News UpdatesFollowing Bombay HC’s Rebuke, State Govt Agrees For Creation Of 1000 Bed Capacity Covid Centre At Indoor Stadium In Nagpur [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap21 Sep 2020 3:05 AMShare This – xThe State government last Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that approval for creation of infrastructural facilities for 1000 bed capacity Covid care centre at Mankapur indoor stadium has been granted. Court asked the State and the Municipal Corporation to place the detailed plan on record within two weeks but asked them to begin the work before that.The above assurance was given to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe State government last Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that approval for creation of infrastructural facilities for 1000 bed capacity Covid care centre at Mankapur indoor stadium has been granted. Court asked the State and the Municipal Corporation to place the detailed plan on record within two weeks but asked them to begin the work before that.The above assurance was given to the division bench of Justice RK Deshpande and Justice PV Ganediwala at nagpur because in a previous hearing, the Court lashed out at the State government for not responding to the proposal of setting up 1000 beds at the said stadium. On September 15, the bench was informed that the State government is not responding to the proposal of setting up a 1000 bed centre at the stadium, out of which 400 beds shall be for ventilators and 300 beds shall be oxygenated. Court had observed-“We are surprised as to how the State Government is not responding to such a proposal. The situation in Nagpur is dreadful. The death rate is increasing day by day. Mortuaries are full. There is a queue in crematories. The patients are not getting ventilators and oxygenated beds. The situation is becoming ferocious. Still the State Government is not rising on the occasion to reduce the death rate. We direct the State Government to take decision on this proposal within a period of one week from today.”Court had earlier this month taken suo motu cognizance of the issues faced by the general public due to non-availability of ventilators and oxygenated beds for Coronavirus patients with moderate and severe conditions in order to reduce the death rate in Nagpur.In the September 15 order, after being informed about shortage of para medical staff as many were refusing to resume duty fearing Coronavirus, Court had sought a list of such para medical staff.However, AGP Deepak Thakare informed the Court that the said Hospitals and Nursing Colleges have started responding immediately upon communication of the order of the High Court and the process of allotment of paramedical staff, in various Dedicated Covid Health Centres (DCHC) is going on. In accordance with the previous order, Municipal Commissioner’s counsel SM Puranik informed the Court that a list of Ayush Doctors shall be provided to work under the guidance and instructions of the senior Doctors. Consequently, appointment orders are issued to about 56 Ayush Doctors and out of it, 17 Doctors have already joined and rest of the Doctors are being persuaded to join the duties immediately. “We therefore expect all such Doctors to rise to the occasion and co-operate in this situation”, Court said.Court had also enquired from the Municipal Commissioner whether there is possibility of requisitioning the Railway Hospitals for providing treatment to the patients along with the medical and para-medical staff. Accordingly, an order dated September 16, 2020 passed by the Commissioner, Nagpur Municipal Corporation was placed on record and the Court was told that the authorities of the Railway Hospitals are co-operating and the facility can immediately be made available. Court ordered the Indian Medical Association to be joined as party respondent in the petition through the President Dr. Archana Kothari. Previously, the bench had expressed concern over shortage of doctors as well. Advocate BG Kulkarni, appeared on behalf of the Indian Medical Association and assured that a list of 100 Doctors, who shall be willing to work at various places, shall be provided along with the age groups, to the Municipal Commissioner within a period of two days. Furthermore, a list of 20 persons shall be given to Adv SM Puranik and these Doctors can be assigned the duties immediately by the Municipal Commissioner. Adv Kulkarni also submitted that many Doctors have voluntarily offered their services through video conferencing who are aged above 65 years. We appreciate this gesture of doctors voluntarily coming forward to involve themselves in this pious work, Court noted.Finally, appearing on behalf of the petitioner in a matter tagged along with the suo motu case, Senior Advocate Subodh Dharmadhikari suggested constitution of a committee. Thus, Court ordered the constitution of a committee so that the issues can be worked out and the Doctors and para-medical staff can be made available immediately. The co-ordination committee will consist of the following members:- (i) The Mayor Shri Sandeep Joshi, Chairman of the Committee (ii) Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur (iii) Municipal Commissioner, Nagpur or his nominee (iv) The President, Indian Medical Association (v) Dr. Anil Laddhad to represent the private hospitals. After various assurances from the Municipal Commissioner, Court observed-“We expect that the problem of oxygen supply to the private hospitals as well as the semi Government hospitals can be worked out.”The next date of hearing is September 23Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
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He had already posted it by his first court appearance on the charges last week in Jersey City’s Central Judicial Processing court.NY Waterway returns ferries to single ownershipPort Imperial Ferry Corp., doing business as NY Waterway, has entered into an agreement to acquire Billybey Ferry Co., which owns 11 commuter ferries and the rights to operate on routes between Hoboken and Jersey City and Manhattan, NY Waterway President & Founder Arthur E. Imperatore has announced in a letter to employees.The combined NY Waterway fleet of 31 ferries and 80 buses is the largest privately-owned and operated commuter ferry network in the nation, serving a total of 20 trans-Hudson routes and carrying more than 30,000 passengers per day. The company began operations Dec. 3, 1986, and has about 400 employees today. “You and all the good people of NY Waterway should feel proud of this achievement,” Imperatore said in his letter to employees. “We intend to continue to operate all routes, boats and equipment at our high standards so that we may continue our quest to serve our loyal riders with the best service possible. We will continue to grow the company so we can become better and better, even though I truly believe we are the ‘World’s Best Ferry.’ Thank you for all your efforts to have made this possible.”Since 2005, Port Imperial Ferry Corp. has provided all boat crews and maintenance to the ferries, as well as ticketing and customer service staff, so customers should expect to see little change because of the acquisition.NY Waterway also will continue to operate two additional ferries chartered by Billybey that operate between the Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal in Jersey City and the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan. The combined entity is owned by Imperatore, his stepson Armand Pohan, who serves as chairman, Arthur E. Imperatore Jr. and other family members. Headquarters are in the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken.Teen wants public donations after he allegedly broke law climbing on tall buildingsOn Kickstarter and other fundraising pages, people seek funds for their sick children, charity endeavors, and sometimes, artistic projects. But one local teenager is looking for funds for his legal fees after he’s been caught posting photos of dangerous climbs on skyscrapers.The local teen was recently charged with reckless endangerment and trespassing after he and friends posted videos on social media of themselves climbing high atop buildings and scaffolding near Central Park.He’s also infamous for his death defying climbing in the tri-state area, including 1 World Trade Center in 2014 when it was still under construction. At that time, he was given a community service sentence and had to meet with a therapist.After the latest charges, he said he’s doing a “film series” and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 for both the project and legal fees.On his Kickstarter page, he writes that the money will be used to document and travel his journey through the continental United States and Hawaii “through dozens of 7-14 minute shorts for as long as we can sustain them.”He also states that the first $10,000 will be used to pay back legal fees.“Because of the art I have recently shared, I had to borrow thousands of dollars to help pay for my legal defense and bail,” says the webpage. “The first ten thousand dollars of your donations will go straight to that. Once, that’s all settled, my team and I will focus on sharing our positive message of living life to the fullest with the rest of the world.”“It is my mission to inspire others to let go of fear and ultimately connect with whatever and whomever they love,” he wrote on the page. “After coming under fire by a lot of New York media and receiving praise by most of New York’s citizens I have decided to ask for the worlds help with empowering myself to serve this world by making more moving films with the people I love.”But New York City emergency responders don’t feel the same way. One told the media that had the teen fallen during his stunts, emergency workers would have been tied up instead of tending to other people in need.As of Tuesday Dec. 13 the Kickstarter page had raised $628.
Atlas Renewable to build 330MW solar plant for Anglo American’s Brazilian mining operations FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Atlas Renewable Energy has signed an R$881 million (US$190 million), 15-year solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Brazilian arm of mining giant Anglo American. The deal will support the development of a 330MW PV plant in Pirapora Municipality in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.The 613GWh-per-year deal – which is set to start in 2022 – is the “largest bilateral large-scale solar energy purchase and sale contract in Brazil to date,” according to a joint press release published on Tuesday.Construction of the Casablanca solar plant will start in the second half of 2020 and last less than a year, according to an Atlas Renewable Energy spokespersonOnce the solar plant and another, separately brokered wind project in Brazil come online, Anglo American will source 90% of its energy for its Brazil operations from renewables, according to the press release. The miner wants to increase that number to 100% within the next two years.Miami-headquartered Atlas Renewable Energy is owned by British investment fund Actis and works in Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. It has four operational projects in Brazil: the 156MW Juazeiro and 67.1MW São Pedro plants in Bahia; the 81MW Sol do Futuro facility in Cearà; and the 112MW Sertão Solar plant in Barreiras.An Atlas Renewable Energy spokesperson said the power would be supplied to Anglo American’s “iron and nickel mining facilities” but did not divulge specifics. Anglo American’s Minas-Rio iron ore operation in Minas Gerais is one of the largest mines in the world and is set to become even bigger, having won approval to boost production in December. The company also owns a nickel mine in the state of Goiás, which neighbors Minas Gerais.[Cecilia Keating]More: Anglo American inks US$190m deal with Atlas for Brazilian PV
On the banks of the Ohio River in Monaca, Pennsylvania,workers are assembling the region’s first ethane cracker plant. Cracker plantstake ethane, a liquid natural gas byproduct, and “crack” the molecules toproduce ethylene, a root chemical used to manufacture plastic products. Whenthe plant opens in a year or two, employees of Shell Polymers will turn “wetgas” into plastic pellets. Two Asian companies may soon announce a plan toinvest as much as $6 billion at a similar plant in Ohio. A third plastics plantis currently proposed in West Virginia. Aninvestigative look into these plants says that they may point to a newpetrochemical and plastics manufacturing hub shaping up along 300 miles of theupper Ohio River, from outside Pittsburgh and into Ohio, West Virginia andKentucky. Some worry about the environmental and health costs of such plants.The ethane cracker plant in Monaca will release a large amount of greenhousegas emissions. Drilling for natural gas leaks methane, and oil consumption forpetrochemicals and plastics could account for half of the increase in petroleumconsumption in the next 30 years. State and business leaders, and the Trumpadministration, are applauding petrochemical and plastics manufacturing as thenext big thing.
Police have also dismantled 46 drug trafficking gangs and captured 32 alleged narc-gang leaders, according to the Antinarcotics Administration (DIRANDRO). Although no Army Soldiers were killed during the gun battle, Army Technician José Zambrano Barrutia sustained a non-life threatening injury. He was transported to the Central Military Hospital of Lima for treatement. Intelligence also helped the Military and police identify illegal coca crops. Throughout the country, security forces eradicated 31,000 hectares used for the illegal production of coca, the primary ingredient in the production of cocaine. By Dialogo January 12, 2015 Although no Army Soldiers were killed during the gun battle, Army Technician José Zambrano Barrutia sustained a non-life threatening injury. He was transported to the Central Military Hospital of Lima for treatement. The Peruvian Army repelled an attack by Shining Path terrorists on the Counterterrorist Base of Llochegua, in Huanta province, on December 17.The successful defense of the base occurred as the Military conducts an intensified offensive against the terrorist group and other illegal organizations in order to pacify the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. The Armed Forces Joint Command directed the VRAEM Special Command to crack down on the Shining Path, which finances its terrorist activities by trafficking drugs. Pacifying the VRAEM is a challenging and important mission. “The pacification of the VRAEM is as relevant as a security policy,” said Cesar Ortiz, president of the Peruvian Association for Citizen Safety (APROSEC). “However, to carry out the pacification is a very hard mission for the Armed Forces. Time has shown that the region lives a conflict that is not easy to manage. It is a challenge to any authority, and the state is putting all its efforts into it.” The terrorists have to stop right nowwhat’s wrong with you man up The Peruvian Army repelled an attack by Shining Path terrorists on the Counterterrorist Base of Llochegua, in Huanta province, on December 17.The successful defense of the base occurred as the Military conducts an intensified offensive against the terrorist group and other illegal organizations in order to pacify the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. The Armed Forces Joint Command directed the VRAEM Special Command to crack down on the Shining Path, which finances its terrorist activities by trafficking drugs. Obtaining solid intelligence on the activities of drug traffickers was a key component of DIRANDRO’s success in 2014. On December 9, security forces in the province of La Mar, located in the Department of Ayacucho, captured eight people in two trucks carrying 356 kilos of cocaine and some weapons. In addition to capturing suspects and seizing drugs, security forces have damaged infrastructure used by drug traffickers. For instance, Antinarcotics Police have destroyed or disabled 263 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers in the VRAEM. Most of the runways were 500 meters long and 10 meters wide. Peru is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares used for coca leaf cultivation. Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca is used illegally for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Police have also dismantled 46 drug trafficking gangs and captured 32 alleged narc-gang leaders, according to the Antinarcotics Administration (DIRANDRO). “We have had good intelligence work that we will reinforce (in 2015), as well as our relationship with the Financial Investigation Unit of the Superintendent of Banks and Insurance, to deepen our investigation into laundering practices,” according to Vicente Romero Fernández, the head of DIRANDRO. On December 9, security forces in the province of La Mar, located in the Department of Ayacucho, captured eight people in two trucks carrying 356 kilos of cocaine and some weapons. And at about the same time, Soldiers and police in the same region interdicted two boats that were carrying 250 kilos of cocaine, according to law enforcement authorities. Obtaining solid intelligence on the activities of drug traffickers was a key component of DIRANDRO’s success in 2014. Progress in pacifying the VRAEM region Peru is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares used for coca leaf cultivation. Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca is used illegally for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). With patrols and other successful security operations against narco-traffickers and terrorists, the Army and National Police have reduced the Shining Path’s zone of influence from more than 74,000 square miles to a little more than 3,000 square miles. Examples of successful operations: “This criminal action is a reaction to the intensification of the integrated operations the Armed Forces and the National Police are carrying out against terrorism and drug trafficking, in particular, the continuous destruction of illegal runways and the neutralization of narco-planes,” the Joint Command of the Armed Forces said in a statement. Intelligence also helped the Military and police identify illegal coca crops. Throughout the country, security forces eradicated 31,000 hectares used for the illegal production of coca, the primary ingredient in the production of cocaine. Progress in pacifying the VRAEM region “We have had good intelligence work that we will reinforce (in 2015), as well as our relationship with the Financial Investigation Unit of the Superintendent of Banks and Insurance, to deepen our investigation into laundering practices,” according to Vicente Romero Fernández, the head of DIRANDRO. The Shining Path attacked the military base in retaliation for increased Army and National Police patrols and security operations, such as the identification and dismantling of clandestine landing strips used by narco-planes. Five days earlier, on December 4, Troops intercepted a small plane that was carrying 250 kilos of cocaine. The small aircraft was registered in Bolivia, but was seized in the district of Pangoa, in the Junio region. In 2014, the Army seized 14 small planes used by narco-traffickers to transport drugs. Each of the planes was registered in Bolivia. And at about the same time, Soldiers and police in the same region interdicted two boats that were carrying 250 kilos of cocaine, according to law enforcement authorities. In addition to capturing suspects and seizing drugs, security forces have damaged infrastructure used by drug traffickers. For instance, Antinarcotics Police have destroyed or disabled 263 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers in the VRAEM. Most of the runways were 500 meters long and 10 meters wide. The Shining Path attacked the military base in retaliation for increased Army and National Police patrols and security operations, such as the identification and dismantling of clandestine landing strips used by narco-planes. “This criminal action is a reaction to the intensification of the integrated operations the Armed Forces and the National Police are carrying out against terrorism and drug trafficking, in particular, the continuous destruction of illegal runways and the neutralization of narco-planes,” the Joint Command of the Armed Forces said in a statement. With patrols and other successful security operations against narco-traffickers and terrorists, the Army and National Police have reduced the Shining Path’s zone of influence from more than 74,000 square miles to a little more than 3,000 square miles. Examples of successful operations: Pacifying the VRAEM is a challenging and important mission. “The pacification of the VRAEM is as relevant as a security policy,” said Cesar Ortiz, president of the Peruvian Association for Citizen Safety (APROSEC). “However, to carry out the pacification is a very hard mission for the Armed Forces. Time has shown that the region lives a conflict that is not easy to manage. It is a challenge to any authority, and the state is putting all its efforts into it.” Improving public safety in the VRAEM region Five days earlier, on December 4, Troops intercepted a small plane that was carrying 250 kilos of cocaine. The small aircraft was registered in Bolivia, but was seized in the district of Pangoa, in the Junio region. In 2014, the Army seized 14 small planes used by narco-traffickers to transport drugs. Each of the planes was registered in Bolivia. Improving public safety in the VRAEM region
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Albany Times Union co-published a version of this story.Previously undisclosed emails by a mortgage industry lobbyist doubling as a consultant for then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo show the lobbyist played a self-described “critical role” in one of Cuomo’s signature financial crisis investigations.The emails from 2007 and 2008 detail how the lobbyist, longtime Cuomo confidant Howard Glaser, was involved in an investigation of mortgage industry players that included Glaser’s own clients.In one email, Glaser touted his influence over a Cuomo deal that weakened rules to prevent misdeeds in the mortgage market. That deal, with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reflected Glaser’s “significant, critical, and current input,” he wrote in an email, “a fact to which current [Fannie and Freddie] employees and the NYAG’s office are prepared to attest.” Fannie and Freddie were both Glaser’s clients.The emails contradict Glaser’s previous account of his involvement in Cuomo’s investigations.ProPublica and the Albany Times Union reported last year that Glaser was working simultaneously as a consultant for the attorney general’s office and for a bevy of mortgage industry firms. Glaser said at the time that he only gave general advice to Cuomo’s office, that he did not represent clients with the attorney general, and that he was “not involved” in specific mortgage industry cases.According to the emails, however, Glaser was involved in mortgage industry cases and traveled to Cuomo’s office repeatedly over the course of nearly two years while investigations related to Glaser’s clients unfolded.“Oy. I Spent the last 48 hrs at the NY AG’s office and am glad to give you an off the record briefing and my observations,” Glaser wrote in a Nov. 7, 2007, email to the federal regulator of Fannie and Freddie. That same day, Cuomo announced subpoenas of the two mortgage giants as part of an investigation into fraudulently inflated home appraisals.“These emails on their face indicate a serious conflict of interest, a conflict that could very well have influenced enforcement actions by Cuomo, much to the benefit of Glaser’s clients,” said Craig Holman of the government watchdog group Public Citizen.The new emails also show how Glaser briefed industry players about Cuomo’s investigation while Glaser was involved in it.In early November 2007, Glaser gave details to analysts on a conference call hosted by the investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods about Cuomo’s investigation of inflated appraisals. Glaser gave the investment bank briefing just a couple of days after he had “spent the last 48 hrs at the NY AG’s office.”Asked last year about that call, Glaser said he had relied strictly on public information. “I understand you will want to imply I had some special information due to the history w cuomo but that is horseshit,” Glaser emailed ProPublica last year.It had been a busy month for Glaser. He also provided an update on Cuomo’s appraisal investigations to the National Association of Realtors, which was later identified in press reports as a Glaser client.Glaser recently told ProPublica he stands by his comment last year that he did not “represent any clients with the AG’s office.” He did not elaborate on his email trumpeting to a client his influence “in the matter of the New York Attorney General’s investigation.”Asked about the reference to the “48 hours” at the attorney general’s office, Glaser said in an email he had been “making my annual Election Day visit to NY.” He declined to comment further. He also declined to provide the dates for which he was working as a consultant for the attorney general’s office.Glaser has declined to provide a list of his clients. But a professional bio from the period identified some as “mortgage insurance companies, real estate and housing trade associations, mortgage bankers, and investment research companies.”A spokeswoman for Cuomo did not respond to requests for comment.The emails, obtained through a public records request, were sent by Glaser to the general counsel of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The agency regulated Fannie and Freddie and took more direct control of the companies during the financial crisis in September 2008.Some of the email traffic concerned a billing dispute in which Glaser describes his work for Freddie on Cuomo’s appraisal standards investigation and settlement.In early 2008, Cuomo struck a deal with Fannie and Freddie that was designed to stamp out conflicts of interest in appraisals. But several industry groups and banks fought the settlement. In a June 2008 email, sent when Cuomo’s appraisal deal was facing industry pushback, Glaser wrote: “I am heading up to NY AG tomorrow plan to have some informal discussion re appraisal and how to close this down.”That August, he updated the FHFA general counsel about his work on the appraisal negotiations. “I have the 4 major financial institutions ready to adopt the [appraisal] code,” he wrote. (Glaser recently told ProPublica, “I never had the banks as clients in any matter.”)In December 2008, Cuomo announced a revised deal, weakening rules that had been meant to ensure the independence of appraisers. That’s the deal Glaser said he played a “critical role” in.Steven Cohen, who was Cuomo’s chief of staff in the attorney general’s office, said he stood by earlier comments that Glaser had “served as a general consultant on the industry overall. He did not provide advice on specific investigations.” Cohen declined to comment on the new emails that show Glaser’s dealings with the attorney general’s office.Glaser went on to serve as state operations director after Cuomo became governor in 2011; he left the administration last summer. Both Cohen and Glaser now work for billionaire businessman Ron Perelman, a generous supporter of Cuomo’s campaigns.The new emails leave some questions unanswered about Glaser’s dealings with the attorney general’s office. As we previously reported, another of Glaser’s clients, the mortgage due diligence firm Clayton, received immunity from Cuomo as part of a cooperation deal. Glaser has said he did not represent Clayton in its dealings with the attorney general’s office.Glaser’s years-old emails also show the importance of email preservation at a time when the Cuomo administration is under fire for instituting a policy that purges emails after 90 days unless they’re actively retained. If the emails had been sent to or from Cuomo’s current office or a state agency under the new policy, they likely would have been lost.If you have information related to this article, or other tips related to New York, email [email protected] stories: For more coverage of Andrew Cuomo and Howard Glaser, read ProPublica’s previous reporting: After Pledge of Sunlight, Gov. Cuomo Officials Keep Their Email in the Shadows and Cuomo’s Office Denies Using Private Email Accounts. But it Does.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.
Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Mar 2020 9:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link183Shares Advertisement Everton first-team squad and staff in self-isolation as Premier League crisis grows Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 (Picture: Getty)Everton were due to face Premier League leaders and Merseyside rivals Liverpool on Monday night, but that match will be postponed.ADVERTISEMENTA club statement read: ‘Everton Football Club can confirm that, as a precautionary measure, its entire first-team squad and coaching staff are undertaking a period of self-isolation following medical advice.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The step has been taken after a first-team player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.‘The Club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff.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‘The health, welfare and safety of all Everton players, staff and stakeholders is the Club’s absolute priority.‘Therefore, the Club has taken the decision to close down all Everton workplaces including USM Finch Farm, Goodison Park and its headquarters at the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool City Centre.‘The Club’s retail store at Goodison Park will also close but its Liverpool ONE store is unaffected and will remain open. Everton were scheduled to take on Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday (Picture: Getty)‘Everton will continue to adhere to UK Government and Public Health guidelines with regards to the closure of its facilities and wellbeing of staff and will be discussing next steps with regards to upcoming fixtures with the Premier League on Friday morning.‘Further updates will be provided in due course, including guidance relating to forthcoming fixtures.’Leicester City confirmed yesterday that three players were in self-isolation after displaying symptoms similar to coronavirus, while Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy is self-isolating after a family member was taken ill.MORE: Callum Hudson-Odoi speaks out after Chelsea winger tests positive for coronavirusMORE: Mikel Arteta ‘optimistic’ about full recovery after testing positive for coronavirusFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Everton have become the third Premier League club to go into self-isolation (Picture: Getty)Everton have become the latest Premier League club to go into lockdown with the first-team squad and coaching staff in self-isolation after an unnamed player reported coronavirus-like symptoms.Both Arsenal and Chelsea undertook similar measures on Thursday evening after Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi respectively both tested positive for Covid-19.The Premier League will hold an emergency meeting at 10.30am on Friday, with the competition expected to be suspended, and Everton’s announcement only increases that likelihood. Advertisement
The situation poses a risk of supply chains being logjammed as ships without crews won’t be able to sail. A staggering number of seafarers is being impacted by the inability to carry out crew changes due to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on travel by national governments across the globe. Some countries like Cyprus, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Djibouti have lifted restrictions in order to facilitate the repatriation of crews. However, more needs to be done in order to resolve the ongoing ordeal of so many seafarers. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is encouraging ships around the world to sound their horns when in port at 12.00 local time on July 8th to remind governments of the ongoing crew change crisis. The situation has resulted in 400,000 seafarers being affected, with 200,000 workers who have overrun their contracts and are currently stranded on ships, and another 200,000 are at shore, waiting to start their tours of duty, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). The action comes ahead of a critical summit meeting led by the UK Government on July 9th to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on crew changes and on the day leaders meet for the ILO Global Summit. “The solutions do not need money or complicated negotiations. Governments must now implement these protocols. If bureaucracy continues to get in the way, what has already become a humanitarian crisis at sea, and what is fast becoming an economic one, will lead to severe consequences for an already overstretched global economy. The time for political leadership is now,” he said. Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping, said there was a clear solution for the ongoing crisis: a regulator-approved 12-step crew change road map. Despite incessant calls from the maritime bodies, seafarers are yet to be designated as ‘key workers’ and exempted from travel restrictions.
Manchester City began their Premier League title defence in much the same way as they had claimed the championship months earlier by coming from behind to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.The excellent Carlos Tevez gave City a first half lead, although Roberto Mancini had been dealt an early blow when Sergio Aguero left the game on a stretcher with a knee injury.Southampton had been largely confined to their own half before they stunned the hosts by racing into a 2-1 lead in the second half courtesy of goals from substitutes Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis.But Edin Dzeko quickly grabbed an equaliser and Samir Nasri, the architect of much of City’s best play, completed the comeback with 10 minutes to play.Mancini handed new signing Jack Rodwell his City debut in central midfield, where he partnered Yaya Toure in the absence of the injured Gareth Barry, while Joe Hart was passed fit to start in goal.Seventeen-year-old midfielder James Ward-Prowse made his first ever league appearance in midfield for the Saints, with last season’s Championship top scorer Lambert left on the bench as Guly do Prado started in attack. Having written his name into the history books at the end of last season, Aguero started the new campaign with a moment that he will hope will not last so long in his memory.The Argentine forward appeared to twist his knee under the sliding challenge of right-back Nathaniel Clyne – who cleanly won the ball – and, after one attempt to get back to his feet, left the Etihad Stadium on a stretcher.Almost unnoticed amidst the worries of Aguero, Southampton had settled into the game nicely, with Ward-Prowse rushing forward with confidence from central midfield and Joleon Lescott under scrutiny for a tackle on Rodriguez in the City box.Soon after Dzeko had replaced Aguero, Nasri flicked David Silva’s pass into the path of Tevez, who spun past centre-back Jos Hooiveld into the box and was tripped by the Dutch defender’s outstretched leg, leaving Howard Webb no choice but to point to the spot.With Aguero withdrawn and other regular takers Mario Balotelli and James Milner on the bench, Silva had the chance to send City in front but his penalty was poorly struck and Kelvin Davis saved to his left. Southampton found breaks forward more difficult to come by as the half wore on but defended resolutely, keeping Dzeko away from crosses aimed by full-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy.Southampton were five minutes away from reaching the break with the deadlock intact when Nasri, allowed too much time and space in the visitors’ half, picked out Tevez with a chipped pass that the Argentine scurried on to – just staying in line with Jose Fonte – and rifled past Kelvin Davis at the near post.Southampton did make it to the break trailing by only a goal but the game was almost put to bed shortly after the restart. Nasri, perhaps only second to Tevez in influence exerted in the first half, fought off Clyne on the left-hand side before directing a low cross into the path of Dzeko, but the Bosnian failed to get proper contact on the ball from point blank range.Adkins had seen enough, calling Lambert to the touchline in one of two moves that would turn the game on its head, but the striker was still waiting to replace Rodriguez when Silva passed up another golden opportunity. Tevez sped down the right and forced Kelvin Davis to parry his powerful cross before the Spaniard volleyed on to the crossbar after Nasri had controlled the rebound.It took Lambert less time to find his range and make his mark on the top flight. Guiding a Southampton attack forward, the 30-year-old superbly steered home a precise shot from the edge of the box after Lescott had blocked his attempted through ball back into his path. The Saints’ second-half possession had hovered around the 20 per cent mark and from that point it seemed that preserving their point at all costs would be the order of the day but, once again, Adkins found a way to inspire his team from the bench.Steven Davis was brought into the fray this time and when Rodwell’s poor pass sparked a counter-attack, the former Rangers midfielder took advantage of Adam Lallana’s lay-off to find the bottom corner with another fine finish.The story, with City trailing 2-1, seemed a familiar one and it was to take a familiar next step. This time, it did not take as long for the man who gave the fans inside the Etihad Stadium back in May a shred of hope to find an equaliser. Vincent Kompany returned Nasri’s corner to the penalty area with a low shot and after Toure had scrapped for the ball it fell for Dzeko to slam home.Substitute Balotelli failed to convert a sublime low cross from Nasri as City searched for another dramatic third goal before Dzeko glanced a header narrowly wide.Once Dzeko had equalised, a winner seemed almost inevitable and City found it with 10 minutes still to play. Clichy’s cross from the left was poorly dealt with by his opposite number Danny Fox, with Nasri making no mistake after the defender had headed the ball directly into his path. Fonte had one chance to grab a point as Southampton pressed for a late leveller but City held out to register their first points of the new campaign.
But he trained Tuesday and was subsequently named to Barca’s 19-man squad to take on rival Madrid, although coach Ernesto Valverde had earlier indicated in a news conference that he would not risk Messi unless he was fully fit.”We treat every player exactly the same, some players are declared fit at the last moment and we will react exactly the same to Leo Messi as with any other player in the squad,” Valverde said.”I like to take risks when you have a cushion to fall back on. If it was the last game of the league it would be a different question. But you wouldn’t risk a player with an injury under any circumstances, Messi or anyone. Players with an injury are playing with the handbrake on.”SQUADFC Barcelona Real Madrid#CopaBarça #ElClásico pic.twitter.com/BAUCa0Xdi1— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 5, 2019Although Messi has been deemed fit enough to be on the squad, there is no place for winger Ousmane Dembele. He trained Tuesday but the visit of Madrid has come too soon for the France forward to make his return from a hamstring injury.With reserve goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen sidelined, having played throughout Barca’s run to the semifinals, Inaki Pena is included as cover for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Messi did not play in the most recent Clasico between the sides in October at Camp Nou due to an arm injury, but Barca ran out 5-1 winners regardless.25% – @FCBarcelona have lost 25% of their games without Lionel Messi this season in all competitions (2/8) compared to 7.4% with him (2/27). Essential. pic.twitter.com/cI2VetwBB6— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 5, 2019 Lionel Messi has been included on the Barcelona squad that will face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals.Barca’s captain had been in doubt for Wednesday’s game at Camp Nou because of an apparent thigh injury sustained in his team’s last game, a 2-2 draw at Valencia, in which Messi scored twice.