EU leaders launch talks on huge virus recovery plan

first_img‘Sending the bill’Lined up against the frugals are EU countries such as Italy and Spain that were the first and hardest hit by the pandemic, and quickly asked for help from their better off partners.Crippled with overstretched finances, these countries lack the ability to fight the recession with a wave of extra spending and are looking for a highly visible act of solidarity.The commission’s plan is inspired by a German and French proposal in which EU money is raised on the financial markets to spend Europe-wide in the biggest slice of joint borrowing ever undertaken by the union.By endorsing the plan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel broke Germany’s long-held taboo against pan-European pooled borrowing, catching the “frugals” off guard.They have vowed nonetheless to fight on, most notably in insisting that the funds should be released as loans with strict conditions and not as grants or subsidies.Speaking in the Swedish parliament on Thursday, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said it was important that funds raised should not “be handed out as grants, without any requirements for repayments, thus sending the bill to future taxpayers.”In an interview with AFP, Italian Prime Minister tried to assuage these concerns, assuring that the money would build “a better Italy” that would be more modern and greener.‘No petrol’To help pay for the recovery plan, the proposal floats EU-wide taxation on big tech, or carbon emissions, to provide the European Commission with funds of its own.”Own-resources are essential to the construction of this idea”, said a European source, who called the lack of own-resources like “a motor without petrol”.But this too could prove too controversial for several member states that are loath to see the EU financially self-sufficient and too close in spirit to the federal government in the United States.Complicating matters still further, the recovery fund is linked to the EU’s long term, seven-year budget which is being negotiated in parallel. This has countries usually on the receiving end of EU spending – many in eastern Europe – worried that funds historically coming their way could be cut because of the recovery plan and they have also threatened to block the talks.The fund, as well as the EU budget, requires the unanimous approval of the EU’s 27 member states making compromise difficult.”Our ultimate goal is to reach a deal as soon as possible, said EU Council president and video conference host Charles Michel, who will coordinate talks among national leaders in the coming weeks.”We will succeed if we enter talks with a sense of responsibility and the willingness to come out of this major challenge united and strong,” he said.Topics : European Union leaders launch fraught negotiations Friday on a major recovery fund to revive a European economy ravaged by the coronavirus outbreak, deeply divided on the way forward.Europe faces its biggest recession in the bloc’s 63-year history, and states are under pressure to look beyond their own borders and to find ways to lift the whole continent.On the table at Friday’s virtual summit is a proposal from European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen for a 750 billion euro (US$840 billion) rescue fund that, if accepted, would mark a historic milestone for EU unity. But opposition is fierce from countries known as the “frugal four” – The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Austria – who have promised to fight deep into the summer to rein in the spending.”It is clear that we expect no essential agreements at this summit,” said a government official in Germany, which takes over the EU’s rotating presidency on July 1 and will drive the negotiations.”We know about the difficulties. This will be a big piece of work,” the official said.A French source called it a “warm-up round” that would “take the temperature” before leaders land a compromise in late July.last_img read more

Beachfront unit sale smashes record in this Sunny Coast hotspot

first_imgTom Offermann Real Estate principal Tom Offermann. Picture: Jack Tran.The agency’s auction clearance rate for the past two years is 87 per cent — significantly higher than the Brisbane average of around 50 per cent.He said Noosa Heads had experienced the highest median price growth in Queensland in the past year of 12.2 per cent.“Noosa is on the move again, with a long way to go,” Mr Offermann said.“I foresee the next, at least, couple of years ahead to be very strong for Noosa.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE An apartment overlooking Noosa Main Beach has sold for $6.9m. Pic: Tourism and Events Queensland.A BEACHFRONT apartment on Noosa’s bustling shopping strip has fetched a staggering $6.9 million in a sale agents say is a sign the sleepy Sunshine Coast suburb is “on the move”. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse-style unit at 2/23 Hastings Street sold under the hammer through Tom Offermann Real Estate — achieving a record price at auction for a residential property in Noosa. Tom Offermann Real Estate principal Tom Offermann fielded 180 inquiries for the apartment, which attracted six registered bidders at auction. A unit in this building at 23 Hastings St, Noosa, has sold for $6.9m. Pic supplied.Mr Offermann would not disclose the buyer.“There was a lot of interest from the Victoria and New South Wales markets; predominantly people who had an interest in having a second home here,” he said.The apartment occupies an entire floor spanning 227 sqm and offers uninterrupted views. Veteran real estate agent John McGrath of McGrath Estate Agents.Veteran real estate agent John McGrath said the Sunshine Coast was currently the agency’s top performing region on Australia’s east coast in terms of demand and growth.He said seachangers and southerners with discretionary money looking for an investment or second home were increasingly finding suburbs like Peregian Springs and Caloundra appealing.“With low interest rates, the population increasing and infrastructure development, there are a number of good reasons to say growth will continue on the Sunshine Coast,” he said. This beachfront unit at Hastings St, Noosa Heads, has sold for $6.9 million. Pic supplied.It comes as Noosa’s prestige market is in the middle of a resurgence, with a four-bedroom house down the road at 1/56 David Low Way, Sunrise Beach, under contract for close to $8.2 million and a neighbouring home in the same estate recently fetching $6 million.Mr Offermann said the current level of interest in Noosa was the highest he had ever seen. center_img The view from 2/23 Hastings St, Noosa Heads. Pic supplied.It also features terrazzo floors, a media room and a beachside pool. Records show the property last sold for $7.2 million in February 2015. HOUSE SMASHES DRY BLOCK RECORD MANSION SMASHES SUBURB RECORD More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago MEDITERRANEAN ELEGANCE ON SHOW A beachfront unit on popular Hastings Street in Noosa has sold for $6.9m. Pic supplied.“We benefit from Brisbane, interstate and overseas interest, and while we usually have interest from one or two of those places at any one time, all those areas are converging on Noosa right now due to the strength of the markets in places such as Sydney and Melbourne,” he said.“Noosa offers a very large disparity in value compared to those areas.” This unit at 23 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, has sold for $6.9m. Pic supplied.last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgVER, Towers Watson, S&P Capital IQ, UK National Employment Savings Trust, Capital Group, Credit Suisse, Aon Hewitt, John Lewis Partnership Pensions Trust, Muzinich & Co, Babson Capital, AXA Investment ManagersVER – Jukka Pekkarinen, the current director general of the Finnish Finance Ministry, has been appointed chairman of the supervisory board at state pension fund Valtion Eläkerahasto (VER) for the new three-year mandate period, which begins on 1 March. He will replace outgoing chairman Antti Tanskanen. The current vice-chairman Hannu Kahra, professor of financial economics at the University of Oulu, will continue in the role within the newly appointed board. The new board members to be appointed by the Finance Ministry are Anna-Maija Karjalainen, who works within ICT at the Finnish government and Olli Luukkainen, chairman of the public sector negotiating commission JUKO. The board members who will continue in their roles are Minna Martikainen, professor at the Hanken School of Economics, Pirjo Mäkinen, head of administration at the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sector (JHL), and chairman of the Federation of Salaried Employees of Pardia, Pirjo Mäkinen.Towers Watson – Kate Hollis has been appointed to the credit research team. She joins having spent 10 years at S&P Capital IQ, most recently as global head of fixed income/alternatives fund research. Prior to that, she spent five years working for various funds of hedge funds and 15 years in fixed income sales and trading, in London and New York, for Deutsche Bank, Daiwa Securities, Scotia McLeod and Schroders.UK National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) – Sally Bridgeland has been appointed to the trustee board. Bridgeland, who spent seven years as chief executive of BP Pension Trustee before stepping down in April, was named as one of three new trustees by pensions minister Steve Webb. Caroline Rookes, a former director of private pensions at the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), and Jill Youds, the current chair of the Judicial Pensions Board, were also named as trustees of the £330m (€446m) fund. Capital Group – Henning Busch has been appointed to the newly created position of managing director for institutional clients in Germany and Austria. He joins from Credit Suisse, where he was head of asset management for Germany and a member of the board of Credit Suisse Deutschland. Before then, he worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.Aon Hewitt – Adrian Mitchell has been appointed as a partner and senior portfolio manager in the Delegated Consulting Services team. He joins from the John Lewis Partnership Pensions Trust, where for the last three years he has been CIO. Prior to this, he was a founding partner and portfolio manager at Proxima Alfa UK Investments, and director and head of hedge fund investment at FF&P Asset Management. Muzinich & Co – Jamie Cane has been appointed as a credit analyst. He joins from Babson Capital, where he spent more than three years focusing on high-yield bonds and leveraged loans. Before then, he worked at Anglo Irish Bank, primarily in restructuring. AXA Investment Managers – Christophe Fritsch will assume the role of head of structuring in addition to his other responsibilities as co-head of securitisation and structured assets and business development.last_img read more

Tanzania’s opposition now settles on ex-PM Lowassa

first_imgHe will run for the top post for Chadema, as well as the Civic United Front, NCCR-Mageuzi and the National League for Democracy. Mr Lowassa had joined the race earlier this month to run as the CCM’s presidential candidate, where he was seen as a frontrunner among 42 candidates, but lost out to government minister John Pombe Magufuli. And without mentioning any names, the President, who is also the ruling party chairman, added: “Those who have quit CCM are now on our crosshairs and the right side for us to strike them.” But President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday chided his defection, equating it to that of an “errant child who runs away from his family to join the enemy.” President Kikwete said the ruling party will not give the former PM room to defeat it. Mr Lowassa was Prime Minister between 2005 and 2008, when he resigned over corruption allegations. He denies the charges. President Kikwete was addressing the members who had turned out to escort the CCM candidate for the presidency, Dr John Pombe Magufuli, to collect the National Electoral Commission nomination forms.center_img Tanzania’s four main opposition parties have picked former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa as a joint presidential candidate three months ahead of a General Election scheduled for October 25. Mr Lowassa, 61, defected last week from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party to join Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema). Following his defeat, Mr Lowassa said the ruling party was infested with leaders who are dictators, undemocratic and surrounded with greedy power mongers. In his first remarks since Mr Lowassa’s defection from CCM, Mr Kikwete said: “Even in life when your child wrongs you by joining the side of your opponents you deal with him or her as you would have dealt with the group to show that you are the father.”last_img read more

Calatrava man shot dead

first_imgAccording to police investigators, Concepcion was having a drinking session at the store of Patajo when a heated argument ensued between them. BACOLOD City – A man was shot dead in Barangay Marcelo, Calatrava, Negros Occidental. Police identified the suspect as 65-year-old store owner Vivincio Patajo. Concepcion was rushed to the Calatrava District Hospital where the attending physician declared him “dead on arrival.” This prompted Patajo to fire at Concepcion around 6 p.m. on July 25. Resident Ponciano Concepcion, 47, sustained a gunshot wound on the body, a police report showed. Officers of the Calatrava municipal police station conducted a manhunt operation against the suspect, who fled after the shooting./PNlast_img read more

‘Mikel erred by swapping Chelsea for Chinese club’

first_img The midfielder played for the Blues from 2006 to 2017 and went on to win the Champions League, Europa League, English Premier League, and FA Cup, among other titles. However, he left for China despite offers from other teams to stay in the UK. “[Mikel] was a solid defensive midfielder, though I don’t think his career ended up so well especially after leaving Chelsea,” Okwemba told Goal on Friday. “The mistakes he made in his career was going to China, at that stage; he still had a lot to offer. Things took a negative twist after the move, and he never recovered. “He became a different player from the one we were used to seeing.Advertisement AFC Leopards legend, Charles Okwemba feels former Nigeria international John Obi Mikel made a big mistake by ditching Chelsea for Chinese outfit Tianjin TEDA in 2017. “I feel like he denied Africans of some potential in him we would still be seeing today, but that’s life, it happens at times because of different reasons.” Despite enjoying success while at Chelsea and spending a decade with the London side, Okwemba is not convinced Mikel ranks among the best midfielders from the African continent. “At some point, he lost consistency and struggled to have an impact. Playing as a holding defensive midfielder at club level then taking up an advanced role in the national team was a misguided advise,” Okwemba added. read also:Etebo: Super Eagles will miss Mikel,Ighalo “I rate him as an average player in Africa, he had the potential to be among the best but he failed to utilize it.” The 33-year-old is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor, after falling out with the club management over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Strachan: Berra goal a major boost

first_imgScotland manager Gordon Strachan felt Christophe Berra’s late winner against Northern Ireland was a major boost ahead of their latest European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar. Press Association Scotland dominated the Hampden friendly but were frustrated by Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern until half-time substitute Berra headed home debutant Matt Ritchie’s corner in the 85th minute. Neither Craig Gordon nor Allan McGregor had a save to make in the Scotland goal and Strachan was delighted with the 1-0 win ahead of the visit of Gibraltar on Sunday. But he claimed the goal only came about because he had to utilise his fringe players. “I think there were more positives than negatives,” said O’Neill, whose team host Finland in a qualifier on Sunday. “The first half it took us about 15 minutes to settle in and when we did have good possession it didn’t really come to much, it petered out. We didn’t get enough good balls or bodies in the box. “But from a positive point of view we left a lot first-choice players out. There were seven or eight players on the bench that could start on Sunday. “It was very positive to get Jonny Evans and Aaron Hughes on the pitch together because they have not had much football with their clubs recently. “And we basically end up with three under-21 players on the pitch in Paddy McNair, Ryan McLaughlin and Luke McCullough. They are just young boys in the infancy of their club careers. “It possibly shows where we are at the moment. There is a lot more depth to the Scotland squad, but it was great for those lads to get an opportunity to play in this sort of game. “I thought Stuart Dallas did very well and overall I’m pleased with everyone who played.” O’Neill added: “It was obviously disappointing to lose a goal, but when you make so many substitutions it makes set-pieces more difficult, because you are continually changing markers. I brought off players with bigger physical stature and in normal games I would have taken that into consideration.” “I thought it was important to win, really important,” he said. “Just to make us feel good about ourselves. The performance at times was good as well, comfortable, brave on the ball, patient at times, getting used to the new pitch as well, it’s a bit slick. “It was really good to win and get a clean sheet because Northern Ireland have improved immensely over the past year, beating Hungary and Greece, and the Faroes.” The impressive Ikechi Anya had a number of efforts in the first half and also set up Steven Fletcher while Steven Naismith was a threat in the second period. Strachan said: “I was really pleased with the way we started the game and the intensity we passed the ball with, and pleased with the number of chances we made and the way we made them. “Then it kind of lulled in the last 15 minutes of the first half into a kind of friendly atmosphere. It kicked on again after half-time and died off again and came on again in the last 15 minutes. “I’m pleased with the amount of chances we made and delighted with the number of chances they didn’t get. “They make it very hard, and the difference in this game is if you score early. But we kept plugging away and kept trying to do the right things. There were one or two things I would like do better but to win the game and get a clean sheet was good.” Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill admitted Scotland had more depth to their squad after he gave a number of players their debuts and second caps. last_img read more

The Latest: Indianapolis 500 mini-marathon canceled

first_imgAll men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the new coronavirus pandemic.The ATP and WTA announced Wednesday that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled” — a day after the start of the French Open, also played on that surface, was postponed from May to September.The tours had said last week they would suspend play until late April or early May.The tournaments affected by the tours’ suspensions include combined men’s and women’s events in Madrid and Rome.Also being scrapped are upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, along with ATP events in Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France. Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m. The race had been scheduled for April 19.Next year’s date will be April 18.Ticket holders can either receive a credit that will apply to the same level of admission for next year or receive a full refund.___2:25 p.m. March 18, 2020 Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):4:55 p.m.Organizers of the Indianapolis 500 mini-marathon have canceled the event for the first time in 43 years and suspended all other festivities through the second weekend of May. 12:36 p.m.Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic.Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.“That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said.He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings. Three prominent jockeys are skipping the upcoming Dubai World Cup in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.U.S.-based jockeys Irad Ortiz Jr., Luis Saez and Tyler Gaffalione will not travel to the United Arab Emirates for the world’s richest day of horse races March 28. Saez’s agent, Richie DePass, said the coronavirus was behind his client’s decision. Gaffalione’s agent, Matt Muziker, said his client wasn’t going because he’d be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon return.Trainer Bob Baffert said Mucho Gusto will be ridden by William Buick in the $12 million Dubai World Cup with Ortiz not traveling. With Gaffalione out, trainer Mark Casse said Frankie Dettori will ride Sir Winston.— Reporting by Beth Harris and Stephen Whyno.___ The Micky & Madeleine Arison Family Foundation will also donate an additional $1 million to the Miami Heat Charitable Fund, money that the team says will “establish an initiative designed specifically for employees and/or other community needs as they arise in the coming months.”Heat Business Operations President Eric Woolworth says the 1,000 or so part-time employees “are the backbone of our business. Night in and night out, every single one of these employees works tirelessly to provide our guests and our community with the best experience in sports and entertainment. They deserve our help as we all navigate this unpredictable situation together.”___3:50 p.m.The NBA and the NFL both announced Wednesday that they will be offering free previews of their digital products. Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen “until further notice.”The International Tennis Federation also put a halt to its lower-tier events until June 7.___2:05 p.m.Another Atlanta sports star is following the lead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___4:10 p.m.Formula One has moved its midseason break from August to March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The break has also been extended from 14 days to 21. Motorsport’s governing body FIA said in a statement Wednesday that the change was unanimously approved by all teams. ___3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus. The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.” The organization cited the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cancel or postpone large events over the next eight weeks.The 13.1-mile footrace is considered one of the top half-marathons in the United States. It had nearly 20,000 finishers last year.The race is part of the festivities surrounding the Indy 500, which is scheduled for May 24. IndyCar has canceled all races until the GMR Grand Prix, which is still on the calendar for May 9 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.___4:45 p.m. An Arizona-based employee of the Cincinnati Reds has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The employee worked inside the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, from Feb. 29 to March 14. The team said in a statement it was sending a precautionary notice to those who were inside the building and that those who were in close contact with the employee are being tested and have self-quarantined.There are no known MLB players who have tested positive for coronavirus. Two minor league players with the Yankees have tested positive.___2:15 p.m. Four of the season’s 22 races have already been postponed, and the FIA is hoping that moving the annual break forward could make it easier to find new dates later for events. F1 races in Netherlands, Spain and Monaco scheduled for May are also under threat of postponement.___3:55 p.m.The Miami Heat and AmericanAirlines Arena unveiled their plans for team and arena part-time employees who will be affected by the sports shutdown caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.The Heat say they will pay not only their own employees but those from partner companies such as Levy Restaurants (the arena’s food and beverage concessionaire), Contemporary Services Corporation (which provides security) and Pritchard Sports and Entertainment (the arena’s housekeeping provider). ___4:25 p.m.A track and field event in California that regularly draws Olympians has been canceled.Organizers said the Mt. SAC Relays have been called off as a result of California Gov. Gavin Newsom advising against large public gatherings.The meet had been set for April 16-18 at Mt. SAC College in Walnut, California. The event is known for its elite division, where top athletes typically test their fitness early in the season. In Olympic years, they use the meet to obtain qualifying times.center_img Associated Press Mexican pentathlete Mariana Arceo, who qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is being treated at a clinic in Mexico City.The 25-year-old Arceo won the gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and had been training in Barcelona where she contracted the virus. She began showing symptoms after returning to Mexico last weekend.Ana Guevara, director of Mexico’s National Commission on Physical Culture and Sports, said Arceo’s condition “is advancing well.”Arceo is the first Mexican athlete qualified for Tokyo to test positive. Guevara said 218 athletes who had traveled to other states or countries have been tested and all others were negative.Her trainer, who was with her in Barcelona, and three other members of Mexico’s pentathlon team are under observation. The Latest: Indianapolis 500 mini-marathon canceled The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.___3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.” The race was initially set for June 13-14.The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar.___4:50 p.m.FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak. 3:30 p.m.Cuba has joined countries around the world in suspending its sports calendar due to the new coronavirus pandemic.The national sports institute announced Wednesday that events would be put off at least until April 30.The official Prensa Latina news agency said that will push back the baseball season, which had been scheduled to start on April 11, as well as this month’s Cuba Cup of track and field.The institute also said that Cuban delegations won’t travel abroad — potentially affecting qualification for the Olympic and Paralympic games. ___4:20 p.m.The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.” Cuba has reported 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death, that of an Italian tourist.___11:35 a.m.The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year.Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date, but “trying to reassemble all the elements that have made the Long Beach event such a success does not appear feasible for 2020.” Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.” UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30.___8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships. The NFL’s “Game Pass” includes access to past regular and postseason games, previous seasons of award-winning NFL Films series such as “Hard Knocks” and “A Football Life,” and exclusive film sessions. It will be offered free until May 31 to fans within the U.S., and starting Thursday until July 31 to fans outside the U.S. and Canada.The NBA unveiled a free trial of its “NBA League Pass” that will last through April 22 for scores of archived games and other content.“Limiting social interactions is a critical way to minimize the spread of this virus, but staying home for long periods of time can be difficult,” the league said, adding that the trial will offer access to full-length and condensed replays of all games from this season, as well as an expansive archive of classic games and content.___3:40 p.m. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he’ll match Ryan’s donation of $50,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes food to the needy, and $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen, which aides food service workers who are financially hit by the coronavirus outbreak.In addition, Freeman says he’ll donate another $25,000 to the Salvation Army.___4:55 p.m.The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20. AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus. ___1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances. FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate.A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino.Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved.Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows.___ According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

TENNIS : Syracuse’s strong attention to fitness pays dividends in matches

first_img Comments Published on January 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Luke Jensen places a premium on fitness.Though the Syracuse head coach ranks this year’s team as one of the most talented in school history, Jensen maintains a baseline of fitness aimed at strengthening his team mentally and physically. The team lifts, runs and practices in a way that many programs don’t. As a result, the Orange plays differently, too.In practice, the team is constantly in motion. Jensen’s players sprint to pick up balls and between drills, as well as when gathering to receive instruction. The routine saves time, but also intensifies practices.‘The approach is we want to make practice tougher than any match you’ll ever play,’ Jensen said.As dynamic as the Orange’s practices are, the team lifts for an hour every day before practice. Veronica Dyer, Syracuse’s director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports, has put an emphasis on strengthening the players’ physical core through plyometrics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJensen said the 360-degree mobility the sport requires makes the team’s explosive workouts a necessity. Though the core exercises keep his team moving, the daily lift sessions have had a physical makeover effect as well.‘We have freshmen that have never really lifted before that have really redefined their bodies,’ Jensen said.During his time as Syracuse’s head coach, Jensen has become more receptive to weightlifting. When Jensen first arrived with the Orange, he placed a greater singular emphasis on endurance. This year the lifting has been accentuated, and it is starting to pay off.‘They’re hitting so much bigger because of our emphasis on weights,’ Jensen said.To avoid a complete shock to the system, committed recruits receive a copy of the team’s fitness plan before joining their teammates in the fall. For sophomore Maddie Kobelt, the advanced training made a significant difference. An extra summer of training eased the transition into Jensen’s practices, Kobelt said.All players are required to pass a fitness test early in the season. The tests were conducted earlier in this season than last year, keeping the players on their toes, Kobelt said.Players must complete either a five-mile run in 40 minutes or complete eight miles in 24 minutes on a stationary bike.Once the tests are completed, players still regularly test themselves to maintain that endurance.‘We’ll do it on our own, our cardio every day as well, getting 40 minutes in of running or on the bike,’ Kobelt said.Though the Orange has yet to register a win this season, the off-the-court work has paid dividends in the past. Jensen especially notices the difference in his players at the Big East tournament.Jensen said the extra attention to fitness manifests itself in the Orange being able to keep up its energy level deep into matches.‘When you’re fit and you’re playing these matches and you look across the net at your opponent sitting down and gasping for air, that gives you confidence,’ Jensen said. ‘…When you’re able to hit the ball harder than you’ve ever hit before, that gives you confidence,’ Jensen said.Still, Jensen maintains that confidence is only a small part of a successful player.Though confidence gets players through difficult matches, in the final games of a deciding set, with both players worn down from the grueling four-hour affair that is the average college tennis match, advantages in tennis skill become minimized and the better athlete wins.‘You can have all the confidence in the world, but if you don’t have good physical fitness you’re going to get injured. You won’t be able to go the distance,’ Jensen said.The constant grinding on unrelenting concrete often takes a toll on players’ bodies.Yet for all the work Jensen and his staff do sculpting and protecting his players’ bodies, it is the binding of his athletes’ minds and bodies that Jensen expects to make his players better.‘When you’re physically fit and strong,’ Jensen said, ‘you’re going to be mentally fit and strong and handle anything that comes at you.’jmklinge@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Q&A with Andrew Pritikin, ’08 physical therapy alumnus

first_imgDT: What will you do at the London Olympics?Pritikin: I get to run the PolyClinics — a clinic for all the countries that need treatment. Whatever comes up, you’ll treat it. It’s great. I’m a sports physical therapist, and it’s truly the most you can really do. Next to working with professional athletes every day — the Olympics is really the biggest thing you can do. It’s great. I’m very excited. Daily Trojan: What are you going to talk about at the Youth Summit?Andrew Pritikin: We’re going to  be speaking to kids who are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, who play sports and who are interested in doing physical therapy as a profession. We’re going to talk about basic types of injuries that they see on television at college games. We’ll explain what happened to the injured athletes. DT: What are you really proud of?Pritikin: I work with a lot of professional [mixed martial arts] fighters, so the therapy I do with them is very intense. I’m happy to say that I make a number of them whimper. When you put those guys in pain, you know you’re doing something right. DT: What kind of clients do you see?Pritikin: I am working with some 14-year-old swimmers who are looking forward to going to the Olympics in five years. I’m working with tennis pros who want to go to the Olympics next year. I’m working with the US Olympic Committee, going to explain what we do here because this company will be working in London. I’m lucky to work with the US Olympic Committee where this company will be, inside the Olympic Village at the London Games. DT: What do you most remember from your time at USC?Pritikin: It was a lot of work, but just knowing that I was at the No. 1 school in the country gave me the assurance that I was learning for the best by the best. One professor, Dr. Cheryl Resnik, taught a professional development class that focused on how important it was to have ethics of equally high standards as the manual skill I was learning.center_img DT: Why are you reaching out to these children?Pritikin: I used to teach a sports injury class at Santa Monica Community College. Then I was able to reach the kids at a level when they were in their decision-making process of what they wanted to do. The step beyond that is to help other kids at a high school level and let them know there is a profession out there that allows them to work with sports at a high level. Andrew Pritikin received his degree in physical therapy from USC in 2008, after working several years as a self defense instructor, office manager and industrial salesman. He now serves as clinical director of the Bauerfeind Performance Center in Santa Monica, which works with a variety of professional athletes and will work in the Olympic Village for the London 2012 Games.On Saturday, he will speak at the first Youth Summit for the Foundation for Second Chances, a non-profit organization devoted to helping underserved children. The Youth Summit, which will be held at USC, was created to inspire Los Angeles area high school students to actively plan for their futures. DT: What kind of technology do you use in your line of work?Pritikin: We use sports motion analysis. High speed video cameras at multiple angles are used to biomechanically access athletes’ motion to find the defects and compensations. This has been around for a good number of years. Something else we’re using now that’s more advanced is what’s called the MediLogic system. It is a wireless insole system where we have the athletes either walk, run or move in a lateral motion. We’re able to get pressure readings on each insole to see exactly how they’re landing, what their foot is doing, how it’s moving and the proper custom insoles that are needed for that particular athlete. It’s wireless so there’s nothing that encumbers them, so they can do their natural motion without any issue.last_img read more