first_imgJohn McGrathSOUTHEAST Queensland’s property market offers a “golden triangle of opportunity”, with the region tipped to have the best capital growth in the country.That is according to the latest McGrath Report, which says the region – which includes from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and west to Toowoomba – also offers the most desirable lifestyle in Australia. McGrath executive chairman John McGrath has predicted that Annerley, Grange and Springfield Lakes will be the next Brisbane suburbs to watch, while Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast and Pimpama on the Gold Coast were his regional picks. This four bedroom house at 91 Cracknell Rd at Annerley could be yours for an offer over $795,000He said the suburb was surrounded by affluent suburbs but was significantly more affordable. Another one to watch is Springfield Lakes, a growing masterplanned community that is poised to benefit from a proposed passenger rail line extension. John McGrath“Economic growth and jobs are closely tied to every property market’s performance and Queensland has suffered in the shadow of the mining downturn,” the report said.“But boosted tourism, surging gas exports and the strongest annual growth in jobs in more than a decade are combining for a comeback.“Liveability, affordability, scale and future economic prospects all suggest that Brisbane is a market in which you can confidently invest.”The report noted that the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast were now more expensive than the capital, with median house prices of $650,000 and $589,000 respectively compared to Brisbane at $536,000.80“This might be a sign of the future with a huge wave of downsizing due to unfold over the next two decades across Australia,” the report said. “Queensland’s best seachange locations, such as the Gold Coast and Noosa have long been favourite destinations amongst downsizerslooking for a more relaxed life.” An aerial view of Springfield Rise at Spring Mountain that was taken last year“While affordability is part of Queensland’s attraction, massive growth in Sydney and Melbourne property prices over a prolonged period means southern migrants can affordto buy wherever they like,” the report said.“Within Brisbane, southern migrants and local upgraders are favouring premium property in blue chip inner ring areas close to the CBD and/or river. center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThis house at 82 Lanham Avenue, Grange, is on the marketIn Brisbane, Mr McGrath said Grange was becoming increasingly popular with families due to its proximity to schools and the city, relative affordability and bigger blocks.Annerley is also tipped for growth, with Mr McGrath saying it had been “under the radar until now”. This house at 2 Central Avenue at Paddington sold for $1.59 million in August“This has led to above average growth in desirable neighbourhoods like Hamilton (median house price up 38.5 per cent to $1.565 million), Paddington (up 15per cent to $1.15 million),Bulimba (up 11.3 per cent to $1.307 million) and Auchenflower (up 9.5 per cent to$1.095 million).”last_img read more


first_imgStuff.co 23 October 2013Sixty children a day are being abused, with few signs that New Zealand’s appalling record of caring for our young is improving.Latest figures show there were 21,778 substantiated child abuse claims in the year to June, slightly more than in the previous year.Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said it was still early days in the fight against child abuse.“The fact that children are being seriously abused and neglected at such high rates proves in itself that our priority and attention should be on them,” she said.Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills said the number showed the public’s tolerance for violence against women and children still had a way to go.“One is too many and 22,000 is a very high number . . . We need it to come down,” he said.BY THE NUMBERS148,209 notifications of child abuse or neglect21,778 cases of substantiated abuse12,072 of emotional abuse5104 of neglect3190 of assault1412 of sexual abuse17,181 children abused 2309 children abused more than once in the past six months37 children abused under state care.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9314332/Child-abuse-is-rising-in-NZlast_img read more


first_imgRadio NZ News 10 November 2014An independent inquiry has found child abuse and family violence amongst Maori is costing the country up to $3.4 billion.Sir Owen Glenn’s report looks at the amount paid for treating victims, loss of workplace activity and by government agencies this year.The project commissioned by the Glenn Inquiry said tangata whenua are over-represented in statistics on child abuse and violence between intimate partners.It said while Maori made up only 15 percent of the population, half of those who use Women’s Refuge services are Maori, and over half of the number of family violence offenders.So far in 2014, the cost of abuse amongst Maori is between $1.8 billion and $3.4 billion.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/259046/maori-over-represented-in-abuse-statslast_img read more


first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Nantes and Nigerian forward Moses Simon has announced the addition of a baby girl to his family.The Super Eagles star heralded the birth of the child on Friday, his second after welcoming the arrival of his first daughter in 2018. The 24-year-old took to social media to share a picture of him carrying the beautiful child while also praising his wife.“Glory be to God! On 30:4:20 God added another princess to my castle and a special thanks to my [Ibukun],” Simon tweeted.“Words will never be enough to express just how thankful I am that you are my wife I will keep loving and cherish you forever.”The Nigeria international was in superb form for Nantes in the 2019-20 season, which was recently ended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.Since joining the French side on loan from Spanish club Levante, Moses scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 30 appearances across all competitions. The forward’s next move is yet to be known having been linked to a number of European clubs.Nantes also have an option to make his loan stay permanent.Tags: Ibukun SimonMoses SimonSuper Eagleslast_img read more


first_imgTOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp has played down concerns over Gareth Bale’s hamstring injury and is confident that the Welshman will be fit to play against Manchester United on Sunday. Bale had to pull out of Wales’ friendly against Costa Rica on Wednesday after feeling a tightness in his hamstring and reports had suggested he could be out for up to three weeks. Redknapp denies that is the case, however, and when asked about the reports that Bale was set for a long-term lay-off, said: “That’s absolutely a million miles wrong.” Press Associationcenter_img He added: “He hasn’t even got a tear in his hamstring. It’s just a little bit tight but it should be OK. It shouldn’t be a problem. “We will have to wait and see how he is (for the weekend). Hopefully he should be OK.” The news that Bale could be fit is a big boost for Redknapp, who is looking for his team to re-establish their push for Champions League qualification after last week’s 5-2 mauling at Arsenal. Tottenham’s players have admitted that the defeat at their bitter local rivals hurt deeply, but their manager is sure that the loss was just a blip in what has otherwise been an excellent season. “We had a bad weekend last weekend but it was a one-off,” Redknapp said of the Arsenal performance. “Since the first two games of the season we have not really had a bad game, even though we have lost a couple. “Last week was the first bad day that we have had but it happens. Everybody has those days. All the clubs have had them this year and you have to accept that you will have days like that.” Redknapp will be without Scott Parker for Sunday’s game after his dismissal against the Gunners, but the Spurs boss is hopeful of having Ledley King (knee), Rafael van der Vaart (calf) and Kyle Walker (ankle) available despite fitness concerns over the key trio. last_img read more


first_imgDubai: On the eve of the marquee clash against India, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Tuesday acknowledged the pressure of the high-octane match but maintained that as players the approach to every game remained the same.”There’s always pressure in India-Pakistan games. We’ve told our players, not just this game, consider every match as an India-Pakistan game if you want to win the event. There’s pressure, but we’re trying to not let it affect us, and perform well,” Sarfraz said in the pre-match presser.”As players, we take India-Pakistan match very normally, but when the match comes up, the sort of hype that’s created – TV channels discuss it, there are small programmes on social media so the hype has an impact.”But the players are told that whenever there’s an India-Pakistan match, you will try and play like you play any other game.” he added.Sarfraz also dismissed the cliches surrounding the battle between Indian batting and Pakistan’s bowling, saying he hoped it to be a good contest.”A lot of people say this game is between Pakistan’s bowling and India’s batting. But I don’t believe that.””If you see the past season, our batting is doing well, and bowling is also doing well. I feel it’ll be a good contest and I am hoping we put on a good show,” he said.On being asked if he expected another contest on the lines of last year’s ICC Champions Trophy final in England, which his side won handsomely, the Pakistan stumper preferred to start afresh.”It was a time in the past and it is gone now. It was obviously a memorable match for us and that will remain in our minds forever,” he said.”The players who were part of that game will remember it throughout their careers. But it is a new event now, new atmosphere, the conditions are completely different. So we’ll try to ensure that the momentum that we’ve got from the first game, we’ll take it forward,” he added. IANSlast_img read more


first_imgTHE worst collapse in Indian Premier League history is not what Gujarat Lions would have had in mind for their last ever match.Gujarat Lions whimpered rather than roared in their final Indian Premier League match on Saturday, producing the worst collapse in the competition’s history, before David Warner and Vijay Shankar clubbed Sunrisers Hyderabad into the play-offs.The Lions will make way next season when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are readmitted to the tournament following two-year suspensions.Gujarat will sadly be remembered for the wrong reasons, having crashed from 111 without loss to 154 all out at Green Park.Sunrisers skipper Warner strolled through the subsequent run chase, such as it was, with 69 not out off 52 balls faced, as his team recorded an easy eight-wicket victory, secured with 11 balls remaining in Kanpur.He had a willing ally in Shankar, who notched 63 from 44, both men finding the boundary nine times each, to make sure of a spot in the top four.Having been put in to bat, Dwayne Smith (54) and Ishan Kishan (61) added rapid runs for Gujarat early on, before the former departed lbw attempting to pull Rashid Khan (3-34).The loss of Ishan, who top-edged Mohammed Siraj (4-32) to wicket-keeper Naman Ojha, two overs later sparked a landmark calamity for the home team.Big guns Suresh Raina (2), Dinesh Karthik (0) and Aaron Finch (2) all followed in quick succession, as Gujarat slumped from 111-1 to 123-5 in the space of just seven balls.Ravindra Jadeja (20 not out) provided some token resistance and remained unbeaten at the crease, but saw potential partners come and go with barely a pause.Pradeep Sangwan, Ankit Soni and Munaf Patel all made ducks, with James Faulkner (8) and Praveen Kumar (1) faring only slightly better.That underwhelming return left Sunrisers with a simple task, the loss of Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Moises Henriques (4) in one Kumar (2-22) over doing little to delay the inevitable.(Sportsmax)last_img read more


first_imgHaving ripped his shirt open in frustration, Djokovic was further incensed at receiving a time violation when changing into a new one, raising the point forcefully with umpire Carlos Bernardes at the end of the match.“He was the star of the show,” Djokovic said of the official. “That’s what he wanted to be today. But there are definitely things that I need to regain from the emotional, mental point of view.”Djokovic, who has won the event three times and was also aiming to reach his 10th final of the season, said exhaustion may have played a part in his mood during the match. “I had to experience this sooner or later,” he said. “I knew I could not go on playing at the highest level for so many years all the time.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Andy Murray is through to the Shanghai Masters final and will play Roberto Bautista Agut, after Novak Djokovic smashed his racquet and tore his shirt as he lost to the Spaniard. The world number one, 29, lost 6-4 6-4 to world number 19 Bautista Agut.Murray reached his 10th final of the year with a determined 6-4 6-3 semi-final win over France’s Gilles Simon. The 29-year-old Briton, seeking his sixth title of the year, saw off world number 32 Simon in a confident display.If Murray wins today’s final he will be just 915 points behind Djokovic in the annual rankings points, increasing his chances of finishing as the year-end world number one.last_img read more


first_imgAfter losing their last five games in the Big Ten season, a break from the grueling conference schedule may be just what the Wisconsin women’s basketball team needs to get back on track.For the last non-conference game of the year, the Badgers will play host to the Panthers of Eastern Illinois Monday in the Kohl Center at 7 p.m.Eastern Illinois enters the game with a record of 8-10 overall and is coming off a 15-point win over Tennessee State Saturday. The Panthers played a difficult non-conference schedule and lost their first six games of the year.But since then they are 8-4, including 7-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference, and are just a game and a half out of first place in the conference.Eastern Illinois is led by a pair of Megans. Senior guard Megan Sparks averages 15.8 points and three rebounds a game; 5-foot-7 freshman Megan Edwards has scored in double figures in eight straight games and has been named the conference freshman of the week three weeks running. She also leads the team in assists with 3.3 per contest and had a career high eight in Saturday’s win over Tennessee State.The Badgers may benefit from their size advantage over Eastern Illinois, as the tallest player the Panthers can put on the court is 6-foot-2 while Wisconsin can put two forwards on the court that are both listed at 6-foot-4.This Wisconsin team has been hampered by injuries and is looking to get healthy with multiple starters out of the lineup.Senior forward Annie Nelson has been playing very few minutes since her right shoulder injury, and sophomore point guard Janese Banks has not played since early January. Banks, the second-leading scorer on the team, has been out with a left foot injury.”Without a true point guard out there right [now], we’re trying to run hits to get it to Jolene (Anderson) and kicks to Ashley (Josephson),” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “Hopefully, we get Janese (Banks) back soon. We hope to hear more positive news. Hopefully she can start practice on Saturday or Sunday and get her out here on Monday night.”Replacing them in the starting lineup has been guard Shari’ Welton and center Caitlin Gibson.Gibson, a true freshman from Jefferson, Wis., is averaging 17 minutes a game while getting used to the physical play of the Big Ten.Welton has just five career starts under her belt but has played admirably filling in, averaging five points and an assist in her last five games.”Players have stepped up and Shari’ has done a great job for us,” Stone said. “They’re all stepping up to the challenge and they are not afraid of anybody and I’m proud of our kids.”The Badgers will also be without the services of backup guard Akiya Alexander, who was declared academically ineligible for the second semester.The Badgers have really relied a lot on Anderson, a preseason all-Big Ten selection, to carry the load. The sophomore has responded by leading the team in scoring eight out of the last ten games. She also has five double-doubles on the year while leading the team in scoring (17.4) and rebounding (7.1).Wisconsin will need Anderson and company to have a big day to end their current five-game skid.”Right now we’re mentally drained,” Stone said. “You have to regain some confidence and a mental edge.”A win Monday will definitely go a long way to helping the Badgers get some much-needed confidence for the stretch run of their conference season.last_img read more


first_imgA new year and new opponents await the University of Wisconsin football team, and many critics are saying this year is going to be a walk in the park for the Badgers.Many people, however, seem to have forgotten that nothing ever seems to come easily for this Wisconsin team. Starting off the season with the departures of some of the most talented players and injuries already plaguing this team, this year seems like it is going to be a bit of a struggle for UW.Football: Jack Cichy to miss 2017 seasonThe University of Wisconsin Athletic Department announced Thursday morning senior Jack Cichy will miss the 2017 season due to a Read…The problemsFor starters, there are not that many games against any of the major Big Ten East teams. With Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State all missing from this year’s schedule, the Badgers are not going to get much quality experience from the Big Ten East.This experience is necessary for the Badgers if they want to make it back to the Big Ten tournament this year — and win. With so many power schools missing from this year’s schedule, Wisconsin will find themselves going into Indianapolis this year with little practical experience against the team they will be facing.One of the other problems is their opening, non-conference schedule. The Badgers are facing three relatively inexperienced schools who will offer little to no insight on UW’s weaknesses. Schools like Florida Atlantic, who the Badgers will play Sept. 9th, will most likely be a walk in the park.Football preview: What to expect from the Badgers this seasonThe University of Wisconsin football team enters the 2017 season with high expectations and hopes of replicating, or even exceeding, Read…This does not help when you consider that after these three games, Wisconsin will face Northwestern in their first Big Ten game of the season. Northwestern has an even better non-conference schedule than Wisconsin, playing Bowling Green, Duke and Nevada within the first three weeks of play — which will help them in the long run.This means that the Badgers will have to fix their mistakes immediately if they want to keep their Big Ten record competitive enough to ensure their spot at the Big Ten Championship game. That kind of pressure could be suffocating for the team, and it means that one small mistake could be a disaster for this teamThe benefitsSince Wisconsin doesn’t see much of the Big Ten East, that also means they will save their record from some potential losses. Not seeing schools like Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State means Wisconsin will not have to worry so much week to week about their record and their standings within the Big Ten.Another benefit of not seeing the Big Ten East as much this year is that it lowers the chances of injuries happening. Schools like Penn State and Ohio State tend to be aggressive defensively, which can lead to injuries. Injuries like these, which tend to happens late in the season, can be devastating when proceeding into the later part of December.The worst part of the schedule The last two weeks of the regular season are probably the toughest for Wisconsin. The Badgers will close out their home season run against Michigan, which is arguably one of the best teams in the Big Ten. While this game does take place in Camp Randall, it also means that the Badgers could end their season on a bad note while home.The next weekend of the schedule is not much better, with Wisconsin heading to Minneapolis to take on Minnesota. Typically, the Battle for the Axe is an intense game to begin with, but taking on the Gophers at home is going to be one of the more tougher games this season.Football: Chryst’s 100th win begins slowly, develops momentum in second halfWhile the first game of the season might have resulted in a win, the University of Wisconsin football team definitely Read…Wisconsin is looking at taking the Axe home for the thirteenth year, and taking on the Gophers in the heart of TCF Bank stadium is one of the hardest challenges known to Badger football.After those two games, the Badgers hope to head into the Big Ten Conference game, which will hopefully result in the Badgers heading to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl in January.What the Badgers are sayingJazz Peavy“We are in the Big Ten, and it’s not like we’re second class to any division in this league. Any game is a game that we have to prepare for. Nothing is ever going to come easy to us.”Sarah Godfrey/The Badger HeraldChris James“The Big Ten, overall, is well-rounded. Even a 3-10 team can compete [against the best teams]. This is a tough division. The east division is extremely tough, with Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State all in the same division. Ohio State and Michigan used to play in the Big Ten championship game, but now they can’t. Those match-ups cause a lot of ruckus and a lot of upsets.”Natrell Jamerson“A lot of people doubt our defense, especially after losing so many great players. We feel like our defense is even better than last year. People just doubt our team in general. We’re trying to do a lot more than we did last year.”last_img read more