China reiterates commitment to help Indonesia win fight against COVID-19

first_imgTopics : Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated China’s commitment to working together with Indonesia to fight the COVID-19 pandemic during a phone call with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, asserting the Southeast Asian country as among priority nations to engage with.In a statement issued by the State Secretariat, Xi shared his concerns about the COVID-19 spread in the archipelago and discussed his country’s experience in addressing the global health crisis. He mentioned his country’s readiness to support Indonesia in its fight against the pandemic.“We believe that with your perseverance, Indonesia will be able to defeat this [COVID-19] pandemic,” said the Chinese president. “We have to continue working together to curb the spread of the virus. I also disagree with stigmatization, as it is not beneficial in such a hard time like this,” Jokowi said.The Indonesian Military transported medical gear from Shanghai to Jakarta on March 23.The medical gear included disposable masks, N-95 masks, protective clothing, goggles, gloves, shoe covers, infrared thermometers and surgical caps to be used by the country’s doctors and fast-response team for COVID-19.Read also: Faulty virus tests cloud China’s European outreach over COVID-19On the next day, the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia announced that the Chinese government had shipped another round of medical kits.The State Secretariat, however, has yet to share details about future cooperation and whether Indonesia would receive another round of aid from China.The Chinese Embassy in Jakarta and the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing did not respond to The Jakarta Post’s request for comment.center_img As the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, China has phased out of the crisis and is ready to cooperate with other countries.Read also: UN adopts resolution calling for ‘cooperation’ on virus“Indonesia will be one of our priorities [in engaging in such cooperation],” Xi said. “We’re ready to work together with the Indonesian people.”Jokowi said during the phone call that cooperation must be maintained as the virus knows no borders.last_img read more

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Sherwood ‘bleeds colour of club’

first_img Press Association Tim Sherwood says he is proud and honoured to be the new head coach of Tottenham. The former England and Blackburn midfielder started off with a defeat to West Ham in the Capital One Cup, but four days later Tottenham beat Southampton 3-2. The Londoners played some of their most attacking football of the season as they came from behind to win at St Mary’s. That performance, and Sherwood’s commitment to playing attacking football, pleased chairman Daniel Levy, who had grown tired of watching Tottenham’s slow build-up play and lack of penetration under Villas-Boas. Levy believes Sherwood’s confident approach will give the players the push they need to finish in the top four this season and the new man at the helm certainly has complete faith in the expensively-assembled squad at his disposal. “We have good players here and if we apply ourselves well, get the players playing as they can and get the right players on the ball in the correct areas, then we can hurt any team we play against,” said Sherwood, whose first game as full manager comes on Boxing Day against West Brom. Some have questioned the wisdom of appointing Sherwood, but the man who brought him onto the coaching staff at White Hart Lane – Harry Redknapp – is sure Levy has done the right thing. Redknapp employed Sherwood as a part-time coach in 2008 and Sherwood then went on to take charge of the development side along with Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey, who have moved up to the first-team with the new boss. Redknapp took Spurs into the Champions League in 2010 and the QPR manager thinks Sherwood can achieve the same feat this year. Redknapp even thinks that Tottenham can catch second-place Arsenal, who have spent much of the season at the top of the Barclays Premier League. “I thought Tottenham were absolute certainties to finish above Arsenal at the start of the season,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “Then Arsenal lost their first game of the season, but they have done fantastic since then. But they are only six points above Tottenham. “That’s nothing. That can be wiped out in a week, so Tottenham are still bang in there. “They have a good squad. I think Tim will get the best out of them. I wouldn’t write Tottenham off for a top-four position, they have got as good a chance as the seven teams that will be scrapping it out until the end of the season.” Sherwood says he will assess Mousa Dembele’s ankle over Christmas before deciding whether the midfielder should play against West Brom. Sherwood hopes his team can take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the Midlands club, who sacked Steve Clarke on December 14. Sherwood said: “They’ve had some great results this season, they have an interim manager at the moment and hopefully that uncertainty can help put us on the right track and we can capitalise on that.” Sherwood played for Tottenham for four years and he has been part of the coaching set-up since 2008 though, so there is no doubt that the club is very close to his heart. He hopes his connection with Tottenham will help him navigate the difficult waters that lie ahead. Speaking for the first time since he signed an 18-month contract with the club, Sherwood told Spurs TV: “It’s an honour to be head coach of this top club. “It’s a club that means an awful lot to me and a proud moment. “If you cut me in half, I bleed the colour of the club. It means an awful lot to me. Blood is thicker than water, as they say. “I’ve known it from the grass roots right up to the first team, worked at every level of the football club and played here, so I know it better than most. “Hopefully that will stand me in good stead taking this club forward as head coach.” Sherwood was handed the role of interim manager following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas last week. Spurs took the surprise decision to appoint Sherwood as Andre Villas-Boas’ successor on Monday. The 44-year-old has no experience of first-team management, but he was selected ahead of the likes of Louis Van Gaal, Fabio Capello and Frank De Boer, who had all been linked with the position. last_img read more

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Syracuse’s NCAA tournament hopes hang in balance after being crushed by North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On March 14, 1998, Syracuse played Maryland in the first Division I women’s lacrosse game for SU. The Orange allowed 21 goals, the most it has ever given up. In the 397 ensuing games for Syracuse since, that’s happened on just one more occasion: Boston College’s win to knock Syracuse out of last year’s NCAA tournament. That was until Thursday.No. 19 Syracuse (9-9, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 5 North Carolina (13-3, 6-1), 21-12, in the first round of the ACC tournament in Durham, N.C. UNC’s eight-goal margin at the end of the first half was simply too much for the Orange to overcome. A bubble team heading into the conference tournament, SU will have to wait more than a week to find out its NCAA tournament fate.“They’re a very good team, they rode hard,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “They hustled their butts off and made some plays.”UNC had frequent opportunities. The Tar Heels had tallied 29 shots, including 23 on goal, where Syracuse starting goalie Asa Goldstock lasted just more than six minutes, allowing seven goals, before being pulled. If not for stellar play from SU freshman Hannah Van Middelem in goal, including multiple saves that came off of point-blank shots and nine total first-half saves, the Orange could have trailed by an even wider margin at halftime. “We know (Van Middelem’s) a great young goalie,” Gait said. “Asa (Goldstock’s) been playing well, though, so she hasn’t been able to play much.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFive players scored for the Tar Heels in the first half, all with at least two goals. Ela Hazar put up a hat trick and three assists, and Jamie Ortega added her own hat trick. UNC dominated the first half draw, 13-8. The Tar Heels caused nine first-half turnovers by SU, compared to zero caused by the Orange. The rout was on from the opening whistle.“They got after it early,” Gait said. “And again, we couldn’t clear the ball. Made a lot of mistakes, lot of turnovers. And you give a team like that to play offense, they’re going to score goals, and they did.”UNC scored the game’s first three goals before Syracuse could notch one. Then, the next four went to North Carolina as well, before SU added its second. Four more to the Tar Heels, and the game was 10-2 in favor of UNC less than 16 minutes in. Even with the Orange scoring four of the next five goals, that deficit was insurmountable. In the second half, the Tar Heels kept on coming. Ortega finished with six goals. UNC’s goalies combined to save eight of SU’s 20 shots on goal, plenty to back up a powerful offensive showing. SU’s only form of life on offense came from Emily Hawryschuk, who finished with five goals to push her to 54 for the season. The sophomore scored the first goal of the second half to try to give the Orange life. But what was still a seven-goal deficit then never got closer.“We scored on a decent number of our opportunities,” Gait said. “… We just didn’t get many shots.”After Syracuse’s last regular season game — a win over Louisville on Sunday — SU head coach Gary Gait thought back to the Orange’s regular-season matchup with North Carolina a few weeks ago. Syracuse lost by nine goals in the Carrier Dome with what, Gait said, was “flat” play right from the outset. The Orange had scored the final 11 goals of its Senior Day game. But Gait warned that on Thursday against UNC, it would be a new game and that he hoped SU would avoid coming out flat. Unfortunately for the Orange, the result wouldn’t be any different.Now, all Syracuse can do is wait. The NCAA tournament selection show was on May 7 last year, more than a week away, although the NCAA hasn’t updated the date for this year’s selection. Regardless, SU can’t make any more statements on the field. “We wait a week, get ready, and see what happens,” Gait said. “… Try and make sure we’re ready and if we get a chance to play in the tournament, we’re ready and we get a better result than we did here today.” Comments Published on April 26, 2018 at 8:16 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more

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Plan to organise mountain climbing marathon in Kashmir

first_imgSrinagar, Mar 11 (PTI) Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) plans to organise a mountain climbing marathon and youth festivals in Jammu and Kashmir with the aim of boosting adventure sports in the state.IMF would organise mountain climbing marathon in August end besides the youth festivals in all the three regions of the state so that youth are attracted to adventure sports and also to provide employment to local youth, its president Col (Retd) H S Chauhan said at a meeting chaired by Principal Secretary Tourism Sandip Naik here.Col Chauhan said the state youth can be trained under Huner-se-Rozgar (Employment by Skills) – a centrally -sponsored skill development training course to empower the under privileged youth – in rafting, climbing and trekking.The meeting, also attended by the local travel trade bodies, discussed various issues pertaining to tourism sector in the state especially measures which will help attract more holiday makers during the coming season, an official spokesman said today.He said the travel trade fraternity demanded night flights at Srinagar Airport to boost the tourist influx.The tour operators said familiarisation tour of the leading travel agents from outside should be given priority so that they see by themselves how safe the state is.The tourism stakeholders said they would also sell off-beat destinations and niche products like rafting and golf, the spokesman said.Naik assured the representatives of every possible support from the government for running their businesses smoothly during ensuing tourist season.During the meeting, the spokesman said it was also discussed that Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) on the banks of Dal Lake would be marketed for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) tourism and made a brand in the country.advertisementThe meeting also suggested issuance of online tickets and boarding passes for Gulmarg Gondola Cable car project to avoid last minute hurry and touting, he said.He said the Tourism Department also assured the tourism stakeholders that it would make public in advance the festivals so as to attract tourists on these occasions. PTI MIJ RCJ RT RCJlast_img read more

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