151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.African baskets, art and tropical plants fill the large spaces.“We needed a lot of wall space because we love showcasing art,” Mrs Planting said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters was built to showcase art.“That was one of the requirements we gave the architect, that when you opened the front door you would have a long, unobstructed view down the hallway to the water,” Mrs Planting said.While the house is big on space Mrs Planting said it is designed to feel like you’re living in two villas. African baskets feature across the foyer wall. Homeowners Helen and Johan Planting built the six-bedroom house with the help of architect Shane Denman.Commanding the street the house has an extensive use of raw materials including timber, marble and stone.The couple who built their stunning family home five years ago said they bought the block of land and started from scratch.“The design took about six months,” she said.“We didn’t have Pinterest or much online inspiration at the time, it was mostly ideas we pulled from magazines and our travels to South Africa and around the world.“My husband Johan’s family is South African and we used that as inspiration in the design.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“The water feature separates the back of the home so when you’re in the main bedroom you can look out and feel like you are completely detached from the next room,” she said.“We focused a lot on raw materials like marble and wicker and although I am a big fan of trends we wanted a family home that was modern and elegant but a place you could live in and enjoy comfortably.” The house comes with a slice of South African style“We gave our architect photos from our travels and photos of angles on houses we liked and he was able to use that to design a house that matched our personality.”The mammoth sized front door opens to reveal an African-style and captures a striking riverfront view. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.A JAW-DROPPING South African-inspired mansion has sold before auction. The house at 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd which featured on the cover of the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Real Estate glossy magazine on August 19 sold to a Gold Coast couple last week. Ray White Surfers Paradise agent Sherry Smith negotiated the sale but has not yet revealed the price.
German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd has added a new 15,000 TEU containership Afif to its fleet, strengthening its presence in South Korea.The company informed that the 150,800 gross ton vessel “was delivered in perfect condition to Hapag-Lloyd and is already making its way to Pusan.”Featuring a length of 368 meters and a width of 51 meters, the new ultra large containers vessel (ULCVs) is the first ship of this class painted in Hapag-Lloyd colors and design, according to the company.By merging with Dubai-based United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Hapag-Lloyd is strengthening its position as the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world.Its 230 vessels sailing across the world have a total transport capacity of approximately 1.6 million TEU. The average capacity of the ships is thereby growing by roughly 1,000 TEU, from 5,860 to 6,839 TEU.With the merger, Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet was strengthened with 15,000 TEU+ ships. Before the move, the largest ships in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet were the ten Hamburg Express-class vessels, each with capacities of around 13,200 TEU.Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd
Paul Ehrman State Farm Insurance will hosting a shredding event for the community on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at 1750 S.R. 46 E in Batesville.Over 16 million people, representing 7 percent of all persons age 16 or older in the United States, experienced at least one incident of identity theft in 2012, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced last year.Outside trash containers and dumpsters can become a place for criminals to steal your private information, such as copies of your checks, credit card or bank statements, or other records that typically bear your name, address, and even your telephone number.These types of records make it easier for criminals to get control over accounts in your name and assume your identity.A local shredding event can serve as an opportunity to dispose personal documents securely.
GreenLeaders, TripAdvisor’s new sustainable hotel programme, aims to “gives consumers around the world a simple way to make greener travel choices, right at the point at which they are making that decision.” 8,000 hotels are already participating and earning green badges on the popular travel review site.The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders programme allows hotels to self-report their work on sustainability. The information they provide is then validated by random or investigative audits, as well as by TripAdvisor’s network of reviewers who are asked to point out any discrepancies noticed during their stay.To receive a green badge, a hotel must show demonstrable commitment, which at the very minimum includes linen and bath towel reuse. Hotels around the world are adopting a wide variety of green policies and practices today. These may include direct guest experiences, such as an organic menu in the restaurant, or background efforts such as efficient lighting and grey water recycling.TripAdvisor worked with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) as well as with organisations such as the Carbon Trust and EnergyStar in designing this program. “Transparency is at the heart of sustainability,” stated Jenny Rushmore, Director of Marketing for TripAdvisor.According to Harold Goodwin, founder of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, GreenLeaders program is a “game changer.” The day TripAdvisor launched GreenLeaders in Europe, the interest was so huge that the website crashed. TripAdvisor also commands substantial peer influence on consumer choice because the site links to Facebook, enabling users to share their reviews over social media.