South Australia Soon To Be Home To Third Most Expensive Building In The World

South Australia is set to welcome a New Royal Adelaide Hospital that has been labeled the third most expensive building in the world, is costing a staggering $2.7 billion to build. Put behind The World Trade Centre in New York City and the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, the hospital was set to open in 2016 but construction has been going very slow, like a bubble crane some would say, and now it is now scheduled to open in 2017 due to the delays.

With it currently $600 million over budget, the building is now part of a legal dispute. The Labor Government of South Australia has put a default notice on the hospitals builders, SA Health Partnership, after they failed to meet a technical deadline to hand over the building. The default notice puts the onus to the builder to pay the government’s $1m-a-day service fee until the hospital is completed.

Health Minister Jack Snelling said that it was safety, not speed, was paramount after the death of a death of a construction worker in February, which is the second death on site at the New Royal Adelaide Hospital

Aaron Cartledge, who is the CFMEU state secretary, stated that the crane accidents and the two unfortunate deaths on site in the past four years, its industrial action that has caused minimal delays in the project.

He then went on to state that “realistically, the hospital is not late, it was the schedule which was early. It was unrealistic for the builders to achieve what they wanted to achieve in the time frame.”

Developers in the industry declined to comment on the hospital, but they did say that hospitals were typically very expensive to build and are very prone to delays. The builders would have had to find a lot of cranes for hire in South Australia to assist with the construction, and the amount of workers needed and long hours would cost a lot, let alone all of the materials needed.

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Hoverboards Are Not As Cool As They Look

Seen as the coolest thing since Marty McFly’s hoverboard in Back to the Future II, 2015 was the year of the hoverboards, although the new craze was quick to come and go because they caused a lot of problems. Lately there has been heaps of incidents around the globe where they have been catching fire and have caused a number of house fires due to electrical faults

Everyone seemed to have one. They were so popular with celebrities and were seen as a ‘must have’ to many people around the world due to its growing popularity. Even though they can’t actually hover and have two wheels, you feel like you’re gliding.

They are used for a range of things: from making walking down the street look cooler and be easier, to even using it to dance to your favourite songs. Well, actually, now that I mention it, they aren’t used for all that much, you just feel cool when you’re on it.

The idea of having a one of these hoverboards seemed like a good idea at the time, but there was no real benefit of having one other than just enjoying it until the batteries ran out and then having to sit around and wait for it to charge again. But that now is a big risk to homeowners around the world.

Just recently, three apartments sustained water damage in Orlando due to sprinklers having to go off because a hoverboard set fire when charging, which screamed the obvious that these toys have not been properly tested by the companies personal injury and IT consulting services. There was also $15,000 worth of damage at a house in Anne Arundel County due to overheating when charging as well, and a family in Louisiana lost their entire home all because the board was on charge and then started shooting out flames from both ends like bright car park lighting and caused a giant house fire, destroying everything.

Now ask yourself, is all of this worth spending money on this toy that provides some enjoyment when there’s a good chance you will end up having parts of your house destroyed if not all of it? Just think of all of that extra money you’d then have to spend on the damage, the electrical contractor, replacing whatever got destroyed, or even the possibility of it doing some harm to a person you love? Make sure you ask yourself these questions if you are considering buying one of these boards.

Rewriting The Plus-Sized Rule Book

Rule #1: Show Some Skin

If the clothing trends are going to be any similar to last Spring’s, we are going to be seeing even more crop tops rocking the streets of your town. But keep in mind that donning this trend of the classy crop tops don’t always need to be too overexposing and revealing. A nice dress with floral printed pant and hem top combination with a barring slit along the midriff gives a very nice look for any special occasion or for just going down to town to do the shopping. Whether it is plus size evening wear, you can wear your strappy sandals and oversized sunnies and rock your style anytime you want to.


Rule #2: Get Frilly

For years and years, plus size people have been warned and told to stay away from prints, colours, and embellishments that people see as either unflattering or just plain too simple. We have heard it all, avoid frills, stick with smaller prints on clothing, and bold colours, forget about it. The concern has always been too focussed on what makes you look slimmer. In recent years, big brands like Gucci have encouraged models to parade this down the catwalk and have thrown away the rule book and defied the odds to change the face of fashion in the public’s eyes.


Rule #3: Go All White

As summer roles in, so do the colourless white clothing that has been forgotten from last summer, which tends to bring a ray of sunshine and happiness in people’s lives when they feel sexy and confident in what they are wearing. The age old rule in the book is that black makes a person look more slim and white adds to making a person look wider than usual.  Emmicia Bracey says that having both tanned sandals and gold earrings strongly compliment the right balance of whites and blacks in your outfit.


Rule #4: Rock Horizontal Stripes

Contrary to the age-old belief, stripes do not make you like wide. This myth has been busted a million times now, and proved wrong by famous plus-sized models like Bree Warren, who wears these styles all the time now. These stripy designs are treated as neutral and can match so many different clothing styles, from everyday dress to formal attire. Donning a style that includes sleeves the length of your elbows and a slightly tailored waist and you are looking a million dollars. To add some flair, you can add a necklace to add some glamour.


Rule #5: Wear Clean Lines and Structured Separates

Ladies who wear plus size clothing have been constantly told that they need to purchase clothing that is stretchy to accommodate for the extra size. Well guess what, more and more people are now disagreeing with that rule these days! Today, a very nice piece of clothing is something that is held together in all the right places that really shows your curves off in the right way. So, when making your next purchase, don’t be shy to try on those extra bits of clothing that you would usually put back on the rack. You are all beautiful in your own little way!

The next Generation Tech Headquarters

Major renovations are underway in the worlds tech hub, Silicon Valley, with both Apple and Google set to undergo complete makeover of both of their headquarters. The Google headquarters is looking like it is taking the environment into consideration when looking at their plans of the redevelopment which includes a new dome like structure and state-of-the-art street lighting around the facility

Last year in 2015 Google revealed that its four sites will be having renovations in the Mountain View area of San Francisco, which is around nine miles north of Apple’s new circular structure that is set to open as their new headquarters in 2017. These two major projects are a strong reflection of the nature of both of these international companies and where they are heading.

The elegant ring structure of Apple’s world class facility embraces the lush green appearance around walls that are as tall as those of Alcatraz. This definitely suits a company like Apple who has been renowned for its control and secrecy of its business strategy and marketing activities. A company who would ensure that the crating and packing of all of its information is secure and locked with dogs watching it every second of the day. However, since the Tim Cook days began, the company has been seen to be more transparent than when Steve Jobs was running the show.

Both of these facilities are believed to reflect philosophies that embrace privacy for both itself and its customers and also value openness and sharing. Whilst the transformation occurs, there will be a heavy security presence at both of Google’s facilities to deter anyone trying to land a piece of history. Apple hopes to build some public access areas in its new facility it is building, to encourage positive public interaction with the company.

Where Apple’s design aspires to create “an integrated, unified and secure 21st Century campus surrounded by green space,” Google’s stated goal is “to create a highly flexible workplace that can adapt not only to Google’s evolving business needs but can also become a destination for the local community.”

The only catch with Google’s HQ is that it needs to provide public access to some areas to the community, with houses nearby and around the campus needing access. Google needs to be positive about this and be careful not to cause any friction with locals so that they can be happy neighbors, and not add fuel to sparking discontent in the community.

Google however plans on turning this into an advantage by working with the local community, by providing services to locals. Google plans on providing dedicated public space with display furniture, food trucks and retail spaces for local stores to open up. It plans to provide economic diversity, and may even go as far as providing better quality car park lighting for locals as well in the near future.

Inner-City Car Park Turned Into Not-Quite-A-Hotel


Melbourne’s brand new boutique trailer park is coming!

On a rooftop of a car park in one of Melbourne’s laneways that is Flinders Lane, James Fry, who is the owner of the car park called Fry’s Fast Park, is creating a ‘Notel’. The Notel is not a hotel. It is a total of six Airstream trailers that Fry bought in the US which are situated on the rooftop. They were lifted onto the top of the building with one of the largest cranes he could find and they are now all ready to be fitted out into 5-star luxury accommodation in this $1 million project.

To fit in with Melbourne’s iconic laneway street art, there will be street art put on the wall that abuts Tonic House and its vibrant rooftop space.

The entrance to this Notel is via a door that leads you to a stand-up café with a barista who will pass lattes through a hole in the wall.

Fry said “we are not a hotel, we are anything but. We’re going to provide people with an experience that is 50 percent about the bed and the other 50 percent is about Melbourne.”

A hipster or grandma can say that they went to a car park in a Melbourne laneway, went and grabbed a coffee, then climbed to the rooftop and checked into an Airstream, only in Melbourne.

With it expected to be open mid year, the guests of the Notel should expect to pay $320-$350 a night to stay in the 9.4 metres long aluminum trailers which date back to the early 1970’s and feature queen-sized beds, TVs, couches, and luxurious bathrooms.

During the day, the car park will still be operating as per normal, but at night, it will double as a space for events holding up to 300 people!

The less-celebrated end of Flinders Lane is poised for the arrival of the Notel because Fry has considered numerous plans for the unused space during the 10 years he has owned it.

Almost every real-estate agent in Melbourne has approached him to sell it to cashed-up Chinese investors who are rumoured to be willing to pay $10 million for it.

Fry had thought about a 40-storey redevelopment, or a rooftop bar or cinema. He then started to wonder about accommodation by installing a caravan, train carriage, tent, or tram but it was only during a trip to the US that Fry decided on these 6 silver beauties when he stayed at a boutique trailer park in Santa Barbara called Autocamp.

Fry owns this car park with his father Blair and it was Blair who established the Fry’s storage empire 40 years ago. The duo is accustomed to helping people fit their possessions into unique spaces.

James thought of everything when it came to Notel’s personal luxury bathroom because he doesn’t want his guests to be stumbling about in the dark of the night to go to a shared outhouse. He lowered the floor to ensure that tall people will be able to fit in the shower and is turning one of the trailers into the premier suite that will have an outdoor private spa.

Melbourne already is home to an outdoor “glamping” experience at St Jerome’s – The Hotel, which is located on top of Melbourne Central, features 20 canvas bell tents, but guests who stay there have to dash outside to the on-site amenities.

Ever since American Wally Byam built the first Airstream trailer in 1929, Airstreams have fascinated retro fans. NASA sought after its sleek space-age curves for when the first men who walked on the moon in 1969 returned home from their mission.

In case Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin had become infected with some form of germs from the moon, an Airstream was fitted out and transformed into a quarantine facility that was then transferred by a crane to the location where Apollo 11 was to land.

In Australia, there is a tight Airstream community that stays together by travelling around via the Airstream Club Australia. Jessie Curtis-Griffiths, who is its organiser, is also the “Happy Glamper” who is renting a 1966 Airstream that goes by the name of Peggy Sue for $520 for a weekend on the Mornington Peninsula with one night free.

The 1968 Airstream Happy Camper Pizza is food-trucking in style with owners Sonia Lear and partner Remi Pham. The Grub Food Van run by Mark Murphy and Tim Mann in Fitzroy suggests everything 1965 after being purchased via lowa on eBay.

The Airstream experience flourishes on Airbnb with one night in Bright, Victoria, for $136 a night, or if you seek a more exotic location such as Alozania, Spain, it is $176 per night.

On the accommodation website, Fry will put Notel up for rent for those interested.

“We’re so lucky with how amazing Melbourne is. We’re going to give people a local experience. We’re going to push them into the laneways, the coffee culture, the street art and all those things that are boutique, small and hidden.”

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A New Global Architecture Trend Has Hit Melbourne

Melbourne’s skyline will soon be home to a new ultra-thin skyscraper which will be one of the thinnest in the world. This new design is dubbed “skinnyscrapers” and the residential tower Collins House will be 183 metres tall but only 11.8 metres wide.

With cranes already in use and the construction being underway, the $200 million luxury building designed by Bates Smart, an Australian architecture firm, and developed by Golden Age Group, it is planned to be completed construction in 2018.

The “skinnyscraper” will be home to a total of 267 apartments consisting of one, two, and three bedroom apartments and it will also include sub penthouses and penthouses spanning across 57 storeys.

Kristen Whittle, the design director of the project from Bates Smart says “it’s the slimmest by far – there isn’t anything similar in Australia. The only ones similar in the world would be in New York and possibly a few in Hong Kong”.

There are buildings already like this in New York and they have also scheduled another one to be built with a planned width of 14.3 metres.

The foot of the building starts off with a width of 11.8 metres and then by the 15th floor, the width of the building expands by 4.5 metres which brings it to a total width of 16.3 metres.

To be able to classify a building as a “skinnyscraper”, the aspect ratio – height of building by its width – has to be greater than 1:10, and Collins House will have a ratio of 1:15:5, which makes it one of the slimmest in the world.

Kristen Whittle then goes on to say that “we are building for people who are wanting more personalised vertical apartment buildings, there’s a market for that”.

The developers of this project, Golden Age Group, had to buy air rights to be able to expand the building due to the Melbourne site only being 12.5 metres wide.

However, the design is quite surprising considering the fact that Melbourne’s density falls short of the international scale with roughly 10,000 residents per square kilometre for this type of development. Whereas cities such as London have roughly 20,000 residents per square kilometre.

There is expected to be more ultra-thin towers be built with the assistance of some of the largest cranes we have to offer due to the increased demand for space in global cities. Tall buildings with a very thin width is a practical solution for our growing population and it is gaining the attention of multiple citizens.

“The cities around the world, especially around the Asia Pacific where land value is increasing in the CBD, where people are also seeking to live and work in the city will see more of this type of building especially as technology becomes more fully understood”.

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The Revolutionary 3D Body Scanner Is Here

There is a new piece of state-of-the-art technology that is revolutionising the fashion industry, any guesses what this could be? Assuming that you have already read the title of this article, you would now know that there is a new piece of technology that is helping clothing stores to match you with the perfect size clothing, every time. This new technology is the newly introduced 3D body scanner, which is going to be welcomed by the plus size clothing industry with open arms.

This new technology aims to close the gap between the physical and digital world by creating a digital copy of the physical object at hand, in this case that is the human body. The 3D body scanner will have endless uses that can include: allowing health practitioners to measure body mass change in patients, aviation manufacturing companies and experts selecting the correct width of aircraft seating and even allowing the creation of the perfect fitting bulletproof vest for women in the police and military. It goes without saying, that a big winner of this innovation is the clothing industry, which will be dramatically revolutionised.

Body Labs is the market leader in the 3D scanning technology and has taken a massive stride in connecting both the digital and physical worlds together.  This is a major game changer for clothing stores who are willing to take the plunge and invest in one of these machines. This means that this 3D body scanner using its state-of-the-art lighting control can create an image of the unique contours and curves of every person that walks through their doors, and ultimately fit that person with the perfect sized piece of clothing, increasing customer satisfaction dramatically. This can potentially see the average time spent closing sales decrease as well, freeing up more time to close more sales with more clients. This is a major draw card to medium-sized companies aspiring to take that next big step into becoming a larger business.

Keep in mind that this market is growing in demand, and there are many differing versions of 3D body scanners out there in the world being tested as we speak. One of these body scanner machines by mPort is currently being tested in Australia, which is particularly partnering with InStitchu, and online custom tailor, which is a perfect partnership especially for custom making plus size clothes for larger people.

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Chinese Developer Unveils $40 Billion Island Metropolis Project

This could be one of the largest developments of a lifetime. This ambitious project is a plan to build a mega city on the mass of four small islands in the Joho straight between Singapore and Malaysia.

The $40 billion project is envisioned by chairman, Yeung Keung, of a private development company based in China, Country Garden, who is striving to build a new world city with skyscrapers looking over lush green forests on several small islands between Singapore and Malaysia. This company holds a grand plan to transform these lush green islands into a soaring city metropolis with skyscrapers going as far as the eye can see.

For the public, they will not see any vehicles or roads as they will be underneath the tree canopy that will be the main attraction of these metropolis islands.

This project, however, which has been publicly labelled as the ‘forest’ city, is not escaping any controversy. The proposed forest city with towering skyscrapers and state-of-the-art street lighting will create a new world city, however is being heavily criticised for attempting to buy up the several small islands between Singapore and Malaysia – which is seeing the majority of the local housing being put on the market. The issue here is experts and locals alike believe there is no legitimate demand for the state-of-the-art city development.

These claims have however been countered by Country Garden, who point out that the goal of this development is to attract buyers from around the globe, who will hopefully be drawn to the idea of living in a world-first futuristic city of over 300,000 people.

This new world metropolis, forest city, is said to include a number of services including: its own duty free zone, sky gardens, man-made lakes and beaches, schools, medical facilities, commercial buildings with their very own state-of-the-art car par lighting underneath the buildings The island metropolis will even have its own water supply. The philosophy of the developers are that they will create the market for the forest city, and as a result the customers will arrive.

At a development conference, Country Garden CEO Mo Bin explained that his company sees the layout of his forest city plan as a template for future cities around the world.

Mo Bin says that the success of Country Garden in China has given them a considerable net of capital to utilise a base platform to enter into the housing market globally, and have stated that they are already active in Australia where they have big plans for the future.

The Forest City development will be completed in 2035.

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A New LED Module is launched by Samsung for High Flux Industrial Lighting

Samsung Electronics is a world leader in advanced components. Recently it introduced influx which is a new line up of high flux (extremely bright) linear modules. These are optimized for industrial warehouse lighting plants, warehouses and parking lighting. These new LED module are a replacement for the old conventional T5HO (high output) and the T8 tubes. They are also suitable for high flux LED luminaries that cover up to 40,000lm.

A New LED Module is launched by Samsung for High Flux Industrial Lighting
Samsung inFlux, a new lineup of high-flux, linear LED modules for industrial lighting (Photo: Business Wire)

Jaewook Kwon, Vice President, Lighting Marketing Group, LED Business Team at Samsung Electronics says,

“By providing a wide variety of installation layout options and brightness intensities, our new inFlux linear module will deliver greater design flexibility and convenience for lighting designers, as well as high performance and reliability for fixture manufacturers. We will continue to reinforce our well-differentiated LED lighting engine line-ups to be able to meet more diverse market needs.”

The Samsung inFlux LED module incorporates the company’s mid-power LED package (LM301A), which features advanced “flip chip” technology. This enables a shorter junction-to-base distance and less thermal barrier layers in each package. By doing this, it avoids the need for metal wire bonding. The advantage of this is that it leads to lowering the thermal resistance of the packages, as well as permitting each package to handle a wide range of current. This they say will improve light efficacy. Fully embracing the flip chip LED approach, the new inFlux modules fully embrace the flip chip LED approach. This provides wider current alternatives, better light performance and much lower heat resistance compared to modules using a conventional epi-up chip package.

These new Samsung inFlux modules are currently in six product types. They range from 1,310lm and 9380lm with a length option, either 280 millimetres (mm) or 560mm, and offers several CCT colour variations, including 3000, 3500, 4000 and 5000K.

The idea of these product alternatives is to offer lighting fixture makers more design flexibility while addressing a wide variety of application requirements. LED fixture manufacturers can vary their lamp flux from 6,000lm to 40,000lm through this ingenious combination of different module types. This is good news for industrial lighting manufacturers.

An added bonus is that Samsung has made it easier for fixture makers to take their lighting products through the industry certification processes. This is all thanks to cooperative relationships that Samsung LED has put in place with recognized certification companies in the Korean, U.S., Chinese, and European markets. By doing this, these partnerships will simplify all of the complex procedures. They will also reduce time to market and the ultimate goal is to have a positive impact on all of the overall costs.


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Plus Sized People Seem to Live Longer

better off being plus sized Hmmmm, health advice these days changes like the wind. To be plus sized or not to be?

After being told for decades that milk will keep us healthy and fat will slowly kill us, they tell us now that every glass of milk a female drinks each day increases her chances of dying by about 15 per cent. They also tell us now that saturated fat has nothing to do with heart disease.

To make it all worse, now after fifty or so  years of telling us we need to lose weight, they now have proof from recent studies that plus size women actually live longer! Losing weight can be more dangerous for you than remaining fat! What really matters is not fatness at all but that you should exercise! Even though most of this is common sense to a point, I’m beginning to realize that as a society, we have made a wrong turn a long, long way back! But the big problem now is, we haven’t got a clue where we really are.

As a news story, this is quite enlightening. But, lets see if we can’t get to the bottom of this very fat issue.

The big question is, do fat people live longer? The answer will surprise you. Yes, they do. According to some new research, this could be why. Most dietitians, physicians and so on use Body Mass Index (BMI) to estimate a person’s fatness. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. (If you don’t get this, you can use this website to figure it out).

People with a BMI lower than 18.5 suggest you should get a career to be a Calvin Klein model (lucky you). If you are 18.5-25 you are in the “healthy” or “normal” range while 25-30 is overweight. 30-35 you are obese and if you are over 35 you have a serious obesity problem.

fat-women-1-1523026-639x424A mega-study involving 2.9 million people, has found the same pattern as many other smaller studies recently conducted and that is that you are least likely to die at any given age if your BMI is around the middle of the overweight category i.e. a BMI of around 27.

This still means however that if you are obese, you are still more likely to get diabetes or cardiovascular disease of some type but it means that you are less likely to die from them.

Apparently, the researchers call this the Obesity Paradox (just to call it something catchy).

However, the scenario gets worse! It has been found that people who lose weight by diet or exercise are more likely to die. This is even the case when you allow for preexisting conditions such as cancer.

It appears you will live longer if your weight remains the same. Why this happens is now a real mystery. One reason could be because the fat people already died before the studies began.

If that’s the case, then we are left with only healthy fat people, with a mix of healthy and unhealthy skinny people. If that’s the case then its not surprising that the fat people seem to have an advantage. It is possible that fat people get better medical care.

The bottom line is that if you’re a bit overweight I can hardly do worse than most health experts to suggest that if you get out for a daily walk, regularly see your sport therapist to look after your body, eat lots of fruit and veggies and just chill out, you could well be better off being over weight. Ahhh, its an odd world we live in.