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.
Honorable Mention: Eric Orze, New Orleans; Hayden Thomas, A&M-Corpus Christi; Will Warren, Southeastern Louisiana. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Davis hit safely in all four of the Demons’ contests last week, including three multi-hit games in a series win over Abilene Christian. He finished 8-for-16 (.500) with five RBI at the plate as NSU dropped an extra-inning tilt against Southern and took two out of three from the Wildcats. The Demons (11-4, 2-1 SLC) play all four games this week on the road with a Tuesday night matchup with Grambling at 6 p.m. followed by a three-game weekend slate against New Orleans. Stone (3-1) tossed the program’s third no-hitter to open the weekend series with Southeastern Louisiana with a 2-0 win. The junior struck out a career-high 13 batters, opposite just one walk. The Bears sealed the series victory with a 2-1 triumph on Saturday but missed out on sweeping the Lions on Sunday. UCA (7-8, 2-1 SLC) travels to Thibodaux, La., for a three-game series with Nicholls, beginning with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday evening. Honorable Mention: Brandon Bena, Houston Baptist; Itchy Burts, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jake Dickerson, McNeese; Salo Iza, New Orleans. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State first baseman Peyton Davis is the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week and Central Arkansas ace Gavin Stone earns Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Pitcher of the Week – Gavin Stone, Central Arkansas – Junior – Starting Pitcher – Lake City, Ark.Stone went the distance on just 112 pitches, including 85 strikes, and recorded just the third no-hitter in program history in a series-opening win over SLU. He retired the side in order through each of the first five innings and struck out the side in the third inning. After surrendering a leadoff walk in the fifth, Stone retired the final 14 batters of the game, fanning eight Lions’ batters down the stretch. He struck out eight of SLU’s nine starters at least once. Hitter of the Week – Peyton Davis, Northwestern State – Junior – First Baseman – Bossier City, La.After tallying an RBI in the loss to Southern, Davis hit 7-for-12 (.583) across three games against ACU, including a pair of multi-RBI games. He homered Friday night to help NSU build an early three-run lead and sparked a pair of three-run innings Sunday with RBI hits. Davis finished with an OPS of 1.289 on the week.
She was responding to a question about the “kids of the Olympics” – referencing the claim that there was a spike in births of mixed-race children in Russia after the 1980 Summer Olympics.Ms Pletnyova said that these children were “abandoned” by their foreign fathers.“It’s not so bad if the fathers are of the same race,” she said. “But if they are of a different race, then that’s it.“[The children] are abandoned, and they stay here with their mother. We should be giving birth to our children.”Pletnyova has been widely condemned online, with some people drawing parallels between her comments and Fifa’s Say No to Racism campaign.Recalling how a former ice skater defended a racist tweet by claiming her Twitter account had been hacked, radio presenter Tayana Felgengauer wondered if Ms Pletnyova might claim something similar had happened to her.“I wonder what Pletnyova will say when they remind her of Say No to Racism,” she tweeted.Further critics of Ms Pletnyova have included one who called for her to be “thrown out of the Duma” (Russian parliament).One Twitter user wondered if the Russian MP intended to “monitor the behaviour of female Russians of reproductive age”, while another pointed out the irony in the fact Ms Pletnyova had previously been “the head of the Committee for Nationalities”.But not all the comments have been negative.Some people have agreed with Ms Pletnyova that “we should bear our own Russian children”. And one asked: “What is wrong with what she said?”While others have come forward to defend her right to free speech, with one person saying: “I believe that everyone can freely express their views, including MP Pletnyova.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Female volunteers, seen here at Mordovia Arena in Saransk which will host four World Cup matches, are among those to have been warned about having flings with fansLONDON, United Kingdom, June 14 – A prominent Russian MP has been heavily criticised after urging women not to have sex with foreign men during the World Cup.Communist Party MP Tamara Pletnyova told a Moscow Radio station that she was “not a nationalist” but believed Russian women should avoid sex with people “of a different race” because “their children suffer”.