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Vietnam’s Communist Party leaders warn of challenges ahead

first_imgHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Senior members of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party caution that their country faced opportunities and challenges ahead, as they began a key meeting to set the nation’s path for the next five years. Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong declared, “Globalization and global integration are on the right track, but they are met with the rise of extreme nationalism, strategic competition and trade wars.” Trong said the coronavirus pandemic compelled the world to strategically adjust policies. The National Party Congress will also be choosing the nation’s top leaders. Trong is likely to be selected for a third five-year term as the nation’s most powerful leader.last_img read more

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Ian Wright hails ‘unbelievable’ Gareth Bale’s looming return to Spurs and rates top-four chances

first_imgIan Wright hails ‘unbelievable’ Gareth Bale’s looming return to Spurs and rates top-four chances Advertisement Advertisement The Welshman is set to return to north London on loan (Pictures: Premier League Productions / Getty)Ian Wright is confident Gareth Bale is still a top-level talent who can catapult Tottenham Hotspur into the top four this season, backing his looming return to the club to be a big success.Spurs are closing in on a stunning agreement with Real Madrid which will see the Welshman – once the world’s most expensive player – return to north London on loan, while teammate Sergio Reguilon is also on the verge of completing a permanent move too.Although there are question marks over Bale’s displays for Real last season and his age, Wright believes he is worth an extra 20 points per season for Spurs if he stays fit. Bale left Spurs seven years ago to join Real for a then world-record fee (Picture: Getty)‘His ability is undoubted and the Spurs fans should be excited, simply because of the lift it will give them. It’s no different to what [Arsenal] have got with our talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.‘He was their main man and if he comes back and has any kind of impact like that, it’s not only going to give the fans a lift but the dressing room. I think it’s a dressing room that needs a lift as well. For him to come in, it will give the kind of boost that Tottenham really need at this stage of the season.’Asked where Spurs will finish the season, he added: ‘One place below Arsenal! No, with Gareth Bale on form they can easily get in the top four.’MORE: Dimitar Berbatov claims Gareth Bale would give Tottenham the Premier League’s best attackMORE: Gareth Bale’s agent reveals Real Madrid star’s conversation with Jose Mourinho over Tottenham transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Sep 2020 2:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Comment Bale only netted two La Liga goals last season after being sidelined by Zidane (Picture: Getty)‘You have to say, if he can modify his game and play in that area up with the top three, him, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane – which sounds fantastic – then it’s going to be an unbelievable signing,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘You’re talking about somebody who is easily worth 15 or 20 goals, and how many points? 20 odd points? What’s that going to do for Spurs? Definitely going to be in the top four and challenging.‘And if you’re talking about the defence, with Reguilon and Matt Doherty, with that thrust that they’ve got – that’s what Harry Kane was missing.’Asked if there should be any worries over Bale’s intensity levels having played so little, Wright continued: ‘There has to be question marks. What people can’t get carried away with is: you’re not getting the Bale that left, obviously. You’re getting an older Bale, a more experienced Bale, but we’re still talking about a world-class Bale.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‘If he can come back and get anywhere near what he used to do – though you’re not expecting him to hit that form – but at 31 if he can do anything there it’s going to be exciting for Tottenham.‘The amount of goals he’s scored that were winning goals for Spurs, the amount of games he won on his own for Spurs. When he left, at the time, for me he was easily one of the best players in the world.last_img read more

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DeSantis: Bahamians Should Get Hurricane Relief in Their Own Country, Not in FL

first_imgHe was at the Bass Pro Shops store in Dania Beach, where he joined the chain’s founder, Johnny Morris, to announce a recovery effort called, “Anglers for the Bahamas.”Partners from the fishing industry are donating a total of $2 million in cash and goods that will be transported by the international relief organization, Convoy of Hope.The donations range from $500,000 cash and $500,000 of goods from Bass Pro Shops, including items such as family-sized tents and outdoor cooking kits, to 125,000 servings of canned chicken from Tyson Foods and 5,000 bags of protein-enriched Jack Link’s beef jerky.DeSantis says that famous golfer and Jupiter Island resident Tiger Woods has promised to match up to $6 million, and Michael Jordan has pledged $1 million. Governor Ron DeSantis said Thursday during a news conference that the state, as well as its businesses and citizens, are prepared to help Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian get the relief they need in their country, and not by opening up Florida to people hoping to relocate.“If you just need the relief, that’s not what Florida’s set up for. Florida is helping to send resources to the Bahamas so the relief can be administered there,” DeSantis said after an event at which he joined business and charity leaders to announce the sport fishing community’s support for the Bahamas.He says he does not an issue with the Trump administration’s decision denying Temporary Protected Status to Bahamians, which would have allowed them to live and work legally in the U.S. while their country recovers from Dorian.According to the Governor, “TPS is only for people who are already here, so I think when people are saying, ‘Oh, let the people who came get it.’ That’s not what it’s for. TPS is if you’re in the United States, something happens in your home country, then you can apply for it. So, I don’t even think it’s applicable, and I think the Bahamian government has not asked for it. And so I just don’t think it would even apply.”Also on Thursday, 17 Democratic U.S. senators — including five of that party’s presidential candidates — introduced legislation granting TPS to “eligible Bahamian citizens” for a period of 18 months.Last Friday, a bipartisan group comprised of 15 Florida members of Congress asked President Trump to support TPS for the Bahamas “should its government request it.”The letter, which originated from U.S. Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson of Miami, was also signed by South Florida representatives Ted Deutch, Mario Diaz-Balart, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Donna Shalala, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.They explain that Haitians were granted TPS after their country was devastated by an earthquake in 2010. In addition, about 315,000 people from 10 countries currently have TPS.DeSantis’ message to Bahamians already in our state is: “Follow whatever the law is in terms of the federal government.”He explained that he had a briefing from the Border Patrol earlier this week, and was informed that about 3,000 people have come from the Bahamas to the U.S. due to the storm. Half of them are U.S. citizens and 99 percent of the other half have passports or visas as well as arrangements to stay with family or friends in the U.S.DeSantis adds, “The name of the game is relief and stabilization. We have done a lot of stuff. We’ll be able to send some stuff from Florida.”last_img read more

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QPR manager Chris Ramsey: Being black could hinder job prospects

first_imgQueens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey says being black could affect his chances of getting another job if he leaves the London club.Ramsey, who is the only black manager in the Premier League, has a contract until the end of the season having joined QPR as a coach in November before taking over as boss from Harry Redknapp in February.”I think if it doesn’t work out for me here, as any manager of any race, you’re always in a position where it’s going to be difficult to get another job,” he told reporters on Thursday.”When you get sacked you don’t always walk into another job…”But as a black man it’s always going to be difficult anyway. The problems I’ve had in the past are still going to be there… It’s no secret that I have said that (black managers not getting as many opportunities) in the past.”The fact that we’re still at this stage highlighting that I’m the only black Premier League manager shows that it’s not the norm to have people from ethnic minorities in this position. Until this becomes normal and not highlighted in such spectacular fashion, that racism will be evident. “Obviously, I am in a very fortunate position to be manager of QPR but I would hope people don’t look on it as a token gesture. I have earned my stripes to be in this position.”QPR’s director of football Les Ferdinand said last month that “covert racism” denies black managers the chance to be interviewed and called for a Rooney Rule-style law to be introduced that will give them that opportunity.”The Rooney Rule is an important factor as there is an awareness that something needs to be done to affect the way people think in boardrooms,” said Ramsey.”I am not just talking about race. I am talking about gender, homophobia and many other issues — general equal opportunities.”Maybe there needs to be more awareness in the game of different factors that affect why people get jobs or not.” Ramsey’s side are second bottom in the Premier League, four points adrift of the safety zone, and travel to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.Apart from Ramsey, there are only three other black managers working in England’s top four divisions; Chris Powell at Huddersfield, Keith Curle at Carlisle and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Burton.–last_img read more