Construction work underway at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.According to surveyor RBL, a total of 685 cranes are currently located on projects across Australia, with 350 in Sydney, 151 in Melbourne and 116 in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. Mr James said there was nothing in the data to change CommSec’s belief that official interest rates won’t change for at least a year. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Apartments under construction in Newstead, Brisbane. Photo: Glenn Hunt.Across the four major sub-sectors in the survey, engineering construction activity expanded for a seventh consecutive month to hit 10-year highs. Government spending on road, rail and public transportation-related infrastructure projects continues to drive engineering jobs, wages growth and construction work. The home building sector also expanded in October, though at a slower rate of growth. PROPERTY BEATS SUPER HANDS DOWN BRISBANE’S PRESTIGE MARKET ON FIRE PLENTY OF HOMES FOR HORSE LOVERS More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoApartment-related activity picked up, but it remained at contractionary levels as new orders softened and investor demand continued to wane following recent lending restrictions.Ai Group head of policy Peter Burn said the outlook for the apartment sub-sector was for a continuation of the orderly retreat from historically high levels that had been evident over the course of 2017. “There may still be plenty of cranes visible on new apartment sites but there are now many less than was the case a year ago,” he said. Construction work across Australia has picked up for a ninth straight month, new figures show. Photo: AFP/Armend Nimani.CONSTRUCTION work across the nation has picked up for a ninth straight month, but the cranes are starting to disappear from apartment sites, according to new figures.The Australian Industry Group Performance of Construction index eased to 53.2 in October from 54.7 in September.Any reading above 50 signifies expansion or growth of activity, however the pace of growth has been slowing since July. Apartments under construction in Newstead, Brisbane. Photo: Glenn Hunt.Housing Industry Association principal economist Tim Reardon said house building had continued to cool modestly throughout the year and he expected that to continue into 2018.“The easing in the pace of contraction in the apartment side of the market is welcome news in a market that has slowed over the year,” he said.CommSec senior economist Craig James noted the survey showed infrastructure-related construction work was booming across the nation. “While mining projects have been completed, the handover to non-mining sources of construction, especially road, rail and transport projects are driving growth and creating jobs,” he said in a note to clients.
Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is holding its annual public hearing on June 19, 2018 at the Indiana Government Center South Building, Conference Room C from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. DOR’s public hearing provides customers and stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback and share their ideas on how the agency can improve policies, processes and procedures.“The annual public hearing affords DOR the opportunity to update Hoosiers about ongoing projects and procedural changes, as well as, gather invaluable feedback from both customers and stakeholders to spur continuous improvement,” said DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp. “We look forward to this event and encourage citizens to interact with us.”As a new feature to promote accessibility and transparency in the process, those who are interested but unable to attend the hearing can visit DOR’s Facebook page where it will be streaming live for the first time. The public can also submit feedback via email correspondence if they cannot attend the hearing. Emails sent to Media@dor.in.gov with the subject line “Annual Public Hearing” that are received before June 19 will be read aloud.“Last year’s public hearing inspired many improvements, including necessary revisions to our payment plan options,” added Commissioner Krupp. “By bringing this issue to light, our staff and members of the newly-formed Commissioner’s Tax Advisory Council worked to come up with new payment plan terms, and improve the overall process to be more customer-friendly.”Annual hearing details are as follows:Tuesday, June 19, 201810 a.m. to 11 a.m. (EST)Indiana Government Center SouthConference Room C402 West Washington StreetIndianapolis, IN 46204
Shay Given has warned the Republic of Ireland not to under-estimate resurgent Georgia as the Euro 2016 qualifying game approaches crunch point. Press Association “We did that and we roll on. Monday is a huge game now.” Given, who was winning his 131st senior cap, was a spectator for much of the game, although he had to make two important first-half saves from Gibraltar midfielder Liam Walker, who fully extended him from distance with Jeff Wood’s side much improved from the 7-0 demolition job in Dublin last October. Given said: “These games, sometimes you think you will have nothing to do, but at 1-0 I made a couple of saves and you are on a hiding to nothing, really, because even when you are two, three-nil up, they still want to bomb forward to try to get a goal and get their name on the scoresheet. “It was important that we kept a clean sheet. It’s good for myself, good for the back four and the team as a unit to keep a clean sheet. “People say yes, it’s not great opposition, but they have still got some players – they scored against Scotland in Glasgow, so they have still got players who can cause a couple of problems.” However, the Republic’s hopes would be dealt a serious blow if they failed to follow up their win in Portugal with a similar outcome against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on Monday, with the Germans and the Poles the tricky opposition lying in wait next month. Given said: “We wanted them to win [against Scotland], but the thing is they’ll be coming to Dublin with confidence and belief. But we will have plenty of confidence as well after the win tonight. We could have had more goals as well. “We played some good stuff, created some good chances – but it will be a different game. Obviously Georgia are a better team than the guys (on Friday night), so it will be a tougher game, but we are at home and we need to win the game. “We said after the Scottish game in Dublin that there would still be a few twists and turns, and (Friday) has shown that that’s the case. “Scotland will be kicking themselves a little bit, but there are still a lot of games to play – well, three. But after (Friday), we have got tough games coming up. “Obviously Monday is the game now. We have got to recover and try to get a win on Monday night.” Given and his team-mates were aware of what had happened at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena before kick-off at the Estadio Algarve, but the 39-year-old admitted that it had done little to change their approach. He said: “Not really. If anything, it might give you a little boost because they have dropped the points. But we knew we had to win the game whatever happened with Scotland. The Georgians handed their Group D rivals a significant boost on Friday evening when they defeated Scotland 1-0 in Tbilisi hours before Ireland beat Gibraltar 4-0 in Faro to climb above Gordon Strachan’s men in the table. With Germany having replaced Poland at the top of the pool with a 3-1 victory over them in Frankfurt, it is realistically a two-way fight between Martin O’Neill’s side and the Scots for third place and a crack at the play-offs.
The Brazilian was played onside by Robbie Brady and his scuffed shot went in via the boot of Declan Rudd and the post. Brady recovered well to deny Milner inside the area moments later before Norwich exposed Liverpool’s aerial vulnerability to draw level when the visitors twice failed to clear a corner. Graham Dorrans headed back in and Mbokani did the rest, controlling the ball with his back to goal before his improvised finish left Sakho sprawling on the floor. Liverpool’s defence was again found wanting when Hoolahan beat Henderson and found Naismith, who finished brilliantly across goal for an interval lead. Naismith next stole in on the wrong side of Moreno before the left-back lunged in from behind. It might have been a foul, but Moreno made certain by recklessly bundling Naismith over from behind. Hoolahan converted the penalty. Liverpool pulled one back within moments as Firmino flicked Nathaniel Clyne’s cross on to an unmarked Henderson, who swept in. The Reds equalised when Milner found Lallana, who centred for Firmino to control the ball once and prod it past Rudd. It went from bad to worse for Norwich as Martin inexplicably passed back in the direction of Rudd without looking. Milner intercepted and finished calmly to restore Liverpool’s advantage only for Bassong to finish superbly from 22 yards for what he thought was the equaliser. There was another twist to come, though, as Norwich failed to clear and Lallana’s shot looped over Rudd. TWEET OF THE MATCH “FULL-TIME: Norwich 4-5 #LFC. No words.” – Unsurprisingly, Liverpool’s official Twitter feed (@LFC) were lost for words at the final whistle as the Reds came out victorious in a nine-goal thriller. PLAYER RATINGS Norwich Declan Rudd: 5/10 Ivo Pinto: 5 Robbie Brady: 5 Russell Martin: 5 Sebastien Bassong: 5 Jonny Howson: 6 Nathan Redmond: 6 Graham Dorrans: 6 Dieumerci Mbokani: 7 Wes Hoolahan: 7 Steven Naismith: 7 Substitutes: Matt Jarvis (for Hoolahan, 70 minutes): 5 Martin Olsson (for Redmond, 70): 5 Cameron Jerome (for Naismith, 82): 5 Liverpool Simon Mignolet: 5 Nathaniel Clyne: 6 Alberto Moreno: 5 Kolo Toure: 5 Mamadou Sakho: 5 Lucas: 6 Emre Can: 6 James Milner: 7 Roberto Firmino: 7 Jordan Henderson: 7 Jordan Ibe: 6 Substitutes: Adam Lallana (for Ibe, 59): 7 Christian Benteke (for Henderson, 76): 6 Steven Caulker (for Moreno, 90): 5 STAR PLAYER Naismith. It could not be a defender. There was an unfamiliar look about Naismith, who for so long wore blue and white with Kilmarnock, Rangers and Everton before his reported £8.5million move to Norwich. He made an instant impression in yellow and green and could not be faulted for the goals. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Mbokani’s goal. The Congo striker improvised brilliantly to equalise. With his back to goal, he controlled a bouncing ball and scored with a deft back-heel which bamboozled Sakho and Mignolet. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Naismith and Pinto made their Norwich debuts as two of four changes, while Liverpool made nine changes following their FA Cup replay defeat of Exeter. Both sides are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, but the substitute who made the most impact was Lallana, the match winner. MOAN OF THE MATCH Plenty of mistakes at the back on show in this game. Alan Hansen will be glad he does not have to analyse the defending having now retired from the Match of the Day sofa. WHO’S UP NEXT Norwich v Tottenham, Barclays Premier League, Tuesday, February 2 Liverpool v Stoke, Capital One Cup semi-final second leg, Tuesday, January 26 Lallana said it was “massive” result for his side but admits he feared it was not going to happen when Bassong levelled. He told BT Sport 1: “A strange afternoon but we’re just delighted to get the three points in the end. When they scored in the 92nd or 93rd minute, you think it’s going to be one of them days. “But Benteke nodded it down, next thing you know it’s in the back of the net. It’s three points which is massive for us after a few disappointing results.” Milner said: “(The game) was ridiculous at times. Going up and then it’s disappointing coming in at half-time, we weren’t at the races. But we showed character to come back especially after conceding the goal early in the second half. “It’s disappointing to concede from another set-piece. It would have been easy to roll over but we went straight back on the front foot. A great finish from the lads.” Klopp said: “Unbelievable game. It was not easy today. I think we had a lot of problems in the game. I don’t know what it was but it wasn’t enough at the start of the game against a team searching for confidence. “But we played football, we made it 1-0, we should have made it 2-0. But set-play, set-play, set-play and they got more confidence. “Second half we came back with brilliant goals and at the end when I saw five minutes (stoppage-time) I thought…I couldn’t understand why. “I don’t understand this and I asked but it was not positive. But these two goals, we were a deserved winner. Four goals from set-plays, that must be a new record, I think you have to make a new list for British football. I think it is crazy what we are doing.” A disappointed Alex O’Neil, the Norwich manager, said: “I think we were our own downfall, that best describes the second half defensively. We score four goals and you don’t manage to win the game, that’s a big, big problem. “We got ourselves in a 3-1 situation, defended reasonably well but there’s nothing to say and nothing constitute the situation.” Klopp celebrated on the pitch with a shirtless Lallana, but there is much work to do if the Reds are to advance to the Capital One Cup final at the expense of Stoke, visitors to Anfield for the semi-final second leg on Tuesday night. It had looked like new signing Steven Naismith would be an instant hero for the Canaries after Dieumerci Mbokani cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s opener with a brilliant back-heel. Naismith scored his first Everton goal against Liverpool and, on his debut following his move from Goodison Park, the Scot struck again to give the Canaries a 2-1 half-time lead. Poor defending allowed Norwich to further extend their advantage when Alberto Moreno felled Naismith in the box and Wes Hoolahan converted the resulting penalty. Jordan Henderson reduced the deficit from a gaping hole in the Norwich defence and another appeared allowing Firmino to equalise with 27 minutes remaining. James Milner converted for 4-3 after capitalising on Russell Martin’s dreadful pass back before the late drama. The Canaries looked lively early on, with Naismith, Nathan Redmond and Hoolahan floating around in spaces between Liverpool’s defence and midfield. But it was Liverpool who struck first. Moreno and Milner combined well on the left and the latter fed Firmino. Adam Lallana’s last-minute strike gave Liverpool an astonishing first Barclays Premier League win of 2016 in a nine-goal thriller at Norwich. Jurgen Klopp’s men had trailed 3-1 with under 30 minutes to go, then led 4-3 before Sebastien Bassong’s stoppage-time strike levelled matters. But there was still time for substitute Lallana to mis-hit a shot into the ground and secure a 5-4 victory as Liverpool’s own defensive failings were eclipsed by Norwich’s at Carrow Road. 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