AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 30: A member of Auburn Tigers cheer team waves a flag during their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Back in August, the Auburn Tigers announced a change to their logo. Two months later, the school’s plans were reportedly getting rid of the new design.The new logo for Auburn would do away with wasted white space between two letters. This would be easier for embroidery and small-replication purposes.Although the modification to Auburn’s logo isn’t anything major, there was outrage from the community about the changes. Fans usually prefer the classic logo for their teams.While the previous update stated that Auburn was scrapping the idea of a logo change, the university revealed that the original plans are actually on hold. From The Auburn Plainsman:“We have temporarily postponed implementation of the AU logo within the new system to allow opportunity for continued dialogue with stakeholders,” Preston Sparks, director of university communications services, said in an email statement Tuesday to The Auburn Plainsman. “The recommendations are not yet mandated.”This goes against what Student Government Association president Mary Margaret Turton said earlier in the week. She stated in a meeting on Monday that Auburn won’t change its logo.Since the Tigers have postponed their plans, it’s fair to wonder if it will ever happen.Until Auburn makes a final decision on whether or not to go through with the adjustments, the school will use the classic logo.
Eintracht Frankfurt attacker Ante Rebic has left the Bundesliga club to join AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, with Andre Silva leaving Serie A to replace him in Germany.Earlier in August, Eintracht had voiced hope Rebic would remain despite the interest from the San Siro side, with sporting director Bruno Huber claiming they were “still optimistic” of retaining his services.However, the Croatian international had come in for criticism following a poor performance in the first leg of the Europa League qualification play-offs against Strasbourg, in which he was yanked at half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream After the match, Rebic was told by Eintracht head coach Adi Hutter that if he wished to remain with the club, he needed to show it on the field.Rebic did not feature at all last weekend in a 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig, as he was left out of the squad.He was returned to the XI in the second leg against Strasbourg, and though Eintracht came away with a 3-0 victory, Rebic himself was dismissed just before the half with a straight red card.That sending off will be his final action for the club.Another Frankfurt sporting director, Fredi Bobic, spoke with Sy Sports to confirm the deal.”The clubs have an agreement. If everything goes fine Silva is a Frankfurt player tomorrow and Rebic in Milan,” he saidAfter his arrival in Milan, Rebic spoke briefly to reporters.”I’m very happy to be here. Forza Milan,” he said as he walked to his hotel.Hutter seemed relieved the saga had come to an end.”It was Ante’s wish to join a big club, and all involved are happy about the situation,” he said after Frankfurt’s 2-1 win over Fortuna DusseldorfRebic will make a return to Serie A, having first featured in the Italian top-flight with Fiorentina after a €4.5m move from Croatian slide Split in August 2013.However, Rebic struggled to break into the Fiorentina squad, and ended up spending time on loan with Hellas Verona before heading to Eintracht on a temporary basis in 2016.The forward has spent the last three seasons with Eintracht, the loan being made permanent in 2018. He has 17 Bundesliga goals during his time there, with his high of nine coming last season.Eintracht have already suffered heavy losses in their attack this transfer window, having previous lost Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller to West Ham.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yellen says Fed is monitoring softer economic data to see if recent slowdown is temporary WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen noted Thursday that some recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe winter weather.Yellen told the Senate Banking Committee that the Fed will be alert to upcoming data to make sure that the U.S. economy keeps strengthening.“We have seen quite a bit of soft data over the last month or six weeks,” Yellen said. “We need to get a firmer handle about how much of the softer data can be explained by the weather.”Responding to a question, Yellen repeated the Fed’s assurances that its pullback in stimulus for the economy is “not on a preset course” and could be modified if there was a “significant change” in the Fed’s outlook. The Fed is gradually reducing its monthly bond purchases, which have been intended to keep long-term loan rates low to encourage spending and growth.Yellen said that while she was open to changing the pace of the Fed’s reductions in bond purchases, “I wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions” that such a change will be needed.Yellen repeated remarks she made to a House committee earlier this month that the job market’s recovery is “far from complete.” She said she expects Fed policies to favour low interest rates “for quite some time.”Yellen’s appearance Thursday completed her first twice-a-year report to Congress since becoming Fed chair this month. Her Senate appearance had been postponed by a snowstorm that shut federal offices in Washington on Feb. 13.In both her House and Senate appearances, Yellen sought to emphasize policy continuity with her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, who stepped down last month after eight years leading the central bank.Yellen said that she, like Bernanke, believed the economy is strengthening enough that the Fed can gradually pull back its monthly bond purchases.The Fed has cut the pace of bond purchases at both its most recent meetings. It reduced the original $85 billion monthly pace in December and again in January in $10 billion steps to a current level of $65 billion.Many economists think that as long as the economy keeps improving, the Fed will keep cutting the bond purchases by $10 billion at each meeting this year until ending the program in December.The Fed has stressed that it’s standing by a plan to keep a key short-term rate at a record low near zero for an extended period. At the past two meetings, it has said short-term rates will remain low “well past” the time unemployment drops below 6.5 per cent. The unemployment rate is now 6.6 per cent.Many economists think the first rate hike won’t occur until late 2015. But minutes of the Fed’s last meeting showed that “a few” policymakers felt it might be appropriate to make the first move to raise short-term rates “relatively soon.”The Fed has held its benchmark for short-term rates near zero since December 2008.The discussion revealed in minutes of the Jan. 28-29 meeting, released last week, drew the attention of financial markets. The “few” Fed officials who raised the possibility of a rate hike weren’t identified.But some Fed officials have worried that all the moves to provide support for the economy through trillions of dollars in bond purchases and ultra-low rates could eventually spark inflation pressures.But economists believe this Fed group remains in the minority. Yellen and many other Fed officials say the economy still needs support from the Fed until the job market and economic growth improve further. They note that inflation remains well below the Fed’s 2 per cent target. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, before the Senate Banking Committee to deliver the semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress. Yellen noted that some recent economic data have pointed to weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth. She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe winter weather. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2014 11:47 am MDT