City honor Liverpool, then hammer them 4-0

first_imgManchester City generously applauded new champions Liverpool onto the field before their Premier League match on Thursday — and promptly showed no mercy by thrashing them 4-0 at the Etihad stadium.With the title secured a week ago, there was little at stake for Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool side who showed far from their usual levels of intensity but the loss, just their second of the league campaign, was an emphatic reminder that City will be desperate to regain their crown next season.Klopp was quick to defend his team’s attitude, rejecting any suggestion they had taken the game lightly. Topics : Joe Gomez could not cope with Raheem Sterling’s twisting and turning in the box, pulling him to the ground before Kevin De Bruyne converted the penalty in the 25th minute.Sterling doubled the lead 10 minutes later when after a swift break, Phil Foden found him inside the box and the ex-Liverpool forward cut inside Gomez and slid the ball home.The 20-year-old Foden made it 3-0, firing past Alisson after a swift exchange with Kevin De Bruyne.City were showing an unusual willingness to play long balls and after Rodri launched a pass deep to De Bruyne, the Belgian found Sterling inside the box and he slipped the ball goalwards, with substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s outstretched touch only turning it into his own net.It could have been even worse for Liverpool with Riyad Mahrez’s fine solo effort in the final moments but VAR spotted a handball by Foden in the build-up.”We beat the champions, an extraordinary team,” Guardiola said.”We tried to play football, take risks against the best team I have ever faced in my life at high pressing,” he added.”They drank a lot of beers this week but they arrived here with no beers in their blood which is why I give us a lot of credit.”The loss was the joint-heaviest defeat by a side already crowned Premier League champions. Arsenal were beaten 4-0 at Liverpool in 1997-98 in the game after they clinched the title.center_img “I saw a brilliant attitude. I saw fight. We didn’t behave like somebody who became champions a week ago. We lacked fluidity. And in some 50-50 situations they were quicker than us,” he said.”Man City are incredible. I saw their season, they didn’t play a bad game even when they lost,” he said.After the guard of honor, which included City manager Pep Guardiola, the visitors started brightly and Ederson had to be alert to keep out a fourth-minute effort from Mohamed Salah.Salah then struck the post after a clever pass from Roberto Firmino, whose hair was colored red, but if Liverpool thought they were in for another night of festivities, they were in for a rude awakening.last_img read more

Brazil’s Bolsonaro, long a skeptic, tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgFinishing the interview, he stepped back and removed his mask to reveal a smile, adding: “You can see from my face that I’m well and I’m calm.”Bolsonaro said he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug with unproven effectiveness against COVID-19.Bolsonaro has emulated his political role model Donald Trump in voicing skepticism about the virulence of the virus, although the US president has moderated his tone. Bolsonaro tested negative in March for the coronavirus after several aides were diagnosed following a visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida, resort.The positive test on Tuesday looks set to spark a frantic period of contact tracing and tests for those who met Bolsonaro in recent days, including Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, lender Banco Bradesco’s Chairman Luiz Carlos Trabuco and planemaker Embraer’s CEO Francisco Gomes Neto. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after months of playing down the severity of the virus and defying medical experts, even as the pandemic killed more than 65,000 people in his country.The right-wing populist told a group of television reporters that he had developed symptoms at the weekend.”It started on Sunday with a certain malaise and became worse throughout the day on Monday, feeling poorly, exhaustion, a bit of muscle ache, fever hit 38 [degrees Celsius],” he said. Topics :center_img Over the weekend, Bolsonaro was also in close contact with US Ambassador Todd Chapman during July 4 celebrations. Pictures showed neither wearing a mask.Brazilian financial markets retreated following the news. Brazil’s currency, the real, swung into negative territory and the benchmark stock index deepened losses to 1.5%.CriticismBrazil has the world’s second-largest outbreak behind the United States, with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases.Bolsonaro has drawn criticism from public health experts for fighting state and city efforts to impose social distancing, arguing that the economic damage of those orders is worse than the disease itself.He has fired two health ministers during the crisis, both trained doctors, and replaced them with an active duty army general on an interim basis.He joins a list of government leaders to become infected with the coronavirus, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, both of whom were treated in hospital and needed extra oxygen.Pan American Health Organization director for communicable diseases Marcos Espinal wished Bolsonaro a “speedy recovery” but said his infection carried a message.”The message is that this virus is unpredictable and does not respect race, class or people in power, despite security around any president,” Espinal said. “For Brazil, the infection of its president should reinforce the need to strengthen implementations of social distancing recommendations and the use of masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus,” he added.Bolsonaro has often defied local guidelines to wear a mask in public, even after a judge ordered him to do so in late June. Bolsonaro has also railed against social distancing rules supported by the World Health Organization.The US embassy in Brasilia said via Twitter on Monday that the ambassador had lunch on July 4 with Bolsonaro, five ministers and the president’s son, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro. The ambassador had no symptoms, but would undergo testing and is “taking precautions,” the embassy said.last_img read more

US town grows money from trees during pandemic downturn

first_imgDesperate times The idea is not new: town officials last tried it during an even worse period of economic devastation, the Great Depression in the 1930s.A national scarcity of dollars at the time prompted officials in Tenino to print money on spruce bark.”The concept became 1930s viral,” Fournier said, with other communities, businesses and chambers of commerce eager to emulate the town’s example.Media attention piqued the curiosity of investors, and over the years the wooden currency became a collector’s item sold on eBay and Amazon.The contemporary version of wooden currency, like the previous edition, aims to help the town through an economic crisis that forced businesses to close nationwide.”It’s more of an advertisement for the town itself,” said Chris Hamilton, the manager of the town’s main grocery store. “It brings a lot of people into town that may not even know about Tenino and want to check this place out that makes its own money.”They might stop off here, buy an ice cream or go down the street and buy a hamburger.”Similar complementary currencies exist elsewhere in the US and Europe, aimed not at replacing the national money but supporting the local economy — a key distinction since American authorities take a dim view of anyone trying to create a bill to compete with the almighty dollar. The US Treasury declined to comment on its position regarding local currencies.Switzerland’s WIR system, created in 1934, is considered the oldest local currency in the world, used by thousands of small businesses every day. Tenino had become a ghost town, and small businesses were struggling to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic, so local officials revived an unconventional idea from the last century: printing the town’s own currency on thin planks of wood.”There was no trading, no selling and the city streets were dead. They looked the same at 3 pm as they did at 3 am,” said Wayne Fournier, mayor of the town of 1,800 people in Washington state, in the northwestern United States.”We were getting a lot of calls from businesses saying they were not sure if they would be able to hang on,” he told AFP. Topics : The currency is good only inside the town limits.center_img Response to globalization Facing an unemployment rate of 11.1 percent in June — one of the highest rates since the Great Depression — American advocates of complementary currencies say now is the time to consider them as a means to help residents.”The crisis in municipal funding is pushing creativity. Administrators are exploring this concept of issuing their own currency instead of bonds to finance their COVID response,” said Susan Witt, director of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.The research center developed BerkShares, a currency in circulation since 2006 in the Berkshires region of western Massachusetts, which is distributed by local banks. Witt is advising several US municipalities interested in similar initiatives.Advocates of local currencies also see them as a bulwark against unbridled globalization.”People are starting to realize that we went too global, too fast and we lost our local skills,” said Chris Hewitt, founder of Hudson Valley Current, a currency in upstate New York which operates as a mutual credit system.Supporters hope to create a nationwide movement.”If that happens across the country organically, that could be something that helps save us from a serious recession,” Fournier said. The town’s museum had a printing press, so it was put to use to make $10,000 worth of bills on wooden rectangles, each nominally worth $25. They feature a portrait of President George Washington and bear a Latin inscription that translates as “We’ve got it under control.”The money is being given as a grant to locals who demonstrate they have been economically harmed by the pandemic. Each resident is allowed up to $300 per month.Known as “Tenino dollars,” “COVID dollars” or, sometimes, “Wayne dollars” after the mayor himself, the bills are traded at almost all shops in the town at a fixed rate equivalent to $1.last_img read more

Japan approves dexamethasone as coronavirus treatment

first_imgJapan’s health ministry has approved dexamethasone, a cheap and widely used steroid, as a second treatment of COVID-19 after a trial in Britain showed the drug reduced death rates in hospitalized patients.The ministry included dexamethasone as an option for treatment along with antiviral drug remdesivir in a recent revision to its handbook. The revision was widely reported by Japanese media on Wednesday.In results announced last month, a trial by researchers in the United Kingdom showed dexamethasone as the first drug to save lives of COVID-19 patients in what scientists said was a major breakthrough in the coronavirus pandemic.Japan’s Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical Co is among those that produce the drug.  Topics :last_img

Carpe diem: Invasive fish feeds hungry in South Africa’s lockdown

first_img“It is a difficult time since COVID-19 started, we could not work. There is [no] money to buy food,” said Erika Kurdom, speaking behind her mask after collecting her ration for the day.”This fish helps us greatly,” she said.South Africa has the highest number of coronavirus infections on the continent, with a tally creeping towards half a million.For freshwater anglers in western Europe, carp are a game fish which are typically put back into the water alive after being caught, so that they can fight again.But in other cultures, in eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia, carp are a well-known dish and are often farmed for food.”The fish itself [is]… very good for human consumption,” said Mario Ferreira, regional representative of charity Gift of the Givers, driving the fish distribution initiative. “The locals actually love it.”  Topics : It is just before sunrise and volunteers are hauling nets full of gleaming, wriggling carp out of Groenvlei Lake.Here, on the picturesque coast of South Africa, environmentalists are hard at work trying to eradicate an invasive alien species.The fish, introduced into Groenvlei in the 1800s, has proliferated so much that the lake’s ecosystem is at threat.center_img For nearly two years, the carp have been netted or hunted with a bow and processed into fertilizer. But not any more.Today, the fish are destined for dinner tables in nearby Sedgefield, a town that depends hugely on tourism — and that industry has vanished almost overnight because of the coronavirus pandemic.”The carp that we take out… we donate it to our local communities as part of a food diet, because fish is actually an important source of protein,” said Thulani Ndlovu, manager at CapeNature, a governmental nature conservation organization.With South Africa’s lockdown now in its fifth month, fish from Groenvlei are helping feed around 250 people per day.last_img read more

Govt to disburse Rp 2.4 million in aid for small and micro enterprises

first_imgAs a potential COVID-19 vaccine is in the making, Jokowi expressed optimism that the country’s economy would get better by early next year. Thus, he hoped micro enterprises could stay afloat until then.Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki called for micro and small enterprises to actively register themselves to their local cooperative agency in order to receive the government aid.“We encourage small and micro enterprises that have not yet received any capital and investment banking to actively enroll in their nearby cooperative agency,” he said.Teten said the government had so far collected data on 17 million micro enterprises nationwide.Under the aid scheme, Rp 2.4 million in cash benefits would be transferred directly to a recipient’s bank account following a thorough data verification process. (trn)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Wednesday that the government will disburse Rp 2.4 million (US$161) in cash aid to micro and small enterprises starting next week to support businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“Starting next week, the government will disburse an emergency capital fund, or what is called productive presidential aid. It is worth Rp 2.4 million per person for 9.1 million vendors, micro and small enterprises,” Jokowi said on Wednesday.“We all know how the pandemic has hit hard not only the small [enterprises], but also medium and large [businesses].”last_img read more

Warren Buffett looks to Japan, takes 5% stakes in five trading companies

first_imgBerkshire Hathaway Inc said it has acquired slightly more than 5 percent of the shares in five large Japanese companies, marking a departure for Chairman Warren Buffett as he looks outside the United States to bolster his conglomerate.In a statement on Sunday, Buffett’s 90th birthday, Berkshire said it acquired its stakes in Itochu Corp, Marubeni Corp, Mitsubishi Corp, Mitsui & Co and Sumitomo Corp over approximately 12 months.Berkshire said it intends to hold the investments for the long term, and may boost its stakes to 9.9 percent. A Berkshire insurance business, National Indemnity Co, is holding the shares. “I am delighted to have Berkshire Hathaway participate in the future of Japan,” Buffett said in a statement. “The five major trading companies have many joint ventures throughout the world and are likely to have more…. I hope that in the future there may be opportunities of mutual benefit.”The Japanese investments will help Buffett reduce his Omaha, Nebraska-based conglomerate’s dependence on the United States economy, which last quarter suffered its deepest contraction in at least 73 years as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.Many of Berkshire’s own operating businesses have struggled, and Berkshire this month took a $9.8 billion writedown on its Precision Castparts aircraft parts business.Berkshire owns more than 90 businesses including the BNSF railroad and Geico car insurer outright.It also invests in dozens of companies including Apple Inc, with a roughly US$125 billion stake based on its holdings as of June 30, as well as American Express Co, Bank of America Corp and Coca-Cola Co.Most of Berkshire’s operating businesses are American, though it has acquired a handful of foreign companies including Israel’s IMC International Metalworking and German motorcycle apparel retailer Detlev Louis.Additional investments in Japan could also help Buffett reduce Berkshire’s cash stake, which ended June at a record $146.6 billionTopics :last_img read more

China shows off COVID-19 vaccines for first time

first_imgTopics : They are also touting progress on domestic vaccines as a sign of Chinese leadership and resilience in the face of an unprecedented health threat that has pummeled the global economy.In May, President Xi Jinping pledged to make any potential vaccine developed by China a “global public good”.The potential vaccines on display are among nearly 10 worldwide to enter phase 3 trials, typically the last step ahead of regulatory approval, as countries race to stub out the virus and reboot battered economies.Sinopharm said it anticipates the antibodies from its jab to last between one and three years — although the final result will only be known after the trials.China’s nationalistic tabloid Global Times reported last month that “the price of the vaccines will not be high”.Every two doses should cost below 1,000 yuan ($146), the report said, citing Sinopharm’s chairman, who told media he has already been injected with one of the candidate vaccines.China’s official Xinhua news agency reported Monday that another vaccine candidate, developed by Chinese military scientists, can deal with mutations in the coronavirus.As of last month, at least 5.7 billion doses of the vaccines under development around the world had been pre-ordered.But the World Health Organization has warned that widespread immunization against COVID-19 may not be on the cards until the middle of next year. China has put its homegrown coronavirus vaccines on display for the first time, as the country where the contagion was discovered looks to shape the narrative surrounding the pandemic.High hopes hang on the small vials of liquid on show at a Beijing trade fair this week — vaccine candidates produced by Chinese companies Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm.Neither has hit the market yet but the makers hope they will be approved after all-important phase 3 trials as early as year-end.center_img A Sinovac representative told AFP his firm has already “completed the construction of a vaccine factory” able to produce 300 million doses a year.On Monday, people at the trade fair crowded around booths showing the potential game-changing vaccines.China, which is facing a storm of foreign criticism over its early handling of the pandemic, has been trying to repurpose the story of COVID-19.State media and officials are now emphasizing the revival of Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the deadly pathogen surfaced, as a success story in the fight against the virus.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta set daunting Champions League target by Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi

first_imgRaul Sanllehi insists Champions League qualification is still the target for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal (Picture: Sanllehi insists qualifying for the Champions League remains a realistic target for Mikel Arteta, despite Arsenal’s woeful start to the season.The Gunners parted company with Unai Emery last month following a run of one win in nine matches, and their form has hardly improved at all under interim coach Freddie Ljungberg.Arteta was officially confirmed as Emery’s permanent successor on Friday but he will watch Saturday’s match against Everton at Goodison Park from the stands.Arsenal are currently seven points behind Chelsea, who are in fourth place ahead of their visit to Spurs on Sunday, and face their west London rivals as well as Manchester United in the coming weeks.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSanllehi helped mastermind Arsenal’s transfer strategy in the summer and stated Champions League qualification was the minimum required of Emery. And he hasn’t altered that target in spite of the difficult situation Arteta as walked into. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Dec 2019 10:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link161Shares Mikel Arteta set daunting Champions League target by Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi Everton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:44FullscreenEverton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘We are not yet halfway through the season and I make that point because we do strongly believe we still have time to amend and reach our objectives,’ said Arsenal’s head of football.‘It is for the short-term Champions League because we are Champions League club and we need to go back to where we belong.‘Of course that is not the ultimate ambition we want to win titles and we are preparing the squad to do that.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‘This is not an immediate thing, we are building a squad that can give us many, many years of glory.‘You look from our ages, in the Under-23s we are one of the strongest, if not the strongest, team in England and we are getting the right pieces to compliment that to get the whole picture.‘We have Edu leading that in the right way, he is putting in many many hours analysing not only the market. We are confident.’MORE: Paul Merson slams Arsenal’s appointment of Mikel Arteta with Conor McGregor analogyMORE: Freddie Ljungberg worried about Arsenal players ahead of Everton clash following Mikel Arteta announcement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Aubamayeng reveals Mikel Arteta’s half-time team talk in Arsenal’s draw with Bournemouth

first_imgThe Spanish coach was denied victory in his first match in charge (Picture: Getty)Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed that Mikel Arteta was upbeat in his first half-time team talk with his new team, encouraging them to keep playing their own style against Bournemouth.The Gunners went behind in the first period to Dan Gosling’s strike but gave a much better showing in the second half, with Aubameyang grabbing a deserved equaliser.Arsenal had chances to win the game, though ultimately had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Arteta’s first game in charge, and star striker Aubameyang believes the squad have already shown promising signs under their new boss. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals what Mikel Arteta told Arsenal players at half-time against Bournemouth Metro Sport ReporterThursday 26 Dec 2019 5:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.6kShares Gosling had put Bournemouth ahead but the Arsenal rallied in the second half (Picture: Getty)Arteta echoed the thoughts of his skipper after the match and felt his side showed some promising signs against Bournemouth.Asked about Aubameyang’s remarks, he agreed, saying: ‘Absolutely. In terms of attitude, desire, creation and commitment it was better than I expected, to be fair. They are not used to playing at this rhythm but a lot of things that I saw in terms of attitude were terrific.’MORE: Mikel Arteta explains Mesut Ozil decision after naming first Arsenal starting XIMORE: Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal to raid Juventus in January for Adrien RabiotMore: 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 Commentcenter_img Aubameyang’s goal secured a hard-fought point for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)Asked what Arteta said at half-time to spark a response after the restart, Aubameyang told Amazon Prime Video: ‘He just said to continue with the same engagement and to try to play and to respect our plan and that was working in the second half, and that’s it.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta had encouraged his players to play at a quicker tempo and with more aggression before the match, working on those qualities in training, and Aubameyang feels the side did exactly that.Asked if Arsenal had done what Arteta asked, Aubameyang continued: ‘Yeah I think so. As I said, everybody was working hard, was aggressive, and trying to play as he likes – and as we like.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‘I think we are on a good way and hopefully we will try to improve. We know our next games are quite hard but we are confident.‘We missed a lot of chances in the second half. We should get the three points today but that can happen. I think the attitude of the boys was great but we have to improve our chances.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more