first_imgHillview Pde is known for its impressive acreage properties.“If you want inner city acreage, (Hillview Pde) is where you’ve got to be.“It’s the closest you’re going to get to Surfers Paradise, the CBD or the beach that (has) acreage properties.”He said there were only 36 acreage properties on the tightly-held street, and rising property prices would only make them more difficult to acquire.Latest CoreLogic data in the year to February showed the median house price in Ashmore was $585,000. The property at 62 Hillview Pde, Ashmore sold for $3 million – a record for its street. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 A local family bought the acreage estate. MORE NEWS: Million-dollar home profit to go to charity It also held the previous street record after fetching $2.5 million in 2008.Knobel and Davis agent Darrell Johnson, who handled the sale with agency principal Kerry Davis, said the buyers would leave their waterfront Sorrento home to live in the six-bedroom Ashmore house.“They just wanted more space and privacy,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe seller spent about $1 million renovating the inner-city retreat, which has a pool and spa, home theatre, firepit and studio apartment.Property records show it had been on the market for about a year before it sold, initially listed with a $3.95 million price tag that was slashed throughout the campaign.Despite selling for much less, Mr Johnson said it still marked a milestone.“This has set the precedent,” Mr Johnson said. MORE NEWS: Relief in sight for house hunters It is the second time this house has sold for a record price.A SUBURBAN acreage estate that set the sales record for its Ashmore street has raised the bar after fetching an extra $500,000 in a multimillion-dollar deal.The Hillview Pde property sold for $2.5 million in January 2008, setting the benchmark for the highest price paid on the street.More than a decade later, the property still holds the record but it has jumped to $3 million after a local couple snapped it up this month.last_img read more

first_img Published on March 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments When Bob Huggins rumbles into the locker room the way he did with his West Virginia team down by two at halftime Thursday night, the Mountaineer players know better than to speak. Or even make eye contact with their head coach. Star forward Kevin Jones says the best way to handle the situation is to sit quietly and stare at the ground.Jones admits the tirade was justified this time. The Mountaineers had an uncharacteristically sloppy first half and played directly into their opponent’s strengths. Against a team like Washington, which relies on its transition game to generate offense, 13 turnovers represents a ticket back to Morgantown, W. Va., a bit prematurely. And then, when the halftime clock hit the five-minute mark, Huggins suddenly relaxed. His voice quieted. The storm passed. The realization struck that despite 13 first-half turnovers, West Virginia trailed by just one possession. This was the message Huggins delivered before sending his players back onto the court. And as they have virtually all season, his players responded.The second-seeded Mountaineers outscored the 11th-seeded Huskies by 15 in the second half, en route to a 69-56 victory in the Sweet 16 at the Carrier Dome. WVU (30-6) advances to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2005, where it will face Kentucky on Saturday night. Washington (26-10), meanwhile, falls to 0-4 in the round of 16 since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.‘We knew we just couldn’t play any worse than we did in the first half, and that is what made us feel like we were going to be fine,’ said Jones, who led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. ‘We knew if we just played our game the rest of the way, we couldn’t lose.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWest Virginia compensated for its carelessness by dominating the glass. The Mountaineers out-rebounded their opponents, 49-29, including 23 offensive boards. The undersized and overmatched Huskies had no answer for WVU’s depth and strength underneath. Jones called his team’s rebounding advantage ‘the great equalizer,’ counteracting its early turnovers.In the days leading up to the game, the Mountaineers focused on containing Washington’s flashy and speedy transition game. The Huskies’ ability to create easy baskets on the fast break had propelled them to a nine-game winning streak, including a run through the Pac-10 Conference tournament and two victories in the NCAAs.Despite making it a point of emphasis, West Virginia still struggled to get back on defense in the first half. Washington scored 10 points off the fast break and 12 off turnovers. WVU had grabbed only seven offensive boards. ‘First half, they got us really playing fast-paced, their way of playing basketball,’ Jones said. ‘The second half we kind of slowed down and got into our offense.’During his halftime tirade, Huggins told his team to worry less about trying to stop Washington and concern itself with doing what it does best — run a methodical half-court offense and rebound.From that moment on, it was an entirely different game. The pace slowed down dramatically. West Virginia milked the shot clock and created consistent open looks at the basket. The Mountaineers went on an 8-0 run midway through the second half to open a nine-point lead and never looked back.‘I think we showed them so much tape of how fast Washington is in transition and the need to get back that I think we were thinking about getting back rather than doing what we do,’ Huggins said. ‘… I said, ‘Maybe we’re going to lose, I don’t know. But if we do lose, let’s lose our way. Let’s lose doing what we do.”With its transition game stifled, Washington quickly began to struggle. The Huskies had relied on West Virginia’s turnovers and missed shots to create layups on the other end. With WVU controlling the glass and scoring nearly every possession, running became a near impossibility.Washington looked confused and listless in its half-court set most of the game. It didn’t help that the Huskies’ star player, senior forward Quincy Pondexter, got into early foul trouble and scored just seven points in the game. Small forward Justin Holiday led the way with 14.‘We gave them some open looks at the beginning of that second half,’ Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar said. ‘The first half we didn’t give them very many open looks. They also began to attack the glass.’The West Virginia players didn’t celebrate in the locker room after the game. They hadn’t played well enough to deserve that luxury. The players realize that they probably won’t be able to recover from a slow first half moving forward in this Tournament.But on Thursday, Huggins came to the rescue in time. And though nobody would share exactly what Huggins said, forward Wellington Smith was willing to provide the gist of it.‘He said we have to start playing like college basketball players,’ Smith said, as a grin crept across his face. ‘We had to stop playing like 5-year-olds and start playing like college basketball players.’jediamon@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Comments When Wesley Johnson needed to talk about the tough decision ahead, assistant coach Rob Murphy was there for his player. They would discuss the prospect of winning a national title next year, or possibly improving his stock for the draft. The usual things that would make a 22-year-old with the prospect of life in the NBA think about sticking around.But there was something else that really stuck out to Johnson as well. Something that would deck itself in orange for every game and chant his name in unison. Or hold up a blown-up photo of his head. Or wear shirts that said ‘Wes We Can.’     ‘He really felt he didn’t want to leave the fans,’ Murphy said in a telephone interview. ‘He said, ‘These fans are great and when I go to the mall or to the movies and when I go out to eat, everybody embraces me when I walk in places and people clap for me.’ He said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that, and they love me this much that I want to come back and try and win a national championship.’Then again, when you’re shown the love Johnson received in his two years, who wouldn’t think about sticking around for one more year?Though he ultimately declared early for the draft, the transfer from Iowa State fell in love with the Syracuse community during his two seasons. His personality won over teammates, administrators and coaches alike. He developed a special rapport with fans that had them raving about his unique ability to connect to them. And he cemented himself as one of the top players ever at Syracuse.He helped carry a lightly regarded Orange squad to a No. 1 ranking that the program had not seen in the regular season in 20 years, creating a reinvigorated environment at basketball games. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll this in just one playing season. By all accounts, The Wes Johnson Era in Syracuse, albeit brief, is one that many will never forget. ‘I was just going to be me,’ Johnson said in an interview on April 7. ‘I wasn’t going to try to do anything out of the ordinary. Not trying to get out of my character at all, just go out there and be Wes. And I think they fell in love with it a little bit.’The Wall of WesVivian Alexander called it an instant attraction. It was the summer of 2008 when Alexander, the general manager of Cosmos Pizza & Grill on Marshall Street, first met a kind, well-mannered and polite young man named Wes Johnson and began what she called a ‘special friendship.’ It also gave Alexander a new hobby. Starting in 2008, Alexander began cutting out newspaper clippings of Johnson to place on the mirror in the entrance. She put up ones that were the most flattering, or the ones that showed his ‘million-dollar smile.’ She calls it the ‘Wall of Wes.’Currently, there are 18 photos and stories on the mirror. They range from an action shot from SU’s preseason game against Le Moyne on Nov. 3 to an individualized cutout from the team poster to him holding the Big East Player of the Year trophy. Fourteen of the shots are focused on the charismatic Johnson. ‘Wesley was special. Everyone would tease me about him because I have my own little billboard, the Wall of Wes,’ Alexander said. ‘He was proud of it. He would bring his friends in. His parents would see it and he would show it to them, even when he was on the bench. He better remember me when he’s rich and famous.’Alexander’s story is one of many about the way Johnson interacted with the Syracuse community and won over the Salt City. After traveling so much earlier in his basketball career, Johnson finally found a home in Syracuse, and he made sure he gave back to the city.‘They didn’t have to take me in the way they did,’ Johnson said in his press conference announcing his departure on April 12. Alexander remembers how Johnson and many of his other teammates, whom she affectionately calls ‘dolls,’ would stop anything they were doing to sign autographs for little children. She said Johnson never minded making a child’s day, and he seemed to embrace the attention he received. She keeps extra posters in the place to give to the little children just for this purpose. ‘He made each and every one of those kids feel so special, and they were in total awe of him,’ Alexander said.She also proudly talks of the photo she has of her and Wes that she will have framed soon. When Wes’ parents were in town, they stopped by the eatery and Alexander had a photo taken with her friend.Senior Trace Cohen has a similar story. After seeing several big heads made for the games, Cohen decided to create a Johnson big head for the Orange’s game versus Georgetown on Jan. 25. It came in at 4 feet by 3 feet. Why did he choose Johnson? He said he has the best smile on the team, one you saw often after a jaw-dropping dunk or block.After several games, he tried to get Johnson to sign the big head, and finally succeeded. He had a game that night, but Johnson had no problem showing Cohen appreciation for his time and energy creating the big head. Johnson even posed for a picture later in the season with Cohen, validating the encounter.‘It shows that he has real character,’ Cohen said. ‘He’s first-class. He really does care about the fans. And that’s what it all comes down to. If the fans don’t like you, you can be great and be a star, but you won’t go down as a legend.’Otto’s Army President Trenton Gaucher appreciated when Johnson and his teammates took time to thank the fans camping out inside the Carrier Dome before Syracuse’s contest with Villanova on Feb. 27. Johnson would always talk to fans in front rows before the games, trying to pump them up, and Gaucher said students loved that interaction. In previous years, he hadn’t seen a player reach out and mingle with the fans like Johnson had. Seeing how Johnson, and other teammates, were willing to embrace the fans in such a manner, Gaucher approached the athletic department about having the players come shake hands and greet those who had camped out for many long hours before College GameDay invaded Syracuse.‘Wes came out last, kind of by himself, and that was great,’ Gaucher said. ‘He had the spotlight with the students, which is what the students really want, time with Wes. He walked through, asked how everyone was doing, took a look around, and I think he really appreciated what the students were doing to see him play.’‘I wish I had 10 of him’Craig Carroll knows they probably thought he was crazy. Or maybe they didn’t believe him. This was just a case of an older brother praising a younger brother. What a shock. The first time Carroll, Johnson’s brother, talked with SU head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant coach Rob Murphy, he told the coaches they had never met another person like his brother. Never. Cue the crazy people talk.Flash forward a few months.‘Coach Boeheim comes up to me (at practice) and tells me, ‘I wish I had 10 of him. He’s a class act,” Carroll said in a phone interview. ‘Bottom line is I’m sure they will remember him that way.’It certainly seems so. ‘He’s a nice kid. He’s just a genuine nice kid,’ Boeheim said. ‘Everybody likes him. If you didn’t like him, there’s something wrong with you. That’s the way I look at it.’ Spend five minutes with Johnson and you’ll see why his coach would say that. He’s down to earth, and he’ll talk to you about anything. What artists does he primarily listen to? Michael Jackson. And yes, ‘Thriller’ is the best album of all time, and he was scared of the music video as a youngster. Where did teammate Scoop Jardine’s, ‘Ooo yea, that’s hot’ catchphrase on Twitter come from? Not to blow his teammate’s spot, but it’s the ‘Chappelle’s Show’ episode where Charlie Murphy and his crew play Prince in a basketball game. Rising sophomore forward James Southerland laughed while telling stories of Johnson kicking a door and making noise while people were trying to sleep in the hotels. Andy Rautins recollects a dunk early in the season when Johnson stuck out his tongue at the camera before pointing at Rautins, calling it, ‘That’s just Wes being Wes.’  ‘He’s a good kid,’ Rautins said in a phone interview. ‘He carried a smile with him every day to practice. There’s no doubt he had all the talent and abilities in the world, but he should be acknowledged as being a great person, and that took him over the top.’His personality was even more important because of Johnson’s role as a goodwill ambassador for this campus. When he traveled across the country as a finalist for the Naismith Award, a finalist for the Wooden Award or just an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ with Ohio State’s Evan Turner, he represented Syracuse University. The school’s name was attached to him, and Johnson came with no extra baggage, just a vivid personality that sticks with those who meet him.Chancellor Nancy Cantor said Johnson is a very personable, positive person with an infectious smile.‘I think he really reflects the Syracuse tradition of tremendous athletic ability and personal integrity with the grace, thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit,’ Cantor said. ‘He reminds me so much of Dave Bing. ‘What a terrific representative of the university.’Carmelo-likeJohnson had no doubts the SU men’s basketball team would be good this year. Despite losing its top three offensive stars and being written off by the media, Johnson knew his team could contend in the daunting Big East. But did he ever think it would be that good? Of course not, and that made the 2009-10 season even more special.With Johnson leading the charge, Syracuse had one of the best seasons in program history. It won a regular-season record 28 games, captured the Big East regular-season championship outright for the first time (non-division) since 1991 and secured just its second No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. And, oh yeah, the team was ranked No. 1 in the polls during the regular season for the first time since 1990. Johnson was just 2 and a half years old the last time that occurred.This led to a festive atmosphere at games that made the Carrier Dome the place to be for college basketball games this season. Look no further than the Villanova game, Johnson’s personal favorite. Sold out, 34,616 fans packing the Dome for a showdown against the Wildcats. It will go down as one of the biggest games in Carrier Dome history and an example of the rediscovered excitement in the Dome.‘That game reminded me of the atmosphere that would’ve been here for a Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns fight,’ SU Director of Athletics Daryl Gross said. ‘There was a buzz about it. It wasn’t just the fans showing up, there was an electricity about it, and you could tell something big was about to go down and that you were going to be part of something special. ‘It’s not that other crowds aren’t like that, it’s just this year had a lot of (that) to it and it was fun and it was very tangible.’That’s where Johnson came in. He helped elevate an already potent team over the top, and that led to all the excitement and accompanied the team in its path to a No. 1 ranking. He was the star player that all great teams need. The Associated Press All-America honors validate that. He became a household name whose highlights looped on ESPN every hour. The Big East Player of the Year. The stud that brought the Dome to its feet every game with How-High-Did-He-Just-Jump Dunks. The player opposing teams would have to shut down in order to beat the Orange. He simply made Syracuse a better team by averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds. ‘Everybody contributed and everybody did their own part, and (Wes) certainly was a big part of that,’ Rautins said. ‘I think when we beat North Carolina at Madison Square Garden, and he had (25) points that really stood out, and he kind of took a little bit of a leadership responsibility and he blossomed from there.’By taking the program to such heights this season, it puts Johnson up there in the conversation for greatest players in program history. The lack of a national championship will certainly hurt him in that aspect. Other players have also had more prominent numbers in one season, and also played for four years. But does it remove him from the conversation? Not at all. After all, very few before him helped create such a memorable season for Syracuse basketball.‘I think they’ll never forget Wes. I think Wes’ impact in one year playing for Syracuse was almost Carmelo-like because it was special and people went to the game to see what Wes Johnson was going to do,’ Gross said. ‘And when you have that reputation, then you know that you will always be remembered. Probably the two greatest players here were Dave Bing and Carmelo, and when you go through the top 10, you have to feel Wes Johnson’s name is going to surface in that conversation.’The final chapterUnlike last season’s early departures (Jonny Flynn, Paul Harris, Eric Devendorf), Johnson held a press conference to announce his decision to enter the NBA Draft in June. As his brother, Carroll, said, Johnson made sure the press conference was done orderly, professionally and with sensitivity. A little after 2 p.m. on Monday, April 12, he let the world know he was going pro.With his ever-present smile and low-spoken voice, he answered questions on all sorts of topics and discussed the tough choice he had between staying for one more year or chasing after his dream. He also made sure to acknowledge the role the Syracuse community played in it all.‘I want to thank Syracuse for embracing me the way they did,’ Johnson said. ‘I love you and I finally have a place I can call home. I really want to thank everybody for that.’He’s still enrolled in school, currently taking a philosophy course, two communication classes and a sociology class, while still working out with his teammates. He might have to take some summer classes, but by June or July at the latest he will have his degree from Syracuse. Coach Murphy sees that as a final sign of Johnson’s love for Syracuse. He says most players in Johnson’s position would declare for the draft three days after the season ends and then bolt. But not Johnson. He waited for 18 days before deciding and is going to stay to finish school. The degree matters. ‘This is his home,’ Murphy said. ‘They treated him well and he’s treated us well.’The big day is 51 days away, on June 24, when Johnson will be selected at Madison Square Garden as some NBA team’s first-round pick. Director of Scouting for the NBA Ryan Blake said Johnson’s versatility stands out and his strengths outweigh any concerns. Playing for a knowledgeable coach like Boeheim is a positive. It will be on that day when he dons a new hat, shakes hands with (or maybe hugs?) David Stern and can officially be called a former SU player. He may have only been on campus for two years, but his effect was profound and in his short time he left people with memories that will last a lifetime. The smile and personality, helping the team to the top of the polls, his character, there is a bountiful amount of stories to remember about Wes Johnson. As usual, he has humble hopes of what people will remember. ‘My smile, my dunking, my shooting, everything,’ Johnson said. ‘Just being a great teammate. I hope they’ll remember that more than anything.Somehow that all seems likely.mrehalt@syr.edu-30-  Published on May 3, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgIs there anything different between what ensued at the 2014 World Cup which warranted a Commission of Inquiry and the M Plaza soap opera involving the  All African games Gold winning Black queens and Sports Ministry/Government?Don’t struggle to puff answers. It’s a big no!So, where do I even start?Well, before I draw the seeming similarities between the two scenarios, this is how special our Queens had become after winning gold at the All Africa Games.The national women team since its formation have come close  to winning major silverware thrice – 1998, 2002 and now the 2015 All African Games. And that’s why this feat represents the biggest achievement for the women’s national soccer team, historically.You have to wonder why it took President Mahama 2,016 hours to give the all powerful order for part payment of monies owed the Queens. Or why it took the sports ministry the same number of hours to notify the President that urgent attention was needed to prevent what was fast becoming another embarrassing spectacle for Ghana’s statecraft. Truly ironic!The last two international shams for Ghana are identical in procedure; they just differ with the occasion. The first was when the Black Stars performed poorly at the 2014 World cup and secondly when the Queens defied all odds to win gold for the country at the All Africa Games.And interestingly, both scenarios needed emergency phone calls to mitigate highly flammable impasses.Did President Mahama need to make a call to the striking Black Stars in Brazil to ensure calm? An even difficult question to ask is: did the first man of the land need to order the sports ministry to pay the Black Queens at the M Plaza Hotel in Accra when the monies were available in the country?What’s the point if the President has to run these errands for his so called representatives in the sporting sector?Were the sports ministers in charge of the separate events (Elvis Afriyie Ankrah then and Dr. Mustapha Ahmed) so negligent and careless? Or they imagined they could have solved the situation on their own before calling for help?And finally, why hasn’t the President Out rightly fired them (if that was case) for failing to execute the jobs he assigned them?The All African Games doesn’t sneak on you. Neither does it come unannounced. Even before the tournament, expenses and rewards were all factored into the National Sports Authority budget which was seen by the sports ministry, parliamentary select committee on sports, finance ministry and ultimately the President.So what was the difficulty? Well, I won’t be surprised if we failed to plan and put down structures for a competition we were sure of participating in as at four years ago.At the height of the impasse last Saturday, the Sports Minister told Joy Sports the amount owed the ladies was being worked on. And my question is how?I wonder what work he was talking about, especially when the team arrived two Sundays ago, September 20. It is unacceptable that these national heroines got their monies when when they did, last Tuesday. Just not good enough.The message is quite clear: the Black Queens were not appreciated and I am sorry the President needs no applause for giving the Queens $5000 after they cried blood. And after their striking actions stained Ghana’s sporting cloth internationally.You see, people read more about the Black Queens struggle to get monies owed them than how they toiled to win gold. Government has failed to learn from the bad precedent set at the 2014 World Cup.Now let’s juxtapose the two.All the Black Stars needed last year were appearance fees which were discussed prior to the tournament. Somehow the monies never got to them and their troubles began till the money eventually moved through a private jet. Government often makes the mistakes and forces ministers to swallow the bitter pill or makes them scapegoats, if  necessary. But I will not exempt the Sports Ministry and sector head Dr Mustapha Ahmed from this.The President is human and cannot be everywhere, so he relies on his representatives to bring him up to speed on happenings across the board.Mahama was far away in the USA for a UN General Assembly assignment, and could for a moment be excused for not knowing what was brewing in his absence.But could it also be that personnel at the sports ministry were deliberately delaying monies with the hope of gaining? All of these possible scenarios could be negated or confirmed if Mr President reacts by firing the minister or issuing tough statements about his subjects’ unpardonable frailties.If nothing happens then it will be assumed President Mahama only realized at the last hour, that the girls were in no mood to take less than $5000 and gave the order.Problem is, all other national teams who followed the M Plaza soap opera have now been socialized into thinking along these lines.First and foremost, the country will not appreciate you even if you win gold. Therefore there is no need to die for the country and worst of all, when you are owed monies, you must continually use forceful tactics that include screaming on every available media platform. And it also includes striking to arrest the attention of those who matter.Whatever the case, it’s poor. It’s sad. It’s bad.Unfortunately, no lessons have been picked from repeated shambolic episodes in our sporting history in the eyes of the world – counting from the May 9 disaster of 2001, the 2011 Maputo sham, 2014 World Cup fiasco and the 2015 Rwanda cash airlifting saga. Now the Black Queen M plaza soap opera becomes the latest in our Hall of Shame.We just don’t learn!So let’s stop the hypocrisy and tickling ourselves unnecessarily in attempts to give the impression that things are being corrected, only to repeat them in heavier doses.What we need is a true generational mental overhaul, and soon.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgFacebook91Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Veterans AffairsOn November 11, 2018 the world and Washington State will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I at 11:00 a.m., November 11, 1918 — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.The Thurston County Veterans Council (TCVC) and Washington Department of Veterans Affairs will host an Armistice (Veterans) Day and World War I Centennial event in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Olympia starting at 10:30 a.m. on November 11, 2018.Washington State will also join the world to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with a tolling of the Bells of Peace at 11:00 a.m.  The tolling of a bell is a traditional expression of honor and remembrance of those who served in World War I on Armistice Day.  A Bells of Peace mobile application is also available via Itunes and the Google Play Store.The event will feature guest speakers Governor Jay Inslee, Congressman Denny Heck and Major General Willard Burleson, the Commander of the 7th Infantry Division on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.World War I history tables will be set up by the Washington State Historical Society, Friends of Kilroy (military history group), the Fort Lewis Museum and others during the event.  Various military vehicles will also be on display for the public.Washington State is home to more than 593,000 veterans, 60,000 active duty military, 19,000 National Guard and Reserves and their families.There are many events taking place across the state and the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs asked organizations to provide event information which is shared in a list at http://www.dva.wa.gov/list-2018-veterans-day-ww1-centennial-events-wa-state. Governor Inslee Proclamations can also be found at this link.Media interested in attending must contact Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Communications Department at HeidiA@dva.wa.gov. For more information on the World War I Centennial and for a list of monuments across the state, please visit http://www.dva.wa.gov/about-wdva/world-war-i-centennial.To see other Veterans Day Events and Celebrations happening statewide visit :http://www.dva.wa.gov/calendar and  https://www.facebook.com/wsdvalast_img read more

first_imgThe Humboldt Eagles 19-U, fresh off an undefeated run in league play, will depart for Woodland Thursday in search of an Area One Tournament championship and a ticket to the American Legion State Tournament.Close behind them on the 101 will be the club’s younger counterparts, the Humboldt Eagles 17-U, as well as the Northern Humboldt Giants 17-U as both teams will travel to Yountville to compete in the American Legion 17-U State Tournament which begins Friday.High-flying Eagles prepare for …last_img read more

first_imgWelcome to The Deets — three thoughts on the world of sports, with an effort to focus on the things that might fall through the cracks in this convoluted Bay Area scene, three times a week.If you have something you’d like me to hit, just holler. I’m on Twitter @dieter or you can email me at dkurtenbach@bayareanewsgroup.com1. Why Jalen Ramsey will not be coming to the Bay(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Perhaps the best cornerback in the NFL wants to be traded.So, of course, the rumor mill …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Light snow moves into Ohio today with a minor disturbance moving quickly over the region. Action today look to stay rather localized. Scattered snow showers push into west-central Ohio near midday, and then continue to spread east as they slide south through the afternoon and evening. Everything should be done by Midnight tonight. Generally, we are expecting snow to be mostly limited to central and southern Ohio, about 75 miles either side of I-70. In terms of amounts, we are looking for a coating to an inch from in most areas. We won’t rule out a few flurries north of US 30 and a dusting in spots, but generally this is a central and southern Ohio event.  The map at right shows potential for today. We kick off a dry forecast pattern on Friday. We should stay precipitation free over almost all of the state from Friday through next Wednesday night.  We do have a significant storm complex exiting the central plains Saturday and moving across the Deep south. AT this point we are keeping all precipitation from that system south of the Ohio river into KY. We wont rule out a few clouds in far southern Ohio this Sunday and perhaps early Monday, but that is it. The rest of us see a nice mix of sun and clouds. This will be the longest dry stretch we will have seen in quite some time. Light snow moves back into the region next Thursday, bringing a coating to 2 inches to 70% of the state. A second wave of action hits on Friday as a strong low starts to pass to the south, but then hooks north into western PA. That means we see a significant increase in snow threat next Friday over eastern OH. We can see an additional coating to 2 inches in western OH, but in eastern areas, snow Friday through early Saturday can be significantly higher, with the highest coming near the lake. In addition, winds do look to be a problem. We can expect 20-40 mph winds statewide on Friday coming out of the north on the backside that a powerful low. If winds stay at our projected intensity, we would see blizzard conditions over eastern Ohio, and potentially even some nastiness in western Ohio. This event looks nasty right now…but has plenty of time to modify and put in a different track…so stay tuned. For the extended period, we continue to see an active 6 day stretch. Rains arrive on the 17th and linger into early the 18th, bringing .1”-.5” totals, mostly over the southern half of the state. Then as have another frontal complex arriving for the 20th. This one has rain potential of .25”-.75” with 80% coverage of the state south of US 30. Notice we continue to talk rain! While the nearby 10 window looks cold, particularly with a reinforcing shot of cold air this weekend, the 11-16 day period warms considerably, and we expect well above normal temps all the way through the 22nd. This will allow all precipitation in that extended forecast to stay liquid. This cold, dry stretch looks to us to be the best opportunity to finish up the late harvest and may be the best chance of the rest of 2018.last_img read more

first_imgI don’t want to give up my desktop computer, but it seems like many people do.Dan Frommer at SplatFlays it all out: The PC industry is in decline. The Mac, which was growing while the rest of PCs were shrinking, is now shrinking, too. But if you add in the iPad and count all of Apple’s “computers” at once, the numbers are through the roof.It’s pretty clear what all this means. As Steve Jobs said, PCs are trucks, and tablets are cars. Most people don’t drive around in trucks. But the ones who drive trucks need great ones, and that’s where Apple is starting to focus its Mac efforts exclusively.Here in the U.S., at the peak of the George W. Bush era (remember him?), a trend began where people whose jobs entailed parking their car, going inside, and doing something on a computer began driving hulking monster trucks designed to resemble military assault vehicles. But after realizing over decades how much unnecessary energy those SUVs consumed, the trend swung back, and now many people conspicuously drive little hybrids instead.Consumer products can be like that. Trends swing back and forth like a pendulum as new technology becomes available to meet people’s tastes.The Tablet TrendWhat we see in Frommer’s amazing charts is the adoption of just such a trend. Yes, it may be that Mac sales declined 22% in 2012, the biggest drop in 10 years, but that fall in Mac consumption can’t come close to accounting for the soaring iPad numbers. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces jon mitchell Tags:#Apple#iPad#Mac The Real PC MarketSince the “what is a PC?” argument is not yet resolved, I propose this definition: A PC is a computer with a multi-window workspace and a pixel-precise input method. For now, though I think this part can change with good-enough voice interfaces, let’s include a physical keyboard, too.The PC market is surely subject to trends, but that 22% drop in Mac sales is not the end of the Mac trend. Apple knows that as well as anybody. In 2012, Apple shipped the first Macs with retina displays and a striking new iMac, which, as CEO Tim Cook pointed out in the Q1 2013 earnings call was not available for most of the quarter in which the low Mac numbers were reported.Why would Apple ship those products in a down year, fighting the clear trend against PCs? Because today’s PC market is the real PC market. The people who still buy PCs actually need them. It might be a pretty hard crash for low-margin PC manufacturers, but for Apple, with high-end Macs bolstered by roaring iPhone and iPad businesses, it’s just a chance to build the best, most powerful PCs it has ever made.And that’s not to say that Windows PCs are finished, either. It just means they have to be excellent enough for an increasingly high-end market.Lead image by Eliot Weisberg for ReadWrite. Chart courtesy of Splatf. Bottom image from Apple.  Certainly, there’s a use case for a tablet that replaces the point-and-click PC completely. It does a better job for lots of people, since the battery lasts all day and it fits in a handbag. Apple should be thrilled to sacrifice Mac sales in exchange for selling iPads to those people. The company is even betting that this trend will take a bite out of the enterprise PC market, and it seems a pretty safe bet.But the iPad was not the first $500 portable computer. It may (seriously) be the best one, but its astronomical adoption rate is not simply driven by the sudden realization by tens of millions of people that they can be more efficient workers on this device.Tablets are also entertainment systems. They’re an elective choice, like the choice of a Hummer or Prius over a used Honda. They’re trendy.Likewise, not everyone who bought a white plastic MacBook needed all its capabilities. They needed some of them, which a $300 Windows netbook also offered, and they wanted some of them, like the ability to watch Netflix in bed. But those people have the iPad now. It’s a better choice for those uses. And Apple doesn’t have to make that Mac at all anymore.center_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… “Innovation” bubbled up a few years ago to join “synergy” and “thought leadership” as business buzzwords. Business leaders talked so much about innovating their companies that they eventually had to put their money where their mouth was: 74 percent established processes to spur innovation, and more than half hired chief innovation officers.Seeking innovation isn’t easy — it takes approximately 30 years to transition from proposing an idea to making a real market impact. But these innovation efforts pay off. Not only are consumers more intrigued by and engaged with innovative companies, but innovation is also profitable.However, most leaders are pushing themselves — and their teams — to dream up futuristic products and services, enabling them to outpace their competitors. Once-in-a-lifetime ideas rarely appear on command, and it would make more sense for most business owners to simply think of new ways to approach their industries — they can make a real impact in a market that’s primed and ready.Doing Real Estate a New WayWhile people have sold their homes without realtors for decades, the FSBO road hasn’t always been easy. Nicolas Jodin, the co-founder and COO of Beycome, tried to sell his first home without a realtor. “I realized almost immediately that hardly anyone was willing to work with a FSBO home,” he said.Seeing how for-sale-by-owner opportunities were treated was frustrating for Jodin. “All you’d find would be horrible and scary articles stating that this is the worst thing homeowners could do…almost as if selling your home — YOUR home — was the most ludicrous idea a person could think to do,” Jodin explained, “but it’s absolutely ridiculous — it is not a law that people need to use an agent to sell (or rent) their home, so why are you paying strangers 6 percent of your final sale (or 10 percent of your annual rental income) if you could do it just as well?”That led to the development of Beycome, a property listing online platform that makes it possible for homeowners to complete the entire selling or renting process online. The platform offers three types of listing packages; users provide details about their property, along with photos. They set their price, receiving two estimates from the software’s algorithm. The platform then helps automate the home showing and marketing processes; the platform also allows homeowners to review and accept or decline offers virtually. Once all parties have agreed, Beycome provides a digital contract that’s legally binding.This process takes out the middleman — the realtor — and ensures homeowners pay nothing in commission fees, saving more for themselves. The platform boasts a 96.5 percent sale-to-list ratio and has saved an average of $13,667 per sale. While Jodin and the team at Beycome didn’t come up with a new concept — FSBO existed long before the internet — they did come up with a new way to make FSBO opportunities more enticing for buyers and simpler for homeowners.Removing the Hassle From MovingAmericans move about 11 times in their lives, and 37 percent of people say they would move anywhere in the world for better career prospects. That means a lot of people are grappling with packing, setting up utilities, and finding new schools, vets, and healthcare providers.That realization led to the creation of InMyArea, a home services comparison shopping site. The platform was established to serve as a one-stop shop for consumers, who could compare prices and packages on everything from internet to home security systems. Consumers could then use the platform to purchase those services and streamline the setup process. InMyArea sought out partnerships with several well-known providers to make the process even easier for consumers, counting businesses like DIRECTV, Mediacom, Charter, Cox, and Time Warner Cable as partners.Michael Gleason, the founder and CEO of InMyArea, knows how difficult it is to move on one’s own, particularly with competing obligations, such as family, work, and school. “My wife and I had our first child when I was a graduate student 3,000 miles away from family, so I empathize with [those] who are starting their families,” Gleason explained.His company’s approach has garnered positive feedback: The brand’s data analysis and customer service have resulted in the highest rankings possible with the Better Business Bureau and TrustPilot. InMyArea examined a frustrating process for consumers — moving — and found ways for a third party to make it less stressful. Combining technology and data on the InMyArea platform allowed service providers and consumers to find each other more easily.These companies didn’t create new niches within their industries; they simply found new ways to manage their industries’ work. Innovation doesn’t have to be complicated, but it absolutely has to have a payoff — for both companies and their customers. A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Bart Schachter Tags:#innovation 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Bart Schachter is an investor, operator, and tech affectionado, with a passion for business operations, team building, product design, finance, and deal making. Bart has been an entrepreneur, VC, corporate executive, and turn-around operator. He lives in San Francisco and all his view are his own. Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacylast_img read more