Topics : Although tournament organizers didn’t name the players, Argentina’s Guido Pella and qualifying hopeful Hugo Dellien of Bolivia both posted videos on Instagram saying they were the players concerned.Pella, ranked 35th in the world said he was sidelined after his personal trainer, Juan Manuel Galvan, tested positive for the virus.”Juan Manuel Galvan tested positive two days ago (Monday),” Pella said, adding that his coach, Jose Acasuso, had also been in close contact with Galvan.”Our two tests, Jose’s and mine, came back negative, we don’t feel anything. But the organizers took me out of the tournament … Now protocol dictates that I be tested every two days. There’s no other option and hopefully these two weeks will go by quickly and I can be present at the US Open.” Two players within the US Open bubble have been dropped from the ATP and WTA Western and Southern Open and sent into quarantine after contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.Tournament officials announced the move Wednesday, a day after learning that a non-player within the controlled environment had tested positive for the deadly virus.The person who tested positive is in isolation for 10 days but contract tracing showed two players had been in “close and prolonged contact” with the individual. Tournament officials said neither of the players who have been excluded has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms. But after input from the US Open medical team and in consultation with the New York City Department of Health, they were removed from the Western and Southern Open and sent into quarantine.The tournament, usually in Cincinnati, was moved to New York this year to serve as a tuneup for the US Open, which starts August 31 without spectators in a bubble setup at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.Women’s main draw play in the Western and Southern Open is set to begin Friday with men’s matches to start Saturday.The COVID-19 outbreak that had shut down the ATP and WTA season caused a temporary hospital to be established on the tennis center grounds in April as New York battled a spike in cases.
A range of technologies designed to combat the spread of COVID-19 is being deployed across Europe, from tracking apps to infrared cameras, posing a threat to individual digital rights and privacy, a report warned on Tuesday.Using such tools, despite the urgency surrounding the pandemic, calls for proper oversight and should not be rushed, said the report by Germany’s AlgorithmWatch, a digital rights group, and Bertelsmann Foundation.The research traced technology in use across 16 European countries, including telephone apps to track viral contacts, facial recognition systems that scan social distancing in crowds and infrared cameras that measure body temperature. Thermal imaging technology designed to detect fevers also is prone to error, yet such scanners are rapidly being put to use in European supermarkets, stadiums and museums, said the report by AlgorithmWatch and Bertelsman.In France, infrared cameras are being used in public schools and city halls to measure the temperatures of passersby, while the Italian city of Como has installed dozens of facial recognition cameras to monitor crowds for social distancing violations, it said.And sports spectators in Spain are being scanned by a system that detects anyone with a body temperature above 37º C (98.6 F), it said.Some European governments are not heeding recommendations by the World Health Organization that COVID-tracking technology be voluntary, it also said.In Poland, for example, citizens are forced to download a government app that uses geolocation and facial recognition to enforce quarantine orders. The report also cautioned against proposed “immunity passport” systems, in which people would be able to obtain a certificate or demonstrate to an app that they are virus-free.Such systems, being tested in Britain and in Estonia, could lead to discrimination and exclusion, especially if authorities or employers could have access to the content of the passports, it said.”Technologies are no panacea in themselves,” said Sarah Fischer, project manager at Bertelsmann, in a statement. “Securing public health can and must be compatible with democratic checks and balances,” said Fabio Chiusi, project manager with AlgorithmWatch, in a statement.” may be used to justify the uncritical adoption of tools and policies that risk undermining human rights,” he said.Many tools being touted as weapons in the battle against the virus have not been rigorously tested, especially for use in a pandemic, the report said.Error rates in facial recognition systems spike by 50% when they involve people wearing facial masks, according to a recent study by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. Topics :
Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is in hot water for holding a final tribute to Jakarta secretary Saefullah, who died after contracting COVID-19, by bringing his body in a hearse to City Hall before the burial on Wednesday.Public policy observer and Jakarta Residents Forum (Fakta) chairman Azas Tigor Nainggolan questioned Anies’ decision, saying that Saefullah’s body should have been taken directly to a public cemetery in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.“If Anies really wanted to pay his last respects, why did he not, as the governor, come see the body of the deceased at the hospital?” Azas said in a statement on Wednesday. He had received treatment at the MMC hospital in South Jakarta since Sept. 8, before being transferred to one of the city’s COVID-19 referral hospitals, Gatot Subroto Army Hospital, on Sunday.Prior to his burial at the Rorotan cemetery in North Jakarta on Wednesday, Anies welcomed the hearse in the City Hall yard to pay final respects. Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) chairman Prasetio Edi Marsudi and other working unit (SKPD) officials were present.The funeral prayer took place at Al-Khoiriyah Mosque, which is located right next to the late Saefullah’s house, and was attended by dozens of residents, tribunnews.com reported.Jakarta Personnel Agency (BKD) head Chaidir said the process for paying respects to Saefullah at City Hall had been carried out in accordance with COVID-19 health protocols.“Everyone followed health protocols. The body was in a coffin in a tightly closed ambulance. There was no problem,” Chaidir said on Thursday.Chaidir said paying final respects to officials who died before retiring was a common practice. Moreover, he said, Saefullah had died while helping the city fight against the pandemic.“We have a procedure for [paying tribute] to active officials [who die]. He was an authorized and active official, did not retire and was still took part in a plenary meeting when he got sick,” he said.“If you, as a leader, are let go offhand, how would you feel?” he added.Chaidir argued that those criticizing the event at City Hall did not understand bureaucratic ethics and eastern customs. Azas argued that Anies had shown a superior attitude toward his subordinates, while also risking the lives of people gathering at City Hall on Wednesday.“Anies’ attitude showed that he did not care and had no commitment to protect the people of Jakarta. He only made the pandemic a stage of power and arrogance, as well as a stage for imaging,” he added.He asked the Health Ministry and the national COVID-19 task force to reprimand Anies for violating health protocols and order all attendees to get tested and undergo a two-week quarantine.Saefullah, who had worked as the Jakarta secretary since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s time as governor, died at noon on Wednesday after previously testing positive for COVID-19.
Lukashenko ‘has to go’ Macron on Sunday said that Lukashenko “has to go”, but has also vowed support possible mediation in the crisis by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).”Our objective is for this mediation to begin in the next few days or weeks,” Macron said, adding that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU chief Charles Michel would “push” Belarus to accept mediation.”The aim is a peaceful transition, the release of people who are in prison for their political opinions and the holding of free elections under international observation,” he said.Tuesday’s meeting with Macron was Tikhanovskaya’s most high-profile so far.She has previously addressed the UN Human Rights Council and the European Parliament and has met with EU foreign ministers and the leaders of neighboring Poland and Lithuania.Tikhanovskaya, a political novice whose blogger husband is in prison in Belarus accused of trying to overthrow the government, told AFP after the meeting that she had accepted an invitation to speak at the French parliament.Parliamentary officials said she would address the lower house’s foreign affairs committee. Britain and Canada on Tuesday became the first major nations to slap sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko over the country’s seething political crisis.The move came as Russia lashed out at what it dubbed “unprecedented external pressure” on Minsk after Lukashenko’s disputed election victory triggered massive street protests and Western condemnation.The European Union has so far failed to impose blanket sanctions on Lukashenko, with only its small Baltic members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania targeting the strongman leader and around 100 senior regime officials. ‘Difficult situation’Tikhanovskaya said the crisis should be resolved “as soon as possible” and new free and fair elections should be held by the end of the year.”[Macron] supports the idea of mediation because he understands that powerful countries need to be involved to begin negotiations with Lukashenko. He is ready to help with this,” she said.”I think he will speak with the Russian side about Belarus and will do everything possible to involve Russia in these negotiations.”Macron has said that Putin, Lukashenko’s main ally, is favourable to mediation in the Belarus crisis by the OSCE.But Putin on Tuesday said that Belarus was in a “difficult situation” and was facing “unprecedented external pressure”.Addressing a forum on the Belarusian and Russian regions, the Kremlin chief said Moscow was ready to stand by Minsk, describing ties as “timeless and all-weather”.Putin has promised to provide Lukashenko with security assistance if the political crisis worsens and gave Belarus a loan of $1.5 billion.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov downplayed Macron’s talks with Tikhanovskaya, saying it amounted to a meeting between the “French president and a Belarusian citizen”.Topics : But French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday signaled that EU sanctions were in the offing after he promised that Paris would help foster mediation of the crisis.London and Ottawa imposed the sanctions on Lukashenko, his son and senior regime figures for a string of alleged human rights violations.Belarus has been in upheaval since a disputed August 9 presidential election in which opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya claimed victory against Lukashenko, who has ruled since 1994.The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada regard his presidency as illegitimate, but he has the backing of long-time ally Russian President Vladimir Putin. Macron met Tuesday with Tikhanovskaya in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in what was seen as a major show of support for the activist.Tikhanovskaya fled to the Baltic EU state bordering Belarus in the aftermath of the vote as mass protests in former Soviet republic were met with a brutal crackdown in which thousands were arrested.”Europe is putting itself in a position to exert pressure, through sanctions that we will have to take in the coming days and weeks,” Macron told reporters.EU leaders are preparing to adopt sanctions against Lukashenko and other top Belarusian officials at a summit later this week.
Meanwhile, North Sulawesi had recorded 4,868 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, with 185 fatalities.According to Sitaro Regent Evangelian Sasingen, her strategy for keeping the region COVID-19-free until June was to impose preventive measures before the central government announced the first COVID-19 in Indonesia.“At every entrance there were strict examinations. At the beginning, we didn’t have personal protective equipment, so we wore raincoats instead”, she said in a statement published on the national COVID-19 task force’s website on Thursday.After the first case in the regency was announced, an infection cluster was detected at a market, prompting Evangelian to lock down the market temporarily while the area was disinfected. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world and Indonesia, Siau Tagulandang Biaro (Sitaro) Islands regency in North Sulawesi has become a rare case of a region with a very low rate of infection.The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was only recorded in the regency that comprises Siau, Tagulandang and Biaro islands, in June, after a resident who had just returned from the provincial capital of Manado tested positive for the deadly virus.As of Thursday, the regency, which has a population of 73,584, had one COVID-19 patient under treatment, while 34 patients had recovered and one had died. Her administration also traced the contacts of the patient, which lead them to one subdistict. Whenever a reactive result was recorded from an initial test, the suspected carrier was taken to the Rumah Singgah shelter home, which the administration has turned into isolation center.In addition to setting up an isolation center, she also established COVID-19 task forces at every level of the community from district to subdistrict, village to hamlet. The task forces are in charge of monitoring all newcomers to their respective areas.”All newcomers are obliged to undergo isolation for two weeks,” Eva said. Traditional leader of Sitaro Islands regency Erland Jaya Salindeho added that cooperation between the regional administration, traditional leaders and the community had been optimal.The challenge they faced was how to engage remote hamlets.“We addressed the issue by establishing traditional institutions who are in charge of educating and empowering residents and mitigating disasters,” Eva said.For their efforts at curbing COVID-19, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency gave an award to Sitaro regency on Thursday.According to a risk map published on the national COVID-19 task force’s website, as of Oct. 11 there were 11 “low risk” green zones that had recorded zero cases of COVID-19 and 14 regions that were not affected by COVID-19. (iwa) Topics : Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap
Unai Emery tells Arsenal to hijack Manchester United’s move for Thomas Meunier Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 May 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 link1.9kShares Arsenal manager Unai Emery is keen to sign PSG misfit Thomas Meunier (Picture: Getty)Arsenal manager Unai Emery is interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain full-back Thomas Meunier this summer.Stephan Lichtsteiner is expected to leave Arsenal in the coming months and Emery is keen to find a replacement for the Swiss in order to provide competition for Hector Bellerin at right-back.Meunier has dropped down the pecking order at PSG, with Thilo Kehrer and Colin Dagba both preferred by Thomas Tuchel, and the Belgian has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League for some time.Manchester United are long-term admirers of Meunier – who has supported the Red Devils since childhood – but they could face serious competition in their pursuit of the defender.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAccording to France Football, Emery was impressed with Meunier during his time as PSG manager and has added the Belgium international to Arsenal’s shortlist of targets.Meunier’s potential interest in joining Arsenal may depend on whether or not they qualify for next season’s Champions League.The report claims that PSG have slapped a €30m (£26.5m) asking price on the former Club Brugge man. Emery has a close relationship with Meunier from his time as PSG boss (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas has urged Emery to sign Meunier’s PSG team-mate, Adrien Rabiot, this summer.‘We need a box-to-box style midfield player and a player that can pick a pass too, so it is a matter of bringing in the right ones,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports earlier this month.‘I think you need to know your system, fit them in and see where it takes you. Adrien Rabiot will be a free-agent and been linked with different clubs, but I would take him.‘He has the quality and is of decent level, which Arsenal need.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘In attack, I like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette but will they win you the Premier League? I think they could.‘Between them, bearing in mind they haven’t actually played much together, their goal return has been a very good return.‘Arsenal have been relying on one striker for too long and now they have two so it does give me hope.‘I would sell Henrik Mkhitaryan and if I got the right money for Alex Iwobi I would sell him too. Denis Suarez has gone, that was a waste of time.’MORE: Virgil van Dijk reveals he spoke to Ajax’s Dutch contingent after Tottenham defeat Comment Advertisement
Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 7 Sep 2019 3:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link21Shares Gabriel Martinelli explains the influence of Unai Emery and Edu on him at Arsenal Gabriel Martinelli is loving his new life at Arsenal (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli is enjoying his new life in north London and has high praise for Gunners boss Unai Emery and technical director Edu.The 18-year-old signed from Ituano in Brazil this summer and has already made his Premier League debut, coming off the bench in the opening game of the season against Newcastle.He is not expected to be a regular in the first team this season, with the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of him in the pecking order, but he is happy to be learning from Emery and Edu at the Emirates.‘The coach [Emery] is a great person, and I’m learning a lot from him on a daily basis,’ Martinelli told Lance.ADVERTISEMENT Martinelli made his Premier League debut against Newcastle (Picture: Getty Images)‘I try to do my best in training so that, when I have the opportunity, to grasp it with everything.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Edu is an exceptional guy, a great professional, victorious and who made history with the Arsenal shirt.‘We talked a lot when I arrived and, undoubtedly, having a person like him around motivates us more and more.’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 CityIt has been a huge change for the teenager, moving from Sao Paulo to London and to a club full of household names.Martinelli admits that it was nerve-racking meeting his new team-mates because he has been watching them on the small screen from Brazil.‘I’ve arrived in a new place, with a different culture, another style of play and only with time and working day-to-day will I develop in the best way possible,’ the forward continued.‘I was received in the best way possible. Being very young, I got a little shy, because I only saw these players on television and in video games.‘But they welcomed me very well, making me feel at home and I try to learn from them on a daily basis.‘My adaptation has been the best possible. I had a strong pre-season where I was able to play a good role and showcase my qualities.‘I know the squad is packed with great players, but I know what I can do and my goal is to help the team.‘I think we can achieve great things this season by winning titles and marking our name in Arsenal ’s history.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likes Instagram post demanding Arsenal sell Granit XhakaMORE: Paul Merson warns Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea about Premier League rivals Leicester and Everton Advertisement
Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Oct 2019 9:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link129Shares Patrick Vieira won three Premier League titles with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementBut when asked by RMC Sport about potentially managing Arsenal in the future, Vieira says he would be keen to take the job: ‘Yes, like any player, when we do this job we want to touch the very highest level.‘But the very high level I can touch with Nice from the moment we give ourselves the means to succeed and from the moment the way which we work is quite consistent.‘But we do this job, and I do this job, to one day to be the coach of a team that participates in the Champions League.’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 Comment Advertisement Patrick Vieira says he would want to manage Arsenal one day (AFP/Getty Images)Patrick Vieira admits he would welcome the opportunity to manage Arsenal after Unai Emery.The 43-year-old, who won three Premier League titles as a player at Arsenal and captained the team for three years, is currently in his second season as manager of Nice.Vieira began his managerial career at New York City FC before making the move to Ligue 1, while he guided Nice to a seventh-placed finish in his first season at the club.The World Cup winner also held brief talks with Arsenal following Arsene Wenger’s departure last year but the Gunners opted to replace the Frenchman with Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Patrick Vieira targets Arsenal job after Unai Emery Advertisement
Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 2 Jan 2020 1:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares The striker’s loan at Leeds was cut short as Arsenal recalled him on New Year’s Day (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has not closed the door on Eddie Nketiah being involved with the Arsenal first team after the club decided to terminate his loan spell with Leeds United early.The young striker only started two Championship matches while on loan at Elland Road and played his last match for the club against West Brom on New Year’s Day in a 1-1 draw as he was recalled by his parent club.Arsenal were frustrated by Nketiah’s lack of starts for Leeds and will now weigh up whether to involve him with the first team or find a new loan club where he will be guaranteed more game time.Unfortunately my time @LUFC has come to an end. It’s been an amazing experience and a privilege to play for such an amazing club. I would like to say a big thank you to my teammates, the coaching staff and the manager for making my time here an enjoyable one. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/IgQNfkOWn5— Eddie Nketiah (@EddieNketiah9) January 1, 2020 Arteta picked up his first win in charge of Arsenal on New Year’s Day (Picture: AFP)‘They can play against any opponent in this league, be better than them and dominate them and compete against them – something that in my opinion for many weeks that haven’t been doing together.‘But as well for what we’re trying to create that’s not just worked, it’s actually happening and you can see it happening which generates more belief.’MORE: Eddie Nketiah sends class message to Leeds United fans after returning to ArsenalMORE: Mikel Arteta confirms Granit Xhaka will stay at Arsenal and gushes over midfielderMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Mikel Arteta reveals he will speak to Edu and Raul Sanllehi about Eddie Nketiah’s Arsenal future AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAfter Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Manchester United, Arteta confirmed he would speak to head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu about what happens next.Edu is in charge of managing the many players Arsenal have on loan, and the prospective clubs they could join, while Arteta will also speak to Nketiah in person on Thursday when he travels back down to London from Leeds.Asked about his plans for Nketiah following the loan recall, Arteta said: ‘I’m having a meeting tomorrow with Edu and Raul to go through all the loans and situations.‘I know he’s [Nketiah] coming tomorrow so I will speak to him and we will try to make the best decision for him.’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 ArsenalArsenal had been on a dreadful run of form at the Emirates, losing four in a row, but bounced back against United thanks to goals from Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis.Arteta believes the result will give the side a huge lift, but they still have plenty of work ahead to keep on improving.‘In the end we are judged by results and that’s going to give them a massive lift in terms of confidence,’ he said. Advertisement