Housing construction on a high

first_imgHouse building is seeing sustained strength in customer demand. Picture: Jodie Richter.A STRONG rise in new orders saw house building hit its highest pace of growth in four months, with the sector’s sub-index up by 8.2 points to 61.3pts, the latest construction index has found.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Performance of Construction Index — which increased 4.3 pts to 57.5pts in November — found ongoing strength in house building activity and engineering construction.“House builders continued to be positive in their assessment of business conditions, noting sustained strength in customer demand, including rising first homebuyer activity. However, apartment builders cited relatively soft new orders and reduced investor activity,” the Australian PCI report said.While apartment building activity continues to contract, the level of decline has eased with the sub-sector up by 0.9pts to 47.7pts in November.“This activity reading was still well below the solid growth outcome recorded in May this year (68.5 points).” FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXlast_img read more

Free information session to help seniors prepare for retirement

first_img MORE QUEENSLAND REAL ESTATE NEWS: Is your backyard a honey pot? Ms Lane is the principal of Aged Care Gurus and the author of several books including Aged Care, Who Cares and Downsizing Made Simple with fellow finance expert Noel Whittaker.RetireAustralia senior development manager Judi Hutchison said the session was designed to demystify the process of buying into a retirement community.“Getting ready for retirement can seem overwhelming at first. That is why RetireAustralia is committed to providing seniors with free access to leading industry experts, such as Ms Lane, to help them find the right home to suit their needs,” Ms Hutchison said.“Seniors can discover what they need to know about the ingoing, ongoing and outgoing costs of retirement living at this session, gain a basic understanding of the way different contracts work and how to approach the task of downsizing.’’Ms Lane said that while there were many factors to weigh up before moving into retirement village living, there were many benefits.“Initially for many it may seem easier to stay in your own home, but there’s usually a turning point such as the loss of a spouse or health concerns that exacerbate social isolation and prompt a reconsideration.“Once people move into a village, they commonly ask themselves why they didn’t do it sooner.’’Places for the Rightsize your Retirement session are limited. RSVP is essential by visiting the website at thevergeburleigh.com.au/events. Set beside Burleigh Golf Club’s 10th tee, The Verge at Burleigh will offer an exceptional coastal lifestyle close to beautiful beaches and some of the region’s best dining experiences, shopping and entertainment hubs. Independent living apartments are priced from $530,000. The exclusive Rightsize your Retirement information session will be held from 10-11am on March 25, at the Ocean View Room at North Burleigh Surf Club, 293 The Esplanade, Miami. Quade Cooper sells Brisbane pad Rachel Lane will share her tips at a free event hosted by RetireAustralia’s The Verge at Burleigh.Seniors can discover valuable insights into preparing for retirement from one of Australia’s aged care experts at a free information session.Rachel Lane will share her tips at a free event hosted by RetireAustralia’s The Verge at Burleigh retirement community. Doors to past reveal a jewel Rachel Lane. RACHEL LANE’S TOP TIPSFOR TRANSITIONING INTO RETIREMENT VILLAGE LIVING Get a feel for the community: Many retirement communities host Friday nightMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agohappy hours, or in the case of The Verge, regular Meet Your Future Neighboursevents. Join in these activities for a sense of how you will fit in. Understand your contract: Your contract may have consequences for yourpension, your ability to afford the lifestyle you want as well as aged care into thefuture. Unfortunately, contracts are rarely looked at after they are signed, and theunexpected happens. Break the contract into three time zones – before you move in, while you live there and when you leave – to help identify what happens when. Crunch the numbers: A lot of people look only at the upfront costs, but for a truecomparison you should factor in ingoing, ongoing and outgoing costs such as exit fees. Seek advice: As with any major purchase, it is important to seek independent advicefrom reputable legal and financial experts, as well as understand how downsizingmay affect your investments, pension and how you structure your superannuation.last_img read more

Lakers don’t Kidd around

first_imgNo Phil Jackson-coached team ever has lost six games in a row, although that will be no comfort as the Lakers play host to Portland tonight at Staples Center. They have dropped their last four games in the closing minutes, almost finding new ways to lose. The Lakers have victories to their credit over the Western Conference’s top five teams, but they have gone just 16-18 after opening the season with 15 of their first 20 games at home. EL SEGUNDO – As the Lakers reconvened Tuesday following the All-Star break, they could find the seventh-place Denver Nuggets closer in their rear-view mirror than the fifth-place Houston Rockets ahead on the road. Whether the Lakers are stuck in reverse or merely stalled out thanks to a combination of injuries and a difficult schedule, they will start the second half of the season having lost five consecutive games and 11 of their last 15. Amid questions about their direction, the Lakers hope one answer might come in a highway robbery deal before Thursday’s trade deadline. They have expressed interest in All-Star guard Jason Kidd, who is owed $41 million the next two seasons. With those financial considerations in mind, the New Jersey Nets are considering trading Kidd to the Lakers in a package that would not include either center Andrew Bynum or forward Lamar Odom, the two most valuable assets after Kobe Bryant. “We’ve looked to make deals over the last few years close to the trading deadline,” Jackson said Tuesday, “and they’ve all been really key players that we thought would make a difference. “We just didn’t want to do a lateral move or something like that.That’s one of the reasons why we think if you do something, do it right. Do it big.” The Lakers would have to take into account the luxury-tax implications of adding Kidd as well as the difficulty in bringing a player up to speed midseason in the triangle offense. center_img Even so, Jackson’s patience might have run out after last Thursday’s 114-108 loss to Cleveland, a game in which the Lakers led with 3:23 left, only to watch the Cavaliers finish the game by making five consecutive trips to the free-throw line. Asked if he felt the Lakers had to make a move, Jackson answered: “After Thursday’s loss, I was very disappointed in our team. I thought our chemistry was not good. I told you guys … that I saw defeat in some faces in a ballgame that was close. “It was right down to the wire all the way through, and we’ve had four games like that out of our five losses that have been right on the nub and we haven’t been able to produce.” Bryant called Kidd “one of the top point guards in the history of the NBA” and suggested the two wouldn’t have a problem co-existing. “If a name like Jason Kidd comes across the table, you have to look at it,” he said. The Nets, who have slipped to 25-29 and two games out of the Eastern Conference’s top eight, would have to be open to a package probably built around Kwame Brown and Jordan Farmar as well as several expiring contracts and draft picks. In the meantime, the Lakers will move forward after the latest in a never-ending cycle of injuries. Forward Vladimir Radmanovic slipped on the ice in Park City, Utah, on Saturday, separated his right shoulder and will be out eight weeks. The Lakers already have lost key players for nearly 120 games this season because of injury. They are hopeful Luke Walton, who has missed 11 games with a sprained ankle, can return in the next week and Brown will follow sooner than expected. Bryant had no doubt the injuries to Brown and Walton caught up to the Lakers at the same time the schedule turned unfavorable with an eight-game road trip. “We had chemistry because we had guys that had been together for a while, been in this offense for a while,” Bryant said. “That’s why we were able to be extremely successful. Now you take three pieces out of the offense that had been together for a full season and understand how we operate as a unit. “When those pieces go down, now you’re bringing in new pieces that are still trying to learn the offense and at the same time learn one another’s tendencies, so it gets a little more challenging.” The third piece Bryant was referring to was Odom, who has not been the same attacking player after missing 21 games with a sprained knee ligament. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Stars handed Algeria loss in AFCON opener

first_img0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring against Kenya’s Harambee Stars during their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match in Cairo on June 23, 2019CAIRO, Egypt, Jun 24 – Despite an improved second half performance, Kenya’s Harambee Stars fell 2-0 to Algeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group C opening match at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on Sunday night.Baghdad Bounedjah scored from the penalty spot before Riyad Mahrez’s deflected strike handed Algeria victory with a well worked first half performance. Stars had a shambolic first half, one to forget and one in which they gifted the North Africans so many fouls with both fullbacks Philemon Otieno and Abud Omar going into the referee’s book within the opening 25 minutes.With Joash Onyango out with a twisted ankle from yesterday’s training and Brian Mandela out for three months with an operated knee, head coach Sebastien Migne threw youngster Joseph Okumu into the deep end for his first competitive debut having played in the friendly games against Madagascar and DR Congo.Stars seemed jittered and Algeria started off better and came close as early as the second minute when Bounedjah raced onto a long ball and took an effort with his first touch, but it went wide.Mahrez had his first sniff at goal in the 13th minute when he stood over a freekick after Bounedjah was fouled by Abud at the edge of the box, but the Manchester City winger wrapped his freekick just wide off target.Harambee Stars defender Abud Omar vies for the ball with Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez during their Africa Cup of Nations tie at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 23, 2019. PHOTO/CAFYoucef Bellaili lined up Algeria’s next chance when he struck a powerful shot from the edge of the box after being played through by Sofian Feghouli. Patrick Matasi in Kenya’s goal spilled the effort but luckily for him Musa Mohammed whacked the ball away.Mahrez had another effort with a freekick from range but it went inches wide with Matasi caught off his guard.For all the fouls Kenya were giving away, they paid the ultimate price when Dennis Odhiambo brought down Youce Atal inside the box.Bounedjah stepped up from the spot and with Matasi going down early, he sent the ball the opposite direction to break the deadlock.Mahrez then made it 2-0 just before the break when his shot from inside the box deflected off Omar, taking it off keeper Matasi’s path and into the net.Stars had struggled to create in the opening half and the only chances they had at goal was through Ayub Timbe and Eric Johanna whose shots from the left were of little trouble to the Algerian keeper.Baghdad Bounedjah scored from the penalty spot before Riyad Mahrez’s deflected strike handed Algeria victoryIn the second half, coach Migne pulled out Francis Kahata for Eric Ouma while Johannah also came off for Eric Johannah as Kenya brought in an improved performance.However, their hunt for goals could not bear fruit with the closest being a Michael Olunga backheel that was blocked off a Timbe cross from the right.Stars will turn their guns on East Africa neighbors Tanzania who they face at the same venue next Thursday while Algeria face Senegal in a top of the table clash.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgFOUR MASTERS NOTESUnder 10’s Football: Our under 10s footballers played host to teams from Ardara and Robert Emmets in a very entertaining blitz on Saturday morning at Tirconaill Park. Over 30 boys lined out in the blue and white and gave a great account of themselves in all their matches.Well done to all involved and to the parents who provided the refreshments, thanks also to Lee Jordan and Pauric Harvey for refereeing the games. The boys are back out again this Saturday 11.00 am at home, this time they will face teams from Naomh Ultan, Killybegs and Naomh Mhuire. The Kevin Faulkner memorial for under 10 boys and girls continues on Wednesdays evenings with the final taking place on wed the 25 th June.  Best of luck: to Darragh Quinn against Antrim in Minor Football Ulster Semi Final and Karl Lacey, Paul Durcan & Luke Keeney against Antrim in Ulster Senior Football semi final Sunday 22ndJune in Clones. Club membership: will close on 30th June, please contact Paul Timoney 0872791305  Well done: to Seniors/ Reserves who beat Termon on Sun15th June Sponsor a Virtual Sod: this unique initiative is available on a new link on ourwebsite www.fourmastersgaa.com or contact any club officer about details, to sponsor either by PayPal or contact club member. Please support this initiative, check out or virtual pitch Follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Club App andwww.fourmastersgaa.com Kavanagh’s Supervalu Kits for Clubs: We’re asking members and non members in our community that support Four Masters GAA Club that when shopping in Supervalu could you supports this new initiative Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in Kavanagh’s SuperValu Donegal Town, you will receive 1 voucher. Ask in store for further details. 12GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS HOST HUGELY SUCCESSFULLY BLITZ was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOUR MASTERS NOTESlast_img read more

Latest: QPR 0 Blackburn 1 – Woe for Smithies as Rovers take early lead

first_imgShane Duffy’s 14th-minute goal put Blackburn ahead at Loftus Road.Keeper Alex Smithies, making his full league debut for QPR, spilled Craig Conway’s left-wing free-kick at the far post and felt he was fouled by Duffy, who tapped into an unguarded net.Blackburn had been dealt an early blow when left-back Tommy Spurr was poleaxed as he defended a second-minute corner and was eventually stretchered off after six minutes of being attended to on the pitch.The inclusion of Smithies, who replaced the suspended Rob Green, was the only change to the Rangers starting line-up from Saturday’s home defeat against Nottingham Forest.Alejandro Faurlin and Jamie Mackie returned to the QPR squad after their respective injuries and are on the bench.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky; Henry, Tozser, Phillips, Luongo, Chery, Austin.Subs: Lumley, Hall, Hill, Doughty, Faurlin, Mackie, Gladwin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debuts

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But it was his right uppercut that caused Nge to lose footing and reach for the ropes. He was give standing count and when referee asked him if he can still go on, he shook his head.Eumir Felix Marcial capped the brilliant day for the Philippines with an easy decision win over hard-punching Nguyen Manh Cuong in the 75kg.“They really prepared well, all the fighters are ready and trained hard,” said Marcial in Filipino. He came here fresh from winning gold in Mongolia recently.The lefty got into heavy exchange with Cuong who bore the brunt of Marcial’s quick combinations.“I wasn’t using much of my jabbing hand, I don’t want to re-injure it,” said Marcial, whose left hand got injured and jeopardized his Olympic qualifying quest last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “This is just the beginning, we got long ways to go, hopefully we can sustain it in the late rounds,” said Alliance of Boxing Associations of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson.The wins ushered Bautista and Marcial to the semifinals which assured the country at least bronze medal. But the reigning champions are here for the top honours.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 24-year-old Fernandez, reigning 56kg champion, needed just over two minutes in the first round to stop Myanmar’s Maung Nge via knockout.Fernandez took down the shorter Nge with powerful head and body combinations that dismantled the Burmese fighter. Archer Tagle settles for silver in recurve event Bautista opened up the action with a masterful decision over hometown bet Abdul Salam Kasim in the 52kg division.The Binalbagan, Negros Occidental native peppered Kasim with a barrage of hits in the first round and appeared bent on finishing off the Malaysia early.“He was too eager to knock him out which I advised him not to because it’s dangerous,” said PH coach Elias Recaido.Good thing for Bautista, he coasted along in the third, throwing solid punches on the fly to keep Kasim at bay en route to win. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Mario Fernandez of the Philippines stops Maung Nge of Myanmar in the first round of their bantamweight preliminaries in the boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Philippine boxing delivered the expected punch Sunday as all three of its fighters qualified to the next round in the Southeast Asian Games at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center.Defending champions Ian Clark Bautista, Mario Fernandez and Eumir Felix Marcial overwhelmed their foes en route to the second round all in flashy, slam-bang fashion.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

PH cagers reinforce Southeast Asian clubs in regional tourney

first_imgCebu City notches overall crown Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nanhai has tapped unheralded Fil-Ams Caelan Tiongson and Jonathan Bermillo as their heritage imports. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos remain the heritage import of choice for majority of the teams in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) 2017-2018 season, which tips off on Friday when newcomer Nanhai Kung Fu hosts the Singapore Slingers in Nanhai, China.Headlined by Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger, who will suit up for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, nine other Filipino players will be in action for different clubs in the eighth season of the ABL.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger will make his debut on Sunday against Alab Pilipinas at Mall of Asia Arena.Veterans Jason Brickman and Paul Zamar will reinforce Mono Vampire Basketball of Thailand, while forward Reil Cervantes will join forces with Patrick Cabahug at Westsports Malaysia Dragons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The ABL is all about opportunities for players and it’s no different this season,” said ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan.Former Ginebra first-round pick James Forrester suits up for Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, while ex-GlobalPort point guard AJ Mandani will join Singapore. View comments Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Always enjoy working with Soumitra Chatterjee, says Aparna Sen

first_imgKolkata: Actor-director Aparna Sen, who is sharing screen space with thespian Soumitra Chatterjee in Basu Paribaar after a gap of 19 years, has said she always yearns to work with the legend who was paired with her in her debut film Teen Kanya in 1961. The two veterans were last seen together in Sens’s directorial venture Paromitar Ek Din in 2000. “I always look forward to work with Soumitra Chatterjee who is such a great actor someone having such a vast experience,” Sen said recently at the trailer launch of Basu Paribaar here. Recalling her shooting experiences for the film, Sen said: “We used to spend time in adda sessions in between shots at the Mahisadal Rajbari (in East Midnapore) and that was really refreshing.” “Many years have passed since our first film together and we have come a long way,” Sen, who stepped into the filmdom with Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya at the age of 16, told reporters here. Basu Paribaar, adapted from James Joyce’s The Dead, has been helmed by director Suman Ghosh. “I loved the way he (Ghosh) adapted James Joyce story for the film. I agreed to do the film immediately after reading the script. I am usually very choosy about my roles,” the Padma Shri awardee said. In Basu Paribaar’ Sen essays the character of Manjari, the wife of retired lawyer Pranabendu (Soumitra Chatterjee). Asked about her collaboration with Ghosh, she said, it was “heartening” to note that some of her suggestions were readily accepted by the director. “He is open to suggestions, something that I appreciate. But as an actor, my job is to follow what the director has visualised for the film. I just did that,” she added.last_img read more