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WHY A JUNIOR MINER DECIDED TO JOIN THE RANKS OF THE HOT POT STOCKS

WHY A JUNIOR MINER DECIDED TO JOIN THE RANKS OF THE HOT POT STOCKS

USUALLY, when a relatively unknown explorer experiences a sharp spike in its share price, it means they've found something valuable in the ground or they're about to start digging it up to sell.

So, when Queensland Bauxite (ASX: QBL) jumped 114% to a high of 3 cents last week it seemed logical to assume the company hit some &quot...

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COLLINS SUPERSIZES IN EUROPE WITH PURCHASE OF 16 KFC RESTAURANTS IN THE NETHERLANDS

COLLINS SUPERSIZES IN EUROPE WITH PURCHASE OF 16 KFC RESTAURANTS IN THE NETHERLANDS

COLLINS Foods (ASX:CKF) has stepped up its European expansion through the purchase of 16 KFC restaurants in the Netherlands for 62.3 million (AU$87.7m) from Yum! Brands.

The deal includes a development agreement with Yum! which sets out a pipeline of 20 new Collins-owned KFC restaurants in the Netherlands by 2021.

It follows the com...

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FROM SECOND HAND MOTORCYCLE DEALER TO LEADER OF THE PACK

FROM SECOND HAND MOTORCYCLE DEALER TO LEADER OF THE PACK

MOTORCYCLE Holdings (ASX: MTO) founder and managing director David Ahmet (pictured below) says he often gets asked whether motorbikes are fad, and how long their popularity will last.

Ahmet's standard answer is, 'well they've been around for 100 years and I don't see why they won't be around for a bit longer'.

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NUFARM SHARES SURGE TO FIVE YEAR HIGH ON BIG TURNAROUND

NUFARM SHARES SURGE TO FIVE YEAR HIGH ON BIG TURNAROUND

After a heavy loss in 2015 because of major restructuring, crop protection company Nufarm (ASX: NUF) has swung to profit for the six months to December 31.

The Brisbane-based agricultural chemical company booked net profit after tax of $20 million, after a loss of $91 million from the same period in 2015 which was mostly due to more than...

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VILLA WORLD TAPS MARKET IN $80m CAPITAL RAISING TO RAMP UP GROWTH

VILLA WORLD TAPS MARKET IN $80m CAPITAL RAISING TO RAMP UP GROWTH

Residential property developer Villa World (ASX: VWL) is ramping up its growth strategy on Australia's east coast "hot spots" with an $80 million capital raising venture.

The Gold Coast-based company, which develops and sells residential land and buildings mostly in Queensland, NSW and Victoria, is looking to grow its inven...

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VIRGIN-HNA ALLIANCE GETS PRELIMINARY APPROVAL

VIRGIN-HNA ALLIANCE GETS PRELIMINARY APPROVAL

VIRGIN Australia's proposed alliance with HNA Aviation, Hong Kong Airlines and HK Express has been given interim approval by the ACCC.

If the final ruling, due in May or June, is positive, the Brisbane-based airline will commence direct flights between Australia and Hong Kong and Australia and China, which it will codeshare with HNA.

T...

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NEW HOPE CASHES IN ON COAL PRICE RECOVERY

NEW HOPE CASHES IN ON COAL PRICE RECOVERY

NEW HOPE Corporation is firing like a high efficiency thermal coal power plant under the power of vastly improved coal and oil prices during the six months to 31 December 2016.

The Brisbane-based diversified energy producer (ASX:NHC) has reported net profit after tax of $54.9 million for the half year, a 265 per cent increase compared to the ...

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BRISBANE APARTMENT VACANCIES REMAIN LOW DESPITE INCREASED SUPPLY

BRISBANE APARTMENT VACANCIES REMAIN LOW DESPITE INCREASED SUPPLY

VACANCY rates for new Inner Brisbane apartments remained tight at 2.3 per cent over the December quarter 2016, says new research released today by property consultants, Urbis.

The Urbis Inner Brisbane Apartment Rental Review also found that new developments are out-performing older, established projects with lower levels of amenity.

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RAY OF HOPE FOR SLATER AND GORDON AS LENDERS STEP IN

RAY OF HOPE FOR SLATER AND GORDON AS LENDERS STEP IN

EMBATTLED law firm Slater and Gordon (ASX: SGH) has announced to the ASX that it has launched confidential discussions with lenders to restabilise its battered capital structure.

Following a gruelling saga, Slater and Gordon has now been notified that in excess of 94 per cent of its debt facility, including debt with Westpac, National Austral...

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FROM GREEN TO GOLD: IRISH EXPAT BUILDS MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

FROM GREEN TO GOLD: IRISH EXPAT BUILDS MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

WHEN Eoin Daniels arrived in Australia with nothing but a suitcase, a working holiday visa and a passion for carpentry, he didn't expect that in just over a decade's time he would be running his own national company. Around 13 years ago, Daniels was fresh off the plane from Ireland when he secured his first job in Sydney with a lo...

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SPROUTX PROVIDES THE SEED FOR AGTECH STARTUPS

SPROUTX PROVIDES THE SEED FOR AGTECH STARTUPS

AGTECH innovation fund SproutX has opened applications for its first accelerator round, backed by $10 million from the venture capital fund it has set up in partnership with Artesian Venture Partners and industry superannuation fund Hostplus.

This follows the SproutX pre-accelerator program, held in late 2016, where 110 startups and entr...

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HOW INTEGRATED SOFTWARE, THE CLOUD AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL CHANGE BUSINESS

HOW INTEGRATED SOFTWARE, THE CLOUD AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL CHANGE BUSINESS

CHATBOTS, collective intelligence and blockchain are some of the big technology trends that will change the way businesses are run in 2017, says SAGE Australia VP Alan Osrin (pictured).

Speaking to Business News Australia at the SAGE Summit Melbourne, where the company painted its vision of 'invisible accounting', Osrin implored busin...

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SEYMOUR WHYTE SHARES SURGE AFTER FRENCH TAKEOVER OFFER REVEALED

SEYMOUR WHYTE SHARES SURGE AFTER FRENCH TAKEOVER OFFER REVEALED

SEYMOUR Whyte (ASX:SWL) is the subject of a takeover offer from French construction giant VINCI.

The Brisbane-based engineering firm is trading up 24 per cent $1.37 per share at 12pm AEDT after releasing the details of the offer to the ASX.

The indicative, non-binding and conditional proposal proposes a price range of $1.36-$1.43 per share...

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SUNCORP TAKES 19.99 PER CENT OF NEW ZEALAND INSURER TOWER

SUNCORP TAKES 19.99 PER CENT OF NEW ZEALAND INSURER TOWER

SUNCORP Bank has taken a 19.99 per cent stake in Tower (ASX:TWR), despite having its takeover bid for the New Zealand company rebuffed in late February.

In a release to the ASX today, Tower says Suncorp (ASX:SUN) has accumulated the shares at NZ$1.40 each, a premium on its offer of NZ$1.30 per share made last month.

Suncorp had attempted t...

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GAS PRICES MAY FORCE BRICKWORKS TO TAKE MANUFACTURING OVERSEAS

GAS PRICES MAY FORCE BRICKWORKS TO TAKE MANUFACTURING OVERSEAS

BRICKWORKS Limited (ASX:BKW) chairman Robert Millner says soaring energy prices may force the company to turn to offshore manufacturing.

"We never thought that after 108 years of making bricks in Australia, we would now need to investigate manufacturing overseas," says Millner.

Millner says Brickworks' recent gas contract neg...

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CHINA CONTINUES TO COLLECT AUSSIE PROPERTY ASSETS

CHINA CONTINUES TO COLLECT AUSSIE PROPERTY ASSETS

CHINESE coin continues to dominate Australia's offshore real estate investment market, accounting for almost half of the total capital transacted during 2016. Last year around US$28.2 billion flowed in from Chinese investors who were seeking a slice of Aussie property, often in the form of Melbourne and Sydney's CBD office assets....

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OMNI MARKET TIDE SEEKS NEW BACKER DESPITE 18 MONTHS OF 'DISMAL FAILURE'

OMNI MARKET TIDE SEEKS NEW BACKER DESPITE 18 MONTHS OF 'DISMAL FAILURE'

GLENN Vassallo is pushing ahead with plans to recapitalise the ASX-listed company he chairs, Omni Market Tide (ASX:OMT), after a failed reverse takeover of software company RightCrowd.

The Brisbane-based lawyer and company director (pictured) is backing the virtual shareholder engagement technology that he developed and took to the ASX t...

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MIRVAC SELLS $165 MILLION WORTH OF UNISON APARTMENTS IN TWO MONTHS

MIRVAC SELLS $165 MILLION WORTH OF UNISON APARTMENTS IN TWO MONTHS

MIRVAC (ASX:MGR) has made $165 million in settlements since launching the second stage of its Unison development at Newstead at the start of this year.

The $200 million development, which completed construction at the end of February, is now 90 per cent sold.

Mirvac Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible (pictured right) says...

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SPECIAL FORCES PERSONNEL REVEAL HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN TRAVELLING

SPECIAL FORCES PERSONNEL REVEAL HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN TRAVELLING

YOU'VE seen it in the movies: the lone wanderer mugged in the alleyway, the family member taken hostage for ransom or the business person extorted for money at gunpoint. While it's easy to adopt the mentality that 'it will never happen to me', statistically speaking, this is far from the truth when it comes to not just hig...

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JANINE ALLIS' SPECIAL BLEND TO BOOST SUCCESS

JANINE ALLIS' SPECIAL BLEND TO BOOST SUCCESS

BOOST Juice founder Janine Allis spent some time 'winging it' before building a world-class business.

Born in the 'burbs and from humble beginnings, Allis (pictured) partied with rock stars in her twenties in the south of France before finding her calling.

Across almost two decades in business, Allis has just survived, a...

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BE TENACIOUS, BE WISE: KATE MIDDLETON'S TOP CAREER TIPS

BE TENACIOUS, BE WISE: KATE MIDDLETON'S TOP CAREER TIPS

KATE Middleton knows a thing or two about slaying career goals, having become CEO of insurance engineering firm Censeo at age 36.

In celebration of International Women's Day, Kate has shared her top three tips to take ownership of your career to get where you want to be. Be tenacious Tenacity, persistence, determination and p...

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RBA KEEPS CASH RATE ON HOLD AT 1.5 PER CENT

RBA KEEPS CASH RATE ON HOLD AT 1.5 PER CENT

FOR THE seventh consecutive month, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has decided to leave the official cash rate on hold at 1.5 per cent.

Inflation remains below the official target of 2 per cent and "quite low" according to the RBA, and with growth in labour costs remaining subdued, underlying inflation is expected to stay low fo...

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MON KOMO HOTEL

MON KOMO HOTEL

REFLECTING the understated luxury lifestyle of a prestigious Caribbean resort, Mon Komo Hotel is setting a new standard for event spaces in Queensland.

Step into a world of tranquillity and relaxation, energy and excitement in a vibrant beachside setting. With stunning water views across Moreton Bay, Mon Komo's functions facilities can ca...

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QUEENSLAND CRICKETERS CLUB

QUEENSLAND CRICKETERS CLUB

QUEENSLAND Cricketers' Club (QC Club) has commenced work on a multi-million dollar refurbishment. The new design will make the most of the Club's space and its iconic location overlooking the Gabba oval, while ensuring the Club's future sustainability. QC Club has been Brisbane's premier place for lovers of sport to gather fo...

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BRISBANE MARRIOTT

BRISBANE MARRIOTT

THE multi award winning Brisbane Marriott Hotel makes a lasting first impression. Overlooking the Brisbane River near the corporate and financial heart of the city, it reflects the best of the 5-Star Brisbane hotels. Elegant guest rooms, suites and executive-level rooms capture views of the Brisbane skyline and Brisbane River and feature ele...

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CUSTOMS HOUSE

CUSTOMS HOUSE

Customs House event coordinators have a friendly and personalised approach from the initial enquiry, through to the planning process and right to the day itself. The professional team has a commitment to excellence and ensures all functions are a great success. All inclusive packages are available or, alternatively, our event coordinators...

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KOPLOVITZ GIVES SPRINGBOARD TO AGILE ENTREPRENEURS

KOPLOVITZ GIVES SPRINGBOARD TO AGILE ENTREPRENEURS

FOR Kay Koplovitz, the key to being a successful entrepreneur is an agile mind - one that is always learning and quick to take on board new insights.

It's what Koplovitz looks for in candidates for the female focused scale-up incubator she founded, Springboard Enterprises, which has mentored 642 entrepreneurs since the year 2000.

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VITA GROUP SHARES SURGE UPON RESULTS

VITA GROUP SHARES SURGE UPON RESULTS

VITA Group (ASX: VTG), the Brisbane telco retailer tied up with Telstra (ASX: TLS), saw its share price surge 12 per cent upon releasing its half year results.

Just after midday, the company's share price stabilised at around $3.20, reflecting a gain of just over 7 per cent.

The operator of Telstra stores and business centres sa...

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SONAND TURNS THE TIDE AT SURFSTITCH

SONAND TURNS THE TIDE AT SURFSTITCH

SURFSTITCH (ASX:SRF) has reduced its losses in the first half of FY17 as new CEO Mike Sonand executed his turnaround strategy.

In his first full half in charge of the Gold Coast-based action sports electronic retailer, Sonand reduced losses from continuing operations to $5.6 million, compared to $13.6 million the previous corresponding period...

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EUREKA IMPROVES WHILE MANAGEMENT REMAINS UNIMPRESSED

EUREKA IMPROVES WHILE MANAGEMENT REMAINS UNIMPRESSED

EUREKA Group has collected the gains on its 'buy and build' strategy to achieve a net profit of $6.29 million, up 72 per cent on the prior corresponding period (pcp).

The company's acquisition of 483 new freehold units helped boost total income to $15.56 million, a $9.47 million increase over pcp.

Earnings before interes...

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