Floyd’s death spurs ‘Gen Z’ activists to set up new DC rights group

first_imgTopics : “White allies need to become accomplices in the fight against racism toward black people,” said LaBayne, a 23-year-old white graduate student at Florida State University.”Embracing this cause is the only way to have meaningful impact in 2020 – the only way justice is served.”Tens of thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Washington and other US cities since Floyd’s death to demand an end to racism and brutality by US law enforcement and push for justice in the Floyd case.Derek Chauvin, the white officer who was seen with his knee on Floyd’s neck, has been arrested and charged with second-degree and third-degree murder as well as third-degree manslaughter. Three other officers who were involved in the incident were charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter. All four have been fired.’A cry for justice’Williams and LaBayne spent much of the week scrambling to take care of details mundane and profound ahead of the sit-in on Wednesday and a march from a US Senate office building to Lafayette Park in front of the White House.LaBayne solicited T-shirt donations for volunteers and fielded requests for media interviews. Williams got advice from the group’s five other board members, including an activist with the Black Lives Matters civil rights group, on an intended route for Saturday’s march and reminded attendees to wear comfortable shoes.”Sometimes we argue over priorities. Sometimes we make compromises. But in the end, we keep the main thing the main thing – a cry for justice for all brothers and sisters,” added LaBayne, who plans to become a civil rights lawyer.Wednesday’s sit-in attracted a diverse group of about 500 protesters who sat in front of a line of police officers. One volunteer successfully convinced a white officer to kneel with her, drawing cheers from the protesters. Others passed out information on jail assistance for those who are arrested, and promoted voter registration.More than 2,000 people showed up for the Freedom Fighters’ march on Saturday, many of them first-time activists.”Americans of different races saw the video of [Floyd’s] death on social media,” Williams said. “They also see our lives as regular people and were attracted to the cause. Like-minded, progressive people will always see themselves as stronger in large, diverse numbers. It makes the message of justice more compelling.”LaBayne and Williams say they hope their efforts lead to substantial reforms, including de-funding Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department and an ending its contract with the District of Columbia’s Public Schools system.”We do not seek to silence the wave of support by other movements for black lives, but we see an immediate need to use this as a springboard to specifically highlight the injustices of Washington natives,” LaBayne.”This is the focus of Freedom Fighters DC beyond this current moment,” LaBayne said. “I just want people to take away that change is on the way, and we are here to usher it in.”  The death, recorded on a bystander’s cellphone, sparked a storm of protests and civil strife, thrusting the highly charged debate over racial justice back to the forefront of the political agenda five months before the Nov. 3 US presidential election.”We spotted each other via a mutual friend’s thread on Twitter immediately following yet another police-executed murder,” said Williams, a 22-year-old black woman who moved to Washington from Houston, Texas and is pursuing a master’s degree in criminology at Georgetown University.”Now, we organize together in real life to help other first-time activists get involved in local responses to injustice.”Within hours of Floyd’s death, they had founded Freedom Fighters DC, which now counts 10,000 Twitter followers, 20,000 Instagram followers, and brought hundreds of demonstrators to Washington in recent days, most of them “Generation Z-ers,” some of about 70 million Americans born after the mid-1990s.center_img Jacqueline LaBayne and Kerrigan Williams met for the very first time in person on Wednesday, at a sit-in they organized in front of the US Capitol over the death of George Floyd.They have been using social media, which they call a “tool of justice,” to rally a new, ethnically-diverse generation of young activists connecting online to protest Floyd’s May 25 death and push for civil rights reforms in the nation’s capital.Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.last_img read more

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Civil group demands govt postpone regional elections until next year

first_imgA group has submitted a challenge to the Constitutional Court against a regulation recently issued by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo postponing this year’s simultaneous regional elections until December, and have instead called for the elections to be postponed until the risk of COVID-19 transmission has subsided.The plaintiff, the Union of Surakarta People for the Elections (PWSPP), filed an online request for a judicial review of Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 2/2020 with the court on Monday.In the petition, the group challenges Article 201A of the Perppu, which states that regional elections are to be postponed until December 2020. The group argues that the decision to hold the elections in December will increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission.The petition sites prevailing regulations that require authorities and related parties to begin election preparations six months ahead of the poll date, meaning preparations would need to begin this month at a time when the country is continuing to record significant daily increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. “It’s most unfortunate that the elections are going to be held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is supposed to fulfill the public’s needs during the pandemic, instead of talking about the elections,” the petition stated.Read also: December regional polls to cost more than planned, pose health risk Topics :center_img The group stated that the budget to hold the elections would be better spent supporting those in need, as the economic impacts of the outbreak had led to many losing their sources of income.”The plaintiffs want the simultaneous elections to be delayed until the country has been declared free from the COVID-19 pandemic,” the petition added.According to the initial schedule, the elections in 270 regions across the country were meant to take place on Sept. 23. Jokowi signed the Perppu last month to delay the date until December.The regulation was signed following an agreement between the government, the House of Representatives and the General Elections Commission (KPU) in late March to delay the simultaneous regional elections and shift Rp 9 trillion (US$633 million) from the election budget to fund COVID-19 relief measures.The petition echoes warnings from health experts over the possibility of an increased risk of COVID-19 transmission during the elections.last_img read more

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Messi, Inter, Camavinga: What to look out for in Europe this weekend

first_imgInter with point to prove -Inter Milan v Fiorentina, Saturday 1845 GMTAntonio Conte’s Inter get their Serie A campaign underway against Fiorentina at San Siro having been given the opening weekend off due to their run to the Europa League final last month.The Nerazzurri lost that game to Sevilla and also finished a point behind Juventus in the Serie A title race, so now their aim is to end the Turin side’s long domination of Italian football.With Juve having beaten Sampdoria 3-0 in Andrea Pirlo’s first game as a coach, Inter need to get off to a good start and there will be plenty of focus on the new arrivals: Vidal but also Achraf Hakimi, the Moroccan full-back signed from Real Madrid for 40 million euros ($44.9m) after impressing on loan at Borussia Dortmund.  Topics : Barcelona are a team in transition but there is no doubt that, as long as Messi is still there, anything is possible. “Barca are a great side. I’m pleased that Messi has stayed and that we will continue to enjoy having him in La Liga,” said Emery, whose own team has already played twice, winning one and drawing one. Can somebody new challenge in France? -Saint-Etienne v Rennes, Saturday 1500 GMTWhile Paris Saint-Germain have endured a slow start to their French title defence having been handicapped by a coronavirus outbreak, suspensions and injuries, there is a fresh look for now at the top of Ligue 1.Saint-Etienne and Rennes are level on points at the summit and they meet on Saturday amid hope that this campaign does not simply turn into another PSG procession.Nobody realistically believes Saint-Etienne can add to their record tally of 10 titles though, even if manager Claude Puel is so far enjoying some success after overhauling his squad and promoting youth.Rennes are a more interesting case, and not just because in 17-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga they have possibly the hottest young property in world football.The Brittany side finished third in the last, curtailed season and have been busy investing ahead of a first appearance in the Champions League. They have just sold goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to Chelsea, but they are certainly going to be worth watching this season. Lionel Messi will be back in a Barcelona shirt in La Liga, while Inter Milan begin their bid to end Juventus’ grip on the Serie A title and potential challengers face off in Germany and France.AFP Sport picks out some of the standout action in Europe this weekend: Eyes on Messi on Koeman debut -Barcelona v Villarreal, Sunday 1900 GMTLionel Messi is staying at Barcelona for at least one more year and on Sunday he will be the centre of attention as the Catalans belatedly kick off their campaign in La Liga.The game, behind closed doors, against Unai Emery’s Villarreal is also new coach Ronald Koeman’s first competitive outing in charge after one of the most turbulent summers in Barcelona’s history.While Messi stayed against his will, Luis Suarez has departed for Atletico Madrid, following Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Nelson Semedo out of the door. Miralem Pjanic and the Portuguese international Trincao have come in. Bayern’s rivals left to rebuild -Bayer Leverkusen v RB Leipzig, Saturday 1330 GMTThe Bundesliga is a hugely entertaining league but once again there are doubts as to whether any team can seriously threaten Bayern Munich’s hegemony.Dortmund are the most likely contenders, while it remains to be seen if Leverkusen or Leipzig can mount a real challenge this time.Leipzig finished third last season and reached the Champions League semi-finals. Leverkusen were fifth, just behind Borussia Moenchengladbach.Julian Nagelsmann’s Leipzig remain the last team to hold Bayern while Peter Bosz’s Leverkusen are the last side to beat the Bavarians in Munich. But both teams lost their star player over the summer, with Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz moving to Chelsea.So can they successfully replace them and compete again? Leipzig this week paid Crystal Palace 20 million euros ($23m) for Alexander Sorloth, who is a direct Werner replacement. Meanwhile, Leverkusen recently signed Czech forward Patrik Schick from Roma. He was on loan at Leipzig last season.Nagelsmann’s side were 3-1 winners against Mainz on the opening weekend but Leverkusen were held 0-0 at Wolfsburg. Saturday’s clash, before a limited crowd, will provide a measure of where both sides currently stand.last_img read more

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Dani Alves aims dig at Arsenal boss Unai Emery as he praises Thomas Tuchel’s impact at PSG

first_imgThomas Tuchel has a Brazilian soul, says Alves (Getty Images)‘This gives us a better chance of doing well this season.‘I have to take my hat off not just to him but his staff, too.‘Because every day is really a pleasure to work with them.‘I have to pay them back for what they have done.’Watch PSG v Manchester United on Wednesday 6th March from 7pm exclusively live on BT Sport 2 and via the award-winning BT Sport App. For more info visit bt.com/sport Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Mar 2019 3:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15Shares Dani Alves aims dig at Arsenal boss Unai Emery as he praises Thomas Tuchel’s impact at PSG Advertisement Commentcenter_img Unai Emery and Alves won the domestic treble with PSG last season (Getty Images)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‘And you approach things with a big smile and energy.‘Energy levels are high and he reminds me of Pep [Guardiola], he really does in this sense.‘He makes things really smooth, he stubborn but he does things his own way.‘He’s a great man manager and dressing room manager and team manager. Dani Alves says Thomas Tuchel has lifted the atmosphere at PSG (Getty Images)Dani Alves has aimed a dig at Unai Emery by claiming that Thomas Tuchel has brought ‘pleasure’ back to Paris Saint-Germain.Alves played under Emery at PSG for one season before the Spaniard left to join Arsenal last summer.Emery guided PSG to the domestic treble last year but reports claimed that Neymar and the team’s Brazilian contingent were unhappy with the Spaniard’s leadership.And when asked about the impact Tuchel has made at PSG, Alves says the 45-year-old has drastically improved the atmosphere among the squad.ADVERTISEMENT‘He’s incredible, here I’ve coincided with a German with a Brazilian soul,’ Alves told BT Sport.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The atmosphere he’s created here, he’s brought the pleasure back into coming to work. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Granit Xhaka almost rips the net with Switzerland wonder goal – on his weak foot

first_imgHenrik Dalsgaard’s last-gasp strike rescued a point for Denmark (Picture: Getty)Switzerland manager Petkovic admits his side’s ‘naivety’ allowed Denmark back into the game.‘We were a little naive when  the goals were conceded. We lost some too many contests in the second half and we were punished,’ he said after the final whistle.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘We started to suffer after their first goal, especially on high balls.‘With a little more physicality we could have made it.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Mar 2019 10:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link348Shares Advertisement Comment Granit Xhaka scored an incredible goal before Switzerland’s implosion (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka found the net with a stunning strike for Switzerland before they threw away a three-goal lead in a dramatic Euro 2020 qualifying clash with Denmark.Xhaka is enjoying his most consistent season for Arsenal following Unai Emery’s arrival last summer and the midfielder once again displayed his impressive form – this time on the international stage.Switzerland began their qualification campaign with a convincing 2-0 win away to Georgia at the weekend and got off to the perfect start versus Denmark in their second Group D match on Tuesday night.Remo Freuler put Vladimir Petkovic’s men in front in the 19th minute and Xhaka looked to have wrapped up a comfortable victory with a thunderous strike midway through the second half.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityXhaka, whose confidence levels are clearly sky high, beat Kasper Schmeichel from distance and the Leicester City goalkeeper had no chance.Not bad for Xhaka’s weaker foot…Granit Xhaka with a rocket 🚀What a strike.#SUIDEN #Euro2020 #VMSport pic.twitter.com/BylE1S4Kwf— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) March 26, 2019 Breel Embolo extended Switzerland’s lead ten minutes later and Xhaka was substituted in the 79th minute.Switzerland, though, allowed Denmark back into the game and three goals in the final ten minutes secured an incredible 3-3 draw for the away side.Mathias Jorgensen, Christian Gytkjaer and Henrik Dalsgaard all got on the scoresheet as Switzerland imploded at St. Jakob-Park.The result means Switzerland and Denmark remain second and third in Group D, with the Republic of Ireland two points clear at the top. Granit Xhaka almost rips the net with Switzerland wonder goal – on his weak foot Southgate ‘saddened’ by racist abuse post-Montenegro victoryTo 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 13:44FullscreenSouthgate ‘saddened’ by racist abuse post-Montenegro victoryhttps://metro.co.uk/video/southgate-saddened-racist-abuse-post-montenegro-victory-1890760/This 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.MORE: Louis van Gaal takes swipe at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Manchester United stylelast_img read more

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Mark Lawrenson admits he’s ‘worried’ about Adrian after Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal

first_img Comment Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Unai Emery 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 6:47FullscreenLiverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-3-1-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-1992224/This 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.MORE: Manchester United eye Dominik Livakovic transfer as replacement for David de Gea Mark Lawrenson admits he’s ‘worried’ about Adrian after Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal Adrian ‘worries’ former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson (Picture: Getty)Mark Lawrenson has confessed he’s ‘worried’ about Adrian after a shaky start to the goalkeeper’s Liverpool career.While Adrian was Liverpool’s hero in the Super Cup after stepping in for the injured Alisson, he has struggled since, with the Reds yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League.After he was at fault for Danny Ings’ strike away at Southampton last weekend, the 32-year-old almost gifted Arsenal an opener on Saturday after rushing off his line and clearing poorly.Liverpool went on to beat Arsenal 3-1, with Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah (2) getting on the scoresheet at Anfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLawrenson has questioned Liverpool’s move for Adrian and raised his concerns about the Spaniard’s decision making.‘The goalkeeper worries me,’ he said on LFC TV.‘I just think he’s sort of, last two games, made the mistake at Southampton when he shouldn’t have been under any pressure and he got away with a big one today.‘He should have let [Virgil] van Dijk just sort that situation out and he came running off his line. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 25 Aug 2019 9:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link404Shares Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp 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 4:51FullscreenLiverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-3-1-arsenal-jurgen-klopp-press-conference-1992222/This 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.‘He just worries me a bit and I know he’s experienced and everything but there’s a reason why nobody else was taking him.‘I get that [that Adrian hasn’t been Liverpool for long] but do you know something, that decision he made today doesn’t matter whether you’ve been there a minute or a thousand minutes with somebody, it’s his decision making.‘Obviously the one at Southampton as well and I think the manager will obviously always, always back him because Alisson’s probably not fit until after the international break.‘But he just worries me a little bit.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesBefore Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp refused to put a date on Alisson’s potential return.‘He looks good, he’s in good shape, good mood, but it will take time. I don’t know exactly,’ the Liverpool manager said.‘No date really in my mind, or nobody told me a date, I didn’t ask. We want to give him the time he needs.‘In the beginning he was on crutches, which was normal with the injury he had, they are not there now. He walks normal, he can really train now completely different to a week ago. I think from now on it will go quick but how quick I don’t go.’last_img read more

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Arsenal target La Liga trio Unai Nunez, Carlos Soler and Marc Roca

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Unai Nunez is attracting interest from big clubs across Europe (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are considering moves for three La Liga players this summer, targeting defender Unai Nunez and midfielders Carlos Soler and Marc Roca, according to reports in Spain.Mikel Arteta is expected to undertake a substantial rebuilding job in the next transfer window, with a number of players expected to come and go from the Emirates.The Spanish manager is looking to his home country for reinforcements and believes Athletic Bilbao’s Nunez, Valencia’s Soler and Espanyol’s Roca could all bring something to his squad in north London.23-year-old Nunez is a centre-back for Bilbao that has turned in some impressive performances over the last three seasons, but is not a guaranteed starter for the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, he has done enough to earn a full cap for the Spain national team, making his debut in September last year and he is seen as a potential bargain as he has a release clause of just €30m (£26m), which the Gunners are willing to meet.They may face competition from a range of clubs, though, with Man City, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich all reportedly interested, while Bilbao have offered him a new deal to stay where he is, according to Spanish publication Deia. Carlos Soler is available for around £35m this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Valencia midfielder Soler has a much higher release clause of €150m (£132m), but his club are willing to let him go for around €40m (£35m) in a bid to balance the books, reports La Razon.The 23-year-old has been a regular in the Valencia side since making his debut in December 2016, racking up 141 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals.He has played 20 times for Spain’s Under-21 side and former Valencia star Gaizka Mendieta has described him as a ‘great talent’.Yet another 23-year-old, Roca also has a price tag of around €40m (£35m), but Arsenal would be able to get him for much less than that if Espanyol were to be relegated from La Liga.The Barcelona-based club are bottom of the table and look set for relegation if the season is completed after the coronavirus hiatus.Roca won the European Under-21 Championship with Spain last year, starting the final against Germany in central midfield alongside Napoli star Fabian Ruiz.Reports suggest Arsenal have already tested the waters with an offer for Roca.MORE: Mikel Arteta told to ask for Arsenal star Kieran Tierney’s advice on £30m targetMORE: Jamie Carragher explains omission of Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from his team of the seasonFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Apr 2020 8:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Arsenal target La Liga trio Unai Nunez, Carlos Soler and Marc Rocalast_img read more

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Mikel Arteta admits Mohamed Elneny ‘had doubts’ and lacked self-belief at Arsenal

first_img Comment Mikel Arteta admits Mohamed Elneny ‘had doubts’ over his future at Arsenal (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta believes Mohamed Elneny’s lack of self-belief hindered his chances of making an impact at Arsenal.The Egypt international was signed during Arsene Wenger’s reign in January 2016 but after an encouraging start his appearances dwindled.In Unai Emery’s first season at the club, Elneny started just five Premier League games before the Spaniard allowed the midfielder to join Besiktas on loan last year.However, Elneny returned to Arsenal this summer and has impressed Arteta with his attitude.ADVERTISEMENTThe 28-year-old started alongside Granit Xhaka in Arsenal’s midfield on Saturday as the Gunners sealed a 3-0 victory over Fulham in their opening Premier League game of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd when asked if Elneny is a big part of his plans for the upcoming campaign, Arteta told Arsenal’s official website: ‘Well I really like Mo and what he bring to the squad in terms of his personality as well. Mohamed Elneny impressed as Arsenal sealed a 3-0 win over Fulham (AFP via Getty Images)‘And then at a football level, I think he needed a little bit of belief.‘He had some doubts whether we could trust him or not. I had a lot of conversations with him.‘He fully deserves his chance. He trains every day with the best spirit, he wants to learn, and he’s performing really well.’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 ArsenalArteta has also suggested that Elneny could ‘make it difficult’ for other midfielders to win a place in Arsenal’s side.‘My job is to get everybody at his highest level and doing their best,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘We have some other examples with Mo and Rob [Holding], Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] as well, they are at their best at the moment and that’s going to make it difficult for the rest.‘They have to step up and fight for their places. When they are playing, perform, and when they are not, support their teammates.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta admits Mohamed Elneny ‘had doubts’ and lacked self-belief at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSunday 13 Sep 2020 10:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.2kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion, Job Creation in Lebanon and Snyder Counties

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion, Job Creation in Lebanon and Snyder Counties October 07, 2020center_img Economy,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced two new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) that will assist in the construction of a produce growing, processing, and warehouse facility in Snyder County and the demolition, renovation, and construction of an existing manufacturing property in Lebanon County that could create a combined over 60 full-time jobs.“Agriculture and manufacturing are two of our commonwealth’s proudest and strongest industries and they need our continued support as they grow and expand, especially now as our economy navigates a pandemic,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects will bring major investments into central Pennsylvania, supporting local farming, processing, and distribution and a decades-old, locally-owned hand lettering sign business.”In 2020, PIDA has approved $28,833,617 in low-interest loans that have resulted in $47,097,465 in private investment and supported 1,056 created and retained full-time jobs.PENN Greenhouse, LLC, through SEDA – Council of Governments, was approved for a $2.25 million PIDA real estate loan at a 15-year, 0.75 percent reset interest rate and a $700,000 PIDA machinery and equipment loan at a 10-year, 1.75 percent fixed interest rate to construct a 263,000 square foot growing, processing, and warehouse facility and installation of new processing equipment located on Lorain Drive in Penn Township. PENN Greenhouse specializes in on-site growing, cleaning and packaging of leafy vegetables for immediate distribution and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BrightFarms, Inc., a national provider of leafy vegetables specializing in serving local divisions of national supermarkets, cutting time, distance, and land and water usage from the produce supply chain. The expansion will create 59 new jobs in three years and the total project cost is $19,967,312.Horst Signs, through the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corporation, was approved for a $1,214,850 PIDA loan at a 15-year, 0.75 percent reset interest rate for the demolition of a portion of an existing building, the renovation of the remaining 18,653 square foot property, and a 18,703-square-foot addition to be constructed on the renovated space located on Lincoln Avenue in Jackson Township. This will provide 37,454 square feet of newly renovated and constructed space for the well-established manufacturing business. The expansion will create four new jobs in three years and the total project cost is $2,462,515.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov.last_img read more

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Housing estates are on the boom in the northside of the city

first_imgHavens on Green at Griffin offers a great location in a northside boom area.CLOSE to a university campus, large shopping centre and easy access to the Sunshine Coast, this new estate is sure to be a winner.Housing estates are booming on Brisbane’s northside with Villa World continuing its momentum into the north, launching Haven on Greens, a new community at Griffin.With 66 homes to be spread across three stages, construction is due to start early next year, with civil works already underway.The estate follows Villa World’s success with sold-out Park Vista at Mango Hill and their 80 per cent sold Riva estate at Joyner.Villa World development manager Andrew Ashwood said the northside was proving to be favourable for the developer due to its strong location and lifestyle fundamentals.“Haven on Greens is within easy reach of schools, major shopping centres and recreation facilities,” Mr Ashwood said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoHaven on Greens GriffinThe land blocks range in size from 375sqm to 749sqm with home prices starting from $488,000.The homes feature designer kitchens with stone benchtops and stainless steel appliances, double garages and full landscaping.Haven on Greens is located just east of the Bruce Highway and close to the Dohles Rocks Road exit and within 500 metres of the North Pine river.It’s close to private and public schools as well as the Petrie campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast and Westfield North Lakes shopping centre.With a new Ikea recently launched and Costco just down the road, this is definitely an estate sitting in a prime location.Villa World has 14 housing estates in Brisbane as well as a number on the Gold Coast and Central Coast.Established in 1986, Villa World is Queensland’s oldest ASX-listed property developer and one of Australia’s largest housing providers.last_img read more

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