Mixed emotions about selling dream ‘mini estate’ near Brisbane CBD

first_imgMrs Scott said it was a “very easy commute to everywhere”.“It is very private but so close to everything,” she said. “You just feel like you are living on this grand estate but you are within easy reach of the CBD.“It will be very, very hard to leave.” It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a powder room, a large office, parking for five vehicles and a heated pool. Another favourite spot is the stunning kitchen, a space where Mrs Scott said the family spend a lot of time together.“It is massive, has a large scullery and an enormous amount of storage,” she said.“It also opens out on to the garden.”The location of the property was also a major drawcard for the Scott family as it is only 5km from the city and within the catchments of a number of good schools. But it is the large open, outdoor areas that hold a special place in Mrs Scott’s heart.“The driveway is long and we would play tennis on it, and the kids would race go-carts up and down it,” she said. Other additions include double glazing in all of the bedrooms, effectively “soundproofing” the house. Acoustic insulation has also been installed under the house, keeping it warm in winter and cool in the summer. They have also hosted many family Christmases on the property, and gatherings with family and friends around the pool.Mrs Scott said the house itself was solidly built, and they too had made some improvements on the already spectacular inner-city house. But the family now needs to move closer to family, but that doesn’t make letting go of the 1879sq m property any easier.The character Colonial home had just two owners before the Scott family, and had been extensively renovated in 2010. “We have done an enormous amount of gardening and also popped in a state-of-the-art security system,” she said.“You can survey the whole property from a phone or computer.”center_img Pimped out Queenslander sold in 24 hours “We also put in a material that NASA makes into the roof cavity so it is very quiet. You can’t even hear the rain or storms,” she said.As for her favourite spaces in the house, Mrs Scott could not list just one.“The living room has a beautiful, double flue fireplace and french doors that open to the view,” she said.“And the office also has french doors so it feels like you are working or studying in the garden.” More from newsNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours ago Video 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 Spring00:50The owners of this “mini estate” close to the Brisbane CBD spent many years looking for their dream home.And they found it in 2011. But a change of circumstances means it is now time to sell up, and just the idea of it is enough to make the owner, Eva Scott, teary. MORE NEWS: Brisbane home values on the rise “I am very sad to put it on the market. It is a stunning property,” Mrs Scott said. “It is our dream home and property. It is so private and secluded, and we waited years to find it.“We wanted land close to an acre but we could only find it in places like Pullenvale and Chelmer so when we saw this one, we just loved it.” Dream home a decade in the makinglast_img read more

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Love of God, love of neighbour

first_img 205 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyleLocalNews Love of God, love of neighbour by: – October 22, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Image via: gracegravy.blogspot.comLove of God and love of neighbour are commandments established in our minds as a summary of Christian life. Jesus articulated it on the occasion when he was challenged by the Pharisees and Sadducees. The nature of the challenge tells us something of the significance of the summary.Rabbis counted roughly 613 distinct commandments in the law, 248 positive and 365 negative. What the challenge to Jesus amounted to was: “Let’s see how good you are. Which of these 6oo odd commandments is the most important.” That’s the background to Jesus’ choice, and it underlines not only the overriding importance of these two commandments (and not others), but also (what Jesus calls) their “resemblance.”Both commandments speak of the priority of love. Love, of course, is a slipepry word, capable of meaning whatever one wants. We must give the notion some clarity and body. To love is to surrender oneself to, to put one’s complete trust in, to choose to please. In loving God were are to love like this, and with all our hearts, minds, and souls. One way of coming afresh at this priority is to ask oneself from the other end, so to speak, what is it that I surrender myself to with my all, and then ask: is this the God that Jesus was speaking of?Once we get the God matter settled, we are free to love our neighbour, again with our all. That is the point of the “resemblance.” Our neighbor doesn’t get leftovers.If I love God, I must also love like God, and that is why I love my neigbhor. The New Testament underlines this connection as inseparable. The first letter of St. John tells us, “If anyone says, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen (1 Jn 4:20-21).” Note also the order in which St. John puts the matter. It is in loving my visible neighbour that I love the invisible God. Why is this? It is because the neighbour is made “in the image of God.” St. Matthew underlines this further in his Last Judgment scene (chapter 25), where the neighbour in need turns out to be in fact the Lord incognito. “Whatever you did to the least of these…you did to me.”Jesus also did something further by elevating the love of neighbour in the way he did. For the Israelites of the Old Testament as for people of his day generally, love of neighbour meant love of one’s kin, not love of the stranger. This is why when he was asked “and who is my neighbour?” Jesus responded with a parable that began “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.” Note – just “a certain man.” Nothing is said of his nationality, culture, height, age, or occupation. Just “a certain man,” that is, “any” man. In other words, Everyman.What love of neighbour here also implies is that I must love the neighbour I make myself a neighbour to. In other words, love of neighbour is not simply contingent upon geography – the person “next to me.” It involves a choice, a reaching out on my part, an active orientation – to love. It’s something the Samaritan chose to do.Love of neighbour thus has, on the one hand, a practical, concrete aspect. As St. James wrote: “If a brother or sister is in need of clothes or food, and one of you says ‘Go in peace; keep yourself warm and well fed,’ without attending to their material needs, what good is that?” (James: 2: 15). And secondly, a more total aspect in terms of how I look at and relate to the other. The best word for this outlook, I think, is respect. It’s a disposition that has nothing to do with particulars of the person, or whether or not I like them. What matters is how I see them, and just what I see when I do.By: Father Henry Charles PhDlast_img read more

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The Latest: MLS still has a chance to play a full schedule

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta United president Darren Eales says it’s still possible for Major League Soccer to get in a full 34-game season plus the playoffs by the end of the year. ___The Gibraltar soccer federation says it has declared the league season null and void with no champion.The top two teams in the league were Europa and St. Joseph’s when the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended. The federation says they were so close in the standings it could not declare a champion “in the interests of sporting integrity.”The federation said last week that on government advice the season could not be completed by a UEFA-set deadline for Gibraltar of July 20.Europa will enter next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds. St. Joseph’s and third-place Lincoln Red Imps will enter the Europa League. The Swiss soccer league says clubs will discuss on May 29 if they want to resume playing in June amid the coronavirus pandemic.The league says the meeting of the 20 clubs will be two days after the next Swiss federal government update on easing restrictions.A restart on June 19 leaves seven weekends and six midweek games to meet UEFA’s preferred Aug. 3 target to complete domestic seasons.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference and is five points ahead of third-place Basel.Switzerland’s government has said professional clubs can resume training Monday. Games in empty stadiums should be possible from June 8. The Latest: MLS still has a chance to play a full schedule Associated Press He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars).___The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL. It followed talks between race organizers and the local authorities, and access to the track was strictly limited.Jockeys and grooms wore masks and betting was only allowed online. More races are scheduled for Friday in Cologne.Germany resumed ahead of other major European horse racing nations. The equestrian sport of trotting, or harness racing, has continued in Sweden through the coronavirus pandemic.The German soccer league Bundesliga is set to resume on May 16.___ The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining. Seifert says the league will begin again where it left off.Seifert was speaking after a video conference with members from the country’s 36 clubs in the top two divisions. The second division will also resume on May 16.___The French Tennis Federation says it will refund tickets purchased for the French Open because of uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic.The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. The Peach Bowl is donating $1.09 million to help fund COVID-19 screenings in Georgia.The bowl announced it will help fund the telemedicine screening mobile app developed by Augusta University Health System. The AU Health ExpressCare app allows for free virtual screenings for the virus throughout the day with no appointment.Patients who screen positive will be scheduled for tests.Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan says the aim is giving Georgia residents access to screenings and tests “as soon as possible.”___ Colorado plans on using two fields for its workouts and run about eight players at a time.Fraser started the video call a bit late because of an injury sustained while kicking a soccer ball around with daughter. No word on the type of injury. ___Horse racing has resumed in Germany, but without spectators and with mask-wearing jockeys.The race day at the Neue Bult track near Hannover on Thursday was the first to take place in Germany since the calendar was suspended in March. ___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country.The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.” May 7, 2020center_img While the NBA and MLS have no firm plans of a restart yet, Oregon and Oregon State both have three home games scheduled in September. Oregon is set to host North Dakota State, Ohio State, and Hawaii in Eugene, while Oregon State is scheduled to face Colorado State, Portland State and Washington State in Corvallis.___New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t see games returning to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field very quickly, at least not with fans.De Blasio says bigger events are going to be one of the last things that will really fit the equation as the country restarts from the coronavirus pandemic. He says the perfect time to reopen big events is “almost when the disease has really been beaten back to next to nothing.” He says the danger with big gatherings, especially, is “that could be one of the things that propels the disease back.”Opening day was scheduled for March 26 but has been postponed indefinitely because of the new coronavirus. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred believes the season will start at some point, and the league has considered playing in empty ballparks. The league says the government has advised that teams are no longer eligible for an unemployment insurance program when players start training. The league says it is having “very constructive” talks with the government about further federal aid.___The International Canoe Federation says it is planning its budget in case the Tokyo Olympics get canceled in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The ICF says its board “approved two budget scenarios” up to 2022 taking into account “the chance of no competition or Olympics in 2021.”The ICF is due to get about $16 million from the International Olympic Committee as a share of revenue from the postponed Tokyo Games. The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___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 During a conference call with reporters, Eales noted that player contracts run through Dec. 31, which presumably means the league could push its MLS Cup title game to the very last day of the year.MLS shut down in mid-March — just two weeks into its season — because of the coronavirus outbreak. Each team has 32 regular-season games left and the playoffs usually take another month. The league has already said that it will likely push back its championship game, which was set for Nov. 7.Eales said if the season doesn’t resume by the end of July, playing a full schedule would be very difficult.___ The Giants said the safety of the fans, players and staff continues to be its first concern during the coronavirus pandemic.___Sports events in Oregon are likely to be without large crowds through at least the end of September.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday the steps the state will take as it begins reopening next week. Brown asked those planning large gatherings, such as concerts, festivals, sporting events and conventions, to cancel or significantly modify plans for anything scheduled through at least September.That is likely to impact the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers of the MLS, and Oregon and Oregon State college football. Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will be the F1 drivers in Sunday’s event.Aguero will race for Red Bull alongside Albon. Courtois will run for Alfa Romeo in his second virtual race. Arthur will be with Haas.Golfer Ian Poulter will make his third appearance with Renault.The virtual Spanish GP will take place during the same weekend the real race was scheduled to run at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. The race will consist of a qualifying session and a 33-lap race.The F1 season hasn’t started yet because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put entertainment such as sports into the final phase of his guidelines for reopening the state. He’s discussed the possibility of having big league games in empty stadiums.___Colorado Rapids coach Robin Fraser says players will use team training fields for voluntary individual workouts starting Monday. The Rapids join a list of Major League Soccer teams taking the first small steps toward returning to play. Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Orlando City and Inter Miami let players onto fields Wednesday for controlled voluntary workouts on the first day permitted by the league.The MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. The New York Giants have announced their refund policy for 2020 season tickets. If a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending, full refunds will be available to season ticket members. They have the choice to receive a full refund for any impacted games, or they can apply the amount as a credit toward a future ticket purchase.Owners john Mara and Steve Tisch made the announcement in an email to season ticket holders on Thursday afternoon, hours before the league released the schedule.The Giants also are going to offer a limited number of individual game tickets to season ticket holders. The owners made the decision based on a request from fans. Anyone who purchases individual game tickets from Ticketmaster.com will receive a full refund of their ticket purchase price within 30 days of cancellation if the game cannot be rescheduled or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending. If a game is postponed or rescheduled, tickets are valid for the new date. The FFT says it “has taken the decision to cancel and refund all tickets purchased for the original dates of Roland Garros.”The FFT is also working closely with French authorities “to establish the necessary measures which will ensure the health and security of all guests attending the tournament.”Refunds will be received by end of May and a new ticketing procedure will be opened if the tournament goes ahead.___Formula One says Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona midfielder Arthur will compete alongside drivers in this weekend’s virtual Spanish Grand Prix. The ICF has postponed or canceled all international events through August. It is due to have an election congress in December when president Jose Perurena steps down after 12 years.___German soccer league managing director Christian Seifert says the Bundesliga season will resume on May 16.The matches will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement comes one day after Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors agreed the season could resume.last_img read more

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Fiction but Fact: Stop waiting for a miracle to happen and start doing

first_imgWhat has unfortunately also become part of my daily routine is telling myself “don’t worry, you’ll finish that tomorrow” even though I know I probably won’t. It’s like I keep waiting for something adrenaline-inducing to happen, something that could really justify my procrastination — but nothing ever does. So I wait until the next day, and the next day and the next, praying for something (it’s unclear what) to come.  I’ve been stuck in this same cycle without even realizing it. And it’s only intensified with quarantine. Sure, in the beginning, I was eager to be productive and creative with my time (by securing internships, fine-tuning my photography skills and more), but now I’ve succumbed to a new yet unchanging quarantine routine — one that involves even more intensified procrastination and unproductiveness. As a result, I can’t help but think about an existential play I read in an IB English class in high school. Set to the ringtone “Uplift,” my alarm goes off at precisely 10 a.m. (maybe 9:30 depending on the day). I reach over, turn it off, nap for another five minutes and finally drag myself out of bed. And then my day starts in a similar fashion as yesterday: work out, attend Zoom lectures, finish homework, eat food, FaceTime friends, pray, shower and sleep. I wake up the next day and the next only to do the same routine all over again.  But it never comes.  Shutting off my morning alarm (after the first time it rings) with enthusiasm, I’m ready to embrace tomorrow’s new day — a day that’ll feature less waiting and more doing. From here on out, I’ve promised myself to spice up my dull routine and use newfound time to try new things. And I hope you do the same even after quarantine ends. You, and only you, have the choice to change something in your life.  Stuck in a seemingly endless cycle, the two men are unable to translate a conscious decision into a physical act. So at the end of Act 2, even though Vladimir and Estragon agree to find shelter as the moon appears and night falls, they continue to stand silently, unmoving, like statues, returning to the same spot each day. I’ve never truly understood the meaning of Beckett’s absurd play until now. The extra alone time on my hands has given me a chance to reflect and what I’ve realized is that though we may not like to acknowledge it, many of us have a lot in common with Vladimir and Estragon. Sure, we aren’t wanderers who wear bowler hats, but we nevertheless share their monotonous behavior of waiting. Like Vladimir and Estragon, we’re all in a state of internal pause, sucked into a never-ending time loop. Waiting for a text back. Waiting for a show to return. Waiting for the lecture to end. Waiting for something — whatever it may be. But unlike the two of them, we have the advantage of knowing we have the freedom to choose. And it is this knowledge that will help us break our daily cycle of habit and inaction.  So stop waiting around for something to happen. Just go out there and start doing. center_img Because ultimately, as Vladimir points out to Estragon near the end of Act 2, “We have time to grow old. The air is full of our cries. But habit is a great deadener.”  So let’s try to get rid of our bad habits. We all have the choice to do something better. Let’s stop recreating yesterday while praying today will be miraculously different.  Written in 1949 by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, the two-act tragicomedy “Waiting for Godot” tells the story of two men, Vladimir and Estragon, waiting for the arrival of a third who (spoiler alert) never comes. Each act follows a day in the life of these two men that mirrors the last with uncanny similarity: They meet the same people and wait for the same person — Godot — over and over again. Vladimir and Estragon believe that waiting for the third man is necessary to receive meaning about their existence and their purpose. Even though he doesn’t come the first day, they determinedly repeat the same monotonous routine the next day.  Blinded by their need for clarity regarding “the meaning of life,” Vladimir and Estragon kill time waiting for someone who supposedly has the answer to it all. In doing so, they fail to realize that this very act of waiting is indeed a choice in itself.  (Sara Heymann | Daily Trojan) On almost every page, there are moments when Estragon turns to Vladimir and asks him what they are doing, as if he’d forgotten what they did the day before. At times, he tells his friend, “Let’s go,” indicating that he wanted to do something else but is met with a fierce response from Vladimir, who spits back, “We can’t … We’re waiting for Godot.” The repetitiveness of  this conversation denotes the majority of the play’s prose, highlighting Beckett’s recurring theme of choice and, more importantly, its significant power.  Aisha Patel is a freshman writing about fiction in parallel to current events. Her column, “Fiction but Fact,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

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FB : Syracuse recruiting class for 2012 starting to take shape

first_img Published on January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Interest in Josh Manley escalated soon after he committed to Syracuse.Manley, a defensive tackle from Alpharetta, Ga., verbally committed to SU on Jan. 15. Missouri, with a football program transitioning to the powerhouse Southeastern Conference, swooped in to try and flip his commitment. Wake Forest also showed some interest.The Milton (Ga.) High School senior was a commodity. But Milton head coach Howie DeCristofaro persuaded him against reopening his commitment.‘A guy from Missouri, recruiter, came by, tried to come in late, tried to promise him some things about playing for Missouri and all that,’ DeCristofaro said. ‘Then I had a little talk with him. Said, ‘Hey, you made a commitment. You stick with it.”Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone and defensive coordinator Scott Shafer gave Manley an in-home visit on Friday, which also helped to seal the deal, DeCristofaro said. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound lineman will sign his name on a national letter of intent to play for Syracuse in a ceremony at Milton at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. He’ll be part of a batch to sign on to play for SU on Wednesday, known as national signing day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarrone and Greg Adkins, SU recruiting coordinator and offensive line coach, will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday to introduce the signing class, which currently has 23 solid verbal commitments, according to Scout.com.There could still be more to come, too. The period in which recruits can sign letters of intent runs from Feb. 1 to April 1, and not every player signs on national signing day.In the past week, there has been a lot of moving and shaking in the Syracuse recruiting class. Syracuse has added two players to the class —defensive ends Myles Hilliard and Markus Pierce-Brewster.And the Orange also lost one recruit to an SEC school.Manley resisted the spiel from Missouri, but Harold Brantley found a better fit. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle from Hershey, Pa. gave a verbal commitment to play for Syracuse on June 29. More than six months later, a visit to Columbia, Mo., the weekend before signing day changed his mind.‘I guess the sort of ‘it’ factor that he was expecting on his trip in Syracuse that didn’t happen did in Missouri,’ said Shantih Dean, Brantley’s mother.Brantley visited Syracuse the weekend of Jan. 14, when more than a dozen recruits were on campus. Dean said Brantley and the family still has a great relationship with and great respect for Marrone and defensive ends coach Tim Daoust, the coaches who were Brantley’s primary recruiters.Brantley was more quiet and reserved during his visit to SU, said Dean, who accompanied her son on both trips. But he was more himself at Missouri, and Dean said he seemed more comfortable.‘He still felt really good about (Syracuse), he still wanted to play for coach Daoust and coach Marrone,’ Dean said, ‘but he did not make that connection and come home excited about Syracuse like most kids do after a big recruiting trip.’Brantley’s first call after the Missouri visit was to Daoust on Sunday night, when he decided he would commit to the Tigers instead.Still, Syracuse’s up-and-down week of recruiting has had some wins, too. On Monday, the Orange received a commitment from Myles Hilliard, a 6-foot-6, 258-pound defensive end from Bedford, Ohio.Hilliard had previously committed to Pittsburgh before former head coach Todd Graham moved on to Arizona State.He visited SU from Jan. 20-22. From there, his choice was straightforward.‘After the head coach at Pitt quit, I started looking around,’ Hilliard said. ‘Syracuse had been recruiting me for the whole time, so I just figured I’d take a visit to Syracuse, and I ended up liking it.’With the news of Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano’s departure to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, another potential outlet opened for Syracuse to close its class on a strong note. With Schiano gone, some players have rethought their commitments to Rutgers.One of them is defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick of Montclair, N.J. The younger half-brother of current Miami Dolphins defensive end Jared Odrick gave some other options a look after Schiano’s move.Montclair High School head coach John Fiore described the 6-foot-5, 265-pound lineman as ‘unblockable in high school.’ Pinnix-Odrick visited Syracuse this past weekend, and Fiore said his trip was a positive one for both the high school senior and Syracuse.‘It was awesome. He and his family were ecstatic,’ Fiore said. ‘Syracuse, their staff, (wide receivers) coach (Rob) Moore did a phenomenal, phenomenal job.’Fiore said the high school senior and his family were going to have a discussion Tuesday night about their plans.Scout.com reported late Tuesday night that Pinnix-Odrick would stick with Rutgers, but there are more decisions that will be made on Wednesday, too.The Tampa Bay Times reports that linebacker Tashon Whitehurst of Gainesville, Fla. — who originally gave a verbal commitment to SU in July — will announce his decision between the Orange, South Florida and Rutgers.Defensive back Wayne Morgan of Brooklyn, one of the top high school seniors in New York state, is picking between Syracuse and Connecticut, according to Scout.But Manley, the defensive lineman from Georgia, already knows who he’ll be signing a letter of intent for on Wednesday morning.‘The school itself and everything, all the school had to offer me,’ Manley said of SU on Jan. 16, a day after he verbally committed. ‘The connections with the school and also with the other recruits.’mcooperj@syr.edulast_img read more

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US-China Institute hosts talk on policy, political situation

first_imgRelations between the United States and China have been a major part of the 2016 presidential election, from confrontations in the South China Sea to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s ceaseless denouncements of China’s trade policies. On Thursday, the U.S.-China Institute hosted “The China Card: Politics Vs. Policy,” a day-long conference at the Radisson Hotel which focused on examining the impact of China on U.S. politics.USC’s U.S.-China Institute, part of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, seeks to provide insights into the relationship between these two global powers to stimulate public discourse through research, education and events. Topics at the conference included the 2016 election, notably the demographics who are likely to support Trump and his protectionist policies, as well as the environment, global business, law and human rights and defense.The event brought together leaders from across the country, including former diplomats, scholars from the East Coast and abroad and the first Chinese-American woman in the United States to be elected mayor of any city, Lily Lee Chen of Monterey Park, California.The first panel included Jonathan Rothwell, senior economist at Gallup, who discussed some of the characteristics of Trump’s voter base. According to polling data collected by Rothwell and Gallup, voters are more likely to support Trump if they are located in areas that are less exposed to foreign trade. This may imply that in regions which are well-connected to international commerce, such as Southern California, people are more likely to consider the benefits of trading with China rather than potential downsides.“The China Card: Politics Vs. Policy” commemorated the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-China Institute, which was originally founded by then-Provost C.L. Max Nikias in 2006.Also in the first panel was Dornsife professor of political science, who spoke about the possibility of achieving free trade policies during the next presidential administration.“Freer trade is going to be tough, and it’s going to be tough for years to come because of what’s happened in both parties,” said Shrum, who noted Trump’s move toward protectionist policies as being uncharacteristic of typical Republican candidates. “This is what I’m confident of: China has been a recurring issue in our campaigns, for good and for bad. It’s an issue now and it will be again.”Phoebe Mengxiao Tang, a Ph.D. candidate in political science and international relations, said that she enjoyed hearing about China from very different perspectives.“It’s very beneficial to hear content and discourse from different angles related to China and China’s relationships,” Tang said. “Some of [the speakers] even traced back the history of China, and how China traditionally has viewed the world and how it places itself in the world, which I find very interesting.”Clayton Dube, executive director of the U.S.-China Institute, spoke about the media and the research it produces for the public.“We have one job: to inform public discussion about how the relationship is evolving and why it matters,” Dube said. “We produce documentary films … which more than 50 million people have seen. We also produce two magazines, and we train with secondary school teachers to do a better job teaching about China.”Dube also noted the U.S.-China Institute’s cross-disciplinary nature, citing that it collaborates with various schools within USC to examine the relationship of the two countries in depth.last_img read more

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Taylor in Olympic bid

first_imgThe 2012 gold medallist takes on Mexico’s Victoria Torres in the World Championship quarter finals, knowing a win will see her head to Rio later in the summer. Two more Irish boxers are also in quarter final action in Astana today. Kellie Harrington faces Kazakhstan’s Zarina Tsoloyeva in the last 8 of the 64 k-g.  There’s another home boxer facing Grainne Walsh in the 69k-g category in Valentina Khalzova.last_img

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Horse racing world pays tribute to Limerick jockey

first_imgMc Namara was paralysed after a fall at the Cheltenham festival in 2013 and is believed to have suffered a complication in his condition in the last few days.The Limerick man had over 600 career wins in a stellar amateur career.20-time champion jockey AP McCoy says he’ll be sadly missed. Meanwhile, The Galway festival continues today at Ballybrit with the first off at 5.15Today’s feature is the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap which gets underway at twenty past seven.last_img

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AFCON 2013: Nigeria are African champions

first_imgSunday Mba scored a magnificent winner as Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time.The dominant Super Eagles made the breakthrough just before half-time when Mba clipped the ball over Mohamed Koffi and then volleyed into the far corner.Burkina Faso almost equalised when Wilfried Sanou forced a fingertip save from goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.Ahmed Musa slipped as he looked set to score and Victor Moses almost poked home as Nigeria eased to victory.It was a win that was fully deserved as Nigeria comfortably beat a tired-looking Burkina Faso, who struggled to make an impact in their maiden final appearance.And perhaps it was one game too many for the Burkinabe, who had failed to win a single game on foreign soil in the Nations Cup before this tournament but shocked many by going so far this time. However, credit must go to Nigeria and their coach Stephen Keshi, who captained the Super Eagles when they last won the title in 1994 and becomes only the second man to lift the trophy as a player and as a coach after Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary. It is also the first time for 21 years that a black African coach has won the cup – Ivory Coast’s Yeo Martial was the last to do so in 1992.After Nigeria and Burkina Faso played out a 1-1 draw in their group match early on in the competition, the Super Eagles had grown in stature and went into the game as favourites.Burkina Faso, though, were buoyed by being able to name an unchanged line-up after Jonathan Pitroipa’s red card in the semi-final was rescinded, while Nigeria brought in Ikechukwu Uche for the injured Emmanuel Emenike.The Super Eagles, playing in their first final since losing to Cameroon on penalties in 2000, made the brighter start and Moses made a couple of bursts down the flanks that eased concerns over a hamstring injury that had made him a doubt for the game. He was involved in the first good chances of the game, dinking in a free-kick which Efe Ambrose headed over and then winning the corner from which Brown Ideye shot high and wide after keeper Daouda Diakite had spilled the ball at the midfielder’s feet.Nerves were on show from first-time finalists Burkina Faso and they looked even more unsettled by the pace and directness of Chelsea winger Moses.While Nigeria assumed some measure of control, the Stallions were completely unable to retain possession – despite the fact it was their first match of the tournament away from the shocking pitch in Nelspruit.And when defender Paul Koulibaly attempted a back-heel, almost handing Nigeria a scoring chance, the Burkinabe were in danger of self-destructing.Aristide Bance tried to lift his side when he fired over Burkina Faso’s first effort on goal and then dragged a free-kick wide but with the likes of Pitroipa anonymous in the first half, there was little threat posed to the Nigerians. In contrast, Nigeria’s Mba produced a moment of sheer brilliance to break the deadlock just before half-time.When the ball ricocheted to the midfielder on the edge of the box, he used his right foot to delicately flick the ball over Koffi and as the ball dropped on the other side of the defender, Mba volleyed in superbly with his left boot.Nigeria came close to doubling their lead soon after the restart when Moses, involved in most of his side’s best work, played in Ideye who drove a shot across goal from a tight angle.Ten minutes into the second half there was still no sign of the Burkinabe shaking off their lethargy, which may have been a result of the sapping effect of their penalty shoot-out win over Ghana in the semi-final.Whatever the reason for Burkina Faso’s limp performance, Nigeria sensed an opportunity to drive home their advantage and had Moses played in his team-mate after a 40-yard run on the counter-attack they would have done. Again Bance tried to respond but could only direct his header into the arms of keeper Enyeama and Nigeria seemed to be easing to their first Nations Cup title for 19 years and their third overall.The Super Eagles were unfortunate not to give themselves some breathing space when the outstanding Moses broke clear and laid the ball into the path of the unmarked Musa but the substitute lost his footing before the pass reached him.It could have been a turning point for Burkina Faso but the agility of Enyeama made sure Nigeria did not pay for their misfortune when he stretched out a long arm to tip Sanou’s drive round the post.Instead, Nigeria might have sealed the win but failed to take chances that fell to Moses, who could not force the ball in from close range, and Ideye, who narrowly failed to connect with a cross.But the Super Eagles had done enough to clinch the trophy and underline their resurgence and spark huge celebrations in Nigeria.last_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Auston Matthews continues Game 3 domination for Maple Leafs

first_imgMatthews took a centering feed from Andreas Johnsson and got it by Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to give Toronto a 2-1 lead.A quick rip and @AM34 is feeling it! #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/jYFSEzbONi— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 16, 2019In his postseason career, the 21-year-old has proven himself a capable Game 3 performer. Matthews had played in two prior Game 3’s in the postseason prior to Monday’s tilt and he scored in both of them.The first came in his rookie season against the Capitals in 2017, just moments after a vicious Nazem Kadri hit on Brooks Orpik. Matthews got his own rebound in front of the net and got it past Braden Holtby to notch his first career postseason marker.Matthews also scored in last season’s Game 3 against the Bruins in the first round. With Rask guarding the Boston net, Matthews took a pass in the circle from Willian Nylander and went top shelf into the twine to give Toronto a 3-2 lead. There’s dominant Auston Matthews and then there’s Auston Matthews playing in a Game 3.After going scoreless in Toronto’s first two playoff games, the Maple Leafs center netted his first goal (and assist) of the postseason in the second period of Monday’s 3-2 win.  Not only have the Leafs won all three Game 3’s Matthews has played in, but he has tallied half of his total playoff goals in those contests.While Matthews did not quite follow former NHL winger Sean Avery’s advice to fight Boston’s Jake DeBrusk, he nonetheless contributed to Toronto taking a 2-1 series lead.Toronto will seek a commanding 3-1 lead against the Bruins as the series resumes on Wednesday evening.last_img read more

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