PREMIUMKomodo to become international airport by June as Singapore’s Changi, Cardig prep facelift

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Linkedin Topics : Google Komodo-Airport labuan-bajo Changi-airport Cardig-Aero-Services international-airport East-Nusa-Tenggara tourism travel super-priority-destinations transportation-ministry Budi-Karya-Sumadi Wishnutama Facebook Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, the main entryway to one of Indonesia’s tourism hotspots, will become an international airport in June, earlier than the government’s initial plan for 2021.“We agreed to make it [an international airport] faster. Hopefully, the investors can be serious in developing the airport,” said Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi on Friday on the sidelines of the signing of an agreement between Komodo Airport’s developers.PT Cinta Airport Flores (CAF), a business consortium 80 percent owned by publicly listed local aviation services company Cardig Aero Services and 20 percent owned by Singapore’s Changi Airports International, will be responsible for the development of Komodo Airport.The Cardig-Changi business consortium has allocated Rp 1.2 trillion (US$88 million) to develop Komodo Airport. B…last_img read more

Home renovation: “Ugliest” house in best street transformed

first_img“We really had to go to, not one, but two neighbours and get their permission to run all our earthmoving equipment through their yards. “I don’t how many hundreds of tonnes of dirt we removed. So it was only possible because of our neighbours.” AFTER: The front of the house at 64 Alma St, Paddington, after it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White.For a man who had carved out a media career in sharing secrets on winning competitions, it appeared that Mr Seitam’s luck had run out.Known as, “that competitions guy”, Mr Seitam has spent the past 14 years as the founder and editor of “We took a rental in Paddington that first year with the idea of finding a place that could either be a project or the work had already been done,” he said.“It had to have a panoramic city view, but our luck ran out as there was very little we liked on the market. “By chance, the ugliest house on Alma Street came on the market.” “The irony is, it was so bad it turned us off buying a house two doors up. “We thought, we can’t live near this thing because it looked so horrible.” AFTER: The kitchen and dining area of the home at 64 Alma St, Paddington, after it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White.Out of curiosity, the Seitams walked around the back of the house, looked over the roof and started to see potential.The original two-storey building had been used as a boarding house, configured into four small bedrooms on the top floor with a separate flat containing three bedrooms below.“It was a classic case of worst house, best street,” Mr Seitam said.The couple came up with a plan to make the most of the elevated site and capture a spectacular uninterrupted view, while retaining the original cottage and dealing with the hurdles of a steep slope and poor access. AFTER: The back of the home at 64 Alma St, Paddington, after it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White.This involved renovating and extending the existing building, adding a third level, a garage, a heated pool and landscaping the site — all at the same time.“To put that last storey on was the icing on the cake because that gave us views that will never be built out,” Mr Seitam said.“What we didn’t realise at the time was how difficult the access was going to be. MORE: Bachelor and MAFS stars in shock split AFTER: The laundry after it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White.The result is, arguably, one of the most impressive renovations in Paddington — a tropical twist on the classic Queenslander design. The five-bedroom property has its own private, self-contained guest accommodation with a kitchenette and bathroom.There’s a covered, outdoor entertaining area with built-in kitchen, barbecue and wine fridge.The master bedroom has a wide, city-facing balcony, ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, while the rumpus room opens out onto a patio and covered deck.Other features include an outdoor shower, separate laundry, powder room, storage room and double garage.The Seitams are looking to downsize, declaring the home is now “too big for us”. BEFORE: The back of the home at 64 Alma St, Paddington, before it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago BEFORE: The living room in the home at 64 Alma St, Paddington, before it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White. BEFORE: The kitchen in the home at 64 Alma St, Paddington, before it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White. Helen and Craig Seitam at their renovated house at 64 Alma St, Paddington, which is now for sale. Photographer: Liam Kidston.WHEN Helen and Craig Seitam migrated north from Sydney, they set their hearts on living in Brisbane’s quaint inner-city suburb of Paddington.But it was far from love at first sight when they came across a rundown 1920s cottage at 64 Alma Street. “This was a shocker of a house,” Mr Seitam said. RELATED: Renovated stunner hits market AFTER: The back courtyard after it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White.Surprisingly, despite the barriers and scale of the transformation, it took the Seitams less than a year to create their much-loved, tropical Queenslander home.“There are renovations around here that started before we moved in and are still going, and we were adamant that wasn’t going to happen, which is why I took over the project management,” Ms Seitam said.“I was here each day in my floral gumboots because the whole place was a big muddy hole. “We punched hard and didn’t muck around.” BEFORE: The laundry in the home at 64 Alma St, Paddington, before it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White. BEFORE: The front of the house at 64 Alma St, Paddington, before it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White. BEFORE: The back courtyard at the home at 64 Alma St, Paddington, before it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White. AFTER: One of the living rooms in the home after it was renovated. Picture supplied by Ray White.Marketing agent Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm said the home typified “some of the incredible transformations we’re currently seeing to the Paddington streetscape”. “What’s very exciting about it is that transformations like this are really satisfying buyers’ thirst for a beautiful lifestyle home already completed and so close to the CBD,” Ms Rudolph said.“There’s no doubt in the past 12 months we’ve really seen continued evidence of buyer demand for these types of homes, which has driven prices up by more than 10 per cent.”The home is within walking distance of the CBD, South Bank and Rosalie Village and is in the Milton State School catchment.The property is scheduled to go to auction on March 26 at Ray White New Farm’s ‘Auction Under the Stars’ event.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: Eight monthsTotal spend: $1.2mlast_img read more

Moyes braced for hostile reception

first_img Press Association Tears filled Moyes’ eyes at Goodison Park when he waved goodbye to Everton fans last May following the final game of his 11-year spell at the club. The Scot was given a guard of honour, and he struggled to contain his emotions as he walked around the pitch at the end of the 2-0 win over West Ham. Everton qualified for the Champions League in 2005 – although they were defeated by Villarreal in qualifying – and Moyes also led the Merseyside club to the FA Cup final in 2009. The likes of Rooney, Phil Jagielka and Mikel Arteta all flourished under Moyes’ tutelage, but it was United’s £28million bid for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini that turned Everton supporters against their former manager. Just after Everton’s win at Old Trafford, Moyes was forced to deny claims he branded Toffees supporters a “disgrace” for the barracking they gave him. “You get on with your job,” said Moyes when asked how he felt after being verbally abused by Everton fans. “I am Manchester United manager now and that is what I concentrate on. “(Sunday’s) game is not about me, it’s about Everton and Manchester United. “This was the first game I looked for when the fixture list came out. “I was always thinking when would I first be going back to Goodison. “I will go back with great memories. I had great times there. “It will be a strange day, but I’m looking forward to it.” Moyes further angered Everton fans by claiming he was trying to do “the right thing” for Baines and Fellaini by offering them a route out of Goodison. The fact that seventh-placed United are nine points behind Everton suggests Baines was right to stay and commit while Fellaini may have been better off doing so too. The contrast between United’s woeful season under Moyes and Everton’s success with Martinez at the helm could hardly be greater. The failed double-bid does not seem to have damaged Moyes’ relationship with Everton, who branded the offer “derisory” and “insulting” at the time. “I have always had a great relationship with the players, the board and with the chairman,” Moyes said. “I regularly get messages from the players wishing me good luck and I saw the chairman last week at Sunderland, but I go back as Manchester United manager and I am going back there to win.” David Moyes expects an “intimidating” atmosphere when he takes his Manchester United team to Everton for the first time since he left for Old Trafford. But there was little sign of that love last December when Everton visited Old Trafford. Everton, rising up the table, beat United 1-0 and Moyes’ afternoon was soured by a large section of Toffees fans who barracked the Scot and declared their former manager would be sacked in the morning. There is a growing feeling that, despite the pleas of his successor Roberto Martinez, Moyes will be subjected to the same sort of treatment from the terraces on Sunday when he returns. The United manager, who has Wayne Rooney available following his recovery from a toe injury, wants the focus to be on the teams on the pitch, rather than himself, but he could not escape being questioned about the matter at his pre-match press conference on Friday. “It’s always been an intimidating atmosphere at Goodison,” said Moyes when asked about the potential reception he might get. “I was a manager there and I know exactly what it can be like. “Football will be football. I am a football supporter and that is how it works sometimes.” Moyes saved Everton from relegation when he replaced Walter Smith in March 2002 and from then on it was a tale of constant success for the former Preston boss despite budget constraints. last_img read more