European officials warned Wednesday that a feared second wave of coronavirus infections could coincide with the continent’s winter flu season, and urged member states to prepare.EU commissioner Margaritis Schinas admitted the initial response to the epidemic had “not been Europe’s finest hour”, with national capitals responding in an uncoordinated way.But, along with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, he said both the European Commission and member states had learned lessons and would be better prepared for a new outbreak. “The virus is still with us,” he warned, while adding that public health measures including travel restrictions and lockdowns have won Europe some time “to reinforce our capacity for response”.With new cases already increasing in some areas of Europe, commission officials announced a series of measures to prepare hospitals and set public health policy for the end of summer.”Today we are looking at reducing risks linked to the coexistence of COVID-19 with the seasonal influenza, as of next fall. You know that this will be the first time that these two cycles will coincide,” Schinas said.And Schinas, the commissioner for promoting the European way of life, said: “We do not want to see the lack of coordination that governed the initial reaction of our member states at the beginning of the pandemic.” The commissioners said they did not want to see a return to general social and business lockdowns that have plunged the bloc into recession, but urged caution. “Last month, we saw member states lifting containment measures and citizens returning to what I have always called a new normal much needed by everyone,” Kyriakides said. “However, we know and see that member states are reporting smaller and bigger outbreaks localized in many member states. So we’re here today to say that preparedness is key, especially before the autumn and winter months.”In the initial weeks after the first cases of the novel coronavirus arrived in Europe in February, Brussels struggled to coordinate an EU-wide response and many capitals took unilateral measures.The continent was for a while the worst hit, and Europe overall has now had 203,507 deaths from 2,873,277 cases. Topics :
The number of deaths among probable COVID-19 cases is higher than that of confirmed COVID-19 cases in most of Java, Indonesia’s most populated island, the World Health Organization has revealed.In its latest Indonesia Situation Report, the WHO showed that from June 22 to July 12, Jakarta reported 296 deaths of probable cases — formerly classified by the government as patients under surveillance (PDP) and people under observation (ODP) — or three times higher than the 87 deaths of confirmed cases.During the same period, East Java reported 699 PDP deaths and 64 ODP deaths, also higher than 491 deaths of COVID-19 patients in the province. Central Java and Banten, meanwhile, recorded 325 and 25 PDP deaths, respectively, while the number of deaths among COVID-19 patients in the respective regions was 276 and five. The Health Ministry only recently revised its guideline for COVID-19 handling and prevention and expanded the definition of COVID-19 deaths “for surveillance purposes” to include the deaths of probable cases.As of Friday, the official COVID-19 death toll made public by the Health Ministry stands at 3,957, the highest in Southeast Asia.East Java, currently the hardest-hit province, recorded the most COVID-19 fatalities with 1,338 deaths, followed by Jakarta with 719, Central Java with 285 and West Java with 188.Read also: WHO urges Indonesia to test more suspected patients amid high death rateHowever, data compiled by volunteer group Kawal COVID-19 shows over 8,000 PDPs and ODPs deaths nationwide as of Monday.Tempo magazine also reported that an internal COVID-19 task force database had shown 13,885 COVID-19-related deaths as of July 3.In its report, the WHO said it also expected an improvement in the diagnosis of suspected cases (PDPs and ODPs) as the ministry had adopted the updated WHO criteria on patient discharge in its revised national guidelines, which no longer require asymptomatic patients and patients with mild to moderate symptoms be tested negative twice.WHO noted that as of Wednesday, the daily number of swab samples tested for follow-up tests remained higher than the number of suspected cases tested.The UN health body added that on certain days, the number of samples tested was almost the same as the number of suspected cases tested, but it might not have been the situation due to timing issues related to a transition to the application of new data management.Indonesia has so far tested 2,532 people per million population, with the assumption of a national population of 270 million, according to the government’s data. Topics : “Deaths among patients under surveillance [PDP] have been substantially higher than the deaths among confirmed COVID-19 cases in most provinces in Java,” the WHO said, citing data reported by the six provinces.A Flourish chartJava, an island of some 141 million people, currently has almost 60 percent of the total COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, the WHO noted.The official tally of COVID-19 infection in the country stands at 83,130 nationwide as of Friday, 47,532 cases of which were recorded across the aforementioned six provinces of Java.Over the past months, volunteer groups crowdsourcing COVID-19-related data have revealed that deaths among PDP and ODP have indeed been higher than the deaths of COVID-19 positive cases, though the exact numbers have never been announced publicly by the government.
Accor has been downgraded to junk status by ratings agency S&P Global, a decision set to cost the company tens of millions of euros in additional interest payments, as travel restrictions dim the outlook for the operator of Ibis and Sofitel hotels.S&P cut Accor’s credit rating to ‘BB+’ from ‘BBB-‘ and left it with a negative outlook.“We now anticipate weaker earnings and debt metrics in 2020 and 2021,” S&P wrote, citing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel and the economy in general. The decision strips Accor of its investment grade status, even though it has a BBB- rating with Fitch, and means it will have to pay additional interest on some of its debt.A company spokeswoman confirmed there would be a so-called “coupon step-up” of 125 basis points on a number of its bonds with maturities spanning the February 2022 to February 2027 period.This means Accor’s interest bill will rise by around 82 million euros over the period, according to Reuters calculations; a figure that the company confirmed was broadly accurate.It is not unusual for companies to include coupon step-ups to placate investors worried about a downgrade to junk, which can cause bonds to fall in value as they are booted out of widely-tracked investment-grade indices.The number of companies or countries at risk of having their credit ratings cut has been pushed to an all-time high by the pandemic, an S&P Global analysis showed in May.Accor posted a first-half loss of 227 million euros and said it planned to cut 1,000 jobs as it seeks 200 million euros in annual cost savings.Its shares were trading broadly flat at 1300 GMT, while some of its bonds jumped in anticipation of the extra coupon payments. The January 2024 bond rose 1.28 cents on the euro to a cash price of 97.99, its highest since mid-March.Topics :
Topics : Canada has entered a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday, warning that the country was on the brink of a surge if people did not follow public health guidelines.In a rare national address, Trudeau said the country “is at a crossroads” as a second wave emerges in four large provinces, adding that the government would do whatever it took to help the country recover from the pandemic.”We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,” he said. Total infections reached 147,753, while 9,243 people have died, according to latest government data.”This is not the time for austerity,” the government said in the speech. “Canada entered this crisis in the best fiscal position of its peers.”The range of promises and mentions of significant investments could upset markets showing signs of nervousness about soaring budget deficits and debt. Canada lost one of its coveted triple-A ratings in June when Fitch downgraded it for the first time, citing the spending.The Canadian dollar extended its decline after the speech, touching 1.3384 to the US dollar, or 74.72 US cents.’High-risk bet’In his address, Trudeau said low interest rates meant Ottawa could afford the promised spending.”Doing less would mean a slower recovery and bigger deficits in the long run,” he said, adding that long-term spending would be fiscally sustainable.Spending measures already announced mean Canada’s budget deficit this fiscal year is forecast to hit C$343.2 billion ($256.5 billion), the largest since World War Two.Ian Lee, associate professor of management at Ottawa’s Carleton University, said the speech represented a “very high-risk bet” by Trudeau.”He’s gambling this massive increase in expenditures is going to generate very substantial growth,” he said by phone.The throne speech is a parliamentary measure of confidence and given that the Liberals only have a minority in the House of Commons, they will need the support of opposition legislators to avoid being toppled and plunging the country into an election.The left-leaning New Democrats – who had indicated they might vote in favor – said the proposals did not offer enough support to Canadians.Party leader Jagmeet Singh said he did not want to force an election, adding his team would take “a lot of time” to decide what to do. A formal vote is likely next month.The Conservatives, the largest opposition group, confirmed expectations they would not back the government.The Trudeau government said it was sticking to the goal of fighting climate change and promised money to retrofit buildings and make zero-emissions vehicles more widely available.The Liberals also vowed to make significant investments in childcare and said they would extend an existing wage subsidy measure until next summer. The speech made no specific spending commitments or fiscal projections, some of which will be disclosed in a fiscal update later this year. Canada’s COVID-19 cases have spiked in recent days, with an average of 1,123 new cases reported daily over the past week, compared with a daily average of 380 cases in mid-August.”We have the power to get this second wave under control. I know we can do it, because we’ve already done it once before,” Trudeau added.Canadians are now more worried about COVID-19 than they have been since April, an Abacus Data poll showed.Earlier, the government made the commitments in the so-called Speech from the Throne, which lays out its agenda for the next parliamentary session, and promised to recover more than a million jobs lost during the crisis.
Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Feb 2019 4:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link783Shares Advertisement Comment Monchi approves Sven Mislintat’s move for Nicolas Pepe as Arsenal’s key summer signing Monchi is reportedly keen on a move for Pepe (AFP/Getty Images)The Gunners face heavy competition for the Ivorian winger, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all considering a move at the end of the season.Pepe, who has been one of the standout performers in Ligue 1 this season with 16 goals and 10 assists so far, is reportedly valued by Lille at around €80 million (£69m).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 CityBut Lille have also admitted that they could sell Pepe this summer, providing they receive an acceptable offer.‘We are not a rich club,’ Lille’s sporting director Luis Campos told Telefoot.‘It means that if a really good proposal comes in for Pepe, we have to sell him.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Nicolas Pepe is on Arsenal’s radar (AFP/Getty Images)Monchi will spearhead Arsenal’s push to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe this summer, according to reports.Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Monchi, Roma’s current sporting director, and are lining him up to join this summer.The Gunners have been searching a technical director following Sven Mislintat’s departure as their head of recruitment earlier this month.Mislintat played a key role in identifying several targets during his time at the club, and according to reports earlier this month, Pepe had been his preferred target for Arsenal’s problem area on the right side of Unai Emery’s attack.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFootball.London now report that Arsenal have maintained their interest in Pepe following Mislintat’s exit, and Monchi also favours a move for the 23-year-old. Advertisement
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Apr 2019 5:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link207Shares Denis Suarez is yet to make a competitive start for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Denis Suarez’s agent has refused to rule out a move to Napoli this summer and admits the midfielder’s spell at Arsenal ‘hasn’t been his best’.The 25-year-old has failed to adapt to the physical demands of English football since joining on loan from Barcelona in January and has been limited to just six substitute appearances for the Gunners.Arsenal have the option to buy Suarez outright ahead of the 2019/20 campaign but Unai Emery is already exploring other options due to the Spaniard’s struggles.Suarez has been suffering with a persistent groin injury in recent weeks and the midfielder’s agent, Felix Guende, believes his client has been unable to build up any momentum during his time in north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City‘He has two years left at Barcelona. This year in England hasn’t been his best. He’s played little and hasn’t been able to find a rhythm,’ he told Radio Kiss Kiss.‘At the moment, he’s injured. He has muscle fatigue and an injury.‘We’re awaiting the results from the exams.’ Advertisement Denis Suarez’s agent rates midfielder’s time at Arsenal and responds to Napoli transfer interest Comment All of Suarez’s appearances have come from the bench (Picture: Getty)Guende has revealed that Suarez is keeping his options open amid reported interest from Arsenal’s Europa League opponents Napoli.‘Napoli? The interest is always appreciated, being a team that has been fighting for the top positions for years,’ he added.‘It’s a bit soon to talk about the transfer window, but we aren’t excluding anything.’MORE: Jurgen Klopp delivers positive Joe Gomez update ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Porto
Unai Emery still wants to sign another defender before the transfer window closes (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits Arsenal’s first choice defensive transfer targets were out of the club’s price range as he targets a move for David Luiz before the deadline passes.The Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification last season, largely as a consequence of their error-prone defence which shipped 51 goals in the Premier League and capitulated in the Europa League final gainst Chelsea.Emery sanctioned the club-record purchase of Nicolas Pepe earlier this month and has also added the likes of Dani Ceballos and Gabriel Martinelli to an already impressive array of attacking options.The Spaniard, however, has been frustrated in his attempts to add to Arsenal’s rearguard with Kieran Tierney, Daniele Rugani and Dayot Upamecano proving too expensive.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City Arsenal are considering a deadline day move for Chelsea’s David Luiz (Picture: Getty)William Saliba has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the whole of the upcoming season, while Rob Holding is still unavailable as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.Laurent Koscielny’s acrimonious departure was confirmed on Tuesday, leaving Emery short of numbers and scrambling to secure a cut-price move for Luiz who reportedly boycotted Chelsea’s training session on Wednesday.‘We want our supporters to be happy, to be the best team with the best players,’ Emery told Sky Sports.‘We tried to sign some important and expensive players for our defence, but we cannot do that and other second line players don’t make us really, really convinced to sign them.‘We have centre-backs, we also have one young one in Dino Mavropanos, with everyone speaking about him and how he can improve, and Rob Holding, but if we can in the last day we are going to try to sign another centre-back with the capacity to help us, so we can have a good balance with attacking and defending players.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Unai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s defensive transfer targets amid David Luiz speculation Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 4:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement
Martin Keown has rated Arsenal’s chances of signing Philippe Coutinho (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown does not expect Arsenal to sign Philippe Coutinho but admits the Barcelona forward would be a ‘very exciting’ addition at the Emirates.The Gunners have reportedly expressed interest in bringing Coutinho to north London before the summer transfer window closes on Thursday.Coutinho has endured a mixed spell at Barcelona since leaving Liverpool in January 2018, winning a host of trophies at the Nou Camp but failing to perform to the best of his ability.Arsenal have been linked with a shock loan move for Coutinho but former defender Keown cannot see the deal going through.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityHe told Mirror Sport: ‘It’s a shame to think that it is far-fetched when they could have been real possibilities.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I would love to see him at Arsenal without a doubt, he is a great talent who has lost his way a bit but I think it is too much to hope for that he ends up at Arsenal.‘He’s a top quality player, the way he breaks from deep-lying midfield positions, his shooting ability – it’s a mystery why it hasn’t gone well for him at Barcelona.‘It would be a very exciting signing.’ Advertisement Comment Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s chances of signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Aug 2019 5:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link643Shares The Gunners have been linked with a shock move for Philippe Coutinho (Picture: Getty)Arsenal broke their transfer record on Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe last week after agreeing a £72million deal with Ligue 1 side Lille.Pepe became Unai Emery’s third signing of the summer following the deals for William Saliba and Daniel Ceballos.On Arsenal’s transfer window, Keown added: ‘He [Emery] must think he can do it tactically with the players he has.‘Otherwise it’s very obvious that he should have been buying central defenders, or defensively minded individuals both in midfield and at the back.‘So he has made decisions in regards to the personalities he wants and he’s gone after and pursed this talent, so that’s a gamble because we know there is a weakness and only time will tell if he’s got that right.’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 moves Advertisement
Tony Pulis reveals why Serge Gnabry flopped at West Brom after his four-goal display in Bayern Munich’s win over Tottenham Tony Pulis admits he’s ‘amazed’ by Serge Gnabry’s development (Sky Sports/Getty)Tony Pulis admits he’s been ‘amazed’ by Serge Gnabry’s transformation at Bayern Munich after the winger failed to make an impact during his time at West Brom.Gnabry scored four goals in Bayern Munich’s 7-2 victory over Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, leaving many to question why Arsenal decided to sell him for just £5 million in 2016.During his time with the Gunners, Gnabry was sent out on loan to West Brom but he made just one Premier League appearance before being recalled in January due to a lack of playing time.When asked why Gnabry had struggled at West Brom, Pulis said in October 2015: ‘Serge has come here to play games but he just hasn’t been for me, at the moment, at that level to play the games.’ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Oct 2019 11:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Gnabry made just one Premier League appearance during his loan spell at West Brom (Getty Images)But after Gnabry’s impressive display against Spurs in the Champions League, Pulis told Sky Sports: ‘Well, I’m amazed.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We had him at West Brom, we took him on loan and we could never get him fit.‘I think he even got taken off in an Under-21 game.‘He went back to Arsenal, they sold him on. Advertisement Advertisement Gnabry scored four in Bayern’s 7-2 win over Spurs (Getty Images)‘He was a good kid, a nice kid, didn’t mind him at all.‘He’s fulfilled his potential.‘You could knock me over with a feather having worked with him at West Brom and seen him there to what he’s done is absolutely amazing.‘When people show what they can really do and really knuckle down and become so good as he’s done, it’s absolutely fantastic. The kid’s done fantastic.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal
Advertisement Advertisement Martin Keown believes Harry Kane should reject Man Utd and stay at Tottenham (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal legend Martin Keown has urged Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane to snub a move to Manchester United.Kane, who has scored 181 goals in 278 appearances for Spurs, has emerged as a top target for Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of the summer.The 26-year-old admitted last month he could leave Tottenham if the team do not progress because he wants to win trophies ‘sooner rather than later’.But former Arsenal and England defender Keown believes Kane should stay at Tottenham for the time being.ADVERTISEMENTHe told MailSport: ‘How many times did Manchester United try to get Alan Shearer? Had he gone there, the Premier League’s all-time top scorer would have won trophy after trophy.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Between 1996, the year Shearer signed for Newcastle, and 2006, the year of his retirement, United won five titles.‘Yet he stayed tremendously loyal to his boyhood club. Now the question is whether Harry Kane should do the same. ‘The key difference with Shearer is he won the Premier League with Blackburn before heading home to Newcastle. Kane hasn’t had that.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 City‘At 26 years old, he is still waiting for that first taste of silverware. Maybe other clubs are in better positions to tick that box for him.‘But my initial reaction is that, for the time being, Kane should stay at Tottenham.‘He needs nurturing back to his best after his injury. He needs games, the support of those around him and perhaps some patience. He will get that with Tottenham. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Apr 2020 11:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Comment Arsenal legend Martin Keown tells Tottenham striker Harry Kane to snub Manchester United transfer Kane has developed into one of the best strikers in the world (Picture: Getty)‘Maybe in six months’ time, once he’s back to banging in goals, then we can revisit the topic of his future.‘We can also assess whether Spurs are looking any more ambitious under Jose Mourinho. For now, I say Kane should stay.’Manchester United are also interested in signing England ace Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Manchester United made proposal for Willian Jose before signing Odion IghaloMORE: Bruno Fernandes insists Man United transfer targets must have one key quality
The real reason Raul Sanllehi decided to leave Arsenal after sending warning to board Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Aug 2020 4:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link791Shares Advertisement Sanllehi opposed the massive wave of staff cuts Arsenal announced recently (Picture: Getty)Speaking after his exit, the Spaniard said: ‘I’m proud and pleased with the contribution I’ve made at Arsenal over the past three years, and look forward to enjoying the club’s future success. Arsenal is a true footballing institution.‘I am proud to have been part of its history and I thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for this opportunity. Working with Vinai, we have built a top team for the future. Mikel has made an extremely positive impact since his arrival and has formed a strong team with our technical director, Edu.‘The academy is in very safe hands with Per, and Huss Fahmy is a talented and highly-capable leader of our football operations. Personally, I now look forward to taking some time off and spending time with family and friends before setting to work on a new challenge and cheering Arsenal on to great things.’MORE: Vinai Venkatesham makes statement on Arsenal transfers after Raul Sanllehi exitMORE: Ian Wright sends message to Arsenal board over Mikel Arteta following Raul Sanllehi’s departureAdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment The former head of football’s departure was announced by Arsenal on Saturday (Picture: Getty)It was Raul Sanllehi’s decision to leave Arsenal with the club’s former head of football sensing that his influence over transfers had been greatly diminished, according to reports.The Spaniard, who was previously Barcelona’s director of football, was brought in by Ivan Gazidis in 2017 to create a structure that took control of transfers away from then manager Arsene Wenger.But less than three years later, Sanllehi has parted ways with the Gunners to redistribute the balance of power back to current head coach Mikel Arteta, who now has the final say over all incomings and outgoings. Arteta and Edu now hold the axis of power over Arsenal’s transfers (Picture: Getty)Although there have been reports that it was the decision to overpay for Nicolas Pepe that brought about Sanllehi’s exit, The Telegraph claim he walked away of his own accord.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhether he walked before he was pushed is a different matter, but the report says Sanllehi felt control of transfers had been taken out of his hands and put in those of Arteta and technical director Edu.The former Barca chief is also said to have become ‘disillusioned’ by the club’s decision to make 55 members of staff redundant and had warned the board against doing so.Sanllehi felt the departures of a number of important members of the recruitment and scouting teams – including Francis Cagigao, who unearthed Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin – would significantly compromise the club’s ability to make signings this summer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHowever, Arsenal themselves had felt their structure behind-the-scenes had become bloated and in need of streamlining, appointing corporate lawyer Tim Lewis to oversee a review, and Sanllehi was likely to be axed in favour of an axis of Edu and Arteta to decide transfers.Brazilian technical director Edu will now take on a bigger role in speaking to clubs and agents, while the duo will report to Vinai Venkatesham for transfer and wage budgets, with the managing director absorbing Sanllehi’s other responsibilities.
Thomas Partey poses with Arsenal kit for first time after completing move from Atletico Madrid Read More Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 13 Oct 2020 2:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares Arsenal new boy Thomas Partey posed with his new No.18 strip (Picture: Arsenal FC)Arsenal summer signing Thomas Partey has been pictured proudly showing off his new No.18 shirt for the first time since joining the club on deadline day. The Gunners’ hopes of landing Partey appeared dead in the water before they revived their interest in the final few hours of the transfer window and triggered a £45million release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid.The Ghanaian put pen to paper on a four-year deal and will be on wages of around £250,000-a-week in north London, making him Arsenal’s third highest-paid player behind Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Skip Coming Next deadline day move to West Ham / But Partey caught a flight to the UK after providing a pair of assists in Ghana’s 5-1 victory over Qatar on Monday and has now finally been pictured in his new kit as Arsenal shared a short clip on their social media pages.‘Wow! This is so cool, so nice,’ Partey said as he set eyes on his new red and white shirt and held it aloft.‘So great, man.’ Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE The number has been vacant since Nacho Monreal left the club to join Real Sociedad back in August 2019. Sebastien Squillaci and Mikael Silvestre wore the shirt before the Spain left-back. About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad Read More Arteta had been monitoring Partey for several months before making a move (Picture: Getty)In an interview with Arsenal’s official website last week, Arteta revealed the club had been tracking Partey for some time and hailed the midfielder’s personality and versatility.‘We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it,’ the Arsenal head coach said.‘We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.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 City‘I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short. ‘I have a few things in mind that I want to start to train with the team and [Partey’s signing] is going to give us a little bit more adaptability and more balance in defending and attacking transitions and the way we have to set up certain structures to attack better in certain moments of the game.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsene Wenger names surprise choice for toughest team his Arsenal side ever facedMORE: Outcast Mesut Ozil paid £8million loyalty bonus by Arsenal Read More 1/1 Comment 1 min. story Full Screen The Ghana midfielder completed a £45m switch from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal on deadline day (Picture: Getty)Though Partey could be in line to make his debut at Manchester City this weekend, he’s yet to join up with his new team-mates for training as he’s been on international duty with Ghana. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Top articles Read More Video Settings SPONSORED Advertisement Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected by Metro PLAY Read More Advertisement
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 30, 2015 First Lady Frances Wolf, Governor’s Residence, Press Release, PSA, Results Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf announced today that the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg will host its first ever National Night Out event on next Tuesday, August 4. The event will run from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.“National Night Out is a tremendous opportunity for the residence to serve as an open, community space,” said the Governor and First Lady. “We are thankful to the Pennsylvania State Police and Capitol Police for being a part of this important event to improve the relationships between law enforcement and community members. We hope many Pennsylvanians will be able to attend.”Pennsylvania State Police and the Capitol Police Department will be on hand to greet visitors and speak with families and members of the community. Kids and community members will also have the opportunity to see a Pennsylvania State Police patrol car up-close, along with giveaways and resources from law enforcement and community organizations.The Residence will serve light refreshments and will be open for tours of the house and its gardens.The Governor’s Residence is located at 2035 North Front Street in Harrisburg. Parking is available along 2nd Street and in the private lot at the corner of 2nd and Maclay Streets. Guests should enter the Residence grounds through the 2nd Street gates. No large bags, totes or purses will be permitted, and some security measures will be in place.National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community relationships in order to build safer, better neighborhoods. It was started by the National Association of Town Watch, which is headquartered in Wynnewood, Montgomery County, in 1981. It is held annually on the first Tuesday of August in more than 16,000 communities across the country, according to the National Association of Town Watch.For more information on the Governor’s Residence, visit http://residence.pa.gov. For other National Night Out events in your area, visit http://natw.org.# # # Governor’s Residence to Host First National Night Out Event
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Blizzard 2016, Government That Works, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – In response to requests, PennDOT crews are assisting four municipalities across the state with snow removal following the weekend’s winter storm, Governor Tom Wolf said today.“The weekend’s record breaking snow has left some municipalities struggling to clear their streets, and we are now in a position to assist,” Governor Wolf said. “While we have to prioritize on how much help we can provide, we will work to relieve some of the burden this storm has placed on our municipalities.”In the wake of the storm which blanketed Harrisburg with a record 30 plus inches of snow, PennDOT assisted the city on Tuesday and Wednesday to help ensure Commonwealth employees could reach their offices. PennDOT dispatched three crews from Dauphin, Adams and Franklin counties. Each crew came with five dump trucks as well as loaders, skid loaders, snow blowers and belt loaders.In addition, PennDOT sent five tandem trucks, a skid loader and a snow blower to Columbia, Lancaster County; five tandem trucks, a loader, skid loader and staff for traffic control to Reading; and four trucks to West Chester.PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards cautioned that PennDOT was responding to very unusual circumstances and is not able to routinely shift its resources to assist municipalities with snow removal. Also, since this situation is unusual, PennDOT will not be seeking reimbursement from municipalities for this work.“We all appreciate the difficult challenges this storm has presented across the state and now that we are in position to shift some of our resources, we are happy to help a number of municipalities,” Secretary Richards said. “Residents are not too concerned about the intricacies of jurisdictional boundaries; they are inserted in getting back on the move, and we will do our best to help them do that.”Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 28, 2016 PennDOT Crews Helping Municipalities With Snow Clean Up
GO-TIME: Human Relations Commission Offers Online Employment Discrimination Filing August 23, 2016 Efficiency, GO-TIME, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) announced that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has launched an online option for filing an employment discrimination complaint. It is estimated that the online complaint form will save the PHRC approximate $109,458 over a five-year period.The online complaint form enables individuals to have access to an employment discrimination questionnaire, providing increased convenience and accuracy. The PHRC worked closely with the Office of Administration’s Office of Information Technology to design this new feature.“This is the first step towards doing business online, and we hope to add other types of discrimination questionnaires in the future,” said Executive Director JoAnn Edwards. “Many individuals seeking PHRC services find it convenient to file their questionnaire online, and it is automatically entered into our computer tracking system. That is an efficient feature.”The protection of private information is paramount to the commission, so individuals who file a complaint online must first register with Keystone ID, the Commonwealth’s online registration process. Once the questionnaire is complete, the information is immediately directed to the PHRC data tracking system and assigned a case number for review and action at the regional level. The PHRC plans to extend the use of this feature to other questionnaires (housing, public accommodation and education).“Online services are cost effective and efficient for state agencies, as well as being more accessible and convenient to citizens,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich. “By making it easier for individuals to report discrimination, the Commission is helping to ensure that all Pennsylvanians are treated fairly.”The PHRC is the state agency that is charged with upholding Pennsylvania’s anti-discrimination laws and promoting equal opportunity for all Commonwealth residents. The PHRC has regional offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.To find out more about the online employment discrimination questionnaire, visit www.phrc.pa.govThe Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies, boards and commissions to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff at the Capitol Complex, all Commonwealth facilities in Somerset County, and all Pennsylvania Department of Corrections facilities to honor Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Sergeant Mark J. Baserman.Sergeant Baserman passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018. He passed from injuries sustained when an inmate approached and began assaulting him.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Tuesday, February 27, 2018, until sunset on the day of Sergeant Baserman’s interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute. Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Sergeant Mark J. Baserman February 27, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter