Mikel Arteta reavels why he ‘liked’ Matteo Guendouzi grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat

first_img💬 “We showed frustration. In a way I like it, because it means that we care about losing and we don’t accept any defeats. But I like those types of reactions earlier rather than after football games.”👔 @m8arteta pic.twitter.com/Q0hKwm0DKh— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 23, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jun 2020 9:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link335Shares Mikel Arteta reavels why he ‘liked’ Matteo Guendouzi grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat Comment Matteo Guendouzi escaped a three-match ban (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists he ‘liked’ Matteo Guendouzi’s reaction to the Gunners’ defeat against Brighton because it shows that the Frenchman cares.The midfielder escaped a three-match ban on Monday after the FA declined to act on footage showing Guendouzi grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat on the final whistle at the Amex Stadium.Guendouzi was angered by Maupay’s earlier challenge that forced Bernd Leno into being stretchered off and tensions boiled over between the pair at the end of the match following the striker’s late winner for Brighton. Reports on Monday night claimed Guendouzi made disparaging comments about the lack of quality in Brighton’s team and he’s said to have told his opponents that he earns ‘more than they ever will’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Arteta insists he doesn’t need to speak to Guendouzi about his behaviour and says his reaction was a good sign that he cares about the club and their results. Arsenal’s injury problems continued today as Gabriel Martinelli was ruled out for ‘months’ by Arteta.The Brazilian is yet to feature in the Gunners’ first two matches back but he felt discomfort in his knee after a training session on Monday.Martinelli was subsequently sent for scans and the club’s early fears are that he’s sustained meniscus damage in his left knee.MORE: Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal intend to make Pablo Mari & Cedric Soares’ loan deals permanent Advertisement Guendouzi grabbed Maupay by the throat (Picture: SKy)‘My job is to make sure we behave in relation to the shirt that we wear,’ said Arteta.‘Obviously what happened on the pitch – I played for 17 years – stays on the pitch because you can mould and change in context very easily and you shouldn’t be doing that at all. ‘But obviously we showed frustration. In a way I like [it] because that means we care about losing and don’t accept any defeats but I like those types of reactions earlier instead of after football games.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Liberia Secures US$3M for Youth Opportunities Program

first_imgLiberian delegation during engagements at IMF Spring Meetings 2019Rallies for support at IMF Spring Meetings Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah Jr., along with other officials of government has rallied for support on behalf of the Government of Liberia at the recent IMF/ World Bank Spring Meetings, in Washington, D.C. the United States of America.The event held from April 8-14, 2019, was under the theme “Invest in Your Future” and brought together central bankers, Ministers of Finance and Development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics who discussed issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.According to a release from Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Minister Tweah, as head of the delegation and other officials had discussions for possible investment in areas including the private sector, domestic revenue mobilization, digital economy and social safety net, which he said are aligned to the President George Manneh Weah’s Pro-poor agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).Accordingly, the World Bank had earlier earmarked US$106 million for three key sectors to include Education (US$50m), Water and Sewer (US$30m), and Public Financial Management (US$26m). The Liberian Government would have to develop a logical framework and a rationalized time-bound matrix for the utilization of the funds.The MFDP release says that support to water and sewer will focus on providing new pipes for the Pipeline water plant, while the Bank’s support to the educational sector will see the construction of additional schools in 24 districts as well as teachers’ quarters and science laboratories across the country.With regard to Public Financial Management, support will go towards setting up of an e-tax policy and system, e-procurement, and capacity development amongst others.Meanwhile, according to the MFDP, the government of Liberia is expected to adhere to the rigid requirements for its signing onto the IMF program. Once successful, the country could benefit from additional funds including budgetary support. To achieve this, the government will have to take strong measures towards macroeconomic reforms to include transparency in monetary and fiscal policies, reforming the over-bloated wage bill, governance, business climate, as well improving an enabling environment for agribusiness.There are indications, the MFDP release said, that government’s projected revenue for fiscal year 2019/2020 will fall short of expenditure, hence the need for serious austerity measures. More attention needs to be focused on the rationalization of both salaries and allowances within the public sector. There is not a coordinated approach in the payment of allowances in various ministries and agencies. Reforming the wage bill could be the first best approach for a government that inherited lots of debts from the previous government.It is expected that SOEs transparency and oversight could be another measure placed on the table by the IMF and WB. The government does not have a strong framework on how SOEs can contribute to the country’s budget processes. The international financial reporting standards require all SOEs to publish their financial statements on a periodic basis.While the government has made progress in resolving some of the binding constraints to the business climate, there is still a need for more reforms. Access to credit, resolving insolvency and enforcing contracts remain a challenge. The government has already banned import permits declaration, while at the same time making efforts to improve trading across borders.Conforming to the IMF program requires a rigorous self-assessment of the country’s macroeconomic policies as well as the politic will to implement these measures. While this process can be burdensome for developing countries, it can also offer opportunities for sustained economic growth and development, especially for a country that needs more support for infrastructure development and agriculture.Also featured at the just ended IMF/WB Springs Meeting in Washington D.C. were seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more