Strata warning over renovations and upgrades in Aussie towers

first_imgThe burnt out upper floors at remains of the Grenfell Tower block in north Kensington, west London on June 22, 2017. Picture: AFP/Niklas HallenTHE terror of London’s Grenfell Tower fire should be a wakeup call for Australian unit owners, experts warn, with some buildings already known to be non-compliant.Archers the Strata Professionals director Colin Archer said owners should be investigating fire safety compliance of their buildings.Among those who should re-evaluate were people who had renovated or upgraded their apartment or building, he said.“Many people will put in a security door, install or remove internal partitions, or have a deadlock or peephole installed, without realising this could interfere with the doors fire-safety, rendering it non-compliant with regulations.”“We recommend before any planned changes to a building are set in stone, particularly amendments to stairwells and lifts, a private certifier should be engaged to ensure the changes will not impinge on fire safety.”Mr Archer said it was cladding that caused the Lacrosse fire in Melbourne’s Docklands just three years ago, where the cost was estimated at $15million or $50,000 per apartment.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoA general view of the Lacrosse building in the Docklands on June 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesThe Insulated Panel Council Australasia said Queensland’s laws involving high rise building safety were beefed up as recently as May by the State Parliament.The new laws were designed to prevent the use of non-conforming construction products in Queensland and lower the risk of building fires, according to IPCA chief executive Ron Lawson.“That’s not to say fires can’t happen, but we as an industry are doing everything we can to minimise the risk. Building regulations should improve safety, health and amenity. Getting legislators to put rules in place and then industry following them with the rules or legislation being enforced, is crucial to building safety and that’s what is happening.”He said “audits have already been done on cladding materials used in high-rise buildings in Australia”, and acknowledged there were some non-compliant buildings that were not built to code.“We don’t need new audits of those buildings as has been suggested, but we could have better qualified people take another look at them and make recommendations on prioritising the replacement of non-compliant material,” he said.Mr Archer warned that bodies corporate needed to know what their situation was, regardless of whether the remedy came at a substantial cost or valuation downgrade to the building.“We will closely monitor the dilemma facing legislators in coming to a workable solution to provide tighter regulation, knowing that in instances where the building products are found to be faulty after the expiry of the defects period there is unlikely to be any building insurance remedy, with the repair cost to be at the owners’ expense.”last_img read more

Love It or List It: TV celebs twist Daisy Hill owners’ arms

first_imgAFTER: The kitchen is now both funky, and functional.However, at the top of their wishlist was a bedroom and pool for “the kids” — dogs Jordy, Charlie and Eddie — and this ended up being the catalyst for deciding whether to love or list the property.“We decided to list the property in the end as we really wanted a pool,” Sonia said.“We also thought it was better to sell while the house is newly renovated as the kids are not kind to newly painted walls.” AFTER: Neale turned the house into an open-plan design.While Neale was busy renovating, Andrew was showing options. The couple did not have much luck with the first two properties he showed them, but the third, at 48 Highview Tce, opened Sonia’s eyes to the idea of purchasing a new property.“Andrew was absolutely fabulous and his selection of homes was mostly great,” Sonia told The Courier-Mail.Upon returning to their home, it was almost unrecognisable, and although Sonia was not originally keen on an open plan design, it seemed Neale had managed to convert her.“You didn’t put a foot wrong, did you,” Sonia said to Neale. BEFORE: The dining room looked toward a kitchen, where tiles had been taken off the wall. BEFORE: The lounge room before was tidy, but very dated, AFTER: It’s difficult to believe this is the same space.The couple bought the two-level brick property two years ago, and Sonia has spent time chiselling tiles off walls in a bid to get Ange to fall in love with it, but to no avail.Sonia loved the home’s “rabbit warren” design, while Ange believed the layout did not work for them at all.So, naturally, the first thing Neale did after Sonia said, “I hate open plan homes,” was take a sledgehammer to the walls to create an open plan living area.center_img Sonia Watson and Ange Davies with their three “kids”.Television celebrities Neale Whitaker and Andrew Winter went head-to-head in tight battle to convince the owners of this Brisbane renovation to either Love It or List It.Daisy Hill residents Ange Davies and Sonia Watson were at odds with what to do with their house when they welcomed Love It or List It presenters Neale Whitaker and Andrew Winter through their front door. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoBEFORE: The house was a “rabbit warren”. Andrew Winter and Neale Whitaker try to convince Sonia Watson and Ange Davies to love it or list it.And while Andrew opened the couple’s eyes to what was out there, they were still trying to decide on a new property.“We didn’t go with one of Andrew’s homes and are still looking at other possibilities,” Sonia said.“We’re currently renovating upstairs so that the house is in a better position to sell.”Tune in to Lifestyle Wednesday at 8.30pm, to see if Queenslander Tom or Erin decide to love or list their Toowong home.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe top 5 Love It or List It makeovers from season 100:54last_img read more

Ohio seeks revenge on Akron

first_imgOhio seeks revenge on Akron Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOhio (15-14, 7-9) vs. Akron (22-7, 12-4)James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Akron goes for the season sweep over Ohio after winning the previous matchup in Athens. The teams last played on Jan. 25, when the Zips shot 56.9 percent from the field and went 13 for 23 from 3-point territory on their way to the 88-86 victory.center_img March 2, 2020 SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both of these teams. Loren Cristian Jackson, Xeyrius Williams, Channel Banks and Deng Riak have combined to account for 63 percent of Akron’s scoring this season. For Ohio, Jason Preston, Jordan Dartis and Sylvester Ogbonda have combined to score 49 percent of the team’s points this season, including 57 percent of all Bobcats points over their last five.CREATING OFFENSE: Preston has either made or assisted on 54 percent of all Ohio field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has 33 field goals and 35 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Zips are 17-0 when they hold opposing teams to 67 points or fewer and 5-7 when opponents exceed 67 points. The Bobcats are 7-0 when the team records at least 10 steals and 8-14 when falling short of that total.TWO STREAKS: Ohio has dropped its last four road games, scoring 61.5 points and allowing 68.8 points during those contests. Akron has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 69.3 points while giving up 60.7.DID YOU KNOW: Akron has made 9.3 3-pointers per game as a team this year, which is most among MAC teams.last_img read more

College World Series 2019: Michigan first Big Ten team in 50-plus years to reach finals

first_imgCinderella Michigan keeps rolling in the College World Series.The Wolverines, one of the last four teams to make this year’s NCAA Baseball Tournament, clinched a spot the championship finals Friday with a 15-3 victory over Texas Tech in Omaha, Neb. They will face Vanderbilt in a best-of-three series beginning Monday. Henry, Kauffmann and reliever Jeff Criswell have been the only three pitchers used by Michigan during the College World Series. Criswell worked the final three innings Friday for the save.BENDER: Michigan puts Big Ten baseball on the map in OmahaMichigan’s unexpected run began with winning a regional hosted by defending champion Oregon State. The Wolverines then took down No. 1 overall seed UCLA in the super regionals. They are 3-0 in Omaha have lost just twice in the NCAA Tournament. UM is the first Big Ten school to make a College World Series final since Ohio State in 1966. The Buckeyes won the championship that year.Michigan (48-20) began the day in the driver’s seat. It needed to beat the Red Raiders just once to reach the finals, while Texas Tech needed to beat Michigan on Friday and Saturday in the double-elimination format. The Wolverines fell behind 3-2 in the top of the second inning but then took the lead in the bottom half and never looked back. They scored two runs in each of the first three innings and then blew the game open with five runs in the sixth. First baseman Jimmy Kerr became the first Wolverine to hit two home runs in a College World Series game, while center fielder Jesse Franklin added three hits and four RBIs. MORE: Full College World Series scheduleFormidable starting pitching by Tommy Henry and Karl Kauffmann has been key to the team’s dominance since the beginning of regional play. The duo has allowed 13 earned runs in 53 1/3 innings (2.13 ERA), with Kauffmann allowing three over six innings Friday to earn the win. Henry (Diamondbacks) and Kauffmann (Rockies) were selected 74th and 77th overall, respectively, in the 2019 MLB Draft.last_img read more

From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records

first_imgView comments Kambosos walks the talk with 2nd round TKO of Filipino Magboo However, there have been plenty of cases of players mobbing referees, wasting time and writhing in exaggerated agony. Swiss broadcaster RTS calculated Neymar spent nearly 14 minutes on the ground in Brazil’s first four games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team PLENTY OF GOALSWith just one scoreless draw in 63 games so far, Russia’s World Cup has been far from dull.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’By the time France and Denmark delivered a boring 0-0 draw, 35 games had been played with at least one goal scored, breaking a World Cup record that had stood for 64 years.The tournament averaged 2.58 goals per game through the semifinals, second only to Brazil in 2014 for World Cups this century. France’s Kylian Mbappe arrives on the pitch at the start of the official training session at the eve of the final against Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Kylian Mbappe’s breakout performances, 11 own goals and very few red cards despite all Neymar’s dives.Here is a look at the records set and broken during the World Cup in Russia, and what it tells us about the tournament:ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Modern technology has helped the World Cup’s more modest teams pick the right tactics to frustrate top-class opponents, but there have still been some outstanding goals. Denis Cheryshev’s curling shot for Russia against Croatia and Benjamin Pavard’s swerving strike for France against Argentina are among the highlights.MBAPPE AND El HADARYYoung stars have made a mark, none more than France’s 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who became the youngest player to score two goals in a World Cup game since Pele in 1958.Aging players have set records, too. Goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest player ever start in a World Cup game when he lined up in Egypt’s last match against Saudi Arabia aged 45. Mexico veteran Rafael Marquez became the first player picked in a starting 11 at five World Cups.CROATIAN GRITCroatia got to the final the hard way, becoming the first team ever to win three consecutive games in extra time at a World Cup.That added up to 360 minutes of football in the knockout stages, the equivalent of a full game more than France, which also had an extra day to rest for the final.KEEPING IT COOLPerhaps with one eye on the VAR system, players didn’t break the rules so much, but they’ve certainly been bending them.There hasn’t been a single red card for violent conduct, and just four ejections in total. If it stays that way in the last two games, it’ll be the lowest number at the World Cup for 40 years. Compare that with 2006, when 28 reds were issued including four in one game when Portugal beat the Netherlands.center_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The record of 5.38 per game from 1954 is unlikely ever to fall without major rule changes. Back then, many teams lagged far behind the best, leading to two 7-0 thrashings and a 9-0 game.KANE’S PENALTIESTeams have scored more goals than usual, but many weren’t particularly noteworthy.The 11 own goals are a record — in part because FIFA has stricter guidelines about attributing deflected shots — while the new Video Assistant Referee system led to an increase in the number of penalties awarded to a record 28, 10 more than the previous mark from 2002. Of those, 21 were converted from the spot.Harry Kane typified the trend in his push to be tournament top scorer. The England captain scored three of his tournament-leading six goals from penalties and two shortly after corner kicks, leaving just a single deflected goal from open play.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more