Houses and apartment buildings are seen against the Brisbane CBD skyline. Image: AAP/Darren England.BRISBANE home values are on track to record their strongest monthly rise in five years, as the housing market recovery gathers steam, new figures reveal.Preliminary data released exclusively to The Courier-Mail by property analyst CoreLogic for the first 28 days of October reveal dwelling values in the Queensland capital have increased 0.8 per cent.That would be the best monthly result since 2014 and the fourth straight month of gains. RELATED: Worst over for Brisbane housing A subtle rise in home values is expected in Adelaide, while Perth values have continued to trend lower over the month to date.AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said the boost from the federal election result, RBA rate cuts and the relaxation of the seven per cent mortgage rate serviceability test were driving a bounce in home buyer demand. The Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to cut interest rates again before the end of the year. Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts.Mr Oliver said that was evident in the continuing rebound in auction clearance rates.Economists are still pencilling in another interest rate cut for November or December.The final home value index results for October will be released on Friday, November 1. Preliminary CoreLogic data reveals Brisbane home values are on track for a fourth straight month of gains. Photographer: Liam Kidston.It follows a 0.1 per cent increase in values in September, a 0.2 per cent rise in August and a 0.2 per cent in July.CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said the recovery in Brisbane home values was being driven by strong population growth, housing affordability and a substantial slowdown in construction activity.“We can confidently say the (Brisbane) market is in a phase where values are rising,” Mr Lawless said.But Mr Lawless said he would like to see “a few months of consistently strong performance”.“Let’s keep in mind it’s only one month (of strong gains),” he said.“But it’s a hint the market’s starting to respond to all this stimulus.” CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless.Across the five major capital cities, the index is up 1.2 per cent over the first 28 days of this month — the fourth consecutive month of rises since house prices bottomed in June.Mr Lawless said the improved housing market conditions were becoming more geographically diverse, although Sydney and Melbourne continued to lead the growth trend.Sydney home values are on track to post 1.5 per cent growth for October, while Melbourne is shaping up to record a rise in values of 2.1 per cent.“Low interest rates and better access to credit are having a positive effect on growth conditions,” Mr Lawless said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe housing market recovery continues to gather steam across Australia. Photographer: Liam Kidston. MORE: Rental vacancies tighten across Qld
Source: BBC Manchester United’s Champions League run ended in the quarter-finals as Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a crushing victory in the second leg at the Nou Camp.United, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, started brightly but were then undone by brilliance from Messi and a glaring mistake from goalkeeper David de Gea.Messi put the hosts ahead with a fine curling effort from 20 yards in the 16th minute and four minutes later De Gea let a weaker shot from the edge of the area squirm under his body for the Argentine’s second.Philippe Coutinho added a third for Barca in the 61st minute, curling a stunning effort into the top corner from distance.United hit the bar inside the first 40 seconds through Marcus Rashford but were dominated after going behind.Alexis Sanchez’s diving header, which was spectacularly saved by Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen in the 90th minute, was as close as the visitors came in the second half.It was a sobering night for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the ground where he scored his most famous goal, the stoppage-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final.Barca now meet either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-final, with the Reds taking a 2-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg.Mistakes costly but United outclassedUnited were always facing a difficult task as they attempted to overturn a first-leg deficit for the second round in a row.Just like in the last 16, when they stunned Paris St-Germain at the Parc de Princes, United started the game fast, looked dangerous on the counter-attack and had opportunities – a poor touch from Scott McTominay in the area saw a chance wasted shortly after Rashford’s first-minute effort.That start raised hope of an improbable comeback but Barcelona soon took charge and were awarded a penalty in the 11th minute for Fred’s clumsy challenge on Ivan Rakitic in the area only for the decision to overturned after the referee consulted VAR.United survived that scare but their hopes were effectively ended when they allowed Messi to score twice in four first-half minutes.The Argentine dazzled for his first goal with a nutmeg of United midfielder Fred and a perfect finish into the bottom corner, but Ashley Young gave the ball away in the left-back position and the visitors’ defence backed off rather than attempt to stop the shot.Then De Gea, so often United’s star player, made a huge mistake by allowing Messi’s tame shot from 20 yards to slip under his body and in.Unlike in the first leg, Barcelona looked as though they could could cut their opponents open at will.Messi was at the centre of that attacking threat with Jordi Alba also marauding forward from left-back and the Barcelona midfield outplaying their United counterparts, both in terms of their control of the ball and pressing to win it back.No United player made any real impact on a match that proved how great a rebuild is required under Solskjaer if they are to compete with the European elite.
WrestleMania 35 will again be the biggest event in sports entertainment and WWE always goes above and beyond to make it an incredible experience. That includes building an elaborate stage to fit the scene. This year’s event is no different and fans are very curious as always as to learn and see what the actual stage will look like at the “Showcase of the Immortals.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWith WrestleMania 35 almost here, we’re starting to get our first glimpse of how the scene looks at MetLife Stadium for Sunday’s big event. Take a look:Crews continue to build the Wrestlemania 35 stage. Official reveal is scheduled tomorrow. Thanks to Crest212 for passing these along. pic.twitter.com/sAqZRD0wuH— HeelByNature.com (@HeelByNatureYT) April 5, 2019Some new photos of the #WrestleMania 35 Set & Stage. They’ll obviously add more to it instead of just a giant screen. pic.twitter.com/890pFRNPUd— Angel Lopez (@xKillSwitch130x) April 5, 2019A little more of a high res photo of yesterday’s leak of the #WrestleMania stage pic.twitter.com/mZPuioPYFA— Flash Gordon (@TheArcherMW) April 4, 2019They go from WrestleMania 29 bridge stage to RAW 2.0 stage. #WresteMania pic.twitter.com/N0DiHkvNGa— Aaron🏴 (@DareToAaron) April 5, 2019
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TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer describes her golfing adventure and urges more women and girls to follow her and Get into GolfWhy did you want get into golf?It baffles me as to why women in general aren’t playing as much golf – they’ll go and join a gym, they’ll go to a spin class but they wouldn’t think ‘I want to go and play golf in my free time’.So my aim is to show that we should be going to play golf, it is possible and it is something that is just as enjoyable as all the other activities women do in their spare time. Golf can appear to be one of the least-accessible activities at the moment and it does seem to be such a male-dominated sport so let’s change that!I’ve always wanted to play golf, and I decided that 2018 was the year I was going to learn. I’ve never played before so I wanted to know if it’s possible and if I can do it. Luckily I’ve recruited some friends to help me try and achieve it, and the PGAs of Europe added the extra challenge of giving me just a few months to go from a complete novice to competitor in front of spectators at the European Tour’s GolfSixes!In at the deep end then! How did you prepare?The PGAs of Europe and love.golf got me started. love.golf is a programme designed specifically to focus on coaching women. I am also a regular at a driving range near to where I live and did a lot of extra practice there particularly as I was learning over the months when we had snow, rain, hail and general freezing weather conditions….sometimes I just needed to be under cover!How had you progressed by GolfSixes?By the time of the Golf Sixes, I had definitely improved – getting more confident with my driver and a lot more consistent with my irons. My putting was also much better….it was nerve-racking to play with so many pros on the day but I loved every minute and despite first tee nerves under the eye of a fairly large crowd, I soon relaxed. There was a great mix of people playing in the pro-am alongside me – admittedly they were much better and far more experienced than I was – and they were really encouraging and supportive of the fact that I was new to the game. I would love to play in the tournament again next year – this time just be a lot better! Haha!How were your first tee nerves?The first tee nerves really do get to you…at that stage I was nervous teeing off in front of anyone let alone a large crowd cheering you on whilst you did it. Not surprisingly I messed it up and it rolled off the tee….oh dear!What’s happened since then with your golf?Since then, I have played more, practiced more and worked on various disciplines from my swing, grip and stance to really learning how to relax whilst hitting the ball. I have played a lot on golf courses with a few friends too and that has been a huge contributing factor to my improvement. Watching and learning from others – making mistakes with others and laughing about them so as not to take it too seriously and also witnessing friends also make errors only boosts your confidence that it happens at times to everyone.I have also played in a couple more tournaments – the big one was the Celebrity Cup weekend at Celtic Manor. That was without doubt the best golfing experience I have had so far in terms of the incredible course on which we were playing, dealing with the pressure of the competition, huge crowds on every hole, great camaraderie between players and for me playing so intensively helped me improve even more.What do you enjoy about golf?I love the time out, away from emails, phones, general stresses – this is like a period of calm where your focus is entirely on the game. I guess for that reason it’s a form of meditation, where you can switch off and train your mind to think only about your swing, and then once that’s out the way – you start thinking about your next shot. It’s also a lot of fun, whilst challenging, the latter being an element I really embrace as I am constantly striving to improve.What are your golfing goals?I suppose one of my golfing goals is to encourage more girls to take up the sport – it is such a shame that it is seen as a game played predominantly by middle aged men, but things are moving forward – there is much being done to try and change the perception and find ways to make it more accessible to women, in particular those who haven’t played before. If you are keen to learn, there should be an easy route to go down into order to give it a go.On a personal level, my main goal is to improve – I have been working hard and playing as often as I can. I am now a member of a couple of clubs and so want to build up the confidence to play with other members and by doing so hopefully I can work on bringing down my 36 handicap. I truly love this sport and can’t believe it has taken me so long to give it a shot. 2019 is going to be a rather big year with the Solheim Cup being at Gleneagles and as a Scottish girl who now truly loves golf, I am hugely excited about what might be ahead.How are you sharing your golfing adventure?Throughout my initial learning period, I was sharing my golf experiences on social media and the PGAs of Europe were also documenting it as we went on using #FalconerForeGolf. You can follow on my instagram account @jennifalconer.What would you say to any woman or girl considering playing golf?You need to just give it a go – see what you’re missing out on, I am certain that you will love it! It’s an amazing opportunity to have ‘me time’ whilst learning a new skill, you really have to focus and in doing so you push all stresses about life to the side for that time you are on a golf course. What’s more, you have a great laugh with friends, you meet new people, you are outside in the fresh air and it’s a great way to keep fit….make sure you wear a fitness tracker – you’ll be in awe at yoursteps!!• Inspired by Jenni to Get into Golf? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find free and low cost beginner activities across the country.Caption: Tips from the top: Jenni Falconer (centre) with Georgia Hall and Charley Hull (image courtesy PGAs of Europe). 1 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer on her golfing adventure Tags: Get into golf, Jenni Falconer
Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Johnston, left, and assistant Rick Tocchet, right rear, stand behind their bench as Beau Bennett (19) celebrates with teammates after scoring a first period goal during a NHL pre-season hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The Red Wings won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The puck is the same size. So is the rink. The goal too.So forgive Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby if he’s not getting too caught up in the idea new coach Mike Johnston and general manager Jim Rutherford are creating some kind of brave new world for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders to navigate after they were brought in to replace Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero.“There’s only so many ways to play,” Crosby said. “It’s not like we’re reinventing anything. It’s little details, little cues. Guys at every position have to be aware of little details.”And one big one: thrive in May and – hopefully – June.Five straight seasons without a Cup victory parade cost Bylsma and Shero their jobs, leading to the kind of turnover the Penguins have largely avoided during Crosby’s eight-year career.While the league’s reigning MVP allows there will be an adjustment period as Pittsburgh gets acclimated to Johnston’s up-tempo but decidedly more responsible approach, Crosby believes the Penguins are ready for the challenge.“I think in different situations change can be a pretty good thing,” he said. “But it’s all about your attitude and your mentality toward it too. For new guys and guys that have been here, you have to focus that much more and pay attention to everything. In a way I think it gets the best of everyone and forces everyone to be more focused right away.”Even if that’s not the ultimate goal. Rolling through the regular season has never been an issue for the Penguins, who romped to the Metropolitan Division title last spring only to fall to the New York Rangers in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals, a series they led 3-1 before collapsing. It was the fifth straight postseason Pittsburgh fell to a lower-seeded team.Bylsma and Shero weren’t the only ones out the door. Forward James Neal took his 27 goals and his sometimes surly attitude to Nashville in a draft day trade. Defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen bolted for the riches offered by Washington in free agency.Their replacements aren’t bold-faced names, but that’s fine. In Crosby, forward Evgeni Malkin, defenseman Kris Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the Penguins have plenty of recognizable faces. What they need is the cohesion it takes to play deep into spring. After a bumpy summer, Pittsburgh is ready to move on.“When you get a new house, you’re excited with your new house,” Letang said. “It’s not that the old one was bad, it’s just that it didn’t work for you anymore, stuff like that. It’s exciting to be in something new.”Some things to look for as the Penguins try to get back to where they once belonged:SLOW START: Johnston’s first training camp hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Crosby has missed time with a wrist injury and the loss of his grandmother, while Malkin hasn’t been anywhere near a practice while recovering from an undisclosed injury. Johnston stressed early on the issues with the former MVP were minor, but his absence stretched into the final days of camp. Whenever the 28-year-old Russian returns, it will take him a bit to get up to speed, leading to the potential for a sluggish start.CROSBY’S OK: Crosby insists the bum wrist that slowed him at the end of the 2013-14 season and limited his effectiveness in the playoffs – where he scored just once in 13 games – is responding well to treatment. He opted to skip surgery only to have another minor issue pop up just before camp. He’s optimistic it won’t take long to find a rhythm in Johnston’s system, which focuses more on puck possession, meaning he may have the puck on his stick more than ever as he searches for a third MVP award.FLOWER POWER: Fleury was one of the few bright spots during the playoffs. After a handful of tough springs, he posted the second-highest postseason save percentage (.915) and second-lowest goals against (2.40) of his career. Still, it wasn’t enough for the Penguins to offer him a new contract. So he enters the final season of the seven-year deal he signed in 2008 with a bit of uncertainty. If he’s worried, he’s not showing it.“I just want to go play, go win,” Fleury said. “What’s going to happen is what’s going to happen. I’m not worried too much about it.”SUPER DUPER: The Penguins played the second half of last season without forward Pascal Dupuis, who tore the ACL in his right knee and watched Pittsburgh’s meltdown against the Rangers from afar. He’s back playing alongside Crosby, and the Penguins will rely on the 35-year-old’s steadying presence in the dressing room now more than ever.GO, GO, GO: Johnston is at his first NHL head coaching stop but he’s not new to coaching some of the game’s best. He served as general manager for the Canadian hockey program and spent time in Los Angeles and Vancouver as an assistant. Given a roster filled with offensive-minded players, his goal is to get them moving together.