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Watford 3 – 2 Stoke

first_imgpreview image Cleverley’s rising drive from just inside the box was high quality and goalkeeper Angus Gunn did well to tip it onto the underside of the crossbar.Gunn recovered to grab the loose ball and was barged on the line by Pedro, with referee Andy Davies then indicating he had received a signal to say the ball had crossed the line. 0:38 He awarded the goal, to Stoke’s fury, and tempers flared on the touchline as fourth official James Linington was consulted.Had the ball crossed the line from Cleverley’s shot? TV replays were inconclusive. Had Gunn taken it over himself? If so, had Pedro’s challenge been legal?There were more questions than answers but the goal stood.Stoke were unsettled and Gunn immediately had to stop Sarr firing Watford ahead, although the Senegal striker’s dithering helped the on-loan Southampton man get into position to block.Sarr began the second half intent on making amends but a one-two in the Stoke box with Cleverley saw Gunn slide out to grab before Fletcher headed a good chance wide at the other end.Stoke appeals for handball in the box by Kiko Femenia were ignored by referee Davies, who booked Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah for an earlier foul.Gunn then brought down Sarr from Danny Batth’s poor back-pass and Pedro made no mistake from the spot before being instantly replaced by Andre Gray, who headed narrowly wide in the 72nd minute.Stoke felt justice was partially served when Powell lashed in an 81st-minute equaliser with a low drive beyond Ben Foster’s reach from just inside the box.But Sarr struck three minutes into added time after Ken Sema had wriggled free on the left and laid the ball back.What the managers said…Watford’s Vladimir Ivic: “The first moment I couldn’t see exactly what happened but at half-time I heard that maybe we were lucky with the decision. But we cannot speak just about this goal. If we speak generally about the game we didn’t start well. We started to play after the goal of our opponent and this is something we need to fix.“After that we were the dominant team and I believe we have made progress if you speak about possession, attacking moments and crossing. We can do better and our target will be to do that. We need to be focused from the first second to the last of every game.”Stoke’s Michael O’Neill: “We didn’t feel it was a goal, simple. I’ve seen the replays and it’s clear the initial shot did not cross the line. The technology was triggered by the Watford player’s contact with Angus that puts the ball over the line. So we feel aggrieved by the goal. We felt the referee missed a handball in the build-up to the third goal aswell.“The officials have to look at the events as well as the technology. On this occasion the technology didn’t help them in any way – when you see the events it was a very harsh decision against us. We felt there was a foul on Angus after he gathers the ball so if the technology is triggered post the goal obviously you would expect that is not a goal.“We are disappointed with the decision but it is not going to change now and we will just have to move on from it.” A controversial equaliser shrouded in mystery helped Watford beat Stoke 3-2 at Vicarage Road, where Ismaila Sarr scored the winner in stoppage time.Joao Pedro was also on target from the penalty spot and although Stoke’s Nick Powell made it 2-2 in the 81st minute, Sarr had the last word to lift the Hornets into the play-off positions.- Advertisement –  Image:Ismaila Sarr (L) scored a stoppage-time winner for Watford Stoke will take some convincing, however, that the goal which cancelled out Steven Fletcher’s second-minute opener midway through the first half – credited to Tom Cleverley – was not a major miscarriage of justice.It took the Potters all of 90 seconds to take the lead from a cleverly-worked short corner routine that ended with Powell setting up Fletcher from close range. The game’s controversial moment arrived in the 28th minute in the shape of Watford’s puzzling equaliser.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Watford scored a contentious equaliser against Stoke when Tom Cleverley’s shot was saved by Angus Gunn but the ‘keeper was then bundled over the line by Joao Pedro – Advertisement –last_img read more

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City praises Lewis for £173m Delancey sale

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Iraq confirms first novel coronavirus case

first_imgThe deaths from the COVID-19 virus in Iran were the first in the Middle East and the country’s toll is now the highest outside China, the epicentre of the outbreak.Chinese nationals have been barred from entering Iraq, despite it hosting several Chinese oil companies. Iraq also closed the only border crossing with Kuwait at Safwan, south of Basra, late Sunday evening, after Kuwait confirmed multiple COVID-19 cases.Concern has spread over social media networks in Iraq, with users expressing fears that the country cannot accomodate a coronavirus outbreak.Many hospitals in Iraq are poorly equipped or in disrepair and there are less than 10 doctors for every 10,000 people, the World Health Organization says.The novel coronavirus has spread to more than 25 countries since it emerged in December and is causing mounting alarm due to new outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.Topics : Iraq on Monday confirmed its first novel coronavirus infection in an Iranian national studying in the southern shrine city of Najaf, health officials said.The country, whose healthcare system is run down, often hosts pilgrims and religious students from Iran, where 12 people have died since a coronavirus outbreak there was first reported last week.Iraq had blocked travel to and from the Islamic republic days before announcing a seminary student in Najaf was the country’s first confirmed case. Najaf’s provincial health authority said the Iranian national had entered “before the ban was declared”.An AFP correspondent said the man is being quarantined in a hospital in the city.The education directorate in Najaf said official mid-year exams, which had already started, would be cancelled until further notice to protect students.The governor of Salaheddin, north of Baghdad, said that non-Iraqis would not be allowed into the province ahead of a religious pilgrimage to Shiite shrines in the area planned for Tuesday.last_img read more

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Saudi Arabia reaffirms no Israel deal without Palestinian peace

first_imgTopics : At a news conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas, Prince Faisal reiterated criticism of Israel’s “unilateral policies” of annexation and building settlements in the occupied West Bank as “illegitimate” and “detrimental” to a two-state solution.But he also voiced cautious optimism over last week’s deal, which saw Israel agreeing to suspend the annexation of occupied West Bank territories, although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later said the plan was not off the table in the long run.”Any efforts that result in holding back the threat of annexation could be viewed as positive,” Prince Faisal said. Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it will not follow the United Arab Emirates in establishing diplomatic ties with Israel until the Jewish state has signed an internationally recognized peace accord with the Palestinians.The UAE last week became the first Gulf state to normalize relations with Israel, in a historic US-brokered accord that raised the prospect of similar deals with other Arab states including Saudi Arabia.But after days of conspicuous silence and in the face of US pressure to announce a similar deal, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan ruled out the possibility until the Palestinian issue is resolved. ‘Biggest constraint’ Until now, Saudi Arabia had maintained a notable silence over last week’s agreement even as local officials hinted that Riyadh was unlikely to immediately follow in the footsteps of the UAE, its principle regional ally.Amping up US pressure on the kingdom, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner insisted on Monday that it would be in Riyadh’s interest to formally establish ties with Israel.Further putting the kingdom in the spotlight, Netanyahu on Monday said Israel was working on opening a corridor over Saudi Arabia for flights to the UAE.But Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s biggest economy and home to Islam’s holiest sites, faces more sensitive political calculations than the UAE.Not only would a formal recognition of Israel be seen by Palestinians and their supporters as a betrayal of their cause, it would also hurt the kingdom’s image as the leader of the Islamic world.”The notion that Saudi Arabia will be next to normalize relations with Israel was far-fetched,” said Aziz Alghashian, a lecturer at Essex University specializing in the kingdom’s policy towards Israel. “The biggest constraint for Saudi-Israeli normalization is not the fear of a domestic and regional backlash. “Rather, Saudi Arabia deems it necessary to not normalise relations outside the framework of the Arab Peace Initiative that called for resolving the Palestinian issue, if it still wants to be seen as the leader of the Muslim and Arab world,” Alghashian told AFP.In 2002 Saudi Arabia sponsored the Arab Peace Initiative which called for Israel’s complete withdrawal from the Palestinian territories occupied after the Six-Day War of 1967, in exchange for peace and the full normalization of relations.But a shared animosity towards Iran, along with Saudi attempts to attract foreign investment to fund Prince Mohammed’s ambitious Vision 2030 economic diversification plan, appear to be pushing the kingdom closer to Israel than ever.In 2018 Riyadh quietly opened its airspace for the first time for an Israel-bound passenger plane. Riyadh has also pursued a bold outreach to Jewish figures in recent years, even as it appears wary of a public backlash. “Peace must be achieved with the Palestinians” on the basis of international agreements as a pre-condition for any normalization of relations, Prince Faisal told reporters during a visit to Berlin.”Once that is achieved all things are possible,” he added, in a comment that was consistent with Saudi Arabia’s previous stance on the issue.Saudi Arabia has long maintained this public stance even as it has cultivated clandestine relations with Israel in recent years, in a shift spearheaded by de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Prince Faisal’s remarks are the kingdom’s first official reaction since the UAE’s landmark deal with Israel, which is only the third such accord the Jewish state has struck with an Arab country after Egypt and Jordan.last_img read more

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IAPF urges swift action on pension reform from next government

first_imgHe urged whichever party that comes into power following the vote – which has seen predictions of a minority government, as no party was polling above 28% of the vote – to take action early.“It is one of those issues that probably needs a decision early in the government because the closer you get to the end of a government term, the less likely people are to do that big, fundamental change,” he said. Moriarty said there would be a significant lead-in time before any such system got underway, predicting up to three years before underpinning regulation was even finalised.In addition to both current government parties, Fianna Fáil, polling behind Fine Gael at 21% but ahead of Labour, pledged its support for a universal pension system based on automatic enrolment.Labour’s manifesto appears to support a system whereby pension pots would follow workers, backing a system whereby savings would “follow [workers] through their working life if and when they change jobs”.The party also highlighted the benefits of scale that would come with the rollout of a universal system.“[Auto-enrolment] will have a transformative effect on pension coverage over time, not only driving up pension coverage but driving down costly administration charges associated with individual pension plans currently,” its manifesto said.For its part, Fine Gael said it would push for the introduction of a national pension tracking service – potentially distinct from the system advocated by Labour that could see pots follow members.It said it would seek to attract emigrants home by supporting the development of a European tracking service, a likely reference to the so-called TTYPE project under development by a number of Continental pension providers.The matter of housing was also touched on by several of the parties, with Fianna Fáil proposing that investments in affordable housing could be incentivised by including such investments in a list of assets Irish defined benefit funds could use to offset a 10% risk reserve requirement.“There are a lot of characteristics of social housing that would make sense for pension funds,” Moriarty said, “but I do worry there is almost this pressure on pension funds to invest in certain assets.“At the end of the day, trustees are going to have to make a decision as to whether it’s an appropriate investment for their fund or not.” Ireland’s next government must make a decision on pension reform early in its term to avoid its rollout being delayed further, the Irish Association of Pension Funds has urged.The end of the current parliamentary term has seen little concrete detail or action on the rollout of automatic enrolment to boost pension coverage, despite the Fine Gael/Labour coalition’s previously commissioning a report on reform for the end of last year, and pledging reform as part of the 2011 coalition agreement.The cross-departmental Universal Retirement Savings Group (URSG) will now report within the first six months of the next parliamentary term, Fine Gael pledged if it won today’s election.Jerry Moriarty, chief executive of the IAPF, speculated that, because the URSG was initially set to report by the end of last year, the timeline laid out by Fine Gael implied there was still much work to be done.last_img read more

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Two Cairns suburbs rank among Australia’s best for investing

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHelp with buying your first home 01:07TWO Cairns suburbs have been identified in the top five of 100 Australian suburbs for best return on investment.The latest CoreLogic rental yield figures place Woree and Manunda in third and fourth.The top 100 list was made up of suburbs where houses or units had an estimated gross rental yield of 5 per cent or more a year.Queenslander specialist at iicon Portfolio Real Estate, Ken Higgins, said he was not surprised to see the two inner-city suburbs high on the list. Real estate agent Ken Higgins at a recently sold house in Chaplain Ave, Manunda. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN“People want to be closer to the city and everyone is time poor,” Mr Higgins said“With the travelling factor, with the northern and southern corridors now, the bottleneck is just getting worse. “We haven’t seen that crazy price rise like Sydney and Melbourne.“Our vacancy rate is now in some cases 1.5 to 2 per cent.“The norm is 4 per cent.“We’re getting good returns there with 5 or 6 per cent returns,” Mr Higgins said.CoreLogic data showed houses in Woree were selling for about $300,000 and yielding $373 at 6.5 per cent in the year to June.Units were reporting a rental yield of 10.3 per cent.Both houses and units in Manunda recorded slightly higher median prices than Woree, with rental yields of 5.8 per cent for houses and 7.9 per cent for units. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoMr Higgins said the rise of Airbnb in Cairns had contributed to the high rental yields being reported. “It’s cutting out that rental size so that brings the vacancy rate down and in turn that drives the rent up,” he said.Mr Higgins said he was surprised there was minimal interest being shown by investors in Manunda, with the majority of buyers settling as owner-occupiers. He said the interest from buyers looking at Manunda had picked up significantly in the past six weeks, compared to the first six months of the year. With a QBE report recently stating house prices across Cairns were set to rise by 8 per cent by 2022, Mr Higgins expects more investors to become involved in Cairns soon. “It doesn’t take much for Cairns’ (property prices) to kick,” he said. “It’s not always the locals that drive our market,” Mr Higgins said. “It’s more the southern investors.”last_img read more

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Atmocean to deploy wave system off Canada

first_imgUS-based wave energy developer Atmocean plans to install its wave energy system off Newfoundland in Canada for a third round of ocean testing.Atmocean informed it will collaborate with the College of the North Atlantic to deploy its next generation point absorbing pump in September 2017 off the town of Lord’s Cove.The scheduled deployment follows five rounds of wave tank testing at Texas A&M in 2016, and ocean tests carried out in Peru a year earlier, as well as the additional modeling conducted by Sandia National Labs this year.The system will send pressurized seawater into a pilot land-based salmon and mollusk farm run by the College of the North Atlantic, Atmocean said.Chris White, Atmocean’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “While we are still focused on sending pressurized seawater to shore to be desalinated without grid-tied electricity, this specific test will send pressurized seawater to shore to feed a land based multi-trophic aquaculture system. As the world quickly moves towards aquaculture, there is a quickly emerging market to realize sustainable land based aquaculture.”The deployment represents another step forward towards the commercialization of the system as this third round of testing is expected to bring it to a technology readiness level, or TRL, of seven, Sandia National Labs said.There are nine levels in the TRL method of estimating technology maturity. Level seven means the prototype has been demonstrated in an operational environment.Atmocean is developing a system that consists of buoys and pressurized pumps that uses wave power to send pressurized seawater onto shore where it is desalinated without the use of external energy.The system operates by capturing the rising and falling motion of ocean waves to drive a piston in a cylinder which pressurizes the seawater. By connecting several seawater pumps together as an array, this pressurized seawater can be sent to the onshore converters.Water arrives onshore at about 180 psi, or pounds per square inch of pressure. Atmocean uses energy recovery devices, which are essentially spinning mechanical wheels, to boost 14% of the arriving seawater to 900 psi, the pressure needed to run reverse osmosis.The reverse osmosis system is the size of a shipping container and is manufactured by Atmocean industry partners, according to Sandia National Labs. Atmocean’s demo wave energy system (Photo: Atmocean)last_img read more

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Franklin County judge reports scam

first_imgBrookville, In. — Franklin County Circuit Court judge Clay Kellerman is warning residents about a scam using a phone from his office.Scammers appearing to call from the number, 765-647-4186 are telling residents they have outstanding checks that must be taken care of. The scammers threaten the residents by saying, “In order to stop further legal action the check amount must be paid immediately.”The judge reminds the public that notices of that type from the court are made via mail.Residents are urged to ask for the namelast_img read more

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State officials designate Southeast Indiana  as 21st Century Talent Region

first_imgCOLUMBUS,IN—Indiana Secretary of Career Connections and Talent Blair Milo and Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) President Elaine Bedel joined southeast Indiana officials on Friday to announce the EcO Network of Southeast Indiana as the state’s second 21st Century Talent Region, a statewide designation awarded to Indiana communities focused on working collaboratively to attract, develop and connect talent.In partnership with the Office of Career Connections and Talent, the IEDC and with technical assistance from CivicLab, the 21st Century Talent Region initiative encourages local governments, businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits, and economic and workforce development partners to create and implement a plan to increase educational attainment, raise household income and grow the population in a region. By taking a comprehensive, systems approach, participating regions will identify strategic priorities and projects aimed at helping its communities create a better quality of place, develop and skill up its workforce, and connect talented Hoosiers with businesses seeking to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs.Batesville and Greensburg were among the six Southeastern Indiana cities designated as a 21st Century Talent Region on Friday.The designation is for communities who are committed to working collaboratively to increase educational attainment, raise household income and grow the population and workforce.Spearheaded by the Columbus Area Economic Growth Council (CAEGC), the region identified key priorities through the 21st Century Talent Region initiative, including:Completing goal setting for regional talent attraction and connection numbers by the end of 2019;Building out talent dashboards for at least all partner communities by the end of 2019; andIdentifying the shared talent attraction, development, and connection strategies around which the region can build communities of practice in southeast Indiana.For more information on how to receive the designation contact the Office of Career Connections and Talent at secretary@cct.in.gov to communicate your interest and discuss next steps.last_img read more

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Health officials urge precautions against mosquito-borne diseases

first_imgStatewide — As if worrying about a global pandemic isn’t enough, state health officials are urging Indiana residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites as West Nile virus activity is detected in mosquitoes in multiple locations around the state.As of August 6, mosquitoes in Allen, Marion, and St. Joseph counties have tested positive for the West Nile virus. No human cases of West Nile virus disease have been detected in 2020; however, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) expects to see increased West Nile activity throughout the state as the mosquito season progresses.State health officials recommend the following preventive measures:• Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn, and early morning);• Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin;• Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves, and long pants in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas;• Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.last_img read more

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