Gold Coast records huge profit on property sales

first_imgGold CoastMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoGOLD Coast homeowners are making more than $480 million in profits with new figures confirming a booming property market.The latest CoreLogic Pain and Gain report reveals nine out of 10 property owners made a profit in the December quarter.More than 90 per cent of sales recorded a total profit of $482,076,853 while 8.2 per cent of sales recorded a $15,613,522 loss.The quarterly report tracks home sales across Australia and reveals the proportion of sales being sold at a profit versus those being sold at a loss.“With property values continuing to increase over the final quarter of 2017, albeit at a more moderate pace, the proportion of properties resold at a profit has continued to climb,” Research analyst Cameron Kusher said.last_img read more

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Allardyce set for Hammers stay

first_img “I always said if I don’t keep them up, I won’t stay. We’re very close to being mathematically okay. I think it’s highly unlikely with four home games in the last six that we’re not going to pick more points up. “We are going to be safe and playing in the Barclays Premier League next season so my planning will be done as quickly as possible and we’ll get on to the contract, which I’m sure I’m going to sign.” While Allardyce expects to stay, the future of his players is not so certain. High-profile Liverpool loanee Carroll has admitted he is unsure as to where he will be next season, while a number of other West Ham players’ deals soon come to an end. “We have Andy and the other loan players – Marouane Chamakh, Emmanuel Pogatetz,” Allardyce said. “We have all the out-of-contract players like Gary O’Neil and Carlton Cole so we’ll sit down as quickly as we can at the end of the season and make decisions like that.” Jussi Jaaskelainen is another whose deal runs out this summer, although an option of a further year with the Hammers is set to be activated. “When I first came here I signed a contract that if we stay up I would stay on so there’s nothing to sign,” the former Bolton goalkeeper said. “I’m happy but we’re obviously not over there yet – staying up. So I don’t really have to do anything about it apart form make sure we stay up. “It was always going to be difficult when you’ve had 14-and-a-half years at one football club and you’re wondering what’s going to happen but I’ve really enjoyed it. Big Sam was the reason why I wanted to come here. When he gave me the phone call straight away I thought it would be fantastic to play with him again because I know what kind of stuff he does with his players.” Press Association Sam Allardyce is sure he will stay on as West Ham manager and is already thinking about the future of players like Andy Carroll.center_img The 58-year-old replaced Avram Grant at the Upton Park helm following the club’s relegation from the top flight in the summer of 2011. Allardyce confounded the critics to take West Ham up at the first attempt via the play-offs and the club now look all but certain to remain in the top flight. The next campaign is already coming into focus and Allardyce expects to extend his contract past the summer to remain at the Upton Park helm. “I wouldn’t be here if we weren’t playing in the Premier League next season,” the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn boss said. last_img read more

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Pitt’s Johnson ready to return from knee injury

first_imgPittsburgh forward Durand Johnson talks about his recovery from an injury that cut last season short for him during the school’s annual media day for the upcoming NCAA college basketball season on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Durand Johnson was ready to make the leap from erratic role player to budding star last winter when it disappeared with one awkward step.Racing down the floor on the break against Wake Forest on Jan. 11, the livewire Pittsburgh forward thought about pulling up for a wide-open 3-pointer when he decided a layup would be the more responsible thing to do. He slashed into the lane only to have Wake Forest’s Devin Thomas bump him as he neared the basket.It wasn’t until Johnson got to the free throw line that he felt the twinge in his right knee. He stayed on the floor long enough to make both free throws before walking off the court and into the training room. An MRI revealed a torn ACL and a shredded meniscus, putting an abrupt end to his breakout sophomore season.Stunned doesn’t begin to describe it.“I’m thinking I’m fine,’” Johnson said. “I was devastated. I’m thinking, ‘this is my life, what am I going to do? Am I going to play again?’”Less than nine months later, the knee is fine. So is Johnson. He was cleared for contact two weeks ago, though a balky ankle will keep him briefly sidelined when the Panthers open practice this weekend. While the setback is frustrating, Johnson understand it could be worse.Most athletes who rehab their ACLs need anywhere from nine months to a year to recover, if not more. Not Johnson, who is already back dunking and playing with the kind of frenetic energy that made him one of the best sixth-men in the ACC before getting hurt.“God works in mysterious ways,” Johnson said. “I’m blessed to go back and just show out.”It’s what Johnson does best. He arrived at Pittsburgh as an athletic but raw spot up shooter who never met a 3-pointer he didn’t like to take. Tasked by Dixon to become a more well-rounded player, the light started to come on for the 6-foot-6 Johnson last winter. He scored in double figures eight times in 16 games, including a career-high 17 in a rout of Maryland five days before he was injured.Dixon always expected Johnson to score. It’s the way Johnson went about it last year that made the difference. Rather than stand behind the 3-point arc and wait for the ball, he began creating off the dribble and using screens to get open. And when he wasn’t open, instead of shooting anyway – a habit that dogged him as a freshman – he would look for someone else.The player who had 16 assists in 369 minutes during the 2012-13 season had 23 against only 14 turnovers in 317 minutes at the time he was hurt, a development that wasn’t lost on his coach.“His assist-to-turnover numbers were good,” Dixon said. “He didn’t know what that phrase meant when he got here.”Johnson does now. Call it a part of the maturation process that every Pitt player needs to go through if they want to see the floor regularly. In a way, watching helped his evolution continue. He studied teammate Lamar Patterson while the versatile forward became one of the best players in the ACC.Already one of the team’s emotional leaders, Johnson spent part of his rehab giving pep talks during halftime, a way for Dixon to make sure Johnson stayed involved as the Panthers went 26-10 while falling to Florida in the third round of the NCAA tournament.Johnson doesn’t plan to be a bystander this March. If the Panthers want to reach the second weekend of the tournament for the first time since 2009, they can’t afford to have him in street clothes. His reach and boundless energy makes him one of Pitt’s better perimeter defenders, and his fearlessness gives the Panthers a dynamic option to take some of the pressure off senior guard Cam Wright – who is out 10 weeks with a foot injury – and sophomore forward Michael Young.Dixon cautioned Johnson isn’t quite where he left off in January. It’s likely he will work Johnson in slowly to make sure the knee is stable. Johnson figures he’s at “86 percent.” He’s so confident in his knee’s health he doesn’t even wear a brace, just a compression sleeve that is as much a fashion statement as a protective device.Pressed on when he’ll find the other 14 percent, Johnson just laughs. He’s been chasing that 14 percent for years. It’s part of his drive.“I can play now but you can always be better,” he said. “I’m playing. I’m not thinking about the knee. It’s a great feeling.”last_img read more

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Report: Las Vegas casino sues Sharks’ Evander Kane for unpaid gambling debts

first_imgSAN JOSE — Evander Kane is reportedly being sued by a Las Vegas hotel for unpaid gambling markers he took out in April when the Sharks were in the city playing the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round of the NHL playoffs.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday that The Cosmopolitan Hotel filed a lawsuit in Clark County District Court on Monday, alleging that Kane has not paid back $500,000 in markers the casino extended to him this spring.According to the Review-Journal,  the court …last_img

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Increase Your After Effects Work Speed by 30% With Macro Keys

first_imgGive your hands a break and speed up your After Effects workflow! Let your hardware do the work for you with programmable keys!Top image via SteelSeriesAs my knowledge of After Effects grew, I found myself looking more into the program’s hotkeys for more repetitive tasks, in hopes of spending less time navigating menus. This certainly sped up my workflow to an extent, but with some hotkeys being combinations of three and even four characters, I still had to take the time to pause, recall, and set up my hands in awkward position to press said combination.I found that using hardware with programmable keys created a big jump in my productivity. Programmable keys allowed me to, say, scale a layer to match the composition width without having to think about it. Once I memorized that key location, what was previously a conscious, distracting action, became second nature.It may sound trivial, but when applied to everything from layer transform actions to typing expressions, it can speed things up to a surprising degree. If this guaranteed boost in After Effects efficiency appeals to you, there are several affordable options you can choose from.1. Macro KeypadsPrice: $100 – $500The XK-24 USB Keypad via X-keysFor most digital artists, dedicated macro keypads are the ideal device. While they aren’t necessarily the cheapest, they specifically cater towards video editors and the likes. These are especially great if you simply want more buttons in addition to your current peripherals. With many button counts to choose from, and various layout options, you can most likely find something that will fit perfectly in your current work station. They even feature different backlighting color options!The XK-4 Stick via X-keysMoreover, pads such as X-Keys include customizable key labels, so that you can simply identify your keys by their individual icons. While you can technically do this with a DIY setup or a keyboard with built-in macro keys, these labels are designed to allow you to re-use them easily in the future, rather than having to peel a sticker each time.2. Keyboards with Macro KeysPrice: $30 – $200 The Apex 300 Keyboard via SteelSeriesIf you would rather your programmable keys be integrated into your keyboard to prevent some clutter, or also simply happen to be in the market for a new keyboard, you may want to look into purchasing one that has programmable keys built in. Unlike dedicated macro keypads, most keyboards of this design are geared more towards PC gamers, so they’ll force you to memorize the position or number dedication of your individual keys. However, if you have decent muscle memory, you may find that it’s worth the slight inconvenience.The G710 Plus Mechanical Gaming Keyboard via LogitechGaming keyboards are usually fairly flashy, but there are a few conservative, professional-looking options available as well. There are even a few options with mechanical keys, if you prefer them to the more common membrane keys. One of the cooler aspects of gaming keyboards is their ability to program macros on the fly without opening their software. For instance, if you find that a certain project will repeatedly use a specific expression, you can press a “macro record” button and it will automatically assign your following keystrokes to the chosen key.3. MMO MousesPrice: $30 – $100The G600 MMO Gaming Mouse via LogitechIn a similar vein to the keyboards we just discussed, gaming has provided some great mouses that are surprisingly handy for programs like After Effects. MMO gamers typically require many easily accessible macro buttons for split-second actions. While the After Effects workflow isn’t this intense, one can certainly benefit from being able to access so many functions without having to relocate your hands. This is my personal favorite of these options, and it has eliminated most lag I deal with from minor tasks.The Razer Naga MMO Gaming Mouse via RazerI find this to be by far the most efficient way to deal with complex keystrokes and recurring expressions, simply based on the physical convenience of the buttons. Additionally, gaming mouses generally feature more precise movement, with the ability to toggle sensitivity levels on the fly. If you don’t necessarily need upwards of twenty programmable buttons, there are many more streamlined options with just a few additional buttons for you to map.4. DIY Macro KeypadPrice: $10 – $30USB Numeric Keypad via AmazonIf you’re interested in any of these options, but lack the budget to invest in one, worry not! With simple open-source program called HIDMacros, you can transform an every day number keypad into your own dedicated programmable macro keypad!You may already have one laying around, but if not, you usually can find them for around $10 new. If you have an extra full-sized keyboard laying around, you can use it with HIDMacros as well. Add some home made sticker labels if you’d like, and you’re good to go!While there are a number of ways to improve the speed of your work flow within After Effects, doing so with the purchase of new hardware is a satisfying shortcut amongst more tedious, knowledge-based progression. Ideally, the use of macros will benefit you as much as it helped me.What unique hardware do you use to enhance your workflow? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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Asian Games: India go down to Kuwait

first_imgIndia put up a brave fight before going down 0-2 against Kuwait to get off their Asian Games football campaign on a disappointing note in Guangzhou, China, on Sunday.Sukhwinder Singh’s boys were on equal terms against their stronger rivals for most part of the match. They paid the price of conceding an early goal and letting in another via a defensive lapse in injury time.Striker Khaled Al Azemi scored both the goals – in the sixth and 91st minute – for Kuwait at the Huadu Stadium.India will now have to beat either defending champions Qatar on Tuesday or Singapore on Thursday to have any chance of remaining in contention for a berth in the knock-out round.The top two teams from each of four groups and the four best third- placed teams will qualify for the Round of 16.India were on the backfoot as early as in the sixth minute with Al Azemi finding the target even as the Indians were trying to settle down. Al Azemi found the target from an opportunistic shot after a Kuwaiti free- kick from outside the box deflected from an Indian defender.India dominated the secondhalf but wasted at least three chances to equalise. They conceded the second goal in the first of the three- minute injury time with the back pass from an Indian defender to goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimany, who started instead of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, landing on Kuwaiti striker Al Azemi.Despite the loss, Sukhwinder was happy with the performance of his boys and said his side still has the chance to make it to the knock- out round.”It was an evenly contested match. Kuwait converted two from the three chances they got. We had at least three chances to equalise in the second half. So overall, I am happy with the performance of the boys,” he said . Except for Kattimani manning the goal, Sukhwinder began with the team that lost 1-3 to Vietnam in Cuttack last month in the only friendly match in the run- up to the Asian Games.The Asian Games will officially open on November 12 but the football competition kicked off on Sunday and will conclude on November 25.ResultsGroup D Kuwait beat India 2-0 Qatar draw Singapore 0- 0 Group E Uzbekistan beat Bangladesh 3-0 UAE draw Hong Kong 1-1 Group F Oman beat Maldives 3-0 Thailand beat Pakistan 6-0advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif patch-up at Kjo bash

first_imgDeepika Padukone and Katrina KaifKatrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone have patched up. At Karan Johar ‘s mega party on January 3, 2011, Deepika took the initiative to sort out matters that had soured their relationship in the past. Onlookers say it was Deepika, sporting and frank as ever, who approached Katrina and expressed her wish to end their cold war.Deepika approached Katrina and said, “It’s time we let bygones be bygones. Personally, I have nothing against you. I don’t blame anybody else for whatever happened between us”.The ‘anybody else’ Deepika was referring to could be ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor. The fact has been widely reported that Ranbir started getting intimate with Katrina on the sets of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Raajneeti, which were being shot around the same time, even though he was dating Deepika.The break-up between Deepika and Ranbir happened soon after, and the actor has been seen cosying with Katrina once too often in the recent past.”Karan’s parties are famous for being grounds of patch-ups. Karan himself never has prejudices for or against anyone in the industry and in his own way tries his best to bring together warring industry colleagues and let them sort out differences. That’s what happened on Tuesday,” says a source at the party.Incidentally, Karan’s best friend, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, was seen striking a patch-up between Bollywood’s other two top divas, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. The incident happened a day before a recent award ceremony where both Kareena and Priyanka were to perform.Owing to technical problems, Priyanka’s rehearsal seemed to take longer than the stipulated time. Kareena, who was to rehearse next, was seen patiently waiting outside.Says an eyewitness: ” SRK got to know about the tension brewing and spoke to both the actresses separately. Kareena shifted her rehearsal schedule to the next morning. Priyanka went up to Kareena and gave her a warm hug.” It seems like the season of patch-ups in Bollywood. But then again, what is showbiz without its share of catfights? We are sure the claws will come out any time soon again.advertisementlast_img read more

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Dennis Smith returns after trade drama as Mavs beat Clippers 106-98

first_imgDallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) drives against LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. The Mavericks won 106-98. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS — Dennis Smith Jr. faked a pass and hit a layup in one sweeping motion a few minutes before Luka Doncic dribbled behind his back at the free-throw line and drove for a left-handed layup.The Dallas Mavericks are back to trying to figure out how to make the two young stars fit in the same backcourt.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Usain Bolt hanging up boots on football dream View comments UP NEXTClippers: At Miami on Wednesday, with LA trying to avoid getting swept in two-game season series for second straight year.Mavericks: Both of this season’s meetings with the Pistons are in the coming week, Friday in Dallas and Jan. 31 in Detroit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Patrick Beverley scored 16 points while Avery Bradley and Lou Williams had 15 apiece for the Clippers, who lost for the sixth time in seven games coming off a win in San Antonio that ended a season-long five-game losing streak.The Clippers missed 16 straight shots in the second half, including their last 15 of the third quarter. But they still led 88-83 in the fourth before going 4 of 16 to finish the game. They shot 36 percent overall.“We had wide-open shots tonight. They just didn’t go in,” coach Doc Rivers said. “So every once in a while you’ll have that game.”Harrison Barnes stopped a recent 3-point shooting slump by making three of five from long range, including one for the biggest Dallas lead at nine points with less than a minute remaining. Barnes scored 20 points in just the third win in 10 games for the Mavericks.Smith and Doncic shared the floor for the final 2:14, with Smith starting that stretch with a long pass to Jordan for the dunk. Soon after, Doncic worked methodically for a jumper for a 101-93 lead with 1:22 to go.TIP-INSClippers: Williams returned after missing two games with a hamstring issue. He was 5 of 16 from the field, including 1 of 6 from 3. … Leading scorer Danilo Gallinari missed his second straight game with back spasms.Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews made one of four from 3-point range and needs two more to become the first undrafted player with 1,500 career 3-pointers. … Doncic had seven rebounds and six assists. … Dirk Nowitzki, in his record 21st season with the same franchise, made two of four from long range and finished with eight points. The 40-year-old played 10 minutes, right on his season average.ROUGH SHOOTING IN WINDoncic and Smith struggled from long range, combining to go 1 of 14 with several shots that missed the rim. Doncic had his third straight rough shooting night, going 5 of 15 to put him at 14 of 46 (30 percent) over the past three games. Smith was 6 of 17. Smith was the unquestioned starting point guard during a solid rookie season, but Doncic brings many of the same qualities, more polished because of the 19-year-old rookie sensation’s experience as a young pro in Europe. The Slovenian is Dallas’ leading scorer.After missing six games under increasingly questionable circumstances with trade talk percolating, Smith returned — and was immediately restored as a starter by Carlisle alongside Doncic, who matched Smith with 17 points.“It shouldn’t happen,” Doncic said of the absence of a teammate he considers a friend. “It’s bad for a team.”Smith stayed away for three games — the previous home game last Wednesday and a two-game road trip. Back stiffness was the official reason for the first three games Smith missed, but that changed to illness while he was absent. Carlisle said on his radio show last week that he believed Smith’s representatives were advising him to stay away.“It was tough,” Smith said, changing the topic to the game for each question about his absence. “But you know things happen. We got a win tonight and that’s the important thing.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Smith had 17 points and eight rebounds in his return after a week away from the team amid trade talk, and the Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-98 on Tuesday night.Smith had two of his four assists on a layup and alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter for DeAndre Jordan, who had 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in his third game against the team with which the 6-foot-11 center from Texas spent his first 10 seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I thought he was great, just really tremendous, and everything we needed: speed, attacking, shot-making, a couple of amazing assists,” coach Rick Carlisle said of Smith. “It has been tough for him, being away from his teammates, and he played one of his best games since he has been here.”A 21-year-old in his second season, Smith’s future and role with the Mavericks is already in doubt because of the sudden emergence of Doncic. 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9 days agoLiverpool to listen to offers for Herbie Kane

first_imgLiverpool to listen to offers for Herbie Kaneby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool will listen to offers for Herbie Kane in January.Although the 20-year-old is highly-rated at Anfield, the club feel as though he won’t be able to crack into Jurgen Klopp’s first team.Football Insider says Rangers, Swansea and Hull City are all interested in the central midfielder.Kane excelled on loan last season at Doncaster Rovers. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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