Hackney cuts debts by £6m as financial year-end nears

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No patrons in sight as last coronavirus patients leave Barcelona hotel

first_imgEven so, a nurse can be seen at the back of the lobby — near the breakfast room that for months served as medical staff’s makeshift office — organizing boxes of medical gear next to a rail on which blue protective suits are hanging.Outside in the street, deserted when the hotel was taking in COVID patients, cars and people are now passing normally, although everyone is wearing a mask.”The epidemiological situation has changed, we have moved forward a lot. And to be shutting down the hotel now is a reason to be glad,” doctor Maria Pérez-Hervada told AFP.It was here that she spent most of the lockdown as Spain battled the worst of an epidemic that has so far claimed more than 28,300 lives, and infected nearly 250,000 people in the country.”At the start, patients came from hospitals, almost all of them had been in intensive care and some had complications and had to go back,” she said. Later, there were fewer serious cases with guests in recent weeks suffering only light symptoms not requiring hospitalization — but were unable to self-isolate at home.Janela Casandra Armeno, 22, was among them — she spent a week at the hotel with her father-in-law because there “weren’t enough rooms” at home for them to self-isolate.Now, after testing negative, she’s going home.But her father-in-law has to wait a little longer after he and three other patients tested positive, and are being transferred to another hotel in the Melia chain that will remain medically-equipped to handle any new outbreaks. On Wednesday, the last six left the hotel to the applause of the staff, who were exhausted but elated after months of hard work.”We’re empty again, we’re used to the hotel always being busy. It’s been a very special experience, nearly 100 days with patients,” said Hugo Figueroa, 45, a mid-level manager standing at reception. “It’s been emotional.”At the hotel’s entrance, where coaches and ambulances dropped off dozens of patients every day at the height of the crisis, things are beginning to get back to normal. At Barcelona’s Melia Sarria hotel, a line of employees form a corridor to wave goodbye to the last COVID patients who have been staying there. After months of supporting the healthcare system, this musicalized hotel is closing its doors to get ready for its own return to normality although it will be some time before its regular clients return.Since the end of March, more than 500 virus patients have stayed at this 300-room hotel, which at one point counted full occupancy. Neither patients nor tourists With no more patients, the Sarria will start the transformation back, with cleaners taking a week to disinfect different areas and staff shifting beds.Its doors, however, will remain shut until at least September.Although Spain has reopened its borders to EU travellers and those from 15 other countries, the hotel is not expecting enough visitors to warrant reopening and will use the summer for renovations.”We could reopen next week but we’re in financial district which relies on a different type of client,” explained manager Enrique Aranda.”The idea is to reopen in September when there will be more conferences and business clients.”Back at reception, after a group photo with the medical team, Figueroa can’t hide his delight at the thought of once again welcoming regular clients in taxis and limousines.”That’s what we’re looking forward to: a return to some sort of normality,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

EY selects Aegon’s low cost DC vehicle

first_imgA spokesman for EY said that the employer had concluded that the old pension plan didn’t provide for a satisfactory pension, and also cited rising life expectancy.Because of the lack of new pension arrangements, the contract with Aegon had to be extended by six months, but against a much lower annual accrual rate, which had dropped from 1.75% to 0.93%.At Cappital, members will accrue their pension in an individual DC plan with two lifecycle investment profiles and the option to directly purchase a pension income from Aegon.EY added that participants would not be allowed to transfer individually accrued assets to their pensions pot at Aegon’s PPI, and added that it would like to make the reinsured capital at Aegon contribution-free.At 2017-end, the EY scheme had 4,350 active participants, 11,100 deferred members and 2,200 pensioners.Last month, Aegon announced plans to merge its two PPI offerings, Aegon PPI and Cappital, into a single product. The Dutch pension fund of Ernst & Young has placed its new pensions accrual with Cappital, the low cost defined contribution vehicle (PPI) established by insurer Aegon.The scheme’s existing portfolio, worth roughly €1.3bn, as well as €45m of investments at participants’ risk, remained with the pension fund. The scheme was considering its future, it said in a statement.Until now, its members – which also include employees of law firm HVG Law – accrued pensions under collective DC arrangements, with pension claims reinsured with Aegon.However, when the contract expired at the end of 2017, it wasn’t possible to renew the contract on the same terms because of low interest rates.last_img read more

Gold Coast developer lists luxe riverfront residence

first_img There are multiple zones to sit and relax.Multiple living zones on the ground level offer plenty of space to spread out and relax while upstairs a seven-seater cinema room and art studio inspire creative interests.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoToys are well catered for too, with a pontoon waiting for a boat or jet ski and space enough in the basement for six cars and a caravan downside the side.“It’s a big house but the design makes it all feel very connected,” Mr Wilson said. “Once you’re here you don’t need to leave for much.” Front row river seats afford sensational views from 21 Ipsley Dr, Broadbeach Waters.“It was the only vacant block on Main River in Broadbeach Waters,” Mr Wilson said.“Even to find a knockdown around here now is a challenge, let alone a vacant lot.”Enterprise Constructions was engaged to realise the Coastal Hamptons-style house which has served as home to Mr Wilson, wife Lindy and their children over the years. High ceilings and glass allows the sun to shine in.Located at 21 Ipsley Dr, the luxury mansion enjoys impressive views of Main River and looks directly across to the Sorrento estate once home to former mayor Sir Bruce Small and sold by Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate in January. “We wanted the lifestyle that the location offers, with boating, jet skis and fishing on your doorstep,” Mr Wilson said.“On a jet ski you can be at the Seaway in 20 minutes or about an hour by boat just cruising along at six knots.” The outlook over the pool and river are sensational at sunset.Having run a steel factory in his native Johannesburg, high crime rates in the South African city drove Mr Wilson to explore Australia in 2007, before making it home three years later.Having turned his hand to property development, Mr Wilson has been involved in a string of luxury residential and multi-residential projects on the Gold Coast. MORE: Why millionaires want to live on this street A large island bench forms a focal point in the kitchen.Designed by Raunik Design Group, the layout capitalises on the northerly aspect with ceilings soaring up to 10m and large panes of glass allowing sunshine to pour in.Careful attention has been paid to the choice of fittings and fixtures, many imported from Europe or sourced from around Australia.Vintage-style pendants from Emac & Lawton are a standout feature throughout while a trio of natural pendants by New Zealand designer David Trubridge offer a sculptural element in the entry.center_img RELATED: Talented leading lady sells main river dream New housing estate just 200m from beach The coastal Hamptons-style home is an impressive sight from the water.WHEN a seasoned developer sets his sights on finding a site on which to build a dream home for his family, rest assured the location has to be just right.So when Ashley Wilson had the opportunity to acquire a vacant 921 sqm block facing north on Main River in 2016, he jumped at the chance. The fenced front yard is ideal for kids and pets.But it’s his own home that holds a special place for the avid cyclist who is reluctantly selling to pave the way for a sea change. “I’m really proud of this house and plan to replicate the core of the design on a new house,” Mr Wilson said. “I just need to find the right block.” Ray White Broadbeach agents Troy Fitzgerald and Jared Malan are taking expressions of interest until 5pm on July 15.last_img read more

Greenwood continues remarkable rise as Man Utd sweep Villa aside

first_imgTeenage sensation, Mason Greenwood, found the net once more as Man Utd boosted their Champions League qualification hopes with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Villa. The visitors were the first to carve out the game’s first real chance, but Jack Grealish failed to capitalise on the opportunity. The playmaker drifted out into a pocket of space at the far post and met in inswinging cross first time, but his left-footed volley failed to trouble David De Gea. The Villans came closer following the drinks break after what could’ve been a costly error from Paul Pogba. The Frenchman dawdled on the ball in midfield and was dispossessed by Trezeguet. The Villa forward raced towards goal, but his curled effort cannoned away off of the post to keep the scores deadlocked. That missed chance was swiftly punished minutes later, when Bruno Fernandes contentiously won a penalty after being fouled inches inside the Villa box. The Portuguese playmaker resumed penalty taking duties from Marcus Rashford and duly slotted home the game’s opening goal. Man Utd’s lead was doubled on the stroke of half time via the increasingly impressive Mason Greenwood.Advertisement Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The WorldContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsThailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Look At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better The youngster received the ball 20 yards out after a neat one-two with Anthony Martial, and rifled home a powerful strike that left Pepe Reina no chance in the Villa goal. Following the break, it was Pogba’s turn to get in on the action. Receiving the ball on the edge of the box direct from a corner, Pogba took two touches to set himself, before curling a fine effort inside Reina’s far post to make it 3-0. read also:Man Utd chief puts six players up for sale to fund Sancho’s transfer Martial saw an effort strike the woodwork after the hour mark, but it mattered not with Villa rarely offering a credible threat in the Utd half. Utd retained the bulk of posession and controlled the play as the match drew to a close, and ultimately secured a 3-0 victory that kept up the pressure on Champions League rivals Leicester and Chelsea. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Martinez: We will not be bullied

first_img Now Everton will seek to reward the long-serving defender with a new contract in order to fend off further approaches. Baines’ attitude in not angling for a move throughout undoubtedly strengthened the club’s stance, and while Martinez refused to confirm reports Fellaini had handed in a late transfer request, he stressed the final decision was always his. “Everything was done on our terms and that’s what is important,” said the Spaniard. “The contractual situation of Marouane was quite straightforward: his (buy-out) clause expired on July 31 and from that point on the valuation was completely different and he had a premium on top. “More and more you realise that the club make decisions on what is best for the club. “If you are contracted to the club whatever the player says counts for very little. If it is not the right terms it is not going to happen. “We don’t have to sell players and we are in a position where unless clubs meet the player’s valuation there will never be a decision made – that was the case with Leighton. “It is never a good time to lose important players – and Marouane was a big performer – but with the manner we handled it we ended up with a good squad with more variety and with a focus not just on the present but for the future.” Martinez is keen for Baines to play a crucial part in both and with that in mind will seek to reward him with a contract which matches his status. “Leighton is a vital player for us. We couldn’t replace a player like him,” the Toffees boss added. “No-one met his valuation so we are delighted he is still with us and we now need to make sure he understands how important he is for the club. “You are looking for that football happiness and I can guarantee everyone Leighton will enjoy his football and role at the club. “He’s been an outstanding performer for Everton for years and now clearly he’s at the peak of his career and we’re going to make sure he feels that warmth from the football club. “What is important is to show him how much we want him and sometimes you have to do it with actions as well as words and that is going to be the case. “Sometimes that needs to be rewarded from a contractual point of view and we will do that. “From our point of view we are making sure we are ready for the competition ahead with one of the most influential players in the history of Everton. “It’s vital for the future and for the plans we have at the club.” While Martinez has Baines pencilled in to his long-term plans the loan signing of Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is a player – initially at least – for this campaign only. The Belgium striker had an impressive spell on loan at West Brom last season and his arrival at Goodison Park has added a different threat up front. “Romelu has been in the British game for a while and he had a massive impact last season, to score 17 goals in this league is not an easy task,” Martinez said. “He is only 20 and can do anything: powerful, strong, direct with his running and he is a clinical finisher. “It is very difficult to find a weakness in the player and that is why we are very excited to see him. “All we want is for him to fulfil his potential at Everton and make sure he has an outstanding campaign before the World Cup.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez insisted his club would not be bullied by players or other clubs in the transfer window as he reflected on a successful summer of business. Press Association The Spaniard let midfielder Marouane Fellaini leave at the last minute after Manchester United paid £27.5million – £4million more than a recently expired buy-out clause – but held on to England defender Leighton Baines. Martinez felt it was vitally important they rebuffed United’s attempts to land the left-back but conceded it was easy as they failed to go close to meeting Everton’s valuation after a couple of failed bids considered well below the 28-year-old’s true worth. last_img read more

6-Year-Old Girl Killed By Dad’s Golf Ball

first_imgPolice say she was sitting inside a golf cart when her dad teed off at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem Monday.The ball struck Aria in the back of the head about 20 yards away.She was flown to the hospital in critical condition, but died Monday night.Police are investigating it as a tragic accident. A six-year-old girl in Utah is dead after she was hit in the back of the head by a golf ball her father sprayed off the tee.A family in Utah is grieving after a young girl was killed by a golf ball that her own father hit. https://t.co/WgHqXDadDg— WEAU 13 News (@WEAU13News) July 17, 2019last_img

Jaguars in training at indoor facility at LBI

first_imgWITH the adverse weather affecting all outdoor activities, Cricket Guyana Inc. has decided to utilise the board’s indoor cricket facility at LBI in preparation for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Super50 competition scheduled to start later this month in Barbados and Antigua.According to a release from the board, the decision to use the indoor facility is due to the persistent rainfall which left the Guyana National Stadium in Providence in a condition not conducive for play.The two trial matches scheduled for January 6 and 7 have been rescheduled for a later date.Currently, the 28 players for the two trial matches along with the Academy players are in training.The 28 players invited are: Shimron Hetmyer, Leon Johnson, Assad Fudadin, Raymon Reifer, Devendra Bishoo, Veerasammy Permaul, Keon Joseph, Paul Wintz, Christopher Barnwell, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Taignarine Chanderpaul, Romario Shepherd, Tevin Imlach, Anthony Adams, Gudakesh Motie, Robin Bacchus, Anthony Bramble, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ronsford Beaton, Rajendra Chandrika, Vishaul Singh, Jonathan Foo, Sherfane Rutherford, Royston Crandon, Clinton Pestano, Steven Jacobs, Eon Hooper and Kevon Boodie.last_img read more

Kane scores twice as Tottenham hit form to thrash Stoke

first_img(REUTERS)-Tottenham Hotspur emerged from their recent slump to demolish Stoke City 5-1 at Wembley in the Premier League on Saturday and continue a run of handsome victories over Mark Hughes’s side.One win in five games had dropped Tottenham out of the title race, and out of the top four, but once Ryan Shawcross’s first-half own goal had given them the lead they proved unstoppable.Tottenham have scored 17 goals and conceded one in their last four meetings with Stoke and are the first English top-flight side to win four consecutive matches against the same club by a four-goal margin.Mauricio Pochettino’s team had found goals hard to come by at their temporary Wembley home in this campaign, especially against teams they brushed aside with ease last season, but Stoke again proved compliant opposition.Four goals arrived in a flurry after halftime with the impressive Son Heung-min slotting in after 53 minutes and Harry Kane, guilty of missing an earlier sitter, making it 3-0 with a thumping header.Kane side-footed his second in the 65th minute to take his tally to 18 in all competitions this season before Christian Eriksen weighed in with Tottenham’s fifth, following a Son pass.Tottenham Hotspur emerged from their recent slump to demolish Stoke City 5-1 at Wembley in the Premier League on Saturday and continue a run of handsome victories over Mark Hughes’s side.One win in five games had dropped Tottenham out of the title race, and out of the top four, but once Ryan Shawcross’s first-half own goal had given them the lead they proved unstoppable.Tottenham have scored 17 goals and conceded one in their last four meetings with Stoke and are the first English top-flight side to win four consecutive matches against the same club by a four-goal margin.Mauricio Pochettino’s team had found goals hard to come by at their temporary Wembley home in this campaign, especially against teams they brushed aside with ease last season, but Stoke again proved compliant opposition.Four goals arrived in a flurry after halftime with the impressive Son Heung-min slotting in after 53 minutes and Harry Kane, guilty of missing an earlier sitter, making it 3-0 with a thumping header.Kane side-footed his second in the 65th minute to take his tally to 18 in all competitions this season before Christian Eriksen weighed in with Tottenham’s fifth, following a Son pass.Kane has now scored 33 Premier League goals in the calendar year with four games left, three short of the record set by Alan Shearer in 1995.Shawcross managed to score at the right end to give Stoke a consolation goal but it could not disguise a feeble effort.“The most important thing today was the victory, that we get what we deserved,” Pochettino said.“The performance was very good, a very great performance from the team, and it is not easy to score five. But I am not surprised by the performance, it was like against Watford and West Bromwich. Always you need a bit of luck to open up games.”Tottenham, who will return to a brand new stadium next to their old White Hart Lane ground next season, are still 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City who play on Sunday.While a title challenge looks beyond them, Pochettino said a return to the free-scoring football of last season can help them in their bid for a top-four finish.“That is how we need to play from now. Consistency between now and the end of the season is so important if we want to finish in the top four. The team showed their true quality.”last_img read more

West Genesee, J-E, Skaneateles girls tennis has sectional finalists

first_imgWith a berth in the state qualifier secured, Llanos and Viau turned back Christian Brothers Academy’s Grace Catalano and Aubrey Mills 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals to set up a title match at Oneida High School with F-M’s Anna Manta and Phoebe Wang, which like other finals were postponed for two days until Saturday morning by rain and wet conditions.Ultimately, Manta and Wang prevailed 6-1, 6-1, but Llanos and Viau had still earned a berth in this week’s sectional state qualifying tournament, to take place at Drumlins.Long before the finals, Catalano and Mills had knocked out WG’s Alyssa Congel and Margaret Mello 6-0, 6-1 in the round of 16, with Kara Chawgo and Aislinn Dow beaten in that same round. Meanwhile, in Division III at Skytop, it was Jordan-Elbridge’s Anisa Bort capping off her team’s fine season by reaching the singles finals, while Skaneateles had Ella Danforth and Emma Miller get to the doubles finals.With the no. 2 seed,Bort beat two local stars as he first rallied past Skaneateles standout Lily Miller 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and then met Marcellus’ Kathleen DeMarle in the semifinals, Bort topping DeMarle 6-3, 7-5.The final had Bort against Phoenix’s Brielle DeRoberts, who had ended the run of Marcellus’ Danielle Copp in a 6-0, 6-0 semifinal and had beaten Copp’s teammate, Colleen Marsh, 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, Marsh having topped Sophie Marin (Camden) a round earlier. And Bort would also fall to DeRoberts in a 6-0, 6-0 decision.Prior to that, Copp had beaten Skaneateles’ Kenna Ellis 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 after they had both won opening-round matches in straight sets – Copp over Holland Patent’s Julia Cicci, Ellis over Camden’s Morgan Keil.DeMarle, in her run to the semifinals, beat Skaneateles’ Isabella Kroon 6-1, 6-1 and handled Holland Patent’s Rayh Spatto 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, while Miller had beaten HP’s Emma Shoemaker 6-4, 6-1 before her defeat to Bort.Moving to doubles, Danforth and Emma Miller beat Marcellus’ Sophia Shaw and Maddie Vetsch 6-0, 6-1, and then dominated the quarterfinal, too, winning 6-1, 6-0 over Camden’s Katie Ammann and Brianna O’Drain.The semifinal pitted Danforth and Miller against Marcellus’ Elaina Mahoney and Megan Mitchell, who had to survive a 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 first-round match with Cazenovia’s Mae Sayre and Emma Thornton before sweeping HP’s Jackie Mann and Sara Mierek a round later.It didn’t prove close, Danforth and Miller smashing Mahoney and Mitchell 6-0, 6-1 to earn a finals spot against Cazenovia’s Alex Galle and Nina Royer.In a three-set thriller postponed until Saturday due to wet weather, Danforth and Miller made a comeback after dropping a first-set tie-breaker, but still ended up on the wrong end of a 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 defeat.Before that, Galle and Royer had won a semifinal 6-2, 6-1 over the Mustangs’ Kaitlyn Kemp and Morgan Walsh. Kemp and Walsh had got past Skaneateles’ Meg Benedict and Olivia Walker 6-2, 6-4 in the round of 16 before a 6-4, 6-2 quarterfinal conquest of another Cazenovia pair, Nova Berger and Emma Schwartz.J-E’s Katelyn Precourt and Gabrielle Skotinski won 6-1, 6-4 over Holland Hawkes and Adrian Hauser (Camden), but lost in the quarterfinals to Galle and Royer 6-0, 6-0.The Eagles’ Lexi Delfavero and Maggie Green lost in the first round, with Skaneateles’ Sofia Capozza and Sophia Soderberg dropping a round-of-16 match and J-D’s Delaney Dunham and Meghan Whalen doing the same to Berger and Schwartz 6-1, 6-4. Westhill had Sophie Langdon and Bridget Thornton losing in the first round.,Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story In two separate Section III tournaments last week, girls tennis teams from West Genesee, Jordan-Elbridge and Skaneateles each had players reach the championship round.For the Wildcats, that meant seeing its top-seeded doubles team of Angelina Llanos and Katie Viau get to the finals of Division I as a result of a run of wins last Tuesday at Syracuse University’s Skytop Courts.Starting out, Llanos and Viau won 6-0, 6-2 over Auburn’s Kathryn Brown and Alexis Calkins, and by those same scores they beat Maya McKenzie and Camila Wojtasziewicz (Fayetteville-Manlius) in the quarterfinals.center_img Tags: girls tennisJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesWest Geneseelast_img read more