Confidence in Queensland’s building industry patchy: Master Builders

first_imgA house under construction in Queensland.Conditions in the southeast’s residential sector have taken a dive in recent months, but there are signs of improvement.Turnover, profit, new contracts, contract price and employee levels are starting to strengthen in Greater Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Darling Downs.The high cost of labour and materials continues to be one of the most significant constraints on the industry, with all regions reporting this as one of their biggest struggles.The findings are based on a survey of Master Builders members across Queensland. HOW MANY BEDROOMS?! BRISBANE’S PRESTIGE MARKET ON FIRE ART DECO APARTMENT BLOCK FOR SALE Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell said the survey also found nonconforming products were a significant problem for the industry, with many builders reluctant to try out new and innovative products and practices.It found 67 per cent of respondents chose to stay with the same suppliers for the same building products, compared to just 22 per cent who regularly sourced new products through new suppliers.“Builders are worried that if they go with something new or different that it’s going to fail later down the track,” Mr Bidwell said. The latest Master Builders survey shows confidence in the future of the industry in Queensland.THINGS are looking up for Queensland’s building industry in the state’s regions, but conditions in the southeast continue to decline.The latest Master Builders Survey of Industry Conditions Snapshot for the September 2017 quarter reveals 60 per cent of respondents believe residential conditions are weaker, but they paint a more positive picture of the outlook for the industry statewide.Wide Bay, Central Queensland, Mackay and North Queensland recorded strong turnover, profitability and contract prices during the quarter, which Master Builders described as a “very promising sign”. The latest Master Builders survey shows building conditions are still declining in Queensland’s southeast.Both the residential and non-residential sectors are also expected to improve in coming months.After a long struggle, Central Queensland is experiencing stronger conditions, but the improvement is still tenuous, with the current pipeline of work not expected to extend far into the future. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Despite the repair work on the back of Cyclone Debbie coming to an end, the outlook for the future in Mackay and the Whitsundays is also promising, with most business performance indicators now either stable or stronger.The state’s far north is feeling confident for the future, with a number of major projects promised for the region over the next 12 months.A lack of available qualified staff stood out as a key constraint in North Queensland, which is impacting the outlook for stronger conditions.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agocenter_img Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell. Photographer: Liam Kidston.last_img read more

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Ex Gold Coast Titan Bryce Cartwright lists Currumbin home

first_imgBryce Cartwright during an NRL Gold Coast Titans training session. Image: AAP/Dave Hunt.NRL STAR Bryce Cartwright has listed his Currumbin home after being released from his $450,000 contract with the Gold Coast Titans.His official severing of ties with the Titans — and Queensland — comes two months after the 25-year-old walked out on the club to be with his wife, Shanelle, and two children in Sydney.Bryce and Shanelle Cartwright with son, Koa, when she was pregnant with their second child. Picture supplied.The three-storey, four-bedroom, two-bathroom house was only built in 2018 and offers sweeping views of Currumbin Valley and beyond.It is advertised for sale with Harcourts Coastal’s Mitchell Lambert via an ‘urgent auction’ scheduled for October 10 at 10am.This property in Highview Court, Currumbin, is for sale. Image: CoreLogic.“The owners are not testing the market and are motivated to achieve a quick sale” the listing description states.“The property is vacant and can be inspected on short notice”.The view from the balcony of the Currumbin property. Image: CoreLogic.The living spaces sit on the second level, with a kitchen, living and dining room as well as a study and a courtyard.All four bedrooms sit on the top level, including the master suite which has floor to ceiling windows, its own balcony and ensuite.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThe back of the property at Highview Court, Currumbin. Image: CoreLogic.Records show the Cartwrights paid $1.295 million for the property in 2018.Cartwright’s departure from the Titans had been rumoured for a number of months.He arrived on the Gold Coast from Penrith just before the 2018 season and made 43 senior appearances for the Titans.Bryce Cartwright of the Gold Coast Titans is tackled by Wade Graham of the Sharks during the round eight NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Cronulla Sharks in July. Photo: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images.Cartwright was also involved in the sporting code’s anti-vaccination saga, which saw a number of players initially refuse to receive the influenza vaccination, which was part of the NRL’s biosecurity measures during the pandemic.last_img read more

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Forum Narrows Quarterly Loss

first_imgForum Energy Technologies recorded loss in the second-quarter 2018 of $15 million, or 14 cents per diluted share, compared to net loss of $78 million, or 81 cents per diluted share, for the prior-year comparable period.Sequentially, Forum slipped into red from profit of 25 cents per share.The Q2 2018 loss before special items was 1 cent per share, including 2 cents per share related to certain unrecognized tax benefits and charges of close to $15 million.The Houston-based oilfield products company generated revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 of $274 million, compared to $201 million in the corresponding period in 2017. Sequentially, revenue increased close to 10 percent from $250 million.The company said it had ended Q2 2018 with $258 million of total liquidity.For the first six months of 2018, Forum generated profit of $12.7 million on revenue of $524 million, versus loss of $93.6 million on revenue of $372 million in 1H 2017.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

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PM calls for more emphasis on physical education

first_img 59 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary PM calls for more emphasis on physical education by: – September 12, 2011 Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressing the National Summit last week.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is calling for greater emphasis to be placed on physical education at schools on the island.He told the start of a national summit on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases last week, that many schools in Dominica place little emphasis on physical education.“At the school’s level on demand by parents and society; everybody believes that every problem in society the school must fix it. We have had five hours for school; 1940, 1950, 1960’s and in 2000’s, five hours for school. What we have done is that we have given the schools the responsibility to fix all societal problems. So you want to be a physician; the school must teach you this. You want to be a sports man; the school must teach you this. You want to be a fire man; the school must teach you this. You want to be the best mother in the world; the school must teach you this. And as a result we have squeezed out physical education, many schools in our country put very little premium on physical education,” he said.Prime Minister Skerrit said while students may do well academically, they may become ill by not partaking in physical education.“So we may have a student who may leave the Dominica Grammar School, the St. Mary Academy, or the Convent with 10 ones or 9 ones or 6 ones, but obese and have serious health problems. By the time this child is ready to go to university, he or she is unable to go because that child is unwell. How do we break that cycle my dear friends? ” he said.The prime minister said government is willing to put measures in place to improve physical education among the country’s youth.“We have to go back and look at the time table and say look these following subjects are for extracurricular activities, you come back in the afternoon and organize programs for you and help you with those things and put greater premium on physical education. In most of those schools, physical education doesn’t go beyond second form and in some cases third form. Now third form, fourth form, two years at the college no physical education; these children are exposed to,” he said.He also noted that government is prepared to look at resources to assist those suffering from the problem, but the society needs to concentrate on prevention.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Late Vitolo strike boosts Atletico Madrid’s top-four hopes

first_img Loading… Substitute Vitolo scored the winning goal late on as Atletico Madid beat Real Valladolid 1-0 to move level on points with Sevilla. Atletico Madrid secure vital late win againsts Real Valladolid A performance that boosted Atletico Madrid’s hopes of a Champions League qualification spot at the end of 2019-20. Diego Simeone’s side returned to La Liga action with a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao, before reacting with an impressive 5-0 win at Osasuna in midweek.Advertisement Los Rojiblancos survived an early spell of pressure from Sergio Gonzalez’s side in Madrid, with Jan Oblak called into action to deny Waldo Rubio. Simeone’s side increased the tempo of the game after the break, with midfield pair Marcos Llorente and Thomas Partey both forcing saves from Jose Caro.center_img The hosts struggled for fluency in the first half, with Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata unable to create any clear openings in attack. Read Also: Video: Crazy Sevilla defending from Lionel Messi free kickBut with time running out for the home side, substitute Vitolo reacted quickest inside the box, to nod home Diego Costa’s knock down.The result moves Simeone’s side back into the Top Four, with a four point lead over fifth place Getafe, who drew 1-1 at home to Eibar earlier today.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats 1st At Connersville Invitational-Lady Bulldogs & Lady Chargers Results

first_imgThe Lady Wildcats were back in action on Saturday after a much-needed break last week. The break seemed to have paid off! The team was able to post a score of 369 to win the Connersville Invitational. It’s the teams 2nd tournament win of the season. Junior, Gracie Graf, was low for the team with a score of 88 which also earned her a top 5 finish. Senior, Ashlan Hill, posted a personal best with a score of 94.“After a much deserved break last week the team came out a little slow on Saturday but was able to remain patient and hold it together to post a decent score. I kept telling them all day that the course we were playing wasn’t going to allow anyone to play perfect golf. It’s a tough course with a lot of water and tight driving holes. Most teams will shoot 5-10 strokes higher than normal on a course like this. I’m proud of this team and their consistent play throughout the year. It’s been a real team effort and each and every player has contributed to this teams success.” Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.FC Scores: Maggie Brack – 90; Gracie Graf – 88; Camryn Brewer – 97; Taylor McCreary – 110; Ashlan Hill – 94 (Personal Best).The Batesville Lady Bulldogs finished 7th in the 14 team Connersville Invitational Saturday with a score of 441 playing without their #2 golfer.Batesville’s Emma Weiler was the individual champion with a Three over par 75 This is Emma’s third win in the 4 invitationals that’s she’s played.Franklin County was team champion with a score of 369. The rest of the team scores were Richmond 379, Fishers 380, Zionsville 382, Connersville 417, Yorktown 429, Batesville 441, Lawrenceburg 444, Jennings County 461, North Decatur 468, Hurting Catholic 483, Union County 495, Centerville 510, Park Tudor Inc.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.  The Lady Charges finished 10th out of 13 teams at the Connersville Invite Saturday at Willowbrook Country Club. Senior Sidney Parmer finished 2nd overall with a score of 79.ND Scores: Sidney Parmer 40 39 79, Katy Kinker 64 52 116, Laronda Schwarts 72 71 143, Payge Burchett 64 66 130.Team Total: 468Courtesy of Chargers Coach Madeline Childress.last_img read more

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Moyes: Rooney’s a big leader

first_img Few could have foreseen the 28-year-old playing such an important role for the Red Devils after a summer in which his future had looked in doubt. However, after Chelsea’s overtures were rebuffed, the England forward has knuckled down and on Saturday helped United to a 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Fulham – their fourth straight win in all competitions. “We have had spells like that but we haven’t scored the goals,” Moyes said. “I can think of two or three games very similar, where we have had that sort of play but not got the goals at the end of it. “I think it has been coming in a way, and thankfully on Saturday we got them quite early on.” United are now slowly but surely quietening the naysayers, having gone unbeaten since losing at home to West Brom on September 28. Rooney played a key part in the success at Craven Cottage, providing an assist, a goal and energy that allowed him to take hold of the match when the hosts threatened. The striker appears to be blossoming under Moyes’ tutelage – a far cry from their well-documented fractious relationship at Goodison Park. “He is a big leader in the team and desperate for the team to be successful,” the Scot said. “Obviously, having a successful team helps him as well. “He has got leadership qualities. He is a man when he is on the pitch. “On Saturday, we felt young Adnan (Januzaj) needed to drop in so I had to pull him out for the last 15 minutes to make sure we didn’t do anything stupid. “He understands that and I think he is at an age now where he sees that as well.” Rooney’s assist and goal at Craven Cottage bookended a whirlwind 13 minutes in the first half. Antonio Valencia opened the scoring from the forward’s pull back, with Robin van Persie netting before Rooney struck – a ruthlessness often lacking at United this season. Press Association Manchester United manager David Moyes has spoken of his pride at the way Wayne Rooney has transformed from the boy he knew at Everton into a leader at Old Trafford.last_img read more

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Carragher questions Gerrard exit

first_imgJamie Carragher thinks Liverpool did not do enough to prevent Steven Gerrard’s “surprise” exit from Anfield. Gerrard announced on Friday that his 17-year spell at Liverpool will come to an end in the summer when his contract expires. The 34-year-old is expected to see out the rest of his playing career in the United States and he then has ambitions of returning to the Merseyside club in some capacity. “If Steven Gerrard wanted to be a manager and was up to the job then of course you would love to see him in that dugout because of what he represents for the club. “But Liverpool Football Club shouldn’t be about giving people jobs just because of what they have done as players.” Graeme Souness achieved something Gerrard failed to do during his playing time at Liverpool – win the league title. In fact, he did it five times, and also won the European Cup on three occasions. The Scot failed to repeat that success during a three-year spell as manager though and he thinks Gerrard may not necessarily go into the role due to the stresses and strains of the profession. “It’s not just Steven, but I think players of his level might not have the desire to go into football management simply because it’s riddled with insecurity,” Souness said. “It’s a very, very hard job to do and someone who’s only played at the highest level, been an outstanding player, I’m not sure if he wants the aggravation of management.” Opinion may be split on Gerrard’s future, but there was almost universal acceptance that the midfielder deserves to be regarded as one of the club’s finest players. Gerrard may have failed to win the league, but he played a huge part in Liverpool’s dramatic Champions League final victory against AC Milan in 2005 and against West Ham in the FA Cup final 12 months later. Kirkby-born Phil Thompson believes Kenny Dalglish, with whom he played during the 1970s and 1980s, should be regarded as the only better player to have worn the famous red Liverpool shirt. “Steven is the last of a dying breed for my football club. That will be a massive hole to fill,” the former Liverpool defender and assistant manager said. “Steven has won plenty of trophies. He hasn’t won the Premier League but he is the next best to Kenny Dalglish and that is still a great accolade.” Liverpool’s current squad showered praise on Gerrard after Friday’s announcement. Striker Daniel Sturridge told Liverpool’s website: ”He will go down in history as one of the best midfielders in the game. He’s just unbelievable every day, a great leader and the perfect example for every young player around the country.” Lifelong Liverpool fan Rickie Lambert added: “He is Mr Liverpool. ”He’s number one for me and I think he always will be. He has meant everything to me, growing up as a Liverpool fan. ”The nights he has given Liverpool fans are unbelievable – I’ll never forget them and I know the Liverpool fans will never forget them.” Mario Balotelli paid tribute to Gerrard, likening him to his World Cup winning Italy team-mate Andrea Pirlo. “Wow. I think of him as being at the same level as Pirlo,” the Reds striker added. “Vision, technique but he is powerful as well. ”Stevie can do anything, he’s an amazing player. It’s going to be very difficult for the team to find another player like him in the future.” Rafael Benitez, who led Liverpool from 2004 until 2010, told Sky Sports News: “After the Champions League final he had the ambition to improve and be the best midfielder in the world. He was always amazing and had passion. Technically he is very good, physically very strong. You couldn’t stop him. “They are losing a player who everybody knows. He changed the games against Olympiacos (in 2004), AC Milan (Champions League final) and West Ham (FA Cup final). I think he was one of the best, if not the best, for sure.” Meanwhile, Michael Owen has described Gerrard as Liverpool’s “best and most influential player ever”. Former striker Owen, who came up through the youth ranks at the Reds alongside Gerrard, said: ” In many ways I shared my career with Stevie and, in my opinion, he was the best and most influential player ever to have worn the famous red shirt. “I know many will argue Kenny Dalglish deserves that extraordinary accolade but that wonderful era was just before my time. “It is often forgotten that he (Gerrard) was the one who was injury prone up to the age of 19-20 and in many ways our careers were a role reversal. He was a late developer but what development and what a player. “It has been a privilege to play so many games for both Liverpool and England with Steven Gerrard and he has undoubtedly earned his status as a true footballing legend,” added Owen, who is now an ambassador for BetVictor. Carragher admits Gerrard’s best playing days are behind him, but feels the club should have made every effort to keep their captain because of his experience. The Anfield club offered Gerrard a new contract, but Carragher, who played alongside the midfielder in the Liverpool first team for 15 years, thinks they should have pulled out all the stops to keep him on Merseyside. “From the club’s point of view, I am surprised,” the former Liverpool captain told Sky Sports News. “It was Stevie’s decision, but could the club have maybe done a little bit more? Maybe spoken about a coaching role in the future to try to entice him to stay? “You are not losing Steven Gerrard of 24 or 25 years of age. He’s not the same player at 34. No player is at that age, but I just think to lose that experience at the club, which he can pass on to the youngsters at the Academy and players in the first team now… “I just look at that and think from a club’s point of view and a supporter’s point of view I would have liked to have seen him stay in some capacity.” Gerard Houllier has little doubt Gerrard will one day become Liverpool manager, but Carragher thinks the former England captain will not be offered the position in the future unless the club are certain he will do a good job. “He’s got the name and the profile to do it,” the ex-Liverpool defender said. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Stay Cool!!! Heat Advisory in Effect for South Florida

first_imgThe heat wave began Friday with temperatures in the upper nineties. Monday broke 98 degrees, which tied the record for the hottest temperature ever recorded in Miami, before Tuesday was 97 degrees.A normal temperature for this time of year of around 90 degrees is back in the forecast on Friday. The dry hot weather increases the risk of brush fires.And a wildfire in the Everglades that now covers over 33-thousand acres in Broward is 40 percent contained. The blaze started Sunday night near Weston. South Florida baking under the hot sun again today with no rain in sight.Palm Beach County is under a heat advisory with the heat index in the 100’s.The mercury could reach a scorching 95 degrees.Doctors warn about heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps due to the unrelenting sun.Medical experts advise those who need to be outside to wear light, loose clothing and to hydrate.High temperatures are expected to stick around South Florida this week.At least the tropics are quiet for this first month of Hurricane Season.It will feel like it’s 100 degrees outside by 11 a.m., when the heat advisory begins. But there is relief on the way: https://t.co/W37RIsVPzV— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) June 26, 2019last_img read more

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Windies look to end 17-year winless streak against India

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – West Indies will attempt to break a 17-year winless streak against India in the longest format and also stave off another series clean sweep, when they clash with the tourists in the opening Test here today.Their last success in a Test came when Carl Hooper’s side posted a 10-wicket victory at Georgetown on India’s tour of the Caribbean in 2002. Coincidentally, that five-match rubber was the last time the Windies beat India in a series.Since then, West Indies have endured a wretched run against the Asian powerhouse, losing 12 of their last 21 Tests home and away. Last year on the subcontinent, neither Test lasted three days.Despite the miserable record, captain Jason Holder said yesterday his side were upbeat ahead of the two-Test series, especially following on from their success against England earlier this year in the Caribbean.“I think the mindset of the team is a positive one. The guys are upbeat for the challenge,” Holder told reporters here ahead of the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.“We’ve been playing some pretty good Test cricket over the last couple years and we’ve been able to put together some series wins which will prove pivotal for our confidence and our development.“The start of the Test championship brings something special, the guys really know what’s at stake. It’s just a matter for us to continue doing the small things we’ve been doing and keep building a unit.”West Indies’ success against England came almost out of nowhere. They had suffered chastening defeats to India and Bangladesh in their previous four Tests late last year, and had been given little hope against world number one England.However, they crushed England by 381 runs in the Kensington Oval first Test, setting in train a stunning 2-1 series result that saw them reclaim the Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade.Holder said if they were to be successful against the Indians, the Windies batsmen needed to follow the example of the bowling group in terms of their discipline.“The beauty about our success is that it’s coming from being patient and building pressure,” explained Holder.“As a bowling unit we’ve been very, very disciplined and it gave us a lot of positive results. In terms of our batting, we’ve got a number of individual star performers (but) I still don’t think collectively we’ve done well enough as a batting unit.“The onus is on the batters now to just continue to improve. We have seen a lot of improvement but we just want to get a little more consistency in that department.”West Indies have retained the core of the group who were successful against England but selectors have brought in off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall as the spin option.The 26-year-old has been rewarded for his consistency in the first class championship and for West Indies A, and Holder said he was expecting him to excel once selected.“Rahkeem has done well for a number of years in regional cricket so I think he is deserving of this selection,” said Holder.“Hopefully if he gets the opportunity he can come in and continue the good work he’s shown in A-team cricket and regional cricket. I think a guy like Rahkeem has definitely shown his cricketing ability, both with bat and ball and also in the field – I think he’s got a big safe pair of hands.“If it does boil down that he gets this opportunity I think he’ll grab it with both hands and be just as successful as he was in regional cricket.”last_img read more

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