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Virus lockdowns scale back May Day rallies

first_imgBut with drastic social distancing rules to halt the spread of the disease, labour leaders have opted to postpone the public gatherings or move events online. With France still under lockdown, workers will mark the day on social networks or by calling from their balconies. “This is an opportunity to bear the social demands that we have been defending for a long time and that the crisis has highlighted,” said Philippe Martinez, the general secretary of umbrella trade union CGT. The government of Greece asked unions to delay public rallies by more than a week, but leading union GSEE called for a general strike to coincide with May Day.  Workers were forced to scale back May Day rallies around the world on Friday because of coronavirus lockdowns, although some pushed on with online events and others hit the streets in face masks.The traditional festival of the workers’ movement usually attracts millions of people to loud and boisterous marches through the streets — and occasional violent confrontations with police forces.This year the date carries extra significance after the COVID-19 outbreak sent the global economy into a historic tailspin and put unprecedented numbers of people out of work.  It has also urged demonstrators to “raise their fist and salute” health workers and other professionals helping to keep supplies and telecoms running.Portugal’s main CGTP trade union confederation is planning a gathering of union leaders on the vast esplanade where their traditional May Day parade ends each year. The group said they would stand four metres from each other and waved flags and placards.In Finland, labour rallies are traditionally preceded by huge communal picnics in the largest public gathering of the year.But only a handful of revellers congregated around the Manta statue in the market square, the traditional epicentre of the festival that was this year boarded up and patrolled by police enforcing the ban on groupings of more than ten people.  Authorities have instead encouraged Finns to celebrate online this year, with several restaurants across the capital offering live streams of wine tastings or cocktail lessons, and serving up traditional May Day food for home delivery.”We’ve had to get creative and try and find new ways that we can still interact and create togetherness,” Helsinki restaurateur Filippo Phoumsavanh told AFP.Not all members of the public are heeding restrictions on public gatherings, with riot police in Hong Kong mobilising ahead of a planned rally by pro-democracy protesters.The semi-autonomous financial hub was upended by seven months of violent protests last year, hammering its reputation for stability and leaving the city deeply divided.Small protests have bubbled up against in the past week and activists are hoping to use May Day to muster numbers once more.Topics :last_img read more

Granit Xhaka must apologise to fans immediately to save Arsenal career, says Alan Shearer

first_imgGranit Xhaka must apologise to fans immediately to save Arsenal career, says Alan Shearer Granit Xhaka swore at Arsenal fans as he was substituted during the side’s draw with Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)England and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer believes there’s only one way back for Granit Xhaka – and that’s to issue a hasty apology to Arsenal supporters.Unai Emery decided to replace Xhaka with Bukayo Saka in the 61st minute of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace after Arsenal managed to throw away a two-goal lead.Reacting furiously to boos from fans for a lack of urgency in leaving the field, Xhaka tossed the captain’s armband towards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, cupped his ear at the crowd and told the Emirates faithful to ‘f*** off’ before storming straight down the tunnel.AdvertisementAdvertisementJust nine minutes earlier, Jordan Ayew headed home an equaliser for Palace and it proved decisive as Roy Hodgson’s men held on to share the points with the Gunners.ADVERTISEMENT Emery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fansTo 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 12:45FullscreenEmery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fans 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.Unai Emery hinted that Xhaka could lose the captaincy as a result of his behaviour and the Spaniard has an extremely tough decision to make ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool in midweek.In his column for The Sun, Shearer condemned Xhaka’s actions and urged the Swiss to say sorry before it’s too late.‘I do not know how Granit Xhaka comes back from this,’ the ex-England striker said.‘It will be toxic at Arsenal if Unai Emery picks him again and the player needs to come out and apologise sharpish to the fans.‘No one expects Xhaka to be pleased when your own fans are cheering when you’re being substituted.‘But, as captain, you just cannot react to your fans in the way he did. There is no way back for Xhaka unless he apologises.’ Comment Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead against Palace (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright agreed that Xhaka must apologise to Arsenal fans as he ‘owes them a lot more’ than to react as he did at the Emirates.‘Players getting booed is not the best, but this is the captain,’ the former Arsenal forward said on Match of the Day.‘They are frustrated that he hasn’t run off the pitch. I’ve seen him before bolt off when he’s substituted. He’s walked off and then he goads them.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’re talking about fans who have watched him play a handful of good games in three years. And he’s treating them like that.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He should apologise. That’s the guy Arsenal have chosen as captain… that’s not captain behaviour.‘Arsenal fans have been patient with him. He owes them a lot more than that.’MORE: Lucas Torreira pictured in tears as Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 8:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kSharescenter_img The midfielder stormed straight down the tunnel (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘The longer he leaves it, the bigger a mistake the incident will turn out to be.‘When supporters have a go at you like that, it is because they are not happy — but he is the team’s captain.‘So you cannot react like that, telling the fans what to do in that language.‘Whatever you think of the fans, they are the ones that pay their money.‘They are the ones who buy season tickets and come and support you week in, week out. Like it or not, supporters are entitled to an opinion.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Queensland’s 10 hottest suburbs where homes are selling the fastest

first_imgQueensland fastest selling suburbs: This three bedroom home at 26 Dawson Parade, Keperra, sold by Tamika Kent and Danni-Lee Capell of Coronis – Arana Hills, for $481,000 on March 13 this year. Picture: you want a house in these Queensland’s suburbs you have to move fast because they are the hottest in Queensland, selling in just 10 days in some cases.The 10 hottest areas were seeing houses sell in under 16 days and while the 10 fastest sellers for units were under 26 days.The fastest selling suburb in Queensland in the past year was Keperra, 12km north west of the Brisbane CBD, where the median time on market for houses was 10 days, according to the latest CoreLogic Property Pulse.Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs: 31 Silkwood Street, Algester was sold by Chris Hubka of LJ Hooker – Algester for $465,000 on April 10, 2017.Picture:’s a strong result given the fastest selling suburb in the country was Montagu Bay in Hobart, which was seeing houses move in five days.CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said low interest rates and high demand for housing had seen some areas take off faster than others with rapid sale of properties.He said there were suburbs in Brisbane seeing a very rapid rate of sale.Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs: 4 Sancroft Street, Willowbank was sold by Josie Smith of Crowne Real Estate – Ipswich for $355,000 on February 21, 2017. Picture:“Brisbane values have increased by less than 5 per cent over the past year but each of the suburbs listed for houses have a median days on market figure of less than 20 days,” he said.Real estate agent Tamika Kent of Coronis Arana Hills said accessibility, infrastructure and transport were among the big drivers in Keperra.“Because we are part of most westerly suburb that you can buy before you get to acreage, there’s been a surge in demand. It’s going crazy, selling like hot cakes.”Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs: 12 Serle Street, Middle Park, was sold by Saeed Moghaddam of Brisbane Real Estate – Indooroopilly for $668,000 on April 26, 2017. Picture: homes she and colleague Danni-Lee Capell have sold recently was a three bedroom property at 26 Dawson Parade which was locked down in 11 days at $481,000.Eight of Queensland’s 10 fastest selling suburbs were in Brisbane, a capital city centric trend that was occurring across the country given housing market conditions were “generally stronger” in the capitals.Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs: 9 Finvoy Street, Ferny Grove, was sold by Jillian Baker of Coronis – Arana Hills for $575,000 on April 11, 2017. Picture:“In most instances, the suburbs that are not in capital cities are located in regions close to the capital city, highlighting how housing demand has rippled outwards from the capital cities as prices rise.”Algester, 18km south west of the Brisbane CBD, and Willowbank in Ipswich were tied as the second fastest selling suburbs in Queensland, with time on market of 13 days.Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs: 180 Newman Road, Geebung, was sold by Alexandra Porter and Hailey Tombs of Coronis – Aspley for $480,000 on April 5, 2017. Picture: Park – 14km southwest of CBD – notched 14 days, followed by Ferny Grove on 15.Four neighbouring suburbs in Brisbane’s northside were tied at 16 days on market – Geebung, Fitzgibbon, Chermside West and Boondall.And despite some major interest in the Gold Coast market, only one suburb made the top 10 fastest selling list – Varsity Lakes (16 days).Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs: 3 Dalkeith Court, Fitzgibbon, was sold by Jarrod Tyler of Coronis – Bracken Ridge for $545,000 on April 18, 2017.Picture: it came to Queensland’s fastest selling unit markets however, the Gold Coast had four of the top 10 – with units in Elanora seeing a median time on market of 20 days, Reedy Creek 21, Mudgeeraba 23 and Burleigh Waters 26.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoBut the hottest unit market in Queensland was Oxley – 10.8km from the Brisbane CBD, which where the median sale time was 15 days.Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs: 21 Huxtable Street Chermside West, was sold by Ann Nugent of Richardson and Wrench – Brisbane for $775,000 on March 3 2017. Picture: in Brisbane’s north also made the hottest unit market list logging time on market of 22 days.Three suburbs in Brisbane’s south east were also in the 20s – Carina Heights (22 days), Wishart (24) and Holland Park West (25).Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs: 29 Kingstown Avenue, Boondall, was sold by Chris Winkler and Tristan Rowland of Place – Aspley for $473,000 on March 16, 2017. Picture: only non-South East Queensland suburb to make the top 10 was Freshwater in Cairns where units were selling in 25 days.Kusher said suburbs in sought after locations where there was relatively low stock available for sale would see a fairly rapid pace of transactions – “especially if vendors ensure that they are setting realistic initial listing prices”.Queensland’s fastest selling suburbs: 2 Magenta Drive, Varsity Lakes, was sold by Mitch Harrop of LJ Hooker Robina for $820,000 on April 20, 2017.Picture:’S HOTTEST MARKETS:HOUSES:Keperra Brisbane 10Algester Brisbane 13Willowbank Ipswich 13Middle Park Brisbane 14Ferny Grove Brisbane 15Geebung Brisbane 16Fitzgibbon Brisbane 16Chermside West Brisbane 16Boondall Brisbane 16Varsity Lakes Gold Coast 16UNITS:Oxley Brisbane 15Elanora Gold Coast 20Reedy Creek Gold Coast 21Hendra Brisbane 22Carina Heights Brisbane 22Mudgeeraba Gold Coast 23Wishart Brisbane 24Holland Park WestBrisbane 25Freshwater Cairns 25Burleigh Waters Gold Coast 26(Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

Vlaar wary of Carroll threat

first_img Press Association Skipper Ron Vlaar admits Aston Villa have to conquer their frailty at defending set-pieces as they prepare for another searching examination from Andy Carroll in Sunday’s home game with West Ham. He added: “It’s something we have to take care of and focus on. We know the situation, I’m not afraid of that. We have to stand up and be counted, be brave enough.” Vlaar is aware of the threat that Carroll, on loan at the Hammers from Liverpool, will pose after his return from injury. He said: “He’s a very good player. I remember his goal for England in the Euros against Sweden. It was top class. That’s his quality. “We have to face that and deal with it and make sure he cannot come in that position. We also have to stop the crosses. “He scored a lot of goals for Newcastle, it was not easy for him at Liverpool, I guess, and now he is playing at West Ham. He was injured as well for a while. “But I think he has the ability to play at the highest level and he has quality, that is for sure. If you score goals like that (against Sweden), it says something.” center_img Vlaar held his hand up and took responsibility for Everton striker Marouane Fellaini’s late equaliser in last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Goodison Park. It was the latest blow to hurt Villa from a dead-ball situation which has become their Achilles heel this season. Vlaar said: “Are teams beginning to target Villa? People will know our struggles (at set pieces). I bet they do. That’s what I would have done. West Ham have a very strong team and play a lot of long balls. We know that so we have to be ready for that.” last_img read more

Peace sets deadline for takeover

first_imgWest Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has set a summer deadline for any investors to buy the club. Press Association Peace’s valuation of Albion is based on the new £5billion broadcast rights deal for the Barclays Premier League, with clubs expected to net even more cash when the overseas broadcast rights are sold. Groups from China, America and Australia are understood to be interested in the Baggies with at least one consortium being given a tour of the club’s stadium and training ground. Peace confirmed in February he was looking for fresh investment in the wake of the new broadcast rights contract. He told the club’s site: “I said in 2008 that I was open to proposals regarding investment in the club and would not stand in the way of a new owner providing they convinced me their intentions for the club were in keeping with its traditions and values and their ability to deliver on them was realistic. “Nothing has changed in that regard. The recent announcement of a new and record media rights deal for the Premier League from season 2016-17 is sure to mean that there is once again huge interest in the brand. “It was only right and prudent, in my view, that at such a moment we should present the Club to the investment market.” Albion are 14th in the Barclays Premier League, seven points above the relegation zone, and host bottom side Leicester on Saturday. center_img The Baggies owner wants to avoid a long takeover saga at The Hawthorns and would be prepared to shelve any deal – if not completed – by early June, Press Association Sport understands. Peace, who has been majority shareholder since 2005, is believed to want between £150million and £200million for the Baggies. last_img read more

All Set for 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

first_imgRace Consultant, Bukola Olopade of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon said he was proud of the numerous gains from the Lagos race so far. He was however quick to add that he and his team would not rest on their oars.He said, “ Sports is a veritable tool for empowerment. We’ve employed over 2,000 people each year and engaged vendors. The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has changed the lifestyle of so many people; for instance, we now have more running clubs, which is one of the main purposes of the marathon, amongst other things.”President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, said he is expecting better performances from the elite athletes in the race tomorrow.“I am a happy person because this is happening in Nigeria under the supervision of the AFN. This Marathon is putting Nigeria on the map,” he said.The winner of the men and women’s marathon will get $50,000 each while 2nd and 3rd place will get $40,000 and $30,000 respectively. The Nigerian winners will get N3 million each while 2nd and 3rd place will get N2 million and N1 million respectively.Winners of the 10km race will each get a brand new car from Kia Motors, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will get N1 million and N750,000 respectively.In the Wheelchair category, the top finishers will get N1million while 2nd and 3rd positions will get N750,000 and N500,000 respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram All is set for the 4th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon which will be taking place today.A press conference was held yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja, to reiterate the plans in place to make the 2019 marathon better than all the previous editions.At the well-attended event, the various title sponsors reaffirmed their commitment towards the success of IAAF Bronze label race adding that they are willing to do more to ensure that the race gets even more recognition.last_img read more

Brazzoni: Victory over USC defines what Wisconsin football meant in 2015

first_imgComing into their Holiday Bowl showdown against USC, the Wisconsin football team had played two opponents that would be considered quality: Iowa and Northwestern.Both teams finished the season ranked in the top 15, both teams are playing on New Year’s Day and both teams needed a little bit of luck to get past Wisconsin this year.First, against Iowa, Wisconsin had as good an opportunity as they were going to get that Saturday afternoon to find the end zone against one of the nation’s best defenses. They were on the one-yard line and were a simple handoff away from the lead. Quarterback Joel Stave takes the snap, trips over one of his linemen and fumbles. The Badgers never saw another scoring opportunity like that.Breakdown: Iowa 10, Wisconsin 6For the second straight season, the Wisconsin football team dropped its Big Ten opener. This year, the Badgers (3-2, 0-1 Read…Then, against Northwestern, the Badgers thought they had the game won. Wide receiver Jazz Peavy caught a touchdown pass that looked to have given the Badgers the lead and the victory in their final game of the season at Camp Randall. Upon further review, however, the officials declared Peavy did not complete the process of the catch and it was ruled incomplete. The Badgers were unable to find the end zone after that.Football breakdown: Wisconsin loses in heartbreaking fashion to NorthwesternIn a game where the Wisconsin football team rushed for a total of -26 yards, they were never out of Read…Two quality opponents, two losses and there wasn’t much reason to believe Wisconsin could pull out a victory against their third and final quality opponent in the Trojans Wednesday.USC came into the Holiday Bowl boasting one of the most high-powered offenses in the country thanks to the likes of quarterback Cody Kessler and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster — two of the best in the nation at their respective positions.However, it also served as the perfect final test for this Wisconsin team. The Badgers’ top-ranked scoring defense hadn’t been truly tested all season and their offense had not been fully healthy through any of the first 12 games played.And to start, UW was passing the test. Their defense was playing strong, Stave and the entire offense was playing efficiently. While the Trojans were hanging around, it appeared as though the Badgers had a firm grasp on the game.But then, it happened. Everything seemed to be going right, but then one play looked to have changed the course of the entire game; a situation the Badgers were far too familiar with and never able to overcome.Down one in the fourth quarter and in need of a score, Tanner McEvoy took the ball out of the backfield and headed toward to sideline. Following good blocking and a broken tackle, McEvoy was headed for the end zone. That is until the officials blew the play dead, saying McEvoy stepped out of bounds.Because the play was blown dead, it was not reviewable. However, replays showed McEvoy did not in fact step out of bounds and the play should have ended in a Wisconsin score. The Badgers were unable to recover and ultimately punted the ball away.For the third time this season, the Badgers could smell the end zone, only to have it swiped away from them when they least expect it. And a similar fate seemed to be upon the cardinal and white. They couldn’t catch a break and they wouldn’t recover, a scenario that had defined the team’s 2015 season up to that point.Something always had to go wrong, but Wednesday night, the Badgers decided that they needed to make sure things went right.And for once, things did go right. USC never came close to scoring again, Rafael Gaglianone put any and all kicking woes from his sophomore season behind him and UW would ultimately walk away with the 23-21 victory.It was a victory that defined this football team. It defined a season of constant bumps in the road, lack of confidence in an offense under a first-year head coach and not knowing who was going to take the field on a week-by-week basis. Because despite all of that, one bowl victory made fighting through all that adversity worth it.One cannot let a trip at the goal line or the misinterpretation of an already controversial rule define this Wisconsin season.Because while teams will commonly tell you that they don’t let one game define them, I think this Badger team will be happy to tell you otherwise regarding what occurred Wednesday.On one night, Stave made smart, efficient passes to a finally healthy set of receivers, the defense dominated when they had to and the team fought through the adversity that had plagued them so harshly this season.This one night defined what Wisconsin football is supposed to be about, and on this one night, the Badgers can finally celebrate that marquee victory they’ve been searching for.last_img read more

LEADING OFF: Hitters slumping, cutdown day, Scherzer’s exit

first_img A look at what’s happening around the majors on Thursday:OFF BASEStar hitters Christian Yelich, Gary Sanchez, Hunter Pence and others are slumping badly in a season where hitters across the majors are struggling to find base hits. The league-wide batting average entering Wednesday’s games was .232, down from .252 last year. It’s the lowest mark ever, below the .237 average posted in 1968, despite the addition of the designated hitter to the NL.CUT DAYCuts are coming for players around the majors as teams trim their active rosters from 30 players to 28, per plans agreed to by MLB and the union before the start of this virus-shortened 60-game season. The sides decided Tuesday that rosters will remain at 28 through the World Series, instead of dropping to 26 on Aug. 20 as initially planned.STRUGGLING SCHERZERThe Nationals will see how Max Scherzer is feeling, a day after the three-time Cy Young Award winner exited a start after just one inning because of trouble with his right hamstring.Scherzer threw 27 pitches against the Mets and labored, his fastball in the low 90s mph. He said his hamstring problem first showed up a week ago, went away, then showed up again Tuesday when he was sprinting.The Nationals already are missing World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg, who has a nerve issue in his pitching hand.NICE STARTKenta Maeda (2-0, 1.64 ERA) will try to remain unbeaten since being traded from the Dodgers to Minnesota in the offseason. The 32-year-old right-hander has helped the Twins open up quick this year. He pitches at PNC Park, with Pirates rookie JT Brubaker making his first major league start.CATCH-UP CARDSThe Cardinals expect to have another workout at Busch Stadium while getting ready to resume their virus-interrupted season. St. Louis hasn’t played since June 29 — at 2-3, its next game is scheduled for Friday night at home against the Cubs.Quarantined in Milwaukee earlier this week after 13 positive COVID-19 tests in their traveling party — All-Stars Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong among them — the Cardinals returned to St. Louis on Wednesday and held a light workout.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 07:11 IST LEADING OFF: Hitters Slumping, Cutdown Day, Scherzer’s Exit Star hitters Christian Yelich, Gary Sanchez, Hunter Pence and others are slumping badly in a season where hitters across the majors are struggling to find base hits Associated Press Television News COMMENT First Published: 6th August, 2020 07:11 IST FOLLOW UScenter_img LIVE TV Written By WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

AFCON 2019: Second batch of players arrive in Dubai [+Gyan, Ayews]

first_imgBlack Stars captain, Andre Ayew and General Captain Asamoah Gyan, who were part of the second batch of playrs who flew out of Accra on Sunday evening to join the rest of their teammates in the United Arab Emirates for the team’s pre-tournament camp in Dubai have arrived.The team has set up camp in the UAE ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.The team was met on arrival by Ghana’s Ambassador to United Arab Emirates Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan.Ghana’s Ambassador to United Arab Emirates Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan with #BlackStars skipper André Ayew and Jordan Ayew at the Team Base in DubaiThe duo were joined by Jordan Ayew, Christian Atsu, Felix Annan and some members of the technical team, namely, head coach Kwasi Appiah, his assistant Ibrahim Tanko and goalkeepers trainer Richard Kingson.This second batch of players are expected to arrive on Monday morning to join the first batch of players who got to Dubai on Saturday.Jordan Ayew, Christian Atsu and Felix Annan arrive in DubaiVice captain Kwadwo Asamoah, Kassim Nuhu, John Boye, Mohammed Alhassan and others reported to camp on Saturday, according the Ghana Football Association’s Twitter handle. Ghana will play two friendly games against Namibia and South Africa during their 2-week stay in the UAE before making the short trip to Egypt for the start of the AFCON.AFCON 2019 kicks off on June 21 with Ghana’s first game slated for June 25 against Benin.last_img read more