QLD’s housing market smashes through $1 trillion value barrier

first_img Suburb Property Type Number of sales Median price Growth in 12 mths1. Minyama House 60 $1.31m 45.8% 2. Rochedale Unit 74 $685,000 35.6%3. Mooroobool Unit 41 $278,000 34.3% 4. Tallebudgera Valley House 36 $1.09m 32.1%5. Park Ridge House 52 $620,000 31.1%6. North Ward Unit 101 $320,000 29.3%7. Hamilton House 61 $1.5m 26.7%8. Hollywell House 54 $790,000 26.4% 9. Biloela House 49 $290,000 26.%10. Marsden Unit 44 $343,900 25.7% Inside the house at 46 Royal Tce, Hamilton.Mr McKinnon said it was a good time to get into suburbs like Hamilton, which would benefit from the soon-to-be-completed Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade.“All that blue chip real estate is looking at cranes at the moment, but in 12 months, it will grow again and people will start to enjoy what Hamilton was,” he said. Queensland’s housing market is now worth $1.004 trillion. Image: AAP/Darren England.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said that while $1 trillion sounded like an “extraordinarily high figure”, there were a range of factors to consider.Ms Mercorella said the number of homes in the state had also increased in the past two years — up 4 per cent from 1.2 million in September 2016 to 1.9 million in September 2018.The state’s annual median house price to June 2018 grew 2.1 per cent to a median of $480,000, with 56,740 house sales. And Queensland’s median unit price for the year held steady at $400,000.“Interestingly, the value of the Queensland residential property market represents about 13.2 per cent of value of the Australian residential property market, however, the number of Queensland dwellings represents about 17.7 per cent of the Australian residential dwellings,” Ms Mercorella said.“This demonstrates that Queensland is definitely more affordable than other states, such as NSW and Victoria wherein the contribution of the state dwellings is lower than the contribution of the value of the state residential market.” TOP 10 QLD SUBURBS WITH BIGGEST RISE IN MEDIAN HOME PRICE Brisbane was the only mainland capital city to record home value growth in September, according to CoreLogic. Image: AAP/Darren England.Units in Rochedale in Brisbane’s south have increased in price by an average of 36 per cent in the past year, while the median house price in Hamilton has grown nearly 27 per cent to hit $1.5 million.Outside of the capital, the Sunshine Coast suburb of Minyama has seen a 45.8 per cent rise in its median house price in the past 12 months to $1.31 million.Darren and Vanessa McGee bought a block of land in Hamilton three years ago and built their dream home on it.House prices in the suburb have risen nearly 27 per cent in just the past 12 months.The couple is now selling the property at 46 Royal Terrace “while it’s nice and shiny” to take advantage of the growth in home values.“We like the whole Crosby Road area,” Mr McGee said.“You’ve got the Allan Border Field across the road, coffee shops, Crosby Park … and it’s close for me because do most of our work in the city.” CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoCoreLogic estimates the value of residential real estate in Australia to be $7.58 trillion.Brisbane was the only mainland capital city to see home values grow last month, defying the national housing downturn hitting other states.Home values increased 0.1 per cent while every other major capital city went backwards.Annually Brisbane’s growth has hit 0.8 per cent — the highest of all state capitals — while both Sydney (-6.1 per cent) and Melbourne (-3.1 per cent) dropped into negative territory.Mr Lawless said Brisbane was seeing a rise in buyer interest and home values, but was still significantly more affordable than Sydney and Melbourne. RiskWise Property Research chief executive Doron Peleg.But he said it was important to remember the state had a two-speed housing market, with houses in the state’s southeast performing well but units still carrying some risk.“Overall, due to the improved economy, increase in employment and population, $15 billion construction boom and the Advance Queensland Business Development Fund, Queensland is projected to deliver good long-term capital growth,” he said.“However, proceed with caution when it comes to units and in some areas of Queensland, particularly mining towns.” MORE: Coast tourist hotspot where bargains can be foundcenter_img This house at 46 Royal Tce, Hamilton, is for sale.Mr McGee, a local builder, said he was confident house prices in Brisbane would continue to rise.“As long as interest rates aren’t going up and unemployment stays down, that normally means housing will be strong, and with all the people moving to the area, there’s not enough houses for them all,” he said.“I think it’s a good time to sell and a good time to buy.”Marketing agent Patrick McKinnon of Place – Ascot said he wasn’t surprised the value of the state’s housing market had reached new heights.“I think it’s awesome,” Mr McKinnon said.“We’ve got the population growth and we’re still affordable — that’s the best thing about this housing market.“Even though Sydney and Melbourne are falling, it’s great for us because people want to move up here.” REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.In the past five years, Queensland house prices had increased 19.4 per cent and units around 11.4 per cent. “Our growth rates are modest, but as we pass the $1 trillion mark, it’s clear that good value attracts savvy buyers and this will continue to deliver growth,” she said.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the rise in the value of Queensland housing was a natural result of higher home values, particularly across the southeast corner of the state.Mr Lawless said the addition of new housing stock to the market had also helped. “According to ABS residential construction data, the twelve months to March 2018 saw another 45,200 dwellings complete construction, and overall residential construction activity was worth approximately $13.3 billion across the state over the year,” Mr Lawless said.“Although the overall value of Queensland dwellings has risen over recent years, proportionally, the value of Queensland dwellings now comprise a slightly smaller share of the national dwelling value.” The value of Queensland’s housing market has surpassed $1 trillion for the first time in history. Image: AAP/Darren England.RiskWise Property Research chief executive Doron Peleg said the value of Queensland’s housing market surpassing $1 trillion was a gamechanger for the state.“You cannot ignore a $1 trillion housing market,” Mr Peleg said.“It makes Queensland the third major player, yet it often gets overlooked by policy makers. “This shows it is a big market with a huge impact on the economy.”Mr Peleg said Queensland’s improving economy, housing affordability, a rise in interstate migration and increased optimism in the market were all driving the value of the state’s residential real estate sector. Aerial photograph of Brisbane. Picture supplied by Harcourts.THE value of Queensland’s housing market has smashed through the trillion dollar barrier for the first time in history.The state’s residential property sector is now worth $1.004 trillion — hitting the milestone in September after hovering on or just below that level for months, according to exclusive figures provided to The Sunday-Mail by property research firm CoreLogic.It’s been a rapid rise to the top, with the total value of Queensland’s housing market sitting at $910 billion only two years ago — that’s an increase of 10 per cent or more than $90 billion in just 24 months. RELATED: Brisbane puts Sydney, Melbourne in the shade (Source: CoreLogic, based on suburbs where 30 or more sales were recorded in past year)last_img read more

Canada Same-Sex Marriage 10 Years on

first_imgCrisis Magazine 28 May 2015Canada legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2005, the fourth country in the world to do so. During the rushed public debate that preceded legalization, the Christian and traditional understanding of marriage as the union of a man and a woman had strong support. Polls showed a deep split among Canadians, and the majority (52 percent) were actually against legalization at the time that it occurred.Opponents of same-sex “marriage” were given all kinds of assurances. The preamble to the Civil Marriage Act states that “everyone has the freedom of conscience and religion,” “nothing in this Act affects the guarantee of freedom of conscience and religion and, in particular, the freedom of members of religious groups to hold and declare their religious beliefs,” and “it is not against the public interest to hold and publicly express diverse views on marriage.”But how quickly things change. Since the watershed moment of legalization, Canadian social norms have shifted rapidly, and what was once considered fringe or debateable has become the new normal.Today, different opinions on “gender identity” and same-sex “marriage” are no longer tolerated. Our society is sweeping away respect for religious faiths that do not accept and celebrate same-sex “marriage,” and the Civil Marriage Act’s assurances seem merely farcical. It is not premature to speak of open discrimination against Christians in Canada.Christian Lawyers Need Not Applyhttp://www.crisismagazine.com/2015/same-sex-marriage-and-the-persecution-of-christians-in-canadalast_img read more

Somalia hires six female prosecutors for the first time

first_imgAll female radio station gives voice to women aspirations in Somalia Related Meet Somalia’s first female car mechanic As part of a broader effort at reforming the judiciary, the office of the Attorney-General has hired six female prosecutors for the first time. They are among 17 new attorneys attached to the office within the Ministry of Justice. It’s a first for the country and for the judiciary, but as CCTV’s Mohamed Hirmoge reports, the new prosecutors are confident that they will bring change for the better to the country’s justice system Somalia Sexual Violence last_img read more

CR7, Messi lead tributes to Kobe Bryant

first_imgRelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the many, many footballers to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant after the NBA legend and his daughter were among nine killed in a tragic helicopter crash in California on Sunday. Aged just 41, Kobe – a basketball icon but with a legend that transcended all of sport – was among the eight passengers who died when a private helicopter crashed in Calabasas. Also on board was his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. The pair were believed to be enroute to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for a practice session. Another player and their parent are also among those confirmed dead after the incident, though their names have not been released. Kobe was only pictured courtside with Gianna for the Los Angeles Lakers’ defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, in which LeBron James surpassed Bryant to become the third-highest scorer in NBA history. A five-time champion and two-time Finals MVP, Kobe – who was also named MVP once – is one of the sport’s best ever players. He was named an All-Star 18 times from 20 seasons, all of which he spent with the Lakers, ending his career with the No 8 and No 24 jerseys retired at Staples Center as a result of his efforts. The passing of such a sporting icon has rocked hundreds of millions of sports fans worldwide, with footballers past and present among those to remember Kobe en masse, with Bryant having been a massive fan of football himself. Barcelona star Messi, writing on his official Instagram account, said: “I have no words… all my love for Kobe’s family and friends. “It was a pleasure to meet you and share good times together. You were a genius like few others.”Tags: Cristiano RonaldoGianna BryantKobe BryantLionel Messilast_img read more

Shaquan George’s double strike lifts Vryman’s Erven over BEI.

first_imgDigicel schools football Regional # 6 Final.By Colin BynoeVRYMAN’S Erven Secondary School (VESS) can now be viewed as two-time title holders, lifting the trophy in 2014, and now in 2017 after defeating Berbice Educational Institute, 3-1, to be crowned regional champions.The exciting finals in the Region # 6 leg of Digicel schools football tournament came to a muddy end Friday afternoon t on a very soggy Burnham Park ground.The team that seemed hungrier for victory prevailed, as they did in 2014.Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) fought hard to withstand a tough Vryman’s Erven Secondary School (VESS) throughout the 90 minutes game time. When the whistle blew to begin the action, both teams were in overdrive to pounce early.The expectations from the supporters were high as they cheered every possession. Both teams traded heavy shots in both halves with VESS the better team in the opening period. Three goals for VESS were scored by halftime; courtesy of Shaquan George, who scored early in the 17th minute while Alex Ogleton booted one of his own in the 34th minute.VESS found another opening as they rattled in their third goal of the half, coming off the boot of Shaquan George; giving him his second goal of the match.The score read 3-0 at the sound of the halftime whistle.BEI regrouped during the break and restructured their game plan. As the second half resumed, the energy level was up with a much more attacking game plan from BEI. They revived themselves with a consolation goal from Dwaine Alleyne in the 67th minute.By that time the game was clearly in VESS hands. The players ran the field and played with the clock to their advantage. In the end when the final whistle sounded, it was a fitting final between two teams that were arguably the best in the tournament.The win has given Vryman’s Erven the prestige opportunity of representing the region in the next round of the tournament.Speaking to Chronicle Sport after the match, teacher/coach Marlon Daniels confidently mentioned “It was a Good fight, I’m glad and we wanted the win and will represent Region 6 well’. He went on to thank their supporters,teachers and Digicel.At a simple presentation, VESS received a quantity of new uniforms from Digicel’s representative with which they will ‘suit up’ as they move on in the competition.last_img read more

Holding raises controversial two- system following Windies heavy defeat

first_imgLONDON, (CMC) – West Indies great Michael Holding has reignited the discussion of a two-tier system in world cricket, in the wake of the Caribbean side’s devastating innings defeat to England at Edgbaston.The Windies were rolled over twice in two days for 168 and 137 in their first and second innings respectively, losing 19 wickets on Saturday to collapse inside three days in the first Test.“That has been in my mind since this Test series started – and I’ve been talking about it for years,” said Holding, a long-serving broadcaster on Sky Sports cricket commentary team. “What is the point of having a team outclassing another team like this?“I played Test cricket for 12 years. I never played a Test match against Sri Lanka because at that time Sri Lanka just weren’t good enough to play against the West Indies.“What is the point of having a contest like this? It’s not good for cricket.”Last year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) shelved a proposal for the two-tier system which would have seen the top seven teams in the world form the top division and the five lower-placed sides pushed into a second tier.West Indies, currently ranked eighth in Tests, would campaign in the second tier along with the likes of minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.The idea is likely to be revisited in 2019.West Indies’ continuing decline, however, has kept the discussion alive and Saturday’s humbling innings and 209-run loss has put the issue back, front and centre.Holding, a legendary member of the fearsome Windies pace quartet of the 1970s and 80s, said the current team lacked the quality to properly compete with England, but needed to get their selection right for the next Test starting in five days.“We heard a lot of talk, of course, from captain [Jason Holder] and coach [Stuart Law] along the lines of ‘don’t write off the West Indies, we have a chance’. That is bravado,” the Jamaican maintained.“What they need to do is sit down and think to themselves ‘how can we actually do something on the field? What have we got?’”He added: “They are not a great team – everybody knows that, but you’ve still got to make the right moves. If you lose doing the right thing, then fine – but you can’t start off doing the right thing by making wrong selections.”last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgOBIT-BURMEISTERBurmeister, who coached UTSA to NCAA tourney, dies at 72CHICAGO (AP) — Ken Burmeister, a college basketball coach for 21 seasons who took Texas-San Antonio to the NCAA Tournament and later guided Loyola of Chicago, died Tuesday. He was 72.Loyola said Burmeister died following a bout with cancer.Burmeister posted 72 wins at Texas-San Antonio from 1986-90. He led the Roadrunners to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Illinois in 1988. OCEAN SEARCH-MISSING WRESTLERFormer WWE pro Shad Gaspard missing in ocean off CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (AP) — Former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was still missing Tuesday after he was swept out to sea in Southern California last weekend while swimming with his young son.Gaspard’s 10-year-old son, Aryeh, was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water safely after they were caught in a rip current Sunday afternoon at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. A police statement says a lifeguard saw a wave crash over Gaspard and he was swept out to sea.Gaspard gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG. The league is not identifying whether players or coaches tested positive from the tests on 748 people on Sunday and Monday.In other sports-related coronavirus developments:—Major League Soccer’s All-Star Game has been canceled for the first time in its quarter-century history because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLS All-Stars had been scheduled to play counterparts from Mexico’s Liga MX on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. MLS says the 2021 game will take place at Banc of California Stadium, most likely against All-Stars from Liga MX.— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is talking with the organizers of the Boston Marathon about what to do if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t let up by the race’s proposed new date of Sept. 14. The mayor said on Tuesday that the decision to reschedule the marathon from April to September was made with the hope that the disease “would no longer be a significant public health risk.”— South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. The university also said Tuesday that school president Robert Caslen and athletic director Ray Tanner are among the top-level administrators taking the 10% cut. May 20, 2020 Players who are waived over the next week won’t get paid, but they will receive benefits through June 30. The WNBA offered rookies health benefits starting May 1. Veteran players receive year-round benefits.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format. That word comes from a person familiar with discussions.And what that plan resembles could be complicated further should the U.S. and Canada extend border restrictions to non-essential travel into July. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful the decision to close the border to non-essential travel for another month won’t “have a material impact” on the league’s discussions to restart its season. Associated Press Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session early Tuesday. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads.The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times.Because of the pandemic, any gathering of players is notable — especially one involving Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in March.MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-NATIONALS RINGSAn unusual ring to it: Nats opt for virtual Series ceremony —The Texas Rangers would prefer to stay home in their new ballpark whenever it is time to get back to spring training. They still haven’t played a game, or even had an organized workout, in their $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. Spring training has been on hold more than two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. That has also delayed the start of the regular season. NBA-JAZZ-BOGDANOVIC SURGERYJazz forward Bojan Bogdanović undergoes right wrist surgerySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.The procedure was performed Tuesday in New York City. There’s no timetable for Bogdanović’s return. The team said in a release that he’ll begin rehabilitation “at the appropriate time.” The NBA season remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals will unveil their World Series championship rings during a “virtual” ceremony shown on television and online Sunday — an unprecedented approach brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.With the start of the Major League Baseball season on hold because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Nationals owner Mark Lerner said he hopes the plan to show off the team’s hardware would provide “a moment of joy in these uncertain times.”Teams typically unveil their title rings at a home stadium packed with fans.In other MLB developments:—The Los Angeles Angels will implement furloughs across their organization starting June 1. Furloughs will impact employees across the front office, scouting department and minor league system. The Angels had already pledged to pay their employees through May. Furloughed employees will keep their medical benefits for the rest of the year or until Oct. 31, depending on their contracts. After retiring from the WWE in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies, including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.”HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKESBelmont to be run on June 20ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 on Long Island in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.center_img FC Seoul’s attempts to increase the atmosphere at the stadium backfired during a match. The club expressed its “sincere remorse” but initially said it believed it was using regular mannequins to mimic a home crowd.K-League officials have referred the matter to a disciplinary committee.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited re-openings on Tuesday, as long as state and local municipalities allow them.Coaching staffs and all players, except those undergoing injury rehab, are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league’s plan.With such states as California, New York, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia still under heavy restrictions, that immediately leaves nine franchises unable to use their facilities. The Las Vegas Raiders still have their training complex in Alameda, California. In other NFL news:—Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter isn’t willing to guess what the NFL might look like when its back on the field. The new NFL Players Association president said he’s focused on player safety as the league cautiously heads toward normalcy in the COVID-19 pandemic. Tretter doesn’t know when players will be allowed to return to training facilities that began opening around the league. The rescheduled Belmont will be contested at distance of a mile and an eighth instead of the race’s trademark mile and a half that has been in place since 1926. SOCCER-PREMIER LEAGUE RESTARTSix virus infections found in Premier LeagueMANCHESTER, England (AP) — The English Premier League’s first wave of mass coronavirus testing of players and staff found six people infected at three of the 20 soccer teams.Socially distant training sessions can begin, without the involvement of the six people with COVID-19 who have to self-isolate for seven days. Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game. The 31-year-old Bogdanović signed a four-year, $73 million contract with Utah last summer.WNBA-ROSTER SIZEAP source: WNBA teams to cut rosters down to 12 by May 26NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by May 26 so players can get paid starting June 1.The league and the players’ union are still working out many details of how often players will get paid and how much. Those negotiations largely depend on the length and start date of the season. Update on the latest in sports: — The San Francisco 49ers are encouraged by how productive their virtual offseason has been amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are even more hopeful of getting back on the field for training camp in July after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said sports could resume under some restrictions if the state continues to make progress.—Changes designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and coordinator positions were passed by NFL owners. They include addendums to the Rooney Rule, which has fallen short in its goal of increasing diversity in the league. All clubs will now be required to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach vacancies.NFL-BRADY WORKOUTBrady gathers new Bucs teammates for workout on prep fieldTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team. Burmeister took over at Loyola in 1994 after working as an assistant at nearby DePaul and went 40-71 over four seasons. Following his time at Loyola, he went on to coach for a season at Trinity University in San Antonio and at Incarnate Word for 12 years.SOUTH KOREA-SEX DOLLSFC Seoul faces sanctions after putting sex dolls in seatsSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean soccer club is facing penalties that include expulsion from its own stadium for putting sex dolls in empty seats during a match last weekend.The K-League is one of the few soccer leagues operating during the coronavirus pandemic and is playing in empty stadiums. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REOPENING FACILITIESSome NFL teams reopening training facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

One ticket for both CPL playoff matches

first_imgCRICKET fans in Guyana will get a special treat as the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organisers have struck a deal with the Guyana government which will see the return of the playoffs here for a second straight year.However, it will be even a more special treat, since it is confirmed that patrons can be a part of the double-header playoff matches with the purchase of one ticket.“The purchase of one ticket will be used for both games,”The playoffs comprise two games – the eliminator between the third-placed and fourth-placed teams, and qualifier one involving the top-of-the-table side after the preliminaries against the second-placed side.Both matches are scheduled for October 6 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Meanwhile, the prices are yet to be confirmed locally. However, according to the CPL website, tickets are on sale on line, with US$ 12.00 for the Grass Mound; the South East – Orange Stand US$ 16.00; North West – Red US$ 27.00 and South West – Green US$ 29.00.The two games will bring to seven the number of CPL matches staged here during the 2019 campaign after Guyana Amazon Warriors played three of their home games here at the start of the tournament.They have two remaining matches here on October 3 and 4 against Jamaica Tallawahs and two-time reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders.The winner of qualifier one will book a direct spot in the final set for October 12 in Trinidad ans while the winner of the eliminator will face the loser of qualifier one on October 10 in Trinidad and Tobago, for a place in the final. (Rajiv Bisnauth)last_img read more

Brazil clears four COVID-positive footballers to play

first_imgSAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) cleared four footballers who tested positive for the new coronavirus to play last night against reigning Brazil and South American champions Flamengo, saying they were no longer contagious.The four players from Atletico Goianiense were initially barred after testing positive Sunday, but the club successfully appealed the decision to the CBF’s medical committee.The committee reversed the players’ medical suspension late Tuesday, saying their infections were more than 10 days old, that they had observed the necessary quarantine and that they were no longer contagious.The ruling came just in time for Goianiense’s season debut against Flamengo, the current holders of the Copa Libertadores and Brazilian league titles.The head of the CBF medical committee, Jorge Pagura, said the decision was based on recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that have been endorsed by the World Health Organization.“After a positive PCR test result, 10 days is sufficient to release the patient” from quarantine, Pagura told news site Globoesporte.The CBF did not say when the four players were initially diagnosed.Pagura said they did not need to undergo another test.“In a lot of cases, the test results keep coming back positive… even when patients aren’t transmitting the virus anymore,” he said.“We are not clearing anyone to play infected. This is safe, there’s no risk.”Brazil has the second-highest number of infections and deaths in the pandemic, after the United States: more than 3.1 million and 103,000, respectively.It nevertheless became the first South American country to resume professional football matches on June 18, with empty stands and a series of health protocols for clubs.More than 160 players in the first division have tested positive for coronavirus so far.last_img read more

Victor Moses Keeps Chelsea’s Champions League Hope Alive

first_imgVictor Moses struck the winning goal for Chelsea in the 69th minute last night as the Blues picked three away points off Burnley 2-1 to keep their UEFA Champions League alive.Kevin Long’s own goal set Antonio Conte’s men on their way in the first half, but Ashley Barnes deflected Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s wayward shot to give the hosts hope of earning a point at Turf Moor.Moses’ right-footed shot into the bottom corner proved decisive and ensured the Blues, who trailed fourth-placed Tottenham by 10 points last week, narrowed the gap to five points. Chelsea have the opportunity to increase the pressure on their London rivals if they win at Swansea on April 28.Speaking a post match interview Moses said the London club deserves all three points.“I thought we deserved the three points today from start to finish. It is not an easy place to come and win. We want to take each game as it comes. We can’t right ourselves off (top four finish). We just need to finish as strongly as we can,” concludes the Nigerian forward last nightShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more