Gold Coast penthouses attract interstate buyers, downsizers

first_img Inside The Star Residences, Gold Coast. The Star Residences, Gold Coast.Mr Hinds said interested buyers were looking to replace their current homes, looking at quality finishes and fittings, and amenities. “The Star residences are right in the middle of everything,” Mr Hinds said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“They are very well priced for the quality and what’s in them.”Quality engineered oak timber flooring, 2.7m high ceilings and integrated fridge and wine cabinets are just some of the many standout inclusions in the penthouses.Residents will enjoy direct integration to significantly important infrastructure including The Star Casino from the level three promenade, the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre via the existing footbridge and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre will be an easy walk over a proposed footbridge. A dream to live by the beach without the hassle of having a car or being stuck in traffic for hours could be a reality for buyers wanting a luxurious lifestyle on the Gold Coast. The Star Residences at Broadbeach is attracting penthouse buyers relocating from the hustle and bustle of Sydney and Melbourne, as well as locals looking to downsize.Penthouses are priced between $1.295 million and $1.995 million.After the success of The Star Residences Tower 1, which is now under construction, Epsilon, the second tower, is now selling. Epsilon offers buyers an opportunity to live in one of the world’s most exciting and luxurious integrated resorts, according to The Star Residences sales manager Chris Hinds.Mr Hinds said Tower 1 at Broadbeach was under construction and 95 per cent sold.He said Tower 2 included 15 three-bedroom apartments on levels 59 to 63.Penthouse configurations include three-bedroom, two-bathroom layouts, or three-bedroom, three bathrooms. Internally there is ample space in the penthouses that range from 112sq m to 168sq m. The Star Residences, Gold Coast. Kick back and relax at The Star Residences.Mr Hinds said the development stood out from others in the area because it was in a lifestyle precinct.“There’s already $2 billion in current infrastructure that’s already there – restaurants, dining, and more restaurants and retail coming,” he said.Shared resident amenities include a 23.5m long pool, a gym, steam room, sauna, and kids’ club kitted out with Playstations and Xboxes.last_img read more

Mr. William Earl “Willie/Bill” Waller

first_imgMr. William Earl “Willie/Bill” Waller, age 80, of Aurora, Indiana, entered this life on December 5, 1937, in Aurora, Indiana, the son of the late, Gabriel Lee and Elizabeth Marietta (Goodner) Waller. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and was a 1955 graduate of the Vevay High School where he participated in Future Farmers of America (FFA), track and refereed intramural girl’s volleyball. He was a finalist in the state algebra competition. William was united in marriage on May 28, 1957, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana to Yvonne June Mellen and to this union arrived three sons and one daughter to bless their home. William and June shared 61 years of marriage together until his death. After high school, he was a fireman on the New York Central Railroad on the Cincinnati to Indianapolis line for three years then he returned to the family farm to assist his father. He was employed for McCoy Implement Company in Olean, Indiana. In 1961, the family moved to Aurora, Indiana, where William worked for Aurora Utilities for four years. In Aurora, he was a volunteer fireman with Fire Company #2. William found his true calling in 1964 as a truck driver. For the next thirty-six years he drove for Aikens Truck Lines, Doxol Bottle Gas, Reis Brothers Trucking, Ringle Express, Container Carrier Corporation and Aurora Casket Company from which he retired in 2000, after 23 years of dedication. William was very proud of the fact that he had driven in every state of the continental United States. Of the millions of miles driven many were on one of his three motorcycles. He was a member of the Retreads Motorcycle Club of the Tri-State. William was a jokester and never met a stranger. He loved life and enjoyed playing cards, eating out and vacationing with his family and friends. William passed away at 11:50 a.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.William will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 61 years, Yvonne June (Mellen) Waller of Aurora, IN; his sons, Richard Dale Waller and his wife: Lisa Baer of Aurora, IN, Larry Dean Waller and his wife: Maria of Moores Hill, IN and William G. Waller and his wife: Stacy of Louisville, KY; his daughter, Kathy Lynn Rogers and her husband: Kris Bachmann of Louisville, KY; his grandchildren, Michael Joe (Amanda) Waller of Greendale, IN, Thomas Ryan Waller of Aurora, IN, David Leon (Brandice) Waller of Lafayette, IN, Amy Lee Waller of Lima, OH, Bronson Edgar (Kayla) Bachmann of Ft Wayne, IN, Rebecca Erin Waller, Ashley Nichole Waller and Bradley Aaron Waller all of Louisville, KY; his 11-great-grandchildren; his brother, Paul Waller of Mayo, FL, his sister, Ruth Elaine Waller of North Vernon, IN, and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Gabriel Lee Waller, died March 23, 1997 and Elizabeth Marietta (Goodner) Waller, died October 28, 1964; his granddaughter, Inness Elizabeth (Waller) Bishop, died October 12, 2016; his infant sister, Anna Margaret Waller, died in 1942; his brother, Raymond Lee Waller, died January 26, 1998; his aunt, Dorothy (Waller) Goodpastor, died February 6, 2002 and his son-in-law, Roland Rogers, died May 19, 1995.Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm, Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 11:00 am, by Rev. C. Martin Justice at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to Aurora Emergency Unit or Aurora Fire Department Station. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

West Ham United sign striker Lucas Perez for three years

first_imgLondon: West Ham United announced Thursday the signing of Spanish striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal on a three-year contract.”I am very excited, as West Ham are giving me the chance to stay in the (English) Premier League and I am very happy to be part of this new project,” Perez said in a statement published on the club’s website.West Ham Director Mario Husillos said: “His (Perez’s) style is different from the other strikers we have available to us, and that gives the manager more options for our attacking play.”Husillos stressed that Perez had “great technical quality” and he also has experience of English football.”From the very first meeting I had with Lucas, he made it very clear that he wanted to come to West Ham United and, for us, this is very important. We wish him every success during his time here,” Husillos concluded. IANSlast_img read more

Now it counts: Wisconsin basketball tips off regular season

first_imgFor the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, now it counts.After completing its exhibition season Wednesday, Wisconsin faces Mercer in the team’s first regular season game of the 2006-07 season at the Kohl Center.”I’m always excited for when it starts to really count,” senior forward Alando Tucker said.While Mercer may be much of an unknown to this point, having just played their first exhibition game of the season Thursday, UW head coach Bo Ryan knows his counterpart Mark Slonaker will have the Bears ready to play.Despite a disappointing 9-19 season a year ago, Slonaker has completely turned the Mercer program around in his previous nine seasons in Macon, Ga.Just three years ago, Slonaker took the Bears to their first-ever Atlantic Sun regular-season game, winning the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award along the way, and hopes to bounce back this year.”I know the guy can coach,” Ryan said. “He brought a team from nowhere.”Following the two exhibition games with an average margin of victory of 34.5 points, Ryan still doesn’t feel as if his team is exactly where he wants it to be.”We still have a lot of things to work on,” he said. “Each game you can find things; each practice you can find things.”But after seeing two completely opposite teams — a big team in UW-Stout with two 7-footers and a small, running team in Carroll College — Ryan knows he will have a deep lineup this year that can adjust to any style of play. And with a deep roster comes an unset rotation, one that Ryan says is not set in stone whatsoever.”I don’t ever go into a game saying this is absolute,” he said concerning playing time. “It’s an equal opportunity substitution that I have.”Freshmen guards Jason Bohannon, Trevon Hughes and Mickey Perry received a good number of minutes in the past two games since Ryan wanted to get a good look at his new scholarship players. The trio played well enough to make Ryan head into the regular season looking to use a four- to five-guard rotation, seemingly to include the three freshmen and starters Kammron Taylor and Michael Flowers.Gavinski to redshirtAfter struggling to adjust to the collegiate level of play, freshman center J.P. Gavinski has decided to redshirt this year.The lanky team jokester made the decision to redshirt after Wednesday night’s game against Carroll College, in which he didn’t see any playing time. In the first game against UW-Stout, he went scoreless in 11 minutes.”I figured it’d give me some experience under my belt,” Gavinski said. “It’ll give me time to get bigger, stronger. I think it’ll help down the road for the team and myself.”I got a ways to go.”Gavinski was expecting the coaching staff to ask him to redshirt after his struggles in practice, but found out the choice was entirely up to him — an approach Ryan has always used with freshmen contemplating the decision.Nevertheless, Gavinski thinks Ryan would have wanted him to redshirt.”He said I made a smart decision,” Gavinski said. “I think he was thinking along the same lines as I was.”Eye-popperTucker spent much of last year wearing a face mask to protect his broken nose, so when he was poked in the eye during the first half Wednesday, it was a scary feeling for him.”I got caught pretty good,” he said, still sporting a shiner under his left eye. “I kind of blacked out for a little bit.”last_img read more

WBB : SU looks to sure up turnover problem heading into matchup with lowly Wildcats

first_img Published on February 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse had its chance.Despite the ugly shooting performance, the game was the Orange’s to take. It held a one-point edge over Rutgers on Feb. 6 with four minutes left, despite shooting less than 30 percent from the field. The opportunity for the win was still there — until Syracuse gave it away.Four straight possessions resulted in four straight turnovers. Before SU could recover, the Scarlet Knights built a five-point lead with one minute left.And soon enough, the chance for an ugly — but quality — win turned into a disheartening loss.Turnovers have been a major problem for the Orange (16-7, 4-6 Big East) throughout this season. SU currently ranks last in the Big East and 258th in the country with 19.6 giveaways per game. Head coach Quentin Hillsman and his players said it is a product of the offensive system, players adjusting to new positions and bad decision-making by ball handlers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will look to heal the turnover problem when Villanova (8-15, 0-10 Big East) visits the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 1 p.m.‘When you turn the ball over, you’re not going to win basketball games,’ Hillsman said. ‘That’s just pretty basic. You’ve got to take care of the ball, you’ve got to get shots, and you’ve got to get possessions in order to win basketball games.’Even when Syracuse does get victories, it still has to overcome plenty of giveaways. The Orange has coughed the ball up an average of 22.5 times in losses, but the 18.3 average in wins is not significantly better. In fact, it wouldn’t even put the team in the top 150 in the country for turnovers per game.The main culprits have been senior guards Erica Morrow and Tasha Harris, who both average 3.0 per game, and junior guard Iasia Hemingway, who has 3.2 per game.Morrow and Harris have both been starters since their first year at SU and are the team’s primary ball handlers. Hemingway also gets a touch at the high post nearly every time down the court. Hillsman said that’s probably why they have the most turnovers on the team.‘Those three players touch the ball a lot,’ he said. ‘And obviously, when they turn the ball over, we have less success.’Another contributor to the turnover problem has been Harris and Morrow adjusting to their new roles. In their first three years, Harris played primarily point guard and Morrow shooting guard. They now split time at those positions.Morrow said she has been playing shooting guard since she was 10, so it has been difficult for her at times.‘Teams have done a lot of different things with us this year,’ she said. ‘It’s kind of like having a freshman at point guard because I’ve never done this before.’Harris agreed the new position has played a role in her career-high turnover average this season. But she also offered a simpler explanation to the team’s giveaway problem.‘Bad decision-making,’ she said. ‘That’s all it pretty much is. Not making good decisions whether you’re in half court or someone’s pressing you. You just have to make good decisions.’What makes it even more difficult is that there is no tangible cure to stop turnovers. It’s not like free-throw shooting or ball handling or footwork. It’s a mental facet of the game that can’t be taught in a simple drill or practice.And for Syracuse, it’s a recurring problem the Orange has yet to solve.‘It’s not a drill thing, it’s a decision-making thing,’ Hillsman said. ‘We’ve got to come down the court and make the proper plays. … They’ve got to do a better job of making quicker decisions and making the proper decisions.‘I don’t think there’s anything but basic decision-making.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Wilson: Allen’s failures tell more than Hunt’s dominance in quarterback decision

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ This was the moment Terrel Hunt had waited for since the spring. This was the moment he knows he deserved.He stepped onto the field for the fourth drive of the game for Syracuse with an unmistakable air of confidence. He cracked some jokes in the huddle, he said, and went to work.Until that point, the Orange managed just five yards and three points. Almost two hours later, when Hunt left the game for good, he’d completed 15-of-18 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. SU led 47-0.“Critics is critics,” said Hunt, who was shuffled into the background when Drew Allen arrived from Oklahoma in July. “They’re going to say what they want to say. You just worry about what you can do on the field and not about proving other people wrong.”For seven series, Hunt made Wagner look like, well, Wagner. He took the field against a Seahawks team that had already lost to a Division II team this season and reminded the announced 33,299 in attendance why there were so many empty seats — this wasn’t a foe to be concerned about.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo temper expectations on Terrel Hunt — he’s not going to play like the second coming of Donovan McNabb any week — but this is now unquestionably his team.It says much more that Allen once again struggled, this time against a miserable opponent, than it does that Hunt was so dominant.“We had two Big Ten teams that Drew went up against,” head coach Scott Shafer said, “so I don’t want us all to get down on Drew Allen, because I believe in that kid as well.”But Allen also got his chance against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent and blew it. He got the first three drives of the game and led Syracuse to five measly yards of total offense. He moved the ball one yard backward through the air, and even after being gifted the ball with a fumble inside the Seahawks’ 20-yard line, the Orange mustered just three points.It was one thing to struggle against Penn State or then-No. 19 Northwestern, but for a moment it seemed like this was SU’s destiny for the season — a squad with a serviceable defense, but inept on offense.Then in stepped Hunt. For seven drives he set the world on fire. Six touchdowns, one field goal, 44 points.Allen came back in and led Syracuse to a touchdown, but by then it didn’t matter — this was Hunt’s team.“It felt good,” Hunt said. “That’s what you want to do. You never want a three-and-out.”And he never did. Every possession he’s played this season has ended with an Orange score. Given, they’ve all come in either garbage time or against lowly Wagner, but Allen couldn’t even pick up a first down against the Seahawks in the first three drives of the game.It seems he had us all fooled — he was never of Oklahoma quality, he wasn’t even good enough to play at SU.Maybe there was a time when he would’ve been. Maybe if he had come to Syracuse straight out of high school and started as a freshman or sophomore he would’ve become a star, but four years on the bench was too long.For the first three weeks – his first three collegiate starts – he was quite simply inadequate. You could perhaps win games with Allen as a quarterback, but he wasn’t going to win them for you. Somehow, that was about to be the case again on Saturday. Syracuse wasn’t going to lose with Allen at the helm — Wagner’s offense was too terrible — but it wasn’t going to pour on the points like it did with Hunt.“I’m excited as hell about the way he played,” Shafer said. “I really am.”Shafer said he’d be “surprised” if Hunt doesn’t start on Saturday against Tulane and unless Hunt powers another blowout, Allen probably won’t get back on the field.He made some plays with his legs — three carries for 22 yards — and more with his arm. Hunt got out of the pocket when plays broke down and fired passes at an average 14.7 yards per attempt.His final drive started with a pair of handoffs, but Hunt was left with a third and long. These were the plays that Allen could supposedly make. Hunt had to answer one last question.Jarrod West ran a post over the middle. Hunt launched a pass. The wide receiver hauled it in over the defense for a 65-yard touchdown. Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said it was the best throw Hunt made all day.He came off the field with yet another reason to smile. This team is his now, just as he’s always known it should be.David Wilson is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at dbwilson@syr.edu or on Twitter at @DBWilson2. Comments Published on September 16, 2013 at 4:17 amlast_img read more

The words of advice that carried Evan Adams through Syracuse

first_imgAt 10 years old, Evan Adams lost the man whose lessons pushed him through the rest of his formative years. Adams had spent weeks in and out of the hospital visiting his sick father, Ernest, often doing homework or eating meals there to be with his mother, Alisa.In one of those meetings, before Ernest died from lung cancer in February 2007, Adams promised his dad he’d graduate college.“(Evan) tried not to show it but I know it impacted him a lot,” Alisa said. “Football was an out for him. Even something that he take his frustrations out on any one person.“It kind of saved his life from whatever the world has to bring.”Adams was angry when he was younger and didn’t listen to his mother as much as he should. In high school he skipped class too much and didn’t understand how to keep everyone, including himself, satisfied. In college he ran into similar issues, struggling to grasp both football and academic adjustments during his freshman year, one he says now was his most transformative.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m actually happy that I went through a lot of the stuff that I went through,” Adams said. “Some of the stuff I’m still in awe at. ‘I really did that?’ Or, ‘Jesus what was I doing back then?’”Now two weeks removed from his final season with Syracuse football, Adams has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Human development and family science. After playing under two head coaches, three offensive coordinators and three line coaches, Adams will start training for a Pro Day and hopefully a shot in the NFL. Through it all, Adams has relied on the advice from his father and other mentors to guide him.“If you believe in something, don’t stray from it,” Adams remembered his dad said.In the months following his father’s death, two things happened that would impact Adams’ life significantly: Alisa signed him up for football and a program known as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, a non-profit organization that sets children up with mentors.Adams met his mentor Wil Mims, who worked at a hedge fund in Greenwich Connecticut, not long after Ernest had died. The pair clicked immediately, and spent far more time together than the few hours a month required by the program. Adams joined Mims on dates, family gatherings and Floyd Mayweather watch parties.Mims was a sounding board for a kid who’d lost his father and at times struggled to listen to his mother’s directions. Mims changed that by preaching what he called “Christian core values” to Adams, including how to treat his mother with respect and how to have integrity — something Mims showed Adams firsthand in his own family interactions.After one middle school football game, Mims pulled Adams aside. Their team had just lost to a program that ran the triple option, an offense based on deception and choices that require each player on defense to execute a specific task — and the teenager was sulking. With a team of inexperienced football players, no one followed their assignment and the game was a disaster.“Control the controllables,” Mims advised. “Because you’re a good player and you can do what you can do.”Those words stuck with Adams as he grew older, like the time his senior year when his high school football coach Sean Ireland called Adams during the school day. Ireland knew his star player wasn’t in school, and from his cell phone a few blocks away at Subway, Adams confirmed his wrong doing.“You better get back here right now,” Adams remembered hearing.Adams returned to an “ambush,” he said, that included Ireland, his science teacher, another coach and a few other adults. Skipping class wasn’t new for Adams, but that didn’t mean it was tolerated.At the time, Adams was a senior and would skip class if he felt unnecessarily ahead. Sometimes, he’d go and lift weights instead. On the field, he was the guy who sometimes hit late, or too hard. Personal fouls weren’t abnormal for him. Adams just wanted to do things his way.In high school, he learned to get by with all of it. He was smart enough to scheme his way into adequate grades and played well enough to overcome his lapses and overaggression.At Syracuse, though, things were different. Football in the Atlantic Coast Conference meant players were his size and stronger. College courses weren’t holding meetings when he skipped. It led to a 1.9 grade-point average during his first semester, a redshirt year in football.That season, he watched as guys like Omari Palmer, Rob Trudo and Ivan Foy pushed opponents around the field but didn’t get penalized. They got inside the opponents heads with play between the whistles and some trash talk. For them, good personal play didn’t come at the expense of the team.During that redshirt year, Adams missed a morning workout. He’d been out drinking the night before and slept through a training session with Will Hicks, Syracuse football’s former strength and conditioning coach. The next morning’s apology didn’t help Adams’ case. He ended up on Jacob’s Ladder, the treadmill equivalent of climbing a ladder.Hicks ate, showered and came back out to Adams still climbing. After nearly 90 minutes, Hicks reemerged and Adams was done climbing and done screwing up for the rest of college. Adams adjusted his routine, making sure that he never missed another workout or meeting. He could stick to what he wanted, as long as it was within someone else’s larger plan.“You know a bear’s at the top of the mountain just don’t go too close that it wakes up and mauls you in the face,” Adams said. “Just don’t do that. There’s a boundary to everything. Don’t make what you’re doing somebody else’s problem.“Once you make it somebody else’s problem, the outcome is out of your control.”Sitting in the basement of Bird Library, less than an hour after his final exam of college, the stories of Adams’ past mistakes make him smile. He truly believes he’s different now, that he’s learned from all of it and become better for it.Adams hadn’t thought about the promise he made to his dad in a long time, he said, but that’s because it was never about a college degree, though Adams will be getting one. It was never about being a successful athlete, though Adams became one. His father’s words of advice, just like the ones he’d receive from others later in life, were about becoming a better man. It was about being Evan Adams, and not straying from it.“I think I’m starting to shape myself into someone he can be proud of,” Adams said. “I carry all my accomplishments on my back as if he’s watching me. And I want to strive and do as much as I can so that him looking down on me, he can be proud.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 11, 2019 at 4:44 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

Anthony Seibold quits as coach of NRL’s Brisbane Broncos

first_img Written By First Published: 26th August, 2020 08:14 IST LIVE TV Associated Press Television News COMMENT Embattled Anthony Seibold quit as head coach of the National Rugby League’s Brisbane Broncos on Wednesday after one of the most disastrous seasons in the history of the powerful club.Seibold’s departure less than two years into a five-year contract was confirmed at a news conference at the Broncos’ headquarters in Brisbane. It signaled an end to the 45-year-old Seibold’s tenure with the the team after a difficult 12 months which included an embarrassing exit from last year’s playoffs and the worst season in the club’s 32-year history in 2020.Seibold addressed his players in the morning before appearing at the news conference. He’s the fifth NRL coach to lose his job in the 2020 season.“Last week, I made the decision to finish my tenure as coach of the Brisbane Broncos,” Seibold said. “Today, I am announcing that I will be stepping down from the role immediately. For many reasons, my time at the Broncos did not work out as we had all hoped.”During his time in Brisbane, Seibold also faced a number of public attacks in the media from former NRL players and club greats. He was also subject to online rumors about his personal life which led him to employ lawyers to investigate possible cyber-crime offenses.Seibold was named NRL coach of the year in 2018 after his first year in charge of South Sydney. Replacing legendary coach Wayne Bennett, who led Brisbane to six top-flight titles, Seibold took the Broncos to the playoffs in 2019 only for the club to lose 58-0 to Parramatta.The 2020 season began with back-to-back victories but since the resumption in May following an almost two-month COVID 19-enforced suspension, the Broncos lost 12 of 13 matches and are in 15th place in the 16-team league.Brisbane chief executive Paul White said it was disappointing the situation didn’t work out with Seibold.“We saw him as the right man to guide what was a young roster in building a team for the future,” White said. “We did make a long-term investment decision in Anthony for the future of our club. For all the right reasons that decision was made back then, it hasn’t worked out.”Assistant Peter Gentle will take over as coach for the remaining five matches of the regular season. Former Broncos star Kevin Walters is the favorite to be named the new coach for next season.Image credits: AP center_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 08:14 IST Anthony Seibold Quits As Coach Of NRL’s Brisbane Broncos Embattled Anthony Seibold quit as head coach of the National Rugby League’s Brisbane Broncos on Wednesday after one of the most disastrous seasons in the history of the powerful club WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Fire destroys historic Iron Market in Haiti

first_imgFire engulfed the Iron Market in February 2018. Fire destroyed the historic “Iron Market” in Haiti with President Jovenel Moise saying the police were already carrying out investigations to determine the cause of the blaze that destroyed a building that dates back to 1891.Several lose livelihood“The news of the Iron Market fire … saddens me a lot. I think of all those who have lost their livelihoods. Police authorities are already working to shed light on this drama,” Moise said indicating that it would cost approximately US$7-million seven to rebuild the facility.The former Commander-in-Chief of the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Mario Andrésol, said the origin of the fire of a public market in Haiti is rarely accidental.Source of fire – political or criminal“It is either political or criminal. The antagonistic groups that cluster around municipal cartels easily make it possible to go up the criminal chain. Politics is something else,” he added, while the Speaker of the Senate, Joseph Lambert, said he was disgusted and dismayed at the fire.“The Iron Market is burned. Can human beings think a crime like this?” he said, as former president Michel Martelly and former prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, also expressed their disappointment at the situation.Market dates back to 1890sAccording to residents, a pile of garbage that was set on fire vacant lot near the market, could have spread and cause the destruction of the historic market that dates back to the 1890s Former Haitian president, Florvil Hyppolite inaugurated the building in 1891 after it was shipped in pieces from Paris.The Marche en Fer, or Iron Market, market was damaged by fire in 2008 and then completely destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. It was rebuilt with international help and re-opened by former US President Bill Clinton in 2011.last_img read more

Dodgers vs. Nationals: NLDS scouting report and prediction

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season SERIES SCHEDULEGame 1: Nationals at Dodgers, Thursday, 5:37 p.m., TBSGame 2: Nationals at Dodgers, Friday, 6:37 p.m., TBSGame 3: Dodgers at Nationals, Sunday, 4:45 p.m., TBSx-Game 4: Dodgers at Nationals, Monday, TBA, TBS Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco .338 (2nd) … OBP … .342 (1st).472 (1st) … Slugging Pct. … .454 (3rd).810 (1st) … OPS … .796 (2nd).257 (T-5th) … Batting Avg. … .265 (T-2nd)279 (1st) … HRs … 231 (6th)57 (11th) … SBs … 116 (2nd)TALE OF THE TAPE (PITCHING)Dodgers (NL rank) … category … Nationals (NL rank)3.37 (1st) … Team ERA … 4.27 (8th)3.11 (1st) … Starters ERA … 3.53 (2nd)3.78 (1st) … Bullpen ERA … 5.66 (15th)1.10 (1st) … WHIP … 1.29 (4th)9.46 (2nd) … Ks per 9 inns … 9.45 (3rd).661 (1st) … Opponent OPS … .726 (4th).223 (1st) … Opponent Avg. … .244 (4th)PROJECTED LINEUPSNationals: SS Trea Turner (.298, 19 HRs, 57 RBIs, 35 SBs, 96 runs scored, .850 OPS), RF Adam Eaton (.279, 15 HRs, 49 RBIs, 103 runs scored, .792 OPS), 3B Anthony Rendon (.319, 34 HRs, 126 RBIs, 44 2Bs, 117 runs, 1.010 OPS), LF Juan Soto (.282, 34 HRs, 110 RBIs, 110 runs scored, .949 OPS), 1B Howie Kendrick (.344, 17 HRs, 62 RBIs, .966 OPS), 2B Asdrúbal Cabrera (.260, 18 HRs, 91 RBIs, .783 OPS combined with Rangers and Nationals), CF Victor Robles (.255, 17 HRs, 65 RBIs, 28 SBs, .745), C Kurt Suzuki (.264, 17 HRs, 63 RBIs, .809)Dodgers: RF Joc Pederson (.249, 36 HRs, 74 RBIs, .876 OPS), 1B Max Muncy (.251, 35 HRs, 98 RBIs, .889 OPS, 90 walks), 3B Justin Turner (.290, 27 HRs, 67 RBIs, .881 OPS), CF Cody Bellinger (.305, 47 HRs, 115 RBIs, 121 runs scored, .629 slugging percentage, 95 walks, 1.035 OPS)., LF A.J. Pollock (.266, 15 HRs, 47 RBIs, .795 OPS), SS Corey Seager (.272, 19 HRs, 87 RBIs, .817), C Will Smith (.253, 15 HRs, 42 RBIs, .907 OPS, 54 games), 2B Gavin Lux (.240, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs, .705 OPS, 23 games)These are the two most productive lineups in the National League. They rank 1-2 in runs scored (Dodgers’ favor), on-base percentage (Nationals’ favor), slugging percentage (Dodgers) and OPS (Dodgers). The Dodgers not only improved on last year’s franchise record for home runs, they obliterated the National League record as well (279-248). Three players (Bellinger, Muncy and Pederson) hit at least 35 home runs. Six had an OPS over .800. But they have taken powerful offenses into the postseason before only to have their bats go soft in October. This year is different, they believe, because the collective offensive approach is much better, more suited to the pressure of postseason play. Evidence? They hit .286 with runners in scoring position, a 33-point improvement over last season. They swung at fewer pitches outside the strike zone than any NL team and took more walks than all but two NL teams. The Nationals lost Bryce Harper to free agency over the winter – and posted a higher team batting average, on-base percentage and OPS and hit more home runs without him. Led by right-handed hitters Rendon, Turner and Kendrick, the Nats were particularly troublesome for left-handed pitchers – and the Dodgers will start three of them. EDGE: DodgersSTARTING PITCHERSNationals: LH Patrick Corbin (14-7, 3.25 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 10.6 Ks per 9 innings), RH Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA,1.03 WHIP, 12.7 Ks per 9 innings), RH Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 3.32 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 10.8 Ks per 9 innings), RH Anibal Sanchez (11-8, 3.85 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 7.3 Ks per 9 innings).Dodgers: RH Walker Buehler (14-4, 3.26 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 10.6 Ks per 9 innings), LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-5, 2.32 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 8.0 Ks per 9 innings), LH Clayton Kershaw (16-5, 3.03 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 9.5 Ks per 9 innings), LH Rich Hill (4-1, 2.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 11 Ks per 9 innings)This is the reason the Nationals might present the most difficult matchup for the Dodgers in the NL playoffs. Three of their starters (Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin) ranked in the NL’s top 10 in ERA, strikeouts and opponents’ batting average. Corbin will be making his first postseason start in Game 1. The Dodgers are familiar with him from his time with the Diamondbacks. Strasburg did not face the Dodgers in their 2016 NLDS matchup and has made just two starts against them in his career (1-1, 2.08 ERA, six hits in 13 innings). But it was the Dodgers’ rotation that had the lowest ERA in baseball (3.11). Kershaw, Buehler and Ryu are all better at home than on the road, making home-field advantage even more valuable to them. EDGE: EvenBULLPENNationals: LH Sean Doolittle (6-5, 4.05 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 29 saves, 6 blown saves), RH Daniel Hudson (9-3, 2.47 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 8 saves combined with Blue Jays and Nationals), RH Fernando Rodney (0-5, 5.66 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 9.3 Ks per 9 innings combined with A’s and Nationals), RH Hunter Strickland (2-1, 5.55 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 6.7 Ks per 9 innings combined with Mariners and Nationals); RH Tanner Rainey (2-3, 3.91 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 13.8 Ks per 9 innings), RH Wander Suero (6-9, 4.54 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 10.2 Ks per 9 innings), LH Matt Grace (1-2, 6.36 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 6.8 Ks per 9 innings), LH Tony Sipp (1-2, 4.71 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 7.7 Ks per 9 innings).Dodgers: RH Kenley Jansen (5-3, 3.71 ERA, 33 saves, 8 blown saves, 1.06 WHIP, 11.4 Ks per 9 innings, RH Joe Kelly (5-4, 4.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 8.1 Ks per 9 innings), RH Pedro Baez (7-2, 3.10 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 8.9 Ks per 9 innings), RH Kenta Maeda (10-8, 4.04 ERA, 3 saves, 37 games, 26 starts, 1.07 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per nine innings), LH Julio Urias (4-3, 2.49 ERA, 4 saves, 37 games, 8 starts, 1.08 WHIP, 9.6 Ks per 9 innings), LH Adam Kolarek (6-3, 3.27 ERA, 80 games combined with Rays and Dodgers, 1.16 WHIP, 7.4 Ks per 9 innings), RH Dustin May (2-3, 3.63 ERA, 14 games, 4 starts, 1.10 WHIP, 8.3 Ks per 9 innings), RH Ross Stripling (4-4, 3.47 ERA, 32 games, 15 starts, 1.15 WHIP, 9.2 Ks per 9 innings)This is the Achilles heel for both teams – but much more so for the Nationals. While the Dodgers should worry about the inconsistency of Jansen (a career-high eight blown saves), the health of Kelly (one appearance in the past two weeks) and the wisdom of relying on so many displaced starting pitchers (Maeda, Urias, Stripling and May), the Dodgers’ bullpen ERA during the season (3.78) was actually the lowest in the National League. The Nationals’ bullpen ERA was an atrocious 5.66 – the highest in the majors. Both tried to address the issue at the trade deadline in July. The Dodgers found a lefty specialist in Kolarek. The Nationals added Rodney, Strickland and Hudson. Hudson (a one-time Dodger) has given them solid results – a 1.44 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 14 appearances since being acquired from the Blue Jays. It was Hudson who closed out the Nationals’ wild-card win over the Brewers on Tuesday. EDGE: DodgersBENCHNationals: C Yan Gomes (.223, 12 HRs, 43 RBIs, .704 OPS), 1B Matt Adams (.226, 20 HRs, 56 RBIs, .741 OPS), 2B Brian Dozier (.238, 20 HRs, 50 RBIs, .771 OPS), OF Gerardo Parra (.234, 9 HRs, 48 RBIs, .684 OPS combined with Giants and Nationals), IF Ryan Zimmerman (.257, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs, .736 OPS)Dodgers: C Russell Martin (.220, 6 HRs, 20 RBIs, .667 OPS, 83 games), OF Chris Taylor (.262, 12 HRs, 52 RBIs, .794 OPS), 1B David Freese (.315, 11 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1.002 OPS), IF-OF Kiké Hernandez (.237, 17 HRs, 64 RBIs, .715 OPS), OF Matt Beaty (.265, 9 HRs, 46 RBIs, .775 OPS)The full ‘line changes’ of last postseason won’t be necessary this fall. The Dodgers are no longer as vulnerable to left-handed pitching. Pederson and Lux will still be swapped out for Freese and Taylor (or Hernandez). Freese’s productivity in his bench role has been a big plus for the Dodgers. The Nationals will call on veterans Adams, Dozier and Zimmerman off the bench. Adams has two pinch-hit home runs this year – and the Dodgers are familiar with the damage he can do with one October swing. EDGE: DodgersMANAGERFifty games into his second season as Nationals manager, Dave Martinez was on the verge of meeting the same fate as three of his predecessors in the previous five seasons (Dusty Baker, Matt Williams, Davey Johnson). But the Nationals turned it around, raced back into wild-card contention and beat the Brewers on Tuesday. How much of that Martinez deserves credit for can be debated. But he got them here. Roberts, meanwhile, has taken his team to the World Series the past two falls and the NLCS the year before that after winning more than 100 games in two of the past three postseasons. Whether it’s winning an elimination game on the road, managing through an 18-inning World Series game or having his pitching choices questioned on Twitter by the President, there is little that Roberts hasn’t already navigated in the postseason. EDGE: DodgersSERIES PREDICTIONOn May 23, the Nationals fell to 19-31. The loss of Harper to free agency in the offseason seemed to signal the end of their run as contenders – disappointing as it was. Since then, however, the Nationals were just as good as the Dodgers. Both went 74-38 after that date and the Nationals actually outscored the Dodgers (654-629) over two-thirds of the season. If the momentum of fighting your way into a playoff spot means anything, the Nationals have that going for them along with the potential dominance of their starting trio (Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin). But the Dodgers have shown themselves to be the class of the National League this year, have their own trio of dominant starters and the hardened shell that comes from past Octobers. DODGERS IN FOURRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error x-Game 5: Nationals at Dodgers, Wednesday (Oct. 9), TBA, TBSx- if necessarySeason series: Dodgers won 4-3TALE OF THE TAPE (OFFENSE)Dodgers  (NL rank) … category …Nationals (NL rank)886 (1st) … Runs scored … 873 (2nd)last_img read more