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Everyone has a list of “must haves’’ when buying, but could you miss out on the perfect property?

first_imgAuctioneer Haesley Cush said not being flexible about what you want in a property means you could continually miss out.BEFORE the introduction of web portals like realestate.com.au buyers would meet agents, quite often face-to-face at their window, and discuss their long list of expectations.Then over time this list would be chiselled down to two or three non-negotiables.It can be funny to see what the end up buying when you compare it to their list of ‘non-negotiables’ just a few weeks earlier.Most buyers will end up holding firm on things like school catchments/area, price range or size of block.Someone can start looking in one area for a brick house with views and end up buying in another area, in a Queenslander with no views, but it’s in their budget.Some do hold firm though and we’ve had some quite specific requests over the years, that no amount of negotiation can change it.I clearly remember a number of buyers over the years who bought properties to accommodate furniture, pets and people.They’d reject property after property, most ticking every other box, before they found one that would fit that one thing often at the cost of another item on the list.When I’d visit years later it was heartbreaking to see the furniture, pet or person long gone and usually storage boxes stacked in their place.I once had a buyer who turned up at an auction, for quite an expensive property and they had never shown an interest before.They bid and bid and bid and eventually bought the property for $1 million above the reserve!When I asked why, it was because they thought they could move the house to the side and make a spare block. That was true, but they never did.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by When agents were so hands on with prospective buyers driving them from house to house on a Saturday we got to know them and their peculiarities really well.I met celebrities and heads of industry but the best was the bikies.I remember taking the president of a prominent bikie gang out to buy a property. The bikie was dressed in plain clothes and truth is it took me ages to realise he was a bikie.It was only when I took him through a house where the tenant always gave me a hard time that I realised something was going on.One prospective buyer helped bring a difficult tenant into line.The house was in an industrial estate and the tenant would cancel inspections, go out of his way to dress the property down and give me unbridled feedback about my choice of profession.But not on this day. He started to give me his normal snarl, until he saw my purchaser.At which point he dropped his head, looked at the ground and nervously said hello like he was a teenager face-to-face with his idol.My client acknowledged him asking “staying out of trouble?” and continued with his tour. Needless to say, inspections were a breeze after that.last_img read more

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Bureau Veritas approves Modec’s new FSRWP vessel concept

first_imgFSRWP illustration by ModecBureau Veritas (BV), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services, has awarded approval in principle for a new vessel concept design by Japanese FPSO specialist Modec.Modec, the global supplier and operator of offshore floating production platforms, has developed the floating storage, regasification, water-desalination and power-generation (FSRWP) vessel, which could provide clean energy and water faster and cheaper than current solutions.BV said on Wednesday that the new vessel design could provide clean power and water more efficiently and cost-effectively than conventional solutions.“As a new concept, the design is not covered by existing classification society rules but, working alongside Bureau Veritas, with its global presence, including a strong network in Africa, a key potential geographical area for FSRWP deployment, the two international businesses worked together to find a solution,” BV said.The Bureau developed new approaches to classification for this vessel, based on risk mitigation around new technology and requirements. As a result, BV awarded the AiP to the new FSRWP vessel, formally recognized at a ceremony at OTC 2018.Matthieu de Tugny, COO of Marine and Offshore of Bureau Veritas, said: “We were delighted to be able to support Modec and issue an approval in principle for the new design concept vessel.“At Bureau Veritas, we welcome innovation, and are proud to support our clients with their new ideas, using the expertise we have acquired over decades of testing, inspection, and certification, to make their ideas reality.”last_img read more

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Sea-Mol to Build a Tank Storage Terminal in Antwerp Port

first_imgThe Japanese group MOL Chemical Tankers, a member of Mitsui OSK Lines, is partnering with the SEA-Invest port group to build a tank storage terminal in the port of Antwerp.The joint venture Sea-Mol is being set up for the purpose of constructing a tank terminal for liquid chemicals in the Delwaide dock with an investment budget of EUR 300 to 400 million (USD 351.4 to 468.6 million).The tank terminal will be located on a 45 hectare site in the Delwaide dock. This is only part of the concession area for which the port authority issued a request for proposals in 2018.A shortlist of six candidates was selected, one of them being Sea-Mol. Discussions with the latter were started with a view of making a concession agreement, while talks with the five others are ongoing aimed at making the best possible use of the remaining area.“Our port continues to be very attractive for potential investors. There are various other large investment projects in the pipeline for which we hope to receive confirmation in the very near future,” Jacques Vandermeiren, Port Authority CEO, said.last_img read more

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Maersk Supply Service appoints new chairman

first_imgDanish offshore vessel specialist Maersk Supply Service has named Henriette Thygesen its new Chairman of the Board of Directors as of  June 1, 2019. Henriette Thygesen, Image by Maersk Supply Service (the image has been cropped)Current Chairman of Maersk Supply Service and Vice CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk Claus V. Hemmingsen will leave A.P. Moller – Maersk end June having concluded on the separation of the oil and oil-related companies from Maersk.Henriette Thygesen has been CEO of Svitzer since September 2016. She is a member of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Executive Leadership Team and has held leading roles across a number of A.P. Moller – Maersk business units over the last 25 years, including CEO of Damco Americas. In addition to her role as CEO of Svitzer, Henriette is Chairman of Damco Forwarding and a member of the Board of Directors of COWI.“With Henriette’s experience, I am convinced she will be a strong Chairman for Maersk Supply Service as the company progresses its strategy to optimize its existing core business while diversifying into new industries and pursuing new business as an integrated solutions provider,” says Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk.Maersk Supply Service launched a new strategic direction in autumn 2016 in response to the industry downturn. The company says that the diversification strategy is paying off.  In 2018 approximately 30 percent of Maersk Supply Service’s revenue was generated from integrated solutions project activity and work within new industries, such as offshore wind and ocean cleaning.“I am very pleased to be able to pass on the baton to Henriette. With her extensive career spanning many diverse business units within A.P. Moller – Maersk, she is an experienced leader with a strong strategic, commercial and operational mindset which will benefit the further development of Maersk Supply Service. I wish Henriette all the best in her new role,” says Claus V. Hemmingsen.Henriette Thygesen said: “Maersk Supply Service is on an exciting, challenging journey to optimize and diversify its business model and I look forward to joining the team as Chairman of the Board. It has been a few years of substantial change for the company and I am impressed with the way everyone is putting their determination and passion into driving the transformation. With the right people and assets, we are in a good position to face the challenges ahead and leverage market opportunities today and in the future.”A.P. Moller Maersk had considered a sale of Maersk Supply Service, similar to how it divested Maersk Oil and Maersk Tankers, however, the company in March 2019 decided to retain full ownership of Maersk Supply Service as a result of the subdued market outlook impacting the ability to find a sustainable ownership structure for the company outside of A.P. Moller – Maersk.Maersk Supply Service was then reclassified to continuing operations as of January 2019 and the company is part of the segment Manufacturing and Others, operating almost fully independently.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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Messer invites students to enter art contest

first_img2016 6th District Winner, “Sisters, Sisters” by Alexa Wilson from Yorktown.WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Luke Messer (IN-06) invites high school students in Indiana’s 6th District to submit artwork for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, grades 9-12, in the 6th District.The winning entry of the 6th District’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, alongside other contest winners nationwide.There are seven categories of original artwork that may be submitted: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography.The deadline for submission of artwork is Tuesday, April 25.Students wishing to submit artwork can call Rep Messer’s Shelbyville office at 317-421-0704 to make arrangements for delivery or pick-up of the artwork.A completed Student Information & Release Form must accompany each entry.More information including competition guidelines can be found here.last_img read more

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Rust races from ‘B’ feature to Hawkeye Dirt Tour checkers

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (May 30) – Once he made the Memorial Day main event, Joel Rust figured he had the car to be a contender.He figured right.Rust qualified for Monday’s Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener at Benton County Speedway by running second in his “B” feature, started 16th in the field of 28 and promptly raced to his career-first Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified Series victory.Rust passed fellow “B” qualifier Todd Shute with 13 circuits left in the 40-lapper and led to the $1,000 checkers.“I haven’t run a lot of features that long. I knew my car was good on the bottom and I got to fifth by midway,” the new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “I’d had success here in a SportMod but last night was the first night here with this car. It was cool to be able to win this race especially with the caliber of cars.”Forty-eight Modifieds, the most-ever for an HDT event at Vinton, were on hand for the holiday show.  Shute, Tony Snyder, Chris Abelson and Joe Docekal rounded out the top five finishers.Scott Hogan led the first lap before Docekal drove by and led to midway, when defending tour champion Kyle Brown took over.Brown had topped the $1,000 to win make-up feature from Sunday earlier in the program but his turn up front proved to be a short one after he got caught up with traffic and cut a tire.Docekal got the lead back for five laps. Shute was scored first the next time around and then Rust led to the finish.He’ll take the point lead to his home track for the next Hawkeye Dirt Tour show, on June 7 at Marshalltown Speedway.The Memorial Day program was interrupted briefly by rain. Other feature winners were Leah Wroten in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Tyler Soppe in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Damon Murty, for the 200th time in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career.Murty drew the pole start and was tapped and spun in front of a Mike Galli rollover early on. He battled Jeff Mueller before capturing the milestone win by two car lengths.“It’s a pretty big accomplishment,” he acknowledged. “Our next goal is to get 300 wins. Hopefully we can do it quicker than getting the last 100 took.”Feature results – 1. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 2. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 3. Tony Snyder, Readlyn; 4. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 5. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 6. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 7. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 8. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 9. Zach Less, Manchester; 10. Jerry Dedrick, Vinton; 11. David Brown, Kellogg; 12. Dakota Hayden, Wilton; 13. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 14. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo; 15. Jeff James, Stanton; 16. Patrick Flannagan, Cedar Rapids; 17. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 18. Shane DeMey, Denison; 19. Kyle Brown, State Center; 20. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 21. J.D. Auringer, Waterloo; 22. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 23. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 24. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 25. J.J. Scott, Iowa City; 26. Vern Jackson, Waterloo; 27. Dennis LaVeine, Burlington; 28. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup.1st heat (top two) – 1. Flannagan; 2. Docekal; 3. Lauritzen; 4. Irvine; 5. LaVeine; 6. Abelson; 7. Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls; 8. Brandon Maitland, Waterloo; 9. Dugan Thye, Burlington; 10. Dennis Betzer, Central City.2nd heat – 1. Kyle Brown; 2. Cordes; 3. Jackson; 4. Ed Thomas, Waterloo; 5. Scott; 6. Brennen Chipp, Waterloo; 7. Levi Smith, Donnellson; 8. Todd VanEaton, Orient; 9. Jason Snyder, Dunkerton; 10. Austin Bishop, Manchester.3rd heat – 1. Elliott; 2. Tony Snyder; 3. Rust; 4. Kyle Montgomery, Tipton; 5. James; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 7. Hayden; 8. Dedrick; 9. Roberts; 10. Brett Ladehoff, Marshalltown.4th heat – 1. DeMey; 2. Hogan; 3. Shute; 4. Van Genderen; 5. Hurst; 6. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 7. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 8. Racer Hulin, Laurel; 9. Steve Johnson, Camanche.5th heat – 1. Auringer; 2. Less; 3. Dripps; 4. Shryock; 5. Tom Berry, Medford, Ore.; 6. Ryan Maitland; 7. Blake Woodruff, Galesburg, Ill.; 8. Josh Barta, Cedar Falls; 9. David Brown.1st “B” feature (top five) – 1. Shute; 2. Lauritzen; 3. Abelson; 4. Shryock; 5. James; 6. Larson; 7. Dedrick; 8. Thomas; 9. Smith; 10. Woodruff; 11. Thye; 12. Johnson; 13. Bishop.2nd “B” feature – 1. Dripps; 2. LaVeine; 3. Jackson; 4. Hurst; 5. Hayden; 6. Chipp; 7. Ryan Maitland; 8. Montgomery; 9. David Brown; 10. Hulin; 11. Brandon Maitland; 12. Jason Snyder; 13. Ladehoff.3rd “B” feature – 1. Irvine; 2. Rust; 3. Van Genderen; 4. Roberts; 5. Scott; 6. Havlik; 7. Barta; 8. Betzer; 9. Berry; 10. Gustin; 11. Waterman; 12. VanEaton.last_img read more

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Ward tops 100 win mark with twinbill sweep at I-96

first_imgA.J. Ward won his career 100th, and 101st, IMCA Modified features at I-96 Speedway on Aug. 26 at I-96 Speedway. (Photo by Samantha Szczepanski)IONIA, Mich. – The track where A.J. Ward started his racing career became the track where he won his career 100th and 101st IMCA Modified features.Ward, from Ionia, Mich., became the 54th driver in division history, and just the second IMCA Modified driver this season to reach the 100-win mark, topping both scheduled and make-up features on Aug. 26 at I-96 Speedway.“I started racing here in a street stock. It’s good to be able to get my 100th win at my home track,” he said. “With the rainouts we’ve had it looked like I might not have a chance to get it here but everything worked out.”Ward’s 19th and 20th wins of the season came in his 36th and 37th starts, after back-to-back runner-up finishes at Tri-City Motor Speedway and Crystal Motor Speedway. It was the third time he’d won two features on the same night.His checkers in the opener came after a back-and-forth battle with Brenten DeYoung. Myron DeYoung, another Michigan member of the 100-win club, challenged in the nightcap before Ward eased away to complete the Friday night sweep.“It’s a relief now. I didn’t think it (trying to get the 100th win) was going to affect us but then we had those second-place finishes,” he said. “Then the 100th win finally came and we got busy getting the next 100 by winning the next race, too. That’s a good testimony to hard work.”A five-time winner as a rookie in 2010, Ward now owns double figure victories in four straight seasons, with a career best 24 in 2016.He’s a 14-time winner this season at Lake Odessa and in the driver’s seat to become the first Michigan hotshoe to capture a third straight Dirt Works Eastern Region championship.Stanton’s Rick Stout, the only other driver from Michigan with a regional title on his resume, ruled the East in 1995 and 1996.last_img read more

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United bid for Baines rejected

first_imgEverton have rejected Manchester United’s bid for Leighton Baines as they insist the defender is not for sale at any price. While that figure is way below what the Toffees believe is the market value for the 27-year-old, who is now challenging Ashley Cole as England’s first-choice left-back, the club consider it irrelevant as they have no intention of letting him go. Manager Roberto Martinez, who succeeded Moyes at Goodison Park, is due back in the country on Thursday after his commitments as an American television pundit for the Confederations Cup are over. The Spaniard stressed from the moment he was appointed he wanted to keep his squad intact – with midfielder Marouane Fellaini another player linked with a number of clubs. Chairman Bill Kenwright reiterated that view on Wednesday night when he said: “It is difficult for me talking for Roberto but he thinks the squad is fantastic. He wants to hold onto it but he also wants to bring in two or three players in the positions were we need them. He hasn’t met the squad yet. The first step is to get the players back and get to know them and bring in two or three.” Only on Wednesday Baines, Everton’s most consistent performer over the last two seasons, spoke of how keen he was to start working with the new manager after his switch from relegated Wigan. “He was one of the first names linked with the job and the feeling straight away was he would be a great appointment,” he said. “He has a different style to what we have been used to but I think it is progressive and it will move us forward. “It is also exciting for the players to be able to try that now. The style in general appeals to a lot of people. We have time to work on it, whether it is a different style of play or whether the formation changes. By the time we kick the first ball of the season we will be well versed on what he wants to do.” Former Toffees manager David Moyes has made a move, expected for some time, to take the England left-back to Old Trafford with him, but the Merseysiders are in no mood to allow one of their prize assets to leave and are not prepared to negotiate. Press Association Sport understands United have made an offer to Everton for Baines, with reports suggesting their opening bid was between £10million and £12million. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mourinho requests FA hearing

first_img Mourinho had until 6pm on Monday to formally address the charges and on Friday intimated he would contest, with the FA understood to now be preparing for a personal hearing. The Portuguese was sent to the stands by referee Chris Foy in stoppage time of the 1-0 loss at Villa Park after approaching the official. Mourinho went on to the pitch following a red card being shown to his player Ramires. It was the second time Mourinho had been sent to the stands this season. Following his sending-off against Cardiff in October, Mourinho accepted the charge and was fined £8,000. Chelsea lost 1-0 at Villa Park, with Mourinho dismissed after Ramires had been shown a red card for an over-the-top tackle on Karim El Ahmadi. As well as Ramires, Willian was sent off during the contest. The Chelsea manager came on to the pitch as a melee ensued involving players from both teams, with the substituted Gabriel Agbonlahor and Villa manager Paul Lambert also on the field of play. The Portuguese claimed he was only attempting to cool tempers and to ask Foy why he had not sent off Agbonlahor for accosting Ramires, but the referee was not interested and he dismissed the Chelsea manager. Mourinho also said he asked to speak to Foy in the referee’s room, but the request was turned down. The Blues boss then called on the Premier League not to appoint Foy for Chelsea matches. Mourinho was still seething at Foy on Saturday, even after the 6-0 defeat of Arsenal, as the loss conceded the initiative in the title race to Manchester City, who have games in hand over the Blues. Mourinho said: “Can we play against Aston Villa again? No. “The momentum was broken last Saturday. Somebody broke the momentum and now we are trying to build another momentum.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has requested a personal Football Association hearing and denied an improper conduct charge levelled at him following his dismissal in the controversial loss at Aston Villa earlier this month. Press Associationlast_img read more

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NFF Debunks Super Eagles, Atlas Lions Friendly

first_img“They will set up a final training camp in Ismailia and then play a friendly against Africa’s number one –ranked team, Senegal in Ismailia on 16th June. On 17th June, they will depart Ismailia for Alexandria – venue of their AFCON Group B matches.”Three-time champions Nigeria will trade tackles with Burundi on 22nd June, confront Guinea on 26th June and tackle Madagascar on 30th June, all in Alexandria.The 32nd Africa Cup of Nations will hold in four Egyptian cities (Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Ismailia) 21st June-19th July.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation has denied that the Super Eagles will play a friendly game with the Atlas Lions of Morocco in France as part of preparations for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.“We finalised our programme leading up to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations long before now and have publicised same, and a match with the Atlas Lions of Morocco is not on the cards,” NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, said on Friday.“For the avoidance of doubt, the Super Eagles will set up a camp in Asaba, Delta State as from Saturday, 2nd June, play a friendly with the Warriors of Zimbabwe on 8th June and fly to Egypt the following day.last_img read more

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