Real estate, property development a solid foundation for Cairns economy in 2019

first_imgCrystalbrook Collection’s Riley is open! Special preview of inside the hotel. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEANREAL estate and property development is behind a forecast for growth in Cairns throughout 2019. Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland chief economist Dr Marcus Smith said the city was ready to make up the gains predicted over the past few years.The CCIQ analysis coupled with research from the Cairns Chamber of Commerce notes that a series of major developments, most notably the tri-hotel development currently being undertaken by Crystalbrook Collection, have helped the region record six consecutive months of full-time job gains.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoDr Smith, who works closely with Conus Consultancy Services/CBC Staff Selection director and analyst Peter Faulkner, said the region was finishing the year in a much stronger position than a year earlier as businesses recorded a boost in confidence due to positive changes across the city.“Cairns has seen gains in construction and the real estate focused sector which account for almost a third of the region’s 13,650 businesses,” he said.“While tourism’s relationship with the Australian dollar is conventionally touted as a key driver affecting Cairns, it is interesting to note that this is not borne out in the analysis of employment outcomes.”The CCIQ research also found Cairns’ unemployment rate was below average and, on a comparative measure, currently has a lower unemployment rate next to Townsville and Brisbane — although there is not a significant difference between Cairns and Townsville’s averages over time.Cairns Chamber of Commerce president Nick Loukas (above) said the report by CCIQ reflected the experience of many businesses in the area but the challenge to maintain momentum in the near term will be key.“Obviously it is pleasing to see Cairns performing well on a number of key metrics but it really is about ensuring the new developments we are seeing currently set the regional economy up for further advances and opportunities in the future,” Mr Loukas said.last_img read more

Bulldogs Fall To Trojans In Boys MS Hoops

first_imgThe 7th grade Bulldogs lost to Sunman Dearborn 39 – 27.Colt Meyer led the team in scoring with 17 points. Also scoring was Seth Gausman 5, Hank Nobbe 3 and Dempsy Bohman with 2 points. Bohman blocked 5 shots.Batesville falls to 4 – 2 on the season and will play South Dearborn on Tuesday at home.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.The BMS 8th Grade’s record dropped to 5-2 with a loss to Sunman Dearborn by a score of 42-31. Starter Austin Siefert left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury.The Dogs battled well being short-handed and were up 19-18 at the half, but eventually lost steam in the 4th Q. Top scorers were Trey Heidlage with 16 points, Sam Haskamp with 11 and Lane Oesterling with 4 points.BMS plays at home next Tuesday against South Dearborn.Courtesy of Bulldogs Terry Giesting.last_img read more

Lambert changes mind over Bent

first_img Press Association “If you had asked me on Wednesday if someone had a few chances to score who would you pick, you’d pick him to put them away,” said Lambert. “It just never happened for him. I don’t have a problem with Darren playing or getting another chance to score – I think he’d take it. “I don’t think he’s the type of character to let it affect him and I would’ve backed him with those chances.” Benteke is making good progress from his Achilles injury and Lambert expects him to step up his recovery after next week’s international break. He added: “Christian and Libor are doing well. Christian is ahead of Libor in his rehab and after the international break will be working with us. “If he can start training with us it’ll be a major thing, then we’ll see how he is game-wise. Christian will be his own guide, he’ll let us know when he’s ready.” And with Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak recovering from serious long-term injuries, Lambert will resist any interest in Bent ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. “I do expect him to be here at the end of the transfer window,” said Lambert, who has been linked with Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. “You would keep Darren. As I said before, you do what’s right for Aston Villa. No one will go until I say so. You keep all your players and I don’t see us letting anyone go right now. “Nobody will leave without me saying. I don’t think any player like that will move. Darren’s here and nobody will be going.” Villa have drawn a blank in six of their last nine games stretching back to last season, and suffered a shock 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Leyton Orient on Wednesday. Bent, who has 25 goals in 66 games for Villa, missed several chances against the Sky Bet League One side on his first start for the club since May 2013. He could be handed another chance in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Hull as Benteke is at least a month away after rupturing his Achilles in April. Fellow striker Kozak broke his leg in January and is yet to rejoin the squad in training, and Lambert has total faith Bent can provide the goals to ease Villa’s scoring worries. The £24million record signing looked to have no future under Lambert when he lost the captaincy in 2012 and was sent on loan to Fulham last season. However, Bent is back in the squad this year, along with former outcast Alan Hutton, with chairman Randy Lerner keen for Lambert to use the top earners rather than waste a wage. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has revealed striker Darren Bent is not for sale in what appears to be a huge transfer U-turn.last_img read more

Redknapp wants goals from midfield

first_img Redknapp has challenged Jordon Mutch, Leroy Fer and Sandro to ease the burden on his forward line as Rangers fight for top-flight stability. “Obviously we lost Remy right before the window closed that left us in a difficult situation,” said Redknapp. “So that is a problem, but we need Charlie to get his goals, and Vargas who is now available, but we need goals from midfield, from the likes of Mutch and Fer. “Midfield players have got to weigh in with seven or eight goals, and if they don’t do that they’re not producing. “They can’t leave it all up to the strikers. “You need forward-running players, Sandro can get forward and we need Fer to open his legs to join more. “We’ve got options, with Bobby and Vargas, so we’ll have a look at it and see how we go.” Redknapp had claimed France striker Remy was “too decent a guy” to leave QPR in the lurch by taking a move away from Loftus Road just hours before the September 1 transfer deadline. Harry Redknapp has ordered his midfielders to bridge QPR’s goal gap until he can hunt further striking reinforcements in the January transfer window. Remy’s expected Liverpool switch collapsed at the start of the summer with the Anfield club claiming the striker failed a medical. Redknapp and Remy were nonplussed about the Liverpool deal falling apart, and the former Newcastle man returned to QPR. Former Spurs boss Redknapp then backed Remy to remain at Loftus Road, only for his worst fears to materialise and Chelsea to swoop at the last minute. Charlie Austin blasted his first Premier League goal in QPR’s 1-0 home victory over Sunderland on August 30, but Redknapp has refused to rule out dipping back into the transfer market in the next window. “We thought we had Defoe coming but that didn’t quite get over the line so we were unlucky with that one,” he said. Manager Mark Hughes has challenged Stoke to conjure up the same spirit which saw them beat Manchester City away when they travel to his former club. Hughes is expected to face a hot reception at Loftus Road, where he was sacked in November 2012 following a testing 10 months in charge as the west London club found themselves rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League, despite a major summer spending spree, and would eventually be relegated under Harry Redknapp. The Welshman, though, has seen his stock rise again after an impressive campaign at the Britannia Stadium, guiding the Potters to ninth place after succeeding Tony Pulis last May. Stoke pulled off a well-orchestrated 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium before the international break, only to let themselves down when domestic action resumed by losing at home to newly-promoted Leicester. “I hope the performance at Man City is still in everyone’s mind to show what it takes to do well in away games in the Premier League,” said Hughes. “We want to get back to winning ways and if we can do that on the road then so be it. “I sense that away from home we are better equipped than last year because we have more threats and different types of threats. But we have got to produce it because talk is easy.” While all the pre-match build-up had surrounded Hughes’ return to Loftus Road, the former Wales manager maintains his focus is very much on continuing his work at Stoke, with suggestions a contract extension could be on the horizon. “We view it as the next Premier League game rather than a return to an old club, and it is not an easy fixture. We saw against Leicester that they still had the flush of enthusiasm following promotion,” he said. On his own long-term future, Hughes added: “I have had no conversations to that end. It was reported last week that there may be talks in the future. I hope so, because it is a great club. “My star had faded somewhat when I arrived. The Coates family [owners] showed faith in my ability and I am very grateful. “I would like to think that I repaid them a little bit last season with what we achieved together and we would love to build upon that.” Press Association The Rangers boss will hand a home debut to on-loan Chile striker Eduardo Vargas in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Stoke at Loftus Road. Redknapp admits there is plenty of goal pressure resting on Napoli forward Vargas, Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora after he failed to secure Jermain Defoe to replace Chelsea-bound Loic Remy at the start of the month. last_img read more

GSA Leads the Way in Class C

first_img Latest Posts BLUE HILL — Both GSA teams improved their records to 4-1, defeating Orono on Thursday and besting both Stearns of Millinocket and Schenck of East Millinocket in doubleheader action on Monday.The Lady Eagles are tied with the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners for the top spot in Class C Heal Points through games played Saturday May 2. BOYSEllsworth 4, GSA 1Singles: Spencer Small (E) over Elias Springer 8-3, Nick Reese (E) over Michael Senter-Zapata 8-6, Alex Keefe (E) over Dillon Morris 8-5. Doubles: Max Reiter and Charlie Volkwein (GSA) over Dillon Toothaker and Tyler Small 9-8 (9-7), Brandon Albee and Justin Harding (E) over Will Brokaw and Lucas Yoder 8-6.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA 4, Orono 1Singles: Springer (GSA) over Paul Ohno 8-5, Senter-Zapata (GSA) over Nikolai Renedo 8-4, Morris (GSA) over Joe Riemersma 8-0. Doubles: Reiter and Volkwein (GSA) over Ben Rose and Ben Innis 8-4, Martin Halada and Karl Cleary (O) over Brokaw and Yoder 8-5.GSA 4, Schenck 1Singles: Aaron Hutchins (S) over Senter-Zapata 8-3, Morris (GSA) over Jerome York 8-4, Volkwein (GSA) over Aaron Ewing 8-4. Doubles: Brokaw and Yoder (GSA) over Rylon McAdam and Aaron Vienneau 8-3, Forest Barkdoll-Weil and Hayden Fresh (GSA) over Jared Lyons and Cameron Okeson 8-0.GSA 3, Stearns 2Singles: Senter-Zapata (GSA) over Josh Chubbuck-MacDonald 8-3, Morris (GSA) over Mark Rucci 8-6, Volkwein (GSA) over Jared McGillicuddy 8-4. Doubles: Andrew Rideout and Kevin Busque (S) over Brokaw and Yoder 8-3, Daniel MacKenzie and Kameron LaPlante (S) over Barkdoll-Weil and Fesh 8-2. Bio Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 GIRLSEllsworth 5, GSA 0Singles: Miranda Grant over Southerd Steer 8-3, Ashley Harding over Katie Herklotz 9-7, Clarissa Winkleman over Roz Brokaw 8-3. Doubles: Holly Wadman and Caitlin Maloney over Grace Jackson and Vesta Davis 8-6, Danel White and Paige Lewis over Tierney Hally and Hannah Van der Eb 8-3.GSA 3, Orono 2 Singles: Steer (GSA) over. Kelsey Johnson 8-3, Julie Bunker (O) over Herklotz 8-4, Devon Riley (O) over Brokaw 8-2. Doubles: Jackson and Davis (GSA) over Jessica Riley and Eve Payne 7-7 (forfeit), Hally and Ramsay Williamson (GSA) over Virginia Lopez-Anido and Chelsea Husson 8-4.GSA 5, Schenck 0Singles: Steer over Christina Ballard 8-1, Herklotz over Lauren Lowell 8-1, Roz Brokaw over Toni Thompson 8-1. Doubles: Jackson and Davis over Karlie Michaud and Michaela Watts 8-6, Hally and Sarah Elliott by forfeit.GSA 5, Stearns 0Singles: Steer over Faith Harmon 8-3, Herklotz over Kaylee Bradford 8-0, Roz Park over Carolina Fernandez 8-1. Doubles: Jackson and Davis by forfeit, Hally and Elliott by forfeit. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Women of Troy compete in tough tournament

first_imgThis weekend, the USC women’s sand volleyball team will participate in the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge at Hermosa Beach, Calif.The Women of Troy will face Pepperdine University, Hawai’i, Long Beach State (2-3) and Loyola Marymount (0-4). Pepperdine is currently undefeated this season with a 10-0 record, including a victory over USC last weekend.Rematch · Graduate student Geena Urango and USC fell to Pepperdine last weekend. They will play again at the USA Volleyball Collegiate Challenge. – Photo courtesy of Sports InformationHawai’i has a 2-2 record, while Long Beach State stands at 2-3 and Loyola Marymount trails behind at 0-4. The dual team matches will begin Saturday at 8 a.m.Some of USC’s key players include junior Katie Fuller and sophomore Natalie Hagglund, who clinched the win in this season’s historic first game and have played a consistent, strong game since then. The pair also plays on USC’s indoor volleyball team, which finished third in its 2011 NCAA season.The pairs championship begins Sunday at 9 a.m, and the Women of Troy are hoping that wins here will lead to invitations to participate in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Beach Collegiate Championships at the end of April.USC has never placed below the top three in this event, earning first in 2009, tying for first in 2010 and placing second in 2011.last_img read more

No. 3 Trojans sweep Inland Empire Classic

first_imgThe USC men’s water polo team picked up right where it left off last weekend on Saturday with two big wins over unranked Chapman and Occidental. Neither the Panthers nor the Tigers were a match for the six-time defending champions.Leading by example · Senior driver Kostas Genidounias had a relatively quiet weekend with four goals in the Trojans’ 24-0 vanquishing of Occidental College. Genidounias had 16 goals last weekend at the Triton Invitational. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanUSC (8-0) started off with a 14-0 run against Chapman before rolling on to a 21-6 win. In their second game, USC shut out Occidental 24-0. After Saturday, the Trojans were allowing 4.0 goals per game for the season. Coach Jovan Vavic, who has led USC’s men’s and women’s water polo teams to a combined 13 national championships, not only had his players ready defensively but also had them playing with offensive efficiency. Neither Chapman nor Occidental had a save against the No. 3 team.Coach Vavic was not surprised by these surges.“We are playing some less experienced opponents, and we are playing better players at the beginning of the game more,” Vavic said.One of the greatest strengths of this group of players is its ability to work as a team. Senior driver Kostas Genidounias was the undeniable Trojan star of the Triton Invitational last weekend with sixteen goals. Nonetheless, both of yesterday’s games featured different stars at the top of the scoring list. Freshman driver Matteo Morelli led scoring with five goals in the first game. Senior two-meter Max Hurst-Mendoza did not score at all against Chapman but led with a career-best five goals against Occidental. Although Genidounias is the No. 4 all-time scorer in USC history entering the 2014 season, Coach Vavic emphasizes his ability as a distributer.“Having Kostas on our team helps everybody,” Vavic said. “He’s not just a great scorer. He’s also a great assist player. He’s like LeBron James. A player like that on your team makes everybody better.”Thirteen total Trojans scored on the first day of this tournament.Additionally, players with international experience are able to provide an important lift to the team as well. Coach Vavic believes that these players are very valuable.“That has been the reason we have been successful for so many years, because these young players come in and are able to bring this experience from Europe or Australia,” Vavic said. “They also are very skilled. Sometimes, these guys play on more experienced international teams. They have more experience than 18-year-olds.”Freshman goalie McQuin Baron, who had 12 saves against Chapman, freshman two-meter Lachlan Edwards, who had four combined goals on Saturday, and freshman utility man Mihajlo Milicevic, who had two goals against Chapman, all have experience playing outside the United States. This group combined with the young local experience of freshman utility Bryce Hoerman, who had a total of three goals on Saturday. Freshman driver Grant Stein and freshman utility man James Walters, who both had four goals on Saturday, only add depth to USC’s already-deep squad.Though USC’s opponents this week are not as strong as they were in San Diego last week, the team is slowly improving.“Some areas are definitely better,” Vavic said. “Other areas need some more work, but overall it’s been pretty good. They are still learning to play together.”Play for the Trojans resumed yesterday with a win against Concordia, 20-6 and another win against No. 18 Air Force, 25-7. USC improved to 22-0 overall against the two opponents. The Trojans were led by a contingent of freshmen in their victory over Concordia, as freshman driver Grant Stein netted nine total goals (four against Concordia and another five against Air Force). Freshman driver Matteo Morelli also had a big effort for the No. 3-ranked Trojans, netting four goals against Air Force.The Trojans will face Air Force again Saturday for the NorCal Tournament in Stockton, California.last_img read more

Super clash: Coach Duncan to upset Kotoko

first_imgDavid Duncan is relishing Sunday’s challenge at the Accra Stadium as he leads Hearts of Oak into battle against traditional rivals, Asante Kotoko in the Ghana Premier League.The former AshantiGold coach who knows about the rivalry with the champions from his days with the Miners and his first experience last season with the Phobians claims a winning start in the league is a big boost for the next game.Both sides won their opening matches but unlike past season’s where they would have warmed themselves into the season, their fixture is this time round scheduled for match-day-2.“It gives us the needed boost especially playing against our arch-rivals on Sunday.” said Duncan, after Hearts of Oak defeated New Edubiase 2-0 on Sunday in Bekwai. “We needed that kind of boost going into this game and I think that we have found the right tonic going into this kind of game.”Duncan, who has the biggest boots to fill after watching Kotoko win the title last season knows that the outcome of a match against their rivals would simply have an effect on the Phobians’ title aspirations come the end of the season.“So it is as important as anybody else could imagine, especially against the backdrop that they also won their game. It sets the stage for a game of two teams whose confidence perhaps is almost at very very high level. “We couldn’t have afforded to go into this game with them having won their game and us having drawn or lost.”For Duncan, the competitive clash in Accra will present either side with no advantages after they both claimed wins on the opening day.“We are pegged at the same level of confidence. I think perhaps even ours is much higher because we won by 2 goals without reply and they won by 2-1. From that perspective, I think it serves as a very good boost for us,” the Hearts of Oak coach said.last_img read more

‘I’ve lost it!’ Tearful Syrian commentator goes viral

first_imgHong Kong, China | AFP |  A video in which a TV commentator broke down in tears while celebrating Syria’s priceless World Cup qualifying equaliser against Iran has gone viral, racking up more than one million views online.When Omar Al Soma scored in the 93rd minute, earning Syria a 2-2 draw and a place in the Asian play-offs for Russia 2018, the commentator was overcome with emotion as he shouted excitedly for two minutes.“The second goal for our national team! The second goal for our national team! Who scored?! Soma! It had to be Soma! It had to be Soma!” he said, according to a translation by Twitter user Mohamed Osama, who posted footage of the incident.“Allah Soma! The equalising goal! The equalising goal! Pardon me! I’ve lost it! No one can stop them!”The repeated shouts of “Allah!”, which echoed the famous “Goooooal” celebrations of Brazilian TV, finally died down as the commentator began to sob.Syrian commentator breaks into tears after Omar Al-Somah’s historic goal against Iran. Goosebumps. — Mohamed Osama (@_DrOsama) September 5, 2017The tweet from Osama (@_DrOsama) drew 1.2 million views and half-a-million responses such as shares and likes, while footage on YouTube was also seen hundreds of thousands of times.War-torn Syria, who have never reached the World Cup, now go into a two-legged series with Australia, with the winner reaching a play-off against a team from the CONCACAF region.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Major championship date for Georgia Hall

first_img England’s Georgia Hall will join the world’s top women players when she tees up in the first major of the season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in California, from April 1-7. She’s one of nine leading amateurs to receive an invitation to play in the championship and she commented: “It’s a great honour and I can’t wait – I’m over the moon.” Georgia, 16, is the European women’s number one amateur and is ranked fourth in the world. This will be her first professional tournament and the first time she plays in the USA. “It’s the biggest major in the world – what a way to start!” said Georgia, from Remedy Oak in Dorset. “My first aim is to make the cut and also to see how other people play and what I can learn from them. I want to see if I’m doing anything wrong – or right. “I didn’t expect the invitation and it’s just amazing. I’ve always wanted to go to America to play.” Georgia, an England international, is the British girls’ champion and has just started her 2013 campaign by winning two gold medals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. Among the other amateurs who have received invitations are world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who has just won her third professional title, and British champion and Curtis Cup player Stephanie Meadow of Ireland. Georgia Hall image © Leaderboard Photography 12 Feb 2013 Major championship date for Georgia Hall last_img read more