“Countries tend to close their doors to foreigners, which is very well understood during this pandemic. But hopefully this kind of attitude will only last temporarily. We need to build trust on global governance especially during this specific time,” Retno said.The country’s top diplomat said that as major powers like the United States and China showed little interest in working together to tackle the global health crisis, Indonesia and a handful of other countries had drafted a United Nations General Assembly resolution in March calling for a multilateral approach to respond to the coronavirus.Retno added that the frustration regarding big power rivalries during the pandemic could in fact be an impetus for enacting reform within international organizations including the UN, spearheaded by developing countries. Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan backed Retno’s proposal, urging middle powers like Australia and Indonesia to forge a new kind of cooperation on the issue of public health and the economy.“The traditional leadership that we’ve come to expect is kind of disappearing. It means the rest of us, Indonesia, Australia and other middle powers need to step up and fill that gap,” he said, adding that middle powers must show courage and leadership to deal with the existing global political hierarchy.Quinlan maintained that history had shown that middle power countries had played crucial roles in keeping multilateralism alive. The fact that institutions like the G20, whose members consist of emerging economic countries and account for 85 percent of the world economy, could rise to prominence to respond to the 2008 global financial crisis showed how much coordination and multilateral cooperation between middle powers was necessary, Quinlan said.“We need some people in the driving seat, we need to reinforce all of those institutions,” he said.Executive director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Phillips J. Vermonte meanwhile proposed the need for a global platform that could work to accommodate the world’s vulnerable, especially in dealing with the global health crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.“Nations and international forums must keep nationalism and protectionism at bay. All countries need to address the international framework on global health issues and embark on the framework of the international health regulations,” he said.United Nations interim resident coordinator for Indonesia Niels Scott said that while the world arrived at the crucial stage in the pandemic and needed to decide on equitable distribution of vaccines worldwide, “we can’t fail multilateralism at this point, so that we can recover stronger.”While Indonesia has chosen to partner with Sinovac Biotech of China, Genexine Inc. of South Korea and the Bill Gates-backed Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) in the search for a vaccine, fears over bulk-buying and inequitable global distribution of vaccines among wealthier countries remain a major concern in the country.Also speaking during the webinar was the head of the Foreign Ministry’s Policy Analysis And Development Agency, Siswo Pramono, who expressed his optimism that in the wake of this pandemic, a new generation of leader would emerge and take up the mantle of multilateralism. “We are going to see a new kind of multilateralism coming. Unlike the older generations who had been exposed to open war, millennials such as the current diplomats have long been dealing with pandemics such as HIV-AIDS in the 1980s, SARS, MERS and now COVID-19,” he said.Siswo said with millennials in charge of efforts to reanimate the economy, which has been battered by COVID-19, they would provide a different geopolitical perspective and a more cosmopolitan view of the world.”So, the pandemic is the real threat for millennials and 40 percent of diplomats are now millennials. They might have different points of view with those of the previous generation,” he said.Topics : As more countries shut their borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and while major powers step up their rivalries, especially over access to potential vaccines and other critical medical supplies, Indonesia has renewed a call for countries around the world, especially those regarded as middle powers, to bolster existing platforms for multilateralism.Speaking to The Jakarta Post during the opening session of the webinar series titled “Multilateralism during a pandemic: Indonesia’s Perspective” on Thursday, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said countries around the world needed to make concerted efforts to promote multilateralism, which is now under threat from what she called transactional politics in international relations and growing self-reliance in dealing with the coronavirus.“Indonesia continues to believe in the virtue of multilateralism. We will continue to enforce an active and free foreign policy by not allowing ourselves to take sides in the big power rivalries,” Retno said. The minister also expected that the current assault on multilateralism would be a temporary phenomenon and that before long countries could go back to promoting global cooperation.
Both journalists were told they were “persons of interest” in an investigation into Cheng, a high-profile business anchor on Chinese state television, who has been detained by authorities, the AFR report said.The journalists flew out of China on Monday night and arrived in Sydney on Tuesday morning following what public broadcaster the ABC called an “extraordinary diplomatic standoff”.Birtles told reporters at Sydney airport it was very disappointing to have to leave China under “those circumstances.””But this was a whirlwind and it was not a particularly good experience,” he said. The ABC said it brought Birtles back to Australia following advice from the Australian government.The Australian Financial Review said in a statement the two journalists were “going about their normal reporting duties”. It added that the incident was “regrettable and disturbing and is not in the interests of a co-operative relationship between Australia and China”.Relations between Australia and China have soured this year in the wake of Canberra’s calls for an independent international investigation into the source of the coronavirus pandemic.Beijing was angered by the move and has since blocked Australian beef imports, placed dumping tariffs on Australian barley, and launched an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine.Topics : Two of Australia’s leading foreign correspondents in China have rushed home for their own safety after they were questioned separately by China’s Ministry of State security, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday.China correspondents for the ABC and the Australian Financial Review (AFR) sought shelter in Australia’s embassy in Beijing and consulate in Shanghai as diplomats negotiated with Chinese officials to allow them to leave the country, the ABC and the AFR reported.The two journalists – ABC’s Bill Birtles and AFR’s Michael Smith – had been banned from leaving China until they answered questions about detained Australian citizen and television anchor Cheng Lei, AFR said in a report.
Ian Wright reveals Arsene Wenger’s plan for ‘unbelievable’ Nicolas Anelka to partner Thierry Henry fell through
Ian Wright reveals Arsene Wenger’s plan for ‘unbelievable’ Nicolas Anelka to partner Thierry Henry fell through Advertisement Henry and Anelka were already international team-mates (Picture: Getty)But Wright says Wenger’s anger was two-part, as Anelka’s departure wrecked his plans to pair the former Chelsea man with Henry, who arrived that very summe in a £10.7m move from Juventus.AdvertisementAdvertisementTalking about Anelka to Premier League Productions, Wright said: ‘He was a lot more technical and skilful. ‘He liked to get the ball and take people on a lot more. I just wanted to make my runs through lines and to stay as central as I could. He was a pleasure to play with because he was so skilful, he was so quick, he had everything.‘He could drop in field. Arsene was trying to get him and Thierry together but obviously Nicolas left.‘He would have been able to drop into those areas and do unbelievable things with how quick his feet were.’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 City Nicolas Anelka left for Real Madrid the summer Thierry Henry joined Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed Arsene Wenger wanted to partner Thierry Henry with Nicolas Anelka but the Frenchman opted to join Real Madrid instead.Wenger signed Anelka for just £500,000 as a 17-year-old from Paris Saint-Germain in 1997 and he was an instant success in north London, guiding the Gunners to the league title in his first full season at the club.Anelka was one of the hottest properties in world football before the age of 20 and his £22million move to Real Madrid in 1999 sent shockwaves through English football.Wenger unearthed Anelka and was understandably distraught that the Frenchman wanted to quit the club after barely two years in north London.ADVERTISEMENT Wright was covering Arsenal’s victory against Manchester United in 1997 (Picture: Dazn)Anelka lasted just a year in Madrid before a return to PSG but he didn’t fare any better in the French capital.A loan move to Liverpool followed before stints at Fenerbahce, Manchester City and Bolton.His form under Sam Allardyce reignited his career, earning him a move to Chelsea. Anelka spent four successful years at Stamford Bridge and was the joint top scorer in the 2010/11 season with Manchester United ace Dimitar Berbatov.Henry, of course, became Arsenal’s top scorer in his trophy-laden eight years at the club before a move to Barcelona in 2007.MORE: Daniel James names Man Utd’s most technically gifted player Advertisement Comment Sean KearnsWednesday 13 May 2020 7:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares
Ireland’s sovereign fund could act as a catalyst for the development of domestic peer-to-peer lending, despite a likely small commitment if it were to proceed.Eugene O’Callaghan, director of the €7.6bn Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), told IPE any move into the market “won’t be big, and it won’t have a massive impact”.But he confirmed an allocation was still under consideration after a request for proposals concluded in April.At the time, the fund said it would consider exposure to invoice and supply chain finance, as well as longer-term loans. Ireland’s sovereign fund targets peer-to-peer lending.O’Callaghan noted that peer-to-peer lending had proven successful in other countries.“In the US and the UK, there are good examples of that, and it’s a new market channel, which could profitably and sensibly be catalysed,” he said.“Our money can probably catalyse and accelerate that taking hold as an option, both for savers and borrowers, in Ireland.”ISIF’s interest in peer-to-peer lending stems from its desire to increase the number of ways small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can access funding.Committing €500m to a number of SME lending funds was one of the first steps taken by the former National Pensions Reserve Fund to realign its strategy toward Ireland ahead of its transformation into the ISIF.It has since broadened to offer credit to property developers in a joint venture with KKR and in July unveiled its investment strategy focused on real assets, venture capital and private equity.For more on ISIF’s investment strategy, read IPE’s interview with Eugene O’Callaghan
Tags: Ellen Hume, English Women’s Amateur 27 Jul 2020 Just champion! Eager Ellen keen to hang onto crown Ellen Hume has loved every minute of her year as English Women’s Amateur Champion – and isn’t about to give up her crown without a fight.The Hertfordshire golfer earned the biggest win of her career last year at Saunton Golf Club in Devon with a dramatic play-off victory against Curtis Cup player Lily May Humphreys.In the course of a tough week, the 20-year-old also defeated defending champion Georgina Blackman and Women’s British Amateur champion Emily Toy in the match play before taking the scalp of 2017 winner Humphreys in the week’s thrilling finale.No-one who witnessed Hume’s play could argue that the Mill Green Golf Club member had not worked hard to pull off the victory.Now Hume is back to defend the title at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in what will be a celebration of all that’s good about the men’s and women’s amateur game.For the first time ever the English Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships will be staged simultaneously at the same venue.And after developing a growing belief in herself following last year’s triumph, Hume is eager to get back into the thick of the action again.“I’m excited as I know what it takes to win,” she admitted.“You need to play well day in, day out.“There is maybe a little more pressure this year in that the match play is reduced to 16 players so you will have to play really well in the stroke play to advance.“But it’s a great event and special to win. It would be really amazing to successfully defend it.“Last year’s final was a was a great match between me and Lily and went all the way to the extra hole.“That just shows you how competitive it was.“It’s great that we can play in this event again despite what has happened with the coronavirus pandemic.”Hume may have been an underdog going into last year’s championship, but this year her presence will command instant respect.Following her 2019 success, Hume developed a strong belief in her game.That showed in her results on return to college in America where she is interested in athletic training and the biomechanics of sport as a back-up plan to a career to professional golf.She added: “It’s been enjoyable being the champion and gave me a real boost for the college season.“Off the back of the English, I won the Faldo Series in Birmingham and then got an England call-up for the Home Internationals and that was a great experience.“Then I jetted back to America for a full season and won my first collegiate event at the end of the Fall season.“I also had good finishes in the spring. I was sixth out of 264 competitors – the largest field in college golf which was pretty cool.“Now I’m looking forward to transferring from college in South Carolina to the University of Mississippi.“The weather is great, but it’s also a much bigger program and there are amazing facilities which I’m looking to use to my advantage.”Oddly enough, Hume is something of a novice when it comes to the Hotchkin and Bracken courses at Woodhall Spa.Prior to a recce visit a few weeks ago, Hume had not played either course, but is excited by the different challenges posed by the two tracks.“They provide very different tests,” confirmed Hume.“After playing both I prefer the Hotchkin as it’s a bit more open. It will be a great venue to host the amateur.“The Bracken is a lot tighter and you need to be accurate off the tee. The fairways are slopey and the greens are very big and slopey and that will test a lot of players with their putting.“I’m excited for the week – I’ve played well since lockdown and won Faldo Series event in my first competition back.“It will now be a real buzz to now try and defend my title.”Hume and her fellow competitors will play 18 holes stroke play on each of the first two days with rounds on both the Hotchkin and Bracken courses. The leading 16 players will then progress to the match play.The top players will be seeded according to their stroke play finishing place with the remaining players drawn at random.The week builds to a climax with the 36-hole final on Saturday.