Zach Reid from First National Real Estate Atherton . PIC: SuppliedLand has been “flying off the shelves” in the Tablelands with real estate agents explaining sales were being driven by government money available to build a new home.Zach Reid from First National Real Estate Atherton said that, during the past month, land sales had taken up “a reasonable percentage” of business with blocks that have been on the market for years suddenly snapped up.“Land has traditionally been hard to sell in the Tablelands and, as an example, the blocks at Sunset Ridge have been available for two years with only one of the 11 sold in the first 18 months,” he said. Land for sale. PIC: Darren Leigh Roberts“In the past three months nine have sold – it would have been all 10 but a contract fell apart due to finance – and we’re seeing that in the other parts of Atherton. As the land is selling we’re seeing people pushing out further to take advantage of the grants.”Mr Reid said it was predominantly first-home owners taking advantage of the $45,000 in grants established to stimulate local economies.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoAurelia Rogato from Rogato Real Estate said her Mareeba office “had never seen so much action” with land sales.“There’s interest from first-home owners because receiving $45,000 from the government is unprecedented,” she said.“The estates are very popular but even the five-acre blocks are getting a lot of interest, out in places like Rodeo Acres where the land starts at $219,000.”
Twelve seafarers of Indian nationality, manning the Panama-flagged asphalt-bitumen tanker Durban Queen have been rescued by the French frigate Cassard, after their vessel got into trouble in the Persian Gulf on November 20.The French Defense Ministry informed that the frigate was preparing for refuelling at sea when it received a distress call from the nearby tanker.A helicopter was sent to the stricken vessel, which had listed and was taking on water. Four crew members from the tanker were airlifted to a nearby merchant vessel, while the remaining eight mariners were evacuated to the frigate.The ministry added that some of the mariners suffered minor injuries and that they were provided with medical assistance.The crew was subsequently transferred to commercial vessel Sea Princess, as the frigate proceeded to Kuwait for bilateral exercise Pearl of the West.
Note – loaded heading by Dominion PostDominion Post 11 May 2012Dangerous child sex offenders are to be caged indefinitely in purpose-built pens behind the wire, after Cabinet gave the green light to new public protection orders. The move comes as the Government yesterday introduced tough new bail laws to fulfil National’s pre-election law and order pledges. Justice Minister Judith Collins said Cabinet had signed off on public protection orders, and she expected to introduce related legislation to Parliament at the end of the year. Under the proposals, authorities would apply to the High Court for an order – and offenders would be able to ask for a review. The proposals would apply to a small number of “incredibly dangerous” sex offenders – estimated at between five and 12 in a decade – assessed as being at risk of sexual or violent reoffending. Ms Collins said extended supervision orders – by which an offender on release would be monitored 24 hours a day – were not adequate.……Officials were working on proposals likely to see the offenders housed in “something like a flatting situation … in one of our prisons where there is large amounts of land”, she said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6900603/Dangerous-paedophiles-to-be-caged-indefinitely
The John Kiely-trained gelding snatched the spoils in the Hennessy Gold Cup on Sunday under a vintage ride from Tony McCoy, just over 24 hours after he announced he is to retire by the end of the season. Carlingford Lough could now get the chance to give McCoy a third triumph in the Cheltenham showpiece before he hangs up his saddle. Connections of Carlingford Lough have the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup firmly in their sights after the nine-year-old gained an unforgettable victory at Leopardstown. “That was very good. He won nicely and stayed on well. John Kiely had him in great shape and it was a great day,” said Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus. “I don’t see why he can’t go for the Gold Cup after that. It’s an open race. You’d like to think they all performed up to their best on Sunday. “He’s come out of the race good this morning. If he’s OK in the next couple of weeks, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t go there.” Press Association
Says Stephan SookramNOT many associations can boast being a century old, much less to own that and be halfway into another. heck the country’s Independence anniversary isn’t that long – just under a third of that to be exact.Being the proverbial gem of Caribbean Rifle Shooting, the Guyana National Rifle Association (GNRA) celebrates 2017 as its sesquicentennial year; something that isn’t a cakewalk by any means.They have survived several presidents, Independence and Republican status, two Royal visits and the West Indies cricket team winning several World Cups (the last of course being very serious).And the executive of the body knows this and they are already looking at a grand week of activities to showcase exactly how much of a ‘big thing’ this anniversary is for them.With a rumoured budget of just about $20M to host 100 plus of the world’s finest shooters, from across the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe, the gentlemen planning this seemed to have borrowed my grandmother’s (God rest her soul) handbook of ‘get little, live long’.But they are by no means going to let one little figure spoil their chance to show off Guyana to the best marksmen in the business, let alone showcase on home soil, their skill to those visiting.Mid last year, the body gifted its eighth short range trophy to President David Granger and officially inducted him as the patron of the body to which he replied, “I would like to recommit myself to supporting this sport. It is an area in which Guyana has achieved prominence in the Region.”And while the government, through the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, has donated $1M to the cause, that total is only a fraction of what it will take to pull off a celebration of a centennial nature, much less a sesquicentennial ceremony.Having spent many Sundays at the range, that sort of funding may be just substantial enough to purchase rounds for the locals to participate, not even their prestigious invitees.Don’t get it wrong, the government’s support of the event is wonderful and I’m sure the members of the association appreciate it but considering the glory that team has brought Guyana. One can only hope that the donation made by the Honourable Junior Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry, is only a part of the ‘package’.Then there’s the argument that will come which implies government should not have to bear the burden of such a tournament, also an agreed fact that the private sector must stand up and be included.But the fact of the matter remains that $20M is required if Guyana has to invite the best marksmen in the world. $20M is what the GNRA needs to raise.Knowing the gentlemen that constitute the current executive, no doubt they are already striving to secure that sort of funding.
New Delhi: Vinesh Phogat continued to have a wonderful day in the World Wrestling Championships. After becoming the first Indian wrestler to secure a birth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Vinesh secured her first medal in the World Wrestling Championship as she defeated two-time world medallist Maria Prevolaraki from Greece to secure a bronze in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday. This was the first time Vinesh had won a medal in the World Wrestling Championship and it came after she was pitted in a very tough draw in the 53kg category.Vinesh became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh sealed the India’s first Tokyo Olympics berth in wrestling with an 8-2 win over Sarah Hildebrandt of USA in her second bout of the repechage round. With this win, the Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat also qualified for the bout for bronze medal at the ongoing Wrestling World Championship. The Asian Games gold medallist has defeated Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya from Ukraine 5-0 in her first bout of the repechage round. Vinesh had lost to reigning champion Mayu Mukaida on Tuesday. However, the Japanese Mukaida later reached the final helping Vinesh stay in the hunt for the bronze medal.Also Read | Vinesh Phogat clinches bronze in 53kg category in World Wrestling ChampionshipEarlier in the year, Vinesh clinched a bronze in her new 53kg weight category at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Xian, China. Vinesh has moved up to a higher category from 50kg in which she had won a gold in the Jakarta Asian Games after rejigging of weight classes by the world governing body for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She had competed in 53kg at the UWW Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tourney in Bulgaria last month and secured a silver medal.Also Read | Vinesh Phogat completes engagement at Delhi airport after winning gold medal at AsiadVinesh had a disappointing start as she lost to Mayu Mukaida of Japan, who came through the qualification round. The Japanese were declared a 10-0 winner in a victory by technical superiority verdict.In 2018, Vinesh became the golden girl of Indian wrestling. She won gold in Women’s Freestyle 50 kg event by defeating Canada’s Jessica MacDonald in the 50 kg category to win India’s first gold in the women’s wrestling category at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. In the 2018 Asian Games, she created history as she became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the Asian Games by beating Japan’s Yuki Irie in Women’s 50 kg Freestyle Wrestling gold medal match. With her performances in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Vinesh is one of the best bets for a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Barbados Pride have virtually sewn up the Regional first class title after opening up a 40-point lead at the top of the standings, following their crushing win over reigning champions Guyana Jaguars last weekend.Playing in the eighth round at the Guyana National Stadium, Pride pulled off an emphatic 235-run win inside three days on Saturday to move to 134.8 points and all but assure themselves of the title.The championship has been suspended for the next 30 days after Cricket West Indies (CWI)halted all of its competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the region.For Pride, the victory was their sixth in eight games and came after they suffered a shock 147-run loss to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the seventh round.Red Force, meanwhile, kept up their excellent winning form with their second straight victory, after thumping Leeward Islands Hurricanes by an innings and 84 runs inside three days at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba.The win catapulted the hosts, who have languished near the bottom of the standings throughout the campaign, to second in the tables on 94.6.For the first time in several seasons, Jaguars find themselves in an unfamiliar place of third in the standings on 91.8 points alongside Jamaica Scorpions.The Leon Johnson-led unit have been far from their best, with Saturday’s defeat their third of the season.They are now under threat from Scorpions whose innings and 118-run thrashing of Windward Islands Volcanoes vaulted them to 91.8 points.Volcanoes are fifth on 78 points with Hurricanes continuing at the bottom on 52.5 points from a single victory.Two rounds are left to be played in the championship when it resumes and teams can collect a maximum of 48 points.
THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has appointed Dion Innis as Interim Head of Referees Department, with immediate effect, following unsuccessful public advertisements to fill the position.This was communicated to the referee fraternity on Wednesday, via correspondence from the GFF’s Secretariat.In a release, the GFF said, accordingly, Innis, Executive Committee Member with oversight for the referees programme, will perform the duties of the position including to assist the Referees Committee; to implement decisions adopted by the Referees Committee.Innis will also have to carry out all tasks related to the logistics of refereeing; to carry out all administrative duties of the refereeing department; to implement programmes to develop the Referees according to the guidelines approved by the Referees Committee; to organise courses for Referees, Referee Instructors and Referee Assessors and to appoint Referees for various competitions.“Mr. Innis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and will embark immediately on the development of a broad Referees Development strategy, in consultation and partnership with the all stakeholders,” the GFF said.While Innis, who was also a former FIFA-accredited referee, will temporarily serve in the copacity, the GFF said they will continue to look for a suitable person to permanently fill the position.
Bimbo Okubena was equally on top of his game as he inflicted a shock 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 win over second-seeded Kola Sofola, who was a finalist last year.Okubena will now face the winner of the match between Victor Ogbeide, a 6-2, 4-4 (ret) winner over Emmanuel Umenwa, and Babatunde Fashanu, who edged Peter Mgbeahuru 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 in a keenly contested clash.In the doubles, the duo of Holmes and Chijoke Agbo was upset by Mustapha Sule-Owuda and Onamusi. They will battle the winner of the tie involving Joro Olateru-Olagbegi/ Deji Oshikoya and Segun Aluko/ Wale Adesida.In Group B, Dapo Adebayo will face Lanre Sotunde while Femi Ifedayo awaits the winner between Seyi Adewunmi and T. Adeyinka.The veteran doubles which is in a round-robin format is also hitting the final stage with the team of Deji Akinhanmi and Hope Gbagi setting the pace while the pair of Arinze Onubogu and Joro are on their heels.The final will hold on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LCC TENNIS FESTIVALNdubuisi Ekwempu produced a stunning display to end the run of Akin Akinrimisi as the 2017 Lagos Country Club Tennis Festival reaches its home-stretch.Unseeded Akinrimisi had caused the biggest upset in the tournament partnered by 9Mobile by dumping out fourth seed, Kunle Onamusi in the first round but Ekwempu wasted no time to claim a straight 6-1, 6-1 win to book a semifinal spot where he will face the winner of the clash between top seed and defending champion, Matt Holmes and Tunde Olujobi.