New city planned for Queensland cane fields

first_imgA new coastal city, with scope for a Disney-sized theme park, education, housing, retail and commercial space has been proposed between Brisbane and the Gold Coast under a historic deal between the owners of 248 properties.A parcel of sugarcane land more than 10 times the size of Surfers Paradise, bordered by the M1, Moreton Bay and two rivers, is on the market, with sellers hoping to achieve a national land sales record, likely to be well over $1 billion.Norwell sugar cane farmer Peter Kaddatz. Source: News Corp AustraliaThe site in the Norwell Valley would become Australia’s largest masterplanned city, triple the land size of Ipswich’s Greater Springfield which is projected to house 105,000 people by 2030.The 40 landowners in the deal — many of them cane farmers — see the sale of the 6117 hectares as a dignified end for the area’s industry, which has been struggling to maintain viable supply to the Rocky Point Mill.Prospective buyers of the valley would become its master planners, co-ordinating government approvals and engaging major residential and other developers to deliver the extensive infrastructure required — with up to a third of the area proposed to be designated green space.Sugar cane harvesting at Norwell in 2007.  Source: News Corp AustraliaThe deal between the owners was struck by Global Enterprise Management Solutions, which was formed by architect Rob Machon and stockbroker Wayne Cummins, who have both moved to the Gold Coast from Sydney.A statement released by Canford Property, which is running the sales campaign, says agents had already spoken to “some of China’s largest developers and theme park operators who want to unseat Disney and develop one of world’s largest theme parks on the Gold Coast”.One of China’s richest people Wang Jianlin has made no secret of his ambitions to take Disney’s worldwide theme park crown through his Wanda Group, and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Wang about investing in Queensland last year.Chairman of China’s Wanda Group Wang Jianlin. Source: AFPWanda is already building the Jewel development at southern Surfers Paradise and has various other landholdings in the city.Government approvals and zoning changes are likely to be one of many potential hurdles for the project, which could take more than a decade to reach fruition. It took 22 years for Greater Springfield to go ahead, and it required the Queensland Government to create specific legislation for its development.The area is zoned rural under the Gold Coast City Plan, which was approved by the Queensland Government last year and specifically aims to ensure land uses “do not interfere, encroach or impact on the city’s sugar cane growing, particularly in the Woongoolba/Norwell areas and the Rocky Point Sugar Mill”.The council is understood to be studying alternative uses for cane land under the City Plan 2015, with a view for submitting changes to the Queensland Government within 12 months.Queensland Government reps were briefed on the project on Monday. It already has the backing of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, who says it has the potential to become an Orlando-style tourist drawcard.“We are talking about an expansion of the Yatala enterprise area, the southward expansion of the aquaculture industry from the northeastern corner, and primarily an expansion of the tourism, recreation and entertainment offerings,” he says in the agent’s statement.“The secondary opportunities of education sector expansion and silicon valley-type activity is particularly exciting to me.“Development can’t be piecemeal — that would never work given the flood and drainage challenges.“Some landowners would win, some would lose, and there would be many in between.”Roland Evans. Source: News Corp AustraliaCanford managing director Roland Evans says he has already had discussions with Australian and foreign companies about buying the land.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 investor9 hours ago“What we’re looking for is someone who’s got the ability to do the master planning for this, because it’s such a massive concept,” he says.“Effectively it closes the gap between the Gold Coast and Brisbane.“It will be a major grower of jobs, homes and work — it’s a whole new town effectively.”How the deal was doneGolf was the unlikely catalyst that lead two men to convince 40 landowners to drive for an Australian-record land deal.Architect Rob Machon, who “retired” to the Gold Coast from Sydney’s northern beaches 12 years ago, met fellow former Sydneysider and stockbroker Wayne Cummins by chance on the fairways of Sanctuary Cove and the pair became friends.But it was a third golfing mate, cane farmer Arthur Fiumini, whose idea a year ago would eventually lead to the announcement.Farmers’ long battle to secure a futureNorthern Gold Coast sugar production would not immediately cease, but would taper off over a number of years if the 6117-hectare Norwell Valley land package is sold for development.Much of the 2016 crop is still in the fields as the Rocky Point Mill lies idle due to a power failure, with parts sent off for expensive repairs.Land offer for second M1The joining of major tracts of land in the Norwell Valley could fast-track a duplication of the congested M1, which is currently not expected before 2031.Former Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney worked to remove the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor while considering the Gold Coast’s Draft City Plan 2015 — but it was reinstated by the Labor Government this year.This article was first published on the Gold Coast Bulletin.last_img read more

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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at age 43 after 4-year-battle with cancer

first_imgActor Chadwich Boseman has passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer.Chadwick Boseman, played Black icons such as Jackie Robinson and James Brown, before starring as the Black Panther in the Marvel movies.Boseman was just 43 years old when he died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.pic.twitter.com/aZ2JzDf5ai— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020last_img

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Infantino Plays Down Hope of Expanded World Cup

first_img“I haven’t changed my mind,” said Infantino.“I was positive about it from the beginning because I think if we can increase the number of teams it is good for football. That is why we are going to do it for the 2026 World Cup.“Can we do it for 2022? It is a difficult challenge.”Accommodating another 16 teams would vastly complicate Qatar’s task in preparing for the World Cup, which was awarded to the tiny desert state in 2010.“We are in discussion with Qatar,” said Infantino, who said the tournament would need to spread to neighbouring countries.“It will be a very, very difficult challenge to do it only in Qatar.“So personally, as president of FIFA, I would be very happy if some matches could be shared with some countries in the region.”The question of regional cooperation has been complicated by Qatar’s stand-off with neighbours Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, who have cut off diplomatic relations and imposed a blockade on the resource-rich country, accusing it of endorsing terror activities.“In the light of current circumstances in the region I would be even happier if it could happen,” he said.“Football unites, builds bridges, that could be a concrete result.“What are the chances? Certainly small but what is wrong in discussing it?” said Infantino.A final decision will be made in March at the next FIFA Council in Miami before the draws for qualifying are made.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Gianni Infantino FIFA President Gianni Infantino all but wrote off the chances of an expanded 48-team competition at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday.Last month Infantino told the Asian Football Confederation’s annual congress in Kuala Lumpur that increasing the number of teams from the 32 that made up the tournament in Russia this year was “feasible”.However he appeared to backtrack on that during an interview with AFP and other media in Zurich.last_img read more

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Grigor Dimitrov beats Del Potro for first time to reach Cincinnati quarters

first_imgGrigor Dimitrov beat big-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro for the first time in six career attempts to book a place in the last eight at the Cincinnati Open on Thursday.The seventh-seeded Bulgarian advanced to his eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Del Potro, who struggled with the intense heat in the closing stages of the one hour, 39 minute match.”He’s a tricky opponent… a super-experienced player,” said Dimitrov.”I definitely had to stay away a little bit from that forehand. I knew if I kept the ball low on his backhand side and just kind of worked my way into the court, it would be the right thing to do. I think I did this thing very, very well today.”Dimitrov will bid for a place in the semi-finals for the second straight year when he faces Japan’s Yuichi Sugita, who reached his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.The unseeded Sugita overcame Russian Karen Khachanov 6-7(0) 6-3 6-3 before a thunderstorm forced play to be suspended for more than two hours.The 28-year-old Japanese captured his first ATP World Tour title at the Antalya Open in July, adding to three ATP Challenger Tour events won in 2017.”He’s been playing really well,” said Dimitrov. “He’s going to be definitely a tough opponent to play.”Dimitrov got off to a great start by opening up a 3-0 lead against Del Potro.Del Potro mirrored Dimitrov by winning the first three games of the second set but could not convert three set point chances at 5-4, before the Argentine began to struggle in the heat.advertisementA doctor was called at the 6-5 changeover, but Del Potro was determined to finish the match.Dimitrov improved to 31-14 for the season, which includes two ATP World Tour titles.In later games, John Isner never dropped a service game on his way to a 7-6(4) 7-5 win over fellow American Frances Tiafoe.Isner rocketed two aces to close out the match and punch his card to the quarter-finals, where he will face another American in Jared Donaldson.Donaldson, who defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets on Thursday, will be one of four unseeded players in the quarters following a series of upsets early in the tournament.Third seed Dominic Thiem needed two tie breakers to dispatch France’s Adrian Mannarino 7-6(4) 7-6(3) and set up a meeting with Spain’s David Ferrer, who upset 11th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4 6-4.Rain put a halt of Australian Nick Kyrgios’ match against Ivo Karlovic with the Croatian leading 4-3 in the first set.Wet weather also postponed the start of top-seeded Rafael Nadal’s match against fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas.last_img read more

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4 days agoJamie Carragher believes Liverpool froze at Man Utd

first_imgJamie Carragher believes Liverpool froze at Man Utdby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes they froze at Manchester United for Sunday’s 1-1 draw.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds needed a late Adam Lallana equaliser to rescue a point at Old Trafford after Marcus Rashford’s first-half goal looked to have earned a deserved victory for the struggling Red Devils.Speaking during the game, Carragher told Sky Sports: “I always talk about Everton having almost a mental block when they come to Anfield, and watching Liverpool here, it’s almost like it’s a mental block.”It’s not the same team you usually watch.”I said before the game, United away is always a tough game and you can lose it but it’s the performance more than the scoreline that is the biggest worry for Liverpool. Every time they come to Old Trafford, it is the same problems.”He added: “I think Liverpool will be delighted. It’s very difficult for any team to come to Old Trafford, it’s a derby game and their record is not great here.”It almost feel like certain Liverpool players have a mental block when they come here so to get out with one point, considering how they performed, I think Klopp will be pleased.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Reveals His 2016 College Football Playoff Foursome

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions for the 2016 College Football Playoff field feature three unsurprising picks, and one darkhorse.College football fans are used to Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions. The ESPN personality updates his college football playoff field on a weekly basis during the season. Today, he dropped his preseason CFP forecast.Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell, Herbstreit revealed the four teams he has making this year’s College Football Playoff: Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State are locked in, and he’s close to certain on TCU being the fourth team.Clemson: “I’m going to have Clemson, who I think’s going to go on to win the championship. That has everything to do with one guy. I hate to put it all on him, but Deshaun Watson, to me, is just a freak.”Alabama: “I would pick Alabama out of the SEC, because of another one guy. That is Nick Saban.”Ohio State: “I think Ohio State still comes out of the Big Ten. I think J.T. Barrett, despite all their [personnel] losses, will kind of allow Ohio State to be able to maneuver through their schedule and get there to win a Big Ten Championship.”TCU: “Those three I feel pretty good about. The fourth team I think I’m going to go TCU out of the Big 12. It’s either a Pac-12 team or TCU. Right now, I’m leaning towards TCU as my fourth team to get in.”We suppose Herbie could change his mind on the Horned Frogs before he tapes his annual “Herbie” awards show. However, he was probably the only guy picking Oklahoma to make the CFP in the preseason last year, so he’s been right before going off the beaten path.College football fans, how do you feel about Herbstreit’s predictions? Did he nail them, or is he way off?last_img read more

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Los Angeles Miley Cyrus is back to making music

first_imgLos Angeles: Miley Cyrus is back to making music, two weeks after her split from Kaitlynn Carter. The 26-year-old singer took to Instagram to share a photo of herself inside the studio, indicating that she is working on new music. “Back in the yo! I am so f***ing inspired right now… Thank You NEW MOON,” she captioned the photo. In late September, it was reported that Cyrus and Carter, 31, have gone their separate ways, a little over a month after they started dating. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger According to Us Weekly, the relationship ended as the singer went to Las Vegas on September 21, with her mother, Tish Cyrus and her elder sister, Brandi Cyrus to attend the iHeartRadio Music Festival, where Miley was set to perform. Kaitlynn of “Hills: New Beginnings” fame stayed home where she was seen relaxing as per her Instagram Stories. The duo were first linked in early August, when they were spotted kissing on vacation in Italy. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upTheir photographs started doing the rounds on social media hours before Miley confirmed her separation from actor, now former husband Liam Hemsworth on August 10 after less than eight months of marriage. Carter and her longtime boyfriend Brody Jenner had announced their own split just a week earlier. Kaitlynn was also seen wearing a ring with the letter ‘M’ when the former couple attended New York Fashion Week in early this month.last_img read more

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Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on Thursday inspected

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Thursday inspected different ghats in the city to ensure smooth immersion of idols and avoid any untoward incident. The Mayor was accompanied by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh and Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks & Gardens) Debasish Kumar.”The immersions will start right from the day of Vijaya Dashami and will continue till Friday, October 11. As directed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, we are making all possible arrangements for smooth immersion and prevention of any untoward incident. Apart from the representatives of the Puja committees, several people also turn up at the ghats to witness the immersions. We are working in tandem with Kolkata Police and will be making periodic inspections in the next few days,” said Hakim. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe inspection was conducted at Baje Kadamtala Ghat, Gwalior Ghat (popularly known as Judges Ghat), Doi Ghat and Nimtala Ghat. All the four ghats witness lakhs of people during Durga idol immersion, with the Baje Kadamtala Ghat topping the list. “The arrangements will be conducted in strict compliance with the guidelines of the National Green Tribunal. Our KMC officials and Kolkata Police have been very sincere and immersions are being carried out smoothly every year. We are hopeful that it will be the same this time too,” an optimistic Hakim added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe reiterated that due to natural erosion the river bank at Baghbazar Ghat has been affected. “Work needs to be done for strengthening the bank. We will make arrangements and in dangerous portions there will be danger signages to ensure that people do not encroach there,” he said. “We will have arrangement of cranes and pay loaders for immediate removal of the structures. There is a separate demarcated place in the ghats for dumping of flowers, leaves, etc,” a senior KMC official said. He added that a crane barge will be deployed with minimum 30 labourers at Baje Kadamtala Ghat, where the immersion of bigger idols take place. At Judges Ghat, where immersion of smaller idols take place, launches with boats and ropes for containment of idols within a zone will be done and thereafter they will be pulled manually by labourers. “Safety and security are our priorities and there will be reasonable deployment of police in the ghats for this purpose. Once removed from the ghats, the idols are taken away by recyclers deployed by KMC,” the official added.last_img read more

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Barcelona Lionel Messi has insisted there are no

first_imgBarcelona: Lionel Messi has insisted there are no problems between him and Antoine Griezmann or between the players and Barcelona’s board. Messi returned from injury to make his second start of the season against Inter Milan in the Champions League as Barca came from behind to win 2-1 on Wednesday. Speaking after the match, Messi was asked about his relationship with Griezmann, who had said on Tuesday it was “difficult” to establish a connection with the Argentine while he had been injured. “Obviously we have no problem,” Messi said. “There is a good relationship with everyone, the dressing room is united. We needed this victory and hopefully now we can kick on and continue in this way.” Luis Suarez scored a sensational double at Camp Nou and it was Messi that supplied the Uruguayan’s 85th-minute winner, with a pass at the end of a weaving run down the right. Barcelona now sit level on four points with Borussia Dortmund in Group F. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThere have also been suggestions of a rift between Barcelona’s players and the board, with Gerard Pique implying last weekend that articles critical of the team had come from higher up the club, however Messi denied the relationship had soured. “We are fine. The important thing is to talk about the triumph of today and against Getafe,” he said. “We have Sevilla now to finish well before the international break. We will try to win it because it creates a mess when there is no football so we want to finish well and go out on a high before the break.”last_img read more

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Wrestler Ravi Dahiya included in TOPS Sakshi dropped

first_imgNew Delhi: Young wrestler Ravi Dahiya, who recently won a World championships bronze medal, was on Friday included in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) while struggling Sakshi Malik was dropped from the program. The decision was taken by the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) Mission Olympic Cell. Ravi won a bronze in the men’s 57kg freestyle category in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The bronze also ensured an Olympic quota for India in next year’s Tokyo Games. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Sakshi, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has been struggling for long and has been dropped from the Scheme. She had crashed out in the opening round of the 62kg women’s category in Nur-Sultan. Weightlifter Ragala Venkat Rahul has also been excluded from the TOPS, which provides a monthly financial assistance of Rs 50,000. The committee has sanctioned the proposal of wrestler Pooja Dhanda to train for a period of one month in her hometown of Hisar under the supervision of Romanian coach Fanel Carp. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters The committee sanctioned weight-lifter Mirabai Chanu’s proposal for financial assistance to have a physiotherapist-cum-masseuse Shivani Bharuka, who will attend to her at the national camp till the Tokyo Olympics. The committee cleared financial proposals of over Rs 70 lakhs at the recently-held meeting. Three national federations — Shooting, Table Tennis and Weightlifting — also shared their roadmap for the 2020, 2024 and 2028 Olympics with regards to strategy, planning and talent identification during the meeting. The Mission Olympic Cell has sanctioned overseas training in Colorado Springs for men’s 3000m steeplechase runner Avinash Sable under Scott Simons till the Tokyo Olympics. In badminton, the committee has cleared the proposal of Sameer Verma to participate in three international competitions — Dutch Open, Macau Open and Korea Masters in October and November respectively. The committee also sanctioned proposal of shuttler Saina Nehwal to travel with her fitness trainer Swaroop Sinha in seven international tournaments till December 2019. In shooting, the training, ammunition and competition requirements of seven shooters — Anjum Moudgil, Rahi Sarnobat, Manu Bhaker, Abhishek Verma, Lakshay Sheoran, Mehuli Ghosh and Anish Bhanwala — were also approved. The committee also cleared a combined proposal of five para-badminton players — Pramod Bhagat, Suhas Yathiraj, Manoj Sarkar, Sukant Kadam and Tarun for participation in the Denmark Open Para Badminton International. In para-shooting and para-athletics, the committee sanctioned the training and equipment needs of Deepender and para-athletes Sharad Kumar and Sandeep Chaudhary.last_img read more

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