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Domestic innovation spurs West Java’s COVID-19 response

first_imgTopics : West Java was blessed as the home to about 60 percent of industries in Indonesia and more than 800 state-run and private higher education institutions, Ridwan told The Jakarta Post on Friday.The West Java COVID-19 task force initiated a virtual meeting with some of these companies and universities, asking them to contribute to fighting the disease with their scientific knowledge and manufacturing capability, according to Ridwan.“When the outbreak [was at its peak], the province’s COVID-19 task force decided to have a video conference with all the rectors of universities in West Java, asking them to help fight the disease using the science and knowledge they have in their research centers,” Ridwan said.“We also engaged many strong technological state-owned companies in West Java. After a discussion, we found that, for instance, companies like [state-owned arms manufacturer] PT Pindad, which is used to producing military equipment, can also produce ventilators. So can PT DI [state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia].”Read also: Indonesian defense industry feels COVID-19 pinchPindad and PT DI, along with other entities based in West Java, such as state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma, have been involved in a consortium formed on March 26 by the Research and Technology Ministry and the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) to use their innovative capacity to fight the outbreak. The program also includes government research agencies, universities and hospitals across the nation.But the program does not necessarily reflect the amount of COVID-19 research currently done across the country, as many universities have conducted separate research.Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, who is also the BRIN head, said any form of support from local governments “would be very helpful”.“We hope that the regional administrations support innovation done by research institutions and universities within their regions. Once there is an outcome, they can make use of the result. For instance, ventilators and test kits [can be used] in hospitals and the surrounding communities,” Bambang said on Tuesday.One of Indonesia’s domestically produced ventilators is the Vent-I, developed by West Java-based Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Padjajaran University (Unpad) and the Salman Mosque Foundation. The project is included in BRIN’s research consortium.The device offers a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) function for patients with mild to medium respiratory symptoms, said Hari Tjahjono, a spokesperson for the Vent-I development team.To manufacture the product, the team cooperates with several firms, including PT DI, which has produced 100 of the 139 Vent-I units made so far. All Vent-I units have been donated to nine provinces, with East Java and West Java having received the largest supplies.Read also: ITB-led team rolls out free distribution of Vent-I ventilators to COVID-19 hospitalsRidwan recently posted photos on his social media accounts showing the equipment deployed at hospitals in West Java, with a caption reading: “Let’s continue to support the work of the children of our nation.”For COVID-19 testing, Bio Farma recently handed over a mobile biosafety level 2 laboratory to Unpad to improve West Java’s daily testing capacity. The lab is able to test 400 samples per day.Ridwan also said five factories in the province had been able to produce high-quality surgical masks, and some other factories had even exported hazmat suits to Africa and Europe.The West Java-based universities are seeking more innovation, with Unpad and the ITB having worked together to develop Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) sensors.Unpad, in collaboration with private companies PT Tekad Mandiri Citra and PT Pakar Biomedika Indonesia, has also been developing a rapid antigen detection test, CePAD, which Ridwan dubbed “rapid test 2.0”.CePAD and the sensors could be an alternative to rapid antibody tests and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machines, respectively, said Muhammad Yusuf from Unpad’s Biotechnology, Molecular and Bioinformatics Research Center, who was involved in both projects. The prototypes are currently undergoing a series of tests by the Health Ministry for authorization.Ridwan said he was aware of warnings from epidemiologists about a possible new wave of COVID-19 but he was confident about the province’s pandemic response and the capability of its hospitals.“Since we are now more prepared, […], the COVID-19 peak will be lower and lower. At the end of the day, we can live with COVID-19 without worries,” he said.The province, home to 50 million people, said 26.22 percent of hospital beds were occupied on Monday, a decrease from 77.48 percent on April 7, when West Java saw the second-most cases, after Jakarta. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said collaboration of various stakeholders and innovation were among five key measures his administration had been focusing on in its COVID-19 response.The pandemic had caused a dire shortage of health equipment like ventilators, testing kits, reagents and personal protective equipment (PPE) across Indonesia, which has long relied on imported raw materials and goods.Local institutions, both private and state-owned, including those based in West Java, have since racked their brains to meet domestic demand in the face of disrupted global supply chains.Read also: Indonesia looks to domestic innovations to tackle COVID-19center_img West Java — Indonesia’s most populous province — has seen a declining trend of daily new cases of COVID-19 in the past few weeks, thanks to collaborative efforts of many stakeholders in introducing innovation to fight the pandemic, a top official has said.West Java, once the most affected province in the country after Jakarta, is now the fourth-hardest-hit province nationwide, trailing Jakarta, East Java and South Sulawesi with a total 2,901 confirmed cases and 171 deaths as of Tuesday.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Commission for Women Statement on the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Sexual Harassment Investigation

first_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Commission for Women issued the following statement on the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s investigation determining that PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty sexually harassed a female employee:“The conduct by Vince Fenerty as revealed by an internal investigation by the Philadelphia Parking Authority this week is unacceptable and reprehensible. There should be absolutely no tolerance of sexual harassment of any kind in any Pennsylvania workplace.“Sexual harassment not only has a detrimental impact personally on the women who are subject to it, but also on our broader economy. It impedes a woman’s job performance and, therefore, impacts her ability to grow and advance professionally. This type of behavior devalues women and their contributions to the workforce.“The Pennsylvania Commission for Women encourages PPA’s board to take these actions very seriously and impose disciplinary action that appropriately matches the conduct.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Pennsylvania Commission for Women Statement on the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Sexual Harassment Investigation September 23, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

All the winners from the annual NQ Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards

first_img READ MORE The KentLAST night, the annual North Queensland Master Builders Housing and Construction Awards was held at the Ville Resort Casino. An array of awards were presented to those at the forefront of building innovation, with entrants ranging from apprentices to trade contractors and small family businesses to the biggest names in the building and construction industry.READ MORE Local builder puts his family home on the market Master Builders’ North Queensland regional manager Melissa Coulter noted the calibre of winners across the 43 categories.“The quality of the winning homes and projects is second to none and once more showcases the skill, knowledge and attention to detail that can be delivered by the builders in our region,” Ms Coulter said.“The homes and projects completed in our region over the past year have a positive impact on our community now and into the future and they are a testament to what our local builders are capable of. “The quality of our winning homes is also second to none and epitomise what living in North Queensland is all about.”A. Gabrielli Constructions was awarded the 2019 North Queensland Project of the Year for the Garbutt Depot Stage 2. Garbutt Depot Stage 2.The judges recognised that communication had been key at the project with a manager, engineer and project team on site full-time. “The multi-staged project for Ergon at its Garbutt depot required detailed programming and team communication from the builder to allow operations to continue throughout construction,” the judges said. “The breadth and scope of the project allowed A. Gabrielli Constructions to really engage with the client and practice their full range of skills.“Skilful execution of the contract including the external site works, right down to the landscaping, proved the expert and proficient delivery of this project. A worthy recipient for Project of the Year.”The winner of the 2019 North Queensland President’s Award was Emporio Property Group for the construction of a family home, The Kent. The judges acknowledged the careful consideration that had gone into the build. Brace for flood of tenancy tips House of the Year The Kent“The first view of the Kent made us want to see what was behind the inviting front elevation. The home had instant appeal as it sat well on the block with a nice wide frontage,” the judges said. “The kitchen is at the centre of the home and looks out to a large outdoor area providing a picture window for a full view of the herb and vegetable garden. “This home offers a clever layout with little wasted space and plenty of storage for a four-bedroom home with an ensuite to the main. “Great value, perfect for a family, the Kent is a very deserving winner of the President’s Award.”The North Queensland House of the Year went to Reeves Constructions for Cleveland Residence. Other North Queensland winnersCONSTRUCTION •Health Facilities up to $20 million: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for Medical Suite (Pimlico) •Education Facilities up to $5 million: A. Gabrielli Constructions Pty Ltd for Calvary Christian College Performing Arts (MountLouisa)• Education Facilities $5 million —$10 million: W & F Constructions Pty Ltd for Ryan Catholic College: Stage 3, Library & science (Kirwan)• Sporting Facilities: Transcape Enterprises Pty Ltd for Elliot Springs District Park, Waddi Mooli Park (Julago)• Community Service Facilities: Jackson Semler Pty Ltd for Local Disaster co-ordination Centre (Garbutt)• R etail Facilities up to $5 million: C.D. Lewty Pty Ltd T/A C.D Lewty And Sons for Dal Santo’s Deli (Ayr) • Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million: NAC Ceiling & Partitions Pty Ltd for The Ville Hotel & Casino VIP Room(Townsville)• Commercial Building up to $5 million: Taylor Builders Pty Ltd T/A Taylor Homes for Mac Advertising Offices (Townsville)• Industrial Building up to $5 million: W & F Constructions Pty Ltd for Richmond QFES Station (Richmond) • Industrial Building over $5 million: A. Gabrielli Constructions Pty Ltd for Ergon Energy Garbutt Depot Stage 2 (Garbutt)• Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes: T F Woollam & Son Pty Ltd T/A Woollam Constructions forPresCare Townsville (Douglas) • Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000: Murphy’s Construction & Maintenance Pty Ltd for Page & Pearce (Mysterton)More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 • Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000: A. Gabrielli Constructions Pty Ltd for GHD Townsville Office (Townsville)• E xcellence in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management: Roofguard Roof Restoration Pty Ltd T/A Roofguard RoofPainting for Princeton Villas (Kirwan)HOUSING• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000: Corinthian Constructions Pty Ltd for Lemonwood (Douglas)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 —$575,000: Paul Justin Shafer T/A Broadscope Carpentry Services for StantonRenovation (North Ward)• H ome Renovation/Remodelling Project $576,000 —$1 million: Lifestyle Constructions NQ Pty Ltd Alexandra (North Ward)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for Cleveland Residence (NorthWard)• Display Home $251,000 —$350,000: Emporio Property Group Pty Ltd for The Kent (Jensen)• Display Home $351,000 —$450,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for The Miraz (Julago)• Display Home over $551,000: Martin Locke Homes Pty Ltd T/A Martin Locke Homes for Family 310 (Julago) • Individual Home up to $250,000: Reef Coast Constructions Pty Ltd for Acheron 163 (Oonoonba)• Individual Home $251,000 —$350,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for Margaret (Ayr)• Individual Home $451,000 —$550,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for Litchfield (Alligator Creek)• Individual Home $551,000 —$650,000: Kiall Robert Franzmann T/A Franzmann Constructions for Modern Heritage (AlligatorCreek)• I ndividual Home $651,000 —$750,000: Pro-View Homes Pty Ltd for The Chandon (Yarrawonga)• Individual Home $1.26 million —$2 million: Sinclair Parsons Building Solutions Pty Ltd for Nelly Bay (Nelly Bay) • Best Use of Sloping Sites: Lifestyle Constructions NQ Pty Ltd for Seaview (Yarrawonga)• Medium Density up to 3 Storeys — 2 to 5 Dwellings: Taylor Builders Pty Ltd T/A Taylor Homes for Betts Units (Hughenden)• Medium Density up to 3 storeys — over 5 Dwellings: Taylor Builders Pty Ltd T/A Taylor Homes for Simpson Units (Richmond)SPECIALTY• Best Residential Bathroom: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for Cleveland Residence (North Ward)• Best Residential Kitchen: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd for Cleveland Residence (North Ward)• Best Residential Swimming Pool: Anthony Maxwell Hartigan T/A Sun City Pools for The River (West End)INDIVIDUAL• Residential Trade Contractor of the Year: Paul Joseph Mifsud for Simpson Kitchen (Charters Towers)• Trevor Mustey Perpetual Award for Quality Workmanship: Reeves Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd• Apprentice of the Year: David Beresford for Torgas (Pimlico)• Rising Star: Paul Justin Shafer for Paul J Shafer T/A Broadscope Carpentry Services (Hermit Park)• Women in Building: Deni Knuth for Roofguard Roof Restoration Pty Ltd T/A Roofguard Roof Painting (Mt Low) Amalfi Coast meets North Queensland last_img read more

Korean Register to Survey, Class Bangladeshi-Flagged Ships

first_imgClassification society Korean Register (KR) has signed an agreement with the Government of Bangladesh to deliver services on behalf of the Bangladeshi flag administration.Under the agreement, KR will conduct vessel surveys and audits and issue certificates to Bangladeshi-flagged ships for compliance with SOLAS, MARPOL, ITC, ICLL, and MLC.KR said it has been working to obtain the authorization to deliver statutory services to Bangladesh, anticipating an increase in sea-borne transport between Southern Asian countries and Bangladesh.“We are delighted to receive the authorization to deliver statutory services on behalf of the Bangladeshi government. This means that we will be able to provide a wider range of sought after services…, adding value to their businesses in Southern Asia, including those in India and Sri Lanka,” Lee Jeong-Kie, Chairman and CEO of KR, commented.The latest authorization brings the total number of countries where KR is authorized to carry out ship survey and certification work to seventy-seven.Established in 1960, KR currently classes an international fleet of 3,042 vessels totaling 69 million gross tons.last_img read more

Dingle man hacks drinking buddy

first_imgILOILO City – In Barangay Libo-o, Dingle, Iloilo, a village councilman got hacked. The 52-year-old Melchor Fresnillo was hit on the left hand. He was confined at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district. Fresnillo’s drinking buddy, 43-year-old Hardy Gaboy of the same village, was tagged suspect, a police report showed. Fresnillo and Gaboy were having a drinking session when a heated argument ensued between, it added.center_img This prompted Gaboy to attack Fresnillo using around 8:45 p.m. on May 14, police said. But it was not immediately established what triggered the altercation. Responding cops were able to arrest the suspect. He was now detained in the lockup cell of the municipal police station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

Kenneth Lee Nussbaum

first_imgKenneth Lee Nussbaum passed away on September 16, 2017 at The Waters of Batesville.  He was born on August 15, 1932 in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming to Claude and Gladys Nussbaum.  When Ken finished eighth grade, he went to live with an aunt and uncle in the Sundance area of Wyoming as a ranch hand, earning the nickname, The Sundance Kid.Ken worked for Shell Oil Exploration for many years. During this time he married Juanita Mae Walker on July 10, 1954.  It was a nomad life; the family moved 11 times in 13 years.  They arrived in Gaylord, Michigan in 1968 where he retired in 1990.  Gaylord had became home to both Ken and Juanita.  Their house there was his first “real” home and he was very reluctant to leave.  They moved to Batesville on a part time basis in 2006 and permanently in 2008.After Ken’s retirement he developed the habit of “coffee with the boys.”  He would spend most of his mornings kibitzing with the crew around the table at Glen’s in Gaylord then later McDonald’s in Batesville.  A man of faith, Ken was a long time member of the Gaylord United Methodist Church, later transferring his membership to Batesville UMC.  He held several offices, including Chairman of the Trustees.Ken and Juanita traveled the country in their motor home, attending family reunions and even making it up to Alaska. He developed a love of woodwork and spent many months stripping all the woodwork in his home back to the original finish. He always had a small garden in the back yard and was very particular of his flowers. He was a fan of John Wayne and collected memorabilia and his movies.  After suffering a stroke he became more sedentary and watched a lot of television.  His favorite shows were Two and a Half Men, Bonanza and Andy Griffith.Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Gladys (nee: Reynolds), his wife, seven brothers, and infant daughter Bonnie Jo.Ken is survived by his daughter Barbara (Kent) Nettnay of Batesville, sons Gerald (Susan) Nussbaum of Surrey, BC and Mark (Debbi) Nussbaum of Oak Park, IL; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, a brother Jay (Shelbia) Nussbaum of Cheyenne, Wyoming, a sister Betty Necklason of Sundance, Wyoming and numerous sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Batesville United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Renick officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Summer Food for Kids, PO Box 351, Batesville, IN 47006.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

Foreman: ‘I Can’t See Joshua Beating Fury’

first_img Loading… Foreman says Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) is fighting at such a high level right now that it’s going to be difficult for anyone in the heavyweight division to beat him right now, and that includes IBF/WBA/WBO champion Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs). Fury, 31, is at the top of his game right now with his recent victory over former WBC champion Deontay Wilder last February, and he might have too much boxing skills for the lumbering 6’6″ Joshua to deal with. The promoters for Fury and Joshua would like to set up a unification fight between them in 2020 if they could, but it doesn’t look like a possibility of that happened this year.Advertisement Two-time former heavyweight world champion, George Foreman, has said he doesn’t see how Anthony Joshua is going to beat Tyson Fury when the time comes for those two to fight. read also:Joshua, Fury’s fight still a dream – Warren Fury has a contractual rematch with Wilder 42-1-1, 41 KOs), and Joshua needs to defend against his IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) next. “It’s strange. They’re not just flukes. They’re actually great fighters. Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, it’s like something from outer space. They’re not supposed to be from the United Kingdom. They’re not supposed to be from there. “Lennox Lewis, who is also from Europe, never got the credit that he as supposed to. If you name the top 10 fighters of all time, you get Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano. You can put Lewis anywhere in there, and he’s one of the greatest heavyweights of all time,” said Foreman. Ruiz Jr. shocked the world with his win over Joshua last year, but then he slacked off and lost his titles in their rematch. Given how badly Ruiz was beaten by Joshua, he’s going to have to prove himself worthy of being included in the top four in the division. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Mysterious Discoveries Archaeologists Still Can’t ExplainWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?8 Most Expensive (And Surprising Things) Keanu Reeves Ever Bought7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Koeman hails ‘important’ win

first_img It ended a 387-minute wait for a goal at St Mary’s and gave Southampton’s top-four ambitions a timely shot in the arm, moving them to within a point of the Champions League places. “Finally we score and we win at home,” manager Koeman said, smiling. “I can’t say that we deserved the win today. Maybe after the first half, yes, but after the second half Crystal Palace did well. “They had some good chances, had a shot off the post, but football is strange. Sometimes you play much better than we did today. “I think it is all about the confidence, it is all about the confidence. “We have the most difficult way to play football because we like to play football, we like to play offensive football. “All the opponents are defending, like they did in the first half and in the second half they produced a bit more action to score. “Then you need the total confidence to break it open and we don’t have the confidence today. We struggled a little more than we like to but then it is all about a mental question for the players. It may not have been pretty but Ronald Koeman believes Southampton’s late win against Crystal Palace will prove to be one of the defining moments of their remarkable campaign. Press Association “But they keep the belief in the team, spirit in the team to try and score the goal and win the game. “With the support we had from our fans, finally we have the three points and that makes the situation more comfortable.” It was Southampton’s first home win in any competition since New Year’s Day and a result on par with, if not bigger, than that victory against Arsenal. “I think it can be very important,” Koeman said. “I think this win maybe is one of the key moments of the season. “We know we would like to fight for a high position in the table, but if you don’t win three games at home in a row, you don’t score (it makes it hard), “It is all about confidence, it is all about a mental question for the players. It is not easy to change that. If you win, it all helps.” Southampton now have a much-needed break before travelling to Chelsea on March 15, while Palace host QPR the day before. It is a match Alan Pardew’s men will approach with a feeling of injustice as the Eagles boss claims Martin Atkinson, refereeing his first match since the controversial 1-1 draw between Chelsea and Burnley, should have awarded them a penalty for a foul on Yannick Bolasie. “Obviously, the last game he was under a lot of pressure, but I think that was a penalty tonight,” Pardew said. “I just feel it was a penalty and when the centre-half has been as aggressive as Jose Fonte was tonight, he should give it. “But, you know, we’ve been harshly treated I think by the officials in the last few games and sometimes you get a run like that.” Pardew’s comments surprised those in the press conference and angered Southampton counterpart Koeman. “No, it is so easy if you lose a game to tell that kind of story about referees,” the Dutchman said. “I think the referee was not involved in the final result – we scored and they didn’t score and I know because I know that feeling. “I think it is too easy and I think too many people are always talking about referees. I don’t like that.” Having confounded the naysayers after a summer of upheaval, things began to tail off recently for Saints as they struggled to turn possession into goals. They toiled once again against Palace as a run of one win in five Barclays Premier League matches looked set to be extended, only for Sadio Mane to find the net and secure a late 1-0 win. last_img read more

Advocaat hails Sunderland fight

first_img The Black Cats fought back after going behind to clinch a 1-1 draw with Swansea at the Stadium of Light to remind the Dutchman of the resilience they showed during his nine-game rescue mission at the end of the last campaign. Advocaat said: “It’s a much better feeling this time, 1-1 against a very good side. Swansea are a good team with good players, but the way we played with the spirit we showed last year, you can see that you will get results. Swansea boss Garry Monk left Wearside disappointed at the result after seeing his side create more than enough chances to win the game, but for the excellence of Pantilimon, who produced a superb save to keep out Gomis’ 74th-minute header. Asked for his reaction, Monk said: “Slight disappointment, just because we knew that Sunderland would have a reaction today – it was clear what people were talking about in the week was never going to be the case, that we’d come up here and they’d roll over. “But we got a good goal and coming in at half-time, that’s the position you want to be in. That first 20 minutes of the second half, it was dominance. We were creating chance after chance, and that was what cost us the extra two points. We were so dominant in that period. “But due to some good goalkeeping from the Sunderland goalkeeper and some probably less clinical finishing from us, we couldn’t make it count. We really should have put the game to bed in that period and got that second goal, and possibly another.” “With a little bit of luck, if the referee had given us the penalty that was a penalty, we could even have won. But I can live with 1-1, to be fair to Swansea as well. ” Swansea took the lead somewhat against the run of play in first-half injury-time when Kyle Naughton picked out Bafetimbi Gomis’ run into the box and he finished effortlessly with a first-time strike. However, Jermain Defoe was similarly lethal when presented with the chance to level from Jeremain Len’s 62nd-minute pass, although it took a series of fine saves by Costel Pantilimon to secure a point. Sunderland thought they should have been awarded a 66th-minute penalty after Jack Rodwell’s shot appeared to come off defender Ashley Williams’ arm, but referee Neil Swarbrick was unmoved, much to Advocaat’s astonishment. Asked if it was a penalty, he said: “Yes, 100 per cent – at least the way they are now giving penalties, it was a penalty. I could see it on television and it is clearly against his hand.” The 67-year-old was nevertheless able to reflect upon a positive afternoon and a telling contribution from Defoe, who this week found himself at the centre of rumours that he had asked for a transfer and was being courted by Bournemouth. He said: “That’s the reason he is a striker. He’s there to score goals. It was a good goal, a good action. Jermain is a very positive guy. “Like I told you last week, he never came to me to leave the club or whatever, he never mentioned that. That was not fair to him, but the fans were really behind him today.” Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat praised his players for summoning up the spirit of their successful fight against relegation to open their account for the new Barclays Premier League season. Press Associationlast_img read more