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Brisbane’s auction hot spots: The suburbs where you’re more likely to sell your home at auction

first_imgThis house at 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo, is going to auction.Mr Lloyd said the brand new five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on a 728 sqm block was the perfect family home and could not be in a better location.“Coorparoo is just a fantastic suburb,” he said.“It’s got the new Coorparoo Square going in, it’s close to the city and the Gabba, and is very good for families.”Mr Lloyd admitted he was initially hesitant about taking the property to auction.“There’s a lot of buyers out there looking for good products and the best way to realise true market value is through an auction,” he said.“It gives it a clear time frame and a bit of urgency for potential buyers.” NEW WAY TO PAY FOR RENTALS The new Coorparoo Square development in Coorparoo. Picture: Brian Bennion.Across the regions, auction volumes fell on the Sunshine Coast, while the Gold Coast was the busiest market with 752 homes going under the hammer.Despite this, the Gold Coast recorded the lowest success rate during the quarter of 39 per cent.BRISBANE’S AUCTION HOT SPOTSSuburb Clearance rate (Dec. Q) Total auctions (Dec. Q)Coorparoo 63.0% 32Ashgrove 61.5% 28New Farm 57.1% 22Paddington 52.9% 38Clayfield 51.9% 31Bardon 48.0% 32Morningside 47.6% 22Camp Hill 47.2% 36Calamvale 45.5% 22Eight Mile Plains 45.5% 35Cleveland 45.0% 25Bulimba 45.0% 20Ascot 45.0% 21Sunnybank Hills 43.9% 60Hamilton 43.5% 23Hendra 37.0% 30Sunnybank 25.0% 20(Source: CoreLogic) Crowds gather at an inner-city house auction.Marketing agent Phil Burley of Place Bulimba said auctions were becoming more popular among buyers and sellers in Brisbane’s inner-city market.“I think the whole inner-city market is more comfortable with buying and selling at auction,” Mr Burley said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“Sellers in particular are more and more comfortable to let the market determine the value of their property, which has been a reluctance in the past.”He said he was not surprised Coorparoo had the highest auction clearance rate in Brisbane, given the quality of homes and schools in the area and new developments like Coorparoo Square. Rebecca and Michael Lloyd with Boston 7yrs at their Hamptons-inspired home at 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo which will go to auction at 11am on February 10. Picture: Annette DewBRISBANE’S auction market is outperforming the rest of the country, with new figures revealing it was the only capital city, besides Adelaide, to record a rise in its clearance rate last quarter. And the city’s new auction hot spots are no longer the usual blue-chip suspects, with homes more likely to sell under the hammer in suburbs such as Coorparoo, Calamvale, Morningside, Sunnybank and Eight Mile Plains.While the number of homes selling at auction across the country fell in the three months to the end of December, Brisbane bucked the trend, according to the latest figures from property analytics company CoreLogic.Sydney led the overall decline, with its auction clearance rate plummeting from 66.8 per cent to 57.7 per cent — another indicator the country’s biggest housing market is cooling — while Brisbane recorded a 0.2 per cent rise in its success rate to 46.7 per cent.After Sydney and Melbourne, the Queensland capital also had the most auctions during the December quarter, with 2012 properties. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE CoreLogic’s latest auction review reveals the national clearance rate has fallen.More homes were taken to auction in Sunnybank Hills than anywhere in Brisbane in the final quarter of 2017, while Coorparoo saw the most properties sell at auction; recording a clearance rate of 63 per cent.Just 5km from the CBD, Coorparoo has a median house price of $860,000.Michael and Rebecca Lloyd’s Hamptons inspired home at 9 Rugby St, Coorparoo, is scheduled to be auctioned on Saturday, February 10 at 11am. HOTTEST RENT SPOTS REVEALED last_img read more

The European asset owners aiming to make an ‘impact’

first_imgThe Luxembourg reserve fund and Unilever’s Dutch pension funds are among a number of European institutional asset owners that are either considering or explicitly preparing impact-related investment moves. In the Netherlands, the organisation that manages Unilever’s two Dutch pension funds is looking to increase its allocation to impact investments to around 5% of the total portfolio over the next couple of years, according to Michael Kaal, the CIO.It would fund this allocation with cash returned from its private equity portfolio, which it is running down, he said.He emphasised that the pension funds were in the early stages of the process to grow their impact investment allocation. They had hired an external adviser to help find managers, but had not yet identified anyone. That should happen in the next couple of months, according to Kaal.The pension funds had chosen three themes for impact investments: hygiene, sustainable agriculture and clean energy. These were taken from Unilever’s corporate sustainability plan. Kaal said the pension funds started making impact investments about two-and-a-half years ago to “dip our toes in the water”. The allocation was around 1% and the portfolio was currently invested in green bonds and carbon-optimised listed equities.However, the pension funds wanted investments with more impact and were finding that the most interesting opportunities were in private equity or other illiquid assets, according to Kaal.The investments would still need to offer an attractive risk-adjusted return but the pension funds could consider opportunities with slightly lower return expectations because they were so well funded, the CIO added. The coverage ratio at both funds, which have €5.5bn in assets under management between them, is nearing 150%.Luxembourg’s FDC preps €1bn sustainability allocationIn Luxembourg, the reserve fund Fonds de compensation (FDC) is moving ahead with impact investment plans it unveiled last year.FDC has tendered three mandates with a sustainability or environmental angle, one of which explicitly refers to impact investing. The total allocation amounts to more than €1bn.The fund said it wanted to allocate some €200m to “global equity sustainable impact” investing to generate “a sustainable and measurable impact by investing in the equities of listed companies that have the intention to generate, alongside a financial return, a social or environmental impact”.The other mandates are for “global equity sustainable approach” (€750m) and green bonds (€100m). FDC said it was open to a range of implementation strategies for the former, citing best-in-class selection, thematic selection, and engagement.The majority of the FDC’s €17bn portfolio is invested via its investment vehicle €15.7bn Fonds de Compensation de la Sécurité Sociale, SICAV-FIS.French public scheme eyes water investmentIn France, meanwhile, ERAFP is exploring the possibilities of impact investing with thematic focuses on water and food.Philippe Desfossés, CEO of the €30bn pension fund for public servants, told IPE that the pension fund did not have a specific allocation size in mind, but it would have to be “sufficiently big” otherwise the pension fund would not attract sufficient interest. He suggested it could be around €50m.Implementation would depend on a number of things, he added, such as whether the scheme would have the right to invest directly in funds or whether it would have to launch a tender and what asset classes it would be able to invest in.This would in turn depend on the outcome of its outstanding request to the government for a less restrictive investment regulation framework.NEST sets out green bonds planIn the UK, the £2.5bn (€2.9bn) defined contribution master trust NEST plans launch an investment grade credit mandate that may include a section on green bonds, according to Diandra Soobiah, head of responsible investment at the pension fund.It also has infrastructure on its radar, which could include renewable energy investments if these meet the pension fund’s requirements for risk-adjusted returns.Sioobah said impact was at the centre of every asset class decision and fund manager selection NEST made.However, she said NEST did not currently have an allocation that it would specifically call ‘impact’, and she indicated some hesitation within the master trust about labelling certain investments specifically as impact investments.“We’re quite reluctant to pigeonhole ourselves in a definition of impact for fear of upsetting other purely impact-focused investors,” she said.“I think there is some worry and apprehension in the industry at the moment about watering down what ‘impact’ actually means. We do think it’s important that the term is upheld and we wouldn’t want to do disservice to that.”last_img read more

Aussie Open: Deposed Osaka says she lacks ‘champion mentality’

first_img Loading… The 22-year-old Japanese made the startling admission after a surprise 6-3, 6-4 third-round defeat to the unseeded American, a loss she said she took “very personally”.Japan’s Naomi Osaka was stunned in round three by American teenager Coco GauffThe third seed said that she “loved” Gauff, but added: “You don’t want to lose to a 15-year-old.”There was intense interest in the build-up to their second ever match, which was touted as a glimpse into the future of women’s tennis.Two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka crushed a tearful Gauff in the US Open third round, but the teenager – the youngest player in the Melbourne draw – got emphatic revenge.“I don’t really have the champion mentality yet, which is someone that can deal with not playing 100 percent (but still win),” said Osaka.“And I have always wanted to be like that, but I guess I still have a long way to go.“It’s just something that I think some people are born with and some people have to have really hard, trials and stuff, to get it.”Osaka, who has spoken openly about her struggles with nerves, told reporters she had not dealt well with the “hype” leading into the match or the expectations placed on her as defending champion.“I feel like I get tested a lot. Like life is just full of tests and, unfortunately for me, my tests are tennis matches and you guys see them,” she said.“So I just have to find a way to navigate through it.“I feel like there are moments where I can handle them and you guys see that.“Then there are moments like this where I get overwhelmed and I don’t really know what to do in the situation.”Read Also:Australian Open: Coco Gauff, 15, stuns title-holder OsakaOsaka said that she was particularly disappointed by her failure to win in front of her watching parents.“You don’t want to lose to a 15-year-old,” the Japanese said.“But I guess that’s for me a reality check.“It doesn’t really matter the age of the opponent.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Naomi Osaka said she had been overwhelmed by the pressure of defending her Australian Open title and admitted she does not have a “champion mentality” after losing to 15-year-old Coco Gauff on Friday.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’10 Legendary Movies To Learn History FromThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least Oncelast_img read more

Green thumb

first_imgUSC Hospitality hosted its first official harvest since partnering with Green City Farms and LA Urban Farms to create an urban garden located on the east side of the USC Radisson Hotel. The garden’s crops will be used at the Radisson, The Lab Gastropub, Moreton Fig Restaurant and EVK.last_img

Beyond basketball: A day spent with Syracuse basketball signee Matthew Moyer at his boarding school reveals layers off the court

first_imgSOUTH KENT, Conn. — Kelvin Jefferson’s office door slowly opened as Matthew Moyer stepped into complete darkness shortly before 6 p.m., just 30 minutes after South Kent’s 99-83 win over Army Prep.The lights turned on and revealed Syracuse’s Trevor Cooney on the cover of two magazines and a copious amount of basketball memorabilia. But not Jefferson. The head coach was back at the gym. Moyer wasn’t there to see him anyway.He reached for a black case behind Jefferson’s swivel chair and brought it to his lap. Moyer keeps the case in Jefferson’s office, down a narrow hallway of The Old Building, so his violin inside won’t get stolen or damaged by the varying temperatures in his dorm room.The 6-foot-8 Syracuse basketball signee then nestled the violin between his chin and blue sweater. He was still wearing his sweatpants from after the game and played almost three minutes of “Ashokan Farewell,” a song from the Civil War era.“Sort of a Renaissance man,” said Walter Moore, South Kent’s associate athletic director. “It’s a risky thing to do as a macho athlete.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoyer is a quasi-celebrity 10 hours from his Ohio home, known mainly as a basketball star at the boarding school with 2,000 fewer students than his high school. But a day spent with him last Wednesday revealed artistic interests, musical backgrounds and a natural extroversion that adds layers beyond a future high-major Division I basketball player.Each piece of his arsenal lends insight into a different segment at the 180-student all-boys school, allowing him to connect with different social and racial groups or isolate himself in his own head. Each provides an understanding of an aspect outside his niche on the court, further diversifying a Syracuse-bound forward who is striving for the same expansion in his game.Fresh off his 20-point outing, Moyer finished with a twirl of the bow and stored his violin with the same precision. He walked out of the door and back into the desolate hallway. No noise or lights. Just the bustling dining hall on the floor below. He ducked to avoid the ceiling as he descended the narrow stairway, back into the shuffle of normal high school life, if only for five more months. Video Player loading this resource00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.‘That he takes it seriously, I mean it’s art’Cheryl Moore wanted to know where the rest of her students were. The South Kent Art Department Chair, and Moyer’s teacher for his first class of the day, was starting a new unit on water colors and the last stragglers shuffled in the door.Moyer was the first one there and stood with both hands in his pockets, intently observing as Moore demonstrated the assignment. He retreated to his desk, flexible ruler and pencil in hand. Moyer didn’t complete the template before class ended but offered to come in and finish before the 4 p.m. tipoff, when he’ll showcase his shooting range and guard-like ball-handling abilities.When the class began in the fall, Moyer viewed art as an easy A. Now it’s a tool to put his imprint on something besides a scoreboard. Accompanied by the Pandora stations Moore plays in class — today Sam Smith Radio — Moyer clears his mind of everything besides art.He’s spent the last four weeks illustrating his self-portrait, a fairly accurate black-and-white rendering that now serves as his phone’s lock screen picture.“I’ve never tried this hard for anything drawing, ever in my life,” he said. “Just being able to actually focus on something other than sports or violin, and to actually put so much time and effort into that, like I’m so proud of myself.”“I’ve never tried this hard for anything drawing, ever in my life. Just being able to actually focus on something other than sports or violin, and to actually put so much time and effort into that, like I’m so proud of myself.”Matthew MoyerMoore is relieved one basketball player was already removed from her class. She has to reprimand another for sleeping and another for using his phone.But Moyer, the affectionate athlete with an infectious laugh, is different.“That he takes it seriously, I mean it’s art,” Moore said. “He’s a gem.”‘He’s embraced this community’A prospective student walked into Joseph J. Brown Gymnasium with his parents shortly before 11 a.m. while Moyer took jump shots alone. He stopped his workout, sweat slowly dripping from his close-cropped curly black hair, and shook hands with the three visitors.“Hi, I’m Matt Moyer,” he says, “Come to South Kent!”He’s still trying to court people to come to his school, just like he’s done with top basketball recruits since committing to SU a year and a half ago.Moyer is an ambassador for South Kent, Jefferson’s undoubted choice if a basketball player needs to speak to children or about the program. He’s extended his influence beyond basketball and reached those outside the athletic realm.Before basketball season started, he donated money from recycled bottles to an episcopal cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut. Twice a month he went to Church Street Eats, a cooperative ministry in Hartford, and served lunch and donated clothing to the needy. He washed dishes in the school cafeteria every other week, sometimes offering to fill in when staff was shorthanded, and still volunteers as a chalice bearer during communions.“My ability to separate myself in other things besides basketball and academics has really made me understand people better,” Moyer said, “… You know, I do take pride in it.”Moyer greeted nearly every student or teacher with a handshake or hug. Almost everyone who walked by at lunch asked about the soft cast on his left wrist. He explained that he fell on it against Brewster Prep three days prior but would be ready to go later that day. One female teacher wrapped him with a bear hug. He didn’t know her name, but she knew him.Moyer says he relates to the Asian students who play violin, the white students who play hockey and the black students who play basketball. His teammates questioned him for gravitating toward other groups, but he was just doing what others have always done to him.“He’s embraced this community, the community has embraced him,” Reverend Stephen B. Klots said. “… He really is a multi-faceted young man.” Matt Schneidman | Sports EditorMatthew Moyer stands in St. Michael’s Chapel, the building he’s both played the violin and sang in with the whole school watching.‘He’ll thank us one day when he’s 50’Sunlight illuminated the inside of St. Michael’s Chapel on South Kent’s campus while Moyer looked toward the stage at 11:47 a.m. It’s the same view the entire school had when he played “Ashokan Farewell” two Fridays ago, a rare sighting of his violin outside Jefferson’s office during basketball season.Moyer started playing violin when he was 5 and never had the option to stop. His mother Annette wouldn’t let him until he didn’t live at home. He sat first chair in the Columbus Symphony Junior Orchestra and stopped practicing in eighth grade because he didn’t need to. He could play a song after listening to it only two or three times.I told him, he’ll thank us one day when he’s 50. He was definitely the best violinist in the orchestra in high schoolAnnette MoyerIn the same chapel, Moyer sang a solo as one of three kings in the school’s Nativity Play. Klots has worked at South Kent 21 years and always has slight trouble finding three kings. But as Moyer stood backstage in a gold crown and blue robe, his teammates laughing uncontrollably in the audience, the only challenge was to hold back his own laughter.“I think his teammates were waiting for it to be funny, but he was good,” Jefferson said.Music used to cast Moyer as an outlier, but others have grown to understand. Just like he’s assimilated the largely Asian musical contingent at South Kent. It’s given him a different perspective on how people function, including himself, and he’s learned to use the violin to erase his own stress.As Moyer’s left hand shook vigorously on the strings in his coach’s office, his right conducted the bow at varying angles and the notes melodically flowed between high and low. He aimed his steadfast gaze downward, zoning out everything around him just like he intended.“I feel like playing an instrument is a part of you, is like an extension of your soul, an extension of yourself,” Moyer said. “I know whenever I have a problem going on in life, I can just resort to the violin.”‘He’s a novelty’The picture on the flat-screen TV buffered out of focus and it was rather inconvenient considering the game’s magnitude. Syracuse was looking for its first conference win against Boston College after starting 0-4. Moyer urged the ESPN3 stream to improve so he could watch his future team from inches away on his bed.His hands are finally free, save for the occasional McDonald’s fry. He held a pencil in art class at 8 a.m., a basketball in open gym at 10:30, a violin in his coach’s office at 6 p.m. and the hands of friends and teachers throughout the day. Now they’re just used for instinctive reactions to the game.He teems with anticipation when discussing his potential role, roommate arrangements and going to school with girls. Within feet of each other in his room sit his Syracuse scarf, a framed picture of him and Boeheim and two pillows with matching Syracuse pillowcases.He’s ready to move on.If anything, boarding school has uncovered sides that neither Moyer nor others knew he had. He’s gone from questioned to accepted and in the process, stretched his profile beyond those of the Division I-bound players surrounding him.It doesn’t distinguish him on the court, where numbers define everybody. But off it, past the eye of coaches, past the jeers of fans and past the pressure of being a nationally ranked recruit, Moyer is defined by more.“When you think of basketball, especially high-major top 50 basketball players, he’s not the average, he’s far from it,” Jefferson said. “He’s a novelty.” Banner photo courtesy of David Spagnolo Comments robmack 5yr carl 5yr Published on January 19, 2016 at 10:53 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Great Story Matt S. Matthew Moyer will be an asset to the Orange BB team as wel as to Syracuse University. amazing young man QUALITY!!!!! WHAT A FIND THAT IS NOT FOUND IN VERY ,MANY COLLEGE PLAYERS …SURE TO BE A SUCCESS AT WHAT EVER DOES…. CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH HIM IN ACTION !!!!!!!!!! Walt 5yrlast_img read more

SETTING THE STAGE: Syracuse 8’s legacy lies in progress, evolution in athlete activism

first_img1992: Arthur Ashe publicly announces he has HIV/AIDS 1907: Jack Johnson becomes first Black world heavyweight champion 1970: Syracuse 8 boycott spring football practice 1967: Muhammed Ali refuses to be drafted to the military, citing his religious beliefs Comments 2016: Colin Kaepernick begins protesting police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem 1973: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Published on April 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. 1967: Kathrine Switzer becomes first woman to complete the Boston Marathon 1947: Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in the MLB Fifty years ago, nine SU football players boycotted spring practices because their demands for equitable treatment weren’t being met by the athletic department and head coach Ben Schwartzwalder. This three-part series tells the stories of the following scholar athletes who risked their futures for what was right: Dana Harrell, John Lobon, Richard Bulls, Duane Walker, John Godbolt, Ron Womack, Clarence McGill, Greg Allen and Alif Muhammad.Across from Ben Schwartzwalder in the head coach’s Manley Field House office, Greg Allen took a seat.“What’s this I hear about you and this Black sh*t?” Allen remembers Schwartzwalder asking him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo days earlier, Allen had joined a group that advocated for the implementation of a Black studies program at Syracuse University.“You’ve got a decision to make,” Schwartzwalder told Allen in February of 1969. “You can be Black, or you can be a football player.”Allen didn’t see how one would interfere with the other. “I’ll be Black all my life, and I’ll only be a football player for a certain amount of time,” he told his coach.For Allen and his eight other Black teammates, the decision to boycott spring practice one year later was about their principles, about making Syracuse more inclusive for everyone. After months of their demands being largely ignored, they walked off the field together. Often painted in the media at the time as dissidents, none of the Syracuse 8 returned to the team in full capacity, and they’d be blackballed from the NFL.The discrimination the Syracuse 8 endured at SU tested their identities as both athletes and human beings, something marginalized athletes still face today. The Syracuse 8’s boycott 50 years ago wasn’t the first instance of athlete advocacy in America, but they see their impact embodied in the progress made in sports and in the evolution of activism since.“We’re part of a whole mosaic,” Dana Harrell, a Syracuse 8 member, said.,That timeline of athlete activism features Jack Johnson, the Black heavyweight champion during the Jim Crow Era, Clarence McGill said. It includes Muhammad Ali, who resisted the Vietnam War due to his religion in 1966, and Arthur Ashe, the only Black man to win three Grand Slam singles titles.And it also includes Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon, who was pursuing a master’s degree at SU during the Syracuse 8’s boycott. Switzer called the Syracuse 8’s legacy “wonderful” but empathizes that they were forced to give up their prime as athletes and fight for the greater good.“Athletes have a particular role,” Alif Muhammad said. “I mean, people look up to athletes — always have and always will.”In 1968, about a year after Ali was arrested for draft evasion, Allen came to Syracuse to be the next great Black running back, following in the footsteps of Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd Little. He and his Black teammates enrolled to play football and get an education, not to join the growing list of athletes seeking change.But they quickly learned that Syracuse wasn’t immune to widespread racism. The day Allen arrived at the airport in Syracuse as a freshman, one of the first things Schwartzwalder told him was that he couldn’t date white girls. It was a rule Schwartzwalder had for all his Black players.Eventually, Allen and his Black teammates followed outspoken athletes like Ali by making four demands to the athletic department. They did it at a time when American universities were “on fire” with Vietnam War and civil rights protests, Harrell and Ron Womack said.First, they demanded improved medical care for every player, regardless of race. The team physician, Dr. William E. Pelow, was a practicing gynecologist who had repeatedly operated on players’ healthy body parts instead of injured ones.“(Pelow) said he hated touching Black people,” McGill said.At one point after Womack complained about a lack of playing time, Pelow — likely at the direction of Schwartzwalder, Womack said — altered the nose tackle’s treatment so drastically that he was ruled medically ineligible. Since Womack was sidelined in 1970, local media at the time didn’t include him as a boycotter and named the group the Syracuse 8.They also asked for the same academic resources as their white teammates and improved educational access for athletes overall. As freshmen, players had assistant coaches serving as academic advisers, and Allen, a biology major, wasn’t allowed to take his mandatory labs because they interfered with practice. Syracuse 8 members often wrote down their classes in pencil to get approved by their “advisers” but then later changed them to more relevant courses. They also said the same access to tutors as their white teammates wasn’t available.We don’t talk in terms of success and failure. I talk in terms of progress. Evolutionary progress.Dana Harrell, Syracuse 8 member`The last two demands aimed to break down unfair quota systems and to integrate the coaching staff so Black players could have someone to relate to. At the time, Syracuse and several other teams followed unspoken rules about how many Black players could play at once, and at which positions. The Syracuse 8 wanted playing time based on merit, not skin color.“The Syracuse 8 took action and risks on behalf of themselves in a way that was designed to benefit others. Did they succeed? Look at the things they were asking for in 1970,” Brown wrote in the foreword to David Marc’s 2015 book titled “Leveling the Playing Field: The Story of the Syracuse 8.”After the boycott, Brown visited campus over the summer to try to help the two sides find a compromise. He confirmed the racism within the program, but recommended the boycotters rejoin the team. Ultimately, Schwartzwalder wouldn’t reinstate them for the 1970 season.By skipping spring practices, the Syracuse 8 were suspended from the team and continued their boycott for the entire 1970 season. Schwartzwalder later used his connections to prevent any Syracuse 8 member from playing professionally.Athlete activism through the years: 2014: LeBron James wears an ‘I Can’t Breathe Shirt’ in memory of Eric Garner An independent report by a special investigative committee published in December of 1970 called the suspension of the Syracuse 8 “an act of institutional racism unworthy of a great university.” The 38-page document also declared that racism in SU’s athletic department was “real, chronic, largely unintentional, and sustained and complicated unwittingly by many modes of behavior common in American athletics and long-standing at Syracuse University.”Since the boycott, the NCAA has implemented regulations for higher academic and medical standards. There are no more quota systems. Syracuse hired Carlmon Jones in the summer of 1970, becoming one of the first integrated college football coaching staffs. Since then, Black coaches at every level have won championships, and the NFL has instituted the Rooney Rule that requires teams to interview diverse coaching candidates.At Syracuse today, the 1970 boycotters see Dino Babers, the first Black head coach in program history, as a product of their protest and a part of their story. Babers, who declined to be interviewed for this series, is one of 14 active Black head coaches in the 130-program FBS, the top level of college football.“We don’t talk in terms of success and failure,” Harrell said. “I talk in terms of progress. Evolutionary progress.”The Syracuse 8 have also noticed how “athlete advocacy has ebbed and flowed” through periods of relative inactivity from prominent athletes, Harrell said. He pointed to Michael Jordan, who avoided commenting on social issues to build his brand, as an example of a lull in high-profile athlete activism. Jordan “didn’t have to fight” to play at North Carolina, Harrell said, because the Syracuse 8 and other movements won equal rights to play.,They’ve seen contracts for professional athletes skyrocket and the subsequent risks of standing up for their beliefs increase. “Today, if athletes protest, they’re the exception to the rule,” McGill said.Still, sports and politics have continued to intersect, from the 1980 Olympics boycott and Ashe’s AIDS demonstration to kneeling during the national anthem.“The Syracuse 8 were just as impactful during that period of time, in that era, as Colin Kaepernick is now,” Allen said. “I think (we) did set the stage for activism for athletes, that you’re not just an athlete in this closed society, you know. You have to understand your impact on the world and use your celebrity — like a LeBron James — to make change. To make this world a better place, period, for everybody.”As protests in sports continued through the years, so has backlash. For the Syracuse 8, it was hate mail calling them “dumb,” “lazy” and “N-words.” More recently, athletes receive criticism for standing up at all — an idea that’s been tested on multiple occasions recently at SU. They’re just athletes, some say. After James discussed politics in a 2018 interview, one conservative pundit said he should “shut up and dribble.”It comes back to the same question of identity the Syracuse 8 faced in 1970. “Because you’re in sports doesn’t mean you don’t have a voice,” John Lobon said. The First Amendment doesn’t afford rights to athletes any more or less than anyone else, Allen said. The Syracuse 8’s role in the “continuum” of sports activism, as one member put it, helped set an example for athletes to speak up for those who can’t.“I think if you’re an athlete, it’s more incumbent on you to speak out,” Allen said.Cover photo illustration by Talia Trackim | Presentation DirectorPhotos courtesy of Syracuse 8 Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Librarieslast_img

County semi-final pairings to be decided this evening

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM Eire Óg Annacarty, Drom & Inch, Borrisoleigh and Thurles Sarsfields are all in the hat for the County Senior Hurling semi-final.Drom racked up an impressive tally of 2-26 as they saw off the challenge of West Champions Clonoulty Rossmore in the quarter-final held at Semple Stadium last night.However Chairman John Egan says their performance was about more than just the forwards. The draw for next weekend’s semi-finals will take place this evening with throw-in times also to be decidedlast_img read more

Jets coach Adam Gase gives relatable answer to Tom Brady playing into his 40s

first_imgGase had a very relatable response:”Man, I don’t know. I wake up and I feel like s—,” the 40-year-old told reporters. “He’s older than me, just to clarify that.” Related News Patriots star Tom Brady reacts to Rob Gronkowski’s retirement announcement Gase went on to praise the six-time Super Bowl champion, saying:”He’s unbelievable. I have a lot of respect for him, just everything he does. The way he takes care of his body. Everything he does in his life is to win, win on Sunday’s, and he’ll do that until the day he stops playing. It’s not going to change. To me, I’m glad he’s still playing — personally I would rather go against the best and those two guys (Brady and coach Bill Belichick) right now are at the top and we’re striving to get there.”Adam Gase on Tom Brady playing into his forties: “I wake up and I feel like s–t…and he’s older than me”— SNY (@SNYtv) March 26, 2019Gase joined the Jets organization in January after he served as head coach of the Dolphins for three seasons. He led the team to a 10-6 record and a playoff appearance in his first year in Miami in 2016 but tallied just 15 total wins over the next two seasons. Gase also spent time as the offensive coordinator in Denver and Chicago. Father time has yet to catch up to Tom Brady, but it seems to have found Jets coach Adam Gase.Gase, who is entering his first season at the helm in New York, fielded questions Tuesday ahead of the NFL’s Annual League Meetings. One of those questions was about the signal-caller playing into his 40s. Meanwhile, Brady, is showing no signs of stopping. He led the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl win at the end of the 2018-19 season. The three-time MVP is coming off one of his better seasons in the last decade.Brady completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 4,355 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2018. He did throw 11 interceptions, a spike from recent years, and finished with a quarterback rating of 97.7.last_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Brad Marchand saves Bruins’ season, criticizes TD Garden ice ahead of Game 7

first_img.@Bmarch63 always seems to find a way. #NHLBruins— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 21, 2019.@Bmarch63 x2 to put it away 💪💪💪 #NHLBruins— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 21, 2019“That’s just who he is. It’s how he’s become an elite player in the league,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said postgame. “He goes to another level, and most of the good ones do this time of year.”MORE: Andersen’s incredible glove saveThe good thing for Boston, besides its strong history against Toronto in Game 7’s, is Marchand’s strong play in series-clinching games. Marchand has notched 11 points (six goals, five assists) in elimination games during his decade-long career.#NHLBruins Brad Marchand has 11 points (6 G, 5 A) in his career when facing elimination— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) April 21, 2019However, Marchand’s main concern appears to be the playing conditions in Beantown. Given the Maple Leafs’ two wins in three games at TD Garden in this series, a shoeless Marchand was critical of the ice at TD Garden after Sunday’s win. With the Bruins facing elimination, it was apropos that Brad Marchand was the one to save the season.Marchand, who notched a career-high 100 points during the regular season, tallied two goals and an assist in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs, setting up a decisive Game 7 in Boston.  “They’ve played really well in our building so far this series and the ice has been terrible there so we might as well play with a tennis ball, skate around and see who can bounce one in the net,” Marchand said.Toronto defeated Boston in Game 1 (4-1) and in Game 5 (2-1), limiting the Bruins to just two goals on their home ice. Whether or not that comes into play on Tuesday is unknown, and as far as Marchand is concerned, the only focus is winning another decisive game on Tuesday.“Nothing matters about the past, we’re not going to look at anything that’s happened in the past and expect it to play a certain way the next game,” he said. “We’re going to play hard, they’re going to play hard; one team is going to win and one team is going to lose.”last_img read more