The cracks begin to show

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Coronavirus cases rising in Saudi Arabia, UAE after curfews lifted

first_imgTopics : Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus infections have passed 200,000 and neighboring United Arab Emirates 50,000, with the number of new cases climbing after the Arab world’s two largest economies fully lifted curfews last month.Restrictions had been in place in both countries since mid-March and their gradual lifting has allowed commercial businesses and public venues to reopen.Other Gulf countries have also moved to ease restrictions, although Kuwait has maintained a partial curfew and Qatar, Bahrain and Oman did not impose one at all. Saudi Arabia, which has the highest count among the six Gulf states, reported more than 4,100 cases on Friday and on Saturday to take its total to 205,929, with 1,858 deaths. The daily tally first rose above 4,000 in mid-June, but had dipped.The United Arab Emirates, where daily infection rates recently dropped to between 300 and 400 from a peak of some 900 in late May, registered more than 600 cases on Friday and over 700 on Saturday, taking its toll to 50,857, with 321 deaths.Dubai, the region’s business and tourism hub is due to reopen to foreign visitors on July 7, although this has not been implemented at a federal level in the UAE, which does not provide a breakdown of cases for each of its seven emirates.Qatar, which has the second highest regional infection rate, has seen its daily case numbers fall from a peak of more than 2,000 in late May to around 500 on Saturday, bringing it near to 100,000 cases in total.In Oman, the health minister warned on Thursday that there had been a disturbing surge in infections in the last six weeks and urged people to comply with health measures.Iran, the epicenter for the disease in the Middle East with a total infection count of 237,878 and 11,408 deaths as of Saturday, has imposed new curbs to halt the spread of the virus. last_img read more

Arsenal submit bid for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez but he has other offers on the table

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jul 2019 7:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link125Shares Vazquez has dropped down the pecking order at the Bernabeu (Picture: Getty Images)The arrivals of Luka Jovic and Rodrygo at Real, along with the increasing influence of Vinicius mean that playing time is extremely limited in the Spanish capital.The Gunners may well be able to convince him that the Emirates is the destination for him most likely to provide regular starts at the highest level.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 CityZinedine Zidane’s side head to America for a pre-season tour next week (Tuesday 9 July) and want to do as much of their transfer business before then as possible.Vazquez is almost certain to leave the club by that date, so negotiations between him and Arsenal will be relatively swift. Whether they are successful or not is yet to be seen.Unai Emery has made the Spaniard one of his primary targets and will be pushing as hard as possible to tempt Vazquez to north London.MORE: Lucas Torreira says Arsenal feels like home amid links to AC MilanMORE: Saint-Etienne issue warning to Arsenal over William Saliba transfer Advertisement Lucas Vazquez has become a target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have submitted a bid for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez, but are facing competition from Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain for his signature, according to reports in Spain.Spanish publication AS report that the offer is €32m (£28.6m) up front, with another €3m (£2.69m) in add-ons.Real are reportedly happy to accept the bid for the 28-year-old and discussions over personal terms are now underway between the Gunners and the Spain international.With Inter, Bayern and PSG all interested in Vazquez, he is in a good position to negotiate a handsome salary for himself, but AS suggest Arsenal are in a surprisingly good position to beat their rivals to sign him.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTVazquez, who has nine caps for his country, is desperate to make it into the Euro 2020 Spain squad and knows he needs as much game time as possible to do that. Advertisement Arsenal submit bid for Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez but he has other offers on the table Commentlast_img read more

Finnish roundup: Infra, private equity help deliver gains for VER, Keva

first_imgFinland’s State Pension Fund, VER, has posted a return of 6.7% for 2016, with profits on infrastructure and real estate outpacing those of the fund’s other investment classes, according to the fund’s annual results.The return is up from 4.9% in 2015.Infrastructure was the strongest performer last year, returning 13.8%. Real estate gained 11.9% for the fund.Timo Viherkenttä, VER’s chief executive, said: “Aside from infrastructure and real estate investments, the strong performance in 2016 was aided, in particular, by fixed-income investments in emerging markets.”  The market’s positive mood had held up this year so far, he said.“A carefully diversified investment portfolio is a sound precaution in view of the choppy seas created by positive macroeconomic news on the one hand and political uncertainties on the other,” Viherkenttä said.The pension fund said its average nominal rate of return over the past five years is 7.4%, and 6.3% in real terms.VER’s investment assets increased to €18.8bn at the end of December from €17.9bn at the end of 2015.Last year, the funding ratio of the state pension system was more than 20% for the first time in history, VER said.The fund, which contributes the equivalent of 40% of the Finnish state’s total pension spending to the government’s annual budget each year, transferred around €1.8bn last year, and received about €1.5bn in pension contribution income.Meanwhile, Keva, the Finnish municipal pension fund, said it has started work on revamping its investment strategy. It said this was a necessary change given that returns are predicted to be much lower in future.It has reported a return of 7.4% for 2016, however, which CIO Ari Huotari said was “tremendous”, and had been bolstered by a 14.5% profit on private equity.Huotari said 2017 would be the first year in the system’s history that pensions paid out would exceed pension contributions. “On top of this, investment return expectations for the next few years are significantly lower than before,” he said.“Because of this, at Keva we have been working on our new investment strategy,” Huotari added.In 2016, listed equities produced an 8.8% return, fixed income 6.5%, real estate 5.0%, and hedge funds 3.6%, according to Keva. The value of Keva’s investments grew to €48.6bn at the end of last year, from €44.9bn the year before.last_img read more

Barkley sticks with Toffees

first_img Press Association The 20-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise since breaking into the first team at the start of last season and was included in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Barkley, who has had loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, has won nine England caps so far and was named on the shortlist for last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year Award. “It means everything to me,” said Barkley. “It’s a dream playing for Everton. As soon as I got told about it I wanted to sign. “I’ve played for Everton most of my life. This is a big thing for me.” Manager Roberto Martinez believes tying down the England midfielder’s long-term future is a significant achievement. “Ross has signed a new contract to reflect his new role and development,” said the Everton boss. “When you talk about assembling squads and getting ready for the new season, for us, it is as big news as you can get. “Ross is still a young man and there is a long way to go in his development but as it stands he is a massive part of our squad. “It is a big moment as every Evertonian will tell you. Ross Barkley is the sort of player everyone would love to pay to watch him play. “He brings back memories of the big legends we’ve had at the club. But saying that he is a young man and his best years are yet to come.” center_img Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year deal at Goodison Park, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.last_img read more

Five CPL matches confirmed for Guyana

first_img… Tickets go on sale from tomorrowTHE suspense is over! Five Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) games have been confirmed for the Guyana National Stadium, Providence. This is according to a release from CPL OPCO Guyana Inc., yesterday.While Chronicle Sport cannot confirm if the Host Venue Agreement was signed, this publication understands that Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton met with officials from the Guyana Amazon Warriors management team and CPL sometime last week, to iron out the way forward with respect to Guyana being a venue for the upcoming CPL tournament.Guyana had not been listed as one of the seven venues to host the seventh edition when the official schedule was released, despite being one of the largest supporting crowds in the past. As is customary, venue agreements are mandatory by each host country, and according to the release, matches will be played on September 5, 7 and 8, and October 3 and 4 at the national stadium.Amazon Warriors will play their first match at Providence on September 5 against St Lucia Stars from 18:00hrs, St Kitts Patriots on September 7 from 20:00hrs, Barbados Tridents on September 8 from 17:00hrs, Jamaica Tallawahs on October 3 from 18:00hrs and defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders on October 4 from 20:00hrs.Meanwhile, the release further indicated that the eagerly awaited sale of tickets for the 2019 Hero CPL will commence tomorrow at the new CPL Guyana Office at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown.Tickets for this year’s CPL matches cost the following: Red and Green Stands ($5 000), Orange Stand ($3 000) and Grass Mound ($2 000). Tickets can be purchased from 09:00hrs to 17:00hrs on weekdays and from 09:00hrs to 13:00hrs on Saturdays.The release further stated that there have been numerous enquiries regarding the sale of tickets for the Guyana CPL games. With this in mind, fans and cricket enthusiasts are advised to make early purchases so as to avoid the rush as we get closer to match days.Last season, Trinbago Knight Riders, captained by Dwayne Bravo, became the first team to win back-to-back titles in the CPL. They managed to beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final at Brian Lara Stadium by eight wickets to lift the championship. The seventh edition of the tournament bowls off on September 4.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo announced as DAZN’s first global ambassador

first_img Marek Suchar: “As esports betting grows, we will no longer speak about it as one sport” June 18, 2020 LiveScore celebrates streaming service launch with Serie A partnership June 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Perform’s global live and on demand streaming service, DAZN, has secured a partnership with one of the most sought after name in world football, Cristiano Ronaldo.The Juventus attacker has been announced as DAZN’s first global ambassador and will play a key role in promoting DAZN across current live markets, including Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan, as well as other future territories.Cristiano Ronaldo joins the DAZN family as both parties enter a new chapter in their respective journeys. Ronaldo has just moved to Juventus FC having spent his last nine years winning numerous team and individual honours at Real Madrid.DAZN has also arrived in Italy with a rich roster of exclusive premium sports events including Serie A TIM, Serie BKT, LaLiga and Ligue 1, signaling the dawn of a new era for Italian sport and fans.James Rushton, CEO at DAZN, commented: “This is an incredibly exciting time for DAZN. As our business grows internationally and pushes new boundaries, it’s important that we align ourselves with sporting greats who do the same. Cristiano is undoubtedly a legend, fans love him and that’s why we wanted to work with him. He’s a big sports fan himself, so having him advocating the work we’re doing is perfect.”Ronaldo himself added: “The world is changing and thanks to an innovative approach, DAZN is breaking down barriers for sports fans. Now we can watch sport however and whenever we want, which is why, for me, being part of DAZN’s journey was an easy decision to make.” Related Articles Share LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Warriors fondly remember Oracle Arena as ‘bittersweet’ departure approaches

first_imgMORE: Stephen Curry reveals list of top all-time playersThere’s some peril in that. Oracle has earned a place as one of the loudest arenas in the league, a function of the building’s old-school design and (traditionally, at least) its diehard East Bay fans. The NBA is littered with examples of teams moving into shiny new arenas, with a more shirt-and-tie clientele, and finding that it’s difficult to generate the same fan-generated decibel levels as the place they left behind.Warriors coach Steve Kerr played for the Bulls in the mid-90s when the team made the transition from the raucous Chicago Stadium to the tamer United Center.”It feels like every new arena, it’s impossible to capture the same atmosphere, the same intimacy as the older arenas,” Kerr told Sporting News this week. “So there is some of that. But I know also, they’ve built it trying as best as they can to capture the noise. So we’ll see, but it’s going to be spectacular.”I think all of us feel the same way on that which is, on one hand we’re thrilled about the new arena and on the other hand, we’re really sad about leaving Oakland and leaving Oracle.”Kerr himself got wistful earlier Monday afternoon when asked about his favorite memories of Oracle Arena. He harkened back to May 27, 2015, when the Warriors were on the brink of the team’s first NBA Finals in 40 years.”The No. 1 moment was beating Houston in Game 5 of the ’15 playoffs,” Kerr said. “For whatever reason, that memory stands out even more so than winning the title in ’17 at Oracle. I guess just because it was so unexpected. We knew we were going to be pretty good, but I don’t think any of us actually knew that we were going to go to the Finals and win a championship.”Near the end of the clinching game, Kerr was struck by the magnitude of what his team had done and what it meant to the area.”I just remember there was about a minute left and we were up 12 or something,” Kerr said, “so it was kind of apparent that the game was over and just soaking in the emotion from everybody. The crowd, our players, our coaches. I stood at half court and just kind of looked, I scanned the whole building. My goosebumps were everywhere, my hair standing up on the back of my neck — like, wow, this is really happening.”And there was a bigger context to that, too, because I am a basketball fan, and I remember coming in many times as a player and as a broadcaster where, the Warriors aren’t going to the Finals, right? It’s not happening. But it happened.”MORE: Kerr describes importance of Warriors’ game vs. NuggetsCenter Andrew Bogut, brought back by the team last month after spending four years with the Warriors as one of the foundational pieces of the franchise’s resurgence, had a fond Oracle memory from two seasons before Kerr came on as coach, when Mark Jackson was at the helm.The Warriors had improved from 23 wins (in the league’s lockout-shortened 66-game season) to 47 wins and were the No. 6 seed in the West. They would go on to upset the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs, in six games. It was just the second Warriors series win in the previous 23 years.”I still remember we were at 1-1 at Denver, we came back for Game 3, and our fans were literally there 90 minutes to an hour before the game,” Bogut said. “Our pregame shooting was a sellout pretty much. They were chanting, ‘WAR-RI-ORS!’ and we could hear them from the locker room. It was just an awesome, awesome atmosphere.”The fans at that game made an impression on Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala, who happened to be a free agent that summer and decided he wanted to hitch on to what was happening in Oakland. Iguodala joined the team that summer and became a critical part of the Warriors’ championship runs.Bogut remembers being impressed by the crowd in Oakland as a player in Milwaukee before he was traded to Golden State, when the Warriors were simply not a good team. “The team wasn’t very good, but the fans always showed up,” Bogut said. “That goes back to what I said about the fans deserving this success because that was one arena where they knew basketball and they sell out. They’d be 20-50 with 12 games left and they’d still sell the 12 games out. You just don’t see that in pro sports.”Bogut said the notion of leaving Oracle behind is bittersweet. The positive angle, though, is that the Warriors are leaving Oakland as winners.”You couldn’t be happier for those fans, for what they experienced in a way because the 1990s and 2000s were not too kind as far as wins and losses,” Bogut said. “To have this success before they’re moving, it’s kind of bittersweet for them, I think. But they’ll always be remembered in Golden State basketball.” OAKLAND, Calif. — In just six months, and possibly a third straight championship later, the Warriors will make their debut at the Chase Center, a 10-minute walk through San Francisco’s Mission Bay from the Giants’ home at Oracle Park. The arena sits on a plot of 11 acres, was privately funded, will feature 3.2 acres of public space and sit across from a new public park on the water.But in doing so, the Warriors will leave behind the 53-year-old Oracle Arena, the team’s home since the 1971-72 season and the scene of some of the franchise’s most thrilling highs as well as its long stretches of wretched lows. After Tuesday’s game against Denver, Golden State will play just two more regular-season home games in the building.last_img read more

Cyborg steps in vs Kunitskaya to save the show at UFC 222

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano After men’s featherweight champ Max Holloway had to drop out of his main-event bout with Frankie Edgar due to injury, Cyborg agreed to be the UFC 222 headliner on short notice and against an unfamiliar opponent — and only nine weeks after her punishing five-round victory over Holly Holm in the same Las Vegas octagon at UFC 219.Justino (19-1) is taking on unheralded Yana Kunitskaya on Saturday night because she genuinely believes the old sports maxim that a champion should fight anyone, anytime, anywhere.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This is going to show you it’s real,” Cyborg said. “If somebody knocks on your door and says, ‘Hey, Cris, I’m going to kick your ass,’ you can’t say, ‘OK, I need a 10-minute break and then we’ll go.’”That knock on the door is coming from Kunitskaya (10-3), a personable Russian bantamweight making her UFC debut at featherweight. Cyborg is a heavy favorite at T-Mobile Arena, but nobody who knows the unpredictability of mixed martial arts would assume Cyborg is only collecting a paycheck. JR Smith gets 1-game ban for tossing soup at Cavs assistant Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City “I’ve been fighting all my life, and I know I have a chance,” said Kunitskaya, who is also competing on short notice. “It’s a chance to fight the best woman in the world, so I had to take it.”Kunitskaya is the Invicta promotion’s 135-pound champ, and she hasn’t fought at 145 pounds since before her three-year retirement, which ended in 2016. But Kunitskaya also trains in New Mexico with Holm, who caused a modicum of trouble for the seemingly unbeatable Cyborg in their holiday matchup.Even Justino is interested to see how she will do in less-than-ideal circumstances.“Since I took the fight so quick, I think people are going to want to see how she’ll do on short notice,” Justino said. “I think I know, but anything can happen.”Here are more things to watch on the UFC’s latest pay-per-view show in its hometown:ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer EAGER EDGAR: The penultimate bout is a compelling matchup between unbeaten Brian “T-City” Ortega and Edgar (21-5-1), the former UFC lightweight champion. Edgar could have waited for his featherweight title shot when Holloway returns from injury this summer, but the 36-year-old veteran decided to risk it all by fighting Ortega, a dangerous contender. “I just want to be active,” Edgar said. “I haven’t fought in almost a year. Time is ticking. I’m not going to get these years back.”T-CITY’S TURN: An upset victory by Ortega (13-0, 1 no-contest) would herald the arrival of an intriguing new UFC star . The Los Angeles-area native is an exceptional jiu-jitsu player, but his last two fights turned into standup brawls. Ortega’s coaches want him to use his strengths, particularly against Edgar’s ferocious work rate in standup fighting. “I’m going to do whatever I have to do, wherever I have to do it,” Ortega said. “This fight could go a lot of ways.”SOMEBODY’S GETTING SLEPT: Heavyweights Stefan Struve and Andrei Arlovski will meet on the pay-per-view portion of the undercard. Both fighters have their share of knockout wins and losses on their records, and neither will be surprised if his opponent can’t stand up to his striking barrage. The 7-foot Struve (32-9) has been stopped three times in his last seven fights, while the 39-year-old Arlovski (26-15) ended a five-fight losing streak in November.DERN’S DEBUT: The show features the UFC debut of jiu-jitsu star Mackenzie Dern, who takes on veteran Ashley Yoder (5-3). The daughter of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu master, Dern (5-0) is a world champion who only picked up MMA two years ago, but already has hardcore fans wondering how quickly she can subdue the strawweight division.NOTABLE NAMES: The pay-per-view card isn’t as stacked as other recent shows in Boston and New York for the increasingly East Coast-centric UFC, but fans will recognize several undercard fighters: former title contenders John Dodson and Cat Zingano are on UFC 222, along with a bout between veterans C.B. Dollaway and Hector Lombard. Sean O’Malley is a hot bantamweight prospect with impressive hair and a predilection for 1970s attire and music — and he doesn’t get along with his opponent, Andre Soukhamthath.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, Brazil’s Cris “Cyborg” Justino celebrates after defeating Sweden’s Lina Lansberg during a UFC Fight Night mixed martial arts bout in Brasilia, Brazil. Justino agreed to make a title defense against Yana Kunitskaya, of Russia, on short notice in the headlining bout at UFC 222 because she believes champions should be willing to fight anywhere at any time. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)LAS VEGAS — Cris “Cyborg” Justino was relaxing in Portugal less than four weeks ago when the UFC featherweight champion got a phone call asking her to save the injury-plagued UFC 222 show.“I said, ‘Why are you calling me? I’m on vacation!’” she recalled with a laugh. “But you know me. I started training again while I was still over there.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more