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first_imgby: Anthony DemangoneThe news is sometimes difficult to follow.Lower oil prices were great. Lower gas prices had to be good for America, right?Well, not good for the oil rig workmen after oil rigs went offline.Or the states that depend on oil revenue. Or recycling efforts, for that matter. Management and leading can be like that.Something seems like a good idea. A no-brainer. But things that are good in one area can ripple the opposite direction quickly.Your input can stifle innovation.If you take too much responsibility, you can sap it from others.Too much input turns into micro-managing. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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Gold Coast property experts warn not to skip important step when buying a house

first_imgKollosche Broadbeach agent Eddie Wardale said building and pest inspections were critical for buyers and advised sellers to have one completed. “It is vital buyers get their own done and it’s good practice that sellers all get a building and pest done before they go on to the market to eliminate any problems,” he said. Mr Wardale said the biggest concerns to look out for were termites and structural damage or the more common issue of leaks. The service can cost between $350-$800 for a Gold Coast property. A report conducted for ME Bank last year found buyers were spending less than 60 minutes inspecting a property. Almost 60 per cent of 1000 property owners surveyed had bought their home after spending less than an hour reviewing it, the analysis revealed. The bank also recently found an estimated one-in-four homes in Australia would be invaded by destructive pests, like termites, at some stage. “Make no mistake people, the termites are here in plague proportions on the Gold Coast,” Mr Henderson said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:52Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to lose money investing01:53 MORE NEWS: Costal town snatches title of Australia’s most expensive from Sydney Gold Coast experts are urging house hunters to have a building and pest inspection done on the property they are looking to buy. Real Estate Institute of Queensland Gold Coast chairman Andrew Henderson said building and pest inspections were a must. He said the decline in the number of buyers conducting inspections could be due to an increase in home renovations. “We have been through a big phase of renovations being popular and buyers probably don’t feel it is as necessary,” Mr Henderson said. “Building and pest reports can provide buyers with peace of mind when they make one of the largest financial commitments they ever make.“A good building inspector will protect you from making an expensive mistake by uncovering hidden building faults and they let you know estimated costings for any repair works that need to be done.” MORE NEWS: Mansion fetches more than $4 million under the hammercenter_img There’s one important step you should never miss when buying a house. Experts are warning Gold Coast house hunters to have a building and pest inspection when buying a property. They say buyers can sometimes skip important steps in their house hunting “to do’’ list, which could be a costly mistake once they have signed on the dotted line. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Henderson said the cost of the service could range anywhere from $350 to $800. “Make sure the building inspector will let you join them on the site,” he said. “Examining the property with an expert beside you lets you get a clearer picture of what you are in for and will help you make the wisest decision.”last_img read more

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Sheffield brings new discipline to UW

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team’s inaugural week of spring practice with new head coach Kelly Sheffield was not exactly a friendly gathering.At day’s end, it was expected that the team collect all of the balls from the court that were used during practice. However, one forgotten ball was the exact type of imprecision Sheffield is trying to eradicate from the program – the players were forced to do intense cardio work as a penalty, which is something sophomore Ellen Chapman said the team had never seen with former head coach Pete Waite.“We had a rough first couple of days,” Chapman said. “[Sheffield] just set the tone for what things need to be like in this program now, which was a big difference from last year.”After barely three weeks of team practice, Sheffield has already stamped an impression on his new team. Junior Annemarie Hickey said Sheffield has already instilled a sense of responsibility with the players, and his firmness at practice signaled to the players they should be prepared for an effort-filled season.“[That] was good; it’s what we wanted,” Hickey said. “We all wanted to be held accountable for the same type of things.”It is clear to the players Sheffield has taken a serious approach to the UW volleyball program. Chapman said if the players didn’t buy into Sheffield’s system, he would help them find a different school that was a better fit for them.However, Chapman felt there was more of a unified feeling on the team because of Sheffield’s leadership. She said the coaches, players and trainers were all fragmented pieces of a disorganized puzzle last year. But since Sheffield’s arrival, everyone involved with the program has come closer together.“When we huddle, everyone comes into the huddle,” Chapman said. “It’s a lot different from last year.”At this point in his short-lived tenure as Wisconsin head coach, Sheffield emphasized he is still trying to understand the strengths and weaknesses of his players.However, he has already learned they are willing to improve. After an hour and a half team weight lifting session, Hickey spent additional time afterwards serving and passing by herself, something Chapman said would not have happened in previous seasons.“They’re wanting to prove to people that this program can get back on top,” Sheffield said. “There’s a drive that, every day, you can tell is coming out more and more with these guys.”An additional characteristic Sheffield has brought to Wisconsin is a sense of structure. Chapman said, in past years, the players did not know what they were going to be practicing on a day-to-day basis. This year, Sheffield has set a more organized practice agenda for the team by establishing a whiteboard that lets every player know what is planned for the day.Sheffield also has a respected coaching history that backs his sense of determination with the team – he has won seven conference titles in twelve years as a head coach, including four in five seasons at the University of Dayton.Sheffield has stressed that his goal this spring is to raise his players’ consistency in effort and competition. He said while it is natural to panic when faced with adversity, the team needs to do a better job of responding positively to difficult situations.“You’re not only trying to get to know them and working on techniques, but you’re trying to get them to compete at a level that is absolutely necessary in this conference to be successful,” Sheffield said.Sheffield said he has already seen vast improvements in the players in slightly more than two weeks of spring practice.The Badgers started their spring schedule strongly by defeating Loyola March 16 by way of a 3-0 sweep. Wisconsin has two more home spring exhibition matches against UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee scheduled for this month. While the Badgers normally have only one spring match at the UW Field House, Sheffield said he wants to display the team’s improvement over a series of matches.Even after a surprising start to the fresh team-coach dynamic, the players have responded well to Sheffield’s arrival. Hickey said that he has shown sincere investment in his team, not only as volleyball players, but as students and people.Hickey also said he has shown a deep commitment to the program’s success and expects his players to be on board with that same approach.“He wants to win,” Hickey said. “He lets us know when we need to be doing better, but he also reassures us that we are working hard and lets us know that he cares.”last_img read more

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