David Butcherine and Emma Zemitis at the new Ellendale Estate home they had built in Upper Kedron.Experts predict an upswing in first homebuyer loans shortly with half the Big Four banks now expecting a Reserve Bank rate cut within days.Two of the nation’s biggest housing market financiers, Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank, have brought forward predictions of an RBA rate cut to its October 1 monetary policy board meeting.The market has already priced in an 82 per cent chance of a cut in the RBA’s cash rate target to 0.75 percentage points, given how the ASX 30 Day Interbank Cash Rate Futures has tracked. Buy land for the price of a holiday in Brisbane Brisbane is better value than southern capitals Sydney and Melbourne with house and land packages under $500,000 12km from the CBD.CBA economist Michael Blythe expected RBA to cut the cash rate by 25 basis points on October 1 after the unemployment rate rose to 5.3 per cent in August.“We believe that (the) labour force data is the smoking gun that will force the RBA’s hand,” he said.NAB has gone further to expect a rate cut in October, followed by another in December “taking the cash rate to 0.5 per cent by year’s end”. This as expectations of federal government fiscal stimulus wane: “With monetary policy involving longer lags, we think the urgency to lower rates sooner has increased”. This as new InsureandGo research found that almost two in three Aussies (64 per cent) believed it was more important to own property than it was to travel. But spokesman Jonathan Etkind added that “Baby Boomers and Millennials have different priorities, particularly when it comes to their financial goals”.“The Australian Dream for most Baby Boomers includes home ownership, while Millennials are not as fixated on the idea. Perhaps owing to the current state of housing affordability, it seems they would rather spend their money on experiences than investments.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenQuestions for Millennial home buyers01:41 MORE: Cottage inspired by fairytale hits market First time buyers David Butcherine and Emma Zemitis were among those who took the plunge, building their own home in Ellendale Estate in Brisbane’s Upper Kedron “to get off the rental treadmill”.“When we compared the cost of buying an older home and renovating, it just made sense to build and get exactly what we want from day one. We ended up building a two level, four bedroom home, so there’s plenty of room for us to grow in to over the coming years,” Mr Butcherine said.“We wanted to get off the rental treadmill, so we started looking at homes in Brisbane’s northern suburbs and we came across Ellendale Estate … We wanted to buy in an area that not only offered a great lifestyle but was also a good investment.”He said the couple were initially looking at purchasing an established home, but after doing their sums, realised they could buy new for the same price.He said “the whole process of building a home was a lot easier than we thought it would be and a lot more rewarding”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The Brisbane City Council has a strong focus on green space setting a target of 40 per cent in the city by 2031, which developers like Cedar Woods at its masterplanned Ellendale community are also adopting.“As first time buyers we had a lot of questions which were all answered quickly by the developer Cedar Woods and our builder, Metricon, so it was a pretty seamless, easy process.”They liked the fact that Ellendale offered “local shops, schools and parks for convenience and it’s only in the early stages of development, so it has plenty of potential for growth. It’s only 12km to the CBD where I work, and I love driving home at the end of each day to get away from the hustle and bustle.”Cedar Woods senior development manager, Peter Starr, said Brisbane was in a unique position where first home buyers could build brand new — in a community like Ellendale, just 12 kilometres from the CBD — for less than $500,000.“To buy at that price point in Sydney or Melbourne, would mean you’re significantly further from the CBD, with a long commute to work or entertainment.” Latest figures for the year to March showed housing affordability had flatlined in Queensland at 36.4 index point, with loans to first time home buyers falling to 4,677 for the period.PRDnationwide chief economist Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo said the fall was “unsurprising given many first home buyers postponed their purchasing decisions” due to Federal Election policy uncertainty and tighter bank lending policies.“The data really does show that for first home buyers price is not the only thing that matters for them,” she said. “FHB activity fell all across the country even though affordability increased … I do expect FHB figures to pick up slightly, but it’s probably not going to be a massive jump like suddenly double.” “We are also fortunate to be in such a liveable location with an abundance of green space, with Brisbane City Council promoting a target of 40 per cent of the city being natural habitat by 2031, and our climate — particularly our mild dry winters — allows us to take full advantage of this outdoor lifestyle.”Clean, green places resonated with young buyers, he said, not only leafy streets and parklands but also sustainability.He said forecasts were that Brisbane’s median house price would rise by 20 per cent over the next three years — which “would more than offset the cost of Lenders Mortgage Insurance versus waiting years to save a larger deposit.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK
The Reds have apparently parted ways with center fielder Billy Hamilton. They did not offer him a contract for 2019. Hamilton has been a candidate for a Golden Glove as a center fielder the last 5 years as a Cincinnati Red.There is no secret to why the Reds are willing to part with Hamilton. He obliviously never learned how to get on base. His speed was great as a center fielder, but in stolen bases he never reached his potential because he could only get on base approximately 30% of the time. With who the Reds have available for next year, Hamilton was expendable. He would have commanded a 4+million dollar contract, and I agree with the Reds that he was not worth it.I don’t know if it is Hamilton or the Reds who are responsible for Billy’s hitting woes, but he never really improved. He has a loop in his batting style and this led to many pop ups and fly balls which became simple outs. I like Hamilton, but if you can’t hit, you can’t play major league baseball.
RelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Derby County lead Jordon Ibe chase Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight with the return of Wilfred Ndidi from injury. The Nigeria international missed the Foxes’ previous three games against Wigan Athletic, West Ham United and Aston Villa after struggling to overcome a knee injury he suffered in January. The combative midfielder, however, returned to action in their defeat to Norwich City in Friday’s Premier League game at Carrow Road, featuring for 23 minutes. Ahead of their FA Cup tie against Birmingham City on Wednesday, Rodgers confirmed the 23-year-old is fully fit with only Ghana international Daniel Amartey the only player nursing injury in his team. “The great news for us was Wilf coming back and getting game time,” Rodgers told the club website. “Apart from that, Daniel Amartey has been out for a period of time, but everyone else is okay.” Ndidi has been a consistent performer for the King Power Stadium outfit before the injury problem, featuring in 27 games across all competitions.Tags: Birmingham CityBrendan RodgersDaniel AmarteyLeicester CityNorwich CityWilfred Ndidi
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Renowned footballer and coach Abdul Latif passed away last night after prolonged illness. He was 72. The former international footballer left behind his wife and two daughters.Latif, who played as a midfielder, represented India in the 1970 Asian Games where the team had won a bronze. He also represented two big clubs of Kolkata-Mohammedan Sporting and Mohun Bagan during late sixties and early part of seventies.The footballer hold a rare record of representing Santosh Trophy for three different states: Karnataka, Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. After taking retirement from football he actively involved in coaching and was equally successful. A brilliant schemer of strategies Latif coached Mohammedan Sporting in 1978 and former Indian captain Victor Amalraj was one of his trainee.Later he shifted to Assam and actively involved in coaching. Under his training Assam brought laurels from many competitions. Assam won Sub Junior National Soccer title thrice under his coaching between 1979-1981. He also coached State team in the Santosh Trophy. In the club football coaching Latif was mostly associated with Gauhati Town Club and Green valley club.Recalling his association with Latif former national footballer Bidhan Das said: I played under him on numerous occasions. He was brilliant as a coach. Assam made hat-tric of victory in Sub Junior National soccer (1979-1981) under him and I was in the team on last occasion. Later I also played Santosh trophy and in different club level meet under his coaching. He was a very good strategy maker and also knew it very well how to bring out the best from a player.”Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today condoled the death of Latif. In a message Chief Minister said: “Latif, a great footballer in his era, would be remembered for his superb skills and dedication.”Assam Sports Journalists Association also condoled the death of former international footballer. In a release secretary Imtiaz Ahmed said: “He was great footballer and one of the finest coach that Assam has ever got. His demise has created an irreparable void in the state football.”Among other condoled the death of Latif included Gauhati Sports Association, Assam Sepak Takraw Association, Assam Badminton Association, Assam Cricket Association, Assam Kho Kho Association, Veteran Cricketers Association of Assam (VCAA) and All Assam Students’ Union.Also Read: Legendary footballer PK Banerjee passes away in Kolkata hospitalAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assam
JEROME Taylor has formally indicated to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) that he has come out of retirement and is available for selection for Test Cricket. This decision means he is now available for selection in all three formats of the game.Last July, the 32-year-old fast bowler had announced his retirement from the longest version of the game.“I believe I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I know I can still offer a lot to West Indies cricket in the Test arena,” said Taylor. “If selected, I will look to put my best foot forward and give my all for the team. We have some young players in the group at the moment and I believe with my experience, I can add to the team going forward.”Taylor has played 46 Tests, taking 130 wickets at 34.46 apiece, with best figures of 6-47 against Australia in June, 2015 on home soil at Sabina Park in Jamaica. He has also scored 856 runs, with a top score of 106 against New Zealand in December, 2008 at University Oval in Dunedin.Chairman of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Selection Panel, Courtney Browne, welcomed Taylor’s decision to come out of retirement.“It is good to see that Jerome has decided to come out of retirement and make himself available for Tests once again. When you look at the volume of cricket we have this year, we will need to look at all the resources we have available, and having someone of his ability and experience adds value to our player pool,” Browne said.West Indies are preparing to face Pakistan in a three-match Brighto Paints presents Q Mobile Cup series, later this month (April 21-25), starting with the historic 50th Test at Sabina Park.
By Joe ChapmanREIGNING champions Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School successfully defended the 11th Edward ‘Screw’ Richmond Linden U-18 schools football title with a 2-1 victory against Linden Technical Institute (LTI).‘Multi’, as they are known, overcame LTI when the two clashed in the final over the weekend at the Wisburg Secondary School ground.The champions were led to their win by the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Junior National goalkeeper Jonathan Copeland, who ventured to play outside as a forward.In the third place playoff game Linden Foundation Secondary won through sudden-death penalties against Wisburg Secondary.In the semifinals Christianburg/Wismar Secondary defeated Wisburg Secondary 3-1 as Jonathan Copeland netted twice and Janeuve Waldron scored the other goal.LTI edged Linden Foundation Secondary 4-3 on penalties after both sides were even after regulation and overtime play 1-1,Copeland was named the Best Forward. He was the leading goalscorer and collected the Most Goals Award and the Most Valuable Player of the final.The Multi side dominated the prize-giving ceremony. Their players were named the Best Defender through Bani Dow, Best Midfielder Award was won by Andre Mayers and also the Best Goalkeeper Tyrese Azore.The Most Improved Player of the tournament award was copped by LTI Jamal Yaw and the Best Coach prize went to Joel Humphrey also of LTI. Linden Foundation Secondary rook the Best Dressed team prizeThe tournament is played annually in honour of Linden’s first National player, the all-round sportsman Edward ‘Screw’ Richmond. It is supported by the Edward ‘Screw’ Richmond Foundation, based in New York and headed by Ernest Joseph.
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoThe No. 9 Wisconsin volleyball team (22-3, 14-2 Big Ten)will have a lot on the line when it hits the road for the final time in theregular season this weekend. Revenge is on the minds of the Badgers as they take ontop-ranked Penn State (24-2, 16-0) Friday night in match that will be streamedlive on the Nittany Lions’ athletic website www.gopsusports.com.The last time these two teams faced off, Oct. 19, theBadgers and Nittany Lions were playing for the Big Ten lead in front of asold-out Field House crowd. Penn State left Madison with the win after ahard-fought five-game match. Now Wisconsin is looking to return the favor bydefeating Penn State on its home court.”We’ve made some improvements since (the last meeting),”senior co-captain Jocelyn Wack said. “Just how the game ended last time and howwe should have beaten [Penn State] in four and how we kind of let the matchslip away has been motivation this whole time to get back in the gym every dayand improve on the little things.”Since their last meeting, both teams have been playing atdifferent levels. Penn State has not dropped a game, going 6-0 and ascending tothe top of the national rankings. Wisconsin during that time has gone 5-1 andswept only one opponent. However, many Badgers see an advantage in going the distancein several matches of late, as it has allowed Wisconsin to develop andstrengthen its bench.”Although we have gone five, it has been really good becausewe have gotten a lot of players out on the court,” senior setter Jackie Simpsonsaid. “We’ve really shown that it doesn’t matter if I’m out there or Nikki(Klingsporn)’s out there, Megan (Mills) or Kim (Kuzma), Al (Wack) or (Caity)DuPont. No matter who is out on the court, we are still going to be solid andwe are still going to pull out wins.”The Big Ten title will also be on the line when the Badgerstake on the Nittany Lions. With only four matches remaining and trailing PennState by two games, it is now or never for Wisconsin, especially the seniorclass, if it still wants to have a shot at the conference championship. With awin, the Badgers will keep their title hopes alive, but a loss would clinch afifth-straight Big Ten title for the Nittany Lions.”We’re getting down to where there are only four matchesleft,” head coach Pete Waite said. “In order to have a shot to tie for thetitle, we need to get the win, and somebody else needs to beat Penn State. Thisis an important one for us.”After taking on Penn State Friday, Wisconsin will fly homefor the weekend before flying to Columbus Sunday to get ready for its Mondaynight matchup against Ohio State, which will air live on the Big Ten Network. Following its Oct. 17 loss to Wisconsin, Ohio State has beenup and down, winning the next four before dropping the last three to fall intoninth place in the Big Ten. However, Waite knows Ohio State plays better athome and will provide a challenging matchup.”Early in theseason [Ohio State was] changing their lineup around a little bit,” Waite said.”I think they have been staying withBrianaMcCarthysetting so they should be a little bit more stable. They’realways strong at home, and I think they have a better crowd than they have hadin the past. We know that is going to be a good environment.”The last thing on the line this weekend is Wisconsin’sundefeated road record in conference play, which the Badgers know they have tomaintain with the title on the line.”Obviouslywe’ve won a couple close ones and fought hard to win those,” Waite said abouthis team’s play on the road. “What is more important is that it counts for theshot at the title so we want to get it done.”
A suspect was arrested in the shooting of two USC students at an off-campus party, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday.Tyson Tiree Smith, 21, was arrested Wednesday night in the City of Signal Hill near Long Beach, Calif., LAPD Southwest Division Capt. Melissa Zak said.Two USC students, a male undergraduate student and a female graduate student, were shot early on the morning of Sept. 4 on the 1200 block of West 37th Place after a confrontation occurred between the shooter and the victims.The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a firearm against Smith, the district attorney’s office said.LAPD and the Dept. of Public Safety used photographic and video evidence from the crime scene to identify the suspect and track him down, Zak said.“A combination of several different sources of video were used in the investigation,” DPS Assistant Chief John Thomas said. “It was a combination of technology, interviews and the whole gambit to piece together what resulted in an arrest.”Thomas said that security cameras installed as part of a DPS security expansion west of Vermont Avenue contributed to the arrest of Smith.“The [newly-installed] cameras played a part in [the arrest] but so did everything else,” Thomas said.One shot was fired at the victims after a confrontation over a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones escalated. The bullet hit the female student’s finger and then hit the male in the chest. The female victim performed CPR on the male victim, likely saving his life, Zak said.“The female victim performed CPR until paramedics arrived,” Zak said. “The male victim later remembered someone breathing for him as he slipped in and out consciousness.”Both victims were transported to California Hospital Medical Center. The female victim underwent surgery on her hand and the male victim underwent surgery on his chest. The female victim’s finger also likely saved the male victim’s life by slowing down the speed of the bullet, Zak said.LAPD described the female victim’s actions in saving the male victim’s life as “heroic” in a press statement.The male victim was released from the hospital Thursday and the female victim was released from the hospital early last week, Zak said.Throughout the investigation DPS worked closely with LAPD to identify the suspect, search for evidence and interview witnesses.“Since the incident occurred, our detectives have worked along with LAPD to assist them in this case,” Thomas said. “While LAPD is the primary investigative agency, our detectives collaborated with them and have spent every day since working on the case.”An arraignment date has not been set, but the DA has requested bail at $1 million.Zak said students should not host open parties.“When someone uninvited goes to a party there can be violent, unintended consequences,” Zak said. “It is better to have closed parties where only invited guests are allowed to attend.” Rachel Bracker contributed to this report.
Published on March 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm Contact Connor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @connorgrossman The clock finally ran out on Syracuse’s season. SU couldn’t finish off a final one in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Orange (19-15, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 5 Ole Miss (22-13), 85-80, to end its season.Here are three immediate reactions from the game.Crunch timeAfter a season marked by late-game dramatics, Syracuse tried to stitch together a final epic ending in the Carrier Dome. Freshman guard Tyus Battle buried a pull-up jumper to draw SU within three points and about 40 seconds to go on the clock. But there would be no more heroics left to write in this year’s script. Sophomore forward Tyler Lydon clanked a last-ditch 3-pointer and Syracuse didn’t try to foul in the final seconds of the game.One of the more memorable seasons in recent years came to an end in the Carrier Dome, where the Orange finished the year with a 17-4 record.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLost and foundSyracuse has faced plenty of deficits this season. Most of them double-digits, and a surprising number of them overcome. SU’s lifeline has been the 3-pointer through most of those comebacks. But in a game with plenty of lead changes, the Orange turned in one of its worst shooting performances of the season from behind the arc. Syracuse started out 0-for-9 before sophomore guard Frank Howard finally relieved his teammates after nearly 14 minutes of play. But SU never quite found its 3-point stroke, converting only 8-of-30 attempts and keeping a close game throughout with Ole Miss.The Rebels stayed afloat by making 15-of-32 of its 3-pointers, including three straight to start the second half and take the lead on a 9-0 run. Syracuse missed a pair of 3s in that time, none more boggling than Andrew White missing his fifth of the game on a wide-open look. Even head coach Jim Boeheim landed both hands on his head after White’s attempt rimmed out.The fifth-year senior entered the game as a 40 percent shooter from deep, but didn’t come alive until the game’s final minutes. As SU’s season hung in the balance, he hit three consecutive 3s to keep the Orange in the game. White, Lydon and Battle — SU’s best sharpshooters — finished the game 7-for-26 collectively.Double downOne of the greatest puzzles this season has been Lydon’s disappearing act on offense. A player clearly capable of stretching the floor or attacking from inside, he’s endured plenty of halves this season with little to no offensive production. At times he’ll be too passive, at times he just can’t find his stroke. Saturday looked like it would be the latter for the sophomore, but he persisted with an aggressive approach he’s lacked at times to finish with 15 points and 14 rebounds. It was his ninth double-double of the season.He began the game by converting on only one of his first five attempts to the basket, but responded by making his next five straight. That stretch began with a layup through traffic and finished with a 3 to help fuel a 12-0 first-half run. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+