New house sales fall over 29pc as industry adapts to new normal

first_imgHIA believes Queensland’s drop in new homes sale could just be “timing issues”. Picture: Liam Kidston.QUEENSLAND has logged a massive 29.3 per cent monthly fall in new house sales, as residential building eases off 2016’s highs.The Housing Industry Association recorded the fall for June over the May figures, though the result was also 24.1 per cent lower than a year earlier. HIA senior economist Shane Garrett said Australia’s largest states were at their lowest level since October 2013, with national June home sales numbers down 6.9 per cent over May (-11.9 per cent down on June 2016). Free signup to The Courier-Mail’s Real Estate newsletter direct to your inbox More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMr Garrett said the results supported HIA’s forecasts that new dwelling commencements would continue easing until late 2018.But he said the major states were coming off recent record peaks.“The fall in sales needs to be considered against the backdrop of residential building coming off a record peak of activity in 2016. We project that residential building will still be operating at a historically high level,” he said.The HIA new home sales report said Queensland’s June decline “could just be reflecting timing issues” given it was off “a similarly large increase in May”.The report said “the quarterly figures give a clearer picture” with the June quarter seeing detached house sales down 3 per cent over the March quarter, and having fallen 7 per cent over the same period in 2016.*Follow Sophie Foster on Twitter and Facebooklast_img read more

Local sorority awards scholarships

first_imgBatesville, Ind. — The Theta Nu Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority from Batesville has awarded three local students $750 scholarships.Laura Meer plans to study radiological science at Northern Kentucky University, Haley Chaffee will be studying visual communication design at Purdue University and Rose Meer will be working toward a Spanish education degree at the University of Indianapolis.Proceeds from the sorority’s Holiday Bazaar are used to fund the scholarships.last_img

‘Salute 5k Run/Walk’ honors local soldier

first_imgSunman, In. — The Salute a Soldier 5k Run/Walk is Saturday, September 8 at the Sunman American Legion Post 337.Registration is from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. A short presentation along with a 21-gun salute at 8:45 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 9 a.m. There will be a special awards ceremony after the event. The course is timed by Stuart Road Racing.Proceeds will be directed to the Sunman American Legion Post 337 in the memory of PFC Tony Seig who lost his life Iraq back in 2006.All veterans and members of the military will be honored by small American Flags that will line the route. Resident s can purchase the flags for $10 at the event.last_img

Liverpool complete signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern

first_img Loading… “It also [has] this kind of family [feeling] that I need because we [like to] have a very close relationship with the club and I think I will feel this, I will have this feeling, with this club as well.” Thiago moves to Anfield fresh from helping Bayern clinch a prestigious treble as they won the Bundesliga, German cup and Champions League in 2019-20, during which he featured 40 times. Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Moments after sealing the move, Thiago told “I think it’s an amazing feeling. I was waiting for this moment for a long time and I am very, very happy to be here. “When the years are passing, you are trying to win as much as you can – and when you win, you want to win more. I think this club describes what I am as well; I want to achieve all of the goals, win as many trophies as possible. Read Also: Liverpool open Barcelona talks about Dembele loan “Everything is more compact and we started a little bit later, but still it is football and I think we have to mix all the big things up, all the good things we have. I will help the team in a defensive and offensive [way] and also in a mental aspect. “[The fans] are not more excited than I am, for sure not! It is not about saying words, it is about doing the things. I will give my heart on the field to my teammates, the club and also to the fans.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Premier League champions Liverpool have completed a deal for the permanent transfer of Thiago Alcantara from FC Bayern Munich. According to Liverpool official website, the Spain international midfielder has put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the Reds and becomes the club’s second signing of the transfer window, following Kostas Tsimikas in August. The 29-year-old, who also has 39 caps for Spain, spent seven seasons at the Allianz Arena having transferred to Germany from FC Barcelona, where he began his career. In total, Thiago has won nine league titles, two Champions Leagues and two FIFA Club World Cups with his respective previous teams. He added: “I must adapt to the team as fast as I can in the situation and the context that we are living right now.last_img read more

Joe Girard III finds minutes at point guard in first career game

first_img Published on November 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ When another attempt to break through Virginia’s defense in the second half failed and Jalen Carey’s swooping layup was swatted out of bounds, SU head coach Jim Boeheim scowled, pointed towards Joe Girard III and ordered the freshman off the bench.Girard had given the Orange a spark in the first half, and SU’s ventures into the lane weren’t effective. Syracuse needed 3s. With Buddy Boeheim and Elijah Hughes playing almost every minute, the Orange needed the freshman Girard to take control.“I’m just going to do whatever coach tells me to do,” Girard said. “Today, he just put me at the point guard. Maybe he thought that was our best shot.”In his first game at SU, Girard found himself in a role uncharacteristic of his scouting report. Known for his shooting, Girard showcased his abilities as a playmaking lead guard for Syracuse and was one of the lone bright spots in a historically bad offensive game against Virginia. Boeheim said giving Hughes ball-handling responsibilities gives the team “a different look,” and Girard in the same role does much of the same.Though Girard was unsure of why point guard was his chosen role against the Cavaliers, Buddy acknowledged that a commitment to 3-pointers — despite uneven results — dictated much of SU’s game plan in the opener. If Syracuse continues its reliance on 3-point shooting, a lineup with its three best shooters together in the backcourt could produce consistent offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He probably looked at the landscape and was like, ‘Elijah and Buddy are veterans and they’re going to play a lot of minutes,’” said Jim Hart, Girard’s City Rocks AAU coach. “So, in the ‘find-a-way JGIII mentality,’ he found a way to get a lot of minutes at (point guard) in his first game in college — when no one thought he would.”Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorAs word of Girard’s shooting stroke spread early in his career, defenders denied him the ball however possible. Girard had to develop a natural creativity on and off the ball. His shot fake often fooled defenders wary of his 3-point shooting, which opened a driving lane,  drew an interior defender and created a dump-pass option to a teammate inside. Playing with Buddy at City Rocks, the two created an understanding to seek the extra pass before a shot in hopes of getting a better one.Girard said he’s worked with SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara on driving to the rim, utilizing the strength in his lower body as opposed to relying on his broad-shouldered frame. In high school, he noted that he had to take plays off when possible to preserve energy to score. But at Syracuse, the mindset is different and he has to maintain a steady competitive energy throughout the game. When there aren’t three defenders on him, it’s easier.“I think the biggest thing for me is showing off that I’m not just a shooter, I’m not just a scorer,” Girard said.But as a player who averaged 50 points for much of his high school career, the results in a playmaking role are sometimes erratic. Several times in the preseason, Girard drove in with his upper-body and was charged with offensive fouls or had his momentum stopped.After sparking an early SU scoring run against Virginia on a two-dribble penetration and a dish to Marek Dolezaj, Girard had too much forward momentum and fired a pass out of bounds while leading the break.“(Girard)’s not ready for (Virginia): This defense, this team,” Boeheim said after SU’s loss to Virginia.Near the end of the first half against the Cavaliers, Girard took the ball and immediately gave it to Hughes. Girard faded off the ball, and his defender crept towards Hughes. Girard darted back, took a dump pass from Hughes and rose up beyond the line. His shot ricocheted off the back rim and fell through the hoop. Girard stuck up three fingers and tucked them to his side.Said Boeheim: “But he’ll get better.” Commentslast_img read more

Hopes for more Irish success at Royal Ascot

first_imgThe Adrian Keatley-trained Jet Setting, which recently changed hands for £1.3m, is set to start as the favourite for the Group 1 Coronation Stakes, which is the big race today and goes to post at twenty-past four.There’s also racing here at home today, with action at Down Royal and Limerick.Both tracks will host seven-race cards, with first-off in Limerick at half-past five before the opening race in Down Royal at 5.45.last_img

Capital One Cup Preview : North London derby leads way as United and Chelsea seek progression

first_imgA North London derby is a must-win encounter for either side, be it in the cup or league, but Mauricio Pochettino and Arsene Wenger each have their own reasons to target victory.The mood of both sides is dramatically different to where it was prior to the international break, with the hosts riding a wave of confidence after Heung-min Son’s three goals in two games suggested there may be life beyond Harry Kane.A win against their bitter rivals will raise hopes that Spurs’ slow start to the season is well and truly over.Will Arsenal triumph away from home or can Tottenham continue their good run?Liverpool welcome League Two side Carlisle to Anfield in the Capital One Cup hoping for a win to keep the pressure off manager Brendan Rodgers.The Reds boss has come under scrutiny after an indifferent start in the Premier League has followed another big overhaul of his playing staff in the summer. After winning the their first two games of the season, Liverpool have not won in five matches. In comparison, Carlisle have made a decent start to their campaign. They currently lie in 10th but are level on points with Oxford United,who are in fifth.The Cumbrians also possess England’s leading scorer in Jabo Ibehre, who has netted 10 times in 11 appearances since joining Carlisle on a free transfer in the summer.Chelsea striker Diego Costa begins a three-match suspension after being found guilty of violent conduct.The Spain international was banned after clashing with Laurent Koscielny during the Blues’ 2-0 Premier League win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Captain John Terry and striker Radamel Falcao will start the game but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) and midfielder Willian are sidelined.Isaiah Osbourne is a doubt for League One Walsall because of a knee injury.Manchester United go in search of their first trophy in three seasons but will face a tough test as they welcome Ipswich to Old Trafford in the third round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.Following last season’s embarrassing 4-0 defeat to MK Dons, the Red Devils will be looking to vastly improve and carry on their fine domestic form. United currently lie in second place in the Premier League and have lost only one game in the league so far.Ipswich will be no pushovers, however, and Mick McCarthy’s side are in good form themselves. They are fourth in the Championship and breezed past Doncaster 4-1 in the previous round.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more