These are the NBN ready suburbs where property prices have soared

first_imgNational Broadband Network rollout.THESE are the NBN ready suburbs where property prices have grown at a faster pace than the Brisbane average.Internet speed and access to the latest technology were fast becoming a must have for home buyers according to finder.com.au Tech Expert, Angus Kidman.And he said with fibre to the premises (FTTP) connections providing the fastest internet speeds, properties in those suburbs could soon be in demand.Particularly as FTTP was no longer part of the rollout plan and it would be fibre to the node.Mr Kidman said while there were many reasons property prices increased, NBN connection could be an important factor for buyers.Research by finder.com.au identified the top five suburbs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with the highest number of connections and the quickest NBN speeds.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by It also analysed the property price growth of these suburbs, comparing before NBN prices with after NBN prices. Brisbane suburbs NBN ready and how their prices have grown. Source: finder.com.auThe best performing suburb within Brisbane was at Aspley on the Northside where median prices increased 25.53 per cent in the past five years.During the same period the average median price increase across Brisbane was 19.5 per cent.The other top performing Brisbane suburbs, where Kallangur, Calamvale, Parkinson and Boondall.The best performing suburb in Sydney was Blacktown where in the past five years the median house price had increased by 81.9 per cent, compared to the Sydney average during the same period of 66.7 per cent.In Melbourne the best performing NBN ready suburb with fibre to the premises was Carlton where median rose by 45.6 per cent compared to the Melbourne average of 37.4 per cent during the same period.Mr Kidman said while generally that appeared to be good news for those suburbs, not every street was FTTP connected so buyers needed to do their homework before buying.last_img read more

Boxing Great, George Foreman Advises Anthony Joshua to Copy Muhammed Ali

first_imgGeorge Foreman has urged Anthony Joshua to copy Muhammad Ali when he takes on Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia.Joshua is seeking revenge over Ruiz Jr for his first pro defeat and is the favourite heading into the highly-anticipated heavyweight showdown.Boxing legend Ali employed a strict game plan against Leon Spinks in their rematch in 1978 after his inexperienced rival sprung a surprise with a split decision victory. Ali employed a cautious, point-scoring strategy in the second fight and Foreman thinks Joshua should reproduce that game plan against Ruiz Jr.“In my mind, if Anthony Joshua looks at the tape of Ali-Spinks 2 and just goes to pat him round by round, he can recapture the title,’ Foreman told the Athletic. ‘Don’t go looking for a knockout, and you’ll be champion of the world.“All he needs to do is box,’ Foreman continued. ‘One round, box. Second round, box. Each round…forget about anything else but that and you’ll be champion of the world again,” he said in an interview with Metro of Uk.Joshua has given little away about his plans for Ruiz Jr, but the Mexican expects a completely different version of his rival on fight night. ‘If he wants to bang, it’s better for me. I love to bang because that’s the fighter that I am,’ Ruiz Jr said.“We have to pressure, work the body, break him down. Especially his mentality. ‘We’ve got to see where he’s at because all the pressure is on him. ‘The pressure isn’t on me because I followed my dream, made my dreams come true. Of course I want more though – I want the legacy of Andy Ruiz“People haven’t seen me cut off the ring. I actually break them down even faster when they try to box me around.“We all have a plan until we get hit, like Mike Tyson would say. I’m pretty sure he will want to box me around. ‘One punch can change the fight. That’s what happened on June 1. It might be a little harder than the first time. I’ve got to show my skills, my talent,” he explained.Meanwhile Anthony Joshua, yesterday opened up on his gameplan to prise the world heavyweight titles back from the clutches of Ruiz Jr tomorrow.The 30-year-old has opened up on his tactics for the fight, in order to nullify Ruiz’s power, and he even admitted asking his opponent for any tips on how to get the better of him.‘For me, take centre. If I’m six inches in front of Ruiz, all takes for a man to miss a punch is six inches,’ he told reporters. ‘So sometimes you haven’t even got to be running around the ring.‘I asked him upstairs, I said: “How do I beat you, then?” He says: “Mate, you should move around a little.”Boxing is a sweet science of the sport. I’m 6ft 6in, so it would be wrong of me to sit in front of Ruiz and go toe-to-toe hooking.‘I’ve got to box to my attributes which is range and movement. My style is not what a scared boxer would do, I think it’s what a smart fighter would do.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

IOC plans esports forum as it weighs video games in Olympics

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sangalang excited to play again as Hotshots enter crucial stretch Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell says the forum will be a “great opportunity for both the Olympic Movement and representatives from the world of esports and gaming to begin a discussion, listen and learn from each other, and understand the potential opportunities for collaboration.”The IOC and other Olympic leaders discussed esports at a summit last fall. They determined esports could be considered a sporting activity and that it’s growth and popularity with younger demographics would be attractive to the Olympics. Summit participants charged the IOC and GAISF with opening a dialogue between the gaming industry and Olympic officials.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueescenter_img LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee will host a forum on esports next month as it explores the possibility of one day including video games in the Olympics.The IOC and Global Association of International Sports Federations will host the event July 21 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The forum, announced Tuesday, will bring together gaming executives, players, sponsors and event organizers with a goal of building relationships between Olympic leaders and the esports industry.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Mahalo Pivots to Focus on Video-Based Learning

first_imgSerial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis has just announced Mahalo 4.0, the latest pivot for his company that has now moved from being a “human-powered search engine” to a Q&A site. The new Mahalo, unveiled at the Digital Life Conference today, will be focused on creating how-to video content.The goal, according to Calacanis, is to create thousands of original, high-quality videos each week. These will be supplemented with additional text as well as real-time Q&A offerings. As Dan Frommer from Business Insider describes it “Think of it as Howcast (how-to-video) + Quora (Q&A) + About.com (a more structured Wikipedia).”Learning to PivotIn his presentation at DLD today, Calacanis narrated the story of Mahalo’s multiple pivots. Founded in 2007, Mahalo did a good job with the human-powered search, argues Calacanis, but just couldn’t keep up with the adjustments that Bing and Google were making to improve their own search results. And so Mahalo continued to iterate, improving in the areas in that Calacanis said its users were already drawn to. At first, that was the “answers” component. And now it’s this “how-to” video aspect.All About the LearningBut just as “search” and “answers” are both quite crowded fields, Mahalo is entering into a space – video-based learning – where it will have several competitors. There are a number of popular and well-trafficked how-to sites, including Howcast and eHow. As Mahalo is providing more than just video – maintaining the real-time answers component, for example – it will be interesting to watch how this pivot may impact some new companies who are trying to build video-focused casual and lifelong learning sites – companies like Udemy, for example. How will user-generated how-to and educational videos fare against Mahalo’s slick production value?So will this pivot work for Mahalo? Calacanis insists the company is in a strong financial position. And he says that traffic is good, too; the company currently has about 12 million monthly uniques, and this new venture continues the company’s partnership with YouTube, which generates quite a bit of ad revenue.So studio-made and expert-filled videos may be what gives Mahalo an edge on its competitors. Or – despite the move away from the “search engine” as the focus of Mahalo – this could all just come down to one big SEO battle. It’s clear with today’s announcement that Mahalo is putting a lot of resources into developing a rich library of content. Will this drive traffic? And will learners be drawn to this site? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img Tags:#E-Learning#NYT#Video Services#web#YouTube Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watterslast_img read more

Don’t Know Much About Weatherization

first_imgPlaying “Gotcha” With Obama, Katie Couric StumblesWASHINGTON, DC — CBS anchorperson Katie Couric scored a journalistic coup on February 3 when she landed an interview with President Obama. Unfortunately, Couric displayed her ignorance with a question about weatherization investments — thereby reminding energy activists of the need to better explain to U.S. taxpayers that energy-saving retrofit work saves more than it costs.Baiting Obama, Couric said, “Let’s talk about the stimulus package. … Senator Mitch McConnell said over the weekend that surely you’re privately embarrassed by some of the product that came out of the House version, and let me just mention some of the spending in this package: $6.2 billion for home weatherization, $100 million for children to learn green construction …”Couric failed in her attempt to embarrass Obama, however. The President responded, “Well, let’s think about it. We’re going to weatherize homes; that immediately puts people back to work. And we’re going to train people who are out of work, including young people, to do the weatherization. As a consequence of weatherization, our energy bills go down and we reduce our dependence on foreign oil. What would be a more effective stimulus package than that? I mean, you’re getting a three-fer. Not only are you immediately putting people back to work but you’re also saving families on your energy bills and you’re laying the groundwork for long-term energy independence. That’s exactly the kind of program that we should be funding.”The stimulus bill undoubtedly contains measures that many Americans would label as pork. But by focusing on weatherization, Couric stumbled.President Obama retured to the same theme at his February 9 press conference. “People suggest that, ‘What a waste of money to make federal buildings more energy-efficient,’” said Obama. “Why would that be a waste of money? We’re creating jobs immediately by retrofitting these buildings or weatherizing 2 million Americans’ homes, as was called for in the package — so that right there creates economic stimulus. And we are saving taxpayers when it comes to federal buildings, potentially $2 billion. In the case of homeowners, they will see more money in their pockets. And we’re reducing our dependence on foreign oil in the Middle East. Why wouldn’t we want to make that kind of investment?”Europe Remains a Step AheadMeanwhile, European countries are moving forward with weatherization programs that are far more ambitious than anything yet proposed by Obama. A recent Reuters article (http://planetark.org/wen/51592) headlined “UK Plans Efficiency Retrofits For All Homes” details a plan to provide financing for whole-house insulation retrofits and HVAC system upgrades for every house in Britain. According to Reuters, “The aim was for all UK homes to make near-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the energy and climate ministry said in a statement announcing its ‘Heat and Energy Saving’ strategy.”last_img read more

Spurs win eighth straight as Blazers lose CJ McCollum to injury

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives around Portland Trail Blazers guard Rodney Hood, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in San Antonio, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to eight games with a 108-103 victory Saturday night over the Portland Trail Blazers, who lost C.J. McCollum to a left leg injury.Damian Lillard scored 34 points for Portland, which had won three straight.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event McCollum exited under assistance with 7:03 remaining in the third quarter. He remained on the court for a few minutes clutching his left leg in great pain after tumbling out of bounds when his driving layup was blocked by Jakob Poeltl. McCollum appeared to roll his left ankle but was clutching his shin. There was no word on his status.McCollum finished with 10 points in 22 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSan Antonio (41-29) is sixth in the Western Conference, one game behind Oklahoma City for fifth. The Spurs, who host Golden State on Monday, have won 10 straight at home.Portland (42-27) is fourth in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of the Thunder. There were 14 lead changes and 12 ties in a contest as evenly matched as the standings.The Spurs made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including one by Derrick White with 2 minutes remaining that put them up 100-92.White and Rudy Gay finished with 13 points apiece. Patty Mills and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 12.Both teams were on the second night of a back-to-back, but the Blazers were in New Orleans while the Spurs played at home. Despite the travel, Portland came out as the fresher team.Lillard drew consecutive fouls on White, forcing the Spurs to sit their point guard once he picked up his third foul with 4:43 remaining in the first half. The first foul came when Lillard fell in front of the Spurs bench with little to no contact by White, leading San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich to berate official Jason Goldenberg for the remainder of the first half and before entering the locker room. The Spurs were leading 40-39 when White exited and the Blazers then moved into the lead.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo PLAY LIST 02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Lillard, who moved past Aldridge on the Blazers’ scoring list on Friday night, finished 13 for 29 from the field and added six rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes.Jusuf Nurkic added 24 points and Rodney Hood had 13.TIP-INSBlazers: Portland is 17-18 on the road this season, on pace to match last season’s mark of 21-20 away from home. . Enes Kanter was scoreless and had four rebounds and an assist in 14 minutes. Kanter was averaging 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in his previous three games. . Lillard has eight double-doubles this season.Spurs: Aldridge has 18,331 career points, moving past Hall of Famer Dave Bing for 70th in career scoring. Bing had 18,328 points in 12 seasons, including his first nine with Detroit. . Bryn Forbes has 250 career 3-pointers, joining Gary Neal and Davis Bertans as the only players in Spurs history to accomplish that feat in their first three seasons with the team.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host Indiana on Tuesday.Spurs: Host Golden State on Monday. Google Philippines names new country director Iowa State romps past Kansas to win Big 12 tourney title View comments LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snaglast_img read more

Dominic Thiem edges into French Open third round

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue World number 91 Bublik delighted the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd with his wide range of shots, including three underarm serves, but ran out of steam at the wrong time.Fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios has caused controversy in recent months with underarm serves, while Bublik also used the tactic during his first-round win over Rudolf Molleker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I expected it. To be honest, it’s a good choice against players like us who are that far behind the baseline,” said Thiem.“There is nothing bad about it. And, I mean, I was prepared for that, so that was no problem. Austria’s Dominic Thiem serves the ball to Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik during their men’s singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2019. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)Last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem said he was “prepared” to face some underarm serves from entertaining Kazakh Alexander Bublik as he reached the third round at Roland Garros for the fourth straight year on Thursday.The Austrian fourth seed was facing a fifth set when trailing 5-2 in the fourth, but reeled off five straight games to win 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “There’s nothing wrong about it. It’s sometimes quite a good tactic.”It is 30 years since fans on Chatrier witnessed the most famous underarm serve in modern history by then-17-year-old Michael Chang against Ivan Lendl en route to the title.The 25-year-old Thiem is bidding for a maiden Grand Slam title and has reached at least the semi-finals in Paris for three consecutive years.He will face Pablo Cuevas in the last 32, after British number one Kyle Edmund retired from their second-round match with a left knee injury while trailing the Uruguayan 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Serena Williams crushes Nara to reach French Open third round Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more