EU brings springtime cheer with poem for reporters

first_imgIt was a break from EU news conference tradition, but one that was broadly well-received by the reporters.The Wall Street Journal’s Laurence Norman tweeted: “Only in Europe. Eric Mamer reads us all a Victor Hugo poem at end of midday briefing to cheer everyone up. And you know, good on him.”But some, like French reporter Anna Hubert, took a more ironic stance.”I don’t find it comforting at all. The midday briefing is supposed to be annoying and grim. It’s not reassuring when things change,” she tweeted. “I don’t know if, like me, you notice that outside the sun is shining,” he said, to a handful of reporters visiting the room and scores more online.”Many people are confined to their home and therefore I want to read out a little poem for all of us, to remind us that nature continues and that spring is about to come.”Hugo’s “Printemps”, or “Spring”, comes from the collection “Toute la Lyre”, published three years after the writer’s death in 1885.”Here, then, are the long days,” it begins. “Light, love, joy! Here is spring! March and April with their sweet smiles, the blossom of May and warmth of June.”  Topics :center_img The daily news may be grim in a Europe haunted by a deadly pandemic, but that is no reason to turn away from culture and the promise of spring.On Tuesday, the European Commission’s top spokesman took a moment during a daily briefing dominated by the coronavirus to read reporters a poem.Posing a challenge to the EU’s simultaneous translators, Eric Mamer launched into fellow Frenchman Victor Hugo’s “Printemps”.last_img read more

Tate & Lyle agrees £930m buy-in with L&G

first_imgUK food and beverage company Tate & Lyle has sealed a £930m (€1bn) buy-in with Legal & General (L&G) for its defined benefit pension scheme.The bulk annuity covers roughly 4,800 members of the defined benefit (DB) scheme, according to a press release from L&G, and follows a previous transaction with the same insurer completed in 2012, worth £347m.It means the entirety of the £1.2bn Tate & Lyle Group Pension Scheme is now insured with L&G. According to LCP, which advised the trustee board on the deal, the pension scheme had put a long-term de-risking strategy in place following the 2012 buy-in.  Credit: Tafilah YusofTate & Lyle is best known for its sugar and sweetener products“It is transactions like this that are providing unstoppable momentum in the buy-in and buyout market with over £30bn of deals since this time last year. We expect a flurry of transactions to follow in Tate & Lyle’s footsteps over the next few months.”Michael Chatterton, a managing director at Law Debenture and chair of the scheme’s trustee board, added: “We never imagined only a couple of years ago that there would be such an opportunity on the horizon.“It is a fantastic conclusion to the de-risking plan that LCP helped us agree six years ago with the company and provides a blueprint for other schemes working towards full insurance.”Imran Nawaz, Tate & Lyle’s chief financial officer, said the deal would save the group £20m a year from 2021, “allowing the company to focus our future investments on delivering profitable growth”.Meanwhile, L&G Retirement’s institutional CEO Laura Mason said the deal would allow the insurer to invest in “important areas of the UK economy such as affordable housing, renewable energy and transport”.Macfarlanes provided legal advice to L&G, while Linklaters advised the trustee board. Clive Wellsteed, partner at LCP, said: “After identifying that the scheme could be within touching distance of full insurance in early 2019, well ahead of schedule, we worked closely with the trustees and company to navigate a hugely busy market and lock in the position with Legal & General.last_img read more

National Youth Council welcomes students back to school

first_imgNewsRegional National Youth Council welcomes students back to school by: – September 6, 2011 20 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Kingston, September 5, 2011: The members of the National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ) congratulates the students who have given of their best in this year’s GSAT, CAPE and CSEC exams. Many of you have produced excellent results. We wish you all the best as you continue another leg of your academic journey. As students you must know about your Right to quality education, opportunities to optimize your growth and development. These and other Rights are enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Jamaica is a Signatory. The Government of Jamaica’s Vision 2030 Development Policy also articulates its commitment to the achievement of education goals, among others. Consequently, we must take responsibility for our actions as we take advantage of the available opportunities for our development.The NYCJ stand ready to support you in all your endeavours as you strive to be the very best that you can be! We wish you every success in this school year and beyond.Auxiliary feesWe note the recent comments of the JTA President that “schools do not turn away students because of parents’ inability to pay fees”. However, the reality is that in a number of instances we have confirmed reports from parents that students are denied access in sitting both internal and external examinations if these fees are not paid. While we await the response for the education ministry on our recommendation to implement a standard auxiliary fee for schools. Rest assured that the NYCJ will be strengthening its monitoring mechanisms of schools, particularly those that continue to deny students from sitting their exams and will take decisive action in registering our disapproval of same for this academic year.Press ReleaseNational Youth Council of Jamaicalast_img read more

Mbappe dreams all-French Champions League final

first_imgRead Also: PSG fans celebrate UCL final qualification with fireworks“I feel good, better and better all the time, but I still have to wear a heavy strapping around it.“There is no more pain. I still need to take certain precautions but I am ready to help the team, give everything on the pitch. All I want is to win, that’s why I came here.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe is hoping Lyon beat Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final tonight  and set up an all-French final in Europe’s elite club competition this weekend. “I’d prefer Lyon for sure, because they are a French team,” Mbappe said when asked if he had a preferred opponent in the final after PSG’s 3-0 semi-final victory over RB Leipzig in Lisbon on Tuesday night.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TruePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever Created “It will be a very tough game. If it’s Bayern, fine, but if it were Lyon it would certainly make it a very special occasion.”PSG are the first French side through to the final of the Champions League since Monaco in 2004 after goals by Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat saw off Leipzig in a one-sided encounter at the Estadio da Luz.They would perhaps not be favourites in a final against Bayern, but they certainly would be against Lyon.PSG won the Ligue 1 title while Lyon came seventh in a season that was curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams met as recently as the end of July in the French League Cup final, with PSG winning on penalties after a 0-0 draw.Mbappe missed that game because of an ankle injury, suffered in the French Cup final against Saint-Etienne a week earlier.However, he returned to play a key role off the bench in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Atalanta last week and started against Leipzig.“The truth is that the night I got my injury against Saint-Etienne I thought that was it, that I wouldn’t come back” for the Champions League ‘Final Eight’, he said.“I cried all night, but the next morning I woke up and said to myself that I would do everything I could, get treatment all day and come home and get more treatment.“I knew the team would need me at some point, maybe not for my physical presence on the field but also being around the team and showing them I was ok.“I never wanted them to see that I was suffering. It was a difficult time but it was a real pleasure to come back against Atalanta and help the team qualify today.”Mbappe, 21, admitted he is still not back to peak fitness.last_img read more

O’Neill targets set-piece success

first_imgMichael O’Neill believes set-pieces could hold the key to improving Northern Ireland’s dismal goalscoring record. O’Neill’s side managed less than a goal a game in their first qualifying campaign under O’Neill, scoring nine times in 10 matches as they finished fifth in their World Cup group. They have hardly looked more potent in friendly outings and go into Wednesday night’s friendly in Chile on the back of three successive blanks against Turkey, Cyprus and Uruguay. But despite his best intentions, he accepts his side are not naturally given to wreaking havoc in the opposition area. “We’re not the biggest team, we don’t have many of those players,” he said. “When we’re missing Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley it’s difficult for us at both ends of the pitch at set-pieces. “We don’t really have a defensive player who scores a lot of goals for their club from set-pieces, at the minute it’s just not in the make-up of the squad. “But it’s definitely an area we can improve. Anything in the final third of the pitch we need to get better at and maximise. If you only have a certain percentage of ball in that area of the pitch you need to do more with it. “We’re going to need 1-0s, 1-1s. Greece won their group and scored 12 goals for the World Cup. They won eight games and drew one scoring 12 goals. “That’s the kind of template we’ll look to.” With Evans, McAuley, Alex Bruce, Craig Cathcart and Rory McArdle all absent from the trip, O’Neill was forced to blood Doncaster defender Luke McCullough against Uruguay. He performed well but O’Neill is crossing his fingers he does not have to throw in another rookie against Chile. Veteran Chris Baird is struggling with tonsillitis and, if he fails to make it, the manager faces a straight choice between two-cap Conor McLaughlin and untried 18-year-old Liam Donnelly. “We haven’t ruled Bairdy out, we’ll leave that until the last minute, but he’s a serious doubt,” said O’Neill. “He had it before the first game but played extremely well and that maybe knocked him out a bit, what he put into that game. “To be fair to Chris, many players probably would have asked to go home and he hasn’t done that. He wanted to stay and give himself the best chance to play. “For a senior player in particular that’s encouraging. that’s the type of example we want. “He could get a flight home any time he wanted and he’s chosen not to do that. “Bairdy knows we need him to play so he’s going to do everything possible.” Press Association The latter performance, a creditable 1-0 defeat in Montevideo last week, was encouraging in many ways but a forward line of Inverness’ Billy McKay and Aberdeen’s Niall McGinn never looked likely to trouble La Celeste. O’Neill does not hide from the challenge facing his side, one that has existed for Northern Ireland ever since David Healy’s remarkable scoring streak dried up, and believes free-kicks and corners are part of the solution. “The reason it’s difficult for us to win games at this moment in time is pure and simple: we struggle to put the ball in the net,” said O’Neill. “It’s not a tactical issue, it’s a personnel issue. When you have that scenario it’s going to be hard to win games, simple as that. “Northern Ireland need to start scoring more off set-pieces and that’s based on two things: quality of delivery and attacking the ball. “Look at our game against Portugal last year, 4-2, our goals were both from set-pieces and three of theirs were. The Champions League final, Atletico Madrid versus Real Madrid, both scored from set-pieces. “It’s a huge, huge part of the game.” O’Neill has spent plenty of time with his players attempting to increase their threat from dead balls and will continue to do so as Euro 2016 qualification hovers into view. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press Ex-1st-round pick Charles Harris traded by Miami to FalconsMIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have traded former first-round draft pick Charles Harris to the Atlanta Falcons after three unproductive seasons for a seventh-round choice in 2021.A defensive end from Missouri, Harris was the 22nd overall pick in 2017, but he totaled only 3 1/2 sacks with Miami. That included half a sack last year, even though he started a career-high five games for rookie coach Brian Flores. Harris has one year left on his rookie contract.On Thursday, Miami released another defensive end and former first-round pick, Taco Charlton. The Dolphins are rebuilding after going 5-11 in 2019, and last month they signed 11 free agents and acquired 11 draft picks.DOPING-STEVENS May 1, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-BULLS-EVERSLEYMarc Eversley joins Bulls as GM from 76ers’ front officeCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls announced Marc Eversley as their new general manager on Friday. Among the rules to be discussed is allowing pass interference to be part of the video review system. That rule was adopted for one year and has gotten poor reviews from coaches and players.In other news related to the pandemic:— Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller says he has tested negative for the coronavirus. Miller tweeted the news Thursday night, two weeks after he said he had tested positive for COVID-19. The Super Bowl 50 MVP, who has asthma, was under the care of Broncos team doctors and quarantined at his Denver area home over the last two weeks. Miller went public with his diagnosis on April 16, saying he wanted to show that the virus could affect anybody, even a young, world-class athlete in tip-top shape.— Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque (zhorj luh-RAHK’) has tested positive for COVID-19. The 43-year-old made the announcement in a social media post showing him in a hospital gown. Laraque played 12 seasons in the NHL, including eight with the Edmonton Oilers and two with the Montreal Canadiens. He also suited up for the Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins.— Churchill Downs says its spring meet will open without spectators on May 16. The historic Kentucky track is expected to release a revised schedule of stakes races online this weekend. Last weekend’s scheduled opening was delayed because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the postponement of the Kentucky Derby from this weekend to Sept. 4-5. The track’s new opening will come five days after its stables and training center reopen in phases under strict guidelines. Racing will be conducted Thursdays through Sundays with a Memorial Day card on May 25. The meet will be spectator-free until government officials approve their return. Update on the latest sports American sprinter Deajah Stevens suspended in doping caseMONACO (AP) — American sprinter Deajah Stevens was provisionally suspended Friday for repeatedly being unavailable for doping tests.The Athletics Integrity Unit said Stevens amassed three whereabouts violations in a year.The AIU said similar suspensions were imposed on American sprinter Gabrielle Thomas and Kenyan distance runner Alex Korio Oliotiptip. It didn’t specify when or where the violations occurred.Athletes are required to provide regular updates on their whereabouts to make it possible for anti-doping authorities to carry out surprise testing outside of competition. A violation means an athlete either did not fill out forms telling authorities where they could be found, or that they weren’t where they said they would be when testers arrived. Stevens won the U.S. national title in the 200 meters in 2017 and was a finalist in the 200 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSThis month’s NFL owners meeting will be done via video conferencesUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has switched its mid-May owners meeting to remote video conferencing because of the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting was scheduled for Marina del Rey, California, on May 19-20.The league previously canceled its annual meeting in March in Florida, where owners would have voted on potential rules changes. Those votes were expected to occur at the California meeting and likely will be conducted during the virtual meeting instead. — The 2021 badminton world championships will now start in November to avoid clashing with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. The Badminton World Federation says the event will remain in Huelva, Spain, and be held Nov. 29-Dec. 5.— The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’ll do it from their own backyards. Video links will connect world record holder Armand Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie. Duplantis will be in Louisiana, Kendricks in Mississippi and Lavillenie in France. World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media. Their challenge is to clear the most 5-meter jumps within 30 minutes. The athletes agreed on the format because adjusting the bar is not practical without officials in place.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta is moving to Thanksgiving from its traditional Fourth of July date because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event is the world’s largest 10-kilometer race with about 60,000 participants. The first race was held in 1970. The Atlanta Track Club says the Nov. 26 date was selected because families gather for Thanksgiving. It will also minimize the impact on retailers in downtown Atlanta because most businesses will be closed for the holiday.— The Pan-Mass Challenge is going virtual in the hopes that it can continue to raise money for cancer research. The race usually attracts thousands of cyclists who travel across Massachusetts in the nation’s largest single event athletic fundraiser. This year’s event was scheduled to include around 7,000 riders on 12 different routes covering from 25 to 192 miles. Instead, participants will be encouraged to ride however they can on their own. There will be a virtual starting line and reimagined opening ceremonies.— Hungarian Grand Prix organizers say spectators won’t be allowed at this year’s Formula One race if it goes ahead. The race is planned for Aug. 2 but Formula One officials are rewriting the 2020 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellations and postponements. Hungarian race officials announced their plan after the government banned large gatherings through Aug. 15. F1 chairman Chase Carey says the season could start July 5 with the Austrian GP. He hopes 15-18 races can take place beginning in Europe before moving to Eurasia, Asia and the Americas.— The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for August in Switzerland has been canceled. Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August. The tournament in the Swiss Alps was scheduled for Aug. 27-30. Organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions.— The Swiss hockey federation says it won’t seek to host the 2021 men’s world championship after losing this year’s event because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 championship had been due to start next week in Zurich and Lausanne. It was canceled in March. Eversley agreed to take the job earlier in the week. He succeeds the fired Gar Forman and will work under new top executive Arturas Karnisovas. Eversley spent four years in Philadelphia’s front office — the past two as the 76ers’ senior vice president of player personnel.The Bulls were 11th in the Eastern Conference at 22-43 and on the way to their third straight losing record when the league stopped play.Eversley, a Canadian, becomes the Bulls’ first black general manager.He spent a decade at Nike, managing company-owned retail stores in Ontario before moving to their corporate office in Oregon and becoming the point person for their basketball player relationship division. He then worked in Toronto’s front office for seven years and Washington’s for three before joining the 76ers.NFL-DOLPHINS-FALCONS TRADElast_img read more

Anthony Adams XI reach 80 for 2 on rain-affected day

first_imgRAIN forced the greater part of the opening day’s play in the first Regional 4-day practice match at the Guyana National Stadium to be subjected to a number of inspections by the umpires. Following their final check at 14:30hrs, they decided play would commence at 15:00hrs.At stumps, Anthony Adams’ XI had reached 80 for 2 from 34 overs against Leon Johnson’s XI, heading into day two, reeling from a double-strike by veteran leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who claimed both wickets in the only session of the day.Heading into the second day, Tevin Imlach, the former Windies U-19 player was not out on 23 off 97 balls and will be looking to carry on with night-watchman Niall Smith. Imlach stroked just one boundary while his opening partner Raymond Perez crunched three eye-catching fours as he chalked up 24 off 48 balls.When Perez fell to Bishoo, Adams XI were 47 for 1 before Kemol Savory and Imlach teamed up to help stabilise the innings. Guyana Jaguars’ newest addition, Savory, was the other batsman to fall  to  Bishoo a few overs before stumps.The left-hander mirrored an innings almost similar to that of Perez, as he too soaked up 48 balls and hit 3 fours but managed only 18.Bishoo’s return to Jaguars colours was a good sign for the Leon Johnson’s XI. The 34-year-old was wily in his approach as he outfoxed his two victims in Perez and Savory, to end with opening day figures of 2-26 from 10 overs.Action on day two is now set to start at 09:00hrs, weather permitting. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

Tipp’s Kervick misses out on a place in the final

first_imgKervick was one of the stand-out performers from the Irish squad during this morning’s session when he won his heat in style, but he narrowly missed-out on qualification this afternoon.With only the top-two from each semi-final progressing, Kervick finished in fourth place in a time of 46.96 seconds.Earlier this morning, Mark English won his heat in the 800 metres to advance to tomorrow’s semi-finals, where he’ll be joined by Declan Murray. Ciara Everard is also through to the 400 metres semi-finals as a fastest qualifier, but 60 metre hurdler, Ger O’Donnell is out.last_img

Ryan determined to get something from trip to Walsh Park

first_imgTipp FM will have live coverage of the match at Walsh Park from 1.50pm on Sunday in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group, Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea and O’Dwyer Brothers, Tipperary Town. However, the Premier’s boss is determined to get something from his side’s trip to Walsh Park.Both counties won their opening Division 1A fixtures – the Déise had a point to spare over Kilkenny while Tipp comprehensively defeated Dublin at Croke Park.Michael would love to buck the usual trend on Sunday.last_img

Wanted: New coach for Ivory Coast national team

first_imgThe Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) has advertised the national team coaching job as they look for a replacement for Herve Renard, an official source revealed on Thursday.The FIF will give candidates until June 15 to put their names forward before a committee puts a five-man shortlist to the federation’s executive committee to decide on who the chosen coach will be.In the meantime, Ibrahim Kamara will take interim charge of the team until the end of June.Frenchman Renard left the Elephants to take charge of Ligue 1 club Lille last month, with the FIF allowing him to end his contract early.Renard, 46, had signed a renewable two-year deal last August and led the Ivory Coast to glory at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea in February, their first continental title since 1992.Renard also won the Cup of Nations as coach of Zambia in 2012. The Ivory Coast are due to begin their campaign to qualify for the 2017 Cup of Nations against Sierra Leone in early September.They were drawn in qualifying Group I alongside their west African neighbours and Sudan.–last_img read more