The Saint Mary’s Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) is spearheading a nonpartisan election engagement campaign inspired by the 2018 election season. The election engagement campaign consists of several events both at Saint Mary’s and within the wider tri-campus and South Bend community. The hope is to engage students through educational opportunities to increase self-efficacy in voting. The first of the events is a meeting on Sept. 10, aimed at students interested in becoming involved in the campaign.“It gives students the opportunity to participate in our democratic system — maybe for the first time — which is pretty amazing,” junior Annie Maguire, the single student worker on the initiative, said. “And it’s a powerful statement, I guess, when you cast your vote for the first time. We want to make sure as many students as possible do this.”Their biggest event in September will be their Rock the Vote campaign on Sept. 26. Maguire said the event will feature performances by Bellacapella, the Undertones and College President Jan Cervelli’s band. Maguire said the OCSE has several goals for this campaign, including making voting look less “daunting” to students.“The goal was to make [voting] as stress-free and accessible to everyone as possible,” she said. “And for the election season this semester it’s really important students are not only engaged, but informed on the different issues that could affect their vote.”In order to enact their goals, Maguire said the OCSE has resources available for students that need transportation.“At Saint Mary’s there are posters around the schools that say the dates and times of each event, where they’re located, when and on that is a link where they can sign up,” she said. “You can actually register if you don’t have your own car if you want to go across town for one of these events. The OCSE provides transportation. There is a form you can fill out by visiting the OCSE as well as just emailing them.”The events are of a wide variety, not built around a singular political group. Rather, the goal is to educate the entire spectrum, Maguire said.“As far as we know we are trying to get events that could be of interest to people across the whole political spectrum,” she said. “Our goal is to be nonpartisan, host events and [connect] events that are issue-based so people can really educate themselves on issues that could affect their vote in one way or the other.”Maguire noted the reasons why voting, becoming involved and educating yourself are so important for students in this election cycle.“It important all of our voices get heard,” she said. “We are a new generation of voters and our voices matter so much in the political sphere nowadays. Voting for the first time is the exercising of that power of our representation on a national level, which I think needs to be recognized more highly.”Getting students to the polls is necessary for representation to be acknowledged, Maguire said. “Trying to increase our representation in the voting polls is so important because we need diverse voices, we need women, we need people who are underrepresented groups in order to have outcomes we are satisfied with,” Maguire said. The election engagement campaign speaks to the significance of each voting-age individual participating in the political process, Maguire said. “As students at Saint Mary’s but also as young people living in the United States, I think a lot of the time people underestimate the power of constituents,” she said. “But the reality is that our voices really do have an impact on our legislators, on the people who are representing us in Congress and even on a global scale … Emphasizing that point as much as we can and encouraging people to participate in this process is so essential in keeping this process going and running smoothly.”Tags: 2018 elections, 2018 midterms, Office of Civic and Social Engagement, voting
Ice queens, lovesick princesses, mountain men, reindeer and talking snowmen were all the rage in Tinseltown when Disney’s Frozen took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film when the 71st annual awards were presented in Hollywood on January 12. The box office smash, which features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Santino Fontana, and a score by The Book of Mormon’s Robert Lopez, beat out The Croods and Despicable Me 2 to win the prize. Other big winners of the night were 12 Years a Slave (Best Motion Picture – Drama), Breaking Bad (Best Television Series – Drama), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy) and Behind the Candelabra (Best TV Movie or Mini-Series). The big screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece August: Osage County left empty-handed. David O’Russell’s American Hustle beat out August in the category of Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. View Comments Among the stage veterans who took home awards on the big night were Amy Adams (American Hustle), Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) and Jon Voight (Ray Donovan). In addition, Bryan Cranston, who will make his highly-anticipated Broadway debut as LBJ in All the Way, surprised no one when he won Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama for his role as Walter White in the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad. Woody Allen, whose stage adapation of Bullets Over Broadway is heading to the Great White Way this season, received the Lifetime Achievement award. Star Files Bryan Cranston
It’s hard to be the bard! Eric Sciotto, an original Something Rotten! ensemble member and Shakespeare understudy, will begin performances in the role in October 11. He is now set to play the character through November 6, after which the soon-to-be announced permanent replacement for Will Chase is slated to begin.Prior to Something Rotten!, Scotto appeared in the ensemble of myriad Broadway productions, including The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Pal Joey, Cry-Baby, A Chorus Line, Sweet Smell of Success and 42nd Street.The musical, which will close on Broadway on January 1, 2017, follows two brothers in 1590s England whose plays are upstaged by the rockstar bard Will Shakespeare. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing and dancing, the duo set out to write the world’s first musical.The current cast also features Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti as Nick and Nigel Bottom, Leslie Kritzer as Bea, Brad Oscar as Nostradamus, Gerry Vichi as Shylock, Catherine Brunell as Portia, Edward Hibbert as Lord Clapham and Andre Ward as Minstrel.Watch Sciotto dance through his résumé in a recent BroadwayBox feature below. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Something Rotten! Eric Sciotto(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Related Shows
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Better performance begins with better benchmarks.ALCO meetings are no fun when you have poor performance numbers to report. If your credit union keeps underperforming month after month, those meetings can be downright grueling. Certainly, performance goals need to be reviewed if your credit union is consistently failing to reach its benchmarks, but chronic poor performance might mean it is time to review your benchmark-building process as well.Tailor-made benchmarks are a must.Your credit union is one-of-a-kind. Its needs and goals are like no other financial institution’s needs and goals and therefore, tailor-made benchmarks are necessary for success. The first step to better benchmarking is making sure your financial services partner is helping you build benchmarks that are wholly unique to your credit union. Peer performance, historical references, industry averages, and market indexes are often used to construct benchmarks and measure portfolio performance, but benchmarks are only useful if they are custom-built, timely, and future-oriented.Benchmarks are only appropriate and effective if they meet certain criteria.Building appropriate benchmarks also requires a thorough understanding of your balance sheet. How are loan assets performing? What do your credit union’s deposits require you to do? What ongoing measures are necessary to keep the balance sheet optimized under various rate environments given the constraints of your liabilities and your risk exposure? Once you have answered those questions, make sure your revised benchmarks meet these six criteria:UnambiguousInvestableMeasurableReflective of current opinionsAccountableTailored to your credit union’s unique needs and goalsIt is only when performance benchmarks are built to meet the above criteria, and built with your credit union’s one-of-a-kind constraints, considerations, and aspirations in mind, that the benchmarks become useful in getting you to your goals. And when you meet and exceed performance goals, ALCO meetings are a lot more fun.To learn more about effective benchmark building, contact QuantyPhi Balance Sheet Optimization Services for Credit Unions at (414) 433-0176.
Nobody knows why Denmark left out the Faroe Islands from this decision, but instead of a negative narrative or a protesting “diplomatic note”, a completely unexpected campaign and communication was launched in the Faroe Islands in response to this decision. A great lesson in how to communicate and brand when you are fighting on the global stage with the big ones. When you are “small” in the context of financial and human resources, in order to stand out you have to be proactive, creative, innovative and use guerrilla marketing, and it is in this field that the Faroe Islands scored the best. The last campaign was broadcast by all world media and thus received a free media campaign worth millions of euros. “Just two hours from Denmark, another world opens up with fresh air, fantastic experiences of nature and exciting cultural and food experiences. The perfect place to land after several weeks of closure “, Points out the director Guðrið Højgaard and emphasizes that the Faroe Islands invite the Prime Minister and all the Danes to come and visit the Faroe Islands. Namely, the Faroe Islands are remote island areas of Denmark and enjoy a special status and their self-government since 1948, as well as Greenland (1979). The Faroe Islands and Greenland have their own government, but due to the fact that Denmark retains responsibility for issues such as defense, they are both represented in the Danish Parliament. The Faroe Islands are also known as Sheep Islands, because more sheep than humans live on them, they are an autonomous region of the Kingdom of Denmark. Namely, Denmark announced that from June 15, they will open their borders to Norway, Iceland and Germany, but not to the Faroe Islands, which in that context feel completely unjustifiably forgotten. “We attended the press conference with great interest last Friday and quickly noticed that the Faroe Islands are not mentioned at all as one of the countries that Danes can visit after 15 June. Now with the campaign we just want to remind Mette Fredriksen ( Danish Prime Minister ) that the Faroe Islands actually exist and that we are, of course, for Danish guests with open arms “, Says Guðrið Højgaard, Director of the Faroe Islands Visit. So Visit the Faroe Islands invite Dance as well as all those who have had good experiences on these picturesque islands to help bring the Faroe Islands back to the map of the world, now that the government has forgotten them. The Faroe Islands have been without a crown for 25 days and are more than ready to welcome Danish tourists, they point out from Visit Faroe Islands, and from June 15, of course, they will open their borders to Danish guests. / / / EXCELLENT INNOVATIVE VIRTUAL CAMPAIGN OF THE FAIR ISLANDS – REMOTE TOURISM The purpose is, of course, to show a number of fantastic opportunities for good travel in the Faroe Islands. After great innovative campaigns The tourist boards of the Faroe Islands, about which practically the whole world has written, delight again with their excellent communication. The campaign is called Call @ METTE, alluding to the call for the Prime Minister of Denmark The aim of the campaign is to bring the Faroe Islands back on the map in a humorous way, while promoting the destination to Danish guests. So they invite dance to publish photos #FarøerneFindesFaktisk and tag @Mette Frederiksen.
Museums, nightclubs, gyms and casinos will be closed in these places, with people advised to stay at home as much as possible, the newspaper said, adding that the restrictions would be in place until April 3.People will be allowed to return home from outside these regions, while bars and restaurants are allowed to remain open provided it is possible for customers to stay a metre (three feet) away from one another.The measures echo those taken in China’s central Hubei province, whose nearly 60 million residents have been under lockdown since late January when the government rushed to put a lid on the virus that first emerged in the regional capital, Wuhan.Worldwide, the total number of people with COVID-19 has passed 100,000 while 3,500 have died across 95 nations and territories.The disease has convulsed markets and paralysed global supply chains, and Italy has found itself at the forefront of the global fight against the virus, with more than 5,800 infections recorded in the past seven weeks in all 22 Italian regions.The virus has now spread to all 22 Italian regions and the first deaths are being recorded in Italy’s less well medically equipped south.Topics : With more than 230 fatalities, Italy has recorded the most deaths from the COVID-19 disease of any country outside China, where the outbreak began in December.Italy has the world’s second oldest population after Japan, according to the World Bank, and older people appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the new coronavirus.Without a “serious” reason that cannot be postponed, such as urgent work or family issues, people will not be allowed to enter or leave the quarantine zones, Corriere Della Sera reported.These include the entire Lombardy region as well as Venice and its surrounding areas, and the cities of Parma and Rimini — affecting a quarter of Italy’s population of 60 million. More than 15 million people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy early Sunday as the government approved drastic measures in an attempt to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus that is sweeping the globe.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Twitter he had signed off on plans to strictly limit movement in and out of large areas including Venice and the financial capital Milan for nearly a month.”#Coronavirus, the new decree is finally approved,” Conte wrote, confirming earlier reports of the lockdown in the newspaper Corriere Della Sera and other media.
Mesut Ozil speaks out on Arsenal future and omission from the side under Mikel Arteta The German did not make a single appearance after the season’s restart (Picture: Getty)In a lengthy chat with The Athletic on Thursday, Ozil defended his decision and claimed Arsenal ‘rushed’ the squad into taking pay cuts.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe club are reportedly exploring the possibility of paying Ozil out of his £18million contract but – elsewhere the wide-ranging interview – the ex-Germany international reiterated his agent’s recent comments by committing his future to the Gunners for at least another season, with a year remaining on his current deal.‘My position is clear. I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club,’ Ozil said.‘Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again.‘I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone. Ozil ‘fully respects’ Arteta’s decision to leave him out the side (Picture: Getty)Ozil claims he had ‘plenty of options’ to earn higher wages elsewhere before signing a new deal at the Emirates back in February 2018 but decided to stay on out of love for the club.He added: ‘It’s hard. When a player wants to leave and the club says no, the player must accept it unless they find a solution together. So when a club wants a player to leave and the player says no, the club must accept it unless a solution can be found together. I don’t want to leave, so that’s it.‘In 2018, I had plenty of options that would have earned me far more money as a free agent, but I committed myself to Arsenal because this was the club and the fanbase I wanted to play for. In that sense, nothing has changed. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Mikel knows my quality and I will be ready when he needs me. I’m not going into pre-season thinking, “Final year, I can chill — I know I don’t play”. These are not easy times for Arsenal and I want to help. ‘I still have a lot to offer and I train as hard as I can, whether I’m in the squad or not. If you’re called in, you have to be prepared. I’m doing all the necessary work on the pitch, with the fitness coach and in the gym. This is all I can do.’ Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Aug 2020 9:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link677Shares The midfielder insists he’s happy and settled in London (Picture: Getty)‘Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club — the real people, those I’ve been with for a long time — and I love London, it’s my home.‘Whatever happened in the last two seasons, I’m happy and very strong mentally. I never give up on anything. ‘I want to help my team and I’ll fight for it. If I’m fit, I know what I can do on the pitch.’ Advertisement Ozil was in Turkey when Arsenal’s players lifted the FA Cup (Picture: Getty)Ozil admits he’s been ‘disappointed’ by his omission from the side but ‘fully respects’ Mikel Arteta’s decision-making process when it comes to team selection.‘I can’t talk about my private conversations with the coach but I can tell you I know my body well. I was fit enough to play every game before the break and, apart from a small injury, it was the same after,’ the German continued.‘My daughter was born while we were off so maybe I was not always sleeping perfectly, but this is normal. I actually had more energy and excitement to play because of her.‘As a player, you sometimes have bad days and can’t always be happy, especially if you’re not playing. When you know how good you are and you know you’re not going to be picked, it’s hard to be at 100 per cent and, of course, you can get disappointed. AdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘This is my profession, it’s what I love doing: being on the pitch, playing matches, showing the people, helping the club and my team.‘I fully respect the coach’s decision but I believe these things should mainly be decided on the pitch. After the restart, I wasn’t given a chance to show what I can do. You don’t play 10 games in a row if you’re unfit, not good enough or don’t behave well. ‘If I played these games badly and was then left out completely for that reason then I might understand, but this was not the case.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Real Madrid reject Arsenal’s new offer to sign Dani CeballosMORE: Mikel Arteta ready to sell former Arsenal team-mate Calum Chambers amid Fulham interest Mesut Ozil has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has declared his ‘love’ for Arsenal and shut down rumours that he could be set for the exit door this summer by confirming that he intends to remain in north London until ‘the last day’ of his contract.The 31-year-old midfielder failed to make a single appearance after the season’s restart and was in Turkey as the Gunners beat Chelsea to lift the FA Cup. Arsenal faced widespread criticism after it was announced that 55 members of staff were being made redundant earlier this month, with many pointing out that Ozil was effectively being paid £350,000-a-week to sit on the sidelines after refusing to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus crisis. Advertisement
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare, Medicaid Expansion, National Issues, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to advance the American Health Care Act (AHCA) towards final passage, Governor Tom Wolf is reiterating his concern about the impact of the bill on Pennsylvania, which will strip access to health care coverage for far too many Pennsylvanians and shift billions in costs to state taxpayers and hospitals.“We must remove ourselves from the partisan politics that drive the health care debate today and consider how this proposal will impact people’s lives,” Governor Wolf wrote. “Our rough estimate is that the changes to Medicaid and the per capita proposal put forward in this act will cost Pennsylvania somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.5 to $3 billion each year. These costs, when considered in conjunction with our current $3 billion structural deficit, are far from inconsequential.“We will be forced to either significantly scale back the health care programs we currently offer to vulnerable residents, such as seniors and individuals with disabilities, or will be forced to weigh decisions about who to cover against other critical state funding obligations, including education, infrastructure, and the environment.”Governor Wolf has made protecting care for millions of Pennsylvanians, who could see their coverage eliminated or diminished by the AHCA, a top priority. The AHCA would also have wide-ranging negative impacts on Pennsylvania’s economy by increasing costs for older and vulnerable residents and sharply increasing the amount of uncompensated care provided by already struggling small and rural hospitals.The governor’s top-line concerns, as outlined in the letter, include:It strips coverage from more than 180,000 Pennsylvanians with mental illness and substance use disorders who have gained coverage due to Medicaid expansion and the Marketplace.It charges older Pennsylvanians an “age tax” of up to five times what younger Pennsylvanians will pay. For low-income seniors currently receiving income-based tax credits, this will be especially devastating.Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate, currently at its lowest ever at 6.4%, will skyrocket under this proposal.Nationally, those newly uninsured individuals will seek $88 billion in additional uncompensated care in 2019 alone, $24.6 billion of that amount from hospitals. As federal funding for uncompensated care will increase only slightly, states and local governments will have to consider picking up the tab. In Pennsylvania, our current budget situation will make that impossible, which will shift the burden onto hospitals and other safety net providers. This unprecedented strain on the safety net system simply cannot be absorbed, meaning people’s health care needs will go entirely unmet and hospitals already surviving at the margins financially may have to close.It dissolves the Prevention and Public Health Fund after October 2018, which will strip more than $22 million each year from our state and local health departments. These cuts mean children and adults will go without vaccines, underserved women will go without access to life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, and efforts to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity will be severely hampered.You can read the full text of the letter below.Dear Congressman:As the House Rules Committee considers the American Health Care Act (AHCA) today ahead of the full House vote, I wanted to again voice my concern about the proposal and its potential for wide-ranging, devastating effects on the people of Pennsylvania and our economy.I understand that we may have our political differences on various issues, but I truly believe this issue rises well above the tide of politics and is ultimately a humanitarian issue at its core. While the Affordable Care Act was far from perfect, particularly in the individual market, this bill stands to only make those problems worse.I want to thank you for allowing me to engage with you on this vital issue, both in Washington last month and in phone calls over the past few weeks.As elected officials, it is incumbent on us to fully understand the benefits and consequences of the legislative proposals that we consider every day. The AHCA is a glaring example of a proposal that needs further consideration and opportunity for public input. We must remove ourselves from the partisan politics that drive the health care debate today and consider how this proposal will impact people’s lives. With that said, below are my top-line concerns:It strips coverage from more than 180,000 Pennsylvanians with mental illness and substance use disorders who have gained coverage due to Medicaid expansion and the Marketplaces.It charges older Pennsylvanians an “age tax” of up to five times what younger Pennsylvanians will pay. For low-income seniors currently receiving income-based tax credits, this will be especially devastating.Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate, currently at its lowest ever at 6.4%, will skyrocket under this proposal.Nationally, those newly uninsured individuals will seek $88 billion in additional uncompensated care in 2019 alone, $24.6 billion of that amount from hospitals[ii]. As federal funding for uncompensated care will increase only slightly, states and local governments will have to consider picking up the tab. In Pennsylvania, our current budget situation will make that impossible, which will shift the burden onto hospitals and other safety net providers. This unprecedented strain on the safety net system simply cannot be absorbed, meaning people’s health care needs will go entirely unmet and hospitals already surviving at the margins financially may have to close.It dissolves the Prevention and Public Health Fund after October 2018, which will strip more than $22 million each year from our state and local health departments. These cuts mean children and adults will go without vaccines, underserved women will go without access to life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, and efforts to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity will be severely hampered.While our departments of Human Services and Insurance are working diligently to fully understand the financial impacts of this proposal, our rough estimate is that the changes to Medicaid and the per capita proposal put forward in this act will cost Pennsylvania somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.5 to $3 billion each year. These costs, when considered in conjunction with our current $3 billion structural deficit, are far from inconsequential. We will be forced to either significantly scale back the health care programs we currently offer to vulnerable residents, such as seniors and individuals with disabilities, or will be forced to weigh decisions about who to cover against other critical state funding obligations, including education, infrastructure, and the environment.Regardless of who picks up the remaining tab from the lack of federal funds, this legislation will no doubt jeopardize health outcomes and frankly, people’s lives, as our state immediately begins reeling from the implications of such a bill.I have shared projected district level impacts with each of your offices and will continue to provide any information you need to make informed decisions about the people that live in our communities. I ask again that you consider this an open invitation to work together on crafting a solution that works for the people of Pennsylvania.Please vote no on the AHCA when it comes to the House Floor for a vote this week. Thank you for your consideration.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorLetter to Congressman Tim Murphy by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd March 22, 2017 Ahead of AHCA votes, Governor Wolf Urges Delegation to Consider Human, Economic Impact
4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.“My wife and I are both from migrant families, so realistically three homes are too much and that’s why we decided to sell the apartment,” Mr Di Bella said. Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige is taking the property to auction on January 28 at The Event.The Event kicks off at 11am at Royal Pines Resort. 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.Floor-to- ceiling retractable stacker doors open on to the expansive outdoor balcony to enhance the sense of space, taking advantage of the spectacular panorama of the Gold Coast’s beachfront. The apartment has three bedrooms, each with their own ensuite, plus a powder room. There is also a separate office and media room featuring a fully equipped home theatre with integrated Cbus lighting and sound. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.The apartment has quality fixtures and fittings throughout, with gas cooktops and a coffee maker, of course. The finishes are complemented by limestone tiles, granite benchtops and rich timber panelling. Mr Di Bella said the decision to sell was difficult, as his family enjoys heading to the Gold Coast when they can. 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.After two years enjoying their coastal getaway, the Brisbane-based Mr Di Bella is selling the spacious apartment. The residence spans 337sq m across the entire fourth floor of Allure, a boutique development with 13 resident-only apartments. The apartment blends a relaxed design with open plan living, while offering the ultimate in privacy. 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.“It’s a great holiday home and a place for us to escape, especially over Christmas and the holidays,” Mr Di Bella said. “We love it because it’s right on the beach and the first thing you see in the morning is the water. “You could be anywhere in the world in that location. “Even though we’re in the very heart of the action on the Gold Coast, it’s a remarkably quiet place — and with only 12 other apartments it’s like the entire building is your own.” 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise is going under the hammer on January 28.EVEN before his first sip of morning brew, coffee king Phillip Di Bella’s weekend escape on the Gold Coast would kick off with the spectacular ocean vista from his fourth floor apartment at Allure in Surfers Paradise. “We get a view of the water from every room in the apartment,” said Mr Di Bella. “It’s a great start to any day.” 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise. 4/1 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise.Mr Di Bella said the fourth floor position offered a close connection with the beach as well as privacy, saying “we can see for miles up and down the beachfront, but the world can’t see in”. The Di Bellas decided to sell after spending more time in Queenstown, New Zealand, where they recently built a new luxury home.
Following the equipment load-in and commissioning period, the DOC-Swan Hunter Storage and Spooling Yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, is ready for operations. The yard will serve as a strategic cable hub enabling product storage and spooling operations for cable manufacturers and installation contractors, as well as deep water berthing for installation and construction vessels.According to Swan Hunter, DOC’s business links with heavy transportation vessels in the Far East, combined with the company’s equipment, can also offer clients streamlined cable transportation solutions.The current yard setup includes a 5500Te basket carousel capable of over 7000Te onshore capacity, a loading tower combined with 10Te spooling tensioner, a 15Te shore tensioner and a range of spooling chutes and track ways.Director Gerard Kroese said: “This is a promising forward step for the Dutch Offshore Contractors and Swan Hunter partnership. Utilising our equipment assets onshore and offshore highlights both our capability and commitment in offering clients a full service solution with on and offshore support in the offshore renewables supply chain.”The yard and equipment spread will be utilised for a cable storage project shortly, and the DOC-Swan Hunter partnership will supplement the storage capacity with additional carousels that are currently under construction, Swan Hunter said.