IMF calls for ‘substantial’ stimulus, coordination against virus

first_imgTopics : The International Monetary Fund called on governments worldwide Monday to join forces and roll out aggressive financial supports for the coronavirus-infected global economy, including direct payments to workers and businesses.But while several countries have taken steps to cushion the blow to their economies and boost confidence, including the United States, there has been little visible coordination among policymakers like there was at the height of the 2008 global financial crisis.The rising concern about the global economy has been reflected in the continued collapse of global stock markets, with trillions in value wiped out in recent weeks, a rout that continued Monday. Oil prices have also collapsed. IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said last week the epidemic “is no longer a regional issue, it is a global problem calling for global response.”The virus has shuttered factories, disrupted travel, delayed conferences and sporting events and infected more than 110,000 people worldwide. More than 3,800 people have died.Gopinath said the impact is seen in production cuts hitting companies across the globe that depend on parts from China, where the outbreak originated, but also will hit consumption, since people are reluctant to go out and spend money.International coordinationSome countries already have taken steps, Gopinath noted. Italy, the country hardest hit in Europe, “has extended tax deadlines,” and Korea has introduced wage subsidies.Rome on Monday announced it would lock down the entire country to contain the epidemic as the death toll reached 463. Italy is preparing a 7.5 billion euro (US$8.6 billion) package aimed at helping out the devastated tourism industry and other sectors especially hard-hit by disruptions in global supply chains.The US Federal Reserve last week announced an emergency interest rate cut, and on Monday significantly increased its cash injections into money markets with $150 billion a day in short-term loans to ensure ample liquidity amid the virus uncertainty.That was just what Gopinath called for, saying such moves “can lift confidence and support financial markets.” And she noted that “actions by large central banks (are) also generating favorable spillovers for vulnerable countries.”But government spending measures to support economic activity have been slow in coming and economists are warning that rapid action is crucial to have the biggest impact.Germany announced an investment package worth 3 billion euros a year but it does not kick in until 2021 and is spread over three years. US President Donald Trump signed a bill with $8 billion in emergency funding, but that largely goes to medical equipment, medication and testing supplies for state and local governments.According to media reports, White House advisers are preparing a menu of options for Trump that include paid sick leave and emergency help for small businesses.French President Emmanuel Macron called for European Union leaders to hold a videoconference Tuesday aimed at coordinating their response to the coronavirus outbreak on the continent.Financial hit exposes weak spotsThe IMF’s Gopinath said governments can help workers who are laid off by business closures by extending and increasing unemployment insurance, as well as helping those that do not have paid sick leave. She also warned that the economic concerns can ripple into financial markets, causing borrowing costs to rise. And that in turn will “expose financial vulnerabilities that have accumulated during years of low interest rates, leading to a heightened risk that debt cannot be rolled over.”The IMF and others have been warning for years that high debt levels could become a source of risk if the economy slows.US banking regulators on Monday urged financial institutions to work with borrowers feeling the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, hinting they will ease up on the rules, a move likely aimed at preventing a rush of bankruptcies or delinquencies.center_img Given the “acute shocks” caused to economies, consumers and businesses, IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said “policymakers will need to implement substantial targeted fiscal, monetary and financial market measures to help affected households and businesses.”That includes “cash transfers, wage subsidies and tax relief” as well as interest rate cuts and financial market support by central banks.Given the ties between global economies, “the argument for a coordinated, international response is clear,” she said in a blog post.The IMF already warned that the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak will slow growth in the world economy to below the 2.9 percent posted last year.last_img read more

India coronavirus cases pass 6 million

first_imgTopics : The virus initially hit major metropolises including the financial hub Mumbai and national capital New Delhi, but has since spread to regional and rural areas where healthcare systems are fragile and patchy.Despite the continued march of the illness, the government is unlikely to reimpose the lockdown it has gradually lifted, after the harsh restrictions battered the economy and wrecked the livelihoods of millions of people, particularly the poor.Some schools have reopened, and trains, metros, domestic flights, markets and restaurants have been allowed to operate with restrictions.Anand Krishnan, a community medicine professor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, said the focus should be on treating people who contract the virus.”The infection is well-entrenched in the community,” he told AFP.”The only thing that we can do is take care of people who are ill — identify them faster and treat them better. And follow the social-distancing norms. Beyond that, I don’t think there is anything specific that can be done.”Some locals AFP spoke to in Delhi said while they remained cautious, their fears about the pandemic had lessened since the start earlier this year.”I’m out of the house all day because of my work. I don’t step out of the house for anything else,” said 23-year-old medical store worker Umang Chutani.”The future is uncertain but one can only be cautious and follow all safety protocols.” Himanshu Kainthola, 61, who recovered from the virus last month after testing positive with two other relatives, said his family’s fears “have reduced substantially”.”We have made peace with it. We take the necessary precautions and invest in increasing our immunity rather than being anxious or scared of it.” Creative writing student Santosh added that the virus was now “part of our lives”.”You cannot shutdown every business, because the economy cannot collapse… COVID-19 is not going to pay the rent,” he told AFP. The nation of 1.3 billion people is home to some of the world’s most densely populated cities and has long been expected to record a large number of COVID-19 cases.India has been adding 80,000 to 90,000 fresh infections each day since it started reporting the world’s highest daily rises from late August.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called on people to keep wearing face coverings when they venture outside of their homes.”These rules are weapons in the war against corona. They are potent tools to save the life of every citizen,” Modi said in his monthly radio address.center_img India on Monday reported the number of coronavirus cases in the country had passed six million, as the pandemic rages across the vast South Asian nation.With 6.1 million infections according to the health ministry, India is on course to pass the United States in the coming weeks as the country with the most cases. It has also recorded close to 100,000 deaths.last_img read more

Commonwealth Cornerstone Group Receives $80 Million of New Markets Tax Credits

first_imgCommonwealth Cornerstone Group Receives $80 Million of New Markets Tax Credits November 18, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group, a nonprofit community development entity (CDE) created by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, has secured $80 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations. The tax credits are provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.This is the largest single award round since the New Markets Tax Credit Program was created in 2000. The number of minority-owned or controlled organizations receiving awards also nearly tripled from the previous award round.“To receive a New Markets Tax Credit award of this amount is tremendous,” said Governor Wolf. “These tax credits have proven their ability to attract private sector investment to distressed and low-income areas, providing much-needed jobs and economic stimulus. These will be put to use helping provide an economic spark for communities across the commonwealth.”CCG is one of 120 community development entities nationwide receiving an allocation of the total $7 billion in New Markets Tax Credits announced by the Treasury Department yesterday. Reflecting the tremendous competition for NMTCs, 238 CDEs had applied for tax credits; only 50 percent of the applicants received funding.With this newest allocation, CCG has received seven NMTC awards totaling $351 million, which it has used to fund 30 projects in the state. These NMTCs have stimulated the creation of more than 5,300 construction jobs and more than 4,200 permanent jobs.“This is the largest New Markets Tax Credit award ever provided to Commonwealth Cornerstone Group,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., chairman of CCG and executive director and CEO of PHFA. “We appreciate the faith shown in us by the Treasury Department, and we’re excited about the positive impact this funding can have in communities large and small.”The goal of CCG is to use these tax credits to fund projects in key areas within communities to create business opportunities and spur economic revitalization. CCG will utilize the NMTC’s to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania.Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of these tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Stephen Klein Wellness Center in Philadelphia, and the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, among others. More information about CCG and the developments it has funded is available on the Web.The New Markets Tax Credit Program, established by Congress in December 2000, permits individual and corporate taxpayers to receive a non-refundable tax credit against federal income taxes for making equity investments in vehicles known as community development entities. CDEs that receive the tax credit allocation authority under the program are domestic corporations or partnerships that provide loans, investments, or financial counseling in low-income urban and rural communities.The tax credit provided to the investor totals 39 percent of the cost of the investment and is claimed over a seven-year period. The CDEs, in turn, use the capital raised to make investments in low-income communities. Historically, for every dollar invested by the federal government, the NMTC program generates more than eight dollars in private investment.Today’s awards bring the total amount awarded through the New Markets Tax Credit Program to $50.5 billion. Since 2001, NMTCs have generated more than $42 billion in investments in low-income communities and businesses, resulting in the creation or retention of more than 500,000 jobs, and the construction or rehabilitation of more than 164 million square feet of commercial real estate.For more information about the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, please visit: www.cdfifund.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Governor Wolf and PEMA Provide Update on Storm Damage in NE Pennsylvania

first_img June 14, 2018 Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – As severe storms last night affected much of Northeast Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf and officials at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) provided an update on the storm damage caused by a possible tornado and next steps in the region.“Our first concern is the safety of residents and structures and local emergency responders have worked through the night to secure the scene,” Governor Wolf said. “I will be on site in Wilkes-Barre Township this afternoon to tour the damage at the shopping plazas as the National Weather Service (NWS) and PEMA work with local emergency management to determine if this severe storm was a tornado.”Governor Wolf will visit the shopping centers at 3570 Wilkes Barre Blvd, Wilkes Barre Township, to examine damage there and meet with PEMA Director Rick Flinn and local emergency management and first responders.A half-mile radius around the damage site has been evacuated due to a leaking 750-pound propane tank. PennDOT has been actively engaged in ensuring roads surrounding the damage site are closed and properly signed to provide safety for residents and first responders. Officials are using extreme caution to ensure the area is safe before residents are permitted to return.There are approximately 15 businesses damaged with some partial structural collapse. PEMA is coordinating with the county emergency management agency and the Civil Air Patrol to provide the NWS with aerial reconnaissance information for the assessment. Damage assessments are on-going to determine the extent of the impact. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf and PEMA Provide Update on Storm Damage in NE Pennsylvanialast_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf anuncia la asignación de $260 millones en fondos para ayudar a las personas con discapacidad intelectual y autismo durante la pandemia

first_imgEl Gobernador Wolf anuncia la asignación de $260 millones en fondos para ayudar a las personas con discapacidad intelectual y autismo durante la pandemia SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Español,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que las personas con discapacidad intelectual y autismo y los proveedores de servicios de apoyo para estos residentes de Pennsylvania vulnerables recibirán $260 millones en fondos de la Ley CARES para ayudar a continuar con la prestación de los servicios durante la pandemia de COVID-19.“Estos fondos ayudarán a los más de 40,000 habitantes de Pennsylvania que reciben asistencia a través de uno de los programas o instituciones del Departamento de Servicios Humanos”, dijo el Gobernador Tom Wolf. “Ayudará a mejorar la calidad de vida de estos residentes de Pennsylvania vulnerables y de aquellos que han dedicado sus vidas a cuidarlos. Brindará alivio a las familias y seres queridos mediante la tranquilidad de conocer nuestro compromiso con el más alto nivel de atención posible, incluso durante una pandemia”.El Gobernador Wolf se unió a la Secretaria del Departamento de Servicios Humanos, Teresa Miller, quien describió los detalles sobre la asignación de los fondos.“Estos dólares están destinados a suplementar los presupuestos de una industria desarrollada en base a los valores de servicio, cuidado e inclusión, una industria particularmente perjudicada por la pandemia de COVID-19”, dijo la Secretaria Miller. “A todos nuestros proveedores de servicios para la discapacidad intelectual y el autismo y a los profesionales de apoyo directo: gracias por su trabajo incansable y desinteresado a lo largo de los últimos tres meses, y su dedicación por ayudar a los residentes de Pennsylvania con discapacidad intelectual y autismo a lograr la vida cotidiana que se merecen”.Los $260 millones se asignarán de la siguiente manera:• $90 millones para proveedores de servicios residenciales, de apoyo para el cuidado de enfermos y de enfermería por turnos;• $80 millones para proveedores de servicios de Apoyo a la participación comunitaria por los 120 días de pagos de anticipos, que cubren operaciones de marzo a junio; y,• $90 millones para proveedores de servicios en el hogar y en la comunidad, empleo con apoyo y en grupos pequeños, acompañantes y transporte por los 120 días de pagos de anticipos, que cubren las operaciones de marzo a junio.Lea más sobre el proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador Wolf aquí.View this information in English.center_img June 15, 2020last_img read more

Malouf makes motza on property

first_img RBA rate cut expected within days Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27 MORE: Wallabies stars keep foot in QLD The house was built in 1970, but it’s the land where the dollars lay, with CoreLogic data showing the land valuation at $1.4m in June this year.It was marked as a clear landbanking opportunity for the new owner, with “future development potential”. Richard Malouf of Malouf Pharmacies sold a home he bought 15 years ago for almost double what he paid. Picture: Tara Croser.Queensland pharmacy king Richard Malouf has very nearly doubled what he paid for an investment home within blue chip Brisbane, as he simplifies his investments.He made $825,0000 over the top of what he paid for a house in one of Hamilton’s most desirable streets — Whyenbah Street. He’d bought the home for $925,000 15 years ago. The home has a large kitchen.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoAmong its features was an inground pool, landscaped gardens, multiple entertainment spaces, and the fact that it was a single level four bedroom house. 5 Whyenbah St, Hamilton, Qld 4007Median house prices in Hamilton have jumped 33.8 per cent in the last five years, with median asking rent at about $700 a week. Malouf’s house had been fetching $850 a week when it was last listed for rental a decade ago. Young Brisbane Lion buys first home for $1m It has a private open air courtyard in the middle of the home.Mr Malouf and wife Anne-Marie sold their home in Hamilton’s Markwell Street for $2.4m two years ago, relocating to Mariner’s Reach in inner-city Newstead. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Buy land for the price of a holidaylast_img read more

2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup: Algerian star eager to halt dominance of Quadri, Assar

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL After hobnobbing with the heavyweights in several major competitions, Sami Kherouf alongside Mohamed Boudjadja at the 2019 African Games became the first set of Algerian players to win gold medal at the multi-sports tournament. The men’s doubles title was celebrated by the government of Algeria and again Kherouf is hoping to go beyond this at the 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunisia. The 31-year-old has been listed among the cast for the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup in Tunisia from February 24 to 26 and the 31-year-old is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to halt the dominance of Aruna Quadri and Omar Assar. He said: “I am preparing for the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup like every African competition with the ambition to do better than the last edition. “My main goal in Tunisia is to win a medal at Africa Top 16 Cup.” Being his third appearance in the tournament, Kherouf has been threatening the old order and believes he might alter the order this year. He boasted: “I don’t set a specific goal as the dream of every player is to win tournament and this is my ambition which is the will to go farther. “I am not bothered about the seeding list as seeding can be altered on table. “I don’t care about the rating as I am aiming to win every game I play. “I believe the ranking will change after the tournament.” Also, the President of Tunisia Table Tennis Federation, Lotfi Guerfel, has assured of the country’s readiness to stage a befitting tournament. Guerfel said: “Everything is ready. “We started planning for the events when the announcement was made that Tunisia will host the two tournaments at the Annual General Meeting of African Table Tennis Federation in Morocco in 2019. “We have booked the venue, arrangement for the hotel has been made, while officials of the African Federation have also come for inspection of facilities. “For us, hosting a major competition is the best way to promote table tennis more in Tunisia and it is an opportunity to talk about table tennis in the media as well as to get equipment donations from ITTF.” Acknowledging the quality of players, Guerfel said: “The best players are from Egypt, Nigeria, Tunisia and Algeria. “This was again confirmed at the 2019 African Games in Morocco with the emergence of individual talents like Ibrahima Diaw of Senegal and Sarah Hanffou of Cameroon.”Tags: 2019 African Gamesaruna quadriITTF AfricaMohamed BoudjadjaSami Kherouflast_img read more

Rodgers: Card should have been red

first_img The Belgium international, who had a hand in all Everton’s goals in the 3-3 Merseyside derby draw, escaped with a booking for his knee-high challenge. Rodgers, who also made a veiled criticism of England for playing unfit striker Daniel Sturridge for 90 minutes in the midweek friendly against Germany, felt Mirallas was lucky not to be sent off. Press Association “I thought Mirallas should have been sent off. It would’ve been interesting if Luis made the challenge,” said Rodgers. “I have seen Kevin for a few years and he looks a real honest player but if you look at it in every way, real time and slow motion, it is a bad challenge. “He caught him on the back of his knee and that can end your career. “It was awful jumping in like that and it took Luis 10 or 15 minutes to try to run it off and he (Mirallas) had another one by the (far) touchline where he’s jumped up and come down on the back of Luis. “He (Suarez) is a player who can look after himself on the pitch, he is a strong player, but I just think it was a bad challenge. “It wouldn’t matter if it was on Luis or someone else it was a naughty challenge. “You don’t want to see people getting sent off but if they should be than that’s what should happen.” Sturridge came off the bench to salvage a point with an 89th-minute header after two goals from Romelu Lukaku had turned around Liverpool’s 2-1 advantage with Philippe Coutinho and Suarez scoring either side of Mirallas. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accused Everton forward Kevin Mirallas of a “naughty” potentially career-ending tackle on Luis Suarez which deserved a red card. Rodgers decided the striker, who has been playing with a dead leg, was not fit to start after being over-played at Wembley. “He had obviously not trained and he played 90 minutes (against Germany) and anyone who saw the game could tell he was not fit,” added the Reds boss. “Because he played 90 minutes he couldn’t train because he has to recover. “His first action on the field was Friday and assessing him on that he was nowhere near ready to start. “I said to him before the game he has been a match-winner for us since he came in but he may have to do it from the bench. “Thankfully he came in and got a great header.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez, in his first Merseyside derby, did not feel Mirallas deserved to be sent off but accepted Rodgers’ viewpoint. “I can see why. I have seen the replay and obviously Kevin goes for the ball with a typical striker’s tackle and closes his eyes when he gets to the incident and his right leg catches Suarez,” he said. “I don’t think it is a red card because it is not a malicious incident, he tries to win the ball but gets there late. “I think a yellow card, bearing in mind the emotions you bring into a derby, was the right decision. “But I can see why, if that had been against my team, I would’ve been thinking it would have been a red card. “I think the referee was very right to give it as a yellow card. He allowed the whole game to be played at a very good tempo and was outstanding playing the advantage. “I was a little bit disappointed with Steven Gerrard’s elbow on Gareth Barry. It did not contact his face but it was not a natural position to have an elbow and that could have been a nasty incident.” Martinez became a father for the first time on the eve of the game after his wife gave birth to a daughter but insisted it did not affect his focus on the game. “That comes through the family. My dad missed both mine and my sister’s births because he was involved in football,” he said. “I am delighted. My wife is in a great condition. I was at the birth but I did very little.” last_img read more

Agent claims strong Toure interest

first_imgYaya Toure’s agent has reportedly claimed offers have been made for the Manchester City midfielder and that the intention is to sit down with the Blues soon for discussions about the future. Reports are suggesting Toure could be set for a move away in the summer, with the likes of Paris St Germain and Inter Milan – managed by his former City boss Roberto Mancini – being mentioned in reports as possible destinations. Ivory Coast international Toure was quoted on Tuesday as saying he is open to ”new challenges” and that he will not stay at a club simply to collect wages. Those comments came two days after his agent Dimitri Seluk was quoted as saying “two of the biggest clubs” had asked him about Toure’s availability, adding: “If City want Yaya to leave, they should come out and say so.” And, quoted by Sky Sports News on Wednesday, Seluk said: “We have had different offers for Yaya but we must speak to Manchester City. “People think he will stay because of money but we don’t care about money. If Man City don’t want him – no problem. “I want someone to say that they want Yaya to stay at Manchester City. Yaya is a legend at the club. All the supporters like him, he’s helped them make history.” City manager Manuel Pellegrini, whose side are set to finish this season trophyless, insisted at a pre-match press conference last Friday that Toure – winner of major silverware four times with the club – would ”continue playing here because he is a very important player”. Pellegrini also admitted he had been disappointed by the 31-year-old’s form this term, but backed Toure, who has two years left on his current contract and captained the side in Sunday’s 2-0 win over West Ham, to come good again. In the quotes on Tuesday, Toure said: “I owe it to the City fans to fight until the end of my career at this club. ”My decisions will not be affected by changes in management, but more by the challenges that will be offered to me.” There have been questions over Pellegrini’s future, and Seluk was quoted on Sunday calling the Chilean a ”weak manager”, as well as criticising City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain. When asked immediately after the West Ham win about that interview, Pellegrini said he did not want to comment. City, likewise, declined to comment on the latest quotes from Seluk when contacted by Press Association Sport on Wednesday. Press Associationlast_img read more

White relieved to make Test debut

first_imgNathan White has admitted he feared he would never realise his dream for Test match rugby during two injury-ridden spells. Marty Moore will provide the immediate back-up if he recovers from shoulder trouble in time as expected, leaving White battling it out with Michael Bent for the last prop berth in Ireland’s 21-man World Cup line-up. Bent’s ability to prop on both sides of the scrum offers the kind of versatility Schmidt has already revealed he craves, but White’s unfussy solidity may yet see him trump his main rival. White himself was simply happy to have made his long-overdue Test debut, conceding he “felt like a kid again” on his international bow. “Being involved in November and in the Six Nations in the camps, that definitely helped me in terms of knowing what was expected on the field,” said White. “I felt like a kid again myself, especially when you’ve got Paul O’Connell out there, a guy I’ve watched for a fair while. “So I just really wanted to cherish the moment. “If Joe’s happy with what I’ve done on the field then hopefully I’ll get the call to go back into camp on Sunday night. “I’m just going week to week really at the moment, hopefully I can go back again. “Marty Moore is coming back, and Michael Bent covered tighthead last week so there’s plenty of options there.” Head coach Joe Schmidt kept faith with the 33-year-old, however, and his impressive cameo off the bench on Saturday has boosted his chances of squeezing into Ireland’s World Cup squad. “When I injured my arm back in November that was very disappointing, but then to get fit and injure my back, there were definitely a few demons,” said White. “Connacht offered me a new contract though, so that really made me determined to get myself right and do right by them. “And this opportunity came along, and that’s just great. “I don’t know how many coaches would show the kind of faith that Joe has shown in me. “He’s backed me and given me a crack, and it’s just fantastic to have had that chance. “There were dark days in rehab but the carrot was always to be in the position to play in a game like this, so it’s great to have done it.” Leinster stalwart Mike Ross remains the only player to feature in every Test in the Joe Schimdt era, and has the starting tighthead spot nailed down for next month’s World Cup. Connacht’s tighthead prop became Ireland’s third oldest debutant of all time in Saturday’s 28-22 victory over Scotland in Dublin, then conceded he fretted his Test chance had passed him by. New Zealand-born White was all set for his Test debut in Ireland’s autumn series in November, only to suffer an arm injury in training that then required surgery. Press Associationlast_img read more