Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Oct 2020 4:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Eddie Nketiah equals record held by Alan Shearer and Arsenal flop Francis Jeffers Comment Eddie Nketiah scored in England Under-21s 3-3 draw against Andorra (Picture: Getty)Eddie Nketiah scored the 13th goal of his England Under-21 career during Wednesday’s 3-3 draw against Andorra, in the process equalling a record held by Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers. The 21-year-old appeared to have scored the goal which booked a place for Aidy Boothroyd’s side in next summer’s European Championships with a late strike, but the young Lions were robbed of maximum points when Christian Garcia pounced in injury time. Boothroyd’s side are next in action against Turkey on this coming Tuesday and will no doubt look to Nketiah, who has now scored nine times in his last five appearances for the Under-21s, to continue his fine run of form at this level. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Arsenal academy graduate spent part of last season on loan at Leeds but was recalled by the Gunners after he was afforded a lack of playing time by Marcelo Bielsa. ADVERTISEMENTNketiah has subsequently established himself as a firm favourite of Mikel Arteta’s and usurped Alexandre Lacazette in the Spaniard’s pecking order towards the end of the last campaign. Eddie Nketiah scored the winning goal in Arsenal’s recent win over West Ham (Picture: Getty)The Lewisham-born forward has started just once in the Premier League this term but came off the bench to poach a late winner in the recent win against West Ham and struck in the Carabao Cup victory at Leicester. Gareth Southgae, meanwhile, is bless with forward options at senior level with this season’s Premier League top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin now in the mix following his spectacular run of form.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 ArsenalWith Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham and Mason Greenwood all vying for places competition is as intense as it has ever been but Arteta believes Nketiah has the tools to force his way into the reckoning. ‘If he keeps performing in the way he has been with us in the last few months he will have a really good chance and as well, I think culturally, England and the manager are really brave with young kids,’ he said recently. ‘It’s up to them, they have to be consistent and keep doing what they’re doing at club level and then that opportunity will come in a natural way.’MORE: Mikel Arteta told Emiliano Martinez he had a 95% chance of starting Arsenal’s first game of the seasonMORE: Thomas Partey spoke glowingly about new Arsenal teammate Granit Xhaka during transfer talksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement
Weekly Update: Advocating for Fair Congressional Maps, Fighting the Opioid Epidemic, Betting on the Eagles
Weekly Update: Advocating for Fair Congressional Maps, Fighting the Opioid Epidemic, Betting on the Eagles By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf When our @Eagles take the field this #SuperBowl Sunday, all of Pennsylvania will be rooting for the Birds and celebrating our team’s history of perseverance. Let’s make sure they hear us all the way in Minneapolis: E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles! #PAproud #FlyEaglesFly (video has ?sound) pic.twitter.com/PEhnV1PpbJ— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 2, 2018 February 02, 2018 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog, Weekly Update RedistrictingThis past week, Governor Wolf held three non-partisan listening sessions to receive feedback from Pennsylvania residents on gerrymandering in the commonwealth. He was in State College on Tuesday, Philadelphia on Wednesday, and Pittsburgh on Thursday. The governor listened to the concerns of faculty and students, community officials, and constituents, and will use this feedback to ensure that Pennsylvania’s congressional districts are fair for every voter in the commonwealth.“It’s important that we engage in open and transparent conversation on gerrymandering,” said Governor Wolf. “This is not a partisan issue and I want to make it clear that the people of Pennsylvania are the ones leading this charge.”The governor also opened his website to comments from the public on Thursday. He invited all individuals to share their opinion to ensure that their voice is heard.Opioid EpidemicOn Monday, the governor continued his fight against the opioid epidemic when he urged the General Assembly to consider a set of pending bills aimed at furthering the key initiatives and messages of the governor’s 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration. These pieces of legislation would limit prescriptions for opioids, allow home and hospice staff to dispose of unused prescriptions, and allow those suffering from substance abuse disorder to be subject to mandatory evaluation and treatment.“I encourage the legislature to make passage of these bills a priority. And I thank the General Assembly for passage of recent legislation and those lawmakers who have taken the initiative to draft new legislation. I commend them for sharing my commitment to help even more Pennsylvanians fight the disease of addiction and look forward to continuing our work together to combat this crisis.”EducationEducation remains one of the governor’s top priorities, and he demonstrated his commitment to our public schools again on Friday, when he announced that he will reaffirm his commitment to education funding in next week’s budget address. Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal for education will include:$100 million increase in Basic Education;$40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start;$20 million increase for Special Education;$15 million increase for the State System of Higher Education; and$10 million for Career and Technical EducationPhiladelphia EaglesOn Wednesday, Governor Wolf emphasized his confidence that the Philadelphia Eagles will bring home their first Super Bowl win by announcing a friendly wager with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Governor Wolf waged some ‘Philly Favorites’ including donuts from Federal Donuts, scrapple from Reading Terminal Market, and pizza from Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. Governor Baker’s wager included clam chowder from Legal’s Seafood, Craisins from Ocean Spray, and apple cider donuts from Smolak Farms.“I am proud of the work, determination and Pennsylvania grit that the Eagles have displayed and I look forward to rooting them on to victory in Minnesota. Thankfully, all Pennsylvanians can unite in one thing this weekend: rooting for a Patriots’ loss,” Governor Wolf said.Governor Wolf’s Week, January 28, 2018 – February 3, 2018Monday, 1/29/18Governor Wolf Urges Passage of Pending Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic Amid Disaster DeclarationGovernor Wolf Celebrates Schools Demonstrating Career and Technical Education ExcellenceTuesday, 1/30/18Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College ResidentsWednesday, 1/31/18Governor Wolf Wagers Philly Favorites on Eagles with Massachusetts GovernorGovernor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with Philadelphia ResidentsGovernor Wolf Announces $74 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 11 CountiesThursday, 2/1/18Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in Hawley for Cabinet in Your Community EventGovernor Wolf Invites Public to Comment on Gerrymandering and Congressional RedistrictingGovernor Wolf Holds Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session in Western PennsylvaniaFriday, 2/2/18Governor Wolf Appoints Neil Weaver to Lead Government Performance OfficeGovernor Wolf to Reaffirm Commitment to Public Education, Skills Training in 2018-19 BudgetHighlights from TwitterGerrymandering has reached a crescendo in recent years as politicians have shamelessly tried to vote themselves into safe seats. This is why it’s essential to have independent entities working on this issue, who can look at objective mathematic algorithms & produce a neutral map. https://t.co/NU5WjdgXJN— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 29, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Governor Wolf Highlights PAsmart Workforce Proposal at Monroe Career and Technical Institute Governor Wolf has set a goal for 60 percent of Pennsylvanians to have some form of post-secondary education or training by 2025. Economy, Education, Jobs That Pay, PAsmart, Press Release, Workforce Development Bartonsville, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined state Rep. Maureen Madden and local officials today to announce a $510,000 grant for the Monroe Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) and discuss his first-of-its-kind PAsmart proposal to invest in a highly skilled workforce for the 21st century economy.“This is an investment in the workers and the economy of Monroe, Pike, and Northampton counties.” said Governor Wolf. “This targeted funding will give students the opportunity to learn on cutting edge equipment and expand training opportunities that will ultimately help thousands of people get the skills for good-paying careers in this community.“Businesses are expanding in Pennsylvania and they need skilled workers. MCTI is helping to meet that demand and is an example of why I’m proposing PAsmart to make a strategic investment in skills training.”The grant will provide funding for MCTI to expand job training and replace aging welding equipment with state-of-the-art technology to improve safety and enhance the skills of students as they earn industry recognized certifications. MCTI’s welding program operates 14 hours a day, five days a week. An average of 55 adults and 40 high school students complete the welding program each year.“This is incredible news for our students, faculty, and community,” said state Rep. Maureen Madden. “I applaud Gov. Wolf for recognizing the importance of investing in MCTI, an institution that has been offering career training to the residents of Monroe, Pike, and Northampton counties since 1972. This grant will ensure high school students and adults are educated and graduate from one of the most state-of-the-art facilities, right here, at a time when it’s vitally important to make investments in education and workforce development.”“MCTI is ecstatic to be the recipient of this $510,000.00 grant for our welding program,” said Dennis Virga, acting director of MCTI. “Students of both our high school and adult continuing-education classes will benefit greatly from the purchase of new equipment and upgrades to the welding lab. Additionally, the money will afford training to our adult community in automotive technology, construction trades, culinary arts, health occupations and welding.”Governor Wolf proposed PAsmart after hearing from workers and businesses about the need to close the skills gap and prepare students and workers for the jobs that employers need to fill.Part of the governor’s 2018-19 budget proposal, PAsmart would invest $50 million to help workers get the skills and education for jobs in growing industries.The $50 million would be targeted with competitive grants:$25 million to expand STEM and computer science education$10 million to help students and adults get work skills and credentials with In-demand job through career and technical education.$5 million to encourage employer involvement in job training.$7 million to expand apprenticeships$3 million for Industry Partnerships which help employers partner to provide job training April 27, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
January 23, 2019 January Jobs That Pay Update: New Year, New Term, Same Commitments SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Education, Infrastructure, Innovation, Jobs That Pay, Round-Up, The Blog Kicking off a new year and a new term, Governor Tom Wolf is making sure Pennsylvanians know his commitment to good-paying, sustainable jobs is unchanging.More than 100 new jobs are coming to the commonwealth as businesses expand across the state, including Elk, Potter, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.A focus on apprenticeship and job training continues to be paramount to the Wolf Administration. This month, Pennsylvania schools and students received more than $2 million in grants.Through January, Pennsylvania will continue to build on successful investments in schools, businesses, and residents. Investing in Job Training This month, Governor Wolf announced more than $2.6 million in federally funded Business-Education Partnership grants to 22 local workforce development boards. The grants will connect businesses and schools to provide students with soft skills, internships, workplace shadowing, and mentoring opportunities.Through the governor’s PAsmart initiative, workers at Bosch Rexroth Corporation will also expand job training opportunities. The engineering company in Bethlehem received nearly $50,000 in grant funding to help train a new generation of employees. Creating and Sustaining Our Workforce Elk and Potter counties will see the creation of 41 new jobs through the expansion of Morgan Advanced Materials and Technologies, Inc. The more than $1.6 million expansion will create the manufacturing space to meet a growing demand for materials used by military and law enforcement.The governor also announced nearly 80 new jobs through the expansion of CorrChoice LLC. The producer of industrial corrugated paper packaging products will expand into a facility in Derry Township at the border of Dauphin and Lebanon counties. Looking at Past Successes This year, Governor Wolf and his administration recommitted themselves to core Pennsylvania values: schools that teach, jobs that pay, and government that works.In the last four years, Governor Wolf prioritized middle-class jobs and supported high growth industries. During the governor’s first term, Pennsylvania added more than 200,000 jobs and set an all-time record with more than 6 million jobs in the commonwealth. In addition, the state added more than 12,010 new businesses establishments.In 2019, he will continue to support efforts to combat the gender wage gap, raise the minimum wage, and make investments in job training to produce a highly skilled workforce.Highlights from December 2018 – January 2019Funding from Wolf Administration to Support the Expansion of Morgan Advanced Materials and Technologies, Create 41 New JobsGovernor Wolf Announces $791,000 in PLCB Grants for Developing, Promoting Pennsylvania BeersGovernor Wolf Reaffirms Commitment to Good Jobs, Skilled Workforce in Second TermLow-Interest Loan Financing Provided by Wolf Administration in 2018 Will Support More Than 4,300 JobsGovernor Wolf Showcases First Term Advancements in Economic Development, InfrastructureGovernor Wolf Announces $2.6 Million to Prepare Students for High Growth JobsGovernor Wolf Announces Creation of Nearly 80 New Jobs Through Expansion of CorrChoice LLCGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Provide Skills Training to Next Generation of Workers at Bosch Rexroth CorporationHighlights from Instagram
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Encourages Shopping Local During Holiday Tour of Honesdale Holidays, Press Release Today, Governor Tom Wolf visited small businesses and encouraged Pennsylvanians to shop local this holiday season during a tour of downtown Honesdale. While touring the downtown that inspired the lyrics to the classic carol “Winter Wonderland,” state and local leaders also discussed how rural communities will benefit from the recent signing of the state’s rural health bill“Downtowns like Honesdale offer Pennsylvanians an opportunity to buy unique gifts for their friends, families or themselves while supporting their neighbors and community,” said Gov. Wolf. “As we continue to invest in improving our downtowns, we create better lives for all Pennsylvanians.”The tour took the governor to Arts for Him and Her Too, a custom tailor shop and clothing retailer; the Former Delaware & Hudson Canal Co. Office and Wayne County Historical Society’s main museum building; and Yoga International, which provides more than 300,000 clients worldwide with multimedia content on yoga.Following the downtown tour, the governor stopped by Wayne Memorial Hospital to discuss the benefits of the recently signed public health bill that supports the financial stability of hospitals in rural communities by transitioning them from fee-for-service to global budget payments. December 10, 2019
46 Deakin Ave Southport“I am used to staging, it has made me particular to details,” Mrs Harrison said.“My partner and I referred to the house as an asbestos palace when we found it.“The exterior, interior and roof were full of it. It was a huge challenge.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We had to rebuild most of the house and restore it back to its authentic style.” The 63-year-old said she took out all 30 windows and replaced the glass as well as pulling up all the old floorboards. 46 Deakin Ave SouthportThe quaint three bedroom home has a claw-foot bathtub, glass French doors and imported Spanish floor tiles. Soft grey walls in the kitchen combine with shades of black finishes. A veranda flows to the pool while lavender blooms in the gardens with a pathway shaded by Frangipani trees.46 Deakin Avenue Southport 3 2 2 Price: $829,000Features: Swimming pool, French doors and 40mm stone bench topsArea: 519sq mAgent: John and Nicole Mayer, Ray White Mermaid BeachInspections: Sunday, 11am-11.30am 46 Deakin Ave SouthportAGE has nothing on this classic 1950s-built Queenslander, which setting a style statement for Southport properties. Sitting pretty in the fashionable locale of Chirn Park, 46 Deakin St has had a makeover.Homeowners Sue Harrison and Johan Louw who moved from Mornington Peninsula, describe it as a work of art. 46 Deakin Ave Southport“What was a sad property is now this charming place,” she said. “The front door is the only part I really kept but I have added the imported Italian door handles as a special touch.“The builders absolutely hated working with hardwood but we were really drawn to the Queenslander-style and wanted to bring it back to life.” 46 Deakin Ave Southport“We lived on the Gold Coast 20 years ago but when we came back from Victoria we saw that Chrin Park had evolved as a stylish corner of Southport,” Mrs Harrison said.“It was a place that really fit our personality.” The couple who worked in entertainment, on productions like Disney On Ice, said the property was their 20th renovation project.
The home at 12-14 Cycas Court, Cornubia.KEN NOCK and his family are downsizing from their sprawling property at Cornubia.Mr Nock said they had lived at 12-14-Cycas Court for 15 years and were looking to stay in the area.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom architect-designed home was built by the original owner, a builder.“It’s a pretty original home,” Mr Nock said.“We’ve got 420 sqm under the roof, so it’s quite spacious.” The kitchen at 12-14 Cycas Court, Cornubia.He said his favourite part of the house was the southeast facing deck area, where the family often sat and enjoyed the breezes.Meanwhile, the master bedroom is at the front of the house beside an office/fifth bedroom, perfect if you need to work from home or get away from the kids.Mr Nock said the lower level of the home could be used as a granny flat or guest accommodation. One of the living spaces at 12-14 Cycas Court, Cornubia.The property, on a 3532 sqm block, is a traditional Queenslander-style home with modern materials.Only one of four properties on the top of the hill, Mr Nock described the home as unique.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020He said from the kitchen sink, families could enjoy views out to Stradbroke Island.“Our property is up quite high,” he said. The deck at 12-14 Cycas Court, Cornubia.Downstairs is a media/music room and third bathroom. This zone has a fully equipped theatre and is wired for vision and 7.1 surround sound. He said an up-and-coming family that wanted to surround their children with nature would be the perfect match for the property.“There’s plenty of room for the kids to play and grow,” he said.With direct access to the Cornubia mountain bike and walking trails, Mr Nock said people who liked the outdoors would really enjoy the surrounding area.
But they needed to find a way to get the awkwardly heavy pizza oven of their choice through the property. The $6,000 solution was to hire a crane to lift the oven into their backyard.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“Because Paul’s a builder and a developer, he looked into every angle, he called five companies, and then was able to hire this crane to be able to lift it into the backyard. There was no other way of doing it. It sounds crazy but it’s so much fun having that pizza oven there. Pizza ovens normally aren’t that heavy, it’s just that we fell in love with this one.”She said it was considered money well spent.“We have lots of pizza parties. It’s just so easy with kids, friends and family and well worth the money. It’s just such a great addition. We spend heaps of time up on the rooftop deck as well, but in winter we have that ability to congregate outside around the pizza oven, roasting marshmallows, and we have pizza nights all year round.”After two years in their dream home, though, the itch to create something new was back, with the 27 Wienholt St, Auchenflower, home now up for sale by Place Paddington agent Tim Douglas. The backyard oven was now a crucial part of their entertaining space. The 27 Wienholt St, Auchenflower backyard was missing one crucial element in the Haywards’ eyes – a pizza oven. Sharon and John Russell in “The Boat House” at their Norman Park home. Picture: Mark Calleja The rooftop terrace is still their favourite spot though. 20 Wynnum Road, Norman Park. Bri and Paul Hayward with their son Hendricks and the backyard pizza oven they spent $6000 to put in place. Picture: AAP Image/Mark Calleja.A PIZZA oven in the backyard that ended up costing over $6,000 is among some of the dream additions that Queenslanders have put in luxury homes.Wallet busting home “bling” is not just a thing of fashion but a key part of what makes a dream home “home” for these property owners.The couple behind the pizza oven move, Bri and Paul Hayward, realise it cost about the same as buying a premium pizza every day for a year, but they believe it was more than worth it.They had completed an overhaul of their new home when they fell in love with the pizza oven of their dreams. But after finding no way to get it through or around the house, they decided to hire a crane to literally pick it up off the roadside, over the roof and place it next to the pool in the backyard. The Boat House has its own bar too.Sharon and John Russell told The Courier-Mail earlier that it was the setting for many parties and family functions.”It was built, we think in the ’50s, so you can’t ever build again, and we made it somewhere really special. We will often go and sit down there. It is on the jetty perched over the river.”It was “much loved” according a listing by agent Deborah Evans who runs her own property agency in Morningside.“Many hours will be enjoyed at the much loved “Boat House” and adjoining pontoon, completely equipped with surround sound, wine fridges, ice-maker and television. Brisbane’s river is an incredible backdrop for entertaining.”Both homes are on the market for sale by private treaty. The pizza oven has been a hit at family functions.“Everyone jokes it won’t end,” Mrs Hayward said. “You’re constantly looking at new ideas. We’re doing another home but this time we will put the pizza oven in first. We’re going to get the exact same brand.”Landing a builder’s dream home may not be such a bad thing considering all the effort they go to, with the most popular requests these days including “floating staircases” in luxury homes. “It can be $100,000 plus for them,” Mrs Hayward said. Sometimes a dream addition is simply upping the luxury feel of an existing feature, like the “boathouse” at 20 Wynnum Road, Norman Park, “which you can’t get anymore”.
Vacancy rates are getting tighter.IT’S becoming tougher to find rental properties with new figures revealing a drop in residential vacancies.According to SQM Research nationally vacancy rates dropped to 2.1 per cent in October.In Brisbane vacancy rates dropped to 3 per cent from 3.2 per cent in September.That means there were about 10,714 vacant properties being advertised across Brisbane for rent.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Hobart had the tightest vacancy rate in October of 0.3 per cent – the lowest on record since 2005.Adelaide’s vacancy rate was also low, 1.4 per cent, Canberra was 0.8 per cent, Sydney 1.9 per cent, Melbourne 1.8 per cent and Darwin, 2.5 per cent.Vacancies weren’t too tight in Perth at 4.1 per cent.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher, said the figures showed it was a tighter rental market in many capital cities.“We’ve seen big falls in Perth and Adelaide and even Brisbane appears to be recording a slight trend downwards right now,’’ he said.While that was good news for landlords, Mr Christopher believed vacancies would start to rise in November and December, a time of year when students traditionally moved back home at the end of the university semester.While vacancies may have gotten tighter during the month, asking rents continue to soften, to $441.30 a week for Brisbane houses and $365 a week for units.
16 Yarama Court, Upper Coomera.Standout features of the five-bedroom home that was once a prize home include a granny flat, pool and spa, garden gazebo and tennis court.Mrs Eelman said of all the homes she has lived in, this will be the one she remembers.“That’s probably one of my favourite houses because of the feel of it,” she said. 16 Yarama Court, Upper Coomera.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 16 Yarama Court, Upper Coomera.A WRAPAROUND veranda, peaked ceilings and detailed woodwork give this grand Upper Coomera manor a striking elegance.The modernised brick home at 16 Yarama Court has a Colonial-style, which owner Sue Eelman said made it feel warm and welcoming.“I’ve always called it a grand old lady because that’s what she’s always been to me,” Mrs Eelman said. She bought the property about 10 years ago but only lived in it for four. 16 Yarama Court, Upper Coomera.She didn’t want to sell it so has let her daughter live there for the past few years with her family.“It’s nearly four acres and it’s good development land so we thought we’d just sit on it for a while,” Mrs Eelman said.The family has since decided to downsize so Mrs Eelman has reluctantly listed the home on the market.She loved the home’s wraparound veranda most as well as its abundance of space. 16 Yarama Court, Upper Coomera.