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Holiday’s over: pilot program to crackdown on unauthorised rentals

first_imgUp to 8 guests are welcome to stay in this Broadbeach Waters house. This $899 per night Reedy Creek property is described as a ‘Commonwealth Games luxury home’ on Airbnb.Gold Coast City Council decided last year to slug property owners $8086 to rent out a room or their home. This was introduced under changes to the city plan.As part of the council’s enforcement of regulations governing party houses, most Airbnb hosts would have to apply for development permits to rent out their properties legally. A current Airbnb listing on the Gold Coast. This two-bedroom apartment with a private pool can be rented for $446 per night.A PILOT program is targeting tenants illegally subletting homes as the popularity of short-term rental options such as Airbnb grows.BnbGuard is currently monitoring 3000 properties across 12 websites for unauthorised listings. You can book a mansion on the Gold Coast! This Hinterland haven, featured in a Mission Impossible TV series, can be rented for $1250 per night.Co-founders Richard Frey and Reuben Schwarz started BnbGuard to address the risks of unwanted subletting, such as out-of-control parties, increased wear and tear, uninsured property damage, security worries, pop-up brothels, and squatters.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Our unique technology and specialist team monitor short-term and long-term rental sites for our clients’ properties,” Mr Frey said. The listing is advertised for $373 per night.There were more than 120,000 Airbnb listings active in Australia as of November 2017 — an increase of 40 per cent from the year before; according to industry estimates, 35 per cent of those were listed by tenants.Surfers Paradise ranks the fourth highest Australian suburb with the greatest number of listings on Airbnb with one in 10 rental properties listed on the website. It comes with the number of Airbnb listings expected to peak in the lead-up to and during the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

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OFFICIAL: Baba Rahman is a Chelsea player

first_imgGhana international Abdul Baba Rahman has formally joined English champions Chelsea, after the club announced his signing on their website on Sunday.The 21-year-old left-back joins from German Bundesliga club Augsburg.”Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce we have reached an agreement with FC Augsburg for the transfer of Abdul Baba Rahman,” a statement on Chelsea website read.Rahman replaces Brazilian Filipe Luis, who was sold back to Atletico Madrid after just a season at Stamford Bridge, and he will be expected to deputise for, or fight for a starting place with, Spanish star Cesar Azpilicueta.The young defender made a name for himself in the Bundesliga after an impressive debut in the top-flight. He was an integral part of the Ghana team coached by former Chelsea boss, Avram Grant, that reached the final of the 2015 Nations Cup.”I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can’t wait to train with my new team-mates and very much looking forward to working with them and Mr Mourinho,” Rahman told the website. “I am also looking forward to having the opportunity to meet the fans as soon as possible.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Tommy Pham trade grades: Rays keep churning; Padres take step forward

first_imgUPDATE: The teams announced the trade Friday evening: Pham and Cronenworth from Tampa Bay to San Diego in exchange for Dozier, Edwards and a player to be named.UPDATE 2: Snell apologized to Edwards for calling him a name. Snell says he was upset that the Rays traded Pham and meant no disrespect toward Edwards. He will be joining a San Diego outfield group that includes Manuel Margot, Wil Myers, Franchy Cordero, Josh Naylor and Grisham. Expect Preller to explore deals involving part of that group at next week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego.Cronenworth, 25, moves this grade up slightly. His hitting took a leap last season at Triple-A Durham (a professional career-high 10 home runs and .949 OPS) and he also showed promise on the mound (two unearned runs allowed in seven appearances, primarily as an opener, covering 7 1/3 innings). The former University of Michigan closer did have trouble throwing strikes, however (eight walks).Overall: It’s always interesting with these teamsAs always, the Rays are trying to stay strong and save money. The Padres are spending more to become slightly better. The last big trade between the organizations, in December 2014, became known for the Nationals getting Trea Turner from the Padres as part of a complicated three-team swap. Five years later, it’s Edwards leaving the Padres’ organization, this time straight to the Rays. ORIGINAL ARTICLE:The Rays and Padres were nearing completion of a trade early Friday that would send outfielder Tommy Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth from Tampa Bay to San Diego in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, middle infield prospect Xavier Edwards and a second prospect or a player to be named, according to multiple reports.Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times (subscription required) reported that the teams will announce the trade later Friday after medical records are reviewed. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported that a swap was close (subscription required).WINTER MEETINGS 2019: Dates, rumors, top FAs availableWhen completed, the trade will be San Diego’s third in 10 days. The Padres acquired infielder Jurickson Profar from the A’s in exchange for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named on Dec. 2, and they acquired right-hander Kyle Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham from the Brewers on Nov. 27 in exchange for left-hander Eric Lauer, infielder Luis Urias and a player to be named.The Rays will be making their fourth trade of the offseason, with the previous biggest name being Jose De Leon.SN grades what has been reported about the Pham-Renfroe swap:Rays: B+The plus is for Edwards, a 20-year-old second baseman/shortstop who was No. 5 in MLB Pipeline’s ranking of Padres prospects. The knock on him appears to be a lack of power (just one home run in 756 minor league plate appearances), but he has shown early signs of a strong hit tool (.328/.395/.399 slash line in those PAs) and top speed (56 career steals). Rays left-hander Blake Snell, in his real-time reaction to the trade, sounded unimpressed by Edwards, whom he called a “slapd—” prospect. The Padres drafted Edwards 38th overall in 2018 out of a South Florida high school.Renfroe, 27, is four years younger than the 31-year-old Pham and has more raw power (a career-high 33 home runs in 2019). He also possesses one of the best outfield throwing arms in the game, something that would make him a fit in right field and allow Austin Meadows to take Pham’s place in left. On the flip side, Renfroe is far worse than Pham at getting on base (a .289 OBP in 2019 despite a career-high 46 walks). Topkin pointed out that Renfroe played with a bone spur in his right foot in the second half and had surgery in October.As is usually the case, Tampa Bay will be saving a lot of money with the trade. MLB Trade Rumors projects Renfroe will make $3.4 million next year in arbitration, far less than half of Pham’s $8.6 million arb projection. The Rays will also gain two extra years of control: Renfroe won’t be eligible to become a free agent until after the 2023 season; Pham can become a free agent after the 2021 season.Padres: BThe deal shows how serious general manager A.J. Preller is about trying to make the roster stronger in 2020.Pham slashed .273/.369/.450 (119 OPS+) with 21 home runs in 2019; that power output was in line with his previous two seasons (23 in 2017, 21 in 2018). He also adds speed to the offense (he tied a career high with 25 stolen bases last season), although Fangraphs’ calculations pegged him as a barely above-average baserunner. His corner defense (1 DRS in left field in 2019) should play OK at Petco Park.Pham will also add a fiery on-field persona, which should come in handy in games vs. the NL West-rival Dodgers and Giants.last_img read more

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Fantasy Baseball OF Sleepers: Breakout, undervalued outfielders to add to 2020 draft cheat sheets

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetFantasy Baseball OF SleepersOscar Mercado, Indians. Mercado gave fantasy owners a glimpse of his upside last year, hitting 15 homers and stealing 15 bases in 115 games, and many are expecting him to only get better this year. There are some minor red flags in his hitting profile, as he didn’t take many walks last year and his power is somewhat limited, but he should steal a bunch of bases, which will always be sought after by fantasy owners. Mercado isn’t exactly being “undervalued” in drafts, but if he can continue to develop his power and raise his BB-rate to what he did at Triple-A (29 walks in 259 PAs), he could outperform even the most optimistic expectations. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Kyle Tucker, Astros. Tucker hit 34 HRs and stole 30 bases in 125 games at Triple-A last year and added another four homers and five steals in 22 major league games. He’s proven just about everything he can in the minors, and all he needs is an everyday job to break out in the majors. Heading into the season, he’s slated to share the right field job with Josh Reddick, but Tucker could eventually take over with a hot start. He’ll also be first in line for at-bats if injuries strike someone like Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Alvarez, or Michael Brantley. One way or another, there’s a good chance Tucker sees significant playing time this year, and if he does, he’ll outproduce his average draft position. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | Each teamAristides Aquino, Reds. Aquino was a sensation last year after getting called up, hitting 19 HRs in just 56 games. Normally, this type of player would be overvalued the following season, but Aquino is seemingly on the outside looking in for an everyday job after Cincinnati signed Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Moustakas in the offseason. Now, with the addition of the DH for NL teams, we have faith Aquino can ascend quickly from the “auxiliary squad” and find near-everyday at-bats once the season begins. Aquino has too much upside to keep on the bench, so he’s well worth drafting and stashing, especially in daily transaction leagues. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverLourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue Jays (also eligible at 2B and expected to play some 1B this year). Gurriel made our sleeper list last year, and he came through when on the field, clubbing 20 HRs in just 84 games. He even stole six bases, showcasing some upside there. The Blue Jays have a lot of OF/1B/DH candidates, so Gurriel can’t afford a slow start, but he’ll hit homers and drive in runs as long as he’s on the field. A solid average and handful of steals makes him a valuable contributor given his mid-round ADP. Ian Happ, Cubs (2B, 3B). Happ spent more of last season at Triple-A (99 games) than in the majors (56 games), but he produced at both levels, totaling 27 HRs and 11 SBs. He’s unlikely to ever hit for a good average, but he can quietly give you solid numbers in all of the other categories. Playing time is the biggest worry, but he’s slated to start the season in center field and can fill in at 2B and 3B (and DH) if needed. One way or another, the 25-year-old switch-hitter should be in the lineup most days, and if he is, he’ll provide a lot of value given his low cost. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsAvisail Garcia, Brewers. Garcia was one of our favorite breakout picks last year, and he made some strides (20 HRs, 10 SBs in 125 games) but didn’t quite produce as we expected. Now in an even better hitters park in Milwaukee, he could break all the way out with regular at-bats. That’s not guaranteed, as he’ll be competing for playing time with Ryan Braun and Justin Smoak, but he has the highest upside of three if he plays every day. The universal DH rule should only help him find at-bats.Trent Grisham, Padres. Grisham popped 32 homers and stole 13 bases across Double-A, Triple-A and the majors last year in Milwaukee’s organization. Now with a clear path to playing time in San Diego, he should open the season with an everyday job. Grisham has always been a high-OBP guy in the minors (.376) thanks to a high walk rate, and his strikeout rate is relatively low. Last season was really the first time he hit for power, so it’s unclear if that will carry over to a worse hitting environment, but Grisham has a lot of upside in San Diego’s solid lineup, especially in OBP leagues. Jo Adell, Angels. Adell doesn’t have a clear path to playing time heading into 2020, but the 20-year-old slugger has already ascended to Triple-A and figures to be in the majors at some point early this season. His career .298/.361/.518 line in the minors is even more impressive than it looks when you factor in his age, and he has a little bit of a speed with 30 career steals. Brian Goodwin isn’t the long-term answer in right field for the Angels, so Adell is worth drafting. More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorAustin Hays, Orioles. Hays played across five levels last season, finishing in the majors where he hit .309/.373/.574 with four homers and two steals in 21 games. The 24-year-old outfielder saw his prospect shine dim after an injury-plagued 2018 (ankle) and start of ’19 (thumb), but now healthy, he could return to the form that saw him skyrocket to the majors in ’17. He’s unlikely to post a batting line as good as last season over a full campaign, but given his home park, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him pop a decent amount of homers and steal some bases. The upside is there for more. Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays. Hernandez broke out in the second half last season, clubbing 18 HRs over 60 games and finishing with 26 for the season (122 games). There are some playing time concerns heading into this year, but assuming he gets everyday at-bats, the 27-year-old righty will be a cheap source of power who can also swipe a few bases. His average figures to hurt more than help, but he still has plenty of offensive upside. Alex Verdugo, Red Sox. Verdugo dealt with a stress facture in his back all offseason, but he’s reportedly “100 percent.” If Verdugo is healthy, he’s an interesting fantasy prospect given his batting line with the Dodgers last year (.294/.342/.475). He’s a low-strikeout hitter with developing power, and we know there will be a lot of run-scoring and run-producing opportunities in Boston’s offense. Tyler O’Neill, Cardinals. O’Neill is a proven slugger at the minor league level (140 HRs over 566 games), and he’s popped 14 HRs in two 60-game stints in the majors the past two seasons. The 24-year-old righty is in position to have an everyday job as the Cardinals’ left fielder to open the year, and if he does, he has major power and run-producing upside. Anthony Santander, Orioles. Santander seemingly came out of nowhere last year to hit 20 HRs in just 93 games. The 25-year-old switch-hitter will have to contend with similarly skilled players, such as Dwight Smith Jr. and Cedric Mullins, for playing time, but obviously if he’s in the lineup, he can hit homers, and that should continue as long as he’s playing in Baltimore.  Jake Fraley, Mariners. With Mitch Haniger (back) on the shelf for the foreseeable future, Fraley has a chance to play every day in Seattle’s outfield. The 24-year-old lefty is a career .286/.362/.480 hitter in the minors, and he clubbed 19 HRs and stole 22 bases in 99 games across two levels last season. He likely won’t post huge numbers this season, but anyone who can steal some bases and provide some pop is worth a look in fantasy leagues. Dominic Smith, Mets (1B). Smith just needs everyday at-bats to produce. The 24-year-old lefty hit .282/.355/.525 with 11 HRs in 89 games last year, and there’s little doubt his power is for real. However, with Pete Alonso locking down 1B and J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto set in the OF, Smith would appear to be a man without a position. And with Yoenis Cespedes looking healthy in summer camp, even DH at-bats could be tough to come by early on. Even with that said, Smith will be very valuable as soon as there’s an injury (or he’s traded). Perhaps most noteworthy about Smith is that he actually hit lefties (.303/.361/.515) better than righties (.278/.354/.528) last year, so he doesn’t necessarily need to be a platoon player. It’s tough to invest a draft pick in someone like Smith, but he’s worth a pickup if he starts getting consistent playing time. Other OF-eligible sleepers we’ve highlighted elsewhere: Scott Kingery (2B), Tommy Edman (3B), Brandon Lowe (2B), Yoshi Tsutsugo (3B), Austin Riley (3B), Jake Bauers (1B), Jay Bruce (1B) Whether you play in a three-OF or five-OF fantasy baseball league, you’re going to need a handy list of outfield sleepers for your draft cheat sheet. Every year there are surprise OF breakouts, which is good because you every year you probably have at least one surprise bust on your team. You can find undervalued outfielders at any point during your draft, but finding the ones with the most upside is a little more difficult, especially when you factor in category needs.We’ve put together a list of OF sleepers that runs the spectrum of known quantities who could outproduce their average draft positions to under-the-radar guys who will likely need an injury to earn an everyday role. Depending on how deep your league is, you will want to familiarize yourself with the players below. Even if they go undrafted, they’re worth watching early in the season or when they’re called up. last_img read more

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