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Change ‘unstoppable’, say football anti-racism campaigners after banner stunt

first_imgThe words “Black Lives Matter” have been printed on the back of shirts in place of players’ names for the first 12 games of the Premier League’s return.Players, coaches and referees have taken a knee before kick-off in every match to show their support for the fight against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in the United States last month.”In itself, the words themselves aren’t offensive, it’s the context,” said Onuora, a former head coach of the Ethiopia national side, referring to the banner.”It’s the rejection of conversations we are having at the moment and that’s what it represents.”Sanjay Bhandari, chairman of Kick It Out, English football’s anti-racism charity, said the fans who had organized the stunt were missing the point.”The point of Black Lives Matter is not to diminish the importance of other people’s lives,” he said.”It is to highlight that black people are being denied certain human rights simply by virtue of the colour of their skin. It is about equality.”Piara Powar, executive director of anti-discrimination body Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), said those flying the banner were fighting a losing battle as momentum for change was unstoppable.”Set against the BLM message of equal rights, ‘White Lives Matter’ can only be motivated by racism and a denial of equal rights,” he said.”It shows exactly why the fight for equality is so important and why the majority of people have supported it.”The movement, the issues that are being discussed and the change that will arise is unstoppable. History will judge that this was a moment that led to change.” Players’ union bosses praised Burnley captain Ben Mee’s reaction to a “White Lives Matter” banner flown over the Etihad Stadium, as anti-racism campaigners said change was unstoppable.A banner reading “White Lives Matter Burnley” was towed by a plane shortly after all players and match officials had taken a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement on Monday.Mee, in his post-match comments after his side’s 5-0 defeat by Manchester City, said he was “ashamed”, urging people to “come into the 21st century”. Topics :center_img In a statement, Burnley promised to hand lifetime bans to those responsible.Iffy Onuora, an equalities officer for the Professional Footballers’ Association, said the Burnley skipper’s strong words had been well-chosen.”You get that moment of deflation but then there’s the positive reaction since,” he said.”I thought Ben Mee was absolutely fantastic. You feel inspired again. These are uncomfortable conversations but in order to progress, you have to have them.”last_img read more

Real estate agents marry at Pebble Beach

first_imgThe most romantic property deal of 2016. Urban Property Agents’ Ben Wakely marries Colliers International’s Sam Degn at Pebble Beach, California.Two of Brisbane’s top real estate agents have returned to work after their star-studded wedding in California.Urban Property Agents’ Ben Wakely and Colliers International’s Sam Degn organised a sunset ceremony on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach golf course, overlooking the Carmel coastline. The couple, who met at a Paddington real estate office almost eight years ago, celebrated with 55 of their closest friends and family at the nearby clubhouse.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoUrban Property Agents’ Ben Wakely and Colliers International’s Sam Degn after tying the knot at Pebble Beach, California.Guests making the trip from Australia for the big day included former professional footballer Wendell Sailor and his wife Tara, Channel 10 news presenter Georgina Lewis and her aviation business husband Paul O’Brien, and former television weather presenter Amanda Mahony (nee McLeay) and her property developer partner Tim. Mr Wakely, a former Queensland Reds player, admitted to shedding a tear or two on the day.“Sam looked stunning in her Vera Wang custom-designed dress,” he said.Following their December nuptials, the newlyweds are focusing on a huge 2017.“Ben and I are both market leaders in our respective fields and have shared a love for real estate well before we met,” Ms Degn said.“We have personally purchased many homes in Paddington and are now turning our focus to development with the recent purchase of our first commercial asset.”last_img read more

Cairns ‘castle’ on the market after 10 years as family-friendly wonderland

first_img2 Mangosteen Cl, Smithfield. PICTURE: J Create PhotographyWITH its European architecture and fruit tree-lined gardens, this “castle-like” Smithfield manor resembles something from a fairytale.And for the first time in a decade, the unique home at 2 Mangosteen Cl is on the market, listed for offers above $680,000. It has been owned and loved by former Cairns hostel proprietors Adrian and Patricia Hodgson for the past 10 years.“It was the look of the property and its uniqueness which really drew us in,” Mr Hodgson said. “It has a European look to it and very much is like something out of a fairytale.”Built on a fruit orchard in the early ’90s, the home has long captured the attention of passers-by. Its immaculate yard still features a range of fruit trees including avocado, mango, lychee and cherry.“We do collect and use all the fruits, which come at different times of the year,” Mr Hodgson said. Set on 1225sq m, the home also features a solar hot water system, pool, spa bath and marble bench tops. Even after 10 years, the owner said he was still intrigued by the property’s catchy design.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoIt helped cultivate the imaginations of Mr and Mrs Hodgson’s now adult daughters Laura and Margaret.“The girls have always loved it and they used to think it was like a ‘fairy castle’,” he said. “Birthday parties were always a treat here. It has been a really happy home for us.”Having now sold their business, the Red Key Hostel on McLeod St, Mr and Mrs Hodgson are looking at moving to Brisbane.“We’re going to miss the home and our neighbours. It is the nicest house we have ever owned,” he said. The median price of Smithfield houses is $415,000, according to CoreLogic, with the average time spent on market 63 days.Selling agent Donna Waldman of Cairns Property Office expected 2 Mangosteen Cl to sell quickly.“It will gain a lot of interest because it’s just so unique,” she said.“It has been a fantastic family home and they have kept it in fine condition.” The home is open for inspection today and tomorrow from noon to 12.30pm.last_img read more

Czech minister confirms closure of second pillar by 2016

first_imgThe government now plans to set up a working group of political parties, economists, employers, trade unions and other stakeholders to devise a transfer plan.Marksová stated that, while no fund member would lose their savings, her preference would be for the monies to return to the state system.This would be legally controversial.In contrast to the dismantled Hungarian system, and the partially dismantled Polish second pillar, which were both funded entirely by contributions diverted from the first pillar, the Czech second pillar has been funded by diverting 3% of the 28% first-pillar social contribution, with members adding a further 2% from their wages.Due to the additional 2% funding, as well as the CSSD’s long-standing threat to close the system when in opposition, the second pillar never gained momentum.At the end of 2013, only 83,960 members had signed up, with none of the six pension companies yet meeting the 50,000 legal threshold required by the end of this year to retain their licence.By comparison, the third pillar had some 5m members.Assets totalled an estimated CZK350m (€12.7m), while last year’s returns averaged a sub-inflationary 1.8%. The Czech Republic’s new government has lost little time in sounding the end for the short-lived second-pillar pensions system.The closure of the second pillar was a long-standing objective of the Social Democrats (CSSD) and its leader Bohuslav Sobotka, the new Czech prime minister, with the policy forming part of an agreement with the CSSD’s coalition partners, ANO 2011 and the Christian Democratic Party (KDU-CSL).On 30 January, a day after the government’s swearing in, the CSSD’s Michaela Marksová, the new minister of Labour and Social Affairs, told the press the government aimed to close the system as of 2016.The coalition agreement currently states that the funds accumulated in second-pillar accounts would be merged with those in the long-established third pillar, without clarifying what would happen to the accounts of members without third-pillar schemes.last_img read more

Townsville property market unpredictable following floods

first_img REIQ Townsville Zone chairman Wayne Nicholson says it’s too soon to know what impact the Townsville floods will have on property prices. Townsville floods. Ross River Dam from a helicopter. Picture: Zak Simmonds JUST a few weeks ago Townsville people were praying for rain as dam levels fell to about 60 per cent. Careful what you wish for. The monsoon brought almost 2m of rain in two weeks. Old-timers have told me it’s been going on for years and flooding is a way of life here. And I remember growing up in Railway Estate where every wet season the king tides would cause extensive flooding. I recently saw some photos from 1946, which delivered some extensive flooding to Townsville. I have been asked what happens now to real estate prices both for sale and for rent. My answer is “it’s too early to tell”. Real estate markets function on supply and demand and when the demand is high and the supply is low prices increase.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020When the opposite occurs, as what has happened in Townsville over the past 10 years, prices fall for sales and rentals.We really don’t know how the market will change. My feeling is that rents may rise and maybe we will start to see some investors come back to the table. General rents in Townsville have fallen over the past five to seven years by between $50 and $100 per week. This has been driven by low confidence, high unemployment and somewhat of an oversupply of property. My concern is rental supplies will not be enough to meet demand in the short term. We are hoping that short-term solutions can be found for the displaced tenants and owners, and we also hope they are able to move back to their homes in the next few months. A flooded property that we manage has already been stripped inside, including tiles from the floors, and the builder is moving swiftly to renovate totally. I have also heard some wild numbers as to how much money will be spent in Townsville over the next few years and they range from $300 million to $1 billion.Most of that money will stay in Townsville and help our economy which has had its fair share of bad news over the past five years or so. So for now, let’s look forward to better times ahead.last_img read more

Suez Canal Introduces Toll Discounts for LNG Carriers

first_imgThe Suez Canal Authority is granting toll reductions for LNG tankers operating between the American Gulf, Arabian Gulf zone, India and its eastern ports.The toll reductions relate to tankers either loaded or in ballast.A 30% cut will be offered to LNG carriers sailing in the Arabian Gulf and west of India up to Kochi port. A reduction of 40% of the canal dues is being provided for tankers transiting East of the Port of Kochi west of India up to the Port of Singapore, while a reduction of 50% will be in place for Singapore and its eastern ports.In order to obtain the discount, a company needs to submit a request before transit through its shipping agency.In addition, the ship must not call any port in between port of origin and port of destination for commercial purposes, which needs to be proven by a formal declaration from a ship’s operator.In case of calling at in-between ports for non-commercial purposes, the authorities of these ports have to submit a certificate to the SCA, stating the reasons of calling.The company should also submit a certificate from the last port of origin stating the date of sailing and a certificate from the first port of arrival stating the date of arrival.The documentation should be submitted within 60 days from the date of transit.last_img read more

Meet our team at Marine Energy Event in Amsterdam

first_imgAs Marine Energy Event 2017 is about to kick off, our team is looking forward to all the upcoming buzz.We would like to invite you to meet one of the members of our team, Amir Garanovic, and chat about the latest developments or explore exposure opportunities.The Marine Energy Event, organized in cooperation with the Dutch Energy from Water Association (EWA) and Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC), presents the latest developments in international marine energy projects, environmental monitoring, testing infrastructure, offshore safety and construction, and the evolving trends and export markets of this sector.The 2017 edition, which is a part of Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference, will focus on the conditions for commercial success.You can connect with Amir Garanovic through aga@navingo.comSee you in Amsterdam RAI!Marine Energy Event is held as part of Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) which is an annual event focused on the complete offshore energy industry, from oil & gas to offshore wind and marine energy. The two-day event, to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on (9), 10 & 11 October includes an exhibition where an expected 650+ companies will showcase their products and services. Next to that, there is an accompanying conference that covers key topics and solutions for the offshore community.last_img read more

Trump plans Indiana vist

first_imgWashington D.C.— Officials from the White House say President Trump will make a stop in Indiana to promote his plan to overhaul the federal tax code. The visit has been scheduled for next week, a time and location has not been set.Reports from the director of the economic council Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin say they are proposing a cut from 35 to 15 percent.last_img

You must beat Tottenham, Berbatov charges Solskjaer’s Man Utd

first_img Loading… Dimitar Berbatov has said a win for Manchester United against Tottenham on Friday evening would be “so important” for their chances of a top-four finish. “It will give confidence to the manager, we all know he gets criticised and put under pressure and people are constantly speculating about his position. “This would cement him in the job, and that will be massive for next season because a Champions League spot will be there. “That will seduce players, better players, bigger players to play for United, so it’s important and I hope they qualify.” read also:Revealed! How Man Utd’s Angel visited Nigerian prophet in attempt to heal injury United last qualified for the Champions League in 2017/18 after finishing second in the league. That was only the second time they have managed to do so since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager in 2013. They are part of a six-team battle to secure the fourth and final spot in Europe’s elite competition for 2020/21, with Chelsea, Wolves, Sheffield United, Tottenham and Arsenal also in with a chance. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img United host Spurs in what will be both teams’ first game back following the season’s suspension. As it stands, the Red Devils are fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. But with the Blues not in action until Sunday, United could climb into the top four with three points against Spurs. A strong run of form pre-lockdown has put them in with a good chance of securing Champions League football next season, and Berbatov says they must make the most of their opportunity. In an interview with Betfair, cited on the Daily Mirror, Berbatov said: “It’s massive for United to finish in the top four. It won’t be easy, but they need to take their chance. “The first game is so important, they need to take their chance, if they do then there will be a massive change next season and it will be huge.Advertisementlast_img read more

Gutierrez targets derby boost

first_img The Black Cats are currently fighting for their Barclays Premier League lives once again, but Gutierrez knows that will count for little this weekend. He told the Chronicle: “In the last few years, they have been in a bad place and they beat us. Listen, it doesn’t matter what position you are in for a derby. It’s a derby, it’s different. “We know what the fans think of this type of game. We know now it’s a few games where we have not beaten them. “It’s away, so we have to be ready and focused. We want to get a win for the fans. They deserve it, so we are going to work hard and start from the beginning. “We can’t start late in the derby because we want three points.” Gutierrez last played in the derby in April 2013 on a bad day for Tyneside as Sunderland ran out 3-0 winners at St James’ Park. Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is hoping to celebrate his return to first-team action with a much-needed derby victory over struggling Sunderland. The 31-year-old Argentinian has appeared as a substitute in each of the Magpies’ last three games following his return from testicular cancer, and has been welcomed warmly back into the fold on and off the pitch. However, he has finished on the losing side on each occasion and is desperate to end that run as Newcastle attempt to bounce back from an unprecedented four successive defeats by their arch-rivals at the Stadium of Light on Sunday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more