Frank Lampard rules Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek out of FA Cup final with injury, but confirms N’Golo Kante and Willian return

first_imgFrank Lampard rules Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek out of FA Cup final with injury, but confirms N’Golo Kante and Willian return Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 2:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Lampard will be without Loftus-Cheek for the final (Picture: Getty Images)The Brazilian’s contract will expire at the end of the season and the club are said to be unwilling to offer him the new three-year deal his representatives are demanding.However, Lampard confirmed that both Willian and Kante will be available to play against the Gunners.‘Kante and Willian are in the squad and we will see if they are fit enough to be involved. Ruben Loftus-Cheek picked up a small problem,’ the English boss said.And when asked if the Brazilian will give 100 per cent effort despite his contract situation, Lampard said: ‘Yeah, because I have known him for many years and his mentality has shown since the restart. He has given everything.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAfter securing a top four spot and Champions League football for next season, Lampard has a chance to win his first piece of silverware as a manager.When quizzed on what it would mean for him to lift the trophy, the Blues boss said: ‘I would be delighted to and if you get to a final you want to win it.‘It will be difficult, many a great manager haven’t won things, but now we are here I want to win it.’MORE: Cesc Fabregas explains why Arsenal need FA Cup triumph more than ChelseaMORE: Why Chelsea decided against signing Manchester City-bound Nathan AkeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Loftus-Cheek is out with another injury problem (Picture: Getty Images)Frank Lampard has ruled Ruben Loftus-Cheek out of Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Arsenal with injury, but confirmed N’Golo Kante and Willian will be back in the squad.Loftus-Cheek has endured a torrid time with injuries having missed the majority of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.The 24-year-old finally made his long-awaited comeback as a substitute in the 2-1 win away at Villa last month, but a minor problem will keep him out of Saturday’s showpiece at Wembley.Meanwhile, Kante and Willian, who were both doubts for the final, will make the match day squad, which is a major boost for Lampard’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFrenchman Kante had missed Chelsea’s previous six games after picking up a hamstring injury in the 3-0 win over Watford earlier this month.Willian, who was left out against Wolves last weekend, was reportedly set to be dropped for the game with the uncertainty surrounding his future. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs Statement on Orlando Shooting

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 15, 2016 Latino Affairs,  Orlando,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs released the following statement on the shooting in Orlando:“At this time, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs would like to extend our sympathy and united support to the victims of the Orlando massacre and the Latino LGBT community. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of all faiths and sexual preferences as they are our close family members and friends. It is heartbreaking to know that these individuals were specifically targeted because they are gay Latinos, we cannot allow for that to be forgotten.“GACLA is committed to equal rights for all Latinos in the state of Pennsylvania as well as for the whole United States. During a time where discrimination is very present in our society against the Latino population, we will stand united and call on each one of us, as citizens, to spread the message of peace for all.“Again, our condolences go out to the families of those whose lives were senselessly taken away and pray for their strength as they must continue life without their loved ones.“If you would like to find out how you can help closer to home, please reach out Adriana Rivera, who also serves as a board member of the state’s largest queer Latino organization, GALAEI.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs Statement on Orlando Shootinglast_img read more

Governor Wolf Honored by Libre, Humane Society for Actions Taken to Increase Animal Protection

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Animal Welfare,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined animal advocates, legislators, and Libre for a rally on the Capitol steps to celebrate exceptional humane leaders in the commonwealth. At the rally, the governor was honored by the Humane Society of the United States with the Humane Legislative Leader Award for his steadfast support for animal issues in Pennsylvania.“I am proud of the bipartisan work that we’ve accomplished during my first term to improve Pennsylvania’s protections for animals,” said Governor Wolf. “Despite these successes, there’s still more we can do to help animals and I look forward to working with the legislature to build on the momentum we have for this critical issue.”Over the past four years, Governor Wolf signed several important laws to increase protections for animals including:• Animal Fighting Paraphernalia (2015): Made it a misdemeanor if someone knowingly owns or possesses animal fighting paraphernalia.• Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul & Libre’s Law (2017): The five key components of the legislation are improved tethering stipulations and conditions for outside dogs, added protections for horses, increased penalties for animal abuse, ensuring convicted animal abusers forfeit abused animals to a shelter, and civil immunity for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.• Animals in Distress (2018): Empowered law enforcement to take action to prevent the needless suffering of dogs and cats left unattended in cars.Because of these efforts, Pennsylvania has received national recognition by the Humane Society of the United States and the Animal Defense Fund for its marked improvements for animal protection laws. April 29, 2019center_img Governor Wolf Honored by Libre, Humane Society for Actions Taken to Increase Animal Protectionlast_img read more

Top investment return makes this top floor unit in Cairns a bargain

first_imgFor sale: 16/184 Mcleod Street, Cairns NorthThis is the time to jump in quick with two of the fully furnished units also having a large balcony and all units with access to a shared pool.Another great holiday apartment investment can be found at 19/259 Sheridan Street, Cairns North for $75,000 close to the CBD.There are plenty of bargain buys in the tropics, sometimes it just takes a little digging. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoSold for $89,000 29/324 Sheridan Street, Cairns NorthWith a combined lounge/dining area, updated bathroom, plenty of natural light and breezes and shared pool, this could easily be an investment dream buy.The average two-bedroom apartment in Cairns North sells for $475,000 and is expected to rent for $375 per week.If owning a tropical investment sounds like the right plan for you then you’re not too late.There are three one-bedroom holiday apartments on the market for $85,000 each at 6/184 Mcleod Street in Cairns North with a southern investor liquidating their city units. Bargain buy of the week goes tropical.TROPICAL heat and a sizzling gross return on investment of around nine per cent make this apartment our Bargain of the Week.Sold for $89,000 on Wednesday, this top floor one-bedroom apartment at 29/324 Sheridan Street, Cairns North provides value for money, close to the city centre and currently tenanted for $170 per week.last_img read more

The best Brisbane suburbs to invest in now for long-term growth

first_imgAndrew and Sandy Stylianou recently sold their home of 18 years at 36 Gloucester Rd, Highgate Hill, for $1.3m. Photographer: Liam KidstonMr Kalaja has another house for sale at 60 Gladstone Road, which is also expected to attract a seven figure sum.Owners Tony and Damira Shea have lived in the property for just under a decade and have seen the house’s value grow, along with their children.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoBut they’ve decided to downsize now the kids have flown the nest. This property at 91 Falkland St, Pallara, sold for $2.54m. Picture: realestate.com.auAn old house on 16,190 sqm at 91 Falkland Street, Pallara, sold 12 months ago for $2.54 million, while a proposed new four-bedroom home in a new estate called Prominence sold off the plan last month for $609,100. Tony and Damira Shea are selling their house at 60 Gladstone Rd, Highgate Hill. Photographer: Liam KidstonLOOKING for a long-term investment? Then these are the suburbs where you should park your money in property and watch it grow.There are 67 suburbs in the greater Brisbane region where the median house price has grown by more than five per cent each year for the past decade.That’s better than the four per cent average house price growth Brisbane experienced in 2016.The top suburb for long-term housing growth might come as a surprise.According to the latest CoreLogic figures, Pallara, 17km south of Brisbane’s CBD, saw 9.1 per cent growth in its median house price each year on average for the past decade.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOXThe little-known suburb is emerging as the next housing hotspot after experiencing phenomenal price growth in the past 12 months of 35.8 per cent.Prices in Pallara have gone through the roof after a recent rezoning, with the median house price now sitting at a cool $1.63 million — the second highest in greater Brisbane after Teneriffe.But you won’t find luxury homes here — not yet anyway.The majority of the sales recorded in the past year have been for proposed new builds in new housing estates or rundown established homes on large parcels of land, which developers including Stockland have snapped up for residential development.From hovel to the HamptonsTardis house — 14 rooms in this!Triple-storey haven to spread out This property at 24 Hayden St, Nudgee, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auA little closer to the CBD, Highgate Hill is good investment material.John Kalaja of Harcourts just sold an old brick house at 36 Gloucester Street, Highgate Hill, at auction for $1.3 million. It last sold in 1999 for $290,000. It was an emotional time for owners Andrew and Sandy Stylianou, who had loved living in home for the past 18 years, but they were happy with the sale price. This home at 7 Mitcham St, Gaythorne, has sold within a day of listing. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Smith said an investor from Abu Dhabi paid $20,000 more than the asking price for the property with the intention of keeping it as a long-term holding.He also had a call from someone in China who was keen to buy it, but missed out.“It’s a pretty popular little area,” Mr Smith said.“A lot of investors are buying and landbanking for future developments.”The suburb was also still very affordable, with a median house price of $650,000.Other suburbs which have seen above average annual price growth over the past decade, according to CoreLogic, include West End, Coopers Plains and Holland Park. This home proposed for 40 Ritchie Rd, Pallara, has sold for $609,100. Picture: realestate.com.auNudgee, 7km north of Brisbane’s CBD, has seen the second best capital growth in the past decade of 7.7 per cent annually.A beautiful four-bedroom home at 24 Hayden Street is currently for sale in the suburb, which is within walking distance to public transport and local amenities.Ray White marketing agent Dwight Colbert said the area represented great value and contemporary, architecturally designed houses like this one rarely became available. TOP 10 SUBURBS FOR LONG-TERM GROWTH1. Pallara $1.630,000 9.1%2. Nudgee $650,000 7.7%3. Highgate Hill $1,194,000 7.6%4. Gaythorne $798,500 7.4%5. West End $1,100,000 7.0%6. Coopers Plains $590,000 6.6%7. Holland Park $737,250 6.6%8. Norman Park $880,000 6.5%9. Holland Park West $685,000 6.5% 10. Robertson $1,077,500 6.5%(Source: CoreLogic) This property at 60 Gladstone Rd, Highgate Hill, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auHighgate Hill has experienced average price growth of 7.6 per cent each year for the past 10 years. “We weren’t really thinking about it as an investment at the time — we just thought it was a lovely, big family home,” Mr Shea said.“I think it has been a good investment but that wasn’t why we bought it.” This home at 60 Gladstone Rd, Highgate Hill, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auThe six-bedroom, four-bathroom colonial home is perched on a hill on a 599 sqm block, offering panoramic views of the city. “It’s a lovely old Queenslander with big high ceilings and we’ve got great views,” Mr Shea said.It’s also just 2km to the CBD, walking distance to Southbank and the University of Queensland and sits within the Brisbane State High Catchment.Highgate Hill has a median house price of $1.194 million.Gaythorne, 7km north of the CBD, has had the next best annual median house price growth in the past 10 years. Zak Smith of Raine & Horne recently sold a post-war home near the train line at 7 Mitcham Street, Gaythorne, within a day of listing it.last_img read more

Aveo Durack has completed its integrated retirement community

first_imgAveo Group has completed its flagship integrated retirement living community in Brisbane’s south — Aveo Durack.ONE of the largest retirement communities in Queensland has just completed its flagship integrated retirement living community in Brisbane’s south.Aveo Group has unveiled its $36 million aged care home at Aveo Durack, meaning the community now offers residents the full spectrum of care in one location.Aveo Group Integrated Retirement Communities executive general manager Jason Eldering said the addition of the facility complemented the current range of independent living options, offering a community for life to its residents. Aveo Durack.Aveo Durack is set within 34 hectares of natural bushland and lush gardens and located 17 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. It features a new community centre, on-site medical centre (UQ Health Care), allied health, hairdressing salon, restaurant, lounge, library, tennis court, bowling green, fitness centre, croquet green and swimming pool.Aveo Durack has a range of two and three-bedroom independent Living Units starting from $234,000.Aveo Group currently homes 13,000 residents in 90 retirement villages across Australia. Aveo Durack.Mr Eldering said it was important that the village amenities, such as the $1.8 million new community centre and restaurant, went above and beyond expectations.“Community living brings people together and provides an opportunity for shared experiences. It’s at the heart of everything we do,” he said.“We know that providing a diverse range of retirement options is increasingly important to our current and future residents. “More than ever, we’re finding that older Australians are looking for retirement options that allow them make the most of their retirement — whether that’s pursuing new hobbies, travelling or making new friends, retirement communities need to provide more than just a ‘roof over your head.’”center_img Aveo Durack.“Aveo Durack is one of our most popular communities and we’ve invested more than $66 million into reinvigorating the existing structures and developing brand new retirement living, care and leisure facilities within the community,” Mr Eldering said.“Aveo Durack is our flagship integrated retirement community and has grown to include 629 residences across independent Living Units and Serviced Apartments, in addition to the 123 beds in our brand new aged care home.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agolast_img read more

The home with its own beach

first_imgLot 7 East BedarraA nearby bay offers boat moorings, but potential buyers will need to bring their own boat for convenient access to the mainland. The island is about 20 minutes from the town of Mission Beach via boat. Lot 7 East BedarraLot 7 East Bedarra was listed for sale recently and its listing describes it as a place where you can “unwind, unplug and disappear on palm fringed beaches with soft white sand, crystal blue water and your own private luxury home”. Lot 7 East BedarraInside the property there is three recently renovated pavilions which can accommodate eight guests comfortably. The beautiful sights of the ocean are visible from the its expansive timber decks with the open design ensuring that the ocean views are never far away. Lot 7 East BedarraMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The lot is situated on Bedarra Island, a small private island near Townsville and Cairns in North Queensland. The property offers exclusive access to a private oasis called Doorila Bay, where white sands meet the blue oceans without any interruptions from the outside world. center_img Lot 7 East BedarraGoing to the local beach is a popular pastime as the temperature heats up, but sharing the sands with the summer crowds can be a challenge.This property could be the answer for beach lovers wanting some seclusion with the promise of private access to an exclusive island beach. Lot 7 East BedarraAs well as the area’s natural beauty it is also historically significant as the former home of Australian painter Noel Wood who lived on the island for 60 years. Sales manager from Ray White — Port Douglass Mark Flinn said it was one of the most unique properties he had seen in his time in the industry.“This is next level in terms of privacy,” Mr Flinn said. “It could appeal to someone that is quite wealthy and can afford to have their own hideaway.”Of the handful of properties on the island, he said that this was “definitely the best house” of all of them.last_img read more

Stunning home reno lands $2.31m

first_imgAFTER: The property celebrates new age brick. AFTER: Large glass panels give it a light feel. The Gray brothers Andrew and Rob (standing) when they bought the home in 2016. AFTER: The pool and the new extension. Artist’s impression of the side of the property. Original roof in the back right.The brothers had bought the property under their Graya Developments business in September 2016 for $940,000, then proceeded with getting all their paperwork in order to add this to their growing list of accomplishments. AFTER: That bathroom and walk-in robe combination is just divine.The design by Tim Stewart Architects balancing concrete, timber, brickwork, a white paint finish and glass. Bespoke cabinetry, an abundance of space and loads of natural light have jettisoned the 1955 home from a tidy but tired old house into a suave, family-friendly oasis. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Tim Stewart Architects had this vision to modernise the front of the property. AFTER: The kitchen in the new wing.Graya has developed a strong following given the high quality of their work and through close liaison with leading Queensland architects like Tim Stewart and Shaun Lockyer turning old homes into 21st century havens. The Bardon home hit the market as a 511sq m building on a 736sq m block. AFTER: 23 Mahara Street Bardon, QLD, 4065BRISBANE high-end home renovators Rob and Andrew Gray have ticked off yet another amazing transformation, receiving $2.31m for a post-war house they reimagined in Bardon.The deal for the five bedroom, three bathroom, double car garage house at 23 Mahara Street, Bardon, had apparently been struck months ago, they told a growing number of followers on Instagram. AFTER: That’s one way to add a new garage. BEFORE: The neat and tidy facade was created in 1955. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoCelebrating the $2.31m sale of the same home, redefined. Source: GrayaConstruction/Instagram.“We have been keeping a secret for the last couple of months as the sale was agreed at 9:30pm on New Year’s Eve.”“We received heaps of interest in the property and numerous offers, also importantly Andrew and I are very happy its new owners are a lovely young family who were a pleasure to deal with throughout the negotiations and will enjoy living in this amazing home.” BEFORE: How the backyard looked before the renovation project.last_img read more

Investment boost

first_imgNorfolk Southern revealed on January 23 that it will spend $792m on capital projects in 1997, an $84m increase on 1996. A week later Union Pacific announced that its 1997 capital spending would total $2·2bn, including more than $500m to implement the merger with SP.NS has allocated over $100m towards the automotive network it is developing for Ford. Of the remainder, $240m will go on track and bridge replacement, $144m toward loco refurbishment and purchase of six-axle, high-adhesion units; and $95m on rebuilding or purchase of wagons. The rest will go on upgrading bridges, dispatching and data transmission systems.The UP programme includes:last_img

NAPF moves to kick controversial LGPS reforms into long grass

first_imgThe UK National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has called for the postponement of controversial local government reforms until after the next general election.The UK’s representative body for pension funds, in its response to the government consultation on changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), said it was wrong to focus wholly on costs.In May, the government published proposals that looked at forcing all listed assets in LGPS funds into a collective investment vehicle (CIV), which would only invest passively.It also proposed a second CIV to invest predominately in alternative assets. Both reforms were made to cut costs, with the CIVs achieving more scale than the 89 individual funds in England and Wales, and with passive investing being generally cheaper than active.However, in consultation, the NAPF argued that operational problems at some poorly performing funds were more important than cost issues at all the funds.It rejected the government’s move to mandate a shift of listed assets into passive vehicles, and voiced its support for a ‘comply and explain’ approach in statement of investment principles.The proposal to shift all listed to assets to passive came after consultancy Hymans Robertson, mandated by the government, produced research showing that, on aggregate, active investment by the LGPS performed as well as the index over 10 years.It then said the LGPS funds could save £660m on investment management fees by investing passively. However, consultancy Mercer, in its response, questioned the savings figure made by Hymans Robertson.It argued that the savings were unachievable, as active management fees often include performance-based bonuses, and said comparing active with passive was unfair.The consultancy said the government should focus on deficit management and governance over investment charges, which it said only made up a small part of LGPS costs.The use of CIVs was another contentious issue in many consultation responses, with little support for the government’s proposals in their current form.The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM), an LGPS fund, said the government would do better to create a centralised procurement function for the LGPS, over CIVs.RWBM also said the creation of CIVs specifically for the LGPS was unnecessary, as the set-up costs would negate any positive cost impact, and enough of these funds already existed in the private market.Nick Greenwood, manager of the fund, said his view was categorically “no” for the creation of LGPS-specific CIVs, especially if it resulted in a multi-manager approach that required monitoring.“Such a service does not come cheaply and is likely to negate or wipe out any cost savings made through economies of scale,” he said.The fund strongly urged the government to reconsider proposals for a collective procurement service for investment mandates for LGPS funds.However, the fund did back the use of pre-existing CIVs in certain circumstances, as they can be used to benefit from periphery services such as dividend collection, where scale clearly creates lower costs.With regard to the shift to passive, the fund did not dispute Hymans Robertson’s findings.However, it said the figures also showed that the effectiveness of active management at the 89 LGPS funds varied greatly. Echoing calls made the NAPF, the fund said the government should focus on why this dispersion exists, rather than mandating a collective shift to passive.Greenwood said: “Much of the blame for poor underperformance is due to an over-reliance by LGPS funds on investment consultants and an extremely poor grasp of ‘risk’ and what it means to the end investor.”last_img read more