‘We should not stop being democratic’: Govt insists on holding regional races in December

‘We should not stop being democratic’: Govt insists on holding regional races in December

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed Regulation in lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 2/2020 stipulating the postponement on May 4. The regulation also contains a provision saying that voting can be postponed again if December is not suitable.Experts have raised concerns that the elections in December may escalate coronavirus transmission given that the preliminary stages of the elections will start in June, which will involve assembling election officials, the candidates’ campaign team members and voters.Akmal said the government would ensure all parties involved were healthy and safe during the pandemic. He said he would ask the General Elections Commission (KPU) to ensure the voting process adhered to the COVID-19 preventive health protocols.“Nobody who is exposed [to the coronavirus] can come to the voting booths,” he said. “We want to ensure that we develop our democracy. We should not stop being democratic just because of current problems.”Home Minister Tito Karnavian said there was no compelling reason to postpone the elections because a number of countries had successfully held elections during a pandemic, while there was no guarantee that the COVID-19 pandemic would end in 2021.“If [the election] is postponed to 2021, can anyone guarantee that the COVID-19 outbreak will be finished by then? No, no one can guarantee that. It can be up and down,” Tito said in a written statement on Thursday.Read also: Regional elections in December may escalate COVID-19 transmission: Public health expertsTito said other countries had held elections in 2020, but had also postponed the stages to better prepare for the voting process. Countries that held elections in the midst of the pandemic included France and South Korea.“If we do it in December, we will be the last country to hold elections [this year],” he said.He said the government would channel public participation without neglecting the aspect of public safety by applying health protocols. He also asked for support and cooperation from local administrations and the community.“During critical stages such as the inauguration of the PPS [voting committees], door-to-door voter data updating, also later during the campaign in September, October and November, and then the voting, [health] protocols will be strictly applied,” said the minister. (syk)Topics : The central government has insisted on holding the simultaneous regional elections in December despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Home Ministry explaining that elections were needed to prevent regional leadership posts being filled for too long by acting heads.Acting heads will take charge if regional heads have finished their terms of office this year without an elected replacement.“Obviously, this will mean we will have [local administrations] filled only by acting heads, and the government feels this wouldn’t be prudent,” Home Ministry Regional Autonomy Director General Akmal Malik said on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com. Akmal likened regional heads to car drivers and acting heads to backup drivers. To deal with an extraordinarily winding road, he said, a driver needed to have legitimacy and the confidence of his passengers.“[We should] avoid vacancies in our regional governments, so that they are not filled by backup drivers who may be – sorry – less competent. This is why we want to speed up the [election] process and hold the voting in December,” he said.Read also: Year-end regional polls risk low turnout due to virus fearsThis year’s regional elections will be held in 270 regions, covering nine provinces, 224 regencies and 37 cities. Polling day was initially scheduled for Sept. 23, however, the government decided to push back the date to Dec. 9 because of the pandemic.last_img read more

World offers support, condolences to Lebanon after devastating blasts

first_imgEmergency medical aid and pop-up field hospitals were dispatched to Lebanon on Wednesday, as the world offered assistance and paid tribute to the victims of the huge explosion that devastated Beirut.The blast centered on the city’s port caused massive destruction and killed more than 100 people, heaping misery on a country already in crisis.Emergency medical aid from Kuwait arrived in the Lebanese capital on Wednesday morning, as the Lebanese Red Cross said that more than 4,000 people were being treated for injuries after the explosion which sent glass shards and debris flying. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab has called on “friendly countries” to support a nation already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades as well as the coronavirus pandemic.Gulf states were among the first to respond, with Qatar announcing it would send field hospitals to ease pressure on Lebanon’s strained medical system.Crews at Doha’s Al-Udeid airbase loaded hundreds of collapsible beds, generators and burn sheets onto an air force cargo plane, one of four due to fly from the Gulf to the Mediterranean on Wednesday.Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said in a message to his Lebanese counterpart that Tehran was “ready to offer medical and medicinal aid and help treat the injured”. Jordan’s King Abdullah II also promised to dispatch a field hospital.  ‘Stay strong, Lebanon’ Close allies and traditional adversaries of Lebanon alike sent their condolences, with Iran and Saudi Arabia — long rivals for influence over the country — both sending messages of support.”Our thoughts and prayers are with the great and resilient people of Lebanon,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.”Stay strong, Lebanon.”Saudi Arabia said it was following the situation with “great concern”.Unusually, neighboring Israel offered humanitarian aid — to a country with which it is still technically at war.”Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, on behalf of the State of Israel, have offered the Lebanese government — via international intermediaries — medical and humanitarian aid, as well as immediate emergency assistance,” a statement said.UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed his “deepest condolences … following the horrific explosions in Beirut” which he said had also injured some United Nations personnel.US President Donald Trump said “it looks like a terrible attack” and that US generals had told him that the powerful explosions appeared to have been caused by a “bomb of some kind”, without offering evidence.Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani wished “a speedy recovery for the injured,” while the United Arab Emirates’ vice president and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, tweeted “our condolences to our beloved people in Lebanon”.Egypt expressed “deep concern” at the destruction, and Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit offered condolences, stressing “the importance of finding the truth about the explosions”.Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad wrote to his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun that “on behalf of the Syrian Arab people, we extend our sincere condolences to you and the Lebanese people”.Outside the region, President Vladimir Putin said that “Russia shares the grief of the Lebanese people”, according to a Kremlin statement.”I ask you to convey words of sympathy and support to the families and friends of the victims, as well as wishes for a speedy recovery to all affected.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the pictures and videos from Beirut “shocking”.French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet in Arabic that “France is at the side of Lebanon. Always.”His office said two military planes would take off for Lebanon later Wednesday with search and rescue experts, 15 tons of sanitary equipment and a mobile clinic. “The field hospital will include specialists and medical staff, to contribute in offering medical services and treatment to support our brothers in Lebanon,” Jordanian state television said in a report.Dutch authorities announced that 67 aid workers were headed for Beirut, including doctors, police officers and firefighters. Topics :last_img read more

‘Massive poisonous shock’: Scientists fear lasting impact from Mauritius oil spill

first_imgSome corals have lived for centuries at the fringes of Mauritius. Now smothered for days in heavy fuel oil spilled from a wrecked Japanese tanker nearby, parts of those reefs may be in trouble.The full impact of the toxic spill is still unfolding, scientists say. As the Indian Ocean island’s residents scramble to mop up the oil slicks and clumps, they are seeing dead eels and fish floating in the water, as fuel-soaked seabirds limp onto shore.Satellite images also show the 1,000 tons of spilled oil spreading northward along the coastline from the spill site in the turquoise waters of Blue Bay Marine Park. The spill brings “a massive poisonous shock to the system,” said Adam Moolna, an environmental scientist from Mauritius who lectures at Keele University in Britain. “This oil will have cascading effects across the webs of life.”Still uncontainedThe spill came from the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio, which rammed into a reef in the marine park on July 25. It is still unclear why the ship was sailing so closely to the coast. About a week later, oil began gushing from the cracked vessel.However, the flow had been stopped, authorities say, after they pumped the remaining oil from the ship.On Thursday, the ship’s owner Nagashiki Shipping said it would face up to its liability and assess compensation for the disaster.Already, about 15 km of coastline have been affected by the spill, said Mauritius Marine Conservation Society President Jacqueline Sauzier.”We don’t have the equipment or the expertise to remove the oil, and time is of the essence to limit the damage,” she told Reuters.Local residents are wading unprotected into the toxic waters, while using human hair as well as husks from sugar cane factories to quickly soak up as much of the spill as they can.For both people and wildlife, the spill will have a “resonating and resounding impact for the next 10 to 20 years,” said environmental toxicologist Craig Downs, who assesses oil spills but has not studied the spill in Mauritius.Spiraling impactCoral reefs and fish are likely to suffer first. That’s especially rough for Mauritius, where tourism and fishing are mainstays of the economy.Corals that survive could have weakened resistance to marine heat waves, which are hitting the area due to climate change and have already caused some coral bleaching, experts say.”If things continue to go the way they are the future prospects for coral reefs look very, very bleak indeed,” said Alex Rogers, a visiting professor at Oxford University and science director of REV Ocean, a not-for-profit company.Conservationists are also anxious about oil washing into mangrove forests, where roots serve as nurseries for fish.Oil also could sink into sediments around mangroves, where it could smother mollusks, crabs and fish larvae, said Callum Roberts, a professor of marine conservation at the University of Exeter in Britain.”It’s very hard to remove once it’s sunk into the sediment,” Roberts said. “Trees can become sick and die.”Birds nesting in the mangroves, or migrating via nearby mudflats, are also vulnerable. Ingesting oil can make it hard for birds to fight disease or even to fly, said environmental toxicologist Christopher Goodchild at Oklahoma State University.Research has shown that “just a small amount of oil being transferred to a bird’s egg — as small as a droplet of blood — can actually cause a change in the bird embryo’s physiology,” he said.Beds of seagrass, which like mangroves store vast quantities of climate-warming carbon dioxide, play a vital role in protecting coasts from waves.On land, some scientists warn that washed up oil deposits could harden and lead to lasting change.”In the long term, we could see an asphalt-like coast as the oil dissipates and degrades, as the oil puddles,” said Ralph Portier, an environmental scientist at Louisiana State University who studied the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.”It’s a real tragedy,” Portier said.Topics : The damage, scientists say, could impact Mauritius and its tourism-dependent economy for decades.”This oil spill occurred in one of, if not the most, sensitive areas in Mauritius,” oceanographer and environmental engineer Vassen Kauppaymuthoo told Reuters by telephone from the island, where he was surveying the disaster. “We are talking of decades to recover from this damage, and some of it may never recover.”The wildlife at risk include the seagrasses blanketing sand in the shallow waters, clownfish darting around coral reefs, mangrove trees corralling the coastline with their tangled root systems, and the critically endangered Pink Pigeon, endemic to the island.Giant tortoises slow-walk through a nature reserve on the nearby islet, Ile-aux-Aigrettes, where there is also a scientific research station. Altogether, Blue Bay Marine park counts 38 types of coral and 78 species of fish.last_img read more

Russia starts giving new virus vaccine to volunteers in Moscow

first_imgThe vaccine project is financed by Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund.The vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya research institute in Moscow in coordination with the Russian defense ministry.High-profile Russians have already been vaccinated, including President Vladimir Putin’s daughter, nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that the president would “inform you about it himself” if he decided to get vaccinated. Russia on Wednesday began inoculating volunteers in Moscow with the country’s new coronavirus vaccine, the capital’s deputy mayor said.Russia announced last month that its vaccine, named “Sputnik V” after the Soviet-era satellite that was the first launched into space in 1957, had already received approval. “The first participants have already had the vaccination at clinics in the capital,” Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova, responsible for social development, said in a statement. The Moscow city government website said 40,000 people from the capital can receive the vaccine, given in two doses with a 21-day interval.The site says they are taking part in a “post-registration study” of the vaccine.Those volunteering must not have had COVID-19 or recent contact with anyone ill and must not be pregnant or trying for a baby.Rakova said that more than 35,000 Muscovites had already applied online.The Moscow city’s website says that volunteers will be closely monitored via a specially created app.Russia will also make the vaccine available shortly for people in high-risk groups: medics and teachers, who will receive it on a voluntary basis and will also be monitored.Russia raised concerns among Western scientists by announcing that the vaccine had received approval before full clinical trials has been completed. Patients in early trials involving 76 people all developed antibodies, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal last week, while experts said the trials were too small to prove safety and effectiveness.The phase three trials, which the health ministry said began on Wednesday, are more rigorous and include some volunteers receiving a placebo. These will take part in several countries, according to the vaccine’s website. Russia has said it is ready to manufacture 500 million doses of vaccine per year.The country has confirmed more than 1 million coronavirus cases and 18,305 people have died. Moscow’s infection rate has been relatively stable in recent months with 642 new cases confirmed Wednesday. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Why Mesut Ozil is crucial to fixing Arsenal’s dreadful away form

first_img Skip Ad Full Screen Coming Next Arsenal’s remaining Premier League fixtures Everton (a), Watford (a), Crystal Palace (h), Wolves (a), Leicester (a), Brighton (h), Burnley (a) Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE SPONSORED Mesut Ozil has started Arsenal’s last four games in all competitions (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s top four ambitions were boosted on Monday night as a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at the Emirates propelled them into third place in the Premier League table with just a handful of games remaining.Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexandre Lacazette were enough to extend Arsenal’s winning run at home in the Premier League to ten games and a there is a growing sense of optimism that Unai Emery can deliver Champions League football next season.Having played the role of underdogs in the race to finish in the top four for much of the season, Arsenal are now in pole position to do just that having clambered two points above a Tottenham side in freefall.AdvertisementAdvertisementImpressive as Arsenal’s recent results have been, though, there are concerns amongst the club’s supporters that their iffy away form could yet prove to be their undoing. Of Arsenal’s seven remaining Premier League games, five are to be played away and Emery himself acknowledged that improvements are required beyond the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Oliver Young-MylesSaturday 6 Apr 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link by Metro Why Mesut Ozil is crucial to fixing Arsenal’s dreadful away form Bernd Leno is yet to keep a Premier League clean sheet away from the Emirates (Getty Images)While Arsenal have kept seven clean sheets and conceded only 12 goals at the Emirates – only Liverpool and Chelsea (both ten) have let in fewer at home in the Premier League this season – they have shipped 27 away from home, a difference of 1.22 goals per game.Remarkably, they haven’t kept a single clean sheet away this season from 14 attempts, even conceding to notoriously goal-shy Huddersfield as well as a doomed Fulham team.European strugglesArsenal’s problems away haven’t been solely restricted to domestic duties either. Although they secured group stage victories against limited opponents Vorskla in Russia, Qarabag in Azerbaijan and a slightly better Sporting team in Portugal, they have since lost twice from two Europa League knockout games.AdvertisementAdvertisementA 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov in Belarus was humiliating given the chasm in finances and quality between the two teams, while a 3-1 reverse to Ligue 1 mid-table side Stade Rennais left the Gunners in a precarious position to reach the quarter-finals prior to their 3-0 win in the return.Much has been made of Arsenal’s favourable end of season run-in due to the fact they will not have to play any of their top-six rivals, yet defeats against BATE and Rennes show that they cannot afford to underestimate any side on their travels. Arsenal were left stunned by BATE Borisov in Belarus (Getty Images) Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Advertisement Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Skip 1/1 Although it is undoubtedly a bonus that they will not have to face a direct rival, there are potential banana skin fixtures that could trip Arsenal up. Everton have won two and drawn one of the previous five meetings between the two clubs at Goodison Park and are in decent form having enjoyed back-to-back 2-0 victories over Chelsea and West Ham.Watford beat Arsenal 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season and are a stronger side this term, Wolves have been beaten only three times in 12 games against top-six opponents this season, Leicester are on a good run under Brendan Rodgers and Burnley rank sixth for Premier League points won in 2019.How can Emery rectify Arsenal’s away form?Arsenal’s previous away game in the Premier League was actually one of their better performances this season as only a Hugo Lloris penalty save from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in injury time denied them all three points in the north London derby at Wembley.That encouraging display could form the basis for Emery’s tactical thinking beyond the Emirates for the remainder of the campaign considering Arsenal not only stifled Tottenham’s attack with relative comfort but also carried a major threat going forward.AdvertisementEmery has been criticised at times for adopting too pragmatic an approach in games away from home particularly through sacrificing one or two of his more creative midfielders and one of his major strikers in favour of greater solidity in midfield.In the 3-2 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s in December, all three of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette were named on the substitutes’ bench with the more industrious pairing of Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan supplementing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front. Read More / Speaking after the Newcastle win, Emery challenged his players to find the same consistency on their travels as they have in N7, yet how will he instigate a turnaround in their performances on the road? 1 min. story Video Settings Read More Arsenal have turned the Emirates into a fortress, winning their last ten Premier League games at home (Getty Images)Arsenal home form vs away formHome comforts play a big part in football and in general, teams are expected to pick up more points in their own stadium than elsewhere. Of the 20 teams in the Premier League this season, only Crystal Palace have won a greater proportion of their points away (20) than at home (16).Nevertheless, picking up points on the road is vital to a team’s overall success and Arsenal’s record away from home contrasts starkly with that of their top-six rivals. While Liverpool, Spurs, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea (in that order) occupy the top five places in the Premier League away table, Arsenal are down in tenth. Comment Top articles PLAY Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil have performed well in tandem in recent weeks (Getty Images)Ramsey and Ozil were both absent from the starting XI for January’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium too and although Lacazette was partnered with Aubameyang up front on that occasion, the pair were desperately short of meaningful service, conjuring up one shot on target between them.Having predominantly selected two defensive-minded central midfield players for the majority of the campaign, Emery made a bold decision to include all four of Aubameyang, Lacazette, Ozil and Ramsey from the start against Manchester United and Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners.Crow-barring Arsenal’s four best attacking players into the same line-up on that occasion worked well with Ramsey’s movement, Ozil’s creativity and the ruthlessness of Aubameyang and Lacazette’s partnership up front all causing havoc. Sead Kolasinac’s bursts down the left flank have also provided added thrust to Arsenal’s attacking moves in the second half of the season.Although Emery has a tendency to embrace the pragmatic side of the game, Arsenal are unquestionably a better side going forward than they are at defending their own goal and it is debatable that they have the players to grind out victories away from home.AdvertisementWith the firepower that Arsenal possesses, they should be confident of out-scoring all seven of their remaining opponents. Achieve that and Arsenal will be assured of Champions League football next season.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors About Connatix V67539 How Arsenal’s home form contrasts with their away form (Metro)In fact, Arsenal’s total points (19) away from home is fewer than Leicester City, Crystal Palace, Watford and Wolves. That Arsenal could leapfrog all of those teams with a win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday doesn’t detractt from their poor overall record. Such a result would still have them six points away from Chelsea in fifth.Arsenal haven’t had much of an issue finding the net in their away fixtures with their average of 1.85 goals per game not too far removed from their home total of 2.29 per game, however, their respective defensive records are vastly different. 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Arsenal respond to Barcelona’s interest in Alexandre Lacazette

first_imgArsenal respond to Barcelona’s interest in Alexandre Lacazette Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 May 2019 10:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Advertisement Arsenal will have to beat Chelsea in Baku to gain entry to the Champions League next season (Picture: EPA)Nevertheless, Lacazette is considered invaluable and the club want to sit down with his representatives once the season finishes to improve his current deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe club are aware of interest from Barcelona but feel the striker is happy at the Emirates and will commit his future to the club.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 ArsenalThe Gunners will not listen to offers for Lacazette or Aubamaeyang and plan to hold similar talks with the Gabon striker over a new deal, according to the Daily Mail.Both parties can expect to be put on wages closer to top earner Mesut Ozil and around the £250,000-a-week mark.MORE: Manchester United dressing room clash over Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez bonuses Arsenal want Alexandre Lacazette to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal plan to open talks with Alexandre Lacazette over a new long-term deal at the club to thwart interest from Barcelona.The La Liga giants are believed to be keen on signing the Frenchman as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.Lacazette joined the Gunners for a then-club record fee of around £47million in 2017 and he’s formed a formidable partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubamaeyang under Unai Emery.Arsenal must beat Chelsea in the Europa League final to gain entry into the Champions League and a failure to do so will impact Emery’s budget.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp’s priceless reaction to Alisson’s mistake against Arsenal

first_imgJurgen Klopp’s priceless reaction to Alisson’s mistake against Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Jul 2020 9:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link842Shares Klopp stood open-mouthed (Picture: DAZN)The German stood open-mouthed on the sideline and looked like he couldn’t offer any encouargement to the Brazilian, such was the magnitude of the mistake. Klopp was later seen shaking his head on the bench, such was his anger that his side had made two errors in such a short space of time. Advertisement Klopp was far from pleased (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are chasing Manchester City’s Premier League points tally record but they need to win all three of their remaining matches to break it.The Reds have won three of their six matches since the restart, beating Crystal Palace, Brighton and Aston Villa.They’ve dropped points against Everton, Manchester City and Burnley in that time. MORE: Harry Kane dedicates Tottenham’s win over Newcastle to Serge Aurier after his brother’s deathcenter_img Reiss Nelson scored after Alisson’s mistake (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp was lost for words as his side threw away their lead against Arsenal at the Emirates.Sadio Mane gave the Reds a deserved one-goal advantage midway through the first half but Alexandre Lacazette capitalised on a mistake from Virgil van Dijk to level the game.Liverpool have looked far from solid in defence since winning the title and that was highlighted when Alisson gave the ball away to Lacazette with a poor kick out, and the Frenchman squared the ball to Reiss Nelson to give Arsenal the advantage at the interval.The Reds have been close to flawless this term, losing just once before they were crowned champions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt was therefore a rarity to see the likes of van Dijk make a mistake and Klopp was left speechless after witnessing Alisson’s error. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta reveals why new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey was his priority transfer target

first_img Comment Mikel Arteta reveals why new Arsenal signing Thomas Partey was his priority transfer target Arteta is delighted with Partey’s arrival (Picture: Arsenal)Mikel Arteta has admitted Arsenal were a ‘little bit short’ in midfield, and new signing Thomas Partey will fill that void with his strong personality and tactical versatility.The Gunners activated Partey’s £45 million release clause on deadline day to bring Arteta’s top priority target in from Atletico Madrid.The 27-year-old enjoyed five years in Atletico’s first team, getting to the Champions League semi-finals in 2015-16 and coming third in La Liga last season. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 5:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link208Shares Advertisement Advertisement Partey arrives with plenty of experience behind him (Picture: Getty Images)With just Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and loanee Dani Ceballos the only other central midfielders in the squad, the Ghana international was a much-needed acquisition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen asked why he was so keen on Partey, Arteta told the club’s official website: ‘We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it.‘We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short.‘I have a few things in mind that I want to start to train with the team and [Partey’s signing] is going to give us a little bit more adaptability and more balance in defending and attacking transitions and the way we have to set up certain structures to attack better in certain moments of the game.’MORE: Edu reveals how Arsenal’s owners reacted to Thomas Partey transfer moveMORE: Arsenal set to re-attempt efforts to terminate Mesut Ozil’s contract early ahead of January transfer windowFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img read more

Hispanic Heritage Month, 2015

first_img September 10, 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month, 2015 Proclamations Governor Wolf Proclamation — Hispanic Heritage Month, 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

Governor Wolf Meets with 4-H Students to Discuss His Commitment to Agriculture

first_img March 09, 2016 Governor Wolf Meets with 4-H Students to Discuss His Commitment to Agriculture Budget News,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – This afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf met with 4-H students to discuss his commitment to agriculture and to the land grant system in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget includes a five percent increase, or an additional $2.4 million, for the Agricultural College Land Scrip Fund. This is the largest increase for Penn State’s Ag Sciences and Extension since 2012 when the Republican-controlled legislature cut land scrip funding by 19 percent. With this proposed funding, the governor has offered the resources we need to protect animal agriculture in the commonwealth, which means a safer food supply. The land grant institutions are a commonwealth asset.The Governor’s Office released the following statement:“Governor Wolf supports funding for these important agriculture programs and he is ready to sign the bi-partisan, compromise budget that is balanced, fixes the deficit and makes historic investments in education as well as agriculture programs.“Unfortunately, Republican leaders sent the governor an irresponsible budget that was unbalanced by $500 million, would have grown the already multi-billion dollar deficit and made a $95 million cut to education. The governor used his line-item veto power to ensure the budget was balanced and because Republican leaders did not provide revenue to pay for their budget.“The governor looks forward to working with Republican leaders to pass a real, bi-partisan budget that includes the revenue necessary to fix the deficit, invest in education and fund important areas like agriculture programs.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more