5 things to look for during a home inspection: how to spot a lemon

first_imgA property open for inspection. Picture: Andrew Henshaw.THE smell of freshly cut flowers, some strategically placed cushions and soft lighting — it’s all just smoke and mirrors.These tactics are designed to seduce would-be buyers into falling in love at first sight with a home.Experts say buyers want to physically experience a property, and wise vendors work hard to turn that brief encounter into a lasting love affair.We asked Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev, Property Pursuit director Meighan Hetherington and Selling Houses Australia host Andrew Winter for their tips on getting the most of out of a property inspection:1. DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE DECOR“I have never bought a ‘staged’ home and never will,” Mr Winter said.“I like to know what the place will look like once all the staging has gone.”Mr Winter suggests concentrating on the actual fittings, especially in the kitchen and bathroom/s, as well as the condition of the building.“This should influence the level of any offers you make,” he said.“And unless you are buying a knock down, not taking notice of, or employing the right specialist to check, could be a costly mistake.”2. LET’S GO OUTSIDEMr Winter advises taking notice of the immediate area around the property during an inspection, such as the approach of the home or the vacant block next door.“Knowing what is happening in the locality allows you to more easily take control of the home and the area within your title as the surrounding space plays a role in the overall value of your home,” he said.Ms Hetherington agrees location is important.“We’ll check to ensure that the property isn’t on a busy road; too close to major roads or train lines; or too close to things like schools, shops, unit developments, and other commercial/industrial buildings,” she said.Block and house position are also important, according to Ms Hetherington.“Generally, we try to avoid odd shaped blocks and having the house positioned at the rear of the block, not allowing for any real useable backyard,” she said.“We also look out for ‘battle-axe’ blocks, where there is a driveway that runs down the side of the block to another property at the rear.” There are usually more open homes during spring selling season. Picture: Mark Calleja.ANDREW WINTER’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR BUYING1. Buy something you genuinely love2. Buy in an area you either know well, or, have undertaken considerable research about3. Focus on a limited geographical area, or a select number of suburbs4. Buy a property that works for you and is appropriate for the market5. Don’t be scared by bad taste decor, but be aware of structure and your immediate surrounds(Source: Andrew Winter’s Australian Real Estate Guide) A line of would-be home buyers at a property inspection. Image: AAP/Angelo Velardo.3. IDENTIFY THE RISKSCheck the flood maps! One of the first things buyer’s agents at Property Pursuit verify is whether the property is at risk of flooding.Then they check its zoning.“Ensure there are no developments under consideration or approved that would negatively affect the property,” Ms Hetherington said.4. LAYOUT AND ASPECTMs Hetherington believes the layout of a home is critical. “Typically, we’ll want to see good flow between the living spaces, kitchen and then to an outdoor space,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“We also don’t want to see what we call a ‘back-to-front’ layout — where the living spaces are at the front of the house and the bedrooms at the back, which doesn’t allow for any natural flow from the home to the yard.”Also take note of room sizes.Ms Hetherington said the living space should be sufficient to comfortably accommodate a lounge and dining suite. She said the minimum bedroom size should ideally be 3x3m, not including the wardrobe.When it comes to aspect, a north facing rear is ideal to allow for plenty of natural light year-round. The least desirable aspect is a western facing rear — a house that is dark throughout is a real negative.5. BRING IN THE EXPERTSBuying a home is a significant, life-changing investment and one that involves relying on the work of others, according to Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev, who insists on getting a building and pest inspection before even considering purchasing a property.“The residential assessment service of Archicentre Australia provides an important point of difference, — architects ‘assess’ while building surveyors and paraprofessionals ‘inspect’,” he said.“An architect assessment adds to the constructional and build quality focus by considering lifestyle aspects that can only be introduced by understanding design and architectural/siting opportunities.“This is a complex area and architects are best placed to advise and assist — providing guidance on understanding the property in its Zeitgeist and neighbourhood context while being able to cast an eye into its future opportunities.”last_img read more

Alaska wave buoy gets carried away

first_imgA Spoondrift wave buoy that ACEP’s researchers deployed as part of Sandia National Laboratories project to improve real-time forecasts of available wave energy, broke free of its mooring in Alaska just a week before its scheduled retrieval.Jeremy Kasper and Stephanie Jump, the researchers Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) from traveled to Yakutat, a community along the northeast coast of the Gulf of Alaska, to retrieve the buoy, as well seafloor oceanographic moorings.The moorings were deployed as part of the Yakutat Wave Energy Project, funded by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The project aims to assess the economic feasibility of installing wave energy converters in the area, as well as their potential environmental implications.The wave buoy, able to provide live updates on ocean wave heights and directions, used for the Yakutat project, was originally anchored off Cannon Beach.The solar-powered buoy broke free on September 28, 2018, and started its journey up the coast.Its built-in GPS tracking feature allowed ACEP’s Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center team to get live location updates during its adventurous cruise.A resident of Alaskan town of Cordova found the buoy more than 200 miles up north from its deployment location, and contacted the researchers early in November, after which the buoy was shipped back to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.The Yakutat Wave Energy Project will collect scientific and technical data sufficient for complete economic feasibility assessment, and establish firm scientific understanding of seabed dynamics, ambient underwater noise, and fish and marine mammal presence and habitat requirements in the project area offshore Alaska.The three-year project is expected to be completed in 2020.last_img read more

2 officers killed after gunmen attack police post in Malian capital

first_imgTwo officers were killed, when gunmen wearing turbans opened fire on police posted at a bus station, in the Malian capital, late on Wednesday. Security has now been tightened in Bamako, as concerns mount over the rising terror levels in the country. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports. Related Egypt Blast Caught on Camera: 2 Police Officers Killed Al-Shabaab claims to have killed Kenyan police officers Gunmen kill Egyptian police officers in Giza attacklast_img

Baggies could lose sponsor – report

first_img The suggestion follows Anelka’s controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture made during Albion’s 3-3 draw at West Ham on December 28, which the Football Association is currently investigating. When contacted by Press Association Sport, spokespersons for both West Brom and Zoopla, a property and house prices website, declined to comment on Marketing Week’s report. Press Association West Brom sponsor Zoopla has reportedly threatened to withdraw its lucrative shirt deal with the club unless Nicolas Anelka is axed from the team. John Simpson, West Brom’s head of communications, said: “West Bromwich Albion will be making no further comment until the Football Association has concluded its investigation, and the club its own internal inquiry, into the matter.” Zoopla’s head of communications, Lawrence Hall, added: “We are not commenting at this stage.” It is understood Zoopla is far from happy with West Brom’s decision to continue to play Anelka despite the furore surrounding the gesture, which has been declared by some to be anti-Semitic. Zoopla is co-owned by a Jewish businessman, Alex Chesterman. The reported claim is that Zoopla will pull out of its deal with Albion, which currently has another six months to run, should Anelka play in Monday’s Barclays Premier League match against Everton at The Hawthorns. It is believed West Brom, whose new head coach Pepe Mel tackles his first game in charge against Everton, are still intending to play Anelka. The issue has overshadowed the club for the last three weeks, and unsurprisingly they have now called on the FA to bring it to a close. The FA was criticised this week by Kick It Out for its initial silence on the matter, and for not acting quickly enough, with the campaign group calling for “an urgent decision”. The FA has so far made no comment other than to state an independent expert was aiding its probe, and there would be no further update until January 20 at the earliest. There is a possibility Anelka will be handed a lengthy ban should he be charged and found guilty, denying the club a key striker for a phase of their bid to avoid relegation this season. With the Baggies selling Shane Long to Hull for a fee that could rise to £7million, the potential loss of Anelka would further weaken Mel’s forward options, and with the clock ticking towards the closure of the transfer window at the end of the month. West Brom’s sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said of the Anelka issue, before the sponsorship issue emerged: “There are investigations ongoing, and while they are we won’t make any comment.” Pressed on the matter, Garlick added: “People can speculate there is a turn of events where we might be two strikers down. “It would help everyone for that investigation to be over as soon as possible, and the FA have given their statement about how quickly they will do that.” last_img read more

Norfolk State looks to sweep FAMU

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Norfolk State looks to sweep FAMU February 20, 2020 PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. MJ Randolph, Rod Melton Jr., DJ Jones and Nasir Core have collectively accounted for 61 percent of Florida A&M’s scoring this season. For Norfolk State, Jermaine Bishop, Steven Whitley and Kashaun Hicks have collectively scored 42 percent of the team’s points this season, including 45 percent of all Spartans points over their last five.JUMPING FOR JERMAINE: Bishop has connected on 38.9 percent of the 198 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 15 of 38 over his last three games. He’s also made 84.2 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Rattlers are 0-8 when they score 60 points or fewer and 10-6 when they exceed 60 points. The Spartans are 0-9 when they fail to score more than 61 points and 13-4 on the season, otherwise.THREAT FROM DISTANCE: Norfolk State’s Joe Bryant Jr. has attempted 121 3-pointers and connected on 33.1 percent of them, and is 5 for 16 over the past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Norfolk State defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 23.3 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Spartans 24th among Division I teams. Florida A&M has turned the ball over on 21.1 percent of its possessions (ranking the Rattlers 301st, nationally).___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorfolk State (13-13, 9-2) vs. Florida A&M (10-14, 8-5)Al Lawson Center, Tallahassee, Florida; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Norfolk State goes for the season sweep over Florida A&M after winning the previous matchup in Norfolk. The teams last played each other on Jan. 27, when the Spartans shot 60.3 percent from the field while holding Florida A&M’s shooters to just 43.9 percent on the way to a 28-point victory. Associated Press last_img read more

The Latest: European club rugby champs suspended

first_imgAll eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby.The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings.The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said.___ March 16, 2020 But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.” ___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket. Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___1:30 p.m. The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus. 2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. The Latest: European club rugby champs suspended Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):7:10 p.m.The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. ___1:50 p.m.The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers. “We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6. The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.” Associated Press Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week. NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___3:30 p.m.center_img Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___ ___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics. ___1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.” Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.___6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April. No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home. ___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.” 2:35 p.m.The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus.The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely.___ ___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.” The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.”The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___1:35 p.m. The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___ Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___ Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944. 11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.” 9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler. The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___12:20 p.m.last_img read more

With Bolt competing in same event, SU excited for Penn Relays

first_imgWith the world’s fastest man running on the same track, Syracuse is chomping at the bit to run at this year’s Penn Relays.Bernard Bush is a part of a four man 4×100-meter relay group that has a chance of competing in the same race as Usain Bolt, Olympic champion and world-record holder. Bush knew all along that he would be competing in the relay this weekend. Banter at practice this week shifted to talk about competing in the same event as the star of the track and field world. ‘The environment is electrifying,’ Bush said. ‘It’s crazy ? there’s maybe 30-to-40 thousand plus (people). It’s definitely by far one of the biggest environments we jump in here at SU.’The Penn Relays is now the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the United States. Through its first 115 years, the event has drawn more fans than any other track and field meet in the world other than the Olympics and World Championships. This weekend, athletes will run an average of one race every 5 minutes over 35 hours of competition.And Bolt, a Jamaican, will be competing there for the first time since he ran as a teenager at the relays from 2001 to 2005.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith several Team USA runners also competing alongside the best collegiate talent in the nation, there will be a unique mix between pro and amateur this weekend. Add in Jamaica’s biggest star to the group, and the three-day showcase looks like it will exceed expectations.Bush, a native of Tacoma, Wash., has experienced the rivalry between the United States and Jamaica before. And with Bolt’s arrival, it will reach a fevered pitch. ‘They say he’s supposed to be there,’ Bush continued. ‘There’s always this big rivalry between USA and Jamaica. It’s pretty intense.’Bolt is currently scheduled to compete as part of ‘The USA vs. The World’ series Saturday in the men’s 4×100 relay. Bush, a returning All-American, ran the 4×100 relay last year against a Jamaican team and will quickly attest to how hard it is to compete. ‘It’s definitely intimidating going up against the best talent,’ Bush said. ‘And the crowd is just as intimidating. Once you get past those mentally, then you might be ready to perform.’With half of the crowd split between the two dominant track and field countries, the Penn Relays sets the standard for the ideal collegiate meet.From the Penn Relays, every time Bush or any of his teammates compete, they are preparing themselves for a higher level of competition in the latter parts of the outdoor season. Beginning with last week’s Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational, SU head coach Chris Fox has continuously instilled this into the mindset of the team. ‘What we look for is another positive step,’ Fox said. ‘Each two-to-three week period when we race, we expect to get a little bit better. I don’t see any indication that we’re going to be off our game.’While still understanding the magnitude of the event, Bush specifically has a few names on his mind that he’s looking to track down this weekend. Beyond Bolt.‘Pretty much all the guys I faced at nationals last year,’ he said. ‘You got Tyron Stewart (Texas A&M), you got Reindell Cole (Cal State-Northridge), just the top jumpers in the nation.’Tito Medrano, a sophomore long distance runner, will also be making this weekend’s trip. Medrano will be running the second leg of the mile relay with Jeff Scull, Dan Busby and Brad Miller. Unlike Bush, however, Medrano has never been to the Penn Relays and is ready to see what all the hype is about.‘It’s an honor to be able to run on that relay team with three seniors as a sophomore,’ Medrano said. ‘It’s pretty exciting.’Medrano can remember hearing about the relays as a senior in high school when he was being recruited by SU. That year’s team shocked many surrounding schools when Kyle Hughes shot the team to third place. This weekend, coming off a year that included several key injuries, Medrano is looking to regain a similar level of expectations for SU and help out in any way possible.Even if there is no shot he can compete against Bolt.‘There’s not too much pressure on the second leg. It’s just don’t screw up.,’ Medrano said. ‘I’m not leading off, and I’m not leading off to the anchor guy. Just keep us in there — that’s my job.’zoirvin@syr.edu Comments Published on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Gould School of Law appoints new dean

first_imgThe USC Gould School of Law has appointed Andrew T. Guzman as the new dean of law, effective July 1, 2015.According to USC News, Interim Provost Michael Quick announced Guzman’s appointment on behalf of USC President C.L. Max Nikias last Tuesday. Guzman, a specialist in the study of international law, currently administers at the University of California, Berkeley as the associate dean for international and executive education, and as the Jackson H. Ralston Professor of Law.Guzman will take the place of current Gould Dean, Robert Rasmussen, who has administered the law school since 2007. Additionally, Guzman will assume the title of Carl Mason Franklin Dean’s Chair in Law.“There’s no better person with education to lead the Gould School of Law forward than Andrew Guzman,” Rasmussen said. “Andrew is the leading international law scholar of his generation, he’s a gifted teacher and an incredibly able administrator. He has the experience and the vision to ensure that our school will remain at the forefront of legal education.”Rasmussen resigned from his position last May. In the past year, the school has slipped in the national rankings, falling from the 18th spot to the 20th in the U.S. News & World Report.The USC Gould School of Law, however, continues to receive various accolades for competitive legal education. Forbes listed USC Gould graduates as having the sixth-highest mid-career salaries among law graduates and in 2014, graduates from Gould had an 87 percent passing rate for the bar exam.Rasmussen noted various innovative programs within the Gould School that have attributed to the continued growth among students and faculty.“We are happy with the innovative programs that we’ve put in place. [For example] Our business law program, our entertainment law program and our program in alternative dispute resolution,” Rasmussen said. “We’re very proud of the scholars we’ve been able to attract and retain to the Gould School of Law. We are very comforted by the continued success of our graduates in an ever-changing legal profession.”In February of last year, the USC Gould School of Law, with the combined efforts of Dean Rasmussen and President C.L. Max Nikias, raised more than $150 million to further accelerate the school’s stance as a leader in law education.USC Gould School of Law is hailed by law scholars as a unique, unparalleled environment with distinctive programs such as the 3+3 initiative, which allows a select group of undergraduate students to complete their bachelor and law degrees within six years. The school also gains traffic from global scholars who are able to complete their Master of  Laws online.Rasmussen explained what he foresees for the Gould School of Law under the administration of Dean Guzman.“I think 10 years from now, we’ll look back and say it was one of the best decades in the history of the Gould School of Law,” Rasmussen said. “I think the combination of various parts of [the] law school and Andrew’s talents, ability and vision are really the recipe for success going forward.”last_img read more

Badgers bounce back to OT victory over Buckeyes

first_imgFriday and Sunday presented the 18th-ranked University of Wisconsin Badgers with arguably their toughest weekend series yet this season at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Friday’s game against the eighth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions was UW’s third game against a ranked opponent and Sunday’s match came against an Ohio State squad that received votes for the Top-25 poll.The Badgers (8-2-2, 3-1-1 Big Ten) bounced back Sunday, with a 1-0 win in overtime against the Ohio State Buckeyes (7-3-2, 1-2-1 Big Ten). After a physical 2-1 loss to Penn State (10-2-1, 4-1 Big Ten), it was apparent the game had taken its toll on the Badgers as they were only able to gather one shot on goal in both halves of Sunday’s game against Ohio State. The Buckeyes had their chances, with six shots on goal for the game, but couldn’t get one past UW’s goalkeeper, Genevieve Richard, who posted her third shutout in the last four matches. Friday night’s game was expected to be fast paced with a lot of scoring chances for both teams.“I think Genevieve was very good at what she did,” Wilkins said. “I think she came up with some very key saves in the game.”The first two halves ended in a scoreless tie with neither team owning much advantage throughout the game. UW nearly ended the game five minutes into overtime when Kylie Schwarz hit a long pass to Rose Lavelle who drew the Buckeye’s goalie away from the goal but ultimately had her shot knocked away by an Ohio State defender. They didn’t have to wait much longer to end the game, and get their eighth win of the season.Senior Alev Kelter raced down the left side of the field and centered a pass through the box where junior Nikki Greenhalgh was in position to head it in and win the game for the Badgers. It was only the second goal of the season for Greenhalgh but it was by far the most important.“Amazing, it was just pretty magical,” Greenhalgh said about her golden goal. “We were fighting hard all game and it was good to come out with a win.”It was a big win for UW, especially after the loss to Penn State. The Badgers have six more Big Ten matches and are currently tied with Michigan for third place in the conference behind Nebraska and Penn State. Wilkins knew Sunday’s game was a big step forward as the team looks towards the rest of the season.“Every game we learn from and they add some character with the different circumstances we deal with,” Wilkins said. “I’m encouraged, and I think we get a much needed physical break, which we haven’t had this season. We want to give them a little bit of a break and get right back for Illinois.”Nittany Lions snap Badgers’ unbeaten run in Big TenExpectations of a tough contest were met as the Nittany Lions and Badgers combined for 31 shots with 12 of those being on goal. In the end, it was the Nittany Lions who emerged victorious with a 2-1 win over UW.The first 30 minutes remained scoreless before Penn State’s leading scorer, Maya Hayes, found Tani Costa for the first score of the game. Just five minutes later in the 35th minute, Hayes tacked on her 13th goal of the season getting assists from Mallory Weber and Taylor Schram. A two-goal first-half deficit wasn’t what the Badgers and coach Paula Wilkins, who was coaching against her former team, were hoping for.“I think we had some mental lapses defensively and we needed to do a little better with that,” Wilkins said. “[Penn State’s] pressure in the first half was good. It showed us a little bit of what we need to be able to do to be at that level.”Things started to turn around for the Badgers in the second half. Freshman Rose Lavelle notched the Badgers’ lone goal of the game, knocking in a deflected pass from sophomore Kinley McNicoll in the 65th minute.“I just remember [McNicoll] taking it to the end line, crossing it and one of the Penn State players tried to clear it but it popped up,” said Lavelle. “I saw it pop up, and I just hit it.”The Badgers continued to fight and pressure the Nittany Lions for the rest of the second half, but to no gain. The eighth-ranked Nittany Lions were just too much to handle for the Badgers. Despite the loss, junior defender Alexandra Heller was upbeat about competing well against such a strong opponent.“I think we were able to play against them,” Heller said. “The fact that we were able to play against them so much was really good. We just need to be able to finish our chances the next time.”last_img read more

Tim Masters appointed as Luckbox’s Head of Esports Content

first_imgTim Masters, an esports writer and editor, has joined the ranks of esports betting startup Luckbox as its Head of Esports Content. Formerly occupying roles such as Editor-in-Chief at GosuGamers and Assistant Editor at EsportsHeaven, Masters has also written for the likes of Ginx TV and VPEsports.This isn’t Masters’ first time working Luckbox, having worked for the company on a “consultancy basis for the past few months”, helping it to shape its news output. The responsibilities of his new, permanent role include producing much of the writing and editing that comes from the site.Tim Masters, Head of Esports Content at Luckbox discussed his new role: “I’m officially Luckbox’s resident editor and writer, so my role involves words of all kinds, but mainly focussing on reporting on esports, both the games and the industry. To be honest, it’s why I got into journalism and esports, because I naturally love to know what is going on, to speculate and to listen to my own voice, and that makes it something of a dream job.”Luckbox was founded by Lars Lien and Mike Stevens, two former colleagues at PokerStars. It’s described as an “esports betting and casino platform, offering players a safe and sociable environment to engage with their favourite games.In May, the UK’s first professional gamer Sujoy Roy joined Luckbox as its Director of Esports, working towards strengthening Luckbox’s connections in the industry and “fostering grassroots communities.”Esports Insider says: Tim Masters has ample experience writing and editing content that’s esports-specific, so his new role of Luckbox seems well-suited. We look forward to seeing where the platform’s content goes under his direction.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more