Japan coronavirus cases rise, Tokyo nudges PM Abe to declare state of emergency

first_imgTopics : If issued too soon, it would have a big economic impact and have a serious effect on society, but if too late, the number of infected patients would rise, he said.”This is not merely a question of numbers,” he told Reuters in an interview. “A balance of merits and demerits must be considered.”Untraceable cases, clusters Tokyo has reported the highest number of infections in the country with nearly 800 infections – a tiny count compared with a core city population of nearly 14 million.But experts are worried about the rise in the percentage of cases that can’t be traced. As of end-March, the health ministry had counted 26 clusters of infections around the country.Asked what further steps would be taken in the capital if central government declared a state of emergency, Governor Koike said a Tokyo-style “lockdown” would entail the same kinds of pleas she was already making to residents.These include working from home where possible and avoiding outings to bars and nightclubs – advice that many residents have yet to heed, though coffee chain Starbucks and clothing retailer Uniqlo joined a string of other businesses in saying they would shutter dozens of stores this weekend.To help spread a sense of urgency, Koike said Tokyo would begin using social media such as YouTube and TikTok to announce daily infection numbers, with celebrities dispensing public-service messages.In the latest sign of concern about the growing strain the virus was putting on Japan’s healthcare system, the government on Friday told the hardest-hit regions to save hospital beds for severely ill patients, while keeping others with milder or no symptoms at home or in hotels.Until now Japan has been hospitalizing all coronavirus patients, regardless of whether they are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. But beds are already filling up in Tokyo and threaten to elsewhere, experts said this week.Koike said Tokyo, for its part, would send people with light or no symptoms – the majority of the 628 hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Thursday – home or to hotels.The capital was working with the government to secure accommodations, she said, while Prime Minister Abe has said utilizing facilities that had been set up for the Summer Olympic Games – now postponed by a year – was under consideration. “If the country makes a move, it would send a strong message to people,” Tokyo Governor Koike said at a news conference. “If that is coupled with the economic stimulus package being prepared, it would give Tokyo a big boost” in dealing with the epidemic, she said.Japan has so far been spared the kind of explosive surge seen in parts of Europe, the United States and elsewhere, with about 2,800 cases and 73 deaths so far. Globally, coronavirus cases surpassed 1 million on Thursday, while deaths have topped 50,000.Declaring a state of emergency would give regional governors legal authority to ask people to stay home and businesses to close, but not to impose the kind of lockdowns seen in other countries. In most cases, there are no penalties for ignoring requests, and governors’ pleas would be dependent on voluntary public compliance – pressure for which would increase with an emergency declaration.Nobuhiko Okabe, director general of the Kawasaki City Institute for Public Health, said judging the timing for declaring a state of emergency was tough.center_img Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Friday that Japan declaring a national state of coronavirus emergency would send a “strong message” that could help dodge an explosive outbreak, her most explicit nudge so far for the government to make the call.Amid growing clamor for tighter curbs on people’s movements to stem a rising tide of infections, the government has so far been reluctant to pull the trigger, warning of the heavy damage that could ensue in the world’s third-biggest economy, already close to recession.Instead, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged school closures and called on citizens to avoid unnecessary and non-urgent gatherings and outings while preparing to roll out an economic stimulus plan next week – even as he acknowledged the country was barely avoiding a major jump in infections.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Loan Funding to Beemac Trucking, LLC, Enabling Job Creation in Beaver County

first_img Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a low-interest loan approval through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) for Beemac Trucking, LLC in Beaver County. The funding will enable the construction of a new full-service maintenance and repair facility in Ambridge Borough and will support the combined creation and retention of more than 200 full-time jobs.“This approval provides the critical access to capital that is needed for Beemac Trucking to grow,” Governor Wolf said. “For the past 35 years, this company has had great success in Beaver County, and we are proud to support its expansion and continued growth right here in Pennsylvania.”Beemac Trucking, LLC provides asset-based trucking, logistics, port, warehousing, and specialized services to customers throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The company was approved for a $1,573,087, 15-year loan at a 3 percent rate through the Beaver County Corporation for Economic Development. The funding will be used for construction of an eight-bay state-of-the-art maintenance facility and a service shop with a 110-space paved truck and trailer marshaling area.The total project cost is $3,146,173. The project will enable the company to create 24 full-time jobs while retaining 190 full-time jobs within three years.In 2019, PIDA has approved a total of $21,596,780 in low interest loans that have resulted in $39,022,719 in private investment and supported 643 created and retained full-time jobs. PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to Pennsylvania businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth, as well as for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities. Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA. PIDA is currently offering interest rates between 2 and 3 percent for applications received by October 1, 2019.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 03, 2019center_img Governor Wolf Announces Loan Funding to Beemac Trucking, LLC, Enabling Job Creation in Beaver Countylast_img read more

Messi playing through pain barrier in Barcelona injury crisis

first_img The problem is different from the injury that sidelined Messi for around six weeks at the start of the season. He missed five matches with a calf strain before eventually making his first appearance of the campaign as a substitute in Barca’s goalless draw with Dortmund in the Champions League in September. Since then, Messi has been involved in almost every game, only sitting out the league fixture against Getafe with a minor knock and the Copa del Rey match at Ibiza, when he was rested. Despite making a slow start to the season, and the problems with his thigh, Messi’s numbers remain good. He’s the top scorer in La Liga with 14 goals and has created more goals than anyone else in Spain’s top flight, laying on eight assists for his teammates. Ansu, who scored twice in Sunday’s win against Levante, is still technically registered to the club’s B team, meaning Setien only has 14 fit first-team players, with Neto and Arturo Vidal also injured. Vidal is expected back this week but the wait for Dembele’s return will go on. The 22-year-old winger had to drop out of training on Monday due to muscle fatigue, and the club have not confirmed when he’s expected back in action. Read Also:La Liga: Fati, Messi connection sees Barca hold on against Levante Barca’s depth will be tested with two tough away games in the space of four days this week as travel to Athletic Bilbao for a Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Thursday, before facing Real Betis in the league on Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Lionel Messi has been struggling with a thigh problem for several weeks but continues to play through the pain barrier with Barcelona’s attacking options severely depleted. Sources at the club say there are no major long-term concerns about the problem but there is an awareness that it needs to be managed carefully. Despite not operating at peak fitness, Messi’s performances on the pitch have been largely unaffected — he set up both goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win against Levante. But sources said that the changes to training since Quique Setien replaced Ernesto Valverde as first-team coach in January have had a negative effect on the discomfort Messi has been managing in his left thigh. “The sessions are different and some of the drills are more intense,” one source told ESPN. “Some players seem to be feeling the fatigue a bit more and that’s when the pain can appear.” Barca could ill-afford to be without Messi at the best of times, and Setien’s small squad is now stretched to the limit. With Luis Suarez out until May and Ousmane Dembele still not recovered from a hamstring injury, the Spanish champions have just three fit forwards: Messi, Antoine Griezmann and 17-year-old Ansu Fati. Loading… last_img read more

New San Jose top cop vows to make town safer place

first_imgThis capital town has a new Officer-in-Charge Chief of Police. Major Benjo Clarite (center) takes over the role and responsibilities of his predecessor Lieutenant Colonel Marc Anthony Darroca during a turn-over of command ceremony in the San Jose municipal polices station’s conference room on March 4. ANTIQUE POLICE PROVINCIAL OFFICE PNP-PRO6 SAN JOSE, Antique – The newly-installedOfficer-in-Charge Chief of Police of this capital town has expressed hisoptimism towards making this place a better community. Major Benjo Clarite assumed the role andresponsibilities of his predecessor Lieutenant Colonel Marc Anthony Darrocaduring a turn-over of command ceremony in the San Jose municipal policestation’s conference room on March 4. Meanwhile, Mayor Elmer Untaran laudedthe San Jose municipal police station for its exemplary performance, citing thatit formed part of the accolades the town has garnered. With the policies set, Clarite appealedto the personnel to deliver excellent police service while upholding the rightsof the constituents. For his part, Darroca believed that hehas done his best to assure this capital town’s peace and order in his almosttwo years of stay. He also requested his successor to continue and improve thebest practices of the police personnel here. center_img Prior to his appointment here, Claritebeloned to the Philippine National Police Academy Class 2010 and was assignedto the Provincial Regional Office 6 as Assistant Chief of the RegionalIntelligence Division. “We have to sustain all the programs andprojects that have been initiated by PLt. Col. Darroca and I know Benjo canmake it with the help of our personnel in San Jose Municipal Police Station,” themayor said. “We must diligently exert effort tocontribute to attain our one goal that is to make San Jose a safer place tolive, work and do business,” Clarite said. He also pledged his support to theworthwhile endeavors of the Philippine National Police.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

Taylor: No link in Suarez cases

first_img Suarez was suspended for eight games last season when an independent disciplinary panel found the Liverpool striker guilty of abusing Patrice Evra at Anfield in October 2011. The fact Suarez received a greater sanction for sinking his teeth into Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday has raised an eyebrow in some quarters. However, Taylor does not feel the two cases are linked, and he said: “I don’t think there is a suggestion the FA think biting is more serious than racial abuse.” He added: “I think if there was any more racist abuse the tariff would increase. It is not easy to get justice right. (Suarez) got seven (for biting in Holland), eight (for Evra) and now 10. There has been a divided opinion. For some people it is not enough, others think it is too much. “I take the view if there are points being made on both sides the balance is probably right. I actually feel there was needed to be more encouragement for the player to improve his behaviour and maybe the ban could have been longer, say 12 matches, with some of it suspended.” Liverpool will consider the written reasons behind the verdict before deciding whether to appeal against a punishment that, as it stands, rules Suarez out of action until the back end of September. Taylor is unconvinced by the Reds’ present annoyance at the severity of the punishment. However, he is in a tricky position as well given Suarez is one of six contenders to win the PFA Footballer of the Year prize on Sunday and is strongly fancied to be included in the Team of the Year. “The vote was made by the players and the first criteria is footballing ability,” said Taylor. “This was not normal behaviour. “Luis Suarez is a great footballer. The job for everybody, not just Liverpool but the PFA, Premier League and FA is to make sure, along the way, we see the right pattern of behaviour. “Sometimes bad behaviour is excused by intensity. But as so many top players have shown, that doesn’t have to be the case. If you have bad discipline and you get disciplined for it, that just leads to more frustration. It doesn’t help anyone.” Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor insists the 10-match ban handed out to Luis Suarez does not indicate biting is more serious than racial abuse.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Hofstra looks to extend streak vs Towson

first_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 26, 2020 SAVVY SENIORS: Towson’s Brian Fobbs, Nakye Sanders and Dennis Tunstall have collectively accounted for 41 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 50 percent of all Tigers points over the last five games.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Desure Buie has been directly responsible for 61 percent of all Hofstra field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 24 field goals and 22 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Towson is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 60 points and 17-6 when scoring at least 60.UNBEATEN WHEN: The Pride are 18-0 when they score at least 72 points and 4-7 when they fall shy of that total. The Tigers are 5-0 when recording at least 15 offensive rebounds and 12-12 when they fall short of that total.DID YOU KNOW: Hofstra is ranked first among CAA teams with an average of 76.8 points per game.center_img Hofstra looks to extend streak vs Towson Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTowson (17-12, 10-6) vs. Hofstra (22-7, 13-3)Mack Sports Complex, Hempstead, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Hofstra looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Towson. In its last five wins against the Tigers, Hofstra has won by an average of 10 points. Towson’s last win in the series came on Feb. 9, 2017, a 69-65 victory.last_img read more

No. 5 Syracuse rides balanced attack to 16-7 win over No. 12 Albany

first_imgAfter losing five of its top six scorers and its entire starting midfield to graduation, Desko said Syracuse would spend the early portion of the season sorting out who will replace them. On Sunday, the Orange proved it won’t fall on a single person.“After (last season), it was kind of on our shoulders, especially just middies in general,” DeJoe said. “People had to step up and take on that role.”With the game still up for grabs midway through the third quarter, the 6-foot-7 Lane lured in the defense and passed to an open Devin Shewell in the teeth of Albany’s defense. From 5 yards out, the freshman coolly scored to give Syracuse a five-goal lead.Even as Donahue, who had four goals and five assists last week against Siena, was limited to a relatively quiet one goal and four assists, Syracuse’s role players picked up the slack. Albany goalie Blaze Riorden said Donahue fell under the “known” category in the game plan, but players like DeJoe and Lane weren’t given as much recognition.“Every game you see guys like Dylan Donahue putting up six-, seven-point games,” Riorden said. “To limit guys like that, we got to limit the rest of them.”SU led 12-6 after three quarters and Mariano, Lane, DeJoe and Shewell each had two goals. No one else on the Orange had more than one. As Albany’s defense slid from the bottom of the field, Syracuse’s shooters could capitalize on the Great Danes’ hesitation at the top. And Mariano, Lane and DeJoe’s best skill is their shooting ability.“If you look at the guys that put up points today, they were shooters,” Desko said. “… Our shooters made good today on the opportunities they had.”Desko has previously likened DeJoe to a 3-point shooter in basketball and Albany head coach Scott Marr said the Orange excelled at spreading out his defense with its variety of scoring threats.With the game already out of reach in the fourth quarter, Syracuse kept piling on. It finally ended when Lane stood near the top of the restraining box and instead of dodging to the goal, he passed it off to Mariano who put the final nail in the Great Danes’ coffin.“When you play a team with that many threats,” Marr said, “yeah it is difficult to play defense against.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Ben Williams dominates No. 12 Albany at the face-off X in Syracuse’s 16-7 winInjury update: Nick Piroli ‘week-to-week,’ Tim Barber’s status uncertainGallery: No. 5 Syracuse improves to 2-0 with 16-7 win over No. 12 AlbanyON THE RADAR Published on February 21, 2016 at 8:51 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Liam Sheehan | Asst. Photo Editor Matt Lane drove toward the goal from the left wing. It was the same move he had used two previous times this season. As he stumbled to the ground, the ball flew out of his stick, across the face of the goal and over the sideline.The first shot in his first career start wasn’t even close. But 10 minutes later, Lane caught a pass from Dylan Donahue, crow-hopped and unleashed a bullet 15 yards from the goal. It pushed Syracuse’s lead to 7-4 and came in the middle of an eight-goal stretch in which all of its goals came outside its starting attack.A year removed from SU’s first-line attack accounting for 55 percent of Syracuse’s points, it was diverse scoring from the midfield that separated the Orange in a 16-7 win over Albany.“That’s what we’d like to be standard,” SU head coach John Desko said. “That’s how we like to play. We don’t want to give the ball to one person all the time. If they get stopped, then our team stops and our offense stops. We want to share the ball like we did today.”With starting attack Nick Piroli out with a lower-body injury and midfielder Tim Barber, who moved up to attack in his absence, out for the second half, No. 5 Syracuse (2-0) relied on its depth to surge past No. 12 Albany (0-1) on Sunday in the Carrier Dome. Lane, typically on the second line, had two goals and two assists while fellow midfielders Derek DeJoe and Nick Mariano each had three goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

English Town Mourns Victims of Suspected Terror Attack

first_imgLONDON (AP) — The English town of Reading mourned Monday for three people stabbed to death in what is being treated as a terror attack, gathering for a moment of silence as police questioned the suspected lone attacker.More than 100 students lit candles and laid flowers in memory of history teacher James Furlong, who was named as one of the victims. A flag in the courtyard of the Holt School, where he taught in nearby Wokingham, had been lowered to half-staff.“He was so passionate and enthusiastic about history and about learning, and anything that was boring, anything you didn’t find interesting, he would make it interesting,″ former student Molly Collins told the BBC. “He would spend time with you, he got to know people individually, and he just always went the extra mile for everyone.”Furlong’s friend, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, was named by his family in Philadelphia as the second victim. The identity of the third victim has not been released.The stabbing rampage took place Saturday evening as groups of people relaxed in Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of 200,000 people 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London. A 25-year-old man who is believed to be the lone attacker is in custody but officials said the motive for the carnage was unclear.Chief Constable John Campbell of Thames Valley Police said officers were called to reports of stabbings just before 7 p.m. and arrived to find a “horrific” scene. Unarmed officers detained a 25-year-old local man.Police have not identified the suspect, but Britain’s national news agency, Press Association, and other media outlets named him as Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan asylum-seeker living in Reading.The BBC reported that Saadallah was investigated by British security services last year over concerns he planned to travel abroad to join a jihadi group, but that he was not determined to be a major threat.The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted the father of Ritchie-Bennett as saying his son had moved to England from the U.S. around 15 years ago. His father, Robert Ritchie, said his son worked for a law firm in London before taking a job about 10 years ago at a Dutch pharmaceutical company that had its British headquarters in Reading.There was no immediate update on the conditions of the three people seriously wounded in the attack.Britain’s official terrorism threat level remains at “substantial” after the attack.last_img read more

Three England Golf teams ready for Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters

first_img16 Jun 2014 Three England Golf teams ready for Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters Three England Golf teams ready for Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters England Golf is fielding three teams, two comprising boys and one of girls, in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters being played at Nizels Golf Club in Kent on 19th – 22nd June. The event, being played over the opening two rounds with the best two scores from each to count, will see Team 1 made up of Samantha Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey), Sophie Keech (Parkstone, Dorset) and Mollie Lawrence (Rochester & Cobham, Kent). Team 2 will comprise Jamie Dick (Forest Hills, Gloucestershire), Max Martin (Ladbrook Park, Warwickshire, Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland), while Team 3 will be Oliver Farrell (Evesham, Worcestershire), Harry Hall (West Cornwall) and Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset). Sammy Fuller, 15, was third in this season’s Scottish U16 stroke play and sixth in the Irish U18 stroke play. A member of England’s winning team at last year’s Girls’ Home Internationals and represented GB&I in the Junior Vagliano Trophy. She had top-ten finishes in the women’s Welsh Open, Irish Open and English Close Championships and was third on the Lorrin Golf England girls’ Order of Merit. Sophie Keech, 18, will represent England in the European Girls’ Team Championship. She has just won the Astor Salver at The Berkshire and was leading amateur in the Roehampton Gold Cup. She won the English Girls’ Championship last summer, as well as the English Schools’ and South West Girls’ titles and was a member of England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. Mollie Lawrence, 16, was runner-up in the Frilford Heath Salver and tied fifth in the Astor Salver this season. She tied seventh in the 2014 Scottish U16 Championship and in the Irish U18 Girls’ Championship. Last year she tied fifth in the girls’ event at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Dick, 18, won the Darwin Salver at Rye in March, finished fourth in the Welsh Youths Championship and recently lost a playoff for the Welsh Open Stroke Play. Martin, 16, finished equal fourth in this year’s Fairhaven Trophy and represented England Golf in the recent German Boys Championship, while Storey, 18, the English under 16 champion in 2012, tied sixth in this year’s McEvoy Trophy and was a member of the team that finished third in the Fairhaven Trophy Nations Cup. Farrell, 17, was a member of the winning Nations Cup team at Fairhaven, having finished equal eighth in the McEvoy Trophy. Hall, 16, won this year’s Welsh Youths Championship, has been an under 16 international for the past two years, while Li, 17, another under 16 cap, was also a member of the winning Nations Cup team at Fairhaven, lost a playoff for the English under 18 Championship last year and finished sixth alongside Storey in this year’s McEvoy Trophy.last_img read more

Leafs pound defending KIJHL champs 12-0 at the NDCC Arena

first_imgOnce could be considered a fluke.But two double-digit wins in a row . . . now that’s some serious hurt the Nelson Leafs are putting on the Beaver Valley Nitehawks of late.The Nelson Leafs put a good old fashion, out behind the barn, whipping on the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs, pounding the Hawks 12-0 in action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the third in row for Nelson over the Hawks — the last two wins coming by a combined score of 22-3.“No I never thought I’d be on a team from Nelson that would beat Beaver Valley that bad,” said Nelson native Linden Horswill after the double-digit beat down, Nelson’s six straight victory.“They lost a couple of players to Trail (of the BCHL) and (forward Dallas) Calvin wasn’t playing tonight but we got a couple of quick ones and kind of kept on going.”Two of those quick ones came off the stick of former Nitehawk Jacob Boyczuk while Cole Arcuri scored the other to give Nelson a 3-0 lead after one period.In the second the Hawks had a chance to cut into the lead as Nelson was penalized twice giving Beaver Valley a two-man advantage.But Cody Boeckman stood tall in the Leaf nets allowing his mates the chance to turn the tables on the Hawks, scoring five times in the final half of the frame to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Nelson kept on the pressure in the third scoring four more times, including a shorthanded tally by Colton McCarthy.“We just kept the pressure up . . . keep moving are feet and get their goalie moving side to side kind of opened it up a bit,” Horswill, who chipped in with a goal himself, explained.Boyczuk finished the game with the hat trick while Aaron Dunlap finished with a pair.Greg Nickel, Matthew Naka, Dustin Reimer and Bryce Nielsen also scored for Nelson.McCarthy and Carsen Willans each finished the game with three assists while Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dallon Stoddart, in his first game back for the Leafs after spending time in Manitoba playing Junior A hockey, added a pair of assists.The Leafs out shot the Hawks by a 33-9 margin as Boeckman out dueled Beaver Valley backstop Zack Perehudoff between the pipes to register the win.Nelson, improving to 12-5-1, retains its Murdock Division lead over Castlegar by two points.The Rebels blasted Grand Forks 8-0.The Leafs return to the rink Sunday for an afternoon tilt against the Sicamous Eagles.Sicamous is 9-2-2-2, good enough for second spot in the Doug Birks Division behind North Okanagan.The same Eagles are in Fruitvale Saturday for a date against the Hawks.last_img read more