The Kelly Brush Foundation awarded $100,514 in grants for spinal cord injury prevention at the end of 2011 enriching the lives of those with spinal cord injuries and furthering the foundation’s mission to improve ski racing safety, Kelly Brush Foundation President Charlie Brush announced.The foundation granted $53,442 in Ski Racing Safety Grants to ski clubs and race teams across the country, including two grants to Vermont organizations. In addition, the Kelly Brush Individual Grant Program awarded $47,072 for adaptive athletic equipment, including a grant to a South Burlington adaptive athlete.‘Raising the bar for ski racing safety is part of the Kelly Brush Foundation’s core mission. This round of Ski Racing Safety Grants supports clubs and race teams from Maine to Idaho in their efforts to make the safety of their athletes a priority and to change the paradigm for both ski racing and training,’ Brush said.Ski Racing Safety Grants assist racing organizations in purchasing equipment that enhances safety for racers including safety netting to line race courses, padding for chair lift towers and spine protectors for racers. Fifteen clubs and organizations received Ski Racing Safety Grants ranging from $500 to Monroe County Special Olympics, in Michigan to replace old and unsafe helmets to $12,500 to the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Central Region, based in Minnesota, for safety netting to bring the entire region up to full netting on all courses. Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond, Vt. and Jay Peak Ski Club in Jay, Vt. received $3,000 each for safety equipment. The Jay Peak Ski Club will use its grant to enhance safety on the mountain’s race course.‘The Kelly Brush Foundation grant makes a huge difference to our small club,’ said Brigitte Ritchie, treasurer of the Jay Peak Ski Club. ‘With only 36 racers in our program, finding funding is always a challenge. Safety equipment like netting to line courses and Willy Bags for chair lift towers is a significant expense. We are grateful for the foundation’s assistance in helping to make our race trail the safest we can for our athletes.’The foundation also announced the awarding of 13 Kelly Brush Individual Grants for adaptive athletic equipment. Individuals from across the United States who are living with SCI received financial assistance with purchasing equipment including monoskis and handcycles. Among the recipients was South Burlington adaptive athlete Jeremy Shortsleeve who is a three-time winner of the Keybank Vermont City Marathon and holds the course record in the handcycling division. He received $3,000 for handcycling equipment.‘Enriching the lives of those with spinal cord injury through adaptive sports and recreation is a key goal of the Kelly Brush Foundation. Specialized adaptive equipment, often customized for the individual athlete, can be cost prohibitive. Through Kelly Brush Individual Grants, the foundation aims to remove financial barriers to participation in adaptive sports,’ Brush said.The Kelly Brush Foundation annual grants are made possible by the foundation’s primary fund-raising event, the Kelly Brush Century Ride, which is held annually in September in Middlebury, Vt. and hosted by the Middlebury College Ski Team. This past September, 24 handcyclists and 721 cyclists rode in support of the foundation’s mission and raised more than $275,000 for the foundation’s programs including adaptive equipment grants, improving ski racing safety, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with her family, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly’s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org(link is external)IMAGE CAPTION: Kelly Brush Foundation grants assist adaptive athletes in purchasing sports gear including monoskis and handcycles. In this image adaptive athlete Chris Jefferson of Aspen, CO, competes at Copper Mountain in Colorado in December. SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (Jan. 10, 2012) ‘
“I hope to be a source of motivation for women in the units and in general; I hope to help meet the needs of the people and our platoon,” said Petty Officer First Class Jannett Bernal, from the Viña del Mar Naval Hospital, who will deploy to Haiti as chief of the healthcare team. On April 4 the Chilean Armed Forces deployed the twenty-third group of officers who will join the Chile Battalion, comprised of about 400 service members. Those being deployed to Haiti include a Navy petty officer, three female Army officers and four non-commissioned officers. One of the female service members is striving to be a role model for other female Troops. Troops from the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) and the Chilean Armed Forces (FACh) recently cooperated to provide food staples and school desks to needy children in Haiti. Likewise, the FAES deployed a fresh contingent of service members on April 23. Lieutenant Colonel Velial Casco Roque will serve as the Commanding Officer for the 34 members of SALCON V who will take on security duties in educational facilities, and conduct foot and motor patrols in support of the civilian population beginning in May. “This assistance is part of the peacekeeping efforts and the support for the Haitian community that both armies give in the framework of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH),” explained Lieutenant Colonel Abelardo Zaldaña Montecino, SALCON IV Commanding Officer. To support educational efforts, on April 10 Troops from El Salvador and Chile also delivered desks and school supplies to the National Boys School, located in Cap Haïtien. Principal Jean Verne Lebrun thanked the Salvadoran and Chilean Armed Forces for their gifts, and emphasized that the items would greatly benefit their 105 students. Part of that mission is to provide security and other services during Haiti’s upcoming presidential and legislative elections, said Vice Admiral Julio Leiva, FACh Commander of Naval Operations. Elections for the Chamber of Deputies and two-thirds of the Senate are scheduled for August 9, and the presidential election is scheduled for October 25. Troops from the Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES) and the Chilean Armed Forces (FACh) recently cooperated to provide food staples and school desks to needy children in Haiti. Overall, SALCON IV and the 12th Chile Battalion have delivered more than 200 student desks to eight educational centers in Cap Haïtien. “MINUSTAH’s mission still does not have an end date, even though the United Nations (UN) has told the militaries that the intention is to gradually reduce the number of service members in Haiti,” Salvadoran Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Munguía Payés said. “I hope to be a source of motivation for women in the units and in general; I hope to help meet the needs of the people and our platoon,” said Petty Officer First Class Jannett Bernal, from the Viña del Mar Naval Hospital, who will deploy to Haiti as chief of the healthcare team. Providing food and school supplies are just two instances of the ongoing effort by Salvadoran and Chilean peacekeeping Troops to help the civilian population of Haiti. Likewise, the FAES deployed a fresh contingent of service members on April 23. Lieutenant Colonel Velial Casco Roque will serve as the Commanding Officer for the 34 members of SALCON V who will take on security duties in educational facilities, and conduct foot and motor patrols in support of the civilian population beginning in May. The Armed Forces peacekeepers from El Salvador and Chile will continue to help the civilian population for however long they are deployed in Haiti. Both countries have already prepared new contingents of peacekeeping Troops who will relieve those currently supporting the security and public education of Haitians. These items will feed about 40 children – orphans and indigent young people – in the foundation’s home, which serves breakfast, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, and dinner to 150 children in a public dining room. Overall, SALCON IV and the 12th Chile Battalion have delivered more than 200 student desks to eight educational centers in Cap Haïtien. On April 4 the Chilean Armed Forces deployed the twenty-third group of officers who will join the Chile Battalion, comprised of about 400 service members. Those being deployed to Haiti include a Navy petty officer, three female Army officers and four non-commissioned officers. One of the female service members is striving to be a role model for other female Troops. On March 23, El Salvador’s SALCON IV contingent and the 22nd Chile Battalion provided food to children who live at the Valdocco Foundation’s home in the city of Cap Haïtien, in Haiti’s North Department. During the visit, they gave caregivers at the orphanage bleached flour, cooking oil, soy sauce, salt, potatoes, liquid and powdered milk, and potable water for preparing meals for the children, most of whom were left homeless after the major earthquake that devastated the country in 2010. “It is a tremendous responsibility for our institution, and in particular for our contingent now deployed there; the fact that there will be presidential and legislative elections during that time will present an additional challenge,” Vice Admiral Leiva said. “The children receive academic and sports workshops. Also, they can gain a basic knowledge of trades such as carpentry, crafts or family farming,” said Natoux Mackendy, who manages the orphanage. “Therefore, the assistance that the Blue Helmets (UN peacekeepers) provide is invaluable to keep these homeless children properly fed.” The Valdocco Foundation provides an educational workshop to 80 children. On March 23, El Salvador’s SALCON IV contingent and the 22nd Chile Battalion provided food to children who live at the Valdocco Foundation’s home in the city of Cap Haïtien, in Haiti’s North Department. During the visit, they gave caregivers at the orphanage bleached flour, cooking oil, soy sauce, salt, potatoes, liquid and powdered milk, and potable water for preparing meals for the children, most of whom were left homeless after the major earthquake that devastated the country in 2010. “The Blue Helmets brought us 35 desks and school supplies such as colored pencils and coloring books. We are grateful because, without a doubt, these will be very beneficial to the children’s motor skills development,” Verne Lebrun said. The Armed Forces peacekeepers from El Salvador and Chile will continue to help the civilian population for however long they are deployed in Haiti. Both countries have already prepared new contingents of peacekeeping Troops who will relieve those currently supporting the security and public education of Haitians. These items will feed about 40 children – orphans and indigent young people – in the foundation’s home, which serves breakfast, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, and dinner to 150 children in a public dining room. “The children receive academic and sports workshops. Also, they can gain a basic knowledge of trades such as carpentry, crafts or family farming,” said Natoux Mackendy, who manages the orphanage. “Therefore, the assistance that the Blue Helmets (UN peacekeepers) provide is invaluable to keep these homeless children properly fed.” The Valdocco Foundation provides an educational workshop to 80 children. By Dialogo April 28, 2015 Troops work together to provide humanitarian support The Alliance for Prosperity needs to go hand-in-hand with respect and a guarantee of the sovereignty of the different nations. Otherwise, it’s an ambush of free countries who love the freedom and national sovereignty of each and every one of the countries. WE HAVE TO DESACTIVATE CRIME IT IS UNJUST TO SEE SO MANY CHILDREN WHO NEED HELP AND LOTS OF AFFECTION. IT WOULD BE BETTER IF SOME FAMILIES WOULD ADOPT THEM, GIVE THEM HOME LIKE AFFECTION. I AM ALREADY AN ELDERLY LADY, I BROUGHT UP MY THREE CHILDREN. OTHERWISE, I WOULD BE THE FIRST TO ADOPT. HAVE A BIT OF HEART AND LOVE. that’s good HAITI stopped being a country, if it ever was one, after 2004 when J.B. Aristide was removed from the presidency for a second time and the “country” was under the control of international armed forces and then, until today, under the United Nations which sends troops that other nations volunteer to provide for humanitarian aid and to keep the peace. I think that sustaining this methodology for an indefinite time is to unnecessarily prolong the problem those poor people have. Someone should take charge of Haiti politically and reorganize it somehow under their own protection and control. Maybe the U.S. Who, if not them? And incorporate it directly as a new state. No more empty euphemisms and silliness like “Yankee imperialism” and rubbish of this sort. So, turn them into doctors? What a good idea. But they need to be adopted first, to be able to take care of them then educate them so they become doctors. Part of that mission is to provide security and other services during Haiti’s upcoming presidential and legislative elections, said Vice Admiral Julio Leiva, FACh Commander of Naval Operations. Elections for the Chamber of Deputies and two-thirds of the Senate are scheduled for August 9, and the presidential election is scheduled for October 25. “The Blue Helmets brought us 35 desks and school supplies such as colored pencils and coloring books. We are grateful because, without a doubt, these will be very beneficial to the children’s motor skills development,” Verne Lebrun said. Troops work together to provide humanitarian support “Our contingent conducts patrols, supports centers and schools, and provides basic medical treatment in devastated communities,” Maj. Gen. Munguía Payés explained. “We work side-by-side with the Chilean Army to reduce the needs of our Haitian brothers and sisters.” New Troops prepare to serve in MINUSTAH “It is a tremendous responsibility for our institution, and in particular for our contingent now deployed there; the fact that there will be presidential and legislative elections during that time will present an additional challenge,” Vice Admiral Leiva said. “Our contingent conducts patrols, supports centers and schools, and provides basic medical treatment in devastated communities,” Maj. Gen. Munguía Payés explained. “We work side-by-side with the Chilean Army to reduce the needs of our Haitian brothers and sisters.” To support educational efforts, on April 10 Troops from El Salvador and Chile also delivered desks and school supplies to the National Boys School, located in Cap Haïtien. Principal Jean Verne Lebrun thanked the Salvadoran and Chilean Armed Forces for their gifts, and emphasized that the items would greatly benefit their 105 students. New Troops prepare to serve in MINUSTAH “MINUSTAH’s mission still does not have an end date, even though the United Nations (UN) has told the militaries that the intention is to gradually reduce the number of service members in Haiti,” Salvadoran Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Munguía Payés said. “This assistance is part of the peacekeeping efforts and the support for the Haitian community that both armies give in the framework of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH),” explained Lieutenant Colonel Abelardo Zaldaña Montecino, SALCON IV Commanding Officer. Providing food and school supplies are just two instances of the ongoing effort by Salvadoran and Chilean peacekeeping Troops to help the civilian population of Haiti.
Ramesh and Seetharam say they plan on using social media as a tool for learning about emotions and language in future studies. By looking at hashtags, researchers were able to pick out a few popular topics. From discussing lock downs, to unemployment, to even the nationwide toilet paper shortage, researchers saw a wide range of emotions through it all. Using the hindsight of America’s conversations, researchers hope social media can be a tool to prepare physically and mentally for future crisis situations. “This is representative of what people are going through,” said Ramesh. “It gives us an idea of how America is feeling,” said Binghamton University Computer Science Assistant Professor Anand Seetharam. “Looking out for workers, supporting them, and then showing frustration, hope, positivity, things like that. The emotion behind all these tweets is coming out, and that is something we saw up close,” said Ramesh. (WBNG) — By analyzing millions of tweets on the popular social media platform, Twitter, researchers have been able to see what Americans are talking about during quarantine. “How people use words, how people convey emotions, why and when, and what leads people to say certain things, and what can be some solutions,” said Ramesh. Seetharam and his colleague, Arti Ramesh, have spent the past few weeks analyzing millions of tweets. They both say America has had a lot to talk about.
“But the rapid growth of tourism does not come without complications. There is still no infrastructure, and the country needs more hotels and trained catering staff”, Said Karim Uddin, owner of the travel agency Active Tours Pakistan. The impact of tourism on the environment is also worrying. But Pakistan’s massive tourism potential, from the world’s second-highest mountain to impressive 10th-century archeological sites, is overshadowed by security concerns and regional instability. Shift. However, the tourism industry was virtually destroyed after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States as many Western world governments issued warnings about travel to Pakistan, a country then considered one of the most dangerous in the world. And after a large bomb exploded in front of the Marriott Hotel in the Pakistani capital Islamabad in 2008, British Airways stopped flying to that country. Tourists have long been attracted by Pakistan and the experiences they can experience in a country full of natural beauty, cultural richness and unique hospitality. Last week, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke about the rise of tourism there, calling it “with the great potential of Pakistan”. “Pakistan has historical tourism, it has a 5 year old Indus Valley civilization, Mohenjo Daro, which is one of the oldest. It also has religious tourism; it has some of the holiest sites for Hinduism, Sikhism, Sufism and Buddhism. Finally, there is mountain tourism – almost half of the peaks exceed over 7 thousand meters in heightSaid Khan in Davos. According to the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation, the number of foreign travelers visiting the country with a tourist visa in 2017 was 10.476. That number rose by as much as 70 percent in 2018, to 17.823. During a speech at the World Economic Forum, Imran Khan said tourism doubled between 2018 and 2019. The 700-year-old Batit Fortress in northern Pakistan has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004. Khanu’s work on tourism development and increasing tourism numbers is the cornerstone of the mandate. He put improving security and reducing the complexity of visa policy at the top of the list of priorities; citizens of 175 countries can apply for a visa online. Pakistan wants to harness that potential. The country is in the process of developing a marketing campaign called “Brand Pakistan” to promote its image abroad, and will host meetings of World Tourism Forum leaders later this year. This country is attracting the attention of Western corporations. Radisson Hotel Group announced its first hotel in Pakistan last year. “Although the world is obsessed with traveling to the north of Pakistan, the country is much more than a destination for adventure tourism“, Said Muhammad Waleed, co-founder of the Destination Pakistan Tourism Promotion Platform. The country is geographically very diverse; in addition to its famous mountain peaks, Pakistan has a desert, lakes, forests and more than a thousand kilometers of coastline from which the Khan government plans to develop world-class beaches. “The country is currently at an exciting turning point: since tourism has been so neglected for decades, it basically has the opportunity to fundamentally design a sustainable tourism industrySaid blogger Alex Reynolds. “If strong foundations are laid now, the country will thrive in the coming years and can serve as a model for other neglected developing countries in their efforts to increase tourism.” The total contribution of tourism to gross domestic product is expected to increase from $ 22 billion in 2017 to nearly $ 40 billion by 2028, according to a report released by the World Tourism Council (WTTC). But slowly but surely, tourism is returning to the big door in 2019. After more than a decade, British Airways is flying to Pakistan again. Find out more information about tourism development in Pakistan on their official website Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation. The rise of modern tourism in Pakistan began in the XNUMXs when the country emerged as a destination for adventure lovers and climbing enthusiasts. Source / photo: Skift; Pixabay – Cover photo: Aakash Ashraf, Pexels.com
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs we all know, a mass shooting at a school occurred again. What we hear is the same old drumbeat of banning some types of guns by the left vs. our Second Amendment rights by the right. If this debate continues, you can be sure nothing will be accomplished.What will work is to harden our schools like we do airports, ballparks, courthouses and other venues where large numbers of people gather. What is common to all of them is a limited point of entry, with metal detectors and guards. Our government buildings and the Smithsonian museums in our nation’s capital are secured in this manner with great success.We have 100,000 schools in our country, so it would be expensive to secure them all. But to do nothing at this point would be unacceptable. The good thing about this approach is that once the funding issues are resolved, the plan would sail through our legislative bodies.Ron BelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak is a test of Singapore’s social cohesion and psychological resilience, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday.”Fear and anxiety are natural human reactions. We all want to protect ourselves and our families from what is still a new and unknown disease,” he said in a statement on the current situation.”But fear can do more harm than the virus itself. It can make us panic, or do things which make matters worse, like circulating rumors online, hoarding face masks or food, or blaming particular groups for the outbreak.” “We are psychologically better prepared too. Singaporeans know what to expect, and how to react,” he added. “Most importantly, having overcome SARS once, we know that we can pull through this too”, the PM said.Although the virus is similar to SARS, there are two important differences, he said. The coronavirus is more infectious and harder to stop from spreading. But it is also much less dangerous than SARS, he said.Outside the epicenter of the outbreak in Hubei, the death rate is so far only 0.2 per cent. In comparison, seasonal influenza has a death rate of 0.1 per cent.”But the situation is still evolving. Every day brings new developments, and we have to respond promptly and dynamically,” he said. Isolating, contact tracing and quarantining the close contacts of imported cases has contained the spread and helped stamp out several local clusters.But Singapore is stepping up measures because some new cases cannot be traced to the source of infection, suggesting that the virus is probably already circulating in the population, he said.PM Lee said he expects to see more cases with no known contact with any other case in the coming days, despite efforts to do contact tracing and quarantine close contacts of confirmed cases.”If the numbers keep growing, at some point we will have to reconsider our strategy. If the virus is widespread, it is futile to try to trace every contact. If we still hospitalize and isolate every suspect case, our hospitals will be overwhelmed,” he said.At that point – provided the death rate remains low – Singapore should shift its approach. Those who have only mild symptoms should see a general practitioner and rest at home, instead of going to the hospital.Hospitals can then focus on the most vulnerable groups – children, the elderly, and those with medical complications.But PM Lee also stressed that Singapore is not yet at that point. “It may or may not happen, but we are thinking ahead and anticipating the next few steps. And I am sharing these possibilities with you, so that we are all mentally prepared for what may come.”Singapore’s disease outbreak response was stepped up one level to orange on Friday, as the coronavirus spreads further within the country.As a result, measures have been enhanced.PM Lee said: “We are reducing mingling in schools. We are tightening up access to our hospitals. We are taking extra precautions at large public events.”He added that he has already postponed his Chinese New Year Istana Garden Party for grassroots leaders, which was to be held on Sunday.To date, a total of 33 people in Singapore have been infected with the virus, four of whom have no known links to previous cases or travel history to China.The orange alert level means that the outbreak is deemed to have moderate to high public health impact.It is an acknowledgement that there is local spread, with a possibility that the disease may spread even more widely across the country. However, in spite of the increased spread, the situation is still considered to be under control.The last time the outbreak alert status was raised to orange was in 2009, for the H1N1 swine flu outbreak.PM Lee said: “So there is no need to panic. We are not locking down the city or confining everybody to stay at home. We have ample supplies, so there is no need to stock up with instant noodles, tinned food, or toilet paper, as some people did yesterday.”He reminded Singaporeans to do their part by observing personal hygiene, taking their temperature twice daily, and avoiding crowded places if they are sick, seeing a doctor immediately.PM Lee, who also delivered his message in Mandarin and Malay, added that he is confident of the medical outcome of the outbreak. “Most Singaporeans should remain well, and of those who get ill most should expect to recover,” he said.He added that many Singaporeans have gone the extra mile by stepping forward to distribute masks to households, deliver food to schoolmates on leave of absence. Healthcare workers are on the front lines treating patients, while others – including business federations, unions and public transport workers – are maintaining services, taking care of workers, and keeping Singapore running.”They are inspirations to all of us. This is what it means to be Singaporean. This is who we are.”He urged Singaporeans to stay united and resolute, taking sensible precautions, helping one another, staying calm, and carrying on with their lives.Topics : “We should take courage and see through this stressful time together,” he added.PM Lee noted that Singapore is much better prepared to deal with the new coronavirus because of its experience tackling the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) 17 years ago.Singapore has stockpiled adequate supply of masks and personal protective equipment, expanded and upgraded medical facilities, and has more advanced research capabilities to study the virus.Doctors and nurses are better trained as well, he said.
Bukit Asam president director Ariviyan Arifin said Wednesday that the company would finance this year’s investments from its cash reserves, which closed at Rp 7.4 trillion last year.“Our investment needs can mostly be covered by our internal cash reserves. We have no plans yet to fundraise unless we, at some point, need them for our projects,” he said.The company’s stocks, traded at Indonesia Stock Exchange with the code PTBA, rose 4.22 percent on Wednesday against the Jakarta Composite Index’s (JCI) increase of 2.38 percent. The shares traded at Rp 2,500 apiece, having lost 37 percent in the past year, underperforming the index’s 12.5 percent decline. Topics : Publicly listed state coal miner PT Bukit Asam has allocated Rp 4 trillion (US$283.34 million) in capital expenditure this year, most of which will go into developing a power plant and coal transportation infrastructure.Bukit Asam finance director Mega Satria said on Wednesday that, of the total capital expenditure, almost Rp 800 million would be used to develop a 1,240-megawatt coal-fired mine-mouth power plant in South Sumatra – the largest such plant in Indonesia. The Jakarta-based company will also channel Rp 700 million into increasing the operational capacity of coal transportation railways and seaports around Sumatra Island, where the company operates, he said. “For exploration, we didn’t allocate much because we are not yet exploring other locations,” he told reporters in Jakarta. The company, he continued, would invest around Rp 300 billion into developing its subsidiaries, whose services vary from financial to medical, and Rp 200 billion into routine investments.Developing the $1.68 billion power plant is one of Bukit Asam’s investments in developing a downstream mining industry at the behest of the Indonesian government. The state-owned miner is also working on a $3.2 billion coal gasification facility slated for commercial operation in 2024.Read also: Growth first, environment later. Proposed legal revision relaxes mining restrictions
Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 12:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.3kShares Comment Advertisement Mesut Ozil has been out of the Arsenal team this season (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has explained what he wants to see from players that are out of the Arsenal team, if they want to get back into his plans, and insists that he wants to get the best out of every member of his squad.This comes as Mesut Ozil continues to be frozen out at the Emirates, with the club spending £350,000-a-week on his wages.The 31-year-old has not even made it onto the substitute’s bench this season, in any competition, despite being fit and available for selection.Arteta insists he is still working to get the most out of the former Real Madrid man, but must have a ‘stable team’ on and off the field.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘With the players and the squad I have, it is my job to manage it as good as possible and take the maximum performance out of them and have a stable team, emotionally and in terms of performance as well,’ said the Spaniard.‘Whoever is here, get the best out of him and the contribution that this player can make to the team.’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 manager believes the likes of Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding have proved that they can fight their way back into the Arsenal first team, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny have done the same.Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka have also demonstrated what the boss wants to see to force their way into his plans.‘it’s always the balance of how much are you giving, how much are you willing to sacrifice and work in order to achieve if your dream is to play for Arsenal Football Club and I think we have some really good examples with what happened with Eddie, what happened with Ainsley, what’s happening with Joe, what happened with Bukayo, what happened with Dani Ceballos and what happened with Rob Holding,’ he said. ‘So it’s about that. When I see a player really willing and really trying and really making their only emphasis to be to contribute to the team and try to raise the performance of himself and the collective side, they’re going to have a chance.’Arsenal host Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.MORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out on William Saliba’s Arsenal future amid Rennes transfer speculationMORE: Arsenal’s Houssem Aouar hopes fade as Mikel Arteta targets Chelsea star Jorginho as alternativeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.cFor more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta explains how Mesut Ozil can force his way back into the Arsenal team Advertisement
Vervoer, the €25bn Dutch sector pension fund for road transport, fully sold out of its infrastructure holdings in favour of unlisted property last year.Commenting on the scheme’s annual report, Willem Brugman, Vervoer’s director, said that the 0.6% infrastructure holding was too small.“Because of its scale, it contributed little to the overall return, while we did need to keep on monitoring the investment,” he pointed out, adding that the proceeds had easily exceeded the divestment costs.Brugman said that the proceeds from the sales would be used to increase the scheme’s 2% allocation to private real estate. “On balance, this would increase our envisaged holdings of illiquid investments without the need for additional attention,” he said.Vervoer attributed its net return of 4.7% – an outperformance of 0.7% – largely to the 12.2% gain on its equity investments in the US, Europe and Japan. It said emerging markets had been the worst performer.The fund made 4.4% on its currency hedge, which it said was due to the decline of the dollar, pound and yen relative to the euro, all of which were fully hedged.This more than compensated the 2.2% loss on its interest rate hedge as a consequence of rising interest rates. It had hedged 58% of its portfolio by market value against interest rate movements.Vervoer said it had since reduced its hedge of the dollar to 85%.The pension fund also reported that it had started a project for integrated risk management, focusing on systematic risk and policy analyses of the main asset classes.A second project was aimed at checking implementation processes of the scheme’s administrative office.Elsewhere in its annual report, Vervoer said it had traced approximately 6,000 people with pension entitlements who had disappeared from the scheme’s radar after they had moved abroad.According to Brugman, the fund was also planning to deploy a new search method to find deferred participants whose social security number was not registered by the scheme.Vervoer has 170,325 active participants, 392,590 deferred members and 89,930 pensioners affiliated with 7,950 employers. At April-end, its funding ratio stood at 106.3%.
The military was infuriated after media, quoting security officials, reported that dozens of troops had been killed in the Sinai attack. The military’s official death toll was 21 soldiers and scores of terrorists.The controversial law, published in the government’s official gazette, sets a minimum fine of 200,000 pounds (about $25,000) and a maximum of 500,000 pounds for anyone who strays from government statements in publishing or spreading “false” reports on attacks or security operations against militants.Critics say the steep fines may shut down smaller newspapers, and deter larger ones from independently reporting on attacks and operations against militants.The government had initially proposed a jail sentence for offenders, but backed down after a backlash from Egyptian media.The ratified law, however, added another clause allowing courts to “prevent the convicted from practicing the profession for a period of no more than one year, if the crime violates the principles of the profession.”It did not specifically mention journalism.The law has raised fears that journalists could be put on trial for their reporting.Three journalists had already been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for “defaming” the country and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement.The laws also stipulates exorbitant fines, and possible suspension from employment, for “false” reporting on militant attacks. President Abdul Fattah Al SissiEgyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sisi on Sunday approved an anti-terrorism law which establish special courts and offer additional protection from legal consequences for military and police officers who have used force.The law also details sentences for various terrorism crimes ranging from five years to the death penalty.Under the laws introduced on Monday, trials for suspected militants will be fast-tracked through special courts. Anyone found guilty of joining a militant group could face 10 years in prison.Financing terrorist groups will also carry a penalty of life in prison, which in Egypt means a term of 25 years. Inciting violence or creating websites deemed to spread terrorist messages will carry sentences of between five and seven years.The government had sped up the passage of the law after the state prosecutor was assassinated in a car bombing in late June, followed by a large-scale terror attack in the Sinai Peninsula days later.Attacks by insurgents are on the increase in Egypt Egypt is facing an increasingly violent insurgency in North Sinai, where the most active militant group has pledged allegiance to Islamic State. Cairo and other cities have also witnessed attacks.The insurgency, which has killed hundreds of soldiers and police, has intensified since then-army chief Sisi ousted the Islamist former President Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule in 2013.Sisi has since overseen a crackdown on Islamists. Thousands of alleged Islamist supporters have been jailed and scores have been sentenced to death, including Mursi and other senior Muslim Brotherhood figures.The government considers the Brotherhood a terrorist group and does not distinguish between it and other militants. The Brotherhood says it is committed to peaceful activism.In February, Sisi signed off on another anti-terrorism law that gave authorities sweeping powers to ban groups on charges ranging from harming national unity to disrupting public order.