Manchester derby takes centre stage in EPL

first_imgCity go head-to-head with arch rivals United at the Etihad Stadium at 4pm.City trail leaders Leicester by 15 points and are also below Tottenham and Arsenal in the race for second and third. Arch-rivals United, who crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Liverpool this week, will be aiming to close the gap on the top four. Elsewhere at 4pm, second placed Totthenam welcome Bournemouth to White Hart Lane.Before that, Newcastle face Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby with only one point separating the two sides at the bottom  of the table.And Liverpool make the trip to a Southampton side sitting just above them on goal difference.Both those games kick off at 1.30pm.last_img read more

Grassley: evaluate current coronavirus relief before creating “Phase Four”

first_imgNEW HARTFORD — Some government leaders say the massive CARES Act that passed Congress last month may not be doing enough to keep states, small businesses, hospitals, and individuals afloat during the pandemic.While the so-called Phase Three emergency bailout package was the largest ever at $2.2 trillion, Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says there’s already talk of a Phase Four measure. “I would not conclude at this point that we need a fourth package,” Grassley says. “I think we’re going to have one even if we don’t need it for various reasons of equity. Let me tell you, we’re in the process of even now thinking, do we need one or not need one?”Grassley, a Republican, says most elements incorporated into the CARES Act were designed to provide financial aid for three to four months, while some were for programs through the end of the year. The package includes $1,200 checks to most Americans as well as tens of billions for states, a range of businesses and health care providers.“Two-and-a-half weeks ago when we started putting this package together,” Grassley says, “we went into the negotiations with the Democrats with open eyes, that we’re going to try to put together a package that will hopefully get us past the height of the pandemic,” Grassley says it’s too early to start second-guessing the merits of Phase Three, as it’s only been a little over a week that it’s been in place. He says Congress will need to reevaluate the situation in another five or six weeks.“If our head isn’t going to be above water, then we start putting together a fourth package,” Grassley says. “If it looks like this economy is going to rebound, strongly, then probably not.”Iowa’s other U.S. Senator Joni Ernst agrees with Grassley, saying she’s not yet sure a fourth federal stimulus package will be needed. Ernst says if one is developed, it should include more help for the health care system to make sure “we are investing properly in vaccinations and making sure that we are also developing plans for other future possibilities of other pandemics.”last_img read more

‘Farcenal’ — Wenger performs u-turn over ‘timing’ remarks

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have been ridiculed in the British media after the Premier League giants issued two statements late Wednesday clarifying remarks by the long-serving manager about his departure.The Gunners initially issued a statement explaining that when Wenger said earlier in the day that the timing had not been his, he was talking about when the departure was announced and not saying he had been forced out.Further clarification arrived just over half an hour later when the club released a statement by Wenger.“After reaching agreement about my departure, I was happy for the club to decide when to announce,” read the statement.“I wish to make clear the timing of my announcement was right.” It is believed that Wenger will only receive the financial package he accepted to leave early if he sticks to the official line that he stood down of his own volition.The sequence of events saw the club labelled “Farcenal” by The Sun while the Daily Mail summed it up with a headline “Day of Farce”.Wenger announced last Friday that he would be stepping down a year before the end of his contract after another failure to sustain a Premier League title challenge.The club, sixth in the league, face Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the first leg of a Europa League semi-final later on Thursday. Winning the competition is a way back into the Champions League next season.Wenger has been in charge at Arsenal for more than two decades. He guided the Gunners to two domestic doubles and masterminded the 2004 “Invincibles”, as well as winning a record seven FA Cups.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more