Businesses urge banks to speed up loan disbursement to boost economy

first_imgThe State-Owned Banks Association (Himbara) has expressed optimism that its members can disburse up to Rp 90 trillion in loans after receiving the funds.The government should also pump state funds into banks “specifically to help stimulate working capital loans for big firms”, said Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani.Indonesia’s loan growth slowed to 5.7 percent year-on-year (yoy) in April from 7.9 percent recorded in March, Bank Indonesia (BI) data show, as the pandemic discourages loan demand amid disrupted business activity. At the same time, some borrowers are facing difficulties in repaying their loans.Financial Services Authority (OJK) data show that Indonesian banks have provided 6.35 million debtors with credit restructuring worth Rp 695.3 trillion as of June 22, following the issuance of OJK Regulation No. 11/2020, which instructs financial institutions to provide relief for borrowers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“Credit restructuring has grown significantly in banks [categorized as] BUKU IV, with the highest growth recorded in the trade sector,” OJK chairman Wimboh Santoso told lawmakers in a hearing on Monday. “We will ask banks to start providing loans for borrowers again.”“Banks’ liquidity is ample and ready to be disbursed, but it would depend on the development of the real sector amid a spike in the coronavirus infection [rate],” said OJK public relations and logistics deputy commissioner Anto Prabowo.“We will maintain coordination with business associations and the financial industry to speed up disbursement of working capital loans.”Topics : Without working capital loans from banks, he went on to say, debt restructuring would not have much of an impact in stimulating supply and demand. He added that several business associations had complained about banks’ reluctance to provide working capital loans.The government announced last week that it would place Rp 30 trillion in state-owned banks to be disbursed as loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help support economic recovery as the pandemic wrecked the economy.The government is following through on its promise to allocate fund placements in banks worth a total of Rp 82.2 trillion to help with their liquidity and stimulate credit growth as banks conduct credit restructuring for MSMEs. The allocation is part of the government’s stimulus worth Rp 695.2 trillion to strengthen the healthcare system and bolster the economy.Bank Mandiri and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) will each receive Rp 10 trillion, while Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) will each receive Rp 5 trillion. Indonesia is running out of time to rescue its businesses from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and banks should immediately ramp up promised working capital loan disbursement to bolster the economy, businesspeople have said.Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roeslani said the implementation of one of the government’s stimulus programs was too slow, urging banks to soon disburse working capital loans after receiving fresh funds of Rp 30 trillion (US$2.08 billion) from the government.“After the debt restructuring process, we now need working capital loans for micro, small and medium businesses as well as [big] businesses,” Rosan told reporters in a press conference on Thursday.last_img read more

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Macron promises to help mobilize aid for Lebanon after massive blast

first_imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron called for urgent support for Lebanon where he arrived on Thursday, two days after a devastating blast ripped through Beirut, killing 145 people and generating a seismic shock that was felt across the region.Dozens are still missing after Tuesday’s blast at the port that injured 5,000 people and left up to a quarter of a million without homes fit to live in, hammering a nation already reeling from economic meltdown and a surge in coronavirus cases.A security source said the death toll had reached 145, and officials said the figure was likely to rise. Topics : Macron, making the first visit by a foreign leader since the explosion, promised to help organize international aid but said Lebanon’s government must implement economic reforms and crack down on corruption.”If reforms are not carried out, Lebanon will continue to sink,” Macron said after being met at the airport by Lebanese President Michel Aoun. “What is also needed here is political change. This explosion should be the start of a new era.”Wearing a black tie in mourning, Macron toured the blast site and Beirut’s shattered streets where angry crowds demanded an end to a “regime” of Lebanese politicians they blame for corruption and dragging Lebanon into disaster.”I see the emotion on your face, the sadness, the pain. This is why I’m here,” Macron told one group, promising to deliver “home truths” to Lebanon’s leaders.center_img The government’s failure to tackle a runaway budget, mounting debt and endemic corruption has prompted Western donors to demand reform. Gulf Arab states who once helped Lebanon have baulked at bailing out a nation they say is increasingly influenced by their rival Iran and its local ally Hezbollah.One man on the street told Macron, “We hope this aid will go to the Lebanese people not the corrupt leaders.” Another said that, while a French president had taken time to visit them, Lebanon’s president had not.’Scapegoat’At the port, destroyed by Tuesday’s giant mushroom cloud and fireball, families sought news about the missing, amid mounting public anger at the authorities for allowing huge quantities of highly explosive ammonium nitrate, used in making fertilizers and bombs, to be stored there for years in unsafe conditions.The government has ordered some port officials be put under house arrest and promised a full investigation.”They will scapegoat somebody to defer responsibility,” said Rabee Azar, a 33-year-old construction worker, speaking near the smashed remains of the port’s grain silo, surrounded by other mangled masonry and flattened buildings.With banks in crisis, a collapsing currency and one of the world’s biggest debt burdens, Economy Minister Raoul Nehme said Lebanon had “very limited” resources to deal with the disaster, which by some estimates may have cost the nation up to $15 billion. He said the country needed foreign aid.Offers of medical and other immediate aid have poured in, as officials have said hospitals, some heavily damaged in the blast, do not have enough beds and equipment.Many Lebanese, who have lost jobs and watched savings evaporate in the financial crisis, say the blast is symptomatic of political cronyism and endemic corruption among the ruling elite.’Crooks and liars'”Our leaders are crooks and liars. I don’t believe any investigation they will do. They destroyed the country and they’re still lying to the people. Who are they kidding?” said Jean Abi Hanna, 80, a retired port worker whose home was damaged and daughter and granddaughter injured in the blast.An official source familiar with preliminary investigations blamed “inaction and negligence” for the blast.A Lebanese security source said the initial blaze that sparked the explosion was caused by welding work.Some local media reported sightings of suspected Israeli drones or planes flying in the area shortly before the explosion and some Beirut residents said they saw missiles fired.But officials have denied the incident was caused by any attack. Israel, which has fought several wars with Lebanon, denied any involvement.Veteran politician Walid Jumblatt, leader of Lebanon’s Druze community, called for an international investigation, saying he had “no trust” in the government to find out the truth.The White House said the US government had still not ruled out the possibility that Tuesday’s explosion was an attack.People who felt the explosive force said they had witnessed nothing comparable in years of conflict and upheaval in Beirut, which was devastated by the 1975-1990 civil war and since then has experienced big bomb attacks, unrest and a war with Israel.”All hell broke loose,” said Ibrahim Zoobi, who works near the port. “I saw people thrown five or six meters.”Seismic tremors from the blast were recorded in Eilat on Israel’s Red Sea coast, about 580 km (360 miles) away.Operations have been paralyzed at Beirut port, Lebanon’s main route for imports needed to feed a nation of more than 6 million people, forcing ships to divert to smaller ports. last_img read more

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Gojek launches website to boost digitalization among micro, small businesses

first_imgGojek offers end-to-end solutions for businesses to go online through efforts such as offering point-of-sales (POS) solutions using the MOKA app, payment solution through Midtrans and GoPay as well as smart keyboard application Selly.Read also: MSMEs expect continued pressure even online: SurveyGojek stated that there were currently 500,000 merchants in its ecosystem, 90 percent of which are MSMEs. It also said 120,000 new merchants had registered in the last four months.Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which account for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), have been particularly hard hit by the economic downturn. Indonesian ride-hailing decacorn Gojek launched a website on Monday to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) go online.The website,, provides advice to business owners on which Gojek applications can help them accelerate their digitizational process.“Going digital is not easy if there is only one part of the value chain that is digitalized. That is why we offer end-to-end solutions,” Gojek co-CEO Andre Soelistyo said during an online press conference. Falling demand has become a major factor affecting small businesses, with 85 percent of MSMEs seeing declining sales between March and June, a recent study by the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia’s (UI) Economics and Business School in collaboration with Gojek shows. Forty-four percent of them saw their sales drop by more than half.The study also shows that 94 percent of Gojek’s merchant partners had felt the benefits of going digital within the app’s ecosystem. Almost half of the MSMEs partnering with Gojek’s e-wallet service, GoPay, believe their revenue might return to pre-pandemic levels, while 38 percent are certain.The Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry noted that as of June, 9.6 million MSMEs were using digital technology to advertise their products.“With this trajectory, we are sure we can reach the 10 million digital MSMEs target by year-end,” said the ministry’s human resource development deputy head Arif Rahman Hakim during the same event.Meanwhile, Finance Ministry expert staff member for tax supervision Nufransa Wira Sakti urged small business players to register themselves for the MSMEs corporate income tax cut.Read also: Government to provide cash transfers, working capital loans for 12 million MSMEsHe reported that only 9 percent, or around 200,000 out of 2.3 million, MSME tax subjects had asked for the tax cut.“I also urge people to buy MSMEs products so that our economy can run again,” he said during the event, adding that people tended to save their money during the pandemic to prepare for uncertainties.“However, the more you save, the less money there is for consumption and this can lead to economic stagnation,” Nufransa added.Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) shrunk 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter, the steepest decline since the first quarter of 1999, as household spending, which accounts for more than half of the GDP, fell 5.51 percent yoy in the period. (eyc)Topics :last_img read more

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Six new faces to watch in the Premier League

first_imgBayer Leverkusen to Chelsea – 72 million pounds ($94 million)Chelsea have been active in the market as owner Roman Abramovich backs manager Frank Lampard but the 21-year-old Germany international Havertz is the most exciting addition.Scorer of 18 goals in all competitions last season, Havertz gives Lampard several options either as a striker, a winger, a ‘false 9’ or even a deep midfielder.Considering his tender age Havertz shows great maturity and the same instinct for well-timed arrivals in dangerous areas that enabled Lampard to become the club’s record goalscorer. Along with fellow new signings Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, Havertz could unlock a Chelsea title challenge.FERRAN TORRES (Spain)Valencia to Manchester City – 20 million poundsMan City fans were sorry to see Leroy Sane sold to Bayern Munich but in 20-year-old right winger Torres they have a player who potentially could make an even bigger impact.Torres boasts blistering pace and enjoys nothing more than running at full backs, although his dribbling can sometimes frustrate.First he must nail down a regular spot in a side already boasting formidable firepower, but Torres could move to the next level at City under Pep Guardiola, just as Raheem Sterling did.DONNY VAN DE BEEK (Netherlands)Ajax to Manchester United – 35 million poundsThe 23-year-old could prove to be an astute piece of business, giving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a different midfield option.He has an ability to find pockets of space either as an advanced playmaker or in a deeper role, predominantly on the right. Not lightning fast, one of his strengths is his decision-making, rarely choosing the wrong option when advancing attacks.Looks perfectly-suited to supply the ammunition for the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.TIMO WERNER (Germany)RB Leipzig to Chelsea – 47 million poundsWerner was nothing short of sensational at Leipzig last season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions.Strong, agile and boasting great awareness, Werner is also flexible and would likely flourish either as a sole out-and-out striker or in a 4-3-3 formation sometimes employed by Lampard.While he is happy to drop and link play, Werner is lethal when receiving the ball in the penalty area.Expect him to be a contender for the Premier League’s Golden Boot this season.JAMES RODRIGUEZ (Colombia)Real Madrid to Everton – 12 million poundsJames won the Golden Boot award at the 2014 World Cup but his stock has fallen to such an extent that he will try to re-ignite at Everton, rather than a Champions League club.If anyone can get a tune out of the 29-year-old playmaker it is Carlo Ancelotti who first took him to Real Madrid.After some of the sterile stuff served up by Everton last season, a rejuvenated James linking up with Abdoulaye Doucoure, should he sign from Watford, would at least give the fans something to feel hopeful about.FABIO SILVA (Portugal)Porto to Wolverhampton Wanderers – 35 million poundsHe only turned 18 in July yet Wolves paid a club-record fee for the young attacker who has caught the eye of Europe’s elite.The fee might look a bit high for a player who has scored three goals in 24 appearances for Porto but in Nuno Espirito Santo, he has the ideal manager to flourish as competition for Mexican front man Raul Jimenez. Topics : Lionel Messi will not be lighting up the Premier League next season after reluctantly deciding to stay at Barcelona, but some of the world’s most sought-after talent has arrived.Here are six who could make the biggest impact.KAI HAVERTZ (Germany)last_img read more

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Virus curfew to be lifted in Australia as global deaths near a million

first_imgIt was a different story in the UK, now battling to contain a mounting second wave, as thousands marched in London on Saturday against coronavirus restrictions.At least 10 people were arrested as police moved in with batons to disperse more than 10,000 protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square.This week Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government imposed a ban on gatherings of more than six people and ordered pubs and restaurants to close at 10 pm in a bid to slow the spread of the virus, which has claimed 42,000 lives in the country so far — making it the worst-affected nation in Europe.In New York state — once the epicenter of the US outbreak — new infections rose for the first time since June to above 1,000 a day, local officials said.In India, meanwhile, infections closed in on six million on Sunday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on people to keep wearing face masks in public.”They are potent tools to save the life of every citizen,” he said.Health ministry figures showed that the total number of cases had risen to 5,992,532.India is expected to take over the United States — which has reported more than seven million cases so far — as the worst-hit country in the next few weeks.In Paris, a limited number of spectators will watch live tennis for the first time in months as the French Open starts — four months later than scheduled.It will be an eerily unfamiliar tournament as a resurgence of the virus means only 1,000 spectators will be allowed into the grounds each day.For residents of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged late last year, life is already back to normal.There have been 50,340 confirmed cases and 3,869 deaths in Wuhan, according to the official figures — the majority of mainland China’s toll — but no new infections since May.Families are once again packing amusement parks, and shopping streets were full over the weekend — although residents remained cautious.”The people have experienced tragedy and deeply know that a happy life is not easy to come by,” said a woman named Wang.  In Australia, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said Melbourne residents would be free from Monday to leave their homes for work, exercise, shop for essentials, or provide care after active cases in the state fell below 400 for the first time since June 30.The relaxation of the curfew, imposed August 2, comes after 16 new infections and two deaths were reported Sunday.People will still be confined to within five kilometers of their homes, and fines for breaching other restrictions will be increased to almost Aus$5,000 (US$3,515).Andrews said several other restrictions, including on religious services and childcare centers, will also be lifted.  An overnight curfew in Australia’s second-largest city will be lifted this week, officials said Sunday, even as the global coronavirus toll inched towards one million dead.Despite the number of infections worldwide passing 32 million — with the US state of New York reporting a fresh spike — more than 10,000 anti-lockdown protesters demonstrated in central London ahead of the re-imposition of restrictions there.In more positive news, residents of the Chinese city of Wuhan — where the virus emerged last year — reported a hesitant return to normalcy, while the French Open got underway at Roland Garros in Paris.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Rio Tinto hit with human rights claims over Bougainville mine

first_imgRio Tinto is facing accusations it “side-stepped” responsibility to clean up poisonous waste from a closed mine on Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville island in a complaint filed Tuesday in Australia.The complaint, lodged with Australian authorities by the Melbourne-based Human Rights Law Centre on behalf of more than 150 Bougainvilleans, heaps more pressure on the mining giant already under public attack for blowing up sacred Aboriginal sites.It alleges the former Panguna copper and gold mine, which was at the center of a decade-long civil war in PNG, continues to leak waste into rivers more than three decades after it was shuttered. “Our rivers are poisoned with copper, our homes get filled with dust from the tailings mounds, our kids get sick from the pollution,” a traditional landowner and member of local parliament, Theonila Roka Matbob, said in a statement.When it operated between 1972 and 1989, Panguna was one of the South Pacific’s largest mines for copper and gold but anger among locals over the environmental damage and distribution of profits triggered an uprising that forced its closure.The ensuing civil war left up to 20,000 people dead and led to a peace agreement opening the way for possible Bougainville independence.In 2016 Rio divested from the mine, passing on its shares to the Papua New Guinea and Bougainville governments, in a move locals say allowed the miner to entirely avoid the costs of clean-up. “These are not problems we can fix with our bare hands. We urgently need Rio Tinto to do what’s right and deal with the disaster they have left behind,” Matbob said.The complaint alleges the Anglo-Australian company failed to mitigate the risks posed by billions of tons of mining waste that have turned riverbeds blue and caused health problems for more than 12,000 people living downstream.  It urges the Australian government to bring the miner into negotiations with locals and investigate the situation if talks fall through.Keren Adams, legal director at the Human Rights Law Centre, compared the miner’s inaction over the Bougainville mine to the destruction in May by Rio Tinto of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal sites at the Juukan Gorge in Western Australia. “As we saw at Juukan Gorge in Australia and we see here in Bougainville, there is a total disconnect between Rio Tinto’s rhetoric and the reality experienced by Indigenous communities,” Adams said. “If Rio Tinto is serious about learning lessons, it needs to listen to communities and take responsibility for the human impacts of its activities.”Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Rio Tinto said it was willing to enter into discussions with Bougainville locals following the complaint.”We are aware of the deterioration of mining infrastructure at the site and surrounding areas, and claims of resulting adverse environmental and social, including human rights, impacts,” a spokesman told the newspaper.The firm blasted rock shelters in the Juukan Gorge in Western Australia’s remote Pilbara region on May 24, destroying one of the earliest known sites occupied by Australia’s indigenous people.The backlash sparked by the destruction, which was described by traditional owners as a “shocking act of corporate vandalism”, led to the resignations earlier this month of Rio Tinto’s CEO and two top lieutenants.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Sokratis Papastathopolous reveals dressing room reaction to shocking Wolves defeat

first_imgAdvertisement Sokratis Papastathopolous reveals dressing room reaction to shocking Wolves defeat Arsenal face a fight to finish in the top four following their defeat to Wolves (Getty Images)‘[Wednesday night] was a bad moment for us,’ Sokratis admitted. ‘We cannot change it now. So we look forward to the next game. All the players take responsibility. We are not stupid. We know that we didn’t play good. We have to win all the games and be there.‘Maybe a little bit [of the problem is physical and mental] but it is not time to have excuses. We have to look forward: three games more. We need to win all the games and get nine points and we’ll see if we can be in the top four. I trust 100 per cent my team and the players and I think we can do it.”‘For us we have to be in the best four teams in the Premier League and then after to win also the Europa League,” he said. “We cannot wait only for our one chance. We have two chances and we have to fight for both.‘Leicester is another difficult game and if we face [it] like this, we will lose. It’s clear. It is not the problem of the coach, the system, it is nothing. It is just us. We have to win the next [League] three games and it is finished.’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 Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Apr 2019 12:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12Shares Sokratis admitted that Arsenal were not good enough during their defeat to Wolves on Wednesday (Getty Images)Sokratis Papastathopolous has called on his Arsenal teammates to take responsibility following back-to-back Premier League defeats and insisted they must win their remaining three games to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Arsenal’s top-four hopes have taken a hit over the past few days after they followed up a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday with a 3-1 loss to Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday.Those results mean that Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League table with three games remaining, a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea and four away from their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in third.AdvertisementAdvertisementSokratis, who scored Arsenal’s consolation against Wolves, insisted that Arsenal must do all they can to finish in the top four and win the Europa League, while also absolving his manager Unai Emery from any criticism.last_img read more

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Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson confirms Arsenal’s bid for Wilfried Zaha is ‘nowhere near’ enough

first_img 1 min. story Read More Video Settings Coming Next About Connatix V67539 Top articles SPONSORED Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling PLAY Read More Full Screen Advertisement Read More AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,’ said Hodgson on Tuesday evening after Palace’s friendly with Barnet.‘I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value.‘Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.’Palace suffered a heavy 6-2 defeat in Tuesday night’s friendly with Barnet, although Zaha was not involved in the contest.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 CityIt appears that Arsenal are ready to move on from Zaha and look at a cheaper option in Gremio and Brazil forward Everton Soares.The Gunners have sent a club medic to Brazil to assess the 23-year-old who impressed at the recent Copa America for Brazil, scoring three goals as his country won the competition on home soil.Gremio are thought to want £36m for their striker, but this could be paid over more than one installment, making Everton are far more affordable choice than Zaha.Arsenal boss Unai Emery told reporters that the club is being patient in the market, working with new technical director Edu.”The club is working. We are speaking every day with the club and Edu,’ Emery explained.‘I prefer to work with patience and calm and take the best decision.‘We have very good players, very young good players. We need someone to help us. The club is working on that.‘We prefer to take the best decision with patience. If we need to wait more time for this reason I prefer to do that.’MORE: Arsenal ‘send club medic to check out Everton Soares’ as £36m deal edges closerMORE: Arsenal director Josh Kroenke makes bleak trophy admission after fans question the club’s direction Wilfried Zaha is looking less likely to move to Arsenal (Picture: MB Media/Getty Images)Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Arsenal have failed to make a bid ‘anywhere near’ the Eagles’ valuation of Wilfried Zaha.The Gunners are thought to have offered Palace £40m for the Ivory Coast international, and also included the option of three players to sweeten the deal.However, the Eagles are holding out for closer to £80m for their star man and will not be letting him go for half that price.With no further bids being lodged for the 26-year-old, he posted a cryptic message on social media on Monday which read, ‘Life goes on.’ADVERTISEMENT Read More 1/1 Comment Now his manager at Selhurst Park, Hodgson, has confirmed that unless any offer for the winger significantly improves, then he will be staying where he is. Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson confirms Arsenal’s bid for Wilfried Zaha is ‘nowhere near’ enough Phil HaighTuesday 16 Jul 2019 11:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link98Shares Skip Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / by Metro Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisementlast_img read more

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Eddie Nketiah sends class message to Leeds United fans after returning to Arsenal

first_imgEddie Nketiah sends class message to Leeds United fans after returning to Arsenal The young striker only started twice in the Championship while on loan (Picture: Getty)Arsenal starlet Eddie Nketiah’s loan at Leeds United has come to an end, with the young striker sending a classy thank you message to the promotion contenders after his final match.The 20-year-old was given a rare start on New Year’s Day for the top-of-the-table clash with West Brom despite Arsenal wanting to recall him over a lack of game time, with the spoils shared in a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.He went over to the away fans by himself at full-time and applauded the supporters, hinting that he had worn a Leeds shirt for the last time. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jan 2020 8:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.8kShares Nketiah bids farewell to the Leeds fans after the game against West Brom (Picture: Getty)Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa – who only started Nketiah in two Championship matches – confirmed as much in his post-match press conference, with the striker sending a classy farewell message to the club shortly afterwards.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Unfortunately my time at Leeds United has come to an end,’ he tweeted.‘It’s been an amazing experience and a privilege to play for such an amazing club.‘I would like to say a big thank you to my teammates, the coaching staff and the manager for making my time here an enjoyable one.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‘Lastly, a big thank you to all the wonderful fans for taking to me so quickly. I wish the club all the best and I’m sure you’ll get to the promised land.’Nketiah’s outing against West Brom was only his second start in the league this season and Arsenal are set to loan him out to another Championship side before the January window closes.Class from @EddieNketiah9 #LUFC— ian (@igrattan) January 1, 2020 Advertisementcenter_img Bielsa explained: ‘The club and him informed us that he is not going to continue with us. We are sorry for that.’Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, he added: ‘We know what we offered to him maybe was not what the club [Arsenal] expected.‘He is a great player and excellent professional. He has been developed with a good education and for this reason it is a pity for us that he leaves us. We were happy with him.’MORE: Leipzig send message to Arsenal over Dayot Upamecano transferMORE: Arsenal won’t sanction Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer in JanuaryMore: 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 City Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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How to pause BT Sport and Sky Sports subscriptions

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Mar 2020 1:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link43Shares There is no Premier League action for the next few weeks, at least (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)With live sport wiped off the calendar due to coronavirus for the next few weeks, fans are looking to save some money on their television subscriptions as they are not needed right now.Instead of cancelling, an option to pause subscriptions has arisen as sport will certainly make a return, we just don’t know when.Sky Sports have made it pretty straightforward to pause your subscription, while BT have been less helpful. Here are your options…How to pause Sky SportsSky have said that, rather than cancelling your subscription to Sky Sports and risking a hefty cancellation fee, you can now pause it. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTA statement read: ‘While we expect that many of the recently postponed sports events will eventually go ahead, if you wish to pause your sports subscription in the meantime you will not be charged a fee to do so or be held to any notice period. ‘Meanwhile we continue to provide high quality content across all of our 11 sports channels.’You cannot either do this by logging into your Sky Sports account and following the steps or by calling 0800 151 2747. Sky will automatically start your subscription again when live sport returns to your screen.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 CityCan you pause BT Sport?BT Sport have not made this quite as easy and you will need to be on their flexible TV package to pause your sport subscription.However, they have encouraged customers to call them (0800 800150) and discuss package options if they want to change anything.A statement read: ‘We understand that this is a difficult time for customers and if they wish to discuss their BT Sport contract or other options, would ask they give us a call.‘Alternatively customers on our new flexible TV package can pause their Sport subscription and switch to a different pack should they wish.‘These are unprecedented times, and as such we’re experiencing extremely high call volumes, while also facing reduced resourcing as we follow the Government health and safety guidelines on self-isolation so please do bear with us if you can’t get through to us straight away.‘While a lot of high profile fixtures and events have been postponed in the short term, we still expect to be able to broadcast the remainder of the competitions as they are rescheduled over the coming months.‘However, where events are cancelled, we’ll work with the relevant partners on the appropriate customer compensation.‘For now, we have been busy working on a revised schedule for BT Sport which will include live sport from overseas, variations of popular shows such as Premier League Tonight, live WWE, Rugby Tonight, BT Sport Films and ESPN Films, recent boxing events and classic football, rugby and other sport fixtures from across the years.’MORE: Frank Lampard’s Chelsea assistant Jody Morris ‘likes’ comment calling for Premier League season to be voidedMORE: Mikel Arteta outlines three key responsibilities to Arsenal squad during coronavirus lockdownAdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. How to pause BT Sport and Sky Sports subscriptionscenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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