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New figures reveal almost 70,000 Brisbane homes are sitting empty

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first_imgSome homes were empty because they were awaiting demolition.NEW figures reveal almost 200,000 homes were empty in Queensland on Census night.Analysis of the 2016 Census data by SGS Economics and Planning, revealed 7.6 per cent of homes in Greater Brisbane — 68,386 dwellings — were empty on the night of the count.There were even more in regional Queensland with 11.7 per cent of homes — 127,171 dwellings — empty.Nationally Census figures revealed there were more than 1 million homes unoccupied on the night.The report found that figure, which represented 11.2 per cent of dwellings, was only 0.5 percentage points higher, than the previous census in 2011, and had been fairly consistent since 2001.It analysed the recent census data after discussion around whether the high number of empty homes was because of investors intentionally leaving homes unoccupied in capital cities and the rise of properties being used for Air BnB. While previous Census in the eighties would ask why a property was unoccupied, that question was no longer asked.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 agoSome homes were only empty on Census night because they were between tenants. Picture: ThinkstockIn the eighties about 65 per cent of homes were empty on Census night because it was a holiday home or the residents were away that night.To determine if those reasons where still the same or if investors were leaving properties sitting empty, SGS Economics and Planning analysed data from other sources to work out a similar breakdown.It found the majority — about two thirds — of unoccupied dwellings on Census night were empty because they were holiday homes or the resident were absent.“The share of holiday homes is lower than the estimates from the eighties,’’ it said.“Which makes sense given falling home ownership rates. Residents absent was higher which given the increased mobility of households would also appear to make sense.“While this analysis has limitations, it suggested that most of the dwellings were unoccupied on Census night were unoccupied for a very valid reason.“There does not appear to be a large pool of dwellings being withheld from the housing market.’’The report also revealed that the Moreton Bay area had the lowest rate of unoccupied dwellings in Queensland. It attributed this to a high level of demand in the area, low vacancy rates and properties selling faster.last_img read more

Syracuse moves on to ACC semifinals with penalty-kick victory over UNC

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Hendrik Hilpert walked out to the net as his teammates stood arm-in-arm watching from midfield. Hilpert spit in his gloves and jumped up and down in a jumping jack like motion as North Carolina’s Warren Marshall lined up for the penalty kick.Orange midfielder Liam Callahan had just curved a shot into the top left corner of the net to give Syracuse a one-goal lead in the game-deciding penalty kicks.Marshall took his shot and Hilpert dove to the right. The ball skied over the crossbar and the SU goalie raised one fist in the air from his spot on the ground as his teammates converged.“When you get to a penalty shootout it’s a bit of a lottery. It could go either way,” head coach Ian McIntyre said.After 110 minutes of overtime and regulation ended gridlocked at 1-1, Syracuse (12-5-2, 3-4-1 Atlantic Coast) beat North Carolina (14-2-2, 6-1-1) in penalty kicks, 4-3, on Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the ACC tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will head to Clemson on Wednesday for a matchup at 7 p.m. in the ACC semifinals.“I’m very pleased for the guys,” McIntyre said. “I think they deserve this. It’s always nice to stay alive in tournament play and move on.”The Orange took a 1-0 lead 27 minutes into the game. Tarheels defender Jonathan Campbell stuck his foot out to stop a cross by Callahan and deflected the ball into the net as SU forward Chris Nanco crashed into the goalie.It took a few seconds for any call to be made or players to react, but the own goal put SU ahead.A one-goal, zero-save affair in the first half turned into a 14-shot, seven-save second half that saw UNC score its only goal to tie the game.Tucker Hume raced past SU midfielder Juuso Pasanen and hit a strike from 25 yards away that Hilpert got a piece of, but still found the back of the net with 30 minutes left.“You get worried when we didn’t score that second goal and they came back,” McIntyre said.Syracuse and the Tar Heels each saw big chances through the rest of regulation, but each time the goalies answered the challenge. UNC’s James Pyle made multiple point-blank stops on Ben Polk and Nanco shots. Hilpert fought off a shot from 25 yards out headed for the top left corner, then got his fingertips on a line drive free kick from about 19 yards out.Following two overtime periods, the game went to penalty kicks.“There was no real pressure on us I didn’t feel because we were the underdog and ultimately the seven seed,” McIntyre said. “I just wanted the guys to be loose.”Oyvind Alseth, Oskar Sewerin and Nanco scored for SU before Callahan’s goal in the sixth round put UNC’s ACC tournament hopes on the foot of Marshall.When Syracuse lost to the Tarheels on Oct. 10, the Orange squandered a 1-0 lead that it held for more than 52 minutes of the game. SU watched UNC tie its 1-0 lead again on Sunday, but lasted through penalty kicks to get the win.“To come out on the other side is a testament to how this group is evolving and moving forward,” McIntyre said. Comments Published on November 8, 2015 at 4:05 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more

Marcus Smart says NBA made sure Giannis Antetokounmpo wouldn’t foul out vs. Celtics

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first_imgMarcus Smart tries to draw the charge on Giannis. Was he still in the restricted area, though? (via @ESPN) pic.twitter.com/fzalEI0OyW— Brady Gardner (@BradyDGardner) August 1, 2020The three-point play gave Milwaukee a three-point lead, and the East’s top team went on to win its Florida bubble opener.MORE: NBA playoff bracketSmart wasn’t buying the reason for the overturn.”The excuse was I was late on the charge,” Smart said. “They said the (NBA) Replay Center said I was late and it was a block. Quite frankly, I think we all know what that was about: Giannis had six fouls and they didn’t want to get him out. Just call that spade a spade and that’s just what it is.””I think we all know what that was about… Giannis has 6 fouls. They don’t want to get him out.”Marcus Smart discusses his foul at the end of the 4th quarter. #Celtics pic.twitter.com/57LZysT7oJ— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) August 1, 2020A minute before that review, Antetokounmpo was spared a DQ after appearing to strike Daniel Theis below the belt. The officials ruled after a review that he didn’t commit a hostile act. The Bucks had their MVP on the floor in crunch time Friday night against the Celtics. One Celtics player said the referees wanted it that way and acted accordingly.Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo was playing with five fouls when he jumped into Boston’s Marcus Smart in the lane in the fourth quarter. Antetokounmpo was first called for a charge that would have sent him the bench, only for the call to be changed to a block and an and-one on video review. Giannis had 7 fouls. First one, hits Theis in the groin/stomach, ref stops play, looks it over, and doesn’t call it a foul. A minute later, Smart takes a charge on Giannis, refs look it over and overturned it for an and one🙃🤦🏻‍♂️ great game, but momentum changed after these calls. pic.twitter.com/EAkgbmNdjE— Isaac Potter (@impotter14) August 1, 2020Officiating crew chief James Capers told a pool reporter that the contact was incidental and thus not a foul. He also said video showed Antetokounmpo’s hand touched Theis on the belt line, not in the groin.NBA Referee James Capers Comments to a pool reporter after tonight’s Celtics-Bucks game: pic.twitter.com/vbIPwg7ZOa— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) August 1, 2020It must be noted that one of Antetokounmpo’s called fouls was this offensive foul that Smart sold earlier in the game.Marcus Smart pretends Giannis kicked him in the nuts to get the call pic.twitter.com/WoOsRwhz9G— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) August 1, 2020But Smart and the Celtics, obviously, aren’t going to cop to that. They just think Giannis got premeditated preferential treatment from the league when it mattered.last_img read more