Andrew Astorquia, Stockland North Shore Project Director, pictured inside the sales office. Picture: Shae Beplate.NORTH Shore has released new land to the market as demand for homes in the masterplanned community continues.Following the recent Pasco release selling out they have now offered more land to buyers in their Tilbrook release.There is land from 560sq m to 684sq m with wide frontages starting at $165,000.Stockland is also trying to make it more affordable to build a home rather than buy by offering $10,000 off all residential lots across their Queensland communities until March 3.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 2020At North Shore there is also help available with the construction process, with up to $5000 available in bonuses from a selection of Stockland’s building partners including kitchen upgrades, solar packages, automation systems and landscaping.The builders at North Shore have also teamed up with Stockland to offer up to $15,000 in building bonuses and discounts on land to help sweeten the deal for new homebuyers. Stockland North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the savings would make buying a new home even more affordable for a full spectrum of customers, from first home buyers to families and downsizers.“Our communities are known for their value for money, focus on health and wellbeing and access to amenities including shops, schools, medical services, playgrounds and parks and transport and employment hubs,” he said.“We are pleased to offer homebuyers even more value with our Home Sweeter Home campaign including a saving of $10,000 off all North Shore lots plus a range of bonuses from participating builders.“The builder bonuses offer fantastic savings across a range of areas including kitchen upgrades, appliance discounts and fencing.”Eligible buyers can also gain the State Government’s first homeowners $15,000 grant.
TELEPHONE giant DIGICEL-sponsored inter-secondary school countrywide football competition kicked off to an exciting start last Wednesday, in Essequibo, with two double-headers at the Anna Regina Multilateral School (ARMS) Anna Regina Community Centre (ARCC) grounds respectively.At ARMS ground, Wakapoa Secondary of the Lower Pomeroon River humbled Cotton Field Secondary 8-3 in the opening match. The hinterland boys played superbly and adapted well to the coastland with athleticism and stamina.Striker Jermain Richards of Wakapoa opened his account as early as the 2nd minute to score his first of three goals, with a neatly placed long-range shot. This was quickly followed by another from Delon Jaikarran in the 5th minute.It was again the combination of the duo as Richards struck again in the 15th, while Jaikarran followed up in the next minute to record his second. Before then Mark Persaud found the net in the 10th and later doubled his account for another in the 28th minute.Goals flowed in the first half as Cleron Boyal netted in the 28th and Richards in the 42nd to complete a hat-trick as Wakapoa ended half-time scoring 8 without conceding any.During the second half, Cotton Field Secondary, who were already shocked by the score-line and Wakaopa’s skill, began to play with some more determination which was lacking in their previous 45 minutes.Their success came in the 61st minute when Ezekiel Scott pierced the net. The Coast-landers seemed to have found their footing and energy even though they were kept in check by their opponents.Their next goal came in the 80th minute off the boot of Jumain John while Joel Holder netted in the 87th and by then the minutes were ticking and so was their final chance at scoring as Wakapoa persevered to win by 8-3.Completing the double-header at ARMS ground was another riveting encounter between 8th of May Secondary and hosts Anna Regina Secondary who proved too friendly and were beaten 4-2.The game began at a fast pace and it was Akeem Norton of 8th of May who struck the first goal in the 4th minute. His team mate Ridley Williams was in action and recorded his first of two goals in the 15th while his partner Jevaun Boston was accurate in the 23rd minute.The consistent and equally skilful Williams again found goal in the 29th to lead 8th of May to 4 goals at halftime. Not to go down without a challenge, ARMS responded with two well executed goals from Christan Bacchus in the 45th and again in the 48th minute.However, it was a little too late as 8th of May defended their early lead and rallied to a 4-2 triumph. Over at the ARCC ground, Abram Zuil Secondary secured a 1-0 victory against Aurora Secondary.The game ebbed and flowed but it was Kyle Skeete who made the difference with the lone goal of the match in the 74th minute for a hard-fought win. The second game was even more intense between New Opportunity Corps (NOC) and Johanna Cecilia Secondary (JCCS) and after 90 minutes neither team had scored.Missed opportunities were countless, but also a few wonderful saves from both goalkeepers were quite remarkable and the vocal crowd reacted.The game then went to a penalty shoot-out and NOC showed their maturity and held their nerves to win 3-1.The winners will now go forward in the knock-out competition for the semi-final play-offs on a date to be announced.
Serena Williams has called on fans to support her sister Venus when the two five-time Wimbledon champions meet in an emotional fourth round clash on Monday, July 6.The sisters, who have 27 Grand Slam titles between them, will be on opposing sides of the net for the sixth time at Wimbledon and for the 26th time in their careers. Venus, 35, thrashed Aleksandra Krunic to reach the last 16, while Serena, 33, had to survive an almighty scare against Britain’s Heather Watson before guaranteeing the first all-Williams tie at Wimbledon since 2009.Since Serena won that final clash six years ago (pictured below), the sisters’ paths have diverged with the younger sibling putting herself among the all-time greats by reaching 20 Grand Slam titles.In contrast, Venus has slumped down the rankings as she fights a constant battle with autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome that often leaves her exhausted.As a result, Serena believes Venus’s struggles deserve the sympathy of the All England Club crowd if they have to pick sides. “I expect more people to be rooting for Venus,” said Serena. “I would be rooting for Venus. She’s been through so much. She’s had a wonderful story.“She’s been so inspiring to me; she’s just an incredible individual. “She’s just so amazing. She’s been so inspiring to a lot of people with the same things that she goes through, too.” Venus returned the compliment, claiming she would support Serena if she were a neutral bystander today (Monday).“That’s interesting, I’ll probably be cheering for her,” Venus said when told of Serena’s desire for the crowd to support her. “I haven’t given any thought to the crowd really. There is no such thing as giving up for me in my life.“But also for her, she’s been through so much. “You see players that continue to talk about injuries that are like 9,000 years old. She never complained once. You have to give her credit for that.” After four Wimbledon finals and a semi-final between the sisters, this will be their earliest meeting on the lawns of south-west London.On the surface, world number one Serena, chasing her fourth successive Grand Slam crown and 21st of her career, is the clear favourite to secure her 15th career victory against 16th seed Venus. But, regardless of the result, Serena says seven-time major winner Venus has already left a great legacy as a “pioneer” for both the sport and women’s rights.–The #JoySports Wimbledon coverage includes updates on Sports Centre with George Addo Jnr (7:45am, Monday- Friday), Global Sports with Gary Al-Smith (3:45pm, Tuesday-Thursday) and the sports segments on Midday and Newsnight. On Multi TV, follow on the AM Sports with Kwame Dwomoh-Agyemang, sports on NewsDay with Benedict Owusu Dankwah, Sports Today with Nathaniel Attoh (2pm, Monday-Friday), sports on the Pulse with Gary Al-Smith (4:30pm, Monday-Friday) and sports on Joy News Prime with George Addo Jnr.