Unai Emery hints he is finally ready to perform Mesut Ozil U-turn ahead of Wolves clash

first_imgUnai Emery hints he is finally ready to perform Mesut Ozil U-turn ahead of Wolves clash Comment ‘Because the most important thing is the club, the team and finding a performance.‘Previously we were all speaking between us to take that decision. I know all the supporters want to know something [more] but now is not the moment.’However, with Arsenal now four points off the top four pace ahead of Saturday’s match against Wolves at the Emirates Stadium, Emery confirmed the former Real Madrid is back in his plans.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 Arsenal‘Yes he will feature,’ said the Spaniard during his post match press conference.‘We have a match on Saturday and we will look at the possibility to use him again alongside other players and this is the way sometimes.’Evaluating his overall performance, Emery added: ‘I think he played very well. Tonight, you’ve seen he is a skilful player in the team and he was very positive every time and I think he played a very good match.‘We spoke before the match, and we made the decision in the second half to take him off because he hasn’t played for a little while and we want to keep his fitness as he was very tired but for him it was great to play 60/65 minutes.’Should Mesut Ozil start vs Wolves?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi speaks out on own goal in 5-5 thriller against LiverpoolMORE: Kieran Tierney stops Arsenal players from walking straight down tunnel after Liverpool defeat Metro Sport ReporterThursday 31 Oct 2019 11:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link959Shares Mesut Ozil made his Arsenal return during last night’s 5-5 draw against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admitted he is ready to consider Mesut Ozil for Premier League selection after the Arsenal playmaker made an eye-catching comeback against Liverpool.Ozil was unable to save his side from a demoralising penalty shootout defeat, but was involved in all of Arsenal’s best attacking play before he was substituted in the 65th minute.The 31-year-old contributed to three of his side’s five goals on the night and produced a sublime back-heel assist which gifted Ainsley Maitland-Niles the chance to put Arsenal 4-2 ahead 10 minutes into the second half.Ozil had been omitted from the previous six matchday squads and had made just two appearances all season before he was brought back in from the cold by Emery last night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Arsenal coach revealed last Saturday that Ozil’s exile had the backing of the club’s executive committee, saying:’ Here we have one agreed strategy as a club and a team.Crazy and incredible match. 🙈 Losing on penalties is always tough, but definitely some positive things to take away from Anfield Road tonight. Thanks for the away support! 🙏🏼❤ Focus on Wolverhampton now! ⚽ #M1Ö #COYG #YaGunnersYa @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/vIQdoF4T8J— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 30, 2019 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Help Attack PFAS Contamination of 17 Wells in Bucks County

first_img March 26, 2019 Environment,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of funding through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) for projects that will remove contamination of harmful perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from the Warminster/Horsham and Warrington areas in Bucks County.“Access to safe drinking water is one of the fundamental rights of every Pennsylvanian,” Governor Wolf said. “This funding will provide clean and safe water for residents, and will help ensure the public health of these communities in Bucks County in the years ahead. Through the PFAS Action Team, we will continue addressing this serious issue across Pennsylvania.”PFAS are man-made chemicals, are resistant to heat, water and oil, and persist in the environment and the human body. PFAS are not found naturally in the environment. They have been used to make cookware, carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packaging for food, and other materials that are resistant to water, grease, or stains. They are also used in firefighting foams and in a number of industrial processes.The CFA board approved a $5 million grant for the Warminster Municipal Authority (WMA) through the H20 PA program. WMA owns and operates the water supply and distribution system that serves Warminster Township, Ivyland Borough, and Warwick Township. Thirteen WMA wells have been contaminated by PFAS as a result of the use of firefighting foam at military bases in the area. The contamination caused the shutdown of the wells and required WMA to purchase water from another source at a much higher cost. This project will install treatment systems that will allow the wells to be placed back in service as a water supply source.Additionally, the board approved a $3 million grant through the H20 PA program for Warrington Township, Bucks County, to renovate four groundwater wells in the township contaminated by PFAS as a result of the use of firefighting foam. The township will equip the wells with ion exchange and granular activated carbon treatment systems to reduce contaminants to a “non-detect” level.In September 2018, Governor Wolf announced the establishment of a multi-agency PFAS Action Team and other executive actions to address growing national concerns surrounding PFAS. The PFAS Action Team, along with today’s approved projects to treat PFAS contamination, places Pennsylvania at the forefront of states taking proactive action to address PFAS and other water contaminants.“Sites in southeast Pennsylvania, and Bucks County, in particular, have been affected by PFAS contamination in Pennsylvania,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, who chairs the PFAS Action Team. “The Action Team will be continuing to pursue solutions to addressing existing contamination and preventing new contamination.”Additionally, Governor Wolf’s bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania proposal seeks to further provide funding for eliminating PFAS contaminants in drinking water. While programs like H20 PA and the Hazardous Sites Cleanup program can help provide relief to some cases of PFAS contamination, additional resources are needed to combat the problem comprehensively across Pennsylvania. Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century. View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan.Also at today’s CFA meeting, the board approved a $650,484 grant through the H20 PA program to rehabilitate the Middle Dam in East Stroudsburg Borough, Monroe County, which is classified as a high-hazard, unsafe dam. The project includes rehabilitation of the intake structures, gate valves, and concrete spillway to ensure the dam returns to a safe condition.More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania economic development news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to sign up for the department’s monthly e-newsletter. Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Help Attack PFAS Contamination of 17 Wells in Bucks Countycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Thanks Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Staff During Visit

first_img June 24, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Thanks Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Staff During Visitcenter_img Press Release,  Public Health As the commonwealth continues its measured, phased reopening and COVID-19 case counts continue to decline, Governor Tom Wolf visited Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center today to thank staff and learn more about how the facility is handling the pandemic and preparing for a possible resurgence in the fall.“For almost four months, the staff here has done an amazing job working day and night to care for patients,” Gov. Wolf said, addressing staff in attendance. “Taking care of patients with a new virus that we didn’t know much about was a challenge, and you’ve had to balance their health and wellness with keeping the other patients at that medical center safe. That took a team effort.”The Wolf Administration approached the COVID-19 pandemic with a plan, by being prepared and by issuing both stay-at-home and reopening orders using a measured, phased approach that combined science with input from health experts. The Department of Health opened its Operations Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in January, well before the first cases arrived in Pennsylvania. That preparedness was key to ensuring the state’s hospitals, including the medical center, were not overwhelmed.The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center addressed preparedness by ordering enough PPE in advance of any cases at the facility and by making use of a Special Pathogens Team to directly address the health care issues associated with COVID-19. The team was created to prepare for possible cases of Ebola in 2014 and was able to morph and adapt to address COVID-19 at the Hershey facility and its sister hospital, St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Reading. Team members have years of training and are dedicated to ensuring COVID-19 patients recover and can return home.Gov. Wolf was joined by Deborah Berini, president, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.“Today, our work continues – not only to ensure we can treat current COVID-19 patients and that we are ready for any potential future surge, but also to make sure that every patient who needs us can safely and confidently receive care,” said Berini. “As we do so, every step forward is made to find new and better ways to serve our patients while following careful consideration of public health guidelines, including from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.”“Thank you to all of the staff at Penn State Health and all of the nurses, doctors, EMTs and first responders who answered the call to help without reservation,” Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Your efforts saved lives under extraordinary circumstances. We are forever grateful for your service.“By wearing a mask, we aren’t just protecting ourselves and others from exposure to COVID-19, we are saying ‘thank you’ to the brave health care professionals working day and night to save our lives.”Read more on Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen PA here.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

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Family home offers plenty of space for kids to grow

first_imgPolished timber floors feature throughout the home.Having two children, Mrs Beroukas said she found the open plan design and big backyard especially handy. “The kids are always outside,” she said. “We have a cubby in the back as well as a little herb and vegie garden down the side of the house.” Since purchasing the home, the Beroukas have also added a deck with insulated roof and a carport. “The deck is a great place to sit and enjoy the cool bay breezes,” Mrs Beroukas said. The home has open plan living spaces.There are polished timber floors throughout the home and the open plan living, dining and kitchen area opens to the back deck. The galley-style kitchen has a ceramic double sink, soft-close drawers, walk-in pantry and quality appliances.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Downstairs there is a retreat, a laundry with plenty of storage and a laundry chute, and a powder room. The home at 29 Barbara St is on the market in Manly WestA BAYSIDE home suited to family living is new to the market in Manly West. Eliza and Phillip Beroukas bought 29 Barbara St six years ago after falling in love with the location and the family-friendly layout. “We were new to Brisbane and we were looking in that bayside area,” Mrs Beroukas said. “We found this open-style home and it was too nice to pass up.”The home is on a 607sq m block and has four bedrooms and a renovated bathroom.center_img The current owners added this covered deck.With the family now looking to purchase elsewhere in the area, the Barbara St home is up for grabs. “I’ll miss the quiet community we have here and the lovely neighbours,” Mrs Beroukas said. “I think the home will suit someone with a young family or a young couple looking to start a family.” The home is being marketed by Robyn Cane from Sash & Gable Property for offers over $620,000.last_img read more

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Easier to detonate than renovate? Renovations are proving more costly than rebuilding

first_img24 Remo St, Broadbeach Waters.“Fiona and I had an idea of what I wanted to achieve and the best way to get the look I wanted was to start from scratch and … build a home that was both functional and fun to live in” he said.“A lot of thought went into creating meaningful spaces in the home, which reflect the way people live.”The pair recently put their home at 24 Remo St, Isle of Capri, on the market for $1.575 million. Gold Coast couple Andrew and Fiona Bassingthwaite bought a property at Surfers Paradise and demolished an older dwelling to make way for a new house.MORE Gold Coasters are knocking down older houses and rebuilding instead of renovating — and it is saving them up to $200,000.Valcon Homes sales manager Gavin Roden said the average cost of renovating had skyrocketed to $2000 per square metre, meaning upgrading a 300sq m home sets you back $600,000. 24 Remo St, Broadbeach Waters.In contrast, Mr Roden said it costed about $20,000 to demolish a house and about $400,000 to build a new 300sq m home.“Shrinking land supply near the beach on the Gold Coast and close to the inner city in Brisbanemeans more people are thinking outside the box and opting to secure an older property on a bigblock in a prime location,” he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago24 Remo St, Broadbeach Waters.“Most people are really surprised to learn that demolishing a home only costs around $20,000, and is therefore often a much cheaper option than renovating.“Over the past five to seven years costs have gone up and large-scale renovations are simply notgood value for money. In fact (they) can be detrimental if the buyer spends more on the renovation than what they could recoup if they placed the home on the market.” 24 Remo St, Broadbeach Waters.Mr Newlands said rebuilding rather than renovating meant you did not have to compromise on the design and were less likely to run into unexpected renovation expenses.Gold Coast couple Andrew and Fiona Bassingthwaite bought an older property at Surfers Paradise last year and demolished it to make way for a new house. 24 Remo St, Isle of Capri before it was demolished.REIQ Gold Coast zone chair John Newlands said a shortage of land on the Coast was contributing to the trend.“People don’t want to go out to some of the outer areas,” he said. “They want to stay close to town and build close to facilities.”last_img read more

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Top spot for the family in popular Parkinson

first_imgThe home at 34 Woodlark Cres, Parkinson.Above the double lockup garage there is a rumpus room opening on to a deck. “My husband loves the upstairs area the most,” Ms Lu said. “My husband has his friends over for soccer games. It’s separate from the rest of the house so you can make some noise up there without being heard.” The property has two water tanks, a solar power system, monitored back-to-base alarm and security screens. The home at 34 Woodlark Cres, Parkinson.Ms Lu said the home was perfect for families as it had plenty of space inside, a big entertaining area for gatherings and a big pool and yard for the kids. “Our neighbours are very friendly and the area is very convenient. There’s a short cut to Woolworths and we’re walking distance to the lake and the park,” she said. The property is being marketed by Andrea Manson of Belle Property Calamvale for offers over $739,000. The home at 34 Woodlark Cres, Parkinson.The spacious family home has a separate dining room and an open-plan lounge and kitchen area that opens to the outdoor space. The kitchen has granite benchtops, a gas cooktop, corner pantry, breakfast bar and plenty of bench and cupboard space. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The master bedroom has airconditioning, an ensuite and built-in robes. The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. There is also a study and family bathroom with dual basins. center_img The home at 34 Woodlark Cres, Parkinson.THIS family home is on a huge block with an in-ground swimming pool in a quiet Parkinson street. Owner Connie Lu lives at 34 Woodlark Cres with her husband and daughter. “We love the location,” she said. “It’s very convenient to shops and bus stops, and child care and schools are right next door. “We also love the size of the outdoor area. There is so much space to have family and friends over. In the summer, we have friends over for barbecues and a swim in the pool.” last_img read more

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RBA’s Debelle flags housing risk from tighter lending standards

first_imgRBA deputy governor Guy Debelle says house prices could be impacted by tighter lending standards. Image: AAP/Morgan Sette.RESERVE Bank of Australia deputy governor Guy Debelle has warned of the risks to house prices if lending standards are tightened further as a result of the banking royal commission.In a speech in Sydney, Dr Debelle said tighter lending restrictions might have a bigger effect on the amount of funds an individual household could borrow, rather than the number of households that were eligible for a loan.“This, in turn, means that credit growth may be slower than otherwise for a time,” he said.“To me, that has more of an implication for house prices, than it does for the outlook for consumption.”GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERERBA deputy governor Guy Debelle says house prices could be impacted by tighter lending standards.When it comes to interest rates, the RBA looks set to stay on the sidelines for the foreseeable future, with Dr Debelle stressing that the official cash rate was likely to remain steady this year and into next.“If the economy continues to evolve as expected, higher interest rates are likely to be appropriate at some point,” he said.“Notwithstanding this, the board does not currently see a strong case for a near-term adjustment in the cash rate.”Despite the solid outlook, Dr Debelle focused on risks, such as US-triggered inflation that would drive up global interest rates and push the Australian dollar down. FLOOD SUBURBS NOW BEATING REST OF BRISBANERBA deputy governor Guy Debelle says tighter lending standards could impact house prices. Photo: Penny Stephens.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoDr Debelle highlighted the risk posed by Australia’s high levels of household debt, saying it could weigh on consumer spending if borrowing costs were to rise suddenly.“Household income growth has been subdued for a number of years, which means that a number of households may be carrying a larger mortgage for longer than they expected when they took out the loan,” he said.“While they can service the mortgage, it has consumed a larger share of their income for longer than they might have intended.”HOMELESSNESS A ‘NATIONAL DISGRACE’The RBA is expected to leave interest rates on hold for longer than first thought. Image: AAP/Dean Lewins.Commenting on the recent regulatory pressure on banks to tighten lending rules, Dr Debelle downplayed the likely impact of resets to interest-only loans to more traditional principaland interest loans.“These can see the required mortgage payments rise by nearly 30-40 per cent for some borrowers,” he said.“Our assessment is that there are quite a few mitigants which will allow these borrowers to cope with this increase in required payments, including the prevalence of offset accountsand the ability to refinance to a principal and interest loan with a lower interest rate.“While some borrowers will clearly struggle with this, our expectation is that most will be able to handle the adjustment so that the overall effect on the economy should be small.”The RBA has kept the cash rate unchanged at a record-low 1.5 per cent since 2016.last_img read more

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Gold Coast beachside unit block fetches more than $2m at auction

first_img109 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach.Mr Howarth said the 558sq m property was considered large for Mermaid Beach with a 32m frontage to Heron Ave and 17m frontage to Seagull Ave.It now has four strata-titled units.“Subject to council approval, you could design four, three-storey villas on the site…,” he said.The property is in a prime position, 150m from the beach and close to the popular Nobby Beach dining precinct. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago109 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach.“More than 80 people came to watch the auction, which was conducted by Mark MacCabe from Apollo Auctions, and there was plenty of spirited bidding before it became a battle between two parties,” he said.“The winning bidder was a long-time Gold Coast resident, who owns several properties in the region.“The purchaser intends to initially land bank while they complete a feasibility study to determine the best development option for the property.” 109 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach.A MERMAID Beach unit block attracted buyers from as far as New Zealand and Japan when it went under the hammer on the weekend.But a local buyer made the winning bid, snapping up the four beachside units at 109 Seagull Ave for $2.105 million.Marketing agent Peter Howarth, of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach, said there were 18 registered bidders on the day with two phoning from overseas.last_img read more

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Sabre will slash maintenance costs

first_imgLONDON UNDERGROUND expects savings of £10m a year on its maintenance budget, thanks to the development and implementation of software from ICL and Workplace Systems. Sabre, ’Site Access Booking for Railway Engineering’, offers engineers the facility to co-ordinate work to minimise clashing operations, and improve utilisation of resources.Planning work in the tunnels, escalators and platforms of underground station layouts is complex because of severe restrictions to access – if work is proceeding in one area, it may prevent equipment and workers getting to other sites. Sabre carries detailed information on all station layouts, and these are cross-referenced with worksite bookings to automatically flag-up clashes. Alternative schedules are generated to avoid conflicts.Sabre was delivered in four stages, which addressed the needs of the eight line planning managers, LU’s Critical Resource Agency, engineering train and plant movements, and maintenance information for management analysis and monitoring.The impact has been to make a vast reduction in the quantity of paperwork, while focusing attention on the importance of planning and booking-in time for work to be carried out.The system includes a database which stores details of the booked work, with a facility to input details of work actually carried out. This can be used to assess the performance of contractors, to encourage them to turn up when they have work booked, avoiding rebooking and consequent disruption from work over-running.ICL, Winnersh, Great BritainReader Enquiry Number 141last_img read more

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Dual investment objective a ‘big challenge’ for Ireland’s reformed NPRF

first_img“The concept of impact investing is emerging, but, for sovereign funds to have both return objectives and to support economic activity is quite a new development,” O’Callaghan said“We will need to find ways to estimate in advance and monitor the economic impact our investments are having and to report this to the trustees.”The NPRF has been split into two discrete portfolios since the Irish government used its capital to bail out Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland.Since the current government announced its intention to reorientate the discretionary portfolio, still controlled by the NPRF Commission and invested in global equities, fixed income, property, commodities and infrastructure, the fund has been gradually selling off overseas holdings – recently resulting in the sale of €800m in private equity fund holdings and commitments to Lexington Partners.It has already allocated significant capital to projects targeting Ireland, including a €500m commitment to three funds offering assistance to the country’s SMEs and a $100m joint venture with China’s CIC.For more on the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund’s future strategy, see How We Run Our Money in the current issue of IPE The Irish National Pensions Reserve Fund’s (NPRF) imminent reorientation into the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) poses significant challenges, both in the shape of ensuring independent governance and meeting its new dual investment target, the fund’s investment director has said.Eugene O’Callaghan, who since 2010 has overseen the NPRF’s investment activities, said the proposed ISIF would have “no hope” of attracting matching co-investments unless it were able to demonstrate the independence of its governance arrangements.The former executive director of Irish Life Investment Managers told IPE’s How We Run Our Money that the ISIF, to be funded with the €6.8bn currently held within the NPRF’s discretionary portfolio once the Irish government passes the required legislation, would face further hurdles due to its dual investment objectives of encouraging domestic growth while producing positive returns.He said this “double bottom line” would prove a significant challenge.last_img read more

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