first_imgTopics : Pharmacies in the oil-rich kingdom have reported shortages of masks amid panic buying, as authorities warned against hoarding and price hikes.Saudi Arabia is scrambling to limit the spread of the deadly disease at home. The kingdom’s health ministry on Sunday said the death toll from the COVID-19 disease had doubled to eight as cumulative infections rose from 1,203 to 1,299 — the highest in the Gulf region.Riyadh has imposed a nationwide partial curfew, barred entry and exit from the capital as well as Islam’s two holiest cities Mecca and Medina and prohibited movement between all provinces. Saudi authorities have seized more than five million medical masks that were illegally stockpiled amid the coronavirus outbreak, state media reported Sunday, as the death toll in the kingdom doubled.The commerce ministry seized 1.17 million masks from a private store in Hail, northwest of the capital, after authorities Wednesday confiscated more than four million masks stored in a facility in the western city of Jeddah in violation of commercial regulations, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.  The ministry said people behind such activities would be prosecuted, and that the confiscated masks would be redistributed to the open market. center_img King Salman warned last week of a “more difficult” fight ahead against the virus, as the kingdom faces the economic double blow of virus-led shutdowns and crashing oil prices.last_img read more

first_imgShareholders of private-owned Bank Permata have appointed executives of Thailand-based Bangkok Bank Public Company as new commissioners following the latter’s acquisition of the former’s majority stakes. Bangkok Bank president Chartsiri Sophonpanich will act as Bank Permata’s new president commissioner, replacing Sebastian Ramon Arcuri. Bangkok Bank senior executive vice president Chong Toh, executive vice president and general manager Chalit Tayjasanant and senior executive vice president Niramarn Laisathit will also join the new board of commissioners, replacing Suparno Djasmin, Mark Spencer Greenberg and Ian Charles Anderson. Read also: Astra, Standard Chartered sell Bank Permata at lower price to Bangkok Bank The publicly listed bank’s new board of commissioners will effectively take on its role after the Financial Services Authority (OJK) approves the appointments, according to the minutes of the bank’s extraordinary shareholders meeting on April 23, which was published on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) website. In the meeting, the shareholders also approved Bangkok Bank’s acquisition deal in which the bank will own 89.12 percent of Bank Permata’s total shares, taking over the ownership from diversified conglomerate Astra International and private-owned Standard Chartered Bank, each of which previously owned 44.56 percent of the bank’s total shares. Bangkok Bank, the largest commercial bank in Thailand, established its branches in Indonesia decades ago. Its Jakarta branch was set up in 1968 and its Surabaya and Medan branches have been operating since 2012 and 2013 respectively. “Bangkok Bank plans to further invest in Bank Permata’s clients, employees, business partners and infrastructure, as well as in transforming Bank Permata into a leading BUKU IV bank in Indonesia,” the statement says. Read also: Mergers, acquisitions in banking industry mark 2019 despite weak loan growthCurrently, Bank Permata is placed in the BUKU III category, a cluster of banks with core capital between Rp 5 trillion (US$322.77 million) and Rp 30 trillion. BUKU IV banks are those with core capital of over Rp 30 trillion. Bank Permata share prices, traded on the IDX under the code BNLI, have rallied upward in the past month. Between March 30 and April 27, the prices have gone up 18.18 percent, closing at Rp 1,235 per share on Monday.As morning trading started on Tuesday, the bank’s share prices entered the red zone, falling 0.81 percent to Rp 1,225 within the first hour of trading.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgEmery’s side suffered an embarrassing defeat (Picture: Getty)‘Yesterday it was one of those games where if we played for another couple of hours probably we wouldn’t have scored,AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But there are games in football like that. You try, you play, the goal does not arrive and you have to go home with the result you don’t want but you have to pick yourself up and be ready for the second leg.‘This is the advantage of playing two-legged ties – when one game goes wrong you can always make up for it.‘We didn’t take our chances. In the first-half in particular we played well and created enough chances to go ahead in the game but unfortunately we didn’t take our chances and then we conceded in the last minute of the first half which obviously gave them a lot of confidence and belief.‘We wanted to score goals and win to put ourselves in a good position. We’ve left it more tricky for ourselves and we need to win at home’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 ArsenalLacazette’s red card means Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to start up front in the return leg at the Emirates next Thursday.The Gabon international started on the bench in Belarus but came on towards the end of the defeat.MORE: Paul Merson questions Arsenal over Mesut Ozil: ‘Are they forcing him into retirement?’ Advertisement Comment Arsenal could have ‘played for hours’ without scoring against BATE Borisov, says Petr Cech Sean KearnsFriday 15 Feb 2019 5:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link330Shares Petr Cech was angry after Arsenal’s defeat to BATE Borisov (Picture: Getty)Petr Cech has blamed Arsenal’s attackers for the Gunners’ defeat to BATE Borisov and says the club could have played for ‘hours’ longer without scoring in Belarus.Unai Emery’s men collapsed to a 1-0 defeat in their last-32 first leg tie in Minsk, with Martin Keown describing it as the ‘worst performance we’ve seen’ under the Spaniard.Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed a simple chance to put the Gunners ahead within 90 seconds in Belarus, while Alexandre Lacazette – who was sent off late on – also missed with an easy header.And Cech, who is set to retire at the end of the season, says the Gunners’ forwards were nowhere near their best against BATE.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe remaining 10% is split between construction and energy-efficiency projects, waste, pollution and water-themed investments or agricultural and forestry-related developments.Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau was one of the largest issuers of labelled green bonds over the period surveyed, selling $4bn within its first year active in the green bond market.The UK’s Transport for London, with all of its issuances falling within the climate bond sector, also issued £400m (€564m) worth of green bonds in 2015.The number of green bonds trebled compared with 2013, from $11bn to $36.6bn.The Climate Bonds Initiative said it was expecting total issuance to hit $70bn by the end of 2015.The state of the market report, commissioned by the HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence, also found evidence of greater diversification in the types of bonds being offered.It noted that the US state of Hawaii issued an asset-backed green bond, while BerlinHyp established the market for green covered bonds with a €500m issuance in May 2015.The report laid out 10 steps to grow the market, throwing its weight behind the pooling of smaller-scale carbon-reducing projects, such as rooftop solar panels.The securitisation market, it said, could boost activity in this area.“This includes encouraging deal flow of green loans suitable for subsequent securitisation, supporting financial warehousing of loans and providing credit enhancement for securitisation issuance,” it said. “These supports can be made conditional on loans using standardised contracts. This would speed up the standardisation process for low-carbon assets such as energy-efficiency loans.”Last year, the Climate Bonds Initiative conceded the climate bonds market was not quite developed enough to warrant the launch of dedicated indices. The climate bond market has grown by 20% over the last year, with a large part of the growth stemming from an increase in labelled green-bond issuances.The Climate Bonds Initiative estimated that the market for climate-related bonds stands at nearly $600bn (€545bn), consisting of $531.8bn in unlabelled climate-aligned bonds and $65.9bn in labelled green bonds.Sean Kidney, the organisation’s chief executive, said the development showed institutions could now invest in a “large and liquid” universe of fixed income holdings.With more than 90% of bonds investment grade, the large majority of issuances – $418bn – relates to low-carbon transport projects, followed by clean energy projects, which account for 20% of the universe.last_img read more

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first_img The other major contract speculation at the Etihad Stadium concerns Frank Lampard’s loan from sister club New York City, which is due to expire at the end of the month. Pellegrini hopes to keep the influential 36-year-old until the end of the season and also claimed last week that Lampard wanted to stay longer. It might be that Pellegrini has to settle for a shorter arrangement – for an extra month or two – but no decisions have yet been made. Pellegrini said: “It is not just our decision. If you ask me if I want Frank to stay, of course I want him to stay. “He is a very important player for our squad and he is playing very well, as the top player he is. Maybe in the next days we will be sure but I cannot be 100 per cent at this moment.” Pellegrini’s most immediate concern is overcoming the absence of his captain Vincent Kompany and all three of his frontline strikers for the visit of Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. Kompany suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in his comeback match at Leicester last week while forward Edin Dzeko hurt his calf in the warm-up. Frontmen Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic were already sidelined. The lack of forward options could mean another opportunity for 18-year-old Jose Angel Pozo or a change of system to utilise a midfielder such as Milner, David Silva or Samir Nasri in an advanced position. Pellegrini said: “The strikers, the three of them are out for tomorrow. We will try to play in another way. “I hope that midfielders will arrive from the second line and we will score in another way. “I know that we play against a team that defend very well also so we will see what is the best solution to play without them.” Victory for City by four goals or more would take the defending champions back to the top of the table ahead of current leaders Chelsea’s trip to Stoke on Monday. Pellegrini said: “That is very important – not for the pressure we can put on Chelsea but it is very important to add three more points and to finish the first round of games with the most amount of points we can. “We cannot drop any more points here at home because we already dropped the same number of points we did last season.” But Pellegrini is not taking anything for granted, remembering a difficult home clash with Palace at the same time last year. He said: “It was a very tough game. It was just after Boxing Day. We won 1-0 and Edin Dzeko scored. I am sure tomorrow we will have a similar game that we had last year.” Neil Warnock concedes he will be taking Crystal Palace to face a City side starting to fire on all cylinders – but insists his players will not simply roll over. The Eagles face reigning champions City at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off looking for their first win in almost a month – with the Londoners just one point clear of the relegation zone. That last victory came over Liverpool, who ran City close in the title race last season, and Warnock – who also rubbished reports linking Palace with Ashley Cole – wants his players to show what they are made of and upset the odds. Pellegrini’s side are without a number of key individuals but, despite their fitness worries, Warnock knows his side have to be at their best to spring a shock. “They are just hitting their form,” he said. “It is always difficult to go to the Etihad, they play some wonderful football but we have been playing well so we do not go there with any fear, but we realise we have got to be on top of our game to come away with anything. We know our goalkeeper and our back four have got to play well and we have got to create chances. “(Sergio) Aguero is as good as anything, him and (Chelsea striker) Diego Costa are probably the best two in the Premier League. But if they wanted to give me Samir Nasri and David Silva I would take them tomorrow. “I think they are as good as anybody in the country, those two, the difference between the top clubs and everyone at the bottom end is that every player in the 25 is a top international player who can play in several positions. “We have got to know what we are doing and be on top of our game – we have done that well recently but we step it up another gear now. We did well at Swansea and Tottenham but now this is another challenge. We are going to the most difficult place, along with Stamford Bridge, so it is a good challenge for us.” Palace also have some concerning knocks, with Marouane Chamakh definitely ruled out of the fixture, and Warnock has long-said that he is waiting for the January transfer window. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident England midfielder James Milner will sign a new contract in the near future. Press Association Pellegrini and Milner recently gave the impression a deal was close but reports this week claimed talks between the parties had stalled. Pellegrini admits discussions are still ongoing but expects a positive outcome. Asked if he expected Milner to stay, Pellegrini said at a press conference: “I think so. There are some differences that can be arranged. “We are talking with James. It is not easy for all the players to sign a new contract. There are a lot of things to talk, to decide, discuss. I hope finally James will sign his contract. “I repeat – the same as with Joe Hart – he wants to stay and the club wants to keep him.” Milner, 28, is in the final season of his current deal and would be free to talk to other clubs from next month. His future became the subject of speculation due to his limited action last season but his prominent role this term – featuring in all but two matches – has changed the picture. Pellegrini also revealed a fortnight ago that a new contract with goalkeeper Hart was imminent. There has been no official news since but the Chilean insists there are no issues. He said: “I hope that is all finished. I am not 100 per cent sure but maybe in the next couple of days you will have the news from the club.” last_img read more

first_img Press Association Those remarks attracted little attention at the time but they resurfaced on Wednesday – the day after United comfortably won their replay against the League Two side 3-0 – as the charge was issued. Van Gaal was given until Monday to respond but the 63-year-old has quickly made up his mind that he intends to fight. Asked if he will be contesting, Van Gaal told a press conference: “Yes, of course. I never said anything wrong. I never say something about the referee, never.” Van Gaal, a former Holland, Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, appears to have taken personal offence, believing the charge is a stain on an otherwise impeccable disciplinary record. He said: “I am not angry, I am very disappointed. For nearly 30 years a trainer, coach or manager and I have never been charged. “Up to now I don’t think that I said something wrong. I said in our press conference, the same phrases, because I knew in advance (of the tie) that everything (would be) in favour of the underdog. “It’s always like that. I said it in front of the game and I said it after the game, only in the meaning of the general feeling of everybody – everybody for the underdog. “So I cannot imagine (why) the FA has charged me. But, okay, it’s like that.” The veteran Dutch coach attracted the attention of FA disciplinary officials with comments he made about referee Chris Foy after his side’s goalless draw at Cambridge in the FA Cup last month. “You have seen the referee. It’s always the same,” Van Gaal said after his side were frustrated in the fourth-round clash at the Abbey Stadium on January 23. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has announced he is to contest the Football Association disrepute charge he was hit with this week. Van Gaal was then asked if he felt the FA might be making an example of him because he was the United manager. But he said: “If I say that, then I am maybe rightly charged, so I don’t say it.” Van Gaal was speaking at a press conference at Old Trafford to preview his side’s Barclays Premier League trip to West Ham on Sunday. His appearance came shortly after he attended a memorial service outside the stadium to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the Munich air disaster. Eight United players – members of the club’s famed ‘Busby Babes’ side – were among 23 people killed in the German city en route home from a European Cup game at Red Star Belgrade. Van Gaal felt it was important to attend and pay his respects. Van Gaal, who took charge at United last summer, said: “I represent the club nowadays as a manager and I represent my group of players. “This was also a group of players who gave a lot of joy to the people at that time. I think they played a big part in the history of this club. I think we have to remember that always.” Van Gaal added that he was impressed by the man who sang during the service and read out part of the song. “‘You are the strength and inspiration for those who play your roles today’,” he read. “‘We look for flair, pace and passion, to play the game United’s way’. “I was happy I was there because of this, and also the impression the people gave to me that I was there. We have made the right decision to be there, out of respect to the players and Matt Busby.” The responses and memories that Munich still evokes is a strong indicator of the magnitude of the club. Van Gaal finds that inspirational as he looks to lift United back into a position to challenge for honours after the disappointments of last season. He said: “I think it was impressive for all the people who were there, and also for me. It is 57 years ago but still the people are coming and still they remember. That (kind of thing) is not happening so often (these days). It is good.” last_img read more

first_imgNorthern Ireland and Watford defender Craig Cathcart has had a memorable past 12 months, but he wants the next year with club and country to be even more special. Press Association The 26-year-old will therefore be back in the Barclays Premier League next term and major-tournament football is on the horizon for Cathcart too if Northern Ireland can continue their Euro 2016 qualifying form and secure a trip to France next summer. “It couldn’t have gone any better really,” Cathcart said of his 2014/15 season. “This time last year I was out of contract and just about stayed up at Blackpool. A year down the line I’ve been promoted into the Premier League and in a great position with the international team so it couldn’t really have gone better in football terms for me. “For every team that goes up in the Championship, the next season in the Premier League is going to be difficult. You look at the likes of Leicester this year – that’s the sort of thing we want to do. We want to stay in the Premier League for as long as we can and hopefully build on that. “With Northern Ireland, we have got ourselves in a great position, hopefully we can carry it on through the campaign and get to France. It would be a great experience to get there.” Unfortunately for centre-back Cathcart, he also happens to play in a position where his international manager Michael O’Neill is blessed with options. Experienced heads such as Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Aaron Hughes have been ahead of Cathcart in the pecking order and the emergence of Manchester United youngster Paddy McNair has only increased the competition. However, Cathcart believes the battle for spots is healthy and thinks his cause will be strengthened once he is back among the elite of the Premier League. Cathcart could well get his chance to impress in Sunday’s friendly against Qatar in Crewe, and he added: “We’ve had good defenders over the time I’ve been in the squad. “They’ve been in the Premier League playing and it’s obviously a step up from the Championship. Being in the Premier League can only be beneficial to myself and hopefully for Northern Ireland too. “We’ve had Jonny, Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley and obviously Paddy’s doing really well too. “We’re not short of defenders but that’s only going to be good for Northern Ireland. We’ve got a good solid base there. “We’ve shown in this campaign that we’ve gone away from home and got great results and clean sheets which has us in a great position.” This time last season Cathcart was left to reflect on a difficult time at Blackpool as he was part of the exodus out of Bloomfield Road following a campaign in which they narrowly avoided dropping into the third tier. He left the scrapheap by joining Watford and, although they went through three other managers before settling on Slavisa Jokanovic, Cathcart was an integral part of the Hornets’ promotion-winning squad. last_img read more

first_imgTHE Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club (KMTC) will stage its annual Independence horse race meet tomorrow at the club’s facility, Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, Berbice, beginning at 13:00hrs.The event, which will be held under the rules of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) will see the feature event contested between horses classified E1 and Lower special weights over a distance of five furlongs, and carries a first prize money of $500 000.Other events include one for I ‘3’ and three-year-old Guyana-bred horses, and has at stake $200 000 for the winner.H1 and Lower horses will compete for a $200 000 first prize money, while H1 and Lower animals will compete for a $260 000 first prize.Then organisers have set a race for L class animals, with the winner receiving $100 000. There will also be a race for J1 and Lower animals, which has at stake $160 000 for the winner.`K’ Class and `J’ Class animals will vie for supremacy for $120 000 and $140 000 respectively in two different races.Information from the organising committee indicated that a number of top local horses will be in action.It was also related that the track remains in excellent condition despite the current rainy season.last_img

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic is the first player to opt out of the NHL’s return. Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech has opted not to play this season. The team also said star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz were placed on the 10-day injure list because of unspecified ailments.The White Sox believe they are poised for a turnaround after seven straight losing seasons. But losing Kopech for the season and Moncada for at least a little while are big blows.Both players had been absent since the White Sox resumed workouts last week for the first time since Major League Baseball shut down camps in March.The team had said Kopech was dealing with a personal issue.“We recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.” The team announced Hamonic’s decision Friday night several hours after the league and NHLPA agreed to resume the season. Hamonic opted out for family reasons.Hamonic said worries about his young children contracting COVID-19 prompted his decision. His daughter was hospitalized with a respiratory illness last year.“My family has and always will come first,” he said in a statement. “Being my little kids’ dad every day is the most important job I have.”Hamonic, who turns 30 next month, is a pending free agent. The Flames are set to face the Winnipeg Jets in the qualifying round, starting Aug. 1 in Edmonton.“Travis explained that due to family considerations, he has made the difficult decision not to participate,” Calgary general manager Brad Treliving said. “While we will miss Travis in our lineup, we understand and respect his decision.” ___Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has tested positive for coronavirus.The team said after Bidwill developed symptoms, he tested positive for COVID-19 and went to the hospital after a recommendation by his doctor. His condition has improved and he’s expected to be released this weekend.The team believes the 55-year-old Bidwill caught the virus while traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks. He’s been working remotely since March and the team says he hasn’t had in-person contact coaches or players.___ ___Virginia says two football players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for at least 10 days, along with other members of the program found to have come into close contact with them.The school says 110 players were tested when the player returned to campus beginning July 5 for voluntary workouts. The players were all tested before the workout began, the school says. It adds that none of the players that tested positive have required hospitalization.The tests were administered by UVA athletics sports medicine.The players with positive test results will self-isolate for 10 days, or until they have been fever-free for at least three days, whichever is longer. They also will undergo cardiac screening before they are permitted to join daily sports functions. The Latest: Flames’ Hamonic first NHL player to opt out The school did not indicate how many others were determined through contact tracing to have come into close contact with the players infected. It also did not indicate whether any coaches or other football staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.All those found to have come into contact with the infected players will be asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are unable to participate in daily sports functions in that time.___San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.Posey announced his decision on Friday. He says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season. Posey had missed three practices while dealing with a personal issue. South American soccer body CONMEBOL said Friday its Copa Libertadores tournament will restart Sept. 15, more than six months after it was suspended.The Copa Sudamericana, the second most prestigious club competition of the region, will resume on Oct. 27, CONMEBOL said.South America is one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brazil alone has counted more than 70,000 fatalities due to the virus.The soccer body said teams that need to play out of their hometowns because of the pandemic will have enough time to do so. The presence of fans will depend on local authorities, according to CONMEBOL’s health protocols.___center_img July 10, 2020 The 24-year-old right-hander is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance.Kopech was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 26 and likely would have opened the year in the minors had the season started on time.Kopech was acquired by Chicago in the December 2016 trade that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. He made his big league debut in 2018, going 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in four starts.Moncada set career highs by hitting .315 with 25 homers and 79 RBIs in a breakthrough season last year.___ The University of Michigan says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, bringing the total to four out of the 375 who have been tested. The school says none of the 139 staff members have tested positive.___Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to make its decision on fall sports in “late July.”The league put out Swofford’s statement Friday afternoon, saying the league has prepared “numerous scenarios” for fall competition over the last few months. The decision would come from the league’s board of directors.Earlier this week, the ACC delayed the start of fall competition until at least Sept. 1. That move impacts non-revenue programs like soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country, but not football for now. The first football game involving a league team is North Carolina State’s trip to Louisville on Sept. 2. Posey joins other big-name players like Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Colorado’s Ian Desmond and Arizonna pitcher Mike Leake in deciding not to take part in the 60-game season this year.— Josh Dubow reporting.___The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener.Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24. ___More AP sports: and Associated Press last_img read more