Building confidence levels rise with hope for hardhit resource regions

first_imgNew homes construction is seen in Mango Hill, north of Brisbane. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Peled“They expect to continue in this way, without the large swings of the other regions.”Some strong results had come out of Far North Queensland, he said, while other parts of the industry struggled but “on the whole they have a very positive outlook for the future”.The areas of most concern in recent years – the resource regions of Central Queensland, Mackay and Whitsunday and North Queensland – were finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel.“The improvements have been off a very low base so they are still operating well within negative territory. For many though, the worst is behind them and they are very confident in the future.”The survey found that 39 per cent of the industry respondents were seeing stronger levels of work in progress, while 29 per cent were reporting weaker levels, but nearly all (91 per cent) expected the situation to either improve or stabilise. Master Builders deputy CEO Paul Bidwell. Picture: Josh WoningSOUTHEAST Queensland was a standout performer for the state’s building industry last year, with business confidence on the rise.The latest Master Builders Survey of Industry Conditions April 2016-March 2017 found that confidence was high, with even the hard hit resource towns seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. When treehouses adult, this is the dream home that’s possible Why it pays to style a property Get the best Real Estate and Property News in your inbox free Master Builders deputy CEO Paul Bidwell said 52 per cent of industry respondents saw the economic outlook as stable and 39 per cent said it was getting stronger.“The percentage of respondents who regard conditions as stronger has increased. Even more telling is the significant decline in the percentage of people who regard conditions as weaker compared to the previous year. These results are expected to continue into 2018,” he said.Mr Bidwell said Greater Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine coasts all had a strong year. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“Looking forward, expectations are that this will begin to moderate in 2017 but remain positive.”As for the Downs & Western, and Wide Bay parts of the state, they had “been quietly ticking along with positive, yet modest results”. last_img read more

Costa scores in Chelsea colours

first_img Torres subsequently chested a simple opportunity over the bar from close range as he met Nathan Ake’s cross. Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League rivals Everton and Leicester were also in action overseas, playing each other in Bangkok with the Foxes winning 1-0. Foxes forward Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the only goal of the game in the 66th minute, tapping in a centre from the right from Jamie Vardy, who had got to the ball before Toffees goalkeeper Joel Robles. The two clubs meet again at the King Power Stadium on the opening day of the top-flight season. Swansea put in a dominant performance as they triumphed 4-0 at Plymouth, with summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson netting a brace. The Premier League side were 1-0 up on nine minutes as Rory Donnelly capitalised on a mistake by Pilgrims goalkeeper Luke McCormick. After the break, Jordi Amat doubled the advantage before Sigurdsson – back on a permanent deal at the club he previously played for on loan in 2012 – struck twice, the second being a superb curling free-kick at the death. Later on Sunday, Manchester City claimed an impressive 5-1 victory over AC Milan in a weather-hit friendly at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. After the hosts had taken the lead through Nik Kapun’s 40th-minute strike, striker Costa levelled the match 10 minutes into the second half, converting a through-ball from his fellow Spain international and summer recruit Cesc Fabregas, who was also making his bow for his new club. Eight minutes later, defender Kurt Zouma prodded in the winner, following up a Fernando Torres shot that had been parried. Diego Costa scored on his Chelsea debut as the Blues came from behind to beat Slovenian outfit Olimpija Ljubljana 2-1 away in a friendly on Sunday. Stevan Jovetic handed the Premier League champions the lead after 12 minutes with a low shot that creeped in at the near post and three minutes later Gael Clichy picked out Scott Sinclair in the box and he slotted home the second from close range. The goalfest was not over yet and midway through the first half Jesus Navas’ acrobatic effort from just outside the box took a huge deflection and left goalkeeper Michael Agazzi with no chance. Rampant City added a fourth after 27 minutes as Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who has been training with the club for the past few weeks, picked the ball up on the edge of the box and turned 180 degrees before firing home. Sulley Muntari pulled one back for Milan just before the break as he tapped in with a close-range finish at the home of NFL side the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following a delay due to lightening and heavy rain, former City striker Mario Balotelli took to the field for the second half and had a goal ruled out for offside before Jovetic netted his second to make it 5-1. Press Associationlast_img read more

James Wren-Gilkes should be properly honoured – Hutson

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyPRESIDENT of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hutson will be making a plea to recently-named Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr, for his People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government, to do right by recognising current National 200m record-holder, James Wren-Gilkes. James Wren-Gilkes, the man who many still believe would have won gold in the men’s 200m at the 1976 Olympic Games, was never shy about speaking on his disappointment at not being able to win what would have been Guyana’s first medal at an Olympic Games.Gilkes, now 67, had his hopes crushed when former President Forbes Burnham decided to be one of the 29 countries, mostly African, that boycotted the Montreal Games when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to ban New Zealand, after the New Zealand National Rugby team had toured South Africa earlier in 1976 in defiance of the United Nations’ calls for a sporting embargo.According to Hutson, the one thing that is not being spoken of was that Gilkes, at the time of Guyana boycotting the 1976 Olympics, was in line to sign an endorsement deal with one of the leading athletics brand and the shun had financial ramifications for the Guyanese sprinter. Hutson, who made the comments while appearing on NCN’s Sports Magazine, hosted by veteran journalist Edwin Seeraj, said while Gilkes, during the last hosting of the Aliann Pompey Invitational in Guyana, was honoured along with other Olympians by the Guyana Olympics Association (GOA), the former Fisk University standout is worthy of a higher recognition.Hutson, whose AAG met with Minister Ramson last week during the Minister’s interaction of sports associations and federations, said soon, the local governing body for track and field in Guyana, will be making a formal pitch to the Government on Gilkes’ behalf.At the 1976 Olympic Games, after Guyana did not participate, Gilkes could have only watched in tears as Jamaica’s Donald Quarrie win gold in the men’s 200m.Quarrie, whom Gilkes usually defeated in the distance, ran 20.23 seconds to win ahead of Americans Millard Hampton (20.29s) and Dwayne Evans (20.43s).Gilkes’ time of 20.14 seconds in the 200 metres, ran in 1978 in Berlin, German, still stands as Guyana’s National record.Gilkes won gold at the 1975 Pan Am Games in Mexico City, running 20.43 seconds ahead of the USA’s Larry Brown (20.69s) and current president of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association, from The Bahamas, Mike Sands (20.98s).Cuba’s 1980 Olympics 100m silver medallist, Silvio Leonard, had the better of Gilkes in the 1979 Pan Am Games in the 200m at the event that year, running 20.37 seconds, relegating the Guyana to silver (20.43s) and American Don Coleman to third (20.56s).At the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada, Allan Wells, who went on to win gold (100m) and silver (200m) for England at the 1980 Olympic Games, finished first ahead of Gilkes in the 200m.Wells ran 20.12 seconds to narrowly defeat Gilkes, who had clocked 20.18 seconds. Jamaica’s Colin Bradford was third (20.43s).Competing at the Weltklasse Zürich, in Switzerland, which fell under the IAAF Golden Sprints, Gilkes, in 1979, took bronze in the men’s 200m. The event is by invitation only and featured only the world’s top elite athletics.Gilkes was also a standout athlete at Fisk University and the University of Southern California (USC)  and as of 2012, he was still ranked in the top 10 all-time performers for the USC Trojans at 100m and 200m.last_img read more

Tipp continue NHL campaign away to the Déise

first_imgHe’s delighted the new season is up and running.The match begins at 2 o’clock with Tipp FM’s build-up getting underway ten minutes beforehand.  Our live coverage will be brought to you in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group, Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea AND O’Dwyer Brothers, Tipperary Town. The Premier County’s second Division 1A fixture is against Waterford at Walsh Park.Tipp will be looking to make it two wins out of two in the section against familiar opponents.John McGrath will line out at full-forward against the Déise.last_img read more

Football: Museveni boosts cash-strapped Ugandan club

first_imgAfter a preliminary round bye, 2010 Confederation Cup winners FUS battled to oust modest UMS Loum of Cameroon 3-2 overall with Mourad Batna scoring the tie clincher.Villa coach Ibrahim Kirya is unconcerned that the Rabat club are favoured to reach the play-off stage, where CAF Champions League last 16 losers join the competition.“We will not tremble at all and I believe my team can achieve a respectable away result,” he promised.Azam of Tanzania and Al Ahly Shendy of Sudan, the other East African survivors, enjoy home advantage first against Esperance of Tunisia and Medeama of Ghana respectively.Ivorian Kipre Tchetche, part of a multi-national Azam squad coached by Briton Stewart Hall, scored the only hat-trick of the previous round in a 7-3 triumph over South African side Wits.Esperance also struck seven goals in eliminating Renassance of Chad and two came from Taha Yassine Khenissi, who is injured and misses the trip to Dar es Salaam.Shendy, making a fifth consecutive appearance, should be wary of Abass Mohammed, whose two goals took Medeama past Al Ittihad of Libya.Winners Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko featured in an all-Ghana first Confederation Cup final 12 years ago, but no club from the West African nation has come close to glory since.North African sides have dominated, winning nine of 11 finals, and there are two each from Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia among the 16 survivors.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFPA financial pledge from President Yoweri Museveni will help Uganda football club SC Villa fulfil a CAF Confederation Cup fixture against FUS Rabat in Morocco Friday.The long-serving head of state has promised the cash-strapped Kampala club $120,000 (105,000 euros) toward the costs of the two-leg, round-of-16 tie.Villa are taking only 16 players, two coaches and three officials to the Moroccan capital for the first leg as they attempt to become the first Ugandan qualifiers for the mid-competition play-offs.In the previous qualifying round of the secondary African club competition, the Ugandan outfit slashed costs by making a 25-hour bus and ferry journey to Zanzibar.Travelling by road from Central Africa to Morocco in the north west of the continent was not practical, though, and club president Ben Misagga has hailed the assistance of Museveni.“I thank President Museveni for coming to our rescue with his financial offer,” the official told reporters in Kampala. “We are flying the Ugandan flag in Africa.“The kindness of the head of state is a massive morale boost and makes us even more determined to achieve a good result in Rabat.”Seventeen of 56 football associations eligible to enter the Confederation Cup this year declined, largely due to financial constraints, and two clubs withdrew after the draw was made.Debutants Villa are the only last 16 team boasting a perfect four-match record after home and away wins over Al Khartoum of Sudan and JKU of Zanzibar.Midfielder Godfrey Lwesibawa scored twice and five team-mates also contributed to a 7-0 goal record.last_img read more