Three hundred drones took to the evening sky over the Han River in South Korea to dispense coronavirus prevention advice through a synchronized light display featuring images of hand-washing and social distancing.A horde of pin-point lights lifted into the air in military-like formation on Saturday before rearranging themselves to form the image of a white face mask, with red circles symbolizing the new virus which has led to almost 300 deaths in the country.The 10-minute display, organized by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, also showed images of medical workers in protective suits and messages of support including “#ThanksToChallenge” written above a hand cradling a another flashing a thumbs-up, in reference to a social media campaign encouraging people to express their gratitude to health staff. Drones fly over the Han river showing messages to support the country as a measure to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Seoul, South Korea, July 4, 2020. Picture taken July 4, 2020. (REUTERS /Yonhap )The 900-gram drones employed real-time kinematic (RTK) satellite positioning with additional antennae to increase accuracy, said the Korea Institute of Aviation Safety Technology, which led the project.South Korea was praised for quickly containing its initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus but has recently experienced sporadic cases, such as from small gatherings at religious facilities and door-to-door sales practices outside Seoul.Asia’s fourth-largest economy reported 63 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, 33 of which were imported. Topics :
“If there are forces moving the euro/dollar rate around, that feeds into our global and European forecasts and our monetary policy setting,” Lane said.Indeed, some economists say that the current exchange rate could already deduct 0.2 percent-0.4 percent from euro zone growth and analysts polled by Reuters see more dollar weakness.Normally this would not be too difficult to counter but the ECB and the Bank of Japan are both close to the limits of ultra easy policy.Both have cut rates into negative territory and yields are already negative for much of the curve. Both banks also face some domestic opposition to more easing, making further moves politically complicated.“If the Fed is going to be late in raising interest rates, that would put upward pressure on the yen against the dollar,” said Hideo Kumano, a former BOJ official who is currently chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute.“As long as Fed policy makes it harder for the dollar to rise, the BOJ will have to worry about potential yen rises that needs a policy response including a deepening of negative interest rates,” he said.Some economists argue that the ECB should simply shift to a similarly flexible target as part of its own ongoing policy review. But markets price no rate hike at all during Christine Lagarde’s eight-year term atop the bank, so a suggestion that policy tightening would be even further pushed out raises credibility issues.“Emerging market economies, which are largely dollar funded, will benefit, at least initially,” former ECB board member Benoit Coeure said. “Europe may need to find new ways to support its economy in the face of permanently lower US rates.”Social policy? The Fed’s now explicit aim to help low-income families is another complication as it elevates the role of the bank in social policy and could be seen as a sort of reinterpretation of its mandate.“Personally, I feel there is room to consider the idea, voiced by some people, that monetary policy should focus more on job and income conditions,” BOJ Deputy Governor Masazumi Wakatabe said.The ECB also appears keen to reinterpret its mandate with Lagarde arguing that risks created by climate change are so big, the bank could not ignore them.But central bankers are unelected bureaucrats and fighting climate change or inequality is a foray into politics, which risks opening their banks to the sort of political attacks that could undermine independence.The ECB argues that its mandate already requires it to support the “general economic policies” of the European Union, but such an interpretation would still represent a shift given its current focus that is entirely inflation focused.Still, some argue that the Fed’s shift will prove to be benign.Lower dollar rates will cut funding costs in emerging markets, accelerating growth and providing a bigger market for exports. And letting US inflation run higher now, will raise both long term rates and inflation expectations, making it easier to normalize policy after years of extraordinary accommodation.These may prove to be true, but that will not be evident for years to come. And until then, central banks must deal with a weaker dollar.Topics : The United States Federal Reserve’s landmark shift to a more tolerant stance on inflation will be a drag on the dollar for years and will raise hard questions about the role of central banking, challenging policymakers from Frankfurt to Tokyo.On the face of it, the Fed’s policy tweak, unveiled on Aug. 27, appears tailored to giving the US economy a shot in the arm. A shift to average inflation targeting lets the Fed overshoot its target after downturns, indicating that rate hikes will come later and the jobs market will be allowed to run hotter, a boon to low-income families.But this creates two headaches for global central banks. Such a reinterpretation of the Fed’s mandate could be seen as a foray into social policy, a vital precedent for others as they reexamine their own roles after years of unconventional moves that already impact wealth and income distribution.The second, more immediate concern will be the dollar’s weakness, which hurts exporters from Europe to Asia. This is bound to feature prominently at the European Central Bank’s policy meeting on Thursday, as a strong euro will make it more difficult for exporting nations in the euro zone to climb out of their deepest recession in living memory.Countries like Germany and France, or Japan, traditionally generate growth from net exports, which take a hit when their currencies firm. And this firming merely compounds their problem as trade wars between the United States and some of its key trade partners are already weighing on exports.The dollar has already weakened by over 10 percent against a basket of currencies since mid-March to a more than two-year low, prompting ECB chief economist Philip Lane to warn last week that the exchange rate mattered, even if the ECB didn’t target it.
“For large whales very sadly, it could take weeks for them to die, and they get blistered in the sun, so you would be thinking about an ethical and humane thing to do,” Mike Double, a zoologist that leads the Australian Marine Mammal Centre, told Reuters.While larger whales can require a lethal dose of potassium chloride to the heart or explosives, smaller whales like the long-finned pilots are usually shot with a firearm.The stranding, the biggest on record in modern Australia and one of the largest in the world, has drawn attention to a natural phenomenon that remains largely a mystery to scientists.A rescue team of more than 60 government scientists and volunteers had dashed to the remote location, braving freezing cold waters in an arduous refloating process. As many as four or five people per whale were needed to attach slings to the animals and guide them as they were pulled to deeper water by boats. Australian officials were planning the grim task of disposing of almost 400 whale carcasses on Thursday as hopes faded there would be many more survivors of one of the world’s biggest mass strandings of the mammals.Rescuers had managed to free almost 90 of the long-finned pilot whales beached off the country’s remote southern coast by late Thursday. The majority of those freed had reached deeper water, officials said, but at least four were likely to be euthanized and others might return when the tide turns.The clock was ticking for a remaining small group of whales still floundering in shallow water on a wide sandbank, four days after the 470-strong pod was first spotted off the northwest coast of the island state of Tasmania. “Beyond the next 24 hours, any remaining animals that are alive will be less viable,” said Nic Deka, the incident controller for the state government’s Parks and Wildlife Service.As result, authorities were developing a plan to dispose of at least 380 whales at sea, an operation that Deka said could take days.”Our preference is for disposal at sea, we’re still taking expert advice as to exactly where the drop off point may be,” Deka said, noting the decomposing whales could pose an environmental health risk.Euthanizing those animals too exhausted to swim to safety was another daunting but necessary task, experts said. Topics :
“In addition, many patients go to the hospital with severe symptoms, this causes the treatment to be less effective and reduces the patient’s chances of recovery,” he explained.The death rate in Bali keeps increasing. On Sept. 27, the death rate in Bali was 2.97 percent, then it increased to 3.11 percent on Oct. 4, before reaching the current 3.17 percent, Wiku further said, expressing concern over the matter. To lower the death rate, Wiku urged the provincial administrations to increase the quality of referral hospitals and emergency hospitals assigned to treat COVID-19 patients as well as self-isolation facilities for residents.“We must do it to reduce the fatality rate,” he said. “To the Balinese people, we urge you to immediately get yourself a medical check-up if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, so that you can get treatment as soon as possible,” Wiku said.Bali’s cumulative figures as of Thursday show 10,513 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 340 fatalities, according to data from the Health Ministry.As of Thursday, Indonesia’s nationwide death toll has reached 12,268, or an average mortality rate of 3.5 percent, with 349,160 cases.Meanwhile, active cases from the 10 prioritized provinces on Sept. 27 accounted for 67.62 percent of the national cases. However, on Oct. 4 it decreased to 66.38 percent, then on Oct. 11, it decreased to 65.64 percent.”This is good news, and we need to step up efforts so that the number of active COVID-19 cases in these provinces can be pushed down further,” Wiku said.As of Sept. 27, COVID-19 deaths from these 10 provinces contributed 80.18 percent to the national tally. On Oct. 4 the percentage decreased to 79.18 percent and on Oct. 11 it continued to decline to 78.71 percent. (iwa) Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : Based on weekly evaluations during two weeks on Sept. 27, Oct. 4 and Oct.11. Central Java and Papua had recorded an increase in new COVID-19 cases and a decrease in recovered patients. While Bali recorded an increase in deaths in the past two weeks.For Central Java, during the two weeks from Sept. 27 to Oct.11 the percentage of active cases increased from 22.49 to 23.94 percent. Recoveries decreased from 71.09 to 70.35 percent. Fatalities decreased from 6.42 to 5.71 percent. Then in Papua, there was a significant increase in the percentage of active cases from 35.7 to 43.3 percent, while a 62.8 percent recovery rate decreased to 55.21 percent. The percentage of deaths fluctuated from 1.34 percent on Sept. 27 up to 1.52 percent on Oct. 4 and down to 1.44 percent on Oct. 11.In Papua, Wiku explained, an increase in active cases and a decrease in recoveries, apart from being caused by local transmission, could be due to contact tracing, specimen examination or testing and inadequate health services or treatment. The national COVID-19 task force says in general COVID-19 handling in 10 prioritized provinces is showing good results, but it highlighted that three provinces needed special attention.The 10 provinces prioritized for COVID-19 handling are DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Bali, South Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, North Sumatra, Banten and Papua. “We need to give extra attention to Central Java, Papua and Bali,” said task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito in a statement published on the task force website on Thursday. #avoidcrowd #usesoap #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance
Arsenal confident of completing £25m Kieran Tierney transfer after winning William Saliba race Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Jul 2019 8:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares Advertisement William Saliba has agreed to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The Frenchman will become Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Gabriel Martinelli and Football.London claims the Gunners are confident of making Tierney their third capture.AdvertisementAdvertisementOnce Tierney’s move is complete, the Gunners will focus on a loan deal for Real Madrice ace Dani Ceballos.Deals for Tierney and Saliba will have used up the majority of Unai Emery’s transfer budget but the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Mohamed Elneny and Calum Chambers could be sold to raise extra funds.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 ArsenalThe club were keen on signing Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and offered Jenkinson, Elneny and Chambers in exchange for the Ivorian, as well as £40m.However, the deal was rejected out of hand by the Eagles, who value Zaha at closer to £90m.MORE: Jurgen Klopp explains reluctance to extend his contract as Liverpool manager Kieran Tierney is keen on a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are confident they will agree a deal of around £25million with Celtic for defender Kieran Tierney.The Gunners have had two bids rejected by the Bhoys, who had been hoping to get around £30m for the Scotland international.However, Tierney has made it clear that he would be keen on a move to the Emirates and Celtic are resigned to losing the 22-year-old.Arsenal have won the race to sign Saint-Ettiene defender William Saliba, who rejected late interest from Tottenham to agree a £27m move to the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jun 2020 11:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Skip Ad Top articles Read More by Metro Read More Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement About Connatix V67539 PLAY 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling SPONSORED 1/1 Read More Skip Coming Next Prince William told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal (Picture: Youtube)Prince William has advised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal this summer – and sign for his beloved Aston Villa.Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal remains unclear. His contract expires at the end of next season, with Arsenal struggling to get him to commit to a new deal. Chelsea were among the clubs linked with his signature, although they have now agreed a £53million deal to sign Germany international Timo Werner.ADVERTISEMENT Comment / Full Screen The group of Arsenal staff members lauged in response, with Arteta wagging his finger in response. AdvertisementAdvertisementWilliam added: ‘I’ve got to put that in there, just in case.‘Mikel and I will have some words later.’On a more serious note, Prince William discussed mental health issues with the Arsenal striker.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 CityAubameyang said: ‘I have played with some players that had some difficulties with their mental health. ‘The most important thing is to be next to them and try to speak a lot with them.Arteta added: ‘You have to create a safe environment for them to be able to talk to you directly without feeling judged.Mertesacker continued: ‘I thought I need to be strong, you know, to be resilient. Nowadays there are more mechanisms than ever to start a conversation.’Should Aubameyang leave Arsenal?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results And Prince William has decided to throw relegation-threatened Aston Villa’s name into the ring, in a chat with the Gabon international, Mikel Arteta, Hector Bellerin and Per Mertesacker.‘I just want to say Pierre, I hope you’re at Aston Villa next year,’ the Duke of Cambridge told the Arsenal striker. Prince William tells Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Arsenal this summer to join Aston Villa Read More Advertisement
Advertisement Liverpool are closing in on the Premier League title (Picture: Getty)I would love to say let’s go for a surprise in this one, but they are so close to winning the title they will be desperate to get the job done, they will want to put pressure on City who play the following day, knowing that if they slip up then Liverpool will have their title. They will want to put their derby draw behind them and win this one, Klopp will prepare them well and he’ll want them to wrap it up as soon as possible, the last thing he will want is any doubt creeping in the players minds. Crystal Palace have had a great season, and they may prove me wrong, but I think Liverpool will get their job done. Prediction: 2-1.Betfair Odds: Liverpool 2/7, Crystal Palace 14/1, Draw 11/2 Burnley vs WatfordWatford are another side in trouble and this could be a big chance for them to create a bit of a gap is Spurs beat West Ham. I know there are a few contract issues for Burnley and that is a massive problem in my opinion, if these things aren’t resolved for when they play next then it’s going to be another struggle with a limited squad of players. Burnley will be happy with where they are in the table and it is a case for them to see out the season now, so I think Watford will get something in their trip up North. Prediction: 0-1.AdvertisementAdvertisementBetfair Odds: Burnley 11/5, Watford 13/8, Draw 9/4 Southampton vs Arsenal Advertisement Dimitar BerbatovTuesday 23 Jun 2020 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares David de Gea is back in the spotlight after another high profile error (Picture: Getty)Sheffield Untied had a bad result against Newcastle, but they were down to ten men and that made things very difficult. United need to the points and they have to win this game to keep top four hopes alive. Sheffield will make it really difficult against them, they don’t give a dam who they play and they just play the football they know how to play, I have said it before but they are the surprise of the season for me. Despite that, United will be desperate to get the three points, and I think they will just edge it. Prediction: 2-1.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBetfair Odds: Man Utd 8/15, Sheff Utd- 8/1, Draw- 7/2 Newcastle vs Aston VillaAston Villa are another team in trouble, they do have some good players but sometimes that doesn’t help much. Newcastle surprised me last time out with some good football. Villa are really fighting for their lives and I think they will take the points against Newcastle, who are safe, I can see them underestimating Villa in this one. Prediction: 0-1.Betfair Odds: Newcastle 6/4, Aston Villa 9/4, Draw 5/2 Norwich vs EvertonIt’s not looking good for Norwich and I can’t see them pulling off a miracle. Everton will want to continue proving that they have a good squad and that they should be taken seriously, they have a great manager as well now. I liked the way Everton played against Liverpool and I think they will go one step further in this one and take all three points. Prediction: 1-3.Betfair Odds: Norwich 10/3, Everton- EVS, Draw 11/4 Wolves vs BournemouthWolves are the other team surprising me, they are performing really well, they are going under the radar and they have a great chance to get a top four spot. Everybody’s concentrating on the big names like United, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal, but Wolves haven’t been given the credit for the season they are having. I think they will be pushing and they will believe that they can surprise a lot of people. I like watching them play and I think they will beat Bournemouth. Prediction: 2-0.Betfair Odds: Wolves 8/13, Bournemouth 11/2, Draw 16/5Liverpool vs Crystal Palace It’s going from bad to worse for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)It is the same problem every time for Arsenal, how many mistakes to they have to make before they learn? Serious questions will be asked if they lose three in a row. I liked Arteta as a player and I’d like to see him succeed as a young manager, I want to see him have success, but sometimes the path to get there is a bit difficult. I don’t want to see them lose three in a row, saying that Danny Ings is back from the restart scoring, so this isn’t going to be an easy one for Arsenal, but they really need to finally start showing some balls and I think they just might in this one. Prediction: 1-2.Betfair odds: Southampton 9/5, Arsenal- 7/4, Draw- 5/2Chelsea vs Man CityThis is going to be a good game. Chelsea are pushing and they have a nice cushion of five points in fourth. City will want to deny Liverpool the league title for longer so they will want to do everything to win this game, it will also be a help to United if they win and will give them another opportunity to close the gap. City have looked sharp since the return, I think they can still do better. It’s a blow that Aguero picked up an injury, I love him and the way he scores goals, but I think they have a lot of quality players and they will take their chances against Chelsea. Prediction: 1-3.AdvertisementBetfiar Odds: Chelsea 7/2, Man City 4/5, Draw 10/3MORE: Arsenal decide to sign Cedric Soares on permanent transferMORE: Jorginho’s agent doubts Chelsea exit as nobody can afford himFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. The games are coming thick and fast in the Premier League (Pictures: REX/METRO.CO.UK)The games are coming thick and fast in the Premier League and with so much action and controversy it’s like football has never been away.Chelsea host Mancheter City in this week’s box office clash, while Liverpool can take another step closer to the title at home against Manchester City.As always, Betfair ambassador Dimitar Berbatov previews the action for Metro.co.uk…Man United vs Sheffield United Comment Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal & Liverpool
Comment Saliba will be part of Arsenal’s first-team squad for the 2020/21 campaign (Picture: Getty)‘I know the player. He has the right mentality, the right attitude, the right physique. But he needs to fit in and that’s something nobody knows until the moment he lands in that dressing room.’Arteta expects French-speaking David Luiz to play a big role in helping Saliba settle in, adding: ‘I’m sure about how he is going to treat him, how he is going to look after him, how he is going to guide him.‘The young players need stable players around them with experience who have lots of leadership. The way David supports them is very important to us.’MORE: Folarin Balogun appears to confirm Arsenal exit on Instagram after failing to agree new contractMORE: Mikel Arteta puts Arsenal defenders up for sale along with Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas TorreiraFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal spent £27m on Saliba and loaned him back to Saint-Etienne (Picture: Getty)It does not make for an ideal start to his career at Arsenal, though Arteta is in no doubt that he has all the ingredients required to be a big hit – as long as fans are patient as he adapts to the step up in quality and intensity.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I am excited to work with him but I am worried about the expectations because I know how difficult it is to play as a central defender in this country,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.‘It is one of the most complicated positions here. The step is really, really big.‘William had a really positive season last year, but he has had a really difficult one this year with injuries.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‘We know where the potential is, but to fulfil that potential every three days at the highest level is a different task. So, tranquilo [relax].‘He is, in my opinion, in phase one or two of his development. He has a lot of things to learn but hopefully, we can give him the right environment to make that process very quick. The 19-year-old centre-back will join the first-team squad this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he is excited to start working with William Saliba, though has moved quickly to temper fans’ expectations and believes he will need time to develop.The 19-year-old enjoyed a strong campaign back on loan at Saint-Etienne after signing with the Gunners last summer, making the French Cup final – though he will be unable to play in the match after Arsenal did not agree to extend his loan.Saint-Etienne were unwilling to follow a specialised training plan for Saliba requested by the north London club, and the youngster was left hugely disappointed with Arsenal’s decision. ‘The step is really, really big’ – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reveals William Saliba worry and plays down expectations Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 Jul 2020 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link914Shares