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Dani Ceballos reacts to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal against Liverpool Comment ð¤¹ð½ââï¸ð±â½ï¸ð¾ https://t.co/gOeejB8K55— Daniel Ceballos (@DaniCeballos46) August 29, 2020 Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored another stunning Wembley goal against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picked up where he left off at Wembley, scoring another stunning goal, this time against Premier League champions Liverpool.The Arsenal captain played the lead role in his side’s FA Cup triumph earlier this month, scoring twice against both Manchester City and Chelsea as the Gunners’ season ended with some unlikely silverware.Aubameyang is expected to sign a new deal and commit his future to Mikel Arteta’s side, but is yet to sign on the dotted line. The 31-year-old again underlined his importance to the club with a stunning opener, collecting Bukayo Saka’s pass and bending a superb shot beyond Alisson Becker from the edge of the penalty area. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAubameyang celebrated with a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, the Hollywood actor whose tragic death was confirmed earlier on Saturday, and the goal was also received well in Spain by his erstwhile team-mate Dani Ceballos. The Spaniard spent last season on loan at Arsenal and although Mikel Arteta is hoping his compatriot will return again from Real Madrid, Real Betis have emerged as the frontrunners. Ceballos, whose influence at Arsenal grew towards the end of last season, was clearly impressed with Aubameyang’s efforts, responding to a clip of a well worked goal with a string of emojis. 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 ArsenalMeanwhile, speaking about the prospect of Ceballos returning to north London again, Arteta said earlier this week: ‘Well, we have had some talks and Dani knows really well what I think about him.‘He was pretty clear with me as well that his intention was to remain with us, but obviously Real Madrid is involved and I don’t know yet what they want to do with the player.‘But he’s a player that we are interested in because we really saw, in the last few months of the season, what he is capable of bringing to us.’MORE: Martin Keown claims Arsenal transfer target Gabriel Magalhaes is ‘the future’ of Mikel Arteta’s sideMORE: Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pays emotional tribute to Black Panther star Chadwick BosemanFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Aug 2020 6:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Advertisement
“Kieran’s energy, drive, enthusiasm and commitment to the pension scheme and its members will be difficult if not impossible to replace and I will personally greatly miss his support, good humour and friendship,” he said.Quinn was a member of the LGPS Advisory Board, chairing its investment committee.In a note posted on the LGPS Advisory Board website, Steven Pleasant, chief executive of Tameside Council and accountable officer, said Quinn made an enormous contribution to the community of Tameside and Greater Manchester, as he was not only chair of the GMPF but leader of Tameside Council and an architect of devolution for Greater Manchester.“At times of great challenge when clarity of leadership was required Kieran never shied away from the tough decisions,” wrote Pleasant.“Whether astutely guiding Tameside Council through the most difficult period for local government in living memory, ensuring the GMPF grew into the largest most successful pension fund in the UK against the wider trend of pensions shortfalls or fighting to reduce the north south economic imbalance now widely recognised through the Northern Powerhouse agenda, he always stood up and provided the necessary leadership.“In all his roles Kieran worked tirelessly for everyone in the community, especially those most vulnerable and in greatest need of a helping hand. It is that which will be his legacy.”Quinn became chairman of GMPF in 2010, when he also became Tameside Council’s executive leader.He was appointed chairman of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum in 2013.GMPF is part of the £35bn Northern Pool, one of the six asset pools emerging across the LGPS. It is a founder member of GLIL Infrastructure, an investment joint venture between five local UK public pension schemes.Quinn wrote IPE Magazine’s ‘Guest Viewpoint’ one year ago, reviewing what he said was one of the most significant years for local government pensions in recent memory.He is survived by his wife, Councillor Susan Quinn, and two sons. Kieran Quinn, chairman of the UK’s Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), died on the evening of 25 December, according to Tameside Council, the pension fund’s administering authority.He was hospitalised on 23 December following a fall precipitated by a heart attack while out with his wife delivering Christmas cards to constituents.With £21.2bn (€24.6bn) of assets, GMPF is the largest fund within the UK’s local government pension scheme (LGPS).Roger Phillips, chair of the LGPS Advisory Board, relayed the news on the advisory board’s website.
The original house on the block was in a state of disrepair, but the Smouts could see it had good bones.“There was also an early 1970’s renovation, including a beautiful salmon toilet which unfortunately didn’t make the final cut!” Mrs Smout said.BEFORE: The living and dining area of the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot, before the renovation.AFTER: The living and dining area of the house after the renovation.The transformation involved repositioning the existing house on the allotment to allow them to extend and build underneath — completely rebuilding the house from the ground up.This lower level became an incredibly spacious, open-plan living area, with a modern kitchen, living and dining area opening out to the yard, where they created an outdoor entertaining area and pool, incorporating grass and oversized pavers.“We love the downstairs kitchen/living/dining/bar space,” Mrs Smout said. “It’s the centre of the home and connects the inside/outside seamlessly with the yard and pool. “It’s framed by an 11m wide x 3m high corner opening stacker, which stacks completely behind the external walls.”BEFORE: The kitchen as it used to look in the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot.AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation is barely recognisable.The new side extension to the home now serves as the main entrance, while a double-storey void helps connect it to the newly created bedrooms and study upstairs.The Smouts also saw the opportunity to build over the carport and create a terrace area linking to the upstairs living room and overlooking the pool area.They recruited architect Graham Lloyd and CHS Building to help them create an open, light and transparent design, combined with quality finishes, such as terrazzo and Arebescato marble.BEFORE: One of the bedrooms in the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot, before the renovation.AFTER: One of the bedrooms in the house after the renovation.AFTER: The master bedroom after the renovation.AFTER: The epic walk-in wardrobe off the master bedroom.Mrs Smout admitted that modernising a traditional Queenslander was not without its challenges.“Shoehorning modern services, for example, into a traditional home has required significant thought and pre-planning,” she said.“But we believe the home now strikes the right balance between old and new, seamlessly.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The kitchen offers marble bench tops, a soaring splash back and an extensive butler’s kitchen. Central to the ground floor are living and dining spaces that extend seamlessly to the alfresco entertaining, in-ground pool and flat grassed yard. Presenting further living space, a stylish bar features marble bench tops, gold shelving, wine cellar and seating space.A separate media room, bedroom with built-in robe, bathroom and large laundry complete the ground floor.Upstairs hosts an additional living room, spacious office, large outdoor terrace and four of the bedrooms, including a master suite with large ensuite offering freestanding bath, dual basins and dual rainwater shower. The walk-in robe is palatial and will impress the most discerning of buyers. Total spend: $1m plus MORE QUEENSLAND REAL ESTATE STORIES Becky and Francisco Smout and their two children in the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot, they have just renovated. Photo: Brock Beazley Photography.PALM Springs may be a long way from Brisbane, but you wouldn’t know it stepping inside this Ascot masterpiece.Inspired by the US desert resort city, seasoned renovators Rebecca and Francisco Smout set out to create a luxurious, yet relaxed, renovation of a 1930s Queenslander at 14 Abbott Street.“The Palm Springs inspiration comes from summer vibes and really appeals to our Queensland lifestyle,” Mrs Smout said. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN ASCOT Mrs Smout said the couple’s biggest challenge was negotiating with Brisbane City Council on all aspects of the project. BEFORE: A living area of the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot, before the renovation.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoAFTER: The living area now leads to an outdoor entertaining area and pool.The Smouts document their projects on their Instagram account: @smout_property and call this project ‘The Gables’ of Ascot. GRANNY FLATS KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER IN SOCIAL ISOLATION BEFORE: The front of the house at 14 Abbott St, Ascot, before the renovation.AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation. Photo: Brock Beazley Photography.The resulting five-bedroom, three-bathroom house comes after one of their biggest and most rewarding renovations yet — and during a particularly challenging period. RENO FACT CHECK Time taken: 12 months RENTERS TO PAY OWN WAY IN QLD EMERGENCY LAW BACKDOWN
(L-R): Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo ChavezCARACAS, Venezuela (South Sentinel) — Venezuela and Iran signed new cooperation agreements in several economic and social areas during the visit to Caracas by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.Following private talks on Monday evening, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Ahmadinejad issued a joint declaration ratifying their countries’ ties. The document stressed their satisfaction with ongoing bilateral cooperation.Prior to the signing of the declaration, Venezuelan and Iranian officials signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at the training of specialists and the exchange of expertise in the field of nanotechnology.Both countries also signed an agreement in the sectors of mining and trade, which paves the way for a joint program.Chavez said that Iran’s cooperation with Venezuela has helped the construction of 10,000 homes, while another 7,000 housing units will be finished this year. The housing program expects to build a total of 34,000 homes to benefit 70,000 Venezuelans.Chavez also underscored Iran’s technical contribution to the development of the local food industry (fruits, milk and fish), as well as a corn processing plant, which was inaugurated on Monday in the state of Guarico. The industry has capacity to produce 17,000 tons of processed corn annually.In the metal and heavy equipment sector, Chavez stressed the development of plants manufacturing vehicles like tractors and bicycles. He said, in all 33 plants have been built or are still under construction, as the effort aims at expanding the Venezuelan economy beyond oil exploitation.Ahmadinejad arrived in Venezuela on Sunday as part of a four-nation Latin American tour. His next stop was Nicaragua on Tuesday to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of President Daniel Ortega, who assumes a new five-year mandate.Ahmadinejad will hold bilateral meetings with Ortega to prepare a series of cooperation agreements between Managua and Teheran, according to Telesur TV.The Iranian president will visit Cuba on Wednesday where he will meet with President Raul Castro, and will give a key lecture at the University of Havana.The last leg of Ahmadinejad’s Latin American tour is Ecuador, where he will arrive on Thursday. Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share 23 Views no discussions Share NewsRegional Venezuela and Iran sign new cooperation accords by: – January 11, 2012
RelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Novak Djokovic barely got out of first gear in a sizzling performance to thrash Yoshihito Nishioka and move into the Australian Open fourth round on Friday, closing in on a record eighth title. The Serbian defending champion swept past the Japanese 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in just 85 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to reach a Grand Slam round of 16 for the 50th time – second only to Roger Federer’s 67. “That’s definitely one of the best service matches I have had lately,” said the world No 2 after firing down 17 aces, along with 40 winners. “I was inspired by my coach Goran (Ivanisevic) who came out here today. He brings a lot of insight.” He will next play 14th seed Diego Schwartzman for a place in the quarter-finals after the Argentinian beat Djokovic’s countryman Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7). “Diego is definitely one of the quickest on tour. Hopefully if I serve as good as I did today, I feel I have a decent chance,” said the second seed. Djokovic gave away just three games in his first and only meeting with left-hander Nishioka in the Davis Cup last year and the 24-year-old fared little better at Melbourne Park. He was broken in his first service game and was no match for the power and precision of the 16-time Grand Slam winner. Djokovic twisted the knife with another early break in the second set as he went through the gears. Nishioka became despondent with Djokovic doing no wrong, winning 34 points in a row on his serve before a double fault brought the run to a halt. He wrapped up the one-sided rout when Nishioka sent a forehand wide. Djokovic is seeking to become only the third man to win eight or more titles at the same Grand Slam after Rafael Nadal (12 at Roland Garros) and Roger Federer (eight at Wimbledon).Tags: Australian OpenNovak DjokovicRoger FedererYoshihito Nishioka
Tags: girls lacrosseJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthill Kiera and Katie Shanley had matching totals of four goals and two assists, just as Maddie Noel, Gemma Addonizio and Annie Steigerwald got three goals apiece. Steigerwald also had two assists.Against all this, the Lakers could not keep up, even though Riley Brogan scored five times. Grace Dower and Maggie Newton both had two goals and two assists, with Olivia Navaroli getting two goals. Ionna Christou made eight saves.By contrast, West Genesee had a strong closing statement last Tuesday against Liverpool, taking charge in the second half to defeat the Warriors 15-9. The Wildcats trailed for large portions of the first half and were still tied, 4-4, when Sam Detor’s goal four minutes into the second half put WG ahead for good.And it ignited a 7-0 run, Detor and Elise Mancabelli each scoring twice as Halen Saroney, Mackenzie Winn and Tara Osterdale also contributed goals in that stretch.Detor finished with three goals and one assist, with Matisyn Schaut getting a goal and five assists. Sophia Scialdone also had two goals as Emily Stratton and Liz Baker also contributed goals.Westhill is no.4 in the state in Class D and closed its regular season last Wednesday by traveling to Homer and, playing at times under a spring rainbow, beating the Trojans 16-10.Having gained a 9-3 advantage by halftime, the Warriors deftly withstood all of Homer’s late charges as Rebecca Gilhooley amassed six assists to go with three goals.Grace Winkler scored four times, with Caroline Miller, Gianna Zerrillo and Reilly Geer each finding the net twice. Miller added two assists as Grace Dwyer, Julia Lasher and Ellie Masterpole got single goals. Kendra MacCaull and Ryan Murphy added assists.Marcellus would look to recover from the 18-7 defeat it took to Skaneateles on May 10, but was unable to quite do so in last Tuesday’s game against Niskayuna (Section II), falling to the Silver Warriors 7-6.With the pace slow, neither side was able to make a sustained run. The Mustangs, down 4-3 at halftime, could only match Niskayuna’s production the rest of the way.Anna Vetsch did net three goals, while Sarah Hutchings and Madison Green each had one goal and one assist. Katy Wangsness got the other goal and Lily Locastro earned an assistJordan-Elbridge still had some regular-season work left, and was successful in last Monday’s rain-soaked game against Central Valley Academy, rolling to a 15-6 victory over the Thunder.Much of the damage was done in the first half, J-E gaining an 11-1 edge as Sophia Titus, by herself, matched CVA’s entire output, setting a career mark by scoring six times.Ireland Hill notched a three-goal hat trick, while Gabby Smart got two goals. Anna Simpson, Clara Derby, Hannah Godfrey and Margo Miller had one goal apiece. Gabby Skotinski stopped 17 of the 23 shots she faced.Then J-E lost, 7-6, to Mexico on Wednesday night, dealing with a slower pace throughout the evening and seeing the Tigers sit on the ball throughout the final six minutes after it regained the lead.Chelsea Curtis had tied it with 8:13 left, one of her two goals on the night. Hill also scored twice, with single goals going to Simpson and Delaney Dunham. Bri Emery earned four of Mexico’s seven goals.J-E did not get into the post-season – but Skaneateles owned the top seed in the Class D sectional bracket, and could meet no. 4 seed Marcellus again in the semifinals at East Syracuse Minoa if both win quarterfinals Tuesday as Westhill has the no. 3 seed.Meanwhile, in the four-team Class A sectional bracket, West Genesee drew the no. 2 seed and a semifinal Thursday at 5 p.m. at Auburn’s Holland Stadium against no. 3 seed CBA, whom it beat in the regular season but lost to in last May’s sectional final.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Area high school girls lacrosse teams got some much-needed rest at the end of last week before plunging into the Section III playoffs, whose quarterfinal and semifinal rounds take place this week.Skaneateles, still sitting at no. 3 in the state Class D rankings, had a chance at another marquee victory when it hosted state Class B no. 6-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius last Tuesday night.Yet even the Lakers could not match the potency of the Hornets, who prevailed 19-11 helped by an attack that featured five different players earning hat tricks.
Over the course of the Syracuse volleyball team’s 17 straight wins to start the season, the Orange did not have many missed serves. SU did not have many missed digs. And Syracuse did not have any set losses to a New York state team. But in the team’s first set of its match on Wednesday against in-state rival Binghamton, the team that was on the court looked unfamiliar. It was the furthest thing from the team that looked unstoppable just one week before. ‘I think the first set, we were just sort of not ourselves,’ senior outside hitter Hayley Todd said. ‘Sort of slow to warm up.’ But it was the same team. Syracuse dropped the first set 25-23 and looked sluggish at the outset, with its defense appearing lost at times and its offense hardly resembling the balanced one fans have come to see this season. However, the Orange got its act together and roared back to win the final three sets of the match in dominating fashion. SU won those sets by scores of 25-14, 25-17 and 25-11, for the 3-1 win at the Women’s Building on Wednesday. ‘We got a little bit angry at ourselves after that first set, and we had to pull up our socks and just change something,’ Todd said. ‘And luckily we did.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Noemie Lefebvre led the attack with a game-high 17 kills, while Todd and Samantha Hinz added 14 and 12 kills, respectively. The match started off slow for the Orange, which was coming off a five-set loss to South Florida the previous weekend. On top of that, SU was without Ashley Williams, the team’s libero and defensive leader. ‘I think (the first set) was just recovering from the weekend,’ assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘We had a whole 16 games to get set with one lineup, and then all of a sudden we have to change it, and we hadn’t been forced to change it all preseason.’ But the team found its way in the second set when Lindsay McCabe went in the middle and Todd was moved to the outside. ‘Hayley hit really well, Lindsay blocked well,’ LaMarche said. ‘So I think that was kind of the big difference going into the second set.’ On the defensive end, Sarah Hayes took the role of the libero in place of Williams and was able to get the defense back to how it played in its wins. That, in turn, made the offense better. And once both sides were clicking, SU was off to get rid of Binghamton in a hurry. ‘We definitely picked up our passing,’ Lefebvre said. ‘We communicated well. Our offense was more successful because of that, and then the big difference was probably blocking and then our digging.’ In the second set, SU seemed to be involved in yet another tight one with the Bearcats. The Orange held a slight lead at 16-13. But thanks to two kills and one ace by Todd, SU went on a 7-0 run to take a 23-13 lead and ultimately had control of the set in the 25-14 win. The third set played out like the second, with both teams even for the most part until SU finished strong at the end with another 7-0 run. And by the time the fourth and final set came along, SU made sure the first set was a distant memory. The Orange went on an 11-0 run and steamrolled Binghamton in a 25-10 win. That, Lefebvre said, was how the team should have been playing the whole time. ‘I feel like we just came in thinking it was going to be an easy game or just a regular week game where we can just win easily,’ Lefebvre said. ‘But I think we just woke up after the first set and realized that we were actually playing a good team, and we had to step up our game.’ Added Lefebvre: ‘If we forget about the first set, I think we played as we should have.’ The Orange can now look at this game and see two teams — the team that couldn’t get anything going in the first set, or the team that dominated in the final three sets. The team seems to be favoring the latter. ‘I think it shows us that we can come back (after we) struggle,’ Todd said. ‘Being able to fight back from a silly loss like that is important.’ firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Published on September 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer stayed on course for a semi-final meeting at the French Open as both coasted into the last eight with straight-set wins.Eleven-time champion Nadal beat Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2 6-3 6-3 in two hours 13 minutes.Federer beat another Argentine, Leonardo Mayer, by the same scoreline.He plays Stan Wawrinka next after his fellow Swiss prevailed in a marathon five-set wrestle with Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.Nadal will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori or France’s Benoit Paire.On past form, Nadal would have greater reason for optimism should he meet Federer in the last four, having won all five of their matches at Roland Garros.Federer, whose sole Roland Garros title came in 2009, is yet to drop a set in the tournament, after straightforward wins over Lorenzo Sonego, Oscar Otte and Casper Ruud, ranked 74th, 144th and 63rd in the world respectively, and Mayer never looked likely to dent his progress.Victory assured Federer another piece of tennis history as he matched American great Chris Evert’s record of 54 Grand Slam quarter-final singles appearances in the Open era.Wawrinka digs deep to meet old foe Wawrinka’s garish shorts did not stop him winning the title in 2015“I have a bad memory of it,” said Federer, 37, of their 2015 encounter in the French capital.“Stan beat me in three sets with his terrible shorts! But he played really great that year.” Wawrinka and Tsitsipas fell some way short of the Roland Garros record of six hours and 33 minutes set when Fabrice Santoro beat Arnaud Clement in 2004In contrast to Federer’s routine victory, Wawrinka’s gruelling 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-4 3-6 8-6 victory stretched over five hours and nine minutes as momentum swapped between him and his 20-year-old opponent.Tsitsipas spurned eight break points in the final set, taking just five of 27 opportunities in the match, as he failed to tee up another meeting with Federer, who the Greek stunned in a dramatic Australian Open last-16 win in January.Wawrinka saved three break points at 5-5 in the fifth set before converting the second of two match points with a floated backhand that clipped the outside of the line.It is the longest match of this year’s tournament, surpassing French pair Benoit Paire and Pierre-Hugues Herbert’s second-round tussle by 36 minutes.Wawrinka is the last man to beat Federer at the French Open, knocking out his compatriot en route to the title in 2015.Federer has missed the tournament each year since then in an effort to preserve his body and prolong his career.Wawrinka has had his own fitness concerns, with a knee injury threatening his career after 2017 Wimbledon. He slipped outside the top 250 after a first-round defeat at last year’s French Open but has since fought his way back to his current ranking of 28th.“It’s incredible, lots of emotions Thanks to all the fans for staying and the support,” said the Swiss after a victory that featured 123 winners (61 for Tsitsipas and 62 for Wawrinka).“It’s for these kind of emotions that I live for after coming back from injury.”