Premier League clubs told to get ready for season to return in June Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Apr 2020 11:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link44Shares Advertisement The season has been postponed since mid-March (Picture: Getty)Once the rate of new infections begin to fall, the government will be pressurised into a so-called ‘exit strategy’ that would see an easing of the lockdown measures currently in place. AdvertisementAdvertisementThere was even a discussion over whether supporters should be allowed to attend matches but the Premier League is just keen to resume in the most safe manner. With 92 matches remaining and the possibility that large sections of society will still be in self-isolation, there was a discussion over whether matches should be made available to terrestrial television and the matter is ongoing.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySky and BT Sport also want to be able to show more than their allocated share, arguing that live sport would be a boost in morale for the public. Should matters proceed as the Premier League hope, all teams and squads will have to comply to the strictest of measures to see matches played.The arrangement is also dependent on current forecasting and it’s accepted that there could be further postponements if the situation does not improve as expected. MORE: Jesse Lingard desperate to stay at Manchester United despite Arsenal interest The Premier League could return in May (Picture: Getty)The Premier League are in ‘advanced talks’ with the government over plans to resume the season in June.All 20 clubs were told to prepare for a return in June after the Premier League reached a ‘tentative’ agreement with the government that would allow matches to be played behind-closed-doors, according to the Mirror.The season has been suspended since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic reached the UK in early March and there was an initial dispute over how the season should be finished.However, after agreeing that the campaign must be finished by whatever means, the Premier League’s focus has been on a safe return and the government is forecasting for the ‘peak’ of the pandemic to hit in around 10-14 days in the UK.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment
Greater Manchester Pension Fund – Paddy Dowdall has moved over to the £12.6bn (€15.1bn) Greater Manchester Pension Fund from Merseyside Pension Fund, where he was senior investment manager, with particular responsibility for alternatives. In his new post, Dowdall will co-ordinate regional investments made by GMPF. Merseyside has just finished advertising for a replacement and will make an appointment in due course.Ancala Partners – Vincent Gerritsen has joined Ancala, an infrastructure investment firm, leaving his post as senior investment manager in the infrastructure team at PGGM. Gerritsen will start his new role at the start of June and becomes a partner at the firm. While at PGGM, Gerritsen worked on several infrastructure projects, including two where Ancala was involved.Neuberger Berman – Andrew Wilmont has joined the fund manager as lead for its European high yield portfolio, based from London. WIimont joins the firm from Alcentra, where he was head of European high yield investments. He will report to Ann Benjamin, CIO of non-investment grade strategies.BNP Paribas Investment Partners – Cynthia Sweeney Barnes has joined the French asset manager as head of global segments for the EMEA countries. She will also be responsible for corporate and endowment clients, insurance companies, pension funds and official institutions. She joins from HSBC Global Asset Management, where she led the sales for corporates and official institutions. She will begin her London-based role next month. Pioneer Investments – Isabelle Spitz has been appointed senior sales manager for Switzerland at the French asset manager. Spitz, from Zurich, will be responsible for wholesale clients such as banks, independent asset managers and family offices.Allfunds Bank – Chris Edge, former managing director of JP Morgan in Luxembourg, is to join the firm to head up its Grand Duchy business. He will be responsible for driving the firms international expansion after over 20 years with JP Morgan in a variety of roles.
WHITTIER – A bill that would create a statewide pre-kindergarten program for all 4-year-olds has the support of Whittier-area educators – as long as the state provides the money to fund it, officials said Wednesday. Linda Welch, assistant superintendent at the East Whittier City School District, said AB 1236 by Assemblyman Gene Mullin, D-San Francisco – also known as the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2008 – could be great for children, but only if the state picks up the tab without shifting the financial burden onto local school districts. The bill calls for a “kindergarten readiness program” for 4-year-olds to be implemented by public schools by the 2011-12 fiscal year. It would make three-hour readiness classes funded by the state available to pre-kindergarten students on a voluntary basis. But Welch said her district would prefer that the state first “fully fund the programs we have going on now, before adding another to our plate.” Mullin’s proposal also contains a component that would change the starting age for incoming kindergartners. It would move the birthday cut-off date for eligible kindergartners from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1, beginning in 2011. In an average class of 20 kindergartners, there may be two or three students whose birthdays fall after Sept. 1, Maya said. Moving back the cut-off date would be beneficial because some of the younger children lack the maturity for kindergarten, Welch said. “Typically, you can walk into a classroom and pick out the 4-year-olds,” she said. But Maya believes that removing children whose birthdays fall in that three-month gap could hurt districts that are already experiencing declining enrollments. “We would need to be very careful about that. It should be something we transition into over time,” Maya said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! According to the Assembly Committee on Education’s analysis of the bill, the cost of implementing the program is not known at this time. But the bill has strong support from the California Teachers Association, one of its sponsors. On Wednesday, CTA President Barbara Kerr testified in Sacramento on behalf of the proposal. “AB 1226 will help prepare all students … and make sure they are ready for kindergarten,” Kerr said in a statement. “It will provide all California children with an equal opportunity to succeed.” Marty Maya, assistant superintendent at the Little Lake City School District in Santa Fe Springs, said the program would be a “positive way to ensure the readiness of students is where it should be.” The bill also would make kindergarten compulsory beginning in 2010.