Core strength in mid-market home values

first_imgCoreLogic says the trend was for the most expensive suburbs to slow first.HOME values in the middle market — which makes up half Brisbane’s housing — were rising faster than both the city’s most expensive and its cheapest properties, latest figures show.It also found that the most expensive end of town was seeing growth slow the fastest.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said the slowdown in growth at the top end of town was also the case in other recent housing market slowdowns.“Annual growth has been quite moderate however, the middle valued suburbs recorded the strongest growth (1.1 per cent) followed by fairly similar growth rates across the most affordable suburbs (0.9 per cent) and the most expensive suburbs (0.8 per cent)”.The situation was reversed in regional Queensland though where “the most expensive suburbs were the only ones in which values increased over the past year (2.4 per cent), with values lower over the middle (-0.8 per cent) and affordable (-3.5 per cent) market segments.”The figures come off the stratified hedonic home value index which looks at changes across three broad value-based segments of the housing market — the most affordable 25 per cent of properties, the middle 50 per cent and the most expensive 25 per cent.It said housing markets that saw the strongest value growth in recent years (Sydney and Melbourne) were seeing their premium housing sector slow more rapidly than the other sectors.“This mirrors the experience in other recent housing market slowdowns/downturns whereby it is the most expensive suburbs which slow first and have experienced the larger downturns.”last_img read more

Hodgson says England must do better

first_img But they had little to cheer about either as they were subjected to one of the most tedious England games in living memory. Hodgson struggled to find any positives from the stalemate in the Irish capital. “We set ourselves high standards and got nowhere near them in the first half,” the England manager said. “We were marginally better in the second half, but we were very critical of ourselves. “We’ve had a good run, a year almost unbeaten, but we came here believing if we played our best football we could win the game and we never got close to that. “We didn’t lose, but we have to accept there were a lot of things we could have done better.” England put up a spirited fight to draw in Italy in their last fixture, but there was a clear lack of spark from Hodgson’s team against the Irish. England mustered just three shots on target and Wayne Rooney stumbled when through on goal to waste the visitors’ best chance of the afternoon. Press Association England’s first trip to play the Republic of Ireland in 20 years passed off without incident in the stands. The England supporters heeded the Football Association’s warning to refrain from chanting inflammatory songs during the first match the Three Lions have played in Dublin since the Lansdowne Road riot of 1995. Hodgson concedes his men will have to perform better at next year’s European Championship in France. “It’s important we are critical and continue to set ourselves high standards,” said the England boss, who takes his team to Slovenia next Sunday for the final Euro 2016 qualifier of the season. “We want to go to France and play teams there, and we’ll have to play better than we did today.” The only crumb of comfort for Hodgson was that there was no repeat of the trouble that marred England’s last visit to Dublin two decades ago when the match had to be abandoned after away fans started throwing missiles on to the pitch. “The atmosphere in the stadium and the behaviour of the fans was a remarkable positive,” Hodgson said. Only a handful of supporters sang “No surrender” during the national anthem, and they were drowned out by their fellow supporters in an act of self-policing. The Football Association said no England fans were arrested in the ground. The subdued atmosphere inside the ground was understandable given the poor quality of football on show. Ireland had the better chances of the afternoon. Daryl Murphy spurned two good opportunities in the first half and Joe Hart saved a powerful volley from Jon Walters after the break. Martin O’Neill was happy with his Republic team’s showing ahead of Saturday’s crucial qualifier against Scotland. “It was exactly what we needed,” the Republic manager said. “In the last 15 minutes we looked pretty tired, but we started off brightly and maybe could have scored a couple of goals. We certainly had a couple of decent chances. “But overall it was good for us and from a physical viewpoint it couldn’t have been better timed.” The Republic will leapfrog Scotland in their qualifying group if they win at the Aviva Stadium next Saturday. Luckily for the former Aston Villa manager, it looks as though he will have a full squad to choose from. “Jon (Walters) was just feeling a little bit, but I think everybody’s okay,” O’Neill said. “John O’Shea’s calf was tightening up on him, so I made a change there. It’s something he’s suffered a little bit from in the past and I’m hoping in next couple of games he comes through that.” O’Neill confirmed Robbie Keane will land in Ireland on Monday. “He will join in with training on Tuesday,” O’Neill said of the Ireland captain, who was given permission to miss the England game so he could play in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. Roy Hodgson hailed the conduct of England supporters in Dublin but could find few words of praise for his players after they stuttered to a dull 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium. last_img read more

Golden Arms get massive support ahead of Africa Armwrestling Championship

first_imgThe national Armwrestling team, “Golden Arms” have received a major boost from K-BALM Herbal Ointment for the upcoming 10th Africa Armwrestling Championship in Bamako, Mali.At a short ceremony held at Kofikrom Pharmacy in Accra, K-BALM offered to bear the cost of accommodation, feeding and participation for the Golden Arms in the Mali Championship slated for July 11-14 at the Palais Des Sports Samatiu Maigas in Bamako under the auspices of the first lady of Mali.The CEO of Kofikrom Pharmacy, producers of K-BALM Mr. Kofi Addo-Agyekum indicated that his company’s quest to get the youth very well engaged in one sport or the other to promote employment, financial independence, self-esteem and reduction of crime…etc is the reason for the continuous support for the least financed sports hence the gesture. We have donated a good quantity of K-BALM (a herbal pain-relieving ointment) to the Golden Arms to be used to massage all the athletes before, during and after the championship”, he said.The K-BALM Boss continued by thanking his friends in the business fraternity, who prefer to remain anonymous, but in diverse ways have assisted in cash and in kind to get Ghana Armwrestling the needed boost. He called on corporate Ghana to allocate some percentage of their budget for corporate social responsibility towards lesser financed sports.K-BALM last sponsored Ghana’s hosting of the 9th Africa Championship held in Accra and Ghana’s participation in the 2018 World Armwrestling Championships held in Turkey.In a related development, Asky Airlines have also offered rebate on tickets for the Golden Arms for the Championship and promised same in future for any of its 22 destinations across Africa. President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF), Charles Osei Asibey and the Armwrestling board have expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) for securing travel tickets for the team, K-Balm Ointment, Club Consult Africa, Opportunity International Savings & Loans, Ghana Revenue Authority and others for their support to enable the Golden Arm successfully participate and defend the Championship title won in 2018.He said the Golden Arms who are currently in a residential camp in Accra are scheduled to leave on Thursday, July 11, 2019, to Bamako and hope to win at least 20 medals.Captain of the team, Edward Asamoah of the Ghana Immigration Service said his team has prepared well for the championship and are ready to defend the country and thanked the technical handlers of the federation for the work they have done on the team.He assured Ghanaians and their sponsors of a good performance saying they will surely return with some good number of medals.last_img read more

Louie Alas: Wherever Kevin wants to be, we’ll support him

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games READ: Basketball is part of Alas family cultureWith his new capacity, he has the power to make a move to acquire his son, but Louie doesn’t want to hinder Kevin’s development in NLEX where he has flourished under head coach Yeng Guiao.Kevin ended the PBA Governors’ Cup with averages of 14.27 points, 6.18 rebounds, and 2.91 assists per game.READ: No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix “He’s happy in NLEX. As for us, we’ll always be behind him,” said Louie. “If he tells me ‘dad I want to play for you’ maybe I’ll make a move but I see that he’s super comfortable in his team and with coach Yeng.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Down to his last five years of coaching, Louie Alas gets opportunity of a lifetime View comments Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Alas Family: Kevin, Liza, Louie, Kieffer, Kenneth and Kristoffer. Photo from Kevin Alas’ social media accounts.The father-son duo of Louie Alas and Kevin Alas had become synonymous with Letran from 2009 until 2013 when the Knights flourished as contenders for the title.It’s been almost four years since the two donned the same colors, with Kevin playing for Rain or Shine, TNT, and now NLEX in the PBA and father Louie serving as an assistant for Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Louie Alas gets wish with Alaska winning and son Kevin playing wellThe renewed partnership between the two had floated the moment the elder Alas was appointed as the new head coach of Phoenix, replacing Ariel Vanguardia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Louie admits but that’s far from his mind, knowing how satisfied his son is with his team.“My wife [Liza] and I will support Kevin wherever he’s happy,” said Louie in Filipino Thursday at SportsIQ, Inquirer’s omniplatform sports talk show. “He’s very happy right now with NLEX and of course with his girlfriend Selina [Dagdag].”last_img read more

Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury

first_imgNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wears gloves as he arrives to speak to the media, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship on Sunday in Foxborough.(AP Photo/Bill Sikes)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right hand injury earlier in the week.Brady said a bit contentiously only “We’ll see” on Friday when asked whether he would play in Sunday’s conference title game against Jacksonville.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brady appeared on the Patriots’ weekly injury report several times during the latter half of this season with injuries to both his Achilles tendon and his left shoulder. The four-time Super Bowl MVP has never missed a playoff start during his 18-year career.“Tom always tends to show up in big games. This is a big game,” receiver Danny Amendola said. “(He’s) super tough. The toughest. He’s a warrior, he’s a competitor and there’s really only one reason why he’s here, and that’s to play football. ”Jacksonville is preparing like Brady will be in the huddle as usual Sunday. Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said typical methods of rattling a quarterback don’t apply when it comes to him.“You can hit Brady, but hitting him isn’t what’s going to get to him. It’s constantly being that gnat in his face. He just hates that gnat just always around,” said Dareus, who might be more familiar than any Jacksonville player with Brady, having spent six-plus seasons with the Bills.“You sack him he’s going to get up and just keep rolling. He’s that competitive spirit, like, ‘OK, you got me. Now I’m fixing to go throw this touchdown the next play. Forty yards. You happy about that sack? But there you go.’ That’s just his mentality. I like it. I love playing against the guy. He’s phenomenal to watch.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH If for some reason Brady can’t go — no, the Earth won’t stop rotating on its axis and New England still would show up to play — the Patriots would look to backup Brian Hoyer. His last playoff start was the antithesis of a Brady performance. For Houston in its 2015 AFC wild-card matchup with Kansas City, Hoyer completed 15 of 34 passes for 136 yards, with no touchdowns and five turnovers (four interceptions) in a 30-0 loss.Hoyer, a former Patriot, was acquired in midseason when the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco.“I’m always preparing to play because the truth of reality is you never know when your name’s gonna be called,” he said Thursday.The Patriots haven’t called any QB’s name in the postseason other than Brady’s since the 1990s.Including the playoffs, the Jaguars scored eight defensive touchdowns this season, three more than any other team. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey had four interceptions during the regular season and also had one in the wild-card win over Buffalo.He also fully expects to see Brady on the field Sunday.“He’s going to be out there, he’s going to play, he’s going to play to his best of ability and do what he does,” Ramsey said. The quarterback wore red gloves and responded to several other questions about how much he practiced or how he sustained the injury by saying “I’m not talking about that.”Brady is listed as questionable for Sunday after being a limited participant in practice Friday. He was also limited on Wednesday. He sat out practice Thursday, but wore a glove on his injured hand during the stretching period open to reporters. He usually only wears a glove on his non-throwing hand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOne thing Brady was clear about was the test he expects from a Jaguars unit ranked second in the NFL in total and scoring defense.“It’s a very unique challenge,” Brady said. “I think their front three, their linebackers, are very instinctive and very fast. And great cover guys in the secondary. Ball-hawking defense. They strip it off you, they sack you. … So they’re a good defense.” View commentslast_img read more

Furious Tushar Arothe reacts after resigning as India women’s cricket coach

first_imgTushar Arothe who was froced to resign as the Indian women’s cricket team coach on Tuesday after having alleged differences with some of the star players, who had protested against his training methods.A hurt Arothe siad that “letting players decide the fate of coaches” will only set a bad precedent.The 51-year-old Arothe, who guided India women cricket team to World Cup final, was removed after the BCCI received complaints from senior players, especially Twenty20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, about his training methods.”If students start deciding on the syllabus and course curriculum when there is a teacher, I don’t think it’s a great thing. Similarly, if you start removing coaches merely on the basis of allegations from the players, then you are setting a bad precedent,” Arothe told PTI in a no-holds barred interview today.Arothe also said that this frequent chopping of coaches whenever the players are unhappy will only reflect poorly on them.READ – Tushar Arothe resigns as India women’s cricket team coach”There was someone before me (Purnima Rau), who was removed as players didn’t want her. Now they don’t like my style. Tomorrow, a new person will come and they might find him/her to be unsuitable. So if only one side is having a problem what does it tell you,” Arothe said.The former Baroda skipper is at his wits end to understand what went wrong between July last year to now. That from being a successful coach, who had taken the side to World Cup final and twin series win in South Africa, he became an overnight villain after India’s Asia Cup T20 debacle in Kuala Lumpur.advertisementHis training methods were questioned and there were a plethora of allegations about trying to “remote control” the team.Arothe wanted to set the record straight and said that each and every allegation about him is “false” and he had made his point to the Committee of Administrators, when he was summoned for a meeting.”The main allegation was about two training sessions per day. Well, the girls didn’t have a problem till Asia Cup. This process started before last year’s World Cup. And to make it clear, those who batted or bowled during the morning session were rested during the afternoon or evening session. You want to become No 1 side and you don’t want to work hard. It doesn’t happen like that,” said Arothe, who had earlier worked as a fielding coach between 2009-2012.”Post World Cup euphoria, when the girls came for a camp in September, I found most of them complacent and still basking in glory. I told them ‘Please remember, you people have lost and not won the World Cup. All the accolades are fine but we need to work harder’.”If that was one of the issues, what has hurt Arothe the most is the allegations of trying to control playing XI and strategies during the Asia Cup.”The playing XI would be decided at the team meeting and manager (Trupti Bhattacharya) and one selector (Shashi Gupta) were also a part of decision making process. The team list used to be minuted by the manager. This is complete falsehood from the part of those players, who have complained to the BCCI,” Arothe said.”I heard an absurd complaint that I tried to control the proceedings during the match from the sidelines. That is as ridiculous as it can get. If a coach shouts instructions during the match, he would be penalised by the match referee as per ICC code of conduct,” Arothe said.During his meeting with BCCI brass, he was told that a senior player had said that he tried to force the bowlers into bowling negative line.”I was asked ‘why did you instruct the girls to bowl negative line?’ I said :’We have recording of the match. Please analyse the video and tell me which over did you think that a bowler bowled negative line (leg-stump line). When these allegations were being levelled, they should have at least thought that in T20s, it’s difficult to bowl negative line unlike longer formats,” Arothe explained.The final issue was about the scheduling of the camps and Arothe claimed that it was the senior players including T20 captain Harmanpreet, who had decided on an entire training schedule from March till October when they were scheduled to travel to West Indies.”Suddenly after Asia Cup, the camp was cancelled and no one had the courtesy to inform me. Every minute details of the schedule was done in consultation with the players and then suddenly I hear complaints about schedule.advertisement”They want to do gym work for strength. But if I tell them that hit a few balls to gauge your strength, is it wrong? Most of our batters have a strike-rate of less than 100 in T20s and if you are not willing to work hard, then you will have problems,” said the veteran of 114 first-class matches.Arothe, however, had good words to say about senior pros Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.”Mithali and Jhulan have been very co-operative and open to discussions at team meetings. And about Harman, I have no hard feelings. She is a fantastic cricketer. But I am surprised because when I asked who has complained, I was told “Kaptaan ne bola (the captain said). But I wish them all the best for their future,” Arothe concluded.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

India has worlds 3rd largest number of billionaires

first_imgThe India list gives details of the richest people in the country with a cut off wealth of Rs 6,000 crore. Mukesh Ambani with a a wealth of Rs 1.2 lakh crore tops the list among billionaires in the country, followed by Dilip Shanghvi of Sun Pharma with an estimated wealth of Rs 1.02 lakh crore. Pallonji Mistry and family of Tata Sons with Rs 96,000 crore assets are in the third place. “It has been a busy year for the energy tycoon whose flagship company Reliance last year sought approval of Rs 78,000 crore expansion to their existing refinery business. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAmbani also bought out one of the largest media houses, Network 18, for Rs 4200 crore,” the report said. This is the first time India is among the top three countries with the maximum number of billionaires. While US tops the list, China is in second place followed by India, as per the list prepared by Huran Global Rich list report which was prepared by its India head office at Kochi. India leapfrogged Russia and UK to the third place. Of the 2,089 billionaires across the world, 97 reside in India. Wipro’s Azim Premji (Rs 84,000 crore), HCL Technologies’ Shiv Nadar (Rs 66,000 crore), Kumar Birla of Aditya Birla (Rs 60,000 crore) and Sunil Mittal and family (Rs 60,000 crore) are among the top 10 in the India list. According to the list, 41 of the 97 billionaires have inherited wealth and 56 are self made billionaires. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsKiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon, with an estimated wealth of Rs 6,000 crore, is the only woman billionaire in the country who has not inherited her wealth. Savitri Jindal and family with a wealth of Rs 16,200 crore is the top ranked female billionaire in India followed by Indu Jain of Bennett Coleman at Rs 15,000 crore. S P Hinduja of the Hinduja group tops among the wealthiest Indians outside the country with a wealth of USD 18 billion followed by Lakshmi N Mittal with $14 billion.last_img read more

Panel urges CM to take steps to stop tuition by teachers of

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Private Tuition Welfare Association (WBPTWA) has written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and state Education minister Partha Chatterjee urging them to take steps to stop private tuition by school teachers.At a press conference in the city, WBPTWA claimed to soon launch a strong movement against the practice of private tuition by school teachers, alleging that they have been flouting the government order and imparting private tuitions throughout the state right from primary to the Higher Secondary level. WBPTWA is an organisation of unemployed youths, who earn a living through private tuitions, and recognised by the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have been protesting against this for 17 years now. In 2009, the Supreme Court had said teachers associated with government schools from primary to Higher Secondary level cannot conduct private tuitions. The law of the state government also bars private tuition by teachers of state institutions. But the practice is rampant throughout the state and the school authorities have turned a blind eye to this,” said Amitava Kar, who is the president of Cooch Behar chapter of the Association.The WBPTWA has recently carried out a survey of where it has been found that the guardians of the students are spending a huge amount of money behind private tuitions of their wards in a number of districts in North Bengal.”More than 2000 youths in Cooch Behar are in this profession. However, the District Inspector (DI) of schools have taken no steps,” Kar alleged.last_img read more