Indonesian sailors’ deaths on Chinese fishing vessel raise questions about working conditions

first_imgThe other sailor said they were made to drink filtered sea water during work, which eventually took a toll on their health. “We became nauseated. We could no longer drink [sea water]. There was one time when our throats became clogged with phlegm,” he said, adding that some even experienced breathing difficulties.In a press briefing on Thursday, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi confirmed that, in the past few months, four Indonesian sailors who had been registered to Chinese fishing vessel Long Xin 629 had died.One of the sailors, identified only as EP, died at the Busan Medical Center in South Korea on April 27. Another sailor, identified as AR, died on Chinese fishing vessel Tian Yu 8 on March 30. Two other sailors died on Long Xin 629 in December 2019. “On April 26, the Indonesian Embassy [in Seoul] was informed that a citizen with the initials EP was sick. When they contacted him, he said that he had long suffered from difficulty breathing and had coughed up blood,” Retno said. “The Busan Medical Center said that he died from pneumonia.”Retno said that, according to a statement from Tian Yu 8, AR had fallen ill on March 26 and was moved from Long Xin 629 to Tian Yu 8 to be taken to port for treatment. However, AR died before the ship reached port and was buried at sea on the morning of March 31.“According to the embassy, the ship had informed AR’s family and received approval for a burial at sea on March 30,” she said.The two sailors who died in December were said to be buried at sea after dying of an infectious disease.The Migrant Care advocacy group criticized the treatment of Indonesian crewmen on the Chinese vessels, saying that the harsh work environment infringed on their basic human rights.“What these Indonesian crewmen experienced was a violation of their human rights. They were robbed of their freedom by working in an inappropriate environment. They were deprived of their right to information and, ultimately, they were robbed of their right to live,” Migrant Care executive director Wahyu Susilo said in a statement, adding that the case was a form of slavery in modern times.Retno said the Foreign Ministry had summoned Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian on Thursday to express concerns about the alleged mistreatment of Indonesian workers aboard Chinese fishing vessels.“In regard to the burial at sea for the three Indonesians, the Indonesian government has again demanded clarification on whether the burials followed the ILO [International Labor Organization] standards. The Indonesian government also expressed concerns over the poor living conditions on the ships that allegedly caused the death of the four Indonesian crew members,” she said.She also demanded that Chinese authorities conduct an investigation on the working conditions of the fishing ships.“If the investigation has found that there’s a violation, then we want the Chinese authorities to uphold enforcement that is fair,” she said.Indonesia also asked the Chinese government to help ensure that Chinese companies fulfill the workers’ rights, including their salaries, and provide safe working conditions.In his response, the Chinese ambassador assured Indonesian officials that his government would make sure the companies would be accountable to regulations and contracts.Topics : The video shows what appears to be an orange body bag being thrown off a fishing vessel by a group of men. One man can be seen praying in front of the body bag moments before it is thrown overboard.Two unidentified Indonesian sailors who worked on the vessel spoke to MBC about their experience, claiming that those aboard the ship had endured poor living conditions.“We had to [work] for around 30 hours. We were given a meal break every six hours. We would just sit around during the breaks,” one of the sailors said. The deaths of four Indonesian crew members with links to the same Chinese fishing vessel have raised concerns about working conditions on the vessel and others like it.The case first entered the public eye after a video allegedly showing Chinese sailors throwing the body of a dead Indonesian crew member overboard went viral.The footage was first featured on a news segment on South Korea’s Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Who killed the Swedish PM? Suspense as probe nears end

first_imgBotched probe Among the leads investigated over the decades have been Turkey’s Kurdish rebel group the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Swedish military and police, and the South African secret service — Palme was highly critical of that country’s apartheid policies.A Social Democrat known as a great orator, Palme was a controversial figure who infuriated Washington with his vocal opposition to the US war in Vietnam.He also backed communist governments in Cuba and Nicaragua.At home, he laid the foundation for Sweden’s modern-day gender equality, but was at odds with the country’s business leaders and military, and spoke out against nuclear power.Palme was prime minister between 1969 and 1976, and again from 1982 to his death in 1986.Some theories suggest Palme was the victim of a lone gunman acting out of ideological hatred.One such person whose name has surfaced repeatedly in the media is Stig Engstrom, also known as “the Skandia man”, who opposed Palme’s left-wing views and was near the murder scene.Police questioned him as a witness but deemed him unreliable as he changed his story several times. He died in 2000.By all accounts, Swedish police botched the early part of the investigation, and were accused of being disorganized and unprofessional.Crucially, they failed to cordon off the murder scene properly, allowing onlookers to walk around and destroy potential forensic evidence, a blunder that still haunts investigators today.Even if prosecutors decide to close the investigation, it could still be re-opened in the future should new evidence emerge. One report, in the tabloid Aftonbladet, claimed investigators now had the murder weapon, while Britain’s The Guardian reported this week that South African intelligence officials met Swedish investigators in March to hand over information on the assassination.Palme was killed on February 28, 1986, after leaving a Stockholm cinema with his wife Lisbet to walk home, having dismissed his bodyguards for the evening.An unidentified attacker shot Palme in the back and fled, leaving the 59-year-old dying in a pool of blood on the sidewalk.More than 10,000 people have been questioned over the years, but authorities do not currently have anyone placed under formal suspicion. In a highly anticipated announcement, Swedish prosecutors will reveal Wednesday whether they are pressing charges or closing the investigation into the unsolved 1986 murder of prime minister Olof Palme.The killing, which current Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has described as an “open wound”, has stumped investigators for decades. The news that the probe would be wrapped up — one way or the other — has made headlines in Sweden and abroad. Man convicted, then freed Experts and Swedish media have in recent months suggested that the most likely scenario would be that the case will be closed, because the main suspects speculated about in the media in recent years are all dead.Petersson said in February that if the main suspect was dead, that would justify closing the case as a dead person cannot be prosecuted.Over the years, more than 130 people have claimed responsibility for the murder and the case files take up 250 meters of shelf space.Christer Pettersson — a petty criminal and drug addict who in a bizarre coincidence shares a nearly identical name with the current chief prosecutor — was convicted of the crime in July 1989 after Palme’s widow identified him in a widely-criticised line-up.But he was freed months later by an appeals court which dismissed her testimony on a technicality. Pettersson died in 2004, while Palme’s widow passed away in 2018.The news that their charismatic leader had been brutally killed shocked Swedes, and their open and peaceful society is said to have “lost its innocence” that day.center_img Chief prosecutor Krister Petersson, who took over the probe in 2017, will announce his decision at 9:30 am (0730 GMT). Topics :last_img read more

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Trump says to restart rallies in Oklahoma, Florida, Arizona, N.Carolina

first_imgUS President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will launch rallies soon in four states, including the battleground of Florida, signaling a rapid restart to his election campaign after it was stalled by the coronavirus pandemic.Trump said he’ll start in Oklahoma on Friday next week, before heading to Florida, Arizona and North Carolina.”We’re going to be starting our rallies. We believe the first one will probably be … in Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Beautiful new venue, brand new. They’re looking forward to it. They’ve done a great job with COVID, as you know,” he told reporters at the White House. Topics : “They’re all going to be big.”Raucous rallies have been a hallmark of Trump’s presidency and a key to energizing his base, which he hopes will turn out in big numbers on November 3. He is currently lagging in the polls against Democrat Joe Biden.Job approval for the president is also down after his response to the coronavirus pandemic and the recent turmoil over police brutality, sparked by the death of an unarmed black man during his arrest in Minneapolis.Although the coronavirus remains a threat, his campaign now feels that the crowds at daily street protests have lifted the political pressure on Trump to avoid large gatherings of his own.center_img Trump’s campaign has so far not detailed how it will respect health precautions in an arena setting.last_img read more

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Long road to gender equality in Indonesian Military

first_imgThe low number of women in the Indonesian Military (TNI) has hampered gender equality within the institution as mandated by the TNI Law, scholars and activists have said.Indonesian Defense University graduate Umi Farida, who wrote a thesis on women’s participation in the military, said the low number of female personnel in the force reflected inequality.According to the latest data from the TNI, 10 percent of the armed services personnel of some 450,000 are women. Topics : She said a recruitment process that was limited to men contributed to the gender imbalance, adding that the Indonesian Army Academy (Akmil) had not opened recruitment for female cadets in the past two years.Prospective female cadets, meanwhile, could only enroll in the Army through the non-commissioned officer candidate schools (Secaba), alumni of which were said to have a slimmer chance than their Akmil counterparts of being posted to key positions in the military.Another route for female soldiers to further their career is to enroll in the Army’s Officer Candidate School (Secapa), which is highly competitive among non-commissioned officers.“This hinders female personnel from serving in leadership positions or higher ranks,” Umi said during an online discussion on Thursday.center_img Read also: Indonesia Air Force gets first female fighter pilotOn the other hand, the Air Force Academy (AAU) and the Navy Academy (AAL) still recruit female cadets.Law No. 34/2004 on the TNI mandates the fulfillment of women’s rights as part of human rights, as the regulation requires the armed services to be developed professionally adhering to principles of democracy, human rights as well as other national and ratified international laws.The country has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) through Law No. 7/1984. The regulation, however, does not stipulate gender mainstreaming efforts in the armed forces.Gender activist Adriana Venny, also a speaker in the discussion, said the military would need to improve to mainstream gender issues within the institution.Adriana, who is the coordinator of an NGO against gender-based violence, urged the TNI to apply a gender perspective in its policies, such as creating gender-based standard operating procedures as well as a gender-based curriculum in military education.”Women’s presence within the armed service can promote respect of human rights and gender equity,” she said.————Editor’s note: The article has been updated to clarify that only the Indonesia Army Academy (Akmil) no longer accepts female cadets.last_img read more

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Ministry wants to increase SMEs role in big business supply chains

first_imgThe ministry has set itself a target of slashing Indonesia’s raw material imports by up to 35 percent to US$82 billion in 2022.Imports of raw materials and intermediary goods declined last year and during this year’s January-to-May period, signaling a cooling of manufacturing activity and household spending. Last year, imports totaled $125.9 billion, down more than 11 percent from 2018, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.The program would also champion SMEs products through e-commerce platforms, including packaged food and beverages, fashion, healthcare products and sport equipment.Meanwhile, food manufacturing giant PT Indofood Sukses Makmur sourced tempeh, a fermented soybean product, as the main ingredient of its chips brand Qtela from a small enterprise, said Stefanus Indrayana, the firm’s general manager of corporate communication.Stefanus said Wednesday that, with the partnership, the small enterprise had gradually scaled up its production from 50 kilograms of tempeh per day to 1 ton.“Our partner has good products,” said Stefanus. “But we require certain standards, such as SNI. So we do a lot of mentoring, including for halal certificates, waste management, administrative matters and technical tools.”But not all companies have the flexibility to source their raw materials from small businesses at home, like bicycle manufacturer PT Insera Sena, which sells Polygon bicycles.Although it uses local tires, some components to make Polygon bicycles require a high precision, prompting the company to buy those from foreign suppliers, Insera Sena director William Gozali said.“Some of our components are made in Indonesia, but there are critical components that we have to import,” said William.Topics : The Industry Ministry is seeking to increase the role of small and medium enterprises (SME) in supplying raw materials for big businesses, as the government wants to reduce reliance on imported goods.A program that runs from July 1-15 aims to prepare selected SMEs by helping them with brand registration, packaging as well as with National Industrial Standards (SNI) and halal certification to meet big producers’ product standards, according to Gati Wibawaningsih, the ministry’s director general of small and medium enterprises.“The message this program is trying to convey is that local industries can produce what Indonesians need with quality products,” Gati said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.The program is part of the government’s efforts to increase the role of small businesses, which contributed nearly 61 percent to the country’s economy, to help reduce big industries’ imports of raw materials and intermediate goods.last_img read more

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Florida sets one-day record with over 15,000 new COVID cases, more than most countries

first_imgTopics : Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours on Sunday, as the Trump administration renewed its push for schools to reopen and anti-mask protests were planned in Michigan and Missouri.If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases in a day behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to a Reuters analysis.Florida’s daily increases in cases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic there. It has also broken New York state’s record of 12,847 new cases on April 10 when it was the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. Trump dons maskFacing a battered economy as he seeks re-election in November, President Donald Trump has pressured states to reopen shuttered businesses and schools.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Sunday that her department did not have its own safe reopening plans to promote, and each school district and state must devise their own plans based on their local coronavirus infection rates.Health officials have pleaded with the public to wear masks to limit the spread of the virus, but the issue has become politically divisive in the United States unlike many other countries that have seen far lower rates of infection and death.Seven months into the pandemic, Trump wore a mask for the first time in public when he visited a Washington D.C.-area military medical center on Saturday. He had previously refused to wear a mask in public or ask Americans to wear face coverings, saying it was a personal choice.Many Americans still refuse to wear a mask, which health experts say help stop transmission of the virus that has killed more than 134,000 Americans.Anti-mask activists organized a protest on Saturday at a grilled cheese restaurant and bar in Windermere, Florida, which is in Orange County about 19 km from Walt Disney World.The restaurant, 33 & Melt, has become a focal point of tension after owner Carrie Hudson said she was not requiring customers to wear masks. County officials have mandated the use of masks in public since June 20.During Saturday’s protest, no customers wore face coverings inside the restaurant. Agents from the state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco arrived during the rally and served Hudson with a warning, according to a video.”This is a virus that is very well contained,” said one of the demonstrators, anti-mask activist Tara Hill. “Everyone is responsible for their own health care decisions … We want our choices respected as well.”In addition to a record 15,000 new cases on Sunday, more than four dozen hospitals in Florida reported that their intensive care units are full due to a surge in COVID-19 patients.Hundreds were expected to attend a demonstration at the Michigan state capitol on Sunday afternoon, according to a Facebook event, to protest against Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order that everyone must wear a mask in public, except when outdoors and able to maintain social distance.Protesters were also planning to gather outside city hall in Springfield, Missouri on Monday, where the city council was due to vote on a mask mandate in response to rising cases and a more than fourfold increase in Greene County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last month.center_img The latest rise was reported a day after Walt Disney World in Orlando reopened with a limited number of guests who were welcomed with a host of safety measures, including masks and temperature checks.Anti-mask activists in several states, including Florida and Michigan, have organized protests against local mandates, arguing that the measures infringe upon individual freedom.Coronavirus infections are rising in about 40 states, according to a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks. Nationally, the United States has broken global records by registering about 60,000 new cases a day for the last four days in a row, according to a Reuters tally. Hospitalizations and positive test rates are also rising in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.Florida reported a record amount of testing, with nearly 143,000 results announced on Sunday compared with an average of 68,000 for the prior seven days.last_img read more

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US economy collapsed in Q2 amid pandemic, jobless claims rise

first_imgThe latest Labor Department data showed a second straight weekly increase in initial claims for jobless benefits following several weeks of declines, prompting renewed calls for Congress to quickly approve a new round of emergency spending to support the economy.The separate growth figures from the Commerce Department are given at an annual rate – a measure of the full-year result if the damage was translated over 12 months. Compared to the same quarter of 2019, economic activity fell 9.5 percent, still the worst figure since 1948.”The staggering news of the historic decline of the gross domestic product in the second quarter should shock us all,” US Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Neil Bradley said in a statement.The data “should compel Congress to move swiftly” to provide assistance to unemployed workers and businesses. Help for workersCongress is currently locked in debate over the size and composition of the next spending bill, with Democrats fighting to retain the US$600 additional weekly payment made to unemployed workers set to expire Friday. Republicans want to cut that money and offer businesses that reopen protection if some employees become infected.”COVID is the iceberg. If we don’t want to be the Titanic, we need more lifeboats to traverse COVID-tainted waters,” Grant Thornton chief economist Diane Swonk said on Twitter.US media reported the White House is pushing for a stop-gap measure that would extend the extra unemployment payments by one week as well as the moratorium on evictions for renters while negotiations continue.Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi has opposed the plan, and she and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer are due to meet with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin again late Thursday to try to bridge the differences.Shortly after the data were released, Trump took to Twitter to rail against potential voter fraud and suggest postponing the November 3 election.”Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” Trump tweeted, prompting many to say he was trying to distract attention from the awful numbers.His opponent, former vice president Joe Biden, laid the blame squarely at Trump’s feet, pointing to the death toll from the virus in the United States which on Wednesday exceeded 150,000.”The depth of economic devastation our nation is experiencing is not an act of God, it’s a failure of presidential leadership,” Biden said in a statement. “Had President Trump taken immediate and decisive action, tens of thousands of lives and millions of jobs would never have been lost.”Employment setback, stalled growthAfter surging in March amid the massive job losses at the start of the pandemic, first time claims for jobless benefits have been falling for weeks, but they rose again to 1.43 million in the week ended July 25, the Labor Department said on Thursday.That figure does not include the 829,697 new claims by people who filed under a special program for those who would not normally be eligible for aid.The data show “the resurgence in COVID-19 cases is taking a toll on the recovery in the labor market,” Oxford Economics lead US economist Nancy Vanden Houten said in an analysis.Continuing claims, which is the number of people receiving benefits for more than a week, jumped to over 17 million while the insured unemployment rate rose to 11.6 percent in the week ended July 18.Following a reduction of 5.0 percent in the first three months of the year, the GDP plunge was driven largely by the drop in its largest component, consumer spending, which fell 34.6 percent annualized, according to the report, which was the first estimate for the second quarter.Trade also took a huge hit in the latest quarter, with exports falling just over 64 percent, and imports down 53.4 percent.But personal income got a boost of $1.4 trillion from the government emergency spending measures that provided payroll funds for businesses and direct unemployment payments to workers.Topics : The United States economy collapsed in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, suffering its largest decline on record while hopes for a recovery took another hit as job losses increased, according to government data released Thursday.The 32.9 percent GDP contraction, though slightly better than expected, was the worst experienced by the world’s largest economy since at least 1947 and underscored the severity of the rapidly unfolding crisis, which has already destroyed tens of millions of jobs. While President Donald Trump continues to promise a dramatic recovery, COVID-19 cases have resurged in recent weeks, eroding early progress towards a rebound and forcing authorities in several states to reimpose restrictions that sent workers back home.last_img read more

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea & Liverpool

first_img Michael OwenFriday 29 Mar 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link664Shares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was confirmed as Manchester United’s permanent manager on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Watford have never won at Old Trafford in the league (D2 L9) and I expect United to return to winning ways having lost at Arsenal in the PL and at Wolves in the FA Cup in recent weeks.United have only kept two clean sheets at home in the league so far this season – one of them was against Liverpool – and I feel the Hornets may find the back of David de Gea’s net on Saturday. That said I feel United will do enough to maintain their challenge for a top four place.Michael’s prediction: 2-1West Ham v Everton Brendand Rodgers has made an impressive start to his Leicester tenure (Picture: Getty)Leicester have, surprisingly, never beaten Bournemouth in the PL (D5 L2) but I expect the hosts to buck that trend and keep the points at the King Power.The Cherries won their last away league game at Huddersfield but lost their previous nine on their travels and I feel the Foxes will win an entertaining encounter in the East Midlands.Michael’s prediction: 3-1Manchester United v Watford Advertisement Javier Hernandez scored twice in West Ham’s recent 4-3 win over Huddersfield (Picture: Getty)West Ham are unbeaten in their last six home league games and have won their last three. You must go back to May 2002 – under Glenn Roeder – for the last time the Hammers won four successive home league games in top-flight football.AdvertisementAdvertisementEverton came good in the second half against Chelsea last time, but they have a moderate recent record in London – P10 D3 L7 – and I expect Manuel Pellegrini’s side to keep the points and do the double over the Blues for the first time since the 1972/73 season.Michael’s prediction: 2-1Cardiff City v Chelsea Advertisement Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are injury doubts for Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Huddersfield famously won 3-0 at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the 2017/18 season in Frank de Boer’s first game in charge of the Eagles.Since then the sides have played three times in all competitions with Palace winning the lot without conceding a goal. The Eagles have only scored 11 times and picked up 13 points at Selhurst Park so far this season, but I expect the hosts to improve on that record against the Terriers.Michael’s prediction: 2-0Leicester City v Bournemouth Harry Kane MBE will be looking to put a dent in Liverpool’s title challenge at Anfield (Picutre: Getty)Liverpool have lost just one of their last 24 home PL games with Spurs and I expect the hosts to be top of the table on Sunday evening after, what promises to be, a cracking game at Anfield.The Reds are unbeaten in their last 36 home league games while Spurs are without a win in their last four – a run which has seen the end of their title challenge. Liverpool to win, but it could be a bumpy ride.Michael’s prediction: 3-2Arsenal v Newcastle United Comment Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea & Liverpool Chelsea slumped to a damaging defeat at Everton last time out (Picture: Getty)At the start of the weekend only Fulham (6) have lost more away league games in 2019 than Chelsea who have lost four of their five on the road this year.Maurizio Sarri’s side folded tamely after the break at Goodison Park in their last game, but they had their chances in the first 45 minutes and I don’t see them making any mistakes in south Wales on Sunday.Michael’s prediction: 0-2Liverpool v Tottenham Brighton are in decent form and have reached the FA Cup semi finals (Picture: Getty)Two late goals gave Southampton a much-needed three points against Spurs last time, but they begin the weekend just two points above the drop zone.FA Cup semi-finalists Brighton have won their last two league games, but I feel both sides will take a point on the south coast.Michael’s prediction: 1-1Burnley v Wolverhampton WanderersWolves have only lost one of their last eight PL games – at Huddersfield last month – although they have drawn three of their last five and I feel they will again have to settle for a point at Turf Moor.Burnley have conceded ten times in the 90th minute or in added time this season and they are only two points above Cardiff – who sit in the final relegation place – in the table with the Bluebirds having a game in hand. The good news for Clarets’ fans is that Cardiff’s game in hand is at the Etihad on Wednesday!Michael’s prediction: 1-1Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town Arsenal will hope to tighten their grip on a top four place with a win over Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have won their last six home PL games with Newcastle and averaged three goals a game in that sequence.United showed with their late equaliser at Bournemouth in their last match that they do not lack in passion or commitment, but the Gunners are one of only three sides with a perfect home league record in 2019 and have won their last nine PL games at the Emirates.AdvertisementMichael’s prediction: 2-0Michael’s weekend wager: Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Liverpool at 19/5 Raheem Sterling will hope to keep his stunning run of form going at struggling Fulham (Picture: Getty)Fulham have lost their last seven games with Manchester City in all competitions and I can’t see past a win for the champions in Saturday’s early kick-off.The hosts had their moments against Liverpool at Craven Cottage last time, but they have now conceded at least twice in their last 11 league games and it would be a surprise if they were able to keep Pep Guardiola’s side at bay in West London.AdvertisementAdvertisementMichael’s prediction: 1-3ADVERTISEMENTBrighton v Southampton The Premier League is back with a bang this weekend (Picture: Getty / Metro)The Premier League returns this weekend following the last international break of the season. 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Arsenal and Tottenham lining up summer moves for £50m-rated Everton defender Michael Keane

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham lining up summer moves for £50m-rated Everton defender Michael Keane SPONSORED Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing Everton man Michael Keane (Picture: Getty)Arsenal and Tottenham have expressed interest in signing England defender Michael Keane from Everton this summer, reports say.Keane, 26, is enjoying a productive season at Goodison Park and has impressed for the Toffees since joining from Burnley in 2017.His performances have earned him a recall to the England side and Keane received rave reviews for his performances during the recent international break.Having helped the Three Lions keep a clean sheet against Czech Republic, Keane scored in the 5-1 thrashing against Montenegro in Podgorica.ADVERTISEMENT PLAY Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings Read More Coming Next / Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Read More Unai Emery wants to sign at least one defender this summer (Picture: Getty)Everton will be reluctant to lose Keane, a player they bought for £30m two years ago, and would reportedly demand a £50m fee to discuss his potential exit.Arsenal moved to third in the Premier League on Monday evening as Emery’s side clinched a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.Speaking after the home win, Emery said: ‘We were good individually, our players gave us quality and they worked for the team.‘Our supporters at home are very important and we can be stronger together. We were improving little by little and our first goal helped us a lot.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‘Mesut Ozil has quality, when he can find the best performance for the team, he is playing like we want with the system and how tactically we want. He is giving us his quality.’He added: ‘I think Aaron Ramsey is happy, he is helping us and is playing with a very good performance and scoring.‘Each energy from the players is very important for us and he is doing that. We are at the most important moment of the season.‘We are making progess in the table but we know it is difficult, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United are going to win a lot of games.’MORE: Arsenal fans loved Mesut Ozil’s reaction to Gunners overtaking rivals Tottenham 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Apr 2019 12:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link106Shares by Metro 1/1 Advertisement Read More Comment Skip Ad 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 CityKeane’s form has not gone unnoticed and the Daily Mail say both Arsenal and Tottenham are monitoring the defender ahead of the summer transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is claimed the north London rivals, who are both keen to bolster their defensive options, had scouts watching the England man in Everton’s 2-0 win over West Ham over the weekend.Arsenal boss Unai Emery looked into signing a centre back in January and will put pressure on the Gunners to bring a quality defender to the Emirates at the end of the season.Spurs will also be in the market for a defender, particularly if, as expected, Toby Alderweireld leaves the Premier League club this summer. Top articles Read More Full Screenlast_img read more

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Arsenal make contact to sign £25m-rated Kerem Demirbay in summer transfer

first_img(Picture: Getty)The 25-year-old has helped Hoffenheim rise to sixth in the Bundesliga table this season and could be a cheap option as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal lose Ramsey to Juventus at the end of the season and Emery is determined to find a suitable playmaker to take over from the influential Welshman.Emery pushed Ramsey out the door at the Emirates after telling Arsenal to withdraw their offer to extend his contract last year. Comment Advertisement Coral BarryThursday 18 Apr 2019 5:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link370Shares Hoffenheim want £22m for the midfielder (Picture: Getty)But the challenge of replacing Ramsey will be made even greater by the financial restrictions set to be placed on Emery.Even if the Spaniard does deliver Champions League football, Emery will have just £75m to spend this summer.MORE: Arsenal to hand Unai Emery £75m transfer budget if Champions League football securedMore: 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 Demirbay is a star at Hoffenheim (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are chasing the signing of Kerem Demirbay this summer, according to reports in Germany.The Hoffenheim No.10 is available for £22million due to a release clause in his contract and is attracting the gaze of several Turkish clubs.Demirbay has scored four goals and provided eight assists this season and it appears Unai Emery is ready to move for the midfielder.Bild claim Arsenal have already made contact with Hoffenheim about a potential deal and are happy to meet Demirbay’s release clause.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal make contact to sign £25m-rated Kerem Demirbay in summer transfer Advertisementlast_img read more

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