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First home buyers might disagree, but new report finds housing is getting more affordable

first_imgNew report finds housing affordability is improving. Picture: AAP/Dave HuntMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoData for Queensland showed the proportion of income required to meet home loan payments decreased to 26.7 per cent in the March quarter of this year — a 1.3 per cent drop compared to the previous quarter and one per cent less than a year ago.Nationally, the figure also dropped 1.3 per cent to 30.4 per cent.Adelaide Bank general manager Damian Percy welcomed the improvement, but said the country was still in the midst of a housing affordability crisis.“Recent measures by governments to assist first home buyers are similarly welcomed, but the reality is that it will take years for these policy measures to wash through the system and translate into meaningful price action,” he said.“Anything short of a national objective of halting house price inflation in Australia’s major population centres is underestimating the profound impact having some of the world’s most expensive houses in one of the world’s least densely populated nations is doing to the economic and social wellbeing of the nation.”Adelaide Bank general manager Damian Percy says regardless, we are still in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. Picture: Realestate.com.auJust over a quarter (26 per cent) of all first home buyers in Australia were from Queensland yet the number of loans to first home buyers in the state fell by 7.4 per cent.The average loan size to first home buyers was $291,367 — down 3.4 per cent over the quarter.The news isn’t as good for tenants in Queensland, with rental affordability declining slightly during the March quarter.The amount of income required to meet median rents in the state rose by half a per cent. First home buyers might be inclined to disagree, but one industry report has found housing is actually getting more affordable.The Housing Affordability Report, compiled by Adelaide Bank and the Real Estate Institute of Australia, shows an improvement in affordability nationally in the first quarter of this year.The findings are based on the amount of household income required to meet mortgage repayments.last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: 3-star Ohio running back Weston Bridges picks Michigan State over Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on April 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRcenter_img Syracuse lost out on one of its Class of 2017 targets on Tuesday afternoon when three-star running back Weston Bridges committed to Michigan State.The 5-foot-11, 190-pound rusher chose the Spartans over Syracuse, Rutgers, Purdue and Indiana. He announced the five finalists on Monday.The Copley (Ohio) High School junior is the 31st best running back in his class, according to Scout.com. He is also a three-star on 247Sports.com’s composite rankings, but ranks as the 44th best running back in his class. He is not graded by ESPN.com.He had 1,620 yards on 185 carries and punched in 29 scores on the ground during his junior season, per his Hudl.com player page. Per the page, he added eight pass catches for 157 yards and two scores.The Orange lost out on a three-star offensive player for the second time in a week. On April 20, three-star Florida wide receiver Daewood Davis flipped from SU to Florida Atlantic.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBridges visited Syracuse in February with four-star quarterback Kasim Hill. Bridges reportedly visited East Lansing, Michigan twice since early April. On his second visit, he told 247Sports that he received the MSU offer he’d been “praying” for.Syracuse’s running back situation in 2017 — barring transfers, redshirts or early departures for the NFL Draft — will be upperclassman heavy. The Orange will have eight running backs already, including one freshman (Jo-el Shaw), two sophomores (Otto Zaccardo and Moe Neal), four juniors (Jacob Hill, Dontae Strickland, Jordan Fredericks and Tyrone Perkins) and one senior (Ervin Philips).last_img read more

‘Major League’: 30 things we still love about the classic baseball movie

first_img“Major League” hit theaters 30 years ago this weekend.   The sports comedy classic starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes and Corbin Bernsen, among others, that chronicles the fictitious Cleveland Indians run to the AL East pennant still resonates as one of the best baseball movies of all time.   MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNDavid S. Ward wrote and directed the movie, which is full of unforgettable characters, one-liners and choruses of “Wild Thing.”   With that in mind, Sporting News celebrates 30 things — in no particular order — we still love about “Major League” today.   1. Rachel Phelps   The late Margaret Whitton’s portrayal of the Indians owner is chronically underrated when it comes to sports movie villains. She wants to move. She doesn’t want to feed Cha Cha real dog food. The spring training meeting is a tone-setter for the entire movie.   2. ‘Mitchell Friedman?’The guy who delivers the unforgettable one-liner after that is the guy who played the janitor in “Scrubs.” Then the groundskeepers give their hot take. It’s perfect. Speaking of one-liners …   3. ‘Juuussst a bit outside’   SN’s Ryan Fagan has ranked the best one-liners from the movie. It has become part of the day-to-day lexicon of baseball fans and sports writers for the past 30 years. How many other sports movies claim that many still-quotable one-liners? “Caddyshack” and “The Big Lebowski” are on that short list, but “Major League” dishes them out non-stop for 106 minutes. Who hasn’t started one of these only to have one of their buddies finish it? Let’s try one here. “Nice catch, Hayes … ”  4. Impersonating Lou Brown    The second he tells Charlie Donovan he has a “guy on the other line about some whitewalls,” you’re hooked. The late James Gammon is the soul of this movie, and none of us has enough gravel in our voice to do him justice. ­   5. ‘Is that you, Tolbert?’   It’s an obscure one-liner, but it’s still one I use when one of my best friends calls after a night out with too many drinks. If you’re going to call that early, at least say you’re from the Yankees.   6. Spring training   It’s impossible to pick a best part. Charlie running down the roster as Rick Vaughn gets off a motorcycle. “Veg-head.” Pedro Cerrano’s first BP. “Come on, Dorn!” Vaughn’s spring training uniform without cap and sleeves. It’s one laugh after another.   7. California Penal League   That is the name of my longest-standing fantasy baseball league, one I’ve been in since 2003. No, I haven’t stolen a car.   8. Willie Mays Hayes   Understand that ‘80s kids watched Rickey Henderson steal 1,406 bases, but Hayes, portrayed by Wesley Snipes, was just as captivating. The scene where Hayes wakes up in his bed in the parking lot and still wins the race is the best. How many baseball fans wanted to buy 100 pairs of gloves after seeing that?  9. Red tags   The astute viewer knows poor Gentry died and went to the minors.  10. Pedro Cerrano   He wanted religious freedom. Dennis Haysbert went on to other movie and TV roles and has been the voice of Allstate forever, but nothing tops seeing Cerrano smack the ball into the trees on one pitch then whiffing on the curveball the next.   MORE: The inside story of “The Naked Gun” baseball game11. Eddie Harris   I watched a lot of movies with my father, and I never heard him laugh harder than he did when Cerrano and Harris, played by Chelcie Ross, nearly started a “Holy War” over Jesus’ ability to hit a curveball. The back and forth between the two throughout the entire movie is outstanding. Of course, they have a mutual friend.   12. Jobu   “Is very bad to steal Jobu’s rum. Is very bad.” Harris finds out the hard way.  13. Jake Taylor   Berenger plays the aging veteran to perfection, and this was part of an ‘80s run in which he played Sam Weber in “The Big Chill” and Sgt. Barnes in “Platoon.” You grow to appreciate Berenger’s role as Taylor as you hit your mid 30s — and you probably quote him more often than any other player in this movie.  14. ‘We got uniforms and everything.’   When Taylor walks into the wrong apartment looking for Lynn Wells, his love interest played by Rene Russo, he has an encounter with her boyfriend and some of Cleveland’s elite who forgot that the city has a team. This awkward scene is flawless from start to finish.   15. Harry Doyle   Movies use gimmick announcers all the time. This movie goes from good to great because of Doyle. Bob Uecker’s play-by-play is what we still say in our living rooms while watching games. The Opening Day scene is Uecker’s finest work, and his side-kick Monte says 15 words the entire movie. Who wouldn’t give anything to hear a fictional “Teepee Talk” podcast? ­ MORE: In defense of “Major League II”16. Phelps’ sky box for the opener   Complete with white picket fence and umbrella drinks. “Here’s to the thrill of defeat.”   17. The superfans   Randy Quaid took it to the next level in “Major League II,” but the original group of die-hards sees it through from start to finish. The “too high” exchange is amazing.   18. Clu Haywood   Pete Vuckovich, a former Brewers pitcher, plays the role of Yankees slugger to perfection. He’s a dip-spitting, home-run hitting nemesis. We’re not sure whether he’s a convicted felon.   19. Road trip reading   The reading choices on a brutal road trip include “Song of Hiawatha,” “The Deerslayer” and, of course, “Crime and Punishment.”   20. ‘Uh-oh, Rexy, I don’t think this one’s got the distance.’ Can you recite word for word what Taylor told Rexman behind the plate before he pops out?   21. Roger Dorn  Corbin Bernsen nails the role of the arrogant veteran third baseman, and he even learns how to field by the end of the season. Dorn becomes more of a parody in the sequels, but he’s the perfect antagonist for Vaughn in this one. Every good team has one of these guys.  22. Charlie Donovan   The GM plays the role of superspy throughout the movie and lets Phelps know exactly how he feels at the end. Charles Cyphers gives an underrated performance as one of the film’s glue guys.   23. ‘Well, then I guess there’s only thing left to do.’   If you don’t know what Taylor says next, then we can’t help you.   24. ‘Pennant Fever’  The unmistakably ‘80s montage music, composed by Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard, carries the Indians to a one-game playoff with the Yankees. It really should be played before every postseason game.    25. Rick Vaughn  It’s taken us a long time to get to Charlie Sheen, who created a cult icon with Vaughn, the bad-boy flame-throwing pitcher with control issues who starts off with an ejection and ends up a Cy Young candidate. Sheen had already done “Platoon,” “Wall Street” and “Young Guns” to this point, not to mention “Eight Men Out” — which a lot of baseball fans think is a better movie. But that’s not Sheen’s movie. This one is.  MORE: Ranking the best baseball movies of the ’90s26. Cerrano’s homer   Cerrano lets Jobu know how he feels and finally hits a curveball to tie the game against the Yankees. You know what he said, too. He gets a bonus point for carrying the bat around the bases.  27. ‘Wild Thing’   We know Phelps’ feeling on the song, but Vaughn’s entrance in the ninth is wonderfully over the top. Brown tells him to forget about the curveball, and Vaughn gets Haywood on a 101 mph heater.  28. The Duke   The Yankees’ closer, played by former MLB pitcher Willie Mueller, is a head-hunter who allegedly threw at his son in a father-son game. The look he gives Taylor when he calls his shot before brushing him back is priceless.  29. Taylor’s bunt   It goes against the usual game-winning home run script. Taylor, the veteran catcher with bad knees, legs out a bunt while Hayes scores from second. It was an original movie ending — and perfect.  30. It’s so Cleveland to this day   That Clevelanders still embrace this movie tells all you need to know. You still see Vaughn jerseys at Progressive Field at every game. The Indians have been to the playoffs 11 times and to the World Series three times since, and every time Cleveland inches closer to ending its World Series championship drought that dates to 1948, this movie comes up. “The Natural,” “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams” were also part of the unmatched run of 1980s baseball movies, and you can argue those blockbusters are better. That’s fine.   “Major League” is the working-class baseball movie that still resonates with me most, and with good reason. You can still have a conversation with a friend using just those one-liners. It’s perfect start to finish. This movie hit home the second Randy Neuman belted out “There’s a red moon rising, on the Cuyahoga River, rolling into Cleveland to the lake.”  Thirty years later it hasn’t changed, and 30 years from now we’ll still be dishing out those one-liners when we’re too old to go diving into lockers.  “Burn on, big river, burn on.”last_img read more

With focus on D’Angelo Russell’s return, Lakers’ Brook Lopez faces his old team too

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error San Pedro: Pet Pals plan Saturday fund-raiser The center averaged more than 20 points per game six times in his nine-year run with the Nets. He was constantly the subject of trade rumors, and though he might not have been destined to spend his entire career in one place, he certainly put down roots, which has created a bit of a learning curve playing for a new team for the first time. NANCE UPDATEA day after breaking a bone in his left hand, forward Larry Nance Jr. underwent surgery and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.The surgery to replaced the fractured second metacarpal was performed by Dr. Steven S. Shin.Coach Luke Walton opted to start rookie Kyle Kuzma in Nance’s place. In eight games, Nance averaged 10.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.“I think we’ll be more equipped to handle it right now than we were when we lost Zo in the preseason, we lost Brook in the preseason,” Walton said. “Because we were still trying to put so much stuff in. But obviously Larry’s been so solid for us since the season’s started.”ALSOCenter Andrew Bogut was inactive against the Nets due to tightness in his back. Forward Luol Deng was active for the first time since making an opening night start. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s been interesting,” said Lopez, who lived in Los Angeles through the second grade. “Being obviously at home helps a lot, having people I love helps the transition.”Lopez is averaging 13.6 points per game. Were that number to hold, it would be his lowest scoring output since his rookie year in 2008-09, when he averaged 13 points.Lopez scored a season-high 27 points in Portland. LOS ANGELES — It was easy to forget on Friday that D’Angelo Russell was not the only player facing a team that had drafted him and made him the face of the franchise.Brook Lopez spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Nets, first in New Jersey and then helping lead the migration to Brooklyn. He was an All-Star in 2013, reached the playoffs twice and last season became a 3-point threat before being traded to the Lakers in exchange for Russell.“I am sure it will be weird,” Lopez said after the loss in Portland on Thursday, “but I always try to prepare for every game the same way. Keep as many things normal and keep the variables down as much as possible.”Related Articles Asked about his former center, Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson described Lopez as a “great guy, incredibly skilled player. Heck of a player, ton of respect for him. I enjoyed being around him every day.”Lopez is in the final season of a maximum contract extension he signed in 2015.From the other side of the floor on Thursday, Lopez looked at a team that has radically transformed even since he last played there. As the franchise welcomed, and then said goodbye to, stars like Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Lopez was a constant.Eventually, the Nets bid him farewell, too.“I always wanted to see a great foundation built there and be a part of that,” Lopez said. “It is tough not being a part of that. I wanted to see something great built there and that didn’t exactly happen.”last_img read more

DD Hair: Rose gold hair trend – with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

first_imgPink and pastel shades have proved very popular from season to season and it looks set to continue – well for another while anyway! Patrick asked Elaine, one of our Artistic Directors and Master Colour Experts, for her view on pink shades for the upcoming months. Elaine says this season has lots of creative options for colour but one colour that isn’t going away is rose gold. Pastel hair shades of course are nothing new but there is something so pretty and feminine about this latest hue. Rose gold is a beautiful mix of red and pink shades that looks almost natural in certain lights and is perfect for those that want to try the pastel look without going over the top or for those that can’t quite commit to full-on fiery red but really want a colour change.Some of the major A-list stars have showcased this gorgeous colour – Blake Lively, Sienna Miller and Emma Roberts have rocked rose gold – but the most recent beauty to embrace rose gold is Kylie Jenner and, although we love her natural darker locks, she can definitely pull off this look. Elaine says that rose gold can be worn differently depending on your colouring and can work well on both blondes and brunettes. This colour works well on all skin types and can be personalised easily with the placement of colour. You don’t necessarily need to go with a full-head effect, if you would like something with a little more subtlety opt for an ombre colouring technique, which will give such a beautiful result.If like us you can’t wait to try out the trending #RoseGoldHair colour you will be pleased to know that we offer Complimentary Colour Consultations with our Master Colour Experts. This means that you can have an in-depth conversation with your stylist and decide on a personalised look which will be created especially for you. Book online at www.patrickgildea.ie or call us on 00353-74-91-25476 for more information or to book your Complimentary Colour Consultation. DD Hair: Rose gold hair trend – with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing was last modified: October 13th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more