His thinly veiled rebuke was echoed by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who said the task of the ECB is “not hindering but facilitating” and that the institution needs to create “favorable financial conditions.”Read also: Bank Indonesia announces 5 measures to support rupiah amid market routThe leaders’ criticism came as they announced a fresh set of measures to fortify their countries against the spreading virus. Schools in France will remain shuttered indefinitely, alongside nurseries and universities. Rome’s diocese announced all churches would suspend service until April 3, blocking off another artery of public life and social interaction in the crippled country.Key event While the region’s leaders have vowed to collaborate, measures taken in recent days still vary. In Germany and the UK, schools remain open, though both Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this might change as the disease spreads. Social gatherings should be avoided outright, Merkel said in Berlin on Thursday evening, while Johnson urged the frail and elderly to remain at home.“This is a key event that tests our resolve,” Merkel said. “We have to be prepared for the fact that this infection can’t be held up in any region.”The focus of the coronavirus epidemic that originated in China last year has shifted to Europe, where governments and institutions are still struggling to identify the right tools to stem the outbreak and ensuing financial meltdown. European stocks tumbled the most on record on Thursday after the ECB held off on cutting interest rates, charting a different path from the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, which have both lowered borrowing costs.Using ammunitionCommenting on diverging bond prices, ECB President Christine Lagarde said “we are not here to close spreads, this is not the function or the mission of the ECB.”Instead, it’s the role of governments to be on the front line delivering fiscal stimulus to respond to the crisis, earning her a stinging rebuke from politicians in Italy and France.Italian Development Minister Stefano Patuanelli said Lagarde’s words were an “accident” that sparked the biggest loss on record for Milan’s stock exchange. Italian President Sergio Mattarella, departing from his largely ceremonial role, said his country “rightly expects, at least in consideration of the common interest, initiatives of solidarity rather than moves that may hinder its action.”Lagarde, who took office in November, later said in an interview with CNBC that she is “fully committed to avoid any fragmentation in a difficult moment for the euro area” and that the ECB would “use all the flexibility embedded in our asset purchase program.” A spokesman for the Frankfurt-based central bank declined to comment further.Read also: BI cuts reserve ratio, frees up $3.2b liquidity in local banks amid market sell-offECB governing member Klaas Knot said that as long as the virus isn’t under control, the ECB cannot bring back trust to the market. If the institution would have believed a rate cut was the right response, it would have acted accordingly, he said.“It’s better that we save this kind of ammunition until the moment we can use it,” Knott said on Dutch television.Travel banUnlike in the US, where Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has become a regular target for President Donald Trump’s demands to cut rates, governments in Europe seldom comment on the central bank’s policy, and even less so to offer criticism of the fiercely independent institution.The discord over the ECB highlights how governments and institutions are struggling to speak with a unified voice, despite all avowals that they can only fight the virus with a concerted effort. Adding to the sense of dislocation was Trump’s decision late on Wednesday to impose a ban on many Europeans entering the US to contain a disease he labeled a “foreign virus.” The UK, where officials said on Thursday that as many as 10,000 Britons may be infected, remains exempt from the blockade.In a jab at the US measures, Macron said “division won’t allow us to tackle what today is a global crisis,” instead calling for resolve and “our ability to act together.” The French president said he would speak to Trump on Friday to discuss measures that the G7 group of large economies can jointly take.No kissingCases in France have reached about 2,900, still far short of the 15,113 infections in Italy. German cases climbed to 2,369, with southern Germany and North-Rhine Westphalia, the country’s most populous federal state, particularly affected. There have been five reported fatalities so far, according to the Robert Koch Institute.School closures have become a prevalent feature across Europe, enacted in countries from Portugal to Ireland to Denmark, where the number of confirmed cases has spiked to over 500, a 10-fold increase within the span of just three days.Read also: Indonesia announces $742m stimulus to shield economy from virusMerkel said additional economic measures, including shorter, more flexible working hours, will be announced on Friday. The government has enough leeway to reconsider its pledge for a balanced budget, should extraordinary circumstances demand it. The chancellor warned that the outbreak will leave “deep marks” in the economy — industries like travel, banking and hospitality have been particularly hard hit, as people stay at home and flight restrictions cascade around the globe.Still, the worst may lie ahead, with the UK government suggesting the peak of the outbreak could be in 10-14 weeks. And the true scale of the outbreak may be “much higher” than the 590 confirmed cases in the UK so far, officials said.Given the severity, Macron appealed to his fellow citizens to dispense with a quintessentially French gesture: the ‘bise’ kisses on the cheeks to greet another person.“I count on you,” Macron said. “Because the government can’t do everything by itself.”Topics : France and Italy took a rare swipe at the European Central Bank after efforts to contain the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic failed to calm jittery markets and only deepened the rout.President Emmanuel Macron was joined by Italian officials in saying that an ECB stimulus package announced earlier in the day falls short of tackling the unfolding crisis. The virus has infected more than 17,000 people in Europe and killed in excess of 1,000 in Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak.“The ECB today shared its first decisions,” Macron said in a national address from the Elysee Palace. “Will they be enough? I don’t think so.”
Italy will rush 10,000 student doctors into service, scrapping their final exams, in an effort to help the struggling health service cope with the coronavirus onslaught.More than 2,000 people have died of the disease in Italy since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21, while the total number of confirmed cases has surged to 27,980, making Italy the worst-hit country outside of China.The crisis has pushed hospitals to breaking point at the epicenter of the contagion in northern Italy and left other regions scrambling to strengthen their own health networks as the number of infected rises nationwide. University Minister Gaetano Manfredi said the government would let this year’s crop of medicine graduates start work some eight or nine months ahead of schedule and waive the mandatory exams they normally sit before qualifying.”This means immediately releasing into the National Health System the energy of about 10,000 doctors, which is fundamental to dealing with the shortage that our country is suffering,” he said in a statement.The graduates will be sent to work in general practitioners’ clinics and at old peoples’ homes, freeing up more experienced colleagues who will be sent to the rapidly filling hospitals.Over three weeks, 1,135 people have needed intensive care in Lombardy, the northern region hardest hit. The region has only 800 intensive care beds, according to Giacomo Grasselli, head of the intensive care unit at Milan’s Policlinico hospital. Topics : Authorities have been working to set up hundreds of intensive care beds in a specially created facility in the Fiera Milano exhibition center, but are still waiting for sufficient respirators and qualified personnel.Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Tuesday he would donate 10 million euros (US$11 million) to help equip the new center, joining a growing list of wealthy Italians offering funds to bolster the struggling health sector.In Rome, oil major ENI has paid for the multi-million euro conversion of the small, private Columbus hospital into a center for treating coronavirus patients, with the first sufferers being stretchered into the unit on Monday.Looking to map the spread of the illness, the head of the northern Veneto region announced on Tuesday that he would ramp up the number of tests done daily to some 11,300 from 3,000 at present.”Even if we find just one positive case, it means we will have 10 less infections,” said Luca Zaia, shrugging off the cost of the increased screening. “I don’t really care about the budget. It is less important than the lives of our citizens.”Neighboring Lombardy, which accounts for more than half the total national tally of coronavirus cases, has ruled out extensive testing, saying it does not have the resources or time for widespread controls.
Comment Chelsea midfielder Jorginho’s agent responds to Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain rumours Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Sep 2020 9:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Jorginho started the Carabao Cup clash against Spurs (Picture: Getty Images)Jorginho’s agent, Joao Santos, has dismissed rumours linking the Chelsea midfielder with a move to Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain and insisted he is ‘happy’ at Stamford Bridge.The Blues have been the most active Premier League team in the transfer window, bringing in the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and most recently, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.Jorginho is one of the players that has been linked with a move away from the club, as well as Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Advertisement Advertisement There could yet be outgoings at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are in the market for a central midfielder with Mikel Arteta aiming to bolster his options in the middle of the park.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTReports claim that if they couldn’t close a deal for Thomas Partey, Jorginho is also on their shortlist, however, those rumours were shut down by the player’s agent.‘Jorginho still has a three-year contract with Chelsea, this plus two,’ Santos told 90Min Italy. ‘I feel a lot of talk about Arsenal and PSG in the last few days, but the reality is that up to now, no official offer has arrived for the player.‘The transfer market closes on 5 October, but the more time passes the more difficult it becomes to make such an important operation. So at the moment, I can say that it is just rumours.‘He is happy at Chelsea, he started the season well and being the vice-captain at the moment he is focused exclusively on the Carabao Cup game against Tottenham.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSerie A side Roma have also been linked with a move for Jorginho this summer, but his agent dismissed speculation of his client’s return to Italy.‘With Roma, there was absolutely nothing, Santos added. ‘Hard to see him in Serie A because he has an important salary and a cost that only two or three clubs can afford‘Given the situation and the type of market we are experiencing, it is difficult to think of an operation of this type with so little time available.’MORE: Chelsea summer signing Thiago Silva takes pop at former PSG and Arsenal manager Unai EmeryMORE: Lyon secure replacement for Arsenal transfer target Houssem AouarFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page
Separately, the €153bn PGGM said it divested from five Israeli banks after it realised its engagement efforts would be unsuccessful.The five financial institutions – Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, First International Bank of Israel, Israel Discount Bank and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank – had been speaking with the pension manager for a number of years, it said in a statement.“The dialogue showed, however, that, given the day-to-day reality and domestic legal framework they operate in, the banks have limited to no possibilities to end their involvement in the financing of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories,” it said.It added that, as no changes to the current environment were predicted for the “foreseeable future”, it decided to divest its holdings at the beginning of the year. Dutch pension manager ABP has divested from Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the firm responsible for the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, over concerns it has little regard for public safety.The announcement came as PGGM, the pension manager responsible for assets of healthcare sector fund PFZW, said it would divest from five Israeli banks over their involvement in settlement activities in Palestinian territories.The €293bn ABP said in a statement it had sold its stake in TEPCO, which at the end of September 2013 was valued at €18m, after attempts to engage with the company failed.The manager said the Japanese firm violated its responsible investment guidelines during and after the incident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which saw several explosions occur after it was damaged during the 2011 tsunami.
So O’Neill plans to speak to Hodgson, who has managed at three tournaments with England and Switzerland and sent O’Neill a message of congratulations. “It’s a new experience for me as a coach, for the players and for the association,” he said. “I’ll pick the brains of people like Roy Hodgson who have been to major tournaments, but maybe I’ll have to do that before the draw because they might not help us if we’re in the same group! “Roy sent me a lovely message complimenting all the players. He’s worked with five of our squad, and he named them and wished them all the best. “There’s a lot to do in terms of preparation and I’ll use the period wisely.” O’Neill is also pondering the possibility of checking in with Ireland’s rugby union team at the ongoing own World Cup. He has already visited them in the past to share information and methods and would be interested in seeing how they operate in the throes of a competition. “In the summer I spent the day with the Irish Rugby World Cup team. I looked at their preparations and how they do things at over Carton House,” he explained. Press Association Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is hoping to benefit from the experience of England boss Roy Hodgson as he prepares for his country’s first major tournament in 30 years. O’Neill’s side finish their triumphant Euro 2016 campaign in Finland on Sunday night, with top spot in Group F still up for grabs but qualification assured. O’Neill’s assistant Jimmy Nicholl played in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, but it is new ground for most at the Irish FA. “Maybe that’s something I would consider revisiting now they’re in the World Cup – their preparations and how they go about things. “I told the players earlier the preparation starts now.” Those preparations include the selection process for training camps in France, a process O’Neill did not get involved with personally for fear of tempting fate. Instead he deferred to the IFA’s head of international administration, David Currie. “It’s already under way and has been for quite some time,” said O’Neill. “UEFA ask for your preferred venues in July, so David has already been to see the venues. “I didn’t take any part in that because I didn’t want to get ahead of myself, b ut we have our selected venue and I’ll obviously go and see that as soon as possible.” Having already made history as the first ever Northern Ireland squad to reach a European Championship, O’Neill has set his side the task of adding another feather in their caps. No side has ever qualified having been drawn as a fifth seed but that both Northern Ireland and Iceland could now achieve such a feat. A point in Helsinki would be enough for O’Neill’s men to stay ahead of Romania at the Group F summit, and that means no experimental or sentimental team selections. “It’s been a great trip for us just to see the mood of the players since Thursday night, they’ve been in great form, but there is a focus in us as well,” he said. “We come wanting to win the game and the group – 23 points is an amazing tally to get to. “I’ll pick a team to win the game, simple as that. No one has said they could do with a rest and that’s great because we want competition for places. “We’re not going to hand out starting places easily and that’s what I’ve said to the players.” That means likely returns for seven-goal top-scorer Kyle Lafferty and midfielder Chris Baird, both suspended for the Greece match. Gareth McAuley and Oliver Norwood are also in line to play, completing a full house of 10 starts in the famous campaign.
SOUTH Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt says Kagiso Rabada can continue to lead the attack in the absence of Dale Steyn as they close in on a Test-series lead against Australia.Steyn will miss the remainder of the series with a shoulder injury, but Rabada backed up a stunning effort from the Proteas’ batsmen to snare three Australian wickets on day four as the hosts ended Sunday on 169-4, 369 runs behind South Africa.Rabada accounted for Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith before handing Adam Voges a six-ball roasting that ended in the veteran’s wicket.Requiring six wickets for victory at the WACA, the Proteas will be a bowler short in their quest for victory, but Langeveldt hopes Rabada can pick up where he left off on day four.“I told him that you will be tested here because Australia play their cricket hard,” Langeveldt said.“I told him that your first season is your easiest season but that the second season people will work you out. He is the type of bowler who wants to improve.“He is a quick learner and asks a lot of questions and is very knowledgeable about the game.“[Bowling] 145kmh as a 21-year-old is always exciting.“Dale Steyn is a massive loss to South Africa but Rabada has done it before [in Steyn’s absence] and today he has stepped up again.”(Omnisport)
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVirginia (18-7, 10-5) vs. Pittsburgh (15-12, 6-10)Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh plays host to Virginia in an ACC matchup. Virginia got past Boston College by 13 at home on Wednesday. Pittsburgh lost 82-67 at Florida State on Tuesday. SENIOR STUDS: Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite, Braxton Key and Jay Huff have combined to score 53 percent of the team’s points this season, including 55 percent of all Cavaliers scoring over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Kihei Clark has been directly responsible for 53 percent of all Virginia field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has 22 field goals and 37 assists in those games.UNBEATEN WHEN: Pittsburgh is a perfect 5-0 when it scores at least 73 points. The Panthers are 10-12 when scoring any fewer than that.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Panthers have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Cavaliers. Pittsburgh has 36 assists on 57 field goals (63.2 percent) across its previous three contests while Virginia has assists on 39 of 69 field goals (56.5 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Virginia defense has allowed only 52.6 points per game to opponents, which is the second-lowest figure in the country. The Pittsburgh offense has produced just 65.9 points through 27 games (ranked 283rd among Division I teams). ___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 February 20, 2020 Virginia, Pitt meet in conference play Associated Press
“We really hope to just provide support to these businesses and say that even though we’re not on campus, and we’re not actually patronizing your store in person, we’re still here for you and we still appreciate what you’re doing for us as students,” Monro said. Monro said Fight Online is also currently creating a licensing agreement with the help of Wright and is considering donating to establishments depending on the number of students who visit. Of the Fight Online duo, Fisher takes on the product design and development, using skills she accrued with her communication design minor. Monro handles the entrepreneurial side, working with mentors from the Marshall Career Advantage Mentor Program to help reach out to different offices on campus and to facilitate the growth of the business. The duo named their clothing line Fight Online to commemorate USC’s transition to online learning. The business initially started with a playful intent. After realizing a deserted campus also meant that many local businesses near USC, including Caveman Kitchen and El Huero, were losing sources of revenue from student customers, they decided to refocus their work to provide financial support for local businesses. “What touched me about [Fight Online] was that recognition that our students are getting to know the local vendors,” Folt said. “They want to find a way to do something that I think is artistic and entrepreneurial.” For Folt, initiatives like Fight Online show how students respond to crises: by helping those around them. Monro and Fisher received increased support after emailing President Carol Folt to see what avenues they could explore with their idea. Folt put them in contact with David Wright, senior vice president of administration, whose duties include overseeing the USC Bookstore, and Wright helped the pair sell more shirts and receive more donations by advertising the product on the USC Bookstore website and expediting the licensure process for the business. “We wanted it to be really simple and sleek and not obnoxious or anything,” Monro said. “We found different design templates on the Bonfire website, and Fisher was able to put something together to make it look clean and sharp.” Monro and Fisher originally spent a few days designing the T-shirts before working through Bonfire, a site that facilitates custom shirts for fundraising. The brand has sold nearly 600 shirts through the Bonfire website and the USC Bookstore and continues to grow its customer base through social media and USC newsletters of organizations including the Blackstone Launchpad. Awaiting purchase money from Bonfire, the pair has yet to distribute financial proceeds to local businesses, including El Huero and 3 Brother’s Bike Shop. With the coronavirus pandemic forcing institutions to postpone college milestones, including graduation, many students will instead spend the remainder of their spring semester indoors on Zoom. Seniors Claire Monro and Claire Fisher decided to commemorate their last semester at USC through their clothing business Fight Online while giving thanks to the local businesses that helped make their experience on campus worthwhile. “When we were thinking about who to donate to, we kept going back and forth thinking who really had an impact on our time at USC and it differed for every person we asked,” Monro said. Fight Online, the brainchild of two Marshall School of Business seniors, launched last month. The founders, Claire Monro and Claire Fisher, said they wanted to raise money for businesses that made their time at USC memorable. (Photo courtesy of Fight Online) “I think they were able to double the amount of money that they could actually donate because they got to work in partnership with the bookstore,” Folt said. “It’s one of those things that people want to help each other. It’s just so touching to me that everybody that writes to me seems to want to help somebody else and so whenever I can help someone help someone else, I’m finding that’s something that I really want to do.”
Senior pitcher Meghan McIntosh, while normally the second pitcher in line, boasts some of the best stats on the team with a 1.07 ERA and eight complete games en route to an 8-2 record.[/media-credit]More and more in sports the question being asked of athletes is, “What have you done for me lately?” If asked this question, Wisconsin softball pitcher Meghan McIntosh can show you her two Big Ten Pitcher of the Week awards and film of her two no-hitters from this season. She’s done a lot lately.No one can deny McIntosh is having a season to remember. While most pitchers would be ecstatic to have just one no-hitter to show for in a season, just halfway through the 2013 season, McIntosh has already become just the second player in program history to record to no-nos in a single season.The Arizona native is proud of what she has been able to do on the mound this year, but knows her achievements are a great credit to her teammates as well.“It’s something that’s a great accomplishment, but it’s not just me out there,” McIntosh said. “I need my backup on the offense and defense. Without them I wouldn’t have gotten anything.”McIntosh picked up her second no-hitter last Sunday against conference rival Minnesota in Minneapolis. The left-hander struck out eight hitters and allowed five walks on her way to a 10-0 win in six innings.Wisconsin pitching coach Tracie Adix could tell almost right away Sunday that McIntosh had her best stuff with her and it was going to be a special day for her.“It was going through my head like in the third inning,” Adix said with a big smile. “I was just like, ‘shut up, Tracie, just don’t say anything out loud.’ I noticed and I saw that she was definitely in a groove, so I knew early on how it was kind of going.”What makes last Sunday’s performance even more impressive was that it came against a Golden Gophers team that averages over four runs a game and had scored 60 runs in their last 10 games.“When you’re facing a BCS team, you rarely see no-hitters against a BCS program,” head coach Yvette Healy said. “It might be a smaller school, but to do that against their offense and have them as a top-30 team. It’s really an accomplishment.”McIntosh and her coaches credit a great deal of the pitchers success this season to the addition of a change up to her repertoire of pitches.The southpaw already has a deadly curveball and screwball to go along with her fastball, but the addition of a changeup gives her four options that hitters are forced to deal with.“[Her changeup] has been enormously effective and it’s just made her that much better,” Adix said. “If hitters know all you are going to throw is heat, heat, heat, they just have to sit on one side of the zone and they can tend to pick a pitch and blow it up. “I think it’s definitely added a different element to Meghan. Sometimes it can be a little bit fast, but the fact that it drops off is something that completely deceives the hitters. So it’s really helped her game this year.”McIntosh has used her wide range of pitches to earn an 8-2 record over 11 appearances with a 1.07 ERA and 70 strikeouts. All eight of the senior’s wins have come in complete game performances.The emergence of McIntosh adds another electrifying arm to the Wisconsin pitching staff led by junior pitcher Cassandra Darrah who also threw a no-hitter earlier this season.“[Having two strong pitchers] is huge,” Healy said. “Usually you just have one pitcher and you just go with them and all the weight of the world is on them and to have two pitchers both have no-hitters in the same season, it goes a long way.”Another element McIntosh brings to her pitches is speed. Healy says her senior pitcher can get pitches to top out at 65-67 miles per hour. Mix that speed in with some fast spinning off-speed pitches and it’s a deadly combination.The combination of McIntosh’s speed and effective off-speed pitches can add a real intimidation factor to her game. And although the hurler stands at the not-so-towering height of 5-foot-5, she can mimic the presence of Randy Johnson or even, according to Healy, Charlie Sheen.“She’s kind of like Wild Thing when you used to watch those old movies [Major League] that she can bring it and it’s scary if it hits you,” Healy said. “So I think she’s got a little controlled aggression out there and it makes it tough to step in the box when she’s throwing that hard.”In her last season as a Badger, McIntosh is on quite the roll and is gaining confidence as she goes, which is a scary thought considering all that she has already accomplished this season.“I’m definitely in the zone out there,” McIntosh said. “There are a lot of smiles in the conversations with my teammates and I’m really feeling good.”
The Ireland captain knows that they have to improve their performance ahead of Sunday’s trip to Moldova… Ireland are joint-top of Group D after the first win of their World Cup qualifying campaign.A strangely lacklustre Irish side laboured their way to a 1-0 win over Georgia last night at the Aviva Stadium.Seamus Coleman’s scrappy goal in the 56th minute helped Ireland to a narrow victory that leaves them level with Wales, Austria and Serbia on four points from their opening two matches.