University student becomes first suspected case of coronavirus in Maluku

first_imgA 19-year-old university student from Sifnana village, Tanimbar Islands regency, Maluku, has been quarantined after showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus. The student, identified only as BN, arrived in Ambon on Feb. 7, in poor health following a visit to Malaysia, which has had 19 confirmed coronavirus cases. He has been treated at the Magretty Saumlaki public hospital in the Tanimbar Islands since Wednesday. “As of now, [BN] is a suspected coronavirus patient,” Tanimbar Islands Health Agency head Edwin Tomasoa said on Thursday.  He added that while awaiting the test results from a laboratory in Surabaya, East Java, the patient would be quarantined in the hospital’s isolation room for the next 14 days. The patient will only be allowed to leave the facility if the test comes back negative. Read also: Coronavirus scare triggers stigma against students, Chinese IndonesiansMagretty Saumlaki public hospital director Fulfully Ch. Nuniary explained that the physical examination showed that the patient was in a stable condition and had not exhibited further symptoms. Nuniary said that BN had complained of having difficulty breathing but that those symptoms had since subsided.She added that when the patient was asked about his medical history, he mostly complained about back pain. “Tomorrow we will ask for [medical] equipment from Ambon to deliver sputum samples to Surabaya. We will wait for the laboratory results,” she said. “I ask residents not to worry, but remain alert, because right now this is still only a suspected [case].” As of Thursday, there were no confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia. (ydp)Topics :last_img read more

For some Indonesians, COVID-19 stigma worse than disease

first_img“I now realize who my true friends are – [not] people who are there only during good times [but] those who stick with you during both good and bad times,” she told The Jakarta Post.Ayu’s experience is not unique. A recent survey by the LaporCOVID-19 (Report COVID-19) community, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Indonesia (UI) faculty of psychology, found that stigma surrounding COVID-19 patients and survivors had persisted six months into the outbreak.The survey was conducted from Aug. 7 to 16 and polled 181 respondents aged 18 and above who had tested positive for, had recovered from or were suspected to have COVID-19. Half of the respondents were medical workers.The study found that 55.25 percent of respondents had become the target of gossip, 33.15 percent had been shunned and 24.86 percent had been treated as virus spreaders or carriers. COVID-19 has not only strained the health of many survivors but also their relationships with friends and neighbors.A 24-year-old survivor of the illness in Surabaya, East Java, who asked to be identified as Ayu said some of her colleagues greeted her coldly when she returned to work from a month of self-isolation and a hospital stay in late July.Ayu, who works at a bank, said some of her colleagues appeared to be avoiding her, and she noticed that some were no longer asking her to eat lunch with them. She felt like an outcast. One of her senior male colleagues indirectly accused her of infecting several other employees, including himself. The survey showed that 9.39 percent of respondents had been bullied on social media, 4.42 percent had been rejected from public facilities, 4.42 percent had not received assistance, 3.31 percent had been expelled from their homes and 0.55 percent had been laid off.After recovering from COVID-19, 4 percent of respondents said they were treated by the public worse than they had been treated during the illness and 14 percent said they were treated just as poorly.Ayu tested positive in mid-June, after she lost her uncle to COVID-19. She eventually lost her aunt as well, who died in an intensive care unit.Not long after her test came back positive, Ayu’s neighborhood unit (RT) head shared documents revealing not only her family’s COVID-19 statuses but also their full names and ID card numbers on a neighborhood WhatsApp group.Her cousin, who had also tested positive and was staying with her grandmother in a nearby neighborhood, was accused of breaching self-isolation one evening to go on a date with her boyfriend.”The man and woman that the neighbors saw that night were actually my mother [who had temporarily moved to the house to take care of Ayu’s grandmother] and her brother [who lives there],” she said. “They had to go to the hospital to sign papers to get my aunt on a ventilator as soon as possible.”Some experts have said that the stigma of COVID-19 in Indonesia is as bad as that of HIV/AIDS. The opprobrium has exacerbated the country’s persistent struggles with containment, testing and tracing of the virus as many people are reluctant to ascertain their true statuses. A significant share of the country’s cases are believed to remain undetected.Read also: Stigma, precarity deter Indonesians from getting tested for COVID-19″Six months into the pandemic, [the stigma] persists. I imagined that after the first three months, it would subside, but it hasn’t,” said urologist Akmal Taher, a member of the national COVID-19 task force’s expert team.In February, before Indonesia had reported any confirmed COVID-19 cases, residents of Natuna, Riau Islands, protested the government’s decision to use a facility on the island to quarantine Indonesians returning from Wuhan, China.A month later, Indonesia’s first two confirmed cases suffered privacy breaches and were the targets of false reports. One of the two described the ordeal as mentally draining. Some people suggested that the patient’s profession had caused her to contract the virus.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto announced after the discovery of the cases that the female patient was a dance teacher and had danced with a Japanese citizen at a club. The minister said the Japanese citizen, who later tested positive, was a close friend of the patient. Following the minister’s statement, the patient faced rumors that a Japanese man had “rented” her. She clarified that the Japanese citizen was actually a woman and that she did not know the person well.Read also: Privacy breach, fake news take mental toll on Indonesia’s first COVID-19 casesSiska Verawati of the Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI), which has sought to empower community health centers (Puskesmas) in Jakarta and Bandung, West Java, during the outbreak, said that in certain areas, the stigma stemmed from RT management and heads themselves.Amplified by misinformation and an incomplete understanding of COVID-19, Siska said, the stigma had disrupted tracing and testing efforts because people were often dishonest about their symptoms.She said the government’s constantly changing COVID-19 policies had created further confusion.”Puskesmas workers are indeed frontline health workers. But to break the chains of transmission, communities should come together and be on the front lines to fend off stigma. There should be good narratives that COVID-19 is our common enemy and that it’s real,” Siska said.Read also: ‘They’re our brothers and sisters’: Jokowi asks for understanding for Wuhan evacuees quarantined in Natuna”Something that’s missing from [the government’s] public communication are the voices of people who have experienced [COVID-19] – emotional messages that are […] based upon real facts and the voices of those who have tested positive and been stigmatized,” said UI social psychology researcher Dicky Pelupessy, who was involved in the LaporCOVID-19 survey.Dicky urged the government to create localized but standardized public communication initiatives that targeted people of all backgrounds and provided accurate information that was easy to understand.Akmal of the COVID-19 task force acknowledged that there was not yet a specific strategy to tackle the stigma surrounding the disease. He cited the limited number of studies on Indonesian public perception of the disease.He claimed it was not that the government was inconsistent with its messaging but that new evidence and studies were continuing emerge so policies had to be adjusted periodically.But he believed that certain public communication strategies were urgently required to facilitate tracing. He suggested that such efforts start with communities and said the task force would help with the funding.Topics :last_img read more

Dani Ceballos’ class reaction as Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal against Tottenham

first_img Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Top articles SPONSORED Skip Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Dani Ceballos’ class reaction as Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal against Tottenham / Advertisement Video Settings Full Screen Read More PLAY by Metro Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Sep 2019 8:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.7kShares Read More Read More 1 min. story Dani Ceballos was up and down like a yo-yo during the first half of Arsenal’s draw with TottenhamDani Ceballos may only have joined Arsenal this summer, but he’s already becoming a fan favourite at the Emirates and proved exactly why during the side’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.After a strong start to the season, Ceballos will have been disappointed to have been named among Unai Emery’s substitutes for the north London derby, especially as Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane put Spurs two goals in front in the first half.However, Alexandre Lacazette’s brilliant equaliser right on half-time dragged Arsenal back into the clash and Ceballos – who joined on loan from Real Madrid in July – made his entrance in the 63rd minute as Emery’s men were chasing an equaliser.AdvertisementAdvertisementCeballos created both chances in a 2-1 victory over Burnley earlier this season and, on Sunday, the Spaniard impressed once again on an even bigger stage.ADVERTISEMENT Comment 1/1 Coming Next Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 More: 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 CityJust eight minutes after Ceballos’ introduction, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found an equaliser for the Gunners, prodding home Matteo Guendouzi’s pinpoint ball from close range.While many Arsenal fans praised Ceballos for his impact off the bench, many highlighted his impact on it as he lived and breathed every moment in the opening 45 minutes of the match.His reaction to Lacazette’s strike showed just how up for the fight he will be for Arsenal this season.Tony Adams has been impressed with Ceballos and Arsenal’s attackers, but believes Arsenal will always be vulnerable until Emery sorts out the defence.‘We’ve just got to sort out the other end of the pitch, really. All over the place,’ the ex-Arsenal captain told Premier League Productions following the north London derby.‘We’re not pulling the strings, we’re not feeding the front three.‘If we can get the ball into the front three you can see what they can do. Then just hope for the best at the back, I think that’s all you can do with this mob.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Ceballos coming on and starting to make us tick, I think he was impressive.‘Just because you’ve got the three strikers, you need someone to link it. Actually, if we got a good back four in place we’d be going places, I think. That’s the problem.‘I was disappointed in the summer that we didn’t get someone, or two big, strong defenders because you’ve seen up the other end they are scoring goals for fun.’ Read More Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenArsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-2-tottenham-unai-emery-press-conference-1997076/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Unai Emery reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson teased him over Europa League title win Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger supports Premier League decision to extend season over coronavirus pandemic

first_img Comment Advertisement Matches accross the country have been postponed due to the coronavirus (Picture: Getty Images)The FA originally hoped football could resume from April 3 onwards, but with the rapid spread of Covid-19 further suspension was deemed necessary.UEFA made the decision on Tuesday to postpone Euro 2020 until 2021, which will allow time for domestic seasons to be completed in the summer.Many countries around the world are in lockdown with limited social interaction, which Gunners legend Wenger admits will take time to get used to.He added: ‘It’s a new way of life and we have to adapt. In France it was a bit earlier than here in England so we discover now that basically we have to live isolated. 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‘That means not have more than five to 10 contacts per day with other people and that is not easy.‘It is the first time that I experienced that [this type of situation]. We used to postpone games for climate reasons but this time it is for much more serious reasons.‘We thought football is the main priority in our life but we discover suddenly that there are some more important things than that.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: How Liverpool squad have reacted to Premier League shutdown and being denied record title winMORE: Liverpool hero John Barnes tells Premier League to write off future seasons to finish 2019-20 amid coronavirus pandemic Wenger says the season cannot be ruled null and void (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backs the decision to ‘indefinitely’ extend the Premier League season over the coronavirus outbreak.In an emergency meeting with top-flight clubs on Thursday, the FA ruled that league fixtures will be pushed back to at least April 30.Rules state that the domestic campaign must conclude before June 1, but those regulations will be relaxed in these extreme circumstances.Speaking to talkSPORT before Thursday’s decision, Wenger said: ‘I believe that is the priority now for the Premier League to finish the season. ADVERTISEMENT‘I believe it is pushing certainly the season out until the end of June maybe but they have to do that.’AdvertisementAdvertisement Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Arsene Wenger supports Premier League decision to extend season over coronavirus pandemic Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Mar 2020 4:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

UK roundup: Western United scheme, Rothesay Life, PGL Pension Scheme, Aon Hewitt

first_imgThe Western United Group Pension Scheme has begun its wind up process by insuring its remaining liabilities in a £280m (€350m) bulk annuity buyout with Rothesay Life.This is the third and final arrangement struck between the two parties, as Rothesay previously insured £220m of the scheme’s liabilities through buy-in contracts.The scheme is sponsored by the Vestey Group, which has supported the insuring of liabilities for the 14,000 member, £500m scheme.The scheme used a liability-driven investment (LDI) transition fund, operated by F&C Asset Management, which allowed the scheme to make the move from the pooled LDI holdings, reducing exposure to market risk and transaction costs. Independent chair of trustees, Peter Thompson, of BESTrustees, said securing the full buyout with Rothesay so soon was not on the agenda earlier in the year.“We were pleased that Rothesay Life was able to move very quickly to deliver a comprehensive solution and provide security for our members well ahead of schedule.”Vestey Group’s head of reward, Ben Fowler, added: “Less than two years ago we could not have envisaged securing a full buyout over this timeframe.“It requires a great deal of preparation and collaborative effort to complete these deals and we have been fortunate to have a committed group of trustees.”In other de-risking news, the trustees PGL Pension Scheme, 12,000 member scheme with over £1bn in assets, have arranged a longevity swap for around £900m of the scheme’s liabilities.The arrangement was agreed with Phoenix Life, an insurance company within the scheme’s sponsor company, Phoenix Group.Martin Bird, senior partner at Aon Hewitt, advisers to the trustees, said the deal highlighted the innovation within the longevity risk market, particularly around the use of associated insurers to access the reinsurance market.This mirrors similar deals done by the Aviva Pension Scheme which transferred £5bn of longevity risk to the reinsurance market, via its sponsor Aviva.The BT Pension Scheme set up a wholly owned insurer to directly access the reinsurance market for its £16bn deal last month.Matt Wilmington, partner in Aon Hewitt’s risk settlement business, said: “The arrangement was a win-win for trustees and Phoenix Life, reducing risk in the scheme and allowing the insurer to structure its capital arrangements more efficiently. “We also expect a number of other insurers who are in a similar position with large defined benefit pension schemes to consider a similar type of arrangement.”Law firm CMS Cameron McKenna advised the trustees.Partner, James Parker added: “Disintermediation is at the very cutting edge of developments in the longevity market and this transaction is strong evidence of a growing trend.”last_img read more

Lothian implements £300m strategy change as funding level drops

first_imgThe £4.4bn (€5.3bn) Lothian Pension Fund has created a new £300m in-house global equity portfolio to focus on valuation and volatility beta strategies – adding to the fund’s exposure to high-dividend and low-volatility alternative beta portfolios.The UK local government pension scheme (LGPS), which provides benefits to public sector workers in Eastern Scotland, said the new portfolio was shifted from its exposure to Asia Pacific equities.It also said the actuarial valuation ending 31 March 2014 had been completed but left its scheme with a growing funding deficit.Despite seeing assets rise by over 25% between 2011 and 2014, the scheme, which remains open to new members and future accrual, saw liabilities increase by one third. It now hosts a funding deficit of £417m and a ratio of 91.3%, down from 96.1%.Lothian placed blame at the feet of falling bond yields – which have remained low in the UK as record-low interest rates remained and quantitative easing distorted the central bank’s issuance.“Since the 2014 actuarial valuation, investments have performed well and employer contributions have been greater than the cost of new benefits being accrued,” the fund said.“However, falls in bond yields as well as the improvements in longevity have caused the funding level to fall.”The LGPS fund also said its newly-established investment company had been created in February.Edinburgh City Council had agreed to allow the 11-strong in-house investment staff to be located in a wholly-owned separate entity, in a bid to remove investment staff from council pay restrictions.The city of Edinburgh hosts a number asset management firms with members of the board becoming increasinly concerned investment staff turnover was affecting the fund’s ability to implement its strategy.Lothian said it was finalising the structure of the entity, enabling it to develop the in-house team further.In line with this, the fund said it would be submitting its proposal to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) by the end of April.Should the LGPS fund become FCA authorised, it would be allowed to make investment decisions without consultancy approval, as well as manage investments for third parties.“Regulated activities will be limited to those required in operating the pension funds; such as certain derivative use, developing investment strategies for employer(s) and informal investment collaborations with other pension funds,” the fund said.As part of its investment strategy change, Lothian said it had saved £200,000 in transition costs by running the exercise via its in-house team, using futures contracts to manage market exposure risk.“The market conditions at the time were favourable and resulted in a much better outcome than expected in terms of market impact,” it said.last_img read more

Data and Digital Technologies Underused in Offshore Wind – Survey

first_imgA survey commissioned by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has revealed that more needs to be done when it comes to adopting and sharing new data and digital technologies.94% of the participants in the Digital Innovation Priorities Survey said there is a gap between the way in which the offshore wind industry currently operates, and how it should be operating in order to extract the full value from data and digital technologies. One third of the respondents (31%) also admitted to having a low or very low understanding of data and its potential for the sector.The Digital Innovation Priorities Survey was undertaken by market research company System Insight with the aim of identifying the biggest data and digitalisation challenges currently facing the offshore wind industry. It also looked to uncover what measures could be taken to break down the barriers that exist to realising the potential of data and digitalisation for future growth in the sector, by exploring ways in which bottlenecks can be addressed and how ORE Catapult can help move the industry forward.Turbine data accessibility and an unwillingness for organisations to share data with each other were cited as two of the main bottlenecks the industry is currently contending with, along with a lack of digital capability to understand and analyse data and turn it into actionable insight. More than a third of people (37%) said the sharing of data needs to be encouraged, while one fifth (20%) said increasing the standardisation of data formats would help the sector to better understand and take advantage of the information being presented to them.Of the supply chain companies questioned, almost a quarter (22%) explicitly said they found it harder to sell their services to the offshore wind sector compared to other sectors. Elsewhere, assistance with data governance, machine learning applications, the development of digital twin models and analytical services were all cited as services which are yet to have been commissioned by the offshore wind sector.When asked which other sectors the offshore wind industry should be learning from, oil and gas was cited most heavily (31%) followed by the aerospace and aviation (25%), automotive (23%) and electrical power (20%) industries.”Data owners are struggling with data volume, modern digital technologies are not being exploited to process and analyse data, and many digital service providers are lacking awareness of, and access to, the offshore wind industry to develop solutions for the sector,” Dr Conaill Soraghan, Data & Digitalisation Team Leader at ORE Catapult, said.”Concepts and techniques in areas such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence are yet to have an impact in offshore wind, and that’s something that needs to change if the sector is to embrace a more cost-effective future.”Over 35 of the leading organisations in offshore wind were selected to provide responses as part of the survey, including windfarm owner/operators, original equipment manufacturers, consultants and supply chain companies, ORE Catapult said.“Whilst highlighting some key areas that need improvement, our survey has also endorsed the relevance of the work we do at the Catapult. There is a consensus from respondents that we are in the best position to lead progress in terms of data and digitalisation for the industry, with 76% of respondents registering a positive view of the role we can play. We are acting on the survey’s findings and are determined to move forward with initiatives that will help the industry adopt a more efficient, effective, data-driven future,” Dr Soraghan said.last_img read more

Work ethic better than welfare dependency for families

first_imgRadio NZ 28 Feb 2012Lobby groups against poverty say the latest slew of changes to welfare undermine beneficiary parents and penalise their children. The Government has announced the first stage of welfare changes that will be introduced to Parliament next month. The legislation will require sole parents on the Dependent Purposes Benefit to look for part-time work once their child turns five – and full-time work once they turn 14. The chief executive of Business New Zealand, Phil O’Reilly, says the issue of welfare reform needs to be debated without prejudice.Family First says that if the part-time work requirements can be arranged around school obligations, it will give a good work ethic, can raise household income, and that beneficiary bashing is when we lock people into long term welfare dependency and the negative outcomes that can be associated with that LISTEN HERElast_img read more

Ware sprints to Dixieland checkers

first_imgBy Jim HainesELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (May 29) – Chris Ware showed he had a fast car early Friday at Dixieland Speedway, winning the Virginia Sprint Series feature at the same track his father Charlie had won at a year earlier.Carl Simmons and Ware paced the field of touring IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars to green. Ware moved up to the sticky cushion and set sail, leaving Simmons to fight it out with Tony and Jerald Harris.Jerald Harris made it through and took off after Ware as the laps clicked off. Daren Bolac was worked his way up to third. With five laps to go, the front three cars were running with traffic.Ware stayed with his high line while Jerald Harris ducked low as the white flag waved. Harris made one last charge, pulling low alongside Ware coming to the checkers but had to settle for second by a margin of just a few feet.Bolac was third.Feature results – 1. Chris Ware; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Daren Bolac; 4. Tom Humphries; 5. Carl Simmons; 6. French Grimes; 7. Kevin Fletcher; 8. Tony Harris; 9. Brian Lawson; 10. Troy Severin; 11. Charlie Ware; 12. Anthony Linkenhoker; 13. Glenn Worrell; 14. J.D. Coats.last_img read more

Clarke has no qualms over Anelka

first_imgWest Brom head coach Steve Clarke is ready to throw Nicolas Anelka straight back into the fray after giving him time to emerge from his “really bad place”. Anelka was granted compassionate leave a week ago following the death of agent and friend Eric Manasse, with the French striker suggesting at the time he could quit the game such were his depth of feelings. But after being allowed to clear his head, Anelka was back with the club on Wednesday before resuming training 24 hours later, and is now in line to figure for the Baggies in Sunday’s game against Swansea at The Hawthorns. Press Association Sinclair signed a four-year deal with Manchester City last summer on the back of a £6.2million move from Swansea, but went on to make just 11 league appearances, including two starts. Starved of football, the 24-year-old jumped at the chance to join the Baggies on a season-long loan last week. After playing the 90 minutes of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup win over Newport, Sinclair is now eager to revive his career. “At the end of the day I just want to play football,” said Sinclair. “Every player wants to be at a top team, but you get so frustrated when you don’t get an opportunity. You build up to nothing. “With so many good players at City it was always going to be tough to break into the side, but it was frustrating not to get a chance to show the fans what I could do. “But that is the way football goes, and hopefully I can get my career back on track, and I don’t see it as a come down coming here. “I want to get back to enjoying my football, being happy, and it is better for me to be playing for West Brom every week rather than being on the bench at City.” Assessing the situation, Clarke said: “I don’t think he ever said to anybody he might quit because all the conversations he had were private and in house. “All I said last week was the quit word did come up in conversation. He was in a really bad place. But we did what any club would do – we gave him time to go away and reflect on things. “He came in yesterday and told me he was really looking forward to the rest of the season and to helping West Bromwich Albion build on last season. For me, it was great news.” Clarke insists there are no problems with the 34-year-old Anelka’s mental state, adding: “He is good. He explained to me the circumstances around his state of mind last week, and they were all good reasons, and now he is fine. “He trained this morning, he trained very well, and I’ve no qualms whatsoever about playing him on Sunday. I need all the good players I can get.” Anelka would likely have missed last weekend’s draw at Everton with a shin injury anyway, but Clarke maintains he has recovered. “I’m not sure he did too much whilst he was away, but he is naturally very fit. His fitness won’t be an issue,” said Clarke. Clarke is also poised to give winger Scott Sinclair his first Premier League start for just over 11 months. last_img read more