of the year was confidence in tenants to spend more than $1000 a week, but in June, we’re seeing even more of that interest,” Mr Cush said.POWER COUPLE SLASH $3M OFF WATERFRONT MANSION“I think the unrenovated market in Brisbane has been very buoyant in the last couple of years so those builds are now taking place.”His colleague, Eadan Hockings, said tenants were secured for two properties last month at rates of $2000 a week after just one inspection.Mr Hockings said tenants often ended up staying in a rental property for longer than expected because they discovered they enjoyed the benefits of renting.Haesley Cush, auctioneer and principal of Living Here Cush Partners. Picture: Mark Cranitch.Mr Cush pointed out that the high end rental market was seasonal, with the bulk of tenants coming into the market in January and then another wave in June.He said the three main segments of the high end rental market in Brisbane were people who had sold, people who were renovating and executives.Executive leasing specialist Jennifer Grainger said a small number of her clients were executives from multinational companies in the oil and gas or IT industries, but the majority were affluent families who had sold their multimillion-dollar homes and could not find their next property.LAURA GEITZ FINDS HER DREAM HOME“There’s a shortage of properties to buy at the moment so that’s forcing people into a rental,” Ms Grainger said.“When you’ve got $2 million to spend, you’re pretty fussy about what you buy, so they will happily rent until they find something.”Ms Grainger said the standard for an executive rental in inner Brisbane was $1400 to $1500 a week.That will get you an immaculate four-bedroom, two-bathroom house with two living areas, a swimming pool and close to schools.“They’re not going to drop their standard of living just because they’re renting, so they are going to rent a comfortable house,” Ms Grainger said.This property at 207 Brimblecombe Circuit, Pullenvale, is available to rent for $995/wk.A quick search on shows that in Pullenvale, a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home on acreage is currently available for $995, while in nearby Brookfield, a beautiful five-bedroom family retreat will only set you back $850 a week.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the fact rents were so high in suburbs like Pullenvale and Brookfield in Brisbane’s west was because acreage properties were not popular among investors as they required higher maintenance.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“I think it’s showing a lot of investors tend to concentrate on inner suburban areas and properties at a certain price point,” Ms Conisbee said.“There is rental demand (in these suburbs), but comparatively fewer investors.”This house at 8 Blackbutt Plc, Brookfield, is available to rent for $850 a week.Closer to the city and for nearly double that, you can rent a stunning four-bedroom house with a huge backyard, close to schools and trendy James Street in New Farm for $1550 a week.This house at 234 Kent St, New Farm, is available to rent for $1550 a week.Or if you really want the best of the best, this picture-perfect Hamptons style home in New Farm will set you back a cool $2000 a week.Ashta and Anthony Hockings rented in New Farm for two years before recently buying their first home.Young couple Ashta and Anthony Hockings rented in New Farm before buying their first home. Picture: AAP/David Clark.The couple paid more than $600 a week for a two-bedroom apartment in the suburb, but were happy to pay that to enjoy a high standard of living.This house at 158 Heal St, New Farm, is available to rent for $2000 a week. This house at 158 Heal St, New Farm, is available to rent for $2000 a week.Four of the top 10 most expensive suburbs to rent a house in the state are on the Gold Coast, which Ms Conisbee attributed to demand outweighing supply.“There’s a bit of a rental crisis happening on the Gold Coast,” she said.In the idyllic Gold Coast hinterland, a private family home is available for rent for the first time in Tallebudgera Valley for just over $1000 a week.This sprawling estate at 9 Tuesday Dr, Tallebudgera Valley, is available to rent for $1050/wk.But if you’d prefer something on the waterfront, a five-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion is up for lease in Clear Island Waters for $1150 a week.The view from the home at 10 Staysail Cres, Clear Island Waters, which is available to rent for $1150 a week.center_img Inside the house at 10 Staysail Cres, Clear Island Waters, which is available for rent.A sprawling homestead that was once a Bed & Breakfast in Currumbin Valley can now be rented for $1150 a week, complete with a huge wraparound timber deck with stunning valley views.The view from 823 Tomewin Mountain Rd, Currumbin Valley, which is available for rent for $1150 a week. This house at 34 Clarkes Rd, Diddillibah, is available for rent for $830 a week.THE 10 MOST EXPENSIVE SUBURBS TO RENT A HOUSE IN QLDSuburb Median rent Income needed to afford rent Household incomePullenvale $795 $137,800 $169,000Tallebudgera Valley $795 $137,800 $82,784Clear Island Waters $788 $136,500 $71,396New Farm $765 $132,600 $93,704Brookfield $750 $130,000 $151,580Currumbin Valley $750 $130,000 $88,036Chelmer $725 $125,667 $132,600Mons $725 $125,667 $116,376Diddillibah $725 $125,667 $65,884Tallebudgera $715 $123,933 $104,988(Source:, based on figures to 31/05/2018 and 30% of income going to rent)last_img read more


Expertise Hub VIDEO: Spotlight on Offshore Center Rotterdam

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Port of Rotterdam’s Offshore Center (OCR) project, conducted by the PUMA consortium (Boskalis and Van Oord), is progressing rapidly as the contractor already completed the Phase 1 of this capital development program.“Land reclamation works on the site of the Offshore Center Rotterdam were started without any client commitment because we believe the center will be in demand with the offshore wind industry,” said Joost Eenhuizen, Business Manager, Maritime & Offshore Industry at the Port of Rotterdam.Several companies have shown interest in establishing their presence at the center already, and the discussions are ongoing, according to Eenhuizen.The construction of the quay wall at the site needs to be backed by client commitment, and is currently scheduled to start by mid-2018.Eenhuizen added that the Offshore Center Rotterdam was designed based on input received from the industry and that the center is being built to be future-proof and able to handle the ever-increasing vessels and components used in the offshore wind industry.70 hectares of land, 1,600 meters of quayOffshore Center Rotterdam (OCR) will be located in Princess Alexiahaven against the seawall, near the berth of the Pioneering Spirit.The port said that this will be a center where leading businesses work together in the offshore wind, decommissioning and oil and gas markets with activities such as construction, assembly, heavy lift, logistics, mobilizations and demobilizations.The plan is that the first businesses will become operational on OCMV2 in the course of 2019.OCR location, Image source: Port of RotterdamFor more Expertise Hub interviews, visit Navingo’s Offshore WIND channel on Vimeo.last_img read more