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Official: Espanyol confirm wage cuts of 70 percent due to coronavirus

Official: Espanyol confirm wage cuts of 70 percent due to coronavirus

first_img “Those affected have been informed and have shown their understanding and respect, which the club is grateful for in these complicated moments. The measures affect the players and coaches working with the men’s and women’s first teams, Espanyol B and the U19s and U17s. The measures request a reduction to the working week of 70 percent.”  sport.es In a statement, Espanyol confirmed that they would be applying ERTEs to the club’s playing staff to the tune of 70 percent of their salaries.  The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic continue to be seen across the board in Spanish football. Barcelona became the first La Liga club to announce wage cuts on Thursday, with local rivals Espanyol following their lead on Friday.  “RCD Espanyol,  as a consequence of the temporary suspension of competitions and the exceptional situation we are going through, have presented to the relevant authorities the necessary paperwork to apply ERTEs due to force majeure. Said request has been filed unilaterally for reasons of urgency and responsibility,” the club said.  CET Upd. at 13:54 center_img The club add that the players have been very understanding and that they remain hopeful of reaching an agreement with the players which would avoid them having to follow through with the ERTEs.  27/03/2020 Oficial: El Espanyol presenta un ERTE IN SPORT.ES Espanyol have so far announced six cases of coronavirus at the club, including four first team players.last_img read more

Caleb’s idea of heaven

Caleb’s idea of heaven

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT FOOTY or cricket… For Caleb Serong, it’s an impossibly hard choice to make. But luckily for the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Burglar’s close shave could cut deep

Burglar’s close shave could cut deep

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS A NOT-SO cluey burglar with a taste for decadence shaved off crucial DNA evidence police hope will…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Larnaca to shine in sports again

Larnaca to shine in sports again

first_imgBy Evie AndreouSTAYING true to its goal of becoming a sports-tourism destination, Larnaca will host a series of international events this year ranging from mountain bike races to sailing competitions. Sports tourism extends the tourism season and brings social, economic and cultural benefits, according to the Larnaca municipality, saying these promote the town’s cultural history, year-round mild weather and beaches as an ideal destination for sports and recreation. The events are been organised in cooperation with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, local and international sports associations, various government agencies and travel agents.From February 5 to 15, the Cyprus Grand Prix will take place at the Larnaca Olympic Shooting Range, while two months later, from April 24 to May 4, the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) world cup competition will be hosted at the same venue. The annual Cyprus Sunshine Cup, one of the most famous mountain bike races worldwide, will take place between February 26 and March 1. Each year, renowned athletes from all over the world take part, including world and Olympic champions. The Cyprus Women’s Cup will take place between March 2 to 12 for the eighth consecutive year, as part of the pre-season training of twelve international women’s football teams including England, Scotland, Belgium, Italy, Canada, Australia and Holland. After the successful organisation of the 14th annual under-21 international volleyball federation (FIVB) World Championship last year, Larnaca will host the tenth European Universities Beach Volleyball Championship between June 16 and 21.More than 100 athletes are expected to take part in the games with around 100 escorts who will stay in three and four star hotels in the Phinikoudes seafront area, giving a boost to the town’s economy.In July, windsurfers will have the opportunity to surf between Larnaca and Batroun in Lebanon, as part of the Larnaca-Batroun relay agreed between the two towns’ mayors Andreas Louroudjiatis and Marcelino al-Harak last November.Other events this year include the International Muay Thai championship in July and the Cyprus-Israel Sailing Regatta in October.last_img read more

FIFA ‘in contact’ with Qatar over 2022 World Cup

FIFA ‘in contact’ with Qatar over 2022 World Cup

first_imgFootball’s governing body FIFA said it was in “regular contact” with the organising committee of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, though it did not comment directly on the diplomatic situation involving the Gulf State.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and others severed ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.FIFA said in an emailed statement that it was “in regular contact with the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy handling matters relating to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”“We have no further comments for the time being,” it added.Qatar’s local World Cup organising committee and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC,) which organises international matches in the region, both declined to comment.The influential German Football Association (DFB), whose team are the world champions, said it would discuss the matter with the German government.“We will discuss the new, complex political situation in the region and specifically in Qatar with the federal government,” DFB President Reinhard Grindel said in a statement.“In such matters we will of course be in very close contact with (European soccer’s governing body) UEFA.“There are still five years to go before the World Cup starts. During this time priority should be given to political solutions rather than threats of boycott,” added Grindel, who is also a FIFA Council member.“But one thing is clear. The football community worldwide should agree that … major tournaments should not be played in countries that actively support terror.”Qatar’s national team are still involved in the qualifying competition for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and are bottom of their group with four points from seven games, with matches against South Korea, Syria, and China still to play.There is a very remote chance they could still finish third in the group and qualify for a playoff match against the team that finishes third in the other Asian qualifying group, with both Saudi Arabia and the UAE among potential opponents.The 2022 World Cup is the centrepiece of a carefully crafted strategy to project Qatar on to the global stage via sport. The diplomatic row could impact its preparations.In the lead-up to the tournament, the country is scheduled to host multiple events across many different sports, aimed at improving infrastructure and expertise.This year it is organising 72 events, 39 of which will be international competitions.It has already hosted the 10th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup and an IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting, and a FINA Swimming World Cup is scheduled for September.Swimming governing body FINA did not respond to requests for a comment on Monday as to whether it would still go ahead.Top-level modern pentathlon, sailing, squash and show jumping are also scheduled for later in the year when temperatures cool.last_img read more

Wenger impressed by Arsenal’s new boys

Wenger impressed by Arsenal’s new boys

first_imgArsenal’s new signings Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac stood out with “strong” and “outstanding” performances, manager Arsene Wenger said after his side beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.Reading too much into the result of the traditional season curtain-raiser is ill-advised but there were positive signs for Arsenal following their 4-1 penalty shootout victory against their London rivals.None more so than the performances of Kolasinac, whose goal capped a hugely impressive afternoon, and record signing Lacazette who showed enough to suggest he could be the lethal striker Arsenal have needed for so long.The 26-year-old was not heavily involved but hit the post with a curling effort in the first half and, given the eventual service of Mesut Ozil plus dynamism of Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez, could flourish in north London.“Lacazette is getting stronger every week and today is the first time you see that physically he is ready,” a relaxed Wenger told reporters.“He still needs to adapt to the intensity of the game but overall in the first half he had some very interesting moments and I believe, after what we saw today, he will become stronger and stronger.“(Kolasinac) came on very well. He had a very interesting performance last week and I had a hesitation to play him from the start but when he came he was outstanding.“His physicality will make it easier for him to adapt to the Premier League. You have players who are pumped up in the gym and players who are born strong — he is the second.“His power will play a part but it’s not the only thing. We took him because of his attitude. You need a combination of talent and attitude and he looks to me as if he has both.The Gunners were without a host of players including Ozil, Sanchez and Ramsey — all of whom have niggles ahead of their season opener against Leicester City on Friday.With a first-team squad of 33, the Gunners are not short of options, but Wenger said he will be looking to move some players on before the season gets underway.“We will let some players go because too much competition for places is too detrimental. Not enough competition for places is detrimental also. 33 is too high,” the Frenchman said.“Today was encouraging, but nothing more. We want to find a good balance of the confidence we can get out of this game and the urgency that every Premier League game demands.“We’ve had some bad starts in the last four years but we’ve had intensity in our games and the preparation that’s needed to be ready so let’s go into the Premier League now with the same discipline, the same spirit and let’s see where we can go.”last_img read more

Chager wins third career Safari Rally title

Chager wins third career Safari Rally title

first_img0Shares0000Baldev Chager is the 2019 Safari Rally champion. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 7 – Baldev Chager navigated by Ravi Soni in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X stormed to his third career Safari Rally title as the fourth round of the FIA African Rally Championship culminated in Naivasha.His calm and assured drive to last service at Sopa Lodge belied the excitement that was bubbling underneath and it exploded into a solid stream of joy at the prize giving. Chager, who won back to back Safari titles in 2013 and 2014, had his campaign effectively sewn up when Manvir Baryan suffered radiator problems on the second run of Kedong section which was the last for the day.Manvir had a 33 seconds advantage over Chager going into the last section at Kedong but due to thick dust, he had to contend with serious overheating problems when his radiator got clogged with volcanic ash soil. It was a bitter pill for Manvir to swallow as Safari victory proved elusive for the umpteenth time.Tundo finished second overall while Manvir settled for third place much to his chagrin. Ian Duncan finished a distant fourth.Chager was all smiles after victory and this is what he had to say:“This is the most intense and probably the most challenging Safari Rally I have ever done to be honest. I mean, every stage was a matter of seconds with the top four until Onkar (Rai) went out,” Chager said.“There was no room for mistakes, it was about full focus and 100 percent attack mode. Manvir was leading up till last stage but his car sucked some dust on Kedong. When we saw Manvir stuck three quarters way through the last stage with his bonnet open, we just knew we were ahead as we had already picked up three minutes on him, because he started three minutes ahead of us.”Manvir wasn’t happy with the running of Kedong stage and said: “The last stage shouldn’t have been run because it was dug up so deep and wasn’t fit for rally cars. We actually didn’t get stiuck but our radiatior got clogged with dust.”Provisional Results:1.Baldev Chager/Ravi Soni (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10) 164.30.Carl Tundo/Tim Jessop (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10) 165.23.6Manvir Baryan/Drew Sturrock (Kenya/Skoda Fabia)276.23.8Ian Duncan/Anthony Nielson (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10) 179.28.45.Leroy Gomes/U rshlla Gomes (Zambia/Ford Fiesta) 186.08.66.Jassy Singh/Sajid Khan (Zambia/ Subaru Impreza) 186.48.77.Giancarlo Devine/Sylvia Vindevogel (Rwanda/Mitsubishi Lancer) 190.38.7Tejvir Rai/Gavin Laurence (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10) 191.31.6Yassin Nasser/Ali Katumba (Uganda/Subaru Impreza) 198.26.2Mahesh Halai/Ketan Halai (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer) Evo10) 204.24.1Karan Patel/James Mwangi (Kenya/Subaru Impreza) 208.59.912.Jasmeet Chana/Ravi Chana (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer) 210.38.2Duncan Mubiru/Musa Nsubuga (Uganda/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10) 218.34.4John Nganga/Denus Mwanda (Kenya/Subaru Impreza) 223.46.22Hussein Malik/Linet Ayuko (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10) 224.48.3Nikhil Sachania/Deep Patel (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10)Sohanjeet Puee/Adnan Din (Kenya/Subaru Impreza N10)Minesh Rathod/Shameer Yusuf (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10)Geoff Mayes/ Suzanna Zwager (Land Rover)Lyimo Emmanuel/Ali Mustafa (Tanzania/Subaru Impreza)McRae Kimathi/Evan Mwenda (Kenya/Subaru Impreza)Issa Amwari/Job Njiru (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10)David Kioni/Henry Nyoike (Kenya/Subaru Impreza)Waita Nzioka/Laban Cliff (Kenya/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9)Jonathan Somen/Richard Hechle (Kenya/Ford Escort Mark11)Christakis Fitidis/Veer Dadar (Tanzania/Mitsubishi Lancer Evo10)Ken Nteere/Edward Ndukui (Kenya/Subaru Impreza)0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hesperia man who had sex with corpse gets prison time for animal cruelty

Hesperia man who had sex with corpse gets prison time for animal cruelty

first_imgVICTORVILLE – A man who escaped prison time for having sex with the corpse of a 4-year-old girl is behind bars after pleading no contest to animal cruelty, a violation of his probation. Donald Luis Cooper, who worked in 2003 for a firm transporting bodies from Victor Valley Community Hospital to the San Bernardino County coroner’s office, was arrested after a morgue security camera recorded the sex assault. The Adelanto preschooler had died of the flu. Cooper wasn’t charged with necrophilia because it wasn’t illegal in California at the time. He pleaded guilty to mutilating grave remains and received a suspended two-year prison sentence and was placed on five years’ probation. Earlier this month, sheriff’s deputies were called to a feces-stained, urine-soaked Hesperia home where Cooper, 32, lived with three other adults, seven children and 31 animals. “There were animal feces and urine on the floor, in the children’s room, the living room. There were feces on the wall,” Code Enforcement supervisor Tony Genovesi said. Cooper was arrested and charged with seven counts of willful cruelty to a child with the possibility of injury or death. He pleaded no contest to a single count of animal cruelty and the other charges were dismissed. But the no contest plea violated his probation and the two-year prison sentence was reinstated, Supervising Deputy District Attorney Gary Roth said. Cooper is serving his sentence at the California Institution for Men in Chino. “The guy shouldn’t be around children,” said Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, who sponsored the legislation in 2004 making necrophilia a felony. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sunshine to bring bumper weekend for Donegal, says Shandon Hotel manager

Sunshine to bring bumper weekend for Donegal, says Shandon Hotel manager

first_imgDONEGAL is set for a bumper tourism weekend thanks to the superb weather and a Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland, the manager of a leading hotel in the county has said.Carolynne Harrison, general manager of the Shandon Hotel & Spa in Port na Blagh, Dunfanaghy, says a series of marketing initiatives featuring Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way is really paying off for the tourism industry in the county.And she’s predicting a superb June for Donegal, kicking off with the Republic of Ireland Bank Holiday the following weekend. “We have been busy at the Shandon Hotel & Spa right through the Spring and the weather forecast for this weekend has had our reception phone ringing off the hook,” said Carolynne.“We are open all year round now thanks to the continued reduction in the VAT rate and the marketing of the Wild Atlantic Way to audiences both here in Ireland and in Britain.“And when the sun shines it brings in extra tourists with a 20pc increase in bookings for this weekend mainly from customers in Northern Ireland who will be enjoying their bank holiday weekend but also from Britain too where Tourism Ireland have been really pushing Donegal in recent weeks through a media campaign.“The following weekend is a bank holiday here in the Republic and we’ve only a few rooms left and I expect they will be fully sold out in the next few days. “Donegal is now on the tourism map for customers from the rest of the Republic, with particular interest from Dublin and other Leinster counties.“What has also changed however is the number of European and American visitors to the Shandon Hotel. That has doubled on last year.”The 4-star hotel is set over-looking Marble Hill beach with stunning views of the Wild Atlantic Way and is a short distance from vibrant Dunfanaghy.Manager Carolynne says the area of north Donegal is going to have a busy summer season.“I believe this is going to be the busiest tourism summer for Donegal ever. There’s a really good vibe here,” she said. “We’ve always known that we have an unrivalled product and I believe what we are seeing in 2018 are the results of Donegal being cited as the ‘Coolest Place to Visit on the Planet’ by National Geographic last year.”Pictured: Team Shandon cooling off with the popular Crunchie Ice Cream Sundae before a busy Bank Holiday weekend on the Wild Atlantic Way.Left to Right: Eibhlin Cannon Spa Manager, Denise Forrest Accommodation & Training Manager, Ellen Wright Hr & Accounts Manager, Carolynne Harrison General Manager, Anthony Finn Executive Chef & Trisha Sharkey Head ReceptionistSunshine to bring bumper weekend for Donegal, says Shandon Hotel manager was last modified: May 24th, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal tourismshandon hotel & Spaweatherlast_img read more

EPA calls for Keysor site cleanup

EPA calls for Keysor site cleanup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe Keysor facility in Saugus manufactured polyvinyl chloride used in making record albums and other plastics from 1958 to 2003. The EPA classifies vinyl chloride, a gas used in making PVCs, as a cancer-causing substance. Keysor’s attorneys could not be reached Wednesday for comment. EPA investigators said Keysor illegally stored, handled and burned hazardous waste at the site, falsified emissions-monitoring reports and altered gauges that measured workers’ exposure to the chemicals to disguise safety breaches. The EPA began its site investigation in June 2005, sank five groundwater monitoring wells and collected soil samples from 15 areas on the property. The assessment report issued today shows hazardous volatile organic compounds remain in the soil and the water. Contaminants include lead compounds, solvents and vinyl chloride that can cause cancer, kidney and brain damage. Mitguard said chemicals released into the air can dissipate, and the groundwater would only be treated if it a source of drinking water. The report notes that the property sits over two local groundwater sources, which are tapped for drinking water. SANTA CLARITA – Cancer-causing chemicals still in the soil and groundwater at a former Saugus plastics plant make the property eligible for the federal Superfund cleanup program, the Environmental Protection Agency has found. In a report issued today, the agency recommends including the property, which is southeast of the junction of Bouquet Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads, on a priority list of hazardous sites that warrant cleanup by state or federal agencies. The Superfund was established by the federal government in 1980 to deal with the nation’s most polluted sites. “We now have a site that is eligible for further federal action,” said Matt Mitguard, project manager for the EPA’s Superfund. “We have to determine whether that’s a viable option or whether there are other regulators that would be more suitable to ensure the site is cleaned up, according to our findings.” Mitguard said the property’s current owner, Saugus Industrial Center LLC, granted access to investigators. The contamination was left by the prior owner, Keysor Century Corp., he said. “Since a release to groundwater has been demonstrated, the 23 drinking water wells within the 4-mile radius of the site may be threatened,” the report said. Local water purveyors have not yet been notified of the findings, but years ago the EPA alerted Valencia Water Co. about the problems at the Keysor site. At that time, the water company provided the EPA with water quality data from wells in the groundwater basin. The water utility’s wells in the area augment its supply of state water to serve local customers. Five water wells in the vicinity believed to be contaminated from operations at the Whittaker-Bermite site, which abuts Keysor, tested positive for perchlorate. They were shut down and monitoring wells were dug nearby. Perchlorate has been linked to thyroid problems. Water companies routinely test for the compounds found at the Keysor site, but none had been found in the local water supply as of September 2005, when Mitguard announced the agency’s plans. If the substances were found in the water supply, the company would be required to inform its customers and city and county agencies. While the contaminated Whittaker site is nearby, investigators found Keysor’s “contaminants are attributable, at least in part, to the Keysor site because (the compounds) have been detected at elevated concentrations in onsite soil samples … (and) vinyl chloride was used as a raw material in Keysor’s manufacturing process for approximately 45 years.” In August 2004, Keysor officials pleaded guilty to felony charges of violating environmental laws by belching cancer-causing chemicals into the air and sending toxic wastewater into the Santa Clara River over a number of years. Keysor paid $4.3 million in civil and criminal penalties and issued a public apology. Following a tip from a whistle-blower in 2000 and an investigation by the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office changed the company with illegal disposal of waste, falsifying records, conspiracy and mail fraud during the period from 1997 to 2001. Keysor Century had halted operations and filed for bankruptcy in 2003. About three-quarters of the hilly 32-acre property was covered by grass and shrubs. Structures and processing areas were concentrated on eight acres. The fenced site is nestled in an industrial area near the Santa Clara River and its south fork. The EPA tries to involve stakeholders in the cleanup process, and in this case it might refer the site to a state agency as part of a federal-state partnership. “We no longer have a tax that supports the Superfund Trust Fund,” Mitguard said. “It has expired and has not been renewed by this administration. That’s what our cleanup vehicle has been.” Superfund pinpoints, evaluates and cleans up the country’s most severely contaminated sites. Sites are scored on a point system, with the worst offenders qualifying for inclusion on the National Priorities List. Sites on the list compete for funding. The results of the Keysor investigation have been slow in coming, in part because the program’s staff is stretched thin, with Mitguard and a handful of staff members overseeing a region that includes California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. About 100 hazardous sites are priority-listed in that territory and about 400 to 500 sites are in the pipeline along with Keysor. Decades before the city blossomed into its current incarnation as a highly desirable commuter hub of Los Angeles, companies sprawled around town manufactured and tested munitions, fireworks and plastics at a time when materials’ disposal was not as stringently regulated as it is now. The nearly 1,000-acre Whittaker-Bermite property lies on Keysor Century’s eastern boundary. Contaminants in the soil and groundwater remain from five decades of weapons manufacturing and testing. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control finished its investigation of the soil and is cleaning the first of several contaminated sectors. The groundwater investigation is in the final stages. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more