The Qld property markets about to make a comeback

first_imgApartments under construction in Brisbane’s Newstead. Photo: Adam Armstrong.IT’S been a long time coming, but Queensland’s embattled unit markets are finally at a turning point — and the only way is up from here.The latest national property clock from Herron Todd White has revealed all regions affected by the mining boom hangover have either bottomed or are in the ‘start of recovery’ phase of the market cycle.And Brisbane’s unit market is approaching the bottom, after years of being oversupplied, with new apartments ‘very frequently’ sold at prices exceeding their potential resale value, according to the report.RELATED: City’s unit landscape evolvesBrisbane’s unit market is approaching the bottom, according to Herron Todd White. Image: AAP/Darren England.The Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and Canberra unit markets are all in decline.The only unit market starting to decline in Queensland at the moment is the Gold Coast, according to Herron Todd White’s valuers.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoBundaberg is approaching the bottom, while Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Toowoomba’s unit markets have already bottomed.MORE: Inside the homes of some of Qld’s biggest sports starsThe unit markets in regional areas impacted by the mining hangover are making a comeback, according to Herron Todd White. Image: AAP/Dan Peled.Emerald, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Ipswich and Townsville are all on the way up.The November property report also reveals Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide are the only capital cities with rising house markets.The housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne are declining, Perth is at the bottom, Darwin is in recovery and Hobart is approaching its peak.It comes as the latest national hedonic home value index from CoreLogic revealed home values continued to fall across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in October, but held steady in Brisbane.last_img read more

Massachusetts offshore wind projects book staging spot

first_imgThe lease agreements commit the facility to full-time offshore wind work from 2023 into 2027 and are worth more than USD 32.5 million. The Vineyard Wind lease is an amended and revised agreement to accommodate a shift in the project schedule stemming from additional review and permitting required by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Constructed and operated by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal is the first port in North America purpose-built to support the staging and installation of offshore wind components. The 800 MW Vineyard Wind will comprise 84 MHI Vestas 9.5 MW turbines, installed some 22.5km south of Martha’s Vineyard and 56km off the coast of the Massachusetts mainland. “These lease agreements with Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind are another major milestone for offshore wind in Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With this announcement, the Commonwealth continues its national leadership on clean energy and ensures Massachusetts workers will benefit from the jobs and economic opportunities provided by this new industry.” Both leases contain limited provisions for shared use during limited time periods at the beginning and end of the lease period to provide flexibility in project schedules, the Commonwealth said. The new lease agreement for Mayflower Wind is based on an option to lease the terminal executed in August last year.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has signed lease agreements with Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind to use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary staging and deployment base for the construction and installation of their offshore wind projects. Mayflower Wind was chosen by the Commonwealth in 2019 to supply 804 MW of offshore wind capacity with the expected start-up in 2025.last_img read more

Activists slam China’s use of bear bile in virus treatment

first_imgChinese workers collect bile from a caged bear at a farm in Fujian province. AFP But the National Health Commission inMarch issued guidelines recommending the use of “Tan Re Qing” – aninjection that contains bear bile powder, goat horn and three other medicinalherbs –- to treat critically ill coronavirus patients. The move comes just weeks after Chinabanned the sale of wild animals for food, citing the risk of diseases spreadingfrom animals to humans. BEIJING – China has approved the use ofbear bile to treat coronavirus patients, angering activists and raising fearsit could undermine efforts to stop the illegal animal trade which is blamed forthe emergence of the new disease sweeping the globe. It is one of six traditional Chinesemedicine products included in the directive. (AFP)last_img read more

Furloughed federal workers offered free Indianapolis Children’s Museum admission

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Furloughed and federal employees working without pay in Indiana, and up to three immediate family members, are invited to enjoy the museum without paying admission from Saturday, January 19  through March 10, 2019.  Federal employees will be required to show their most recent pay stub and an Indiana photo ID.The museum is typically closed on Mondays through February; but, will be open next Monday for Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day, and on Presidents Day, Monday, February 18, 2019. Those two holidays already offer free admission for all visitors.last_img

Special public meeting of the BCSC next week

first_imgBatesville, IN—Batesville Community School Corporations with be having a special meeting on Thursday, November 14 to host public comment regarding the ratification of the tentativeteacher collective bargaining agreement which is posted at and the ratification of the tentative collective bargaining agreement between the Batesville Education Association and Batesville Community School Corporation.last_img

Chicago delights in Red Mills

first_img Press Association Chicago Grey boosted his claims for the John Smith’s Grand National when springing a 25-1 surprise in the Red Mills Chase at Navan. Rubi Light set out to make all the running in his bid to lift the Grade Two prize for the third successive year, but he never looked like winning after being headed before the third-last. Hidden Cyclone also disappointed and he too was well-beaten when he fell at the final fence. Elliott said of his two-and-a-half-length winner : “I thought he’d run well. He’s had a wind op and the Grand National is the plan now. “The ground was soft and it played into his hands. He’ll go straight for the National now and I’d say the wind op made a big difference to him.” Boylesports cut Chicago Grey to 25-1 from 33-1 for Aintree and Ladbrokes go 20s. center_img The Gordon Elliott-trained outsider of four led between the last two fences before going on to defeat Foildubh cosily in the two-and-a-half-mile heat run in testing conditions. Chicago Grey travelled kindly for Davy Condon at the rear of the field all the way and was too strong for Foildubh in the closing stages, although the pair were separated by the width of the track. last_img read more

Carrick rubbishes breakthrough talk

first_imgMichael Carrick is baffled by those who claim this has been his breakthrough season. Carrick’s input has been just as important as anyone’s in delivering Sir Alex Ferguson a perfect send-off. Over the last few years Carrick has perhaps not received the recognition that his ability merits. But now that age has caught up with Paul Scholes, a player who many regard as United’s greatest ever midfielder, Carrick’s contribution has been more widely noticed – much to his surprise. Carrick said: “It slightly amuses me when I see or hear people saying different things (about me), as if I have suddenly appeared from nowhere. I have maybe played a little bit better than I have done in the past, but I have been happy with my form for a long time really.” “A couple of people say something and it snowballs from there. Obviously you have to be doing things right on the pitch, but it is slightly strange how it has come about this season.” To say Carrick has merely been doing “the right things” this season is quite an understatement. The 31-year-old has completed 2,147 passes in the league this year, second only to Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta. And what is more, United’s players’ player of the season has a 90 per cent pass completion rate. This has not gone unnoticed by Roy Hodgson. The England manager considers Carrick an integral part of his squad, and given the absence of Steven Gerrard, Tom Cleverley and Jack Wilshere through injury, the Manchester United man is likely to feature against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday and in the Maracana on Sunday versus Brazil. It seems strange to think that just three years ago Carrick made Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad, but did not play one minute of a disappointing campaign in South Africa. Carrick does not wish to dwell on that experience, and is instead determined to focus on trying to help the Three Lions qualify for Rio 2014. “What’s done is done, whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, it’s about the next challenge and making the most of that challenge,” Carrick said. “The next challenge is to qualify for the World Cup and then to make your mark as a team. Looking back doesn’t really help you or achieve much, you should only do that when you’re retired and have your slippers on.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Hammers close in on Carroll cover

first_img Stoke’s Peter Crouch is the Hammers’ main target, but reports state that interest has also been shown in Hugo Almeida of Besiktas, while Samuel Eto’o has also been linked with a move to Upton Park. Carroll has been ruled out until November after sustaining an ankle injury during the pre-season tour to New Zealand. “I saw the Olympics on television, but I never dreamed of standing here. I’m looking forward to playing in this great stadium. “It played a big part in me coming to West Ham. It would be fantastic (to be in Europe) and a dream come true. “Hopefully we can make it happen in a couple of years.” Valencia, meanwhile, has revealed he may yet be fit for the opening game of the season at home to Spurs on August 16, despite suggestions he is not up to scratch after his World Cup exploits. Speaking to the club’s official website, Valencia added: “I’m training normally at the moment. “I’m training very hard and trying to get match fit. I could be okay for the first or second game. I’m not quite sure yet, that’s up to the manager.” Press Association West Ham joint chairman David Sullivan has revealed the club have made a number of offers for strikers as they target cover for the injury-enforced absence of Andy Carroll. “We’ve got offers in for three or four strikers – one in England, three abroad – and we just hope to land one of them,” Sullivan told the club’s official website. “We do need to sign another player. We have worked 24/7 all summer and we still want to get at least one more striker in. It’s been very, very tough. “We’re pleased with the players we’ve got – players with massive potential for the future – but we know there aren’t enough goals in the team at the moment. “Pre-season hasn’t gone quite as planned. The worst thing is that we picked up injuries, in particular to Andy Carroll who is out for four months and makes a huge difference to us.” Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate are the key names among the six new arrivals at West Ham this summer, but £13million Ecuador striker Valencia will miss the start of the season after being involved in the World Cup. Valencia, meanwhile, has revealed a dream to play for the Hammers in the former Olympic Stadium fuelled his desire to sign for the club. The £12million Ecuador international, who scored all three goals for his country in the World Cup finals, has envisaged playing European football at the now re-named Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Speaking at the ground which will become West Ham’s home in two years, Valencia said: “Being so close to the stadium I just want to go inside and start playing. last_img read more

Mourinho v Guardiola: The Story of the Rivalry

first_imgManchester is now home to two of the most successful managers in the world and United’s Jose Mourinho will go head-to-head with City’s Pep Guardiola on Saturday. Mourinho and Guardiola worked together at Barcelona between 1996-2000, when Mourinho was a coach and Guardiola was a player.The pair have clashed many times before and have a fierce rivalry.As they prepare for this weekend’s hotly-anticipated derby. Sky Sports takes a look back at their records against each other and the times they’ve clashed…The first meeting between Guardiola and Mourinho as managers produced a typically intriguing tactical battle, as Barcelona and Inter Milan played out a 0-0 draw in a Champions’ League group game at the San Siro in 2009.The reverse fixture, though, saw the Spanish side win a one-sided contest 2-0 at the Nou Camp. The hosts were without Lionel Messi or Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Xavi picked Mourinho’s men apart. After the game, Mourinho conceded his team had been outplayed – but welcomed the chance of another crack at Guardiola’s team: “We’re far from being Barca in terms of individual qualities and profile. As a team, Barcelona are better than us. But if I had to play against Barca again tomorrow, I would already be ready. If you told me that Inter will face Barca in the semi-final, I will accept it already.”Mourinho got his wish. Inter did come up against Barcelona in the semi-finals – and this time they emerged victorious. However, in a glimpse of how Mourinho and Guardiola’s rivalry would develop, the tie was not without its controversy or outspoken remarks.After a first-leg 3-1 win at the San Siro for the Italian side, Mourinho slammed Barca’s claims they should have had a penalty for a foul on Dani Alves.“A year ago Chelsea were crying and Barca were laughing with the referee,” Mourinho said, referring to the controversial Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge, which saw referee Tom Henning Ovrebo reject a number of penalty claims from the Blues. “They laughed because he denied my Chelsea boys their rightful place.”Mourinho was even more impassioned after his side – reduced to 10 men midway through the first-half – booked their final berth with a 1-0 defeat in Barcelona.“It is the most beautiful defeat of my life,” he said. “It is a style of blood not skill. We were a team of heroes. It’s a pity I could not play because I have got the same blood. I have already won a Champions League but today was even better. We made huge sacrifices.”Mourinho’s Inter would go on to win the Champions League and match Barcelona’s 2008/09 achievement of winning a treble.The rivalry between Guardiola and Mourinho hit a whole new level in 2010, when Mourinho was appointed Real Madrid boss. During the next two seasons, as the pair vied for domestic and European honours, their relationship turned ugly.A thumping 5-0 win for Guardiola in Mourinho’s first El Clasico handed the Spaniard a head-start. “I’m proud the whole world has seen how we play football,” he said.But it would be a run of four meetings in a little over two weeks from mid-April, as Barcelona and Real Madrid clashed in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and Champions League, which saw the pressure get to both men.There was a penalty for each team as a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu all-but assured Barcelona of the league title. But Cristiano Ronaldo clinched the Copa del Rey in extra-time four days later, ending Real’s 18-year wait to lift the Spanish cup.Guardiola may have secured the league but he lost the Copa del Rey final to Mourinho’s RealAfter the game Guardiola sparked a war of words by suggesting the linesman must have had great eyesight to spot Barcelona’s Pedro was in an offside position before scoring what would have been the opening goal.“Up until now there was a very small group of coaches who didn’t talk about referees and a larger group who did,” said Mourinho ahead of the teams’ Champions League semi-final first-leg. “Now, with Pep’s comments, we have started a new era with a third group, featuring only one person, a man who criticises (the referee) when he makes good decisions. This is completely new to me.”Guardiola was incensed – and hit back. “As senor Mourinho has called me Pep, I’m going to call him Jose,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “Tomorrow at 8.45pm we will face each other on the pitch. Off the pitch he’s won. He’s been winning off the pitch all season. Let them give him a Champions League for it so he can enjoy it and take it home. In the press room he is ‘el p*** jefe’ (the ******* boss) and the one who knows more than everyone else.”The Barcelona manager reportedly returned to the team hotel to a standing ovation from his players, who went on to win the first leg of the Champions League semi-final 2-0 at the Bernabeu with two late goals from Messi.For the fifth game in a row (including Inter Milan) Mourinho had a player sent off against a Guardiola side. Pepe was shown a red on 61 minutes and Mourinho himself was dismissed for protesting.After the match, he launched a shocking attack on Barcelona and the integrity of UEFA officials. “One day, I would like Josep Guardiola to win this competition properly,” he said.“If I tell UEFA what I really think and feel, my career would end now. Instead I will just ask a question to which I hope one day to get a response: Why? Why Ovrebo? Why Busacca? Why De Bleeckere? Why Stark?” he continued, naming the referee who officiated Chelsea’s exit the previous season and the three referees to have taken charge of Mourinho’s most recent matches with Guardiola.“Why? Because every semi-final the same things happen. We are talking about an absolutely fantastic football team, so why do they need that? Why? Why does a team as good as they are need something (extra) that is so obvious that everyone sees it?“I don’t know if it is the UNICEF sponsorship or if it is because they are nice guys. I don’t understand. They have power and we have no chance. All I can do is leave that question here in the air and hope that one day I will get the response. They have to get to the final, and they’ll get there, full stop.“Josep Guardiola is a fantastic coach. But I have won two Champions Leagues and he has won (only) one Champions League – and that is one that would embarrass me. I would be ashamed to have won it with the scandal of Stamford Bridge. If he wins it this year, it will be with the scandal of the Bernabeu. Deep down, if they are good people, it cannot taste right for them. I hope one day Guardiola has the chance of winning a brilliant, clean championship with no scandal.”With Mourinho serving a touchline ban the sides drew 1-1 at the Nou Camp, sealing Barcelona’s passage to the final. “This has been one of the most beautiful nights I have ever lived,” said Guardiola, whose team would go on to beat Manchester United at Wembley.Any hopes the off-season would allow Mourinho and Guardiola’s rivalry to cool off vanished in the midst of a fierce Spanish Super Cup second-leg the following August.After drawing the first match 2-2 ugly scenes marred the return in Barcelona, with Mourinho poking Tito Vilanova, Guardiola’s assistant, in the eye during a melee which followed a ferocious tackle from Marcelo on Cesc Fabregas. The Real Madrid manager was also seen making gestures towards Messi and Alves and, after the 3-2 defeat, criticised the hosts’ ball boys. “Someone has to take action on the matter. Mourinho is destroying Spanish football,” said a furious Gerard Pique, the Barcelona defender.Mourinho, though, was ready for war. “I’m not going to say we’re happy because we didn’t win the Spanish Super Cup, that would be hypocritical of me. But we intended to play like men and not fall on the ground at the slightest touch. I have been taught to play like a man and not to fall first.”However, Guardiola would once again get the better of Mourinho in the first league clash of the season, pulling level with their rivals at the top of La Liga after bouncing back from the quickest-ever Clasico goal from Karim Benzema to win 3-1.A little over a month later Barcelona were victorious again at the Bernabeu, taking a 2-1 Copa del Rey first-leg lead back to the Nou Camp, where they booked a semi-final spot in the competition they’d go on to win.However, despite defeat to Barcelona in December, Real Madrid were proving an unstoppable force for all other comers in La Liga, winning 11 in a row after that Clasico loss. By the time they went to the Nou Camp in April, the title was in their hands – and Ronaldo hit the decisive strike in a 2-1 success to put Real seven points clear with four games remaining.Barcelona’s defeat to Real Madrid all but sealed the capital club’s La Liga title winIt was Barcelona’s first home defeat in 55 games, Real’s first Clasico win since 2008 and their first at the Nou Camp for five years. “We can’t expect to always be up to the standard but it’s a pity we faltered in the decisive moment,” rued Guardiola. Mourinho declined to speak to the press.Real went on to win all four remaining games to take the title for the first time in four years, finishing with a record 121 goals to their name and a nine-point advantage over Barcelona. As an illustration of how far clear Mourinho and Guardiola’s men were of the rest, third-placed Valencia were 39 points off the summit.At the end of the season Guardiola announced he was leaving Barcelona for a sabbatical. “It’s his life, but for me it’s unthinkable to take a sabbatical. He is younger than me, but I’m not tired,” was Mourinho’s farewell.Guardiola and Mourinho resumed their rivalry in August 2013, when Bayern Munich and Chelsea met in the UEFA Super Cup. Neither man had won the Champions League or Europa League with those respective clubs the previous season but Guardiola, fresh from his year-long sabbatical, and Mourinho, back at the Bridge after leaving Real Madrid, were eager to kick-off their new jobs in style.Guardiola had taken charge of Jupp Heynckes treble-winning Bayern but needed a last-gasp Javi Martinez equaliser in extra-time against 10-man Chelsea to take the game to penalties. The Spaniard then delivered an inspiring team talk to his players, according to Pep Confidential, Marti Perarnau’s book on Guardiola’s first season at Bayern.“Firstly, make up your mind immediately as to where you’re going to put the ball and stick with that decision,” Guardiola said. “I’ll say it again. Decide now, and don’t change your mind no matter what happens. Secondly, keep telling yourselves that you’re going to score. Repeat it a thousand times and don’t stop until after you’ve taken the penalty. Don’t worry and don’t change your minds.”Guardiola enjoys the moment with Franck Ribery and the UEFA Super CupThe instructions worked. Bayern won the Super Cup, and Guardiola scored victory over his long-time rival. “The best team clearly lost,” retorted Mourinho. “They just scored one more penalty.”After the game, Mourinho was quizzed by the press on his poor record against Guardiola – he had only won three of their 16 meetings.“Your statistics are wrong and very wrong,” Mourinho said. “Go there and see what happened with Inter in the Champions League semi-final. I won the Spanish Cup final in Valencia, I won the Super Cup in Spain. I was champion in Spain. I won the match for the title in Barcelona with Real Madrid.”Pushed on whether Mourinho had more accurate statistics, he said: “I don’t know. Maybe you are right and I am wrong. But I don’t care. It’s not important.”Expect both managers to show just how important their rivalry is to them when United and City and meet on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ex-Ghana Coach Appiah Claims Prejudice in Salary Delays

first_imgFormer Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has said he is being treated in a way no white coach in Africa would be as he awaits salary arrears totalling nearly $200,000 from his time in charge of the Black Stars.Appiah’s second spell in charge of Ghana, which started in April 2017, ended at the turn of the year.Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports insists it will pay the money “soon”, blaming the delay on the coronavirus pandemic. Kwesi Appiah “I was owed money since August 2019 when there was no Covid-19,” Appiah told BBC Sport Africa. “Would they owe a white coach for 11 months?”The 59-year-old, who has previously said he feels ‘disrespected’ by the way his case is being handled, says he is owed $185,000, most of which covers five months’ unpaid salary.“(My predecessor) Avram Grant was not owed more than a month when his contract ended,” Appiah explained.The reason the Israeli, who led the Black Stars between 2014-2017, was not paid at that time was because he had yet to file a report on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on time, but his arrears were swiftly settled once he did.In recent times, some white coaches in Africa – such as Nigeria’s Gernot Rohr – have not been paid on timewhile others, such as Botswana coach Adel Amrouche, who holds both Algerian and Belgian citizenship, is still awaiting payment from an old job.Appiah simply wants this practice of late payments to just end for good.“It’s not right and should not be encouraged – irrespective of whether (the coach is) local or foreign,” he added.BBC Sport Africa understands that it is not just Appiah awaiting salary for his role with Ghana, but the country’s current national youth team coaches as well.Both the U17 and U23 coaches declined to comment but U20 coach Karim Zito confirmed that he is owed money.Zito, a former international, was first drafted into the coaching set-up of Ghana’s youth teams in 2013 when he was assistant coach for the Under-23 team and says this is a familiar tale.“We had only collected our salaries for three months when we received a letter stating that we will no longer be paid – no reason was given,” Zito told BBC Sport Africa.“I was appointed as coach of the (Under-20) national team in January this year but I am being owed. I will attribute the failure of to pay our salaries to the coronavirus pandemic.”Appiah’s outstanding payment of $185,000 equates to five times his monthly salary of $35,000 in addition to a $10,000 bonus for beating Sao Tome prior to his contract expiring in December 2019.Kofi Asare Brako, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, has blamed the failure to pay the outstanding salary on the coronavirus pandemic causing a financial constraint on the ministry.“The salary of the head coach of the Black stars has always been paid through a sponsorship package, and it is unfortunate this has now dragged into the period of the coronavirus pandemic,” Kofi Asare told BBC Sport Africa.“We have paid him for the two-year contract period of 24 months. What is left is the extended contract period of eight months, of which we have already paid three months.”“We are still in touch with the former coach and in no time we will pay him. Soon, all money will be paid to Appiah.”The coach, who also led Ghana at the 2014 World Cup, has told BBC Sport he is prepared to take his claim to football’s world governing body FIFA if he does not receive his money soon.“I gave the GFA a three-month deadline (earlier this year) but neither the GFA nor the Sports ministry have met with me,” Appiah said.Brako has refuted Appiah’s claims.“I can say categorically that the chief accountant of the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been in constant communication with Appiah,” Brako added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more