Kris Boyd: Table-topping Rangers a different team this season | Football News

first_img2:37 3:01 – Advertisement – Kris Boyd insists table-topping Rangers are a completely different team this season.Steven Gerrard’s side have made a brilliant start to the season, opening up a nine-point gap over Old Firm rivals Celtic – who have two games in hand – at the top of the Scottish Premiership.- Advertisement – preview image Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton. They have also had success in Europe, moving to the top of Europa League Group D at the halfway point of the group stage.Ex-Rangers striker Boyd believes his former club are a much-improved side because of the confidence Gerrard has in his squad.“Their performances this season, especially after coming back from Europe, have improved,” Boyd told Sky Sports News.- Advertisement –  Image:Celtic beat Motherwell 4-1 on Sunday Celtic cruised past Motherwell with a 4-1 victory to stay in touch with Rangers heading into the international break, but Boyd insists the champions’ inconsistency will be a huge concern for Neil Lennon.“What will be annoying Neil Lennon is the inconsistency of his team,” Boyd said.“In the past fortnight, there was a good performance against Aberdeen and one for 20 minutes against AC Milan, one for 45 minutes against Lille and then at the weekend. But he’s not seen such inconsistency from his team since going back to the club – and that will worry him.“Mohamed Elyounoussi was excellent against Motherwell, taking his goals really well and that will be one of the most frustrating things for supporters as they can see players who can perform at a really high level but they’re not doing it in every game at this moment in time.” “Defensively, they’re aggressive from the front playing high up the pitch,” he added. “A lot of the goals against Hamilton were caused by pressing.“Successful teams have to do the other side of the game by working hard and forcing their opponents into mistakes, and they’ve been excellent so far this season.”‘Inconsistency a problem for Lennon and Celtic’ Highlights from the Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Celtic. 2:21 ‘A reality check for Duffy’ Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton. “It’s been a totally different team, as Steven Gerrard has so much confidence in his players. He can look around at the bench and he’s got international players and everyone seems to be playing with a smile on their face.“Even with players like Jermain Defoe not scoring, they’re still having a big impact on the game. Celtic cruised past Motherwell 4-1 at Fir Park to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Neil Lennon who was delighted with win. Meanwhile, Celtic defender Shane Duffy – a summer signing on loan from Brighton – found himself on the bench for Celtic’s win at Motherwell, and Boyd insists being out of the team will be a reality check for the Republic of Ireland defender.“Shane Duffy has been struggling,” Boyd added.“A lot of people down south have said that Scottish football is easy and have criticised it for a number of years, but a lot of players have experienced difficulties in the past and Duffy is on that list right now.“He has been struggling but because of the way Celtic play on the front foot, it’s natural to drop five or 10 yards as a defender and he’s been a bit isolated.“There’s definitely a defender in there with the number of years he’s played in the Premier League. Being out of the team on Sunday will be a reality check and it’s up to him to force his way back into the team as Celtic have paid big wages for him.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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How Asian film is making moves to take over from Hollywood

first_img“Lots of issues are coming together in a perfect storm in 2020,” explains Mike Goodridge, artistic director of Macao’s International Film Festival and Awards, which holds its fifth edition in December.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

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American FW&T Magazine included Lošinj in the list of 11 best travel destinations in 2018.

first_imgA specialized portal that brings together American travel writers, food and wine lovers Food, Wine & Travel Magazine announced the 11 best travel destinations in 2018.The island of Lošinj, which visited the island of vitality in October last year, is in a high second place according to the choice of travel blogger Cacinda Maloney. As she says, Lošinj remained in her memory because of the beautiful coast, crystal clear sea and fresh sea air. During her visit to Lošinj, she stayed in the luxury hotel Bellevue 5 *, of the hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas.On its blog pointsandtravel.com, it conveys impressions about the beauties of Čikat Bay and the offer of Lošinj’s Bellevue, and highlights the amazing spa experience for which this hotel was recently named the winner of the Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence in the Best Destination Spa category for 2018. Apart from the top offer of the first 5 * hotel on the island, Lošinj delighted her with the unique display of the Apoxyomenos Museum, the island’s restaurant offer, and the islands Ilovik and Cres and the widely known Lubenice beach left an equally strong impression on it.In 2017 alone, Cacinda Maloney visited 32 countries around the world, including Croatia. Although as a travel blogger she visited some of the world’s most attractive destinations – Machu Picchu, Mexico, Costa Rica, Greece, the Galapagos Islands – the beauties of the Cres-Losinj archipelago and the premium offer of the Bellevue Hotel have included Croatia in her wish list this year. Hotel Bellevue 5 * is part of the hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas and a favorite selection of many foreign and domestic guests who declared this hotel the best Croatian hotel and the best luxury hotel in Croatia on TripAdvisor in 2017.last_img read more

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Experts voice concerns over planned Italian second-pillar fund

first_imgA planned new publicly-run occupational pension fund for Italy is flawed and the country’s Social Security Institute (INPS) would be unsuitable to run it, according to industry experts.Claudio Pinna of consultancy group Aon and Antonio Iaquinta of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) both told IPE that they doubted the INPS would be capable of managing the fund proposed earlier this month by the agency’s president, Pasquale Tridico.Pinna, head of retirement consulting business in Italy for Aon, said: “INPS is the institute which is dedicated to managing social security and my feeling is that this should be their main focus.“Social security in Italy is managed on a pay-as-you-go basis, and they are not experts at managing assets in that kind of way.” “We need to focus and develop the private pension system, but not in this way”Claudio Pinna, Aon“They should be focused on social security, including the funded part of social security, to allow the institute to guarantee a high quality of service to the employees around the country in Italy – and certainly the quality can be increased,” he said.Iaquinta, head of institutional clients in Italy at SSGA, said the proposal – one of a series of ideas for the Italian labour market conditions presented earlier this month – was not a good idea.“INPS has always had a specific mission. What is being discussed now is a different task and you need skilled people to do it, so it is difficult to think that INPS has the in-house expertise to run a complementary scheme,” he said.Iaquinta also said that, if the goal of the new scheme was to increase the number of Italian workers in the second pillar, there was still a lot of room to boost numbers within existing DC schemes.“We are at around a 30% participation rate,” he said. “The lack of offering is not the main reason behind the current low participation rate. It is mainly the lack of knowledge, financial education and, unfortunately, the lack of a consistent and productive public campaign on the importance of creating a second pillar scheme for yourselves.”Iaquinta also voiced concern about Tridico’s proposal for the planned new fund to invest more in Italy. “It can be a good idea to invest more in Italy and within Italy, but it is not a good thing to concentrate all the investments in one country,” he said. “Diversification is a key element.”Developing the systemAon’s Pinna conceded that the chairman of INPS had raised some key issues in his broader speech on 10 July.“The development of the private pension system in Italy is crucial, and I agree that these are important points that the government should assess,” he said.The 30% participation rate, combined with workplace pension assets amounting to less than 10% of GDP, demonstrated that the private sector pension system required change, Pinna said.“It is still not in line with the needs of the employees,” he added. “Tridico is correct; we need to focus and develop the private pension system, but not in this way.”Pinna also challenged Tridico’s assertion that there was a lack of transparency in the private pension system.“Although this was probably was true in the past for some pension funds, with the new IORP II directive, pension funds are applying these rules so there is a lot of transparency here,” said Pinna. He added that INPS was already managing two big reforms taking place in the next three years, involving a national minimum level of income and early retirement for some workers.center_img Antonio Iaquinta, SSGASSGA’s Iaquinta supported the government’s and INPS’ belief in the importance of retirement savings, but called for a focus on existing schemes rather than new solutions.“Instead of thinking about creating something new, let’s focus first on what it is already available,” he said. “Let’s focus the effort on the current second-pillar schemes and work with them on increasing the participation rates. Let’s increase the resources there, which can then be invested more and more within Italy, encouraging a virtuous circle.”IPE has contacted INPS requesting more details of the proposal, but as yet has received no response.The plan outlined by Tridico has already been rejected by the undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, Claudio Durigon, and has met with opposition from Italian trade unions.last_img read more

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Regional integration stalls over governance

first_imgCaribbean 360ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Monday February 28, 2011 (By Peter Richards) – For the first time in years, none of the Caribbean leaders appearing at the Caribbean Community’s end-of-summit news conference uttered the words, “We had a very good meeting.”The two-day gathering here last weekend was intended to agree on mechanisms to govern the regional integration movement that the leaders have always touted as being one of the oldest in the world. But when they emerged from their closed door-huddle, there was little, or as some commentators have observed, no progress to announce. They did not even name the successor to Sir Edwin Carrington, the Trinidad and Tobago-born veteran regional public servant who retired at the start of the year after 18 years as secretary-general of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) grouping. His retirement had long been signaled. At the end of Caricom’s summit in Jamaica last July, Carrington – no doubt aware of the private comments about the need for a new head at the top, and in some instances, newspaper editorials urging him to call it a day – made it clear that he never came to the job with the intention of staying forever. There are at least six people vying for the post. Grenadian Prime Minister and Caricom Chair Tillman Thomas says the exercise to replace Carrington is “a work in progress” and the new top public servant would be selected through a transparent process. His Jamaican counterpart, Brice Golding, said they hope to have a new secretary-general in place by the time the leaders gather in St. Kitts in July for their annual summit. “One has to be careful you don’t preempt the outcome of those interviews, we just have to wait for that process to be completed. We would have expected to receive the report of the interview committee and to have deliberated on that by that time [July],” he added. But as they wing their way to their respective Caribbean countries, regional leaders have done little to alter the growing public perception that Caricom is failing in its mission. Acting Caricom Secretary-General Lolita Applewhaite admitted that the integration movement has “fallen short in a number of areas” and that it was important for the leaders to make a “determination of our priorities which would give a clear indication of the focus and direction that the integration movement must take”. Prime Minister Thomas concedes that many Caribbean people are somewhat fed up with the state of “implementation impotence” – particularly as it relates to the march towards the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of goods, services, skills and labour across the region. When they emerged from the two-day huddle, the new Barbados Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart, who replaced his late predecessor David Thompson as the regional leader with the responsibility for the CSME within Caricom, said that foreign ministers have now been asked to come up with a “realistic date” for the implementation of the single market component of the CSME. Stuart said the leaders had acknowledged that the original deadline of 2015 could not be achieved in the context of the challenges being experienced globally and also by individual member states. But he insisted that there has been “a reaffirmation of faith” by the region to the initiative. At the end of their summit in Jamaica last July, the regional leaders said that the Caricom sub-committee on governance would examine the proposals that have been put on the table with regards to a new governance structure. But Golding acknowledged that the long mooted idea of an executive-level commission that would have the power to take decisions within the Community has been rejected by the heads. When he addressed the opening ceremony of the inter- sessional summit here over the weekend, Golding said it is no “easy task to coordinate the engagement of 14 sovereign states and 14 sometimes contentious heads of government”. Various mechanisms have been proposed but “none has found unanimous acceptance”, he said. “We face the real danger that if the people of the Caribbean do not see in Caricom the fulfillment of their hopes and aspirations, the solution of some of their most persistent problems, they will look beyond Caricom for their salvation,” he cautioned. This is the message that the leaders will have ringing in their ears when they gather in Guyana, at the request of the outgoing head of state, Bharrat Jagdeo, for a two-day retreat where the sole agenda item will be the direction of the regional integration movement. (IPS) Share Share 127 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Regional integration stalls over governance by: – February 28, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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Townsend World Cup dreams dashed

first_imgEngland winger Andros Townsend has been ruled out of the World Cup after Tottenham announced he must undergo ankle surgery. Townsend will be sidelined for 10 weeks and is to undergo the procedure to the joint on his left leg on Thursday. “Following further examination and consultation, Andros Townsend is to undergo surgery on his left ankle after damaging ligaments during our fixture against Stoke City last Saturday,” a club statement read. Ajax claimed on Tuesday that Spurs had contacted them with a view to speaking to their manager Frank de Boer. Tottenham said in a statement released on Wednesday that any talk of an approach for De Boer was “wholly inaccurate”, although the club have said in recent weeks that they will review Sherwood’s position as head coach at the end of the year. Clemence, who made 330 appearances for Spurs, has been dismayed by talk of Sherwood getting the sack. The former England goalkeeper, who was speaking at the CV Show on behalf of Vauxhall, the England Team Sponsor, said: “I would hope he would be given a bit more time. “Tim has a good record compared to (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger, and (Everton boss) Roberto Martinez. “Wenger has been offered a new contract, everyone talks about how well Martinez has done, but everyone is talking about Tim, who has nearly done as well as they have towards the back end of the season, getting the sack. “It really is a strange world we live in.” Ginola agrees with Clemence that Sherwood deserves more time, stressing that hiring a well-known manager does not guarantee success. “A big name doesn’t mean everything, especially for Spurs. They have to look for stability,” Ginola told talkSPORT. “Tottenham must be more patient and not panic if the results don’t come straight away. They need to look at the next three to five years. Rome wasn’t built in a day. “Tim Sherwood has been at the club for some time. He has worked at the academy, took over from Andre Villas-Boas and had some great results. “It wasn’t perfect because, if it had been, they would be in the top four. “Every single year you hear names coming from all over the place. People say, ‘he could good for the club’, like AVB when he signed. Everyone thought that’s fantastic, but then he was sacked, so what’s the point? “I’m not saying I’m not a Frank de Boer fan. I’m just saying that they have someone in charge in Tim Sherwood, with his assistants Les Ferdinand and Steffen Freund. “If you think about the future why don’t you keep those guys for next season? They are competent, committed and they know the club. Why take someone who has to build the entire club again and again?” Sherwood sympathised with Townsend, telling Sky Sports News: “I don’t expect people to be pleased to be left out but he gives everything in training to make himself better. “This is a major setback for him – he ‘s going to have to wait another four years to play in a World Cup, that’s a negative. But he has nothing to worry about. “He will improve himself, he’s single-minded and determined to get every single bit of ability out of himself to be the best he can. “I’ve had him since he’s been a baby and he’s a credit to the academy. He’s difficult at times – he’s a character, not a soldier, who sometimes needs managing. Sometimes all the best players do.” On his own situation, Sherwood said: ” I’m just carrying on as I’d normally do… I just get on with it. “When clubs come out – and managers too – it’s disappointing. Somewhere along the line someone is telling porkies. “W e’ll see where the discussions at the end of the season take us. It’s a difficult time when there are outside distractions but I have to concentrate on the job in hand. “My office is on the field. I think it’s gone reasonably well for me in the Premier League but w e’ll just have to wait and see.” Press Association “The injury is likely to sideline the young winger for up to 10 weeks.” Townsend sustained the injury after coming on 12 minutes from time in Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League win at Stoke. The 22-year-old left the Britannia Stadium in a protective boot and underwent an MRI scan on Monday and was assessed further on Tuesday. The Spurs academy graduate has made 33 appearances in total this term and impressed on loan at QPR at the back end of last season. Townsend exploded onto the international stage in October, netting on his England debut against Montenegro before helping overcome Poland as Roy Hodgson’s men secured a place in Brazil. However, he has not enjoyed the best end to the campaign and last started a Premier League match in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on March 16. That lack of game time affected his World Cup hopes and after this latest injury update, it is guaranteed he will not be among the names when Hodgson picks his World Cup squad on May 12. Meanwhile, two notable figures have voiced support for Tim Sherwood with Ray Clemence and David Ginola declaring he should be retained as Tottenham manager. last_img read more

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Officials Consider Delaying Start of School in Palm Beach County

first_imgPalm Beach County School District officials are discussing a possible delay to the start of the school year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.Florida is seeing a spike in new COVID-19 infections, including 5,511 new cases that were reported on Wednesday.The district recently created a task force and also distributed a survey to parents, in an effort to determine options for reopening safely in the fall.In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a series of recommendations for schools, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. The agency noted the risk of the virus spreading increases in these situations:-Lowest Risk: Students and teachers engage in virtual-only classes, activities, and events.-More Risk: Small, in-person classes, activities, and events. Groups of students stay together and with the same teacher throughout/across school days and groups do not mix. Students remain at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects (e.g., hybrid virtual and in-person class structures, or staggered/rotated scheduling to accommodate smaller class sizes).-Highest Risk: Full sized, in-person classes, activities, and events. Students are not spaced apart, share classroom materials or supplies, and mix between classes and activities.The district is also considering three education options for when students return: full-time classroom instruction, full-time distance learning, or a hybrid model that would involve students being in the classroom two days a week and then at home for distance learning the other three days a week.Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donald Fennoy says more than 66,000 parents and guardians responded to the district survey asking them which of the three learning models they prefer.“Right now, a district data team is analyzing all those results,” Dr. Fennoy told board members. “Generally, the respondents were fairly evenly split in their back to school preferences when asked about returning to school full-time, continuing distance learning full-time, or some form of a blended model.”Officials are expected to make a final decision on the format of the 2020/21 school year on July 15.Wednesday’s discussion is a virtual meeting.last_img read more

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The Strade Bianche cycling races in Italy this week have been canceled amid virus outbreak

first_imgThe Strade Bianche cycling races in Italy this week have been canceled amid virus outbreak March 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMILAN (AP) — The Strade Bianche cycling races in Italy this week have been canceled amid virus outbreak.center_img Associated Press last_img

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County Board chairman says new competition proposals not workable.

first_imgTipperary’s County Board Chairman says the proposal to hold all competitions within a calendar year is just not feasible.Michael Bourke was speaking at the board’s first meeting of 2015 at the Sarsfield Centre in Thurles last night.His comments come after the GAA’s Director General Paraic Duffy re-emphasised the importance of fixture changes to deal with player welfare issues and the needs of club hurlers and footballers. The two most radical recommendations would see the All-Ireland finals finish a week earlier and the club season finish in the same year it starts.Michael Bourke says while the proposal from the GAA Central Council working group is impractical it is still likely to pass if it were put to a vote at Congress given there are only around 10 dual counties.last_img read more

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IBAS backs MGA’s ‘ADR scheme’ as a positive direction for Malta

first_img Submit Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Richard Hayler, Chief Executive of betting adjudication group IBAS, has backed the Malta Gaming Association’s (MGA) ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’ ADR scheme, as a positive directive for the European jurisdiction’s online gambling frameworks.A key initiative for 2018, this week the MGA enforced all its licensed incumbents to adhere to the new consumer dispute policies and procedures required by its new ADR Scheme mandate.Led by MGA Chief Executive Heathcliff Farrugia, the MGA introduced the ADR scheme to provide a reliable and cohesive structure for European consumers challenging MGA operators on matters relating to disputes, transactions and promotional offerings.Industry group IBAS has specialised in adjudicating on disputes between licensed gambling operators and their customers since 1998, and has been a long-time proponent of ADR schemes as supportive structures.“Although we’re bound to say this, I think it is a sensible decision by the MGA to redirect their frontline complaints handling functions to ADR services. Doing so removes the more time-consuming aspects of complaints handling from the daily regulatory workload and allows the regulator to take an independent view of whether those complaints are being handled appropriately, building in an additional layer of protection for all parties.”Since launching in 1998 and acting as an independent reference, IBAS has received a total of 53,886 requests to adjudicate on disputes on – and as a result of those cases £4,708,523 had been either awarded or conceded to consumers,“From an ADR perspective what will be important to those bodies taking up the challenge of consumer complaints handling is understanding what the regulator expects of them. We have encountered situations where the messages we have been taking from regulators sometimes appear to conflict with what the operator believes they have been told. If those issues can be avoided or quickly resolved then I think this is a wholly positive move.” Share Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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