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Man City will be fighting for title next season: Guardiola

first_imgManager Pep Guardiola says Manchester City “have ideas” for improving the side in the transfer market and will be ready to halt Liverpool’s bid for back-to-back Premier League titles.Liverpool need five points to be sure of their first English league crown in three decades and dethrone City, who have won the title in the last two seasons.”Liverpool will remain the strong team they are but when we retained the title we were the first to do it for 10 years, so you know how difficult it is to do that,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by the BBC. “Out of the last nine (domestic) trophies we’ve fought for, we’ve won eight. That is not bad and I think next season we’ll do it again.”There’s not been much wrong with what we’ve done in terms of points and performances. We have ideas for the transfer market, then next season we will prepare to fight again.”City take on Burnley later on Monday and defeat for Guardiola’s side would mean Liverpool can seal the title with a win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.Topics :last_img read more

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Fed policymakers say pickup in infections slowing US economic recovery

first_imgThe increase in infections has raised the downside risks to the economic outlook and suggests the reopening of the US economy may be more protracted than many initially anticipated, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said in a speech for the Liberal Arts Macroeconomics Conference.The rising case load offers “a stark reminder that there are several different scenarios that could play out,” Mester said.Jobless Americans and state and local governments will need more aid to make it through the crisis, Kaplan said. Lawmakers missed a deadline last week for extending a US$600 weekly supplement to state unemployment benefits, and are in the midst of negotiating another round of stimulus.“I believe the economy needs a continuation of the unemployment benefits,” Kaplan said. “It may not need to be in the same form as it currently is, but we need a continuation.” A resurgence in coronavirus cases is slowing the economic recovery and the pandemic will continue to weigh on the US economy and American life for longer than initially expected, three Federal Reserve policymakers said on Wednesday.The US economy began to grow in May and June after taking a monumental hit beginning in March. But growth stalled in July as infections spiked in some parts of the country, leading to fresh restrictions, US central bankers said.“The issue with the resurgence in the virus is it slowed down or somewhat muted the recovery we’ve been expecting,” Robert Kaplan, the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank president, said in an interview with CNN. Mester also said more fiscal support is needed to bolster struggling businesses, households and consumers, and she said she was hopeful that Congress will pass a stimulus bill.“The country has a responsibility to help them over that, to bridge that period, until we can get the economy going again,” Mester said during the webinar.While US economic growth slowed in July, it could pick up in the third quarter and reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said on CNBC.“It will take some time, I believe, before we get back to the level of activity that we were in February before the pandemic hit,” Clarida said.Clarida said his personal forecast for the economy hasn’t changed because of the recent resurgence of the virus in the United States, since the economic momentum from May through early July was stronger than he expected. He also expects support from another fiscal package should even things out.Kaplan forecast that for the 2020 full year, the economy will contract by 5 percent, while Mester forecast a contraction of 6 percent, from the end of 2019.Fed officials pledged at their policy meeting last week to do what they can to help the economy rebound from the recession that began in February as the coronavirus outbreak spread across the globe. The US central bank has cut interest rates to near zero and rolled out roughly a dozen emergency programs to backstop financial markets and support businesses.Asked about the tepid use of the Fed’s Main Street Lending Program, which is designed to help small and mid-sized businesses, Clarida said the facilities are meant to serve as backstops and that officials are open to changing the program if needed to reach more businesses.“I do expect activity in the program to pick up,” Clarida said. “We’re focused on the goal of supporting the economy and if we need to adjust our programs we will do so.”Mester also said Wednesday that she supports making more adjustments to the Fed’s facilities if needed. “Given the nature of this shock to the economy, I’d be prepared to take more credit risk than I would have been in the past,” Mester told reporters.Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces 50 New Jobs with Gordon Sinclair Expansion in Indiana County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 13, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces 50 New Jobs with Gordon Sinclair Expansion in Indiana Countycenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Gordon Sinclair, a promotional products supplier, will expand operations with a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and decorating facility in Indiana County and create 50 new jobs.“Gordon Sinclair chose Pennsylvania over New York and Florida for its operations expansion due to the commonwealth’s highly qualified manufacturing labor force and its desirable location with excellent highway access to top markets in the U.S. and Canada,” said Governor Wolf. “We applaud the company for its decision and for its significant investment into one of Pennsylvania’s rural communities where job creation efforts and economic contributions are sure to have a long-lasting, positive impact.”Gordon Sinclair will purchase a 60,000-square-foot facility at 771 Indian Springs Road, White Township, Indiana County. The company has committed to investing $5,048,000 in the project and to the creation of 50 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. The company has commenced hiring and hopes to begin production at the facility by mid-to-late February.“We’re extremely appreciative of the warm reception we have received from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for the timely assistance we have received from the Governor’s Action Team and from the officials in Indiana County,” said Gordon Sinclair Founder and President Robert Gluck. “All of the Pennsylvania agencies have worked together seamlessly to speed the process, simplify our work and meet our timetable, which has been invaluable to us in making this investment.”Gordon Sinclair received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $200,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $22,500 in WednetPA funding for employee training, and $200,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a low-interest loan up to $1,876,500 million from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Indiana County Development Corporation (ICDC).“We are pleased that Gordon Sinclair has decided to expand its manufacturing operations into Indiana County. The available facility, our premier workforce, as well as our quality of life all created a perfect mix to enhance the company’s decision to relocate to Indiana County,” said ICDC Executive Director Byron G. Stauffer, Jr. “We thank our partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for their assistance and support.”Gordon Sinclair is a leading supplier of drinkware and other high quality logoed items and sells exclusively through promotional products distributors throughout the United States and Canada. Promotional products are a $21 billion industry that provides logoed merchandise of all types for advertising, safety programs, and other promotional purposes.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.govLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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UK roundup: Auto-enrolment, DWP, charge cap

first_imgDepartment for Work & Pensions (DWP) research has shown awareness of auto-enrolment among the UK population is increasing, as the programme’s rollout continues.Statistics from the government said 78% of those surveyed believed employers being compelled by law to provide pensions was a positive step.The research also found around 50% of those surveyed said saving into a workplace pension was a “normal thing to do”, in a boost to the government’s policy.Some 30% of those of working age have taken action as a result of the government’s advertising campaign for auto-enrolment, with around 25% having discussed second-pillar savings in a social environment. The news comes as the government announced 4m people had now been auto-enrolled into a workplace pension scheme since the programme began in October 2012.Pensions minister Steve Webb said: “Increasingly, people are waking up to the fact it pays to think about the future and consider the kind of retirement we want.“But we still have a mountain to climb. Recent DWP research found that close to half of working-age people are failing to save enough to maintain their standard of living into old age, so there is more to do.”In other news, the DWP’s charge cap, aimed at protecting members being auto-enrolled into default investment strategies, has come under fire from one of the UK’s largest insurance mutuals.Royal London Group (RLG) has told its shareholders the government grossly underestimated the impact estimates on pension companies.The cap, which comes into force in April 2015, stops member-borne charges in DC auto-enrolment default investment funds being above 75 basis points.The government estimates that, at the time of legislating, said industry revenue would be reduced by £200m (€250m) over a 10-year period.Chief executive of RLG, Phil Loney, said the policy would have the opposite consequence to its intention.“This government intervention will only distort a market that was already moving in favour of lower charges,” he said.He said the impact at his own firm, plus other impact provisions from other pension providers, showed the DWP’s estimates to be incorrect.Royal London said the £200m estimate could realistically increase to as high as £1bn.“This seems to me to be an unacceptable margin for error in the government’s understanding of the impact of its actions and the size of the impact,” Loney said.Despite the estimated £200m hit on the entire industry, insurers Standard Life and Scottish Widows have each already stated individual provisions of £160m and £100m, respectively.last_img read more

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PSG confident on Verratti fitness for UCL final

first_img Of Verratti, Tuchel added: “His injury was a knock. It wasn’t muscular, so the risk is not big.” “It will be difficult for him to last 120 minutes or 90 minutes in the midfield tomorrow, but as long as nothing happens to him in training yes (he can play), and then we will see in the morning if he can start.” Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actors6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Loading… Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has expressed confidence that playmaker Marco Verratti will be fit enough to start in Sunday’s Champions League final against Bayern Munich. The key Italian international missed PSG’s quarter-final win over Atalanta because of a calf problem and only played seven minutes as a substitute in the 3-0 semi-final victory over RB Leipzig on Tuesday. But Tuchel revealed that Verratti, along with fellow midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye, had since been back in full training. However, first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas remains a doubt.center_img “Marco and Idrissa trained with us after the Leipzig game without any problem… they are both available,” Tuchel said on Saturday, ahead of the final at Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz. Gueye played against Atalanta but was replaced in the second half of that match and played no part against Leipzig. Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera started alongside Marquinhos in a three-man midfield in the semi-final. Read Also: Barcelona board struggling to pin down Messi Tuchel added: “For Keylor it is different. He is going to try today (Saturday) to train fully for the first time, but that is a decision we will need to take later. “It will be yes or no, black or white. We will make a decision after training.” Sergio Rico is standing by to replace Navas, having already done so in the semi-final. Navas won the Champions League three times as a Real Madrid player between 2016 and 2018. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Middle School VB’ers Defeat Lady Raiders

first_imgBMS 7th Grade won against South Ripley 25-10, 25-23.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mehgan Werner.The BMS volleyball team won an exciting game against South Ripley; 25-7, 23-25, 15-9.The team played well in games 1 & 3. Annie Shane and Callie Fletcher had strong digs against the Raider’s many tips. Renee Lecher led the team in serving with 20 points including 12 aces. Kaylie Raver added 14 points with 6 aces. Margaret Wilson chipped in 4 points with 3 aces. Shane & Kaylin Hinners each added 2 service points. As a team there were 16 kills. Hinners led with 5 kills. Raver added 3, while Laura Schwegman had 2 kills. Fletcher, Shane, Sara Lamping, Wilson, and Taylor Blanton each added a kill.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more

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Berahino banned for drink driving

first_img The 21-year-old has been offered a drink driver referral course which, if completed, would reduce the length of his ban to nine months. Berahino was originally due to appear on Monday, the same day the Baggies travel to Everton in the Barclays Premier League, but it was moved forward late on Thursday. West Brom will not be making any comment on the matter. Berahino has scored 14 goals in 25 games for the Baggies this season. Runcorn Magistrates Court confirmed the disqualification and that he has also been fined £3,400. Berahino was stopped by police on the southbound M6 in October. Press Associationcenter_img West Brom striker Saido Berahino has been banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink driving. last_img read more

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Sexton set for Wales showdown

first_img British and Irish Lion Sexton has been widely hailed as the world’s form fly-half as Ireland have swept to a record-equalling run of 10 consecutive Test victories. The 29-year-old limped out of the closing stages of Ireland’s 19-9 victory over England in Dublin on March 1, with Irish bosses admitting only on Monday that he still had to prove his fitness. Joe Schmidt’s side can take a giant leap towards a first Grand Slam in six years with victory over Warren Gatland’s Wales in Cardiff this weekend. Sexton’s return to fitness hands Ireland a huge boost in the quest for back-to-back Six Nations titles for the first time since 1949. Ireland skills coach Murphy admitted Sexton is yet to go through goal-kicking drills at full tilt, but backed the peerless playmaker to ease through the rest of the week. “He’s dealing with the rehab guys really, so they have him on a programme bringing him through that,” said Murphy. “He kicked a couple of balls on Sunday, did a little bit more yesterday and more again today. “So he’s in a good place, he trained fully and was running at 100 per cent today. “He will be ready for the weekend. “His kicking drills, he’s probably not hitting them 100 per cent yet, but today’s Tuesday, Saturday is a long way away. “And he’ll be ready to go.” Gordon D’Arcy has been overlooked for Ireland’s 36-man training squad to close the Six Nations, but Murphy backed the stalwart centre to force his way back into the World Cup reckoning. The 35-year-old Leinster centre chose to press on when long-term partner Brian O’Driscoll retired last summer, in a clear bid to feature in the 2015 global battle in England. Ireland coach Murphy insisted Schmidt would continue to monitor the 81-cap midfielder’s form with Leinster closely, leaving an open route back into the Test squad. “I think Gordon has had a little bit of a broken season through the odd injury and this and that,” said Murphy. “He’s a fantastic player and he’s been brilliant for Ireland and Leinster over something like 15 years, so the door is definitely not closed. “He’s a class act and a guy that we’re going to keep a very close eye on towards the end of the season to see where he’s at.” Number eight Heaslip has been on the comeback trail after suffering a fractured vertebrae in his back, while O’Brien and Payne have both proved their fitness after concussion. “Johnny took full part in training this morning, he has done all the team stuff and trained well,” said Murphy. “Everyone else has come through, Jamie trained Monday and Tuesday so he’s fit and healthy and ready to go. “And the two boys, Jared and Sean O’Brien both passed their return to play protocols. “They have done contact today so as long as there’s no reaction over the next 24 hours they are both fit and ready to go. “It looks like a full deck to pick from, and everyone is very upbeat. Everyone enjoyed that session this morning, the intensity was right up there. “Having everyone fit and healthy is a massive thing for the squad because it puts pressure on everyone. “The environment gets a nice little buzz off that.” Johnny Sexton has been passed fit for Ireland’s pivotal RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. Assistant coach Richie Murphy confirmed that Ireland’s lynchpin fly-half trained fully on Tuesday, after recovering from hamstring trouble. Murphy said Ireland now have “a full deck to pick from” with Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien and Jared Payne all cleared to face Wales this weekend. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gabby Cooper grows into her role ahead late in the season

first_img Published on March 7, 2017 at 12:10 am Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Gabby Cooper spoke with Brittney Sykes and Alexis Peterson the night before the biggest game of her life. The team was out for dinner and the next day it was set to match up with then-No. 7 Notre Dame in a game that would eventually shatter the attendance record.The discussion wasn’t about Cooper’s 10-percent shooting performance from 3 against North Carolina six days prior. It wasn’t about whether the freshman had the confidence to perform against a Top 10 team. Those were conversations of the past.Instead, the three discussed the antics that they would be pulling when they hit shots and run the score up on the Fighting Irish. Peterson and Sykes — the top two scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the leaders of this year’s teams — told the freshman shooter that they needed her.“I felt like I had to step it up even more,” Cooper said, clapping her hands together as she recounted the interaction between the three teammates. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to come out here tomorrow and shoot all the 3s and make them.’ We were hype.”Some nights, Cooper thrives. Other nights, she doesn’t. Her role as 3-point specialist for No. 21 Syracuse (21-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) hasn’t changed — she’s started in every game she’s played in — but her performances have. She’s learned through 30 games that to succeed beyond the arc, she has to put bad performances behind her. It’s led to four of her five best scoring performances coming since the start of February.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCooper said she wasn’t expecting as a big role as she ended up getting to start the year. Through her first seven games, she shot 72 3-pointers, notching 61 points, but she made just 23.6 percent of her shots from 3.SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said Cooper’s struggles were part of her growth process as a freshman. But then he gave her only 20 minutes of playing time in a Nov. 27 loss to DePaul, after Cooper had shot only 4-of-15 from 3 the night before. She rediscovered her stroke at the Florida Sunshine Classic, shooting 5-of-12 from 3 against Old Dominion for a season-high 19 points. But she remained largely inconsistent.The UNC game on Feb. 12 marked the second time in a month that she had shot 1-of-10 from downtown. After her already-shaky start to the season, Cooper’s role as 3-point specialist looked unstable.Then, “the game happened,” Cooper said. Cooper torched the Fighting Irish defense, scoring 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, nearly leading the Orange to a momentous upset in front of a record 11,021 fans. When Cooper walked off the court, the UNC game was a blip in her distant memory. The debate regarding her ability to perform beyond the arc in a big game ended.The good games stick in your memory, and the bad games leave quickly, Cooper said.“When she’s struggling, she remains aggressive,” Hillsman said. “And that’s important for us. She adds a dimension to our game.”Last Friday against No. 13 Duke, the Blue Devils’ defense swallowed up Peterson and Sykes, holding the All-ACC duo to only 22 combined points. The ball thrust into Cooper’s hands most of the night and the freshman threw up 16 shots from 3, six of which fell for 18 points to pace the Orange. On her fourth 3-pointer of the game, Cooper became SU’s all-time freshman leader in 3-pointers made, with 68.It didn’t matter that Cooper had been on a two-game cold streak entering Friday. What mattered was Cooper found her stroke again.“It’s easy to be confident when you’re playing great, but how confident can you be when you’re struggling some?” Hillsman said. “I always thought she was confident no matter what, and that’s what we need her to do.”Cooper is now 878 minutes into her collegiate career. She said matter-of-factly she’s comfortable in her role and is used to being a mainstay on the court. She averages 29.3 minutes per game for SU and has taken 263 3-pointers on the season, averaging 8.8 points per game – the fourth-best mark on the team.Cooper didn’t expect to play nearly three-quarters of games and make more 3-pointers than any freshman in the ACC. But she’s not complaining, because the same freshman who once carried doubt is poised to help lead the Orange into the NCAA tournament.She’ll be stationed where she always is. Behind the thickly painted semi-circle that sits 20-feet-9-inches from the hoop. Behind the line that has been both make and break for Cooper dozens of times in her first season at SU. Behind the line that has been her best friend, and worst enemy, since November. It’s the one place Cooper has come to know best and the only place from which she sees herself fit.“That’s my spot,” Cooper said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Murray Wins in Five- Set Thriller

first_img2016 ROLAND GARROSWorld Number Two tennis player, Andy Murray, had to fight back to beat wildcard Mathias Bourgue in five sets and secure his place in the French Open third round.The British number one lost eight consecutive games to drop the second and then the third sets to the inspired 22-year-old Grand Slam debutant. But Murray, 29, used all his experience to seal a 6-2 2-6 4-6 6-2 6-3 win over the world number 164 from France.Fellow Briton Kyle Edmund lost 6-4 6-4 6-4 to American 15th seed John Isner.Aljaz Bedene, who plays today, is the only other British player left in the singles tournaments in Paris.Murray was also taken to five sets in the first round by veteran Czech Radek Stepanek.The Scot’s inconsistent form has been perplexing considering he beat Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open final in his last match on clay.He now goes on to face 27th seed Ivo Karlovic from Croatia in the third round tomorrow.“Mathias was excellent and made me run a lot. He’s got a fantastic future for sure.“I led 6-2 2-0 then he started playing unbelievably and I was finding it hard to win points, let alone games. I’ve played matches like this before and tried to fight through to the end because your opponent can hit a rough patch.“You can’t play too many matches like this if you want to go far in this tournament. I hope to win the next one a little bit faster.”Murray looked in complete control at 2-0 up in the second set, but his game collapsed in spectacular fashion.Bourgue broke Murray three times and won six games in a row, including 16 unanswered points as the Briton made numerous unforced errors, to take the set and level the match.The pattern continued as Murray double-faulted twice in the opening game of the next set.Murray finally broke Bourgue’s eight-game winning run by taking the third game of the set.Bourgue was also dominant on his own serve, holding to love six times out of seven, as a subdued Murray, having now lost 28 out of the last 32 points, continued to make mistakes.The Frenchman had three break points in the next game but Murray – yet to show any of the passion evident during his tussle with Stepanek – battled back to hold serve.Bourgue continued to produce an array of winners, including the deftest of drop shots, to delight the home crowd in Philippe Chatrier court.The Frenchman, showing few signs of nerves, secured the set with a stunning backhand down the line to leave Murray facing an almighty battle to stay in the tournament.The Frenchman had three chances to break Murray in the opening game of the fourth but crucially the Scot held on, and celebrated with his trademark roar and a fist-pump.At last Murray broke Bourgue’s serve and followed that by holding his own to love, as confidence slowly returned to his game.With Bourgue perhaps struggling with his fitness, Murray started to make his opponent work harder and clinched the set with a break to love to level the match.Murray sensed his opportunity and took advantage of some rare errors to break the Frenchman in the fourth game of the decider.The Briton served for the match at 5-1 but failed to close it out before finally sealing victory after three hours and 34 minutes on court.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more