China will host the newly expanded 2021 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, while Shanghai is interested in holding the Olympics. Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday began building a new stadium costing 12 billion yuan ($1.7 billion) and boasting a 100,000 capacity — one of the world’s largest arenas.The stadium, which will be marginally bigger than Barcelona’s famous Camp Nou, is scheduled to be ready by the end of 2022, Xinhua news agency said.Guangzhou Evergrande Football Stadium will have an eye-catching lotus flower design wrapped around it, a nod to the southern city’s status as China’s “Flower City”. The stadium will be, for a time at least, the world’s largest football venue, until the Camp Nou expands to 105,000 seats after its ongoing redevelopment. Eight-time Chinese champions Guangzhou, who are coached by Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro and have won the AFC Champions League twice, average about 50,000 fans for home matches.China’s government is making an aggressive push to promote football in the country and several major new stadiums are being built around the nation.Evergrande’s Chinese Super League rivals Shanghai SIPG are constructing a new arena that will seat 33,000 and is expected to be finished in 2021. Topics :
26 Mayfield St, AscotThis original 1914 home has been restored to reflect its original heritage while suiting modern family living.It has been owned by radiologist, Dr John Fenwick, and his interior designer wife, Christin Fenwick, since 2002.The couple are only the third owners of the stately home at 26 Mayfield St, Ascot.More delightful heritage renos…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:39Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:39 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Average house? Wait till you see the extension!00:39 Related videos 00:39Average house? Wait till you see the extension!00:31Converted Homes: Jails, shops & police station 00:43Best converted homes 201700:35Dreamy Victorian Terraces 01:59Dream Home: Carlton02:35The Converted: BlacksmithMs Fenwick said they had felt strongly that it should be restored and that the renovation reflect its original Queensland heritage.“Our home has been carefully designed to accommodate our five children, and the many parties, family celebrations and weddings,” she said.26 Mayfield St, AscotIt has already hosted three weddings and with only two children remaining at home, the couple have decided it is now time to downsize.“We have enjoyed living in this home so much that we will definitely look to replicate it on a smaller scale,’’ Ms Fenwick said.One of the things Ms Fenwick enjoys most about the home are the clerestory windows which give views out to the tennis court.“When our whole family is together, the kitchen is the focus, with everyone spilling into the living areas, courtyard and tennis court,’’ she said.The Ascot home sits on a very large land holding of 1856sq m.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoIt has spacious living and entertainment areas both indoors and outdoors.It was renovated and restored by architect Derek Trebilcock with the assistance of interior designer Mary Durack.26 Mayfield St, AscotAt the front entrance of the home is a formal garden. Once inside, there is a formal sitting room with an imported French fireplace, a formal dining room, and a music room.These rooms all have pressed metal ceilings and panelled walls.The home opens out onto a rear deck, covered courtyard and rotunda through French doors and double hung windows.26 Mayfield St, AscotThere is a full-sized tennis court with pavilion, and a swimming pool plus a bathroom outdoors.There are two studies in the home and the kitchen has a butlers pantry, Italian marble and Gaggenau appliances, including a double oven, steam oven, and two sinks and dishwashers.A family room next to the kitchen is large enough for a dining table and sitting area.26 Mayfield St, AscotThis space leads out to the multipurpose room and library which has blackbutt floating floors, timber tongue and groove wall panelling, and timber coffered ceilings.
One of the few remaining company-operated pension funds in Austria has been sold to a multi-employer Pensionskasse.EVN, a publicly listed energy and environmental services company, is transferring its occupational pension fund to €6.4bn VBV, Austria’s largest Pensionskasse.“Deciding to sell our pension fund was a decision to place the occupational pension provision for our employees in the hands of a company, that is specialised in this area,” said Stefan Szyszkowitz, managing director of EVN. “On a day-to-day level practically nothing changes for our employees, but they are now also getting the security and lengthy experience of the largest domestic Pensionskasse.”VBV had already been running the administration of the EVN pension fund, but with the sale the latter’s assets are being absorbed and managed by VBV. The transaction marks the continuation of a trend that has led to the outsourcing of almost all company pension funds in Austria.IBM, Porsche and the Austrian social insurances still have Pensionskassen, with the Bundespensionskasse – for civil servants and federal contract employees – also still operating as a company scheme.A spokesperson for VBV also named Valida Industrie Pensionskasse, which is run by the pension group Valida, as a remaining company scheme. It is the renamed Siemens Pensionskasse, which was sold to Valida in 2012.Founded in 1995, the EVN Pensionskasse had about €170m of assets under management as at the end of 2016, and nearly 3,300 members.VBV Pensionskasse is one of five multi-employer pension funds in Austria, alongside Allianz, APK, Bonus, and Valida Pension. Germany’s Rheinland-Pfalz dissolves civil servant pension fundThe regional government for the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz has decided to dissolve the pension fund set up for civil servants.Along with the €5bn fund the state-owned investment company PLP Management, which managed bond investments, will be unwound by the end of the year.In the spring, a court had decided some of the investment strategies by the fund were unconstitutional.The judges followed criticism by the opposition parties saying the fund’s investments in the province’s own bonds only shifted the debts rather than reducing them. After some consideration the local government decided last week that it will completely dissolve the pension fund and the investment company it had created to run the bond investments.As in other German provinces without pension funds for state employees the pensions for civil servants in Rheinland-Pfalz will now be paid out from the annual budget.The regional state will maintain some buffers in its budget for years with spikes in retirements, with the money earmarked for pensions but not invested.Swiss to get vote on entire AV2020 packageSwitzerland will go to the polls in September to vote on the entire Altersvorsorge 2020 (AV2020) pension reform package as opposed to just an increase in value-added tax (VAT).A group of trade unions from western Switzerland, small parties on the left and consumer protection organisations presented nearly 60,000 signatures to the federal chancellery, which acts as a hub between the government, the administration, parliament and the public.Only the increase in VAT for additional funding of AHV, the first pillar, has to be put to a binding referendum under Swiss law as it requires a change to the constitution.As a result of the petition from the “No” campaign, the Swiss people will also be voting on other questions relating to the legislation underpinning the reform, a source said.The increase in VAT must be approved by the popular vote and the cantons in order for the reform to pass. This is because it is central to funding the proposed first pillar top-up payments to compensate for cuts, and because the reform package treats the first and second pillar as a whole.If the increase in VAT is passed in the public vote and by the cantons the other questions to be put to the public vote will also need to be passed in order for the reform to happen, according to the source.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced that 13 percent of Indiana’s 4.5 million registered voters cast a vote in the May 6 Primary Elections.Indiana saw more Hoosiers opt for early voting during the 2014 Primary Election. During the primary, 16 percent of voters who cast a ballot voted early, compared to 12 percent in 2012 and 11 percent in 2010 and 2008.“I believe our actual voter turnout numbers may be higher than 13 percent,” said Secretary Lawson. “We are currently in the process of updating our voter list, which will give us clear data on Indiana’s real voter turnout numbers in future elections.”Indiana saw an increase in the number of counties moving to the cost-saving vote center model. During the primary election, 16 counties chose to use vote centers compared to 7 in the 2012 election cycle.Vote centers consolidate multiple precincts into a single location, allowing counties the opportunity to save on costs associated with hiring poll workers and purchasing voting machines and supplies.“As I traveled throughout Indiana on Election Day, I was impressed with how counties have deployed their vote center operation plans,” said Secretary Lawson. “Voters showed a positive reaction to the change and appreciated the flexibility in choosing where to vote.”
Greensburg, In. — Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation say contractors will begin work in April on an $11.7 million project to resurface portions of State Road 3 and U.S. 421 in Greensburg and extend the service life of multiple bridges.Pavement will be resurfaced on S.R. 3 from Muddy Fork Sand Creek to I-74 and U.S. 421 from S.R. 3 to I-74.Bridge decks at S.R. 3 over Muddy Fork Sand Creek and over I-74 and County Line Rd. over I-74 will receive an overlay.Motorists should be prepared for lane closures and use extra caution while driving in the work zones.Intermittent lane closures on State Road 3 will begin on or after Monday, April 1 between West County Road 425 South (6 miles north of Westport) and West County Road 400 North (2 miles north of Greensburg) and between I-74 and East County Road 300 North.Lane closures will also be in place on U.S. 421 between I-74 and Park Street.
Ireland’s Caroline Ryan was denied a medal in the women’s scratch race on day three of the Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk after being overtaken by the chasing pack in the final half-lap. Press Association Ryan was floundering as the line approached and she was overtaken by the pack as Russia’s Evgeniya Romanyuta claimed bronze. The Irishwoman finished seventh, one place behind Great Britain’s Dani King. In the women’s sprint, Becky James advanced to the semi-finals with apparent ease, winning her best-of-three quarter-final with Australia’s Kaarle McCulloch 2-0. The 21-year-old from Abergavenny is in the form of her life and won team sprint and 500m time-trial bronze medals on the opening two days of competition. She accelerated by McCulloch in the first bout to win comfortably and in the second held off the Australian to claim a 2-0 win. The last-four of the sprint takes place tomorrow, with James drawn against China’s Guo Shuang in the best-of-three semi-final. Ryan was seeking to claim her second World Championships medal – after points race bronze in 2012 – in the 40-lap (10-kilometre) event and follow Martyn Irvine’s successes on day two, her team-mate who won men’s scratch gold and individual pursuit silver. She initiated the break 12 laps out and had two accomplices, but defending champion Katarzyna Pawlowska of Poland overtook her and claimed the victory, with Mexico’s Sofia Arreola Navarro second.
Seamie Heffernan will again be on board, and Winters reports her in great form. He said: “Seamie rode her after racing at Clonmel last week and he was happy with her. He said she got a bit tired up the straight, but she’s in good order. “We never thought we’d be going back to a mile and a half with her, and it will probably be a game of tactics with just three runners. Two miles and two and a half miles is her trip, really. “The owners had her at home and have had her riding out for a while. She’s come back looking a million dollars. She’s always improved from her runs and I’m sure she will again. She looks fantastic in her coat and her attitude is very sweet, which is important. “I wouldn’t mind heavy ground as long as it was loose, so some rain would be a help. She wouldn’t really like tacky, holding ground.” Looking ahead, Winters said: “The Martin Molony Stakes (Listed) could be next on the agenda after this (at Limerick on April 26), and if she stays in form she could go for the Gold Cup at Ascot. “Then you would have a month or six weeks before the Galway Hurdle. She is still nicely rated on 144 over hurdles compared to the really top mares like Annie Power and Quevega who are about 20lb higher. The prize-money is huge at Galway. “There are plenty of good staying races for her to aim at later in the year, all the Cup races, but we’ll space them out a bit more. As a young mare she was winning races easily and ran two or three times in the space of a few weeks, but she will be operating at a higher level now.” Missunited is the star turn at Limerick on Thursday when the Mick Winters-trained mare makes her reappearance in the Summer Twilight Nights Race in a season that could see her take in the Ascot Gold Cup. The seven-year-old faces just two rivals in the shape of last year’s winner El Salvador and recent Gowran Park maiden scorer Cosmic Cannonball. The daughter of Golan, home-bred by Dan and Vanessa Hutch, proved a real money-spinner last year winning the Guinness Galway Hurdle and returning to Galway the following month to land the Listed Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes on the Flat. Press Association
Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is refusing to hide from the club’s fans as he attempts to negotiate a way out of a difficult start to the season. McClaren, whose side take on Stoke on Saturday, said: “It is something which when I was in Holland was kind of a ritual. “It was a tradition in Holland and in Germany and I thought it was a good one. Will it take off here? I don’t think so, but we are just trying to reconnect and get closer to the fans. “I once stormed off in Holland with the centre-forward and the president kicked me back out, so that taught me a lesson in that. “I know it is not the theatre when everyone stands up and you get a round of applause. Of course it is different. But you have got to have that toughness to stay there and not to skulk off.” Newcastle, who accepted a Football Association charge of failing to control their players in the wake of skipper Fabricio Coloccini’s controversial dismissal on Friday, have lurched from one crisis to another in recent weeks, having had a man sent off before half-time in three of their 10 league games to date, lost goalkeeper Tim Krul to injury for the rest of the campaign, collected three points just once and lost a derby. However, McClaren does not subscribe to the view, offered in their darker moments by one or two of his predecessors at St James’ Park, that the club is cursed. He said: “No, you make your own luck and we’ve got to turn that around. It’s not just a football thing, but a mentality thing also. “Along the way, some bizarre things are happening, but you’ve just got to get on with it.” The 54-year-old has made a point of walking on to the pitch after the final whistle in games to applaud the supporters whatever the result – as he did at Sunderland last weekend – and, in the process, potentially place himself in the firing line of those less than content with how the opening months of his reign have panned out. It is a habit he picked up during his time in Holland with FC Twente and one he feels is important as he attempts to repair a disconnect between the club and its paying customers. Press Association
Former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland joined the 850 WFTL South Florida Mornimg Show to explain how she says the FBI “setup” former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and her in an attempt to target President Trump during their Russian collusion investigation.“[Flynn] was treated the same way I was treated, which is [being] ambushed by the FBI, try to trick us into committing crimes we had no intentions of committing, trying to charge us with perjury crimes and, in Flynn’s case, they tried to use his son as blackmail against him to plead guilty for a crime he didn’t commit,” McFarland explained.McFarland says the FBI used the same tactics against her and White House boss Flynn when agents told her that the purpose of their requested interview was to get information about possible links to Russian meddling in the U.S. election. McFarland said she complied but didn’t realize at the time that she was part of a “setup.”McFarland also referenced former FBI Director Jim Comey admitting in an interview with MSNBC in 2017 that he ignored protocol by sending agents to the White House to interview Flynn.“In General Flynn’s case, they did the same thing. They lulled him into thinking ‘Well, you’re not a subject, you’re not somebody under investigation. The whole time, they were targeting him, they were targeting me, and they were really targeting President Trump,” McFarland said.“They set Flynn up, they set me up, they set other people up, but the real goal for them was to go after President Trump. We were collateral damage. They didn’t care about whose lives they ruined. They wanted to go after President Trump.”McFarland also reacted to Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan’s “activist” decision to allow legal experts and other outside parties to oppose the Justice Department’s motion to drop the case against Flynn. Instead of simply signing off on the wishes of the DOJ, the judge punted which is usual protocol when the prosecution and the defense attorneys are in complete agreement.“I just wish the best for General Flynn and his family and I sure hope they can move on soon and get on with their lives,” McFarland said.Although Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017, the Justice Department argued last week that the FBI had an insufficient basis to question Flynn in the first place and that statements he made during the interview were not material to the broader counterintelligence investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.Judge Sullivan wants to now charge Flynn with perjury for withdrawing his guilty plea.