Queensland auction market set to bounce back bigger than before

first_imgAntonia Mercorella, chief executive of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland said: “The market will continue to follow directives but when the State Government considers it appropriate for live auctions to resume in Queensland, we will certainly be supportive of it.”In March, estate agents were forced, almost overnight, to change the way the auction market operates after the government issued a ban on open for inspections and onsite auctions. By moving their businesses entirely online, agents have kept the market alive, pressing forward with live-streamed auctions using digital bidding platforms such as GAVL.Despite Brisbane agents and auctioneers being divided on how they will approach auctions post COVID-19, the consensus is that the market will be bigger, better and more accessible, to Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:12Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: What will happen to house prices? 02:13 a wider number of people, including those from interstate or overseas.For leading auctioner Justin Nickerson of Apollo Auctions the social nature of people and the theatre that surrounds onsite auctions mean they will remain a large part of the future auction market. “Auctions have definitely changed. What we grew up with and what we do, entertaining crowds etc, is no more. Having to conduct an auction solo, in an office, with no crowds has been a steep learning curve. “Yet, long term I don’t think online auctions will remain mainstream. Once the restrictions are lifted people will embrace all the things they haven’t been able to do; go to the pub, play football, go to the cinema. Property is a passion of Australians and people have always loved onsite and in-room auctions, so the appetite for them will return.” Onsite auctions are set to return once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris)Mr Nickerson said there could be a trend towards more auctions being live streamed for those unable to attend, and for more remote properties, such as farms, to be auctioned online, but standard properties would go back to onsite sales.Mitch Peereboom, the chief auctioneer at Ray White, said the company had never been more ambitious about the auction market and the use of technology.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“Like everyone in Australia, when and if the restrictions are lifted, it is something we are going to welcome, but we’ve been inspired by the courage of agents and the public to move towards digital auctions. “It has changed the way we view what can be done in real estate and how auctions can be conducted, so for us, this is something that we are fully comfortable with and it will continue to be part of our auction strategy. The sky’s the limit for us.” While the number of auctions nationally has dropped considerably over recent weeks, data from CoreLogic this week shows clearance rates of 41.1 per cent, which is the highest rate recorded since restrictions were introduced. Auction withdrawal rates are also declining, which is predicted to continue as restrictions are lifted. Mitch Peereboom, chief auctioneer at Ray White West End, during a live streamed auctionPeter Burgin, chief auctioneer at Place estate agents said ultimately the market would go back to what it was. “We have always offered sellers and buyers all the options when going to auction, but you’ll never take away the market’s desire for a bit of curbside theatre,” he said. “For many people it might be easier to have an auction online, but will more buyers use digital platforms? Possibly, but there will still be plenty of onsite stuff.”Mr Burgin said that what is certain is that more properties will be sold through auctions, with agents being more picky about which properties they take onsite or online.He said he had started to see glimpses of a market recovery, with the discussion among agents shifting back towards doing what they know works.“Every week now, unless there’s another drastic change in circumstances, the trend of picking up listings will continue and by the end of July/August we’ll be back in full swing. We are in for a massive September to December. I think the Brisbane property market this year is in for a really bumper time.” Why Netflix could thwart you getting a rent reduction Hamptons style moves to the next level Leading auctioneer Justin Nickerson of Apollo Auctioneers says people love property and the theatre that goes with an onsite auction. Photo:Luke Marsden.The auction market in Queensland is expected to bounce back bigger and better than ever once the COVID-19 restrictions are finally lifted. Nationwide the rules are already starting to ease, with the Northern Territory this week moving to allow open for inspections and onsite auctions to resume.Agents and auctioneers in Queensland are hoping the state government will soon follow suit.MORE NEWS Small block home sells in 10 dayslast_img read more

Damen to Revamp SGU’s Survey Vessel

first_imgDamen Oskarshamnsvarvet in Sweden has won a contract to undertake a major life extension programme on the survey and research vessel S/V Ocean Surveyor, owned by SGU, Sweden’s national geological survey agency.The vessel will undergo the life-time extension over the course of 12 months.It will include the replacement of the all the machinery, bridge and auxiliary systems including HVAC and a complete overhaul of all remaining equipment.A key aspect of the project will be the conversion of the propulsion and electrical systems from diesel to diesel electric.The overall objective of the year-long programme will be to deliver a modern, low-impact vessel with a good working environment for both the crew and the scientists working on board and better overall accessibility.“We are happy to let Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet perform the extensive conversion of the vessel and are confident that she will be ready for another 25 years of marine surveying prior to the field season 2021. Ocean Surveyor is a key platform for many marine surveys conducted in Sweden, not only for SGU, but also for other operators hiring the vessel’s unique surveying facilities,” said Björn Bergman, operations manager at SGU.Built 1984 in Norway, the Ocean Surveyor is a twin hull, multi-purpose, survey and ROV support vessel constructed using Kevlar / FRP composite for operations mainly in coastal waters. 38 metres long and 12 metres across it has accommodation for 15 personnel across 12 cabins and is equipped with DPS as well as various fixed hydroacoustic measuring systems. The main deck is fitted with winches, cranes, an aft frame and a moon pool for deploying samplers and underwater cameras. There are two laboratories on board; a wet lab for sediment and environmental sample analysis, and a space with a gamma spectrometer and sediment X-ray for the detailed study of samples.Flip van der Waal, managing director at Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet Sweden, said: “The tender process was rigorous, requiring a lot of research and pre-engineering, and now that we have been awarded the project we are responsible for the entire design scope and the procurement as laid down by the SGU. In many ways it’s not so different from a newbuild. We are very confident that our capabilities and facilities are perfectly suited to this project – including our main hall where we will carry out the work. This covered environment is the ideal location to conduct work on a composite vessel such as this. We look forward to getting started.”The work on the vessel will start on 6 April 2020 and is scheduled for completion by 31 March 2021.last_img read more

Alexander-Arnold claims EPL Young Player of the Season

first_img Loading… Alexander-Arnold is also up for the Premier League Player of the Season alongside teammates Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane. Alexander-Arnold who began his romance with Liverpool from the youth team in 2004 advanced to the senior team in 2016 and has continued to rise to the occasion for the club ever since. Aside from playing football, Alexander-Arnold is also an avid chess player, having been introduced to the sport by his father as a youngster, and in 2018 he played an invitational match against world champion Magnus Carlsen. Read AlsoIsmaila Sarr: ‘Everyone would love to play’ for Liverpool The match, which was played as part of a campaign to promote the sport, ended in defeat for Alexander-Arnold after seventeen moves; eight more than technology entrepreneur Bill Gates managed when he faced Carlsen in 2014. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold saw off competition from Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic to win the Premier League’s TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season award. Alexander-Arnold, 21, was the only English player on the shortlist and becomes the first player to win the inaugural award The full-back was instrumental in helping Liverpool lift their first league title in 30 years and contributed 13 assists and four goals in the league. The England international also beat United’s Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson to the prize. The Premier League saw a rise in the number of young English players last season with more than a third who started eligible for selection for the national team. A total of 62 homegrown players made their debuts last season — 21 more than the 2019-20 campaign.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comebacklast_img read more

May is ‘Mental Health Month’

first_imgThat is why in 2019 Mental Health America is expanding upon last year’s theme of 4Mind4Body and taking it to the next level, as we explore the topics of animal companionship, spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, and recreation, and the intersection of chronic conditions and mental health.“Mental Health America says it is important to really look at your overall health, both physically and mentally, to achieve wellness,” said CMHC Executive Director Tom Talbot. “Finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk with a friend, meditating, playing with a pet, or working from home once a week can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy. It’s all about finding the right balance to benefit both the mind and the body.”Mental Health America has developed a series of fact sheets, available on the organization’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may, to help people understand how their lifestyle affects their health. A variety of other resources about mental health is available on Mental Health America’s website.“We know that living a healthy lifestyle is not always easy, but it can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on these successes. Find the balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, physical health and mental health, can help you on the path toward focusing both 4Mind4Body,” said Mr. Talbot.About half of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health disorder sometime in their lives, with first onset typically occurring in childhood or adolescence. Most people have supports that allow them to succeed – home, family, friends, school, and work. Intervening effectively during early stages of illness can save lives and put individuals living with mental illnesses on the path to recovery.CMHC uses a network of facilities in Batesville, Brookville, Lawrenceburg, St. Leon and Vevay to provide services in the region. The Center offers an array of services, including outpatient counseling, substance use disorder services, inpatient hospitalization, community and school-based services, employment services, and housing services for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses. CMHC employs professional staff, from case managers to psychiatrists, to provide these services.If you, or a friend or a neighbor, are dealing with depression, anger, stress, substance use problems or addiction, grief, or another mental health issue, please contact CMHC at (812) 537-1302, or visit our website at www.cmhcinc.org to find an office near you. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (812) 537-1302, or toll-free at 1-877-849-1248.All CMHC services are provided without regard to race, religion, disability, gender, color, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political belief, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Lawrenceburg, In. —When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it can be a lot to handle. It is important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.May is Mental Health Month was started 70 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. Last year, Mental Health America’s materials were seen by more than 30 million people, with more than 16,000 entities downloading MHA’s toolkit for Mental Health Month.Community Mental Health Center, Inc., Lawrenceburg, and Mental Health America encourage you to learn about #4Mind4Body. Mental Health Month calls attention to strategies and approaches that can help everyone achieve good health. Information is available on Mental Health America’s website at www.mentalhealthamerica.net.A healthy lifestyle may help prevent onset of or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions. For those dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health.last_img read more

Martinez extends Belgium contract till 2022

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has extended his contract through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, ending weeks of speculation about a new deal, Belgian media reported on Saturday.There was no official confirmation from the Belgian football association but newspapers said Martinez would stay in charge through to the next World Cup after negotiating a new two-year deal. His contract was up after this year’s European Championship, which has been shifted back a year because of the coronavirus crisis.Martinez, 46, had already said in interviews over the last weeks he wanted to stay in charge in order to take Belgium to Euro 2021, where they are drawn in Group B and will play Denmark, Finland and Russia.The team, who are top of the FIFA world rankings, had qualified in imposing fashion, by winning all 10 qualifiers, scoring 40 goals and conceding just three.Spanish-born Martinez, the former Wigan Athletic and Everton manager, took Belgium to third place at the World Cup and is popular among the players, reports added.With much of Belgium’s 2018 World Cup squad set to be in their early 30’s or approaching retirement by the end of the 2022 tournament in Qatar. The next two tournaments will be seen as crunch moments for a golden generation.Eden Hazard will be 31-years-old and Kevin de Bruyne 30 after Qatar, and will be primed to lead Belgium to rival France’s reigning champions.Tags: BelgiumCoronavirusRoberto Martinezlast_img read more

USC looks to bounce back from loss

first_imgRivalry games always carry a little extra weight.And when that rival is 18-2, ranked No. 9 in the country and you have struggled of late, the game takes on even more significance.That’s the situation facing the USC women’s basketball team, which split a pair of home games last week to remain in a tie for third place in the Pac-10 conference.Extra support · USC is counting on freshman forward Cassie Harberts, among others, to play well in the second matchup against the Bruins. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Now the Women of Troy (13-7, 5-4) host UCLA on Sunday in a game critical for conference positioning.“UCLA is going to be a really important game for us to go into the rest of the season,” said freshman forward Cassie Harberts. “In most of [our losses] we beat ourselves which is why we’ve been stumbling a bit.”In the first meeting between the two teams, UCLA’s suffocating defense held the Women of Troy to just 28 percent shooting.Not only did USC struggle to score, but it also committed 20 turnovers in the 61-42 loss at Pauley Pavilion.The Bruins (18-2, 8-1) held leading scorer junior guard Briana Gilbreath without a field goal in a dominating performance that USC players described as a learning experience.“We watched film [of that game], and we weren’t penetrating,” said senior center Kari LaPlante. “We need to stop settling for jump shots and get to the basket.”That task is easier said than done against the athletic Bruins team, which has been defined by its defense.LaPlante said success would ultimately come down to execution.“We just need to slow it down,” she said. “When we get going too fast is when their athleticism helps them. We need to take our time and execute.”As strong as they are defensively, the Bruins can put up points too.Senior guard Darxia Morris and junior forward Jasmine Dixon lead the team in scoring with 12.5 and 12.1 points, respectively.The most dangerous player for UCLA might be sophomore guard/forward Markel Walker, whose size and ball handling ability causes consistent problems for opposing defenses.“[Walker] is really versatile,” Harberts said.  “She can play inside or out, but we have a lot of players that can match up with her.”Not to be outdone, USC also boasts one of the more versatile players in the country in Gilbreath.The do-everything junior guard finished with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and a career-high eight steals last weekend against Arizona State.The Women of Troy will need that kind of production from all their players if they want to split the season series with their crosstown rivals.“We didn’t do too well the first time around so we’ve been preparing this week and we’re going to come out strong,” LaPlante said.Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Galen Center._______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Here are some thoughts from USC coaches Michael Cooper and Mary Wooley after Friday’s practice.last_img read more

Off triple win tourney, volleyball travels to Florida

first_imgJunior Khalia Lanier (left) was named an AVCA first-team All-American last season. (Sarah Kim | Daily Trojan)The No. 7 USC women’s volleyball team will head to the Bubly Water Invitational Tournament in Gainesville, Fla. to take on No. 4 Florida Friday. After celebrating their Trojan Invitational championship last weekend, the Trojans now face their first road test of the season. Playing away from home is always challenging; doing so against the runner-ups in last season’s NCAA championship is even more so. Though Florida, like USC, has a roster full of freshmen this year, those players have proved impressive early on. Freshman outside hitter Thayer Hall was named SEC Freshman of the Week for her performance in the Gators’ second place VERT challenge finish last weekend, recording 41 kills and 21 digs in the two games played and earning All-Tournament honors. Florida also has the luxury of being the tournament hosts and playing in front of its home crowd, something USC enjoyed in its first three games. That being said, head coach Brent Crouch appears to be taking a larger perspective in terms of what the next few games for his squad will mean.“These players can be fantastic. They don’t know how good they can be,” Crouch said on USC’s Trojans Live radio station. “If you hold this mirror up to them, ‘This is what you can be,’ when you do X, Y and Z, they’ll be with you. I think we’ve got an incredible group of players that are playing right now. The talent level is there and the athleticism is there for this team to do really well, but I think we’re gonna unleash them once they get some new habits in place.”Florida, much like USC, was pushed to five sets in its championship game last week, falling 10-15 in the final frame. However, each frame was relatively close  (18-25, 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 10-15), as they were in USC’s match (28-26, 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 18-16). Both teams should be feeling confident heading into the match, with Florida hoping to take the next step and close out tight games and USC attempting to build upon the momentum of its three-game winning streak.Crouch will look for the strong play and leadership of star junior outside hitter Khalia Lanier, who earned Trojan Invitational MVP honors and sophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin, the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, to set the tone for his young group in a hostile environment. Freshman setter Raquel Lázaro, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, will also have to keep up with the Gators’ dynamic duo of freshman Marlie Monserez and redshirt senior Allie Monserez, who combined for 57 assists in their last game against Texas. Crouch certainly isn’t letting last week’s success get to the team’s head.“It was great to have a great weekend right away, but there’s a lot of room to grow with this group this year,” Crouch said. “I expect us to be clicking at a much higher level at the end of the season.”last_img read more

Athletics still unsure if Kyler Murray will report to spring training, report says

first_imgMurray told NFL Network last month he will decided whether to play professional baseball or football “very soon,” though his time to pledge playing in MLB is running out.Murray is one of the top prospects of the 2019 NFL Draft but has already committed to playing for the A’s. Oakland selected Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and gave him a $4.66 million signing bonus, though the Heisman Trophy winner would have to give back most or all of it if he opts to pursue football instead. Related News Oakland’s pitchers and catchers are scheduled to hold their first workout of spring training Monday, with position players slated to report Friday. NFL Draft 2019: QB Kyler Murray will participate in combinecenter_img Oakland is losing confidence in Kyler Murray.Athletics general manager David Forst on Sunday confirmed the team still doesn’t know if or when the former Oklahoma double threat will report to spring training, according to ESPN.last_img read more

NHL and coronavirus: How players are spending their time without hockey

first_imgThe coronavirus (COVID-19) has put the NHL season on pause for now.On Monday, the league told players they could head home and leave the city their team plays in if they choose to do so. The release also noted that NHL does hope to hold training camp in roughly 45 days and then restart the season soon after. MORE: Players post messages asking fans to follow recommendations on social mediaHere’s a look at what some NHL players are doing without hockey.Afternoon chats with dad https://t.co/QSmEWNoohR pic.twitter.com/Au7NUUMpQi— Garnet Hathaway (@GarnetHathaway) March 16, 2020This is how stupid you look buying 100 rolls of toilet paper. Come practice social distancing with me tonight at 8 pm (cst) on https://t.co/0xoC7gyNyg. pic.twitter.com/Aqge98fgvI— JT Brown (@JTBrown23) March 15, 2020What working from home looks like when you’re @SergeiBobrovsky. 😂🥅(🎥: @NHL via IG/olyabobrovsky)pic.twitter.com/SFvKJ1PvqF— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 16, 2020Room in my squad. Controller gang. LFG! 👊🏻 🎮 https://t.co/s5tDbmiS6r— Ryan Strome (@strome18) March 16, 2020The boys stay putting in work ⚽️(via IG/artemiypanarin) pic.twitter.com/aJXhpbKMkm— Rangers Videos (@SNYRangers) March 15, 2020MORE: NHL reportedly considering 24-team playoff formatYou never know #SlapShot #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/i0BrLtC34c— The Hanson Brothers (@Hanson_Brothers) March 15, 2020Looking for more? Here’s Braden’s recent reads! His favorites being The Art of Fielding, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Ham on Rye. 📚 pic.twitter.com/swKp8KbRDE— Brandi Holtby (@bbholtby) March 16, 2020No Days Off!!! pic.twitter.com/DoYx0GOIAF— Matt Calvert (@mattcalvert11) March 15, 2020Artemi Panarin holding a birdhouse like it’s the Stanley Cup is exactly what we all need today 🤣(via IG/artemiypanarin) pic.twitter.com/0JvK5Tnfxj— Rangers Videos (@SNYRangers) March 15, 2020Dylan Larkin’s new workout buddy is too precious!! 😍 pic.twitter.com/4pMH4IO0Tl— BarDown (@BarDown) March 17, 2020 Whether or not that is able to happen, the players are finding a way — some creative ways — to pass the time.last_img read more

Mourinho aiming to stop rot as Man Utd season unravels

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho needs to lift Manchester United’s morale quickly as a deflating run of performances threatens to throw their season off track completely but he faces a daunting task against a revitalised Arsenal.Mourinho’s team have not looked themselves at Old Trafford for much of the season, with their past two matches producing an insipid goalless draw against Crystal Palace and an unconvincing late Champions League victory over Swiss side Young Boys.On their travels, they had looked as if they were getting back to form as October turned to November, with the side producing fine displays in drawing at Chelsea and beating Juventus.Yet perhaps those performances were just papering over the cracks. United recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw at Southampton on Saturday and Romelu Lukaku scored his first club goal since September 15 but there was much to be alarmed about.Mourinho claimed his players, with the exception of Marcus Rashford, were meek, lacking the spirit of what he called “mad dogs”.According to Duncan Castles, a British journalist with close links to Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes, the United manager compared midfielder Paul Pogba to “a virus” after another poor performance at Southampton, saying the France international lacked respect for both his teammates and fans.– Dressing room divisions –United’s dressing room gives little indication of being a happy place ahead of Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday.To prove the point, forward Juan Mata effectively declined to publish his regular Monday internet column this week, instead posting a short message that began: “Unfortunately, I feel as though it isn’t the time for posts.”During a season riddled with disappointments, Mourinho has by and large been treated sympathetically by the club’s fanbase, who feel that he was not given enough support in the last close-season transfer market by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The manager’s frustration at not being able to sign a top-class centre-back has been raked over repeatedly but his defensive team selection at Southampton baffled even his most loyal supporters.With Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly unfit, Mourinho elected to play two midfielders — Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic — in a three-man central defence against a team that had not won at home all season. It did not work.Failure to win on the south coast further damaged United’s chances of finishing in the top four –- the ticket to Champions League qualification –- and Mourinho himself appears to believe that is now a long shot with his team lagging eight points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.Asked by Brazilian television what his aims were for the remainder of the season, he said: “Try to win as many points as possible and try (to achieve) almost the miracle of finishing fourth.“Last year, I said that finishing second was a fantastic thing because of the qualities we had in comparison to the quality of the other teams that are fighting for the top four. And this year, with more problems that we have had, it proves what I said.”Arsenal, like United, spent relatively little in the close-season, bringing in Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi for relatively modest sums, yet look revitalised under Unai Emery’s management.They have gone 19 games unbeaten in all competitions since losing their first two matches of the season, and are playing a thrilling brand of aggressive, high-pressing football.According to Uruguay midfielder Torreira, the manager’s words are making as much of an impact as his actions — as evidenced by his half-time team talk on Sunday before the Gunners recovered to beat Tottenham 4-2.“He told us to be calm,” Torreira said. “We listened to the manager and we improved many things. That worked for us to get the victory.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more