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MPs blame eurocrat for ‘bizarre’ gap ban

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‘We play to win’: Simeone defends Atletico style after shocking Liverpool

first_imgDefeat ends Jurgen Klopp’s proud record of never losing a two-legged European tie as Liverpool manager and he took a swipe of Atletico’s defensive tactics.”The way they play, I don’t get it,” said Klopp. “They could play proper football but they stand deep and have counter-attacks.” It remains to be seen if and when Atletico will play in the last eight due to the chaos caused across the continent by the new coronavirus.But Simeone basked in another famous European night for the side he has twice led to the final in his eight years in charge. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone defended his side’s approach after dumping Liverpool out of the Champions League with a 3-2 victory after extra time at Anfield to progress to the quarter-finals, winning 4-2 on aggregate.The holders looked to have ended Atletico’s dogged resistance when Roberto Firmino put them ahead in the last-16 tie after Georginio Wijnaldum’s first-half header forced the second leg into an extra 30 minutes.However, Liverpool were made to rue a host of missed chances to kill the tie off in 90 minutes as Llorente twice curled home from outside the box before Alvaro Morata twisted the knife by breaking away to score in added time of extra time. “We play to win, with the arms that we have,” said Simeone. “Respecting our identity, the characteristics of our players and exploiting the defects of our rivals.” Oblak ‘best in the world’ A packed Anfield played its part in trying to roar Liverpool onto another Champions League conquest as, unlike in numerous countries across Europe, no restrictions have so far been put on supporters attending games in the United Kingdom.But it was the nearly 3,000 travelling fans in attendance, despite the fact games in Spain will be played behind closed doors for the next two weeks, that celebrated a stoic rearguard display from their side.The European champions did not manage a single shot on target in a 1-0 defeat in Madrid three weeks ago, but Jan Oblak was quickly put to work.But Oblak was helpless as Liverpool levelled the tie just before half-time through Wijnaldum’s powerful downward header.The goal did not change Atletico’s approach as they played a risky game and relied on Oblak to keep them in the game.The Slovenian saved from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Firmino, while Andy Robertson hit the bar as Liverpool missed a number of chances that ultimately came back to cost them.”I have no doubt Oblak is the best goalkeeper in the world,” added Simeone.Despite Liverpool being on the brink of a first Premier League title in 30 years, their number nine Firmino had not scored at home all season until four minutes into extra-time.The Brazilian’s header from Wijnaldum’s cross came back off the post and perfectly back into his path to slot home with Oblak grounded.”Everybody who saw the game tonight knows it could have been different,” said Klopp. “I loved our first 90 minutes, but we scored the second goal too late.”However, no sooner had Liverpool gone in front for the first time in the tie than Atletico hit back with a sucker-punch.The visitors had barely tested stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian, but the loss of Alisson Becker to a hip injury eventually proved Liverpool’s downfall.Adrian fired a simple clearance straight to Joao Felix, who fed Llorente and he found the bottom corner.”The pass was not helpful. Adrian is a super player, I love the boy, but in this moment, it is the wrong decision,” added Klopp.Llorente had joined Atletico from bitter rivals Real Madrid in a controversial move in June.But the man whose father and great uncle, Francisco Gento, also played for Real, made himself a Rojiblanco hero with a second that secured Atletico’s place in the last eight with another precise low finish in added time at the end of the first half of extra time.Another former Real player Morata then broke away and finished calmly to inflict Liverpool’s first Champions League home defeat since 2014.Topics :last_img read more

Off-the-plan apartments becoming popular for their flexible design

first_imgEvolve apartments in Chermside offer flexible off-the-plan design.The family worked closely with the developers to customise the already luxurious three-bedroom penthouse to best suit the families needs, with changes made throughout the apartment.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 ago“We really wanted to enjoy the fantastic views from our apartment and integrate the indoor and outdoor living space, so we upgraded to a bifolding door on the main balcony,” Mr Paterson said.Other changes included converting the walk in wardrobe to a study, upgrading to timber plank tiles, customised lighting and switching and a highly customised kitchen and cabinetry. “The customisations we have made to our penthouse will make the transition from family home to apartment seamless, we look forward to moving in over the next few weeks,” Mr Paterson said.Buying off the plan has become increasingly popular among the owner-occupier market as developers sweeten the deal with a level of customisation that goes beyond the choice of two colour schemes. Evolve apartments in ChermsideCUSTOMISED apartments are in demand with owner-occupiers wanting more say in their living space and at least one developer willing to provide it.Petrie resident Mark Paterson and his family have purchased a three-bedroom penthouse at OpenCorp’s Evolve in Chermside, and have been able to make some substantial design changes.Together with his wife and three children, Mark said they decided to purchase an apartment off the plan to downsize their family home and be closer to the city.“We were attracted to Evolve for multiple reasons, we wanted to downsize, be closer to the city and live in a spacious apartment that would get great city views; Evolve ticked all the boxes,” Mr Paterson said. Evolve apartments in ChermsideOpenCorp director Allister Lewison said when they first launched the Evolve project they received strong interest from the owner-occupier market who were looking for a wide variety of spacious, well designed dwellings in an inner-city location.“Our designs already had a strong focus on long-term living, but we wanted to take this further by allowing buyers greater levels of customisation with their apartments,” Mr Lewison said.“We gave buyers the opportunity to create the most desirable homes for their families with small changes throughout.”“We enjoy being able to offer greater levels of customisation than typically offered in off-the-plan purchases when the time frame allows, the process of working with the buyer and making small adjustments to deliver a favourable outcome is a unique opportunity as developers.”The $34 million Evolve, designed by Tonic Architects, is a 10-storey development, delivering 72 large apartments.Located 9km’s from the Brisbane CBD in a quiet pocket of Chermside, Evolve is two minutes from Westfield Chermside and close to dining precincts.last_img read more

Renovation records to be smashed with Queensland’s strong value for money to draw millions

first_imgTelevision reno queen Cherie Barber soaking up the Brisbane sunshine yesterday before her packed-out Renovating for Profit seminar. Picture: AAP Image/Steve PohlnerRENOVATION activity is expected to hit a record $8.8b nationally, with Queensland to see a 7 per cent surge because of its strong value for money, according to latest forecasts.Forecasts given to The Courier-Mail by Master Builders Australia has Queensland hitting $1.468b worth of alternations and additions activity in the 2018-2019 year, before rising 6 per cent to $1.556b the following year and then peaking at $1.618b in 2020.Master Builders Australia’s national economics manager Matthew Pollock said a new decade high was expected to be reached at $8.8b nationally with Queensland among states to “see the strongest growth”.He expected the rise to be a boon for thousands of tradies in the state after 2016-17’s -7.9 per cent drop in renovation activity to $1.345b. Television reno queen Cherie Barber, who was in Brisbane yesterday for her packed-out Renovating for Profit seminar, said many people were looking now to invest in Brisbane because of its strong value for money and “Queensland also has the cheapest tradies”.“We’ve got the right type of house here, perfect weather for renovating, the cheapest tradies, lots of beautiful Queenslanders, there are lots of houses ripe here for renovation so it’s got all the right elements.”She said the cost of moving was an issue, with many people now looking at investment properties.“A lot of people are not moving home now, obviously there are exit costs, there are entry costs for a new home. They are big costs so a lot of people are staying put in their family home, buying investment properties, they are getting in and renovating, they are extending, I think it’s great.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoShe warned that renovating for profit was very different to renovating your home to live in.“They watch the TV shows and they get bamboozled by the before and after designs, and that’s not what renovating or profit is all about,” Ms Barber said. “It’s about being strategic in your due diligence, finding the right type of property, in the right suburb, at the right price, spending the right amount of money on the property, renovating it with changes that do add value as opposed to those that don’t and obviously then selling or renting it for the highest price possible. It’s a very disciplined approach.” QUEENSLAND RENOVATION PREDICTIONS 2018-19 $1.468b2019-20 $1.556b2020-21 $1.618b (Source: Master Builders Australia) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

FA Cup: Sheffield set to ring changes against AFC Flyde

Loading… Read Also: Liverpool break EPL record in Sheffield United winSunday’s cup tie will be Sheffield United’s fifth match in 16 days. They play their next Premier League match five days later on 10 January.Speaking after the loss at Anfield, Wilder added: “Looking tonight, the lads looked heavy in mobility. Tired minds as well as tired bodies.“I have to give them best chance against West Ham to get a result.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sheffield United will change their entire starting 11 for their FA Cup third-round tie against AFC Flyde on Sunday, says manager Chris Wilder.Advertisement Wilder said he had planned to name a “strong” team against the National League side but will make changes after his side’s festive schedule.The Blades lost 2-0 at Liverpool on Thursday, lost 2-0 at Manchester City on 29 December and drew 1-1 with Watford on Boxing Day.Wilder apologised for the move.“I was going to play a strong team in the FA Cup but looking what Christmas has taken out of my players I will, I apologise, make 11 changes and give some other lads a chance,” he said.“I want to win every game and there will be full expectancy on the players who go out.” Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayGorgeous Staircases That Will Take Your Breath AwayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World read more

Pavia local falls in drug buy-bust

first_imgCharges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againsthim./PN ILOILO City – Police arrested a man in adrug buy-bust operation at the public plaza of Jaro district. He was Jerry Joaquin, 37, of BarangayAganan, Pavia, Iloilo, police said. Joaquin, a former construction worker,was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop forP600, the police added. When frisked, Joaquin yielded seven moresachets of suspected illegal drugs. center_img Joaquin was detained in the lockup cellof the Jaro police station. Operatives of the City Drug EnforcementUnit Team staged the operation around 9 p.m. on Nov. 5. Drugs suspect Jerry Joaquin of Barangay Aganan, Pavia, Iloilo sits handcuffed inside Jaro police station. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOlast_img read more

Iwobi exposes Everton manager

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Everton invite offers for Iwobi, others Iwobi injured, out for two weeks Alex Iwobi has opened up on what Marco Silva demanded from him as Everton’s No. 10 in the win over West ham at the weekend.The summer signing from Arsenal has been playing from the left-hand side for the majority of his time with the Blues so far, but was asked to take up a different position on Saturday.The 23-year-old excelled in that attacking midfield role and proved crucial as Everton secured a 2-0 victory over the Hammers, thanks to goals from Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who came on as a substitute for Iwobi in the dying minutes of the match.And the forward has now revealed what Silva was demanding from him after replacing the Icelandic international in the starting lineup.“The manager told me try to get the team going forward as quickly as possible but also keep the ball and create chances and I felt I would be able to do that,” Iwobi told evertontv.“That position is where I have grown up playing and where I feel most comfortable.“I will play wherever I am told to but I really enjoyed it today.”Everton ended a run of four straight league defeats and climbed out of the relegation zone with victory over the weekend.And Iwobi has revealed that the manager had a clear message for the whole squad during the international break, and that it clearly paid off.“It was a great team performance and we are all buzzing,” Iwobi added.“We needed a turning point and I think today is the day.“The manager told us after the international break that we had to be confident, to not feel any sort of pressure.“He said, ‘Just play and express yourselves and be free’.“We took that into training… and you can see from the players today, we were able to that in the match.”Tags: alex iwobiMarco Silvalast_img read more

O’Donohoe snatches draw for Connacht

first_img The Italian side appeared set to take all the points from a closely-contested encounter but O’Donohoe crossed after the hooter to pull the score back to 23-21, and Dan Parks duly added the extras from the conversion to ensure the draw. Fetu’u Vainikolo had earlier crossed for the opening try of the contest, but Edoardo Gori’s effort and a late penalty try appeared to be enough for the Italians until O’Donohoe’s dramatic intervention. Paul O’Donohoe’s last-gasp try salvaged a 23-23 draw for Connacht in the RaboDirect Pro12 encounter at Treviso. Press Associationlast_img read more

Biden calls for mask mandates nationwide for 3 months, targeting Trump’s pandemic response

first_imgHarris also encouraged the public to keep pressure on the Trump administration for a timeline on a vaccine for COVID-19.“I think it’s important that the American people looking at the election coming up, ask the current occupant of the White House, ‘When am I going to get vaccinated?’” she said. “Because there may be some grand gestures offered by the current president, about a vaccine, but it really doesn’t matter until you can answer the question.”Heading into the election, the coronavirus is an issue at the top of the ticket for many voters — and Democrats want to highlight to voters how they say their ticket would handle the deadly pandemic better than the president.Earlier Thursday, inside a makeshift, television-like studio at a hotel in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, Biden and Harris participated in their first joint COVID-19 briefing with health care experts over a video call as deaths from the virus rise in the United States.Seated at spaced-out tables that faced one another before a large screen that featured at least four doctors — at least some of whom have been regularly briefing Biden for the last four months — the candidates briefly spoke with reporters before their later remarks.“These are some of the brightest minds, not only in our country but internationally. And as the vice president has been saying since the beginning of this pandemic it should be the public health professionals that are leading policy in our country to address this lethal pandemic,” Harris told reporters.The Biden-Harris campaign presented the event as two briefings in one that will address both the public health crisis and the economic downturn from the pandemic — with former Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen appearing as a part of the group briefing the candidates on the economy.Biden later said the briefing focused on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on different races and the availability of PPE and testing capacity.The events come one day after Biden and Harris’ first joint appearance as running mates in which the pair slammed Trump’s response to the coronavirus crisis.“This virus has impacted almost every country, but there’s a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It’s because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start,” Harris said Wednesday, the same day the U.S. reported its highest number of deaths from coronavirus in a single day since mid-May.Biden called out Trump for touting himself as a dealmaker yet taking to the golf course instead of working across the aisle on a coronavirus relief deal for Americans while negotiations hit an impasse “like every other president has done in a crisis, to get Americans the relief they need and deserve.”Together the two hit on the president’s mixed messages on the virus since it arrived on U.S. soil.Trump continued to hold mega-rallies through June, despite warnings from health care experts to limit group events, especially indoors, due to social distancing concerns, and he largely stopped holding public coronavirus briefings at the end of April, until recently reviving them three months later in late July amid poor polling numbers.The federal government still largely lacks a national strategy on reopening schools, a point the Biden and Harris campaign are likely to seize on, while Trump continues the push for full in-person instruction.Harris on Wednesday took a quick swipe at Trump on schools calling the current state over when and how to reopen “complete chaos.”Countdown to ConventionsBoth campaigns also have the challenge of delivering acceptance speeches in the time of COVID-19, largely without the pomp and circumstance of previous years.The Biden campaign confirmed Thursday that Biden and Harris will both give their acceptance speeches for the Democratic National Convention at the Chase Center, a large event space on the waterfront in Wilmington, Delaware.Trump said he’ll deliver his acceptance speech from the White House of the battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, despite criticism to both venues.And in spite of the Democratic National Convention making the move to have all its speakers appear virtually instead of in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Trump announced he would travel to Wisconsin Monday, the first day of the DNC.“I’ll be there, as a matter of fact, on Monday and many times throughout the campaign and beyond,” Trump said on a tele-rally with supporters Wednesday night.ABC News’ Molly Nagle and Averi Harper contributed to this report. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. ABC NewsBY: JOHN VERHOVEK, MOLLY NAGLE, and LIBBY CATHEY(WASHINGTON) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday called for immediate mask mandates nationwide for the next three months, keeping the focus on drawing a stark contrast between how he would respond to the pandemic crisis compared to how he says it’s been mishandled by President Donald Trump.“Today I want to talk about one thing, very straightforward. It doesn’t have anything to do with Democrats, Republicans, or Independents. It has to do with a simple simple proposition,” Biden said in remarks following a coronavirus briefing with his newly-minted running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, continuing the main attack line he and Harris started making in their nationwide debut on Wednesday. “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months, at a minimum. Every governor should mandate — every governor — should mandate mandatory mask wearing,” Biden said.Joe Biden calls for nationwide mask mandate.”Let’s institute a mask mandate, nationwide, starting immediately—and we will save lives.”— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) August 13, 2020 It’s not lost on the Biden-Harris campaign that it took the president two months to wear a mask in public after he first announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on the practice in a news conference.“The estimates by the experts are it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months. 40,000 lives if people act responsibly. And it’s not about your rights. It’s about your responsibilities as an American,” Biden said.Calling on every governor to issue a mask mandate in their state, Biden said he hopes the president has “learned the lesson” now that masks save lives but added it’s not about politics.“Look, this is America. Be a patriot. Protect your fellow citizens. Protect your fellow citizens. Step up. Do the right thing. Do the right thing,” Biden implored. “So let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide, starting immediately.”Harris, speaking after Biden, said the call for a mask mandate “real leadership.”“What real leadership looks like is Joe Biden. To speak up. Sometimes, telling us the stuff that we don’t necessarily want to hear, but we need to know,” Harris said.”The thing about Joe that the American people know is that his role of leadership in our country has always been about doing what’s best for the people of our country,” Sen. Kamala Harris says.— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) August 13, 2020last_img read more

Explosive Narine helps TKR sink Tridents

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Man-of-the-Match Sunil Narine thrilled in his new role as opener with a career-best half-century as Trinbago Knight Riders stayed top of the Caribbean Premier League standings with a two-wicket victory over arch-rivals Barbados Tridents here late Saturday night.Asked to chase 153 at Queen’s Park Oval, TKR reached their target with five balls to spare, to notch their fourth win in five outings and move to eight points.The left-handed Narine was at the heart of the effort, cracking an entertaining 79 off 45 deliveries while Darren Bravo chipped in with 25.However, Narine lived a charmed life, dropped three times during his innings – on nine, 35 and 62 – in what proved an ordinary fielding effort from Tridents which saw them grass four chances overall.West Indies Under-19 star Shamar Springer claimed three for 32 to be the best Tridents bowler while South African new-ball bowler Wayne Parnell picked up two for 26.Earlier, Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik stroked 51 from 38 balls and passed 7 000 runs in his 275th match as Tridents reached 152 for nine off 20 overs, after being sent in.New Zealander Kane Williamson struck 30 but no other Tridents batsman passed 20 in a disappointing showing with the bat.Fast bowler Ronsford Beaton claimed two for 24 while captain and fellow seamer Dwayne Bravo ended with two for 27.Dwayne Smith perished cheaply for 10 and Parnell for five to leave the visitors 19 for two in the second over but Shoaib and opener Williamson added 71 for the third wicket to rescue the innings.Shoaib faced 38 balls and counted five fours while Williamson struck a single four in his 35-ball innings.Once Williamson miscued a slog and holed out at short third man off off-spinner Narine, Tridents never regained their footing, and the next seven wickets tumbled for just 62 runs.Narine then got TKR off to a rollicking start in an innings laced with six fours and five sixes.New Zealander Brendon McCullum lost his off-stump to Parnell to the fourth ball of the innings for four with as many on the board but Narine then took the attack to Tridents, posting 47 for the third wicket with Darren Bravo and another 63 for the fifth wicket with Dwayne Bravo (18).Springer brought the game to life when he snatched three of four wickets to fall for 12 runs in the space of 13 balls but by then TKR was within touching distance of victory.last_img read more