Hampton ‘starstruck’ by Thurston meeting

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Hampton ‘starstruck’ by Thurston meeting

first_imgFollowing his Four Nations campaign with the Kangaroos, Thurston returned to Cowboys training last week where he met new recruits such as Hampton and former Bronco Carlin Anderson before getting down to work.Born in Wagga Wagga, Hampton played much of his junior football in Mareeba in North Queensland before moving to Melbourne to link with the Storm as a teenager.He spent seven seasons in the company of the likes of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk but despite playing against Thurston on two occasions was admittedly nervous prior to their first meeting.”I feel pretty comfortable approaching him now where when he first did arrive I was a little bit starstruck to be honest,” Hampton said.”I grew up watching him and I’ve watched a lot of him over the years of how he plays and how he holds himself off the field as well. “There are a few of the greats down in Melbourne as well – Slater, Smith, Cronk, [Jesse] Bromwich – so I’m not sure whether it’s because I went down there at such a young age, getting to know those boys over the years and how comfortable you end up with them.”They’re friends now and will be forever but the reputation that ‘JT’ has both on and off the field and how great of a player and person he is, it was a little bit daunting for me to first meet him.”I’ve played against him a few times but I’ve never actually met him until last week. It was a bit daunting but a week and a half in now really happy being involved with him and excited to learn from him in the coming weeks and into the future.”A half coming through the junior ranks, Hampton became a jack of all trades in his past two seasons at Melbourne, playing fullback, centre, five-eighth and halfback as well as hooking and lock forward roles off the bench.It is that utility value that most attracted Cowboys coach Paul Green and why after studying Smith and Cronk at close quarters Hampton has now turned his attention to the four-time Dally M Medal winner.”It does get difficult at times playing in different positions but I’m really enjoying it at the moment,” Hampton said.”I haven’t played heaps at hooker. Here and there when ‘Smithy’ was in the Origin camp and when he needed a rest I’d come on and play maybe 10 minutes every now and again. I did a fair bit of training at hooker and I enjoy playing through the middle and that utility role. “Any time I am in the halves I’m always looking about. I’m always looking at what [Thurston] is doing and he’s always one step ahead.”He trains really, really hard and he’s always on the ball and knows what he’s doing and that’s something that I can definitely improve.”Hampton’s first senior appearance as a Cowboy alongside Thurston will likely come at next weekend’s Downer NRL Auckland Nines where he hopes to press his claims as North Queensland’s No.1 utility option ahead of the likes of Ray Thompson and Josh Chudleigh.”If I do get in that Nines squad – and it’s a totally different game to a 13-on-13 game – but I’m sure that it will be a good chance for me to put into play the new structures that I’ve learnt,” Hampton said.”It will definitely be a good place to start and show ‘Greeny’ that I am keen and eager to push for that utility spot.”last_img read more

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Study Americans Still Positive on Homeownership Following Crisis

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing August 12, 2013 428 Views Study: Americans Still Positive on Homeownership Following Crisis Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-08-12 Krista Franks Brockcenter_img Not only is homeownership hailed as part of the “”American dream,”” but it is also imbued with several positive financial and cultural effects on families. Studies have linked homeownership to everything from greater political participation to greater educational achievement among children. [IMAGE]However, as 4 million American homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure during the financial crisis and one-fourth of all mortgage-holders fell underwater on their loans, questions arose regarding whether the long-held benefits of homeownership still hold true today. After reviewing research on perceptions of homeownership, “”Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies””:http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/ found the housing crisis does not appear to have had any major long-term effects on Americans’ perceptions of homeownership. [COLUMN_BREAK]””Our review of early research on the impacts of the housing crisis on attitudes toward homeownership suggest that no extraordinary efforts will be needed to attract American households back into the housing market,”” the Center said in its paper, “”Reexamining the Social Benefits of Homeownership After the Crisis,””:http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/sites/jchs.harvard.edu/files/hbtl-04.pdf released Friday. Through the lens of finance, it might be understandable–given the number of homeowners who lost their homes or fell underwater and have suffered damaged credit as a result–if some Americans abandoned the viewpoint that owning a home is a good financial investment. However, “”[e]ven after the dramatic loss of equity and the high foreclosure rates, the early evidence suggests that people seem to believe that, over the long run, owning is still preferable to renting, at least when it comes to the financial benefits of homeownership,”” the Center stated. The Center also posed the question of whether the sense of security families once felt in their homes has survived the financial crisis and found “”[t]he long term cultural preference for owning seems to have weathered the recent housing crisis.”” Despite these initial findings, the Center says more research is necessary to determine both the perceived and actual non-financial benefits of homeownership after the housing crisis. The Center says further research is warranted given that “”the federal commitment and subsidy of homeownership has been justified by claims that it has a variety of social benefits to both individuals and to society.”” Sharelast_img read more

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Brits considering city breaks in Prague will be pl

first_imgBrits considering city breaks in Prague will be pleased to learn that the Czech capital is the cheapest destination for UK holidaymakers this spring.According to the Post Office Travel Money’s City Costs Barometer, prices in Prague are 38 per cent lower now than they were in 2009, despite the pound buying less Czech koruna than it did 12 months ago.City break items in the Czech capital including flights to Prague, accommodation, meals and sightseeing totalled £106.17, which is almost two-thirds cheaper than New York (£307.96).CzechTourism spokesman Filip Remenec said Prague has many attractions for tourists in addition to a wide range of hotels catering to all budgets.”In Prague we have over 650 hotels, so there is plenty of choice. We have more beds than in Vienna, Budapest, Milano or even Barcelona,” he explained.Mr Remenec went on to recommend visits to Prague Castle, the Old Town Bridge and Old Town Square, while he also suggested that Brits sample the Czech cuisine.CzechTourism findings published in January showed that Prague is the seventh most popular city in Europe terms of tourist arrivals and the 19th most visited in the world.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedPrague city breaks offer cheap Christmas shoppingBrits embarking on city breaks to Prague are benefiting from a wide ranging shopping experience10 amazing Eastern European cities you probably haven’t heard of but must seeThere’s much more to discover in Eastern Europe than those old favourites Prague and Budapest. We’ve picked out ten hidden gems that are ideal for a weekend city break or an even longer holiday.5 flights for under £50!Whether it’s a spring city break or a summer sun holiday, get inspired for your next getaway with our latest selection of cheap flights starting at just £24. Venice, Italy from £24 Warm your heart with a spring break in the Italian city of romance and grandeur. As well as…last_img read more

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