Biden speaks with more world leaders and agrees to meet South Korea’s president.

first_imgPresident-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke with three more foreign leaders on Wednesday, in the latest show of international support for his election victory. He also committed to an early meeting with one of them: President Moon Jae-in of South Korea.In a statement, the Biden transition team said the president-elect had participated in “congratulatory calls” with Mr. Moon, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan. The calls with three of America’s closest allies came the day after four that Mr. Biden held with Western European allies, in a return to traditional diplomatic protocol after years of President Trump’s haphazard foreign interactions.- Advertisement – During their 14-minute phone call, Mr. Moon noted Mr. Biden’s “long experience in state affairs, his excellent leadership and clear vision,” said Mr. Moon’s spokesman, Kang Min-seok. Mr. Biden praised South Korea’s largely successful fight against the coronavirus, comparing it with the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic.The two leaders agreed to meet as soon as possible after Mr. Biden’s inauguration, Mr. Kang said.Mr. Moon’s government hopes that the Biden administration will restart stalled negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and drop Mr. Trump’s talk of reducing U.S. troop presence in South Korea, which now numbers 28,500.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In a Twitter post, Mr. Moon said he and Mr. Biden affirmed their countries’ “robust” alliance and desire for a “peaceful and prosperous” Korean Peninsula.- Advertisement –center_img Mr. Biden spoke with each of the leaders about the coronavirus pandemic, the global economy and “strengthening democracy,” according to descriptions of the calls from the transition office. While the State Department would typically help facilitate such calls for a president-elect and supply him with translators if necessary, a source familiar with Mr. Biden’s calls over the past two days said the Trump administration had refused to provide such assistance.But even as Mr. Trump continues to make false charges of voter fraud and claim to be the true winner of the election, virtually all of the world’s major leaders have now acknowledged that Mr. Biden will be inaugurated in January. The few holdouts include two autocratic allies of President Trump — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil — as well as President Xi Jinping of China. “As president, I’ll stand with South Korea, strengthening our alliance to safeguard peace in East Asia and beyond, rather than extorting Seoul with reckless threats to remove our troops,” Mr. Biden said in an opinion column published by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency days before the election.last_img read more

Zagreb and Rijeka reconnected with Italy

first_img“By monitoring the development of passenger traffic in Croatia since the beginning of the relaxation of measures in the transport of passengers by bus, we noticed a further need for a simple and accessible connection with Italy, currently mostly for tourism purposes. Zagreb and Rijeka, as powerful FlixBus hubs, are the first cities to be reconnected with destinations in Italy, ie Croatia for Italian travelers, and with the recently introduced night line from Zagreb to Rome, we have provided additional capacity for this summer season. ” said Ante Grbeša, director of FlixBus CEE South region. Thus, passengers from Italy, such as Trieste, Padua, Venice, Bologna, Milan and Turin, have direct lines to Zagreb and Rijeka, and Zagreb is also connected to Rome 4 times a week. FlixBus, the European bus leader in passenger transport, continues to renew its network and re-establish international routes from Croatia. The recovery of the green network across Europe has a positive impact on the tourist season in Croatia In the second half of June, with the opening of borders and the re-establishment of international passenger transport, FlixBus began to recover its green network of lines across Europe and the world, which resulted in better accessibility of Croatia, which is currently directly connected to Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. , Slovakia, Poland, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France and Italy.last_img read more

Fitness identity sells Gold Coast family home

first_imgSophie is pictured holding Evie, 2, Nathan Wallace with Aria, 2 and (front), Ryder, 9, and Kai, 10. Picture Mike BatterhamFITNESS guru Sophie Guidolin has found a buyer for her Robina house. The Gold Coast mother-of-four told the Bulletin when she listed the property last December that she never intended to sell the four-bedroom home, until she found out she was expecting twins with husband Nathan Wallace. 2 The Links Robina was listed with a price guide of $799,000 — $849,000. Fitness identity Sophie Guidolin has found a buyer for her Robina home. Picture Mike Batterham The 553sq m has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.Ms Guidolin, who has released a range of fitness programs and recipe books and runs Burleigh Heads gym Hold Your Own with her husband, took to social media to confirm the “bittersweet moment” the sale went unconditional.The property was listed with a price guide of $799,000 — $849,000 and the sale was handled by James Massey of Harcourts Coastal. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe family has sold their Robina home. Picture Mike Batterham“It was the first place we brought our twin girls home to and even walking through now brings a tear to our eyes,” Ms Guidolin said.The couple bought the split-level house overlooking Palmer Golf Course in 2014 for $645,000. last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgDe Nederlandsche Bank, M&G Investments, KPA Pension, Liquidnet, Actiam, Ernst & Young, AEW EuropeDe Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) – The Dutch state has appointed Margot Scheltema as a member of the supervisory board of the regulator, effective 1 September. Scheltema, a lawyer, has served in several jobs, including CFO at energy giant Shell. In addition, she has worked in supervisory roles at financial institutions such as Triodos Bank, insurer ASR and civil service scheme ABP. She has held similar positions at Schiphol Airport, postal firm TNT Express and thermal energy company Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam. The DNB said Scheltema was familiar with corporate governance and behavioural codes and as such would be chair of the pension fund code monitoring committee. M&G Investments – Bernard Abrahamsen has resigned as head of institutional distribution within M&G’s Fixed Income business, a position he has held for 13 years. Simon Pilcher, chief executive, and Jenny Williams, head of institutional public debt, will take on his responsibilities in the near term. M&G, which provided no reason for Abrahamsen’s departure, said it would update clients on further developments in due course.KPA Pension – The Swedish pension fund has hired former financial markets minister Peter Norman’s deputy as its chief executive, following the announcement of Lars-Åke Vikberg’s departure. Erik Thedéen, who was state secretary in charge of state-owned companies and the AP fund system reform until Sweden’s 2014 general election, was hailed as a “powerful” personality by Jens Henriksson, KPA’s chairman and chief executive of parent company Folksam. He will take up his new role 13 April. Liquidnet – The institutional trading network has appointed Chris Jackson as European head of Liquidnet’s Execution and Quantitative Services Group. He joins from Citi, where he was head of execution sales for the EMEA region. Before then, he spent 12 years at Merrill Lynch, where he was latterly head of sales across programme, transitions and electronic trading.Actiam – Dennis van der Putten has started as head of ESG at asset manager Actiam, after leaving his job as investment support manager at pensions insurer Zwitserleven. He is to focus on guiding Actiam’s ESG team and integrating ESG into the company’s investment processes. Van der Putten has been working for Zwitserleven since 2010, initially as liaisons manager.Ernst & Young – Martine Frijlink has been appointed as a partner at accountancy firm Ernst & Young in the Netherlands, where she is active in the Professional Practice Department, focusing on quality, risk and regulatory affairs. Her appointment is one of a series of recent hires as Michèle Hagers – chair of E&Y Accountants LLP – expands her Quality Assurance team. Prior to joining E&Y, Frijlink held a number of similar roles at KPMG.AEW Europe – Nikolas Koulouras and Alexander Strassburger have joined the private equity investment team as executive directors. Strassburger joins from The Carlyle Group, where he was country head of Germany. Koulouras joins from Salamanca Group, where he was director and co-head of real estate.last_img read more

Rugby union legend puts Brisbane home of 10 years on the market

first_imgThis house at 21 Wright St, Balmoral, is for sale.RUGBY union great Ross Hanley is selling his home of 10 years in the tightly-held suburb of Balmoral in Brisbane’s inner east. Mr Hanley, who played for the Wallabies in the 1980s, has just put the three-level home at 21 Wright Street on the market. The amazing view from the bathtub!The house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a contemporary design, modern conveniences, open plan living areas, and city skyline views.The property is only a short walk to Oxford Street and the City Cats. The house comes with a landscaped garden and swimming pool.Records show Mr Hanley bought the property for $1.82 million in 2008 — two years after it was built.Marketing agent Cathy Richards of Place – Bulimba said the Hanleys were looking to downsize now their children had grown up. The house has views of the city skyline.She said the property would appeal to a family with school-aged children given its location and low maintenance design.“Interest has been strong and we’re hoping for a pre-Christmas sale,” Ms Richards said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The house at 21 Wright St, Balmoral, is perfect for entertaining.Unfortunately for fans, it’s unlikely the house will come with Mr Hanley’s impressive collection of football and Wallabies’ memorabilia that he accumulated throughout his career.Mr Hanley also owns an investment property in Seven Hills, which was last leased for $480 a week.The property is for sale without a price guide. Inside the house at 21 Wright St, Balmoral, which is for sale.last_img read more

How restrictions are impacting Gold Coast open homes and auctions

first_imgThe state’s peak real estate body has confirmed the 10-person limit includes public onsite auctions as well as open home and rental property inspections.“Our reading of the direction is that it does apply to real estate practitioners and auctioneers conducting open home inspections as well as auctions,” said REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella.Restrictions coincided with the start of the busy spring selling season, with hundreds of house hunters expected to visit homes across the city this weekend. Homesick expats crave a dose of green and gold Spring property hunters heading for open homes and auctions on the Gold Coast this weekend should be prepared to spread out and wait. MORE NEWS: Gold Coast real estate market in for a blooming spring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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.Close Modal DialogThis 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 Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling predictions for 202002:37SPRING property hunters heading for open homes and auctions this weekend should be prepared to spread out and wait with COVID restrictions now in place. From 8am last Saturday, the Queensland Government limited Gold Coast gatherings inside and outside people’s homes to 10 people in response to two new coronavirus cases at Pimpama. The move caused some confusion among real estate agents who were uncertain whether the direction applied to businesses carrying out essential activities. 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 agoAn auction at 1525 Riverdale Drive, Hope Island earlier this month. Photograph: Jason O’BrienPeople intending to bid at auction were advised to pre-register to ensure they were included in the head count allowed on site.A charming renovated residence at Southport attracted 42 groups to the first open inspection last Saturday, with prospective buyers forced to line up along the street. McGrath-Surfers Paradise agent Mark Saveall said the session was extended to make sure everyone was able to see inside while complying with restrictions and social distancing. “People were spread out down the street due to the COVID situation,” he said.last_img read more

Adebayor stuck in quarantine over COVID-19 in Benin

first_img The 36-year-old “took the decision to return to his country for the duration of the quarantine period declared by the government” of Paraguay, said Olimpia late on Monday. However, in trying to return home he was put in quarantine in a hotel in the port of Cotonou, the largest city in Benin, alongside another 84 travelers, Olimpia said. “His decision was to spend this time with his family,” Olimpia said of Adebayor’s attempts to make the long journey from Paraguay to Togo. Like much Latin America, Paraguay is in partial shut down and has imposed a nighttime curfew. Ex-Manchester City, Real Madrid and Togo international forward Emmanuel Adebayor is stuck in quarantine in Benin over the coronavirus pandemic, his Paraguayan club Olimpia said on social media. Loading… Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Read Also: Ighalo brushes off Man Utd contract dilemma amid coronavirus crisisThe former Togo forward, who also played for Arsenal, Tottenham and Crystal Palace during a decade-long stay in the English Premier League, made a surprise move to the Paraguayan champions in February having left Turks Kayserispor in December.“It’s like being at home. It doesn’t bother me at all,” Adebayor told reporters on his arrival in Benin, which borders Togo.Adebayor is Togo’s most famous player and scored 32 goals in winning 87 caps, and helped his country qualify for the 2006 World Cup.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Laviniad takes Gowran feature

first_img Press Association The five-year-old mare has made great strides forward this year and was sent off 9-4 favourite for the afternoon’s feature having narrowly missed out on a double at Listowel on her latest outing. Pat Smullen had his mount well positioned behind leader Hes Our Music turning for home and although Pat Flynn’s charge didn’t go down without a fight, the winner asserted close home for a two-and-a-half-length victory. Gussy Goose (3-1) improved on her Limerick second to land the Gowran Park Racing Club Membership From 100 Maiden. Enough Is Enough blazed a trail early doors but was swamped Frozen Lake and David Wachman’s filly over a furlong out and the latter pulled three lengths clear in taking fashion. Wachman completed a quick-fire double when Wardell powered home to justify 2-1 favouritism in the BBQ Evening August 12th At Gowran Park Handicap with two and a quarter lengths to spare from The Fairy. Social Climber (2-1) gave in-form jockey Chris Hayes another winner when getting up late to deny Brown Bee by two and a quarter lengths in the Live Music Sunday Sept 20th Handicap, while Snap Click (9-2fav) recorded a length-and-a-quarter verdict over Dixie Highway in the Gowran Park Golf Club Societies Welcome Handicap. Willie Mullins was in the winner’s enclosure at Royal Ascot during the week and the master handler recorded another victory on the Flat with Laviniad in the Handicap on Sunday. Smullen said: “I blame myself for the last day but in fairness she was labouring on the heavy ground and she was never travelling. “Ideally a mile is her trip but would get another furlong. “In fairness to her she is very consistent and runs to her mark every day.” Air Vice Marshal opened his account in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden with the ease his odds of 1-4 suggested he would. Having kept on for third on his debut at the Curragh, the Aidan O’Brien-trained favourite relished the step up to seven furlongs and proved much too strong for pace-setter Hoppala in the closing stages. The War Front colt took it up a furlong from home and pulled two and a half lengths clear in good style. Lat Hawill ground out a determined success in the Follow Gowran Park On Facebook Race. With Royal Navy Ship a non-runner, Ger Lyons’ four-year-old was the evens favourite to defeat his two rivals and showed a good attitude to fend off the challenge of Clonard Street by three-quarters of a length after hitting the front a furlong out. last_img read more

USC’s nonconference schedule the right call

first_imgIn every level of athletic competition, there is one core tenet coaches use when looking toward the future: To be the best, you have to beat the best.The USC men’s basketball team turned a corner in that regard with wins over non-conference foes like Texas and Tennessee in 2010, though the challenge of taking that next step toward national recognition requires a steadfast commitment to continuing the trend.Since Nikola Vucevic’s decision to forgo his senior season, many have said USC coach Kevin O’Neill’s 2011-12 squad will need to grow up in a hurry if it wants any chance of playing deep into March.With the loss of Vucevic and graduating seniors Alex Stepheson, Marcus Simmons and Donte Smith, the Trojans will enter their second straight season without four of their top six scorers from the previous year.Throw in the fact that next year’s replacements — transfers Aaron Fuller and DeWayne Dedmon and freshman recruit Bryon Wesley — have never played a single minute in cardinal and gold, and the prospects look bleak.O’Neill’s rough month on (being out-coached by Shaka Smart) and off (altercation with University of Arizona booster) the court makes it even harder to see how the puzzle pieces will fit together.Say what you will about the beleaguered coach and his mixed bag of players, but O’Neill might have just saved the season eight months before it even begins.How?By scheduling tough early season games against Kansas, North Carolina and potentially Duke, all of which will occur outside the friendly confines of the Galen Center.Playing non-conference games, whether they are in Kansas, Las Vegas or Durham, N.C., not only makes for a more battle-tested team come conference play, but it illustrates a willingness to compete against any team in the country, regardless of ranking or pedigree.Take a look at the teams that played in Monday’s national championship game.Aside from the fact it ended up being the worst title game in recent memory, both Butler and Connecticut remained unscathed through the first five rounds of the tournament in part because of their extremely tough non-conference schedules.Among the ranked teams the two faced on their paths to the first Monday in April were Duke, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan State and Texas.For USC, scheduling games against three of the past four national champions lends credence to the idea the university is serious about its men’s basketball program, despite the common belief that the round ball plays second fiddle to the pigskin around these parts.What non-conference game is more exciting to you, USC football vs. Syracuse or USC men’s basketball vs. UNC?The trickle-down effect of a tough non-conference schedule can only be positive. Whether the team goes 2-1 or 0-3 against these elite opponents is almost of secondary importance.And O’Neill’s plan goes much deeper, from pleasing the tournament committee on Selection Sunday if the team falls on the bubble to promoting USC on a national level and impressing recruits who might want to one day don a Trojan uniform.The program, even as it tries to clean up its recently tarnished image, has received very little attention around the country, primarily because the team is never on national television. Outside of the play-in game against VCU and the ESPN circus that ensued after O’Neill’s one-game suspension, you’d be hard-pressed to find people on the East Coast who even know USC has a basketball team, let alone a promising one.O’Neill has used his connections in the coaching community for the long-term betterment of the program.I’m a fan of November and December victories against UC Riverside and Lehigh as much as the next person, but quality teams don’t mask their deficiencies with superfluous wins.Instead, they use the non-conference period as a meaningful, tournament-style barometer to gauge how far they still need to go. And, it’s just the right kind of test cable networks find attractive come the holiday season.That might mean a blowout loss to Coach K at Cameron Indoor or another gut-wrenching defeat to the Jayhawks, but looking at the big picture, it means a program cares as much about its future as its fans do.Isn’t that all you can ever really ask for? “For The Love Of The Game” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit or email Dave at read more

Questions abound for USC this spring

first_imgThe countdown began as soon as USC departed El Paso, Texas, on New Year’s Eve. The countdown continued in earnest as head coach Lane Kiffin announced a perhaps less-than-desirable recruiting class on national signing day. But the countdown to the 2013 season now takes a backseat.Cue spring practice.Battered and bruised after a 7-6 finish last fall, the Trojans return to Howard Jones Field on Tuesday for the first of 15 scheduled practices culminating with the annual spring game on April 13 at the Coliseum. It’s a chance to begin writing a new chapter, to turn the page and to begin healing the wounds following a nightmarish 2012 season that began with billboards of Heisman candidates on Broadway and ended with a now-infamous locker room brawl in the West Texas desert.So as the program regroups this spring, in anticipation for the season opener at Hawai’i in August, here are five storylines to monitor:A three-way quarterback battleThe race to replace Matt Barkley is on. The Trojans will look to settle on a successor for the former four-year starting signal caller this spring — though the competition could, of course, continue through fall camp. The contenders are redshirt sophomores Cody Kessler and Max Wittek, along with early freshman enrollee Max Browne.Wittek, who served as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart a year ago and started games against Notre Dame and Georgia Tech, stands as the logical frontrunner. Measuring six-foot-four and 235 pounds, he certainly looks the part of a starter, a sort of throwback to the tall, strong-armed USC quarterbacks of years past a la Carson Palmer.But he struggled mightily in the Sun Bowl. The former Mater Dei High School standout — yes, like Barkley — completed just 14 of 37 passes with one touchdown and three interceptions, seemingly launching every pass all the way to New Mexico.Kessler stands as perhaps a safer choice, as he’s highly regarded for his accuracy and mobility, the former being a pressing need a year after the Trojans ranked 119th nationally in total interceptions with 20. Browne, the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year, is no doubt young, turning 18 in February, but is certainly capable as well.Injured players returnsSpring practice also marks the return of two key players who missed all of last season because of injuries: converted redshirt sophomore running back Tre Madden (a torn left knee ligament) and senior defensive end Devon Kennard (a torn pectoral muscle).Madden, who weighs 220 pounds, is a slightly more bruising tailback, the type of runner USC has lacked in recent seasons. He impressed coaches during spring practice a year ago before his injury. Kennard, meanwhile, started five games in 2011 and very well could be named a preseason All-American. Both should provide depth at the very least and warrant quite a bit of playing time. Kennard, in fact, could start.A revamped offensive lineUSC’s offensive line struggled so much in 2012 that it’ll now have two position coaches tasked with overseeing the group: offensive line coach Mike Summers, who had previously been at Kentucky, and returning offensive line coach James Cregg. It appears they have their work cut out for them.Gone is center Khaled Holmes, and there’s no doubt replacing the All-American captain stands atop the agenda. Redshirt sophomore Cyrus Hobbi is a candidate, having started last season’s game against Stanford. Then again, he might not be the staff’s first choice, having started last season’s game against Stanford. Other options include junior guard Marcus Martin, who reportedly has been playing the position during the team-only winter workouts, and incoming freshman Khaliel Rodgers, though he won’t arrive on campus until fall camp.Solidifying the left tackle spot is another challenge, as the team never was able to settle on a full-time starter last season, alternating between then-freshman Max Tuerk and then-sophomore Aundrey Walker.A young secondary How quickly a makeover for USC’s defense takes place largely hinges on how quickly its secondary can grow. Three of four starters from last season are gone -— safeties T.J. McDonald and Jawanza Starling and cornerback Nickell Robey.Enter a pair of freshmen early enrollees: Su’a Cravens and Leon McQuay III. Both played safety in high school and will get a shot to play immediately. Redshirt junior Josh Shaw also returns and has proven capable of playing both the cornerback and safety positions previously.A new staffKiffin’s staff has experienced quite a bit of turnovers in recent months. His father, Monte Kiffin, resigned as the team’s assistant head coach and de facto defensive coordinator. He’s now taken the same position with the Dallas Cowboys. In his place is Clancy Pendergast, the former Cal and NFL defensive coordinator. Others who have left include offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu, linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton and secondary coach Marvin Sanders.Newcomers, meanwhile, include Summers as well as running backs coach Tommie Robinson and linebackers coach Mike Ekeler. Getting everyone on the same page becomes an immediate priority, especially considering how disjointed the team looked over the final stretch last season, losing four of its final five games.As expected, USC’s to-do list for the spring is, no doubt, lengthy. Let the spring cleaning commence. “The 19th Hole” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this story, email Joey at or visit read more