REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella outside the new REIQ headquarters in Cannon Hill. Picture: Claudia BaxterREIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the Queensland capital city was a consistent performer for property owners.“Brisbane now has its first $2 million suburb with Teneriffe, but compare this with Sydney, which has more than a dozen, possibly up to 14 suburbs with a median house price of $2 million or more.”Highgate Hill ($1.1625m), Hawthorne ($1,2m), Bulimba ($1.15m), Wilston ($1.15m) and West End ($1.08m made up the rest of Brisbane’s top 10 median prices. The other five million-dollar suburbs were Robertson ($1.077m), Chelmer ($1.053m), Clayfield ($1.05m), Fig Tree Pocket ($1.05m) and Paddington ($1.005m).REIQ found modest results across the state in the March quarter, with the Queensland median house price increasing slightly from $467,000 to $469,500 quarterly and up 3.3 per cent to $465,000 annually. Generic photo of Brisbane houses, real estate – Picture: Richard WalkerTHE median house price in the Brisbane City Council region jumped 27.5 per cent in the last five years as 15 suburbs hit million-dollar medians, latest industry data found.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland Market Monitor found the Brisbane local government area’s annual median price hit $650,000, while the March quarter figure was $642,000.It said Brisbane was the third-largest capital city house market in the country with about 35,400 sales per year yet was “more affordable than Perth, Canberra and Darwin where the markets are significantly smaller”.The standout suburb, Teneriffe, which hit $2.075m median in the March quarter, saw massive growth of 40 per cent in the past 12 months and 93 per cent in five years. More 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 agoNew Farm ($1.615m), Ascot ($1.4125m), a strong performance by university suburb St Lucia ($1.185m), and Hamilton ($1.165m) rounded out the top five median prices for the Queensland capital city.
According to reports, the proposal for recreational marijuana use in Florida will not go on the November ballot.Make It Legal Florida, a political committee, has been attempting to meet a requirement to submit 766,200 valid petition signatures to the state of Florida by the deadline- February 1st.However, they need more time. Reports say the committee went to court to try to get more time.Nick Hansen, chairman of the committee, said supporters will try to put the issue on the 2022 ballot.The proposal would allow people 21 or older to “possess, use, purchase, display, and transport up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and marijuana accessories for personal use for any reason.”
TAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham’s hat-trick, coupled with fast bowler Chemar Holder’s late burst, brought to life an otherwise dull rain-hit day and left the third four-day “Test” intriguingly poised heading into Thursday’s penultimate day.The 30-year-old Gowtham claimed the wickets of Raymon Reifer (5), Holder (0) and Miguel Cummins (0) as West Indies A, replying to India A’s 201, crashed to 194 all out in their first innings at the Brian Lara Stadium.Gowtham ended with six for 67 while seamer Umesh Yadav supported with two for 29, ensuring India A secured a slim seven-run lead.Left-handed opener Jeremy Solozano snatched his share of the headlines when carried his bat for an unbeaten 69, while Sunil Ambris struck 43 and Jermaine Blackwood, 22.Holder then produced yet another fiery spell, claiming two for 14 as India A stumbled the close on 23 for three – a lead of only 30 runs.He removed Priyank Panchal for three in the fourth over, lbw on the back foot to one that came back and in his next over, hit the other opener Abhimanyu Esawaran (6) in front.Four balls later in the next over, Mayank Agarwal played back to pacer Miguel Cummins and lost his off-stump for five.Resuming earlier from their overnight 23 for one, West Indies lost nightwatchman Akim Fraser (1) in the second over of the day for one, plumb lbw to Umesh with just one run added to the total.And when Umesh found Brandon King’s (8) outside edge for wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to take a low catch to his right, the hosts were reeling further at 36 for three.Solozano then repaired the damage, first in a 66-run fourth wicket stand with Ambris and then in a fifth wicket stand with Blackwood worth 32.The left-handed Solozano faced 208 balls in 4-¾ hours and struck seven fours while Ambris played freely with five fours in a 63-ball knock before playing around a straight one from seamer Dhivam Dube and falling lbw.Blackwood, too, was going well with three fours in a breezy 19-ball innings but attempted to force Gowtham through the off-side, found himself cramped for room and played on.On 134 for five, West Indies A were then dismantled by Gowtham who ripped through the middle and lower order.He had captain Jahmar Hamilton caught at the wicket for nine, essaying an uncertain defensive prod while pacer Avesh Khan removed Yannic Cariah for 17 to a catch at the wicket, trying to keep out a sharp, full length delivery. Gowtham’s hat-trick then arrived when both Reifer and Holder played down the wrong line and were bowled, and Cummins missed a heave and was adjudged lbw.INDIA A 1st Innings 201West Indies A 1st Innings(overnight 23 for one)M Hodge b Gowtham 15J Solozano not out 69A Frazer lbw b Umesh 1B King c wkp Saha b Umesh 8S Ambris lbw b Dube 43J Blackwood b Gowtham 22*+J Hamilton c wkp Saha b Gowtham 9Y Cariah c wkp Saha b Avesh Khan 17R Reifer b Gowtham 5C Holder b Gowtham 0M Cummins lbw b Gowtham 0Extras (lb1, w2, nb2) 5TOTAL (all out, 72.4 overs) 194Fall of wicket: 1-23, 2-24, 3-36, 4-102, 5-134, 6-150, 7-179, 8-194, 9-194, 10-194.Bowling: Yadav 16-4-29-2, Avesh Khan 14-6-34-1, Gowtham 23.4-5-67-6, Nadeem 13-3-28-0, Dube 6-0-35-1.INDIA A 2nd InningsP Panchal lbw b Holder 3A Easwaran lbw b Holder 6M Agarwal b Cummins 5S Gill not out 5S Nadeem not out 2Extras (lb2) 2TOTAL (3 wkts, 9 overs) 23Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-14, 3-14.Bowling: Cummins 5-2-7-1, Holder 4-2-14-2.Position: India A lead by 30 runs with seven second innings wickets intact.
OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa seven-foot center Xavier Foster has made his college choice, choosing Iowa State. He was recruited by several colleges, including Iowa, Providence, Kansas and Baylor. Foster averaged 14.5 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots per game, leading Oskaloosa to the Class 3A state title. Foster says he chose Iowa State because he feels home there because of the relationships he’s built there. Foster says he expects to be a role player for the Cyclones next year, but his focus is on trying to win another state championship this year. CINCINNATI (AP) — Jarron Cumberland scored all of his 11 points in the first half Monday night, and Cincinnati showed off its new up-tempo offense under John Brannen, beating Drake 81-59 for their new coach’s first win.The Bearcats (1-1) struggled offensively during an opening nine-point loss at Ohio State, going 4 of 21 from beyond the arc. Against Drake, they made the most of a wide-open style installed by Brannen, who came from Northern Kentucky.Cincinnati opened a 26-point lead in the first half, when it went 8 of 16 from beyond the arc. Cumberland led the way with 11 points, making three of his four shots from beyond the arc. Cumberland played only 4 minutes in the second half as Brannen turned to his bench.Drake (1-1) relies on 3s but couldn’t find many open ones. The Bulldogs matched their school record with 17 3s during an 86-55 win over Kennesaw State, but went only 4 of 19 against Cincinnati. Liam Robbins led the Bulldogs with 12 points and seven rebounds. IOWA CITY — DePaul jumped on Iowa for a 13-0 lead at the outset and the outcome was never in doubt in a 93-78 win in Iowa City in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Blue Demons shot 62 percent and led by as many as 25 points. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery felt the Hawkeyes panicked after the rough start.DePaul dominated every phase of the game to move to 4-0.Iowa falls to 1-1 with the loss.Next up for Iowa is a game at home against Oral Roberts University on Friday night starting at 7 o’clock, with the pre-game at 6 o’clock on KGLO. AMES — The Iowa State football team will be looking for a better start on Saturday when the Cyclones host Texas. In Big 12 losses to Baylor, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma the Cyclones were forced to bounce back after slow starts.That’s ISU coach Matt Campbell who lauded the play of safety Greg Eisworth in the loss at Oklahoma. Eisworth has battled through knee and shoulder injuries this season.Campbell says Eisworth has remained positive despite a frustrating string on injuries.Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday is scheduled for 2:30 MASON CITY — Both of NIACC’s basketball teams have moved up to third in the latest junior college Division II rankings.== The NIACC men moved up from sixth to third in the new rankings after wins over Kansas City Kansas Community College and Quakerdale Prep Academy in the Konigsmark Klassic in Mason City over the weekend. Johnson County of Kansas and Highland of Kansas are ranked first and second. Kirkwood fell from the top spot down to ninth in the new rankings, while DMACC dropped two spots to 19th.== The NIACC women moved from ninth to third in the new rankings after wins over then-5th-ranked Illinois Central and Marshalltown in the Konigsmark Klassic. Kirkwood moves up to #1 in the new rankings, followed by Johnson County, NIACC, Kansas City Kansas, and Lincoln Land of Illinois. Illinois Central dropped to ninth after their loss to the Lady Trojans.Click on these links to see the full men’s and women’s rankings.NIACC will host a doubleheader tomorrow night, with the women facing Iowa Western at 6 o’clock, followed by the men playing the Luther JV. You can hear both games on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com CEDAR RAPIDS — The State Volleyball Tournament gets underway today at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids with play in Classes 5A and 4A:== 5A Quarterfinals12:00 — #1 Cedar Falls (41-1) vs. #8 Waukee (35-11)2:00 — #4 Ankeny (36-5) vs. #5 Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (38-3)12:00 — #2 Iowa City Liberty (34-2) vs. #7 Pleasant Valley (29-5)2:00 — #3 Valley West Des Moines (40-4) vs. #6 Dowling West Des Moines (32-11)== 4A Quarterfinals4:00 — #1 Sergeant Bluff-Luton (34-3) vs. Glenwood (30-12)6:00 — #4 Waverly-Shell Rock (46-6) vs. #5 West Delaware (39-5)4:00 — #2 Xavier Cedar Rapids (28-6) vs. #5 Western Dubuque (22-13)6:00 — #3 North Scott (28-5) vs. #8 Marion (30-10)
Fionnuala BrittonThe organisers of Saturday’s international track and field meeting in Letterkenny, being held to mark the official opening of the Danny McDaid Athletics Track at the Aura Leisure Centre, have confirmed that Fionnuala Britton will compete in the 3,000 metres.Britton, who won a bronze medal in the event at the European indoor championships earlier this year in Gothenburg, is the golden girl of Irish athletics at present.Looking ahead to Saturday’s spectacle, which gets underway with a juvenile programme from 3 pm to 4 pm, Letterkenny AC Chairman, Brendan McDaid, said a lot of time and effort has gone in to putting together a top class event which will hopefully see the fist sub four minute mile run in Donegal. “Work first began on this event back in September and since then, we’ve been focusing on May 18th. We are extremely happy to have secured up to 120 high class athletes,” the chairman said.“We see it as a unique opportunity for people of the area to come and watch the cream of athletics in action. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather and are hopeful that the first ever sub four minute mile will be recorded on Saturday evening,” he added.The following is a break-down of all events on what promises to be an action-packed day.Event by event Men 100mIn the men’s 100m, England’s Richard Kilty will be coming to take on the best of the Irish. Kilty, a former European U-23 medallist, nicknamed “The Teeside Tornado” holds a personal best of 10.15 seconds and has been showing some good early season form on the American circuit. Dean Adams, and Chris Russell, along with up and coming athletes Zak Irwin and National Indoor champion Keith Pike will make sure that Kilty doesn’t have it all his own way to show who is the fastest man on the Letterkenny home straight.Women 200mKelly Proper just last week broke the Irish record for the heptathlon in Italy. She will feature in the womens 200m, a distance in which she claimed the National Indoor title earlier in the year. Tir Chonaill’s Mary McLoone will look to challenge Proper on Donegal soil. Louise Holmes, Sarah Lavin & Laura Costello will add further class to the field. Lavin recently recorded a standard for the European Junior Championships in the 100m hurdles, and Costello recorded a standard for the European Youth Olympic Festival over 200m.Men 400m Brian Gregan, European finalist over 400m last year, and fastest European indoors this year, will be looking to set his stall out for the World Championships in Moscow in August. Gregan will be challenged over the one lap distance by England’s Luke Lennon Ford who has a PB of 45.23 seconds, which is world class running. This will be some battle and when the lanes even out coming off the final bend, it will be an epic battle to the finish line. However, it is far from a two horse race with four other Irish athletes with bests of 47 seconds, Curtis Woods, Dara Kervick, Jason Harvey and Eoin Mulhall, who will all be looking to steal the thunder.Women 800mWomens 800m running has shown a resurgence over the past 12 months with several Irish athletes making the breakthrough to international level. Laura Crowe will lead the field in this event, and with a PB of 2:05, will be looking to get down towards the 2 minute mark. Alanna Lally, who holds a qualification standard for the World Youths Championships for the 400m, will be looking to add the 800m standard, and along with Rachel O’Shea and Clare McSweeney, will further add to the improvement in Irish womens middle distance running, hoping to make it a fast 800m in Letterkenny.Men 800m Quoted by many as Ireland’s hottest athletic prospect, local boy Mark English will be looking to impress the home crowd in the 800m. English recently recorded a fine win over 400m in an impressive time of 47.56 seconds, winning the Irish Universities title last month. Having finished 5th in the World Junior Championships last Summer, Mark has already established himself as a world class athlete. Another young talent Shane Fitzsimons from Mullingar will be chasing qualification times for the European Junior Championships, and along with Mark Patterson and Darragh Greene will be looking to get under the 1:50 barrier for the 800m.Men MileThe feature event of the meeting will be the mens mile and the field is star studded with Irish and international athletes looking to join the illustrious sub 4 minute club. Showing Letterkenny’s talent at middle distance, local trio of Darren McBrearty, Danny Mooney and Ruairi Finnegan would love to have the honour of running the first sub 4 minute mile on Donegal soil. Derry’s Conor Bradley will also be looking to join his neighbours in this attempt. However, it is from well away from Donegal where the biggest threat will lie. Kenyan’s Jonathon Kiplimo and Hillary Kipkorir will pose a threat, as African distance runners do. Kiplimo recently won the mile race at the Penn Relays in a time of 3:57 so will bring good form in to the race. Belgium’s Jeroen D’Hoedt will also come with a personal best over 1500m of 3:36 and will be looking to go well under the 4 minute mile. Last weekend, D’Hoedt ran 2:22 for 1000m so he is also bringing good form to Letterkenny. There will also be a challenge from England with Anthony Whiteman and James Tartt. Whiteman, a two time Olympian, is the current world record holder for the masters mens mile, having ran 3:58 in Nashville last year. At 41 years old, he became the first man over 40 ever to run a sub 4 minute mile outdoors, with Ireland’s own Eamonn Coghlan having been the first man ever to record a sub 4 minute mile indoors. With such a star studded line up for the 1609m distance, we will hopefully see the first sub 4 minute mile ever recorded on Donegal soil.Men 3000mAnother athlete with a bright future, John Travers, who had a superb indoor season with a 7:58 clocking to qualify for his first major track championship, will be looking to kick off his outdoor season. London Olympian over the marathon, Mark Kenneally will step down a distance, and will ensure Travers is not alone in the 3000m, also having broken 8 minutes before with a PB of 7:59. Former European Junior Champion over 1500m Colin Costello, double Paralympic champion Michael McKillop, Letterkenny’s own Ciaran Doherty, and recent North Pole marathon winner, Gary Thornton, should all ensure a fast 3000m will be on the cards.Women 3000mDouble European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton will be the star of the show in the womens 3000m. Britton has shown her promise on the track, having competed in the London Olympics last year over 5000m & 10000m, and also having won a bronze medal at the European Indoors earlier this year over 3000m. She will open her outdoor season in Letterkenny, having recently returned from a period of altitude training. Siobhra O’Flaherty, another athlete with a qualification mark for the European Youth Olympic Festival, will be joined by Eimear O Brien and Teresa McGloin, making it a competitive race.Men 1 hour track raceThis rarely run event will see athletes running against the stopwatch to see how much distance they can run in one hour. John Treacy’s Irish record of 19625m stands since 1987 from Monaco, and it will be interesting to see how close Barry Minnock and Greg Roberts can get to this record. Minnock has a marathon personal best of 2:17 and will tackle the demanding event, and will need to call on all his reserves to hold off the international challenge from Kenya’s Freddy Sittuk. Sittuk recently finished 3rd in the Belfast marathon, and boasts a marathon PB of 2:14. He is currently staying in the North West with training partner Derry’s Greg Roberts, who leads the local charge over the 1 hour race.Women 1 hour track raceIn the womens’ event 1 hour track race, the winner will be assured of an Irish record, as the race has never been run by an Irish woman before. Olympian Maria McCambridge will be looking to see how far she can push this record, having dominated the Irish road racing scene over the past number of years, and the home crowd will be urging her on over the unique distance.Men 4 x 400m relayThe mens 4 x 400m relay event will provide a fitting finale to the evening of international athletics. The event will include athletes from many different clubs with international selections taking on the best of the Irish talent on display on the night. With two members of Ireland’s 5th placing world class performance at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia just a few weeks ago taking part in individual events, it may just serve up an exciting finish to the track and field programme.Men Shot PuttThe mens shot putt is shaping up to be one of the events of the meeting and spectators are in for a treat of world class throwing. Denmark’s Kim Christensen and Sweden’s Daniel Stahl hold personal bests of 20.39m and 18.76m respectively. Christensen competed in last Summer’s London Olympics and is known for his crowd antics, and Stahl recently won the European Cup of Winter Throwing in Castellon, Spain. They will be challenged by two of Ireland’s best throwers, multiple Irish champion Sean Breathnach from Galway and Clonliffe’s Tomas Rauktys. In the Junior competition, Finn Valley’s John Kelly will be looking to record another qualification mark for the World Youth Championships.Women Shot PuttNiamh Murphy comes in to the womens shot putt with a personal best of 13.04m, and once again Kelly Proper will compete in her third event of the evening, and shows her versatility by working on every aspect of her multi-eventing. This will serve a great opportunity for this, and Fiona Tuite will also be chasing another qualification mark for the World Youth Championships. Local girl Lisa Gibson will be looking to steal a victory for the home crowd and will use her familiarity with the shot circle in Letterkenny to her advantage.Men JavelinThere certainly will not be too many people keen to stand in the middle of the new Danny McDaid Athletics track when the javelin competition gets underway. It promises to be a hard fought battle between the best of Irish javelin throwers with several having thrown well over 60 metres. Matthew Martin and Aaron Crawford, will return from training in the UK for the competition, and they will face tough opposition from Adam Rice, Danny Mullan and Sean McBride. It will be interesting to see if Damian Crawford’s Strabane charges can take a victory from North Down, who also have decathlete Peter Glass competing. Crawford indeed will compete himself and holds a personal best of 70 metres, and may just show his young prospects how it can be done.Men High JumpKourosh Foroughi leads the field in the mens high jump with a personal best of 2.20m and he will be looking to begin his outdoor season with a good series of jumps. Several other athletes will be looking to get over 2 metres early in the season, with Jaime Murtagh, Andrew Heney & Adam McMullen. McMullen is completing the challenging double of the high jump and 100m, which shows his versatility. Local lads Derek & Aidan Gillespie, and Kevin Grant are also set to feature.Women Long JumpIrish record holder Kelly Proper will be looking to set her stall out early in the season, and with her recent successful debut over the heptathlon, it will be interesting to see if this has enhanced her jumping ability. Just as in the 200m, she will be challenged by Tirchonaill’s Mary McLoone, and along with Linzi Herron & Heather Carson, it will make for an interesting competition into the sand pit.Time Event Category Time Event Category3.00pm 60M Hrlds B13 G13 3.00pm H.J U17 B/G3.15pm 800M B14 G14 3.00pm Javelin U14 B/G3.25pm 600m B12 G12 3.00pm Shot U16 B/G3.35pm 80m B14 G14 3.30pm Turbo Javelin U12 B/G3.50pm 60M B12 G124.15PM 1 Hour Run Mixed5.30pm Opening Ceremony Speeches 5.30PM Field Events warm up6.00pm 100m M 6.00pm L.J. W6.10pm 3,000M Mixed 6.05pm H.J. M6.25pm 800M W6.35pm 400m M 6.10pm Shot M6.45pm 1 Mile M7.00pm 200m W 6.40pm Javelin M7.10pm 800M M7.20pm 3,000M M 7.05pm Shot W7.35pm 4 X 400M MTRACK STAR BRITTON TO RUN 3,000 METRES AT LETTERKENNY GALA EVENT was last modified: May 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Aura CentreDanny McDaidFionnuala Britton