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Some 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.
Etebo disclosed that the motivating factor in the team was Coach Samson Siasia who had played the role of a father to the players even in times when they did not believe they could do it, adding that the players were motivated to win for him.Calling on Nigerians to continue to support them, the Portugal based marksman said they were happy to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians who they knew were awake all night to watch them play the Japanese.The team had been stranded in the United States of America where they kept camp due to paucity of funds and had to arrive at the venue of the match just hours before the match with Japan.Some pundits had predicted that the team would not be able to make it to the march venue before the blast of the referees whistle.However, an arrangement saw Delta Airlines lifting them to Rio at the last moment where the team went ahead to snatch victory from Japan which had been on ground and well rested for the encounter.The dream team as they are known, would be having their next match on Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria U-23 team against predictions in the early hours of friday defeated Japan 5-4 notwithstanding long delays in their flight from Atlanta, United States of America (USA) on Thursday night to Brazil.Apparently elated by their triumph in spite of the frustrating experience in their long tortuous journey to the Rio Olympic, Brazil, the four-goal-hero in the 5-4 victory of the Nigeria U-23 team against Japan, Oghenekaro Etebo has said his target was to help the team win the gold rather than pursuing the highest goal scorer award.Speaking at the post match press conference, Etebo who was given the match ball after the game, said: “Scoring all the goals in this competition and not winning the gold medal would have amounted to a waste of effort and that’s not my target. Yes, it would be great to see my efforts contributing to the success of the team, but if it will not lead us to the gold, then I do not want it.”
Canada cocaine bustFour months after being sought by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), in connection with a drug bust in Canada, businesswoman Rosemary Singh is still on the run.According to the initial report, Singh, of Ramsingh Street, Annandale, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was reportedly spotted by Police in neighbouring Suriname after she allegedly fled the country by boat.This was confirmed by sources, who noted that drug enforcement officers in Suriname were trying to locate the woman.When contacted, CANU Head, retired Major General Michael Atherly told Guyana Times that the woman was yet to be arrested.Nevertheless, Atherly noted that CANU and its Canadian counterpart are working together and are continuing their investigations into the matter.Singh, the proprietor of Rose Bar located in Section C Enterprise, ECD, is wantedWanted: Rosemary Singhfor questioning by CANU in relation to the cocaine bust in Canada, involving a bauxite shipment that departed Guyana.On September 15, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) carried out a major drug enforcement exercise during which they seized 81 kilograms of cocaine at the Port of Valleyfield.The drug was found concealed in the hold of a vessel – Jacqueline C – carrying bauxite from Linden, from where the ship departed.“After an initial search of the vessel, signs led us to concentrate on the front of the boat. And after a vigorous search, the cocaine was found concealed in bags in the hold of the vessel,” CBSA Deputy Director Alain Surprenant was quoted as saying in subsequent reports.Four people were arrested, two of whom – 48-year-old Nazir Ahmad Hussain and 36-year-old Roldan De Gorio Tito – were charged with conspiracy to import drugs for the purpose of trafficking.According to a statement on the RCMP’s website, investigations revealed that the seized drug was headed for the Toronto and Vancouver markets.