Alexandre Lacazette sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal future

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka combined for Arsenal’s goal against Olympiacos (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has urged Bukayo Saka to put pen to paper on a new contract after the youngster produced another impressive performance in Arsenal’s 1-0 win away to Olympiacos.The Europa League round of 32 first leg clash was Mikel Arteta’s first European match in charge of Arsenal and the Spaniard will be pleased to head back to the Emirates with a crucial away goal.Saka, 18, who set up Nicolas Pepe with a outstanding piece of play in Arsenal’s victory over Newcastle, was again the provider on Thursday night with a sublime assist at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Van Persie was impressed with Saka’s display versus Olympiakos (Picture: BT Sport)Van Persie added: ‘He’s really taking his chance, and that’s nice to see from a young kid to really grab his chance and play for his future.‘And he’s doing it so well. It’s so nice to see.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMikel Arteta claimed that Saka had been born with a special ‘gift’ after his performance helped Arsenal to a crucial away win at Olympiacos.‘I’m really pleased with the way he has developed. And I’m really pleased with the way he’s handling these situations because there’s a lot of highlight on him at the moment, but he’s still really humble,’ the Arsenal head coach said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s still as keen to meet with my assistant, willing to improve. He’s a great kid and he makes big decisions in the final third.‘He’s not someone who hides. He’s got the vision and the ability to execute when the spaces are really tight. That’s a gift.’MORE: Odion Ighalo reveals how Manchester United will use him in the Premier League Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Feb 2020 12:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.7kShares Advertisement Saka has been in outstanding form for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)The teenager put the ball on a plate for Lacazette and the Frenchman made no mistake from close range to give the visitors the lead with nine minutes remaining of the match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt was Saka’s ninth assist in what’s been a remarkable campaign for the makeshift left-back, but the youngster’s future still hangs in the balance after talks over a new deal hit a stumbling block.Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have all registered an interest in Saka whose deal is due to expire next year. Alexandre Lacazette sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal future Comment Saka assisted Pepe’s goal against Newcastle (Picture: Getty)After benefiting from another piece of brilliance from Saka in Athens, Lacazette pleaded with his team-mate to extend his contract in north London.‘Difficult game last night but happy to get on the score sheet. Thanks to the team for the hard work and the travelling fans for your support,’ Lacazette posted on Instagram.Saka was quick to respond in the comments and said, “Our number 9” to which Lacazette replied: “sign please”.Saka’s display in Greece earned special praise from Robin van Persie who compared the Englishman’s passing ability to that of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Dennis Bergkamp.‘Ryan Giggs used to give those passes, Dennis Bergkamp, Paul Scholes,’ the ex-Arsenal forward said on BT Sport.‘This is like ordering your striker to move into the danger zone. It’s actually world-class. Really, really good.‘This is not simple. This is very good, world-class. He makes it look easy but this pass, like I said, only the great players can give those passes.‘Most crosses there would be kicked away by the defender and would be shot too high or too low with no idea.‘But this is a pass with an idea. This is a pass with a message, and that is what you want from your players.’last_img read more

Tallebudgera Valley “piece of paradise” hits the market

first_imgThere’s no shortageof space in this Tallebudgera Valley house.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe single-level house features an open-plan design with the interior living areas flowing out to the alfresco pavilion overlooking the pool. The property features 100m of creek frontage and plenty of visiting wildlife. “We’ve got seven grandkids and when the come over they love playing on the gokarts or pushbikes up the driveway or swimming and fishing in the creek. 761 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera Valley is going to auction on August 9.IT’S peaceful, luxurious and there’s plenty of space.Welcome to Billeroy — a sprawling acreage retreat nestled in the beautiful Tallebudgera Valley. Maree and Ted Bagnall swapped their beachfront home in Wonbarra, a seaside suburb of Wollongong, for a 3.64ha “piece of paradise” in 2002. Cook up a feast here. ON THE MARKET: 761 TALLEBUDGERA RD, TALLEBUDGERA VALLEY Agent: Katrina Walsh, Harcourts CoastalFeatures: Pool, media room, fenced paddocks, separate self-contained accommodation, two sheds, water tanksArea: 3.64haAuction: August 9, 11am, Harcourts in-rooms, 16 Queensland Ave, BroadbeachInspections: Saturday and Sunday, 12.30 to 1pm Relax in the pool.“It’s a lovely environment for kids. “We also have a family of kangaroos that have been with us as long as we’ve been here and well over 150 birds,” she said.And Mrs Bagnall said the starry nights were a standout feature. “Sitting by the firepit and looking up at the stars, there’s no stree lights so the view is just unbelievable,” she said. “It really is so beautiful.” Welcome home — 761 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera Valley.“When we retired this was our project and so we put our heart and soul into it,” Mrs Bagnall said. “It was the best change and we have thoroughly loved living here.”The pair had the home designed so there was a view from every room of the five-bedroom house. “Each room you look out and see a paddock or a nice private garden,” she said. “You feel very connected to the whole property.”last_img read more

PPF assets grow to £32bn but surplus hit by Kodak claim

first_imgThe UK’s defined benefit (DB) scheme lifeboat fund grew its assets to £32bn (€35.7bn) in the 12 months to the end of March, but its funding level dropped due to a record claim.The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) gained 5.2% during the year to 31 March 2019, it stated in its annual report. However, its reserves – which it aims to build up to prepare for taking on underfunded DB schemes – dropped from £6.7bn to £6.1bn, dragging its funding ratio down by 4.2 percentage points, to 118.6%.The fall was caused by the Kodak Pension Plan (KPP2) entering the PPF’s assessment period. The scheme had 11,000 members and a deficit of £1.5bn, making it the biggest pension scheme to fall into the PPF since the lifeboat fund was set up in 2005.Andy McKinnon, chief financial officer at the PPF, said: “Our reserves mean that we currently have £6.1bn over and above what we need to pay our current members and their dependants for the rest of their lives. “We need these reserves to cover future claims, and we had anticipated the KPP2 claim. But despite having a buffer we are not complacent. Our biggest risk is the funding level of the schemes we protect and scheme deficits remain high.”Kodak scheme fails at second attemptKPP2 was set up in 2013 following the bankruptcy of Eastman Kodak. The scheme bought several of Eastman Kodak’s businesses to establish a new sponsor. The PPF said this company – Kodak Alaris – remained cash generative but was unable to support the pension fund.The PPF said it had been working with the Kodak scheme’s trustees and the Pensions Regulator to “ensure an orderly transition into PPF assessment ahead of the employer insolvency event”.“Our two aims have been to protect stakeholders and to provide reassurance, confidence and clarity to the 11,000 scheme members who will in due course become PPF members,” the PPF stated.“During the assessment period we will continue the work of the KPP2 trustees to dispose of the Kodak Alaris business for fair value. However should this not be achieved through the sales process, the PPF is prepared to retain ownership of all or part of Kodak Alaris.“While KPP2 presents the largest claim on the PPF to date, we remain financially strong and able to absorb a claim of this size. This is the reason we have reserves, and it is what we are here to do.”2030 funding targetThe PPF takes on the DB schemes of bankrupt UK companies, and currently charges a levy on eligible schemes to supplement its operating costs. It aims to become self-sufficient by 2030, which it envisages would require a 110% funding ratio. This would reduce its reliance on the industry levy.However, the likelihood of hitting this 2030 target fell during the financial year, the 2018-19 report stated, from 91% to 89%. In March 2017, the PPF said it had a 93% chance of hitting its target. The reduction was largely caused by macro-economic assumptions, although changes to its compensation rules as the result of an EU ruling also contributed.The annual report stated: “Like any complex modelling exercise, our projections are subject to significant uncertainty and our success ultimately depends on some influences outside of our control. Our focus as a business is to prudently manage all of the factors within our control and our main aim is to manage our balance sheet effectively.“At this stage of our evolution, an 89% probability indicates a high level of confidence that we remain on track to meet our funding target.” PPF chief executive Oliver MorleyChief executive Oliver Morley said the PPF’s insourcing programme – which has seen it bring in-house the vast majority of its investment management operations in recent years – was “nearly completed”.“Our successful investment performance at relatively low cost is partly due to this new model,” he said.Operating expenses – including staff costs – rose by 2.7% to £69m, but investment management costs fell by 1% to £141.8m. This was equivalent to roughly 0.4% of the PPF’s assets under management.Morley said: “Over the coming years we will continue to provide a valuable service for our members, to maximise value for our levy payers, and to play a worthwhile role in our community as well as the industry. We expect challenging times ahead but we are confident our funding strategy is on course to see us through them.”last_img read more

Gallery House developer clocks almost $200m in apartment sales

first_img RELATED: Gallery House, which is currently under construction, has sold more than $195 million worth of one, two and three bedroom apartments, sky homes and penthouses. “We partnered with Cottee Parker Architects to create a unique, curved design that mimics the riverfront to ensure our premium apartments can take full advantage of the stunning vistas. Three sales in six weeks on one street A total of six luxury apartments were purchased in just two days in October at Gallery House as it stretches skywards and buyers rush to secure a prime piece of the Brisbane riverfront.Brookfield Residential Properties’ Managing Director Lee Butterworth said it was the highest number of weekend sales since the dual-tower project in Hamilton was launched, with six apartments worth more than $5 million selling for an average of almost $850,000. Stability returns to Brisbane apartment market An artist’s impression of a bedroom at the Hamilton development. “Buyer confidence is high and we are seeing those who had registered their interest earlier are now putting pen to paper and signing contracts as they see both towers appearing out of the ground,” Mr Butterworth said.“The first Gallery House tower is due for completion late 2019 and with downsizers accounting for the majority of buyers, many feel now is the right time to purchase and start planning their move. MORE: More than $195 million in sales has been recorded at Brookfield Residential Properties’ statement development Gallery House in Hamilton. Historic weather observatory hits the market >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Developer: Brookfield Residential Properties Price: Two bedrooms from $565,000; three bedrooms from $865,000; and four bedrooms from $1,1950,000 Location: Hercules St, Hamilton Gallery House neighbours Brookfield’s ‘ retail and residential precinct of Portside Wharf. It is located six kilometres from the CBD, minutes from the airport and with easy access to public transport, CityCat and major roads. An artist’s impression of a bathroom at the development. “A rooftop infinity pool with barbecue and lounge area provides the perfect platform for residents to escape and take in panoramic views of the city lights, river and encircling mountains; while a lush podium garden allows residents to immerse themselves in nature.” “We have seen strong demand from the top-end of the market with our larger premium apartments dominating recent sales. “These buyers are owner occupiers who not only see the financial value in owning a riverfront apartment, but also the lifestyle benefits of living on the waterfront with a vibrant restaurant and retail precinct next door.”Mr Butterworth said the project lifted the standard of luxury apartment living in Hamilton. “High-end buyers are looking for luxury, location and quality and have found it in Gallery House,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago THE BASICS GALLERY HOUSE Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47last_img read more

Doctors want ban on skin-lightening products

first_img 72 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img HealthLifestyle Doctors want ban on skin-lightening products by: – January 16, 2013 Share At least one person has reportedly been diagnosed with cancer in Antigua after using a skin-bleaching agent.ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Wednesday January 16, 2013 – Doctors in Antigua and Barbuda are preparing to lobby Cabinet officials to draft and enact legislation to limit the importation and use of skin-lightening products.News of this development was revealed by Caribarena Antigua in a report that quoted physician Patrick Matthew as saying that skin-lightening among the nation’s women had reached critical levels with life-threatening consequences.Matthew reportedly said that recent tests conducted in Antigua revealed alarming levels of mercury in some of the products available, and at least one person has so far been diagnosed with cancer after using such products.The young woman in question has since left for Canada, where further tests will be conducted to confirm the diagnosis and treatment options, according to Caribarena.Matthew reportedly explained that the woman had been diagnosed with high levels of ototoxicity, with unacceptable levels of mercury present.Caribarena further quoted the doctor as saying that residents have seemingly been buying black market products that have been banned in some countries like Jamaica, where skin-lightening practices had to be legislated.Mercury intake is reportedly known to have significant, harmful side effects, including brain damage and birth defects.“We are going to be looking to get some kind of legislation passed to protect our women from the dangers they do not know,” Dr Matthew was quoted as saying.Dermatologist Dr Maria Periera and Dr Jerry Simon are said to be among the local physicians prepared to take the proposal to Cabinet.Similar concerns about skin-lightening agents have been raised in several parts of Africa, according to a recent report by the BBC.Caribbean 360last_img read more

Lawyer of exdictator Ríos Montt is slain in Guatemala

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday shot dead an attorney for Guatemala’s former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who has been charged with genocide during the Central American nation’s civil war, authorities said.Francisco Palomo was driving in his car when gunmen unloaded a hail of bullets, striking him at least 12 times, and killing him in broad daylight in a busy commercial area of Guatemala City, said firefighters spokesman Raúl Hernández.Palomo, 63, was a former constitutional court magistrate, as well as a lead attorney for Ríos Montt, whose case is unique in that it marked the first time a former dictator was charged in a domestic and not international court.Now in his 80s, Ríos Montt, who ruled Guatemala with an iron fist in the early 1980s, was sentenced in 2013 to 80 years in prison for genocide and war crimes.But the country’s Constitutional Court threw out the conviction on procedural grounds and ordered a retrial. A policeman stands guard at the crime scene after Francisco Palomo, an attorney for Guatemala’s former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, was shot dead in Guatemala City, on June 3, 2015. Johán Ordóñez/AFPOn Jan. 5, another court was to begin his trial but his defense had the judge, Jeannette Valdez, recused for having made public an opinion about genocide in a 2004 theses.Ríos Montt ruled Guatemala from March 1982 to August 1983, as the country struggled with a bloody civil war pitting successive rightwing regimes against leftist rebels.He and his former intelligence chief, José Rodríguez, are charged with ordering the army to carry out 15 massacres of Ixíl Maya indigenous people in Quiché, in northern Guatemala.During the war, indigenous Guatemalans were often accused of supporting the rebels.Some 200,000 people were killed or vanished without a trace in Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war, according to a 1999 U.N.-sponsored report. More than 90 percent of the human rights violations took place between 1978 and 1984.Ríos Montt’s lawyers say he was unaware of the army’s killings of indigenous people. Related posts:Guatemalan ex-police officers accused of assassinating Myrna Mack investigator to finally stand trial 26 lawyers have been murdered in Guatemala in the past 3 years Former Guatemalan police chief to stand trial for 1980 Spanish Embassy fire that killed 37 Guatemala high court paves way for new genocide trial against ex-dictator Ríos Montt Facebook Commentslast_img read more