Boom time for first-time buyers undeterred by coronavirus; plus where they are buying in Brisbane

first_imgFor those looking for apartments, inner-city suburbs such as Kangaroo Point, Toowong and Taringa ruled, with Brisbane City coming out top.Industry experts say a dip in house prices coupled with rock-bottom interest rates, the government’s 5 per cent deposit scheme and reduced competition from investors had put those looking to enter the market for the first time in a strong buying position.Nerida Conisbee, the chief economist at REA, said that in a market where most buyers had dropped off it was surprising that first-time buyers remained active. You get more bang for your buck in Griffin, the top suburb for first-homebuyers seeking a house. This house at 1060 Dohles Rocks Road is on a flat 607m2 waterfront block with a 12m x 7m shed.“These buyers don’t like a fast-moving market. They tend to back off property in these climates because they are cautious.” she said.She said the government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme was helping to keep this group active. The scheme, which kicked off in January, enables first-time buyers to purchase a home with just a 5 per cent deposit, which is backed by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation. So far 10,000 places have been made available, with a further 10,000 to be released in July. Graham Cooke, insights manager at Finder, a comparison website, said that the downturn in the market could present a window for cashed-up Aussies ready to buy.“ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:16Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:16 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCameron Kusher’s update on COVID-19 and the market02:16 First-time buyers Rachel and Cory Wittleton with their pup Oslo. Photo: Tertius PickardFirst-time buyers are the best placed to take advantage of the property market downturn caused by COVID-19, according to industry experts.Queenslanders are taking up the challenge, with coronavirus failing to deter them from their house hunt. Figures from the property website Realestate.com.au show that first-time buyer inquiries were up 23 per cent across the state between January and March, the height of the pandemic, compared with the same period last year. Over the past 12 months to March Queensland and the ACT were the only states to register rises in the double digits, with 138 Bennetts Road, Norman Park, attracted 38 viewings over the Easter weeked, 36 of which were by first-home buyersQueensland recording a 12 per cent surge and the ACT 56 per cent.The research also revealed the top Brisbane suburbs where first-time buyers were looking for a home. Newer suburbs such as Forest Lake, Springfield Lakes and North Lakes were high up in the mix for houses, among more established areas such as Kedron, Shailer Park and Oxley. 1. Griffin2. Forest Lake3. Shailer Park4. Springfield Lakes5. Oxley6. North Lakes7. Rochedale South8. Bracken Ridge9. Kallangur10. Kedron Anger over QLD plan to pass laws to make landlords foot the bill HOUSES If you’re one of the first-time buyers who missed out on the 2019 price dip, 2020 could provide a second bite at the apple.” Ms Conisbee agreed: “Given that prices at the moment will probably be below the norm, first-time buyers have the potential to make gains once the market picks up again.“There are some competitive deals around, and with new developments buyers may pick up some added extras that they may not have ordinarily received,” she said.Another reason why first-time buyers may find the current market favourable is a drop off in investors looking for properties. 20310/15 Beesley St, West End, in Brisbane City is on the market and will go to auction on May 1 through Ray White Brisbane“Investors are out of the market at the moment, so it’s a good time for first-time buyers to be in it; there’s less competition,” Ms Conisbee said.The Reserve Bank of Australia last week cemented in further certainty for borrowers by keeping the interest rate on hold at a historic low of 0.25 per cent.According to Caroline Jean-Baptiste, the owner of Mortgage Choice, most first-time buyers have spent up to the past five years saving and if they have a secure income they were in a comfortable position to step into the market at the moment.In fact, she said a lot of first-steppers would be looking for a good deal as properties from distressed sellers hit the market. Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee believes now is a good time for first-time homebuyers to get on to the property ladder.“People have learnt from other crises we have been through, where we have seen that severe drop-off and then consistent recovery. I would say some first-home buyers can see this is going to happen over the next few months and if they don’t get in now, the may find themselves having to wait again. They’re hoping to catch the bottom of the market.”She said when the time was right it would be first-home buyers who benefitted the most.“There will be more stock coming on to the market, which means more choice and more power to negotiate. First-time buyers will be the ones with the power.” Cory and Rachel Wittleton, who live in a rented apartment in South Brisbane, are looking for their first home after spending the past 12 months saving for a deposit. While their dream house would be a “Queenslander in New Farm”, the couple are realistic about where they can afford to buy. Springfield Lakes is a top area for first-time buyer. Pick up this three-bedroom cottage-style character home for $349,000 through La Vie Property Solutions.“New Farm would be ideal,” Mr Whittleton laughed, “but we don’t have those kinds of funds, so realistically something around Norman Park, Wilston or Paddington is affordable for us.“As long as it’s somewhere within 5km to 10km of the city.“We did put an offer in on a place, but it fell over. It turned out it had some issues, but there are others. There seems to be quite a lot of activity going on.”The couple say coronavirus has not deterred them in any way from their search.“We might be able to get a good deal,” Mr Wittleton said. “We had previously looked at buying a townhouse in a development, but buying off plan wasn’t ideal for us so we let that idea go,” he said.One of the properties the couple viewed over the Easter weekend was in Brisbane’s Norman Park. The property at 138 Bennetts Road attracted 38 inspections, 36 of which were with first-time buyers. 3-40 MacDonnell St, Toowoong, on sale through Dixon for offers of more than $449,000, has been popular with first-time buyers because of its proximity to the CBD and the fact you can walk to everything.The agent Stuart McCrae of Place Coorparoo said that from what he experienced over the weekend, COVID-19 was in no way having an impact on this sector of the market.“The fundamentals of real estate are so strong and the interest rates are so low, that for a lot of first-home buyers the mortgage repayments are equal, if not lower than, their current rent, so regarding COVID-19 that has had no impact.” Mr McCrae said that, aside from the surprise entrant of Ascot, where the average property price is more than $1 million, the top ten list of suburbs where first-time buyers were seeking apartments were good choices, along with places such as Carina.“These suburbs are where first-home buyers can get more bang for their buck,” he said,“so it makes sense that they would buy in these sister suburbs that back on to or neighbour Brisbane’s more sought-after areas.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoWhen it comes to houses, Manish Bedi of Smartline mortgage advisors, which covers the suburbs of Bracken Ridge and Springfield Lakes, said these areas, where there were a lot of new developments, were always a draw for first-time buyers, especially with young families, because the blocks were large and offered value for money.Mr McCrae said most of the areas were in the next ring outside the Brisbane circle, with the attraction being the average house price, which sits in the $500,000s, making them more affordable for those trying to get on to the ladder.TOP FIRST-TIME BUYER SUBURBS Five reasons why first-home buyers should buy right now RELATED NEWS House values could fall after record drop in confidence 1. Brisbane City2. Annerley3. Taringa4. Toowong5. Coorparoo6. Kangaroo Point7. Mount Gravatt East8. Nundah9. South Brisbane10. Ascot Source: Realestate.com.au APARTMENTSlast_img read more

Yarde vs. Reeves results: Anthony Yarde stops Travis Reeves in fifth round

first_imgHamza Sheeraz def. Rod Douglas Jr.; super welterweights.James Branch def. Kieran Pitman; cruiserweights.Jake Pettitt def. Stefan Slavchev; super featherweights. Anthony Yarde continues to make noise in the light heavyweight division as he scored a fifth-round TKO over Travis Reeves on Friday at London’s Royal Albert Hall.  The “Beast from the East” successfully defended his WBO Intercontinental title for the fifth time in a fight that sprung into life a minute into the fifth round. Yarde (18-0, 17 KOs) landed a straight right hand that sent Reeves stumbling backward into the ropes, with his hands down and out on his feet. Yarde then connected with a thudding left hook that forced referee Marcus McDonnell to step in and end the bout. Reeves (17-4-2, seven KOs) gave a good account of himself and frustrated Yarde for the opening four rounds, but in the end, the Baltimore native simply couldn’t handle Yarde’s power. Ranked No. 1 by the WBO, Yarde could now be made the mandatory challenger for WBO champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (33-3-1, 28 KOs).MORE: Join DAZN to watch GGG in June and 100+ fight nights a yearIt was only the second time since 1999 that a boxing event had taken place at the iconic London venue. Although the thought of staging boxing at the concert hall was frowned upon by King George V in 1883, the famous London landmark has housed many fight nights over the years, including a pair of Muhammad Ali exhibition bouts in 1971 and 1979; the British Empire vs. the American Services in 1918, and many fights featuring Frank Bruno, Lennox Lewis, Prince Naseem Hamed and Henry Cooper. The notorious London gangsters the Kray twins also boxed there in 1951.On Friday, the venue was filled to the rafters with fight fans watching Britain’s up and coming talent.”I’m making it look good but I’m learning on the job,” Yarde said afterward. “I’m practicing new things but still able to get the stoppage.”It’s a journey, it’s a career, I’ve been in the professional sport for just over three years now, 12 amateur fights, it’s never been done before. I’ve got my foot in the door, ranked No. 1 by the WBO, soon I think I will be mandatory for the WBO belt. It doesn’t matter about the man behind the belt. For me, it’s about the title.”Promoter Frank Warren said that he believed the WBO may announce that Yarde would be Kovalev’s next mandatory defense.  “I thought he [Yarde] was excellent, he did what he had to do,” Warren said. “It was a decent opponent that he was in with and that will put him in good stead. He’s No. 1 and I believe the WBO will be announcing something fairly soon and that may be ordering Kovalev to face Anthony.”Earlier Friday, British heavyweight prospect Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (10-0, nine KOs) defeated Razvan Cojanu (16-6, nine KOs) via second-round KO to win the vacant WBO European heavyweight title. The 21-year-old Londoner made light work of his counterpart. Dubois put his explosive power on display by catching Cojanu with two left hooks to the body before a left-right hook combo to the head sent the Romanian to the canvas. Cojanu was badly damaged and unable to carry on with 12 seconds left in the second round.“It’s been a while out of the ring, so I needed to get a bit of ring rust off,” Dubois said. “I was expecting a knockout. I trained hard and hard work pays off.”Warren gave the budding prospect high praise.“We know what he [Dubois] can do. If he hits them it’s lights out, and if he catches them correctly, they are gone. That’s what happened tonight,” he said. “That was a tremendous win.”Other resultsLiam Williams def. Joe Mullender; Williams retains his BBBofC British middleweight title.Chris Jenkins def. Johnny Garton; Jenkins wins the BBBofC British welterweight title.Lucien Reid vs. Indi Sangha, technical draw; featherweights.last_img read more

Active shooter and soft targets panel

first_imgPanelist Hector DelgadoRetired Navy Seal and Federal Law Enforcement OfficerHector Delgado is a retired Navy Seall and Federal Law enforcement Officer.He has since created an active shooter notification system called ASR that can be used in schools, businesses, and other public areas. Diana MattyWPB  Fire ChiefWest Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty oversees all emergency response from hurricanes to mass casualty situations for the West Palm Beach Fire Rescue. Coming from a family of firefighters she also plans to increase training for firefighters to ensure their safety on the job. With the recent tragedies in El Paso and Dayton school and students preparing to return to school,  850WFTL’s Karen Curtis hosts a special pop-up panel on school safety, soft targets, and whether or not West Palm Beach is ready for a potential active shooter.She will be joined by West palm Beach mayor Keith James, Fire Chief Diana Matty , the Palm Beach County School District Police Chief Frank Kitzerow, and a panel of experts will address how to identify and protect yourself from an active shooter.Find out if your child’s school is protected by an armed officer and whether bullet proof backpacks actually save lives.Join us on Facebook live Monday at 9:00am for the panel discussion. WPB MayorKeith JamesMayor Keith James was sworn into office earlier this year and has since taken many steps to betterour community and keep us safe.Before he became mayor he was also involved in the community as a  business owner and lawyer who worked with many small and medium size businesses, and local residents, to help them achieve their dreams by guiding them through complex legal issues.His experience working with some of Florida’s top law firms and his Harvard education has served West Palm Beach and our residents well. Stuart KaplanFormer FBI Agent and ProfilerMr. Kaplan is a former FBI Agent and profiler who has appeared on various newscasts related to issues of great public concern.He also is the Founder and President of KSGRMG and serves as Senior Managing Partner of the affiliated law firm of Kaplan Sconzo & Parker, P.A. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Frank KitzerowPalm Beach County Schools Police ChiefFrank Kitzerow is the Police Chief for the Palm Beach County School district. He will be talking about thesteps the school district has taken to help ensure the safety of students and school staff members as wellas steps we call all take ourselves to be better prepared in the case of an active shooter.last_img read more

Yule debuts for England with Biarritz Cup win

first_img18 Jul 2016 Yule debuts for England with Biarritz Cup win England’s Jack Yule scored the biggest win of his career so far with a one-shot victory in the Biarritz Cup in France. The 21-year-old was 11-under par for the four rounds, scoring 64, 67, 68, 66. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been under par in all four rounds,” said Yule, who was also representing England for the first time. “I’m very happy.” Yule, from Middleton Hall in Norfolk, led throughout the championship – and made his intentions very clear when he finished the first round with five consecutive birdies.   After two steady rounds he teed off on the final 18 with a one-shot lead and compiled a score of three-under which featured two eagles, but no birdies! It kept him one stroke ahead of Jeremy Gandon of France who powered up the leaderboard with a closing 64. “I enjoyed being in contention but I found it very nervy!” said Yule, who also struggled with a bad headache over the last nine holes which, like the rest of the event, was played in high temperatures. “It feels good to win because I didn’t have my A game. One day it was putting which didn’t quite go right, another it was chipping, then I struggled a bit off the tee. So it was nice to get under par by quite a bit.” Yule was runner-up in the Italian international earlier this season and reached the last 32 in The Amateur Championship. He travelled to France with Will Enefer (Wrekin) and James Walker (The Oaks) to play both the Chiberta Grand Prix and the Biarritz Cup. Walker tied sixth in the Chiberta Grand Prix and England were runners-up in the team competition in both events. Click here for the Biarritz Cup resultslast_img read more

Calling all basketball players to Bomber Camp

first_imgThe camp is open to girls and boys from Grades 4 to 9 — with younger kids from Grades 4-6 ending at noon and the older players continuing through the afternoon.For the cost of $125 before the July 1, 2017 deadline or $150 after July 1, campers receive instruction on basketball fundamentals, including shooting, passing and ball handling skills.There will be 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 competitions through the week and prizes throughout the day.L.V. Rogers Junior Boy’s coaches Bruce Fuhr and Fred Brown are hosting the camp, with additional support from graduating Junior Bomber players. Fuhr has coached and officiated the sport of basketball extensively in the Kootenays while Brown coached high school varsity teams in Ontario.Former LVR Bomber grad Sarah Fuhr is also part of the camper coaching staff.To register send e-transfers to [email protected] or cheques to Nelson Youth Basketball at 5600 Wapple Road, Nelson BC V1L 6Y3.For more information email Bruce Fuhr at [email protected] or call 250-354-7025. Basketball in Nelson has been a popular as candy over the years in the Heritage City.Young basketball enthusiasts can improve those skills at the 2017 Bomber Basketball Camp set for July 10-13 at the L.V. Rogers gymnasium.The summer camp runs beginning Monday, July 10 at the LVR Hangar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal

first_imgDonegal is set to bask in warm sunny weather next week as temperatures rise up to 20C.A spell of good weather is on the way from Monday, bringing dry conditions and bright sunshine all week.If you’re planning to take the day off for a beach day, then Wednesday and Thursday will be the best options, according to Met Éireann. Temperates in northern counties will begin to steadily rise from Sunday (17C highs) to reach a warm 20C on Wednesday and Thursday.The west and north west coast of Ireland will experience the hottest temperatures, as breezes will keep things cooler near the south-Munster, Leinster and east-Ulster coast.We’ll have to put up with the cold and rain until the hot spell arrives, however.Today (Thursday) will be wet before temperatures plummet to lows of 1 to 3C tonight. Met Éireann forecasters have warned of a risk of grass frost and fog in places tonight. Friday will have a mix of sunshine and showers, before dry conditions set in over the weekend with spells of sunshine coming through.West is best! Delight as hot sunny weather on the way to Donegal was last modified: May 13th, 2019 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) Tags:Maysunshineweatherlast_img read more

Raiders report card: This season just keeps getting worse

first_imgLet’s have a look at this week’s report card. Brace your eyes. It might be ugly in some spots. OAKLAND — Woof.If you thought the Raiders’ defense couldn’t get any worse, boy were you wrong.A 42-28 loss to the Colts, featuring a third fourth-quarter collapse of the season that turned a lead into a loss, helped stoop the Raiders’ season to a new low ahead of a Thursday night date with the 1-7 49ers. Passing game: A-Derek Carr completed 21-of-28 passes for 244 yards and three …last_img read more

Maverick Awards give recognition to young SA entrepreneurs

first_imgThe awards were held in Edenvale, to the east of Johannesburg on 26 June, with 19 finalists vying for awards in 10 different categories, as well as for the overall Maverick of the Year AwardBevan Ducasse, the CEO of wiGroup walked away with the inaugural Maverick of the Year Award, which seeks to “recognise, acknowledge as well as celebrate the entrepreneurial genius and prowess displayed by young, hard-nosed entrepreneurs”.Ducasse also won the the Technology Innovation award for wiGroup, which is a platform provider the specialises in point-of-sale mobile transactions, that includes money transfers and payments, coupons and vouchers, and loyalty programmes.The awards were held in Edenvale, to the east of Johannesburg on 26 June, with 19 finalists vying for awards in 10 different categories, as well as for the overall Maverick of the Year Award. The Awards were hosted by Under 35 Mavericks, a 100% youth-owned specialist enterprise development consultancy focused on the sustainable development of young, innovative, high impact, high growth entrepreneurs throughout Africa. Sponsors included Brand South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, South African Airways and others.The MC for the night was Sisa Ntshona, the former head of enterprise development at Absa, with the main speaker for the night being Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure and Development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza. Other speakers included Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang; Mercedes-Benz SA group corporate affairs manager Mayur Bhana; Wits Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship director Chimene Chetty; and under 35 Mavericks founder Bokang Seritsane.Winners in the categories included:The Emerging Maverick (Entrepreneur) Award – Lize Fouche, founder of Number 1 Foods, a Port Elizabeth-based foodstuffs company that manufactures muesli.Employment Creation Award – Josh Cox, founder of Trade-Mark Trust, a non-profit organisation (registered as a Trust) that connects homeowners wanting to do renovations with the very best, handpicked artisans from the townships.People Planet Profit Award – Misha Teasdale, founder of Greenpop, a social business that plants trees and invites everyone to join the “treevolution”.Without Borders Award – Misha Teasdale, founder of Greenpop.Marketing Innovation Award – Gareth Moll, founder GroundUp Media, which provides photography and videography services to both small and large businesses.Service Innovation Award – Alex Fourie, founder of iFix, a South African company that specialises in repairing Apple devices and RiCharge, a designer and manufacturer of mobile charging solutions.Green Innovation Award – Brian Mpono, founder of Khwezi Oils, which refines waste cooking oil into biofuel.Technology Innovation Award – Bevan Ducasse, founder of wiGroupBlue Ocean Innovation Award – Murray Legg, founder of SA Cardiosynthetics, a venture financed business that is pursuing the commercialisation of a patented heart valve design.last_img read more

Maybe, Just Maybe, Twitter’s On To Something With Metrics

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Now, I hate this change. I think it breaks the very idea of what I loved about Twitter, and I strongly advocate for alternatives that are more supportive of independent developers of new experiences.But what Williams said Monday made me take a longer view for the first time.If Twitter controls its entire information pipeline, it can get more accurate readings of what’s going on in there. Everyone who’s opposed to Twitter’s trajectory knows that this will help the company make a lot of money by better targeting ads.That’s the whole problem; it feels like what’s good for ads is bad for us.But what if there really are “dream metrics” that would make Twitter more meaningful to us, too?No one likes a popularity contest, and that’s what follower counts are. By definition, they’re discouraging to most people. They make some feel insignificant. A more robust metric could create a more nuanced and useful picture of how people succeed or fail on Twitter.Maybe Twitter will find some lasting value in its messages that that can only be captured if it controls the whole service. Maybe that value is a more personally empowering way to use Twitter.Maybe. Speaking Monday, Twitter co-founder and board member Ev Williams described what he’d like the microblog to be when it grows up. Some fear that he wants to merchandise tweets the way Hollywood merchanises movies. But for the first time in months and months, I saw the glimmer of a Twitter that I could learn to love.“The ‘dream’ metric is how many people saw your tweet,” Williams said. What does he mean, exactly? Williams pointed to the follower count as a blunt instrument. It has always been the de facto measurement of how powerful a Twitter poster is, but it doesn’t mean much. Not all followers are equal. Hundreds might be porn bots. Or you might have just 31 followers who lovingly retweet everything you post.So a better measurement of how important you are on Twitter is how many people you reach, not just how many once clicked “Follow.” Reach is how many Twitter feeds your tweet ended up in, whether directly or from a retweet. It’s also how many people viewed your tweet embedded on a site or in a blog post. And those aren’t even all Twitter members!But that’s not all that Williams dreams of measuring. Twitter could also measure the activity generated by your tweets — retweets, favorites, replies — to see how much people care about them.All this stuff would be would be much more useful for figuring out one’s Twitter strength at a glance.Here’s the rub.Twitter is cut from some data when people use third-party Twitter clients like Twitterific and Tweetbot. Those apps add all kinds of ways of interacting with tweets that are built on top of Twitter, not built into it.In August, after promising to do so for a long time, Twitter began to crack down on third-party apps and unofficial ways to display tweets. Twitter isn’t cutting off outside Twitter apps — at least not right away — but itis being much more strict, particularly about displaying tweets. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Tags:#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jon mitchell A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Jazul, Fuel Masters confident of smooth transition under Alas

first_img“I feel younger,” he said. “Since college, we’ve been together and that continued in Alaska.”Jazul has every reason to feel upbeat. After all, his partnership with Alas allowed him to be a part of the Knights squad which won the NCAA title back in 2005, while also a key factor in the Aces’ Finals appearances in the past three years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re all positive here, I know what coach Louie and the coaching staff can do for us,” he said.But with the familiarity also comes responsibility as Jazul will be counted on to make the Fuel Masters’ transition under Alas easier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there’s someone in Phoenix who knows how great of a coach Louie Alas is, it’s RJ Jazul.Sharing a bond since their days in Letran, the 31-year-old couldn’t help but wax nostalgic over his history with the soft-spoken mentor, whom he has reunited with at the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next ‘Arthur’ producer wants LeBron to appear on the show after viral meme US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track PLAY LIST 01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort However, the 5-foot-11 sharpshooter said that the burden should fall on every player in the Fuel Masters roster to fulfill their roles in the new system Alas will implement.“It’s now up to us. Whoever coach you put in, if the players won’t follow, the success wouldn’t come. So we all have to buy-in to the system of coach Louie,” he said.Pressured as Phoenix is to turn things around after a rather lackluster showing last season, Jazul is just keeping the faith on Alas and his teammates as the Fuel Masters prepare for a turnaround conference starting this upcoming 2018 Philippine Cup.“Since I got traded here in Phoenix, I always had that pressure because it’s expected that the team will do good,” he said. “Now that coach Louie is here, it’s still the same. But it’s up to us as a team to deal with it and hopefully in the coming weeks, we’ll figure out where we’ll end up.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more