Creative solution to ease rental squeeze welcomed by REIQ

first_imgInside one of the tiny rental cabins. Photo: Supplied Ingenia Communities chief operating officer Nikki Fisher said the iModular cabins offeredMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoresidents a thoughtfully designed and flexible space all while supporting low-maintenance and low- cost living.“It’s important to us that our residents feel safe and comfortable whether they are looking for a temporary or permanent accommodation and these latest additions are fully fitted out to create a sense of homeliness,” Ms Fisher said.“With energy costs continuing to rise, being able to offer homes specially designed to maximise energy efficiency is essential in making sure the homes are not just comfortable, but also don’t hit residents in the hip pocket too hard.“From singles to couples, shift workers or tradespeople, these new cabins will satisfy a range of needs.” Ingenia Rental have just installed new high-quality, sustainability-focused cabins at two of their flagship locations, Eight Mile Plains and Chambers Flat. Photo: Supplied REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said more than two-thirds of the population lived in capital cities, which meant density was increasingly an issue that town planners need to manage.“The pressure is on for us all to find ways to house the population in ways that don’t add strain to the environment or to the economy,” Ms Mercorella said.“Finding creative solutions to people’s living issues – whether people want to live in a more eco-friendly way, putting less strain on the environment, or in a more financially efficient way, taking up less space and having less stuff – is the new frontline of housing issues.“The REIQ welcomes these initiatives. These are going to be particularly beneficial in areas where rental markets are tight and population growth is continuing steadily. Any addition to the rental supply will ease the tight conditions currently happening in parts of Queensland.”Founder and CEO of iModular, Brad Ashley, said cabins were made using advanced robotics and sustainable materials for rapid site assembly.Single-bedroom cabins at the Eight Mile Plains location are $285 per week and single-bedroom cabins at the Chambers Flat location are $260 per week. Brisbane’s rental market just got a whole lot better with tiny new self-contained cabins (29sq m) making affordable living easier. Pictured is Mahlia Grey (resident) and Nicole Jentz from Ingenia Communities at Chambers Flat. Picture AAPImage/ David ClarkPint-size rental cabins smaller than the average garage are helping to alleviate Brisbane’s rental squeeze. Ingenia Rental has introduced iModular manufactured cabins with just 29sq m of internal space to the range of rental options at their Eight Mile Plains and Chambers Flat communities.In a tight rental market, the new modern self-contained homes provide Ingenia Rental’s residents with features such as open-plan living, energy efficient fixtures and finishes like dual air-conditioning, double glazed windows and LED lighting, a modern kitchen, locked storage shed, and covered carport.last_img read more

Kanvee Adams Gets Africa’s Best Female Artist Nomination

first_imgKanvee Adams, one of Liberia’s most celebrated Gospel recording artists, has gained admission into the nomination list of three categories for the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).Adams is on the list of females comprising other great African musicians, including Afrie of Uganda, Judy Stevens of Kenya, Kelly Khumalo of South Africa and Nabila of Cameroon.Others nominated include Nada Azhari of Morocco, Ntokozo Mbanbo, South Africa Olivia Ambani, Kenya and Teni of Nigeria.South Africa’s prolific rapper and producer, Nasty C; African music definitive artiste, Davido; Nigeria’s contemporary music talent, Burna Boy; and Northern Africa’s brilliant showman, Tamer Hosny have also scored high nominations on the 6th AFRIMA Continental Nominees’ list that has been released by the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA on Sunday, August 25, 2019.Kanvee Adams is noted for a couple of her soul touching tracks, including “Mama I thank God for you” and “Liberia on the rise.”In her “Mama I thank God for you” track, Adams demonstrates what every child, regardless of age and fame, needs to do in order to appreciate his or her mother for the roles she plays or has played in the life of the child when he or she was unable to make anything count at some time.She rallied the conscientious minds of people towards letting go the bigotry and align themselves with their true origins, no matter how filthy and unwelcoming they may be.Kanvee, as she is commonly called by most of her followers, is headed to win three of the awards, including Best female artiste in western Africa, song writer of the year in Africa and best female artiste, duo or group in African for inspirational music.She is the only Liberian musical artist who has been nominated for the AFRIMA.More interestingly, having established herself as a Gospel Music Artist with repute in her home country, Mrs. DAAR Musice Global, a Nigerian music production, sales company and advisement company, has signed Adams.She is currently trading her talent there in celebrated colors.The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) recently announced that the 6th annual edition tagged ‘Feel Africa’ will be hosted in Lagos, Nigeria with support from the Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria and the Government of Lagos State from November 20 to 23, 2019.‘Feel Africa’, an initiative aimed at promoting the African essence through its music and culture, while promoting African Unity and a border-less continent is in the bid to change the widely spread negatives about Africa.AFRIMA’s aim is to exploit the uniqueness in the African spirit, passion and creativity to bring an end to issues hindering the unity, peaceful co-existence and economic growth of the continent.Lagos State, rated as the largest music, entertainment and commercial hub in Western Africa and also renowned for its bubbly and hip lifestyle has hosted previous editions of AFRIMA from 2014 to 2017 with the support of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria.The support of the local Government of Lagos State as AFRIMA Official Host City in 2016 and 2017 also fostered the smooth execution of the various AFRIMA events and facilitated the seamless engagement of corporate sponsorship/partnership at various facets of event planning and execution.Angela Martins, who extended gratitude to the government of Lagos State, head of Culture, African Union (AU) Commission, said, “Nigeria playing host to the 6th AFRIMA is indicative of the beneficial relationship the country has developed with the AU and AFRIMA as we use this continental awards platform to strengthen Africa’s culture industries while also promoting the cultural identity and integration of Africans.The Nominees’ list comprising the 26 Continental Award Categories is coming few days after the 6th AFRIMA Regional Categories comprising the Best Female and Best Male artistes within each of the five African regions were unveiled by the International Jury of AFRIMA during the World Media Conference held in Lagos, Nigeria on August 14, 2019, and broadcast live around the world on Africa Independent Television (AIT), RayPower Radio and Kennis FM in Lagos, a city that hosts over 30 million people.The Continental categories are made up of the different genres of African music from Hip-Hop, Jazz, R’n’B, Pop and Reggae, Ragga and Dance Hall to other coveted categories, such as ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Producer of the Year,’ and ‘Best African Collaboration.’Over 200 songs have been nominated from a variety of artistes in the Continental and Regional categories cutting across a host of African talents and creative living on the continent and in the diaspora.Leading the 6th AFRIMA nominations scorecard is South Africa’s Nasty C with nine nominations in the following categories; Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, song of the year in Africa, producer of the year in Africa, best African rapper/lyricist, best African collaboration, best artiste, duo or group in African hip-hop, songwriter of the year in Africa and best artiste, duo or group in African R’n’B and Soul.Davido followed closely with six nominations, which include; Best male artiste in Western Africa, artiste of the year in Africa, song of the year in Africa, African Fans’ Favorite, Best Artiste, duo or group in African R’n’B and Soul, and best African collaboration for ‘Blow My Mind with Chris Brown.’Burna Boy will be competing in five different categories which are Best male artiste in Western Africa, artiste of the year in Africa, song of the year in Africa, album of the year in Africa and best African collaboration with ‘Killin Dem’ featuring Zlatan.’Egyptian artiste, Tamer Hosny copped four nominations in the  categories of; male artiste in Northern Africa, artiste of the year in Africa, song of the year in Africa, and songwriter of the year in Africa.Other artistes with multiple nominations include Diamond Platnumz. He accrued four nominations (best male artiste in Eastern Africa, artiste of the year in Africa, best artiste, duo or group in African pop and best African dance or choreography category), and South Africa’s seasoned producer and DJ, Prince Kaybee with five spots (artiste of the year in Africa, song of the Year in Africa, producer of the year in Africa, best artiste, duo or group in African electro, and best African collaboration with ‘Banomoya’ featuring Busiswa and TNS).The late DJ Arafat, known for his infectious music rhythms and energetic dance has also been posthumously nominated in the best male artiste in Central Africa and best African dance or choreography categories for works he produced within the 6th AFRIMA entry submission window of August 1, 2018 – August 2, 2019.In a release from the 6th AFRIMA final Nominees’ List, Delani Makhalima, a member of the International Jury of AFRIMA representing Southern Africa, said: “As with each year, the musicians never cease to amaze us with their incredible talent. As jurors, we are impressed with the quality of work being produced. We are confident that the nominees’ list presented this year is a true reflection of world-class African talent and each year it gets harder and harder to judge and grade the standard, as all regions on the African continent continue to surprise us by what we see and hear.”It is encouraging to also see how the music lovers and fans are growing in record numbers to support the music. We are enthusiastic to see this wave of appreciation transcend across the border and overseas.We would like to encourage more musicians, songwriters, and producers to keep submitting and spreading the word of AFRIMA so that we can celebrate together the progress and pinnacles of where African music is reaching,” he added.The 2019 AFRIMA Call for Entry which opened worldwide on May 15 exceeded the 2018 submissions by 148 entries. Of the 8,157 entries submitted this year, Western Africa led the pack with 38% of the total entries followed by Southern Africa with 24 percent.Eastern Africa, Central Africa, and Northern Africa have 20 percent, 14 percent, and 4 percent respectively.The 13-member International Jury of AFRIMA sat in Lagos, Nigeria from Wednesday, August 7, 2019, to Tuesday, August 14 for screening, assessing, grading and selecting nominees into the 36 different Regional and Continental awarding categories of AFRIMA.The 2019 main awards event scheduled for November 20 to November 23 will span four days and packed with activities which will include the 6th AFRIMA Welcome Soiree, the 6th Africa Music Business Summit (AMBS), the 6th AFRIMA Music Village, a Guided Tour in the Host City, the exclusive 6th AFRIMA Nominees Party and the 6th AFRIMA Main Awards ceremony.The main awards events will be broadcast live on over 84 stations across Africa and the Diaspora including live streaming on the AFRIMA website, the AFRIMA App, the AFRIMA social media handles and other online partner platforms.Meanwhile, public voting for the 6th AFRIMA Nominees to stand a chance to win the 23.9 Carat Gold-Plated AFRIMA trophy commenced on September 1, 2019. The platform for voting a candidate for any of the awards is and followers of African music are encouraged to access the online voting pages through the links on AFRIMA social media platforms or directly on the landing page on the AFRIMA’s Jury for 2019, voting closes at midnight on Friday, November 22.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Kanvee Adams, Liberia’s pride at AFRIMA for 2019.last_img read more