Akeler pre-lets Lisbon campus

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£1 sale of Laing contracting arm approved

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Italy shuts stores across country to fight virus

first_img“I can’t even recognise Rome now,” 30-year-old Muscovite Yekaterina said while posing alone for a photo by the usually bustling Trevi Fountain in the heart of Rome.Conte said the closure of nearly everything that had remained open would run for at least two weeks.How Italians will get by in the meantime is not entirely clear.”All shops will be closed except for basic necessities, such as pharmacies and food stores,” said Conte.”Bars, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and canteen services will close. Home delivery is allowed.””No need to rush to buy groceries,” he stressed.Cash injection Conte’s announcement came hours after his government promised to spend up to 25 billion euros ($28 billion) to fight a disease that has put hospitals and the economy under intense strain.The size of Rome’s rescue was the same as one the European Union announced for the entire 27-nation bloc Monday.Italy’s Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri said half the money would be used immediately and the other half stowed away and tapped should the health crisis spiral out of control.Part of the government’s cash injection is meant to help small businesses that are suffering the brunt of an implosion in the number of tourists who visit Italy’s art-filled churches and achingly beautiful hills.The government also put more meat on the bones of an emerging plan to let families temporarily suspend some mortgage and social tax payments.Gualtieri said “partial state guarantees” were being discussed to help Italy’s creaking banks survive a resulting cash crunch.Total shutdown Italy has witnessed nearly 60 percent of the deaths recorded outside China since the epidemic first started spreading from the Asian giant’s central Wuhan province in January.The government responded to the outbreak last month by quarantining 50,000 people in 11 villages that were worst affected in the north.That was followed on Sunday with social distancing measures in Milan’s Lombardy region and surrounding areas in which more than 15 million live and 40 percent of the nation’s economic activity occurs.The Lombardy measures were extended to all Italy on Tuesday morning.Conte’s announcement Wednesday ratcheted the restrictions up another notch.The multitude of measures have had a profound and slightly surreal effect on Italian life.The central streets of Rome were deserted on Wednesday evening and buses that are usually crammed with commuters ran almost empty.Tourists have essentially disappeared and the Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Square has closed to all but those who want to enter the basilica to pray under its soaring dome overlooking Rome.People have been told to keep at least a metre (three feet) from each other and handshakes are frowned upon. Italians have found themselves starting to talk to each other a few steps apart — while often laughing about the regulations along the way.”As soon as the emergency has passed, we will organise a free carbonara day for doctors, nurses and healthcare workers,” a closing note by a restaurant in Rome’s popular Trastevere neighbourhood said.Topics : Italy on Wednesday shut all stores except for pharmacies and food shops in a desperate bid to halt the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 827 in the the country in just over two weeks.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the latest wave of restrictions in a dramatic appeal to the nation that came with the country of 60 million battling its biggest crisis in generations.”Thank you to all Italians who make sacrifices. We are proving to be a great nation,” Conte said in his nine-minute evening prime time address to the nation. Italians have watched ever tighter restrictions slowly eat away at the very fabric of everyday life.An existing clampdown on public gathering and basic travel had already emptied streets and shuttered everything from churches to restaurants.AFP photographers spotted masked sanitation workers in white nylon suits and rubber gloves spraying Florence’s deserted Saint Mark’s Square with disinfectant through a long hose.Cathedrals posted hand-written notes cancelling mass and cafes apologised to their regulars for having to turn them away.last_img read more

Arsenal gear up for Manchester City by losing to Brentford in friendly at the Emirates

first_img Read More About Connatix V67539 1/1 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Jun 2020 9:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.7kShares Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Read More Arsenal’s team for the first hour was an experienced one: Leno; Bellerín, Mustafi, Mari, Tierney; Ceballos, Willock; Saka, Pepe, Aubameyang; Nketiah. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe likes of Rob Holdin, Sead Kolasinac and Sokrtais came on at the hour mark but they Gunners couldn’t hold on.Arsenal take on City at the Etihad next Wednesday, which will see Arteta come up against tutor Pep Guardiola for the first time since he left the club in December. The Gunners have little room for error in their pursuit of Champions League football as they’re currently five points off fifth – which could provide Champions League football given Manchester City’s ban. MORE: Manchester United open talks to sign Corentin Tolisso for £31m Top articles SPONSORED Read More by Metro Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / PLAY 1 min. story Arsenal gear up for Manchester City by losing to Brentford in friendly at the Emirates Full Screen Skip Ad Alexandre Lacazette restored Arsenal’s lead with a swivel and shot across the ‘keeper but Arteta will be concerned at his side’s defending as Brentford scored twice to leave the Emirates with a win. Read More Skip Mikel Arteta’s side twice had the lead (Picture: Getty)An experienced Arsenal side that included the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette lost 3-2 to Brentford in a friendly at the Emirates on Wednesday. Mikel Arteta’s side are gearing up for the return of the Premier League next week, when they’ll take on champions Manchester City at the Etihad,The Gunners thumped Charlton in a friendly on the weekend but they came undone against Championship side Brentford today. Arsenal took the lead with a neat finish from Joe Willock but Brentford equalled after the break with a fantastic finish from an acute angle. ADVERTISEMENT Comment Coming Next Video Settings Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

PensionsEurope calls for clarity on post-Brexit supervisory structure

first_img“Without implying anything on the potential benefits of a ‘twin peak’ structure for the ESAs” – a reference to a proposed merger of EIOPA with the European Banking Authority (EBA) – “we nevertheless would like to stress that the specific nature of IORPs has to be duly recognised and taken into account,” PensionsEurope said.The trade association said “a clear separation” between the banking, insurance, and occupational pension sectors was most important. The unequal development of EU supervision across these sectors should be reflected in the ESAs’ work, it said.However, “this does not have to preclude a different set-up from the present one”, PensionsEurope added.It said consumer protection supervision was not needed for occupational pensions as members and beneficiaries were mainly protected by national-level social and labour laws. InsuranceEurope, PensionsEurope’s counterpart for the insurance industry, has come out against the Commission’s idea of EIOPA merging with or transferring some of its responsibilities to another ESA. It said splitting responsibilities or losing a dedicated insurance supervisor would damage the quality of supervision.The EBA is currently based in London, but it is expected that EU member states would require it to relocate, given the UK’s pending exit from the EU.Away from the question of a twin peaks structure, PensionsEurope advocated the creation of an internal committee on occupational pension issues within EIOPA, to ensure that decisions about IORP supervision were made by those with relevant expertise and experience.PensionsEurope also used its submission to the Commission consultation to reiterate concerns about EIOPA interfering too much in occupational pensions. It told the Commission that EIOPA’s mandate should set clear limits on the authority’s tasks and powers. EIOPA rules should be amended, PensionsEurope argued, as its current objective – to ensure convergence of supervisory practices – was not appropriate for workplace pensions.It said the ESAs had more than enough powers and tools with regard to pension funds, and these should mainly be supervised by national authorities.PensionsEurope’s full response is available here. PensionsEurope has raised concerns about the implications of Brexit for the representation of pension funds at a European level.Responding to the European Commission’s consultation on the operation of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), PensionsEurope said occupational pensions experience was lacking on the board of supervisors of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).“We see that most members have an insurance-only background, whereas they are also involved in decision making with respect to IORPs, which differ substantially from insurance companies (and banks),” said the industry association.It said this “lack of hands-on experience and expertise” with pension funds could get worse after Brexit.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe NBA has told teams that playoff seeding will be based on winning percentage, and that any tiebreakers necessary after that will follow the usual procedures.Elsewhere in the NBA:— The Chicago Bulls’ new top basketball executive isn’t ready to make any announcements about the coaching staff. Arturas Karnisovas still has not met in person with head coach Jim Boylen. And that’s something he would like to do before going public with any decisions. Boylen’s future is the biggest issue hanging over the Bulls, whose season ended when the NBA’s Board of Governors approved a 22-team format to restart the pandemic-interrupted season next month in Orlando. The Bulls have missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons. Boylen has a 39-84 record in just under two years.NASCAR-RACIAL TENSIONSNASCAR looks to steer clear of protests over George Floyd Qualifying was set for later in the day before the 200-lap race on the 1 1/2-mile oval that night.The massive grandstands can hold more than 100,000 fans. But they were empty since no spectators are allowed. Texas was supposed to be the ninth of 17 races on the schedule.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press AMERICA PROTESTS-BRONCOSBroncos march for FloydUNDATED (AP) — Broncos coaches and players marched and spoke out against racism and police brutality at a protest in downtown Denver on Saturday.The players wore black shirts with the fist of power image and “Justice for George Floyd” emblazoned on the front. The words, “If you ain’t with us, you against us” were inscribed on the back.All wore face masks in accordance with coronavirus mitigation efforts. Most of the players’ masks were black with the phrase “I can’t breathe” in white lettering. Update on the latest in sports: June 6, 2020 HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — The only African American driver in NASCAR’s Cup series is expressing frustration that so many drivers were reluctant to speak out concerning the outrage over the death of George Floyd.Bubba Wallace said on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s podcast that “a few drivers — a very few — have given their opinion on the day’s matter” and said he appreciated that. Wallace added that “the silence from the top drivers in our sport is beyond frustrating” … saying, “everybody thinks redneck, Confederate flag, racists”, and that he hates it because he believes that NASCAR can be so much more.Wallace said he encouraged other drivers to take up the cause in a sport with a checkered racial history. Fans have an affinity for displaying Confederate flags, and driver Kyle Larson was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing two months ago for casually uttering a racial slur during a virtual race.Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson reached out to Wallace to ask what he could do, saying that’s a big question for him right now.“When you sit down and listen, you realize there’s a lot of injustices taking place across a broad spectrum. As a representative of our sport and just a citizen, it’s really time to listen. Safety Kareem Jackson was instrumental in organizing the team’s appearance at Civic Center Park on the 10th day of demonstrations sparked by the death of Floyd, a handcuffed black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.INDYCAR RESUMESHot start for IndyCar season at Texas that is usual midpointFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — IndyCar drivers are finally back on the track for what usually would be the midpoint of their season. The open-wheel series is having an all-in-one-day event at Texas Motor Speedway to open its season nearly three months later than expected because of the coronavirus pandemic.The heat index was around 100 degrees during a two-hour practice session. In other news concerning the coronavirus pandemic:— Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal were among the clubs who stepped up their preparations for the Premier League’s return by holding practice matches on Saturday. Man. U held an intrasquad match and Arsenal rolled past second-tier Charlton, 6-0. Clubs are attempting to build up players’ fitness before the league resumes on June 17 following a 100-day suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.— The pandemic caused a delay to the Spanish League season with 11 games remaining, but it also allowed Barcelona striker Luis Suárez to rejoin his team when the schedule resumes on June 13. Suárez had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Jan. 12 and hasn’t played since. The club said Saturday that he will be available for Barcelona’s first match in almost three months, at Mallorca.NBA-NEWSCoaches speak out on Floyd…More negotiations scheduled before season resumes UNDATED (AP) — A pair of Florida-based NBA head coaches spoke out Saturday about their hopes the league visibility will be an asset again in the hope for actual social change following the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.Miami’s Erik Spoelstra (SPOHL’-struh) says he doesn’t think anyone is ready to move on, and we shouldn’t. Said Spoelstra: “If anything, many times before, so tragically, there would be a similar incident of social injustice like this and then two weeks later people forget about it. This will be an opportunity for the entire association to land in one spot … to keep this conversation going and use our platform to make sure that this doesn’t go away.”Orlando coach Steve Clifford also seems convinced that the league’s players and coaches will take some sort of action when the season resumes. Clifford said he thinks everybody’s priority and hope right now is that they can all be part of the change that’s so necessary in the count. He added that, “We’ll have a collective platform where everyone can collectively send a message condemning racism, racial injustice, calling for police accountability. There will be a platform and I think we’re all thinking that way.”The Players Association voted unanimously Friday to approve a plan in which 22 teams move into the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Florida, next month. Those teams are currently sitting in a playoff slot or within six games of a postseason berth.The season is set to resume July 31, with playoffs starting in mid-August and leading up to an NBA Finals that could stretch until Oct. 12. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB PROPOSALAnalysis shows a lot of money at stakeNEW YORK (AP) — There’s a lot of money at stake as Major League Baseball and players continue to battle over plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NEWSUNDATED (AP) — Some NFL players say they’re scared about returning to practices and games during the coronavirus outbreak.But they also say they trust the health protocols the league’s medical staff is developing so that practices can resume, and games can return. Those safeguards will certainly include frequent tests for COVID-19.The offseason programs have all been conducted remotely since the NFL shuttered team facilities in March in response to the pandemic.Coaches have been allowed back into the buildings but players who aren’t recovering from injuries likely won’t be allowed back until training camps begin in July.  An analysis by The Associated Press has determined the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers would each save more than $100 million as part of management’s proposal when compared to the players’ plan.Set to earn $36 million each, Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would get $25.3 million under the union’s plan and $5.6 million under the teams’ proposal.The Yankees would pay players $155 million under the union’s plan and $48 million under management’s proposal.MLB has proposed a six-tier sliding scale of cuts starting at 10% and rising to 90% for the amounts of salaries above $10 million, followed by prorating based on an 82-game season. Players proposed prorating for a 114-game regular season schedule stretching through October without any further salary reductions.Players agreed on March 26 to accept prorated shares of their salaries during a shortened season, part of a deal that guaranteed $170 million in advances and service time even if the season is scrapped.last_img read more

Long shots in NFL face even longer odds during pandemic

first_imgWith contributions from AP Pro Football Writers Dave Campbell and Josh Dubowand AP Sports Writers Larry Lage, Steve Megargee, Steven Wine and Andrew Seligman.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ Associated Press “It’s a positive for the guys who’ve probably made the team because they don’t have to risk injury, but I look at the younger guys who’ve worked so hard,” Bouye said. “Even now, the only way you can get evaluated is in practice and what you do on special teams and offense and defense. It’s definitely harder.”After a virtual offseason conducted entirely by videoconference, teams slowly ramped up their conditioning and went into pads in mid-August. But many teams never did any live hitting, when the ball carrier is taken to the ground, denying players the chance to “callous” their bodies for regular-season rigors.“Part of the thought going into it is we always had the preseason games for that, so you didn’t have to worry about it. Now, if you do 12 or 24 live plays between now and game time, how much is that really simulating it? Everybody might get one or two shots,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “We’ve just made the decision as an organization to not do it other than outside of some isolated situations” like in the red zone. “Am I worried about it? … Yeah, I am.”___ September 3, 2020 The time-honored concept of prospects essentially auditioning for all 32 teams at training camp was wiped out by reduced rosters, no preseason games and the need for established starters to get more snaps at practice.“That’s the part that really sucks,” 49ers star Richard Sherman said, “because there’s been some fantastic fringe guys that have made this league great.” Among them: Hall of Famer Terrell Davis, Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, and All-Decade D-back Chris Harris Jr., players who parlayed head-turning performances in the preseason into exploits that would change their franchise’s fortunes.Among the lucky undrafted players quickly signed with teams were Washington tight end Hunter Bryant (Lions), Wake Forest cornerback Essang Bassey (Broncos), Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon (Seahawks) and Arizona running back J.J. Taylor (Patriots). There’s still no telling, however, who all slipped through the widened cracks in this strange lead-up to the 2020 season. “There are definitely guys out there that, because of the situation we’re in, maybe are missing those opportunities that normally would be available to them, and certainly the easiest (recent example) to just throw off the top of my head is Malcolm Butler,” said Lions coach Matt Patricia.He was New England’s defensive coordinator when the Patriots signed the undrafted defensive back from West Alabama in 2014 as an “invited tryout” player in May. Nine months later, his first career interception saved the Super Bowl for the Patriots against the Seahawks.It wasn’t just the undrafted players who had it tough this summer. Also facing an uphill climb to make it past cutdown day were lower-round projects such as Davis was back in 1995 when he nearly gave up on his Hall of Fame career before it started.Davis was just another lost-in-the-shuffle rookie filled with doubts when the Broncos traveled to Tokyo for an exhibition game against the 49ers 25 years ago.“Let’s just say if I spoke better Japanese I wouldn’t be here,” said Davis, a member of the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame class. “I’m telling you, I was this close to walking out of there because I looked at everything around me and I just had no shot of making the team. I was a sixth-round draft pick, I was seventh on the depth chart, I wasn’t getting any reps in practice, I had my coach constantly on me. And it just didn’t feel like there was any way of me making the team.”center_img With a belly full of junk food, the rookie who wasn’t on anybody’s radar was summoned to cover a kickoff in the second half. He burst downfield and delivered a savage hit on returner Tyrone Drakeford that left fellow Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe marveling, “Who was that?!”Only the savior who would end the frustrations of a long-suffering franchise, city and larger-than-life quarterback who could never win the big game before Davis came along. John Elway credited Davis with helping him finally win it all after three Super Bowl losses.This year, the players’ demos were for just one team, their own, providing they didn’t get dumped when the league decided on 80-man rosters for training camp instead of the usual 90.“I couldn’t imagine being a rookie right now,” said 49ers O-lineman Tom Compton, a sixth-round pick in 2012. “I know when you’re a later-round pick guy or not drafted at all, your chances are less than a higher-drafted guy. So you really have to seize you’re opportunities early and often. It’s extremely difficult for those guys.”Broncos eighth-year cornerback A.J. Bouye, who went undrafted out of Central Florida, had mixed emotions about the NFL canceling the preseason games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPro days scuttled. Rookie minicamps wiped out. The NFL’s traditional offseason, obliterated. The coronavirus pandemic has made it harder this year for long shots to make their mark and earn an NFL roster spot.“Honestly, I probably wouldn’t be in the NFL if this would’ve happened my rookie year,” said Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, among an impressive group of stars who have wiggled their way from undrafted afterthoughts to Pro Bowl mainstays. More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Long shots in NFL face even longer odds during pandemiclast_img read more

India’s national 110m hurdles record-holder to compete at AP Invitational

first_imgINDIA’S national record-holder at the 110m hurdles, Siddhanth Thingalaya, has been confirmed for the Aliann Pompey Invitational set for July 6 at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora, West Coast Demerara.Thingalaya, who hails from Mumbai, holds India’s national 110m hurdles record at 13.48s; a record that he set in 2017.The hurdler has represented his nation at the Commonwealth Games twice (in 2010 and 2014) and has participated at the World Championships in 2017.The 28-year-old is also an Asian junior silver medallist (2010) in the 110m hurdles event and competed at the World Junior Championships as well.Founder of the AP Invitational, Aliann Pompey is extremely happy to have Thingalaya compete at the event which she revealed will surely add more quality to the championships.last_img read more

GFSCA Under-15 team to participate in USA Open tournament

first_imgGUYANA and West Indies Under-15 all-rounder Mavendra Dindial is among 14 players included in the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA)-sponsored team, set to participate in the third annual USA Open tournament scheduled for December 20-23.The tournament, organised by the Cricket Council of the USA, will be contested in three categories – Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 – and will be played at the International Cricket Council (ICC)-approved venue, Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida.According to the organisers, registration is open for teams and players with the top ten players guaranteed scholarships. The games will be broadcast live on MAQ Television.Romeo DindialThe promising and talented Dindial was part of the West Indies Under-15 squad who toured England last August under Cricket West Indies (CWI) High Performance coach Graeme West. He also represented Guyana in the regional Under-17 tournament, played in Trinidad and Tobago the previous month and was a permanent fixture in the Demerara Under-15 and Under-17 sides.Other notable inclusions are left-arm spinner Zachary Jodha, Arun Gainda, Romeo Deonarain and Alvin Mohabir who led the successful Demerara Under-15 team to victory over defending champions Berbice in this year’s Inter-county tournament.Jodha was part of Guyana’s Under-17 team which participated in the regional tournament in Trinidad and Tobago and was also a member of the Demerara Under-17 and Under-19 Inter-county teams.All-rounder Gainda, a product of Ogle Sports Club, donned colours for the Select Under-17 side in this year’s Under-19 Inter-county tournament while the versatile Deonarain made useful contributions with both bat and ball while he was a member of Demerara Under-15 Inter-county team. He also plays for the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC).The team will be managed by former Guyana and West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan with Omechand Deonarian serving as assistant manager. The coach is former national player Hubern Evans while the physiotherapist is Dave Anand Mohabir and Lalta Gainda the technical assistant.The 14-man squad reads: Alvin Pradeep Mohabir, Nicholas Mukesh Shiopersaud, Gabriel Vivian Rookhum, Arun Gainda, Zachary Alexander Jodha, Romeo Deonarain, Nityanand Mathura, John Errol Persaud (Jr), Mavendra Dindial, Jonhatan Brayden Vang Lange, Dave Doobraj Mohabir, Ravindra Rovin Singh, Stephon Sankar, Premkumar Permaul.Meanwhile, the GFSCA squad will take on Blairmont Blazers Youths in two T20 practice matches on Saturday, December 17 at the Blairmont ground, West Bank, Berbice.The first game is scheduled to get underway at 09:00hrs.last_img read more