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  • Man City look to Lisbon as best shot for Champions League glory

    first_imgThe French side also showed what they are capable of in taking four points from a possible six against City in the group stages of in last season’s Champions League.However, the enormous financial gap between the clubs is highlighted by the fact that Lyon have to routinely sell their prized assets with Nabil Fekir, Tanguy Ndombele and Ferland Mendy all departing last summer, while City have the resources to keep throwing money at the dream of winning the Champions League.Deposed as champions of England by Liverpool, City have already begun strengthening for next season with the signings of Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake, but it is the next week in the Portuguese capital that could present the club’s best ever chance of Champions League glory.One of Guardiola’s former clubs, Barcelona or Bayern Munich, will lie in wait for the winner between City and Lyon, but they are the only two former winners left in the competition.Guardiola has often bemoaned the lack of atmosphere at the Etihad for big European nights compared the cauldrons of the Camp Nou, Anfield or Santiago Bernabeu, but a behind closed doors environment for all remaining games negates that disadvantage.Bar Sergio Aguero’s absence, City also have a clean bill of health and have been building towards the latter stages of the Champions League ever since football’s return from a three-month shutdown in June with Liverpool already out of sight in the Premier League.Defensive problems could still prove their undoing as they did in losing nine times in the Premier League this season.Converted midfielder Fernandinho is starting at center-back at 35, while doubts remain over who Guardiola will trust at left-back when Benjamin Mendy returns from suspension for the quarter-finals.However, much of the damage to City’s title defense was done prior to centre-back Aymeric Laporte’s return from injury.Further forward Kevin De Bruyne underlined his claim to be the world’s best midfielder against Madrid, while the Spanish champions struggled to contain Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.City undoubtedly have the talent, now they also believe it is their time in the Champions League. It took City eight seasons in the Champions League to beat a former winner over two legs, but disposing of Madrid both home and away, pre and post football’s shutdown for coronavirus showed a maturity and ability to handle pressure situations that Guardiola’s men have lacked in previous Champions League campaigns.A clash with Lyon, who finished seventh in the curtailed 2019/20 Ligue 1 season, offers further reason for City to be optimistic.But in the past three seasons since Guardiola arrived in Manchester, City have contrived to crash out despite being heavily favored against Monaco, Liverpool and Tottenham.”I just spoke with the scouting department about Lyon and they told me to be alert,” warned Guardiola after Lyon shocked Juventus in the last 16. Manchester City finally have a marquee victory in the knockout stages of the Champions League after seeing off Real Madrid to reach the last eight, but they want much more in Lisbon over the next week with Pep Guardiola insisting they cannot be satisfied by beating the 13-time winners.”We’re here to try and win the Champions League,” said Guardiola in a markedly different tone to the one he has struck in previous seasons when claiming City were not ready to be crowned champions of Europe despite dominating the Premier League.”If we think that [beating Real] is enough we will show how small we are. If you want to win you have to beat the big clubs.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

  • Unai Emery confirms Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will miss Arsenal’s clash with Watford

    Unai Emery confirms Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will miss Arsenal’s clash with Watford Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Sep 2019 2:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Comment Emery’s side travel to Vicarage Road on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Despite injury scares during the international break, Emery confirmed that both Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka are ‘ready’ to face Watford.However, Rob Holding must wait for his chance in the first-team as he continues his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury.‘[Holding] earned matches with U23s,’ Emery said.‘With more minutes with U23 he can be closer to give us his performance.‘At the moment we are working with three centre-backs, thinking on Sunday, now four. Rob is now the five, [Konstantinos] Mavropanos the sixth.’What will the result be at Vicarage Road?Watford win0%Draw0%Arsenal win0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is better than Neymar, reckons Jamie Carragher Arsenal full-backs Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin are closing in on their returns (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed that neither Kieran Tierney nor Hector Bellerin will be ready to feature against Watford.Tierney is yet to play a single minute for Arsenal following his £25million move from Celtic on transfer deadline day, but the 22-year-old left-back returned to training alongside Bellerin this week.The Scotland international has been out of action since May after undergoing a double hernia operation and a knee injury further complicated his rehabilitation.Bellerin, meanwhile, has been sidelined after sustaining cruciate knee ligament injury during the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Chelsea back in January.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityEmery claims that Tierney and Bellerin have trained ‘normally’ but neither will be available for this weekend’s clash with Watford at the Vicarage Road.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked whether either Tierney or Bellerin are ready to return, Emery replied: ‘Not yet. It depends on their progress for the next weeks.‘Maybe we can decide to play at the beginning with the U23s, to be ready with us.‘Maybe if they play with the U23s they can take confidence and then after play with us 100 per cent.’ Advertisement read more

  • Buyers snapped up two penthouses for $5 million for ultimate luxury

    first_imgGallery House in Hamilton is experiencing strong demand for high end product as the apartment market shifts towards luxury abodes.PRESTIGE residences are continuing to strengthen in the apartment market with one couple paying $5 million for two penthouses, to make the ultimate luxury home.More than a touch of luxury…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:41Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:41 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.check out developments virtually!00:41 Related videos 00:41check out developments virtually!01:60Sneak peak inside Hawksburn Place Residences02:02Sneak peak: FV building03:05The Converted: Boot Factory01:30Dream Home: North Sydney00:45Dream Architecture: Mandalay HouseTotal Property group director Adrian Parsons said the penthouses’ $5 million price tag made the sale one of Brisbane’s highest in recent years.The buyers, who asked to remain anonymous, are downsizing from their family home and have purchased the two penthouses off-the-plan in Gallery House’s riverfront project in Hamilton.Mr Parsons said the top end of the market was strengthening and riverside addresses were in high demand.Gallery House, Hamilton.The project has now sold $30 million worth of penthouses and three-bedroom apartments, leaving just two penthouses on the market, and $88 million of stock in total.“The higher end of the Brisbane apartment market is gaining momentum, particularly in projects where the residences have been designed with owner occupiers in mind,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“Buyers are looking for projects with closer attention to detail that give them the ability to choose from a range of upgrades to personalise their apartments.“We have seen strong interest in three bedroom apartments, penthouses and ‘Sky Homes’ at Gallery House as buyers move to take advantage of the lifestyle and value on offer in these premium waterfront residences.”The buyers will be combining the two penthouses to form a bespoke 694sq m residence on the upper level of the riverfront residential tower featuring 360 degree views and 265sq m of landscaped terraces and balconies.With a master suite larger than many one-bedroom apartments and a 31sq m walk-in-robe and dressing room, the owners will be living in the lap of luxury.Gallery House architects Cottee Parker, worked closely with the buyers and their interior designer to customise the buy.Gallery House, Hamilton.“The layout was tailored to deliver open plan entertainment areas, both formal and informal, with vast kitchens — including a separate butler’s pantry and temperature-controlled wine room with glass walls,” Ms Browne said.“The extensive perimeter glazing has allowed opportunities to locate several living areas that have a choice of orientation and view corridors, with spaces that take advantage of winter sun and summer shade.”Cottee Parker director Sandra Browne said the residence the double penthouse still retained the key design elements founds in all three-bedroom apartments and penthouses in the project.“In all our ‘Sky Collection’ apartments, the master suite is located in its own wing, separate from the other bedroom cluster to ensure privacy and exclusivity,” she said.Brookfield Residential Properties’ general manager Lee Butterworth said Gallery House had established a strong reputation with high-end buyers and was the companies most luxurious development in Queensland.last_img read more

  • ​Finland’s top providers cushion 2018 losses with real estate, private equity

    first_imgHowever, investment performance was hit by the market downturn in the last three months of 2018.“Until September, performance in all asset classes was essentially positive, but in the final quarter, equity markets broadly took a downward turn,” Pölönen said.Equities – which accounted for 43% of Ilmarinen’s investment portfolio at the end of the year – made a total loss of 3.6%, but private equity investments performed well, the company said.Fixed income investments made up 38% of the portfolio at the end of December, having made zero return during the year.Ilmarinen produced a 6% return on real estate, which had a 13% weighting in the portfolio.Varma’s ‘exceptionally difficult’ 2018Varma’s president and chief executive Risto Murto said: “There was a wide-scale fall in share prices especially towards the end of the year, and the overall return for the whole year was rendered negative by the last quarter.”The insurer’s 2% loss for 2018 compared to a 7.8% gain posted in 2017. Ilmarinen ended a “historic” 2018 as Finland’s biggest pension insurer despite incurring a 1.4% loss on its investment portfolio.The group completed its merger with smaller rival Etera last year and took on OP Group’s €1.1bn pension scheme, finishing 2018 with €46bn of assets, roughly the same level as 12 months earlier.Meanwhile, rival firm Varma reported a 2% loss on its investments and €44bn in assets, down from €45.4bn at the end of 2017.Jouko Pölönen, president and chief executive at Ilmarinen, described 2018 as a “historic year” for his company following the completion of the Etera merger. Reima Rytsölä, CIO, VarmaReima Rytsölä, Varma’s CIO, said the last quarter of the year had been a exceptionally difficult period in recent history because it was difficult to identify risk-diversifying investments in the markets.However, he added: “Since Christmas, market sentiment has clearly improved, and both equity and credit risk markets have recovered significantly during the early year.”During 2018, Varma’s equity allocation lost 3.6% and fixed income lost 1.8%. Losses were partially offset by the company’s real estate investments, which made a 5.5% return, and private equity, which posted the highest return with 17.5% last year.Property made up 9% of Varma’s portfolio at the end of the year, according to data released last week.last_img read more

  • Historic Sutherland Ave home hits market for first time in two decades

    first_imgIt has polished timber floorboards, VJ walls and arched fretwork.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“It’s charming, it has got the beautiful wide wooden floorboards and it’s got leadlight windows.”Mrs Blake said it had been previously extended, and they added onto it further, but keeping with the character of the home. One of the bedrooms at 31 Sutherland Ave, Ascot.“They had taken the roof back down to normal height … so we took the ceilings back up, extended the top and the bottom level and added on decks,” Mrs Blake said.She said the house had received a fresh lick of paint last year. The original part of the house was built in 1911.Susan and Philip Blake could not agree more, having lived in the exclusive street of just 16 homes for 22 years.Their 31 Sutherland Ave house was built in 1911, with a liberal member of parliament living in it for 12 years from 1912.The Blake’s have restored the history of the home, with the front of the property displaying character features, with VJ walls, picture rails and arched fretwork. The kitchen at 31 Sutherland Ave, Ascot.Mrs Blake said the location of the property was a drawcard, particularly due to its proximity to Ascot State School.Out on the back deck is her favourite place to relax, spending countless hours there over the years.center_img The house at 31 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, is for sale.THIS Ascot house is in one of the oldest — and most sought after — streets in Brisbane.Houses in Sutherland Ave are owned by the likes of an aviation CEO, a real estate chairman, and an-award winning fashion designer, and was voted Brisbane’s best street 2018 by leading real estate entities. The backyard is quite spacious and level.“There is a bar fridge out there, a TV to watch sport and it overlooks the big backyard and the pool,” she said.“Nearly every family event has been held out there, and I can sit on the back deck and picture all of those things that we’ve done.”Mrs Blake believes the house would be suited to a family, who could enjoy it as much as her own.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenReal estate – Prestige Listings – Elizabeth Tilley04:19last_img read more

  • St. Louis competes in Switzerland County robotics event

    first_imgOur team consists of: McKenzie Maple, Grace Saner, Owen Beiser, Jacob Voegele, Ben Greiwe, and Brycen Miller (absent), along with teachers Jill Hollins and Andi McKee. We were very proud of how they worked together, and encouraged and worked well with the other students.Batesville, In. — The St. Louis School Robotics team competed along with 38 other teams recently at Switzerland County.  The students were really excited and worked very hard.  The competition provided the students with many great ideas for next year.Each team worked with other teams to score points on the playing field. Teams also worked together to improve robot performance by solving technical issues.last_img read more

  • Lillo to become Pep Guardiola’s number two at Man City

    first_imgSpanish boss Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lillo is leaving his role as Qingdao Huanghai manager to become Pep Guardiola’s number two at Manchester City. Guardiola has been without an assistant since Mikel Arteta departed in December to become Arsenal manager. As reported by Marca, former City captain and current Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany and Real Sociedad coach were both approached about the position. However, the English champions have now turned to Lillo – who has formerly coached Real Oviedo, Real Zaragoza and Real Sociedad among many other clubs – who has been a significant influence on Guardiola’s coaching career.Advertisement Promoted Content6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way? Read Also: Barca confident Messi can face Mallorca, despite thigh injury Lillo said of the former Barcelona boss in 2012 that “Guardiola is like my son”, while Guardiola travelled to Mexico in 2006 to play  under Lillo at Dorados de Sinaloa so that he could learn from his tactical approach. Lillo, 54, was last in Spanish football as assistant to Jorge Sampaoli at Sevilla – having previously been his number two with the Chilean national team – and has since managed at Atletico Nacional and Vissel Kobe. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

  • Infantino: UEFA unlikely to change

    first_img ”And on that game that has the impact that the team is going to be relegated and they cannot be there, because it’s in Thailand – I think this would not be an approach for the Bundesliga.” The Premier League is not alone in looking to hold games abroad. Italy’s Serie A chief confirmed on Tuesday the Italian Super Cup match between Juventus and Napoli will be played in Doha, Qatar on December 22, while the French Super Cup fixture has taken place abroad for the last six years. Plans for a ’39th game’ to be played as far away as Asia, America and Australia were scrapped in 2008 following widespread opposition, including from FIFA and UEFA. Th e issue reared its head again, however, after Premier League clubs’ chairmen discussed the proposal at a recent meeting but Infantino believes UEFA’s stance will remain the same. UEFA’s opposition to the Premier League staging fixtures overseas is not likely to change, according to the governing body’s general secretary Gianni Infantino. “We already have some associations who play games abroad so it is part of this wish to export national football overseas,” Infantino said at the Leaders in Sport conference in London. “We have to bear in mind though that there is a pyramid in place and that whenever these kind of things are discussed we have to act in a responsible way within the rules we’ve all agreed together. “Let’s see what the decision of UEFA is on this. I don’t think it will change, it would have to be discussed, but I don’t think it will change.” Any fixtures played overseas would need the approval of the host nation, the relevant confederation and FIFA. UEFA would only have jurisdiction over a fixture staged outside England if it was played elsewhere in Europe. Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert insists such a proposal would never get off the ground in Germany and suspects FIFA would have objections too. ”I think it’s a creative idea, I’m not sure it would work with FIFA,” Seifert said. ” ‘We have a completely different approach about our idea of German football. ”For the financial side it would be maybe a good idea to play a match all over the world, but for the supporters who are visiting 34 games of that club, no matter if it’s snow or rain or wind or whatever and they’re travelling. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • United Beat City in Manchester Derby

    first_imgPREMIER LEAGUE*Win leave Liverpool two games from titleManchester United completed the Premier League double over derby rivals Manchester City for the first time in a decade as Anthony Martial’s first-half goal and an injury time strike from Scott McTominay gave them victory at Old Trafford on Sunday evening. This thunderous encounter was a personal nightmare for Manchester City’s normally reliable Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, who gifted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side both goals in sharply contrasting fashion.He allowed Martial’s routine shot to squirm under his body from a quick Bruno Fernandes free-kick on the half-hour and then, with seconds left, threw a clearance straight to McTominay, who showed great technique to send a long-range finish, struck first time, into the net in front of a delirious Stretford End.It is a win that leaves Liverpool – who now have a 25-point lead at the top of the table – requiring only two more wins to secure their first league title for 30 years and Manchester United only three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, after their first derby league double since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.City hotly contested the free-kick, given by referee Mike Dean for a foul by Ilkay Gundogan on Fernandes, that led to Martial’s goal – although United also felt they were denied a penalty when Fred was booked for diving after tangling with Nicolas Otamendi.Elsewhere, Carlo Ancelotti endured a miserable return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea thrashed his Everton side 4-0 to boost their top-four Premier League hopes.Helped by the inclusion of 18-year-old Billy Gilmour, who made his full Premier League debut, Chelsea started the game with a far greater tempo and went ahead after 14 minutes when Mason Mount ended an 18-game goal drought by firing past Jordan Pickford at his near post.Pedro then latched on to a superb through ball by Ross Barkley to score his first league goal of the season as Frank Lampard’s side took control.Everton had a chance to strike back five minutes later but top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin duffed a shot with only Kepa Arrizabalaga to beat.Two goals in the space of three minutes shortly after the break ended the game as a contest as Willian found the bottom corner with a low shot and Olivier Giroud continued his renaissance with a tap-in from a short corner.Everton have been in form since Ancelotti’s first game in charge on Boxing Day, during which time they have picked up 18 points.But this was a desperately disappointing day for the Italian on his return to the club where he won the league and FA Cup double in 2009-10.The result meant Everton remain 12th, six points behind fifth-placed Wolves, while Chelsea stay fourth and extended their lead over Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to five points.Including two wins over Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, Lampard now has three victories over former Chelsea managers this season as fans serenaded him with “super Frank” from all four sides of the stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Thunder Bay Theatre holds auditions for summer season

    first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — Thunder Bay Theatre is gearing up for its summer season, and is looking for volunteers to take part in the show.The theatre will be holding auditions for summer roles Thursday, march 28th at 6 p.m.Singers and dancers are needed for upcoming shows and individuals can audition without previous experience.Producing artistic director of the theatre, Jeff Mindock, says to come ready to put your best foot forward, but not to stress out.“One of the best things that I always share with my auditioners is that I am looking for the most talented individuals anywhere, because when I find the most talented individuals, that just means the show is going to be even better. So there’s no reason to stress, there’s no reason to freak out, or be worried. We’re really just looking for everyone to come and do their best and feel their best and to get to know more people in the community.”Mindock says this is a great experience for volunteers to work with professionals from all over the country, as well as fully engage in the Alpena experience.Stop by Thunder Bay Theatre tomorrow at 6 pm to try out.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: auditions, Theatre, Thunder Bay Theatre, tryoutsContinue ReadingPrevious Knitting for the camaraderie and those in needNext 110-acres of land will turn into bike park in Tawaslast_img read more