Rivals plot £20m Chesterton bids

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Chelsea star confides in advisor Maurizio Sarri could be axed after Carabao Cup final

first_imgAdvertisement Sarri seems to be losing his dressing room (Picture: Getty)One Chelsea player reportedly believes Maurizio Sarri could be sacked if the Blues lose the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City.Sarri is feeling the pressure at Chelsea after a dismal start to the year that has seen his side suffer humiliating defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City.Chelsea seem on the brink of a serious crisis, even though Sarri is only in his first season at the club. Sarri could be axed at the end of the month (Picture: Getty)Sarri enjoyed a remarkable, 12-game unbeaten start to life as Chelsea manager, but his side have suffered three defeats in their last four Premier League outings.The 6-0 defeat to City in their last league game meant Chelsea slipped out of the top four, as Manchester United overtook the London side to claim fourth spot.Chelsea now sit sixth in the table, level on points with Arsenal, and Blues supporters fear there is another change of manager on the horizon.MORE: Chelsea staff left shocked by Maurizio Sarri’s treatment of Gary Cahill Fans have seen their side suffer massive, humiliating defeats in the last month (Picture: Getty)Chelsea welcome United to Stamford Bridge in the fifth round of the FA Cup, before taking on another major battle against City.Sarri seems to be fighting for his future at Chelsea with reports mounting he is losing the dressing room.The Italian’s late-starting training times and relaxed monitoring of his players is a huge change from the iron fist of Antonio Conte, and Chelsea’s star men are not enjoying life under Sarri.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 City Chelsea v Man Utd: Gianfranco Zola previews FA Cup tieTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:08FullscreenChelsea v Man Utd: Gianfranco Zola previews FA Cup tiehttps://metro.co.uk/video/chelsea-v-man-utd-gianfranco-zola-previews-fa-cup-tie-1864186/This 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.The Daily Mail claim things are so bad in the Chelsea squad that the players are convinced Sarri’s sacking could be just weeks away.ADVERTISEMENTChelsea take on City in the cup final on February 24 and one player confided in an advisor this week he suspects Sarri could be gone after that game.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe player thinks if Sarri loses both the City clash and the FA Cup showdown with Manchester United on Monday his fate will be sealed. Chelsea star confides in advisor Maurizio Sarri could be axed after Carabao Cup final Coral BarrySaturday 16 Feb 2019 8:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link455Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Developer launches first of five projects in Brisbane

first_imgMaple Development Group has launched Arcadia Apartments, a boutique residential development in a quiet pocket of one of Brisbane’s most convenient suburbs, Indooroopilly.A Chinese developer has launched its first project in Australia, with five sites to be developed in Brisbane.The debut project for the Peng Bo Group, one of Beijing’s biggest developers, will be the $20m Arcadia Apartments at Indooroopilly. Maple Development Group has launched Arcadia Apartments, a boutique residential development in a quiet pocket of one of Brisbane’s most convenient suburbs, Indooroopilly.Designed by Brisbane architects HAL (Hayes Anderson Lynch) and the Marsden Collective, Arcadia Apartments will be spread over five levels. Communal facilities will include a rooftop terrace, seating nooks, entertaining spaces, a barbecue area and an outdoor kitchen. Prices start from $576,000. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMaple Development Group development manager Gilbert Zhu said the firm was driven to create quality projects in convenient locations.“Our projects are principally aimed for the owner-occupier market rather than investors,” he said. “Each project has its own architect and interior design team to ensure individuality for owners with premium design and fittings.”Arcadia Apartments will be constructed on Priory St, and will consist of 29 two and three bedroom apartments with a range of floorplans. Maple Development Group has launched Arcadia Apartments, a boutique residential development in a quiet pocket of one of Brisbane’s most convenient suburbs, Indooroopilly.It will be developed by the company’s local arm, Maple Development Group, and will be delivered by Queensland-based company Constructions Group. Link Plus Real Estate sales manager Lillian Mu, who is marketing the Arcadia Apartments, said the project’s location would be a big plus for buyers.“Indooroopilly is one of those unique suburbs that combines high levels of local amenity (and) easy access to the city,” she said.Maple Development Group director Nick Liu said the company was establishing itself in Queensland, developing a pipeline of projects that would ensure a steady supply of residences for those seeking to downsize.The company has acquired sites at Woolloongabba (25 apartments), two sites in St Lucia (over 30 apartments) and one on Coronation Drive.last_img read more

Cattle baron sells Ascot home — cricket pitch and all

first_imgThe formal sitting room has an original fireplace.The open-plan French provincial-style gourmet kitchen has marble stone benchtops, an island bench, a butler’s pantry and quality appliances, and flows through to the dining room, which has a bi-fold wall offering direct views over the swimming pool and backyard. The cricket pitch at the property at 31 Palm Ave, Ascot. The home has been beautifully decorated.Mr Shean said the buyer liked the size of the block and the fact it was in such a prestigious, tightly-held street.The house is on a huge 1677sq m block, which also accommodates a flying fox, fire pit, and a swimming pool. This home at 31 Palm Ave, Ascot, has just gone under contract. The big backyard has a firepit. Jason Shearer-Smith, chief executive of Smithfield Cattle Company.A PROMINENT Queensland cattle farmer has sold his stunning Ascot home, which even comes with its own cricket pitch.Jason Shearer-Smith, the son of Smithfield Cattle Company founder Ron Smith, and his wife, Christine, bought the property at 31 Palm Avenue for $2.86 million in 2012, and added their own country touches to the inner-city Federation-style property.center_img The master bedroom in the home at 31 Palm Ave, Ascot.The four-bedroom house features polished timber flooring, high crossbeam ceilings and French windows and doors.The formal lounge room has an original fireplace, and flows through to a sitting room/library with ceiling roses, built-in shelving, and French windows looking out over the front garden. The dining room overlooks the pool. The home retains original features like French doors and windows.The sale price has not been disclosed, but a local family bought the property and plan to renovate it.Selling agent Alexander Shean of Ray White Ascot said the home attracted two offers after being on the market for about a month.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago The kitchen in the home at 31 Palm Ave, Ascot.last_img read more

Gold Coast home tops Queensland’s ‘most viewed’ list this week

first_img 6283 Sylvan Lane, Sanctuary Cove He said the property’s size and outlook were also attracting plenty of interest.“It’s on a massive block 1876 sqm and it’s got panoramic views just about everywhere you go in the house.“You can see all the way down the Gold Coast and back out to the mountains.”The property features manicured grounds, terraces, a pool, spa and cabana. 74 Warburton St, Bardon 622 Toohey Rd, Salisbury 67 Vardon St, Wilston 6283 Sylvan Lane, Sanctuary Cove – Welcome to luxury living on the Gold Coast. A kitchen fit for a chef. 33 Flockton St, Stafford Heights There are views from almost every room. 163 Jerrang St, Indooroopilly Inside there are several living areas with soaring ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, spotted gum wood flooring and a gas log fireplace.For the car enthusiast there are two separate garages with room for four cars and two golf buggies. MOST VIEWED IN THE LAST 7 DAYS Dine in luxury. Relax inside.Agent John Muller, who’s marketing the property with colleague Glenys Pitkin of Harcourts Coastal said the house’s extensive renovation was impressing house hunters.“It has been completely gutted, renovated and redesigned by (architect) Bayden Goddard who doesn’t really do renovations,” he said. MORE NEWS: The Coast’s million-dollar club 6283 Sylvan Lane, Sanctuary Cove was the most viewed house in the state over the past week.A LUXURY Gold Coast home was the most viewed house in the state over the past week, latest industry data shows.The four-bedroom five-bathroom house is in Sanctuary Cove, recognised as one of the top luxury gated communities around the country.The house was the most viewed residential listing on realestate.com.au in the past seven days, data released this morning found, followed by Brisbane properties at Salisbury, Bardon and Holland Park (full list below). Entertain in style. 4 Bilinga Place, Kallangur More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoOne of the living areas. 34 Bonavista Cres, Doonan MORE NEWS: First look at ‘new’ Nobby’s Outlook 35 Newman Ave, Camp Hill Make a splash in the pool. 20 Eric Rd, Holland Park (Source: realestate.com.au) 6283 Sylvan Lane, Sanctuary Cove – From the air, it’s a sight to behold.last_img read more

Hydrogen Fuel Appeal Growing, Drive Train Provider Says

first_imgAs the maritime industry is looking at ways of abandoning fossil fuels in a bid to cut emissions, more and more players are eyeing hydrogen as an alternative, a Japan-based electrical drive provider Yaskawa Environmental Energy said.“Renewables and alternative fuels are attracting increasing interest, driven by greater environmental awareness within society, tighter regulations and an industry-wide need to optimize energy use and manage costs,” said Asbjørn Halsebakke, product manager of marine drives, Yaskawa Environmental Energy/The Switch Norway.“We’re fielding more and more enquiries about how our innovative drive train and energy efficient technology can be utilized to embrace new fuels. And, in those conversations, hydrogen is a recurring theme.”Hydrogen is a carbon-neutral fuel which, once produced using electricity from renewable sources, becomes effectively emissions-free.“I think its uptake in maritime will take a lot of people by surprise, with developments moving ahead quickly – in both Europe and Asia, particularly China,” Ville Parpala, Director, Product Marketing of Marine Solutions, said.“There are obvious challenges, in terms of production, bunkering and other infrastructure, but demand will work as a powerful driver to help industry overcome these issues.”Fossil fuels will remain part of the mix for the foreseeable future, the two executives said, noting that their ‘slice of the pie’ would shrink over time.“All electric solutions for short sea shipping and hybrid solutions for offshore and deep sea help owners and operators meet environmental and cost targets, and as such will become increasingly commonplace,” Halsebakke noted.“There are barriers to hydrogen uptake that you don’t see with marine batteries, which have taken huge leaps forward in recent years, but hydrogen is a much more viable option for long-haul shipping. In that regard, it can be a key enabler in decarbonizing the industry – a stated IMO target by the year 2100.”Where the company’s products come into play is the necessity to provide owners and operators with the flexibility of running on a range of fuel sources.“Vessels built today have to be viable for the next 25 to 30 years,” Parpala said. “However, nobody can say with any certainty what type of fuel we will utilize over that same time period. This is where the DC-Hub comes in.”“It allows for any power source – be that hydrogen fuel cells, wind generators, or solar panels – to be easily connected to a vessel’s DC grid. In that way, owners can create the best fuel mix to satisfy their operational, economic and environmental needs, adding new sources as they become viable to ensure optimal performance and efficiency.”Parpala added that the Switch’s Electronic Bus Link (EBL) breaker provides further redundancy.“The EBL is fitted between a vessel’s DC-Hubs and operates to isolate any faults in just microseconds,” he explained. “It effectively splits the grids, regardless of the size and nature of the fault, ensuring ultimate availability of power – and safe, efficient ongoing operations.“What’s more, if additional grids are required for future operations, they can be integrated simply with the addition of a new EBL. This gives owners the flexibility and reliability to cope with the changing demands of this dynamic industry.”last_img read more

‘Jobs for America’s Graduates’ set to expand

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana’s award-winning Jobs for America’s Graduates program, which helps high school students achieve success through graduation, will be expanding in the upcoming school year as part of Governor Eric Holcomb’s goal to add 250 more programs throughout the state.In Indiana, between 8,000 to 10,000 high school students drop out each year, and 40 percent of those never enter the workforce. But through JAG, more of those students are finishing school and preparing for future careers at the same time. In the 2017-18 academic year, 95 percent of students enrolled in a JAG program graduated from high school.JAG Indiana is administered by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and is funded by state and federal dollars. JAG is a workforce preparation program, which allows students to receive class credit by completing the course. The program helps students learn in-demand employability skills and provides a bridge to post-secondary education and career advancement opportunities.Beginning with just 12 schools in 2006, JAG Indiana has grown to be the largest affiliate in the national network, with 135 programs statewide. Now it’s about to get even bigger, with plans to add four more programs in the upcoming school year. The expansion is part of Gov. Holcomb’s plan that he announced during his last State of the State address to ultimately add a total of 250 more programs. Click here to watch Brianna Morse discuss JAG expansion.Gov. Holcomb’s plans to grow the program in Indiana follow his election as chair of JAG’s National Board of Directors. JAG was founded in 1980 and has programs in 1,000 schools across the country. He began serving his term on Jan. 1.“I’m committed to expanding JAG; it works,” the governor said during his State of the State address. “So, as we evaluate programs over the next year, we’ll maximize existing resources and work with the private sector to add 250 more programs all across Indiana within the next seven years.”Adding 250 more programs will enable JAG Indiana to increase the number of students it serves each school year, from 6,500 to more than 25,000.The success of JAG Indiana is reflected in the recent honor it earned from JAG’s national office in Alexandria, Virginia. For the fourth consecutive year, JAG Indiana received the prestigious “5 of 5” Award for meeting five goals set by the national organization, including exceeding graduation-rate and job-placement milestones. Watch Morse discuss exceeding the 5 of 5 goals.“This year, JAG Indiana exceeded the national goals for student graduation, employment and post-secondary education participation,” said Brianna Morse, DWD Director of Youth Initiatives. “JAG Indiana students set the bar for meeting industry demands for a skilled and committed workforce, as they are truly leaders within their school and community, trained in today’s most in-demand employability skills.  The Jobs for America’s graduates program provides students with a competitive advantage in the job market, as our supports and program mentors help them achieve success on their career path.”JAG Indiana’s 95 percent graduation rate during the last academic year exceeded the 90 percent benchmark set by the national office.It also achieved:75 percent job placement, including the military, exceeding the 60 percent goal88 percent positive outcome (landing a job, joining the military, or continuing onto post-secondary education, exceeding the 80 percent goal90 percent in full-time placement, exceeding the goal of 80 percent75 percent in full-time jobs, exceeding the goal of 60 percent.In addition, all 12 of DWD’s regions throughout the state received “5 of 5” awards, while 60 of the 135 individual programs did.last_img read more

EPL: Reds feast on Hornets

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Watford vs. Liverpool Venue: Vicarage Road Kick off: 6:30PMLiverpool’s march towards Premier League immortality takes them to Vicarage Road this evening as they face Watford with yet more history beckoning. Just 12 points from claiming the title, Jurgen Klopp’s side would set a new Premier League record for consecutive victories should they chalk up a 19th in a row this weekend, but take on a Watford side that ran them close in the reverse fixture at Anfield. Twelve points is all Liverpool need to finally put their league title ghost to bed as they head into another week with another record available for their relentless and remarkable team. When Manchester City went a full half-season without dropping a single point in 2017-18, it was suggested that such a feat would never be repeated, yet Liverpool got to within one of the record earlier this season before subsequently winning each of their last 18 games to match Pep Guardiola’s centurions. Klopp’s class of 2019-20 have perhaps not done it in such spectacular fashion, but should they claim a 19th successive win as expected this weekend, then it would be another piece of evidence in the growing argument that this is one of the greatest teams English football has ever seen. The stats certainly suggest so: Monday night’s 3-2 triumph over West Ham United was closer than many expected, but it means that Liverpool have now gained as many points as Manchester United’s treble-winners from 1998-99 and as many wins as Arsenal’s Invincibles from 2003-04. Those are two teams unanimously included in the argument of the best ever, and yet Liverpool have matched their league feats with a whopping 11 games of the season remaining. The Reds are also closing in on the Invincibles in the unbeaten stakes with the West Ham win taking their tally to 44, just five short of the all-time record in English football held by Arsene Wenger’s side. Liverpool have dropped just 10 points from 132 available in that time and have taken a staggering 106 from the last 108 on offer, which is an unprecedented run of form leaving them on course to gain a scarcely-believable tally of 112 points this season alone. Klopp’s description of his players as ‘mentality monsters’ becomes more apt every week, with Monday’s result the 18th game they have won by a single-goal margin across all competitions this season, while they have also triumphed on penalties twice. Now masters of getting the job done, Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table stands at 22 points and leaves them needing only 12 more – or four more wins – to finally confirm the inevitability of their first top-flight title in 30 years. With such a commanding lead the challenge will be to ensure that the players do not get distracted by other factors in their treble bid, particularly with an FA Cup clash away to Chelsea coming up and the must-win second leg against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League looming next month. The narrow margin by which Liverpool have won many of their games this season has helped to stave off the threat of complacency, though, and they know just how tricky a proposition Watford can be after the reverse tie at Anfield in December. The Hornets were rock-bottom with only nine points and one win from 16 games when they travelled to Merseyside for what was Nigel Pearson’s first game in charge and, while they ultimately lost 2-0, they arguably deserved a point having spurned a couple of golden chances to snatch something from the game against all the odds. Watford’s improved performance was soon reflected in their results, though, with that Liverpool loss proving to be their only defeat in Pearson’s first eight games at the helm across all competitions – a run of form which briefly lifted them out of the relegation zone. However, that honeymoon period is now well and truly over and Watford welcome the champions-elect having lost four of their last five games across all competitions, including defeats to Liverpool’s Merseyside neighbours Tranmere Rovers and Everton. The Everton defeat, which came in their most recent home game, was particularly galling as Watford failed to win a Premier League match at Vicarage Road after being two goals ahead for the first time, conceding twice in first-half stoppage time and then again in second-half stoppage time. Only West Ham and Norwich City have picked up fewer points in front of their own fans this season, although the Hornets have also only lost five of their 13 home games – the same number as fourth-placed Chelsea. Since the Everton defeat Pearson’s side have drawn at Brighton & Hove Albion and been well beaten by Manchester United, leaving them right back in the relegation mire with 11 games of the season remaining. The situation is certainly less bleak than when they last faced Liverpool – the gap to safety now is only one point – but they know that they need to stop the rot sooner rather than later with the clubs around them all capable of picking up unexpected results. Watford may need to do the same with three of the top four to come in their next six games, although there are not many stats to encourage them against Liverpool. Indeed, the Hornets are the joint-lowest scorers in the Premier League this season and come up against the league’s best defence, which has kept 10 clean sheets in their last 12 top-flight matches. Watford possible XI: Foster, Dawson, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Hughes, Capoue, Sarr, Doucoure, Deulofeu, Deeney. Liverpool possible XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.Tags: ArsenalLiverpoolManchester CityManchester UnitedPep GuardiolaWatfordlast_img read more

Kento Momota suffers minor injury in road accident

first_imgKuala Lumpur: World No. 1 shuttler Kento Momota was injured in a traffic accident in Malaysia on early Monday. The 25-year-old is in a stable condition despite a minor injury, police and badminton officials said. The van carrying Momota to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) collided with a 30-ton lorry from behind, killing the Malaysian driver of the van on the spot, according to the police as well as the local fire and rescue department. The other passengers in the van were UK badminton court official William Thomas who operates the hawkeye system operator, Japanese assistant coach Hirayama Yu and physiologist Morimoto Arkifuki. They were rushed to a nearby hospital to receive treatment. IANSAlso Read: Srikanth gets 1st round bye in Hong Kong as Momota pulls outAlso Watch: AJYCP observed ‘Black Day’ against CAA 2019 in Nagaonlast_img read more

Jones stands out at Pac-12 Media Day

first_imgOn most nights, sophomore guard Maurice Jones’ age would have prevented him from entering the Conga Room at L.A. Live.Yet on Friday afternoon, Jones, the youngest player and only sophomore chosen to represent his team at the annual Pac-12 Conference Men’s Basketball Media Day, found himself sitting on the stage at the popular nightclub alongside USC coach Kevin O’Neill.“[Jones] has to lead,” O’Neill said. “That is a hard thing to do for a guy that is just starting his sophomore year.”As one of only two returning players that scored a point for the Trojans last season, Jones will be counted on for more than just leadership.Last season, Jones mostly played shooting guard. When senior guard Jio Fontan suffered an ACL tear during an exhibition game this summer in Brazil that could sideline him the entire season, however, O’Neill announced that Jones would play point guard. Nevertheless, O’Neill stressed that Jones will be counted on to score, in addition to distributing the ball.“[Jones] has to be in attack mode all the time,” O’Neill said. “He has got to be prepared to play 40 minutes a game.”Jones said that he has twisted his ankle three times in the last three weeks. Besides Jones, the Trojans only have three available guards on scholarship, and none have competed at the Division 1 level.“If we do not have [Jones], it will be difficult for us to be competitive in major college games,” O’Neill said. “Do not come to the games, it would be ugly.”Jones has not let his ankle injury slow him down.“I do not take it lightly,” Jones said. “I still have to give one-hundred percent while I am out there.”The Trojans were picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Media Poll.“We are a work in progress right now,” O’Neill said. “Sometimes we look good and some days we stink.”USC opens the season at home against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 11.last_img read more