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Germany holds on to beat Ukraine for 1st Nations League win

KYIV, Ukraine — Germany finally won a Nations League game at the seventh attempt on Saturday, holding on to beat Ukraine 2-1 to ease the pressure growing on coach Joachim Löw.Defender Matthias Ginter and midfielder Leon Goretzka scored to give Löw’s team its first win in Group 4 of League A, its first of the year, and coming after three games including the friendly against Turkey in which it squandered leads to draw.“It was important that we were stable in defence and that we didn’t allow the opponent any chances,” Löw said.A late penalty from Ruslan Malinovskyi ensured another nervy ending, but a Ukraine side depleted by coronavirus cases and injuries was unable to draw level. Andriy Shevchenko’s side was thrashed by France 7-1 in their friendly on Wednesday.After drawing with Turkey 3-3 in Cologne the same day, Löw restored his regular players in Kyiv, building the team around the Bayern Munich “block” of Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Goretzka and Serge Gnabry. Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg, and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos also returned to the starting lineup.None of them were involved in the opening goal, however, down to good work from defender Antonio Rüdiger, who beat his marker and crossed low for Ginter to convert at the far post in the 20th minute. Gnabry tried a back-heel but failed to connect fully before the ball reached Ginter.It was far from convincing from the visitors, who remained prone to mistakes under pressure from the home side.“It was the case again that we gave the ball away too easily in several phases,” Löw said.A miscued back-pass from Ginter would likely have been punished by Shevchenko in his prime, but the Milan great, now

Norman Pearlstine is about to be out of a job and likely is breathing a sigh of relief. Having successfully run major media entities like Forbes, Time Inc. and the Wall Street Journal, Pearlstine has tried for the past two and a half years to steer the recovery of the Los Angeles Times. He’s had some positive things working for him: A supportive billionaire publisher who has supplied massive refinancing and a gorgeous new headquarters. Also an eager readership that has survived years of frustration because of mismanagement.

Nothing can be more ominous than good portents, however: Despite Pearlstine’s stalwart efforts, and a near doubling of digital readership, the Times staff has seemed bent on self-immolation with its editors and reporters delivering more apologies than news. Last month, the newspaper published a special editorial section declaring its regrets for gaps in coverage dating back to the 19th century. As for Pearlstine, the executive editor, he has decided to move on.

To some in the media business, the problems of Times ring an alarm bell: Just as the Times can’t seem to overcome the forces of divisiveness and gloom, are other corporate entities destined for a similar fate?

It is perhaps no coincidence that the Trump administration, whose statements have poisoned moves toward cohesion, last week officially suspended all government diversity training programs. According to Trump’s executive order, these programs have only succeeded in propagating “offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating.”

So what is the appropriate response? “Donald Trump is about to be defeated and it’s time for people to snap out of it, stop talking about moving to New Zealand and start building on the recovery,” comments the CEO of one media company who insists on talking off the record. “We’ve got to put

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Stormont’s finance minister has joined his Welsh and Scottish counterparts in repeating a call for increased spending powers for the devolved nations.

Conor Murphy told the assembly “more fiscal flexibility” was needed to manage the impact of Covid-19.

The minister expressed concerns about the autumn budget being cancelled and lack of clarity for an upcoming UK Spending Review.

Mr Murphy said it was “making it impossible” for Stormont to plan.

He and the Welsh and Scottish finance ministers have collectively asked the British government for “urgent clarity” about the timing and scope of the next Spending Review.

“They’re experiencing exactly the same problem in giving budget certainty to their own institutions,” said Mr Murphy.

This is not the first time that the three ministers have collectively called for more flexibility with spending powers.

Mr Murphy said if the executive wanted to respond effectively to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in this year and future years, it would need to have “flexibility to transfer Capital funding into Resource budgets”.

He also called for the Treasury to “loosen restrictions around transferring funding from one year to the next”.

The minister said restrictions on underspends did not “encourage good financial management and risks year-end surges of spend as departments seek to ensure budgets are maximised”.

Mr Murphy also raised concerns about the impact of Brexit on the Stormont budget, with the transition period due to end on 31 December.

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“We do not have the clarity we need on key issues such as implementing the Irish Protocol and replacing EU funding,” he told the assembly.

“I have written to the Treasury outlining the costs of implementing the protocol and have yet to receive confirmation that those costs will be met by the British Government,