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  •  Turkish florists are resorting to cargo planes instead of trucks as they rush to send as many flowers as they can to the United Kingdom to meet a deluge of orders after the death of Queen Elizabeth Turkish florists are resorting to cargo planes instead of trucks as they rush to send as many flowers as they can to the United Kingdom to meet a deluge of orders after the death of Queen Elizabeth Orders for cut flowers have soared by 90 per cent since the Queen died said Selcuk Celebi a member of the Antalya Commodity Exchange adding that Turkish florists were only able to meet about 40 per cent of the demand Carnations are prepared for shipment to the UK at a flower factory in Antalya Turkey EPA PHOTO It is the end of the season in Antalya province We are in a period where the production in the highlands in Isparta province is in decline Celebi told Reuters The rise in demand meant florists had to hire planes to deliver the flowers to Britain which takes a day compared to a week by truck Celebi said Turkish Airlines subsidiary Turkish Cargo said it had begun shipping more than 500 000 flowers weighing some 13 tonnes to England for the funeral from Antalya and Isparta Turkish Cargo has delivered approximately four tonnes of flowers to London since the beginning of the week it said Between September 5 and 12 official data showed flower exports from Turkey to England increased by 40 per cent compared to last year YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Turkish florists race to meet soaring British demand after Queen’s death
     Turkish florists are resorting to cargo planes instead of trucks as they rush to send as many flowers as they can to the United Kingdom to meet a deluge of orders after the death of Queen Elizabeth Turkish florists are resorting to cargo planes instead of trucks as they rush to send as many flowers as they can to the United Kingdom to meet a deluge of orders after the death of Queen Elizabeth Orders for cut flowers have soared by 90 per cent since the Queen died said Selcuk Celebi a member of the Antalya Commodity Exchange adding that Turkish florists were only able to meet about 40 per cent of the demand Carnations are prepared for shipment to the UK at a flower factory in Antalya Turkey EPA PHOTO It is the end of the season in Antalya province We are in a period where the production in the highlands in Isparta province is in decline Celebi told Reuters The rise in demand meant florists had to hire planes to deliver the flowers to Britain which takes a day compared to a week by truck Celebi said Turkish Airlines subsidiary Turkish Cargo said it had begun shipping more than 500 000 flowers weighing some 13 tonnes to England for the funeral from Antalya and Isparta Turkish Cargo has delivered approximately four tonnes of flowers to London since the beginning of the week it said Between September 5 and 12 official data showed flower exports from Turkey to England increased by 40 per cent compared to last year YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Turkish florists race to meet soaring British demand after Queen’s death
    Foreign2 months ago

    Turkish florists race to meet soaring British demand after Queen’s death

    Turkish florists are resorting to cargo planes instead of trucks as they rush to send as many flowers as they can to the United Kingdom to meet a deluge of orders after the death of Queen Elizabeth.

    Turkish florists are resorting to cargo planes instead of trucks as they rush to send as many flowers as they can to the United Kingdom to meet a deluge of orders after the death of Queen Elizabeth.

    Orders for cut flowers have soared by 90 per cent since the Queen died, said Selcuk Celebi, a member of the Antalya Commodity Exchange, adding that Turkish florists were only able to meet about 40 per cent of the demand.

    Carnations are prepared for shipment to the UK at a flower factory in Antalya, Turkey.

    (EPA PHOTO).

    “It is the end of the season in Antalya (province).

    We are in a period where the production in the highlands in Isparta (province) is in decline,” Celebi told Reuters.

    The rise in demand meant florists had to hire planes to deliver the flowers to Britain, which takes a day compared to a week by truck, Celebi said.

    Turkish Airlines subsidiary Turkish Cargo said it had begun shipping more than 500,000 flowers, weighing some 13 tonnes, to England for the funeral from Antalya and Isparta.

    “Turkish Cargo has delivered approximately four tonnes of flowers to London since the beginning of the week,” it said.

    Between September 5 and 12, official data showed flower exports from Turkey to England increased by 40 per cent, compared to last year.

    YEE(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion FILE PHOTO A heavy price would be paid for invading or trying to invade Taiwan and it would be condemned by the international community President Tsai Ing wen said on Tuesday What we have to do is to let the enemy understand that Taiwan has the determination and preparation to defend the country as well as the ability to defend itself Tsai told military officers in comments released by her office A heavy price will be paid for invading Taiwan or attempting to invade Taiwan and it will be strongly condemned by the international community YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion
      Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion FILE PHOTO A heavy price would be paid for invading or trying to invade Taiwan and it would be condemned by the international community President Tsai Ing wen said on Tuesday What we have to do is to let the enemy understand that Taiwan has the determination and preparation to defend the country as well as the ability to defend itself Tsai told military officers in comments released by her office A heavy price will be paid for invading Taiwan or attempting to invade Taiwan and it will be strongly condemned by the international community YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion
    Foreign3 months ago

    Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion

    Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasion Taiwan president warns of heavy price to pay for an invasionFILE PHOTO –A heavy price would be paid for invading or trying to invade Taiwan and it would be condemned by the international community, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday.

    “What we have to do is to let the enemy understand that Taiwan has the determination and preparation to defend the country, as well as the ability to defend itself,” Tsai told military officers, in comments released by her office.

    “A heavy price will be paid for invading Taiwan or attempting to invade Taiwan, and it will be strongly condemned by the international community.

    ” YEE(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Gov Umar Ganduje of Kano State says Idris Abiola Ajimobi only son of the late Gov Abiola Ajimobi in Oyo State will sustain his father s legacies Ganduje made the assertions on Sunday in Ibadan after the installation of Idris as the Aare Akogun Musulumi of Oyo State The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by Alhaji Rauf Olaniyan the State Deputy Governor and Mrs Florence Ajimobi Wife of the late former governor NAN reports that Idris had last week declared his interest to contest for the State House of Assembly seat to represent Ibadan South West Constituency II The newly installed Aare Akogun Musulumi of Oyo State Idris Abiola Ajimobi flanked by Alhaji Rauf Olaniyi Oyo State Deputy Governor Right and Sheikh Muyideen Bello Left during his installation of Sunday in Ibadan NAN PHOTO Ganduje advised him to sustain his humility and selfless services as he ventured into politics saying that such would propel him into being a successful politician like his late father This installation is a symbol of appreciating his integrity maturity service to Islam and service to humanity So I expect him to maintain this status so that his younger ones will emulate him and they will restore the dignity of their late father he said The governor advised him to be consistent fulfill promises work very hard and appreciate the ethics of politics for him to excel My advice for him is to be consistent He should ensure he fulfil promises and work very hard He should appreciate the ethics of politics so as to be a successful politician like his father I am confident that he will sustain the legacies of his father Ganduje said Earlier Sheikh AbdulGaniyy Abubakri the Chief Imam of Ibadanland urged youths to emulate the good virtues of Idris Ajimobi saying he had distinguished himself in Islam over the years Also Sheikh Muyideen Bello a renowned Islamic Preacher described the late former governor as a great leader whose achievements remained unparalleled I am not a politician but an Islamic preacher I will continue to say it that late Ajimobi s achievements in governance remains unparalleled in the history of this state Bello said He advised Idris Ajimobi to sustain the legacies of his late father and should also protect the good name of their family The late Ajimobi s son said that the new title would spur him to do more for Islam and humanity Ajimobi said that his venturing into politics was borne out of his desire to contribute to the society promising to sustain his father s legacies NAN reports that the installation was performed by Abubakri and was supported by other Chief Imams across the state Among others present at the event were Sen Teslim Folarin APC Oyo Central Chief Akin Oke Sheikh Taofeek Akewugbagold Mr Afeez Repete Alhaji Olalekan Alli a former Secretary to the State Government and his predecessor Alhaji Akin Olajide NAN
    Idris Abiola-Ajimobi ‘ll sustain late father’s legacies- Ganduje 
     Gov Umar Ganduje of Kano State says Idris Abiola Ajimobi only son of the late Gov Abiola Ajimobi in Oyo State will sustain his father s legacies Ganduje made the assertions on Sunday in Ibadan after the installation of Idris as the Aare Akogun Musulumi of Oyo State The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by Alhaji Rauf Olaniyan the State Deputy Governor and Mrs Florence Ajimobi Wife of the late former governor NAN reports that Idris had last week declared his interest to contest for the State House of Assembly seat to represent Ibadan South West Constituency II The newly installed Aare Akogun Musulumi of Oyo State Idris Abiola Ajimobi flanked by Alhaji Rauf Olaniyi Oyo State Deputy Governor Right and Sheikh Muyideen Bello Left during his installation of Sunday in Ibadan NAN PHOTO Ganduje advised him to sustain his humility and selfless services as he ventured into politics saying that such would propel him into being a successful politician like his late father This installation is a symbol of appreciating his integrity maturity service to Islam and service to humanity So I expect him to maintain this status so that his younger ones will emulate him and they will restore the dignity of their late father he said The governor advised him to be consistent fulfill promises work very hard and appreciate the ethics of politics for him to excel My advice for him is to be consistent He should ensure he fulfil promises and work very hard He should appreciate the ethics of politics so as to be a successful politician like his father I am confident that he will sustain the legacies of his father Ganduje said Earlier Sheikh AbdulGaniyy Abubakri the Chief Imam of Ibadanland urged youths to emulate the good virtues of Idris Ajimobi saying he had distinguished himself in Islam over the years Also Sheikh Muyideen Bello a renowned Islamic Preacher described the late former governor as a great leader whose achievements remained unparalleled I am not a politician but an Islamic preacher I will continue to say it that late Ajimobi s achievements in governance remains unparalleled in the history of this state Bello said He advised Idris Ajimobi to sustain the legacies of his late father and should also protect the good name of their family The late Ajimobi s son said that the new title would spur him to do more for Islam and humanity Ajimobi said that his venturing into politics was borne out of his desire to contribute to the society promising to sustain his father s legacies NAN reports that the installation was performed by Abubakri and was supported by other Chief Imams across the state Among others present at the event were Sen Teslim Folarin APC Oyo Central Chief Akin Oke Sheikh Taofeek Akewugbagold Mr Afeez Repete Alhaji Olalekan Alli a former Secretary to the State Government and his predecessor Alhaji Akin Olajide NAN
    Idris Abiola-Ajimobi ‘ll sustain late father’s legacies- Ganduje 
    General news7 months ago

    Idris Abiola-Ajimobi ‘ll sustain late father’s legacies- Ganduje 

    Gov. Umar Ganduje of Kano State says Idris Abiola-Ajimobi, only son of the late Gov. Abiola Ajimobi in Oyo State, will sustain his father’s legacies.

    Ganduje made the assertions on Sunday in Ibadan after the installation of Idris, as the Aare Akogun Musulumi of Oyo State.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by Alhaji Rauf Olaniyan, the State Deputy Governor and Mrs Florence Ajimobi, Wife of the late former governor.

    NAN reports that Idris had last week declared his interest to contest for the State House of Assembly seat, to represent Ibadan South-West Constituency II.

     

      The newly installed Aare Akogun Musulumi of Oyo State, Idris Abiola-Ajimobi, flanked by Alhaji Rauf Olaniyi, Oyo State Deputy Governor (Right) and Sheikh Muyideen Bello (Left) during his installation of Sunday in Ibadan.[NAN-PHOTO]

    Ganduje advised him to sustain his humility and selfless services as he ventured into politics, saying that such would propel him into being a successful politician like his late father.

    “This installation is a symbol of appreciating his integrity, maturity, service to Islam and service to humanity.

    “So, I expect him to maintain this status so that his younger ones will emulate him and they will restore the dignity of their late father,” he said.

    The governor advised him to be consistent, fulfill promises, work very hard and appreciate the ethics of politics for him to excel.

    “My advice for him is to be consistent. He should ensure he fulfil promises and work very hard.

    “He should appreciate the ethics of politics so as to be a successful politician like his father. I am confident that he will sustain the legacies of his father,” Ganduje said.

    Earlier, Sheikh AbdulGaniyy Abubakri, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, urged youths to emulate the good virtues of Idris Ajimobi, saying he had distinguished himself in Islam over the years.

    Also, Sheikh Muyideen Bello, a renowned Islamic Preacher, described the late former governor as a great leader, whose achievements remained unparalleled.

    “I am not a politician, but an Islamic preacher. I will continue to say it that late Ajimobi’s achievements in governance remains unparalleled in the history of this state,” Bello said.

    He advised Idris Ajimobi to sustain the legacies of his late father and should also protect the good name of their family.

    The late Ajimobi’s son, said that the new title would spur him to do more for Islam and humanity.

    Ajimobi said that his venturing into politics was borne out of his desire to contribute to the society, promising to sustain his father’s legacies.

    NAN reports that the installation was performed by Abubakri and was supported by other Chief Imams across the state.

    Among others present at the event were Sen. Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central); Chief Akin Oke; Sheikh Taofeek Akewugbagold; Mr Afeez Repete; Alhaji Olalekan Alli, a former Secretary to the State Government and his predecessor, Alhaji Akin Olajide.

    (NAN)

  •   The United States Senate on Monday passed a bill that would allow United States justice officials to pursue criminal penalties against anyone involved in doping at an international events involving American athletes sponsors or broadcasters FILE PHOTO The United States Anti Doping Agency USDA Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart attends an interview with Reuters during the World Anti Doping Agency WADA Symposium in Ecublens near Lausanne Switzerland March 13 2019 enis BalibouseThe Rodchenkov Anti Doping Act which previously passed the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Senate unopposed and needs the signature of the president to become law The act will provide the tools needed to protect clean athletes and hold accountable international doping conspiracies that defraud sport sponsors and that harm athletes said Travis Tygart the head of the United States Anti Doping Agency USADA The act establishes criminal penalties for systems that carry out doping fraud schemes that rob athletes citizens and businesses he said It also protects whistleblowers from retaliation and provides restitution for athletes defrauded by conspiracies to dope It is a monumental day in the fight for clean sport worldwide and we look forward to seeing the Act soon become law and help change the game for clean athletes for the good The bill has divided the anti doping world The World Anti Doping Agency WADA has expressed concern that the Rodchenkov Act named after the whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov who helped expose Russia s state sponsored doping could destabilise the global anti doping effort while giving United States professional and college athletes a free pass There were also worries that the bill will impede the capacity to use whistleblowers by exposing them to multiple jurisdictions and preventing substantial assistance deals WADA along with a number of governments and sports organisations has legitimate concerns about the Rodchenkov Act said WADA in an email to Reuters In particular it may lead to overlapping laws in different jurisdictions that will compromise having a single set of rules for all athletes around the world This harmonisation of rules is at the very core of the global anti doping programme WADA has also questioned why the original draft of the bill included United States professional sport leagues and college athletes but were later removed WADA wishes also to understand why this legislation excludes vast areas of United States sport in particular the professional leagues and all college sport questioned WADA If it is not good enough for American sports why is it fine for the rest of the world ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    United States Senate passes anti-doping sports bill
      The United States Senate on Monday passed a bill that would allow United States justice officials to pursue criminal penalties against anyone involved in doping at an international events involving American athletes sponsors or broadcasters FILE PHOTO The United States Anti Doping Agency USDA Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart attends an interview with Reuters during the World Anti Doping Agency WADA Symposium in Ecublens near Lausanne Switzerland March 13 2019 enis BalibouseThe Rodchenkov Anti Doping Act which previously passed the House of Representatives unanimously passed the Senate unopposed and needs the signature of the president to become law The act will provide the tools needed to protect clean athletes and hold accountable international doping conspiracies that defraud sport sponsors and that harm athletes said Travis Tygart the head of the United States Anti Doping Agency USADA The act establishes criminal penalties for systems that carry out doping fraud schemes that rob athletes citizens and businesses he said It also protects whistleblowers from retaliation and provides restitution for athletes defrauded by conspiracies to dope It is a monumental day in the fight for clean sport worldwide and we look forward to seeing the Act soon become law and help change the game for clean athletes for the good The bill has divided the anti doping world The World Anti Doping Agency WADA has expressed concern that the Rodchenkov Act named after the whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov who helped expose Russia s state sponsored doping could destabilise the global anti doping effort while giving United States professional and college athletes a free pass There were also worries that the bill will impede the capacity to use whistleblowers by exposing them to multiple jurisdictions and preventing substantial assistance deals WADA along with a number of governments and sports organisations has legitimate concerns about the Rodchenkov Act said WADA in an email to Reuters In particular it may lead to overlapping laws in different jurisdictions that will compromise having a single set of rules for all athletes around the world This harmonisation of rules is at the very core of the global anti doping programme WADA has also questioned why the original draft of the bill included United States professional sport leagues and college athletes but were later removed WADA wishes also to understand why this legislation excludes vast areas of United States sport in particular the professional leagues and all college sport questioned WADA If it is not good enough for American sports why is it fine for the rest of the world ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    United States Senate passes anti-doping sports bill
    Sport2 years ago

    United States Senate passes anti-doping sports bill

    The United States Senate on Monday passed a bill that would allow United States justice officials to pursue criminal penalties against anyone involved in doping at an international events involving American athletes, sponsors or broadcasters.

    FILE PHOTO: The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USDA) Chief Executive Officer, Travis Tygart, attends an interview with Reuters during the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Symposium in Ecublens near Lausanne, Switzerland, March 13, 2019. enis Balibouse

    The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, which previously passed the House of Representatives unanimously, passed the Senate unopposed and needs the signature of the president to become law.

    “The act will provide the tools needed to protect clean athletes and hold accountable international doping conspiracies that defraud sport, sponsors and that harm athletes,” said Travis Tygart, the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

    “The act establishes criminal penalties for systems that carry out doping-fraud schemes that rob athletes, citizens and businesses,” he said.

    “It also protects whistleblowers from retaliation and provides restitution for athletes defrauded by conspiracies to dope.

    “It is a monumental day in the fight for clean sport worldwide and we look forward to seeing the Act soon become law and help change the game for clean athletes for the good.”

    The bill has divided the anti-doping world.

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has expressed concern that the Rodchenkov Act, named after the whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov who helped expose Russia’s state-sponsored doping, could destabilise the global anti-doping effort while giving United States professional and college athletes a free pass.

    There were also worries that the bill will impede the capacity to use whistleblowers by exposing them to multiple jurisdictions and preventing ‘substantial assistance’ deals.

    WADA, along with a number of governments and sports organisations, has legitimate concerns about the Rodchenkov Act,” said WADA in an email to Reuters.

    “In particular, it may lead to overlapping laws in different jurisdictions that will compromise having a single set of rules for all athletes around the world.

    “This harmonisation of rules is at the very core of the global anti-doping programme.”

    WADA has also questioned why the original draft of the bill included United States professional sport leagues and college athletes but were later removed.

    WADA wishes also to understand why this legislation excludes vast areas of United States sport, in particular the professional leagues and all college sport,” questioned WADA.

    “If it is not good enough for American sports, why is it fine for the rest of the world?”

    ERO

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    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
    Source: NAN

  •   Paris Jackson says her musical influences when growing up with dad Michael ranged from Motown to classical music but the style she has embraced for her first album is alternative and folksy FILE PHOTO Paris Jackson attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills during the 92nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles California United States February 9 2020 anny MoloshokIf people do not like it the 22 year old musician is cool with that saying she has quit trying to please other people I ve kind of reached the point where I ve realised that someone is always going to have something negative to say So I might as well be myself Jackson told Reuters I hope people like it but if they don t that s ok she added wilted released on Friday marks the first solo album by Paris Jackson who was raised by her grandmother after the sudden death in 2009 of Michael Jackson The album s 11 tracks with titles like let down repair and collide reflect the emotional upheaval of her journey from bereaved 11 year old through an adolescence marked by mental health and drug issues to young adulthood Everyone has gone through heartbreak and pain in some form or another If my music makes one person feel acknowledged and heard then I ve done my job she said Jackson who plays acoustic guitar has a thriving career as a model and has also worked as an actress But she says creating music has always been a really healthy outlet for me Growing up she listened to a wide range of music There was soul and R amp B and blues and jazz and the Motown stuff My father also played a lot of classical music around the house movie soundtracks even the radio Top 40 she said But the vibe I m kind of going for now along with keeping the folk roots is a little bit more alternative and I m taking from bands from the early 2000s she said Asked what she thought her father would say about the new album she said If I had to guess it would probably be something along the lines of I love you and I m happy that you re happy ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Paris Jackson wears heart on her sleeve in debut solo album
      Paris Jackson says her musical influences when growing up with dad Michael ranged from Motown to classical music but the style she has embraced for her first album is alternative and folksy FILE PHOTO Paris Jackson attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills during the 92nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles California United States February 9 2020 anny MoloshokIf people do not like it the 22 year old musician is cool with that saying she has quit trying to please other people I ve kind of reached the point where I ve realised that someone is always going to have something negative to say So I might as well be myself Jackson told Reuters I hope people like it but if they don t that s ok she added wilted released on Friday marks the first solo album by Paris Jackson who was raised by her grandmother after the sudden death in 2009 of Michael Jackson The album s 11 tracks with titles like let down repair and collide reflect the emotional upheaval of her journey from bereaved 11 year old through an adolescence marked by mental health and drug issues to young adulthood Everyone has gone through heartbreak and pain in some form or another If my music makes one person feel acknowledged and heard then I ve done my job she said Jackson who plays acoustic guitar has a thriving career as a model and has also worked as an actress But she says creating music has always been a really healthy outlet for me Growing up she listened to a wide range of music There was soul and R amp B and blues and jazz and the Motown stuff My father also played a lot of classical music around the house movie soundtracks even the radio Top 40 she said But the vibe I m kind of going for now along with keeping the folk roots is a little bit more alternative and I m taking from bands from the early 2000s she said Asked what she thought her father would say about the new album she said If I had to guess it would probably be something along the lines of I love you and I m happy that you re happy ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Paris Jackson wears heart on her sleeve in debut solo album
    Entertainment2 years ago

    Paris Jackson wears heart on her sleeve in debut solo album

    Paris Jackson says her musical influences when growing up with dad Michael ranged from Motown to classical music, but the style she has embraced for her first album is alternative and folksy.

    FILE PHOTO: Paris Jackson attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills during the 92nd Academy Awards, in Los Angeles, California, United States, February 9, 2020. anny Moloshok

    If people do not like it, the 22-year-old musician is cool with that, saying she has quit trying to please other people.

    “I’ve kind of reached the point where I’ve realised that someone is always going to have something negative to say…So I might as well be myself,” Jackson told Reuters.

    “I hope people like it but if they don’t, that’s ok,” she added.

    “wilted,” released on Friday, marks the first solo album by Paris Jackson, who was raised by her grandmother after the sudden death in 2009 of Michael Jackson.

    The album’s 11 tracks, with titles like “let down,” “repair” and “collide,” reflect the emotional upheaval of her journey from bereaved 11-year-old, through an adolescence marked by mental health and drug issues, to young adulthood.

    “Everyone has gone through heartbreak and pain in some form or another. If my music makes one person feel acknowledged and heard, then I’ve done my job,” she said.

    Jackson, who plays acoustic guitar, has a thriving career as a model and has also worked as an actress. But she says creating music has “always been a really healthy outlet for me.”

    Growing up she listened to a wide range of music. “There was soul and R&B and blues and jazz and the Motown stuff… My father also played a lot of classical music around the house, movie soundtracks, even the radio Top 40,” she said.

    “But the vibe I’m kind of going for now, along with keeping the folk roots, is a little bit more alternative and I’m taking from bands from the early 2000s,” she said.

    Asked what she thought her father would say about the new album, she said. “If I had to guess, it would probably be something along the lines of ‘I love you and I’m happy that you’re happy’.”

    ERO

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    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
    Source: NAN

  •   Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane has signed up to judge the winner of a war game designed to help firms find alternatives to mass layoffs in the face of a coronavirus driven slowdown FILE PHOTO A woman uses a computer keyboard in this photo illustration June 23 2011 im Wimborne File PhotoConfronted with the most unpredictable pandemic in memory cost conscious firms have already axed millions of staff worldwide while UK redundancies hit a record high of 314 000 in the quarter to Sept 30 official data showed on Tuesday Unilever owned tech firm uFlexReward created the COVID 19 War Game to allow executives to explore the impact of huge job cuts on their future earnings prospects Many companies across the UK are facing financial strains as a result of the COVID crisis Haldane told Reuters Simulation tools can help us understand how best to alleviate these strains while preserving jobs in a way that helps both businesses when making difficult commercial decisions and policymakers when making difficult economic decisions The game designed during Britain s first lockdown this year and available free to play on the uFlexReward website calls on players to devise a strategy to cut people costs of a fictional firm by 20 per cent Participants weigh up the pros and cons of large scale redundancies versus alternatives for the long term benefit of the firm as well as the broader economy It collates staff salaries pensions bonuses and share awards into one real time cost base helping players see different ways of trimming overheads more clearly This can include making lots of smaller cost cuts in a so called broad front approach rather than one large saving in more focused cuts like scrapping entire business units or the staff bonus pool Financial firms have historically slashed highly paid workforces on the eve of recession only to rehire rapidly when the economy rebounds Swapping this convention for a broad front approach could minimise the risks that employers end up understaffed and under skilled when the recovery kicks off uFlexReward Chief Executive Ken Charman said Employers in multiple sectors are facing the prospect of a broader revolution in the world of work triggered by technology and mass remote working We are still stuck in a very Victorian view of what work is with fixed working days for a single employer and in a typically narrow role Charman said But change is coming that will allow people to be several things at once if companies lose people who are highly trained experienced and loyal they won t get them back he said Charman hopes the game might persuade employers to waive or cut dividends as well as executive pay increases and offer job sharing reduced hours or part time roles with flexibility to work elsewhere to staff who might otherwise end up unemployed Pushing through alternatives to mass layoffs will require strong leadership and communication particularly when thousands of employee contracts need to be renegotiated but retaining staff could leave firms better placed when the recovery begins Charman said Executives need to be willing to abandon the old conventions there will be resistance and they ve got to be able to convince people this is in their best interests he said Employers big companies and big financial institutions are part of our critical national infrastructure as much as the National Grid They are the engines of our growth but they are under threat Judging of the head to head version of the game featuring teams made up of executives from Unilever and NYSE listed technology services provider Endava will take place on Dec 3 Together with Haldane AstraZeneca senior vice president of reward and inclusion Rebekah Martin Unilever head of global reward Constantina Tribou and author David Goodhart are among those judging the strategies ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    COVID-19 ‘war games’: the computer programme that could help save your job
      Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane has signed up to judge the winner of a war game designed to help firms find alternatives to mass layoffs in the face of a coronavirus driven slowdown FILE PHOTO A woman uses a computer keyboard in this photo illustration June 23 2011 im Wimborne File PhotoConfronted with the most unpredictable pandemic in memory cost conscious firms have already axed millions of staff worldwide while UK redundancies hit a record high of 314 000 in the quarter to Sept 30 official data showed on Tuesday Unilever owned tech firm uFlexReward created the COVID 19 War Game to allow executives to explore the impact of huge job cuts on their future earnings prospects Many companies across the UK are facing financial strains as a result of the COVID crisis Haldane told Reuters Simulation tools can help us understand how best to alleviate these strains while preserving jobs in a way that helps both businesses when making difficult commercial decisions and policymakers when making difficult economic decisions The game designed during Britain s first lockdown this year and available free to play on the uFlexReward website calls on players to devise a strategy to cut people costs of a fictional firm by 20 per cent Participants weigh up the pros and cons of large scale redundancies versus alternatives for the long term benefit of the firm as well as the broader economy It collates staff salaries pensions bonuses and share awards into one real time cost base helping players see different ways of trimming overheads more clearly This can include making lots of smaller cost cuts in a so called broad front approach rather than one large saving in more focused cuts like scrapping entire business units or the staff bonus pool Financial firms have historically slashed highly paid workforces on the eve of recession only to rehire rapidly when the economy rebounds Swapping this convention for a broad front approach could minimise the risks that employers end up understaffed and under skilled when the recovery kicks off uFlexReward Chief Executive Ken Charman said Employers in multiple sectors are facing the prospect of a broader revolution in the world of work triggered by technology and mass remote working We are still stuck in a very Victorian view of what work is with fixed working days for a single employer and in a typically narrow role Charman said But change is coming that will allow people to be several things at once if companies lose people who are highly trained experienced and loyal they won t get them back he said Charman hopes the game might persuade employers to waive or cut dividends as well as executive pay increases and offer job sharing reduced hours or part time roles with flexibility to work elsewhere to staff who might otherwise end up unemployed Pushing through alternatives to mass layoffs will require strong leadership and communication particularly when thousands of employee contracts need to be renegotiated but retaining staff could leave firms better placed when the recovery begins Charman said Executives need to be willing to abandon the old conventions there will be resistance and they ve got to be able to convince people this is in their best interests he said Employers big companies and big financial institutions are part of our critical national infrastructure as much as the National Grid They are the engines of our growth but they are under threat Judging of the head to head version of the game featuring teams made up of executives from Unilever and NYSE listed technology services provider Endava will take place on Dec 3 Together with Haldane AstraZeneca senior vice president of reward and inclusion Rebekah Martin Unilever head of global reward Constantina Tribou and author David Goodhart are among those judging the strategies ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    COVID-19 ‘war games’: the computer programme that could help save your job
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    COVID-19 ‘war games’: the computer programme that could help save your job

    Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane has signed up to judge the winner of a ‘war game’ designed to help firms find alternatives to mass layoffs in the face of a coronavirus-driven slowdown.

    FILE PHOTO: A woman uses a computer keyboard in this photo illustration, June 23, 2011. im Wimborne/File Photo

    Confronted with the most unpredictable pandemic in memory, cost-conscious firms have already axed millions of staff worldwide, while UK redundancies hit a record high of 314,000 in the quarter to Sept. 30, official data showed on Tuesday.

    Unilever-owned tech firm uFlexReward created the COVID-19 War Game to allow executives to explore the impact of huge job cuts on their future earnings prospects.

    “Many companies across the UK are facing financial strains as a result of the COVID crisis,” Haldane told Reuters.

    “Simulation tools can help us understand how best to alleviate these strains while preserving jobs, in a way that helps both businesses when making difficult commercial decisions and policymakers when making difficult economic decisions.”

    The game, designed during Britain’s first lockdown this year and available free to play on the uFlexReward website, calls on players to devise a strategy to cut people costs of a fictional firm by 20 per cent.

    Participants weigh up the pros and cons of large-scale redundancies versus alternatives, for the long-term benefit of the firm as well as the broader economy.

    It collates staff salaries, pensions, bonuses and share awards into one real-time cost-base, helping players see different ways of trimming overheads more clearly.

    This can include making lots of smaller cost cuts in a so-called ‘broad-front’ approach, rather than one large saving in more focused cuts like scrapping entire business units or the staff bonus pool.

    Financial firms have historically slashed highly paid workforces on the eve of recession, only to rehire rapidly when the economy rebounds.

    Swapping this convention for a broad-front approach could minimise the risks that employers end up understaffed and under-skilled when the recovery kicks off, uFlexReward Chief Executive Ken Charman said.

    Employers in multiple sectors are facing the prospect of a broader revolution in the world of work, triggered by technology and mass remote working.

    “We are still stuck in a very Victorian view of what work is – with fixed working days, for a single employer and in a typically narrow role,” Charman said.

    “But change is coming that will allow people to be several things at once … if companies lose people who are highly trained, experienced and loyal, they won’t get them back,” he said.

    Charman hopes the game might persuade employers to waive or cut dividends as well as executive pay increases, and offer job-sharing, reduced hours or part-time roles with flexibility to work elsewhere to staff who might otherwise end up unemployed.

    Pushing through alternatives to mass layoffs will require strong leadership and communication, particularly when thousands of employee contracts need to be renegotiated, but retaining staff could leave firms better placed when the recovery begins, Charman said.

    “Executives need to be willing to abandon the old conventions; there will be resistance and they’ve got to be able to convince people this is in their best interests,” he said.

    “Employers, big companies and big financial institutions are part of our critical national infrastructure as much as the National Grid. They are the engines of our growth, but they are under threat.”

    Judging of the head-to-head version of the game, featuring teams made up of executives from Unilever and NYSE-listed technology services provider Endava, will take place on Dec. 3.

    Together with Haldane, AstraZeneca senior vice president of reward and inclusion Rebekah Martin, Unilever head of global reward Constantina Tribou, and author David Goodhart are among those judging the strategies.

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  •   The rush that comes with a first time appearance at the Masters remains sweet in spite of the COVID 19 pandemic altering just about everything about the major championship this year players said on Monday FILE PHOTO Sep 18 2020 Mamaroneck New York USA Andy Ogletree plays a shot from a bunker on the second hole during the second round of the United States Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club West Mandatory Credit Danielle Parhizkaran USA TODAY SportsAmateur Andy Ogletree said he would savour the experience even in the absence of fans from the tournament which was moved from April to November because of the pandemic and starts on Thursday It s obviously been a crazy time the 22 year old American told reporters on Monday A lot of people have lost a lot I know my problems are a lot smaller than a lot of people s problems I m not going to take this week for granted To maintain social distancing the tradition of amateurs like Ogletree staying at the famed Crow s Nest in Augusta National s clubhouse has been altered with the player s taking turns I am going to stay on Wednesday night after the amateur dinner he said I ll stay up there before the first round and if it s open another night I might try to stay there again Ogletree who won the 2019 United States Amateur Championship is aiming to become the first amateur to win the tournament Hard hitting American Matthew Wolff said playing at the tournament for the first time was the realisation of a lifelong goal It s more of a dream come true than playing in any other tournament the 21 year old said It s the one tournament that as a kid you always know exactly when it is you watch every single shot that you can and it s kind of the Mecca of golf To be here in my first Masters is unbelievable Wolff has shown he can compete on the sport s biggest stages coming in second at this year s United States Open and tied for fourth at the PGA Championship to quickly make a name for himself He said being at the tournament has already exceeded his high expectations It s an unbelievable place he said You don t know what it s like until you re here It s pretty awesome ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Golf: Masters still a thrill for first-time players
      The rush that comes with a first time appearance at the Masters remains sweet in spite of the COVID 19 pandemic altering just about everything about the major championship this year players said on Monday FILE PHOTO Sep 18 2020 Mamaroneck New York USA Andy Ogletree plays a shot from a bunker on the second hole during the second round of the United States Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club West Mandatory Credit Danielle Parhizkaran USA TODAY SportsAmateur Andy Ogletree said he would savour the experience even in the absence of fans from the tournament which was moved from April to November because of the pandemic and starts on Thursday It s obviously been a crazy time the 22 year old American told reporters on Monday A lot of people have lost a lot I know my problems are a lot smaller than a lot of people s problems I m not going to take this week for granted To maintain social distancing the tradition of amateurs like Ogletree staying at the famed Crow s Nest in Augusta National s clubhouse has been altered with the player s taking turns I am going to stay on Wednesday night after the amateur dinner he said I ll stay up there before the first round and if it s open another night I might try to stay there again Ogletree who won the 2019 United States Amateur Championship is aiming to become the first amateur to win the tournament Hard hitting American Matthew Wolff said playing at the tournament for the first time was the realisation of a lifelong goal It s more of a dream come true than playing in any other tournament the 21 year old said It s the one tournament that as a kid you always know exactly when it is you watch every single shot that you can and it s kind of the Mecca of golf To be here in my first Masters is unbelievable Wolff has shown he can compete on the sport s biggest stages coming in second at this year s United States Open and tied for fourth at the PGA Championship to quickly make a name for himself He said being at the tournament has already exceeded his high expectations It s an unbelievable place he said You don t know what it s like until you re here It s pretty awesome ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Golf: Masters still a thrill for first-time players
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    Golf: Masters still a thrill for first-time players

    The rush that comes with a first-time appearance at the Masters remains sweet in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic altering just about everything about the major championship this year, players said on Monday.

    FILE PHOTO: Sep 18, 2020; Mamaroneck, New York, USA; Andy Ogletree plays a shot from a bunker on the second hole during the second round of the United States Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club – West. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

    Amateur Andy Ogletree said he would savour the experience even in the absence of fans from the tournament, which was moved from April to November because of the pandemic and starts on Thursday.

    “It’s obviously been a crazy time,” the 22-year-old American told reporters on Monday.

    “A lot of people have lost a lot. I know my problems are a lot smaller than a lot of people’s problems.

    “I’m not going to take this week for granted.”

    To maintain social distancing, the tradition of amateurs like Ogletree staying at the famed Crow’s Nest in Augusta National’s clubhouse has been altered, with the player’s taking turns.

    “I am going to stay on Wednesday night after the amateur dinner,” he said.

    “I’ll stay up there before the first round, and if it’s open another night, I might try to stay there again.”

    Ogletree, who won the 2019 United States Amateur Championship, is aiming to become the first amateur to win the tournament.

    Hard-hitting American Matthew Wolff said playing at the tournament for the first time was the realisation of a lifelong goal.

    “It’s more of a dream come true than playing in any other tournament,” the 21-year-old said.

    “It’s the one tournament that as a kid, you always know exactly when it is, you watch every single shot that you can, and it’s kind of the Mecca of golf.

    “To be here in my first Masters is unbelievable.”

    Wolff has shown he can compete on the sport’s biggest stages, coming in second at this year’s United States Open and tied for fourth at the PGA Championship to quickly make a name for himself.

    He said being at the tournament has already exceeded his high expectations.

    “It’s an unbelievable place,” he said.

    “You don’t know what it’s like until you’re here. It’s pretty awesome.”

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  •   Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir feels Virat Kohli should be replaced as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the team ended yet another Indian Premier League campaign without the trophy FILE PHOTO Cricket ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final India Press Conference Old Trafford Manchester Britain July 8 2019 India s Virat Kohli during the press conference Action Images via Reuters Jason CairnduffIndia captain Kohli has led the Bangalore side for the last eight editions during which they have just made the final once in 2016 when they went down to Sunrisers Hyderabad It was the same team led by Australian David Warner that eliminated Kohli s side from this year s edition in the United Arab Emirates in a low scoring thriller on Friday Asked if Kohli should be removed from RCB s captaincy Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo 100 per cent because the problem is about accountability Eight years into the tournament eight years is a long time Tell me any other captain forget about captain tell me any other player who would have got eight years and wouldn t have won the title and would have still continued with it Gambhir who led the Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014 said Kohli needs to take responsibility for the team s lack of success and be accountable The problem and the accountability starts from the top not from the management nor the support staff but from the leader said Gambhir who was one of the vital cogs in India s triumph in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 You re the leader you re the captain When you get the credit you should take the criticism as well It s not that Kohli isn t experienced He captains India he captains whichever team he plays for but you ve got to give results you ve got to deliver Sport is all about delivering Coach Simon Katich felt the batting department let down the team who lost their last five matches in the tournament We felt like we were on track at the 10 games mark and then heading into the last four games looking back on it now it feels like we probably ran out of a bit steam Australian Katich told reporters Particularly with the bat That s probably the one area that faded a bit after a really good start to the tournament ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Gambhir calls for Kohli’s removal from Bangalore captaincy
      Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir feels Virat Kohli should be replaced as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the team ended yet another Indian Premier League campaign without the trophy FILE PHOTO Cricket ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final India Press Conference Old Trafford Manchester Britain July 8 2019 India s Virat Kohli during the press conference Action Images via Reuters Jason CairnduffIndia captain Kohli has led the Bangalore side for the last eight editions during which they have just made the final once in 2016 when they went down to Sunrisers Hyderabad It was the same team led by Australian David Warner that eliminated Kohli s side from this year s edition in the United Arab Emirates in a low scoring thriller on Friday Asked if Kohli should be removed from RCB s captaincy Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo 100 per cent because the problem is about accountability Eight years into the tournament eight years is a long time Tell me any other captain forget about captain tell me any other player who would have got eight years and wouldn t have won the title and would have still continued with it Gambhir who led the Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014 said Kohli needs to take responsibility for the team s lack of success and be accountable The problem and the accountability starts from the top not from the management nor the support staff but from the leader said Gambhir who was one of the vital cogs in India s triumph in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 You re the leader you re the captain When you get the credit you should take the criticism as well It s not that Kohli isn t experienced He captains India he captains whichever team he plays for but you ve got to give results you ve got to deliver Sport is all about delivering Coach Simon Katich felt the batting department let down the team who lost their last five matches in the tournament We felt like we were on track at the 10 games mark and then heading into the last four games looking back on it now it feels like we probably ran out of a bit steam Australian Katich told reporters Particularly with the bat That s probably the one area that faded a bit after a really good start to the tournament ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Gambhir calls for Kohli’s removal from Bangalore captaincy
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    Gambhir calls for Kohli’s removal from Bangalore captaincy

    Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir feels Virat Kohli should be replaced as captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore after the team ended yet another Indian Premier League campaign without the trophy.

    FILE PHOTO: Cricket – ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final – India Press Conference – Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain – July 8, 2019 India’s Virat Kohli during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

    India captain Kohli has led the Bangalore side for the last eight editions during which they have just made the final once in 2016, when they went down to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    It was the same team, led by Australian David Warner, that eliminated Kohli’s side from this year’s edition in the United Arab Emirates in a low-scoring thriller on Friday.

    Asked if Kohli should be removed from RCB’s captaincy, Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo: “100 per cent, because the problem is about accountability. Eight years into the tournament, eight years is a long time.

    “Tell me any other captain … forget about captain, tell me any other player who would have got eight years and wouldn’t have won the title and would have still continued with it.”

    Gambhir, who led the Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, said Kohli needs to take responsibility for the team’s lack of success and be accountable.

    “The problem and the accountability starts from the top, not from the management nor the support staff, but from the leader,” said Gambhir, who was one of the vital cogs in India’s triumph in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007.

    “You’re the leader, you’re the captain. When you get the credit, you should take the criticism as well.

    “It’s not that Kohli isn’t experienced. He captains India, he captains whichever team he plays for, but you’ve got to give results, you’ve got to deliver. Sport is all about delivering.”

    Coach Simon Katich felt the batting department let down the team, who lost their last five matches in the tournament.

    “We felt like we were on track at the 10-games mark, and then heading into the last four games … looking back on it now, it feels like we probably ran out of a bit steam,” Australian Katich told reporters.

    “Particularly with the bat. That’s probably the one area that faded a bit after a really good start to the tournament.”

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  •   FIFA will push ahead with plans to cap commissions on transfer fees for agents and enforce a licence scheme even if its new regulations are opposed by some agents FILE PHOTO The logo of FIFA is seen in front of its headquarters in Zurich Switzerland September 26 2017 rnd Wiegmann File PhotoFIFA announced last September a cap that would limit agents of the selling club to 10 per cent of the transfer fee and 3per cent of the player s fee for agents of the buying club The new regulations which are scheduled to take effect in January 2022 will also force agents to become licensed and undergo an exam conducted by FIFA as well as make public all transactions allowing fans to see how much agents are paid on deals FIFA said on Thursday that it is starting its third and final consultation process on the new regulations before submitting the reforms to a vote at the FIFA Council with the aim of bringing them into effect next season Leading agents have been critical of the proposals and threatened legal action Emilio Garcia Silvero FIFA s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer told reporters that the ruling body would continue to consult with agents but was determined to push forward with the changes If we can t agree with the agents then we will move ahead We are committed to this he said adding that the proposals should not be seen as hostile to agents This is not a project against the agents this is a project for the agent that is a very important message he said We would like to work with them they play a highly relevant role in football There are hundreds and thousands who are operating in a proper way added Garcia Silvero who said a new Football Agents Disputes Tribunal would help agents who found them not getting paid on international deals This is not a project against agents those who see this as a project against agents it is because they are hiding something he added There are a big group of agents who are also happy with the basic principles and we are all committed to reach a final agreement and a consensus FIFA said that commissions paid to agents involved in international transfers totalled a record 653 9 million in 2019 four times more than they earned in 2015 The process of becoming an agent will involve a character test and an annual fee as well as continued education and relevant insurance will all be compulsory Agents will be barred from holding any interest directly or indirectly in a football club or a federation or other football body Contracts for commissions should be set out in advance in writing under the new system which aims to end late claims for commissions when a deal is being closed A previous much looser licence scheme was abandoned by FIFA in 2015 ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    FIFA to push on with new ‘cap’ and rules for agents
      FIFA will push ahead with plans to cap commissions on transfer fees for agents and enforce a licence scheme even if its new regulations are opposed by some agents FILE PHOTO The logo of FIFA is seen in front of its headquarters in Zurich Switzerland September 26 2017 rnd Wiegmann File PhotoFIFA announced last September a cap that would limit agents of the selling club to 10 per cent of the transfer fee and 3per cent of the player s fee for agents of the buying club The new regulations which are scheduled to take effect in January 2022 will also force agents to become licensed and undergo an exam conducted by FIFA as well as make public all transactions allowing fans to see how much agents are paid on deals FIFA said on Thursday that it is starting its third and final consultation process on the new regulations before submitting the reforms to a vote at the FIFA Council with the aim of bringing them into effect next season Leading agents have been critical of the proposals and threatened legal action Emilio Garcia Silvero FIFA s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer told reporters that the ruling body would continue to consult with agents but was determined to push forward with the changes If we can t agree with the agents then we will move ahead We are committed to this he said adding that the proposals should not be seen as hostile to agents This is not a project against the agents this is a project for the agent that is a very important message he said We would like to work with them they play a highly relevant role in football There are hundreds and thousands who are operating in a proper way added Garcia Silvero who said a new Football Agents Disputes Tribunal would help agents who found them not getting paid on international deals This is not a project against agents those who see this as a project against agents it is because they are hiding something he added There are a big group of agents who are also happy with the basic principles and we are all committed to reach a final agreement and a consensus FIFA said that commissions paid to agents involved in international transfers totalled a record 653 9 million in 2019 four times more than they earned in 2015 The process of becoming an agent will involve a character test and an annual fee as well as continued education and relevant insurance will all be compulsory Agents will be barred from holding any interest directly or indirectly in a football club or a federation or other football body Contracts for commissions should be set out in advance in writing under the new system which aims to end late claims for commissions when a deal is being closed A previous much looser licence scheme was abandoned by FIFA in 2015 ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    FIFA to push on with new ‘cap’ and rules for agents
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    FIFA to push on with new ‘cap’ and rules for agents

    FIFA will push ahead with plans to cap commissions on transfer fees for agents and enforce a licence scheme, even if its new regulations are opposed by some agents.

    FILE PHOTO: The logo of FIFA is seen in front of its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland September 26, 2017. rnd Wiegmann/File Photo

    FIFA announced last September a cap that would limit agents of the selling club to 10 per cent of the transfer fee, and 3per cent of the player’s fee for agents of the buying club.

    The new regulations, which are scheduled to take effect in January, 2022, will also force agents to become licensed and undergo an exam conducted by FIFA, as well as make public all transactions, allowing fans to see how much agents are paid on deals.

    FIFA said on Thursday that it is starting its third and final “consultation process” on the new regulations before submitting the reforms to a vote at the FIFA Council with the aim of bringing them into effect next season.

    Leading agents have been critical of the proposals and threatened legal action.

    Emilio Garcia Silvero, FIFA’s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, told reporters that the ruling body would continue to consult with agents, but was determined to push forward with the changes.

    “If we can’t agree with the agents then we will move ahead. We are committed to this,” he said, adding that the proposals should not be seen as hostile to agents.

    “This is not a project against the agents, this is a project for the agent, that is a very important message,” he said.

    “We would like to work with them; they play a highly relevant role in football.

    “There are hundreds and thousands who are operating in a proper way,” added Garcia Silvero, who said a new Football Agents Disputes Tribunal would help agents who found them not getting paid on international deals.

    “This is not a project against agents, those who see this (as) a project against agents, it is because they are hiding something,” he added.

    “There are a big group of agents who are also happy with the basic principles and we are all committed to reach a final agreement and a consensus.”

    FIFA said that commissions paid to agents involved in international transfers totalled a record $653.9 million in 2019, four times more than they earned in 2015.

    The process of becoming an agent will involve a “character test” and an annual fee as well as continued education and relevant insurance will all be compulsory.

    Agents will be barred from holding any interest, directly or indirectly, in a football club or a federation or other football body.

    Contracts for commissions should be set out in advance in writing under the new system, which aims to end late claims for commissions when a deal is being closed.

    A previous much looser licence scheme was abandoned by FIFA in 2015.

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  •   Toni Nadal uncle and former coach of 20 time Grand Slam tennis champion Rafa could be in line for a place on the board of Barcelona after announcing on Friday he has joined the team of presidential candidate Victor Font FILE PHOTO Tennis French Open Roland Garros Paris 25 05 2017 Rafael Nadal of Spain and his coach Toni Nadal during a training session enoit TessierFont is the favourite to win the upcoming election which will take place no later than next March but could be held earlier after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as president last month in order to avoid a vote of no confidence If Font wins the presidency Nadal will be in charge of institutional relations and will lead a new department created to promote good behaviour among youth players I m excited and I hope to contribute to ensuring Barcelona remains the biggest club in the world and the top representative of Catalonia Nadal said at a presentation on Friday I want to create a model in which all players from youth level up learn not just to play football but how to represent an institution which is second only to the regional government of Catalonia and that brings with it a big commitment Toni s brother Miguel Angel Nadal made more than 200 appearances for Barca as a defender playing alongside current coach Ronald Koeman in Johan Cruyff s famous Dream Team which won the club s first European Cup in 1992 But nephew Rafa is an ardent Real Madrid fan I m very aware that my nephew is a Real Madrid fan and my brother a former Barcelona player but I don t hate our rivals he added What I m concerned about is Barca and that they do as well as possible regardless of whether Rafa supports Real Madrid or Fuenlabrada Nadal also said he and Font would do their best to ensure Lionel Messi remains at the club and signs a new contract before his current deal expires in June We have to make a huge effort to ensure he is happy to be with us he said It s terrible that the best player in the club s history wanted to leave It shouldn t be possible for him to be unhappy We have to create a climate whereby he feels at ease ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Toni Nadal joins team of Barca presidential candidate
      Toni Nadal uncle and former coach of 20 time Grand Slam tennis champion Rafa could be in line for a place on the board of Barcelona after announcing on Friday he has joined the team of presidential candidate Victor Font FILE PHOTO Tennis French Open Roland Garros Paris 25 05 2017 Rafael Nadal of Spain and his coach Toni Nadal during a training session enoit TessierFont is the favourite to win the upcoming election which will take place no later than next March but could be held earlier after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as president last month in order to avoid a vote of no confidence If Font wins the presidency Nadal will be in charge of institutional relations and will lead a new department created to promote good behaviour among youth players I m excited and I hope to contribute to ensuring Barcelona remains the biggest club in the world and the top representative of Catalonia Nadal said at a presentation on Friday I want to create a model in which all players from youth level up learn not just to play football but how to represent an institution which is second only to the regional government of Catalonia and that brings with it a big commitment Toni s brother Miguel Angel Nadal made more than 200 appearances for Barca as a defender playing alongside current coach Ronald Koeman in Johan Cruyff s famous Dream Team which won the club s first European Cup in 1992 But nephew Rafa is an ardent Real Madrid fan I m very aware that my nephew is a Real Madrid fan and my brother a former Barcelona player but I don t hate our rivals he added What I m concerned about is Barca and that they do as well as possible regardless of whether Rafa supports Real Madrid or Fuenlabrada Nadal also said he and Font would do their best to ensure Lionel Messi remains at the club and signs a new contract before his current deal expires in June We have to make a huge effort to ensure he is happy to be with us he said It s terrible that the best player in the club s history wanted to leave It shouldn t be possible for him to be unhappy We have to create a climate whereby he feels at ease ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Toni Nadal joins team of Barca presidential candidate
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    Toni Nadal joins team of Barca presidential candidate

    Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion Rafa, could be in line for a place on the board of Barcelona after announcing on Friday he has joined the team of presidential candidate Victor Font.

    FILE PHOTO: Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros – Paris – 25/05/2017. Rafael Nadal of Spain and his coach Toni Nadal during a training session. enoit Tessier

    Font is the favourite to win the upcoming election, which will take place no later than next March, but could be held earlier after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as president last month in order to avoid a vote of no confidence.

    If Font wins the presidency, Nadal will be in charge of institutional relations and will lead a new department created to promote good behaviour among youth players.

    “I’m excited and I hope to contribute to ensuring Barcelona remains the biggest club in the world and the top representative of Catalonia,” Nadal said at a presentation on Friday.

    “I want to create a model in which all players, from youth level up, learn not just to play football but how to represent an institution which is second only to the regional government of Catalonia, and that brings with it a big commitment.”

    Toni’s brother Miguel Angel Nadal made more than 200 appearances for Barca as a defender, playing alongside current coach Ronald Koeman in Johan Cruyff’s famous ‘Dream Team’ which won the club’s first European Cup in 1992.

    But nephew Rafa is an ardent Real Madrid fan.

    “I’m very aware that my nephew is a Real Madrid fan and my brother a former Barcelona player but I don’t hate our rivals,” he added.

    “What I’m concerned about is Barca and that they do as well as possible, regardless of whether Rafa supports Real Madrid or Fuenlabrada.”

    Nadal also said he and Font would do their best to ensure Lionel Messi remains at the club and signs a new contract before his current deal expires in June.

    “We have to make a huge effort to ensure he is happy to be with us,” he said.

    “It’s terrible that the best player in the club’s history wanted to leave. It shouldn’t be possible for him to be unhappy. We have to create a climate whereby he feels at ease.”

    ERO

    (
    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
    Source: NAN

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