Hilary McNerney (USA) flew to the top of the podium aboard Singuletto in the $30,000 Pilates Rocks Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon, January 17, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) to close out 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) competition for the week.The second week of international show jumping at WEF will feature CSI3* competition on the grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village with the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 on Friday, Saturday’s $37,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Jumper Classic and $10,000 Hermès U25 Welcome, and an exciting Sunday of competition featuring the $137,000 Restylane Grand Prix CSI3* followed by the $25,000 Hermès U25 Grand Prix. Don’t miss a minute of the action and watch all the feature classes for free on the livestream. WEF hosts 13 weeks of shows through April 4 in Wellington, Florida.A total of 48 entries contested the opening round of the Pilates Rocks Grand Prix with nine moving on to the jump-off over a shortened track set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) and Andy Christiansen Jr. (ECU). Last to go in the second round, McNerney had her work cut out for her with three double clear efforts already on the board in the International Arena. She and her own 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding put the pedal to the metal and crossed the timers in a blistering 41.274 seconds.“After the first round I could tell that he wasn’t going to hit a jump,” she said. “Going into the jump-off, it kind of makes it more fun because it’s like, ‘Okay, he’s into this, so let’s go. Get with the program, mom.’ It motivates you even more when they jump like that for you. I think that motivated me heading into the jump-off for sure.”It was veteran Canadian rider Tiffany Foster finishing just off the winning time in the runner-up position aboard the 10-year-old mare Vienna for the Artisan Farms, LLC with a double clear effort in 41.378 seconds. It was a clean sweep of the podium for female riders as Gabriela Reutter (CHI) piloted 11-year-old Maharees Rock owned by Lumiere Horses Inc to a third-place finish in 44.482 seconds.Singuletto, or “Ziggy” as he’s known around the barn, is a horse McNerney has had since he was seven years old. Five years later, the pair is very well acquainted with each other and continue to develop their careers together. They shaved time off the clock by maximizing their effort with his big stride, helping to land them atop the podium.“We’re just stepping up so we might start to do some WEF Challenges and see how it goes,” said McNerney. “Maybe we’ll do some CSI4* classes with my horse Captain Cooper, who can do some of the bigger classes, so we’re just saving him right now and using Ziggy to do a little bit more of the bigger classes, which is nice. It’s my goal to do well in these kinds of classes, so I guess I have a good start.”In preparation for WEF, McNerney opted to stay in Florida throughout the summer and fall and took part in the shows offered by Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) in Wellington. She credits the quality of the competition and extra experience she gained for how well prepared she is coming into the winter circuit.“It was so nice. The [derby] field at the dressage grounds is amazing,” she said. “We usually go to Europe and Spruce Meadows so usually we travel a lot more, but I have to say those shows were perfect. I think we were smart in staying here.”Kicking off the final day of WEF 1 it was Crack Uno and Kendra Gierkink for Section A and Brianne Link aboard Cortina for Section B, earning blue ribbons in the $10,000 Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Continuing her hot streak at WEF, Grace Debney took top call in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall Of Fame High Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Griffis Residential, with Boheme De La Roque.Final Results: $30,000 Pilates Rocks Grand Prix1. SINGULETTO: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Singulord Joter x UlikaiHILARY MCNERNEY (USA), Hilary McNerney: 0/0/41.2742. VIENNA: 2011 Hanovarian mare by Valentino x Leena JTIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/41.3783. MAHAREES ROCK: 2010 Irish Sport Horse mare by Obos Quality 004 x Atlantic SallyGABRIELA REUTTER (CHI), Lumiere Horses Inc: 0/0/44.4824. CESNA M: 2012 OS gelding by Check In 2 x FuriellaMARGIE ENGLE (USA), Virginia Bartholomay: 0/0/44.7685. AYAMONTE BG Z: 2009 Zangersheide stallion by Air Jordan x Ulene Van Het LindenhofTANNER KOROTKIN (USA), Castlewood Farm Inc: 0/4/46.4706. BARDOLINA 2: 2009 Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x LandosMARIO DESLAURIERS (CAN), Wishing Well Farm, LLC: 0/4/47.5067. EST DI PALATINA: 2009 KWPN mare by Namelus x GuidamCHARLES JACOBS (USA), CMJ Sporthorse, LLC: 0/4/49.3258. TOULOUSE Z: 2011 Zangersheide mare by Toulon x Balinamore Van De NblauwaertMCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward: 0/8/45.0439. GIN CHIN VAN HET LINDENHOF: 2006 BWP gelding by Chin Chin x C Unanyme Vh Lindenhof ZFLO NORRIS (GBR), Cisca Norris: 0/15/52.18910. BUGATTI: 2006 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x PilotWILHELM GENN (GER), Eduardo Leon: 1/84.263 Tags: Tiffany Foster, show jumping, Vienna, WQEF 2021, Hilary McNerney, Singuletto, Pilates Rocks Grand Prix, Email* More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. 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Oxford stands to make over $100 million from developing a successful COVID-19 vaccine. The University of Oxford has been contacted for comment. The University collaborated with its spinout company Vaccitech to develop the vaccine. Oxford holds a stake in Vaccitech, which was founded in 2016 as part of efforts to make University research more commercially competitive. It is backed by investment institutions such as GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Sequoia Capital China. “The University didn’t enter this discussion with the idea of making a ton of money. Let’s say [the vaccine] becomes a seasonal coronavirus vaccine, and it sells a billion dollars a year. For us to be sitting there and making no money looks pretty dumb.” The University has landed a 6% stake profits from its partnership with AstraZeneca, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal. Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford, said that if Oxford did not have a stake in the vaccine, “people are going to come back and say, ‘Oh my God, another British university inventing something worth a ton of money, and guess what, they gave it away for free’.” The University then turned to UK company AstraZeneca to help manufacture and distribute the vaccine. As part of the deal, the company committed to providing global distribution which did not favour any one country. A University statement in April, when the deal was reached, said: “Under the new agreement, as well as providing UK access as early as possible if the vaccine candidate is successful, AstraZeneca will work with global partners on the international distribution of the vaccine, particularly working to make it available and accessible for low and medium income countries.” The University says that Vaccitech will not receive royalties during the pandemic. Oxford has said that any profits will be reinvested into medical research, including the University’s new Pandemic Preparedness and Vaccine Research Centre. The centre is being developed alongside AstraZeneca. The Wall Street Journal reports that Oxford closed talks with the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. after concerns that it could not provide the vaccine to poorer countries. Merck offered Oxford 1% in royalties. Vice-chancellor Louise Richardson added that Oxford “could have funded an awful lot of medical research since the Second World War”, if it had kept the rights to penicillin last century. Image credit: Felipe Esquivel Reed, Wikimedia Commons Professor Bell said: “We were headed into the jungle without a machete. We happen to be a rather good university, but universities don’t’ do this stuff.” Oxford produced 62 spinout ventures between 2007-16, more than any other university. The companies aim to turn a profit and channel money back into University research. The University began to look for a commercial partner after realising it may struggle to distribute and manufacture the vaccine. Oxford’s leadership acknowledged the importance of profiting from its scientific achievements. As part of the deal with the company, the vaccine will be sold without profit during the pandemic. However, if the vaccine is needed subsequently during seasonal returns of the virus, the deal could be worth hundreds of millions of pounds to the University.
As the year draws to a close, we look back at some of the major stories that have impacted the baking industry in 2017.See here for a review of January to March 2017.AprilWarburtons announced plans to close its Giles Foods bakery in Milton Keynes, which produced own-label products including garlic bread. Warburtons said the decision was a result of “significant ongoing challenges facing the business and is despite considerable time and financial investment”. In June, it confirmed the closure of the site.Bakery packaging specialist Reynards, which entered administration in March, was resurrected by Intelipac, a supplier of products including bakery and deli bags, carrier bags and corrugated cardboard boxes to retailers in the UK and Australia. The new business – Reynards Food Packaging Ltd – is run from the Reynards’ head office in Manchester.Genius Foods announced 115 workers were to be made redundant as part of plans to end production of non-branded products. “In order to support our market-leading position, we need to simplify and focus on developing and investing in a strong Genius brand,” said Genius chief executive Jeremy Bradley. In August, the business said it would close its production facility in Hull with the loss of 68 rolesNorthampton-based bakery Oliver Adams closed its 17 outlets, resulting in 150 redundancies. Insolvency experts BRI said the business ceased trading after Oliver Adams “failed” in its attempts to save the company. Ian Cooke, insolvency manager for BRI, said he had been working to keep the business afloat over the past year. MayDaelmans Group closed its former Fabulous Bakin’ Boys factory in Witney, Oxfordshire, with all 21 staff made redundant. The closure came three years after the Dutch bakery business acquired The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys out of administration with plans to develop and grow its portfolio. The closure followed a strategic review of Daelmans manufacturing and trading operations, which resulted in it consolidating its manufacturing base.Sainsbury’s began selling Patisserie Valerie products on its patisserie counters under a new partnership. Handmade cakes and pastries, such as its individual slices and gateaux, are made and delivered by Patisserie Valerie in the morning and sold in the brand’s own presentation boxes by Sainsbury’s. Initially trialled at 12 stores, the scheme has been extended to 18 Sainsbury’s.Bread brands again took three of the top spots in a list of Britain’s most chosen brands. Warburtons, Kingsmill and Hovis dominated the annual Brand Footprint UK ranking, produced by retail analysts Kantar Worldpanel. It showed Warburtons was the most popular UK fmcg brand, with 84.2% of the population buying it an average of 25.2 times a year, although it lost some ground compared to last year. In contrast, Kingsmill was the fastest-growing fmcg brand in the Brand Footprint top 10, pushing Hovis down from fourth place in the top 10 last year to fifth this year. JuneBimbo Little Adventures, owned by Grupo Bimbo, launched into the UK market for the first time with a range of baked family snacks. Each product is inspired by flavours from either Spain, France or Japan.Greencore acquired a manufacturing facility opened by Tasties of Chester in 2015. The processing site is at West Drayton, near Heathrow. The 40,000sqm site, in Stockley Close, was a £4m investment by Street Eats as part of a plan to triple its manufacturing capacity and improve distribution links within the South of England.Suffolk-based family flour milling company C Marston & Sons was bought out of administration by Heygates Limited. Marston’s flour mill in Icklingham, Bury St Edmunds, was sold for an undisclosed amount to Heygates. A freehold property owned by related property holding company D and S Marston Limited was sold to Throop Milling Limited.Warburtons reported that turnover had fallen more than £25m in the 52 weeks to 24 September 2016 as the “increasingly competitive” wrapped bread market impacted the business. But although sales fell 4.6% year on year to £526.3m, operating profit increased 2.3% to £35.5m as the business kept a tight rein on costs.Greggs announced the opening of its first UK drive-through on the outskirts of Salford, Manchester. The site created 25 new jobs and is open seven days a week from 6am-9pm on Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm on Saturday and 8am-6pm on Sunday.
Harvard University is commemorating its 375th anniversary this year with a special gift — a mobile tour of Harvard Yard for visitors, neighbors, and members of the Harvard community.With any web-enabled smartphone, the Harvard Mobile Yard Tour app allows users to take a self-guided tour to learn more about the University’s rich history as they explore Harvard Yard. For example, users will learn which Harvard building housed George Washington and his troops during the Revolutionary War, view colonial artifacts dug from the Yard by archaeology students, and see how the University is using technology to make its collections accessible to anyone with a computer. Users will also hear from students on what it’s like to live in Massachusetts Hall, view President Drew Faust’s office, and learn the history of the wooden water pump in the Yard.A collaborative effort between Harvard Public Affairs and Communications and the Office of the University Marshal, the tour features writing and narration by Harvard College students. Each of the 16 stops offers explanatory text about the significance of that location, as well as audio, video, and images with information in four categories:Inside/Out: See what’s inside iconic Harvard Yard buildings not accessible to the general public.Fast facts: Learn interesting facts about locations and events in the Yard.Innovation: Understand Harvard’s commitment to innovation and discovery.History: Learn about 375 years of enduring academic excellence and access to students around the world.Though the walking tour is intended for users located in the Yard, the app can also be downloaded from any location for a remote tour experience.To get started, users need a web-enabled smartphone or an iPhone. The tour is accessible on your mobile device at yardtour.harvard.edu or can be downloaded from the iTunes App store. In addition, visitors can still learn about the Harvard campus by visiting the Information Center in Holyoke Center.
Every week, Broadway.com introduces readers to a new Fresh Face in the New York theater scene—this season, 11 of our stellar standouts became 2015 Tony nominees! Read below for a cheat sheet on Alex Sharp, Sydney Lucas, Steven Boyer, Leanne Cope, Geneva Carr and more Tony-nominated breakout stars, featuring portraits by Broadway.com Photo Editor Caitlin McNaney. See if these first-time nominees win big at the Tony Awards June 7! MATTHEW BEARDEdward in SkylightSkylight is Matthew Beard’s Broadway debut, but it isn’t his first time working with co-star Carey Mulligan. The pair previously appeared on the big screen in When Did You Last See Your Father? in 2007 and An Education in 2009. The actor, who calls Sheffield home, has had insomnia since his move to New York City. “It feels like the city whizzes by your window,” he said, “and all you have to do is step out your front door to join the wave.” LEANNE COPELise in An American in ParisA British ballerina turned Broadway star, Cope is the very definition of poise in An American in Paris—but in her Fresh Face feature, she revealed her obsession with trashy reality TV (especially The Only Way Is Essex, which is the UK’s answer to Jersey Shore) and her shower cubicle audition for the musical’s director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. BRANDON URANOWITZAdam in An American in ParisWhile Brandon Uranowitz is fairly new on the Broadway scene (he made his debut in the 2011 jukebox musical Baby It’s You!), at age 10 he was the only star of Toronto’s Ragtime who did not get cast in the Broadway transfer. “I looked too Jewish,” he told Broadway.com. “They dyed my hair and eyebrows every two weeks. Imagine me with foils on my head and white shit in my eyebrows.” LYDIA LEONARDAnne Boleyn in Wolf Hall Parts One & TwoAfter wowing London audiences as Anne Boelyn in Wolf Hall Parts One and Two, she’s reprising her powerhouse performance on Broadway (in an extremely tricky corset). Although Leonard isn’t a singer, she’s dreaming of taking singing lessons so she can one day play Sally Bowles in Cabaret…and maybe Elphaba in Wicked! GENEVA CARRMargery in Hand to GodWhile Carr isn’t quite as crazy as her character in Hand to God, she’s got a great life story. After living in 11 states, she settled down with her husband, a “handsome, smarty-pants architect from Tokyo” whom she met on OKCupid. While the 44-year-old is making her Broadway debut, you might recognize her as AT&T’s nagging “Rollover Mom,” a gig that paid for her apartment. EMILY SKEGGSMedium Alison in Fun HomeThe Broadway newbie grew up seeing theater in New York City, but as a kid, she was more interested in being an animal than an actor. “My parents used to call me the Wolf Child because I was a really rambunctious kid,” she said. “I would get into these horrible temper tantrums where I would snarl and bite people.” STEVEN BOYERJason in Hand to GodThis Tony nominee isn’t technically a Broadway newbie—he cut his teeth playing Gilley in the 2002 revival of I’m Not Rappaport—but his explosive performance as a troubled teen and his posessed sock puppet Tyrone has the theater scene buzzing. Before his big break, he upstaged Leonardo DiCaprio in a bit part in The Wolf of Wall Street and proposed to his wife Emily on a kiss-cam at an NBA game. SYDNEY LUCASSmall Alison in Fun HomeWhen we first met Sydney Lucas, she was a 10-year-old bundle of energy taking on the tough role of young Alison Bechdel in the new musical Fun Home at the Public Theater. She’s now reprising her role on Broadway, and while she’s a little bit older and wiser, her performance is just as powerful. “People ask me, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?'” she said. “And I tell them, ‘I’m already doing it. I can’t change!” RICHARD McCABEHarold Wilson in The AudienceIt’s his first time on Broadway, but McCabe has played a Prime Minister three times before on stage and screen. “It’s strange, because I would be a lousy politician,” he said. “I couldn’t keep up that pretense all the time.” But he’s happy to keep up the pretense on stage, especially if it means improvising with fellow Tony nominee Helen Mirren. ALEX SHARPChristopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimePlucked straight from Juilliard (which he called “a fairly traumatic experience”), 25-year-old Sharp’s performance in Curious Incident is the talk of the town. But before he was a Broadway star, he was building tables to pay his rent. “I found all of these distressed wood tables for sale at extraordinary prices online, so I went to Home Depot, made the tables and starting selling them,” he said. “I have a more glamorous job now.” MICAH STOCKGus in It’s Only a PlayThere’s a reason Micah Stock is so adept at playing coat check boy Gus in the star-packed revival of It’s Only a Play—he actually was a coat check boy before making his Broadway debut! The star, who was the only actor in the Terrence McNally comedy nominated for a Tony Award, is still awestruck about appearing alongside Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. “I’m spoiled just to even be on the poster, let alone be on stage with them,” he told Broadway.com. View Comments
Related Shows Tickets are now available for the world premiere of John, the first show of Pulitzer winner Annie Baker’s residency at Signature Theatre. The production will star Girls’ Christopher Abbott and Tony nominee Lois Smith, Emmy nominee Georgia Engel and Hong Chau. Fun Home Tony winner Sam Gold will direct.John takes place in a Gettysburg, Pennsylvania bed and breakfast the week after Thanksgiving. It follows a cheerful innkeeper, a young couple struggling to stay together and the thousands of inanimate objects watching.Performances will run from July 22 through August 30 at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Opening night is set for August 11. John View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015
Today’s consumers are conditioned to expect more and more information – quickly. This is changing your members’ expectations. They want information anywhere they are and they expect it now.Are your branches ready to deliver it?The counterpunchTime consuming processes slow down branch operations and frustrate members. Enterprise content management (ECM) allows you capture documents and information electronically and store it in a secure, central location. Users quickly access what they need with a few simple mouse-clicks. By breaking free from slow and inaccurate processes, your credit union is empowered to deliver superior member service.A one-two punchLet’s take a look at a couple hooks you can deliver to put branch inefficiencies on the ropes:Account set upEvery transaction associated with account setup and maintenance produces documents that need to be stored by your credit union. With an increase in regulations and compliance initiatives, your credit union needs a consistent way to process these transactions while lowering overall costs without delaying new memberships.ECM allows your credit union to recreate paper based forms into electronic forms that can be accessed through your intranet, web site and home banking platforms. This results in a reduction in overall processing time per transaction and a detailed history. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: www.onbase.com Details Wire transfersA wire transfer request and execution has a lot of variables in play that can affect the overall cost and time involved to complete the transaction. Everything from filling out the request document to errors in data entry to gathering the appropriate approvals can determine how much a single wire transfer costs.ECM enables your credit union to minimize the amount of paper and create a consistent and repeatable process for every wire transfer request. Utilizing the electronic forms togather the necessary information and then routing them through the ECM’s workflow engine, the overall time to complete a request is drastically cut.The final roundIn the initial rounds, ECM empowers you to capture documents and information electronically and store them in a secure, central location. By breaking free from the costs, risks and restraints of relying on paper and manual processes, your credit union is enabled to deliver superior service.But, to deliver the knockout punch, you need to integrate ECM not only with your core banking platform, but also other important systems across your institution such as your loan origination system or accounting software. This TKO eliminates the need to switch screens to find information in every department of your credit union. You will decrease process times while increasing the ability to access important information from account maintenance to wire transfers and beyond.Your members will thank you as you hoist up that championship belt signifying your victory!
Iwobi scored against Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup in August (Picture: Getty Images)However, despite the giggles from his fellow Toffees, Iwobi says he is settling in really well at Goodison Park amid a good start to the season that has seen them lose just one of their first five matches.‘I have been welcomed really warmly and I want to help my team with goals and assists whenever I can,’ continued the former Arsenal man.‘I am enjoying myself and hopefully I will make more memories here.‘Our start has been okay and we will try to take that on after the international break. But there is always room for improvement.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEverton are back in Premier League action on Sunday 15 September away at Bournemouth as they look to continue the form that saw them beat Wolves last time out.MORE: Cesc Fabregas reveals why he rejected Real Madrid transfer to stay at ArsenalMORE: Liverpool scouting Villarreal star, and former Arsenal target, Samuel Chukwueze Alex Iwobi already has two Everton goals to his name (Picture: Getty Images)Alex Iwobi has made an impressive start to his career at Everton, but his new team-mates have still found a reason to laugh at him on the training field.The Nigeria international arrived from Arsenal on 8 August for an initial fee of £28m and already has two goals in three games for the Toffees, netting against Lincoln in the Carabao Cup and against Wolves in the Premier League.The 23-year-old’s two goals for his new club have both come with his head, having scored just one in the air over his entire career before moving to Mersyside.Despite his new found skill with his head, Iwobi has revealed that he is getting stick for his technique in training.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t know what’s been happening, they [Everton teammates] laugh at me when I try to head the ball in training,’ Iwobi told the official Everton website.‘But the practice has been paying off. I was just trying keep it on target [against Wolves]. I didn’t know I could jump that high.’ Advertisement Alex Iwobi’s Everton team-mates are laughing at him for his heading since Arsenal switch Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Sep 2019 2:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Comment Advertisement
Renee Bird, Interior decorator, at ID Blinds and ID Living on Spence St with some walpaper and curtain samples that Cairns people are choosing to spruce up their homes with. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEANMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“Interiors are also reflecting a connection with nature and there is a call to use timber or marble to make your home feel more welcome and calming. Timber is timeless, and there is a trend to go for blackened or oxidised timber, like an oak, rather than traditional sandy or whitewashed wood.“Natural stone looks, even vinyl planking has come a long way and is quite popular at the moment. Tile-look vinyl has come out and that looks very effective and would be cheaper.”Green is seeping into colour pallets too, with even cabinetry being painted the colour of the rainforest.LANDSCAPINGGoodbye concrete, and hello smooth slate, river stones or locally sourced porphyry, if you’re hoping to keep up with landscaping changes in 2019.Miles of Landscaping owner Miles Mead said the versatile, natural products could be used as edging or paving in myriad ways. Cordylines Picture: Supplied “Bluestone and limestone is beautiful too and they last in all weather conditions. They are usually a lot denser and don’t stick out like pavers which could cut kids knees if you fall on them,” he said.Mr Mead also urged homeowners to think twice about planting palms citing their messy, falling fronds as just one of the reasons they could create a headache down the track.“They also take up the ground so nothing else can grow in that area, they’re beautiful for the first couple of years,” he said.“Smaller tropical plants which are easy to look after and give shade are the best. Colour cordylines and the lucky stripe plant are some of the more popular.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenKnock Down and Rebuild versus Renovate03:24A NEW year has brought a whole new focus on home and garden building and design but a yearning to bring the outdoors in will always remain a staple of Far North Queensland residences.From open-plan areas to functional spaces that flow, vibrant greens and earthy tones, to an understanding and appreciation of the beauty of the tropics, these are the top trends you’ll be seeing more of during 2019.BUILDINGNo one wants to be stifled in a hot and stuffy house, especially at this time of year when the humidity bears down almost as hard as the monsoonal raindrops.Koru Building Contractors’ Tony Newman said seamless indoor and outdoor spaces, especially in renovation projects was hotting up.Boxy Queenslanders were often top of the list to undergo makeovers which often made the veranda a vital part of the whole house.Mr Newman said a second lounge or media room would remain popular throughout 2019 as well. “With these, they want light and airy spaces, a lot of people go white or paint in a neutral colour to help expand the space and bring colour in through furnishings,” he said.“Kitchens, bathrooms and outdoors areas are our three major renovation inquiries and the longer galley-style kitchen all the way down one wall instead of a U- shape is quite in at the moment. “It gives the room a nicer flow, and means the kitchen can flow through to the outdoors or to a deck area.”And, forget a bathtub. “Unless it’s a real family home people aren’t fussed on having a bath. A lot of people are looking to outdoor bathrooms though with an outdoor bath, screened by trees. I think everyone wants an ensuited master bathroom too, so two-bathroom homes are just the norm,” Mr Newman added.DESIGNClever storage and earthy materials will be a feature of more and more homes this year according to ID Blinds and ID Living interior decorator Renee Bird.She said a focus on design bringing convenience to a busy lifestyle, especially in kitchens, was leading to a “real shift” in how people live with concealed storage areas and integrated appliances all part of the change sweeping over the industry.”That extends to furniture as well, which can really make or break a space,” Ms Bird said.“It could be a chair and a drink table combined, or a coffee table with storage to hide remote controls.
Shipping confidence dipped very slightly in the three months to end-August 2018, Moore Stephens’ latest Shipping Confidence Survey showed.The average confidence level expressed by respondents was down to 6.3 out of a maximum possible score of 10.0, this compared to the four-year-high of 6.4 recorded in May 2018. Confidence on the part of owners, however, was up from 6.6 to 6.8, equalling the highest level achieved by this category of respondent when the survey was launched in May 2008, with an overall rating for all respondents of 6.8 out of 10.0.Confidence on the part of charterers was also up, from 6.7 to 7.0, the highest level for nine months. The rating for managers, however, was down from 6.7 to 6.2, and for brokers from 6.3 to 4.9. Confidence in Asia was up from 6.1 to 6.3, equalling the highest rating achieved over the past 12 months.The number of respondents expecting higher rates over the next 12 months in the tanker trades was up by 3 percentage points to 53%. In the dry bulk sector, there was a 16 percentage-point fall, to 38%, in the numbers anticipating higher rates, while the numbers expecting higher container ship rates fell from 43% to 26%. Net sentiment in the tanker sector was +44, in the dry bulk trades +27, and for container ships +3.In a stand-alone question, 44% of respondents said they expected tariff wars to have “some” impact on the industry over the next 12 months. Meanwhile, 42% categorised such impact as “considerable,” and 11% felt that it would be “minimal”.“A small dip in confidence is not the news the industry wanted to hear, but confidence remains at its second-highest level for four-and-half years. Moreover, it is significant that the confidence of both owners and charterers actually increased,” Richard Greiner, Partner, Shipping & Transport, said.“Concerns about geopolitical factors dominated the comments from respondents. These were led by President Trump’s efforts to transform US trade relations, but also included state support for shipping in China and South Korea. Shipping will always stand to reap the benefits of its global identity and presence, but will also court the risks that this must inevitably embrace.”