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Brisbane has had another quiet month on the property price growth front

first_imgBrisbane home values remained stable during February.BRISBANE has had another quiet month on the property price growth front with preliminary figures revealing on a very small shift in values during February.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said results to February 25 showed that home values nationally were down 0.3 per cent for the month to date and Brisbane was down 0.1 per cent.He said in Brisbane there had been no real change to values in January and February wasn’t much different.“It’s more of the same for the Brisbane market – it’s pretty much dead flat,’’ Mr Kusher said.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago“That’s the condition we’re expecting for the rest of the year. If migration and the economy picks up, we might see the market pick up. There’s some demand coming from interstate, but it’s focused on specific areas. And there’s oversupply in the unit market which is impacting the rest of the market.’’Mr Kusher said Brisbane did not have the same economic drivers that Sydney and Melbourne had.Although he said the jobs market was starting to increase in Queensland if not Brisbane.“There’s a general lack of confidence in the market,’’ Mr Kusher said.Sydney’s drop of 0.6 per cent during February was dragging down the national results, Mr Kusher said.While Brisbane had shown little price movement as a whole, it wasn’t the only capital to experience that.“Most of the other capitals are pretty flat or slightly falling, that’s why we’re seeing monthly falls and the annual growth slowing each month,’’ Mr Kusher said.last_img read more

Messi risks UK ban

first_imgRelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly UK visa restrictions will strengthen Nigeria’s democracy — Forum Lionel Messi could be banned from travelling to the UK if Barcelona play an English side in the Champions League in the event of Brexit.The Barcelona forward has previously been convicted for tax fraud and as part of his punishment he was hit with a 21-month suspended prison sentence by the Spanish courts.That has not been an issue for Messi in the past as he has a dual Spanish-Argentine passport, making him an EU citizen.And therefore he is free to travel to the UK as it is a non-violent conviction.But if the UK leaves the EU, Messi would be among the stars that could face a stumbling block, according to immigration lawyer Andrew Osbourne of firm Lewis Silkin.In an interview with the Athletic, he said: “There is a specific point around European games. If you are an EU citizen with a criminal conviction, you can travel to the UK, as long as you are not deemed to be a threat to national security.“If you are not an EU citizen and have a conviction or prison sentence imposed – even if suspended – you are banned from coming to the UK.“There are a number of very famous footballers with convictions and suspended sentences for tax evasion. They, thus far, have not had to worry as they have EU passports.“But post-Brexit, they potentially may not be able to enter the country (as they will be treated like non-EU nationals).“Anyone with a prison sentence of any sort, the starting point is you are not allowed in.“This could provide disruption to Champions League squads and also whether they (UEFA) will play finals in England if players potentially may not be able to come in.“Clubs will need to take steps.”There is an expectation that Messi would be handed an exemption by the Home Office if the situation did arise. Tags: BREXITLionel MessiUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

COLUMN: Easy start worth it before marathon

first_imgSo apparently the Sun Belt isn’t that good. Maybe if either Arkansas State or Idaho had home-field advantage, it would have been different. One of them could have held USC under 50 points, or gotten to double digits themselves. But probably not.Now the Trojans move into the exciting part of the schedule. With all due respect to the Red Wolves and Vandals, this is the part that will actually determine USC’s role in postseason play.Finally, a real game.As fellow Daily Trojan columnist Regan Estes discussed Tuesday, the excitement of it goes beyond the usual anticipation for the start of in-conference competition. It’s grown to be one of the best recent rivalries in the sport, and despite Stanford’s fall from the AP Poll’s top 25, this is a legitimate challenge for the Trojans.Though certainly less interesting, I think it was worthwhile for USC to schedule two pretty soft games. I think those two scheduling decisions will pay off greatly in USC’s quest for a College Football Playoff spot, especially considering the immediate future of the Pac-12 and when comparing it to USC’s 2016   non-conference schedule.Stanford is the official start of a long haul for USC. Eight of USC’s 10 remaining games feature opponents that either ranked or have received votes in the AP Poll. The exceptions are Washington and Colorado, but those look more like traps than cupcakes.The Pac-12 hasn’t looked great so far this season, but it’s still arguably the deepest conference in the NCAA, simply because no conference so far can really be called “the toughest.”The Big Ten currently has the most momentum right now. The defending national champions received 59 first place votes, and Michigan State received the other two in the AP Poll after beating now No. 12 Oregon. But beyond that, the conference’s top 25 representation only includes No. 23 Northwestern and No. 24 Wisconsin.The SEC had a really rough weekend, with Arkansas falling from the top 25 after a loss to Toledo and Auburn needing overtime to stave off Jacksonville State.The other big inter-conference matchup was Oklahoma of the Big 12 taking down Tennessee of the SEC.That leaves Ohio State at      No. 1 and Michigan State at No. 4, Alabama leading the SEC at No. 2, TCU and Baylor representing the Big 12 at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, and USC at No. 6. The ACC still has Florida State in the top 10 at No. 9, the lowest of any top-ranked Power Five team. At this point, independent Notre Dame is still worth a mention at No. 8, but I don’t think the Irish will last.If at the end of the year, the five conference winners have equal overall records, the odd man out will probably be the ACC winner. The only thing we can really bet on, though, is that the Big Ten winner will almost certainly not be left out of the CFP. The winner between Michigan State and Ohio State will have to have a spot over a Pac-12 team given how high-profile that                         Michigan State-Oregon matchup was. But the Pac-12 winner is still more likely to take one of those bottom spots over the ACC winner — though don’t sleep on No. 11 Clemson in the discussion.Here’s where scheduling becomes interesting. Aside from the Notre Dame tradition, USC didn’t add any big time            non-conference games this year, but the 2016 Cowboy Classic between USC and Alabama will absolutely qualify as one. Oregon went for the latter approach the past two seasons with its Michigan State home-and-home, which obviously backfired to some degree this year.Personally, from the standpoint of a partisan fan hoping to see his favorite team in the playoffs, I don’t think scheduling that extra non-conference challenge is worth the risk. I’d say the odds of winning those games are, for all intents and purposes, a              50-50 shot, but a crucial loss is more damaging than a trademark win is beneficial.Oregon probably would have still made the playoff last year if its win over Michigan State was instead an FCS win. The Pac-12 conference schedule is strong enough to stand alone. Now, the Ducks have no margin for error the rest of the season, and the Spartans still have to win their conference for it to matter. If the Spartans or the 2016 Trojans end up with one more loss than the other conference winner, one extra big win won’t counter that extra loss.Thankfully, USC made it through the first two weeks still intact. Not just in regard to its record, but also its roster, because the risk of significant injury drops in those games. Down the road, as the team — still not up to full scholarship capacity, by the way — fights its way to the finish line of conference play, we’ll be thankful USC didn’t make it any harder on itself than needed.So in the future, I don’t hope to watch any USC games against non-Power Five conferences. They’re quite boring and leave little room for interesting commentary.But I do hope USC schedules them anyway. Yes, the Cowboy Classic would be a fun annual tradition, but that’s what Notre Dame is for. The revenue will take care of itself, and the Trojans will hopefully be back to being good enough that winning the conference is the only necessary statement.If we do get an annual rivalry game going with a Sun Belt team, let’s do it with Troy University. “The Trojan War” could totally earn a national primetime spot.Luke Holthouse is a junior majoring in policy, planning and development and broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

CAF President Issa Hayatou Wants To Quit

first_imgAfrican Football Confederation (CAF) chairman Issa Hayatou says he is stressed out and wants to stand down from his job.“I want to stop because it’s restricting; it’s not easy,” he told French radio station RFI on Sunday.“I’ve had 37 years in football, that’s a lot, and what’s more I am a member of FIFA and the International Olympic Committee. It’s very restrictive in terms of all the travel, you are all the time on an aeroplane, you’re all the time stressed out.”Hayatou, who last November rejected claims made in a British television documentary that he had received secret payments from bankrupt marketing firm ISL, was elected CAF president for the first time in 1988. His current term of office concludes in 2013.He told RFI, “I am 65 years old, I reckon it’s time to think about standing down and leaving, but I don’t know what Africans will think of that. But for me personally, I would like to quit.”Source: Goallast_img read more

K-49 railroad crossing closing for repairs south of U.S. 160/K-49 Junction

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Starting June 13th, the BNSF Railway Co will begin a permitted railroad crossing repair project on K-49 Highway between the US-160/K-49 junction and West 20th Street South in Sumner County.  The purpose of the railroad crossing repair project is to conduct routine maintenance and necessary upgrades. It is scheduled to be completed around June 17th, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.Local traffic will need to use alternate routes. With both lanes being affected and closed by the project, through traffic will be detoured around the closing using US-160 and US-81 Highways. Potential time delays greater than thirty minutes can be expected.For more information about T-WORKS projects and funding visit the website, www.ksdot.org/tworks.  Highway construction project locations and road condition information can be viewed at the http://511.ksdot.org website, or can also be accessed by telephone by dialing 511.KDOT urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. Persons with questions about this road work or other KDOT projects can call South Central Kansas Public Affairs Manager, Zach Oswald, at 620-663-3361 or 1-877-550-5368 (Toll free).Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 218 weeks ago Couldn’t wait until harvest was all done? Bet the custom cutters will like that. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Soldiers ready for Melbourne – Cottrell

first_imgJermaine LannamanGleaner WriterWest Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell believes title-holders Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has more than what it takes to beat Melbourne at Up Park Camp in quarter-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup, beginning today.The match-up, one of two on the weekend, will see the JDF – winners of Zone A, entering the contest as slight favourites against the Nikita Miller-captained Melbourne, who ended as runners-up in Zone D.The other quarter-final encounter will see Zone D winners St Thomas CA hosting Zone A runner-up St Ann at Goodyear Oval.”The JDF is normally a very confident team and we are looking forward to any challenge that Melbourne may bring,” said Cottrell.”We are also defending champions and want to defend our crown, as after winning the last two titles the aim is to win five.”Cottrell, who is on the comeback from a knee injury, is set to lead the soldiers attack along with national trial invitees, fellow pacemen Reynard Leveridge and Leighton Leslie, as well as his national team-mate, left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli.Their batting, in the meanwhile, is expected to see in-form national one-day opener, Jermaine Harrison, looking to add to his recent back-to-back hundreds, leading their charge along with Rasheed Outar and Joseph Palmer.However, Robert Samuels, coach of Melbourne, is expressing equal confidence, stating that his team is in a comeback mode.”Melbourne has been missing out on the Senior Cup in recent years due to a number of reasons,” he said.”But I am confident that this time will be different.”We will be missing Damion Jacobs, who is overseas, but still have in our line-up Jamaica players Nikita Miller, Andre McCarthy and Guyanese opener, Trevon Griffith.”There is also young Jamaica fast bowler, Oshane Thomas, who is bowling fairly quick, and should pose some problems.”The St Thomas versus St Ann encounter, in the meantime, will see Carlton Baugh Jr leading the home team against St Ann, which will be captained by opener John Campbell.last_img read more

Golfers say farewell to legend Arnold Palmer

first_imgLATROBE, Pennsylvania (AP):With a large tear forming in his left eye, Jack Nicklaus asked everyone from the elite to the ‘everyman’ to remember the time Arnold Palmer touched their lives during an emotional farewell to the King yesterday.”I hurt like you hurt,” Nicklaus said. “You don’t lose a friend of 60 years and don’t feel an enormous loss.”The service at St Vincent College in Palmer’s hometown was filled with just as much laughter and warmth from stories of the most significant player in the modern game. The basilica at the college was packed with golf’s biggest names from around the world.Charlie Mechem, the former LPGA commissioner who became one of Palmer’s most trusted advisers, referred to them as the “elite battalion” of Arnie’s Army.Palmer died September 25 in Pittsburgh as he was preparing for heart surgery. He was 87. His private funeral for family members was Thursday.”We were looking down at the airstrip and the fog just suddenly lifted,” Ernie Els said yesterday after landing in one of several private jets that descended on Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. “This is a beautiful day. We’ve all met different people in life. He was a man who didn’t change. It didn’t matter if you cut the grass or you were a president. He was the same with everybody.”Palmer’s co-pilot, Pete Luster, flew his plane around St Vincent College for nearly an hour before the service, tipping the left wing as he zoomed by.Mechem set a happy tone by pointing to a large photograph of Palmer with a grin that made everyone feel so important. He asked the crowd to remember the Palmer who hitched up his pants and gave a thumbs up.”There’s an old saying that there are no irreplaceable people,” Mechem said, his voice cracking towards the end of the ceremony. “Whoever made that line didn’t know Arnold Palmer. There will never be another.”Palmer won 62 times on the PGA Tour, including seven major championships.The service was another reminder that Palmer was not the greatest golfer who ever lived, or even the best from his generation. He just had the greatest influence through television, through marketing and mostly through eye contact.PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem tried to explain Palmer’s popularity by mentioning his attacking style of golf, his appeal on television and the way he carried himself.”He had this other thing,” Finchem said. “It was the incredible ability to make you feel good – not just about him, but about yourself. I was amazed by how people reacted to him. He took energy from that and turned right around and gave it back.”last_img read more

14 years after 1st Wimbledon win, Federer eyes 8th vs. Cilic

first_imgHis 11 Wimbledon finals are a record for a man at any Grand Slam tournament (no one else has played more than seven at the All England Club.)His 29 Grand Slam finals are seven more than Rafael Nadal, who ranks No. 2.His 18 Grand Slam titles are three more than Nadal, No. 2 in that category, too.And only Pete Sampras and William Renshaw (who played in the 1880s, back when a previous year’s champion only needed to win one match to retain the title) also can boast of seven men’s trophies at Wimbledon.Now Federer wants to collect another after missing out on chances with losses to Novak Djokovic in the 2014 and 2015 finals.“It’s a big deal. I love this tournament. All my dreams came true here as a player,” Federer said. “To have another chance to go for No. 8 now, be kind of so close now at this stage, is a great feeling.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Another significant difference for Federer, whose 36th birthday is Aug. 8, making him the oldest men’s finalist at Wimbledon since 1974?“I didn’t have kids running around, potentially waking me up at night,” he said. “Today we’ve got to, like, close down the doors. Say, ‘Daddy is sleeping.’”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’He’s a father of four: twin boys, 3; twin girls, 8 soon.On the court, there are ways in which the Federer who faces Marin Cilic on Sunday is not the same as the Federer who beat Mark Philippoussis 14 years ago. The larger racket, for example, or the increased willingness to hit over the top on his backhand. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych in their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. (Gareth Fuller/Pool Photo via AP)LONDON — Much has changed for Roger Federer since he played in, and won, his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2003.First of all, as he reminded everyone after moving into his 11th title match at the All England Club — with a shot at his eighth championship, more than any man in history — he favored a ponytail and some scruff on his cheeks way back then. Nowadays, his hair is short, his face clean shaven.ADVERTISEMENT In truth, though, what’s most important is this: Federer is still as capable as ever of beating everyone who stands in his way.“This guy doesn’t really seem (to be) getting any older or anything like that,” said Tomas Berdych, who lost to Federer in the semifinals, “or slowing down at all.”That’s certainly the case.Federer is 30-2 and tied for the tour lead with four titles in 2017, including at the Australian Open in January.During Wimbledon, he has not lost a set through six matches; the last man to earn the title without ceding a set was Bjorn Borg, 31 years ago. He’s only been broken four times, saving 16 of 20 break points along the way.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslationcenter_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Muguruza heir to Williams sisters? Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet “Roger is playing maybe (some) of his best tennis of his career at the moment,” said Cilic, the No. 7-seeded Croatian who hit 25 aces and returned quite well during his semifinal victory over Sam Querrey. “It’s going to be a huge challenge.”They have played each other seven times previously, with Federer winning six, including in last year’s Wimbledon quarterfinals. Cilic took the first two sets and even was one point from victory, before Federer came back.The lone head-to-head win for Cilic came in one of the most significant matches of his career: 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the 2014 U.S. Open, where he went on to earn his only Grand Slam title.“He knows he absolutely destroyed Roger,” said Jonas Bjorkman, one of Cilic’s two coaches.That knowledge is key for this match, according to Bjorkman. So, too, is the past experience of participating in, and winning, a major final.“He knows what it takes,” Bjorkman said. “He knows how it feels to be out there, and he knows what it is to be under the pressure like that.”The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Cilic, who is 28, has improved since then, too. His serve is better, as are his volleys and his inclination to move to the net. Those can help on Sunday. Would also be useful if he is able to read Federer’s serves as well as he did Querrey’s.Still, it’s the mental side of things that matters for Cilic, according to the only Croatian man to win Wimbledon, Goran Ivanisevic.“He needs to just believe,” said Ivanisevic, the 2001 champion at the All England Club and Cilic’s coach in New York three years ago. “It has nothing to do with tennis. In the end, it’s all in your head.”Past history favors Federer by a wide margin. LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more