Tangerang official confirms viral video of girl suspended 15m high on power cable

first_imgEmergency and logistics head Kosrudin at the Tangerang Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) confirmed the veracity of the video, saying that the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon.Nadin, bocah di Kecamatan Curug, Kota Tangerang pada hari Kamis (16/4/2020) sore bermain di pemasangan kabel sutet, dia bergantungan di kabel yg masih rendah. Ketika kabel ditarik petugas, dia terbawa hingga ketinggian 15 meter. Anak itu selamat. Ditangkap dg matras oleh warga. https://t.co/6z4cYSRowC— BNGPY (@BNGPY) April 17, 2020Kosrudin said that the girl was playing with friends near the EHV cables at the site of the installation project when she was inadvertently suspended in the air.“She did not know that the cables were being [installed]. She hang on to the cable when it was still low,” Kosrudin said as reported by kompas.com on Friday.Unaware that the girl was hanging on to the cable, the workers continued to lift the cable into position. The girl reportedly hung on as the cable was pulled up higher and higher, as she was afraid to let go. Local officials have confirmed the veracity of a viral video that shows a girl suspended on an electricity cable 15 meters above the ground in Curug district of Tangerang regency, Banten.The video had been reposted multiple times on social media by Friday.The girl, reportedly a 9-year-old resident of Curug, is seen in the video screaming for help while clinging to an extra high voltage (EHV) power cable that was being installed at the time of the incident. “Help, I can’t hold on anymore. I want to get down,” the girl is heard crying out in the 1-minute, six-second video clip.The incident sparked a flurry of activity among local residents, who scrambled to get a bed mattress in place beneath the girl to catch her as she fell.Kosrudin said that the girl had survived the fall with only light injuries, and had been taken immediately to a local hospital.Rizki Aftarianto, of the Tangerang branch of state-owned electricity firm PLN, apologized for the incident and said he would increase supervision at project sites.He also urged members of the public, especially young children, not to play in or around project sites, kompas.com reported. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

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Wuhan lab denies any link to first coronavirus outbreak

first_imgUS President Donald Trump again fanned speculation about the origins of the virus at a Saturday news conference, in which he said China should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the outbreak. The US president has at times referred to the disease as a “Chinese virus,” a term he said he embraced after a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman tweeted an unsubstantiated theory about US Army athletes introducing the pathogen to Wuhan.“What we know is that the ground zero for this virus was within a few miles of that lab,” Peter Navarro, a Trump trade adviser, said Sunday on Fox News. “If you simply do an Occam’s razor approach that the simplest explanation is probably the most likely, I think it’s incumbent on China to prove that it wasn’t that lab.”The US-China blame game has helped fuel scrutiny of the Wuhan lab, which was studying bat-borne coronaviruses like the one that causes Covid-19. US diplomats sent back warnings about safety procedures in the lab after visits two years ago, the Washington Post reported in an April 14 commentary, citing diplomatic cables.“They don’t have any evidence on this, what they rely on is only their guess,” Yuan told CGTN on Saturday. “I hope such a conspiracy theory will not affect cooperation among scientists around the world.” Earlier accidentsThe P4 lab at the Wuhan Institute of Virology began operations in January 2018 and was the first of its kind built in mainland China.It was designed with help from France as part of a joint research initiative focused on infectious diseases and equipped for the highest level of bio-containment, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The first project undertaken at the lab was to research Xinjiang hemorrhagic fever, a tick-borne virus with a fatality rate of as much as 50% in humans, the report said.The facility has been the center of multiple conspiracy theories, including one that’s circulated on Chinese social media since late January that the new coronavirus escaped from the lab. Multiple posts have cited previous blunders by Chinese scientists as evidence that similar research projects haven’t been executed properly.Among them was a 2017 report by the Wuhan Evening News that said Tian Junhua, a researcher at the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, had to quarantine himself for 14 days after accidentally coming into direct contact with bat urine during a 2012 research trip.Social-media users also cited a 2004 accident at a national lab in Beijing during experiments with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-related coronavirus that led to infections — and one death. Five top officials at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention were punished at the time, according to China Daily.Some countries including Australia have urged an independent review of how the pandemic came to infect more than 2.4 million people and kill more than 166,000. “The issues around the coronavirus are issues for independent review and I think that is important that we do that, in fact Australia will absolutely insist,” Foreign Minister Marise Payne told ABC Australia’s “Insiders” program Sunday.While many Republicans have emphasized the Chinese origins of a virus that has killed more than 40,000 Americans, Cotton has been among the most vocal urging an investigation into the lab’s role. On Friday, he told Fox News that “circumstantial evidence” was “stacking up pretty quickly that this virus may have originated in those labs in Wuhan.”Although the first known cluster centered on a wet market in Wuhan, the ultimate origins of the virus remain a mystery and Chinese officials have raised the possibility that the virus didn’t begin in the country at all. Meanwhile, General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has endorsed studies that have shown the virus evolved naturally, as opposed to being genetically engineered.Shi Zhengli — a researcher at the institute known as “Bat Woman” for her expeditions in bat caves — said in a February social media post that she would “swear on my life” that the virus had nothing to do with the lab.On Feb. 19, the Wuhan Institute of Virology issued a letter to staff, saying it received its first sample of the virus from Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital on Dec. 30, a day before Chinese authorities first disclosed the outbreak to the world. Researchers finished gene-sequencing in 72 hours and submitted its findings to the national virus database by Jan. 9, the institute said, adding “we have a clear conscience looking back on what we’ve gone through.” A top Wuhan laboratory official has denied any role in spreading the new coronavirus, in the most high profile response from a facility at the center of months of speculation about how the previously unknown animal disease made the leap to humans.Yuan Zhiming, director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, hit back at those promoting theories that the virus had escaped from the facility and caused the outbreak in the central Chinese city. “There is absolutely no way that the virus originated from our institute,” Yuan said in an interview Saturday with the state-run China Global Television Network.Yuan rejected theories that the yet-to-be identified “Patient Zero” for Covid-19 had contact with the institute, saying none of its employees, retirees or student researchers were known to be infected. He said US Senator Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, and Washington Post journalists were among those “deliberately leading people” to mistrust the facility and its “P4” top-level-security pathogen lab.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Indonesian journalists face job losses, pay cuts and obstruction during outbreak: LBH Pers

first_imgAnother journalist, Sahril Helmi, was physically assaulted while reporting on state funds allocated for the COVID-19 response in Busiu village, South Halmehera regency, North Maluku, on Friday.LBH Pers also cited the job creation omnibus bill and Criminal Code Bill as threats to Indonesian press freedom.“The fact that the House of Representatives has been aggressively proposing the bills to be passed amid the pandemic has made the freedom of the press situation in Indonesia more concerning,” Ade said. LBH Pers also urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to instruct the Manpower Ministry to oversee employment rights violations in the press industry. A recent survey from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) also revealed that more than 65 percent of journalists worldwide have suffered pay cuts, job losses and worsening job conditions. The survey also found that 73 percent of journalists have been experiencing more restrictions in covering COVID-19-related news.  LBH Pers director Ade Wahyudin said that most media organizations cited the outbreak as force majeure that forced the companies to cut their journalists’ salary or lay them off. “However, force majeure does not automatically justify termination of employment and/or pay cuts and pay delays, according to the Employment Law,” Ade said in a written statement on Sunday, citing Article 164 of the 2003 Employment Law, which states that layoffs due to force majeure are only allowed if a company has permanently closed or is no longer operating.LBH Pers also reported that the pandemic had spurred growing hostility against journalists, with three cases of violence reported so far.Journalists Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani and Dinar were intimidated and assaulted for reporting a resident’s death due to hunger during the pandemic in Banten province on April 20. The COVID-19 outbreak may also threaten Indonesian journalists with unfair employment treatment and limitations placed on press freedom, the Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) said on Sunday, setting a tone for the annual World Press Freedom Day that is much bleaker than previous years.Between April 3 and May 2, LBH Pers and the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) received 61 reports from journalists from 14 media organizations in Greater Jakarta whose employment rights had allegedly been violated.The organizations received 26 reports from journalists who were laid off due to the economic fallout of the outbreak, while 21 journalists also reported that they had been furloughed and 11 reported they received pay cuts.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Nintendo smashes Switch sales view, says Animal Crossing is device’s fastest-selling game

first_imgThat breaks down as 14.8 million units of the hybrid home-portable device and 6.2 million units of the handheld-only Switch Lite, which went on sale in September.ShortagesThe popularity of the device and the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on supply chains has led to Switch shortages around the world, preventing the company from taking full advantage of pent-up demand.The company said production and shipping are “gradually recovering” following pandemic-induced delays but pointed to the risk of further disruption including to games development.“It is difficult to expect the same productivity” from employees working at home, Furukawa said, adding delays to game releases are a possibility if the crisis is protracted.Nintendo has provided few details of upcoming titles, risking putting a break on sales momentum as studios across the world scramble to mitigate disruption from the virus. Rival Sony Corp (6758.T) has already announced delays to high-profile releases.Topics : Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd (7974.T) said on Thursday its fourth-quarter profit soared 200 percent due to surging demand for its Switch games console, and that title Animal Crossing: New Horizons shifted a record 13.4 million units in its first six weeks.The Kyoto-based gaming company posted operating profit of 89.4 billion yen (678.32 million pound sterling) for January-March, Reuters’ calculations showed based on annual figures, smashing analyst estimates.Nintendo has defied scepticism over its ability to draw in consumers beyond a hardcore base in the Switch’s fourth year with the runaway success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which has become the console’s fastest-selling title since launching on March 20. The appeal of the title among consumers looking for escapism in coronavirus-hit economies around the world underscores Nintendo’s games-maker credentials at a time when investors have been frustrated by the company’s conservative management, which includes what many regard as a half-baked foray into mobile gaming.Nintendo said it expects to sell 19 million Switch console units in the current financial year. Its forecasts are widely viewed as conservative.“Animal Crossing’s impact was bigger than expected but is temporary,” CEO Shuntaro Furukawa said, adding he did not see the company’s forecasts, which include a fall in full year software sales to 140 million units, as conservative.In the year ended March, Nintendo sold 21 million Switch consoles, well above its forecast of 19.5 million.last_img read more

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Trump vs Biden: First it was wild–then came COVID-19

first_imgFour months ago the narratives of the 2020 election seemed clear.Touting record low unemployment and solid GDP growth, Trump promised four more years of a presidency molded on his persona of the hard-nosed businessman.Biden, milking nostalgia for the now seemingly calm years of his vice presidency under Barack Obama, vowed to end the scandals and division of Trump’s reality show-style administration and restore “the soul of America.”Biden, 77, led in polls, but many believed that Trump, 73, would seize the upper hand on November 3. President Donald Trump’s reelection battle against Joe Biden was always going to be wild — and then came the coronavirus, killing nearly 90,000 Americans, scuttling the economy and throwing the race into surreal confusion.Less than six months before election day, neither candidate can campaign normally, voters wonder whether they’ll be safe, and Trump suddenly faces what amounts to a referendum on his handling of a once-in-a-century crisis.”We really don’t know how this is going to play out,” politics professor Christopher Arterton at George Washington University told AFP. The last incumbent to lose reelection was George Bush in 1992 and, historically, presidents presiding over strong economies are almost invulnerable.Exuding macho self-confidence, Trump toured the country for political rallies with his adoring right-wing base, and delivered a seductively simple message: aggressive nationalism abroad, jobs at home.How, Trump openly wondered at his rallies, could the man he brutally insults as “Sleepy Joe” even compete?Then the coronavirus tore up the script.Trump wanted America praising his triumphs. Instead, his fate rests on how people will judge his handling of a disaster.Referendum election”This election will be primarily a referendum on President Trump,” said Allan Lichtman, a presidential historian at American University renowned for his accurate predictions of previous contests.The COVID-19 crisis poses a test of leadership at least as high-stakes as the 9/11 attacks in 2001 or the massive 2008 recession.And Trump thinks he’s more than passed.”I’d rate it at 10,” he responded when asked once to grade his performance.But many don’t agree.They don’t like his divisive political style, his only rare demonstrations of empathy, and the haphazard marshalling of federal resources on testing and treatment.According to the latest CBS poll, 57 percent of Americans think Trump has done a “bad job.” In March the number was 47 percent.This might seem a golden opportunity for Biden. Instead, like millions of Americans, he has been locked down at home.Although Trump has had to give up his beloved rallies, he still gets out occasionally on Air Force One and frequently dominates evening news broadcasts from the White House.Biden, by contrast, has gone no further than his Delaware home’s garden, while relying on amateurish video platforms to communicate.Yet ironically, Trump’s massive advantage may be working partly in Biden’s favor. Yes, Trump is in the spotlight, but what he does there enrages half the country.”It has exposed all his flaws that were apparent throughout his presidency, but are much more immediate now in the lives of Americans,” Biden spokesman Michael Gwin said.In other words, Biden doesn’t have to lift a finger.”There is an old saying,” Lichtman noted: “‘Never interrupt an opponent when he is making a mistake.'”Wild cardsMost days Biden rips the president on Twitter, as he did Thursday, saying Trump “failed the American people on every single front.”But Gwin said the Democrat is wary of trying to out-attack the attacker-in-chief. “We need to present a better alternative.” While the latest polls show Biden still ahead nationally, US presidential elections are decided by electoral college votes, meaning the result will likely come down to a handful of swing states like Florida and Wisconsin.Polling there is tighter and Trump could retain the presidency even while winning fewer votes nationally than Biden — as happened in 2016 against Hillary Clinton.And just one of a half dozen wild cards could make the difference.- Will economic recovery start in the third quarter, as Trump predicts, allowing him to sell a powerful message of renewal?- Will there be a foreign policy drama, perhaps a showdown over North Korea’s nuclear arsenal or conflict with Iran?- What role will Russia play after sowing discord and misinformation in 2016?- Will tension with China, which Trump is working overtime to make the coronavirus bogeyman, trigger a devastating new trade war?But the biggest wild card, almost certainly, will be Trump himself. How far will he go in a last-ditch fight?Already last year the Republican was impeached, though not convicted, in Congress for abusing his office to try and whip up a scandal around Biden in Ukraine.Now he’s pushing a new conspiracy theory, claiming the existence of an “Obamagate” plot involving Biden to bring down his presidency.In this atmosphere, six months will be an eternity. Ultimately, Arterton said everything still hangs on one simple question: do more people adore or loathe this ultra-polarizing president?”Is Donald Trump going to be so odious to a number of moderates…, independent voters and Democrats to drive turnout on the Democratic side as much as he’s capable of driving turnout on the Republican side?”Topics :last_img read more

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Steel industry sees severe drop in demand amid pandemic

first_imgTopics : However, he was optimistic that conditions would improve in time.A Moody’s Investors Service report published on April 7 states that the coronavirus outbreak “exacerbates the already challenging operating environment for steelmakers around the world”.The broad macroeconomic weakness spreading in the wake of the pandemic is driving down demand for steel in core industries like manufacturing, automotive, construction, and oil and gas exploration, the report reads.The steel industry is one of the country’s strategic upstream industries, as it provides raw materials for infrastructure, manufacturing, transportation and defense, among other sectors.South East Asia Iron and Steel Institute (SEAISI) data show that steel consumption in Indonesia rose 11 percent to 15.1 million tons in 2018. However, the demand is largely served by imports from China and other countries.This year, imports of iron and steel, accounting for 6.26 percent of Indonesia’s total non-oil and gas imports, dropped 23 percent year-on-year from January to March at US$2.12 billion, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).With the current downturn, local steelmakers expressed worries over the inconsistent implementation of Indonesia’s trade barrier policy, fearing that foreign products would continue dominating the local scene. China, for example, has continued to produce steel despite slow demand, swelling inventories and falling prices.In response to these concerns, Dini Hanggandari, the Industry Ministry’s metal industry director, said during the roundtable discussion that, “in order to control imports, we have used every official tool within the World Trade Organization’s corridors”. Indonesia had made it mandatory for imported steel products, such as zinc-coated steel, to comply with the national industrial standards (SNI), a policy permitted by the WTO. Dini said the ministry had also been pushing for trade remedies to be implemented for upstream and downstream steel products.State-Owned Enterprises Deputy Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin urged local players in the steel industry to up their efficiency and productivity to better compete with global players. “On one hand the COVID-19 pandemic is causing dangers, but on the other hand, there are opportunities,” he said.He urged steelmakers to tap into unexplored opportunities, such as supplying the demand to produce hypodermic needles for the healthcare sector. “[The drop] is very pronounced at the retail front. There’s a decrease in people’s purchasing power and businesses are holding off purchasing plans,” the company’s vice president director, Tedja Sukmana Hudianto, said at a steel industry roundtable event on Wednesday.Fellow steelmaker PT Sampurna Jaya Baja reported a grimmer condition, as its sales nosedived 90 percent in May, a steeper plunge compared to losses of 50 to 60 percent in March and April.“The company’s cash flow is disrupted because the majority of our clients are closed for business. This renders things difficult because if this carries on, it could threaten the continuity of the company,” PT Sampurna Jaya Baja representative Raharjo Rudy Cahyono said.State-owned company PT Krakatau Steel president director Silmy Karim, who is also the chairman of the Indonesian Iron and Steel Industry Association (IISIA), confirmed that the pandemic had crippled the nationwide demand for steel products by 50 percent.center_img Steelmakers are facing severe blows to their business with demand during the COVID-19 pandemic having decreased by 90 percent from normal times.The low demand is partially due to the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed by the government to contain the virus, which has led to the closure of businesses, including major steel-consuming businesses in the automotive and construction industries.Steelmaker PT Steel Pipe Industry of Indonesia (Spindo), for example, saw demand for steel pipe products drop 30 percent in April and almost 50 percent in May.last_img read more

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Computer-based university entrance test to be held in two phases during pandemic

first_imgIndonesia is set to execute this year’s computer-based exam (UTBK), part of the annual state university entrance test (SBMPTN), in two phases because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Education and Culture Ministry along with the Institution of University Entrance Exams (LTMPT) and the Indonesian State University Rectors Assembly (MRPTNI) announced the plan in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.The ministry’s acting director general of higher education, Nizam, said the decision was made to ensure the safety of the participants. Meanwhile, the second phase of the exam, which is scheduled for July 20-29, is designated for participants from the COVID-19 “red zones” that have chosen test locations outside of their respective region.The test organizers will cooperate with local high schools to conduct the exams, so that the participants do not have to travel out of town.”We want to ensure the safety of the test takers and people who escort them as well as the test organizers and supervisors. We also want to prevent the test takers from traveling outside of their respective regencies or provinces for the exam,” MRPTNI head Jamal Wiwoho said.He added that organizers would follow strict health protocol in conducting the test.”I hope we will still be able to conduct fair, accountable, flexible, efficient and transparent state university entrance tests,” added Jamal.LTMPT organizer executive chief Mohammad Nasih said there would be several other adjustments for the exams.Read also: Indonesia to allow phased reopening of schools in COVID-19 ‘green zones’: Minister”We will reduce the number of tests per day from four to two in each location. This year, participants will only take one test subject,” Nasih said, adding that the exams would be conducted in many locations across the country to avoid intercity travel over fears of coronavirus transmission. Besides utilizing the 74 UTBK Centers, which are located in Jakarta, in Surabaya of East Java, in Yogyakarta, in Semarang of Central Java and other places, the organizers are to cooperate with private universities and high schools to provide venues to conduct the tests.He went on to say that the 2020 UTBK had been modified to match the so-called “new normal” phase during the pandemic. “Apart from keeping [in place some of the] previous protocols, we have also added measures to anticipate [force majeure] situations, including earthquakes, that would limit participants’ mobility. Therefore, we call it a hybrid UTBK,” added Nasih.More than 703,000 participants have registered for the upcoming annual state university entrance test. (nal)Topics : “We will try to make the state university admission as safe as possible,” he said on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com. “Test takers usually do not come [to the test locations] alone, they go with their parents. Travelling [in large groups] outside their [respective] regions would be difficult because of the large-scale social restrictions [PSBB], so we decided to hold the test in two phases,” he added.He went on to say that first phase of the exam would be carried out from July 5 to 14. The exam would be designated for participants residing in the regions of the test sites.Read also: Studying from home: Seven online learning platforms for studentslast_img read more

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Dozens of police injured in Berlin protests against virus curbs

first_img‘Serious consequences’ A few hundred protesters gathered to the west of the Brandenburg Gate on Sunday, according to an AFP photographer at the scene, with the majority wearing masks and observing social distancing guidelines.Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over recent weeks and politicians took to social media to criticize Saturday’s rally as irresponsible.”Yes, demonstrations should also be possible in times of coronavirus, but not like this,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said.”Distance, hygiene rules and masks serve to protect us all, so we treat each other with respect.”Others on Sunday expressed concern at Germany’s rising virus numbers and called for higher penalties for those who break the rules.”Those who deliberately endanger others must expect that this will have serious consequences for them,” Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told national news agency DPA. Bavarian premier Markus Soeder, meanwhile, warned in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that now was “not the time for new relaxations or naive carelessness”.The second wave is “practically already here”, Soeder said. “It is creeping through Germany.”Soeder also said he was opposed to football matches with spectators, as officials from Germany’s Bundesliga prepare to gather this week to agree guidelines for the return of fans. Saturday saw 955 new infections in Germany — a level which the country had not seen since May 9, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) disease control agency.New infections rose only slightly by 240 in the last 24 hours, according to data published Sunday by the RKI. However, the relatively low figure was due to limited reporting by local authorities during the weekend.Topics : Police began dispersing the crowds in the late afternoon, but hundreds of protesters remained at the Brandenburg Gate late into the evening. Police have launched legal proceedings against organizers for not respecting virus hygiene rules.In a separate anti-fascist demonstration in the southern Neukoelln district, protesters threw stones at police officers, let off fireworks and damaged two police vehicles and a local party office.Several officers were injured while dispersing the crowd, including three who were treated in hospital after being hit in the face by shards of glass.Arrests were also made at smaller unofficial protests.A total of 1,100 officers were deployed during the day. Some 45 police officers were injured in a wave of weekend demonstrations in Berlin including protests against coronavirus restrictions, police said as protesters gathered again in smaller numbers on Sunday.The unruly protests, in which many demonstrators failed to wear masks or respect social distancing rules, have sparked a chorus of condemnation including calls for tougher penalties against those who violate restrictions aimed at curbing transmission of the deadly virus.  A total of 133 people were arrested during Saturday’s protests, which included a huge “day of freedom” demo against coronavirus restrictions, police said in a statement on Sunday.center_img The arrests were for offences including resisting police officers, breach of the peace and the use of unconstitutional symbols.Three officers required hospital treatment, police said.Around 20,000 people took part in the “day of freedom” demonstration, the majority not covering their nose and mouth or respecting Germany’s 1.5-meter social distancing requirement.The crowd, a mixture of hard left and right, and conspiracy theorists, shouted “We are the second wave” as they converged on the Brandenburg Gate, demanding “resistance” and dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”.last_img read more

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Paris-Saint Germain respond to speculation linking Arsene Wenger with the club

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Feb 2019 4:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Wenger won seven FA Cups in his time as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has insisted Arsene Wenger will not become the Ligue 1 club’s new sporting director.Wenger left his position as the manager of Arsenal in the summer after 22 years at the club, winning the Premier League three times.According to reports, the Frenchman met with Al-Khelaifi last week in Qatar with rumours speculating he could be on the verge of taking a job at the French club.However, the club’s president has ruled out Wenger joining in the near future.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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‘I have a very good relationship with Arsene,’ Al-Khelaifi said. ‘I am close to him, I have known him for a long time.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He is a magnificent manager and coach. He has a very complete and exquisite knowledge of football.‘But we have a sporting director, Antero Henrique, who I believe in greatly. I am hearing non-stop in the media that Arsene will take his job. It is too much.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‘Let us get on with our work please. Antero is doing a very good job. He will continue with us. He stays here.’PSG are currently managed by former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, who is currently in his first year of his contract at the year.Tuchel has guided the club to the top of the Ligue 1 table, and they look set to win the championship with a 14-point gap behind them and closest challengers Lille.MORE: Pochettino squares up to Dean after Spurs’ defeat to BurnleyWill Arsenal finish in the top four this season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Commentcenter_img Paris-Saint Germain respond to speculation linking Arsene Wenger with the club Advertisementlast_img read more

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Louis van Gaal advises Matthijs de Ligt to snub Man Utd and sign for Barcelona or Man City

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Matthijs de Ligt is coveted by a number of Europe’s biggest clubs (Picture: REX)Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Matthijs de Ligt should sign for either Manchester City or Barcelona should he leave Ajax this summer.The 19-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted young players and enhanced his reputation with another solid showing at the heart of the Dutch side’s defence during last night’s 1-1 draw against Juventus.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to oversee a major overhaul of United’s first team squad this summer with defensive reinforcements likely to be his top priority.Van Gaal insists, however, it is imperative that De Ligt signs for a club where he is guaranteed to be playing regularly and believes Barcelona and City are his best two options.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 Barcelona have already secured the signing of Frenkie de Jong (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘De Ligt at Juventus? I think De Ligt can play in any competition,’ he told Ziggo Sport .‘In Italy they are the masters of defense, so he can best develop there. If I had the chance I would go to Barcelona.‘They have central defenders who are not too good, so he will play there. Or I would go to Manchester City. I don’t think the central defenders are that great either, so he’ll play there too.’Barcelona have already committed to paying Ajax £72million for De Ligt’s teammate Frenkie de Jong and are expected to conduct a major clearout this summer which could see as many as 11 players depart.Arsenal have registered an interest in France international Samuel Umtiti, who has lost his place in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI to his compatriot Clement Lenglet.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Louis van Gaal advises Matthijs de Ligt to snub Man Utd and sign for Barcelona or Man City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Apr 2019 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link163Shareslast_img read more

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