first_img Coral BarrySaturday 9 Nov 2019 2:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link110Shares Newcastle United are keen on Xhaka (Picture: Getty)‘Then, if I decide he is in the group with us, if he is ready and 100 per cent in his mind with the decision to help us and to play with his quality helping us.‘We need that quality and that player.‘We’re now a little weaker without him in that position because we have one less player.’MORE: Ian Wright says Arsenal should already be looking to replace Unai Emery regardless of Leicester resultMORE: Arsenal’s decision to hold vote to decide club captain wasn’t Unai Emery’s idea Xhaka may not play for Arsenal again (Picture: Getty)Steve Bruce has dismissed transfer speculation linking Newcastle United with Granit Xhaka.The Arsenal midfielder appears set to exit the club in January after being stripped of the captaincy following a furious confrontation with fans at the Emirates.Newcastle are reportedly prepared to take Xhaka on loan once the winter window opens and Bruce was asked if he was interested in signing the Gunner.Bruce replied: ‘Granit Xhaka? Look, I was only in the job two weeks and I was linked with 42 players.ADVERTISEMENT Leicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo 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 12:06FullscreenLeicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/leicester-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-2045018/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.‘So I am not going to comment on anybody else’s players. He is a very good player.’AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is unclear if Xhaka will play for Arsenal again, but he ruled himself out of the game against Leicester City on Saturday.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 CityEmery revealed Xhaka felt he could not feature amid the turmoil at the club and could not say if the former captain would be given a chance at redemption.‘As a coach I have a responsibility for the team. We need a player like Granit Xhaka,’ Emery said before the game at Leicester City.‘But also, I don’t know if he’s going to play again. I don’t know if he is available in his mind to continue helping us and continuing defending the Arsenal shirt. Advertisement Steve Bruce refuses to address transfer links to Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka Comment Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAFTER: The living room in the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East.The end result is a picture perfect, colonial-style Queenslander home — with a difference.“We wanted to get away from the Hamptons style that everyone’s doing,” Mr Bensted said.“We wanted to make it fun as well, instead of just mundane.” Teagan and Cliff Bensted after buying the house at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East. BEFORE: The front of the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East, before the renovation. AFTER: A close-up of the front of the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East.The property is being marketed by Ben Salm of Place – Coorparoo and is scheduled to go to auction on May 18 at 11am.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 18 monthsTotal spend: $400,000 BEFORE: The back of the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East. AFTER: The front of the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East, after the renovation.Mr Bensted said he thought the property at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East was a “post-war mess” until he realised it was one of the original farm houses in the area.“It was super grotty,” he said.But behind it all, he could see the high ceilings, wide floor boards and VJ walls.The couple continued renting for about six months while they got their new purchase in a liveable state. “We were basically trying to get into the Mount Gravatt area because it had a nice, character feeling, without being pretentious,” Mr Bensted said.“I’d seen our house up for sale and kept looking past it. Eventually, I clicked on the ad and saw it had VJ walls and breezeways between the doorways.” BEFORE: The kitchen in the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East.center_img BEFORE: The main bathroom in the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East. AFTER: The main bathroom in the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East.They wanted to change the front of the house, where a brick extension had been added in the early 1970s.They rendered the brick and painted the exterior of the house black, which Mr Bensted admitted was a risk — but it worked.“The whole front and the whole right side of the house had aluminium windows, which we replaced with recycled timber windows,” he said. Teagen and Cliff Bensted with their children, Gus, 2, and Audrey, 4, at the home they have renovated in Mount Gravatt East. Picture: Annette Dew.BOWLS of half-eaten food strewn across the house, walls stained with nicotine, and an ugly brick facade.It’s enough to put even the hardiest of home renovators off, but not Teagen and Cliff Bensted.The young couple learned not to judge a book by its cover when they were searching for their first house five years ago. RELATED: High-end overhaul of Brisbane beauty AFTER: The kitchen in the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East.All new plumbing and electrical was installed and the yard landscaped.“I hired a builder and two carpenters to try and do it as quickly as possible,” Mr Bensted said.“I did all the painting and there was a lot of time where I just did labouring for the builder.”Many of the materials used in rebuilding the house were sourced from all around southeast Queensland, including the iron lace balustrade framing the front porch, which came from an old railway station house. MORE: Dated Noosa home fetches big dollars BEFORE: Inside the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East, before the renovation. AFTER: The back of the home at 22 Pettigrew St, Mount Gravatt East, after the renovation.They moved in once they had installed a new bathroom and sanded and polished the timber floors, but still had no hot water.They excavated underneath the house to create a lower level, including two bedrooms, a living room, a bathroom and a laundry.Upstairs, in the original house, walls were moved to change the configuration slightly. Two of the bedrooms were joined together to become the master bedroom, with a ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoInternal stairs were installed, along with a back deck and a large section of the roof was replaced.last_img read more


first_img The dismissal did not sit well with Diokno as he questioned the Sandiganbayan for granting of Gimenezes demurrer to evidence only now when the case was filed in 1987. The anti-graft court in its verdict has granted the demurrer to evidence filed by the Gimenezes for “insufficiency of evidence” as there were only photocopied documents as pieces of evidence and proof that money was siphoned off to foreign countries. Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno “I think the government should revisit all of the pending cases against the Marcoses and find out what is going wrong and do something about it,” Diokno said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel. In a decision that was released publicly on Friday, the Sandiganbayan 4th Division dismissed Civil Case No. 0007 involving the forfeiture of an estimated P267-million ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses through spouses Fe and Ignacio Gimenez. Two months later, the Marcoses scored another legal victory against the government after the Sandiganbayan dismissed the P1.052-billion civil case against former Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. and some of his relatives, who allegedly served as Marcos dummies, due to insufficiency of evidence./PN “Why did it take the government this long to prosecute and for the court to decide the case?” Diokno said. “We have to get to the bottom of this. Anong nangyari du’n sa mga dokumento na ‘yun? Bakit hindi napresenta yung mga original?” In August, the Sandiganbayan Second Division also dismissed for insufficient evidence the P102-billion forfeiture case against the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, former First Lady Imelda Marcos, and other cronies. Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that the Malacañang Palace respects the verdict of Sandiganbayan to dismiss another Marcos case. This is the third loss of the Presidential Commission on Good Governance and the Office of the Solicitor General this year. “The Administration does not interfere with the judiciary. The rule of law must always prevail in courts regardless of who are the parties. Their decision must be accorded respect and obedience,” Panelo added. MANILA – The government should exhaustall the remedies following the Sandiganbayan’s dismissal of another forfeiturecase against the Marcos family involving millions of ill-gotten wealth, veteranhuman rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno said. Diokno, who chairs the Free Legal Assistance Group, said in a television interview that the government must revisit all the charges against the Marcoses.last_img read more


first_img The 26-year-old Italian goalkeeper allowed Samir Nasri’s tame shot to squirm from his grasp and over the line as Manchester City snatched a 2-2 draw with the Black Cats at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. Until that point, it looked as if Connor Wickham’s double would hand the visitors an unlikely and invaluable victory which could have proved hugely significant in their fight for Barclays Premier League survival. But although he was devastated on the final whistle, Mannone will be between the posts again at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, and Poyet will have no qualms about retaining his services. The 46-year-old Uruguayan said: “That’s why when you have a son, the first thing you say is, ‘Don’t play in goal. Any position but in goal’. “It doesn’t matter how well you play for 89 minutes, it doesn’t matter how many saves or crosses you catch, if you make one mistake, it is going to cost you a goal. “It’s the worst position to be part of. But the goalkeepers know that and the have to live with that and they have cope with that. “I think Vito wants just to play again as soon as soon as possible. I have got no doubts he is going to play (at Stamford Bridge), it’s not a problem for me.” The Black Cats headed south still six points adrift of safety and ruing the two which slipped from their grasp in midweek. However, they did so having restored a measure of pride and confidence with their performance against a City side who never really got to grips with them. Poyet knows life will be no less difficult against title-chasing Chelsea, but he is looking for a performance of similar character to keep alive their survival hopes. Gus Poyet is confident Vito Mannone has the mental strength to bounce back from his costly midweek howler when struggling Sunderland visit Chelsea. He said: “The idea is to play and believe in what you do and stay in the game, don’t give up, don’t throw the game away in 20 minutes because not a long time ago, Arsenal after 20 minutes were down to 10 and 3-0 down at Stamford Bridge, and that’s a difficult one to take because then you don’t have too many options to change. “The idea is to start strongly to make it difficult, but at the same time to put them under pressure.” Poyet, of course, spent four years at Chelsea as a player, but will not allow old friendships to deflect him on his return. He said: “Before the game and after the game is going to be great because I have got so many friends, even in the tunnel. “The idea is just to make sure during the game, I just concentrate on us and don’t look for anything apart from trying to get something from the game.” Press Associationlast_img read more