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_imgWest Indies last won against India in World Cups in 1992.India’s last encounter against West Indies in England in World Cups was 1983.West Indies will be eliminated if they lose to India in Old Trafford. highlights New Delhi: The contest between India and West Indies is an interesting match-up when it comes to momentum. In the clash against Afghanistan, Virat Kohli’s side was given an almighty scare by the discipline of the Afghan side and it needed a special hat-trick from Mohammed Shami and the brilliance in the death overs of Jasprit Bumrah to help India win by 11 runs. On the other hand, West Indies faced a massive heartbreak against New Zealand. Carlos was already ‘Remember the Name’ Brathwaite when he hit four consecutive sixes in the 2016 World T20 Final against England to etch his name in history. In Manchester, Brathwaite was on the cusp of a legendary feat when he smashed a century but in the quest for glory, his lofted shot found Trent Boult near the boundary and the West Indies dream ended by five runs.Brathwaite’s expression and the morale-shattering nature of the loss have put West Indies on the edge. A loss against India will end their chances of reaching the semi-final. On the other hand, India would be aiming to avoid a slip-up as the race for the playoffs intensify. So far, the bowling and the batting have clicked for Kohli’s side. Against Afghanistan, they were tested and Kohli would be happy that Kedar Jadhav’s fifty gave the middle order some buffer.With India getting a good test, Kohli’s side would be aiming to sustain the momentum while the West Indies will be aiming to add more spice in the race for the playoffs by beating India, something which they have not done for 27 years in this tournament. For India, the clash against the West Indies in England will evoke memories of nostalgia. It was in this country, 36 years ago, in the month of June that Kapil Dev’s side defeated the-then two-time champions at Lord’s by 43 runs to become champions for the first time.Team combinationsIndia will head into the match unchanged, with Mohammed Shami securing his spot after the hat-trick against Afghanistan. For the West Indies, Andre Russell’s departure will be a big blow. However, Carlos Brathwaite’s exploits have shown that the West Indies power-hitting is in safe hands.India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahWest Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Sheldon CottrellWho will win?On current form, looking at team morale and current form, India is winning the contest against West Indies, who are fighting for survival.Weather and pitchThe build-up to the game has been marred by rain. The weather for Thursday is fine with no rain. A high of 27 degrees should make it an ideal English summer.StatisticsWest Indies has not beaten India for the last 27 years in a World Cup. On current form, the West Indies can put up a fight. However, when it comes to pressure situations, India holds the edge.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Old Trafford and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


first_imgFifth-year senior Jared Berggren had plenty to smile about Sunday, as the Badgers’ bench production added to the center’s solid 19-point performance against the Lions.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin men’s basketball team started off its 2012-13 campaign in high-flying fashion Sunday, demolishing Southeastern Louisiana 87-47 at the Kohl Center.From the get-go, it was never much of a contest between the Badgers and their visitors from the south.UW opened the game on a 19-0 scoring run that spanned the first eight minutes of the first half before the Lions broke the shutout on a three-pointer by senior guard Todd Nelson more than seven minutes into the game.By the end of the first half, the Badgers had built a commanding 43-17 lead on 15-for-28 shooting, while they held the visiting Lions to a measly 25 percent clip from the field on 7-for-28 shooting and 1-for-8 from behind the three-point line.While the second half would start out right where it left off for the Badgers, as time wore on, UW Head Coach Bo Ryan increasingly turned to the bench to take the workload off his starters in the first game of a lengthy season.The Badgers would finish with 34 points from the bench, including 10 points from senior forward Mike Bruesewitz and eight points from freshman forward Sam Dekker.For Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jim Yarbrough, Wisconsin’s offensive depth posed too many problems for his team to handle.“They were just terrific in every way,” Yarbrough said. “At one point weeks and months ago, if you told us we would have 47 points, we probably would have been ecstatic in some ways thinking, ‘Well maybe the game could be 58-47, kind of a low scoring affair, grinding it out.’“If this is any kind of example, I don’t think [Wisconsin is] going to have to worry about low-scoring affairs.”Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of the game for Badger fans was not the blowout margin of victory, but the team’s announcement before the game that Bruesewitz had been cleared to play and would participate in the regular season home opener.While the medical staff restricted his time on the court, Bruesewitz finished the game as UW’s third leading scorer with 10 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Senior forward Jared Berggren lead Wisconsin’s scoring efforts with 19 points, quietly putting out a solid performance for Wisconsin and rounding out his statistics with eight rebounds and four blocks.“I thought he did some really good things to keep a post presence,” Ryan said. “We did touch the post; some teams you will be able to touch the post more than against others. Jared did a pretty good job with that.”Helping Berggren with the scoring load and on the boards was redshirt sophomore guard Ben Brust. Often a hot-and-cold shooter last season, Brust finished the game with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and hit both of his two attempts from behind the arc. The 6-foot-1 Brust also led all players with 11 rebounds. Following the departure of point guard Jordan Taylor, who graduated last spring, and Josh Gasser to a season-ending ACL injury, some thought UW might struggle on the defensive side of the ball with two of the Badgers’ best defenders no longer on the court. But the combination of Brust, redshirt freshman George Marshall and sophomore Traevon Jackson at guard held the Lions’ starting guards to 19 points – including only two points from senior guard Brandon Fortenberry, who was Southeastern Louisiana’s second-leading scorer a year ago and is expected to carry the bulk of the offense this season.“We knew Fortenberry could score,” Ryan said. “I thought we did a pretty good job of, at times, handing him off to the next guy, forcing him to squeeze in areas of the floor to where he was uncomfortable. Our positioning wasn’t too bad.”Looking ahead to the rest of the season, especially with the loss of Gasser, Brust and the other guards know their defensive play could play a big role in the Badgers’ results.“Obviously Josh was [all-Big Ten] defensive team last year, so collectively in the guard spot, I think me, George and [Traevon], we’re going to have to do a good job working together … and do our best to get what we can without Josh,” Brust said. “We’re just going to have to step up.”Despite a dominating first performance in Wisconsin’s official unveiling of this year’s team, the looming matchup with No. 10 Florida Wednesday kept Ryan from getting too carried away with the Badgers’ 40-point rout.“[Traevon], and Ben, George, they did OK,” Ryan said. “But we are obviously going to have to be better against the next opponent.”Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgWhich of these two statements strikes you as more important likely depends on how deeply you are involved in the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks.MORE: Previewing Year 10 of Ryan Fagan’s college hoops road tripIf you are a fan of the game in general, then the meeting of two of the greatest programs in the game is likely to catch your interest even, if they weren’t both fighting to claim a spot on this season’s top tier. If you are a fan of UK or KU, then what you want most is to claim a quality win.Kentucky has won 2,280 games in its 116 years of competition, more than any other big-time program. Kansas is second at 2,264 in 121 years. Each has won more than 70 percent of its games, a figure only four major programs have achieved. So we know what’s happening in the showcase game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge is important, but there are numbers more germane to this particular occasion:1: Kansas has won three consecutive games in the series. They last played in the Champions Classic near the start of the 2017-18 season. KU invaded Rupp the year before and vexed the Wildcats with a zone defense that helped the Jayhawks grab a 79-73 victory. There is a different dynamic this time, though, with Kansas still working through its adjustment to the absence of center Udoka Azubuike, lost for the year with a hand injury, and Kentucky beginning to discover its offense in a five-game winning streak.The Jayhawks have been using a lineup with 6-9 Dedric Lawson as a nominal center, adjacent to 6-5 Marcus Garrett, 6-5 Quentin Grimes and 6-5 LaGerald Vick. Freshman Devon Dotson is the point guard. They are 4-2 with that base lineup.2. Kentucky has won five consecutive games. The Wildcats have scored at least 1.0 points per possession during that winning streak, something they failed to do in an SEC-opening loss at Alabama. Part of the consistency in that department comes from freshman wings Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson, who contributed 20 points each in the road win at Auburn and are combining for 23.4 points and .461 shooting from the field.“Herro and Keldon Johnson are both having terrific years and are on a roll right now,” KU coach Bill Self told reporters on Thursday. “They are good. They are a team that can win a national championship. I know everybody thought that before the season, and then you have one game where the attention shifts. … They’ve grinded their way back to where they are right now, and that’s being one of the best teams in the country.”MORE: Self’s decision without Azubuike: Go small or go young?3. Post-Doke Kansas is minus-5 on the boards. Since the Jayhawks lost their massive center, they’ve been able to out-rebound smallish teams like Iowa State, largely because All-America candidate Dedric Lawson delivered 11 or more rebounds four times in six games. But bigger teams like Texas (by seven) and Baylor (by 19) punished the Jayhawks on the glass.Kentucky is eighth in the country in offensive rebound percentage and seventh in rebound margin. This is an area of concern for KU.4. Marcus Garrett averaged 17 points over the past three games. A 6-5 sophomore from Dallas, Garrett had as many double-figure scoring games against high-major opponents in that stretch as in his entire career to that point. Though he struck three times from 3-point range in beating Texas, he is doing it mostly by using the space created in KU’s halfcourt offense to get by defenders for drives to the rim. He shot .665 on 2-pointers during that surge. Garrett became a starter when Azubuike was injured and Self decided to employ a smaller lineup.“I don’t think he’s done anything different,” Self said of Garrett. “He’s coachable. He’s tough. He tries hard. He’s smart. He’s got fast hands and he loves to compete. But we knew that when we recruited him. I don’t think he’s done a lot different, except just be himself.”5. Ashton Hagans has six consecutive games with at least four assists. Now firmly established as Kentucky’s point guard, Hagans has shown he is more than just a defensive whiz by averaging 13.4 points and 5.6 assists and shooting .558 from the field during the team’s winning streak. He remains a reluctant long-distance shooter, attempting only a half-dozen and making one over those five games, but he has come to understand the importance of not passing up open shots and disrupting the Wildcats offensive flow.MORE: UK, no longer haunted by Duke defeat, making way back among elite6. KU will not play a higher-ranked opponent — in NET — before the NCAAs. That makes this a huge game for the Jayhawks. They have two scheduled games against No. 17 Texas Tech. It’s possible the Red Raiders could storm down the stretch and Kentucky could stumble, which would make Tech a higher-rated opponent. But as it stands, and as the trends have gone lately, the No. 8 Wildcats will remain an important opponent for KU. The No. 1 and No. 2 programs in Division I basketball history will play Saturday night at Rupp Arena.The No. 9 and No. 13 programs in the NCAA’s NET ranking will play Saturday night at Rupp Arena. The reverse is true for Kentucky, just not as much. The Wildcats still have two games against No. 5 Tennessee, plus a home game against No. 12 LSU. There are more opportunities for Kentucky to get big wins. But every one helps.It is odd to see the Big 12/SEC Challenge at this time of year, when all the other conferences are engaged in league play. ESPN did not have good fortune with the matchups established, with only two of the 10 games including two ranked teams. One of those is KU-UK, however.That alone makes the Challenge worth our time.last_img read more


first_img“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick wrote on social media. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.”We have the right to fight back! Rest in power George Floyd.”Violent demonstrations had spread across the country through Saturday. First, Goodell’s statement, which referenced the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery: pic.twitter.com/rRUOPpWSpE— NFL (@NFL) May 30, 2020Followed by the Kaepernick responses:Where was this energy when @Kaepernick7 kneeled and peacefully protested?— Y🙃WN (@yawn_323) May 30, 2020Oh so now the NFL gets to cherry pick when they do and don’t care about black people 🙄 Kaep tried this the formal way and he was blacklisted— shawn 🧬 (@shawnwatsonjr) May 30, 2020pic.twitter.com/3LcHHvJiIf— 🧞‍♂The📚Liberal📚Guru, M.A.🧞‍♂ (@A_Smart_Liberal) May 30, 2020This is exactly what Kaepernick was protesting. Did y’all forget about that?— Harry (@Harry8__) May 30, 2020Will the NFL please lift its on-field kneeling ban?— Adam Rifkin 🐼 (@ifindkarma) May 30, 2020Save the bullshit— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) May 30, 2020Where was this energy at years ago? pic.twitter.com/LgIXCVUt8R— Published Author (@Ter0me) May 30, 2020And so on.Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, voiced support this week for the violent protests over Floyd’s death at the knee of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.MORE: Eric Reid calls out VP Mike Pence for tweet about protests The NFL got instant feedback — and lots of it — Saturday after commissioner Roger Goodell commented on the most recent set of publicized police killings in the United States.Not surprisingly, the league wound up with heavy doses of Colin Kaepernick in its mentions, with many of the reactions in the vein of “You could have led the fight against police brutality and racial injustice four years ago, but instead you worked against peaceful protesters like Kaepernick.”last_img read more


first_imgAction in the KCCA game on Tuesday. KCCA won to stay top of the table with 9 points. PHOTO KCCAUPL Tuesday resultsKCCA     2   Soana         0SC Villa 1  JMC Hippos 0Express 1   Onduparaka 1,BUL      0   Saints 1URA      1   Vipers 1Kirinya 0   Sadolin 0Police    0  Proline 0Brightstars 0 Lweza 1KCCA continued their perfect start as the Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) resumed Tuesday.Joseph Ochaya scored a rebound after his penalty was stopped by Soana goalkeeper Didi Muhammed, with a second coming from Muzamir Mutyaba as KCCA got a third straight league win.Mike Mutebi got one over his former colleague Sam Ssimbwa. They worked together at the start of the 2015/16 season but Ssimbwa’s contract was terminated for alleged match fixing.There were also wins for 16-time league champions SC Villa courtesy of a Ambrose Kirya goal, while Vipers and Express were held. Share on: WhatsApp Onduparaka, coached by Livingstone Mbabazi and Moses Oloya continued to show they are made for the top league, by snatching a point away at Wankulukuku.  They next host KCCA in Arua on Friday.What had been dubbed the game of the day, URA versus Vipers, ended in a frustrating draw.Erisa Ssekisambu’s late goal helped secure a draw for Vipers after Bokota Labama Kamana had put URA in charge earlier.last_img read more


first_imgAccording to the document, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving the Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team.The winners of the four previous Champions Leagues would be guaranteed places.The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each.Already some clubs have voiced their support.Barcelona’s board of directors said the tournament would be “exciting, dynamic, inclusive and prestigious.”They added that it would “create a global platform for clubs to contribute to the growth of their brands.”Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid’s head of public relations, told his club’s TV station: “We think that for fans it could be a very interesting competition.”— 60-day deadline —Infantino says he needs agreement soon because the consortium gave FIFA a 60-day deadline and after that the money will vanish and hopes to get approval at the FIFA conference in Moscow in June ahead of the World Cup.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | A united response to FIFA’s plans to enlarge the Club World Cup to 24 teams will be the subject of debate on Wednesday at a meeting of football power brokers organised by UEFA.Ahead of the Europa League final in Lyon, the governing body of European football is holding a meeting of its “Council of UEFA” and FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans are the main topic on the agenda.Many of those participating have already expressed hostility to the plan.The council, chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, brings together the European Club Association (ECA), the recently renamed European Leagues (EPFL) and the players’ union (FifPro).Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format. At the moment it is played every year.At the same time, he hopes to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan and the governments of China and Saudi Arabia.That is allowing FIFA to dangle enormous amounts of cash in front of the biggest clubs.For the club competition alone the consortium “guarantees minimum revenues of $12 billion for the four editions from 2021 to 2033”, according to a document, which AFP has read, that FIFA presented to seven big European clubs including European Champions Real Madrid, Spanish champions Barcelona and German champions Bayern Munich.last_img read more


first_imgBy Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – An accord struck last year by Holmdel’s all-Republican governing body calls for an annual rotation of its elected officials to govern from the mayor’s seat, allowing for a fresh approach on the best way to manage the 18-square-mile town.In the 2018 calendar year, the mayoral office has shifted to Thomas Critelli.A five-year committeeman and first-time mayor, Critelli thanked his Republican counterparts both sitting beside him and in the audience for the opportunity to serve as Holmdel mayor for the next 365 days. Newly sworn-in committeeman Rocco Pascucci was unanimously voted in as the deputy mayor for 2018. Former mayor Greg Buontempo was also sworn in as a committeeman for his third term.“During last year’s reorganization, we discussed rotating the mayor’s seat each year, which was something this committee had not done for some time,” Critelli said, moments after being sworn in by former Holmdel mayor and Assemblywoman-elect Serena DiMaso. “I’d like to extend a special thank you to Mayor Greg Buontempo for allowing us to honor that commitment.”After his first mayoral speech, Critelli told The Two River Times that the agreement to elect a different mayor every year from within the unified governing body will benefit Holmdel.“It’s more about getting fresh ideas,” Critelli said, while also adding he’ll still collaborate with the four members on the township committee. “I think the public thought we were getting a little stale and maybe not moving as rapidly as we needed to – a little change is all.”Critelli is a 27-year Holmdel resident who owns three small businesses with his wife, Mary, in northern New Jersey. Critelli is a certified public accountant and is the president and founder of Danitom Development, a real estate development company. He also owns a manufacturing company and a convenience store, he said.Critelli believes that background and experience can only benefit Holmdel as he takes over the mayor’s seat.“I like to see things get done, not bureaucratically slow things down. The town can be bureaucratic in its thinking because of some of the people that have been here for long periods of time who like to do things at their pace,” he said. “We hope to be able to kick-start that a little bit and get things moving, sort of like a small business.”In his address to residents in attendance, the new mayor said there’s much to look forward to “in a truly exciting time in Holmdel township.”Critelli said the governing body will focus on continuing the relationship with Somerset Development, owners of the 473-acre Bell Works site just a mile from town hall; keep the municipal tax rate flat for residents; look to expand recreational activities for all residents; and engage in “aggressively rebuilding” faulty roads and infrastructure in town.Finding more recreational opportunities for Holmdel residents has been a recent goal for the governing body, Critelli said. The township committee authorized the creation of an ad hoc recreational committee early last year; a report compiled by the committee and a consultant will be provided to residents by the end of the month, he said.“We’re going to release that information and hopefully be able to exercise and move on some sort of aggressive improvements at the recommendations of the committee,” he said.Critelli also spoke about improving emergency service communications in the township. He said Police Chief John Mioduszewski was inquiring about new systems for his officers.Also on tap for 2018 will be a decision regarding Holmdel’s affordable housing obligations. The township will have a fairness hearing before a Superior Court judge in Freehold later this year with the Fair Share Housing Center, a group which litigates in favor of low-income housing throughout the state. Critelli declined to go into detail considering the pending litigation, but did say, “I expect it to be resolved sooner rather than later.”Since it is his first term as mayor, Critelli told residents he’d rely upon his current and former colleagues for guidance if needed. Committeemen Greg Buontempo and Eric Hinds are both former mayors, as are DiMaso and Monmouth County Freeholder-elect Pat Impreveduto, last year’s deputy mayor in Holmdel.“There’s an enormous amount of knowledge from the mayors that have come before me,” Critelli said. “I don’t like to go into anything blind, so I can rely on them for the right way to approach something.”This article was first published in the Jan. 4-11, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more