Brazil legend Rivaldo backs under-fire David Luiz to become an ‘important player’ for Arsenal

first_imgLuiz has come in for criticism this season (Picture: Getty Images)Rivaldo believes that despite David Luiz’s mistakes last season, the defender can go on to become an ‘important player’ in Arsenal’s ‘young and inexperienced squad’.The Brazilian has been heavily criticised for a string of high-profile errors since his move from Chelsea to the Emirates last summer.Luiz put in a catastrophic performance in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City after the restart, giving away a penalty and getting himself sent off after coming on as a substitute for the injured Pablo Mari.The 33-year-old also set an undesirable Premier League record after conceding his fifth spot-kick of the season during the Gunners’ 3-2 final-day victory over Watford.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal still moved to secure Luiz’s future at the club for another season and Brazil legend Rivaldo feels that the centre-back’s wealth of experience can prove to be valuable for Mikel Arteta’s side.‘David Luiz did not enjoy a great first season with Arsenal, but the club trusted him by renewing his contract and I think the Brazilian defender still has what it takes to play at a big English club,’ the former Barcelona winger told Betfair.‘He has lots of experience and knows exactly how to manage his energy during a match. He could also be pivotal to help the youngsters at the club.‘He has lots of knowledge about English football and will improve from last season and could work as an important player in such a young and inexperienced squad that clearly needs some veterans to help them improve.’ Brazil legend Rivaldo backs under-fire David Luiz to become an ‘important player’ for Arsenal Luiz had a shocker in the 3-0 defeat to City (Picture: Getty Images)The Gunners are also believed to be the frontrunners in bringing Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League this summer.The former Liverpool playmaker has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich, but, with Barca reportedly keen to offload him, Rivaldo says the Brazilian would thrive back in England.‘Philippe Coutinho will soon return from his loan at Bayern to Barcelona but I doubt he can revive his career there,’ Rivaldo added.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘His best option could be returning to English football where he spent the best seasons of his career and in which his qualities seem to be best suited, as he proved at Liverpool when was one of the best players in the Premier League.‘At Arsenal, Tottenham or Leicester, Coutinho could be a regular starter next season. It would be a good opportunity for the Brazillian to rediscover his best form and show that he continues to be an excellent player who belongs to the elite.’MORE: Kevin Campbell urges Arsenal to prioritise Thomas Partey signing over Philippe Coutinho and WillianMORE: Arsenal in pole position to sign Philippe Coutinho as Raul Sanllehi drives talksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Jul 2020 10:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Strong annual growth is turning this suburb into investment heaven

first_imgBodhi Apartments at Upper Mount GravattSTRONG rental increases and apartment values almost tripling since 2000 is turning Upper Mount Gravatt into an investors heaven and new development Bodhi might just be the project to invest in.A report by The National Property Research Co. shows Upper Mount Gravatt’s median apartment price has jumped 183 per cent, from $159,000 in 2000 to a record high of $450,000, equating to a solid 7.19 per cent annual growth.Demand for property in the leafy suburb has also resulted in a 70 per cent increase in median rental rates for one-bedroom apartments, which currently achieve $255 per week, compared to $150 per week in 2010.The National Property Research Co. director Matthew Gross said Upper Mount Gravatt had been a stand out suburb because of its diverse urban economy and broad demographics.He said he expects the growth trends identified in the report to continue over the coming years assuming that strong population growth and sound economic fundamentals remain.“The Mount Gravatt region has a proven track record of consistent growth — median apartment prices even continued to rise throughout the Global Financial Crisis (2008-2011), which shows that it is a resilient market backed by strong underlying demand,” Mr Gross said.He said its proximity to two Griffith University campuses with more than 17,000 students, plus it being home to Westfield Garden City and providing easy access to two nearby hospitals was driving the areas growth.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“Proximity to education and employment hubs is part of what gives a location its competitive edge over surrounding areas. By comparison to some other Brisbane suburbs, there are fewer new properties being made available for people to buy or rent,” Mr Gross said. Bodhi Apartments at Upper Mount GravattOne of the latest developments to be launched in Upper Mount Gravatt is the Lacey Group’s Bodhi Apartments, which will feature 78 one, two and three-bedroom apartments across eight levels on a prime corner site, fronting Mascar and Everett Street.Lacey Group director Adam Lacey said Bodhi had been designed to match the lifestyle of those buying and renting in the local area.“The people who choose to live here are looking for convenience and livability, which is exactly what Bodhi delivers,” Mr Lacey said. “The apartments are just 300 metres from public transport, minutes from the motorway and a short walk from Westfield Garden City, which has been transformed by a recent $400 million upgrade.“For semi retirees downsizing and young professionals looking for an executive apartment, livability means extra space and room to entertain, so we have designed Bodhi with oversized rooms, plenty of storage and generous balconies.”Bodhi Apartments are now selling from $352,500, with construction expected to commence in mid 2017.last_img read more

TenneT Secures EIB Funds for Grid Project

first_imgEIB will provide around EUR 250 million in funding for the project valued at around EUR 509 million. The TenneT South-West 380KV West comprises the construction of the electricity transmission corridor connecting Borsselle to Rilland, in the south of the Netherlands. It includes a new 380kV line from Borssele to Rilland substations, a new 380kV substation at Rilland, extension works at Borssele substation, as well as the works on the 150kV part of the same circuit. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved funding for the Tennet South-West 380KV West grid project in the Netherlands. One of the objectives of the project is to enable the transportation of energy from onshore and offshore wind farms to the Dutch grid.last_img

IRC embarks on community outreach

first_imgRoseau, Dominica (October 18, 2011): The Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC), the body responsible for regulating the electricity sector in Dominica, is embarking on an outreach programme that will take it to communities across Dominica. In the first phase of the programme, IRC staffers took to the streets of Roseau last month to educate persons about its’ functions and the second phase will take the form of Public Meetings within communities. “The IRC is just over four years old and has been doing some work to educate residents about the service that it provides but we realize that we have a lot more work to do to educate customers about their rights as electricity consumers so we’re going into the communities. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Salisbury Primary School from 6:00 p.m. and residents of St. Joseph, Salisbury, Morne Rachette and Coulibistrie are all invited to attend,” said Marie-Antoinette Mora, the IRC’s Public/Consumer Relations Manager.A recent survey conducted by the IRC revealed that just about one-third of the population had heard of the organization and was aware of the work that it does. The organization aims to increase this figure over the next year and has also engaged the assistance of residents to aid the process.“We pulled together residents from various communities with different areas of expertise to form a Consumer Advisory Committee and the first meeting was held on October 12th. The committee will provide advice and feedback to the IRC on its directions, policies, and services as they affect consumers. The CAC’s mandate is one of advocacy and representation and is guided by two main principles – Communication and Consultation; communicating the messages of the IRC to the general public and consulting with the general public on their views with respect to their electricity supply and supplier and feeding that information back to the IRC,” added Ms. Mora.Vanya Eloi of La Plaine is the Chair of the committee while Glenroy Toussaint of Morne Rachette is the Deputy Chair and Judy Lawrence of Portsmouth is the Secretary. Other members include Vesta Anselm, Ashton Riviere, Cleville Mills, Julia LeBlanc, Keith Benjamin, Osborne Riviere, Gordon Baptiste, Sylvester Jno.Baptiste, Heston Charles, Paul Miller, Delroy George, Euella Joseph, Aurelius Joseph, Bertrand Telemaque and Forbes Charles.Press Release LocalNews IRC embarks on community outreach by: – October 18, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 11 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Government Reduction Bill Passes House

first_imgJud McMillin (R-Brookville) authored the bill that looks to remove outdated and duplicate provisions in the Indiana Code.STATEHOUSE- A major government reduction bill has passed the Indiana House and will now go to the Senate for further discussion. Authored by State Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville), House Bill (HB) 1005 cuts bureaucratic red tape for Hoosier businesses and stops burdensome regulations by removing unnecessary, outdated and duplicate provisions in the Indiana Code.“Since 2011, the Legislature has eliminated more than 40 boards and commissions and removed more than 400 government appointments,” said Rep. McMillin. “We are always looking for ways to make government more effective and efficient for Hoosiers. Just as positions might no longer be needed or lose their value over time, laws can fall in the same category. When regulations become archaic, duplicated or unnecessary, it can be costly and create confusion for businesses and Hoosiers alike. I authored House Bill 1005 to consolidate the code and remove provisions in order to help state government work better for all Hoosiers.”In 2013, the Competitive Enterprise Institute discovered that the cost of complying with federal regulations is estimated at $1.8T. According to a poll conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Businesses in 2012, 55 percent of business owners say they would not start a business today given the current environment and what they know about the process. Looking at Indiana specifically, since 1976, the Indiana Code has nearly doubled in size.If enacted, HB 1005 would repeal the Responsible Property Transfer Law (RPTL) which requires documentation to be disclosed for certain property transfers. While this law was revolutionary in 1989, the private sector has developed procedures to encompass what the RPTL entails.Another provision in HB 1005 repeals a law dating back to 1965 which requires businesses to file notice with the county clerk when they are having a ‘going out of business sale.’ The law was in place to prevent false advertising, but since other laws exist to address this concern, the regulations were unnecessary and burdensome to Hoosier business owners. In fact, some county clerks, like in Elkhart, have not issued a license under this law since 1998.“The laws we pass address concerns our constituents have, but sometimes old language isn’t removed. This can make it difficult for Hoosiers to navigate state government and have their issues resolved,” said Rep. McMillin.A main component of HB 1005 makes various changes to the Title 9 portion of the Indiana Code.“There are many regulations and restrictions that make up the Title 9 section of the code. As new provisions have been added over the years, it has become increasingly confusing and overwhelming for judges or attorneys to keep up with. House Bill 1005 renovates this section considerably, simplifying it for court officials and Hoosiers,” said Rep. McMillin.Other provisions in HB 1005 repeal needless regulations pertaining to the Department of Revenue, the Department of Insurance and the Family and Social Services Administration to list a few.“This government reduction bill is one of the largest on record and spans across many portions of the Indiana Code,” said Rep. McMillin. “We spend a lot of time passing laws and putting language into the code, and sometimes our focus needs to be removing that language once it becomes outdated, duplicated or unnecessary.”last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds chase $1,000 prize at Rock Island County Fair

first_imgEAST MOLINE, Ill. – The top prize for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Quad City Speedway’s Wednesday, June 18 Open Wheel Onslaught is $1,000.The Rock Island County Fair special pays a minimum of $150 to start and is a qualifying event for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State, but no local track points will be awarded for the draw/redraw show. Pit gates at East Moline open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. The drivers’ meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Entry fee is $40 and pit passes are $30. Reserved grandstand seating is $12; adults are $10, seniors are $8, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and five and under get in free. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Also on the program are mod lites and midget lites. More information about the Open Wheel Onslaught is available by calling 309 792-5030, at the www.qcspeedwayracing.com website or by emailing qcspeedwayracing@yahoo.com.last_img read more

Coalition still needs community input

first_imgBatesville, IN—The Coalition for a Drug-Free Batesville wants to hear your thoughts around substance use/abuse throughout our community. The 2020 Community Perception Survey has currently been completed by almost 400 community members, however, the goal is 500, and your feedback is vital to the work of the Coalition over the next year.Please take a few minutes to complete this survey about your thoughts on a variety of topics around substance use and abuse. The Coalition then uses the results from this survey to look at what the community perception is on specific topics to allow them to create what their focus of work will be over the next year and beyond.Those who complete the survey will be put into a drawing for a $50 gift card if you choose to include your name and e-mail address at the completion of the survey. To take the survey, click here.last_img read more

Chelsea, Liverpool set for Club World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Spurs to face Bulgarian minnows in Europa League opener Liverpool and Chelsea look set for trips to China, after FIFA granted the nation the rights to host the inaugural version of its expanded Club World Cup.A freshly designed, 24-team tournament has been scheduled for 2021 and a host of elite level teams have been pencilled in to participate.The decision to award the hosting rights to China will be announced on Friday in Shanghai after it is confirmed in a vote of FIFA’s Governing Council at its quarterly meeting, as report the New York Times.Once the final plans have been confirmed, the new event will be brought in to replace the unpopular Confederations Cup.As it does for the World Cup, Europe will provide more competitors for the event than FIFA’s other five regional confederations.The structure of the tournament, in line with FIFA’s plans, would see Europe have eight places in the 24-team field.South America would have the next largest allotment, with six, and the remainder would qualify from the other regional confederations, including three from CONCACAF. The inaugural hosting of the competition has been awarded to China in reward to the nation’s commitment to investing in their own football project over recent years.FIFA president Gianni Infantino had reportedly wanted to include 12 European teams in the inaugural event, but this was reduced on request of UEFA.The top two European competitions – the Champions League and the Europa League, would take two of the eight allocated slots over each four year period.As reported, the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea would be included, along with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.Tags: Club World CupCONCACAFEuropa Leaguelast_img read more

Norwich issue ban threat over abuse

first_img The club said in a statement: “We can confirm that Norfolk Police made us aware on Saturday of a new and separate incident of potential racist abuse aimed at Chris Hughton on an unofficial fans’ Facebook page. “As in the first and ongoing incident, we will co-operate fully with the police in their enquiries and we take it very seriously indeed, and if anyone is convicted of an offence in relation to these incidents, not only will they face whatever punishment is handed out by the courts, but they will also potentially face a life ban from Carrow Road from us.” Police launched an investigation on Saturday after a number of supporters reported an offensive comment on an unofficial Facebook page. It follows a similar incident earlier this month in which police said they were investigating a comment left on a social networking forum as a “hate crime”. Norwich have threatened a life ban for any fan found guilty of racism after boss Chris Hughton was the target of online abuse for the second time this month.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USC Security Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20. Miscellaneous incidentsAt 9:35 a.m. on April 19, two females were detained for going to the roof of Seeley G. Mudd without authorization and were escorted from the premises.At 2:07 p.m. on April 19, a student got into a verbal dispute with her boyfriend near 23rd Street & Flower Street.At 2:37 p.m. on April 19, a student was taken to a hospital for treatment after fainting and hitting his head at Leslie Hoffman Hall.At 3:21 p.m. on April 19, outside of the USC premises, a female backed her vehicle into a student’s car.At 6:43 p.m. on April 19, four students were cited by Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for going to the roof of Seeley G. Mudd without authorization.At 12:01 a.m. on April 20, a male was detained near Carl’s Jr. for driving under the influence of alcohol.last_img read more