DNV GL awards AiP certificates to HHI for three types of standard mid-sized FPSOs

first_img Image: The AiP presentation at HHI (left to right): SH Shin, Key Account Manager, DNV GL – Maritime, JS Park, COO, HHI, Vidar Dolonen, Regional Manager, DNV GL – Maritime, SM Lim, Senior Vice President, HHI. Photo: courtesy of HHI. DNV GL awarded Hyundai Heavy Industries approval in principle (AiP) certificates for its “Standard FPSO (model name: Hi-PROS)” design. Vidar Dolonen, Regional Manager of Korea and Japan at DNV GL – Maritime, presented the AiPs to Jun Sung Park, COO of the offshore plant business at HHI.The standard FPSOs are the topside and hull integrated models developed by HHI. The FPSOs include two mid-sized oil FPSOs, with a storage capacity ranging from 1.0MMbbls and 1.5MMbbls, and one gas FPSO which has a topside gas processing capacity of 840MMSCFD. The two oil FPSOs were developed in line with current market conditions and trends, while the gas FPSO was developed to target the future demands of the Australian and Indonesian markets. The model name of the standard FPSOs, is “Hi-PROS” in which PROS represents “Proven, Ready-made, Optimized and Schedule-Driven”.The FPSOs were developed up to the initial stage of FEED, including the basic dimensions such as the hull size and topside layout. When an order is placed, HHI can reduce the required design period by using their in-house engineering database. HHI expects this to reduce the cost of production by up to 30% through improvements in the engineering and design process, such as the standardization, localization of the materials and mega-block construction methods, etc.Furthermore, the hull design platform, which was developed based on HHI’s technology and experience with FPSOs, enables HHI to automatically calculate and analyze the motion, structure analysis, hull shape fixing and weight estimation. Source: Company Press Release The standard FPSOs are the topside and hull integrated models developed by HHIlast_img read more

The Great British Bake Off: Episode 9

first_imgBonjour. Bienvenue à la demi-finale de The Great British Bake Off. A vos marques, prêts, cuire! Week nine saw the fantastic four voyage to France – at least in spirit – in a bid to win their spot in that elusive final. The very idea of it has been wafting through the tent like brioche cooling on a window sill, and now, the remaining bakers could almost taste it. Sue Perkins also mentioned something about a tiger in the tent. She might have been referring to Mary, but we’re not sure.“I’ve been containing my competitive spirit,” said Beca, while Frances explained that she had been taking on Bake Off “like a marathon”. Kimberley calmly commented that “there was a lot of talent” in the tent, and that, at this stage, it was just too close to call. Make no mistake, these girls weren’t about to let three mere challenges stand between them and the chance to join Bake Off royalty.First, the Signature Bake: three different types of savoury canapé, produced in just two-and-a-half hours. One must be choux, the second could be shortcrust or rough puff, and the third could be any pastry of the bakers’ choosing. Every minute mattered.“They are going to have to pace themselves. The finish has got to be absolutely perfect,” remarked the Berry. Mr Hollywood, just for a change, wanted uniformity and a “big punch” in a little packet, so to speak. Steady.Kimberley opted for pea purée tarts, crab and wasabi profiteroles, and steamed buns with barbeque chicken. Keeping with tradition, Frances wanted to produce another miniature garden with legume canapés, chantenay carrots, choux pastry tomatoes and cauliflower cheese scones, leaving Paul to turn his head away to hide a smirk. One word. We don’t have to spell it.Beca, now dubbed Beca-roon by Mel due to her obsession with the little dears, wanted to use them to create something savoury.  She went for stilton and walnut macaroons, beetroot and salmon choux puffs and Welsh rarebit tartlets.Ruby, describing her poppy seed biscuits as being covered in “beetroot stuff” (she meant jelly) was going for spinach, parmesan and egg tartlets, and choux buns with goat’s cheese and caramelised onions to accompany them.The judging was swift and, at times, brutal. Ruby’s creations were given a brief knock by Paul, but Mary called her pastry “beautifully cooked”, so not all bad then. Beca’s stilton macaroons were on the chunky side, leaving them looking rushed and clumsy. Apart from Kimberley’s oversized buns, she was practically awarded 10/10 by both Paul and Mary, while Frances managed to slap the substance on her style.The Technical was one of Mary’s own making, leaving the bakers to battle with what Sue Perkins eloquently described as a “brain”. A Charlotte Royale, “the perfect Technical Challenge”, required Swiss roll, mousse and the ability to know that it’s probably best to line your bowl with cling film. Kimberley reckoned it was going to be fun, whereas Ruby looked like she was contemplating slicing her fingers off just to leave the tent.Sue and Mel sniggered to themselves in the corner as they watched the bakers prepare their bowls. Hiding behind their hands, they revealed that it was pretty much, without fail, impossible to remove the compacted Swiss roll pieces without cling film. Cue shot of Ruby lining hers with butter.Quickly changing her mind with the assistance of S + M, the bakers were given a countdown to place their Charlottes in the fridge, accompanied by the lilac mousses. They were in for a cold night.A new day, and welcome back the Charlottes. To conclude, an arrowroot and sugar mixture was used to cover as a glaze. The judges placed Ruby in fourth, Beca in third, Frances in second and Kimberley first, and, unsurprisingly, she was pretty chuffed.The Showstopper was the bakers’ final chance to put themselves into the final. But first, they were going to the Opera – a tricky cake, requiring excellent timing, to allow the layers to cool, and precision. Frances wanting to create a “soap opera”, the only baker to have a bit of fun with the challenge, and selected white chocolate, lemon and lavender, earning a raised eyebrow from Paul.  Then again, he didn’t like the idea of Ruby’s saffron, but she took no notice.It was banana-drama for Beca, who essentially presented the judges with, well, a large banana. She had banana essence, banana chips and real banana in the layers for “freshness”.  Kimberley produced rather even-looking layers and a distinctive dotty top, while Ruby’s sort of sank on one side. That said, both judges were impressed with her flavour.Frances’ lavender and lemon didn’t really come through, but her presentation, as usual, stood out. Despite some criticism, Kimberley was awarded Star Baker and a definite place in the final. Sadly, it was Beca who was given the heave-ho.Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the three finalists: Kimberley, Frances and Ruby.The Great British Bake Off is currently airing on BBC2 on Tuesdays at 8pm.last_img read more

Holly Bowling Breathes New Life Into The Music Of The Grateful Dead

first_imgExploring the essence of the Grateful Dead‘s musical legacy on her new album, Better Left Unsung, classical pianist Holly Bowling finds fresh ways to share the spirit of the beloved band. Merging the timeless sound of piano with the music of modern masters is much trodden ground, but Bowling infuses enough of herself in each re-imagining to make the results able to stand on their own. Bowling’s choice of subject matter, music from jam band icons like the Dead, presents some unique challenges that she seems to embrace.The task she has set for herself is a high wire one, to be certain. Rabid fan bases cast a wary eye on any attempts to recreate the music of their idols, and there are few more dedicated than “Deadheads.” Luckily for Bowling, though her task was difficult, the structure of the songs themselves seem tailor made to her endeavor. Opening with the perfectly paired “Help On The Way > Slipknot!,” the first thing listeners notice is the drama added thanks to the reduction of sound. Stark key strokes ring out heavily, relying on the Dead’s propensity to link lyrical thrust to melody. The result is a take that strikes new chords emotionally without losing what made the originals so well received.While there are seemingly countless cover acts remaking the music of the Dead on stages across America nightly, few are saying anything new. The Dead relied greatly on improvisation, though over the years certain patterns started to occur in live renditions, and most bands focus on that aspect of their sound. Bowling honors all eras with the same mix of imagination, love of the material and bravado that sets her apart. In her skilled hands, “Franklin’s Tower” gains a saloon worthy, barrel roll feel. “Unbroken Chain” arcs to the heavens with a swirling ascension that is practically biblical. Even the island tinged “Crazy Fingers” finds new respect as a sparse and captivating single line transformation.Bowling isn’t one to shy away from the more elaborate pieces as well. Album exclusive versions of “Terrapin Station (Suite)” and “Dark Star” see her at her finest, both in actual playing and in the area of scoring. The heavy structures and distinct sections of those epic tracks give Bowling a prime opportunity to wed her classical sensibilities to the various moving pieces. Her strident stokes ring with authority while her deft pedal control give her an almost vibrato feel to her arsenal. That range is most useful when needing to contrast the harshness of her instrument with some of the more lilting passages of the original works.It’s no mean feat to not just a single revered musician but an entire band whose catalog is burned into the hearts and souls of two generations of music fans. Both this album and her previous work, Distillation Of A Dream, where she tackled the works of Phish, shows that Holly Bowling is an artist without fear. That confidence seems to have set her free to chase nigh impossible dreams and make them truly worthwhile musical realities.As the inspired tracks on Better Left Unsung show, Bowling is an artist who manages to hear the actual soul of a song while at the same time evolving it into something fresh for the next generation. With his predilection for covering the work of others himself, it is safe to say that Jerry would be proud to hear his works receiving the same reverential treatment.last_img read more

Chinch Bugs

first_imgGeorgia lawns are looking parched thanks to drought conditions statewide, but the lack of rain has also opened the door for chinch bugs, a major dry weather pest of St. Augustinegrass and other turfgrass lawns. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Andrew Sawyer says it’s easy to tell if chinch bugs are damaging your lawn: Dead areas of the lawn will show up quickly as chinch bug damage occurs very fast. It is most often initially noticed on sunny areas of the lawn.Adult chinch bugs are about 1/5-inch long and light in color, with small, black, triangular patches on their wings. The nymphs vary in color from reddish with a white band across the back to black as they near adulthood. Chinch bugs use their piercing mouthparts to feed into the base of a turfgrass blade. Turfgrass injury appears as spreading patches of brown, dead grass. St. Augustinegrass is the most seriously injured, but other lawn grasses, including zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, bahiagrass and centipedegrass, are also subject to attack. “To confirm you have chinch bug damage, search the edges of a dead patch. Pull back the turf and thatch where you can see the soil surface,” said Sawyer, the UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resouces agent in Thomas County, Georgia. “You can also look inside the leaf sheaths where the grass blades come together at the base of the plant.”Sawyer also suggests an alternative method, called the “flotation method,” for identifying chinch bugs. Remove both ends of a coffee can or similarly sized can. Stick one end of the can 2 to 3 inches into the ground. Fill the can with water and keep the water level up for approximately five to seven minutes. If there are chinch bugs present in the lawn, they will float to the top.Homeowners are advised to check multiple areas of their lawn if they don’t see chinch bugs at first glance. UGA entomologist Kris Braman says 20 to 25 chinch bugs per square foot can cause damage. “This monitoring technique should be repeated in several spots at the edge of the suspected area to increase chances of finding the bugs,” she said. “Treat if populations are at or above the damage threshold. Pesticides should not be applied to turf in dry soil to avoid potential chemical injury. Irrigate the lawn several hours to a day before treating.”Insecticide treatments applied two to three weeks apart can help control the pest.“You are likely to need more than one application for serious chinch bug problems,” Sawyer said. “Use different products for repeat treatments to reduce the chance of resistance.”Predominantly a dry weather pest, chinch bugs are susceptible to infections from naturally occurring fungi during cool, moist periods. Sawyer recommends watering frequently during the times the bugs are active to help fight them, which is typically around mid- to late summer.Sawyer also says cultural practices can be used to thwart chinch bug damage.“Heavily fertilized St. Augustine lawns are more susceptible to chinch bugs,” he said. “Use slow-release fertilizers in the summer and reduce rates by half.”Stronger roots help resist insect attack, so mow St. Augustinegrass at three inches and mow often enough so that no more than one-third of the leaf blade is removed at any one time, he said.Keep mower blades sharp, as a clean cut reduces stress on the grass and makes the lawn more resistant to chinch bug injury.For more information about chinch bugs, go to lpm.uga.edu/turf/chinchbugs.html.last_img read more

NSA Continues Strong Growth Trend

first_imgDespite the national and state economic slowdown, one of the largest private employers in the Northeast Kingdom remains strong, said Steve Patterson, executive director of the Northeast Vermont Economic Development Association.NSA Industries, LLC of Lyndonville is one of the fastest growing manufacturing industries in the region; more than 40 new employees were hired in the last 12 months, pushing the total workforce to over 300 employees.The company is still looking for 30 to 35 more new employees, Patterson said today, outlining the fast growth of the metal fabricator located in the Lyndonville – St. Johnsbury Industrial Park.Patterson also noted NVDA talked with Vermont Aerospace, also located in the Park and said the defense contractor reports that it is doing well.Aerospace is also looking to hire, Patterson said.This should help offset some of the recent job losses in the St. Johnsbury Region, he added.NSA, which was founded more than 26 years ago, was acquired in August 2007, by Worth Mountain of Middlebury, Vt.NSA Industries has a diverse range of capabilities, including sheet metal fabrication, welding, tube forming, and precision machining. It is now the region’s second largest private employer with more than 300 employees.The company, however, has a difficult time recruiting trained machinists, CNC operators, programmers and the like, said Chan Morgan.Morgan said NSA would work with NVDA and other groups to establish strong training programs for his company, as well as other businesses in the area.last_img read more

Legislature approves Civil Legal Justice Act

first_img June 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Legislature approves Civil Legal Justice Act Senior Editor In the prosaic language of Florida’s 2002-03 budget, it’s known as line item 1599A. The description reads: “SPECIAL CATEGORIES, CIVIL LEGAL ASSISTANCE, FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND. Funds in Specific Appropriation 1599A are appropriated for a pilot program to provide civil legal assistance in the following judicial circuits: First, Fourth, Ninth, 12th, 13th, 17th, and 20th.”The amount accompanying this description is $2 million.It marks the success of Bar President Terry Russell’s top legislative priority this year, getting the state to help fund unmet legal needs of poor residents. And perhaps more significantly, it’s the first time Florida has provided money for civil legal aid programs. Until the 2002-03 budget passed on May 13, Florida remained one of only 11 states that did not provide state monies for legal aid.The only thing remaining is the signature of Gov. Jeb Bush on the bill enabling the program and the budget.“It’s been the experience of a lifetime, frankly. It really has,” Russell said. “The icing on the cake will be the governor’s signature, and we are anxiously awaiting that.”He said the case for the program was strengthened because the Bar could show that the extraordinary amount of pro bono work provided by Bar members still wasn’t meeting the legal requirements of Florida’s neediest citizens.“The legislature recognized that effort and based on the good hard work by a lot of people — The Florida Bar Foundation, our lobbying staff, Bar people -— we were able to deliver a powerful message and it was listened to,” the president said. “In many respects, it has seemed almost providential, it’s gone so well. People who we anticipated would have strong philosophical concerns embraced it. House and Senate leadership looked at it and said, ‘This is a good bill.’”The money was appropriated to the state Department of Community Affairs, which is mandated by separate enabling legislation (HB 491) to come up with a contract, most likely with The Florida Bar Foundation, to oversee seven pilot programs. As noted in the appropriations bill, those will be in the First, Fourth, Ninth, 12th, 13th, 17th, and 20th circuits.The enabling legislation specifies the money must go to legal aid organizations to help with a variety of family law related problems, including domestic violence, juvenile and elderly abuse, getting benefits from the federal government, and immigration matters. The money cannot be used to sue the state or any of its agencies or political subdivisions.The goal, according to Florida Legal Services Director Kent Spuhler, who lobbied the legislature on the bill, is to have “good, healthy pilot projects so we can make sure we can carefully monitor the outcomes and we can demonstrate to the legislature next year the need for full funding.”On the surface, prospects for the program appeared dim heading into the session. Conventional Tallahassee wisdom is that it takes multiple years and legislative sessions for worthy, new programs to be adopted. Then the program also needed new state funding at a time when finances were exceptionally tight because of the recession and 9/11 — legislators had a special session last fall to cut the state budget by $1 billion. Finally, Russell, Spuhler, and other backers hoped to use $10 million from unspent federal grants to the state for welfare reform to fund a statewide program (the pilot projects address the typical problems families have as they try to get off welfare). But they discovered during the regular session lawmakers had found other uses for that money.On the plus side, the program found wide and strong support among legislators. Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, and Sen. Burt Saunders, R-Naples, sponsored the legislation in their respective chambers, and guided the bill through numerous committee meetings. Along the way, more than half of the senators and representatives signed on as co-sponsors, making it the most widely sponsored bill of the year.Goodlette said once lawmakers learned of the aims of the bill and were satisfied with certain items, including that the state couldn’t be sued using its own money, support for the bill was easy to get. He said both House Speaker Tom Feeney, R-Orlando, and Speaker Designate Johnnie Byrd, R-Plant City, as well as Fiscal Responsibility Council Chair Carlos Lacasa, R-Miami, supported the measure in the lower chamber and helped get the funding.When the federal funding became unavailable, Russell met with Senate President John McKay, R-Bradenton, and Lacasa and secured their support for the program, although funding remained a question.When the regular session ended, the legislature had passed the Civil Legal Justice Act — unanimously in the Senate and with only one dissenting vote in the House. The program had been created, but with the impasse over the budget, no funds had been allocated. That session ended with Senate and House officials talking amounts between $500,000 and $2 million.Goodlette said the House was committed to the $2 million figure, which would allow pilot programs in seven instead of three circuits. “I think the leaders in the legislature became more comfortable there was a need, an unmet need. . . and we were successful in persuading our colleagues,” he said.Sen. Charlie Clary, R-Destin, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, pushed to get the $2 million figure included in the Senate’s version of the budget.Clary said he was convinced by Steve Metz, the Bar’s outside legislative counsel, that the program was worthwhile.“It did good things for folks who couldn’t afford legal aid,” Clary said. “At a minimum, this will give us a chance to evaluate what the program can do and what the pros and cons are. We’ll probably come back with some interim studies and reports and see if it’s worth doing on a recurring basis. That’s the ultimate goal.”Goodlette said while no federal grants to the state, known as TAN/F funds, were available this year, that could change in future years and provide an annual financial source for the program. “It happened that although we’ve had a history of surplus [for TAN/F], this year they weren’t available,” he said.Russell said he hopes to build a commitment from the state to continue funding, whether TAN/F funds are available or not.“We’re confident that the program will be so successful they will see that as an investment for citizens who work hard and occasionally need help getting their problems solved,” he said.Spuhler cited two reasons the program resonated with lawmakers. One was it was aimed at helping families, especially those going from welfare to work, and the legal problems they frequently have. Secondly, those were the very problems constituents frequently took to legislators.“These people come into their district offices,” he said. “It was intentionally drawn to stabilize families in trouble, recognizing that was a priority of most Florida legislators, and the bulk of the problems that come to legal aid offices are really in these kinds of areas.”Spuhler said the money won’t be available until the new fiscal year begins in July, and it will take a while for the Department of Community Affairs to draw up and execute the necessary contracts. But the money could be flowing to the agencies sometime in the fall, leaving enough time to evaluate the results for next year’s regular session.The only remaining hurdle to the program is both the enabling legislation and the budget appropriation must be approved by Gov. Jeb Bush. Legislature approves Civil Legal Justice Actlast_img read more

Why the front bench seat disappeared from cars and may be staged for a comeback in EVs

first_imgIt is possible bench seats could come back, thanks in part to cars that are either electric or autonomous cars.At one point in American automotive history, just about all cars had bench seats — they inherited the feature from horse-drawn carriages. Bench seats were perfect for squeezing several passengers in a car, and were great for watching the drive-in movies that became popular in post-War America.However, American automakers soon found themselves scrambling to meet demand for smaller sportier cars with bucket seats that could compete with the European cars American soldiers had seen during World War II.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The words “classic American car” might conjure memories of massive sedans, flourishes like tailfins, big engines and in many cases bench seats.The front bench seat was once a standard feature of American cars, but over time it disappeared, in part due to changing tastes and safety regulations. Its disappearance actually says a lot about automotive history.- Advertisement – Today there are few vehicles that have bench seats in the front, and they are almost entirely trucks and full size SUVs.Changes in technology are reopening the door to bench seats, and they have been spotted on some electric and autonomous concept designs. Some autonomous vehicle designs even suggest seating passengers around a table in the center of the car.Should that happen, millions of Americans might once find it possible to cuddle up in a car and watch a movie — just as so many did in the 1950s. The Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang were two of these legendary American answers to European cars.A push toward safer vehicles in the 1970’s also hurt the case for the bench seat. Automakers wanted to be able to install automatic seatbelts and airbags in cars and had a hard time making them for the center seat on the bench.Over time, carmakers crammed more stuff into the center console of the car between the two bucket seats — everything from music players to climate controls and gear shifters. Consumers grew accustomed to the amenities.- Advertisement –last_img read more

In 2018, I want three things for our tourism

first_imgIn 2018, I wish you a lot of success and laughter, as well as that our tourism focuses on strategic and sustainable development.New year, new challenges, and the biggest challenge is to stay what we are, not to give in to the classic tourism industry.Our greatest value is our diversity and authenticity. All the trends in tourism say the same thing, and that is authenticity. Honestly, authenticity has always been and always will be the main trend in tourism because the very essence of tourism is precisely – an authentic experience.The motive of the trip is to get to know a new culture and way of life. So, it is logical and natural to be what we are and to “sell” our way and culture of living, not to be copies. Tourists from Vienna certainly do not want to eat Viennese steak, but want to try and experience something new. We still figuratively sell French wine to the French, instead of ours. Otherwise why would people travel? If we are all a copy of Tuscany, then why would people travel? If someone wants to experience Tuscany, then they will go to the real Tuscany and not visit some copy or replica. The original has always had and will always have its value and motive for coming, while the copy certainly does not.Croatian tourism needs a reset and a totally new tourist paradigm! While we count and brag about arrivals and overnight stays, no one counts tourist spending as well as the dispersion of the same to the local economy. How many Croatian products are included in our tourism, and the dream of the combination of Blue and Green of Croatia is still just a dream, not a goal, let alone a reality. We need to sell content, not form. We need to look at quality, not quantity. We need to stimulate the local economy, not the foreign one. We need to keep our way and culture of living, not turn into a copy of the Spanish coast and open big resorts. We don’t need Filipinos as a workforce, but a local man. We finally need to talk no more about potentials, but turn them into resources.The focus must be on authenticity, not mass tourism. The focus must be on the story and the experience, not living off “rental” tourism through the sun and the sea. The focus must be on 1.000 small family hotels, not on large foreign hotel resorts. The focus must be on man and the local economy, not on encouraging imports. The focus must be on home-grown tomatoes and eggs. The focus must be on the local and the authentic. Feel free to continue the series…On the other hand, we need more profession in our tourism, as well as business in line with the 21st century. As we have been “discussing” change for years, competition in five years has brought dozens of new regulations and laws to make business easier, faster, and better. Everyone knows everything, but the profession is not listened to and we make key decisions too slowly. Today, if we stagnate, we are actually falling, because the competition is not sleeping, on the contrary, it is struggling to be faster and better than us every day, and we are only making its job easier.Tourism is emotions, experiences and stories.Start by yourself, what are your memories from your last trip? Remember experiences, not material things, right? What will distract you and delight you, something you see and experience for the first time or something you can see every day?But first and foremost, it’s all up to us and we determine the direction of our tourism. And what we are chronically missing is to start respecting ourselves i.e. our culture, history, identity and culture of living. Again, paradoxically, this is exactly what tourists want to experience, experience, taste and hear, and we seem to be ashamed of ourselves. We must be what we are – Dalmatians, Slavonians, Istrians, Zagorje, Međimurje… Croats.It must be our main tourist product.And the last one, precisely through our incredible diversity and authenticity we have something to be proud of and show off, our authentic stories. Stories that we just have to pack nicely and tell. Tourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories.We tell stories, our authentic stories.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Updates Businesses on Guidance for COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

first_img March 16, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Earlier today, the Wolf Administration strongly urged non-essential businesses across the state to close for at least 14 days to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The governor’s request protects employees, customers, and suppliers and limits the spread of the virus through personal contact and surfaces. Previously the governor designated Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County as mitigation counties with Allegheny County launching its own mitigation efforts. These efforts will now be expanded commonwealth-wide beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17.“We strongly urge non-essential businesses across the commonwealth to do their part by temporarily closing as we work to flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “We understand that businesses are an economic driver throughout Pennsylvania, and a temporary closure will be a financial and community disruptor. DCED is committed to working with the business community to provide helpful resources for financial assistance.”Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.Further, the Governor has ordered that all restaurants and bars close their dine-in facilities to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. These businesses offering carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.Although these businesses may remain open, the Wolf Administration continues to encourage them to employ social distancing practices, and encourages Pennsylvanians to be thoughtful in their visits.Other businesses, including but not limited to legal services, business and management consulting, professional services and insurance services are encouraged to have employees work remotely or telecommute. If that is not possible, they should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.Philadelphia has separately provided guidance for businesses. Businesses in Philadelphia County should follow the city’s guidance.DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.The Wolf Administration is relying on businesses to act now before the governor or the Secretary of Health finds it necessary to compel closures under the law for the interest of public health, including section 7301 of the Emergency Management Services Code.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.center_img Wolf Administration Updates Businesses on Guidance for COVID-19 Mitigation Effortslast_img read more

It’s every boatie’s dream to own a house with a pontoon, plus it can add property value

first_imgWalking distance to the tennis centre and direct river access at 109 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson. Picture: realestate.com.au Plenty of water and river access at 33 Ivy St, Indooroopilly. Picture: realestate.com.au 109 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson. Picture: realestate.com.auThe multi-level home has views across the Brisbane River to the Indooroopilly Golf Course as well as glimpses of the city. It is on a 1091sq m block and has a 12m pontoon. The open-plan kitchen and living rooms are at the rear of the property and have river views.An undercover back deck is accessed through sliding and bi-fold doors. There is a media room, study, bathroom and laundry also on the lower level. 81 Longman Tce, Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auThere is 20m of river frontage and a half tennis court. A suite of riverfront formal rooms are inside including a dining room, family room with a fireplace, casual meals area and a conservatory.The main bedroom has an ensuite with marble finishes and a walk-in wardrobe. There is space for a home office, library or media room. A two-level guesthouse on the property has fully self-contained living areas with kitchenette, marble shower and toilet and riverfront views from a balcony.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by It is listed through Cameron Crouch and Adam Edwards of Ray White – Sherwood.A newly-renovated, four-bedroom home at 33 Ivy St, Indooroopilly, has a private pontoon and is on 1086sq m of land. It has manicured gardens, a stone water feature and hedges. There is a fireplace, brushbox flooring and high ceilings.center_img 81 Longman Tce Chelmer has easy access to the river via its 8m pontoon. Picture: realestate.com.auPontoons can add substantial value to Brisbane’s riverfront properties, giving owners easy access directly to the water.This week we look at three luxury riverfront homes all with pontoons.A five-bedroom house at 81 Longman Tce, Chelmer, has an eight metre long pontoon, and an asking price of $3.5 million. It is on a 1610sq m block across two separate titles and has a swimming pool. 33 Ivy St, Indooroopilly. Picture: realestate.com.auDownstairs is the main bedroom, which has a walk-in robe and ensuite finished with feature marble.The patio overlooks the swimming pool and gardens, and the private jetty is suitable for a boat or jet ski. It is listed through Courtney Maguire and Simon Caulfield of Place – Kangaroo Point.A north-facing riverfront home at 109 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, is listed for sale through Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige Property.last_img read more