Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley withdraw from Scotland squad with injury | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – UEFA: No plans to change Euro 2020 formatUEFA say it has no plans yet to change the format of Euro 2020 amid reports it is considering moving next summer’s tournament to Russia.European football’s governing body decided in March to postpone the tournament by 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has so far stood by the 12-city format it had originally devised.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pm Fraser missed Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Friday with the issue, while Hanley was ruled out of Norwich’s 1-0 victory at home to Swansea a day later.Hanley – who has 30 caps for his country – had been called up to the Scotland squad for the first time in more than two years, while Fraser was looking to add to his 14 international appearances.The news comes as a blow to Scotland, who will travel to Belgrade this week knowing that a victory over Serbia in their one-legged play-off will see them qualify for their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.- Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley will both miss Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia after withdrawing from the squad with injury.Steven Reid, who is part of Scotland boss Steve Clarke’s backroom staff, confirmed the news after both Fraser and Hanley sustained hamstring problems.- Advertisement – French newspaper Le Parisien reported that installing Russia, which hosted the World Cup in 2018, as sole host for the finals was one option being considered by UEFA, with infection rates rising again across the continent.While UEFA has not ruled out changing the format, it said in a statement that it currently had no plans to do so.“UEFA intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on preparations,” the statement read.“Given the uncertainties surrounding Covid – over which neither UEFA nor the local organising bodies have control – it is currently too early to say whether those games in June and July will have restrictions either on fans or even their staging.” As well as missing Thursday’s game at the Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Fraser and Hanley will also be unavailable for Scotland’s Nations League fixtures away to Slovakia on Sunday and Israel on November 18.last_img read more

Polish employers confederation refers pension law to Constitutional Tribunal

first_imgThe lower house (Sejm) spent a mere four days on the three readings and final vote, and the upper house (Senate) even less time.Another concern centres on changing the second pillar from a mandatory to a voluntary system, and whether the new law actually hampers workers in making their choice.This part of the law comes into effect at the start of April and lasts until the end of July.The funds themselves were banned from advertising as of mid-January, with the ban lasting until the decision period ends.Lewiatan has additionally questioned whether a total advertising ban, as distinct from a ban on misleading advertising, infringes aspects such as proportionality and the rights of commercial entities to disseminate information.The organisation also wants the tribunal to examine the law’s new investment regulations, including the ban on OFE investment in low-risk government securities and their obligation to invest a high proportion (75% this year, 55% in 2015) in higher-risk equities.Lewiatan maintains that these regulations effectively transform the OFEs from retirement funds to investment funds, thus infringing Article 67, which guarantees citizens the right to social security.Lewiatan’s submission is more wide-ranging than that submitted by president Bronisław Komorowski at the end of January, more than a month after signing off on the bill, and which focused essentially on the investment and advertising aspects of the law.In February, the Constitutional Tribunal’s president asked prime minister Donald Tusk, as well as the attorney general and parliament speaker, to detail the financial implications should the law prove unconstitutional.There are other challenges afoot as well.Your Movement, an opposition party with 36 seats in the Sejm, supported by some members of the 16-strong United Poland, has also prepared a submission to the tribunal, but has yet to get more signatories.Under Polish legislation, Sejm submissions need a minimum 50 members.Separately, a Warsaw law firm is launching a class action against the State Treasury and ZUS, arguing that the new law amounts to expropriation.More than 800 Poles have already signed up. Poland’s controversial second-pillar pension reform is now facing its first legal challenge.Polish Confederation Lewiatan, the country’s largest private sector employer organisation, has asked the Constitutional Tribunal to rule on whether several aspects of the new law comply with the Constitution.Lewiatan believes the transfer of 51.1% of second-pillar pension fund (OFE) assets to the Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) – and likewise the incremental transfer of members’ assets to ZUS 10 years before retirement – breach several articles of the Constitution, including those covering expropriation of personal property, violation of property rights and lack of compensation.The organisation has questioned the legality of the lightning speed with which the law was passed by the legislature and the implications for future legislative proceedings.last_img read more

Take Note – Great Promotional Items Stick Around

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted By: TAGS Awards & SpecialtiesSeveral years back we decided that when we ordered logo items for our Williams Group Marketing + Design business, from our own promotional team, we would be careful to make sure the item was something worth keeping.  In keeping with the Williams Group brand, even promotional items should convey quality, care and creativity.With this in mind, when we sponsored a chamber luncheon, all 200-plus people in attendance received a really nice, uniquely styled notebook with our logo front and center.I knew we had a hit right away because there were NONE left at the end of the lunch.  Every single person took theirs with them.  Furthermore, for months afterward, individuals who attended the lunch went out of their way to tell me how they use their notebook.   Some used them for work, but many used them for personal needs, such as keeping track of their workouts or diet plans.  One person shared she even used hers as a diary!Ever since that experience, we have continued to order items for ourselves that we believe will stick around and support our brand.  Cool notebooks work well for us, but even when we are choosing less expensive items, we make sure the item has a high perceived value.  Our recent pen orders, for instance, have been uniquely styled, heavy writing instruments that write smoothly…the kind of pens people are careful not to lose.  Even a relatively inexpensive pen, if done right, can work to enhance your brand the right way.At TAGS Awards & Specialties, ask us about how we can support your brand image with promotional items.  Or visit our specialties website at http://www.promotional-logo-items.com.last_img read more