Instagram takeover: Students highlight the arts on Harvard’s account

first_img What a freshman sees Harvard celebrated student and faculty creativity at the annual Arts First Festival by featuring more than 200 music, theater, dance, film, visual arts, and multidisciplinary events this past weekend (April 27-30).Arts First is just one example of arts experiences that many students at Harvard engage with every day. For two of these students, taking over Harvard’s official Instagram account during the four-day event was the perfect opportunity to showcase what they love most about the arts at Harvard. Lance Oppenheim ’19 and Samuel Fisch ’20 shared photos and videos that highlighted arts-related classes, behind-the-scenes activity of Arts First events, and much more on the Instagram site.[instagram url= hidecaption=true]In addition to being a Harvard College student concentrating in Visual and Environmental Studies, Oppenheim is a director, editor, and photographer who makes cinematically informed documentaries. Oppenheim’s films have been screened at more than 60 film festivals and featured by The New York Times, the Smithsonian Institution, The Atlantic, Vimeo (as four Staff Picks), Short of the Week, the White House official blog, and PBS.In 2014, Oppenheim was selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and as a Young Arts national finalist. In 2015, he was the recipient of a Southeast Asian travel and film grant, and later that year, he received a fellowship at the Future of Storytelling Conference in New York City.[instagram url= hidecaption=true]For Oppenheim, being a documentary filmmaker at Harvard has allowed him the opportunity to work with people around campus who don’t typically create art. Since coming to Harvard, Oppenheim has found that “collaborating with individuals who are interested in filmmaking and photography — but are largely unaware of its processes and hold different interests altogether — [has made for] some of my most rewarding experiences on campus.” Oppenheim has served as a film proctor for the First-Year Arts Program (FAP), a pre-freshman orientation program that encourages exploration in all forms of art and orients artists to the academic and extracurricular arts opportunities at Harvard, during which he co-led two film-related workshops. He has also collaborated with the executive board of Hasty Pudding Theatricals to add a videographer position and has been working with the organization on a variety of multimedia projects to help recontextualize the club to a broader audience. Related For College student Jasper Johnston ’20, discovering Harvard is a shared experience through Instagram Fisch is an award-winning, internationally published photographer. Most recently, he was a member of the Digital Team at Hillary for America, photographing Hillary Clinton and her family and campaign surrogates in 100-plus cities across the country on the campaign trail.[instagram url= hidecaption=true]In 2012, he was the first American to win the overall title of International Young Travel Photographer of the Year, and in 2014, he was the first photographer to win the overall title for the second time. He has exhibited his photographs at the Royal Geographical Society in London, and numerous international publications have featured his work.Having participated in the First-Year Arts Program (where he met Oppenheim), Fisch’s immersion into the “amazing depth of commitment to, and student passion for, the arts” began as soon as he arrived on campus. The program not only exposed him to numerous upperclassmen who were involved in the arts all across Harvard but also allowed him the opportunity to explore many forms of art, most of which he had never tried.[instagram url= hidecaption=true]Fisch works on campus as a photographer for the Admissions and Financial Aid Office and “loves being able to showcase for prospective students the variety of unique yet equally compelling experiences students have at Harvard.”For many students, Arts First is the culmination of the remarkable cross-pollination that occurs between academics and artists at Harvard. The “takeover” of the Instagram account allowed Oppenheim and Fisch to showcase this firsthand.As Oppenheim noted, “From composer Sam Wu’s [’17] orchestral installation that measures audiences’ brainwaves to generate music to the Graduate School of Design’s installation of seesaws that emit sound and light, Arts First truly encapsulates Harvard’s interdisciplinary nature as an institution that fosters creativity and collaboration between artistic and academic fields.”last_img read more

Embedded EthiCS wins $150,000 grant

first_img Related Perspectives on gene editing “This [award] underscores the importance of Harvard’s liberal arts and sciences education in our society, because systems should not be designed without taking societal norms and conditions into account,” said Grosz. “By linking together two different parts of the College’s curriculum, we are able to teach students of computer science how to think through the ethical and social implications of their computer systems’ design and implementation choices.”Through its open-access repository, which will be further developed by this award, Embedded EthiCS will help other colleges and universities incorporate ethical reasoning activities into their courses, thus reaching a wide range of undergraduate students.“I’m particularly excited by the opportunity … to make the Harvard Embedded EthiCS course modules openly available,” said Nagpal. “For my CS189 robotics class, we developed a module on robots and job automation, and I have many robotics colleagues in other universities who want to bring such material into their classrooms too.” Embedding ethics in computer science curriculum Harvard initiative seen as a national model center_img “Embedded EthiCS has allowed the students in my class to think critically about matching markets and recommender systems, lifting up and shaping our conversation in a way that I couldn’t have managed by myself,” said David Parkes, George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science.Embedded EthiCS has been a successful and popular pilot program at Harvard, and today’s award will help ensure its long-term success. The grant will help provide concrete activities and assignments that incorporate current technical concepts, data, and ethical issues that are salient to students and relevant to their future work in technology. It will also support the distribution of pedagogy across the curriculum, so that students in various courses can encounter diverse ethical issues and solutions.“Seeing current, real-world examples makes a big difference, because students can dig deep into the conflicting values that always come with ethical questions,” said Radhika Nagpal, Fred Kavli Professor of Computer Science at SEAS. “Students can leverage the technical material they are in the process of learning and see how a technical solution has value implications. For example, in my robotics class, students work with robot hardware on an automated warehouse application, but they also see the technical limits of automation that only allow certain things to get automated. For the ethics lecture, we tackle the question, are we automating the right jobs? Are we actually making society a better place? And for whom?”The award will also be used to add CS postdocs to the teaching lab in which Embedded EthiCS modules are generated and workshopped, increasing CS expertise there and enhancing the technical depth of the modules.“By including computer science postdocs in the teaching lab team, this award will enhance the collaboration between computer science and philosophy,” said Stephen Chong, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at SEAS. “I anticipate it will lead to the development of Embedded EthiCS modules with tighter integration of computer science content, and enable us to gather more real-world case studies. This can spur deeper engagement from the students as they think through the ethical and social implications of the course material.”The challenge is an ambitious initiative to integrate ethics into undergraduate computer science curricula and pedagogy at U.S. colleges and universities. It fuels the conceptualization, development, and piloting of curricula that integrate ethics with computer science — bridging the sciences and humanities. The hope is that this coursework will not only be implemented, but also scaled to colleges and universities across the country and beyond. Students of computer science go on to be the next leaders and creators in the world, and must understand how code intersects with human behavior, privacy, safety, equality, and many other factors. On Tuesday, Barbara J. Grosz, the Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), was named a winner in the Responsible Computer Science Challenge, a $2.4 million competition run by some of the biggest names in tech and civil society: Omidyar Network, Mozilla, Schmidt Futures, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.The $150,000 grant Grosz received will support the Embedded EthiCS program. A collaborative undertaking of the computer science and philosophy faculties, Embedded EthiCS seeks to teach the next generation of computer scientists to design systems that are morally and socially responsible. Consistent with the collaboration showcased by the Embedded EthiCS program, Grosz’s proposal for the challenge was developed with Alison Simmons, the Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy and interim chair of the Philosophy Department, as well as with other faculty and graduate students from the Computer Science and Philosophy departments who work on the program.“Harvard is seeking to create a new generation of computer scientists who are focused on what software should and shouldn’t do as much as they are on what software can do,” said Simmons. “This award will allow us to further enhance the ongoing collaboration between the Computer Science and Philosophy departments through increased cross-learning and cross-teaching.”Led by Grosz and Simmons since 2017, Embedded EthiCS makes ethical reasoning integral to Harvard’s computer science education with a distributed pedagogy that introduces ethics directly into courses across that curriculum. It works by embedding philosophers into courses to teach modules that explore ethical issues raised by course materials.“Embedded EthiCS is a truly special feature of the Harvard computer science curriculum, and we are grateful to Barbara, Alison, and their team for developing it,” said Salil Vadhan, Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. “What makes it unique compared to efforts at other universities is that ethics modules are spread throughout our computer science offerings, rather than being confined to a single course about ethics in computing. This teaches our students to realize that there are societal and ethical implications of almost everything they will do as computer scientists, and to always evaluate solutions to technical problems along these axes along with traditional criteria such as computational efficiency.”The success of the program can be tied directly to Grosz and Simmons’ leadership in addition to the dedicated computer science faculty and the extraordinary work and creativity of both computer science and philosophy graduate students. The award will enable the team to design better in-class exercises and assignments based on day-to-day, real-life tech challenges. “This [award] underscores the importance of Harvard’s liberal arts and sciences education in our society, because systems should not be designed without taking societal norms and conditions into account.” — Barbara Grosz Harvard researchers, others share their views on key issues in the field last_img read more

Commentary: End of coal era in India coming sooner than many think

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Asia Times:On Tuesday last week, Tony Abbott, Australia’s ex-prime minister, was photographed in parliament clutching a document entitled, the “Coal era is not over.”In India, which until recently had the world’s second-largest coal pipeline, two seismic events have signaled the contrary to be true.According to Australia’s pro-coal “Monash Forum” parliamentarians, of which Abbott is a founding member, India is ensuring a rosy future for coal exporters such as Australia due to its plans to construct 116 new power stations, or around 88 GW. Ironically, on the same day the Forum’s “fact sheets” were released, NTPC, the largest owner and developer of domestic coal plants in India, shelved its 4 GW Pudimadaka Ultra-Mega Power Plant, due to be built in the state of Andhra Pradesh.This decision to cancel the largest new coal-fired power station planned in India is another step in the country’s remarkable Indian energy transition. Since the start of 2010, as a result of shelved and cancelled projects, India’s coal plant pipeline has shrunk by a staggering 547 GW. To give this some perspective, that is almost three times the total installed capacity of Germany.Today, 88GW–or rather 84GW–are still reported to be “progressing” through approval processes. Though given current trends, this more accurately translates as “yet to be formally cancelled or put into administration.”In fact, of the remaining pipeline, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) estimates no more than 10-20 GW might actually see the light of day. That means more than 84% of India’s 2010 coal pipeline will have been cancelled. What’s more, if India’s 2018 National Energy Plan forecast of 48GW of end-of-life coal plant closures by 2027 occurs, India is rapidly approaching peak thermal coal.Coal will not be gone in a decade, but the era will end sooner than many expect.More: India is bringing the coal era to an end Commentary: End of coal era in India coming sooner than many thinklast_img read more

BREAKING: Zinke Recommends Shrinking At Least Six National Monuments

first_imgIn an internal memo leaked to the Associated Press and first reported by the Wall Street Journal, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recommended that President Donald Trump shrink the boundaries of at least six of the 27 national monuments that the Department began reviewing back in April.The recommended monuments include two in the state of Utah—Bears Ear and Grand Staircase Escalante, one in Nevada—Gold Butte, one in Oregon—Cascade-Siskiyou, and two in New Mexico—Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and Rio Grande Del Norte.The review also recommends a reduction in size to multiple marine monuments in the Pacific Ocean and proposes opening the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean to commercial fishing.In addition to shrinking the boundaries of monuments, Zinke’s recommendations will open some of them up to previously prohibited extraction activities. This includes the canyons of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which—according to a report from the Interior Department—contain “an estimated several billion tons of oil and large oil deposits”, and Maine’s Khatadin Woods and Waters National Monument, where Zinke is seeking to implement an active timber management program.Zinke also proposed adding 130,000 acres of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana known as the Badger-Two Medicine to the national monuments list, citing the region’s importance to the Black Feet Nation.Since assuming the helm of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, a former Senator and Navy SEAL from Montana, has styled himself an advocate and proponent of public lands in the vein of Teddy Roosevelt, but his recent recommendations have conservationists worried that his tenure could ultimately compromise Roosevelt’s public lands legacy.“The recommendations within Secretary Ryan Zinke‘s National Monument Review could negatively impact key fish & wildlife habitat, reduce outdoor opportunities, and undermine the Antiquities Act that has enabled the long-term protection of millions of acres,” read a statement released back in August by Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, a conservation organization out of Missoula Montana.The Antiquities Act, which was signed into law by Roosevelt himself in 1906, affords presidents the legal authority to designate national monuments, but many argue that it does not give the executive branch the power to alter or rescind previous designations—as Trump and Zinke are now clearly attempting to do.“Any actions that would dismantle these natural wonders would violate Americans’ deep and abiding love for parks and public lands and fly in the face of 2.8 million Americans who expressed opposition to these changes,” said President of the Wilderness Society, Jamie Williams in a statement posted to the organization’s website. “We and millions of other Americans stand by the belief that those lands should be preserved and handed down to future generations. We urge President Trump to ignore these illegal and dangerous recommendations and instead act to preserve these beloved places.”For his part, Donald Trump has expressed disdain for the size and amount of national monuments declared by his previous three predecessors, calling the designations a “massive federal land grab” during an executive order signing at the Department of Interior back in April.“It’s time to end these abuses and return control to the people, the people of Utah, the people of all of the states, the people of the United States,” Trump went on to say.Stay tuned as we continue to cover this important and ongoing public lands issue.last_img read more

CUinDenver: Leverage credit union values to appeal to millennials

first_imgA breakout session at the combined America’s Credit Union Conference and World Credit Union Conference Monday gave attendees tips on how to reach out to millennials and turn them into credit union members.At “Recruiting Youth—Bringing Down the Average Age of Credit Unions,” Emma Avery, communications specialist for the Greater Building Society of Australia; Josh Allison, founder and chief ideator of Think Café; and Paul Wambua, CEO for the Stima Savings and Credit Cooperative in Kenya, spoke about the millennial generation and what credit unions need to do in order to be appealing to prospective members.“They want it to be about them,” Avery said. “They want it to be relevant and easy.”The session included information about habits of millennials, how to leverage the credit unions’ values to appeal to young adults, how to position credit unions in a position to appeal to younger members, and the role technology plays in serving that demographic.When developing a plan to target and draw in young people, Avery said there were several characteristics to keep in mind. They want easy things that are about them and relevant to them. Also their behaviors are different than other generations, while older adults remember having to write letters to connect with acquaintances, millennials are used to having electronic devices in their pockets that connect them with the world. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

8 Long Island Music Festivals on Long Island This Summer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Kate NalepinskiFrom punk to bluegrass, pop to classical, music festivals celebrating specific genres and local artists alike can be seen and heard across Long Island virtually every weekend this summer through Labor Day.Here are eight upcoming music festivals coming to LI this summer:Oyster Bay Music FestivalPianists, classical singers, string and woodwind musicians join together for this eight-day-long chamber music festival at various venues across Oyster Bay. The performers, ranging from children to adults, also hone their craft along the way at seminars between the concerts. Various locations, Oyster Bay. Free. June 24-July 2. Alive After FiveMany villages host live music in their downtowns during summer, but none do it like Alive After Five  in Patchogue, which closes down Main Street for four days  for this summer festival that features six stages. Besides the music, festivalgoers can also visit over 90 craft vendors, getting a bite to eat at a food truck and have a beer while watching the sun set. Alive After Five is the ultimate entertainment bash with the laid-back vibe that all good festivals include. Main Street, Patchogue. Free. 5 p.m. July 7, 21, Aug.4, 18. Vans Warped TourWhere can you see a metal band live, walk 20 feet to your right, and then watch a hip-hop artist perform on another stage? That would be the Warped Tour, the nation’s longest running traveling music festival. With a recognizable lineup of over 50 artists, it’s no wonder thousands flock to see the Warped Tour every year when it comes to town. This year, Vans Warped Tour includes Yellowcard, Mayday Parade, Falling In Reverse, Reel Big Fish, and New Found Glory, just to name a few. Nikon at Jones Beach, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. $45-50. 11 a.m. July 9.LIU Post Chamber Music FestivalLike the Oyster Bay Music Festival, the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival also features seminars for musicians in addition to a concert series for the public during this three-week program. Performances include string quartets, woodwind quintets, mixed ensembles and a concerto competition. Tilles Center, LIU Post, Brookville. Various times, July 11-29.Great South Bay Music FestivalThis waterfront music festival is back with an irresistible lineup including Third Eye Blind, Graham Nash, Manchester Orchestra, Umphreys McGee, Kevin Devine, Joe Nichols and Dopapod. It would be a mistake to miss out on the largest-running music, art and cultural event on Long Island. What’s better than an amazing view of the water, live music and great food? And there’s a kidzone for the children. Shorefront Park, Patchogue. $32-$125. July 14-17. Huntington Folk FestivalMore than three-dozen artists jam out in flowing skirts for the festival that’s been persisting since 2006. Bask in the sun in the morning and then snuggle under a blanket at night, while you listen to artist showcases of folk music all day. Headlining the festival is Slaid Cleaves, folk singer from Austin, Texas. Heckscher Park, Huntington. Free. 12-10:30 p.m. July 30. FOLD (Freak Out Let’s Dance) Festival * POSTPONED*Probably the coolest dance party you can attend the whole summer, the FOLD Festival will have you dancing on your feet as soon as you arrive. Appropriately, DNCE, the artist with the pop jam, “Cake By The Ocean” will be joined by KESHA and Earth, Wind and Fire at this summer’s FOLD. Nile Rodgers and Chic will perform all three days. Tickets include complementary transportation to the Riverhead train station. No doubt, you’ll “freak out” from AM to PM.  Martha Clara Vineyards, 660 Herricks Lane, Riverhead. $99 per day. Aug. 12-14. 14th Annual Long Island Bluegrass FestivalExpect sunshine, banjos, plunking and Bill Monroe covers. LI Bluegrass festival features the Jim Hurst Trio and Flatt Lonesome as well as seven other artists. As per usual, the lineup contains The Fiddle Kids, a group of children from the Northport school district, ages 10 to 14, passionate about bluegrass music. Tanner Park, Copiague. $15 single, $40 family. 12-7 p.m. Aug. 20.last_img read more

Bank Indonesia expects forex reserves to increase to $125b

first_imgThe rupiah exchange rate strengthened significantly against the US dollar on Thursday, allowing the central bank to reduce market intervention as it expected foreign exchange (forex) reserves to increase over this week.The rupiah was trading at Rp 15,880 to the dollar Thursday, up 2.28 percent from the previous close, according to Bloomberg data.Bank Indonesia (BI) governor Perry Warjiyo said the rupiah exchange rate was still undervalued even after the strong appreciation, adding that the central bank predicted the rupiah would strengthen further to 15,000 against the US dollar by the end of 2020. Foreign investors sold Rp 148.76 trillion (US$9.35 billion) in Indonesian assets, including Rp 135.08 trillion in government bonds and Rp 9.71 trillion in stocks, BI data shows. The central bank has purchased Rp 172.5 trillion worth of government bonds, including Rp 166.2 trillion from foreign investors in the secondary market, to stabilize the currency.“We see now that the strengthening rupiah was due to market dynamics,” Perry said. “This reduces BI’s need to intervene as our intervention has been declining recently.”Read also: BI expects rebound in foreign capital flows later this yearOn that basis, the central bank expects the country’s forex reserves to reach $125 billion this week as uncertainties surrounding financial markets start to subside.The reserves dropped $9.4 billion in March to $121 billion as BI stepped up market intervention to stabilize the rupiah exchange rate, which was volatile throughout the month.The government’s plan to raise funds from dollar-denominated bonds was also expected to help bulk up the country’s reserves, Perry added.The newly enacted Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 54/2020 on the 2020 state budget stipulates a steep increase in debt issuance to Rp 1 quadrillion this year from the initially targeted Rp 351.9 billion as the government seeks to fund the fight against the pandemic.The government plans to offer sovereign debt papers worth Rp 549.6 trillion, an increase from the initial Rp 389.3 trillion, while also planning to raise Rp 450 trillion in “pandemic bonds”.The Finance Ministry has raised $4.3 billion in dollar-denominated bonds this week, which could boost the country’s forex reserves by between $4 billion and $125 billion in the next week, Perry said.Read also: Bank Indonesia strikes $60b repo facility deal with US Fed as forex reserves drop“The conversion of dollar-denominated bonds into rupiah-denominated funds to be used by the fiscal authority to finance stimulus would increase the central bank’s foreign exchange reserves,” economists from the University of Indonesia Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM UI) wrote in a research note.According to the institution’s calculations, the issuance of Rp 450 trillion in “pandemic bonds” would increase the central bank’s foreign reserves by $15 billion if the debt papers were denominated in dollars.“Meanwhile, if all the pandemic bonds are denominated in rupiah, then the increase of foreign reserves will only reach $9 billion,” the researchers said.Topics : “If we measure the fundamentals of the rupiah exchange rate including against inflation, the current account deficit and interest rate differentials onshore and abroad, the rupiah is still undervalued and has the tendency to strengthen,” Perry said at a livestreamed media briefing on Thursday.Read also: ‘This is not a normal time’: BI to break barriers in COVID-19 battleDespite the jump, the rupiah remains one of the worst-performing Asian currencies as it has lost more than 14 percent of its value against the greenback so far this year after foreign investors dumped Indonesian assets following the novel coronavirus pandemic.The central bank has stepped up intervention, especially in March, in the spot foreign exchange and domestic non-deliverable forward markets. It has bought bonds dumped by foreign investors to anchor the value of the rupiah.last_img read more

Ex-Starbucks employees arrested for alleged ‘peeping tom’

first_imgThe North Jakarta Police have arrested two former Starbucks Indonesia employees for alleged sexual harassment after they were caught peering at a female customer’s cleavage through a CCTV camera.Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the two arrestees, identified only by their initials K and D, were apprehended on Thursday evening.“The police are now interrogating them to find out their motives,” Yusri told The Jakarta Post on Friday. He added the police had also identified the victim, since one of the suspects personally recognized her. “The suspect has her phone number. The victim just filed a report to the police.”The spokesperson went on to say the incident occurred on Wednesday in a Starbucks store in the neighborhood of Sunter in North Jakarta.The incident caught public attention after a Twitter user under the handle @LisaAbet uploaded a video of the incident to the Twitter. She tweeted she was angered upon watching the incident in her friend’s Instagram Story.Read also: Public outcry as House plans to delay sexual violence bill – again The footage showed a male employee of the coffee shop zooming on CCTV recordings at the back office to get a clearer look on a female visitor’s cleavage. Another male employee who recorded the event through his phone burst into laughter.The incident drove many internet users raging over the behavior, demanding immediate investigation from Starbucks. @LisaAbet’s post has been retweeted 19,400 times in less than two days.“How they behave is unacceptable and disgusting,” Twitter user @xxnotababexx wrote.“F&B [food and beverage] business is about hospitality. If customers are not respected, it’s fatal […],” user @aguslio17g tweeted.Starbucks responded to the post on Wednesday, apologizing for the incident. The company added that the management was investigating the incident and the employees.The company released a statement on Thursday afternoon, saying “the individual” was no longer employed and the company would ensure similar incidents did not happen in— Starbucks Indonesia (@SbuxIndonesia) July 2, 2020“We were extremely troubled to learn of this incident and it is a matter that we take seriously. It is not consistent with our mission and values, high standards of conduct or the experience we strive to deliver for our customers,” Starbucks stated.Starbucks Indonesia spokesperson Andrea Siahaan confirmed to the Post that the company had fired the two employees implicated in the incident.Opening its first store in Jakarta in 2002, Starbucks now has more than 300 stores in major cities across the country.Topics :last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to Arsenal hero Ian Wright telling him to ‘sign da ting’

first_imgIt did not take long for Aubameyang to respond, posting a string of smiley faces and laughing emojis.Aubameyang’s latest post is not the first time he has got Arsenal fans excited that he may be staying at the Emirates, having also ‘liked’ a social media post begging him to sign and tweeting a picture of an hour glass emoji.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalOn Thursday evening, meanwhile, he went on Instagram Live with his brother Willy and said: ‘Guys, have a good night, enjoy and hopefully great news for everybody.’Aubameyang’s proposed new deal would make him the second highest paid player at the club behind only Mesut Ozil, with Arteta keen to build his attack around the goalscorer after he hit 22 goals in 36 Premier League appearances last season.MORE: Arsenal set to seal Gabriel transfer as he completes medical despite Manchester United interestMORE: Willian pleads with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal and help challenge for Premier League titlesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The Gunners’ top scorer is widely expected to commit to a new contract (Pictures: Getty / Twitter)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to tease the possibility he will sign a new contract with Arsenal, this time responding to a plea from Gunners legend Ian Wright.The 31-year-old, who was once again the north London club’s top scorer last season, has less than a year remaining on his current contract which is due to expire in the summer of 2021.It had been suggested that Aubameyang would be sold if he did not agree fresh terms, but Mikel Arteta persuaded the club to offer his star striker the bumper £300,000-a-week deal he wanted. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to Arsenal legend Ian Wright telling him to ‘sign da ting’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Aug 2020 11:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.9kShares Advertisement Advertisement Aubameyang is believed to have agreed fresh terms with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)An official announcement on Aubameyang’s extension is expected early next week, though the Gabon international has been dropping plenty of hints on social media in the meantime.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough all parties are on the same page, Arsenal fans are still holding their breath for the star to put pen to paper – even club icon Ian Wright.The former Gunners striker tagged both Aubameyang and Arsenal on social media, writing: ‘Taking so long gonna sign da ting myself’ alongside a picture of him signing a piece of paper. 😆😂🤣🤣— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) August 21, 2020 Commentlast_img read more

Widen the hunt to land your dream home

first_imgTenille Patterson and Zach Strasser posing at their renovated Stafford Heights home. (AAP Image/Josh Woning)Australian buyers are broadening their horizons and are now prepared to buy homes outside their preferred suburbs in a bid to secure exactly what they want.New research by reveals 54 per cent of people buying property will sacrifice living exactly where they want to if it means getting all the features they are after in a house.Coronis chief operating officer Karuna Dimelow had noticed that buyers had changed their way of thinking when it came to investing in property.“Buyers are looking for a property or home that suits their immediate needs,” she said.“They’re acting upon the ‘now proposition’ – they want it all now.“This is why we are seeing buyers purchasing their dream home from day one of property ownership.”She said the trend was heavily influenced by Generation Y’s high expectations.“As these generations are moving out of their family home, or from rental homes into their first (purchased) home, they have a strong expectation to maintain the same standard of living,” she said.“When I bought my first home, the mantra was to buy the worst home on the best street,” she said.“Now, people are settling for their dream home outside their dream suburb in a bid to have everything from day one.”Despite originally looking for a property closer to the city, Tennille Patterson and Zach Strasser gave up the idea of owning an inner-city home and purchased their dream renovator in Stafford Heights instead.Ms Patterson said their priorities were to find the right home and that the location was a secondary concern.“The home was ideal for us,” she said.“We picked it mainly because it was a good house to renovate, and we wanted a yard, which this property offered.”Ms Patterson said the property allowed them to make the changes they wanted.“It’s a two-storey house with a good layout,” she said.“It’s going to be a much better home in terms of size and value to live in than anything else we were looking at closer to the city.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoIn 2017, Tamika and Matt Anson bought their dream home in Gaythorne, a suburb they’d previously never considered buying in.Mrs Anson said the couple began expanding their search after experiencing issues finding a home that matched their criteria in their preferred suburbs of The Grange and Gordon Park.“What we were looking for was quite limited,” she said.“We just couldn’t find what we were after, and we weren’t convinced with the level of value we could get in those suburbs.“Gaythorne came up as a surrounding suburb, so we started looking up properties in the area.”Mrs Anson said that by extending their search just a few kilometres, they were able to secure a home that presented better opportunities for them in the long term.“If we’d bought in Gordon Park or (The) Grange, we would have ended up purchasing a home something similar to what we were already living in, but for more money,” she said.“By stretching the search out just that little bit further, we were able to get a newer build on a bigger block with a fourth bedroom that accommodates our future plans.”Despite many buyers looking at homes in alternate locations, Ms Dimelow said there were still plenty of opportunities to find a good deal in Brisbane’s most sought-after locations.“Micro-pockets offer better value for money compared with these dream suburbs, and still provide the same lifestyle,” she said.She used the example of buyers looking in locations just outside of Ascot.“The Hamilton/Ascot side of Racecourse Rd is occupied by traditional Queenslander homes on larger blocks, with renovated kitchens, media rooms and pools,” she said.“Whereas on the other side of Racecourse Rd, closer to Doomben, there are a range of properties at more affordable prices that still offer the same lifestyle, but the prices differ vastly.”last_img read more