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New hybrid premium cabin design for planes: First-class bunk beds

An elevated first-class suite. Photo: Formation Design Lie-flat suites are elevated above other regular lie-flat seats in a bunk bed-like formation. Photo: Formation Design
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Premium cabin seats. Photo: Formation Design

Premium-class plane cabins in the future could look remarkably different should an innovative concept which sees first class suites elevated above other premium seats be adopted by airlines.

The hybrid first- and business-class cabin concept will feature lie-flat seats on floor level with a second level of lie-flat suites elevated above other passengers in a bunk bed-like formation, The Telegraph, London reports.

According to the concept’s US creators Formation Design, the hybrid layout enables airlines to accommodate more passengers in premium cabins thanks to an overlapping design which sees the suite’s bed overlap the foot of the bed below. The proposed design also said offers passengers broader beds and more seats with direct aisle access.

The cabin will contain the usual features passengers expect on long-haul flights, such as entertainment systems, but airlines would need to remove overhead cabin lockers to allow for the elevated suites.

The new hybrid concept for a premium-class plane cabin  is shortlisted  for the Crystal Cabin Award, the only international award for aircraft interior innovations.

Airlines including Emirates, British Airways and Singapore Airlines currently offer suites in their first-class cabins.

See: Airline review: Emirates’ first class Private Suite

With the launch of The Residence Class on Etihad in 2014, described as ‘better than first class’, competition among airlines has heated up to win over the most lucrative air passengers. Etihad’s “The Residence” is a three-room private “apartment” that comes with a lounge area, bathroom and bedroom, and costs about $27,000 for a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.

Last year Emirates announced it would revamp its first-class seats to put a greater focus on privacy. Qatar Airways also has plans to create a double-bed cabin.

Emirates was among nine other airlines including Etihad, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Swiss and Thai Airways named as the top 10 airlines with the best for first class cabins by AirlineRatings南京夜网 in 2015. Air France, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Japan Airlines, Qatar, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia/Atlantic topped the list for best business class cabins in the rankings.

Winners of the Crystal Cabin Awards 2016 will be announced April 5 in Hamburg, Germany.

See also: World’s best airline for 2015 named See also: Flying to Europe and back in every airline class

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‘I’ve never met someone who is homophobic’: Coalition backbenchers vent over Safe Schools

Liberal MP Luke Simpkins. Photo: Alex EllinghausenHow controversial Safe Schools program saved a life
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A Coalition MP has declared he’s never met someone who is homophobic, joining a growing chorus of backbenchers attacking a program designed to support gay, lesbian and transgender school students.

Attacking Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s claim that conservative senator Cory Bernardi is homophobic, WA Liberal backbencher Luke Simpkins said Labor had been “reduced to name calling”.

“The moral trump words of which I speak are terms such as homophobia,” Mr Simpkins told the House of Representatives on Thursday.

“To take that case in point, it is defined to mean ‘an extreme or irrational fear of homosexuality’. This is therefore a much-used word to stomp on any form of commentary on issues such as this, but it is also wrongly used.

“I have never met anyone that displays an extreme or irrational fear of homosexuality.

“I have an army background and a sporting background and never have I met anyone who has such fears.”

Mr Simpkins is the latest backbencher to rise in Parliament to voice concerns over the Safe Schools program.

A Coalition party room meeting was dominated by the issue on Tuesday. It led Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to ask Education Minister Simon Birmingham for an independent review to ensure the $8 million opt-in program – currently used in about 500 schools – is age appropriate.

The Safe Schools Coalition has welcomed “all opportunities to demonstrate the positive impact” of the program and “provide the facts and evidence behind it”.

National program director Sally Richardson has previously stressed there is no content which teaches sexual techniques or things like chest binding.

Ms Richardson said critics had wrongly accused Safe Schools of including content which was not part of the program but on websites that the program had links to.

On Wednesday afternoon, Tasmanian Liberal MP Brett Whiteley claimed Safe Schools is an “extraordinarily dangerous program” that doesn’t make schools safer but rather seeks to “stamp out gender entirely, to create confusion and doubt in children’s minds about their gender”.

“We all want safer schools. Yet the incongruence between the title and objectives of the Safe Schools Coalition program and what is actually taught and, importantly, how it is taught is remarkable and confronting,” he said.

“This is state sanctioned and state funded social engineering at its worst.”

Around the same time, Queensland Liberal Nationals senator Barry O’Sullivan told Parliament that while he wanted to see bullying stamped out, the program set out to “deconstruct general norms that reflect society”.

“It was directed particularly at the unique cohort of people who are said to be suffering – and I accept they are – with respect to sexual confusion,” he said.

“Mind you, I think every young person at some stage – and it was my own experience- has difficulty during that puberty. There is confusion and misunderstanding. They are scared.”

He criticised encouraging young people to view sexuality as fluid and said heterosexuality was not offered as an option.

The newly elected member for Canning, Andrew Hastie, told the House of Representatives on Tuesday that the initiative was “more about advancing ideology than equipping children with techniques to deal with bullying”.

“The program decries bullying yet pushes its own form of bullying by pressuring young children to conform to a particular view of sexuality,” he said.

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Earnings growth to outpace dividends for the first time in five years

Flat dividends from the banks and falling payouts from the miners are dragging on aggregate DPS growth this reporting season The dividend payout rate may have peaked, Citi says. Photo: Citi Research
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The slashing in dividends by the big miners and flat payouts from the banks mean earnings per share growth is set to outpace dividend per share growth for the first time in five years.

Goldman Sachs equity strategist Matthew Ross said according to estimates this half-yearly reporting season would “buck the trend of recent years that has seen the ASX 200 consistently deliver dividend growth well in excess of earnings”.

The main drivers of this shift are the heavyweight miners and banks, which may point to a peak in the payout ratio, followed by little growth in aggregate dividends for “a while”, Citi equity strategist Tony Brennan said.

“The main factor is resources companies cutting their dividends, both BHP and Rio Tinto indicated that going forward they’re going to have different dividend policies,” he said.

BHP Billiton this week formally abandoned its progressive dividend policy in which dividends would remain steady or lift, amid a $US5.7 billion first-half profit loss. It slashed its dividend by 75 per cent to US16¢ a share, fully-franked. It is the first time the Big Australian has cut its dividend in almost 30 years.

Meanwhile, dividends are expected to remain flat from the banks, led by Commonwealth Bank of Australia which maintained its interim dividend at $1.98 a share. ANZ Banking Group, Westpac Banking Corporation and National Australia bank report their half-yearly profits in May.

Citi has forecast flat dividends for the banks for the next two years, and then dropping, the banks earnings are expected to grow.

“While the collapse in resource profits has put their dividends under pressure, the moderating profitability and rising capital requirements are also making it difficult for the banks to grow dividends, potentially limiting growth to other sectors,” Mr Brennan said.

“Apart from resources and banks there doesn’t seem to be a broad slowing in dividends elsewhere,” he said.

According to Goldman Sachs research, consensus estimates point to zero DPS growth in the banks versus 3 per cent EPS growth.

Estimates put resources EPS and DPS growth at minus 40 per cent.

Outside of those sectors, in industrials, DPS growth is tipped at 1 per cent, against EPS growth at 3 per cent. Earnings strong despite dividend drag

This reporting season’s payouts may prove a disappointment for yield-hungry investors accustomed to growing dividends.

A report by Henderson Global Investors found that Australian underlying dividend growth (which takes into account exchange rates and other factors) hit 14.5 per cent last year, but the plunging Australian dollar against the US dollar led to a headline number of 7.6 per cent, to $US46.5 billion ($64.7 billion).

This growth was largely fuelled by the banks, with Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac both raising their distribution even in US dollar terms, the report said.

But this driver may be missing from this year, with regulation imposts hitting bank balance sheets, limiting dividend growth for some time.

“That said, it will still generate the lion’s share of Australian payouts.”

Despite the drag on dividends this year, this earnings season is on track to be one of the strongest since the global financial crisis relative to expectations, Mr Ross said.

Almost half the companies that reported up to February 22 had beaten consensus earnings estimates by more than 2 per cent, while 28 per cent had missed, he said.

“It is encouraging to note that only twice in the past 15 earnings seasons have more than 40 per cent of firms beaten expectations,” Mr Ross said.

“Most encouraging as a signal for the broader economy, 40 per cent of firms have beaten at the revenue line, and only 15 per cent have missed.”

But this positivity comes with a caveat: historically, the firms that report late in the season are more likely to disappoint, dragging down the overall results.

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Business investment improves, but outlook disappoints

Business investment stopped contracting in the December quarter but plans for capital expenditure next financial year have fallen short of expectations.
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday that private sector December-quarter investment in buildings, equipment, plant and machinery rose 0.8 per cent, seasonally adjusted, from the previous three months, leaving it down 16.4 per cent year-on-year.

Growth was better than expectations, with the average estimate from a Bloomberg survey of economists a 3 per cent decline.

Investment in resources-related machinery and infrastructure, which has fallen off sharply over the past two years, dropped just 0.9 per cent quarter-on-quarter, suggesting it is close to bottoming out.

Manufacturing, however, was down 3.6 per cent on the quarter, and other industries – including services – were up 3.1 per cent on the September quarter.

The Australian dollar slipped as analysts and traders focused more on the gloomy first estimate from businesses of planned investment in the 2016-17 financial year.

This came in at $82.6 billion, $10 billion short of economists’ expectations, and $20 billion below the corresponding first estimate for ths current financial year.

The fifth estimate for this financial year was also slightly below the fourth.

Capital Economics senior economist Daniel Martin said future capital expenditure estimates were “concerning”.

“Overall, [Thursday’s] capex figures suggest that while current investment appears to be stronger than we’d previously thought, the outlook is weaker,” he said.

“This will be worrying for the RBA and could prompt the RBA to cut rates again soon.”

The ABS calculated that businesses spent almost $32 billion on buildings, equipment, plant and machinery in the three months to the end of December last year. Of this, $20.4 billion went on buildings and structures, with the rest invested in equipment, plant and machinery.

Nomura rate strategist for Australia Andrew Ticehurst noted that plant and equipment spending, which climbed just 0.1 per cent, is the only component which feeds directly into fourth-quarter gross domestic product figures, published next week.

Estimated spending plans also pointed to weak business activity this year, he said.

“There is no sign here of a pick-up in non-mining investment intentions, with capex spending in manufacturing and other industries looking set to fall in 2016-17,” he said.

“[Thursday’s] data does support our ongoing assessment that a lower cash rate will be required in 2016, and we continue to forecast a 25bp rate cut in May.”

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Put your gloves on for Clean Up Australia Day

New Year resolutions have been made and broken as we move to the end of February, but there is one feel-good activity that we can do for ourselves and our home that will somewhat balance the books. Get out and about this week and clean up your business, your school, your park or your beach, because it is Clean Up Australia week once again.
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It all started in Sydney in 1989 and since then, Clean Up Australia Day has become an annual event involving millions of ordinary Australians and in 1993 it became a global program through the United Nations in some 80 countries. Show that you are willing to do something to help care for the planet.

Finally, our state is making the right noises about banning plastic bags and sniffing around the edges of making beverage bottles recyclable.But it is our local youngsters who are putting dreams into action and becoming our sustainability leaders.Tim Silverwood whose personal decision to clean plastic from his favourite surfing beaches and inspire others to do the same has become internationally famous. In 2012 Nick Morris, having just graduated from University of Newcastle, saw a business opportunity in restaurant waste and established his thriving business Thegreenhelpinghand, to make local businesses more sustainable.

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Join the Clean Up crew on Sunday, March 6, put your gloves on and fill that garbage bag. Last year about 530,000 people removed almost 16,000 tonnes of rubbish at more than 7000 sites across Australia. You can find how and where and what easily on the web. If you have some spare dollars then donate to Clean Up Australia to help this wonderful organisation grow.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not,The Lorax by Dr Seuss.

Professor Tim Roberts,Director, Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, University of Newcastle

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President Trump? Traders have no answers on how to prep for that

For equity investors, a Trump presidency could conceivably benefit defense and homeland security companies, infrastructure builders, and consumer discretionary companies. But who knows? Photo: David Paul Morris If markets hate uncertainty, this year’s US presidential elections have the potential to provoke full-blown contempt. As if it weren’t hard enough for Wall Street to trade as growth stagnates and commodities plunge, investors are starting to complain that they lack a blueprint to navigate contests in which Donald Trump has emerged as a surprisingly strong frontrunner for the Republican nomination and Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist, poses an ongoing threat to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. This much is known: the eighth year of a presidency ranks last in terms of equity returns, and that the first half of an election year is often even worse. Add everything else that has been weighing on markets in 2016, from China to oil and the Federal Reserve, and few money managers see a return to the calm that reigned from 2012 to 2015. “There’s this fragmentation that’s throwing up a lot more variables than the market can contend with at the moment, and central banks are no longer filling that policy vacuum,” said Michael Ingram, a market strategist at BGC Partners in London. Political uncertainty is a “wholly unwelcome variable” and Trump’s viability is only now “starting to creep into the investment calculation,” he said. ‘A very, very scary year’
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After a dominating victory in the Nevada caucuses, Trump’s candidacy heads into the Super Tuesday contests next week with a boost that leaves investors with a question many see as unanswerable: What does it mean for markets? Trump has outlined stances on immigration reform, domestic job creation and even a boycott on Apple, while Sanders’ proposals could boost capital gains taxes above 50 per cent. Uncertainty around this election has become the biggest question that David Rubenstein, the co-chief executive officer of private equity firm Carlyle Group, has been fielding recently, he said at the SuperReturn International conference in Berlin this week. As former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman, now a partner at investment firm KKR & Co., also can’t escape inquires. “It’s certainly a crazy cycle on both sides,” he said Wednesday. “It’s a very, very scary year,” said Guy Hands, the founder of private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners. “You have a US election where Trump is continuing to defy expectations and people in Europe have no idea what that would bring.” It isn’t unusual for markets to struggle in the first half of presidential election years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling an average 1.8 per cent through May, data going back to 1900 compiled by Ned Davis Research show. The timing of the market’s bottom is linked to when the winner has become clear, the study found. For instance, in 1996, when Bill Clinton’s re-election was in little doubt, the Dow average reached its low in January and the market suffered only one pullback of more than 5 per cent. In 2004, when George W. Bush was in a tight race with John Kerry, the market didn’t make its low for the year until October after four bouts of selloffs exceeding 5 per cent, according to Ned Davis Research. More drama

“This political cycle is filled with more drama than usual. The extremity of a Trump or [Ted] Cruz or Bernie creates the illusion that the winner is going to be more of an extreme character,” said Hayes Miller, the Boston-based head of multi-asset North America who helps oversee $US35.8 billion ($50 billion) for Baring Asset Management. “The market is playing a probability game and as the probability becomes more clear, then the market is able to discount that easier.” Volatility has ruled equities so far in 2016, with declines in the S&P 500 swelling past 10 per cent as the gauge hit a two-year low on February 11. US small-caps and global equities have tumbled into bear markets, while the S&P 500 has posted daily gains or losses exceeding 1 per cent on 22 of the first 35 days – about 63 per cent of the time. That happened 28 per cent of trading days in 2015. For equity investors, a Trump presidency could conceivably benefit defense and homeland security companies, infrastructure builders, and consumer discretionary companies, should he fulfill his pledge to cut taxes on low- and middle-income workers, according to a note Wednesday from Strategas Research Partners. A Sanders presidency? He has proposed breaking up banks deemed too big to fail, creating a single-payer healthcare system and reversing the North American Free Trade Agreement, Strategas said in a note on February 10. For currency traders, it’s too early to say whether the candidates would boost or hurt the already-strong dollar. “It’d be very hard to trade a US political story right now, whether it’s Trump or Sanders. It’s premature, it’s uncertain, there are just too many factors,” said Adnan Akant, head of currencies in New York at Fischer Francis Trees & Watts, which has about $US38 billion under management. The possibility of an independent entering the contest, triggering a three-way race, could exacerbate uncertainty risk if the challenger looks likely to win one or more states, David Kotok, chairman and co-founder of Cumberland Advisors, which manages $US2.4 billion of fixed income in Sarasota, Florida, wrote in a February 22 note to clients. Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, is exploring a third-party bid, while Trump hasn’t wholly dismissed the possibility of running as an independent if his party bid comes up short. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of financial news service and terminal provider Bloomberg. Risk perception

“What the election cycle is doing with regard to the introduction of third-party candidates and disarray in both parties is pushing peoples’ perception of risk up,” said James Abate, who helps oversee $US1 billion as chief investment officer at Centre Funds in New York. “When that happens and interest rates stay relatively flat, that means the P/E multiple people are willing to pay for a string of earnings goes down.” To be sure, both have supporters in financial circles — corporate raider Carl Icahn has endorsed Trump and former Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich did the same for Sanders. And both have risked alienating swaths of Wall Street with proposals to close tax loopholes used by hedge funds. To gauge the level of unease in the market just look at gold, says Greg Taylor, a fund manager at Aurion Capital Management in Toronto, which manages about C$7.2 billion ($7.3 billion). The commodity is up more than 17 per cent this year, while an exchange-traded fund of mining companies has surged 42 per cent. “You’re seeing massive inflows into gold stocks and that’s a sign something might be different,” Taylor said. “Whether that’s the fear trade from politics or negative rates, that’s the biggest trade.” Similarly, oil has dominated day-to-day movements in equities and that relationship continues to overpower any potential political trade for the time being, said Sandy Villere, a portfolio manager at Villere & Co. in New Orleans, which oversees $US2.6 billion. “Once oil settles down, people are going to start to focus on this presidential election even more so than they are today.” With more than eight months until election day, that only leaves more time for surprises in an already-unusual race, be it from third-party contenders or shake-ups among the current leaders. “The longer there remains uncertainty in the election cycle, the more it can start to creep into investor sentiment and expectations around policy and that can facilitate more volatility,” said Bill Merz, senior investment strategist at the Private Client Reserve at US Bank in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “The sooner there is clarity and the range of outcomes narrows further than the volatility and risks starts to dissipate — we haven’t seen that yet.”

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Fitzgibbon puts his hand up

CONTENDER: Lachlan Fitzgibbon impressed Knights coach Nathan Brown in the trial against Canberra last weekend.LACHLAN Fitzgibbon feelsready to seize any opportunity he is offered as Knights coach Nathan Brown ponders including the home-grown rookie for next week’s season-opener against Gold Coast at CBus Stadium.
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The 22-year-old South Newcastle junior was considered a fringe candidate for first grade this year, after making his NRL debut last season, a 16-minute stint off the bench in the round-21 loss to St George Illawarra.

But the sudden departure of Joseph Tapine, combined with Fitzgibbon’s storming display in last week’s 34-28 trial loss to Canberra, has fast-tracked his selection hopes.

The 104-kilogram, 192-centimetre utility forward capped 40 impressive minutes against the Raiders with a try.

Along with 19-year-old twin towers Daniel and Jacob Saifiti, Fitzgibbon’s form has given Brown plenty to consider before he names his round-one team.

“There were some guys on the weekend that really did themselves some favours, and some guys that probably didn’t do themselves justice,’’ Brown told theNewcastle Herald.

“All three of thoseboys were outstanding on the weekend.

“They’re certainly putting their hands up . . . those three boys certainly did themselves no harm, the way they performed.’’

Fitzgibbon was confident he could do the job if Brown needed him.

“I believe I’m ready,’’ he said.

“We had a pretty strong year in the NSW Cup last year, winning the grand final, and I think playing NSW Cup gives you all the confidence you need to play in the NRL.

“I’m 22 now and that’s the age where a lot of young players come onto the NRL scene.

“I don’t think I’m too young and if I get opportunity in round one, I reckon I’ll be ready.’’

Fitzgibbon said he had mixed emotions about Newcastle’s decision to release Tapine to the Raiders.

The pair had been teammates for two years in Newcastle’s under-20s and reserve grade.

“I’m one of Joey’s good mates, and even though it was sad to see him leave, it’s probably opened up an opportunity for me now,’’ he said.“I wish Joey all the best down in Canberra, and I’m sure he’ll do well.It’s an unfortunate situation but I guess it’s a lucky break for me.’’

The son of NIB chief executive and Knights board member Mark Fitzgibbon, Lachlan said he had soon moved on from any disappointment aboutbeing omitted from Newcastle’s Auckland Nines squad earlier this month, when Brown rushed in new signing Pauli Pauli.

“People come into the side to make it stronger, and whoever they can bring in to make this side stronger is a good thing,’’ he said.

Meanwhile the Knights will name their 2016 skipperat a season launch on Friday. Star recruit Trent Hodkinson is the favourite, although the presence of Tariq Sims at Thursday’s NRL launch suggests he is also in contention.

Brown said this week he was still weighing up the merits of co-captaincy.

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Log in the landscape home to stylish spa in Gippsland vineyard

Carr Design Group’s spa in Drouin East, Gippsland.This long and elegant form, clad in cypress and stained black, sits quietly in an idyllic vineyard in Drouin East, Gippsland.
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Designed by Carr Design Group, the “Gippsland Spa”, as it’s known, appears as a burnt log in the landscape.

“We were commissioned to create a further offering to the [existing] restaurant [called the Brandy Creek Estate],” architect Chris McCue, director of the practice, says.

“The plan for the future is to include boutique accommodation, creating a destination point,” he says.

Carr Design Group has been inspired not only by the rhythmic rows of vines, but also the gentle slope of the land and the views over the farm sheds that dot neighbouring properties.

“We wanted to locate the spa at the highest point to take advantage of the surrounds. But we also were keen to establish a level of separation between the spa and the restaurant,” says McCue, who has designed a 400-metre path between the two.

The site of the spa also has meant that few, if any, of the vines have been disturbed during construction.

While the inspiration for the spa has been partially driven by the rural context, McCue also acknowledges the experience of first arriving at the site.

“It was a cold, misty day and the vines were almost shrouded,” says McCue, who likens the landscape to Japan.

“I was also conscious of disturbing the soil as little as possible, using one of the broad contours already evident on the site.”

The elongated building is about 70 metres longs and seven metres wide. Other than cypress, the only other materials are the black glulam beams spaced at 300 millimetres and evocative of the space between vines.

The Turkish spa protrudes from the building, framed by terraces on either side.

“The idea is to allow people to experience the elements after sitting in the spa,” McCue says.

As considered is the passage extending across the southern elevation. And to enjoy the breeze, the glulam beams are void of windows.

The spa has been divided into four treatment rooms (including a double-sized room), the Turkish bath and changing facilities. A separate lounge has been included in the design. There’s also a treatment room designed for wheelchair access. Like the treatment rooms, each space features floor to ceiling picture windows to take advantage of the views.

One of the most challenging facets has been designing the steam room/spa which has been pre-built in Germany.

Following hamam principles, the spa requires a sloping ceiling that allows water from the steam to run down the walls rather than directly from the ceiling.

“It was quite a complicated process. We set out the structure for the treatment rooms before the spa’s arrival,” McCue says.

The interior features curved tiled walls with built-in seating that’s also curved. LED lights illuminate the spa as well as create a skirt effect.

The simple statement in the landscape appears effortless: black cypress combined with black glulam beams. However, getting the perspectives as well as the amount of privacy required has made this simple design considerably more complex.

“The place should resonate with a sense of calm and tranquility even if the process required considerable effort,” McCue says.

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I’ll have a VB and a burger, thanks darl

Beer Burger: This is how some tough Newie blokes like their burgers served.
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This is the VB burger.It was posted proudly on an affectionate Instagram account dubbed “fkn_newy”.

Only the toughest blokes eat this burger.

“She’s a beauty,” one punter said, of the delicacy.

Another remarked: “Who’s keen for a sanga”.

We had a good look at this Instagram page. It’s important tokeep an eye onNewcastle’s culture.

It’s a bit of a satirical shrine to the Newcastle Knights, Andrew Johns and Paul Harragon.

Super Hubert gets a mention, as does Mad DogMacDougall.

Robbie O’Davis is there with his famousmangled nose, along with aHenny Penny surfboard.

There’s a picture of a Herald online story by Dan Proudman from last year, with the headline “Gunman Robs Henny Penny at Edgeworth”.

Warniemakes a few appearances, as does Toadfish from Home and Away. Why this is, we’re not entirely sure.

There’s a bloke with a Christmas tree made of VB cans and the Pasha Bulker has been replaced by a giant Tooheys can.

Kanye West appears to post: “Since when the f*** did Darby’s pies cost $2.50”.

Pay it ForwardIn the dog-eat-dog, money-hungry, fast-paced world, it’s not often you come across a story of generosity.

Photographers Brooke Purvis and Andrew Cooney willgive away a $7800 wedding package, including professionally shot photos and video.

Brooke, of Singleton, was inspired by a good turn done for her.

Brooke Purvis is “paying it forward” with a wedding photography package.

“A barrister in Newcastle represented me probono for two extra days in courtout of the kindness of his heart,” she said.

The $28,000-a-day barrister had one condition for his goodwill. He asked her to“pay it forward whenever Ican”.

Brooke said the prize would go to the “most deserving couple”.She wants to hear from people who need a wedding photographer, but can’t afford it.

“I need to know their backstory and what led them to this point – they don’t have to go into juicy gossip,” she said.

She will take nominations from anyone andtravel for the winners.Three independent people will judgeentries.

Send nominations to [email protected]南京夜网419论坛 or through Huntwood Photography’s Facebook page or website.

Political UnicornsCharlton MP Pat Conroy isnotshy of using satire to make a point. Topics reported on Saturday his use of emojis in press releases to communicate with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Now he’s used a unicorn topokefun at Treasurer Scott Morrison in Question Time.

Conroy and fellow Labor MP Tim Watts were ejected from the House of Representatives on Wednesday, after each placed a toy unicorn on the table to mockthe treasurer.

The treasurer surely had it coming, afterdescribingLabor’s negative gearing policy as “a unicorn”

Charlton MP Pat Conroy (left) with a toy unicorn in Parliament.

As we know, unicornsare fantasy. Topics just hopes young people’s chances ofbuyinga house don’tremaina fantasy.

Blue Collar JobHunter Water acting chief executive officer Jeremy Bath had empathy for the crew who had to remove by hand a big chunk of gunk from a blocked sewer pipe at Eleebana.

A photo of the very long one-tonne cluster of muck ran in Thursday’s Herald.

Jeremy said he was thinking of changing his email signature from “Jeremy Bath – Interim Chief Executive Officer” to “Jeremy Bath – Happy to be White Collar”.

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