Topics : ‘A healthy distance’ On Monday, Mexico began the reopening of “essential” sectors of its industry, including mining, aviation, construction and the manufacture of transport equipment, following more than two months of lockdown.The country of 127 million people has recorded more than 10,600 deaths and almost 100,000 coronavirus cases.Under the easing of virus restrictions, Mexico City has also allowed the sale of bicycles, the mode of transport celebrated internationally on Wednesday in an annual event inaugurated by the United Nations in 2018.The Mobility Secretariat is due to build 54 kilometers (34 miles) of cycle lanes to help give some of the five million people who used the metro every day before lockdown another option.That will hopefully reduce the spread of COVID-19, while adding to the 88 kilometers that already exist in Mexico.The long-term aim is to reach 600 kilometers by 2024.With the bicycle “you can keep a healthy distance, it’s not infectious,” said the secretariat’s chief Andres Lajous. ‘Depressing’ At their workshop in the central neighborhood of La Escandon, between pedals, wheels and saddles, a group of activists spend 20 hours a week repairing and assembling bicycles.The initiative is also aimed at reducing the risk of doctors and nurses infecting people while using public transport in the city of more than 15 million.”At the start of this outbreak we asked ourselves what we could do to support healthcare personnel who were being discriminated against on their journeys, and unfortunately, attacked due to their profession,” said Agustin Martinez, the founder of Bicitekas.The organization has received 240 requests for a “recycle”, as its bikes are called. So far they have delivered around 50.For Diana Garduno, a 30-year-old nurse, it was a welcome boon as her bike was stolen in a burglary.She says she’s been afraid since one of her colleagues was doused with a hot drink while walking in the street.”It’s depressing how we give everything for a patient to be well and once we’re outside we suffer this type of aggression,” said Garduno.Loic Jaeger, the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) director for Mexico and Central America, told AFP that these attacks were taking place in a context of “the normalization of violence” that spills over from organized crime.”If we had more knowledge, there wouldn’t be these kind of actions against healthcare workers,” added Diego Villafuerte, 23, an intern in a private clinic who has received a bike. Daniela Chavez, a doctor, took up cycling to work after she felt discriminated against by a taxi driver.Her bicycle was a gift from activists who have been rounding up bicycles — dubbed by one organization as “recycles” — to donate to healthcare workers in Mexico City, in a bid to protect them from being stigmatized for looking after patients with COVID-19.Chavez said that as soon as she climbed inside the cab after a hard day in a public hospital, the driver asked if she was a doctor and where she worked. Fearful she would suffer an aggressive response if she told him, as some colleagues have, the 26-year-old decided to get out instead.”I don’t know if it’s psychosis! We know we’re people at risk, we always have been, but now that people discriminate against us for doing a dignified profession it’s unprecedented,” she told AFP.As coronavirus spread in Mexico, health care workers faced physical aggression on top of suspicion by people who viewed them as sources of infection.But in April, two cycling organizations came to their help, launching an initiative on social media inviting people to donate unused bicycles or spare parts to be given to healthcare workers. Simultaneously, Bicitekas and Alcaldia de la Bicicleta invited health care workers to apply online to receive a bicycle.
The Youth and Sports Ministry and the Indonesian Sports Council (KONI) have recognized esports as a sports field, allowing video games to be contested in official competitions such as the National Games (PON).The recognition was announced during the KONI’s national virtual meeting from Aug. 25 to 27. The government also inaugurated the Indonesian Esports Central Board (PB ESI) as an association to foster athletes and hold competitions.PB ESI operational director, police general Comr. Gen. Bambang Sunarwibowo, said esports deserved to be recognized as an official sport because it required athletes to be skilled in “speed, agility and strategy, just like any other sports.” Read also: What they talk about when they talk about Indonesian e-sportsHe added that the sport had been included in national and international sport competitions, such as the 2018 Asian Games, which hosted competitions of video games such as League of Legends and Pro Evolution Soccer as demonstration events.A year later, esports was contested in the medal program of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines.KONI secretary-general Ade Lukman conveyed his support for esports’ future in the country. “Hopefully, under PB ESI, Indonesian esports athletes and teams can earn achievements at the international level and make the nation proud.”The government has vowed to develop the gaming industry as well as esports as one of the drivers for the country’s economic growth.Topics :
“Wearing a mask is very important in the management of the epidemic. However there is no point in imposing it everywhere all the time,” Wilmes told reporters in Brussels.The country of 11 million people recorded on average 1,374 new infections per day over the past week. In early July, there were about 80 a day. That equates to 136 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days.”The epidemiological situation is not evolving favorably,” Wilmes said.However, there was no clear tightening of measures, unlike other countries such as Britain, which announced curbs likely to last six months on Tuesday.Public events can still be attended by 200 people indoors and 400 outside. Belgians will still able to see up to five people without social distancing, although that could be cut to one depending on the health situation.Belgium, where the European Union and NATO have their headquarters, imposed a lockdown on March 18 due to COVID-19, which has claimed 9,955 lives in the country, one of the world’s highest fatality figures per capita. Topics : Belgium is ending a requirement to wear masks outdoors and reducing the time people have to self-isolate, in a slight easing of coronavirus restrictions announced on Wednesday despite sharply rising numbers of COVID-19 infections.Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes told a news conference that, from Oct. 1, people who have had contact with an infected person would only have to quarantine for seven days. Masks would no longer be mandatory everywhere outside, as currently the case in the capital Brussels and some other cities, she said.Masks will still have to worn in shops, cinemas, on public transport and in crowded streets.
Advertisement Granit Xhaka describes the type of player Arsenal should be signing this transfer window Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 2:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link13Shares Comment Granit Xhaka knows what Arsenal need to look for in the transfer market (Picture: Getty Images)Granit Xhaka has outlined the kind of players Arsenal should be targeting this summer, saying that he needs team-mates that can make an impact on the mental side of the game.The Gunners are having a slow summer in the transfer market, operating under a limited budget, thought to be around £45m.Gabriel Martinelli has arrived from Ituano and both William Saliba and Dani Ceballos are expected to be signed, but Saliba will return to Saint-Etienne on loan.Unai Emery’s side have been linked to a string of names, including Wilfried Zaha, Kieran Tierney, Everton Soares, Nicolas Pepe and Malcom, but none have come to fruition as yet.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTXhaka, who played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 2-2 friendly draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday, has been clear to point out that footballing talent is not enough to make the difference at the Emirates.‘It is not only important to take players who can play,’ said Xhaka. ‘In my opinion, you have to take players that have a good mentality as well.‘They push the team in a good [moment] but as well in a bad [moment].’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 CityThe Swiss midfielder will be one of five captains at Arsenal this season, a system that Emery likes to employ to encourage leadership throughout the team.Xhaka has gone even further, though, claiming that even five skippers is not enough in one squad.‘You need more than five [captains],’ said the 26-year-old. ‘All the players have to be captains on the pitch.‘It is not the guys who have the armband. He looks good on the pitch because he has the armband but in the end we have to work & we have to speak all together on the pitch.’MORE: Sam Allardyce sends warning to Arsenal over Wilfried Zaha transfer moveMORE: Arsenal not giving up on Kieran Tierney transfer deal Advertisement
Comment Ewan RobertsSaturday 10 Aug 2019 3:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Luiz made a surprise move to the Emirates in the final hours of the window (Picture: Getty)Speaking on beINSPORTS he said: ‘It’s certainly good business for Arsenal because they are acquiring a player with a lot of personality, a lot of influence, and seeing the type of team that Arsenal are, it will be very beneficial for them.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He has big influence with the other players. He is a leader, he definitely is a leader. He always gets the attention of the others. He’s a very intelligent player and person and so the others listen to him.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Last year, for example, he was very important for players like [Antonio] Rudiger, they were always looking up to him, especially for a team that is trying to play football from the back – like we were, and like Arsenal are.‘It’s very important to have somebody who takes responsibility when he plays, very important. Advertisement Advertisement The Italian worked closely with the defender at Chelsea last season (Picture: Getty)Former Chelsea coach Gianfranco Zola has shared his surprise that his old club allowed David Luiz to join rivals Arsenal and believes he will leave a big void – and significantly strengthen the Gunners.The Brazilian held talks with new boss Frank Lampard last week in which it was made clear that he was no longer an undisputed starter, prompting the centre-back to seek an £8m deadline day move to north London.Zola worked with Luiz last season as assistant to Maurizio Sarri and knows exactly how big an impact the 32-year-old had, with his absence likely to hurt the Chelsea changing room. Zola believes Rudiger will be impacted by the sale of ‘leader’ Luiz (Picture: Getty)‘I don’t think there is anybody as good as him in breaking the lines from the back. He gets on the ball, he’s always got this passing in between the lines, or switching the play, he can make a big difference. For us, last year, he was very important.‘Considering what Arsenal need, it’s a brilliant move because he’s exactly the type of player they need.’Asked if Luiz was the kind of player that would guide his centre-back partners, Zola continued: ‘Absolutely. My first reaction was that something must have happened in the changing room because I couldn’t see him leaving the club.‘They always gave him a big value for what he did in the changing room. [Gary] Cahill leaving was another one, another big voice, I didn’t expect him to leave.’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 Gianfranco Zola questions Chelsea over decision to sell ‘leader’ David Luiz to Arsenal
Mikel Arteta is set to accept Arsenal’s job offer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are increasingly confident of appointing Mikel Arteta as their next manager this week after holding late-night talks with the Spaniard on Sunday, sources have told Metro.co.uk.Senior figures from the Gunners, including managing director Vinai Venkatesham and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy, were seen leaving Arteta’s Manchester residence early on Monday morning following City’s 3-0 win against the Gunners on Sunday afternoon.Metro.co.uk revealed on Saturday that City expected an approach from the Gunners following Sunday’s clash at the Emirates and the club had already given Arteta permission to speak to his former side about an exit from the Eithad.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe meeting at Arteta’s house lasted around two-and-a-half-hours, where he was given promises about the club’s budget, updates on contract renewals and assurances over the board’s expectations in the short-term.ADVERTISEMENTArteta had been one of a number of candidates to replace Unai Emery a fortnight ago but he’s now the leading contender and the Spaniard has made it clear that he’s willing to put reservations over taking the job in mid-season to one side in order to accept his ‘dream job’.The Gunners had been willing to bide their time over an appointment but just one win in five matches under Freddie Ljungberg has hastened the club’s pursuit of a new manager. Arteta has served under Guardiola for three years (Picture: Getty)City will not stand in Arteta’s way and had been willing to let him leave 18 months ago, when the Spaniard was ‘heartbroken’ to be overlooked in favour of Emery in the running to become Arsene Wenger’s successor.Arteta has long been touted as a replacement for Guardiola but City do not view the 37-year-old as a viable option once Guardiola steps down. Both Newcastle and Everton have both shown interest in Arteta during the last 12 months but the Spaniard made it clear to Guardiola that he would not leave City for anyone other than Arsenal.Arsenal will have to pay a small compensation fee to City to hire Arteta and the Spaniard can expect a substantial improvement on his £900,000-a-year salary at the Etihad.Arteta had been in north London earlier on Sunday to witness first hand the chaos at Arsenal.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 CityCity beat the Gunners 3-0 at the Emirates and interim boss Freddie Ljungberg urged the club afterwards to speed up their move to appoint a replacement for Emery.‘I think it needs to be cleared up, to make a decision so everybody knows,’ the Swede said after the game.Arteta joined Arsenal in 2011 from Everton and spent five years at the club before retiring in 2016 in order to work with Guardiola at the Etihad.MORE: Europa League round of 32 draw: Arsenal vs Olympiacos; Man Utd vs Club Brugge Arsenal confident of making Mikel Arteta appointment in next 48 hours Comment Advertisement Advertisement Sean KearnsMonday 16 Dec 2019 2:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7kShares Arsenal’s chief executive Vinai Venkatesham visited Arteta at his home (Eamonn and James Clarke)Pep Guardiola admitted after Sunday’s game that the decision was in Arteta’s hands and the pair were set to meet on Monday afternoon, where it was expected that Arteta would convey his desire to join Arsenal.When asked about Arteta’s situation after City’s win over Arsenal, Guardiola replied. ‘If it happens, it will happen.‘When he wants to talk we are open to talk but it’s private, I don’t want to make things uncomfortable.’
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 7 Mar 2020 6:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Paul Merson says Mikel Arteta needs to bolster his Arsenal squad in the summer (Picture: Sky Sports)Paul Merson believes Arsenal will finish ‘seventh of eighth’ in the Premier League next season unless Mikel Arteta oversees an overhaul during the summer transfer window.The Gunners have not secured a Premier League top-four finish since the 2015/16 season but closed to within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea on Saturday with a 1-0 win over West Ham.Mikel Arteta’s side were far from at their best against the Hammers but clinched an important victory thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s second-half goal.Arsenal hero Merson insists the team have improved since Arteta replaced Unai Emery as manager but says the squad still needs an overhaul to compete for a top-four spot.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Unless Mikel Arteta gets some players in and out of Arsenal this summer this team is going to finish seventh or eighth next season,’ Merson told Starsport.‘I’m not surprised Mesut Ozil’s agent says he’s not going anywhere though. Where can he go on that money?‘If he was on £50,000-a-week everybody would be trying to sign him but because he’s on £350,000 everyone hates him. Comment Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery as manager in December (Picture: Getty)‘Arteta needs to get players out though, and I don’t think he’ll be too upset that Sokratis says he’ll go if he’s not playing enough.‘I like players who are honest like that to be fair to him. It’s better than being prepared to just sit around picking up your money.‘Arsenal need to get their wage bill down and get rid of players who don’t have a future there. So Sokratis is expendable.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I hope Arteta gets to bring in a few too because he hasn’t really got his own players there yet.‘He will need a good pre-season and some new signings but I can see progress already even though they went out of the Europa League.’Arsenal return to action on Wednesday night with a trip to reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.MORE: Mikel Arteta offers Henrikh Mkhitaryan surprise Arsenal lifelineMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sets contract demands to stay at Arsenal Advertisement Paul Merson predicts where Arsenal will finish in Premier League next season without transfer overhaul