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Laurent Koscielny in full training ahead of Arsenal vs Spurs

first_imgPochettino and Emery will clash on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)Stephan Lichsteiner is also available after a minor back concern but Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding remain long-term absentees.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Gunners currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea, and a win over their London rivals away from home would further boost their chances of returning to Europe’s premier competition.Spurs are looking to halt a two-match losing streak after suffering defeats to Burnley and Chelsea.Their seventh and eighth league losses this season saw them slip nine points between leaders Liverpool and their title challenge feels effectively over.However, a defeat to Arsenal would see them potentially be dragged into the top-four melee, with the Gunners moving to within a point of their rivals with a victory.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWho will win at Wembley?Arsenal0%Spurs0%Draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Koscielny is in contention (Picture: Getty Images)Laurent Koscielny has returned to full training ahead of the north London derby on Saturday, Arsenal’s medical team have confirmed.The French defender came through the 90 minutes against Bournemouth in a 5-1 win in midweek but took a heavy knock and was a potential doubt for the trip to Wembley.Unai Emery said after the Bournemouth clash: ‘I hope all it is, is one kick. We have three days between today and Saturday and I hope he can be okay.’While the Arsenal boss is yet to confirm if Koscielny will be in the starting line-up for the crunch Premier League match against their bitter rivals, it has been announced that he is in full training and therefore should be in contention for the matchday squad.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 11:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link430Shares Comment Advertisement Laurent Koscielny in full training ahead of Arsenal vs Spurslast_img read more

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Pennsylvania Submits Nominations for Qualified Opportunity Zones to U.S. Department of Treasury

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Infrastructure,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that his administration has submitted the commonwealth’s allotted 300 census tracts across the state as Qualified Opportunity Zones, as created by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December 2017. The U.S. Treasury Department is in the process of developing the Opportunity Zones program, and the IRS is expected to provide further information regarding opportunities for investment in zones in the coming months.“After gathering input from individuals and organizations throughout the state and examining where the areas of need intersect with potential investment, I have submitted nominations for Pennsylvania’s Qualified Opportunity Zones,” Governor Wolf said. “We are hopeful this new incentive will bring much-needed investment to many distressed areas across the commonwealth.”Pennsylvania had 1,197 census tracts eligible for Qualified Opportunity Zone status, and was given the opportunity to designate 25 percent, or a maximum 300 low-income community tracts as zones. The list of nominated tracts, additional data, evaluation criteria, and an interactive map can be found at DCED’s Qualified Opportunity Zones website. Final approval from the Department of Treasury is expected in May.The TCJA created the Qualified Opportunity Zones as a tool for promoting long-term investment in low-income communities. Through this program, investors are provided tax benefits for investing capital gains in low-income community census tracts, as well as certain tracts adjacent to low-income tracts. The new tax incentive is for private investors making private equity investments in funds that will then invest in businesses, real estate, and other ventures in low-income communities. The incentive offers deferral, reduction, and potential elimination of certain federal capital gains taxes.U.S. investors currently hold trillions of dollars in unrealized capital gains in stocks and mutual funds alone, making it a potentially significant untapped resource for economic development. Opportunity funds that invest in Qualified Opportunity Zones provide investors the chance to put that money to work rebuilding the nation’s distressed communities. The fund model will enable a broad array of private equity fund managers and investors to pool their resources, increasing the scale of investments going to under-served areas. Pennsylvania Submits Nominations for Qualified Opportunity Zones to U.S. Department of Treasurycenter_img April 20, 2018last_img read more

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Financial Reporting Council unveils upsized investor advisory group

first_imgFaith Ward, Brunel Pension PartnershipDaniel Summerfield, co-head of responsible investment at USS Investment Management, the in-house manager for the £60bn (€68.1bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme;Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at the Brunel Pension Partnership, a £30bn local government pension scheme (LGPS) asset pool;Janice Turner, founding co-chair of the Association of Member-Nominated Trustees;Michael Marshall, director of responsible investment and engagement at LGPS Central, another of the new LGPS asset pools; andSimon Siu, deputy head of finance at the BT Pension Scheme.Asset managers are represented by:Amra Balic, managing director in BlackRock’s investment stewardship team for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region;Andrew Cave, head of governance and sustainability at Baillie Gifford;Ben Yeoh, senior portfolio manager of global equities at RBC Global Asset Management;David Gorman, head of research at Castlefield Partners, a Manchester-based investment group;Leon Kamhi, head of responsibility for Hermes Investment Management; andNatasha Landell-Mills, head of stewardship at Sarasin & Partners. The group is intended to serve several related purposes. The FRC said it would provide a regular forum for it to engage with representatives from across the investment chain on various issues, including its strategy, new policies and standards, on governance, stewardship, reporting and audit matters.The watchdog said the group would also help it “to better understand the investment community’s views of FRC effectiveness”.The establishment of the investor advisory group comes as the FRC faces a government-commissioned independent review following criticism of its role in the collapse of contractor Carillion. Some parties – including the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum – have called for the organisation to be shut down.The FRC is due to publish a revised version of the UK’s corporate governance code this summer. It is also reviewing the stewardship code, and a formal consultation on changes to this could be published later this year.Who’s who?The five pension fund representatives include public and private sector schemes: Carine Smith Ihenacho, Norges Bank Investment ManagementCarine Smith Ihenacho, chief corporate governance officer at Norges Bank Investment Manager, the manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, has also been appointed to the group.The other members, from rating agencies, proxy advisory firms and the sell-side, are:Kazim Razvi, global head of accounting research and policy at Fitch Ratings;Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes, corporate governance lead for HSBC’s global research;Paul Marsland, senior analyst in the environmental, social and corporate governance team at broker Kepler Chevreux;Nathan Leclercq, head of UK research at proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services; andMohammed Amin, representing retail investor associations UKSA and ShareSoc.The membership can be viewed here.center_img The UK’s audit regulator has appointed a 17-strong committee of investors to help inform its future work on issues such as governance and stewardship.The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) initially intended to appoint 12 members, but expanded the size of the investor advisory group after receiving more than 30 applications.The FRC, which is also responsible for the UK’s corporate governance and stewardship codes, said it would use the group as “a formal way of understanding key areas of concern and emerging risks from the perspective of investors”. Its first meeting is next month.The advisory group includes representatives from five pension funds, six asset managers, and the corporate governance chief of Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund.last_img read more

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H4Living sees demand for high-performing passive homes

first_imgFrom the outside this Georgian-inspired home at Bridgeman Downs blends seamlessly in with its elegant neighbours, but on the inside it’s one of Australia’s few high-performing passive homes.From the outside this Georgian-inspired home at Bridgeman Downs blends seamlessly with its elegant neighbours, but on the inside it’s one of Australia’s few high-performing passive homes.And that’s exactly the point, according to Jorge Guerreiro of the design and building company, H4Living.“Beautiful homes can have passive design principles,” Mr Guerreiro said.“It comes down to the finer details of the construction and the products used, and together these offer a wholistic approach focusing on ‘build better to live better’.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 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 Rate1xFullscreenInside Kyle Sandilands $3 million country retreat01:05 H4Living has completed a number of high-performance homes in Australia. Inside the Georgian-inspired home at Bridgeman Downs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMr Guerreiro noted 80,000 high-performing passive homes have been constructed worldwide.“A home built to the Passivhaus standard is a highly energy efficient home which achieves high thermal comfort and exceptional indoor air quality with minimal energy consumption,” Mr Guerreiro said.Some of the materials used include windows that are double glazed, continuous wall and ceiling insulation and air sealing barriers that envelop the home.When fitted with features like solar panels, passive homes can also easily achieve nett zero energy consumption.Mr Guerreiro conceded state-of-the-art homes cost more, adding around 7 to 10 per cent to the price of a build, but said the reduced energy consumption and lifestyle benefits mitigated the initial outlay.H4Living has completed a number of high-performance homes in Australia, with further homes currently in the design process.“Demand for high-performing passive homes is increasing as knowledge spreads,” Mr Guerreiro said.center_img Completed late last year, the property is airtight, includes super insulation to eliminate heat loss or gain, and has an energy recovery ventilation system.These features allow the home to remain at a stable and constant temperature, with no temperature variation between floors, and up to 90 per cent less energy required for heating and cooling.The home was designed to meet high-performance Passivhaus design principles, now starting to be recognised globally. The Georgian-inspired home at Bridgeman Downs.last_img read more

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OPT Gets $15.7M from Public Offering

first_imgOcean Power Technologies (OPT) has closed its public offering of common stock, pre-funded warrants and common warrants, raising approximately $15.7 million in net proceeds.The New Jersey-based wave energy conversion specialist issued 900,000 shares of common stock, pre-funded warrants exercisable for close to 3.39 million shares of common stock, along with common warrants exercisable for about 4.29 million shares of common stock.In addition, OPT issued 642,000 shares of additional common stock and common warrants exercisable for 642,000 additional shares of common stock as the underwriter of the offering exercised in full its over-allotment option.A.G.P./Alliance Global Partners acted as the sole book-running manager for the offering.last_img

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Greens Guilty of Gross Discrimination (Aust)

first_imgCultureWatch 21 May 2012Shame on those intolerant, bigoted and hate-filled Greens. They are a disgrace. Instead of being open, inclusive and tolerant, they are just redneck haters who are denying lovers their dreams. How dare they exclude so many people from their basic right to love and marry?They have come out and made it perfectly clear that they are not at all into real marriage equality. They want to use the ugly arm of the law to push their narrow and reactionary agenda. They actually say they will prevent loving and committed polyamorists from marrying. Unbelievable! And in this day and age! We have so far moved beyond the 1950s, yet we still find this bigoted and ugly intolerance to real love.This is 2012 for heaven’s sake. When will the fundamentalist, archaic and clearly fossilised Greens get with the times? How dare they prevent those in love from their full rights? This is just such a horrific case of irrational discrimination and despicable bigotry.As the press reports today, they are living in prehistoric times: “The Greens have declared they have a clear policy against support for polyamorous marriage as they pursue their case for same-sex marriage. Greens marriage equality spokeswoman Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has declared the Greens have a clear policy against support for polyamorous marriage. ‘Our bill clearly states marriage “between TWO consenting adults” and that is the Greens’ position. No, we don’t support polyamorous marriage – the only person who seems to want to talk about this is Senator Cash.’ read more

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Salute to the king, fireworks on holiday schedule at Phillips County Raceway

first_imgHOLYOKE, Colo. – A salute to the king and plenty of fireworks accompany three IMCA series for Thursday, July 3 and Friday, July 4 Mid-Summer Nationals shows at Phillips County Raceway. PCR hosts the Salute to the King farewell tour, with Steve Kinser in Holyoke on opening night. Fireworks follow the Independence Day program.The Precise Racing BST Series for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Addiction Chassis BST Series for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Leary Racing Products BST Series for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are in action both days, along with IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. All applicable IMCA points will be awarded in all divisions both days. Pit gates and the grandstand open at 3 p.m. both days. Racing starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday and at 5 p.m. on Friday. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Pit passes are $30. More information is available by calling 720 404-0400 and at the and websites.last_img read more

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Suarez happy with Anfield progress

first_img The Uruguay international has scored 29 times and is the top flight’s leading scorer with 22. Suarez’s form has regularly seen him linked with clubs who can offer him Champions League football but the 26-year-old has constantly stressed he is happy at Anfield, having only signed an improved contract less than 12 months ago. “I’m having a nice time because the club is growing and I feel I’m helping personally,” said Suarez, who is back in Uruguay preparing for crucial World Cup qualifiers at home to Paraguay on Friday and in Chile on Tuesday. “I do not know if I’m in the best form but I feel like it’s my fate to score and I have to take advantage.” While Suarez has once again been insisting he is content at Anfield, team-mate Jose Reina has been doing the same. The Spain goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move away this summer with former club Barcelona seemingly top of the list as they are on the look-out for a long-term replacement for Victor Valdes. Reina, who could make a rare start for Spain in their World Cup qualifiers because of injury to Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas, has dismissed the speculation. “I believe that is conjecture. It’s not in my hands and the rumour mill is part of this,” he told Spanish newspaper AS. “It’s a great club (Barcelona) but I’m happy at Liverpool.” Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is happy to have contributed significantly to the progress made under manager Brendan Rodgers this season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Good performance will automatically improve ranking: Sindhu

first_imgBy Mohammed ShafeeqHyderabad, April 20: India’s star shuttler P.V. Sindhu is focusing on coming championships and aims to give her best to achieve her ultimate goal — becoming World No. 1.After winning the Indian Open Superseries early this month, she was almost there, with a career-best ranking of World No. 2.The 2016 Olympic silver medallist, however, slipped to fifth place last week following a first-round exit from the Malaysian Open. She also lost in the quarter-fil of the Singapore Open Superseries.The double World Championship bronze medallist, however, is not disappointed. “Winning or losing is part of life. Sometimes you will win, sometimes you will lose,” she told IANS.The 21-year-old Hyderabadi also doesn’t want to put extra pressure on herself by bothering too much about rankings.”If you play well and give your best, it automatically gets your ranking up,” said Sindhu.She is now focusing on Asia Badminton Championships to be played in Chi between April 25 and 30. “After that we have the Sudirman cup in May,” said Sindhu, who hopes to do well in the two events.Sindhu, who defeated Spaniard Caroli Marin in the Indian Open fil, lost 11-21, 15-21 to her arch-rival in the quarter-fil of Singapore Open.With this win, two-time reigning world champion Marin has taken a 6-5 lead over the Indian in career meetings.The two had been facing each other in key contests since Sindhu lost to her in Rio Olympics fil.Sindhu had avenged her defeat at Rio by beating the Spaniard in the Dubai Superseries fil last year.”I have beaten her sometimes, I have lost to her sometimes. It’s all part of the game,” said Sindhu.She said off-court they were just normal friends. “On-court we fight each other because only one can win,” she said.The first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics, Sindhu also achieved another milestone last year by bagging her maiden Superseries Premier title when she won Chi Open. It was the only trophy missing from her cabinet.The series of wins help the 5′ 11″ Sindhu become only the second Indian woman after her illustrious citymate Sai Nehwal to break into the top five of the world ranking.(Mohammed Shafeeq can be contacted at read more

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Rowe, CS Fullerton host UCSB

first_img February 19, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press SENIOR STUDS: Cal State Fullerton has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Rowe, Austen Awosika, Brandon Kamga and Davon Clare have collectively accounted for 66 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 77 percent of all Titans points over the last five games.BIG WEST IMPROVEMENT: The Titans have scored 74.8 points per game across 11 conference games, an improvement from the 59.5 per game they managed against non-conference foes.JUMPING FOR JACKSON: Rowe has connected on 42.4 percent of the 59 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 5 for 11 over his last three games. He’s also converted 72.4 percent of his foul shots this season.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Gauchos have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Titans. Cal State Fullerton has 38 assists on 78 field goals (48.7 percent) over its previous three outings while UC Santa Barbara has assists on 40 of 77 field goals (51.9 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: UC Santa Barbara managed to score exactly 200 points across three matchups against Cal State Fullerton last season.___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUC Santa Barbara (16-9, 5-5) vs. Cal State Fullerton (10-16, 5-6)Titan Gym, Fullerton, California; Thursday, 10 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two forwards will be on display as Amadou Sow and UC Santa Barbara will go up against Jackson Rowe and Cal State Fullerton. The sophomore Sow has scored 21 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 18 over his last five games. Rowe, a senior, is averaging 20 points over the last five games. Rowe, CS Fullerton host UCSBlast_img read more

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