CM Master Builders MBA genericUNDERSTANDING safety risks and how to manage them will be spotlighted as part of the Master Builders BUSSQ Roadshow 2017 which will traverse to Townsville this month.The Roadshow is a free event that travels Queensland to share important industry information and updates.This year, in addition to workplace health and safety, industry experts will discuss the state government’s Queensland Building Plan and how it will impact members.Topics to be discussed by our expert panel include nonconforming building products and recently-introduced on the spot fines for requirements such as safe work method statements, hazardous chemicals, asbestos and first aid. There will also be displays of new products and technology.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 2020Master Builders executive director Grant Galvin said this year’s Roadshow was a great opportunity for local building industry participants to understand the outlook for the industry, and to discover what Master Builders is doing to support industry growth and activity.“The events will feature a guest panel of industry experts, and you will be able to capture one-on-one time with the people leading the industry in insurance, superannuation, housing, training and licensing,” Mr Galvin said.“Anyone who works in our industry will tell you the last five years have been tough and Master Builders is keen to provide a platform to identify and discuss important local issues, as well as key opportunities and projects.”The event is open to the building industry and will be of interest to both residential and commercial builders, tradies and manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to the guest panel, all attendees will have the opportunity to network with local industry professionals, members, business consultants and a local council representative. As well as the panel discussion, there will be a range of exhibitors on hand to showcase the latest information, new technology and products on the market.The Townsville event will be held at the Townsville RSL on March 29, from 4.30pm-8pm.For registration visit mbqld.com.au/roadshow.
PREQUALIFICATION BIDS were due at the end of March for construction work on the first phase of a 23 km light rail line in the Venezuelan city of Valencia. CA Metro de Valencia plans to announce a shortlist of approved tenderers in May. One contract covers a 2·3 km section of tunnel alignment with three 120m long stations, and the bidders are expected to arrange 100% financing for the work. Electrical and mechanical equipment will be supplied by the US arm of Siemens Transportation Systems under a US$80m turnkey contract backed by Eximbank. This includes provision for the second phase, which would bring the total E&M package to US$150m.Siemens will provide track, power supplies, fare collection and signalling for the initial 6·2 km section, together with 12 LRVs. These will be built at the Carson and Sacramento plants in California to the SD-400 design used by the St Louis Metrolink line.STS Inc President Jimmy D Morrison confirmed on March 11 that the company was ready to start as soon as Notice to Proceed was given – this is awaiting final details of the financial package. Target opening date is ’around 2000’, he said. o
“Kieron Conway put up a great fight, he’s a tough boy, he has a great work rate, but I do believe I clearly won by four rounds,” he said after the fight. “But it is what it is. I’m gutted. I’m still champ but I deserved the win.”Conway can take a lot of positives from this draw. Expect him to challenge again for the British title. Also on the card:Otha Jones III def. Michael Horabin via a first-round TKO (referee stopped fight); lightweights.Craig Richards def. Andre Sterling via unanimous decision (117-111, 116-111, 115-112); British light heavyweight title final eliminator.Shannon Courtenay def. Valerija Sepetovska via second-round TKO (referee stopped fight; bantamweights.Charles Frankham def. Ilgvars Krauklis via first-round knockout; super featherweights.Recce Bellotti def. Josue Bendana via fourth-round knockout; featherweights.Anthony Fox def. Duane Sinclair. 79-73 on points; light heavyweights Conor Benn defended his WBA Continental welterweight title in empathic fashion Friday, defeating Jussi Koivula via second-round TKO at London’s York Hall.”The Destroyer” (15-0, 10 KOs) rallied after taking a lot of punishment in the opening round of his debut as a headliner. Koivula (24-7-1, nine KOs) caught him with a right hand early and looked determined to get the job done inside the first three minutes. The “Ice Man” continued to take the fight to the 22-year-old champ and eventually sent him stumbling back to the ropes with a left hand. Koivula easily won Round 1 and silenced the crowd, which began to grow nervous. Benn looked to match Koivula’s work rate in the second; finally, with 1:15 gone, he landed a short left hook that sent the Finnish fighter to the canvas. It wasn’t long before Koivula was down again after a flurry of punches. The referee stopped the fight with 53 seconds remaining in the round after Benn backed Koivula up against the ropes and landed a big right hook followed by a left hook.Join DAZN to watch 100+ fight nights a year”He came out firing, tried to throw me out (of) my game plan,” Benn said after the fight. “He thought I was a little boy. I knew he was going to come out like a 35-year-old man, and he thought he could bully me around, but I wasn’t having any of it.””I wanted to get the balance right, the old Conor Benn and the new and improved Conor Benn,” he added. “I think I showed a little bit of both today.”Said promoter Eddie Hearn: “Three of four fights ago I don’t think [Benn] would have of reacted like that.””Now we move into the danger zone, the likes of [Samuel] Vargas and Josh Kelly,” Hearn added. “That could end up being a huge domestic fight, Josh Kelly against Conor Benn.”Co-main event: Ted Cheeseman retains British super welterweight title after split draw with Kieron ConwayCheeseman (15-1-1, nine KOs) defended his Lord Lonsdale belt one fight after suffering a unanimous decision defeat to Sergio Garcia for the EBU European super welterweight title. The judges scored the bout 115-114 for Cheeseman, 116-113 for Conway and 114-114.”The Big Cheese” showed power and persistence against a game opponent.He started on the front foot and landed the better shots in the early rounds, working the body well before going upstairs. As the fight entered the middle rounds, however, Conway (12-1-1, three KOs) grew in confidence and started to land with hook after hook to the body. With blood coming from Cheeseman’s nose in the fifth, Conway continued to land the jab before setting up combos to the head and body. Cheeseman, with his head down and his hands up, walked into the shots before landing a few combos of his own when he backed up Conway against the ropes.With both men fighting on the inside and happy to trade blows, the bout turned into a test of who wanted it more. Cheeseman’s experience appeared to pay dividends in the final two rounds as he delivered well-placed body shots that slowed Conway. Cheeseman looked deflated by the decision.