Indonesia to ‘stand together with China’ in battle against COVID-19, Jokowi tells Xi

first_img“I also said that Indonesia is ready to send assistance should [China] need any kind of necessary support to speed up the handling of [the COVID-19 outbreak],” he added. Xinhua news agency previously reported that Xi had spoken over the phone with Jokowi on Tuesday night, during which the Chinese president gave an assurance that China would “win” the fight against the disease and that it was committed to implementing “the most rigorous and thorough prevention and control measures” to contain the outbreak.Read also: Xi speaks with Jokowi over phone, says China will ‘win’ battle against coronavirusJokowi said he had told Xi during their conversation that Indonesia was confident that China could overcome the COVID-19 outbreak “as soon as possible”. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that Indonesia is ready to help China in overcoming the coronavirus disease, now named COVID-19, which has killed more than 1,100 people in the mainland since the virus started spreading in late December. Jokowi confirmed to reporters on Wednesday that he had spoken in a phone call with Xi on Tuesday evening, during which the Indonesian leader expressed condolences for the victims who died from COVID-19 in China. “I told [Xi] that Indonesia will always stand together with China through such hard times,” Jokowi said. COVID-19, which is believed to have originated in a market selling wild animals in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has killed 1,113 in China and infected more than 44,600 people as of Wednesday, AFP reported.The disease has spread to nearly 30 countries and killed two outside the mainland; one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.Indonesia has evacuated 243 people from Wuhan and surrounding cities in Hubei province on Feb. 2 and airlifted them to Natuna in Riau Islands, where they have been placed in quarantine.Jakarta has also imposed an indefinite travel ban to and from mainland China since Feb. 5, as well as a temporary halt in live animal imports from the country in an effort to prevent the deadly disease from spreading to the archipelago.There have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia so far. (afr)Topics :last_img read more

Koeman promises St Mary’s stay

first_imgRonald Koeman has promised not leave Southampton this summer, even if Barcelona were to come calling. Press Association Eyebrows were raised by some last summer when the Dutch great took the reins of what many expected to be a sinking ship. Koeman, though, has been revelation in his first season in English football, not only steering Saints to calmer waters but new heights. center_img Only a point is needed to break the record Premier League points tally set last season under Mauricio Pochettino, who returns to St Mary’s for the first time since leaving last summer when Tottenham arrive on Saturday. The former Saints boss is unlikely to receive a particularly warm welcome at St Mary’s after jumping ship – something Koeman has told fans he would not do this summer. Asked this week at a Barclays Q&A event what he would do if Real Madrid came calling this summer, the Dutchman said: “Oh, Real Madrid? No, no, no. Not with Real Madrid. Never, never. You can trust me.” When asked what he would say if former club Barcelona came calling, Koeman said laughing: “Oh, you make it more difficult. No, I stay. “I am still young for the manager role. It is good to stay and to be the manager of Southampton. “It is a very nice experience to be part of the Premier League. It is the best competition in the world and it is nice to be part of that.” last_img read more

FIH coach Shiv Jagday conducts hockey clinic in Guyana

first_imgFIH hockey coach Shiv Jagday visited Guyana from June 7 to 20 to conduct two weeks of hockey training for coaches, nationals and junior players.While Jagday hails from India originally, which is a powerhouse in the sport from inception of international competition, he has plied his trade mostly in Canada for the past 40 years.According to a Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) release, after a successful stint in the 1980s as the Canadian men’s national team coach where he led Canada to their most successful international period of two Olympic appearances, two World Cups and two Pan American gold medals, Jagday branched out into developmental coaching worldwide.His first such assignment was to Guyana in 1988 at the invitation of Chris Fernandes, the-then president of the GHBl.Coach Shiv, as he is called by everyone, has since visited Guyana five times to conduct Olympic solidarity courses which have impacted on many of the country’s national players of the recent past.Jagday undertook the responsibility of the USA junior national programme from 1998 to 2005 before developing two training academies for hockey in California and Vancouver.He also spends his time in Melbourne, Australia and Punjab India where he has helped to establish a regional training institute that has seen nine players from Punjab selected for the current Indian national team. With Jagday now being semi-retired, he made contact with the GHB to offer his services for free in his effort to give back to the sport.This was an offer that the GHB could not refuse as it is difficult to secure the expertise of a top quality coach in this part of the world without a substantial cost.Among the topics covered during his two-week stay here in Guyana were core basic skills like Stance, Footwork and First Touch in addition to Passing and Receiving, Running with the ball, Triangle play, Team concepts and using Mini Hockey as a tool to develop the game in segments.Fifty boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 19 years attended the junior sessions while thirty-five coaches attended the coaching sessions.President of the GHB, Philip Fernandes, was high in praise of the training programme run by Shiv and considers it of great value to Guyana’s hockey. When Jagday first came to Guyana, Fernandes was the junior national hockey captain and considered Jagday’s teachings to be invaluable.Fernandes indicated that the GHB is in discussions with Jagday about making his visits an annual feature on the hockey calendar with a long-term plan for developing even stronger junior and senior teams in four years’ time.Upon completion of his two-week training clinic, Jagday commented, “There is so much natural talent waiting to be groomed in the correct way.“As I said since my first visit, there is great athleticism, intelligence and adaptability among the Guyanese athletes. They just need more discipline, structure in sport and in life and to develop a routine where training is concerned. The attitude cannot just be to train whenever the mood suits.”Jagday indicated that he enjoys Guyana every time he visits and mentioned the beautiful climate and hospitable people as being two of the main reasons he has chosen to return to Guyana.last_img read more

Bengals owner wants Andy Dalton to prove himself before offering extension

first_img“I think it’s a good year for (Dalton) to show like he can, like we think he will,” Brown told Cincinnati.com. “After he re-establishes himself we would want to get together with him and see if we can extend it. “I think Andy is a good player and that he will rebound off last year. He was hurt. We lost so many other pieces. It fell apart, but if he’s healthy and we stay healthy enough, I have confidence in him.” The Bengals should be improved on offense this season, with new head coach Zac Taylor known for his offensive schemes. Taylor expressed confidence in Dalton this week.“He can handle everything,” Taylor said, via Bengals.com. “He can handle everything you want to do at the line of scrimmage, which is key. He can make all the protection calls, understands what we’re looking for in the run game. Andy is great in that regard. He’s got a high football IQ, he’ll be able to handle anything they throw at him.” The team is also eager for the return of A.J. Green, who missed seven games in 2018 with an injured toe. Green’s contract expires after 2019, but Brown said he is confident the team can reach a deal to extend the seven-time Pro Bowl wideout.”The price range for him will be something we can figure out, will come together,” Brown said. Bengals owner Mike Brown told reporters this week the team doesn’t plan to offer quarterback Andy Dalton a contract extension before the 2019 season.Instead, Brown is waiting to see if the 31-year-old veteran “re-establishes himself” this season. Dalton is under contract through 2020. Dalton, the Bengals’ second-round pick in the 2011 draft, started his first game as a rookie and has held the position ever since. He had 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and averaged 233 yards passing last season, but missed the final five games with a thumb injury. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Dalton is young enough to bounce back. That’s what Brown hopes to see. Related News Johnny Manziel leaves AAF game with head injury after tackle attemptlast_img read more