Asian stocks set to fall as Wall St snaps 3-day winning streak

first_imgAustralian S&P/ASX 200 futures YAPcm1 were down 0.6 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 futures NKc1 were off 0.02 percent.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures HSIc1 were down 0.23 percent.US Treasury yields edged lower and crude prices fell on concerns over the fresh outbreaks, but drew some support from stimulus measures and positive tests of a drug trial for dexamethasone that could save some critically ill COVID-19 patients.The dollar rose from early lows as investors wary of wider geopolitical risks sought its relative safety, but pared gains by the session’s end. Asian stocks were set to dip on Thursday after a choppy Wall Street session as spiking coronavirus cases and prospects of new lockdowns erased earlier confidence about a global economic recovery.Optimism about a quick economic comeback has been tempered by more global cases of the coronavirus, with an outbreak in Beijing and a rising infections in US states that are reopening their economies.“A cautious tone has re-emerged in markets amid a quiet night for data,” Tapas Strickland, a director at the National Australia Bank, said in a note. “Markets are still trying to grapple with the implications of rising coronavirus infections and hospitalization rates in the southern parts of the US given there is a high bar to re-impose lockdowns.” Rising tensions between North Korea and South Korea spurred demand for safe-havens, as did clashes between Indian and Chinese troops at a disputed border site.“This can all change as the market is very sensitive to headline risk,” said Brian Battle, the trading director Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago.“Don’t confuse lack of volatility with stability. The market is very unstable with news of the virus outbreak worsening, which could lead to less global trade. But news of no second coronavirus wave in the US could lead to a smoother recovery.”On Wall Street, The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.65 percent while the S&P 500 lost 0.36 percent.Both US indexes opened modestly higher, waffled throughout the morning and turned positive in afternoon. By the final hour of trading, however, both indexes had slipped.The Nasdaq Composite, which continued to trade higher before paring its gains, added 0.15 percent, by the closing bell.The pan-European STOXX 600 index closed up 0.74 percent while emerging market stocks rose 0.48 percent.Oil prices swung in and out of the red amid an increase in US crude inventories.The dollar index =USD rose 0.11 percent, with the euro down 0.05 percent to US$1.1237. The Japanese yen strengthened 0.06 percent versus the greenback at 106.91 per dollar, while Sterling was last trading at $1.2547, down 0.06 percent on the day.Benchmark 10-year notes US10YT=RR yielded 0.7331 percent, from 0.733 percent late on Wednesday. The 10-year German Bund DE10YT=RR rose 0.7 basis point to yield -0.418. [GVD/EUR]US crude CLc1 recently fell 0.55 percent to $37.75 per barrel, while Brent LCOc1 was flat on the day.US gold futures GCcv1 gained 0.05 percent to $1,730.00 an ounce.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah passes Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers to become England U21’s record goalscorer

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah broke Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers’ England record (Picture: BT Sport)Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah says it is a ‘dream come true’ after he passed Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers to become England U21’s leading goalscorer.Nketiah missed an 84th-minute penalty before coolly chipping in a record 14th goal at this level four minutes later as England beat Turkey 2-1 on Tuesday night.The victory saw England book their place at next year’s U21 European Championships.Nketiah, 21, said: ‘It is an amazing feeling. To get the record and be alongside those names and players is a dream come true.ADVERTISEMENT‘It’s a proud moment for me and my family. Hopefully I can add to that total as well.’AdvertisementAdvertisementEngland U21 manager, Aidy Boothroyd, added to BT Sport: ‘Eddie Nketiah is in esteemed company with Alan Shearer. Nketiah helped England beat Turkey 2-1 (Picture: Getty)‘He is a terrific player and I genuinely think if he can have the career Alan has had he will have done really well!’England took the lead at Molineux through Huseyin Turkmen’s own goal, which was deflected from Ryan Sessegnon’s cross.Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale impressed for England, keeping out Halil Dervisoglu’s penalty, but the Turkey striker netted a consolation late on.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOn England’s performance, Boothroyd said: ‘I am pleased we have qualified but we as a group can do better than what we showed.‘I thought tonight we didn’t show the football we are used to seeing on a regular basis. There were snippets of it, but you have to give credit to the opponents.‘In terms of tinkering I have a really good idea of the core of the squad. November (final qualifying games) is a key time for us to get the lads together and make sure we are even better in our preparation and even better in our performances and finish qualifying on a high.’ Louis SealeyTuesday 13 Oct 2020 10:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link26.4kShares Commentcenter_img Aidy Boothroyd’s side have booked their place at the U21 European Championships (Picture: Getty)The group stages of the U21 European Championships will take place in March and the knockout stage will be played from May 31 to June 6.Nketiah has made 43 appearances for Arsenal’s first-team, featuring in all four of the Gunners’ Premier League matches so far this season.Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side face Manchester City this weekend.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Thomas Partey names five Arsenal legends he loved – including Patrick VieiraMORE: Thomas Partey rates Arsenal’s Premier League title chances under Mikel Arteta Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah passes Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers to become England U21’s record goalscorer Advertisementlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Announces New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations

first_imgWolf Administration Announces New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations July 19, 2016 Press Release,  Public Health,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis, and Department of State Secretary Pedro Cortes today to announce his administration’s new prescribing guideline recommendations for the safe and effective use of opioids.Today, Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine presented guidelines to the State Board of Medicine, the State Board of Pharmacy, and the State Board of Dentistry. The Boards of Pharmacy and Dentistry have voted to adopt the guidelines. The Board of Medicine has voted to adopt two of the four sets of prescribing guidelines: Emergency Room and Non-Cancer Chronic Pain. The other two, Geriatric Pain and Ob-Gyn, will be voted on at a special session of the board to be scheduled sometime in August.“By reducing the pattern of over-prescribing painkillers that have such a high risk for abuse, we are fighting back against opioid abuse and heroin use before those habits even begin, so I am thrilled to hear Dr. Levine’s recommendations today,” said Governor Wolf. “I urge all state medical boards to accept these guidelines. In addition, I remain committed to working with the legislature during the upcoming special session to address the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic.”The Pennsylvania guidelines on the use of opioids to treat chronic non cancer pain were published in 2014. These guidelines address the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. These guidelines are intended to supplement and not replace the individual prescriber’s clinical judgment.Under Governor Wolf’s leadership, the Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has convened the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force. Membership of the task force includes various state agencies, representatives from medical associations, provider advocates, and community members.The Task Force developed and adopted guidelines for six medical specialties on the safe and effective use of opioids in the treatment of pain:Emergency Department Pain Treatment Guidelines: To appropriately relieve pain and attempt to identify those who maybe be abusing or addicted to opioid analgesics and refer them for special assistance.Opioid Use and Safe Prescribing for Geriatric Pain: This guideline will highlight special problems concerning using opioids when treating older adults for chronic non-cancer pain.Guidelines on the Use of Opioids to Treat Chronic Non-cancer Pain: These guidelines address the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. These guidelines do not address the use of opioids for acute pain, nor do they address the use of opioids for the treatment of pain at the end-of-life.Guidelines on the Use of Opioids in a Dental Practice: These guidelines address the use of opioids for the treatment of acute dental pain.Obstetrics and Gynecology Pain Treatment: This guideline addresses the use of opioids for the treatment of pain in pregnant patients, during and immediately following delivery, and during breastfeeding.Opioid Dispensing Guidelines: These guidelines are focused on several key areas that can impact pharmacists of any practice setting. Focal points include assessing the appropriateness of opioid pain medication at the point of dispensing, recognition of “red flags” on prescriptions as well as high risk medication combinations, available resources for those with a substance use disorder, and methods to prevent diversion from the emergency department.Having already secured $20.4 million in the 2016-17 budget to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania, these prescribing guidelines are another significant step by the Wolf Administration to continue the fight against addiction.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK master trusts question legitimacy of latest NEST consultation

first_imgNEST Corporation, the trust’s corporate sponsor, was created with a loan from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), and also received grants while auto-enrolment was still in relative infancy.The European Commission (EC) forced restrictions limiting members from transferring funds from other pension providers or contributing more than £4,500 (€5,710) a year, as NEST rivals private sector providers.In the summer, the EC agreed restrictions could be lifted in 2017 after an appeal from the UK government.However, Danish provider Now Pensions, part of ATP, said it continued to have concerns over the lifting of the restrictions.It also said it was unclear why this consultation was relevant.“The consultation question itself does not canvas opinion on the merits or otherwise of lifting the restrictions,” it said.“Instead, it is phrased from a legal perspective on the premise that the lifting of restrictions will, indeed, take place.”It also had concerns with the independence of the NEST team inside the DWP from the auto-enrolment team, with concerns that wider policy issues were being made with NEST’s commercial interests at heart.The company reiterated its desire to operate with a level playing field and berated NEST for its government funding and differing governance requirements as it chose to opt-out of a voluntary master-trust governance code.The People’s Pension, a master-trust service by not-for-profit firm B&CE, said there were fundamental questions on the market impact of lifting restrictions that the government had yet to answer.NEST currently charges 1.8% on upfront contributions and an annual management charge of 0.3%.B&CE director of policy Darren Philp said clarity was needed on whether 1.8% would be charged on pots transferring into NEST after restrictions were lifted.“If it is, then this disadvantages members,” he said. “If it isn’t, then this provides NEST with an unfair advantage, made possible through government funding.”Now Pensions said it and other providers wanted to continue serving the pensions market as auto-enrolment reached smaller employers.“This ambition will continue to require significant investment,” it said. “We do not have the luxury of government funding, and we, therefore, believe that a level playing field will be vital in this environment, to ensure that healthy competition continues.”Last year, the government announced it would lift the NEST restrictions, although the EC only agreed to this a year later. Rival master trusts to the UK’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) have questioned the legitimacy of a government consultation on lifting its transfer and contribution restrictions.The government is currently consulting on whether changes made to the legal order on the creation of NEST would be suitable for the removal of restrictions by April 2017.Master trusts Now Pensions and People’s Pension said the consultation was irrelevant and that wider questions should be asked over the impact.NEST has a public-service order to accept all employers auto-enrolling employees under their legal obligation.last_img read more

Canny renovators bringing old haunts back to former glories

first_imgThe Cobb & Co depotMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago Bob Chambers outside his church which he purchased in Nanango and is now converting in to a modern home at Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo. Photographer: Liam KidstonFLIPPERS and renovators are breathing new life into some of Queensland’s oldest buildings, converting everything from warehouses to old churches into modern homes.Buyers are even eyeing up a former bowls club in the outback, keen to transform the clubhouse and 6563sq m flat block in to a dream estate.Local agents are reporting a swell in the number of inquiries from local and interstate buyers looking for a property to flip or make their own, with a new survey from Houzz Australia pointing to another big year for renovations and transformations across the country.Even The Block contestants are preparing for the series grand final tomorrow, which will see their apartments in the notorious Gatwick Hotel in Melbourne go under the hammer. Place Kangaroo Point agent Simon Caulfield has been involved in a number of sales campaigns involving everything from a converted water tank and an RSL hall to churches and warehouses.He is now personally converting an old church into a four-bedroom house in the sought-after Poet’s Corner precinct at Norman Park. Th bedroom inside the Toowoomba church conversion“It is a quirky property that just needs the right buyer,” he said. Simon Caulfield at the old church he is renovating in Norman Park. Friday October 26, 2018. (AAP image, John Gass)“It was an early 1900s Presbyterian church on three parcels of land and the owners were going to demolish it,” he said. “So we bought the land, moved the church onto one lot and subdivided the other two blocks. It may not look like much …Ray White Spring Hill agent Zac Tully said the auction campaign for the property at 133 Fortescue St was “probably the busiestin four years”. “The owner had been living in it and had a hair salon out the front,” he said. “There wasn’t a lot of information about itbut some of the neighbours said it had been used for commercial purposes in the 1980s.” Mr Tully said the new owner was a Brisbane local, and the auction had been fier It was transformed into two three-bedroom townhouses. One of the townhouses is on the market for offers over $675,000, and has high vaulted ceilings, a contemporary kitchen, two upper level loft bedrooms, spacious living areas plus a study or sunroom. … bu then it surprises you!cely fought with seven registered bidders onthe day. “There were buyers from across all of the markets – first home buyers, investors, developers, architects, commercial buyers,” he said. “We even had a guy from Perth fly over to check it out. Another guy wanted it for a bachelor pad. In the end the auction justtook off and we sat back and watched it go.” In Yelarbon, west of Stanthorpe, a converted Cobb & Co depot that was established in 1956 is up for grabs. The “rustic warehouse” has five bedrooms, one bathroom, and room for six vehicles. A conversion at 1/3 Ellis Street GreenslopesBelle Property Coorparoo agent Jonathan Harper-Hill said there had been a lot of interest in the property, mostly from downsizing couples and young professionals.He said those interested buyers were “looking for something different” close to the city.“There hasn’t been a lot of conversions in the Brisbane market but I see that changing as vacant land diminishes,” he said.Also on the market is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment within the heritage-listed former McWhirters department store, which is open to offers between $350,000 and $370,000. In regional Queensland, a church conversion at 2B Allan St in North Toowoomba has seen the 1885-built St Thomas Church transformed in to a five bedroom, three bathroom residence packed full of original features. And inside the Cobb & Co depotNear Rockhampton, Mount Morgan’s first Queensland National bank, which operated from 1887 to 1929 before being converted to flats and then a three-bedroom house, is now under offer.Agent Angela Douglas said the new owners were keen to renovate and turn it into a modern home.“The history of it was a big drawcard for them,” she said. “We get a lot of people looking for a property with a bit of a story to tell, some character. “I also recently sold 18-20 Railway St and it was the main bank in Wowan (southwest of Mount Morgan) and those owners are also planning to renovate it.”For those wanting a new project, there are a few old buildings on the market just crying out for some love. In North Queensland, Irvinebank’s original post and telegraph office is on the market for $190,000. The three bedroom weatherboard house has traditional tongue-and-groove walls, high ceilings and a spiral staircase. It even comes with its own self-sustainable cyclone shelter built in to a rocky cliff.In Richmond Hill, a heritage church with cathedral-style ceilings, stain glass windows and polished timber floors is on the market. Agent Glynn Nielsen said the current owners had been living in it and done some renovations but there was plenty of scope to turn in to a dream home.“It is a bargain at $199,000,” he said. *** THE DELAPIDATED CHURCH A conversion at 2B Allan St, North ToowoombaColliers International agent Heston Marino said the current owners bought the property, subdivided the block, built two more houses and converted the original church. A TWO-BEDROOM industrial warehouse conversion in Spring Hill has sold for $1.23 million. And from another angle. (AAP image, John Gass)“We are selling one of those vacant blocks and will build a new house on the other, and convert the church into a modern home.”Mr Caulfield said older commercial or community buildings were attractive to buyers as they often had high ceilings, an open floorplan and a decent block of land.Among the converted properties currently on the market in Brisbane is an early 1900s church hall at 3 Ellis St in Greenslopes. Bob Chambers’ church which he purchased in Nanango and is now converting in to a modern home at Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo. Photographer: Liam KidstonTwo luxury pavilions will be built and joined by walkways, and there will be no shortage of hi-tech mod cons. “It would have been cheaper to just knock it down, or just do a whole new build,” he said.“But it (preserving character properties) should happen.”Mr Chalmers does not expect to finish the Coorparoo project until winter next year, but expects it will sell for more thanhe paid for the project. He also already has his next project lined up – a block of flats across the road from his own renovated Queenslander.He said he bought the flats to prevent a developer knocking them down to build cookie-cutter modern houses and “changing mystreet aesthetic”. “My plan is to gut the flats and turn it in to a grand modern home with some character,” he said.Mr Chambers said his passion was to breath new life in to old buildings, and that more needed to be done to preserve someof the city’s history. “The house in Buena Vista, I refused to just demolish it. It was solid and now a family has a house on stumps near Ipswichfor about $50,000. “We have become too much of a throwaway society. “If we just keep knocking down older properties we risk losing any character we have as a city.”*** THE CONVERTED WAREHOUSE A DILAPIDATED church relocated from Nanango to one of Brisbane’s heritage suburbs is being transformed in to a modern familyhome. Bob Chambers bought 79 Buena Vista Avenue at Coorparoo for $1.565 million in April last year, and sold the existing propertyto a house removalist for $5000. He bought the 1912-built church from another house removalist for about $60,000, and had it shipped and stumped onsite foranother $90,000. Mr Chambers expects to pump between $1.2 and $1.4 million in to renovating the church, which will be the centrepiece for amodern home. last_img read more

Total, Eni, Novatek first to grab licenses offshore Lebanon

first_imgLebanese government has awarded two offshore exploration and production licenses to a consortium of Total, Eni, and Novatek. The deadline set for prequalified companies to submit their bids on the open blocks within the country’s much-delayed first offshore licensing round expired on October 12.Three companies forming one consortium participated in the bid round and submitted one bid for block 4 and one bid for block 9. These companies were French Total, Italian Eni and Russian JSC Novatek. After this, the evaluation of the technical and commercial offers took place.On Thursday, December 14 the country’s Council of Ministers approved the awards of two exclusive petroleum licenses for exploration and production in blocks 4 and 9 to the consortium of three companies.No bids were received for the remaining three offshore blocks. The country’s Minister of Energy and Water, Cesar Abi Khalil, said that the remaining blocks will wait for the next licensing round.According to Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA), the exploration phase will start upon the signature of the EPA and will last up to five years with the possibility of having a one-year extension. The ultimate goal of the exploration phase is to strike a commercial discovery.Reuters reported that exploratory drilling was expected to start at the beginning of 2019.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Schools unhappy with beer tent ruling

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 1 November 2013Schools aren’t happy with being over-ruled by Dunedin City Council authorities on the issue of serving alcohol to parents at school fairs.The Principals’ Federation says the focus of a beer tent is to raise money for schools strapped for cash, and alcohol plays a small part in that.But the council panel turned down Elmgrove School’s its application for a liquor licence, arguing it’s symptomatic of New Zealand’s drinking culture that alcohol is seen as a natural part of every day activity.Principals’ Federation president Phil Harding says it would have been appropriate for parents to stand around and talk to friends with a glass of wine in their hands.He says a lot of schools run alcohol tents at things like school fairs, and they’re strictly monitored by Boards of Trustees.Family First says fair not the place for drinkingHowever, Family First believes schools should think more carefully before attempting to get alcohol involved in community events.Director Bob McCroskie says the ruling is common sense.“No because it’s not telling people not to drink alcohol, it’s simply saying that there’s a time and a place, and the school fair isn’t the time and it’s not the place.” read more

Indonesia flood death toll rises to 21

first_imgThe flood displaced over 30,000 peopleand caused chaos across parts of the Southeast Asia’s biggest city. A girl is carried by her father across floodwaters in Jakarta, Indonesia on Jan. 2. WILLY KURNIAWAN/REUTERS JAKARTA – The death toll from flashfloods and landslides across this Indonesian capital reached at least 21 onThursday, Social affairs ministry spokesman Joko Hariyanto said. Authorities said four people haddrowned, four died in landslides and four more were electrocuted, while threedied of hypothermia. Jakarta and its surroundings are hometo over 30-million people. Over 50 people died in one of the capital’sdeadliest floods in 2007 and five years ago, much of the center of the city wasinundated after canals overflowed.(Reuters)last_img read more

Carrick: Rooney is one of us

first_img Doubt remains over his future, though. Having had two bids turned down for Rooney already, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho seems intent on having a third attempt to prize the England forward away from Old Trafford. And it was noticeable at the Liberty Stadium that Rooney did not celebrate United’s goals with his team-mates, although on the latter occasion at least, that had something to do with the kick on his Achilles he sustained as he set up Welbeck’s impudent chip. It appears there are no problems in the camp though, with Carrick backing a stance taken by the United supporters, who cheered Rooney on his arrival. “Wayne is a great player,” said Carrick. “He is one of the lads. He is one of us and we all stick together. “I didn’t hear the fans but he has given this club an awful lot. The fans support him and so do we. “He came on and looked good. He set up two goals. That is what he is all about. “We played for each other to get the win. He was certainly part of that.” After missing the entire pre-season campaign due to hamstring and shoulder injuries, Rooney was introduced as a substitute 30 minutes from the end of Saturday’s 4-1 win at Swansea. Though obviously some way short of match fitness still, the 27-year-old still had a significant impact, setting up goals for Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck as David Moyes’ reign as United manager got off to a perfect start. In fairness to Rooney, he is not the type to down tools, no matter what position he finds himself in. However, he is in an awkward spot, having failed to commit his future to United, despite having plenty of opportunity to do so. The brutal truth is that Rooney is no longer the central figure within the Red Devils camp. Robin van Persie is now in that position, and it appears there are also alternatives for the role of back-up. Shinji Kagawa proved at Borussia Dortmund what an impressive player he is, although has yet to have the same impact at United, whilst Javier Hernandez’s goalscoring prowess is well known, even if he is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. And it appears Danny Welbeck is intent on providing last term’s miserable goalscoring form was a blip. Welbeck found the net just once in the Premier League in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final Premier League campaign. He eclipsed that figure in one impressive 90 minute performance at the Liberty Stadium, the impudent chip for his injury-time second a particular gem. And that will help silence both the doubters and the dressing room wind-up merchants, who have not been afraid to make Welbeck aware of his meagre contribution. “We have had a bit of banter with Danny,” said defender Phil Jones. “But he is a confident lad. It speaks volumes for him that he stuck two away and the last one was a great finish.” Michael Carrick insists Wayne Rooney remains a central figure in the Manchester United squad. Press Associationlast_img read more

Laudrup calls for accountability

first_img That game will be officiated by Andre Marriner, who gave Chelsea a controversial late penalty to earn a draw at West Brom, a decision Professional Game and Match Officials Limited chief Mike Riley has since apologised for. Swansea have not received an apology over Madley’s decision and Laudrup has not spoken to the official, although Riley has been in touch with Laudrup over the matter and the former Barcelona midfielder was satisfied with the explanation he received. But the Dane pulled no punches in his assessment of how referees are currently handled, believing they should explain controversial decisions after games. He said: “I spoke to the match delegate after the West Brom game and he understood and agreed with me and I have the match report, but it is hidden away. “It would make the referees a little more human to all the fans and feel part of us, as we all agree that it is a very, very difficult job. “You have people that are trying to get a penalty or free-kick or get another opponent sent off and everything is so quick, players are so fast and just a small touch and it feels like the end of the world. “It is very difficult to change that but it would make them a little more like the rest of us. I don’t think protecting them like this so they can’t talk to anyone makes it better for them.” He added: “Someone says we want to protect referees and not put them under extra pressure as they are already under enough pressure. But if you want to be at the highest level there is always pressure. Press Association “If you are a manager, if you are in a top club there is always a big responsibility and a lot of pressure. “You are there because you want to be there, otherwise you would do something else.” Laudrup also highlighted an incident in Spain where referee Cesar Muniz Fernandez did not take charge of a top-flight fixture for a month after incorrectly awarding Real Madrid a penalty to beat Elche 2-1 in September, a move he feels was correct. “Even the most fanatical Real Madrid fans and journalists said the penalty was non-existent. This guy (the referee), he got three weeks in the fridge (without a game). “Okay, he made a huge mistake, but there is a consequence. “Then you can say that when he comes back after three weeks then there will be a lot of pressure on him in the next game. “It’s exactly the same for my players. If I have a player who misses a penalty or a keeper who makes a mistake and I say, ‘I’ll take you out for a couple of games’. When he comes back there will be pressure on him. “There’s a lot of pressure on all of us because we are at the highest level.” But a PGMOL spokesman told Press Association Sport: “One of the major reasons referees don’t speak post-match is because of the discipline system. “Clubs, managers and players have the right to appeal over matters of discipline and referees commenting post-match is viewed as potentially prejudicing that appeal. That is a view supported by FIFA and the Football Association. “Referees are accountable. In every game the officials are equally assessed by two groups: Match Delegates, appointed by the Premier League, who sit in the stand and assess their game management, and Evaluators, appointed by PGMOL, who analyse their technical performance. “Managers have the opportunity to speak to the officials post-match and mark their performance through the Match Delegates. “Referees performances influence the matches they can be put in charge of; they would only get the FA Cup final for example if they have performed consistently well over a season. “Errors by officials in the Premier League are uncommon, this season they are getting nearly 95 per cent of major decisions right. We find that referees working hard to improve on any mistakes is more effective than punishment. “If officials are consistently under-performing then we’ll work with them to develop their standards, but we are fortunate to have some of the leading officials in world football who operate to a very high level. “We also work closely with the League Managers’ Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association on referee development.” The Dane is still seething at the penalty given against his side in the 3-3 draw with Stoke prior to the international break, with Charlie Adam converting from the spot in stoppage time to deny Swansea all three points. Referee Robert Madley adjudged Wayne Routledge had handled in the box, but Laudrup, a man not given to displays of temper, was furious at the decision and has admitted the frustration lingers as his side prepare to face Fulham on Saturday. Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes Barclays Premier League referees are too heavily protected and need to be more accountable for their decisions.last_img read more