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Sales numbers may have slowed, but there is still property price growth in the regions

first_imgProperty prices on the Sunshine Coast, where this home at 7 Longcove Place, Peregian Springs is for sale, are on the increase. Picture: realestate.com.auPROPERTY sales numbers have dropped off in the past year with a new report revealing a slow down in four of the five major regions.The latest CoreLogic quarterly regional market update for September found that dwelling sales fell in four of the five regions in the year to August 2017 with the Gold Coast experiencing the biggest drop – down by 8.7 per cent.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Transactions numbers were also down in Townsville, – 6.3 per cent, Cairns, – 5.3 per cent and the Sunshine Coast – 2.6 per cent.Sales numbers remained stable in the Wide Bay region.While sales numbers may have dropped some regions still recorded significant increases in values. The Sunshine Coast was the best performer with values for houses up 7.1 per cent and unit values up 5.3 per cent.Gold Coast house and unit values both increased by 6.9 per cent and in the Wide Bay house values went up 1.1 per cent and units were up 0.1 per cent.Cairns only had small increases in values, houses were up 0.2 per cent and units were up 0.4 per cent, while Townsville was the only region in which values fell for both houses, down 2.8 per cent, and units, down 0.6 per cent, in the year.Download the report HERElast_img read more

The Latest: Indianapolis speedway holds off on race decision

first_imgGreece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The Latest: Indianapolis speedway holds off on race decision March 16, 2020 All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m. Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___ 10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___11 a.m.last_img read more

Pacers offseason preview: Free agency could shake up Indiana’s roster

first_imgHe’s got some talent, but if the Pacers bring back Young and make no moves on Sabonis or Turner, it’ll be tough for Leaf to find a consistent role with this team.Wait till next year: The Pacers will get Oladipo back, and it might take some time for him to get comfortable trusting his body. But once he returns to full capacity, this will again be an exciting team that belongs with, or at least near, the top contenders in the East.How seriously they can be taken as contenders depends largely on how their free-agency situations turn out this summer. Indiana has difficult decisions ahead, but if the Pacers fill the roles around Oladipo wisely, they can be a 50-win team next season. Big issue 1: Whatever happens with the Pacers in terms of personnel changes, the near future hinges on Victor Oladipo recovering from the torn quad tendon he suffered in January. He’s been making progress and posted an Instagram video in late March showing him walking without a brace. There is some confidence he can return to the floor in time for the start of next season.That’s a necessity. Oladipo suffered with a sore knee early in the season and played only 36 games this season, never quite getting into his usual groove, averaging 18.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting (down from 23.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting). Even with that reduced production, the Pacers were 25-11 when he played and 23-23 without him. In clutch situations, without Oladipo, the Pacers simply had no shot creation. Before his injury, Indiana was the top NBA team in clutch-situation efficiency (score within five points with five minutes or fewer to play), with a net rating of plus-29.5. After his injury, they were 21st, at minus-7.3.That showed up in the playoff sweep to the Celtics, with three games featuring clutch situations. The Pacers lost all three, with a net rating of minus-74.4. Godspeed, Victor.OFFSEASON PREVIEWS:Lakers | Knicks | Bulls | Pelicans | MavericksBig issue 2: The Pacers’ two most promising players beyond Oladipo are center Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, who also happens to be a center. At an NBA moment when small lineups are must-haves, having your No. 2 and 3 players both occupy the 5-spot is tricky business.The Pacers got around that by using Sabonis as a sixth man, limiting the time he spent on the floor with Turner. But Sabonis was excellent this year, averaging 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 59.0 percent from the field.Turner (13.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, a league-best 2.7 blocks) was very good as well and has developed into a top-tier rim protector while making 38.8 percent of his 3-point shots. Turner signed a contract extension last year that will pay him $72 million over four years, starting next season.Sabonis is eligible for a similar extension this summer, and if a deal is not reached, he could be a restricted free agent next year.The Pacers have a few choices, then. They can anticipate the problem and trade either Turner or Sabonis this summer. They could give the two a chance at coexisting next season and, if the experiment fails, look to make a trade — of either Turner or Sabonis — at the deadline. Or they could keep Sabonis in his sixth-man role.Each choice has its benefits and risks. But the Pacers have two very talented young players and need to figure out how to maximize them.Free-agent outlook: Four of the players in the starting five for the Pacers in the playoffs will be free agents this summer — Thad Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison and Oladipo’s fill-in, Wes Matthews. Their seventh and eighth men, Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans, are also free agents.That’s six major free agents on the market for Indiana. Oladipo, Turner and Sabonis are the only regulars under contract for next year.That’s a pretty good trio, and it would make sense for the Pacers to seek out a max-level free agent to lure to Indiana. But for guys like Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, the Pacers just do not figure to be major players.So which players will we be back? The Pacers could keep one of Matthews or Evans at a reasonable price. Neither was exceptional in Indiana, but they’re decent veteran pieces. Certainly, the Pacers don’t need both and could look to fill the bench-scorer’s role with someone else entirely.The Pacers will also have decisions to make at point guard. There was a sense that Aaron Holiday would take over the starting role by the end of the season, but he was not ready for the job, and Collison played very well. Cory Joseph is a so-so backup option.Collison turns 32 this summer, but his performance warrants a decent contract, and perhaps even a starting role somewhere. How much would Indiana be willing to commit to him, knowing that the team wants to transition to Holiday? And would Collison be willing to accept a role that is built around that transition?  NBA PLAYOFFS 2019:Full schedule | Picks from first round to FinalsOr do the Pacers take a swing at a local guy who will be on the move this summer — Memphis’ Mike Conley? Conley started at Lawrence North High School and could be had for minimal return. But the Pacers would have to take on the remaining two years and $67 million of his contract, a tough pill to swallow for a guy who has had injury issues.The two forward spots will present the Pacers with their biggest challenge. Both Young and Bogdanovic have been critical parts of the Pacers’ rise the past two seasons, with Young as the gritty glue guy and Bogdanovic as the X-factor wing scorer who complements Oladipo.But both are 30. Young can probably be had at a reasonable price, and it would be a surprise if the Pacers let him walk. Even if starting Sabonis means moving Young to the bench, he is still a terrific role player.Bogdanovic, though, had a career year, averaging 18.0 points on 49.7 percent shooting, making 42.5 percent of his 3s. He will be a commodity on the market this summer, especially for those teams flush with cap space who miss out on the top free agents.He could get an overpay offer in the three-year, $70 million range, and it’s hard to imagine the Pacers doling out that kind of money for a 30-year-old whose best season happened to come ahead of free agency.Much will depend on the market, of course. The Pacers won’t bring back all six free agents. Two or three should return, which might give some opportunities to the team’s younger guys.The young folks: We’ve covered the Sabonis-Turner dilemma, and both will be 23 to start next season. There’s some youth to be excited about there.Holiday averaged 5.9 points and 1.7 assists in 12.9 minutes this season, getting erratic playing time. His name came up in trade rumors in February, and though the Pacers were never close to moving him, the rumors were a reflection on how other teams valued him.But coach Nate McMillan was trying to maximize this season for the Pacers, and that meant Holiday just didn’t see the floor much. He played 20-plus minutes only 14 times this year. It’s an open question as to whether that was just McMillan being typically tough on a rookie or if he saw something he didn’t like from Holiday.MORE: McMillan says Pacers could “look different next season”It’s a safe bet Holliday will get a chance at the starting job next season, unless the team does pursue a top-line point guard like Conley.The Pacers also got some decent signs from second-year forward T.J. Leaf, though it’s difficult to say what, exactly, Leaf will be as an NBA player. He entered the league as a stretch-4, having made 46.6 percent of his 3s in one year at UCLA, but here in his second NBA year, the Pacers wanted him to focus on his post-up game — 31 percent of his shots were 3s as a rookie, but only 17 percent in Year 2.last_img read more

Walk-in Interviews For Indian Amnesty Seekers in Abu Dhabi

first_imgA job fair in Abu Dhabi will offer new opportunities to Indian amnesty-seekers who want to continue working in the UAE. The Indian Social and Cultural Centre (ISC), the largest Indian social organisation in the capital, is organising the job fair in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, September 16, from 9am to 2pm. Read it at Gulf News Related Itemslast_img