Private NS island remains unsold after eight years despite 25M price drop

first_imgHALIFAX – An American family’s striking 57-acre private Nova Scotia island remains unsold, eight years after it went on the market and despite a $2.5-million price drop.Now, realtor Mariana Cowan is suggesting alternate uses for Kaulbach Island, which boasts an 11,000-square-foot main house and encircling sandy beaches that overlook the province’s picturesque Mahone Bay.“This place is really quite remarkable,” said Cowan. “It would make a great resort, a corporate retreat base or a lovely secondary home.”The main house — built by the current owners roughly 12 years ago and dubbed the “Osprey Nest” — features 11 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 10 fireplaces, and is a short five-minute boat ride from the mainland.“When you arrive you come up this winding driveway and you’re greeted by this magnificent house. It’s hard to believe this home is in the South Shore,” said Cowan.The imposing two-storey structure with grey wood siding and white trim stands in stark contrast to the groomed lawns, lush trees and ponds that comprise the property — navigable by golf carts.Inside, the 12-year-old house evokes a traditional and elegant style. The master bedroom and living room are clad in knotty pine wood panelling. The library features oak walls and oriental rugs, and an adjacent “telephone room” allows guests to make private phone calls.“The whole design was meant to make it feel like an older home, to give it that historic feel. The woodworking, the moulding — everything is made to look like it’s 100 years old,” said Cowan.The seasonal house is equipped with environmentally friendly features, including aquathermal heat.Young, Bella, and the several other islands in the bay can be spotted from the house’s sun room, furnished with french doors, massive windows, slate floors, and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.The property includes staff living quarters above a double-car garage, a nearby two-level farm house, and a seaside beach house that was built in 2002 — all minutes away from a golf course and sailing club.Cowan listed the property last fall for $7 million, down from $9.5 million when it was first listed in 2010. It has been on and off the market since then.But Kaulbach Island wasn’t always a luxurious destination.The aunt and uncle of the island’s current caretaker owned the property more than 75 years ago and lived off the land, enduring harsh coastal winters that would sometimes trap Ruby and Florence Heisler there for months at a time.“They had no children. It was just the two of them. They had a couple of cows, oxen, pigs and chicken and the land was used for hay,” said Cowan. “There was no power in those days. They used kerosene and the two lighthouses on the island were also run by kerosene.”Caretaker Raymond Hilt believes the island was in his family even before his aunt and uncle took ownership. The Heislers sold it for $11,000 in the early 1970s and moved to the mainland.Since then, Kaulbach Island has changed hands several times, including to two other Americans.Cowan said she’s been looking south of the border and to Europe for the island’s next owners.“The buyer for this property will likely be someone who likes privacy and who appreciates quality,” said Cowan.She said her company is currently speaking with two parties interested in buying the property.last_img read more

Report Paterno Top Penn State Officials Protected Sandusky

A team led by former federal judge and FBI director Louis Freeh released a report today concluding that leaders at Penn State, including the late legendary football coach Joe Paterno, displayed “total disregard” for the children victimized by assistant coach Sandusky in order to prevent bad publicity in Happy Valley.“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” Freeh said at this morning’s press conference. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”According to Freeh, the senior officials in question “never demonstrated, through actions or words, a concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”The report includes several email conversations between deceased former head coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, now retired university vice president Gary Schultz, and university president Graham Spanier.The Paterno family released a statement on Tuesday seeking to refute claims that Paterno helped shield his longtime friend from the consequences of his actions. “Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile,” the family statement said. “Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky.”The report by Freeh says otherwise.“Although concern to treat the child abuser humanely was expressly stated, no such sentiments were ever expressed by them for Sandusky’s victims,” the report says.In 2001 Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant at the time, notified Paterno that he saw Sandusky with a teenage boy engaged in what appeared to be anal sex. Paterno then proceeded to alert Curley and Schultz, who decided not to alert law enforcement or child welfare authorities, as they were required by law to do.Both Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on charges they lied to a grand jury that was investigating Sandusky as well as the aforementioned failure to report what McQueary told them.The report concluded “in order to avoid consequences of bad publicity, Curley, Paterno, Schultz and Spanier repeatedly concealed critical facts related to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities.” read more

Ohio States mens womens diving finish strong during weekend meet on campus

The Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished the OSU Invitational strong, with the men winning the invitational and the women placing third, behind Florida and Stanford. This contest marked the fourth-consecutive championship in which the No. 10-ranked men’s team finished with 300 or more more points than their competitors. “We really appreciate Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and everyone else who came to participate in our meet because without great competition, there are not great races or opportunity to compete against good coaches and good programs,” said men’s coach Bill Wadley in a released statement. The men finished the invitational with 10 wins out of the 18 swimming contests the team participated in. Sophomore Steven Zimmerman achieved the team’s first victory in the 200 backstroke with a personal best time of 1:42.85. Senior Jason Schnur concluded the 100 freestyle with his season best time of 43.31 and his third event success at the invitational. Men’s diving junior Shane Miszkiel led the Buckeyes with a score of 363.10 to win the platform finals. The women’s team finished the invitational with a collective 589 points. Altogether, 22 Buckeyes received one individual NCAA “B” time standards and 18 swimmers finished one championship final. Freshman Annie Lazor seized a NCAA “B” time in the 200 breaststroke competition for a time of 2:13.16. Lazor came in sixth overall in the invitational and her time was a best on the season. Junior diver Cheyenne Cousineau earned the one-meter springboard title and placed fourth with 259.85 points in the platform finals. “I’m really pleased,” said women’s coach Bill Dorenkott said in a press release. “We raced tough and consistent for the most part. We got stronger each session, and also got to see a lot in terms of racing and relays.” The men’s and women’s team will compete in a co-ed invitational on Jan. 11, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion against Wright State. read more

Football Offense in bloom after spring practice

OSU redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) scans the field after a snap during the 2017 spring game at Ohio Stadium on April 15. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe last time the Ohio State football team touched the field at Ohio Stadium, they were joined by thousands of fans who jumped from their seats in celebration of former H-back Curtis Samuel’s walk-off touchdown in double overtime against the Michigan Wolverines. Little did players or fans alike know that — thanks to a 31-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Clemson Tigers on Dec. 31 —  it would be the last Buckeye touchdown they would see in more than four months. However, at the 2017 spring game, it took just under four minutes for redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett to find redshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander in the back of the endzone — the first sign of many in the afternoon that offseason changes might be paying dividends for the Scarlet and Gray offense. Co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who joined the team in the offseason, said the improvements seen in Saturday’s game were a direct result of spring practice.“We kind of did a lot of things we’ve been practicing,” he said. “We didn’t necessarily try to hide things. We didn’t try to throw everything out there. I thought we’d had a solid spring, lot of areas need improving, I just wanted — because we’re playing enough young guys — that when we came into the arena, they didn’t make all the good things I’ve seen in practice bigger than it looks.”Wilson, formerly the head coach at Indiana, was described by Barrett as a “competitor” who is “always in attack mode” and has helped the Buckeye offense find its past rhythm.“I think the thing about the Ohio State offense is we’re always on the attack and at times, I think we got away from that,” Barrett said. “But now, (Wilson’s) main focus is to make sure that we’re always on attack and that we’re beating the guy across from us.”While in the spring game the “guy across” was a familiar face, both Team Scarlet and Team Gray had success beating their defensive counterparts. Scarlet posted 460 offensive yards while Gray totaled 385. The majority of yardage for both teams came from the passing game, which was a sore spot at times for the 2016 team. Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, who was a highlight for Team Scarlet with 108 yards and two touchdowns, described the passing game as “wonderful” and noted that the receiving group is full of playmakers. “(The offense) feels a lot better,” Dixon said. “We’re doing different things, and we’re attacking situations different. Everything we’re doing is working.”Barrett said this is the best spring he’s had for accuracy, but was quick to add there is still work to be done to become “competitively excellent.” Those areas, he said, include pass protection, downfield passing and finishing plays.“We’ve got to come out pushing and striving to make sure that when it comes to game time, everybody is on the same page and we get those three things accomplished,” Barrett said. “I think we’re on the right path for that, but to say we’re competitively excellent on the game plan? Not yet, but we have time to that we’re not playing the ball.” read more

Football Three takeaways from No 10 Ohio States 266 win over No

The Ohio State team celebrates after defensive lineman Dre’mont Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorTraveling to East Lansing, Michigan, facing a team that has given it trouble in the past, No. 10 Ohio State got through its November game against No. 18 Michigan State, defeating the Spartans 26-6 on Saturday.Here are three things Ohio State can take from this game into its next matchup against Maryland on Nov. 17. Defensive line steps up After the Buckeyes’ win against Michigan State, junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper said every game against the Spartans, no matter the rank of the teams involved, is two things: tough and physical. The Spartans came in with a reputation to uphold, carrying the No. 1 rush defense in the country. But the Ohio State rush defense showed what it could do. The Buckeyes allowed 54 yards on 18 carries, with opposing backs averaging three yards per carry. But the majority of those rushing yards came on one single play. Michigan State redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi recorded one 47-yard rush in the third quarter. Other than that, the Buckeye defensive front was stifling, allowing seven yards on 17 carries, including one yard for sophomore running back and leading rusher Connor Heyward. Ohio State also provided a consistent pressure in the backfield, getting both to Lombardi and redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke in the backfield. Despite only recording two tackles for loss and no sacks, the Ohio State defensive line recorded six quarterback hits, including three by sophomore defensive end Chase Young. These quarterback rushes led to rushed throws by both quarterbacks, creating turnovers, including an interception by redshirt freshman safety Shaun Wade. Haskins continues to struggle Playing in the middle of mid-20s weather with consistent wind, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins feels like he did relatively well, other than a deep threat to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin.“The deep ball I had to Terry, I let that one go,” Haskins said. “I probably should have taken a little bit off of that one, but otherwise than that, I was pretty accurate all day.” Haskins was accurate in terms of a normal quarterback. However, with the numbers he has put up this season, it still was a bit of a down game for the redshirt sophomore. Completing 68.3 percent of his passes this season, Haskins completed 61.5 percent of his throws on Saturday, the third-lowest percentage in a game for him this season. He also recorded the fewest passing yards in a single game this season, throwing for 227 yards, with his longest going for 25 yards. Haskins’ only touchdown pass against Michigan State was on a 1-yard shovel pass to redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell for the first score of the game. Yes, Haskins missed redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon twice because of drops, but the quarterback did not show that same electricity he has brought to games in the past. People can blame the weather, can blame the play-calling with the focus on the running game, especially after finding success with it last week against Nebraska. However, despite what Haskins said postgame, his stats show another down game for the quarterback. Ohio State secondary continues familiar narrative This might sound familiar. One Michigan State wide receiver, sophomore Cody White, brought in eight of his 14 targets for a season high 115 yards, the second highest total of his career. White led the team in targets, recording five more than the second-most. The Spartans focused on one receiver, in a similar way to what Purdue did with freshman Rondale Moore or Nebraska did split between senior Stanley Morgan Jr. and sophomore JD Spielman. The Ohio State secondary did find success against both Lewerke and Lombardi, allowing 37.5 percent of their passes to be complete, with the help of a consistently rushing defensive line. The secondary broke up seven passes as a team on Saturday. Junior linebacker Malik Harrison and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who returned from injury on Saturday, recorded two. Redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette also recorded one on a nice one-on-one coverage play in the first quarter. But the narrative continues. An opposing quarterback finds a favorite receiver to target against Ohio State with the Buckeyes’ secondary having trouble stopping him. read more

Guardiola plots £100m bid for Chelsea star Eden Hazard

first_imgManchester City boss, Pep Guardiola is at the moment plotting a striking £100m swoop for Chelsea star, Eden Hazard.For some time now, Hazard’s future at Chelsea has been up uncertain but it seems Guardiola is going to change that by making the Chelsea ace his number one transfer target this summer.Guardiola is confident he can bring Hazard to the Etihad, but he will have to break the British transfer record by handing Hazard a deal worth £300,000-a-week, according to Daily Star.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.In all the transfer rumours trailing 27-year-old Hazard, there’s been a continuous mention of Real Madrid, with the La Liga giants desperate for fresh faces this summer.It’s safe to say Guardiola plots to beat his old rivals, Real Madrid and secure Hazard in what would unarguably be one of the best signings of the summer.Guardiola joined Manchester city since 2016 and has proven his worth by guiding them to the league title with a record tally of 100 points in this season alone.last_img read more

Solskjaer I cant do anything about Sanchez

first_imgCaretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Alexis Sanchez to rediscover the “quality player” that he can be following another lacklustre display in their 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.The Chilean forward came on for Jesse Lingard in first-half stoppage time at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, but was unable to help prevent Manchester United from losing the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie to PSG.Sanchez has only managed to score two goals in 19 appearances for United in all competitions this season and Solskjaer, who suffered his first defeat as caretaker manager, admits the former Arsenal’s star’s struggles are out of his hands.“I can’t do anything about Alexis,” admitted Solskjaer, according to Yahoo.“He needs to find himself as we know there is a quality player there.”Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe were the goalscorers as PSG took home a critical 2-0 aggregate lead heading into the return leg at the Parc Des Princes on March 6.Meanwhile, United will be sweating over the availability of Lingard and Anthony Martial after they both came off the pitch with injuries.Solskjaer added: “The reality is Jesse and Anthony are part of our squad playing really well but in the second half we didn’t have as much movement and couldn’t get in behind.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Juan [Mata] got on the ball to create a few bits but we maybe need to find a new way to play when Anthony and Jesse are out.“At this club we bounce back. We have to bounce back, we’re in a tournament and the Champions League is always going to be difficult. We have the league and the FA Cup, so many games, but I’m not afraid of the reaction in the dressing room.“We go down to Paris and we will give it a go. It’s a mountain to climb but not impossible, we need to try and get to half-time with a 1-0 lead. We’re ready for the next game, that’s the thing for us, we’re Man United and we always bounce back.”The sensational Mbappe produced another eye-catching display on the night with the 20-year-old’s searing pace providing to be a handful for the United defence all night before he scored PSG’s second goal of the game.“The ground he made up to get in the box, for all the strikers and coaches out there, that’s how you get in the box,” Solskjaer said on Mbappe.“Don’t give him that space to go into, but he’s lightning quick of course. You have to get your body in the way but I was never a top defender so you need to ask them how to stop him.”The Red Devils will return to action away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday in a fifth-round FA Cup tie.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 12: Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United takes on Thilo Kehrer of PSG during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on February 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)last_img read more