“That really got us down and we never got back up,” Harold said. Virginia eventually went ahead 17-7, but faded quickly thanks to a well-worn recipe for failure: 13 penalties, many of which sustained drives for Ball State, four turnovers and allowing 506 yards. Virginia (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) hopes to have a lot of that corrected Saturday at Maryland. The Terps (4-1, 0-1) are hurting, too, coming off an embarrassing 63-0 loss to No. 6 Florida State. Cavaliers coach Mike London, whose team held Pittsburgh to 199 yards two weeks ago but lost 14-3 because its offense couldn’t make any plays, said the turnaround is frustrating, but fixable. “Perhaps maybe focus; attention to detail at that moment, at the precise moment that it calls for you to be at your best,” London said of a possible cause. “… That has to be addressed and it has to be fixed. We’ve got to keep talking about it and keep harping on it until it becomes kind of ingrained.” Harold said the tone of the defense, which came into the game ranked 16th in the country in total defense, spiraled downhill, and continued to suffer as the Cardinals continued making big plays. The big plays contributed to penalties against Virginia, too. Harold was called for a hit to the head on Cardinals’ quarterback Keith Wenning during a sack, and personal foul one of four against the Cavaliers for pushing a player down and a grabbing the facemask penalty. “Like I said, when something happens that you don’t expect, it was a blow because they did it so quick,” Harold said of the first scoring drive.
Singaporeans snap up London homes as local market slows
Markets open in 1 hr 44 mins Singaporeans snap up London homes By By: Katie Holliday | Writer for CNBC.com | CNBC 4 hours ago Print Singaporean demand for London properties is heating up as a host of factors drive locals into the U.K. capital’s thriving market. “By far the most popular foreign city for Singaporean investors is London,” said Richard Levene, director of international properties South East Asia for Singapore-based real estate firm Colliers International. “Central London is appealing as it is outside of the euro zone, [the] sterling (Exchange:GBP00H=) is weak, interest rates are low, and there is relative ease of entry and exit… In addition an imbalance of demand and supply has led to increasing capital values,” he added. ) Last week the Centre for Economics and Business Research – a U.K.-based think tank – forecast London property prices would leap a staggering 43.5 percent by 2018, pushing the average London home price up to A556,000 (US$893,658). By contrast CEBR found that house prices in the East of England and Scotland would rise by 27 percent over the next five years. The boom has been attributed to the government’s Help to Buy scheme which is set to launch on Tuesday, and offers taxpayer-subsidized mortgages. (Read More: UK acts to reduce housing bubble fears ) According to Levene, London’s property market is now seen as a safe haven among Singaporean buyers looking to diversify their property portfolio and safeguard their investments. Further compounding this trend, unattractive conditions in Singapore’s domestic market are pushing investors elsewhere. “The domestic market [in Singapore] is expensive and opportunities are limited. This has led to buyers looking elsewhere for real estate investments,” he said (Read More: Taper terror may leave Singapore property unscathed ) Singapore is home to one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. Prices have soared over 60 percent since mid-2009 spurred by a low interest rate environment. A two-bedroom apartment located in Singapore’s central business district averaged between SG$1,080,000 (US$864,207) and SG$4,200,000 (US$3,360,806) according to property website propertyguru.com.sg.