NewsUrban Co-Op seminarBy John Keogh – July 11, 2014 489 Facebook Print THE Limerick Community Grocery urban co-op, in conjunction with the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn USA, is hosting an urban cooperative seminar and workshop in Limerick City of Culture HQ this Saturday, July 12 from 10.30am to 5pm.The seminar will discuss the most appropriate urban cooperative model for Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick Community Grocery was set up in 2013 to provide wholesome food at affordable prices in an open, transparent and co-operative environment.Membership is open to the public and is based on one member one vote.The seminar will also explore Limerick Community Grocerys’ commitment to generating livelihoods through urban agriculture and community gardening initiatives.Attendance at the seminar and workshops is free but prior registration is essential.Register at: www.eventbrite.ie/o/limerick-community-grocery-ltd-6773844299 WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSLimerick co-op Email Linkedin Twitter Previous articleLimerick bucks the trend with increased unemploymentNext articleWriters on the lookout for Limerick’s oldest lady John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Renting. Istock. Townsville Bulletin Real EstatePROSPECTIVE tenants are being forced to fight over properties and high quality stock is being snapped up in under 24 hours as Townsville’s rental market heats up.Agents across the city are reporting a spike in demand for well maintained rental properties in desirable locations.House hunters are inspecting properties with their applications pre-filled to give them the best chance of securing a home.People moving to Townsville for employment opportunities in the medicine, defence, mining and government are believed to be behind the surge in demand for rentals. The rental market is expected to further improve in 2019 as demand increases and vacancy rates tighten.REIQ Townsville Zone chairman and First National Nicholson owner Wayne Nicholson said securing a rental property was much tougher now than it was 12 months ago.“We’re getting multiple applications for properties and our vacancy rate is about 2.4 per cent,” he said.“The rental market has very much improved from where it was six or nine months ago.“I do believe that 2019 will be better than 2018 in the rental market as more infrastructure projects come on line.”Poorly maintained properties in low socio economic areas are still languishing on the market but there is fierce competition for high-quality homes which are often being tenanted before they become vacant.The official REIQ vacancy rate is sitting at about 4 per cent but agents are reporting the rate is being inflated by poorly maintained rental properties that are difficult to tenant.In September 2016 vacancy rates in Townsville peaked at 7.1 per cent before making a steady decline. The REIQ classifies a rental market as strong when the vacancy rate falls below 3 per cent.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Smith & Elliott principal Sally Elliott said the rental market had improved considerably.“We’re getting up to 14 groups of people turning up to inspect one property,” she said.“The rental market is markedly different to what it was six months ago and we’ve been sitting at about a 1 per cent vacancy rate.“A lot of the good properties are being rented before they even become vacant.”Ray White Geaney Property Group owner Ella Geaney said November to March was usually the busiest time of the year for rentals but the start of 2019 had been even busier than usual.“At the moment we have absolutely no vacancies in the northern beaches areas like Bushland Beach and we’re getting five or six applications to rent one property,” she said.“We are finding the family style homes are being snapped up really quickly, especially if they are well presented and well maintained.“The rental market is starting to lift and we’re also seeing rental prices increase.”Ms Geaney said prospective tenants trying to secure a rental should make sure they have all of their paperwork organised before conducting an inspection.“They should get online and make a booking to view the property and have all their applications ready to go,” she said.“Make sure you have all your references and anything else you’ll need organised because that’s what most people are doing now.”
HOSTS Guyana Jaguars made a brilliant start to their title defence when they beat the Jamaica Scorpions by 181 runs in round one of the Regional Four-Day Championship which ended yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium.The contest was not a cake walk for the defending champions, after middle-order batsman Jermaine Blackwood scored a defiant half-century to ensure the game went into the final hour of play.However, the hosts’ left-arm spinners spun webs around the Jamaican batsmen for the second time in three days.Gudakesh Motie claims 4-35.Gudakesh Motie claimed 4-35, while Veerasammy Permaul took 3-63, as the visitors were bundled out for 147. Pacer Keon Joseph played his part, claiming 3-18.Blackwood and Chadwick Walton scripted a spectacular rescue act for the Jamaica Scorpions, with a brilliant 54-run sixth-wicket stand, after they were struggling at 38-5, at one stage.Blackwood led the resistance with a classy 96. He batted for 247 minutes and faced 212 balls, inclusive of 13 fours and two sixes.However, had Leon Johnson held the chance offered by Blackwood when he was on 41, the formalities could have been much earlier.Resuming on 9-2, Joseph along with the spinners made instant inroads. With 320 needed on the final day, Joseph, bowling with pace and accuracy, sent back opener Trevon Griffith in the day’s third over for 13.With the Providence pitch already providing some assistance to the spinners, captain Leon Johnson introduced spin within the first hour of play and Motie was rewarded with the wicket of overnight batsman Jason Dawes (3), while Permaul removed Andre McCarthy (2) leg-before-wicket.Blackwood and Chadwick Walton then joined forces together and took the score to 47 when the heavens opened up at 11:00hrs. No play was possible until 14:10hrs.When play finally resumed after excellent work from the ground staff, the visitors were facing an uphill task.They had to survive 42 overs to avoid the ignominy of a huge defeat and the duo did exceedingly well as they denied the hosts any further pleasure for 90 minutes. Blackwood was more fluent than his partner, and raised his half-century off 140 balls.However, Motie broke the stubborn stand when he trapped Walton leg-before-wicket for 13, with a faster delivery, leaving the fight up to Blackwood.The visitors were further jolted when Drval Green was trapped plumb in front to Permaul without scoring, and Damion Jacobs was taken at the wicket off Permaul for 10.Blackwood, in company with Nikita Miller, provided some defiant response before Motie trapped the latter lbw for 4.With eight overs remaining in the match, Marquino Mindley joined Blackwood, but Joseph was reintroduced into the attack and immediately had Blackwood taken at the wicket, with the second new ball.The Guyana Jaguars will now travel to St Kitts for their second round game against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes from Friday at Warner Park. JAGUARS 1st innings 298SCORPIONS 1st innings 208JAGUARS 2nd innings 238-4 decl.SCORPIONS 2nd innings (target: 329 runs)(o/n nine for two)J. Campbell b Joseph 1T. Griffith b Joseph 13D. Thomas lbw b Permaul 3J. Dawes c Joseph b Motie 3J. Blackwood c wkp. Bramble b Motie 96A. McCarthy lbw b Permaul 2C. Walton lbw b Motie 13D. Green lbw b Permaul 0D. Jacobs c wkp. Bramble b Motie 10N. Miller lbw b Motie 4M. Mindley not out 0Extras: (nb-2) 2Total: (all out, 85.2 overs) 147Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-8, 3-19, 4-32, 5-38, 6-92, 7-93, 8-119, 9-133.Bowling: Hooper 10-3-18-0, Joseph 9.2-3-18-3, Permaul 29-10-63-3, Reifer 7-1-13-0, Motie 30-15-35-5.Points: Jaguars 17.8, Scorpions 4.5.Player-of-the-Match: Veerasammy Permaul.
Published on October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Nick Bibbs sat on the turf about 35 yards away from the goal with his arms folded across his knees, staring toward the net where his team had just been dealt another crushing loss. After helping to lead a defense that held Villanova scoreless for more than 109 minutes, he couldn’t comprehend how it ended in another fruitless result.And it didn’t make it easier that the team that delivered the blow was his hometown team. The one the Syracuse defender would’ve loved to have beaten.‘It kind of hurts,’ Bibbs said. ‘You play so well for a full however long, and you let up a goal with 40 seconds left, it hurts. It really does. Especially with a team from my hometown, I live five minutes away, it just doesn’t feel good.’Syracuse (3-11-1, 1-6-1 Big East) knew Villanova was going to come in and try to beat the Orange with its physicality, calling for SU to increase its intensity. And it did that for almost the entire game before falling 1-0 in double overtime to the Wildcats (6-7-4, 3-4-1 Big East) Wednesday night. As a result, SU’s hopes for the postseason are complicated, and Saturday’s game against DePaul becomes essentially a play-in game for the Big East tournament.The goal that spelled disaster for Syracuse could have been avoided. But with all of its scorers pushed up in its offensive end of the field in the final minute of the second overtime, Villanova had a perfect chance for a fast break goal. Orange goalkeeper Phil Boerger ran out of the cage to try to cut off Matt Margiotta’s angle during the counterattack, but it was to no avail. Margiotta cut left and had a wide open net to put home the only goal of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd until Villanova’s game-winning goal, which came with the Orange going full throttle for a win instead of playing for what would be a useless tie, SU’s defense shined. It shoved the Wildcats’ scorers, it slid all over the field to knock the ball away and had no hesitation taking down Villanova attackers to halt possible scoring opportunities.The Orange’s defensive unit wreaked havoc on the Wildcats from the start, just as the game plan dictated.‘Coming in, (Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre) told us they’re a physical team, so we need to match their intensity,’ Bibbs said. ‘We did. Our backline is feisty, real physical back four. Teams struggle when they’re up top. Their strikers struggle. That’s what we want to do, be physical.’In the 71st minute, Bibbs chased Villanova forward Dylan Renna down the right sideline in what looked like a perfect scoring opportunity. But as Renna approached the box, Bibbs went to slide down and knock the ball out from in front of him. In his attempt to make the stop, he managed to get Renna to try and fight him off, inducing a tripping foul and earning a free kick for the Orange.Syracuse goalkeeper Phil Boerger said it was an overall willingness from the entire team to defend at its best. And what made the defensive stops even more impressive from previous games was that Villanova had nearly no open scoring chances in its set plays. Boerger said that aspect of Syracuse’s defense had been lacking, forcing an increase in attention to defending to those plays and specific players last week in practice.As the season has progressed, the communication between the young back four improved with seemingly every game, and that was no different Wednesday night.Still, Boerger couldn’t shake the frustration. After such a strong performance from the defense, it was just another unlucky loss.‘The communication, we were spot on tonight,’ Boerger said. ‘Whatever it is, we did well with it. We defended very well in set pieces. In the past few games, we had given up goals in set pieces, so we worked on that in training.’McIntyre stood outside his team’s locker room after the game, looking and sounding less frustrated than he had been after some of Syracuse’s previous losses. He said he wasn’t fazed that a team managed to score with just 44 seconds left.His defense had been simply too good for him to take the loss as a complete failure.‘Yes, we like to keep clean sheets, but I’ll take that as a clean sheet for the guys,’ McIntyre said. ‘We were very good, and a team catching us with however many seconds there were left doesn’t detract away from the 109 minutes where we were very solid tonight.’‘ … It would’ve been good value for some points tonight. But it’s not to be.’[email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+