German basic pension raises questions of financial sustainability

first_img“We have never been able to afford the basic pension,” the spokesperson said, adding that funds for the measure are based on EU financial transaction tax that will never exist.A national debate has erupted yet again after, on May 15, the German parliament reviewed in the first reading a draft law for the introduction of the Grundrente for long-term insurance in the statutory pension, based on a gorvernment proposal.The coalition partners, consisting of the SPD, CDU and CSU parties, included the basic pension in a contract to support Angela Merkel’s government in 2018, reviewed last November, but still a source of doubts on essential points.The SPD originally required that the income would not play a role to assess whether a person had the right to a basic pension, while the Union (CDU/CSU) asked to take into account not only their income but also their entire financial situation.The pension expert for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Peter Weiß, now believes that a basic pension will start in 2021, but one condition, he said, is a solid financing concept.The government intends to present various financing models, including a European financial transaction tax, but “we lack a binding, clear statement of where and when this money is available. This is a basic requirement for the Union. The financial concept must also be in place if we give the final consultation (on the law) in the parliament,” he explained.Under the new scheme, additional pension will be paid to anyone who has at least 33 years of contributions to the statutory pension insurance based on periods of employment, child-rearing or care work.The basic pension is calculated in steps, from 33 to 35 years of contribution to ensure that also below 35 years additional payment is provided, according to the legislator.The Grundrente is guaranteed after assessing that single earners own a maximum monthly income of €1,250, or €15,000 per year, and €1,950 per month (€ 23,400 per year), for married couples or partners.The parliamentary commission labour and social affairs” will hold a hearing on the draft law on May 25. The Deutsche Rentenversicherung (DRV), the administrator of the state pension scheme, has submitted a series of proposals to streamline the financial and bureaucratic processes to grant a basic pension.In a statement, the DRV had considered an “enormous challenge” assessing the requirements for granting a pension. For the first time, pensions must be retrospectively examined and, if necessary, insurance biographies upgraded.The authority foresees July 2021 as the earliest date possible for the payment of the additional pensions because the IT architecture has to be adjusted in a highly complex pension system, and the 26 million already existing pensions can only be processed by the end of 2022.The DRV thinks it is possible that the basic pension is financed with taxes, but “parameters” for financing the measure in the new rules have not been determined exactly.An increase of the federal subsidy may not be sufficient in the long run to cover the additional expenses for pension insurances.The DRV, therefore, supports a reimbursement scheme that would also take into account additional administrative and procedural costs. Reimbursements are made, for example, by the federal government in the context of the Claim and Benefit Transfer Act (AAÜG) or by the Federal Employment Agency for reduction of earning capacity.The spokesperson for Gesamtmetall said: “The basic pension creates new injustices. Everyone involved would be well advised to forego the basic pension.”To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The introduction of a basic pension in Germany – or Grundrente – has been raising pressing questions over its long-term financial sustainability.“Pension policy decisions will cost money for decades to come and the basic pension will not help against old-age poverty,” a spokesperson for Gesamtmetall, the organisation representing companies in the metal and electrical engineering sector, told IPE.According to Gesamtmetall, the costs to provide a basic pension are “enormous”, with €400m in administrative expenses to calculate in 2021 alone for a pension insurance pot of €1.3bn.A total of around 1.3 million people will benefit from the basic pension from 2021, including 70% of women.last_img read more

Nine reporter has big plans for little workers cottage

first_imgChannel 9 reporter Alex Heinke has bought a fixer-upper in Ashgrove. Picture: Supplied.CHANNEL 9 reporter Alex Heinke has snapped up an Ashgrove renovator with a big yard and plans to create a character stunner worthy of its leafy location. The two-bedroom, one bathroom workers cottage is on a 607sq m block and features separate living areas, a sun room, timber floorboards and high ceilings. Mr Heinke said the home fell into the category of a fixer-upper but he was prepared for the challenge. “I like that Ashgrove look with the big deck and pool out the back (so) … I’ll raise the house and get rid of some of the asbestos, but I’ll keep that cute cottage feel,” he said.Mr Heinke said he planned to move into the home and “chip away” at the renovation. “There’s no real timeline,” he said. “I’ll move in within a few months and hopefully it will start looking a bit different by Christmas.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe two-bedroom workers cottage is in need of some TLC.The Brisbane local admitted he was more at home behind a microphone than a nail gun, so he would be relying on the expertise of his carpenter brother and his more handy mates.He said he was prepared to compensate them appropriately, though.“I think I’ll be buying quite a few cases of beer,” he said. Mr Heinke spent his teenage years in Ashgrove and currently rents in the popular suburb.He said he saw Ashgrove as a fantastic area with “so much potential”. “My parents live about a kilometre from the new place. They know how good Ashgrove is,” he said. Mr Heinke bought the home through Murray Pegg of Place Newmarket.last_img read more

Pool savings to lap up with program aimed at reducing energy costs

first_img Homeowners who already have a pool can visit www.spasa.com.au Easy living in chic styling Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools has Climate Care Certified plunge pools.A Brisbane pool company is the first in the country to introduce a program aimed at helping pool owners reduce energy consumption and save hundreds of dollars annually. Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools is the first Australian pool installation company to achieve Climate Care Certified status with the introduction of the Climate Care Certified Plunge Pool.The Climate Care Certification Program is an initiative of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) of Australia and is the industry’s efficiency and sustainability certification program. An installation by Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools.Through the Climate Care Certified program, homeowners are supported to reduce water and energy consumption by making a positive decision to own an environmentally-sustainable swimming pool while saving money at the same time. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: Luxury whole-floor apartments hit the marketcenter_img Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools has a Climate Care Certified status.Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pool owners Geoffrey and Amy Smith said their team had responded to consumer demands to provide an environmentally-friendly swimming pool.“We are empowering consumers to make informed choices when purchasing their next swimming pool,” Mr Smith said. “Our Climate Care Certified Plunge Pools allows consumers to love their swimming pool and the environment at the same time.“Water and energy are precious resources and commodities in Australia, particularly during periods of prolonged drought and peak energy demands.”Mr Smith said for pool and spa owners concerned about water and energy usage, the Climate Care Certified Plunge Pool assists to minimise the environmental impact, while maximising all the obvious benefits of a backyard pool. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to pick an up and coming suburb02:06 Mr Smith said having a swimming pool with Climate Care certification provided homeowners with the knowledge that their investment would provide their family with years of enjoyment and at the same time deliver independently verified water and energy savings.SPASA Australia CEO Spiros Dassakis said the Climate Care Certified Plunge Pool by Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools was a significant step for the pool and spa industry as well as consumers.“Many retailers and technicians know that sustainability sells,” Mr Dassakis said.“Builders, retailers and technicians are now gaining a better understanding of who their customers are insofar as the environment and costs associated with their pool and/or spa.“Consumers, now more than ever, are seeking assurance that the products they buy are sustainable and responsibly made.” Hinterland motel for salelast_img read more

Bulldogs Outdo Knights

first_imgSouth Dearborn had no answer for Jacob Wilson who kept runners off the basepaths in his appearance. Wilson gave up just two hits, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three during his five innings of work.Alex Roell went 1-2 as the Batesville Bulldogs took home a 2-0 victory over South Dearborn in seven innings at Liberty on Thursday.He doubled in the fifth inning for the eventual game-winning RBI, which followed Alex McPherson’s sacrifice bunt with two strikes.South Dearborn’s Smith ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted six innings, walked none, struck out seven, and allowed two runs.The Batesville Bulldogs never surrendered the lead after the fifth inning, scoring two runs on an RBI double by Alex Roell and an RBI single by Quinn Werner.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

EC FFA competes in district contest

first_imgSt. Leon, IN—On February 29, members from the East Central FFA Chapter traveled to South Decatur High School to compete in the District 12 FFA Leadership Contests. Contests varied from several categories of demonstrations, multiple public speaking events, quiz bowl, and reciting the FFA creed.  Members were evaluated and scored by several judges while they competed in their event. The EC FFA proudly brought home six 1st place winners, two 2nd place winners, and five 3rd place winners.Members who placed first will advance onto the state competition in June at Purdue University during the Indiana FFA State Convention.last_img

Other Sports Mariyappan Thangvellu – Inspirational facts about India’s flag bearer in 2018 Paralympic Asian Games

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rio Paralympic gold medallist Thangvellu Mariyappan is set to bear the flag of the Indian contingent for the 3rd Paralympic Asian Games to be held in Jakarta from October 6-13. Mariyappan has an interesting life story that can inspire anyone in this world. The 2017 Padma Shri awardee is an avid follower of his favourite sport volleyball. An unfortunate accident crushed Mariyappan’s right leg, but it was not enough to crush his desire to be on top and represent India at the highest level.ALSO READ: IND vs WI, 1st Test LIVE at RajkotLet us take a look at some facts of India’s flag-bearer, Thangvellu Mariyappan in 2018 Paralympic Asian Games:1. Mariyappan lost his right leg at an age of five after he met with an accident which resulted in his right leg getting crushed below the knee.2. Mariyappan’s favourite sport is Volleyball and he played with the normal students in during his school days. However, he won a silver medal in a high jump event after being advised by his Physical Education teacher.  3. Coach Satyanaryana spotted Mariyappan at the National Para-Athletics Championship at the age of 18. Mariyappan achieved the No.1 spot in 2015 after years of hardwork.4. Mariyappan’s mother is the sole earner of his family. She is a cycle vegetable seller and earns Rs 200 per day approximately. With a family that have 3 other siblings while his father had abandoned them over a decade ago. His mother took a loan of 3 lakh for his treatment.5. The Tamil Nadu athlete, Mariyappan clinched a gold medal at the IPC Tunisia Grand Prix and booked a place at the Paralympics.6. Mariyappan was awarded a Padma Shri in 2017.India, who are fielding its biggest ever team of 302 members which include coaches, athletes, support staffs, officials, and escorts, were denied entry at the Games Village as the Sports Ministry were yet to clear the funds of around $2.5 lakh. The issue was cleared off.The 3rd Paralympic Asian Games are set to start from Jakarta from October 6-13 last_img read more

Cricket News IND vs RSA, Highlights, 3rd T20I: De Kock 79* Gives RSA Commanding Nine-Wicket Win

first_imgNew Delhi: India won the toss and chose to bat with Shikhar Dhawan giving India a good start. However, South Africa fought back in the middle overs with Rohit Sharma falling cheaply and Virat Kohli falling to Kagiso Rabada. Beuran Hendricks picked up two wickets and Rabada bowled brilliantly in the death overs as South Africa restricted India to 134/9. In response, Quinton de Kock and Reeza Hendricks stitched a solid stand and the South Africa skipper led from the front with a brilliant 79, his second consecutive fifty in the series. Temba Bavuma also batted brilliantly as South Africa won the match by nine wickets.22:04 hrs IST: With a big six, Bavuma seals the deal and South Africa have won by nine wickets and leveled the series 1-1. Commanding performance from South Africa who will have something to smile for.21:57 hrs IST: De Kock blasts a four and a six off Krunal Pandya as South Africa near a win. After 15 overs, South Africa are 127/1.21:54 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja bowls a good first over but it could be a bit too late. He beats Bavuma with the spin twice and the batsman almost chips a flighted delivery to cover. After 14 overs, South Africa are 114/1.21:48 hrs IST: South Africa are in a hurry to finish this match. De Kock mauls Pandya for a big six over deep midwicket and follows it up by hammering an insiden out drive over extra cover for a one bounce boundary. After 13 overs, South Africa are 109/121:45 hrs IST: Two consecutive fours by Temba Bavuma off Navdeep Saini as the bowler continues to have a tough match. After 12 overs, South Africa are 96/1.21:40 hrs IST: Quinton de Kock hammers two fours off Hardik Pandya and he notches up his fourth fifty in Twenty20 Internationals and his second consecutive in this series. South Africa are 86/1 after 11 overs.21:36 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, India have a wicket. Hardik Pandya bangs a short ball and Hendricks mistimes the pull to be caught at midwicket. South Africa are 76/1 after 10.1 overs.21:32 hrs IST: De Kock blasts a six off Washington Sundar as he nears his fifty and South Africa are 70/0 after nine overs.21:26 hrs IST: India have used their review and when De Kock misses a sweep, the umpire does not give it out and replays show that he was a goner. After eight overs, South Africa are 60/0.21:21 hrs IST: Another boundary by Reeza Hendricks off Washington Sundar and South Africa are 49/0 after seven overs. India need a wicket desperately.21:11 hrs IST: Two massive sixes by Quinton de Kock off Navdeep Saini and South Africa are 34/0 after five overs.21:05 hrs IST: Deepak Chahar bowls well but his figures are ruined with Reeza Hendricks hitting a boundary. South Africa are 19/0 after four overs.20:56 hrs IST: Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar open the bowling for India. Chahar is getting some swing and he is troubling the batsmen here. After two overs, South Africa are 7/0.20:38 hrs IST: India have ended on 134/9. Good from South Africa’s bowlers and India will have to put up a similar disciplined performance.20:34 hrs IST: WICKET! Washington Sundar finds the boundary and in an attempt to get Pandya back on strike, he is run-out. Can India cross 140. No, they can’t as Hardik Pandya holes out to David Miller. India are 133/9 with one ball to go.20:30 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja’s cameo has come to an end. Full ball outside off and Jadeja miscues the lofted shot high to the leg side, Rabada runs and takes the catch at square leg. India are 127/7 in the 20th over.20:29 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya crunches a four off Andile Phehlukwayo and India are 127/6 after 19 overs. Can they reach 140?20:24 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja clubs a six off Rabada and India are 118/6 after 18 overs.20:20 hrs IST: Brilliant spell from Beuran Hendricks comes to an end. He finishes with 4-0-14-2 and India are 109/6 after 17 overs.20:15 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja gets a boundary and India go past 100. After 16 overs, India are 104/6.20:08 hrs IST: WICKET! India are slipping up big time. Back of a length scrambled seam outside off, Krunal Pandya looks to run it down to third man but edges it to Quinton de Kock. India are 98/6 in the 15th over.20:07 hrs IST: Shamsi finishes his spell: 4-0-23-1. India are 97/5 in 14 overs. The Pandya brothers need to step up here.20:00 hrs IST: WICKET! Fortuin gets his second wicket in the over. Iyer dances down the track and misses a quicker ball, De Kock whips the bails off in a flash. India are 92/5 in the 13th over.19:58 hrs IST: WICKET! Once again, it is a poor shot from Pant. The left-hander tries to loft Fortuin over long off but he miscues it and holes out. India are 90/4 after 12.4 overs.19:54 hrs IST: Brilliant shot from Pant. Dwaine Pretorius bowls a full ball on leg stump and Pant scoops it over fine leg for his first six. India are 87/3 after 12 overs.19:50 hrs IST: Good over from Andile Phehlukwayo and only three runs come in the over. India are 79/3 after 11 overs.19:45 hrs IST: Tabraiz Shamsi bowls a tight over as Pant and Iyer look to steady India. This is a vital stand not just in the game but for the future of these two guys. India are 76/3 after 10 overs.19:39 hrs IST: WICKET! Rabada has his revenge and Kohli attempts the same shot that brought him glory in Mohali but it leads to failure in Bangalore. Length ball on the pads, perhaps a tad of extra bounce, Kohli whips the flick but is caught at deep midwicket. India are 68/3 after 8.3 overs.19:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor shot from Dhawan and Shamsi gets his man. Flighted delivery and it spins away outside off, Dhawan attempted the slog across the line but gets a big top edge that is taken at the edge of the circle at cover by Bavuna. India are 63/2 in 7.2 overs.19:31 hrs IST: Dhawan continues to target the South Africa bowling as he launches Bjorn Fortuin to the fine leg fence but the bowler puts down a tough chance of Kohli and almost misses out on a chance. After seven overrs, India are 62/1.19:25 hrs IST: Score after 6 overs: IND 54-1; Kohli 3(8) Dhawan 30(20)19:22 hrs IST: Six… and another one follows. Shikhar Dhawan has something else in his mind today. Shamsi got the taste of Dhawan’s cruel intentions on the very first ball of his spell.19:16 hrs IST: Back to back boundaries from Shikhar Dhawan. 11 runs off Phehlukwayo’s first over. India are 35/1 after 4 overs.19:11 hrs IST: India are 24/1 after 3 overs. Kohli 1(3) Dhawan 6(7)19:09 hrs IST: Out! Rohit Sharma has to go. Hendricks provides South Africa an early breakthrough. Walks out the captain Kohli and Chinnaswamy acknowledges it. 19:08 hrs IST: Beuran Hendricks, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack. 19:07 hrs IST: Rabada balls three wides in a row and then Rohit hit him for back to back fours. Disastrous start for South Africa’s leading pacer.19:01 hrs IST: Bjorn Fortuin opens the bowling and he concedes a boundary first ball as Shikhar Dhawan pounces on a short ball and it goes to the fine leg fence. Both Dhawan and Rohit Sharma survive LBW appeals as India are 5/0 after the first over.18:33 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the sidesIndia: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Washington Sundar, 10 Deepak Chahar, 11 Navdeep SainiSouth Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (capt & wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Temba Bavuma, 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 Andile Phehlukwayo, 7 Dwaine Pretorius, 8 Bjorn Fortuin, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Beuran Hendricks, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi18:31 hrs IST: India have won the toss and they will bat. Virat Kohli’s side are unchanged. For South Africa, Beuran Hendricks replaces Anrich Nortje18:17 hrs IST: The pitch is brown and it is flat. Expect some plenty of runs.18:01 hrs IST: Live visuals from the venue show that it is cloudy but currently no rain. If the weather remains fine, expect sixes galore at a venue where the boundaries are very small.17:57 hrs IST: The South Africans will be aiming to make a big statement in Bangalore with some players having had experience playing here. Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada have played a lot at the M Chinnaswamy stadium and their inputs will be the key if South Africa are to level the series.17:40 hrs IST: The weather in Bangalore is not looking too promising. There are showers forecast for the evening but one would be hoping that it stays away. The drainage system at the venue is top notch and when the rain stops, the ground will be fit to play within 15-20 minutes.17:29 hrs IST: Hello and a warm welcome to the third and final Twenty20 International between India and South Africa from the M Chinnaswamy stadium. India cannot lose the series but South Africa have a chance. This is Virat Kohli’s Twenty20 playground, having featured in many matches at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. 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N. Dakota meets NDSU in Summit League finals

first_img Associated Press N. Dakota meets NDSU in Summit League finals ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 10, 2020center_img SENIOR STUDS: North Dakota’s Marlon Stewart, Kienan Walter and Billy Brown have collectively scored 47 percent of the team’s points this season, including 54 percent of all Fighting Hawks scoring over the last five games.KEY FACILITATOR: Stewart has had his hand in 51 percent of all North Dakota field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has 39 field goals and 26 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: North Dakota is 0-12 when scoring fewer than 70 points and 15-5 when scoring at least 70.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Fighting Hawks have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Bison. North Dakota State has an assist on 34 of 74 field goals (45.9 percent) across its previous three outings while North Dakota has assists on 39 of 70 field goals (55.7 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The North Dakota State offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.1 percent of its possessions, which is the seventh-best rate in the country. The North Dakota defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 15.8 percent of all possessions (ranked 341st among Division I teams). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 6 seed North Dakota (15-17, 9-9) vs. No. 1 seed North Dakota State (24-8, 15-3)Summit League Conference Tourney Championship, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: North Dakota and North Dakota State are prepared to square off in the Championship of the Summit League tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 22, when the Fighting Hawks shot 46.6 percent from the field on their way to a 71-68 victory.last_img read more

The Latest: Notre Dame cancels football practice

first_imgThe largest 10-kilometer road race in the United States will be run virtually in 2020.The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which has been held on the Fourth of July since its inaugural event in 1970, shifted to a Thanksgiving date in hopes of staging the race during the coronavirus pandemic. It normally attracts some 60,000 runners.But the Atlanta Track Club now says the race will not be run down the city’s famed Peachtree Street because of safety concerns. Georgia has been one of the nation’s hardest-hit states during the pandemic, recording nearly 250,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,700 deaths.“As coronavirus has spiked in recent weeks here in Georgia, we recognize that this decision is the best and only responsible way forward,” executive director Rich Kenah said in a statement.The track club now plans a virtual event that will allow runners to experience some of the race’s traditions and compare their times with others who take part. Associated Press ___The Georgia Bulldogs are planning to have some fans for their football games played between the hedges.The university announced ticket plans that call for allowing 20 to 25% capacity at 92,746-seat Sanford Stadium, where the field is surrounded by hedges. That would mean maximum crowds of between 18,500 and 23,000 for Georgia’s four home games in 2020.The Bulldogs are offering single-game tickets in hopes of accommodating as many season ticket holders as possible for games against Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.The school says those who choose not to attend games this fall will be eligible for a refund on all donations and season ticket purchases, while retaining their preferred status for 2021. ___Appalachian State has paused football practices after reporting a coronavirus cluster involving the team.The school in Boone, North Carolina, says athletic director Doug Gillin has suspended practice “until further consultation warrants a change in status.”The decision announced Tuesday night comes after there were active cases reported for seven students and four staffers. The school said health officials have instructed the individuals to isolate while recovering, while those in close contact with the active cases have been instructed to quarantine.___ The Rev. John Jenkins, the Notre Dame president, announced in-person undergraduate classes would be canceled through Sept. 2. About 150 students have tested positive.Notre Dame is imposing restrictions on student activity, including limiting access to dormitories to residents and barring students from major gathering places on campus.The Fighting Irish football program announced last week there have been four positive test results for COVID-19 out of 619 tests done since players returned to campus in June.___Wake Forest all-conference wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL draft amid the coronavirus pandemic. The news comes a day after Roma announced that two of its youth team players had tested positive for the virus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Notre Dame canceled its Wednesday football practice and might take Thursday off as well in response to the school’s decision to go to online classes because of a coronavirus outbreak on campus. Tickets will cost $150 per game.___Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante says he has the coronavirus but is currently asymptomatic.The 37-year-old Mirante says in a video on Instagram that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation.He says “I feel well, I have no symptoms, neither a fever nor a cough.” Surratt announced his decision Wednesday on social media, citing “the many uncertainties and risks associated with COVID-19.” Surratt said he’s set to earn an economics degree in December, saying the school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has “forever transformed my life.”“My experience at Wake Forest has been extraordinary, and I leave with a humble and grateful heart,” Surratt said.The 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt junior made The Associated Press’ All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team last season after hauling in 66 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games before going down with an injury. The 1,001 yards were the best for all power-conference receivers at the time of the injury, with four games of at least 150 yards last season.Surratt’s brother, Chazz, plays linebacker at North Carolina after starting his career as a quarterback and is also an NFL prospect.UNC team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe says in an email that Chazz Surratt’s status remains unchanged. The Latest: Notre Dame cancels football practice August 19, 2020last_img read more

British Government ‘opening door’ for football return

first_img(BBC) – The government says it is “opening the door” for the return of professional football in England in June.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said yesterday’s meeting with the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League had “progressed plans”.He added that plans for the sport to resume should “include widening access for fans to view live coverage”.Meanwhile, England’s deputy chief medical officer said any return would be “slow” and “measured”.The Premier League met on Monday to discuss ‘Project Restart’ and hopes for a return to action on June 12, with matches played behind closed doors.“We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first,” said Dowden.“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.“The government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support.”He added that plans to return should “ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family”.The next meeting of Premier League clubs will take place on Monday, when top-flight players may return to initial group training under social-distancing protocols.Footballers have so far been limited to individual training but Premier League bosses hope a first phase of team training, under strict guidelines and restricted to 75 minutes can begin next week.England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, said: “There will be small, carefully-measured, step-wise approaches to see what can be achieved safely. The first of those is to return safely to training, still observing social distancing.“We will have to see how that goes before we can even think about moving on to the return of competitive football matches.”Monday’s meeting will come after a weekend when the Bundesliga, Germany’s top flight, becomes the first major league to restart.The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and most teams have nine fixtures left to play.Brighton had a third player test positive for coronavirus earlier in May and boss Graham Potter is wary about a return to action.“We are in uncharted territory. It’s a hugely complex situation,” he said.“It’s very difficult to call one day to the next. The general will from all the clubs is to play out the season as close to the format as possible. Whatever date that is remains to be seen.“We are sanitising the environment. The players are not coming in for any length of time.“It will be as safe as it is made to be. The challenge will be when (we have) contact, larger groups and different teams. We need to see where we are on Monday and then Tuesday.”He added: “There are concerns, of course. We have come out of lockdown. The situation is not totally resolved.“I have a young family. My wife’s family has health issues. We are human beings.”Meanwhile, the Premier League confirmed clubs had decided that short-term contract extensions could be agreed with players whose deals run out on June 30, with the season set to go beyond that date.Club and players will now have until June 23 to agree extensions which run until whenever the campaign is scheduled to finish.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said it was decided “to ensure as far as possible that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had available prior to the suspension of the campaign”.Elsewhere, six League One clubs have united to express their determination to finish the season.Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has released a statement on behalf of Posh, Oxford, Sunderland, Fleetwood, Portsmouth and Ipswich.League One clubs are due to meet with the EFL board today to discuss options for completing the season.ANALYSISThe fact the government summoned the three football bodies to a meeting together tells its own story. Ministers want football to think collectively during this crisis, act in the interests of the whole game and to understand that any government financial bailouts for the sport are highly unlikely.The Premier League was reminded that if its season does resume next month, it will be expected to do what it can for clubs in the EFL and for grassroots football. And to ensure that, while honouring contracts with its broadcast partners, as many matches as possible are shown free to air, so that as many people as possible can watch them.With the Premier League lobbying government to scrap the idea of neutral stadiums to keep their clubs happy, ministers are now asking for something in return.It was significant today that despite continued police concerns over the risk of fans gathering outside grounds once matches resume, the government reinforced its support for the resumption of matches.But it also warned that games will only take place if the phased return to training goes to plan, and the sense is that ‘Project Restart’ still hangs in the balance.last_img read more