I like the top half of the page, and overall looks nice for me. And here is the list of things that needs improvement in my opinion:
- “Read More” as a text, i would make it as a button or add an arrow or something…
- twitter box, not sure it can be a homepage sidebar, replace it with something more important and related to the actual site content
- Footer is very poor, you can put twitter here, add navigation and other stuff.
Anyway, good work, and i think this will get accepted in Joomla category after some improvements.