Houses and apartment buildings are seen in the blue chip Brisbane suburb of Hamilton. Image: Darren England/AAP.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoOver the final quarter of 2018, Brisbane home values fell 0.1 per cent, while across regional Queensland, they declined 0.2 per cent.But in the 12 months to December last year, home values in the Queensland capital rose by 0.2 per cent.CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said weaker housing market conditions nationally were being influenced by a downturn across the capital cities, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. A new home is seen under construction. Image: AAP/Brendan Esposito.“Despite a strong start to last year, approvals for detached houses have taken a turn for the worse, declining in the second half of 2018 and ending six per cent down on the previous 12 months,” Mr Bidwell said. “The figures also reveal that the slide in unit approvals has slowed, and are down four per cent when compared to the previous 12 months.” The luxury homes of Sovereign Islands on the Gold Coast. Photo: Glenn Hampson.Capital city home values are 6.7 per cent lower than their peak.Mr Kusher said regional housing markets were holding up better than the capital cities.It comes as the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal building approvals in Queensland have dropped to their lowest level since mid-2014.Master Builders Queensland deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell said the 39,995 approvals recorded at the end of 2018 was in stark contrast to the peak of 52,000 approvals in August 2016. Expensive homes in Queensland are gaining in value and more affordable ones are falling, research shows. Image: Darren England/AAP.THE divide between rich and poor is getting bigger in Queensland’s housing market.Research reveals the most expensive homes in the state have risen in value over the past year, while properties at the lower end of the market have fallen.Analysis from property researcher CoreLogic shows home values across the most affordable sector of the state’s market dropped 0.8 per cent in 2018, while values in the top quarter of the market increased 0.1 per cent.In Brisbane the gap is even wider, with values falling half a per cent across the most affordable properties and rising a third of a per cent among the most expensive.It supports anecdotal evidence from real estate agents on the ground who are reporting higher sale prices for prestige properties.
Batesville High School hosts the Volleyball Sectional #29Thursday, 10/24/13 6:00 PM Game 1 Greensburg vs Franklin CountyGame 2 Batesville vs LawrenceburgSaturday, 10/26/13 11:00 A.M. Game 3 Winner G#1 vs Winner G#2Game 4 Rushville vs South Dearborn7:00 PM Championship Game – Winner G#3 vs Winner G#4Admission: $6.00 per session or $9.00 for a tournament pass. Pre-school only free.(Note – All-Sport Passes, Senior Citizen Passes and Conference passes are NOT accepted for IHSAA Tournament play)IHSAA Rules & Regulations:1 Rules & Regulations – Principals and /or Athletic Directors are directly responsible for the behavior of their team, coaches, and fans.Balloons, banners, and/or posters, shakers on sticks, etc. are not permitted.Cowbells, air horns and other such noise devices are not permitted.No solicitations shall be permitted, including donations, contributions, and aggressive vending of school spirit items.NO live animal mascots.“Line-up” lanes of fans shall not be permitted on the playing floor at any time.Carry-in radios, cassettes and tape decks, etc. are not permitted.Everyone must wear a shirt at all times.BCSC is a Smoke / Tobacco Free Campus.Football Sectional #30Friday, October 25th Indian Creek at Batesville 7:00 PM startAdmission: $6.00 per session (Pre-school only free.)(Note – All-Sport Passes, Senior Citizen Passes and Conference passes are NOT accepted for IHSAA Tournament play)IHSAA Rules & Regulations:Rules & Regulations – Principals and /or Athletic Directors are directly responsible for the behavior of their team, coaches, and fans.Balloons, banners, and/or posters, shakers on sticks, etc. are not permitted.No battery or electronic noise makers, sirens or whistles are allowed.No solicitations shall be permitted, including donations, contributions, and aggressive vending of school spirit items.NO live animal mascots.D E. Throwing of articles, including toilet tissure, is not allowed.F. Everyone must wear a shirt at all times.G. BCSC is a Smoke / Tobacco Free Campus.* I have no idea why the automatic letters were entered like that on the rules and regulations.Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.
NEW JERSEY, USA (CMC) – Haiti won their third straight match to top Group B but Bermuda made the headlines as they won their first-ever match at the CONCACAF Gold Cup when they blanked hapless Nicaragua 2-0 here Monday.Playing at Red Bull Arena, the Bermudans got second half goals from Lejaun Simmons and Nahki Wells to cap off a dominant display in their final match of the campaign.Following defeats to Haiti and Costa Rica, Bermuda were desperate to take something from their historic outing in the continental competition, but again spurned several chances to take the lead in a goalless first-half.However, their fortune changed in the second half when Simmons gave them the lead in the 60th minute, latching on to a brilliant through ball out of the back, beating defender Josue Quijano with blistering pace before producing a superb low finish past goalkeeper Henry Maradiaga.Bermuda continued to press and were rewarded in the 71st minute through the persistent England-based Nahki Wells who nodded in from close range following Simmons’ cross from the left flank.In the headline game, Duckens Nazon and Djimy-Ben Alexis both netted in the second half as Haiti rebounded from a 0-1 deficit at half-time to beat Costa Rica 2-1.Alvario Saborio had put Costa Rica in front in the 14th minute from close range after the Haitian defence failed to clear a loose ball.However, Nazon led the revival when he equalised from the spot in the 57th minute and Alexis completed the turnaround for the French Caribbean side nine minutes from the end, blasting home a ferocious right-footed volley from a tight angle.Haiti finished on nine points with Costa Rica on six, while Bermuda ended third with three points and Nicaragua last without a point or goal.
Lausanne , Switzerland (AFP) — FIFA’s ethics committee yesterday decided to close its case against President Gianni Infantino who is facing a criminal probe in Switzerland over suspected collusion with the country’s top prosecutor.“After examining the relevant documentation and evidence, the chairperson of the investigatory chamber has decided to file the complaint and close the case due to the evident lack of a prima facie case regarding any alleged breach of the Fifa Code of Ethics,” Fifa said in a statement.Infantino, in charge of world football’s governing body since 2016, is the subject of an investigation by the Swiss prosecutor over suspected collusion between him and Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber, who resigned last month over his handling of a corruption investigation targeting Fifa.FIFA’s investigatory chamber had opened a preliminary investigation into Infantino, following reports of alleged ethics breaches, “including the booking by Fifa of a private flight from Suriname to Geneva and meetings between the Fifa President with Michael Lauber”.But the independent judicial body determined there was insufficient evidence to warrant further pursuing the case.“Based on the information available to date, no aspect of the conduct analysed constitutes a violation of the FIFA regulations – some aspects do not even fall within the provisions of the Fifa Code of Ethics, or justify the adoption of any kind of measure, including that of a provisional suspension,” the statement added.Infantino had already insisted he had “nothing to hide” despite Swiss prosecutors launching a criminal probe against him.In a letter sent to FIFA’s 211 members, Infantino said there were no “factual grounds for the opening of a criminal investigation”.Infantino and Lauber are said to have held a series of secret meetings in 2016 and 2017, but the Fifa head said the meetings were about restoring “public trust in our institution” after a series of scandals.Infantino claims that those meetings “were in no way secret and most certainly not illegal”.An anti-corruption lawyer representing Infantino said earlier yesterday he believed the case would be dismissed.Jean-Pierre Mean, an anti-corruption specialist hired by Fifa on behalf of Infantino in May, told AFP: “There is nothing wrong with meeting with a lawyer, even informally. It is quite usual and absolutely not criminal.”The procedure against Infantino, Mean continued, “only mentions an anonymous complaint”.“We still haven’t seen it. We will have access to the file when Mr Infantino is heard.”FIFA also revealed yesterday that the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on its revenue was expected to remain “comparatively low”, with much of the organisation’s commercial rights having already been sold.It predicted a positive result of US$100 million (83 million euros) in its revised 2019-22 budget, with the cancellation of next year’s Confederations Cup and postponement of the revamped Club World Cup partially offset by other revenue streams.