Spanish region imposes smoking ban to curb virus spread

first_imgTopics : It has already ordered the closure of bars and nightclubs and restricted the number of people who can enter shops at the same time.With 30 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, Galicia has one of the lowest prevalence rates of the virus in Spain, one of the European nations hardest-hit by the pandemic with nearly 29,000 deaths. Officials in the southern region of Andalusia, along with those in the central regions of Castilla y Leon and Castilla La Mancha, said they were considering similar smoking restrictions. The World Health Organization has said tobacco users are likely to be more vulnerable to being infected by the virus and could increase the possibility of transmission of the disease since it involves contact of fingers with the lips.Spain’s highly decentralized system of government makes regions responsible for healthcare, leading to a patchwork of different measures to curb the virus across the country of 47 million people.The smoking ban is part of a series of new measures imposed by Galicia, best-known as the destination for pilgrims hiking the Camino de Santiago, to curb the spread of COVID-19.center_img A ban on smoking on streets and restaurant terraces when social-distancing cannot be guaranteed came into effect Thursday in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia, with other areas mulling similar restrictions.Under a law approved by the regional government of Galicia late on Wednesday, smoking in public is not allowed if it is not possible to maintain a distance of two meters (6.7 feet) between people.When he announced the measure the head of the regional government of Galicia, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, said several experts had warned his administration that “smoking without any restrictions, including on a terrace without any limitations, with people nearby, or in crowded places, without any social distancing, represents a high risk of infection.”last_img read more

‘Made in Hong Kong’ brand suffers as US-China tensions deepen

first_imgTopics : At the Koon Chun Sauce Factory workers are scrambling to cover hundreds of thousands of bottles with new “Made in China” labels as the popular Hong Kong brand falls victim to spiraling diplomatic tensions.Founded nearly a century ago, the family-owned factory has survived a world war, multiple economic crises and the slow withering of Hong Kong’s manufacturing base as companies looked for cheaper labour in mainland China.It remains one of the financial hub’s most enduring brands, churning out culinary staples such as soy, hoisin and oyster sauces found in Chinese restaurants and kitchens around the world. But from November it can no longer place the words “Made in Hong Kong” on any products exported to the United States — part of Washington’s response to Beijing imposing a tough new security law on the restless city.The new rules, announced by US Customs in August, came just two days before a Koon Chun shipment of 1,300 boxes was about to set sail for Atlanta.The factory suddenly had to re-label the entire shipment and all other cargo the firm planned to ship to the US this summer. “It was a mission impossible,” Daniel Chan told AFP from the factory his great-grandfather founded in 1928. Impossible situation But economic consequences have rippled through the recession-hit hub as authorities use the new powers to pursue political opponents.Rattled tech firms have declined to share data with local police while some companies and universities are struggling to attract international talent.Banks have found themselves caught in an impossible situation. The US has sanctioned key Chinese and Hong Kong officials in response to the law. But that same security law also forbids companies from complying with any foreign sanctions regime. Another victim has been the “Made in Hong Kong” brand, a label that companies can place on products made exclusively in the city.Donald Trump has turned increasingly hawkish towards China as he seeks re-election, and the crackdown on democracy supporters in Hong Kong has given him fresh ammunition.This summer his administration declared Hong Kong no longer sufficiently autonomous to justify special trading status. Instead it would be treated like any other Chinese city.Chan, who studied at Harvard in the US, said he expected the political landscape would shift in Hong Kong. But he never thought it would come so fast.”I envisioned something closer to 2047, when Hong Kong is officially without One Country Two Systems,” Chan said, referring to the China promise to let Hong Kong keep key liberties and autonomy for 50 years after the 1997 handover from Britain.The past few weeks have been a blur of activity at the sauce factory as its 90 employees try to adjust to the new reality.center_img China blanketed Hong Kong in a new security law to stamp out huge and often violent pro-democracy protests that convulsed the city last year.Both Beijing and local authorities said it would have no impact on businesses and would restore stability. Political fiasco On top of the stop-gap stickers, new labels are being drawn up for US exports — the large “Made in Hong Kong” lettering replaced with a much smaller “Made in China” declaration.Much time has been spent rearranging storage for now-delayed cargo shipments.Companies were given a reprieve when Hong Kong’s commerce minister Edward Yau said Washington had postponed the label rule until early November, after the presidential election. “This buys us a little bit of time,” Chan said. But he described it as “a short-term solution to this whole politically inspired fiasco”.Yau has slammed the labeling change and threatened to take the US to the World Trade Organization.He also stressed that Hong Kong-made shipments to the US were worth just HK$3.7 billion ($480 million) in 2019, less than 0.1 percent of the city’s gross exports.But that is little consolation for Chan who says around half his products go to the US, where the brand is especially popular with the large Chinese diaspora in North America. “I would say we are the only company which is only based in Hong Kong and still doing this kind of mass production and shipping it to US,” he said.Looking ahead, Chan fears more international markets may follow America.”In 20 years, 30 years from now, people will only have ‘Made in China’ and forget about Hong Kong,” Chan said. “That’s very sad.”last_img read more

Roland Garros in autumn: No fans ‘sucks’, water to celebrate birthday

first_img“Having no fans stinks,” said Isner, the giant American 21st seed who made the second round with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 win over home hope Elliot Benchetrit.”The atmosphere at this event is unbelievable, one of the best we have all year long. We don’t have that right now. “At the same time it’s a Grand Slam.”All the players at this year’s tournament are staying at two city center hotels. Apart from playing and training, they are barred from leaving. It’s a French Open like no other and for Simona Halep that means toasting a lonely birthday with a bottle of over-priced hotel water while for John Isner, it “sucks” seeing so few fans at a shivering, rainswept Roland Garros.Taking place four months later than usual due to the coronavirus, the early summer warmth normally associated with the tournament has been replaced by a bone-chilling 10 degrees.As a result, the world’s best players are putting on extra layers as well as brave faces. Many have compensated by posting pictures of the Eiffel Tower, a perfect background prop for their Instagram accounts.”We’re wearing our masks. We’re not leaving the hotel, of course, to go out to dinner or do anything like that,” added Isner.”Speaking for myself, I feel very safe. There’s no doubt about that. I think they’ve done a good job. The hotel, it’s nice. It’s got everything you could ask for. The rooms get really cold at night when you open your window. That’s awesome.”The restrictions will make for a lonely 29th birthday for 2018 champion Halep, the women’s top seed.”The perfect present was that I won today,” said Wimbledon champion Halep after seeing off Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-0 under the roof of Court Philippe Chatrier.center_img ‘Grateful for any fans’ “I cannot celebrate much, because I have to stay in the room, so I will just have a bottle of water!”The pandemic has made the world a very different place and tennis hasn’t escaped its impact.Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since World War II while the US Open was played out behind closed doors.For Venus Williams, now 40 and who made her Paris debut back in 1997, it was a bonus to at least see a smattering of the permitted 1,000 fans watching her first round tie, a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.”There were a handful of people there, and I was super grateful for them,” said the American seven-time Grand Slam title winner who was dressed in leggings, a long-sleeve shirt topped off by what looked liked a black, knitted, sleeveless cardigan.”It was fantastic, really. At this point, grateful for any fans that are here. Miss them desperately.”Greece’s Maria Sakkari arrived in Paris having trained in Athens where it was a sweltering 35 degrees.The 20th seed eased past Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-0, 7-5 before hailing the efforts of the French Tennis Federation on getting their long-delayed event up and running.”They are doing a great job because it’s more players, more people, less space, worse weather,” said Sakkari, comparing conditions in Paris to those of the recent US Open in New York.The few ticket-holders who made it inside courtesy of a random draw made the most of the dismal conditions.”We have access to all the courts, to all the matches for the whole day, we can enjoy Chatrier court, we know that we are a little privileged,” Julien Grisard, president of a Lyon tennis club told AFP.”It’s almost disconcerting to be so close to great players like these, you have the impression of being on a [third-tier] Challenger tournament. It’s a real opportunity.”Topics :last_img read more

Jose Mourinho questions Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term future at Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to late win over SouthamptonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:34FullscreenOle Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to late win over Southamptonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/ole-gunnar-solskjaer-reacts-late-win-southampton-1874566/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Mar 2019 2:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Commentcenter_img Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has transformed Manchester United since taking charge (Picture: Getty)Asked about Claudio Ranieri’s sacking at Fulham, Mourinho used Scott Parker to make a point about his own side.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘For me, my respect for the incredible work of Ranieri comes from that incredible achievement [of winning the title with Leicester],’ Mourinho told BeIN Sports.‘Then he goes to France, has an experience with Nantes, he comes to the Premier League and after a few months he is sacked.‘Can they get a better manager than Claudio? Not at all. Can you compare the experience of Claudio with Scott, who is going to coach a team for the first time? Not at all.‘But, sometimes in football – and you have the example of my former club, too – changes on the immediate, I don’t believe too much that these changes that are long term, but sometimes immediately there are positive results.‘And Fulham are in a situation where they really need something very special to happen. I think they are 10 points from the relegation line and they need something to happen.‘So that’s why I believe they did this [sack Ranieri], to try to extract a mental thing that can create a click.’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 errorsUnited’s dramatic late win against Southampton on Saturday means they’re ahead of rivals Arsenal ahead of Sunday’s trip to the Emirates.However, the Red Devils face an unenviable trip to Paris on Wednesday as they bid to overturn a two-goal defeat from the first leg at Old Trafford.MORE: Jose Mourinho reveals the one problem Chelsea have with Gonzalo Higuain Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho in December (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has questioned whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can sustain his initial success at Manchester United.The Norwegian replaced Mourinho as United boss in mid-December and has restored the Red Devils into the top four – a task that the Portuguese described as a ‘miracle’ the week he was sacked.Solskjaer has lost just once since taking charge and his run of eight consecutive victories away from home is a club record.However, in a thinly-veiled dig, Mourinho has suggested that the ‘bounce’ United have received since Solskjaer has taken over will end soon. Jose Mourinho questions Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term future at Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

Tottenham join Arsenal in transfer race for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Mar 2019 2:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link164Shares Tottenham join Arsenal in transfer race for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico Advertisement Tagliafico is wanted by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Tottenham are weighing up a move for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico, reports say.Tagliafico has risen to prominence in the last year and is being targeted by Unai Emery as a replacement for Nacho Monreal.The Ajax left-back has become a regular for Argentina and Arsenal continue to track Tagliafico with a view to a summer transfer. Spurs will face competition from Arsenal if they move for Tagliafico (Picture: Getty)The 26-year-old spoke out about the transfer speculation while on international duty with Argentina, and said it was flattering to be linked with the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid.He said: ‘It’s great that they talk about me, because that means things are going well. But I can only focus on the present.’Tottenham, like Arsenal, are expected to have a busy summer despite limited transfer funds.Spurs have not signed a single player in the last two transfer windows, but there have been calls from the players and their manager Mauricio Pochettino for the club to spend big like their local rivals.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 Citycenter_img Ajax value Tagliafico at around £15m (Picture: Getty)But the Sun claim Spurs are ready to enter the race for Tagliafico and have scouted the defender extensively this season.ADVERTISEMENTAjax would demand £15million for Tagliafico, who has scored five times and provided five assists in 34 appearances for the Dutch side this campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementTagliafico only joined Ajax from Argentinian side Independiente last summer, but quickly made a name for himself, attracting the gaze of Arsenal. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal maintain perfect post-Europa League record in the Premier League

first_imgChelsea have struggled in the league after playing on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Sarri’s side are level on 66 points with Arsenal, but sit fifth in the Premier League due to goal difference.Arsenal also have a game in hand over their local rivals, but the victory over Watford was the Gunners’ first away from home since Boxing Day.While Chelsea have to travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United before the end of the season, Arsenal have three more away games this season. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 16 Apr 2019 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link598Shares Advertisement Arsenal maintain perfect post-Europa League record in the Premier League Comment Maurizio Sarri speaks after Chelsea lose 2-0 to LiverpoolTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:20FullscreenMaurizio Sarri speaks after Chelsea lose 2-0 to Liverpoolhttps://metro.co.uk/video/maurizio-sarri-speaks-chelsea-lose-2-0-liverpool-1905494/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: 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 Citycenter_img Emery post-Watford: ‘We can be happy with result’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:48FullscreenEmery post-Watford: ‘We can be happy with result’https://metro.co.uk/video/emery-post-watford-happy-result-1906276/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Maurizio Sarri and Chelsea have struggled in the league after their recent Europa League games and are yet to win any of the three matches played immediately after a Thursday night appearance in 2019.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTChelsea have drawn two and lost three of the games they have played in total directly after their Europa League appearances, having been dumped out of the FA Cup and lost the Carabao Cup final after each of their last-32 round games against Malmo.The Blues’ form after the Europa League in 2019 has had a significant effect on their push to qualify for the Champions League next season. Advertisement Emery is yet to suffer any Europa League hangovers (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has steered Arsenal to a perfect record in the Premier League in matches played directly after an appearance in the Europa League knockout stages.The 1-0 win over Watford on Monday night was the fifth game Emery has successfully won directly after Arsenal played on Thursday night in Europe.Arsenal are yet to drop points after their Europa League knockout games, but Chelsea have not been so lucky. Arsenal beat Watford on Monday night (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s game in hand over Chelsea is an away trip to Wolves, who have a superb record against the Premier League top six this season.The impressive statistic for Arsenal may prove crucial in the run-in with the Gunners and Chelsea on track to qualify for the semi-finals of the Europa League.Arsenal are two goals to the good ahead of their second leg against Napoli on Thursday, while Chelsea have an away goal to bring to Stamford Bridge in their game against Slavia Prague.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho backs Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City to challenge for Premier League title

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement MORE: Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk backs Adrian to step up after injury to Alisson City kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 5-0 win over West Ham (Picture: Getty)Mourinho is hopeful that Chelsea can enjoy some success this season under new manager Frank Lampard despite feeling the effects of their two-window transfer ban. ‘I want to say the obvious thing. We would love Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal to be at that level. Football is unpredictable,’ he added.‘I think we all agree we are speaking about a team that won everything in England and we are speaking about the European champions and the runners up.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‘And then we are speaking about United who finished sixth. And Arsenal finished fifth and playing Europa League too.‘Chelsea with this ban, which is not dramatic, because if someone could answer that ban it’s Chelsea.‘If that ban happens to one of the other clubs, it would be much more difficult. I hope something great happens with them.’ Metro Sport ReporterSunday 11 Aug 2019 1:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Jose Mourinho believes Spurs will challenge Man City and Liverpool for the title (Picture: Sky Sports)Jose Mourinho has backed Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City to challenge for the Premier League title and joked that even City’s B team could compete for the trophy.Liverpool pushed City to the final weekend last term but, in the end, finished runners-up behind Pep Guardiola’s side despite amassing 97 points across a magnificent campaign.While Spurs ended the season 27 points behind City down in fourth, Mourinho is confident the north London club will be in the title race this time around after a strong summer transfer window.The Portuguese, though, believes United, Chelsea and Arsenal lack the firepower to be challenging at the business end of the season.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 CityAsked which teams will be in the title race ahead of United’s clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford, Mourinho told Sky Sports: ‘Four: Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and… Man City’s B team.‘When I looked at the bench yesterday, there were some images of the bench, and the players that were not even involved, I think even their B team could fight for the title.‘Independent of what happens today [Manchester United vs. Chelsea], even if one of the teams plays magnificently and has a fantastic result, I don’t believe that they are going to be in the title race.‘It’s also a little bit difficult for me, in spite of some really good players, I don’t think Arsenal will be in a title race. But I think Tottenham has to join it.’ Jose Mourinho backs Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City to challenge for Premier League titlelast_img read more

David Luiz looking forward to joining fellow summer signings Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal landed highly rated winger Pepe from Lille in a club-record deal (Picture: Getty)Asked about Arsenal’s new signings, and who he is most excited to play with, Luiz told the club’s official website: ‘Like I said, I think it’s a great squad with a lot of quality.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I just hope me, Dani Ceballos and Pepe can give a lot for this squad, for this club, to improve and to help everybody.’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 CityOn why Arsenal appealed to him, he continued: ‘It’s a big club – not just in England, but everybody around the world knows how big Arsenal is.‘When I had an opportunity to come to this kind of big club, I had to take it. That’s why I’m here.’ Luiz feared for his game time at Chelsea and jumped at the chance to join Arsenal (Getty)Asked which Arsenal players have caused him the most trouble over the years, he added: ‘It has to be the strikers!‘It was always these opponents I had to try to stop. I’m happy now that I can have Lacazette and Aubameyang on my side, so it’s much easier now!’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 David Luiz looking forward to joining fellow summer signings Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos at Arsenal The Brazilian is excited to link up with his new teammates at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)David Luiz says he is excited to start working with the rest of Arsenal’s summer signings, while he is thrilled he no longer has to defend against the Gunners’ frontline.The Brazilian completed a surprise deadline day move to the Emirates from Chelsea in an £8milllion deal, despite having only signed a new contract with the Blues just a couple of months ago.He joins Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos, £72m man Nicolas Pepe and Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney in moving to Arsenal, and is excited by the squad that has been assembled. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Aug 2019 9:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Why Unai Emery did not bring on Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe during Arsenal’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette looks on from the bench during Arsenal’s Europa League defeat (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery says injuries to other players prevented him from bringing on Arsenal forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe during the Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.Arsenal missed out on the chance to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages with a game to spare on Thursday evening as they were beaten 2-1 by Frankfurt at the Emirates.New captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts the lead just before half-time but a second-half brace from Daichi Kamada ensured Frankfurt left north London with three points. Advertisement Comment It was another painful night for under-fire manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal spent the last 30 minutes of the match desperately searching for an equaliser and Emery says injuries to David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi stopped him from bringing on attacking duo Lacazette and Pepe.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBrazilian star Luiz, playing as a defensive midfielder, hobbled off after 31 minutes while Arsenal’s third and final sub saw Lucas Torreira replace Mustafi.Asked why Lacazette and Pepe remained on the bench for the entire match, under-fire Gunners manager Emery said: ‘We had some injuries.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We needed to change David Luiz and then we had a problem with Mustafi. Two injuries meant we had to make those changes.’On Arsenal’s performance, Emery added: ‘We lost here but for the Europa League, we have the last match to achieve that.‘The first five or ten minutes of the second half were good but then we lost control for 15 minutes and we could not change the result.’”We lost control for 15 minutes and they scored two goals.””We improved from the last match here.””The fans helped the players, and Granit Xhaka.”Unai Emery reacts to another bad night for Arsenal… pic.twitter.com/Ea5xqUfO98— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 28, 2019 Why Unai Emery did not bring on Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe during Arsenal’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurtcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Nov 2019 10:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link554Shares Reacting to Arsenal’s underwhelming performance, former Gunner John Hartson told BT Sport: ‘There was no urgency in the Arsenal performance.‘Very lacklustre, it looked like they had no direction from the manager in terms of how they were going to play.All in all, very disappointing and on the back of that performance – Unai Emery – they have to be starting to ask questions about his job now, they really have.’MORE: Arsenal fans blast Granit Xhaka for laughing with Eintracht Frankfurt players after Europa League defeatMORE: Unai Emery facing sack as Arsenal suffer miserable defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurtlast_img read more

BLOG: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Air, Land, Water, and Public Health

first_imgBLOG: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Air, Land, Water, and Public Health Environment,  Government That Works,  The Blog,  Year in Review Under the Wolf Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has worked to use innovation to help restore the capacity and integrity of the agency that protects Pennsylvania’s air, land, water, and public health.We are committed to collaboration and transparency, driven by science, in meeting the agency’s mission. Over the past year, the Department of Environmental Protection has made major advances, even though it lost 14% of its staff complement over the last 10 years.With modernization in mind, the department achieved the following successes in 2015:Protecting Public Health and the EnvironmentThe Department of Environmental Protection updated the performance standards for surface activities at conventional and unconventional oil and gas well sites to ensure additional protections to the environment, public health, and safety. This rulemaking represents the first update to rules governing surface activities associated with the development of oil and gas wells since 2001 and implements provisions of the 2012 Oil and Gas Act. After an unprecedented 12 public hearings, almost 28,000 public comments, and the creation of the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee (COGAC), the rules are on track for Spring 2016 adoption.We also implemented monthly online production reporting for unconventional natural gas wells, to improve transparency in gas production that will be particularly useful for royalty owners and production forecasters. Production data was previously reported on a semi-annual basis.The Department of Environmental Protection partnered with DCNR to create a statewide seismic monitoring network. The new, joint effort will maintain a network of 30 real-time monitoring stations, most of which will be located on state park lands. In addition to the 30 fixed stations, 5 additional temporary stations will be available for rapid deployment to investigate seismic events in detail.Addressing Climate ChangeGovernor Wolf and DEP announced a nation-leading strategy to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, and has been implicated in health risks. The plan is designed to protect the environment and public health, reduce climate change, and help businesses reduce the waste of a valuable product by reducing methane leaks and emissions from natural gas well sites, processing facilities, compressor stations and along pipelines.Pennsylvania released a scientific assessment of the impacts of climate disruption. The report, prepared for the Department of Environmental Protection at the direction of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, finds that Pennsylvania has warmed 1.8°F in the past 110 years, and the warming will increase at an accelerated rate. By 2050, Pennsylvania will be 5.4°F warmer than it was in the year 2000. By 2050, Philadelphia’s climate will be similar to current-day Richmond, Virginia. Pittsburgh will be similar to current-day Washington, DC or Baltimore, Maryland.The Department of Environmental Protection commenced work on Pennsylvania’s Clean Power Plan, with Secretary Quigley chairing 14 listening sessions as part of the effort to develop a made-for-Pennsylvania plan to achieve federal mandates. DEP was selected by the National Governors Association as one of four states to participate in a Policy Academy to help states examine cost-effective strategies for meeting the potential requirements of federal regulations to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants.Increasing Public ParticipationThe Department of Environmental Protection revived and renamed DEP Office of Environmental Justice, to serve all residents of Pennsylvania, and improve partnerships with Environmental Justice community members and advocates in policy, planning and permitting processes. New staff are establishing a dialogue with communities that do not always have a voice in environmental issues, ensuring that their concerns are heard, and where possible addressed, by the agency.I was honored to chair Governor Tom Wolf’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, a collaborative task force to explore the burgeoning construction of as many as 25,000 miles of natural gas gathering lines and 5,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipelines. In early 2016, the multi-agency, multi-stakeholder task force will recommend practices that will create predictability in permitting while simultaneously achieving environmental and community benefits.We also launched the online eComment tool to enhance public participation in and transparency of regulatory process. Nearly 4,000 comments have been submitted to the system on issues like climate change, pipeline infrastructure, water management, and the federal Clean Power Plan.These accomplishments are just some of our successes in protecting Pennsylvania’s air, land, water and public health, reflecting our commitment to collaboration, to science, and to transparency in meeting our mission. These achievements and so many more are a testament to the women and men of DEP. January 27, 2016 By: John Quigley, Secretary of Environmental Protection center_img Read more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more