Three things to look for during a property inspection

first_imgArchicentre Australia has released tips on how to make the most of a home inspection.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago2. LAYOUT As well as any building faults, consider the functional layout of the home.Mr Georgiev says functionality can depend on the era of construction. “Older properties tend to concentrate many of the services at the rear and this can block living spaces from whatever rear yard there may be,” he says.“Look for reasonable separation between sleeping areas and living areas with service rooms between them.” AUCTION PACKED WEEKEND AHEAD Light is an important factor to look for when inspecting a home.3. LIGHTBringing light into a home is important on many levels. Mr Georgiev says this should preferably be done by means of windows rather than skylights, which should be restricted to bathrooms and laundries. “They are to be avoided in habitable spaces,” he says.“Embedded psychological wellbeing occurs when light and an aspect is achieved. “If northern and eastern aspects can be achieved, a degree of passive solar thermal performance is a handy adjunct as it can save on heating and cooling.”(Source: Archicentre Australia) Archicentre Australia has tips on how to make the most of a property inspection.YOU have 15 minutes to decide whether this is the home of your dreams. Scary, right?Before you make one of the biggest financial investments of your life, here are three things to look out for during a property inspection:1. BUILDING FAULTSYou might fall in love with the place the minute you set foot inside, but it’s what you don’t see that really counts.Ask the agent if the owners have had a building and pest inspection done, and if not, organise a thorough assessment of the property’s condition yourself.It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. You can also talk to an architect about the era the property was built, so you can better understand any inherent faults. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE center_img Consider what faults the building might have when inspecting a property.They can also provide a property assessment using a checklist — boundary to boundary, externals and internals.Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev says buildings can vary depending on the development of building regulations and more recently planning codes — from ‘pre-regulation’ to ‘mid Twentieth Century regulation’ to current ‘performance based regulation’. “Each era or intersection of eras is a starting point for understanding building defects and this is where the knowledge of an architect comes into its own,” he says. WHERE LESS THAN $500,000 BUYS A HOUSE last_img read more

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Ordtek nets TenneT’s German Bight UXO consultancy deal

first_imgTenneT issued the tender for UXO consultancy services in November 2019, looking for QA/QC supervision during land- and vessel-based data acquisition in the 12 nmz Zone and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The UK company will be acting as TenneT’s representative in offshore UXO clearance campaigns for cable and platform installation projects, as well as cable repairs and remedial cable burial. The duration of the contract is three years, with options for two renewals, each time by twelve months. Ordtek said it would be providing UXO consultancy services and client representation ahead of offshore power cable and platform installation operations in the German Bight. The contract for German Bight covers a number of different developments, including DolWin5, the first offshore grid connection system connecting the wind turbines directly to the offshore converter platform, eliminating the need for substations. Additionally, the tender covers the provision of independent data analysis and interpretation, both at the site office or on survey vessels. UK-based unexploded ordnance (UXO) risk management company, Ordtek, has signed a three-year framework agreement with TenneT for services to be delivered for the German Bight wind farm zone in the North Sea. last_img read more

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Cook Islands PM rules out marriage equality

first_imgRNZI 28 April 2013The Cook Islands prime minister, Henry Puna, says his government will not be following New Zealand’s move to legalize same sex marriage. Mr Puna says the Cook Islands will not stray from its core values as a Christian nation, including its tradition of upholding the union of a man and a woman in the sight of God. The prime minister, who is currently in New Caledonia, says he respects the sanctity of marriage as provided for under Christian beliefs and faith. The Cook Islands Marriage Act 1973 was amended in 2000 to include the provision that a man may not marry another man and a woman may not marry another woman. A week ago, New Zealand’s Parliament passed a law legalising gay marriage, 77 votes to 44. http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=75598last_img

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Arab army chiefs discuss joint military force to combat ISIL

first_imgZambian military attempt to contain army worm invasion No consensus yet for a joint Arab military force A Joint Military Force against Boko Haram will be Deployed after Rainy Seasoncenter_img The Arab League in Cairo is hosting a meeting of military chiefs of staff of its 26 member states to discuss the possibility of forming a joint Arab military aimed at combating jihadists including the Islamic State group (ISIL). In the light of a recommendation by the Arab League summit last month in Sharm el-Sheikh.The regional bloc agreed in March to set up the force, with member states given four months to hammer out the details over its composition and precise rules of engagement.Wednesday’s meeting was overseen by the Egyptian Armed Forces’ Chief of Staff Mahmud Hegazy, an AFP journalist said.Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pushed for the creation of the regional force after the Islamic State organization executed a group of Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in February, prompting retaliatory air strikes by Cairo.The plan gained further momentum after Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched air strikes on Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen.“The creation of a joint Arab force in no way aims to form a new alliance or army hostile to any country, but a force to fight terrorism and maintain security, peace and stability in the region,” Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said in a speech Wednesday.IS has carried out widespread atrocities in the region and won the support of several other jihadist organizations.On Sunday it released a video purportedly showing the execution of about 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya.AFPRelatedlast_img read more

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Rising Sun Softball Team Outshines Batesville

first_imgThe Rising Sun Lady Shiners beat The Batesville Lady Bulldogs 12-2 in Varsity Softball action.Batesville vs. Rising Sun Softball (5-12)The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action Tuesday Night (5-13) at East Central to battle The Lady Trojans in EIAC Play.  1st Pitch will be at 5:30 PM.Submitted by Batesville Coaches Jody Thomas and Mike Ploeger with Max Preps.last_img

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Three seriously injured in Waldron house fire

first_imgWaldron, In. — Three family members are battling critical injuries suffered in a Waldron fire earlier this week. The father, nine-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy are all in critical condition at Indianapolis area hospitals.The mother and a three-year-old girl were treated and released at a local hospital.A report from the Waldron Fire Department says just after midnight on Wednesday firefighters responded to the report of a structure fire with entrapment in the 100 block of Pearl Street.Investigators say the father pulled family members through a front window except a nine-year-old before firefighters arrived. The girl was quickly rescued from the home when firefighters arrived.The cause of the fire remains under investigation, it is believed to be accidental.last_img

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Sunderland pull plug on Peruzzi bid

first_img Just a day after the 21-year-old’s current employers Velez Sarsfield claimed the deal would go through following the Black Cats’ return from Hong Kong, where they are playing in the Barclays Asia Trophy, the Italian revealed the deal had been put on hold because of a problem revealed by a medical on Wearside last week. Di Canio told the Sunderland Echo in Hong Kong: “At the moment, there is no chance for Gino Peruzzi to join us.” Press Association Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has revealed that Argentinian full-back Gino Peruzzi will not be joining the club after all.center_img Di Canio thought he had landed the right-back when he travelled to the north-east last week having finally agreed personal terms, only for medical tests to reveal the after-effects of a ligament injury he suffered last season. The Italian added: “My club is not a club that can sign players with some problems. “We are not Manchester City, who can think about buying a talented player with an injury and wait for him. “We are not very late [in the transfer window], but I would like a player ready to join the rest of the group because the process of integration is not just physical. “They have to understand how we play, which is not easy.” After the initial medical, Peruzzi was subsequently sent to see a specialist in Rome, and Velez were confident the programme with which he returned would address the issue and allow him to complete his move and become Sunderland’s 10th summer signing. last_img read more

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Bucksport football team caps off emotional week with emphatic win over Dexter

first_img Bio BUCKSPORT — At the end of an emotional school week at Bucksport High School, two hours on the football field gave everyone a reason to smile.This night, the school’s Homecoming game and home opener, was always going to be a big one for the football team and everyone else in the Bucksport community. Yet there was something much bigger than football on the minds of the Golden Bucks, who weren’t just playing for a win in the Class D North standings; they were playing for their team manager, Jocelyn Tozier.On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 7, Tozier, a senior at Bucksport, suffered what the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office called “serious injuries” in a car accident on Route 1 in Orland. With their dedicated manager of four years being forced to spend the week in the hospital rather than in school and on the gridiron, the Golden Bucks wanted to put forth an effort that would lift her spirits.“We’re always motivated when we go out there, but I think we were extra hungry this week,” senior David Gross said. “As a team, we wanted to leave everything out there for her.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFrom start to finish, Bucksport couldn’t have left much more. With their fellow student on their minds and a raucous Homecoming crowd behind them, the Golden Bucks outplayed Dexter in every facet of the game to earn a 43-7 win in a contest that might as well have been over before it had even begun.Bucksport’s Josh Miller (left) and Jordan Malenfant combine for a tackle during the second half of a high school football game against Dexter on Sept. 13 at Bucksport High School. The Bucksport defense held Dexter to fewer than 100 yards of offense in the victory. RICK MCHALE PHOTOBucksport pulled ahead 6-0 after 3 minutes, 47 seconds with a 63-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Jaxon Gross. The Golden Bucks (2-0) saw their next drive fall inches short after Ty Giberson fumbled near the goal line following a long run, but the home team then stuffed the Dexter offense and got another touchdown run from Gross to extend the lead to 14-0.Bucksport’s defense was caught napping on the first play of the second quarter as Dexter scored a 54-yard touchdown on a reverse to cut the home team’s lead to 14-7. Yet the Golden Bucks responded with a Josh Miller touchdown run and 2-point conversion pass from Brady Findlay to Logan Stanley to pull ahead 22-7 for the final points of the half.After immediately forcing the Dexter offense to go three-and-out to begin the second half, Bucksport got a 36-yard touchdown run from Miller to make the score 30-7. Miller scored yet again when he scampered in from 31 yards out late in the third quarter, and Gross added a third touchdown of his own in the fourth to cap off a showing so dominant it left even the team’s head coach a bit surprised.“Gentlemen, that was a clinic,” an impressed Joel Sankey told his players in the post-game huddle. “Offense, defense — absolutely a terrific effort all around. … [Jocelyn] would be very proud.”Bucksport amassed 542 yards of offense on the evening and held Dexter to fewer than 100. The Golden Bucks outgained the Tigers 180-13 in the first quarter alone.A whopping 453 of those yards came via Bucksport’s three-pronged rushing attack of Gross, Miller and Giberson. Each of those three running backs weighs in at more than 200 pounds, and with the team’s success running the ball opening up the passing game for Findlay, Dexter simply couldn’t keep up with the Golden Bucks’ firepower.“The thing is that there’s no jealousy at all,” Jaxon Gross said of the Golden Bucks’ beefy running back trio, all three members of which are underclassmen. “What we have, not many teams can say they have something like that.”During the week, Tozier got the chance to speak with the entire Bucksport team from the hospital via FaceTime. Daily chats with their manager provided even more motivation for the Golden Bucks to deliver a dominant performance.“She got us going,” David Gross said. “Being able to talk to her and show her that she’s always part of our team was big for us, and she gave us pep talks that had us ready to run through a wall. … It got everyone really hyped.”Ellsworth/Sumner senior Connor Crawford takes on a Gray-New Gloucester defender during the first half of a high school football game Sept. 13 at Ellsworth High School. The Eagles lost the game 50-44. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLBucksport will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 20, when it hosts Washington Academy (0-1) at 7 p.m. The Raiders, who have a bye this weekend, lost 53-0 to Foxcroft in Week 1.Just as they did on this night, the Golden Bucks will have Tozier on their minds when they take to the Carmichael Field turf in a week’s time. Even though a Bucksport team with Gold Ball aspirations will never be content with a single victory, the one it earned for its manager on this September night meant far more than the numbers on the scoreboard.“Coming out and winning this one for her, that’s we wanted to do,” David Gross said. “We bought in together as a team and made that our goal all week, and we’re all happy we could get it done.”Eagles, Trojans fall at homeThe Ellsworth/Sumner and Mount Desert Island football teams fell to home defeats Friday night in their respective Week 2 contests.At Tug White Stadium, Ellsworth/Sumner lost 50-44 to Gray-New Gloucester in the team’s second eight-man game. Senior Connor Crawford had 323 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 39 carries for the Eagles, who fell to 0-2 on the season.Gray-New Gloucester’s win snapped the state’s second-longest active losing streak at 29 games. The Patriots had not won a game since posting a 32-14 home victory over Lake Region on Oct. 2, 2015.In Bar Harbor, MDI hosted Maine Central Institute (2-0) and fell to a 47-8 defeat. Junior Baylor Landsman scored the lone touchdown on the night for the Trojans (1-1).MDI will be on the road against Old Town (0-2) at 7 p.m. next Friday. Ellsworth/Sumner will look to notch its first victory of the season when it takes on Mount Ararat (1-1) at 1 p.m. next Saturday, Sept. 21, in Topsham. Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. 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Capello Lures Cameroon Skipper to China

first_imgJiangsu, who signed Brazilian duo Ramires and Alex Teixeira last year, are second from bottom in the Chinese top flight with just 10 points from 16 matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cameroon striker Benjamin Moukandjo has joined Fabio Capello’s struggling Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning after two seasons at Lorient, the French club said on Thursday.The 28-year-old who captained Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations title in 2017 has signed a two-years deal with the club coached by former AC Milan, Real Madrid and England boss Capello since June.Moukandjo scored 26 goals in 61 games for Lorient over two seasons, but was tempted away after the club were relegated to the second tier at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.last_img read more

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Women’s soccer: Badgers look toward depth to find offensive identity

first_imgLike most programs, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team was left with a significant void to fill following the departure of last year’s senior class, namely at the forward position.With clutch performer Kodee Williams graduated and Cara Walls moved on to the Chicago Red Stars, the offense leaves behind 22 goals — half of the team’s total — and 12 game-winners from 2014.This season’s starting lineup includes a senior-studded defensive backline and a midfield with two reigning all-Big Ten selections in Kinley McNicoll and Rose Lavelle.Part of the dominance shown by the tandem was the result of a chemistry that takes years to develop. But with a win-now mentality on the frontline, UW head coach Paula Wilkins has called on some of the team’s veterans, like Lavelle, to take more goal-scoring initiative.Lavelle has already matched her goal total from last season with three in just four games. Last year, Lavelle thrived as the facilitator to Walls and Williams, assisting on 10 scores. But with so much versatility to offer as a midfielder, Wilkins said her transition to offensive striker has been long-awaited, and now as an immediate necessity to the team, it’s coming to fruition.“We thought she needed to be more in an attacking role last year anyway, so I think it’s something we’re going to encourage her to do more and more,” Wilkins said. “Overall, I think it’s going to be more of a group effort as opposed to the singular or dual effort that we did with the forwards last year.”Fifth-year senior Marisa Kresge also addressed the group-effort mentality, saying the forwards are looking for more ways to get involved and alleviate the pressure on Lavelle and fellow attacking midfielder McKenna Meuer. So far, Lavelle and Meuer have accounted for all 5 of the team’s goals this season.The key to their success, Kresge said, is maintaining better possession in the attacking half and allowing enough time for Lavelle to run up field and get into a scoring position.“If we can get high and hold balls and lay them off to her, she can get in a higher position, rather than having to dribble from the middle of our half all the way down and make like an 80 yard run,” Kresge said. “That’s something we’re focusing on, keeping balls and connecting our passes up top, because [Walls] was a great back-to-goal forward and could just sit on top of anybody and get into the right position.”Maintaining ball control and reducing turnovers on the attacking end of the field is another thing Wilkins is emphasizing, which she said has a negative domino effect for the rest of the team.Wilkins noted one moment in particular, when the team gave up two goals in two minutes to Pepperdine last weekend, as one example of an offensive-sparked miscue.“To limit what we give up, we have to keep the ball more in the front half,” Wilkins said. “And I think that goes back to the forwards.”Despite some of the early season mistakes, Wilkins has been pleased with some of the promise shown by the underclassmen. Several freshman and sophomore forwards have seen significant playing time, even in ranked games against Pepperdine and UCLA, as a result.Emily Borgmann is a freshman who has already played extended minutes this season, including two starts in just four games. She started against Pepperdine, recording one shot in the 51 minutes she played during the closely contested match.Having played in the U-17 World Cup for the Canadian national team, Borgmann is no stranger to facing elite competition. Looking back at the experience, Borgmann said the pace of play is very similar to Division I, which continues to help her confidence with the transition.“Playing against the U.S. U-17 was a good comparison to the Big Ten because they’re really physical and fast,” Borgmann said. “And I think that made me more prepared.”With conference foes Penn State and Michigan fully loaded this season, repeating as Big Ten champs will be a ruthless task for the Badgers, and the team knows it will likely need more than just Lavelle and Meuer scoring goals to get it done.Time will tell if the supporting cast is ready to accept the call.last_img read more

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