Residential development continues to grow with a lift in the number of cranes on the skyline

first_imgCrane numbers are increasing on the Brisbane skyline.RESIDENTIAL development continues to grow with a lift in the number of cranes on the Brisbane skylineAccording to the latest Rider Levett Bucknall crane index, the number of cranes on the skyline highlight the continuing strength of the construction industry.Nationally the index has increased by 5 per cent.This was the highest level of cranes since the group started recording the activity in 2012.The latest report found a total of 685 cranes on projects across Australia with Brisbane and the Gold Coast accounting for 116 of those.It revealed almost all capital cities, with the exception of Canberra and Darwin, had experienced a rise in crane numbers in the past six months.“The residential sector continues to dominate the skylines across Australia with 551 cranes representing 80 per cent of all cranes commissioned on future residential dwellings,’’ according to the report.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMary Lane Residences is one of the projects which has helped lift Brisbane crane numbers.Brisbane accounted for 12 per cent of the cranes on the national skyline.The report found nationally new projects starting were responsible for another 339 cranesbeing erected since the previous report.“This augers well for a strong pipeline of construction work over the next six to twelvemonths across the country,’’ the report said.In Brisbane crane numbers are up 5 per cent.“The amount of construction work currently being undertaken in Queensland remains positive with residential work still growing although non-residential fell for the year,’’ the report said.There are currently 85 cranes around Brisbane with new cranes installed at Mary Lane in Mary Street and The Wellington in East Brisbane.On the Gold Coast crane numbers were up 4 per cent. to 31.last_img read more

Duterte urges Congress to ratify 2020 nat’l budget

first_imgDuterte said the four-month delay inthe 2019 national budget’s passage was the reason for his “inability” to solvetraffic problems in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO “Because Congress did not pass thebudget on time, so apektado lahat,”Duterte said. “When there is no public spending, your economy will slow down, kailangan (government) will spend, sothat the private sector will ride on it.” “Itongayon, we are waiting, wala pa eh, we hope to pass the law hopefully by December,” headded. Duterte said the Senate and House ofRepresentatives’ impasse over the 2019 budget affected a wide range ofgovernment projects, including those aimed at easing traffic in Metro Manila. Manila – To avoid the repeat of this year’s budget delay, PresidentRodrigo Duterte urged the Congress to ratify the proposed P4.1-trillion 2020national budget by December. Duterte signed the 2019 budget intolaw in April after the Senate and House took time to transmit the signedenrolled copy of the bill over disagreements on the lawmakers’ insertions./PNlast_img read more

Busy duo head for the sunshine of Australia

first_img Josh Loughrey (Wrag Barn) and Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC), both members of Wiltshire’s 2011 County Championship-winning team, face a busy schedule over the next few months as they prepare for the 2012 British and European season. Both have already played for England at the Costa Ballena Quadrangular tournament in Spain last week, at the conclusion of which they headed off to Australia under England Golf’s annual arrangement with the Waverley Golf Club of Melbourne. They will guest for the club’s team in the Victoria Golf Association’s Pennant Series of events, which begins on 18th March and runs until May, as well as competing in the major Australian amateur championships prior to that. Loughrey, 21 (picture © Tom Ward), enjoyed a number of high finishes last year including equal third in the Darwin Salver, fourth in the Duncan Putter and tied fifth in the Berkshire Trophy. The latter performance helped him win the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. He was also tied fourth in the Chiberta Grand Prix and equal sixth in the Biarritz Cup when representing the EGU. Smith, 19, an AASE graduate of Filton College, has developed through their golfing programme. He has been the Intercollegiate Tour Players champion for the past two years and is an England Schools international. Apart from being a member of the County Championship-winning Wiltshire team at Ganton last year, he also finished fourth in the Faldo Series Grand Final at Lough Erne. The link-up with the Waverley club, which has run for several years, will see Loughrey and Smith staying with club members. Two years ago, Todd Adcock from Sussex helped Waverley win the Pennant while Lincolnshire’s David Coupland was in the team that finished runners-up last year. The Pennant Series is a club team competition which commenced in 1899 between five clubs. This year, 46 clubs will be involved divided into six divisions with promotion and relegation operating at the end of the series. Matches are played each week at a different venue on a round robin basis in each division with each club represented by a seven man team. 1 Feb 2012 Busy duo head for the sunshine of Australia last_img read more

Lauryn Williams makes history as Black Olympians capture medals for women’s bobsled

first_imgFrom left to right, silver medal winners from the United States Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, gold medal winners from Canada Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, and bronze medal winners from the United States Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans pose during the flower ceremony during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Williams becomes the first U.S. woman and fifth athlete overall to win medals in different sports at both the Summer and Winter GamesKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — For Canada’s Kaillie Humphries, having a minimal margin for error is apparently no problem.It’s why she’s the World Cup champion.It’s also why she’s the Olympic champion. Again.Humphries and Heather Moyse remain queens of Olympic women’s bobsledding after winning their second straight gold medal, rallying past the U.S. duo of Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams on Wednesday night at the Sochi Games.“How do you describe achieving a dream?” Humphries asked after becoming the first women’s bobsled driver to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. “This is a four-year goal of ours. This has been something that we’ve done together.”The final margin: One-tenth of a second.“Anytime you come that close and you can taste it, if you don’t get the result, it hurts a little bit,” Meyers said. “But Kaillie just beat me.”Silver medal winners from the United States Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, pose during the flower ceremony during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Meyers became the first U.S. women’s bobsledder to win multiple Olympic medals, this one added to the bronze she captured as a brakeman in Vancouver. Williams became the first U.S. woman and fifth athlete overall to win medals in different sports at both the Summer and Winter Games, her silver here added to a sprint relay gold from London in 2012 and a silver from the 100 meters in Athens in 2004.“I didn’t come here to make history,” Williams said. “I came here to help Team USA and I feel like I did. It wasn’t about history for me. It wasn’t about the medal for me. It’s all about the journey.”Jamie Greubel paired with brakeman Aja Evans to grab the bronze in USA-2, giving the U.S. two Olympic women’s bobsled medal winners for the first time.“We have so much depth in our program and so much talent on our team,” Greubel said. “And to be able to show the world that we are a force to be reckoned with is really awesome.”The team from the United States USA-2, piloted by Jamie Greubel with brakeman Aja Evans, hug each other after their bronze medal finish during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)All true.But this night belonged to Humphries — who beat Meyers by a single point for the season-long World Cup title — and Moyse.They were second behind Meyers and Williams in USA-1 after the first two runs on Tuesday and left the track not knowing or caring how far behind they were. The way they saw it, showing up on Wednesday and going as fast as they could was all that mattered.“Anything else would have been a negative way to think,” Moyse said.It gave them the most positive of all results.In the third heat, they cut by more than half the 0.23-second deficit they entered the night facing. Humphries went next-to-last in the final run, throwing down a sizzling 57.92 to put the pressure on USA-1. Moments later, when Meyers had another early skid in her final trip down the track, the gold was essentially decided.Still, USA-1 hardly seemed dissatisfied with Sochi silver.When it was over, Williams wrapped herself in an American flag, jumping up and down while she and Meyers smiled broadly.The team from the United States USA-3, piloted by Jazmine Fenlator with brakeman Lolo Jones, left, wave to fans after their final run during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Not long afterward, all three U.S. teams — including Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator, who were 11th in USA-3 — were arm in arm, celebrating that two medals are America-bound.And to Jones, seeing Williams — a fellow track athlete turned bobsledder — etch her spot in Olympic history meant just about everything.“She’s like a Jesse Owens. I hope she just inspired a whole country,” Jones said. “When I get home I hope she’s a household name. Her transformation was the most brilliant thing I’ve ever watched.”For Jones, it was not the Olympics she dreamed about. Her third trip to the games — the first two as a hurdler, in Beijing and London — also ended without a medal.Jones clipped a hurdle to lose what would have been gold in Beijing and fought through injury to finish fourth in London, finding both results difficult to accept. At these games, going home without a medal was hardly her fault, as the push times for USA-3 — which was not expected to be in medal contention — were hardly the problem.As a few fans chanted their names, Fenlator and Jones both gave big waves, accompanied by wide smiles when it was over.That alone seemed like victory for Jones, whose first two Olympic experiences ended in heartbreak.last_img read more

West Kootenay Basketball refs BLOW the WHISTLE on CANCER

first_imgCancer can be beaten.And West Kootenay Basketball Officials are doing their part to help fight the deadly disease by participating in the fourth annual BLOW the WHISTLE on CANCER — Pink Whistle campaign.The provincial campaign, which has the support of most hoop referees in the B.C. Basketball Officials Association, runs through the month of February and strives to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society B.C. and Yukon Division.Hoop refs will be officiating games from high school to university using pink whistles. “As more and more men, women and children are battling this disease each year, we can take pride in knowing that our donations are helping fund researchers at the BC Cancer Agency at UBC, fight for public policies to make healthy living possible and providing support in the services the Canadian Cancer Society offers through their programs such as Cancer Information Service, Cancer Connection, Camps, Accommodation and Financial Support,” said Shelley Ganchar Director of Administration for the BCBOA.”Together we can help our fellow British Columbians living with cancer and relieve the effects on those individuals and their families.The Pink Whistle campaign runs throughout the month of February.Anyone wanting to donate to the cause may do so through the Canadian Cancer Society by clicking on this link:http://cancerevents.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=420153&team=5383215West Kootenay Association officials ref games from Kaslo to Grand Forks.”Please join us as we strive to “BLOW the WHISTLE on CANCER ” this February,” Ganchar said.last_img read more

Brave browsers grand plan will pay you to view privacyrespecting ads

first_img Share your voice Laptops Software Internet Internet Services Blockchain Advertising Brave browser Privacy Cryptocurrency Comments Tags The Brave web browser will let you sign up to see a handful of ads each day and, for a while, keep the lion’s share of their revenue. Brave What if online ads weren’t the distracting, privacy-invading, malware-laced, battery-gobbling mess they’ve become? What if they could even fund worthy websites?That’s what startup Brave hopes to accomplish with a major new phase of its browser business. Brave began its existence three years ago by blocking all ads by default. On Tuesday, it’ll start offering anyone using the developer version of Brave the option of seeing privacy-respecting ads. And, in a few weeks, when Brave 1.0 arrives on personal computers, Brave will give those users 70 percent of the ad revenue.”We think we can make advertising great,” Brave co-founder and Chief Executive Brendan Eich said in an exclusive interview with CNET about the new phase of the company’s business.It’s a tall order. A respectable 5.5 million people use Brave each month, but that’s a tiny fraction of the billion-plus who use the dominant web browser, Google’s Chrome. To be successful, Brave will not only have to attract a lot more people to use its browser and to embrace its ads, it’ll also have to convince partners in the advertising and publishing industries that the complications of the technology are worth it. Advertisers are expected to spend $132.32 billion on US digital ads this year, according to tracking firm eMarketer. It’s a vast, entrenched industry.Plenty of online companies — Facebook and Google to name two — have offered consumers real value for free by showing ads. So fixing ad tech is a worthy goal. But many of us have lost faith in ads, and hundreds of millions of us now block them altogether.Separately, ads and ad trackers take their toll on computing power, battery life and network usage. And then some ads are just plain bad. About one in 200 ads is a form of malware, and more than one in 100 video ads is fraudulent, according to a December report from security company Confiant.Sure, we could pay our way to a healthier internet. Spending money on paywalls and subscriptions is a great way to get online video, news and music without ads’ downsides. But honestly, how many services are you going to pay for on top of your phone bill, broadband, Netflix, HBO Now, Spotify and Amazon Prime? We don’t generally bristle at ads in magazines and newspapers, and some of us even tune into the Super Bowl to watch them.How Brave’s ad system worksThe first phase of Brave’s ad system won’t actually pay anybody anything, but instead will just get the system on its feet. Actual payments are scheduled to arrive in several weeks with the release of Brave 1.0. When it kicks in, you’ll get 70 percent of the ad revenue. Brave collects the rest. A slider will let you pick how many ads to see each day, from one to 20. Just seeing an ad generates a bit of revenue, but clicking on it generates more.How much money? As a lower bound, perhaps $5 per month if you see 120 ads, Eich estimated. “We aim higher,” he added Tuesday on Twitter.The Brave Rewards system is designed to reduce ad fraud, malvertising, and privacy invasion.The Brave Rewards system seeks to reduce ad fraud, malvertising and privacy invasion. Brave It’s an opt-in system. So unless you enable it, you’ll just keep getting the regular ad-blocking Brave. “If enough opt in, that could become the main revenue of the company,” Eich said, adding that he thinks it’s possible that 40 percent of users could sign up.Initially, Brave’s ads will target you based on website context, inferring your interest in ad-related subjects by the content of websites you visit. In coming months, Brave plans more sophisticated targeting, based on things like the text you type into search engines. “Search queries are still a hot intent signal,” Eich said, meaning they’re a good predictor of where you might be spending money. What’s different about Brave’s system is that all the targeting is done inside the browser. Publishers and advertisers don’t know anything about you; they aim for particular keywords that the browser can match internally. All the outside parties see is confirmation that people saw their ads.This first phase of Brave’s ads is just between the advertisers and you. Later this year, Brave plans another phase in partnership with publishers. There, ads will appear on the websites you visit, not just in separate tabs. In that phase, publishers will get 70 percent of the ad revenue, you’ll get 15 percent and Brave will get 15 percent, Eich said.”We’re trying to align interests with a transparent fee schedule,” Eich said. “That takes a lot of the fear out of it.”For now, the system works only on Brave for personal computers. Phone users will get it, but Brave doesn’t have the necessary payment plumbing yet. The next step on that path will be the inclusion of a digital wallet in the Android version of Brave, scheduled for this month, Eich said.Catering to the crypto crowdBrave’s initial ads are supplied by networks, including BuySellAds and TAP Network, and by three cryptocurrency-focused companies that might be interested in Brave’s techie audience: AirSwap, Fluidity and Uphold.Why the crypto connection? Because Brave relies on it and already used it successfully to raise startup funding for the company in 2017.Brave created a payment system called Brave Rewards that uses a cryptocurrency-like payment technology called the basic attention token (BAT) that enables low-cost financial transactions between advertisers, publishers, Brave and you. Bitcoin, the highest profile cryptocurrency, hasn’t fared well over the past year, but BAT is intended to facilitate payments, not to be some kind of hype-pumped investment vehicle.Already, Brave can be used to send BAT payments to website publishers, Twitch game streamers and YouTubers. By default, if you’ve opted into the system, Brave sends the funds monthly based on how often you spend time with the various creators. But you can also tip specific people or assign fixed contributions to creators and publishers you like.Today, Brave sends monthly BAT grants to Brave users that then are distributed to creators who’ve signed up to receive them. The idea with Brave’s ad system is that the ad revenue will substitute for the grants, Eich said. For now, only creators can convert their received BAT into real-world money, but later Brave plans to let ordinary Brave users do so as well.Ad blockers are a problem for website publishers. Brave wants to build an ad ecosystem where some of the ad revenue you receive will be redirected to websites you visit.Ad blockers are a problem for website publishers. Brave wants to build an ad ecosystem where some of the ad revenue you receive will be redirected to websites you visit.  Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Brave also hopes to let people use BAT for premium content like a news article you’d like to read without having to pull out your credit card for a subscription. Some have signed up to receive contributions if not necessarily to show Brave’s ads. The most notable names are news sites such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vice and Slate.Tough sellConvincing people to sign up for the whole system is one of Brave’s challenges. If nothing else, it’s a lot to digest. Big publishers will have to learn to accept a very different ad system, and Brave will have to convince creators and publishers to sign on. Tens of thousands have joined up so far, though.One example of the difficulties arose in December when YouTuber Tom Scott, who has 1.4 million subscribers, objected to Brave’s ways. Brave users can contribute BAT to publishers and creators even if they haven’t signed up for Brave, holding the tokens in escrow for a year in case they do sign up. Otherwise, the tokens return to the user growth pool Brave uses to generate interest in the BAT system.Scott didn’t like the system. “I don’t ask for donations or crowdfunding on any platform … If someone’s asking you for money or suggesting that you can donate to me, it’s not true and you should stay well clear,” he tweeted. “This warning is prompted by a company called Brave, who’ve been taking cryptocurrency donations ‘for me,’ using my name and photo, without my consent,” he added in a follow-up tweet.Brave scrambled to make changes after the concern. Two days after Scott’s complaint, Brave issued an update to “clearly indicate which publishers and creators have not yet joined Brave Rewards so users can better control how they donate and tip,” the company said. “Moreover, creators that have not verified with Brave will no longer have their YouTube or Twitch channel images appear within Brave Rewards.”And last week, it made another change: Contributions and tips to unverified publishers are now held in the browser and transferred if the recipient signs up within 90 days — or otherwise returned.Scott tweeted Tuesday that he’s mollified: “These are good changes, and they fix the complaints I had!”But evidently it’s not a simple matter to try to rebuild online advertising. Eich hopes for the best.”It’s going to be a bumpy ride,” Eich said. “We can make a better world.”First published Jan. 15, 9 a.m. PT.Update, 10:54 a.m. PT: Adds Twitter response to Brave changes from Tom Scott. Update, 1:13 p.m. PT: Adds estimate for how much money you could expect to earn. Update, 3:09 p.m. PT, clarifies that ad keyword matching doesn’t send information outside the browser.Blockchain Decoded: CNET looks at the tech powering bitcoin — and soon, too, a myriad of services that will change your life.Follow the Money: This is how digital cash is changing the way we save, shop and work. 6last_img read more