Roy Hodgson back in football with role at Manchester City sister club

first_img1 Roy Hodgson Former England manager Roy Hodgson is to work with Manchester City’s sister club in Australia for the next month.The City Football Group has confirmed that Hodgson, who has been out of the game since leaving his England role after Euro 2016, will advise coaches at Melbourne City in the coming weeksThe arrangement is purely on a consultancy basis, with Hodgson not in consideration for the manager’s position at the A-League outfit.Michael Valkanis is currently coaching the side in a caretaker capacity having been appointed for the remainder of the season, which ends next month, following the departure of John van ‘t Schip in January.Hodgson will be available to work with Valkanis and the club’s 14 other coaches after agreeing a short-term contract. The 69-year-old former Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham and West Brom boss had recently been linked with vacancies at Leicester and Middlesbrough. The Melbourne deal has come about through Hodgson’s friendship with CFG director Brian Marwood, the former Arsenal player who works on football matters throughout the multi-club group.As well as Melbourne and Manchester City, CFG also owns New York City FC and this week acquired Atletico Torque in Uruguay. It also has a stake in Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos.last_img read more

Local father and son to feature in major car advert filmed in Donegal

first_imgŠKODA Ireland have used the rugged Inishowen landscape as the backdrop for their sponsorship of ‘Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip’ Series Two, which is hitting TV screens next month as it makes a move from UTV to RTÉ One.The six adverts show some stunning Inishowen landscapes and sun-sets, feature local father and son actors Stephen and Scott Robb from Raphoe.Scott and his sister Bethany attend Speech and Drama classes at Karen Gorman with their mum Diana bringing them to classes every week. “We are absolutely delighted to have our clients as the sole actors in the campaign which tells the beautiful story of a father son relationship through not 1 but 6 TV adverts!“Stephen and Scott were absolute naturals on location and a delight for the crew to work with. Scott and his sister Bethany achieve fantastic results in their Grade exams, the Robbs are certainly a multi talented family!“Indeed Bethany and mum Diana were on location over the few days of the shoot also. The clips will play during the commercial breaks of the show.“The adverts bring the father & son on a treasure hunt, finishing on Polla beach in Ballyliffin,” she said. Follow the ŠKODA adventure for Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip at www.facebook.com/SKODAIreland and tune into RTÉ One at 8:30pm on Tuesday nights from 7th March.The Robbs with Karen Gorman.Local father and son to feature in major car advert filmed in Donegal was last modified: February 23rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Memorial destroyed by vandals rises from the ashes

first_imgA group which had a stunning sculpture destroyed by vandals have had a new one erected thanks to a kind donation by a local businessmen.Earlier this year the sculpture which was erected by the Letterkenny Community Heritage Group at the Cathedral Square in 2014 was mindlessly damaged beyond repair by vandals.The sculpture was the work of local artist Redmond Herrity which L.C.H.G. commissioned for the project. As the original sculpture had cost the group a considerable amount of money, it could not afford to have the same piece made again.“We do many projects throughout the year and our annual funding simply could not cover replacing the memorial,” said Gabriel Flood of LCHG.On hearing of their predicament, local stonemason Tony McCaul offered to help at little or no cost to erect a new memorial to those who lost their lives in the Great War.L.C.H.G. say they are pleased to announce that the new memorial is now in place and would like to thank the McCaul family for their generosity. The memorial was unveiled last weekend and is now there for all to see.Memorial destroyed by vandals rises from the ashes was last modified: October 3rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donationheriatge groupletterkennymemorialThanksTony McCaulvandalslast_img read more

Aussie investigators call for ICAO review of centerline runway lighting

first_imgThe tracks left by the Virgin aircraft during the runway excursion. Photo: ATSB The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has recommended an international review of runway lighting standards after a Virgin Australia plane drifted off a runway in Darwin.It has also renewed calls for the installation of centerline lighting at Darwin International Airport.The recommendations are included in an ATSB report into the Virgin runway excursion in December 2016.The ATSB found the Virgin Boeing 737-800 was landing on a wet runway at night in reduced visibility caused by heavy rain.It touched down more than 20m to the right of the centerline and continued to the side of the runway, where its right landing gear ran off the edge and destroyed six runway lights along a 400m path before returning to the runway.Investigators found there had been a relatively small increase in a crosswind in the critical few seconds before touchdown and the pilots were not aware of how far the plane had deviated.They said the lights alongside the 60m-wide runway 11/29 at Darwin were further apart than would be normally be seen by pilots and the lack of centerline lighting resulted in “very limited visual cues for maintaining runway alignment during night landings with limited visibility”.READ NTSB begins Alaska seaplane crash probeThis affected the crew’s ability to detect and correct the aircraft’s deviation.“A wide runway without centreline lighting, such as at Darwin, poses a particular challenge for aircraft making approaches in darkness and heavy rain,” said ATSB executive director transport safety Nat Nagy.“In these circumstances, centerline lighting greatly helps flight crews align the aircraft with the runway.”Investigators also found that a disproportionate number of runway side excursions in reduced visibility happened on wider runways but not on facilities with centerline lighting.They issued a safety recommendation that the International Civil Aviation Organization review lighting standards as a result of the finding.ICAO currently recommends, but does not mandate, centerline lighting on wider runways.Darwin — which is jointly run by the Department of Defence and the civilian airport operator — is the only one of two Australian runways wider than 50m without the center lighting.This is despite a previous ATSB recommendation that it be installed after a 2003 runway excursion and a renewal of its concerns — in this case without a recommendation — after a 2008 hard landing.Both operators have advised the ATSB that the installation of center lighting would be considered in future runway works.Meanwhile, Virgin and Darwin airport told investigators they had initiated safety action which included providing flight crews with information about the specific risks of approaches to the facility.last_img read more

How Google’s Gmail / Docs & Spreadsheets Integration Directly Targets Microsoft

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the Google Groups mailing list for D&S, one of the guides listed a couple of “caveats” to this:“- This feature is only available in Gmail.– And, at this time it only works with Microsoft Word documents (.doc).”It also works with Microsoft Excel files (.xls), which the guide clarified in a lattercomment.So, this new feature specifically targets Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets— and it only works in Google’s email program. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I wouldbe a blindingly obvious one. Yes, Google is making it super easy for users to open upMicrosoft’s (proprietary) file formats in Google’s online version of Word and Excel. InJayFortner’s excellent SWOT analysis yesterday of Microsoft and the new threat of onlineoffice suites, he pointed out that competitors such as Google, Zoho, and AjaxWriter“could build critical mass through the installed base of former Microsoft users.” Andthis, in a tiny but significant way, is what this new integration between Gmail andGoogle D&S is about. Google is quietly compelling Gmail users to switch from Word andExcel to Google D&S.Granted, the main flaw in this strategy is that Google has mostly failed to get alarge user base in Gmail over the past couple of years, which gives them a smaller poolof potential Microsoft Office converts. Gmail is the leastused web email service amongst the Big 3 – Yahoo and MSN email services are farbigger. Imagine if Google had Yahoo Mail’s 250-odd million users! Now that would make thewebmail/D&S integration a major play…MiramarMike points out a slight flaw in the execution too – there’s no connection from theimported doc/spreadsheet back to the originating email, so it loses a bit ofcontext (more a missed opportunity than a glaring omission).ConclusionI don’t want to overstate the importance of this small feature in Gmail and D&S,or use it to proclaim the death of Microsoft Office. The battle between Microsoft andGoogle for office software market share is deep and complex, as Jay’s post and theexcellent comments to it show. But this new integration feature is another example of howthe desktop and online worlds are being munged together by Google, right underMicrosoft’s nose and directly threatening MS Office. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#Microsoft#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… On Monday Google released a relativelyminor, but useful, feature. It’s worth examining a bit more closely, because it’s yetanother signal that Google is quietly pecking away at Microsoft’s lunch in officesoftware. Now I know that Microsoft Office has a lot of advanced functionality that theonline office apps don’t have, but hear me out…The new feature is a one-click import feature for attachments in Gmail. The D&Steam explained:“Whenever those of you who use Gmail receive a spreadsheet or a document in an email,you will see a new link next to the “Download” link that says “Open as a Googledocument.” Click on that and the attachment will automatically be imported into Docs& Spreadsheets and added to your personal document list where you can make changes,invite collaborators and search for it later.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cloud Storage: Popular with SMBs, Ignored by Corporate Giants

first_imgA couple of recent surveys show a split in thinking among companies about migrating to Cloud Computing.  Small and Medium sized companies are moving towards the cloud at a rapid clip, but much larget companies are much more risk adverse towards using the public cloud.The Spiceworks survey found that 28 percent of Small and Medium Sized companies are using the public cloud, and that the current rate of adoption is so high that by the end of the next six months 42 percent of SMBs will be using the Cloud.  The report quotes Cisco vice president of small business technology Susan Scheer Aoki as saying “The cloud has enabled a lot of new technologies and capabilities that can be delivered to small business at a price point that makes sense for them.”A similar report by Microsoft also found that about 29 percent of SMBs are using the public cloud for at least one service, but they predict a slower growth rate, and don’t expect the rate of cloud usage by SMBs to reach 40 percent until 2014.  Marco Limena, vice president of Business Channels at Microsoft, said that “Cloud adoption will be gradual, and SMBs will continue to operate in a hybrid model with an increasing blend between off-premises and traditional on-premises infrastructure, for the foreseeable future “.Given the background of hype around the cloud and reports like these from Microsoft and Spiceworks, it comes as a bit of a surprise to see a different set of conclusions announced by the research group called theInfoPro.  The report survey 247 Fortune 1000 companies and found that 87 percent did not even consider the public cloud as a viable option for them for data storage, not even for low level data backups and archival.Marco Coulter, managing director of theInfoPro, said that “it doesn’t make sense to separate their computers and storage, and have the computers internally and storage externally.  Even for archiving data they were concerned they couldn’t retrieve their data in time… The problem is when you need the data back … there isn’t a high level of confidence that they can do that through an external system.”One of the survey respondents wrote that their  “archive is tape. I don’t think we’ll be able to take advantage of the cloud.  The cost (of cloud storage) seems to keep going up. We priced Amazon, and the cost to send the data there and maintain it over time was less than putting up a new silo internally.”InformationWeek speculated that this lack of interest in storage as a service by large companies is what prompted vendors like Iron Mountain, EMC, and Vaultscape to recently shut down their cloud operations.last_img read more

My Dog is More Connected Than Your Dog

first_imgTags:#Arduino#Cleverpet#featured#Fitbark#Fitbit#ipad apps#Petbot#Pettech#Voyce#wearable#wearable devices#Whistle#Whistle Activity Monitor Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Does your love of tech extend to the pets in your life? When you look into the pettech world, there’s a bewildering plethora of mobile apps to aid our furry friends from adopting a dog, deciding on a pet name, administering first aid and choosing a pet-friendly holiday location – and we haven’t even gotten into the entire range of interactive gadgets and accessories. Pets are big business—the American Pet Products Association estimates that consumers spent nearly $61 billion on their pets in 2015.  According to IDTechEx,  ten years from now the wearable tech market for pets is expected to reach $2.6 billion. If you have the cash, here’s a critical look at some of the more innovative tools to entertain and support your four-legged family members.CleverPet The CleverPet With inspiration straight from the work of Ivan Pavlov, the CleverPet uses cutting-edge algorithms based on behavioural science to reward your dog when she learns something new. A busy dog is a happy dog. Your dog is less likely to be distraught or destructive while you’re out if they have something productive to do, and playing games is a great way to keep them occupied.The device has three sensitive touch pads designed for dog noses and paws, which light up interactively. Your pet will win food for touching the pads on the device with the difficulty escalating over time. You can also see how they are doing in real time via the corresponding app. You can even pre-record verbal commands for training work.CleverPet is connectable to other smart device and Arduino-compatible. A tech savvy owner can also write their own custom code via the available RESTful API.PetBotLook deep into my dispenser…The PetBot also takes a page from Pavlov’s book, a focused towards the welfare of the owner than the pet, although it may be more focused on the owner’s well-being. Think of it as a reward-dispensing baby monitor. It allows the owner to see, speak and listen to their pet through their smartphone. When the pet cuddles up to the camera, PetBot automatically starts recording a ten-second video or selfie image and dispenses a treat or plays a pre-recorded sound as a reward. The danger here? Finding out your pet thinks you’re more boring than you realize.Whistle, FitBark and Wonderwoof wearables Wonderwoof’s wearable activity tracker Of all wearables for dogs, three similar devices are getting the bulk of the attention: Whistle, FitBark and Wonderwoof. They all feature a small device that clips onto your dog’s collar and monitors your dog’s resting and activity levels. These are then compared to a pre-calculated range based on their breed, age and weight. Where these devices differ is in their corresponding apps. Whistle, for example, enables owners to keep track of medications as well as a food log. The app can also be shared by multiple family members. Whistle also retails a GPS tracker, although it would be nice to see this integrated into the wearable rather than as separate product in the future. Whistle is also the first consumer device to tap into Sigfox’s low-power IoT network. By comparison, FitBark can be linked to an owner’s Fitbit and has the option of a separate wifi base accessory – at a cost of $80 – for monitoring multiple dogs. The Wonderwoof app also enables the owner to track the location of “doggy friends” while you’re out walking. Don’t worry, cats – a Wondermeow is in the works this year. Voyce Fetching his first wearable: VoyceVoyce is a health-focused wearable collar for dogs that does everything some of th above activity wearables do, but also measures sunlight exposure as well as heart and respiratory rates. Designed by a team of veterinarians, Voyce’s strength is that the health information can be made available to your dog’s veterinarian. Voyce is more than double the cost of other health monitoring devices and a membership plan – around $100 per year – is required to have access to the corresponding online portal. Voyce’s accompanying pet recordAn owner can activate the “caregiver” option, giving their pet’s vet access to all of the Voyce monitor’s data. A separate Voyce Pro program enables veterinarians to actively monitor their patients.The collar comes in different sizes, but it may prove too uncomfortable for many dogs. Some reviews complained that the collar’s bulky looks got them some evil looks – owners were accused of having their pet wear a shock collar. But this kind of detailed monitoring wearable will likely become a precedent for future developers, albeit hopefully in a more ergonomic collar. Ipad Games ….for Cats? (And Lonely Penguins….)Have you ever found your cat watching television? Their entertainment needn’t be usurped by your own, thanks to Ipad Games for Cats. I had a chat with game designer TJ Fuller, part of the duo that created Game for Cats app. The idea came from seeing videos of cats playing with iPads on YouTube, but the impetus was a lengthy failed attempt at making children’s games. They decided to see what they could make in two weeks and the resulting game – where cats can play with mice, lasers and butterflies – was a hit. Since then, two other games have featured in the kitty reportoire, Paint for Cats and Catzilla. The experiences in creating games for cats highlight some of the challenges for developers in working with animals. With the first beta version, the developers knew they were at a loss for market research – neither had a cat or even an Ipad. Buying an iPad was easy, and they took it to the local pet shelter to test the game.“The women at the shelter didn’t know what the iPad was but the cats loved it immediately,” says Fuller. “It became really popular right away.”  The game also proved popular at the aquarium in Long Beach, California – particularly with the penguins that experienced increased sex drives after playing the game. There was also some unintended consequences in the first game, which began with free levels and extended to paid levels. Users complained that money was being taken from their accounts without their consent. It turned out that the cats were pressing their paw on the “buy now” button. After that, they introduced a failsafe where a buyer needed a credit card and a human hand to make a payment. Fuller says the biggest challenge in making games for cats is that their capacity for engagement differs significantly to humans. Cat owners wanted a more advanced game for their cats. But after going all-out with their third game, Catzilla, they found that the game appealed to owners more than cats. As one reviewer wrote:“Whereas our kitties will sit, purring loudly in anticipation, staring at a blank iPad WAITING for me to turn on the Painting game, they completely ignored this game visually and got very scared of the siren sounds”. This led to lower-than-expected sales despite the first two apps selling consistently for several years. Fuller notes that testing is the key in creating product for pets. He explained a recent frustrating situation where they were working on another game for months, only to find out during beta testing that cats just would not play it. Sure, it’s easy for the petless out there to smirk at both the tech sector’s and pet owners’ desires for pettech. But most owners consider their pets a member of the family and valu their well-being. However, there are concerns that the market could easily become overly saturated with products which are targeted at behavioural modification through “static correction” and other forms of control, which can seem cruel and archaic – and at odds with the benefits of the majority of pet wearables and apps. But hopefully, tails will keep wagging.center_img Related Posts Cate Lawrence Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Sponsors May Use Forfeitures to Fund QMACs and QNECs (NPRM REG-131643-15)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe IRS has issued proposed regulations amending the definitions of qualified matching contributions (QMACs) and qualified nonelective contributions (QNECs) to allow employers with plans that permit the use of amounts in plan forfeiture accounts to offset future employer contributions under the plan to apply such amounts to fund QMACs and QNECs. Taxpayers may rely on these proposed regulations.Under current regulations, to qualify as a QMAC or QNEC, contributions must satisfy nonforfeitability and distribution requirements at the time the contributions are made. Commenters have asserted that employer contributions should be able to qualify as QMACs and QNECs as long as they satisfy applicable nonforfeitability and distribution requirements at the time they are allocated to participants’ accounts. The reason is that requiring satisfaction of applicable nonforfeitability and distribution requirements at the time amounts are first contributed would preclude plan sponsors with plans that permit the use of amounts in plan forfeiture accounts to offset future employer contributions under the plan from applying such amounts to fund QMACs and QNECs.Under the proposed regulations, employer contributions would qualify as QMACs or QNECs if they satisfied applicable nonforfeitability requirements at the time they are allocated to participants’ accounts, but need not meet these requirements when they are contributed to the plan.These regulations are proposed to apply to tax years beginning on or after the date of publication of the Treasury decision adopting these rules as final regulations in the Federal Register. Taxpayers, however, may rely on these proposed regulations for periods preceding the proposed applicability date. If, and to the extent, the final regulations are more restrictive than the rules in these proposed regulations, those provisions of the final regulations will be applied without retroactive effect.Comments RequestedComments and requests for a public hearing must be received by 90 days after publication in the Federal Register. Send submissions to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-131643-15) Room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, D.C. 20044. Submissions may be hand-delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-131643- 15), Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20224, or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov (IRS REG-131643-15).Proposed Regulations, NPRM REG-131643-15, 2017FED ¶49,736Other References:Code Sec. 401CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶18,110DCCH Reference – 2017FED ¶18,111NCCH Reference – 2017FED ¶18,121DCCH Reference – 2017FED ¶18,122NTax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC RETIRE: 3,210.10CCH Reference – TRC RETIRE: 27,152.25last_img read more

Intel-based Tablets & QuickBooks Pair Well for Small Businesses

first_imgFor organizations needing accounting software to stay current on their affairs, QuickBooks has long been a popular program and the most widely used software among small businesses. Remote access capabilities, improved metrics for SMBs, remote payroll assistance, electronic payments, online banking, mapping features and marketing options through Google, and improved e-mail functionality through Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express can give entrepreneurs a variety of tools to help them succeed under a single platform.Similarly, tablets are quickly becoming the go-to device for smaller teams that may need to complete tasks in and around a store, warehouse, or multi-use office in addition to offsite work. Together, the hardware and software can be a powerful pairing. But, it’s crucial to understand the reach and limitations of QuickBooks on mobile. To gain a better perspective of performance, Intel commissioned Prowess Consulting to put multiple devices running QuickBooks to the test.Prowess Consulting evaluated QuickBooks options for mobile users and examined the software’s capabilities and user experience on a range of mobile devices. The QuickBooks user experience varies notably between different mobile device platforms. Of the devices Prowess tested—the Dell™ Venue™ 11 Pro, the Samsung® Galaxy Note® 10.1, and the Apple® iPad Air™—they concluded that the mobile device best suited for productive QuickBooks use was the Dell Venue 11 Pro powered by an Intel processor and running Windows* 8.1.The tests conducted on the three tablets included basic mobile tasks like comprehensive reporting, standard banking, along with importing data and exporting data. Using the Dell Venue 11 Pro, users were able to create a greater amount of reports and get deeper customer insight. Customer service saw improvement, too, with twice as many ways to access richer features, functions, and customer data. Plus, QuickBooks data was better leveraged by exporting it as an Excel spreadsheet available for use anywhere with Windows* 8.If you’re a small business owner looking to stay productive by using QuickBooks on a mobile device, be sure to review your options before purchasing. And be sure to keep an eye on the variety of services available in the market as cloud services may soon disrupt traditional accounting software.For more on the Prowess QuickBooks study, head to “Do More with Intuit® QuickBooks®” to read the full text and view the infograhic for a more detailed overview.last_img read more

German league rejects CL reform proposals

first_img Chris Gayle chooses yoga over gym in build up to World Cup 2019 Asking Indian players to have sex was a joke: Paddy Upton Have you seen these photos of Rahul Dravid with his wife, teammates? Cheeku, Tendlya, Polly, Gilly: Do you know these quirky nicknames of famous cricketers? No more hearings, VVS Laxman intimates ethics officer Kuldeep Yadav: IPL form will have no bearing on World Cup World Cup 2019: Go on Hardik Pandya… thrive now! T20: Panthers pounce on Eagles World Cup: MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma to be part of strategy pool, says Virat Kohli What is different in Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s captaincy styles? Jonty Rhodes speaks Shikhar Dhawan on being in constant touch with Rohit Sharma: He’s not my wife! Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Spain’s star striker David Villa set to retire next month after 19 years Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG enter Last 16; Manchester City made to wait Neymar’s Davis Cup trip annoys Paris St Germain coach The initial proposals, put forward by the European Club Association president Andrea Agnelli in March, envisaged a single, three-tiered European competition with internal promotion and relegation, effectively making it harder for smaller clubs to break into European competition. Documents seen by AFP last week revealed UEFA were working on similar reforms, with plans to reshape the Champions League into four pools of eight teams, with only four of the 32 participants qualifying through their national leagues. Yet Seifert said the DFL were “convinced” that UEFA president Aleksandr Ceferin understood the importance of the domestic leagues, and would show “foresight” in the reform process. “Any reform of the already very successful European club competitions would have to be satisfactory for all participants, not just a few,” said Seifert. He warned that if the national leagues were to suffer, it would do long term damage to European football. “That cannot be in the interest of UEFA,” he said. The French Football Federation (FFF) and French Football League (LFP) said on Wednesday they wanted to submit an alternative proposal to UEFA within “eight to 10 days” after a majority of French clubs voted against the reforms. Paris Saint-Germain are the only side to openly support the reforms, while Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told AFP that he had “mixed feelings” about the project. Both teams abstained in a vote held in Paris — attended by 16 Ligue 1 clubs and 17 Ligue 2 clubs — as did Marseille. There was then “unanimous” approval for the idea of an alternative proposal to UEFA, said LFP Chief Executive Didier Quillot. Top Sports stories today The German Football League (DFL) and its member clubs have unanimously rejected proposals to reform the UEFA Champions League. In a statement given after its AGM on Wednesday, the DFL declared that all 36 German professional clubs were against the proposed reforms, which would see the Champions League restructured into a three-tiered system from 2024 onwards. The reforms were initially proposed by the European Club Association (ECA), of which 13 DFL clubs including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also members. They have since been considered by UEFA, despite being met with fierce criticism from Europe’s domestic leagues. “The currently discussed concept of the European Club Association would have unacceptable consequences for the national leagues in Europe and should therefore not be implemented in this form,” said DFL CEO Christian Seifert. “We must not allow the traditional national leagues to become less attractive for millions of people across the continent,” he said.Related Newslast_img read more