An ex-display home in Townsville is reeling in buyer interest

first_imgLarge windows and doors fill the house with natural light and open up to reveal an expansive outdoor patio overlooking the pool, complete with a fountain. The house is on the market for $850,000 and is situated on a 643sq m allotment. “It’s at the top end of the market in terms of price and design, so it is definitely appealing to a particular type of buyer — probably someone who loves golf, given it looks out across the golf club.”The house features striking black bamboo flooring throughout the living spaces, with a white and black colour palette making it a blank canvas for stying. READ MORE Explore Property agent Giovanni Spinella, who is marketing the property, said the house had received interest from a number of serious buyers. “The house has been laid out with the master suite taking up the entire top level,” Mr Spinella said. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We’ve had a lot of interest, with genuine buyers coming through at the open homes. This ex-display home is on the market at 14 Signature Dr in Rosslea for $850,000A HIGH-END former display home is on the market in Rosslea’s Fairways Estate, with features exclusively designed by local building company Pro-View Homes understood to be attracting interest. The four-bedroom house was nominated in the 2019 Master Builders Housing and Construction awards which was held last Friday night at The Ville. READ MORE All the winners from the NQ Master Builders Housing and Construction awards last_img read more

Everton close in on new Baines deal

first_img Having fended off bids from former Toffees boss David Moyes at Manchester United in the summer, Martinez said they wanted to reward Baines’ loyalty with an improved deal but the Spaniard has been wary of speaking publicly about negotiations. Keeping Baines out of the hands of United would be a major coup for Everton and a sign of how Martinez’s arrival in the summer has had a huge effect. The club sit just one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and have lost just twice all season as the Spaniard’s change in style has reaped instant rewards. Martinez significantly gave youngster Ross Barkley a key role in his midfield and has seen the 20-year-old blossom as a result, winning his first senior England cap and putting himself in with a good chance of securing a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad. Barkley is contracted until 2016, having signed a long-term deal in December 2011, but could also be in line for a new contract to match his rising importance to the side. The midfielder, out with a broken toe for possibly three weeks, travelled with the rest of the squad for a warm-weather training break in Tenerife at the weekend. Press Association Everton hope to be able to plan for a long-term future with Leighton Baines after reports suggested significant inroads have been made over contract negotiations.center_img Despite manager Roberto Martinez’s reluctance to talk about a new deal for the England left-back, Press Association Sport understands there has been considerable groundwork done over the last couple of months. That appears to have paved the way for the 29-year-old, whose current contract expires in 17 months, to extend his stay. last_img read more

Potential Tropical Cyclone nine develops in the Atlantic

first_imgThe National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring a potential tropical cyclone that has developed in the Atlantic.Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 developed Tuesday morning and is expected to bring heavy rains and flash flooding to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.It is expected to become a tropical storm before reaching the Leeward Islands Wednesday into Thursday.As of Tuesday morning, the system was located about 50 miles from the Leeward Islands and is moving at 23 mph with 40 mph winds.While The National Hurricane center is unsure of the long-range track of the tropical system due to it’s less defined center, officials believe the system could bring winds and rain to the Bahamas and Florida by the end of the week.last_img

Cricket News MS Dhoni tells Virat Kohli ‘Don’t be late’ for CSK vs RCB encounter in IPL 2019

first_imghighlights New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore is the marquee clash in the Indian Premier League. It is dubbed the ‘Kaveri Derby’ or the ‘Ashes of the South’. The rivalry between these two sides has captivated cricket fans in India. It helps that the franchise has massive fan followings on social media. In IPL 2019, the opening game is a cracker, with Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram stadium. The fact that the teams are led by MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli respectively gives this encounter top billing. Recently, on the official Twitter handle of the IPL, there was a video made which built-up the frenzy of the Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore clash.In the video, fans of both the franchises are trying their level best to outdo each other in all walks of life. Sparks are flying and the atmosphere is absolutely electric. Towards the end, the crescendo is built with both CSK and RCB fans going after each other on the street. On the rooftop above, both Kohli and Dhoni are enjoying the atmosphere with a cup of tea. Dhoni tells Kohli towards the end, ‘Don’t be late’. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Chennai Super Kings have a 14-7 advantage against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Chennai Super Kings have won six consecutive games against RCB.CSK last played RCB in the 2013 IPL encounter. Chennai Super Kings, who were banned for two years from the Indian Premier League along with Rajasthan Royals in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal, returned in grand style in the 2018 edition of the tournament as they won the final against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai to clinch the title for the third time.Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore have faced each other 22 times in the Indian Premier League, with MS Dhoni’s side winning 14 encounters while RCB have won just seven times. Dhoni’s side has won six consecutive encounters against Kohli’s side. The last encounter between these two sides that took place at the MA Chidambaram stadium was way back in 2013 and it was a thriller. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers smashed fifties as Royal Challengers Bangalore reached 165/6. In response, Ravindra Jadeja kept Chennai Super Kings in the hunt with a brilliant knock and in the last over, CSK needed 16 runs and it was going to be bowled by RP Singh.Jadeja smashed a four and a six off the first two balls and CSK needed six off four balls. The equation boiled down to two runs off one ball and Jadeja upper-cut a short ball to third man where he was caught. RCB had thought that they had won the game but RP Singh had overstepped. Jadeja had crossed for the run and in a bizarre way, CSK had won the match by four wickets with one ball to spare. The hope from all the fans is that CSK vs RCB provides more thrills in the coming matches.last_img read more

Cricket News Ravindra Jadeja Takes His 200th Test Wicket, Enters Elite List Of Bowlers

first_imgNew Delhi: Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock had helped South Africa recover from a precarious position and were putting pressure on India. De Kock was nearing a century while Elgar was set to break some records when he reached 160. However, Ravindra Jadeja had other ideas. The left-arm spinner floated a flighted delivery outside off that landed on the rough, Elgar attempted the slog sweep but because the ball bounced unevenly after landing on the rough patch, the batsman top-edged the shot. Cheteshwar Pujara ran in from deep midwicket and took the catch to break the 164-run stand and give India hope.The wicket of Elgar was Jadeja’s 200th in Tests and he took it in his 44th Test match. He is the second quickest Indian to get to the landmark behind Ravichadran Ashwin, who took 36 Tests to get to the landmark. Yasir Shah of Pakistan holds the record for the fastest to 200 wickets, having achieved the feat in his 33rd Test during the game against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in 2014. Also Read | Quinton de Kock Smashes Fifth Century, Continues Great Form On India TourHowever, among left-arm bowlers, Jadeja is the quickest to reach the landmark. Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took 47 Tests to reach 200 wickets while Mitchell Johnson and Wasim Akram took 49 and 50 Tests respectively to get to double figures. Among Indians, Jadeja broke the mark set by Bishan Singh Bedi, who took 51 Tests to reach 200 wickets.When Jadeja got the wicket of Dane Piedt on the first day, that was his 199th wicket and the scalp of Elgar got him into the list of bowlers who have taken 200 wickets. It has been a Test of records for the Indian and South African players. Mayank Agarwal notched up his first double century while Rohit Sharma notched up his maiden century as an opener. The 317-run stand between Agarwal and Rohit was the best stand in Tests between India and South Africa.Also Read | Elgar Hits Maiden Ton Against India, SA Fight In Vizag TestThis was also one of the rare instances when three or more players have scored 150+ in the same match. It was the fourth instance in Test cricket while it was the first time that such a feat had taken place in India. Thanks to Elgar’s 160 and Quinton de Kock’s ton, the match is evenly poised and both teams will have to avoid a slip-up if they have to register a win in Vizag. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Ranked teams meet as No. 24 Arizona hosts No. 14 Oregon

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 14 Oregon (20-7, 9-5) vs. No. 24 Arizona (19-7, 9-4)McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, Arizona; Saturday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two ranked teams meet as No. 14 Oregon visits No. 24 Arizona in a late season showdown. Oregon has five wins and two losses against ranked opponents this season, while Arizona has won one of its four games against ranked teams. Ranked teams meet as No. 24 Arizona hosts No. 14 Oregon ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: Oregon has been fueled by senior leadership while Arizona has depended on freshmen this year. For the Ducks, seniors Payton Pritchard, Shakur Juiston and Anthony Mathis have combined to score 44 percent of the team’s points this season, including 47 percent of all Ducks points over their last five. On the other hand, freshmen .CREATING OFFENSE: Pritchard has accounted for 42 percent of all Oregon field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has 31 field goals and 21 assists in those games.COLD SPELL: Oregon has lost its last three road games, scoring 61.7 points, while allowing 70 per game.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Ducks have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Wildcats. Arizona has an assist on 40 of 73 field goals (54.8 percent) across its past three matchups while Oregon has assists on 46 of 80 field goals (57.5 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Oregon and Arizona are the class of the Pac-12 when it comes to scoring. The Ducks are ranked second in the conference with 75.6 points per game while the Wildcats are first at 78.4 per game. February 21, 2020center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

The Latest: Cuomo can envision baseball in NYC this summer

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can envision baseball games being played without fans this summer at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field. Twelve rounds remain in Serie A, plus four other games that were postponed from the 25th round. The Italian Cup was suspended after the first leg of the semifinals.Conte also said that athletes in individual sports can resume training on May 4.___Premier League club Everton says it is “appalled” striker Moise Kean flouted the British coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions by partying at home with guests.The Italian filmed himself breaching social distancing regulations and is set to face disciplinary action. The Daily Mirror newspaper says the video was posted to friends on social networking site Snapchat. “Be creative. Try to figure it out,” the Democrat said during his briefing Sunday. “But if players could get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not? I’d love to watch.”Cuomo says he has spoken with owners of professional sports teams, but he did not identify which ones. They would have to make the economics work without gate revenue but with broadcast revenue.“It would have to be up to them, that they do an economic analysis that says, yeah, some revenue is better than no revenue, and my players are willing to negotiate a contract reduction,” Cuomo said. “Everybody has to think outside the box, right? Because there is no box.”___The Professional Bull Riders returned from a 41-day break this weekend in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for an Unleash The Beast event originally scheduled for Las Vegas. The two-day competition at Lazy E Arena was closed to fans to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Fabiano Vieira won the competition with the only 3-for-3 performance. The 37-year-old Brazilian opened Saturday night with an 87.25-point ride on Uncle Gangster, leaving him third after the first round. He covered Flight Risk for 86 points in the second round Sunday to take the lead and secure the first pick in the championship bull draft. Vieira selected Bullseye and had an 89.5-point ride.Vieira earned $11,000 and 104 points to jump from 14th to ninth in the season standings.The PBR also plans to stage two-day events at the Lazy E on May 9-10 and 16-17.___ More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Cuomo can envision baseball in NYC this summer The Cleveland Indians will pay regular salaries to full-time employees through June 30, but the club has had to furlough others due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The team said senior executives took “voluntary salary reductions” to ensure the team could continue to pay staffers. The Indians confirmed they have furloughed “many of our part-time employees and interns.” Those will take effect on May 1.The Indians are one of the few teams to guarantee full-time workers their salaries through June.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told teams last week he was suspending non-player personnel contracts on May 1. Many teams agreed to pay employees through May.Baseball has been shut down since March 12 and the start of the season remains unclear.center_img ___For the first time, the Arkansas Derby will be run in two divisions next weekend. Both will carry the full 170 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.The race was originally set to have a $1 million purse. Now, each division will be worth $500,000.A total of 22 horses are expected to run on Saturday between the two divisions, including winners of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Rebel Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Louisiana Derby.Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs has been racing without fans since March 13 because of the coronavirus. Associated Press Everton says it was “appalled to learn of an incident in which a first team player ignored government guidance and club policy in relation to the coronavirus crisis. The club has strongly expressed its disappointment to the player and made it clear that such actions are completely unacceptable.”The northwest England club says it has been stressing to staff the importance of following government rules to help the National Health Service deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.The 20-year-old Kean has failed to impress in his debut season in England, scoring just once in 26 games for Everton.The Premier League has been suspended since last month.___ April 26, 2020 Oaklawn president Louis Cella says that because of the large number of 3-year-olds wanting to run in the 84th edition of the race, the track didn’t want to see any of them left out.___Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has announced that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18.The move means that the Serie A soccer league could resume playing games in June.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Associated Press The laws of the game prohibit “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images.” But the English FA has given the green light for players using games to protest against social and racial inequality.The Premier League is due to resume on June 17.CLEMSON-RACIAL SLURClemson assistant Pearman apologizes for using racial slurCLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson assistant coach Danny Pearman said he made a “grave mistake” when he repeated a racial slur to ex-Tigers tight end D.J. Greenlee at practice three years ago. Under the terms of Dameris’ plea agreement, federal prosecutors will recommend a sentence of time served plus 21 months of home confinement, a fine of $95,000 and restitution. Sentencing has been set for Oct. 5.NFL-TRAINING CAMPSNFL tells teams they must hold training camps at homeUNDATED (AP) — All 32 NFL teams have been told by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Buffalo are among those that stage training camp elsewhere. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOBIT-WES UNSELDWes Unseld, NBA Rookie of Year and MVP in 1969, dies at 74WASHINGTON (AP) — By current NBA standards, Hall of Famer Wes Unseld was not a “big.” But the 6-7 Unseld is being remembered for his dominance as a center for the Washington Bullets and for his contributions to the community. — Formula One CEO Chase Carey says races won’t be canceled if a driver tests positive for the coronavirus or if a team withdraws. F1 wants to avoid a repeat of the season opener in Australia in March. That event was canceled when McLaren withdrew after a staff member tested positive for the virus. The season is now set to start with two races in Austria on July 5 and 12. F1 teams have a tough time returning to competition because of the regular international travel involved.— South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin says he has recovered from a case of COVID-19. Martin said he tested positive last month. He detailed his experience with the virus for the first time Tuesday.— North Carolina State athletic director Boo Corrigan says the school has begun a schedule allowing student-athletes to return in phases to campus, with the first wave of football players permitted to return to student housing by June 20.— Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts. Commissioner Larry Scott says athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools. The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.NFL-SEAHAWKS -PARKINSON June 3, 2020 TENNIS-BLAKE-FLOYD PROTESTSFormer tennis star says he’s saddened by police tacticsUNDATED (AP) — In the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, former tennis star James Blake says it’s sad to see the type of policing that is still going on in America.Blake, who is black, was mistakenly identified as a suspect in a credit card fraud scheme in 2015, when an undercover New York City officer threw him to the sidewalk and handcuffed him. The experience intensified Blake’s reaction to video of Floyd’s death shortly after being detained by Minneapolis police last week.Blake said the scars from his own experience probably can’t be erased. After the Zoom calls, the Broncos tweeted, “We will stand by our players. We will lift up their voices. We can do more. We will do more.”ENGLAND-FLOYD PROTESTSPremier League players can show support for protestersUNDATED (AP) — English Premier League players are able to show solidarity with the George Floyd justice campaign during games without facing sanctions.The Football Association has endorsed FIFA’s new stance that common sense would be applied when assessing the context of on-field messages on players’ equipment. BOWLING GREEN-BASEBALL SAVEDSafe: Bowling Green baseball saved by donors after being cutCLEVELAND (AP) — Thrown out, Bowling Green baseball is now safe.The school said Tuesday it is immediately reinstating its baseball program, which had been dropped last month due to financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bowling Green was facing a $2 million athletic budget shortfall due to the coronavirus outbreak, and baseball was cut in hopes of saving other sports from a similar fate.However, soon after the school’s announcement, a fundraising effort led by former BGSU players and donors brought in enough money to save a program that produced former Dodgers and Indians All-Star pitcher Orel Hershiser. Bowling Green has said previously it costs $750,000 per year to run the baseball program.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYFormer exec pleads guilty to bribing son’s way into collegeBOSTON (AP) — A former technology executive pleaded guilty Tuesday to paying $300,000 to bribe his son’s way into Georgetown University as a tennis recruit — even though the son didn’t play tennis.The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said Peter Dameris, a resident of Pacific Palisades, California, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.center_img The incident came to light Tuesday when former player Kanyon Tuttle posted about it on social media. Tuttle was responding to the school’s post of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney’s comments Monday about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.Tuttle’s post said, “You allowed a coach to call a player the N-word during practice with no repercussions. Not even a team apology.” Pearman is white, and Greenlee is black.Pearman said while he did not direct the slur at Greenlee, it was wrong for him to repeat it.Greenlee told The State of Columbia, South Carolina, that he and a teammate were having an argument and used the slur during the exchange. He said Pearman heard him used it back in an attempt to correct him.Pearman said Greenlee “appropriately” brought the matter to Swinney. Swinney and Pearman had a meeting, and the head coach told the assistant his language was “unacceptable.” Update on the latest in sports: AMERICA PROTESTS-BRONCOSBroncos stop football to talk about race relations, FloydUNDATED (AP) — Instead of X’s and O’s, the Denver Broncos spent Tuesday talking about racial injustice, police brutality and healing a nation rocked by demonstrations over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on top of the coronavirus outbreak and its economic devastation.Team president Joe Ellis addressed the offense and defense in separate Zoom calls that replaced the team’s regular video conference sessions, which are a substitute for in-person training during the pandemic.Coach Vic Fangio and general manager John Elway also participated in the calls in which Ellis emphasized society’s need to eradicate racism and told the players that the organization shares in the outrage over Floyd’s death at the hands of police. Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk says decision to forego the overseas trip is to ensure the health and safety of the players, coaches and fans.RUTGERS-SOFTBALL ABUSE REPORTReport: Rutgers softball needs change, but not disciplineNEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A law firm released a report Tuesday on allegations of physical and emotional abuse in Rutgers University’s softball program that described inappropriate behavior by coaches and a lack of communication on the part of administrators but stopped short of recommending discipline.The release of the report, which had been requested by Rutgers after an investigation by NJ Advance Media, ended a seven-month probe by the Lowenstein Sandler law firm of allegations by players that coach Kristen Butler and volunteer assistant coach Marcus Smith, her husband, fostered a climate of fear, intimidation and abuse after they took over in the 2019 season. The report said 10 of 22 players left the program after the 2019 season. The Cowboys and Steelers are scheduled for the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6 and will be the first two teams to report in late July. Dallas usually trains in Oxnard, California, and Pittsburgh in nearby Latrobe, Pennsylvania.Soon, the NFL is hopeful of having club complexes fully open, but under strict medical guidelines including social distancing protocols.In other virus-related sports developments:— Japan’s most famous baseball team has called off a preseason game amid reports that at least one Yomiuri Giants player may have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Japan hopes to open its delayed baseball season on June 19. But this news puts the 12-team league in jeopardy of being able to start.— Two people familiar with the situation say the WNBA has decided to hold its games at just one location if there is a season this year and that the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and the IMG Academy in Florida are the top candidates. There is still no date when the WNBA’s 2020 season will tip off. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the possible locations haven’t been publicly announced. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told the AP last month that the league was considering a handful of scenarios, including playing at one or two sites.  COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NOTRE DAME-NAVY MOVEDCollege football opener won’t be played in IrelandANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The college football season opener between Notre Dame and Navy has been moved out of Ireland because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen were scheduled to meet in Dublin on Aug. 29, but instead will seek to play at the Naval Academy during the Labor Day weekend.The decision to move the venue came after discussions between the Irish government, medical authorities and the leadership teams at Navy and Notre Dame. Unseld led his squad to NBA championship in 1978 and earned MVP honors. Unseld is one of two players in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season. He was a five-time All-Star who played all 13 of his NBA seasons with the franchise that drafted him in 1968 out of the University of Louisville.He and his wife Connie opened a school in Baltimore, where the Bullets, now the Wizards, originated. His family says he died Tuesday after “lengthy health battles, most recently with pneumonia.” Wes Unseld was 74.HALL OF FAME-BRYANT INDUCTIONHoops Hall mulls date for Bryant, Class of 2020 inductionThe Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is considering new dates for the induction of its star-studded Class of 2020. Hall president John Doleva says dates to replace the postponed August ceremony include mid-October and next spring. With Kobe Bryant due to be enshrined posthumously, it’s certain to be a big event. Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan also are members of the induction class. So is college coach Eddie Sutton, who died last month. The Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts, is also getting ready to unveil its completely renovated museum. Seahawks sign fourth-round pick TE Colby ParkinsonRENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have signed tight end Colby Parkinson, the first of the team’s 2020 draft picks to sign.Parkinson’s signing was listed on the official NFL transactions on Tuesday. Seattle made eight picks in the April draft. Parkinson was taken with the first of Seattle’s two fourth-round selections.At 6-foot-7, Parkinson is another tall target for quarterback Russell Wilson, especially in red-zone situations. Parkinson had 48 receptions and just one drop in his final season at Stanford. He had just one touchdown last season but had seven TD catches in 2018.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Marshall falls in rankings, but No. 1 in student satisfaction

first_imgThough it achieved a No. 1 ranking in undergraduate satisfaction, USC’s Marshall School of Business fell four spots to No. 21 in BusinessWeek’s annual undergraduate business school rankings announced last week.The rankings were compiled by the magazine along with College Prowler, a website that uses a formulaic methodology as well as student input to grade quantitative and qualitative aspects of American universities.“We look at things across the board such as faculty to student ratio, overall academics, how many parking spaces there are, etc.,” said Luke Skurman, CEO of College Prowler. “And then there’s the qualitative side, where we ask students for their input on these various aspects of campus life.”According to BusinessWeek’s evaluation of its rankings, USC achieved its position in the undergraduate satisfaction list based on its favorable location, “top-notch” career facilities and the supportive alumni network, which it described as “a valuable commodity, especially in light of the current job market.”BusinessWeek also cited the faculty as being one of Marshall’s greatest strengths.Abby Chao, a freshman majoring in business administration, said she agreed with the magazine’s evaluation of the school.“I’m only a freshman, but I know that Marshall has a lot of great programs, and they ensure that you don’t get ‘lost’ even though it’s the largest [professional] school at USC,” she said.William Crookston, a professor of entrepreneurial studies, said he was also enthusiastic about the rankings.“It’s terrific — I’m not excited about being 21st overall, but having a positive student satisfaction is great, and I believe it,” he said.Having graduated from Marshall himself with a bachelor’s and a master’s in 1967 and 1974, respectively, Crookston was able to compare Marshall’s present goals and achievements with those from his time at USC.“At that time, there was no need to compete nationally; we dominated the West Coast region inundergraduate education at Marshall,” Crookston said. “Now we’ve got pretty strict competitors, but the overall goal of Marshall is the same as it was when I was here.”Crookston also said the school could still improve its overall performance in rankings by turning some of the primary focus from master’s candidates to theundergraduate students.“It’s important to keep the students, or ‘products,’ happy,” Crookston said. “Though we can’t just let them slide through — it has to be rigorous. However, we must apparently be doing something right. Number one in student satisfaction is terrific.”last_img read more

USC Hospitality welcomes new executive chef to staff

first_imgA food lover who has worked with chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Lee Heftner, Eric Ernest joined USC Hospitality as the new executive chef who will be responsible for overseeing the progress of the department’s 39 venues.“I love food. There isn’t a food I don’t love,” Ernest said.But maybe more importantly for students is Ernest’s next statement.“There isn’t a food I can’t make great,” he said.Hail to the chef · New executive chef Eric Ernest said he wants to provide students with homey, comfort food and artisanal products. – Photo courtesy of Wagstaff Worldwide, Inc. Ernest, who has traveled to more than 25 countries including Budapest, Morocco, Honduras and Belize, said his trips have helped him to discover food that he is truly passionate about,“I’ve always had an affinity for multicultural food with high-quality produce that is time sensitive, temperature sensitive and technique driven,” Ernest said.Ernest, who has more than 10 years of experience in the field of managing large, multi-unit dining experiences, served as the executive chef of the hospitality conglomerate SBE.He described his method of dealing with USC’s extensive dining operation as blocking and tackling. He said he plans to identify all of the problems and group them into smaller projects.“You can’t boil the ocean,” said Ernest, who also said he plans to focus on simple issues such as requiring all staff to be present in uniform and emphasizing impeccable sanitation.Having been officially named to the position in mid-October, Ernest has had four weeks to assess the wants and needs of the USC student body. He said he’s been able to get an idea of what students want with the meals.“USC students want a blend of traditional, homey comfort food and artisanal products, and it has to be blended in a way to give them variety and something different everyday,” Ernest said.Ernest said he already envisions improvements to the dining experience on campus, including upgrading cooking techniques, training staff, buying better produce and even introducing a grab-and-go line of organic snacks.“I see students eating candy bars and think, ‘Why can’t we make that candy bar with quality products and in a smaller portion?’ It would fit our students’ budgets and prevent them from eating a whole candy bar,” Ernest said.Regarding the concern of organic food being significantly more expensive, Ernest said he plans to counter the issue by buying in bulk and cutting down portion size.Kris Klinger, director of USC Hospitality, said he looks forward to seeing what Ernest brings to the table.“We at USC Hospitality are looking to redefine what higher campus and residential dining consists of,” Klinger said. “Chef Ernest’s experience, knowledge and expertise will help us bring it to the next level.”last_img read more