Indonesia calls for concrete measures for economic recovery in APEC meeting

first_imgIndonesia urged APEC to identify realistic efforts for all members – be it developed or developing countries.“The implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement, transparency on policy implementation and reinforcement of the logistical system are concrete initiatives APEC could take. These would smoothen the trade flow in the Asia Pacific region during the pandemic,” Desra said during the meeting.Strengthening trade facilitation and lowering non-tariff barriers could also help the private sector, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), by cushioning the impact of COVID-19. Such efforts are deemed effective for economic recovery, as 40 to 60 percent of the gross domestic product of APEC members came from SMEs, Desra added.Read also: Indonesia steers clear of COVID-19 resolution ‘politicization’Indonesia is also preparing a new approach to keep the economic wheels running amid the pandemic by planning to roll out a set of guidelines the government calls the “new normal”.In particular, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has issued new health protocols for employers to usher in the so-called “new normal” even as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country continues to rise.In a ministerial decree issued on Saturday, Terawan detailed how offices and manufacturers should operate under the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).The ministerial decree, among other things, requires company managers to create task forces to curb the spread of the disease. They should also ensure cleanliness and hygiene at the workplace and increase the number of handwashing facilities.Topics : “The unity of vision, synergy and collaboration is key to mitigating the impact posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a start to the economic recovery in the region,” Desra Percaya, a senior official from the Foreign Ministry who headed the Indonesian delegation in the meeting, said in a statement issued by the ministry.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia calls for global cooperation to overcome medical supply shortageAccording to the statement, APEC trade ministers had given the senior officials the mandate to develop a “coordinated approach” that was expected to facilitate the process of knowledge-sharing and best-practices formulation on the handling of COVID-19.APEC also discussed cooperation for the joint procurement of essential goods, such as medical equipment and medicine, to ensure affordable health care. Indonesia has stressed the importance of a concerted effort from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries to “jump-start” economic activity in the region once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.In the Extraordinary Senior Officials Meeting on Wednesday, chaired by Malaysia and held online for the first time ever, leaders of the 21 APEC member countries emphasized the value of collaboration, cooperation and a united vision in the collective battle against COVID-19.The meeting was a follow-up to directives of APEC trade ministers outlined in the Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT) Statement on COVID-19.last_img read more

Every word Unai Emery said about Granit Xhaka, the Arsenal captaincy & Mesut Ozil before Liverpool clash

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery faced a barrage of questions relating to Granit Xhaka ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s pre-match preparations ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool have been utterly dominated by the speculation surrounding the future of their captain Granit Xhaka.The Switzerland international stormed off the Emirates turf on Sunday, cupping his ear and telling fans to ‘f*** off’ as he exited the pitch to a chorus of boos.Xhaka is yet to apologise for his actions but caused further controversy on Tuesday when he changed his Instagram avatar to a picture of him representing his country rather than his club.Emery confirmed the 27-year-old will not feature at Anfield but Mesut Ozil, having not featured since the end of September, is in-line for a recall, potentially as skipper.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHere’s every word the under-fire Arsenal manager had to say in hs pre-match press conference.How is Granit Xhaka after Sunday?Good afternoon. It’s not easy for him and for the team. He is now devastated, devastated and sad. We spoke yesterday and on Sunday night I also spoke. This morning, he trained as normal with the group but he is devastated and he is sad about the situation. His commitment with the club is a great commitment every time. He wants to help.His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and with the club. He knows he was wrong. He was wrong and he feels it inside very deeply. But that is normal as a human. You need – and every player needs – the supporters’ support. Support them, support the team.We spoke and I spoke a lot with him also about that. We need to learn and when we are having good matches and good moments, they applaud us and we are happy. But when we are in one difficult moment or we are receiving some criticism, we need to also be strong and to know and to learn to play under that pressure. It’s our work, it’s our job and the supporters, they are the most important in our life. Because if there aren’t supporters, there aren’t fans and there aren’t people behind us, there is no reason to play professional football without our fans.Now, he is down. He is down and the most important thing now is that we look after him, his family. Look after him, the club, the team and also recover our best Granit Xhaka. After that wrong situation on Sunday, I have one challenge every time, for myself and also for the team and every and each player. When the supporters – our followers – are unhappy with us because maybe now we need to play, now we need to control the matches better and improve things to be stronger, we need them.But first it’s for us and we need to take one step ahead. Individual circumstances like Sunday, they are coming because as a team we need to improve and we need to be more comfortable and transmit to the supporters and show better performances and the results for them. When we will do that, they are going to support us collectively and individually.AdvertisementAdvertisementShould Granit Xhaka apologise?Yes. I think when we make individual mistakes, we need to make apologies for the circumstances. I prefer to do that. We suggest to him to do it.Will Granit Xhaka apologise?But now, what is the response we are seeing? It’s that he is devastated and he is very down. First is to recover him, his feelings. We need our family, our friends, our supporters to support us, like us. Love us, everybody. He is not feeling that with the supporters. But we are speaking with him to first be calm and be close with his family and be close with us because we are your family too. Be close and we are going to try to be close with our supporters and this is a step, little-by-little, towards that in this moment.Is Granit Xhaka the right person to captain Arsenal?I explained why I decided that. He has the values, he has the respect in the dressing room, he has experience and he is captain of his national team. He has the conditions to be the captain. I decided that and the players respect that. He was wrong on Sunday and he also got wrong the response on Sunday, as a captain.Is Granit Xhaka still the captain of Arsenal?We need to go step-by-step, step-by-step. First is to recover him, as a human, as a player. And then we are going to continue speaking about how we can improve, how we can continue in that way with him, with the team and with everybody.Does that mean he won’t be captain?No, no, no – at the moment, I am not speaking and I don’t want to speak about that. The first is for him to recover. We cannot anticipate the circumstance because I we are going to play a match on Wednesday, on Saturday and I prefer to keep moving, taking each step, and taking the best decision possible.AdvertisementHow will Granit Xhaka be affected mentally?Now he is upset, devastated and sad. It is not only yesterday and today. He is feeling the supporters don’t like him. It is one example. Two weeks ago, I met with 100 supporters at Emirates Stadium and we had one small dinner and one small connection with them, me and Edu.One question there was, ‘Why is Xhaka captain’ and individually he said to me he thinks Xhaka must be more as a player. It is one criticism. I answered him, in response, and we finished that conversation. Afterwards, he came and said to me, ‘I defend Xhaka and I like Xhaka’. If if in 100 people, one is negative on Xhaka then that is positive.Yesterday morning I was saying the same to Xhaka. Sometimes people love us, sometimes people don’t love us. We have positive and negative criticism and people can support us or not. It is the same that we are thinking in all the supporters, on Sunday, after his mistake not every supporter was against him in that moment. It is also because the team is not winning and also they are also in this moment only thinking he is not playing a good match. Each match, each moment is different. We need to be calm and to try to be consistent and and change that individual situation.Will Arsenal fine Granit Xhaka?I think we can again speak about the same, we are in the first step after his mistake. Now is for him to recover as a person.AdvertisementHow will this affect Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal future?We can maybe remind some similar situations in the past for players, and they came back. For example, I was speaking with Hector Bellerin and he said to me that he received some criticism three years ago at Emirates Stadium in one moment because people weren’t happy with his performance and then he came back. The most important is to keep moving ahead , working, improving and showing and transmitting to people that if one moment they don’t like him, to work to change that situation.I don’t know not today how it will be in the future, the most important for me is the present, with the future tomorrow. Tomorrow, for example, he is not in the group but I wasn’t thinking for him for that match [anyway] and he stays here and trains and we are going to let him recover as a person because he is down and then think about the team.Will Mesut Ozil be in the Arsenal squad to face Liverpool?Yes, tomorrow. He’s in the group so he has a chance to play. We have had this morning a very good conversation, Mesut and Me, and I said to him I haven’t changed my idea about him. He knows what I want from him because it’s the same as last season in the first day of pre-season training when we had a conversation. It’s the same as one month ago and in that way, some circumstances weren’t helping us in every moment to be consistent or available to play. But I will say I think the last weeks he has progressively been training well and adding his spirit to help us. For example, our conversation this morning was because I wanted to listen to him about how he’s thinking now to help us and be with us tomorrow. Then if we are in the same spirit and the same idea, to play. It was a very good conversation and tomorrow he’s in the group.Why do Arsenal need Mesut Ozil?We need his quality, his skill and his consistency. We need his positive mentality and then he will help us on the pitch. That’s the next step. I think he’s done the steps before, and now I want the steps like in pre-season and one month ago to help us on the pitch.Will Mesut Ozil be Arsenal captain vs Liverpool?It depends because he’s one of the captains. I’m not thinking exactly yet, but we are going to decide the first XI and if he’s in the first XI. It depends on who else plays. He could be, yes.MORE: Granit Xhaka removes Arsenal captaincy picture from Instagram after shocking outburstMORE: Unai Emery reveals Granit Xhaka is ‘devastated’ after clashing with Arsenal fans Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Oct 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 link92Sharescenter_img Comment Every word Unai Emery said about Granit Xhaka, the Arsenal captaincy & Mesut Ozil before Liverpool clashlast_img read more

So many living spaces in Camp Hill Queenslander

first_img20 Akala St, Camp Hill THIS beautifully presented Queenslander is in a desirable pocket of Camp Hill. Owners Raechel and Chris Isted bought 20 Akala St 11 years ago and have transformed it into their perfect family home. “It was a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house when we first got it,” Mrs Isted said.“After our first child was born, we renovated downstairs and added two bedrooms, a bathroom and two living areas. The home at 20 Akala St, Camp Hill.On the ground floor of the home there are two bedrooms, bathroom, laundry, storage room and front patio. There is also a media room and a rumpus room, which opens to the back patio. Upstairs, there are three more bedrooms, a family bathroom and a front deck. The home at 20 Akala St, Camp Hill.The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area flow out of the big back deck. The kitchen has stone benchtops, quality appliances and a servery to the deck. The inground swimming pool is heated and the home comes with solar panels to help lower the power bill. Mrs Isted said the home was perfectly located close to parks, cafes and schools. “The home is on a really quiet street with friendly and supportive neighbours,” she said.center_img The home at 20 Akala St, Camp Hill.“Our two kids were upstairs with us when they were little and moved downstairs as they got older.” Mrs Isted said the separate living areas, swimming pool and big back deck made the home perfect for family living and entertaining. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We do lots of entertaining on the deck. The doors from the kitchen, lounge and dining area open right up, creating one big space.“We’ve also got blinds and louvres on the back deck so you can sit out there in winter with an outdoor heater and still be warm.” last_img read more

Brokers: SCF Adds Two More LNG-Fueled Aframaxes at Hyundai

first_imgRussia’s SCF Group has exercised an option for two 114,000 dwt dual fuel tankers at South Korean shipbulder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, according to Asiasis.The Aframax duo features an ice-class IA and is slated for delivery in 2019, based on the report.SCF was not available for comment on the order when approached by World Maritime News.In March this year, Sovcomflot ordered four 114,000 dwt Ice-Class IA Aframax tankers at the South Korean yard under a USD 240 million deal.Described as the world’s first LNG-fueled Aframax tankers, the four ships are scheduled to be delivered from the third quarter of 2018 onwards.Once delivered, the ships will be chartered to the oil and gas giant Shell.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

WRONG! “We’ll never arrest our way out of meth problem”

first_imgDrug expert: “We’ll never arrest our way out of meth problem”NewsTalk ZB 23 November 2016Family First Comment: Yes – that’s correct. The Drug Foundation are continuing to push for the decriminalising of ALL drugs – including P! Not just Dope. Offering servics for addiction treatment is essential – but removing the illegal status will remove the ability to mandate treatment, and will send a dangerous harmful societal message. #scaryLaw enforcement is not a silver bullet for the country’s methamphetamine problem.A report by Police on arrestees has found an increase in the number of people who had used the drug, and felt dependent on it.Executive director Ross Bell said lots of resources have been put into using police and courts to tackle meth use.“We’ve kind of neglected for a long time putting resources into the health side of things, and I think now we’re all beginning to recognise that we’re never going to arrest our way out of the methamphetamine problem.”In contrast, the statistics also showed a reduction in use of alcohol and cannabis by those arrested, and it is thought that could be down to a change in police practice.The study found 69 percent of detainees reported using cannabis in 2015 – that’s down seven percent from 2011.The number of detainees who reported being dependent on alcohol declined from 23 percent in 2011 to 17 percent last year.Ross Bell said there’s not a lot of data to successfully draw trends.“The cannabis and the alcohol data could well be down to different ways that Police might deal with people – they may not actually arrest people for cannabis and alcohol.” read more

Shocker as Arsenal boss tests positive for Coronavirus

first_img Arteta himself added: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” The news comes just hours after the Premier League confirmed this weekend’s round of fixtures would go ahead, something that is not happening around Europe, with La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier today that the government were considering suspending large gatherings such as sporting events, but were not at the stage where it was necessary yet. “We are considering the question of banning major public events such as sporting fixtures,” Johnson said. Read Also:Arteta still phones Guardiola for advice after leaving Man City “The scientific advice is that this will have little effect on the spread but there’s also the issue of the burden such events can place on public services.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The club released a statement on Thursday evening confirming the news, as worries continue to grow over the well-being of other figures in the sport. The statement read: “The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is. Our thoughts are with Mikel who is disappointed but in good spirits. We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.” Managing director Vinai Venkatesham added: “Mikel and the full first-team squad, players and staff, will be fully supported, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows. Obviously Mikel’s full recovery is the priority now for us all.” It follows after three Leicester City players also tested positive for the virus, as well as Juventus player Daniele Rugani. Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has tested positive for coronavirus as the pandemic continues to affect the sporting calendar around the world.center_img Loading…last_img read more

July 9, 2018 Police Blotter

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El Paso County, I-76 host BST series this weekend

first_imgCALHAN, Colo. (Aug. 27) – Two IMCA special series see action this weekend at El Paso County Speedway and at I-76 Speedway.Both the Precise Racing BST Series for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Chubby Chas­sis Series for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars hit the dirt Saturday, Aug. 31 at Calhan and Sunday, Sept. 1 at Fort Morgan. Sunday’s Modified feature at I-76 pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods also run Saturday at El Paso County, where pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 4:30 p.m.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and active military personnel with ID, $7 for kids ages 3-7 and free for two and under. Pit passes are $25 and fireworks follow the racing.There is no entry fee for the Modifieds for Sunday’s $1,000 to win show.Pit gates open at 2:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. Pit passes are $30.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Northern SportMods and sprint cars are also on the card at Fort Morgan. More information is available from Tour Director Joe Bellm at 720 404-0400 and at the website. The track websites are and Precise Racing BST Modified Series top 20 point standings – 1. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Mor­gan, Colo., 267; 2. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo., 242; 3. Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo., 227; 4. John Burrow Jr., Denver, Colo., 188; 5. Danny Concelman, Colorado Springs, Colo., 177; 6. John Hansen, Brush, Colo., 153; 7. Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo., 143; 8. Colton Osborn, Lexing­ton, Neb., 142; 9. Will Brack, Johnstown, Colo., and Garrett Sporhase, Holyoke, Colo., both 131; 11. Greg Sharpe, Commerce City, Colo., 130; 12. Matt Brack, Mead, Colo., 128; 13. Greg Gustus, Brighton, Colo., 117; 14. Dwayne Dechant, Lamar, Colo., 109; 15. James Krehmeyer, Wray, Colo., 102; 16. Adam Morris, Lamar, Colo., 100; 17. Nate Moore, Great Bend, Kan., 97; 18. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan., 91; 19. Brady Coen, Wiley, Colo., 86; 20. Dusty Springer, Cheyenne Wells, Colo., 80.Chubby Chassis BST Stock Car Series top 20 point standings – 1. Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan., 220; 2. Lloyd Meeske, Champion, Neb., 213; 3. Jeff Whiting, Gothenburg, Neb., 170; 4. Casey Woken, Ogallala, Neb., 142; 5. Justin Bussell, Imperial, Neb., 115; 6. Johnny Yutter­man, Rocky Ford, Colo., 112; 7. Kelly Yutterman, Rocky Ford, Colo., 105; 8. Kyle Clough, Wal­lace, Neb., 95; 9. Casey Werkmeister, North Platte, Neb., 80; 10. Kyle Werkmeister, McCook, Neb., 76; 11. Brian Morris, Lamar, Colo., and Gregory S. Gutt, Greeley, Colo., both 71; 13. Mi­chael Dancer, North Platte, Neb., 67; 14. Cody Williams, Park, Kan., 64; 15. Darin Racek, Lexing­ton, Neb., 58; 16. Robert Chalupa, McCook, Neb., and Kurt Trusty, Wallace, Neb., both 53; 18. Jesse Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo., and Dave Plowman, Gretna, Neb., both 39; 20. Justin Temeyer, Independence, Iowa, 38.last_img read more

Bruce not shocked by Cardiff events

first_img “After every victory, this is the man who is on the pitch, clapping the fans, instead of letting the players and staff get their just desserts. He’s out there feeding his ego, he needs to stop interfering and let Malky get on with his job. “If you don’t want Malky there, be brave, man up, face him and tell him ‘you’re going one way, we want someone else to take the club in another direction’.” Hull fans are no strangers to off-the-field dramas and are currently battling owner Assam Allam who wants to change their name to Hull Tigers – a move which carries shades of Cardiff’s change of shirt from blue to red. Allam has told the fans who sing ‘City Till We Die’ that they can “die when they want” as the fallout continues, and the Hull fans’ group designed to prevent the name change has sent its best wishes to its Cardiff counterparts. A statement from City Till We Die said: “City Till We Die (CTWD) would like to offer our sympathy and support for the fans of Cardiff City FC following the latest antics of their owner, Vincent Tan. “While CTWD continue to oppose Hull City owner Dr Allam’s plans to change the name of our football club, we appreciate the backing Dr Allam has given to our manager, Steve Bruce, to ensure that success is achieved on the field of play. “CTWD support the team passionately and Steve Bruce has given us a team to be proud of and we thank him and Dr Allam for that. “CTWD wholeheartedly support Cardiff City fans in their continued struggle to convince Vincent Tan that their team should play in their traditional blue shirts – matching their nickname of The Bluebirds.” Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said clubs should respect the contracts agreed with managers. He added: “I don’t speak about individual cases, because I don’t know them. Only the persons that are involved in any one of these five cases, plus the Cardiff situation, only they can speak about the situation. “The only thing I can say is that every manager that is sacked is something that I am not happy with. I believe that when you give the job to somebody it’s because you trust somebody and, even if the results are not the results that people expect, I think every manager deserves time to complete his contract and, at the end of it, in a fair way, to analyse with his club if there are conditions to continue or if it’s better to end. “I don’t like people to be sacked in the middle of the season.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said Mackay should stick to his guns. He said: “If what they’re saying is true, ‘resign or I’ll sack you’ is not a decision for Malky to make is it? It’s a decision for the owner to make, not for Malky. Malky needs to sit there and what will be will be. “I don’t know how damaging it will be if they decide to dismiss Malky. Only time will tell. Gus Poyet leaves Brighton but goes to Sunderland, Roberto Martinez doesn’t get sacked but gets Wigan relegated but then gets the Everton job. “On what he has achieved it could be that another football club in the Premier League decides that Malky Mackay is the man for them. That’s what I think he would deserve if the situation does happen. Whether it does or not, only Malky will decide whether it has damaged his reputation or not.” Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said it was vital for a manager to have a good relationship with a chairman. He added: “It is impossible for the manager to be successful if the president of the club does not trust in him.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said there is no real secret to his longevity other than he was given more time than most managers. He said: “To be given time is important first of all when you’re a young manager you need to learn the job. Nobody goes in a job at 33, 34 years of age and knows the job. If he’s not given the time somebody else comes in and he has the same problem. “There are some countries where the instability of managers is chronic. After what happens you have no quality anymore because people with quality do not go into jobs where they are sacked every three weeks for ridiculous reasons so it’s very important for the quality of the game that there is a certain stability.” Press Association “From the outside they should be really thanking Malky, he has done a wonderful job. He gets them up, and is making a fist of keeping them up but it’s the industry we work in. “The big successful clubs – the one thing they have is consistency. “I think all of us in this job think it seems to be getting worse, 25 per cent of the clubs in the Premier League have changed managers all ready. “When you look at the lower divisions too the fall-out rate of managers is quite ridiculous and I think we are going to deter people from coming into management, especially up-and-coming young ones, as managers simply do not get time now.” Former Wales international Iwan Roberts played with Mackay at Norwich and is outraged by the developments. “It’s one thing after another. Instead of facing Malky face to face in a room, he sent him an e-mail with an ultimatum,” he told talkSPORT. “Why should Malky resign? He has done a terrific job, got them to a League Cup final, the play-offs, won the league and got them promoted. They are four points off the bottom three. Where did the owners think they would be? Top four, top five? “He (Tan) is living on a different planet to me. Press Association Sport understands Tan has sent an email telling the Scot to resign or else face being fired – but Mackay is adamant he has no intention of quitting. When told of the email, Bruce said: “Oh my gosh – Merry Christmas… But nothing surprises me any more because of the way football has gone. Cardiff owner Vincent Tan should be thanking manager Malky Mackay for what he has achieved and not threatening him with the sack, Hull boss Steve Bruce has claimed.last_img read more

Anelka sacked following quit bid

first_img “These conditions were, firstly, that the club required Nicolas Anelka to apologise to it, its supporters, sponsors and the wider community for the impact and consequences of his gesture made on December 28 and secondly, that he accept a substantial fine.” The infamous ‘quenelle’ pose that Anelka struck after scoring against West Ham on December 28 has been associated with anti-Semitism in France. Anelka claims his gesture was anti-establishment and made in support of his friend Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, a French comedian who has been convicted seven times of anti-Semitic crimes. The independent regulatory commission that handed Anelka his punishment accepted there was no intent by the player to be anti-Semitic. But West Brom have received a considerable amount of bad press as a result of the incident, and their main sponsor Zoopla announced it would not be seeking to renew its deal with them. Anelka – who joined Albion last summer on a one-year deal, with a further year’s option in the club’s favour – had been due to begin his five-game ban on Saturday when West Brom face Swansea away. After those five matches, the Baggies have only five more this season in which he would have been eligible. But his West Brom career is now over, showing a total of 12 appearances and just two goals – both of which came in the West Ham game. Along with the five-match suspension, Anelka was also issued with an £80,000 fine by the commission and ordered to complete an education course. He had been charged by the FA with making an ”abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper” gesture, with it being alleged that it was an aggravated breach, in that it included ”a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief”. And while it was the commission’s finding that Anelka had not been deliberately anti-Semitic, both charges were found proved. The FA had wanted a heavier punishment for Anelka, but said on Thursday: ”We do not consider there is a real prospect of successfully appealing to extend the sanction imposed.” Giving his thoughts on the case, Professional Footballers’ Association deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes told Press Association Sport: “It is an interesting one, because I think both conclusions (Anelka’s and West Brom’s) end up as the same thing. “The player has already decided he is going to terminate his contract – whether it is necessary for the club to make their decision afterwards, I think is only a question the club can answer. “The player clearly feels the situation moving forward is probably not in the best interests of him or the club and I think, in a way, rather than sitting there and fighting over settlements, some might say he has actually made a decision based on what he believes to be the right one for all.” Regarding Anelka’s use of Twitter for his announcement, Barnes said: “There are perhaps different ways that that might be communicated, but a number of fairly high-profile and momentous decisions and messages do seem to be going out on Twitter at the moment. “It is a matter for debate as to whether that is the right way, but it is a medium the player has used consistently – I don’t think it’s out of step with the way he has communicated in the past.” He added: “I think this was something that, whilst not out of the blue that it has actually happened, has probably taken a lot of people by surprise in that it has happened as quickly as it has. “But I don’t think it is a question of what is right and what is wrong really.” West Brom have trumped Nicolas Anelka’s attempt to quit the club by sacking the striker for ”gross misconduct”. The Frenchman declared on Twitter on Friday he had decided to terminate his contract with Albion, a day after it was confirmed neither he nor the Football Association would contest the five-match ban he was handed for his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration. West Brom responded by issuing a statement themselves, in which they stressed they had not received any formal notification from Anelka or his advisors. And they subsequently released another statement on Friday night, which said: “Nicolas Anelka’s purported termination of his Premier League contract this evening via social media was invalid as this was not conducted under the correct legal process as required by his contract. “The club considers the conduct of Nicolas Anelka on December 28, coupled with his purported termination on social media this evening, to be gross misconduct. “As a result the club has tonight written to Nicolas Anelka giving him 14 days’ notice of termination as required under his contract.” Anelka was placed under a club suspension by West Brom after his five-match ban was imposed, pending the conclusion of an internal inquiry. In his announcement on Twitter, the former France international, who turned 35 on Friday, said he was quitting the Baggies due to the unacceptable conditions they were proposing. He said: ”Following talks between the club and me, propositions were made to me in order to reintegrate me into the squad under certain conditions that I cannot accept. ”Wishing to retain my integrity, I have therefore taken the decision to free myself and put an end to the contract linking me with West Bromwich Albion to 2014, with immediate effect.” And Albion made reference to this in their second statement on Friday, saying: “The club notes Nicolas Anelka is unwilling to agree to the conditions set by it which may have enabled his suspension to be lifted and for him to resume training. Press Associationlast_img read more