If Donald Trump loses in November, it’s no secret that most European policymakers will be happy to see his back. But as they envision the possibility of a post-Trump future, many are wondering how quickly the trans-Atlantic alliance can be fixed.Despite US opinion polls showing Biden ahead, officials in capitals across Europe say they are making no assumptions about the likely outcome of the US election.Having failed to anticipate Trump’s first victory, “the German government already burned its fingers,” said Jürgen Hardt, foreign affairs spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party and an expert on US-German ties. “I do not have the impression that the German government is waiting for another president – and I would advise them not to do it.” Still, when they allow themselves to look ahead to the prospect of a Biden presidency, they don’t necessarily see an instant resumption of the easier Barack Obama years. Though tone and style would shift overnight, policy substance on issues from China to Russia to trade could take longer to overhaul.”I don’t expect that, if we have a new president, everything will just fall into place,” said Reinhard Buetikofer, a trade expert for the Greens in the European Parliament.At best, if Biden wins, Buetikofer sees a chance for “revisiting and reforming multilateralism” after years of open US hostility to institutions from NATO and the EU to the World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization.There are areas where frictions created by Trump could disappear as soon as Trump does: on climate policy, for example, a President Biden is likely to jump straight back into the Paris climate change accord that Trump quit. The WTO trade dispute mechanism that has collapsed because of a US veto of the appointment of judges could be put back together quickly.European countries that have prized Western unity in rebuffing Russian advances in Ukraine will no longer have to worry that the president of the United States will invite Vladimir Putin to a G7 summit without consulting them, as Trump did last month.”We would review all of the decisions that President Trump has taken,” Anthony Blinken, Biden’s senior adviser on foreign policy, told Reuters, referring specifically to Trump’s threat in recent weeks to withdraw US troops from Germany.Iran, China, tradeBut there are also issues where a Biden presidency may not be able to simply pick up where Obama left off.On Iran, for example, Europe has spent the past three years trying to salvage an Obama-era agreement to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program. But so much has happened since Trump abandoned the pact in 2018, and so much has unraveled, it may be too late to save it.And there are other issues where Europe and the United States have real differences that are not going to be simple to resolve, even with a friendlier figure in the White House.On China, Biden’s team wants to take a closer look at the security implications of Beijing’s investment in European infrastructure such as ports, said Julianne Smith, a former Obama-era national security official advising Biden’s campaign.Biden is not expected to be any happier than Trump was about European countries’ plans to incorporate technology from China’s Huawei, the world’s biggest telecoms equipment maker, in their next generation mobile phone networks.On trade, while Biden is not likely to be as trigger happy as Trump has been to impose tariffs on allies, there are serious disputes. Germany, for example, wants to help the exports of its big car manufacturers.With the elections months away, European countries are still working on their own issues with the US administration.In the Netherlands, that means discussing whether Dutch chipmaker ASML should have a license to export technology to China. In France, the focus is on plans to tax big, mostly American tech companies, after Washington scuppered global talks.European countries with nationalist leaders that have enjoyed warmer ties with Trump may use the next few months to consolidate diplomatic gains. Poland aims to solidify plans for a “Fort Trump” – a long sought-after base of US troops.But any big changes in the trans-Atlantic relationship will have to wait at least until November, said the Paris-based ambassador of a large EU country, predicting a “moment of confrontation” if Trump should win another term.”Everybody is keeping their fingers crossed and will wait.”Topics :
Viv Sawers and her son Hamish, 4, in the dining room of their renovated Coorparoo Queenslander. Picture: AAP image/Claudia Baxter.Viv and Greg Sawers knew they would only be a chapter in the long story of their post-war Queenslander’s life and so they sought to retain much of the home’s character while renovating it to be more family-friendly. The property at 15 Stodart St, Coorparoo, began its life as a two-bedroom cottage built for a war widow Billie Hughes OAM in the 1940s.Ms Hughes was the president of the War Widows Guild of Queensland from 1954-1994 and the president of the national guild from 1981-1986.The Sawers purchased the home in 2010 after falling in love with the art deco features of the original property, including the ornate cornices and original glass and timber doors. The poolside area has been completely revamped. Picture: supplied.Mrs Sawers said her favourite part of the home was the statement formal entry, which features entry columns, glass stack-back doors and a grand entry room with ceiling rose, double-tiered chandelier, hardwood timber floors and a blind window typical of the era.“The light radiates through the glass chandelier and creates a stunning effect on the ceiling and walls,” she said.The Sawers have found the home to be the perfect place to raise their four-year-old son, Hamish, and entertain family and friends. “We’ve had quite a few birthdays here, lots of Christmases, and our son’s first birthday party,” Mrs Sawers said.“It’s been a really fantastic house.”The family are now ready to move on to their next chapter and have placed their home on the market through Amanda Becke of Belle Property Coorparoo. RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: Two yearsTotal spend: $675,000 The new kitchen flows out to the Merbau deck. Picture: supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“We knocked out walls and added big windows to bring the light in, breezes through and generally improved to create an open plan layout,” Mrs Sawers said.The home has an open-plan living and dining area flowing into the living room and out to the rear deck.The kitchen has a butler’s pantry, bi-fold windows, stone benchtops and Smeg appliances.There are also two bedrooms upstairs, along with a study and bathroom.Character remains in the timber floors, art deco windows and doors and the ornate plaster cornices with foliage, sun rays, trapezoidal, zigzags and stepping patterns. Mrs Sawers said they kept the original cornices where possible and sourced handmade replacements from Ornamental Cornice at Logan Village. “The new plaster cornices were carefully selected to reflect the art deco style of the house, she said.” The entry in to the home includes a number of art deco features. Picture: supplied.Mrs Sawers said they didn’t want to demolish the character they loved, so they decided to extend and renovate the “rabbit warren” that was the original home.“We put a lot of blood sweat and tears into the project,” Mrs Sawers said.“We designed (the renovation) with family in mind and we tried to create a home with lots of flexibility.”The couple began in 2013 by raising the cottage, building in downstairs, adding a new Merbau deck and updating the existing pool area.The ground floor now has a living area with kitchenette, three bedrooms, laundry, bathroom and toilet.The second stage of the revamp began in 2018 included a full renovation of the upstairs area, a new paint job throughout, landscaping and a statement entry.
Loading… The amount of flirtation that has gone on between the player and the club is frankly ridiculous at this point; and now that Manchester United seem to have finally lost patience with him, everything looked lined up nicely for the long-awaited move to be completed. Real Madrid have long considered themselves to be favourites to buy Paul Pogba.Advertisement But according to Mundo Deportivo, things might be a little more complicated than that. They say that Inter Milan are now in the race for the France midfielder, which United will welcome.Not only will that allow them to create a bidding war between the two teams to raise the former Juve star’s massively depressed price, it might also mean a chance to get a little revenge on Madrid for their years of gentle tapping up by sending their wanted man elsewhere.Read Also: UEFA open to seasons ending early due to COVID-19Pogba, while he might prefer Real, would still probably be fine with any move to a top club, as long as he gets to leave Old Trafford.Perhaps there’s even a third option – the disruption of the coronavirus chaos means very few big moves this summer, and therefore an unexpected further season for the 27 year old at United.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Asian Actresses Of Irresistible BeautyWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone
But Poyet believes the 55-times capped Defoe can do even better than that and once more play for an England side he last represented against Chile in November 2013. “When you pick strikers you pick those in form and scoring goals,” Poyet said. “We saw today Harry Kane at Spurs and it’s an obvious choice, but Jermain has a chance if Wayne Rooney plays in midfield. “But that’s up to Roy (Hodgson) to decide. I respect the manager of the national team and the only thing the player can do is perform.” Defoe’s arrival has certainly lifted Sunderland and the Black Cats battled for a precious point in south Wales after winning back-to-back games against Burnley and at Fulham in the FA Cup for the first time this season. “We are a different team with Jermain,” Poyet said after former Sunderland loanee Ki Sung-yueng had deprived his side of all three points with a diving second-half header. “When you’ve got a player sooner or later that you know is going to score it makes the rest of the team believe that you’ve got a chance to win football games. “I’ve been killing myself to think, ‘Do I need to have to give him a rest?’ He’s been out for four months. Sunderland manager Gus Poyet believes Jermain Defoe can resurrect his England career after finding his goal-scoring form for the Black Cats. Defoe headed back to England last month just 11 months into a four-year Major League Soccer contract at Toronto and has immediately hit the goal trail on Wearside. The 32-year-old scored his second Sunderland goal in three Barclays Premier League starts in the 1-1 draw at Swansea on Saturday, becoming the first player to register against every one of the 20 clubs in the top flight. Press Association “But I can’t and I have to say, ‘Sorry J, you have to play because I cannot let games go pass without playing you’.” “(Costel) Pantilimon made a couple of very good saves so you cannot say we deserved to win, but we had a very good first half and I was pleased with the way we played and passed the ball.” Swansea manager Garry Monk was left to rue Ki’s disallowed first-half effort as the midfielder was flagged for offside moments before Defoe fired Sunderland into a 42nd-minute lead. Monk joked the decision was so tight that he would order South Korean to get his hair cut. “I was told his hairline was offside, although I am not sure that is part of the rules,” Monk said. “Our cameras mean you do not get close ups of things like that so I will need to have another look – but I will have to tell Ki to cut his hair! “It’s one of those where sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t. We have had a few like that this season.” Monk felt Swansea created enough chances to win, but said his side were punished for switching off. “It was frustrating as they scored from their only shot when we gave Defoe too much space,” Monk said. “We did not close it down and we got done, which set us back. “We got a good equaliser, tried to push for the second and I felt we were the better team, but it was not to be.”
Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.”The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021. ___Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach.Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.___ Associated Press One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates.Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. March 24, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”___ That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand.Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.___ The Latest: Bach says new dates for Olympics not discussed The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak.There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April. The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) – Bayern Munich won their 30th German league title by beating Werder Bremen 1-0 away with a Robert Lewandowski strike yesterday to open up an unassailable lead at the top of the Bundesliga table.The Bavarians moved 10 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who have three games left to play, and secured an eighth consecutive league crown.In a rollercoaster season that saw coach Niko Kovac fired in November with Bayern off the top spots and Hansi Flick taking over, Bayern turned it around after the winter break, are unbeaten since and won their last 11 straight league matches.They remained unruffled by the two-month break due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and beat Dortmund last month to overcome the last major obstacle en route to a 29th Bundesliga crown since the introduction of the top division in 1963.Werder, desperate to avoid their second relegation after 1980, were bold and matched the Bavarians in the first half for speed and possession.They also had the better chances until Bayern winger Kingsley Coman’s glancing header in the 24th.The Bavarians gradually gained ground and broke the deadlock with defender Jerome Boateng’s superb pass for Lewandowski, who turned in the box and grabbed his 31st goal of the campaign just before halftime.The Polish forward, who scored on his return from suspension for Bayern, is chasing the 40-goal record for one season set by Gerd Mueller in 1972 and had a string of good chances after the break to add to his tally.But it was keeper Manuel Neuer who proved key for Bayern after they were left with 10 men for the final 10 minutes following the dismissal of Alphonso Davies, making a sensational one-handed save to ensure yet another league title.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Julian Whigham lay motionless on the turf, just under the uprights in Syracuse’s end zone.Jameis Winston had just found Rashad Greene in the end zone for his first touchdown pass of the day, and Whigham collided with him in the back of the end zone.A stretcher came out for the injured cornerback for what ABC reported was a dislocated elbow. The network refused to show a replay because of the graphic nature of the injury. SU announced that Whigham would not return due to an abdominal injury.ABC later reported that Whigham was in Tallahassee Memorial hospital and that his “vital signs are stable,” but he has internal bleeding. Doctors are determining whether he needs surgery.Whigham was one of three Orange players who left Saturday’s game due to injury. Running back Prince-Tyson Gulley limped off the field with the help of Syracuse’s training staff after being tackled for a loss during the first quarter. He would not return because of a lower-body injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the second half, Syracuse also announced that Jarrod West wouldn’t return due to an upper-body injury. The wide receiver took a big hit from safety Jalen Ramsey during the second quarter and didn’t return to action. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm Contact David: email@example.com | @DBWilson2
Photo © Tipp FM The Premier are among the teams ‘waiting on tenterhooks’ for tomorrow morning’s hurling qualifier draw.Despite a 6 week lay-off since their last game, Tipperary will only have 5 days from the draw to do specific preparations for Saturday’s qualifier.The Premier are in Pool 2, along with Waterford, Limerick and Laois or Carlow – who play today – and can be drawn against the Pool 1 teams of Kilkenny, Dublin, Offaly or Westmeath. Tipp FM Analyst Ken Hogan says he thinks that the draw should have been made a week earlier…
Football’s world governing body FIFA has signed licence agreements with two companies to provide goal-line technology systems.FIFA said Tuesday the agreements were a “milestone” along the way to the introduction of goal-line technology.The deal means that GoalRef and Hawk-Eye have official authorisation to install their respective goal-line technology systems worldwide, FIFA said in a statement.The systems will tested again at the Club World Cup in Japan in December.Football’s rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), approved the use of the technology in July.It followed a number of controversial decisions in which goals were disallowed although the ball had crossed the line. Both companies passed a series of laboratory and field tests in both simulated match situations and live matches.FIFA will leave any decisions to use the technology to national leagues, and said the systems would still have to pass tests in stadiums.“Once a system has been installed in a stadium, the system undergoes a final inspection to check its functionality. This is carried out by an independent test institute, and the results of this so-called ‘final installation test’ must be successful.” it said.