New orders in the apartment building sector were in negative territory for the second consecutive month.THE Australian apartment construction boom looks set to go the way of the resource boom it replaced, after hitting a double digit negative slide in just two months, latest data shows.The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index – which tracks activity, orders/new business, deliveries and employment across the construction sector – saw apartments fall a massive -3.3 points to 41.4. That brings the apartment building backslide to a whopping -11.2 points in just two months Anything below 50 points shows contraction in the sector.It was the lowest point for apartment building in 11 months, according to Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett. The apartment boom saw a major surge in construction activity in Brisbane. Picture: Jack TranMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoNew orders in the apartment building sector remain in contraction mode after dropping a whopping -22 points in August and then clawing back 2.5 points in September to now sit at 46.3pts.“We see what’s going on in Queensland being replicated in other parts of the country,” Mr Garrett said, partly due to the impact of state disincentives for foreign property investors but also due to the APRA crackdown on interest-only loans which were overwhelmingly taken up by investors.“The foreign investor element of demand has been particularly important in lifting activity in Sydney and Melbourne and to a lesser extent Brisbane.”That apartment fall helped take the Australian PCI down 0.6 points to 54.7 points in September, which Mr Garrett said signalled “a positive but somewhat slower rate of overall growth”.There was a bright spot for residential construction though, with house building lifting 0.1 points in September to lead the Australian PCI 12 month sub-sector averages at 53.8 points.“It was also the sector’s eighth expansion in activity in the past nine months in line with expanding new orders over most of this period.”Engineering construction activity remained in expansion mode at 56.9 points (down 1.1pts) while commercial construction was at 50.3 points (up 0.1pts).undefined
Taxi operators in the capital city have been warned to be on the lookout for would-be carjackers, who have amped up attacks in recent weeks.In an advisory issued Monday, the Guyana Police Force explained that all taxi drivers especially those operating Toyota Allion and Toyota Premio motor cars to “be on the alert for potential hijackers”.Police disclosed that the attackers have been hiring the cars in Georgetown under the pretext of wanting transportation to areas such as North Ruimveldt, Georgetown; Atlantic Ville, East Coast Demerara; Providence, East Bank Demerara and West Demerara.“Upon arrival at their requested locations, the drivers are robbed of their personal belongings as well as their motor cars,” the statement noted.The suspected carjackers are said to be seven males. According to Police, one of the attackers has “dreadlocks”, two are of mixed descent, two were described as Afro-Guyanese and two others were said to be Indo-Guyanese.On Saturday, Guyana Times was provided with detailed descriptions of three of the attackers. Bridgenandand Persaud, a Dowding Street, Kitty shop owner and Stabroek Market Square taxi operator, was beaten and robbed of his silver-grey HC 7851 Toyota Premio motor car by three armed attackers at Atlantic Ville, last Tuesday. Persaud had recalled that about 15:00h on Tuesday last, two men hired him at Stabroek Market and requested to be taken to Atlantic Ville. Moments after he entered the Atlantic Ville area and before the men could pay, they had each pulled a gun and wrestled with him. He stated that another accomplice was waiting at Atlantic Ville.The taxi driver also said that he was beaten to his back and head. After the ordeal, Persaud lodged a complaint at Sparendaam Police Station, giving Police a description of his attackers and the weapons that they used.The Guyana Police Force is appealing to the general public to provide any information they may have with regard to the identities of the individuals perpetrating the carjackers. Persons with information are asked to report to the nearest police station or call on telephone numbers 225-6411, 226-1389, 227-2128, 225-2227, 226-7065, 225-0575, and 911, to report any unusual activities they may have observed.