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News story: Sam Gyimah hosts free speech summit

first_imgAlistair Jarvis, Universities UK Chief Executive, said: Free speech on campus should be encouraged and those attempting to shut it down must have nowhere to hide, the Universities Minister makes clear to sector leaders at a free speech summit he chaired today (Thursday 3 May).Sam Gyimah called on higher education organisations to stamp out the ‘institutional hostility’ to unfashionable views that have emerged in some student societies and urged them to work with the government following recent reports of a rise in so-called ‘safe spaces’ and ‘no-platform’ policies that have appeared on campuses.He said that the current landscape is “murky”, with numerous pieces of disjointed sector guidance out there, creating a web of complexity which risks being exploited by those wishing to stifle free speech.The Universities Minister demanded further action is taken to protect lawful free speech on campus and offered to work with the sector to create new guidance that will for the first time provide clarity of the rules for both students and universities – making this the first government intervention of its kind since the free speech duty was introduced in 1986.The guidance signals a new chapter for free speech on campus, ensuring future generations of students get exposure to stimulating debates and the diversity of viewpoints that lie at the very core of the university experience.Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: Universities are committed to promoting and protecting free speech within the law. Tens of thousands of speaking events are put on every year across the country, the majority pass without incident. A small number of flash points do occasionally occur, on contentious or controversial issues, but universities do all they can to protect free speech so events continue. As the Joint Committee on Human Rights recently found, there is no systematic problem with free speech in universities, but current advice can be strengthened. We welcome discussions with government and the National Union of Students on how this can be done. Our universities are places where free speech should always be promoted and fostered. That includes the ability for everyone to share views which may be challenging or unpopular, even if that makes some people feel uncomfortable. This is what Timothy Garton-Ash calls ‘robust civility’. The Office for Students will always encourage freedom of speech within the law. We will never intervene to restrict it. Notes to Editors:The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry on freedom of speech on 22nd November and issued its report on 25th March. A Government response will follow.The roundtable attendee include:center_img The free speech summit was hosted in London and brought together a wide range of influential organisations, including those that have existing guidance in this area, such as the Charity Commission, UUK and EHRC.The Office for Students, which came into force on April 1, will act to protect free speech and can use its powers to name, shame or even fine institutions for not upholding the principle of free speech.Sir Michael Barber, Chair of the Office for Students, said: A society in which people feel they have a legitimate right to stop someone expressing their views on campus simply because they are unfashionable or unpopular is rather chilling. There is a risk that overzealous interpretation of a dizzying variety of rules is acting as a brake on legal free speech on campus. That is why I have brought together leaders from across the higher education sector to clarify the rules and regulations around speakers and events to prevent bureaucrats or wreckers on campus from exploiting gaps for their own ends. Home Office – Matt Collins, Director of Prevent Office for Students (OfS) – Yvonne Hawkins, Director of Universities and Colleges Charity Commission – Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive NUS – Amatey Doku, Vice President EHRC – Rebecca Thomas, Principal, Programmes Universities UK (UUK) – Chris Hale, Director of Policy iHE – Alex Proudfoot, Chief Executive GuildHE – Alex Bols, Deputy CEOlast_img read more

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News story: Matt Hancock: shake-up of GP IT will remove outdated systems

first_img Too often the IT used by GPs in the NHS – like other NHS technology – is out of date. It frustrates staff and patients alike, and doesn’t work well with other NHS systems. This must change. I love the NHS and want to build it to be the most advanced health and care system in the world – so we have to develop a culture of enterprise in the health service to allow the best technology to flourish. I want to empower the country’s best minds to develop new solutions to make things better for patients, make things better for staff, and make our NHS the very best it can be. The next generation of IT services for primary care must give more patients easy access to all key aspects of their medical record and provide the highest quality technology for use by GPs. They must also comply with our technology standards to ensure that we can integrate patient records across primary care, secondary care and social care. In addition, we intend to strengthen quality controls and service standards, and dramatically improve the ease with which GPs can migrate from one supplier to another. We are committed to working with existing and new suppliers to deliver these extended capabilities for the benefit of GPs and patients. We’re very excited about the huge opportunities that will arise from improving the sophistication and quality of these services. Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive at NHS Digital, said:center_img The GP IT Futures framework will create an open, competitive market to encourage the best technology companies to invest in the NHS. All systems will be required to meet minimum standards to ensure they can talk to each other across boundaries.The current market is dominated by 2 main providers, which slows down innovation and traps GP practices in long-term contracts with systems that are not suited to the digital age.The framework will look at how patient data will be moved to modern cloud services to allow clinicians and patients to securely access crucial, life-saving information in real time.By 2023 to 2024 we want every patient in England to be able to access GP services digitally, with practices able to offer online or video consultations.The changes will free up staff time and reduce delays by allowing seamless, digitised flows of information between GP practices, hospitals and social care settings. It builds on Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock’s tech vision for the NHS.The new standards, developed by NHS Digital, will introduce minimum technical requirements so systems can talk to each other securely and are continuously upgradable.Any system that does not meet these standards will not be used by the NHS and the government will look to end contracts with providers that do not understand these principles for the health and care sector.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:last_img read more

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Harvard’s undergraduate dining halls are certified green restaurants

first_imgHarvard University’s undergraduate dining halls have all earned Green Restaurant Association 2- or 3-star certification for their sustainability. Certification recognizes Harvard University Dining Services’ (HUDS) ongoing efforts to operate efficiently and source sustainable products.“Sustainability is a core value for HUDS,” notes Managing Director David P. Davidson. “We work continuously to reduce the environmental impact of our kitchens and our menus, with the engagement of our staff and customers in making the daily choices that green our operations.”The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) awards points in seven categories:Water efficiencyWaste reduction and recyclingSustainable furnishings and building materialsSustainable foodEnergyDisposablesChemical and pollution reductionEach of HUDS’ 13 undergraduate dining halls has been certified, with the majority earning 3-star recognition. Green features of HUDS dining halls include: energy-efficient HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, and exhaust; organic, sustainable, cage-free, and vegetarian or vegan menu options; low-flow water management devices; recycling, composting and reusables for waste management; compostable or recycled material disposables; and other pollution reduction initiatives such as public transportation incentives and reduced packaging.GRA continues to work with certified restaurants to develop next steps for further practice improvements. HUDS expects to partner with GRA on further certifying its retail locations as well (Sebastian’s at the Harvard School of Public Health is already 3-star certified).HUDS operates residential, retail, and catering services on Harvard’s campus. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Flu Facts

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaAsian bird flu has never infected poultry in the United States. Ever vigilant, the U.S. poultry industry tests continuously to make sure the virus that causes Asian bird flu doesn’t get a foothold in commercial poultry flocks. There is no danger of contracting Asian bird flu from eating or handling chicken or turkey. Since Asian bird flu does not exist in U.S. poultry, there is virtually no chance of coming into contact with meat from infected birds.The U.S. has banned poultry imports from all countries where Asian bird flu has occurred. Proper cooking and food-handling practices also essentially eliminate any chance of food-related disease.Most experts don’t believe Asian bird flu is likely to become a serious human health issue. At present, the virus that causes Asian bird flu does not easily infect humans.In spite of all the media attention, a very small number of people (only about 100 mainly in Thailand and Vietnam) have contracted Asian bird flu. Almost all of those infected have had very close, direct contact with diseased birds.The chance of large numbers of people contracting Asian bird flu is very remote, because virus doesn’t spread easily from one person to another or from birds to people.There is concern that if the virus mutates in such a way that it begins to spread from human to human, many more people could become infected. However, public health professionals in affected countries are working diligently with support from the international community to control the virus and eliminate this potential threat.Great effort is being made to prevent Asian bird flu from being introduced into the United States. Extensive plans have been developed to minimize the chance that Asian bird flu might infect U.S. poultry and to quickly eliminate it in the unlikely case it does.Federal, state, university, public health, poultry industry trade groups and poultry companies have all worked together to develop a coordinated, rapid and comprehensive response.If Asian bird flu is detected, a wide area around the outbreak will be immediately quarantined, infected birds will be humanely destroyed and disposed of in an environmentally sound way to stop the chance of any further spread. The U.S. poultry industry has had successfully controlled similar virus-caused diseases and is prepared to contend with this threat.The modern methods of poultry production in the U.S. makes an Asian bird flu outbreak much less likely here. Most poultry in Asia are kept in people’s backyards or allowed to roam free. Wild birds carry the virus that causes the disease and spread it to these “outdoor” poultry.In the U.S., commercial poultry flocks are kept in environmentally controlled poultry houses where they are protected from contact with wild birds and other vectors that may cause disease.(This information provided by the University of Georgia Department of Poultry Science, the American Association of Avian Pathologists, the National Chicken Council and the National Turkey Federation.)last_img read more

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Quick Hits: Patagonia Founder Donates Trump Tax Cut Profits + Tennessee Wilderness Moves Forward

first_imgPatagonia founder to give away millions saved from Trump tax cut to fight climate changeLast week, the founder of outdoor apparel company Patagonia announced it would donate the additional $10 million in profits it received in 2018 under Trump’s new corporate tax cut to grassroots groups fighting climate change. In 2017, Trump lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s founder, said in a statement, “our government continues to ignore the seriousness and causes of the climate crisis. It’s pure evil.” Chouinard has not been quiet about Trump’s assault on the environment. When the Trump administration reduced the size of Bear Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments earlier this year, Patagonia sued the president. The case is ongoing and waiting to be heard in a federal court in Washington D.C. Tennessee wilderness bill expected to pass With decades of effort behind it, the Tennessee wilderness act is expected to pass after its inclusion in the farm bill. The act would protect an additional 19,558 acres of the 655,598-acre Cherokee National Forest in northeast Tennessee as wilderness under the 1964 wilderness act. The bill, which was introduced into the Congressional session by Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and sponsored in the House of Representatives by Congressman Phil Roe, would expand five existing wilderness areas within the Cherokee National Forest and create one new area. If the bill is passed, about 13 percent of Cherokee National Forest would be protected as wilderness. Wilderness designation provides the best legislative protection for federal lands by providing an overlay of restrictions that are designed to maintain the forever-wild status of the area. Facial recognition technology used to identify bears over timeApplied Conservation Science Lab in Canada’s British Columbia is working on technology that could shape the way bears are tracked and monitored in the future. In 2018 the lab was awarded a 2-year grant to support their work developing facial recognition for brown bears. At their primary field site, the lab has been collecting a database of wild bear images since the late 1990’s. These images are being used to test how the recognition system performs when analyzing images of the same bears over time. A bear’s appearance can change dramatically from spring to late fall and over successive years. The lab hopes that the technology will one day be used to improve non-invasive monitoring techniques for bears and other large mammals.last_img read more

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Long-term care insurance: the ultimate GAP protection

first_imgIt’s estimated that 75 percent of all credit union members are age 50 or older, according to myCUsurvey. Living longer is wonderful, but it doesn’t come without some risks. Today, 70 percent of those who live past the age of 65 will need some kind of long-term care, which can be very expensive and – in too many cases – can exhaust assets saved over a lifetime, leaving many families destitute. Too many credit unions have looked past their largest demographic, and perhaps the greatest opportunity for fee income to the credit union: long-term care insurance. It has never been more important to help aging lifelong members bridge the gap between the day they retire and the 20 to 30 additional years they will live beyond that retirement date.Why do credit unions offer members GAP insurance for their cars and trucks?Having Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) coverage is like having a bridge when you need to get past a raging river or difficult terrain in a rugged mountain valley. Even the most skilled backpacker or mountain climber can have difficulty traversing these obstacles, and can make mistakes that can be costly and even fatal. But a bridge can take them safely to their destination. The many years I’ve spent backpacking and fording rivers and streams in the Pacific Northwest has helped me appreciate the bridges that others have built so that people like me can make it safely over rough waters.Likewise, even the most cautious driver in the world can get into an accident that has the potential to cause financial hardship under certain circumstances. GAP coverage can be a bridge between the actual cash value of a vehicle and the balance still owed on the vehicle. Credit unions offer their members GAP insurance to protect them from Point A (the purchase of the vehicle) to Point B (the paying off the vehicle loan).Why should credit unions offer members long-term care insurance for their golden years?The same analogy applies to long-term care insurance, except the stakes are much higher. Today’s statistics show that three out of four who live past the age of 65 will need long-term care. How many of your members have built enough assets to take them to their 80th or even their 90th birthday? Would the day they come to a raging river – maybe a major health event, such as diabetes, a stroke or Alzheimer’s – have an effect on how long their savings will support them? How will they make the journey from the day their money runs out to their 90th birthday? These are all good questions, and frequently at the top of the list of those asked by your aging members. In fact, it tends to be their primary concern. A very close second is the fear that because their money will run out they will have to be cared for by their children, thus being a burden on them. Long-term care insurance is that bridge that protects their assets when they come to that river in life.Does our government recognize the need for long-term care insurance to help bridge the gap?Absolutely, it’s called the Partnership Program. Costly illness and medical issues trigger nearly half of all personal bankruptcies, despite the existence of health insurance in the majority of the scenarios, and 50 percent of all couples and 70 percent of single adults are impoverished within one year of entering a nursing home, therefore Medicaid is the largest source of long-term care financing according to a Harvard University study. 40% of those needing care find themselves on welfare, which has become a tremendous fiscal burden on many states budgets.If you live in a state that participates in the Partnership Program, your members may be able to qualify for Medicaid in your state while retaining more assets than would otherwise be allowed under your members’ state Medicaid eligibility requirements. By purchasing long-term care insurance, for every dollar of benefit your member receives for covered care, an equal amount of their assets would be protected. This is what they call dollar-for-dollar asset protection. How would this benefit your members? Suppose your member purchases qualified long-term care insurance, and under the terms of the coverage, they receive $200,000 in benefits. Generally, they would be able to keep an additional $200,000 in savings or investments in addition to the assets their state already allows them to keep and still qualify for Medicaid. This is possibly the best-kept secret when it comes to protecting your members from the cost of care and, at the same time, preserving the assets that you have helped them build.Now it’s up to you.Your members will thank you for helping them bridge the gap through retirement. When they reach a turbulent river or the treacherous canyon in their golden years, they will be grateful their credit union built another bridge that protected them.It makes sense to take care of the things you can control. Your members’ potential long-term care needs are among the things you can help them prepare for now. It can be an affordable solution for your aging member demographic who stand a very good chance of needing long-term care in their future, as well as a wonderful source of fee income for your credit union. It is extremely satisfying knowing that you have protected your members’ assets and financial independence. Let me, a trusted Long-Term Care Insurance Specialist, help you learn how to offer long term care insurance to your members. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Nelson Michael is a trusted professional whose sincere desire is to educate communities, helping them to understand and make sound, informed decisions about their future long-term care options. He understands the … Web: www.longtermcareinsurancewa.com Detailslast_img read more

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With the development of the global FlixBus green network, Croatia is accessible to an increasing number of tourists from Europe

first_imgFlixBus, a European start-up that has managed to create the largest network of bus lines in Europe in just 5 years, continues to expand by networking cities in Croatia, from Slavonia to Istria and Dalmatia.By tripling the number of passengers last season, FlixBus created a strong foundation for another successful tourist season this spring by opening new lines and increasing the frequency of departures. Istria and Kvarner, led by Rijeka and Pula, are increasingly connected to Europe. From 14.6. Rijeka and Crikvenica are additionally connected with Trieste, Venice, Verona, Zurich, Prague and Lyon. The frequency of lines from Munich, Genoa and Graz to Pula has also increased, and for the first time there is a direct green line Bologna – Pula.”Traditionally, Croatia is a favorite tourist destination for travelers from Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. By connecting these countries with direct lines to numerous Croatian cities in different regions, from Slavonia, Istria, Kvarner to Dalmatia, we have opened the way for tourists and made Croatia more accessible and closer. ”  said Petra Milanović, Public Relations Manager for the Flixbus CEE South region.The wave of international green lines from Slavonia began in March this year with connections to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria, as well as 8 new destinations, including Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava, as well as airports in Budapest and Vienna. With this connection, FlixBus stimulated the tourist potential of Slavonia because we all know that quality transport connections are the first prerequisite for the development of tourism.Also, Zagreb has recently been directly connected with Krakow, which opened the way for tourists from Poland, and Zagreb, as one of the unavoidable destinations in Croatia before going on holiday by the sea, can be reached directly from 11 European countries, FlixBus points out. they add that regular FlixBus routes that run directly from airports in Venice, Vienna or Bratislava have enabled passengers to combine planes and buses, thus opening the way for tourists coming from outside Europe.High frequency of departures and easy availability of FlixBus services in CroatiaFlixbus also emphasizes the development of a domestic network of lines within Croatia. In September 2017, the first domestic line was launched connecting Osijek with Varaždin and Čakovec, and recently the first FlixBus line connecting Zagreb with Trogir and Split has been operating.”By developing the domestic network of the line and connecting Croatian cities, we are influencing mobility and promoting Croatia as a tourist destination. By cooperating with numerous tourist agencies and tourist communities, we also influence excursion tourism by providing frequent daily lines from nearby European destinations to numerous Croatian cities, ideal for shorter weekend trips. It is certainly desirable to emphasize our wide network of night lines, which leaves passengers with better use of the day, especially if it is a shorter trip.” Milanovic added.Currently, almost 120 destinations in Croatia are connected with 11 European countries directly, and interconnections via the most important European transport hubs (Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Munich, Frankfurt and many others) can be reached by green bus from almost all of Europe with just one ticket. .last_img read more

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Regal Gold Coast residence on the market for $15 million

first_imgThe developer bought the land in 2009 and began his project. He enlisted Jared Poole for the design and Vitto Ulliana handled the two-year build, which cost more than $6 million. “It just evolved,” Mr Kelly told the Bulletin in 2016. “I just love the openness of it, that’s probably the one thing I really wanted. A wide open home and inside-outside living.” The house at 46-48 Norseman Court, Paradise Waters, last sold for $10.2 million. The circular loungeroom is one of the main features of the grand abode.The grand five-bedroom home is now reportedly owned by Shujei Sun who used the property as a permanent residence and is selling to move interstate. A circular formal lounge room serves as the centrepiece of the house and features a 7m ceiling with a statement crystal chandelier.The kitchen was designed for entertaining with a butler’s pantry and cool room. There’s also a home theatre, temperature-controlled wine cellar, bar, pool, gym, sauna and multiple alfresco areas.All bedrooms are oversized and feature marble ensuites, walk-in wardrobes and alfresco terraces, while the main offers a gas fireplace, study nook, dressing room and sitting area. There’s also a guesthouse with a loft bedroom, bathroom and open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. The owner is selling to move interstate. Chandeliers feature throughout.Ray White Broadbeach duo Sam Guo and Julia Kuo are marketing the luxury listing. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“This is one of the best houses on the Gold Coast,” Mr Guo said. “Not to sound too clichéd, it’s incomparable in every way — even the basement is huge and can accommodate up to eight cars.” Mr Guo said the Chinese owner spent a lot of money improving areas of the home, including adding Swarovski chandeliers and customised New Zealand wool rugs and updating the outdoor areas. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenGold Coast’ s most expensive house00:47 A regal Gold Coast residence has hit the market with a jaw-dropping price tag.A DISTINCTIVE Paradise Waters mansion has hit the market with an eye-watering $15 million price tag. The residence was the creation of Gold Coast property veteran Mike Kelly, who offloaded it in 2016 for $10.2 million. Mr Kelly had initial $12.5 million price hopes before slashing it by $1.5 million and later settling for the $10 million figure. MORE NEWS: Where it is cheaper to buy than rent MORE NEWS: Want to live the island life? It’s the fifth property on the Gold Coast market with an eight-figure price tag.The listing forms part of a string of mega-mansions that have hit the market recently with eight-figure price tags. At the top end, the Coast’s biggest residential property at 26 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands, has an asking price of US$30 million (AU$45 million) and around the corner a futuristic property at 7-13 King Arthurs Court, the owners are seeking AU$30 million. A mansion on main river at 255 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, has a price guide of more than $12.95 million. On Mermaid Beach’s Millionaires’ Row, 17 Hedges Ave was listed with a $12.5 million asking price and further up the illustrious strip, 111 Hedges Ave has a price tag just under the $10 million mark.last_img read more

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2019 drivers’ meeting set for US 36, Bethany

first_imgCAMERON, Mo. – The drivers’ meeting for the 2019 season at US 36 Raceway and Bethany Speedway is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at the Cameron Community Center.The drivers’ meeting is combined for both race tracks so drivers can get all their paperwork completed for both tracks if they choose to.The meeting will allow drivers and teams to register their car and reserve pit stalls for the upcoming season.Registration for the 2019 season for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars is $60 and $50 for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods is $50. Pit stalls are $60 to reserve for the 2019 season.The meeting will also include a discussion on the updated 2019 general rules and teams can bring any questions they have.This is a great opportunity for drivers and teams to get a head start on the 2019 season. Snacks and coffee will be available for all in attendance.The Cameron Community Center is located at 915 N. Ashland Drive, Cameron, Mo., 64429.last_img read more

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Arsenal to sack 55 staff

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Arsenal have announced their intention to make 55 members of staff redundant due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The Gunners’ head of football Raul Sanllehi announced the news in a detailed statement to fans on Wednesday. Sanllehi also outlined the impact COVID-19 has had on the club.He said: “It is now clear that we will be facing more significant and longer-lasting reductions in our revenue than we all hoped.”The statement read: “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have been working hard to ensure that Arsenal Football Club emerges in a robust and strong position for the future.“In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly by COVID-19.“Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season. “The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in our 134-year history and we have responded promptly by implementing wide-ranging measures to reduce our costs.“Our players, senior football staff and executive team have volunteered pay cuts, we have stopped pretty much all of our capital spending, and our discretionary operating expenditure has been strictly controlled.“We have also received significant financial support from our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment in terms of refinancing our stadium debt.“These steps have all reduced the impact of the pandemic on the club and have helped us continue to maintain investment in the team. This will continue to be a key priority.”Tags: ArsenalCoronavirusRaul Sanllehilast_img read more

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Davis: Saints will continue to grow

first_img Saints excelled under Pochettino last season, finishing in eighth place in the Barclays Premier League and drawing admiring glances across the board for their style of play. Such success was always likely to attract interest from elsewhere and, like their former manager, the likes of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez have all been linked with high-profile transfers this summer. Southampton midfielder Steven Davis was sad to see Mauricio Pochettino leave for Tottenham, but does not believe it represents the end of the club’s rise to prominence. “I’m sure the owners will be doing their utmost now to get the best person possible in and ensure the we can keep the squad together,” he said. “There’s obviously rumours even before the manager left and that was well documented but that was based on us having a really good season. “You can’t stop that and it’s always difficult if a top-four club comes in to keep a hold of them, but I always felt all the players bought into what the club is trying to achieve and everyone is happy there. “I hope that is still the case and all the lads really enjoy working with each other and trying to push the club forward.” Davis will lead his country out against England’s World Cup Group D opponents Uruguay on Friday, and has vowed to pass any nuggets of information on to his friends in Roy Hodgson’s squad. “Nobody has asked me just yet to get information on Uruguay but I was texting Adam Lallana, just talking about the games coming up and how things were going,” he said. “If there is anything I can tell him, Rickie Lambert or Luke to help them then of course I will but I have no doubt they will be well briefed when it comes to their game with Uruguay.” Northern Ireland captain Davis, who found out about Pochettino’s departure while on international duty in Uruguay, admits it is a tough time but expects the structure that exists at St Mary’s to continue yielding benefits. “It’s a blow for everybody to lose him, you can’t really get away from that, and the players all loved working for him,” said Davis. “He pushed us on from where we were at before he came in; everyone personally improved, results improved as well and things were looking bright for the future. “It’s disappointing but at the same time I don’t think it will affect the club in terms of progression because there is still a lot of growth left in the team. “The club has come a long way in the last five years and the blueprint has been evident under each and every manager. “There is no reason why that should stop now and everyone will want to get going forward to achieve our goals.” Whether Southampton continue to grow and defy expectations is likely to depend in large part on how successful they are in rebuffing interest in their star assets from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and now Pochettino’s Tottenham. Dream moves for the likes of Shaw and Lallana to Old Trafford and Anfield have been mooted for some time now, but Davis is not treating their departures as done deals. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Falcao: “I just need to play”

first_imgRadamel Falcao insists he has not lost his desire to succeed at Manchester United despite being increasingly sidelined by boss Louis Van Gaal. The Colombian has not started for United since the 2-0 win over Sunderland last month and has scored just four goals in 22 appearances. There now appears no chance of the club opting to make Falcao’s loan move from Monaco permanent at the end of the season but the player insists he has not given up hope. In quotes carried by the Manchester Evening News from an interview with Colombian radio station Radio Caracol, Falcao said: “I just need to play. “I can’t let myself get worried, I need to be prepared to take the opportunity when it comes. “I am happy at the club and with how the fans and my teammates have treated me. I will keep fighting until the end at Manchester United.” Falcao is currently on international duty preparing for his country’s friendly games in Bahrain and Kuwait. And the 29-year-old appeared to acknowledge that he would need certain assurances in the increasingly unlikely event United move to extend his Old Trafford stay. “When the championship finishes, of course I will sit down, analyse things and decide what is best for me,” Falcao added. “Obviously I need to find a place where I have continuity and where I can play. “I am totally focused on the club. There are eight games left and anything can happen.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Cricket News IPL 2019: We will take one match at a time, says Amit Mishra

first_imgAmit Mishra told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview that, “Looking forward to him (Dhawan) joining the team. He is a local lad and has been doing really well for Team India. I hope he brings similar sort of performances for DC and wins games for us this season. We are getting a good opener in him and a right hand-left hand combination at the top will surely help in balancing the side.”Mishra went on saying that with the new team name, the team will start fresh. “We are very excited for the new season. The team is new, the name is new and there is a lot of positive vibes around. There are a lot of new faces and the team is looking very balanced. Everybody is very excited to do well this season,”“I will try to play as per the team’s requirement. If they (coach and team management) have made a team with all of us, they must have thought something and then gone ahead with it,” Mishra said.“I am very confident and in a positive frame of mind. Whenever I will get the opportunity to perform, I will try to give my best. Whatever role I get, I will be happy to do it. I have been playing for this team for 3-4 years now and essentially my job is that of a wicket-taker. If I am included in the line-up my job will be to provide breakthroughs and help my team win the match,” Mishra concluded. New Delhi: With less than 17 days for the first ball to be bowled in the twelfth edition of Indian Premier League, the excitement among the fans has reached the highest echelon. The streets are blaring horn, fans are literally on its feet, and coaches are delivering their final say. And for the upcoming season, there are some new faces, new jerseys, and a new name for one franchise. Delhi Daredevils have been rechristened Delhi Capitals and that is not the only thing that has changed for the perennial underdogs in arguably the best T20 league on the planet.Veteran spinner Amit Mishra – the second highest wicket-taker in the IPL’s history believes the return of ace India opener Shikhar Dhawan in the Delhi Capitals will provide balance to the young Delhi Capitals side who, according to him, is ready to challenge for the title this season. highlights IPL is scheduled to start on March 28. Delhi Capitals will play their first game against Mumbai Indians. Amit Mishra has been a part of the Delhi team for quite some time now.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Cricket News Rohit Sharma’s Century On First Day In Vizag Test Equals This Feat By Sir Don Bradman

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma answered his Test critics in grand style by smashing a century on the opening day of the Vizag Test against South Africa. Rohit, who was included in the side as an opener to replace KL Rahul, blasted 12 fours and five sixes and also shared a partnership of 202 with Mayank Agarwal to put India on top. This was Rohit’s first ton in Tests as an opener and fourth overall but this knock smashed some records and put him in a very prestigious list of players.Rohit is now the first opener in history to smash four or more hundreds in all formats while he is the only player to score a century in all three formats as an opener. Apart from the Vizag century which is Rohit’s first as an opener, Rohit has 25 centuries opening the innings in ODIs while he has four in Twenty20 Internationals. The Mumbai right-hander is only the second Indian after Suresh Raina to hit a century in all formats but his current run-streak at home is simply amazing. This is Rohit’s sixth consecutive fifty-plus score in Tests played in India, with his streak beginning from the New Zealand series in 2016. His current average at home, when one takes into account a minimum of 10 innings as the benchmark, is 98.22 which equals the mark set by Australian cricketing legend Sir Don Bradman.Also Read | Rohit Sharma ‘Opens’ His New Chapter In Indian Test Cricket In Grand StyleAll four of Rohit’s Test centuries have come in India, which includes two against the West Indies in 2013, one against Sri Lanka in 2016 and now against South Africa. However, his overseas record is poor with an average of 26. Rohit, speaking in the press conference after the end of the match, said he was prepared to open the batting in Tests for the last two years and that it suits his game.Also Read | Rohit Sharma Blasts Fourth Test Ton, First As Opener In Vizag Match Vs South Africa”I think it (opening) just suits my game, just wear the pads and bat. It was a waiting game, when I used to bat at five or six. I won’t say it didn’t suit my batting. Your mind is fresh, we know we have to play the new ball. You know the bowlers who will bowl the new ball, these will be the fielders, so the game plan is easier for you,” Rohit said.  last_img read more

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Construction, outreach shift attendance

first_imgThe USC Catholic Center is experiencing a decrease in Mass attendance without a permanent structure on campus, but an increase in attendees at its events.Construction · The Catholic Center, on Hoover Street, has been under construction since October 2010. Masses are currently held in a classroom in Grace Ford Salvatori Hall. – Victoria Gu | Daily TrojanMass, which was previously held in the old Catholic Center on Hoover Street, is now being held weekly in a classroom in Grace Ford Salvatori Hall.“Mass attendance is down because it is [at the] far end of campus,” said Father Lawrence Seyer, pastor at the Catholic Center. “We are pretty sure it will bounce back.”Some students said although the Catholic Center does not currently have a permanent home, it still has an important presence on campus.“Social events still have great turnouts because the people a part of the Catholic Center are very outgoing and friendly so it motivates people to come out,” said Catholic Center Liturgy Coordinator Joy Phan.Students walking by the corner of 32nd Street and Hoover Street can see the progress of the new Catholic Center. The center will include a new European limestone-designed church that will seat up to 350, a community center, outdoor courtyard and an events plaza.Regardless of the location, some students still regularly attend Mass, and are looking forward to the opening of the new Catholic Center.“I still go to Mass every Sunday,” said Anita Dukart, a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. “I can’t wait to see what the new Catholic Center looks like. I think it’s going to bring a lot of people together into one positive community.”Seyer feels the upgrade will expand the possibilities for the Catholic population to come together and better serve the community.“I’ve noticed the difference,” Seyer said. “Whereas before when I talked with someone I’d say ,‘that church on Hoover’ and they wouldn’t know what I’m talking about.”The Catholic Center plans to continue steady promotion of social and religious events at the center and cater to its growing Catholic population.“We just need to spread the word since we don’t have a recognizable building,” Seyer said. “We are pretty sure it will bounce back.”last_img read more

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Benzema’s Late Equalizer against Valencia, Extends Madrid Unbeaten Run

first_imgReal Madrid fluffed a great opportunity to go two points clear at the summit of La Liga, as a late Karim Benzema goal – remarkably assisted by Thibaut Courtois – could only rescue a point in Valencia.Real started on the front foot, although they looked a touch awkward and indecisive in the final third. They did see Rodrygo and the prolific Karim Benzema go close with headed efforts in the first half, while Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos forced solid low stops out of Jaume Costa with long-range efforts.At the other end, Ferran Torres was looking lively for Valencia. He spun Raphael Varane and got a low effort on target, before sending a header wide following an error from Thibaut Courtois – with Varane’s substantial presence proving just enough to put him off on this occasion. Torres vs Courtois was becoming the story of the match as we entered the second half, and the Belgian had to be on his toes to deny his adversary within seconds of the restart. He flew off his line to close the angle and send the ball wide, after Rodrigo had returned a one-two that split the Real defence apart and left Torres one on one.As the game wore on, Valencia steadily grew into it, with Albert Celades narrowing his midfield four and stifling the supply line to Real’s wide men. Although this switch led to the game completely collapsing as a spectacle, it caught the visitors out and visibly wore them down – so when Carlos Soler arrived at the back post to convert Daniel Wass’ cross and open the scoring on 78 minutes, it was no major surprise.The hosts looked to have run the clock down with relentless effectiveness, and after Luka Jovic’s late goal was chopped off for offside, that looked to be it. There would be another twist, though, as after Toni Kroos’ 94th minute corner caused havoc, Courtois – who had come up in a desperate attempt to find an equaliser – touched the ball into the path of Benzema, who fired home to salvage a point.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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