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USS Forrest Sherman Participates In COMPTUEX

first_img USS Forrest Sherman Participates In COMPTUEX View post tag: Participates Guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) departed Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Jan. 9, to participate in a scheduled Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG).The purpose of COMPTUEX, which is conducted by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, is to evaluate the mission readiness of all deployable assets, exercising each ship with unplanned and fast-paced tests that will simulate various real-world scenarios.“Forrest Sherman will get a chance to perfect our considerable weapons and sensor employment and demonstrate combined strike group operations,” said Cmdr. John Krisciunas, commanding officer of Forrest Sherman. “I couldn’t be prouder of my crew, their efforts and their excellence.”Each exercise will test how well Forrest Sherman operates as part of a larger strike group as well as independently. Training scenarios include simulated surface, air, undersea, strike and electronic attacks.“This is a tremendous opportunity for the Forrest Sherman and TRCSG to execute, analyze and improve the processes we’ve been rehearsing for the entire Fleet Response Plan training cycle, with the goal of being certified for sustained combat operations,” said Lt. Grant Greenwell, operations officer of Forrest Sherman. “Forrest Sherman is filled with 300 of America’s best Sailors who are eager to display the hard-earned skills we’ve honed over the past year.”Sailors attached to Forrest Sherman are also confident that they will be able to handle any task during the training exercise.“I’ve been on a lot of different ships, and Forrest Sherman definitely is a topnotch command that strives to set the bar higher each time,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Joseph Platter. “There is no doubt in my mind the Sailors are up to this and we will blow it out of the water.”Press Release View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic View post tag: COMPTUEX January 12, 2015center_img View post tag: Sherman View post tag: Forrest Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Forrest Sherman Participates In COMPTUEX Share this articlelast_img read more

Clinical or Tenure track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Dermatology

first_imgBe advised a credit check will be required for all positions withfinancial responsibilities. For additional information about thecredit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website. DepartmentVet Med Small Animal Medicine & Surg Duties/ResponsibilitiesPosting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/CVCover LetterList of References with Contact InformationOptional Documents Does this position have operation, access, or control offinancial resources?No Does this position require a P-Card?No Job Closing Date Minimum Qualifications College/Unit/Department website Posting Details Retirement PlanTRS or ORP Classification Title Underutilization About the College/Unit/Department Advertised Salary EEO Statement Faculty RankOpen Rank Posting NumberF0018P Candidates must have a DVM or equivalent degree and have boardcertification or have completed an approved residency of theAmerican College of Veterinary Dermatology or European College ofVeterinary Dermatology. Salary and entry rank will be commensuratewith experience level. Appointment at the associate professor rankrequires a minimum of five years of experience in a similarposition; appointment at the rank of full professor requiresattainment of tenure in a similar position at an academicinstitution. Benefits EligibilityBenefits Eligible Posting TypeExternal Standing/Walking Credit and P-Card policy Is this a Position of Trust? The successful candidate will join a dermatology service with onefull-time faculty member, a dedicated technician, and a resident.The dermatology service currently maintains a diverse caseload withongoing clinical research projects and opportunities for teachingstudents and house officers. Complete on-site clinical, diagnostic,and pathology facilities permit diagnostics and treatment ofdermatology patients, and the new UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospitalis staffed with specialists in surgery, oncology, neurology,internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, emergency andcritical care, dermatology, anesthesiology, diagnostic imaging,anatomic and clinical pathology, and zoological medicine. Thedermatology service has STORZ HD video-otoscopy unit with Vet Pump.Holmium: YAG and diode lasers are available within the hospital forprocedures as needed. Responsibilities include clinical service,research, and teaching. Faculty assignment will be based on theinterests of the candidate in conjunction with the missions of thedermatology program. The successful candidate is welcome toactively participate in collaborative efforts and encouraged toestablish an independent research program. Shared laboratory spaceand technical support are provided within the Department. Theindividual will share responsibilities in clinical service,didactic teaching, and clinical teaching of professional students,interns, and residents. Position Details Is driving a responsibility of this position?No Qualified applicants are invited to submit: (1) a letter of intentincluding professional interests and career goals; (2) curriculumvitae; and (3) name, mailing address, and contact information forthree professional references. Please apply athttp://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/3908. All application materialsmust be received by June 29, 2018 to ensure consideration. Pleasecontact Dr. Jane Quandt, Search Committee Chairperson, [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the position.The start date for the successful candidate is negotiable and canbe as early as September 1, 2018.center_img Position Summary Contract TypeFiscal (12 mo.) Tenure StatusNegotiable Additional Requirements Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/orCertification Location of VacancyAthens Area Physical Demands Candidates must have a DVM or equivalent degree and have boardcertification or have completed an approved residency of theAmerican College of Veterinary Dermatology or European College ofVeterinary Dermatology. Salary and entry rank will be commensuratewith experience level. Appointment at the associate professor rankrequires a minimum of five years of experience in a similarposition; appointment at the rank of full professor requiresattainment of tenure in a similar position at an academicinstitution. Job Posting Date07/09/2018 FLSA Special Instructions to Applicants Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grantuniversity with statewide commitments and responsibilities is thestate’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversifiedinstitution of higher education ( http://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currentlyranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News &World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens,approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campusesin Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-charteredUniversity in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-timestaff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 studentsincluding over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate andprofessional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools andcolleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta Universityhoused on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Candidates must have a DVM or equivalent degree and have boardcertification or have completed an approved residency of theAmerican College of Veterinary Dermatology or European College ofVeterinary Dermatology. Salary and entry rank will be commensuratewith experience level. Appointment at the associate professor rankrequires a minimum of five years of experience in a similarposition; appointment at the rank of full professor requiresattainment of tenure in a similar position at an academicinstitution. Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?No Candidates must have a DVM or equivalent degree and have boardcertification or have completed an approved residency of theAmerican College of Veterinary Dermatology or European College ofVeterinary Dermatology. Appointment at the associate professor rankrequires a minimum of five years of experience in a similarposition; appointment at the rank of full professor requiresattainment of tenure in a similar position at an academicinstitution. Working TitleClinical or Tenure track Assistant/Associate/Full ProfessorDermatology Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety,IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access tochemicals and medications) Open until filledYes Employment TypeEmployee The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, geneticinformation, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation orprotected veteran status. Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Anticipated Start Date09/01/2018 About the University of Georgia Does this position have direct interaction or care of childrenunder the age of 18 or direct patient care?last_img read more

Mini cake maker gears up for rapid growth

first_imgThe end of August should see new production capacity coming on stream at miniature cake producer Greetings for Eating, as part of a £500,000 expansion funded partly by new investors.The firm is expanding output from 3m cakes a year in response to what the chairman Stephen Smith said was a projected growth of 40% a year over the next three years. It expects to produce 5m cakes a year within a couple of years.Turnover at the Boughton, Nottinghamshire, firm has grown from £1.8m to £2.8m in the past year and should grow £1m next year, he said.Most of the growth is likely to be in sales of mini ‘occasion’ sponge cakes to supermarkets. The company currently makes 60g and 120g cakes at about 15,000 and 6,000 per shift respectively on two lines, with designs licensed from Warner, Fox, Disney, Hallmark, Carte Blanche and Carlton Cards. The company will launch cupcakes soon, said Smith, who set up the company in 1992 as Wellsprings Confectionery to sell decorated fruit cakes to greetings cards shops and other high-street outlets. It began supplying supermarkets in 2003 and now supplies Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.Moving the warehousing and dispatch operations to a new building will allow for a third production line and a new product development facility. The workforce will increase from 80 to over 90.last_img read more

Bioenergy Conference

first_imgThe three-day conference drew 450 attendants from across the country and world to hear scores of speakers discuss topics such as biofuel crops and biomass, vehicles and farm equipment, conservation strategies, finance, current bioenergy development in the area and career opportunities. Several entrepreneurs provided workshops on how to make ethanol and biodiesel on the farm. Dozens of vendors participated in the trade show, including Tesla and Gaia Transport, which displayed their cutting-edge renewable energy vehicles entered in the prestigious X Prize competition. “I believe that now is the most exciting and profitable time to take advantage of renewable energies, and the Southeast Bioenergy Conference is one of the most comprehensive and affordable ways to learn how,” said Craig Kvien, a professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and conference organizer. No single renewable energy source, such as biofuel, solar or wind, will break the country’s massive dependence on foreign oil. Industry experts, scientists and policymakers gathered to discuss how the three sources combined could at the 2009 Southeast Bioenergy Conference Aug. 11 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.Right now, oil is the “trump card” that beats all others in world power, said keynote speaker and prominent astronautics engineer Robert Zubrin, whose recent book “Energy Victory” outlines a plan to break the decades-long economic grip the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has had on the U.S. economy.More than any other OPEC country, he said, Saudi Arabia is the strongest, making $400 billion from its oil last year, which costs only 50 cents per barrel to pump from the ground. Saudi Arabia produces more oil than the next four OPEC countries combined and uses its dominance to monopolize the market and fund terrorism. OPEC’s power is very dangerous for the U.S. and the world, he said. For example, the 1973 Arab oil embargo sent the U.S. into economic chaos. At the time, the U.S. only received 30 percent of its oil from foreign countries. Today, such an embargo would devastate the U.S., which now gets 65 percent of its oil from OPEC. Adding to the threat, OPEC has trillions of dollars in cash reserves and could implement a prolonged embargo.“They can keep us shut down until you’re gone,” he said.Oil control has been the key to success or defeat for many conflicts in the past century, particularly WW II. In 1940, the U.S. produced 60 percent of the world’s oil. Its allies Russia and England controlled another 15 percent. Germany lost the war because it literally ran out of gas.To turn the tide, Zubrin said, alcohol-based fuels like ethanol and methanol must become the new trump card in the energy game. U.S. agriculture’s fertile ground could take a big lead in growing biomass to turn into fuel to power the world.The first thing the U.S. can do, he said, is mandate all vehicles be equipped to run on flex-fuel, or a mix of gasoline and an alcohol-based fuel. Within a few years of such an action, gas stations would carry more alcohol-based fuels to meet the growing demand, which would help farmers, drastically increase the bioenergy markets and reduce carbon emissions.Zubrin also estimates it would put 50 million flex-fuel vehicles on U.S. highways and millions more around the world. Every resource for energy independence must be considered in terms of tax incentives or ways they are promoted, said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).“Whether it’s 50 percent of our cars by 2015 burning alternative fuels or whether it’s a voluntary system of protocols to reduce carbon emission into our atmosphere or whether it is tax incentives to promote bioenergy, all of those ought to be promoting every single resource so we in the United States can become energy independent,” Isakson said.Georgia has the agricultural knowledge, climate, infrastructure and business-friendly atmosphere to lead the country in alternative-energy production, said Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.“Georgia has been uniquely blessed with the natural resources, intellectual capital and entrepreneurial spirit that can make growing, producing and using our own energy a reality right here in our state,” Perdue said.last_img read more

Court sets procedures for postconviction DNA testing

first_imgCourt sets procedures for postconviction DNA testing November 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular News Court sets procedures for postconviction DNA testing Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Florida Supreme Court has amended its procedural rules to allow only inmates who were “tried and found guilty” to seek exoneration or a sentence reduction through DNA evidence. The adoption of Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.853, and amendments to Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure 9.140 and 9.141 also impose a two-year time limit on inmates to request testing and is very similar to a state law (Ch. 2001-97) that went into effect October 1. The court also said because the amendments to Rules 9.140 and 9.141 had not previously been published, it will accept comment on the changes until December 17. (The text of the amended rules can be found beginning on page 14.) Case nos. SC01-363 & SC01-1649. The 4-3 court declined to make postconviction DNA testing available to those who plead guilty or nolo contendere, which was advocated by the Criminal Procedures Rules Committee, but was not permitted in the new DNA law. In a brief, House Speaker Tom Feeney, R-Oviedo, told the court that expanding the rule to authorize DNA testing for those who plead guilty or no contest “would violate the separation of powers provision of the Florida Constitution,” because expanding the pool of those eligible for DNA testing is substantive in nature “and cannot be reasonably construed to be procedural.” The majority – Chief Justice Charles Wells and Justices Leander Shaw, Major Harding and Fred Lewis – said the court adopted “the appended procedures to effectuate the new legislation without reaching the constitutional issues raised in this proceeding.” In a separate opinion by Justice Harry Lee Anstead – concurring in part and dissenting in part – Anstead said he would have adopted a comprehensive rule providing for postconviction DNA testing of all those convicted who could meet the “rigorous requirements of the proposed rule.” “I cannot agree with the majority’s apparent decision to reject the committee’s proposal, and to essentially postpone any consideration of those issues not resolved by the enactment of legislation providing for limited postconviction DNA testing until an inmate claiming an unjust conviction and entitlement to DNA testing brings those issues to the court.” wrote Anstead in his opinion, in which Justices Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince concurred. “Rather than delay, we should enthusiastically embrace the use of science which can only serve to enhance confidence in our criminal justice system and bring more certainty to a determination of guilt or innocence, or just punishment.” The court said the committee’s proposed Rule 3.853 varied from the new DNA legislation in several other respects, including the laboratory or agency that must conduct the testing. Ch. 2001-97, section 1, creates §925.11(2)(h), which provides for court-ordered DNA testing to be conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or its designee, as provided in §943.3251. The court said proposed rule 3.853(c)(7) tracks the legislation but further authorizes the court, on a showing of good cause, to order testing by another laboratory or agency. Subdivision (c) of the new rule provides general procedures to be followed after a motion for testing is filed. “Specifically, we have amended subdivision (c)(7) to allow the court, on a showing of good cause, to order testing by a laboratory or agency, certified by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors or the National Forensic Science Training Center, other than FDLE or its designee when requested by a movant who can bear the costs of such testing,” the court said. Subdivision (d) of the new rule provides time limitations for seeking postconviction DNA testing. “At this time, we adhere to the two-year time limitations contained in the new legislation,” the court said. The court, however, adopted proposed subdivision (d)(2), which addresses matters not addressed by the new legislation. As modified, it reads: “A motion to vacate filed under Rule 3.850 or a motion for postconviction or collateral relief filed under Rule 3.851, which is based solely on the results of the court-ordered DNA testing obtained under this rule, shall be treated as raising a claim of newly-discovered evidence and the time periods set forth in Rules 3.850 and 3.851 shall commence on the date that the written test results are provided to the court, the movant, and the prosecuting authority pursuant to subsection (c)(8).” The court said subdivisions (e) and (f) of the new rule provide procedures for rehearing and appeal. In response to a comment by Judge O. H. Eaton, Jr., past chair of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, the court said it modified proposed subdivision (f) to provide that an appeal may be taken within 30 days from the date the order on the motion is rendered, rather than within 30 days from the entry of the order. Rules 9.140 and 9.141 were amended to provide procedures for appeals from Rule 3.853 orders, which parallel the procedures for appeals in Rule 3.850 and Rule 3.800(a) proceedings.last_img read more

Credit union revenue increases 11% In 1Q19

first_imgRevenue at U.S. credit unions increased 11.0% annually to $19.7 billion as of March 31, 2019, according to estimates from Callahan & Associates based on first quarter performance data.Analysts at Callahan attribute a full 98.9% of this increase to interest income. Loan income and investment income rose 13.0% and 24.2%, respectively, from this time last year. Operating expenses grew at a slower rate of 7.4% to $11.7 billion. This dynamic fueled year-over-year net income growth of 11.1%, with aggregate net income for the industry totaling $3.2 billion.Larger bottom lines allow credit unions to use excess earnings to return value to members in the form of immediate savings, dividends, and improved service offerings.The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised its benchmark interest rate four times in 2018. As a result, funding costs have moved higher even into the first quarter of 2019. The average cost of funds rose 25 basis points year-over-year to 0.93%. As of March 31, credit unions have paid $2.7 billion in member dividends, an increase of 52.4% from the same time last year. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ordinance on postponement or exemption from payment of tourist tax

first_imgAttachment: Official Gazette: Ordinance on deferment or exemption from payment of tourist tax for persons providing catering services in the household or on a family farm This Ordinance prescribes the postponement or exemption from the payment of the annual lump sum tourist tax in the conditions of special circumstances defined by Article 14a of the Tourist Tax Act. More precisely, it is a matter of reducing the flat tourist tax by 50% and exemption from paying the flat tourist tax for extra beds for 2020 in full. The Ministry of Tourism has published in the Official Gazette the Ordinance on the deferral or exemption from payment of tourist tax for persons providing catering services in the household or on a family farmcenter_img Otherwise, the tourist tax is due on July 31.07.2020, XNUMX. years. Photo: Booking.comlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Sept. 3

first_imgPhoto of child, cow painted a pictureThe photo on the front page of the Aug. 29 Daily Gazette could not have been more perfect. Photographer Peter R. Barber captured the little girl and the cow in a scene that could have been a Norman Rockwell painting. Kudos to Barber’s sharp eye.Daryl KosinskiFultonvilleProgressive-liberal policies hurt citiesHaving been educated in biological sciences, I find it astounding that we have typhus breakouts in areas of our country due to humans living, sleeping and drugged-out on sidewalks, lying in their own filth, feces and drugs. Good Lord, typhus is a deadly disease that was last rampant 60 years ago in the unsanitary Nazi concentration camps, spread by lice and fleas. One might assume this is in some rural area of mid-America.However, it turns out to be in our major, most beautiful cities. Los Angeles (with nearly 60,000 homeless people without shelter at any given night); San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and Baltimore to name a few. What do these all have in common? Their governments are all proud bastions of progressive liberalism.Is this the “shining beacon” the Democratic Party promises if elected?  And what have the fathers of these cities been doing?In June in L.A., a press conference was held on the steps of city hall and instead of addressing this man-made disaster as promised, council members mugged for the cameras and bashed President Trump.Somehow fixing the homeless or waste problem is not on their docket; apparently the more pressing issue of ‘politically correct’ labeling of felons is, since this is what they spent their time legislating.I’m tired of the self-aggrandizement of the progressive liberals at the expense of the safety of our citizens and country.If the Democrats cannot see the destruction of their policies on our country, they do not deserve to serve. Dr. Arthur SalvatoreSaratoga SpringsGrateful for care of Ellis Hospital staffOn Aug. 24, I had to make an emergency trip to Ellis Hospital.The staff, Dr. Robert Dachs, and the attending physicians went above and beyond to keep me comfortable. The nurses and doctor checked on me continuously. I have nothing but respect for all of them.Words cannot express my gratitude for the care and attention that I received. I would highly recommend Ellis Hospital for any kid of medical emergencies or otherwise.Helen TatarekSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMake statue garden in SchenectadyIt seems a horrible waste of time, and money, but I do feel the incompetence involved in the removal, storage and secret relocation of the Statue of Liberty replica rises to the level of an impeachable offense.Put the Lady back, sweep away the offenders and let’s get back to good, sound, reasonable governance for the people.While they’re at it, they could relocate the statue of Tubman and Seward and the statue of Edison and Steinmetz to Liberty Park also. Give Schenectady a statue garden to brag about.Dick CurtisScotialast_img read more

COVID-19 cases spike in US Midwest as deaths reach over 180,000

first_imgSeveral US Midwest states reported record one-day increases in the number of new coronavirus cases on Thursday as nationwide deaths from the virus topped 180,000 and officials braced for the possibility of another surge with school openings.Meanwhile, the governors of several states said they would not reduce testing as recommended the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a change many health officials say was based on political pressure and not science.Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota all recorded on Thursday the biggest one-day increases in new infections since the pandemic started. Topics : Nationally, metrics on new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and test positivity rates are all declining but there are emerging hotspots in the Midwest.North Dakota, where cases rose 30% last week, reported a record 333 new cases on Thursday. Neighboring South Dakota, where cases rose 50% last week, reported a record 623 new infections.Infections have been rising since an annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota drew more than 365,000 people from all over the country from Aug. 7 to 16. The South Dakota health department said 40 cases have been traced to the Sturgis rally.Iowa reported 1,288 new cases on Thursday after seeing infections rise nearly 7% last week. Minnesota reported 1,154 new cases and saw its new cases rise 4% last week, according to a Reuters analysis. Cases are also rising in Illinois.center_img Minnesota’s health department said 265 of the new cases were due to delayed test results from one lab and the backlog would affect future reports as well.Health experts have warned there could be another surge in cases across the United States as schools reopen and colder weather forces more gatherings indoors.This week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said people exposed to COVID-19 but not symptomatic may not need to be tested.That contradicted earlier guidance from the CDC, shocking doctors and politicians and prompting accusations that it may have been based not on sound science but on political pressure from the administration of President Donald Trump.California, Connecticut, Florida, Texas, New Jersey and New York all plan continue to test asymptomatic people who have been exposed to COVID-19.The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut slammed the CDC’s move as “reckless” and “not based on science,” and said they would not change testing guidelines in their states.The CDC and Department of Health “have not shared their scientific rationale for this change in policy, which substitutes sound science-based public health guidance with the president’s misinformation,” they said in a joint statement.”This type of robust testing by our states has been a key factor in our success so far to flatten the curve in the tristate area.”On Wednesday, the top US government infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, told CNN he was having surgery during discussion of the change and expressed worry about the CDC’s move.The World Health Organization said, resources permitting, people exposed to the novel coronavirus should continue to get tested even if they do not show immediate symptoms of infection.US confirmed cases are now over 5.8 million – the highest total in the world. The US death toll is also the world’s highest.On a per capita basis, the United States ranks 12th in the world for the number of deaths, with 54 deaths per 100,000 people, and tenth in the world for cases, with 1,774 cases per 100,000 residents, according to a Reuters analysis.last_img read more

More new units have been built than houses for the first time

first_imgHollie Taylor and Glenn Mackay surveying a mock-up of the new Fabric development at Brisbane blue chip suburb Teneriffe. Picture: Jono Searle.HIPSTERS and families throwing in the towel on the ‘white picket fence’ helped drive record completions for apartments – beating houses for the first time on record. And with a major lifestyle shift and affordability issues continuing across the major capitals, the signs were that the trend could be expected to continue for some time.Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics quarterly building activity data found that more new units were completed (28,527) than new houses (28,102) over the three months of the December quarter. GET the latest real estate news from The Courier-Mail free and direct to your inbox CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said unit completion growth hit a record 26.1 per cent compared to new house completions which were up just 0.7 per cent.“This marked the first quarter on record where more new units had been completed than new houses.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoPointcorp project, Fabric at Florence Street, Teneriffe.Mr Kusher said unit completions could “remain high for some time given that there are still many houses and units under construction” which together have averaged 43,497 a quarter in the past five years.The latest CoreLogic Property Pulse found while nationally the surge was at record levels, there were signs of a slowdown in the number of units being built in Brisbane and Melbourne.“Clearly we are seeing the market responding to the heightened level of dwelling construction over recent years,” Mr Kusher said. HOUSING led economic miracle Real estate agent Hamish Bowman of Ray White New Farm said the shift in buyer demographic and their priorities was inevitable across the inner-city.“We have known for several years that this dynamic would eventuate,” he said.“House owners are now putting artificial grass over real grass so they don’t have to maintain it. People are time poor. People want to entertain themselves in their down time.”Buyers Hollie Taylor and Glenn Mackay were among those who preferred an apartment over a house, buying into Fabric, Teneriffe, which is expected to begin construction shortly.The eight level development was expected to have 73 apartments designed to fill a need for “select, contemporary, amenity-rich residences”, according to developers Pointcorp.last_img read more

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