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Queensland and Victoria drive surprise rise in building approvals

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first_imgBuilding approvals rose unexpectedly in October. Photo: Jodie Richter.The result was underpinned by a 24.3 per cent increase in Victoria and 6.1 per cent growth in Queensland, which outstripped the declines in all other states.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoNew detached house approvals saw a 1.9 per cent gain during the month — the fifth rise in six months, while unit approvals dipped by 0.2 per cent. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE But the growth is unlikely to last, with the Housing Industry Association expecting dwelling starts in 2018 to drop by 8.2 per cent followed by a further 10 per cent fall in 2019.“This will mean that new home building activity will ease to levels that remain high byhistoric standards,” HIA senior economist Shane Garrett said. New house approvals rose in October. Picture: Peter Wallis.CommSec senior economist Ryan Felsman also expected home building activity to ease in 2018 from recent historical highs, but” a ‘soft landing’ rather than a crash was likely given strong population and jobs growth, interstate migration and interest rate stability. Renovations and alterations could provide further support to housing activity amid an ageing stock of Aussie houses and units,” he said.CommSec doesn’t expect an official interest rate rise until at least the end of 2018. WHERE RENTING IS UNAFFORDABLE IN QLD Surprise rise in building approvals boosted by Queensland and Victoria. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.BUILDING approvals rose unexpectedly in October, boosted by growth in construction activity in Queensland and Victoria.The latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the number of new dwelling approvals rose by 0.9 per cent during the month, on the back of a 0.6 per cent in September.The market had expected a 1 per cent decline. BRISBANE HOME PRICES STILL RISING last_img read more

Government Awards JAXPORT Additional $93M for Channel Deepening

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first_imgThe federal government has allocated $93 million for the next phase of deepening the Jacksonville shipping channel to 47 feet from its current depth of 40 feet. A milestone for the project and a major victory for JAXPORT, the federal government has now fully funded the government’s portion of deepening through JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.Of the total $93 million investment, $57,543,000 is included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fiscal Year 20 Work Plan, and an additional $35,457,000 is allocated in the A Budget for America’s Future – President’s Budget FY 2021.“This is the first time JAXPORT has ever received funding in the President’s budget, which speaks volumes about the significance of this project to the Southeast U.S. and the nation,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “We are extremely grateful to our federal, state and local partners, as well as the dedication and leadership of the JAXPORT Board, for their steadfast support of our growth and the 138,000 jobs Jacksonville’s seaport generates in Florida.”Upon completion of the deepening project, the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal at Blount Island will feature a vessel turning basin and have the ability to simultaneously accommodate two post-Panamax vessels.Harbor deepening is divided into four segments, contracts A-D, which make up the full length of the 13-mile federally authorized project.The current funding model covers the project’s first 11 miles through Blount Island (contracts A, B and C). Contractors for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are scheduled to complete the first 5.5 miles in spring 2020, marking the halfway point for this portion of the project.Harbor deepening began in February 2018 and is anticipated to be complete in 2023, two years ahead of its original schedule, based on continued funding from all partners.last_img read more

The Nile Series: Brick-making tradition lives through centuries

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first_imgThere’s something that Egyptian have been taking from the Nile for many of centuries, but which is naturally being replenished. The river has regularly been bringing in silt from upstream countries to Egypt, which has supported local brick-making activities, since the days of the pharaohs. Fahmida Miller now steps right into the mud, as she examines another enduring facet of the Nile. The Nile Series: Dates farm thrives because of the Nile The Nile Series: Pollution in the Nile Related The Nile Series: Why Felucas are still sailing the Nilelast_img read more

UWF Men’s Golf Finishes 6th at the Hartford Hawks Invitational

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first_img Share UWF Men’s Golf Finishes 6th at the Hartford Hawks Invitational Sept. 15, 2007BOSTON, Mass. – West Florida finished with 902 strokes, only 2 strokes from 4th place, and a mere 30 strokes from the team champion Old Dominion (872), at The International Golf Club in Boston, Mass. Keegan Bradley of St. John’s was the overall individual winner at four under par. He was the only person to shoot under par from the championship tees on the challenging course. John Murphy of Old Dominion was second at even par. Everyone else was above par.Kyle Scott (Fr. / South Africa) and Matthew Galloway (Sr. / Valric, Fla.) were the top UWF finishers at four over par, which tied them for 14th best. As a team, the Argos placed 6th out of the 13 teams participating. Most of the participating schools were Division I teams. Other finishers for West Florida included Kevin Cooper (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) in 33rd place, Federico Damus (Sr. / Argentina) in 44th place, and Ryan Zebeau (So. / Cedartown, Ga.) in 57th place.The strong showing for the Argos should prepare them for their next tournament in Farmingdale, NY next Friday and Saturday (Sept. 21-22). They will be playing on The Red Course @ Bethpage in the McLaughlin Tournament hosted by St. John’s University. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Dutch Olympian jailed for drug trafficking

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first_imgRelatedPosts Vatican puts bishop expelled for child sex abuse under house arrest Dutch Olympic athlete Madiea Ghafoor has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in jail after 2 million pounds ($3.73 million) worth of ecstasy tablets and crystal meth were found in the boot of her car in Germany, DPA news agency has reported.Ghafoor, 27, was stopped at a border check in Elten in June where 50kg of ecstasy, 2kg of crystal meth and 11,950 euros in cash were seized by police, the report said.The athlete, who ran for the Netherlands in the 4x400m relay at the 2016 Olympic Games, pleaded not guilty to the charges at Kleve District Court and said she thought she was carrying doping materials, the German news agency said.The Dutch Athletics Union said it was shocked by the case and would investigate Ghafoor’s claim concerning doping materials to ascertain who else might have been involved.“We are stunned by the judgement,” a statement on the organisation’s website said. “With the ruling of the German court, the Athletics Union rejects the actions of Ghafoor.“The Athletics Union condemns any use or trade in doping or drugs and fully commits itself to the Dutch doping law.“The case has been transferred to the Doping Authority to investigate the extent to which the doping legislation has been violated.”Ghafoor refused to reveal who she was transporting the drugs for and said she feared for the safety of her family, DPA said.Tags: DpaKleve District Courtlast_img read more

Alex Neil shows support for former team-mate Garry Monk

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first_img Saturday’s result ended Neil’s own winless run of six, and the Scot – like Monk, considered a highly promising manager – praised his former Barnsley team-mate’s credentials and was adamant in his belief that Swansea are already employing the right man. “Yeah (they’d be stupid to panic with Monk),” he said. “If you look at them last year, they got the highest-ever points tally they’ve had. What changes from the end of that season for 12 games into this season? “It’s the same manager, he’s probably not doing too much different, you just go through wee lulls and spells where it becomes tough, maybe people are out of form or you pick up a couple of injuries, there’s a host of things. “Maybe he needs to freshen it up a little bit, but Garry will be best placed to know exactly what he needs to do next. For me, if you got rid of Garry Monk or even thought about it it’s a sad day in football. “We’re only 12 games into the season. I know a couple (of managers are) already gone but it just shows you what football’s like.” Monk remained convinced that his team, who dominated possession without doing anything of note, did not deserve defeat. His squad remains among the Premier League’s more talented but he accepts that they are low in confidence and that should their results not swiftly improve they will soon be battling relegation. Swansea appeared bereft of ideas and confidence both before and after Jonny Howson’s second half headed goal extended his worst run as a manager. There has so far been little suggestion that the 36-year-old is under significant pressure but Swansea sacked his predecessor Michael Laudrup less than a year after he inspired them to the 2013 League Cup, and Premier League management has become an increasingly unstable profession. Press Association “When you are in a period such as this your confidence is not going to be at its highest but you have to give them the trust that you believe in them,” he said. “I understand that football is a tough business and a cruel business. It is very cut-throat and you are working to very thin margins. “Of course you are always wary of (joining the relegation battle) and bear it in mind. We are not quite there yet but in the next few days we have got to put our marker down otherwise the situation will be the situation. I don’t think of it like that, I look at it as a challenge.” Alex Neil has come out in support of former team-mate Garry Monk after Norwich’s 1-0 defeat of Swansea left the manager with only a solitary win in nine games. last_img read more

Tigers Outlast Red Riots

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first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 ORONO — Mike Crowley, Matt Boyle and Matt Manning provided much of the offense for the Tigers, who edged the Red Riots 12-10 on Friday.Crowley had a two-run homer and a pair of singles, Boyle doubled twice and Manning had two singles as the Tigers got their first win of the season. admin Bio Latest posts by admin (see all) Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Pakistan success sees Windies World Cup hopes fade further

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first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Any hopes West Indies harboured of overhauling Pakistan and clinching the crucial eighth spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings have all but disappeared as the Asian side have surged to sixth position following their capture of the ICC Champions Trophy here Sunday.In the latest rankings released yesterday by cricket’s world governing body, Pakistan gained four points to jump from eighth to sixth on 95 points, now ahead of seventh-placed Bangladesh on 94 and Sri Lanka, who have slipped to eighth on 93 points.Pakistan, who had lingered at eighth in the world rankings in recent times, convincingly beat powerhouse India in the final at the Oval by 180 runs to lift the title regarded as the mini World Cup.With the success, Pakistan have further enhanced their chances of automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England while West Indies slipped further behind in their quest to also seal a direct spot at the tournament.Ironically, Pakistan had edged West Indies for the final spot in the Champions Trophy because of their eighth place ranking.West Indies remain in ninth spot on 77 points in the latest rankings following a disappointing 1-1 draw in the recent three-match series against ICC Associate side Afghanistan.They are now faced with the task of closing a 16-point gap on Sri Lanka by the September 30 cut-off date for automatic qualification for the World Cup. Hosts England and the remaining top seven sides in the rankings by that date will earn automatic qualification.The Windies face India in a five-match series starting Friday at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and take on fourth-ranked England in another five-match series in September.If they lose these series and subsequently fail to qualify automatically, the Caribbean side will enter a 10-team qualifier scheduled for next year, to determine the final two World Cup berths.South Africa have retained top spot in the newest rankings on 119 points, two ratings points ahead of Australia with India lying one point back in third.Latest ICC One-Day International rankings:1. South Africa 1192. Australia 1173. India 116 (-1)4. England 113 (-1)5. New Zealand 1116. Pakistan 95 (+4)7. Bangladesh 94 (-1)8. Sri Lanka 939. West Indies 7710. Afghanistan 5411. Zimbabwe 4612. Ireland 41last_img read more

The Latest: 5 Lightning employees test positive for COVID-19

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first_imgAbbott had previously said that outdoor sporting events with spectators in Texas could be conducted at 50% capacity.The announcement Friday comes as Texas continues to set record highs in the numbers of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations since Memorial Day. On Thursday, the state set a new one-day high with 3,516 new cases of COVID-19, and 2,947 hospitalizations, which nearly doubled the number in hospitals over the holiday weekend.___The second-tier United Soccer League Championship is preparing to resume its season on July 11 after reaching an agreement with the USL Players Association.The 35-team league had just played its season openers when play was stopped in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Guerra says “we can’t allow this.”Deputy Health Minister Sandra Zampa says the celebration amounted to “dangerous behaviour.”Fans in Naples flooded into central piazzas and set off fireworks to celebrate shortly after Napoli beat Juventus in an empty stadium in Rome on Wednesday.Nearly 35,000 people have died in Italy from the coronavirus. The Campania region that includes Naples has accounted for 431 of those deaths.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facilities Thursday after five team employees tested positive for the coronavirus, a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press. June 19, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: 5 Lightning employees test positive for COVID-19 The person spoke to The AP on Friday on the condition of anonymity because the NHL and the team are not announcing the closure. The NHL is also no longer announcing which teams individual players tested positive. It was not clear how many Lightning players tested positive.The closure comes some two weeks after players were allowed to return to their respective facilities to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts. Players were allowed to skate in groups of up to six at a time.The move to open facilities was the next step in the NHL’s bid to resume its season with a proposed 24-team expanded playoff format, with games being played in two hub cities.The NHL projects teams to open training camps on July 10.center_img All player exemption categories this year will be extended to the 2021 season.___Texas Motor Speedway is planning to have some fans in its massive grandstands when NASCAR runs its rescheduled Cup race there July 19.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has approved a comprehensive action plan to allow fans for the race. The track said the grandstands and suites would be open to fans, who would be subject to social distancing requirements and additional protocols.It wasn’t immediately clear how many tickets would be available for the race at the 1 ½-mile track that was originally scheduled March 29. There are more than 110,000 grandstand seats. The union asks for vacation periods of at least three weeks before starting preseason practice and a “mandatory mid-season break of between 10 and 14 days.”FIFPro says “now is the time to apply this to player health.”___Thousands of Napoli soccer fans who poured into the streets to celebrate the team’s Italian Cup title without social distancing have been criticized by health officials as being “reckless.”World Health Organization assistant director general Ranieri Guerra says he was reminded of Atalanta’s Champions League game with Valencia in February. That match is believed to have been a key factor in why the virus has been so deadly in Bergamo. Associated Press The league says it will resume negotiations with the union on what would be their first collective bargaining agreement.___Soccer players’ union FIFPro wants players to be given mandatory breaks because match congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last through 2022.FIFPro warns of a “first spike in injuries because of insufficient preparation time and congested match schedules” since soccer restarted last month.The Netherlands-based union says “the impact of COVID-19 means the match schedule will be even more intense over the next two years.” —AP Hockey Writers John Wawrow and Stephen Whyno reporting.___The European Tour won’t have a senior circuit this year.The Staysure Tour for players 50 and older announced Friday it has canceled the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was supposed to start May 14-16 in Austria. Three senior majors on its schedule — the Senior PGA, the Senior U.S. Open and the Senior British Open — already had been canceled by other organizations.Mark Aspland, the head of the Staysure Tour, said along with complexities of international travel, the tour had to recognize the additional risk related to the tour’s age demographic.last_img read more

Buhari Appoints Ambode into FG’s Delegation to World Cup

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first_imgWhile handing over the letter of appointment to the governor, Dalung said Lagos had been home to sports, and that it was gratifying that Ambode had repositioned sports as a catalyst for development and growth in the state.“Your Excellency, I want to inform you that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved you as one of the members of the Federal Government delegation that would be leading and representing him and other Nigerians in Russia at the World Cup.“The President’s approval of you as a member of that delegation is borne out of the conviction that you have been one of the governors that have invested heavily in sports and also supported sports.“Lagos is home to sports and so we are always here. We are always here because of the very friendly environment and a good relationship the ministry enjoys with the Lagos State Government and the fraternity of the government and people of Lagos is one of the major reasons why we will often visit the governor when the occasion demands,” Dalung said.He said the high-powered delegation from the International Paralympics Committee led by Mr Sam Munkley was at Lagos House as part of the bid by Nigeria to host the International Paralympics Championship in Lagos in 2019, saying apart from conducting training for Nigerian Paralympics association and stakeholders, the delegation would also inspect the facilities to be used when the country gets the hosting right for the tournament.Responding, Governor Ambode thanked President Buhari for appointing him into FG’s delegation to the World Cup, saying that with the morale and physical support for the Super Eagles, Nigerians would be made proud at the end of the day.He specifically allayed fears in some quarters over the losing streak suffered by the team in some of the friendly matches played in preparation for the tournament, insisting that the succession of defeats to Atletico Madrid, England and Czech Republic were part of the strategy to understand the areas to concentrate on in having a well-rounded team.“With our morale and physical support, Nigerians would be made proud and I am sure people should not bother about what they are seeing with the friendly matches; they are supposed to be friendlies and I am sure the team will put all their energy and make Nigeria proud,” Governor Ambode said.He said as part of the efforts to create enabling environment for the youth population in the State, the State Government was currently reconstructing the Onikan Stadium, while a groundbreaking of the Maracana Stadium in Ajegunle would be performed in few weeks.Earlier, Munkley thanked Governor Ambode for the hospitality accorded his delegation, saying they had never received such from any country before now.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Lagos Gov allays fear over Eagles losing streakPresident Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode as a member of the Federal Government’s delegation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting in Russia from June 14.Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung who said this when he led a delegation from the International Paralympics Committee on a courtesy visit to Ambode at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja yesterday, said the appointment was in recognition of the massive investment and commitment to sports development which the governor had exhibited in the last three years.last_img read more