HomeBuilder grant a boost for Townsville’s building industry

first_imgUnder the grant new homes being built must be worth $750,000 or less, including land, while renovations must be worth at least $150,000, but no more than $750,000A $25,000 grant to help new-homebuyers and renovators was announced by the Federal Government on Wednesday.In turn, this will support the struggling construction industry, who were facing a “bloodbath” come August, according to the Master Builders Association, who had been pushing the government to introduce a grant.RELATED NEWS What the HomeBuilders scheme means for buyers “Master Builders has been calling on the federal and state governments for some time to consider stimulus measures that will throw the building industry a lifeline,” Master Builders North Queensland regional manager, Emma Peters, said“While right now, for many builders, the work has been steady throughout the COVID-19 crisis, there is no doubt that a looming shortage of work that we expect will hit around August or September is on everyone’s minds.“Builders across North Queensland welcomed the State Government’s first round of stimulus, which included a $20 million renovation program to improve the resilience of homes north of Bundaberg, $50 billion in government expenditure on public buildings and civil projects over Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat is the new HomeBuilder scheme?00:46 COVID-19 sparks land sale surge Getting jobs back will help homeowners mostcenter_img the next four years, and a $200 million local government program to fund work on local council buildings and infrastructure.“While everyone is keen to remain positive and take advantage of all opportunities, we’ve definitely had reports that inquiries and contracts are already starting to dry up, which is why these measures are so important and it’s vital we don’t delay their introduction.” Masters Builders regional manager Emma Peters.Anyone building a new home, not only first-home buyers, or doing a substantial renovation, will be able to claim the cash provided they meet specific criteria.These include the grant only being accessible to individuals earning up to $125,000, or couples earning a combined salary of $200,000.Additionally, new homes being built must be worth $750,000 or less, including land, while renovations must be worth at least $150,000, but no more than $750,000. The money will not be allowed to go towards swimming pools, tennis courts, outdoor spas and saunas, sheds or garages.“If you’ve been putting off that renovation or new build, the extra $25,000 we’re putting on the table along with record low interest rates means now’s the time to get started,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, with hopes the $688 million plan will “fire up” the construction industry.It was initially predicted that roughly 100,000 construction jobs in Queensland alone could have been lost if the government didn’t introduce a grant.“We recently ramped up our calls for a new homeowners’ grant following a recent report that calls for swift and urgent stimulus measures to counter the looming crisis,” Ms Peters said.As the industry lurches towards an economic cliff, the pandemic lockdown has seen many contracts rapidly drying up, with traffic through show homes down 90 per cent across Australia since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.Under the new scheme, first-home buyers will also be able to cash in, which means they have access to a combined $40,000 – provided they also receive the existing State Government First Home Owners’ Grant.More from news02:12The suburbs posting median sales price increases despite Covid2 Sep 202001:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 2020 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:07Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:07 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Current market update02:08 Maidment Group managing director Glen Maidment said with interest rates at 60-year record lows, savvy buyers who were in secure employment were recognising the opportunity that existed and were stepping forward knowing market conditions had never been more favourable.“There is an increasing presence of first-home buyers entering the market,” he said.“The ability to access to the State Government’s $15,000 First Home Owners’ Grant and the Federal Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, provides the means for first-home buyers to transition into homeownership, who in many cases end up paying a mortgage on a new home that is substantially cheaper than the cost of renting.“The grant is absolutely critical to securing ongoing employment for Townsville locals and will ensure the building and construction industry staves off potential collapse.”Ms Peters agreed that the grant would have a profound impact across the sector, but also the wider community.“A grant for all new homes built will act as a lifeline for residential construction activity and create major benefits for the economy and community,” she said.The HomeBuilder scheme is intended to be running within weeks, but any application will be able to be backdated to June 4.Contracts must be signed by December 31 and work has to begin within three months of the signing to be eligible.“Across Queensland, we’d expect to see more than 2270 new homes to be built, with North Queensland benefiting to the tune of 45 additional homes built, providing vital support for almost 200 construction businesses, many of them small businesses,” Ms Peters said, based on a $40,000 grant.“These initiatives would benefit the region’s building industry, particularly the renovations for cyclone resilience, but there is more to be done and quickly.“The need for swift action to deliver a much-needed lifeline and supercharge the state’s stalling economy has never been more dire.”last_img read more

Debutants deliver as Windes wins

first_imgHARARE, Zimbabwe (CMC) – West Indies recovered from a batting collapse to mount a clinical bowling effort, and beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs in their opening game of the Tri-Nations Series here yesterday.Sent in at the Harare Sports Club, West Indies were well poised at 172 for four in the 42nd over before losing their last six wickets for 55 runs, to be all out for a disappointing 227 off 49.2 overs.Left-hander Jonathan Carter top-scored with 54 on his 29th birth anniversary while wicketkeeper Shai Hope stroked 47 and fellow debutant Rovman Powell, a typically enterprising 44 off just 29 balls.In reply, Sri Lanka slumped to 16 for three in the sixth over, recovered to reach 139 for six in the 26th before crumbling to 165 all out off 43.1 overs – losing their last four wickets for 26 runs.The architects of Sri Lanka’s demise were fast bowler Shannon Gabriel (3-31) and off-spinner Ashley Nurse (3-46) who picked up three wickets apiece, while captain and seamer Jason Holder claimed two for 16 from eight superb overs.Sachith Pathirana, batting at number eight, top-scored with 45 from 40 balls while Shehan Jayasuriya made 31 and Niroshan Dickwella, 28.With the victory, West Indies moved to the top of the table on five points, ahead on net run rate of Sri Lanka also on five points, with Zimbabwe yet to register a point.The Caribbean side’s start was less than impressive, however, as they lost both openers Johnson Charles (2) and Kraigg Brathwaite (14) cheaply to stumble to 27 for two in the tenth over.Charles was taken at third man off seamer Suranga Lakmal essaying a big hit in the fourth over and Brathwaite was unfortunately run-out by Nuwan Kulasekara’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end as he went through for a quick single.Hope and Carter then featured in key partnerships which put the West Indies innings back on track. The right-handed Hope first added 49 for the third wicket with the left-handed Evin Lewis, whose 27 came from 50 balls and included a single four.When Lewis was caught at the wicket off left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana in the 24th over, Hope put on a further 53 or the fourth wicket with Carter, to take West Indies past triple figures.Hope faced 81 deliveries and struck four fours and a six while the left-handed Carter’s second ODI half-century came from 62 balls and included two fours and two sixes.Hope had just cleared the ropes at long on with slow medium Asela Gunaratne and was eyeing a half-century when he was deceived and bowled four deliveries later by the same bowler, at 129 for four in the 35th over.Carter and Powell kept the momentum going in a busy 43-run, fifth-wicket stand off 41 deliveries, with Carter reaching his landmark in the 41st over with a couple to fine leg.He perished in the next over when he flicked seamer Kulasekara into the lap of deep square leg and it was left to Powell to blast two fours and three sixes, to get West Indies up to a competitive total.Man-of-the-Match Holder then struck early for West Indies, having Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind off an inside edge for three at seven for one in the fourth over.Kusal Perera fell in the next over for four via run-out with one run added, failing to beat Charles’ throw to the non-striker’s end from square leg, as he advanced down for a single.When Holder induced a drive from Kusal Mendis and had the right-hander caught high at second slip by Nurse for four, Sri Lanka were declining quickly.Dickwella revived the innings briefly in a 35-run, fourth-wicket stand with Upul Tharanga (12) before guiding a short ball from Gabriel to Sulieman Benn at third man, and his dismissal triggered another slide which saw three wickets tumble for 28 runs.Tottering on 79 for six in the 26th over, Sri Lanka regained their balance thanks to Pathirana and Jayasuriya who posted 60 for the seventh wicket.Pathirana was the aggressor, hammering five fours and two sixes and once he holed out to Lewis at long-off off Nurse in the 38th over, the innings collapsed.WEST INDIES inningsJ. Charles c Perera b Lakmal 2K. Brathwaite run-out 14E. Lewis c wkp. Dickwella b Pathirana 27S. Hope b Gunaratne 47J. Carter c de Silva b Kulasekara 54R. Powell c wkp. Dickwella b Pradeep 44C. Brathwaite c Lakmal b Pradeep 14J. Holder run-out 2A. Nurse not out 5S. Benn lbw b Kulasekara 7S. Gabriel lbw b Lakmal 0Extras: (lb-6, w-5) 11Total. (all out; 49.2 overs) 227Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-27, 3-76), 4-129, 5-172, 6-209), 7-214, 8-215, 9-226.Bowling: Kulasekara 10-1-37-2 (w-3), Lakmal 9.2-1-45-2, Pradeep 10-1-55-2 (w-2), Jayasuriya 4-0-19-0, Pathirana 6-0-25-1, Gunaratne 10-1-40-1.SRI LANKA inningsD. de Silva c wkp. Hope b Holder 3K. Perera run-out 4N. Dickwella c Benn b Gabriel 28B Mendis c Nurse b Holder 4U. Tharanga c & b Nurse 12A Gunaratne lbw b Nurse 18S. Jayasuriya c Powell b C. Brathwaite 31S. Pathirana c Lewis b Nurse 45N. Kulasekara c Lewis b Gabriel 16S. Lakmal b Gabriel 0N. Pradeep not out 0Extras: (w-4) 4Total (all out; 43.1 overs) 165Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-8, 3-16, 4-51, 5-64, 6-79, 7-139, 8-151, 9-160.Bowling: Gabriel 8.1-0-31-3 (w-2), Holder 8-0-16-2 (w-1), C. Brathwaite 9-0-34-1 (w-1), Carter 1-0-4-0, Nurse 10-1-46-3, Benn 7-1-34-0.Points: West Indies 5, Sri Lanka 0.Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.last_img read more

Upamecano ‘dreaming’ of Prem transfer and won’t sign new RB Leipzig deal

first_imgDAYOT UPAMECANO is dreaming of a move to the Premier League, according to reports.The defender has been heavily linked with a summer move away from RB Leipzig amid interest from Tottenham and Arsenal.1 Dayot Upamecano is dreaming of a move to the Premier League, according to reports in GermanyCredit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to German newspaper Bild, the 21-year-old views the English top-flight as his “dream destination”.The France Under-21 star has just 18 months left to run on his contract with the Bundesliga side.And the source states that he has rejected the club’s attempts to tie him down with a new deal.He has played for the German side since he moved from Red Bull Salzburg for £9million in 2017.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the GunnersAnd he will be available for £50million when his release clause activates in the summer.Arsenal are long-term admirers of the 21-year-old, but were priced out of a move for him in the January transfer window.And reports from Germany claimed the club had a £50million bid rejected for him in the summer.The Gunners are expected to reignite their interest in him this summer, but face competition from a number of Europe’s biggest clubs. LATEST ARSENAL NEWSLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful trialTottenham boss Jose Mourinho ran the rule over Upamecano during Leipzig’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich over the weekend.Spurs could find themselves needing defensive reinforcements as Jan Vertonghen’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season.Manchester City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been linked to the Bundesliga star.The Arsenal squad trek through the desert on camels during Dubai training camplast_img read more

University of Tokyo scientist hit by anonymous allegations fights back

first_img Perry Li/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) By Dennis NormileJun. 21, 2017 , 1:00 PM University of Tokyo scientist hit by anonymous allegations fights back Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Separately, he has posted the submitted corrections, covering what is awry with a number of figures in five papers he says the committee identified as problematic. Of the five, two appeared in Science, two in Nature, and one was published in EMBO Reports. They all cover processes affecting chromosomes during cell division. The corrections blame the errors on such things as mix-ups in cell lines, the combination of data sets into a single graph, and improper processing of western blot panels.“As the head of the laboratory, I take ultimate responsibility for these errors, and extend my sincerest apologies to the scientific community for any concern or inconvenience these may have caused,” Watanabe writes. He hopes corrections will suffice.The European Molecular Biology Organization, publisher of EMBO Reports, is allowing the group to update images in one figure. The “image aberrations” only rise to the least problematic level of one on a scale of three that the publisher uses to gauge errors, Bernd Pulverer, head of scientific publications for EMBO, writes in a letter included in Watanabe’s Dropbox cache. “Our view is that the basic conclusions of this figure, and therefore the paper as a whole, stand,” Pulverer writes.In an email to ScienceInsider, Watanabe wrote that decisions by Science and Nature are pending. He also explained that while there was some departure from best practice in handling images “most errors were unintentional.” However, the university committee has tentatively defined many of the errors “as fabrication or falsification by a very strict rule.”It remains to be seen whether there will be any disciplinary measures. A public relations official at the University of Tokyo declined to comment on the ongoing investigation but added that the committee’s report “is now in the final stages of preparation and will be made public when it is complete.”Ordinary_researchers did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.Update, 6/22/2017, 10:14 a.m.: This article was updated to clarify Watanabe’s comment about the errors in handling images. 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Now, even before the panel completes its investigation, one of the accused researchers has mounted a staunch defense of his work, with a point-by-point rebuttal of the allegations and an apology for mistakes confirmed in several of the questioned papers.“We believe that none of the errors affect the main conclusions of any of the reports,” Yoshinori Watanabe, who studies chromosome dynamics, writes in a statement posted in a Dropbox on 17 June. He adds that he is discussing with journals whether corrections or retractions to the affected papers would be “most appropriate.” He writes that at least one journal has already accepted a “short corrigendum.”  The allegations of falsified and fabricated data were made by an individual or group going by the name Ordinary_researchers in more than 100 pages of documents delivered to the university, funding agencies, and the press and posted online in two batches on 14 and 29 August. Twenty-three of the claims involved seven papers by Watanabe’s group. Watanabe goes through the 23 allegations one-by-one in a document placed in a Dropbox reached by following a link on a personal website. He explains where he believes Ordinary_researchers went wrong or misunderstood the image. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) The University of Tokyolast_img read more