Premier League clubs agree group training return from Tuesday

first_imgTopics : The training protocols were presented to players and managers last week before being rubber-stamped during Monday’s video conference call.Other rules in phase one include players not travelling with anyone to or from training, while the use of public transport and team vehicles is banned.Newcastle were one of the first top-flight teams to issue confirmation that players had been tested at their training ground.The club said players would return on Tuesday, by which time all test results would be known.Players will be asked to use an app on a daily basis to record any symptoms.”It’s been a really difficult time, but I hope with the news that phase one is about to start,” Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said.”I must stress that phase one looks as if it’s as safe as it can be. I’m sure everyone will be delighted that we’re trying to make that effort.”In phase one we’re allowed to train four to five people on one pitch, so basically a player has a quarter of a pitch to work within, so social distancing is not a problem. We’ll train with eight to 10 at a time on two separate pitches.”Everything is in place in the safety aspect. I’ve got no issues and I can tell the supporters the players and the staff are as safe as we possibly can be.”  ‘Making good progress’ The resumption of Germany’s Bundesliga over the weekend has raised expectations that the Premier League can follow suit.But some Premier League players remain concerned over returning to work while the virus is still uncontained, with Britain one of the countries worst hit by the crisis.Speaking to Good Morning Britain on Monday, Watford captain Troy Deeney said: “Phase one is social distancing individual training with a coach. That’s no problem, that’s like going to the park. “Phase two will be next week six days of training, three to six people training together with contact and then six days after that you’re going into 11 versus 11 and you can’t social distance with 11 versus 11.”I would say 98 per cent [of players] are very much aware that phase one is very good, I would say 65-70 per cent of people are concerned with phase two. I’d say even higher after that.” With the Premier League suspended since March 13 because of the pandemic, the green light for training came just hours after Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he was hopeful the top-flight could resume in June.”I had some very constructive discussions on Thursday with the FA, the EFL [English Football League] and the Premier League,” Dowden told Sky News.”We are working hard with them to try and get it back, aiming for mid-June, but the number one test is public safety.”If we can sort that out then we will look to resume by mid-June. We’re making good progress.” Testing for the coronavirus has taken place at Premier League clubs over the last few days and will continue throughout the training period. “Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible,” a Premier League statement said.”The health and well-being of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.”Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.” Premier League clubs will return to training in small groups from Tuesday after the latest stage of “Project Restart” was approved on Monday.Clubs unanimously voted to allow players to start socially distanced training in a bid to meet the Premier League’s mid-June date to resume the season.Contact training is not permitted at this stage and corner flags, balls, cones, goalposts, playing surfaces and other equipment will be disinfected after each session.last_img read more

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India puts restrictions to curb sale of ‘Chinese’ products to govt agencies

first_imgAccording to officials the portal, which was set up in 2016 to promote small businesses, has been misused by many companies to sell imported Chinese products like office furniture, computers, air conditioners, auto parts, machinery and other products.”The decision will encourage domestic producers, as many domestic sellers were so far importing goods from China and selling through this portal,” a government source, with the direct knowledge of the matter, said.India is also planning to impose higher trade barriers and raise import duties on around 300 products from China and elsewhere, two government officials said, as part of an effort to protect domestic businesses.The government has instructed all its ministries and agencies to maximize procurement through the portal, run by the commerce ministry, and total purchases are expected to increase to 3 trillion Indian rupees (nearly $40 billion) this fiscal year from 500 billion rupees (nearly $7 billion) from the year just ended in March. More than 100,000 sellers are registered for selling products and services on the portal.  Amid growing calls for a boycott of Chinese goods after a clash on the border in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, India’s government instructed sellers to declare the country of origin for goods and services purchased via a state-run online portal.The government announced the change in requirements for users of its Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal in a statement on Tuesday. The statement did not single out China, but an official source told Reuters that the main objective was to identify items coming from China.Separately, the portal will provide a “Make in India” filter so that the government or its agencies could choose to buy only those products that meet the minimum 50% local content criteria, the statement said. Topics :last_img read more

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William Saliba is perfect for Arsenal, claims Mathieu Debuchy

first_imgWilliam Saliba is perfect for Arsenal, claims Mathieu Debuchy Mathieu Debuchy has relaunched his career at St Etienne following a difficult spell at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I think he has a lot of quality to play at Arsenal.’Those sentiments were largely echoed by former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who himself signed for Saint Etienne last August.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe added: ‘He’s like a big man – he’s only 18 but he’s like a big man. The way he plays, him and Wesley Fofana are both fantastic.‘The future look bright for them and I hope they continue in the same way.‘He’s strong and hopefully he will adapt himself really quickly. In a club like Arsenal with French players I think he can do really well.’MORE: Burnley troll Mikel Arteta after he blames the grass at Turf Moor for Arsenal’s drawMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal’s plans for the winter break as squad heads to Dubai Advertisement William Saliba will return to Arsenal from Saint Etienne at the end of the current season (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal flop Mathieu Debuchy believes William Saliba has all the qualities required to excel at Arsenal.The Gunners beat Tottenham to the signing of the 18-year-old centre-half in the summer but were forced to loan the teenager back to Saint Etienne for the current season as part of the deal.Saliba has missed a large part of the campaign through injury but impressed on his return against Monaco last week and Debuchy, his current teammate, is confident he will thrive when he eventually begins his Premier League career.Debuchy told ‘The Official Ligue 1 Podcast’: ‘He’s a great player. I’m so happy for him to play next season for a big club like Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He improves every game and I think he is a great player. He’s strong with good technique. He’s quick. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Feb 2020 12:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.1kShares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil appears to confirm Adidas breakup and reveals new Nike boots

first_img Comment Arsenal star Mesut Ozil appears to confirm Adidas breakup and reveals new Nike boots Advertisement The German playmaker’s long association with Adidas is over (Pictures: Getty / Instagram)Mesut Ozil appears to have confirmed that he has parted ways with Adidas, with the Arsenal star showing off a new pair of classic Nike boots on Instagram on Thursday.Reports last month claimed Ozil had been ‘dumped’ by the sportswear company due to concerns about his public image and the ongoing coronavirus crisis – though that was dispelled by his agent.The German playmaker’s deal with Adidas has expired, though, meaning he has needed to find a new pair of boots to wear should he be called into action this season. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jul 2020 1:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kSharescenter_img Ozil hunted down some rare Nike boots to wear the next time he plays (Picture: Instagram / Mesut Ozil)So far Ozil has not played a single minute of football since the Premier League season restarted, once again failing to even make the matchday squad against Norwich on Wednesday evening.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTShould he step out on the pitch in any of Arsenal’s upcoming games, though, he looks set to be wearing a rare pair of classic mismatching black, white and gold Nike Vapor boots, showing his Instagram followers his new kicks on Instagram – and holding them over the Adidas logo on Arsenal’s training top in the process.The Nike boots may only be a stopgap, though, with Ozil’s agent recently revealing that he intends to develop his own M10 brand and eventually wear those for the remainder of his career.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘There is no termination,’ Ozils agent, Erkut Sogut, told The Athletic in June. ‘The contract is running out.‘It’s like any other contract agreement or contract you have with a club — like if Mesut’s contract runs out with Arsenal next year, Arsenal wouldn’t say one month before they were dumping him.’ Advertisement Ozil has worn Adidas boots throughout his career, since he was at Schalke (Picture: Getty)He continued: ‘Mesut will be 32 in October. He knows if he signs another two or three-year boot deal now, it could last for the remainder of his active playing career.‘For him, it’s not about the money — he wants to use that time to help build his own M10 brand. After this contract, he doesn’t have to wear something just because the sponsor says.‘Maybe he’ll wear Puma for a couple of days, then one day, Nike; maybe a brand from Indonesia or Malaysia. Who knows? It’s up to him now. There are some classic boots from the past he wants to wear.’MORE: Mikel Arteta sets challenge for Mesut Ozil to regain Arsenal first team placeMORE: Paul Merson claims Mesut Ozil is the worst player in the world when opposition team have the ballFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

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PGGM takes minority stake in French toll road operator

first_imgAPPR’s network, he added, gives it “a pivotal role” in traffic flows in Western Europe and France for trade and tourism.Macquarie, in a joint venture with French developer Eiffage, bought a 13.7% stake in mid-2010 in a €854m deal.Macquarie’s Atlas Roads, European Infrastructure and European Infrastructure Fund II became shareholders in APPR.According to APPR’s annual report for 2013, the firm’s revenues rose to €2.4bn, resulting in profits of €442m.With a network of 2,264 km of operating motorway, APPR is Europe’s fourth largest toll road operator.The network includes the Paris-Lyon route (A5, A6 and A39), the Burgundy-Northern Europe route (A31, A36), Alpine motorways in the Rhône-Alpes region (A40, A41, A42, A43, A48, A49 and A51 Nord) and motorways in central France (A77 and A71).PGGM said it had invested significant amounts in other European road assets in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Ireland through partnerships with Royal BAM and Globalvia.In June last year, PGGM and BAM PPP jointly acquired 50% of concessional rights for the management and maintenance of a 52 km stretch of motorway in Germany. PGGM has bought a minority interest in a French toll road operator from Macquarie’s European infrastructure fund.The stake, in Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (APRR), gives the Dutch asset manager exposure to France ahead of an economic recovery.Henk Huizing, head of infrastructure at PGGM, said: “We expect APRR to benefit from France’s economic recovery in coming years.“This asset provides a robust inflation-linked yield profile, which is an excellent match with our clients’ pension liabilities.”last_img read more

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Nigeria, Netherlands Set To Battle For Bayern Munich’s Wonderkid

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhy Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President? But Nigeria have expectedly refused to ignore a player who has netted three goals in just four league games for the German champions. His latest strike arrived in the 6-0 deposition of Hoffenheim at the weekend, a game in which Polish hotshot Robert Lewandowski missed through injury. The Netherlands youth international’s performances may have convinced Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, that the lad is good enough to play for Nigeria’s senior football team. According to France Football via Goal, the Nigerian Football Federation may have kicked off plans to try to convince the young prodigy to play in the green-white colours. Read Also:France 2018: Ajibade celebrates teammates for fighting spirit The Super Eagles, though, currently boast a healthy bunch of talented attackers such as Lille’s Victor Osimhen, Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, Bordeaux’s Josh Maja, Club Brugge’s Emmanuel Dennis, with Heracles goal-king, Cyriel Dessers likely to join the group later this month. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigeria and Netherlands are in the battle to secure the services of Bayern Munich’s wonderkid, Joshua Orobosa Zirkzee. The player has been one of the revelations of the season at Bayern Munich, with the 18-year-old striker finding the back of the net with the regularity of a veteran. But the talented youngster may yet find himself at the centre of a battle for his attention between three-time African champions Nigeria and European powerhouse Netherlands. Zirkzee is of Dutch nationality, but he has Nigerian origins. His middle name, Orobosa, suggests he is from Edo State, in Southern Nigerian. This makes him eligible to defend the colours of the 2013 African champions. However, having starred for the Dutch at different youth levels, the youngster may be more inclined to feature at the senior level for Orange.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Andy Huff

first_imgAndrew J. “Andy” Huff, 86, of Osgood passed away at 1:45am, Friday, May 4, 2018 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born near Osgood on October 18, 1931 the son of Henry and Catherine Pollwine Huff. He was married to Virginia Back on May 9, 1959 and she preceded him in death on June 17, 2002. Survivors include five daughters Linda (Mike) Sexton of Radcliff, Kentucky, Jane (Randy) Riehle of Holton, Diane (Brent) Davis of Nashville, Sherry (Brad) Hawk of Milan, and Kathy (Rob) Plue of Shelbyville; two sons Roger (Bonnie) Huff of Osgood, and Scott (Kelly) Huff of Madison; 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Susie Huff of Osgood, and Darlene Huff of Westport. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother Harold, and his brothers Virgil and Bernard Huff. Mr. Huff was a 1950 graduate of Napoleon High School and spent his entire life in the Napoleon and Osgood areas. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War where he served with the 43rd Infantry Division. For service to his country Andy received the National Defense Service Medal and the Occupation Medal. In civilian life Andy was best known throughout southeast Indiana as an auctioneer. He received his auctioneer training at the Reppert Auction School in Decatur and over a 60 year career conducted over 3,000 sales, canceling only 3. He and Ginny volunteered their time to conduct many auctions for charitable organizations in the community and for several years they manned the raffle booth at the Napoleon Firemen’s Picnic. Andy also was employed with Bohn Aluminum in Greensburg which he retired from in 1992. Andy was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood, the Knights of Columbus in Batesville, Knights of St. John at Milhousen, the Napoleon VFW, the Osgood American Legion, and was also a former Boy Scout leader in Napoleon. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, May 8th at 10am at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon with Fr. Bill Turner officiating. Burial will be in the St. Maurice Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Osgood American Legion. Visitation will be on Monday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services beginning at 3:30pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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Akpeyi encourages himself after Kaizer Chiefs last remarkable league outing

first_img Loading… Relegation-threatened Polokwane looked set to remain a bogey side for Chiefs when goals by Lesiba Nku and captain Jabu Maluleke gave them a two-goal advantage on 61 minutes. Shortly after the match, Akpeyi stated on his twitter: #becourageous The battle is not easily won..until you make the obstacle a stepping stone Flexed bicepsVictory handRed heart#ckcofficial# read also:PSL: Akpeyi’s Kaizer Chiefs stage comeback win against Polokwane City Kaizer Chiefs staged a stunning recovery and goals from Zimbabwean Willard Katsande, Kenyan Anthony Akumu and Serb Samir Nurkovic earned them three points. Strong-finishing Chiefs squandered a chance to increase their lead in stoppage time when Daniel Cardoso slammed a penalty against the crossbar with goalkeeper Cyril Chibwe beaten. The thrilling triumph lifted Chiefs to 52 points, six more than defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who have played one matchless. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria’s Daniel Akpeyi is still basking in the euphoria of Kaizer Chiefs’ victorious outing against Polokwane City on Saturday. Akpeyi made a series of incredible saves and kept a fired up Polokwane City out before eventually succumbing. Before that and afterward, he stopped some thunderbolt shots. Outrageous. Kaizer Chiefs stormed back to score three goals in five minutes and defeat Polokwane City 3-2 in Pretoria Saturday, which stretched their South African Premiership lead to six points. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?It Looks Like An Ordinary Doughnut, But It Glows In The Dark!Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoolast_img read more

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Paul Pogba’s a World Cup winner: Rio Ferdinand on criticism

first_imgManchester: Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has backed Paul Pogba in his public altercation with Graeme Souness, stressing that the former Liverpool captain has unfairly targeted his old friend who has won a World Cup with France in 2018.Pogba has struggled with game time with just eight first-team appearances for United this season due to a nagging ankle injury. The French midfielder underwent surgery in January. Football is currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.Souness has criticised Pogba throughout his second spell at Old Trafford, questioning his attitude and commitment.When asked about Souness’ comments during a sit-down for United’s official podcast, Pogba admitted that he had never heard of the former Liverpool defender, who responded by saying: “The oldest thing in football comes to mind — put your medals on the table.”Ferdinand added that Pogba’s World Cup winners’ medal is proof of his potential.The ex-United centre-back said on The Beautiful Game Podcast as quoted by Goal: “He hasn’t even played football this year! I don’t know how his name is in people’s mouths, he hasn’t even played football.“I don’t understand it, like why are you chatting about Paul Pogba? He hasn’t played really this season so he shouldn’t be in the conversation.“I don’t understand. Yeah, he’s a great player, huge profile, I understand all that. But he’s being judged or made the villain in this season which he’s played really no part in, so I don’t get it.“Obviously Graeme Souness made a statement about putting your medals on the table. Boy, listen, my man’s got a World Cup winners’ medal. Like, it’s hard to chat to someone when they’ve got a World Cup.“He won four Scudetti in Italy or something. He’s won stuff. Listen, Graeme Souness was a great player and he’s won a lot of stuff.“Listen, my generation, and even worse for Graeme Souness and all the guys in that generation, they’ve got to understand that these guys don’t look at them sometimes. They don’t know who they are.“For Paul Pogba to say he doesn’t know who he is, or wouldn’t know him as a footballer, I believe that. It’s not disrespectful, he doesn’t know him!“As great a player as Souness was — he was a top player, one of the best, if you’re talking about the best British midfielders we’ve ever produced, he’s in the conversation — but Paul Pogba doesn’t know him. Simple as that. And that’s just a difference of generations. So I don’t think it’s disrespectful.” IANSAlso Read: Ri Bhoi Police begins search for KSU leader Ferdinand KharkamniAlso Watch: Hagrama Mohilary organizes a press-meet on Coronavirus situation and distribution of Rationslast_img read more

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UC Riverside seeks revenge on UCSB

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUC Santa Barbara (18-9, 7-5) vs. UC Riverside (15-14, 5-8)Student Recreation Center, Riverside, California; Thursday, 11 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UC Riverside seeks revenge on UC Santa Barbara after dropping the first matchup in Santa Barbara. The teams last met on Jan. 25, when the Gauchos shot 52.8 percent from the field en route to a two-point victory. SENIOR STUDS: UC Riverside has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Arinze Chidom, Callum McRae, Dominick Pickett and Khyber Kabellis have collectively accounted for 47 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 68 percent of all Highlanders points over the last five games.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Max Heidegger has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all UC Santa Barbara field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 26 field goals and 12 assists in those games.PERFECT WHEN: The Highlanders are 6-0 when at least four of their players score 10 or more points and 9-14 when any fewer than that achieve double-figures. The Gauchos are 11-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 42.4 percent or worse, and 7-9 when opponents exceed that percentage.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Gauchos have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Highlanders. UC Riverside has an assist on 30 of 62 field goals (48.4 percent) across its past three matchups while UC Santa Barbara has assists on 49 of 82 field goals (59.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: UC Riverside has made 8.1 3-pointers per game this season, which is tops among Big West teams. February 26, 2020 UC Riverside seeks revenge on UCSBcenter_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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