Challenger’s £75m spree lands near Heathrow

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40 MLB players and staff test positive for COVID-19 in week: Report

first_imgIt was not clear how the coronavirus cases might impact MLB’s plans to play its games in teams’ home ballparks without fans.With spring training facilities closed, teams have been told to plan to conduct pre-season training in their home cities.An expected three-week preparation period would likely see opening day pushed to the week of July 27.The league said it wants the regular season to end by September 27 so an expanded playoffs can be completed by late October or early November. Negotiations had dragged on for weeks as MLB sought not only to prorate salaries based on the number of games played, but also to pay only a percentage of those salaries — something players said they would not accept.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred thought he’d gotten past that stumbling block on Wednesday after hammering out a potential “framework” for an agreement with union chief Tony Clark that paid full prorated salaries for a 60-game season.But the players countered, asking for 70 games.USA Today reported that Manfred emailed Clark on Sunday saying that the uptick in COVID-19 cases, and the resulting closure of spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona, meant that 70 games would not be possible and even 60 would be difficult. Major League Baseball saw 40 players and staff members test positive for COVID-19 in the past week, USA Today reported on Sunday as talks on how to get a 2020 season underway dragged on.The newspaper cited two sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, saying the coronavirus cases had ramped up the urgency of negotiations between owners and players on a framework for starting a season that was originally scheduled to begin in March.The MLB Players Association postponed a vote on Sunday on whether to accept or reject MLB’s proposal for a 60-game season with players receiving full prorated salaries.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pension fund for Dutch pharmacists seeks merger to increase scale

first_imgSPOA, the €1.5bn occupational pension fund for public pharmacists in the Netherlands, is looking to join PMA, the €2.5bn scheme for pharmacist staff, depending on the results of an ongoing survey.BPOA, the occupational association responsible for the pharmacists’ scheme, said it signed a declaration of intent with independent pharmacist industry group VZA and the association of employed general practitioners (LAD) to investigate whether all public pharmacists could join PMA.It said the mandatory accrual of employed and independent pharmacists’ pension rights was needed to secure “lasting mandatory, collective and affordable” pension arrangements.BPOA said the stakeholders aimed to increase efficiency, improve quality and cut costs through the benefits of scale, adding that employers would also benefit from a single pensions window, as well as from uniform labour conditions for all workers. In the Netherlands, the number of employed pharmacists now exceeds that of independent pharmacists.BPOA warned that this could jeopardise mandatory participation in the occupational pension plan and argued that, if all public pharmacists accrued their pensions through a single industry-wide scheme, mandatory participation could be preserved.The stakeholders said they were also examining the effects of transferring existing pension rights to PMA.According to BPOA, the gaps between the pension arrangements and funding ratios at SPOA and PMA have narrowed this year.SPOA’s official policy funding stood at 104.3%, as of the end of June.The pharmacists’ scheme, however, has had to apply four successive rights cuts of 5%, 7%, 6.8% and 4.6% since 2011.PMA’s policy coverage was 105.8% at the end of the second quarter.last_img read more

Tree change for retirement living on Brisbane’s north

first_imgAffinity Sheep Station Creek is a new over 50s community surrounded by bushland in Morayfield comprising 134 homes with a focus on active lifestyles, choice of design and attractively priced homes to meet the market.‘The bush’ has long been woven into the fabric of Australia’s cultural identity, but in the hustle and bustle of big city living, more and more Australians are losing sight of it.While most of us live and work in the big city, retirement communities are increasingly looking to this vision of the bush to help over 50s make the ‘treechange’ to a more relaxed lifestyle.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe new community Affinity Sheep Station Creek, located in Morayfield on Brisbane’s north, demonstrates this trend, being surrounded by bushland with a focus on staying fit and healthy.Affinity sales manager Melody Lucas said that while the community might feel cut off from the big smoke, it’s conveniently located close to a major centre.“Nestled amongst pristine nature reserves and bushland, as well as the incredibly picturesque Sheep Station Creek, it’s easy to forget just how close the community is to the Morayfield shopping precinct, transport connections and first-class medical facilities,” Ms Lucas said. “These new homes combine country living with urban convenience to appeal to people passionate about their independence who appreciate quality of design and build.”Stage one of the new community was officially launched last month. Upon completion the community will comprise 134 homes, as well as a country club house, heated pool, bowling green and other communal facilities to promote an active lifestyle of its residents.With homes starting at $365,000, Ms Lucas said the community would also fill the gap of affordable housing for over 50s.“We’ve priced Affinity homes and structured the rental figure to provide greater transparency to our residents at a time in their lives when they require assurance in a budgetary sense,” she said.last_img read more

Purdue Football

first_imgIt was not a surprise when Purdue fired head football coach, Darrell Hazell.  It was a surprise when they fired him in the middle of the season.  Gerard Parker will finish the year as the interim coach.  I sure hope Purdue does not name him the head coach at the end of the season.  This would only prolong the ineptness of the Purdue program.Purdue needs to go out and find a name coach to get the program back on track.  Look what happened with Ohio State and Michigan when they went after the big name coaches.  Les Miles from LSU is available, and I hope Purdue will be willing to pay the money that it will take to get someone of his name recognition to head the program.last_img read more

Lawrenceburg bike share program returns

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — River Cities Bike Share, the community bike share program that first launched last year, returns for its second season beginning this week, with short-term bike rentals now available throughout Southeast Indiana.The innovative initiative – the first bike share program of its kind in the area – features 30 “ready-to-ride” bicycles located throughout the cities of Lawrenceburg and Aurora, as well as along Dearborn Trails, a popular trail system that runs through the region.  Equipped with a locking mechanism, the bikes are housed at several docking sites throughout the community, and can be rented and reserved using a free downloadable app.Each of the Shimano seven-speed bicycles are available on a ride-and-return basis. The cost to ride is $3 for the first hour and $2 for each additional hour.  Users can use the bikes to travel between the region’s many shops, attractions and restaurants, or head for Dearborn Trails.  The multi-use paved pathway follows the river in many places, offering on-and-off trailhead access at several points between Lawrenceburg, Aurora and Greendale.For more information on the River Cities Bike Share, or to download the bike share app, visit online here.  For assistance with the River Cities Bike Share app and bicycle access, please call 812-290-1070 or 812-584-1092.  To learn more about things to see and do in Southeast Indiana this spring, log on here or follow us on Facebook. at www.facebook.com/visitsoutheastindiana.last_img read more

Chelsea winger Pulisic in ‘killer mood’ for FA Cup final

first_img Loading… read also:Pulisic hands Lampard huge injury boost as Chelsea ace speaks on return On the final, Pulisic said: “The final comes down to us against them, who is more ready to play on the day. “Obviously it gives us confidence that we’ve been in good form, we’ve been playing well and we’re going to try and bring that into the game. In the end, it is one game and in a final, anything can happen.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Most Influential Countries In The History Of The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t AffordA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animecenter_img Chelsea winger, Christian Pulisic, is “100% fit” for the FA Cup final this weekend. Pulisic has been nursing a knock in recent weeks, which saw him missed the semi-final win over Manchester United. But the United States star says he is ready for the big game against Arsenal at Wembley. He told ESPN FC: “I never had a real issue. I’m 100% fit.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Economic Development Commission meeting set

first_imgBatesville, IN—A public meeting for the Economic Development Commission of Batesville will be held on November 8 at 8:00 a.m. in the Memorial Building, Mayor’s Conference Room, 1st floor, locates at 132 South Main Street, Batesville, Indiana.last_img

Beam setting over I-74 in Decatur County starts Thursday

first_imgSt. Omer, IN— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Beaty Construction plans to conduct intermittent stoppages on I-74 on Thursday and Friday this week (June 4-5) near St. Omer in Decatur County. Beam setting will take place as part of a $1.2 million superstructure replacement project on C.R. 700 N. over the interstate that began earlier this year.Starting as early as 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, all lanes of I-74 EB will close west of Greensburg near the C.R. 700 N. overpass for up to 20 minutes. Traffic will be held and then released until normal flow is reached. Stoppages will take place throughout the day for up to 12 hours. Beam setting will continue over I-74 WB on Friday, with stoppages also beginning around 6:30 a.m. Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route to avoid delays or allow extra time when traveling through the area.Work will continue on the project through late September and C.R. 700 N. will remain closed. The official detour route follows C.R. 580 W. to C.R. 1050 S. to C.R. 1000 W.Drivers should slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.last_img read more

Goalless in Cardiff

first_img Press Association Ultimately this was a game Cardiff needed to win, and one Villa were happy enough to avoid losing, and there is no question this result will be more warmly welcomed by Paul Lambert than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Villa climb five points clear of the drop zone, but Cardiff remain 19th with just two wins from their last 17 league games. They will also have to do without Craig Bellamy for their critical upcoming encounter with Hull after player and club “reluctantly” accepted a violent conduct charge and three-match ban from the Football Association for striking Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman in Saturday’s south Wales derby defeat. Solskjaer was brave in his selection on the night, with Campbell, Noone, Wilfried Zaha, Kenwyne Jones and Jordon Mutch all starting, but there was never any real flow to their play, with Zaha and Jones worryingly ineffectual. Yet what chances there were during a first half devoid of any genuine quality fell to the home side. After a dull opening, enlivened only by a hopeful, and off-target Fabien Delph strike, the game briefly sprung to life in the 14th minute as Cardiff struck the woodwork twice within a matter of seconds. Zaha played in Campbell, but Brad Guzan did brilliantly to get a hand to the strike and push it onto the far post and away to Noone, the winger cut in and Guzan was beaten when his shot looped up off Ashley Westwood and onto the crossbar. Ron Vlaar had to be alert to block a Campbell effort from close range after Jones had wrestled clear of Nathan Baker, and Vlaar had to clear from Campbell once more when his horribly sliced clearance had played the striker onside. Cardiff dominated the opening half and struck the woodwork through Fraizer Campbell and a deflected Craig Noone shot, but could not find the net. Villa offered no threat during the opening 45 minutes but could have taken all three points had Leandro Bacuna and Gabriel Agbonlahor shown better composure in front of goal. Cardiff and Aston Villa played out a goalless draw at Cardiff City Stadium which does far more good for the visitors’ hopes of Premier League survival than their hosts. Zaha had the ball in the back of the net at the other end, but was a long way offside when Steven Caulker’s header fell to him in the six-yard box. Mutch did not last much longer as he limped off holding a hamstring, with Magnus Wolff Eikrem his replacement, before Villa had penalty appeals turned away after Kevin Theophile-Catherine had handled while heading clear under pressure from Benteke. Villa, doubtless with some harsh words from Lambert ringing in their ears, started the second period brightly and Cardiff skipper Caulker blocked a goalbound Benteke header from another pinpoint Albrighton centre. The hosts were soon back on the front foot with Campbell getting the better of Vlaar, thanks to a touch off his arm, but failed to work Guzan with his shot from the edge of the area. Bacuna was similarly wasteful at the other end as Agbonlahor’s intelligent turn and through ball went unrewarded thanks to a scuffed effort from the full-back. Jones headed directly at Guzan from Theophile-Catherine’s cross, while Benteke curiously opted to try and pull the ball back across goal when Bacuna’s pass had split the Cardiff defence and played him in on goal. As the game finally opened up Marshall was called upon to make his first save of the night as he stuck out a left-hand to keep out a Delph shot which had taken a wicked deflection off Gary Medel. But arguably the best chance of all fell to Agbonlahor in the dying minutes. Albrighton’s pass and Benteke’s flick found the striker free in front of goal, only for him to delay his shot long enough for Theophile-Catherine to make a crucial block. And then, with seconds remaining, Marshall pulled off a stunning save in stoppage time to deny Andreas Weimann as preserve Cardiff’s point. The goalkeeper changed direction in mid air to save Cardiff. last_img read more