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M25 spending reaches £100m

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Kiwis eye shorter working week in post-lockdown economy

first_img“Think about if that’s something that would work for your workplace, because it certainly would help tourism all around the country,” she said.New Zealand, with a population of five million, has recorded just 21 coronavirus deaths, thanks largely to the early lockdown and rigorous adherence to anti-virus measures.International borders remain closed but New Zealanders are now free to travel domestically, with tourism operators and airlines ramping up services to meet demand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday raised the prospect of Kiwis enjoying extra public holidays and a shorter working week to help kickstart New Zealand’s post-lockdown economy.Ardern said she wanted to encourage “nimble” and creative ideas for recovery after a strict seven-week lockdown that helped New Zealand contain COVID-19 but stalled the economy.Suggestions included moving to a four-day week and creating extra public holidays to help boost spending in the tourism and hospitality sectors that have been hit particularly hard by the lockdown. “This is an extraordinary time and we should be willing to consider extraordinary ideas,” she told reporters, adding: “I haven’t ruled anything in or out.”Ardern said there is “a range of options and we should be open [minded]”.After talking to tourism industry representatives on Tuesday, the prime minister said working from home during lockdown had shown how productive employees could be if given extra flexibility.She said a four-day week could work the same way if employers were willing to try it.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Serena working to reduce mental stress, expectation

first_img “You don’t play that many perfect matches. That’s one thing I’ve been working on in this off-season loosely,” the 39-year-old told reporters on Monday after her opening 7-6(2) 6-0 win over fellow American Kristie Ahn at Roland Garros.”But it’s just understanding that I have to let go of expectation. That doesn’t mean I’m lowering my expectations. It just means I’m having realistic expectations of not winning every point, every game, every shot.”It sounds crazy, but that’s me and that’s what makes me me. I’m Serena. At some point I’m always going to have some level of perfection, but I just need to have a more reasonable level so I cannot put so much stress on me mentally.”Williams feels she puts more pressure on herself by striving for perfection in everything she does. Serena Williams says she has been working on reducing her mental stress and making herself understand that she cannot possibly win every point on court as her chase of a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title continues at the French Open.The American won her 23rd major title at the Australian Open in 2017 before taking a break to give birth to her daughter.She has reached four Slam finals since returning to the circuit in 2018 but has been denied every time as she remains one major title behind Australian Margaret Court. She did not play a lead-up event on clay before Roland Garros and her last match before the French Open was a semi-final defeat by Victoria Azarenka on the US Open hardcourts.Williams also had an Achilles injury in that match which forced her to withdraw from the Italian Open in Rome.Asked what she was doing to manage the injury, Williams said: “A ton of prayer. I’m doing so much for it.”I did so much for it at Patrick’s [coach Mouratoglou’s] academy, like I went straight from New York directly to his academy and started rehabbing it.”One of the reasons I came into [speak to the] press a little bit earlier than normal [is] because I need to get back and start the protocol all over again. So just kind of rehab that, laser, ice, just a lot… of stuff on it.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Potential-plus with this huge allotment

first_imgThe home offered the potential to create a double holding incomeRochedale is undergoing a transformation.The suburb offers a mix of contemporary dwellings on new allotments, development sites and long-term holdings with the ability to subdivide in the future.The golden ticket is landing a property that will one day be a prime project, but can also create a current holding income to help service the debt.That’s exactly where 6 Gardner Rd, Rochedale slots into the mix.With multiple immediate and future possibilities, this 9182sq m property was always going to be a prized acquisition.The property sold at auction for $2.015 million and provides triple-income potential for its new owners, according to selling agent at Yong Real Estate, Nahi Shahwani.Mr Shahwani said the circa 2000 brick home was in great condition and provided six-bedroom, three-bathroom accommodation across two levels.It’s a big, functional home with potential to add a dual income.“They have the chance to take two families,” Mr Shahwani says.“Upstairs has three bedrooms — all of them are very big — two bathrooms and a massive lounge.”Mr Shahwani said the second area downstairs could effectively be self-contained.The rental options don’t end there, however, as there’s a 250sq m shed with workshop/storage and office.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 2020“They have a massive shed and they’re currently running a business there,” Mr Shahwani said.Mr Shahwani said the auction was well attended with the property eventually purchased by a Chinese buyer who could see Rochedale’s potential for growth.“We had seven registered bidders. Four of them competed,” he said. “It started at $1 million but it got where the emotion of the buyers came up so it went very quickly climbing to arrive at around $2 million and then slowed.”Mr Shahwani said the eventual buyer had been active in the area and was willing to pay what was needed to acquire the right properties with potential.“They’re still looking for acreage and with an unlimited budget,” he said.Mr Shahwani said these properties were fairly rare so competition was hot and the recent auction had unearthed other cashed-up future developers too.“Not many properties come up around in that area,” he said.“In fact, since I’ve had that property I’ve had a lot of inquiry and we had several interested bidders … the others are still looking in the same area.“The market is very hot particularly — a very desirable area for Chinese buyers.”last_img read more

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Naomi Campbell gets 6 month suspended prison sentence for assaulting photographer

first_imgNaomi Campbell British supermodel Naomi Campbell has been handed a six-month suspended prison sentence in Italy after she was found guilty of  assaulting a   Photo Journalist.Naomi was accused of scratching the eye of a Journalist,  Gaetano Di Giovanni who took pictures of her in  2009.Gaetano Di Giovanni took pictures of  the model and her former boyfriend, Russian billionaire Vladimir Doronin, in August 2009, the Daily Telegraph reports.Sources say Naomi intends to appeal with her lawyer Guido Carlo Alleva saying in a statement: “We are appealing the ruling surrounding the 2009 incident. ”Naomi is reported to have hit the photographer with her bag, scratching his eye in the incident.The photographer needed medical treatment following the incident and took three days to recover, the court heard.Although she reached an agreement with the snapper and he withdrew the charges, the Telegraph cites Italian news agency Ansa as saying that the prosecutor, Francesco Massara, ordered the trial to go ahead.He said it was in the public interest because of the serious nature of the charges.Campbell, 45, is known for her fiery temper – in 2007, she admitted to hurling her Blackberry smartphone at her housekeeper. She served a five-day community service sentence in New York City, paid a fine and completed an anger management course.She was accused of a similar attack on her assistant in Canada in 2000, but settled the case by paying an undisclosed sum and agreeing to seek treatment for her anger issues.last_img read more

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China arrests 900 over meat safety

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Chinese consumers have been hit by a number of food safety scandals in recent yearsMore than 900 people have been arrested in China for selling fake or tainted meat in the last three months, state media say.Officials say they uncovered almost 400 such cases and seized more than 20,000 tonnes of fake meat. In one case, the suspects made fake mutton from foxes, mink and rats after adding chemicals, state media said.The report is the latest in a series of cases highlighting food safety issues in China. In the latest case, examples of wrongdoing included suspects using a hydrogen peroxide solution to process chicken claws or injecting water into meat to increase its weight.State news agency Xinhua reported the arrests as a part of a national crackdown that will now focus on dairy products. It also quoted an official as saying that China had “deep-seated food safety problems” that needed to be resolved.Food safety remains an issue of huge concern for the Chinese public, reports the BBC’s Martin Patience in Beijing.Last year there were reports that some suppliers to pharmaceutical firms used so-called gutter oil – reprocessed kitchen waste dredged from restaurant drains – to make antibiotics.Previous cases also involved the use of gutter oil as cooking oil or in food production. Public concerns also remains over milk products, after a high-profile scandal involving the use of melamine in baby milk formula. BBC Newscenter_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint China arrests 900 over meat safety by: – May 3, 2013 15 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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‘Pusher’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgBACOLOD City – Police nabbed a man in adrug buy-bust operation in Barangay Concepcion, Talisay City, NegrosOccidental. Five sachets of suspected shabu valuedat around P8,000 were seized from Ronald Cruz Jr. of Barangay Zone 12, TalisayCity, police said. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againstCruz./PN The suspect was detained in the custodialfacility of the Talisay City police station. Cruz was caught after he sold suspectedillegal drugs to an undercover office for P500 around 4:05 p.m. on April 17,the police added.last_img

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Meld aim for Elleval

first_img The trainer added: “Provided he shows up well there he will then go for the Secretariat Stakes in Arlington (August 17). That is over a mile and a quarter on the inside turf track and he stays well.” David Marnane has his sights set on a run at Leopardstown with Elleval after his fine effort in defeat at the Curragh on Saturday. The three-year-old, who was runner-up to Lines Of Battle in the UAE Derby, was beaten less than two lengths when fifth in the Dubai Duty Free Millenium Millionaire Celebration Stakes on his first outing since that Meydan run in March. Marnane said: “It was his first run back, he ran very well and he should come on for the run. I was particularly pleased with the way he travelled and it was great that he came straight back with a good run after Dubai. He is entered in the Meld Stakes at Leopardstown (July 25) and that’s where he will go next.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Pellegrini: We focus on all players

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists uncertainty over Wayne Rooney’s fitness will have no bearing on his plan for this weekend’s Manchester derby. Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview his side’s Capital One Cup tie against Newcastle, was also asked if United did City a favour last weekend. United struck a late equaliser to claim a draw against Premier League leaders Chelsea, preventing them moving eight points clear of City. Asked if he celebrated Van Persie’s goal, Pellegrini said, laughing: “I don’t remember. At that moment, I thought the game was finished and I went to drink a glass of water. “When they told me after how the game finished I smiled.” Press Association Pellegrini claims the uncertainty does not affect his preparations as his gameplan is based on containing United’s firepower as a whole, rather focusing on any individual. Pellegrini said: “We really don’t change our way to play for some player, or other player. If it’s not Wayne Rooney it will be Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata or Robin van Persie. “They have so many creative players that they have a lot of different chances. We cannot prepare for a game talking about one player because (if) he doesn’t play we have to change all of what we do. “We really try to play with a style of play every game. “I am sure Wayne Rooney is one of the important players of Manchester United but also other players are very difficult for us.” Rooney had been expected to return for the clash at the Etihad Stadium after completing a three-match suspension. Even though United have not lost since Rooney began his ban, his comeback would give the team a lift as they tackle the champions, to whom they lost 4-1 and 3-0 last season. The 29-year-old holds the record for the most goals scored in Manchester derbies with 11 in 22 appearances. Doubt has been cast over United striker Rooney’s availability for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash against rivals City following a report that he has suffered a foot injury. It was claimed the United and England captain was seen limping at a sponsors’ function on Monday after apparently being hurt in training. United have not commented on the report. last_img read more

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