EU seeks ‘responsible’ AI to dispel Big Brother fears

first_imgThe EU unveiled its strategy for artificial intelligence on Wednesday as it seeks to catch up with China and the US and dispel fears of Big Brother-like control.The EU said building trust would be a guiding principle, with higher-risk uses of AI in health, security or transport facing stricter demands on transparency and human oversight. Lower-risk applications would be largely left alone.The other ambition will be to offer companies and universities access to the mountain of data that drives AI — with the bloc considering forcing tech giants to share data or face sanctions. “The battle for industrial data starts now and Europe will be the main battlefield. Europe has everything it needs to be a leader.” The proposals are the first step in a long road to legislation, with Brussels hoping for draft laws by the end of the year.But the far-ranging plans will face furious lobbying from corporate giants and governments and will require ratification by the European Parliament. “Artificial intelligence is not good or bad in itself. It all depends on why and how it is used,” said the EU Commission’s executive vice president on digital policy, Margrethe Vestager.’Precision’ demandedThe commission, the EU’s executive arm, will seek to repeat the impact of GDPR — its regulation on data protection that has become a global standard.Corporate lobbies welcomed the hands-off approach to lower-risk applications of AI, relieved that Brussels was stepping back from blanket regulation.”We support the targeted and risk-based approach,” said Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, the head of DigitalEurope, a tech lobby.”It will be important to keep new regulation focused and limited to truly high-risk cases.”Christopher Padilla, an IBM vice president, urged “precision regulation” that applied “different rules for different levels of risk”.This would ensure “businesses and consumers have trust in technology”, he said.EU officials refrained from asking for curbs on facial recognition, one of the most controversial examples of artificial intelligence.For now, they said existing legislation already limits its uses, but the bloc will start a debate on the topic to determine where European citizens would accept it.Topics : “We want the application of these new technologies to deserve the trust of our citizens,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters.”This is why we are promoting a responsible, human-centric approach to artificial intelligence.”EU officials are eager to define the rules of AI and push their champions, acknowledging that Europe and its companies have been outflanked by Silicon Valley’s Google, Facebook and Apple, as well as Chinese players like Tencent.”It’s not us that need to adapt to today’s platforms. It’s the platforms that need to adapt to Europe,” the EU’s Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton told a news conference.last_img read more

Anies hails success of PSBB measures following government’s claim rate of infection has slowed in capital

first_img“Sixty percent of Jakartans are remaining within 200 meters of their homes and we have started to feel the effects.”Read also: Greater Jakarta to expand restrictions as existing measures deemed ineffectiveJakarta, the country’s epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, imposed a 14 day period of PSSB measures on April 10. The administration recently decided to extend the restrictions until May 22.The governor, however, urged residents to remain vigilant, saying the fight against COVID-19 was still far from over. Health authorities recorded 133 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a day after the government claimed the rate of infection was slowing in the capital.”Don’t assume that we have reached the peak [of the outbreak] and it will be over soon. We need to be careful. Singapore, for example, experienced a huge spike in new cases after they thought the curve had flattened,” said Anies.The governor added that he did not know whether the slowing trend in new cases would continue and urged all parties to take all necessary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the city.Jakarta had recorded 4,092 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, almost half of the nationwide total of 9,511 cases. (nal)Topics : The implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) by the Jakarta administration since April 10 has started to show results Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has claimed, citing central government data that show there has been a rapid and significant slowdown in new cases.While acknowledging that authorities were still recording new cases every day, Anies said the rate of increase in new patients under surveillance (PDP) had begun flattening thanks to the social restrictions.”We need to acknowledge that the PSBB measures have shown results, as Jakarta residents have stayed home since mid-March – even before the city officially imposed the restrictions,” Anies said on Wednesday, as quoted by read more

Govt boost exports of SME products through virtual business matching, coaching

first_imgThe Trade Ministry is trying to spur exports by small and medium enterprises (SME) by connecting them with potential buyers abroad through virtual business matching events.In a virtual meet-up in mid-May, West Nusa Tenggara-based brown sugar producer Gula Merah Lombok secured a purchase agreement worth Rp 529.8 million (US$37,000) with Bakso Rawit Ani Pty. Ltd, which sells meatball and sambal products in Australia.Read also: Government unveils new rule to guarantee loans for MSMEs as risk aversion rises The government is also keen to increase SMEs’ contribution to the national exports from the current share of around 14 percent.Small businesses, which contributed nearly 61 percent to the country’s economy, are facing issues related to knowledge, production capacity and human resources to export their goods.To spur exports of small businesses, the Trade Ministry runs a one-year program to guide them on export-related issues. The Export Coaching Program has helped 149 small businesses sell their products overseas since 2010, including Gula Merah Lombok.West Java-based shoe and sandal manufacturer PT Indoto Tirta, which joined the program in 2019, shipped in late June products valued at Rp 541 million to neighboring Singapore, Indonesia’s fourth-largest export destination.Joining the ministry’s effort, state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) is planning to hold an expo in December to promote Indonesian small businesses’ products and introduce them to foreign buyers if the pandemic has abated, according to Supari, the director of small business at the bank.Read also: Government open to possibility of BI buying zero-coupon bonds to aid state budget“If [the potential buyers] cannot come, we will create an expo that buyers in other countries can access virtually,” said Supari.The government was focusing on encouraging SME exports of furniture, marine products and food and beverages, including halal food products, said Cooperatives and SME Minister Teten Masduki.“We will facilitate the export of these products, in line with the demand in the global market,” said Teten. “This is our priority.”Topics : Kasan Muhri, the Trade Ministry’s director general of export development, revealed on Monday that there would be at least four virtual business matching events between July and November. The upcoming session would be an ASEAN and South Korea virtual meet-up between July 13 and Aug. 15.“COVID-19 is not only about constraints,” Kasan said in a virtual discussion on Monday. “Instead, our chance to introduce buyers to exporters is greater right now.”“We can connect them virtually with the help of our trade representatives to confirm the buyers and then we provide the suppliers from here,” he added.With the coronavirus pandemic limiting mobility worldwide, the Trade Ministry is using digital means to prevent Indonesia’s exports from plunging further after declining by 28.95 percent year-on-year in May.last_img read more

Millennials stay resilient in difficult times

first_imgNo one would have thought that the year of 2020 would bring such a dramatic change to almost everyone’s lives, and 26-year-old Surastini is no exception.In February, she made the big decision to quit her job in marketing. She left Cirebon, West Java to search for new opportunities in hopes of improving her career prospects.She was in the final stage of job interviews with several companies outside of Cirebon when the COVID-19 outbreak began in Indonesia and brought activities to a virtual standstill. Four months have passed and the outbreak has shown no signs of ending.  Staying positive despite all of the hurdles is the only option Surastini has now. She said she was glad the situation had led her back to her parents’ house in Bandung after living away from them for almost three years in Cirebon.”I am getting used to the whole pandemic thing. To some extent, I still feel a sense of insecurity, particularly with regard to what’ll happen next. But, I still have faith; I know this [difficult time] will eventually pass,” she said.“We are the young generation. We are striving for our careers. We are thinking about doing things that can lead us to a better future. It is just that time seems to have stopped during the pandemic. New job opportunities are very rare today. That makes me feel insecure,” she said. While Surastini quit her job for new opportunities right before the epidemic, former flight attendant Ajeng Kartika Ayu, 26, was hit hard by the fact that she was laid off. The epidemic forced the airline she had been employed by to furlough and lay off some of its employees.“I’m still recovering from the fact that I was laid off from my first job. I did not expect the pandemic to affect my career,” said Ajeng, who joined millions of Indonesian workers who lost their livelihoods during the epidemic.The Manpower Ministry recorded in April that more than 1.2 million workers from 74,439 companies in both the formal and informal sectors had either been told to stay home or were laid off as a result of the epidemic.Recruitment is also shrinking as companies focus more on how to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on their finances, forcing jobseekers like Surastini to postpone submitting applications.Ajeng and Surastini’s concerns are reflected in a global survey on millennials launched by audit and consulting firm Deloitte late last month.It found that millennials — people born between January 1983 and December 1994 — and Generation Z — born between January 1995 and December 2003 — were likely to find the roots of their stress or anxiety from thinking about the welfare of their family, their longer term financial future and their career prospects.The survey polled 18,426 millennials and members of Generation Z from 43 countries, including Indonesia, India, Japan, Nigeria and the United States between November 2019 and January, in the first batch of interviews.The second batch of interviews was held between April 28 and May 17, after the pandemic began, involving 9,102 respondents from 10 countries, with Indonesia being excluded. It found that “pandemic-related shutdowns” had dealt a hard blow to Generation Z and younger millennials — between 25 and 30 years old — with almost 30 percent of respondents having reported job losses or unpaid leave.Despite this, Deloitte found that stress levels had decreased as the pandemic went on compared to previous months before the pandemic. Having more time with family and less commuting in traffic jams as a result from the work from home policy had resulted in lowered stress levels experienced by millennials and Generation Z, the survey said.Fajar Purnomo Adi, 26, who works at an e-commerce firm in Jakarta is a prime example.“Of course, at the beginning I was afraid of getting infected by the virus since I work with people with high mobility,” he said. “Then, many start-ups began laying off their workers; but my company was still going strong. Now I have no real anxiety but to maintain a safe physical distance and limit my interactions with people.”Fajar, who has been working from home, said he had no problem if the WFH policy became the norm in the post-pandemic world given that he “would have more time to spend with family”.His opinion was in line with 69 percent of millennials in Deloitte’s study who said that they would like to have the option of working from home in the future to relieve stress.Despite being hit hard by the pandemic, millennials and Generation Z are still able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the survey said, describing them as “resilient generations”.Ajeng and Surastini, for example, refused to be trapped in misery. Ajeng has been thinking of starting a small clothing business, while Surastini has applied for a master’s program using the savings she collected from her previous job.“The COVID-19 pandemic has radically shifted our way of life — how we work, socialize, shop, and more — and younger generations have been especially impacted,” Michele Parmelee, chief people and purpose officer at Deloitte Global, said in a statement.“However, despite uncertain and discouraging conditions, millennials and Generation Z express impressive resiliency and a resolve to improve the world. As we rebuild our economies and society, young people will be critical in shaping the world that emerges.”Topics :last_img read more

Kayan, Cirata renewable power plant projects continue despite pandemic

first_img“They’ve spent around Rp 2 trillion (US$137.53 million) to speed up the project. So they’re really serious,” said North Kalimantan Governor Irianto Lambrie of KHE on Saturday, as quoted by said KHE had secured deals to power the Sangkulirang industrial area in East Kalimantan, some 200 kilometers away from the plant’s site.“This plant has seen better progress than the others,” he noted. Read also: ‘It sends a negative message’: Hydropower players lament PLN power cap in SumatraHe cited PT Kayan Hydropower Nusantara (KHN), which was developing another hydropower plant in Kalimantan. The company is still trying to secure an International Industrial Area and Seaport (KIPI) as a customer.Once completed, the former Kayan plant will be Indonesia’s largest hydropower facility and is slated to power a number of industrial areas and seaports within coal-rich Kalimantan.The two projects are the Energy Ministry’s big guns in the struggle to meet Indonesia’s clean energy commitments. Official figures show that the country ended last year with a 9.15 percent renewable energy mix. Indonesia has committed to achieve 23 percent renewable energy by 2025.Topics : The 145 megawatt (MW) floating solar plant, backed by Abu Dhabi-based energy company Masdar, will be the largest solar power plant in Indonesia. The plant has nearly ten times the capacity of Indonesia’s current largest solar plant, the 15 MW Likupang plant in North Sulawesi.“We hope the EPC can be done by 2020 so that construction begins by 2021, and then by early 2022, it can begin commercial operations,” Harris told reporters at a briefing.Meanwhile, the 9,000 MW Kayan plant, being developed by PT Kayan Hydro Energy (KHE), is awaiting approval from the Reservoir Safety Commission to begin construction on the first phase of its 900 MW facility.The commission belongs to the Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Ministry. The development of West Java’s Cirata solar power plant and North Kalimantan’s Kayan hydropower plant is moving forward despite the ongoing pandemic. The two plants are nearing the construction phase, bringing Indonesia closer to a boost in its green energy capacity.Cirata is currently preparing its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) plans, the last phase before beginning construction, said Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry renewables director Harris on Tuesday.Read also: Thorcon, Defense Ministry to cooperate on thorium nuclear reactorlast_img read more

Lebanon’s leaders face rage, calls for reform after blast

first_img‘I understand your anger’ Macron’s visit to the small Mediterranean country, a French protectorate during colonial times, was the first by a foreign head of state since the disaster.The French president visited Beirut’s harbor side blast zone, a wasteland of blackened ruins, rubble and charred debris where a 140-metre-wide (460-foot-wide) crater has filled with seawater.As he inspected a devastated pharmacy, crowds outside vented their fury at the country’s “terrorist” leadership, shouting “revolution” and “the people want an end to the regime!”.Later Macron was thronged by survivors who pleaded with him to help get rid of their reviled ruling elite.Another woman implored Macron to keep French financial aid out of the reach of Lebanese officials, accused by many of their people of rampant graft and greed.”I guarantee you that this aid will not fall into corrupt hands,” the president pledged.Macron later told BFMTV he was not presenting Lebanon’s leadership with a “diktat” after some of the political class criticized his remarks as interference. State media reported late Thursday that security forces fired tear gas in central Beirut to disperse dozens of anti-government demonstrators enraged by the blast. Some in the small protest were wounded, the National News Agency reported.Earlier, visiting French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to lead international emergency relief efforts and organize an aid conference in the coming days, promising that “Lebanon is not alone”.But he also warned that the country — already in desperate need of a multi-billion-dollar bailout and hit by political turmoil since October — would “continue to sink” unless it implements urgent reforms. ‘System has to go’Compounding their woes, Lebanon recorded 255 coronavirus cases Thursday — its highest single-day infection tally — after the blast upended a planned lockdown and sent thousands streaming into overflowing hospitals.The disaster death toll rose from 137 to 149 on Thursday evening, the health ministry said, and was expected to further rise as rescue workers kept digging through the rubble.Even as they counted their dead, many Lebanese were consumed with anger over the blast.”We can’t bear more than this. This is it. The whole system has got to go,” said 30-year-old Mohammad Suyur.The small demonstration on Thursday night, as well as a flood of angry social media posts, suggested the disaster could reignite a cross-sectarian protest movement that erupted in October but faded because of the grinding economic hardship and the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Hassan Diab and President Michel Aoun have promised to put the culprits responsible for the disaster behind bars.A military prosecutor announced 16 port staff had been detained over the blast.But trust in institutions is low and few on Beirut’s streets hold out hope for an impartial inquiry.Amid the fury and gloom, the explosion’s aftermath has also yielded countless uplifting examples of spontaneous solidarity.Business owners swiftly posted offers to repair doors, paint damaged walls or replace shattered windows for free.Lebanon’s diaspora, believed to be nearly three times the tiny country’s five million population, has rushed to launch fundraisers and wire money to loved ones.In Beirut, volunteers handled much of the cleanup.Husam Abu Nasr, a 30-year-old volunteer, said: “We don’t have a state to take these steps, so we took matters into our own hands.” Lebanon’s leadership faced growing rage after a massive explosion laid waste to large parts of central Beirut, with security forces firing tear gas at demonstrations late Thursday as international leaders called for reform.Shock has turned to anger in a traumatized nation where at least 149 people died and more than 5,000 were injured in Tuesday’s colossal explosion of a huge pile of ammonium nitrate that had languished for years in a port warehouse.To many Lebanese, it was tragic proof of the rot at the core of their governing system, which has failed to halt the deepest economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war and has plunged millions into poverty.center_img Speaking of Lebanon’s political leaders, Macron said “their responsibility is huge — that of a revamped pact with the Lebanese people in the coming weeks, that of deep change”.The International Monetary Fund, whose talks with Lebanon started in May but have since stalled, warned that it was “essential to overcome the impasse in the discussions on critical reforms”.The IMF urged Lebanon — which is seeking more than $20 billion in external funding and now faces billions more in disaster costs — “to put in place a meaningful program to turn around the economy” following Tuesday’s disaster. Topics :last_img read more

Bayern defeat PSG to become European champions for sixth time

first_img“I am proud of the team. When I started in November, all the headlines were about ‘no more respect for Bayern’, but the way the team has developed has been sensational,” he told Sky Germany.”PSG have really good forwards, but we deserved to win the final.”However, the outcome might have been different had Kylian Mbappe done better than shoot straight at Manuel Neuer just before half-time.The World Cup-winning forward had spoken of his determination to go down in his country’s history by helping PSG become just the second French winners of European football’s greatest prize. Bayern Munich became kings of Europe for the sixth time on Sunday as Kingsley Coman’s goal gave them a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final in Lisbon, completing a fantastic season for the German giants and leaving their opponents still searching for the trophy they covet more than anything.It was often a cagey final, with a bit of needle, but chances too, especially before former PSG player Coman appeared at the back post to head in Joshua Kimmich’s inviting 59th-minute cross and wrap up a treble for a team who had already won the Bundesliga and German Cup.PSG will regret not taking any of the chances that were offered up to them on a surreal occasion at an empty Estadio da Luz, but it is an extraordinary success for Hansi Flick, who was only appointed last November to replace the sacked Niko Kovac. But they will have to wait for the chance to match Marseille, winners in 1993.”We gave all our heart on the field. You can expect that from your team, but you can’t control the result,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel told French broadcaster RMC. Not Neymar’s night Flick’s team ended the season with 21 straight wins and are unbeaten in 30 matches. They deserved to be crowned in a full stadium.However, only a few hundred invitees were inside Benfica’s ground to see the denouement of the ‘Final Eight’, at the end of a competition so long delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.The strangest of finals pitted together two clubs who have taken very different routes to becoming part of Europe’s elite, with Bayern the traditional German powerhouse and PSG transformed by the Qatari takeover of 2011.But on and off the pitch right now they are almost perfectly balanced, and that translated into the kind of proper match-up on the field that neither side often experiences these days.Bayern almost opened the scoring midway through the first half when Lewandowski — looking for his 56th goal of the season — turned and shot against the post.He also came close with a header that was saved by Keylor Navas, but PSG should have punished them at the other end in the first half.Neymar was denied by Neuer after being set up by Mbappe, while Mbappe contrived to fire straight at the goalkeeper after David Alaba gifted him possession in the box.Alaba earlier saw his central defensive colleague, Jerome Boateng, limp out injured. The giant Niklas Suele replaced him and helped contain the Paris attack as Bayern saw out their lead.They had broken the deadlock just before the hour mark in a move that began with a sprayed Thiago Alcantara pass forward, and ended with Coman arriving from the left to head in Kimmich’s delivery.Neymar ended the game with a yellow card for chopping down Lewandowski, and a runners-up medal, while Bayern celebrated.center_img The one that got awayPSG’s Qatari owners spent a combined 402 million euros ($474m) on Neymar and Mbappe in 2017 to win this competition. Yet in the end it was one who got away from Paris who denied them.Coman was born in Paris and started his career at PSG, but left aged 18 in 2014 for Juventus, sensing he wouldn’t get regular football if he stayed put.”It is an extraordinary feeling. I’m so happy but I’m also a bit sad for Paris,” Coman said.The winger had been on the bench in the semi-final against Lyon but was promoted to the starting line-up for the final.Now he may not be welcome back in his home city again.Bayern were last European champions in 2013. Their tally of six victories puts them back level with Liverpool, winners last year. Only Real Madrid and AC Milan have won more. Topics :last_img read more

WHO cautious on COVID-19 plasma as US issues emergency authorization

first_imgThe World Health Organization on Monday was cautious about endorsing the use of recovered COVID-19 patients’ plasma to treat those who are ill, saying evidence it works remains “low quality” even as the United States issued emergency authorization for such therapies.So-called convalescent plasma, which has long been used to treat diseases, has emerged as the latest political flashpoint in the race to find therapies for COVID-19.The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Sunday authorized its use after President Donald Trump blamed the agency for impeding the roll-out of vaccines and therapeutics for political reasons. The technique involves taking antibody-rich plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and giving it to those who are suffering from severe active infections in hopes they will recover more quickly.Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, said only a few clinical trials of convalescent plasma have produced results, and the evidence, at least so far, has not been convincing enough to endorse it beyond use as an experimental therapy. While a few trials have showed some benefit, she said, they have been small and their data, so far, inconclusive.”At the moment, it’s still very low-quality evidence,” Swaminathan told a news conference. “So we recommend that convalescent plasma is still an experimental therapy, it should continue to be evaluated in well-designed randomized clinical trials.”Evidence is conflicting: One Chinese study showed plasma from people who have recovered from coronavirus failed to make a difference in hospitalized patients, while another, pooled analysis showed it can lower the risk of death. One challenge, Swaminathan added, was plasma’s variability, since it is drawn from many different people, producing a product that is less-standardized than monoclonal antibodies crafted in the lab.World Health Organization senior adviser Bruce Aylward added that beyond plasma’s efficacy, there were also potential safety risks that must be vetted.”There are a number of side effects,” Aylward said, ranging from mild fevers to severe lung injuries or circulatory overload. “For that reason, the clinical trial results are extremely important.”The US National Institutes of Health this month announced it was giving several million dollars toward a mid-stage convalescent plasma trial. Topics :last_img read more

COVID rising again in Sweden amid return to ‘hugs and parties’: PM

first_imgHe urged Swedes to adhere to social distancing and good hygiene standards, warning the government was ready to introduce stricter measures if needed to curb the spread of the virus.”Unfortunately, we are seeing a small upturn in Sweden,” Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told reporters.”It is moving slowly but surely in the wrong direction, something we talked about that could happen in the autumn when we returned to workplaces.”Sweden reported two new deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the Total to 5,878 since the start of the pandemic.That toll is many times more per capita than in its Nordic neighbors, but also well below countries like Spain and Italy that opted for hard national lockdowns.The government also said on Thursday it had decided to extend a loan guarantee scheme for small and mid-sized businesses until the end of the year. Some areas of Sweden are seeing a worrying resurgence of coronavirus infections because many people seem to have set aside months of caution in favor of full-on social life once again, its prime minister said on Thursday.Unlike most countries, Sweden eschewed a mandatory national lockdown against the pandemic, instead calling for personal responsibility, social distancing and good hygiene to slow rather than eradicate a disease seen as here to stay.Though still with a COVID-19 caseload much lower than in many other European countries, Sweden has recorded a gradual rise in new infections in recent weeks. On Thursday 533 new ones were reported, the highest daily number since early July. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Swedes had recently become too relaxed about heeding anti-COVID guidelines.”In Sweden, the situation is comparatively…stable, but we also see signs that the number of infections is increasing in certain areas in our country. That’s worrying,” he told a news conference.”The caution that existed in the spring has more and more been replaced by hugs and parties, bus trips in rush-hour traffic, and an everyday life that, for many, seems to return to normal.”What we do right now, we will be glad of later. What we do wrong now, we will suffer for later,” Lofven added.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Shkodran Mustafi’s agent provides update on Arsenal flop’s future

first_imgShkodran Mustafi’s agent provides update on Arsenal flop’s future Advertisement Comment Shkodran Mustafi has been told to seek a new club by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Shkodran Mustafi’s agent admits it would be better for his client to seek a move away from Arsenal before the European transfer window closes.Much was expected of the Germany international when Arsene Wenger sanctioned a £35million deal in the summer of 2016, but the former Sampdoria and Valencia defender ultimately represented one of the worst signings of the Frenchman’s 22-year reign.Mustafi has failed to make the matchday squad this season with the signing of David Luiz on deadline day likely to further restrict his first team opportunities.Ahead of Saturday’s acid test against Liverpool at Anfield, Emery told Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny that they would not be part of his immediate plans and the 27-year-old, who is represented by his father Kujtim, hopes his son’s future can be resolved in the next week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 The signing of David Luiz has shoved Shkodran Mustafi further down Unai Emery’s pecking order (Picture: Getty)‘Shkodran had a great time with Arsenal,’  he said in a statement to Sky Germany. ‘We still have a contract for two years and can imagine to stay in London.‘However the best for both sides is probably to work on a transfer. But for that it also needs market-driven transfer-fees.’At Thursday’s pre-match press conference, Emery said: They are very big players but for one circumstance or another they are going to have fewer chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches.‘But they know the situation and really I am wishing the best for them. I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team and to get another challenge for themselves.‘Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy and I spoke with them a lot of times last year and this pre-season.‘I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists and be happy and continue their careers.’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 Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 7:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link648Shares Advertisementlast_img read more