Ruhan gets switched on around the world

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First home buyers pushing back against investors to get into estate

first_imgKyle Osborne and partner Carissa Watkinson and their three girls are looking forward to their move to Brisbane’s northside and more space for their children to play.THE Moreton Bay region is squashing concerns that first home buyers are being pushed out of the market by investors, with the first homebuyer market jumping in and snapping up vacant lots.Central Springs in Caboolture, a QM Properties master planned community, is reporting up to 70 per cent of its development sales to date to the first homebuyer market. QM Properties general sales manager Damien Ross said first home buyers were recognising the appeal of Central Springs, a community that will see at least 1000 brand new homes completed by 2023.“We have been receiving really strong levels of inquiry since release, resulting in 40 sales all off the plan,” Mr Ross said.“First home lending and buying is certainly on the rise in Queensland, and it’s great to see people considering the Caboolture and Moreton Bay region.“Growth in the area, attractive house prices and its proximity to Brisbane’s city centre make Central Springs an appealing and affordable option for first home buyers.” Central Springs in Caboolture will have 1000 new homes by 2023.First home buyers Kyle Osborne and Carissa Watkinson have seen the appeal of the region and have purchased a 621sq m block in Central Springs.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoCurrently living on the Gold Coast, the family of five is opting to move north for work and lifestyle.Mr Osborne said the family had been looking for land since October, closer to where they work in Chermside and Brendale but found Central Springs offered what they were looking for.“It’s going to be a nice quiet estate where we can take the kids for a walk around the lake and spend time together,” Mr Osborne said.“Where we live at the moment is a busy street so they can’t ride their bikes and the closest park is a 20 minute walk away.”Mr Osborne said their main priority was getting a decent size block of land so the children could have a good sized trampoline and fort in the backyard.“For the same price we got the 621sq m block, the further south you go for that same price you get a much smaller block, for example in Narangba you would get a 400sq m block for around the same price as ours,” he said.Australian Bureau of Statistics Housing Finance data released in March revealed that financing for Queensland owner-occupied dwellings rose by 3.5 per cent over the past year; 13.4 per cent of which were first homebuyer commitments.Mr Ross said this latest data quashes concerns that first home buyers are being pushed out of the market by investors with current sales figures reflecting the data.“We have also seen a large amount of interest from the local first home buyers with 83.3 per cent of our buyers already living in the Moreton Bay area, which shows great faith in the region,” he said.“Many of our buyers are people who have grown up in the area and want to remain close to their family and local community.”Once complete Central Springs will have a 5ha lake, private and public schools at their doorstep and the Central Lakes shopping village and major transport hubs nearby.A display village is expected to open later in the year.last_img read more

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Are High School Sports Worth It?

first_imgRecently I had a conversation with someone who wondered if all the time spent in sports by our current high school students is really worth it.  As soon as school is out this spring, their summer workouts will begin.  The only week that is truly a summer vacation is one week in July designated by the IHSAA as a “no practice” week.  Besides the summer practices some of these young athletes play as many as 50 sporting events during their summer break.  Couple this with the fact that they may be multiple-sport athletes and this number goes up even more.When school starts, they might have 6 a.m. practices besides the afternoon practices or weight lifting.  This person wondered when they ever had time to study.  This is certainly food for thought since many of these youngsters are college prep students.  They also may be without a driver’s license which means a parent or someone has to get them to and from practice.On the other side, they learn to work together and most of them have a lot of fun.  Working together is certainly necessary later in life, they learn to manage their time, and they find a way to overcome the agony of defeat.  Now you have points to argue for or against.last_img read more

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Madigan vows to be his own man

first_img Sexton hobbled out of that March 1 clash with hamstring trouble but has completed his return to fitness to take his place at 10 for the trip to the Millennium Stadium. Ireland skills coach Richie Murphy also works first-hand with Madigan at Leinster, but earlier this week admitted the 25-year-old was below par in his cameo against England. Madigan himself pledged he will not be fazed if pressed into service after one minute or 79 in Cardiff this weekend – and rejected suggestions Ireland rely too heavily on near-peerless fly-half Sexton. “When I’m picked to be on the bench I still prepare like I’m starting,” said Madigan. “So if it does come to it that Johnny does go down before the match or early on, I’ll be ready to go. “When I’m sitting on the bench I’ll be playing the game in my mind as though I’m on the field, so when there’s a lineout I would be thinking, ‘If I was out there now what call would I be playing?’. “And as you see the play unfolding you think what you would do next. “So when it does come to the stage where you come off the bench, I feel as if I’ve been in the game despite not having played in it. “I wouldn’t read too much into those comments about being too reliant on him (Sexton) or whatever it was, unless they came from someone like Joe Schmidt, or a fellow player.” Ireland boss Joe Schmidt has refused to slip into the “double jeopardy” of second-guessing Wales coach Warren Gatland this weekend meanwhile. Shrewd Kiwi coach Schmidt bamboozled himself on purpose merely to illustrate the pitfalls of trying to unpick the thought processes of compatriot, friend and rival Gatland on Saturday. Former Leinster boss Schmidt warned against adapting Ireland’s game plan purely to counteract strategies Wales may not even employ. “I’m not sure what he’s thinking,” said Schmidt of Wales coach Gatland. “It’s almost double jeopardy to start to think about what he might think we might think we’re going to do, and then think that we might think about doing something else. “And I’m not that smart – I got lost at the first ‘think’. “So we’ll just try to work away, vary our game, and play as much as we can to our strengths. “People have reported on some of those, but we like to mix our game up, even though people have talked about how much we kick. “It was great to see someone do a bit of homework and work out we’d passed more than anyone else as well.” Leinster star Madigan conceded that Ireland lynchpin Sexton is currently the world’s best playmaker – but said it would be folly to try to copy the British and Irish Lion’s approach. “I think Johnny definitely is the in-form fly-half in the world at the moment,” said Madigan. “There’s a few other out-halves playing very well at the moment, Camille Lopez was playing very well leading into the Six Nations and Dan Biggar’s really stepped up for Wales in the last two games. “He’s very much the heartbeat of that Welsh side and a real leader for them. “So for me they are the guys setting the benchmark. “I wouldn’t mould my game on what they are doing, I would just focus on what I’m doing. “And if I keep working hard on my game I’ll be able to push them hard.” Madigan struggled when replacing Sexton in the closing stages of Ireland’s 19-9 victory over England in Dublin, blasting two loose line kicks to hand Stuart Lancaster’s men late momentum. Ian Madigan has refused to mimic Johnny Sexton even though he admitted his Ireland rival is the “in-form fly-half in the world”. Madigan vowed to stick to his natural approach if called to replace Sexton from the bench in Saturday’s pivotal RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff. An Irish-record 11th consecutive Test victory would leave them on the brink of both retaining the Six Nations title and completing the Grand Slam. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Henry, Terry Perfect Pair for Aston Villa, Says Ian Wright

first_img“Henry was an unbelievable offensive player and Terry was unbelievable defensively,” Wright said. “If they get it right it seems very exciting.”Arsenal record goalscorer Henry was appointed assistant to Roberto Martinez in August 2016 and Terry, who made more than 700 appearances for Chelsea, has been tipped to join him in a managerial role.Villa, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2016 and lost to Fulham in last season’s play-off final, are 15th in the Championship, four points from the play-off places.Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Monday Night Club, Wright added: “It seems like the perfect pair, plus they’d be helping each other through it.“When you look at what they have achieved as offensive and defensive players… if you are going to say you need to choose two legendary people, you are probably going to choose those two.”Former Blackburn striker Chris Sutton, who played for Villa in 2006-07 before injury ended his professional career, believes Terry has the attributes to succeed.“I think he will do well in management and I think it will be really exciting for the Championship,” he said, pointing to the high-profile appointments elsewhere in the division of Frank Lampard at Derby and former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds.“You’ve got Frank Lampard there now and Bielsa. Henry and Terry at Villa would be box office.“If I was a Villa player at this moment and Henry and Terry were coming in as a management pair, I would be extremely excited.“We don’t know how they will do but they will inspire a dressing room. I look at Steven Gerrard at Rangers. Was I convinced that was the right job for him? No, but what he has done in terms of getting a feel good factor, he has revitalised the feeling and Villa will be hoping for the same sort of impact.”Meanwhile Lampard also backed his former Chelsea team-mate Terry.“He always seemed like he was going to be a coach or a manager, he’s a leader, he studies the game and I think and hope he’ll do well,” said Lampard, whose Derby side are eighth and are set to host Villa on 10 November.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Thierry Henry and John Terry would be the “perfect pair” to take charge at Aston Villa, former England striker Ian Wright said on Monday.Henry, 41, an assistant coach with Belgium, is favourite to replace Steve Bruce at Villa Park.Terry, 37, captained Villa last term and announced his retirement on Sunday.last_img read more

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USC takes on UCLA with conference crown at stake

first_imgWith just one final hurdle to clear before the postseason begins, the USC women’s tennis team, which sits at No. 5 in the nation, puts its perfect 9-0 Pac-12 record on the line today at Marks Stadium against crosstown rival UCLA.One last step · With the postseason right around the corner, USC senior Danielle Lao has the women’s tennis team focused on UCLA. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“We’re doing great with everyone healthy and ready to go,” USC head coach Richard Gallien said. “We will be at our best and try to stay the hunter against the hunted. We love to beat UCLA, but we also love to beat Cal and Cal State Northridge, so we try to not make it too personal because that is when players start to get tight.”The Women of Troy have not lost since Feb. 23 against Cal and have steamrolled through conference foes ever since. But their 20-2 overall record will be put to the test against the No. 7 Bruins (16-4, 7-2 Pac-12). UCLA will be looking to exact revenge against USC after the Bruins’ 4-2 loss at home on March 8 extended the Women of Troy’s winning streak.Despite USC having wrapped up at least a share of the  regular-season Pac-12 title, this match takes on greater importance when you consider the bad blood between the two schools. USC has not defeated the Bruins in back-to-back matches since 2006, adding an extra incentive to play well in the season’s final regular-season match.The Women of Troy will look to extend their winning streak to a season-high 13 matches and keep their unblemished home record intact.Led by No. 2-ranked sophomore Sabrina Santamaria and No. 8-ranked senior Danielle Lao, USC faces an equally tough challenge across the net, as the Bruins boast five players ranked nationally in singles play.Santamaria’s likely opponent will be No. 3 Robin Anderson, and the two look to face off against each other on court one during both the singles and doubles’ portion of the match. Junior Kaitlyn Christian and Santamaria remain undefeated in doubles play, despite the fact that they recently dropped to No. 2 in the nation, and they will match up against the No. 19-ranked tandem of Anderson and Skylar Morton.Though Christian and Santamaria remain focused on playing rather than on their ranking, Gallien was displeased with the decision to drop them a spot.“[Their drop to No. 2] is inexplicable, and I think if you even ask the Georgia team that is ahead of them, they won’t have an explanation,” Gallien said. “Kaitlyn and Sabrina won two national championships this fall, though, and they will continue to play strong tennis and lead our doubles.”The top half of the singles lineup for USC will once again be depended upon to set the tone of the match, just as it did in the team’s 4-2 win earlier in the season. Santamaria, Lao and sophomore Zoë Scandalis, who is ranked No. 30 in the country, all won their matches handily in USC’s last meeting with UCLA.Junior Gabriella DeSimone also showed resiliency in her March 8 meeting, as she went on to defeat UCLA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen in three sets after losing the first set 6-0.In uncharacteristic fashion, USC dropped the doubles point in its last match against UCLA and may be looking to make a few changes heading into this bout.“We may tinker with our doubles lineups moving forward,” Gallien said. “But whoever we throw out there will be ready to fight and play hard.”With a win over UCLA, USC would clinch its second straight Pac-12 title after sharing the crown with Stanford last season. A victory would also give the team its first outright conference championship since 2009.After last year’s performance against the Bruins, which not only included losses in three of four matches but also saw UCLA knock USC out of the NCAA tournament, a sweep of the season series would be a boon for a USC team looking to build momentum as it heads into postseason play.“Our girls are excited, and I don’t need to throw fuel on the fire to get them excited for this match,” Gallien said.last_img read more

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Third round action at Wimbledon

first_imgTop seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are both scheduled for Centre Court today, with Djokovic taking-on Australia Bernard Tomic in their third-round match while Williams will play home favourite, Heather Watson.Stan Wawrinka, Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov are among the other players in action.last_img

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888 integrates Golden Race virtuals in new partnership

first_img StumbleUpon 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Share The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 888 has strengthened its virtual sports offering after teaming up with Golden Race ‘Beyond Virtuals’ to deliver a range of virtual sports games for its 888casino and 888sport platforms.Under the agreement, players at 888casino and 888sport will gain access to virtual sports betting events including more than 20 leagues and tournaments of 3D Virtual Football, 3D Horse Racing, Dog Racing, Speedway and Motorbikes, among others.Martin Wachter, CEO and Founder of Golden Race, commented: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with such a prestigious brand as 888. We are certain that their clients will greatly enjoy our portfolio of highly realistic virtual sports and engaging number games, especially at this moment when they are looking for new products to satisfy the lack of sports events.”The virtuals supplied by Golden Race, which are created in-house with the latest technologies, feature computer-generated sports games, with built-in RNGs to ‘ensure fairness, transparency, and randomness’.The content, said Golden Race, delivers ‘true-to-life’ recreations of the world’s most popular events, as well as a familiar sportsbook interface, real odds models, and an extended variety of betting markets with professional voice-overs and multi-language support, and unique camera angles of the action.Guy Cohen, SVP of B2C at 888, added: “We are incredibly excited about our working partnership with Golden Race ‘Beyond Virtuals.’ We strive to offer our customers an engaging portfolio of games and this company is at the forefront of virtual sports innovations.”last_img read more

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La Liga confirms plans for inaugural esports competition

first_imgLa Liga, the organising body behind Spain’s two top flights in football, has launched its first esports competition as part of its new ‘It is not football, it’s La Liga’ campaign.With La Liga Esports, the organisation seeks to “bring the institution closer to the millennial generation and engage with this particular sector of the population”, as well as use the opportunity to reach new audiences.It hasn’t yet been announced what exactly La Liga Esports will entail, stating that it has plans to “roll out several ambitious projects which aim to bring together a passion for football and the exciting world of esports.”Long-term the organisation is aiming to make the program an international one, providing they see success in Spain, to satisfy both sports and esports fans collectively.It seems somewhat safe to presume that the competition will feature EA Sports’ FIFA 18, as would be the natural choice given what La Liga is at its core, and its previous work with EA. However, La Liga’s intentions are clear in wanting to move in to multiple esport titles, and FIFA might lose out to one of their players’ personal preference in football game; PES (Pro Evolution Soccer).This news follows Barcelona’s announcement that they will be stepping in to esports, with the La Liga leaders competing in eFootball.Pro’s PES tournaments, with their defender Gerard Pique being the founder and president of eFootball.Pro.La Liga is not the first sporting league to take steps in to esports; only in the last few months we’ve seen the NBA, NFL and MLS take steps towards organising their own esport leagues in their respective titles.Esports Insider says: It’s fantastic to see yet another sporting body appreciate the huge appeal and potential esports has in developing their brand on both a national and global scale. It will certainly be interesting to see how La Liga creates their esport presence – especially with the intention of hosting multiple titles.last_img read more

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