Back to training, Bayern’s Coman hopes to complete season

first_img“We’re doing technical work, at a safe distance from each other. It’s a bit like the end of the close season when you resume training individually.”Despite the resumption of training the German Football League (DFL) made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume.The season has been suspended until at least April 30 with the DFL due to meet next Friday to decide the next step.Coman said he hoped all the effort the players had put in would not go to waste.”We work, we work, and I hope we can finish the season otherwise all that work will have been for nothing,” he said.Bayern had a four-point lead with nine matches remaining when the season was halted. Topics : Bundesliga clubs returned to training earlier this week after almost a month off due to the COVID-19 outbreak and while the players are still being kept at a safe distance from each other Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman is just happy to be back.Squads have been split into small groups or even pairs under strict measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, which has infected over 110,000 and killed more than 2,000 people in Germany.”We had not touched a ball on a football pitch for almost a month and even if we’re split in small groups it’s a pleasure to play again and step onto a field that has goals,” the France international told Eurosport on Fridaylast_img read more

EU leaders struggle to save deadlocked virus recovery summit

first_imgSquabbling EU leaders held a make-or-break dinner on Sunday to try to break three days of deadlock in talks over a huge coronavirus rescue package. EU Council President Charles Michel, the summit host, gathered the 27 leaders for dinner after a day of small group meetings that failed to yield a major breakthrough in the search for a deal.He made a last-ditch proposal for the 750-billion-euro ($860-billion) rescue deal aimed at bridging a gaping rift with a coalition of “Frugals” — the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Denmark and Finland. The Frugals, led by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, have sought to slash the scale of the package of loans and grants that Brussels wants to help the countries hit hard by the epidemic. As fears rose that the summit would collapse without agreement, Michel suggested cutting the grant portion of the deal to 400 billion euros — down from his initial proposal of 500 billion — and raising the loan part to 350 billion, up from 250 billion.In a heartfelt speech over dinner, Michel reminded leaders of the devastating human cost of the pandemic — 600,000 dead including 200,000 in Europe — and urged them to come together to complete a “mission impossible”.”The question is this: are the 27 leaders, responsible for the people of Europe, capable of building European unity and trust?” Michel said, according to a copy of his remarks seen by AFP. “Or will we present the face of a weak Europe, undermined by mistrust?” Rule of law row Meanwhile, another stumbling block emerged when Hungary’s hardline premier Viktor Orban accused Rutte of waging a personal vendetta against him and his country — and vowed to prevent any agreement on efforts to tie EU spending to recipient countries’ respect for EU standards.The so-called “Rule of Law” measure — also opposed by Poland and Slovenia — could see Orban’s nationalist and increasingly authoritarian government lose out if fellow members judge his alleged assault on the free media and democratic norms breaks with European values.Both issues could thwart attempts to reach agreement at the summit, and that is even before the leaders — who began meeting on Friday and have finished after midnight for two nights running — get on to debating the draft of the seven-year, trillion-euro EU budget. Macron urged leaders to “take responsibility” as Europe grapples with a severe recession caused by the virus and its lockdowns, saying a deal could still be found, “but these compromises cannot be made at the cost of European ambition”.center_img Topics : Dogged frugals But a senior aide to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said they were only prepared to accept a maximum of 350 billion euros as grants in the package, and even this was subject to conditions.”It’s about the rebates, higher climate ambitions, and that we include a mechanism that makes so that countries will not be able to get money from the EU budget or this recovery package if they do not follow the principles of rule of law,” Paula Carvalho Olovsson told the TT news agency.At the start of what she said was probably the “decisive” third day of the extraordinary summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had said there were still many divisions among the leaders, and so it proved.The leaders sat down to their dinner around 7:20pm (1720 GMT), more than seven hours after they had been scheduled to restart their full round-table meeting of all 27.Round after round of small group meetings went on all day as Michel, aided by Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, tried to drag the frugals and the more indebted — and virus-ravaged — on board for a compromise, but progress was painfully slow.A European source said there were fresh clashes over the dinner table, as the frugals demanded massive hikes in the rebates they get on their EU contributions.Rutte also wants member states to retain the right to veto national economic plans by the likes of Italy and Spain, in order to oblige them to pursue reforms to borrowing and their labor and pensions markets — an effort that was angrily resisted by his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte.last_img read more

Swiss regulator: More pension funds to be underfunded after 2018 volatility

first_imgThe funding level of some Swiss pension funds is set to fall considerably after the equity market volatility of last year.Preliminary calculations relating to funds from the cantons of Zurich and Schaffhausen were presented by the BVS, the regional supervisory body for Pensionskassen and foundations in these two cantons.Speaking at the authority’s annual conference, Roger Tischhauser, director of the BVS, said that “a typical pension fund will report a lower funding level by 400 to 600 basis points because of the capital market developments” in 2018.This year, Tischhauser said he expected “an additional 12 or more pension funds” under BVS’ supervision to report underfunding in their 2018 annual reports. For 2017, the group of more than 750 pension funds supervised by the BVS showed a significant improvement in its funding position.Compared to 2016, the number of underfunded schemes fell from 10 to four. The funds with shortfalls in 2017 were smaller schemes with combined assets of CHF4bn (€3.3bn).Equity market volatility hit Swiss pension funds last year, a development also reflected in the industry indices compiled by UBS and Credit Suisse, as well as preliminary results published by Publica, Switzerland’s largest pension fund.Nevertheless, Tischhauser said he was impressed by how the average pension fund had developed over the past few years.In 2017, over 80% of all funds supervised by the BVS were 100% funded and around 50% had “already restocked the necessary funding buffers”, which had been emptied in the wake of the financial crisis, Tischhauser said.He highlighted public pension funds, which “can look back at seven years of very hard work” since they were legally transformed into entities independent of the canton’s authority.In total, the BVS oversees almost CHF300bn in occupational pension assets, more than one third of the total CHF850bn in the Swiss second pillar.Collective pension funds as systemic risk factorsTischhauser also defended proposals from Switzerland’s top finance regulator, the OAK, regarding new rules for collective pension funds, the Sammelstiftungen and Gemeinschaftseinrichtungen.He contradicted critics who recently spoke out against further regulation for this sector within the second pillar. The OAK wants to introduce additional risk reporting requirements for such plans.Tischhauser said a “consistent set of rules” was necessary for this sector.“In this segment, which is of systemic importance, financial stability has to be increased and for this we need a unified regulatory framework,” he said.He explained that, given the competition in this sector, collective pension funds on average “took more risks in their investments and made higher promises” than company pension funds not open to outside customers.last_img read more

Participants sought for 2018 ‘Community Hunting Access Program’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is looking for community partners interested in participating in the Community Hunting Access Program (CHAP) this year.In its second year, CHAP is an initiative through the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife to increase hunting opportunities for deer in urban and suburban areas. The intent of the program is to help alleviate human-deer conflicts. CHAP provides community partners with financial and technical assistance to administer hunting programs in their communities.As part of the program, managed hunts are administered by a certified CHAP coordinator trained in hunting safety, deer biology and public relations.The community partner determines when and where managed hunts occur, what hunters can participate, and which certified CHAP coordinator they use or contract.Eligible community partners include parks, homeowners associations, and other land managing entities. Parties interested in participating must submit a grant application by March 31.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua heads back to gym

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Shortly after Anthony Joshua’s dominant win over Andy Ruiz Jr, the two-time heavyweight champion of the world insisted he would not spend all that long celebrating.The 30-year-old has business to attend to as he sets out to become the heavyweight king in 2020, with mega bouts against Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder targeted for the WBA, WBO and IBF champion.And AJ has been seen putting in the hard yards at the gym only four days after his victory in Saudi Arabia, before tucking into a calorie-heavy meal after a tough workout.The Olympic champion’s strength and conditioning coach, Sina Ghami, posted to his Instagram footage of AJ performing shoulder rolls on Wednesday night, while other members of his entourage hit the weights.The rigorous gym session was shortly followed by a big meal for the team, with meat, salad and pasta on the menu for the heavyweight champion.Joshua opted to cut down on the carbs before his rematch with Ruiz Jr, in a bid to come in lighter and better conditioned to last the full 12 rounds against the Mexican.And his plan worked a treat.AJ was elusive and boxed smartly for the full 12 rounds to leave The Destroyer chasing shadows and losing his grip on the heavyweight crown.Joshua has since been ordered to face his mandatory challengers by the WBO and IBF. Oleksandr Usyk and Kubrat Pulev are therefore in pole position to secure a shot at AJ next Spring.Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderTyson Furylast_img read more

Club World Cup: Monterrey to face Liverpool after beating Al Sadd

first_imgRelatedPosts Thiago Alcantara completes Liverpool move Liverpool reach agreement to sign Thiago from Bayern Gunners, Reds battle for Community Shield glory A stunning long-range shot from Leonel Vangioni and an awful mistake by Gabi set CONCACAF champions Monterrey on their way to a 3-2 win over Al Sadd on Saturday. The win earned them a place in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals against European champions Liverpool. The Mexican side, who had to survive a second-half fightback by their opponents, were rewarded with a tie against England’s Premier League leaders on Wednesday. The European champions have a bye to the last four. Al Sadd, who qualified as champions of host nation Qatar, were playing in their own stadium. But their fans were outsung by a noisy contingent of Monterrey supporters behind one of the goals. The stadium was only around half-full, a similar problem to that which dogged the recent world athletics championships held in Qatar, which will also host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Mexicans hit the crossbar early on and went ahead when Vangioni collected the ball in midfield. He took one touch and rifled a left-foot shot into the top-right hand corner of the net from 35 metres in the 23rd minute. Al Sadd, coached by former FC Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez, had more possession. But Monterrey increased their lead in first-half stoppage time after an extraordinary misjudgement by Gabi, the host team’s most experienced player. The former Atletico Madrid player sent a ball back deep into his own half from near the touchline, but it was intercepted by Rogelio Funes Mori who scored easily. Asian Footballer of the Year Akram Afif wasted a glorious chance to pull one back for the hosts by side-footing over the bar when unmarked. But Baghdad Bounedjah did claw one back after getting in front of a defender to head in after 66 minutes. Carlos Rodriguez then added a third for Monterrey in the 77th minute, before Abdelkarim Hassan pulled another back for Al Sadd in the 89th minute. Hassan’s goal was with a similar effort to Vangioni’s to ensure a nervy finale for the Mexicans. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Al SaddClub World CupCONCACAFLeonel Vangioniliverpool fclast_img read more

Vorm dismisses Reds talk

first_img Vorm added: “But I did not say I wanted to go to Liverpool or anywhere else – I am very happy here at Swansea. Not once have I told my agent or the chairman Huw Jenkins that I want to leave here.” Earlier this week Vorm and Jenkins had to deny talks had already started over a move to Barcelona, after the keeper and his family were spotted in the Catalan city. “The Barcelona story was a shock to me,” added Vorm. “It’s quite funny when I think about it, because I had a couple of days free so I wanted to fly somewhere close and sunny, so my family went to Barcelona. “I had a great time with my wife and my two kids. We went to Barcelona Zoo, but I can tell you we were not buying souvenirs at the Camp Nou.” And he made it clear he fully intends to be part of Swansea’s foray into European competition next season. “This season has been incredible for us,” added Vorm. “We are doing so well in the league and, of course, we won the Capital One Cup which means we are playing in Europe next season. “I’ve played European football before and it will be great for everyone at this club – the players, staff, directors, supporters and also the city of Swansea.” Press Association Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm has distanced himself from reports he would like to be reunited with former manager Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.center_img Vorm reportedly told Dutch magazine Voetbal International that it would be “special” to again link-up with Rodgers, the man who brought him to the Liberty Stadium from FC Utrecht in the summer of 2011. The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield, as well as Arsenal and Barcelona, but he claimed his comments had been “lost in translation”. He told the club’s official website: “The comments that came out of the interview from the Dutch press have been lost in translation. They asked me about Brendan, and I said I enjoyed working under him. Of course I did, he was the man that brought me here and we had a successful season.” last_img read more

Courtois Set for Real Madrid Medical as Kepa Becomes Blues No.1

first_imgSUMMER TRANSFER DEADLINE DAYIt is a change of guard as one goal guardian moves from Spanish La Liga to the English Premiership League while another one is moving in the opposite direction this summer transfer deadline day.Today, Thibaut Courtois will complete his transfer to La Liga giants, Real Madrid believed to be in the region of €35million. Courtois has been on the brink of officially becoming the new goalkeeper at Santiago Bernabéu as the Belgium has been on Los Blancos radar for several seasons.The 26-year-old was made available at a cut-price as he is entering the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.He absence from Chelsea’s training this week fueled speculations that his move was sealed.According to agency reports, talks between the two clubs were put on hold while Chelsea tried to identify a replacement.It was until Chelsea sealed deal with Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, that the Blues gave final green light for Courtois’ exit.Belgian 90min, reported that the Chelsea shot-stopper reached an agreement with Real Madrid for a six-year contract in the Spanish capital.Courtois has been a Blues player since 2011, when he signed from Belgian club Genk, and was loaned to Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2014.Kepa, 23, on the other hand, paid his release clause of £71m to La Liga, which allows him to leave Athletic Bilbao and clears the way for a transfer to the Premier League.The deal is a world record for a goalkeeper, surpassing the £66.8m Liverpool paid for Alisson in July.Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 24, is also set to join Chelsea on a season-long loan. Kovacic spent the last three seasons at Real after joining from Inter Milan and played in Croatia’s run to the World Cup final in July.Real boss Julen Lopetegui said he “expressed his desire” for the player to stay, after his team’s 2-1 friendly win against Roma on Tuesday night.In Spain a player must buy himself out of his contract, which was announced by Bilbao on Wednesday.This is usually done by depositing the amount of the buyout clause with La Liga – Spain’s equivalent of the Premier League – to release the player from his contract. The league then passes the money to the selling club.Kepa is Spain’s number two behind Manchester United’s David de Gea and has one international cap.He has spent the past two seasons in Bilbao’s first team, making 53 La Liga appearances.In January, he signed a new long-term contract with Bilbao until 2025, amid interest from Real Madrid.Kepa is the second major signing to leave Bilbao this year, after Manchester City signed French defender Aymeric Laporte for £57m in January.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

With double-bye locked up, Syracuse takes time to prepare for Big East tournament

first_imgIn the locker room before Syracuse’s season finale against Louisville, head coach Quentin Hillsman only needed to write one thing on the board to motivate his team: “Win.”With a victory, the Orange would take the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament and lock up a double-bye. A loss would leave SU fifth in the conference, playing on Saturday instead of Sunday.“Obviously, we knew coming into this game what this meant,” Hillsman said. “This meant third place, and our kids really played with some urgency and we were extremely tired coming out of that last game that we just played.”The Louisville win gave the No. 24 Orange (23-6, 11-5 Big East) a bye into the BigEast tournament quarterfinals Sunday at 8:30 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Villanova will face the winner of Friday’s Georgetown-Providence game on Saturday, and the winner of Saturday’s game will move on to face SU.Health hasn’t been an issue for Syracuse – something that continues to surprise Hillsman – but exhaustion has. The Orange’s last four games featured a pair of tests against ranked teams and another pair of matchups with likely NCAA Tournament teams, including a triple-overtime tilt with Villanova.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU players agreed with the importance of the double-bye. The past weeks have been more than just physically exhausting.“Physically, mentally, emotionally,” SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said, listing the types of exhaustion that have set in. “Got some schoolwork to catch up on.”The only other time Hillsman has had a team this healthy, he said, was the last time he guided the Orange to the NCAA Tournament. In 2008, Hillsman’s second season with the Orange, Syracuse capped off a 22-9 season with a trip to the tourney. That year, only five players started games for SU, and all five started 31 games.But this year’s extra rest could help SU make a deeper run. Syracuse ended the 2007-08 season with back-to-back losses, first in the opening round of the Big East tournament, then in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But the extra day of rest should make a difference.“To earn a double-bye is tremendous for our program, and we need rest,” Hillsman said, “so it’s good to not have to play until Sunday.”No matter what happens in the Big East tournament, the Orange appears poised to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. Even Hillsman was willing to admit it after SU’s win over then-No. 13 Louisville.Though the goal is finally in sight and almost tangible, center Kayla Alexander is still reluctant to look that far ahead and admit her team is heading toward its goal of a tournament berth. It’s a mindset that could help Syracuse as postseason play kicks off on Sunday.“It’s good to have in sights, but when we’re there playing, then I’ll be like, ‘We’re there,’” Alexander said. “That’s when I’ll be like, ‘We accomplished our goal.’ Until then? One game at a time.”With six days off before the Orange’s next game action, Syracuse has time to prepare —there’s no need to rush. SU is likely to face Villanova for a third time in the Big East tournament.Last time, it was a marathon. The time before, an upset. So it’s time to prepare. Time for Syracuse to get ready for “grind time,” as Tyson-Thomas puts it. This year’s team may not have the injuries of past seasons, but that doesn’t mean the next weeks will be easy.“We’re off the next four days,” Hillsman said before an extended pause. “I’m just kidding.”Laughter ensued. Even during a stressful part of the season, Hillsman and the Orange stay loose.“Definitely going to take some time off tomorrow and start preparing some things for the tournament,” Hillsman said, “but we need the rest. We really do.” Comments Related Stories Syracuse’s seniors get win of careers against No. 13 Louisville in final home gameSyracuse rides 2nd-half run past No. 13 Louisville in season finale Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 7, 2013 at 1:14 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Students react to commencement speaker Karen Bass

first_imgStudents had mixed reactions to the University’s decision to bring Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass to campus as the official commencement speaker this May. (Photo from Twitter/Karen Bass) MacLeod said he believes Bass is a suitable campus speaker, but not for the commencement. Bass, who is currently serving in her fifth congressional term, is also chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Bass has been a strong advocate for gun control and criminal justice reforms and serves as a ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Either way [a speaker will] have something great to say, but I don’t think the party should be necessarily that much of a problem,” Miles said. “If a Republican represented the district, I think it would be appropriate to bring him as well.” USC GOP Vice President Austin MacLeod, a senior majoring in international relations, said he believes the school should have chosen a more prominent figure, such as a politician in the executive branch. Ben Pearce, political director of USC College Democrats, said Bass and other commencement speakers should be judged by the quality of their speeches rather than their professions or political affiliations. Some students say Bass, who represents the district that includes the University Park Campus, is too partisan to be the speaker, while others believe her ties to the USC community make her a perfect fit. Trojan Advocates for Political Progress President Alec Vandenberg said he thinks students of all political affiliations can learn a lot from Bass, who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus. “I believe that there’s more interesting people for commencement speaker, generally speaking … than a politician of any party,” MacLeod said. “I think it’s really important that we keep up this relationship with our federal officials, especially [those] who work in our own backyard,” said Vandenberg, a junior majoring in public policy. “I’m excited because Karen Bass has been a prudent supporter and champion of many of the issues I find important.” “I think a very neutral stance would be [bringing] somebody from their cohort of inner circle of board members,” Hatem said. “But to go and get a Democratic representative and black woman [is] like a stock that we’re putting in.” “I think there’s something more interesting about that than a congresswoman who a lot of people have not heard of, particularly people outside of California,” MacLeod said. Bass has a graduate degree from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and has worked at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Bass also established the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles, an organization aimed at transforming the neighborhood by improving public policy. “If your organization believes in freedom of speech, and you are willing to defend having different voices on campus, then surely you shouldn’t object to a commencement speaker who is inherently political,” said Pearce, a sophomore majoring in public policy. Political Student Assembly director Briana Miles, a junior majoring in law, history and culture, said she doesn’t think the party of the commencement speaker matters as long as they have a connection to the USC community. Alex Hatem, a fifth-year doctoral candidate in geological sciences, said she believes the University’s decision to bring Bass to campus shows the administration’s desire to “push the envelope.” USC’s decision to bring Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass to campus as the speaker for its 136th annual commencement ceremony on May 10 has been met with mixed responses from students. last_img read more