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Ararat Outdoor Olympic Swimming Pool Opens

Swimmers and neighborhood members returned for the very first fulfill at the Ararat Outdoor Olympic Swimming pool in 5 years on Saturday. The satisfy was a huge event for the Ararat Swimming Club, which has actually utilized the indoor swimming pool at Ararat Physical fitness Centre for training, however has actually gone back to the larger swimming pool given the property pool landscaping for compliance on behalf of the club and that it’s resuming in 2015. Water Rats’ swimmer Havana Madex stated the Save Our Swimming pool committee had actually done a great task throughout the redevelopment.

“I can keep in mind when we were all swimming and training together here 5 years earlier and it was actually enjoyable,” she stated. “Then we went on a big break since the swimming pool closed down, so we lost a load of our swimmers, due to the fact that few individuals took pleasure in swimming in the indoor swimming pool. “It is amazing due to the fact that in the summer season you can simply stroll down and have a swim now.”

The 14-year-old stated training outdoors prepared the swimmers much better for outside competitors. “Swimming in indoor assists, however then you go to the outside swimming pools and get the shock of the cold,” she stated. “Now we are training here, we discover how to get utilized to the water, swim much better at training and swim fulfills, and we improve PBs.” The go back to the outside swimming pool offered success for the Water Rats as they topped Wimmera District 12 competitors on Saturday. Prior to racing, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Colin Brooks formally opened the fulfill. Mr Brooks stated although the state federal government had actually put in $350,000 for the task, its success would never ever have actually been possible without the swimming pool committee or Ararat Rural City board.

” It is fantastic to bring the neighborhood together– you look throughout the swimming pool there and see households communicating on a terrific day,” he stated. “It is a credit to the council and the committee that worked to obtain it open.” Committee member Ambrose Cashin stated the very first swimming fulfill was satisfying for everybody associated with the task. “The reality the swimming club has actually made it through and were back in their own swimming pool hosting their own satisfy is a marvelous thing for Ararat,” he stated. “We have a great sense in pride in it.

“It has actually been so great not just for the swimming, however they have actually had the ability to train in the outside swimming pool and train in the 50m swimming pool.  A huge majority of backyard pool surrounds and day spas failed have the capacity to achieve such a situation that families and adults need to consider the more obvious alternative. “That is something they were doing not have the chance for and it is wonderful to see them all back there training. “One year house and one success, so we simply need to keep it up.” Mr Ambrose stated the swimming club would take advantage of a brand-new online where it might keep its devices and grow in numbers. “The reality they made it through is exceptional for their endurance and character,” he stated. “The swimming pool will go from strength to strength.”

The next phase of building, which will consist of shade covers, swimming pool blankets, a waterslide and landscaping will begin after a state federal government grant is turned over in July. The swimming pool committee has actually currently gotten quotes for the work throughout next phase of building and construction. Once it is finished the committee prepares to extend the swimming season to range from November to April. Mr Ambrose stated it was now a fantastic meeting point for the whole neighborhood. “It reveals exactly what takes place when council, federal government and the general public type a collaboration,” he stated. “The swimming pool is a fantastic neighborhood meeting point that is going beyond the idea of great deals of individuals.”

Leading Winery Proposes Vineyard Town in Central Otago

Leading Central Otago winery Wooing Tree Vineyard has today launched plans that will make it possible for the development of a boutique residential and industrial space created to complement its wine service in Cromwell, a suggestion made by business coaches in the area to enhance the Central Otago region.

A zone modification will have to be given by the Central Otago District Council (CODC) to facilitate the advancement of the proposed Wooing Tree Estate, which is pegged for the vineyard’s 26-hectare website in between SH6, SH8B and Faster way Roadway. While Wooing Tree Vineyard will stay at the site, the brand-new advancement might include different community amenities, tourist attractions, retail, wedding accommodation and prime housing lots

Charming Tree partners, Geoff and Jane Bews and Steve and Thea Farquharson, believe the modification would permit a more fitting development for the growing town than is currently offered under the existing zoning. Developed to accommodate the regional population growth and further boost Cromwell’s appeal as a premium wine and tourist destination, Charming Tree Vineyard co-owner Geoff Bews says the strategy they have established is an action to growing Cromwell in a manner that will support its tourism, wine and domestic interests.

“Tourism development is crucial for Cromwell and this task offers the opportunity for store visitor accommodation and activities, along with neighborhood amenities for residents,” he says. “We want to support the growth of Cromwell by producing a preferable living and way of life space, featuring areas of various sizes and an exclusive organisation area, all the while maintaining the sensation of a vineyard village. Our plans provide for much more appealing and suitable growth than the large lot rural residential areas currently enabled.”

Site principles have actually been drawn up by resource management and landscape preparation experts Vivian & Espie. 10 percent of the proposed advancement is allocated to commercial activity, while the staying 90 per cent is reserved for grape vines, residential lots and open spaces. The iconic Wooing Tree, which the vineyard is famously named after, will take pride of place in a public green location. The advancement would also supply access to Cromwell’s town centre and complement the brand-new cycle path which is proposed to link Cromwell to Clyde, Wanaka and Queenstown.

Wooing Tree Vineyard will seek to alter the zoning to a mix of low- to high-density domestic and light industrial. The partners invite informal public feedback on the proposed development before lodging the application with the CODC in the new year, to which small businesses are being urged to support the development by their small business coach. “Our vision is to produce a restaurant and winery neighborhood that locals will be proud of, along with a destination that visitors will delight in and wish to go back to,” Bews says. “It’s also of critical value for us to make sure that the very same care and attention which we impart in our wine is applied to the advancement of our land.”

Proposed infrastructure changes include a new roundabout at the intersection of SH8B and Barry Ave, which would work as the main entry and exit route to Charming Tree Estate. A secondary access point along Faster way Road is also detailed. “Throughout the entire process of preparation and possible advancement, it will be company as usual for Charming Tree Vineyard,” Bews adds. “We will continue to run from our premises at 64 Shortcut Roadway and remain committed to making excellent Central Otago wine.”

Melbourne City Construction Causes Traffic and Congestion

An approximated 128 cranes dot Melbourne’s horizon however down listed below their impact is being felt all too acutely.

While the situation has actually resulted in gridlock on the streets it is set to get far worse next year, when building and construction of the $11 billion Melbourne City starts and lanes on major roads like St Kilda Road, Franklin Street and Flinders Street partly or completely close. New figures launched by Melbourne City board show the building boom’s influence on the streets: in 2012, there were 1400 applications to close streets or parking lanes for building and landscape constructions this year, there were 3500.

Throughout the 5 years, a 3rd of short-lived street closures were for gas, water or facilities works. The rest was for structure. The building boom, states the RACV’s public law supervisor Brian Negus, “is excellent for our economy”. Less fantastic are the long-term lane closures. “Merely undesirable,” Mr Negus labels them, since “they massively ramp up blockage and impact safe travel”.

The rate to close a lane– which in Melbourne City board’s figures consists of a single vehicle parking spot as well as a more disruptive momentary closure of traffic– is little: $148 a day or, for a tower crane that shuts down a whole road, $202 a week (after a preliminary $1364 application charge). Each new job that takes up road space must have project management systems in place, demonstrating how it will reduce issues for drivers and pedestrians.

The issue with this, says the Australian Roadway Research Board’s Charles Karl, is that often no one is checking if building and construction teams are doing exactly what they said they would, which is why they need an asset tracking system. “In the documentation, there is usually a traffic management plan,” says Dr Karl. However inspecting compliance is too rarely done. “Every one people would have experienced it: the team possibly gets there a bit early, [or] they are supposed to clean up by specific times and they don’t.”

He states the problems of lane closures on a grid like Melbourne’s are usually reasonably benign, in a way they can’t be on motorways: “A grid network like [Melbourne’s] city, it is a self-organising system that handles clogs in an arterial or grid network– offering the system understands a bit ahead of time,” he says. A Melbourne City Council spokesperson says the building and construction boost in the past five years has resulted in a jump in momentary roadway closures. The council tries to flag these ahead of time on its site.

When closures happen, she states, contractors need to ensure road users are protected and impacts on public transportation, vehicles and bicyclists are minimised, real time gps tracking technology will keep them accountable. “We likewise, where possible, limit roadway closures to off-peak times.”. The RACV’s Mr Negus states he accepts lane closures are often necessary. But he states for building and paving tasks, they must be restricted only to very short-term shutdowns. And if a lane merely has to be shut? “A lane rental [charge] at a high price must apply to encourage short time use,” he says.

Leader Project to Improve Safety around Backyard Pool

Two swimming pools, two guidelines. Both of these backyard pools don’t have a dedicated pool fence. However in Victoria one is perfectly legal while the other fails the security test.

It’s the state of confusion that surrounds our pool fence laws and is a circumstance swimming pool inspector Brett Fitzmaurice states “need to change”. Mr Fitzmaurice, who runs Pool Safe Inspections Victoria, this week backed Leader Community News’ Make Pools Safe project, advising the State Federal government to establish a pool register along with need pool owners to have mandatory security checks every 3 years. He thinks there must be a new Australian Security Requirement applied to all swimming pools across the country. “For the past 30 years the legislation has needed the home occupier to keep their barrier at all times. It’s insufficient,” he stated.

The previous City of Banyule staff member, a signed up structure inspector who operated in local government for 11 years, said of the 2000 swimming pools, pool pavers and spas he had examined throughout his profession, simply one medical spa abided by fencing policies. And Mr Fitzmaurice says Victoria still has the harmful scenario where thousands of backyard pools can still legally rely on your home being an effective barrier, instead of a border fence locking off the swimming pool from curious toddlers. Planning Minister Richard Wynne has not reacted to requests for comment, however Mr Fitzmaurice states retrospective swimming pool fencing laws have actually been left in the too-hard basket. He stated Victorian laws now lagged precariously behind other more progressive states, such as NSW and QLD.

Mr Fitzmaurice started Pool Safe Inspections Victoria 2 years ago, preparing for the federal government would act to enhance laws after a summit in 2012 recognized a need for reform, but nothing has actually changed, he said. The majority of his work includes checking rental residential or commercial property pools for compliance on behalf of owners stressed over the implications of fencing not being up to requirement.

“One of the issues is that in the ’70s through to the ’90s it was frequently landscaping companies that put barriers in place and they were lawfully able to depend on the door of a home being a safe barrier,” he said. However to alter that now and make the tougher, more recent pool laws retrospective would indicate lots of property owners would discover it challenging to make their swimming pool and pool landscaping compliant due to the design of the property. If we can’t make the laws retrospective then we ought to at least make a set requirement for everybody.”

Leader News released its Make Pools Safe project after we surveyed Melbourne councils and found the large bulk of yard swimming pools and medspas stopped working compliance checks. Our campaign starts with a require a mandatory swimming pool register to record all yard swimming pools and a requirement on owners to get a swimming pool barrier compliance certificate when a residential or commercial property is offered or leased.

Twenty-one young children drowned in Australia in the past year– majority in swimming pools– and drowning is the most common cause of unintended death for children under 5.

South Australia Home To World’s Third Most Expensive Building

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.

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 in peoples custom homes 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 home builders 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. N ASA 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.”

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”.

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 with network services and security in Melbourne 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.

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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Harvard Business School Takes NFL in a Deflategate Case

Recently, this article appeared on the site penned by Roberta Holland. It will be interesting to see which way this goes. Deflategate, the pro football controversy that spawned a media frenzy, Twitter war, even a presidential joke, has a new claim to fame as a Harvard Business School case study.

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Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

At the heart of Deflategate is the question of whether the New England Patriots cheated in their 2015 conference championship win over the Indianapolis Colts by tampering with the footballs. Accusers, which included the National Football League’s head office, said someone with the team underinflated the balls to make them easier for quarterback Tom Brady to throw.

The case study, written by HBS’s Marco Iansiti, the David Sarnoff Professor of Business Administration and head of the Technology and Operations Management unit, focuses on the data analysis used by the National Football League in its investigation and looks into the organizations involved. But Deflategate isn’t the only issue examined by the case. “What started essentially as an analytics exercise ended up as a much broader analysis of the data, the sport, the NFL, and how it’s organized and how it’s structured. So combining both the analytics angle and the organizational angle, you get a full understanding of the problem,” Iansiti says.

Iansiti and colleagues Michael Toffel, Ariel Stern, Joel Goh, Kris Ferreira, Shane Greenstein, and Willy Shih taught the case study, Deflategate and the National Football League, last month in their core course Technology and Operations Management. The case was rolled out to the entire first year of the MBA program comprising close to one thousand MBA students. “It was probably one of the most passionate case discussions that we’ve had,” Iansiti recalls. “We had lots of Jets fans, lots of Patriots fans, lots of Colts fans. Their initial hypotheses correlated quite a bit with where everybody was from and what teams they liked, but I have to say, at the end of the day, the truth prevailed.”

That truth will remain undisclosed for the benefit of future students discussing the case, but one thing Iansiti does reveal is that their analysis pointed to “a complete lack of understanding” of the actual physics involved with football by those who make their living off the game. The lessons to be learned from that stretch beyond Deflategate. “I don’t think this is about football at all. I think this is about human nature and organizations and performance,” Iansiti says. “The case shows that in any kind of environment, you’ve got to know your stuff. So from this perspective you can’t go ahead and accuse somebody of deflating a football without having a deep understanding of what pressure in those footballs should be.”

As Iansiti watched the AFC title game in January 2015, and the ensuing uproar, he was hooked. As an author of expert reports from time to time, Iansiti also was interested in the Wells Report, an NFL-commissioned probe into the alleged cheating, which was led by New York attorney Theodore Wells (HBS MBA’76). “We were looking for great examples in which to try out some analytics and analysis capability building exercises, and I thought this would be an interesting one,” says Iansiti, who describes himself as more of a soccer person. “The more I got into it, the more I read about it, it became more and more interesting and more and more fascinating, so it kind of drew me in.”

Iansiti read the Wells Report, the rebuttal by the American Enterprise Institute, and scores of other expert opinions and articles. He condensed the information and wrote the case study with help from case researcher Christine Snively. There was plenty of fodder to choose from, with everyone from Bill Nye the Science Guy to curmudgeonly Patriots head coach Bill Belichick weighing in on the Ideal Gas Law and its effects on a football’s pounds per square inch (PSI) of air pressure.

Tradition Of Success

The class discussion evolved from whether the Patriots were guilty of doctoring footballs to the larger issue of how the team sustains such a high, “astounding” performance rate year after year. For the latter, Iansiti used data on the Patriots’ wins and playoff record over the last 15 years, as well as their very low fumble rate since a 2006 rule change. (After 2007, the Patriots became league leaders in not fumbling the football — a prime reason for their sustained success.)

Roberta Holland is a writer based in Norwood, Massachusetts. Original article can be found here.


Tips To Propel Your Career In The Future Digital Age

The role of marketing has actually changed immeasurably over the past 10 years. With this transformation comes the chance for online marketers to catapult their professions in new directions and amazing opportunities.

As always, skills and knowledge are the key points for a career trajectory in rapidly-changing times. For marketers, it’s all about the “underpinning” skills, or those that empower them to craft methods and strategies – skills to create and deploy campaigns, skills to develop marketing infrastructure and processes and skills to create material and examine the outcomes.

Of equal importance are the skills required to construct, lead and take part in groups, as well as to work cross-functionally throughout the company. As we see 2015 draw to a close and 2016 step nearer on the horizon, here are four skills and expertise that can help online marketers take their professions to the next level.

Understand Innovation

39 percent of marketing executives are looking for skill and talent in the areas of digital engagement and marketing operations and innovation. As future customers remain hidden longer, the talents of the technologist are driving engagement through predictive analytics, marketing automation, and SEO. The marketing technology landscape continues to rapidly expand. There are a growing number of layers in the martech stack, and more tools and devices are available.

Tips To Propel Your Career In The Future Digital Age To grow, marketers have to have a sound understanding of those critical components and how they fit together. Without this ability, digital marketers are limited in the degree that they can push project design and execution. Marketers must understand the latest technology standards and requirements. This is true given that the bulk of the lead-generation effort occurs through the web. They should likewise understand exactly what responsive design is and why it improves the UX. They need to comprehend appropriate security steps and the best ways to safeguard lead data.

Welcome Creativity

How and why a purchase is made is altering – and with it, the duty of marketing. Faced with a new set of challenges, leading online marketers must figure out the best ways to creatively resolve issues. For example, with so many channels to interact through (e.g., mobile, social, apps) and the expansion of intent data, marketers require the abilities to artistically analyze information to identify which channels to utilize to interact and when.

Marketers are constantly trying to find that edge of designing interactive methods of attracting new business. A smart example of this is the use of talented designers with backgrounds in fields including a diploma a diploma in animation. Expertise and skill in creativity go beyond the unwalked course. Creativity is required to tell the brand story that draws in and engages leads. As brand ambassadors, marketers need vision and ingenuity to safeguard the stability and vitality of the brand.

Sharpen Your Analytical Abilities

As consumers continue to take control of their purchasing decisions, they are leaving a trace of digital body language (data) that can then be harnessed to better reach, engage, convert and maintain them. This suggests digital marketers no longer have to rate exactly what’s working and ways to enhance their outcomes. Analytics is among the hottest trends in marketing: this is mining and assessing information to learn what’s working, what customers are doing and exactly what effect campaigns are having.

Analytical skills – making use of big data/data warehouses and tools like Tableau or Qlikview – are required to investigate and validate. Skills are required for transitioning from analysis to intelligence, driving and generating client stories through metadata and understanding consumers from numerous viewpoints. Many marketing professionals feel that they lack the polish they desire when it comes to these type of skills, and often enrol in online business courses to up-skill their knowledge base.

Just as crucial, analytic skills are required to produce models that validate the marketing company’s worth to the business and the impact of campaigns and projects on revenue and growth.

Hone Your Interaction Skills

Virtually every job opportunity out there has a demand for strong written and oral communication. This is because communication ties the pieces and individuals together and makes it possible for a company to define and execute a strategy, or create and follow a process.

Strong communication skills are crucial to marketing success. There has been a great amount of emphasis placed on these type of skills in the 21st century, with business professionals attempting to strengthen their brand by enrolling in online business schools around the world. Written and verbal communications clarify responsibilities, objectives, plans, success and due dates.

And do not undervalue the importance of writing. Copy-writing is among the most vital skills that an online marketer can have. Writing, the base of practically every marketing campaign, is a standard skill that can have a huge effect on career development. No matter the skills they sharpen, marketers who cultivate a favorable working ambiance will far surpass those who do not. Learn how to be supportive.


Blitz That Job Interview

Asking questions in a business job interview  is a great way to show that you’re interested in the position but you need to make sure you are asking the right ones.

There are some topics and questions that are best avoided because asking them in the interview could put a black mark against your name.

Find out the 4 questions NOT to ask in a job interview.

Don’t forget:

  • Salary and benefit negotiations are best left out of the interview process
  • Rephrase ‘why’ questions to sound less confrontational
  • Don’t ask questions that make you look unprepared.
  • Avoid anything to do with work-life balance