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Liverpool ‘Withdraw From Werner Talks & Won’t Pursue RB Leipzig Star Transfer’



Liverpool have refused point bank to pay Timo Werner’s release clause – even if that means losing out on the world-class striker, according to Mirror.

As things stand – with his club Leipzig insisting they will not negotiate a price tag below his £50million contract release – the Reds have withdrawn completely from any talks over the striker, and will not pursue his signature.

Boss Jurgen Klopp has been straight with the Germany international forward, despite expressing a long-term interest in signing him, by insisting the transfer market has been turned upside, slashing his potential value.

The financial crisis inflicted on football by the global coronavirus pandemic means Anfield chiefs are facing at least a £100million shortfall in income over the next 12 months.

And with most of Europe’s top clubs facing similar problems, it has changed the transfer landscape completely.

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Liverpool have a good relationship with RB Leipzig, but they now value him at significantly less than £30m.

It leaves Werner with the choice of sticking out on his current contract – which has two years left to run – to force the price down, or looking elsewhere.

Clubs such as Inter Milan and Barcelona have expressed an interest, but they too know the transfer market has been turned on its head, and will also refuse to meet the exit clause.

If Werner sticks it out in Germany for another year, then next summer will see his release clause drop to around £35m.

But he knows Leipzig will be forced to revise their valuation, and that valuation, when he enters the final year of his contract.

It leaves the ball firmly in the court of the German club, though last night, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff took a hard line stance by insisting the price will not drop.

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“It won’t get any cheaper. We will not sell a player below value if he is under contract for more than a year,” he said.

“In general, we always ask the question: can we replace a player if we sell him for less than his market value?”

Liverpool are bracing themselves for a tough summer of transfer business.

They had hoped to sell Xherdan Shaqiri, and current loanees Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic to raise the funds for any major signings.

But where the trio were jointly valued at more than £60m before the Covid-19 crisis, now they will be much harder to sell for any significant fee at all, meaning there are scarce resources to make signings such as Werner.


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What governments all over the world are doing after COVID



What governments all over the world are doing after COVID in 2022.

One of the most important ways that societies intervene to buffer the adverse consequences of socioeconomic disadvantage is through the provision of social assistance. Social assistance refers to government programs that provide a minimum level of income support to individuals and households living in poverty.

When people talk about people receiving public assistance – food stamps, disability, unemployment payments, and other government help – they often have stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions of who those people are and what their lives are like.

This view of some people is affecting policy for the growing ranks of our nation’s poor, says a new report from a joint project from Save the Children and the Center for American Progress. The report compares the U.S. means of measuring economic opportunity and poverty with the experience of other countries, including five peer nations on the same income scale. It shows that people in many peer countries are given assistance as a matter of public policy, and these nations tend to view welfare programs as a short-term emergency measure.

Many countries like the U.S and spend significantly more taxpayer money on assistance than peer countries. After a few years of assistance, people on welfare in the U.S. have a much more difficult time finding jobs, according to the recent National Survey of Transitional Assistance Providers. These programs lend support either in the form of direct cash transfers or through a variety of in-kind benefits (e.g. food stamps and rent subsidies). Social assistance has been shown to strengthen the purchasing power of the poor and raise their material standards of living.

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However, the government does not provide these social assistance programs to ensure marginalized populations are treated fairly, the report says. In fact, U.S. policy determines participation by significant factors, such as the stigma associated with poverty.

Many social programs determine eligibility before a person’s need for support. They include the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit, which provides an additional tax refund to working families. Similarly, these benefits are made available only to the poor, as with food stamps and Medicaid eligibility. The report finds positive signs.

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Throughout the world, government assistance helps increase your odds of getting a job, incorporates receiving benefits (by lowering the barriers to receive), raises your wages, and reduces the chances of falling into poverty. This means people who receive the assistance are less likely to experience long-term poverty.

Some nations take a deliberate approach to the provision of social assistance because they view the social support system as integral to promoting social and economic mobility. In many cases, straight into the workforce programs and an expansion.

Access to jobs is crucial to moving families out of poverty. Unemployment and disability, for example, only benefit people when they work. A policy reform could make the social safety net more effective.

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Nigeria Warns Of Possible Eid Al-Fitr Bomb Attacks



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Nigeria’s secret police have warned of possible bomb attacks during celebrations for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In a statement, spokesperson Peter Afunanya said the Department of State Services (DSS) had uncovered a plot by suspected gangs to carry out attacks on critical infrastructure, places of worship and recreation centres.

The warning comes after recent explosions at bars in the north-eastern states of Taraba and Yobe that killed several people.

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A splinter faction of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said it carried out the attacks.



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Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland



Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies To Bulgaria And Poland

The Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has cut off all gas deliveries to both Bulgaria and Poland after both countries refused to start paying for the supplies in roubles.

Earlier, both Polish and Bulgarian energy providers said they had received official notices from the Russian gas supplier that deliveries were due to be cut.

Gazprom’s announcement comes after some confusion earlier this morning, when data showed gas supplies into Poland through Belarus temporarily reduced to zero before resuming.

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Bulgaria’s gas network had also said the country was still receiving Russian gas as of this morning.

We are yet to see any data of gas volumes into Poland or Bulgaria since Gazprom’s announcement just now.




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