The Property Council Queensland warned it was nine new or increased taxes in just three years.“This is nine new or increased taxes in under three years. And when it comes to tax competitiveness, land tax thresholds in Queensland have not been reviewed for a decade. And now Queensland’s rates are far higher than NSW and Victoria.”He warned that “almost all of the properties that will be impacted by this tax hike are home to businesses employing thousands of Queenslanders in industries like manufacturing, tourism, logistics and trade.”He said “the reality is that land tax is paid — either directly or indirectly — by the business that operates on the land.” How to earn $50,000 in three years He was critical of Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and ministers “spruiking investment in the Sunshine State, but what they seem to forget is that an investment needs to stack up”.“It’s the bottom line on the investor’s spreadsheet that determines whether they invest in Queensland, or anywhere else in the world. This tax slug makes job-generating investment from offshore players in key sectors like tourism less likely in Queensland.”“Sadly, this is just the latest in a long line of tax hits for people who have chosen to invest in Queensland. Property Tax Hikes since October 2016 by QLD Govt: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer Jackie Trad walk towards a press briefing to deliver the state government’s 2019-20 Queensland budget to journalists at Parliament House in Brisbane. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt.Land tax bills will nearly double with all property holdings over $5m taking a fresh hit as the Queensland Government handed down its 2020 budget.The move was slammed by industry, with the peak property body warning it was “unjustifiable” and would make Queensland “uncompetitive”.Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said all property holdings worth $5m or more in the state would take a bigger hit.“Today we have seen extraordinary increases in land tax, totalling an extra $778 million over the next four years,” Mr Mountford said. — A new ‘additional foreign acquirer duty’ on residential property;— Increased the ‘additional foreign acquirer duty’ from 3 per cent to 7 per cent;— Introduced a land tax surcharge on ‘absentee’ landowners;— Increased the land tax surcharge from 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent for ‘absentee’ landowners;— Extended the land tax surcharge to also include foreign companies and trusts;— Introduced a new land tax category for aggregated holdings over $10m;— Increased the rate of land tax for holdings over $10m from 1.75 to 2.0 cents (individuals) and 2.25 to 2.5 cents (companies);— Again increased the rate of land tax for holdings over $10m, this time from 2.5 cents to 2.75 cents (companies). (Source: Property Council Queensland) MORE: Honey, I gave up the prize home Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford warned Queensland’s rates were “far higher” than NSW and Victoria. Picture: Mark Calleja.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago Perfection for Ash Barty to come home to FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER
The Gold Coast’s median house price is on the up.HOMEOWNERS can breathe a sigh of relief as Gold Coast houses return to prices seen before the national property market slump.And industry players expect prices to continue to rise with more people moving to the city for its enviable lifestyle.Latest CoreLogic data to August shows the median house price jumped to $659,000 for the first time since February, when it briefly hit $660,000 then gradually declined in the lead up to the federal election.The only other time it reached $660,000 in the past nine years was between August and December last year. MORE NEWS: Best places to retire revealed MORE NEWS: Renewed push to sell Ashy Bines’ multimillion-dollar home “We have selling seasons but they are nowhere near as magnified as Melbourne,” he said.“You can sell the Gold Coast lifestyle in June because (the weather) is not as bitter.”He said there was still plenty of growth ahead for the Gold Coast yet.Ray White Broadbeach principal Mitch Palmer said the data reflected what was happening on the ground.“Money has never been cheaper so we’re definitely seeing buyer activity increase,” he said.“The prices being achieved are healthy.”While price growth was expected, Mr Palmer didn’t think it would climb as far or for as long as it has in previous years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50 The increasing prices are good news for homeowners.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson was confident house prices would keep climbing, especially since backyards remained a big part of the Australian lifestyle.“I can’t see that changing,” he said.“The Gold Coast is one of those places that’s always going to grow as people are always going to move here.”He said a lack of supply to meet current demand and limited land to build would also bump prices up, but he didn’t think it would push people out of the market.“On a national scale, I think we’re still relatively affordable,” he said.“We’ve still got plenty of townhouses and apartments and we’ve still got the opportunity to build up.”Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton said the market was showing signs of a strong recovery while gradually shedding its reputation for seasonal sales periods.He said the climate was responsible for its year-round consistency.
4. 2 Brookbent Road, Pallara Kristine Malone with her daughters Jordan, 24, and Alexandra, 20, and dog, Marvin, at the luxury apartment they are selling that they bought off-the-plan. Picture: Mark Cranitch.DEMAND for yet-to-be-built homes in Brisbane has skyrocketed, with buyers still willing to fork out millions to buy apartments off-the-plan despite the coronavirus crisis.Inquiries for units in new developments have jumped 82 per cent in the past month, compared with the same time last year, while interest in buying houses off plan is up more than 28 per cent, according to new research by the property website Realestate.com.au.Real estate agents are also reporting increased interest and big sales in yet-to-be-built apartment projects in recent weeks.Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point director Simon Caulfield said he thought one of the reasons for the spike was the delay between the signing of a contract and settlement.An artist’s impression of the view from one of the apartments in the new ‘Thornton’ project in Kangaroo Point.“The benefit (of buying off plan) is that you only have to put a 10 per cent deposit down now and in 12 to 18 months we’ll be well out of this situation,” Mr Caulfield said.“I think that’s one of the motivations at the moment.”Mr Caulfield has just sold off plan the penthouse in the ‘Thornton’ apartment development at 11 Thornton Street, which only launched a fortnight ago.The deal, reportedly worth a whopping $7.5 million, includes the existing heritage house, while the other 12 full-floor apartments in the building are available for about $6 million each.Mr Caulfield said there had also been strong interest in ‘Prominence’ at 128 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, with one of the full-floor units selling off-the-plan for $3.65 million.Inside one of the apartments in ‘Prominence’ in Kangaroo Point.“The demand for this full-floor product is not just about luxury, it’s a lot to do with the fact that it’s all one level, no neighbours, 360-degree views,” he said.“My last five off-the-plan buyers have come from large homes on big blocks, but the frontage of the apartment is bigger than their house.“I think in this market, getting apartments away at these prices shows the housing market is not as bad as people interpret it to be right now.”This week Mr Caulfield sold another two apartments off-the-plan in ‘Monterey’ at 9 Lambert St, Kangaroo Point.One was a three-bedroom apartment that fetched just over $1 million and the other was a four-bedroom, half-floor apartment, which sold for $2.27 million.Two apartments in the ‘Monterey’ development sold OTP this week.New research by MCG Quantity Surveyors also reveals a trend toward off-the-plan investments over existing property.MCG managing director Mike Mortlock said that between April and December 2019, nearly 50 per cent of people surveyed had purchased a new home, rather than an existing one.And in the same period, 71.5 per cent bought or built a new dwelling, compared to just 28.5 per cent who bought an established home.“So new dwellings are certainly popular with investors,” Mr Mortlock said. 2. 140 Park Ridge Road, Park Ridge 3. 84 Samsonvale Road, Strathpine 1. 39 Hercules St, Portside Wharf, Hamilton 5. Lot 1 Fairway Drive, Hatton Vale “We’re certainly seeing (investors) being much more beneficially treated by federal tax policy. People are much more incentivised from a tax appreciation point of view to buy new. “Of course, there are the maintenance considerations that go into older properties as well, or it might mean project marketers are being more successful in their efforts.” According to MCG’s 1000 Assets 2020 report, a four-year study of investor sentiment and behaviours, Queensland has also recorded a substantial drop in the average number of units per unit development project — down 17.32 per cent, which supports anecdotal evidence of a rise in full-floor apartment demand.“I don’t think people want to live in massive developments,” Mr Mortlock said.“Certainly you have the advantage of amenities, but there are also large strata fees and the difficulties of capital growth in large developments.“The smart developers are moving to more boutique projects — you can see that in the floor sizes changing. We’re getting away from some of those student accommodation, shoe box style developments, which is a positive. “I think there will be more demand for these quality apartments that are a bit bigger than normal.” Mr Caulfield’s most successful off-the-plan apartment complex is ‘Walan’ at 2 Scott Street, Kangaroo Point, which launched in 2016 and features only full-floor residences.He has recently negotiated four resales in the complex, with the vendors achieving a 10 to 15 per cent increase in price, which he said was “unheard of”.The lap pool on the rooftop of ‘Walan’ in Kangaroo Point.Kristine and Greg Malone bought an apartment off-the-plan in ‘Walan’ and are now looking to resell the property at a profit. The luxurious apartment at 4/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point, has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with stunning city views.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“For us, the decision (to buy off-the-plan) was made around location and the size and design of the apartment,” Mrs Malone said. “It’s quite a boutique building, with only 14 residences — only one per floor — so that’s definitely what attracted us to it.”Despite the stigma of some off-the-plan investments losing money, Mrs Malone said other resales in the building had been successful.“We’ve been really happy with the other sales that have been achieved in the building so that’s been pleasing to see,” she said. This apartment at 4/2 Scott St, Kangaroo Point, is for sale.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said conditions in the development industry were “extremely tough” this time last year, with the banking royal commission and uncertainty surrounding the federal election. “Since the Coalition’s win, buyer confidence has roared back and we saw a number of new developments kick off in Brisbane,” Ms Conisbee said.“With COVID-19, we’re now faced with uncertainty in the market and buyers are becoming more cautious for the time being.” MOST IN DEMAND NEW APARTMENT DEVELOPMENTS IN BRISBANE (Source: Realestate.com.au)
ST. LEON – East Central football fans can now relive the 2017 Class 3A title march by their Trojans in a newly produced DVD, The Heart and Passion of Champions.The DVD will be available from 1-6 p.m. Friday, February 16 at the school and on ensuing days. The cost per DVD is $20 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the East Central athletic department.“The DVD has an ESPN feel to it,” said executive producer Ray Compton of Compton Strategies. “We have weaved interviews from the players and coaches with game highlights from the season and state tournament. The insight from many of the players and coaches provides an in-depth assessment of the legendary season at East Central.“It was truly a remarkable season molded by coach (Justin) Roden, his assistants and the players. The DVD discusses the wobbly 1-2 start, the huge victories and big plays in the tournament and the enthusiasm unleashed by the Trojan fans.”Hall of Fame announcer Bob Lovell of Indiana Sports Talk narrates the DVD. The DVD is sponsored locally by Indiana University East; Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine; and George’s Pharmacy.“East Central has a lot to be proud of,” said Lovell. “These are outstanding student athletes and are to be congratulated on a special season.”
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Jordan believes the likes of Bobby Zamora and £8million French frontman Loic Remy can help boost QPR, and he added: “We have the players now that are capable of taking the game to the opposition. “Bobby is back fit, Remy is back in – we have a depth there now that we didn’t have (before). “When we arrived here we could only really play in a certain way, but that has changed now. We had to defend and play on the break, whereas now we can take the game to the opposition when it is needed. “The performance (at Aston Villa) last week was excellent. Going forward that was the best we have played since we have got here. “There are eight games ahead of us and there are games we think we can win. “Harry has been in circumstances like this before and I have worked with him during those. Harry’s teams have achieved what we are asking these players to go and achieve in these last eight games for QPR. “The possibilities (of survival) are there – we have just got to make sure we don’t create our own problems. If we can play the way that we have played recently we will score goals, we have just got to make sure those goals win us games.” Following defeat at Aston Villa before the international break, QPR stand seven points adrift of safety heading into the final eight games. That deficit could be widened further by the time Harry Redknapp’s men tackle west London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage on Easter Monday. However, Jordan insists that the Hoops have what it takes to pull off what would be a remarkable escape. And he told the club’s official website www.qpr.co.uk: “Performance-wise, we are improving all the time and there is a belief in the camp, because we are playing well.” First-team coach Joe Jordan is certain QPR possess the attacking threat to fire themselves to Barclays Premier League survival. Press Association
He told Sunderland’s official website, safc.com: “The market is out there, it’s working, people are out doing business and everything is being done behind the scenes. “Everything is ongoing – but at the end of the day, we are in no rush. We want to sign the right players. “We don’t want to sign players for the sake of it because that can cause problems later on.” The Black Cats, then managed by Paolo Di Canio, recruited no fewer than 14 new faces last summer, all but one of them overseas players, and endured a disastrous start to the season which left them fighting an uphill battle for the remainder of the campaign. Poyet is determined to avoid a repeat this time around and with his squad in a state of flux – seven out-of-contract players, including Phil Bardsley and Jack Colback, and five loan signings have departed – there is significant work to be done to rebuild it. The Uruguayan has a strong interest in Swansea defender Ashley Williams and has not given up hope of securing Fabio Borini’s return to the Stadium of Light following his successful loan spell last season. However, while Sunderland intend to make use of the loan market once again, Congerton is hoping the club will become less reliant on it in years to come as it invests in youth. He said: “Obviously last year, the club did very well with loans and we will go into the loan market again. “Hopefully in years to come, the loan market won’t be as important as it is today and we will have more players provided from the Academy who belong to Sunderland AFC.” Sporting director Lee Congerton has insisted Sunderland will not be rushed into signing players for the sake of it this summer. Press Association The Black Cats have already completed deals for free agents Billy Jones, Jordi Gomez and Costel Pantilimon and have also tied up midfielder Sebastian Larsson on a new three-year deal as manager Gus Poyet works to reshape his squad after last season’s remarkable Barclays Premier League survival fight. However, memories of the club’s disastrous recruitment programme under then director of football Roberto De Fanti 12 months ago remain fresh on Wearside, and Congerton is adamant that they will take their time and get it right this time around.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 22 North Carolina State (5-1, 2-1) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Orange comes off a double overtime victory to North Carolina, while NC State was blasted by No. 2 Clemson last week, 41-7.The Daily Orange spoke with the Technician’s Andrew Schnittker about both team’s quarterbacks and NC State’s recent loss to the Tigers.The Daily Orange: Is North Carolina State’s 5-1 start deceiving?Andrew Schnittker: I’d say no. This is a team with a strong passing attack led by one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in Ryan Finley and depth-at-receiver. The defense is also underrated and has been better this year despite losing four starting linemen to the NFL.While it’s true NC State doesn’t have a signature win this season, Virginia and Boston College are solid teams, and those are good wins. I don’t think the blowout loss to a top-tier Clemson team changes the fact that this is a good team, and the start is legit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textD.O.: What happened in the Clemson game that led to the loss?A.S.: Everything that could go wrong did. A missed tackle on the opening kickoff gave Clemson a short field, they scored fast and then NC State was out of rhythm on offense. It pretty much snowballed from there.This team got away from everything that had led it to a 5-0 start, and it just wasn’t the Wolfpack’s game. Kelvin Harmon, who has magnets for hands, dropped a beautiful throw from Finley on a play that likely would have led for a touchdown. The Wolfpack turned the ball over three times and got beaten on third down on both sides of the ball. NC State simply did not play its game in Clemson, and while it’s disappointing, that game isn’t indicative of this team’s ability.D.O.: What’s been the most impressive part of the Wolfpack team this year?A.S.: The passing game. Finley can make some throws that seriously wow you and show he’s an NFL-caliber QB. Harmon is good for at least one “Mossed” catch a game. And this team has some serious depth-at-receiver with guys like Jakobi Meyers and Emeka Emezie. Stephen Louis got hurt against Clemson, but NC State has the depth to offset that loss.The Wolfpack could not move the ball through the air against Clemson (many teams can’t), but expect the team to get back to that in this one.D.O.: Who’s one player Syracuse fans might not know before the game, but will after?A.S.: Linebacker Germaine Pratt. He’s the quarterback of NC State’s defense, a leader and playmaker. He leads the ACC in tackles with 57 and has three sacks. Pratt flashed his playmaking ability as a backup last year with two defensive touchdowns but is doing it on a consistent basis in his senior season. Expect Pratt to finish the game with double-digit tackles and make at least one game-changing play.D.O.: Who wins Saturday’s game and why?A.S.: This one won’t be easy, but the Wolfpack gets it done 35-27. NC State will be angry after a game against Clemson where it wasn’t at its best and eager to get back to what led to the 5-0 start. It will be a shootout, but Finley and his receiving corps will outpace (Eric) Dungey or (Tommy) DeVito. Couple that with the fact that the Pack has a better defense, and NC State takes this one. Comments Published on October 24, 2018 at 10:25 pm
“These last two games I love the way we were pitching,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We need to set a tone on the mound. We did it last night with Andrew. We did it again tonight with Jaime. That’s the foundation we need to get back to.”Although the victories aren’t that significant at this time in this lost season for the Angels, pitching performances like this one bode well for the team’s future, with eight of the nine innings handled by rookies.Barría got things started in the right direction, thanks to some mechanical tweaks he’d made between starts with pitching coach Charlie Nagy, Scioscia said.Barría also said, through an interpreter, he’d made a decision to “attack the hitters” and to establish his fastball first, and then go to his breaking ball. He also avoided the issue he’d cited the last time – the Astros stealing signs when they had runners at second base – but simply keeping runners off the bases.They had a runner at second only once all night. He gave up three hits and a walk, and he retired the last nine batters he faced. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros After that, Anderson worked a hitless seventh and Buttrey got through a grueling eighth. He gave up a single to Josh Reddick and a double to Tony Kemp to start the inning, putting runners at second and third.With the Minute Maid Park crowd roaring, Buttrey struck out George Springer. After a walk to Alex Bregman loaded the bases, Buttrey struck out reigning MVP José Altuve. Buttrey threw Altuve fastballs at 99.6 and 99.9 mph – his hardest two pitches so far in the majors – and then he got him on a slider. Correa popped out to end the inning.“Those pitches I threw (to Altuve), I had no clue they were as hard as they were,” Buttrey said. “But that’s one of the best hitters in baseball. I got that adrenaline and it just kind of took over.”Buttrey, who has pitched just seven games, said escaping that jam will pay dividends down the road.“If I get myself into that situation in the future it will be easier,” he said. “That’s a huge confidence builder, going and getting those guys out. That was great practice because that situation is going to come up again in the future and I’ll have to do it again.”Blake Parker then worked the ninth to protect the three-run lead the Angels had built in the sixth, on a Mike Trout sacrifice fly and an Andrelton Simmons’ two-run homer. Simmons, who had three hits on Thursday, is 9 for 13 with three homers this season at Minute Maid Park.PUJOLS IN 2019After playing 70 games at first base this season – more than twice as many as in the previous two years combined – Albert Pujols ended up needing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.That prompted the question about whether Pujols will be able to handle playing first next year, when he’ll be 39.“We’ll wait to hear what the doctors have to say on that,” General Manager Billy Eppler said Friday, two days after Pujols’ surgery. “He obviously puts a lot of load on those knees and ankles and feet and his lower half in general. He’s diligent about his maintenance program and that’s something that will be part of his regular routine moving forward. I’ll wait to hear from the doctors in their follow-up what they have to say.”ALSOWithout Pujols, the Angels are now free to use Ohtani at DH any time they want, and on Friday he got his 10th start of the season against a left-handed pitcher. He has started five games against lefties since coming back from the disabled list in July. …Scioscia said the Angels are expecting to bring three players up on Saturday, the day of expanded rosters. They will add more players after Triple-A Salt Lake’s season ends on Monday.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Felix Peña, 1-4, 4.52) at Astros (RHP Josh James, 6-4, 3.40 at Triple-A, major league debut), Saturday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles PreviousHOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 31: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim high fives Shohei Ohtani #17 after a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. 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(AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 31: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a sacrifice fly to center field in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 31: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons watches his two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada, left, takes the ball from starting pitcher Framber Valdez (65) who is relieved after a single by Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 31: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a catch on soft fly ball by George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park on August 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)With bases loaded, Los Angeles Angels catcher Jose Briceno, left, and relief pitcher Ty Buttrey confer on the mound during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 31: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros has words with home plate umpire Eric Cooper about the strike zone at Minute Maid Park on August 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 31: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros strikes out in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on August 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Blake Parker fields the infield ground ball by Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Los Angeles Angels catcher Jose Briceno (10) and relief pitcher Blake Parker (53) celebrate their win against the Houston Astros after a baseball game Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 31: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim high fives Shohei Ohtani #17 after a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, left, high-fives teammate Andrelton Simmons after Simmons’ two-run home run during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)NextShow Caption1 of 19Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, left, high-fives teammate Andrelton Simmons after Simmons’ two-run home run during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)ExpandHOUSTON — It’s tough to pitch back-to-back against the same team. It’s even tougher to do it against a team with a lineup as stacked as the Houston Astros.But Jaime Barría bounced back from a rough start last weekend against Houston to pitch six strong innings in the Angels’ 3-0 victory on Friday night.Rookie relievers Justin Anderson and Ty Buttrey helped the Angels finish the shutout, with Buttrey working in and out of a jam against the heart of the order.Barría had allowed four runs in three innings against the Astros at Angel Stadium last weekend. He followed Andrew Heaney, who gave up five runs to the Astros in Anaheim but shut them out over six innings on Thursday night in Houston. 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“I don’t have that killer (instinct) inside,” MacDonald said. “It takes a certain spirit to come in here and put a man through pain. I don’t know if I have that same drive to hurt people anymore.”Join DAZN to watch Bellator 222: United States | CanadaIt sounded as if was going to retire right there and then, when he added: “I have to get out of here and re-evaluate. We’ll see what happens.”That was in the wee hours of April 28. Since then, MacDonald claims he has gotten the clarity needed to continue fighting. The Canadian looks to defend his title against Neiman Gracie during the semifinal of the Welterweight Grand Prix in the main event of Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden on Friday, live on DAZN. The winner advances to face Douglas Lima in the final for $1 million from rap mogul 50 Cent.So, what changed in roughly seven weeks that allowed MacDonald to continue his MMA career?“I just got clarity that I have a huge platform to reach a lot of people to speak about the Lord to give me comfort in knowing that what I’m doing is for a good purpose,” MacDonald told Sporting News during the media day for Bellator 222 at MSG. “My life has changed a lot in the last few years. Just everything changing in my life so much, just trying to get clarity on everything because life moves so fast. So, I took some time to think about it and get clarity on the situation.”“I think it’s important to address these things,” he continued, imploring others in any field of work to do the same. “It’s a huge thing. It’s how I support my family, it’s my career, it’s all I really know what to do in my life. But there has been a lot of changes, so just to re-evaluate things and put things in perspective.”Looking back on the post-fight interview from Bellator 220 in April, MacDonald believes his attempt to convey where he was in his life might have been overshadowed by his raw emotion in the moment.“Everything happening so fast in my life, so many changes, trying to adjust into what I’ve done for my whole life, which is fighting,” he said, “so I’m just trying to figure it all out and sometimes it doesn’t come out properly during a fight interview.”But he definitely appreciates the outpouring of support that he received on social media for his honest comments.“I think people appreciate an honest statement that comes from the heart,” he said. “I think people can relate to a real statement.”Those “people” include Neiman Gracie.“I respect that,” Gracie told SN of MacDonald’s comments. “I always tell people that fighting in the cage is no joke. If he doesn’t feel like doing it anymore, I respect it, but I think he still does.”MORE: Bellator 220: Start time, price, how to watchOf course, Gracie is going to test that feeling to make sure, already predicting a submission victory to become the new Bellator welterweight champion. MacDonald is confident his own ground game will prevent such an outcome.“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” MacDonald said. “I feel very confident with my jiu-jitsu and will try to keep the fight out of his strengths.”With a win over Gracie, MacDonald will face the man he defeated by decision to win the welterweight title — Douglas Lima. He thinks it will be a different scrap this time. NEW YORK — Rory MacDonald stood in the cage at Bellator 220 in April fresh off a disappointing majority draw against Jon Fitch — whom many projected would succumb to “The Red King” — looking very much like a man in search of answers.What the 29-year-old Bellator welterweight champion said next only amplified those feelings. “I think he’s more confident and he’s been working hard,” MacDonald said. “It’s a hard fight. Douglas brings it. I think he’s really hungry right now. I have to be on point and be at my best. It will be a hard fight, but I’ll be ready for it.”If MacDonald can make it a convincing victory over Gracie, he may also quell critics’ — and his own — lingering questions about continuing his MMA career.Either way, we know MacDonald is going to be honest about it.