Arsenal to Continue Paying Staff, Casual Workers

first_imgArsenal will not use the government’s furlough scheme and will continue paying employees and casual workers their full salaries until the end of May, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.The top-flight season has been suspended until at least April 30 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the north London club had initially committed to paying employees’ salaries until the end of this month.“All our employees are receiving their full salaries and we plan to continue this. We are not currently intending to use the government’s furlough scheme,” Arsenal said in a statement on its website. “In addition to our employees, we are extending our commitment to pay casual workers on our payroll from the end of April to the end of May.“For our matchday casual workers this means they will be paid for all four Premier League games that have been postponed and will be paid again should they work at these games once re-arranged.”A few Premier League clubs had initially opted to use the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to temporarily help pay staff during the stoppage.However, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth reversed their decisions amid a backlash from the fans.Arsenal said they were in talks with their players regarding “potential financial challenges” in future but had not reached an agreement with them yet on how to move forward.Last week, West Ham United and Southampton announced wage deferrals for their players to cope with the financial impact of the pandemic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Paul “Redeye” Chaloner – Code Red Esports – Building the Spitfire’s UK presence

first_imgThe Overwatch League is soon to head into the third week of competition, and the inaugural season has got off to an impressive start. The launch week saw extremely impressive viewership numbers, and although they’ve dipped, they’re still sitting above what many expected.Thus far there’s three teams who sit head and shoulders above the rest on perfect 4-0 records. Seoul Dynasty and New York Excelsior are joined by none other than London Spitfire atop the roost and each of the teams have looked in imperious form. It’s now been little over a month since the London Spitfire’s partnership with Code Red Esports was revealed. The agency was enlisted to help with the Spitfire’s move as well as lead local initiatives and build fan engagement within the city and country that the team represent. With the whole of the first season taking place in Los Angeles, it is undoubtedly a tricky task but one that Paul “Redeye” Chaloner and his team are embracing.We caught up with Paul a few weeks ago to ask him a few UK specific questions about the partnership and what his agency are trying to achieve. ESI:  Looking at it from a very UK specific angle, are you looking at the wider country or is the initial focus on London? Will Overwatch fans from Manchester support the London franchise? Redeye: There is definitely a danger of being too narrow minded and focused on one goal, but we’re lucky that we’ve got some really good people in Code Red in Ben and Luke that will help check that, and also our friends over at Cloud9 as well.“I have this crazy idea in my head that I want to bring the Korean players over when they’re done with the league stuff and do some sort of tour”Of course, there’s a wider picture and we’re very much aware of exactly what it is. I don’t want to get away from the fact that we want to build a physical location in London. That’s absolutely what we want to do. Then again, I have this crazy idea in my head that I want to bring the Korean players over when they’re done with the league stuff and do some sort of tour. Don’t ask me too much about it as I don’t know what the tour looks like just yet. It’s very much part of our big batch of ideas in the and “throwing stuff around” stage. I think it would be really cool to get them to interact around the whole country. Ultimately, right now we’re the only European team never mind UK team. That might change at some point in the future, but right now that’s what it is. I want to make sure that we are engaging with our fans wherever they are.I want to be engaging with our fans everywhere, be it London, be it Portsmouth, be it Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow or Dublin. Or anywhere else around Europe for that matter. We’re uniquely placed in that aspect in that we’ve got a potentially mammoth fan catchment area but we need to ensure we reach out to where they are. ESI: With the inaugural season being played in Los Angeles, some of the timings of games can be tricky for the UK viewer. There’s games as late as 04:00 but some are obviously earlier. Does this create a challenge when it comes to engagement? Does it impact viewing parties and capturing a younger audience?Redeye: Some of the early times are pretty reasonable and the majority of our matches will be played earlier due to the timezone difference. If they’re not, we’ll certainly talk to Blizzard and see if we can put them earlier and make sure that we do maximise the amount of people that can watch.Having matches any earlier than the earliest “kick-offs” are obviously very tricky as we’re at the behest of the Blizzard Arena and the time zone of that so logistically it’s tough to do.“We’ve got a potentially mammoth fan catchment area but we need to ensure we reach out to where they are”I certainly can see where you’re coming from, though and we do share similar concerns but Blizzard are super open to discussion and have been listening to teams and the challenges we face. I don’t think this is any different. If we find that our European and UK fans are struggling to tune in because of that, we will absolutely talk to Bizzard. From what I remember though, the majority should be OK for those who want to watch live.I would much rather read about the result and watch highlights, but for people that do like to watch VoDs, our content team will be ensuring that’s available and we package up suitable highlight reels for those who missed the game and can’t stay up late. We’ll make sure that we cater to those who miss out as well as we possibly can.last_img read more

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GAA: YOUR COUNTY NEEDS YOU!

first_imgYour County Needs You! By donegaldaily.com analyst and fan blogger Cathal Mac Suibhne.“Through respecting the past we hope to develop the future” – Jim McGuinnessThe wonderful days experienced last Summer in Clones and Croke Park brought the feel-good factor back to Donegal GAA – now fans have a chance to play their part in helping those days to come about more often. The County Board are currently engaged in a fundraising drive to support Donegal GAA’s Centre of Excellence at Convoy and are urging supporters to dip into their pockets and assist in the effort.A financing sub-committee has been established, led by treasurer Grainne Boyle, to try to raise €100,000 by the end of May and this is to be done by enticing 200 donors to give €500 each to the cause. As a Revenue approved scheme anyone making a donation can receive a tax break (full details attached below).The Centre will play a key part in the future for Donegal football and hurling and will mean that all training facilities for all teams will be at one location rather the current situation which requires players to move around to various locations in the county.The facility at Convoy will comprise of five pitches, four grass-based and one 3G surface, as well as an indoor training facility. Three of the five pitches will be floodlit while there will also be medical rooms, dining area and dressing rooms with lockers for each player as well as ample parking on the site. Preparation in Gaelic Games has reached unprecedented levels in the past decade and other counties have already identified a centralised training facility as a vital element in getting the best out of their teams.Other counties such as Monaghan (Cloghan), Tyrone (Garvaghey) and Derry (Owenbeg) are already reaping the benefits from their respective training centres with positive reports received from players, managers and administrators alike.The fundraising drive for the project was launched in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny last month and there has been an encouraging response thus far.Similar fundraising initiatives were successful in the counties mentioned above and with the help of GAA supporters in the county and the wider diaspora in Ireland and abroad, Convoy can welcome Donegal’s teams as they begin their 2013 Championship campaigns.County boss McGuinness is excited about the plans and is in no doubt as to the centre’s importance in developing GAA in Donegal, “we now operate to a philosophy that is player and coach centred, development driven and competition supported which will be expressed across a range of disciplines under one roof at the new centre. This will be an aspirational environment within which every young player will know they are being given the opportunity to achieve something special with their lives. Nothing is now left to chance and the systems, structures and people we have in place will deliver huge benefits for the future of Donegal GAA….I am certain every player who enters those doors will walk out inspired to give their best for Donegal.” So how do you get involved?An application form and details on the scheme (including how you can claim a tax refund from your donation) can be found below…If you require more information, you can contact Donegal County Treasurer, Grainne Boyle…Phone: 086-8032954Email: [email protected] here for tax refund form: Application_FormGAA: YOUR COUNTY NEEDS YOU! was last modified: May 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: YOUR COUNTY NEEDS YOU!last_img read more

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