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Building reboot begins for Townsville

first_img FINANCE APPROVAL AND COLOUR SELECTION A home by New Home Solutions during construction.“In the last few weeks, things are certainly starting to pick up for us. It’s about consumer confidence, and people are confident about growth and they’re prepared to build a new home instead of put up with their old one,” Mr Baxter said. “I think it’s a great time for people to build in Townsville, prices have never been lower. “The market’s been flat for a couple of years, and there’s plenty of reasons why it’s a good area to build in, including the recent election results.”Mr Baxter said building was a sure way for consumers to get everything they wanted in their ideal location without having to compromise on the finer details. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020New Home Solutions clients Shannon Robards and Kiran Sharma completing the ‘slab wetting ceremony’ at handover.“You are going to get exactly what you want in a home, you’re not settling for things that other people have thought of design-wise — for example, seeing into bathrooms and toilets from the kitchen,” he said.“You can make sure everything is perfect for what you and your family are looking for.“Everything’s warranted so you have nothing to worry about in terms of maintenance and repairs.”Building can seem like a daunting task for those who haven’t been through the process before, so Mr Baxter has outlined the stages of building a new home and where to begin. CONSULTATIONThis is where you talk through your ideas, needs, and budget with a builder. If someone hasn’t got a block of land yet, it is recommended that they talk to a builder so they can find the perfect one; that way they don’t buy something and then realise they can’t build what they want there. Tradie saves his way to four investment properties by 22 MORE IN REAL ESTATE NEWScenter_img DESIGN The builder will then design a home or recommend a design based on the client’s needs and show them how that will work on the land before they buy it. We will then give them a ballpark price for it. There are some serious sales tactics out there that get people committed to more than what they can afford, so it’s important people know what to look out for, and that’s why we recommend they find a good builder. Once the client has decided what they want, they will go to the bank for finance approval and select the finer details of the home, including tile colours and other things like that. While they decide on that, the builder will do all the compliance, approvals, certifications and that sort of thing. THE BUILDThe build usually takes anywhere between four and six months, but it is obviously subject to the design, style and location of the build. The slab and site preparation comes first; we do a slab wetting ceremony with our clients where we shout drinks. After that comes the frame where the walls go up and the insulation and roof goes on. Then it’s time for windows and doors to go in and other details from there. Marketing and design manager at new home Glen Baxter says prices to build in Townsville are at their best.ELECTION results and the recent approval of the Adani Carmichael coal mine has Townsville residents feeling confident to put their money in the local property market.Builders are starting to reap the rewards, noting an increase in interest from consumers.New Home Solutions marketing and design manager Glen Baxter said prices to build in the area were at their best.READ MORE City set to receive $10 million windfall from new development last_img read more

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Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Sam Brownback being booed question

first_imgGovernor Brownback got booed at the KU-Wichita State game. What is your reaction? Bravo! It was totally justified. It was completely embarrassing and disrespectful. Yawn. Comes with the territory. Who’s Brownback? View Results  Loading …Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (11) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Kenneth Mayberry · 281 weeks ago Moronic= In D.C. we have an UNGODLY man putting it to the people. In Topeka we have an allegedly GODLY man putting it to the people. GO FIGURE !!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 281 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down For What its Worth · 281 weeks ago I believe the Bible I studied teaches, thou shalt not judge. Who are you to say who is Godly and Ungodly? What definition are you using and why do you think you are that important! Report Reply 0 replies · active 281 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 281 weeks ago Mr Mayberry, i agree with your point. Most politicians are hypocrites when money and power take over their “agenda”; even the Godly ones. Cueball, if youre going to include a third choice in your newscow polls, why not make it a legitimatr choice? I might suggest, ” I despise Brownback but I respect the office of our governor. Im not sure the boos were appropriate.” On the other hand, i think he deserves to know we despise him enough to disgrace him on national TV. I realize im being hypocritical but im not a politician. Report Reply 2 replies · active 281 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down credence · 281 weeks ago You folks are amazing. You want lower taxes yet you want more benefits; you want less government in your lives but you want more government support. We have a Governor who is trying to provide what the voters wanted, lower taxes and less government involement in our private lives. Unfortunatley those that depend on government for support want just the opposite and guess who is more vocal? Report Reply 1 reply · active 280 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Stop Whining · 281 weeks ago People, he got VOTED into office! It’s not like he just parked his RV at the capital and won’t leave. He received the majority vote! If you don’t like it, either run for office, or get you and your people to the polls next election!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 281 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Charlotte Brooks · 281 weeks ago Weather I agree with a certain politician or not I do not believe this type of thing in a National forum is appropriate. I think of where this could take us as a society if this becomes acceptable. We could be just about anywhere and if a person is there that some don’t care for they could begin to be booed and the shoe might be on our own foot. I think of school ceremonies, graduations basically any school activity and to begin to boo a principal, administrator or even teacher because some don’t like them would be horrible. What are we teaching our children? Report Reply 0 replies · active 281 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down For What its Worth · 281 weeks ago You mean like being disrespectful to our President? Our governor not showing up when the President is in our state? He sets a great example. Whether you agree with the policies or not, he is our governor, just like Obama is our President. You can’t say, “he isn’t my governor or president.” Yes they are, whether you voted for them or not. Respect should be shown to both positions. With that being said, booing is a form of free speech, so boo away if it makes you feel better, but your vote is what really counts! Report Reply 1 reply · active 281 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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Springboks slip up Down Under

first_img7 September 2009The Springboks’ bid to wrap up their third Tri-Nations title came up short in Brisbane on Saturday when a fired-up Wallaby team beat the world champions 21-6.The hosts managed to play more of the game in South Africa’s half and showed some dominance at scrum time, although their efforts were aided by referee Wayne Barnes, who had the Boks scratching their heads as he blew up both props, Beast Mtawarira and John Smit.Make no mistake, the Australians deserved to win as they managed to apply pressure throughout and were ultimately rewarded with the test’s only two tries. But Barnes’ lack of policing at ruck time was well exploited by the Wallabies. They managed to disrupt South African ball with tactics that many other referees would have blown up.‘No excuses’However, a grim looking Springbok captain John Smit said after the contest: “There are no excuses. Excuses are for losers, so we have no excuses.“We’ll have to do the job against the All Blacks in Hamilton next week. We’ve got one more chance, one game, and we have to make the most of our opportunity.”While South Africa enjoyed the better of the lineouts, Smit suggested that the Boks expected more of themselves at the set piece: “We won all our lineout ball,” he said, “but by our standards we need to be winning at least half of theirs.”Wallaby skipper George Smith, after four Tri-Nations losses in succession, was thrilled to be on the winning side again. “I’m far happier with our effort,” he said.‘Fantastic’“We put a lot of work in, not only this week but throughout the Tri-Nations, and to get the reward now is fantastic.”Smith continued: “Well done to the Springboks for resisting us so well for the majority of the match, but in the end we made our possession and territory count. There was a collective understanding for us that we had to repay the Australian public for their loyalty.”Reflecting back on the match and where his team had excelled, Smith said: “I was very impressed with the way we scrummed and the way we handled the lineouts. There’s a few things we need to work on, but I’m just delighted with the outcome.”While Smith felt he knew where the Wallabies had got it right, SA captain Smit couldn’t quite put his finger on where it went wrong for the Springboks. “It’s hard to pinpoint where it went wrong,” he said. “We had our moments and just couldn’t put it together.”‘The new grey area of rugby’Bok coach Peter de Villiers was clearly unimpressed by referee Barnes’ decisions at scrum time. He called the scrums “the new grey area of rugby”, adding: “You do not know which way it is going to go, and sometimes it is more guesswork.”Early on in the contest, Jacques Fourie made a sharp break, but South Africa’s progress was stopped inside the Wallabies’ 22-metre area when they turned over possession. It was the first of what would prove to be a good number of breaks by Fourie and his centre partner Jean de Villiers.Australia took the lead after five minutes when Bakkies Botha was blown up for being offsides. Matt Giteau stuck over the penalty.Brilliant tackleThe Wallabies looked odds-on to score after 16 minutes when winger Lachie Turner received the ball in space on the right hand flank. He raced for the corner and dived for the line. However, Bryan Habana was flying across from the left in cover defence and hit Turner in mid-air and knocked him out of play with a brilliant tackle.Just two minutes later Habana was back at it again, this time stopping Giteau from scoring after the flyhalf had broken through the South African defence before failing to beat the winger in a one-on-one situation.After South Africa forced their way deep into Australian territory, a clearance from the Wallabies found Habana. He tried a long distance dropped goal, but he hit the ball badly and the kick was way off target.De Villiers then made a sharp break through the Australian backline. He fed Fourie, who cut inside and was then brought down only five metres from the tryline. The ball control at the ruck wasn’t good, however, and the ball went loose. Fourie du Preez charged down an attempted clearance before the Australians were finally able to clear their lines.Lead doubledAfter 25 minutes Australia doubled their lead to 6-0 when Heinrich Brussouw was penalised for playing the ball with his foot while lying on the ground at a ruck. Giteau slotted the easy kick.The Springboks responded by surging onto the attack and after a couple of minutes of pressure and retained possession, Morne Steyn struck a drop goal to get South Africa onto the scoreboard.Not to be outdone, Giteau snapped over a drop goal of his own six minutes later, to put Australia 9-3 ahead.Four minutes from the break, Steyn became the fastest South African to 100 test points when he kicked a penalty after replacement hooker Stephen Moore was blown up for playing the ball on the ground. His achievement is all the more remarkable when one considers that in his eight tests, he has come on as a substitute three times.Just before the break, the Springboks launched an attack that took them deep into the Australian 22. From a ruck, Du Preez fed Brussouw and he dived over the tryline to score. Referee Barnes, however, ruled the scrumhalf’s pass forward and the Boks were denied points.Second halfSouth Africa started the second half well and a monster tackle by captain Smit on Moore forced a turnover. The Boks made ground into the Australian 22 but, as happened often during the game, they turned over possession while in a good attacking position.Steyn attempted a second drop goal four minutes into the second period, but he didn’t strike the ball cleanly and it passed just to the left of the posts.A sweeping Australian attack saw Rocky Elsom make good ground before Bismarck du Plessis was pinged, rather questionably, at a ruck only 10 metres from the South African tryline. Wallaby scrumhalf Will Genia took a quick tap and dived over the line. His opposite number, Fourie du Preez, however, ripped the ball loose as Genia went over to prevent an Australian score.Counter-attackAustralia continued to do most of the pressing, forcing the Springboks to play from deep inside their own half. The pressure nearly paid off just after the hour mark when the Wallabies launched a counter-attack, using the width of the field.A grubber into the left hand corner of the South African 22 was fielded by Adi Jacobs, on for an injured Bryan Habana, just before a number of chasing Australian backline players. Caught right up against the sideline, only five metres from the tryline, Jacobs flung a pass inside over his shoulder. Giteau, however, snatched the pass out of the air and dived for the corner.Fourie reacted quickly and hit the flyhalf with a strong tackle. The television match official was called on to rule on whether or not Giteau had scored and replays showed that Fourie had forced him over the sideline before the ball had been grounded.TryOnly two minutes later, the Wallabies scored the opening try of the match. A well-executed backline move freed up Adam Ashley-Cooper and a nicely judged pass from Berrick Barnes put Ashley-Cooper through a gap. Substitute Schalk Burger was too late on the cover defence and the centre ran through unopposed to score.Giteau added the extras to put Australia 16-6 ahead.The Wallabies continued to keep the Springboks pinned in their own half, which led to the Boks trying to play from very deep.With four minutes remaining, scrumhalf Du Preez attempted to launch a counter-attack, but when he was tackled by Elsom the ball went loose. There was a suggestion that the big flanker might have knocked on, but referee Barnes waved play on.Victorys securedWallaby fullback James O’Conner scooped up the loose ball and found himself in the clear. He raced through to score the Wallabies’ second try and secure the victory.Giteau missed the conversion, but not long after that the final whistle sounded and the Springboks were left without a point from the match.This coming weekend, in Hamilton, John Smit and company can wrap up the Tri-Nations title if they, at the very least, hold New Zealand without a bonus point. The Springboks, however, have bigger ambitions than that, and they want to capture the Tri-Nations silverware with a victory.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa: a brand of active citizens

first_imgTwelve-year-old Bhekimuzi Magagula from Meetse-a-Bophelo Primary School in Mamelodi East is overcome by emotion as he sings happy birthday to Nelson Mandela during an International Mandela Day event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 18 July 2013. (Image: GCIS)Johannesburg, Friday 17 July 2015 – South Africa and the world commemorate International Mandela Day on Saturday 18 July 2015. On this day the legacy of service emulated by the former Statesman and South Africa’s founding President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is celebrated and honoured.• Download press releaseThis year, International Nelson Mandela Day is commemorated under the theme: Play Your Part and Make Every Day a Mandela Day. This call is made so that all citizens in our country can carry forward the legacy of active citizenship embodied by the former Statesman and contribute to South Africa’s growth and development.South Africa remains one of the most unequal societies in the world. A spirit of active citizenship that will drive the implementation of the National Development Plan is critical to national efforts to reduce this inequality. The National Development Plan or Vision 2030 is South Africa’s blueprint for social and economic growth and development. This plan will be successfully implemented only when all stakeholders in the country’s nation building project come together in a common purpose.Ordinary South Africans gather to mourn and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela after his passing in December 2013. (Image: GCIS)A report entitled “I believe I can make a difference” by the Charities Aid Foundation has found that giving and volunteering, which are important expressions of humanity and citizenship, are already widely evidenced across Africa. The report further finds that initiatives like International Mandela Day in South Africa “are illustrative of a concerted interest and effort in cultivating a caring society,” which promotes active citizenship and social cohesion.The findings of this report are echoed by the National Perceptions Audit conducted by Brand South Africa which finds that South Africa’s pride level stands at 80, active citizenship level at 68 and social cohesion level at 73. Fifty-three percent (53%) of citizens surveyed indicated that they would like to contribute to social programmes although they may not have the time and resources to do so which a further 29% indicated that are willing to contribute to programmes that help others.Children wave South African flags during an International Mandela Day event in Danville, Pretoria West. (Image: GCIS)It is with this in mind that Brand South Africa has partnered with the Going the Extra Mile programme (GEM) to develop an app which lists programmes and projects to which people can contribute. Using an app to communicate such projects is an innovate way in which to allow citizens to access information on a platform of their choice, in their own time, at their own leisure. The app is therefore intended to enable greater active citizenship cognisant of the fact that the South African brand is already strongly characterised by a spirit of active citizenship and service to others.Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to continue to play their part to enable growth and development in our country. Let International Mandela Day 2015 be the beginning of 365 Mandela Days.Participate in the conversation on #MandelaDay and #TimeToServelast_img read more

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Hope for Indian boxing, elections to set up new body on May 8

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 16 (PTI) The days of turmoil in Indian boxing seem finally headed for an end with the countrys administrators today deciding to hold fresh elections on May 8 to put together the Boxing Federation of India as the new national body. In a meeting of the stakeholders in Kolkata, it was unanimously decided to hold the elections on May 8, a good six days before the end of the deadline set by the tough-talking International Boxing Association (AIBA). “The elections will be held on May 8 and the process will have the support of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The venue of the elections is still to be finalised. The nominations will now be sent to the International Boxing Association, which will take a call,” a top official present in todays meeting told PTI. The race for the Presidents post is likely to be a three-way showdown between Delhis Rohit Jain, who narrowly lost out on the Secretary Generals position in the now defunct Boxing India, and former Secretaries Rakesh Thakran and Rajesh Bhandari. The Secretary Generals position is set to be contested by Jay Kowli, a member of the ad-hoc committee currently administering the sport, Goas Lenny DGama and Jammu and Kashmirs Dr Nirmolak Singh. While DGama has been a former Chairman of the Ring Officials Commission, Dr Singh has been the official doctor of the Indian boxing teams in the past. “All contentious issues have been sorted with near unanimity now. The clauses related to giving two votes to every member unit has been worked out. Besides the zonal representation has also been agreed on. So, it looks to be smooth from now and a new boxing body will take shape,” the official said. The development would come as massive relief for the countrys boxers, who are facing expulsion from the Olympics if a new federation does not take shape by May 14. Only one Indian boxer — Shiva Thapa (56kg) — has qualified for the Rio Olympics so far with two more qualifying events — one each for men and women — still to go. PTI PM CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more