More bad news for apartment approvals

first_imgBuilding approvals numbers were lower across the country this month.The unit building boom has run it’s course according to figures released by the ABS today.ABS analysis showed national seasonally-adjusted building approval numbers for May 2017 fell by 5.6 per cent.And the result for Queensland’s building sector was also disappointing with approvals down 21.6 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2016. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoHousing Industry Association principal economist, Tim Reardon, said the downturn had become entrenched this year.“The downward trend for new home approvals has now been locked in for about six months,” he said.While the May 2017 seasonally-adjusted measure for Australian houses dropped just 0.6 per cent, other housing, such as apartments, dropped 12.1 per cent for the month.“It is the multi-unit sector of the industry that has slowed more quickly than detached homes,” Mr Reardon said.During the three months to May 2017, national multi-unit approvals fell by 27.8 per cent when compared with the same period in 2016.“It is important to note that this dramatic slowdown in multi-units is off the back of the super-cycle of apartments that commenced in 2015,” Mr Reardon said.last_img read more

Rooney never doubted Fellaini

first_img Manager Louis van Gaal said the midfielder was undroppable on current form, Ashley Young believes Fellaini is “unplayable” when at the peak of his powers, and Rooney thinks the Belgian is the best on the planet when it comes to relieving pressure and turning defence into attack. The United captain said: “We like to play out from the back and if teams are pressing us then we have him as an option. He is probably the best in world football at bringing the ball down and getting us out of that pressure and further up the pitch.” That Fellaini would receive such praise off anyone would have seemed laughable last summer. The 27-year-old was made to shoulder much of the blame for the disastrous reign of David Moyes, who signed the midfielder for £27.5million. The United fans who were excited at the prospect of watching the Belgian play quickly threw away the Afro wigs they had bought to mark his arrival when his form went downhill as fast as the team’s and Moyes was sacked. Such was the apathy towards Fellaini that his introduction off the bench for United’s final pre-season friendly against Valencia last August was greeted with sarcastic cheers from the home fans. Rooney thinks Fellaini should take credit for the way he dealt with the negativity that was directed his way. “Last year was awful for him,” Rooney said. “But in fairness he kept his head down worked hard and come through that tough period. Wayne Rooney never doubted Marouane Fellaini would become a world-beater at Manchester United. Fellaini put on the latest in a long line of impressive performances on Sunday when he starred in United’s 4-2 derby win over Manchester City at Old Trafford. Fellaini did not start a game for United until the end of October, but his form has become so good recently that those who work with him have been falling over themselves to praise him. “It was tough for him but he had the whole team’s support. We knew he was working hard and it wasn’t just him struggling last season, a lot of us were. “He was the one who took most of the blame for it. It was hard for him. Thankfully the manager has shown faith in him. “He is showing now what he did at Everton and why Manchester United bought him. He is a quality player. He is a different option for us and it is starting to show on the pitch.” In the first derby, Fellaini lacked discipline and seemed determined to get sent off, but on Sunday he put on arguably the best performance of his United career. The 6ft 4in midfielder eased the pressure on his team-mates by heading in United’s second and he won his battle with his opposite number Yaya Toure, who was made to look like a tired fortysomething by the final whistle. Rooney thinks Fellaini, and the rest of the United front six, were more willing to graft for their team-mates than the opposition. He said: “We know some City players are not the best at tracking back and defending and tracking runners and we felt we could make them pay for that and we did do. “We have got players who can score goals from midfield and to be honest we felt that was going to win us the game and it was proved to be.” Fellaini, Rooney and their team-mates will look to make it seven straight wins this Saturday when they travel to Stamford Bridge. Although mathematically United can still win the title, even if they win in London, leaders Chelsea will still be five points clear and they have a match in hand against bottom side Leicester to come. But Rooney knows United can send out another message by becoming the first team to win at Stamford Bridge in the league in more than a year. “We are confident going to Chelsea,” the striker said. “We are in a good run of form and have beaten some good teams.” Press Associationlast_img read more

National Sports Federations to Hold Re-Run Elections on July 12

first_img” We are very careful to also ensure that candidates comply with the guidelines and present the right documents for verification. Thereafter, the master list will be published for all to see before the bye elections” Salau said.Fresh Presidential elections are to hold in Athletics, Taekwondo, Wrestling and Gymnastics while zonal elections will hold in Judo (South West) Athletics (South East and North West) and Taekwondo (South West).All Zonal, Vice and Presidential elections will take place in the Rugby Federation also on July 12.Inauguration of all National Sports Federations remains July 20, 2017 at the National Stadium, Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports has scheduled July 12, 2017 for the re-run of elections into the four pending national sports federations’ boards. The federations are Athletics, Gymnastics, Wrestling and Taekwondo.The Chairman of the National Sports Federations Electoral Appeals Committee, Alhaji Abdulrazak Salau said in a statement, that the influx of petitions which followed the June 13, 2017 elections at the Abuja National Stadium were overwhelming and needed more time to attend to.” We have had a beehive of activities since the Appeals Committee gave its verdict on June 30, 2017. The Committee has been bombarded with petitions and complaints from these Federations including Rugby. It became necessary for us to shift the election re-run date by 5 days to enable the monitoring bodies including the Election Committees to conclude screening and verification of candidates to ensure that what happened in the first election does not repeat itself.last_img read more