The Saint Mary’s College Department of Global Studies enlightened students on the cultural phenomenon of “K-Pop” at a lecture by John Lie, the C.K. Cho Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, Thursday evening in Carroll Auditorium.Lie’s lecture titled, “What is the K in K-Pop?” explored the identity and origins of K-Pop or Korean pop music and J-Pop, the Japanese equivalent, and how both have gained momentum internationally.The genre is characterized by a Western sound, synchronized dance moves, and a repetitive melody, Lie said. While the genre gradually gained international popularity for about 10 years, the crossover year in the United States was 2012 when artist Psy released his single, “Gangnam Style,” Lie said.Lie began his discussion with the concept behind the Japanese idol girl group AKB48, founded as a meet-and-greet musical performance on a regular basis, Lie said. Groups like AKB48 have crossed over to include sister groups in Japan, China and Indonesia, Lie said.K-Pop artists commonly use universal and generic themes in their lyrics such as, “I need you,” or, “I love you” to appeal to global audiences, Lie said. English might be used in small portions for the same reason, though the rest of the song is sung in Japanese or Korean, Lie said.“They release a Japanese version, a Chinese version, and an English version,” Lie said. “As far as I can make out, none of the AKB48 members speak another language fluently.”Lie said these differences in music stems from the differences between nations.“Any two countries are quite complex,” he said. “People are quite different in their cultures. People have different tastes in art, in food. And what is popular for teenagers is not necessarily popular for their parents.”Lie introduced and explained the relatively new concept of popular music in popular culture, which was born from the folk and classical music of the late 19th century, he said.“Traditionally there [was] what we would call folk music,” Lie said. “There was always kinds of classical music, but beginning in the late 19th century, there arose a new genre called popular music which wasn’t something people could just sing. They would buy it, hear it on the radio.”Popular music became widely sung across Japan and Korea because of its western style, Lie said.“In South Korea, popular music meant singing choral music and church songs,” Lie said. “In the case of Korea, these songs became some of the first popular music.”Whether or not such a genre is considered an art form, Lie said he views the popular music as profit-driven.“Culturally speaking, the reason is it is not made for the sake of art,” Lie said. “You don’t make it for the pure beauty of it, but rather for the money, and that’s what defines popular music in a way.”In the cases of idol groups like AKB48, the first Japanese idol groups rose in the 1970s, and in South Korea in the 1980s when they had the means to enjoy popular music, Lie said.“What’s interesting about idols is they are produced and consumed as transient goods, meaning they do not last forever,” Lie said. “This rapid turnover in stars is very obvious, but it’s also partially designed by the industry to keep people interested. One aspect of the idol concept is constant change. These idols were sacred.”Nowadays, people tend to find music videos to be artificial, Lie said. The remedy is to make a more relatable series of idols less threatening in appearance and features.“Related to shows like the ‘X-Factor’ and ‘American Idol,’ AKB48 tries to bring fans into the voting process,” Lie said. “Of course it’s not really a democracy in the case of AKB48, because you have to buy CD’s. If you just watch the music video of AKB48, it’s hard to see why they’re popular because they’re [not that good]. People find them less threatening.”Lie believes artists create art for the sake of expressing something deeper within themselves, he said.“You are constantly expressing artistic autonomy,” he said. “In the case of these Japanese or South Korean pop groups, this is not the case. Someone thought of the group. He did this not to say something about himself, music is widely different. This is the sort of music that he was promoting beforehand. The humor or the interest was in that.”Tags: AKB48, Department of Global Studies, J-pop, John Lie, K-pop
Corey Robinson and Becca Blais, who take office as student body president and vice president today, plan to hit the ground running in their mission to lead, connect and serve Notre Dame students.“We want to give the students all we’ve got,” Robinson said. “We’re going to be fighting for [the student body’s] best interests — with the administration, with polices, with ideas, programming, events, relationships with the community.”Starting next week, the administration will launch a student senate reform initiative, Blais said, implementing a new structure that separates senators into four committees — health and wellness, sustainability, student affairs and community engagement. At each meeting, which will now be held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center, senators will spend a portion of the time in their committees discussing items on the agenda.“Each senator would share the perspective not only of their committee, but of the departments they sit on, their residence halls, the constituents they represent,” she said. “The small group discussion in the committee is not only to bring that committee’s perspective, but also give them a chance to vocalize where they’re coming from.”Olivia Mikkelsen | The Observer After committee discussions, Blais said all members of the senate will assemble to decide what action to take moving forward.“Every committee will approach it in a different way, so it will be nice to spur dialogue and attack the same subject from different viewpoints,” Robinson said.Three days after the pair was elected in February, they met with St. Liam’s to discuss their plan to train Notre Dame nurses as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), Robinson said. Junior Gracie Watkins, the administration’s policy liaison, is working on a research report to present to St. Liam’s before the end of the school year.“We’ve got to show that there’s similar and successful satellite programs,” Robinson said. “… We’re going to give them the report. Then hopefully over the summer, we’ll co-present it to St. Joseph Hospital, so that we’re ready for the fall.”To further the administration’s community engagement goal, student government is also working to increase student involvement in the Riverlights Music Festival, a three-day event in South Bend in May, Robinson said. The festival features a variety of local bands and other performers at various venues throughout the South Bend area.“Hopefully we can make this not only a Notre Dame staple, but a South Bend music festival that is permanent,” he said. “It’s a really cool event for both college students and the people of South Bend.”Blais said their administration will continue to work on some of the same issues the Ricketts-Ruelas administration focused on, in small-scale and large-scale ways.“They have a lot of similar ideas as us — diversity and inclusion, sexual assault — generally working towards those goals of making it better. Honestly, that’s not something that ends with one administration. Those are things that we’re carrying on,” she said.Robinson will be on campus over the summer, working on events and policies for the upcoming school year. He said he and Blais both have an open door policy and welcome students to share their ideas with student government.“Right now what we have to do, in my opinion, is be able to foster communication on these important issues,” he said. “We can’t keep going around them, beating around the bush.“Talking is great, but the most important thing we want to do is have a result — an attainable result. But we realize we can’t get that tangible result in policy, unless we have discussion about it, unless we know what the students think.”Blais said she hopes to increase awareness about resources the University offers, such as the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell Center).“We have all of these structures and resources in place,” she said “Now it’s just about making them accessible to students, making it a part of the everyday talk, everyday lingo, so you know that you have them and that you actually utilize them.”Robinson said he is trying to pursue goals that are realistic yet ambitious.“For us, this is not necessarily doing anything different or reinventing the wheel. It’s just continuing the great legacy already left,” he said. “Diversity and inclusion, sexual assault, health and wellness — these things don’t just disappear. We’re trying to push it forward a little more, before we pass the torch on to the next administration.”Tags: Becca Blais, Corey Robinson, Senate, Student government, student government turnover
Three Notre Dame students, juniors Leah Harmon, Alex Kokot and Theodore MacMillan, have been named Goldwater Scholars for the 2020-2021 year, the University announced in a press release Thursday. The award is a scholarship named after former U.S. senator Barry Goldwater. It awards outstanding sophomores and juniors in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and/or engineering a complete scholarship, including tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 per year, for one or two years. Harmon, Kokot and MacMillan worked with the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) to apply for the scholarships. Harmon, a neuroscience and behavior major with a supplemental major in ACMS from Ipswich, Mass., is a Trustey Family Scholar and a Glynn Family Honors Scholar. Kokot, a honors mathematics major with a concentration in computing and a philosophy major with a concentration is philosophy, science and mathematics from Granger, Ind., is a Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement Sorin Scholar. MacMillan is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in philosophy, science and mathematics. He is from Scotch Plains, N.J.The undergraduate research advisor with CUSE, Jenny Smith, said in the release, “The success of these three juniors is a testament to their dedication to undergraduate research and to the faculty who have mentored them along the way. It also attests to the high level of talent in the STEM fields that Notre Dame attracts at the undergraduate level.” Tags: CUSE, Goldwater award, STEM
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaThe holidays are known as a time for giving. But giving doesn’t just mean buying a child the most sought-after toy of the season. Sharon Gibson uses the holidays to teach her children how to give back to their community.“We need to be ensuring a season of giving instead of getting,” said Gibson, a multicultural specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “What we want to instill in our children is that service and giving of oneself should be a part of daily life.”She’s passing on her message with more than just words.When Gibson’s children were small, they didn’t spend Thanksgiving Day in front of the television, kitchen stove or dining room table. They spent it behind a steaming pan of turkey or dressing at a soup kitchen, spoons in hands, ready to serve.Gibson says this type of service lets parents talk to their children about things besides Christmas lists and what they’d like to do over the holidays.“The greatest gift that a parent can give a child is time together doing something for others,” she said. “Time spent serving community good provides parents with opportunities to discuss many issues important to the family.”Opportunities to give aren’t limited to soup kitchens. If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community, Gibson offers this list of organizations that tend to have programs for the holidays.• Religious groups: “Churches, mosques, temples, very often those organizations have a network to facilitate giving,” she said. “These are good places to start.”• Department of Family and Children Services offices “are found in each county,” she said. “They often have organizations that come to them for help.”• Civic groups, such as Rotary, Kiwanis and Civitan clubs, often need volunteer help with their holiday programs.• Toys for Tots, Toys for Teens and the Salvation Army: “They tell you to bring a new item or something that’s ‘gently used,’” she said. “When giving used toys, make sure that they’re nice, not missing pieces and not broken. For example, don’t give puzzles that are missing pieces or cars with broken wheels.”• Bill funds: “Sometimes there are funds set up for paying people’s bills,” she said. “These are ideal for making monetary contributions.”• Food banks or homeless shelters: “Ask them what kind of items they need this time of year,” Gibson said. “You don’t want to take perishables, and you want to make sure what you’re giving is what you yourself would use.”The last time she gave to a homeless shelter, Gibson was surprised by the items she didn’t consider. While she did think of blankets and toiletries such as deodorant, soap and toothpaste, she didn’t consider a backpack.She now suggests filling backpacks with “those things that an individual can use throughout the year” like first aid kits, pens and paper, undergarments and personal items.And, remember, homeless people aren’t just adults. Gibson suggests buying diapers and baby food for women’s shelters.“There are approximately 2 million homeless people in the United States,” Gibson said. “It’s men, women and children, and it’s not just an urban issue.”Gibson defines “homeless” as a person or parent and child with no place to live, or a person living temporarily with friends or relatives. “For all purposes, that person is homeless,” she said. “Think about that this time of year.”Giving, she said, shouldn’t be limited to the holidays. “The holiday season is just two months out of the year. There are 10 other months when these people need our care.”
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 06, 2018 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) delivered a modern Regional Emergency Operations Center (COER, in Spanish) to Peru on October 11, 2018, as part of ongoing efforts to support the country’s security initiatives. The center will help military forces and other Peruvian government agencies respond to emergencies and natural disasters in the southeast of the national territory. Representatives of the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI, in Spanish) and local authorities inaugurated COER in Moqueda department. The center has an area of more than 3,000 square meters, and is valued at more than $2.2 million. Part of a long-term project to increase response capabilities to imminent danger, emergencies, and disasters, the center includes a warehouse for disaster mitigation and a search and rescue operations site. “The Peruvian government acknowledges SOUTHCOM’s support. For a decade, they helped us modernize our risk and disaster management procedures to contribute to timely decision making and reduce the impact of natural or man-made phenomena,” Peruvian Army Brigadier General Jorge Chávez, director of INDECI, told Diálogo. “This strategic cooperation enabled us to make a qualitative leap in managing emergencies.” Moquegua’s COER is the 15th center SOUTHCOM built in Peru through its Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), an initiative focused on preventing and managing emergencies. The program also provides equipment, technological infrastructure, training, and instruction for emergency centers that local authorities manage. HAP’s coordinators work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to facilitate the development of these projects in Peru, in coordination with the country’s authorities. Three other COER are currently being built, while two others are in the planning stages. “COERs proved to be operational when faced with natural disasters, such as the situations resulting from the El Niño weather phenomenon,” Brig. Gen. Chávez said. Since 2007, the U.S. government has supported Peru with more than $43 million through humanitarian assistance programs. “This support strengthens the bonds of cooperation between both countries, and reaffirms the U.S. commitment to collaborate in security initiatives against natural disasters to support the civil population,” Brig. Gen. Chávez said. “Peru is exposed all year long to all kinds of emergencies, such as earthquakes, heavy rains, landslides, floods, tremors, and frost.” A strengthened territory Cooperation tools and mechanisms between Peru and the United States go beyond COER. Since its 1980s beginnings in Peru, SOUTHCOM’s HAP has funded the construction of schools, community centers, and clinics. The program also built bridges that restored communications and the supply of humanitarian aid to help vulnerable communities. SOUTHCOM also delivered three emergency response mobile units, with expeditionary capabilities such as command, control, communications, and computing. “The cutting-edge units donated in 2016 helped the country optimize the management and coordination of relief operations after heavy rains in the region of Arequipa last year ,” Brig. Gen. Chávez said. The heavy rains and landslides in the north of the country in March 2017, created an emergency situation that strengthened the partnership between both countries. After Peru requested assistance for the humanitarian emergency born from the El Niño phenomenon, the United States responded immediately with 10 U.S. Air Force helicopters to provide support to the most affected areas, such as Piura department, that had more than 25,000 victims. “We have a partnership that grows stronger. The United States shows us the way and trains us to confront potential emergencies,” Brig. Gen. Chávez said. “Without the support of SOUTHCOM’s HAP, it wouldn’t be possible to respond immediately to emergencies and disasters.” In an effort to help the country respond to weather conditions related to El Niño, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration donated 12 buoys deployed in the Pacific Ocean to the Peruvian Navy in 2016. Buoys help authorities collect real-time information about oceanic conditions from depths of up to 2,000 meters. Enduring Promise The United States and Peru strengthen their bonds of friendship beyond cooperation against natural disasters. They also join efforts in the health sector. On November 1st-5th, the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort provided free medical assistance to more than 6,200 people in the north of Peru, including Venezuelan migrants. “It clearly demonstrates the good relations we have with the United States,” Peruvian Army Major General (ret.) José Huerta Torres, Peruvian Minister of Defense, told the press. The hospital ship’s voyage to Peru, its third, is part of SOUTHCOM’s Enduring Promise initiative, a symbol of the cooperation and fraternity that exist with Latin American nations. “The USNS Comfort’s visits show the support and joint work of two nations to help those in need,” said Brig. Gen. Chávez. On this occasion, U.S. and foreign military doctors, nurses, and technicians assisted more than 700 people a day. In 2011, the hospital ship visited the port of Paita and provided health care to more than 7,000 patients. In 2007, the ship docked at the port of Salaverry, where its medical team assisted more than 9,000 people. During the 2018 medical campaign, inhabitants of Paita, Piura department, received care in preventive medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, optometry, dermatology, and surgery aboard the USNS Comfort and at land-based medical sites. “Health has no borders or visa. Peru and the United States are together in the fight for peace,” said Cesar Villanueva Arévalo, president of the Peruvian Council of Ministers.
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Topics : West Java was blessed as the home to about 60 percent of industries in Indonesia and more than 800 state-run and private higher education institutions, Ridwan told The Jakarta Post on Friday.The West Java COVID-19 task force initiated a virtual meeting with some of these companies and universities, asking them to contribute to fighting the disease with their scientific knowledge and manufacturing capability, according to Ridwan.“When the outbreak [was at its peak], the province’s COVID-19 task force decided to have a video conference with all the rectors of universities in West Java, asking them to help fight the disease using the science and knowledge they have in their research centers,” Ridwan said.“We also engaged many strong technological state-owned companies in West Java. After a discussion, we found that, for instance, companies like [state-owned arms manufacturer] PT Pindad, which is used to producing military equipment, can also produce ventilators. So can PT DI [state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia].”Read also: Indonesian defense industry feels COVID-19 pinchPindad and PT DI, along with other entities based in West Java, such as state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma, have been involved in a consortium formed on March 26 by the Research and Technology Ministry and the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) to use their innovative capacity to fight the outbreak. The program also includes government research agencies, universities and hospitals across the nation.But the program does not necessarily reflect the amount of COVID-19 research currently done across the country, as many universities have conducted separate research.Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, who is also the BRIN head, said any form of support from local governments “would be very helpful”.“We hope that the regional administrations support innovation done by research institutions and universities within their regions. Once there is an outcome, they can make use of the result. For instance, ventilators and test kits [can be used] in hospitals and the surrounding communities,” Bambang said on Tuesday.One of Indonesia’s domestically produced ventilators is the Vent-I, developed by West Java-based Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Padjajaran University (Unpad) and the Salman Mosque Foundation. The project is included in BRIN’s research consortium.The device offers a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) function for patients with mild to medium respiratory symptoms, said Hari Tjahjono, a spokesperson for the Vent-I development team.To manufacture the product, the team cooperates with several firms, including PT DI, which has produced 100 of the 139 Vent-I units made so far. All Vent-I units have been donated to nine provinces, with East Java and West Java having received the largest supplies.Read also: ITB-led team rolls out free distribution of Vent-I ventilators to COVID-19 hospitalsRidwan recently posted photos on his social media accounts showing the equipment deployed at hospitals in West Java, with a caption reading: “Let’s continue to support the work of the children of our nation.”For COVID-19 testing, Bio Farma recently handed over a mobile biosafety level 2 laboratory to Unpad to improve West Java’s daily testing capacity. The lab is able to test 400 samples per day.Ridwan also said five factories in the province had been able to produce high-quality surgical masks, and some other factories had even exported hazmat suits to Africa and Europe.The West Java-based universities are seeking more innovation, with Unpad and the ITB having worked together to develop Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) sensors.Unpad, in collaboration with private companies PT Tekad Mandiri Citra and PT Pakar Biomedika Indonesia, has also been developing a rapid antigen detection test, CePAD, which Ridwan dubbed “rapid test 2.0”.CePAD and the sensors could be an alternative to rapid antibody tests and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machines, respectively, said Muhammad Yusuf from Unpad’s Biotechnology, Molecular and Bioinformatics Research Center, who was involved in both projects. The prototypes are currently undergoing a series of tests by the Health Ministry for authorization.Ridwan said he was aware of warnings from epidemiologists about a possible new wave of COVID-19 but he was confident about the province’s pandemic response and the capability of its hospitals.“Since we are now more prepared, […], the COVID-19 peak will be lower and lower. At the end of the day, we can live with COVID-19 without worries,” he said.The province, home to 50 million people, said 26.22 percent of hospital beds were occupied on Monday, a decrease from 77.48 percent on April 7, when West Java saw the second-most cases, after Jakarta. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said collaboration of various stakeholders and innovation were among five key measures his administration had been focusing on in its COVID-19 response.The pandemic had caused a dire shortage of health equipment like ventilators, testing kits, reagents and personal protective equipment (PPE) across Indonesia, which has long relied on imported raw materials and goods.Local institutions, both private and state-owned, including those based in West Java, have since racked their brains to meet domestic demand in the face of disrupted global supply chains.Read also: Indonesia looks to domestic innovations to tackle COVID-19 West Java — Indonesia’s most populous province — has seen a declining trend of daily new cases of COVID-19 in the past few weeks, thanks to collaborative efforts of many stakeholders in introducing innovation to fight the pandemic, a top official has said.West Java, once the most affected province in the country after Jakarta, is now the fourth-hardest-hit province nationwide, trailing Jakarta, East Java and South Sulawesi with a total 2,901 confirmed cases and 171 deaths as of Tuesday.
Statement Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Commission for Women issued the following statement on the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s investigation determining that PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty sexually harassed a female employee:“The conduct by Vince Fenerty as revealed by an internal investigation by the Philadelphia Parking Authority this week is unacceptable and reprehensible. There should be absolutely no tolerance of sexual harassment of any kind in any Pennsylvania workplace.“Sexual harassment not only has a detrimental impact personally on the women who are subject to it, but also on our broader economy. It impedes a woman’s job performance and, therefore, impacts her ability to grow and advance professionally. This type of behavior devalues women and their contributions to the workforce.“The Pennsylvania Commission for Women encourages PPA’s board to take these actions very seriously and impose disciplinary action that appropriately matches the conduct.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Pennsylvania Commission for Women Statement on the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Sexual Harassment Investigation September 23, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
READ MORE The KentLAST night, the annual North Queensland Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards was held at the Ville Resort Casino. An array of awards were presented to those at the forefront of building innovation, with entrants ranging from apprentices to trade contractors and small family businesses to the biggest names in the building and construction industry.READ MORE Local builder puts his family home on the market Master Builders’ North Queensland regional manager Melissa Coulter noted the calibre of winners across the 43 categories.“The quality of the winning homes and projects is second to none and once more showcases the skill, knowledge and attention to detail that can be delivered by the builders in our region,” Ms Coulter said.“The homes and projects completed in our region over the past year have a positive impact on our community now and into the future and they are a testament to what our local builders are capable of. “The quality of our winning homes is also second to none and epitomise what living in North Queensland is all about.”A. Gabrielli Constructions was awarded the 2019 North Queensland Project of the Year for the Garbutt Depot Stage 2. Garbutt Depot Stage 2.The judges recognised that communication had been key at the project with a manager, engineer and project team on site full-time. “The multi-staged project for Ergon at its Garbutt depot required detailed programming and team communication from the builder to allow operations to continue throughout construction,” the judges said. “The breadth and scope of the project allowed A. Gabrielli Constructions to really engage with the client and practice their full range of skills.“Skilful execution of the contract including the external site works, right down to the landscaping, proved the expert and proficient delivery of this project. A worthy recipient for Project of the Year.”The winner of the 2019 North Queensland President’s Award was Emporio Property Group for the construction of a family home, The Kent. The judges acknowledged the careful consideration that had gone into the build. Brace for flood of tenancy tips House of the Year The Kent“The first view of the Kent made us want to see what was behind the inviting front elevation. The home had instant appeal as it sat well on the block with a nice wide frontage,” the judges said. “The kitchen is at the centre of the home and looks out to a large outdoor area providing a picture window for a full view of the herb and vegetable garden. “This home offers a clever layout with little wasted space and plenty of storage for a four-bedroom home with an ensuite to the main. “Great value, perfect for a family, the Kent is a very deserving winner of the President’s Award.”The North Queensland House of the Year went to Reeves Constructions for Cleveland Residence. Other North Queensland winnersCONSTRUCTION •Health Facilities up to $20 million: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for Medical Suite (Pimlico) •Education Facilities up to $5 million: A. Gabrielli Constructions Pty Ltd for Calvary Christian College Performing Arts (MountLouisa)• Education Facilities $5 million —$10 million: W & F Constructions Pty Ltd for Ryan Catholic College: Stage 3, Library & science (Kirwan)• Sporting Facilities: Transcape Enterprises Pty Ltd for Elliot Springs District Park, Waddi Mooli Park (Julago)• Community Service Facilities: Jackson Semler Pty Ltd for Local Disaster co-ordination Centre (Garbutt)• R etail Facilities up to $5 million: C.D. Lewty Pty Ltd T/A C.D Lewty And Sons for Dal Santo’s Deli (Ayr) • Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million: NAC Ceiling & Partitions Pty Ltd for The Ville Hotel & Casino VIP Room(Townsville)• Commercial Building up to $5 million: Taylor Builders Pty Ltd T/A Taylor Homes for Mac Advertising Offices (Townsville)• Industrial Building up to $5 million: W & F Constructions Pty Ltd for Richmond QFES Station (Richmond) • Industrial Building over $5 million: A. Gabrielli Constructions Pty Ltd for Ergon Energy Garbutt Depot Stage 2 (Garbutt)• Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes: T F Woollam & Son Pty Ltd T/A Woollam Constructions forPresCare Townsville (Douglas) • Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000: Murphy’s Construction & Maintenance Pty Ltd for Page & Pearce (Mysterton)More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 • Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000: A. Gabrielli Constructions Pty Ltd for GHD Townsville Office (Townsville)• E xcellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management: Roofguard Roof Restoration Pty Ltd T/A Roofguard RoofPainting for Princeton Villas (Kirwan)HOUSING• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000: Corinthian Constructions Pty Ltd for Lemonwood (Douglas)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 —$575,000: Paul Justin Shafer T/A Broadscope Carpentry Services for StantonRenovation (North Ward)• H ome Renovation/Remodelling Project $576,000 —$1 million: Lifestyle Constructions NQ Pty Ltd Alexandra (North Ward)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for Cleveland Residence (NorthWard)• Display Home $251,000 —$350,000: Emporio Property Group Pty Ltd for The Kent (Jensen)• Display Home $351,000 —$450,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for The Miraz (Julago)• Display Home over $551,000: Martin Locke Homes Pty Ltd T/A Martin Locke Homes for Family 310 (Julago) • Individual Home up to $250,000: Reef Coast Constructions Pty Ltd for Acheron 163 (Oonoonba)• Individual Home $251,000 —$350,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for Margaret (Ayr)• Individual Home $451,000 —$550,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for Litchfield (Alligator Creek)• Individual Home $551,000 —$650,000: Kiall Robert Franzmann T/A Franzmann Constructions for Modern Heritage (AlligatorCreek)• I ndividual Home $651,000 —$750,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for The Chandon (Yarrawonga)• Individual Home $1.26 million —$2 million: Sinclair Parsons Building Solutions Pty Ltd for Nelly Bay (Nelly Bay) • Best Use of Sloping Sites: Lifestyle Constructions NQ Pty Ltd for Seaview (Yarrawonga)• Medium Density up to 3 Storeys — 2 to 5 Dwellings: Taylor Builders Pty Ltd T/A Taylor Homes for Betts Units (Hughenden)• Medium Density up to 3 storeys — over 5 Dwellings: Taylor Builders Pty Ltd T/A Taylor Homes for Simpson Units (Richmond)SPECIALTY• Best Residential Bathroom: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for Cleveland Residence (North Ward)• Best Residential Kitchen: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for Cleveland Residence (North Ward)• Best Residential Swimming Pool: Anthony Maxwell Hartigan T/A Sun City Pools for The River (West End)INDIVIDUAL• Residential Trade Contractor of the Year: Paul Joseph Mifsud for Simpson Kitchen (Charters Towers)• Trevor Mustey Perpetual Award for Quality Workmanship: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd• Apprentice of the Year: David Beresford for Torgas (Pimlico)• Rising Star: Paul Justin Shafer for Paul J Shafer T/A Broadscope Carpentry Services (Hermit Park)• Women in Building: Deni Knuth for Roofguard Roof Restoration Pty Ltd T/A Roofguard Roof Painting (Mt Low) Amalfi Coast meets North Queensland
Classification society Korean Register (KR) has signed an agreement with the Government of Bangladesh to deliver services on behalf of the Bangladeshi flag administration.Under the agreement, KR will conduct vessel surveys and audits and issue certificates to Bangladeshi-flagged ships for compliance with SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ICLL, and MLC.KR said it has been working to obtain the authorization to deliver statutory services to Bangladesh, anticipating an increase in sea-borne transport between Southern Asian countries and Bangladesh.“We are delighted to receive the authorization to deliver statutory services on behalf of the Bangladeshi government. This means that we will be able to provide a wider range of sought after services…, adding value to their businesses in Southern Asia, including those in India and Sri Lanka,” Lee Jeong-Kie, Chairman and CEO of KR, commented.The latest authorization brings the total number of countries where KR is authorized to carry out ship survey and certification work to seventy-seven.Established in 1960, KR currently classes an international fleet of 3,042 vessels totaling 69 million gross tons.