Gold Coast mega mansion attracts who’s who of the city

first_imgLocal businessman Sep Abedian and wife Flora are selling their Surfers mansion on Paradise Waters. Picture Glenn Hampson 113 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell called the auction, which was held on the riverfront terrace of the property.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago“This is unlike no other home, it’s a real statement in the street,” he told the crowd of about 60.“It has a class and style of its own.” Crowds at the auction. Picture Glenn HampsonBidding started at $3 million and quickly increased to $6 million before it paused and negotiations took place. The property was then passed in at $6.1 million. Auctioneer Andrew Bell in action. Picture Glenn HampsonA SPECTACULAR Surfers Paradise mansion lured some of the Gold Coast’s biggest movers and shakers when it went to auction yesterday.The event at 113 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters attracted a who’s who of the Gold Coast, including Sunland Group managing director Soheil Abedian, entrepreneur and HomeCorp Group developer Ron Bakir and Rolls-Royce and Bentley car dealer David Baird. About 60 people attended. Picture Glenn HampsonThe house was built in the late 1980s for tourism figure and resort developer Keith Williams.It was later owned by Dreamworld founder John Longhurst and was bought in 2013 by its current owners, local businessman Sep Abedian and wife Flora.The Abedians have bought another property on Paradise Waters and have decided to part ways with the property they restored.last_img read more

Professor aims to build homes on the moon

first_imgBehrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of industrial and systems engineering and civil and environmental engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering, has recently developed Contour Crafting, a technology to build structures with much thicker layers than the usual type of 3-D printing.The technology, which Khoshnevis has devoted 15 years to creating, could make building houses utilizing 3-D printers a possibility.“It is a hundred times faster and it gets smooth surfaces,” Khoshnevis said, holding up one of his models.The robotic construction system has completed the printing of 6-foot-tall sections of homes in Khoshnevis’ lab.The invention has already received a favorable reception from NASA. Khoshnevis has received a grant from the organization to begin applying his Contour Crafting system to build structures on the moon and Mars.Khoshnevis said that though he started with the simple idea of 3-D house printing, he has gone through a great deal of trial and error in developing Contour Crafting. For example, he said he spent years trying to solve the issue of pumping concrete from ground level up to the large robotic machine while making sure it retained its viscosity.But Khoshnevis said he’s grateful for the problem that came up.“It shows something that you haven’t thought about,” he said. “It shows something new and you really don’t know what the outcome will be. It shows the potential to move forward.”The expense of transporting the construction material to the moon will cost as much as $200,000 per kilogram, Khoshnevis said. He believes this high expense will push Contour Crafting technology onto a new level.Khoshnevis has already run some tests using soil from Mars, which he found to be rich with sulfur. He invented a new machine in order to replace water with sulfur to bind the soil.Khoshnevis believes construction on the moon, however, will have certain benefits.“It’s to our advantage. … The building doesn’t have to be as strong [because gravity is one-sixth what it is on Earth],” he said.Once the technology has proven itself, Khoshnevis said landing and departure pads, shelters and even homes could be constructed on other planets.“I am fascinated by the idea of creativity and invention,” he said. “This is the most exciting path in life, to keep doing things that nobody has done.”He is now anticipating a certificate to use Contour Crafting technology to print a real building. The building will take less time and cost less money than regularly constructed buildings. It will also save numerous human resources.“You are taking a good human being with potential of creating and you are pushing him into repeated work. For me that is a crime,” Khoshnevis said.Once Contour Crafting technology is applied into mass production,” Khoshnevis said. “The construction industry will experience drastic change.”With the help of colleagues and the support from family, Khoshnevis said he is enjoying the journey itself. He said that his unprecedented work is what defines him.“The mission of humanity is to expand what’s going on and we have to push our civilization forward,” he said. “Everyone should make a difference.” Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article said transportation of the construction material could cost up to $200,000. The sentence should have read that the transportation of the construction material could cost up to $200,000 per kilogram.  The article has been edited online to reflect this change.The Daily Trojan regrets the errors.Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Reynolds says temporary surgical abortion ban to save PPE

first_imgJOHNSTON — Governor Kim Reynolds says surgical abortions are included in her temporary ban on elective and non-essential surgeries to preserve medical supplies in the midst of a pandemic.“Making sure that we have the personal protective equipment to care of those Iowans who are on the front lines serving Iowans and those in need,” Reynolds says, “…to make sure that we have our health care providers and our first responders healthy so they can take care of Iowans.”The governor’s proclamation put a halt to all scheduled elective and non-essential surgeries in Iowa until April 16th.“Everyone is making is making sacrifices,” Reynolds says. “Everyone.”Planned Parenthood officials say they are assessing the governor’s action. The organization is suing Texas over a similar order that bans medication abortions as well as surgical abortions. Current Iowa law bans abortions after 20 weeks in a pregnancy, unless the procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother.last_img read more