Interest in the Brisbane unit market starting to lift again

first_imgInterest in units is on the rise again according to Haesley Cush.A YEAR ago if I was calling auctions for apartments it would be me, the agent and my little yellow gavel.But last Saturday, with the wheel slowly starting to turn on the Brisbane apartment market, I conducted in-room auctions in Spring Hill and the room was packed!The story from the day was not the number of sales nor any record prices achieved. It was simply the number of bidders who turned up and bid. The Brisbane unit market was drowning in new units and it seems we are now starting to tread water as demand starts to slowly walk its way toward supply.What is behind this increase in activity is that it is simply good value.Prices have corrected over the last couple of years as buyers left the market. This caused motivated sellers to adjust their prices to entice the decreasing buying pool to investigate their property and then the race to the bottom followed.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoIt seems we have hit that bottom and we have just started to bounce.The apartment market still represents strong value and I am yet to see any evidence of prices moving. One of the sales last weekend was for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit in O’Keefe St, Woolloongabba selling for $330,000.It was only a few kilometres from the CBD so it is easy to see why the interest is starting to build.Lending restrictions are still the main concern for this segment of the market.This week Westpac and St George increased their rates slightly, while other institutions have applied new lending criteria to borrowers.These little adjustments will likely temper any growth in the apartment market to a low heat at best.last_img read more

McDermott to Expand Presence in Saudi Arabia

first_imgMcDermott International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Aramco to expand and develop the company’s physical and human capital within Saudi Arabia.The MoU is a part of Aramco’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) initiative.The company has committed to a nine-initiative plan to increase its contribution to the country’s localization efforts and aid Saudi Aramco in meeting its 2021 objectives. McDermott plans to increase the number of Saudi nationals in its Middle East workforce to 40 percent by 2030.David Dickson, president and chief executive officer of McDermott said: “As part of our global strategy to enhance our capabilities and deepen customer relationships, this MoU strengthens our long-term plans to transition our Middle East operations to Saudi Arabia, which we believe positions us competitively in the regional market.”McDermott’s nine-initiative plan expands the company’s local supply chain, develops full-scale fabrication and marine facilities and moves area operations to Saudi Arabia and provides career training and development opportunities for Saudi nationals.McDermott believes the potential value of the MoU is approximately $2.8 billion and will create up to 2,000 jobs over the next several years.last_img read more

Swansea Canal Dredging Project Starts in Autumn

first_imgThe Canal & River Trust announced today that the funding of over £320,000 has been confirmed to regenerate the historic Swansea Canal into a major visitor destination.The company’s department in Wales – the charity that cares for the canal – together with the Swansea Canal Society has secured Rural Community Development Funding (RCDF) with the support of the Rural Development Program teams in Neath Port Talbot Council and Swansea Council.RCDF is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Program 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.Central to the project will be the dredging of almost a mile of the canal, between Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach and Trebanos, due to start in Autumn 2019. Over 6,700 cubic meters of silt will be removed from the channel which will enable Swansea Canal Society to operate a trip boat, in addition to improving the canoeing sessions that they already offer.The project will also deliver a program of conservation repairs to be undertaken by Swansea Canal Society.last_img read more

Well-Safe awards contracts for rig upgrade into P&A unit

first_imgWell-Safe Solutions has awarded two multi-million-pound contracts to continue the refurbishment of the Well-Safe Guardian, the decommissioning company’s first asset, into a bespoke plug and abandonment unit.Source: Global EnergyWell-Safe, which was launched in August 2017, agreed to acquire the Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling unit from Diamond Offshore back in April 2019. Well-Safe’s plan was to convert the rig into a plug and abandonment (P&A) unit.Global Energy Group and Rigfit7seas have been appointed to deliver the upgrade of the semi-submersible drilling rig, Well-Safe said on Thursday.Global Energy Group will provide quayside services and the paintwork scope while Rigfit7seas will provide accommodation upgrade services.Well-Safe is progressing with the refurbishment work on the asset which it acquired earlier this summer. As part of the upgrade, Well-Safe will be installing a dive system and the capability to deploy a SIL (subsea intervention lubricator).Phil Milton, Chief Executive Officer of Well-Safe Solutions, said: “The award of these contracts, within the timeframes we committed to, will ensure that this bespoke plug and abandonment asset will be available to the industry in 2020.”Global Energy Group, who has been supporting Well-Safe with marine operations and quayside services since April this year, following the acquisition of the asset, has secured the contract to support the upgrades and life extension works at the Port of Nigg.Stuart Paterson, Managing Director for Global Energy Group, Access & Coatings commented: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this contract to bring the flagship semi-submersible up to standard. Creating opportunity for additional employment, we expect to have in the region of 80 personnel engaged on various work scopes until the end of the year.“Working in partnership with Well-Safe, Global Energy Group will provide fully encapsulated scaffold access, blast and paint services along with the provision of rope access personnel, mobile cranes, plant and labor, workboats and onsite facilities for the duration of the rigs yard stay at our Nigg Energy Park facility.”Brian Knowles, Group Managing Director, Rigfit7seas said: “We are delighted that Well-Safe has chosen Rigfit7Seas to carry out this sizeable scope on their flagship project.”Knowles added: “The project award further enhances our already extensive offering in the international marketplace and, at peak, will secure around 50 jobs across our engineering and construction teams for approximately 100 days, starting immediately.”Milton added: “We believe we are now a key part of helping the industry achieve its 35% decommissioning cost reduction target. Joint well plug and abandonment campaigns, using our club approach will not only be more cost efficient, but also help build UK supply chain expertise in decommissioning.”Research has indicated there are over 33,000 wells worldwide to be decommissioned over the next twenty years. Well-Safe’s long-term goal is to export their model and advance from the UK into this global marketplace.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Agencies doubt abuse figures

first_imgNZ Herald 6 March 2015The number of child abuse complaints referred to Child Youth and Family in Tauranga is falling, but agencies in the area are debating the new figures.Information released by the Ministry of Social Development to the Bay of Plenty Times under the Official Information Act shows 444 children up to the age of 14 suffered emotional abuse, 172 suffered neglect, 149 suffered physical abuse and 29 were sexually abused in the 2013/2014 financial year.The figures showed the number of critical cases fell during a five-year period.In the 2009/2010 financial year 226 cases were assessed as critical while in the 2013/14 financial year the number was 181.A critical rating is applied when a child or young person is identified as having been severely abused or neglected.Bernadine Mackenzie, deputy chief executive of Child, Youth and Family, said when a concern was expressed to CYF a child or young person may be at risk of abuse or neglect, a notification was recorded. read more

Morsi’s sentence: An end to the Muslim Brotherhood or a new…

first_imgCourt postpones Morsi death sentence confirmation The upholding of Mohamed Morsi’s death sentence, as well as the sentences against top Muslim Brotherhood members have put the future of the movement in doubt. Once a symbol of resilience and then in charge of the country, the Muslim Brotherhood has fallen far. CCTV’s Yasser Hakim reports Egyptian court upholds Morsi’s death sentence Related Muslim Brotherhood leader dies in Egypt prisonlast_img

Roberto Martinez confident the rewards will come for Everton’s open approach

first_img The last three games have been particularly disappointing, with Everton held to draws by Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Norwich. Martinez said: “It’s not the time to look at the table. We are disappointed with the amount of points we’ve dropped in the last three games, because that’s the way we see it. “You need to see through that and understand that we’ve been very consistent in the last six games we’ve played in the league. “You saw fantastic signs – some of our attacking play has been exceptional – and now is a period that we need the support of our fans and everyone at our football club to try to develop a little bit of knowhow in managing that outstanding attacking play that we’ve shown in order for it to be reflected in scorelines. “That’s what we have to do from now until the end of the season. If we do that, we’ll end up with the points that our football deserves.” Everton have been very good in front of goal, with their tally of 29 only bettered by Manchester City and Leicester. But the Toffees’ defence has been too leaky for Martinez’s liking, and it is the manner in which they are conceding that is frustrating the Spaniard. Against Bournemouth, Everton scored what appeared to be a winner in injury time only to concede again, while they failed to press home their first-half dominance against Norwich and paid the price. Martinez said: “We need to get through a period where we learn and we understand what’s needed. “One thing is becoming a real force of being able to break teams down and take the main role of the game and getting on the ball and being really dominant and positive. “The other aspect is managing the game and there are moments that you have to be able to get through without being punished too much and, at the moment, we’re being heavily punished. “We’ve conceded in situations where we should manage that a little bit better. That’s part of the process of becoming a strong team and becoming a winning team.” Far from fading after a flying start, Leicester appear to be getting stronger, with their key duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both scoring in Monday’s 2-1 win against Chelsea that ultimately cost Jose Mourinho his job. Saturday’s match unsurprisingly is being billed as a clash between Vardy and Romelu Lukaku, who will be looking to score for a seventh consecutive game as he closes in on Vardy’s new record. Martinez is looking forward to seeing how his whole team match up, saying: ” Leicester are as good as they’ve been. “You’re looking at the way they played on Monday, the way they played in the previous game against Swansea, this is a team that has no fear, they know exactly what they’re doing, they’ve got an incredible spirit and the players that have to be on form in order to present a goalscoring threat, they are probably in the best moment of their careers. “So it’s the worst time to face them but I think we are ready to face those sort of footballing challenges. We really need that sort of game to test ourselves and see how far we can progress.” The Toffees are unbeaten in six Barclays Premier League games and have only lost three times all season, but eight draws mean they do not have the points haul they would have hoped for. Everton sat 10th going into the weekend, six points off the top four and 12 adrift of leaders and Saturday’s opponents Leicester. Roberto Martinez admits Everton are conceding goals too easily but is confident they will get the rewards their play deserves. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bucksport football team going big on offense in 2019

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img BUCKSPORT — Keeping up with the Bucksport offense has rarely been an easy task for opposing football teams over the years. Last season, the Golden Bucks made that task borderline unfair.Few teams in Maine high school football history have posted the sorts of numbers Bucksport did in 2018, a season in which the Golden Bucks averaged 48.2 points and surpassed the 50-point mark in five of their 10 contests. Loaded at every offensive position, Bucksport went 8-2 and finished the year as the Class D North runner-up.This season, the Bucksport offense has some shuffling to do at the skill positions as three key players, running backs Carter Tolmasoff and Luke Wardwell and wide receiver Tyson Gray, have graduated. Yet even if there are some uncertainties as to how the Golden Bucks can replace those players, the team has one thing that can give any offense a leg up: size.Everywhere from the backfield to the offensive line, this Bucksport team has bulk that would make even some mega-school powerhouses in football-crazed Florida, Ohio and Texas jealous. From the experienced veterans all the way down to the young newcomers, the Golden Bucks are set to tower over Class D North defenses when the regular season starts next week.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We have a lot of kids who are very big and very strong,” Bucksport head coach Joel Sankey said. “When you look at the team we have this year, I think that’s going to be one of our biggest advantages.”At running back, Bucksport boasts three players who tip the scales at more than 200 pounds. Freshman Jaxon Gross is the Golden Bucks’ largest player at the position at 215 pounds, though sophomores Ty Giberson and Josh Miller are close behind at 210 and 205, respectively.Hard-nosed backs who play their roles as bruisers, Gross, Giberson and Miller also boast the strength needed to bowl over opposing defensive linemen, linebackers and safeties. That will give Bucksport a different look at running back in comparison to last year’s team, which used the blazing speed of Tolmasoff and Wardwell to run past Little Ten Conference foes.“They all bench 200-plus [pounds] and squat 400-plus [pounds],” senior offensive lineman David Gross said of the team’s three running backs. “It’s insane to be that strong at such young ages.”Bucksport’s Brady Findlay (left) and Aden Trinity run an option play play during high school football practice Aug. 23 at Bucksport High School. Bucksport’s offense averaged 48.2 points per game last season. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLElsewhere, the Golden Bucks return much of the offensive line that paved the way for last year’s dominant rushing attack with Dawson Eaton joining 2018 starters Julian Shook, Owen Gaudreau, Gavin Billings and the elder Gross in the trenches. Gross (first-team offense) and Billings (second-team offense) were All-LTC selections last year, and Shook was a second-team selection at tackle in 2017.After an offseason of work in the weight room, Bucksport’s linemen are back even bigger and stronger than they were a year ago. Stifling the Golden Bucks on offense will require defenses to establish consistent penetration, and given the experience and stature of this offensive line, that might prove difficult.“We average like 250 pounds up front,” Gross said. “It’s crazy.”At tight end, Cameron Soper, the tallest player on offense at 6-foot-4, will add another dimension to the Golden Bucks’ blocking schemes. He’ll also be a weapon in the passing game for quarterback Brady Findlay, who has a full year as a starter under his belt after replacing Chase Carmichael, the LTC’s all-time leading passer, last season.“Brady’s looking very good,” Sankey said. “We’ve had success with quarterbacks here over the years, and he’s been one of those players for us. A lot of it comes down to timing patterns and the three-step drop, and Brady has really picked that up.”Bucksport’s first regular season game will be at home at 7 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 6, against Mattanawcook Academy. The two teams most recently met in the Class D North semifinals last season with the Golden Bucks exploding on offense in a 77-36 win.A showdown with Mattanawcook, another perennial threat in the LTC, will provide an ideal opening test for a Bucksport team looking to maintain momentum after three years of incremental improvements. It could also yield an early answer as to how much a dedicated offseason in the weight room has paid off for these Bucks.“We’ve had a lot of guys show up for us and buy in during the offseason, and our weights have gone up tremendously,” Gross said. “Football is finally here, and when you put in the work like we have not just in the summer but the spring, too, it just motivates you even more.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018, Day 2: India’s complete Schedule, Timings, Live Coverage, and all details

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian prodigy Bajrang Punia bagged the gold medal in the 65kg freestyle wrestling category by taking down Daichi Takatani by a score of 11-8 in the final of the 2018 Asian Games on Sunday. But, it was the mixed team of Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar, who gave India the first taste of medals in the Asian Games 2018 as they bagged the bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018: Day-wise schedule, time-table for AsiadsHowever, day 1 witnessed many disappointments also as the two-time Olympic medallist and a massive medallist hopeful for India Sushil Kumar got eliminated from the qualifying rounds.Day 2 of the 2018 Asian Games bring us lots of exciting match-ups as India eye more medals in Asia’s biggest sporting extravaganza.BadmintonWomen’s team quarterfinalsIndia vs Japan (7-30 AM)Men’s team quarterfinalsIndia vs Indonesia (12-30 PM)Wrestling11:00 am – Pooja Dhanda vs Orasa Sookdongyor (Women’s Freestyle 57 kg)11:24 am – Sakshi Malik vs Salinee Srisombat (Women’s Freestyle 62 kg)11.30 am – Sumit Malik vs Parviz Hadibasmanj (Men’s Freestyle 125 kg)11:30 am – Vinesh Phogat vs Sun Yanan (Women’s Freestyle 50 kg)11:48 am – Pinki vs Erdenechimegiin Sumiyaa (Women’s Freestyle 53 kg)KabaddiWomen’s Team Group A – Game 5India vs Thailand (8-10 AM)Men’s Team Group A – Game 5India vs Korea (2-30 PM)HockeyMen’s tournament Pool AIndia vs Indonesia (6-30 PM)TennisMen’s Singles Round of 32 (8-30 AM)India’s Prabhakharan Gunneswaran Prajnesh vs Indonesia’s Fitriadi M RfiqiWong Kong Kit (Hong Kong) vs Ramanathan RamkumarMen’s Doubles Round of 32 (8-30 AM)RM Bopanna, Sharan D vs Indonesia’s Susanto Da, Susanto IANagal S, Ramanathan R vs Nepal’s Bajracharya SB, Bastola AWomen’s Singles Round of 32 (8-30 AM)Gumulya Beatrice (Indonesia) vs Raina Ankita RavinderkrishanThandi Kamran Kaur vs Altansarnai Jargal (Mongolia)Mixed Singles Round of 32 (8-30 AM)To be defined vs Bopanna, Thombare PGWomen’s Doubles Round of 32 (10-30 AM)Khan SM, Suhail U (Pakistan) vs Raina AR, PG ThombareBasketballWomen’s Basketball 5x5Preliminary: Group A – Game 7Unified Korea vs India (8-30 AM)HandballMen’s Handball Main Round: Group 3 – Match 2India vs Malaysia (9-30 AM)Rowing (Heats)Dushyant (7-30 AM)Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls – Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh (7 AM)Men’s Quadruple Sculls India (8-30 AM)Women’s Four Heats (8-50 AM)Men’s Lightweight Eight (Heat 2 Start List) India – 8-10 AMSepaktakrawMen’s Team Regu Preliminary Group BIndia vs Iran (7-30 AM)Women’s Team Regu Preliminary Group AIndia vs Lao PDR (10-30 AM)Shooting (Medal event)Trap Women – Qualification – Day 2Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar (6-30 AM)10m Air Rifle Men QualificationRavi Kumar and Deepak Kumar (6 AM)Trap Men Qualification – Day 2Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Lakshay (7-30 AM)10m Air Rifle Women QualificationElavenil Valarivan and Apurvi Chandela (8 AM)The above events will be followed by finals.Swimming (Medal Event)Men’s 800m FreestyleAdvait Page – Heat 1 (7-30 AM)Men’s 50m Backstroke Heats – Nataraj Srihari and Mani Arvind (7-52 AM)Men’s 200m Individual Medley Heats – Neel Roy (7-15 AM)Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Heats – India – (8-43 AM)TaekwondoWomen – 53kg – Round of 16 (8-30 AM)Latika Bhandari vs TO-BE-DEFINEDVolleyballMen’s tournament Preliminary: Pool F match 1India vs Hong Kong China (2 PM)WushuMen’s Sanda – 56 kg Round of 16Santosh Kumar vs Wazea Zaid Ali (Yemen) (7-30 AM)Men’s Sanda 60kg Round of 16Sofyan Abdul Haris (Indonesia) vs Surya Bhanu Partap Singh (India)Men’s Sanda 65kg Round of 16Grewal Narender vs Tabugara Clemente JR (Philippines) last_img read more

The Latest: Penn State not expecting fans for football games

first_imgThe Latest: Penn State not expecting fans for football games ___NASCAR driver Spencer Davis says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Friday night’s Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway. Davis said he tested positive Thursday and his team’s entry has pulled out of the Michigan race. “I support the protocols in place by the CDC and NASCAR and plan on taking the correct steps to come back to the track,” Davis said. Davis is 18th in the Truck Series standings after nine races. His best finish this season was 12th at Las Vegas in February. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Penn State says it is not expecting to have fans at home football games this season, a decision forced by the pandemic that will cost the schools millions in revenue. Associated Press Athletic director Sandy Barbour said during a conference call she has taken a 15% pay cut on her salary.Penn State has one of the largest stadiums in the country, holding more than 107,000 fans for big games. Students typically camp out in “Nittanyville” around the stadium leading into football Saturdays.Statewide policies are limiting gatherings in Pennsylvania to fewer than 500 people. Barbour said if the policies change, plans for fans might as well.In a letter to season ticket holders, Penn State provided options for this season, including refunds or making payments a donation to the school.___center_img August 6, 2020 Davis is the second full-time NASCAR driver in the sport’s top-three national divisions to receive a positive coronavirus test. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tested positive in July and missed one race, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR does not test for COVID-19. Davis got the test on his own.___More AP sports: and BYU will play at Navy on Labor Day night in a matchup of teams that had openers against traditional rivals canceled as Power Five leagues rearranged their schedules.The Cougars were originally slated to open their season on Sept. 3 at Utah, but the Pac-12 has gone to a conference-only schedule to deal with potential disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. Navy’s opener against longtime rival Notre Dame was at first scheduled to be played in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 29. The pandemic halted those plans and the game was rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 5 at Annapolis, Maryland. Then Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this season and the conference prohibited its teams from playing non-conference games outside their home state. The Notre Dame-Navy game was canceled. The teams had played every season since 1927.BYU, which lost a total of six games against Power Five teams, will play Navy for just the third time and first since 1989. The game will be televised by ESPN.last_img read more