The Governing Body at Somerville has decided to stop offering Human Sciences undergraduate degrees. Within two days, hundreds of students, alumni and tutors have reacted with dismay and conviction against the ruling.The online petition called Stop Somerville Dropping Human Sciences has been already signed by hundreds of students.No interviews for Human Sciences were offered to the incoming applicants for 2010, a decisive move which occurred without student consultation or public announcement. The decision is for a “trial period” only, but its reversal is unlikely as Somerville follows the trend for colleges independently dropping the course.Caroline Lennartsson commented, “Purists may well consider Human Sciences a mongrel subject, but mongrels are those with hybrid vigour and durability.”
Multiple Arrests Made In Connection With New Year’s Day Murder Evansville Police have arrested 3 people in connection with January 1, 2018, shooting death of D’Angelo White. A 4th suspect remains at large.Investigators believe White was lured to the 1400 block of S Bedford by 17-year-old CHARISSA ROBINSON. (Because ROBINSON is charged as an adult, in this case, she is being publicly identified.) Prior to the murder, ROBINSON sent White a message saying she wanted to buy marijuana from him. Police believe the drug deal was arranged with the purpose of robbing White.White arrived at 1406 S. Bedford and ROBINSON got into his car. ROBINSON examined two large bags of marijuana and agreed to buy $25 worth of the drug. As White and ROBINSON were conducting the drug deal, MYKEL BLAIR (18), NOAH COLEMAN (20), and DERRICK BUTTS (38) approached the car. During the robbery, White was shot. Investigators believe MYKEL BLAIR was the person who fired shots into the car. White was able to drive away but crashed a short distance away. He died from his gunshot injuries. Police recovered 68 grams of marijuana in White’s car. White was killed over less than $500 worth of marijuana.EPD investigated an incident on November 2, 2017, where BLAIR and another man were shot near the intersection of Monroe and Evans. Neither BLAIR nor the other victim cooperated with the investigation. Police do not believe the two cases are connected.Police learned that ROBINSON stole a handgun from a relative prior to the robbery. Investigators believe the stolen gun may have been used in the robbery. Police was told COLEMAN removed several guns from the house after the murder. Investigators also learned COLEMAN had been stopped by Henderson Police in the days after the murder. COLEMAN was in possession of 6 handguns. The guns were seized by HPD. He was not arrested during the stop. The guns will be tested to see if any are connected with White’s murder.BUTTS was already in the Vanderburgh County Jail on unrelated charges. ROBINSON was taken into custody without incident after being interviewed at EPD headquarters. BLAIR was located at a Newburgh home and taken into custody without incident by the US Marshal’s Task Force.ROBINSON, BLAIR, and BUTTS are in the Vanderburgh County Jail facing the following charges:MurderConspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery Resulting in DeathAttempted Armed Robbery Resulting in DeathPolice are looking for COLEMAN. EPD does not have an image of him at this time. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call EPD or WeTip at 1-78-CRIME.FOOTNOTE: All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Source: Getty ImagesBakery businesses are rapidly changing their new product development (NPD) cycles in response to new consumer buying habits triggered by Covid-19, new research shows.The European Bakery Industry Report, commissioned by Tate & Lyle, surveyed 400 senior bakery professionals across Germany, France, Spain and the UK to capture the current challenges and opportunities seen across the bakery industry, alongside the long-term market trends.Following the onset of the pandemic, it found a fall in demand for bakery products across the convenience retail (40%), wholesale (42%) and fresh bakery (53%) channels, with much larger reductions in the travel (79%) and out-of-home (89%) markets.The report, which surveyed bakery executives in roles ranging from production and sales to research and development and marketing, also found that a third (37%) of businesses were concentrating on NPD to support business recovery.Another 36% said they were prioritising product reformulations in line with current trends, in an effort to drive consumer demand.Almost eight in ten respondents (77%) said they had altered NPD cycles in response to Covid-19 in order to keep up with consumer’s changing buying habits.Grocery retail was the only channel where businesses saw an overall increase in demand for bakery products, with 50% saying demand has grown.“As with many sectors, bakery has found itself heavily impacted by the rapid onset of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Will Ballantyne, technical manager bakery at Tate & Lyle, Europe. “But we see a positive picture here with the industry adapting and adjusting to remain profitable and boost sales. “It’s encouraging to see bakery businesses working hard to understand consumer demand and putting steps in place to ensure future growth and resilience,” Ballantyne added.Beyond Covid-19, the data revealed a significant trend towards freshly baked products and the growing popularity of speciality breads.Customers were increasingly looking for enhanced nutritional benefits from baked goods, prioritising a healthy immune system and gut health, the research showed. More than half of businesses (51%) said shoppers were choosing products that offer additional nutritional benefits.Consumers were also shown to be placing an emphasis on clean label, vegan and plant-based products, and those that are more sustainably sourced.“It goes without saying that the pandemic has created big challenges for the food and drink industry, but it has also been the catalyst for huge opportunities,” said Katya Witham, global food and drink analyst for market research organisation Mintel.”These are both immediate, with many businesses thriving from agilely adapting to new consumer needs, and in the long-term as the crisis will leave a number of lasting legacies.”
This weekend, Jamiroquai will perform their first U.S. show in thirteen years at the 19th annual Coachella in Indio, California. Earlier this morning, the festival announced they would live stream Jamiroquai’s set, in addition to over 70+ other performers during the first weekend of the festival. Ahead of the big performance, Jay Kay and company will head to The Late Late Show With James Corden for a late-night national television guest spot on Thursday, April 12. Don’t miss it!In addition to marking their first U.S. shows in more than a decade, Jamiroquai’s Coachella performances are the first of four total confirmed American shows this year. In between Coachella sets (April 13 & 20), Jay Kay and company will head to San Francisco to perform the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on April 17. On September 8, the band will head to New York City to perform the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. Additionally, Suwannee Hulaween recently revealed the dates for their 2018 festival with a short animated video and snuck in a massive hint pointing to Jamiroquai as their 2018 headliner. In the clip, the band’s familiar silhouette symbol appears in the corner of the frame, suggesting that Jamiroquai will be performing at the sixth annual event.It’s been over a year since Jamiroquai announced their triumphant return after spending years outside the spotlight. In March of 2017, the group released Automaton, a follow up to 2010’s Rock Dust Light Star marking the band’s eighth studio album. To complement their new album, the funk favorites embarked on a global tour, hitting Tokyo and Seoul in addition to major cities across Europe. However, North American cities were conspicuously left off of Jamiroquai’s 2017 comeback tour, leading many to hope that 2018 will see the group hitting the U.S. Here we are, with four shows and a late-night television slot on the books, and it feels damn good.[H/T JamBase]
Harvard reported a $77 million budget surplus in the fiscal year that ended June 30, a slight increase over the previous year, but Thomas Hollister, the University’s chief financial officer and vice president for finance, said the positive results came at the start of a challenging financial environment for higher education that he expects to continue. That environment includes a difficult investment climate that contributed to last year’s 2 percent drop in endowment returns, the impact of which will likely be felt on University spending over the next several years. Hollister, who met with the Gazette for a question-and-answer session to talk about the 2016 Financial Report, said he was confident the University has the planning structures in place to navigate the years ahead, and he nodded to donors past and present whose gifts are providing nearly half of Harvard’s revenue this year. GAZETTE: What are the main takeaways from the 2016 financial report and what does it say about the University’s overall strength?HOLLISTER: It was a solid year and reflects careful planning and prudent management by all of Harvard’s Schools and affiliates. Our results are a consolidation of all of the activities throughout the University, and our goal is to have an operating surplus. It’s important over time to keep our revenues in excess of our expenses. The Harvard Campaign continues to propel the University’s mission and our financial results. This year’s cash receipts were the highest annual amount in the course of the campaign. This past year we were also able to reduce our debt levels from $5.4 billion to $5.2 billion, which strengthens the balance sheet.GAZETTE: There are financial challenges common to universities across the nation. What are they, and how is the University planning to meet them?HOLLISTER: The outlook for the traditional sources of revenue for all universities in the United States appears to be quite constrained in the next few years. Let me just touch on each. First, tuition growth will likely be restrained because of affordability pressures. Second, based on recent trends, federal funding for research is likely to continue to be essentially flat from year to year. And third, most economists are forecasting that we have entered an era of lower returns in the capital markets due to a number of factors, including low interest rates, low-risk premiums, and low economic growth around the world. So it looks to be a challenging environment in the next several years for all other research universities as well as Harvard.GAZETTE: Speaking about lower returns, the Harvard Management Company reported a 2 percent loss in its investments for fiscal 2016. What are the ramifications to the rest of the University for that?HOLLISTER: We certainly want to see positive investment returns for the endowment, as distributions from the endowment earnings represent our largest source of annual operating revenue. Harvard was not alone for the past year. Most colleges and universities have also reported negative results, but not all.Low investment returns mean there’s less earnings from the endowment to be distributed into the revenues of the University’s operating budget.GAZETTE: Is it expected that the Corporation will maintain the current payout rate?HOLLISTER: Harvard aims to pay out between 4 to 6 percent of the endowment annually, with a target of approximately 5 percent. I believe this past year we were at 5.1 percent. The Corporation board determines the exact amount of the distribution. If you look back through history, Harvard has been careful with endowment distributions, and tried to strike the balance between the current needs of the University while maintaining capacity for future academic and research requirements.GAZETTE: Ordinary investors have seen their stocks rise. What happened with the endowment? Why are endowment returns different from what someone would get in a retirement account invested in stocks?HOLLISTER: We, as individuals, do not have the ability to invest in a broad set of asset classes. It’s difficult for individuals to get into hedge funds, for example, or commodities, private equity, or venture activities. Endowments have the ability to diversify amongst asset classes, which is very positive, because diversification protects against really bad times in any one asset class in any one year. More importantly, over time, a broadly diversified portfolio in different asset classes outperforms a narrower investment approach of just domestic stocks, for example, or domestic stocks and bonds, or even global stocks and bonds.During this past fiscal year, U.S. stocks had a positive year while almost every other asset class suffered. This will happen sometimes. Global equities were down, commodities were down, emerging markets were down dramatically, hedge funds lost money, as well as several other asset classes. Again, however, over time, flexibility and diversification pays off.GAZETTE: Those same dynamics affected other universities?HOLLISTER: Oh, yes, the exact same issue. That is why the majority of them had negative returns for the year. This was also true for pensions. Pensions have a different reporting period with calendar year results, but they had similar difficulties during this period.GAZETTE: We talked about the endowment — a down year there — but as you said earlier, the University overall had a solid year financially. What are the positives?HOLLISTER: Although the outlook for traditional revenues is muted or constrained, Harvard is showing promising areas of growth. One example would be non-federal-sponsored research, which was up this past year 9 percent. In the face of stagnant federal funding for research, Harvard professors and principal investigators have been successfully finding other sources of research funding — foundations primarily, but also individuals and corporations. Another area of growth I would describe as “lifelong learning.” Harvard’s traditional strength in this area has been the Harvard Business School, with executive education programs, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, with continuing-education offerings.But in the last several years, many other Harvard affiliates have been active in this area. Overall, this less-traditional form of tuition grew last year by 10 percent, and a significant portion of the activity is online. So, it is pedagogically exciting, as it provides people of different demographic and geographic locations … access to Harvard’s exceptional faculty.Finally, we have seen rapid growth in revenue from royalties and license fees from life-sciences research, technology transfer, and publishing.GAZETTE: Does that represent increasing success commercializing the work of Harvard faculty?HOLLISTER: Yes, exactly: intellectual property, patents, publishing, licensing.GAZETTE: Is this growth a one-year phenomenon, or do you see it continuing?HOLLISTER: All three of those have been rapidly growing. It’s important to note, though, that these are not as large as some other areas of our revenue. But most of the graduate schools are projecting this to continue.GAZETTE: Let’s talk about the campaign. How have things been going?HOLLISTER: The current campaign has materially helped the financial condition of the University. Current-use giving is up 45 percent from levels prior to the campaign. Gifts for the endowment and buildings are up 130 percent from the period prior to the campaign. It’s hard to overstate the importance of philanthropy to the University. If you look at our revenues, 36 percent is distributions from the endowment, which is thanks to the generosity of past donors. Another 9 percent is current-use gifts, thanks to the generosity of current donors. Combined, that’s 45 percent, almost half of our revenues, so Harvard’s aspirations — affordable education for undergraduate and graduate students, groundbreaking research, transformative teaching, beautiful collections — are all made possible because of the generosity of graduates and friends of the University.GAZETTE: How important is reducing debt to the University?HOLLISTER: Well, we want to avoid paying unnecessary interest costs, but we also strategically use debt as part of the capital sources of the University. Harvard’s debt is at manageable levels. It peaked at $6.3 billion back in 2010. We have steadily paid that down to $5.2 billion this past year, and, subsequent to the fiscal year’s end, we refinanced about half of our debt to take advantage of lower interest rates. That refinancing should save the Corporation roughly $35 million in annual interest costs, which will be reinvested in University priorities.GAZETTE: Is there an optimum level of debt for an institution like this, or is it: just as low as possible?HOLLISTER: Borrowing at appropriate levels is a long-term source of capital in support of the academic mission. So some level of borrowing is perfectly acceptable and sensible. You just shouldn’t do too much. Harvard currently has manageable debt levels, appropriate for our AAA rating, with additional flexibility if needed.GAZETTE: Let’s talk a little bit more about federally sponsored research. Your forecast was for relatively flat revenues from this area going forward, but we did see a little bit of a bump up this year for the first time since 2011. Is that good news?HOLLISTER: It’s great, and represents a lot of hard work, and it is a tribute to the Harvard faculty and principal investigators who apply for and compete successfully for peer-reviewed grants and awards. Harvard wins more than its share, but the pool of awards available for peer competitions depends on National Institutes of Health funding as well as other federal research agency budgets.GAZETTE: So you don’t see an increase in this source of funding in the years to come?HOLLISTER: I think most informed observers, looking at the political climate in Congress and the federal government’s financial picture, are not encouraged, although the bipartisan support around biomedical research seems to be one bright spot — but without any guarantees.The non-federal portion of research funding that I mentioned has been growing at a 9 percent clip the last several years. What we’re seeing is a shift from federal to non-federal sources. Combined, about the same percentage of the University’s revenues comes from overall research funding.GAZETTE: Is there a limit to the amount of non-federal funding out there? Even if it grows for a few years, is there a smaller pool than for federal funding and a point at which it would start to decline? Or is this a resource that’s only begun to be tapped?HOLLISTER: There is no replacing the role of the federal government as the leading source of basic research funding, but Harvard is increasingly diversifying its sponsored research funding through strong partnerships with non-federal sources. The diversification is increasingly important not just as a funding source, but also as a way to collaborate with foundations and industry partners to translate discoveries into new technologies, treatments, and therapies. Often, non-federal sponsors support work that may be more applied, more targeted, and restricted in purpose. But I do think it’s a significant and positive trend that our faculty are winning awards from foundations and to some degree corporations as well.GAZETTE: Looking at the spending side of last year’s budget, what are the main takeaways for this year compared to last, and are there any new drivers of expenditures we should be aware of?HOLLISTER: I would say the proportions are about the same. Happily, revenue growth was 5.6 percent, and expense growth was 5.3 percent. Like all organizations, we have to balance our annual operating budget, and we want revenue growth to match or exceed expense growth.GAZETTE: How about health care costs? That’s been a driver of personnel costs in the past. I saw a number of 3 percent. That seems a fairly modest increase compared to recent years. Is that the case, and how did the University manage that?HOLLISTER: Overall, our employee benefits were up 6 percent, and, as you point out, active health was less this past year, at about 3 percent. I think that’s a fortunate result, because we self-insure these costs, and our results depend on our population’s health experience in the course of a year. I would say that health benefits are the most challenging expense category for every for-profit, not-for-profit, or governmental entity across the country. The good news at Harvard is that we have comparatively generous programs, and we can provide our faculty, staff, and students with access to superb health care. The bad news is that national and local medical cost expense trends are running in the 6 to 7 percent range. Finding a way to sustain excellent health and medical benefits for our faculty, staff, and students and also keep a rein on these costs will continue to be a challenge.GAZETTE: How important is financial aid, and what are the trends there?HOLLISTER: Thanks to the support of donors, Harvard has among the most generous aid programs in the country for both undergraduates and graduate students. At the undergraduate level, one in five families are not required to pay any tuition because they make less than $65,000. Over half of undergraduates receive aid, and on average they and their families together pay less than $12,000 a year. Also at the undergraduate level, Harvard gives only grants — it does not require any loans — so Harvard students can graduate from the college debt-free.GAZETTE: How does last year’s financial performance affect the budget going forward?HOLLISTER: Harvard has advanced processes and disciplines around financial planning. We have annual budgets and annual capital budgets, as well as rolling five-year forecasts looking out into the future, including liquidity planning and reserves for facilities renewal. We try to be ready to manage for all seasons.This past year’s result is in the rearview mirror, and the Schools and affiliates are now doing five-year planning and factoring in the kind of adjustments that will be necessary in the face of lower revenue growth rates.GAZETTE: So it’s hard to tell the exact impact until those five-year plans come in?HOLLISTER: Remember that each School and affiliate is unique. If traditional revenues are down, Schools will have to adjust to that reality, but they may also see faster revenue growth in other areas. The Harvard Campaign is also a strong positive factor. The overall outlook, however, suggests more restraint on spending will be called for than in the last few years.GAZETTE: How about the University’s growth and construction projects? Anything in particular you want to call out?HOLLISTER: I think the signature projects are well known. The Chao Center is complete, the Smith Center is well under reconstruction, the Kennedy School’s new buildings are coming together before our eyes, and Winthrop House is surrounded by construction crews. Next up, of course, is the new Science and Engineering Complex in Allston.
At their weekly meeting, Notre Dame’s student senate approved an official resolution encouraging faculty to include information regarding mental health resources on their syllabi.Before the vote occurred, the group heard a presentation from senior Meredith Soward about the Notre Dame Washington program. Soward said the application to the semester-long program is open to both freshmen and sophomores and students can participate either in conjunction with or in place of study abroad. Students live in DuPont Circle in the heart of Washington D.C. and take classes, in addition to working 25-30 hours a week at an internship, which counts for a Notre Dame general education requirement. “One of the coolest opportunities that comes with this program is the opportunity to intern in D.C.,” Soward said. “A lot of people do intern on the Hill, but if you don’t want to intern on the Hill, people have worked at think tanks, nonprofits, lobbying firms and law firms. I worked at an environmental nonprofit during my semester.”In addition to the internship, Soward said that students in the program take a Notre Dame-required class entitled Foundations of Public Policy, as well as Public Policy Visits, where students have the opportunity to meet influential people in D.C. and discuss important issues. Beyond that, participants take two elective classes.“The classes that I took [there] were some of the most impactful classes that I have taken,” Soward said.The deadline to apply for the Notre Dame Washington Program is November 25th.The group then began deliberation on a resolution submitted by several members of the Senate, reading, “the Student Senate hereby encourages faculty to include a statement regarding mental health resources sent annually by the Division of Student Affairs on class syllabi.”A similar resolution was proposed by the student senate last year but died before it could be approved, senior and student body vice president Corey Gayheart said. “We are bringing [the resolution] back up because we think it’s important, and so the senators as well as [junior] Grace Dean, the director of health and wellness took the charge on this. They did a great job and it is the first Senate resolution [of the year],” Gayheart said.After the resolution was read, the Senate debated its merits. “Can we talk about what it means to encourage faculty?” senior and Diversity Council president Alyssa Ngo asked. Gayheart responded to Ngo’s question by clarifying that the senate does not have the power to mandate what professors include on their syllabi.“We don’t have the power to force faculty to do something,” Gayheart said. “Part of this is also the staff retention movement. To attract high quality professors, a lot of the game in higher education is to give them the autonomy to determine how the classes operate and what’s on their syllabi. We definitely think this is a generally agreeable thing, and so we don’t feel it necessary to make it mandatory because most professors will likely hop into this.”After debate closed, the group moved into a vote and approved the resolution.Tags: Mental health, ND student senate, nd washington program, resolution, Senate
William Maclay Architects & Planners won first place in the large buildings category of the Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design 2009 competition for their work on the recently completed green building for wind manufacturer NRG Systems. The Waitsfield architectural firm was recognized by the judges for their “innovative and integrated design approach towards energy efficiency and high performance building.”The second of two NRG Systems buildings designed by William Maclay Architects & Planners (WMAP), the new building is almost completely powered by renewable energy. Ninety percent (90%) of the building’s electricity is expected to be produced by a 70.6-kilowatt (kw) solar photovoltaic (PV) system and 95% of the building’s heat is provided by renewable wood pellets. The building is also more energy efficient than the first LEED gold-certified building on the company’s green campus in Hinesburg. Compared to a typical commercial building built to current energy codes, the new 31,000 square foot building is expected to cut the company’s carbon footprint by 88,000 pounds annually through such features as a super-insulated building envelope, the solar PV system, a wood pellet boiler and a radiant heating and cooling system.“NRG Systems wanted to go even further with renewables and energy efficiency with this second building,” said WMAP President William Maclay, AIA, LEED® AP. “Thicker walls and cellulose insulation make the building tighter and more energy efficient. It goes way beyond current energy efficiency codes and serves as an excellent model for where our buildings need to go.”With the 70.6-kw solar PV system on NRG Systems’ second building, the company’s green campus now boasts the largest solar PV system in the state at 149.1 kilowatts. The building also makes extensive use of natural daylighting through the use of clerestory windows, skylights and the orientation of the building on the property. Whimsical floor tiles crafted by local artists and an exterior courtyard and labyrinth add unique design elements to the building’s overall award-winning design. A gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council is anticipated for the building.The Design Competition winners were announced at the Efficiency Vermont Better Buildings by Design Conference. William Maclay Architects & Planners received first place recognition in the large building category and were one of two firms that received first place recognition overall. A total of nine design entries were judged.Founded in 1982, William Maclay Architects & Planners is a Vermont-based architectural firm specializing in innovative, sustainable design for individuals, businesses and organizations seeking to create vibrant places for life, work and play. Firm founder and president, William Maclay, has worked in sustainable design since 1971, bringing his lifelong passion for the environment into his work through the design and creation of beautiful, sustainable buildings. Through its team of LEED-accredited professionals, WMAP offers a full-range of architectural services for all phases of residential, commercial and institutional projects. Recent projects include master planning and design for the expanded green campus of wind manufacturer NRG Systems in Hinesburg (VT), the net zero energy design and construction of the Putney (VT) School Field House and the interior design and renovation for Seventh Generation’s Burlington (VT) headquarters. For more information, visit www.wmap-aia.com(link is external).# # #
by: Joe SwatekMany advertisers, including credit unions, waste advertising budgets by producing ads that don’t attract the audience who most want the product or service they’re promoting.With a little care and knowledge of what to look for, it doesn’t need to be that way.One of the biggest mistakes advertisers make is to assume they can attract everyone. It’s not possible. Your prospect field is limited to those who need the product or service you’re offering. With banking products, that’s an especially important factor.When you’re advertising with readable media, whether direct mail, newspaper ads, brochures, web pages, online banners, and so on, your best bet to gain a prospect’s attention is with the headline.Here’s an example of an ineffective headline one bank’s real print ads use:(Bank Name) financing that fits your needs! continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Let’s call it the Spirit of ’86. The Mets pulled off an amazing 3-to-2 victory against one of the most talented pitchers in the Major Leagues, Dodgers’ ace Zack Greinke, when everything was on the line in Game 5 of the National League division series.It was one for the ages, certainly propelling Daniel Murphy, the quirky second baseman, into the Mets pantheon with the great outfielder Mookie Wilson.As generations of New Yorkers know well, in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Mookie Wilson hit a dribbler up the first-base line that improbably found its way between the legs of the Red Sox veteran Bill Buckner and allowed the winning run to cross the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning. His single illustrated once again that in America’s pastime it’s the small things that can have the most impact.That lesson was repeated Thursday night. In the post-game brouhaha in the Mets locker room, with champagne spraying and players yelling, an obviously inebriated pitcher Jon Niese barged into a television interview with Murphy to proclaim that Murphy “is the hottest man in baseball!”Yes, he’d won the game with a home run off the Dodgers ace, and gone 3-for-4 with two RBIs. But more tellingly, he’d tied the game when the Mets’ best pitcher, the lanky long-haired Jacob DeGrom, was struggling just to keep the Metropolitans one run behind in the perils of Chavez Ravine, where so many outsiders’ dreams of victory have gone to die.But not this week in LA. The pivotal play wasn’t Murph’s blast to the stands—that came later, thank the gods—but his lackadaisical jog between first and second base that turned into a mad dash for third when the Dodgers had fallen asleep at the wheel. They’d just formed their exaggerated defensive shift to put more players on the right side of the field to thwart Mets’ slumping first baseman Lucas Duda, who almost always hits that way—when he hits, that is.This time, instead of striking out and looking clueless, Duda eked out a walk, but more tellingly, he lingered a moment to chat with the home-plate umpire before sauntering to first. It was just enough of a distraction, intentional or not, so the Dodgers didn’t pay attention to Murphy until it was too late. He’d noticed that no Dodger was covering third, just our third-base coach Tim Teufel, a key player on the ’86 Mets, who happened to be idly kicking the bag with his toe. In a New York minute, Murph joined him there and subsequently scored on a sacrifice fly from catcher Travis d’Arnoud.As WOR710’s sports announcer Josh Lewin enthused, it was a monumental “Murphilicious” night for our second baseman, who spent 15 days on the DL back in June, another reason for the team’s horrible July when all hope seemed lost.It’s too soon to say that manager Terry Collins will join the ’86 manager Davy Johnson in Mets mythology but he’s headed in the right direction. Sandy Koufax, the Hall-of-Fame Dodger pitcher (and New Yorker) reportedly complimented Collins to a couple of sports reporters before Game 2, telling them, “Is he the manager of the year? I don’t know. I’m not voting. But I think so.”In Game 5, Collins made all the right moves, including one he didn’t make. Four times he said he’d come close to removing DeGrom from the game, and he had our rookie starter Noah “Thor” Syndergaard warming up in the bullpen as a reliever. Usually, when the manager comes out of the dugout to visit the pitcher on the mound, he’s sending him to the showers. But not this time.Collins renewed DeGrom’s confidence, and our pitcher induced a key double-play to end the sixth inning when the Dodgers posed yet another serious threat.Many in Mets nation may have let out howls of protest and dismay—a not unheard of response when watching the team from Queens—when Collins had the mighty Thor start throwing his hammers and fireballs in the seventh. But the savvy 66-year-old manager proved them wrong, once again.Syndergaard did something that had eluded DeGrom all night: He struck out LA’s Justin Turner, the mangy red-head who’s been batting above .500 in the series—an amazing stat, and frustrating, too, since he never got the chance to prove his prowess when he was in a Mets uniform because he was a backup infielder playing behind our captain David Wright and Daniel Murphy.Yet another Collins’ decision may have caused Mets fans huge amounts of agita when he brought in our super-talented closer, Jeurys Familia, in the eighth inning. That meant our formidable closer would have to get six outs, not three, before they could “put it in the books,” as the great announcer Howie Rose says after every Mets victory.The doubters could also be forgiven their misgivings in the ninth inning when it looked like the Dodgers would come back on a deep fly off the bat of pinch-hitter Chase Utley on a 1-2 pitch. Fortunately, he’d gotten under it and the ball was caught.As Mets fans will never forget, Utley’s illegal slide into second base in Game 2 broke the leg of our short stop, Ruben Tejada. Subsequently, the Dodger infielder was suspended but he was able to play in Game 5 because his appeal won’t be heard until Monday. Now he’ll have plenty of time to spend at the hearing because his team won’t be facing the Chicago Cubs in the pennant race that begins this weekend.The cosmos has spoken. Ruben Tejada is avenged and the Mets advance.In Chicago, people say that the Cubs have the best chance in years to finally lift the Curse of the Billy Goat, which has bedeviled the club since 1945.Whether the Mets’ luck will hold up against them is anybody’s guess. But then who would have thought that Mookie Wilson’s squibbler up the first base line—that looked like a sure out when the ball left his bat—would have helped the Mets go on to win the 1986 World Series? You never know, but you always gotta believe.
Acutioneer Peter Burgin from Place, Wooloongabba. 130 Morehead Ave, Norman Park up for Acution. Saturday July 21, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)MORE than 50 people turned out to see 21 Clyde Rd, Herston sell under the hammer to a last minute buyer yesterday.GOING GONE: 21 Clyde St, Herston sold to a last minute buyer for $1,150,000.Sunshine Biskaps purchased the property for $1,150,000 after she decided during the auction this was the home for her.“I was on realestate.com.au and I heard this area is really nice so I thought I’d check it out, it’s my first day in this area,” Ms Biskaps said.“I just walked in about 10 minutes before the auction and it shows really nicely.“I just really like tall ceilings and the way it feels like a home.”She said she was really excited to now call Herston home, having moved to Australia from Jakarta with her husband a few weeks ago.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreen00:00The property was refurbished as part of a bigger development, according to auction attendee and project manager Ross Muirhead.“We did a change to an existing DA on this one … it was about eight months for the construction, including the (three) townhouses at the back,” Mr Muirhead said.“Out of the ceilings I think we only lost one, so basically all the ornate ceilings and things like joinery remains the same, french doors, as many windows as possible we could keep and the floors are original.“But it was fitted out with all the mod cons of zoned airconditioning and things that you need these days.”Mr Muirhead said two of the three townhouses were also under contract.“It’s a great little development; it’s hard to get land in this area, really hard.”Winners at the Norman Park auction Gary Sones, Holly Leybourne and Craig Hauser. Saturday July 21, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)Place Bulimba lead agent James Curtain’s listing at 130 Morehead Ave, Norman Park sold for $1,240,000 under the hammer yesterday.Bidding started at $1 million, with three registered bidders raising their paddles to buy. The property was announced on the market at $1,150,000, and two of the bidders continued to fight it out until the property sold to Gary Sones, Craig Hauser and Holly Leybourne.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours ago130 Morehead Ave, Norman Park up for Acution. Saturday July 21, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)Mr Sones said they would redevelop the property into two homes on 500sq m land and then present them to the market in about a year’s time.Ray White chief auctioneer Mitch Peereboom said the start to new financial year had been very exciting, with three standout sales yesterday.Ray White Alderley director Andrew Cowan’s listing at 76 Alderson St, Newmarket sold under the hammer for $585,000.It was the second most viewed auction property on realestate.com.au last week and Mr Peereboom said about 50 people turned out to see three bidders vie to buy the home.>> FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<<“That was entry level buying for a property, for a house, so a lot of people think it was really good value,” he said.“The buyers were a young couple and they will be renovating it and having their family home there.”Ray White Graceville sales executive Douglas May’s listing at 37 Evadne St, Graceville sold for $1.4 million at its 11am auction.“There we had four registrations, it started at $1.1 and got to $1.4 pretty quick and sold,” Mr Peereboom said.He said Ray White Forest Lake principal Thanh Ngo’s listing at 4 Nuthatch St, Inala was another great entry level buy, selling for $350,000 under the hammer.“We had six registered bidders and a good result on that,” he said.“People are seeing value in a market place that’s going to have capital growth.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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