These suburbs are the prime movers on the coast

first_img MORE NEWS: Lowest home loan rates revealed Surfers Paradise houses had the biggest surge in the year to March, rising 14.8 per cent to $1.55m.COOLER property market conditions felt across the country appear to have been short lived on the Gold Coast, with new data showing activity in the city is starting to heat back up.The latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland Quarterly Market Monitor report, released today, reveals the Coast’s median house price recorded the second-highest rise in the three months to March, making it one of the state’s most expensive places to live.While other parts of the country suffered significant declines, the city’s median house price rose 0.8 per cent to $625,000. Rockhampton was the state’s shining light, jumping 15.2 per cent.The Gold Coast’s median house price also rose 0.8 per cent for the year to March. PRIME MOVERS: THE COAST’S TOP FIVES Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 “It shows the Gold Coast has obviously got good resilience … to have a positive quarter when the vast part of the country has gone into negative territory regarding property prices,” he said.“(The 0.8 per cent) is a much more manageable and sustainable growth level.“Where we’re seeing double figure growth in a year is not sustainable.”Industry experts noticed the market had already picked up since March following the federal election and the announcement of an interest-rate cut and more relaxed lending criteria.The report showed units were in the recovery phase of the cycle, with the quarterly median price dropping 4.5 per cent to $422,000.However, the Gold Coast is still the third most expensive LGA in the state for units and townhouses. The Gold Coast housing market was showing a “quiet confidence” according to REIQ.Property experts say the city’s resilience has been based on a wave of interstate migration and a strong economy.They are confident of the future too, especially with activity picking up almost immediately after the federal election and the Coast not solely reliant on traditional pillars tourism and construction.Over the past five years, the Coast’s median house price has climbed 28.9 per cent.Compared to Sydney and Melbourne markets, which have each felt 10 per cent drops in the past year, the Glitter Strip appears to be one of the shining lights in an otherwise dull market.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the market displayed a “quiet confidence” in the first quarter of this year, indicating an “optimistic” long-term view.“While the Gold Coast housing market is holding steady, it is considered to be within the rising market sector of the price cycle,” she said.“The Gold Coast was the state’s third-most expensive local government association (LGA) for houses based on the annual median price to March 2019, behind Noosa ($750,000) and Brisbane ($680,000).” MORE NEWS: String of properties sell in dayscenter_img The weather and lifestyle plus jobs and infrastructure were helping the coast weather the downturn elsewhere.The increase comes despite an 18 per cent drop in the number of sales during the quarter.Most of the 1096 houses that sold were between $500,000 and $1 million, which made up 64 per cent of all transactions in the period.Director of self-titled agency Lucy Cole said buyers and sellers were no longer hesitant.“There was a lot of nervousness prior to the election,” she said.“We feel it’s turned a corner and there’s a lot of confidence out there.”REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said property owners doing more renovations and rebuilds could have helped bolstered the median house price, while the number of listings and sales continued to decline.Stamp duty was also one of the biggest hindrances when buying and selling, he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoBut he believed a stable economy with plenty of jobs and improved infrastructure as well as interstate migration were primarily responsible for the increase. MORE NEWS: Coast house prices have tripled over 20 years MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE MOVERS (yearly data to March)— Surfers Paradise, up 14.8 per cent to $1.55 million— Biggera Waters, up 13.2 per cent to $731,5000— Paradise Point, up 11.1 per cent to $1,097,500— Jacobs Well, up 9.2 per cent to $510,000— Nerang, 9.1 per cent to $900,000MEDIAN UNIT AND TOWNHOUSE PRICE MOVERS— Broadbeach Waters, up 22.3 per cent to $565,000— Bilinga, up 16 per cent to $690,000— Highland Park, up 12.9 per cent to $350,000— Mermaid Beach, up 11.3 per cent to $467,5000— Runaway Bay, up 10.4 per cent to $530,000 (Source: REIQ based on 12 months to March 2019)last_img read more

Man claims boss asked him to stop wearing MAGA hat

first_imgFelix Caraballo told Wisc TV that he is being treated differently from his co-workers because they are allowed to wear pins that endorse Medicare for all, which he believes is just as much of a political statement as his MAGA hat.Officials spoke out about the alleged bias citing that Madison’s city rules say city workers can’t wear anything that advocates for politics of the city, or any local referendums.Caraballo said he has stopped wearing the hat to work but added that he “hopes the rules apply to the other side of things should it get to that point.” A city worker in Madison, Wisconsin is speaking out, claiming his boss told him to take off his ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) hat.Felix Caraballo said his boss asked him not to wear his #MAGA hat at work because it supports #DonaldTrump. Caraballo said he is being singled out because other people at work can wear #MedicareForAll pins, which he believes endorse #BernieSanders #news3now— Jamie Perez (@JamiePerezTV) May 9, 2019last_img read more

Man plays with 9-foot alligator until it tires, pulls from Parkland pool

first_imgAn animal trapper found a unique way to remove an alligator from a Florida pool.Celebrity trapper Paul Bedard, who is contracted with the state’s nuisance alligator program, was dispatched to a Parkland home on Wednesday after receiving a complaint about a 9-foot alligator swimming freely in the pool.Bedard said he was able to pull the 185-pound reptile out of the water once it grew tired from playing with him.He described the reptile as “mellow” and named it Cool Hand Luke after the 1967 film starring Paul Newman.‘Cool Hand Luke’ was relocated to the Everglades.Bedard starred in Animal Planet’s reality show Gator Boys.last_img read more

Providence looks to extend streak vs Xavier

first_imgProvidence looks to extend streak vs Xavier Associated Press March 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditXavier (19-10, 8-8) vs. Providence (17-12, 10-6)Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Providence looks for its fifth straight conference win against Xavier. Providence’s last Big East loss came against the St. John’s Red Storm 80-69 on Feb. 12. Xavier won 66-63 at Georgetown on Sunday.center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, TEAM LEADERS: Alpha Diallo has averaged 13.6 points and 7.9 rebounds to lead the way for the Friars. David Duke has complemented Diallo and is putting up 11.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The Musketeers have been led by Tyrique Jones, who is averaging a double-double with 13.9 points and 11.2 rebounds.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Naji Marshall has directly created 50 percent of all Xavier field goals over the last three games. The junior forward has 21 field goals and 15 assists in those games.DEFENSIVE DISRUPTION: Providence is 15-0 when holding opponents to 40.8 percent or worse from the field, and 2-12 when opponents shoot better than that. Xavier is 15-0 when allowing 40 percent or less and 4-10 whenever opponents exceed that mark.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Friars are 15-0 when holding opponents to 40.8 percent or worse from the field, and 2-12 when opponents shoot better than that. The Musketeers are 15-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 40 percent or worse, and 4-10 when opponents exceed that percentage.DID YOU KNOW: Providence has attempted the second-most free throws among all Big East teams. The Friars have averaged 21.3 foul shots per game this season, including 26.3 per game over their four-game winning streak.last_img read more

Conroy, Palasek suspensions to continue after violation of team rules

first_img Related Stories ONE DOWN: Syracuse overcomes early deficit, woes at faceoff X to beat Bryant in first round of NCAA tournamentDeep Syracuse attack proves overwhelming for Bryant in second halfMassa dominates faceoff X for BryantLamolinara shakes off early mistakes to shut out Bryant in 4th quarter Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 13, 2013 at 10:36 am Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_center_img UPDATED: May  14, 2013, 4:03 p.m.Syracuse head coach John Desko said on Tuesday he thinks Brendan Conroy and Ryan Palasek will miss Saturday’s NCAA quarterfinal against Yale.Their status for the rest of the tournament remains uncertain, Desko said.Conroy and Palasek missed Syracuse’s NCAA tournament win against Bryant Sunday night due to a violation of team rules, Desko said after his postgame press conference.Both players remain on the team, Desko said, though neither was on the sideline for SU’s 12-7 first-round victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textConroy is a freshman midfield faceoff specialist who likely would have played as the Orange tried four different players at the X, but won only one faceoff. Palasek is a freshman defender who’s played in five games this season, starting none.Syracuse will play Yale in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday at 3 p.m. in College Park, Md. Commentslast_img read more

New manager announced for Wicklow footballers

first_imgMagee was part of Harry Murphy’s backroom team last season and will now make the step-up to the job for next year.The Wicklow County Board has also confirmed that Casey O’Brien will continue as manager of their senior hurlers.last_img

FONBET’s Alexey Khobot: Using bots to formulate odds in 2020

first_imgShare ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Alexey Khobot on the evolution of odds calculations August 13, 2020 Related Articles BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit In 1995, Alexey Khobot designed his first software for FONBET, which included the use of bots to assist in oddsmaking. The operator looks at why this artificial intelligence has been key, but points out that the human touch still remains king.The most important part of the bookmaking process is the formulation of odds. It’s no secret that bookmakers rely on the accurate calculation of odds to turn a profit. As a result, more and more bookmakers are relying on AI to assist them in their efforts.Alexey Khobot designed the very first software used by the FONBET betting company. Now he is fully engaged in the development of computer programs for use in the sphere of bookmaking. That being said, can we expect AI to replace traditional oddsmakers in the near future?How do bookmakers come up with odds?A person without experience and an aptitude for mathematics will never be able to devise the exact odds for a sporting event. To do this accurately, you need to process all of the available information concerning each of the teams or participants taking part in the event. Statistics, form, results from previous meetings, injuries, suspensions – all of this must be taken into account. Then there’s also public opinion, and the bookmaker’s margin to consider. But what if some kind of force majeure suddenly takes place mid-event? How is all of this data handled?Many companies don’t see the point in bothering to work out the odds they offer, they buy ready-made b2b solutions instead. In essence, they relay the data found on their sites from an external supplier. However, large companies prefer to employ their own professional bookmakers.Robots in the betting industry. Why are they needed and will they replace people?“Nowadays, we use robots for live betting at Fonbet, but matches are still overseen in semi-manual mode. What I mean by that is, each match is monitored by a responsible bookmaker, he revises the computer’s odds and is ready to react in case of force majeure,” said the company’s Marketing Director Alina Yakirevich.What kind of force majeure situations are we talking about? VAR is an easy example. The referee may initially signal a goal, but then a few minutes later could change his decision after reviewing footage of the incident. VAR can influence the awarding of penalties and players being sent off.But what if there is a fight among the fans in the stands or something like that? A bot doesn’t take this type of situation into consideration, but it could certainly influence the outcome of an event. In this case, bookmakers are able to temporarily suspend the acceptance of bets until the situation is clarified.Alexey Khobot used to be a bookmaker himself. These days, he develops IT solutions for the betting industry, for example, bots that formulate odds and keeps them automatically updated as the match takes place. He created his first software for FONBET in 1995.Khobot developed bots for the betting industry. These are programs that analyse incoming statistics and devise live odds for hundreds of options at the same time for one match. His first bot was for working out volleyball odds, and since last year he has been developing bots for esports.Robots in esports – the spirit of the timesEsports is gaining popularity, and during a pandemic with real sports being suspended, the rate at which its audience is growing is impressive. Alexey Khobot wrote his first esports odds-bot for CS:GO. This game has an older audience compared to Dota2. In addition, this game is easier for a beginner to pick up.Writing a bot for calculating esports odds is no easy task. There is an even larger amount of events to consider in CS than in classic sports. Each of them can affect the game. All of this must be calculated, with the probability of each event set. In addition, a team’s in-game economy is a very important factor. Which weapons a team buys, how it uses its budget, etc.. If one of the teams gains an advantage at the start of the game, it doesn’t at all guarantee that it will hold onto it.Another additional difficulty to contend with is that the game is constantly updated, new maps are added, and this means the bot must also be frequently updated. It’s akin to the rules of football being changed every two months.It took about a month’s work to create the bot. During this time, Alexey studied the game and watched dozens of Twitch streams. Testing the bot took another few weeks. Khobot invited a esports bookmaker to assist him. The specialist used Khobot’s program, feeding back with even the smallest of inaccuracies discovered in the odds it calculated. The CS:GO bot allows a single bookmaker to rule over several events simultaneously, while reducing the risk of human errorAlexey Khobot’s next goal is to devise a bot for live betting on Dota2. New meta is released monthly for Dota, making this a much more complicated task. Each update brings a huge change in the powers and abilities of the characters, and there are more than 100 of them in Dota. In addition to that, there are a huge amount of events that can take place in Dota, with many of them unique to the 10 individual characters on the game map.”There is also an issue with data and analytics. As far as Dota2 is concerned, is difficult to find a reliable provider of data and reliable data is precisely what any bot needs to function correctly. Alexey firmly believes that these problems will be solved as esports continues to develop. Once this is done, he will be able to write his program for Dota2 and other esports. There is no way that AI can completely replace people in the betting industry. At least not any time soon.Machines will not completely replace peopleHowever things turn out, it’s unlikely that we shall see a person completely replaced by AI in the near future. Bookmaking concerns bets between players and traders. There is often a large amount of data that computers still struggle to analyse and digitise, especially with the biggest events. This could include rumours surrounding the fitness of players, or an athlete’s mindset coming into the event.This is precisely the sort of data which AI is incapable of processing on its own.last_img read more

NBA Draft 2019: Pelicans unsurprisingly select Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick

first_img NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Knicks hoping to buy another second-round pick The 6-7 forward averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while shooting an impressive 68% from the field in his lone season with the Blue Devils.He collected some notable accolades along the way, as well. Williamson was a first-team All-American, Naismith National College Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and won the Karl Malone Award. He is just the third freshmen in history to take home the Naismith Award. Zion Williamson is headed to New Orleans.The Pelicans selected the former Duke star with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday and nobody was surprised. After all, Williamson put together one of the most captivating freshman seasons ever in 2018-19. NBA Draft 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of trades, news, notes and more NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Warriors actively looking to acquire more picks Related News Williamson, 18, will step into an interesting situation in New Orleans. The Pelicans have agreed to send star Anthony Davis to the Lakers in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 selection in 2019.New Orleans suddenly has an influx of young talent, and Williamson will likely be the face of the franchise from day one.Williamson is expected to play a pivotal role in transforming last year’s 33-49 Pelicans into a title contender in the coming years.last_img read more

“The Nut Job” to be played this week at Wellington Regent Theatre

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “Nut Job” (Movie trailer is below).When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG Time: 85 minutes.Movie Synopsis: In animated 3D, THE NUT JOB is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure. (c) Open RoadRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 12%. Audience review: 52% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater: Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Feb. 14 – Ride Along.Coming soon:Lego MovieThe Monuments Men.last_img read more

Browns’ Baker Mayfield leaves no room for doubt when it comes to NFL kneeling protests

first_imgHis response left no room for doubt: Baker Mayfield has chosen a side.Responding to an Instagram user who questioned whether or not he would kneel in protest alongside Cleveland teammates this upcoming NFL season, Mayfield made it known he would join them in protest against racial inequality and police violence in the U.S. Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield responding to a fan on IG:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2020Mayfield further expanded his thoughts in an Instagram story post soon after the retort:Everybody so upset about my comment doesn’t understand the reasoning behind kneeling in the first place… Nate and Kap came to an agreement that kneeling was the most respectful way to support our military while also standing up for equality.I have the utmost respoect for our military, cops, and people that serve OUR country. It’s about equality and everybody being treated the same because we are all human. It’s been ignored for too long and that is my fault as well for not becoming more educated and staying silent.If I lose fans, that’s okay. I’ve always spoken my mind. And that’s from the heart.With civil unrest raging across the country and protests, riots and more stretching from coast to coast following the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, protests of police brutality should only grow stronger should the NFL season get underway in 2020.Browns coach Kevin Stefanski is supportive of his players wanting to protest, but also said that it’s something that will be decided upon as a team.last_img read more