Tech failure The big talking point came late in the first half when a free-kick from United’s Oliver Norwood was caught by Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland, but he stumbled backwards and looked to have carried the ball over his own goal line.United players appealed for the goal, but the technology that alerts the referee when the ball has gone over the line did not award it and VAR did not intervene.Despite replays showing the ball had clearly crossed the line before Nyland regained his footing, referee Michael Oliver had no choice but to let play continue.Should Manchester City lose to Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who hold a 25-point lead at the top of the table, could be crowned champions as early as Sunday when they face local rivals Everton.Despite concerns over fans congregating around stadiums, clubs won the battle to host matches in their home grounds.Liverpool can win a long-awaited title in their own city, either at Goodison, or when the Reds host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.But Klopp stressed the need for supporters to stay at home.”Stay safe, support us from home. We are still with you and you’ll never walk alone,” he said.The battle for Champions League places next season and to avoid the drop are far more closely contested.Matches will be preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of those who have died from coronavirus. Britain is the worst-hit country in Europe with more than 42,000 deaths.Three of the four managers to lead their sides on Wednesday have been touched by the virus.Aston Villa boss Dean Smith’s father died, while City manager Pep Guardiola lost his mother.Guardiola’s former assistant Mikel Arteta returns to the Etihad for the first time as Arsenal manager three months after his positive test for coronavirus hastened the season shutdown. All players will wear Black Lives Matter (BLM) on the back of their shirts where names are normally printed for the first 12 matches of the restart.A BLM logo will feature on shirts for the remainder of the season along with a badge thanking Britain’s health workers for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.The 0-0 draw at Villa Park did not suit either side.Aston Villa were seeking a precious win to lift them out of the relegation zone while Sheffield United are chasing a European spot next season. But Villa and Sheffield took center stage to relaunch the English top-flight.In front of a huge global audience, players and staff protested racial injustice for about 10 seconds in solidarity with worldwide protests following the death of American George Floyd while in police custody. “In the first Premier League fixture of Project Restart both clubs hope that the act of ‘taking a knee’ will send a strong message of unity and amplify the many messages of support from Premier League players and the wider football family,” the clubs said in a statement.Manchester City and Arsenal players also took a knee before kick-off at the Etihad. The Premier League resumed on Wednesday after a three-month hiatus, with players taking the knee at the start of a goalless draw between Aston Villa and Sheffield United overshadowed by a goal line controversy.Coronavirus restrictions mean the 92 games remaining after the 100-day shutdown are being crammed into less than six weeks.Defeat for Manchester City, who kicked off against Arsenal later on Wednesday, would leave Liverpool on the brink of their first English top-flight title for 30 years. Silence With all games being played behind closed doors, players will have to get used to the eerie silence in the usually raucous stands.Piping crowd chants into stadiums, cardboard cut-outs of supporters and live video fan walls will add color but the Premier League’s chief executive Richard Masters admitted there would be something missing without crowds.”It is going to be an odd experience without fans at the stadia,” he said. “The Premier League won’t be back with a capital ‘B’ until fans are back.”Just 300 people will be allowed in stadiums for each match, with strict health protocols in place.Players have been told to maintain social-distancing during goal celebrations and are banned from spitting. Topics :
October 18, 2020
Samir Nasri thought he was a ‘gangster’ according to Wojciech Szczesny (Picture: Getty)‘But the year after that he got benched, moved to Turkey and his big career ended.‘He could have made other decisions and achieved lots more at Arsenal. He’s extremely arrogant – sometimes.’Szczesny was equally scathing of Samir Nasri, who left Arsenal under an even bigger cloud for Manchester City the season before Van Persie’s departure.‘He always thought he was some kind of gangster. Everyone has this guy at school, who had strong and big friends and it made him think he’s cool,’ he added.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Robin van Persie is the eighth heighest goalscorer in Arsenal’s history (Picture: Getty) Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Mar 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Robin van Persie’s goals inspired Man Utd to their 20th league title (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie should have remained at Arsenal and cemented his status as a club legend, according to his former teammate Wojciech Szczesny.The former Gunners skipper scored 132 goals for the north London club between 2004 and 2012 but had only one FA Cup to show for his efforts.Van Persie, having become exasperated at Arsenal’s failure to compete for trophies and seeing a number of old colleagues sold and enjoy success elsewhere, eventually opted to join Manchester United.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 CityAn acrimonious departure followed his public criticism of Arsene Wenger, but his decision to leave for Old Trafford was almost immediately justified when his goals helped inspire United to their 20th league title during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTVan Persie subsequently struggled to match his previous exploits under the management of David Moyes and Lous van Gaal before leaving for Fenerbahce four years ago.‘You have to admit, he left for Manchester United and the next year he won the title,’ said Szczesny. Advertisement Former Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny slams ‘arrogant’ Robin van Persie for Manchester Untied transfer Comment Advertisement
October 18, 2020
October 16, 2020
Wolf Administration: More Than 200 New Water Infrastructure Improvement Projects Approved Throughout the Commonwealth August 18, 2020 Infrastructure, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced 276 new PA Small Water and Sewer Program project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to protect and improve municipalities’ water systems.“This vital grant program allows for costly but necessary water infrastructure improvements that would otherwise be unfeasible to smaller Pennsylvania communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “When we invest into our communities now, they benefit for years to come, and today’s approved projects will significantly improve the quality of life in these communities.”The small water and sewer projects approved today include the replacement of the Troy Street water main in Bradford County; improving the wastewater treatment facility in Huntingdon County; improving the above-ground reservoir rehabilitation in Lehigh County; the expansion of the Pine Grove Township water system in Schuylkill County; and the extension of the Alexander Spring Road Waterline in Cumberland County. Other projects include improvements and replacements of water mains, water treatment plants, sewer systems, and water line extensions in hundreds of municipalities in 49 counties across the commonwealth. The total funding amount is more than $61 million.A complete list of Small Water and Sewer projects approved at yesterday’s CFA meeting can be found here.The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer program provides grants to assist municipalities with the construction, improvement, expansion or repair of their water supplies or sanitary sewer systems. Municipalities and municipal authorities are eligible to apply for up to $500,000 in grant funding. For more information on the PA Small Water and Sewer program, click here.For more information about DCED and the CFA, visit dced.pa.gov.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
October 6, 2020
14 Macartney St, Paddington was refurbished four years ago.Four years ago Ms Sylvestre updated the cottage, transforming it into the stylish two-bedroom, one-bathroom pad it is today.“I opened it up with rewiring, a new roof, new decks,” she said.“Downstairs is really high from the ground so it’s ready to dig out, ready to have another full extension.” 14 Macartney St, PaddingtonThere’s a welcome feeling of warmth and comfort.“I’ve had quite a few tenants wanting to buy the house which is interesting because they’ve gotten attached to it,” Ms Sylvestre said.“It’s full of air, full of breeze and charming.“It’s the essence of Paddington — unpretentious and authentic.”Space Property Agents’ Nicole Devine said interest in the Paddington property had been strong ahead of today’s auction which is occurring on-site at 1pm. Nicole Sylvestre inside 14 Macartney St, Paddington. Picture: Adam ArmstrongMORE than 35 years ago, artist Nicole Sylvestre swapped her Parisian lifestyle for a piece of Paddington.“I only chose Brisbane because I wanted the subtropics,” she said.A classic pre-war workers cottage at 14 Macartney St was the first house she purchased after scraping together enough cash for a deposit on the $32,000 asking price.“I paid 21 per cent interest from the bank,” Ms Sylvestre said.“As a woman on her own, it was very difficult to get a loan.” Nicole Sylvestre is selling her Paddington home to move to the sea. Picture: Adam ArmstrongPlans to live in the quaint Queenslander were waylaid by the lure of multicultural West End.“I always intended to live here but at the time West End was a lot more cosmopolitan,” Ms Sylvestre said.“I liked the French bakery and the French patisserie, which was the only one in Brisbane, and the great delicatessen so I moved to West End and stayed.”Still living at West End, where she built an art studio, Ms Sylvestre said it was time to sell her first connection with Brisbane and embark on her original desire to live by the sea.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 ago14 Macartney St, Paddington“I feel very mixed feelings,” she said.“The energy of this place, I think it’s got a soul and I really am quite attached to it. “I still love Paddington as opposed to West End. “It’s cute, it’s charming, and now it’s a lot more cosmopolitan. “You can buy at a French patisserie.”
September 29, 2020
Although the parameters are flexible, the authority said the mandate was broadly expected to be between £100m and £150m, but that this amount could increase if more took part.It said it was looking for a segregated mandate and would not consider pooled funds.The mandate will target an annual absolute return of 10-15% net of fees with minimal or no use of leverage, by investing in a number of higher-yielding debt markets.These markets include direct corporate lending, mezzanine debt, leveraged senior secured loans, high-yield debt, structured debt and distressed/stressed debt, it said.Other types of debt included are real estate debt and trade finance.The proposed portfolio is to have a 5% running yield, the LPFA said, as it expects income to be paid in the near future.All currency exposure must be hedged back to sterling.Derivatives can be used in a limited way to give some downside protection by hedging credit risk.The deadline for requests for documents is 16 October at 10am, with the deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate coming shortly after that at noon. The London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA), which runs a £4.8bn (€6bn) pension fund within the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for workers in the UK capital, is looking for six alternative credit managers.The LPFA is aiming to set up a four-year framework agreement with as many as six managers to provide £100m or more of investment in illiquid and liquid higher-yielding debt.The pension fund’s committee has agreed to consider investing in a segregated alternative credit mandate to invest in these markets.Once set up, the framework agreement will be open to other eligible local authorities and LGPS funds.
September 29, 2020
The head of Danish pension fund management firm LD Funds has said that despite the depleted resources its new holiday fund is now set to have, the fund will still be able to have a good investment strategy.Earlier this month, politicians decided to give Danes early access to three of the five weeks of holiday allowances that had been due to be managed by LD Funds until their retirement – in a bid to boost the economy in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions.The decision means the holiday fund – LD Feriemidler, one of the two funds LD Funds manages – is now to have total assets of around DKK40bn (€5.4bn) rather than the approximately DKK100bn originally envisaged.In a question-and-answer column on the Copenhagen-based manager’s website, LD Funds chief executive officer Dorrit Vanglo responded to a question on whether her team could still have a good investment strategy given the sparser resources coming to the fund. “Yes, I think we can,” she said.Firstly, Vanglo pointed out, the idea had never been that the holiday fund would receive the entire DKK100bn to invest, but only the proportion of that sum volunteered by employers.Under the plan – which is the result of Danish holiday law being aligned to EU rules – firms are allowed to retain the holiday allowances, with their liability in that case becoming a loan from LD Funds.“Secondly, it should be said that the money is put on top of the resources in our other fund, Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsmidler,” she said.“And if they say we are getting DKK40bn paid in, then the asset total will be larger than it ever has been in the entire history of Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond,” said the CEO.Apart from this, Vanglo said LD Funds had set itself up in such a way that costs were very dependent on how much money it had under management.“This means costs will be lower the less money we have. So we can easily manage cost-effectively,” she said.Vanglo was also asked if LD Dyrtidsmidler – a declining fund based on cost-of-living allowances granted to workers in 1980 – would be able to survive if a decision was made this autumn to pay the rest of the holiday allowances out as well.She answered that in that situation, things would be the same as they had been a few years ago before the new opportunity of the holiday fund had even arisen.“So we would continue on the basis that the cost-of-living allowances have been on for 40 years now, and then it would be clear that at some point the assets would become so small that it made no sense to maintain an independent administration anymore,” she said.At that point, Vanglo said, the firm would have to look at how to shut down.“But that is not relevant for the next couple of years at least,” she said.
September 28, 2020
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched a competition targeted at finding new ways to inspect offshore wind substructures and reduce the cost of offshore wind. The competition is open to innovators with inspection technologies that can provide information and data on grout integrity and welds for both monopiles and jackets.Winners of the competition will get the chance to test their technologies on installed foundations at fully operational wind farms in Europe, as well as receive hands-on mentoring and advice from the nine OWA industry partners.The competition will run until 13 October 2017, and clarification questions should be sent to the Carbon Trust by 1 September 2017.The aim of the competition is to help these new technologies access the large potential market and become part of the normal subsea inspection strategy for offshore wind developers.Current estimates show that around 35-40 per cent of the monopile fleet, majority of the pre-2012 structures, have potentially been affected by issues relating to grouted joints, for example corrosion caused by harsh marine environment. Additionally many of the structures built post-2012 will require performance monitoring. New designs such as jackets, which are constructed using welded nodes are also coming online and these will present new inspection challenges for the industry.At present, the methods to inspect grouted connections and welds are very limited and do not provide sufficient resolution of data for offshore wind developers, The Carbon Trust said. Therefore, there is limited knowledge on the integrity of the structures which can lead to costly high levels of precaution in the inspection regime, such as conservative preventative maintenance or more regular inspections. By providing a solution that can provide asset owners with the knowledge they require, costs can be reduced significantly and the inspection regimes optimised.“Offshore wind is now well established in Europe, and is truly entering its operational phase,” Michael Stephenson, Project Manager for the Foundations Research Area, said.”This comes with fresh challenges but also many opportunities for both new innovation and technology transfer from other industries; this competition represents one such opportunity. The Offshore Wind Accelerator is focused on continuing to reduce the costs of offshore wind, and with this call it is hoped that we can find the next generation of inspection technologies to help the industry continue to drive down prices.”Periodic maintenance specifications will also be a feature of emerging markets in US, Taiwan, Korea and Japan which present further opportunities for new technologies that can prove cost-effective.
September 25, 2020
Fresas had two other companions whomanaged to flee; they were identified as Rowen Lebuna and Jefftrey Vicente ofLamabunao, Iloilo. “The brother went to my office andmade the identity confirmation. He did not comment on Fresas’ illegalactivities,” said Punzalan. Before he left the IPPO for a newassignment (as the Philippine police’s attaché to the United States), Vilelaformed a tracker team to run after Lebuna and Vicente. Former Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) director Police Colonel Roland Vilela. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The suspect’s brother Ronald cameforward and identified him late Sunday night, according to Police CaptainFernando Punzalan, chief of the Dingle police station. “Their group started operating in thelast few months of 2019. Umiikot silagamit ang motor at kung sino makita nila na lumalakad sa daan at walangmasyadong tao, doon sila mangho-hold-up. They usually operate earlymorning,” said former Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) director PoliceColonel Roland Vilela. Fresas died in an exchange of gunfirewith Dingle policemen who were responding to a report that a woman as robbed inBarangay Tabugon. The man who died was identified as22-year-old Dominic Fresas of Barangay Rizal Ilawod, Calinog, Iloilo. ILOILO City – The man who died in a shootoutwith policemen in Barangay Tabugon, Dingle, Iloilo on Sunday was a memberof a new robbery group that operates randomly in central Iloilo province,police said. Hours prior to the holdup in BarangayTabugon, Dingle on Sunday, Fresas and companions also robbed a woman inBarangay Camambugan, Dingle, and two other persons in Passi City and SanEnrique town, according to Punzalan./PN
September 24, 2020
, Michael William Bishop, 50, of Aurora, IN, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016.He was born Monday, December 6, 1965, son of Edward Bishop and Mary Muskuskie Bishop.Michael worked as a Cage Employee for Belterra Casino for over 5 years; prior to that he had worked at the Walmart in Florence, Kentucky.Michael was a Boy Scout and earned the honor of Eagle Scout. In his younger years he enjoyed bowling and was a member of the National Bowling League. He was a great Yankee and Dallas Cowboys fan. He played Fantasy Football, baseball, soccer and basketball.Surviving are his mother, Mary Bishop of Aurora, Indiana; fianceé Srirattana Dechdee “Ying” of Bang Kok, Thailand; sister, Elinor (Robert) Kelnhofer of Aurora, IN; aunts, Jean Beauchesne and Barbara (George) Steinfeld; nieces, Laurel & Elizabeth Kelnhofer; nephew, Jeremy Kelnhofer and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Bishop.Friends will be received 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Friday, January 8, 2016 at 11:00 am with Father Stephen Donahue officiating.Contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church or American Diabetes Foundation. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.