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UEFA puts future Champions League ideas to league officials

By Graham Dunbar, Associated Press NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has included promotion and relegation, plus places for more teams, in its future vision for the Champions League and other club competitions. European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson told reporters that UEFA leaders proposed the ideas in a meeting Wednesday. It was part of year-long talks about changing competition formats and prize money distribution models that would take effect in 2024. The leagues are competing for influence with the European Club Association, whose own plans are reflected in UEFA's opening proposal. "There are ideas about promotion and relegation. It's a different system to the one we have today," Olsson said at UEFA headquarters. "The total picture is that there would be more clubs involved." Olsson said there was "not a big difference" between UEFA's presentation Wednesday and the ECA's confidential proposal at UEFA in March that has since been reported. He declined to give more details before UEFA updates its 55 member federations on May 17 in Budapest, Hungary. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who hosted the 2 ½-hour meeting, said talks currently involve "only ideas and opinions" and are more transparent than the previous round in 2016 before he was elected. Decisions then favored clubs from Europe's wealthiest leagues. "Our aim is to find a solution that reflects the changes in the game, preserves the position of UEFA's competitions as the most attractive and exciting in the world, while providing significant solidarity funding across European football," Ceferin said in a statement. UEFA expects to announce any changes next year after further rounds of meetings with clubs, leagues and other stakeholders including broadcasters worldwide. "This is the first meeting of several," said Olsson, suggesting the 29-nation European Leagues group could agree a counter proposal at an October assembly in London. The leagues want Champions League entries to be decided only on the merit of domestic league placings and winning a UEFA competition. That has been a basic principle since the European Cup kicked off in 1955 with only national league champions playing. Club leaders want placings in Champions League groups, possibly doubled in size to eight teams, to secure some entries for the next season's edition. Bigger groups also would satisfy elite clubs who want more games against each other and prize money increases funded by new broadcasting rights deals. The ECA's move toward a closed league system is seen as protecting the elite group from new challengers. It follows Juventus and Real Madrid — whose officials hold the top two positions in the ECA — being eliminated in the Champions League by Ajax. Though Ajax is a four-time European champion, it had to advance through three preliminary rounds last August as runner-up in the mid-ranked Netherlands league last season. Olsson welcomed Ajax's return to the top 24 years after last winning the Champions League. "Competitions (themselves) are more important than individual clubs. There will always be clubs to play (in them)," he said. It is unclear if possible extra places in UEFA competitions from 2024 would be added in larger group stages or only in expanded preliminary rounds. Starting in September 2021, and for three seasons until 2024, there will be 32 teams in the group stages of each of the Champions League, Europa League and a new third-tier competition. The round-robin groups have four teams each playing six games. The leagues have pushed for a fairer distribution of more than $2 billion in annual Champions League prize money to help close a widening wealth gap between clubs. UEFA said it would share around €240 million ($268 million) in solidarity payments this season to clubs across Europe......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

8 of 10 Pinoy consumers know their rights Canned fish, bread at reasonable prices

Eight out of 10 Filipinos know their consumer rights, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey. Data showed that level of consumer awareness for the month of September was recorded at 78 percent, the highest recorded since 2012 for the months of Septembe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsNov 5th, 2016

PH, China agree to hold talks on maritime dispute

PH, China agree to hold talks on maritime dispute.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2016

Oil dips in Asia as Algiers meeting looms

Oil prices edged down in Asia Tuesday amid continued speculation over whether producers will agree to limit output at talks in Algeria this week, analysts said......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 27th, 2016

Three new flour mills set to cut PH prices

Three new flour mills set to cut PH prices.....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 6th, 2016

PH in no hurry to start bilateral talks with China

The Philippine government is in no hurry to hold bilateral talks with China but would like to start with “things that you can agree on” and avoid confrontation, Malacañang said on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJul 29th, 2016

France goes 3-0 at World Cup with 1-0 win over Nigeria

By The Associated Press France completed World Cup group play with a 3-0 record for the first time, beating Nigeria 1-0 Monday night at Rennes when Wendie Renard converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute after missing her first attempt but getting a second chance. France will play a third-place team on Sunday at Le Havre in the round of 16, and the winner will advance to a quarterfinal against the United States, Sweden or Spain. Referee Melissa Borjas of Honduras awarded the penalty kick when Viviane Asseyi was knocked over by Ngozi Ebere, a call upheld in a video review and one that drew vehement protests from the Super Falcons. Eberle was given her second yellow card of the match for the foul, causing Nigeria to finish a player short. Renard's initial attempt was wide to the right of goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, but Borjas ordered the kick retaken because Nnadozie came off the line before the ball was kicked. Renard's second try went in to Nnadozie's right for her third goal of the tournament. A crowd of 28,267 watched host nation Les Bleues outshoot Nigeria 22-2 and hold 69 percent possession. France advance to the knockout stage for the third straight World Cup. Nigeria finished third in Group A with three points and a minus-two goal difference, and the Super Falcons will have to wait to find out whether they can advance as one of the four top third-place teams. Nigeria has played in every Women's World Cup but advanced past the group stage just once, reaching the quarterfinals in 1999......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News7 hr. 44 min. ago

Auto sales rise 20.2% in May

AUTOMOBILE sales grew by double digits month-on-month in May, but remained flat year-on-year, according to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi) and the Truck Manufacturers Association…READ The post Auto sales rise 20.2% in May appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News10 hr. 57 min. ago

Coyle rules Le Tour Stage 4 but Meijers keeps overall lead

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay: Dutch rider Jeroen Meijers retained his hold of the general classification lead while Australian Jesse Coyle claimed the penultimate Stage 4 honors of the 10th Le Tour…READ The post Coyle rules Le Tour Stage 4 but Meijers keeps overall lead appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News10 hr. 57 min. ago

No price hike for hotdogs, poultry products

There will be no increase in the prices of hotdogs sourced from fowl and similar processed meat products after President Duterte retained the lower tariffs on some poultry products......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News14 hr. 44 min. ago


Pump prices are due to marginally increase today......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News14 hr. 57 min. ago

After 3 rollbacks, oil prices going up on June 18

MANILA, Philippines – Oil companies are set to implement a price hike on Tuesday, June 18, after 3 straight rollbacks . Shell, Seaoil, Petro Gazz, PTT Philippines, and Total will increase the price of gasoline by P0.35 per liter and diesel by P0.20 per liter. Companies carrying kerosene will also raise the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

PH, China told: & lsquo;Hold your fire& rsquo;

PH, China told: & lsquo;Hold your fire& rsquo;.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Volleyball Stars Hold Clinic for Selected City Kids

Selected pupils from public elementary and secondary schools in this city can benefit from the two-day exclusive clinic that will be conducted by players of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) on June 12 and 14. “We are giving a chance to 100 selected elementary and secondary public school students to attend the two-day volleyball clinic […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

American paradox: Deficit widens even as economy grows

WASHINGTON DC, USA – President Donald Trump likes to take credit for the US economy, with historic low unemployment and few signs of rising prices, but his promises that surging growth would pay for massive tax cuts are falling flat. After an initial bounce in 2018 and in the first 3 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Costly tickets, empty seats and quiet crowd for Brazil game

By Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — The Copa America opener on Friday yielded a box-office record for Brazil with gate receipts of more than $5.7 million. It was the atmosphere in the stands, though, that captured most attention, with some players complaining about a lack of support from the crowd in the home team's 3-0 win over Bolivia. More than 46,000 fans paid an average of $125 per ticket, but at least 22,000 seats were empty at the Morumbi Stadium for a match that organizers initially said was a sellout. The volume only went up in the stands when there was jeering after Brazil's lackluster first half, during homophobic chants when the Bolivian keeper took goal kicks, and after the three second-half goals. "It's normal to be like that in Sao Paulo, many fans are more concerned about their clubs, so it is always tough for Brazil to play here," veteran right back Dani Alves said. For Brazilian league matches, ticket prices for the most popular seats cost as little as $15. The country, enduring an economic crisis since 2015, has established its minimum wage at $256 for this year. The mix of high prices, empty seats and lack of noise surprised some players, who said they could easily hear instructions from their coaches during the match. Winger David Neres said the atmosphere was "a bit different." "We are usually very focused, we don't hear much anyway. But it was a little quiet tonight," he said. "Except for the break, when they booed us. I still don't understand why that happened." Defender Thiago Silva said the jeers were understandable after a goalless first half. He also linked the behavior of the fans to the high ticket prices. "It took us a while to open the score, the ticket prices were expensive, so it is normal that they boo," Silva said. "But we were not that bad in the first half." Alves said there would be a different atmosphere when Brazil plays Venezuela on Tuesday in Salvador, in the warm northeast state of Bahia. "In Bahia the 'axe' is different," he said, using an African-Brazilian word that means energy. "People miss the national team there, they miss this energy that we take where we go. I am sure it will be more cheerful than here." Historically, Brazil's impoverished northeast is more supportive of the team. After playing Venezuela, Brazil ends its group stage campaign against Peru, again in Sao Paulo, but at the Arena Corinthians instead of the Morumbi......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Oil prices to go up this week

After three consecutive weeks of price rollback, local pump prices are expected to increase this week after the attack on two oil tankers in the Middle East......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Tanker hit in Gulf attacks heads to port

DUBAI, UAE – A Japanese tanker, one of two vessels attacked in sensitive Gulf waters this week, was heading to port Saturday, June 15, its owners said. The United Arab Emirates called on world powers "to secure international navigation and access to energy" after the incident Thursday, June 13 , which sent crude prices ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Toronto to hold championship parade

TORONTO, Canada: Canada’s largest city will hold a championship parade on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) for the Toronto Raptors, the first team outside the United States to capture the NBA…READ The post Toronto to hold championship parade appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Pacquiao to hold free concert with Pac token launch

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao rekindles his passion for music when he stages a free concert at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, September 1. Simultaneous with the event is the launching of Pac token, Pacquiao’s own cryptocurrency, in collaboration with Singapore-based Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX). According to Pacquiao, a Philippine senator ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019