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New coronavirus cases fall in China but fears grow over global spread

first_imgChina reported a sharp fall in new deaths and cases of the coronavirus on Saturday but world health officials warned it was too early to make predictions about the outbreak as new infections continued to rise in other countries.Chinese authorities said the mainland had 397 new confirmed cases on Friday, down from 889 a day earlier. The numbers surged elsewhere, though, with outbreaks worsening in South Korea, Iran, Italy and Lebanon.In South Korea, authorities said on Saturday the number of new infections had doubled to 433, and suggested the tally could rise significantly as more than 1,000 people who attended a church at the centre of the outbreak reported flu-like symptoms. The World Health Organization welcomed the reported decline in new Chinese cases, but said it was concerned about the number of new infections elsewhere with no clear link to China such as travel history or contact with a confirmed case.”Our biggest concern continues to be the potential for COVID-19 (the new virus) to spread in countries with weaker health systems,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.The U.N. agency is calling for $675 million to support most vulnerable countries, he said, adding 13 countries in Africa are seen as a priority because of their links to China.In total, China has reported 75,569 cases to the WHO, and 2,239 deaths, Tedros said. According to available data, the disease remains mild in 80% of patients, and severe or critical in 20%. The virus has been fatal in 2% of reported cases. The disease has spread to some 26 countries and territories outside mainland China, killing 13 people, according to a Reuters tally.’BLUE WHALE’ ARRIVESThe latest Chinese figures showed only 31 of the new cases on Friday were outside of the virus epicentre of Hubei province, the lowest number since the National Health Commission started compiling nationwide data a month ago.But new, albeit isolated findings about the coronavirus could complicate efforts to thwart it, including the Hubei government’s announcement on Saturday that an elderly man took 27 days to show symptoms after infection, almost twice the presumed 14-day incubation period.That follows Chinese scientists reporting that a woman from Wuhan had travelled 400 miles (675 km) and infected five relatives without showing signs of infection.State television showed the arrival in Wuhan of the “blue whale” on Saturday, the first of seven river cruise ships it is bringing in to house medical workers, tens of thousands of which have been sent to Hubei to contain the virus.Social media users posted footage and images of some malls reopening, including in the cities of Wuxi, Hangzhou and in Gansu province. Shoppers queued in near-empty streets outside for mandatory temperature checks as trickles of customers in masks perused luxury goods shops and makeup counters.Iran, which had no reported cases earlier this week, has now detected 10 new cases of coronavirus, taking the number to 28 infections and five deaths.Japan, which confirmed 14 new cases on Saturday, faces growing questions about whether it is doing enough to contain its outbreak and whether the virus could disrupt this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Organisers postponed the start of training for volunteers as a precaution.FINANCIAL FEARSFinancial leaders sought to soothe investors’ fears over the outbreak, which has roiled global markets, with equities sliding on Friday.Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Saturday the yen’s recent declines were largely driven by a strong dollar, shrugging off some market views that the virus epidemic is triggering an outflow of funds from Asia.Senior Chinese central bank officials, meanwhile, played down worries about the potential damage to the world’s second-largest economy, saying the country’s financial system and currency were resilient.Chen Yulu, a deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, said policymakers had plenty of tools to support the economy, and were confident of winning the war against the epidemic.”We believe that after this epidemic is over, pent-up demand for consumption and investment will be fully released, and China’s economy will rebound swiftly,” Chen told state TV.China has recently cut several key lending rates and has urged banks to extend cheap loans to the companies that are struggling to resume production and are running out of cash.The transport ministry said businesses would resume operations on a larger scale later this month and said more roads, waterways and ports were returning to normal.However, transport restrictions remain in many areas and while more firms are reopening, the limited data available suggests manufacturing is still at weak levels, with disruptions starting to spillover into global supply chains.Some analysts believe China’s economy could contract in the first quarter from the previous three months due to the combined supply and demand shocks caused by the epidemic and government containment measures.Topics :last_img read more


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Congress panel calls on Amazon chief Bezos to testify

first_img“Although we expect that you will testify on a voluntary basis, we reserve the right to resort to compulsory process if necessary,” said the committee, which said it had additional questions for Bezos about e-commerce competition.The Judiciary Committee specifically cited a Wall Street Journal report from April 23, based on interviews with former and current employees as well as internal company documents, which claimed Amazon used sensitive information from private sellers for its own competitive advantage.”If the reporting in the Wall Street Journal article is accurate, then statements Amazon made to the committee about the company’s business practices appear to be misleading, and possibly criminally false or perjurious,” the panel wrote.While testifying before a subcommittee last year, Amazon general counsel Nate Sutton said the company did not use seller data to compete with them, the letter noted.”As we told the Wall Street Journal and explained in our testimony, we strictly prohibit employees from using non-public, seller-specific data to determine which private label products to launch,” an Amazon spokesman said in response to an AFP inquiry.”While we don’t believe these claims made in the Journal story are accurate, we take these allegations very seriously and have launched an internal investigation.”The request for Bezos to testify came as Amazon shares skidded in the wake of the company cautioning that second quarter earnings would be wiped out by expenses related to COVID-19 as it works to keep up with surging demand at a time when many brick-and-mortar stores are closed.Topics : A US congressional panel on Friday called on Amazon chief Jeff Bezos to testify about allegations the online giant used sensitive data from third-party sellers on its platform to develop competing products.In a letter to Bezos, the House Judiciary Committee said the claim, if true, would contradict sworn testimony by Amazon’s general counsel last year.”We expect you, as chief executive Officer of Amazon, to testify before the committee,” read the letter signed by its chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democratic congressman from New York, and others.last_img read more


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Train stations packed as transition into ‘new normal’ begins in Jakarta

first_img“Jakarta is back,” Instagram user @fahmisuhelmii commented on the post. The usual bustle Jakarta is known for returned on Monday morning as commuters packed train stations across the city and its peripheral areas to get to their workplaces for the first time as the capital city has eased large-scale restrictions (PSBB) as it enters the “transition” phase.Instagram account @jktinfo posted a series of photos depicting long lines of commuters at a number of train stations, including Bogor Station, Bojong Gede Station and Citayam Station in West Java. “Corona is having a mukbang,” Instagram user @ahmadkurniadi62 posted in response to the slew of pictures of crowded stations.Read also: Jakarta takes risk of rebound by moving to ‘transitional’ restrictionsThe leaders of Jakarta’s satellite cities, namely Bogor city, Bogor regency, Depok and Bekasi had previously requested for the Transportation Ministry to suspend the operation of the commuter line during PSBB over findings that most confirmed patients in the regions were likely infected while traveling on commuter line trains. The request, however, was denied by the central government, which argued that public transportation must run normally but under several restrictions and health protocols.KCI spokesperson Anne Purba said the company had recorded 150,000 commuters using its services on Monday morning, a significant increase from 80,000 recorded per day on average during the PSBB period.In anticipation of such a significant increase in passengers, the company will resume its normal operations with 935 trips per day.She went on to say that the company had complied with the Transportation Ministry’s regulation requiring the train operator to limit the number of passengers to only 35 to 40 percent of its capacity.“We are now able to serve 74 passengers per train, whereas during the PSBB period we could only serve 60 passengers per train,” Anne said in a statement on Monday.The company, she added, would still implement strict health protocols, such as conducting temperature checks and ensuring compliance with the physical distancing policy among passengers, amid the transition into the new normal.“To ensure the successful implementation of physical distancing measures, the company will block several points in certain stations so that we can still control the number of commuters who have boarded a train and those who remain on the platform,” she said, adding that the company would issue new policies in the coming weeks in accordance with the government’s latest regulations related to COVID-19.Anne called on commuters to stay disciplined and cooperate with field officers to help break the chain of coronavirus infection.“Avoid boarding trains at peak hours to prevent long queues,” she said.Read also: App-based ‘ojek’ resume passenger transportation service in JakartaJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on his official Facebook page that he had received reports of increased traffic and queues at several bus stations during the administration’s field supervision on Monday morning.“The outbreak in Jakarta is not over but today marks a period of transition in which several sectors are allowed to resume their activities,” he said.“Alhamdulillah [thank God], based on our supervision, 100 percent of public transportation passengers wore face masks.”Anies noted that traffic across the capital seemed heavier than usual due to the increased use of private vehicles. He also called for an evaluation of the queuing mechanism at a number of bus stations to minimize the risk of viral infection among passengers.The governor decided on Thursday to extend the period of PSBB to the end of June as Jakarta entered the transition phase with gradual easing plans in place for several sectors.During the transition period, the administration will allow houses of worship to resume activities but only at half capacity. The city administration will also allow the mobility of public and private vehicles starting Friday.Other sectors allowed to open include offices, shops, restaurants, factories, retailers and city-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs) but only at half capacity in the second week of June, while non-food businesses in markets and shopping malls will be allowed to open in the third week.The Jakarta administration began imposing the PSBB on April 10, closing schools and places of worship, restricting people’s mobility and encouraging companies to apply a work from home policy, and has since extended the restrictions three times. Meanwhile, Twitter user @ehpret tweeted a photo showing a crowd of commuters at Bekasi Station.Pagi yang seru di stasiun Bekasi.Para calon penumpang yang tidak terbiasa antre vs Petugas dengan jumlah terbatas 😂 pic.twitter.com/FQOqkPCIIE— ever permadi (@ehpret) June 7, 2020“An exhilarating morning at Bekasi Station. Commuters who are not used to lining up versus a limited number of train officers,” they wrote in the caption.To anticipate an influx of passengers and increased public mobility around the capital, state-owned train operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) has extended the commuter line’s operational hours to 4 a.m. – 9 p.m.Despite the high-spirited return to a typical workday in Jakarta, some commuters have also taken to social media to express concerns over their safety as crowded stations and trains could prove to be fertile ground for coronavirus transmission, which could potentially lead to a new wave of infection. Topics :last_img read more


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Amartha books 44% increase in financing disbursement in first half of 2020

first_imgHe also credited Amartha’s expansion to Sumatra and Sulawesi as the main driver of the company’s recent growth.To practice prudent financing during the pandemic, the company applied a policy that identifies debtors based on their regions and business types. It also applied a stricter credit approval and disbursement system based on areas most affected by the pandemic.This means that the company could reject financing proposals for businesses located in red zones and only allow funding for partners in green zones. It also blacklisted businesses that rely heavily on conditions before the pandemic from receiving financing during the pandemic.Amartha is aiming to disburse financing to more than 150,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the second half of this year, without disclosing a specific monetary figure. Andi said the company would target micro business players in the informal sectors that sell staple foods and food vendors.“This sector has proven to be resilient amid the COVID-19 pandemic as they sell primary items in small-reaching areas such as villages,” he said in the statement.Amartha pledges to continue to disburse financing during the pandemic to help MSMEs recover, adapt and grow.  Financial technology (fintech) lending start-up Amartha booked an almost 44 percent increase in financing disbursement in the first half of this year after expanding to Sumatra and Sulawesi in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.The peer-to-peer lender’s financing disbursement grew by 43.87 percent to Rp 645 billion (US$43.63 million) in the first half of this year compared to the year before. The funds were disbursed to 168,125 micro business players in the country, Amartha said in a statement on Thursday.“We saw a decrease in financing by up to 60 percent in April to May due to the pandemic but it had since increased significantly by June and continues to rise to this day,” Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, Amartha founder and chief executive officer, said in the statement.center_img Topics :last_img read more


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Taiwan in talks to make first purchase of sophisticated US drones: Sources

first_imgThe deal has to be approved by members of Congress who may receive formal notification as soon as next month, two of the people said. Congress could choose to block a final agreement.It would be the first drone sale after President Donald Trump’s administration moved ahead with its plan to sell more drones to more countries by reinterpreting an international arms control agreement called the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).While Taiwan’s military is well-trained and well-equipped with mostly US-made hardware, China has a huge numerical superiority and is adding advanced equipment of its own.Taiwan submitted its request to buy armed drones early this year, one of the people familiar with the talks said. The United States last week sent Taiwan the pricing and availability data for the deal, a key step that denotes official approval to advance the sale. It is, however, non-binding and could be reversed. The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four of its large sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for the first time, according to six US sources familiar with the negotiations, in a deal that is likely to ratchet up tensions with China.The SeaGuardian surveillance drones have a range of 6,000 nautical miles (11,100 km), far greater than the 160-mile range of Taiwan’s current fleet of drones.While the sale of the unmanned aerial vehicles has been tacitly authorized by the State Department, two of the people said, it is not known whether the US officials have approved exporting the drones with weapons attached, one of them said. A deal for the four drones, ground stations, spares, training and support could be worth around $600 million using previous sales as a guide. There could also be options for additional units in the future, one of the people said.The island is bolstering its defenses in the face of what it sees as increasingly threatening moves by Beijing, such as regular Chinese air force and naval exercises near TaiwanRelations between Beijing and Washington – already at their lowest point in decades over accusations of spying, a trade war, the coronavirus and Hong Kong – could fray more if the deal gets the final go-ahead from US officials. The Pentagon has said arms sales to Taiwan will continue, and the Trump administration has kept a steady pace of Navy warships passing through the Taiwan Strait.China claims Taiwan as its own territory, and Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring the self-ruled island under its control. Beijing has denounced the Trump administration’s increased support for Taiwan.China’s sophisticated air defenses could likely shoot down a handful of drones, according to Bonnie Glaser, the director of the China Power Project at CSIS, a Washington think tank. But she still expects “China to scream about even the smallest arms sale that the US makes to Taiwan because any sale challenges the ‘One China’ principle.””They get particularly agitated if they think it’s an offensive capability,” she said, adding that she expected the Trump administration to be less cautious than its predecessors.The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States did not respond to a request for comment.”As a matter of policy we do not comment on or confirm proposed defense sales or transfers until they have been formally notified to Congress,” a State Department spokesman said.Only for few US alliesThe US has been eager to sell Taiwan tanks and fighter jets, but the deal to sell drones would be notable since only a few close allies – including Britain, Italy, Australia, Japan and South Korea – have been allowed to purchase the largest US-made drones.Currently, the Taiwanese government has a fleet of 26 Albatross drones made by Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, a quasi-defense ministry research agency, that can fly 160 nautical miles (300 km), or 80 before returning to base, according to records kept by the Bard Center for the Study of the Drone.General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc’s SeaGuardian has an airframe that can handle carrying weapons – but only if contractually allowed by the US government.The United States has sold France unarmed MQ-9 Reapers which are similar to SeaGuardians, and later gave permission to arm them.Last year, the United States approved a potential sale to Taiwan of 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2 Abrams tanks worth around $2 billion as well as anti-tank and anti-aircraft munitions. A separate sale of 66 Lockheed Martin-made fighter jets also made it through the State Department’s process.In recent weeks, China said it will sanction Lockheed Martin Co for involvement in the latest US arms sale to Taiwan.Topics :last_img read more


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Mandiri Investasi, DBS offer dollar-denominated sharia mutual fund

first_img“In terms of Mandiri Investasi’s total AUM, we are targeting for it to be around Rp 58 trillion by the end of 2020,” Alvin said during a virtual media briefing on Wednesday. As of August, Mandiri Investasi booked Rp 57.81 trillion in AUM. MGSED is an equity fund that invests in foreign sharia equity securities and focuses on investing in new economies which include the themes of digitization, financial evolution, feel-good businesses, healthcare innovation as well as energy revolution. Mandiri Investasi shifted its priority into investing into those emerging sectors in mid-2019 to better align itself with global technological disruption, which has seen new economy stocks outperform old economy stocks.“Since last year, we saw an opportunity to invest in sectors that can create disruption to how we do businesses,” Alvin noted, adding that the equity fund consisted of 30 to 50 stocks of companies within those sectors.  Fund manager PT Mandiri Manajemen Investasi (Mandiri Investasi) is partnering with Bank DBS Indonesia to offer dollar-denominated mutual fund Mandiri Global Sharia Equity Dollar (MGSED) as it aims to increase the total funds under its management. Alvin Pattisahusiwa, president director of Mandiri Investasi, a subsidiary of state-owned Bank Mandiri group, said the company expected to increase its assets under management (AUM) by US$100 million by the end of the year through the mutual fund. The product has been gaining traction in the market as Alvin reported that it had collected Rp 598 billion in AUM by the end of August, which had grown to Rp 1.1 trillion as of Sept. 22.  Almost 40 percent of the stocks are of companies within the sector of information technology, making up the biggest share of the portfolio. Consumer and healthcare stocks come second and third at 19.78 percent and 18.57 percent, respectively. Among its top holdings are American multinational tech company Apple Inc, American social media conglomerate Facebook and Chinese tech with a foothold in e-commerce and retail, Alibaba Group Holdings. The equity fund mostly invests in US-based companies, which account for almost 70 percent of its portfolio. Meanwhile, investment in Asian countries, European countries and others account for 16.2 percent, 11.25 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively.“This product provides an option and opportunity for clients who want to diversify their wealth by placement in the global market,” Bank DBS Indonesia director of consumer banking Rudy Tandjung said during the media briefing. Bank DBS Indonesia targets sales of up to Rp 300 billion from the equity fund in the next 12 months, according to the bank’s head of unit trust and treasures private client product Mus Hidayat. So far, the bank has booked $6.7 million in sales. As of Aug. 31, MGSED has outperformed its index benchmark, the Dow Jones Islamic World (DJIW) index, as it recorded a return of 23.5 percent year-to-date (ytd), while the DJIW booked a return of 12.37 percent. “This trend is not a temporary trend. We believe that this will be sustained and will reconfigure the structure of the economy in the future,” Mus said. He explained that continuous growth would be supported by rapidly evolving technological innovation, demographic changes that saw a rise in the aging population and the middle class that will boost expenses in the care sector, and lastly, rising awareness of environmental concerns among consumers, which would drive a revolution in the energy sector. He expressed optimism that investors were now choosing mutual funds to grow their portfolio amid falling interest rates and greater access to information.Topics :last_img read more


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Pope Francis, Prince William lead TED global call to act on climate crisis

first_imgWith a call to save the planet, Prince William and Pope Francis on Saturday joined activists, artists, celebrities and politicians in a free streamed TED event aimed at mobilizing and unifying people to confront the climate crisis.”The shared goals of our generation are clear,” William said in a video message kicking off the event, dubbed Countdown. “Together we must protect and restore nature, clean our air, revive our oceans, build a waste-free world and fix our climate.” The Pope joined other speakers in saying the climate crisis is real and backed by science, and needs to be urgently confronted in ways that are socially just.”The Earth must be worked and nursed, cultivated and protected,” the Pope said.”We cannot continue to squeeze it like an orange.”Countdown also focused on ways in which damage to the environment also fuels social and racial injustice.”Black people breathe the most toxic air relative to the general population, and it is people of color who are most likely to suffer in the climate crisis,” said British Parliament member David Lammy.”It gives all new meaning to the Black Lives Matter slogan ‘I can’t breathe.'”Lammy called for climate and social justice leaders to join forces, and for a new international “ecocide” law to criminalize “the most severe actions against nature itself.”Capitalism ‘monstrous’ Firms that make fortunes from fossil fuels or other greenhouse gas-emitting operations cause damage they don’t pay for, while funneling money to politicians who help preserve the status quo, said another speaker, US economist Rebecca Henderson, who called on businesses to step up.”We let capitalism turn into something monstrous,” she said, adding: “It’s going to be tough to keep free enterprise alive if most people believe the rich and the white are trashing the planet for their own benefit.”Other speakers presented ways people can help stop slow down climate change.The mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, for example, explained a project there to plant a million trees to protect against flooding and to absorb carbon dioxide.Climate knows no politics Countdown came as some world leaders have seized on the issue of climate change for political gain.US President Donald Trump triggered outrage recently by suggesting global warming will reverse itself and dismissing climate change as a cause of the ferocious fires engulfing vast swaths of the US West.Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, warned before the event that the topic has been “politicized.””But,” she added, “democracies have a way of changing the leaderships in those countries.”An array of Countdown speakers urged people to use their voting power to elect decision-makers who prioritize stopping the climate crisis.”I want to cast my vote in favor of the planet,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay said.”If  you are eligible to vote, anywhere in the world, elect people who care and urge others to do the same. Vote for the planet.”‘Clarion call’ Countdown organizers set a goal of mobilizing governments and citizens to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half over the next decade and get to net-zero carbon pollution by the year 2050.TED head Chris Anderson called Countdown “a clarion call” to tackle the daunting challenges of climate change. “But it’s also a day of hope that there is a pathway to do this and we must walk down it together.”A recording of the live event is available at countdown.ted.com.Topics : For more than five hours the second-in-line to the British throne and other speakers delved in the reality of the climate crisis, the need for action, and what can be done.Solutions posed included ways of farming that welcome wildlife as well as crops; transportation systems powered by electricity; cities designed for people instead of cars; economies that thrive by keeping the planet healthy instead of destroying it, and voting for political leaders keen to end the climate crisis.”We are living during a historic moment marked by difficult challenges, as we all know,” Pope Francis said while urging people of all faiths to unite to protect Mother Earth.”The world is shaken by the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which highlights yet an even bigger challenge – the socio-environmental crisis.”last_img read more


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette cannot hide frustration during Arsenal lap of honour

first_img About Connatix V67539 The attacking pair were also spotted during lap honour begun, with cameras again catching them looking crushed with the result.While Arsenal’s biggest stars dealt with the blow of the result, Unai Emery believes his team deserved a win.‘We deserved to win but we know they are defensively very strong and played very well,’ he said. Full Screen Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Arsenal conducted a lap of honour after the draw (Picture: Getty) AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the demoralising result, the players were required to stay behind for the traditional lap of honour.Departing Gunners Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck were all honoured after the final whistle, but the cameras panned to a devastated Arsenal team just before the lap of honour.Strike duo Lacazette and Aubameyang were visibly miserable alongside the rest of the first-team as they waited for the lap of honour celebrations to begin. SPONSORED Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette cannot hide frustration during Arsenal lap of honour Video Settings Aubameyang had put Arsenal in front (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette cut dejected figures on the Arsenal bench as the Gunners waited to complete their lap of honour at the Emirates on Sunday.Arsenal’s final Premier League home game of the season ended with a 1-1 draw with Brighton as Glenn Murray hit back for the visitors after Aubameyang put the Gunners in front in the first half.The result is set to be the killer blow to Arsenal’s top four chances, as Tottenham have now all but secured Champions League qualification.Arsenal need a miracle on the final day of the season with Tottenham three points ahead of them in fourth spot and boasting an eight-goal better goal difference.ADVERTISEMENT (Picture: Getty)‘We had our chances to score, the first half was probably the difference in the result.‘And in the second half after their goal we had chances but they defended very well, congratulations to them for their work.‘We fight and try to win each match in the Premier League but every match is difficult and today is an example of that.’MORE: Jan Vertonghen responds to Arsenal’s draw with Brighton: I’ll take that by Metro Read More Read More Comment Read More PLAY Coming Next Skip Read More Top articles Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 May 2019 8:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link843Shares Skip Ad / Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


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Arsenal submit £70m bid to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille

first_imgPepe featured for Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations this summer (Visionhaus)The report also claims that Pepe has not yet made a decision over his future but would prioritise a move to Paris Saint-Germain if it became available.PSG have not yet made an offer but may make a move if Neymar is sold back to Barcelona.Pepe is now on his holidays after Ivory Coast were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Algeria on Thursday evening.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 CityMeanwhile, Arsenal remain in the running to sign William Saliba but their move could be derailed after Tottenham submitted a higher offer for the Saint-Etienne centre-back earlier this week.Emery and his players are currently in the United States for the start of their pre-season tour and will begin their campaign with a match against Colorado Rapids on Tuesday.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 Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Jul 2019 7:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Arsenal submit £70m bid to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal have made a move to sign Nicolas Pepe (Getty Images)Arsenal have submitted an €80 million (£70m) offer to Lille for Nicolas Pepe, according to reports in France.Unai Emery is in the market for a new attacker who primarily plays on the flanks and the club have already failed with a £40m offer for Wilfried Zaha, who Crystal Palace value at £80m.Pepe also fits the profile Arsenal are looking for but the 24-year-old has attracted interest from several clubs following his impressive performances on Lille’s right wing last season.The Ivory Coast international scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 and registered 11 assists, but he lost out to Kylian Mbappe for the division’s Player of the Year award.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Telefoot, Arsenal have now submitted an €80m (£70m) proposal to Lille and the offer is being considered by the French club’s hierarchy.last_img read more


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Arsenal manager Unai Emery hints at new Lucas Torreira role

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery hints at new Lucas Torreira role James GrayFriday 20 Sep 2019 10:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link329Shares Advertisement Lucas Torreira impressed on his return to Arsenal’s starting line-up (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery hinted he is ready to deploy Lucas Torreira more regularly – and also in a more attacking role – after he impressed on his return to the starting line-up last night.Arsenal started their Europa League campaign with a convincing 3-0 away victory at Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to goals from Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Torreira was named in Emery’s starting line-up for only the second time this season and made it through 90 minutes for the very first time, with Emery quick to praise his impact on the team.‘Tonight he played very well and this season it’s the first match that he was feeling physically very good in,’ Emery said.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 was able to go from box to box and I want to use his quality.’The Spanish manager even suggested he might use Torreira, more often a defensive midfielder, as someone who could start to create goals for the Gunners.‘His qualities are that he can give us good pressing, and he can win the ball high up the pitch to give us the possession to score,’ Emery added.‘He did that tonight. After, we need someone with the ball and in his position, he can help us with the build-up.’Arsenal will now hope that an impressive performance on the road in the Europa League can translate into better league form when they return to domestic duties on Sunday against Aston Villa.Emery’s side have failed to win on their last three outings in the Premier League and have conceded seven times, most recently giving up a 2-0 lead against Watford at Vicarage Road.And while Torreira is being eyed for a more advanced role, the Gunners may call upon the likes of Mesut Ozil to return to the starting line-up after he was left out during the week.‘We are playing now a lot of matches,’ Emery added.‘I want to use different players and also can have some rotation in the first XI and in the 19 players in the squad.‘Sokratis and Mesut they rest this match. I prefer [Ozil] to rest [after Watford] and train and to be ready for [Aston Villa].’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 Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more