Chelsea will play the Champions League newcomers Benfica next month for a place in the last 16 on their return to the competition after a year’s absence.
Emma Hayes’s team failed to qualify for last season’s tournament, having finished third in the league behind Arsenal and Manchester City, but have twice reached the semi-finals, losing to Wolfsburg in 2018 and Lyon in 2019.
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Manchester City, also twice semi-finalists, will play the Swedish side Gothenburg. City have been knocked out by Atlético Madrid in the past two seasons, in the last 16 last season and a round earlier in 2019.
The most interesting tie of the round is between the holders, Lyon, and Juventus.
The Italian champions have failed to progress beyond the last 32 in their two attempts in their three-year history. Lyon have won the competition a record five times in a row and seven times in total, and their Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg is the competition’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals. In August Lyon defeated Wolfsburg 3-1 in the final of a stunted single-leg competition in San Sebastian.
The Scottish champions, Glasgow City, defeated the Icelandic team Valur on penalties, following a 1-1 draw in qualifying, to earn a tie against Sparta Prague.
The ties will take place over two legs on 9-10 and 15-16 December with the seeded team playing the second leg at home.
This year’s draw for last 32 had a slightly different format, with unseeded teams and seeded teams divided into four groups based on geographical locations to limit the distance travelled during the pandemic. The final will take place on the 16 May in Gothenburg.
Next season’s competition will be expanded to include a group stage which will also allow for the third-place finisher in the Women’s Super League to enter through qualifiers.
The congregation that hosted an indoor wedding where more than 1,000 maskless guests celebrated in cramped quarters is being hit with a $15,000 fine for the “amazingly irresponsible” event, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Inside City Hall Monday night.
The city’s health department also sent the congregation, Yetev Lev D’Satmar in Williamsburg, a written warning about future indoor gatherings.
“There are clear rules in place to save lives across the city. This gathering was not only illegal, it was deeply immoral as lives were put at risk in a blatant disregard of the law and public health,” mayoral spokesperson Bill Neidhardt told POLITICO. “There must be consequences for that.”
The wedding drew condemnations from several people running for the City Council seat representing the Satmar sect in Williamsburg. But one high-profile candidate declined to blame the community, which has been repeatedly cited in the media for Covid-19 violations and also comprises an influential voting bloc in that district.
City Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi sent the congregation’s leader a cease-and-desist letter condemning the Nov. 8 wedding, which was reported in the New York Post over the weekend.
The article included video of attendants singing and dancing side by side, with nary a mask in sight. It also pointed out that next door to the Hooper Street building is a city firehouse. The FDNY, tasked with checking buildings for pandemic violations, told the Post it was not notified to conduct an inspection.
The wedding was held “in violation of numerical limitations of attendees and without adhering to required physical distancing of six feet and the requirement of wearing face coverings if individuals are closer than six feet,” Chokshi wrote.
He further described the wedding as “an act that is dangerous to human life or detrimental to health,” in accordance with the city’s nuisance law.
The letter cited orders put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and de Blasio throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, including one issued on June 6 limiting indoor gatherings to 50 people, as long as the site’s maximum capacity is double that.
Chokshi slapped the synagogue with a $15,000 fine, citing the mayor’s Oct. 10 executive order regulating nonessential gatherings, and warned congregants to avoid similar events.
The wedding became an issue in the crowded race for the 33rd Council district, which includes Williamsburg.
“They knew it wouldn’t be allowed because they arranged it surreptitiously. A flagrant disregard for safety,” Council candidate Ben Solotaire told POLITICO. “Everyone has sacrificed in the pandemic and the Hasidic community should do no less.”
He recommended the city consider further charges if any future cases of Covid-19 are traced to this wedding, and suggested mask giveaways in the neighborhood.
“My concern is that people from outside the Satmar community are seen to not have a legitimate opinion as to what happens in the Satmar community,” Victoria Cambranes, another Council candidate, said. “Are
When four new Pensacola City Council members take their oath of office Tuesday, the event will mark the first time in the city’s history that the legislative body is made up of a majority of women.
Four new council members are taking their seats Tuesday: Jennifer Brahier for District 1, Casey Jones for District 3, Teniadé Broughton for District 5 and Delarian Wiggins for District 7.
When Brahier and Broughton take their seats, they will join council members Sherri Myers and Ann Hill as the four women on the seven-member council.
“I think it’s a sign of our times, and it’s about time,” Brahier said. “Not only is it the first time we’re majority female, this is the first time from my district to have a female.”
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Brahier, who also teaches statistics at Pensacola State College, said the council will now appropriately reflect the demographics of the population.
“The reality is we’re majority female in this world, and so it’s about time that we actually have a majority council,” she said.
Teniadé Broughton (Photo: Courtesy of Teniadé Broughton)
Broughton said it was fitting that the first majority women council would also occur during the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.
“(Women representation is now) proportional to our community, and at the same time, we as women also don’t have this monolithic identity where we all think alike,” Broughton said.
As a woman, Broughton said, there is always the awareness of sexism in the world, and knowing the majority of the board is female removes some of that burden of the possibility of sexism.
“It frees up you to be able to vote and move in a way that does not have to consider it,” Broughton said.
Hill, the councilwoman from District 6, said she was thrilled to have four women on the council.
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“I think they’re going to be very special people on the council and make significant contributions,” Hill said.
District 2 Councilwoman Myers also said she was excited the council would reflect the demographic majority of the population.
“I think that that’s great symbolically and substantive in a lot of ways,” Myers said. “The more important issue, though, is what type of council are we going to have.”
The four new members taking seats Tuesday will also make the majority of the council first-term members.
Wiggins won his race for the seat in August against two other candidates, winning 53% of the vote. Wiggins, who is also an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy, told the News Journal in
The city is investigating a wedding in the Satmar Hasidic community that reportedly drew thousands of people to an indoor celebration in Brooklyn without masks, in violation of pandemic social distancing restrictions.
Thousands of guests, most of them men, gathered earlier this month for the wedding of the Satmar Grand Rebbe Aaron Teitelbaum’s grandson, Yoel Teitelbaum, according to videos obtained by the New York Post. The videos appear to show wedding-goers packed inside the Yetev Lev D’Satmar synagogue in Williamsburg on Hooper Street, singing and dancing with no face coverings.
“The City is conducting an investigation into the incident and will hold those accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” said Avery Cohen, a spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio.
She did not provide further information, such as when the city found out about the mass gathering. According to the Post, the wedding was held November 8th.
Last month, rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum’s rival (due to a longtime feud and split within the Satmar sect) Grand Rebbe Zalman Leib Teitelbaum planned to hold a large wedding for his grandson in which an estimated 10,000 guests from Brooklyn and Rockland County were expected to attend.
After pressure from officials and news coverage of the event, the synagogue’s leaders announced it would only be attended by close family members following what a spokesperson called “unwarranted attacks.” The state health commissioner issued a pre-emptive order to limit the number of guests.
This wedding, however, was planned in secret, according to the Post, citing a Yiddish-language newspaper, Der Blatt. The newspaper reported the wedding was planned by word-of-mouth to avoid “ravenous press and government officials,” according to the reports.
“If that happened, it was a blatant disregard of the law,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday when asked about the wedding. “It’s illegal. It was also disrespectful to the people of New York.”
“If it turns out that because we stopped that wedding, the reaction was, ‘Well, we’ll have a secret wedding,’ that would be really shocking,” Cuomo added. “I’m sure [the city] will be able to figure it out, and then we’ll bring the full consequence of legal action to bear.”
The synagogue could not be immediately reached for comment. The Post points out that it is located next door to a firehouse, and the FDNY is one of the city agencies responsible for inspecting establishments that may be in violation of COVID-19 restrictions. FDNY spokesperson Frank Dwyer told the Post that the wedding celebration “clearly violated” the rules, which currently limit indoor religious services to 33% capacity and require social distancing be maintained.
But “firehouses don’t conduct surveillance on their neighbors,” Dwyer added.
One member of the Brooklyn Hasidic community tells Gothamist that weddings are still taking place regularly. “This just happens to be the one reported on,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of a backlash from the community, said.
Additional reporting by Jake Offenhartz.
Tuesday night, score in a comeback win. Wednesday, get married. Take Thursday off with your new wife. Friday, training. Saturday, score in another win.
Exeter City captain Jake Taylor had a wedding week like no other last month.
The 28-year-old managed to sandwich his nuptials in between the best goalscoring run of his career as he found the net four times in five games for the League Two club and was named his side’s Player of the Month for October to boot.
“October was definitely a good month for me personally,” Taylor told BBC Radio Devon, as he prepared for his side’s clash with Oldham Athletic this weekend.
Having scored for the first time this season in a 2-1 win over Crawley on Tuesday 20 October, Taylor soon had other things on his mind.
“In his team talk after the game he (manager Matt Taylor) said ‘Jake, I’ll see you on Friday’, the rest of you are in on Thursday, so thankfully he gave me a bit of time to recover after my wedding,” recalled Taylor of the day before his big day.
“Then I went back in on Friday and we got another really good result on the Saturday, so it really couldn’t have gone a lot better for me. It was nice for Matt to give me an extra day off.”
‘Different’ day was ‘fantastic’
The manic week in October for the former Reading youngster came about as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Not only has it played havoc with football’s fixture lists, but also with plans for people’s personal lives all over the world.
“Getting married was fantastic,” said Taylor. “We were planning it a little bit differently, but the way it came about and the day itself was fantastic as well.
“We were supposed to be getting married in June and obviously we couldn’t because of the pandemic, so we moved it around March-time hoping that in October things might be a little bit better by then.
“Obviously numbers went down to 30 and then when we finally got married it was 15, so it was just 15 close family and friends.
“It wasn’t quite how we planned, but the day itself couldn’t have gone any better and we had a really good day.”
Taylor is third in Exeter’s goalscoring charts so far this season, with the Grecians on a 13-game unbeaten run that is the best in the top five divisions of English football and has put them just one point outside the automatic promotion places, and four off leaders Newport County.
“We’ve played some good teams so far as well, so it’s important to be really hard to beat,” he said.
COLUMBIA — Soda City Market is hosting a three-day European style holiday market on Main Street in downtown Columbia over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Holiday Market on Main, running from Nov. 27-29, will feature local vendors such as Granger Owings menswear that normally would not be part of the market on Saturday, said Emile DeFelice of Soda City.
The holiday event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, will stretch along the 1400 and 1600 blocks of Main Street. Cross-streets also will be blocked off, making the event even more pedestrian-friendly, he said. A regular Soda City Market will be held on Saturday morning as part of the holiday market.
Snacks such as hot chocolate, live music and a chance for photos with Santa Claus in the Arcade Mall should add to the festive atmosphere, DeFelice said.
Coronavirus safety rules that are in use at Soda City Market, such as the spacing out of vendors and the requirement of masks, will be in place for the holiday market.
Attendance has been rising through the fall at Soda City, and mask use rates continue to be very high, DeFelice said.
With holiday shopping set to take place in the middle of a pandemic and associated economic crisis, how much should you be spending?
Personal finance website WalletHub crunched the numbers to come up with a maximum amount residents of various cities across the country should spend.
The study found encouraging news for local communities. Four North Texas cities landed in the nation’s top 75 cities for the maximum residents should spend while holiday shopping — all with limits of more than $1,490 per person.
To determine the maximum, WalletHub’s algorithm took into account income, age, debt-to-income ratio and how much income and savings residents have in relation to their monthly expenses.
However, the site warns that the maximum budget applies only if the consumer is in a comfortable financial position, has at least six months of emergency expenses saved and a debt-to-income ratio smaller than 22% for a renter or 43% for a homeowner.
Among Collin County cities, Richardson leads with a maximum holiday shopping budget of $2,003 and national ranking of 36th out of 570 cities. Only one other city in North Texas ranked higher than Richardson: Flower Mound, with a second-place ranking and a maximum holiday shopping budget of $2,973.
See where other North Texas cities ranked in the table below. If you want more personal details about how much to spend, you can use the calculator on WalletHub’s website.
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Bristol City grabbed a late equaliser as the Robins denied Tottenham a first win in the Women’s Super League.
Bristol City’s Chloe Logarzo opened the scoring from the spot after Ebony Salmon was brought down by Siri Worm.
Worm soon made amends, equalising from a fine free-kick before assisting Ashleigh Neville who headed in her set-piece midway through the second half.
But, after Spurs’ Rianna Dean was shown a straight red, Salmon netted a 92nd minute equaliser for the hosts.
All the talk before the game surrounded twice World Cup winner Alex Morgan, who was making her first Spurs start at Twerton Park.
Her Tottenham side were the dominant team, deservedly turning the game around before Worm nearly grabbed a second with less than 10 minutes remaining when her free-kick hit the underside of the bar.
But with Dean sent off for her challenge on Robins keeper Sophie Baggaley in the 77th minute, City grew in confidence and 19-year-old Salmon shocked the visitors with a classy finish late on.
Bristol City Women
- 12AllenSubstituted forWellingsat 80′minutes
- 25LayzellSubstituted forHarrisonat 79′minutes
- 6LogarzoSubstituted forRaffertyat 57′minutes
- 9SalmonSubstituted forJonesat 90+7′minutes
- 29NevilleBooked at 81mins
- 2LeonSubstituted forDavisonat 68′minutes
- 13MorganSubstituted forDeanat 45′minutesBooked at 77mins
- 14AddisonSubstituted forAyaneat 83′minutes
Match ends, Bristol City Women 2, Tottenham Hotspur Women 2.
Second Half ends, Bristol City Women 2, Tottenham Hotspur Women 2.
Substitution, Bristol City Women. Ellen Jones replaces Ebony Salmon.
Attempt missed. Alanna Kennedy (Tottenham Hotspur Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Siri Worm with a cross following a set piece situation.
Ria Percival (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Emma Bissell (Bristol City Women).
Goal! Bristol City Women 2, Tottenham Hotspur Women 2. Ebony Salmon (Bristol City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jemma Purfield.
Siri Worm (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ebony Salmon (Bristol City Women).
Foul by Josie Green (Tottenham Hotspur Women).
Ebony Salmon (Bristol City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Hannah Godfrey (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Abigail Harrison (Bristol City Women).
Alanna Kennedy (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick
(Reuters) – Manchester United came back from two goals down to seal a 2-2 draw over rivals Manchester City at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday, retaining their top spot in England’s Women’s Super League.
Forward Chloe Kelly gave City an early lead when the 22-year-old flicked the ball from close range amid chaos in the United box following a corner and midfielder Laura Coombs doubled their lead before the break with a long-distance goal.
Casey Stoney’s United, however, bounced back in the second half when new signing Tobin Heath halved the deficit with a 54th-minute goal, capitalising on an error from City who tried to play from the back.
The U.S. international cut inside from the left side before firing into the top corner of the near post.
Scottish forward Kirsty Hanson found the equaliser 20 minutes later, volleying home a rebound after her first-time effort was blocked by goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck.
Gareth Taylor’s City remain fifth in the league standings on 12 points, five behind leaders United, who are unbeaten this season.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru)