A gutted inner-city apartment in this iconic high-rise is a golden opportunity

first_imgA brown door was the only ‘splash of colour’ in this stark interiorThe home was held in the same family since 1969 — the summer of love and the year Neil Armstrong stepped upon the moon.The property is being sold as part of a deceased estate, and the late owner has been only the second proprietor since it was built.Mr Croft said savvy potential buyers have already seen the lack of fitout as a plus.“Buyers like the idea that they’re not paying for someone else’s renovation,” Mr Croft said. Might need some work perhaps“The fact that this hasn’t been touched — I don’t think the apartment’s ever even been repainted inside. It’s got the original shade of green on the walls, all the original tiles and fittings and fixtures,” he said. The stove is all that remainsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThat’s right — no kitchen, no floor coverings and limited cabinetry. It’s effectively a concrete shell according to Ray White South Brisbane principal, Luke Croft.“It was in totally original condition, so all the carpet and everything was removed. The kitchen was pulled out because it was in such bad disrepair,” Mr Croft said.“It’s a great blank canvass and the building is always really sought after,” he added. Enjoy this view, but bring your hammer tooLocated in Brisbane’s original residential high rise, Torbreck, the ninth-floor, two-bedroom unit is asking for offers over $499,000.But unit 9E has offered something a little different to buyers — it’s stripped bare.center_img The sellers have stripped bare this inner-city apartment in one of Brisbane’s most recognised residential buildingsOUR city is full of interesting structures and extraordinary opportunities, and the recent listing of 9E/182 Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill is sure to inspire creative renovators. This is actually one of the unit’s most complete rooms!The apartment includes a living space, internal laundry and two balconies as well, and at 113sq m in total it’s more spacious than most new units.There are even views through to Border Ranges, the Brisbane River and Mt Coot-tha.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

USC fails to qualify for final match play

first_imgIt’s not often in college sports that a team gets to return to the scene of its greatest failure for a shot at redemption.But that’s exactly the opportunity the No. 17 USC men’s golf team got this week at the NCAA championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.The Trojans placed last in a field of 15 at the same course in September, finishing 70 strokes out of the lead at the Ping/Golfweek Preview.Summer Trojan file photoUSC’s performance this week, while much improved, left the team six shots short of qualifying for the match play portion of the tournament and ended its season with a tie for 12th at 31-over-par (303-289-303).“It was a super challenging golf course,” USC coach Chris Zambri said. “They put a huge premium on driving the ball in the fairways. It was something we knew we had to work on throughout the year. We didn’t accomplish what we wanted to accomplish, which certainly was to get to the match play.”No. 8 Augusta State claimed its second straight national championship by defeating in-state rival No. 14 Georgia 3-2 in the match play final. LSU’s John Peterson won the individual title with a 5-under-par week.The Trojans’ improved play at Karsten Creek demonstrated their growth over the season. After failing to post a top-three finish in the year’s first six events, USC finished in the top-three in all five of its tournaments leading up the national championship. The Trojans also captured the program’s first Pac-10 team title since 2007.“We had that Pac-10 victory and we’ve been playing absolutely solid golf for the last three months,” junior Steve Lim said.Freshman Jeffrey Kang led the Trojans on the week with a tie for 20th individually, posting rounds of 72-73-75 to finish at 4-over-par for the tournament.“He did most everything pretty well,” Zambri said. “He bogeyed the last two holes or he could have had a top-15 finish, which would have been pretty special for a first year kid. But in the end he had a great performance for us.”Lim, the team’s most experienced player, recovered from a disappointing opening round 78 to post 72-75 and finish in a tie for 56th at 9-over-par.“It was championship time: You have to play well, but I wasn’t able to do it,” Lim said. “I actually played quite well the last two rounds. I turned my game around, but a little too late after a bad start.”Pac-10 individual champion, sophomore Martin Trainer, had posted four straight top-seven finishes coming into the event. He struggled in Oklahoma, however, shooting 75-75-76 and tying for 66th at 10-over-par.“I didn’t really play well the entire tournament to tell you the truth,” Trainer said. “I kind of struggled a lot with my ball striking. It was just a tough, tough course and we really needed to play well to make it and we just didn’t get it done.”Sophomore T.J. Vogel, a freshman All-American a season ago, finished a disappointing year with his worst score of the campaign — a final round 82 that included nine bogeys and two double bogeys. His total of 17-over-par (78-73 in the opening two rounds) earned him a tie for 113th.“I know he’s going to turn it around,” Zambri said about Vogel’s prospects for next season.Sophomore Sam Smith was disqualified from individual contention after signing for an incorrect score after his first round. His second round 71 was a big part of USC’s turnaround day, but he could only muster a 77 in the final round.After the tournament, Zambri and his players decided to focus on the team’s progress over the last three months and what promises to be an exciting 2011-2012 season.The incoming freshman — top-ranked junior golfer Anthony Paolucci and Daniel Lee — will add depth to the squad, while the returning Trojans have committed to a strenuous summer schedule of amateur golf events.“I feel like we’re going to be great next year,” Zambri said. “It’s not just that we’ve got five kids coming back that were starters, but some of them are playing the best golf they’ve ever played and really turned a big corner within the last couple months. If you throw in our two incoming freshman, one of which is the No. 1 player in the country, I think we’re going to have a fabulous year.”last_img read more

Simon Westbury – VSoftCo – Using professional footballers to increase the realism of virtual products

first_imgShare Share EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Submit Related Articles PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Simon Westbury, VSoftCoVSoftCo has been in the news recently after agreeing a multi-year deal to integrate its branded football game VStriker and a branded variant of Spot The Ball on Leander Games. To mark the start of a busy summer for the virtual sports specialist, we caught up with the company’s sales director Simon Westbury to discuss motion capture filming at Bramall Lane, the strategic importance of its partnership with Sheffield United FC and the impact of its recent move into the South American market.SBC: How much of an impact has the week of motion capture filming at Bramall Lane had on your virtual products?SW: The impact has been huge; it has allowed us to update our product with all the latest developments for the world of football and incorporate them into our updated version. A small example of this is the incorporation of the new kick off into our virtual game.Additionally, we have been able to work with professional football players to gain insight into the game and then take these findings to increase the realism of Fantastic League. We have included new types of fouls that have come from the professional players from their experiences in League One last year.We were also able to capture of 500 different sequences, meaning that Fantastic League now has over 2000 different sequences. The maths guys have told me that from the incorporation of these sequences, there is now a one in nine million chance of seeing the same sequence repeated.In a nutshell, the week of motion capture at Bramall Lane has allowed us to increase the realism of Fantastic League and allowed the team to gain insight from professional footballers, ensuring that we use our unique real time rendered technology to provide the most exciting experience for a punter.SBC: How do you ensure that VSoftCo makes the most out of its connection to Sheffield United FC?SW: The connection we have with Sheffield United (SUFC) is a special one and it goes past just the football. We were delighted to be showcase Beautiful Down Bramall Lane last Saturday at the Kell Brook fight where VSoftCo were able to host clients and partners. Despite Kell not getting the result everyone wanted, the team at SUFC put on a great show despite the tragic events in Manchester.We work closely with the club on a daily basis to see when we can get into the training ground to run more motion capture sessions, and we are looking to incorporate the prozone stats SUFC use on player and team analysis into Fantastic League.Now Sheffield United are back in the Championship, VSoftCo will be using the unique match day experience at Bramall Lane to continue to host and entertain, clients and partners.Finally, I am speaking to SBC founder Rasmus Sojmark about the possibility of hosting a charity game on the pitch at the end of 2017/18 seasons for our industry peers. The Betting on Football conference has shown the great crossover between gaming and football, and VSoftCo would like to offer the industry the opportunity to play on the oldest professional stadium in the world.SBC: How do you assess the impact of your move into the South American market with lottery provider IVISA?SW: The IVISA deal is a very exciting deal for VSoftCo and we are looking forward to the product going live in the next month. The IVISA deal is a deal that really signifies the global reach of our product and we are delighted to be partnering with such a well known local partner.Since ICE, VSoftCo has enjoyed the best year in its history, signing seven deals with key partners including InBet, Leander, Ezugi, Infinity and Spreadex. I am not sure other virtual providers have matched this volume of deals.SBC: Is there a specific innovation that you expect to see entering the virtual football space in the second half of 2017?SW: I recently discussed this on a panel at Betting on Football, and we all agreed that the next big innovation to come into virtual sports is in play betting. This is a challenge that all providers are looking into. I truly believe that our unique real time technology gives us the edge here. We are currently the only provider to offer a first goalscorer market and this market alone accounts for 30% of bets for our clients in Italy. I believe VSoftCo can use this technology to offer the first real in play betting markets; the use of pre-rendered technology by our competitors throws up challenges that VSoftCo do not need to overcome.Finally, we are about to launch a new product with a client that will be based on spread markets rather than fixed odds betting, and I think this will be an interesting development for the virtual football space and I am excited to see how it performs. SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020last_img read more

Island Clinic Health Workers Halt Strike

first_imgHealth workers at the Island Clinic at Bushrod Island have decided to end their strike and resume work until their needs of better working conditions, risk benefits and employment payment can be met.On Monday, many health workers, hygienic workers and security guards working at the Island Clinic Ebola treatment center were optimistic about a planned strike that could possibly help their appeals to be heard.But instead, they were met by Rep. Saah Joseph of District 8, Montserrado County, who said he was on the scene “as a follow up of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s previous visit to the hospital on Saturday October 11, 2014.”According to Mr. Joseph, there was an arrangement made over the weekend during the President’s visit to the ETU in relation to the public outcry by the workers. The workers are said to be dissatisfied with low income or no income at all, and also being shortlisted or not being on the employment list at all. “The arrangement arrived at  during that visit was that health workers would continue to work while the Ministry of Health tries to process their salaries. They also asked for a bus and I have brought one for them,” Rep. Joseph stated.According to heath workers at the ETU facility, they were told the same day that they would receive a text from various banks. The text would alert them on their pay being placed in their accounts.  But many of them say they have yet to receive any text.“Some people have received their texts, but majority of us have not received ours yet,” added a worker who has asked not to be identified.Rep. Sah Joseph, who stood witness to the meeting among  health workers and the President, says workers were given the opportunity to receive pay then and there.“The issue is not about money;  it’s about Liberia verses Ebola. The President told them, “If you know you don’t want to be on the side of Liberia, you just want your money, walk now and let me give you your money.”  But nobody came out, he said.Meanwhile, dozens of workers stood in front of the health facility with sullen looks on their faces yet again, impatiently waiting for their needs to be fulfilled. Rep. Saah Joseph counseled them in understanding the horrifying effect their strike could cause if played out.“It affects us if you don’t work. Why leave the job while we’re trying to solve this problem,  and watch some of our sisters and brothers die as a result? It’s not fair,” he told the health workers.He added: “The President says the worker’s that are working here are not even signed contract workers. Then there are the ones who have signed contracts but the length of time they have signed the contract for has expired.“We are saying that we need a management team that will concentrate on the daily management of the place [ETU] while the nurses are doing their job. We need a delegation of five to ten persons who can sit with the President and discuss what we are up against.  But leaving the job to talk about money will solve no problem. When you leave the job, people are dying: that is our point. Please continue your job, form this delegation, let us talk and solve the problem, because no matter what, we will solve the problem,” he assured the workers.Saah Joseph also mentioned  that banks that payments are being made to for the intended striking workers should also help in ironing out the situation.“The bank should be able to help us while the workers wait for a text from the banks; everyone needs to play a role. “While we are waiting for your checks, let the banks pay you and we will be committed to pay them back,” he suggested.Meanwhile, a leading prayer group of women who are normally seen praying in front of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s home were also on the scene trying to help in the effort.“We don’t want to see our children of God dying, risking their lives and not being cared about by the government. We are here to make sure their cries are heard,” one of the prayer women said.Also, several health workers brought to our attention the strenuous environment in which they find themselves, and said they are working only because they “don’t want to see people dying from Ebola”Speaking with a security guard who identified himself as the “third shift commander,” he said he had been working at the ETU for more than a month and had not been contracted or paid.A doctor on the scene said  hundreds of people are laying on bed, including one of their colleagues working at the hospital who contracted Ebola and had just passed away.The doctor said the reason why he had decided to listen and not to strike is, “I have people on bed inside of the ETU, and I can’t leave them like that. I mask my face as if   everything is okay whenever I go inside the unit, but out here, things don’t look good,”  he added.Meanwhile, it has also been said that dozens of patients have died as a result of workers leaving and abandoning their duties, an  action which they all regret.“We don’t want anyone else to die. We have the highest success story when it comes to treating Ebola.  We are the only unit that gives IV’s” stated Mr. Brown, a health worker.The spokesman for the ETU,  Alphonso Massaley, has stated that his workers will continue working until further notice, as he is optimistic that his workers’ needs will be met.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Republican leaders angered over FBI’s House office search

first_imgBut lawmakers of both parties said they have no interest in protecting criminal activities or Jefferson. Their fear, they say, is that the search sets a dangerous precedent that could be used by future administrations to intimidate or harass a supposedly co-equal branch of the government.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – After years of quietly acceding to the Bush administration’s assertions of executive power, the Republican-led Congress hit a limit this weekend. Resentment boiled among senior Republicans for a second day on Tuesday after a team of warrant-bearing agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation turned up at a closed House office building on Saturday evening, demanded entry to the office of a lawmaker and spent the night going through his files. The episode prompted cries of constitutional foul from Republicans – even though the lawmaker in question, Rep. William J. Jefferson of Louisiana, is a Democrat whose involvement in a bribery case has made him an obvious partisan political target. Speaker Dennis Hastert raised the issue personally with President George W. Bush on Tuesday. The Senate Rules Committee is examining the episode. Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, the House majority leader, predicted the separation-of-powers conflict would land at the Supreme Court. “I have to believe at the end of the day it is going to end up across the street,” Boehner told reporters gathered in his conference room, which looks out on the Capitol plaza and the court building. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA court challenge would place all three branches of government in the fray over whether the obscure “speech and debate” clause of the Constitution, which offers some legal immunity for lawmakers in the conduct of their official duties, could be interpreted to prohibit an executive branch search on congressional property. Lawmakers and outside analysts said that while the execution of a warrant on a congressional office might be surprising – this appears to be the first time it has happened – it fits the Bush administration’s pattern of asserting broad executive authority, sometimes at the expense of the legislative and judicial branches. Pursuing a course advocated by Vice President Dick Cheney, the administration has sought to establish primacy on domestic and foreign policy, not infrequently keeping much of Congress out of the loop unless forced to consult. “It is consistent with a unilateral approach to the use of authority in Washington, D.C.,” Philip J. Cooper, a professor at Portland State University who has studied the administration’s approach on executive power, said of the search. “This administration has very systematically and from the beginning acted in a way to interpret its executive powers as broadly as possible and to interpret the power of Congress as narrowly as possible as compared to the executive.” Some Republicans agreed privately that they found the search in line with what they see as the philosophy of the Justice Department in the Bush administration. They said the department had often pushed the limits on legal interpretations involving issues like the treatment of terrorism detainees and surveillance. Republicans could have a potential self-interest beyond defending the institutional prerogatives of the legislative branch. With some of the party’s own lawmakers and aides under scrutiny in ongoing corruption inquiries are tied to the lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the former lawmaker Randy Cunningham, Republicans would no doubt like to head off the possibility of embarrassing searches of their members’ offices. last_img read more