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China warns of racism in Australia, issues travel warning as row escalates

first_imgSince Australian borders are closed to all non-essential inbound and outbound travellers because of the pandemic — with no date set for them to reopen — the advice from Beijing is largely symbolic.Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham told the ABC’s Radio National on Monday that there had been racist incidents.”But I think the idea that Australia, in any way, is an unsafe destination for visitors to come to is one that just does not stand up to scrutiny,” he said.The anti-discrimination commission in New South Wales — Australia’s most populous state — said last week that there had been an increase in enquiries related to the pandemic and racism against people of Asian backgrounds.The group said instances included people being bullied for wearing a face mask, spat at and harassed in public on their way to work, while they exercised or at the supermarket.Anti-Discrimination NSW said it had also heard from people who have experienced violent race-related acts like their car window being smashed and racist language written across cars and private property.The relationship between Beijing and Canberra has become increasingly troubled as China has become more assertive in flexing its growing military, economic and diplomatic power in the Asia-Pacific region.In response to calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of the pandemic, the Chinese ambassador in Canberra had threatened a widespread consumer boycott of Australian products — a warning followed up by a bar on imports from four major Australian beef producers.And then in May, China imposed an 80 percent tariff on Australian barley over dumping allegations, a move set to cost at least Aus$500 million (US$350 million) a year, according to five of the nation’s grain growers.An editorial published by the nationalist Chinese state-run Global Times warned the travel alert “may just be the tip of the iceberg”.”If Australia wants to retain the gain from its economic ties with China,” it said, “it must make a real change to its current stance on China, or it will completely lose the benefits of Chinese consumers.” China stepped up the war of words again last week by telling its citizens to avoid the country altogether over safety concerns.”Recently, there has been a lot of discrimination against Chinese and Asian people in Australia,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular press briefing Monday.”Many Chinese in Australia have been insulted or even injured…[and] graffiti or words with racist connotations against Chinese have appeared in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other Australian cities.”On Friday, China’s culture and tourism ministry had advised against travel to Australia due to increasing racism linked to the coronavirus. Topics :center_img Beijing warned Monday there has been “a lot of discrimination” against Chinese people in Australia, escalating a diplomatic row just days after telling its citizens not to travel there.Tensions between Australia and China have been mounting on a number of fronts, and Beijing reacted with fury to recent calls for an independent investigation into the origins and spread of the coronavirus pandemic after it first emerged in central China late last year.Read also: Australia, China tensions rise over coronavirus inquiry calllast_img read more

Mikel Arteta confirms talks to keep Dani Ceballos at Arsenal next season

first_imgMikel Arteta confirms talks to keep Dani Ceballos at Arsenal next season Advertisement Advertisement Dani Ceballos is becoming a key player at Arsenal (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to keep loanee Dani Ceballos at the club and has confirmed that talks are ongoing with Real Madrid over the midfielder’s future.The 23-year-old has spent the season on loan in north London and has been growing in influence at the club, especially since the arrival of Arteta as manager in December.Ceballos has made 14 Premier League starts for the Gunners, four of which have come since the restart in June, including all three of Arsenal’s recent wins without conceding a goal.Arteta is thoroughly impressed with his countryman’s development, commitment, passion and influence, so much so that he wants to keep him around for longer than just one season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Yeah, we are talking to the club, obviously we don’t own the player,’ said the Gunners boss. ‘He’s not in our hands so the clubs will need to have a communication and see what we can do.‘I’m really happy with him, the way he’s evolving and I love how much he likes to play football – the passion he puts into every training session, and in every game, you just have to see his celebrations.‘Whether he’s on the pitch or on the bench, the way he celebrates shows how much he puts in and he throws his life into it.‘And again I’m really happy with him, I think he’s evolving in the right way and he’s becoming a really important player for us.’ Arteta is keen to keep working with Ceballos (Picture: CameraSport/Getty Images)Ceballos has not scored a Premier League goal as yet, but he netted the winner in the FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United last month, securing a semi-final clash with Manchester City.What deal could be done to keep him at Arsenal is unclear, as he has previously stated his ambition to return to Real Madrid and fight for his place there.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 CityAnother loan contract could be the answer, while Arteta says that swap deals are likely to be more prevalent this summer than usual, although whether Real would want any Arsenal players is very questionable.‘We have to be open to different situations as you mentioned,’ said Arteta.‘And I think the market will give us the opportunity to do certain deals like this, but at the moment I cannot comment on any of that.’Arsenal are looking to continue the run of form that has seen them pick up three straight Premier League wins over Southampton, Norwich and Wolves when they meet Leicester at the Emirates on Tuesday night.MORE: Arsenal make U-turn in discussions with Saint-Etienne after ‘angering’ William SalibaMORE: Mikel Arteta bans Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal first team training after Edu meetingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 10:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShareslast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father drops Arsenal exit hint

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not yet agreed a new contract with Arsenal (Reuters)Arsenal fans fear Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will leave the club this summer following an Instagram post by the striker’s father on the final day of the Premier League season.Aubameyang has less than a year remaining on his current deal with Arsenal and the Gunners risk losing their leading striker on a free transfer next summer if he fails to agree a new contract.Earlier this week, reports claimed that Arsenal are set to offer the 31-year-old a deal worth £250,000 a week to stay at the club.But following Arsenal’s 3-2 victory against Watford on Sunday, Aubameyang’s father, Pierre-Francois, posted a cryptic message in which he stressed that his son ‘must make the right decision for the rest of your career’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘My son, who wouldn’t be proud to have a son like you. Bravo, bravo, bravo,’ Aubameyang Sr posted on Instagram.‘You really are a scorer. Every season you respond with your efficiency, last season 22 goals, this season 22 goals. I can only congratulate you and tell you once again my pride. Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended the Premier League season with 22 goals for Arsenal (Getty Images)‘We must make the right decision for the rest of your career.‘They speaks a lot in the press, they do not know that we are Bantu and that there is a hierarchy the decision is taken after the advice of the wise man who is your father.‘We will be set very soon, sleep peacefully my son, your father watches the grain. I love you.’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father played key role in negotiations with Arsenal in January 2018 (Instagram)Aubameyang’s father also made a similar reference to ‘watching the grain’ shortly after the striker had secured his move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal in January 2018.‘I am never far, because it is very important to accompany your children and to take care of the grain, I harvest what I have sown,’ Aubameyang’s father posted on Instagram shortly after his son’s arrival at Arsenal.‘A big thank you to Michael Zorc, to the president and to the whole Dortmund family without forgetting the fans for allowing the improvement of this seed, thank you again for all.’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 CityAubameyang, meanwhile, narrowly missed on winning the Premier League Golden Boot.Jamie Vardy picked up the award with his 23 goals for Leicester City, but Aubameyang came close as he scored twice in Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Watford.The 31-year-old finished the Premier League campaign on 22 goals.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 26 Jul 2020 8:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.3kSharescenter_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father drops Arsenal exit hint Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Launch of Joint PennDOT, Turnpike Papal Visit Travelers’ Website

first_img September 14, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Launch of Joint PennDOT, Turnpike Papal Visit Travelers’ Websitecenter_img Infrastructure,  Papal Visit,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike launched a detailed travelers’ website to assist people headed for the historic visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia Sept. 26 and 27.The site at is linked both to PennDOT’s 511PA site and the Turnpike’s travelers’ information site.“With enthusiastic crowds expected to converge on Philadelphia, this site will offer up-to-the-minute information to assist visitors and make their experience as enjoyable as possible,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This site reflects the hard work my administration has put in supporting and preparing for the Pope’s visit. We hope this site will be a useful tool for both residents and visitors to be informed and prepared to travel during this important visit.”The site’s home page offers options to see information about real-time traffic conditions on highways in the Philadelphia region and details on how to reach the papal venues or take diversion routes for those who are merely traveling through or around the region. The site is accessible from both desktop and mobile interfaces.Inside pages have health tips for visitors and information on which highways and streets are closed, the latest information releases pertaining to the visit and color coded maps showing how traffic is flowing.“I urge visitors and through travelers to avail themselves of this resource to keep abreast of changing conditions during the visit,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Knowing what is going on will help visitors and travelers make good decisions so their experience during this special time will be top-notch.”Turnpike Chief Executive Officer Mark Compton said that the site will be helpful for anyone traveling in southeastern counties and surrounding areas, including those not bound for Papal events.“This web site will be an indispensable tool for those who may just be passing through during the pope’s visit,” Compton said. “In addition to the latest traffic conditions, it details the alternate routes for anyone who may need to travel to other destinations during this historic visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.”For more information, visit read more

New BNY Mellon solutions group to meet ‘second wave’ OCIO needs

first_imgBNY Mellon Investment Management has launched a new platform offering portfolio management and investment advisory services for investors worldwide seeking outsourced investment management, with inquiries from European institutions contributing to the decision behind the move.Historically BNY Mellon provided outsourced chief investment officer (OCIO) services – the North American equivalent to fiduciary management – via its banking entity, but its asset management and wealth management arms have now set up BNY Mellon Investor Solutions, an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, to offer these services.In a statement, BNY Mellon Investment Management said the new group “combines an open-architecture approach with the proprietary investment capabilities of BNY Mellon’s eight specialist investment firms, alongside the full spectrum of advisory services from BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and the custodial and servicing capabilities from BNY Mellon Asset Servicing”.Todd Gibbons, chief executive officer of BNY Mellon, said: “BNY Mellon Investor Solutions brings together the full power of our collective enterprise to meet the ever-evolving needs of investors by providing an integrated investment offering — needs that have only been amplified in the current environment.” The $11bn (€9.85bn) Investor Solutions platform is being led by Jamie Lewin, former head of product strategy and performance management for BNY Mellon IM, with reporting to Catherine Keating, a member of BNY Mellon’s executive committee and CEO of BNY Mellon Wealth Management. Jamie Lewin, head of BNY Mellon Investor SolutionsLewin said trends in demographics, the outlook for lower interest rates to prevail for longer, growing capital market and macro uncertainty, and a constantly changing regulatory environment were making for a “complex world” that European institutions were looking for help to navigate just as North American organisations were.“They’re reacting to the same changing fundamentals,” he said. “What is true for the US is certainly, we think, as true for Europe and we’re seeing that with inbound inquiries from European institutions seeking us out for outsourced services.”To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.center_img Catherine Keating, CEO of BNY Mellon Wealth Management‘Second wave’Asked why BNY Mellon had launched the group at this particular time, Keating explained it was because it anticipated a “second wave” in the OCIO market.“We think the first wave really focussed on the outsourced part,” she told IPE. “It was organisations that decided, either because of their size or focus, that they didn’t have the ability or desire to manage some of the investments in-house so they outsourced.“Today we see a second wave starting and these are investors who’ve already decided they’re going to outsource or may already have outsourced, but now are focussed on the outlook – much lower for much longer – and are looking for a broader set of resources to address that,” she added.“They’re looking for economists, asset class specialists, fundamental and quantitative tools, and for technology and risk analytics that can guide them every day.”She said they were also looking for a firm ”that knows them so well it’s as if they’re sitting in their office with them”.Applicable in EuropeThe new group is targeting investors worldwide, including in the UK and the rest of Europe.last_img read more

New maneuver battalion in Panay to add zeal in fight vs insurgency

first_imgHe encouraged the troops to give theirbest during the said training as they are expected to enhance their operationalcapability and conduct CSP in the grassroots communities. Lieutenant Colonel Sisenando Magbalot, aformer commander of the 61st IB, will lead the 12IB, Pancito said. “One of the constraints that we cannotsolve, the Panay part is we really lack the strength, the operations to do so,”he said. Major General Eric Vinoya, commander ofthe Army’s 3ID, said the 12IB is expected to be at the top shape after thetraining. The training of the 12IB, composed of 19officers and 482 enlisted personnel, has formally started on Monday. Panay Island and the island province ofGuimaras are covered by only one maneuver battalion which is the 61st InfantryBattalion (61IB) with its headquarters in Miagao town, Iloilo. The 61st IB iscomposed of almost 500 troops. “We have seen the lack of troops here inPanay. We have a deadline to beat (to end insurgency) that is supposed tohappen this year. If not, hopefully at the end of the term of the President,”Pancito said. The 12IB will have six weeks of trainingat the Battalion Retraining Facilities (BRF) in Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz. ILOILO City – The Philippine Army in Panay Island will soon have freshlegs to step up its fight against insurgency as the 501-strong 12th InfantryBattalion (12IB) undergoes organizational and Community Support Program (CSP)training. In the meantime, the 12IB will be facedwith “low equipment readiness” as the process of converting them into amaneuver battalion is quite similar to creating a new infantry battalion. Captain Cenon Pancito III, thespokesperson of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said in an interview Thursdaythat the 12IB troopers are seen to boost the fight against the Communist Partyof the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Panay Island. The 12IB used to be a “cadre” battalion,or the one handling administrative requirements of the Citizen Armed ForceGeographical Unit. “Give your best shot during the trainingfor you are doing this to prepare yourselves and your unit in performing andbringing your mandate to the next level. This time, you will not only serve theVisayans but will fulfill their fervent desire for an insurgency-freecommunity,” Vinoya said. (With a report from PNA/PN) Pancito said they will be converted tomaneuver battalion that will now include foot soldiers. “Your equipment also came from otherexisting battalions; this is why you can expect low equipment readiness for themeantime. But the point is, you can look at this as a problem, a challenge, oran opportunity,” Vinoya said, adding that the 12IB can be creative and get awayfrom established norms that have been leading the army to mediocrity. The troops will dedicate four weeks foroperational training and two weeks of Community Support Program (CSP) training. Major General Eric Vinoya (right), commander of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, rallies the troops of the 12th Infantry Battalion (12IB) during the start of their organizational training on Feb. 3. The 12IB will be converted to a maneuver battalion, which will provide Panay Island with more foot soldiers to fight insurgency. 3ID PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICElast_img read more

Decatur County United Fund names new board members

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County United Fund has welcomed Brett Abplanalp, from Decatur County REMC and Scott Wesseler from Delta Faucet Company to the board of directors.Brett Abplanalp is the CEO of Decatur County REMC. Abplanalp is a Greensburg native and graduate of Greensburg High School, Purdue University and Ball State University. He is married and has three children. He says, “I am very excited to help in any way to this great organization.” Brett is also YMCA board member, Economic Development Corporation board member, and a board member on Community Corrections in Greensburg.Scott Wesseler is the Plant Manager of Delta Faucet Company and has been with the company for 24 years. Scott is a Greensburg native and is married with four children. He is a graduate of Greensburg High School and Ball State University. He is also a board member of the Economic Development Corporation. He says, “I am excited to help out the community and be a part of the United Fund.”last_img read more

Fijabi, Skoro Return with GOtv Boxing Night Season 8

first_imgThe best boxer of the night will go home with N1million cash prize and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.Sponsored by GOtv, which will be broadcast live by SuperSport in 47 African countries, is supported by MultiChoice, Paragonis Multimedia limited, KSquare Security, Complete Sports, Brila FM, Bond FM and this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The eighth edition of GOtv Boxing Night will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium in Lagos on July 30. This was disclosed by the organisers on Tuesday at a press conference held at the Old Skool Restaurant within the National Stadium Complex. CEO of Fly kite Sports, promoter of the event, Jenkins Alumona, told journalists that the coming edition will be more explosive than the previous ones.“We have high-calibre match-ups in every fight. This edition will feature a national middleweight boxing title defence by reigning champion, Sunny Hammer, who will take on West African middleweight champion Rasheed Abolaji. We have also brought in other big names and rising stars of boxing in Nigeria,” said Alumona.He added that GOtv Boxing Night 8 is being held in honour of Muhammed Ali, the boxing icon who died recently.Apart from the title fight, the event will see national light welterweight champion, Olaide Fijabi, slug it out with Joseph Adeniji in a challenge contest. In the welterweight category, Stanley Eribo will fight Dele Adeleke, while Waidi Usman will duel with David Ekpeyong in the featherweight category. There is also a super middleweight challenge contest between Matthew Obinna and Samuel Igbokwe. The sixth fight of the night will be a national light welterweight challenge between Rilwan Babatunde and Shakiru Lateef.last_img read more

Special Olympics Nigeria to Host 2017 World Malaria Day

first_imgIn 2017, SO Nigeria will be implementing the initiative in four states in south-south Nigeria namely Akwa Ibom, Edo, Cross River and Rivers states and in four states in south-east Nigeria – Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Imo state.SO Nigeria will collaborate with Grassroots Soccer, to educate our athletes on Malaria and HIV/AIDS using football as a learning tool. This is an effective platform for bringing together and providing people with intellectual disabilities as well as the community with relevant information about the prevention of Malaria and HIV/AIDS, treatment, as well as basic life-saving skills.Special Olympics Nigeria is part of a worldwide movement (Special Olympics international) that is aimed at changing the misconceptions individuals have about people with intellectual disabilities (PWID). Our mission is to provide year round sports training and athletics competitions in a variety of Olympic – type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing continuous opportunities to develop physical fitness and skills required to manage day to day life.World Malaria Day was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, WHO’s decision making body; World Malaria Day, is a day set aside to raise awareness on the need for continuous investment and support to various countries, in their efforts to combat Malaria and its associated problems, as well as provide information and support where necessary for communities prone to malaria. It is commemorated every year on April 25.According to WHO’s World Malaria Report 2016, in 2015, there were 212million new cases of malaria and 429,000 deaths. One child dies from malaria every two minutes. It is estimated that globally, 3.3billion people in 106 countries are at risk of Malaria resulting in over 198 million cases while some 627,000 deaths occurred in 2012 as a result of malaria infection. The World Malaria Report 2015 further states that 90% of malaria cases and 92% of malaria deaths occur in Africa while sub-Sahara Africa accounts for 76% of malaria cases and 75% of malaria deaths globally. The report also states that 70% of malaria deaths occur in children under five years.In 2015 and 2016, SO Nigeria implemented the ExxonMobil Malaria/HIV Initiative in special schools/centres in Lagos state.According to Exxon Mobil corporate citizenship report, in 2015, ExxonMobil contributed $12.5 million to fight Malaria. In the past fifteen years, ExxonMobil Foundation has been in the forefront of the fight against Malaria in the world. The report states that Exxon Mobil has given about $146 million dollars in grant to NGOs to combat malaria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In an effort to commemorate the World Malaria Day 2017 and through the support of ExxonMobil, Special Olympics Nigeria will tomorrow host activities including a Unified Soccer Tournament to raise awareness on Malaria and HIV. The official theme for the 2017 World Malaria Day is “End Malaria for Good”.The Unified Soccer Tournament and the other activities to mark the day have been listed to take place at the St Finbarr’s College in Akoka, Lagos.According to the programme released yesterday, attendees to this year’s event will be invited to take part in activities such as a Family Health Forum (FHF) where Health Talks on Malaria and HIV with demonstrations will be given, Voluntary Counseling and Testing on Malaria and HIV and distribution of mosquito nets.last_img read more