Auction numbers are set to rise in 2017. Picture: Tara Croser.ONE analyst said despite last week’s softer auction clearance rate in Brisbane, the sale method will gain popularity this year.Corelogic’s most recent Auction Market Preview shows Brisbane had 102 Auctions scheduled for last week with 84 proceeding to an event.Of those offered under the hammer, 57.1 per cent sold compared to 63.0 per cent for the week before.Corelogic auction spokesman, Kevin Brogan, said the softer result is good compared to the city’s past performance.“The number of auctions this week at 117 is at the lower end of what might be considered normal but it’s a bit timely.“That’s quite a normal set of volume as we ramp up into the 2017 season, but last year you had a clearance rate sitting in the high 40 per cent to low 50 per cent – so when you say the clearance rate is maybe a bit lower, it actually sits within a certain per cent of what it was for last week – so it’s not a bad result for Brisbane at all.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoMr Brogan said Brisbane will continue to have lower auction numbers than Sydney and Melbourne.“There is an issue of, if I can call it, ‘cultural acceptance’.“In somewhere like Brisbane, and also in Adelaide, the properties that go to auction are those that are really where the agent identifies they’ve got a competitive edge in the market.”He said these are the more unusual listings that need be tested on the market.“So you tend not to see the sort of things that you might get in Melbourne, for example, where you get a regular sort of house going to auction.”Despite this, Mr Brogan said agents will continue to use auctions as an effective marketing tool.“Basically, listing a property for auction actually brings matters to a head because you’ve got the marketing campaign for an auction which is typically a fairly concentrated effort.“So an auction campaign in terms of marketing can be considered to be deemed to be successful even if the property hasn’t sold under the hammer, but rather prior or after.”
NEWARK, N.J. — All Kris Joseph could do was shake his head.He had never missed that many free throws in his life, he said. Nine of his 17 went awry, including three in the final 91 seconds.‘No explanation,’ Joseph said.In a game where SU held a distinct free-throw shooting advantage over Seton Hall, the No. 4 Orange could not take advantage and blow the contest open, despite an eventual 61-56 victory.Syracuse took 36 foul shots, making 17 and missing 19. The Pirates made 11 of their 13 shots from the line. And Joseph typified the struggles, hitting only eight of the astounding 17 shots he took from the charity stripe.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We weren’t able to put our foot on (Seton Hall),’ said SU guard Brandon Triche, who went 1-of-2 from the line in the game. ‘And that was mainly because of free throws. We normally are a pretty good free-throw shooting team.’After he was fouled on a 3-point attempt in the first half, Joseph missed the first two shots, only to swish the third and again shake his head as he jogged back to the other end of the court. Only in three of the Orange’s 19 trips to the line did it convert on two consecutive attempts.Overall, the 47.2 percentage from the charity stripe marked the worst performance on the season for the Orange.‘We started taking it to the basket and getting to the foul line,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘But when you miss 19 free throws, it’s not a good sign.’Those misses kept Syracuse from pulling away from a game that ended up being tight at the end. Joseph missed 1-of-2 with a chance to give his team a four-point lead with less than three minutes remaining. Jardine missed the end of a potential three-point play with another chance to give SU a four-point lead.And all in all, SU went just 3-of-9 from the free-throw line in the last three minutes. In the end, it didn’t hurt the Orange Saturday. But Joseph knows that kind of performance can’t continue. So before SU’s game Wednesday against St. John’s, he knows where he’ll be spending a lot of extra time in practice.‘I just have to go back in the gym,’ Joseph said. ‘Go back to the lab and put some free throws up.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments
LOS ANGELES >> Forty cities and two counties declared Friday as Vin Scully Day. It began like almost any other day at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers stretched and played catch. The Colorado Rockies took batting practice. Continuing a recent tradition, some players visited the Vin Scully Press Box before the game to shake hands with the man himself.• PHOTOS: Vin Scully Appreciation Night“To kind of show respect to him, for what he’s done for a long time,” Dodgers pitcher Joe Blanton said. “He’s one of the greatest announcers of all time. Just on a personal level, to be able to go up in his press box, shake his hand — I don’t do a whole lot of stuff like that and it was a pretty cool little moment like that to have.”The game was scheduled to begin at 7:20 p.m. Pacific Time, but the first pitch was delayed by 27 minutes. In the meantime, a Vin Scully appreciation ceremony took over the field, turning a ballpark into a shrine — and turning Friday into more than just another stop on Scully’s retirement tour. One of the 10 Dodger players whose number is retired, Sandy Koufax, recounted a story about Scully.“Before the World Series, Vin would go to church and pray — not for a win, but there would be only heroes in the World Series, no goats,” Koufax said. “He didn’t want anyone’s future to be tarnished with the fact that they lost the World Series for their team.”Clayton Kershaw was the only current Dodger player sitting on the dais. He thanked Scully “on behalf of our team and the teams that have come before us.”“Thank you for painting a picture for us and for our families that we’ll have for the rest of our lives,” Kershaw said. “When we retire and we don’t have this game anymore, we’ll always have your voice. So thank you for that.”Actor Kevin Costner was the last guest speaker. He delivered a riveting speech that alternated between tongue-in-cheek humor (“you called my imaginary perfect game; nobody can ever take that away”) and touching prose (“when we held our breath, you filled in the blanks”). Finally, Scully spoke. He had fought back tears when the emcee, Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner, introduced him on stage. He appeared fidgety as the distinguished speakers delivered one tribute after another. Speaking to the sold-out crowd, Scully sounded right at home.“When you roar, when you are thrilled, I’m 8 years old again,” he said. “You truly have been the wind beneath my wings. I owe you everything.”Roster expanding to 40Pitcher Scott Kazmir was activated from the 15-day disabled list and infielder Chris Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, giving the Dodgers 39 players on their active roster for Friday’s game. The 40th man on the roster, pitcher Brandon McCarthy, is on the 15-day disabled list. He threw a 75-pitch simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and a bullpen session Friday. Roberts said McCarthy will be activated before the regular season ends a week from Sunday. That means the Dodgers will have a full complement of 40 players on the active roster. Although teams can use every player on their 40-man roster after Sept. 1, few — if any — actually do. It also makes the job of trimming the roster to 25 for the postseason that much more difficult.“Some of it is recent performance, the other part is the year that certain players have had,” Roberts said. “The other part is who we’re playing, and matchups, what makes the most sense for us to put 25 guys on the roster that give us the best chance to win. We’re going to heat up those talks.”AlsoRockies manager Walt Weiss and third baseman Nolan Arenado, an Orange County native, were among the contingent who visited Scully from the visitor’s clubhouse. … Former Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be a studio analyst for baseball games on TNT in September and October. Rollins, 37, was released by the Chicago White Sox on June 15. … The next outings for McCarthy, left-hander Brett Anderson and right-hander Jose De Leon remain to be determined. Roberts said that all three are capable of pitching out of the bullpen. … Trayce Thompson’s brother Klay, who plays for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, took batting practice on the field prior to the game. • VIDEO: Vin Scully holds back tearsLos Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti gave Scully a key to the city — a first in his three-plus years on the job, he said. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced a $50,000 donation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation in Scully’s name, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts emerged from the dugout with an oversized check.Kirk Gibson couldn’t attend in person, but he wanted to pass along a pre-recorded message. “It’s an honor for me to have your voice attached to the soundtrack of my career,” Gibson said, moments after it was revealed that fans voted Scully’s 19-word description of Gibson’s home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as his greatest call ever.Dodgers chairman Mark Walter announced that next year Scully would have a place among the team’s list of retired numbers. As of Friday the team hadn’t decided what will symbolize Scully, the first non-player to join the group. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A sixth form student attached to Mae’s Secondary School died while receiving medical attention at a private city hospital on Thursday after she started to vomit profusely in her classroom.The teen, 15-year-old Vanica Schultz of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, allegedly ingested several carbon tablets.Guyana Times understands that the teenager was seen vomiting during the lunch recess and as such, teachers in the school were alerted. Eventually, the teen was placed in a vehicle and rushed to the hospital.The Police were summoned to the educational facility and an investigation was launched.Reports are the now dead teen was part of an investigation following the alleged discovery of ecstasy pills on the school premises some time ago. The students were instructed to inform their parents to visit the school so that the matter could be dealt with. This newspaper understands that following the decision to inform the parents, the now dead teen reportedly threatened to take her life, since she did not want her parents to know about her involvement in the ecstasy investigation. However, the school has since denied the incident. During a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, the school’s administration refuted claims that the teenager ingested ecstasy.Director of the school’s secondary division, Paul Burnette also refuted claims that the drug, which was popularised at raves as a sensation-enhancing drug, was found on the school’s premises at any time. Schultz did not commit suicide owing to an investigation into the pills, he asserted.In addition, Burnette denied reports, which suggested that the teachers delayed taking the child to the hospital. In fact, he added: “I immediately rushed with her, shouting to the teacher to get her car so that we can take her to the hospital…It didn’t take her 10 minutes to get to the hospital. I stood there…in awe as I saw them work on her, flushing her stomach and all of that,” he added.The director also told the press that the now dead teen confessed to ingesting carbon tablets. The motive for taking her own life remains a mystery, but, according to Burnette, Schultz arrived at school as normal and distributed letters to her friends.The letters, according to the school’s administration, revealed that the teen had apologised to her peers for the wrong things she had done in the past and encouraged them to continue performing well in school. The school reported that the student came through the primary section and was never a problem child.Late last year, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) revealed a worrying trend of ecstasy being sold to students in at least five schools across Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Four (Demerara-Mahaica). The anti-drug enforcement agency is working with education officials to address the illegal practice.Ecstasy is making its way into the nation’s schools after being already popular among many affluent members of society, CANU Deputy Head Lesley Ramlall had stated.While it was not revealed if, or how many of these affluent individuals were charged, Ramlall said CANU was working to track down the drug mules and was not inclined to carry out full-fledged investigations in schools.
Tricks of the TradeImage: Monty Python and the Holy Grail via Michael White ProductionsIf you’re interested in recording your own sounds, check out Recording Foley and Sound Effects: The Fundamentals. Here are a few common tricks you can practice recording on your own.Breaking bones: break a stalk of celery or head of lettuceBody punches: hit a phone bookFlapping bird wings: wave a pair of leather glovesCrunching snow: crush a leather pouch filled with corn starchWhoosh: wave around a thin stick or arrowHorse hooves: clap together two coconut shells cut in half — as seen above in Monty Python and the Holy Grail Modern Foley ArtistsToday, foley artists create entire atmospheres. They record the sounds of characters, props, and even clothing. Gary Hecker is a veteran foley artist who works on many of today’s blockbuster films. He started his professional career in the 1970s and 80s, working on films like The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, The Empire Strikes Back, and Back to the Future.Hecker now has well over 300 credits to his name. In this video from the SoundWorks Collection, Hecker shows you how he used classic foley techniques to create sound effects for the film Robin Hood, starting with the process of recording the footsteps of the main characters. From snapping celery stalks to slapping phone books, learn how foley artists use everyday objects to create realistic sound effects in film.Top image via SoundWorks CollectionFoley is the art of creating sound effects for radio, film, and television. The term actually comes from a man, Jack Donovan Foley, who made sound effects for live radio broadcasts. He focused on creating realistic sounds with the tools he had around him rather than using generic sounds made in other programs. This was reminiscent of the theatrical sounds of vaudeville shows.Image: Jack Foley via The Art of FoleyJack Foley started working for Universal Studios in 1914. By the time “talkies” came around in the 1920s, studios wanted to create authentic sound effects for their films. On set, microphones were only used to record dialogue. Therefore sound effects would have to be recorded after the film was shot.Foley assembled a team that would project the film onto a screen while recording an audio track of sound effects — mostly footsteps. The earliest films had them adding the sounds of walking and doors opening and closing.Foley became the expert in sound effects audio recording. He continued to perform up until his death in 1967. Many of the techniques he developed are still used today.Three Types of FoleyFoley artists do not create every sound in a film. Complex sounds like car engines or computer noises fall under the direction of a Sound FX Editor, who uses a library of sounds. The foley artists focus on three key areas: footsteps, movement, and specific props.Image: Universal Studios Foley Pit via The Studio Tour1. FootstepsThis category is self-explanatory. The footsteps of the main character are recorded very early in the process. This isn’t as easy as walking by a microphone. Foley artists wear certain shoes and walk on specific surfaces to attain the right sounds for a film.These surfaces are called foley pits, which offer all sorts of different flooring types. This allows the foley artist to instantly record the sounds of a character walking across a lawn, onto a sidewalk, and into a home. This also includes footsteps of animals, like the famous sound of galloping horse hooves.2. MovementMovement focuses on the sounds of clothing a character is wearing. This isn’t just loud clothes like a knight’s armor — even denim blue jeans make a sound when a character crosses their legs or squirms in a chair.Image via Shutterstock3. PropsCreating the sounds made by props can fall under the foley artist or sound editor. Foley artists tend to work with props that characters interact with, like a sword being unsheathed.In this video from CBS Sunday Morning, foley artist Marko Costanzo shows how he used leaves to create the swirling sound of the witch from Into the Woods and how he cracked celery to create the sound of breaking bones for The Big Lebowski. Also, don’t forget you can complement your foley work with the Essential SFX packages found right here on PremiumBeat!
At least three persons drowned while more than 20 others went missing after a boat carrying close to 80 people capsized in the Mahananda river in Katihar district, police said on Friday.Deputy Superintendent of Police, Barsoi, Pankaj Kumar said the incident took place on the Bihar-Bengal border at about 8.15 pm on Thursday night close to Jagannathpur Ghat when residents of Wajidpur village here were returning after shopping in Rampur Haat market of the adjoining state, situated right across the river.“Prima facie, it appears to be a case of overloading. The boat had a capacity of 40 passengers but was carrying almost double the number. So far three unidentified bodies of an elderly man, a woman and a child have been recovered”, the DSP said.“Many of those riding the boat either swam to safety or were rescued by onlookers. About two dozen people are yet to be traced … professional divers have been deployed for the purpose,” he added.
England’s Stuart Broad appeals and dismisses India’s Virat Kohli (right) during the first cricket test match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England on Sunday, July 13, 2014. ReutersIndia were 230 for six in their second innings at lunch on the last day of the first cricket Test against England at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday.Stuart Binny was batting on 26 and Ravindra Jadeja at 18 at the break. India now have a lead of 191 runs.The hosts picked up three valuable wickets. Team India lost Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and M S Dhoni early in the first session.Ravindra Jadeja was joined by Stuart Binny to arrest the slide on the fifth day of the opening Test against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.