Read also: Doctors, beaten and harassed, plan silent protest across IndiaOther cases of hostility to medical workers include an anesthetist in Bogota who told Reuters he had been prohibited from using communal areas where he lived, and reports by local media of graffiti on the wall of one doctor’s apartment that threatened to kill his family if he didn’t vacate the property.For frontline medical staff battling the virus, such open aggression by their neighbors can be devastating.”I lost control and started crying,” Botache said. “On the phone, my family members asked me to calm down… I didn’t hear what they were saying because I couldn’t even speak between sobs and tears.”The doctor has since moved into another apartment.”I felt enormously disappointed not just in my neighbors but in seeing how humanity behaves in the face of fear and the unknown, as well as the ignorance that characterizes many people,” he said. Topics : However, his new neighbors protested against his arrival and demanded the building’s owner evict him.”The owner told me that people were really scared, that they said they would leave if I didn’t,” Botache told Reuters in a video interview. The owner had asked him to leave, he added.The owner and neighbors could not immediately be reached for comment.Colombia has reported more than 4,500 cases of COVID-19 and over 210 deaths. More than 300 medical workers have been infected, leading to the deaths of at least four, according to figures by Colombia’s National Health Institute. A doctor in the Colombian city of Cali said this week that he was forced from his apartment just eight days after he moved in because other residents of the building feared he would bring the new coronavirus into their homes.It is the latest example of hostility to medical workers in Latin America, who have faced discrimination and even attacks amidst concerns they could be spreading the virus.Cristhian Botache, 22, said he moved out of his family home at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to protect his older relatives, who are more at risk of falling seriously ill.
The Dutch Investment Institute (NLII) has called on its government to step up efforts to create profitable local-economy investment opportunities for institutional investors.In an open letter to lawmakers, Loek Sibbing, chief executive at the NLII, said there were far too few attractive projects in the Netherlands and called for a dedicated organisation to co-finance projects and make them “investment-ready”.He argued that, “even if €10bn of institutional assets were instantly available” to finance offshore wind farms, schools and thermal grids, “the money would remain unspent”.He singled out projects that were part of the transition to sustainable energy generation as being particularly well suited for institutional investors. “Management-consulting firm McKinsey recently concluded that, in the Netherlands, €200bn of investment is needed over the next 20 years,” Sibbing said.“Because pension-fund participants want their schemes to [embrace] sustainability, the funds are keen to invest in such things as energy-efficient housing, cleaner engines for inland shipping, wind farms and thermal grids.”Sibbing also advocated a “robust government organisation with the leeway to launch and guide well-designed projects in an entrepreneurial fashion”.He added: “A decisive body, with its own assets and skilled staff, would carry weight with local government and semi-public institutions and therefore be able to speed up projects.”He said the organisation should also have risk-bearing public funds available to make initially unprofitable investments and cover risks.He said that just such a concept – called P3 – was already operating successfully in Canada.Since last year, the NLII – an initiative launched by Dutch institutional investors – has established two funds for SME investments, as well as a fund for investments in care property.Its corporate-loans fund (BLF) has already raised €480m of its €500m target, with €180m invested and €140m in the pipeline.Investors have also committed €100m to the NLII’s subordinated-loans fund (ALF), which has a target of €300m.SPH, the €9.5bn occupational pension fund for general practitioners in the Netherlands, has committed €80m to NLII’s care property fund.Sibbing said €14m had now been invested in the Apollo Zorgvastgoedfonds, with €110m of concrete projects remaining.Elsewhere, Dutch labour party PvdA said in its election manifesto that it wanted pension funds to invest at least 20% of their assets locally, while the liberal democrat D66 said it wanted “a new public merchant bank that links existing government expertise and budget with assets that are available – from pension funds, for example”.
Damen Shipyards Group has won the 2017 Dutch Logistics Award in recognition of the company’s high standards of logistical management and efficiency.Established in 1984, the Dutch Logistics Award is organised by the Netherlands Association of Logistics Management (vLm).Previous winners include renowned industry names such as DAF Trucks, TomTom WORK, Nike, Heineken, and Philips Lighting.“We are extremely proud to have been presented with this prominent award for our work,” commented Jason Bronscheer, Damen’s Director Operations Support. “It is recognition of our strong track record that has been accomplished by a concerted effort from all our employees.”“We have a very future-proof way of thinking; we are utilizing advances in the Internet of Things, and the fields of robot and sensor technology and automation,” added Jason Bronscheer. “In fact, we do everything to make our work processes as efficient and safe as possible.”Furthermore, the company has developed a ‘vessel configurator’ as a tool for sales managers and their clients to configure a vessel with all the various options available.Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. The company has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide.
TVNZ News 16 January 2012The death of a two-month-old Wanganui girl has prompted calls for a Commission of Inquiry into violence against children in New Zealand. Family First say the case is further proof of the urgent need for an independent inquiry completely removed from political parties. Both Labour and National are rejecting the idea. Family First director Bob McCroskie said child abuse deserves more focus. “I think a lot of people are saying ‘come on, we really need to tackle this issue head on,’” he said. “We’ve had commissions into the Christchurch earthquake and yet we haven’t had a Commission of Inquiry into our greatest and ongoing tragedy of child abuse deaths.”Last year the Government promised a solution to New Zealand’s high rate of child abuse and launched a green paper asking for public submissions on what should be done. But McCoskrie believes independent advice is needed to figure out how abuse is happening. “I think that we just need to take it away from it being a political process where it’s about political points scoring and posturing and election stunts,” he said. “Put it in the hands of independent experts and and get the very best people to look at some of the issues.”Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said there is no need for an inquiry. She says the green paper has already garnered 500 submissions, and is an inclusive opportunity for all New Zealanders to offer their solutions to stop child abuse. Bennett said she will be touring the country next week to get more people involved. Labour’s social development spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern also says an inquiry is not needed. She said Labour has been calling for the Government to work across political parties on child welfare issues for some time.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/call-inquiry-into-ongoing-tragedy-child-abuse-4689845WATCH Family First’s Bob McCoskrie on ONE Newshttp://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/family-first-call-child-abuse-inquiry-video-4689865
The Batesville Middle School Boys finished 2nd in the Greensburg Invitational. Ean Loichinger won the boys race with a time of 10:25, followed by Benjamin Moster, 3rd, Will Nuhring, 27th, and Aiden Geers, 28th. Vonley Hund finished 10th in the boys reserve race.The Batesville Middle School Girls won the Greensburg Invitational. Lily Pinckley finished 2nd in the race with a time of 12:10, followed by Emma Weiler, 3rd, Sarah Ripperger, 10th, Ava Hanson, 13th, and Sophie Myers, 18th. Jada Day finished 2nd in the girls reserve race, followed by Lily Meyer, 3rd, Maria Lopez, 7th, Megan Allgeier, 8th, and Elena Kuisel, 9th.Greensburg Invitational ResultsBoys-Columbus Northside 26, Batesville 98, Seymour 115, Jennings County 125, Doe Creek 137, Greensburg 141, Shelbyville 207, Waldron 220, Sunman Dearborn 223, Greendale 277, Connersville 305, Hauser 328, Franklin County 390, South Decatur 395, Southwestern 402, North Decatur 411.Girls-Batesville 46, Columbus Northside 71, Greensburg 73, Seymour 88, Doe Creek 156, Sunman Dearborn 169, Waldron 217, Jac-Cen-Del 245, South Dearborn 258, Jennings County 304.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.
SULLIVAN – The George Stevens Academy boys’ and girls’ cross country teams won the Seacoast Invitational on Friday.The GSA girls won with 15 points, and the boys won with 18.For the girls, nine GSA runners placed among the top 11 finishers in the 5K. Eliza Broughton won in 17 minutes and 38 seconds; Zeya Lorio took second in 18:18; Mary Richardson, third in 18:22; Hanna Gutow, fifth in 19:08; Tess Williamson, sixth in 19:16; Bella Cimeno, seventh in 19:33; Alessandra Rovescala, ninth in 19:36; Emma Larson-Whittaker; and Rachel DesFosses, 11 in 20:39.Tasha Clement of Bucksport placed fourth in 19:07.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the boys, GSA’s Will Entwisle won in 15:43. Oliver Dillon took second (15:44); Oliver Broughton, fourth (16:13); and Aylen Wolf, fifth (16:13).Brendan Penfold of Deer Isle-Stonington placed sixth in 16:13.Find more results at the links below:Girls’ resultsBoys’ results
UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA playing rules oversight committee has announced alterations in football and other sports to accommodate for COVID-19 concerns this coming season.The sideline area college football teams use to congregate will be extended by 20 yards.Currently, as many as four team captains can participate in the coin toss. That has been reduced to one and only two officials will be allowed to participate.In soccer, the penalty for spitting at an opponent has been increased from an ejection and one-game suspension to an ejection and two-game suspension. In volleyball, teams will not switch benches during a match.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: — The Southeastern Conference will play only league games in 2020 to deal with potential COVID-19 disruptions, a decision that pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths. The SEC’s university presidents agreed upon a 10-game schedule that eliminated all nonconference opponents and is scheduled to begin Sept. 26. The SEC championship game, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, will be pushed back to Dec. 19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 will also play only conference games. The ACC announced plans for an 11-game schedule with one non-conference game. — A total of 457 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Associated Press research, 134 Football Bowl Subdivision games are off. That number is 383 for the Football Championship Subdivision. Included in those numbers are 60 matchups between FBS and FCS teams. A total of 454 Division II games are off. The number is 1,013 in Division III.— Georgia Tech has moved this season’s home game against Notre Dame to its campus stadium, citing uncertainty over scheduling because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced a new 11-game scheduling format that includes 10 conference games, with Notre Dame joining as a full-time member for the 2020 season. Georgia Tech was set to play Notre Dame at Atlanta’s 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 14. Uncertainty over the playing date prompted the school to move the contest to its regular home venue, 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium.— Top-ranked Ash Barty has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she’s not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile player so far to pull out of the Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the global health crisis. The U.S. Open is set to start Aug. 31. Barty won the French Open champion in 2019. She hasn’t yet decided if she’ll defend that title. The clay-court major was postponed earlier in the year and rescheduled to start in late September. — Formula One driver Sergio Perez is out of Sunday’s British Grand Prix after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Racing Point driver, who is Mexican, will now go into isolation. The race on Sunday will be the fourth in the pandemic-affected season that should have begun in March. NBA RESUMESSeason resumes with doubleheaderLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Utah Jazz, the team initially at the center of the coronavirus shutdown, opens the NBA’s restart with a game against a New Orleans Pelicans team powered by Zion Williamson and chasing a playoff spot. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers in the second game of a doubleheader in the Disney bubble. There won’t be any fans in attendance, and health and safety protocols are in place that don’t even allow teams to shower in the arena after games. With eight games remaining games before the playoffs, teams that have clinched berths are focused on securing the best possible playoff seed. For the hopefuls, it’s about finding a way to get into the field and stay at Disney at least a couple weeks longer. It’s the latest in a series of scheduling changes as Major League Baseball attempts to play a 60-game season amid a pandemic that is surging in parts of the United States.Earlier Thursday, word emerged that another player with the Miami Marlins — who recently played at Philadelphia — tested positive for COVID-19, bringing their total outbreak to 17 players, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Marlins remain quarantined in Philadelphia.The Phillies said there were no positive results among players from Wednesday’s testing of their team. But there were two positives: One from a a member of the coaching staff and one from a member of the home clubhouse staff. All activity at Citizens Bank Park was canceled Thursday until further notice.In other MLB news: — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will be returning from a one-game suspension when the defending NL West champions visit Arizona tonight for the Diamondbacks’ home opener. Major League Baseball suspended Roberts one game and Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly eight games on Wednesday, the day after benches cleared in the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 victory over the Houston Astros. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined. Roberts served his penalty Wednesday night when the Dodgers beat Houston 4-2 in 13 innings. Kelly was punished for throwing a fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and mockingly taunting Astros star Carlos Correa. He elected to appeal and can continue to play.— Home plate umpire Joe West missed two innings of a game between the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays after getting bloodied when he was hit in the head by Bo Bichette’s flying bat. The 67-year-old West is the senior umpire in Major League Baseball. He was struck near his left ear when Toronto leadoff hitter Bichette lost hold of his bat while missing the first pitch thrown by Washington’s Erick Fedde. Vic Carapazza moved from his original assignment at second base to behind the plate, and the game continued with three umpires. West returned in the middle of the third inning and began working at third base.— Major League Baseball is debating whether to play shorter doubleheaders this season. The players’ association is surveying its members and deciding whether to propose two seven-inning games, or one nine-inning game followed by one seven-inning contest. MLB is expected to decide by Saturday whether to go with shorter doubleheaders. Philadelphia and Toronto are scheduled to play a doubleheader that day.— Major league hitters have opened this 60-game sprint by stumbling out of the blocks. Coming off a condensed preseason camp for a season truncated by the coronavirus pandemic, hitters can’t seem to get in the swing of things. The league-wide batting average is .229, down from .252 last season — stunning, considering the National League has adopted the designated hitter for this season. The all-time low for batting average is .237, set in 1968, “the year of the pitcher.” Strikeouts are up for the 15th straight season, and the home run rate has dropped a year after extra-slick baseballs helped produce a record 6,776 big flies. — Mike Foltynewicz is getting another chance with the Atlanta Braves. Foltynewicz has cleared waivers and was outrighted to the team’s alternate training site. No team chose to take on the $2.3 million remaining in Foltnewicz’s 2020 contract. He was designated for assignment by the Braves on Tuesday following an alarming drop in velocity in summer camp and in his 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday night. NBA-NEWSKnicks bring Tom Thibodeau back to New York as new coachUNDATED (AP) — Tom Thibodeau (THIH’-buh-doh) is back in New York as the Knicks’ new coach.The former NBA Coach of the Year was hired Thursday, returning to the team he helped lead to the NBA Finals as an assistant coach. The 62-year-old Thibodeau is 352-246 in eight seasons coaching Chicago and Minnesota. He was the Coach of the Year in 2011 in his first season with the Bulls. He led Chicago to 50 wins in three of his five seasons. Associated Press UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORFormer player: Schembechler knew of abuse at U of MichiganEDTROIT (AP) — Dozens of more victims who said they were molested by a University of Michigan doctor have filed a lawsuit against the school. They include a former football player who claims he told legendary coach Bo Schembechler about the abuse in 1982. It’s the first time that a victim has said Schembechler, who died in 2006, was aware of allegations against the late Dr. Robert Anderson. Anderson worked at Michigan, especially with athletes, from the mid-1960s through 2003. The university believes Anderson assaulted male athletes during routine physicals and injury exams. It has hired a law firm to investigate hundreds of complaints while expressing a willingness to ultimately compensate victims. In response to the latest lawsuit, the school says it condemns all sexual misconduct.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNCAA extends size of football sideline area Thibodeau was an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy when the Knicks reached the 1999 NBA Finals. In other NBA news:— Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer says guards Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton won’t play Friday against the Boston Celtics after both players arrived late to Florida because they had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Budenholzer hasn’t announced a timeline for when either player could appear in a game. He says getting them at least a couple of five-on-five practice sessions and some three-on-three work will be important for their conditioning and developing a rhythm. Budenholzer says it’s a big hurdle to overcome when everybody else has already put in 10 to 14 days of work. NFL-NEWSBills send rookies home UNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Bills are the first team in the NFL to send their rookies home and hold training camp remotely after two more players tested positive for COVID-19. Defensive backs Siran Neal and Dane Jackson both tested positive, upping the team’s total to five since rookies reported on July 21. The Bills did not provide a timeline as to how long rookies would continue working remotely.In other NFL news:— The New York Jets placed quarterback Joe Flacco, linebacker Avery Williamson and tight end Ryan Griffin on the physically unable to perform list. Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP when he led Baltimore the 2012 NFL championship, is recovering from a serious neck injury that sidelined him for half of last season with Denver. He was released by the Broncos in March, underwent surgery in April, and the Jets signed him to a one-year deal in May. They hope he will be the backup to Sam Darnold. Update on the latest sports COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-RACIAL BIASInquiry finds racial bias, bullying in Iowa football programIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An investigative report has found that the Iowa football program has suffered from racial bias against Black players and bullying by a small number of current and former coaches.University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld says the report from an outside law firm shows that the “climate and culture must and will change within our football program.” Coach Kirk Ferentz, the longest-tenured head coach in college football, is expected to keep his job. The report found that many players believe he has already made several positive changes. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSBlue Jays manager: Series at Phillies off because of virusUNDATED (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo says his team’s series at Philadelphia scheduled for this weekend has been postponed because of concerns about the coronavirus after two Phillies staffers tested positive. — Fans will attend soccer in Britain on Friday for the first time since the country’s coronavirus lockdown four months ago. In a pilot event for the planned widespread return of supporters, 500 will be allowed into the Irish Cup final at 18,500-capacity Windsor Park in Belfast. Northern Ireland is ahead of the rest of the U.K. In London on Saturday, England’s FA Cup final will be played without any spectators at Wembley, just like the Premier League concluded in empty stadiums following a 100-day shutdown.FIFA-INFANTINO CASECriminal case opened against FIFA president Gianni InfantinoGENEVA (AP) — A criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been opened by a Swiss special prosecutor. The case is connected to a meeting Infantino had with the Swiss attorney general. Special prosecutor Stefan Keller believes there is enough evidence to take the case to court after investigating the circumstances of a meeting Infantino had with Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber, who offered his resignation last week. — Cleveland Browns punter Jamie Gillan has been placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list, which means he’s either tested positive for the virus or been in close contact with an infected person. Gillan is the third player placed on the list, joining running back Dontrell Hilliard and safety Jovante Moffatt. — The NFL’s chief medical officer says it’s not surprising there have been positive tests for COVID-19 among players reporting to training camp. Dr. Allen Sills notes that the disease is cutting across football just as it has through societies around the world. Sills says the league wanted to examine the results of recent COVID-19 tests before releasing the number of positives. Players currently have to pass COVID-19 testing before they are allowed into training camp. Sills said the screening is continuing and going well.— The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Anthony Barr on the reserve list for COVID-19. Barr is the eighth player they’ve designated since training camp began. — The Carolina Panthers have decided to keep Joey Slye as their kicker and release veteran Graham Gano (guh-NOH’), who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Gano took over as the team’s kicker in 2012 and spent seven seasons handling field goals and kickoffs for the Panthers. — Titans general manager Jon Robinson says he has been in touch with Vic Beasley and that the linebacker knows his absence from training camp is unexcused. Robinson said in a statement Thursday that Beasley told him he will be reporting to camp in the “near future.” Beasley was the Titans’ big free agent signee in March. The Titans hope coach Mike Vrabel can help Beasley play like the NFL sacks leader he was in 2016. July 30, 2020 Keller has uncovered “elements that make up reprehensible behavior,” according to a statement from the Swiss authority overseeing the federal prosecutors office. Keller opened a criminal case against Infantino as well as Valais prosecutor Rinaldo Arnold and has sought authorization to open a legal case against Lauber.
“Even if I fought Iron Mike and beat him, I think I’d be the only one cheering. People would boo. He is a legend. He is the greatest boxer of the modern era.“There are only two recognised champions the world knows of, Ali and Mike Tyson — the most recognised faces in the world when it comes to boxing.”Joshua has made no secret of his desire to fight another Tyson, WBC king Fury.Deontay Wilder, who has the option of a third fight with Fury after the Brit’s win in February after their draw in 2018, is also a possibility for Joshua.That is if Joshua overcomes mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next.He added: “Who would I prefer? It would be the current champ, Tyson Fury, every day of the week. It used to be Wilder and now it is Fury.”He added: “And I don’t want to be in that position where I am talking down Tyson Fury.“He is a great person and he has done great things in boxing but until the day we fight that is where it ends and I don’t have anything else to say about him,” concludes Joshua.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ANTHONY JOSHUA Nigerian born British heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, who currently holds three of the four world title belts, has said he has no interest in taking on Iron Mike Tyson.Tyson has been the talk of boxing circle again with promises of a comeback.When asked if he Joshua would step in the ring with the 53-year old Tyson, he told The Sun of UK: “With all due respect I wouldn’t.
*UEFAinsists no repeat of ‘Final Eight’Ahead of this evening’s Champions League quarter final clash at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, midfielder of the Spanish giants, Arturo Vidal, believes the Catalans remain the best team in the world on their day and will overcome Bayern Munich in the blockbuster clash.Bayern are heavy favourites to beat Barca after sweeping to a domestic double of the Bundesliga and Cup as well as swatting Chelsea aside 7-1 on aggregate in the last 16, while the Catalans ended the season empty handed. The build-up to the match in Lisbon has seen a number of high profile figures back Bayern, including Germany great Lothar Matthaus, who said the Bavarians would have “to do a lot of things badly to lose to this Barca”.But Chilean midfielder Vidal, who played for Bayern between 2015 and 2018, said his side were still as strong as ever on their day, not least because they have six-times world player of the year Lionel Messi leading the way.“Bayern will be confident but they must know that on Friday they’re not playing any old team in the Bundesliga, they’re playing against Barca,” Vidal told a virtual news conference yesterday.“I understand the pessimism but we are the best team in the world. The problem is that we don’t always show it on the pitch and we recently lost the league. But we have Leo, we have the best players and we want to prove ourselves,” boasts the Chilean.Messi was at his irresistible best in his side’s 3-1 win over Napoli in the last-16 second leg but the Argentine’s goal statistics (3) in this year’s competition make for poor reading next to Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, who has netted 13 times.Vidal tipped his hat to his former team mate but dismissed the claim, made by Matthaus, that the Polish forward was better than Messi.“Lewandowski is extraordinary, very dangerous, an insatiable goalscorer,” he said.“It’s going to be very difficult to stop him but it’s impossible to compare him with Messi, who is from another planet.“But you could say that Lewandowski is the best striker in the world alongside Luis Suarez,” concludes Vidal.Meanwhile, the ‘Final Eight’ format for the Champions League will not be repeated in future, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin announced yesterday saying it is “impossible” to find space in an already packed calendar.“This tournament might be interesting in the future, but I don’t think we can do it, because the calendar is so dense,” Ceferin said in Lisbon, where this season’s Champions League is being played to a conclusion.“I don’t know where I can put a tournament for a week or two in May. I think it’s impossible,” he said.Before the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA was busy contemplating changes to the format of the Champions League from 2024 onwards.This year, all ties from the quarterfinals onwards are being played as one-off matches behind closed doors in the Portuguese capital as UEFA rushes to finish the competition after an enforced hiatus of five months because of the pandemic.This season’s final was supposed to be played in Istanbul at the end of May. Now it will go ahead in an empty Estadio da Luz on August 23, with the Turkish city having been awarded the hosting of next year’s final instead.But that is subject to the pandemic being under control by then.“I am optimistic by nature, and I think that things will get better into next year and we will have normal football back, good old football with spectators, so we don’t have a Plan B,” Ceferin said.“You have to know that until March we didn’t have any plan, and then we had a Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, so we will adapt but I am sure the world cannot stop forever because of this virus,” added Ceferin, the Slovenian who became president of European football’s governing body in 2016.“I expect a vaccine, as soon as possible I hope, so no, we don’t have a plan to do the same competition next year.”Ceferin was speaking the day after Paris Saint-Germain beat Atalanta 2-1 in a dramatic first quarterfinal of the competition.The ‘Final Eight’ is taking place in strict conditions, including regular testing and the number of people entering stadiums kept to a minimum.Yesterday, Atletico Madrid played RB Leipzig in the second quarterfinal, with the Spaniards arriving in Portugal after a scare at the weekend when it was revealed two of their players had tested positive for COVID-19.Ceferin said he was always confident the Champions League would be completed, along with the Europa League, which is being played to a finish in similar conditions in Germany.“I was sure that we would do this. I had moments of nervousness but I never gave up on the project,” he said.“At the moment, now all the teams are in Portugal and in a bubble’, I am much calmer. Because when they are at home, and they meet family and friends, it is always a risk,” concludes the UEFA Chief.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram